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Jul 2, 2022

Jace chats with writer Ian Grody about the world of Lesser Evils. A series of stories set in Brooklyn that capture the heart and culture of New York and encompass the reader with a sense you only get from the infinite possibilities of the diverse city.

 

 

AWA had this to say about the Lesser Evils universe;

AWA Studios, the independent developer of bold and relevant stories from the world’s most outstanding artists, writers, and artisans, announced today the introduction of Lesser Evils, an all-new original shared universe set in and starring Brooklyn. The universe is kicking off with a slate of series, EMMETT, GINN, THRIFTR and TAILS - stories created by and for people on creative culture’s cutting edge. From comic books to short films and webtoons, the Brooklyn-based adventures debut today with the digital release of EMMETT #1: A LESSER EVILS STORY.

 

Lesser Evils invites readers to “Brooklyn Through the Looking Glass,” where a golem with benefits, a spiraling genie, a demon who feeds on bad vibes, and a promising young mermaid collide with heartbroken, hard-living, and hype-obsessed humans. Set in the booming and action-packed city of Brooklyn, NY, Lesser Evils is a hilarious, pop culture-filled universe created by Ian Grody (writer) and Justin Fair (director), along with artist Yishan Li (illustrator), that explores what intimacy, spite, selflessness, and friendship mean today.

 

“My aspiration from the jump has been to create a comic through the lens of contemporary culture. And reflect it back to readers through relevant, relatable stories filled with references to their favorite music, movies, and memes,” said Ian Grody, co-creator and writer of Lesser Evils. “Brooklyn was the perfect backdrop because it’s not only a cultural hub, it’s a place of becoming. Where people actively go to transform and reinvent themselves. Any place where there’s that much hope and desperation and frustration is already full of magic. No better venue for our eerie and eerily familiar tales.”

 

Justin Fair, co-creator and director/producer of Lesser Evils, added, “As a seminal rocker and voice of a generation, Gavin Rossdale (Bush, Institute), sang: ‘It's the little things that kill.’ Lesser Evils are the less obvious, often self-inflicted, more insidious evils that threaten our well-being. They are the pitfalls we all must avoid and the obstacles we all must navigate within ourselves to achieve a successful place in our social circles, in our neighborhoods and in the world. Our hope is that through the drama, the humor, and the thrills and chills, Lesser Evils is a guided tour for the reader through some of the lesser-known exotic microcosms of Brooklyn and the frighteningly familiar exotic microcosms of themselves.”

 

“It’s kind of slightly chilling, slightly funny, but more of a mystery, everyday life kind of thing,” said Yishan Li, artist of Lesser Evils. “That’s definitely something I like to draw.”

Jul 2, 2022

Jace chats with award-winning writer Tillie Walden as she brings the beloved Walking Dead character Clementine back in a brand new medium. A fan favorite from the video game series, Robert Kirkman himself promised that Clementine's story would be finished even though the video game series was left incomplete. Join us as Jace chats with Tillie about this first of three graphic novels that continue Clementine's story.

 

Skybound has this to say about the title;

It’s a new beginning for Clementine, the star of the bestselling video game franchise TELLTALE’S THE WALKING DEAD, in Clementine Book One, as she’s back on the road, looking to put her traumatic past behind her and forge a new path all her own. But when she comes across an Amish teenager named Amos, the unlikely pair journeys north to an abandoned ski resort in Vermont, where they meet up with a small group of teenagers attempting to build a new, walker-free settlement. As friendship, rivalry, and romance begin to blossom amongst the group, the harsh winter soon reveals that the biggest threat to their survival…might be each other.

Jun 29, 2022

Jace and Jay chat about a few of the books that are hitting comic shops for the week of June 29, 2022. Particular highlights are Naughty List, Eight Billion Genies, Public Domain and Sins of the Black Flamingo. Also the guys give a rundown on some other titles you might want to be on the lookout for.

Jun 28, 2022

Jace and Rocky break down the DC Comics for the week of June 28, 2022. They both agree that Batman: Fortress #2 is their favorite book of the week as Batman shows his tenacity in going after the aliens threatening earth. Even in the face of loss he's determination never wavers. Deathstroke Year One, Action Comics and Task Force Z are also highlights. Listen in for all the details.

Jun 24, 2022

Jace has an in depth conversation about the upcoming Massive-Verse title The Dead Lucky. It's the debut series from writer Melissa Flores full of super-hero action with electrical powers and giant mechs set in San Francisco. Melissa draws on the experiences of those closest to her and her own cultural roots to bring a relatability and realism to the project. The gorgeous linework of French Carlomagno and colors of Mattia Iacono along with dynamic lettering from Becca Carey bring this book to live in a dynamic way. Be sure to pre-order as soon as possible.

Jun 23, 2022

Jace chats with writer/artist Reid Beaman about his World War I graphic novel The Stretcher Bearers. Focused on the unsung heroes of the war who risked their lives to retrieve wounded soldiers from the battlefield.

 

Maxwell Fox didn’t know what he would witness in France. America had only been in the Great War since April 2, 1917. Nothing could have prepared him for the horrors that awaited him and the rest of the men of the 4th Infantry “Ivy” Division. As the Meuse-Argonne Offensive raged on, Maxwell became assigned to a unit of stretcher bearers, men who were tasked with running into harm’s way to rescue their fallen brethren from the clutches of death. This wouldn’t be an easy job, but with Graham, Frank, and Ralph by his side, Maxwell had to rely on his team and hope to survive. A dark and honest look at the bond of brotherhood during war, The Stretcher Bearers tells the unforgettable tale of a young soldier trying to save the lives of wounded soldiers and keep the men he’d formed a bond with alive. But in the “war to end all wars,” no one was safe.

Jun 22, 2022

Jace talks spoiler-free about 16 books he has read already from this week's titles We get some great character work in Rogue Sun, Silver Coin is as horrific as ever and Amazing Spider-Man has a great twist. Plus the end of the latest arcs of Newburn and Arrowsmith and Jace gives a run down on some other titles you might wat to look out for this week.

Jun 21, 2022

Jace and Rocky break down the DC Comics issues for the week of June 21, 2022. In what may be the best week of DC Comics for the year, every title is great! So much so the guys have a hard time picking their favorite books for the week. Be sure to listen to this one to hear all about the great titles DC is putting out!

Jun 17, 2022

Jace chats with creator Chris Ryall about the return of a property Chris created with artist Ben Templesmith back in 2009, Groom Lake. A humorous, dark & weirdly relevant story about UFO's, conspiracies and aliens. Chris talks about why this was the right time to bring this back. He also discusses bringing on artist Nelson Daniel, with Templesmith being unavailable, Nelson unique blend of humor & darkness were a natural fit. There are tons of tiers with a great variety of rewards including original art, glow-in-the-dark pins, the original Groom Lake graphic novel and so much more.

Jun 16, 2022

Jace welcomes writer Ryan Parrott back to the show. They discuss Ryan's latest title Rogue Sun and the surprise twist at the end of #4. Plus plenty of talk about how personal this book is to Ryan. Also they guys discuss reader reaction & choosing a non-traditional main character, not the usual heroic type.

Jun 15, 2022

Jace and Jay chat about the books that are debuting in comic shops June 15, 2021. Some of the their favorites are Bunny Mask The Hollow Inside #2 that gives us a ton of insight into Bunny Mask as a character, Radiant Black #15 which features characters from C.O.W.L. and has a link to an animated Radiant Black animated short that is a must-watch and Eight Billion Genies #2 which continues the excellent start to the series as it perfectly balances the epic scope of the main idea with intimate character work.

Jun 14, 2022

Area 51: The Helix Project has had a successful run of 4 issues. The 5th exciting chapter begins its Kickstarter Campaign. Join Jace of the Comic Source Podcast and Rocky from Comic Boom! as they interview creator Trevor Fernando's-Lenkiewicz on what supporters to his Kickstarter campaign can expect from the various tiers that they can contribute to in the campaign and teases as to the next chapter of Area 51: The Helix Project.

Jun 14, 2022

Jace and Rocky break down the DC Comics issues for the week of June 14, 2022. It's a acrimonious week as the guys don't see eye to eye on many of the titles. Even the books they do like, they don't necessarily agree on what works well for those stories. Join us to see whose side you are on!

Jun 13, 2022

Jace chats with Barry Lyga about the new superhero anthology Generation Wonder. Filled with diverse heroes by diverse creators they are stories that truly reflect the world outside your window. Barry give is the lowdown story by story with some details about what each story is about. Plus the guys chat a bit about recruiting the writers for this project and why Barry decided to do it in the first place.

 

GENERATION WONDER

A high-flying YA anthology featuring 13 short stories that turn superhero tropes on their head and offer fresh perspectives on modern myths

Triumph. Tragedy. The empyreal. The infernal. Even the mundane, filtered through the fantastical. Superheroes are, appropriately enough, a sort of super-genre, encompassing all other story types.

This YA anthology features 13 short stories that creatively turn superhero tropes on their head, while still paying homage to the genre that has found fans for more than eight decades. And there will be no mistake—superheroes don’t have to just be generic handsome white dudes. Everyone in the world, no matter their race, sexual preference, pronouns, or level of ability, has dreamed of flying.

Contributors include six New York Times bestselling authors, seven multiple award winners, a founder of We Need Diverse Books, and at least one author with millions of books in print in the U.S. alone. The collection is edited by New York Times bestselling author Barry Lyga, and it also features illustrations from Colleen Doran—New York Times bestselling cartoonist, and artist of the legendary Stan Lee’s memoir. The full list of contributors includes: Barry Lyga, Paul Levitz, Sarah MacLean, Lamar Giles, Elizabeth Eulberg, Danielle Paige, Varian Johnson, Joseph Bruchac, Morgan Baden, Matthew Phillion, Anna-Marie McLemore, Sterling Gates, and Axie Oh.

Jun 9, 2022

Jace chats about the upcoming Skybound Comet line from Robert Kirkman's imprint with editor Alex Antone. Some amazing books from fantastic creators. The first wave is coming this year with more to follow next year. Alex gives us insight into building the line and what we can expect in terms of tone. Also we talk about recruiting new or underserved voices to bring more variety of stories to the line.

Jun 8, 2022

Rocky and Jace talk about all the stories in the latest celebration of inclusivity for LGBTQ+ characters & creators from DC Comics. A real who's who of characters from DC in this amazing anthology highlighted by the real-life story from legendary Batman actor Kevin Conroy. Heartfelt & brave, we hope Kevin's life experiences that he relates here inspire others to be true to themselves as well.

Jun 8, 2022

Jace and Jay talk about a few of the books hitting comic shops the week of June 8, 2022. We have three amazing AfterShock titles, including Astronaut Down, Jay's Book of the week. Jane Foster & the Mighty Thor is a ton of fun and very new reader friendly. Afterschool is a new horror anthology from Skybound and really has Jay impressed. The penultimate issue of the Hulk vs Thor story promises an epic conclusion. Meanwhile Jace cant' decide and chooses Twig & Metal Society both as his Books of the Week.

Jun 7, 2022

Jace and Rocky talk about the first issue of the big event from DC Crisis that runs until the end of the year. Just what the consequences of Dark Crisis will be and how it will change the DC Universe as we know it are still to be determined. So the question is, should you be reading this comic? Listen in to find out!

Jun 7, 2022

Jace and Rocky break down the DC books for the week of June 7, 2022. Dark Crisis kicks off and gets it's own spotlight as does DC Pride, but we get the debut of an intriguing if not horror inspired Black Label Aquaman story. Poison Ivy may be returning to her villianous roots, no pun intendedm while The Help continues to be a potential nemesis for Batman that has tons of potential. Speaking of Batman, the Thomas Wayne version knows he is not the detective his son is. What's more worrisome is the carte blanche he feels he due to his adamant belief that the very reality he inhabits should not exist.

Jun 7, 2022

Jace and Rocky break down the DC books for the week of June 7, 2022. Dark Crisis kicks off and gets it's own spotlight as does DC Pride, but we get the debut of an intriguing if not horror inspired Black Label Aquaman story. Poison Ivy may be returning to her villianous roots, no pun intendedm while The Help continues to be a potential nemesis for Batman that has tons of potential. Speaking of Batman, the Thomas Wayne version knows he is not the detective his son is. What's more worrisome is the carte blanche he feels he due to his adamant belief that the very reality he inhabits should not exist.

Jun 1, 2022

Jace and Jay chat about some of the books they have read for the week of June 1, 2022. Righteous Thirst for Vengeance is unbelievably brutal and so great. Clear comes to a satisfying conclusion with a very appropriate ending. We also have the end of the second arc of Alien which even is a call back to the first arc and a creepy horror debut from James Tynion IV. Strange and Captain Marvel are also excellent. Plus Jace gives a rundown on some other books you might want to be on the look out for.

May 31, 2022

Jace and Rocky chat about the DC Comic releases for the week of May 31, 2022. We get the end of the Shadow War which plants some seeds for upcoming changes with Batman, Damian, Geo-Force & the Secret Society of Super-Villains having an impact in the forthcoming Dark Crisis. Also a couple of annuals with a poignant Superman take & the future of Batman Inc.

May 26, 2022

Jace chats about the return of the big fan convention in Phoenix. A show that has faced unique challenges over the years. How will it emerge from the pandemic? What guests are attending this years show and who can you expect to meet? Plenty of programming and tons of retailers as always. So we hope to see you there.

May 25, 2022

Jace and Jay chat about some of the books they have read for the week of May 25, 2022. The Hulk Thor fight continues to give great moments, Ice cream Man is it's usually weird self and Blood-Stained Teeth starts to ramp up the action.

May 24, 2022

Rocky and Jace are back together to talk about the DC titles for the week of May 24, 2022. We get more superb work on Swamp Thing, an excellent debut issue with Batman Fortress and the Murphy-verse continues to impress.

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