GRAPHIC LIFE APRIL 2018

Comics, Everything Else

I read quite a lot of graphic novels and comics so I thought it would be good to start blogging about them to spread the word about what’s worth checking out. I won’t be going in to depth, just a very short description/review of each comic/graphic novel that I’ve read and a score out of 10 for how much I enjoyed it.

I’m going to try to do one of these posts around once a month, this is about 6 weeks worth of reading. I’ve been lucky to read a particularly good bunch of books recently, I must be getting better at picking them.

Spaceman

Spaceman

Author: Brian Azzarello
Artist: Eduardo Risso
Score: 6/10

Set in a dystopian future where most of the world is under water, Spaceman follows a man genetically modified for space travel as he tries to save a kidnapped child. This was an enjoyable read that kept my interest but didn’t leave a lasting impression. The characters spoke in a strange English based dialect that the author has concocted, unfortunately I found this more annoying than anything. Fortunately the charm of the protagonist kept me invested the whole way through but I didn’t really understand the ending (probably my fault for being dim).

One Piece 5

One Piece Vol. 5

Author: Eiichiro Oda
Artist: Eiichiro Oda
Score: 7/10

I have read very little manga so I thought a good place to get more in to it would be to read the most popular series ever. One Piece is the story of a young man who dreams of being a pirate, going on an adventure and picking up crew mates on the way. I’m really enjoying the series so far, it’s easy reading but complex enough to keep it interesting. I quickly became invested in these characters and the action is a whole lot of fun.

One Hundred Nights

One Hundred Nights Of Hero

Author: Isabel Greenberg
Artist: Isabel Greenberg
Score: 7/10

I really enjoyed the story in this graphic novel; the tale of two secret lovers trying to outsmart a lecherous man by captivating him with elaborate fables. The book is almost an anthology of short stories tied together by one underpinning narrative. Although I liked this novel a lot I personally wasn’t a big fan of the scruffy, simplistic art style.

303

303

Author: Garth Ennis & Jacen Burrows
Artist: Jacen Burrows
Score: 7/10

Garth Ennis has written quite a lot military comics and manages to strike a good balance of gritty realism and overblown action. Set in Afghanistan, a group of Russian soldiers race against a British team to find an important military plane left by the Americans. The main character is a real badass but shows emotional depth as the story progresses. Not Ennis’ greatest work (that’s no criticism, he’s one of my favourite authors ever) but definitely worth a read if you like war stories.

ID

I.D.

Author: Emma Rios
Artists: Emma Rios
Score: 6/10

A short graphic novel set in the future, focusing on 3 people looking to undergo body transplants. There were a number of very interesting ideas but none of them were fleshed out as much as I’d have liked. The art is beautiful but I did get through this quickly and felt a little dissatisfied at the end. I’d love to see this story made in to an ongoing series.

Creatures

Creatures of the Night

Author: Neil Gaiman
Artist: Michael Zulli
Score: 7/10

A duo of deceptively dark short stories. This book is worth it for the sublime artwork alone, every page looks like a classic painting that could be hung in an art gallery. The stories are darkly fun, especially the first one about a stray cat adopted by the author’s family and what happens when it ventures in the garden at night.

Andre

Andre The Giant Close To Heaven

Author: Brandon Easton
Artist: Denis Medri
Score: 7/10

I’m a huge wrestling fan but didn’t know much about Andre so this was a must read for me. Told from the point of view of a retired Andre The Giant looking back on his life, this is a fascinating glimpse in to the wrestling scene of the time. Andre’s life was quite a sad one and the author does a superb job of capturing that, putting you in the giants shoes.

Royal City

Royal City

Author: Jeff Lemire
Artist: Jeff Lemire
Score: 9/10

Jeff Lemire is a genius. I’ve loved pretty much everything I’ve read by him and he just seems to be getting better. He’s a great author and artist but he really shines when he’s taking care of both like he is here. Royal City is about a disconnected family from a failing industrial town, being brought together by the illness of the father. I’m very impressed by the amount of complexity Lemire has managed to write in to these characters so quickly, I’m intrigued by where this story will go.

Deadly

Deadly Class Vol. 6

Author: Rick Remender
Artist: Wes Craig
Score: 8/10

Deadly Class was one of the first Image publications that I read and it remains one of my favourite ongoing series. It’s about an underground school where crime families send their children to be trained as assassins and follows a number of pupils as they struggle with regular teenage problems and also a lot of not so regular teenage problems. I was a little unsure of the new character additions in volume 5 but this latest volume is as exciting as the series has ever been. Fast paced storylines and some of the best panel work I’ve seen make this a must read for any comics fan.

Neonomicon

Neonomicon

Author: Alan Moore
Artist: Jacen Burrows
Score: 9/10

I’ve read some pretty messed up comics and graphic novels but this is right up there with Junji Ito’s work for the most disturbing thing I’ve read. The story revolves around the H.P. Lovecraft mythos and follows a pair of agents investigating a strange string of murders. The edition that I bought also has the short story “The Courtyard” at the beginning which was probably my favourite part of the book although the whole thing was uniquely unsettling but absolutely fascinating.

Departures

Departures

Author: Pierre Maurel
Artist: Pierre Maurel
Score: 7/10

A small collection of short stories about young people struggling in today’s job market. This book really struck a chord with me because I’ve been in these situations myself. The stories were very brief but I liked how they tied in with each other and the content was very poignant.

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Tokyo Ghost

Author: Rick Remender
Artist: Sean Murphy
Score: 9/10

I love stories about dystopian futures and this is one of the best comics I’ve read in that genre. The artwork in this is mind blowing and I’m so happy I bought the large deluxe version to pick up on all of the subtle details. This short series is set in a future where people have plugged themselves right in to the internet to have constant contact with social media and TV, many of these people now addicted to the technology. At its core it’s a tragic love story that follows a young couple, pulled apart by the man’s obsession with online entertainment and the technological modifications that give him super human strength. Too often I find that commentary on our use of technology and modern media comes across as arrogant hyperbole but Remender crafts a world that feels frighteningly realistic.

One Piece 6

One Piece 6

Author: Eiichiro Oda
Artist: Eiichiro Oda
Score: 7/10

I continue to enjoy the action packed ridiculousness of this series, definitely one of the most fun things I’ve read.

One Piece 7

One Piece 7

Author: Eiichiro Oda
Artist: Eiichiro Oda
Score: 7/10

One Piece is certainly addictive, I can’t stop reading more. We got some back story in this volume which brilliantly explained the motives of a couple of the characters. Despite the simplicity of this series the character depth is actually very good and is one of the things that makes it so readable.

Jimmy

Jimmy’s Bastards

Author: Garth Ennis & Russ Braun
Artist: Russ Braun
Score: 8/10

Garth Ennis brings us a new off the wall action comic, packed with dark humour in the same vein as Preacher and The Boys (the fantastic artist and co-author Russ Braun also worked on The Boys). Jimmy’s Bastards is a satirical slant on the James Bond type character as he battles foreigners and comes under attack from a mysterious cabal. Expect the usual filth and weirdness that Ennis is known for in this excellent start to a new series.

Blankets

Blankets

Author: Craig Thompson
Artist: Craig Thompson
Score: 8/10

A very heartfelt and personal story about teenage love; Craig Thompson brings you in to his world with subtle details about his childhood that give this book an intense realism. The narrative jumps between different parts of his life, focusing mainly on his early relationship with his brother and his teenage romance with a girl he met at church camp. The quality of the storytelling and art in this book transform what could be a mundane memoir in to an emotional reflection on personal development.

Kaijumax

Kaijumax Vol. 2

Author: Zander Cannon
Artist: Zander Cannon
Score: 7/10

One of the strangest concepts I’ve seen, but one that has been executed very well. Kaijumax is about a high security prison that houses monsters, think a cross between Oz and Godzilla. Despite the bizarre setting the plot is surprisingly grounded and very human, touching on topics such as racism, addiction, police brutality, rape, gang violence and PTSD. Some of the dialect can be a bit ham-fisted at times but it is a story about monsters in jail so I wasn’t expecting anything too serious. Despite this slight flaw the series has been quite exciting so far and I’m very invested in the lives of the main protagonist and his family.

 

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Mook Life Style: Pawn Future Kings

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This isn’t something I’d usually write about here but I really wanted to give these guys some support because they deserve it. Growing up in Hull I often visited a clothing shop called Space. I’ve always been a massive hip-hop head and Space was one of the only shops in the area where you could get your hands on urban clothing labels and hip-hop mixtapes. Unfortunately the shop is no longer open but the owner has since established a fantastic new streetwear brand called Pawn Future Kings.

Pawn Future Kings describe themselves as being inspired by music, sport, surf culture and positive vibes, which is very evident when you look at their Autumn 2015 collection. From striking branded sweatshirts to vibrant patterned t-shirts, the new line is incredibly stylish and very high quality. With so many big names out there it can be hard to stand out from the crowd with fashionable and unique clothing but Pawn Future Kings will have you looking your best without turning you in to a high street clone.

There is a real classic, 80’s/90’s American streetwear influence in Pawn Future Kings’ designs, the bold fonts and powerful chess piece logo give the clothes a real iconic look. With a free snapback on offer when you buy 2 t-shirts, now is the time to head over to the website and get yourself looking fresh for autumn.

Check out the website to place an order and find out more.

Reddit Round-Up April 2015

Everything Else

Here are a bunch of the best things I’ve seen on Reddit recently. The internet is a great place!

Worst day at work ever!

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The fastest cop in the world.

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Time to get a new bike.

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Dropping a metal ball in to sand in slow motion. Strangely mesmerising.

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A MASSIVE kickflip!

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“What you doing?” “Just playing with my cat.”

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Just try to fit.

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Braver than your average dog.

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I’d definitely need a change of underwear after this.

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If the Marvel Universe was a sitcom.

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Wrestling In .Gifs March 2015 Part 2

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More wrestling madness! Part 1 here.

You don’t have to be insane to work for CZW but it helps.

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What was supposed to be a powerbomb in to the ring goes horribly wrong when BJ Whitmer loses his balance.

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Mr Perfect got that swagger.

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El Generico takes someone’s head off.

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More craziness from CZW.

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Aerostar descends from the heavens.

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Something very strange is going on with Stone Cold’s beer, it must be a conspiracy!

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Wrestling In .Gifs March 2015 Part 1

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Here are some of the most spectacular, brutal, funny and weird wrestling .gifs I’ve come across recently. I’ve had to split this in two as the page was loading too slowly, check the second half here. Enjoy!

Toyota showing total disregard for her own safety with a ridiculous top rope drop kick.

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More madness to the outside, this time from Honma.

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Jack Evans up to his usual crazy antics.

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Mmmmm, musty.

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One of the first of many people to go through the Spanish announce table.

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Matt Sydal gets murdered by The Bullet Club.

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Top 10 PWG Matches of 2014

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PWG is my favourite wrestling company in the world right now. I love so much about it; it encompasses everything I love about wrestling, it’s impressive, technical, brutal, engaging, funny and exciting. So when it came to the end of the 2014 I wanted to celebrate how much I love PWG by putting together my favourite 10 matches of the year. It was hard to narrow it down this much because every show this year has been fantastic and always a highlight of my regular viewing schedule.

Sorry it’s been so late, I was waiting a while for the last show of the year to come out on DVD and have been a bit busy. If you love wrestling like I do then check out these matches and support the company by buying some DVDs, they deserve your money!

I have tried to keep this as spoiler free as possible for those that haven’t seen these matches but there are some obvious give aways in the BOLA match ups and title holders, so be warned.

African American Wolves vs Inner City Machine Guns (DDT4 2014)

These 4 wrestlers are some of the best high flyers on the US independent scene so when you put them together you know you’re in for a treat. This match is very fast paced with some incredible acrobatics and precisely timed spots on display. Having worked together many times before in PWG, either on the same team or in singles matches against each other, they all know each other very well and it’s evident in how good their chemistry.

Chris Hero vs Johnny Gargano vs Kyle O’Reilly vs Drake Younger (DDT4 2014)

4 of the biggest fan favourites in PWG at the time faced off with the winner earning themselves a shot at the title. The mix of styles in this match created some fantastic action; Chris Hero with his hard striking style, Jonny Gargano with his technical abilities, Kyle O’Reilly with his MMA influenced style and Drake Younger being the insane brawler. 4 way matches have a tendency to have little pacing and are just fast paced spot fests from the start (not that there’s anything wrong with that). But this match was excellently paced, starting out with holds and the process of the wrestlers getting a feel for each other, like you often see in regular one on one matches. There were also some fun spots that I’d never seen before involving all of the participants and although it got a little bit sloppy at times it’s always a joy to see something new in the ring.

Watch a preview of the show

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Best Friends vs World’s Cutest Tag Team (Sold Our Soul For Rock ‘N’ Roll)

PWG frequently has some hilarious comedy segments in matches but this was probably the funniest match of the year. I don’t want to give too much away because it will spoil the surprise but the whole interaction between Chuck Taylor and Candice Le Rae is comedy genius.

Watch a preview of the show

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Young Bucks vs World’s Cutest Tag Team in a Guerilla Warfare Match for the PWG World Tag Team Championship (Eleven)

Young Buck, the longest reigning tag team champions and by far the most dominant tag team in PWG defend their belt against the inter-gender team of Joe Ryan and Candice Le Rae in a brutal Guerrilla Warfare (No DQ) match. Young Bucks are arguably the best tag team in the world right now, always delivering exciting matches and they certainly brought their A game here. Candice LeRae continued to prove that she can hang with the guys; hitting some impressive offense and taking some of the most painful spots in the match.

Watch a preview of the show

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Adam Cole & Young Bucks vs Friends of Low Moral Fibre (Battle of Los Angeles 2014)

One of my favourite things about the Battle of Los Angeles events is the non-tournament matches that are put together. With so many wrestlers on the card we end up seeing some indy dream matches like this one. This match had a great balance of high spots, comedy and technical wrestling, making it one of the highlights of an amazing event.

Kyle O’Reilly vs Zack Sabre Jr. (Battle of Los Angeles 2014)

Before BOLA 2014 I had seen a few Zack Sabre Jr. matches and been very impressed but he really made a name for himself in this tournament. Sabre Jr.’s speed and technical, grappling based style is mind blowing and seeing him wrestle against Kyle O’Reilly, another one of the best technical wrestlers on the indy scene is a real spectacle. These two put on a real clinic as they attempted to out wrestle each other, this is a must see for fans of chain wrestling.

Kenny Omega vs Ricochet (Battle of Los Angeles 2014)

Last year’s BOLA was my favourite since the tournament began, if you’re only going to watch one show from last year I recommend you watch this. Every match was fantastic so it’s been difficult to pick only a few. This match, one of the semi-finals, was an almost perfect match. Kenny Omega and Ricochet are both having an incredible run at the moment, putting on stellar matches all over the world and have continued to improve in all facets of pro wrestling. Simply put, this is two future legends going all out in what would be a superb main event on any wrestling show, never mind the semi-finals of an indy tournament.

Watch a preview of night 1, night 2 and night 3

Buy the DVD of night 1, night 2 and night 3

Brian Cage vs Uhaa Nation (Untitled II)

Brian Cage and Uhaa Nation are both freaks of nature, they’re huge, muscular guys with super human strength yet their speed and high flying ability is on par with many guys half their size. Putting these two in a match together was a no-brainer and they didn’t disappoint. WWE have been showing interest in Uhaa Nation and you can see why in this match, he is the full package. It still surprises me that Brian Cage isn’t in WWE, I’m not sure what happened to his previous developmental run but they’d be crazy not to have him back.

Watch a preview of the show

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Young Bucks vs Chris Sabin and Matt Sydal (Black Cole Sun)

Despite the fact Chris Sabin an Matt Sydal are veterans who have both spent a large amount of time in PWG this is the first time they have teamed together, you wouldn’t know it though by how smoothly they worked. The Young Bucks are on another level when it comes to tag team wrestling but Sabin and Sydal gave them a run for their money with some flawless tag team manoeuvres. Hopefully we will see a lot more in the future from this new duo.

Roderick Strong vs Kyle O’Reilly in a Guerilla Warfare Match for the PWG World Heavyweight Championship (Black Cole Sun)

After months of chasing the title and tormenting Kyle O’Reilly, Roderick Strong got his second shot at taking the belt. Kyle O’Reilly was fresh out of a hard fought win against Ricochet when Strong came out and demanded a match right there, the challenge was accepted under the condition it was a Guerrilla Warfare Match. The story telling in this match was superb as the tension had been building for a long time and the added danger of match type made this a truly exciting fight.

Watch a preview of the show

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What to Watch – February 2015

Everything Else

The new year is here, and while many shows are now mid season we had a bunch of great shows that started in January. We have some long awaited returns and a few new comers that have impressed. Check out below what I’ve been watching and let me know what you’ve been enjoying in the comments.

12 Monkeys

Based on the film of the same name, 12 Monkeys is about a man sent back in time from 2043 to stop the spreading of a virus that has wiped out nearly the entire population of Earth. This show was a very pleasant surprise because I’m not usually a fan of the Syfy channel who produced it, but 12 Monkeys really exemplifies what this genre can be when it’s done right. Fast paced and action packed, the story progresses quickly and the time travelling elements are fascinating. Not exactly high brow programming but extremely enjoyable TV nonetheless.

Watch the trailer here

Broad City

The girls are back and up to their antics again. So far this season they’ve been on a mission to find an air conditioner, made progression in their jobs and Abbi has had her wisdom tooth removed. It goes without saying that none of these events go smoothly and the girls end up in some very strange but hilarious situations.

Watch the trailer here

Charlie Brooker’s Weekly Wipe

Everyone’s favourite angry journalist is back with his weekly round ups of what’s been going on in the world of news, politics and TV. As with previous series Brooker is joined by a number of other comedians and although I’m not keen on the addition of Morgana Robinson, Philomena Clunk is hilarious as ever.

Watch the trailer here

Fortitude

Fortitude is Sky’s attempt at making their own massive, HBO style drama. With a huge budget, some familiar faces in the cast and a ubiquitous advert campaign, Sky have really gone all out on this one. The series is set in a town called Fortitude in the Arctic and follows the lives of its residents as strange and dangerous incidents start to occur. The show is extremely ambitious, with a large ensemble of characters and plot lines. Unfortunately after the pilot the show looked a little unfocused, jumping from scene to scene with seemingly little connecting them. That being said, there are a lot of interesting themes and ideas in the show that make me want to see more which hopefully will all be tied together.

Watch the trailer here

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

The gang returns after a bit of a hiatus and have started the new season off strong. The season premier had me in stitches as the gang jumped on a plane and attempted to brake the record of baseball player “Boggs” by drinking an inhuman amount of beer.

Watch the trailer here

Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation has been storming through their 7th and final season, showing 2 episodes per week. So far the season has been very focused with a strong story line which has made for excellent viewing. The crew are battling a big corporation that is trying to buy up land to build its offices but Lesley is determined to use it for a national park. I’m going to be sad to see Parks and Recreation finish but so far they’ve been wrapping it up perfectly.

Watch the trailer here

Review

This show was actually out last year but I missed it so have been catching up and just had to mention it. This is one of the funniest new shows I’ve seen in a while and hasn’t got much attention so far. The series is a parody of review shows but instead of reviewing things like films or books, the host is reviewing life experiences such as going to prom, making a sex tape and getting a divorce. This is awkward comedy at its best.

Watch a clip from the show here

Workaholics

Workaholics continues its over the top, hilarious stupidity in their 5th season. These guys have such great chemistry together that even when the story line isn’t that strong they still bring the laughs. The highlight of the season so far for me has been the trio setting up their own wrestling company to make some money to pay rent with Ben Stiller guest starring in the episode.

Watch the trailer here

Reddit Round Up – February 2015

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While I’m working on a few bigger articles I thought I’d keep you all entertained with some funny and interesting stuff I’ve spotted on Reddit recently.

Woah, where did you guys come from?

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Now that is a clever shrimp.

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An easy way to make people in the street look silly.

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And you thought your morning commute was bad.

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Cuteness overload!

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Skateboarding and playing American football at the same time, these guys have skills.

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Who would have thought editing googly eyes and arms on to a car would be so funny? More similar .gifs in the Reddit thread.

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An interesting infographic of how many species we have discovered vs how many scientists predict actually exist.

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The shark on the left maybe needs to have some more dancing lessons. Taken from Katy Perry’s Super Bowl performance.

Bonus .gif from the Reddit thread makes it even funnier!

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My 10 Favourite Comics of 2014

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I’ve been reading comics for about 3 years now but only got in to them in a big way last year. I’m far from an expert but the sheer amount of fantastic stuff coming out at the moment has me excited, so I wanted to share some of the series that I’ve read. The following are a few of my favourite trades that came out last year (I generally don’t read single issues). I hope you enjoy reading about them and maybe discover something new.

The Auteur – Oni Press

Writer: Rick Spears

Artist: James Callahan

One of the stranger comics I read in 2014, The Auteur follows a washed up film maker as he attempts to regain the critical acclaim he once had. It’s a fun story as our protagonist overloads his brain with hallucinogenic drugs to find inspiration and attempts to give his movies an edge with ridiculous ideas, like hiring a real murderer as a consultant on a slasher film. It’s the artwork that really shines in this series, it’s so colourful and gruesomely psychedelic, a perfect match for the bizarre plot.

The Bunker – Oni Press

Writer: Joshua Hale Fialkov

Artist: Joe Infunari

A group of friends go in to the woods to bury a time capsule but discover a bunker containing a letter to each of them. These letters are written by themselves in the future as a warning of the terrible things that will happen if they don’t do something to stop it. The writing is the right kind of complicated were you have to think about what is happening but it doesn’t leave you completely lost. The dynamic between the characters is fantastic as they all have their own motives and secrets that they must hide. Really exciting idea off to a great start.

Deadly Class – Image

Writer: Rick Remender

Artist: Wesley Craig and Lee Loughridge

Deadly Class is probably the most stylish comic I read last year with some of the best panelling I have ever seen. The plot follows a homeless teenager who gets taken to a secret school where children of organised crime families are trained to become assassins. Like every high school this one is full of cliques, fashion, gossip and crushes, but instead of the usual harmless teenage feuds, here it might end it murder. Packed with flawless artwork and a fast paced writing style, this first volume was an absolute joy to read.

East of West – Image

Writer: Jonathon Hickman

Artist: Nick Dragotta

The epic sci-fi fantasy Western that is East of West continued its amazing run this year as the story became deeper and more intense. It’s difficult to explain the premise as it has so many layers and sub plots that are all intricately connected. I will just say that it is an incredibly interesting story and it’s a real feather in the hat of Hickman who has truly proven himself to be one of, if not the best comic book writer of recent years.

Manhattan Projects – Image

Writer: Jonathon Hickman

Artist: Nick Pitarra

In 2014 Manhattan Projects not only smashed its way in to the spot for my favourite comic of the year but also barged itself in there with my favourite comics ever. With such a superb idea for a story and writing that keeps you enthralled I really couldn’t put this series down. It depicts an alternate reality based around the Manhattan Project just after World War 2. The Manhattan Project was the research and development project behind the first atomic bomb but in Hickman’s retelling of the events this was just a cover up for other experiments taking place. As the story continued this year the team became more adventurous in their aggressive scientific progression and ran in to some conflict along the way. I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed history this much.

Rover Red Charlie – Avatar

Writer: Garth Ennis

Artist: Michael Dipascale

An odd concept for a comic pulled off with perfection. Rover Red Charlie follows 3 dogs living through an apocalyptic event were all the humans kill themselves. Gath Ennis brings us right in to the mind of a dog as we see how they manage without their masters to tell them what to do. The artwork throughout is fantastic, using an innocent style, almost like you would see in a children’s book. This style along with having dogs as protagonists lures you in to a false sense of security and makes the brutality depicted that much more shocking. This is a great, fresh take on stories about man’s best friend, full of laughs, love and sadness.

Saga – Image

Writer: Brian K. Vaughn

Artist: Fiona Staples

If you’re a fan of comics you will no doubt be familiar with Saga, if you’re not a fan of comics then Saga is a great way to get in to them. Fast paced and accessible yet still well written with enough complexity to keep things interesting, it’s easy to see why Saga is so popular. It’s the classic Romeo and Juliet set up but taken in to space, two lovers from civilisations that are at war with each other and on the run from those who would want to split them up. A simple premise really brought to life by the brilliance of Brian K. Vaughn.

Sheltered – Image

Writer: Ed Bisson

Artist: Johnnie Christmas

With so many post-apocalyptic comics on the market it’s refreshing to read a pre-apocalyptic story. Sheltered is about a community that cut themselves off from society in preparation for an event they predict will wipe out most of the world’s population. After a brutal plan is executed for what is thought to be the greater good, the community is split and we are left with a Lord of the Flies-esque situation. The writing is very fast paced and exciting, packed full of action that keeps you on edge. The focus of the series is on paranoia, greed and how power corrupts, all presented through deep and varied cast of characters.

Southern Bastards – Image

Writer: Jason Aaron

Artist: Jason Latour

Southern Bastards is the gritty tale of a man going back to his home town in Southern America to pick up some old things but quickly gets himself in trouble with the wrong people. One of the driving forces is the very likable main character, incredibly cool with a desire to be peaceful but not afraid to get violent when it’s needed. The setting of a small Southern town really adds to the atmosphere with the quaint little rib shack and the whole town turning out to watch the high school football game masking the viscous underbelly of the place. Jason Aaron has a skill for creating detailed and engrossing environments in which to set his stories and Southern Bastards is a great example of that.

The Woods – BOOM!

Writer: James Tynion IV

Artist: Michael Dialynas

A vibrant and thrilling sci-fi about a school full of students and teachers that is suddenly transported to an alien moon. As the teachers try to get everything under control a small group of pupils leave to explore, led by an arrogant teenager who had a strange vision when they arrived. On their journey they come across strange creatures and ancient architecture, creating more questions about the nature of the place. The vivid colours and action sequences really bring the story to life and together with the alluring plot this is an exceptional start to what promises to a spectacular series.

Reddit Round Up – January 2015

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It’s cold outside (if you live in the UK), it’s only Tuesday and the next bank holiday is months away! So here are some funny or interesting things I’ve found on Reddit to cheer you up.

This woman just cant find the fuel cap on her car!

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Amazing sculpture made from a single block of wood.

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This cat must really like fish.

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Weed Jesus just doesn’t give a damn

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Sometimes inanimate objects fight back.

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Well what would you do if you were in a shop and a tiger wandered in?

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Cows get everywhere

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OH GOD! GET OUT OF THE WATER!

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How to compliment boobs without getting in trouble.

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Exercise can be painful, and funny.

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