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The Greatest Comic Book Covers #2 - Detective Comics #27

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The Dark Knight Detective has cast a vigilant shadow over the comic book world for over 70 years now! Geek Genie continues its ongoing series with #2 and a look at the first appearance of The Batman in Detective Comics #27!   With those immortal words, The Batman was born. And he's been striking fear into the hearts of criminals ever since. Fresh off the success of Action Comics #1, National Allied Publications (later known as DC Comics) delivered yet another iconic character. Bill Finger, assisted by Bob Kane, introduced the story of millionaire Bruce Wayne and his obsessive quest for justice in the guise of his Bat-alter ego.                        As Action Comics #1 had done previously, The Batman leapt off the pages of Detective Comics #27. But this time, instead of a brightly coloured Superman performing miraculous feats of...
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The Best of 2017 And The Most Anticipated For 2018

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In this special article, I will look at the smashing year we've had in 2017 and what's to come in 2018! This is our version of The Oscar's!   Movie of the Year:  Star Wars the Last Jedi     Nominees: Logan Blade Runner 2049 War of the Planet of the Apes Thor Ragnarok   Most anticipated Movie of 2018:  Avengers Infinity War                     TV Show of the Year:  Stranger Things 2       Nominees: The Punisher Arrow Agents of Shield Legion   Most anticipated TV show of 2018:  Watchmen                             Game of the Year: Fortnite     Nominees: Super Mario Odyssey Injustice 2 PES 2018 Assassin's Creed Origins   Most anticipated game of 2018: Spider-Man PS4     Comic Book of the year:  DC Rebirth The...
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Interview with INFIDEL Creators Pornsak Pichetshote and Aaron Campbell

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March 2018 sees the release of the hugely anticipated horror story INFIDEL published by Image Comics. We caught up with creators Pornsak Pichetshote and Aaron Campbell to discuss love, race, Islamophobia and things that go bump in the night! GG: Before we talk about your latest project, can you tell us about your backgrounds? How did you guys break into comic books? Pornsak: I pretty much fell ass-backwards into comics. At the time, I was a writer / filmmaker freelancing on NYC indy film sets with no intention of working a 9-to-5 when I heard about an opening at Vertigo Comics, working as Karen Berger’s assistant editor. I only took the interview so I could say I met Karen, since I was such a big fan of hers and Vertigo. I honestly wasn’t really interested in the job. I just wanted to keep freelancing on film sets and eventually become a...
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Rok of The Reds - Interview With John Wagner

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Geek Genie caught up with legendary comic book creator John Wagner to talk about the 2018 slated sequal to "Rok of The Reds". Get ready for aliens, action and football!    GG : For those who didn’t pick up the first series, can you tell our audience a bit about Rok of the Reds? JW: To escape galactic assassins, mighty alien shape-changer Rok of the Arkadii flees to the far reaches of the galaxy – the planet Earth - where to conceal himself he assumes the identity of the first human he encounters – bad boy footballer Kyle Dixon.   In this identity Rok develops a deep fascination with the game – a fascination that may end in death as his pursuers are hot on his tail. GG: There’s a long tradition of football themed comic books that came out of the UK. Do you see this as a continuation of that tradition?...
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Monolith Comics Announces AMA - Comic Creation A-Z!

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On February 2, 2018 at 6:00 pm EST Monolith Comics is going to be running an AMA about everything on how create a comic from conception, to creating, to the printed piece and then marketing your product. Monolith Comics is running an AMA, which stands for "Ask Me Anything". It is entitled the following: "This AMA is about how to write, layout, pencil, ink print and distribute, and market a comic book by Monolith Comics' Theodore Riddle." In this dynamic AMA you will have the opportunity to get answers to you questions about every aspect of creating a comic book from the conception all the way to the printed piece and then how to effectively market your product. You will have the opportunity to draw upon my 20 years of experinece in self publishing graphic novels through demos and illustrations as well as links to other professionals websites and tutitorials...
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Malta Braced For Comic Con!

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FIFTH WAVE OF GUESTS AND EXHIBITORS FOR MALTA COMIC CON 2017 ANNOUNCED AND OFFICIAL POSTER UNVEILED! (Your Home, Your Place to Shine!) November 10 th 2017, Malta   Wicked Comics are proud to announce that guests Dani , Michael Dialynas , Nigel Twumasi (mayamada) , Phil Elliot , Samuela Cannata (Umas Lady ) and Valentin Secher as well as exhibitors Dejan Kostic , Joseph Bugeja , Marianne Scicluna Lauri , Jean Luc Portelli , Peter Magro , Ivan Mallia , Marianne Galea and Toy Town Collectables will be joining the previously announced guest and exhibitors amongst the highlights of Malta Comic Convention (MCC) 2017. Wicked Comics are also proud to unveil the official poster for this year’s event magnificently designed by guest creator Dani and edited by Wicked Comics’ Kenneth Micallef. The 9 th edition of the Malta Comic Con (MCC) will be held on Saturday 2 rd December (10am-6pm)...
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The Indie Index - Interview with Cy Dethan

The Indie Index - Interview with Cy Dethan
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Who are you and if you were to have any super power what would it be, and why? I'm Cy Dethan - writer of comics, freelance nihilist and recovering professional magician. As for picking a superpower (assuming that immortality and total invulnerability to all forms of physical harm are off the table), in order of preference: 1) The Midnighter's ability to analyse and predict the outcome of any situation. 2) Karnak's ability to find the flaw in any object, concept or strategy. 3) Uh... something awesome with lasers, I guess?Or Satanic Sex Powers, maybe. Either's good.   Your first break was with Starship Troopers in 2006, how did that  come about? Arse-backwards. I was playtesting a miniatures wargame for Mongoose Publishing, based on the Roughnecks TV show (a spin-off from Starship Troopers). The company, as it turned out, also had the licence to produce Troopers comics, so I threw in...
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The Indie Index - Review - Hail #6-7

The Indie Index - Review - Hail #6-7
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Hail issue 6 & 7 has successfully been funded on Kickstarter. And they have delivered. If you’re not familiar with Hail, do yourself a favour and go buy the previous issues. Hail follows Lena, an aspiring lawyer who turns to glass when anxiety strikes. She learns to work through her anxieties and turn it into a strength to help those in need.  With so many superhero comics being released, it’s easier for readers to get superhero fatigue. That’s why Hail is so refreshing. It’s a story that has an honest insight into someone dealing with anxieties and depression. Lena is high functioning; she is successful at her work as an aspiring lawyer and is learning to control her powers. However, she is still overwhelmed by the daily aspects of life and battles her depression internally while battling the villains in the streets and on the rooftops. Issues 6 and 7...
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The Indie Index is expanding

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The Indie Index has been swamped with reviews, interviews and Kickstarter campaigns since the very first day of the announcement. Up until now, The Indie Index was a one-person project headed by myself, Mike Speakman. It's time to expand the ranks as I don't have the time available for all of the incoming requests that I've been receiving. That being said, The Indie Index will move forward with the assistance of various contributors along the way.  The first of the new contributors are Aaron Magnuson and Steven Randall. They are each reviewing projects and will be published here through The Indie Index. Keep an eye out for their articles over the next few days.  I look forward to bringing more and more contributors onboard as time progresses. 
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The Indie Index - Review - The Pale #1-2

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The Pale opens with coffee, okay I'm listening. The coffee machine is broken and now I feel for these characters. Now that I've mentioned coffee and have gotten you invested, let's talk about The Pale. Police procedural type comics are great, especially when they're based in a small rural town where everyone knows everyone. It's a guilty pleasure of mine. Only if the dialogue and pacing is right, though. The Pale ticks all of the boxes. Perfect timing, great dialogue and realistic characters. Fabares’ art isn't what I'd expect to show up in a comic of the crime genre. I was expecting gritty, loose art which seems to be the trend. However, the lines are crisp and they serve their purpose. The art is almost playful, at times, but you know what? It works. There's a simplicity behind the art that's completely endearing. The art fits perfectly to The Pale. Without...
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The Indie Index - Interview with Pat Shand

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For those playing at home, introduce yourself along with some of your works. I’m a writer and content creator, and I’ve been mostly making comics and novels in my career so far. I’ve worked on Robyn Hood, Adventure Time, Guardians of the Galaxy, Iron Man, Avengers, Thor, Disney Princess, Charmed, Underdog, Casper. A lot of freelance work. I’m starting to focus more on original creations, while still keeping the freelance projects going.   How long have you been writing for and at what point did you realise that you wanted to pursue writing as a career? Oh, I’ve been writing for as long as I could read. Shortly after reading my first couple of novels, both of them Goosebumps books, I started creating my own short stories. I’d ask my mom to get her typewriter down from the attic, or scrawl what I could in the margins of my notebooks....
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The Indie Index - Interview with Ryan K. Lindsay

The Indie Index - Interview with Ryan K. Lindsay
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Ryan K. Lindsay creates stories that happen to be the freshest out there, his stories and characters are the kind that you can't not care about. RKL is the closest that the comics medium has ever gotten to a Hunter S. Thompson-esqe writer (and I'm including Ellis' Transmetropolitan in that). Read below and try to come out of the other side without a fresh perspective on comics. Just try it. Who are you and why should comic readers know who you are? I'm Ryan K Lindsay, an Australian comic writer. I've written BEAUTIFUL CANVAS with Sami Kivela at Black Mask , NEGATIVE SPACE with Owen Gieni at Dark Horse , and have also been published at IDW , Vertigo, ComixTribe , and a few other places. Beyond that, I've run 5 successful Kickstarter campaigns, too. Five words to describe your writing style: Ugh, what a pretentious goon. You've got a...
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The Indie Index - Kickstarter Spotlight: Voodoo Detective

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Before we go any further, can we please take a moment to recognise how cool of a title 'VOODOO DETECTIVE' is?! Rik Favino contacted me to shine a light on his current Kickstarter campaign for VOODOO DETECTIVE. Gladly! VOODOO DETECTIVE: Old Wounds and Other Tales is a 48-Page Occult/Pulp/Horror Comic, starring Jackson Delmond, New Orleans’ resident Occult Investigator; a man who must use his strange gifts to defend against deadly threats, amidst the swamp-filled, supernatural South. Featuring the gorgeous artwork of Dominic Black, the visually stunning colors of Laura Lee and written by the esteemed R. Thomas Favino, VOODOO DETECTIVE: Old Wounds and Other Tales is the first book in a new comic series, which boasts four separate, serial anthology-style stories. Check out the Kickstarter campaign HERE .
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