With Further Ado #294: Robot Monster 3-D Comic

With Further Ado #294: Robot Monster 3-D Comic

One of the most fun things I do is host the Screams & Screens movie series at Auburn Public Theater. We celebrate old movie, with a real emphasis on 50s/60s/70s Science Fiction and Horror movies. You know, the type of thing that makes life worth living.

And don’t worry, we’re about to announce the new season. Keep an eye out on the Auburn Public Theater website!

Robot Monster is one of those movies that we really should include in our line-up. It’s schlocky, cheaply made and totally wonderful. And it was filmed in the Bronson Canyon area, which you’ve seen in dozens of movies and every time the Adam West and the Batmobile roared out of the Batcave.

My old pal Paul Castiglia is part of a new comics project focusing on this forgotten property. Only it’s never really been forgotten.

ROBOT MONSTER COMICS IN 3-D is truly an ‘alpha and omega’ project,” says editor and contributing writer, Paul Castiglia of ARCHIE’S WEIRD MYSTERIES fame. “It features both the first comics fiction scripted by noted teenage comic book historian, Carl Scheckel, and the participation of the film’s last surviving cast member, Gregory Moffett, among other points of fascination for pop culture fans everywhere.”

I’m excited for this one. Here’s their official Press Release: Continue reading “With Further Ado #294: Robot Monster 3-D Comic”

New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 4/17/2024

New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 4/17/2024

Welcome to the New Number Ones!

Each week we bring you the list of new series and special editions coming this week. We are highlighting what you need to put in your cart at the comic shop or digital marketplace.

This week’s list has some very interesting new series and graphic novels as well as a massive collection of a something very small.

We have an alphabetical list with cover art and the official solicitation text from the publishers of some of the cool new comics that are coming out this week. Check below for our PCS NOTES to find out what we just have to tell you about the new comics in question.

We have books on this week’s list from:  Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, Boom! Studios, Mad Cave Studios, Fantagraphics Books, Dynamite Entertainment, and Marvel Comics.

We will bring you reviews of these debut issues as they come out, and don’t forget to use the comments section to let us know what you think of this list.

New Series
New One-Shots and Special Editions


Blow Away #1
Boom! Studios
Written by Zac Thompson
Art by Nicola Izzo
Cover Art by Annie Wu

Unyielding wildlife photographer Brynne Brautigan, isolated in the remote cold of Baffin Island, sees something she can’t unsee.

An argument, followed by an outburst of intense violence between two nearby climbers-did she just witness a murder?

In a frantic search for the truth, Brynne discovers just what she’s looking for, but little does she know that more than the silent white of winter is keeping her company…

Hit writer Zac Thompson (Hunt for the Skinwalker, Cemetery Kids Don’t Die) and star artist Nicola Izzo (Buffy: The Last Vampire Slayer) team up for this neo-noir crime thriller rife with murder and paranoia, in the tradition of Fargo and Rear Window!

Release Date: April 17, 2024

PCS NOTES: This is exactly the kind of story I want to be reading from Zac Thompson. It goes on the pull list.


Dudley Datson and the Forever Machine #1
Dark Horse Comics
Written by Scott Snyder
Art by Jamal Igle, Juan Castro, & Chris Sotomayor
Letters by Tom Napolitano
Cover Art by Igle

From New York Times bestselling creators Scott Snyder and Jamal Igle comes this rollicking sci-fi adventure story about a boy, his dog, and a machine that controls time and space! What could go wrong?

Have you ever wondered why all the great figures in history had a pet companion, and if they were all running from the same mysterious threat? Such questions have never crossed the mind of Dudley Datson, a fifteen year-old with a penchant for invention. But when dastardly foes turn his world upside down, Dudley is going to have to start facing things beyond his wildest imagination in this modern day fable.

Release Date: April 17, 2024

PCS NOTES: We are finally getting the printed version of this Comixology Original. If you are unfamiliar with this book, you will be delighted by it. Continue reading “New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 4/17/2024”

Brainiac On Banjo: History Never Ends, But…

Brainiac On Banjo: History Never Ends, But…

“Trina wears her wampum beads, she fills her drawing book with line. Sewing lace on widow’s weeds, and filigree on leaf and vine.” from Ladies of the Canyon,” written by Joni Mitchell in tribute to Trina Robbins in 1970.

Much has been written about the passing of Trina Robbins, and I stand behind every syllable I’ve read. I will not be joining that informative chorus, but instead I will be discussing one of her final works, Dauntless Dames: High-Heeled Heroes of the Comics, published less than eight months ago.

This remarkably oversized tome, roughly the size of a tabloid newspaper, is from Fantagraphics Books’ Sunday Press imprint. Trina had a co-conspirator on this one, strip historian, connoisseur and Sunday Press honcho Peter Maresca. It is a true gem.

As the title suggests, Dauntless Dames puts the spotlight on a wide-variety of adventure comic strips that star women. Many, such as Tarpé Mills’ Miss Fury, Dale Messick’s Brenda Starr and Jackie Ormes’ Torchy Brown (later revived as Heartbeats) were produced by women — and women cartoonists were hardly a common sight before the Vietnam War. Male cartoonists who employed women heroes include Frank Godwin’s Connie, Russell Stamm’s Invisible Scarlet O’Neil, Bob Oksner’s Miss Cairo Jones, and Jack Sparling’s Claire Voyant… not to be confused with the current drag performer of the same name. Continue reading “Brainiac On Banjo: History Never Ends, But…”

With Further Ado #294: Tripwire Explains that Crime Does Not Pay

With Further Ado #294: Tripwire Explains that Crime Does Not Pay

5 and ½ Questions with Tripwire’s Joel Meadows

Joel Meadows is always juggling the most interesting projects, so I’m elated that I was able to speak with him and ask him 5 and ½ Questions about the next issue of Tripwire Magazine.

Question #1
Ed Catto: Can you give us a little background on Tripwire?

Joel Meadows: Tripwire has existed as a print magazine covering the worlds of comics, film, TV and art since 1992 and online since 2015. We publish a print magazine three times a year, currently in a high production value of a 100-page format. We have garnered a lot of industry fans over the years:

“Tripwire is research done right celebrating and investigating the love of comic books.” – writer/ artist Jimmy Palmiotti (Harley Quinn, Jonah Hex, Pop Kill, Paper Films)

“Tripwire is a vibrant part of entertainment coverage – specifically comics and geek culture. Supporting them, we support ourselves.” – writer Alex Segura (Pete Fernandez book series)

“Tripwire is always well-researched and enthusiastic, by people who truly care about the importance of story. It’s analytical without losing heart.”–JH Williams III (artist, Echolands, Promethea, Batwoman)

” Tripwire has been for over three decades the touchstone of comic book culture in the U.K and one of the leading periodicals dedicated to this narrative art form. Incisive, smart and always relevant.” – Guillermo del Toro (Oscar winning director, The Shape of Water)

“Tripwire covers such a wide variety of topics in the world of news, entertainment and the arts, and covers them so well, that it’s pretty much become my go-to source for what’s going on in media. I know if Tripwire is covering a subject, it’s not only interesting, fun and informative, it’s also legit.” –Bill Sienkiewicz (legendary artist and illustrator)

Question #2:
EC: The current issue of Tripwire looks especially fun. What’s it all about?
Continue reading “With Further Ado #294: Tripwire Explains that Crime Does Not Pay”

New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 4/10/24

New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 4/10/24

Welcome to the New Number Ones!

Each week we bring you the list of new series and special editions coming this week. We are highlighting what you need to put in your cart at the comic shop or digital marketplace.

This is a bit of a crazy week in that there are no new series or notable bigger books from Marvel or DC Comics this week. Not to worry. There are a bunch of great looking new books from other publishers and we are looking forward to a whole lot of these new comics.

We have an alphabetical list with cover art and the official solicitation text from the publishers of some of the cool new comics that are coming out this week. Check below for our PCS NOTES to find out what we just have to tell you about the new comics in question.

We have books on this week’s list from:  Dark Horse Comics, Image Comics, Boom! Studios, Mad Cave Studios, Ablaze Publishing, Drawn and Quarterly, Ahoy Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, and IDW Publishing.

We will bring you reviews of these debut issues as they come out, and don’t forget to use the comments section to let us know what you think of this list.

New Series
New One-Shots and Special Editions


New Series This Week 


Deadweights #1
Ahoy Comics
Written by Tyrone Finch
Art by Sebastián Piriz
Cover Art by Piriz

Is this another exciting new superhero universe? No—just a buddy comedy about two unlucky henchmen trying to make their way in the world! DEADWEIGHTS takes a hard look at what happens after the fight when the villains are tired of being villains, and the heroes aren’t as heroic as they want you to think. Written by Tyrone Finch (Swine, Station 19) and gorgeously drawn by Sebastián Piriz (We Ride Titans). Featuring the first of six “mug shot” incentive covers by Richard Pace (Second Coming), which will form a linked image.

Release Date: April 10, 2024

PCS NOTES: This just looks like it will be tons of fun.


Hercules #1
Dynamite Entertainment
Written by Elliott Kalan
Art by George Kambadais
Cover Art by Kambadais

THE CHAMPION OF OLYMPUS RETURNS!

The world’s favorite demigod-turned-mortal is back, and he’s about to embark on the biggest adventure since The Odyssey!

The Greek gods don’t really get why Hercules chose a mortal life over the opportunity to join them on Mt. Olympus, but since he proved his mettle as a hero many times over, they’re happy to enlist his help with missions that require interventions in the earthly realm. So when Aphrodite grants an artist’s wish that his sculpture be brought to life, Herc gets the call to clean things up when the newly conscious artwork proves to be more bone-crushingly lively than expected!

But after discovering that the rogue statue is just misunderstood, and a little rambunctious (much like himself as a youth), Hercules returns to explain the situation to Aphrodite – only to find her temple empty and abandoned. Is the goddess of love just pouting, or is something more sinister afoot? If you know anything about classic mythology, you know it’s going to be the latter!

The immortal team of Emmy Award-winning writer ELLIOTT KALAN (The Daily Show) and Gargoyles artist GEORGE KAMBADAIS bring these legends of antiquity to hilarious new life in this brand-new ongoing series. This premier issue also features a pantheon of divinely talented cover artists, including KAMBADAIS, MATTEO LOLLI, FRANCESCO TOMASELLI, and more!

GET READY FOR A WHOLE NEW HERO’S JOURNEY!

Release Date: April 10, 2024

PCS NOTES: The concept that Dynamite has been using with these Disney movie character comics is good for comics and we look forward to this one. Continue reading “New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 4/10/24”

With Further Ado # 292: The Prescience of Otto Binder

With Further Ado # 292: The Prescience of Otto Binder

I dropped by a comic shop in Elmira, NY with a clever name: Heroes Your Mom Threw Out. It’s run by a passionate retailer named Jared Aiosa. You might remember I talked about a signing event he hosted last year with Ed Brisson. This shop is packed full of treasures, and it’s just the type of place that Burgess Meredith would love to get locked into if the world ended (provided he doesn’t break his glasses).

Jared had just acquired some beat-up Silver Age comics, and they caught my eye as they hadn’t been filed yet. Jared sold them to me at bargain prices, and I thoroughly enjoyed them. They were more for reading rather than collecting.

But Superman #188 (July 1966) was a shocker. Wrapped in a glorious Curt Swan/George Klein cover is a story by Otto Binder that’s illustrated by Al Plastino (not my favorite Superman artist) that could have been written last week. It’s all about AI, fake news and the anxiety of elections! Continue reading “With Further Ado # 292: The Prescience of Otto Binder”

New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 4/3/24

New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 4/3/24

Welcome to the New Number Ones!

Each week we bring you the list of new series and special editions coming this week. We are highlighting what you need to put in your cart at the comic shop or digital marketplace.

We have an alphabetical list with cover art and the official solicitation text from the publishers of some of the cool new comics that are coming out this week. Check below for our PCS NOTES to find out what we just have to tell you about the new comics in question.

April is here and this list of books is excellent. We are especially interested in the three Ghost Machine books debuting this week and what that means for the future of that imprint. We have books on this week’s list from: DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Image Comics, Oni Press, Dynamite Entertainment, and IDW Publishing.

We will bring you reviews of these debut issues as they come out, and don’t forget to use the comments section to let us know what you think of this list.

New Series
New One-Shots and Special Editions


New Series This Week 


Akogun: Brutalizer of the Gods #1
Oni Press
Written by Murewa Ayodele
Art by Adedotun Akande
Cover Art by Akande

In an age thought forgotten . . . when man, monster, and the divine all strode the Earth . . . a lone warrior emerges to test the immortality of the cruel gods who would deal destruction with impunity . . . He is a one-man reckoning that stands in defiance of his divine masters with a sword in hand and a thirst for godblood. His name: AKOGUN THE BRUTALIZER! In the tradition of Robert E. Howard’s Conan the Barbarian, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s Thor, and the best-selling God of War franchise, superstars-in-the-making Murewa Ayodele and Dotun Akande—the creative duo behind I Am Iron Man and Moon Knight: Black, White & Blood—usher in a new epoch of African dark fantasyon the ancient continent of Alkebulan with amythic cycle of cosmic destiny and unrelenting warfare colliding man against god . . . and blade against blade! Told across three powerful, oversize, bi-monthly chapters, steady your mind and spirit for a glorious new comics milestone revealing the fabled origin and battle-tested fury of . . .Akogun: Brutalizer of Gods!

Release Date: April 3, 2024

PCS NOTES: Damn, this solicitation has me excited. 


Deadpool #1
Marvel Comics
Written by Cody Ziglar
Art by Rogé Antônio & Guru-eFX
Cover Art by Taurin Clarke

A NEW ERA FOR THE MERC WITH A MOUTH, AND A GUN, AND A SWORD… Cody Ziglar (MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN) has a wild ride planned for the Merc with the mouth! Introducing a terrifying new villain who won’t stop until he catches Wade in his DEATH GRIP. But all work and no play makes Deadpool a very dead boy!

Release Date: April 3, 2024

PCS NOTES: Cody Ziglar is really becoming a star, and we are excited to see what this new wild ride is all about. Continue reading “New Number Ones: New Comics Series and Specials Coming the Week of 4/3/24”

Brainiac On Banjo: Dues For Artificial Intelligence

Brainiac On Banjo: Dues For Artificial Intelligence

“And now you dare to look me in the eye. Those crocodile tears are what you cry. It’s a genuine problem, you won’t try to work it out at all, you just pass it by.” Substitute, written by Pete Townshend

Image created by Jay Vollmar for The Washington Post

I’m about to ask a serious question that should, and eventually will, become central to the artificial intelligence story. It has to do with the conflation of reality and the effluvia of computer-created content.

First, I need to report the backstory that generated my concerns. It’s a tough story revolving around one of the societal taboos that most certainly should be taboo — but it’s not the actions of the perpetrator with which I take issue. This is a closed case: the criminal pleaded guilty and was sentenced.

This is a discussion topic, not an analysis of disgusting acts that the defendant says he committed. I’m discussing a point that rests at a legal and a moral juncture, at least in my mind. Here’s the news story, as reported in The Guardian last Friday.

CONTENT WARNING –  A text version of a news report concerning images of child abuse follows.

Continue reading “Brainiac On Banjo: Dues For Artificial Intelligence”

Special Squadcast Interview with Michele Abounader

Special Squadcast Interview with Michele Abounader

Well. our latest SquadCast episode is available on YouTube now. It features an interview with comic editor and writer Michele Abounader about her latest project: When I Was Young… (An LGBTQIA+ Charity Comic Anthology).

Michele has been the editor on several comic anthologies including: The Color of Always and Sharp Wit and the Company of Women. Both projects were crowdfunded and subsequently printed for mass distribution by A Wave Blue World.

The latest project is a collection of superstar creators who are contributing deeply personal stories for this anthology of short stories of inspiration, advice, and triumph. The money raised above paying the creators for their work and printing and shipping costs will be donated to the Trevor Project which is a charity that we support here at PCS.

This interview was recorded before the project was officially funded on Backerkit.com, but it is now fully funded and we encourage everyone to go and check it out.

Please enjoy this interview and the information regarding the project below and support this anthology.

Continue reading “Special Squadcast Interview with Michele Abounader”

With Further Ado #291: From Convention to Comic Shop

With Further Ado #291: From Convention to Comic Shop

Conventions can be the perfect place for discovery. Here are three comics that I wouldn’t have stumbled across if not for first learning about them at conventions:

The Displaced
By Ed Brisson and Luca Casalanguida
Published by BOOM! Studios

After the recent ComicsPRO industry meeting, all the attendees traveled to various comic shops in the Pittsburgh area. The first stop was Pittsburgh Comics, owned and operated by Colin McMahon. Wow – what a fantastic store-it’s laid out well, upbeat and fun. Plus, it’s stuffed with so many treasures!

During this visit, Ed Brisson was on site signing and selling copies of his new comic, The Displaced. Brisson is an innovative writer and an industrious entrepreneur. I’ve been a big fan of his ever since I read his time traveling Comeback comic series. He always seems just as happy selling his books as he is creating them. I bought two issues of The Displaced #1 from him. Upon reflection, I wish I had bought his variant issue. He explained that sales from that comic fuels his signing tours.

The Displaced is a moody thriller with a disastrous event and then a creepy cover-up. It almost seems like it could be a modern-day version of one of the best The Twilight Zone episodes that never existed.

I had enjoyed Luca Casalanguida’s art on Scout’s Honor from AfterShock Comics a few years ago, and he’s only gotten better. (That one was written by David Pepose, and I’m eager for his new take on Space Ghost for Dynamite). Continue reading “With Further Ado #291: From Convention to Comic Shop”