Tag: Dan Watters

Preview Review for the Week of 12/9/20: Home Sick Pilots #1

Preview Review for the Week of 12/9/20: Home Sick Pilots #1

Welcome to the latest installment of Preview Reviews.  This is where we give advanced glimpses at some of the comics that will be coming out this Wednesday.

Here at Pop Culture Squad, we are decidedly Anti-Spoiler.  We feel that ruining someone’s experience with something for the sake of getting a scoop or clicks is the wrong thing to do. Therefore, we have decided to publish this column, as necessary, with mostly spoiler-free reviews of upcoming issues.  Hopefully, the information that we share with you will increase your excitement for this book.

This week we have a new series from Dan Watters and Caspar Wijngaard called Home Sick Pilots from Image Comics.

You can find this book at your LCS on December 9, 2020.

Home Sick Pilots #1
Image Comics
Written by Dan Watters
Art by Caspar Wijngaard
Letters by Aditya Bidikar
Cover Art by Wijngaard

Original Solicitation:

The team behind LIMBO, DAN WATTERS and CASPAR WIJNGAARD, launch a brand-new ONGOING SERIES.

In the summer of 1994, a haunted house walks across California. Inside is Ami, lead singer of a high school punk band-who’s been missing for weeks. How did she get there, and what do these ghosts want? Expect three-chord songs and big bloody action that’s Power Rangers meets The Shining (yes, really).

PCS Review:

This is a great starting effort for this series. It is creepie and intense. The creative team use interesting time shifting that results in three main time settings through the book. That results in both the beginning and end scenes being “the present”, while the middle scenes are the backstory that sets the readers’ frame of reference for what is to come. The dialogue is well crafted and Watters is able to convey a great deal of character history with natural conversation.

Caspar Wijngaard is absolutely fantastic. His panel structure is dynamic without being chaotic. There is flow to the visual narrative that brings the reader into the fabric of the book. The subject matter makes the feeling of envelopment within the narrative somewhat disconcerting, but only because there is a strong sense of terror in the pages of this book.

The color work and figure designs that Wijngaard delivers are top notch. Aditya Bidikar letters this book flawlessly adding just the right amount of distinction in dialogue balloons and narrative boxes to allow for clear reading and an enjoyable experience.

Home Sick Pilots is really a captivating story. It moves between teenage punk angst and horror suddenly and seamlessly. It is visually stunning and has an excellent plot.

Preview Reviews for the week of 8/7/2019: Dead End Kids #1 and Coffin Bound #1

Preview Reviews for the week of 8/7/2019: Dead End Kids #1 and Coffin Bound #1

Welcome to the latest installment of Preview Reviews.  This is where we give advanced glimpses at some of the comics that will be coming out this Wednesday.

A reminder for you. Here at PopCultureSquad, we are decidedly Anti-Spoiler.  We feel that ruining someone’s experience with something for the sake of getting a scoop or clicks is the wrong thing to do. Therefore, we have decided to publish this column, as necessary, with mostly spoiler-free reviews of upcoming issues.  Hopefully, the information that we share with you will increase your excitement for these books.

This week we have TWO preview comics. The first is the debut of Dead End Kids by Frank Gogol and Nenad Cvitcanin, published by Source Point Press. The second book is the premiere issue of Coffin Bound by Dan Watters and Dani from Image Comics. Both of these books have been eagerly anticipated and are featured in our New Number Ones column for August.

You can find Dead End Kids and Coffin Bound at your LCS on August 7, 2019.

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Spotlight Interview with Comics Writer Alex Paknadel

Spotlight Interview with Comics Writer Alex Paknadel

Alex Paknadel is a rising star in the field of comics writing. In 2019, he has completed his highly acclaimed first series with Vault Comics called Friendo. He has continued as the writer of the Lion Forge book Kino, which is set in the Catalyst Prime universe. He also wrote a four-part mini-series for Valiant called Incursion.

After breaking into the comics scene in 2015 with Arcadia from Boom! Studios, he has developed a reputation for thought-provoking storytelling. Often his topics cover deep socio-political subjects, but he can write a super-hero fight scene with the best of them. If you follow our Preview Reviews or Everything We Read columns, you will find Alex show up regularly there.

We caught up with Alex in Chicago at C2E2 in March, and this interview was captured then.

PopCultureSquad: Recently [in March 2019] there was an announcement that you and your White Noise studio mates [Dan Watters, Ram V, and Ryan O’Sullivan] have new books coming from Vault Comics. What can you tell us about that?

Alex Paknadel: We’ve re-upped with Vault for another tranche of books for 2019-2020. Dan Watters and I have started work on a book called Earthcrosser, which is being gorgeously illustrated by a brilliant Scottish artist named Pablo Clark. Ram and Ryan’s plans for 2020 are well-advanced too, so expect great things.

PCS: Ok, and you guys know what you are doing? You are excited about the new books?

AP: Yeah, we were able to get fantastic creative teams for the first wave of books, and we have managed to at least equal the quality of creative talent for this next set if not go beyond that.

We have been viewing Vault, and I hope they don’t get upset for me saying this but, as sort of an outlet for our “Boutique Books”. These are the ones where we take big risks.

PCS: Are they the ones that are most personal? Continue reading “Spotlight Interview with Comics Writer Alex Paknadel”