RIP David Phillips

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Chris and I would like to take a moment to offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of David Phillips. For those who don’t know him, he was an owner of The Launchpad a comic book store here in Lodi, California. A few days ago his life was senselessly, and tragically, cut short in an automobile accident.

I didn’t know him well at all. I knew him as a kind of quiet, sweet, and extremely funny guy from going in the shop. I walked past the shop a couple days before he was killed, and didn’t stop in. I just had lunch with the kids and wanted to get them home. But even just in that moment of walking by the window he was there, helping a customer, and he still had a wave and a smile for me. He always did. This is an unbelievable loss to his family, his friends, and the community. A GoFundMe has been set up in his name to help his family. If you can help, please do so, and if not please share the link, or this post.

A comic book store is not just part of a community, it is, but it is a community in and of itself.

Tomorrow is promised to no one. Tell your family and your friends you love them. Don’t assume like I did that you will see them again. Again, I ask you please to share the link.

Thank you,

-Kris

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The Magician: The Long Day Kickstarter is live!

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I just wanted to take a minute and point you guys to the Kickstarter that just dropped for the new book from Fifth Dimension Comics, The Magician: The Long Day. 

Written by David M. Brown, with art by the mighty D.N.S. and letters and design by Robin Jones, The Magician is a violent look at the 70’s that drives into the dirt, grime, violence, and dark humor of professional killers, scumbags, criminals and more. Having gotten a look at things ahead of time, I can tell you it is disturbing, and funny, and well worth a look.

Check it out here.

Click or visit here this weekend

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Hey kiddos, just dropping a quick post to some nifty links to stuff around town, and the greater internet suburbs.

First up, it was cool to see a list of 10 cool things to do around The Gravy Cave South aka Lodi, California, that listed my favorite place to score comics The Launchpad. If you’re in the Central Valley area, check it out here.

Looking for a cool monster comic? Check out Monstrous from Greg Wright, Ken Lamung and Travis McIntire. They have reached what they set out to on Kickstarter but that’s no reason for you not to check out the book here.

Over at the awesome Longbox Graveyard, Paul is taking a look at all the new #1’s from Marvel Comics. All of them. Stop by and check out all the reviews here.

It wouldn’t be a post from me without getting distracted by some sort of musical instruments or something music related. It what has to be one of the most talked about new gear announcements in ages, Korg is releasing an analog poly synth for about $500! Check out the specs, videos, and more over at Synthtopia.

I’ll be back with Omega: The Unknown and more soon. Love you, baby bird.

-Kris

Holiday stuff!

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The internet is busy still eating its own tail with some movie about Star Tours or something and why you should love it or why you shouldn’t and something, something, NOSTALGIA, THE FEELS, and I’m just hiding in the mountains. The Force Awakens after the jump, bitches!
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DMC and Comics: Secret Origins

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Our homies over at Mr. Throwback Thursday had a special guest on their show yesterday, the one and only DMC!

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It was a great talk, not only does he have a comic book of his own in the works, but he talks a lot about his own history with comics growing up. He goes into taking inspiration and using superheroes to give him the confidence to do his thing, and how he loved Marvel growing up because they weren’t in some fictional city, but New York, and how that resonated with him. That’s awesome enough, but it’s much more than that.

What really makes it a great talk is just his enthusiasm, after all this time, he’s still a fanboy. He gushes over the MC’s that inspired him, and is just so positive, and humble, you can’t help but smile.
Head over to MrThrowbackThursday.com or find them on Stitcher and iTunes.
-Kris

Comics, Skateboards And Other Cool Stuff Around The Web

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I just wanted to take a minute and do a quick post to some cool things going on around the web this week. Check ’em out.

Blackwood Cottage: The Art Of Jessica Stadtmueller– Check out Jessica’s awesome creations here and congratulations to Jessica for being featured in this months issue of Stuffed Magazine!

Rags & Old Iron– For some other amazing art, jewelry, and more check out this stuff from my friend Jen, including her amazing comics bracelets in her Etsy shop here.

Mr. Throwback Thursday– It’s not Thursday, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still throwback. Give Jamie and Bill a visit over at their site here and give a listen to their awesome old-school hip-hop podcast and more at their site.

Grape City Con– I’m very happy to see that Grape City Con was a success and the date for next year has been announced. The show will be Saturday, February 13th. Check out the announcement for the show and the amazing poster for the show here and if you’re anywhere near the Central Valley here in California, come on by.

Prophetica– I talked to Tim Mayer awhile back and you can check Prophetica, written by Vince Twelve, Pencils & Inks by Tim Mayer, Colors by Jason Wordie, and edited by Chris Wolfgang here and read it in your browser or as a pay what you want digital download.

RamshackleFifth Dimension Comics is back, to bring us Ramshackle: An Art Presentation, a 32 page book featuring a murderers row of contributors. D.N.S., Ray Wegner, Doug Michel, Shawn Daley, Timothy Conroy, Claire Connelly and John Bunger, combine forces for the book, and some amazing skateboard decks. Go here.

Creative Women Mini-Con 2015-  Empire’s Comics Vault in Sacramento is gearing up for their 3rd annual Creative Women Mini-Con on Saturday, October 3rd, They have a ton of talented women lined up including Barbara Kesel. (I just reread the Hawk & Dove mini, review coming soon) for a full list of guests and more information, click here.

And finally, my post about Keegan-Micheal Key and Dwayne McDuffie from September 5th, has in fact been confirmed, as seen here on Bleeding Cool.

-Kris