Wednesday, December 31, 2014

@mrsoffe33's Top 20 Albums of 2014 Part 2 of 2

@mrsoffe33's Top 20 Albums of 2014 Part 1 of 2

Jay and Silent Bob Action Figures Strike Back!

OK #SModomites - we've got the gift for the ultimate @ThatKevinSmith and @JayMewes fan! These figures are UNCANNY! Seriously, if you follow the action-figure world you know that Diamond Select Toys (*the one division of Diamond Comics that doesn't suck ass-holes *@apartofhim --editor's note--) make the best action figures!

apartofhim had this to say:
American-designed action figures have become SOOOOOO much better in the past five years. This summer, when the Marvel Legends Black Widow Movie Figure was released, I couldn't think figures would get more true-to-life... Nope I was wrong. Super star artist-sculpture Patrick Pigott knocks these Jay and Bob figures so far out of the park, they had to create a new league where he just plays against himself. Seriously, these aren't just figs for #SMod fans, these are figures for fig fans.
These figures will go fast. Death Ray Comics is selling the figures as singles and as a set. Check 'em out, as they are starting WELL BELOW retail and Amazon Prime prices.

The Sculptor - Review

(W/A/CA) Scott McCloud
FOC/OIC Date:  1/6/2015
On The Rack:  2/4/2015
MSRP: $29.99
Pages:  496
Color:  Black/White

David Smith is giving his life for his art - literally. Thanks to a deal with Death, the young sculptor gets his childhood wish: to sculpt anything he can imagine with his bare hands. But now that he only has 200 days to live, deciding what to create is harder than he thought, and discovering the love of his life at the eleventh hour isn't making it any easier. This is a story of desire taken to the edge of reason and beyond; of the frantic, clumsy dance steps of young love; and a gorgeous portrait of the world's greatest city. It's also about the small, warm, human moment of everyday life. Scott McCloud wrote the book on how comics work, now he vaults into great fiction with a breathtaking new work.

On February 5, 2015, Scott McClouds newest graphic novel, The Sculptor, goes on sale. Do yourself a favor, make sure you have pre-ordered this book. Because once word gets out, they will sell - fast!

I sat trying to write a review after finishing the book... This is what I came up with:

I've been starring at my screen for almost an hour; I type half a sentence, reflect more on "The Sculptor," and then delete it and try again. I don't know how to articulate how masterfully McCloud tells this story through a medium that obviously means so much to him.

When the validity of the Arts is ever questioned, it's works like "The Sculptor," that we raise proclaiming  McClouds' own words, "And life without it -- it's not enough."

I fully expect this book to win all the awards, deservedly.

Think of it this way, if "American Gods" conceived a child with "Blankets," you would end up with "The Sculptor."

This is by far the best thing I've read in a very, very long time.