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Courtesy Septagon Studios, Inc.

Courtesy Septagon Studios, Inc.

Back in November, gameandcomic.com reviewed the first volume of Archeologists of Shadows, The Resistance.  We were big fans, particularly noting the book’s fantastic action sequences and dreamlike art. (Read Andrew’s full review of A.O.S. Vol. 1 here.)  But is the second installment of Septagon Studios’ most ambitious project, Once a Nightmare, any good? (more…)

Courtesy Septagon Studios Inc.

Courtesy Septagon Studios Inc.

Tomorrow, I’ll be revealing my review of Septagon Studios’ Archeologists of Shadows, Volume 2: Once a Nightmare.  But as a sneak peek, check of some of Patricio Clarey’s art from the book ComicsBulletin.com called “absolutely breathtaking.” (more…)

Aquaman #13 cover by Ivan Reis.  Hawkeye # 2 cover by David Aja.

Aquaman #13 cover by Ivan Reis. Hawkeye # 2 cover by David Aja.

For over 70 years, Aquaman had been lauded by DC Comics as one of their most singularly important character properties alongside icons like Superman and Batman.  Yet for all of DC’s posturing fans had never seemed to frame Aquaman as anything more than a silly, overrated merman who talks to fish.  Marvel’s Hawkeye, with his gaudy purple uniform and yawn-worthy bow-and-arrow gimmick, had suffered a similar stigma throughout the years.  However, 2012’s biggest industry initiatives—DC’s New 52, Marvel NOW, and Marvel’s ‘The Avengers’ movie series—have finally turned Aquaman and Hawkeye into exciting, profitable franchises. (more…)

‘Hawkeye’ #7 cover by David Aja

In January, Marvel will release a special issue of their best-selling book ‘Hawkeye’ as a tribute to the many inspiring acts of real-world heroism on display since Super Storm Sandy ravaged much of the East Coast.  Matt Fraction, the writer of the ongoing series, promises to donate all of his royalties from the issue to the hurricane relief efforts by the American Red Cross.  This is just the latest example of a charitable cause championed by the comics industry in recent years.

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If you could not make it to New York Comic Con last month, you missed out on two great comic art shows: the 2nd Annual NYCC Charity Art Auction to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and DC Entertainment’s “Darkness & Light” exhibition and education tour to benefit relief efforts in the Horn of Africa.  However, if you’re in the New England area you may be inclined to visit the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA.  Showing now until February 24 is famed comic illustrator and painter Alex Ross’ exhibit, “Heroes & Villains.” (more…)

Zan and Jayna.  Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver.  Professor Charles Xavier and Cassandra Nova.  Psylocke and Captain Britain.  Some are good, some are evil, and some hang out with a blue monkey named Gleek.  Twins are everywhere in comic books, and it turns out I’ve got one, too.  Cooler yet, my twin brother Shaun loves Comicology as much as I do, and he’s hoping to provide a place for a dialogue on and deconstruction of the comics industry with his new project: “ComicsTheory.”

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Steve McNiven’s Official Poster for NYCC.

The annual New York Comic Con is now less than 22 days away, and I will be there live and in person at the Javits Center for the entire convention weekend.  I will be journaling my adventures for you here on Gamenomics & Comicology, but it’s already the perfect time to start following what has become one of the world’s biggest comic conventions.  Yesterday afternoon, NYCC unveiled its full panel schedule.  In anticipation, let’s take a look at some of the awesome main attractions that have been announced.

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