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Danger Club 6 solicitation...
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DANGER CLUB #6
from IMAGE COMICS

story LANDRY Q. WALKER
art / cover ERIC JONES

NOVEMBER 28
32 PAGES / FC / T+
$2.99
As all of reality collapses, Kid Vigilante travels through the land of the dead in search of salvation.




Jamal Igle's Molly Danger Kickstarter...
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Hi again internet. Just wanted to come by and encourage support for Jamal Igle's upcoming comic project: Molly Danger. It looks great, and I have alot of respect for where Jamal is coming from with this book. You can read more about it and donate to the Kickstarter fund via the link below:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mollydanger/molly-danger

Danger Club at SDCC 2012 Limited edition prints!
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Coming up on SDCC 2012, and we have some special very limited edition prints available from our current series, Danger Club. Each 11x17 print one is limited to 20 copies and will sell for $20.00 each (or $15.00 with any 2 issues of Danger Club 1-3).

Each print will only be available one day.

We will be permanently situated at the Image Comics Booth, and can alos be contacted online at any time via twitter @landryqwalker.


Available Thursday.



Available Friday.


Available Saturday.


Available Sunday.

Danger Club Preview
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Hi internet! Here's the preview of Danger Club that ran in Invincible.

We have one week until FOC, so please let retailers know if you'd like to get a copy of this book. Every order counts! Retailers, please help us out. We have poured everything we can into this book. Time, money, and energy. We need orders and we need readers and we need you to help us reach them.



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Danger Club Preview in Invincible #89
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Check out Invincible # 89 for this special preview of Danger club.


Danger Club Preview
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Sorry it's been awhile. The events of last Fall lead me to a more introverted lifestyle, plus I have been working on new projects non-stop.

Anyway, here's a four page preview for the first issue of Danger Club! Available April 4th!




Go to hell, (a few very specific) Kate Beaton fans.
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Look, I get that you were anxious to see Kate Beaton speak on a panel at APE this past weekend. Her comics are awesome and her art is fantastic. By all accounts, she's also very nice. I'm a fan of her work myself. So... sure. You want to make sure you have good seats. I get that.

But listen, that panel you came in on that was only halfway through? The one that was running before Kate Beaton's panel? The one that you pushed your way into the few empty seats left in the front row - sandwiching your way in-between teary eyed - and in some cases - openly weeping people?

It was a fucking memorial.

Yeah, you basically crashed a memorial for someone very dear to the world of comics who died at a young age just so you could make sure you had the very best seats to see Kate Beaton talk in a panel that will probably be available on the internet.

Now, to be fair: Some of you waited patiently in the back. No problem with you guys. Some of you didn't wait in the back - but had the good taste to get up and leave when you realized what was happening. You're okay too. But some of you stuck to your guns, ignoring the emotional upheaval around you, and played games on your phone.

You're the ones I take issue with. I honestly wanted to walk down from the table I was sitting at, and punch you right in your faces. But I didn't, mainly because I have more courtesy than you showed yourselves capable of. Yes, it was a memorial open to the public. But if you're going to crash such a thing, maybe you should at least pretend to pay attention, rather than gossip with each other while smiling and pointing to things in the program guide between your inconsiderate bouts of texting. It was rude and it was distracting and it was a perfect example of what I have learned to hate in comics fandom and humanity in general.

Yes, you were few. But it takes very few people to disrupt a memorial. Seriously, what the hell were you thinking? And how the hell can you feel okay with what you just did?

Oh wait, I know the answer. You didn't care. You don't care. Because you're self entitled assholes. Thanks so much for reinforcing my hatred of the world.

Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures - Reviews and interview
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It's been a rough week. But seeing these reviews pop-up has been a tremendous help. This is all from the website: The Brave and the Old - a fan website dedicated to all-ages comics where the reviewers are primarily children. Awesome to see.

Here's the first part of the interview.

Here's a review of issue #1.

Here's a review of issue #2.

And here's a review of issue 3.

I just have to say, it's exciting and rewarding to see this level of dedication and interest in fans so young. Here's a picture of the two reviewers, The Comic Wizard and Super Reader:


Dylan Williams and our imaginary feud...
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Things keep coming back to me. There's 20 years of history constantly welling up in my mind whenever I stop repressing my gut reaction to this.

Sometime in the mid-nineties, Dylan and I began an imaginary feud. This was mostly born out of a response to some poorly informed observations made about Eric Jones and myself and our relationships with certain people (Dylan included) that Ariel Bordeaux had made in an interview (1997?). The same interviewer was speaking to us and doing a Puppy Toss retroactive article for a local Berkeley paper, and Dylan and I each spoke separately to him about the huge conflict between us that never happened. I think Eric was in on this fabrication too. We claimed that it all ended in a brutal fist fight. We tried to spread word of this feud whenever possible, but I don't think anyone actually ever believed it. Eventually, we just gave up.

Eric, Dylan and I also had plans on working together under the name Darcy Lynn Lidera (I'm probably misspelling it, it was a combination of our three names). We did a one page piece, meant to appear in an anthology that Scott Morse invited us to participate in. Sadly, that anthology (also the comic Little Gloomy was originally created for) was never published. I believe Scott (maybe) still has the original page, something I will have to harass him about someday.

Dylan took the art of comics very seriously. But he found taking ourselves as comics creators seriously, in an industry that should be fun, kind of amusing. We never had the energy to really pursue the practical jokes we planned. But we liked planning them.

R.I.P. Dylan Williams
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I'm not ready to write this. But I won't ever be. Dylan Williams, artist and publisher of Sparkplug Comic Books has passed away.

I first met Dylan over twenty years ago. It was a brief meeting at a run down comic book store. Months later, I met him again on the street while I was in the middle of a scavenger hunt. One of the items to collect was "a stranger". I tried to get Dylan to join us, though as I had met him before it was a bit of a cheat.

He declined to participate, but we still became good friends. We worked together at Comic Relief. We were two of the founding members of the small press collective called Puppy Toss. We collaborated on several comics projects together. We would critique and proof-read each other’s work. He was with me the first time I met my wife, and he drove me to Sacramento at the drop of a hat when she was in the hospital. We went to Disneyland together when his girlfriend broke up with him. I was there when his wife Emily wasn't his wife yet and was only known as "that Paper Heaven Girl" - the one Dylan had an obvious obsession for.

Dylan taught me about the history of comics. He helped me understand the beauty of Toth and the genius of Ditko. We spoke every week, working out various problems with life together. So much of who and what I am as writer and as a human being can be laid at his feet.

I just spent a week with Dylan at the hospital. We talked about comics and Doctor Who and what makes storytelling strong. I was there on my 40th Birthday and Dylan and Emily conspired to pick me up a hamburger cake. It was a great birthday for me, getting to spend time with my friend. He kept apologizing for the circumstance, but it wasn't important to me. His company overshadowed any negative impact of the surroundings.

When I left, he was getting healthier every day. We planned my return trip. Despite his ongoing health concerns, his passing was unexpected. I will miss him. I cannot describe how much I will miss him. But more importantly, the entire world of comics should mourn his passing. His understanding of the medium was exceptional and his efforts and dedication to help bring unusual artistic perspectives to the world was invaluable to the evolution of the medium.

When he became ill, I alsked him what I could do. He said  "promote Sparkplug Comic Books". His work as the publisher of Sparkplug Comic Books can be found here.

Rest in peace Dylan.




A picture of a picture of Dylan, me and Eric at Disneyland around 1995 - I think.

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