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Year of the Artist, Day 55: Francesco Francavilla, Part 1 – The Black Coat: A Call to Arms #1

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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is Francesco Francavilla, and the issue is The Black Coat: A Call to Arms #1, which was published by Ape Entertainment and is cover dated April 2006. Enjoy!
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Flippin’ through Previews – September 2013

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Man, it’s the 300th issue of Previews! Where were you when you bought that first issue of Previews, 25 years ago, and breathlessly realized you could order comics from the monopoly itself? Oh, those crazy days of 1988! But let’s live in the here and now and see what’s going on this month!
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Flippin’ through Previews – April 2013

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I’m back on schedule, so let’s dig into Previews #295 and see what’s what!
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What I bought – May and June 2011

Hey, look at that! I’m back in Arizona and I picked up almost two months’ worth of comics! Yeah, I’m not going to review them properly here – that would take waaaaaaaay too long. This is more of a “What I bought and the random thoughts I have about the issues and, why not, what I did in Pennsylvania for seven-and-a-half weeks.” Can you handle that??????
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She Has No Head! – Ladies Comics Project: Phase II, Part Three

Welcome to Part Three of The Ladies Comics Project Phase II in which a handful of my colleagues, family, and friends – both new and old – and both those familiar with comics and not – read and reviewed a graphic novel or trade from my own personal library.  For more details about this project and more ladies reviews and feedback, go here to read Part One and Part Two.  You can also read about the original Ladies Comics Project here, here, and here.

So a week later and with emails now totaling 670 plus a handful of gchats, texts, and phone calls later, here were are: The Ladies Comics Project, Phase II: Part Three

Illustration For Ladies Comics Project Phase II by Tara Abbamondi

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What I bought – 26 January 2011

For if the sun is at the center and not the earth, then there are no crystal spheres to hold us in; we have only and always fooled ourselves, we men, kept ourselves within the spheres which our own flawed and insufficient senses perceived, but which were never there at all. The way to ascend through the spheres that hem us in was to know that we had already so ascended, and were on our way, in motion unstoppably. (John Crowley, from Aegypt)

I hid the Totally Random Hottie link somewhere.  Can you find it? Time for monkeyshines! Darick Robertson draws all good and shit Hot damn, Jock is awesome What?  A scene from the comic on the cover?  That simply is not done! Greg Land's worst quality?  His blandness Old school, baby! So much freakiness! He's definitely gotten better, but this is still cool-looking I've been waiting ...
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What I bought – 21 April 2010

“It is something so monstrous it is past sin and becomes necessity,” he said. (Greg Bear, from “Petra”)

Ramos' art veers between ugly and scary, I'll tell you that much! Marlo is the kind of girl who exists only in geeks' imaginations! Yeah, I'm as surprised as you are that I bought this! Oh, John, you crazy punk, you! That cover is so boring it almost puts me to sleep Gotta have a chick! Who's his tailor? The puns don't get any better inside! My vote is for this to be a new ongoing series It's only sort of part of the crossover, so I didn't have to skip it! Fine, fine comic strip excellence! It's Pope-tacular! Too insane for words! Don't resist the manga!
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What I bought – 14 April 2010

You stay in prison, what your time calls duty, honor, self-respect, and you are comfortably safe. Or you are free and crucified. Your only companions the stones, the thorns, the turning backs; the silence of cities, and their hate. (John Fowles, from The French Lieutenant’s Woman)

Feel the burn! Now with 100% less Vampire Dimension! The over/under on number of issues this lasts is SIX! Yes, this scene actually appears in the comic itself! Man, I love all of these covers! Look at those dreamy pecs! Something is creepy about that cover, and I can't figure out what! Nothing subliminal to see here, folks! What did poor Will ever do to anyone? Rassum-frassum Cronin! If you don't like Mike Grell's art, you make Baby Jesus cry! Lousy ninjas! Nipples will strike you blind! He's gleefully nutty! Poor Pauly Bruckner!
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Flippin’ through Previews – February 2010

The Marvel Universe has apparently never existed before … because it starts in Previews #257!
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What I bought – 23 December 2009

Ah, villains, hath that Mortimer escap’d?
With him is Edmund gone associate?
And will Sir John of Hainault lead the round?
Welcome, o’ God’s name, madam, and your son!
England shall welcome you and all your rout.
Gallop apace, bright Phoebus, through the sky;
And, dusky Night, in rusty iron car,
Between you both shorten the time, I pray,
That I may see that most desired day,
When we may meet these traitors in the field!
Ah, nothing grieves me, but my little boy
Is thus misled to countenance their ills!
Come, friends, to Bristow, there to make us strong:
And, winds, as equal be to bring them in,
As you injurious were to bear them forth!

Pugs is kind of a dick, isn't he? The Black Coat is quite the propagandist! All rats should wear monocles - it really classes them up! Well, now I'm going to have to track down some Korean noir, confound it! I wish Helena was always this cool. I'm really not sure how Sahara's breasts stay covered up ... Alan Davis: Best illustrator of smiles EVER! How will Amadeus resist Delphyne now???? I love the zombie fish on that cover This cover format really screws with some nice Cheung covers So instead, she makes new mistakes! Another cool cover by Johnson! Who's going to turn down tequila? I already own every issue, but this has new material, dang it! This is the first Sacco book I've ever bought - I hope it's good! Sterankoriffic! Pure.  Concentrated.  Awesome. Dixon and Zaffino wrote one of the few Punisher stories I like, so I'm keen to read this!
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What I bought – 18 November 2009

Since my dear soul was mistress of her choice
And could of men distinguish her election,
Sh’ hath seal’d thee for herself, for thou hast been
As one in suff’ring all that suffers nothing,
A man that Fortune’s buffets and rewards
Hast ta’en with equal thanks; and blest are those
Whose blood and judgment are so well co-meddled,
That they are not a pipe for Fortune’s finger
To sound what stop she please.

Whenever Kelley Jones makes Batman's ears even longer, T. loses a bit more of his soul! I didn't know you could get breast implants in the eighteenth century! Man, I bet he's popular with the ladies! There are more people not buying this comic than are buying it, which is a tragedy of epic - EPIC - proportions! Don't stare into Viper's dead eyes! I thought he was the Man of STEEL! Now that's a cool cover! Why doesn't Wagner draw anything anymore?  Dang, he's good!
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What I bought – 11 November 2009

“I love my dead gay son!”

The Anchor #2 (“Five Furies Part Two: Bark and Hide, Bone and Root”) by Phil Hester (writer), Brian Churilla (artist), Matthew Wilson (colorist), and Johnny Lowe (letterer). $3.99, 22 pgs, FC, Boom! Studios.

He's really not carrying that anchor in the optimal way, I reckon.
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