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Featured Kickstarter: Black Dog Devil

Posted in Books, Comics, Kickstarter Projects, Media, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 30, 2016 by ranranami

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1028393422/black-dog-devil-volume-1/widget/video.html

In a quaint 1950s town in rural Indiana, a witches coven was interrupted at the height of evil, and a curse was born. For 25 years, the curse was all but forgotten, until a Stranger walked in out of the rain one October night, and this once-sleepy town will never be the same…

Dusty Crosley

Horror is an ever-evolving monster (pun aside), and one can’t help but think how well the genre suits just about every format, from print, to screen, to art, projection, radio, music, etcetera. I don’t think there has ever been a time when the genre had so much innovation or incredible variety as we’re seeing today. When I found this kickstarter, my breath was taken away by the eery beauty of the pictures in the video above. Frankly, I think you would be doing your self a disservice by not checking this project out.

Interested? Swing on over to the kickstarter page and help bring the first issue this gorgeous graphic series to life. Or, is that ‘unlife’?

Vintage Comics – Skeleton Hand, Issue 1 : Sea of Retribution, Chill Chatter, Death For Hire, Monster of the Deep, The Corpse Under the Carpet (Pg. 12 – end)

Posted in Comics, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2016 by ranranami

This time around, I decided to celebrate the season you guys deserved a larger portion of the comic at once, so here’s the rest of the first issue of Skeleton Hand. There’s nothing better than a story about a man getting his just desserts, which is altogether my favorite sort of horror. Well, that and the kind that has you really cheering for the innocent victims to get out of whatever grisly mess they’ve ended up in. The first story also happens to be educational as well. I had no idea John Paul Jones founded the American navy! Actually, that’s simplifying what he did, but this isn’t a history lesson, it’s a pre-code comic, so give me a break.

Chill Chatter is an editors’ note, but I thought it was charming enough to be included. Honestly though, some of these stories in this issue are actually a little more gruesome than most of the fare I’ve shared with you guys, and despite the condition, this one quickly became one of my favorites, too. Plus, a zombie named ‘Cracker’?! Who can resist a story like that?

The last two one-off stories are…actually a little funnier than you’d expect, and I think only one of them may have been on purpose.

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Book of the week – Lenore: Wedgies, by Roman Dirge

Posted in Books, Comics, Media, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on October 26, 2016 by ranranami

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Back when I was in junior high, the webcomic world was blossoming for the first time across the internet. Aside from my Archie comics, which my mom bought me on every bi-weekly grocery trip, I hadn’t gotten the opportunity to really delve into others until then. So, I decided I wanted to use my extra cash from household chores to buy something special. I went to a comic store for the first time, and I found…Lenore, by Roman Dirge (a fun artist who also happens to be pretty close friends with Jhonen Vasquez of ‘Invader Zim’ fame.) This was the first issue I bought, and I instantly fell in love with the creepy little dead girl who didn’t really comprehend the idea of mortality, and thus many of her poor pets had to suffer from her unwittingly dangerous affection.

My Lenore obsession burnt out by the time I was in high school and really exploring other, slightly more mature comics, but this book will always hold a place in my heart, and even to this day when I pick it up, a quick look at a page or two always elicits a soft chuckle. Don’t let your possibly bitter memories of the overly marketed Hot Topic prevent you from reading these comics. You’d be missing out on something pretty good.

Vintage Comics – Skeleton Hand, Issue 1 : Deathless Mortal, The Ghost of Company C (Cover – Pg. 11)

Posted in Comics, Media, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2016 by ranranami

One of the slightly more beat-up comics I’ve come upon, I simply couldn’t resist that cover. Monsters. Skeletons. Even what appears to be a vampire…but they have nothing to do with the first story, alas. Still…can you ever get anything better for Halloween than a group of ghouls just having a good time? I don’t think so.

The first story is a nicely dark twist, which seems to be fairly uncommon in many of the stories, as rarely do we tend to see more than the occasional gruesome ghost…I rather liked these old man-goblins in their odd little way. The second one is a little reminiscent of the a simple little 30s or 40s farce you’d watch in-between movies.

 

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Vintage Comics: Man in Black, Issue No. 1: The Fly in the Ointment, Trouble in the Night, Going Back, The Weaver (14-end)

Posted in Comics, Media, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2016 by ranranami

Finally a story set in a fantastical time period. I’ve always been fascinated by the glitzy-glam of 40s-50s Hollywood interpretations of various ancient worlds, garishly inaccurate sequins and all. But what’s this Arabian Nights sort of story doing in a horror comic? Ah well, I think we’ve all figured out they painted with broad brushes back then. It’s probably my favorite in the issue, and the theatrical dialog manages not to drag the story down…though I think the setting choice helped with that. The remaining stories are charming in their own way, but ‘The Fly in the Ointment’ is officially one of my favorites…

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Vintage Comics: Man in Black, Issue No. 1: Brush Strokes, Second Chance, The Hanging Thread (Cover-13)

Posted in Comics, Media with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 6, 2016 by ranranami

Here’s an interesting little number, kids. This one features a character you might say was a routine host of spooky radio shows as well as a few of these vintage comics. The Man in Black. Your typical moral tales come alive in this interesting little number. What strikes me as unique about Man in Black isn’t really the stories themselves, which are fairly cut and dry…it’s the fact that there really isn’t one host, but three, all on separate occasions depending on the story.

The first one is about your typical artist, always wanting to be or create more than what he’s capable of. Then, of course, he curses fate…and really, does that ever turn out well for anyone? The following story is short, and…well…not scary in the least, but it does make me reconsider double-checking my drafts before I publish. After all, wouldn’t want a little typo destroying the world, would I?

The third story featured today actually intrigues me mostly because of the art choices. Fate and his associates remain in gray, while the real world acts as a colored portrait below them. In film, that can be a brilliant device. My favorite bit, of course, is seeing the man in black riled up…

 

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Vintage Halloween Paper Dolls

Posted in Comics, Fun and Games, Halloween Junk, Media, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on October 2, 2016 by ranranami

Children, small and big, arguably even adults…can be destructive. Which is why, when you find yourself a vintage Halloween magazine or game book…you may want to reconsider cutting out the paper dolls inside for a one-time spooky game of house. Fear not, those beautiful images can be appreciated outside of their antique setting, thanks to modern technology…google…and your printer.

The following dolls were some of my favorites I found browsing the web, and they’re absolutely perfect for the Halloween season.

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Charlotte Ware, 1939-40

 

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Newspaper Doll Series, 1926

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Joan Walsh Anglund, 1987

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Dolly Dingle by Grace Drayton, 1916

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Children’s Playmate Magazine, 1958