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  • Update Rundown: Horror Comics Edition!

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    As the final dregs of 2016 push its tired bones out the door, the comic and cartoon world continues spinning for big plans and hot titles in the upcoming New Year, starting with Dark Horse Comics. For fans of low flying horror titles, nothing flew closer to the ground DH’s original work HOUSE OF PENANCE. Loosely based on the life of Sarah Winchester and the legendary Winchester Mansion in San Jose, California, the comic told the strange tale of the heiress to the Winchester gun fortune and her descent into madness. The work received high praise for its original content and stunning artwork (especially from this writer) and on January 17th, we will see a collected edition hit comic shelves. Written by Peter Tomassi and illustrated by Ian Bertram, HOUSE OF PENANCE is quickly on its way to becoming a classic of horror comics. Get your copy while you can.

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  • “ALEISTER ARCANE” (Comic Book Review)

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    Back in 2004, Steve Niles was just another little fish in a big pond. He had done several original works for a series of small press companies, had mild success with his runs on SPAWN and HELLSPAWN (where he met his future collaborative partner Ben Templesmith), and was spending his off hours shopping around a vampire movie script titled 30 DAYS OF NIGHT that no one would touch with a ten-foot pole. In the middle of getting kicked out of movie studios with a comically over-sized boot, he managed to pen a three-issue comic titled ALEISTER ARCANE for IDW Comics. With artwork by Breehn Burns the work was a spooky little footnote in his comic career and quickly fell to the wayside, until now. Once again helmed by IDW, the comic has been recollected and reprinted into a second collection for fans who missed it the first time around and for those who don’t want to wait for the movie.

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  • “SHADOWS ON THE GRAVE #1” (Comic Book Review)

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    Richard Corben is a prime examples of how talent and creativity never ages out, it only gets better. His career has spanned over fifty years, from comic booms to comic crashes, and even now, at the age of 76, has no plans of slowing down. SHADOWS ON THE GRAVE certainly proves that. A collection of new work, SHADOWS ON THE GRAVE #1 is the first of eight issues that features several single story comics along with a continued tale that spans the entire collection. As expected, his iconic art work is the standout feature of the comic, though the stories themselves hold up just as much as his inks. Each one has the perfect touch of macabre and bizarre, a strange world that walks the fine line between reality and the twilight hour where the monsters are only a breath away.

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  • “THE COMPLETE VOODOO, VOL. 2” (Comic Book Review)

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    There was a lot of things to be terrified of in the 1950’s: Communism, atomic bombs, fat lazy children nursed on the unholy teat that is television. With such rampaging paranoia, it’s no wonder that some of the most iconic horror movies and shows emerged from the unique era, inspired in part by one of the largest horror comic booms in the history of the printed press. Thanks to the hard work of Yoe Comics and IDW Comics, we in the far future of 2016 with our flying cars and space travel, can read what all the hubbub was all about. THE COMPLETE VOODOO VOL. 2 is the second installment of reprinted horror works originally from Farrell Publications simply titled VOODOO, and features a collection of spooky stories to keep you up at night.

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  • “CURSE WORDS #1” (Comic Book Review)

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    With only a month and half left of the current year, Image Comics already has its sights set on the endless possibility of 2017 by announcing new plans for a new year. Along with plenty of high-end adventures and creative endeavors, the most interesting and hilarious work to hit early January shelves is CURSE WORDS. The black magic mini-series revolves around a wizard who one day showed up to Earth claiming golden intentions, even when old enemies catch up with him. Full of hipster quips and monster hits, CURSE WORDS kicks in the door of the parody genre and brings back what made the initial draw to satires so popular: respect for the source and genuine understanding of its roots.

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  • “CHIMICHANGA: SORROW OF THE WORLD’S WORST FACE #2” (Comic Book Review)

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    If little girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice, then Lulu the Bearded Girl got a bit of fire and steak in her gullet as well. The tough talking, common sense wielding, pint-size matron of the Wrinkle’s Traveling Circus is back again continuing her adventure with the perpetually bummed out Ronny the Hairy Man and her pet monster Chimichanga that started in the first issue. As expected from the multi-talented duo of writer Eric Powell and artist Stephanie Buscema, the second issue manages to keep the momentum going as Lulu finds herself battling the ghosts of a rival circus in pop art inspired illustrations that made the initial release so successful. Heck, it’s just as fun as going to the real circus but way cheaper.

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  • AfterShock Comics Announces Free “BLACK-EYED KIDS” Halloween Exclusive!

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    In honor of everyone’s favorite holiday, AfterShock Comics has graced the world with a free Halloween special of their runaway success, Joe Pruett and Szymon Kudranski’s BLACK-EYED KIDS. Based off of the internet urban legend about creepy children with blacked out eyes, the titular work has been scaring the pants off homeowners who just can’t turn away a needy child.  The Halloween special will be re-releasing the first issue of the series for free,with other comic companies joining the festivities. Check out the descriptions below for the spooky selection!

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  • FANGORIA’s Comic Expert Svetlana Fedotov Remembers Steve Dillon (1962 – 2016)

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    There are few creators who can be recognized on their artistic style alone, and there are even fewer whose personal style helped mold some of the biggest works in their industry. Steve Dillon did both. Famously known for co-creating PREACHER, Dillon’s contributions to the world of comics has helped move the medium from throwaway entertainment to the endless potential that it is today. Along with his collaborative partner Garth “The Menace” Ennis, Dillon and Co. reworked THE PUNISHER and HELLBLAZER, while personally contributing to ANIMAL MAN, JUDGE DREDD, X-MEN, and others. That being said, it’s no surprise that with his passing this past Saturday, bothth comic and art fans have raised a toast to the legendary giant in remembrance of Dillon.

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  • “MOONSHINE #1” (Comic Book Review)

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    Longtime comic readers know that there are some writer and artist teams who work so well with each other that though they may find success on their own, they will always come back to each other like lovers across the ocean. Teams like Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon or Tim Sale and Jeph Loeb set our hearts a flutter with their ballet like coordination, and much to the delight of fans everywhere, Team Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso (Team Llosso if you will) has once again rejoined the ranks of unbeatable collaborations with Image’s newest release, MOONSHINE. Going back to their roots of high octane crime thrillers, Team Llosso adds a touch of supernatural with the latest work, proving that not only are they still the masters of pulp comics but are not ones shy away from the horror crowd.

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