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Axis Hobgoblin #1
(2014 Marvel)

Roderick Kingsley, the original Hobgoblin, is a good guy now and has a new line of business: he helps people become superheroes.

The whole issue is full of him pitching his surefire approach to fame and glory because that's what he has become: a pitchman

And it works!

He has legions of people following him, people who read his book, watch his DVDs, listen to his seminars, etc.

This book is clever in the way it portrays Kingsley as the quintessential businessman, to the point where he leases out his persona.

"You see, I've 'franchised' my brand. Which means people pay me... to BE me," he says.

A villain known as the Goblin King is watching Kingsley and is not pleased.

The teaser at the end is intriguing!

(posted March 30, 2015)

 5 Questions with... 
Creator Felipe Cagno

1) On what project are you currently working?

I'm currently working on four comic books actually, one already has a release date for the fall, the other three we're prepping previews to shop around for publishers. "321: Fast Comics Vol. 2" is the first out of the gate, we're aiming to release in Brazil in late August and later in the U.S. during NYCC. For those unfamiliar with the series, the "321" is a collection of short stories illustrated by top comic professionals in different genres and art styles. The only thing every story in the book must do is respect three rules: they must all have three pages, two characters only, and one twist ending, hence our title. Book #2 has already a stellar line-up of artists that include Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, RB Silva, Israel Silva, Tony Washington and many more.
Next in the pipeline are the titles "Relics: The Search for Captain Kidd's Loot," an adventurous treasure hunt story set in modern times with artists Geraldo Borges and Ivan Nunes; "Blind Spot: Training Years," a historic spy thriller chronicling the first years of the British Secret Service through the training of a young woman; and last but not least we have a yet "Untitled Post-Apocalyptic Western" with Fabiano Neves, this marks the first short "321" story to receive the graphic novel treatment and shows The Redhead as she does her best to survive in a world where 95% of the water has disappeared...

2) Whom in your field do you admire most and why?

Three names quickly pop into my head, all for the same reason. Geoff Johns, Mark Millar, and Joss Whedon. These are guys who have transcended their mediums, especially the first two. They started off as comic book writers and evolved to the point the are making movies and TV today, building cinematic universes. Joss might have not had his beginning in comics, but he certainly did an amazing job with the X-Men, Buffy and whatnot. Today, he headlines one of the most exiting movie franchises around. Being from a movie making background myself (I got my bachelor's and master's in filmmaking) I look forward to dipping my toes in that pool as well, especially if I get to make comic book movies.

3) How did you get into the comic book field?

I was interning for two feature film production companies while going to film school and I had developed a feature length screenplay in class that placed in a few script competitions. That encouraged me to reach out to my producers at the companies to show them the script, they liked it, but because it was so out of the box, a fantasy genre with so many new elements, a movie that size would be absolutely expensive and no studio in the world would ever risk something like that unless it had an established fan base. Both of them suggested to turn the script into a book or graphic novel first. And that's how the "Lost Kids: Seeking Samarkand" was born. I took the script and produced the comic book out of it. One thing led to another, one title kicked off the next and here I am.

4) On which title would you most like to work and why?

I would love to take a stab at Marvel's "Runaways." I love that book, it was such a compelling idea and it brought to the table everything I love in films and comics: you had a group of young protagonists very reminiscent of John Hughes with all the teen drama and romance, you had a dinosaur, adventures, space, time travel, you name it, they had it. It's a shame the title is not ongoing and hadn't released anything new in a few years. With the success of superhero films and TV shows, "Runaways" could definitely work in either format. Same goes for "Young Justice," I was really upset when that title got cancelled. Good thing the cartoon show came out and had the same awesome vibe. I love young protagonists because when you're teenager everything is so intense and relationships are so complex, that makes for great storytelling and interesting characters.

5) On what project will you be working next?

As soon as I wrap the "321: Fast Comics Vol. 2," I have a secret title in the works to release at the end of the year, most likely in December, and hopefully one of the other three properties I'm developing will have found a home in the U.S.

Here are some links to Felipe Cagno's works:
Comixology, Facebook, and DeviantArt

(posted March 30, 2015)

Indie Corner

Blood & Gourd

Enough good things canít be said about this issue!

Somethingís afoot in the pumpkin patch and visitors will be lucky to get out alive.

The writing is brisk (the 52 pages just flew by!) and the artwork is first rate.

A truly malevolent group (cult?) is introduced and the reader is on tenterhooks to see what they will do next.

The pace and dialogue are interesting, entertaining, and believable.

The storyline is intriguing and some questions must be answered but the reader must wait for later issues for that to happen.

This is a must-read!

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(posted March 30, 2015)