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Well friends, it's been crazy these past few months but it's all finally settling down; as a matter of fact we'll be doing a bunch of events the next few months. We hope to see you all so here's our upcoming events...
2017 Convention/Art Show Schedule:
April 29th.................... Columbia Comic & Toy Fair (Columbia, SC)
May 6........................ Free Comic Book Day (Chesapeake, VA)
Art Bar Agora (Columbia, SC)
May 20...................... Project Cypher IV (Kalamazoo, MI)
June 17-19.................. HeroesCon (Charlotte, NC)
Aug 5........................... Buy Indie Comics Day (Chesapeake, VA)
Aug 26-27.................. Soda City Con (Columbia, SC)
Sep 1st........................ Saturday Morning Art Show (West Columbia, SC)
April 29: Columbia Comic & Toy Fair (Columbia, SC)
May 6: Free Comic Book Day (Norfolk, VA)
Saturday May 6st 2017
Brian Lacy, Willie Cordy and Manuel A. Carmona will be here showcasing and selling their comic books and art prints
Free Comics will be given out all day Saturday from 10am - 6pm (WHILE SUPPLIES LAST)
Show Up in Costume For Extra Discounts and Surprises
Every Thing in the Store (and outside!) On SALE FROM 10% to 50% OFF!
And We Can't have Free Comic Book Day without YES --- CAKE!!!!!!!!
We'll have Drinks and Cake for anyone who wishes them.
Sales will contine on Sunday from 11am - 5pm and We'll Offer Free comics as long as they last on Sunday.
May 6: Art Bar Agora (Columbia, SC)
• Bands •
• ET Anderson's Broken Local Scene
ft. Emily McCollum, Max Puckett, Marcy Ray, Thomas Hammond, & Grace Joyner
• Zack Mexico
• Dear Blanca
• Grace Joyner
• Say Brother
• 2 Slices
May 20: Project Cypher IV (Kalamazoo, MI)
••• MUST BE 21+••• **MUST PRESENT TICKET AND I.D. AT DOOR**
$5 ENTRY FEE
HighTyde Presents: Project Cypher IV. This year we're raising awareness for #Encephalocele #DandiWalker and #Hydrocephalus while telling #SebastiansStory.
Sebastian is the one year old son of Aixa Esquilin and Steve Boice. All proceeds from the event will go towards Sebastian and his family.
• HighTyde • Sick Daze • Nemoniq • Griffin • Ckyttlez • J-Phrey • Erika Scherry • Da Golden Child • Gerald "G-Ride" King • Erik Stephen • Konspiracy Kamp • DL Blaze • Smoove •
Hosted by Mr. Joe Walker
June 17-19: HeroesCon (Charlotte, NC)
Charlotte Convention Center
501 S. College St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
1-day Pass: $25 per person FRI-SAT $20 SUN
3-day Pass: $50 per person
Kids 12 & Under get in FREE!
Aug 5: Buy Indie Comics Day (Chesapeake, VA)
A day to celebrate the thousands of indie, local, and small press creators pushing the graphic novel medium into the next millenium!
We founded Buy Indie Comics Day so indie, small press, and local creators around the globe could synergize on a single day designed to celebrate their work.
It's our hope that retailers across the globe will take this chance to stock up on Indie Comics, that consumers will take a risk on new comics and creators they've never heard of, and that creators have an event to push their project on.
So if you're a creator, find a local comic shop and get in there! If you're a retailer, invite local creators to table at your shop and stock up on their work! And if you're a fan, buy a comic you've never heard of from someone you don't know!
1112 Sparrow Rd,
Chesapeake, VA 23325
Aug26-27: Soda City Con (Columbia, SC)
Come join us for the premiere comic con of South Carolina. Soda City Comic Con is coming to the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia, SC on August 27th and 28th, 2016 and will be a comic and pop culture event to remember! Featuring vendors and artists from South Carolina and beyond this will be a show you won't want to miss! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for vendor/artist registration but act fast because space is limited! We can't wait to see you there!
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1101 Lincoln St
Columbia, South Carolina
Sep 1: "Saturday Morning" Art Show (West Columbia, SC)
Tuesday thru Friday 11-5
*appointments also available
WERE WE ARE LOCATED:
Frame Of Mind
140 State Street
West Columbia, SC 29169
Buy Indy Comics Day is back again for 2017! Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 5th (the first Saturday in August) for yet another Buy Indie Comics Day. Talk to your local comics shop and ask them about Buy Indy Comics Day and what they have planned for that day, if they don't have anything planned or they don't know what BICD is; tell them to look for them on Facebook!
Last year thousands around the World joined us for Buy Indy Comics Day and this year it'll only get BIGGER! More comic publishers, more creators, more podcasters and more comic shops have already signed up so tell me... are you joining us?!? Remember to ask your LCS about Buy Indie Comics Day and if they haven't planned anything show them that there's people interested in this event and support indie comics!
As promised, we're going to be doing a series of Cosplayer Spotlights and were going to give a fun interview to those Cosplayers whom we are fans of. This time we're spotlighting the one and only Magic Mo!!!
Truthful Comics- How long have you been Cosplaying?
Magic Mo- I started cosplaying when I was 17, so about four years now.
TC- Cosplay or Crossplay? Or both?
Mo- I’ve only crossplayed once. Nothing against people who do it, I just like sticking to my own gender – I’m more comfortable that way. So I’m sticking with just cosplay for now.
TC- Why do you Cosplay?
Mo- I cosplay because I love it. Cosplay has become such a big part
of my life, it’s how I’ve met most of my friends and how I connect with people.
TC- Is Cosplay a hobby you consider yourself doing for a long time?
Mo- It started off as a hobby but now it’s a part of my life that I don’t see myself giving up ever. I can just imagine myself as an old woman in a wheelchair still dressing up at cons, haha.
TC- Homemade Cosplay or bought/commissioned cosplay?
Mo- I started off bought/commissioned but I taught myself to sew at 18 and since then I’ve started making most of my cosplays myself – only buying/commissioning a few pieces here and there if I’ve tried to do it myself but failed. There’s a sense of accomplishment when I make and wear something knowing that not only did I create it but I had the confidence to wear it out.
TC- Do you have a current Cosplay fav?
Mo- My current favorite cosplay is my Age of Ultron Scarlet Witch. It looks so simple but most of the rings and one on the necklaces I wear belonged to my great grandmother. She gave me many pieces of jewelry before she passed. So when I’m Scarlet Witch it’s like she’s with me.
TC- What is your most expensive Cosplay?
Mo- I try to work on a budget and be as cheap as possible, that
being said, my most expensive would probably be my Beast Boy/Beast Girl cosplay. It was my first time making a full bodysuit and it was two colors instead of just one. So I messed up and had
to keep buying more fabric which really added up. Not to mention
all the other little things like body paint, wig, foam and fabric for
the shoes put me over my original budget.
TC- What Cosplay has gotten more attention from your fans?
Mo- I’ve received a lot of positive feedback for me Sam Manson.
It’s a throwback so a lot of people in my generation who grew up watching Danny Phantom really liked seeing it.
TC- What is a Cosplay pet peeve of yours?
Mo- A major pet peeve of mine, when it comes to cosplay, is cosplayers who don’t wear any makeup. I understand certain allergies and such but when someone wears a really elaborate and well done cosplay yet has on no makeup – it kind of ruins the illusion. Some men can get away with this but for women it’s harder. I’m not trying to hate on anyone, it’s just my personal opinion. I’m not talking kids, it is okay for them not to wear makeup, I mean fully grown adults.
TC- What was your first convention? What was the reaction?
Mo- My first con was NekoCon. My older sister had been going several years before and had finally managed to drag me out to it one year. I’m really glad she did.
TC- Photoshopped or un-photoshopped images?
Mo- I don’t mind a little digital touch up or special effect, I like to
edit my own photos sometimes, but too much enhancement is a problem. I like to still look like myself when the photo is done
TC- How do you pay for your Cosplays?
Mo- I do some cosplay work for a few businesses and events
which pays for my next cosplay. I also work seasonal jobs, while
I attend college, and manage my money wisely.
TC- When do you do Cosplays? At conventions only?
Mo- While I love to cosplay at conventions, I cosplay whenever I get the chance to. I like going out with friends
to movies in cosplay, or to children’s/charity events, or
even for local businesses when asked. Cosplay isn’t just a convention thing for me, it’s more like an every-other-day thing. I sometimes just even wear some of my more casual cosplays out in public, no real reason – I just like to.
TC- What got you into Cosplaying?
Mo- That first NekoCon my sister took me to, I was impressed by the cosplayers that I wanted to dress up too. So I threw together a cosplay from things I had in my closet which turned out to be Zatanna. It didn’t look that great to
be honest but it was the first step. From then I’ve been in love with cosplay.
TC- I guess we should all thank your sister for bringing
you to NekoCon that day then! Thank you for a fun interview. Hopefully we'll do this again soon, maybe spotlighting your newest Cosplays. If you want to see all of Magic Mo's photo galleries visit her official Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/MagicMoCosplay/ and tell her the good people from Truthful Comics sent you.
Finally, after many setbacks and difficulties we are ecstatic to announce that the first issue of our brand new anthology series Truthful Comics Presents is now available for everyone to purchase on Amazon! Click on this link to purchase your copy for only $ .99 CENTS!!! www.amazon.com/Truthful-Comics-Presents-Manuel-Carmona-ebook/dp/B01K66N1US/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1470956242&sr=8-1&keywords=Truthful+Comics+Presents#navbar
But what stories can we find inside the pages of Truthful Comics Presents? Well, Truthful Comics Presents #1 has three stories that continue on in issue #2. Two of the stories are written and illustrated by the talented Corey "RocBottom" Davis and the other story is written and illustrated by Manuel A. Carmona. Corey brings us the latest installment of his monster super team Shadowclub Karma as well as a brand new story from his super cool All Ages character Jet Boy!
To top it all off, Manuel A. Carmona debuts his highly anticipated Project: New Wave and gives us the first 10 pages of the first issue in this brand new ongoing series from Truthful Comics. Manuel already has the first 3 issues with finished pencils and inks and he's currently looking for a colorist. After the first story finalizes Alvaro Cortez Ortiz Jr. will handle the writing on the book going forward and there are already a few cool surprises in store for the fans.
We'd like to apologize for all the inconveniences and setbacks that you
may have encountered trying to purchase the book since we had plenty
of problems with our online store but we hope that having the books
available on Amazon will make your buying experience much easier. We
truly appreciate your support and we hoe you enjoy this books and the
ones that follow, we've truly put our hearts and souls on these projects
not only for our own satisfaction but as a thank you to all of you;
THE FANS! WE LOVE YOU GUYS!!!
Truthful Comics Presents #1 is an All Ages book much like those Marvel and DC books we grew up on back in the 80's and 90's, there's Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi and even a bit of Horror but nothing too extreme; everything we've done in this books is deliberate and in good taste. Remember when you first picked up your first Claremont/Lee's X-Men book? Or when you picked up a Grant/Breyfogle Batman book from the spinner rack? Or when you first discovered Dark Horse Presents? That's what we're trying to emulate and bring to you. Great stories, cool art, compelling characters; we want to give you quality books that are worth your time and hard earned money! We hope you give our books a chance and join us on this wild ride. So, pick up your digital copy of Truthful Comics Presents #1 today and let us know what you thought; we can't wait to read your comments!
P.S. We're looking for Comics Book Reviewers and/or Podcast Hosts to review our books. Contact us by leaving us a message in the comments section.
Hi there! Sorry for the long absence, we've been busy trying to put a few books together as well as trying to update the website but here we go again with a fresh new blog entry for all you lovely people to enjoy (hopefully). Today I'd like to talk to you about what could possibly be THE most important day of the year for indie comics... Buy Indie Comics Day!!! The main problem with that is that very few people are talking about and since Diamond Distributors isn't behind it, retailers aren't really interested in it. But before getting to far ahead let's discuss what exactly is Buy Indie Comics Day? Basically, Buy Indie Comics Day is an international annual event that sets out to celebrate the indie, local, and small press creators all over the world who push comics into the next millennium! This event, held on the first Saturday of August, gives readers the chance to try new books, creators get the chance to find new fans and retailers get a chance to grow their indie comics customer base while growing the community as a whole.
Here's a brief description straight from the Buy Indie Comics Day organizers:
"We founded Buy Indie Comics Day so indie, small press, and local creators around the globe could synergize on a single day designed to celebrate their work. It's our hope that retailers across the globe will take this chance to stock up on Indie Comics, that consumers will take a risk on new comics and creators they've never heard of, and that creators have an event to push their project on. So if you're a creator, find a local comic shop and get in there! If you're a retailer, invite local creators to table at your shop and stock up on their work! And if you're a fan, buy a comic you've never heard of from someone you don't know!"
But, as you might imagine, this fantastic idea will go nowhere without the help of retailers and so far; very few retailers have embraced this movement in the way the organizers hoped for. Keep in mind, the organizers will make no money from this effort, the sole purpose of this movement is to help indie creators grow their audience, especially in their own backyards and let them make an honest living doing what they love; making comics! So, this is a CALL TO ARMS for any and every retailer and store owner who might stumble upon this blog post... WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT TO MAKE THIS IDEA A REALITY! In case you don't know how you can help take a look at this...
So now that you have a clear idea of what exactly Buy Indie Comics Day is spread the word to everyone you know might enjoy or benefit from this, let your LCS know about BICD, ask them if they're doing any events on August 6th, 2016 and if they don't know what BICD is; let them know what it is and/or tell them to visit www.buyindiecomicsday.com or look for them on Facebook: Buy Indie Comics Day. Talk to you all later and remember... AUGUST 6, 2016 IS BUY INDIE COMICS DAY!!!!!
#buyindiecomicsday #indiecomics #supportindiecomics #thinkindependent #independentcomics
It's been a minute since we posted anything here but we've been hard at work on new material and a few surprises, one of which we're going to talk about on this very blog. As you may or ay not know, August 6th is a very important date for indie comics since we're trying to get publishers to join us on a day where we celebrate indie comics throughout the United States. How? With an event we're calling Buy Indie Comics Day, an entire day dedicated to celebrate indie comics/creators/publishers by buying/supporting the many indie comics creators out there in the world! So far very few stores have contacted us in regards to joining the movement but we're hopeful that they'll show their support and actually invite a few local indie creators to their stores and make a day out of it.
Me living in Norfolk, Virginia, I'm hopeful that either Zeno's Books, Atlantis Comics or any one of the various comic book shops in the area decide to be a part of this celebration and invite us to their stores. Of course, in order for them to invite us we have to show them that we're serious and we have something to offer their clients; so we had to deliver the goods! On August 6th (aka Buy Indie Comics Day) we'll also mark the debut of our new project Truthful Comics Presents. TCP will be released twice a year and each issue will consist of four 8-10 page stories generally being ongoing serials. There'll eventually be one-episode stories featuring brand new characters from the Truthful Comics Universe, and will feature work by Truthful Comics creators including Corey "RocBottom" Davis (Shadowclub Karma, Order), Manuel A. Carmona (Project: New Wave, Captain Action), Alvaro Cortez Ortiz Jr. (Fred Peterson: The Mighty Warlord) and many more.
The plan introduce fans to the Truthful Comics Universe in one book, give them a taste of what we have to offer and let them make a decision as to which book they'll eventually gravitate towards when the stories are printed separate, in their entirety in trade paperback format. The stories will range from action/adventure to sic-fi all the way to romantic comedy and even mythology. So, with that said; I have a small mission for anyone who reads this blog... when you visit your LCS to get your comics this week or the next, talk to the owner about Buy Indie Comics Day, tell them to look for us on Facebook and ask them to join the celebration. We need to make this a reality. After you do that, remember that on August 6th is also the debut on Truthful Comics Presents and if your LCS don't have physical copies, you can still get a digital copy through our website. Thanks again for all your support and your patience, you mean the world to us!
A lot has been said about the Ghostbusters reboot since it was announced. From cries about the casting choices and the (to a point) unnecessary drama around it all, Ghostbusters, for better or worse, has been on many people's mouths.
Me personally? I was more worried about Paul Feig being the director than the actual cast, who I have no problems with really (except Melissa McCarthy, I tolerate her roles in small doses, not because I don't like her as an actress, but because I feel many of her roles are kind of the same at this point). I love Kristen Wiig (and yes, I admit it, I sort of have a crush on her, don't judge). So, even though I didn't have high expectations, I was REALLY hoping this would be good, because this movie has become a perfect storm because of the first two trailers.
The first official trailer was a mess. It has one of the most lopsided thumbs up/thumbs down ratio in all of YouTube, and Sony has gone as far as deleting user comments, that is usually a big no-no at the YouTubes, because all that does is fan the fire. This trailer was all over the place, and what infuriated most viewers was the beginning, and ending of the trailer, as far as I can tell.
First off, the trailer begins with the caption (and I may be paraphrasing here) 30 years ago, four scientists saved New York. FOUR!?!?!?!?!? If they are referring to Winston Zedmore, he was not a scientist. He was the everyguy that pretty much was there to represent the movie goer. Unless they were counting as canon the Ghostbusters video game from a few years back, that was the spiritual (no pun intended) third movie, where they gave him more of a backstory and actually included elements to his character that were originally in the original film, but was left out for one reason or another. Then again, why count it as canon when it's basically a remake as seen by the trailer. So that was immediately a big red flag. Then came the ultra fake, neon cgi ghosts, the slapstick, the awkward humor, the somewhat off chemistry, and then, the big one. Leslie Jones' character ended up being called a racist stereotype mostly by the same people that at first defended the casting choice of an all female Ghostbusters. She was not a scientist, she joins the team because even though the other three are "smart about science stuff", she knows New York. And to top it off, in a very, very silly moment, where McCarthy was possessed by a ghost, Jones proceeds to smack her back to reality in a very awkward The Exorcist, uhm, parody/homage I guess? Well, that was enough to turn the hatorade levels to eleven. And then the international trailer hit.
The international trailer come a little less than a week after the fiasco of the first trailer. And it started off....better. Not by much, but it was better cut than the first, and they even made one big change. The intro now said "four friends saved New York" rather than scientists. I personally saw that as a pretty good olive branch by Sony, basically saying "yeah, we flubbed the original intro. Sorry about that." In other words, this trailer was total damage control. And it seemed to be working......until the crowd surfing scene. Not only did it blow my mind in not a very good way to see SOMEONE STILL WEARING A PROTON PACK CROWD SURFING, Leslie Jones once again in a silly slapstick moment, gets dropped when she attempts to crowd surf STILL WEARING HER PROTON PACK AS WELL AND OMGGGGG SHE LANDED SEVERAL FEET ONTO THE GROUND PACK FIRST HOW DID PEOPLE NOT DIE FROM BASICALLY A NUCLEAR FISION AND BECOME DEMOLECULIZED!!!! And then, she says it. IT. And again I may be paraphrasing here, "I don't know if it's a woman thing, or a race thing, but I'm mad!". WOW. What were you THINKING Sony/Feig!? You are seriously going to TROLL the critics of this movie by taking a not so subtle jab at them ON YOUR DAMAGE CONTROL TRAILER!!!!??? And thus, there is a huge disparity on the thumbs up/thumbs down ratio on that trailer as well.
Deep, down inside, part of me still wants this to work, but admittedly even though this is just a trailer, things are not looking too good with this film, because again, as I mentioned before, it has become a perfect storm because things are boiling down to two options:
A- Hate the movie and be a misogynist.
B- Love the movie and be a racist.
And it;s a real, shame, too, because even with this cast, with a different angle, it had so much potential. And I think that if this movie fails, it won't be because it was a woman thing or a race thing. It was a Hollywood thing. As you may know by now, critics and even filmmakers are predicting super hero/comic book movie fatigue, and every time that happens, a big movie comes out and shatters those expectations (Deadpool, anyone?). But you know what I've been noticing? People are becoming more fatigued with reboots than they are with comic books movies.
And I'm not talking "soft reboots" like Star Wars, Creed, and Jurassic Park were. I'm talking Robocop. Total Recall. Hell, even as far back as Conan and Fright Night. It looks like the same way movie goers are embracing something like comic book movies still, they are slowly, but surely, rejecting reboots of classic movies that quite frankly, did not need a reboot. And thus, dear readers, we finally arrive to the point of this blog!
As you know by now because of my list of DC and Marvel comics I would change if I were in charge, I like to daydream and think "what if....?" So, let's brainstorm a little and just play "what if..?" for a little bit. Let's start with what I would draw inspiration for the plot.
I would use two sources of inspiration. The Real Ghostbusters cartoon series and the follow up, the terribly underrated Extreme Ghostbusters. Why Extreme Ghostbusters? Because I think Feig got the concept of diversification and inclusion wrong. Simply doing a gender swap is NOT being a diverse progressive director. That's the easy way out IMO. I dare say Extreme Ghostbusters was more diverse and inclusive than this reboot.
This would be Ghost Busters 3, unless you want to drop the numbers and rename it something else, like Ghostbusters Forever or something. In this little movie, ghost busting isn't much of a big deal anymore, since there hasn't been much apparitions and reality shows like Ghost Hunters have desensitized people to ghosts.
Instead of Egon being kind of the fatherly, professor figure, it would be Ray. He will mentor a group of four people from different backgrounds that have to learn how to work together to save the city. Let's say we split the group evenly, a POC, a latino, and two females, only instead of a guy in a wheelchair, let it be a woman in a wheelchair. They'd come together in a similar way they came together in Extreme Ghostbusters: ghost busting is not lucrative anymore, so everybody goes their own ways, and Ray stays behind trying to study ghosts some more, and recruits four students to help him. And here is where I draw inspiration from Real Ghostbusters.
One of my personal favorites of the Real Ghostbusters is the episode Ragnarok and Roll, where a guy was so heartbroken by being hurt by the woman he loves, he actually decides the world must end because there is too much pain in the world, and sets out to perform the Symphony of Destruction, to bring the world to an end!!! Instant. Epic.
Now, for the sake of adaptation, let's say it's a man that has lost his family, and since ghosts really aren't around anymore, he can't even hope to see them again even as ghosts. He sets off this series of events that set lose apparition after apparition in his quest to find the flute that's tuned to play the Symphony of Destruction (God, that is such a bad ass title for a symphony!). Ray has to saddle-up the group of four students to take care of business one more time, on a bigger scale than the previous two movies. Sounds good? Yes? No? In any event, on to the cast and what not.
Writer/Director: Matthew Vaughn
If there's someone with a proven track record of solid adaptations, mixing comedy with hints of adventure/darkness, as shown in Kick Ass, X-Men: First Class, and Kingsman: The Secret Service, it's Vaughn.
Ray Stanz: Dan Akroyd
That's a no-brainer as to why!
Character loosely based on Roland Jackson: Kenan Thompson
It would totally rock to see him kind of like the new Egon on the team and being the brains behind the newer equipment. What, too old to be a student? You're NEVER too old to be a student! :)
Character loosely based on Kylie Griffen: Brianna Hildebrand
She was awesome as Negasonic Teenage Warhead on Deadpool, she would be interesting as a genius that also happens to be an expert on the occult.
Character loosely based on Garret Miller: Cloe Grace Moretz
An alum from Vaughn's Kick Ass, I'm sure she could pull off being a paraplegic athlete that;s wheelchair bound. Kind of like a young Batgirl/Oracle.
Character loosely based on Eduardo Rivera: Jake T Austin
He's part latino and has said he loves roles that challenges him, how about being a wise cracking latino in a Ghostbusters movie?
Character loosely based on Jeremy/trying to play the Symphony of Destruction: Gary Oldman
I think that if there's one actor that can pull off being the tormented soul that wants to bring the world to the end, yet have people empathize with him and even get a few laughs from him, it's Gary Oldman.
Aaaaand there you have it! Is it the perfect Ghostbuster movie? Nah. But it would be interesting I guess! If you want to share what you would do to a Ghostbusters movie, feel free to comment, thank you for reading!
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