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Time of the Preacher


The following first appeared on the website of North Hollywood’s Blastoff Comics, the second website to carry the comic book musings of Four Colors! Thanks to the whole gang over there!!! Also, NOTE: There is some saucy language in this piece; kind of unavoidable when talking about Preacher… ENJOY!   To lay my bias on the table right off the bat, I believe Preacher is the best series Vertigo has published. Some might argue for Neil Gaiman’s Sandman or Warren Ellis’ Transmetropolitan,… Read More »

Days of Marvel Present (Part 2 of 3)

The following first appeared in the June edition of Culture Counter Magazine. But I wrote it (and totally spaced on re-posting it), so we’re also gonna post it on the blog too. Enjoy! Part 2: Cracks in the Mark 42 Armor The “Amazing Spider-Man 2″ is basically the first post-”Avengers” superhero film. The three films Marvel Studios has released since (“Iron Man 3″, “Thor: The Dark World”, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”) were already in motion, as part of their oft-mentioned “Phase… Read More »

Days of Marvel Past (Part 1 of 3)

The following first appeared in the April edition of Culture Counter Magazine. But I wrote it, so we’re also gonna post it on the blog too. Enjoy! Part 1: Nothing Lasts Forever The first issue of The Amazing Spider-Man, in fact Spidey’s first tussle with a super villain, features the Fantastic Four. In what is clearly a classic Stan Lee market move (their introductory caption begins “Extra Bonus Extra!!”), Peter Parker tries to get a job with the team as a… Read More »



About 30 minutes from now will mark the start of the Image Expo in San Francisco. I am currently waiting in line to get in, updating the blog from my iPad. But I will be doing a full report on the expo later today and/or tomorrow. So make sure to stay tune, true believers.

Free Comic Book Day 2013!


[youtube ovhKBHF8] It’s Comic Book Christmas! Today is Free Comic Book Day, the annual tradition of the comic book where, every first Saturday in May, publishers offer free comic books to readers in the hope of enticing them into checking out the rest of their books. The Complete List of Free Comics This year marks the 11th year the industry has done this event and it has grown immensely since then. Over the past few years, Marvel and DC have been using… Read More »

Mr. Reece Goes to Comic-Con


“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” John Lennon said that. He might not have ever attended Comic-Con, but Mr. Lennon may as well have been describing my time in San Diego when he said it. Every amazing thing that happened, happened without plans. But more on that later. San Diego Comic-Con 2011 was a whirlwind of comic-related insanity. On the outer edges of it, Hollywood peddled its wares. Shows like The Big Bang Theory,… Read More »

Twas the Night Before Comic-Con


Cover mash up courtesy of superherouniverse.com Technically, its the night BEFORE the “Night Before Comic-Con”, but it IS the “Night Before Trevor Leaves for San Diego because He is NOT Doing That Drive in One Day.” Comic-Con starts Thursday for most folks, but for a select few who were fortunate enough to get the tickets for it, Wednesday night is the official kick-off with the highly coveted PREVIEW NIGHT, which is the only day where walking around the convention floor… Read More »

Planet of the Alternative Press Expos


It seems that October is a great time to like independent comics. October 4th was 24 Hour Comic Book Day, which is explained here. And now, we’ve just had APE (Alternative Press Expo) this past weekend in San Francisco. It’s fitting that APE is a part of Comic-Con International, as the convention is reminiscent of “Artist’s Alley.” For those who have never been down the “Alley,” I’ll give you a little taste. “Artist Alley” is simply a long parade of… Read More »



So over the next few days, I am going to be reviewing a few books from :01 (First Second) Books. For those who read this blog on a regular basis, :01 was the publisher of the book, “American Born Chinese” which I reviewed recently. The books will be (not in the order they will be reviewed) “The Eternal Smile” by Gene Luen Yang & Derek Kirk Kim “Stuffed” by Glenn Eichler & Nick Bertozzi “Refresh, Refresh” by Danica Novgorodoff (… Read More »