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Officer Downe

Hello and welcome to a special birthday bash edition of our weekly “What Are You Reading” feature. Typically the Robot 6 crew talks about what books we’ve read recently, but since it’s our anniversary, we thought we’d invite all our friends and colleagues from Comic Book Resources and Comics Should Be Good! to join in the fun.

To see what everyone has been reading, click below …

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Start Reading Now | Varmints by Andy Hirsch

Varmints

Andy Hirsch, illustrator of the SLG comic The Royal Historian of Oz, is self-publishing a digital comic called Varmints. The first two issues are available on his website and through Graphicly for $1 each, and he’s also serializing the first issue on the web.

The story revolves around Opie and Ned, two kids hunting down their deadbeat dad, the Criminal King of the West. The first issue alone features a saloon fight, a guy in a bear suit, a lucky hat and beans, so if you’re looking for a fun Western comic with all those elements, go check it out.

Matt Maxwell announces third Strangeways book

Around here, we’re big fans of Strangeways, Matt Maxwell’s series of horror-Western graphic novels. Maxwelll’s practically family, having serialized his second book The Thirsty on Robot 6, so it’s exciting that he’s now announced the third volume. Whereas Murder Moon was a werewolf tale and The Thirsty featured vampires, The Land Will Know is all about the ghosts. Maxwell calls it “the campfire ghost story reinvented” and describes it as sort of an EC-inspired anthology, but with a bridge story that ties the individual tales together into a single piece.

He’s started announcing artists for the various stories, but more details will be coming later. Gervasio and Jok (who’ve both worked on Strangeways before) will be drawing the bridge story as well as one of the other tales. Benjamin Dewey (Dark Horse Presents), Tom Neely (The Blot, The Wolf), and Tom Fowler (Venom) will each be doing stories as well. Check out Maxwell’s website for more details, samples of the artists’ work, and future updates.

Previews: What Looks Good for October

Spera, Volume 1

It’s time once again for our monthly trip through Previews looking for cool, new comics. As usual, we’re focusing on graphic novels, collected volumes, and first issues so that I don’t have to come up with a new way to say, “Jeff Lemire’s Frankenstein is still awesome!” every month. And I’ll continue letting Tom and Carla do the heavy lifting in regards to DC and Marvel’s solicitations.

Also, please feel free to play along in the comments. Tell me what I missed that you’re looking forward to or – if you’re a comics creator – mention your own stuff.

Archaia

The Grave Doug Freshley – A lot of publishers are doing Weird Western comics lately and that’s just fine with me.

Spera, Volume 1 – I like the sound of this fairy tale in which a couple of princesses combine efforts to save their kingdoms. It’s not that I’m anti-prince, but that’s a cool, new way to do that story.

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Captain Swing and the Electrical Pirates of Cindery Island – Warren Ellis doing Steampunk sounds thrilling, but really all they had to say was “pirates.” I bet this is still really good though, even if you’re pickier than I am.

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Roger Langridge’s Snarked #1 – After a well-loved zero-issue, Langridge’s version of Wonderland gets its real, official start.

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Food or Comics? | Butcher Baker and Daredevil‘s Food Cake

Daredevil #1

Welcome to Food or Comics?, where every week we talk about what comics we’d buy at our local comic shop based on certain spending limits — $15 and $30 — as well as what we’d get if we had extra money or a gift card to spend on a “Splurge” item. We’re coming a little late today due to a power outage in my neck of the woods — due to a blackout, not because I spent the money for the electric bill on Flashpoint or Fear Itself tie-ins.

Check out Diamond’s release list or ComicList, and tell us what you’re getting in our comments field.

Graeme McMillan

Because I’m not doing San Diego this year, some kind of crazy comic karma has decided that this week will be filled with comics I want to read. For example, if I had $15, I’d run to grab Daredevil #1 (Marvel, $3.99), which I’ve been looking forward to for some time — Mark Waid, Paolo Rivera *and* Marcos Martin? How can anyone refuse? — before scooting back to the DC aisle to pick up both DC Retroactive: The Flash – The ’70s #1 and DC Retroactive: Wonder Woman – The ’70s #1 (Both DC, $4.99), because I am such a sucker for old-school DC that even this weird “slight return” of the same seems exciting to me.

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What Are You Reading?

Stumptown

Hello and welcome to What Are You Reading? This week’s guest is Alex Segura, executive director of publicity and marketing at Archie Comics. But we’ll always know him as the guy who founded The Great Curve, the blog that would one day morph into Robot 6.

To see what Alex and the Robot 6 crew have been reading lately, click below …

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Food or Comics? | This week’s comics on a budget

20th century Boys

Welcome to Food or Comics?, where every week we talk about what comics we’d buy on Wednesday based on certain spending limits — $15 and $30 — as well as what we’d get if we had extra money or a gift card to spend on what we call our “Splurge” item.

Check out Diamond’s release list or ComicList if you’d like to play along in our comments section.

Brigid Alverson

If I had $15,

I’d get volume 13 of 20th Century Boys. This series is fantastic, and I hear there’s a big reveal in this volume.

If I had $30,

I’d add some floppies to the mix. This is a good week for a lot of the series I have been following on and off: Atomic Robo: Deadly Art of Science #4 ($3.50), Sixth Gun #9 ($3.99), Kill Shakespeare #9 ($3.99). Since I have a bit left over, I’ll throw in Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories #716 ($3.99), because I really have been enjoying that classic Disney.

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Shootin’ from the Hipp: Dan Hipp wows with Western illustration

Illustration by Dan Hipp

This certainly isn’t the first time Dan Hipp has graced the pages of Robot 6 with his one-off illustrations, but now his rousing and relentless blog features a drawing of the so-called Harmonica from a Clint Eastwood Sergio Leone classic. Hipp has a habit of posting new artwork almost daily, spanning superheroes, Hayao Miyazaki and now Western movies. Earlier this year, Kevin Melrose spied some pages from an unpublished spaghetti Western that Hipp is also working on.

The postings will continue until Hipp is hip-deep in tall dollars. Be warned.

HIGH MOON Season Four Debuts!

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This weekend marks the coming of the  Harvest Moon,  the full Moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox.

In two years out of three, the Harvest Moon comes in September, but this year it occurs in October just before hunting season.

This ominous moon also signals the debut the long-awaited fourth season of the werewolf epic – HIGH MOON!

Written by myself, illustrated by Steve Ellis, and lettered by Scott O. Brown, this season brings Macgregor to the streets of London where he must unravel a hidden family curse before it claims its next victim.

After this weekend’s update, you see new pages every Monday by sundown.

Gorillas Riding Dinosaurs: What looks good for September

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Time again for our monthly trip through Previews looking for interesting new adventure comics.

Antarctic

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: There are some stories that I’m just going to have to check out every time they’re adapted. Ichabod and the Headless Horseman is one of them. I can’t get enough of that galloping, Colonial-era, pumpkin-headed noggin-chopper.

Archaia

The Grave Doug Freshley: I swear I didn’t notice the pun when I went through the catalog the first time. I’m observant that way. Honestly, that cools my interest a little. Even though the solicitation compares the book to Sergio Aragones and Looney Tunes, I’m hoping that there’s as much soul as schtick to this story about a gunfighter who comes back from the dead to protect a boy in order to fulfill a promise. I tend to trust Archaia’s taste though, so it’s hope with a foundation. That title though…

Okko: The Cycle of Earth: Now this I have no reservations about. I read the first volume as single issues and decided that I needed the rest on my bookshelf instead of my comic boxes. Absolutely gorgeous and mysterious Japanese-inspired fantasy.

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