|Herobear and The Kid|
Losing your Grandfather and moving to a new town are challenging in and of
themselves, but doing them simultaneously can seem nearly impossible to a
child. But that's the lot in the life of young Tyler, the main character
in a new comic book called Herobear and The Kid, from Astonish Comics.
The book has garnered quite a following, as well as being nominated for two prestigious comic book awards. Oddly, however, only two issues have hit the stands in more than a year. What sort of comic work could draw such critical acclaim from fans and professionals alike, with so little done? One that encapsulates everything good about comics; the escapism, the humor, the wonder, the adventure, and the very sense that the reader is right there experiencing everything with the main character, because so much of what Tyler endures is familiar to us all. And it's no wonder that this comic is so..... well, enchanting (I can't believe I used that word). After all, creator Mike Kunkel has had quite a lot of experience working in the "magical kingdom" as a Walt Disney animator, which can be seen when viewing his cartoon-board art style.
The only things that subtract from the experience are a couple of lettering goofs and occasionally confusing panel arrangement. I'm sure, however, that these will be improved as Kunkel cranks out more issues.
And, while it's been many months since the first print of number two first hit the stands, second prints of one and two are now available, and the third issue has been solicited through Diamond Comic Distributors. Most encouraging is the fact that Kunkel has taken his leave of Disney so that he can devote all of his professional time to his comic.
This book is very highly recommended.
Herobear and The Kid can be found at comic shops (1-888-comicbook, for the one nearest you), or at www.theastonishfactory.com. It is published by Astonish Comics and weighs in at 24 pages and is priced at $2.95.
Review by Mark Allen
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Michael Vance has teamed with William Windom to present an incredible collection of SF and fantasy stories. Set in the eerie town of Light’s End, Maine, these stories have been called “[a] meshing of myth and reality, [of] stack details of place, an...unromantic vision of horror...” Light’s End is a gathering place for the worst in human nature.
Mr. Windom's impressive experience has prepared him well for the telling of these scary tales. He is well known for his TV roles on Murder, She Wrote, Star Trek, The Twilight Zone, All In The Family, and Barney Miller. He also won an Emmy for his TV series My World…and Welcome to It. His movie roles in To Kill a Mockingbird and True Crime won him additional acclaim. His stage performances as James Thurber and Ernie Pyle have entertained thousands. He's performed in eighteen Broadway plays, countless radio shows, and several books-on-tape.
Michael Vance's work is published in numerous magazines. He has appeared as a syndicated columnist and cartoonist in over 500 newspapers. His history book, Forbidden Adventure has been called a "benchmark in comics history”. Vance, best known for his Suspended Animation columns, briefly wrote the comic strip Alley Oop and his own strip for five years, Holiday Out. He also wrote comic books including Straw Men, Angel of Death, The Adventures of Captain Nemo, and Bloodtide. His work has appeared in comics anthologies, and he is listed in the Who's Who of American Comic Books. With novelists Mel Odom and R.A. Jones, he co-wrote Global Star, a world where babies born with bowling balls in their stomachs are common, and the New York Times is “trash journalism”.
Suspended Animation readers will be able to order a copy of Lights End Volume 1 personally autographed by both William Windom and Michael Vance. Volume 1 contains the stories "A Change of Heart" and "Cross Purposed."
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