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AICN COMICS STM:Previews THE TINGLER! GI JOE COBRA! Obama vs BOMB QUEEN! Plus Online Comics & neurocinema!

@@@@ News bits on Awards & Webcomics, GOLDILOCK, & neurocinema! @@@@ Spinner Rack previews: VINCENT PRICE PRESENTS THE TINGLER! BOMB QUEEN! GI JOE: COBRA! DOLLTOPIA! CYBERFORCE/HUNTER KILLER! @@@@


Well, AICN COMICS: SHOOT THE MESSENGER is your weekly one stop shop for comic book -EWS. What’s comic book –EWS? Well, it’s our hodge podge of everything not reviews here at AICN Comics. Sure you can find out the @$$Holes’ critical opinions of your favorite books every Wednesday at AICN Comics. But here, you’ll find special reports such as previews, interviews, special features, and occasionally news gathered here from our online brethren at Newsarama, CBR, Wizard, etc. Sure those guys are the best at reporting news as it breaks. Click on the links for the original stories. This column cuts the crap to run down all the vital information for those of you who don’t follow it as it comes in, and serves it all up with that special ingredient of @$$y goodness.

Hey folks, Ambush Bug here. Before we take a spin on the old Spinner Rack to the Future, I’ve got a trio of interesting tidbits for you.
First is a cool story about Awards and Webcomics which focuses on a recent dot.comics reviewee TRANSMISSION-X. Click on the links to find out more.

Secondly and speaking of dot.comics, we gave GOLDILOCK by Adam Lucas a pretty good review a while back and while I plan on taking a look at the webcomic again, I wanted to steer everyone over to DC’s Zuda page to catch up on the beautiful sci-fi webseries. Look for a review of this comic in the future, but for now, click on the link and check it out. And check out the trailer for the webseries here.

Finally, my friend Peter Katz (who put together the SDCC panel I did focusing on Horror Comics and Film) has an article in this month’s WIRED magazine. Peter hooked up viewers to a brain scanner and showed him his horror film and recorded the results. It doesn’t really have anything to do with comics, but this story on “neurocinema” a damn fascinating read.

Hey folks, Ambush Bug here again. This week, I’ve got another payload of cool previews to drop on you, beginning with a preview of my own comic coming out this Wednesday. I hope AICN readers check out my direct sequel to the cult classic film THE TINGLER (it’s actually been getting pretty good reviews like here and here). As always, click on the images to make all the preview pages grow!
VINCENT PRICE PRESENTS SPECIAL: THE TINGLER #1 Writer: Mark L.Milller Art: Alex Lopez, Cover: Buzz McAdam Publisher: Bluewater Comics Release date: This week!

BOMB QUEEN VI #1 (of 4) By Jimmie Robinson Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: This week!

DOLLTOPIA OGN By Abby Denson Publisher: Abby Comix Release Date: October 15th!

CYBERFORCE/HUNTER-KILLER #2 (of 5) Writer: Mark Waid Artist: Kenneth Rocafort Publisher: Top Cow Release Date: This week!

G.I. JOE: COBRA SPECIAL #1 Writer: Mike Costa Art: Antonio Fuso Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: This week!

Editing, compiling, imaging, coding, logos & cat-wrangling by Ambush Bug Proofs, co-edits & common sense provided by Sleazy G

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  • Sept. 28, 2009, 9:25 a.m. CST

    Where is the Roman Polanski thread?

    by islander

    Its been news for over 24 hours now

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 9:27 a.m. CST


    by SpaceAce

    Love the tingler from back in the day!

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 9:31 a.m. CST


    by Kontarsky

    I don't know, but I'd like to second the request before the idiots who post an essay explaining why I'm ignorant for wanting one come on.

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Obama. Zombies, and comics

    by Josstossesthesalad

    I'm so tired of seeing Obama in all of these comics. It reeks of a marketing scheme that is sadly working. Try coming up with new stories, not putting him in a book, just because it's Obama. It's like the endless barage of zombie comics lately.

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 9:42 a.m. CST

    Interesting format of Cobra

    by BizarroJerry

    Apparently, that Cobra Special is very different, as the story is told in mirror image. The very center of the comic is Tomax and Xamot each looking into the mirror. Once you arrive at that page, the second half of the story should then be read from the last page, and in towards the middle. This commentary explains the format in detail:

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 10:43 a.m. CST


    by blackhole4140

    Ironic that you whine about zombie comics when there's none previewed here. Why people complain about Vampires and Zombies I'll never understand. They've been staples of genre fiction for decades now. You might as well complain about superheroes.

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 10:54 a.m. CST

    More kiddie indoctrination for Obama.

    by The_Maltese_Vulcan

    I got up late. Have we carved his face into Mount Rushmore yet?

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 11:05 a.m. CST


    by Series7

    The Barbarian is actually pretty good.

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 11:21 a.m. CST

    It's Not Kiddie Indoctrination for Obama


    1st, it barely looks like Obama. Terrible likeness. 2nd, it's Bomb Girl.

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Bomb Queen. Whatever.


    Seriously, they're comic books. It's not indoctrination, just contemporary silliness.

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 12:22 p.m. CST

    What about meaningless Obama boosting?

    by FeralAngel

    What is it with Image? Eric Larsen has a serious wet-on for 'Bama, what with his half-dozen comic covers featuring The Chosen One with the dorkiest superhero ever, Savage Dragon. The dude even drew a cover showing Osama punching Obama - oh 'scuse me, OBAMA punching OSAMA, in the jaw. I mean what the hell is this, Marvel Comics during WWII? Weird, very weird.

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 3 p.m. CST

    Don't worry Kevinwillis, Irony is lost on conservatives

    by IndustryKiller!

    As is logic and nuance. Their tiny brains don't allow for it. They cant understand that the comic industry is mostly adult driven at this point, so those comics arent being read by mostly kids. That kids don't vote and wont by the next election, so saying that the administration is trying to brainwash them through a fucking comic book would make zero sense. Not to mention that they are claiming something as insane as indoctrination via comic book in the first place, does that newsletter you subscribe to come with a tin foil hat? Or that the Obama punching Osama is just irony meant to be a silly throwback to those WWII Marvel days and not meant to be taken the least bit seriously. That Obama's numerous appearances in comics is just a commentary on his mythos rather than a building up of it. But these conservatives, with their pathological need to be offended by something and make arguments with no substance whatsoever, just flatly REFUSE to see the forest from the trees.

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 4:56 p.m. CST

    Word to Maltese Vulcan!

    by Homer Sexual

    So true! And I'm a super liberal. Just wait...his face might actually get put in the mountain at any time!

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 5:19 p.m. CST


    by blackhole4140

    Continued success, buddy.

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 6:49 p.m. CST

    The thing about Irock Obeyme...

    by Immortal_Fish that early last year, half of the left didn't want the guy in office. And now that he's there, the guy can do no wrong in their eyes. My brain is allegedly too tiny, yet this is the same guy that wants to do all my thinking for me.<P>And I hear that irony, logic, and nuance is lost on people like me.

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 7:58 p.m. CST

    Yeah! TINGLER!

    by Buzz Maverik

    I'm there!

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Sorry, IndustryKiller, Larsen is serious

    by FeralAngel

    You dignify him by assuming he's being clever. He had his character endorse Obama for the election, and he wasn't being "ironic" - he was dead serious. The kid needs to get out more, connect with actual people IMO. As for irony, hey, how's that hope and change workin' for ya?

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Whenever I see a comic with Barack in it...

    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    I immediately DROP it. Comics produced by people so stupid and insecure that they have to constantly prop up "The Anointed One" as a "superhero" simply aren't worth reading.<p>The guy has more criminal and scumbag connections than I can count, constantly disses his own country, insults our allies and embraces our enemies and comic book creators want to portray him as "heroic?" Reminds me of the Captain America story where Cap tosses the head of Guantanemo into the ocean because Cap feels sympathetic towards Al-Qaeda prisoners forced to see him walk by during their evening prayers! ...Say WHAT????<p>Some of this comic book guys are so stupid they can't even BEGIN to see how at odds their characters are to the liberal, whiny scenarios they put them in. Unfortunately, there are even MORE stupid people out there who are willing to buy and support such complete and utter crap.

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 9:38 p.m. CST


    by Immortal_Fish

    I hear you loud and clear. Some truly amazing stunts have been pulled in the comic medium for the last several years. I don't give a damn who the hypothetical target demo is. "With great power comes..." and all the rest.<P>What fascinates me is how this was the very medium in which Jews leveraged their talents to convey the necessity to engage the Nazis. And here is that same comic medium, several decades later, vindicating the prophecy laid forth by Nikita Khrushchev.<P>But here's where I part ways with you, in a sense. Let them publish their drek. People that want to read this stuff should be allowed to do so, especially at the cost of their own money. The market will do its thing (as it always does) and these incidents will eventually (hopefully) be mere hopeful marketing blips on the radar.

  • Sept. 28, 2009, 10:41 p.m. CST


    by Homer Sexual

    Admittedly, I am from the half you speak of, and you have a point...there is no room for dissent from within. It's weird.

  • Sept. 29, 2009, 1:16 a.m. CST

    Did any of you actually read the panels?

    by solvseus

    This was not a very sympathetic look at Obama. Nor due process, which seems to be treated as something only pussies and terrorist-lovers believe in. Because real Americans believe in freedom. K. Anybody remember that Bush was portrayed as a freakin' hero in Marvel after 9/11? And that maybe the reason Captain America had since gotten pissed at the mishandling of things is that maybe he believes in REAL freedom, and REAL patriotism, not this jingoist, everyone else is a socialist, communist, fascist whatever the corporate run "liberal" media is calling anyone these days bs that passes for patriotism among the 20%ers these days. Screaming they want their country back, when if anything, the current admins problem is that it's too much like the last one, and trying to compromise with a bunch of people calling him Hitler, and refusing to cry racism even when it is, because he's too afraid they're going to accuse him of whining about it, even though they already do. Because God forbid the President appears anywhere, and you don't like it because you don't like him even though when it was your disaster of a Pres you probably didn't say anything, and certainly didn't call him the "anointed one" even though some of you treated him like Jesus actually did pick him, even though you'd think Jesus would have been smarter than that. Hey torture supporters, guess what, I want MY country back. Face!

  • Sept. 29, 2009, 1:54 a.m. CST

    Actually its working out pretty great FeralAngel

    by IndustryKiller!

    The only monkey wrench in theworks is the asshole conservatives of this nation who choose their sick sense of pride over and over and over again above pragmatism and humanity. But as for every single initiative Obama is trying to get passed, I dig it, hoss. Hope and change is a rockin' and a rollin' once we get your pathetic asses out of the way.

  • Sept. 29, 2009, 2:07 a.m. CST

    "I dig it, hoss"


    "I dig it, hoss"

  • Sept. 29, 2009, 2:16 a.m. CST

    "Irock Obeyme"?

    by IndustryKiller!

    Conservatives are the kind of folks who spell the names of people they don't like wrong as a means of insult. "Irock Obeyme"?? Jesus Christ what grade are you in now ImmortalFish? You should know, and please tell your friends, that Liberals don't get mad when they see shit like that, they laugh at what a fucking joke you are with your adorable midwest (whether you are from there or not) toothless sense of anger and find it even funnier that you guys sit around coming up with shit like that and think it's funny and clever enough to keep doing.

  • Sept. 29, 2009, 3:18 a.m. CST


    by thegreatwhatzit

    One of the best B-pix ever produced (a pity that modern audiences have to forfeit Castle's interactive venue); love the concept (and thanks for the reference to the "theatre"). Unlike other sequels, I can't wait to read your own scenario. Please keep us posted (and try to conceive a gimmick for the comic).

  • Sept. 29, 2009, 3:23 a.m. CST

    As for Obama

    by thegreatwhatzit

    I voted for the guy but, honestly, I'm not impressed; naturally, this sort of throwaway rebuke will prompt someone to peg me as a racist. I just hope, for our country's sake, that the prez will constrain the p.r. machine and get down to business.

  • Sept. 29, 2009, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Political figures in comics

    by Mr.FTW

    They don't belong and shouldn't be in them. It doesn't matter what side of the fence they are on. They take the focus away from the comic and the book and medium suffer for it. I don't want real world figures interacting with my capes. Keep that crap for the indy trades.

  • Sept. 29, 2009, 11:52 a.m. CST

    I'm with FTW

    by Homer Sexual

    The most politics I can tolerate in comics is when the president is drawn to resemble the current prez. Of course, many comics have a political viewpoint, but they keep it vague. The Savage Dragon thing....good grief! Also, many of the liberal comments are exactly the same as conservative ones, just change the names. "They laugh at what a joke you are" and "toothless anger" are two typical types of phrases that were thrown at the left a few years back. And as much as I really HATED GW, he wasn't deified by the media like you-know-who has been. Then only people who question him at all are the extremist nutjobs who insist he's not a real American. <p> Anyhoo...probably too late, but last night I read "JSA Vs Kobra" and it was really awesome, much better than any JSA story I've read since, well, ever.

  • Sept. 29, 2009, 5:43 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the post Ambush!

    by StrokerX

    You are the BEST! Thanks to all the AICN heads who came by and helped out with a Vote! :) 18 Hours of Voting left and as of now it's too close to call!<p> If you'd like to come by and help my sci-fi comic GOLDILOCK win a contract with DC Comics I sure would appreciate the help!

  • Sept. 29, 2009, 11:25 p.m. CST


    by TheGhostWhoLurks

    Kindly look at the Huffingtonpost, DailyKos, DemocraticUnderground or websites before you start whining about conservatives making up variations on the names of people they don't like. Insults are the bread and butter of those "progressive" 'sites. Heck, just watch CNN or MSNBC and count the number of "journalists" calling protesters "teabaggers."<p>Seriously, you sound like an idiot with your false outrage. But I'm glad you "dig" bringing Al-Qaeda members stateside and giving terrorists sworn to kill Americans the legal rights of U.S. citizens. Too bad the vast majority of the country disagrees with such an asinine plan, since many of the terrorists would get off on technicalities and be free to roam the streets.

  • Sept. 30, 2009, 8:11 p.m. CST

    The vast majority Ghost?

    by solvseus

    <p>According to these:</p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>A majority actually support due process for everyone. Even those "terrorists" you'd think if we had the details of why they were guilty and what exactly they did, or were planning to do, we wouldn't have to worry about proving it, so we aren't just picking people up off the streets and tossing them in prison to be tortured. Which if you knew anything about this, is exactly what did happen in some cases. You'd think you freedom loving civil libertarians would get that. There is a Fox poll that swings slightly the other direction, but still nowhere near a vast majority.</p> And no, neither side owns namecalling. Liberals do it too. Just as righties complain about the tolerance of liberals while screaming about gays, communists, socialists, fascists, and whatever else's you want to call people you disagree with this week, namecalling (and the hypocrisy about the offense of it) is a bi-partisan affair. But if you think we're just going to be actually setting actual terrorists free to roam the streets just because, "teabagger" would be least offensive thing I could think to call you. Also disappointed with Obama, but not enough to be with those oh so reasonable protesters who've suddenly discovered we have a national debt, while they call him Hitler for taking a moderate approach to healthcare reform, and yell about wanting their country back, even though the problem is, not much has changed (complete with some of those civil liberties GW actually took, that most of you were ok with when it was him and he was crying "terrorist").

  • Oct. 8, 2009, 11:37 p.m. CST

    by Immortal_Fish

    "Conservatives are the kind of folks who spell the names of people they don't like wrong as a means of insult. "Irock Obeyme"?? Jesus Christ what grade are you in now ImmortalFish?"<P>The same grade as those that thought "Shrub" was a great pseudonym for Dubya as well as those who found "artistic merit" in films that portrayed his death. Lest we forget?<P>"You should know, and please tell your friends, that Liberals don't get mad when they see shit like that, they laugh at what a fucking joke you are with your adorable midwest (whether you are from there or not) toothless sense of anger"<p>I am an agnostic American Powhatan from the bluest state of MA that believes in a woman's right to choose and is against the death penalty. Google the site if you suspect otherwise.<P>And I apologize for not living up to your Saul Alinsky expectations. Despite that, none of us got much of a rise out of your side calling Bush "Shrub" either.

  • Oct. 8, 2009, 11:42 p.m. CST

    You're right, solvseus

    by Immortal_Fish

    I don't need to wade thru the 404 pages to see how wrong I am. Those people should have bombed your mother and sister to bits. What the hell was I thinking?