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Wednesday, 25 November 2015 15:49
It’s not every day that I get to interview a talent artist who should be working for one of the big comic book publishers, let alone be friends with one for over a decade. Tim Doyle is an underrated force in the world of comic book and pop culture art and has been running Nakatomi for almost seven years. He’s come a long way since working at Funny Papers, a now defunct comic book store that was located in Dobie Mall on the edge of campus at the University of Texas. I recently caught up with him after a couple of years at the Austin Comic Con in Austin, TX and talked shop and what’s on his current pull list. Read more...
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Thursday, 09 April 2015 11:54
 “How long before we see a robot story on Coronation Street?” There was a wonderful sense of nostalgia that came with my first viewing of Robot Overlords. While very much its own beast, there was always the feeling that the minds behind the movie were fans of classic science fiction where the fantastic often took a back seat to the human interactions that existed in that universe. These were stories that looked at what it meant to be human that took us on the most weird and wonderful journeys as we made our way to the conclusion. What I found really distinctive about Robots Overlords was something else entirely – a feeling of hope at the close of the movie. Even the most family friendly science fiction shown at the cinema seems to have been invaded by a bleakness that, while appealing to some adults, can alienate some children. This is not the case with Robot Overlords. While it does not patronize its audience, it also proves that a movie can still entertain if the good guys win! I managed to find Mark Stay, script writer and author of the novel based on the movie, for a chat about Robot Overlords and what made it such a unique and special piece of cinema… Read more...
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Sunday, 25 January 2015 14:16
*Obligatory NSFW Warning Message!!! The following AWESOME interview contains some slight offensive language!! Viewer discretion is advised! Blame the monkeys! - ENR Editing Staff* “I would go to bed each night, thinking about them more and more, and they would not leave my sleep deprived mind... And then... well then they started talking." 10736066_560717054072036_229150679_n Here at eXpert Comics, we always try and look out for new and exciting projects – books that are have their own unique flair and style, things we’ve never seen or read before. Whether it be an Indie title, a comic from one of the Big Two or a new Kickstarter project, anything that interests us and catches our eye, we accept the privilege of showcasing for you. One such project came to my attention over Facebook a few months ago. Shit Flingers – a book about the occult adventures of a troop of soldiers cursed to live out their days in the bodies of apes and monkeys – were asked for contributors for their fantasy anthology. I needed to know more. This book played to all my sensibilities – secret organisations, the magical and mysterious and, of course, talking monkeys! Read more...
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Wednesday, 08 October 2014 14:15
OS coverIt's October, the spookiest month of the year and the harbinger of the winter season to come. There is a change in the wind when October rolls around. Some say the wind switches from the east to the west, but I have never noticed that. Some say it's because it is the spookiest month of the year, but if you watch the news they are all pretty scary now. For me it is the southern winds have been replaced for the winds coming down out of Canada, the cooler days followed by the even colder nights. No matter what it might be, it is a change and for comic books it is the same. Big changes occurred in September and it even meant a new King of Comics. It has been a long time since I was truly surprised, and this months numbers did just that. Enough of this, lets get to it. Read more...
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Wednesday, 10 September 2014 13:10
gog leadIt is once again time to do the Top 20 comic books. This, the August edition marks the Anniversary of when I started doing this column 4 years ago. I was at a different site then, but no matter this column has run monthly now for four whole years. Things I have noticed over the 4 years are: Some of you folks really like the breakdown portion of the column, but most couldn't care less. Batman has had the number one book on the Top 20 list almost twice as much as any other book on the list. Marvel has been the Top producer almost twice as many times as DC. DC has only taken the top slot this year once. Finally I have written NA more times this year on the Top 20 list more than any other year, or two years combined. What does all that tell you? Not a dang thing. Well maybe that there have been more number one books this last year or so than any other time I have been writing the list other than the New 52 debut.   Read more...
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Tuesday, 12 August 2014 14:21
batman-33-saveHere we are in the hot muggy month of August. I'm not sure where you live in the world, but here in NWPA it hasn't really been a great sunshine type summer for us. It has been raining mostly, but that hasn't stopped the muggy, humidity that we have all come to love for making it's presence. As the year has gone along business has picked up for the comic books. I for one am grateful and I know those of you who sell comic books for a way of life are too. From the beginning of the year there has been what could only be called a downward trend but May showed signs of life, June actually had a heart beat, and July has been GOOD! For how good, you will need to stick around for the comparisons, but I will say it is really good. Another theme we have had this year has been the downfall of the New 52. Many proclaimed it would happen, and it DID happen, but recently DC has made a move to get back into the game. Did they? I will be talking about that in just a minute. Last month we had a sign of the Apocalypse with Archie comics landing on any list in this column. This month the world has ended and we just haven't heard because those fine folks at Archie have done it again! Lastly I have talked in the past how it used to be once upon a time that if one of the comic book companies put out a movie that the book the character in the movie was about would see a massive increase. It has been a long time since that has happened but this month shows that sometimes old dogs still have new tricks. OK there is the lead up, let's get to the rest.   Read more...
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Monday, 14 July 2014 13:34
top leadHere we are in mid-July and the numbers for the month of June have finally hit. As this is the second quarter of the year for comic book sales let's do a quick recap of the months proceeding this one. January, February, March and May were all down as far as the numbers went. April had a big month aided by the release of Amazing Spider-Man #1, and here we are looking at June. It hasn't all been doom or gloom as some months some area's did better than others, and there hasn't been a month yet (besides May)  where the numbers fell to a great or even moderate extent. That said compared to last year at the end of the first quarter the numbers have shown a downward trend and coming into this second quarter I have been a little nervous to see what we had. I have given a ton of reasons why I think we saw a dip in numbers and some of those are proving to be pretty much dead on, some not so much, but we will get to that by the end of the year column as always. So what do we have this month? We have a return of the number one spot on the Top 25 after a short hiatus, we have something I thought we would never see on the either of the lists I put out once a month, and we have for the time being some pretty good numbers to look at for once, so let's get started.   Read more...
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Tuesday, 17 June 2014 14:28
xbatmanzeroheader-340x212.jpg.pagespeed.ic.kWDGvulkqhIt's that wonderful time of the month again when we get to see just what the comic book industry is trending towards and of course the Top 25 comics and Top 10 Graphic Novels! April was a big month for the comics industry and became the first month that didn't have losses of some sort or another. Looking at this year we have seen a downward trend in buying and although I do think it will correct itself in the near future, it is hard to look at month in and month out. We will get to why I think the trend is going the way it is later but first let's finish talking about last month. Amazing Spider-Man #1 was a massive boost to the comic industry and it appears that it alone was why we saw the jump we did in the numbers. What we are going to need to see from this point on is can other big events, or a surge by the Indies put the industry back on the gaining track or not. This reminds me a lot of the 90's and we have even seen some of the gimmicks of that era already, although not to that extent...yet! Anyway let's get this party started and see what we can see.   Read more...
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