Graphic Novel Review- LEGEND OF THE MANTAMAJI by Eric Dean Seaton and Brandon Palas

I recently got my hands on the first two volumes of Legend of the Mantamaji, an epic urban fantasy which follows the transformation of Elijah Alexander from a young and ambitious assistant district attorney into a warrior of mythical proportions. 

Mos Def and Busta Rhymes, on New Years Resolutions... sorta

SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY! Well... I don't have any money... but you know what I mean!

There's still a couple days left in 2014, but these concept drawings of the upcoming kid monster comic NIGHT BOY by Damian Duffy and BLACK KIRBY (aka Stacey Robinson and John Jennings) have me fiending to see it drop in 2015...

See, this is why I fux wif @VonPea! #nowWatching the video for "CHASING AMY"... album, beat and video by @OTHERGUYSMUSIC

Okay, all my A-alikes have seen and digested the low-budget Kevin Smith classic Chasing Amy so we know where this video for Chasing Amy aka In Your Heart is going, but knowing the mighty Von Pea has seen it too gives one of my favorite under-appreciated Brooklyn spitters bonus points with me, should he ever need to cash them in. Anyways, watch the new video...

"Time to take action. Now not later. Some cops be on some terrorist shit like Al Queda..." @Headkrack

Tired of hearing about a new incident of rogue cops choking/beating/shooting brothers to death everyday? Who isn't? Headkrack is, if this new joint Track Me Down is any indication...

"Rise In Power" Mike Brown speedpaint by Dawud @Anyabwile, beats and rhymes by @DISTRAKT

The mighty Dawud Anyabwile (Brotherman) dropped this speedpaint video for Rise In Power, his tribute to Michael Brown on the internet over the weekend, with audio assist from Colorado-based emcee/producer DISTRAKT.
Peep the speedpaint vid and final piece below...

And now, a STEVEN UNIVERSE interlude...

The Secret Origin of JOHN SHAFT begins HERE!!! or... Preview SHAFT #1 by @DavidWalker1201 and @BilquisEvely

 We've all been chomping at the bit waiting on Dynamite's new SHAFT series by indie phenom David F. Walker (BadAzzMofo, Super Justice Force, Number 13) for a minute, so I'm fired up to show you this preview, which includes a gang of variant covers and sweet as folk interior art by Bilquis Evely, who I'm sure will be a household name before you know it...

#NowPlaying the new video/single "BOX GOD" by @Venomous2000. PLUS peep his new album A MOMENT TO REFLECT VOL 3!

"2000 years finally making up for Kharma
Be a force like Marcus Garvey, taking chinks in the armor..."

Don't forget CAPTAIN AMERICA and the MIGHTY AVENGERS #2 comes out this week!

 I still haven't read Captain America and the Mighty Avengers #1 yet, so there's a lot about the concept I will hafta leave unsaid. Having said that, check out this preview of the second issue...

"If they kick us out, then who cares? We takin' this party to Chipotle!" -Playdough

The Brand New Old School Video Show (powered by Playdough and Sean Patrick's album GOLD TIPS) is back, via the new video Off the Wall, with special guests Social Club...

"Big Trouble in Little China" speedpaint by Sean Mack AKA @ShizukaSam

My Black Comix bredren Sean Anthony Mack (Revolutionary Times) was flexing his Sketchbook Pro game on his iPad while watching Big Trouble in Little China the other day, one thing led to another, and now here's this speed paint video...

Check out this preview of STORM #5 (also #4 cuz I'm late...)

While I was off doing the whole "working poor" thing, Storm has been getting her goddess on, doing good deeds all around the globe. But it looks like her long-time teammate and friend Wolverine died or something, so we get to see that Ororo handles grief a little bit differently via these previews from issues 4 and 5...

Werewolf Family Values: Dynamite returns Patricia Briggs' "MERCY THOMPSON" Novel series to comics!

 New York Times’ bestselling author Patricia Briggs has written a new story set in the world of her MERCY THOMPSON novels called Mercy Thompson: Hopcross Jilly. Here's some preview art from the first two issues...

NEAT! Check out this SPACE-GIRLS COLORING BOOK by GhettoManga contributor Rick Evans!

 Hey, it looks like my dude Rick Evans (Obscurum) has a new coloring book available!

The road to @LeSeanThomas's CANNON BUSTERS ANIMATED SERIES begins HERE!

The wait is almost over...

Check out this Preview art from DEADPOOL #38! That dude @MikeHawthorne draws everything awesome!

 While your favorite artist was on youTube watching 10 Photoshop Tricks to Make Up for the Fact That You Can't Draw Feet, my dude Mike "Captain Puerto Rico" Hawthorne was busy beating up the game the old fashioned way. Exhibit A: These double page spreads from DEADPOOL #38...

"That's what happens when you have two sisters, no brothers, and idle time..." @MethodMan, speaking on his early influences

My favorite member of the mighty Wu-Tang Clan, the inimitable Method Man, digs into his influences in this bit of animated youTubery courtesy of the fine folks at Grantland.

African American comic creators! PEEP GAME COMIX is looking for YOU!

Here's a press release I received this week from Imani Lateef, who created his website Peep Game Comix as a digital comic distributor specializing in work by black creators and publishers. If you or someone you know makes comics, check this out!

Malcolm Dragon's world is going straight to HELLLLLLL!!! or... IN STORES TODAY- SAVAGE DRAGON #199

 Y'all know I reserve a soft spot in my heart for Erik Larsen's looney as folk creator-owned super hero comic SAVAGE DRAGON, so I'm sure you know I'm getting excited for issue 200! But hold up, let's not glaze over the monster effort Larsen put into these spreads from issue 199...

The EXCELLENT adventures of Marvel's mighty Muslim-American superheroine continue!

I can't tell you how pleased I was to look at the latest preview of Ms. Marvel and see that G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona are still working on the book. As I have said before, Wilson and Alphona are doing a splendid job on Ms. Marvel, and I think it's mad important to have a consistent creative team on a fledgling book with a promising new character.

#nowPlaying "Running on Empty" by @SuperAnkoma

"See, the truth is 
some of y'all claiming that ya ruthless
forgot about the art of making music."

Yo... That new "Mike Tyson Mysteries" trailer got me f****d up... (shout out to @ZERUDAH)

Human link-sharing machine showed me this new trailer for the upcoming Adult Swim show Mike Tyson Mysteries, which made me laugh so hard I had to pass it on...

Check out this STEVEN UNIVERSE #3 preview from @BOOMstudios!

 I became an instant fan of Cartoon Network's Steven Universe when I stumbled onto the KABOOM series of Steven's misadventures as the mostly powerless member of the Crystal Gems superhero squad. STEVEN UNIVERSE is like Snarf or Orko having their own series while the Lion-O, He-man or whoever are off saving the world in the background.  Anyways, I was late to the party, but I'm glad to be here. Peep this preview of Steven Universe #3

"They say that those that can't do teach, but those that can't teach ain't got no room to speak" @MegaRan

I went looking for some music to draw to and ran across this heater Faculty Lounge (remix) by Mega Ran, off his 2012 album Language Arts Volume 3. This joint features Donwill, Sammus and the mighty Homeboy Sandman. Good stuff...

Wanna see some unlettered art from DEATHLOK #1? OF COURSE YOU DO!

Glad to see Marvel bringing back Deathlok. I mean, Marvel and DC are stuck in the nineties like my generations' musical tastes, so I say we are due for some new Deathlok joints...

Things get... hairy in this preview from RAT QUEENS #8.

"The Wolf of Wall Street" meets "Kill Bill"? And the Bride is a SISTA? I'm SO DAMN DOWN with "THE NAMES"

I ran across this cover to the second issue of Peter Milligan's new murder mystery The Names, and was so mesmerized by the cover art by Celia Calle that I had to snoop out preview art from the first couple issues and post it below...

the Badass Witches of Helheim return for Vengeance: BRIDES OF HELHEIM by @CullenBunn and @Joelle_Jones via @OniPress

I never read the Oni Press action fantasy comic HELLHEIM by Cullen Bunn, Joëlle Jones and Nick Filardi, but this new spinoff/sequel BRIDES OF HELHEIM features undead warriors, weapon-toting witches and disproportionate revenge. Hellz. Yeah...


Y'all know I cuts for Larry Stroman from his work on X-Factor for Marvel Comics and his creator-owned book TRIBE back in the nineties. Hence, I am honor-bound to post this preview from this revival of the sci-fi action comic Alien Legion: Uncivil War he's working on with Chuck Dixon and Carl Potts...

"To tell the truth, we were more influenced by Spike Lee than Shakespeare" Joel Dos Reis Viegas @SteambotStudios

DAMION SCOTT takes over art chores on ALL NEW GHOST RIDER!! (((airhorn)))

 I had no idea that Damion Scott and Robert Campanella were the new art team on ALL NEW GHOST RIDER but it looks like they did. Last month's cover (above) was done by series co-creator Tradd Moore, but check out the interiors to this and the new issue below, by Scott and Campanella.

You had me at "World War Wendigo"... OR... PREVIEW- Amazing X-MEN #11

Because you are not a recovering Marvel Zombie like me, you might not know that the Wendigo is a mystical cannibalistic spirit that possesses people and transforms them into super-strong rampaging white wookies. But only in Canada, because it's magic. CANADIAN magic, son! Anyways, one Wendigo can give the Hulk a good slapping around, so you don't want none of the Wendigo blitzkrieg they are dealing with in Amazing X-men #11, which is part 4 of the 5 part World War Wendigo storyline (so you consider yourself alerted to the spoilers in this preview)...

My concerns about STORM, and 4 things @Marvel should do about it

I bought the first couple issues of STORM, the new ongoing series about Marvel's most prominent female super hero. I enjoyed them both, especially the first one. But there's definitely something bothering me about this series already...

A few words about "The Problem" the new video starring @7evenThirty and @GensuDean

"The Problem is that the problem ain't rap.
Can you help me articulate that?"

Miles Morales + All New (Old) X-Men = WTF? But it's Bendis and Asrar, so... WHY NOT?!?

I don't really have much to say about All-New X-men #32. From what I can tell, this X-book stars the original five X-men (Angel, Iceman, Jean Grey, Cyclops and a relatively hairless Beast), transplanted from the past into the present day. Now they have also been transported into the Ultimate Universe, where they meet Miles Morales, the all-new Afrolatino Spider-man...

Robophobic #22 - Cyborg Cockroaches to the Rescue?

This engineer on The Takeaway podcast insists that science can't make insect-sized robots to take on missions that require itty bitty remote-controlled automatons (yet). Unfortunately, I still won't be sleeping at night, 'cause they're building cyborg cockroaches to get the dirty little jobs done instead...

Looks like John Stewart was born again HARD in GREEN LANTERN CORPS: FUTURE'S END #1

So apparently the DC Universe is going through a cataclysmic war or something, and time-traveling is involved... NO WAIT! STAY WITH ME NOW! Yeah, I don't know... But I like John Stewart. So there's that. Look, just check out this preview of Green Lantern Corps: Future's End #1...

Have y'all seen this TMNT fancomic SECRETS OF THE OOZE by @RossCampbelll? SO GOOD!

 The idea of drawing comics featuring characters I don't own and never printing them (because, you know... the law or something...) is totally alien to me. That said, there are some really dope fan comics out there. Here's one of them: Secrets of the Ooze, by that dude Ross Campbell...

#yesReally- BO, PLUSHY GANGSTA: KINGDOM OF BO Trade Paperback published by @ActionLab

I saw an issue of post-hip hop blaxploitation comic BO, PLUSHY GANGSTA the last time I went to the comic shop, but I forgot to write about it when I got home, so I'm glad I ran across this preview art for the trade paperback today...

Preview- DREAM SKILLS, the new comic from Corey Lewis

FACT: Corey Lewis is the sheet. Corey draws comics all the time, and I don't. That makes him awesome. 
Here's some preview pages of his new comic Dream Skills...

Wow! I'm LOVING these STEVEN UNIVERSE comics from @BOOMstudios

I don't have cable, so I wasn't prepared for STEVEN UNIVERSE by steady streams of commercials, but it only took a few images for me to fall in love with Steven, the not-yet super powered member of the mighty Crystal Gems superhero quartet. Once I saw these preview pages for the new STEVEN UNIVERSE comics, let's just say I was hooked!

Is X-(wo)Men as dope as it appears to be?

This fresh cover by Team Dodson drew me into this preview of X-(wo)Men #19 by Marc Guggenheim and company.

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