C.K. Stewart is a freelance writer covering comics, wrestling, and wrestling comics for sites like Newsarama, Paste Magazine, and The GWW. His work includes reviews and editorials, podcast appearances, and live event coverage of some of the biggest conventions in the US. He can often be found livetweeting terrible wrestling moves on twitter @ckayfabe. C.K. also offers freelance editing and transcription services at affordable rates. For requests to review, e-mail C.K. at firstname.lastname@example.org. No reviews are promised but all materials will be considered.
Credit: Marvel Comics / WWE The connection between superheroes, comic books and wrestling is a profound one (and something we've written about before), and now with professional wrestling's biggest event of the year - WrestleMania - coming in less than a week, we are nailing down the superhero comic book counterparts of each major wrestler (and their manager).
BOOM! has announced the fourth arc of the series, starting this June: the story of Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens, one of the most emotional, longest-running rivalries in modern wrestling history. We talked to BOOM! Editor Eric Harburn and Associate Editor Chris Rosa about their thoughts on this upcoming arc, and Sami and Kevin's upcoming match at WrestleMania.
Elements: Fire contributor Mildred Lewis recently returned to Kickstarter with a new project of her own, launching a campaign on July 16th to fund a print edition of volume two of her long-running webcomic Agents of the Realm .
Supergirl: Being Super isn't your average origin story. Instead of a run-of-the-mill post-event reboot, award-winning author Mariko Tamaki ( This One Summer delivers a heartfelt, modern take on Kara Danvers' early years on Earth that's heartbreaking and endearing all at once.
Paste Comics is committed to bringing you regular coverage of campaigns across the internet that offer not only exciting new ideas, but a solid investment and good value for your money. Here are two August campaigns to check out before they conclude.
There were plenty of surprises in All In: Zero Hour's feature match, from Marko Stunt's impressive performance to the "shocking" addition of a "masked luchador" who turned out to be Flip Gordon in disguise. Though Jordynne Grace didn't wind up winning the battle royale (you cowards), she did turn in an impressive performance before being ousted from the ring by Bully Ray himself.
All In's Over-Budget Battle Royale has been a wild ride from the start. Initially announced as a part of the show's first-hour All In: Zero Hour live WGN broadcast, the fifteen-person melee had the ante up considerably when ROH Wrestling champion Jay Lethal offered the winner a title shot later in the show (as reported by Pro Wrestling Sheet).
Together with a long list of clients that includes some of the hottest free agents in wrestling, Stokely Hathaway has appeared in Ring of Honor, Beyond Wrestling, and even held the A1 Outer Limits Championship.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017. Orlando's Amway Center is packed and swelteringly hot. This is not the time or place for all denim everything.
It takes a village to make a wrestler.
Lucha Underground leans into a wild supernatural mythology that colors every aspect of the show with an enthusiasm unmatched by almost any other promotion.
Taya has done a little bit of everything. Even before establishing herself as one of Lucha Underground's top stars, Taya was making a name for herself across the world.
Junkrat seems to be one of the more underrated characters from the smash hit fighting game, but it's easy to see the appeal for a wrestler like the Mack.
This is the kind of gag that makes it hard to take WWE seriously when they claim to care about LGBTQ storylines and performers.
The storytelling used to get Owens and Jericho over as a tag team is precisely the kind of writing that can be used to get LGBTQ characters over.
I am fortunate for Midnighter, for helping me to understand I didn’t have to predicate being a real guy on somebody else’s hard and fast masculine ideal.
Comic and Graphic Novel Reviews
Zojaqan is a melancholic tale of loss and discovery, a surreal sci-fi adventure driven by emotions.
Ravina the Witch? tells the story of a little girl raised by crows in a town dump who grows up to be a beautiful young witch, maybe.
Being pregnant at 16 is enough of a struggle, but what do you do when your newborn son turns out to be a real little devil?
Something City is an impressive debut, and an utterly engaging tale from start to finish whose visual style belies its emotional depth.
With an engaging and surprisingly relatable cast and beautiful illustrations, the debut issue [of Heavenly Blues] is a must-read.
Their freedom and Midnighter’s life are on the line, but even though the stakes in last Wednesday’s Midnighter and Apollo #6 should feel higher than ever, this series finale lacks the urgency and emotional punch of the series on the whole.
Quantum Teens Are Go #1 is a weird and fun book, and this week’s debut hints that it may be a tale about family loss and transition as much as it is about punk rock teens who mess around with theoretical physics in their spare time.
Space Battle Lunchtime has been a strong showing from Riess, from her gorgeous illustrations and skillful storytelling to smaller touches like her lettering ability.
WWE wrestler Seth Rollins is widely regarded as one of the most weaselly villains in recent wrestling history, but somehow writer Dennis Hopeless will leave you feeling sympathetic at the end of this week's WWE #1 from BOOM!
2016 has been an exhausting year, and sometimes the best comic bookss are the ones that just make you smile.
By C.K. Stewart, Newsarama Contributor Credit: Fernando Blanco (DC Comics) Midnighter and Apollo #1 Written by Steve Orlando Art by Fernando Blanco and Romulo Fajardo, Jr. Lettering by Josh Reed Published by DC Comics Review by C.K. Stewart 'Rama Rating: 9 out of 10 Steve Orlando has brought Midnighter back once more, with feelings - lots more feelings.
Matt and Sharlene Kindt's newest endeavor DEPT.H #1 is a genre-bending mystery that will leave you clamoring for more.
Each writer and artist team invoke their own unique style of storytelling, but the tone of the book is consistent throughout, providing a cohesive and truly intriguing glimpse at the overall mythos of the game.
We're creeping ever closer to Kamala Khan's uncertain future in Secret Wars, but in the meantime Ms. Marvel #13 delivers more of what's made the series a knock-out hit: a little fun, a little action, and a lot of heart.
Talking its seminal hits like SCOTT PILGRIM and what it hopes are its upcoming ones as well.
Tee Franklin, Gail Simone, and more talk diversity.
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Geeks OUT's second annual LGBTQ pop culture event Flame Con boasted an expansive line-up of guests this year, but perhaps none with as storied a career and comics legacy as Chris Claremont.
Valiant talks about the new A&A series, the finale of BOOK OF DEATH, and more.
The Riverdale and Dark Circle gangs hit NYCC.
Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti lead a cast of creators talking about the rise of Harley Quinn.
Black Comics Month isn't just February -- it's all year now.
Dark Horse begins NYCC focusing on its writers and artists and their original stories.
There's more than one kind of superhero or comic book character, and these creators and commentators discuss.
If you can only make it to one day of DragonCon, make it Saturday. During the newbie tour on Saturday, someone mentioned that attendees always seem to hold their best cosplays for Saturday. That seems to be the case for the rest of the scheduled events as well: between the parade and some amazing panels, Saturday seemed to bring my DragonCon experience to its peak.
Fun fact: Years ago, I thought DragonCon was only a convention for fans of The Dragonriders of Pern. Surprise, surprise. I mentioned making my Very First Con trip to D*C earlier this year, and someone expressed surprise that out of all the cons I could pick for a first time, I went with the largest con in the Southeast.
Interviews and Features
Credit: Dozerdraws (BOOM! Studios) BOOM! Studios' Lumberjnaes hits #50 next month - not bad considering it was only originally planned as a miniseries. Created by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Brooke A.
Credit: Bob Fingerman (DC/Vertigo) In 1993, Rachel Pollack took over DC/Vertigo's Doom Patrol following Grant Morrison's star-making turn on the book. Her run lasted 25 issues, but has never been collected - but will be, come February 2018. DC Comics has announced plans to collect the first half of her run as Doom Patrol Book Four, following Morrison's frequently-reprinted books.
Just in time for Pride Month, Newsarama spoke with Midnighter and Apollo writer Steve Orlando.
Earlier this month, Geeks with Wives had the chance to bring you an advance review of one of Dark Horse Comics' most anticipated new titles: Zodiac Starforce. In advance of this week's issue #1 premiere, we're thrilled to bring you an exclusive interview with the creative team behind Zodiac Starforce, Kevin Panetta and Paulina Ganucheau!
Have you seen every season of Pretty Cure? Maybe you still know all the words to Moonlight Densetsu, or you're just starting to get into newer shows like Steven Universe. If the magical girl genre has ever been your jam, then it's time for you to Power Up!
Reboots of classic franchises don't always work out for the best, but IDW's updated Jem and the Holograms by Kelly Thompson ( Heart in a Box, Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps) and Sophie Campbell ( Shadoweyes, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) has been garnering rave reviews since its premiere this March.
The first trailer for Jon Chu's live-action Jem and the Holograms update hit the internet last week. The response? Practically frigid. Is this going to be a bad movie? Maybe not. But is this movie Jem? Right now, it's not looking like it.
With just eight days left in the Fresh Romance campaign, Rosy Press is still raising funds at an impressive clip. At the time of posting our Fresh Romance write up on Saturday, the Kickstarter was at just over $40k - and now they're just $1400 away from hitting a stretch goal that will bring illustrator and Fresh Romance #1 cover artist back for their fifth issue.
Just last month, comics editor and journalist Janelle Asselin launched her new publishing company Rosy Press, and this week they're already announcing a major new stretch goal - a twelve page story for one-year subscribers from the amazing Gail Simone ( Birds of Prey, Red Sonja) if the Kickstarter for their launch title Fresh Romance hits $47,500 in just under two weeks.