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Alpha Comics located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

 

Calgary Artist Challenge VIII

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This is a public invite for all local artists to visit Alpha Comics on Wednesday January 14th. The challenge is to create the best cover for Batgirl #38. You will be given one copy of the the Batgirl #38 blank variant. Then at the store, use your art skills to create a cover that will make jaws drop. Bring your own supplies. There is no restriction with medium, only that the art has to be on the blank variant. Alpha Comics will be open 11am – 9pm that day and artists can visit anytime on that date to work on and submit their cover. Art must be done in the store. Each submitted cover will be scanned and uploaded to alphacomics.ca. On Thursday January 15th entries will viewed by our guest judge. Prizes will be awarded to the top three covers as decided by Batgirl writer and cover artist, Cameron Stewart. (Guest judge will not be appearing in the store, they will be sent scans of the entries to view.)

Why should you participate?
This event will showcase local art, supporting the local artist community.
Your art will be exposed to thousands of people who are paying attention to Alpha Comics on the internet, including industry pros and comic fans across North America.
Prizes include blank variants that you’ll be able to create art on and sell at conventions or online. First place winner will receive a Copic marker set, the best markers used by industry pros.

 

3rd prize - Three Batgirl #38  blank variants.

2nd prize – Five Batgirl #38 blank variants.

1st prize – Five Batgirl #38 blank variants.  Copic Original Markers 12pc Set Basic

Limited copies of the Batgirl #38 blank variant will be ordered. Email

Alpha Comics to R.S.V.P. and secure a copy or if you have any questions.

 

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Tooth & Claw #1 Review

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Tooth & Claw #1 Review

 

    In an effort to return a once vibrant world teeming with magic to what it was, a gathering of wizards and beings of incredible power attempt to combine their abilities and summon the champion of legend. The original herald of lore who brought about the world’s age of magical enlightenment to begin with will be conjured by a magnificent coalition of strengths and mystical incantations. However now, sifting through the rubble of a decimated sky city brought crashing to the ground, the creatures of Keneil wallow in defeat until the discovery of what could be the key to their future.

We were good and gentle creatures

 

    From Image Comics and the co-creator of Astro City comes Tooth & Claw, an epic fantasy that journeys through a magical landscape with an endless supply of imagination and wonder. In a number one that boasts 48 full pages of dense storytelling, universe building, action and character construction, Tooth & Claw is amongst the best Image number ones in recent memory alongside books like Saga and East of West. There really is just so much incredible content in this first issue, it’s astounding. Each page is lush with the complex design and exploration of a brand new world like pages out of a Kirby series and each panel is chock full of the exciting, collaborative imagination of the book’s creative lineup.

 

Narrative wise, Tooth & Claw reads like the documentation of a fully developed planet that has been under intense, microscopic examination for centuries and its inhabitants are citizens that have grown up and flourished there in real time. Seamless dialogue and soulful exposition, Kurt Busiek’s scripting is as genuine, organic and passionate as I’ve come to expect from the writer. His prose is beautiful, providing mesmerizing captions like from The Sandman that layer slick texturing to already gorgeously rendered environments. Being an enormous Astro City fan I couldn’t wait for this book and my expectations were at an all time high. Safe to say that here, Busiek delivered and then some.

 

This is the first work I have had the pleasure of reading from Benjamin Dewey and already he is amongst my favorite comic artists. Characters, settings, action sequences, you name it, are all here in spades in this first issue and alongside the brilliant color work of Jordie Bellaire, Tooth & Claw features some of the best artwork at Image next to Emma Rios’ work on Pretty Deadly. Jumping from all-encompassing shots of floating cities to their intricate inner workings then to the expressive features of hyper evolved animals then rapidly to full page spreads of explosive chaos, Dewey is eclectic and adept at every facet of the book’s visual storytelling.

 

I am truly excited by this series. With a top tier creative team, endless well of imagination and excitement and one of the best value first issues to be released in years, I think we have a truly masterful fantasy epic to look forward to watching unfold in Tooth & Claw.

 

Rob Neil Gruszecki is a writer, musician and Wednesday warrior

Follow him on Twitter @Ghost_Factory

Listen to his music www.Ghostfactory.bandcamp.com, read his comic series with Shae Frank, www.wildrosecounty.com or follow the Weekly Comics Round-Up Podcast www.Geekstampede.com

 

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Midnight Feature Signing. October 29th

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Wednesday, October 29th Alpha Comics will be hosting a signing for the new anthology comic MIDNIGHT FEATURE. Meet Justin Heggs, Joey Gruszecki, Rob Gruszecki, Carson Long, Nijoel Leman, and Heidi Forsyth between 3pm and 8pm.

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Rasputin Comic Trailer

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New from Alex Grecian and Riley Rossmo comes RASPUTIN! Issue #1 is available October 29th. Check out the trailer below.

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(W) Alex Grecian (A) Riley Rossmo, Ivan Plascencia (CA) Riley Rossmo
DRACULA AT DOWNTON ABBEY!
In one night Rasputin was poisoned, beaten, stabbed, shot in the head, drowned, then tied up and thrown in a frozen river. It was really bad timing. His beard was just coming in nicely.

New York Times bestselling author ALEX GRECIAN and fan favorite artist RILEY ROSSMO reunite for the first time since their critically acclaimed series PROOF!

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Futility #2 signing with Rick Overwater, Cam Hayden, and Nathan Millar September 17th.

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Visit Alpha Comics September 17th between 11am and pm to Rick Overwater, Cam Hayden, and Nathan Millar of Futility! Issue #2 will be here, get your copy signed by the entire creative team!

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What You Need to Know Going Into Avengers & X-Men: Axis (video)

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AXIS is almost here! Marvel has put together a video to catch you up on all the story leading into Axis. Check it out below.

AVENGERS AND X-MEN AXIS #1
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(W) Rick Remender (A) Adam Kubert (CA) Jim Cheung
ACT I: THE RED SUPREMACY
• The Red Skull has exploited the gifts of the world’s greatest telepath to broadcast pure hatred across the globe. Now, born of the murder of Charles Xavier, World War Hate has begun.
• Tony Stark discovers a secret truth that will upend not only his life, but also the lives of everyone he cares for.
• Can The Avengers and X-Men finally unite? Would their combined strength be enough to hold back the darkness of the Red Onslaught?
• Magneto murdered the wrong man, releasing the greatest evil the Marvel Universe has ever known. Now Rogue and Scarlet Witch are all that stand in its way.
Rated T+

Chip Zdarsky exclusive Axis party variant.

Chip Zdarsky exclusive Axis party variant.

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Kyle Charles Signing October 1st

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October 1st Kyle Charles will be joining Vic Malhotra at Alpha Comics. Come down and visit Alpha Comics between 11am and 6pm to meet the artist of ’68:Homefront!

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(W) Mark Kidwell (A) Kyle Charles, Jay Fotos (CA) Jay Fotos, Nat Jones
In 1968, the horrors of the Vietnam war invaded every American living room. On February 13th of that year, a new war began, bringing horror…and hunger home to stay. ’68: HOMEFRONT returns the series to the American heartland and the small, sleepy town of Harbinger, Pennsylvania (home of the Heralds) in the first two-issue story arc, “’68: PEECE AND LOVE.” Fresh accident victims sit up on morticians’ slabs, a busload of visiting athletes rises from wet red asphalt to become an army of the damned, and Jenny Love-homecoming queen, cheerleader, and girl next door-prepares to reveal her deepest secret to the world. A secret in the form of leather-clad town bad boy, Johnny Love.

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Get Wytches #1 by Scott Snyder and Jock for FREE at Alpha Comics

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Alpha Comics is giving away FREE copies of Wytches by Scott Snyder and Jock. Here’s how you can get your free copy:

Add Wytches to your Alpha Comics subscription before September 15, 2014 and you will receive a free copy of Wytches #1! It’s that Easy! Contact Alpha Comics today!

 

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(W) Scott Snyder (A/CA) Jock
Ship Date 10/8/2014
    Across the globe, century after century, men and women were burned, drowned, hanged, tortured, imprisoned, persecuted, and murdered for witchcraft. None of them were witches. They died protecting a terrible and hidden truth: witches, real witches, are out there. They are ancient, elusive, and deadly creatures that are rarely seen and even more rarely survived. This October, superstar creators SCOTT SNYDER (SEVERED, Batman) and JOCK (SNAPSHOT, Batman) unveil WYTCHES, and introduce you to a world of unimaginable horror in a special EXTRA-SIZED FIRST ISSUE with 30 pages of story and no ads for just $2.99
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Vic Malhotra Signing October 1st for Roche Limit #1!

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Vic Malhotra comes to Calgary! Stop in to Alpha Comics on October 1st between 11am and 6pm to meet the artist of Joe Hill’s Thumbprint, X-Files: Year Zero, and Tiger Lawyer. He will be at Alpha Comics to promote his new comic RORCHE LIMIT.

ROCHE LIMIT #1
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(W) Michael Moreci (A/CA) Vic Malhotra
“OUR DESTINY IS THE STARS, AND I WILL LEAD US THERE.”
Twenty years after this promise, billionaire Langford Skaargard’s dream of cosmic exploration is no more. Roche Limit, a colony situated on the cusp of a mysterious energy anomaly, is a melting pot of crime and terrible secrets. When Bekkah Hudson goes missing, the search to find her will plunge her sister and a cadre of the colony’s underworld figures into an odyssey that reveals a grim future for mankind. Blending 2001: A Space Odyssey with Blade Runner, ROCHE LIMIT is the first part of a bold sci-fi/noir trilogy.

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The Man Outside The Window Signing on August 30th with Steven Charles Rosia

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Steven Charles Rosia will be at Alpha Comics on August 30th along with his new book The Man Outside The Window. Visit betweek 11am and 4pm to meet Steven and get your copy of The Man Outside The Window signed.

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