Ripped to shreds.

I am currently reading tons of Top Cow comics in order to compete for their Talent Hunt. As I read more and more of their stuff, a story starts to form in my head. That’s good. Better hurry since the January 31st deadline is looming. Incidentally, it is also my mommy’s birthday and the deadline for our Loony Story with 8th Wonder Press.

I need to be familiar with the intricacies and idiosyncrasies of the Top Cow Universe if I want to write a story to their specifications and satisfaction. As I mentioned last week, they provide a list of recommended reading (thank God!). I have been trying to get my hands on all of the books. I got a fair share from the library (I pay taxes Goddammit!), others from the Comic Book Shop (Excalibur!!!) and then, as a last resort, Amazon.com. I ordered the first volume of “Artifacts” from them ( I got all other 4 volumes from the library).

I was really excited to read it. It has an introduction by Marc Silvestri that really explains his vision for Top Cow. How it was “the perfect place to satisfy [his] sci-fi/fantasy/horror fetish.” And it is. Looking back on the Witchblade and the Darkness, I realize it is very much X files if Mulder and Scully had superpowers. It has detective/horror elements much like “Seven” with added fantasy elements (Angels, demons and even Dragons!) and heroes wielding magical weapons on top. What a cocktail! If anything, there is nothing else like it in Comics.

I am truly enjoying the experience, much more than I thought I would. Writer Ron Marz is really bringing the whole universe and all its characters together in a compelling and downright cool way. I am looking forward to reading more of his work.

But even better, I cannot wait to finish the research phase and start the outline phase ( I already have a plot!).

The only blemish on that otherwise good time is that damn Artifacts Vol.1 from Amazon.com. As soon as I started reading, it started falling apart at the seam! Each page I turned would come undone! That was like a total nightmare!!! It fell apart one page at a time.

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Yep, she’s dead; ripped to shreds.

I never had that happen before! Books from the library are as sturdy as a rock but this brand new one falls apart?!? I was totally freaked out. You know, bad omen type of situation. Looking at it now, I believe the glue from the seam must have been defective. Oh well, I should have gotten it from the comic book store. I still might because the artwork is pretty sumptuous too.

I am about to read Artifacts Vol.4 tonight. Stjepan Sejic is the artist ( he was for a few other titles I read as part of the research) and he is a very talented artist/digital painter. I’ll leave you on a positive note with his sick artwork! Go check him out.

Artifacts_14_Image_Expo_variantOne happy family!

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