February 5th, 2014


Bergen Street Comics

I remember the days of Soho Zat in NYC in the 1980s. An odds & ends shop that sold ephemera, clothes, vinyl records, and underground comix. Not a Spider-man or Batman in sight. That what newsstands were for. Soho Zat is where I discovered Chester Brown's YUMMY FUR and Harvey Pekar's AMERICAN SPLENDOR and it changed the way I thought about comic books. Congratulations to Bergen Street Comics for building and growing a customer base that can support their stance. It doesn't mean you can't get your mainstream superhero comics. That's what pre-orders are for. It just means they're taking less of a risk on curating certain kinds of comics. No longer are the days of the "quarter bin." Comic books got too expensive. Of course, this qualifies the superhero impulse buy but maybe a random customer will try something "alternative" instead which is encouraging for comix auteurs and independent publishers. Besides, I'm sure they'll keep in stock classics and perennials.

I write & draw for both mainstream and indie-comix and I'm used to having to hype my wares for all my work. So, BSC's stance doesn't change anything for me. Big Ups to BSC for making this bold move.

Read the rest of what Bergen Street Comics had to say here at Robot 6:

Teeming with talent, Mark Waid and Dean Haspiel are sly like the Fox with deft Red Circle miniseries

“Collaborating with Mark Waid is a dream come true,” Haspiel tells Comic Riffs. "He's like the Comics Whisperer. He makes comics better.”

"I've done a bunch of short-form superhero comics, but I've been itching to do something bigger and zanier,” Haspiel says. “Withholding years of unbridled superhero action and adventure finally got unleashed in the Fox, and I don't know that I can go back to drawing real life. Real people don't usually talk about their desires and anxieties while kickboxing a psychedelic monster."

Read the rest of the interview/article here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/comic-riffs/post/teeming-with-talent-mark-waid-and-dean-haspiel-are-sly-like-the-fox-with-deft-red-circle-miniseries/2014/02/04/659e912a-8d55-11e3-833c-33098f9e5267_blog.html

Sudden elephant.

This morning, while sitting in my teachers office in Viborg, Denmark, I thought I heard a horse outside my window. When I looked outside, I saw a horse AND an elephant. I couldn't believe my eyes. A small circus was setting up in the parking lot. So, I ran downstairs and hung out with the elephant while it meandered, free and unafraid, pulling down tree branches with its snout and chewing on bark.

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Comic Bastards reviews THE FOX #4

"I’m going to talk about the art and the script all here at the same time. They are so completely in sync with each other after all. The dialogue does its best job yet during the outrageous fight scenes and big reveals in this issue. I couldn’t think of a better way to tie these two art forms together. Mark’s words along with Dean’s story and pencils really draw a good picture (forgive the pun) of the perfect ensemble."

Read the rest of the review here: http://comicbastards.com/review-the-fox-4/

Nerdist reviews THE FOX #4

"In case the dynamic duo of Haspiel and Waid wasn’t enough to get you onboard with Red Circle’s recently revived The Fox, then perhaps this will: Do it already. Seriously, just do it. Whether you realized it or not, The Fox has quietly become one of the most consistently entertaining superhero books on the market, expertly balancing its humorous, laugh-a-minute tone with creative characters, frenetic action sequences, and a sense of high adventure that simply cannot be phoned in. When The Fox is at its best, it plays out like a spiritual successor to books like The Tick, managing to simultaneously skewer and celebrate the things we love about the superhero genre. Issue #4 finds us in the middle of a melee maelstrom in Diamond World, where the Fox and his crime fighting cohorts must battle against a mind-controlled, axe-wielding king and a meddlesome Druid, and find a way home from this multifaceted, laser-cut realm. It’s a rollicking, immensely enjoyable issue with delightfully over-the-top artwork and quippy dialogue galore that manages to entertain without wearing out its welcome. Throw in a The Shield back-up story as well, and The Fox #4 is just gravy."


Bleeding Cool reviews THE FOX #4

"The Fox is back with its 4th issue of 5 from Red Circle/Archie Comics, written by Dean Haspiel and Mark Waid, with full art by Haspiel as silver-age-revival hero The Fox swings deeper into his strange hero-journey. John Workman does an excellent silver-age modern mash-up in his lettering on the series and colors by Allen Passalaqua are a major feature of the smack-you-in-the-face appeal of the comic. The “writhing arms of destiny” deliver us the “dark embrace” of a sleek fox going multi-limbed to start things off. Foes and friends are getting thoroughly mixed up under the spell of the Druid as The Marvel attempts to clear the air with a hail of bullets. This is an issue for show-downs with the Mad King whose slated for rescue, and the Druid himself. Things take The Fox down to an ultimate low but there he finds—something beyond himself with more power than his own non-superpowered self. I don’t want to give away too many spoilers, but it’s typical of the strong concepts behind this comic that the biggest action scenes (of which there are of course many) are also the points where the storytelling reaches thematic pitch about the forces that drive us in life.

The whole series so far could be read in purely allegorical terms about the endless complications of trying to maintain good intentions while overwhelmed by unreasonable demands in life, telling us that that’s where we come to grips with our own best and worst nature in a kind of rock bottom that’s the turning point for big revelations. That kind of analysis, though, doesn’t do justice to the playful, intense artwork that takes us through the steps of a hero on the run from himself who might just discover what super powers really are in a way that is meaningful for us common folk who pick up the comic in the first place. The big question too is—what does issue #5 as a finale hold? Then we’ll have the complete picture of the developing ideas in the comic. The backup Shield stories in The Fox are paving the way for the series to follow, too, and take you into an even more Silver Age world of galactic sci-fi facing an indomitable hero. And what does this all have to do with The Fox? Things are heating up for a big finale and plenty of reveal, by the look of it."
--Hannah Means-Shannon