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Kate Kasenow recommends Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Witches

Jim Henson’s The Storyteller has a deep and rich history which has only been enhanced by the current incarnations published by BOOM! Archaia. This newest addition to the series is an attempt at a more focused collection of material, one that exceeds all expectations the audience may have. When one hears a title like ‘Witches,’ certain imagery comes to mind—usually of the Halloweenish variety—but the first issue of The Storyteller: Witches, this cliché is laid to rest deftly by the gorgeous illustrations and fantastic tale spun by S. M. Vidaurri (smvidaurri).

The story includes familiar elements of old stories as well as new and shining details to entice the reader throughout. What truly stands out, however, are Vidaurri’s unique watercolor paintings that portray his story perfectly. Every inch of the image is well-crafted and delivered especially the lettering, which brings to mind ancient illuminated texts. Together, the words and images tell a tale of loss and the strength that can be forged by it. There are enchanted forests, royalty, magical creatures, quests, and a witch of course! Will the princess be able to save the day or will she be outwitted by the mysterious Lord of the Forest?

There’s so much to love about this first issue, I can hardly wait to see what they come up with for the next!

[Read Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches #1 here!]    

Kate Kasenow is a comics artist from Indiana currently living in Manhattan. She works at ComiXology  as a Lead Digital Editor and spends most of her spare time re-reading J. R. R. Tolkien.


Another review for the workplace! Everyone should go read Shane’s story—it’s so beautiful!!!

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Kate Kasenow recommends Bob's Burgers #1

The announcement of any new series comes with a lot of emotions—usually various combinations of trepidation and excitement, but I can tell you from personal experience that the announcement that the hit comedy cartoon, Bob’s Burgers, would be getting a comics adaptation made my day like an infamous Meatsiah burger!

Created by the writers and animators of the cartoon, Bob’s Burgers #1 delights with five brand new short stories about the Belcher family and their non-stop shenanigans. Journey into adventure with the Equestranauts during a glimpse of Tina’s Erotic Friend Fiction! Explore the pun-derful creative process of Bob in Burger of the Day Ideas! A dark and terrible secret awaits in Louise’s UnSolved Mysteries and Curious Curiosities! Relax and unwind with Letters from Linda! Sing along in Gene Belcher Presents!

The world of Bob’s Burgers jumps from screen to page effortlessly and will have you inappropriately snorting with laughter in no time. My personal fave will probably always be Tina’s deadpan delivery, but a close second is Louise’s passionate conviction—which might not always be right, but is most certainly one hell of a ride.

If you’ve been wondering how you’re going to make it through without any new Bob’s Burgers until October, wonder no more!

[Pick up Bob’s Burgers #1 here!]

For fans of: comedy, action, mystery, musicals, and burgers

Kate Kasenow is a comics artist from Indiana currently living in Manhattan. She works at ComiXology as a Lead Digital Editor and spends most of her spare time re-reading J. R. R. Tolkien.

Oh man—another review for the workplace! Bob’s Burgers is serious and hilarious business!

Hey all! If you are into skating, electronics and programming, or both! then have I got the kickstarter for you! Joe is my talented bf and created Pivot as his thesis project at Parsons; it’s a fun idea and a great product so back today and get in on this action!

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Kate Kasenow recommends Moon Knight #6

Continuing a long-running streak of brilliant reboots, the newest series of Moon Knight does not disappoint! While issue #6 is the finale of the current creative team, it invigorates the story of Mr. Knight and passes on a truly impeccable story unto the next.

In this issue, we are not lead by Moon Knight at all, but the tragic rise of a would-be antagonist. The plot of this issue really drives forward the idea that as not all heroes are created equal neither are villains and sometimes the best of intentions can lead to the wost of consequences. The character of Moon Knight, especially during this current series, is rife with both personal and psychological issues. The exploration of these issues from both sides—from the perspectives of both protagonist and antagonist, is what makes this series truly shine.

Behind these perspectives, is the seasoned writer Warren Ellis, who’s sparse style really packs a punch—sometimes literally. His characters are often reserved until their thoughts have marinated enough to let the words flow freely, but when they do the story rolls along with them. Each character is full of depth that allows them to exist fully in the dark underworld that Ellis paints with his writing. Backing up Ellis’ words is the fantastic art of Declan Shalvey (dshalv) with colors by Jordie Bellaire (jordiecolorsthings). The mood of the colors is always pitch-perfect and Shalvey’s lines move effortlessly across the page, each one laid out with an incredible sense of design.

This issue is the swan song of an incredible team and isn’t to be missed!

[Read Moon Knight #6 on comiXology!]

For fans of: superheroes, crime, mystery, action

Kate Kasenow is a comics artist from Indiana currently living in Manhattan. She works at ComiXology as a Lead Digital Editor and spends most of her spare time re-reading J. R. R. Tolkien.

Another review for the workplace! I really enjoyed this run on Moon Knight and am looking forward to the next stage!

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NYC natives! This Wednesday, I’ll be descending on your finest Barnes & Noble along with Alex Eckman-Lawn (dudenukem), Kate Glasheen (katiecrimespree), Shane-Michael Vidaurri (smvidaurri), and Kate Kasenow (katekaz) to talk about the ancient and arcane art of making indie comics.

I strongly suspect we will devolve into a sea of giggling dweebs before the night is over. We may also weep as we tell you about what has brought us to this point in our careers.

BECAUSE COMICS = FEELINGS.

Come talk to us, and bring all those burning questions about making the comic sausage that you’ve had taking up space in your hearts and mind all these years.

Tomorrow night, guys. And we’ve even tricked themarysue's thebirdandthebat a.k.a. Jill Pantozzi into moderating! Come for the geeks, stay for the classy question asker.

Reminder!

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NYC natives! Next Wednesday, I’ll be descending on your finest Barnes & Noble along with Alex Eckman-Lawn (dudenukem), Kate Glasheen (katiecrimespree), Shane-Michael Vidaurri (smvidaurri), and Kate Kasenow (katekaz) to talk about the ancient and arcane art of making indie comics.

I strongly suspect we will devolve into a sea of giggling dweebs before the night is over. We may also weep as we tell you about what has brought us to this point in our careers.

BECAUSE COMICS = FEELINGS.

Come talk to us, and bring all those burning questions about making the comic sausage that you’ve had taking up space in your hearts and mind all these years.

Y’all should come to a thing I am doing! Here’s the checklist to get in:

-Are you in the greater New York City Area?
-Do you like comics?

That’s it, that’s all you need. Click on the link for more info!

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ComiXology’s Countdown To The Eisners!

Only two days left until this year’s Eisner Awards! We’re continuing our celebration of some of comics’ best creators by putting them into the worlds that they created. 

Terry Moore’s Rachel Rising is the cult-hit horror comic everyone should be reading, and so it’s no surprise that Moore is up for 2 Eisners this year: Best Artist/Writer and Best Lettering.

Make sure to check out Terry Moore’s Rachel Rising as well as his many other amazing books on comiXology and follow us for all your Eisner Award and Comic-Con news!

(Art by Kate Kasenow!)

The Eisners countdown continues at the end of SDCC day one!

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ComiXology’s Countdown To The Eisners!

The Eisner Awards are only a few days away, and to celebrate, we’re calling out a couple of our favorite nominees and putting them into the worlds that they created. 

First up is Hawkeye dream team Matt Fraction (mattfractionblog) & David Aja hanging out with everyone’s favorite crime fighting canine, Pizza Dog!

This year, the duo is up for a combined 5 awards including Best Single Issue and Best Ongoing Series!

Check out the Best of Matt Fraction and the Best of David Aja on comiXology and make sure to follow us for all your Eisner Award and Comic-Con news!

(Art by katekaz!)

Hey guys! I’m heading out to SDCC with ComiXology! Along the way I’ll be doing a series of drawings featuring the Eisner nominees. So keep one eye on the lookout for new pieces every day until the ceremony—and keep the other on ComiXology for awesome sales!

If you happen to be at SDCC stop by Booth #2547 to meet me and the other ComiXologists get some show-exclusive art cards and maybe even get them signed by their rad artists! You can find all of ComiXology’s con info and event listings here!

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Kate Kasenow recommends The Woods #3

In the first two issues, new and original BOOM! Studios’ series The Woods established itself as the perfect storm of apocalyptic high school adventures in sci-fi horror. If that phrasing alone seems a bit intense for you, then you’d better fasten your seatbelts, because issue #3 is one wild ride.

Despite what the faculty and staff seem to think, things are looking grim for the students of Bay Point Prepartory Academy. After getting mysteriously transported to another world, the principal is daydreaming while the athletics department is turning the school into the dystopian setting of 1984. Meanwhile, Adrian Roth is fighting over control of a ragtag group of students with Sanami Ota. Both have powerful ideas about what needs to be done, but, unfortunately, so does everyone else.

Underneath the fantastic setting and lurking horrors of the plot, the story is essentially a diverse set of character studies. Writer James Tynion IV (jamesthefourth) has done a brilliant job of delving into each character’s personality and initiatives while still leaving a lot of mystery for readers to contemplate. Not to be discounted in the least, Michael Dialynas’ (thewoodencrown) artwork gives a unique look and feel to the multitude of genres represented. I’ve long been a fan of Dialynas’ work and seeing him tackle both endearing character moments as well as monstrous acts of violence is both refreshing and invigorating. Like a bright cherry atop this cake of terror, Jose Gonzalez’s colors add vibrance and surreality to this mysterious new world and its newest residents.

By now you might be asking yourself, “Why high school students? How will they survive? Who’s behind all this?”

Jump into The Woods now and find out!

[Read The Woods #3 on comiXology!]

For fans of: actionscience fictionhorror

Kate Kasenow is a comics artist from Indiana currently living in Manhattan. She works at ComiXology as a Lead Digital Editor and spends most of her spare time re-reading J. R. R. Tolkien.

Another review I wrote for the workplace! This series has been pretty incredible thus far and you should all give it a read!

Last but not least of my epic sketchbook updates, these were all sketched from a special exhibit of bronze sculptures at the Met. The original sculptures were so magnificent and I had a lot of fun trying to mimic their contrast in my recycled paper sketchbook. I had almost forgotten how fun brush pens are to sketch with!