Wrestler Wisdom Fridays #17



Each week, the ISB endeavors to enlighten our readers by offering the unedited words of the Warrior Scholars of the squared circle, for who among us cannot benefit from the wisdom of Macho Madness, Hulkamania, or the American Dream? The instruction we offer should be considered carefully, meditated on, and applied to one’s own life for the enrichment of the self and others.

Ask Chris #8: Epic Runs and Super-Villain Furniture



It’s the One-Year Anniversary of ComicsAlliance, and in between bites of delicious e-birthday iCake, I found the time to write another installment of Ask Chris! Today, I explain why they don’t make ’em like they used to (but kinda actually do), delve into the dubious interior design choices of comic book furniture, and, among other things, offer a handy guide to trimming down your collection.

If you’ve got a question on comics or comics culture that you’d like me to answer, put it on Twitter with the hashtag #askchris or shoot an email to comicsalliance (at) gmail.com with [Ask Chris] in the subject line!

The ComicsAlliance Roundtable: WWE Heroes #2



Today, the ComicsAlliance Roundtable Review returns with what I think is our first shot at doing a non-Marvel comic as Laura Hudson, David Uzumeri, Caleb Goellner, Jason Michelitch and I take on the jaw-dropping WWE Heroes #2, wherein Keith Champagne and Andy Smith do their best to hit the lows of “Nash.”

Simply put, it is not very good, and while there are infinity percent more tattoos drawn in this issue (totalling three, I believe), it is still rife with problems on just about every level, even for readers who don’t automatically shake their heads in disgust when Jerry Lawler and Jim Ross are sitting at the wrong ends of the broadcast table.

Free Comic Book Day!

Sorry folks, the Internet’s Most Unreliable Comics Reviews are taking the week off, as I haven’t made it out to the shop this week. Instead, I’ve been busy preparing for Free Comic Book Day 2010!



“But Chris!” you say. “You don’t work at the store anymore!” And yes, that’s true. Instead, Chad and I will actually be making an in-store appearance from 10 AM to 5 PM! So if you’re anywhere near Columbia, South Carolina, swing by Heroes and Dragons this Saturday to pick up your free comics, and maybe, just maybe, you can get some of these too:



Awesome Hospital Postcards, signed and sketched by me and/or Chad!



Woman of A.C.T.I.O.N. #1!



11″ x 17″ Solomon Stone Prints by Dan McDaid and Tamas Jakab!

And–what’s this–for the first time anywhere…



The Solomon Stone Special, reprinting The Chronicles of Solomon Stone #2!


For Chad and me, this is the kickoff of what we’ve been calling the Action Age Comics Boys Of Summer World Tour 2010, which will culminate in Charlotte at HeroesCon, where we’ll be holding down a table from June 4 to 6 with even more Action Agey Goodness.

And hey, if you’re not in South Carolina but you are near Dayton, Ohio, then you can catch up with a member of Team Action Age at Superfly Comics in Yellow Springs, where Rusty Shackles will be appearing! He’ll have a ton of prints for sale, including versions of some of our Great Comics that Never Happened. And yes, that means LOEG ’88:



And hey, if you’re up in boston, you can stop by Comicopia to see pals Kevin Church and Ming Doyle, the team behind The Loneliest Astronauts, and head to ROFLCon to see a good chunk of my fellow Fake AP Stylebook contributors, including Dr. K of the infamous South of the Border trip.

Even if you’re in neither one of those places, though, it’s still going to be Free Comic Book Day, so get out and show your local shop some support. Most places have big sales (I know my old shop does), so you can take advantage of that while checking out some stuff on the cheapest it can be.

And if you see me, say something! At the very least, it’ll keep me from indulging my rekindled obsession with RPGs. For now.

February ’66: Best Month Ever



Today at ComicsAlliance, I’m throwing the spotlight onto three of my favorite members of the Secret Illuminated Internet Comics Blogger Brotherhood–Dave Lartigue, Andrew Weiss and Bully the Little Stuffed Bull–and the sudden discovery that February 1966 was the greatest month in comics history.

Check out the post at ComicsAlliance, but more importantly, check out Dave, Bully and Andrew for three of the most fun posts of the year!

Chris and David vs. Super Street Fighter IV



Super Street Fighter IV was released this week, and while I’m not actually any good at most fighting games that don’t feature Pikachu as a main character, that fact hasn’t diminished my love of the franchise. That’s why today, I Shoryuken’d my increasingly frequent collaborator David Uzumeri into taking a good look at the new and old Street Fighter IV characters!

As is always the case with David, this was a fun one to write, especially as it wanders off the rails about three or four times, getting into the many pretty offensive caricatures that populate fighting games, the truly awesome NES title Pro Wrestling and, as is inevitable when SF is brought up, the astonishingly bad Street Fighter movie that saw Raul Julia fighting Jean-Claude Van Damme.

So enjoy it, and remember: Dan Hibiki is the strongest.