Happy cold December returns, Gatherers and Grand Geeks! We are less than two weeks out to Christmas and I’m all nuzzled up nice and cozy with a cup of egg nog in one hand and a gingersnap cookie in the other! I hope everyone had as satisfying a weekend as I had and are doing everything humanly possible to prepare for the upcoming festivities. But in the meantime, here are some nice holiday themed indie picks that are sure to tickle your fancy!
Archie Christmas Spectacular #1
Cover Artist(s): Dan Parent
Publisher: Archie Comics
Synopsis: “Have a holly, jolly Christmas in this spectacular featuring some of Archie’s most merry stories!”
Oh Archie and company, how do you all handle the holidays and spread the Christmas cheer? I’ve always wondered myself how wonderful the holidays must be once you come down to Riverdale. There are sure to be plenty of shenanigans of the gang. Veronica AND Betty vying for Archie’s affections under the mistletoe. Or perhaps Jughead expending his insatiable appetite on every holiday treat under the sun. Of course, what may one think regarding Santa Claus’s trip to everyone’s favorite town? Has everyone been either naughty or nice? Now’s your chance to answer all these intriguing queries and more with this wonderfully crafted and drawn spectacular to commemorate the the upcoming winter holidays! Hamburger consumption while reading this piece is optional, however!
Grimm Fairy Tales 2018 Holiday Special #1
Writer(s): Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco, Dave Franchini
Cover Artist(s): Eric J, Daniel Leister, Derlis Santacruz, Alfredo Reyes
Publisher: Zenescope Entertainment
Synopsis: “Tis the season to be terrified, as Grimm Fairy Tales returns with another year of holiday horror for the whole family. This issue includes three new bone chilling stories set during the happiest time of the year.”
Horror and the holidays. It is a mixture that is not often pursued but nevertheless makes quite an impression upon all readers. And once again Zenescope’s Grimm Fairy Tales book pursues another such combination in their latest holiday special installment for 2018. Offering great art covers from the likes of Daniel Leister to Alfred Reyes, the GFT’s Holiday Special pursues some amazing and horrific tales to both enchant as well as frighten those very spirited Christmas feels you most likely are starting to develop around this time. So sit back, enjoy your goblet of blood…er…your noggin of egg nog I mean, and sing along with me…this is Halloween…er…I mean…have a holly jolly Christmas!
There we have it for the week, folks! Lighthearted Christmas tales from Riverdale combined with holiday macabre stories to both delight and frighten you. Only in the realm of indie comics can one find such divergent themes from such books as these. These rare holiday gems can be accessed as easily as the click of a button on your phone or keyboard or tablet but it would be far more worth your while to head down to your local store this Wednesday to pick up the hard copy issues themselves. Read them and share with your friends. Start a conversation and be sure to leave a comment or two. But most importantly, remember…GGG!