Hello to all you wonderful Grand Geeks and Gatherers out there! I hope everyone’s February is a warm one. Mine is frustratingly cold but there is always the promise of spring slowly moving over the horizon. Until then I guess I’ll just be frozen in place while reading my favorite indie books. But enough of my torments. On to the Picks!

Chasing the Dragon #1 (of 5)
Writer(s): Denton J. Tipton
Artist(s): Menton3
Cover Artist(s): Menton3
Publisher: Heavy Metal Magazine-Magma Comix

Synopsis: “In Chasing the Dragon, New York Times-bestselling writer Denton J. Tipton and acclaimed painter Menton3 explore a dark fantasy world ravaged by the rampant abuse of a drug made from the blood of dragons. When two young slaves discover a terrible secret that could change the course of the world, will a meek alchemist’s apprentice and a drug-addled concubine survive long outside their cages? For fans of Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad.”


It would seem Denton J. Tipton’s Magma Comix imprint has hit instant fire with a new miniseries pitting young slaves in a fantasy world ravaged by drug abuse. I mean what’s not to love here, seriously?!

Digital format available at https://www.heavymetal.com/ and https://www.comixology.com/. Hardcopy format available at LCS!

Rock & Roll Biographies: Oingo Boingo #1 (one-shot)
Writer(s): Michael Aushenker
Artist(s): Carlos Etcheverry
Cover Artist(s): Carlos Etcheverry
Publisher: ACME Ink

Synopsis: “Oingo Boingo was an American new wave band, formed by songwriter Danny Elfman in 1979. As a rock band, Oingo Boingo started as a ska and punk-influenced new wave octet, achieving significant popularity in Southern California. During the mid-1980s, the band changed line-ups and adopted a more pop oriented style, until a significant genre change to alternative rock in 1994…”


I can say with certainty that I was aware of Oingo Boingo growing up, and I can say with equal certainty that I had no idea Danny Elfman helped form the band! Alas, all you ever wanted to know about this new wave/ska/pop/alternative rock band is set right in this biographic selection!

Digital format available at https://www.comixology.com/. Hardcopy format available at your LCS!

And there we have it for the week, folks! Fantasy tales of drug abuse combined with a biography of an influential new wave 80s band that continues to inspire musical artists. These tales and so many more await you at the mere click of a button on your keyboards or at the touch of a screen on your tablets and/or phones. But since I know you love supporting local businesses I’m sure you’ll head down to your local comic shops this Wednesday to pick up the hardcopy 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!