Howdy Gatherers and Grand Geeks! Remember all that talk about it cooling down? Well, forget it. It seems the heatwave returns to the California Southland, except now along with the heat we get a heavy dosage of those Santa Ana winds to boot! So while I write this I am trying to keep as cool as possible and not get overheated. Let’s see what looks good this week in the indie comics world!


Aggretsuko: Super Fun Special #1
Writer(s): Sarah Stern, Brenda Hickey, Josh Tierney
Artist(s): Brenda Hickey, Shadia Amin, Abigail Starling
Cover Artist(s): Abigail Starling, Sarah Stern
Publisher: Oni Press

Synopsis: “When Kabae gives Retsuko a book from a Regency-era romance series, our hero becomes obsessed. After reading the entire series over a sleepless weekend, Retsuko finds that her mother also loves the series, and the two spend an entire lunch talking about it. They are thrilled to realize that a pop-up shop themed around the book has opened nearby and is hosting a competition for a pre-release DVD of the TV show pilot! Also featuring two all-new stories from Brenda Hickey, Josh Tierney, and Shadia Amin.”

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It seems everyone’s favorite, lovable workaholic red panda now has a new love…Regency era romance novels! After coworker Kabae gives her a book of this particular genre, Retsuko spends an entire weekend reading the series to completion and becoming obsessed with it, so much to the point that she enjoys it with her mother and then some!

Available digitally at https://onipress.com/ and https://www.comixology.com/. Hardcopy available at your LCS!

Grimm Spotlight: Cinderella vs. Zombies #1 (one-shot)
Writer(s): Dave Franchini
Artist(s): N/A
Cover Artist(s): Igor Vitorino, Leo Matos, John Royle
Publisher: Zenescope Entertainment

Synopsis: “32 Pages of Lunacy!…and Content! Cinderella has taken on the apocalypse (and died), taken on her own mind (and lost), and even taken on Christmas (kind of won?) but this time she takes on a whole new threat…deciding what to eat…oh and zombies! When a crazed, obsessive lunatic accidentally brings on the zombie apocalypse (yes, one of those) somehow and for some reason our only hope is…Cindy? Don’t miss this violent, no-punch pulling, insane adventure that only Cindy can shamble into!

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Apparently even the choice of what to eat is a bit much for Cindy, but hey, this is a story about an imminent apocalypse of the undead brought on by a total crazy. Yeah it seems that the fate of the world hangs in the balance with Cindy’s participation being the deciding factor whether hell on Earth shall exist or not. Somehow I cannot help but wonder just how humanity’s fate shall be with Cindy’s involvement, but I’ve been surprised before!

Available digitally at https://zenescope.com/ and https://www.comixology.com/. Hardcopy available at your LCS!

Tales of Terror Quarterly 2021 Halloween Special #1
Writer(s): Jay Sandlin
Artist(s): N/A
Cover Artist(s): Al Barrionuevo, Igor Vitorino, Leo Matos
Publisher: Zenescope Entertainment

Synopsis: “72 Pages of Content! The Tales of Terror Halloween special returns for another year in this oversized Quarterly format! With tons of blood-dripping pages of horror-filled story, join Keres, the goddess of death as she brings her own brand of justice this year to those attending a haunted theme park during the height of the horror season! Don’t miss these three new tales sure to put you in the spooky mood, and bring terror to your lives just in time for Halloween!

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And once again we have a most wonderfully wicked set of tales with the Tales of Terror Halloween special for the fall quarter of 2021! Join in on the spooky extravaganza as horror fans attend a haunted theme park for all their entertainment necessities. But none of them realize they are about to be shown the best time ever by the goddess of Death, Keres!

Available digitally at https://zenescope.com/ and https://www.comixology.com/. Hardcopy available at your LCS!


And there we have it for the week, folks! Tales of red panda obsessions over Regency-era literature combined with zany and spooky Halloween tales. These stories and so many more await you at the click of a button on your keyboards or at the touch of a screen on your tablets and/or phones. But since I trust all you choose to support local businesses, I will encourage you to head down to your comic stores 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!