Hello once again to all you adoring Gatherers. As I write this, we are coming to the waning days of the winter solstice. In many areas of the globe it was quite the cold time indeed during the holidays and beyond. Out here in Southern California though it has been a mixture of seasons. But whether rain or shine persists, you can always count on me providing the great picks to find when hitting up your local comic stores or browsing on your tablets. So just what will I suggest this week? Gather my Grand Geeks, and read on!
Rock & Roll Biographies: System of a Down #1
Writer(s): Michael Aushenker
Artist(s): Nestor Tanitado
Cover Artist(s): Nestor Tanitado
Publisher: ACME Ink
Synopsis: “System of a Down. Rising to fame in the early 2000’s, this insane band from California took the music world by storm! Their platinum selling albums and sold out tours are only a part of this amazing bands story and journey!”
Who would have thought that an Armenian-American band created in Glendale, California in 1994 would rise to such prominence with a number of albums by the 2000s and plenty of Billboard 200 accolades to boot? I recall listening to these guys briefly in the later nineties and had practically all but forgotten about them until I heard of this book coming out. Now whether you have heard of them or not, their story intrigues all within the confines of this book available to you from ACME. So my best suggestion then is get this comic, sit down, engage in a tamer version of B.Y.O.B., and enjoy the story, friends!
Digital format available at https://www.comixology.com/. Hardcopy format available at your LCS!
Come Into Me #1
Writer(s): Zac Thompson, Lonnie Nadler
Artist(s): Piotr Kowalski
Cover Artist(s): Piotr Kowalski, Devmalya Pramanik
Publisher: Black Mask
Synopsis: “From the critically acclaimed writers of The Dregs comes a new horror series about body image, social media, and memory. When an entrepreneur with a god complex creates a technology that allows two minds to share one body, he doesn’t anticipate the degenerative effects of long-term trials. Come Into Me is a contemporary comment on connected culture and our longing for approval in the digital age. This is a world where technology and flesh become indistinguishable, begging the question, “How much sharing is too much sharing?” Prepare yourself for the insane lovechild of The Fly and Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind.”
In a day and age where image and acceptance are relevant issues, a book such as this speaks to the very heart of the matter for both the casual as well as serious reader. With a daring businessman having come up with such a technology that allows for the fusing of multiple minds inside of physical bodies, one cannot help but wonder whether the old adage of ‘sharing is caring’.
There are some intriguing tales to be told in the indie circuit this week, folks! Tales of old metal alternative bands coupled with strange psychosomatic technologies to entice your reading taste buds. But these are just some of the great independent work that is there for the taking at the mere push of a button on your phone or tablet. Take a walk on down to your local comic book shop and show your support for them by finding shelves containing these books and more for your weekly needs. Read them and share with your friends. Start up a conversation and be sure to leave a comment or two. But most importantly, Gatherers, remember…GGG!