Halloween is nearly upon us, Gatherers.  And if you are from the Southern California area, you would also be in the unfortunate position to know that Mordor is upon us also.  By that I mean we have excessively hot temperatures already ranging into the nineties on the Fahrenheit scale with winds kicking it up.  On top of that, it is entirely dry, almost ludicrously so.  But hey, that’s no excuse and I realize that, so, how about some nice Picks to entice all your reading needs this week, hmm?!

STRANGE-CEREBUS-1Strange Cerberus #1
Writer(s): Dave Sim, Sandeep Atwal
Artist(s): Dave Sim, Gustave Dore
Cover Artist(s): Dave Sim, Gustave Dore, Sandeep Atwal
Publisher: Aardvark-Vanaheim

Synopsis: “First (and last?) appearances of Varkternity (Vark-Finite?) and Galactamungus (who mentions Platinum Surfer-Boy); the CIH? house drummer; reprints online strips from July-August 2016: Super-Cerebus Revenge Squad; The Whore of Babylon gets a tattoo; MILESTONE! the first time Dante suspected Cerebus and Super-Cerebus were one and the same! LeonTrotzky; Plato vs. Aristotle; Obama voters; MILESTONE! Super-Suberec, the Anti-Super-Cerebus and Cerebus go to Starbucks; hardcore Madonna fans; Wildcat: Total Golden-Age Dick the memoir; Francis’ Sacred Church of NFL Football; West Side Story, and more!”


You gotta hand it to those wonderful creators at Aardvark-Vanaheim.  When it comes to straight up comedic strips and parodies of your favorite existing characters, they have got you covered.  After all, who wouldn’t wish to herald the apparently only coming of Galactamungus or even the dastardly Varkternity?! And on top of that, so many other adventures to speak of.  I’m partial to the one of heading to Starbucks myself.  How about you guys?

Digital purchase for this is available through https://www.comixology.com/.  Hardcopy purchase available through your LCS!

STL055141No Room for Magic #1
Writer(s): Adrian Ramos
Artist(s): Adrian Ramos
Cover Artist(s): Adrian Ramos
Publisher: Keenspot

Synopsis: “From internationally-acclaimed cartoonist Adrian Ramos comes this all-new, all-ages fantasy series that’ll make you believe in Magic! 15-year old Magic McAllistair lives in a world full of fantastic beasts, powerful wizards, and dangerous adventures, yet all she wants to do is stay in her bedroom and listen to punk rock music. But when teenagers begin to get trapped inside their sorcery social media accounts, who better to solve “The Curse of the Hashtag Medusa” than Magic, the only girl in the entire world who has never smiled in a selfie?”


This story is something that results when you combine the likes of Harry Potter with punk rock music and emo-tastes.  It’s one thing to be an adolescent female in a world where magic is the norm but, what if your norm is just to listen to music all day?  And on top of that, what if well known mages and friends of yours start to become victimized by some strange social media curse?  Well, I sure can’t answer that question for you, but Magic McAllistair can so, read on and see what strange shenanigans await her.  And as a parting shot to all of this, whom among you has never smiled in a selfie?!  Seriously though, it boggles the mind!

Digital purchase is available through http://www.keenspot.com/ and https://www.comixology.com/.  Hardcopy purchase available through your LCS!

If you’re as smart as I am, you will be closing yourself up in your established residence with the AC on at full blast people, and regale yourselves with tales of comic parodies and emo-mages.  These stories, and others, are what await you in the indie comic world and are available at the mere push of a button or screen.  I’ll of course challenge you to go the next step and visit your local comic shop itself and get these hardcopies themselves.  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!