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WEBCOMIC WEDNESDAY: UPDATE FOR AUGUST 31, 2011

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Ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased to announce that we have three webcomic updates for you.Two are new webcomic titles and one is an update of a fan favorite. Could things get any better at Champion City Comics?

DOCTOR DEATH VS THE ZOMBIE (ADULT LANGUAGE)
The "Almost a superhero" saga continues and we are excited to present pages 62 and 63 where Doctor Death and Phreaker meet up with some less-than-savory individuals. You haven't read Dr Death vs The Zombie? Click here to read it and thank us later. To view the pages below then click on each image.




BATTLE SPEED
Writer, Artist, and Letterer: Jacob Aaron Barnes
Synopsis : In the distant future, racing has assented to bigger and dangerous ways. Pilots must master these battle mechs on the giant battlefields, and a new team join the field. Richard and Melody go against the toughest pilots and mechs around, as a rookie team it'll take more than animal instinct to destroy all else in the way. 
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KAV & TONY BREAK IT DOWN: ACTION COMICS #311 'SUPERMAN, KING OF THE EARTH' (PART 2)

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Yesterday, Kav and I tackled the first five pages of Action Comics 311 and we are not even close to being finished with this comic book. Let's get to business!

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Kav: Superman angrily pounds his SOCK (It's not a boot, I don't care what anyone says) on the podium shouting SILENCE!!! ....I kill you. Then a movie mogul groans that the movie they just made about Superman will have to be scrapped since now he's evil, and his company is RUINED. Hey mogul, since Superman's evil and arrogant, you can just sell the movie to him for propaganda purposes. He can crush as many diamonds as you want to pay you.

Tony: Superman's Nikita Khrushchev moment is pretty pathetic because he gives the world 48 hours to accept Superman as their leader or face the consequences. That's a lame move, Superman. Give the world 48 hours to join forces and plan your demise. Wake up, bonehead.  

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Kav: Good, Clark opens the vault of kryptonite (why they need a…

KAV & TONY BREAK IT DOWN: ACTION COMICS #311 'SUPERMAN, KING OF THE EARTH'

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Kav and I have returned for our action packed series where we review some of the less-than-memorable comics of the Golden and Silver Age. Get ready folks, we're about to tackle a doozy, Action Comics #311.

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Kav: Lois sees evil Superman carving a giant marble monument and thinks, "Maybe it's an imposter". Yeah, right toots-maybe it's just some doofus in a Superman suit who just happens to be able to fly around and punch off chunks of marble.

Tony: Take that, Michelangelo! A hammer and a chisel? Ha! Superman just karate chops rocks and they magically turn into a work of art. Superman has failed Absolute Monarch 101. A ruler never makes their own statues or palaces. They have slaves build them. I love how Clark and Jimmy visit some 'Minor Tropical Kingdom' and Clark turns into some flag waving hater. This is the time when there was the USA and a million backward countries.

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Kav: Superman has to think quickly to slip away and c…

SUNDAY SONG SELECTION: SPIDER-MAN THEME BY THE RAMONES

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Today's selection mixes the awesome punk power of The Ramones with a Saturday morning cartoon classic. Enjoy!

COMING SOON: COALWATER

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Champion City Comics is pleased to announce that we are launching yet another title during the upcoming months. Coalwater, a Western-style tale, come from the creative team of Hugh Orr and Will Harris was submitted for review early in August and it will definitely be an exciting addition to our webcomics community.

Synopsis: Coalwater is a town ravaged with little-to-corrupt law enforcement. Established circa 1826 in Ohio, Coalwater quickly became a ghost town within a decade. The town experienced a resurgence in 1861 when coal, copper, and iron deposits were discovered. Coalwater's rebirth led to an economic boom which led to widespread violence. We know you'll enjoy this action-packed epic so check out the cover below.

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ONE-SHOTS: COMICS IN THE DIGITAL ERA

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I spent some time today reading through one of my all time favourite comics, St Swithin's Day by Grant Morrison and Paul Grist. It's an odd comic, one that I love but can't quite put my finger on why. That's not important for my purposes, however. What's important is that it was originally printed in four parts in the UK comic Trident and reprinted as a one shot by Oni Press in 1998. That was the last time that this comic saw print, and thinking about you can see why. It's not that it's bad, or that there's not a market for it, it's simply that it's too short to be continually reprinted. Like most one-shot comics, it won't get a reprint unless it's part of a themed volume.
This seems to be the problem in the modern industry. Everything is geared towards collection, so projects tend to be at least three issues long or linked, like Warren Ellis' Apparat line so that the shelf life can be extended. Even at the big companies one-shot comi…

THE DEATH OF SUPERHERO COMICS?

Grant Morrison (Zenith, 52, Batman and Robin) has foretold the death of the super hero comic.  In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Morrison spoke of the New 52 and his run on the newly relaunched Action Comics.  When asked by Rolling Stone whether or not he thinks the industry is in a “death spiral” he replied

“Yeah. I kind of do, but again, you can always be wrong. There's a real feeling of things just going off the rails, to be honest. Superhero comics. The concept is quite a ruthless concept, and it's moved on, and it's kind of abandoned, the first-stage rocket.”


           When asked what he thought comics were being abandoned for he replied,  “…movies, where it can be more powerful, more effective.”
            Are things really that bad?  Is it truly a “death spiral”?  Comics have taken hits before.  In the years just after WWII, superhero comics fell out of fashion and only the heavy hitters like Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman managed to survive …

WEBCOMIC WEDNESDAY: UPDATE FOR AUGUST 24, 2011

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Summer is generally a slow time for updating webcomics at Champion City Comics, but we do have a new page ready for Dr. Death vs. The Zombie. During the upcoming months we are going to bring you some new and exciting titles. We have an exciting international crime fighting pulp style story titled Red Devil and we will have a fun Manga style webcomic titled Battle Speed available sometime next week or early September.

Do you have a webcomics project that you want posted at Champion City Comics? Please review our submissions policy and we'll review your project. Thanks!

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KAV & TONY BREAK IT DOWN: JIMMY OLSEN #60 (PART 2)

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Kav and I survived the first four pages of this goofy adventure, so let's see what we can handle today. Come on kids, let's break it down some more.

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Kav: This page cracks me up. It says so much about that red headed hamburger, Jimmy Olsen. He thinks to himself, "I'm no military genius....or am I?" Then he spends a bunch of time getting uniforms and costumes etc together as if this is more important than acting quickly when robots are about to attack Metropolis! Then he says, "These muskets ought to work" even though they are PROPS from a theatrical shop! Yep folks, he's a military genius all right!

Tony: Jimmy doesn't think, "I'm no military genius...", he actually says it to the wife beater wearing alien. Was that a trunk of disguises or did Jimmy raid the wardrobe department for The Music Man? As a historian, my head nearly exploded when the man gave Jimmy and the alien some "Revolutiona…

KAV & TONY BREAK IT DOWN: JIMMY OLSEN #60

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Kav and I have returned for our popular series of breaking down Golden and Silver Age comics. This week, we are going to take on Jimmy Olsen #60 titled 'The Fantastic Army of General Olsen'. Here we go!

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Kav: OK, it starts off like any normal day at the Daily Planet with some weirdo entering the office. I've noticed that the Planet reporters don't do much work, mainly the stand around staring at whoever this story is about - in this case Jimmy.

Tony: First of all, it is amazing that there were fifty-nine Jimmy Olsen comic books before this one. The first panel shows Jimmy, dressed in full Nutcracker regalia, and he is leading some green martian army against a giant Erector Set known as the Mechanical Brain 'from space'. I guess they do not want readers to get the villain mixed up with another Mechanical Brain. How is this piece of junk an undefeated force? Looks like one has to fire the rust cannon and that thing is toast. Judging …

SUNDAY SONG SELECTION: IRON MAN BY BLACK SABBATH

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In an alternate universe, I am a rock critic. My essays on rock music are honest and well-written, plus I avoid pontificating to the masses. Music fans read my work and say, "This guy is pretty damn good" or "This guy is a complete douche". That's in an alternate universe.

Here in the reality that is Champion City Comics, I share with you every Sunday my song selection. Today's choice is in my opinion the greatest 'superhero' song ever. Black Sabbath's 1970 album, Paranoid, delivered some Sabbath classics, including today's selection. If you've never heard the song then I pity you for missing out on one of the most metal songs ever recorded. Enjoy. 

COOL WEBCOMIC: SUPERMASSIVE BLACK HOLE A*

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I had no idea what I was getting in to when I launched Champion City Comics. My knowledge of the webcomics community was pretty limited, and at the time, I was very certain that Champion City Comics was a small fish in a small pond. To my amazement, I discovered that Champion City Comics was a small fish in the ocean. The amount of webcomics I discovered was mind-boggling. After spending time reviewing the competition, I discovered that there were two camps: webcomics that were developed by serious people or communities and there were webcomics that were just awful due to the dimwitted creator or "creative" team that did a half-ass job of putting it together.

I decided to check on the serious webcomics developers because I wanted to know why they were successful. What did I discover? To keep readers interested, the webcomics were updated weekly or daily. The webcomic creators used social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter to keep fans up-to-date about their webcomics. …

COMING SOON: GASLIGHT - A STEAMPUNK ADVENTURE

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When I launched Champion City Comics during the fall of 2009, it was strictly for my comic book project. However, my one comic book project became three and then I decided to accept scripts from writers to see if they had an excellent story or two for the site. Reviewing scripts is not all fun and games because some writers lack the ability to create stories where characters have depth and the plot is well-structured or slightly interesting. And then there are the few that deliver an amazing story.

Lawrence Rider, a writer from England, contacted me back in June regarding a script he had in development. His story was titled Gaslight and it was a steampunk tale where a detective by the name of Solomon Cold investigates a series of abductions that are linked to a mad scientist known as the Pneumatist. His script was pretty solid and I did not have an artist available. But magic happens at Champion City because an artist, George Athanasiou, contacted me to see if he could be part of a we…

KAV & TONY BREAK IT DOWN: ACTION COMICS #305 'WHY SUPERMAN NEEDS A SECRET IDENTITY' (PART 4)

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Ladies and gentleman, this is the last entry for Action Comics #305 titled 'Why Superman Needs A Secret Identity'. However, due to the popularity of the Kav & Tony blog entries, this will be a weekly feature at Champion City Comics. Enjoy!

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Kav: Why does he have to disguise himself as a hobo? He can get money and rent a nice hotel indefinitely. If Clark can do that ridiculous glass blowing then there are a billion easier ways to solve this problem. Also, if he did that glass blowing at supersonic speed then the sonic boom would have blown up the nitro. Oh I forgot, it wasn't even nitro. Then my first observation holds since TNT is not a contact explosive. Superman should have known this and he should have just walked up and bitch slapped the dude. 
Tony: Do you watch infomercials? You know how they have a tendency to make the simplest tasks to be nearly impossible? "Oh my god, I can't organize a spice rack!" "Boiling wat…

WEBCOMIC WEDNESDAY: DR. DEATH VS THE ZOMBIE & THE CAPTIVE

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Some of our titles at Champion City Comics are updated every Wednesday, and this week, we have updated Dr. Death vs The Zombie. Kav and I are pleased to present to you pages 59 and 60 of this 'almost a superhero' adventure in Las Vegas. You haven't read the story yet? If that's the case then you better start with Dr. Death vs. The Vampire. If you're a faithful reader then we're pleased to announce that there will be another Dr. Death story later this year. 

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I am also very pleased to present the first five pages of a new project titled The Captive featuring the pencils and inks of Victor Pozzi, the artist for Westwood, Naira, and Naira 2. The Captive is based on the 1837 poem La Cautiva by Esteban Echeverria, an Argentine writer. La Cautiva is set in Western Argentina and tells of a story of Brian and Maria who are taken captive by a group of Mapuche raiders and eventually escape only to find themselves at the me…

KAV & TONY BREAK IT DOWN: ACTION COMICS #305 'WHY SUPERMAN NEEDS A SECRET IDENTITY' (PART 3)

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Ladies and gentlemen, we present you another Kav & Tony blog entry for Action Comics #305 titled 'Why Superman Needs A Secret Identity'.

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Kav: What's with the elaborate gold key nonsense? Just walk up to Clark and say, 'Here' and hand him the gold key. I find it astounding that Superman didn't even notice when he lost his powers and only found out when someone dropped a helmet on his foot. I would notice if I could hear a gnat cough in China, felt basically no tug of gravity, was really smart, and the next second - well, you know. Why did the crooks even need to know that Clark was Superman in the first place? This whole plan could have been carried out without this info.
Tony: This page fuels my dislike for Superman. You give this guy unlimited powers and yet you make him into a complete buffoon who can't hear three goons plotting his demise in an adjacent room. EPIC FAIL! Also, what astronaut wears their spacesui…

KAV & TONY BREAK IT DOWN: ACTION COMICS #305 'WHY SUPERMAN NEEDS A SECRET IDENTITY' (PART 2)

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If you have not read the first part of this entry then check it out here. Kav and I are back to review pages four, five, and six of this comic book. Enjoy!

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Kav: Why is Superboy still in school since everyone knows he's Clark? His supreme brain knows more than the teacher's puny one. Also, he doesn't leave a Superboy robot behind to protect his parents or give them super powers or a force field.
Tony: This may be the only time where we have a legitimate reason for not keeping a kid in school. DC decided to pull a Batman and have a gunman kill the Kent's. Don't worry folks, if they would have kept the storyline then they would have found a way to bring back the Kent's like the way they resurrect any character. Anyway, if Clark can see a dirigible in trouble then why was he not scanning his parent's house for trouble?  Page 5

Kav: All Superman had to do was explain that he would be leaving if people bothered him, like I do, and his…

SUNDAY SONG SELECTION: SUNSHINE SUPERMAN

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Sunday Song Selection is our special Sunday entry where we feature a song that deals with comic book heroes and all things geek related. Last week, we gave you 'Jimmy Olsen's Blues' and this week we are keeping up with the Superman theme by giving you Donovan's 'Sunshine Superman', a hit for the Scottish singer-songwriter during the summer of 1966. Enjoy!


THE OFFICIAL CHAMPION CITY COMIC CON POSTER

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Recently, I posted some information regarding the Champion City Comic Con, which will be held on September 10, 2011 at the Shouvlin Center (Wittenberg University) in lovely Springfield, Ohio. Scott Riley from Main Street Comics emailed me the official poster yesterday. Click on the image below to enlarge.


KAV & TONY BREAK IT DOWN: ACTION COMICS #305 - 'WHY SUPERMAN NEEDS A SECRET IDENTITY'

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Yesterday, we introduced to you the first of the Kav & Tony Break It Down series, and as a special treat, we're providing you another edition by reviewing Action Comics #305 titled 'Why Superman Needs A Special Identity'.

Why are we breaking down some Golden Age and Silver Age comics? While some of these comics have delivered some classic tales, they have also given us some WTF moments where we must examine the madness of these stories. We understand that comics were generally written for a younger audience, but even young readers were/are pretty sharp at discovering some holes in the story.

If you read yesterday's blog entry, you will discover that I'm not a fan of Superman. It's nothing personal against the Man of Steel, but I feel that writers have made him so powerful and indestructible that the end result is a pretty 'blah' character missing Batman's edge and the Hulk's anger management issues.

Lets break down this comic. Be sure to c…

KAV & TONY BREAK IT DOWN: SUPERMAN & THE LEGION OF SUPER-CREATURES

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The Golden Age and Silver Age of comics have given us some memorable stories and characters. Both eras delivered some head-scratching moments, so Kav and I decided to break down some of the most ridiculous panels from the comics and expose some of the flaws.

Today's selection is Action Comics #326 titled Superman vs The Legion of Super-Creatures.

Let's review pages one to three. Click on the images below to read the comic.

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Kav: Great drawing, eh?

Tony: I'll agree that it's not an impressive opening panel, but I'll start out by saying I've never been a fan of Superman. The guy is pretty much indestructible plus he's pretty dopey as a hero. Look at this mess of an opening page. Superman's pose is that of a man yawning. Did you read what Superman said? If the bugs eat everything, then why are they not eating Superman? It's not good when the first page is a FAIL.

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Kav: This starts off like any horror film where people are happily water skii…

WEBCOMIC WEDNESDAY

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Some of our titles at Champion City Comics are updated every Wednesday. This week, we have an updated Dr Death vs The Zombieby TonyDoug Wright and A. Kaviraj. If you're a fan of The Watchmen then you are really going to enjoy this follow-up to Dr. Death vs The Vampire.

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THE TOP TEN RULES OF SUPERHERO COMICS

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A. Kaviraj is an artist for Champion City Comics and plays a key role in the development of our webcomics. His comic book knowledge runs deep and recently he submitted this list of rules for superhero comics. As you know, all lists are subjective, so please enjoy!

1. Whenever two superheroes meet for the first time they will fight. Also, they will be equally matched for the duration of the flight.



2. No amount of ninjas can ever defeat a superhero. Or anyone, really.



3. No matter how many ninjas you defeat, there are always twice as many left.



4. No matter how many times Lex Luthor sneaks a piece of kryptonite on Superman, Superman still never learns to do a full body scan from a mile away with his x-ray vision.



5. No one can ever recognize voices in superhero comics and say things like, "Peter? Is that you? That IS you!" to Spiderman.



6. Superheroes are stupid and always have the same friends with both identities. Luckily those friends are even stupider and something like …