Indie Comics Spotlight: Grant Lankard- Beowulf

By Nolan P. Smith Editor and Chief  Welcome to Pastrami Nation’s Indie Comics Spotlight! We hope to help spread the word of amazing independent works with our comics and creator spotlights! With this installment, we shine the spotlight on Grant Lankard and his current Kickstarter project, Beowulf!  What’s it all about? Here is the info straight from the Kickstarter campaign. “Hazel, […]

Pastrami Nation Popcorn- Episode 10: Wandavision, MCU. Mortal Kombat, Cruella and More!

Welcome back to Pastrami Nation Popcorn! The podcast dedicated to all things entertainment and cinematic! Our next episode debuts on YouTube TONIGHT at 8pm PST! On this episode, host Kevin Hoskinson chats with co-hosts Rebecca Benson and Nolan Smith about Wandavision, the MCU for 2021, the Mortal Kombat trailer, the Cruella trailer and more! Visit PastramiNation.com for news, reviews and […]

Movie Review: Tom and Jerry

By Kevin Hoskinson Entertainment Editor For generations, Tom and Jerry have delighted audiences with their irreverent humor and comedic hijinks. Being a child of the ’80s, I can remember at least three iterations of the characters on television, not to mention an animated feature film in the early ’90s. That is on top of their already extensive library of shorts […]

The Wrong Side: A Novel Review

By Rebecca Benson Robert Bailey’s latest novel in the “Bocephus Haynes” series, “The Wrong Side,” follows the story of Pulaski’s rising high school football star: Odell Champagne. Odell is accused of murdering Brittany Crutcher, his girlfriend. However, she is a local legend–an upcoming and singer on a fast track to success. Set in the Deep South, “The Wrong Side” also […]

Vault Announce The Blue Flame, a New Series from Christopher Cantwell, Adam Gorham, Kurt Michael Russell & Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

By Staff Reports Vault Comics is thrilled to announce The Blue Flame, an utterly unique and thought-provoking cosmic superhero maxi-series from writer Christopher Cantwell, (Iron Man, Doctor Doom, Halt and Catch Fire), star artist Adam Gorham (Punk Mambo, New Mutants, The Violent), colorist Kurt Michael Russell (Money Shot, The Plot, Brandon Sanderson’s Dark One), letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou (Black Stars Above, Engineward), […]

Indie Comics Spotlight: Tom Ward- Merrick: The Sensational Elephantman

By Nolan P. Smith Welcome to Pastrami Nation’s Indie Comics Spotlight! We hope to help spread the word of amazing independent works with our comics and creator spotlights! With this installment, we shine the spotlight on Tom Ward and his comic book- Merrick: The Sensational Elephantman. So, what’s it about?  Merrick: The Sensational Elephantman is a Victorian pulp adventure comic […]

Xencelabs Redraws the Rules on Digital Tablets for Creative Professionals

By Staff Reports Creative professionals have constantly had limited choices when it comes to digital design tools. Xencelabs Technologies is changing the market landscape, delivering new design technologies customized to the specific needs of digital artists and designers. The new company was founded by a group of experienced creative design professionals with a shared passion for designing a new class […]

Lifestyle Review: Fitbit Sense

By Rebecca Benson I was excited when I stumbled upon Fitbit’s latest gadget, an upgraded Versa model if you will. Years prior, I had bought myself the Versa Lite, so of course, I immediately put it on my wishlist. And thanks to my fiance’s generosity, my wish was granted.  Fitness world, meet the FibBit Sense. This newer fitness watch boasts […]

Comic Book Review: Stray Dogs #1

By Nolan P. Smith Editor and Chief When a comic book is billed as Lady and the Tramp meets Silence of the Lambs, it has my attention. I honestly didn’t know what to expect with Image Comics’ Stray Dogs #1, but I will say, what I read was in one word: amazing.  From Tony Fleecs, Trish Forstner, Brad Simpson, and […]

Graphic Novel Review: Acursian

By Kevin Hoskinson Entertainment Editor From Legendary Comics and starring John Barrowman, Acursian is a story that spans the ages. It is steeped in Celtic mythology and has an exciting sci-fi angle that Barrowman fans will definitely enjoy. Beginning in modern times, the story revolves around Charlie Stewart, an extremely unlikable lawyer. On his 40th birthday, he is plagued by […]

Comic Book Review: Freak Snow #1

By Nolan P. Smith Sometimes a comic book just catches you entirely off guard. This is the case with Freak Snow #1. The book comes from Behemoth and their brand new imprint, Happy Tank. From Kevin Roditeli, Rob Cannon, and a cover by Victor Santos, Freak Snow takes us into a frozen wasteland filled with violence, murderers, and insanity. Right […]

CZARFACE ANNOUNCES WIDELY SPECULATED AND ANTICIPATED GRAPHIC NOVEL DEBUT TO BE PUBLISHED BY Z2 COMICS

By Staff Reports Z2 Comics continues to roll out news marrying celebrated acts from all genres of music with the finest talent in comics for the most immersive reading experiences offered anywhere. Today furthers this promise with perhaps one of the most anticipated releases from hip hop supergroup, CZARFACE, co-founded by duo 7L and Esoteric, along with Inspectah Deck of the Wu-Tang Clan. “The […]

Comic Book Review: My Little Pony #95

By Evelyn Benson Junior Reviewer IDW soon releases its 95th Issue of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. My Little Pony has been a favorite of mine, so I was excited to read it.  In this episode, the Muffletta Moss has taken over Ponyville. This magic moss absorbs sound. Like a plant, when it gets what it needs, it multiplies. […]

Pastrami Nation Podcast- Good Hats

Join Pastrami Nation’s Nolan Smith and Jason Smith as they welcome back “Ink Park” Jon Ramirez and “Interstate19” John Beare for a hat episode! This time, they discuss the new company, Good Hats! Leave a comment by Sunday at midnight PST for a chance to win a $50 HatClub Gift Card! You can find the video podcast on Youtube, Facebook […]

Transformers Minimates Series 1 Box Set- Now Available for Pre-Order

By Staff Reports Transformers Minimates are coming from Diamond Select! BigBadToyStore just announced the pre-order for the set. This is the first time Transformers have been done in a Minimates line. Check out the info from the product page: The greatest generation of Transformers is now the next generation of Minimates! Capturing the armor details of 4 classic characters—Optimus Prime, […]

Mortal Kombat – Official Trailer is Finally Here!

By Staff Reports Get over here! Watch the trailer for Mortal Kombat now — in theaters and streaming exclusively on HBO Max April 16. From New Line Cinema comes the explosive new cinematic adventure “Mortal Kombat,” inspired by the blockbuster video game franchise, which most recently enjoyed the most successful video game launch in its history, Mortal Kombat 11. The […]

The Movie Worlds of Superman ’78 and Batman ’89 Are Heading to Comics in Two All-New DC Digital First Series!

By Staff Reports Beginning in July 2021, decades after both Richard Donner’s Superman: The Movie and Tim Burton’s Batman introduced generations of fans to silver screen versions of DC’s Man of Steel and the World’s Greatest Detective, DC is returning to these beloved properties to tell new stories set within these worlds with the publication of a series of Superman […]

TODD MCFARLANE ANNOUNCES FOR 2021, HIS NEW ATTEMPT AT CREATING A SHARED UNIVERSE OF COMIC BOOK CHARACTERS

By Staff Reports Image Comics’ President Todd McFarlane announced his bold attempt at creating his own multi-character, interconnected comic book universe. His stated goal is to establish a shared fictional universe over time in the vein of what the other comic industry giants, Marvel, and DC Comics, have accomplished with their comic book universes. The announcement was given by McFarlane […]

Comic Book Review: Pantomime #4

By Rebecca Benson Pantomime #4 from Mad Cave Studios is out now! And what great timing as I was wondering how our team’s saga was going to play out–and yes, pun intended. What seems like an ordinary move-out day for our now college-age group of criminal friends and family has morphed into an unforeseen circumstance. No, things aren’t always what […]

Comic Book Review: TMNT-The Last Ronin #2

By Nolan P. Smith Editor and Chief This one has been a long time coming: the first issue for the highly anticipated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin dropped in October to high praise all around. It was revealed who the last turtle is (spoilers ahead) and who is responsible for the loss of the rest of the group. […]

Novel Review: The Summer of Lost and Found

By Rebecca Benson Very recent events are chronicled in Mary Alice Monroe’s latest installment of the Beach House Saga, “The Summer of Lost and Found.” This particular novel continues the legacy of the Rutledge family, in which the family tree is deeply rooted in Charleston, South Carolina. Our story, however, takes place on the Isle of Palms. With the onset […]

Crime Scene: Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel Review

By Kevin Hoskinson Entertainment Editor It is a case that has fascinated people all over the world. In 2013, twenty-two-year-old Elisa Lam, a Canadian college student, went missing while staying at The Cecil Hotel. Video of her acting erratically in an elevator just hours before her disappearance went viral, and it wasn’t long before the online world was captivated by […]

Comic Book Review: Phantom Starkiller #1

By Nolan P. Smith Editor and Chief I was blown away when I first heard that there was going to be a comic book based on Phantom Starkiller. The character has popped up as a ReAction figure from Super7 in all kinds of color variations, but to finally get to read a story with this ghoulish swashbuckler was a dream […]

Graphic Novel Review: Star Wars Adventures- The Clone Wars – Battle Tales

By Jeremiah Gagnon We start out witnessing a battle between the Galactic Republic Clones and the Separatist Battle Droids. The droids lay down, suppressing fire, keeping the clones at bay. The battle droids call in for reinforcements to better their odds, and moments later, the Super Battle Droids arrive, causing even more havoc on the battlefield. Hope is not lost […]

Comic Book Review: The Shepherd #1

By Nolan P. Smith When I first saw the solicits for Scout Comics/Black Caravans’ The Shepherd, I knew I had to pick up. The title, the artwork, and the premise all pulled me in before I even read a single page. After reading the first issue, I can say I was guided in the right direction: The Shepherd delivers big […]

Comic Book Review: Radiant Black #1

By Nolan P. Smith Image Comics has published some of the most incredible superhero books to date: Invincible, Cross Over, Kick-Ass, Savage Dragon, Spawn, the list goes on. A new hero enters the fray as Radiant Black #1 has hit the shelves. Does it fly high, or is it grounded from the start?  From Kyle Higgins, Marcelo Costa, and Becca […]