Pastrami Nation Podcast: San Diego Comic Con 2019 Fallout

By the Pastrami Nation Podcast Crew Here is this week’s Facebook podcast, now in audio and on Soundcloud. Leave a comment by SATURDAY, July 27th at 9 p.m. PST on here, on SoundCloud OR on Facebook and be entered for a chance to win one of the prizes mentioned!  

SDCC 2019: A Glimpse Into the Greatness

By Nolan P. Smith Photos by Nolan Smith and Jason Smith Comic Con International: San Diego is easily the biggest and most known of the comic conventions. Known as SDCC, the annual convention took over the San Diego Convention Center once again, with events taking place across the surrounding historic Gaslamp District. Fans of comic…Read moreRead more

Little Mama Review: Smile Through the Storm

By Nolan P. Smith It’s not every day I start a book and can’t put it down. But that is precisely what happened when I decided to start reading Little Mama one night. I have said numerous times that the art form of a comic book can tell any story, and with this book, that…Read moreRead more

PREVIEW: Cold Blood Samurai Volume 1: Continuing the legacy of anthropomorphic fan favorites like Usagi Yojimbo and Mouse Guard

By Staff Reports The Action Lab Entertainment series COLD BLOOD SAMURAI has been receiving lots of praise from comic book outlets, and for good reason. This volume collects all six issues of the lavish creator-owned series from European creators Massimo Rosi and Ludovica Ceregatti, the enchanting story of a samurai salamander who finds himself in the middle of an…Read moreRead more

Anime Expo Takes Over Los Angeles July 4th-7th

By Nolan P. Smith Staff Reporter (Victor Valley)– With more than 110,000 expected attendees, Anime Expo (AX) is one of the largest pop culture conventions in the world. With an emphasis on anime, manga, cosplay and more, the convention will once again return to the Los Angeles Convention Center from July 4th-July 7th, with a…Read moreRead more

This Love So Brief Review

By Kevin Hoskinson From Action Lab comics comes “This Love So Brief,” a collection of personal stories by comic book artist and writer, Fred Chao. Originally from the California Bay Area, Fred had had his ups and downs, especially when it came to his career and relationships. His whole life he wanted to be a…Read moreRead more

Vault Comics Announce Surprise Sera and the Royal Stars #1 Vault Vintage Variant

By Staff Reports Vault Comics is thrilled to announce a surprise Vault Vintage variant cover for Sera and the Royal Stars #1. Drawn by Nathan Gooden and designed by Tim Daniel, this Vault Vintage cover pays homage to Curt Swan & Neal Adams’ 1969 cover to Adventure Comics #381 from DC Comics.. Begun in 2018,…Read moreRead more

Washington State Summer Con Wows With Celebrities, Cosplay and More

By Jason R. Smith Photos by Adrienne Smith and Jason R. Smith There is one word to sum up our time at the Washington State Summer Con – wow! Taking place at the Washington State Fairgrounds, there is no shortage of space. From autograph alley to the vendor and artist section there is a huge…Read moreRead more

Dead End Kids #1 Review: That thing called life, and death

By Nolan P. Smith Comic books aren’t all capes and epic battles. They can also be trips down memory lane, friendship, and murder. Welcome to the world of Dead End Kids, from Source Point Press. The book is written by Frank Gogol, with art by Nenad Cviticanin, and letters by Sean Rinehart, reuniting the team…Read moreRead more

The Kids Aren’t Alright: Interview with Dead End Kids Creator Frank Gogol

By Nolan P. Smith The world of comic books is so vast and diverse. From superheroes to space cats, from television series continuations to heroes in a half shell, the landscape of the comic book industry is amazing right now, if you know where to look. Sure, the big two publishers like Marvel and DC…Read moreRead more

Angel #1 Review

By Laura Streppone Angel, the vampire, non-vampire, with a soul, is living to see another day in the new Twenty-First Century, with his return thanks to BOOM! Studios, a publishing house owned by 20th Century FOX. Angel, a character created originally by Joss Whedon, who also created the highly well known Buffy the Vampire Slayer,…Read moreRead more

Radically Rearranged Ronin Ragdolls #1 Review: Cat Scratch Fever

By Nolan P. Smith To coincide with my review of Drawing Blood from Kevin Eastman Studios, get ready for some feline fury as the comic book co-created by fictional character Shane Bookman is now a one-shot in real life! Enter the Radically Rearranged Ronin Ragdolls. From Kevin Eastman and David Avallone, with art by Kevin…Read moreRead more

Drawing Blood #1 Review: Behind the Scenes

By Nolan P. Smith Kevin Eastman helped give the world one of its most beloved pop culture franchises: the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It was a phenomenon that transcended comic books and became multiple animated series, live action films, and a marketing juggernaut. Eastman is back with a new independently published book, Drawing Blood, which…Read moreRead more

High Heaven Volume 1 Review: Hitting the High Notes

By Nolan P. Smith Contrary to popular belief from my friends, I am quite the religious guy. I have faith in God, in Heaven, and the afterlife that awaits us. But what if the ultimate reward turned out to be more like a cheap timeshare with a hostel instead of a mansion? Then you are…Read moreRead more

The Wrong Earth Volume 1 Review: Tale of Two Earths

By Nolan P Smith I am not familiar with Ahoy Comics, but when I saw just the cover to The Wrong Earth at my comic shop, it made me want to learn more. It’s a dimension-spanning story of super heroics, two sides of the same coin, but one side has some serious anger issues. From…Read moreRead more

Dark Horse Gives The Umbrella Academy The Deluxe Treatment

By Staff Reports Whether you discovered The Umbrella Academy this year with the release of the new Netflix series, or you’ve been a fan since the beginning, you can indulge in this dysfunctional superhero family in greater detail than ever before with the upcoming The Umbrella Academy Library Editions! From co-creators Gerard Way (My Chemical…Read moreRead more

Comic Con Revolution Ontario Brought Pop Culture Greatness to the Inland Empire

By Nolan P. Smith (Victor Valley)– Comic book artists and writers, cosplayers, and some of the most famous voice actors in the world descended on to the Inland Empire as Comic Con Revolution took over the Ontario Convention Center this weekend. “It’s great to have an event like this in our back yard, and this…Read moreRead more

The Inland Empire’s Only Comic Book Convention, Comic Con Revolution, Returns May 18th & 19th

By Nolan P. Smith Comic book fans rejoice: the Inland Empire’s only comic book convention, Comic Con Revolution, is back for their third year as the show returns to the Ontario Convention Center this weekend.  Comic Con Revolution expands with over 200 guests, over 300 exhibitors, two full days of programming and more as the…Read moreRead more

Polarity Announces Investment and Merger of Oni Press and Lion Forge

By Staff Reports Lion Forge (St. Louis) and Oni Press (Portland) announce a merger which will set the two companies on a path to becoming the premier destination for original graphic storytelling, gaming, entertainment, and more. Polarity, the parent company of Lion Forge, will become the majority owner of the new combined entity, with James Lucas…Read moreRead more

Fans of All Ages Attended Linebreakers Inaugural Free Comic Book Day

By Nolan P. Smith Photos by Nolan P. Smith and Myke Fabela (Victorville)— On Saturday, May 4th, the High Desert came together in support of Linebreakers first annual Free Comic Book Day event, drawing over 400 attendees to Old Town Victorville and giving away over 1,000 comic books. “Free Comic Book Day, for me, was…Read moreRead more

Fallen World #1 Review: The Sky is Falling

By Wudood Omran Valiant Entertainment has blessed us once again with the release of Fallen World #1. The story picks up in the year 4002 in the common era. Earth’s surface is uninhabitable, so to escape turmoil New Japan is created. A world in the skies to keep humans safe. In this world, positronics are…Read moreRead more

Pastrami Nation will be at Linebreakers Free Comic Book Day/ Star Wars Day Celebration on May 4th!

By Nolan P. Smith Pastrami Nation is excited to announce that we will be at Linebreakers Free Comic Book Day event in Victorvile, CA on May 4th! The store has artists, cosplayers and more lined up, and free comics! Check out some of the guests attending, as well as some of the awesome books that…Read moreRead more

The World of Black Hammer Encyclopedia Hits Stores This July

By Staff Reports If you’re a fan of the Eisner Award-winning series but have questions about the weird and wonderful world filled with Golden Age pulp heroes and alien warlords then you won’t want to miss this! Critically acclaimed writer and Black Hammer co-creator Jeff Lemire is teaming up with writer Tate Brombal to explore…Read moreRead more

Vault Comics Rebuilds the Night Sky with SERA AND THE ROYAL STARS

By Staff Reports Vault Comics is thrilled to announce SERA AND THE ROYAL STARS, a stunning new fantasy epic comic book series written by Jon Tsuei (Run Love Kill), drawn by Audrey Mok (Archie, Josie & The Pussycats), colored by Raúl Angulo (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), lettered by Jim Campbell (Wasted Space), and designed by Tim Daniel.   Civil war…Read moreRead more

Pastrami Nation Podcast #1- Avengers Endgame Predictions, Joker Reaction and Free Comic Book Day!

It is here, the new Pastrami Nation podcast! Our new format on YouTube is here as the gang talks about our predictions for Avengers Endgame, thoughts on the Joker trailer, and info on the upcoming Free Comic Book Day/ Star Wars Day! PLUS, check out the video for your chance to win a SIGNED artbook…Read moreRead more

Xena: Warrior Princess #1 Review

By Nolan P. Smith Wait, we are in 2019, and I am reviewing a comic book based on Xena: Warrior Princess? That’s right, thanks to Dynamite, Xena is back in an adventure filled with action, humor, and a clash with a dark god. It feels like I am back in the ’90s, and I love…Read moreRead more

Hellboy: The Art of the Motion Picture Review

By Nolan P. Smith I love artbooks. I love seeing the creative process and how a concept comes to life. With the Art of the latest Hellboy film, Dark Horse brings a fantastic look at the world of Hellboy in 2019. The 175-page book is packed with concept art, illustrations, designs, and accompanying comic book…Read moreRead more

The Life and Death of Toyo Harada #2 Review

By Wudood Omran The second issue in this series starts by going back in time so you can see a young Toyo learning his real powers. And throughout this issue, this scene of a young Toyo on his ship in the middle of a storm is a lesson they continuously revisit. Toyo insists that they…Read moreRead more

Faithless #1 Review

By Kevin Hoskinson BOOM! Studios presents a unique and dazzling story about dating in the 21st century, magic and other modern-day problems. Faith is a young woman who likes to dabble in magic. Her friends think she is a bit crazy, but also find that it’s part of her charm. Everything seems relatively normal in…Read moreRead more

The Galaxy Awaits- The Art of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Coming This November

By Staff Reports Dark Horse Books, Lucasfilm Ltd., Respawn Entertainment and Electronic Arts present The Art of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. The new book, which was created in close collaboration between the four companies, is a full-color, oversized hardcover volume that captures the design process of Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, a galaxy-spanning, action-adventure…Read moreRead more