Saturday, December 29, 2007
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Here's the review:
Remember the seventies? Well, to be honest, I don’t. I was born in the mid-seventies, so I wasn’t really cognizant of such things, but now I can appreciate the cult following it has. Having done my Tarantino film and TV Land research, I have to say that I have a firm handle on some of the coolness that came from that wonderful decade and so does the talent behind this book. In the tradition of POWER MAN & IRON FIST comes ’76, an anthology (is it an anthology book if it has two ongoing stories? Not sure.) featuring the age old Black Guy/White Guy team up theme with a generous amount of ass-kicking and silky smooth styles throughout. Writer B. Clay Moore and artist Ed Tadem bring us “Jackie Karma” which features a pair of action toughs forced out of retirement when an old criminal returns to the streets. It’s the type of story that will most definitely warrant the line “I’m getting’ too old for this shit.” The art in this story is moody and harkens back to those gritty action movies of old. It’s kung-fu and street fighting mayhem you won’t forget. The second feature is called “Cool” and it definitely is that. From the fun way of introducing the main characters to the total embrace of seventies styles and clichés, writer Seth Peck and artist Ty Walker have made a great tribute to seventies stories and a helluva read too. The art is especially nice bringing enough cartoony aspects to make it fun, but maintaining a realism that doesn’t make the story too light and fluffy. All in all, this is a great comic honoring an age of cinema that is refreshing to see revived in graphic storytelling format. It debuts in January, so it looks like we all have a fun trip back in time in store for us in 2008. – Bug
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
There should be some tasty '76 publicity appearing here and there shortly, and we'll be sure to pass links along when it pops up.
For now, have this Ed Tadem page, from the fourth chapter of JACKIE KARMA!:
Damn, this Tadem kid is good. Hell, he's still working on the page....
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
story B. CLAY MOORE & SETH PECK
art ED TADEM & TIGH WALKER
cover ED TADEM
Two continuing tales of Bicentennial street justice, featuring "Jackie Karma," by B. CLAY MOORE & ED TADEM, and "Cool," by SETH PECK & TIGH WALKER. Jackie Karma is a Sixties-era New York City karate master and street fighting legend who comes out of retirement to battle an old foe, while "Cool" features Los Angeles bounty hunters Pete Walker and Leon Campbell as they deal with runaway strippers, geriatric gangsters, drug-dealing dwarves and ex-porn star hit men.
JANUARY 9 o 32 PAGES o BW o $2.99
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Saturday, August 25, 2007
It's the closing credits theme to Jackie Karma episode one. At about the 55 second mark (or the 3:10 mark, counting down), listen and CLICK on this image. That's how it's designed to sync:
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Jackie Karma: Ten years ago, Jackie Karma and Marcus King worked together to clean up the corrupt streets of New York. Since that time, Jackie has retired from competitive martial arts, completed a law degree, and is working in Manhattan as John Carmichael, attorney.
Trained by a secret martial arts order in the ways of the Golden Lion, Jackie is a master of unorthodox fighting styles, which he uses to full effect. Once Jackie emerged as a force in the late sixties, he abandonded the order, and the order disbanded (although remnants remain together as the Sabaki Boys). In the years since they disappeared, Jackie and Marcus have become street legends, and their return lifts the inner city’s spirits.
Marcus King: Marcus was once your prototypical angry young black man. Putting aside his resentment of white men of privilege, he formed a strong bond with Jackie Karma in the late sixties, and the two formed a legendary duo. After he and Jackie gave up a life of physical combat, he drifted from the Black Panthers into community activism. Exchanging fists of fury for a headful of knowledge, Marcus is doing research in the city library when Jackie tracks him down.
Marcus’s fighting style was reliant upon street brawling as much as anything, but his excellent athleticism allowed him to pick up a few moves from Jackie.
Gil Gunn: The baddest of the bad back in the day, Gunn was once a high powered pimp and heroin dealer, but he’s been gone for the better part of a decade, having been kicked out of town by Jackie, Marcus and Bobby Howler. Now he’s back, with an array of cheap pills and vicious smack designed to send users into orbit. Jackie initially figures he needs to take Gunn out again in order to stop the city from sliding further into despair, but he begins to realize the stakes are much, much higher than New York City.
Friday, August 10, 2007
Shot of Pete slumped at a table littered with beer bottles.
Bruce Wayne is a billionaire who uses his fortune to wage a one-man war against crime.
Pete Walker bounces checks at Pizza Shack and wages a one-man war against sobriety.
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Here's a page of script from '76 #3, along with Ed's finished art:
Panel 1. Sam isn’t all that into the
conversation as it goes on. She’s got Gino’s bagel.
Yeah, I know. Wops don’t like working for niggers. And Nicky ain’t crazy about smack.
Panel 2. Sam shrugs. Gino pleads.
So what do you want me to do?
Watch me, Sam.
Watch you? You want me to be a bodyguard for you? Seriously?
There’s more to it than that. It ain’t just Gil who’s back.
Panel 4. Sam takes a bite of the bagel.
Spill it, Gino. Why should I care about any of this bullshit?
Panel 5. Gino, leaning forward, pleading. If we can see Sam, she’s clearly surprised by this news.
Sam—Jackie’s back. He rumbled with the Sabakis just this afternoon. And Marcus was with him. I can’t get mixed up in all this, Sam. You gotta help me—
Panel 6. Sam settles back in her seat, arms crossed, now oblivious to Gino’s rambling. She has a slight smile on her face.
Well, well, well. Karma and King. Shit, Gino--
--It’s about time we had some excitement around here.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
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As an example of behind the scenes planning, part of the book takes place in the apartment of Jackie Karma's girlfriend, Lindsey. Here's artist Ed Tadem's rough layout of her apartment:
More to come soon!