Friday, September 30, 2011

"Carbongrey Vol. 1: Sisters At War" Stunning Comic Published by Image Comics

Title: Carbongrey Volume 1: Sisters At War
Published by:  Image Comics
Pages:  96
Trade Paperback
Release Date:  Sept. 27, 2011

Book Overview :

To a noble family twins are born; Mathilde and Giselle, the Sisters Grey. For centuries the Greys have protected the Kaiser, ruler of Mitteleuropa - but this is a different time. At the dawn of the Industrial Age a great war rages. When the Kaiser is found dead Giselle is accused of his murder. Pursued by her sisters and hunted by the enemy, Giselle must unravel the prophecy of the Carbon Grey before history itself is rewritten. Carbon Grey Volume 1: Sisters at War includes all three issues of the sold-out first arc, plus deleted scenes, concept art, and additional new content.

Artists and Writers:

Story~Hoang Nguyen, Khari Evans, Paul Gardner, and
           Mike Kennedy

Art/Cover~Hoang Nguyen, Khari Evans, Kinsun Loh

About Image Comics and Graphic Novels:

What is Image Comics?

Image is a comics and graphic novels publisher formed in 1992 by seven of Marvel Comics' best-selling artists. Since that time, Image has gone on to become the third largest comics publisher in the United States.

Who are the Image founders?

Image Comics was originally founded by seven artists: Erik Larsen, Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane, Whilce Portacio, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Valentino. Of those seven founders, only six opted to become full partners: Larsen, Lee, Liefeld, McFarlane, Silvestri, and Valentino.

Who are the current Image partners?

There are currently five partners in Image Comics: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, and Jim Valentino.

What's the difference between a comic book and a graphic novel?

Comic books are typically 32-page periodicals. Graphic novels are published in book form and are generally much longer than a standard comic book. Some graphic novels compile serialized comics stories, while others feature completely new material.
What kind of comics and graphic novels does Image publish?
Image comics and graphic novels cover nearly every genre, sub-genre and style imaginable. Image offers science fiction and romance, horror and crime fiction. Historical fiction, humor. You name it; Image has it—and all by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today.

Where can I buy Image comics and graphic novels?

Image comics are primarily sold in comic book specialty shops. To find a comic book shop near you, we recommend using Diamond Comics Distributors' free Comic Book Locator. Image graphic novels are also sold at bookstores. Check your local Yellow Pages for a listing of bookstores near you.

Can I buy Image graphic novels at my local bookstore?

Yes, and if a title isn't on the shelf at your local bookstore, most Image graphic novels are available for backorder.

The Dame Ponders:

For purposes of my first blog entry, I've chosen a comic/graphic novel publisher whose artists and writers appeal to me. I love the cover of the comic, and I love the fantasy concept written on the cover, too.  Both of these things draw me in immediately.

I also wanted to take a moment to educate my friends and followers about the differences between graphic novels and comic books; and, how they can contain the same level of artistic and writing abilities.  There are as many similarities as differences.

"Carbongrey..." is an exciting new series introducing two beautiful protagonists in a struggle against societal circumstances, and it takes place in a time that is altered from my reality. In general, I often have difficulty with science fiction that has altered realities and odd names.  But, this comic seems less daunting. 

Primarily, for me, if the artwork from cover and all in between isn't beautifully rendered and painted, I have no interest in the book.  Furthermore, I'm not interested in storylines that aren't witty, well thought out, and fun to read as they move the story along. 

Since graphic novels and these new forms of comic books are new to me, I'm just beginning to appreciate the level of work that goes into them.  In the past, I considered them juvenile  "junk" reading.  I have found I was wrong on both counts!  Times have changed, and this art form has developed to a superior degree.  I even understand, now, why people collect them!

I'm encouraging all of my friends and readers to go to a book store, search for the graphic novels and comics section, and take a few minutes to browse.  It's time to go on a discovery mission.  We get bogged down in our safe modes too often, which, in this case makes for our missing links to advances in illustrations and quick-fix reading!

Let me know if you found something to read in this section of your book store, or if you're willing to look. 

Do you already read and enjoy graphic novels, manga or comics?  I'm looking for special visits by blog reviewers!  Let me know if you want to be a guest blogger sometime.

Thanks for stopping by my newest blog.  Looking forward to reviewing this interesting genre with you in mind.


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