“The Comic Book History Of Beer” Non-Fiction Graphic Novel Review

Book Cover--The Comic Book Story of BeerTracing the history of beer from 7000 BC and its beginnings in Mesopotamia to the present day, this new 176 page book is a must for anyone interested in the beverage that has taken numerous forms through the centuries. Authors Jonathan Hennessey and Mike Smith and artist Aaron McConnell cleverly mix historical events with the story of beer in a social context that reflects the tastes of the times. A mixture of traditional comic strip style along with diagrams and various beers highlighted in detail make for a fact-packed entertaining book. The “Meet the Beer” pages introduce readers to the complexities and qualities of the Trappist Dubbel, India Pale Ale, Pilsner, Porter, and more as well as an illustrated guide to the brewing process. No doubt after reading this book you might want to sample some of the beers for yourself.

The book was recently featured on NPR, and in the Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Food Republic and the authors are touring throughout the US this fall, visiting breweries, book stores, and comic book conventions in 17 states.


9/29       Dangerous Man Brewing Company, Minneapolis, MN

9/30       Backpocket Brewing Company, Iowa City, IA

10/1       Barnes & Noble, Kansas City, MO

10/3       Beermiscuous Craft Beer Café, Chicago, IL

10/4       The Beguiling, Toronto, ON

10/5       Nicola’s Books, Ann Arbor, MI

10/6       Lizardville Beer Store and Whiskey Bar, Copley, OH

10/8-10/11 New York Comic Con, NYC

10/15     Back East Brewing, Bloomfield, CT

10/16     Mayflower Brewing Company, Plymouth, MA

10/21     Yards Brewing Company, Philadelphia, PA

10/22     Atlas Brew Works, Washington, DC

10/24     Atomic Books, Baltimore, MD

10/26     Oskar Blues Brewery, Brevard, NC

10/30     Wizard World Austin, Austin TX

12/4       Powell’s Books, Portland, OR

Now available from Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Powells.com, IndieBound.org or any online bookseller of your choice.

Dark Ages pg 50-51 from The Comic Book Story of BeerReprinted with permission from The Comic Book Story of Beer, by Jonathan Hennessey and Mike Smith, copyright © 2015, published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC. Artwork copyright © 2015 by Aaron McConnell.

Review copyright Paul Green (Weird Westerns) 2015.

Deep Dark Fears by Fran Krause book review

Fear #3 - DeepDarkFears_117_output_v01Irrational fears are common to us all. And as Fall approaches and the dark nights creep in those fears take on a new life. Fran Krause’s new book explores these fears with over 100 illustrated comic strips based on real fears submitted by readers to Krause through the popular Tumblr that has 270,000 followers. The result is an entertaining and often creepy book that is perfect reading as Halloween approaches. I read the book in one sitting. It is hard to put down as you encounter one irrational fear after another in the full-color strips that are illustrated in a simple but expressive style that perfectly captures those fears with a touch of humor.

Highly recommended reading from Ten Speed Press. 144 page hardcover book released September 29, 2015. $14.99.

Review copyright Weird Westerns 2015.

When Clowns Attack – A Survival Guide by Chuck Smabuchino book review

Cover _ SAMB_When Clowns AttackMost of us have a love-hate relationship with clowns. They can make us laugh and be creepy at the same time. Horror writers such as Stephen King have explored this dual personality of the clown. Now we have a new book by Chuck Smabuchino that explores Coulrophobia – the fear of clowns. The author examines every manner of clown from Party clown to Circus clown to Hobo clown to Street clown to Dunking Booth clown to Cirque du Soleil clown. He provides instructions on how to prevent clown attacks and spot for signs that an attack is imminent. Clowns are a serious matter in this humorous book that comes complete with full-color photographs of the many clown types plus their clothing and weapons of choice. This Halloween be on high alert for the Clown Attack! This book will serve to protect you.

Published by Ten Speed Press. This 144 page hardcover book is released September 29, 2015. $14.99

Review copyright Weird Westerns 2015.

“Deadlands: Ghostwalkers” by Jonathan Maberry

51eoe39MtQLFrom New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry, the first in a thrilling series of novels based on Deadlands, a hugely successful role-playing game (RPG) set in the Weird, Weird West.

Welcome to the Deadlands, where steely-eyed gunfighters rub shoulders with mad scientists and dark, unnatural forces. Where the Great Quake of 1868 has shattered California into a labyrinth of sea-flooded caverns . . . and a mysterious substance called “ghost rock” fuels exotic steampunk inventions as well as plenty of bloodshed and flying bullets.

In Ghostwalkers, a gun-for-hire, literally haunted by his bloody past, comes to the struggling town of Paradise Falls, where he becomes embroiled in a deadly conflict between the besieged community and a diabolically brilliant alchemist who is building terrible new weapons of mass destruction . . . and an army of the living dead!

JONATHAN MABERRY Maberry is probably best known for his Joe Ledger novels from St. Martin’s Press (including Patient Zero) and his award-winning Rot & Ruin zombie books for young adults. His novelization of The Wolfman, which he did for Tor, was a New York Times bestseller. Maberry’s work has been adapted into comics, a board game, and has been optioned for film. jonathanmaberry.com

Published September 15, 2015 – Tor-Pinnacle Entertainment-Visionary Comics. Watch Book Trailer

“Chrononauts” by Mark Millar & Sean Gordon Murphy TPB Vol 1

After 10 years as one of Marvel’s biggest writers, Mark Millar (‘Wanted’, ‘Kick-Ass’, ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’, ’Superman: Red Son’, ’The Ultimates’ and ‘Marvel Civil War’) works exclusively now for his own company Millarworld, building his brands in print and in cinema with nine different blockbuster franchises currently in production.

His latest release, ‘Chrononauts’, is now available for purchase from September 9th.


The story opens with a satellite fired back through time and sending images of the Civil War back to the present day. The world watches, mesmerised, and excited as Dr Corbin Quinn and Dr Danny Reilly embark upon the first manned mission into the past. Their plan is to meet Columbus as he reaches the Americas, but their planned route goes way off-course, leaving them to fend for themselves in an era-hopping adventure from ancient Rome to the Roaring Twenties to the dawn of life itself.

“This is by far the most ambitious project I’ve ever undertaken,” explains Millar. “The actual canvas we’re working on is the entirety of human history so the scope for drama has been amazing. We’ve got things going on here no-one’s ever done before, in comic-books or in cinema. Sean and I are really excited about it.”

Continuing, “I’ve worked with the best in the industry in recent years, but Sean Gordon Murphy beats them all. The research he’s done on this is just astounding. He’s a New York Times best-selling artist for a reason. I can’t think of anyone else who could have pulled this off so well.”

When does Millar plan to make this into a movie like Kingsman and Wanted and Kick-Ass before it?

“Actually, we’re working on it right now. Universal Pictures has bought the rights and we’re making it with Chris Morgan as producer, the brains behind the Fast and the Furious juggernaut over at that company. We’re all really excited about this and getting the screenplay together for a director at the moment”, he adds.

This volume collects issues 1-4 and is published by Image Comics.

“Steve McQueen: Full Throttle Cool” Book Review

240x4009780760347454In this new biography Steve McQueen’s illustrious life and career is told in graphic novel format. From his harsh upbringing as a child that included time spent in reform school to his Hollywood career starting with “The Blob” and the Western TV series “Wanted: Dead or Alive” McQueen was always something of a rebel, often showing more interest in his leisure time pursuits in motorsports. This book takes time to cover his often dangerous passion for motorcycle and automobile racing that resulted in a serious accident in Phoenix, Arizona that left his foot broken in six places. Undeterred he continued filming on “Le Mans” in a plaster caste hidden by a leather boot.

Greg Scott’s excellent artwork complements McQueen’s life story as told by Dwight Jon Zimmerman. McQueen comes across as a tough-minded individual whose childhood molded his gritty personality. His premature death from mesothelioma was a great loss for all the fans who loved his films.

Published by Motorbooks, an imprint of Quarto Publishing Group.

“The Art Of Dave Seeley” by Dave Seeley Book Review

Boston born and Andover raised Dave Seeley began his career as an architect. Influenced by European artists and Heavy Metal magazine Seeley decided to change careers in the 1990s and moved into illustration. His first assignments were for various role-playing games, collectible card games and RPG game guides for publishers Wizards of the West Coast, TSR and White Wolf.


Photo provided by Insight Editions © 2015 Dave Seeley. All rights reserved.

Book jacket commissions offered more creative and complex imagery and bigger pay checks. Seeley describes his working methods in this lavishly illustrated 176 page full-color hardback guide to his work that ranges from military to science fiction (Battlestar Galactica, Aliens vs Predator) to Star Wars artwork.

“I’d make detailed drawings, initially in very limited ways and then scan those disparate drawings and bring them into Photoshop. I began to digitally color the images and found that by scanning the photograph, I could pick and choose colors from it as a coherent palette that would lend a sense of realism to the drawing….Photography was the raw material and Photoshop was the glue.”

Seeley also describes his digital modelling of kits for his Star Wars work and his work with live models in this highly recommended book that is worth the price alone for the 200 + examples of Seeley’s beautiful color artwork.

“The Art of Dave Seeley” by Dave Seeley is published 9/8/2015 by Insight Editions.