Indie Cover Spotlight: Buckaroo Banzai: The Prequel #2

From 2008, it’s issue #2 of Buckaroo Banzai: The Prequel:


Published by Moonstone. Not sure who the cover artist is.

Historical note: in 1998, Fox tried to develop a Buckaroo Banzai TV series, titled Buckaroo Banzai: Ancient Secrets and New Mysteries. It never made it out of development hell, but here’s a computer animated test reel created for the series.

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    Indie Cover Spotlight: Buckaroo Banzai: Return of the Screw #1

    So The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension! was on TV the other night, and since I hadn’t seen the movie in a long time, I decided to give it a look. It’s a hot mess of a film, but I suppose that’s what lends it its charm and cult status. Anyway, it put me in the mood to start up the ICS feature on my blog again, after a long hiatus. So here we go:


    Buckaroo Banzai: Return of the Screw #1 was published in 2006 by Moonstone. I believe the cover is by Matt Haley. Earl Mac Rauch, the screenwriter of the movie, returned for scripting duty on the comics as well.

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      Indie Cover Spotlight: Invisible Republic #2

      Here’s one of the newer books I’ve been reading, Invisible Republic:


      Written by the husband/wife team of Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko, and drawn by Hardman, IR is a fantastic looking (and well-written) science fiction epic with heavy political and social themes running through it. Issue #2 was published in April, 2015 by Image Comics.

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        Indie Cover Spotlight: Instant Piano #1

        Here’s an oddly titled book for today’s installment of ICS: Instant Piano #1


        This 1994 anthology of surreal humor from Dark Horse Comics lasted for 4 issues. The inaugural issue featured the above cover by Kyle Baker, with stories contributed by the 5 cartoonists who created the series: Baker, Stephen DeStefano, Evan Dorkin, Robbie Busch, and Mark Badger.

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          Indie Cover Spotlight: Doc Savage, The Man of Bronze #3

          So the recent announcement of a new Black Panther series by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze made me nostalgic for Brian’s early work, which brings us to today’s ICS: Doc Savage, The Man of Bronze #3


          Cover by Brian Stelfreeze, published by Millenium Publications, March 1992. Interior art by Columbus’ own Darryl Banks.

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            Indie Cover Spotlight: The Book of Grickle

            After another long hiatus, ICS is back, baby!

            Today’s cover feature is the wonderful and charming collection of Grickle comics from Graham Annable.


            This collection was published by Dark Horse Comics in 2010, and collect several of the earlier Grickle books from Alternative Comics.

            I love Annable’s dark sense of humor and extremely expressive stick figure characters. He’s an amazing cartoonist, and if you’ve never checked out Grickle, you owe yourself a look.



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              Indie Cover Spotlight: Hero Alliance #1

              Sorry for the skip week, let’s get right back to this feature:


              Hero Alliance #1 was published by Wonder Color Comics in May of 1987. The cover is by Bart Sears (inked by Rick Bryant), who would go on to gain fame over at Marvel, DC, Valiant, and other publishers. Wonder folded after publishing only a few comics, but HA found a new home at Innovation, where it ran for 17 issues, plus several one-shots and mini series.

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