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This week I met a guy at work who has a tattoo of Carnage on his leg, and a page from Sin City on his upper arm (complete with a frame of text around it, "Worth killing for. Worth dying for. Worth going to hell for. Amen.")

What are some of your favorite geek tattoos, whether your own or another's? 

Below the cut is a tattoo I saw on tumblr recently. Daleks are the shit.

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Welcome to the Jungle is a four-part comic (also available compiled in graphic novel form) set in the world of Jim Butcher's The Dresden Files. (Interesting tidbit: Butcher originally envisioned The Dresden Files in comic form.)

Illustrated by Ardian Syaf and published by the Dabel Brothers. It was nominated for a Best Graphic Story Hugo. Welcome to the Jungle is extremely well written, as Jim Butcher is a god (at the very, very least a demi-god). It also contains amazing art. Examples: 1, 2, 3, 4.

Unfamiliar with Harry Dresden? Shame on you. No worries. It is set as a prequel to the series. No previous knowledge of the plot is needed.

Summary of Welcome to the Jungle: "Harry Dresden is on the case again, this time investigating a brutal mauling at the Lincoln Park Zoo that has left a security guard dead… and many questions unanswered. But Dresden isn't a private detective, looking for a murderer – he's a wizard, with the ability to interact with the magical world around our own, and to see that there's much more to this case than a simple animal attack. As Dresden begins to hunt for clues to figure out who is really behind this crime, he finds himself next on the victims list…"

I absolutely loved the story, the art, and the writing. As a fervent fan of the Dresden Files I was an easy sell on this. It is an excellent read. Has anyone else read it?
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Following the weekly prompt, I thought I'd pimp C. E. Murphy's Take A Chance, published by Dabel Brothers. It's being released as a miniseries (to be collected in the inevitable TPB later this year), with the hope of launching into a regular monthly.

Actually, I'm going to be lazy and just copy the text from my journal entry.


It was a world much like ours. About five years ago, after seeing her son gunned down in gang crossfire, a woman became the first costumed vigilante. No powers. Just martial arts training. And it was a rough start. But, gradually, she learned the ropes. The media dubbed the heroine "Chance" after someone noted that, "This lady likes to take a chance." Then, a few years later, a North Korean WMD experiment got loose. Of those who contracted it, roughly a third died and a third recovered unaffected. The other third... got (random) super powers. They became a class unto themselves. They don't wear masks because they feel untouchable. Above everyone else, sometimes literally. You're either "one of us" or you're just a civilian.

That's the background. Our story picks up shortly thereafter. Chance is pondering her place in this new world. Whether she, no longer the world's only super hero, is obsolete. She quickly realizes, however, that her hard-won experience makes a big difference. Powers or not, she kicks butt. She's effective. And, perhaps more importantly, she's responsible. And she doesn't treat people differently just because they don't have powers.

There's more to it, of course. Her personal life comes into it. There's plot and detail and such. I don't want to give away too much. But... you've got a strong female character with her own identity (i.e. not part of another hero's "family"). You've got beautiful art (there are some scans over at the author's site). You've got an interesting set-up. And some pretty good writing. And a healthy dose of action. And let's not forget the Batman factor - watching a non-powered vigilante kick butt in a powered world is just an extra level of fun. I should mention, too, that there's a dose of realism. Practical details of life that (as Chance notes in her narration boxes) don't often show up in Saturday morning cartoons, and also things like the way she gathers actual legal evidence when she can, rather than confronting every bad guy personally and directly.

The first three issues are out now. More to come shortly. If you're into comics and looking for something new (especially if you're as frustrated as I've been with the Big Two lately), give it a look. Take a chance. I'm glad I did.
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This week in [community profile] geek the theme is favorite comic. It can be a graphic novel, a webcomic, or a comic strip. Whatever you think of when you think of your favorite comic, you should post it.

  • Feel free to make your own post for your recommendation!
  • Review the comic, tell us why you like the comic, or just post a link. It is all up to you. There aren't rules for this.
  • Have fun. :)



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