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GIVEAWAY! The Lost Ones- 07.12.08

lostones.jpgZune has been a great supporter of the arts with their Zune Arts initiative, and its been incredible to see all of the artists - illustration, 3d, animation, and now graphic artists they have been supporting! The latest project is The Lost Ones: “a graphic novel written by celebrated writer Steve Niles. For the Zune-commissioned novel, Niles was paired up with visual artists Dr. Revolt, Gary Panter, Kime Buzzelli and Morning Breath to take the reader on an epic journey through time and space. Each artist illustrated a different chapter of the novel.” On the next page you can check out a trailer video… i’ve also pulled some of my favorite pages from the novel, as well as the covers of the various chapters.

GIVEAWAY! There are two sets of a special collectors edition of the novel with a silk screened cover and poster waiting for two lucky readers ~ so leave a comment with your favorite on/offline comic and why you love it (by monday night PST) for a chance to win it!

Here’s the Trailer:

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“The Lost Ones” chronicles the adventures of four friends — Duncan, Roxy, Rasheed and Cynthia — whose seemingly harmless day of extreme planet jumping turns into a mind-blowing, white-knuckle race for their lives to get back home. They find that home is no longer where they left it and the alien race, hell-bent on destroying them, isn’t getting any friendlier.

The graphic novel merges five distinct creative points of view to bring the story to life:

· Dr. Revolt, an original member of the historic New York City graffiti crew the Rolling Thunder Writers
· Gary Panter, an illustrator known for his surreal and raw style
· Kime Buzzelli, an emerging painter and fashion designer
· Morning Breath, a Brooklyn-based art and design duo blending a graffiti style reminiscent of early ’80s street art
· Steve Niles, celebrated author of “30 Days of Night”

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The best web comic I’ve read would have to be Penny Arcade because they came from humble beginings and are now a huge impact on the pop culture world, with PAX and Child’s Play giving our generation a good light. That, and the comic is frakin hilarious.

Maybe not the best offline but one of my favourites would have to be Powers by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming. I picked up a trade on a whim at the Virgin Record store in Orange County and fell in love with the story. Its just an overall, great story, with great characters and art that compliments.

----- Moses 14.07.08 15:30

my favorite web comic is http://www.mylifeinacube.com/ because i feel pretty much identified with the character, also i knew it on day that i was so depress with my work and this strips make me feel better

----- marcel 14.07.08 12:58

I really enjoy http://www.ninja-bunny.com/ because the bunny is both cute and a bad ass ninja. the drawings are simple, i can read it or look at the comic for 2 seconds, laugh then get on with my work

----- Rich 14.07.08 10:51

By far, my favorite would have to be Transmetropolitan.

Brilliant writing and great characters.

----- Joe Montefusco 14.07.08 08:42

A day without Dilbert is a lost one.

----- Krzysztof 14.07.08 07:53

woah nice :]
love the artwork
esp the prints

----- young gun 14.07.08 05:08

Y the last man, Took almost every guy dream of only having a planet fully of women and gave a great story plus it added a monkey.

----- Luke 14.07.08 04:54

It would have to be The Walking Dead! Especially the first TPB with Tony Moore’s art, but overall this is the best zombie story of all time. Excellent comic and fantastic story.

----- Brendan 13.07.08 22:33

Sandman and The Walking Dead.
I like Steve Niles’ works too, still trying to get ahold of his zombie story, ‘Remains’

----- joza 13.07.08 22:25

although i have several favorites, i guess i’ll go with super spy by matt kindt. this is the one i’ve read most recently, leaving it the freshest among my favorites in my mind. that i guess makes it my current favorite, because as i think of my favorites it has more favorable hallmarks of which i can currently remember. there’s also nothing life a good spy story.

----- sierra 13.07.08 21:10

My favorite comic is Marriedtothesea, it never seems to get old, and the antique imagery is pretty sweet

----- craig 13.07.08 21:01

Well, my favorite webcomic is PVP (www.pvponline.com) and my favorite off-line comic is a tie between Sandman and Preacher.

----- Santiago 13.07.08 12:34

Online.. Questionable Content

Offline… Buffy Season 8.. of course

----- J 13.07.08 11:43

Hey, :D i am leaving a comment
I dont think i have ever used a zune in my life…

lol

----- jvsquared 13.07.08 10:51

My favorite graphic novel is City of Glass based on the book by Paul Auster and adapted by David Mazzucchelli and Paul Karasik. It has this odd way of conveying the main characters stream of thought into images you wouldn’t really think of. It has a surreal way of displaying ideas and yet every-time I read it it makes more sense.

----- Valerie 13.07.08 09:33

I’m gonna go with “Automatic Kafka” because it’s about what career paths addicted superheroes choose when they’re done being superheroes.

----- Kenn Munk 13.07.08 05:37

My favorite graphic novel happens to be Daredevil: Born Again, and I am not even a big Daredevil fan. It is just so well written by Frank Miller and drawn to practical perfection by the great David Mazzucchelli. It is a book that got me through hard times, and I read it at least once or twice a year. Intense, riveting, heartbreaking, inspiring. Beyond cinema. The images are worth more than a thousand words, kinda like reading a novel at light speed because I am comprehending major parts of the plot along with the rich subtle details . Seamless synthesis of words and images. I still stare at some panels a long time and marvel at Mazzucchelli’s line and the humanity captured in his drawn characters’ faces and bodies that deliver Miller’s lines with haunting drama. The lighting is operatic. The pacing has a rhythm goes from Bolero to that famous Andrea Bocelli song. All this probably sounds really corny but I love this book.

----- Kuya 12.07.08 22:52

My favorite online comic is What the Duck! I love it because it is absolutely hilarious and well, the characters are definitely what I love about it. Very cute webcomic and so funny. :)

----- Jessica 12.07.08 19:32

Not actually a ‘graphic novel’: An old Mad magazine my mother bought me when I was ten years old to keep me entertained during a road trip. It was then that I realized that being a girl didn’t mean I couldn’t enjoy comics! And that cartoons and illustrations can be pointed and smart. Now, almost ten years later…I hope to be an illustrator/cartoonist/story artist/graphic novelist-type!

----- Nicole 12.07.08 17:14

I love the Will Eysner comics specially the Spirit.

----- j1m 12.07.08 16:17

You might win some but you just lost one
You might win some but you just lost one
You might win some but you just lost one
You might win some but you just lost one
-lauryn hill

----- marcelle 12.07.08 16:06

i am in love with questionable content just because it is so cute! also has some nice music references. i also like kukuburi; the art is beautiful!

----- kristina 12.07.08 16:03

Mine has got to be garfield minus garfield. So funny yet so tragic.

----- anthea 12.07.08 15:53

haha, yes, i love all the different styles!

----- wills 12.07.08 14:37

Not actually a ‘graphic novel’: An old Mad magazine my mother bought me when I was ten years old to keep me entertained during a road trip. It was then that I realized that being a girl didn’t mean I couldn’t enjoy comics! And that cartoons and illustrations can be pointed and smart. Now, almost ten years later…I hope to be an illustrator/cartoonist/story artist/graphic novelist-type!

----- Nicole 12.07.08 13:46

My favorite comic that I’ve read recently was Red Son Superman. I usually sway more towards Marvel when it comes to comics, but this alternative universe featured a Batman in a russian winter hat with little bat ears.

The story was fantastic. What if Superman had landed in Soviet Russia instead of the midwest? It was an awesome alternative universe.
Most graphic novels I read don’t have amazing endings, they just leave you going “uh.. ok..” but Red Son’s ending was fantastic and I’m not giving it away, just read it.

----- Sue 12.07.08 13:31

My favorite online comic now is Questionable Content.

----- James 12.07.08 13:27

xkcd ftw because it is hilarious and graphic novel is Superman red son.. why?.. soviet superman fighting for communism with Lex Luthor married to Lois Lane.

----- redace 12.07.08 13:13

maddest comics i’ve seen till this day. bigup

----- August 12.07.08 12:58

My favorite comic of all time is Watchmen, cuz no other comic book or graphic novel has taken the medium so seriously. The insight of the story are simply genius. How else can you call a comic that talks about the chaos theory and Burroughs?

----- miguel salguero 12.07.08 12:49

My favorite graphic novel is “I Am Legend.” I love the horror story and the graphic version is great. Thanks to all at Notcot! I check daily. All my best inspiration comes from here.

----- Daniel F 12.07.08 12:40

Scary Go Round! I’ve read it for about a year and I love it because it has fast-paced, witty jokes and is very stylishly drawn.

----- Taryn 12.07.08 11:47

Really enjoying FreakAngels lately, you’d probably like it as well!

http://www.freakangels.com/

Gary Panter is the bestest!

----- darren 12.07.08 11:18

The Lost Ones is looking SMASH!ing. Hehe, get it? Smash!… ing? um, yeah. Love the trailer too.

My favorite graphic novel at the moment (I go through phases) would have to be Tansmetropolitan: Lust for Life, because… well, it’s Spider Jerusalem, one helluva character. The comic is witty, intelligent, honest, unpretentious, delivers important commentary without being too weighed down by it, by staying light-hearted and easy. And its definitely one of those books you want to keep on your bookshelf to go through every once and again and again and again. Alan Moore’s Watchmen, of course, is a graphic novel that has a place above all, until this day.

----- Mofa 12.07.08 11:11

There are thousands of comic books out there, but the one that sticks out as the most creative and unique is Superman: Red Son. Mark Millar’s awesome storyline intrigues every step of the way and provides an interesting look at a world where Superman lands in Russia instead of the United States. Along with the great story comes the wonderful artwork of Dave Johnson, Kilian Plunkett, Andrew Robinson, Walden Wong and Paul Mounts. Their combined efforts with Mark Millar make this a must read graphic novel!

----- Taytay 12.07.08 11:10

By far my favorite comic (on and offline) would be “Minus.” (http://www.kiwisbybeat.com/minus) It’s too adorably cute not to like. Plus it’s an actual hand drawn/colored comic, which is hard to find on the internet these days.

Sadly it ended last month, but Rezo has promised to continue to update with random strips! Woo!

----- Melinda 12.07.08 10:36

Absolutely the best webcomic of all time is achewood.com, maakies a close second.

I love achewood because it brings people together. Achewood fans are so dedicated, so obsessed with their daily strip that it soothes tensions between reluctant co-workers/roommates. I used to really dislike one of my roommates until I realized she was a fan. Just ask, any Achewood fan would attest to this.

Sexiest graphic novel of all time is Justine and the Story of O by Guido Crepax. It’s beautiful, classic, and has a great story. Guido Crepax has a unique gestural quality to his work, and the S&M story is perhaps best read alone.


(P.S.) I love paul pope and read his blog religiously.

----- P 12.07.08 10:16

Absolutely the best webcomic of all time is achewood.com, maakies a close second.

Sexiest graphic novel of all time is Justine and the Story of O by Guido Crepax. It’s beautiful, and has a great story.


(P.S.) I love paul pope and read his blog religiously.

----- P 12.07.08 10:09

My favorite offline comic is the work of Daniel Clowes and Art Spiegelman.

----- Shawn May 12.07.08 09:50

I am currently quite fond of Randall.C’s Sleepyheads (Slaapkoppen - http://www.randall.be/randallpress/category/comics/slaapkoppen/), which will be published in English in 2009 (Blank Slate Books - http://www.blankslatebooks.co.uk/blog/). Before Blank Slate asked me to translate this book, I thought it was just another dream book, a loose web of associations and visual poetry. Since I’ve started translating it, I have come to see that it has a very intricate, quite inventive structure, which renders the book even more wonderful.

----- Wim Lockefeer 12.07.08 09:44

My favourite would have to be Scott Pilgrim (http://www.scottpilgrim.com/). The story of a 23 year old Canadian and his efforts to win over his new girlfriend by defeating her seven evil exs. It’s brilliant for its sharp and witty writing, gorgeous style, ability to laugh at itself … and basically being Indie as all hell without being pretentious about it.

----- Ryan 12.07.08 09:43

cool, i hope i win

----- Matt Tichenor 12.07.08 08:09

Planetary by Warren Ellis is my favorite. Why? Because it features the Fantastic Four as the best comic book villains ever.

----- John 12.07.08 05:46


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