Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Jolene Houser Support Book and Dusk (Vol. 2) by David Doub

Jolene Houser Support Book and Dusk (Vol. 2) by David Doub

Proceeds to benefit Arizona artist Jolene Houser

"On her way to the convention Saboten-Con, artist Jolene Houser was in a car accident. She had a fractured skull, 17 stitches in her forehead, 6 staples on her elbow from a large laceration, and a fractured #1 vertebrae. During the show, all the fans and staff were very supportive and sent their well wishes the best they knew how, but that got some of us thinking. Why stop there? To show our support for Jolene and her amazing talent, we've put together this sketchbook. All profits will be given to Jolene to help with various bills stemming from the accident and her medical care." ~ David Doub, author and publisher, Dusk Comics

Comic book artists are a special breed, and Arizona native Jolene Houser, who has been a comic book fan ever since she got her first taste of Witchblade and Sailor Moon, is no exception. This serious student was studying all forms of art in order to advance her skills and further her work in her Arizona studio when she was in a serious car accident she is still struggling to recover from.

To help with the inevitable medical bills, co-artist and friend David Doub, author and publisher of Dusk Comics, organized their fellow artists to put together the Jolene Houser Support Book. The book's goal is clear. As the title page says, "We can rebuild her. Better. Faster. Stronger. Starring Jolene Houser as the Bionic Artist."

This outpouring of love and respect contains 32 pages of sketches drawn by 17 different artists, and all proceeds from net sales go directly to Jolene. Doub notes that the book, available online through Amazon and Barnes and Noble, is POD and will not run out of stock.

Also, since Jolene drew one-third of the illustrations for volume 2 of Doub's vampire comic creation Dusk, Doub is donating these proceeds (from online sales or orders through Ingrams) to her as well through May 31, 2011, though he notes that the support book will continue to be sold, with all proceeds going to Jolene, for as long as needed. "Artists have to pull together and help each other," he says.

In Dusk (Vol. 2), Doub's protagonist, Eve, is still in a trap of her own devising, trying to find her place in a horrid supernatural world that doesn't want her. She thinks she loves a vampire, but maybe she's just addicted to the power of his blood? Notes Doub, "Eve encounters everything from zombies to demons, and the morality of her life is always murky at best."

For more information on the Jolene Houser Support Book or Dusk (Vol. 2), contact david@duskcomics.com.

Friday, January 14, 2011


Gather your family together for a magical adventure! Rent Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’hoole ON DEMAND for only $2.99 or Download it for $9.99 http://bit.ly/g3enqD

Director Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen) makes his animation debut with this fantasy adventure based on the beloved books. Young owl Soren marvels at tales of the Guardians of Ga’Hoole, mythic winged warriors who battled to save all owl kind from the evil Pure Ones. When he and brother Kludd fall into the talons of the Pure Ones, it’s up to Soren to make a daring escape with the help of other brave owls and seek out the Great Tree, home of the Guardians. The stellar voice cast includes Abbie Cornish, Miriam Margolyes, Helen Mirren, Sam Neill, Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess and Hugo Weaving. http://legendoftheguardians.warnerbros.com/

To help with this news we here at Penguin Comics will be giving out, at random, Temporary Tattoos and activity books based on the film. Be sure to comment on the post to get your entry in.

Thursday, January 13, 2011



I think these are a wonderful idea! Taking just the classic cartoons that all of old folk grew up with and isolating them according to character. Nothing like a cat with a speech impediment chasing a bird with a speech impediament. Makes for comedy gold in my opinion.


Ah, my favorite of the bunch. I really love this monstrously sized rooster who is as obnoxious as they come. Of all the Warner Bros. cartoon characters I think I quote Foghorn the most.


Honestly, I had stopped watching years ago. Watching these made me realize that the show had jumped the shark years ago.


...speaking of jumping the shark. Repeatedly. At least it was the last season.


I am a fan of the holiday based Peanuts programs. Anything else seems a little overdone and redundant. For Peanuts completists only.


I love Gervais in The Office. I think it is one of the greatest portrayals of a sad, lonely little man in the entire world. The Office, original flavor is one of my favorite shows. That being said, I haven't like Gervais in anything since. I just don't think he's funny.
This is no exception.

Thursday, January 6, 2011


Today we have three from ACORN MEDIA for the British TV fan.

First up is the two part, extremely hilarious, DIRTY TRICKS. This 2000 production starring Martin Clune of Men Behaving Badly fame has him as a poor English teacher who winds up in a better circle with a couple. Unfortunately, she is unhappy in their sexless marriage so an affair begins. Then, the husband is killed in an actual boating accident. No murder at all. Just bad luck and our teacher marries his affair. Yeah, then he becomes infatuated with another woman and his wife slips in the living room and dies. Again, not his fault but he decides to blame it on her lover who she has gotten pregnant from.
That's when it all goes South.
DIRTY TRICKS is a twisted black comedy that will leave you shaking your head and laughing out loud.

Next up is the 1993 psychological thriller THE GUILTY starring Michael Kitchen. Kitchen plays brilliant attorney Steven Vey. He's one o those guys who has it all and then decides to celebrate with his secretary. What he calls a drunken indiscretion she decides to go with another, shorter word. Rape.
This is quite a good suspense thriller with some crazy twists and turns before reaching it's finale.THE GUILTY is great.  

Finally we have the 2001 second and final series of the fascinating ENEMY AT THE DOOR. Concerning the German occupation of the Channel Islands during World War 2. With the tension between the German troops and the native islanders reaching a head, the commandant, Major Richter has the two fold problem of the recent imprisonment of Dr. Philip MArtel and the local SS officer who is more interested in scoring points with the leaders in Berlin than keeping order on the islands.
ENEMY AT THE DOOR takes a small slice of World War 2 history and lays it before us in immaculate style.

There you have it for this week. Three new releases from Acorn Media with the promise of much more great British television to come in the future.