Neil The Geek Father’s Weekly #1 Picks for June 28th 2017

Wednesday already! Either I’ve had an incredibly quick week or I have travelled into a not too distant future. I’ll go with the latter.

Last Week’s picks recap

So last week’s picks certainly brought out some interesting debate in the comic community. Zdarsky’s Spectacular Spider-Man wasn’t for everyone but it was certainly for me. Back to the Peter Parker I love and seriously hope Zdarksy keeps it to that level of humour and added quipping. Crosswind from Gail Simone confused me a little until I discussed it with someone. Then realised I wasn’t as much an idiot as I first thought, and had the story exactly right. As for Shirtless Bear-Fighter, haven’t actually got round to picking this up yet. May wait till the trade. So if anyone out there did pick it up, let me know how it was.

This Week’s picks

Beautiful Canvas: Black Mask Studios
W: Ryan K. Lindsay, A: Sami Kivela

When I first started picking up independent comics, thanks to my main man Kirk. A publisher I had never heard of appeared, Black Mask Studios. The first comics I heard about from Black Mask were We Can Never Go Home and Young Terrorists. Comics that I still need to pick up. For me though, the first comics I picked up from Black Mask were The Dregs and 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank. Both these comics are still ongoing and both are some of the most interesting “under the radar” comics you can pick up.

With that being the case I have to pick up Beautiful Canvas. Those under the radar comics end up becoming some of the best comics of the year. And you know what makes this even stranger? I have never heard of any of the creative team behind this comic. In fact, the first time writer Ryan K. Lindsay even came to my knowledge was a random retweet from my good friend and writer Ricardo Mo. Visiting Ryan K. Lindsay’s Twitter page brought me to this comic. So there you go comic writers, artists etc, retweeting each other’s tweets is almost guaranteed sales.

Due to my growing interest in Black Mask Studios, I am making Beautiful Canvas my number one choice for new #1 of the week.

Lon Eisley is a hitwoman hired to kill a small child a few days after discovering her girlfriend pregnant. In a bold declaration of uncertainty, she saves the boy and hits the road, despite the fact her boss clearly wanted him dead for a reason. This warped crime dystopia delves into the emotional dichotomy of creator/destroyer as Lon tries to connect the two very different worlds she now inhabits. From Sami Kivela (Chum) & Ryan K Lindsay (Negative Space, DC Writers Workshop) comes a gonzo tale of personal discovery, animal/hybrid hit troupes and reactive pyrokinesis.

ScrimShaw – Alterna Comics
W: Eric Borden, A: Dave Mims

Those that know me well, will know that I have a huge love of anything related to East Asia. Be it the food, cinema, architecture, history, literally anything. This interest first came about in the early 1980’s when the now legendary show Saiyuki or more commonly known as Monkey came to UK shores. What an introduction to Asia this was for me. A series based on a Chinese novel published in the 16th century. Full of mythology, as well a Buddhist philosophy, something young eyes took in and ran with.

Now a 42-year-old adult, my interest always peaks when I see anything coming out of East Asia or anything remotely relating to it. So when I see that a new comic, or newish comic (we’ll get to that) is described as “a sci-fi, swordplay, comic featuring a Euro-Japanese Samurai” am fully invested.

Scrimshaw, I have since found was originally a Kickstarter project, which from what I can see, got it’s backing fully funded back in 2016. Now it would seem that this has been picked up by Alterna Comics for the masses to read. As was with Beautiful Canvas, the creative team behind Scrimshaw are also new to me. Eric Borden is writing and Dave Mims is heading up the art. The art I have seen looks really interesting and I am always willing to give newcomers if just to me, a big chance.

So for anyone out there like me that has an interest in anything remotely related to East Asia, Scrimshaw looks like the comic for us.

With the planet ravaged by war, ruthless corporations have the world’s governments in their pockets. Faced with impossible odds, Captain Hans Tanaka and the rest of the crew of the Runaway Horse have been branded as pirates, cut-throats, mercs… and the GOOD guys!

Very quiet week for new #1s, so save that money. You never know, next week could be a bigger week.



  • Noah ‘Ox’ Baas

    Just got done with Beautiful Canvas and I’ll have a review up later, but sooooo worth it!!