“Graphic Novel PEEPLAND’s Bloodstained Mystery Oozes 80’s NYC” by R.J. Huneke is the last part in a series unveiling both a New York Comic Con interview with the creators as well as a review of the gritty Hard Case Crime graphic novel TPB that was released on August 1, 2017.
Peepland is a page-turner that leaves delicious grime under your fingernails!
The book by Christa Faust (Author), Gary Phillips (co-author), and Andrea Camerini (Illustrator) is 128 pages of mayhem in 1980’s Manhattan.*
Peepland’s beauty lies in the eerily entangled corruption that clings to a New York murder merging 40’s gangster noir with 80’s NYC for a historically bound bloodbath.
The protagonist is a complex and intriguing character, a peep booth worker named Roxy Belle, and she is an unwilling participant in the murder mystery at the thick of the plot.
She has the kindness, craftiness, and nastiness (including willing to do some pee porn promos for a favor or two) to make this tale sexy, thrilling and innovative.
Such insight into the underworld living upworld in the heart of 80’s Midtown is the brainchild of Christa Faust and the help of her editor and the founder of Hard Case Crime Charles Ardai who partnered with Titan Comics for the comic book.
We were fortunate to receive an interview at New York Comic Con 2016 with none other than these two talented people.
R.H.: “How do you get the female perspective from a peepbooth?”
C.F.: “I grew up in the city . . . I have a vagina and I once worked in the peepbooths. So double-chromosome easy-peasy; write what you know.”
That is simple enough.
As a pornographer’s latest tape is bestowed upon Roxy during her shift, she goes home and finds a surprising strangling at the end of the video that is spit out of her VCR.
Later she learns that after dropping off the tape and fleeing her booth, porno filmmaker Dirty Dick is snuffed out in the subway.
Someone is erasing that video.
Roxy does not know who the murderer is or why they are wiping out anyone tied to the flick.
But what is a very well connected real estate mogul’s son to do when he might be implicated?
The world crafted in Peepland is its own badass character.
The writing is top-notch and with the art matches the stunning clarity with which the greasy alleys and shadows contrast the neon lights of Times Square in the 80’s.
The air is stuffy with exhaust and cigarette smoke, and the bangs of gunshots go off at random twists and quakes as the plot unfolds.
The white versus black racism, even in New York, is palpably disgusting, and accurately adds an unease that was felt in the city at the time.
This affects the story and the poor characters caught within, for none are wholly unscathed in such a story as this.
You may be thinking: where do NYC’s punk haircuts, perms, and thongs (hiked way over the hips!) get off attempting to spawn a noir crime thriller sans the razor-sharp suits, tommy guns, and fedoras?
Well this book perfectly merges the 40’s noir age of gangster to the 1980’s NYC.
The web of crime and organized crime outfits, from the smallest pimps, hookers, peep booth operators to the corrupt cops, either detectives on the take from a Mafioso or detectives trying to sell out to the highest bidder mirror, in a kind if circus-mirror-way that works, the Al Capone days of Chicago.
The long gone New York age is brought to life again.
Is the Mayor's office in on it? . . . Maybe . . .
It becomes quickly apparent that noir was meant for the mid-1980’s New York City era and Faust delivers it in spades.
R.H.: “What was your inspiration for PEEPLAND?”
C.F.: “It was mostly just because . . . you know being a fellow New Yorker it’s so different now.”
R.H.: “The way that is was, the city.”
C.F.: “That’s never coming back . . . and I wanted to tell that story [of NYC] in a visual medium, because you can tell people what it was like, but if you can show them, it’s more visceral, it’s grittier, it’s more true.”
And the tale of Peepland could not be more ‘'visceral’ and pointed, as cops use any excuse to grab an African American male, a minor, and accuse him of rape and murder of the white victim in the park.
The depth of the corruption is staggering in its ferocity, as is the massive body count stemming from constant plot twists, from blowjobs turned wrong to shocking melees enveloping any and all characters in a variety of guns and knives as only the 80’s could do it.
R.H.: “What I loved is that the historicism is there. I love the 80’s perms [for example].”
And at this point Charles breaks in.
C.A.: “This person,” he says with a smile and playfully accusing point to Christa, ‘was the police person, policing in acronyms.”
C.F.: “I was the G-string Nazi – I was like ‘hike that aaaall the way up to be here,” she says pointing to high over her hip.
C.A.: “What were the buildings, what were the posters, what were [the] hairstyles, ads, shoes . . . what were the characters?”
Yes, the “Thriller” jacket is present and yes there were peep booths, and XXX video stores by the dozen in Times Square during the 80’s.
If you do not believe the history, view the photographs Christa includes at the end of the graphic novel.
Without giving away too much, this tale spins faster and harder building up and up and up to a furious conclusion coinciding with the countdown on New Year’s Eve at The Deuce, Times Square.
Nothing expected happens in Peepland, and it is truly wicked and wonderful.
POWkabam REVIEW GRADE: A+
At New York Comic Con 2017 Hard Case Crime and Titan Comics will be announcing and giving interviews for their newest comic book title Minky Woodcock: The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini by Cynthia von Buhler and more.
Created by acclaimed artist, author, director, and playwright Cynthia Von Buhler (Speakeasy Dollhouse, Evelyn Evelyn, The Countess & Her Cats, Emily and the Strangers), Minky Woodcock: The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini has already garnered praise from legendary author Neil Gaiman (Sandman) who said: “I was seduced by Cynthia Von Buhler’s artwork. She is a wonder.”
*CORRECTION: Gary Phillips (co-author) was previously listed as an illustrator, but he is the co-author of PEEPLAND. Our apologies, Mr. Phillips.
This Impulsive REVIEW looks at Captain Punishment, the innovative audio comic book and its “All Girls Spectacular” episode.
A female private eye types away at her report on continually misogynistic strife and ventures off into each of the increasingly crazy superhero adventures.
We got to see the antihero mister, I mean, Captain Punishment, himself, at their New York Comic Con booth last year and were blown away!
Captain Punishment is a unique listening experience and the art, via sound, has a wicked sense of humor.
The episode “All Girls Spectacular” kicks off with a word from their fictional sponsor, ‘The Pat Roberts Abstinence Kit,’ and then a further mention of menses, an upset jockey speaking up against making 50% more than the female character Betty Simone, because she is a woman in this phenomenally funny comic where women also strive for equal pay in today’s society and fail.
When one boy in school is transformed to a girl to experience how different the world treats them, the enchantress aptly says, “Our synced up cycles are about to start.”
The menses humor helps make the temporary gender reassignment entertaining and hilarious, and it is only the start of the superheroes conundrum in this episode.
The outrageous, and oft politically incorrect, adventures in this hour long audio comic surprise you with enough randomness to be one of the great early episodes of Family Guy.
The voices are pleasant on the ear, and could just as easily be working a DreamWorks movie, providing it is a much more adult (fun) version.
Realistic views on comic con, geeks, cosplay, and science fiction nerdism makes a strong showing in this show.
Podcasts from good radio-like disc jockeys are great, but for comic book fans, Captain Punishment trumps all!
We are talking about an audio comic book here, complete with quality productions and sound effects that offer a way for the blind, or the audiobook crowd, to enjoy a fully immersive comic book experience.
Captain Punishment and the entire cast have combined their creative voice acting and writing talents, not to mention love of all things comic books, to invent this audio comic book genre, and they are taking the podcasting community by storm.
The writing, the voice acting, and the production quality from Captain Punishment are top notch, fluid and entertaining.
If you have ever experienced a comic book convention you are in for an impactful twist when all the male superheroes disappear and panic ensues.
I mean they even have an alert for that scenario: “security went to Code Fuchsia”!
Tune in to Captain Punishment early and often on their site captainpunishment.com!
Impulsive REVIEW Grade: A+
"Impulsive REVIEW: Captain Punishment All Girls Spectacular" was written by R.J. Huneke
We have to thank Dustin Cabeal, writer for ComicBastards.com, for this amazing review:
One gem that I picked up at New York Comic Con was Blackwood State – Tales of Englishness. There was something about the clean linework on the cover and the angry-looking female protagonist that caught my eye. After creator Ivan O’Neill was done hitting on beard, and yes I do mean just my beard he seemed to care very little for the man it was attached to, I took my bounty and moved on. I wish I hadn’t because I had a question upon finishing the issue… when will there be more?
This zero issue is very short, clocking in at just four pages, but in those four pages it does a lot of things right. It introduces us to the main character and establishes her personality and unique voice. It introduces the supporting cast and does much the same for them as well. It also begins to set up our setting within just four pages. What it does really well, and I mean really well, is make you laugh.
If the term “Lady Boner” doesn’t at least make you crack a smile then frankly I just feel sorry for you. How is up there in too good to laugh at “Lady Boner” land? Is it nice? I wouldn’t know because us normal people down here we laugh at shit like that.
The story is straight forward, we meet Gwen and her two friends enjoying their last night before college classes begin. Gwen is telling a story about how her lady boner was totally killed and that eventually leads to the setup of what she’s expecting for the school year… which is pretty obviously not going to happen because then we wouldn’t read the story. I’m not going to tell you any more than that since you can read the issue online for free and I don’t want to spoil any more jokes.
The story while simple does everything it needs to. According to the site this is being made for a graphic novel in mind and then broken up into issues. Frankly I have more interest in reading the complete project, but I’ll take it either way. O’Neill has shown that he knows what he’s doing and has structured the story to proceed from these four pages. Plainly put this zero issue has substance relevant towards the story.
The art is wonderful. It was honestly the thing that drew me. The style has a familiar or at least similar look to something I’ve seen before, but I can’t place it. All I know is that I like it. Some of the art is covered by the word bubbles, but I really didn’t mind since I was having a good time reading it, but that would be my only feedback, thinner word bubbles so that the art can breathe more. Otherwise the style has a great over the top cartoon look to it and would be right at home on something like FX or Adult Swim.
Again you can read this issue for free online. I would say that it’s worth it and really are you going to tell me you don’t have five minutes to spare? I’m being generous I don’t know how fast you read so five minutes. I’m looking forward to the next issue or the graphic novel. Whichever it is, I want it.
Writer/Artist/Creator: Ivan O’Neill
Colorist: Kara Zisa
Publisher: POWkabam Comics
Price: Free Online
The New York Comic Con 2014 broke the record for show attendees going over 151,000, and Rune Works Productions was on hand with its first booth, 1061, to report on all of the show floor’s incredulous action!
Where else does a life-size Smaug head loom with his dragon eye seeking out lunchmeat?
New York Comic Con is the place!
If you were in the vicinity of the Javit’s Center during October 9-12, or in Manhattan at large, you almost assuredly witnessed the pop culture invasion of the city with all of the artists, entertainers, and inspired cosplay Comic Con goers gracing the city streets.
The art, film, toys, anime, comics (of course), video games, and books bring beloved works to the masses.
This year's New York Comic Con broke the all time attendance record with [an] estimated 151,000 attendees surpassing San Diego Comic Con by 21,000 [and] . . . thus, becoming the largest comic book convention in North America.
From an artistic standpoint, one can easily be overrun with inspiration and the myriad innovative productions that come to make up the panels, screenings, and booths of the show.
And that is not even including the amazing fans, the kings of fandom, that dress up in the most intriguing and epic fashions to mimic their beloved characters from all lines of fiction.
Even George Clooney ended his hiding from nerd-dom, for the abysmal Batman and Robin, as he surprised tens of thousands of people walking the floor and plugging his newest movie.
"It is not lost on me that I'm spending my honeymoon at Comic Con," joked George Clooney, star of the upcoming Tomorrowland, once he sat down at the event.
At Booth 1061 in the center of the show floor, two of the major upcoming publications from Pentian were announced: the thriller Cyberwar, slated for a December 1st release this year, by Rune Works founder R.J. Huneke; and the limited release preview Issue # 0 of Blackwood State, the graphic novel that will be a forthcoming three issue run, by Ivan O’Neill.
Things . . . fun things were promoted by the author and artist who were present to meet, sign, and talk-up fans with their new works, as amazing bits of mayhem waged war around them from the throngs of super-happy con goers.
Let’s Get It On!
Street Fighter throwbacks found the Rune Works corner, as two different Cammy’s met and squared off in an epic battle between two stunningly realistic depictions of the fighting game’s heroines (see the pictures!) vying for victory.
Artist and writer Ivan O’Neill had difficulty in restraining the two braided babes as they looked to finish each other off.
Similar meetings between damn near identical twin Mia’s – just in time for the anniversary of Tarantino’s masterpiece Pulp Fiction – occurred, though one was in dancing form and the other in post-overdoes form.
No leaf was left unturned as Groot made an appearance and even posed with a miniature dancing potted version of himself before Breaking Bad’s Gus – half blown up – wheeled with his nemesis in a wheelchair.
Nothing was taboo!
From the mobs of walking Game of Thrones cosplay cast to the endless rows of vintage, modern, and bound comic books, art was in abundance whether via the artists, their distributers, or the readers themselves.
Gandalf was wizarding as various different doctors were Who’ing.
To sum up the New York Comic Con 2014 experience into one word, it was . . . magic!
[This article was first published on Examiner.com: http://www.examiner.com/article/new-york-comic-con-breaks-151000-attendees-rune-works-highlights-from-the-floor]
Well it's nearly here, the New York Comic Con is just four days away, and Rune Works will be there at their Booth # 1061!
Rune Works is the media production end of CMO Sync and will proudly be representing itself at the NYCC with both author R.J. Huneke and comic creator Ivan O'Neill on hand.
Will they be signing anything?
Author R.J. Huneke will be touting his newly released novel CYBERWAR and Rune Works comics division, POWkabam, is also showing up with its first release of Ivan O'Neill's BLACKWOOD STATE Issue # 0, a preview comic of the upcoming mini-series from Pentian Publishing.
What are they giving away?
Well bookmarks, posters, signed copies of EVERYTHING, and of course copies of their works will be available to buy as well as t-shirts.
PRIZES, booth babes, and more unforgettable things are in store for any fan dropping bye the Rune Works Booth # 1061!
Check out our official page on the New York Comic Con web site here and add it to the SHOW FLOOR MAP.
Look for the GIANT temple backdrop!
We'll see you in 4 DAYS!!!!!!
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Artists looking at art. POWkabam! FYI The background image you are enjoying is from the first page of WEIRD TERROR #6, the story titled "DIE" penciled and inked by Rudy Palais!