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An ALL NEW weekly InvestComics Hot Picks video series. SemperFi Comic Guy will go over the weekly Hot Picks article via a video presentation. 

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Every  week before new comic book day, here are the Top 5 NEW comics to speculate/read from this Wednesday. This list is pulled straight from the latest (weekly) InvestComics Hot Picks article. Hot Picks Top 5 based on InvestComics Hot Picks #441 and new comics coming this Wednesday 9/14/16.

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Animosity #2 – After-Shock Comics has their second consecutive sell out with this title. Best see what all the ruckus is about!

Forevers #1 – A new Black Mask comic. It will probably do what every other new Black Mask comic does. Sell out. 

Norman #4 – There seems to be a trend brewing this week. This Titan Comics series has sold out since its inception (and upon our recommendations on each and every issue of course!). Look for the fourth issue to be no exception. 

Samurai Brothers In Arms #1 – Titans Comics breaks into the top 5 once again. This debut is showing some nice sales from the early onset. 

Flesh Of White #1 – Cosmic Times joins the ALL independent comic top 5 this week with their sold out comic.

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Here are the rest of the comics appearing in this week’s InvestComics Hot Picks #441. Click the link to read now!

IC 100 Club Pick: Forever People #1 (1971) 3.5.

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Click to Buy/Bid – Flash #6

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Click to Buy/Bid – CW AMZSM #4

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Click to Buy/Bid – FCBD DH 2007

Doom Patrol #1

On Raven’s Wings #1

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Edge Of Spider-Verse #5 (2014)

Flash #6

Flash #1 Rebirth

All-Star Batman #2

Deathstroke #2

Doctor Who 3rd Doctor #1

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Robin #110 (2003)

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Click to Buy/Bid – Deathstroke #2

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Click to Buy/Bid – EoSV #5

Gotham Academy Second Semester #1

Superwoman #2

Civil War Amazing Spider-Man #4

Amazing Spider-Man #1.1 (2014)

Norman #1

Nvrlnd #2

Time To Die #0

Hadrians Wall #1

Jack The Lantern Salvation #0

Doctor Who 3rd Doctor #1

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As most comic book fans have heard already, Marvel’s Runaways will be coming to Hulu TV. InvestComics released a Runaways checklist today for collectors to get a jump on some key books in case this series explodes. If they keep to the Brian K. Vaughn style, it will be a sure fire hit show. Check out the Runaways checklist right HERE. Enjoy!

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InvestComics Hot Picks #441

InvestComics gives readers and speculators the low down on the new releases each week.
New comic book release day 9/14/16.

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NOTE. Please understand that when InvestComics releases the Hot Picks article on Friday that many of the independent comics may not be available on Ebay yet. Most of the time, some of the more obscure titles make their way onto Ebay later on in the week or right on/at/before new comic book day on Wednesday. Be sure to check back and click the links or cover(s) to see if the books you want have been listed on Ebay. They usually show up, so be sure to check back!

Before reading ahead, we feel we need to warn you that our articles contain very harsh truths in them. Not vulgar language, just a good solid dose of honesty. They always have, they always will. If you are easily offended, cannot come to terms that other people have opinions too beside yourself and especially if you’re a fanboy, discontinue reading. Go back to the other places selling you the farm. This is NOT the place for you. We’re here to have fun and not lie to you. Thank you and enjoy!

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Each week InvestComics seeks out a comic(s) on Ebay for $100 or less and then brings it to the attention of our fans. We call it IC 100 Club Pick. The idea is to get a great book at a great price. We do not own nor are we selling these comics. The comics are found by a random process. We do not know the ebay seller(s), nor are we promoting the Ebay seller. Any knowing from the Ebay seller of InvestComics or its affiliates is purely coincidental. (See disclaimer for more details).

IC 100 Club Pick: Forever People #1 (1971) 3.5. With DC Comics making their move on the big screen towards the Justice League movie, it’s really a matter of time before we see their answer to Marvel’s Thanos. Right?? It’s inevitable that fans see Darkseid’s mug as a teaser or as an image promo. Well actually we’ll see either the back of his head or his hand first, then we’ll get the mug later on, but that’s not really important right now. What IS important is this lower grade CGC first full appearance of Darkseid for a mere $99 with FREE shipping! This low grade will command more money in the long term than it’s worth right now. An absolute BUY right here. Get it before it’s bye bye!

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Click to Buy/Bid – Doom Patrol #1

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Click to Buy/Bid – Spider-Verse #5

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Click to Buy/Bid – Ravens Wings #1

Entering its sixth volume this week, Doom Patrol #1. This series will be written by fan favorite Gerard Way. We all know Gerard’s story right? Here’s a quick rundown if you do not know. Gerard Way is the lead singer/musician/songwriter of a rock band named My Chemical Romance. He broke into the comic book scene as a comic book writer back in 1994. The book; On Raven’s Wings #1 was put out by Boneyard Press. It wasn’t until free comic book day 2007 when Gerard really made waves within the reader fandom. The book was Dark Horse Free Comic Book Day 2007 featuring The Umbrella Academy. Fans accepted Gerard Way as the real deal and the rest is history. Gerard wrote his first Marvel comic in 2014; Edge Of Spider-Verse #5. This issue first introduced Sp//der.

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Godspeed really makes his presence known in Flash #6. He takes over the cover and he’s a bad as*. Godspeed first appeared in Flash #1 Rebirth.
The star studded Batman series is back for its second issue this week. John Romita Jr. and Scott Snyder (with various others) bring All-Star Batman #2. As if the creative firepower isn’t enough, there is another Jock variant cover. We love the Jock covers! So much so……have you seen our Creator Spotlight checklist: Jock? You should check it out, it’s filled with greatness. Click the Image below or right HERE.

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Click to Buy/Bid – Superwoman #2

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Click to Buy/Bid – Deathstroke #2

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Click to Buy/Bid – Robin #110

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Deathstroke #2 joins the comic book cover party here on InvestComics. Shane Davis gets the credit for this cover. Shane Davis has been bringing fans enjoyment since 2003’s Robin #110. He pencils this issue and happens to be his first work.
Gotham Academy returns with a new series, Gotham Academy Second Semester #1. Coming back to write is Brendan Fletcher. Looks like a new character could debut, maybe. Check it out.
Readers will find out who Ultra Woman is in Superwoman #2. And that Terry Dodson/Rachel Dodson cover is absolutely awesome.

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The Villain Clash appears in the third straight issue of Civil War Amazing Spider-Man #4. Maybe Clash will have more of a presence in the years to come. Readers seem to dig him. Clash first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #1.1 (2014). And great Travel Foreman cover displaying Clash taking it to Spidey!

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Click to Buy/Bid – CW AMZSPM #4

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Click to Buy/Bid – AMZSPM #1.1

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Titan Comics’ Mega-Hit Norman comic has a regular spot here every month. InvestComics mentioned Norman #1 back a few months ago with the warning to buy before it sold out. It sold out. We mentioned to buy Norman #2 before it sold out. It sold out. We mentioned Norman #3…..well you get the idea! So Norman #4 comes out this Wednesday, follow the same advice we’ve offered prior before you’re stuck picking up a second print…again. Titan Comics also has Samurai Brothers In Arms #1 coming out this week. That one looks like a good read.
Black Mask has a new comic coming out this week. You know what that means right? It means it’ll sell out very quick and fans will be scrambling to get a copy of the first print. So here’s your chance to get the first print of Forevers #1 before it sells out and the asking price is at a premium. This is all going on most of Blask Masks past history within the aftermarket.
Following their success with issue number one, Nvrlnd #2 from 451 Media Group.

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Speaking of success, After-Shock Comics’ Animosity is a very big hit. Let’s see if Animosity #2 this Wednesday keeps the ball rolling. Looking for more of the same here.
Cosmic Times releases their new book; Flesh Of White #1. A possible sell out on the horizon. Written by Erica J. Heflin and art by Amanda Rachels.
Here are some other indie books to check out this week; Time To Die #0 (Hashtag Comics). Hadrians Wall #1 (Image Comics). Jack The Lantern Salvation #0 (Castle Rain Entertanment). Doctor Who 3rd Doctor #1 (Titan Comics).

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Click to Buy/Bid – DR Who 3rd #1

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Click to Buy/Bid – Jack Lantern #0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Invest wisely. Read Comics.

Carpe Diem.

Jay Katz

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MegaCon 2012 – Independent Circuit

MegaCon 2012, independent Publishers talk about their Products & Projects. Independent publisher’s in this video – Terminus – Brian Wolf, Travis Earls, Knightshift/Cry – Joe Fauvel, Randy Taylor, CosmicTimes – Martin Pierro, Clown Town – Kevin LaPorte, Amanda Rachels, Deep Space Tragedy – Mike Wagganer, Monster Enterprises – Bryan Mon and Walter Ostlie.

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Kevin LaPorte and Amanda Rachels

I was fortunate to be able to speak with Kevin LaPorte and Amanda Rachels, the creative team behind Clown Town.  They will be at Megacon, so be sure to stop by and say “Hello” and pick up their books and some of Amanda’s artwork.

Andra Walt:  What are your backgrounds, ie: schooling, families, interests, etc.

Kevin LaPorte: I’m a lifelong Mobilian, raised by a single mom with two younger brothers. In high school, I was a geek prototype – chess club, valedictorian, math competitions and lots and lots of comics. College brought me a Master’s degree in Psychology and a career in mental health that’s included sixteen years helping others at a state psychiatric hospital.

Amanda Rachels: I’m from the beautiful little town of Magnolia Springs near the Alabama Gulf Coast.  There’s not much more here than woods, water, and a magnolia tree or two, but I adore it. Growing up, I had to keep up with my older cousins and do everything that they did, so when they got into comic books so did I.  I’ve been obsessed them since I was five.  My dad got so sick of the weekly drive to the nearest shop an hour away that he opened his own comic shop when I was 13. Since then, I’ve worked either on comics or near them almost constantly, and couldn’t be happier.

AW: How did the idea of Clown Town come up?

KL: Amanda and I needed a concept to enter the 2010 Small Press Idol competition. We knew we wanted to wrap our story around a core theme, addressing the tragedy of child abuse, and brainstormed to come up with avenging spirits for child victims. Our epiphany was CLOWNS! They’re supposed to be entertainment for children but too often are symbols of abject fear to adults. The killer clowns we developed protected children from offending adults and in some pretty brutal ways.

AW: How many issues will there be of Clown Town? Is this a min-series or an on-going book?

KL: Clown Town is a 4-issue, 92-page limited series, the last issue of which will be released in late February/early March, 2012. There are two 8-page Clown Town short stories published in Indie Comics Magazine #’s 3 & 4. But ALL of our Clown Town stories will be collected and fully re-edited, re-lettered and re-scripted for a collected, 120-page Clown Town Graphic Novel!  Both Clown Town #4 and the 120-page Clown Town Graphic Novel are available for pre-order NOW on Kickstarter: http://kck.st/znS0AI

AW:  Kevin, with your experience in the psychological/psychiatric field, does this contribute to any of the stories in Clown Town?

KL: Only insomuch as my clinical experience has exposed me to the long-term effects of child abuse, in its many forms, on the internal make-up of adults. Those scars linger and, untreated, can affect choices and emotions and behavior throughout life. This fact is definitely a core theme of Clown Town and is one of the underpinnings of the clowns, the circus, and the origins of them all.

AW: Do you find it hard to get recognized by the big boys (DC and/or Marvel) because you are an “Indy” publisher?

KL: We’ve gotten some really nice remarks and feedback from some creators for the big two, but we live in the nursery of the comics publishing ward. We’ve been at this for a few years, and we’ve come a long way, but we’re still learning. Recognition by the powers that be is still a bit down the road, I think.

AR: I’m enjoying my Indy status. I don’t think that makes it any harder to be noticed. I still have a lot to learn, and self-publishing has been the best way to get that experience. I’ve been getting advice and encouragement from some creators who work for the big companies and I’m thrilled with that!

AW:  Have you tried to get your book in Diamond Distributors? How has that been?

KL: We submitted Clown Town to Diamond and got some nice feedback, but they rejected it based on their belief that they couldn’t market this type of story. That’s pretty vague…was the issue with clowns, horror, some combination of the two? We’ll try again with our next project…

AW: How is your book marketed, and how may the public purchase your book?

KL: We market through convention appearances, social media (Facebook, Twitter and message boards). We also have our own website at http://inversepress.com, which is also where our online storefront can be accessed and our books purchased. We’ve had some good fortune fundraising and marketing Clown Town on http://kickstarter.com as well.

AW: Explain how Kickstarter works, and how that has helped get you books published.

KL: A carefully planned and executed Kickstarter campaign has funded our print runs for all three issues of Clown Town that we’ve self-published. It’s a matter of identifying rewards that make potential donors feel a part of the publication process, making them accessible at a fair price-point and then producing them in a timely manner, along with the comic itself. Self-publishing is expensive and produces little income, particularly early in the career of comic creators, so Kickstarter offsets both ends of the issue to make self-publishing do-able while simultaneously introducing your work to a new audience more likely to continue following you.

AR: Kickstarter is wonderful!  It lets you present a project on the site and allows viewers to pledge money to help produce it. We’ve had several successful campaigns that have made it possible to publish our books and produce exclusive material for our donors.  We actually have a Kickstarter campaign that is running currently for the Clown Town Graphic Novel and issue #4, so I hope you’ll check it out at Kickstarter.com

AW: What is ‘Blind Eye’?

KL:  The Blind Eye was our first long-form comic work. It is a web comic that ran through much of 2010 and has been collected into a print edition that can be purchased through our online store, or viewed for free at http://blindeyecomic.com. It’s a superhero, noir tale of a post-Katrina New Orleans type of environment, in which the storm washed in an unseen evil – a Lovecraftian god of the deeps that lurks below the floodwaters and corrupts the entire city, leaving only a few brave, costumed souls to protect the survivors. We learned a ton about comics producing and publishing through this story, much of it the HARD WAY…but we’re very proud of it to this day.

AW: Amanda, some of your work has appeared in The Gathering by Grayhaven Comics. How did that come about?

AR: Over the years, I’ve spent a lot of time on Brian Michael Bendis’ message board and a lot of the board members are creative folks.  Andrew Goletz had the great idea to get the artists and writers from that forum and others together to produce short stories for what became The Gathering Anthology.  It focuses on one theme (hope, romance, horror, ect.), and the creative teams get anywhere from 2 to 6 pages to work with.  Andrew invited myself and Kevin to participate in issue #2 and we have been frequent contributors ever since.  I’ve been able to work with Kevin and other writers on the Hope, Horror, Romance, and Sci-Fi issues, and have started doing some covers for them!   Andrew has even gotten some pro contributors like Gail Simone and Sterling Gates to help out and The Gathering has become an ongoing series.  They’ve branched out a bit and are also featuring webcomics on the Grayhaven website.  Kevin and I will have one starting in early February. It’s pretty wild.

AW: Do you have other titles in the planning stages? Can you share any information about these?

KL: There are a few projects in production right now. Amanda and I will be publishing a weekly web comic called Rail through Grayhaven Comics (publishers of The Gathering Anthology) beginning the week of February 6 at: http://grayhavencomics.com. Think of Rail as, “It’s 1903, and teleporting hobos save the world from an incursion by alien evil!”  I’m also working on a print limited series with artist, Nathan Smith – I can’t release any details on this one yet, but, in general, it’s a tale of Armageddon occurring in a Steampunk version of the Old West!

AW: Have you found that “social networking” has helped get the word out?  If so, how?

KL: It’s been the most successful marketing we’ve done, honestly. Facebook, in particular, is the heart of the Clown Town community, with around 1600 fans who carried us to 2nd place in the Small Press Idol competition, and have sustained us throughout the 2-year process of publishing the full story. Simply updating regularly with previews of art and tidbits on what’s coming soon with the project goes a long way to keeping fans interested and invested.

AR: We are always on Facebook. That has been the best way to market Clown Town and our other work. Most of our supporters have been with us on the Clown Town fan page since the very beginning- everyone spreading the word and telling their friends about us is how the project really took off in the Small Press Idol Competition.

AW: Where are you based, and is there a large ‘comic community’ in your area?

KL: We’re based in/near Mobile, Alabama, and there is almost NO comic community here. The only comic seller runs his operation out of a dusty, sweaty flea market booth and is the stereotypical “comic shop owner”. NOT conducive to an active comic community.  We are aware of one other, active comic creator locally, and we’re working to involve some other talented artists in projects to expand on that.

AR: We’re based out of Mobile, AL where there is next to nothing as far as a comic community. Most of my contact with anyone remotely local has been online. We’re all so scattered. Thank goodness for Facebook!

AW: Have you been able to get your books in any of your local comic shops?

KL: Oh, if only there WERE a local shop. Short answer:  No.

AR: I wish we had a local comic shop. Unfortunately we don’t, so, no.

AW: Have you found help from other Indy publishers?

KL: Yes, particularly in the forms of cross-promotion and feedback/advice. Cross-sharing of this type of help is common at conventions and one of the prime benefits of attending those events. 

 AR: We’ve met quite a few others who are doing exactly what we are through conventions, so it’s been great to have other Indy publishers to talk to and learn from.

AW: You are going to be at Megacon, but what other conventions are you looking at attending in 2012?

KL: The only other convention we’ve finalized at this time is the New Orleans Comic Con on Jan. 28-29.  There will be others, but we simply haven’t firmed those dates up yet.

AR: We’ll be at Wizard World New Orleans January 28-29, but we are still trying to get our schedule ironed out for the rest of the year.

AW: Where will people be able to find you at Megacon?

KL: We’ll be at table Yellow 9 in Artist Alley at MegaCon!

AW:  Who do you look up to in the Comic industry, and would like to emulate?

KL: Terry Moore. He consistently produces story and art at the highest level of the medium and handles every aspect of the production and the business himself, without a middle man (or overlord) publisher to meddle in his work.  And he makes a living doing it. The ultimate indie role model.

AR: First off, I agree with every part of Kevin’s answer. Terry Moore is the hardest working man in comics and I totally admire that. There are so many artists with unique styles that just inspire me to work harder and be better…Nicola Scott, Leinil Yu, JG Jones…I just zone out and ooooooh over their work.

 

 

 

 

 

AW:  What do you think about the DC Reboot, and what are some of your favorite books?  Also, what are some of your favorite Marvel books?

KL: The New 52 has been fun for the most part. Batman is reaching new heights under Scott Snyder, and I’ll buy anything drawn by Doug Mahnke, so Green Lantern is a visual candy store every month. But I miss Secret Six. Badly!. That’s really my only gripe with the reboot. As for Marvel, Tony Stark has been my favorite character in comics since I was ten years old, and that’s no different now. Matt Fraction has restored him as the true star of Iron Man, rather than the armor, and it’s the best book at Marvel, in my opinion. Jason Aaron’s Wolverine and the X-Men is weird and fun and a plethora of characterization on every single page. And add my name to the list of fanboys lining up the accolades for Mark Waids’ Daredevil. Cutting-edge comics from a pair of fellow native Alabamians right there.

AR: I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve had a chance to read from the reboot. I love Batman and Detective Comics. From Marvel my favorite has to be Uncanny X-Force.

AW: Kevin do you do the writing and Amanda the art, or do you work together on the story and art?         

KL: We work together on both aspects. We brainstorm the stories and actually work the layouts together, sometimes from MY thumbnails – it’s true. I’ve sketched out some of the pages before Amanda takes them and makes them into ACTUAL art. Our synergy now is such that we can do a lot of it with far fewer words than in the past. It’s a hell of a fulfilling process, and it’s really shining through in our satisfaction with more recent projects. Wait ‘til you see what we’re up to next.

AR: It’s a team effort from start to finish for us. I’d go so far as to say we’ve developed some kind of creative telepathy! Well, almost- I still have to redraw some things here and there.

(Kevin may not know it but I have saved ALL of his drawings from our projects…)

 

 

 

 

AW:  What forms of Media are you using to get noticed?

KL: Social media, message boards, the occasional podcast, our own websites and local newspaper articles when the opportunity arises.

AR: I started with message boards and a few art forums. Deviantart is a nice place to show off your work and interact with people who are doing the same type of thing. I’ve had a few recent requests for custom art in novels so that’s been a new and entertaining side project for me. We also have an app in the works which we’re really looking forward to utilizing in our promotional efforts.

AW: What is the ultimate goal for Inverse Press?

KL: Simply put, to be a self-sustaining independent comics publisher. We don’t have to carry an extensive line of comics to meet our goals, but we hope to successfully publish the stories that we develop and feel deserve to be seen. We’re optimistic but also realistic.

AR: I’m usually so engrossed in whatever page is in front of me, I have a hard time focusing on an ultimate long-term goal. I just want us to continue to grow and develop as creators so we can keep telling stories that will entertain our audience.

AW: Do you purchase any books through a digital site?  If so, which do you buy digitally?


KL: I have not yet purchased any digital comics. I’m not opposed to it, but, in my opinion, phones are simply too small for fully appreciating comics, and (full disclosure) I don’t have a tablet device more suited to digital comic presentation.

AW: How do you think the digital market will affect the comic community and the Local Comic Stores?


KL: There’s no way to tell beyond the way digital has ALREADY affected comics and comic retailers – the same way music-sharing affected music and music retailers…EROSION. The more people who buy or – more often – pirate digital comics, the fewer will buy from traditional retailers, weakening the brick-and-mortars and, consequently, the one distributor and the publishers who feed the beast. It’ll be interesting to see if any of the efforts of the major publishers to incorporate mainstream digital sales have any positive effect, but I just look to the music analogue. Music artists now make their money touring, some incessantly, not by sales of the studio versions of the music. What’s the comic industry’s equivalent of touring?  I don’t know. If I knew, I’d be doing it…

Thank you Kevin and Amanda! Be sure to check them out at MegaCon and BUY Clown Town, It’s fantastic!

Take a look at this New York Comic Con 2011 video footage from InvestComics that features Amanda’s “The Gathering” comic!