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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Freddy vs Jason vs Ash (Jeff Katz, James Anthony Kuhoric, Jason Craig)

If you've seen "Freddy vs Jason" (2003), then you know what happens when you mix two famous horror franchises together.  What would happen if you added a THIRD...?

An undead horror has returned to the forests of Crystal Lake seeking an evil book at the behest of a nightmarish figure intent on reshaping the world to his warped dreamscape.  The only thing standing between these two monsters and genocidal slaughter is The Chosen One, a chainsaw... and a boomstick...

"Freddy vs Jason vs Ash" was quite enjoyable- though a fair bit more serious in tone than you'd expect from a book featuring Ash Williams of "Evil Dead" fame.  There's humour to be sure- but it's mostly delivered in the form of quips by Ash and Freddy, rather than the slapstick that common to Ash's stories.  In general, the blending of the more seriousness of the "Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Friday the 13th" franchises is blended nicely with the verbal comedy of the "Evil Dead" franchise.

The story is fairly strong in regards to working the Necronomicon Ex Mortis into why Ash would meet up with Freddy and Jason- and even adds a bit more logic to how Jason became the undead horror he is.  The plot also moves along at a decent clip as well.

What can we say about the characters?  Well, I found that Jason and Freddy were pretty close to what they were in their own franchises- a really good portrayal of them.  As for Ash?  The narrative thought balloons hinted at a cynicism and bitterness creeping into the character- giving him much more depth than he did in the movies.  It was a great little touch.  This comic also balanced the "screen time" each character got nicely.  Even though Ash is the narrative character, he didn't overwhelm the presence of the others.

The artwork was really good too.  The panel arrangements where energetic, and moved the eyes smoothly across the page.  The colours and lighting effects were used to great effect.  I also really enjoyed the way that sound effects were portrayed- they added a nice variety and energy to the panels.

One complaint I've often had in the past with comics based on movie characters is that more often than not, the characters look absolutely NOTHING like they do in the movies.  Not the case with this book.  Ash looks like Ash, and Freddy looks like Freddy.  The only one that has some differences is Jason when his mask is removed.  But that wasn't a bad thing, since the rather gooey, misshapen look of his head and face in the comic is just perfectly icky.

Also,  I thought that the way the kills were drawn were extremely well done.  They were gorey, inventive, and creatively portrayed in ink.  Just a great job.

If you're a fan of these franchises, I would definitely recommend reading, "Freddy vs Jason vs Ash".  It is quite entertaining, and I'd have very little problem reading it again in a few months time- this comic is going in The Good.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Buy! Buy! Buy!


Well, everyone, it's February 2015, and it's time for a fresh update!

This month marks our four year Anniversary of blogging (including the hiatus last year). Well, to celebrate, we're announcing the grand opening of our online store- where you can buy cool "Terror Gear"!

We're starting out with your basic items, with plans on adding specially made products down the road.

Be a "real" man- buy this shirt!
We currently have Mens Tops in various styles and colours- all of them with our logo on the front, and our banner on the back!

I've tried to make the mark-up value on the items low enough in order to make them all as affordable as possible as well.

One thing to note though, is one the site, you'll see a white square around the logo and banner.  For some reason CafePress does this, even though the white area is actually a transparent area- so when you get the item, the background will be the same as the shirt itself.  I'm working on rectifying that.

Show those men you're not afraid
to wear a great top!
And we haven't left out our female readers either!  We also have a wide selection of Women's Tops as well- which means everyone can proudly display the logo of their favorite horror blog!

We ARE your favorite horror blog, right?

Right.

Just like the Mens Tops, these items have our logo and banner on them, and are just as reasonably priced as them.

Of course, we also have other items as well- such as:

Keep your head with this great hat!
Hats!  We currently have three styles of hats available- though we're hoping to add toques and bandanas to the product list as well!

As you can see in the the image, it shows the transparency of the image background.  I'm not sure why it did it for this item, and not the tops though.  I'll be looking into that if I can.

These hats are stylish and functional- great for when the zombie apocalypse comes!

But there's more!

End of the world coming?
Have a drink on us!
There's drinkware!

We are also offering steins like the one shown here, shot glasses, coffee mugs, flasks, coasters, etc.

All of them with our lovely banner.  I love that banner.

Really... I do.

In addition to all of the great stuff above, we have pillows, beach towels, playing cards, decals and computer accessories.

Keep the nightmares
at bay in these PJ's!
Oh... we ALSO have Mens and Womens PJ's, yoga pants, sweatpants, and briefs... including- but not limited to the OFFICIAL "Corner of Terror" thong!

That's right... we sell thongs.

Why?

Because I doubt many horror blogs sell them.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

So- there you have it.  Just some of the great products our online store will offer- with special edition items to follow, as well as specially designed regular items!

Go check it out now- and buy buy buy!  Just click on the link below!  We'll be adding a widget to the side once I get it to work properly... stupid widgets...