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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 56

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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 56

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we take a look at this week’s fourth volume of the Popgun anthology from Image!


Popgun is a gigantic anthology made up of many creator-owned characters in many different genres starring in stories of many different lengths.

For just $29.99, you get over FIVE HUNDRED pages of comics, which is quite a bargain (considering a typical 22-page comic is $2.99, so here, for 10 times the price you get 23 times the pages!).

The “problem” with over 500 pages of comics is that it is a bit hard for me to review the whole thing, as, with any anthology, there are going to be high points and low points.

So I figure the best bet to show you that it is a worthwhile read is to just give you a sampling of a bunch of the stories from the volume…

Like Andy Ristaino’s offbeat twist on a zombie story, “Night of the Living Vidiots”…

I absolutely love the blind guy knowing that the guy is giving him the change from his drink every day!

Adam P. Knave and DJ Kirkbride, along with artist Jason Ibarra, bring us The Black Decahedron…

Stephanie Ramirez shows us the off kilter side of “Thinking Out Cloud”…

Tom Scioli has a short, action-packed tale called “The Seneschal”…

Throughout the comic, Erik Larsen does little one-page gag bits with a character named Reggie the Veggie. Here’s one of the one-off pages…

Alison Acton gives us a crazy fight between some guys and a sea creature, but after they’ve successfully killed it, well, things are not going to go as well as they first thought in “The Revenge of the Kraken” (this one actually spoils the ending, so you might want to skip it)…

Amanda Becker and Janet Kim deliver a heartbreaking tale of a young girl who longs for an escape from her sad life in “The Jacket”…

If you REALLY want heartbreaking, though, simply turn to Stephen Reedy and Adam Lucas’ tale of rodent woe, “Bacon and Talula”…

Derek McCulloch and Anthony Peruzzo tell an almost Twilight Zone-esque story that could only be called “Harshing the Mellow” (with a bong serving as the Rod Serling part)…

Knave and Kirkbride (whose name manages to be spelled incorrectly in two separate ways in the credits, both as Kirbride and as Kikbride) return, now with artist Matteo Scalara, for a fun action tale of “The Agents of WTF in…Blue Light Special”….

Mark Andrew Smith and Nick Collinson tell a depressing tale of “Bullets for the Poor”…

Finally, Nick Edwards brings it all back home with a story about…”Sasquatch”!!!

So there you go – I think that gives you a good idea if this is the right comic for you. I thought it was cool, and I hope you do, as well!

Check out the Popgun website here to see a number of FULL stories from the anthology, as well as info on how to buy it (as well as the long list of ALL the contributors!).

There’s a really good ghost story by Michael Dialynas as one of the sample tales on the site! I didn’t feature it here because just one or two pages doesn’t do it justice!

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