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Welcome to our Halloween bonus series, Tales from the Gutter. For the month of October we will be focusing each week on a different genre of horror/spooky comic.

This week, we discuss Slasher and Splatter comics. To kick off this conversation, we each read??Nailbiter??by Joshua Williamson with art by Mike Henderson and colors by Adam Guzoski;??Hack/Slash: My First Maniac??by Tim Seeley with art by Daniel Leister and The Abandoned by Ross Campbell (Sophie Campbell).

**Warning:??by their nature, splatter and slasher comics heavily feature gore and the fragility of human bodies.**

Our hosts for this episode were Kayleigh Fleeman, Kirbotron 2000, Kit Deforge, and Cade Reynolds.

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Welcome to??Singles Club, our short-format show where every so often one of our hosts will take a little time to talk about a small-press, indie, or webcomic. If you have an independent work you’d like to share with us, send us a link or digital copy at review@viewfromthegutters.com.

This week Tobiah??reviews??AdSVENtures, by Chris Peckford,??a children’s comic series featuring the adventures of Sven, an adorable little cartoon bear who gets into a series of adventures of various sorts. It’s a fun series aimed at young readers, and in addition you can watch Chris draw live on Twitch. Continue Reading

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is??The Question: The Five Books of Blood, written by Greg Rucka with art by??Jimmy Palmiotti, Diego Olmos, John Van Fleet, Jes??s Sa??z, Steve Lieber, Manuel Garcia, Eric Trautmann, and Matt Clark. Originally released under the title??52 Aftermath: Crime Bible: Five Lessons of Blood, this 5-issue mini-series follows the events of the seminal weekly DC series??52.

It features Renee Montoya???who took up the mantle of The Question in??52???continuing her crusade to both understand and ultimately bring to heel the Religion of Crime, who venerate Cain as the first criminal. It also guest stars Renee’s frequent companion (and former lover),??Batwoman.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Black Science, The Winter Men, Damage Control: The Complete Collection,??Journey into Mystery: Fear Itself, Vol 1 & 2, Samurai Jack, and The Incredible Hulk and the Thing: The Big Change??for discussion on our next episode, and our selected title is Journey into Mystery: Fear Itself, Vol 1 & 2.

Our hosts for this episode are Andrew Chard, Tobiah Panshin, Kayleigh Fleeman, Kit Deforge, Brant Gillihan-Eddy, and Cade Reynolds.

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is??Free Country: A Tale from the Children’s Crusade, written by??Jamie Delano, Alisa Kwitney, Toby Litt, and Neil Gaiman with art by??Peter Snejbjerg, Mike Barreiro, Chris Bachalo, and Peter Gross. Whew, what a mouthful!

According to wikipedia legend???O Best Beloved???this series was originally published as??The Children’s Crusade??in 1993 as two 1-shot issues written by Neil Gaiman, which were to bookend a story told through the Annual issues of five ongoing Vertigo series.??However, due to reasons (which are several and varied) many of the annual issues only touched on the intended story tangentially, and due to its general incoherence it was never collected.

Free Country: A Tale from the Children’s Crusade, released in 2015, discards the annual issues with a brand new middle to??Children’s Crusade #1 & 2, written by Toby Litt, along with additional pages that fill in other gaps within those issues.

The series follows the first case of The Dead Boy Detectives,??Edwin and Charles (introduced in the pages of The Sandman), who are tasked with finding a missing child. Children have, in fact, been disappearing all over the world and in great numbers. They soon discover that the children are being taken to Free Country, a mysterious neverland free from the tyranny and abuse of adults.

But all is not well, even in Free Country, and Edwin and Charles??must race against time to stop a nefarious plot that could alter the fate of the world (or something to that effect).

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated The Dark Tower: Gunslinger Born, Death Vigil, Bitch Planet, The Question: The Five Books of Blood, and Lobster Johnson: Get the Lobster??for discussion on our next episode, and our selected title is The Question: The Five Books of Blood.

Our hosts for this episode are Andrew Chard, Tobiah Panshin, Kayleigh Fleeman, Kit Deforge, and Cade Reynolds.

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Welcome to our Halloween bonus series, Tales from the Gutter. For the month of October we will be focusing each week on a different genre of horror/spooky comic.

This week, we take a look at horror comics from outside the US. To start our discussion, we each read Beautiful Darkness by Kerasco??t and Fabien Vehlmann and translated by Helge Dascher; Bongcheon-Dong Ghost, written and illustrated by Studio Horang, and The Enigma of Amigara Fault by Junji Ito.

Our hosts for this episode were Kayleigh Fleeman, Kirbotron 2000, and Kit Deforge.

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Welcome to episode 6??of Singles Club!??This is our new short-format show where every so often one of our hosts will take a little time to talk about a small-press, indie, or webcomic. If you have an independent work you’d like to share with us, send us a link or digital copy at review@viewfromthegutters.com.

This week Tobiah??reviews??Above the Clouds, by Melissa Pagluica. This is a semi-silent webcomic about the lives of two young people living in a medieval society, as well as a story the two share about a mysterious Caretaker attempting to defeat a dragon to save the Elder Tree.

It is available at atcloudscomic.com, and can also be purchased in print from the same webpage.

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This week on View from the Gutters our topic work is??The Michael Moorcock Library Vol.1: Elric of Melnibone, by??Roy Thomas,??Michael T. Gilbert, and??P. Craig Russell. First published in the early 1980s, this series adapts the original Michael Moorcock story of the same name. Elric is king of Melnibone, a magic island, and he fights his cousin??Yyrkoon who plots Elric’s downfall.

In our recommendation section our hosts nominated Friends with Boys, Hack/Slash, Black Orchid, and??Free Country: A Tale from the Children’s Crusade??for discussion on our next episode, and our selected title is Free Country: A Tale from the Children’s Crusade.

Our hosts for this episode are Andrew Chard, Tobiah Panshin, Kayleigh Fleeman, and Kit Deforge.