Talking Transfuzion Returns!
Yes, it's been awhile since the last Talking Transfuzion column or blog and I have to rely on that most well known and most worn out of excuses...it was just too time consuming. See, the problem was in how I set it up. I had always planned to feature the various titles and creators and spotlighting those books and talented people behind them wasn't the problem; it was the beginning part of where I would try to have something meaningful and substantial to say. I don't know how those who do daily blogs can come up with something to discuss all the time. I certainly couldn't.
So, I decided to forego the necessary inclusion of ';my' thoughts and just rely on the creators and their work. So, the plan is to have each weekly column focus on a specific project and/or the creators behind that work. If I have something else to contribute to that week's column, I will do so, but won't feel obligated to do so. And the creator and work is the more important thing anyway.
I thought about the schedule and decided on weekly. Any extended time and it just gets lost in the file cabinet of "things to do" so setting up a day of the week to make sure it gets into the hands of the great folks at Comic Related will be a regular occurrence, even though I may try to get ahead. Speaking of Comic Related, just wanted to extend my thanks to them for paying so much attention to what else goes on in comics besides the Big Two which unfortunately, far too many other sites slavishingly do.
I figured this was a good time to bring back the Talking Transfuzion spotlight as with the last release, Transfuzion has now published 50 graphic novels. That was more than I realized until I did an actual count. When the company first launched, co-founder Rafael Nieves and I decided to focus only on graphic novels and so far, that's all we've done. In the initial launch, there were five books and I looked at the production notes and the first one actually released was "Saint Germaine: Tales on an Immortal". So, it only seems fitting that the 50th was also a Saint Germaine book, "Saint Germaine: The Magus and other stories".
Here's the skinny on The Magus. He is said to be immortal and secrets are revealed as to how he obtained his immortality. There was a heavy price to pay for that immortality and now, Beelzebub, the Lord of the Flies has come to collect. Will Magus sacrifice his only daughter to this master of the darkness? And when Lilith attempts to save herself, her mind, composed of the memories of the dead is suddenly wiped clean and now she must search within herself for her true nature. Lilith, of course, was the long time companion of Saint Germaine's and even though he is not featured in this opening story, it is central to his saga.
Art is by X-Men's Craig Brasfield with inks by Larry Shuput and other contributions, most notably, Laval Ng who illustrates a segment that is one of my favorites of anything I've done.
As the name implies, it is other stories too and there are two full comic length tales of Saint Germaine. "The Tragedy of Falstaff" is illustrated by James Lyle and features the character from the Shakespeare play and how he became ostracized by King Henry. This had originally appeared in the very last issue on Negative Burn from Desperado Publishing.
The other story is about Quasimodo and has never seen print before. Obviously, it is about the Hunchback of Notre Dame and the tale outlines how Victor Hugo got the idea. Illustrated by Bill Bryan, known mostly for his long run on the OZ series.
For more information on this title, visit www.transfuzion.biz and see what else is going on.
Gary Reed is the publisher of Transfuzion Publishing and was the former publisher of Caliber Comics. As a writer, he has written a number of graphic novels and comics including Saint Germaine, Deadworld, Baker Street, Renfield, Raven Chronicles, A Murder of Scarecrows, and others. Outside of Talking Transfuzion, he has his regular blog covering a wide variety of topics at reedgary.blogspot.com and his website www.garyreed.net
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