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CONTRACT - getting good reviews. What are your opinions? [images, mildly nsfw]

MAD!MAD! Registered User
edited August 2009 in Graphic Violence
Little shameless self promotion.

Contract is now listed in Diamonds May previews. With our SUPER-SIZED FIRST ISSUE!

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Order codes are:
APR083502 CONTRACT #0 A $0.25 preview issue
MAY083541 CONTRACT #1 Which ships with 2 covers 50/50 ratio by Kevin Sharpe and Al Rio respectively.

Diamond recently did an interview with us which can be found here:
DIAMOND INTERVIEW
http://64.233.169.104/search?q=cache:E1npWRxDGRcJ:previews.diamondcomics.com/public/default.asp%3Ft%3D1%26m%3D1%26c%3D23%26s%3D126%26ai%3D68194%26ssd%3D+garan+madeiros+comic&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=5&lr=lang_en&client=firefox-a

It features the artwork of Dave Ross (Star Wars: Dark Times) Ariel Padilla (Tomo) Kevin Sharpe (X-Treme X-men) Sal Velluto (Black Panther) Mark McKenna (Countdown) and more.

In a capitalist world's dark future, Mercenary is no longer just a soldier for hire. It's a way of life. Law is enforced by cyber-powered Mercs and life or death is decided by the lowest bidder. There is no right or wrong beyond the price in hard currency. Jessie Garrett, however, is everything most Mercs are not: honest, selfless and determined to bring order to greed-hardened worlds, driven mad by money. But when a corporate kidnapping goes wrong, Jessie, and fellow Mercs, Panzer and Tsumi, get in over their heads. Strip clubs, black-market organ dealers, cyber-enhanced soldiers and the life of one young girl collide in Contract's first 3-part mini-series, and no one can predict the cost.


And if you managed to snag a CONTRACT #0 Preview issue at Nycomicon please shoot us an email at fansalvo@gmail.com and tell us what you thought.

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  • mugginnsmugginns Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Those are some epic boobs

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  • wwtMaskwwtMask Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Hmm, I think I can afford to add a 3 issue mini to my pull list.

    When he dies, I hope they write "Worst Affirmative Action Hire, EVER" on his grave. His corpse should be trolled.
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  • MAD!MAD! Registered User
    edited May 2008
    Thanks for the comments guys, Heavy Ink recently did an Interview with me about CONTRACT too.
    It is now up on their website

    http://heavyink.com/

    http://heavyink.com/talent/5594-Garan-Madeiros#interview

    Check it out.

    Actually if there are any reviewers and industry pros who would like to review CONTRACT please just let me know and I can get you the issues in PDF. Just send me a PM. So far the reviews I am getting have been positive.

    Here is the cover to the second issue,

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    I don't have the newest previews here in Bermuda yet so I don't even know what page it is on.

  • smokmnkysmokmnky Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Have you gotten actual release dates yet for the 0 and #1 issues? I know you said June and July just wondering actual dates so I can check these out.

  • MAD!MAD! Registered User
    edited May 2008
    The #0 issue should be out in the June 4th shipment.
    Won't know for the #1 until a little closer to July.

  • smokmnkysmokmnky Registered User regular
    edited May 2008
    Sweet I will keep my eye open for it.

  • MAD!MAD! Registered User
    edited June 2008
    In an effort to help promote CONTRACT I'm sending out a call to all the readers and retailers out there.
    Here are some downloadable promo posters and an order form that can be printed and taken into your local comic shop.
    If you know of retailers, or are a retailer, who is supporting CONTRACT please email me at fansalvo@gmail.com with name and address of the store so that I may personally thank them with a listing in the issues.

    Thanks for your help
    Garan Madeiros

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  • KeithKeith Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    her breasts are ridiculous

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  • MunchMunch Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
  • KeithKeith Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    like, shouldn't they be popping the buttons off of that jacket?

    or is it shaped that way? like when she hangs it up the chest droops down?

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  • wwtMaskwwtMask Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Mad, I added Contract to my pull list. I've got high hopes for your book.

    When he dies, I hope they write "Worst Affirmative Action Hire, EVER" on his grave. His corpse should be trolled.
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  • MAD!MAD! Registered User
    edited June 2008
    Keith wrote: »
    like, shouldn't they be popping the buttons off of that jacket?

    or is it shaped that way? like when she hangs it up the chest droops down?

    LOL, the SUPER SIZE cover is purposely overdone for comedic effect (and to grab attention) for the 48 page super size first issue.

    But a quick answer your question her "costume" is custom made

  • MAD!MAD! Registered User
    edited June 2008
    wwtMask wrote: »
    Mad, I added Contract to my pull list. I've got high hopes for your book.

    Thanks much Mask, so far it is getting good reviews :)

  • KeithKeith Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    MAD! wrote: »
    Keith wrote: »
    like, shouldn't they be popping the buttons off of that jacket?

    or is it shaped that way? like when she hangs it up the chest droops down?

    LOL, the SUPER SIZE cover is purposely overdone for comedic effect (and to grab attention) for the 48 page super size first issue.

    But a quick answer your question her "costume" is custom made

    ridiculous breasts are a turn-off, sorry

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  • MAD!MAD! Registered User
    edited June 2008
    Keith wrote: »
    MAD! wrote: »
    Keith wrote: »

    ridiculous breasts are a turn-off, sorry

    Hey mate no prob, everyone has their preference. Personally I prefer a brunettes and a darker complexion. :winky:

    But you know, and Keith this is no reflexion on you so please don't take it as any sort of personal attack or insult, I don't understand why so many comic fans have a "I hate any sort of large breasted females in my comics." We are bombarded by sexual imagery on a constant daily basis, be it TV, magazines, commercials, heck even when a good looking women walks by on the street. But when we go into the comic shop we are expected to turn our nose and act like we are above all that.

    Come on. I make no excuses as a male and my attractions to women. I have a wonderful wife, (who is busty by the way) but if I see a hot "thang" walk by I'm gonna look.

    My heroine is chesty, but I wanted her to have the feel of the "hot farm-girl" I'm a fan of Adam Hughes (who isn' though eh?) Terry Dodson, Frank Cho and so forth and I wanted my heroine to reflect that.

    (I'm so hoping I can get covers by those guys)

  • KeithKeith Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    MAD! wrote: »
    I don't understand why so many comic fans have a "I hate any sort of large breasted females in my comics."

    What? It's the complete opposite of that. You look at any cover with a female character on it and she's got triple-Ds going on. Yeah, some girls have large breasts and dress sexy, and that's okay if some characters are like that. But when every female character is a Playmate it's just ridiculous. Especially when the female star of four out of five indie books has giant breasts.

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  • MAD!MAD! Registered User
    edited June 2008
    Keith wrote: »
    MAD! wrote: »
    I don't understand why so many comic fans have a "I hate any sort of large breasted females in my comics."

    What? It's the complete opposite of that. You look at any cover with a female character on it and she's got triple-Ds going on. Yeah, some girls have large breasts and dress sexy, and that's okay if some characters are like that. But when every female character is a Playmate it's just ridiculous. Especially when the female star of four out of five indie books has giant breasts.

    Understandable, but there is a reason why there are not many comics with fat or skinny, or even just "plain janes" as their female lead.

    Those books don't sell.

  • KeithKeith Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    I understand that.

    But it still disgusts me that everyone uses "huge tits" as the focus point of their covers.

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  • MAD!MAD! Registered User
    edited June 2008
    Keith wrote: »
    I understand that.

    But it still disgusts me that everyone uses "huge tits" as the focus point of their covers.

    Well man, I don't know what to tell you Keith. I'm sorry that your disgusted by boobage, but please don't let that hurt your enjoyment of the story inside the issue.

  • wwtMaskwwtMask Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Don't mind Keith. He's just upset that there isn't rippling man-flesh on the cover.

    When he dies, I hope they write "Worst Affirmative Action Hire, EVER" on his grave. His corpse should be trolled.
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  • KeithKeith Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    wwtMask wrote: »
    Don't mind Keith. He's just upset that there isn't rippling man-flesh on the cover.

    Yep! And you like it 'cause it's a white woman, right?

    Don't be a dick.

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  • MAD!MAD! Registered User
    edited June 2008
    Rippling man flesh? I can't use the Blob on my comic covers, hes a marvel character

  • wwtMaskwwtMask Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Keith wrote: »
    wwtMask wrote: »
    Don't mind Keith. He's just upset that there isn't rippling man-flesh on the cover.

    Yep! And you like it 'cause it's a white woman, right?

    Don't be a dick.

    I was making a joke, Keith. You know, like other people here have in the past, to which you did not get all defensive and stuff. Gosh

    When he dies, I hope they write "Worst Affirmative Action Hire, EVER" on his grave. His corpse should be trolled.
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  • smokmnkysmokmnky Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    I still like you Mask, even though with your avatar change I keep wondering who the new person is. As for Keith...well I actually get his point.

    That being said I like the look of your heroine MAD! and am looking forward to this $.25 0 issue or whatever it is.

  • wwtMaskwwtMask Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    MAD, what's the cover price going to be for the series? The standard $2.99?

    When he dies, I hope they write "Worst Affirmative Action Hire, EVER" on his grave. His corpse should be trolled.
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  • MAD!MAD! Registered User
    edited June 2008
    The first Super Size issue is 48 pgs and has a $3.99 price tag. The following issues are the standard $2.99

    So guys know the printing quality is very good, we use the same printers that Marvel and Image use for many of their books.

  • MAD!MAD! Registered User
    edited June 2008
    Hey guys, here is a review from Heroine Addict! about the first couple issues

    http://www.uberwillowtara.com/heroineaddict/issues080521.html

    Check it out!

  • The Lovely BastardThe Lovely Bastard Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    dude, I wouldn't post a review by someone who liked Tarot and Bomb Queen as something to be proud of, ever.

  • ZombieAsumaZombieAsuma Registered User
    edited June 2008
    I thought the first Bomb Queen mini-series was pretty funny. Although I can't say anything for 2-4 as I've never read them.

  • The Lovely BastardThe Lovely Bastard Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
  • ServoServo Super Moderator, Moderator, ClubPA mod
    edited June 2008
    I thought the first Bomb Queen mini-series was pretty funny. Although I can't say anything for 2-4 as I've never read them.

    i read the fourth one, i think (maybe third) and i'll say this about it: it was filled with titties

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  • BucketmanBucketman Dyslexic Puppy Skraggle RockRegistered User regular
    edited June 2008
    SO I just wanted to let you know that this and Kick Ass are the first two books I have ever put on a pull list! Things look good so far and I'm really looking forward to issue #1!

    Also I <3 big boobs.

    Can't you see it in my eyes, I'm the one I'm the ONE TWO THREE FOUR I'm not like the other guys, (he's not like anybody, well..) That's not completely right There's a few that I'm just like Steven and the Stevens, We're gonna make you smile. Me, myself, and I and him, Are all the same guy.Steven and the Stevens, Come on now don't be shy. Me myself and I and him (That's me!) Are all the same guy.
  • MAD!MAD! Registered User
    edited June 2008
    Bucketman wrote: »
    SO I just wanted to let you know that this and Kick Ass are the first two books I have ever put on a pull list! Things look good so far and I'm really looking forward to issue #1!

    Also I <3 big boobs.

    Thanks mate, the support is appreciated!

  • MAD!MAD! Registered User
    edited June 2008
    dude, I wouldn't post a review by someone who liked Tarot and Bomb Queen as something to be proud of, ever.

    Uh... Yeah I am proud of MY comic book.
    And you don't like (or read) 2 books that he reviewed. Fine... but what about all the other books reviewed on his site?

  • wwtMaskwwtMask Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Hey! The little I've read of Bomb Queen was interesting. The one issue of Tarot I've read was okay, but my enjoyment of it was probably largely affected by how little I knew about it.

    When he dies, I hope they write "Worst Affirmative Action Hire, EVER" on his grave. His corpse should be trolled.
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  • The Lovely BastardThe Lovely Bastard Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    MAD! wrote: »
    dude, I wouldn't post a review by someone who liked Tarot and Bomb Queen as something to be proud of, ever.

    Uh... Yeah I am proud of MY comic book.
    And you don't like (or read) 2 books that he reviewed. Fine... but what about all the other books reviewed on his site?

    look, you can be proud of your book and all.

    I'm just saying posting a review by a dude who loves the Jenna Jameson comic and is pretty much all about cheesecake, really isn't going to help people be convinced your book is good.

    It's like getting an endorsment from a baby raper.

    Sure it may be glowing, but the dude rapes babies.

  • MAD!MAD! Registered User
    edited June 2008
    MAD! wrote: »
    dude, I wouldn't post a review by someone who liked Tarot and Bomb Queen as something to be proud of, ever.

    Uh... Yeah I am proud of MY comic book.
    And you don't like (or read) 2 books that he reviewed. Fine... but what about all the other books reviewed on his site?

    look, you can be proud of your book and all.

    I'm just saying posting a review by a dude who loves the Jenna Jameson comic and is pretty much all about cheesecake, really isn't going to help people be convinced your book is good.

    It's like getting an endorsment from a baby raper.

    Sure it may be glowing, but the dude rapes babies.

    You are actually comparing a guy who REVIEWED some comics to a pedophile?

    And the review regarding the Jenna Jameson book, he seemed indifferent towards it. Ie. It wasn't good yet it wasn't horrible. Very indifferent. He liked the art but story was lacking. So I don't know where you got that he LOVED it!

    BUT I notice that you don't mention any other books that he has reviewed, say his review of Atomic Robo, as seen below, so by your reasoning don't listen to any review by this guy cause he REVIEWED Bomb Queen, Tarot and Jenna Jameson. Notice I didn't say he LOVED them merely that he reviewed them.

    Atomic Robo #5 ~ More fun as Robo and his team explore a secret base and fight cyborgs. Clevinger's customary pop-culture-savvy dry wit is present as always, but this issue his use of pacing really stands out - there are several panels, even pages, that you'd normally see truncated or removed from a comic to pack in more action and dialogue, but they work effectively to build a mood and a sense of the rhythm of the story. Two whole pages are spent silently exploring the base, and far from being contentless, they function like a montage, slowly drawing you into the feeling of the situation the Action Scientists are in, working their way deeper into the place, with the ever-present possibility of attack. It's really refreshing to see comics done like this, and it offsets the familiar action scenes, and their smart-ass quips, very nicely indeed.

    (Seems like a pretty good review of AR #5 to me...)

  • The Lovely BastardThe Lovely Bastard Registered User regular
    edited June 2008
    Actually, I tried to go back and read them, but the site is blocked at work.

  • MAD!MAD! Registered User
    edited June 2008
    Actually, I tried to go back and read them, but the site is blocked at work.

    I gotcha. And really LB I understand your comments, I mean there are people who's movie reviews and so forth I just don't listen to anymore BECAUSE what they like is so different from what I like. But before I came to that decision I listened to their opinions. All I'm saying don't dismiss something just cause you glanced at it briefly. We all have differences of opinions. The world would be a REALLY dull place if we didn't, but at least listen to an opinion objectively, and more importantly, the reasons behind it before forming your own.

    Thanks LB, and HOPEFULLY you will pick up CONTRACT when it comes out, give it a try and I'd LOVE to hear YOUR opinions on it afterwards.

  • MAD!MAD! Registered User
    edited June 2008
    Heres another Review, this time on Newsarama:
    http://www.newsarama.com/comics/080609-BestShots080609.html

    CONTRACT #0
    Story by Garan Madeiros and Charlie Shell
    Art by Dave Ross, Sal Velluto, Kevin Sharpe, Ariel Padilla, and Mark McKenna
    Published by First Salvo

    When I first even heard about this book, it was on my comic shop's list of titles for the upcoming week. I feel it's important, nay, almost an OBLIGATION to at least check out some independent titles on occasion. You don't want to be that sucker that's missing out on a great read just because it doesn't have the press machine that Marvel or DC has.

    To quote the Diamond's May Previews: "In a capitalist world's dark future, Mercenary is no longer just a soldier for hire. It's a way of life. Law is enforced by cyber-powered Mercs and life or death is decided by the lowest bidder. There is no right or wrong beyond the price in hard currency. Jessie Garrett, however, is everything most Mercs are not: honest, selfless and determined to bring order to greed-hardened worlds, driven mad by money. But when a corporate kidnapping goes wrong, Jessie, and fellow Mercs, Panzer and Tsumi, get in over their heads."

    Now, just reading that I had a flashback to 9th grade games of Rifts after school. Also, the main character, Jessie, looks like an amalgamation between Marshall Bravestarr and Judge J.B. McBride, but I think that's just me. The story is pretty solid. Madeiros and Shell don't just have a script, they have a world. It's not as bizarre as the Marvel 2099 future, but outlandish and entertaining enough to have kept me interested to where I wonder what will happen next. It's seriously a fun read, sort of what "Battle Chasers" was, only in a cyber-western environment. One complaint though, similar to what Robert Jordan did with his epic Wheel of Time series, I would include a glossary in the front or back to explain some of the terminology. Just like how I wish Peter David had included one on his "Dark Tower" series.

    A plethora of artists worked together, though the one that stood out for me was Kevin Sharpe. His style is almost J. Scott Campbell meets Adam Hughes. I would love to see this guy become just as popular as the forementioned artists. Any fan of such shows like "Firefly" or the mutually short-lived "Bionic Woman" would love to get a hold of these issues when they hit shelves. Though that itself can be problematic. A lot of big chain stores don't order independent books like this unless it has huge press behind it. Or possibly is about to made into a movie...or some ordeal like that. So more than likely you are going to have to ask for this (I had to at my girlfriend's shop) so it CAN fill the shelves. Okay, so maybe not fill the shelves...that would mean nobody is buying it. You get the gist though. Now, the company knows you are taking a risk on an unknown, independent comic so Contract #0 will only cost you a mere $0.25! So, if you've got the time, and the spare quarter, check this title out. What do you have to lose?


    --So you know, the first issue will have a glossary of sorts.

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