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[COMICS] POPOVA – Issue #1

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popova issue 1POPOVA: FEMALE EMPOWERMENT OR RADICAL FEMINISM? POPOVA was written and created by Dre Torres and Alex Valdes, a New York / Miami based filmmaking duo best known for their feature-length documentary THE LAST TAINO. The book features stylish black & white artwork by Yasmin Liang (STAR TREK, STEED AND MRS. PEEL), and variant cover art by Amancay Nahuelpan (CLANDESTINO, YOUNG TERRORISTS).

After reading the first issue of the POPOVA, I can’t wait what’s in store with Scarlet Rose’s battle and will she be able to get away from the woman organization who targets male oppressors, that she used to be apart of?

It was a suspenseful read, the illustrators portrayed the story perfectly. The new comic book POPOVA is a revenge fantasy in the vein of Inglorious Bastards, explores the idea of reversing society’s gender stereotypes by depicting women in the role of the aggressor. Just goes to show woman can be badasses too! I don’t want to reveal too much of the story, but know it’s definitely worth it.

According to co-creator Dre Torres, “Historically, men have used violence to oppress women. The characters in our book simply decided to fight fire with fire. They don’t protest, they don’t campaign. They kill.”

POPOVA #1 is currently available for purchase at Popovaworld.com

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[COMICS] Samurai Shin Issue 2 & New Soundtrack Announcement Trailer

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[Comic Book] Samurai Shin Issue #1 is Available Now

The creators of Samurai Shin have finally confirmed they’re in the works for Issue #2 with an upcoming soundtrack titled Samurai Shin OST 2. Writer Mikel Miles and illustrator Ivan Earl Aguilar collaborated once again on the second issue, and included illustration artist Fahmi Fauzi. In the trailer, you see Amir Atsuko and Keith Masaru in a stance with some hip-hop production in the background. And right when you think its over you see Amir defeated and crying. They featured an English sub-titled visual with Japanese language.

The soundtrack for Issue#2, Samurai Shin OST 2, will be independently released. Samurai Shin OST1 was released earlier this year and featured producers Kuro Silence, P.Soul, and underground emcees including Chill$quad and Jaymin Warren. Samurai Shin OST1 is available on Payhip and Soundcloud for free. Be on the lookout for more announcements on Samurai Shin Issue #2, which is set to release in 2017.

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[Interview] Illustration Artist Fahmi Fauzi

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Being professional means you are ready to fulfill your promise of whatever you’re offering to this industry” – Fahmi Fauzi

Here’s an exclusive interview with Samurai Shin illustration artist “Fahmi Fauzi” so here it goes:

Nikki Siixx: Where are you From, Fahmi
Fahmi Fauzi: I’m from Indonesia
Nikki Siixx: What do you do to recharge your creative batteries?
Fahmi Fauzi: hmm… Usually i went through internet see what’s new etc, looking at other artist’s work watching movie, reading comic, manga, everything. sometimes i just go take nap or even go out and do something else.
Nikki Siixx: What tools do you use to create Art and what makes them the “right tools” for you?
Fahmi Fauzi: I’m mostly do my work digitally. My tools are wacom cintiq 13 HD, and a laptop. They are my main equipment cause i rarely do finished work in traditional way.
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Nikki Siixx: Who Was Your first Character that you Illustrated?
Fahmi Fauzi: Son Goten from Dragonball! , and it was like 21 Years ago.
Nikki Siixx: Do You Have A Favorite Comic Book Illustrator and Why?
Fahmi Fauzi: Yes and He is Cameron Stewart (Fight Club 2 and Batgirl) his artwork is really “alive”, lineart, gesture, expression everything looks amazing! I wanna be as good as him someday! Oh plus Edwin Huang (Street Fighter, SkullKickers) his lineart is totally awesome.
Nikki Siixx: Who is your favorite comic book favorite comic book hero & villain and explain to us why?
Fahmi Fauzi: To be honest i’m not really a hardcore fans of any superhero, but Marvel’s Agent Venom do stuck in my head. His costume is awesome, i draw him a lot. Villain? I’ll choose from manga which is Madara Uciha from Naruto, catchy name, Bad ass ability and freaky evil mind.
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Nikki Siixx: So Fahmi, are you Currently Watching any Marvel Or DC Shows you currently
Fahmi Fauzi: Mm… Not really but i do follow most of Marvel Cinematic Universe Movie + Agent of Shield
Nikki Siixx: Whats your favorite japanese anime and favorite character and also explain why this?
Fahmi Fauzi: Umm.. Naruto still on top of my list, i do enjoy the story, interesting character development, and unpredictable twist. As for character i like Sarutobi (3rd Hokage) a very wiseman but very powerful, his death successfully makes me cry.
Nikki Siixx: What element of your work gives you the most personal satisfaction?
Fahmi Fauzi: Colors! I struggle a lot but it’s so rewarding when i put right colors in my work.

Nikki Siixx: Off topic question! What favorite kind of music and musical and explain why this person is your favorite?
Fahmi Fauzi: hm… Pop punk will be on top of my list, cause the beat is so fit to my taste that can help me to keep motivated when i draw, my top playlist would be Paramore and New Found Glory

blank-8-5-x-11-inNikki Siixx: What it Like Working With Mikel Miles & Ivan E Aguilar On Samurai Shin ?
Fahmi Fauzi: Awesome Experience! Working with them is fun! Mikel is very easy going person, flexible, and fun to work with. Ivan is also one of promising artist, his work is good.
Nikki Siixx: We’ve all met very talented newcomers who are trying to get their first professional projects. What’s the best advice you’ve ever heard given to a promising new creator?
Fahmi Fauzi: Good Attitude, whether with client or even with your self. Having super awesome skill is nothing compared with good attitude. Being professional means you are ready to fulfill your promise of whatever you’re offering to this industry, and of course ready to take every up and down of whatever comes to you during your journey in this path of career.
Nikki Siixx: Before We End This Interview Would You Like Share Some of Your Social Links?

Fahmi Fauzi: Ya sure! Here they are🙂
https://www.facebook.com/frixnotfreaks
https://www.instagram.com/mangamie/
http://mangamie.deviantart.com
https://www.artstation.com/artist/mangamy
Nikki Siixx: Thank you for a great interview and Congratulations on being apart of the “Samurai Shin Team

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[COMICS] Samurai Shin Issue #1

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samurai shin vs xia-dawn comic artIt’s finally here Samurai Shin’s first issue!! Here’s where we can get a closer look to where it all began. Amir Atsuko and Keith Masaru are young warriors eager to prove that they are worthy of the title as Samurai. Although the two of them share such similar history and goals, they never liked each other. But unnecessary evil appears in the village… a man with a bear mask that decides to destroy the village. What will Amir do to protect his own?

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Writer/Executive Producer: Mikel Miles
Illustrated by Ivan Aguilar

Animated By Sheep Ninja

Download Samurai Shin OST

Mikel Miles & Ivan Aguilar Blog Interview
Samurai Shin Creators: Mikel Miles & Ivan Iguilar Q&A Interview w/ UGHHBlog

Check out the official trailer release for Samurai Shin

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[COMICS] How Did Samurai Shin Project Come Together?

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In less than two minutes Mikel Miles Writer/Executive producer explains how it all started with Samurai Shin comic book project with artist Ivan. Be on the lookout September 23rd will be Samurai Shin’s official first issue release.

Song: Kuro Silence – A.F.R.O. (All Flows Reach Out)

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[AUDIO] Samurai Shin OST Snippet (Soundtrack)

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Samurai Shin OST Snippets Has Dropped Officially! Get The FREE FULL Soundtrack Download Now. Samurai Shin Soundtrack based on the 30+ Page 1st Issue Manga/Comic Of Samurai Shin Which Will Release This September 2016. I was able to take a sneak peak on the first issue, and its pretty intense. Take a look at the track listing and get some dope tunes!

Tracklist
Intro – Amir Atsuko Vs Keith Masaru (LeQuan Bennett x Daman Mills) [Prod. Mikel Miles]
Leaves [Prod.P.Soul]
Chill $quad – Stay On Point [Prod. Dpcity Profit/Mike Mookie Williams Foster]
Childhood Memories [Prod. G-Ammo]
Brand New Day [Prod. Xia-Dawn]
Rain [Prod. P.Soul]
Jaymin Warren – Boy With A Sword [Prod. Spencer Jones & Nightengale Production]
Past [Prod. Kuro Silence]
Hopeless Nitesss. [Prod.P.Soul]

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[AUDIO] Chill $quad – Stay On Point

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If Samurai Shin hasn’t marked its space in your memory vault, then it’s about time to! The upcoming independent comic book is setting itself off right with bringing us a soundtrack STAY ON POINT from Chill $quad, which will be on the Samurai Shin OST. Which is set to finally release this August! Jason Moore and Dpcity Profit brought together their lyrics and evolved into Chill $quad. One thing I really like about this track because of the nostalgia it brings me, really embodies old school hip-hop. If you’re diggin’ STAY ON POINT by Chill $quad you should definitely download it for FREE!

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The World of Comic Books Are Being Embrace for Television/Movie Screens

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I’m sure you all know that I’ve been a big fan of The Walking Dead and The Flash (whose season finale you can FINALLY watch my reaction to by the way) since those series first premiered years ago.

What do I do now that those seasons are over other than patiently wait for the Fall and what will undoubtedly be an epic-4 day crossover of The Flash, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl?! Go trawling the internet for speculation on the next big comics or graphic novel-to-screen premiere, obviously.

While I wait to see if the rumors about Brian K. Vaughn’s Y:The Last Man making it to TV pan out, which would be amazing, I may have to start on Robert Kirkman’s OUTCAST which premiered last week on CineMax. It’s an American horror drama television series based on the comics of the same name, and yes, Outcast is created by the very same Kirkman that brought us The Walking Dead.

Are you guys watching it? What do you think? If you were to pick next popular series based off a comic or graphic novel, what would it be? Would love to hear your thoughts!

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[UNBOXING] May’s Legion of Collectors DC TV Box

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Legion of Collectors is a bi-monthly subscription box dedicated to you’re favorite DC Characters. The Month of May was meant for DC TV! Bringing us Exclusive Funko Products and mystery items. NikkiSiixx unboxes her very first Legion of Collectors Box and let’s see what she got for this month.

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[COMICS] Samurai Shin First Motion Sketch Trailer

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UPDATE: Samurai Shin has been pushed back till further notice, while you wait here’s a sketch trailer for an upcoming animated visual for the comic book and soundtrack! It’s extremely short but definitely builds up your anticipation for the upcoming animation and for the first issue of Samurai Shin. Get updated by following SShinComics Links below:


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Exclusive Snippet: ChillSquad – Stay On Point (Samurai Shin OST) [Unmastered]

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After we debuted our project review for Samurai Shin VS Xia-Dawn. I’ve adapted a new COMICS section on NikkiSiixx.com. Co-Creator Samurai Shin “Mikel.M” decides to drop new Samurai Shin OST Artwork, Track listing, and Teaser Trailer for Samurai Shin’s first episode/issue. We got another exclusive for you besides a snippet of one of the tracks that would be released on the Samurai Shin OST. We also have an update on the track listing. This take is actually an unmastered one. Check out ChillSquad with Stay on Point.
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Samurai Shin S1EP1 Comic Book Releases Digital In April and Samurai Shin Psychical Copy + Soundtrack Will Release In May. Be on the lookout for more sneak peeks via NikkiSiixx before Samurai Shin makes it’s official release. Stay tuned!

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[COMICS] Samurai Shin OST Artwork + Tracklisting

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samurai shin art workAfter we debuted our project review for Samurai Shin VS Xia-Dawn. I’ve adapted a new COMICS section on NikkiSiixx.com. Co-Creator Samurai Shin “Mikel.M” decides to drop new Samurai Shin OST Artwork, Tracklisting, and Teaser Trailer for Samurai Shin’s first episode/issue. If you love comic books and hip-hop, this will be the series for you. Samurai Shin is inspired from two anime shows like Samurai Champloo and Afro Samurai, with main characters Amir and Keith. Mikel.M will be writing out the comic and talented artist Ivan Earl Aguilar from the Philippines will be working on the art. Adding the hip-hop element to it, Xia-Dawn being a fan of anime he couldn’t miss out the opportunity to work on Samurai Shin VS Xia-Dawn – KEN. Here is a screenshot of the upcoming tracklisting and tweet from @SShinComics with announcement of Samurai Shin’s update:
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Samurai Shin S1EP1 Comic Book Releases Digital In April and Samurai Shin Psychical Copy + Soundtrack Will Release In May. Be on the lookout for more sneak peeks via NikkiSiixx before Samurai Shin makes it’s official release. Stay tuned!

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[Project Review] Samurai Shin VS Xia-Dawn

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samurai shin vs xia-dawn comic artWhat a way to bring together hip-hop and comics with what Co-creator/Executive Producer Mikel.M from Toronto Canada and Producer/Artist Xia-Dawn from Miami, FL did on their collaborative mixtape called SAMURAI SHIN VS XIA-DAWN. When you get your free download of Samurai Shin VS Xia-Dawn you get two new comic strips from “Samurai Shin” Episode 1 Web Comic Book. The mixtape also features from P.Soul, Kuro Silence, Mikel.M, Tripstyle, AJB4 & Voice Over Actor “LeQan Bennett”. Music inspired by comics and anime, my favorite elements to combine on a project.

Samurai Shin is inspired from two anime shows like Samurai Champloo and Afro Samurai, with main characters Amir and Keith. Mikel.M will be writing out the comic and talented artist Ivan Earl Aguilar from the Philippines will be working on the art. With Xia-Dawn being a fan of anime and hip-hop he couldn’t miss out the opportunity to work on this project.

The seven track mixtape brings us some instrumentals and some dope tracks. With my review, I’ll be going over which ones are my favorites. They are: Brand New Day, Combat, Samurai Shin, All Flows Reach Out, and I Be That.

samurai shin vs xia dawn [BRAND NEW DAY] This track really captured my attention, reason why because if I was a lyricist or femcee I would of taken this beat and make a hit with it. Xia-Dawn executed the beat perfectly.

[COMBAT] I find this instrumental to be so motivating. It also reminds me of a Quentin Tarantino film. Seriously! You can’t tell me no. And a bit of Mortal Kombat inspiration with those “fight” and “finish him” being said throughout the track.

[SAMURAI SHIN] I really like how grimy/street style with this track, it even sounds like we’re in a cypher with Tripstyle. His flow is classic. Definitely represents the essence of 90’s hip-hop.

[ALL FLOWS REACH OUT (A.F.R.O)] To put into words how I feel about this track, it’s what I liked to call “groovy, baby”. I love the smooth vibes produced by Kuro Silence. This instrumental brings a lot of positive energy. I’ll definitely play this at a party for sure.

[I BE THAT (SAMURAI)] AJB4 takes Samurai Shin’s story to life with his track that hits topic from the comic. You gotta be careful who you’re messing with cause they can easily take your life especially if they’re a Samurai.

samurai shin vs xia dawn 3This concludes my project review on Samurai Shin VS Xia-Dawn. The 7 track mixtape really provides a fun time while still embracing hip-hop and anime. While listening to the project look at the comic strips provided. You can feel this music really coming out from the sketches. Love the art of music and in the arts.

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