Jul 242015

​This week on Direct Damage Cast we go around the table. Then we get in depth on our Origins Pre-release. Layfield talks about his first Origins draft. We have a New top 5 list and then talk about upcoming events GP Dallas and Gencon. A special thank you to all of the players that came out to our DDC pre-release event.

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Jul 212015

This interview was supposed to have been released after Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con. But it wasn’t and because of that I apologize.

For those that have heard the podcast about Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con you know there was a “supposed” interview with Brian Pulido. Well, here it is! I just want to thank Mr. Pulido for this short notice interview. I wasn’t expecting to actually DO an interview so I was a bit unprepared.

Jul 202015



(This interview is from Titan Comics)


CREATOR SPOTLIGHT is a new feature designed to provide an insight into the brilliant minds behind Titan Comics’ upcoming creator-owned titles.

Ring of Roses is a vast conspiracy thriller of murder and corruption festering at the heart of an alternative history world, the themes of which seem more prescient as time passes. Created by Das Petrou and John Watkiss, the story has steadily gaining in reputation and creative impact since its original release between 1992-1993, now is the perfect time for the Titan’s brand-new lavish reprinting of this classic graphic novel. I chose this as a perfect time to talk to Das and John about the research involved in a story like Ring Of Roses, and their experiences bringing it into the world! – Owen Johnson, Senior Marketing & Press Officer

Why comics?

DAS – I fell in love with comics soon after I learned to walk!

I owe the medium everything, my hunger for reading, of drawing (I went to art school) and love of all the visual arts – including film. From about the age of 5 I was snapping up Beano, Topper and Beezer every week, until I discovered American comics. At first it was Curt Swan’s Superman, World’s Finest, Batman, Detective (Carmine Infantino’s work especially) but in just a few years I graduated to Thor, FF, Spiderman, and the whole Marvel Pop Art Revolution. Steranko was my Michelangelo. Then when Miller and Moore came along I knew I had to join the bandwagon – because their approach was exactly what I wanted to do. These days comic books have become respectable, but in my year at school there were only two of us (out of about 150) who were into comics, and we’re still good mates. (We’re also both working in the advertising industry).

JOHN – Well I’m a bit younger than Das, and I started buying stuff in the mid 70s. Things like Rima the Jungle Girl, by Nestor Redondo, and the Savage Sword of Conan, especially John Buscema when inked by Rudy Nebres. In fact I like all those Philipino artists. Somehow though I ended up discovering the really old stuff like Rip Kirby, by Alex Raymond (1946 onwards), and the work of Frank Frazetta. I also loved Gene Conan on Tomb of Dracula and Frank Bellamy, on Dan Dare and Garth. But the work of Alex Raymond was what I aspired to the most. Incredible stuff. I tried to draw like these guys as a young teenager, and discovered the artists they’d learnt anatomy from (George Bridgeman and Andrew Loomis). I learned so much from comics. They got me into drawing – but they also fired my imagination.


Das, how did you come up with the idea for Ring Of Roses?

DAS – I started out intending to do a comic book version of Albert Camus’ novel, The Plague – but relocating it to modern day London. As I was piecing together the plot I was reading a book by Kingsly Amis called, The Alteration. It was set in a modern day London in which the Catholic Church was the dominant political power in Britain and Europe. I loved the idea of that, and I evolved it to fit my purposes. I also read a book by David Yallop (In God’s Name) about the mysterious death of Pope John Paul I (who was most likely murdered by a coalition of the mob, Freemasons and the CIA). Other material was rattling around in my head, inspired by The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail (Leigh, Baigent, Lincoln, Jack the Ripper: The Final Solution (Stephen Knight), and more. By infusing the story with ideas from all these books over a period of months I came up with the plot of Ring of Roses.
John, how did you come up with the drawing style for Ring Of Roses?

JOHN – Das came up with the story of Ring of Roses fully formed and he brought me into it after he did that. So my input was to develop the visual look of the characters and the setting and capture the atmosphere. We both love the movies of Orson Wells – obviously there’s Citizen Kane, but also Lady from Shanghai and Touch of Evil. The mood came from me trying to capture that essence.


What can readers expect from the book?

DAS – If you enjoyed True Detective you’ll get a good feel for the different layers of story and the characters. Plus the darkness. This is Comic Book Noir.

JOHN – Enlightenment about things that perhaps really do go on in the world. Machevellian scenarios of politics that have existed since the dawn of civilization.


What are the key influences on the writing and art of Ring Of Roses?

DAS – Definitely Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon’s Watchmen, Alan Moore’s V for Vendetta, and the novels of Albert Camus and Raymond Chandler. The film of Umberto Eco’s Name of the Rose was another source of inspiration, as was the film of The Third Man.

JOHN – Alex Raymond, Charles Dana Gibson. Strong graphic resolve for the graphic medium Alex Raymond defined for me for illustrating in b & w for comics


What does creating this comic book mean to you both?

DAS – This was a very difficult project to get off the ground. We worked very hard for two years on it while working in our day jobs, and the material was not of its time. We were producing something we wanted to create in total defiance of the needs of the market. To get it published in the first place was something of a miracle. But to see its impact growing over the years gives us both a great sense of satisfaction. Having this colour edition that Titan have put together is incredible. It’s what we always wanted it to be. The colour helps the reader feel the scene changes and atmosphere much more intuitively – and clearly.

JOHN – The work I did on Ring of Roses taught me a tremendous amount. It allowed me to bring together a style that I would not have otherwise put together, and develop into the graphic artist I am today. We really did put so much into it, and we were disappointed that Dark Horse did not push it more, especially when the first print run sold out in the first week. I feel this time round it has a great opportunity of getting the recognition it deserves.


Thank you guys!



Story by: ​ Das Petrou ​ Art by: ​ John Watkiss
144 – HC – FC – ​ $22.99 / $25.95 CAN / £16.99 UK ​
​On-sale: July 15th



– Dave Gibbons (Watchmen, Secret Service)

– Down The Tubes


– Graphic Policy

London 1991. But not the London you may be familiar with. Imagine an England under Catholic rule – a rule so iron-fisted that science and technology has been set back decades.

Lawyer Samuel Waterhouse investigates a ghoulish murder mystery set in alternate history London of religious mania, secret societies, and the plague.

Ring of Roses is trademark™ and copyright © 2015 Das Petrou & John Watkiss. All rights reserved.

Copyright © 2015 Titan Magazines, All rights reserved.

Jul 162015

The other day on a forum someone started a thread asking people to list their top ten song from video games. After I did my list thought it would make a good post here. So without further ado, here is:

My Top Ten Songs from Video Games.

Number ONE without any doubt has to be Balmorra, The Forge. Just listening to it makes you want to jump into a fight. I love this song.

Number Two would have to go to World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, Night Song. It starts off beautiful then turns into a powerful show. I do shed a tear sometimes when I listen to it because it is such a beautiful song.

Since I can only do one song per franchise, for number three I will have X-Com: Enemy Unknown, Ready for Battle. Just like Balmorra, The Forge, listening to this gets you ready to take on anything the universe throws at you. BRING IT UNIVERSE! I GOT YOUR NUMBER RIGHT HERE!

Number 4 is another powerful song (Do you see a trend growing?) Listening to the main song from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim get me ready to take on even the most fearsome dragon.

For number 5 I am going for Destiny, Last Array. I picked this one because every time I listen to it I think the same thing as when I first heard it. “What? More? Ok, fine. Lets do it then!” I remember this one above all the other ones because it took me so long to finish it. At one point I was thinking about getting someone to help me with it but thought “No. I started this on my own, I will finish this one my own.”

For Number 6 I have to go with the original Halo theme. When you listen to it you get a sense of something ominous at the beginning. Then you hear the drums kick in and you realize that you are the only one that can find out what it is and defeat it.

If you have played Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 then you know about this song. When you go and fight Shao Khan you will hear this and it pairs up well with that fight. You are the last Kombantant and now it is up to YOU to save Earth Realm from Shao Khan.

For number 8 I am going back old school. In fact I would call it “Original School” because this was one come from the original, beginning games. That’s right I am talking about Tetris on the Game Boy.

Number 9 I will have to call a tie. I cant decide Dr Mario Chill and Fever. So I will just call it a tie.

While there are a TON of other greats on NES (among others) I will have to give the last remaining spot to Contra. Everyone remembers what they were doing, what they were feeling the first time the beat Contra. So while everyone remembers the jungle theme I am putting down the boss theme because it was so intense for its time.

Jul 142015

We found a video from WatchMojo.com showing their Top 10 Shocking Moments in Comics.  That inspired us to talk about some of our shocking moments in media.

Other Topics We Talk About :

  • New Ghostbusters Costumes
  • Man Walks 600 Miles to Honor Late Wife
  • Blade 4
  • Japan Accepts USA Challenge for a Giant Robot Duel
  • Ben Affleck and Geoff Johns to Co-Write Standalone Batman Movie
  • Knight Rider K.I.T.T. USB Charger

Here is the video

Jul 142015

So I had three weeks off from school. And just what did I do on my vacation? Well let me tell you. First I went to Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con. You can hear all about how that went here. The rest of the time I stayed home saving money for Gen Con, playing games and watching Netflix. I wanted to go to San Diego Comic Con, like most other people, but it just wasn’t in the cards. But I did watch some of the panels streaming online.

For those curious about what I played and watched, here you go.

On Netflix I watched:

  1.  Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  2.  Doctor Who
  3.  Pawn Stars
  4.  Daredevil
  5.  Frasier
  6.  Cheers
  7.  Firefly
  8.  Coach
  9.  MASH


So did I pick these shows? I enjoy them. The sit coms are just good old fashion comedy that you can watch anytime. Pawn Star is fun to watch because you get to see all kinds of historic (and sometimes crazy) items and learn something in the process. The other shows are just well written dramas. One thing that amazed me was how much “show” you get with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. It took a while before I realized it was just a 30 min show. This could be a show that I might be able to binge watch. In the span of 3 hours I could watch 6 shows compared to the 3 shows of the others.


The games I played were:

  1. Warhammer 40000 Dawn of War
  2. Medal of Honor (story mode)
  3. Sid Meier’s Civilization V
  4. Batman Arkham Origins
  5. Shadowrun: Dragonfall
  6. World of Warcraft
  7. Zumas Revenge
  8. Mass Effect 1
  9. Thief

Now, what made me decide to play these games? Mainly a mix of games I have played and games I liked to play. Medal of Honor and World of Warcraft are games I like to play. Let me take this moment and clarify that the version of Medal of Honor that I played was the one that was released in 2010. Thief and Mass Effect 1 I had played before and had fun with them before so I wanted to play them again. I can see why people liked those games so much. I had played the first Shadowrun video game called Shadowrun Returns and so much fun I decided to try out Dragonfall. It’s just as much fun as the Returns but with a different storyline. Sid Meier’s Civilization V and Batman Arkham Origins are two games I have had for a long time and wanted to play but never got around to it. So I finally played them. I didn’t play Batman as much but I still had fun playing it. All I will say about Sid Meier’s Civilization V is I logged 30 hours of play time. So yeah I would say I liked this game. Warhammer 40000 Dawn of War is a game that has been around for many ages. Yet, it never interested me. Don’t get me wrong, I really liked the idea behind it. But Warhammer in general is a game system I just have never gotten to play. So I just left it alone. So why, after so many years, made me decide to play this? Well, on a website that I like to go to some people were talking about how great Warhammer 40000 Dawn of War still is. But that wasn’t the only thing. Warhammer 40000 Dawn of War was also on sale during the Steam Summer Sale so I figured I would give it a chance. If I didn’t like it that would be ok because I didn’t spend too much on it. Final verdict? It’s a fun game. I have only played the skirmishes but those are still a lot of fun.  Finally we have Zumas Revenge. This one was free from Origins (it’s part of their monthly give away) and I HAD heard good things about it so I thought I would try it out. Once again it was true, this is a fun game to play. Easy yet challenging.

Then finally to end my vacation I watched some panels from San Diego Comic Con. I would go on and talk about what I saw and liked but Sarabeth, her sister, and I will be doing a podcast talking about everything from San Diego Comic Con. So stay tuned to hear what we have to say about that.


Jul 102015

​On this episode of Direct Damage Cast we talk about a Smackdown laid at dinner. We open a special package from Down Under. We talk about Layfield’s love of MM15 and his new cube. Talk a little about Magic origins that leads to a 5 way Planeswalker Deathbattle. We discuss our Prerelease plans and finish up with Kaesi and Matomic’s Modern decks.

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