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IndieGoGo: Help Bring Red Run to the World!

Help CBN’s own Brandon Barrows bring his comic book to life! Check out a preview and details of Red Run below!


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Help Bring Red Run to the World!


[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1614:]]From the creative team of Brandon Barrows (Action Lab Comics’ JACK HAMMER) and Joel Cotejar (Brainscan Studios’ FIENDISH FABLES) comes a brand-new horror one-shot, RED RUN!
RED RUN tells the story of the McConnells, a down-on-their-luck family desperately in need of a fresh start. Packing only what will fit into a trailer, young parents Becky and David move their two small children, Dina and Ben, out of state to an unassuming town somewhere in America’s heartland in order to seek employment. They rent a cheap apartment and make a surprise discovery in their new home that seems like a dream come true, only for it to be the beginning of Becky’s nightmares.
This is a story that we (Brandon and Joel) feel needs to be told, but we need your help. We are seeking to raise $1000, just over half of what the total cost of doing this book will run. I (Brandon) am paying the other half out of my own pocket and the funds raised here will go to paying Joel for his time, effort and the supplies neccessary to pencil, ink and color the comic as he is a working artist with a family to support. I am not taking any page rate as writer of the book and if, through donors’ generosity, we exceed our goal, the excess over $1000 will go towards the rest of cost of producing the book and towards the cost of lettering.
As much as we need your help, we want to give something back in return, as well. Donation gifts include special “IndieGoGo Thank you” versions of the comic (in print and digital formats), exclusive prints, ORIGINAL production art, ORIGINAL sketches and even a chance to see YOUR name listed in the comic’s credits!
Please take a look at the cover and preview pages then click the link below to watch the campaign video and please consider donating. This is a tale about a family who need a helping hand and we need yours to bring their story to the world!

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Advanced Review: Reasonably Priced Comics #5: Voyaga

As Book One of writer Brandon Barrows’ intriguing saga of Voyaga comes to its conclusion, it is wonderful to reflect and realize how this out-of-time sci-fi character has grown during his jungle adventures among the primitive and superstitious Nahsa people.

The life and times of former astronaut Dean Kirkland continue in fabulous and gripping fashion under Barrows’ pen. Part John Carter, part Tarzan, part Twilight Zone, this unique journey by man to … well, nowhere keeps the intrigue alive as Kirklandcontinues his journey through a world he never made.

The two greatest emotions squeezed from these black and white panels by Barrows are anxiety or curiosity – What is beyond that horizon, how did the world become this way? – and survival – Is there anything to drink or eat, that will eat me? It is the thrill of discovery that a lot of similar sci-fi scripts from both indies and pros have lost. Even the Star Trek franchise failed when they tried it with FOXTV’s Enterprise.

What was lost there is contained in Voyaga – in surplus!

As our story unfolds, Kirklandis now seen as somewhat of a folk hero to the Nahsa, who revere and cloth this sleeping beauty. But, as Foghorn Leghorn used to say, there is indeed a fox in this hen house. And how Kirklandovercomes this challenge as well as meets the need of his curiosity of the immediate past and the vast changes over his world is documented in this tale.

As usual, Ionic’s gorgeous art is reflective of the script’s mood and brings both the passive moments (and there are many herein, but that is not a bad thing in this instance) and moments of action (Dean battles a mutant crock, for example) to vivid life!

It has been a pleasure as a reader and reviewer to watch “Voyaga” the character grow, and the same is true of this wonderful comic!

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Jack Hammer: Political Science: Now Available For Pre-Order

From CBN’s own Brandon Barrows! Be sure to check this out!


Press Release

Don’t Sleep On The Hammer. Jack Hammer: Political Science From Action Lab Entertainment


[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1140:]]Jack McGriskin is a private detective with a strong right arm and a penchant for sticking his nose into other people’s problems.
When a missing person he’s been hired to find turns up dead, he stumbles onto a network of corruption stretching from the streets of Boston to the halls of Congress itself, and the trail takes him back into a world he left behind…
Murder, mystery, superhuman beings and so much more can be found in Jack Hammer: Political Science. The independent comic series by the team of Brandon Barrows and Ionic receives its first ever completed collected edition, courtesy of Action Lab Entertainment.
Jack Hammer: Political Science is now available for pre-order (Diamond Order Code APR120744) with a June 2012 release in comic book shops, and will also be available via Graphicly, Comics Plus (iVerse), Kindle, Kobo, Nook, the Apple Bookstore, Google Books and additional digital distribution outlets.
Ain’t It Cool News calls Jack Hammer “A fun, genre twisting tale… Barrows and Ionic have created something which can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the mainstream fare…”
Comix Tribe says that Jack Hammer has “Intriguing character work and the art is incredible.”
Don’t sleep on the Hammer. Jack Hammer. Coming to a store near you this June.
Action Lab Entertainment ( was founded in 2010 by a group of indie-maverick comic creators with the sole intent to bring the world the most action packed, most thought-provoking, most entertaining comics available, thereby ushering in a new age of world peace under the dominating, yet benign control of the Action Lab. Action Lab Entertainment is the public front for all the activities of the Action Lab and its members. Although most of the Action Lab’s activities remain classified, Action Lab Entertainment can disclose that two of its many functions are the marketing of comic books through various sales outlets, and the expansion of their domination into other mediums. 


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Action Lab Comics ‘Jack Hammer’ TPB Teaser

Action Lab Comics sent over the following teaser image and info for Jack Hammer.

As readers of CBN may note, Jack Hammer is created by our very own Brandon Barrows, so be sure to check this one out!

More info on Jack Hammer can be found at and Reasonably Priced Comics.

The independent crime/mystery comic series Jack Hammer by the team of Brandon Barrows and Ionic gets its first ever completed, collected edition courtesy of Action Lab Entertainment this June. More details to come…

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Review: Extraordinary #2: Stu

I certainly see why this adventure of the wise guy Boston cabbie Stu was not included by creator/writer Brandon Barrows in his superhero-turned-detective noir piece Jack Hammer. No noir there. Still this side tale on Stu, found among other creator stories in Grim Crew Comics’ Extraordinary #2, is a delight and a tribute to the …

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Review: Jack Hammer: Political Science #3 (of 4)

Whether it’s Mr. Newt or Congressman Weiner, things are odd enough in Washington D.C. without having to worry about lawmakers with super-powers. However, in the world of Detective Jack Hammer, that is a real concern and one that is creeping into this noir piece by writer Brandon Barrows.

Puzzle piece by puzzle piece, Barrows reveals a plot of diabolic description combining mob mentality, corporate chaos and political intrigue, all lying in a dark alley way for our pal Jack to solve – maybe.

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