The Trip – An Original Graphic Novel from Action Lab: Danger Zone


Way back in April of 2012 a kickstarter I had backed “Bleeding Ink Productions – Sensory Distortion” made its funding goal! I was ecstatic! This was a scary, trippy, psychedelic horror story and I loved it. December of that same year we, the backers, got another great update! Action Lab’s new mature readers line “Danger Zone!” had picked up the comic for distribution! The title’s been changed to “The Trip” and it will be in stores this May!

Rather than repost my whole original review here I’ll give you an excerpt and a link to the rest. I re-read the book when I received the new review copy and I stand by everything I said in the original…

“This is 92 pages of tense page-turning suspense, action, and horror. I’ve been reading a lot of horror comics lately. Titles from Image (No Place Like Home), and Dark Horse (Alabaster Wolves) to name a few. This book goes toe to toe with those titles and more than a few others. It plays out like a good horror movie, giving us a build up that pays off with some really freaky violent craziness at the end.” read the rest here.

Don’t need to read anymore? Ready to pre-order yours today? Of course you are! Here are the deets…

The Trip
Writer: Grillo, Jesse
Artist: Brame, David
Cover Artist: Brame, David
Price: $12.95
ISBN: 978098596525951295
On Sale: May 29, 2013
Publisher: Action Lab Entertainment
Diamond Id: MAR130764

See that Diamond ID number above? Get that to your local comic shop so they can order you one! Use comixology’s pull list feature? Follow this link to The Trip on!

Action Lab Announces New imprint – Danger Zone!


Action Lab has announced that Jason Martin of Super Real Graphics (Gnome, Zombie Tramp) is joining the Action Lab team! Not only is he joining but he is heading up their new mature readers line of comics!

The new “Danger Zone” imprint will feature some great books:


Double Jumpers! A personal favorite of mine, as shown by these reviews!

Preview – Double Jumpers #1 – Here it comes! May 30th at a Comic Shop near you!

Review! Double Jumpers #2 from Action Lab Comics!

Another release that is also one of my favorites is “The Trip”. When I read it the first time it was titled “Sensory Distortion” and I supported the kickstarter that got it printed way back in April ’12. I love that Action Lab picked this up, it’s a great, sick, twisted romp and all you horror fans will get a kick out of it. Check out the art.

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Let’s hope the new imprint can get these great titles the exposure they deserve!

We also have what Action Lab promises to be “the mind-bending genre-blending exploits” of a boy and his talking kitten in Ehmm Theory.

ACTION_LAB_DANGERZONE_teaser_1*Look at that cover again… What is that cute little kitten doing in all that blood?!?!

And Tony Fleecs and Tone Rodriguez’s poetry-powered American Goth Chick,


There are more titles in store as well, including the aforementioned Super Real Graphics title Zombie Tramp,


which looks, um, interesting? Hey they did say this was the mature reader imprint right?

Other projects include; Dave Dwonch and Rob Ruddell’s time-hopping rogue nuke mythology Ghost Town, Jason Martin’s own Regan-era zombie lovefest Night of the 80’s Undead, and also from SR Graphics, Grant Gould’s Norse mythology by-way-of Tolkien The Wolves of Odin saga.

This looks to be a great melding of two cutting edge companies, with new projects on the way and much-needed re-issues of some others. I know I’m on-board and looking forward to what they’ll be showing us in the new year, stick around I’ll bring you all the release info and previews as they come down the pike!


*Action Lab received two Eisner nominations in 2012 for its critically acclaimed all-ages comic Princeless, and has been praised for its diverse library of titles, including Pirate Eye, Fracture, and works like the upcoming Skyward and Odin Jones.  Be sure to visit the Action Lab website for more information, including links to social media outlets and submission information.
*Action Lab Entertainment was founded in 2010 by a group of independent comic creators with the sole intent to bring the world the most action packed, thought-provoking, 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.

Sensory Distortion – just a few hours left! Get in on this one!

Just 70 hours to go and this project is just a touch short. Which one of my generous readers will help put this book into print! If you can spare a couple of dollars it will make a difference. And this book was good. You know it was, you read my review. What? You didn’t? Here check it out. Also take a look at this:

And here’s the link directly to the Kickstarter page: Sensory Distortion