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Jeff Ayers

Writer, Reviewer, Violinist

Saratoga Springs, NY

Jeff Ayers

Boba Fett is my spirit animal.

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Moonhead and the Music Machine

In his first full-length graphic novel, Andrew Rae takes great care to craft a well-written, beautifully drawn adventure through high school. MOONHEAD AND THE MUSIC MACHINE opens a new window onto the hardships that children face when trying to navigate the adolescent landscape and attempting to fit into the crowd.
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Don’t Ban Our Comics! #1: Jeff Ayers reflects on THE KILLING JOKE

I remember going into my local comic shop when I first started collecting comics circa 1994. I was mesmerized by the sheer vastness of comics there were, and had no real idea what direction my collecting would take me. But this shop, like most others, had prized books --- the gems of the collection, or the owners personal favorites --- adorning the top of the wall: books like THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN, various older X-Men and Spider-Man books, and BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE, which totally caught my eye.
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Sugar Skull

The words “Charles Burns” are synonymous with hard work and consistent quality in the comics industry. A product of the 1970s counterculture and budding punk rock scene, Burns famously toiled for RAW Magazine, Heavy Metal and other publications for years, and fittingly drew the album art for Iggy Pop’s Brick by Brick.
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The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel: Volume 1

Comparing a novel to its graphic adaptation is like comparing a novel to its film adaption: sometimes much of the original is lost but in good adaptive hands, much can be gained. The first volume of the new graphic novel version of Neil Gaiman's THE GRAVEYARD BOOK loses his evocative language, pacing and characteristic lyrical heart.
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(In a Sense) Lost and Found

In a relatively short period of time, visual artist Roman Muradov has risen in notoriety within the artistic community and beyond, getting consistent work from such esteemed clients as The New Yorker, The New York Times, Vogue, NPR, and the Wall Street Journal. Muradov’s artistic style instantly draws you in --- he describes his own work as “trying to create the feel of a beautiful melody on a tuneless instrument by someone who is on the verge of having a breakdown.”.
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Hansel & Gretel

A tale as old as HANSEL AND GRETEL can definitely gain its fair share of modifications and revisions. From its earliest beginnings collected in the Brothers Grimm’s CHILDREN’S AND HOUSEHOLD TALES in 1812 to its adaptation to opera and, later, the silver screen, this tale has always held a strong connection with young and old alike.
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Family Ties: An Alaskan Crime Drama

John Gotti, famed crime boss of the notorious Gambino family, once said, “If you think your boss is stupid, remember: You wouldn’t have a job if he was any smarter.”. This sentiment rings true in FAMILY TIES, an Alaskan crime drama written by Eric Hobbs following a fictional mafia family whose aging figurehead is looking to abdicate and cede power to his son and daughters.
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MARCH: Book 2 Due Early in 2015

Graphic novels are getting another dose of political greatness in the form of John Lewis’s MARCH: Book 2, scheduled for release in early 2015. For those not up to speed on their politics or history, Lewis is the last surviving member of the “Big Six” leaders of the American Civil Rights Movement --- the most famous, of course, being Dr.
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Interview: Vincent Zurzolo, co-owner of Metropolis Collectables

Toward the end of August, the best copy of Action Comics #1 ever seen was sold for the price of 3.2 million dollars. Bidding began at 1 million for the single issue introduction of Superman, which was awarded a 9.0 by the comics condition grading company standard, Certified Guaranty Company (CGC).
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Ordinary

When your graphic novel garners a foreword from renowned comics writer Warren Ellis, you have already done something extraordinary. That is to say, this tale isn’t akin to its namesake --- and ORDINARY comes across as much more than its title belies. It’s a story you might have heard before, but Rob Williams’s prose coupled with the effortless artistic style of D’Israeli brings a truly fun and enjoyable adventure to the page.
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About

Jeff Ayers

I started reading at a very young age with my parents. My father read the comic strips in the paper with me, like Spider-Man, Calvin and Hobbes, and Peanuts. Later, my love of reading blossomed into books, graphic novels and comic books. I also am a classically trained violinist, playing with the Empire State Youth Orchestra program as a child, and played electric violin with the progressive metal band Lore(1997-2003) and the experimental rock and roll band Skeletons in the Piano(2008-2014). I studied creative writing and journalism at SUNY Oswego and I am currently working on an illustrated collection of short stories with the talented fine artist Matt Mrowka. I live in Saratoga Springs, NY, where I frequent rock shows, dive bars and the best comic store around, The Comic Depot. Currently I review new comics for Comic Book Herald, graphic novels for Graphic Novel Reporter, and review concerts, albums, and interview bands for Upstate Live Music Guide.

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Skills

  • Writing
  • Social Media
  • Music Composition
  • Promotion
  • Editing
  • Music
  • Music Promotion
  • Reviewing
  • Blogging
  • Violin
  • Keyboard