Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sex Criminals Guide Changes the Sex

Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky have been having a go at it when it comes to the sexiness. Their bestselling Image Comics book called Sex Criminals has given them plenty of time to get the hang of things and offer up some of the sexual wisdom their books trade in. And now, they've compiled that information into a brand new book called Just the Tips. With tips, tricks, moves, advice, suggestions, stories, and confessions, how-tos, do’s, don’ts, and do-agains-but-slower-this-times from the unmissable letters column of Sex Criminals, plus helpful illustrations of hot positions and other brand-new material, Just the Tips will give every sex-dummy the tools for totally not sucking at sex anymore.

“On the cusp of becoming internationally renowned Sex Experts (note to Chip: we really need to figure out a way to tighten up ‘Sex Experts’ for the Press Release. Sexexp? Seexperts? Think it over some)," said Fraction, "Chip and I feel what anyone might feel in our position: drunk, absolutely drunk, with power, and overdosing on raw sex energy. Today: this book. Tomorrow: public office.”

Just the Tips is 96 pages of pure sexual knowledge as hard as the covers that contains it, guaranteed to take readers’ boudoir life from boring to brimpin’. It will be in comic book stores on November 26 and bookstores on December 2 and is very available for pre-order now. Just the Tips: A Sexual by the Creators of Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky and hits comic stores (Diamond Comic order code SEP140590) November 26 (bookstores December 2 with ISBN 978-1-63215-178-0).

Full press release below.

Krel Komix Exhibiting at NYCC 2014

Argent Starr creators are planning to get the word out on their book this year at NYCC 2014. That's right kids...Altemus and Lyn T. Byrd will be at booth #1245 in the Small Press area for interviews, to sign books and chat with Comic Con attendees. Visitors to the booth can get a signed pre-release copy of Volume 1 of the graphic novel AND their choice of an Argent Starr poster for only $12.99 (regularly $13.99). This 104 page all-color collector's volume includes all the action from chapters 1-3, along with pin-ups and background info on the universe, characters, locations and Argent's magical tech.

As of October 12, Vol. 1 will be released on Comixology — digital download for $4.99 and on IndyPlanet.com — print-on-demand copies for $13.99. The creators will also be offering seven different dynamic poster designs featuring characters from the series, exclusive sets of collectable Argent Starr trading cards, buttons, dice, matchbooks and a limited quantity of single issues 1-3 for those who want to sample our universe or complete their collection. Visitors can join our email list for a chance to win an Argent Starr T-shirt and receive updates. They'll also be premiering an exciting animated trailer at the show, featuring the newly composed theme by Reverend Screaming Fingers and company (headphones provided).

The year: 2062. "They" have a plan for Earth and they're NOT going to ask if we like it or not. Is the fate of the planet really in the hands of a half-alien hero scientist, a female sniper, and a talking cat? Only one man on Earth, technopath Argent Starr, the half human son of an alien warrior-scientist, can deflect the coming threat. His team; the ravishing badass commando Mrs. Thorne, and a trouble-making, brain-enhanced talking cat. The trio are swept into an adventure pitting shape-shifters, alien gamblers, interstellar mobsters and a mysterious galaxy-controlling sect, against Argent's hyper-tech powers of magic and super science.

Full press release below.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Review - Defense Grid 2

Tower defense games are pretty straightforward when it comes to gameplay. Where things get a little crazy is in the actual using towers for defense. Stopping waves and waves of invaders with an array of towers is the fun part and Hidden Path Entertainment brings that fun and more in Defense Grid 2. The publisher was kind enough to provide Omnicomic with an Xbox One review code to dive into.

Image Comics Teams with Multiversity for Third Annual NYCC Party

When you're packing up to head to NYCC 2014, there are a few things you can't forget. T-shirts with any and all manner of witty geek/nerd/pop culture references. Deodorant, hand sanitizer and cough drops. And party attire. They each have their specific uses, but you'll find the party attire especially useful on Friday, October 10th, when you attend the Image Comics/Multiversity Third Annual NYCC Party. And like any good party, this one raises money for a worthy cause in The Hero Initiative. The Hero Initiative is a charity that raises money to help support creators in need and gives to those who have helped foster, develop and pioneer the medium we all love so much. At last year’s event, Image Comics and Multiversity raised over $5,000 for the charity thanks to the many fans who came out and attended.

This year's NYCC Party will be held at the Stitch Bar & Lounge located at 247 West 37th Street (a short 3-block walk from the Javits Center straight up 37th street) from 8 PM to close, with a $10 donation to the Hero Initiative to get in. In exchange for your donation, you will automatically be entered into a raffle to win one (1) copy of all of Image’s exclusives for NYCC 2014! It’s a 21+ event with all night happy hour and drink specials, and will assuredly be a fun place for friends, fans and creators to meet, share a drink and mingle.

The party will also feature quite a few special Image Comics creators as guests, such as Brian K. Vaughan, Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Scott Snyder, Sean Gordon Murphy, Nick Dragotta, Joshua Williamson, Tim Seeley, Declan Shalvey, Frank Barbiere, Ed Brisson, Daniel Corey, Wes Craig, Otis Frampton, Joe Harris, Kyle Higgins, Antony Johnston, Justin Jordan, Ales Kot, Megan Levens, Adam McGovern, Brandon Montclare, Michael Moreci, Steve Orlando, Amy Reeder, Fabrice Sapolsky, Gus Storms, Roc Upchurch, Fred Van Lente and Jim Zub.

Full press release below.

Valiant and CKRTLAB Toys Get Cute with X-O Manowar

Thinking that a man ripped from his time in an alien suit of armor who's pretty close to invincible can also be pretty cute is quite a stretch. It's definitely not the first thing you think of X-O Manowar is barreling down on you, his body a living weapon. That won't stop Valiant Entertainment from at least trying to clean up his menacing image at least a little bit. To do so, they're teaming up with CKRTLAB Toys to announce a brand new line of urban vinyl figures featuring Valiant's superheroes. Slated for a release in comic shops and online in 2015, the new Valiant urban vinyl toy line will feature a wide selection of highly stylized Valiant heroes, beginning with X-O Manowar.

"Since day one, Valiant's fans around the world have been demanding figures and figurines of these iconic heroes," said Russell A. Brown, President of Consumer Products, Promotions, and Ad Sales for Valiant Entertainment. "In CKRTLAB TOYS, we've found the perfect partner to make that dream a reality, and we can't wait to get the first-ever X-O Manowar figure in front of fans at New York Comic-Con 2014."

Valiant will offer an exclusive, early release of the first new figure in the Valiant urban vinyl line – X-O Manowar – at New York Comic-Con from October 9th-12th, 2014. Limited to 150 pieces and available only from Valiant Entertainment at New York Comic Con 2014 (Booth #2028) for $25 per figure, the X-O Manowar Urban Vinyl figure stands 5.5 inches tall with 6 points of articulation and comes enhanced with a luster-rich metallic finish, exclusive "lightning sword" weapon accessory, and collectible packaging that is perfect for display.

"Valiant Entertainment creates some of the best comics in the market today," said Tim Ellis, CEO of CKRTLAB TOYS. "CKRTLAB TOYS is thrilled about our partnership with Valiant Entertainment and bringing vinyl figures of these great characters to all the fans."

Aric of Dacia, a fifth century Visigoth armed with the universe's most powerful weapon, is all that stands between the Earth and all-out annihilation at the hands of the alien race that abducted him from his own time. Stranded in the modern day, X-O Manowar's battle against the Vine has taken him into the shadows with the lethal operative known as Ninjak – and launched a quest for vengeance that will bring the Vine's alien empire to its knees. The Vine destroyed Aric's world. Now he will give them war. Since debuting in the pages of X-O Manowar #1 in 1992, X-O Manowar has sold more than 8 million copies and featured work by a distinguished roster of comics luminaries including current Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, former Marvel Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter, comics legends Bob Layton and Barry Windsor-Smith and many, many more.

Full press release below.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Defense With The BoomStick

(Disclaimer: This post is an ongoing story set in a world where zombies have taken over and people are fighting to survive anyway they can. Originally it was a post of news and tips to help survivors make it one more day alive, but now it has became a story of my fight to survive and to keep on living.)

Year 6. Week 5.

One thing you can still say about Kansas City is that there's always something going on here. From scouting missions to locating useful supplies to fending off zombie attacks and building up our area to survive. Day in and day out it’s been all work, work and more work for us here. We’ve been getting broadcasts from Salt Lake City about the groups of zombies they've been encountering around their walls and the amount of fabricating they've been working to repair them.

Because of the support our two outposts need, it's been determined we need a spot in the middle to keep the lines of communication open and to also facilitate a rapid response if help is needed at either place. We still need to figure what's the best spot in between Salt Lake City and Kansas City for the outpost. It'll need to be a very heavily defended position just in case we need to send all the fighters to one outpost or the other. It'll be more secure than anything we've built so far except for the outpost in Washington state that the government is running. Who would of thought with the world ending you still have logistics and infrastructure to deal with.

Review - Butterfly #1

"But in the project, we don't have names. Though sometimes...they'll call me Butterfly."

The thing about spies is that you always have to watch your back. For as good as they are at hiding their identity and traversing the globe without raising alarm, they also manage to build up quite a list of enemies. That level of danger is something that appeals to the thrill-seeking personality trait shared by most spies; a trait that is typically passed down from parent to child. In Butterfly #1 from Archaia, being a spy is definitely rife with all the requisite dangers. The issue is written by Marguerite Bennett (story by Arash Amel), illustrated by Antonio Fuso, colored by Adam Guzowski and lettered by Steve Wands.

Dynamite Delivers Mega Bundle Digital Comic Offer

Dynamite Entertainment is big on celebrating their anniversary. They want the fans to get in on the celebrations as well and to facilitate that, the company is offering 50 of its biggest comic books for a special anniversary price of $19.93 to celebrate the founding year of its parent company, Dynamic Forces. This limited time Mega Bundle is available on Dynamite.com/digital from now until October 1st, 2014. With 10% of each sale going to The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund as Dynamite's ten-year anniversary celebration rolls on, fans not only have the opportunity to reward themselves with a great offer, but also to support such a worthy cause.

The fifty comics included in this latest bundle include work from such high-profile creators as Gail Simone, Alex Ross, Mark Waid, Bill Willingham, Phil Hester, Kurt Busiek, Jeff Parker, and more. Ranging from award-winning covers to fan-favorite best-sellers, these are the comics no Dynamite fan should be without. The full list includes:

Kevin Smith's Green Hornet #2 by Kevin Smith and Jonathan Lau
Red Sonja #3 - 4 by Gail Simone and Walter Geovanni
Legenderry #2 - 3 by Bill Willingham and Sergio Fernandez Davila
Kevin Smith's Bionic Man #1 - 3 by Kevin Smith, Phil Hester, and Jonathan Lau
Jim Butcher's Dresden Files: War Cry #2 - 3 by Jim Butcher and Mark Powers
Codename Action #1 - 2 by Chris Roberson and Johnathan Lau
Dark Shadows #1 - 3 by Stuart Manning and Aaron Campbell
Kirby Genesis #0 - 1 by Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross
The Owl #1 by J.T. Krul and Heubert Khan Michael
Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt #1 - 5 by Steve Darnall, Alex Ross, and Jonathan Lau
Battlestar Galactica: Zarek #1 - 4 by Brandon Jerwa, and Adriano Batista w/Aries Mendosa
Flash Gordon (2013) #1 - 7 by Jeff Parker and Evan Shaner
Jungle Girl #2 - 3 by Frank Cho
Vampirella #2 by Eric Trautmann
Mocking Dead #2 by Fred Van Lente
The Trial of Sherlock Holmes #3 - 5 by Leah Moore, John Reppion and Aaron Campbell
Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time #4 - 6 by Chuck Dixon
Chaos #2 - 3 by Tim Seeley and Mirka Andolfo, main cover by J. Scott Campbell
Miss Fury #3 - 4 by Rob Williams
Pathfinder #2 - 3 by Jim Zub
American Flagg #3 - 4 by Howard Chaykin

"This set is our way of thanking our existing fans and rewarding them with a great package, as well as encouraging new fans to try our comics with such great creators at an introductory price. This is a truly special bundle of books as a nod to our parent company, Dynamic Forces," said Dynamite Publisher and CEO Nick Barrucci. "This special price point is not only a great deal for fans, as it breaks down to less than forty cents a book, but it's also a piece of history, and we're all incredibly proud of it."

Full press release below.

Five Ghosts Embarks on New Adventures

Five Ghosts is on a mission. It's on a mission to embark on a new adventure and is using the thirteenth issue to launch that new arc. And co-creators Frank J. Barbiere, Chris Mooneyham and colorist Lauren Affe’s first issue in the new story arc of “Monsters & Men” will get crazy. This new arc will focus on gothic literature and bring the acclaimed action adventure series to Eastern Europe and Dracula’s doorstep.

The new arc features an assortment of famous monsters and literary figures including Dracula’s nemesis, vampire hunter Van Helsing, and will also have a blank sketch cover available. What's more is that the series is in development for a television series with Universal and screenwriter Evan Daugherty attached as a writer and is being produced by Black Mask Studios and Benderspink.

Five Ghosts #13 arrives in stores on October 22 and will be available for $3.50. It can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code AUG140647, while the sketch variant can be ordered with Diamond Code JUL148416. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, September 29. Full press release below.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Review - Roche Limit #1

"I am Langford Skaargard. Adventurer, eccentric and billionaire. I am responsible for the Roche Limit colony and the horrors the place has engendered."

The Roche Limit requires a little scientific understanding. It's the distance within a celestial body held together by its own gravity that will disintegrate due to a second celestial body's tidal forces exceeding the first body's gravitational self-attraction (Wikipedia for the win!). It doesn't really seem like the best place to set up a new colony, but Roche Limit #1 from Image Comics seems to disagree. The issue is written by Michael Moreci, illustrated by Vic Malhotra, colored by Jordan Boyd and lettered by Ryan Ferrier.

Valiant Heads to Long Beach Comic Con 2104

It feels like every season is convention season and this weekend is no exception. Why's that? Because Long Beach Comic Con 2014 is making its way to Long Beach. Valiant Entertainment will be there at Booth #307, bringing with them all the requisite talent, Valiant creators and panels.

Before The Valiant #1 hits stores in December, fans can experience the battle ten millennia in the making with The Valiant: First Look – a free, exclusive preview edition featuring a behind-the-scenes look inside the all-new, prestige format mini-series event from superstar creators Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt and Paolo Rivera. Packed with never-before-seen artwork, preview pages, and interviews – and featuring nearly every Valiant hero – do not miss your chance to find out why The Valiant is the must-read comic book event of the winter.

Plus: on Saturday, September 27th at 4:30 PM in Room 101A, don't miss the VALIANT COMICS: ARMOR HUNTERS, THE VALIANT, AND BEYOND panel presentation! Hot off the heels of 16 nominations at this year's Harvey Awards – including six for the industry's most nominated series, Quantum and Woody – find out why Valiant is one of the most talked-about publishers in comics today.

Full press release below.

BOOM! Studios Returns to New York Comic Con

New York Comic Con Logo

BOOM! and the entire BOOM! family (KaBOOM!, Archaia and BOOM! Box) will be venturing across the country to pay a visit to NYCC this October. BOOM! Studios will also host a number of panels and debut numerous exclusive convention variant covers and limited edition items during the convention. Further details will be released next week. They'll be at booth 1344 and will play host to the following creators:

Bryce Carlson
Chris Miskiewicz
Collin Kelly
David Petersen
Dan Fogler
Jackson Lanzing
Jake Lawrence
James Tynion IV
Jason Starr
Josh Hechinger
Kate Leth
Matt Gagnon
Marguerite Bennett
Natasha Allegri
Noelle Stevenson
Paul Jenkins
Shane-Michael Vidaurri
Shannon Watters

Additionally, throughout the weekend, fans can buy original customized sketches on BOOM!’s “Get-A-Sketch” covers from several different artists, including:

Allison Strejlau
Ian McGinty
Kate Leth
Travis Hill

Other BOOM! Studios creators also appearing at New York Comic Con include Humberto Ramos, Charles Soule, Chris Eliopoulos, Ed Brisson, Frank J. Barbiere, Michael Moreci, Elena Casagrande, Josh Williamson, Michael Dialynas, Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert, Brent Schoonover, Camilla d’Errico, Chandra Free, Andrew E.C. Gaska, Durwin Talon and Guin Thompson, Gabriel Hardman and Corinna Bechko, Garry Brown, Jeremy Bastian, Justin Jordan, Rafael Albuquerque, Marcus To, Deron Bennett, Missy Pena, Vanesa R. Del Rey, Stephanie Hans and Tessa Stone.

Full press release below.