Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Eureka Adapts Early African-American Classics

There's a rich history of literature out there that isn't comics. It's most likely because when said literature was being created the idea of comics was a little strange. I mean, can you imagine Romeo and Juliet as a comic (full disclosure: Stan Lee has)? That doesn't mean that those works shouldn't be adapted into a comic, which is where Eureka Productions and their African-American Classics: Graphic Classics Volume 22 comes into play.

The work presents comic adaptations of stories and poems by some of America's earliest black authors, illustrated by contemporary black artists. The volume is co-edited by Tom Pomplun and Lance Tooks, a longtime contributing artist to the series.

“This is an unprecedented opportunity to expose young readers of all races to a group of brilliant American authors who’ve never been adapted into the comics medium, interpreted by some of our industry’s top talent,” states Lance.

This volume presents stories including “Two Americans” by Florence Lewis Bentley, “The Goophered Grapevine” by Charles W. Chesnutt, “Becky” by Jean Toomer, two short plays by Zora Neale Hurston, and six more tales of humor and tragedy. Also featured are graphic interpretations of eleven poems, including Langston Hughes’ “The Negro,” Claude McKay’s “America,” and Paul Laurence Dunbar’s “Sympathy.”

The comics adaptations and illustrations are by artists such as Kyle Baker, Alex Simmons, Christopher Priest, Afua Richardson, Trevor Von Eeden, Jeremy Love and Milton Knight.

The collection should be available now. Full press release after the jump.

EUREKA ADAPTS EARLY AFRICAN-AMERICAN CLASSICS

Eureka Productions is pleased to announce the release of African-American Classics: Graphic Classics Volume 22, the newest volume in the Graphic Classics® series of comics adaptations of great literature.

African-American Classics presents comics adaptations of great stories and poems by America’s earliest black authors, illustrated by contemporary black artists. The volume is co-edited by Tom Pomplun and Lance Tooks, a longtime contributing artist to the series. “This is an unprecedented opportunity to expose young readers of all races to a group of brilliant American authors who’ve never been adapted into the comics medium, interpreted by some of our industry’s top talent,” states Lance.

This volume presents stories including “Two Americans” by Florence Lewis Bentley, “The Goophered Grapevine” by Charles W. Chesnutt, “Becky” by Jean Toomer, two short plays by Zora Neale Hurston, and six more tales of humor and tragedy. Also featured are graphic interpretations of eleven poems, including Langston Hughes’ “The Negro,” Claude McKay’s “America,” and Paul Laurence Dunbar’s “Sympathy.”

The comics adaptations and illustrations are by some of the best black talent in the comics and illustration fields today, including Kyle Baker, Alex Simmons, Christopher Priest, Afua Richardson, Trevor Von Eeden, Jeremy Love and Milton Knight.

The Graphic Classics series presents the works of great authors in comics adaptations and heavily-illustrated text. The adaptations are written at an adult level, and utilize as much of the author’s original language as possible. Our goal is to create books that are enjoyable for adults, yet accessible to children ages twelve and up. Graphic Classics are available in bookstores and comics shops nationally, or direct from the publisher, Eureka Productions at http: ⁄ ⁄ www.graphicclassics.com. Libraries and schools can order from Diamond Book Distributors, Baker & Taylor, Ingram, Follett or other distributors.

February 2012 Archaia Solicitations

While nothing Archaia is planning on offering in February will help you knock the comic fans off your Christmas list, they'll still be worth checking out. The publisher has three titles shipping that month, all of which are worth your time.

The first title is Genetiks Vol. 1, written by Richard Marazano and illustrated by Jean-Michel Ponzio, clocking in at 104 pages for $19.95. Genetiks Vol. 1 depicts a pharmaceutical company on the cutting edge of biological science. Thomas Hale is one of the company's employees who also happens to be the first man to be privately owned by his employer.

The second title is Judge Bao Vol. 1: Judge Bao and the Jade Phoenix, written by Patrick Marty and illustrated by Chongrui Nie. The 160 page book was first published in France and is China's answer to Sherlock Holmes. Chinese Emperor Ren Zong gives broad magistrate powers to Judge Bao, who becomes a symbol of justice for the people of the land. Accompanied by his bodyguard Zhan Zhao, his page Bao Xing and his assistant and coroner Gongsun, he travels the length and breadth of the Middle Kingdom, crusading against corruption and all forms of injustice. $14.95.

Finally, The Secret History: Games of Chance is written by Jean-Pierre Pécau and illustrated by Damien. The 248 page beast will set you back $34.95 for a tale about the Arcana, strange decks of cards that first appeared in Sicily during World War II with the power to alter chance. Pandora has inherited a particularly powerful deck and is approached by The Vane Foundation to help her better understand her cards.

All three titles will hit stores in February. Full solicitations and covers after the jump.

ARCHAIA ITEMS SHIPPING IN FEBRUARY 2012

GENETIKS™ VOL. 1 Original Graphic Novel Hardcover
JUDGE BAO VOL. 1: JUDGE BAO AND THE JADE PHOENIX Original Graphic Novel Hardcover
THE SECRET HISTORY: GAMES OF CHANCE Original Graphic Novel Hardcover

OFFERING 1

GENETIKS™ VOL. 1
Original Graphic Novel Hardcover
Retail Price: $19.95 U.S.
Page Count: 104 pages
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket, 7.875” x 11.25”, full color
Ship Date: February 2012
ISBN-13: 978-1-936393-42-8
Country: U.S.

Written by Richard Marazano
Illustrated by Jean-Michel Ponzio
Cover by Jean-Michel Ponzio

Following the success of The Killer, Okko and The Secret History, GENETIKS™ is part of the wave of new foreign titles Archaia is bringing over to English-speaking readers! Genetiks is a pharmaceutical company on the cutting edge of biological science. Thomas Hale is one of thousands of employees in the Genetiks labs. Like his colleagues, he had agreed to give a drop of blood to his employers—a drop of blood that will allow the researchers at the company he works for to decode his entire genome. As the drop of blood is the property of Genetiks, Thomas will become, in effect, the first man to be privately owned by the corporation he works for. Featuring hyper-realistic art, GENETIKS™ is a topical story on the intersection between commerce and biological science, touching on many hot-button issues such as genetic manipulation and the rise of corporate power.

T+13 (contains material suitable for teen readers ages 13 and above)

X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X
OFFERING 2

JUDGE BAO VOL. 1: JUDGE BAO AND THE JADE PHOENIX
Original Graphic Novel Hardcover
Retail Price: $14.95 U.S.
Page Count: 160 pages
Format: Hardcover with no dust jacket (paper over board), 7” x 5.25” (landscape), black and white
Ship Date: February 2012
ISBN-13: 978-1-936393-43-5
Country: U.S.

Written by Patrick Marty
Illustrated by Chongrui Nie
Cover by Chongrui Nie

First published in France, Judge Bao is China’s answer to Sherlock Holmes! To combat the scourge that goes along with great prosperity, Chinese Emperor Ren Zong gives broad magistrate powers to Judge Bao. He becomes a symbol of justice for the people of the land. His aversion to corruption and dedication to justice make him a popular hero, with many enemies. Accompanied by his bodyguard Zhan Zhao, his page Bao Xing, and his assistant and coroner Gongsun, he travels the length and breadth of the Middle Kingdom, crusading against corruption and all forms of injustice. In the first volume, Judeg Bao and the Jade Phoenix, Bao finds himself in a small village where a mother mourns her son, languishing in prison, caught in a complicated love triangle and accused of a murder he says he did not commit. Will Judge Bao find the real murderer?

T+13 (contains material suitable for teen readers ages 13 and above)

X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X-X
OFFERING 3

THE SECRET HISTORY: GAMES OF CHANCE
Original Graphic Novel Hardcover
Retail Price: $34.95 U.S.
Page Count: 248 pages
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket, 6.875” x 10.25”, full color
Ship Date: February 2012
ISBN-13: 978-1-936393-35-0
Country: U.S.

Written by Jean-Pierre Pécau
Illustrated by Damien
Cover by Damien

In this spin-off miniseries to the critically acclaimed series The Secret History, the Arcana, strange decks of cards that first appeared in Sicily during World War II, appear to have the power to alter chance…and a new hand has just been dealt! Pandora, a wild child from New Mexico, has inherited a particularly powerful Arcana deck. The Vane Foundation, responsible for running the Arcana during World War II, offers to teach Pandora how to control her cards, but they’re not prepared for her fiercely independent nature. Enter Chance, an ex-marine, ex-professional player, wanted by the Mafia for his ties with Bugsy Siegel. He’ll take Pandora under his wing—unless she’s the one taking him under hers. Meanwhile, certain occult forces in Las Vegas, as well as the Sisters of Eternal Torment, seem quite interested in the young girl… An exciting storyline that branches off from The Secret History, set in the 1950s and 1960s! Translated from the original French edition.

Mature Readers (contains adult content and graphic violence)

Nancy In Hell on Earth

No good can come of raising hell on Earth. Yet, for some reason, Image Comics is doing it anyway with Nancy in Hell. At least Nancy is voluptuous enough that you won't necessarily mind reading about hell on Earth.

Armed with only a chainsaw and her attitude, Nancy has fought her way out of the depths of hell only to be thrust back into it on Earth. Nancy In Hell is written by El Torres and illustrated by Enrique Lopez Lorenzana (coloring by Fran Gamboa) and is Grindhouse inspired.

"It's not just because of the limitless special effects budget that the comics medium offers that we have big monsters, small monsters, tiny monsters, tentacled monsters, smelly monsters, and hot chicks," explained El Torres. "It’s because I have great artists taking my words and transforming them into awesome pictures. I never believed I could visit Nancy again, but thanks to Enrique and Fran, here we are again!"

"To depict these hellish nightmares from El Torres' mind pouring into San Diego city it's both a challenge and a pleasure," added Lorenzana. "Ryp did a wonderful job in the first miniseries, now it's my turn, and I'm really happy to have the chance of design new monsters in almost every page!"

The title will be on sale January 25 for $3.99. Full press release and interiors after the jump.

IMAGE COMICS RAISES HELL (ON EARTH)
El Torres' Nancy In Hell Returns This January With All-New Miniseries

Berkeley, CA – 29 November 2011 -- She's already fought her way out of the depths of hell, armed only with a chainsaw and her badass attitude. Come January, the voluptuous Nancy will be topside again, but she's about to find herself in Hell on Earth!

Spanish comics scribe El Torres has enlisted the intricately detailed artwork of Enrique Lopez Lorenzana and coloring of Fran Gamboa, to render even the beastliest citizens of Nancy's Hell as breathtaking. This 4-issue Grindhouse inspired miniseries presents the follow up to last years' NANCY IN HELL miniseries, a take-no-prisoners tale of one woman versus the greatest evil. Now with the Gates of Hades left wide open, not even the angels in heaven can save our world from the hordes!

"It's not just because of the limitless special effects budget that the comics medium offers that we have big monsters, small monsters, tiny monsters, tentacled monsters, smelly monsters, and hot chicks," explained El Torres. "It’s because I have great artists taking my words and transforming them into awesome pictures. I never believed I could visit Nancy again, but thanks to Enrique and Fran, here we are again!"

"To depict these hellish nightmares from El Torres' mind pouring into San Diego city it's both a challenge and a pleasure," added Lorenzana. "Ryp did a wonderful job in the first miniseries, now it's my turn, and I'm really happy to have the chance of design new monsters in almost every page!"

NANCY IN HELL (ON EARTH) #1 (NOV110371), a 32-page full-color horror comic book for $3.99, will be on sale in stores and on digital platforms on January 25, and will be available for order in the November issue of Previews. NANCY IN HELL, VOL. 1 TP (NOV1000433, ISBN: 978-1-60706-354-4) collects the entire first story arc and is available for reorder now.

ABOUT EL TORRES
El Torres is an independent comic book writer with a taste for the macabre, living in the sunny and relaxed Andalusia, Spain. After several years working in the Spanish industry, he began to publish unique and disturbing horror stories that have been praised by critics and reviewers, like DRUMS or THE VEIL. Now he turns again for the lighter, yet gorier, side of horror with one of his dearest creations: NANCY IN HELL.

ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.




Tuesday, November 29, 2011

New Arrivals: November 30, 2011

Zeitgeist is the culmination of a culture at a specific point in time. It encapsulates everything about that time that made the time stand out. It's especially relevant when applied to a character such as Flash Gordon.

Flash Gordon: Zeitgeist #1 is a new issue featuring a story by Alex Ross as written by Eric Trautmann and illustrated by Daniel Lindro. The year is 1934, a time of two-fisted swashbuckling, of fearsome threats and wild adventure-and of ever-growing threats on the horizon. Three valiant humans -- Flash Gordon, Dale Arden and Dr. Hans Zarkov -- are plucked from the Earth, traveling to the distant planet Mongo.

The title features covers by Alex Ross, Paul Renaud, Francesco Francavilla and Wagner Reis.



Enjoy!

New Arrivals: November 30, 2011

Preview - Super Dinosaur TPB, Vol. #1.

When Robert Kirkman isn't blowing our minds with things like the midseason finale of The Walking Dead (it was a good ending, albeit there are plot holes with it), he's hard at work at a slew of other stuff. Like imbuing dinosaurs with super powers and putting them in a comic that is about to be collected in a TPB in Super Dinosaur TPB, Vol. #1.

Written by Kirkman and featuring art by Jason Howard, Super Dinosaur TPB, Vol. #1 details the beginning of the saga of the Evil Max Maximus and his quest for Inner-Earth. He wants the powerful DynOre mineral that is found there and only Super Dinosaur and Derek Dynamo can stop him. The TPB collects Super Dinosaur #1-5 and the Super Dinosaur Origin Special #1.

The TPB is in stores now with interiors after the jump.









Thor: Unkillable Thunder Christ Needs Help

Very rarely does a Norse god need help from mere mortals, but this may be one of those occasions.

Thor: Unkillable Thunder Christ is the second in a series of one-shots which take classic, public domain superheroes, Gods, and cult icons and recontextualize them as a modern mythology for contemporary audiences. It tells the saga of Thor, banished from his father's Heaven to a slightly less utopian society where the Gods are weak and absent. This, of course, prompts him to want to stay on Earth and be the god of hammer bludgeoning.

Thor: Unkillable Thunder Christ by Eric M. Esquivel & Ander Sarabia and published by Moonstone Books. You can donate to the cause at the comic's Kickstarter page, which still needs a shade under $400 in 59 days. Things are looking good.

Check out the full press release and video plea after the jump. Please note that Mr. Esquivel is only physically local if you live in the Tucson area. Then again, in the connected world we live in aren't we all local?



LOCAL AUTHOR USES SOCIAL MEDIA TO FINANCE SUPERHERO COMIC BOOK

Tucsonan author Eric M. Esquivel takes of advantage of internet to bankroll controversial new comic “Thor: Unkillable Thunder Christ”.

Kickstarter link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1321764791/thor-unkillable-thunder-christ

Thor: Unkillable Thunder Christ tells the story of a rowdy immortal youth who is banished from his father's Heaven to a world whose Gods are weak, absent and criminally negligent.

Rather than mope about his banishment and beg his Pop for a ticket back home, Thor elects to stay on Earth, and give her inhabitants the kind of God they deserve-- one who would rather bludgeon their enemies to death with a hammer than be nailed to a cross by them.

Thor: Unkillable Thunder Christ will be published, marketed, and distributed by Moonstone books, the publisher who has brought us books like The Green Hornet, Voltron, The Phantom and Captain Action.

Eric is using Kickstarter to finance the first print run of the books (a common practice among “indie” publishers).

Madman Turns 20

Twenty years may have passed, but Michael Allred's contributions to comics are no less important. In the time since he introduced to the world the great Madman, the character has developed quite a following. It's only fitting that fans of Madman be able to take in all his glory in a fancy Madman 20th Anniversary Monster HC.

Clocking in at 11 x 17, the hardcover will include an all new Madmen story from Allred, as well as contributions from an impressive list of industry giants such as Darwyn Cooke, Frank Quitely, Jeff Smith, and Erik Larsen. The 264-page beast will give fans a great look at the fabled character.

"In my new story I was inspired to take Frank "Madman" Einstein on an adventure that took him on retrospective time trip, an inter-dimentional detour, a jungle excursion, and a kind of faux-family therapy exchange. I pulled out all stops," Allred said. "We're making sure that everyone will be getting some serious bang for their buck!"

What makes the book even more special is that it includes art from the likes of Peter Bagge, Kyle Baker, Philip Bond & Peter Milligan, Darwyn Cooke, Dave Cooper, Dean Haspiel, Los Bros Hernandez, Erik Larsen, David Mack, Pat McKeown, Bernie Mireault, Michael Avon Oeming, Paul Pope, Eric Powell, Frank Quitely, Steven T. Seagle & Teddy Kristiansen, Jeff Smith, Jay Stephens, Craig Thompson, Matt Wagner, Joe Quinones & Maris Wicks. Plus, almost every Madman illustration collected over the past 20 years from all the greats will be included, including images by the likes of Frank Frazetta, Jack Kirby, Alex Toth, Moebius, Frank Miller and Dave Stevens.

The graphic novel hits stores December 21 for $100. Full press release after the jump.

THIS MADMAN IS A MONSTER!
Mike Allred's 20th Anniversary Hardcover Offers New Madman Material From Well-Known Contributors

Berkeley, CA – 28 November 2011 -- This is THE BIG ONE! This December, 20 years after Michael Allred's independent comics icon was introduced to the world, a celebration of all things Madman will take the form of a gigantic 11 x 17 hardcover! The MADMAN 20TH ANNIVERSARY MONSTER HC will include an all-new MADMAN story from Allred, as well as contributions from an impressive list of industry giants such as Darwyn Cooke, Frank Quitely, Jeff Smith, and Erik Larsen.

The jam-packed 264 pages of this epic coffee table book will weigh in as the perfect selection for those looking for the most ginchy of gifts this holiday season. The MADMAN 20TH ANNIVERSARY MONSTER HC will appeal to any fan of the heartfelt, retro-pop heroics of MADMAN and Allred's other critically acclaimed work like X-Statix and iZombie.

Twenty years on, Madman still holds the same appeal with fans, and with his creator, more than ever. "In my new story I was inspired to take Frank "Madman" Einstein on an adventure that took him on retrospective time trip, an inter-dimentional detour, a jungle excursion, and a kind of faux-family therapy exchange. I pulled out all stops," Allred said. "We're making sure that everyone will be getting some serious bang for their buck!"

Nearly every great artist to ever work in comics is in this book! That means more new Madman strips from Peter Bagge, Kyle Baker, Philip Bond & Peter Milligan, Darwyn Cooke, Dave Cooper, Dean Haspiel, Los Bros Hernandez, Erik Larsen, David Mack, Pat McKeown, Bernie Mireault, Michael Avon Oeming, Paul Pope, Eric Powell, Frank Quitely, Steven T. Seagle & Teddy Kristiansen, Jeff Smith, Jay Stephens, Craig Thompson, Matt Wagner, Joe Quinones & Maris Wicks. Plus, almost every Madman illustration collected over the past 20 years from all the greats will be included, including images by the likes of Frank Frazetta, Jack Kirby, Alex Toth, Moebius, Frank Miller, and Dave Stevens.

MADMAN 20TH ANNIVERSARY MONSTER HC (OCT110429, ISBN: 978-1-60706-472-5), a 264-page oversized full-color hardcover graphic novel for a hundred bucks, will be on sale in stores on December 21, just in time to make the list of perfect gifts!

ABOUT MICHAEL ALLRED
Never met a comic book fan he didn't like. And he loves making comic books for folks who love comic books. For more information about the creator and his work, visit http://allredart.blogspot.com/.

ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.







Monday, November 28, 2011

Hank McCoy (Before the Fur)


You know, I have a theory about superhero movies.

I’ve been sitting around wondering what the next ‘era’ of these films will be. I mean, we’re kind of reaching the point where we’ve seen most of what we’ve wanted to see, right? Three Batman movies, an Avengers crossover. What’s left?

Well reboot is the new thing these days. Take Amazing Spider-man for instance, which looks good, I’m thinking. I mean, hey, you never know until you go and see the thing, right? Still the movie looks moody. Like it’s got style.

I think Batman Begins and The Dark Knight have really set the new tone for superhero films and I suspect over the course of the next ten years you will see a whole series of rebooted trilogies that follow suit. Specifically? I think superhero movies are going to become…serious.

Review - The Red Ten #1

Mysteries and whodunnits aren't quite the popular stories they used to be. There's certainly little room for them in comics it seems, despite comics "growing up" and tackling broader issues than just Superhero X against Archnemesis Y.

What if there was a comic that combined capes and tights with a hint of mystery though? A Clue version of the Justice League? The Red Ten #1 by writer Tyler James and artist Cesar Feliciano (Miguel Marques assists on colors and Jimmy Tournas assists on inks) is just that.

The Red Ten #1 is a superhero re-imagining of And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, which also goes by the name Ten Little Indians. The premise is simple. Eight individuals are invited to a mansion on an island where they are each murdered in a fashion paralleling a verse of the nursery rhyme.

The Red Ten #1 opens with the seemingly brutal death of Red, a member of the Alliance. The Alliance is a Justice League like team of superheros who work alongside the law in Swanstown. When Red's body is identified by Assistant District Attorney Daniel Lawrence, the Alliance springs into action seeking revenge.

Their investigations lead them to believe that the culprit is Oxymoron, a brilliant yet sadistic criminal mastermind that has proven to be a thorn in the Alliance's side for quite some time. The remaining nine members of the group (bouyed by the Crimson Kid returning from retirement) seek out Oxymoron in a mansion on a mysterious island in the South Pacific.

It's at this mansion that the ten superheroes learn that there's something more sinister at play than they anticipated, and sets off the chain of events that will most likely see all ten of them dead.

Taking Christie's story and spinning it with superheroes is interesting. James has managed to show that even the members of the Alliance are superheros they still have weaknesses and are susceptible to death. It'll be worth reading the series if for nothing else to learn how each member dies.

Having said that, the question arises as to how true to Christie's story will The Red Ten follow it. The concept is a double-edged sword in that yes, it's intriguing to find out who dies when and how, but ultimately it's a good bet that at least nine of the ten will die for sure. The tenth may survive in the interest of a happy or poignant ending.

Feliciano's art is a little inconsistent. There are some panels that look incredible, while others look muddled. There's one panel where Lawrence is in bed with his lady and I could tell if he was trying to kill her or embrace her. The art's not bad, just a little uneven. The colors are definitely on the darker side and the entire issue has something of a black tone to it. There's very sharp contrasts between characters and backgrounds.

The Red Ten #1 is a fascinating premise. There's potential for a great dynamic between the remaining members of the Alliance as each of them are picked off and the group comraderie dissolves. The reader will learn that even superhero supergroups are subject to the same base emotions of suspicion as the rest of us.

The Red Ten #1 is available now.

The Someday Funnies

Someday isn't to be confused with Sunday, despite both having funnies. The former funnies come courtesy of Michael Choquette and an appearance at the Museum of Comic & Cartoon Art.

On December 8 from 7 to 9 PM for free will be Choquette on hand to celebrate the release of The Someday Funnies, featuring an introduction by Robert Greenfield and foreword by Jeet Heer.

“This book is an awe-inspiring achievement—a unique collection of works that not only captures the mood of the 1960s, but shows how some of the world’s greatest comics artists emerged from the decade ready to revolutionize the form.”
—Jeet Heer, from the foreword

The Someday Funnies is the long-awaited collection of comic strips created in the early 1970s by world-famous artists and writers. What started out as a special insert for Rolling Stone took on a life—and mythology—of its own as writer/editor Michel Choquette traveled across two continents, commissioning this visual chronicle of the 1960s, only to find himself without a publishing partner or the financial support to continue—until now.

Among the contributors Choquette commissioned are cartoonists and comic book luminaries such as Will Eisner, Art Spiegelman, Harvey Kurtzman, R.O. Blechman, Jack Kirby, Ralph Steadman, Sergio Aragonès, C. C. Beck, Vaughn Bodé, Moebius, Jean-Claude Forest, Gahan Wilson, Barry Windsor-Smith and Wally Wood; notable writers William S. Burroughs, Harlan Ellison, Michael O’Donoghue, and Tom Wolfe; celebrated film director Federico Fellini; artists Red Grooms and Allen Jones; as well as renowned musicians Pete Townsend and Frank Zappa.

Readers will finally get to experience this legendary anthology as Choquette celebrates the birth, death, and resurrection of The Someday Funnies—129 previously unpublished strips by 169 writers and artists from 15 countries.

Full press release after the jump.

December 8th, 7 - 9pm at MoCCA
FREE ADMISSION

The Museum of Comic & Cartoon Art - MOCCA and Abrams ComicArts is pleased to present Michel Choquette speaking in conjunction with the release of The Someday Funnies

Edited by Michel Choquette
Introduction by Robert Greenfield, Foreword by Jeet Heer

“This book is an awe-inspiring achievement—a unique collection of works that not only captures the mood of the 1960s, but shows how some of the world’s greatest comics artists emerged from the decade ready to revolutionize the form.”
—Jeet Heer, from the foreword

The Someday Funnies is the long-awaited collection of comic strips created in the early 1970s by world-famous artists and writers. What started out as a special insert for Rolling Stone took on a life—and mythology—of its own as writer/editor Michel Choquette traveled across two continents, commissioning this visual chronicle of the 1960s, only to find himself without a publishing partner or the financial support to continue—until now.

Among the contributors Choquette commissioned are cartoonists and comic book luminaries such as Will Eisner, Art Spiegelman, Harvey Kurtzman, R.O. Blechman, Jack Kirby, Ralph Steadman, Sergio Aragonès, C. C. Beck, Vaughn Bodé, Moebius, Jean-Claude Forest, Gahan Wilson, Barry Windsor-Smith and Wally Wood; notable writers William S. Burroughs, Harlan Ellison, Michael O’Donoghue, and Tom Wolfe; celebrated film director Federico Fellini; artists Red Grooms and Allen Jones; as well as renowned musicians Pete Townsend and Frank Zappa.

Comics historian Jeet Heer says it all in his foreword, “The possibility that such an amazing anthology of original strips was being compiled seemed too good to be true…that this fabled collection failed to materialize as planned in the early 1970s only reinforced its status as an enticing dream rather than an imminent reality.”

Forty years later, readers finally get to experience this legendary anthology as Choquette celebrates the birth, death, and resurrection of The Someday Funnies—129 previously unpublished strips by 169 writers and artists from 15 countries.

Michel Choquette is a writer and filmmaker who had a successful career as a comedian, notably as one half of the popular 1960s television and night club duo “The Times Square Two”, before becoming one of the first contributing editors of National Lampoon. He now teaches creative writing and screenwriting at Concordia University in Montreal.

The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art - MoCCA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts education organization dedicated to the preservation, study and display of all forms of comic and cartoon art. The museum promotes greater understanding and appreciation of the artistic, cultural and historical significance of comic and cartoon art through a variety of events, exhibitions, and educational programs. The museum is located at 594 Broadway (between Houston and Prince Streets) in New York City. MoCCA is open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays from 12:00-5:00 pm. Suggested donation to the museum is $5 but free for MoCCA Members as well as for children 12 and under (when accompanied by a paying adult). For more information about the museum and MoCCA events, exhibitions and programs, contact MoCCA President and Chairman Ellen S. Abramowitz at eabramowitz@moccany.org.

Dark Horse Announces Free Comic Book Day Titles


The fridge is barely void of all those leftovers from Thanksgiving, but you should already be looking ahead. Not Christmas. A little further ahead. Try May 5, 2012. Free Comic Book Day. Huzzah indeed! Dark Horse is already looking that far ahead and have announced four titles that will be featured in two different comice.

First comes a special flip book featuring both Felicia Day’s gaming web series turned comic, The Guild, and Dark Horse’s best-selling comics continuation of Joss Whedon’s iconic television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Buffy has never needed a vacation as badly as she does now, with the world overrun with zompires and other fallout from Season 8. After an old friend suggests a relaxing getaway from all things that go bump in the night, it turns out to be harder than she could ever expect for a Slayer to get a day off.

Next up is one of the biggest flip books Dark Horse has ever published, when Zack Whedon brings you tales of the coolest guy in the galaxy and the most charming rebel in the universe. Han Solo? Meet Captain Mal Reynolds.

Han Solo and Chewbacca have a falling-out after a deal with their slickest—and shadiest—customer goes bad. But when the client gets designs on the Millennium Falcon, Han and Chewie present a united front that can’t be beat. Meanwhile, Captain Malcolm “Mal” Reynolds is no stranger to jobs gone wrong himself. But when the chips are down, he’s able to rely on the amazing, odd, and diversely talented crew of Serenity.

All titles are, of course, free. Full press release and covers after the jump.


DARK HORSE ANNOUNCES THE BIGGEST FREE COMIC BOOK DAY EVER!
FOUR GREAT STORIES, TWO AMAZING BOOKS, ONE HECK OF A SATURDAY!

NOVEMBER 23, MILWAUKIE, OR—Dark Horse rolls out the announcement of all four titles that will be featured in two different comics to be given away to thousands of fans on May 5, 2012.

First comes a special flip book featuring both Felicia Day’s gaming web series turned comic, The Guild, and Dark Horse’s best-selling comics continuation of Joss Whedon’s iconic television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer! Buffy has never needed a vacation as badly as she does now, with the world overrun with zompires and other fallout from Season 8. After an old friend suggests a relaxing getaway from all things that go bump in the night, it turns out to be harder than she could ever expect for a Slayer to get a day off!

Felicia Day, creator of The Guild, continues to bring on the funny with high jinks from her diverse group of gamers when the Guildies struggle to find a meeting place they can all agree on. A little in-game battle becomes the deciding factor, and the circle follows the decree of the winner: the beach?!

Next up is one of the biggest flip books we’ve ever published, when Zack Whedon brings you tales of the coolest guy in the galaxy and the most charming rebel in the ’verse! That’s right; we’ve paired Star Wars with Joss Whedon’s Serenity!

Han Solo and Chewbacca have a falling-out after a deal with their slickest—and shadiest—customer goes bad. But when the client gets designs on the Millennium Falcon, Han and Chewie present a united front that can’t be beat!

Meanwhile, Captain Malcolm “Mal” Reynolds is no stranger to jobs gone wrong himself. But when the chips are down, he’s able to rely on the amazing, odd, and diversely talented crew of Serenity.

Dark Horse Free Comic Book Day 2012: Four great stories for the price of, well, none!

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Friday, November 25, 2011

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 after being bitten and partially cured to walk as a half-zombie among them.)

What I wouldn’t do for last week to have been this week. I had plenty of zombie encounters this week to keep me occupied and delay me. Fortunately, I didn’t come across any bandits or the badass zombies that give me a hard time, just the run of the mill regular ones who don’t really bother with me but just got in my way.

Although it was odd this time around as some seemed to be watching me more intently before I put them down as if they realized something might be different.

Since noise is what attracts and excites them, they were all sort of moving about and coming out as I was capping them off. They would just walk towards me then wander off a bit when they realized I wasn’t something they could eat. That still didn’t stop them from staring at me a little longer than they used to, of course putting one in their brain stopped the staring.

I really brought the trouble on my own damn self since I was going through this town in search of some supplies. I have to say the zombie aggravation was well worth it in what I found.


Of course the gun store and camping supply store were both all picked clean as most of them are in towns, but fortunately for me the local barber in this place was a gun nut. I happened upon his back room during my search and man he had all manner of weapons from handguns to rifles to dynamite and all types of ammo. This guy was loaded and now I am as well.

I took as much as I needed and can carry, leaving a good bit for the next person to find. I made sure to leave a note outside saying that plenty of guns were in there in addition to securing the place. In case someone was making a run from zombies they could hold up in there safely to regroup and ammo up.

For me I can't stay here...gotta keep a move on. Try and see if can lure some of the zombies still around the town out of it in the process, perhaps making it a little safer for any survivors that might come through.

Using some of the dynamite I brought down a building or two to make a rubble wall at specific points to help block in the shop and create a safe zone for the most part in the surrounding area. Of course all that noise brought in some more zombies.

I found a workable car and drove it out of town a ways then blew it up as well, drawing one hell of a crowd of zombies that followed me. For now I am crapping out for the day as it's been a busy week.

Keep surviving.

Mike Mignola's Year of Monsters Kicks Off in January


It's almost 2012, which to Dark Horse means is the Year of Monsters. It helps when you've got Mike Mignola on your side to get the moniker to stick.

The program kicks off in January with a highly anticipated Lobster Johnson miniseries, The Burning Hand. Following up on the critically acclaimed 2007 series The Iron Prometheus, this new story pits the 1930s vigilante against one of the more terrible villains of the twentieth century.

“Mike Mignola got into the comics business with the simple goal of drawing monsters for a living,” said Dark Horse managing editor Scott Allie. “Mike celebrates 2012 by pitting his greatest characters against his favorite monsters on these special covers, unrelated to the stories inside.”

Lobster Johnson: The Burning Hand #1 arrives in stores on January 11, 2012. The entire schedule is below.

January—Lobster Johnson: The Burning Hand #1

February—B.P.R.D Hell on Earth: The Long Death #1

March—B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: The Pickens County Horror #1

April—Lobster Johnson: The Burning Hand #4

May—B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: The Transformation of J. H. O’Donnell

June—Baltimore: Dr. Leskovar’s Remedy #1

Mr. Mignola, if you could get some of your monsters to help us get past December 21, 2012, that'd be great. Unless Hellboy is the apocalypse we should be expecting and you've just been right all along, in which case I salute you.

Full press release after the jump.

DARK HORSE UNLEASHES MIKE MIGNOLA’S YEAR OF MONSTERS!

PUBLISHING SCHEDULE REVEALED FOR YEARLONG VARIANT-COVER PROGRAM, LAUNCHING IN JANUARY

NOVEMBER 23, MILWAUKIE, OR—Following up on an announcement made at this year’s New York Comic Con, Dark Horse unveils the schedule for Mike Mignola’s 2012 Year of Monsters program.

The program kicks off in January with a highly anticipated Lobster Johnson miniseries, The Burning Hand. Following up on the critically acclaimed 2007 series The Iron Prometheus, this new story pits the 1930s vigilante against one of the more terrible villains of the twentieth century.

These special variant covers will be available to any retailer who orders five or more copies of the standard cover. These are sure to be sought-after items with a broad appeal to fans of Mike Mignola’s work, as well as monster fetishists of all types!

“Mike Mignola got into the comics business with the simple goal of drawing monsters for a living,” said Dark Horse managing editor Scott Allie. “Mike celebrates 2012 by pitting his greatest characters against his favorite monsters on these special covers, unrelated to the stories inside.”

The schedule for the first half of the year can be found below. Lobster Johnson: The Burning Hand #1 arrives in stores on January 11, 2012.

January—Lobster Johnson: The Burning Hand #1

February—B.P.R.D Hell on Earth: The Long Death #1

March—B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: The Pickens County Horror #1

April—Lobster Johnson: The Burning Hand #4

May—B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: The Transformation of J. H. O’Donnell

June—Baltimore: Dr. Leskovar’s Remedy #1

Queen Crab is a Catch

Jimmy Palmiotti isn't one to do things traditionally. Even his stories bear the slightest hint of craziness that makes him stand out as a writer. Queen Crab is no exception, detailing a women's transformation into something different.

"When Jimmy pitched this to me in San Diego, I was pretty blown away," said Image Publisher Eric Stephenson. "He had the whole book there, printed out, and I just couldn't stop reading. In the past, Jimmy has always collaborated with other writers, but my strongest reaction was along the lines - 'What took you so long to start writing on your own? This is brilliant!' It's one of the most intriguingly twisted stories I've read in a long time, and I love it!"

Queen Crab is also significant for Palmiotti because this is the first title he's writing solo. He's brought along illustrator Sas Christian for the cover and Artiz Eiguren for the interiors as well. Amanda Conner, Paul Mounts and others will also be providing pin-ups.

"For me, getting someone with the right skills for the job was mission number one and when I was introduced to Artiz’s work," said Palmiotti. "I felt it was the perfect style to capture the emotional beats, the storytelling I was looking for, and a style of drawing that we don’t see very often in American comics."

Queen Crab is all about Ginger, a twenty-something office worker in Brooklyn who has been living her life one boring day at a time. Unsatisfied with her lot in life, she has decided to settle down, and finally marry a guy that is clearly head over heels for her. On her ill-fated wedding night aboard a cruise ship, her new husband reveals his true nature when he attempts to murder her. But that's only the beginning of Ginger's troubles as she wakes up the next morning naked on the beaches of Coney Island altered.

The 64-page hardcover graphic novel will be $12.99 when it hits stores February 1. Full press release and interiors after the jump.

QUEEN CRAB IS A REAL CATCH
Image Comics Serves Up a Hardcover Graphic Novel from Jimmy Palmiotti

Berkeley, CA – 23 November 2011 -- In February, Jimmy Palmiotti (Jonah Hex, THE PRO, and upcoming CAPTAIN BROOKLYN) presents a distinctly off-kilter story of one woman's life as it transforms from hopeless monotony... to crustacean nightmare!

QUEEN CRAB is an original hardcover graphic novel full of revenge, lust, violence, and insanity, with themes reminiscent of Kafka's The Metamorphosis. Told in the tradition of such masters of surreal, suspenseful storytelling as David Lynch and Steven King, QUEEN CRAB is about a young woman dealing with the insanity of the world around her, and trying to keep her head above water!

Palmiotti has until now always had a co-writer on his books, but QUEEN CRAB will be his first foray into writing solo. Palmiotti has brought some talented artists on board, including award winning illustrator Sas Christian providing shockingly beautiful cover art and interior artist Artiz Eiguren. With Amanda Conner, Paul Mounts, and many more providing pin-ups, QUEEN CRAB will at once be the most beautiful and most dreadful to behold!

"For me, getting someone with the right skills for the job was mission number one and when I was introduced to Artiz’s work," said Palmiotti. "I felt it was the perfect style to capture the emotional beats, the storytelling I was looking for, and a style of drawing that we don’t see very often in American comics."

"When Jimmy pitched this to me in San Diego, I was pretty blown away," said Image Publisher Eric Stephenson. "He had the whole book there, printed out, and I just couldn't stop reading. In the past, Jimmy has always collaborated with other writers, but my strongest reaction was along the lines - 'What took you so long to start writing on your own? This is brilliant!' It's one of the most intriguingly twisted stories I've read in a long time, and I love it!"

QUEEN CRAB is all about Ginger, a twenty-something office worker in Brooklyn who has been living her life one boring day at a time. Unsatisfied with her lot in life, she has decided to settle down, and finally marry a guy that is clearly head over heels for her. On her ill-fated wedding night aboard a cruise ship, her new husband reveals his true nature... when he attempts to murder her! But that's only the beginning of Ginger's troubles as she wakes up the next morning naked on the beaches of Coney Island…altered, to say the least.

QUEEN CRAB HC (DEC110483, ISBN: 978-1-60706-505-0), a 64-page full-color hardcover graphic novel for $12.99, will be on sale in stores and on digital platforms on February 1, and will be available for order in the December issue of Previews.

ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.




Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Preview - Pilot Season: Seraph #1

Top Cow's Pilot Season continues, looking for that next "big" comic. This year, a football player is throwing his lot in as well with Pilot Season: Seraph #1.

Created by Lance Briggs and written by Phil hester (art by Jose Luis, Sandro Riberirio, David Ocampo, colors by Bill Farmer, letters by Troy Peteri and cover by Luis), the angelic warrior now known only as Seraph was once a sinner. After living a life of selfishness and sin, personal tragedy drove him to kill himself. Plucked on his way to Hell by Heaven, the man was made Heaven’s soldier in an endless battle.

It's sort of like a reverse Spawn.

The book is in stores today and interiors are after the jump.





Parker: The Martini Edition Ready for Drinks

Some people have an affinity for a martini. That affinity appreciates martinis in all sorts of flavors and varieties, but most imbibers fail to enjoy the Parker variety. IDW Entertainment has something in store that will rectify this in Parker: The Martini Edition>

The collection features a section of sketches and preliminaries by the artist, with commentary as well. It includes Darwyn Cooke's first two Parker books in "The Hunter" and "The Outfit." There's even an additional 65 pages of Cooke content including a brand new story.

"The Hunter" and "The Outfit" tell the story of Parker, Richard Stark's classic anti-hero, as he returns to New York to settle the score with his wife and partner in crime after they betray him in a heist gone terribly wrong. After evening the field and reclaiming his prize, the Outfit decide to do some score settling of their own... and learn much too late that when you push a man like Parker, it had better be all the way to the grave.

The 9x13 edition boasts 360 pages and a $75 price tag when it hits stores today. Full press release after the jump.

Parker: The Martini Edition in Comic Stores This Week!
Tuesday, Nov 22nd, 2011
This beautiful collection features an expansive section of sketches and preliminaries by the artist, with commentary accompanying. Go to your comic shop this week to pick up a copy!

Parker: The Martini Edition HC
Darwyn Cooke (w & a & c)
Darwyn Cooke's first two Parker books, The Hunter and The Outfit, are collected in a tremendous, special oversized hardcover edition—with an ADDITIONAL 65 pages of Darwyn Cooke content—including a BRAND NEW story and a beautiful slipcase!

Richard Stark's Parker: The Hunter graphic novel debuted in July 2008 to instantaneous popular and critical acclaim. It made the New York Times best-seller list and won coveted Eisner and Harvey awards. The second graphic novel, The Outfit, was released last year and was met with similar response, and is currently under consideration for nominations in this year’s awards season.

The Hunter and The Outfit tell the story of Parker, Richard Stark's classic anti-hero, as he returns to New York to settle the score with his wife and partner in crime after they betray him in a heist gone terribly wrong. After evening the field and reclaiming his prize, the Outfit decide to do some score settling of their own... and learn much too late that when you push a man like Parker, it had better be all the way to the grave.

This very special collection measures an impressive 9 x 13 inches and weighs in at 334 pages. Extras include an extended art gallery section as well as a brand-new 8-page Parker story by Darwyn Cooke, unique to this volume.
HC • Partial Color • $75.00 • 360 Pages • 9” x 13” • 978-1-60010-980-5

Bullet points:
•The hunter was on over 50 “Best of” lists for 2009. Was named the best graphic novel of the year by The Village Voice.
•Winner of Eisner and Harvey Awards
•Features an all-new 8-page Parker story by Darwyn Cooke!
•More than 60 pages of extra content

The Governor Gets Deluxe Treatment

There are fifty governors in the United States, yet I'm sure that none of them fit into the category of that governor. That governor is one of the most reviled and despised characters in The Walking Dead and he gets the deluxe treatment in The Walking Dead - Rise of the Governor Novel by Robert Kirkman and Jay Bonansinga.

"Many have asked me whether I will ever write a prequel about the lives the character lead before," said Kirkman. "Well, that's basically what we're doing with these novels. And we wanted to offer the fans a special edition before the holidays."

The deluxe edition will feature illustrations by Charlie Adlard. There's even a super rare edition signed and numbered by Kirkman himself. The novel sheds light on the true origins of The Governor and his transformation.

The 336-page novel will go on sale for $74.99 when it hits stores December 7. The limited signed and numbered edition will also hit stores the same day for $124.99. Full press release after the jump.

THE GOVERNOR GETS DELUXE TREATMENT
Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment To Release Deluxe Slipcased The Walking Dead – Rise Of the Governor Novel

Berkeley, CA – 22 November 2011 – Are you looking to impress THE WALKING DEAD fan in your life this holiday season with the perfect gift? Well, you're in luck! That's right, holiday shoppers need look no further than their favorite comic book retailer to purchase the deluxe, leather bound, slipcased hardcover edition of the New York Times bestseller, THE WALKING DEAD – RISE OF THE GOVERNOR NOVEL by series creator Robert Kirkman and co-writer Jay Bonansinga.

"Many have asked me whether I will ever write a prequel about the lives the character lead before," said Kirkman. "Well, that's basically what we're doing with these novels. And we wanted to offer the fans a special edition before the holidays."

To make the gift even more impressive, this deluxe edition will feature spot illustrations by series artist Charlie Adlard. Comic book readers may wonder if there's any better way to improve upon a novel than by adding pictures. Well, there is! There is also an even rarer, super deluxe edition that will also be signed and numbered by Kirkman!

THE WALKING DEAD – RISE OF THE GOVERNOR NOVEL is the first in a planned trilogy of novels based on the characters introduced in THE WALKING DEAD comic book series. RISE OF THE GOVERNOR sheds light on the true origins of The Governor, the most vile and deadly villain yet to appear in THE WALKING DEAD comic book series. Now fans of the comic book and AMC's record breaking TV adaptation can discover the transformation of one man into a monster with this special deluxe edition!

THE WALKING DEAD – RISE OF THE GOVERNOR NOVEL: DELUXE SLIPCASED EDITION (OCT110517, ISBN: 978-1-60706-482-4), a 336-page novel for $74.99, will be on sale in stores on December 7, along with the limited signed & numbered edition (OCT110518, ISBN: 978-1-60706-483-1) for $124.99.

ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.