Friday, September 28, 2012

Review - Debris #3

The role of Protector is full of epic battles and journeys, but rarely thanks. That's ok with Maya, the latest in the line in Debris #3 from Image Comics.

The third issue in four is written by Kurtis J. Wiebe, with art by Riley Rossmo, colors by Owen Gieni and letters by Ed Brisson.

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.)

The internet. I never thought in my lifetime I would ever be able to get on the internet again. How I’ve missed you.

Bet you're thinking where in the hell could you find somewhere that had power and working computers. In addition, computers with the ability to still connect to servers and go online?

One answer: Kansas City.

Back before all this zombie taking over the world noise, Kansas City got that fiber optic network, bringing in some powerful hardware. I was making my way around the city when I came across their campus here and saw the fence around it was actually still intact. Figured it would be worthwhile to break into and see what I could find.

Review - Voyaga

With the Curiosity Rover beaming back awesomeness from Mars, the concept of space exploration is becoming more and more tangible. It's only a matter of time before we're fully prepared to send someone into space. Only hopefully the outcome is a tad more positive than that of Dean Kirkland in Voyaga from Markosia Enterprises.

Voyaga is written by Brandon Barrows, with art by Ionic and Rudolf Montemayor.

Nowhere Men Makes Science the New Rock 'n' Roll

Everyone knows about "the" Fab Four. The musical prodigies left a lasting impression on both music and pop culture, the remaining members still maintaining relevance today. Did you know there was a Fab Four of science as well? That's right. Dade Ellis, Simon Grimshaw, Emerson Strange and Thomas Walker are that group in Nowhere Men, a new series from Image Comics.

The series is written by Eric Stephenson and illustrated by Nate Bellegarde, with colors by Jordie Bellaire and design by Fonografiks. It makrs Stephenson's return to the writer's chair to tell a story.

"For years, I've been fascinated by the notion of a world where science shaped our culture in a similar way to popular music back in the 1960s," explained Stephenson. "We've seen hints of that world in film and television, but I've always wondered what burden being at the forefront of that kind of cultural revolution would carry. The Beatles fell apart at the end of the '60s – if science did actually supplant rock 'n' roll, how would the trailblazers of that movement fare? And if an individual like Steve Jobs could have such a profound impact on society, what would happen if a group of equally brilliant minds joined together with a common cause?"

Bellegrade adds his own, punk-rock, pop-art style to the proceedings.

"NOWHERE MEN gives me the chance to illustrate the gleaming, unfulfilled promise of 'yesterday's tomorrow, today,'" said Bellegarde. "I get to bring life to intricate characters and really sink my teeth into the sci-fi genre, taking the best influences from classic sci-fi films like 2001: A Space Odyssey and Alien and groundbreaking comics visions like Enki Bilal's Nikopol Trilogy, Geof Darrow's work on Hard Boiled and Frank Quitely's run on All-Star Superman to create a vivid, idyllic new world that is as much of a thrill to draw as it is to dream about."

The full-color ongoing series debuts November 21. Each issue will be advertisement free and can check out a sneak peak in The Walking Dead #102.

Full press release below.

Asylum Press Releases Original Graphic Novel Farmhouse as Web & Digital Comic

Everyone loves a good, neo-noir thriller. It gets extra points if it's a digital comic that also runs as a webcomic. Cue up the extra points for Farmhouse from Asylum Press, written by Elizabeth J. Musgrave and illustrated by Szymon Kudranski.

Farmhouse is the story of a drifter named Sam Corneile who returns home to take a job at a local mental institution where he discovers a group of patients being exploited under an art therapy regimen. While there, he falls for Helen, a feisty but troubled woman who dares him to confront his past. This psychological thriller examines what lurks deep within the human mind, both sane and insane.

“This was my first graphic novel and it was very exciting to see it come to life visually”, explains Musgrave, “Szymon really nailed the dark and gritty feel of the characters and the mental ward.”

"Farmhouse was a challenging story for me to illustrate, it provided me the opportunity to work in a different style that complimented the setting", says Kudranski, "If anyone is interested in how my work looked before Spawn and Penguin, they should check out that book."

Farmhouse #1 is free and available on Comixology, ComicsPlus (Iverse), Graphicly, Diamond Digital, MyDigitalComics, DrivethruComics, Amusedom as well as stand alone apps and epubs on KindleFire, Nook, Kobo, ibookstore, and Googlebooks. Forthcoming issues will all be $0.99.

“We’re very excited about the possibility of reaching so many people all over the world, “ explains publisher Frank Forte, “tablets and smart phone ownership is exploding and we want to provide great comics content. The one obstacle we face is coordinating releases an all platforms and devices. We’ll be updating which comics are available on which platforms on our website.”

The Farmhouse web comic is updated Monday, Wednesday and Friday and can be seen at:
www.farmhousecomic.com.

Full press release below.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Aspen Heads to Sin City With a Magical Exclusive

Sin City. A place where nights go by in a blink of an eye and take twice as long to remember. This weekend, the city plays host to the Las Vegas Comic Book Expo 2012 and you can bet that Aspen Comics will be on hand.

Appearing at the show on behalf of the publisher will be Frank Mastromauro, Peter Steigerwald, JT Krul and Mike DeBalfo. All will be available at the Aspen Comics Booth #401 both Saturday and Sunday to meet fans and sign autographs. Aspen artists Joe Benitez, Beth Sotelo and Nei Ruffino will also be attending the show at their respective tables.

Aspen is also offering a Soulfire #2 Las Vegas Comic Book Expo 2012 exclusive cover featuring a special Vegas-themed cover by series artists DeBalfo and Ruffino, limited to only 300 copies. Along with exclusive comics, Aspen will also be offering all new art prints featuring their most popular covers and characters, including Fathom, Soulfire, Lady Mechanika, Executive Assistant and more. The Soulfire #2 Las Vegas Comic Book Expo 2012 cover will also be available, limited to 75 editions.

Full press release below.

Dark Horse Announces 47 Ronin #1

The legend of the 47 Ronin is one of the best-known tales in Japanese history. Tapping Stan Sakai to bring that story to life through his art is a no-brainer.

47 Ronin #1 is illustrated by Sakai and written by Mike Richardson, the story epitomizing the samurai code of honor. It has been said, “To know the story of the 47 Ronin is to know Japan.” The first chapter details the tragic incident that would seal the fate of Lord Asano and set forty-seven of his vassals on a years-long path of vengeance.

The work also features Kazuo Koike as a consultant.

Full press release and interiors below.

Review - Princeless: Short Stories for Warrior Women #2

What's a feisty young elf to do in prison? Or a blacksmith's daughter facing her parents' impending divorce? Those questions and more are answered quite entertainingly in Princeless: Short Stories for Warrior Women #2 from Action Lab Comics.

The series boasts the writing skills of Jeremy Whitley, features art by Jules Rivera, Kelly Lawrence, Meredith Moriarty, Nancy King, Sarah Leuver and Emily C. Martin and is lettered by Dave Dwonch.

Chris Ryall and Sam Kieth Take Readers to The Hollows

Ever been to the Hollows? If you have then you know your way around and don't need any help from IDW. If you've never been (and it's likely you haven't), then IDW would love to escort you through. The creator-owned, four-issue miniseries is written by Chris Ryall and illustrated by Sam Kieth.

"The Hollows began as a more straightforward tale," said Chris Ryall, also IDW's Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief, "until Sam and I remembered that neither of us really tell straightforward tales. So the desolate setting for the story is really just the backdrop for a more personal tale of love, loss, redemption, faith, flight, and past versus future, all wrapped up and bound to the archaic flying suit of our protagonist, a beleaguered scientist/explorer named Kobayashi who ventures down from his city-state and finds something entirely unexpected. Along with a little scene- and heart-stealing creature called Urp, too."

To combat the catastrophic death of a decaying Japan, survivors create genetically engineered supertrees-wooden leviathans capable of supporting entire cities suspended above the radioactive wastes below. Traveling via jetpacks to stay above the toxic air below, the survivors must also band together against the Hollows, irradiated husks whose humanity has been supplanted by an unquenchable desire to consume human energy!

"Well for me it was started visually... it stops short of having the heart of a true fantasy story, stops just shy of steampunk. It's soft sci-fi at best, and the ghostly hollows provide a bit of horror too," said Kieth. "Reading over Chris's wonderful script, The Hollows seems to floats effortlessly through all of these genres. Maybe a cross between City of Lost Children and Brazil; hard to pigeonhole."

The first issue hits stores December 19. Full press release below.

Valiant Comics Heads to NYCC

Summer is technically over, but the Summer of Valiant is still going strong. That momentum will carry them into NYCC, where the publisher will have all the good stuff.

Valiant kicks off the show with a bang on Friday, October 12th at 2:45 pm at "The Future of Valiant" panel. The panel will present exclusive news and announcements behind the next great happenings in the Valiant Universe. On hand will be Joshua Dysart, Justin Jordan, Duane Sqierczynski, Fred Van Lente, Warren Simons and Dinesh Shamdasani.

The Valiant booth (#1220) will features signings and convention exclusives, including blank cover double-sided flipbooks, Valiant t-shirts and "The Summer of Valiant" Collected Edition – a limited edition, square-bound collection of Valiant's first four #1 issues. And check out Valiant's hottest new releases with a FREE Valiant Preview Edition, starring X-O Manowar and Shadowman.

Full press release below.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Preview - Shadowman #2

Mr. Twist is looking to dial up the darkness in Shadowman #2 from Valiant Entertainment. A darkness that only Justin Jordan and Patrick Zircher can capture.

Jack Boniface has just become the next Shadowman — which would be great if he had any idea what he was doing. But he doesn’t and he’s out of time. Master Darque has dispatched the terrifying Mr. Twist to destroy Jack, and the demonic creature is tearing through half of the Big Easy in search of his target. Now, it's down to the Abettors — the mysterious organization that’s spent hundreds of years protecting New Orleans — to reach Jack first.

Shadowman #2 hits stores December 5, while the first issue hits stores November 7. Full solicit and interiors below.

Review - Where's My Shoggoth?

Fans of Cthulu (and H.P. Lovecraft) know who shoggoth is. He's a monster created by the Elder Things who can take on any shape needed. Odds are you don't know where he is and that's the question being answered in Where's My Shoggoth?, a new illustrated children's book from Archaia Studios.

Where's My Shoggoth? is written by Ian Thomas and illustrated by Adam Bolton.

Contraband Comics Offers Demons and Dead Kids

The other day, Contraband Comics offered booze and broads. Now, they're offering demons and dead kids. Not quite the party I'd want to attend, but I'd wager it'll make an intriguing comic.

Check out the last teaser below.

Epics Goes Pulp Noir

Pulp doesn't have a place in orange juice. It doesn't have a place as the cause of bad smells from paper factories. It does have a place in comics, taking readers back to a special place in history where the stories were different and characters more hard-boiled. It's a place that A Wave Blue World is revisiting with Epics, a new anthology comic.

Each issue of Epics will contain four unique adventures by Anthony Marques, Fernando Ruiz, Bob Hardin and Fabio Redivo. All four are graduates and current staff instructors of the Kubert School.

A Wave Blue World CEO, Tyler Chin-Tanner commented, “As soon as I saw the completed first issue of Epics, I knew these guys were doing their best work. I loved how the format allowed them to stretch themselves individually as creators, but still collaborate with each other. They really poured their hearts and souls into this comic, and even funded the first issue themselves through Kickstarter. I just wanted to make sure they had the resources and stability they needed to continue to put out future issues as good as this first one.”

Creator Anthony Marques added, "On behalf of all the creators involved in EPICS, we are all thrilled and excited to call A Wave Blue World home. We look forward to the coming months in which we will push the envelope to create new and exciting material for comic fans to enjoy."

Epics #1 was first released during a special signing at Dewy’s Comic City in Madison, NJ on September 15, but will be making it’s convention debut at NYCC on October 11-14. Print copies are also available for order from www.awaveblueworld.com and Amazon, as well as digital copies from comiXology.

In addition to publishing the book on a quarterly schedule, A Wave Blue World will also publish a pair of spin-off series for 2 of the stories in Epics #1. "Katyusha" will be written by Tyler Chin-Tanner and illustrated by Anthony Marques as well, while "The Iron Ghost" will be by Fernando Ruiz. Each will launch their own titles in 2013.

Full press release below.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Mara Presents Perfect Power

If Mara were named Para, then the title would have some alliterative swing to it. Alas, it's not, but that makes it no less intriguing as a new comic from Brian Wood and Ming Doyle, published by Image Comics.

In a hyper-technological future where sports, war, and celebrity are the world's obsessions, no one is more famous than Mara Prince. A model and athlete regarded as a paragon, Mara rises to an untouchable height of fame when she manifests superpowers on live television.

"For a while I've seen a connection between superstar athletes and superheroes, both superficially and also in how each can be portrayed and dissected, lauded, and demonized by the societies they serve," he said, adding that the pressure to perform perfectly can be tremendous for young athletes. "Mara deals with a superstar female athlete who commits this very 'sin' of not being perfect, and finds herself facing down the worst of what we can throw at a vulnerable young woman. "

"Mara exists in a society where personality is productized and even the minutest actions are instantaneously uploaded, circulated, and examined," said Doyle. "I feel that in both the broad strokes of ultra-sized stadiums and the small touches like social media enabled microphones and eye-in-the-sky blimps, we're building a stage for Mara that's both expansive and claustrophobic."

Jordie Bellaire is the colorist for the six-issue miniseries, debuting December 26. Full press release below.

Review - Geek Girl #0

Geeks are more than just guys these days. Women are just as likely to geek out about something as guys are. Not only that, but women are also just as likely to geek out about gaining superpowers. Such is the case of Ruby in Geek Girl #0 from Actuality Press.

Geek Girl #0 is written by Sam Johnson, with art by Sally Stone-Thompson, letters by Jaymes Reed and inlay page letters by Kris Johnson.

IDW's Doctor Who Brings New Guests on the TARDIS

Doctor Who is one of the hottest things out there right now, celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year. IDW Publishing is on it, publishing a monthly comic that follows the adventures of the Doctor in print. And issues #3 and #4 get some new blood in the form of Brandon Seifert and Philip Bond.

"Taking over for series "showrunner" Andy Diggle--who will return for issue #5 and beyond--and Mark Buckingham, keen Who fans SEIFERT and BOND have brought a unique take and a mass of enthusiasm to the Eleventh Doctor's adventures."

"This may sound like hyperbole, but Doctor Who is basically my favorite thing going on in pop culture right now," says Seifert. "I've especially loved Steven Moffat's take on the show, and I'm super excited for the opportunity to write for the comic series!"
Their special two-part story should be a delight to readers as we see just what kind of shenanigans are unleashed upon the galaxy when the Doctor and Rory go for a rowdy night out!

"We've structured the series with Andy as lead writer so that we can bring in creators for a brief visit to the TARDIS that otherwise wouldn't have the opportunity, and this is the first glimpse of that plan," editor Denton J. Tipton said. "I've been looking to work with Brandon since reading Witch Doctor, and finally being able to land Philip Bond has me more than pleased. The story is a fun diversion from Andy's sprawling epic, but keen readers will be able to see the links between them."

Doctor Who #3 is 32 pages, full-color, and will be in stores 11/14/12 with Diamond Code SEP120351. Doctor Who #4 is 32 pages, full-color, and will be in stores 12/12/12 with Diamond Code OCT120350.

Full press release below.

Contraband Comics Offers Booze and Broads

Contraband Comics has released two teaser images, one boasting "Booze" and the other boasting "Broads." What comes next? Cigarettes? Bribery? Stay tuned.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Zenecope’s Animated Series Screening Party During New York Comic Con Weekend

Zenescope Entertainment knows their fantasy and fairy tales fairly well. At least, they know how to tell stories about fantasy and fairy tales, all fitting within the overarching Zenescope universe. They're hoping to parlay the success of their comic books into an animated show and at NYCC, fans will get a chance to see the fruits of the labor.

The Grimm Fairy Tales: The Animated Series Screening Party will take place on Saturday, October 13th, at 10 PM at Times Scare. Tickets will set you back $75, but that gets you a one-hour open bar, the Fairy Tale Burlesque show by Ink and Paint Burlesque and the main event viewing of the pilot episode of the series. Further, all attendees will receive a signed limited edition art print and a limited edition Grimm Fairy Tales comic book exclusive to the event.

“This screening party will be our first opportunity to show off the animated series so many fans have been waiting for,” said Zenescope’s Marketing Director, Stephen Haberman, “Plus those in attendance are getting open bar, a burlesque show and limited edition gifts. We’re stoked!”

During New York Comic Con there will be a Zenescope panel that will premiere a first look at the show as well. The panel will feature director Jon Schnepp, Grimm Fairy Tales writers and creators Joe Brusha and Ralph Tedesco, actress Brianna Evigan, and other special guests.

Full press release below.

Superpowers Leads to Super Problems in I Love Trouble

Biggie and Puffy may have sang about more money leading to more problems, but that's probably because they didn't have superpowers. In fact, having superpowers leads to a whole new set of problems, the least of which is the responsibility that comes with being able to teleport.

I Love Trouble is a new series from Image Comics (written by Kel Symons and illustrated by Mark Robinson) that follows Felicia, a New Orleans grifter on the run from a mobster. In the midst of her escape, her plane crashes, teaching her she can teleport.

"I imagine her as someone who was always on the run from one thing or another in her life — came from a broken home, had terrible experiences with relationships — and when things got bad she just picked up and left," said writer Symons. "So the idea of teleportation fed into that."

The premise of Felicia's power being tied with her personality was what artist Robinson said won him over. "Kel's ideas were crisp and sharp," said Robinson. "The book is supposed to be more about the person than the power. Kel's scripts leave me a lot of room to do my thing visually, which I am grateful for."

The breathing room has allowed Robinson to shine, said Symons. "There's a uniqueness to what Mark's doing — you can just see he's working on another level, that he takes what's in a script and finds something you didn't even realize was there and runs with it."

The first issue of the new, ongoing series will be in stores December 5.

Full press release below.

Review - Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Bad Girls #2

The Grimm Fairy Tales universe has its share of villains. All sorts of shape, species and sex, all vying for power for whatever reason. When some of those villains unite their power though, well, you get something akin to what's happening in Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Bad Girls #2 from Zenescope.

The second issue of five is written by Joey Esposito, with pencils by Eduardo Garcia and Salvador Velaquez, colors by Jason Embury and Jeff Balke and letters by Jeff Campbell.

Victor Gischler Begins Writing The Shadow With #7

Dynamite Entertainment is making a name as a publisher in restoring some of the older properties to relevance. One of those properties is The Shadow, a character who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men. His rebooted series is chugging along and, come issue #7, Victor Gischler steps in as the writer.

"The Shadow is a classic, iconic character that I'm thrilled to write," says new The Shadow writer Victor Gischler! "It's really like you get two characters in one -- The Shadow, an incredible crime fighter with the ability to cloud men's minds, but also as a wealthy man about town named Lamont Cranston who is almost a James bond sort of character himself. Action, romance, and intrigue in an amazing pulp package make The Shadow a must read."

Gischler will be joined by Jack Herbert, alongside Alex Ross, John Cassaday, Darwyn Cooke and Francesco Francavilla on covers. In The Shadow #7, The Shadow is known for the mystic power which allows him to cloud men's minds and read their hearts. But what happens when this power fails him? After the Shadow fails to stop a routine mugging, he travels to the Far East with his pilot and sidekick WWI ace Miles Crofton. In Nepal, he hopes to reconnect with his old masters and to consult with them about what could be amiss with his powers. Instead, he finds opium smugglers. As always, The Shadow faces danger … but he must also look within himself.

"Victor is a writer who we've wanted to work with for quite a bit, but weren't able to due to his exclusivity to Marvel," states Dynamite President Nick Barrucci. "We've talked in the past, and are happy that we are able to work with him today. We actually spoke with Garth before deciding who the next writer on The Shadow should be, and Garth was happy to hear that it was Victor, as he's a fan of his novels and Punisher run. We're very fortunate at Dynamite to be working with Victor."

Full press release below.

Revival From Image Comics Continues to Sell Out

Revival #3 has hit stores. Actually, it sort of blew through stores, as it's already sold out and will go back to press. The second printing will be in stores on October 24, the same day that Revival #4 hits stores.

There's more. The third printing of Revival #1 and second printing of Revival #2 have already sold out as well, garnering additional reprintings for October 24 also.

The "rural noir" by Tim Seeley and Mike Norton explores what happens when the dead return to life in a small Wisconsin town. The "revivers" return to their lives, but in time it becomes clear that something is missing from who they used to be. Police officer Dana Cypress is assigned to investigate the revival phenomenon, only to discover that it affects her more closely than she thought.

Full press release below.

Friday, September 21, 2012

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.)

Down to one clip of handgun ammo and twenty shells for my shotgun. Those radioactive bastards used up the rest of it when they hit me in a pack. There were ten of them that came charging out of this warehouse mad as hell and hungry for a piece of me.

It was a running battle for about twenty minutes. All I heard was shotgun blasts going off, zombies roaring and my heart pounding as I jumped over debris and cars, weaving to stay ahead of them. Towards the end two of them caught up with me and tackled me down; all three of us went into a heap on the ground rolling down this hill.

My gear was going everywhere as it came down to a knife in one hand and my trusty Glock in the other. That moment was the most terrifying one I've ever had since the zombie apocalypse hit and I hope it never happens again, but nothing is certain. Still a little rattled from that throwdown since it was only a few hours ago.

Review - Idolized #2

Realty shows continue to hold a grip on popular culture for whatever reason, but few of them match the sheer insanity of a superhero contest. It's a good thing there's books like Idolized #2 from Aspen Comics to fill that void.

The issue is written by David Schwartz, with pencils by Micah Gunnell and Pasquale Qualano, colors by David Curiel and letters by Josh Reed.

IDW Reveals Joe Kubert's Tarzan of the Apes: Artist's Edition Signed Variant


Joe Kubert’s Tarzan of the Apes: Artist’s Edition is scheduled to be in comic book stores the last week of September. It collects the entire four-part origin story of Tarzan, as well as two single part adventures, all adapted by Joe Kubert from the classic Edgar Rice Burroughs stories. That's not the best part though.

A signed, numbered and remarqued version will be released in October and is only available through IDW Publishing. Limited to 181 copies, and each with a unique head sketch of Tarzan by Joe Kubert, IDW will donate $50.00 from each copy sold of this special edition to a scholarship fund in Joe’s name established at the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon Art.

“It was a great honor for me to work on this book. Joe Kubert’s enthusiasm for the project knew no bounds, he sounded as happy as a kid at play when we talked about it.” said editor Scott Dunbier.

Both the regular and remarqued edtions are available for pre-order now. Click here for details of the remarqued edition.

Full press release below.

ComixTribe Unveils Plans for NYCC 2012

Have you ordered your ComixTribe T-shirt yet? If not, you better get on it. The publisher is offering some interesting schwag for wearing it to NYCC 2012, in addition to a ton of other stuff.

Setting up shop at Booth #2380, ComixTribe will be bringing Tyler James, Joe Mulvey, John Lees, Jonathan Rector and Cesar Feliciano to the show. Also appearing will be Jason Ciaramella, Mark Poulton, Rich Douek, Rafer Roberts, Paul Allor and Alex Cormack.

"ComixTribe is thrilled to be coming back to New York Comic Con," said publisher Tyler James. "We've had a big year, and the con is providing a great venue for many of us to get together to celebrate what we've achieved, thank many of the fans who made it all possible, and strategize for an even bigger 2013."

Fans can also download the free preview book and RSVP to the show's drink and draw, taking place at the Tempest Bar on October 11 from 10 PM to whenever. They're a great bunch of guys, with a lot of great stuff on hand and are offering great stories to tell Friday morning. Assuming you didn't "draw" too much the night beforehand.

Full press release below.

Planet of the Apes: Cataclysm #1 Sells Out

Readers can't seem to get their hands off those damn, dirty apes...comic books that is. In fact, Planet of the Apes: Cataclysm #1 has sold out at the distributor level and will be rushed to a second printing.

Writers Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman craft the tale eight years before astronaut George Taylor fell from the stars. The Alpha-Omega bomb of yore has slept silent in the dark side of the moon. One mad monk seeks to wake the beast...and all of ape society is at risk. It’s a race against time as Doctor Zaius struggles to find an end to the madness that has engulfed all that he knows.

The second print ships with a brand new cover by Peter Ngyuen and is available for immediate order under Diamond order code AUG128054. Full press release below.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Deathcember Continues in Earnest for BOOM! Studios

Deathcember is shaping up to be pretty fighty huh?

Review - Godstorm #0

Zeus has led an eventful life. Ruled Mt. Olympus, instilled fear in mortals and sired children. Lots of children. Children with ambitions and goals. And children he might not have maintained the best relationships with, as evident in Godstorm #0 from Zenescope Entertainment.

The preview issue is written by Pat Shand, with pencils by Jason Johnson, colors by Ben Sawyer and letters by Jim Campbell.

Image Comics Exclusives and Panels at NYCC

Didn't realize that NYCC was right around the corner did you? If you did, good for you. If not, it is. So start planning. Image Comics will have a lot of action at the show, including convention exclusives, panels and talent signings.

Highlighting the talent signings at the booth will be Robert Kirkman, Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples, Jonathan Hickman, Tim Seeley, Ron Marz, Joe Harris, Jim Zub, Ed Brisson and Justin Jordan. Each of the above wil be on hand with special edition schwag for your fawning pleasure.

Also at the booth will be Grant Morrison, Howard Chaykin, Glen Brunswick and Whilce Portacio, Alex de Campi and Christine Larsen, Jay Faerber, Sina Grace, Jeremy Haun, David Hine, Jason Howard, Ales Kot, Jim McCann and Rodin Esquejo, Ben McCool and Ben Templesmith, Brandon Montclare and Amy Reeder, Scott Snyder, Scott Tuft, and Attilla Futaki, Christian Weiser, Tony Trov, and Johnny Zito and Lee David Zlotoff and Will Sliney.

Image panels at the show will include The Image Revolution Documentary, Wondrous Worlds, Fractured Futures: Speculative Fiction and Image Comics, Skybound: On the Rise, Drawing the Line: Artists on Creator-Owned Comics, The Image Comics Experience, The Top Cow Universe's New Era, The Writers Room, Saga: Sex, Drugs & Rocketships, Creating Comics with Two X-Chromosomes: Real Talk with Image's Female Creators and Kirkmania!

Full press release, signing schedule, exclusives and panel schedule below.

Brooklyn Book Festival Releases Updated Schedule

This weekend is special for book lovers in Brooklyn...it's the Brooklyn Book Festival!

The show will feature a ton of talent, including Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez, Adrian Tomine, Carla Speed McNeil, Gabrielle Bell, Derek Kirk Kim, Peter Kuper, Becky Cloonan, Mark Siegel, Leela Corman, Molly Crabapple, Bob Fingerman, James Romberger, Colleen Doran, Spike, Jamie Tanner, Mr. Fish, Fly, Ron Wimberly, Michael Kupperman, Julia Wertz, Bob Sikoryak, Lauren Weinstein, Charise Mericle Harper, Tracy White, Jerry Craft, Sean Howe, Lisa Hanawalt, Aaron Diaz, Jeffrey Lewis, and the Graphic Canon anthology editor/contributors.

“With an entire week of literary events celebrating the written and spoken word, the seventh annual Brooklyn Book Festival will be bigger and better than ever,” said Johnny Temple, chair of the Brooklyn Literary Council. “The Festival has matured into one of the world’s premier literary destinations, attracting renowned authors, publishers of all sizes, musicians, humorists, graphic novelists, and all of the creative forces that make up our eclectic and constantly evolving literary universe.”

All Festival events on Sunday, September 23, are free and—for the first time this year—there will be “Clix not Tix,” meaning no more tickets or ticket lines. Additionally, for the first time ever, the expanded “Bookend” literary ­themed events comprise a full week of more than 50 happenings at venues that include clubs, bookstores, theaters and libraries across the borough from September 17 – 23.

Most Bookend Events are free (a few charge a modest admission). Comics Book End events include a celebration of the landmark Graphic Canon publication; Adrian Tomine’s gallery opening for New York Stories; a live comics reading with favorites like Michael Kupperman and Julia Wertz, and a Comics Rock event with the Hernandez Bros at The Rock Shop. See full listings attached.

Visit www.brooklynbookfestival.com for the latest information on the Brooklyn Book Festival. Full press release below.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Review - Dead Man's Run #3

Any prison is designed to keep you in with plenty of twists, turns, locked doors and tons of guards all hellbent on making your time as painful as possible. If hell was a prison though and you had a chance to escape you would be out of your tormented mind not to give it a try right?

Sam Tinker he has no intention of staying in Hell or leaving his innocent sister there to be tormented for eternity. With an ever-growing band of fellow inmates he sets out to break out in Dead Man’s Run #3 from Aspen Comics.

The issue is written by Greg Pak, with art by Tony Parker, colors by David Curiel and letters by Josh Reed.

CBLDF Liberty Annual 2012 Boasts Ringing Freedom

Freedom rings true in the CBLDF Liberty Annual 2012 and while the book isn't free it does boast tons of talent worth paying for. And all proceeds go to a good cause.

The 48-page anthology features an all-new story about the Governor from Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard of The Walking Dead fame, alongside stories by Howard Chaykin, Kieron Gillen, Jim McCann, Terry Moore, Chris Roberson, James Robinson and more. Not only are the writers talented, but the art comes to you from folks like Michael Allred, Chynna Clugston-Flores, Janet Lee and Ben Templesmith.

In addition, previews of two upcoming Image comics—Storm Dogs by David Hine and Doug Braithwaite and The Savior by James Robinson and J. Bone—will be included. The anthology features an "A" cover by Gabriel Bá, a "B" cover by Terry Dodson and Rachel Dodson and a "C" cover by Chris Giarrusso.

All proceeds from the CBLDF Liberty Annual 2012 will benefit the important First Amendment legal work of the CBLDF, a non-profit group dedicated to protecting the free speech of the comics community of retailers, creators, publishers, librarians, and readers. It is available for pre-order now.

Full press release and complete list of creative team-ups below.

Review - Extermination #4

The odd couple pairing of Red Reaper and Nox continues on its merry way, with the two still not completely trusting one another. No worries though. Encountering a slew of other powered individuals in Extermination #4 from BOOM! Studios will make their partnership even shakier.

The issue is written by Simon Spurrier, with art by Jeffrey Edwards and V Ken Marion, colors by Vladimir Popov and John Charles and letters by Ed Dukeshire.

Valiant Scores New Printings for Three Titles

Valiant's relaunch has gone along swimmingly. The publisher is churning out quality title after title and three of their bigger ones have sold out and are hitting second printings. Those titles are Harbinger #1, Harbinger #2 and Archer & Armstrong #1.

Harbinger #1 second printing will feature a Zircher Second Printing Variant by Patrick Zircher. The Harbinger #2 second printing will feature a Second Printing Sketch Variant. Archer & Armstrong #1 will feature a Third Printing Sketch Variant from Fred Van Lente and Clayton Henry.

All three issues will hit October 17. Full press release below.

Archaia Entertainment and Skelton Crew Studio Announce Mouse Guard Prop Replicas

Mouse Guard is a great story featuring tales of valor and bravery with mice as the heroes. To be a hero though, the mice need equipment. Now you to can have the same equipment, as Archaia Entertainment has teamed up with Skelton Crew Studio to announce a line of Mouse Guard prop replicas. The first? The Black Axe.

“David is such a huge talent and I’ve been a fan of Mouse Guard for years,” said Israel Skelton, owner of Skelton Crew Studio. “Taking the reins to build a mouse-sized armory? Honestly, it’s hard to get much cooler.”

The studio plans to release pewter collectibles of swords, shields and other armament from the Mouse Guard universe. Its first release, the Black Axe, is slated for Christmas 2012.

“Fans of Mouse Guard really love the setting of David’s world and its depth and fantasy realism, and we believe this is a great opportunity to offer them something that makes that world come alive,” said Archaia CCO Mark Smylie. “Israel and his Skelton Crew Studio do extraordinary work, so we are very excited they are going to create these wonderful Mouse Guard artifacts.”

“I can’t believe my good fortune in 2012 and I’m really excited about the future for all three properties,” Skelton said.

The Mouse Guard Black Axe replica will be available in December 2012 through www.skeltoncrewstudio.com. Other replicas will roll out in 2013 and beyond.

Full press release below.

Paul Jenkins and Carlos Magno Fight to the Death

Paul Jenkins. Carlos Magno. Fight to the Death. December. BOOM! Studios. Incomplete sentences. Complete teaser.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Review - Jungle Book #5


The jungle is a wild place, rife with creatures both animal and human. The two species share something in common though: vengeance. In Jungle Book #5 from Zenescope Entertainment, Mowglii is the one seeking vengeance against Shere Khan.

The fifth and final issue is written by Mark Miller, with pencils by Carlos Granda, colors by Liezl Buenaventura and letters by Jim Campbell.

The Hypernaturals #3 Sells Out Before Returning to Print

It turns out that space IS the place. The Hypernaturals #3, the latest in the series from BOOM! Studios by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, is a smashing success. So much so, that the first printing has sold out.

The issue completes the first arc of the story, where Prismatica returns and rejoins the Hypernaturals. She does have to conted with facing her greatest fear in Sublime, but such is the life of an intergalactic superhero.

The Hypernaturals #3 second print ships with a brand ne cover by Kris Anka and is available for immediate order under Diamond order code AUG128053.

Full press release below.

Review - X-O Manowar #5

Being ripped from your time and taken aboard an alien spaceship is never easy. Being granted a phenomenal suit of armor for your troubles (even if it's against your will) eases the shock a bit. Aric is mixing a little of both in X-O Manowar #5 from Valiant Comics.

X-O Manowar #5 is written by Robert Venditti, with pencils by Lee Garbett, inks by Stefano Gaudino, letters by Dave Lanphear and cover art by Mico Suayan, Philip Tan and Patrick Zircher.

Ed Piskor's Hip Hop Family Tree Comes to Fantagraphics

Ed Piskor had a vision for a webcomic. That webcomic was called Hip Hop Family Tree and it traces the foundation of hip hop from its Bronx origins with DJ Kool Herc and DJ Hollywood through Doug E. Fresh, Run DMC and beyond. The work is currently printed as a weekly webcomic at Boing Boing, but that's not good enough for Fantagraphics.

Fantagraphics is set to publish a full-color book around 112 pages, collecting the first year's wroth of comic strips spanning 1975-1980. Not only that, but ten beat-friendly cartoonists are providing pin-ups of their favorite hip hop artists and rappers. The work is similar to that of Peter Bagge, R. Crumb, Joe Sacco, Mary Fleener, the Hernandez Brothers and authors like Pat Thomas, Jacob McMurray and Kevin Avery.

Associate Publisher Eric Reynolds said, "Hip Hop Family Tree is not only a great read, it's a wonderful visual history of the important genre of music of the past 30 years. We're excited to publish it." After all the paperwork was signed Piskor said, "While working on the this project, I began to feel like the belle at the ball, in a matter of speaking, because lots of different publishers started getting in touch. They had certain ideas that would have required compromise. Fantagraphics is one of the only publishers I personally sought out, because I thought they might facilitate my exact vision, and it feels like I was right. Basically, I'm a huge brat and I want what I want, and Fantagraphics is down for the cause."

Full press release below.

Image Comics Lends The Walking Dead to the 100 Project

The Hero Initiative is a boon for comic creators. It provides comic professionals support in tough times, whether it be medically or financially. It's created a project to aid that cause in "100 Projects," where 100 artists draw an original cover on a special anniversary issue. Now, the latest incarnation will feature The Walking Dead #100.

"They say charity begins at home. Well, I can't think of one closer to that than the Hero Initiative,” said Charlie Adlard. "It's great to be able to give back to the creators who inspired me.”

Artists for the cover include Adlard, Dan Brereton, Ian Churchill, Kevin Eastman, Joe Jusko, Dale Keown and Whilce Portacio. Even Robert Kirkman will flex his illustrative skills for the project. This marks the first time Hero has partnered in such a way with Image Comics and Skybound.

"The Walking Dead would have never become the success it's become without the trailblazers who put in the hard work to make this industry live on into the future,” said Kirkman. "Doing things like this for The Hero Initiative, which helps creators who have fallen on hard times, is a way for Charlie Adlard and I to give back to the community that has provided us with countless hours of entertainment and also a pretty cushy living. Simply put, it's the right thing to do.”

A public viewing of all 100 covers will be scheduled for winter of 2012-13, along with auctions of all the original covers. A book collecting all the art will be available in 2013.

Full press release below.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Review - The Victories #2

Every city needs a defender. Someone to keep the evil people off the street. Someone to stop crime and drugs from making the city a bad place. Someone that's part of a bigger team and has crime-fighting abilities that are unmatched by most. Someone like Faustus in The Victories #2 from Dark Horse.

The second issue is written and illustrated by Michael Avon Oeming, with colors by Nick Filardi and letters by Aaron Walker.

Hank McCoy (Before the Fur)

I’ve been hearing some murmurings about the next X-Men movie.

I really give X-Men: First Class a lot of credit. I couldn’t have asked for a better portrayal of a young Xavier and Magneto. And I really dug that 1960’s old-school feel. It sort of FELT like the beginning of that comic book, didn’t it?

Of course, as usual there was a ton of X-Men stuff just sort of thrown in there, which, again, is a tactic that I just don’t understand. I appreciate Sebastian Shaw and Emma Frost as big bad guys for the X-Men to take on.

And yeah, okay, I can get behind a rewrite that puts Mystique in Xavier’s corner in the beginning. Because it really plays up her penchant for treachery. And young Hank McCoy, my personal favorite X-Man--nay, CHARACTER--of all time? Totally awesome.

But Nightcrawler’s father? Shaw killing Magneto’s mother? Havok without Cyclops? Angel (Granot Morrison’s)?

I just don’t know.

Review - Whore

The international man of mystery has it all. Cool cars, hot women and an attitude that few characters seem to be able to match. Jacob Mars thrives on all of the above in Whore, a new graphic novel published by Zenescope Entertainment.

Whore is written by Jeffrey Kaufman, with art by Marco Turini, colors by James Brown, letters by John Hunt and a cover by Felix Serrano and Kaufman.

Preview - Brik Jones: Attorney for Earth #1

Who is Brik Jones? It's a question asked by comic fans the world over. Only now, Ashcan Press has the answer. The character is the Interstellar appointed Attorney for Earth. The Ashcan story, "The Case of Case number 69" is a “day in the life” type of story told well after the classic comics style origin story.

The title is written by Phil Smith, illustrated by Sid Kostian, lettered by Smith and with a cover by Kotian. The book will be in stores September 19 with interiors below

MacGyver Returns in Fugitive Gauntlet

Have you used that paper clip holding papers recently to defuse a bomb? Chewed gum to break into a house? What about that leftover meatloaf to synthesize a cure for cancer? No? Then you haven't been hanging out with MacGyver lately. And Image Comics wants to remedy that.

MacGyver: Fugitive Gauntlet brings back the resourceful hero in a new series from Lee David Zlotoff, Tony Lee and Will Sliney. It's the first MacGyver story since the television show ended in 1992. The series picks up Mac's story as he gets tangled up in a web of industrial espionage and murder. You know, a Tuesday for him.

"I've been a fan of the TV show since I was a kid, and whenever I was asked what my dream project would be at conventions, only one name ever came up," said Tony Lee. Some discussions and a meeting with his manager later, Lee was Skyping with MacGyver creator Zlotoff.

The more he thought about the medium of comics, the more the idea appealed to him, Zlotoff explained. "In the last decade or so, the graphic novel and comics arena has simply exploded in terms of both the kinds of stories that are being told and the range of artistic styles now being explored. So as I considered the constant call from fans around the world to bring MacGyver back, it struck me that the simplicity and directness of comics might be the perfect place to start.”

The five-issue miniseries will contain the history of the television show's creation in the issue's backmatter.

"The biggest issue the TV show had was budget, and comics don't have that problem," said Tony Lee. "We have MacGyver traveling to African jungles, Cairo, even Moscow in a globe-trotting adventure that—short of a big budget feature film—could never have been done before in such scale and scope."

The first issue will be in stores October 10.

Full press release below.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Archaia and Meteor Entertainment Join Forces for Exhibit at Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo

I'm going to bet that everything Stan Lee owns is referred to as "Stan Lee's Product X." That's the only explanation I can find for his name being tied to just about everything. One of his newer properties is Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo, taking place this weekend in LA. Archaia will be there, sharing booth #1529 with one Meteor Entertainment. Oh, and they'll have a playable demo of Hawken.

The Archaia half of the booth will feature many of the company’s popular hardcover graphic novels for sale, including Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths Vol. 1, Cow Boy: A Boy and His Horse, Return of the Dapper Men Special Edition and the proverbial more.

“We are happy to return for Comikaze’s second year and look forward to engaging with Archaia fans and introducing ourselves to new ones!” said Mel Caylo, Archaia Marketing Manager. “Plus, we are partnering with our friends at Meteor, who are sure to awe conventiongoers with a playable demo of their upcoming, highly anticipated video game, HAWKEN. Archaia is producing a companion graphic novel to the game, which makes this team-up serendipitous!”

Several Archaia creators will be on hand to autograph books and postcards, including Heather Nuhfer, Joe LeFavi, Matt Marblo, Mike Kennedy, Moro Rogers, Paul Morrissey, R. J. Ryan, Tim Beedle, Tom Pinchuk, Trevor Roth and Yehudi Mercado. There will also be a lot of cool giveaways, including an exclusive Hawken mini-poster, badge ribbons, and a very limited supply of Archaia’s recent Free Comic Book Day hardcover.

On the Meteor Entertainment side of the booth, attendees will get their chance to play Hawken for the first time. It'll also be the last place to register to play the game before Alpha 2 testing begins. Adhesive Co-founder and Creative Director, Khang Le and Lead Concept Artist, John Park, will be on hand to sign the 3rd in a 4-poster series at the booth as well.

“Meteor is very excited to get HAWKEN before the fans at Comikaze. This is a wonderful opportunity to engage with a broad audience,” said Shannon Gerritzen, PR Manager at Meteor Entertainment, publisher of HAWKEN. Gerritzen went on to say, “We are honored to be partnered with Archaia not only for Comikaze but also for the release of the HAWKEN original graphic novel, coming in 2013.”

Full press release below.