Friday, August 29, 2014

Defense With The BoomStick


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

Year 6. Week 1.

So far so good this past week. A lot has been accomplished in the hours of the day we've had, although there's still plenty left to do.

It’s been a twofold sort of work week in what we're focusing on. Some people were scanning the skies over Oklahoma for zombie sightings and mass congregations. Others were tasked with fabrication and design in using the supplies we've found to make weapons, armor and using loose materials for reinforcement of the outpost walls. It feels good to have a routine again that doesn’t have too much excitement; gotta enjoy these days while I can. As soon as we spot zombies we're going to be heading out.

For our scanning of Oklahoma, we're not seeing much in the way of zombie activity at all. Spent a few days having two satellites scanning the major cities in Oklahoma and see no large convergence of zombies or mass zombie movement anywhere around them. We've pushed out searching to the rural areas of Oklahoma and will continue to do so for another day or two before we set our sights towards Kansas City. We've gotta see the state of that old outpost I was at that got overran by bandits and see if we can take it back or get it secured if zombies attacked it as well.

Review - Sundowners #1


"She wanted to be part of something bigger..."

What makes a hero beyond the cape and tights? It likely has something to do with their personality, which leads them to make sometimes reckless decisions in the name of helping the helpless. What if those decisions are made to help those who don't really need help? Or, better yet, don't even exist in the first place? It's something Dark Horse addresses in Sundowners #1, written by Tim Seeley, illustrated by Jim Terry, colored by Sean Dove and lettered by Crank!.

BOOM! Studios Travels to Baltimore Comic-Con

Big Trouble in Little China #1 BCC Exclusive

BOOM! Studios is making a trip to Baltimore next weekend for Baltimore Comic-Con. As expected, the publisher will be bringing some exclusives, talent and presence at a few panels. BOOM! will have several Baltimore Comic-Con exclusive variant covers available for purchase for $10.00 at the booth (#2001) while supplies last, including Big Trouble in Little China #1 BCC Exclusive by Frank Cho, George Perez's Sirens #1 BCC Exclusive illustrated by George Pérez, RoboCop #1 BCC Exclusive illustrated by Mike Henderson and Steven Universe #1 BCC Exclusive illustrated by Amber Rogers.

Making its convention debut at Baltimore Comic-Con will be KaBOOM!’s Adventure Time Vol. 4 Mathematical Enchiridion Edition hardcover ($50.00), a premium edition of the fourth collection of the award-winning comics based on the hit Cartoon Network animated series created by Pendleton Ward. The book is enclosed in a die-cut leather casewrap and features a new cover image by Zachary Sterling. BOOM! will also present and participate in the following panels at Baltimore Comic-Con: Peanuts and Beyond: The Other Side of Charles M. Schulz, We Are BOOM! and What Does an Editor Do?.

Full press release below.

Roche Limit Explores Grim Future for Mankind


What do you get when you team up Michael Moreci and Vic Malhotra? An exploration of the grim future in store for mankind in an all-new science fiction mystery series called Roche Limit. A mix of hardboiled noir crime and hard science fiction, Roche Limit is the beginning of a new series that’s part 2001: A Space Odyssey and part Blade Runner.

“Our destiny is the stars, and I will lead us there.” Twenty years after this promise, billionaire Langford Skaargard’s dream of cosmic exploration is no more. Roche Limit, a colony situated on the cusp of a mysterious energy anomaly, has become a melting pot of crime and terrible secrets. When Bekkah Hudson goes missing, the search to find her will plunge her sister and a cadre of the colony’s underworld figures into an odyssey that reveals a bleak future for humanity.

“The entire creative team is really encouraged by the tremendous response to Roche Limit so far,” said Moreci. “Commercially and creatively. It’s been great, and we hope to make its release equal to its buildup.”

Roche Limit #1 (Diamond Code: JUL140435) will be available on September 24. Final order cutoff is Monday, September 1. Full press release below.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Review - Battle for Ozellberg #1


"If any animal should speak to me, do not listen. For it speaks only lies."

Everyone knows Little Red Riding Hood. It's the story about a young girl making a trip to see her sick grandmother. That trip is interrupted though by the appearance of a sinister wolf. What happens if that little girl is a little more combat ready? Would the story end the way you think it does? Battle for Ozellberg #1 is a good way to find out. The issue is written by Deon Brown, illustrated by Steve Myers, colored by Licca Kirk, inked by Jeff Morrow and lettered by Chris Chandler.

Baltimore Comic-Con 2014 Saturday Programming Spotlights Talent


Baltimore Comic-Con is fast approaching and it's the shows 15th annual incarnation. And on that Saturday, September 6th, the show will boast a bevy of big time creators. Those creators include Garth Ennis, Dave Gibbons, Fred Hembeck, Paul Pope, Gail Simone and Matt Wagner, whose creation Grendel is featured in this year's Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook. There's even a character spotlight as Miracleman is featured by creators who worked on the groundbreaking comic.

Fans can also join Bill Willingham and friends for a full two hours in The Last Fables Panel. Fans of cartoonist Charles M. Schulz and his popular creation, Peanuts, are in for a real treat with Peanuts and Beyond: The Other Side of Charles M. Schulz as Karen Johnson, Director of the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center, shares unpublished artworks by Schulz.

Full press release and Saturday panel schedule below.

Inkwell Awards Celebrates Eight Years


It's been eight years since the Inkwell Awards were conceived with the concept of promoting, educating and recognizing the art form of inking and inkers in the comic book industry. And in the eighth season, the organization is electing Jim Starlin, Clifford Meth and Laura Martin as its new creator ambassadors.

“I am truly honored that these stellar creators accepted our invitation,” said Inkwell Awards founder and director Bob Almond. "Jim Starlin was an idol of mine and one of my formative influences growing up. He's a living legend in our industry. Cliff has been an inspiration with his passionate support of underdogs and various artists in need, and is a force to be reckoned with. Laura is multi-talented, adept at penciling, inking and painting. In the art of coloring, she's in high demand and arguably at the top of her field." Almond added, “We at the Inkwells are thrilled and excited to have all three in our ranks.”

Jim Starlin is an iconic, fan-favorite creator whose career has earned a resurgence due to characters he created (Thanos, Drax the Destroyer, Gamora) appearing in Marvel Studios' recent worldwide blockbuster, Guardians of the Galaxy, with more on the way. Starlin began at Marvel Comics in 1972 and has been working on and off in comics at various publishing houses ever since, as both a writer and artist. He has created and worked on a plethora of major and minor titles and characters, many of which have become synonymous with his name in the minds of many fans, often due as much to his unique pencilling and inking styles as his writing.

Meth said, "Regardless of their perceived status as the weaker sex, inkers are clearly half of the marriage required to produce a proper page of comic art. It’s only fair dinkum that they receive their due recognition."

Clifford Meth is a writer, editor and comics historian. A founder of Aardwolf Publishing, Meth’s work has also been published by Marvel Entertainment, IDW, the L.A. Times Entertainment Newswire, and dozens of leading publications. He is also widely known for his advocacy for comics’ professionals, including Dave Cockrum, Gene Colan and Bill Messner-Loebs. Laura Martin is an Eisner, Harvey, and Eagle Award-winning colorist. She has been coloring comics since joining Wildstorm Studios in 1995. Her fan-favorite work has since been published in major titles by Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, Valiant and others. Her current work includes Walter Simonson's Ragnarok (IDW) and the 2014 Axis crossover event from Marvel.

Martin said, "I study inks very close up and for long periods of time (while coloring), so I have a deep respect for this art form. I've even tried it myself from time to time...and that's why I'm still a colorist."

Since the organization was formed in 2008, the roster of Inkwell Ambassadors has included Adam Hughes, Mike Marts, Ethan Van Sciver, Mark Brooks, Trevor Von Eeden, Sal Velluto, Cully Hamner, Joe Kubert, Eric Basuldua, Phil Jimenez, Jim Shooter and Brian Pulido. The more-involved Special Ambassadors include Joe Sinnott, J. David Spurlock and Mike McKone.

Full press release below.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Hank McCoy (Before the Fur)

I know Spike comes a long way over the course of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer and Angel, but Wesley…wow. Just, wow. Who he is on Buffy: The Vampire Slayer and who he is by the end of Angel doesn’t even seem like the same person at all. Wesley’s transition from bumbling, nervous goofball to seasoned demon slayer is pretty intense. And the thing that gets me the most? The people who knew Wesley back when--the cast of Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, even Wesley’s own family--will never know.

What can I say? Sometimes things happen in life and you grow.

But see, that doesn’t mean the way that you end up learning is always fair. Whatever mistakes Wesley made as a Watcher, he pays for and then some over the course of Angel. Seriously, does anyone suffer more than this guy on the show? He risks everything to try to do what he thinks is right and gets alienated from his friends, he has to watch his best friend be with the woman he loves, he GETS the woman he loves just to lose her. It just goes on.

Review - Wayward #1


"I just have to connect the dots. No problem. I'm good at that."

Take a walk on the streets of any metropolis and chances are you'll see a heady mix of events. People walking to and fro, shops selling goods and a general buzz that makes the city feel alive. When the sun goes down though, some cities really are alive, full of evils that only few encounter. How you handle those evils always makes for a good story, like in Wayward #1 from Image Comics, written by Jim Zub, illustrated by Steve Cummings, colored by John Rauch and Zub and lettered by Marshall Dillon.

Preview - Jaegir #1


2000AD spends a lot of time in Mega-City One and all the Judges. There's some other good stuff the publisher can mine though, such as their classic series Rogue Trooper. In that same universe exists Jaegir #1, where the endless war between the Southers and the Norts rages on countless planets. Scarred war veteran Atalia Jaegir of the Nordland State Security Police, hunts down escaped war criminals and roots out corruption in the ranks. But her fearsome reputation will not protect her from the inhuman quarry that she is tasked with finding

An entirely new heroine leads this action-packed adventure illustrated by Simon Coleby and written by Gordon Rennie. The book is in stores now with interiors below.

Bee and Puppycat #2 Rushed to Second Printing

Bee and PuppyCat #2 2nd Printing

Bee and Puppycat #2 is a big hit with the comic book readers. BOOM! Studios is also delighted at the news as well, rushing Bee and Puppycat #2 to a second printing. It follows the first issue sell-out, with both issues of the quirky series from creator Natasha Allegri offering stories featuring Bee, the ever-unemployed twentysomething who makes a living as a magical temp worker, and her new friend PuppyCat, the mysterious little...whatever it is...that she stumbled across who has a powerful secret.

“Bee and PuppyCat continues to deliver stories that are charming, light-hearted, and full of quirky fun,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “This is exactly the type of title we need more of in the industry. Natasha, Garrett, and all the creators involved have struck a chord with their work—this second print is a testament to their talent.”

Written by Allegri and Garrett Jackson, and illustrated by Allegri, Bee and PuppyCat is based on the Cartoon Hangover short (which can be watched at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOG_UtLxh58) that went on to become the most funded web series project in Kickstarter history. Allegri had built up a big fan-following on Tumblr while working on the Adventure Time cartoon, then created gender-swapped characters, Fionna and Cake, that became so popular, they were put into the show. Her newest creation, Bee and PuppyCat, is a slice-of-life story with a twist and it has so much comedy and enchantment you can’t help but be swept up.

Bee and PuppyCat #2 second print ships with a new cover by Buntoo under Diamond Order Code JUL148213 and carries a retail price of $3.99. It's anticipated to be on sale September 17th. Full press release below.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Archaia Debuts Butterfly

Butterfly #1

Archaia does comics right. They always offer top-notch books with quality presentation and an attention to detail. And there's nothing like a good spy thriller mixed with Archaia and this September, the publisher will debut Butterfly, a new four-issue series that explores the true nature of people who devote themselves to covert ops and the solitude, deceit, and violence that comes with that life. Screenwriter Arash Amel, writer Marguerite Bennett and artist Antonio Fuso explore the espionage genre and the complexity of family drama within a web of global conspiracy.

“Butterfly lands right in our sweet spot as a publisher,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “The spy genre has always been a favorite of ours and this series stands out as a highlight amongst our work in that field. With Butterfly, we take a look at a father and daughter who are completely estranged due to the toll of the spy lifestyle. What I love most about this series is that Arash and Marguerite have managed to tell a patient story deeply rooted in character and still maintain the intense action of a spy thriller. While reading the first issue some of their small touches reminded of what I love about the work of John le Carré, J.J. Abrams’ Alias, and the Bourne franchise. Antonio Fuso’s stark and stylized art is an incredible compliment to a very promising series.”

Butterfly is one of Project Delta's deep cover agents—no birth certificate, no social security number, a complete ghost. When her cover is blown and she’s set up for a murder she didn’t commit, she’s unknowingly led to her father’s doorstep, a man she thought died 20 years ago. Codenamed Nightingale, her father was once a member of the very same Project Delta, a spy in the violent aftermath of the Cold War, and believes they are behind her setup. Trained to trust nothing and no one, Butterfly must decide whether to seek answers with the Project, or believe the man who betrayed her years ago.

Archaia’s Butterfly #1 arrives in comic shops on September 24th with a cover price of $3.99 under Diamond order code JUL140987. The issue ships with a card-stock cover by Phil Noto. Full press release below.

Review - Shinobi Ninja Princess #1


"Looks like things just got a little more complicated."

Life as a teenage girl is hard. It's even harder when you're a ninja princess, with the expectations to lead and be the one making tough decisions daily. It can offer some rewards though, primarily in the way of getting praise for being genuinely good at what you were raised to do. That's a story for Shinobi Ninja Princess #1 from Action Lab Entertainment, written, illustrated and colored by Martheus Wade (color assists by Marvin Cheveallier) and lettered by Kevin Williams.

Valiant Turns on the Charm at Baltimore Comic-Con


Baltimore Comic-Con is fast approaching and Valiant entertainment wants in on the action. So, of course, they'll be there for a weekend jam-packed with show exclusives, signings and panel appearances from the most talked-about comic book publisher of the year. From Friday, September 5th through Sunday, September 7th, join Valiant at Booth #2008/2009 to pick up your The Delinquents #1 Baltimore Comic-Con 2014 Exclusive Variant by Michael Walsh. Witness the beginning of summer's most disastrous super-hero joyride right here as James Asmus, Fred Van Lente) and Kano collide Quantum and Woody and Archer & Armstrong for the crudest, lewdest, and most unsportsmanlike team-up in comics history.

Also, debuting at Baltimore Comic-Con 2014, discover the battle ten millennia in the making with The Valiant: First Look preview edition, featuring an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look inside the all-new, prestige format mini-series event from superstar creators Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt and Paolo Rivera. Packed with never-before-seen artwork, preview pages, and interviews, and featuring nearly every Valiant hero, do not miss your chance to find out why The Valiant is the astonishing new adventure that will be taking comics by storm this December.

Talent on hand will include Asmus, Laura Martin, Rafer Roberts, Brian Reber and Vivek J. Tiwary. On Saturday, September 6th at 1 PM ET, fans can check out the Valiant panel for an in-depth discussion about the future of X-O Manowar, Unity, Rai, Harbinger, Archer & Armstrong and more with writer Asmus, Ray Fawkes, Tiwary, Reber, Martin, Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons and Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani.

Full press release below.

Oddly Normal Looks at Nightmare Wishes


Birthday cake tastes delicious, inspires a bout of singing and comes with the promise that if you blow the candle out you'll be granted a wish. While two of the three are generally pretty guaranteed, the third is a little less sure to happen. That's especially the case in Oddly Normal from Image Comics. And in Oddly Normal #1 by Otis Frampton, Oddly’s life is an unhappy blend of the magic and mortal worlds, but just when she thought life couldn’t get anymore miserable, one innocent wish throws her life asunder. With her safety abruptly thrown into great peril Oddly must travel to the land of Fignation to try to save her family and get back the life she took for granted.

"I'm looking forward to taking readers on a fun ride," said Frampton. "Fignation is the collective imagination of humanity and Oddly is going to be stuck there for a while. Monsters, magic, super-heroes, time-travel... expect all of it in Oddly Normal."

Filled with steampunk-esque creatures, magical new alliances, floating dirigible, and a nefarious mystery, Oddly’s adventure is anything but normal. Oddly Normal is a witty, world-building fantasy sophisticated enough to enchant adults and whimsical enough to inspire the imaginations of younger audiences. Oddly Normal #1 arrives in stores September 17 and will be available for $2.99 and can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code JUL140443.

Full press release below.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Review - Pop #1


"Beauty isn't cheap. Perfection is even more expensive."

Ever wonder why a lot of pop music sounds the same. Sure, it could be labels rely on the same song writers or managers for the performers. Or maybe the AABA format of music is so easily replicated that it's hard to really want to do anything else. Or maybe record labels are secretly creating pop stars in a lab somewhere, ensuring that the tap of profits doesn't turn off. In Pop #1 from Dark Horse Comics, the answer seems to be the third. The issue is written by Curt Pires, illustrated by Jason Copland, colored by Pete Toms and lettered by Ryan Ferrier.

The Wicked + The Divine Will Feature Kevin Wada Variant


The Wicked + The Divine is an interesting look at the world of pop music, where gods live and die in a short lifespan. Those individuals still manage to find time to enjoy life; that is, until things go wrong and they take the blame for their decisions. With the book being successful, it only makes sense that The Wicked + The Divine #4 gets a special variant cover by Kevin Wada. This dark and striking interpretation of Baphomet and Badb will be available to order with Diamond Code JUL148049.

Picking up from where the previous issue’s cliffhanger left off, in The Wicked + The Divine #4 the mystery is solved. But can you guess if pop-god Lucifer likes the answer? Plus, there’s much more to Baal than meets the eye, dear reader. He has secrets you’ll want to know.

"We've been following Laura in her journey into the world of the Gods this arc,” said Gillen. “This takes her right to the heart of it. It's where we've been heading—which immediately sets the stage for what's next. Which is issue 5, the end of the first story, which you have to imagine we have certain special things planned for. And you'd be correct."

The Wicked + The Divine #4 will hit shelves on September 17 and can be ordered with Diamond Code JUL140590. Keep an eye out for the special Wada variant (Diamond Code JUL148049) which will be available on the same day. Final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, September 25. Full press release below.

John Carpenter's Asylum Releases Graphic Novel At New York Comic Con


John Carpenter seems to like getting out of the bigger cities. He's already filmed documentaries on how to do it from NY and LA. Unless, of course, those aren't documentaries and are just action-packed movies filled to the brim with drama and intrigue. In which case, he really might not want to escape cities after all. And it might explain why he'd visit them again after escaping, as he's looking to do this October at New York Comic Con. It's there that John Carpenter's Asylum will debut, written by Sandy King Carpenter and illustrated by Leo Manco. There will be three versions of the book, including a limited run collectors' edition, only available through the publisher, a hardcover edition (ISBN 978-0-9853258-8-6/SEP141622) in time for the holidays, and a softcover version (ISBN 978-0-9853258-7-9/AUG141656) that will hit stores in October.

The softcover NYCC release will be a full 200 pages which contain the 144 comic pages from the first six issues as well as a sketchbook from Manco that shows pages in the three different stages of development (pencils, inks, colors), a “how to”guide covering the creation of the John Carpenter's Asylum animated trailer and three new demons never before seen in the comic. The hardcover will have the same interior, which includes one of two limited edition sketch cards. The limited edition includes an oversized slipcase, hand-numbered with signatures by Sandy King Carpenter, John Carpenter, Manco, Bruce Jones, Trent Olsen, Janice Chiang and possibly Thomas Ian Griffith. The run will be strictly limited to 500.

There's a war coming to the City of Angels. In tunnels beneath the city, in the dark alleys among the homeless, demons lurk and Lucifer bides his time. One man knows. One man sees. One man walks those dark streets. Father Daniel Beckett's seen demons and he's spoken to the Devil, but he's never seen an angel and he's never spoken to God. Obsessed and driven as much by betrayal as righteousness and anger as redemption, he walks the smoke-filled encampments of lost souls like Dante's nine rings of the Inferno. He is God's warrior at war with God.

Sandy King Carpenter and Manco will be on hand at New York Comic Con for signings and autographs at booth #2029. The softcover at the show will be $19.99. The November hardcover release will be $35.00. he limited edition version will be $100.00 and available for purchase on-line and advance order at the show.

Full press release below.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Defense With The BoomStick


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

Year 6. Week 0.

Six years.

That's how long it’s been since this all started. Sometimes it feels like only yesterday we were hearing the reports and not believing it was actually happening. When your neighbor tries to eat you, that sobers you up real quick to the fact that zombies are alive and taking over the world.

Death may be all around us, but we don’t have to let it define our lives. After the burial last week we've begun our search for signs of zombies massing. We are focusing now on the state of Oklahoma to help out the survivor outpost there. So far the satellites have't seen much in the way of activity in or around Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Those cities were pretty destroyed and from the way Oklahoma City looks it appears it was nuked.

We plan on staying on top of Oklahoma for the next few days, but if we see no activity will move on to Kansas. I would love to get an eye over Kansas City to see what happened to that outpost I was at a couple years ago. It was attacked by bandits instead of zombies, but who knows what could have happened after I got the hell out of there. I do remember a ton of explosions as I was leaving, but something must have survived and--if so--maybe we can use it for a new base. Right now looking for zombies and forming new outposts is the name of the game.

Review - Steampunk Battlestar Galactica 1880 #1


"We never expected to see him or his Cylonic Knights again..."

Battlestar Galactica deftly wove stories about intergalactic politics with humanity-hating robots mixed in for good measure. It's a pretty solid look at the human condition, set centuries into the future. The question surely on everyone's mind is whether or not those concepts would hold up centuries in the past. Dynamite Entertainment thinks they have the answer in Steampunk Battlestar Galactica 1880 #1. The issue is written by Tony Lee, illustrated by Aneke, colored by Alex Starling and lettered by Marshall Dillon.

Preview - Rot and Ruin: Warrior Smart #1


Bram Stoker is most famous for Dracula, the rather harrowing tale of the father of all vampires. He was so good that he had an award named after him and Jonathan Maberry has won that award multiple times. His series of novels called Rot and Ruin are the reason for the awards and now he's carrying that story over into the comics. Alongside artist Tony Vargas, the duo are preparing Rot and Ruin: Warrior Smart #1 for release.

Rot and Ruin: Warrior Smart #1 introduces readers to Benny, Nix, Lilah and Chong as they travel through the Sierra Nevada mountains just one faltering step ahead of zombie hordes and one giant leap behind the plane flying through the sky that set them on their journey of discovery.

The issue hits stores September 10 with interiors below.

BOOM! Studios Makes East Coast Convention Debut at Baltimore Comic-Con 2014

Baltimore Comic Con Logo

While fans certainly aren't lacking for comic book conventions, the east coast of the US is somewhat. Sure, there's New York Comic-Con and Heroes Con to name a couple, but the former isn't until October and the latter was way back in June. What's a publisher to do in the meantime if they want to get in on that east coast convention action? BOOM! Studios decided to make a trip to Baltimore Comic-Con for their first east coast appearance of 2014.

The publisher can be found at booth number 2001 and will host the following creators all weekend:

Collin Kelly
Jackson Lanzing
Jeff Stokely
Josh Hechinger
Michael Alan Nelson

The publisher is also sponsoring the appearance of comics legend George Pérez, whose first original series in over 10 years, George Pérez’s Sirens, will debut at the show with an exclusive BOOM! Studios variant cover.

Other BOOM! Studios creators also appearing at Baltimore Comic-Con include Brian Stelfreeze, David Petersen, Eric Powell, Frank Barbiere, James Tynion IV, Jeremy Bastian, Justin Jordan and Marguerite Bennett. More guests will be added, so be sure to visit the BOOM! Studios booth (#2001) for the updated booth appearance schedule.

BOOM! will also host the following sketch artists at its booth all weekend:

Andy Hirsch
Missy Pena
Travis Hill
Wook-Jin Clark
Cary Pietsch

For $30, fans can purchase a customized illustration of their choice on a blank sketch cover of an Adventure Time, Bee and PuppyCat, The Amazing World of Gumball, Steven Universe or Regular Show comic.

BOOM! Studios is also nominated for 30 Harvey Awards, whose winners will be announced during a ceremony and banquet held during Baltimore Comic Con on Saturday evening, September 6.

Full press release below.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Interview - Nathan Graham Davis & Jack Purcell


Santa Claus is known the world over for his belly, laughing and general proclivity for handing out gifts across the world in one night. What if he really wasn't that benevolent? What if Santa Claus ruled Christmas through the eyes of a true capitalist? And where would Krampus fit into all those plans? Nathan Graham Davis & Jack Purcell want to answer those questions for you in Malice and Mistletoe. They've got a Kickstarter up for the book, but in the meantime, they've been awesome enough to answer a few questions about the book, Krampus' personality and changing the public's perception of Christmas.

Review - Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland #1


"Father have they decided yet who my new playmate is to be?"

Windsor McCay isn't exactly a household name, but it should be. For nearly twenty years at the turn of the 20th century, Windsor relayed the tales of Little Nemo in a serialized, full-page weekly strip. It emphasized his adventures in Slumberland, a place Nemo visited upon falling asleep. The stories were nothing short of magical and IDW is returning to Slumberland in Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland #1. The issue is written by Eric Shanower, illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez, colored by Nelson Daniel and lettered by Robbie Robbins.

Dynamite Offers DRM-Free Comics


Dynamite Entertainment has an idea up in mind. That idea is that readers want DRM-free comics. They also know that the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a very worthy cause and for the first month of action Dynamite will be donating 10% of all sales to the fund. Following today's launch, Dynamite plans to release its DRM-free comics on a weekly basis, every Wednesday, with new offerings announced via the company's Facebook, Twitter and website as they are made available for download. There will be a slow, focused roll-out over time that will grow the available titles to reflect the vast majority of Dynamite's library.

"The market has been growing for DRM-free content. Each and every day, fans want to choose how to buy and enjoy their comics, and we're taking our titles to the next level for digital sales," says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. "Expanding into DRM-free content, made available directly to consumers from our website, is simply giving the consumers the option for what they want and how they want it, and continues to reach out to a non-traditional comic-reading audience. Our hope is that the availability of comics in a digital fashion will continue to draw new readers to the medium, helping to complement the growth for physical sales through our retail comic store partners. Following the trend we've seen over the past few years in our industry, the world's continuing love affair with books in print will benefit from a surge in Dynamite interest."

The program launches today with an available selection of over 80 individual comic books, which includes creator-owned and licensed titles from Dynamite's massive library. The debut selection represents a wide variety of titles, spanning numerous genres, featuring name brand creators (including Kevin Smith, Bill Willingham, Mark Millar, Grant Morrison, Alex Ross, Gail Simone, Robert Jordan, Jim Butcher, Walt Flanagan and Bryan Johnson, Frank Cho, Art and Franco, Garth Ennis, Darick Robertson and more) and highlighting some of the industry's most beloved characters (Red Sonja, Vampirella, and The Boys, just to name a few).

Charles Brownstein, Executive Director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, says, "CBLDF is delighted to be named as the charitable partner for Dynamite Digital! As comics advance in so many new directions, the CBLDF remains vigilant in our efforts to protect the comics medium in each aspect. Dynamite's contribution underscores our commitment to protect comics in the digital environment as vociferously as we do in the comic store and education spaces."

In celebration of their 10th anniversary, Dynamite will offer ten of its comic books at 10 cents apiece, introducing new readers to Dynamite's most accessible and successful titles at a great value. The introductory-priced comic books include:

Blood Queen #1
• The Boys #1
• Evil Ernie: Origin of Evil #1
• Jungle Girl #0
• Kevin Smith's Green Hornet #1
• Miss Fury #1
• The Mocking Dead #1
• Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time #1
• The Trial of Sherlock Holmes #1
• Vampirella #1


Dynamite will also offer ten (10) free wallpapers to consumers featuring The Boys, Cryptozoic Man, Jim Butcher's Dresden Files, Neil Gaiman and Alice Cooper's The Last Temptation, Red Sonja and Vampirella. These wallpapers can be downloaded from Dynamite's digital DRM-free page for a limited time.

Full press release below.

Crime and Glitz Go Hand-in-Hand in Blue Estate


Blue Estate is a book by Image Comics created by Viktor Kalvachev, Kosta Yanev and Andrew Osborn that satirized crime amidst dueling crime families in the glitziest and grittiest parts of Los Angeles, Rachel Maddox tries to disentangle her life from her abusive action-hero husband in this Eisner Award-nominated tale of desperate starlets, suspiciously macho actors, bungling mobsters and hapless private dicks. Those exciting stories are poised to be collected in Blue Estate: The Graphic Novel, debuting September 10.

Kalvachev’s work on Blue Estate garnered nominations for Best Cover Artist and Best Coloring Eisner Awards in 2012. His stunning painted covers and vivid coloring unite the work of a dozen artists — including Nathan Fox, Tomm Coker, Dave Johnson, Paul Maybury, and Marley Zarcone — whose different styles bring different moods and effects to his and Kosta Yanev’s over-the-top story (scripted by Andrew Osborne).

Blue Estate will be in comic book stores on September 10 (Diamond Comic order code JUL140469) and in bookstores (ISBN 978-1-63215-138-4) on September 23. In addition to collecting all twelve issues of the Image Comics series, it’s packed with bonus material, including Kalvachev’s character and location designs and an exclusive making-of feature about the 2014 HESAW/Focus Home Interactive Blue Estate video game, released for the PlayStation 4 in 2014, featuring art and character designs.

Full press release below.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Hank McCoy (Before the Fur)


As Buffy and Angel continued to evolve, it seemed to me that Spike fans began to eclipse all of the Buffyverse. And I get it. I mean, Spike is a pretty incredible character. His transition from bad guy, to goofball, to pathetically infatuated with Buffy, to genuine hero was very compelling. I’ve sometimes heard the argument made that Spike manages to do more good without a soul than Angel can do with one. And while I’m a hardcore Angel fan, I have to concede this point. Spike says it to Angel himself: he fought for his soul. He went after it. For the wrong reasons, maybe, but Spike earned it nonetheless. The thing Angel was cursed with was the thing Spike went out and got for himself.

So one vampire running around with a soul is weird. Two? Inexplicable. When Spike gets his soul back, it would have been easy--I think--to let this plot point become routine. Like "Oh, a vampire with a soul- it happens sometimes." What I love about the final season of Angel is how much they don't just let that plot point go. Two vampires with a soul? What does this mean exactly? Could Spike actually be the destined vampire of the Shanshu prophecy? What if all of this isn’t about Angel? Could Angel be the wrong guy?

Review - The Fade Out #1


"I threw my back out trying to deck Bob Hope."

Actors live in a world much different than that of the everyday folk. Sure, having gobs of money helps, but there's a certain atmosphere that accompanies the profession. That atmosphere is best exemplified by living in LA, a place where people make pilgrimages to in hopes of hitting it big. Imagine such an atmosphere though in 1948 and you've got the makings an intriguing mystery book from Image Comics called The Fade Out #1. The issue is written by Ed Brubaker, illustrated by Sean Phillips and colored by Elizabeth Breitweiser.

Jim Henson's The Storyteller: Witches Spotlights Standalone Tales

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Archaia and The Jim Henson Company have a great working relationship, giving readers a look at works from one of the greatest creative minds ever. Those offerings continue in Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches this September. After publishing the graphic novel Jim Henson’s The Storyteller in 2011 and the subsequent reprint of the Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: The Novelization earlier this year, the publisher has been eager to produce more stories from the beloved storyteller and his pet dog. In the spirit of Henson’s inventive imagination, this new limited series dives into the mythology of witches and witchcraft through the ages. Creators S.M. Vidaurri, Kyla Vanderklugt, Matthew Dow Smith and Jeff Stokely create four, separate, anthology-style standalone tales that feature an incredible blend of art styles and storytelling techniques, taking full advantage of the comics medium.

“Whether you grew up watching Jim Henson’s The Storyteller or are simply a fan of folklore and fairy tales, Witches has something that can appeal to you,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “We’ve gathered some of the most exciting up-and-coming creators in the industry, all of whom are huge Henson fans, and set them loose to explore classic tales from all over the world in a way only they could. The result is stunning, and we’re so excited to share it with fans.”

In the first of four standalone issues that will be released monthly, Vidaurri, writer and watercolor illustrator of the award-winning Archaia graphic novel Iron: Or, The War After, unfolds the stunning tale of “The Magic Swan Goose & the Lord of the Forest.” When her brother is kidnapped by a witch, a young princess must venture into the mysterious forest beyond the castle. There, the Lord of the Forest, an armor-clad spirit who watches over the wilderness, comes to her aid, but the princess must rely on her wits to discover who she can trust before her family is cursed forever.

Archaia’s Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches #1 (of 4) arrives in comic shops on September 17th with a cover price of $3.99. The main cover is illustrated by Vidaurri, with a retailer incentive cover by Missy Pena. Full press release below.

IDW Announces Ditko Compilation of Short Comics in November


Anyone who's ever touched a comic more than likely knows who Steve Ditko. The legendary creator has spent much of his career offering up art that's nothing short of spectacular. Ditko may be best known as the artist and co-creator of larger-than-life characters like Spider-man and Doctor Strange. His resume never ceases to amaze, and IDW Publishing and Yoe Books continue their incisive look at Steve Ditko’s work with Ditko’s Shorts coming this November.

Craig Yoe exclaims, “To put it short: Steve Ditko is ‘Ditko hands’ down the greatest living artist from main stream comics! His mastery is especially apparent in these amazing short stories where he’s in, he’s out and your mind has just been totally altered!”

Ditko’s Shorts is a fun and incredibly fascinating compilation of short comics one, two and three pages in length, showcasing that only a brilliant master like Ditko could tell such dramatic and compelling tale in such compact form. Taken from rare comic books from a who’s who of publishers, all the short comics collected for this volume have been meticulously restored and printed in a beautiful, large-format book. The genres show Ditko’s great range as he easily navigates horror, fantasy, science fiction, western and even humorous stories. Also not to be missed are the insightful introductions by punk rocker and comics historian Fester Faceplant and Yoe.

“More than just a hat-trick of Spider Man, Dr. Strange, and Mr. A, this collection is a perfect showcase of Ditko’s mastery of any genre he put his stamp on,” said Fester Faceplant.

Ditko’s Shorts hits stores this November for $24.99. It clocks in at 112 pages of 8.5" x 11" size under ISBN: 978-1-63140-153-4. Full press release below.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

BOOM! Studios Debuts First George Pérez Series in a Decade

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George Pérez doesn't really need an introduction among comic book fans; his work speaks for itself. Still, it bears some reminding when he launches a new title. BOOM! Studios is publishing said title and George Pérez's Sirens is his first in over a decade. The six-issue, limited series will launch in September, spans time and space and follows a team of female heroes that will appeal to fans of Starbuck, Princess Leia and Ripley.

“George Pérez is known for working on some of the most beloved comic book characters and stories in the industry, so when he approached us saying he had an original story with an all-female team, there was only one correct answer,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Quite simply, the man is a legend. He’s been an integral part of the comics industry for over 40 years, and it’s an honor to be working with him on a brand-new series. We can’t wait for everybody to see what George is creating with SIRENS.”

As an intergalactic force enslaves planets across the galaxy, the legendary team known only as the Sirens must reunite to save the galaxy—but is that even possible when the Sirens themselves don’t even remember who they are? And the rest of the universe only remembers them as…villains? A six-issue miniseries featuring your new favorite comic book team, written and drawn by the master himself, George Pérez begins his greatest story yet.

George Pérez's Sirens #1 arrives in comic shops on September 17th with a cover price of $3.99 under Diamond order code JUL140949. The main covers include two full-color connecting wraparound covers by Pérez and another illustrated by Cameron Stewart, with two connecting incentive covers of the Pérez wraparound cover pencils.

Full press release below.

Review - Justice Inc. #1


"No one's ever attempted this before! Exactly why he built this other fortress so far away!"

What do you get when you mix The Shadow, Doc Savage and The Avenger? A trio of three of the most heroic and daring heroes in comic book history. You also get the potential for a top-notch story, as is the case with Justice Inc. #1 from Dynamite Entertainment. The issue is written by Michael Uslan, illustrated by Giovanni Timpano, colored by Marco Lesko and lettered by Simon Bowland.

Valiant Entertainment Partners with DriveThruComics for DRM-Free Comics


DriveThruComics is a site that more or less is exactly as advertised. You go to the site, you grab comics and you head on your merry way, getting them ready for reading later. The only thing the site is missing is the actual driving, but that's something you're clearly ok with. Something else it's missing is a partnership with Valiant Entertainment; one that sees their books available day and date with new releases and DRM free. Valiant's new partnership with DriveThruComics.com marks the first time that the publisher has made its titles available in such a format anywhere online.

"Fan support for Valiant's first RPG at DriveThruComics.com's sister site, DriveThruRPG.com, has been huge! In conjunction with Catalyst Game Lab's launch of the Valiant Universe RPG, we're proud to offer our a complete selection of comics from Valiant's award-winning library to DriveThruComics.com's passionate fans," said Russell A. Brown, President of Consumer Products, Promotions, and Ad Sales for Valiant Entertainment.

To launch this new slate of offerings, head to DriveThruComics.com now to download each of Valiant's best-selling #1 issues for free for the next 30 days. Visit DriveThruComics.com now to download the acclaimed first issues of all of Valiant's fan favorite ongoing series, including:
"Valiant has some of the most exciting and entertaining comics on the market today," said Matt M. McElroy, Director of Publishing for DriveThruComics.com. "Several members of the DriveThruComics crew were already huge fans of the Valiant characters and creators, so we couldn't be more thrilled to have these books available on our site."

Full press release below.

Penny Dora & the Wishing Box Offers All-Ages Adventure


There was a time when "Part Time Punks" DJ and writer Michael Stock and artist Sina Grace came up with a pretty imaginative story. That story was about the ever-curious Penny Dora and the unexpected gift that arrives on her doorstep. The book i Penny Dora & the Wishing Box and this new fantasy adventure series will begin in November from Image Comics with a special 28-page first issue.

Stock cited his daughter for first inspiring him to write about Penny Dora’s adventures. “Penny Dora is actually based on a story my daughter Nico wrote when she was 8 years old for her school paper. The first issue is basically an expansion of her original story. Since then the story has grown through talks we had in the car on the way to school in the mornings via a playful papa/daughter back and forth game of 'what if.' The cat in the book, Iggy, is based on our cat (also named Iggy, and also a great lover of ham).”

One day, a young girl named Penny Dora discovers a mysterious box on her front doorstep. It is a magic box with the power to grant wishes...but what she’s about to unwrap is the darker and creepier meaning behind the old adage, “be careful what you wish for.”

Grace added: “The minute I read Michael's scripts for the series, I was absolutely enchanted by Penny Dora and her world. It's been a dream to breathe life into the adventures of fantastic and charming characters. I can't wait for the world to see!”

Penny Dora & the Wishing Box is an whimsical retelling of the Pandora myth and an all-ages fantasy adventure perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman’s Coraline and Ted Naifeh’s Courtney Crumrin. Eisner Award winning cartoonist Hope Larson provides the alternate cover for the first issue and lettering for the series. Penny Dora & the Wishing Box #1 (Diamond Code SEP140583) arrives in stores on November 5 and will be 28 pages of story available for only $2.99. Cover B by Larson will be available to pre-order with Diamond Code SEP140584.

Full press release below.

Heavy Metal Teams with Asylum Press for Horror/Sci-Fi Extravaganza


Heavy Metal is a publication that has endured, catering to a rather specific audience. The works contained within are often very solid and delve into the more macabre side of things. To celebrate their 271st issue though, the creative talents behind the book felt something special was in order. That something special just so happens to be a team-up with Asylum Press's Frank Forte for Heavy Metal #271 - The Asylum Press Special.

“I’m excited to have been able to put together one of my favorite magazines,” explains Forte, “everyone worked really heard to deliver an issue of Heavy Metal that will be sure to please fans old and new.”

Steve Mannion delivers a nod to Moebius in "Prayer," as William Broad gives us Priests of the Black Death where an order of the Templars has become corrupt and power hungry…for satanism and witchcraft. Dwayne Harris serves up the post-apocalyptic action thriller "Dangerous Curves." Forte and Tim Vigil drop a sick and twisted tale entitled "Allison," David Hartman delivers a short horror story entitled "Pond Scum," where hillbillies hunt for an illusive bog creature. Hilary Barta churns up an EC-styled sci-fi/horror piece called "Evaluation," Robert S. Rhine and Forte knock out a tale of crazed sideshow freaks tabbed "Separation Anxiety" and Elizabeth J. Musgrave conjures an erotic robotic thriller "Lust, Lingerie and Diodes!". "Mutation" is a tale of demented sex in a post-nuke world by Forte and J.C. Wong. Royal McGraw and Adauto Silva invoke "Feast"; after the zombie apocalypse, cities have been rebuilt and restaurants have opened. One chef must prepare a very special meal.

Comics from a cast of international talent also includes: "In The Green Fairy," by Jason Paulos where struggling artist Anton Goffroy finds heaven and hell in the arms of a mysterious sorceress. "Swamp Girl" by Forte and Fabio Nahon takes readers back to a barbarian era where a young girl finds more than she’s looking for in a watery hole of horrors. There's also "Warlash" by Nenad Gucunja, "Sacro Profano" by Mirka and "Mother" by Mark Covell. Gallery sections include concept artist Ben Olson and fine artist Dave Lebow, alongside cover art by Aly Fell.

When asked for a quote, the hard working Steve Mannion said only, “I want to be in that book!”

Heavy Metal #271 can be pre-ordered at your local comic store during the month of August. Just use Diamond Order code: AUG141519. The issue will be on sale at newsstands early October 2014. Full press release below.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Review - The Strain: The Night Eternal #1


"I better be going. It'll be dark in under an hour."

The Strain novels were very popular when they first debuted years ago. Since then, Dark Horse has adapted some of the material into comic books, while FX has adapted it into a show. Dark Horse is never one to not finish what they started, which ensures their commitment to the final book in the trilogy. That commitment starts with The Strain: The Night Eternal #1. The issue is written by David Lapham, illustrated by Mike Huddleston, colored by Dan Jackson and lettered by Clem Robbins.

Preview - Grimm Fairy Tales: Rapunzel


Brother Grimm are very well-versed in storytelling. Many of their tales have endured for centuries, maintaining relative continuity from one retelling to the next. While Zenescope has most of that market cornered as far as comic adaptations go, there's room for a a few others to step in and have a go. Others like Grimm Fairy Tales: Rapunzel from the Brothers Grimm and illustrated by Ile Wolf.

An adaptation of the classic Grimm's fairy tale tells the story of lonesome Rapunzel, a girl taken from her family and raised in a remote castle where her long, luxurious hair is used by her wicked captor as the only means of entrance. The book is in stores now with interiors below.

Beat the Heat with Regular Show: Hydration

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Summer is a hot time of year. The sun is glaring, the temperatures are high and activity is in full swing. It all adds up to the need to stay hydrated to stay healthy. And on September 10th, when you grab your water to drink, you can grab Regular Show: Hydration OGN, an all-new original graphic novel from KaBOOM! Studios. The work teams up writer Rachel Connor and artist Tessa Stone for summer shenanigans starring Mordecai, Rigby, Skips and everyone else from the park in a full-color, 6” x 9” format.

The summer is turning into a roast-fest and Mordecai and Rigby are desperate to find a way to cool down. But when a mysterious pool suddenly appears and offers a chance to beat the heat, it’s only a matter of time before these two best buds find themselves in totally water-logged trouble.

Regular Show: Hydration arrives in comic shops on September 10th with a cover price of $12.99 under Diamond Order Code JUL141002. The graphic novel ships with a cover by Regular Show ongoing series artist Allison Strejlau. Full press release below.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Defense With The BoomStick


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

Year 5. Week 51.

With all of the optimism around here, death and despair can still hurt us.

Two days ago one of the survivors who came to our aid from Oklahoma passed away from a heart attack. "Normal" deaths like that makes you forget there are other ways a person can die. A small positive though is that we didn't have to put a bullet in him to make sure he stayed dead. I was never sure if you became a zombie if you die from non zombie attack ways. This proves it though: when you die you stay dead.

A burial for Martin is going on later this afternoon. The facility we have here in Salt Lake City has a good bit of space that's affording us an actual burial spot for our dead. Martin was a good man, hard worker and damn good zombie killer; he will be missed for the optimism he brought around here. It was a pleasure and a joy to have met and known him. Many all over the globe that are still surviving owe it to people like him to keep fighting.

Review - Transformers Primacy #1


"There was a moment where the most dangerous Cybertronian alive...saved the world. Now all is quiet. But the peace...cannot last."

It'd be nice if one day humanity comes face-to-face with an alien race. Hopefully, that alien race is receptive to us and doesn't want to enslave us. If they do want to enslave us, there's another hope that we'll have a rival alien race to challenge that authority and fight on our side, as the Autobots tend to do quite often. When they're not fighting to save humans though, they're seemingly in constant battle with their own enemies in Decepticons, a battle starting anew in Transformers Primacy #1 from IDW Publishing. The issue is written by Chris Metzen and Flint Dille, illustrated by Livid Ramondelli and lettered by Chris Mowry.

Dark Horse and Kitchen Sink Present Realms: The Roleplaying Game Art of Tony DiTerlizzi


Fans of Tony DiTerlizzi know who he is. If those fans were talking to friends who didn't know who he was, they might say things like Caldecott Honor Recipient and New York Times Bestselling Author and Illustrator in their description. Thanks to a partnership between Dark Horse and Kitchen Sink Books, those describing him can now add a new title to his descriptive resume in Realms: The Roleplaying Game Art of Tony DiTerlizzi for June 3, 2015. Known for his distinctive style depicting fantastical creatures, horrific monsters, and courageous heroes, DiTerlizzi’s illustrations reshaped and defined the worlds of Advanced Dungeons and Dragons, Planescape and Magic: The Gathering in the imaginations of legions of devoted roleplaying gamers during the 1990s, before he transitioned to children’s book creation.

”There is no question that the work I did in gaming early in my career shaped me as an author and illustrator for children,” says DiTerlizzi. “In RPGs, I was not just tasked with illustrating a character, but also the artifacts they use, the armor they wear, the places they inhabit and the monsters they vanquish. It was my introduction to worldbuilding and an experience I will forever cherish.”

Among his most renowned works are the chapter book series The Spiderwick Chronicles, a literary phenomenon which has sold millions of copies and has been translated into 30 languages. DiTerlizzi also wrote and illustrated the WondLa trilogy, Ted, Jimmy Zangwow’s Out-of-this-World Moon Pie Adventure and The Spider and the Fly – the picture book for which he received the Caldecott Honor, one of the most prestigious awards in children’s publishing. DiTerlizzi currently has over 12 million books in print worldwide.

Realms: The Roleplaying Game Art of Tony DiTerlizzi will be filled with hundreds of illustrations reproduced from the original art, unpublished sketches and photographs from DiTerlizzi’s archives. In addition, DiTerlizzi will be creating a number of new paintings exclusively for this edition. Along with commentary by the artist, Christopher Paolini provides the introduction while seminal figures in fantasy – such as Guillermo del Toro, Brom, Jane Yolen, Holly Black, Zeb Cook, Jeff Easley and Donato Giancola, among others – provide personal appreciations.

"Dark Horse has been fortunate enough to work with some of history's greatest artists" said Dark Horse president Mike Richardson. "I am excited to add Tony DiTerlizzi's name to a list that includes the likes of Mike Mignola, Frank Miller, and Geof Darrow.”

“Tony was one of the most respected and well-known names in gaming when he made a risky decision to make the leap and pursue his lifelong dream of illustrating books for younger readers,” says Kitchen Sink Books co-founder and REALMS editor/designer John Lind. “His unique artistic style and success in that genre is a tribute to his roots in gaming. For fans of his work, REALMS is a dream project and one that we’ve spoken about assembling for years. We’re thrilled to finally make this book become a reality—we hope fans will feel the same!”

Realms: The Roleplaying Game Art of Tony DiTerlizzi full-color hardcover, 9x12, 224 pages is available June 3, 2015. Two special deluxe editions of will also be offered in limited quantities: The "Double Damage" edition features an enclosed signed and numbered print of a new exclusive image produced for the book. The very limited "Critical Hit" edition will contain an original DiTerlizzi drawing bound into the book. More details on these deluxe editions will be announced in the coming months.

Full press release below.

Intersect Mixes Beautiful With Grotesque


Ray Fawkes is making quite a name for himself on Batman: Eternal, Constantine, One Soul and The People Inside. Now, he's bringing his talents to Image Comics with Intersect, poised to launch November 19. Bodies shift and merge, warring with themselves. Blood rains from the skies. A child’s song is translated into toxic, thought-destroying whispers. Everything is changing. Everything is wrong. This is the world of Intersect.

“Intersect is designed to work like a nightmare puzzle, transmitting information to the reader through symbols that reach behind the rational mind, into something deeper,” said Fawkes. “It’s a journey, beginning with four people in two bodies, chased through a rusting city by a relentless hunter. Where it leads is worlds stranger and more surprising…”

Intersect #1 will be available on November 19 and can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code SEP140552. Cover B will feature artwork by Jeff Lemire and can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code SEP140553. Full press release below.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Review - Hexed #1


"Why are you guys dressed like space ninjas?"

For most people, playing with magic doesn't stretch far beyond grabbing a Ouija board and getting freaked out by the subsequent events. For others though, there's a real connection that manifests itself as abilities in an individual. Some use these abilities to communicate with the unknown, while others just use them to steal stuff. Hexed #1 from BOOM! Studios is a story that falls in the latter category. The issue is written by Michael Alan Nelson, illustrated by Dan Mora, colored by Gabriel Cassata and lettered by Ed Dukeshire.

Preview - The Auteur Vol. 1 TPB


Fresh off the biggest bomb in Hollywood history, producer Nathan T. Rex enters a downward spiral of drugs and depravity in a quest to resurrect his career and save his soul. Over budget and behind schedule on PRESIDENTS DAY, he is backed into a corner by bad publicity, a crap project, and studio politics. But enlisting serial-killer-turned-murder consultant Darwin, his trusty assistant Igor, narcotics from Doctor Love and the lovely actress Coconut, T. Rex will stop at nothing in his quest for cinematic fame and glory. God help us all.

The Auteur Vol. 1 TPB is written by Rick Spears and illustrated by James Callahan. The book hits stores September 10th for $19.99 with interiors below.

Dan Abnett Invades BOOM! Studios with Wild's End

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Guardians of the Galaxy is what some might call a bonafide hit. A lot of its success is owed to the phenomenal cast put together who meshed exceedingly well with one another. Another part of its success is one of its architects in the comics: Dan Abnett. Now, Abnett is bringing that talent to BOOM! Studios, pairing up with artist I.N.J. Culbard for a new series called Wild's End. And it features all the anthropomorphic characters you could possibly want, as the characters struggle to preserve their own lives, upended by the harsh realities of death and violence.

“We are ecstatic to welcome Dan Abnett back to BOOM! with this amazing original series,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon, referring to the 2012 series by Abnett, THE HYPERNATURALS, that was published by the studio. “Dan is one of comics’ most renowned science-fiction writers, and I can tell you that he and I.N.J are taking us on a ride that’s crazy entertaining and very unexpected with WILD’S END. I think this series is going to find a special place on the reading lists of folks who are looking for something a little different on the comic shelves every month.”

Wild's End #1 invades comic book shops on September 10th with a main cover by Culbard and a retailer incentive cover by David Petersen for the price of 3.99 under Diamond order code JUL140956. Full press release below.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Hank McCoy (Before the Fur)


What’s to be said of Lorne, possibly the most under-appreciated and interesting Joss Whedon character ever created? Why’d they take so long to give this guy part of the opening sequence of the show anyway? He deserved first billing, right?

Now, don’t get me wrong. I love Lorne. He’s funny. He’s got a kooky and interesting demonic ability and he’s got style. He gives the cast of Angel that 1960’s Las Vegas thing. I like this in particular because I like the idea of lonely souls meeting in dark, dingy bars, each with their own sad story to tell. That image just fits the show very well. Still, the funny thing is I sort of end up feeling like Lorne was a little more compelling when he was a little more distant and mysterious.

Review - Judge Dredd: Anderson Psi-Division #1


"Standard procedure is to call it in, no matter how vague it may be."

Life in Mega-City One certainly isn't glamorous by any stretch of the imagination, but at least it's a life. Things aren't much better for the Judges who patrol the streets and uphold the law; a task that's further complicated when the Psi-Division is involved. Anderson is one of those in that division and her tales are recounted by IDW in Judge Dredd: Anderson Psi-Division #1. The issue is written by Matt Smith, illustrated by Carl Critchlow and lettered by Shawn Lee.

Tooth and Claw Attacks This November


Everyone loves a good fantasy epic. Everyone especially loves a good fantasy epic when it's a comic. Image knows a thing or two about the comic book fantasy epics, so it's only natural that they offer up a new one in Tooth and Claw, written by Kurt Busiek, Benjamin Dewey, Jordie Bellaire and John Roshell. The highly anticipated fantasy epic can best be described as Conan meets Kamandi with a Game of Thrones-style storytelling experience.

“When Cary Nord and I did Conan," said Busiek, "and when Carlos Pacheco and I did Arrowsmith, we kept bumping up against the mature-readers line, and several times had to have the colorist obscure things to avoid nudity or gore or whatever. So on this series, I went in knowing it was going to be a brutal world, where the violence was important, and where I didn't want to tease nudity the way we had to in Conan—I wanted to do the story the way it felt right to me, and if that added up to mature readers, then so be it."

"So the horizon's wide open," he added, "and we'll go wherever the story takes us. It's a series I've been itching to write for years, and it's the book Ben Dewey was born to draw, and we can't wait for it to hit the stands."

In Tooth and Claw, a secret conclave of wizards brings a legendary champion forward through time from the forgotten past to save the world—with disastrous consequences. Featuring swords, sorcery, beast-wizards, gods, sprawling animal empires, golems of radioactive decay, crystalline badlands, con women, ancient armories, young love, mystery, blood and death and treachery and destiny… TOOTH & CLAW is the sprawling, world-building fantasy series readers have been waiting for.

Tooth and Claw #1 will be available on November 5 as a double-sized 44 page issue with no ads for only $2.99 and can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code SEP140540. Full press release below.

KaBOOM! Teases Volcano Squirrels


Or just really feisty squirrels. It could go either way.

Valiant Debuts All-New Epic in Eternal Warrior: Days of Steel #1


As if Valiant needs any other top-notch books to keep their publishing momentum going. Fans are keen on everything they're putting out, so why not put out a new book in Eternal Warrior: Days of Steel #1 this November. And if that's not enough to entice you, how about the fact that it pairs Peter Milligan with Cary Nord? The new, three-issue mini-series chronicling the brutal and bloodied history of Valiant's immortal champion in sweeping scope and bone-crushing scale.

"The Eternal Warrior is a character of immense proportions with literally thousands of stories waiting to be told throughout history. Peter and Cary are two masterclass storytellers, and have forged a story that befits the awesome scale and scope," said series editor Alejandro Arbona. "Set against the backdrop of one of the most ferocious periods in all of human history, Peter has not only delivered an intense action-packed story but one that is also incredibly moving and thought-provoking. And Cary has delivered a herculean effort, producing incredibly detailed and awe-inspiring pages that have to be seen to be believed."

For more than 10,000 years, the Eternal Warrior has stood on guard, protecting the Earth from all who would seek to do it harm. A master of countless weapons and long forgotten martial arts, he is guided by the Geomancers – those who speak for the Earth. Confident in his role, the Eternal Warrior believed he had seen and survived it all…until a mysterious quest in the tenth century led him to question the very foundation of his existence. After completing another brutal mission at the behest of the Geomancers, the Earth’s undying guardian is approached with a cryptic task: to find and save a newborn child – in whose hands might rest the fate of an entire people. But when a thousand conquering Magyar invaders join the quest for the child, can history’s most expert killer be trusted to keep one precious life alive?

Full press release below.