Friday, May 29, 2015

Review - Zombie Tramp vs. Vampblade #1


"This is my life. Killing these things."

If a vampire hunter encounters a necromancer who wins? Is the fight even-matched? Does one trump the other? Will banter be exchanged? Those questions and more are answered one way in Zombie Tramp vs. Vampblade #1, published by Action Lab Danger Zone. The issue is written and colored by Jason Martin (co-written by Dan Mendoza), illustrated by Winston Young and lettered by Adam Wollet.

BiblioBoard Expands Comic Collection to Include Valiant Entertainment


BiblioBoard knows a good thing when they see it. The thing is, not everyone may be able to see the same good thing they do, which is why they're working to fix that. A new partnership with Valiant Entertainment will bring the publisher's library to BiblioBoard's Comics and Graphic Novels catalog for digital consumption in libraries nationwide. Spanning nearly one thousand titles, from Bloodshot to Divinity to Quantum and Woody and X-O Manowar, Valiant’s universe of superhero characters are now available on BiblioBoard Library with no multi-user limitations or turnaways. This means no checkouts, returns or waitlists.

“Libraries are critical centers for community, youth and the arts. At Valiant, we’re highly committed to working with libraries and librarians to reach the next great generation of fans and readers,” said Valiant Chief Operating Officer & CFO Gavin Cuneo. “Libraries are rapidly expanding in the digital space and BiblioBoard is uniquely positioned to help us achieve our mission.”

BiblioBoard’s Comics and Graphic Novels catalog now contains over 3,500 titles with nearly one thousand titles from Valiant. Valiant Entertainment’s content is being sold as a ReadersFirst, subscription-pricing model with pricing tiered per library size, putting the collection within the budget of any library.

“From strong female roles to intriguing character backstories, the Valiant Universe of characters are relatable to library patrons. The comic book space is changing and Valiant is committed to providing libraries content in a sustainable manner to expose their characters to new fans,” says Jonah Canter, Director of Publisher Relations The new content is available in BiblioBoard's Comics and Graphic Novels catalog accessible on both the web and through award-winning native apps on Apple and Android tablet devices.

Full press release below.

Jughead Gets Due


Hamburgers, a crown made of paper and a mysterious "S" on a shirt have nothing do with Superman. When you mix in a god named Hot Dog, you're treated to Jughead--otherwise known as the greatest comic book of all time. And this October, Archie Comics will be launching a new ongoing Jughead series by Chip Zdarsky and Erica Henderson. Featuring the adventures of Archie’s hamburger-loving best friend, the new series will debut with an all new #1 issue from two of the comic book industry’s brightest stars. Zdarsky, known for his work on the hit Image series Sex Criminals, will bring his unique brand of comedy to comics’ biggest jokester.

“Jughead is the one character that I totally attempted to emulate when I was younger,” said Zdarsky. “Cool without being cool, voracious appetite, a slacker who doesn't always live up to his potential.”

The new series will run alongside the upcoming Archie series, launching on July 8, by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples, telling off-the-wall and hilarious stories in the new and revamped Riverdale. On getting inside of Jughead’s head, Zdarsky said, “He has moments where he shines and then goes back to being cool and zen. I love Jughead. He's the teen who's comfortable with himself, which is such rare, weird thing.”

Jughead #1 will be available in comic book stores and digitally on October 7. Full press release below.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Review - Bravest Warriors: Tales from the Holo-John


"Why are we pretending the Holo John is a greenhouse?"

The Holodeck on the Enterprise was always thought to be a truly marvelous piece of technology. Entrants could create and inhabit any world imaginable, moving to and fro as if they were actually there. There was an elegance to the design of the chamber that's nowhere to be found in Bravest Warriors: Tales from the Holo-John from KaBOOM! Studios. The one-shot is a collection of tales tied to the mysterious Holo John. "Mr. Tickle's" is written by John Omohundro, illustrated by Eryk Donovan, colored by Whitney Cogar and lettered by Corey Breen. "Heist" is written and illustrated by Kat Leyh. "Do Holo Johns Dream of Electric Pee" is written by Ryan Ferrier, illustrated by Jorge Corona, colored by Jeremy Lawson and lettered by Breen. "Father/Daughter Fun Day" is written by Paul Allor and illustrated by Adam Del Re. "Plant Bonanza" is written and illustrated by Mad Rupert and colored by Cogar.

Grumpy Cat Inks Dynamite Comic Book Deal


It's hard to argue that the rise in popularity of the internet has a direct correlation to an affinity for cats. Love them or hate them, the felines have made a name for themselves across the web in videos, GIFs and countless other incarnations. One of the most famous cats is known as Grumpy Cat and now "The World's Grumpiest Cat" has entered into a deal with Dynamite Entertainment (via Grumpy Cat Limited) to develop print and digital comic books/graphic novels. Grumpy Cat will debut the first of her all-new misadventures in a three-issue miniseries, released in Fall 2015 and collected into a hardcover graphic novel in time for the holiday season. Dynamite also plans to launch a website this summer where new Grumpy Cat comic strips will go up online every week.

"With her ever-present pout and sassy disposition, Grumpy Cat has won the hearts of people everywhere. I can tell you, we're thrilled, just absolutely thrilled, to bring this adorable curmudgeon's misadventures to the comic world!" says Keith Davidsen, Marketing Manager of Dynamite Entertainment. "One of the most important responsibilities for today's comic publishers is creating content that will attract fresh new audiences to experience the wonders of the medium, and Grumpy Cat is the perfect combination of unbearable cuteness, instant fan appeal, and established multimedia presence to make just such a thing happen. If you love the memes, the videos, and that irresistable scowl, then get ready for the wildly fun antics of Grumpy Cat and Pokey in Dynamite's all-new, all-sensational Grumpy Cat comics!"

Grumpy Cat's global following includes 7.6 million Facebook fans and over 31 million YouTube views. Since her photos first went viral in 2012, Grumpy Cat has gone from Internet star to real-life celebrity. She has two New York Time Best Selling Books, her own Lifetime movie Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever (voiced by actress Aubrey Plaza), has made numerous appearances including the MTV Movie Awards, American Idol, The Bachelorette, The Today Show, SXSW, Good Morning America and even hosted WWE Monday Night Raw. Grumpy Cat is Friskies official "Spokescat," has filmed videos with Disney and Sesame Street and appears in commercials for McDonald's and Honey Nut Cheerios. Licensed Grumpy Cat merchandise is currently available at retailers worldwide.

Full press release below.

Heart in a Box Opens Digitally


Heart in a Box isn't slated to hit stores until September, but that won't stop some intrepid young fans from getting a jump on the work by Kelly Thompson and Meredith McClaren. As a special advance look, Dark Horse will serialize Heart in a Box in seven chapters over the next six weeks, with the first two chapters available now on Dark Horse Digital. The first chapter is FREE for all users, and all subsequent chapters will be priced at an affordable $0.99.

“We couldn’t wait to share Heart in a Box with readers, so we’re very excited to get it out early through our digital platform,” said Dark Horse editor Brendan Wright. “Kelly and Meredith have created something truly special, and after fans read it digitally, they’re definitely going to want to have a copy for their shelf.”

In a moment of post-heartbreak weakness, Emma wishes her heart away, and a mysterious stranger—who may or may not be totally evil—obliges. But emptiness is even worse than grief, and when Emma learns that her heart can be regained piece by piece, she takes the strange bargain. But will the cost of her heart be her soul? Heart in a Box goes on sale in stores September 29 for $14.99. It can be preordered now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound or your local comic shop.

Full press release below.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Review - Fresh Romance #1


"Three-hour window. Don't be late."

Janelle Asselin had a vision; reviving a lost genre in romance. To achieve that goal, she enlisted the talents of some of the best writers and artists in the industry for her imprint Rosy Press. The first book to come out of that shop is Fresh Romance #1, a collection of stories that afford the creators their own interpretations of romance. "School Spirit" is written by Kate Leth, illustrated by Arielle Jovellanos, colored by Amanda Scurti (color assists by Ensley Chau and Claire DeZutti) and lettered by Taylor Esposito. "Ruined" is written by Sarah Vaughn, illustrated by Sarah Winifred Searle and lettered by Ryan Ferrier. "The Ruby Equation" is written by Sarah Kuhn, illustrated by Sally Jane Thompson, colored by Savanna Ganucheau and lettered by Steve Wands.

Aspen Brings Summer Heat to Phoenix Comicon


Aspen Comics plans to be in Phoenix this weekend for Phoenix Comicon. The publisher will bring a slew of exclusives to the show, in addition to some talented individuals. Frank Mastromauro, Peter Steigerwald, Vince Hernandez, Siya Oum, Tom Hutchison and Heather Finley will be making an appearance at booths #9067 and #1066. Not only that, but Aspen will also have four Phoenix Comicon-exclusive variant issues available for purchase: Fathom: Kiani #4 by Michael Turner and Steigerwald, Psycho Bonkers #2 by Agnes Garbowska, Shahrazad #3 by Nei Ruffino, and Lola XOXO: Wasteland Madam #2 by Oum. The latter two exclusives will be premiering at Phoenix Comicon before officially hitting stores next Wednesday, June 3rd. Oum and writer Hernandez will be available through the weekend to sign the Lola XOXO: Wasteland Madam exclusive variant.

Aspen will also have a selection of their industry-leading prints with them, including full-size versions of Phoenix Comicon exclusives Fathom: Kiani #4 by Turner and Steigerwald, Shahrazad #3 by Ruffino, and Lola XOXO: Wasteland Madam by Oum. As well, there will be a fourth convention exclusive print available: the Retailer Incentive cover of Shahrazad #3 by J. Scott Campbell. Full press release below.

The Standard Returns with Deluxe Ultimate Collection Hardcover


Believing in superheroes is a tall order, despite all the success Marvel is having at the box office these days. There's still room for new superheroes to make a name for themselves and John Lees has just one character in The Standard. And his tale is getting the deluxe treatment in an ultimate collection hardcover on Kickstarter. The Standard Ultimate Collection will clock in at 200+ pages and will feature a silver metallic ink on a jet-black cover. Lee's work is improved by art from Jonathan Rector and Will Robson, colors by Mike Gagnon, Ray Dillon, Gulliver Vianei and Mo James and lettering from Kel Nuttall.

"I've been working on THE STANDARD for more than six years," said Lees of his first comic book series. "And while it was a true thrill to hold that final issue in my hand last fall, THE STANDARD won't be truly complete until it's collected in hardcover format and sitting on my bookshelf. I'm thrilled and excited to come to Kickstarter to make that possible."

The Standard tells the story of Gilbert Graham, a world-renowned superhero in a bygone era, now an elderly man living a quiet retired life as a high-school chemistry teacher. But when his former sidekick is brutally murdered, Gilbert is forced to don the mantle of The Standard one last time to find a missing girl his sidekick had promised to rescue before his death, to solve the mystery of his sidekick's murder, and to inspire a world who has lost sight of what it truly means to be a superhero.

ComixTribe has also announced that there would be a special early-backer bonus, for Kickstarter supporters who back the project in the first 48 hours. The Standard Ultimate Collection Hardcover starts at $35 USD, but the campaign has price levels at a wide range of price points, starting at just $1. The campaign will end on June 26, and has a funding goal of $8,500. Full press release below.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Review - Indestructible: Stingray #1


"Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the newest member of the League of Defenders--Stingray!"

The motivations of a superhero are varied for sure. If it's not one thing it's another, but more often than not decisions are made that take into account the actions of others. What those decisions end up being aren't always viewed as the best, as they are in Indestructible: Stingray #1 from Darby Pop. The issue is written by Jeff Marsick, illustrated by Luca Reguzzoni, colored by Zac Atkinson and lettered by Troy Peteri.

Preview - Path of Exile TPB Vol. 1


Path of Exile is a pretty wildly successful free-to-play roleplaying game. Now--courtesy of Edwin McRae, Royal McGraw and Carlos Rodrigues, fans can find out how the nightmare began through Victario's eyes in the graphic novel that serves as prequel to the action-packed game. Before the Cataclysm, before the first exile set foot upon the corrupted shores of Wraeclast... there stood the Eternal Empire. There raged the Purity Rebellion. And there was Victario Nevalius, the People's Poet. Finding himself among the fearsome Karui, Victario negotiates an alliance with their king, Kaom, to oppose the tyranny of Eternal Emperor Chitus. Can Victario swell the Purity Rebellion's ranks with the greatest warriors in the empire? Can King Kaom defeat the finest archer in the empire, Marceus Lioneye? How will Victario survive to pen the tale? And how does this far-flung rebellion connect to the apocalyptic visions that plague Victario's every waking hour?

Check out the book in stores May 27 and interiors below.

Joester Loria Group Partners With Dynamite Entertainment


Smosh is a YouTube sensation whose popularity is large. It's so large that it's led to a partnership between Smosh and Dynamite Entertainment that will develop a series of comics and graphic novels. SMOSH has more than 30 million subscribers and 20 million social media followers, which is kind of a big deal. The new partnership with Dynamite Entertainment will act as an extension of SMOSH's comedy brand. The SMOSH graphic novels and comics will hit retail shelves Holiday 2015 and will retail for 3.99-$4.99 for comic books, $14.99-$19.99 for soft cover graphic novels, $24.99-$49.99 for hard covers. The program will target the growing community of graphic novel and comic book enthusiast in the young millennial demographic.

Full press release below.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Review - Modern Testament #1


"I've been coming to bars for a long time...and never have I seen someone crush a shot glass with their bare hand."

History is full of references to the Bible, largely because Christianity is one of the world's most predominant religions. Those references buttress tales of demons, angels and everything in between. Modern Testament #1 published by Insane Comics is a book that has the everything in between covered. The issue is written by Frank Martin and lettered by Kel Nutall. "Fallen Angel" is penciled by Federico Zumel, inked by Jeff Coney and colored by Jay Mayano, "The Bad Guy" is illustrated by Branco Jovanovic and colored by Eugene Betivu and "Feast or Famine" is illustrated by Tomasz Witas and colored by Sara Machajewski.

Dark Horse Announces Phoenix Comicon Attendence


Another weekend, another con. This weekend it's Phoenix Comicon and one of the bigger publishers on-hand will be Dark Horse (booth #7052). Exclusives will include Archie vs. Predator #1 Phoenix Comicon exclusive variant cover by Darick Robertson (500 copies) and there will also be tons of Dark Horse comics, graphic novels, art books and collectibles. Dark Horse talent will also be on-site for signings and panels.

Full press release, signing and panel schedules below.

Arcadia #1 Gets Second Printing


Readers love a new hit. Publishers love a new hit when it sells out at the distributor level. Fans and publishers have a new hit in common: Arcadia #1. The sell-out means readers who missed their chance at the first printing of the Alex Paknadel/Eric Scott Pfeiffer collaboration will have a second chance. Arcadia #1 second print ships with a new cover by Pfeiffer and carries a retail price of $3.99 with a Diamond Code of APR158123.

When 99% of humankind is wiped out by a pandemic, four billion people are “saved” by being digitized at the brink of death and uploaded into Arcadia, a utopian simulation in the cloud. But when Arcadia begins to rapidly deplete the energy resources upon which the handful of survivors in the real world (aka “The Meat”) depends, how long will The Meat be able—and willing—to help?

Full press release below.

Friday, May 22, 2015

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. This is my story of survival.)

Year 6. Week 39.

On our way through Arkansas. Man is it boring.

I mean the number of zombies we've had to stop and kill from following our scout team has kept it interesting, but the landscape is boring. All we keep on finding is burnt shells of small towns and just empty land. This view was something you would see back at the beginning of zombie takeover. Kinda surprised there are this many zombies still wandering around the fields though. Makes me think of those old zombie movies where they stagger around, moaning out "brainsssss." It's nice to laugh again and be in a place where laughter doesn’t get you killed.

Pretty soon we're going to leave Arkansas and I believe will be entering Mississippi. We don’t plan on going down too close to the coast, but skirt along the northern part of Mississippi. Our goal is to track along the northern parts of these states on our way to South Carolina. We've heard from the other three scouting teams and they are progressing well too.

Review - The Adventures of Aero-Girl #1


"The criminal mind is a confusing thing. What we need to focus on is wrapping this up quickly and quietly. I promised your mom we'd be home in 10 minutes."

The family dynamic is consistent on only one thing: that it's called a family dynamic. Families vary in how they interact within said family, largely owing to how the parents were raised when they were kids. Not many families can say though that they have to contend with being a superhero, which adds another layer of intricacy to the family dynamic. That intricacy is on full display in The Adventures of Aero-Girl #1 from Action Lab Entertainment. The issue is written by DeWayne Feenstra, illustrated by Axur Eneas, colored by Juan Pablo Riebeling and lettered by Adam Wollet.

Dark Horse Announce Ultra Variant Cover for Fight Club 2



Dark Horse Comics Announces Ultra Variant Cover for FIGHT CLUB 2 Issue 2

May 21, 2015) Dark Horse Comics announced today an ultra variant cover for FIGHT CLUB 2 issue 2, drawn by FIGHT CLUB 2 cover artist David Mack. The FIGHT CLUB 2 #2 David Mack Ultra Rare FOC Variant will be available to order by retailers who match or exceed 100% of initial orders for FIGHT CLUB 2 issue 1.

ORDERING DETAILS:

Initial orders Fight Club 2 #2 [APR150011 & APR150012 COMB] matching or exceeding 100% initial orders Fight Club 2 #1 [MAR150014 & MAR150015 COMB] at FOC (6/1/15) unlock unlimited ordering under FIGHT CLUB 2 #2 ULTRA RARE FOC VAR. ULTRA RARE FOC VAR only open for orders prior to Final Order Cut Off on 6/1/15.

ABOUT THE SERIES:

Ten years after starting Project Mayhem, Tyler Durden lives… a mundane life. A kid, a wife. Pills to keep his destiny at bay. But it won’t last long, the wife has seen to that. The time has come . . . Rize or Die.

On Wednesday May 27th, Dark Horse Comics will will publish the first issue of one of the most anticipated comic book and literary events of the year: FIGHT CLUB 2written by NEW YORK TIMES bestselling novelist Chuck Palahniuk, illustrated by Eisner Award winning artist Cameron Stewart and colored by award winning Dave Stewart. The first issue of FIGHT CLUB 2 will be available at comics shops, select book stores and digitally via the Dark Horse digital store and app.

Each issue of the series will feature covers by bestselling artist David Mack. Additionally, issue 1 features previously revealed variant covers by Lee Bermejo, Amanda Connor, Steve Lieber, Cameron Stewart, and Chip Zdarsky as well as as-yet-unrevealed variant covers by Joelle Jones, Paul Pope, and Tim Seeley. The series is edited by Scott Allie, Dark Horse Editor-in-Chief.

Dark Horse Comics has encouraged fans to further contribute to the mayhem with a guerilla marketing campaign utilizing the phrases "Tyler Durden Lives" and "Rize or Die" in order to win Easton Press limited, leather-bound editions of Palahniuk’s novels BEAUTIFUL YOU, FIGHT CLUB and SURVIVOR. Fans are encouraged to e-mail their photos and letters using the phrases "Tyler Durden Lives" and "Rize or Die" to: projectmayhem@darkhorse.com.

As Dark Horse Comics publishes FIGHT CLUB 2, Palahniuk’s first foray into comic book writing, Doubleday will publish MAKE SOMETHING UP, the novelists’ first ever short story collection, on May 26. Palahniuk will embark on a book tour later this spring with events in New York, Pittsburgh, Miami, Atlanta, Washington, DC., Kansas City, Chicago and Portland. For more updates on FIGHT CLUB 2 and Project Mayhem, follow Tyler Durden on Twitter and visit the official FIGHT CLUB 2 website and the official Chuck Palahniuk fansite, www.chuckpalahniuk.net.

Now is the time to talk about FIGHT CLUB 2. #TylerDurdenLives

Full press release below.

Valiant 25th Anniversary Convention Tour Hits Phoenix Comicon


Comicon heads to Phoenix for the last weekend of May. Heading there alongside the show is Valiant Entertainment at Booth #7058/7060. Fans can check out a complete collection of Valiant trade paperback and hardcover collections. Fans can also browse a limited supply of convention-only exclusives from this summer's Valiant 25th Anniversary Convention Tour, featuring limited edition copies of Ninjak #1, Bloodshot Reborn #1, Dead Drop #1 and more.

Colorist David Baron will be on hand to sign all weekend at the booth. Fans can also join a panel of Valiant staff and creators on Friday, May 29th at 1:30 PM ET in Room North 231 for Valiant 101: The Story Starts Here – a step-by-step panel presentation detailing the origins of X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Ninjak, Dr. Mirage, and more of Valiant’s top heroes and villains. If you're looking for where to start with Valiant, this panel is a great place to start.

Full press release below.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Review - Insufferable #1


"I don't need your help."

Being a superhero certainly isn't easy. Being a superhero with a partner makes things a little easier, but when those partners have a special bond things get a little more complicated. IDW's release Insufferable #1 is a book that pairs two superheroes together in a way that stops evil at the expense of their relationship. The issue is written by Mark Waid, illustrated by Peter Krause, colored by Nolan Woodard and lettered by Troy Peteri.

Preview - Mad Max: Fury Road - Nux and Immortan Joe #1


Mad Max: Fury Road has more or less been met with critical acclaim. George Miller's work has been met with equal praise, which incentivizes his participation in Mad Max: Fury Road - Nux and Immortan Joe #1. Teaming up with Nico Lathourie and Mark Sexton, Mad Max: Fury Road - Nux and Immortan Joe #1 features the artistic talents of Mark Sexton, Leandro Fernandez, Riccardo Burchielli and Andrea Mutti (colors by Michael Spicer and lettered by Clem Robins).

In a fallen world ravaged by oil and water wars, humanity exists without law or mercy. All those who wander the Wasteland are ruled by a single imperative…survive. Among them is Max Rockatansky, a Road Warrior haunted by his turbulent past. In Mad Max: Fury Road - Nux and Immortan Joe #1, fans can witness the rise of Colonel Joe Moore, a war hero turned tyrannical warlord…The Immortan Joe. Not only that, but the story of Nux is also revealed.

Mad Max: Fury Road - Nux and Immortan Joe #1 is in stores now with interiors below.

School's Back in Session with Gunnerkrigg Court


The latest installment of Thomas Siddell's adventurous fantasy series may just have another number in its title, but that won't stop it from being awesome. In fact, this June's release of Gunnerkrigg Court Vol. 5: Refine hardcover offers even more opportunity for readers to heap praise upon the work. The collection is the latest to follow the adventures of Antimony Carver at the mysterious boarding school, Gunnerkrigg Court.

“Gunnerkrigg Court has been running online for ten years now, and Antimony’s journey has only become more and more exciting,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Thomas has created a fantastic world filled with magic, science, and myth, and Antimony is the perfect character to explore that world. Most impressive of all are the fans from all corners of the globe who have continually supported and cheered on this series, so we’re honored to be collecting Thomas’ work in these beautiful hardcover collections.”

Antimony’s new responsibilities thrust her into the heart of the forest, taking Parley and Smitty along for the ride! Meanwhile, Kat is left to deal with the mysterious letter she received, and Renard takes the time to reflect on his past decisions. As the year reaches a close, some friendships will grow stronger and some will have to come to an end.

The Gunnerkrigg Court Vol. 5: Refine hardcover arrives in comic book shops on June 17th with a cover by series creator Siddell for the price of $26.99 under Diamond Code APR151222. The Final Order Cutoff date for comics retailers is May 25th. Full press release below.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Review - Immune


If a zombie apocalypse ever went down, would you have what it takes to survive? Scrounging for supplies, banding together with other survivors or going at it alone are some of the questions you'd have to ask yourself. Would you fight for what you need to survive or run away and cower? These questions and more are answered in Immune, an open-world MMORPG pitting you against zombies in a fight for survival. You and your fellow survivors are up against both zombies and crazed nut-jobs hellbent on shooting anybody they come across. Currently in Early Access on Steam, Immune gives you a chance to see the world envisioned by creators Vidiludi Games and Entertainment, as well as provide input to help shape and change the game.

Dark Horse Debuts New Characters in Figures Line


In case you haven't noticed, Game of Thrones is kind of a big deal. It's one of the--if not the--most popular books and shows of all-time and continues to barrel through pop culture as a juggernaut. Dark Horse has hopped aboard that train and created a line of figures that's looking to expand with a slew of new characters. Those characters include Sansa Stark, Jorah Mormont, Sandor Clegane, Brienne of Tarth

“We have been floored by the response to these figures,” Dark Horse product development head David Scroggy noted, “and these will give fans the new favorites we have come to know as the epic saga unfolds."

Sansa Stark, the oldest Stark daughter, fled King’s Landing to the Eyrie with Littlefinger’s assistance after Joffrey’s murder and now travels alongside him. The figure measures 7.75” in height. The fine detailing of her black and midnight blue dress is exactly as seen in the HBO series. Jorah Mormont, an exiled Northern lord, originally joined Daenerys’s company as a spy on behalf of King Robert, but ultimately became committed to her cause. He followed Daenerys, providing counsel, but was banished when she learned of his betrayal. The Jorah figure measures 7.85” in height, with the paint application reproducing the nuances of his likeness and costume.

Sandor Clegane, the former Kingsguard better-known as The Hound, abandoned King Joffrey and his post during the Battle of Blackwater. After encountering Ayra Stark at the Riverlands, he held her captive while travelling to the Eeyrie in hopes of collecting a ransom. The Hound’s formidable proportions are reflected in this 8.4” figure. He is shown wearing his signature helmet, which is hinged so that it opens and closes. Brienne of Tarth, warrior of House Tarth and vassal to House Baratheon, is a skilled fighter. After serving as the Kingsguard for Renly Baratheon and the sworn sword of Catelyn Stark, she bonds with Jaime Lannister while escorting him back to King’s Landing, where he gives her a new suit of armor and a Valyrian steel sword reforged from Eddard Stark’s great sword, Ice. This armor is reproduced on our 8” tall figure, with all the impeccable details accounted for.

Slated for a Fall 2015 release, these four new characters join four other Dark Horse Game of Thrones figures making their on-sale debut this spring:

Tywin Lannister, former Hand of the King and head of House Lannister and Lord of Casterly Rock, was one of the most powerful lords in Westeros.

Joffrey Baratheon, former King of Westeros before his untimely murder at his wedding, was over-indulged and cowardly. He exhibited a cruel streak toward the vulnerable.

Petyr (“Littlefinger”) Baelish, the eyes and ears of King’s Landing, left his role as master of coin in the Small Council to secure the Vale by marrying Lysa Arryn.

Hodor and Bran are practically inseparable since Bran was pushed from a tower in Winterfell and lost the ability to walk. In this figure, Hodor carries Bran Stark on his back, immortalizing the close bond the two characters share. This special “double figure” is larger than others in the line, measuring a Hodor-sized nine inches, including the base.

These Game of Thrones figures have a suggested retail price of $24.99-$39.99 and are presented in deluxe window box packaging. Full press release below.

Book of Death #1 Gets Deluxe Ultra-Coated Cover Treatment


Summer is a time for Hollywood blockbusters, weekend cookouts and mega-events for comic book publishers. Valiant will be partaking in at least one of the three, as Book of Death #1 kicks off their four-issue event series in July. To celebrate the launch of the Robert Venditti/Robert Gill/Doug Braithwaite collaboration, Valiant will use the issue as the first to debut its new, deluxe ultra-coated cover process. To make sure every retailer has an opportunity to examine this new type of cover process up close, Valiant will be mailing sample printings of the the deluxe ultra-coated covers to select comic book stores across the country, along with free Book of Death promotional items including posters, pre-order coupons, bookmarks, pens and more, in advance of the series' June 22nd final order cut-off date.

"BOOK OF DEATH is more than just a summer event. It's a road-map to Valiant's future that will have fans returning to each issue for years to come," said Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce. "Given the colossal importance that BOOK OF DEATH holds for the biggest heroes in the Valiant Universe – and the suitably epic story that Robert Venditti, Robert Gill, and Doug Braithwaite have crafted – it is only fitting that we give BOOK OF DEATH the stunning presentation it deserves…and it's just the first of many surprises yet in store for Valiant's most ambitious event to date."

So let it be written… So let it be done… On July 15th, the next two thousand years of history collide with the most powerful heroes of today. The Valiant heroes. X-O Manowar. Bloodshot. Ninjak. The Harbinger Renegades. Unity. This is how they lived. This is how they died. Now we know. The Book of the Geomancer has recorded it all. But only a young girl – the last in a line of the enigmatic mystics who protect the Earth known as Geomancers – has seen this future come to pass, from the coming cataclysm to the dawn of the 41st century. Alone with her sworn protector, the Eternal Warrior – a soldier battle-forged across five thousand years of combat – the duo must defy their allies to stop the Dark Age that now threatens to eclipse our world. Together, they are the number one target of every hero and villain on Earth. Either the Eternal Warrior hands her over…or they take him down. But can even he single-handedly protect one child when the entire Valiant Universe wages war against him?

If you're a retailer and would like to ensure you that you receive a Book of Death promotional bundle, including your Book of Death #1 deluxe ultra-coated cover sample, please email retailers@valiantentertainment.com and be sure to include the name of your retail outlet and mailing address. Plus: fans can get in on the action leading up to the release of Book of Death #1 (of 4) with IInside the Book of Death – an exclusive six-page bonus insert arriving in all of Valiant's June 2015 titles.

Full press release below.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Review - Psycho Bonkers #1


"I'll be fine. Just take your foot off my brake."

It's never easy being the latest in a legacy family. The expectations to perform are hoisted upon future generations solely based on what their lineage did before them. It's a gift and a curse, but it generally leads to talented individuals. Individuals such as Shine in Psycho Bonkers #1 from Aspen Comics. The issue is written by Vince Hernandez, illustrated by Adam Archer, colored by Federico Blee and lettered by Josh Reed.

X-O Manowar Ushers in Exodus


X-O Manowar keeps trucking along, serving as the catalyst for the rebirth of the Valiant Universe. That momentum continues in X-O Manowar #39 and the start of the Exodus story arc. Robert Venditti and Rafa Sandoval team up to trap X-O Manowar between two peoples he has sworn to protect in humanity and a mass migration of alien refugees.

"What an amazing story Rob has planned for you all - a twist on Aric's history that remains true to X-O Manowar's spirit and will be full of surprises for longtime Valiant fans and new readers alike," said X-O Manowar editor Tom Brennan. "X-O Manowar spent so much of his life fighting the Vine and now he must be their champion - how will Earth react? Or his fellow survivors of Vine enslavement for that matter? We're going to answer those questions and more, and Rafa Sandoval's ability to brilliantly blend character drama and widescreen action is the perfect compliment to Rob's story of what it truly means to be a hero."

Aric of Dacia is X-O Manowar, hero to humanity, leader of the remaining Visigoths, and a husband about to start a new family. He is also the bearer of Shanhara, and tantamount to a god in the eyes of the alien race known as the Vine. Now, in the aftermath of DEAD HAND's destruction of their world, the Vine need a new home and have chosen Earth – tearing Aric between two races that worship him, but each despise one another. Have these last living remnants of the Vine's civilization come seeking peace? And what changes will their arrival herald for our world? All – human and alien alike – will be tested when an old enemy seizes this moment of turmoil to attack Aric at his weakest…and forces the people of Earth to pay an impossible price for X-O Manowar's allegiance.

X-O Manowar #39 features covers by Sandoval, Robert Gill, CAFU and Brent Peeples. Full press release below.

Boy-1 Evolves in August


Summer 2016 is shaping up to be big for IDW Publishing. In an effort to keep that awesomeness going, IDW Publishing is pleased to announce Boy-1, written by HS Tak and illustrated by Amancay Nauelpan. Boy-1 captures the futuristic journey of a man who discovers he is the subject of a groundbreaking experiment that spins out of control and soon threatens the extinction of all mankind. With nations hunting him as they struggle to maintain order, every move he makes comes with a thousand repercussions.

“I was impressed by the singular vision that Himkar had for Boy-1 when we first talked about it a while back, and seeing it come together visually thanks to Amancay’s great artwork makes it even more vivid,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief. “I’m very happy we could make this one happen at IDW.”

Boy-1 is set in a world after the completion of The Human Genome Project heralds a new age in science, medicine, and technology, but any form of human cloning has been deemed incompatible with society’s standard of ethics. It then goes on to explore what could happen if a group of intrepid researchers didn’t listen. It's also being developed for television by Scripted World.

“I just tried to make a story that would grip and not let go,” said writer/creator Tak. “I’m thankful that Chris Ryall put his eyes on it and brought it into IDW—I can’t think of a better team of storytellers around me. Amancay took the words and lifted them up with his ink.”

“These are the kinds of stories that explode into your life and take you to another world, one that might seem far off but is much closer than we think. We’re thrilled to develop the series for TV,” said Aranya.

Full press release below.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Review - Midnight Society: The Black Lake #1


"That was it! Just like you said! You said it would be here--and there it is!"

Treasure hunters are always conflicted about their finds. Some want to keep them as trophies, whereas others are adamant that relics belong in a museum. Amazing finds inspire even more amazing reactions, even if those actions have consequences as they do in Midnight Society: The Black Lake #1 from Dark Horse Comics. The issue is written and illustrated by Drew Edward Johnson, colored by Lizzy John and lettered by Steve Dutro.

Preview - Snarl #1


Kelly Bender, Nathan Kelly, Josh Jensen and Micah Myers have teamed up for something spectacular. Alterna Comics bringing that spectacular to readers in Snarl #1, a story about the sinister. Something sinister is killing people in a Washington State Park. Is it animal? Is it Supernatural? When all the evidence points to the unexplained a veteran detective will have to go against all of his training to solve the unsolvable before it's too late.

Snarl #1 is in stores now with interiors below.

Action Lab Unearths Gravedigger


Fancy yourself a fan of hard-boiled comics and it's likely you've come across Digger. The character preceded Criminal and Donald Westlake, with Christopher Mills and Rick Burchett presenting the action in Gravedigger. And now, that comic has found a new home with Action Lab's Danger Zone imprint. "The Predators" is a three-issue mini-series that contains everything readers love in crime comics; hard-boiled action, gorgeous femme fatales, and a hero who's a bit of a bastard. It's not always easy being the bad guy, as career criminal "Gravedigger" McCrae knows all too well. Even with a .9mm automatic in his hand and a wealth of experience under his belt, the veteran thief still finds himself in deadly trouble when his well-laid plans go violently off the rails in a pair of violent, pulp fiction capers.

"Mills and Burchett's Gravedigger is a phenomenal addition to our creator-owned lineup, and we're extremely excited to be working with such notable creators!" said Jason Martin, President of Action Lab: Danger Zone. "Fans of noir and comics like Parker or Sin City will want grab a stiff drink and kick back for a rough time. And hey, this stuff is so widescreen, you'll literally have to turn the book sideways to read it!"

Full press release below.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Review - Lantern City #1


"All I'm trying to do is live."

When a ruling class imposes their will on lesser classes, there's going to be some resentment. How the lower classes handle makes for interesting interactions, but more often than not those interactions involve lots of violence and fighting. Both of those are on full display in Lantern City #1 from Archaia. The issue is written by Paul Jenkins and Matthew Daly, illustrated by Carlos Magno, colored by Chris Blythe and lettered by Deron Bennett.

Get Lost in The Fiction


As a purveyor of fine comic books, BOOM! Studios knows a thing or two about crafting fantastic tales rooted strongly in fiction settings. They appreciate readers picking up their books and getting lost in them, giving completely into one's imagination. Curt Pires and David Rubín are taking that concept one step further in The Fiction #1. The series is about a group of childhood friends who discover doorways to other worlds through a set of strange books, in the vein of The Unwritten and Jumanji.

“Everyone loves getting pulled into a good story, but what happens if the story doesn’t want to let you back out again?” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Curt has tapped into the ultimate fantasy of escapism and turned it on its head. David is a hugely talented artist who’s been tasked with creating two worlds in The Fiction, and he’s blown us away. This is a series that embraces the beauty and narrative potential of the comic book medium.”

Four childhood friends discover a box of strange books that, when read aloud, can transport them to the beautiful, imaginary worlds described within. But when one of them goes missing, the others vow never to reveal where they’ve been and what they’ve seen. Years later, when one of the remaining kids, now an adult, also mysteriously disappears, it’s up to the last two of the group to dig up their dusty books to find him and finally figure out what happened to their friend all those years ago.

The Fiction #1 arrives in comic shops on June 17th with a main cover by Rubín for the price of $3.99 under Diamond order code APR151177. Also available in a limited quantity are a 10 Years incentive cover by Frazer Irving and a retailer incentive cover by Tula Lotay. The Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is May 25th.

Full press release below.

Selling Souls for Rock 'N' Roll


Paul Cornell and Tony Parker are teaming up for a tale that features black magic, classic rock and hilarity. The series is This Damned Band and the first issue hits stores on August 5. The work is being described as "Spinal Tap meets Ghostbusters" and is a documentary-style book. In 1974 the world’s most famous rock band thought they were “worshiping Satan,” only to find out they were actually…worshiping Satan.

Fans eager to hear more about the series can catch Cornell and Parker at Phoenix Comicon, May 28–31, at Dark Horse Comics’ signings and panels.

Full press release below.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Review - The Rise of the Antichrist #1


"God works in mysterious ways."

Faith is a powerful means of dealing with life. Some people use it as a guide, whereas others use it exclusively to make tough decisions. There are still others who feel completely devoted to it in a way that borders on obsession, which leads to situations such as those in The Rise of the Antichrist #1 from Ether Comics. The issue is written by Betvin Géant, illustrated by Kay and colored by Milton Das.

Valiant Continues Celebrating 25 Years in Denver


Next weekend marks the arrival of Denver Comic Con and Valiant Entertainment plans to continue their anniversary tour at the show. From Saturday, May 23rd through Monday, May 25th, join Valiant at Booth #436 inside the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO for a weekend packed with convention-only exclusives, special creator guests and more from Valiant's award-winning publishing line.

Plus, debuting only in Denver is the Dead Drop #1 Denver Comic Con Exclusive Variant, featuring artwork by Ian McGinty with Rian Sygh. Get on board the sold-out action new thriller from acclaimed creators Ales Kot (Secret Avengers) and rising star Adam Gorham (Zero) right here with an all-new exclusive edition, available only at Denver Comic Con. Also on hand will be David Baron, Steve Lieber and Fred Van Lente for all your signing needs. Mix in a panel featuring Valiant staff and creators and you've got all the makings of a good publisher at a good show.

Full press release below.

Come Out and Play with Clarence


Cartoon Network is no stranger to churning out hit animated series. Some of those series see more life as a comic book and KaBOOM! is offering that treatment to Clarence debuting in June, pairing Liz Prince and Evan Palmer for the heartfelt adventures of Clarence, an optimistic fourth-grader who’s always on the search for fun with his best friends Jeff and Sumo. Life might throw a bully or a grumpy adult in his path, but Clarence puts a stop to that with kindness and treating everyone like a friend.

“Clarence is an honest, hilarious, heartfelt show that reflects the best of childhood, and we’re thrilled to bring these characters to comics for the first time,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Clarence’s optimism is infectious, and it’s carrying over into the comic book series. Check out what the incredibly talented Liz and Evan have planned for him and his friends!”

Clarence #1 arrives in comic shops on June 10th with a main cover by JJ Harrison for the price of $3.99 under Diamond order code APR151236. Also available in a limited quantity is a Jackpot variant cover (1 in 100 intermix) by Scott Maynard, a subscription cover by Prince, a 10 Years incentive cover by Roger Langridge and a retailer incentive cover by Kassandra Heller. The Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is May 18th.

Full press release below.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Assassin's Creed Syndicate Gameplay


If you can't wait until October 23 to see what new features Assassin's Creed Syndicate will bring to the storied franchise, then look no further! A recent gameplay video released shows off some of the new features, such as ziplining across buildings and interactive (destructive) environments to play around in.

Review - The Mantle #1


"If this is the Mantle, we're doomed."

Every superhero needs an origin story. Something to engender sympathy on the part of the reader. A tale that showcases that hero's new powers and the direction they plan to go with them. Not every superhero gets life they think they deserve though, such as Robbie in The Mantle #1 from Image Comics. The issue is written/lettered by Ed Brisson, illustrated by Brian Level and colored by Jordan Boyd.

Loot Crate Goes BOOM!


Ever find yourself imagining what world you would create in the Enterprise's Holodeck? What if you conceived a world that featured Frederator's Bravest Warrios? Chances are that combination would be insane, but it's one BOOM! Studios wants to explore in Bravest Warriors: Tales from the Holo John. And what better way to enjoy this fun, oversized comic adventure than to receive an exclusive variant in your Loot Crate subscription box? Loot Crate and BOOM! Studios have partnered up this May to include what is Loot Crate's 6th variant cover and first 48-page comic ever into a crate.

"A solid percentage of the BOOM! staff are Looters and love being surprised every month with a unique box. We're thrilled to be able to share one of our passions, the hilarious and inventive Bravest Warriors comic, with all the other Loot Crate subscribers!" said BOOM! Studios President of Publishing and Marketing, Filip Sablik. "The Holo John is one of our favorite elements from the Bravest Warriors animated show. We pulled together some of the funniest and most talented creators we know and told them to have their imaginations go wild for 48 pages. Throw in the first exclusive variant cover commissioned exclusively for Loot Crate and you have the making of some truly epic bathroom reading."

Bravest Warriors: Tales from the Holo John reads as five short stories, including ones by Paul Allor, Mad Rupert and John Omohundro, the voice of Danny on the Bravest Warriors animated series. This cover was drawn exclusively for Loot Crate by Tyson Hesse, who has worked on a number of Bravest Warriors covers in BOOM!'s ongoing series under the KaBOOM! imprint.

"We absolutely love Frederator and the Bravest Warriors series, as well as what BOOM! has been up to for the past few years," says Matthew Arevalo, Co-founder and CXO of Loot Crate. "Working with amazing people to expose our Looters to something cool and unique is the dream, and that's exactly what happened with this partnership. I can't wait to see people reading the comic and enjoying it."

Full press release below.

Aspen Heading to Atlantic City Boardwalk Con


Atlantic City is rapidly becoming a destination for those other than gamblers. From Thursday, May 14 through Sunday, May 17, the first annual Atlantic City Boardwalk Convention will descend upon the city and Aspen Comics will be there at booth #925. Aspen President Frank Mastromauro, co-owner Peter Steigerwald, artists V Ken Marion and Jordan Gunderson, along with writers Tom Huchison and Heather Finley will be representing the publisher.

The publisher will have an Atlantic City Boardwalk Con exclusive cover for The Four Points #2 by Gunderson, with colors by Valentina Pinto, a limited edition of 200. There will also be a full-size print of the variant cover available, alongside an exclusive print of The Four Points #2 Direct Edition Aspen Matthews cover by artist Khary Randolph. Aspen Comics will also be hosting a panel, The Official Aspen Comics Panel 2015, in Room 417 on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM.

Not only that, but Aspen will be co-hosting an Atlantic City Boardwalk Con after party with Level Up Entertainment at Mountain Bar on Friday, May 15th at 9 PM. The evening celebration will feature live band karaoke, music by renowned chip tune artist DJ Cutman, classic video games and an exclusive Drink and Draw with Aspen creators.

Full press release below.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Assassin's Creed Syndicate Trailer


Ziplines! Drivable horse carriages! Fancy hats! What more could you want from Assassin's Creed Syndicate? If you said trailer, the look no further.

Assassin's Creed Syndicate is due in stores October 23.

Review - Remnants #1


"Those who had shielded underground shelters survived but they had to stay under and outlast the energy generator."

The goal of clean energy continues to elude even the best scientist. Unless your name is Tony Stark, the chances of achieving something that is self-sustaining and strong enough to power the world is a pipe dream. IN Remnants #1 from Hound Comics it is created, but with disastrous negative consequences. The issue is written and illustrated by Mark Vuycankiat and lettered by Apol Geronimo-Vuycankiat.

Dark Horse to Publish He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Minicomic Collection


The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe is a gorgeous book. It takes a look at the history of the He-Man property as relayed as art, offering wonderful glimpses at a nostalgic universe. Based on that success, Dark Horse and Mattel have teamed up once again to deliver another must-have book in 2015: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Minicomic Collection.

Masters of the Universe and its subsequent action figure lines featured memorable pack-in minicomics that aided in playtime for children across the world. Clocking in at 1,232 pages, this impressive over-sized hardcover collection features sixty-eight US releases, including all minicomics from the ’80s Masters of the Universe line, the ’80s Princess of Power line, and the ’80s and ’90s He-Man line, plus an introduction to the minicomics in the current Masters of the Universe Classics toy line—all in production order.

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Minicomics Collection is on sale October 21 in comic shops and November 3 in bookstores. It's written by Tim Seeley, Steven Grant, Phil White, Gary Cohn, Michael Halperin and Scott Neitlich. It features art by Bruce Timm, Mark Texeira, Larry Houston, Jim Mitchell and Charles Simpson.

Full press release below.

Archie Comics Expands on World of Archie #1


Archie Comics' continued foray into diversifying its properties and getting crazy with it soldiers on, as the publisher is poised to launch three new series in Jughead, Betty & Veronica and Life With Kevin. To help get those books off the ground, the publisher needs a little Kickstarter help. The Kickstarter campaign’s call to action is a simple one: Help Archie Comics build a New Riverdale. The books plan to build off the success of Archie #1 by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples.

“Our fans are part of our family — they’re an integral part of everything we do,” said Archie Comics Publisher/Co-CEO Jon Goldwater. “We’re not flush with corporate cash like Marvel or DC. But we’re also not afraid to take calculated risks. With this Kickstarter, fans have the chance to get in on the ground floor of an exciting and forward-thinking initiative. Fans can help build a New Riverdale, brick-by-brick. We’ve put together a stellar lineup of titles — featuring the best and the brightest creators working on our top characters. With your help, we can make this New Riverdale a reality. The best part? This is only the beginning.”

Jughead is written by Chip Zdarsky and is an off-the-wall series full of laughs, unexpected twists and a modern sense of humor. Betty and Veronica focuses on the friendship between Betty and Veronica and is written/illustrated by Adam Hughes. Finally, Life With Kevin is written by Dan Parent and illustrated by J. Bone, telling the tale of an older Kevin navigating a new city and new romance.

“When I first stepped into the Archie offices, the brand was frozen in time. The stories felt stiff and dated. That’s no longer the case,” Goldwater said. “This is a new Archie. A new Jughead. A new Betty and Veronica and a new Kevin. We’re holding onto the things that made them great — the humor, the love triangle, the friendship and youthful exuberance — but presenting them in a way that can appeal to everyone, from classic comic fans to new readers who might not know every nook and cranny of our history. Each part of this is a brick that will help build a New Riverdale. But we can only do it with your help.”

Full press release below.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Review - I.C.E. Bayou Blackout #1


"I'm thinking about cashing it all in. Becoming a traffic cop or something."

Life as an Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agent certainly has moments of excitement and intrigue, but those moments are usually balanced out by what is perceived as n obscene amount of paperwork. There's never seemingly a dull moment though, especially for the agents in I.C.E. Bayou Blackout #1 from 12-Gauge Comics. The issue is written by Doug Wagner, illustrated by Daniel Hillyard, colored by Charlie Kirchoff and lettered by Ed Dukeshire.

Preview - The Auteur: Sister Bambi #1


Mixing together things like Nazis, ninjas and budgetary constraints has the potential for a pretty intriguing combination. Oni Press has a look at that combination in The Auteur: Sister Bambi #1, written by Rick Spears, illustrated by James Callahan, colored by Luigi Anderson and lettered by Rick Spears.

Your favorite slapstick comedy gorefest is back! Down on his luck and out on his ass after being thrown out of Hollywood, Nathan T. Rex refuses to accept defeat! Prepping his next exploitation masterpiece, Sister Bambi, Rex and crew head to South America with Nazis, ninjas, and budgetary constraints nipping at their heels in search of the most elusive piece of any artistic endeavor: foreign financing! Fall in love all over again with the return of the most insane series of 2014, but in 2015, make sure you wear protection.

The Auteur: Sister Bambi #1 is in stores May 13 with interiors below.

Action Lab Gets Collectible


Action Lab Entertainment is rapidly making a name for itself as an up and coming publisher. Part of that reputation is based on a diverse line of titles, which the publisher is now capitalizing on for a new line of Action Lab collectibles. They're starting with two new offerings: a plush figure based on Katie Cook's popular Gronk series and a statue based on Dan Mendoza's Zombie Tramp.

"Every creator wants to see their creation jump off the page into other mediums, whether it be movies, apparel, or action figures," said Vito Delsante, Action Lab's Associate Director of Marketing. "Both GRONK and ZOMBIE TRAMP have vocal, and faithful, followings and we're excited to offer these collectibles to their growing fan bases."

Since Gronk is an all-ages book, it made sense to present it as a plush doll, the perfect gift for kids of ANY age. Priced at just $11.99, the Gronk plush is sure to make fans everywhere happy. Based on the lead character in fan favorite writer/artist Katie Cook's series, the Gronk plush is six inches of pure adorableness and is sure to delight your entire family...and maybe even your cats. For Zombie Tramp, being a mature readers title, was a natural fit for a statue, something adult collectors everywhere will want to add to their collections. Designed by Mendoza and sculpted by Eye 5 Toys, this 1/6th scale hand painted collectible statue stands at 12 inches tall. The design replicates Zombie Tramp's signature cute, but sexy, style and even includes her copy of the Nercronomicon as it's base. The standard version carries an SRP of $199.00 and the extremely limited signed edition (50 pieces worldwide!) retails for $299.

"This is an exciting time for Action Lab," said Action Lab President, Kevin Freeman. "The company is growing and the books are gaining national recognition. Branching off into other mediums is a feather in Action Lab's cap. Both of these projects are gorgeous, and I have no doubt that people will want to add these to their collections."

Full press release below.

Friday, May 8, 2015

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. This is my story of survival.

Year 6. Week 37.

East coast here we come.

I know saying that statement would make us seem crazy. With New England written off as a radioactive zone and Florida bombed all to hell (and too many swamps for zombies to hide in), sticking to the middle part of the east coast is the goal.vWe need to find a spot far enough away from the active radioactive zones that gives us a good location which can provide some pretty important things. One of those things is having a working port or at least a harbor so we can get boats in and out. The whole point of getting an east coast outpost is so we can connect with the rest of the world at some point, with the Caribbean being the first step into the larger world.

Review - Arcadia #1


"...I'm going to turn you into light."

Humans thrive on being social. There are some out there who enjoy being alone, but generally there's an innate desire amongst humans to interact with one another with some frequency. Stripping away the physical interaction may or may not have an impact on humanity's general condition, but it's something BOOM! Studios wants to explore in Arcadia #1. The issue is written by Alex Paknadel, illustrated by Eric Scott Pfeiffer and lettered by Colin Bell.

Bruce Boxleitner Brings BOOM! to Atlantic City Boardwalk Con

Lantern City #1 ACBC Variant

Atlantic City Boardwalk Con is getting more and more in the way of publishers making an appearance at the show. The latest to announce their presence at the show is BOOM! Studios, attending the first every Atlantic City Boardwalk Con during the weekend of May 14-17. Not only that, but Bruce Boxleitner, co-creator of the new Archaia steampunk comic series Lantern City, will be attending ACBC on Saturday, May 16 only and can be found at the Lantern City table #2106 from 10 AM - 12:30 PM, at The World of Lantern City panel from 2-3 PM, and at the BOOM! Studios booth from 3:30-4:30 PM.

BOOM! Studios will also host creators James Tynion IV, Trevor Crafts, Matthew James Daley, Coleman Engle and Travis Hill. Engle and Hill are also available to create custom illustrations for fans for $30.00 on blank sketch covers all weekend. Interested attendees can place their order at the booth and return later for pickup. Not only that, but Archaia will host a panel on Lantern City, followed by a Lantern City signing at 3:30 PM of the ACBC exclusive variant (available for purchase for $10.00) by Crafts, Daley, Boxleitner and cover artist Conor Nolan. The signing will take place at the BOOM! Studios booth, #724.

Lantern City is an exciting, new steampunk comic series just launched by Archaia and Macrocosm Entertainment, featuring wondrous settings, engaging characters, and of course, some great costumes. Come explore the development of the series and see exclusive behind-the-scenes content with creators Crafts, Daley and Boxleitner, and learn what’s new with the development of the proposed television series. Moderated by BOOM! Studios President of Publishing & Marketing Filip Sablik. Attendees will receive a free, Limited Edition Lantern City pin exclusive to Atlantic City Boardwalk Con.

Full press release below.