Friday, November 30, 2012

Defense With The BoomStick

(Disclaimer: This post is an ongoing story set in a world where zombies have taken over and people are fighting to survive anyway they can. Originally it was a post of news and tips to help survivors make it one more day alive, but now it has became a story of my fight after being bitten and partially cured to walk as a half-zombie among them.)


Sometimes it holds out and other times it doesn’t. For most of the week we continued to harass and keep the bandit force occupied. We managed to knock them down a few more guys to where only about nine are left. Those final nine prove to be pretty smart as they stopped following us when they realized we were leading them away from the area where they thought our camp was.

On top of them heading back towards Kansas City and the area of our camp we finally managed to find zombies. When I say zombies I mean a ton of them; not the largest herd I’ve ever seen, but pretty damn big one. The bandits tore off in their vehicles through the edge of the herd as me and the other guy ran for it. Most of the herd followed those cars, but some did see us and gave chase; thank goodness all the noise from the vehicles helped out immensely.

Review - Sleepy Hollow #2

Nobody likes it when a guy on a horse with a sword is chasing you down with the intent to take your head off. Nobody especially likes it when that same guy is the Headless Horseman, looking to exact some revenge on those who decided to remove his head. Zenescope has you covered in revisiting the tale with the second issue of Sleep Hollow out now, written by Dan Wickline and illustrated by artist Alberto Cortes, Erick Arciniega and Kim Campbell.

Chew #30 Gets Devoured

Eating a comic isn't recommended. In fact, it completely defeats the purpose of the comic itself. The aptly titled Chew has been devoured though...figuratively of course. Chew #30 closes out the "Space Cakes" arc, sold out day of release.

The John Layman/Rob Guillory collaboration will be reprinted only in Chew Volume Six: Space Cakes, the TPB due out December 19, and volume three of the Chew: The Omnivore Editiion out in March. Chew #30 is a milestone issue, the halfway point in a planned 60-issue run of the popular dramedy about a family with a very special relationship with food.

The second half of the series begins with Chew #31 — and a funeral. It will be in stores on January 23. Readers should get their pre-orders in now to be sure they get a copy of what is sure to be another fast-selling issue.

Full press release below.

BOOM! Studios Releases New Hellraiser Ongoing

Big fan of pins protruding from your head? Well, maybe not your head, but an evil being from hell seeking to kill? Actually, that doesn't sound appealing as well. Reading about it appealing though and BOOM! Studios is set to relaunch the franchise in comic book form with an all=new ongoing monthly series, co-written by Clive Barker and Brandon Seifert and illustrated by Tom Garcia.

"I grew up with Hellraiser and Clive's novels — so it's a huge, surreal honor to be collaborating with him on The Dark Watch! Under Clive's direction, the Hellraiser ongoing series has gone in some radically different directions over the last two years. I'm really excited for what's next — and even more excited that I get to be involved!," said Brandon Seifert.

Nothing is as simple as it seems – the old ways have been destroyed and a dangerous new world lies in its wake. Where are Elliott Spencer and Kirsty Cotton? Who will rule and who will serve? Rising star Brandon Seifert joins forces with the legendary Clive Barker, with art by Tom Garcia, to begin this amazing new chapter in the history of one of horror’s greatest franchises.

Hellraiser: The Dark Watch #1 ships in February with covers by Tim Bradstreet, Nick Percival and Frazer Irving and Bradstreet. The first issue is a 32 page, full color issue that retails for $3.99 and is available for order under Diamond Code DEC120913.

Full press release below.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Review - Robyn Hood #3

What's a woman with a special power thrust into a new kingdom to do with herself? In Robyn Hood #3 from Zenescope, she becomes a savior of the people. That's what.

The issue is written by Pat Shand, with pencils by Rob Dumo, colors by Adam Metcalf and letters by Jim Campbell.

Princeless Volume 2 #1 Now Available for Pre-Order

Are you ready to follow everyone's feisty, independent princess as she roams the countryside with an equally feisty, independent blacksmith? Both seeking redemption from the forced cultural biases pointed their way for being women? If so, then you're in luck!

Action Lab Entertianment is proud to present the return of 2012 Glyph Winner for Best Heroine, Princess Adrienne, in Princeless Volume 2. The second volume promises more action, more adventure and a rogue's gallery of deadly bounty hunters with their sights set on Adrienne and Bedelia.

Having saved herself from her own tower, Adrienne is now out to save her sisters, starting with her sister Angelica, the most beautiful girl in the whole kingdom. However, Adrienne is about to learn that rescuing princesses is not as easy as she's always believed and that not everybody has the same ideas about what it means to be saved as she does.

Writer Jeremy Whitley and illustrator Emily C. Martin return for a second wild ride with the princess who saved herself. Get your pre-order on for Princeless Volume 2 #1" from Diamond today (Order code: STK522144).

Full press release and interiors below.

Valiant Entertainment Joins With Rittenhouse Archives

Valiant Entertainment is on what some would call a tear lately. Their relaunch has been stellar, they've got TPBs due out and they've just signed a partnership with Rittenhouse Archives for trading cards. That's right. X-O Manowar is about to get a rookie card.

"All of us at Rittenhouse are extremely excited to add Valiant Comics to our distinguished list of evergreen properties," said Rittenhouse President Steve Charendoff. "Valiant has rapidly returned to its rightful place among the top publishers of comics today, and, in a world that increasingly craves quality super-hero stories and characters in all forms of media, its future prospects couldn't be brighter."

The trading cards are based on Valiant characters such as X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Eternal Warrior, Shadowman, Harbinger, Rai, H.A.R.D. Corps, Archer & Armstrong, Ninjak and Armorines. The cards and albums are planned to launch in the US and Canada, at Comic Con San Diego, in 2013.

"We are proud to partner with Rittenhouse Archive as one of the leaders in this category,” said Valiant Entertainment CEO Jason Kothari. “The creative force applied to Valiant’s fan favorite comic books is being combined with Rittenhouse's complementary talents to develop and implement state of the art cards and collectibles – together, we have already identified concepts not yet seen that will be truly exciting for Valiant fans and help bring in a host of new fans.”

Full press release below.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Review - Comeback #1

Life is lived with regrets. Turning left instead of right. Not talking to the pretty girl in the coffee shop. Picking a different number for the lottery when your normal numbers are the ones that win. What if there was a way to atone for those mistakes? Make things right? That's the case in Comeback #1 from Image Comics.

It's written by Ed Brisson, illustrated by Michael Walsh and colored by Jordie Bellaire.

Fatale Moves to Ongoing

Josephine isn't exactly having the best go of it. The heroine of the Ed Brubaker/Sean Phillips collaboration Fatale has been able to enthrall men for decades. Of course, the enthralling comes with an ancient evil, seeking to ruin anyone who loves her. So why not torture her on an ongoing basis as opposed to a mini-series.

"Fatale was originally envisioned as a novel in three parts," said Brubaker in an interview with Comics Alliance, "but I kept having ideas for side-plots and tangents or single issues, and it started to feel more like it was meant to be a more sprawling story. So I just decided to let it go until it's finished."

To kickoff the miniseries, Brubaker and Phillips are taking readers back in time with four standalone issues of Fatale. Jo may feel alone in her curse, but these stories will let readers in on her past and show that other women have shared her fate. The first of the Flashback issues, December's Fatale #11, will reveal Jo's early years as a femme fatale. As the story follows her on the run in 1930s California, some of her elusive secrets will come to light.

In January, Fatale #12 will take readers all the way back to Medieval Europe, when a woman possessing the powers of the femme fatale curse faces doom not only from demonic forces but also from the scourge of witch-burnings. February brings the femme fatale to the Wild West with Fatale #13, when a man — or a woman — could blaze a trail with a loaded pistol and a steady hand. Finally, Fatale #14 in March is a World War II horror adventure, when Jo crosses paths with crazed Nazi cultists behind enemy lines.

Each issue contains extra articles and art not collected in the trade paperbacks, including essays by renowned pop culture scholar Jess Nevins, whose writing also appeared in Brubaker's and Phillips' Criminal. Full press release below.

Valiant Slashes First Four TPB Collections to $9.99

Honestly, if you haven't been reading Valiant, you're missing out. The flagship titles continue to impress, bringing great characters and storylines together for some quality writing and art. If you need to catch up, then Valiant's got you covered, slashing the price of their first four TPB collections to $9.99.

Due to popular demand, each of Valiant's previously solicited trade paperback collections will be joining X-O Manowar Vol. 1: By The Sword TPB (December 5) by Robert Venditti and Cary Nord – on sale December 5th – at the $9.99 price point. Those include Harbinger Vol. 1: Omega Rising TPB (January 9), Bloodshot Vol. 1: Setting The World On Fire TPB (February 6) and Archer & Armstrong Vol. 1: The Michelangelo Code TPB (March 6).

"Valiant is dedicated to getting its titles into the hands of as many new readers as possible and a $9.99 price point is the perfect way to do that," said Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce. "Our 'Summer of Valiant' launch generated a tremendous amount of critical acclaim, and retailer support for the first X-O Manowar trade paperback has been through the roof. If you've been holding out on trying a particular title or the new Valiant Universe as a whole, this is the perfect opportunity to find out what you've been missing. You'll get hooked!"

Full press release below.

Arcana Comics Teams Up With Simmons Comics Group for Simmons Comics Anthology Vol. 1

Gene Simmons knows a thing or two about making a big splash in any medium. For years it was music, until his reality show hit. Somewhere in between, he managed to find time to make a comic book as well, an anthology of which is being collected by Arcana Comics called the Simmons Comics Anthology Vol 1, due in stores in February.

Simmons Comics Anthology Volume 1 features the first chapter of Zipper, Dominatrix and Gene Simmons House of Horrors, PLUS the first chapter of the all new crossover event, Zipper Versus Dominatrix: The Slave Trade, written by Erik Hendrix and with art from Yannis Roumboulias.

"We intend on using the finest artists and writers in the comic book medium," said Simmons. "This is just the beginning... As a lifelong fan boy, I've been madly in love with the medium ever since I was in my early teens and have continued to ravenously devour comics through the decades. Along the way, I created our three comics - Zipper, Dominatrix and Gene Simmons House of Horrors."

Simmons Comics Anthology will be released quarterly through 2013 with Volume 2 coming in May 2013, Volume 3 in August 2013, and Volume 4 in November 2014.

Full press release below.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Interview - Michael Avon Oeming

Michael Avon Oeming is one of those up and coming types. Well, he's really already got both parts of the trajectory down and is now justs reveling in being an awesome artist and writer. His latest work--The Victories from Dark Horse--has garnered even more attention and Oeming was gracious enough to sit down with Omnicomic to talk about it, Powers and a few other things.

Review - Godstorm #2

With great power comes the ability to control lightning. Not quite the great responsibility you were expecting huh? Jules has both though and his world continues to be changed in Godstorm #2 from Zenescope.

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

2012 CBLDF Liberty Annual Hits Second Printing

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. All valuable facets of being an American. The second part of that phrase focuses on liberty, the subject of which has catapulted 2012 CBLDF Liberty Annual to a second printing with two new covers.

The first is "Lady Liberty" by Ben Templesmith, a painting of a young woman wearing the Statue of Liberty's iconic crown. The second is a new Image Comics 20th anniversary tribute cover by Chris Giarrusso — this time to Jim Valentino's creation Shadowhawk.

All proceeds from the 2012 CBLDF Liberty Annual benefit the important First Amendment legal work of the CBLDF, a non-profit group dedicated to protecting the free speech of the comics community of retailers, creators, publishers, librarians, and readers. The anthology is 48 pages, featuring stories with the theme "It's Good to Be Free," edited by Image Publisher Eric Stephenson. It will be in stores on December 19.

Full press release below.

Zelda's Hyrule Historia Gets Limited Collector's Edition

Very few things in life are as iconic as the theme song from Legend of Zelda. Just hearing it preparing to kick in just gets you amped to go shooting swords and collecting rupees. And while a book isn't really musical, any book celebrating the song and property deserves a collector's edition. Dark Horse Books and Nintendo are teaming up to bring said edition of The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia, containing an unparalleled collection of historical information on the Legend of Zelda franchise.

The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia Collector’s Edition is limited to only 4,000 copies and contains an introduction by Shigeru Miyamoto, the full history of the Legend of Zelda franchise, and the official timeline of the Legend of Zelda games. This hardcover also collects the Legend of Zelda manga and never-before-seen concept art, in-depth information on the making of The Legend of Zelda and art by some of the most storied concept artists in video games.

The limited edition of Hyrule Historia looks like it could have been pulled off the shelf of one of the sages of Hyrule. The faux-leather hardcover with gold-gilded pages bears the symbol of the Gate of Time, debossed, on the cover. The limited collector’s edition of The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia is perfect for everyone keen on Zelda.

The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia Collector’s Edition is on sale February 12, 2013, for $69.99, and will be available in limited quantities at the following retailers:

Nintendo World Store
Think Geek
Things From Another World
Forbidden Planet UK
PBM (Holland)
Barnes & Noble (online)

Full press release below.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Review - Bloodshot #5

Bloodshot is angry. Injecting him with nanomites and trying to kill him would have that effect on an individual. And now he's taking his gripes to their origin in an assault on Project Rising Spirit.

The fifth issue is written by Duane Swiercynski, illustrated by Manuel Garcia and Arturo Lozzi, colors by Ian Hannin and letters by Rob Steen.

Dark Horse Publishes Exile to Babylon Digital Comic Adaptation

Dark Horse is all about the digital adaptations lately. Their latest foray into the digital adaptation realm? Exile to Babylon, an adaptation of the upcoming motion picture of the same name. The four issue digital comic written by David Lapham and artwork from Patric Reynolds.

In the year 2040, the world’s precious resources are in high demand, and security is found on the streets. A private military operative of reeducated gang members—the Blackshield Angels—is the only hope of liberating a vital fuel supply from a criminal overlord. Blackshield’s best agent struggles through betrayal, love, and a seemingly unending war zone—Zone 12—to complete his mission in a dangerous world where tattooed warlords reign supreme and giant satellites watch men from above like gods.

Exile to Babylon #1 is available now from Dark Horse Digital. The graphic novel hits stores on May 22nd, 2013. Full press release below.

Preview - Shadow Falls #1

When a shadow falls, it means the sun is going down. When it falls in the lower lands, a young girl named Arya finds herself caught in a war between the forgotten races and the Master. That's the story at least in Shadow Falls #1.

The title is written and illustrated by Mikael Bergkvist and is his American debut. It's slated to hit stores in January 2013 with interiors below.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Defense With The BoomStick

(Disclaimer: This post is an ongoing story set in a world where zombies have taken over and people are fighting to survive anyway they can. Originally it was a post of news and tips to help survivors make it one more day alive, but now it has became a story of my fight after being bitten and partially cured to walk as a half-zombie among them.)

Well this past week didn’t go like I hoped it would.

While keeping watch over those bandits I saw something that led me to take action against them. They managed to grab one of the guys who was going back to our camp and were holding him prisoner. I couldn’t let him divulge where we were at and one of the captured guy's buddies know what needed to be done.

B.P.R.D. Comes to Bighead Bash

Dark Horse is teaming up with Spicy Horse Games. Why would two horses get together for a reason other than drawing a carriage? For the chance to add Hellboy characters to Spicy Horse's lineup of collectible fighting toys.

Last week’s update added Hellboy himself, as well as Liz, Abe, Johann, and Roger, to BigHead BASH’s collection of characters. Players can take the team into combat, waging head-expanding battle across a wacky selection of maps and arenas. Each character design was personally approved by creator Mike Mignola.

BigHead BASH is a real-time shooting game with wacky and collectible toy characters based on original and licensed IPs, including Andox and Box from China’s popular show Happy Camp, as well as political parodies of Ron Paul, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

Full press release below.

BOOM! Studios Host Weekend of Sales

It's Black Friday and assuming you're not sleeping off waking up at 3 AM to get a really spiffy air compressor, BOOM! Studios is offering fans a chance to get down on some of their wares. They're celebrating with a series of great sales on our Web Store all Thanksgiving weekend long.

Beginning today, customers will receive 50% off all purchases of $100.00 or more, 40% off all purchases over $80.00, and 30% off all purchases over $60.00. Tomorrow (Small Business Saturday), anybody who shops BOOM! or KaBOOM! will automatically be entered into a raffle to win an Adventure Time bundle prize pack featuring one copy of every issue and cover of the series in stock.

On Cyber Monday, customers will receive 25% off their order and free shipping for all domestic orders of $10.00 or more (or all international orders of $25.00 or more). All discounts will be applied only to in stock items only. Pre-order items and subscription items will not be discounted, but will count towards cart totals for order minimums.

Full press release below.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Review - Criminal Macabre: Final Days of Night - The 30 Days of Night Crossover #1

When war wages among the undead, it's us lowly humans caught in the middle. The options are limited and fear is high. Werewolves will rip us to shreds, vampires will drain us and zombies will just eat us. When two of the three aforementioned factions war though, things get real, as in Criminal Macabre: Final Days of Night - The 30 Days of Night Crossover #1 from Dark Horse Comics.

The issue is written by Steve Niles, with art by Christopher Mitten, colors by Michelle Madsen and letters by Nate Piekos.

Venditti and Hairsine Enter Planet Death

Make sure you've gotten yourself buckled in. Why? Come X-O Manowar #9, you'll be taking a trip to Planet Death. Which is conveniently the name of the new storyline in the series by Robert Venditti and Trevor Hairsine. This January, you'll be privy to a prologue.

It has all led to this. Abducted from his time and enslaved by an alien race known as the Vine, Visigoth warrior Aric of Dacia has escaped into the modern day with the universe's most feared weapon – the all-powerful X-O Manowar armor. Hounded by the Vine at every turn since his return to Earth, X-O Manowar is about to face his most formidable foe yet – an elite unit of X-O Commandos, sent to reclaim their weapon at any cost! But if the Vine can't defeat the X-O Manowar armor, they'll find another human to wield it.

Following the prologue, X-O Manowar takes the battle away from Earth and directly to the doorstep of the Vine homeworld with Planet Death – Part 1 (of 4) in X-O Manowar #11 – featuring the triumphant return of Cary Nord to Valiant's signature hero. The culmination of X-O Manowar’s first year in the Valiant Universe is almost here.

Full press release and interiors below.

The Art of Todd McFarlane Sells Out

Fans know when they've got something intriguing on their hands. Creators know too. In both cases, the awesome item sells out fairly quickly. Todd McFarlane has spent years doing awesome in comic books, so it only makes sense that The Art of Todd McFarlane has sold out at the distribution level. That's 5,000 copies gone.

The book spans more than 30 years of McFarlane's career, following from his start at DC and Marvel to the founding of Image Comics. The book features hundreds of personal anecdotes, art from every stage of his career and reproductions of his original black and white Spawn art, clocking in at a whopping 400 pages.

The book hits stores November 21 for $64.99. To satisfy high demand, a paperback edition of the book will be published in March 2013. Full press release below.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Review - Think Tank #4

Being smart has its drawbacks. Primarily, being the object of the military's affection. Thankfully, being smart also has its advantages, such as escaping the military, as in Think Tank #4 from Top Cow.

The final issue is written by Trip Hawkins, with art by Rahsan Ekedal and letters by Troy Peteri.

Five Issues About Five Weapons

Even assassins need education in the way of weapons. How else can a sniper hit their target from a mile away? Or sneak in through waves of security to knife their target, sneaking out before anyone is the wiser? What if there was a five-issue miniseries that focused on different weapon clubs: Knives, Staves, Archery, Exotics and Guns? Now there is!

Five Weapons is a new series from Shadowline Comics, written by Jimmie Robinson and illustrated by Paul Little. The School of Five Weapons is turned upside down when a new student arrives, one carrying a name that all the students and teachers know: Shainline. The clubs vie for Tyler's loyalty, but it becomes apparent very quickly that this kid isn't someone who is easy to pin down. Tyler has just the edge he needs to succeed at Five Weapons — a razor-sharp mind!

"I wanted fun with an edge, but I also wanted Five Weapons to be smart and challenge the reader," said Robinson. "While there are plenty of weapons to be found in the pages, there is also an invisible sixth weapon between the panels: the skill of the human mind."

The showdowns are epic, the secrets are dark, and the book is poised to be insanely fun. The first, 32-page issue can be pre-ordered from the December issue of Previews and will be in stores on February 27.

Full press release below.

Asylum Press Presents Adversary #1

Adversaries have a way of being a thorn in the side of their opponents. They're often capable of providing a great opposition and a good fight, making for great reading and even greater action. When the adversary is truly terrifying, well, things get even crazier.

The Adversary: Reborn #1 is a digital first horror comic from Asylum Press focused on Adversary, an angel as described by Jim Webb. The comic begins with the murder of an angel at the hands of a demon. So bold are the agents of Hell, so convinced of their own dominion over earth, they now feel they can slay angels with impunity. The cold war between heaven and Hell heats up.

In response, the former Archangel Michael goes on his own murderous rampage, taking down a score of demons. In the process he hears of the presence of a fallen demon of sorts here on earth. He hatches a plan that might make good use of her. Her name is Yae-el. Stripped of her powers, eternal youth and beauty, she is trapped in a prison of ruined flesh and banished to earth. She is The Adversary.

The issue is available now with interiors below.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Review - Fathom: Kiani Vol. 2 #4

It's hard being a child of royalty. So many expectations and so many rebellious tendencies. Both of which are on full display in Fathom: Kiani Vol. 2 #4 from Aspen Comics.

The issue is written by Vince Hernandez, with art by Oliver Nome, Nacho Arranz and Lori Hanson, colors by John Starr and letters by Josh Reed.

Preview - Star Bright and the Looking Glass HC

Jonathan Luna. Jonathan Luna. Jonathan Luna. You're seeing that name three times in a row for a reason. That reason? The name refers to the writer, artist and cover artist for Star Bright and the Looking Glass HC, a new book from Image Comics.

The $19.99 hardcover shows Star Bright, a forest maiden, encountering an evil sorceress who steals her beauty. She must embark on a dangerous journey with her animal friends - Toad, Owl and Capybara - to retrieve it.

The book marks Luna's solo debut writing and illustrating an original fairy-tale picture book of prose and 36 full-page watercolor illustrations in a 9x12" hardcover format.

The book hits stores November 21 with interiors after the jump.

Uncanny Skullkickers #1 Applies a Reboot to the Head

Skullkickers definitely has its own devoted following and with good reason. The series has garnered critical acclaim and is one of the better series out there. What could possibly make a good series even better? A series relaunch with a new adjective maybe, such as Uncanny Skullkickers.

"After almost twenty issues of critically-acclaimed cranium-smashing adventure, we felt it was important to remind retailers and readers that Skullkickers is the most enjoyable adventure series in the entire comic industry," said Image PR and Marketing Director Jennifer de Guzman. "What better way to do that than to add a spiffy new adjective to it! That's what people do, right?”

The new series is written by Jim Zub and illustrated by Edwin Huang. The new title begins the second half of the six-arc storyline and is a great place to jump on if you haven't been following the adventures so far.

"We pride ourselves on making each and every issue of Skullkickers accessible, but this spiffy #1 is that times ten," said creator Zub. "We quickly recap the story that's come before and then push forward into new action-packed territory: a deadly island of mystery, swashbuckling adventure, ferocious man-eating turtles, pissed-off apes... it's a cornucopia of entertainment.”

Uncanny Skullkickers #1 will be available on February 27. Full press release below.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Aspen Comics Announces Black Friday Sale

Aspen's not planning to lose out on your Black Friday money. They've got quite a few exclusives for the hallowed day of shopping, in addition to the following Cyber Monday. Following Thanksgiving on November 23rd, Aspen will be offering an exclusive Fathom: Kiani #4 Black Friday Limited Edition cover by Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald that will only be available that Friday on the Aspen Store. The special edition comic is limited to an extremely low 250 copies. Aspen will also be offering a Fathom: Kiani #4 Black Friday Exclusive full size print as well, also available on Friday only and limited to 50 editions.

As an added incentive, all purchases made on the starting on Black Friday through Sunday will include a free Fathom “Aspen Matthews Sunhat” mini-print by Turner and Steigerwald limited to the first 100 customers. Aspen will be offering deep discounts for 24 hours starting Friday that include over 20 discount specials including the award-winning Kiani and Aspen Matthews statues for only $199.99. Fans should use the discount code: BLACK12

On Cyber Monday, November 23rd, Aspen will be offering a special Fathom Cyber Monday Exclusive Print featuring artwork by Talent Caldwell and Steigerwald, limited to an extremely low number of only 50 editions. All purchases made on Cyber Monday only will include a free Soulfire mini-print by Turner and Steigerwald, limited to the first 50 customers.

Shoppers will receive additional savings by using the discount code: CYBER12. Aspen strongly encourages fans and customers to check the store early to order their copy of both the Fathom: Kiani #4 Black Friday Exclusive as well as the Fathom Cyber Monday Exclusive print.

Full press release below.

Dark Horse Brings Star Wars to Black Friday

Black Friday requires that you wait in line for marginal sales. Or maybe even going out on Thanksgiving night to take advantage of the stores opening even earlier. For 72 hours though, Dark Horse Digital will offer 153 single-issue Star Wars comics for $100.

This includes classics like The Clone Wars, The Old Republic and all three arcs of Crimson Empire. Your favorite Sith friends are here too, with two different Darth Maul series and two new Darth Vader series, plus the latest Sith adventure, Lost Tribe of the Sith.

All comics starring Boba Fett are included, plus the new Imperial spy comic, Agent of the Empire. Go back in time to the origins of the Jedi in Dawn of the Jedi, to one hundred years after the films' end with Legacy and more.

The sale will begin at midnight (PST), Friday November 23 and run through Sunday November 25th. The free Dark Horse Digital comics app is now available worldwide through all modern web browsers and features cloud storage in both the Android and iOS apps.

Full press release below.

Also Uncanny

Zub, Huang and Image are all uncanny as well. Get with it.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Defense With The BoomStick

(Disclaimer: This post is an ongoing story set in a world where zombies have taken over and people are fighting to survive anyway they can. Originally it was a post of news and tips to help survivors make it one more day alive, but now it has became a story of my fight after being bitten and partially cured to walk as a half-zombie among them.)

Well they're definitely looking for us.

That bandit group who recently came into the area about a two days walk from our camp have not moved on like we hoped. They did move further up the road to this old roadhouse and have been fortifying it heavily. We’ve kept an eye on them from a vantage point about 100 yards away, scoping out all the gear they’ve's a lot more than originally counted.

Seems like they haven’t quite figured out where to search for us, but with the amount of scouts they send out each day I think it’s only a matter of time. The scouts have been going out for a few hours at a time, but each day they've gone further and further; making it only a matter of time before they push out far enough and find our spot. I sent the other two guys with me back this morning to help get things ready for if they do manage to find us.

BOOM! Studios Hits Black Friday

Next Friday is Black Friday. A day for big screen TVs, maddening crowds and a fight for bargains. It's also a good day to grab some comics and BOOM! Studios will be making an appearance at Meltdown Comics in LA.

At the Black Friday event you'll be able to purchase all BOOM! and KaBOOM! Studios comics and trades at 50% off from noon until closing. Every hour, a different selection of new books get discounted even more to crazy low prices. Not only that, you get entered in a secret Adventure Time raffle with every title purchased.

Full press release below.

Todd: The Ugliest Kid Comes to Comic Book Stores

What do you get when you team an award winning, Eisner-nominated artist with an award-winning writer? A brand new comic book that has the potential to be both awesome and ugly. That's right...artist M.K. Parker will team up with writer Ken Kristensen for a new comic book called Todd, The Ugliest Kid on Earth from Image Comics debuting January 16.

"In my career, I've had the pleasure of creating crazy characters, but with Todd we've tapped into the most insane parts of our imaginations,” says Perker. "Political correctness has no place in this book. Our goal is to create a wholly original world that will make you laugh and break your heart, by any means necessary. We make a solemn promise to our reader: no good deed will go unpunished.”

The four-issue miniseries follows the misadventures of America's most dysfunctional family as they go head-to-severed head with an Oprah-loving ax murderer, a cult-crazy soap opera star, and a neo-Nazi prison gang. The heart of the story is son Todd – a good-hearted kid who wears a paper bag on his head because he's so ugly. Or is he? He's never actually seen without the bag.

Relentlessly bullied, Todd's efforts to make friends get him imprisoned for a murder he didn't commit. As prison gangs close in on Todd, his fate hinges on inept cops, a tough jailhouse ally, his mother's promiscuity, and a celebrity Scientologist who makes Todd's father a very creepy offer he may not be able to refuse.

"Though the world and characters in Todd are a hyper-real version of small town America, like all satire it deals with important real-world themes,” says Kristensen. "Todd explores the idea that we all live in a prison of some kind – whether it's schoolyard bullying, a bad marriage, shitty job, oppressive religious doctrines, gang membership, or actual prison walls.”

Full press release below.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Review - R.I.P.D. - City of the Damned #1

Stop me if you've heard this one before. A cowboy, a priest and a samurai take an elevator down towards hell. That's a new joke you say? It's not really a joke, but actually the core of the new book R.I.P.D. - City of the Damned #1 from Dark Horse Comics.

The first issue is written by Jeremy Barlow, with art by Tony Parker, colors by Michelle Madsen and letters by Richard Starkings and Comicraft.

Jeremiah Harm Unites Cheyenne Enterprises with BOOM! Studios

Jerimiah Harm wants to be seen. Nay, demands to be seen. The sci-fi action film that you might not have heard about until now is happy to announce you will see it, courtesy of a partnership between Cheyenne Enterprises and BOOM! Studios. Not only that, but the film will be crowdsourced and boasts Tero Kaukomaa and Timo Vuorensola of Iron Sky fame to direct.

“The Iron Sky team has paired with one of the most experienced producers, Arnold Rifkin,” said BOOM! Studios Founder and Chief Executive Officer Ross Richie. “And we are extremely excited about the crowdsourcing model the Finns are bringing to the mix.”

Jeremiah Harm is a sci-fi action blast about an intergalactic bounty hunter sent on a mission to Earth to hunt down a band of space-faring criminals and the girl they kidnapped. Set in space and New York City, the film aims to hit the chords of 80's & 90's sci-fi action films. It's based on the graphic novel of the same name, written by Keith Giffen and alan Grant. Covers and character designs are by John Mueller featuring interior artwork from Rael Lyra and Rafael Albuquerque.

“Our online community was responsible for bringing ‘Iron Sky’ to life and we aim to continue where we left off with a similar model for ‘Jeremiah Harm,’” says producer Tero Kaukomaa. “This is a unique opportunity for thousands of artists, science geeks and film fans out there to contribute to the making of a new science fiction world, and we look forward to them joining us for the ride,” Kaukomaa says.

Vuorensola, who used crowdsourcing for both of his films “Star Wreck” and “Iron Sky” noted, “I believe crowdsourcing is the way of the future in audience engagement in films – both big and small ones - and it's here to disrupt the way films are experienced. Film is no longer just the product that comes out of the pipeline in the end, but the whole process of filmmaking can be part of the fun as well.” “Also, we are inviting our community to follow our adventure in Hollywood and see what happens to a punch of freaks from Finland when they bum rush the United States” continues Vuorensola. “It should be a lot of fun and very interesting to watch!”

Full press release below.

Archaia and Meteor Entertainment Partner With Comixology For Hawken Preview

Hawken seems to be the word on many a gamer's lips. The game has seen a slow and steady flow of information seeping out about it, one of the most interesting bits being Meteor Entertainment's partnership with Archaia on the graphic novel front. While Hawken: Genesis won't hit stores until March 2013, interested readers can get a taste of the team-up a little earlier.

Archaia and Meteor Entertainment have teamed up with Comixology to debut four, free exclusive digital preview issues of Hawken: Genesis. Today marks the release of the first exclusive preview throughout the comiXology digital comics platform available across the iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, and the Web. This exclusive digital preview includes a special access code for the game's third closed beta event, happening November 20th – December 6th, 2012. The first exclusive comiXology digital preview, “Prelude to Ruin,” is written by Jeremy Barlow and illustrated by Francisco Ruiz Velasco. It can be accessed at this link.

“Adhesive Games and Meteor Entertainment have developed such a unique and enticing war-torn future,” said Wes Harris, Meteor’s Vice President, Transmedia Publishing. “This digital release is a great way to expand our transmedia partnership with Archaia through comiXology while providing great opportunities for our fans to get access to the closed beta of the game.”

The graphic novel explores the world of Illal a bit further. It features Khang Le and a slew of other conceptual artists, comic illustrators and painters. Hawken: Genesis acts as both a prequel and sourcebook to the epic warfare players will experience firsthand in the HAWKEN video game. Readers will get an amazing look at the vast post-apocalyptic mythology behind the game and follow the stories of the pivotal individuals that determine Illal’s fate.

“Exploring the origin of that war and the dynamic, powerful personalities that set the political drama in motion was as exciting to create as it is to read,” added Jack Cummins, President & COO of Archaia. “We’re thrilled to premiere this material in digital form through comiXology and can’t wait to release the full graphic novel for eager HAWKEN fans.”

Full press release below.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Review - Point of Impact #2

In times of duress we seek to escape. Sometimes, that path takes us up instead of down, left instead of right. Whichever direction we flee to, sometimes what's at the other end isn't safety. Such is the possible case in Point of Impact #2 from Image Comics.

The issue is written by Jay Faerber, with art by Koray Kuranel and letters by Charles Pritchett.

Preview - Locke & Key: Omega #1

A season of lies and murders has come to a head; the shadows rise and the water falls, as Dodge approaches the Black Door with the Omega Key in his possession and nothing left to stand in his way. Sound creepy enough for you?

The first issue of the new series is written by Joe Hill, with art by Gabriel Rodriguez and colors by Jay Fotos. It hits stores today with interiors below.

Baltimore Comic-Con 2013 Announces First Guests

The shine is just now wearing off this year's Baltimore Comic Con months later, which the show organizers figured was as good a time as any to get you prepared for next year's show. The 14th annual show will take place September 7-8 and it's already got some awesome talent on hand. Baltimore Comic-Con is happy to announce Frank Cho, Barry Kitson, Mike Mignola, Chris Samnee and Mark Waid will all be guests for next year's show.

"We can't begin to thank everyone enough for all that they did to make this year's show a success, and we are so excited to be announcing our first guests for 2013," said Marc Nathan, show promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. "Adding Frank, Barry, Mike, Chris, and Mark is a great way to kick off our 14th year, and we couldn't be happier to have them!"

The organizers have promised another major guest announcement next week for the 2013 show, in addition to a slew of other announcements. Of course, the show will play host to the Harvey Awards as normal, in addition to other guests, industry exclusives and tons of programming.

Full press release below.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Review - Archer & Armstrong #4

If Archer and Armstrong were lead characters in a zany sitcom about college roommates, Archer & Armstrong #4 would be the one where Armstrong meets the parents. Spoiler alert: they don't buy him dinner.

The issue is written by Fred Van Lente, with illustrations by Clayton Henry and Pere Perez, colors by Matt Milla and letters by Dave Lanphear.

IDW Invites Readers to Explore The High Ways With John Byrne

The High Ways #1
John Byrne is a big name in comics. He's been doing some work as of late with IDW Publishing and the duo has decided to release something else that may be of interest to readers: The High Ways written and illustrated by Byrne.

“This evolved into something a bit more like Dan Dare, the British sci-fi strip so beloved from my childhood and early teens. I liked the idea of playing in that “old time sci-fi” kind of milieu, where all the adventures took place within the Solar System, and where life — even intelligent, humanoid life — was to be found everywhere,” said Byrne before adding an extra tidbit for his fans.

“I decided this takes place in the Next Men “universe” -- though in the altered timeline our heroes created when they wiped out Project Next Men. The time is eighty or ninety years in the Future, roughly, and a central character of the first arc is Eddie Wallace, who appeared briefly in the previous series.”

The series follows the exploits of Eddie Wallace, hungry for the brand of wild adventure only available off-planet. He joins up with a crew of a freighter, eager to see what lies beyond the clouds. As things tend to go, everything in the early days of interstellar travel isn't quite as straightforward as it should be.

“I’ve found John Byrne’s boundless creativity, wealth of ideas and his ability to consistently deliver high-quality comics on time to be pretty much unmatched over the course of our six-plus years of working together,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief, “and I’m happy to continue that with The High Ways. 2013 is going to be a big year for John Byrne and IDW, with John prepping two new series to roll out later in ’13 as well.”

The first issue hits stores January 16 for $3.99. Full press release below.

Image Comics Invites Others to Their Thought Bubble

Learning the thoughts of someone makes you especially powerful. Or Professor X. Either way, you're leaning towards awesomeness and the ability to excite others. Thought Bubbles are just that--bubbles of thought. They're also the name of a comic convention in Leeds, England, November 17-18 at the Clarence Dock.

The convention will be host to Image Comics signings, portfolio reviews, and a panel at the convention. In addition, the British retailer Travelling Man will be stocking and selling Image Comics at the convention, including debut titles, exclusives, and the official Thought Bubble anthology.

Image Comics will bring 18 guests to the show, including Charlie Adlard, Jordie Bellaire, Ian Churchill, Boo Cook, Andy Diggle, David Hine & Doug Braithwaite, Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie, Giannis Milonogiannis, Phil Noto, Sean Phillips, Emma Rios, Nick Spencer, Fiona Staples, Eric Stephenson, Angelo Tirotto and Richard Jordan. There will also be signings, panels and a chance for artists to get their portfolios reviewed by Eric Stephenson.

Full press release below.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Hank McCoy (Before the Fur)

I can’t believe how big Doctor Who has gotten. There were so many Doctor Whos left and right at the con in New York this last year you would have thought it was a Time Lord convention (okay, that’s dorky I know). I mean, let’s face it Doctor Who’s sort of geeky, androgynous, quirky-cool thing seems to sell well with select crowds.

I was never a HUGE Doctor Who fan until this new series on BBC got big. And now I find myself sort of fascinated with Who lore, old and new. What always gets me is the SCOPE of British fantasy. I don’t quite now how to articulate this, but for some reason, to me, lots of science fiction and fantasy from the minds of the British always seems so surreal and alien to me.

It’s sort of like Star Wars. Yes, the Death Star is the Empire’s ultimate super weapon, but you kind of felt like everything else in Star Wars was conventional warfare. That is to say there could be a battle and you MIGHT be able to survive it.

I feel like war and fantasy in the minds of the British is the opposite. It’s like of such a magnitude and so outrageous that it feels truly TRULY fantastic.

Aspen Solicitations - February 2013

November is as good a month as any to get a headstart on your Aspen pull list for February. There's quite a good number of issues due in the month, the first of which is The Legend of the Shadowclan #1. It's written by David Wohl, with art by Cory Smith and colors by Jon Starr and featuring the Arashi family. They're like any other family living in the city: kids in school, parents working to make ends meet. But unbeknownst to even them, their ancestors held a dark secret: they were a clan of ninja in feudal Japan, in the employ of a prominent leader.

But when that leader was murdered under mysterious circumstances, the Arashi Clan was blamed, and forced to flee, going into hiding. Over the centuries, the descendants lost track of the ancient ways. They came to America, abandoning their sordid past to distant memory. However, recently, their secret has been discovered--their ancient enemy has returned, and won't rest until every member of the Arashi clan is killed. The first issue is in stores February 6th, 2013!

Speaking of checkered pasts, Executive Assistant: Iris Vol 3. #3 hits stores in February as well. Written by Wohl, illustrated by Alex Lei and colored by Teo Gonzalez, Iris learns that Mazutsu is off limits to the Agency. Of course, that makes him even more appealing.

Staying with the Executive Assistant theme, Executive Assistant: Assassins #8, written by Vince Hernandez, illustrated by Jordan Gunderson and colored by Gonzalez. Executive Assistant Lotus (as Rose) discover that trying to ambush a professional assassin in her home is easier said than done.

When the arrival of Iris, Lily, Orchid and Aster creates an impossible situation for Rose, she must face the consequences of her actions, including torture at the hands of her once-close friends. Yet, the biggest threat still awaits the group of EA’s, as they learn that they are not the only assassins in search of Rose.

For the collectors out there, the Fathom: Blue Descent TPB boasts the talents of David Schwarz writing, Alex Sanchez and Scott Clark on art and Peter Steigerwald and John Starr on colors. Aspen Matthews is the link between the world we know and the world below, but the secrets of her past have always remained shrouded in mystery-until now! Absaloma is Aspen’s father and a member of the Blue, searching for answers to his own purpose within the ever-changing landscape under the surface.

However, his self-exploration takes a back seat for a search far more important to his livelihood - the search for his captive wife—and Aspen’s mother--Eilah! Kidnapped by the race known as The Black, Eilah's lurid nightmares of this mythical species came to horrifying life when their arrival indeed turned into a reality. Now, with a new focused determination and motivation, it is up to Abseloma and his trusted childhood friend Zo to rescue his wife.

Full solicitation information and covers below.

Review - Husbands #1 & #2

Marriage is a long lasting adventure that requires commitment and responsibility on the part of those involved. After all, it's hard enough to contend with forgetting to take the trash out, let alone being whisked away into zany worlds on a regular basis, as in Husbands from Dark Horse Comics.

The first two issues are written by Brad Bell and Jane Espenson, illustrated by Ron Chan (#1) and Natalie Nourigat (#2) and lettered by Nate Piekos.

Century Guild Presents Cursed Pirate Girl

Pirates are in. In the Century Guild Art Nouveau and Symbolist gallery at least. And they're bringing artist Jeremy Bastian along for the ride.

Bastian will be on hand for an exhibition at the gallery on December 2 and then December 6-8. Bastian will use an ink well and brush to create works revealing the influence of early American comic art and classical engravings. For example, one artwork--"The Sacking of the Royal City of Cub"--is the artist's largest work to date at only 13.5 x 19 inches and took over 500 hours of brush work.

For the very first time, work from the artist's graphic novel Cursed Pirate Girl will be on display, and 100 advance copies of the new hardcover collected edition customized with an event bookplate will be available at the reception. The exhibition will be up for viewing for two weekends, then the gallery will be rehung for a special Holiday Sale featuring period works on paper by Gustav Klimt, Alphonse Mucha, Egon Schiele, and styles from Arts & Crafts through Expressionism.

Full press release below.

Invincible Gets the G-Man Treatment

It's the 20th anniversary of Image Comics. That merits a celebration. A big celebration that includes variant covers for a wide variety of their books. One of those variant cover artists is Chris Giarrusso and he's providing variants for Invincible #98 as the latest showcase of his variant talents.

His cover pictures a newly super-powered (and superhero-suited) Mark Grayson, recalling a more innocent time for Invincible, while, in the story within, the world is unprepared for Dinosaurus to unleash his master plan.

Invincible #98 is written by Robert Kirkman with art by Ryan Ottley and John Rauch and is the first part of the three-issue story arc "The Death of Everyone." As Mark regains his powers, the fate of humanity is in his hands — and what happens from here on out will change everything, culminating in an astonishing conclusion with the milestone issue Invincible #100.

The issue hits stores December 5. Full press release below.