Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Aspen Launching New Wasteland Tale in Lolo XOXO: Wasteland Madam

Lola XOXO was an interesting story from Aspen Comics that blended survival with an apocalyptic setting and eschewed zombies in the process. Readers took a liking to the work as well; so much so that Aspen Comics is planning a follow-up to the work in Lola XOXO: Waseland Madam. The all-new miniseries will be written by Vince Hernandez and illustrated by Siya Oum.

“Siya [Oum] and I have been eagerly developing this story for some time now, and we’re really excited to be able to expand the Wasteland Universe she dutifully created in Lola XOXO. We hope fans will respond to this all-new cast of characters, as all of the same action, drama, and adventure they’ve come to expect from Lola is present in this all-new series. We can’t wait to see how it’ll be received!”

Once a woman with a promising future and the love of her life by her side, the “Wasteland Madam” evolved into a ruthless following the nuclear holocaust that destroyed the city of Chicago. She’s now responsible for protecting a loyal band of survivors from the threat of annihilation, but that’s easier said than done in the wild Wasteland, where enemies are everywhere the law of the land is enforced by blood.

Lola XOXO: Wasteland Madam #1 will hit stores on April 8th with two direct edition covers, the first by Oum and the second by Lori “Cross” Hanson, as well as two retailer incentive variants by Oum and Dawn McTeigue and a blank sketch cover. Full press release below.

Review - Witcher: Fox Children #1

"A Witcher is a Witcher."

Being a Witcher comes with a lot of notoriety. You're expected to be more than capable as a warrior and you're often sought out for your talents. That doesn't mean that any mission you accept is any easier because of your talents. It does mean that things are certainly exciting and Witcher: Fox Children #1 from Dark Horse Comics has some intrigue to it. The issue is written by Paul Tobin, illustrated by Joe Querio, colored by Carlos Badilla and lettered by Nate Piekos of Blambot.

Superpowered Detroiters Take on Corruption in MPH

Going fast gets you where you need to go, well, faster. It also has a way of making the mundane seem exciting, as it does in Mark Millar's MPH. The first five issues have proven to be quite the hit with readers and Image Comics is taking note, offering up those issues in a trade paperback. Millar teams up with Duncan Fegredo for a book about a mysterious new drug known as MPH.

“Driving through the middle of Brightmoor was like being on the set of I Am Legend or The Walking Dead,” he wrote. “How could the richest country in the world allow so many of its people to live in such abject poverty? Where were all those superheroes now? The idea of empowering the powerless is a superhero trope, but what if we took the safety catch off and had these guys using their powers to take down the bankers and the corporations and all the crooked politicians who had sold Detroit down the river for three successive generations?”

Endowed with super-human speed, four young Detroiters zoom across the country, taking back ill-gained funds from banks — and then giving it back to the people (keeping a little for themselves, of course). But the supply of MPH is finite, and the “Runners,” as the media have dubbed them, are finding that power has its downsides. What will happen when their time runs out? Millar, who hails from Scotland and grew up inspired by American superheroes, was moved to write MPH after visiting Detroit and seeing the city’s plight first-hand. When the first issue of MPH debuted in May 2014, Millar sent a copy to President Barack Obama and every United States Senator. He wrote about this decision in The Spectator.

A superhero story with a social conscience and contemporary edge, MPH will be in comic book stores on April 22 (Diamond Comic order code FEB150530) and in bookstores on May 5 (ISBN 978-1-63215-265-7). It is available for pre-order now. Full press release below.

Dead Drop #1 Recruits X-O Manowar, Archer and More

Dead Drop #1 is a team-up unlike many other team-ups out there. Why? Because it's the first issue of an all-new, four-issue superhero conspiracy thriller from Ales Kot and Adam Gorham. That team will be lead by X-O Manowar on a voyage across the Valiant universe into a high-stakes hunt through New York City for a lost alien artifact that could soon threaten the entire globe. X-O Manowar, Archer, Neville Alcott, Detective Cejudo and Beta-Max are ready to save the world.

A virus on the loose… A king after him… Things are not what they seem. There is a secret black market in New York. It is hidden in plain sight – in our streets, trains, restaurants. Those who know how to navigate it exchange secrets of extraordinary nature. But when the secret in circulation is a biological weapon derived from Vine technology, the gloves are off – and the most extraordinary agents are released to stop the disaster before it occurs. Otherwise, in less than thirty minutes, there will be no world to come back to.

Dead Drop #1 hits stores on May 6. The issue will feature covers by Raul Allen, Adam Gorham, Juan Jose Ryp and Brian Level. Full press release below.

Full press release below.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Halo 5 Guardians Spartan Locke Trailer

Halo 5 Guardians has a date: October 27, 2015. Let the hype begin with the Halo 5 Guardians Spartan Locke trailer below.

Review - Space Riders #1

"--and it's Capitan Peligro."

Venturing into space requires the right equipment and the right people. A shortcoming in either regard and your trip into space could turn into a nightmare. Finding that right combination is always a challenge, which is sometimes why you just have to settle for the devil you know. Black Mask delves into such a scenario in Space Riders #1. The issue is written by Fabian Rangel, Jr., illustrated by Alexis Ziritt and lettered by Ryan Ferrier.

KaBOOM! Presents Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake: Card Wars

There's always a time for adventure and KaBOOM! has it in spades. In fact, they're doling some out this July when they launch Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake: Card Wars, a new miniseries featuring the famous characters. The first issue features the writing talents of Jen Wang and art by Britt Wilson. The all-new story delves into the world created by Natasha Allegri and features the actual Cryptozoic card game, Card Wars, which itself was created from the game in the show.

Cake is a Card Wars champ who can’t be beat, and Fionna...is really tired of getting beaten! They set off in search of a challenger who can really test Cake’s mettle. When they stumble across some gamer slugs, they think they’ve hit the jackpot, but these guys have never heard of Cake and refuse to even play with her.

Full press release below.

Dark Horse to Publish The Big Guy and Rusty The Boy Robot Hardcover Collection

Hearts of gold and fists of steel make for an interesting partnership. Dark Horse wants to give readers a glimpse into that dynamic by publishing The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot hardcover collection. From the minds of Geof Darrow and Frank Miller, the duo is set to return in a big way after the previous collaboration on Hard Boiled.

Everything you remember about being eight years old and watching monster movies is right here, but with all the magnified detail that you always wanted to see, collected in hardcover for the first time ever. With remastered color by the inimitable Dave Stewart, this stunning edition includes the Dark Horse Presents special and surprise extras.

Preorder your copy of the Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot hardcover edition, coming in October 2015, from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or IndieBound or contact a local comic shop through Comic Shop Locator.

Full press release below.

Friday, March 27, 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 31.

Success is measured by the benefits of an outcome being greater than the worse parts of the mission. For us it was a successful mission and victory in what we can to accomplish, but it did come with some loss.

Once again with the planning of our mission and its execution, the past two weeks have been busy ones. Goes to show working so hard we lost track of the days and didn’t even realize it was past my usual report-in time. The resistance at this base was a lot stronger than we saw and the fighting was fierce. At the start of it all, the plan was going perfectly--our teams going in by boat sniped all the zombies in sight, clearing a path as one of the boats headed for shore. They made it to land and set up a perimeter for the next boat to follow. An added bonus was their noise on the shore pulled more zombies out into the open for the sniper teams to take out. With both teams on the shore they begin to fan out and secure the perimeter near the gate to let the rest of the convoy onto the base.

This is where the fierce fighting went down, as the convoy had to deal with a little crowd outside the gates and us on the inside had a higher number of zombies to deal with as well. Even with the ear plug in one ear and headset on the other, the noise was just incredible. This was one of the largest scale battles we've had in a long time with air support knocking back any big horde of zombies with the use of helicopters and gunships.

Review - Hit 1957 #1

"Things change. People don't."

Maybe it was prescient to name Hit that name, as the series was a hit. Like most successes, there's always a yearning to revisit that universe and explore the characters a bit more in the process. BOOM! Studios appreciates that as much as the next publisher and is releasing Hit 1957 #1. The issue is written by Bryce Carlson, illustrated by Vanesa R. Del Rey, colored by Niko Guardia and lettered by Ed Dukeshire.

Preview - Stringers #1

Oni Press is all about fun, edgy books. Stringers #1 by Marc Gugenheim, Justin Greenwood and Ryan Hill appears to be just that.

Paul and Nick are the guys who shoot the news. Filming car chases, fires, and shootouts in their busted-up rig, they put their (uninsured, unsalaried) lives on the line every night so that the good citizens of Los Angeles can get their daily update. But when a firefight between the LAPD and the MS-13 goes wrong, Paul and Nick find themselves on the run.

Stringers #1 hits stores August 5 with interiors below.

Dynamite Partners with Groupees

Groupee LLC and Dynamite Entertainment are up to something. That something is positive, charitable and exciting. That something is a partnership that will host - for the first time ever - a ten-day comic book bundle promotion that allows fans and curious newcomers to purchase over 80 digital Dynamite comics and graphic novels with "Pay What You Want" purchasing power. A portion of proceeds will be contributed to one of the industry's most important charitable organizations, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. The bundle promotion will run from Thursday, March 26, through Monday, April 6, on the website Groupees.com.

"We're thrilled to be partnering with Dynamite Entertainment to offer this First Edition Dynamite Groupees Comic Bundle," says Thomas Brooke, Groupees Founder and CEO. "Dynamite has an exceptional catalogue of titles and is offering fans in this promotion an amazing deal on some truly exceptional books including the likes of George R.R. Martin's A Game of Thrones and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell. As we expand into this category of media, we look forward to continuing to work with Dynamite to offer literary fans of all types curated, great deals during our online social events that connect fans and artists."

Through the Groupees program, customers can purchase a bundle of digital comic book and graphic novels for a price they decide. The first tier of exciting digital content is unlocked with the dollar minimum investment, but consumers can double their take by reaching the $5.00 second tier. Dynamite offers a highly desirable batch of comics at the third tier for a $10.00 minimum investment, including the bestselling Dynamite Art of Alex Ross art book. For those who participate in the "Pay What You Want" initiative with considerable support, Dynamite will reward the top ten consumers with special prizes. The Top Prize will see the contributor illustrated on the cover of an upcoming Dynamite comic book, alongside the title character, and the cover will be drawn by superstar artist Jae Lee.

The winner will also receive 100 copies of the comic and the original artwork. The second, third, and fourth-highest contributors will be illustrated as characters on one interior page of a Dynamite comic book, while the fifth through tenth-highest contributors will receive a hand-drawn illustration of their favorite Dynamite character, illustrated by Jae Lee. Additionally, top-secret Group Bonuses will be unlocked for all consumers to enjoy when the overall orders reach certain thresholds.

The $1.00 Minimum Tier features superhero action, pulp intrigue, Victorian mystery, tough-talkin' private eyes, and mind-blowing swords-and-sorcery, courtesy of some of the comic industry's brightest stars: Gail Simone, Alex Ross, Tim Seeley, Jim Krueger and more. This accessible bundle includes:

Project Superpowers (Vol. 1) #0 - #7
• Dawn/Vampirella #1
• The Spider #1 - #6
• Chaos! #1 - #6
• Shaft #1
• Sherlock Holmes: Moriarty Lives #1 - #5
• Red Sonja (Vol. 2) #1 - #6
• Altered States: Red Sonja

The $5.00 Minimum Tier features 48 comics written by the mainstream's most beloved authors and movie directors, like George R.R. Martin, Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, Warren Ellis, Garth Ennis, Jim Butcher and Nancy A. Collins. Also, the Fox cartoon sensation Bob's Burgers, gaming powerhouse Pathfinder, and rock ‘n roll icon Alice Cooper round out the package, making it worth the additional investment.

A Game of Thrones #1
• Vampirella: Feary Tales #1 - #2
• Warren Ellis' Project Superpowers: Blackcross #1
• Garth Ennis' Jennifer Blood #1 - #3
• Alice Cooper #1 - #3
• Bob's Burgers #1 - #2
• Army of Darkness (Vol. 3) #1 - #5
• Purgatori #1 - #4
• Kevin Smith's Green Hornet #1 - #10
• Django/Zorro #1 - #2
• Jim Butcher's Dresden Files: Storm Front (Vol. 1) #1 - #4
• Pathfinder #1 - #6
• Cryptozoic Man #1 - #4
• Blood Queen Annual 2014

Finally, the $10.00 Minimum Tier features 17 comic books by Bill Willingham, Jim Starlin and Tom Clancy, as well as the bestselling Dynamite Art of Alex Ross, a 328-page retrospective of the influential painter's cover artwork and character designs on such characters as Vampirella, Green Hornet, The Bionic Man, the Kirbyverse, Black Terror and more.

Dynamite Art of Alex Ross
• Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure #1 - #7
• Dreadstar #1 - #6
• Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Echoes #1 - #4

Full press release below.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Review - Past Aways #1

"Something strange happened in Greece today."

Some will say that the best kind of work is teamwork. Teamwork makes just about everything better, including traveling through time. Having good team cohesion is another matter though and while it might make some incidents a little tougher to handle, it does make for quite an entertaining read. Dark Horse Comics is big on entertainment in Past Aways #1. The issue is written by Matt Kindt, illustrated by Scott Kolins, colored by Bill Crabtree and lettered by Rob Leigh.

Aspen Comics Releases Big Dog Ink’s Remastered Shahrazad #1

Aspen Comics has a partnership with Big Dog Ink planned for April 1. It's not a joke of course, as that date will see Shahrazad #1 released, written by Kim Hutchison and Kari Castor with pencils by Mike Krome and colors by Nei Ruffino. The title relaunch has been in the works since Big Dog Ink became an imprint of Aspen Comics in 2014. Shahrazad is a new heroine who will rise up from the legends of an ancient world. She experiences a life unlike anything one could possibly imagine – an existence that spans generations and genres as she lives the tales she once only told. Each issue of Shahrazad will feature re-mastered content, an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of Shahrazad, and creator commentary.

“Shahrazad is the classic myth of the storyteller brought to comics,” says Hutchison. “Her tales are at once familiar and entirely new (and unpredictable!). It's been amazing to delve back into Shahrazad's world and 'tinker' with her story in a way that I'd like to think would gain the approval of our adventurous and magical narrator herself. After all, hers, and our own personal stories, are never finished.”

Castor commented: “I'm so thrilled to have the opportunity to revisit the original five issues of Shahrazad for this remastered version. It's a rare opportunity for a writer to be able to revise what's already been published – I'm proud of the work that Kim and I did when we wrote this originally, and even prouder of this new edition. I know that our readers, both old and new, will continue to fall in love with Shahrazad as much as we already have, and I can’t wait for them to see what’s in store for the future!”

Shahrazad #1 will feature three distinct covers from series artist Mike Krome, Lola XOXO’s Siya Oum, and fan favorite J. Scott Campbell, plus a convention exclusive variant by Shannon Maer that will be available at both Emerald City Comicon and WonderCon. Aspen has provided Diamond item codes for the direct edition covers below:

Cover A: FEB151001
Cover B: FEB151002
Cover C: FEB151003

Full press release below.

Image Comics at Emerald City Comicon

Image Comics will be back in Seattle this weekend for Emerald City Comicon. They'll be bringing with them some variants, some talent and some panels to the show. If you're at the show, make sure you stop by Booth #312

Full press release and signing schedule below.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Hank McCoy (Before the Fur)

I’ve been feeling very hesitant about this whole Dawn of Justice thing. I mean, I’ve expressed my reservations before, but I guess my fantasy is what if it doesn’t even happen? I know that seems wildly implausible, yet it’s like the Wonder Woman movie. You know, they tap Joss Whedon to work on it. They even put out a movie poster with an image of Wonder Woman’s silhouette in theaters. The thing is they hadn’t even settled on a script at the time the poster came out. The marketing had kicked into high gear before the movie was even being made.

See, my gripes about jumping head first into a Justice League movie instead of making a solid three Superman films not withstanding, that Aquaman poster is pretty hardcore. If you’re going to start a marketing campaign with an image of Aquaman with the words ‘UNITE THE SEVEN’ plastered on it, shouldn’t it be immediately followed up with another poster reveal every week for the next two months or something like that? Like shouldn’t a poster like that be the start of a whole barrage of images to get you psyched for this movie?

Review - Jem and the Holograms #1

"...it's showtime!"

No one will argue that the 80s featured some of the best cartoons around. Transformers, G.I. Joe, M.A.S.K., Thundercats...the list goes on. One of the shows also in those halcyon days of animation was Jem and the Holograms, a seemingly outlandish show about women rockers. It was a great show and makes for a great comic, thanks to IDW's release of Jem and the Holograms #1. The issue is written by Kelly Thompson, illustrated by Sophie Campbell, colored by M. Victoria Rabado and lettered by Robbie Robbins.

Valiant Launches 25th Anniversary Tour at Emerald City Comicon 2015

Believe it or not, Valiant Entertainment is 25 years old. That's a good bit of time to be around as a publisher and they want to celebrate in style. This year, Valiant is taking the silver anniversary celebration of the largest independent universe in comics on the road to visit more than a million fans in the US and Canada throughout 2015. The Valiant 25th Anniversary Convention Tour is a months-long celebration starting with Seattle's Emerald City Comicon.

At Emerald City Comicon, fans can check out Valiant at Booth #1803 to revisit 25 years of Valiant history with a complete collection of trade paperbacks and hardcovers featuring the indelible heroes, volatile villains, and world-class creators that shaped Valiant into one of the most celebrated publishers in comics history. Valiant will also be debuting two ECCC-only offerings for sale, beginning with the Ninjak #1 ECCC Exclusive Variant – featuring an all-new, never-before-seen cover by artist Ian McGinty. Plus: also debuting at ECCC is the Bloodshot Reborn ECCC Exclusive Print.

Full press release and convention schedule below.

Aspen Comics Attending Emerald City Comicon

Aspen Comics will make the west coast trip up north for Emerald City Comicon this weekend, setting up shop at Booth #1703. They'll bring with them Frank Mastromauro, Peter Steigerwald, Vince Hernandez, Tom Hutchinson and Siya Oum as guests, all of whom will be available for greeting fans and signing comics. There will be a convention exclusive variant of the remastered and rereleased Shahrazad #1 by Shannon Maer available for purchase at the booth, in addition to a Lola XOXO: Wasteland Madam #1 Emerald City Comicon exclusive variant.

Shahrazad #1 will be released in stores on April 1st, and Lola XOXO: Wasteland Madam #1 will be out on April 8th. Hutchison of Shahrazad will be on hand to sign convention exclusives, as will the Wasteland Madam team of Hernandez and Oum. Aspen will also be bringing a selection of their art prints, including Maer’s variant, a Shahrazad #1 piece by J. Scott Campbell, an Aspen/BDI team up print by Fathom artist Alex Konat and Oum’s Wasteland Madam #1 Emerald City Comic Con exclusive variant.

Full press release below.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Review - Jorund Honor Bound

"So I'll put it in simple terms...he refers to me not as his "son" but only by name, Jorund."

In every distant civilization, there's a different way of doing things. Different way of ruling, different way of settling fights and even different way of raising children. The combination of all three is what makes that civilization interesting and when one facet of it is in conflict with another, then sparks will surely fly. One such a disagreement of values takes place in Jorund Honor Bound. The issue is written by James Mulholland, illustrated by Julio Falkenhagen, colored by Amanda Jasmin and lettered by Micah Myers.

Wes Craven Teams Up With Steve Niles to Adapt The Disciples

The Disciples is an upcoming comic book series from Black Mask. It's slated to hit stores May 27th and still be preordered with your local comic shop sing Diamond order code:MAR151018. That's not why we're here though. The big news is that Wes Craven and Steve Niles are teaming up with to adapt The Disciples into a show for Universal Cable Productions. It's the publisher's latest foray into television, joining the adaptation of Five Ghosts in development at SyFy. Niles co-founded Black Mask Studios with Pizzolo and Gurewitz in 2013 as a home for edgy and subversive comics. At the time, Niles described the company's mission:"If V For Vendetta were created today, there would be no publisher for it... we want to be that publisher."

Dagmar, Rick, and Jules, intrepid private eyes/bounty hunters, have been hired by a high ranking Senator to retrieve his teenage daughter who's run off to join a mysterious religious cult. This is no ordinary cult though. In the near future of "The Disciples," the ultra-wealthy have become true Masters Of The Universe by colonizing moons throughout the solar system. Billionaire industrialist McCauley Richmond is one such colonist: he's built a new society on Ganymede, a moon of Jupiter, where his flock of cultists can have the religious freedom to worship him. But when the team reaches Ganymede in their Starship Venture, they discover something has gone horribly wrong...

Full press release below.

Janelle Asselin Offers Fresh Romance

Oh to be young and in love...with comics. There's never been a better time to be a comics fan, as more and more publishers are breaking in to offer works that are varied and diverse. Janelle Asselin isn't one to sit on the sidelines as those publishers purvey their works and she's starting Rosy Press to publish Fresh Romance, a new digital romance comic magazine. Of course, such an endeavor needs a little help, which is where Kickstarter comes into play. The first issue of the monthly anthology features sundry stories ranging from a clandestine, queer high school love affair to an impeccably researched and illustrated Regency-era romance. In addition to three forward-looking romances, each issue of Fresh Romance delivers a relationship advice column by a quartet of divorced writers, behind-the-scenes art coverage and a fashion report.

“Rosy Press specializes in publishing romantic fiction and nonfiction aimed at attracting a diverse readership,” says Asselin. “With our digital platform, FRESH ROMANCE can reach a diverse set of readers. FRESH ROMANCE is the comics answer to the popular modern romance novel, and we can digitally deliver it to anyone, anywhere, anytime.” FRESH ROMANCE content will be available in a variety of digital formats: via ComiXology or as a PDF, CBR, or ePub file, and will always be DRM-free. Unlike their real-world counterparts, FRESH ROMANCE stories never end – they will later be published as ebook collections.

The first issue will include:

A twist on the iconic high school love story by Kate Leth, Arielle Jovellanos and colorist Amanda Scurti, in which a queer couple keep their relationship under wraps by pretending to compete for the same, equally secretive guy.

A Regency-era romance by Sarah Vaughn and Sarah Winifred Searle about a couple headed to the altar despite a mutual lack of enthusiasm for their marriage. (Spoiler: period costumes and culture are consummately researched.)

An otherworldly tale by novelist Sarah Kuh, who has a three-book prose book deal with DAW Books and who is penning her first comic with Sally Jane Thompson and colorist Savanna Ganucheau, in which a cynical, supernatural barista is trapped in this world… until she helps enough lonely souls find love.

The first cover from Kevin Wada, a former fashion illustrator, who uses his hallmark watercolors to depict Leth and Jovellanos’ high school heroines.

Rewards available exclusively through the Fresh Romance Kickstarter campaign support three-month, six-month and ongoing subscriptions, including the opportunity to be drawn into a story, an original comic to propose marriage to your loved one and one-of-a-kind prints and commissions, including: Five commissions by Chris Burnham; a Gene Ha sketch commission; a Dustin Nguyen-drawn original page from the Stephanie Brown Batgirl series; a commission of Harley Quinn by DC and Marvel artist Carmen Carnero; and an original page from the Stephanie Brown Batgirl series drawn by Pere Perez.

“Thanks to our ongoing anthology format, the kinds of stories we feature will be constantly evolving,” said Asselin, who recently appeared in the documentary SHE MAKES COMICS. “The magazine will be R-rated, so while not all of the individual chapters or stories will be racy, there will be some adult content. These aren't your mom's romance comics. Our goal is to bring avid comics readers and those new to comics together to enjoy the romance genre.

Full press release below.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Batman: Arkham Knight – “Officer Down" Trailer

June 23 should be marked in your calendars. It's the day that Batman: Arkham Knight hits stores. Certainly seems a good a reason as any to release a new trailer right?

Review - We Can Never Go Home #1

"Everyone at school is going to hear about you, freak!"

The high school experience is far from enjoyable all the way. There are moments you probably look back on fondly and others you look back on and shudder. High school experiences generally have a long-lasting effect on their targets and can sometimes even bring together seemingly disparate individuals. In We Can Never Go Home #1 from Black Mask Studios, two harrowing incidents seem poised to link to students from opposite ends of the social spectrum. The issue is written by Matthew Rosenberg and Patrick Kindlon, illustrated by Josh Hood, colored by Amanda Scurti and lettered by Jim Campbell.

Dark Horse at Emerald City Comicon

Dark Horse is bringing their wares to Emerald City Comicon, which is essentially in their backyard. Fans can visit Dark Horse Comics at ECCC booth #802 for free swag such as comics, buttons, posters and more A set quantity of the following will be available at opening each day of the show. Limit of 5 per person per day while supplies last. Each comic is $5.00.

Frankenstein Underground #1 ECCC exclusive variant cover by Mike Mignola (1,000 copies)

Prometheus: Fire and Stone—Omega ECCC exclusive variant cover by Patric Reynolds (500 copies)

Lady Killer #1 ECCC exclusive variant cover by Joelle Jones (500 copies)

Past Aways #1 ECCC exclusive variant cover by Scott Kolins (500 copies)

Conan Red Sonja #1 limited-edition black-and-white variant cover by Dan Panosian (1,000 copies)

Full signing and panel schedule below.

Archie Comics Announces Archie Horror Imprint

Archie Comics is putting out books that are really, really good. Their streak continues with the insanity that is Archie vs. Predator #1, but it certainly won't stop there. When Afterlife with Archie and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina return, they'll do so under the new Archie Horror imprint this spring. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and artist Robert Hack will be hitting store shelves on April 15th, followed by Afterlife With Archie #8 by Aguirre-Sacasa and artist Francesco Francavilla on May 6th.

In speaking on the return of the series, Aguirre-Sacasa teased the debut of a third series in the Archie Horror line and spoke of the fan response to the titles: “[The Archie Horror books] have prompted the best work of our careers,” says Aguirre-Sacasa. “To take these iconic characters and reimagine them and place them in situations they’ve never been in before—it’s a blast, and I’m glad people are responding to it.”

Full press release below.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Review - Giant Days #1

"Do you think if we hadn't been given rooms next to each other, that we'd end up being friends?"

Exams. Homework. Studying. Partying. Relationships. Meal plans. Everything that goes into the college experience and then some. It's made more enjoyable with friends, but those same friends can also make it more stressful. Still, friends made in college are often friends for life and it's clear that Giant Days #1 from BOOM! Box is offering up a very sturdy relationship as the foundation for its series. The issue is written by John Allison, illustrated by Lissa Treiman, colored by Whitney Cogar and lettered by Jim Campbell.

Ninjak #1 Returns with Second Printing

Ninjak #1 attacked readers with the cunning and force of a well-trained ninja assassin. It also hit comic book stores with an immense popularity that warrants a second printing, giving Matt Kindt and Clay Mann a second chance to endear readers to their work. And the second printing will arrive in stores on April 22, the same day as Ninjak #2.

Then: Meet inexperienced MI-6 recruit Colin King on his first mission in the field as he learns the basics of spycraft and counterintelligence, and develops a volatile relationship with his first handler. Now: Colin King is Ninjak, the world’s foremost intelligence operative, weapons expert, and master assassin. And he’s hunting the Shadow Seven – a secret cabal of shinobi masters with mysterious ties to his training and tragic past.

Full press release below.

Empty Zone Fills Readers with Emptiness

Jason Shawn Alexander is returning to the drawing and writing table. It's not to clean it off (although it's a little tidying up of one's workspace is always good every now and then. Instead, Alexander is preparing an all-new series in Empty Zone: Conversations with the Dead. Image Comics is publishing and the first issue is slated to hit stores June 17.

“I created the idea for this series 20 years ago. I'm finally bringing it to fruition, through Image Comics, and I'm putting everything I have into it,” said Alexander. “I wanted to create a sci-fi series that veers off into ghosts and the supernatural and becomes something completely different.”

In this sci-fi horror saga, Corinne White attempts to reconcile with the ghosts of her violent past, literally, as she trudges through a world of dystopian cityscapes, reanimated corpses, & ganglands full of animal human hybrids.

Empty Zone #1 arrives on June 17 and can be ordered with Diamond Code APR150504. Full press release below.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Review - Archie vs. Predator #1

"Actually...we're all going on a luxury beach vacation, courtesy of Tatyo-Chips!"

Riverdale has its fair share of popular characters. None of them take that popularity so seriously that they'd be willing to ruthlessly kill the others and display their bodies as trophies. That's something for another character. And don't think the fact that the Predator finding his way to Riverdale is a vacation. In Archie vs. Predator #1 from Dark Horse, it's pretty clear he came to party in a much more violent way. The issue is written by Alex de Campi, penciled by Fernando Ruiz, inked by Rich Koslowski, colored by Jason Millet and lettered by John Workman.

BOOM! Studios Announces Signings and Panels for 2015 Emerald City Comicon

If you're planning on headed to Emerald City Comicon March 27-29, then make plans to stop by the BOOM! Studios booth. The publisher will host a slew of talent and participate in a good selection of panels. The publisher always knows how to do a convention and Emerald City Comicon is no exception.

Full press release, creators and panel schedule below.

CBLDF Presents Elephantmen: Shots

Image Comics and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) are two friends are more than familiar with one another. The two have joined forces in the past for a worthy cause and they're at it again. Elephantmen: Shots #1 is another collaboration between the two, a collection of Elephantmen one-shots by Richard Starkings and illustrated by Dougie Braithwaite, Ian Churchill, Boo Cook, Shaky Kane, Moritat, Tim Sale and Dave Sim. The proceeds of this book will go toward helping protect the First Amendment rights of comics creators, publishers, and retailers.

“I’m sure I wasn’t the only comic book creator affected by the Charlie Hebdo massacre earlier this year. It was a deeply shocking and terrifying event that sent ripples throughout the cartooning world. It really made me realize the importance of supporting organizations like the CBLDF, who stand vigilant for cartoonists whether there’s a traumatic event capturing our attention or not,” said Starkings. “I counted up the strips that we’d produced for The Hero Initiative, Thought Bubble and, of course CBLDF’s own Liberty Annual and decided that, rather than do nothing but worry, I could put out a special issue of Elephantmen to benefit the CBLDF. Eric Stephenson at Image Comics agreed and… voila!"

Led by Sale’s nine-page When the Night Comes, this special Elephantmen: Shots #1 collects all the Elephantmen strips from Hero Comics, Liberty and The Thought Bubble Anthology. The collection also features the hard-to-find Judge Dredd, Strontium Dog and Marine Man crossovers and beautiful covers by J. Scott Campbell and Sale. All proceeds earned from Elephantmen: Shots #1 will go toward supporting the CBLDF's important work defending the rights on which our community depends.

Elephantmen: Shots #1 arrives in stores on May 27 and can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code MAR150521. Full press release below.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Hank McCoy (Before the Fur)

Some people really LOVE Archie. Like...LOVE it, love it. They've been making this comic for close to seventy years now (or something like that). I don't totally get what exactly is going on here. I mean, yes, the characters are adorable, although I always ended up feeling like Archie's apparent ambivalence in regards to Betty and Veronica--leaving them in this endless cycle of sexual frustration without any seeming end--was strange. I mean I guess, in a way, that's kind of how those things go in real life. Things are very blurry because everyone isn't exactly sure just what they want, but they forgive each other because they're all just so into each other.

See, over time, a lot of comics and comic characters evolve and change. Archie definitely does not (until more recently). And in a weird way I've kind of come to respect that. If you go to a comic store today and buy an Archie comic, you're still pretty much reading the same kind of story that was running in the Archie comics that your parents read. And your grandparents before them. It's the same characters, in the same kinds of scenarios.

And see, that's actually hard to do. Look at the pressure to glam up your product these days. Everything is about reboots and re-imaginings, but has there been some hardcore Archie relaunch? The idea would be ridiculous, frankly. But that doesn't mean someone might not try it. More to the point, the fans wouldn't necessarily want that. We want Archie, Betty and Veronica all right where we left them. Sort of timeless. Sexually frustrated and confused maybe, but timeless.

Review - Red One #1

"Tell me, Vera. What do you think of 'Batman'?"

As two of the largest and most powerful countries in the world, it really behooves the two of them to get along. If they don't, the world suffers. There's still deep-seeded distrust between the two sides, much of which dates back to shortly after World War II. Russian spies in America makes for interesting entertainment, but few of them have ever been a superhero in America; that is, until Red One #1 from Image Comics came along. The issue is written by Xavier Dodson, illustrated by Terry Dodson, colored by Rachel Dodson and lettered by Clayton Cowles.

Airboy Boasts Comic Book Creators Gone Wild

When you pair the talents of James Robinson up with Greg Hinkle, good things are bound to happen. When they're paired to reboot the 1940s action hero Airboy, even better things are bound to happen. Image Comics is tapping the two for just a task, teaming up to star in a metafiction about two comic creators gone wild.

“This is me trying something I would never have had the balls to do in the past. Namely, I'm combining the sad details of my real life at a recent much darker time, and having those revelations combined into a stew with gross exaggeration and comic book action fantasy,” said Robinson. “If you like semi-autobiographical drama, combined with drugs, alcohol, flagrant promiscuity, air fighters in two-fisted battle action and myself and artist Greg Hinkle doing full-frontal nudity… then this is the comic you've been waiting for. It's been a blast to write and very cathartic and I hope everyone enjoys seeing a different side to me.”

In Airboy, Robinson’s reluctant to do yet another Golden Age reboot and he’s worried about his stagnant career, ailing marriage, and all-around doldrum life. But that’s nothing a stiff drink can’t fix! Enter artist Greg Hinkle and a night of partying that has to be seen to be believed. Even Airboy himself will have his work cut out for him if he plans to get the two comic book creators in-line and back on the straight and narrow! Could this task be too much for hero?

Airboy #1 hits shelves on June 3 and can be ordered with Diamond Code APR150494. Full press release below.

Aspen Comics Announces New Team Book in Fathom: Blue

Fathom: Blue is a new team book for Aspen Comics set within the Fathom universe, written by Vince Hernandez and illustrated by Claudio Avella (colors by Erick Arciniega). It revisits familiar territory in a new way. And the new launch will feature a bevy of new covers. Those covers will boast the talents of Avella, Mike Krome, Paolo Pantalena and Marcus To, as well as a special 3D lenticular cover by Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald.

“Michael Turner created such a deep and engrossing story with Fathom, and after 17 years since its first issue debuted, we’re excited to be widening the scope and possibilities for this universe,” says scribe Hernandez. “It’s also a great jumping on point for new readers, as this new series will focus on a fresh cast of characters and their difficulties surviving above the surface as outcasts. It’s really a story I’ve been wanting to tell for some time, and Claudio Avella, Erick Arciniega, and Josh Reed are the perfect artistic team to bring this tale to life!"

Fathom: Blue will launch with a zero issue in Aspen’s annual Free Comic Book Day flip book Worlds of Aspen 2015, and continue in its first full issue the following month in June. The series centers on a band of misfit Blue who have risen from beneath the surface, united in their exile from below and looking to blend in out of sight amongst humans. But they’ve been collected under the watchful eye of one man who has spent the better part of his life hunting their kind, and will stop at nothing to use these Blue as weapons against their own.

Full press release below.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Review - Lady Rawhide/Lady Zorro #1

"Seriously. Zorro's a jerk."

The legend of Zorro is one that features a hero whose reputation instills fear in the hearts of opponents. Even he needs a day or two off every now and then, which gives others a chance to step up and do good work. Lady Rawhide and Lady Zorro are two such ladies and they get a chance to team up in Lady Rawhide/Lady Zorro #1 from Dynamite Entertainment. The issue is written by Shannon Eric Denton, illustrated by Rey Villegas, colored by Morgan Hickman and lettered by Marshall Dillon.

Archaia Collects The Realist for the First Time in English

If you're looking for a publisher keen on bringing books to readers that are varied and independent, then look no further than Archaia. Their latest great work that gets a new book into the hands of new readers is The Realist, the first English adaptation of Asaf Hanuka's autobiographical original graphic novel. The Realist is an emotional, deeply personal commentary on his life and raising a family in Tel Aviv, Israel.

“Asaf Hanuka can say more with a single illustration than some people could say in a whole book,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “The Realist is a rollercoaster of emotion, filled with humorous strips of trying to raise a family and stunning, quiet images of the dangers of a war-torn country. Marjane Satrapi introduced Western audiences to a post-Islamic Revolution Iran in Persepolis, and now Asaf Hanuka gives us a window into modern life in Tel Aviv with The Realist.”

Asaf Hanuka’s autobiographical webcomic, The Realist, began winning awards shortly after its launch, including a Gold Medal from The Society of Illustrators. Collected for the first time in English and including never-before-collected strips, The Realist delivers both honesty and whimsy from a master of his craft. With echoes of R. Crumb and Daniel Clowes, Hanuka moves readers with his depictions of everyday life, commenting on everything from marriage to technology to social activism through intimate moments of triumph and failure.

Featuring a trim size of 6.875 x 10.1875 and containing 192 pages, The Realist original hardcover graphic novel arrives in comic shops from Archaia on April 22nd with a cover by Hanuka for the price of $24.99 under Diamond order code FEB151166. The Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is March 30th. Full press release below.

Divinity #1 Aims for Second Sell-Out

Divinity #1 is the first image of the new prestige format Valiant Next limited series. Matt Kindt and Trevor Hairsine are a dynamic duo on the book and the first issue has sold out at the distributor level for the second time. That means fans can expect a third printing on April 22, alongside Divinity #3. Valiant Entertainment is big on sellouts and Divinity #1 is the latest in its string of successes. The second must-read series to be released in the “Valiant Prestige” format, the sold-out Divinity #1 (of 4) third printing comes complete with deluxe matte-laminate card stock covers, custom-designed end sheets and exclusive back matter featuring never-before-seen notes and artwork by Kindt – all with no advertisements and a standard $3.99 cover price.

At the height of the Cold War, the Soviet Union – determined to win the Space Race at any cost – green lit a dangerously advanced mission. They sent a man farther into the cosmos than anyone has gone before or since. Lost in the stars, he encountered something unknown. Something that…changed him. Long thought lost and erased from the history books, he has suddenly returned, crash-landing in the Australian Outback. The few that have been able to reach him believe him to be a deity – one who turned the scorched desert into a lush oasis. They say he can bend matter, space, and even time to his will. Now the rest of the world’s powers must decide for themselves – will the enigmatic DIVINITY offer his hand in friendship or will Earth’s heroes find themselves helpless against the wrath of the divine?

Full press release below.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Review - Shaper #1

"--you want to capture all the Shapers you find and take them alive."

It seems inevitable that eventually we'll discover other life amongst the stars. What's not inevitable is that they'll seek to enslave or destroy us. If they do, here's hoping we have a powerful orphan with unknown powers who can help us, such as Spry in Shaper #1 from Dark Horse Comics. The issue is written by Eric Heisserer, illustrated by Felipe Massafera, colored by Wes Dzioba and lettered by Michael Heisler.

Valiant Hits SC ComiCon with Talent

SC ComiCon is another convention focused on comics that just so happens to be in the TD Convention Center in Greenville, SC. On Saturday, March 21st and Sunday, March 22nd, fans can join Valiant for a weekend packed with giveaways, creator signings, exclusive merchandise, and special events you won't find anywhere else. Visit Valiant at Booth #600 to take home a complete library of trade paperback and hardcover collections for X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Harbinger, Quantum and Woody and many more of Valiant's top titles.

"Having been a Valiant fan since the inception of the company, I am thrilled to have Valiant have an increased presence at SC Comicon this year!" said Robert Young, the founder of SC ComiCon and founder and owner of Greenville's Borderlands Comics and Games.

On hand will be an all-star team of X-O Manowar creators, including writer Robert Venditti, cover artist Lewis LaRosa, and colorist Brian Reber, signing an SC ComiCon-exclusive X-O Manowar: Dead Hand print, showcasing LaRosa and Reber's riveting artwork from the series' latest smash-hit story arc. Get it signed at the SC ComiCon merchandise booth on Saturday and Sunday. But that's not all! Visit the SC ComiCon merchandise booth to grab another Valiant milestone in the making – an SC ComiCon-exclusive t-shirt, featuring all of Valiant's greatest heroes by Eisner Award-nominated superstar Butch Guice.

Last but not least, SC ComiCon attendees can become the hero behind countless saved lives throughout the weekend by donating blood at the Blood Connection inside the TD Convention Center. Each donor will receive a complimentary Bloodshot Reborn t-shirt, featuring the stunning artwork of red-hot artist Mico Suayan, on behalf of Valiant and SC ComiCon.

Full press release below.

Archie Relaunch Boasts a Cornucopia of Covers

Archie #1 is planning to kick off its relaunch this summer with Mark Waid and Fiona Staples teaming up on the work. That creative team may be enough to bolster the appeal of the book to readers, but Archie Comics has a few more tricks up its sleeve as well. When the issue hits stores July 8, it will bring along with it a ton of special covers.

Archie Comics Publisher/CEO Jon Goldwater spoke about the unprecedented relaunch of the fan-favorite series, “This is history in the making. For the first time in 75 years, we will have a new ARCHIE #1, by a chart-topping creative team in Mark Waid and Fiona Staples. An event of this epic nature deserves the red carpet treatment. With that in mind, we’ve reached out to some of the top names in comics to help usher in this new era of Archie."

"From Fiona to our top gun Francesco Francavilla to Robert Hack and Chip Zdarsky – the launch issue of the new ARCHIE series will be the best-looking book on the racks and a must-buy. Let your retailers know now that you want a copy, because I can guarantee you they’ll be gone before the release day is over.”

Change is coming to Riverdale in this can’t-miss kick-off to Archie's new ongoing series! Familiar faces return in new and unexpected ways in this must-have #1 issue! As the new school year approaches, you'd think Archie Andrews would be looking forward to classes and fun—but nothing is as it seems in the little town of Riverdale. But is this a one-off or a sign of bigger changes awaiting for America's favorite teens—and the entire town? Find out in this exciting and remarkable first issue.

Full press release below.

Friday, March 13, 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 29.

It’s been a busy past two weeks, so busy in fact that I wasn’t able to check in last week with an update.

Our journey took us so long because of the route we had to take. The easy way would have been to cut across the state from the northwest and head southeast, but that path would have taken us through a few major cities and the likelihood of zombies, radioactive zombies and radiation zones. Especially San Antonio, as back when all this was going down they nuked the hell out of it because of the large zombie activity there.

With that said our route took us down through west Texas, toward the old Mexico/US Border. We drove along the border only popping into towns we came across after extensive observation. Those towns didn’t have much in the way of supplies in them, but some of the scout teams did find a few good items, most of which was flat beer; still beer though. Plan is to get it on ice when our group gets back to Kansas City.

Focusing on the task at hand right now we're situating ourselves on Mustang Island across from the naval base. Using our base of operations with a nice marina behind it, we sent teams out over the island to collect a number of boats that will be used to get over to the naval base. Figure hitting it from the sea would work to get us past any base walls still up and allow us a safer observation spot with the advantage of quick getaways.

Review - Bill and Ted's Most Triumphant Return #1

"Dreams do come true. As long as you work hard and stay true to yourself. The time machine also helps, I'm not going to lie."

Bill and Ted were losers. Aimless. No direction. Things took a turn one fateful day after a visit by a mysterious traveler with an even more mysterious proposition. Now, the two are legendary and bathe in a sea of accolades and praise. Their work still isn't done though and their journey continues in Bill and Ted's Most Triumphant Return #1. The issue is written by Brian Lynch, illustrated by Jerry Gaylord, inked by Gaylord and Penelope Gaylord, colored by Whitney Cogar and lettered by Jim Campbell.

Dark Horse Preparing to Debut Plants Vs. Zombies Monthly Comic Series

Free Comic Book Day is right around the corner and it's a great time to bring the kids out to your local comic store, grab some great free books and maybe buy up a graphic novel or two. One of the books the kids might be interested in is Plants vs. Zombies. Dark Horse has a Plants vs. Zombies story ready for the big day AND a new series called Bully for You. Paul Tobin and artist Ron Chan join forces to uncover who’s really behind the mysterious Anti-Bully Squad.

In spring 2014, Dark Horse Comics released The Art of Plants vs. Zombies. Part zombie memoir, part celebration of zombie triumphs, and part anti-plant screed, it is a treasure trove of never-before-seen concept art and material from Plants vs. Zombies, Plants vs. Zombies 2, Plants vs. Zombies Adventures and Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare. In fall 2014, Dark Horse announced record sales of over 500,000 copies of Plants vs. Zombies books following multiple sellout print runs.

Nate, Patrice, and Crazy Dave investigate a strange college campus to keep the streets safe from zombies. And Dr. Zomboss’s crime-filled college years are revealed! This hilarious educational escapade also features two bonus stories illustrated by Dustin Nguyen (Batman: Li’l Gotham, Descender). Future issues will feature bonus strips by Peter Bagge, Jennifer Meyer, Karim Friha, Nneka Myers, and others!

Full press release below.

BOOM! Studios Brings Talent and Exclusives to Emerald City Comicon 2015

It's March. It's March in Seattle. It's March in Seattle where Emerald City Comicon descends upon the city the fine weekend of March 27-29. BOOM! Studios will be on hand at the show at Booth #1002 and will bring a lot of goodness.

Check out the publisher's entire list of talent and exclusives to be found on the SkyBridge below (along with the full press release).

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Review - Rebels #1

"I remember the day. It was the day my father spoke more than three words in my general direction."

The Revolutionary War/colonial period is one of the most fascinating periods in American history, if for nothing else for the fact that there would be no America if not for that era. There have been countless takes on the events of the era, with most focused on the more "important" areas such as Boston, Philadelphia and New York. What about the wilds of New Hampshire? That's where Rebels #1 from Dark Horse Comics turns its attention. The issue is written by Brian Wood, illustrated by Andrea Mutti, colored by Jordie Bellaire and lettered by Jared K. Fletcher.

Dark Circle Comics Goes Over the Edge with The Hangman

Dark Circle clearly wants to create characters that fit a certain mold of dark and broody. They recently relaunched The Black Hood #1 and now they're poised to add one more ruthless character to the mix. That character is the Hangman and Dark Circle Comics is tapping Frank Tieri and Felix Ruiz to handle his arrival.

“THE HANGMAN isn’t a book for the squeamish,” explained Dark Circle Comics Editor Alex Segura. “We want to explore different genres and push the envelope with some of the best talents in comics and beyond. This book will surprise people. It's not what you expect -- which is exactly what Dark Circle is about.”

The Hangman #1 will be available soon. Fans can also pick up the Dark Circle Comics Free Comic Book Day Special on May 2nd at your local comic book store. Full press release below.

Review - Altered States Red Sonja #1

"Oh it's definitely metal...and it's beautiful."

If you're an accomplished warrior, then no setting frightens you. It could be a one-on-one fight with a worthy adversary or fighting against waves of opposition soldiers. For Red Sonja, the foe doesn't matter. In Altered States Red Sonja #1 from Dynamite Entertainment, if the foe is the unknown, then things get a little more interesting. The issue is written by Brandon Jerwa, illustrated by Juanan Ramirez, colored by Rohvel Yumul and lettered by Marshall Dillon.

Howtoons Brings DIY Learning to Chicago Science Teachers

Who, what, when, where and why are all valid questions for ascertaining the facts. How is sometimes added into the mix as another question to ask and it also makes a great title for a comic. Howtoons is that comic and Image Comics is capitalizing on the scientific inquiry that comes with it by announcing that Dr. Saul Griffith of Otherlab and Nick Dragotta will attend the National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) conference, taking place in Chicago on March 12-15, and present a Howtoons workshop for attendees.

At 12 PM on March 13, Griffith and Dragotta will present some of the do-it-yourself projects from Howtoons, a kids’ comic they co-created to make learning about science fun. Every Howtoons project illustrates a scientific principle, such as robotics, force, gravity, air resistance, persistence of vision, and more. The comic book-style story-telling of Howtoons allows for dynamic, easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions, and every project uses easy-to-find, household items. In addition, Griffith and Dragotta will be visiting three schools in the Chicago area on Friday, March 13 to present Howtoons to STEM students. The presentations at Westfield Middle School in Bloomingdale, Crone Middle School in Naperville and Orland Junior High in Orland Park have been organized by Anderson’s Book Fair Company and Diamond Book Distributors.

The current Howtoons series, Howtoons: [Re]Igntion focuses on energy literacy, integrating D.I.Y. projects and the science behind them with a rip-roaring adventure starring siblings Celine and Tucker, who must find their parents after a man-made disaster causes a worldwide blackout. The first volume, written by Fred Van Lente with art by Tom Fowler and Jordie Bellaire, is in stores now. Howtoons: Tools of Mass Construction, collecting the best of ten years of Howtoons, is also available now.

Full press release and workshop details below.