Monday, August 31, 2015

Review - Power Cubed #1 (@DarkHorseComics)

"Note to self. Do not use the internet to find henchmen."

The saying goes that with great power comes great responsibility. It's generally applied to youths who find themselves suddenly able to do things they previously weren't able to and it's a sound bit of advice. It's advice that Kenny Logan could take to heart in Power Cubed #1 from Dark Horse Comics. The book is written and illustrated by Aaron Lopresti.

Dynamite Announces All-New Pathfinder Comic

Paizo Inc. doesn't stop at tabletop roleplaying and adventure card games. They do a little bit of dabbling in comics as well and they're again teaming up with Dynamite Entertainment for the November release of Pathfinder: Hollow Mountain #1, the first chapter in a six-issue comic book miniseries. The series will be written by the collaborative team of game developers Erik Mona, F. Wesley Schneider and James Sutter and feature artwork by Tom Garcia. Each issue contains an RPG appendix detailing part of the Hollow Mountain dungeon (with poster map) and a write-up of one of the new characters.

Sutter says, "Erik, Wesley, and I are really excited to be writing together again; while we got to team up to write Pathfinder: Origins, each of those issues was its own story, focusing on the characters' pasts. With Hollow Mountain, we're pushing things forward in a single storyline, and we've been busting out the whiteboards and flow charts to pack in as much action and character development as possible! And since we're some of the folks who built the Pathfinder setting in the first place, we're really able to dig into the canon and spotlight elements players and readers have been waiting for, from the lost empire of Thassilon and its magical Runelords to the sinister Aspis Consortium. Hollow Mountain is one of the biggest, most legendary dungeons in the setting, so in addition to throwing the heroes into that meat grinder, we're also going to be exploring it in the supplementary material in the back of each issue with new mapped encounters, plus information on the Runelords and stats and backstories for the issue's iconic villains, so players can fight the bad guys themselves!"

Hollow Mountain draws iconic Pathfinder heroes Valeros, Seoni, Kyra, Merisiel and more deep into an ancient fortress built by the runelords, the archvillains of the franchise. Carved in the immense visage of Alaznist, Runelord of Wrath, the Hollow Mountain is home to a honyecomb labyrinth of trap-laden chambers and corridors. The team of Pathfinder agents must explore the ruins in search of a magical artifact from the runelords' day, but they aren't the only adventurers interested in the mountain's secrets. Open combat between the rivals will ensue... but Alaznist has not left her former stronghold unprotected, and fearsome guardians will force some rather uncomfortable alliances.

"This latest Pathfinder series has got me excited, not only because we're introducing more badass iconic characters to the comics, but also because the iconics will be battling each other directly," says Dynamite series Editor Rich Young. "It's going to make for some great action and dialogue between the characters. Artist Tom Garcia is also delivering some really sweet, detailed pages... it's going to be a visually impressive book. And the fact that Erik, James, and Wes are back on board writing this series after doing such a great job scripting Origins means that Hollow Mountain is going to have some fun surprises, and be as true as possible to the game. No one knows Pathfinder better than these guys!"

Pathfinder: Hollow Mountain #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' September Previews catalog, corresponding to items shipping in November 2015. Full press release below.

Snoopy Takes to the Skies in Peanuts: Where Beagles Dare

Snoopy is no stranger to secret, high-stakes missions. That's why this September, KaBOOM! is tapping him for just that in Peanuts: Where Beagles Dare!, a new original graphic novel from writer Jason Cooper and artist Vicki Scott that serves as a great accompaniment to the upcoming The Peanuts Movie. The Peanuts: Where Beagles Dare! original graphic novel arrives in comic shops on September 23rd with a cover by Scott, Paige Braddock and Nina Kester for the price of $9.99 under Diamond order code JUL151096. It will arrive in bookstores on September 29th under ISBN 978-1-60886-711-0.

“Where Beagles Dare! is our fourth Peanuts original graphic novel and it continues to be an honor to work with Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates to produce these new stories,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “With November’s The Peanuts Movie featuring a storyline in which Snoopy appears as the World War I Flying Ace, we thought it’d be appropriate to do a new, original story that could stand alongside the film! 2015 is a big year for Peanuts and we’re overjoyed to be part of the fun.”

In Peanuts: Where Beagles Dare!, Snoopy, the World War I Flying Ace, is on holiday in France but his leave is cut short when he’s recruited for a top-secret mission. Snoopy must dodge his way through no-man’s land, go deep behind enemy territory, and battle the Red Baron in the blackened skies above. Will Snoopy ever return home to quaff a few root beers with Woodstock and have dinner with Charlie Brown?

The Final Order Cutoff deadline for comic shop retailers is August 31st. Full press release below.

Friday, August 28, 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 7. Week 2.

Its happening.

The zombies are mobilizing and attacking. We all thought this day would never happen or if it could even happen.

While en route back from the Bahamas we heard over the radio that our outpost in South Carolina was under attack. Our boats gunned their engines to get back there to help out. When we found ourselves about two miles from the outpost there was one more message sent out. "Fort Sumter has fallen…run for your lives."

Review - Dr1ve #1 (@IDWPublishing)

"Maybe for now...three bodies is enough."

Stunt drivers are a lot more talented than many people realize. Their abilities to make car chases thrilling and dangerous is a testament to their decision-making and quick thinking. Some drivers use their skills for slightly more nefarious ends, such as in Dr1ve #1 from IDW Publishing. The issue is written by Michael Benedetto, penciled by Antonio Fuso, inked by Emilio Lecce, colored by Jason Lewis and lettered by Frank Cvetkovic.

Vampirella #1969 Comic Book Special Will Celebrate Iconic Heroine

Vampirella may be nearing 45 years old, but she doesn't look a day over 20. Most of that has to do with the fact that she's a vampire, although it does help that she has a classic look that's iconic. Dynamite's upcoming release of Vampirella #1969 will be a 48-page one-shot that celebrates the character's legacy. The over-sized issue celebrates the heady days of the character's earliest appearances with contributions from Nancy Collins and Fritz Casas, Eric Trautmann and Brett Weldele, Phil Hester and Jethro Morales, Mark Rahner and Colton Worley, and David Walker and Aneke.

"When I was asked to contribute a story to Vampirella #1969, I went back to see exactly what was going on the month the first issue of Vampirella hit the stands," said Collins. "As it turns out, the police were searching for the killers responsible for the Tate-LaBianca murders while America was dealing with the aftershocks, both physical and cultural, of Hurricane Camille, Woodstock, and Neil Armstrong walking on the moon. My story has classic-era Vampirella landing in a Hollywood that bears a closer resemblance to the reality of the time than what existed in her goofy/campy early adventures."

A raven-haired heroine, Varmpiella remains - even after four-and-a-half decades of publication - one of the comic industry's leading ladies, due in no small part to Dynamite Entertainment's stewardship of the character. Since Vampirella's very healthy resurgence in 2010, Dynamite has published two volumes of a monthly series, several miniseries and one-shot specials, and crossovers with multimedia brands and comic book peers. The Vampirella franchise is a haven for writers and artists with a penchant for the macabre.

"Vampirella seems to have found a niche in the pop culture consciousness," says Collins. "People recognize her name, even now - which is interesting, when you realize she never had a cartoon show or TV series to introduce her to a mass audience (as I don't count the direct-to-video movie that came out 20 years ago). Some of it obviously has to do with her being a sex symbol, but there seems to be a genuine fondness for the character from her long-time fans that transcends that."

Vampirella #1969 will debut in November and feature three covers: one by Robert Hack in retro-style dress, a cover by Jack Jadson and a rare edition featuring Hack's artwork in black-and-white, much like the artwork of the original Vampirella magazine. Vampirella #1969 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' September Previews catalog. Vampirella #1969 will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse and Dark Horse Digital.

Full press release below.

Dark Horse Set to Release Fate/Zero Manga

2016 is right around the corner. With the new year comes plenty of surprises and unexpected challenges, but one fact that's not surprising is the release of the Fate/Zero manga by Dark Horse. Gen Urobuchi and Shinjiro’s Fate/Zero is a faithful manga adaptation that also offers extended scenes and never-before-seen content.

The Fourth Holy Grail War has begun, and seven mages must summon heroes from history to battle each other to the death. Only one mage-and-hero pair will remain to claim the Grail and have their wishes granted! Kiritsugu Emiya was once an assassin but now fights in this war to save the world from those who would destroy it with the Grail’s power.

Fate/Zero Volume 1 is in stores February 10, 2016, while the second volume is in stores June 8. Full press release below.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Review - New MGMT One-Shot (@DarkHorseComics)

"They fell in love with each other and with the country, so they never left it...or each other."

The world can be both beautiful and ugly at the same time. Those extremes can lead to viewpoints that are equally as extreme, but many of the inhabitants of the world will take multiple viewpoints at one point or another. New MGMT One-Shot from Dark Horse Comics offers quite a few perspectives on the world. The issue is written and illustrated by Matt Kindt.

Black Mask Expands Digitally

Amazon/Comixology is the big guns when it comes to digital comics. They've got a lot of diversity available to readers, including everything from Marvel and DC to smaller, creator-owned works. Black Mask Studios falls somewhere in the middle of that spectrum and now they'll be bringing their books to the platform as well. Those books include We Can Never Go Home, Godkiller, Space Riders, Ballistic and The Disciples as well as the brand new Young Terrorists and the much anticipated Sinatoro by Grant Morrison and Vanesa del Rey.

“Black Mask’s reason for existing is to connect visionary, fearless creators with smart, discerning, curious readers, and no one is building opportunities for those connections on the scale that comiXology and Kindle are,” said Matt Pizzolo, co-founder of Black Mask Studios. “Comics have the power to touch the hearts and minds of millions of readers… by building bridges to new audiences, the teams at comiXology and Kindle are bringing these stories to new and diverse readers who might otherwise have missed them.”

Today’s launch of Black Mask sees hits like Matt Pizzolo and Amancay Nahuelpan’s Young Terrorists, We Can Never Go Home, Darick Robertson and Adam Egypt Mortimer’s Ballistic, Transference, Steve Niles and Christopher Mitten's The Disciples and Space Riders now available on comiXology and the Kindle Store. Moving forward Black Mask releases will also be available same day as print for upcoming titles. New releases will also include Grant Morrison and Vanesa del Rey’s Sinatoro, Holly Interlandi and Zoe Chevat’s Last Song, Matthew Rosenberg, Vita Ayala and Yasmin Liang’s Our Work Fills The Pews and Tony Patrick and Ayhan Hayrula’s X’ed.

“We’re thrilled to be able share Black Mask’s bold brand of comics by cutting edge creators to our worldwide audience,” said Chip Mosher, comiXology’s VP of Communications & Marketing. “Existing fans and newcomers to the Black Mask library will now be able to buy and read all these exciting titles at both comiXology and the Kindle Store!”

Full press release below.

Wheatley and Hempel Leading Insight Studios to Baltimore Comic-Con

Mark Wheatley and Marc Hempel are creative pioneers. They've launched Blood of the Innocent, Mars and numerous other creations, but they're planning to explore things a little closer to home with their appearance at the Baltimore Comic-Con, September 25-27, 2015 at the Baltimore Convention Center. This is the sixteenth annual Baltimore Comic-Con, and this marks Insight Studios Groups' sixteenth straight appearance at the show. They will be joined by studio mates Jerry Carr, G. D. Falksen, Allan Gross and Evelyn Kriete. The two are presently at work on a fully restored and lavishly produced re-issue of their acclaimed graphic novel Breathtaker for Titan Comics. Long out of print, it was originally serialized and then collected into a best-selling trade paperback by DC Comics' Vertigo imprint 20 years ago. Their work, both together and separately, was extensively profiled in IS Art: The Art of Insight Studios.

"Even with the addition of some stellar media guests, the Baltimore Comic-Con remains one of the most staunchly comic-centric conventions on the circuit. Of course we're favorably predisposed to our hometown show, but it's so much more than just regional pride. The guest list just can't be beat by any other show of this size or even many that are quite a bit bigger," said Mark Wheatley. "We're extremely happy our big, annual gathering of the tribe happens right here in Baltimore, and we're looking forward to making some great announcements."

Full press release below.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Review - The Warden Anthology: Swamp Magic

"The name is Gideon, but I'm not a priest. The church calls me Warden."

It's well-known that there are things that go bump in the night. Finding someone to deal with those mysteries is sometimes a mystery in and of itself, but that doesn't stop people from taking up that mantle. The Warden in The Warden Anthology: Swamp Magic is one such man. The issue is written by Steven Hudkins and illustrated by George Sellas.

Master Darque Brings Darkness in Book of Death #3

Things continue to get bleaker for the Valiant Universe in Book of Death #3, the next 40-page chapter in the publisher's summer event. On September 23, Robert Venditti, Robert Gill and Doug Braithwaite team up to reveal the mastermind behind the events foretold in the Geomancer's book. History's most powerful necromancer has returned with a powerful new ally at his side…and if he can't manipulate the Eternal Warrior and new Geomancer into joining him, he'll destroy human civilization instead. The issue will also feature covers by Cary Nord, Clayton Crain, Stephen Segovia, Pere Pérez and Paolo Rivera.

As the terrible future chronicled in the Book of the Geomancer continues to reveal itself via a series of horrible, unnatural calamities, an unexpected and untold player – Master Darque – has emerged to make his play for young Tama, the latest in the line of Earth-communing mystics called Geomancers… But does the reappearance of Darque mean that the apocalyptic future foretold by Tama has been avoided…or guaranteed? As the heroes of the Valiant Universe fall and nature itself turns on humanity, all that stands between the devastated planet and ultimate evil is the Earth’s undying Fist and Steel himself…Gilad Anni-Padda, the Eternal Warrior!

On September 23rd, Master Darque's unnatural conquest of all that is and will be comes head-to-head with the one warrior that would oppose him in BOOK OF DEATH #3 (of 4) by Valiant's all-stars Robert Venditti, Robert Gill, and Doug Braithwaite!

Full press release below.

Giganto Maxia Debuts in Winter

Kentaro Miura created Berserk, but that's not all he's working on. Next on his list is Giganto Maxia, Miura's first original work in over twenty years. Dark Horse Comics began publishing Miura’s Berserk in 2003. It has become an international sensation, inspiring wildly popular TV and film anime and is currently up to the thirty-seventh volume.

100 million years after the Great Destruction, life hangs on in the wastelands, with humans, demihumans, and massive creatures fighting for survival. With the Empire of Olympus using colossal beasts to crush their adversaries, only gladiator Delos, mystic Prome, and the titan Gohra can hope to stem genocide and heal the shattered Earth!

Giganto Maxia is in stores February 3, 2016. Full press release below.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Review - Our Friend Satan

"Show yourself...Satan!"

Ever wonder if Satan tires of the Satan/hell legend? Sure, he's one of the most powerful beings in all of history/literature, but he's also forced to contend with all the baggage that comes with the reputation. Maybe one day he'll just tire of it all and seek to move on, which is what happens in Our Friend Satan. The issue is written by Dominik L. Marzec, penciled/inked by Michael Murawski and colored/inked by Lukas Lalko.

Preview - Elk's Run #1

Elk's Run is celebrating an anniversary...a tenth one to be precise. Oni Press is celebrating that milestone with the weekly, digital chapter release of the upcoming Elk's Run: Tenth Anniversary Edition by Joshua Hale Fialkov, Noel Tuazon and Scott Keating. The 8-part weekly digital chapter release will begin August 25th and continue every week through October 13th, before the full physical release as a hardcover graphic novel on November 11th.

A vividly and viscerally illustrated tale of rural horror, Elk’s Run takes its place among the most chilling and affecting works of graphic fiction. Elk’s Run: Tenth Anniversary Edition will be a high-quality, gorgeous hardcover release of the landmark graphic novel. Before the physical release on November 11th, fans can enjoy the graphic novel in weekly installments via ComiXology. Oni Press is pleased to be able to bring this classic back and to give it the new readership it dearly deserves.

Check out the interiors below.

The Art of Fallout 4 Visits the Vault

Fallout 4 is poised to be a smashing hit. It's the latest in the series and will definitely suck up a lot of time when it hits homes this fall. Playing the game is only part of the experience though and Dark Horse is teaming up with Bethesda Game Studios to bolster the Fallout 4 experience with The Art of Fallout 4.

The Art of Fallout 4 will feature never-before-seen designs and concept art of the game’s dynamic environments, iconic characters, detailed weapons, and more—along with commentary from the developers themselves. It's being billed as a must-have collectible for fans and a trusty companion for every Wasteland wanderer. Fans will be able to delve even more deeply into the world of Fallout 4 on December 22 when the book hits stores.

Full press release below.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Review - Gears of War: Ultimate Edition

November 7, 2006, was the first day that Gears of War hit the Xbox 360. It brought with it an intense storyline, a pretty revolutionary cover system and the Lancer--an assault rifle with a chainsaw affixed to the end in lieu of a bayonet. The game was a smashing success, prompting three sequels and is the latest to receive the remaster treatment. The main thrust of that remastering is scaling the visuals to 1080p/60 FPS and modernizing the game for Xbox One. While the gameplay is largely the same, it's the modernizations that fans familiar with the series will most likely be drawn to most.

Gears of War: Ultimate Edition is developed by The Coalition/Splash Damage and published by Microsoft Studios. Omnicomic reviewed the game with a pre-release review code provided by Microsoft Studios.

2015 Future of Comics Winners

Baltimore Comic-Con is coming up soon and it's a great show for comic fans and families. This year, The Kids Love Comics Pavilion held its first "Future of Comics Contest." Young comic creators were invited to submit their own comic creations in hopes of winning a spot in the Kids Love Comics Pavilion to sell their books and art. The winners of the 2015 Future of Comics are Kate Davis, L.J. Fowlkes, Eric Mann and Trinity McKnight.

"We had some excellent submissions for this year's contest," said John Gallagher, Executive Director of Kids Love Comics. "It was tough choosing the winners, but we have a great lineup of impressive storytellers."

The Future of Comics row is part of the Kids Love Comics Pavilion. It features over 30 family friendly comic creators and inspiring workshops every hour. Full press release below.

Witchblade Celebrates Milestone

Witchblade is about as synonymous with Top Cow/Image as is Todd McFarlane. The series first launched in 1995 by Marc Silvestri, David Wohl, Brian Haberlin and Michael Turner and is preparing to celebrate its 20th anniversary. That celebration will be accompanied by a deluxe Witchblade 20th Anniversary "Art of" Hardcover and a Commemorative Lithograph. Not only that, but Witchblade 185 will end the series as a double-sized final issue of Sara Pezzini's run.

Several previous Witchblade artists return to the title to send her off in style. The story resolves Sara’s return to New York, her relationship with Gleason, and her attempt to find a suitable bearer to give the Artifact to. Cover A by Turner can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code AUG150499. Cover B by Keu Cha can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code AUG150500. Both will be available on October 14th. The special, over-sized Witchblade hardcover will be a veritable who’s-who of comic artists with original content not previously seen in The Art of Witchblade. It can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code AUG150570, will hit shelves on October 28th, will be limited to 1,000 copies and will never be reprinted.

There will also be a limited number of 11” x 17”, full-color Witchblade 20th Anniversary Commemorative Lithographs featuring art by Turner available on October 28th that can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code AUG150504. Full press release below.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Review - Welcome Back #1 (@boomstudios)

"There's always a war. But this is not the war I am concerned with."

There are plenty of characters who can boast immortality on their resume: vampires, werewolves, ghosts. Few of those though really get to enjoy their immortality. There are others such as Mali and Tessa in Welcome Back #1 from BOOM! Studios who get to enjoy their endless cycle of life in different ways. The issue is written by Christopher Sebela, illustrated by Jonathan Brandon Sawyer and lettered by Shawn Aldridge.

Edward James Olmos Joins Baltimore Comic-Con

Baltimore Comic-Con keeps getting better and better. The latest guest to be added to the show is Edward James Olmos of Battlestar Galactica and Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fame. In 1981 he made Wolfen with Albert Finney and, in 1982, he accepted the role of Gaff in Blade Runner with Harrison Ford. In 1984, after difficult negotiations in which he gained the right of creative control over his character of Lieutenant Martin Castillo, Eddie joined the cast of the very popular Miami Vice.

After working on American Family in 2002, he joined the hit series Battlestar Galactica in 2003, which enjoyed four seasons of rave reviews and became one of the most honored science fiction shows of all time, winning the Peabody Award and several Emmys. EJO played the lead character of Admiral Adama, the heart and soul of the show and of the series. He directed several episodes of Battlestar Galactica and, most recently, a BSG movie titled The Plan which was released on DVD and BlueRay, and aired on the SyFy Channel. More recently, Olmos played the role of Robert Gonzales on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. where he played a "real" S.H.I.E.L.D. agent against Phil Coulson's "rogue" team in Season Two of the ABC TV series.

Full press release below.

Trust No One in Wild's End: The Enemy Within

BOOM! Studios is familiar with Lower Crowchurch, the sleepy village on the cusp of a violent, otherworldly invasion in the hit series Wild's End. That invasion continues this September in Wild's End: The Enemy Within, from Dan Abnett and I.N.J. Culbard.

“I think Dan and Ian surprised a lot of readers last year with the first Wild’s End series,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “They created these wonderful characters that we connected with so quickly, and they ended the story on such a frightening note we had to know what happened next! I can’t recommend this series enough. Pick up the first trade and jump on board The Enemy Within as soon as possible!”

As Clive, Susan, Fawkes and the other survivors of the alien invasion of Lower Crowchurch try to cope with what just happened to their small town, the military arrives in an attempt to cover up the “incident.” Town residents are immediately detained, questioned, and treated with suspicion. Are they alien spies, collaborators, sympathizers? Clive and the rest will need to escape imprisonment if they’re to get the word out and warn the rest of the world before the aliens return.

Readers can pick up the trade paperback for Wild’s End: First Light on September 30th for $19.99 under Diamond order code JUL151082. The Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is September 7th. Wild’s End: The Enemy Within #1 (of 6) arrives in comic shops on September 23rd with a main cover by Culbard for the price of $3.99 under Diamond order code JUL151079. Also available in a limited quality is a Jackpot incentive cover by Jake Wyatt, a 10 Years incentive cover by Rob Guillory and a retailer incentive cover by Jeff Lemire. The Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is August 31st.

Full press release below.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Review - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Amazing Adventures #1 (@IDWPublishing)

"Doctor Cluckingsworth! Explain yourself!"

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are staples of pop culture. They've endured decades as some of the world's most recognizable reptiles, but they always seem to be squaring off against opponents with the fate of the world hanging in the balance. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Amazing Adventures #1 from IDW Publishing features the aforementioned reptiles in a slightly less gloomy predicament. The issue is written by Landry Q. Walker, illustrated by Chad Thomas, colored by Heather Breckel and lettered by Shawn Lee (back-up story by James Kochalka.

Enter the Sex Criminals Sketch Cover Contest

You may be surprised to hear that Sex Criminals is a bonafide hit for Image Comics. If you've read the series though, then it's definitely no surprise that the critically-acclaimed work really is a riot. To celebrate the second printing of Sex Criminals #11 by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky, fans will have an opportunity to enter into a very special contest on Twitter and Instagram. The second printing cover will be available on Wednesday, September 9th and feature a faceless Fraction and Zdarsky, allowing readers to fill in with their own sketches and post photos of their finished creations on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag, #BrimperSketch. Fraction and Zdarsky will then sift through the photos submitted with the #BrimperSketch hashtag and choose one winner. The winner will be announced on the Image Comics website the following week, Wednesday, September 16th.

The lucky winning participant will receive:

One (1) signed The Wicked and the Divine Zdarsky variant where Zdarsky himself has eaten the portion of the cover with McKelvie's face in order to gain his youthful powers.
One (1) signed copy of Just the Tips where Zdarsky has drawn a penis tip on every single page.
One (1) copy of Big Hard Sex Criminals signed by Fraction and with a personalized, handwritten erotic fan fiction story incorporating Zdarsky and a character of the winner’s choosing.

Image Comics is pleased to announce that the #11 issue sketch cover will be going back to print to meet customer demand. The second printing of Sex Criminals #11 sketch cover (Diamond Code JUL158177) will release on Wednesday, September 9th. Due to a high volume of demand, Sex Criminal #12’s release date will be delayed from the previous solicitation date and will instead hit shelves on Wednesday, September 16th, and can be ordered by retailers with Diamond Code MAY150540. Sex Criminal #12 Kate Leth XXX variant will be available with Diamond Code MAY150541

Full press release below.

2015 Ignatz Award Nominees Announced

The Small Press Expo is almost upon us, which means it's time to learn about a slew of talented folks you probably knew little to nothing about beforehand. And that's what makes comics so great--the fact that there are so many talented individuals out there vying for your attention. Also tied to the show is the Ignatz Awards and the 2015 show is shaping up to offer a lot of great nominees. The nominees for the ballot were determined by a panel of five of the best of today’s comic artists, Lamar Abrams, Cara Bean, Robyn Chapman, Sophie Goldstein and Corrine Mucha, with the votes cast for the awards by the attendees during SPX. The Ignatz Awards will be presented at the gala Ignatz Awards ceremony held on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 9:30 PM.

The Ignatz, named after George Herriman's brick-wielding mouse from his long running comic strip Krazy Kat, recognizes exceptional work that challenges popular notions of what comics can achieve, both as an art form and as a means of personal expression. The Ignatz Awards are a festival prize, the first of such in the United States comic book industry. The full 2015 nominee list can be found here. SPX will be held Saturday, September 19 from 11AM to 7PM and Sunday, September 20, noon-6PM at The North Bethesda Marriott Convention Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Admission is $15 for Saturday, $10 for Sunday and $20 for both days.

Full press release and list of nominees below.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Review - Oxymoron: The Loveliest Nightmare #1 (@ComixTribe)

"The first thing I need to make clear to you is that you are not in control."

Playing the robber as a kid when playing cops and robbers was generally viewed as the more exciting of the roles. There's something inherently enjoyable about being able to operate with little regard for the rules or confines of the law. That's especially true for a character like Oxymoron, a truly deranged psychopath with nothing but blood on his mind. ComixTribe shows blood and more in Oxymoron: The Loveliest Nightmare #1. The issue is written by John Lees, illustrated by Alex Cormack, colored by Jules Rivera and lettered by Tyler James.

Annie Wu and Veronica Fish Join Archie

The population of Riverdale is about to go up by a few more. It's not only that Mark Waid is introducing new characters to the popular, revamped series, but the creative team is getting an infusion of even more talent. Both Annie Wu and Veronica Fish will be lending their talents to the series in issues #4-#6. Wu is best known for her work on Hawkeye and Black Canary, while fans got their first glimpse at Fish’s take on the Archie gang with her promotional image for the new Riverdale series in development at The CW.

“Annie has the perfect handle on these characters and we’re lucky to have her come in for a special, one-issue story,” said Archie Comics President Mike Pellerito. “Annie’s a unique and versatile talent and really the perfect person to step in and showcase these characters in a new way, while still holding true to the foundation Fiona put in place. Veronica’s a real hidden gem. Mark my words – she’ll be a star before she’s done working on these two issues.”

Fiona Staples, with colorists Andrew Szymanowicz and Jen Vaughn, will continue her run through September’s issue #3, introducing new faces and fan favorites to the town of Riverdale. Archie #2 by Waid and Staples is on sale Wednesday at comic book stores and digitally. Archie #4 by Waid and Wu is available in comic book stores and digitally this November.

Full press release below.

Welcome to Showside Coming to the Show

In October, Welcome to Showside from Ian McGinty will hit stores as the first title in a new line of creator-owned periodicals from Z2 Comics. In order for it to hit stores though, orders have to be placed by Thursday, August 20. So if you're interested in your local comic book store carrying the title, then get your preorder on with Diamond codes AUG151857 for Welcome to Showside #1 and SEP151765 for Welcome to Showside #2. The series features the adventures of Kit, a lovable kid with a monstrous secret: his dad is the Great Shadow King and he wants Kit to take over the family business of destroying the world.

“Kit is a fun-loving dude who wishes he didn’t have a care in the world,” said Ian McGinty. “But as much as he wants to skateboard, eat rad food, and hang with his buds like any kid would, well, his father is the Shadow King, Ruler of the Nexus, and that means sometimes Kit and his friends have to defend the town of Showside from ghost, demons and monsters.”

Check out some interiors below.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Review - Young Terrorists #1 (@blackmaskstudio)

"I never sleep, cause sleep is the cousin of death."

It's a fact that there are issues with the world at large. The rich get richer, the poor get poorer and there's no in-between. There are few options for amending your situation if you're on the lower end, but you do have the potential to cause some chaos. It's that sort of chaos that drives the story of Young Terrorists #1 from Black Mask Studios forward. The issue is written by Matt Pizzolo, illustrated by Amancay Naheulpan, colored by Jean-Paul Csuka and lettered by Jim Campbell.

Arrow Sends Reinforcements to Baltimore Comic-Con

One of the big bonuses of attending a comic convention is seeing all sorts of guests. Those guests may be comic book writers/artists, publishers and even folks in the multimedia associated with comics. Baltimore Comic-Con is no exception and have just announced their first media guests for the 2015 show. Those guests are Katie Cassidy and Paul Blackthorne of Arrow fame, both of whom will be on hand Saturday and Sunday.

"This is really exciting for us," said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. "We constantly get requests for more media guests, but as a comic book convention, we are specifically interested in staying true to our roots. We're all fans of Arrow and enjoy seeing interpretations of our favorite comic book characters make the leap to television and in movies, so being able to announce Katie and Paul as our first media guests of 2015 is a thrill and a treat. We know their fans, and fans of the show in general, are going to be ecstatic to hear this news!"

Cassidy plays the female lead in Arrow. Based on the DC Entertainment Green Arrow comic, Cassidy plays Laurel Lance, an attorney and ex-girlfriend of Oliver Queen, who becomes Black Canary, fighting crime with Oliver (Green Arrow) and his team. Cassidy can also be seen in the thriller titled The Scribbler, based on the 2006 Image Comics graphic novel, in which she plays the lead character 'Suki' and co-stars with Michelle Trachtenberg and Eliza Dushku.

British born actor Paul Blackthorne will be returning to primetime TV this fall for a fourth season as Quentin Lance on Arrow. Father to Cassidy's Laurel, Quentin Lance is a police officer who struggles with the ongoing vigilantism and his role in law enforcement in Central City. Last fall, he appeared in Dumb and Dumber To, the long-awaited sequel to Dumb and Dumber with original cast members, Jim Carey and Jeff Daniels.

Autograph, Picture, and Media Guest VIP Tickets can be purchased at Full press release below.

Powell Group Creates PlayStation 4 Themes for Valiant Entertainment

You may not have known it, but video games go hand-in-hand with consultants. In fact, The Powell Group is known as a video game consultancy powerhouse and they're announcing the release of Valiant Entertainment themes for PlayStation 4. Those themes include X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Archer & Armstrong, Rai, Quantum and Woody and Shadowman. The PlayStation Store has just added the new PlayStation 4 (PS4) themes to their offerings and each Valiant theme is also available for the PlayStation3 (PS3). The Valiant Entertainment themes for PS4 allow users to view art for Valiant Entertainment’s greatest heroes each time they boot up their game systems and are available for purchase now in the PlayStation Store.

“Valiant is constantly striving to reach new fans through new and exciting outlets,” said Russell A. Brown, Valiant’s President of Consumer Products, Promotions & Ad Sales. “Through our partnership with The Powell Group, Valiant’s diverse lineup of characters are now leaping off the comic page to the PS4 screen, showcasing the brilliant artwork that has helped catapult Valiant to become one of the leading publishers in comics today. We are thrilled to introduce the Valiant Universe to an entirely new medium with The Powell Group’s new themes.”

Full press release below.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Review - Perfect Day

What makes a perfect day? For some it's a good breakfast. For others it's just having the day off. Still, for others it's having the day off and doing something that really makes you happy, even if it comes at the expense of something else in your life. That's the setting in Perfect Day, written by Jesse Young and illustrated by Caspar Wijngaard.

Baltimore Comic-Con's Yearbook Returns in 2015

Yearbooks make for a great way to reminisce on times past. It's even more so when it's tied to a Comic-Con and Baltimore has just that, bringing back their yearbook for the 2015 edition of the show. This book of art features interpretations of characters from David Petersen's Mouse Guard, sometimes in conjunction with their own creations, in a celebration of creator-owned properties. Beautifully designed by returning guest and Love and Capes creator Thom Zahler, the book comes in a standard and for VIP ticketholders, a limited VIP cover edition. When you buy the book, you'll get a list of 60 Yearbook contributors and their table numbers. If you succeed in your hunt, you can get your choice of bonus prints.

"The Baltimore Comic con is one of the few great comic shows where it feels like home because the creators are the focus," said David Petersen. "Marc Nathan has done a marvelous job of keeping the Baltimore con about that wonderful interaction between fans and the folks who make the books they like. I've been exhibiting at Baltimore since Mouse Guard was first published by Archaia, and it's not only wonderful to be back, but to have the spotlight shown on my book with the Yearbook is an amazing honor. The pieces artists and writers took their time to do for this book are something really, really special...I mean when else are you going to see a Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez or Frank Cho Mouse Guard piece?"

Mouse Guard was first released as a self-published black and white issue #1 by Petersen in May of 2005. Shortly thereafter the series was picked up by Archaia in color. Since then, 3 hardcover books in the main series have been released (Fall 1152, Winter 1152 and The Black Axe) written and illustrated by Petersen, as well as an anthology series of Mouse Guard tall tales and legends, with Petersen handpicking creators like Jeremy Bastian, Skottie Young, Gene Ha, Karl Kerschl, Terry Moore, Guy Davis, Stan Sakai, Bill Wilingham, Eric Canete, Ramon Perez, Mark Buckingham and Becky Cloonan. Most recently, Archaia has released a 12" x 12" 368 page Art of Mouse Guard 2005-2015 hardcover collecting sketches, roughs, pencils, architectural models, scripts and behind the scenes work for the last 10 years of Mouse Guard.

"I love Mouse Guard," said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. "David Petersen is an amazingly talented individual. His storytelling is second-to-none and he comes with a very unique voice. His lush art is absolutely gorgeous, and is immediately recognizable as his own whenever you see it. He's a great friend of the show, a great person, and a great friend as well. We are so excited to honor his creation with the 2015 Yearbook, and the pieces we received are stunning with dramatic ranges in artistic stylings. Are you listening, art collectors? This year's auction is going to be fantastic -- start your bidding practice now to ensure you're in fighting shape come September!"

Full press release below.

Dark Horse Presents an Evening with The Paybacks Tour

Everyone knows that being a superhero has a price. Someone has to pay that price and someone has to collect it. For Dark Horse, that someone is the Paybacks and they're going on tour to commence the launch of their series. In honor of the occasion, writers Donny Cates and Eliot Rahal will hit the road on their way to New York Comic Con with their variety show, “An Evening with the Paybacks,” sponsored by Dark Horse Comics!

Each night from October 2 to October 7, Cates and Rahal will visit one of six select retail stores for a signing followed by an evening of storytelling, games, giveaways, and standup comedy.

Friday, October 2—Aw Yeah Comics, Skokie
Saturday, October 3—Aw Yeah Comics, Muncie
Sunday, October 4—Comic Heaven
Monday, October 5—Fantom Comics
Tuesday, October 6—Pittsburgh Comics
Wednesday, October 7—Collectors Corner
Thursday, October 8–Sunday, October 11—New York Comic Con

If you are near any of these locations, stop by and party with The Paybacks. Check out the full schedule and press release below.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Review - Americatown #1 (@Archaia)

"Americans. Such amateurs."

The topic of immigration reform is one that never seems to go away. Considering America is essentially a country created by immigrants, it only makes sense that the topic is always at the forefront of many policy discussions. It's a topic that has fierce defenders on both sides, but Americatown #1 from Archaia is looking at it from a broader perspective. The issue is written by Bradford Winters and Larry Cohen, illustrated by Daniel Irizarri, colored by Matt Battaglia and lettered by Shawn Aldridge.

Divinity TPB Joins Imperium #7 in Second Printing

Valiant can't seem to keep enough of their quality books on the shelves. The latest works to join the reprint parade are Divinity TPB and Imperium #7, both of which will see second printings in September. The $9.99 Divinity TPB collects the first four issues and will return to stores on September 16.

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. Earth is about to meet a new god. And he’s a communist. How long can it be before the first confrontation between mankind and DIVINITY begins?

Imperium #7 joins the reprint fun on September 16 as well, bringing another look at the work by Joshua Dysart and Scot Eaton. The telepathic mastermind. The alien assassin. The mercenary super-soldier. The mad scientist. And the killer robot with a soul. Toyo Harada has collected the monsters that will make his vision of world peace a reality. Now he pursues the most difficult and desirable asset of all – the spaceman with all the powers of a god – the outcast who can rewrite reality with a thought – the man who is no longer a man – the all-powerful being who is simply called DIVINITY.

Full press release below.

Small Press Expo Adds More Guests

The Small Press Expo may be small, but it's been around long enough to be a legal drinking age. And to celebrate the small press gathering held annual in Bethesda, MD, the organizers are adding Derf, Jessica Abel and Ted Rall as guests at the show. This is in addition to the previously announced guests Kate Beaton, Luke Pearson, Noelle Stevenson, Michael DeForge, Gemma Correll, Noah Van Sciver, Matt Bors, Lilli Carré, Theo Ellsworth, C. Spike Trotman, Jennifer Hayden, Stuart Immonen, Scott McCloud, Bill Griffith and Kathryn Immonen. SPX 2015 takes place on Saturday and Sunday, September 19-20, and will have over 650 creators, 280 exhibitor tables and 22 programming slots to entertain, enlighten and introduce attendees to the amazing world of independent and small press comics.

Making its debut at SPX will be the latest autobiographical graphic novel by Derf, Trashed from Abrams Books. Derf’s squiggly, wonderfully exaggerated cartoon style is used to tell the story of what it was like to be a twenty-something garbage man, replete with all the losers and idiosyncratic townsfolk he had to deal with while collecting the trash. Jessica Abel has interviewed the creators of such shows as This American Life, Radiolab and Snap Judgement, for her latest book, Out on the Wire: The Storytelling Secrets of the New Masters of Radio from Broadway Books. The book uses the visual world of comics to uncover the narrative techniques now being used by the best journalists and storytellers in the world of podcasts and radio. Ted Rall’s latest work is appropriately about the enfant terrible of the surveillance world, Eric Snowden, who was interviewed extensively for this book. In his latest graphic novel, Snowden from Seven Stories Press, he talks about how Snowden and other whistleblowers revealed the full extent and impact of the surveillance being performed by the NSA and other government agencies.

Full press release below.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Review - Beauty #1 (@ImageComics)

"This was a disease that people actually wanted."

Like it or not, society places a lot of emphasis on outward beauty. This can have all manner of effects on everyone in the world, ranging from supreme self-confidence to shattered self-esteem. If there was an easy way to be beautiful, the question would be whether or not people would want that or not. In Beauty #1 from Image Comics, being beautiful is both a gift and a curse. The issue is written by Jeremy Haun and Jason A. Hurley, illustrated by Haun, colored by John Rauch and lettered by Fonografiks.

Preview - Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 10th Anniversary Edition

What do you get for the Judge who's meted out more punishment for most? How about a tenth anniversary edition of his complete case files? That's just what 2000 AD is doing in Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 10th Anniversary Edition. The collection brings together the talents of John Wagner, Pat Mills, Peter Harris, Kelvin Gosnell, Malcolm Shaw, Charles Herring, Gerry Finley-Day, Robert Flynn, Joe Collins, Carlos Ezquerra, Mick McMahon, Brian Bolland, Massimo Belardinelli, Ron Turner, Ian Gibson, Ron Turner, Ian Gibson, John Cooper, Bill Ward, John Aldrich, Bill Nuttall and S. Richardson.

Ten years ago, Rebellion embarked on the momentous task of collecting every episode of Judge Dredd in chronological order. Today over twenty-five of these trade paperbacks have been published, featuring such classic series as The Apocalypse War, The Judge Child and Necropolis to name but a few. In celebration of such a landmark anniversary year, this exciting reprint of Case Files One is being issued in hardback for the first time, complete with original color pages and spreads.

Check out the preview images below.

Humble Bundle Goes D&D

Dungeons & Dragons has been around longer than most people probably realize. That might explain why it has such a fervent following among dedicated players. Those dedicated players like to immerse themselves in the world and to that end, IDW and Hasbro, Inc. are re-teaming up for a Dungeons & Dragons themed comic book bundle. The award-winning publisher has faithfully adapted the iconic fantasy characters of D&D for comic books and now fans will have the opportunity to pick up the full run in the Dungeons & Dragons Humble Comics Bundle presented by IDW for a limited time.

Customers can name their price for Dungeons & Dragons: The Legend of Drizzt, Vol. 1: Homeland, Dungeons & Dragons: Legends of Baldur’s Gate, Dungeons & Dragons Vol. 1 – Shadowplague, Dungeons & Dragons Volume 2 and Dungeons & Dragons Volume 3. Those who pay more than the average price will also receive Dungeons & Dragons: The Legend of Drizzt: Neverwinter Tales, Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms Vol. 1, Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms Classics Vol. 1, Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms Classics Vol. 2 and Dungeons & Dragons: Cutter.

Customers who pay $12 or more will receive all of the above plus Dungeons & Dragons: The Legend of Drizzt, Vol. 2: Exile, Dungeons & Dragons Classics Vol. 1, Dungeons & Dragons Classics Vol. 2, Dungeons & Dragons Classics Vol. 3, Dungeons & Dragons Classics Vol. 4, Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms Classics Vol. 3 and Dungeons & Dragons: Forgotten Realms Classics Vol. 4.

Full press release below.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Review - Archon #1 (@ActionLab)

"In days of old, where once was balance, soon became discord."

Las Vegas doesn't really need anything else to make it crazier. There's a lot going on in the city of sin that no two trips are the same. What if one of the casinos was something more than just what it billed itself as? That's what Action Lab Entertainment looks to explore in Archon #1. The issue is written by John J. Perez, illustrated by Marco Maccagni, colored by Bobby Hernandez, inked by Salvatore R. Villirillo and lettered by Amanda Sykes.

BOOM! Box Goes Airborne With Diesel

BOOM! Box is looking to the skies for its latest work in Diesel. Tyson Hesse's work takes readers aboard the airship Peacetowne in a coming-of-age fantasy in the vein of Amulet and Hayao Miyazaki’s Howl’s Moving Castle. In it, Dee Diesel isn’t very good at anything. The daughter of the late Tungston Diesel, she has yet to live up to her father’s great reputation. Her rival has inherited control of her family’s airship and left Dee the only job she’s qualified for: working in a two-bit garage. But all that changes when a mysterious flying engine crashes into Dee’s life and takes her on a journey through the skies.

“Tyson did an awesome job on covers for Adventure Time and Bravest Warriors, and his work on The Amazing World of Gumball left us in stitches with his flair for characterization,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Diesel is his first original series, and it’s an incredible debut! You’ve got airship fights, robots, and a mysterious flying engine. At the same time, you also have the story of a young woman trying to find her place in the world while standing in her famous father’s shadow. Tyson has created a stunning new world that’s coming your way this September!”

Tyson Hesse’s Diesel #1 (of 4) arrives in comic shops on September 9th with a main cover by Hesse for the price of $3.99 under Diamond order code JUL151092. Also available in a limited quality is a 10 Years incentive cover by Lucy Knisley and a retailer incentive cover by Yuko Ota. The Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is August 17th.

Full press release below.

Fall of Valiant Universe Commences in September

The Valiant Universe has been on a constant upward trajectory ever since its revival a few years ago. What goes up must come down though and this september, Master Darque descends on the Eternal Warrior in Book of Death #3, the third chapter of the publisher's massive summer event. The Robert Venditti/Robert Gill/Doug Braithwaite collaboration hits stores on September 23 and introduces Valiant's most sinister villain – the maleficent Master Darque – who reemerges to destroy the Eternal Warrior and reshape the future of the Valiant Universe in his own twisted image.

The terrible future chronicled in the Book of the Geomancer continues to reveal itself as an unexpected and untold player…Master Darque…emerges to make his bid for control of the Earth’s newest Geomancer! But does the reappearance of history’s most powerful necromancer mean an apocalyptic future has been avoided…or guaranteed? As the heroes of the Valiant Universe fall and nature itself turns on humanity, all that stands between the devastated planet and ultimate evil is the Earth’s undying Fist and Steel himself…Gilad Anni-Padda, the Eternal Warrior.

Full press release below.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Review - String Divers #1 (@IDWPublishing)

"There are worlds within and without. And there are worlds within those worlds."

Science! It's the subject that needs more attention, but is losing out to other subjects these days. That doesn't take away from its magnificence in both imagination and solving problems. In String Divers #1 from IDW Comics, it's got a little bit of entertainment mixed in as well for good measure. The issue is written by Chris Ryall and Nelson Daniel, illustrated by Ashley Wood and lettered by Neil Uyetake.

Review - Nanjing: The Burning City HC

Ethan Young is bringing his talents to the Nanjing: The Burning City HC. After the bombs fall, the Imperial Japanese Army seized the Chinese capital of Nanjing. Now screams echo off the rubble as two abandoned Chinese soldiers—trapped and desperately outnumbered inside the walled city—try to escape. What they’ll encounter will haunt them. But in the face of horror, they’ll learn that resistance and bravery cannot be destroyed.

Check out the preview below.

Kids Love Comics at Baltimore Comic-Con

One of the big draws of going to a convention is the atmosphere. Being around other like-minded individuals always merits a good time and it's even more fun when kids can see their favorite characters roaming the halls. Baltimore Comic-Con is big on making kids feel welcome and this year is no different. In addition to kids under 10 getting in free, the Kids Love Comics Pavilion will be even bigger this year.

Families will enjoy three rows of kids and young adult comic creators. Representing all facets of publishing, the writers, artists, and award-winning creators have been published by Marvel, DC, Image, Dark Horse, Scholastic Graphix, Archie, First Second, and many other top publishers. With over 30 different creators showcasing their work, there will be something for every member of your family.

"What an enormous grouping of kid-friendly talent," said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. "This is undoubtedly the best Kids Love Comics Pavilion yet. Families will have a great time meeting these creators, buying their works, and participating in the KLC activities planned for the weekend!"

Here is the complete list of the creators appearing at the 2015 Baltimore Comic-Con Kids Love Comics Pavilion:

Carolyn Belefski, Martin Brandt, Harold Buchholz, Ben Caldwell, Frank Cammuso, Joe Carabeo, Jacob Chabot, Rich Clabaugh, Charles Dowd, Joe Endres, Tim Fielder, Chris Flick, Otis Frampton, Franco, John Gallagher, Katie Gallagher, Jack and Will Gallagher, S.L. Gallant, Jimmy Gownley, Dawn Griffin, Eric Grissom, Laura Lee Gulledge, Dani Jones, Mike Maihack, Mark Mariano, Kevin Miller, Jamar Nicholas, Chris O>Matic, Chris Otto, Dan Parent, Mark Poulton, Kyle Puttkammer, Mary Reed, Dave Roman, Andy Runton, Chris Schweizer, Jeff Shultz, Ben Taylor, Ted Tucker, Emilio Velez Jr., Todd Webb and Marcus Williams.

Full press release below.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Review - Van Helsing vs. Dracula #1 (@Zenescope)

"She'll help us..."

Going up against a being like Dracula requires patience, daring and an ability to go up against the legendary creature. Liesl Van Helsing has all of that and more, which makes her a perfect fit for squaring off against Dracula. Zenescope has the match-up in Van Helsing vs. Dracula #1. The issue is written by Pat Shand, illustrated by Michele Bandini, colored by Walter Pereyra and lettered by Jim Campbell.

Dynamite Launches New StoryBundle Promotion

Dynamite Entertainment is as big a fan of bundles for charity as anyone and their latest is no exception. The publisher is teaming up with StoryBundle, the unique literature bundling site known for its support of indie authors, to host an all-new comic book and graphic novel promotion that will allow readers to purchase over 1,500 pages worth of Pulp-inspired stories from Dynamite Entertainment with "Pay What You Want" purchasing power beginning at $5.00 during its Mystery! Masks! Dynamite Pulps! Promotion. A portion of the proceeds will be contributed to two very important charitable organizations, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Girls Write Now.

"The Mystery! Masks! Dynamite Pulps! StoryBundle is a great way for fans to check out some of our top titles," says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. "Whether they grew-up with characters like The Shadow, Miss Fury, or any of our wonderful Pulp characters, or they have only just begun their journey into the seedy underbelly of crime noir comics this is a great way to check out some fantastic stories. The vast number of titles we're offering in our latest Storybundle is perfect for fans from all walks of life."

StoryBundle will offer a fixed set of Dynamite comics featuring iconic characters like from The Shadow to The Spider, Doc Savage, Masquarade, Miss Fury and more, in a bundle, but available only for a limited time. Fans and newcomers are empowered to decide how much they want to pay for each bundle. Additional books will be unlocked when the purchaser achieves the bonus threshold. StoryBundle has already sold hundreds of thousands of books through its popular horror, fantasy, video game and sci-fi book bundles, and welcomes its huge audience to expand their reading experience to include these newly-offered Dynamite digital stories.

The first tier of the all-new Dynamite StoryBundle, unlocked with a minimum purchase, includes the following graphic novels, and comprises over 720 pages of great comic storytelling:

• The Avenger Special 2014: The Television Killers
• Codename Action
• Noir trade paperback Featuring Miss Fury, Black Sparrow & special guest The Shadow
• Zorro Vol 2: Clashing Blades
• The Spider Vol 1: Terror Of The Zombie Queen

The second tier of the Dynamite StoryBundle, unlocked upon reaching a $15.00 threshold, includes the following omnibus editions, increasing the total page count to over 1,500:

• The Shadow Vol 1: The Fires Of Creation
• Doc Savage Omnibus
• Lady Zorro
• Masquerade
• Black Terror Vol 1

StoryBundle founder Jason Chen says, "Part of the proceeds from the Mystery! Masks! Dynamite Pulps! StoryBundle promotion will contribute to two charitable organizations, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Girls Write Now. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the First Amendment rights of the comics art form and its community of retailers, creators, publishers, librarians, and readers. Girls Write Now is the first organization in the country with a writing and mentoring model exclusively for girls, dedicated to providing the guidance, support, and opportunities for underserved high school girls to develop their creative, independent voices, and write their way to a better future."

Full press release below.

Baltimore Comic-Con Announces Costume Contest Details

Baltimore Comic-Con is a month away, which is plenty of time to get your costume taken care of for the costume contest. There are some rules you've got to follow though and the show has recently outlined them. This year, the adult costume contest is being held on Saturday, September 26th and will be split into amateur and professional contests. The professional contest will have a $10 entrance fee and a $1,000 grand prize. The amateur adult costume contest will have a $5 entrance fee and a $500 grand prize.

"We're thrilled that is back this year at the Baltimore Comic-Con, both exhibiting in the show hall with their awesome Tower of T-Shirts and as a sponsor for this year's Costume Contest!" said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con.

Full press release below.

Friday, August 7, 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 50.

In three weeks you can get a lot accomplished.

What we were able to do is get theses survivors back to South Carolina and are now back down south. Instead of running along the Florida coast, we dipped out further into the Atlantic and were able to explore the islands of the Bahamas. Currently at a survivor outpost on their main island.

Starting with the port first gives us a chance to see what supplies there are in the cargo containers. When the world fell apart, not too many people were worried about securing the ports or organizing any of them. So far it’s been quiet; not even seen a zombie anywhere around here. Man, have we found tons of good stuff through all of this place.

The most useful supplies we found were about three containers filled with canned goods of all different types that are still mostly good. We have to figure out how to get them loaded up on a ship and sent back to the mainland so they can be distributed to all the outposts. On top of that we found some electronic and fishing equipment and an odd assortment of other items that will come in handy. Logistics is our issue now to get it all back.