KIRBY: GENESIS #1, THE SPECTULAR NEW SERIES FROM ROSS AND BUSIEK, ARRIVES IN JUNE 2011!

April 28, 2011, Runnemede, NJ – After May’s Kirby: Genesis #0 primer, the acclaimed Marvels Team, Alex Ross and Kurt Busiek, reunite for Kirby: Genesis #1 set for a June 2011 release!  Kirby: Genesis #1 features six “dynamite” covers which include three astounding covers by Alex Ross, as well as covers from Ryan Sook, Paul Renaud, and Dale Keown!  All the pieces are in place for this surefire-hit of 2011, featuring creations from the legendary artist Jack Kirby!

Kirby: Genesis #1 Superstars Alex Ross and Kurt Busiek bring Jack “King” Kirby’s creations to life in a way you’ll never forget!  “Tired of the same old annual company crossover event,” says artist and co-plotter Alex Ross.  “Try out Kirby: Genesis for an all-new, all-different universe!”

Kirby: Genesis explodes into action with June’s issue #1! A message to space has been heard and answered — but what has come to Earth isn’t what anyone would expect! As cosmic visitors begin to be revealed to the world, a deadly battle begins — and three ordinary people are caught up in it. Featuring: Captain Victory, Silver Star, the Glory Knights and more! This is the beginning!  This is the GENESIS! “Getting to work with all these great Kirby concepts is an amazing thrill,” says writer Kurt Busiek.  “Especially since some of them have never been seen in print before!”

“Alex is so excited about the project that he wants to work hand in hand with Jack to paint as many interior pages as possible, which thrilled us all to no end,” says Dynamite President and Publisher Nick Barrucci.  “Having Kurt and Alex together again collaborating on one of Dynamite’s most important projects to date is nothing short of amazing.”

“Kurt and Alex have done an AMAZING job of taking these seemingly disparate characters and concepts and creating a cohesive, living, breathing universe,” says Dynamite Editor Joe Rybandt. “Miss this at your peril.”

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ABOUT DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT:

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, Green Hornet, Vampirella, Warlord of Mars, Project Superpowers, Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time and more!

In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and best selling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Alex Ross, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Michael Avon Oeming, Mel Rubi, Marc Guggenheim, Stephen Sadowski, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner and a host of up and coming new talent!

DYNAMITE is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles – including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s PROJECT SUPERPOWERS – have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005 Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%). The company has also been nominated for several industry awards, including the prestigious Eisner Award.

STUDY THE SUPERHERO WITH GRANT MORRISON’S SUPERGODS

Here’s the cover and tease for GRANT MORRISON’S non-fiction historical study of Super-heroes, SUPERGODS.  The hardcover will hit stores on JULY 19th, and sell for $28.00.

From one of the most acclaimed and oracular writers in the world of comics comes a thrilling and provocative exploration of humankind’s great modern myth: the superhero.

For Grant Morrison, possibly the greatest of contemporary superhero storytellers, these heroes are not simply characters but powerful archetypes whose ongoing, decades-spanning story arcs reflect and predict the course of human existence: Through them, we tell the story of ourselves. In this exhilarating book, Morrison draws on history, art, mythology, and his own astonishing journeys through this alternate universe to provide the first true chronicle of the superhero-why they matter, why they will always be with us, and what they tell us about who we are.

IDW and FROZEN BEACH STUDIOS bring THE POUND online

THE POUND Launching This Month
IDW and Frozen Beach Studios partner for online comic series

Issue #1 available for free digital download for the iPadTM, iPhone® and Sony PSP

 
San Diego, CA (April 27, 2011) – IDW Publishing and Frozen Beach Studios today announced the launch of the latest supernatural thriller comedy by Frozen Beach, entitled THE POUND. Created by Stephan Nilson and Charles Pritchett, THE POUND will be available digitally, and a collection of the entire five-issue series will be released in September 2011. To introduce readers to this exciting new series, THE POUND #1 is currently available for free through the IDW Comics iPad and iPhone app and will be available through the Sony Digital Comics store for PSP on June 1, 2011. Additionally, Frozen Beach Studios is also hosting the free Issue #1 of THE POUND on their Web site at www.frozenbeachstudios.com/pound.  Here, the comic can be downloaded as a PDF or CBZ.

Rated five out of five stars by Kitty’s Pryde, THE POUND follows Cleveland Animal Control Specialists Scott Allison and Howard Lynch, who have lost their jobs due to budget cuts and decide to start their own private stray animal retrieval business. At first it’s business as usual – retrieving a mother raccoon and her newborn litter from a crawlspace or removing bats from basements – but everything changes the night they receive a call about a large dog running loose in the halls of the high school.

“Being an advocate for digital comics, with over 70% of my monthly pull list in that format, I felt it was time to back my words with action,” stated Stephan Nilson, writer and co-creator of THE POUND. “Everyone working on THE POUND wanted to deliver a top-notch, original content comic series digitally first. Doing it through IDW Publishing’s store front, with its wide reach, is the perfect place to distribute our book to the world.”

Reviews continue to pour in for THE POUND. Comics Bulletin called it an “easy recommendation.” Still on the Shelf called it a “fun read.” Comic reviewer Todd H. Latoski praised THE POUND for “some of the best dialogue I have read in a long, long, LONG time.”

Underpaid, under-equipped and in way over their heads, Scottie and Howie take it upon themselves to help rehabilitate monsters looking to join society, and stop a plan to turn all Clevelanders into werewolves. For a more in depth look into the character of Howie, follow him on Twitter (@Howie_Lynch) as he continues to tweet exclusive introductions into the comic series.

The first issue of THE POUND is available online for free starting today, through the IDW Comics app for iOS devices, followed by issue #2, for sale starting on May 10, 2011. THE POUND #1 will be available for free for the Sony PSP on June 1, and Issue #2 will be available for sale the same day.
THE POUND #1 (of 5) is now available digitally through the IDW Comics app [http://itunes.com/apps/idwpublishing/idwcomics].

Visit IDWPublishing.com to learn more about the company and its top-selling books.
About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The Transformers and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s Doctor Who; Toho’s Godzilla and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio; and is the print publisher for EA Comics.

IDW’s original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. More information about the company can be found at IDWPublishing.com.
About Frozen Beach Studios
Frozen Beach Studios was established in 2009 by Stephan Nilson and Charles Pritchett as a studio, which produces comics, graphic novels, television series and movies. Together the two creators have over thirty years experience in writing, print production, animation and filmmaking. Their combined skill set results in a perfect balance of talent and experience required to create and produce any project from start to finish.  The name Frozen Beach Studios is homage to the creators’ home bases in sunny Florida, the seasonal New York and the frozen coast of Prince Edward Island. Visit Frozen Beach Studios online at www.frozenbeachstudios.com/ to view a complete list of published titles.
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LINDSAY LOHAN GOES FROM IN HOT WATER TO IN BLUE WATER!

LINDSAY LOHAN’S WILD LIFE CAPTURED IN NEW BIOGRAPHY COMIC BOOK

She was on the fast rack to superstardom until her wild lifestyle, dysfunctional family dynamic and multiple run-ins with the law derailed her career. But despite it all, Lindsay Lohan, the subject of an upcoming Bluewater Productions biography comic, has cornered the market on infamy and yet continues to thrive.

“Infamous: Lindsay Lohan,” scheduled for a September 2011 release, follows the rollercoaster life and career of the young actress who is now more famous for her off-screen exploits than anything she has done in movies.

“This issue can be seen as a tragedy in motion; its last chapter has yet to be written,” said writer Marc Shapiro. “Lohan is both a victim of the all-consuming celebrity culture and a perpetrator of bad decisions, the lack of self-control and an unhealthy sense of entitlement.”

Lohan, who was last week ordered back to prison for probation violations, is the second notorious celebrity featured in Bluewater’s latest biography comic venture “Infamous”.  A biography on actor Charlie Sheen is due on shelves in July.  Both issues are written by freelance journalist and author Mark Shapiro.

According to Shapiro, the book is not all about the salacious headlines, mug shots and outrageous behavior, but tries to examine the underlying causes of Lohan’s inability to “straighten out her life.”

Additionally, “Infamous: Lindsay Lohan” marks the American debut of one of Japan’s leading manga artists Mimei Sakamoto, who illustrated the 32-page issue.

“I wish to expand my career and spread Japanese manga culture. I am keen to work directly with an American publisher to make more people aware of manga
style, and I am particularly interested to learn from many of America’s attractive women,” said Sakamoto.

Bluewater’s publisher Darren G. Davis added, “If Lohan contacted us right now and wanted us to donate some of the potential profits to a charity of her choosing, we would happily do so.”

“Infamous: Lindsay Lohan,” will also feature cover art by famed comic book artist Joe Phillips. The issue will retail for $3.99 and be available through most online venues like Amazon.com as well as local comic book stores. To pre-order the book on from MY COMIC SHOP online click here: http://www.mycomicshop.com/bluewater


 
About Bluewater Productions
 
Bluewater Productions Inc. is one of the top independent production studios of comic books, young adult books and graphic novels. Its extensive catalog of titles includes the bestsellers “10th Muse” and “The Legend of Isis” ”Bluewater publishes comic books in partnership with entertainment icon William Shatner (“TekWar Chronicles”),  legendary filmmaker Ray Harryhausen (“Wrath of the Titans,” “Sinbad: Rogue of Mars,” “Jason and the Argonauts,” et al) and celebrated actor Vincent Price (“Vincent Price Presents”),  Additionally, Bluewater publishes a highly successful line of biographical comics under the titles “Female Force” and “Political Power.”
 
Bluewater aims to unite cutting-edge art and engaging stories produced by its stable of the publishing industry’s top artists and writers.
 
For more information, visit www.bluewaterprod.com.

BOOM! STUDIOS and KABOOM! JUNE SOLICITS

BOOM! Studios April Previews for June Shipping 2011


28 DAYS LATER #24
Written by Michael Alan Nelson
Drawn by Alejandro Aragon
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: APR110861

 

LAST ISSUE! This is it, people. Selena and Clint’s long journey is coming to an end…and you know endings in the 28 DAYS LATER universe do not usually end well. With London burning, Selena and Clint are caught in the middle of the most menacing threat yet… Will this be Selena and Clint’s finest hour…or their last?

 

 


 

THE AMORY WARS: IN KEEPING SECRETS OF SILENT EARTH:3 #12

Written by Claudio Sanchez, Peter David
Drawn by Aaron Kuder
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: APR110862

 

LAST ISSUE! Coheed and Cambria frontman Claudio Sanchez and comics legend Peter David bring you the epic conclusion to the “Silent Earth” saga! Claudio’s ship of misfit warriors joins Inferno and his rebel army, taking the fight directly to Wilhelm Ryan and House Atlantic. It’s a battle for the ages as Claudio’s survival hinges on whether The Crowing was really his destiny…or just a myth.

 

 


 

DRACULA: THE COMPANY OF MONSTERS #11
Written by Kurt Busiek, Daryl Gregory
Drawn by Scott Godlewski
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: APR110868

 

Critics agree! Kurt Busiek’s DRACULA: THE COMPANY OF MONSTERS is the one book you need to be reading this year! As the vampire armies of Conrad and Dracula, the two most powerful bloodsuckers on Earth, face off against each other, can Evan and Marta rally a rebellion that will be able to withstand the onslaught? Find out as Busiek’s blood-gushing horror series continues into the night!

 

 


 

FARSCAPE #20
Written by Rockne S. O’Bannon, Keith R.A. DeCandido
Drawn by Will Sliney
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: APR110869

 

The War for the Uncharted Territories continues! And even though the alliance against the Kkore has a new partner, it only makes this strange collection of bedfellows even stranger! The battle rages on while the fate of Crichton, Aeryn, and the Peacekeepers hangs in the balance! From FARSCAPE creator Rockne S. O’Bannon and fan-favorite writer Keith R.A. DeCandido!

 



HELLRAISER #4
Written by Clive Barker, Christopher Monfette
Drawn by Leonardo Manco
SC, 24 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: APR110870

One of the greatest horror franchises of all time returns, now under the control of its original creator! Clive Barker has touched HELLRAISER only twice: once to write THE HELLBOUND HEART, and once more to write and direct the original HELLRAISER film. Now witness Barker’s long-awaited return to tell a new chapter in the series’ official continuity—a trajectory that will forever change the Cenobites…and Pinhead! In this issue, Pinhead and Kirsty Cotton collide in a way that neither of them could possibly imagine. And when these two face off—no one is safe!

 


INCORRUPTIBLE #19
Written by Mark Waid
Drawn by Marcio Takara
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: APR110873

 

With Headcase out of commission, supervillains emerging from the woodwork in the wake of the Plutonian’s absence, and pressure from the Paradigm to prove he’s fit to be a true superhero, Max Damage is beginning to show cracks in his incorruptible exterior. And when a young supervillainess approaches him with an unusual proposition, will Max remain on the straight-and-narrow, or will the temptation of his old life in a post-Plutonian world prove impossible to resist?

 


INSURRECTION v3.6 #4
Written by Blake Masters, Michael Alan Nelson
Drawn by Michael Penick
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: APR110872

 

The rebellion touches down! No backup, no help, no mercy… The clones square off against the Glomrat Empire in an epic battle that will change everything! It’s clone vs. clone as the unforgettable sci-fi epic finally ANSWERS the question: what makes us human? Witness the jaw-dropping finale to the ultimate INSURRECTION!


IRREDEEMABLE #26
Written by Mark Waid
Drawn by Peter Krause
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: APR110879

 

Make way for the brand new Paradigm! Survivor has put together a motley crew of supposedly reformed criminals and villains…and now they face their first threat! But can a group this dangerous and unstable actually make it through a mission without killing each other first? All this and an unlikely duo team-up to decide the fate of Plutonian! Another heart-stopping issue of the Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated sensation IRREDEEMABLE from Mark Waid and Peter Krause!

 

 


 

MALIGNANT MAN #3
Written by James Wan, Michael Alan Nelson
Drawn by Piotr Kowalski
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: APR110882

What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger! Alan Gates has finally come to grips with the alien parasite that saved his life and now he’s racing to the only place that might have answers…AREA 51! But as Mr. Cancer’s evil continues to spread, will Alan’s otherworldly powers be enough to leave him benign? It’s dark. It’s twisted. And unlike anything else on the stands. This sci-fi thriller can’t be missed!

 


PLANET OF THE APES
Written by Daryl Gregory
Drawn by Carlos Magno
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: APR110883

Get your hands on these damn dirty Apes! The pulse-pounding third issue of the all-new series that takes place before the original 1968 Planet of the Apes movie and in the continuity of the first five films! It’s Man versus Ape as the search for a notorious assassin creates mass chaos and reveals a key origin in the Planet of the Apes mythos! A can’t-miss issue!

 

 


 

STAN LEE’S SOLDIER ZERO #9
Written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning
Drawn by Javier Pina
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: APR110886

 

New arc! Great jumping-on point for new readers. Stan Lee joined by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, the hottest writing team in comics, pit Soldier Zero against a new menacing threat that has crept in from the world of…STARBORN? Will Soldier Zero be able to save the people he loves AND fight off the villains from another world? Get ready, true believers, because this is the issue you’ll be talking about all year long!

STAN LEE’S STARBORN #7
Written by Chris Roberson
Drawn by Khary Randolph
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: APR110888

 

This is the crossover fans have been clamoring for! It’s Starborn and Soldier Zero fighting the vanguard of the Pride with the survival of the galaxy hanging in the balance. SUPERMAN’s Chris Roberson and SPIDER-MAN’s Khary Randolph bring you a Stan Lee superhero clash of the titans like no other! Worlds collide in this epic new issue from Stan “The Man” Lee!

 

 


 

STAN LEE’S THE TRAVELER #8
Written by Mark Waid, Tom Peyer
Drawn by Chad Hardin
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: APR110890

 

Stan Lee and Mark Waid are joined by Tom Peyer to bring you a new piece to the time-traveling puzzle that everyone’s been trying to figure out! Will Traveler make a pact with his greatest enemy to save his lost love…or will he find a way to finally destroy his nemesis Abaris? All this and a can’t-miss cliffhanger ending where Traveler collides with a special guest!

 

 


 


 

DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP? VOL. 5 HC
Written by Philip K. Dick
Drawn by Tony Parker
SC, 112 pgs, FC, SRP: $24.99
ISBN13: 9781608866595
Diamond Code: APR110863

THE EISNER AWARD-NOMINATED GRAPHIC NOVEL SERIES CONTINUES! Worldwide bestselling sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick’s award-winning DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP? has been called “a masterpiece ahead of its time, even today” and “arguably Mr. Dick’s best.” BOOM! Studios is honored to present the complete novel transplanted to the comic book medium, mixing all new panel-to-panel continuity with the actual text from the novel in an innovative, ground-breaking series experiment that the Village Voice named one of the “Best Comics and Graphic Novels”! Deluxe hardcover edition—Volume 5 of 6.

 


 


 

DEFINITIVE IRREDEEMABLE HARDCOVER VOL. 1
Written by Mark Waid
Drawn by Peter Krause, Diego Barreto
SC, 336 pgs, FC, SRP: $74.99
ISBN13: 9781608860715
Diamond Code: APR110881

First time in a deluxe slipcase oversized hardcover edition! A gorgeous definitive edition of the acclaimed fan-favorite juggernaut! The first twelve issues of the ongoing superhero series from Mark Waid all in one collection! IRREDEEMABLE took the comic industry by storm in 2009 and is now celebrating its second year. With nothing like it on the market, Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE has been a recipient of multiple Eisner and Harvey Award nominations. If you are a long time fan of the series or someone who has been sitting on the fence, the DEFINITIVE IRREDEEMABLE EDITION is the book for you. So don’t miss your chance to dive into the series that dares to ask the question: what if the world’s greatest hero decided to become the world’s greatest villain?
 

 


 


 

INCORRUPTIBLE VOL. 4 TPB
Written by Mark Waid
Drawn by Marcio Takara
SC, 128 pgs, FC, SRP: $16.99
ISBN13: 9781608860564
Diamond Code: APR110875

The Plutonian has been defeated, leaving the world’s most notorious supervillain-turned-superhero, Max Damage, adrift. But Max’s work is never done, and being a superhero in a post-Plutonian world is far more difficult than he imagined…especially with a mentally unstable new sidekick and a new team of reluctant allies…the superhero team the Paradigm! It’s the IRREDEEMABLE/INCORRUPTIBLE crossover you won’t want to miss!
 

 


 


 
POTTERS FIELD TPB 
Written by Mark Waid
Drawn by Paul Azaceta
SC, 128 pgs, FC, SRP: $9.99
ISBN13: 9781608860524
Diamond Code: APR110885

First time in trade paperback and featuring the first collaboration between legendary comic writer Mark Waid and superstar artist Paul Azaceta, the red hot team behind AMAZING SPIDER-MAN! Outside New York City is Potter’s Field, where the unnamed dead are buried. Now, a mysterious man has taken it upon himself to name the unnamed in this cemetery! Using a network of underground operatives who don’t know each other, he fights to save the unsaved and solve the mysteries of the unjustly slain! Collecting the critically acclaimed three issue mini-series and the STONE COLD one-shot into one volume! For fans of the “new crime comics” movement like CRIMINAL! Find out why AIN’T IT COOL says, “I’m hooked!”

 


 


 

STAN LEE’S THE TRAVELER VOL. 1 TPB
Written by Mark Waid
Drawn by Chad Hardin
SC, 128 pgs, FC, SRP: $9.99
ISBN13: 9781608860500
Diamond Code: APR110892

STAN’S BACK! THE PUBLISHING EVENT OF THE YEAR! Stan Lee, the most colossal force in the history of comics, teams up with BOOM! Studios to deliver a brand new line of superhero comics! The great innovator of our industry brings his inimitable talents back to the direct market in an explosive line of comics that nobody is prepared for! In the first volume of the critically acclaimed ongoing series, THE TRAVELER, Stan teams up with comic book luminary Mark Waid (IRREDEEMABLE, KINGDOM COME) and fan-favorite artist Chad Hardin (AGE OF HEROES, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN) to bring you a man out of time! The mysterious hero known only as the Traveler battles the forces of evil in a time-bending thriller that finds past, present, and future hanging in the balance! Rewrite history this summer with Stan Lee and BOOM! Studios. Featuring a cover by red hot artist Scott Clark!
 




SPACE WARPED #1
Written by Hervé Bourhis
Drawn by Rudy Spiessert
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: APR110907

Far away, in a land long ago…there was an orphaned farm kid with daddy issues trying to rescue an orphaned princess unaware of her daddy issues! In the tradition of ROBOT CHICKEN: STAR WARS and SPACEBALLS comes a loving, affectionate parody of the greatest science fiction franchise of all time! The first of a two-issue mini-series, this is a fan-pleasing romp that skewers one of the greatest adventure stories ever!

 


 

DUCKTALES #2

Written by Warren Spector
Drawn by Leonel Castellani
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: APR110900

 

DUCKTALES is back in its own new ongoing series! The hit Disney Afternoon Revolution continues as Scrooge McDuck’s collection of exotic artifacts from around the world are suddenly deported from the McDuck Museum back to their original locations! Wild repossession recall ensues as Scrooge, Launchpad, and the gang jet to the sites of McDuck’s most infamous adventures, in a bid to reclaim his whisked-away wealth and take on some restless natives along the way! From the man who brought you “Epic Mickey” comes an original epic DuckTales series!

 


 

CHIP’N’DALE RESCUE RANGERS #7
Written by Ian Brill
Drawn by Leonel Castellani, Ricardo Garcia
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: APR110894

 

When Chip ‘n’ Dale’s undercover mission spins hilariously out of control, everybody’s favorite diminutive detectives find themselves in danger of getting stuck—by a horde of angry porcupines! Meanwhile, Gadget and Monterey Jack have been captured…and time is running out. DARKWING DUCK’s Ian Brill and MARVEL SUPER HERO SQUAD’s Leonel Castellani continue their celebrated saga, and this is one issue that you won’t want to go slipping through the cracks!
 

 


 

DARKWING DUCK #13
Written by Ian Brill
Drawn by James Silvani
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: APR110896

 

NEW ARC, GREAT FOR NEW READERS!The Duck Knight has returned, he’s solved the Crisis on Infinite Darkwings, and he’s withstood the F.O.W.L. Disposition. With all these Darkwing epics in the bag, will the purple powerhouse of peace be able to deal with the dreaded One-Shot? Find out this month as Ian Brill and James Silvani continue their critically acclaimed, fan-favorite run on DARKWING DUCK!

 


 

DONALD DUCK #367
Written by Carl Barks, William Van Horn
Drawn by Daan Jippes , William Van Horn
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: APR110899

 

More classics! More fun! First off, the much requested, first-time-printed in the U.S. 1970 Carl Barks story—recently redrawn by Jippes in the Barks style—“Whale of A Good Deed,” where Scrooge tries to extract some free oil, but his nephews, the Junior Woodchucks, show him the error of his ways! Then enjoy the hilarity as Donald Duck shows just how hard chopping down a tree can be in the William Van Horn backup “Tree’s a Crowd,” not having seen print in over a decade!
 

 


MICKEY MOUSE #309
Written by Ted Osborne
Drawn by Al Taliaferro , Floyd Gottfredson
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: APR110906

 

The fans have spoken! This month, celebrate 70 years of WALT DISNEY’S COMICS with a salute to one of the most-requested creators of all time: classic Mickey mastermind Romano Scarpa! Scarpa writes and draws “The Treasure of Venice,” a globetrotting adventure never-before-seen in the U.S. guest starring Goofy, Pete, Phantom Blot, and even Scrooge McDuck! With a never-before-printed in the U.S. cover by legend Marco Rota!

 


 

UNCLE SCROOGE #404
Written by Romano Scarpa
Drawn by Romano Scarpa
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: APR110908

 

The classic 1966 Romano Scarpa tale “The Fifty Money Bins Caper” is printed for the first time ever in the U.S.! Scrooge McDuck shows some crafty initiative against the ever-looming threat of the Beagle Boys by constructing a fleet of fifty new money bins and hiding his money in a new one each week. This all sounds like a good idea until the construction costs come due! And when the Beagles decide to kidnap Donald Duck to track Scrooge’s coins…it’s not just interest that is compounding here!
 

 


 

WALT DISNEY’S COMICS AND STORIES #720
Written by William Van Horn
Drawn by William Van Horn
SC, 32 pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: APR110909

 

Celebrate 70 years of WALT DISNEY’S COMICS with one of the most unique Disney adventures ever, with art by Giorgio Cavazzano never before printed in the U.S.! The year: 1946. The place: Los Angeles. The event: a once-in-a-lifetime meeting of Walt Disney and Salvador Dali! Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy are on hand to witness the event, but what happens when they find themselves trapped in one of Dali’s surreal paintings? The answer will astound your imagination! Also features a classic short by Bill Walsh and Manuel Gonzales not seen in the U.S. in 60 years!

 

 


 


 

CHIP ‘N’ DALE RESCUE RANGERS: WORLDWIDE RESCUE TPB
Written by Ian Brill
Drawn by Leonel Castellani
SC, 128 pgs, FC, SRP: $9.99
ISBN13: 9781608866557
Diamond Code: APR110895

It’s the return of your favorite furry flatfoots for the first time in trade paperback! DARKWING DUCK’s Ian Brill and MARVEL SUPER HERO SQUAD’s Leonel Castellani take the diminutive detectives on a brand new globetrotting adventure in “Worldwide Rescue.” Chip ‘n’ Dale, Monterey Jack, Gadget, and Zipper embark on their greatest case yet as they track the villainous Fat Cat across the four corners of the world! This is the collection that will have you singing that song you can never forget: “Sometimes some crimes go slipping through the cracks. But these two gumshoes are picking up the slack. There’s no case too big, no case too small, when you need help just call Ch-Ch-Ch-Chip ‘N’ Dale Rescue Rangers!” From BOOM! Studios, the originators of the Disney Afternoon Revolution.


BRIGHTEST DAY #24, OVERSIZED FINAL ISSUE PREVIEW

DC has offered up a peek at today’s BRIGHTEST DAY #24, the White Lantern’s plot to save the Earth from the Earth comes to fruition as elementals take on elemental.

BRIGHTEST DAY #24
Written by GEOFF JOHNS and PETER J. TOMASI; Art by IVAN REIS, PAT GLEASON, ARDIAN SYAF, SCOTT CLARK and JOE PRADO; Cover by DAVID FINCH; 1:10 Variant Covers by IVAN REIS

In the extra-sized issue #24, a new age for the DC Universe begins! A long shadow is cast across the world in a finale that will have everyone talking! Twelve heroes and villains were resurrected, but that doesn’t mean it will remain that way as the new champion of Earth is chosen!

  • DC Universe
  • 48pg.
  • Color
  • $4.99 US

On Sale April 27, 2011

NEW SERIES HITS THE MARK WITH $1 #1 ISSUE

NEW SERIES HITS THE MARK
Image Comics and Benaroya Publishing Offer $1 Debut Issue of Marksman

Berkeley, CA – 26 April 2011 – The battle for New San Diego will begin this July for just $1 when Image Comics and Benaroya Publishing introduce MARKSMAN! This new six-issue miniseries will feature the action-packed story of Dave Baxter, an acclaimed new writer/producer who is making his comics debut with such experienced comic book artists as Javiar Aranda (Star Trek), Garry Leach (Marvelman), and Tomm Coker (UNDYING LOVE).

MARKSMAN begins sixty years after the nation’s oil supply has finally run out and debts have been called in, resulting in a civil war that has splintered America into warring fiefdoms. New San Diego is a technocratic utopia that offers the last bastion of peace and prosperity, provided you live within its walls. Drake McCoy is its best protector. McCoy, an expert marksman, defends the city from the numerous threats in the wasteland outside the walls. But when the oil rich Lone Star state sends a powerful army to steal New San Diego’s energy technology, even Drake’s leadership and skill may not be enough to fend off the siege.

This action-packed series contrasts the classic taste of a western against the harsh backdrop of a post-apocalyptic future. With the first issue debuting just in time for San Diego Comic Con, including a SDCC exclusive variant cover, this is one comic you won’t want to miss! Watch as San Diego experiences a battle the likes of which you could never have imagined.

MARKSMAN #1 (MAY110435) is a 32 page full color action adventure comic book that will hit stores on July 20th with the low cover price of just $1!

ABOUT DAVE BAXTER
Dave Baxter is a writer/producer whose first feature film, Shooting Lily, won the 1996 SXSW Film Festival. Dave is making his comic book debut with Benaroya Publishing and Image Comics on the title MARKSMAN. Dave is also the recipient of the 2004 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation/Tribeca Film Institute screenwriting grant for two science themed film projects he currently has in development.

ABOUT JAVIER ARANDA
Javier Aranda is a Spanish artist who’s worked with publishers like DC Comics, Marvel, IDW, Devil’s Due Press, Avatar Press, and most recently Image Comics and Benaroya Publishing. He is best known for his work on Star Trek, World Of Dungeons & Dragons, Infinity, Inc., Hellina, and MARKSMAN. Javier has also published several short-stories and collaborated with other artists and writers on several Spanish market magazines, books, storyboards, and merchandising.

ABOUT GARRY LEACH
Garry Leach is a British artist known for his work on MARVELMAN with writer Alan Moore and as one of the founders of Atomeka Press with Dave Elliott. Garry is co-creator of Warpsmith and has worked on titles like Judge Dredd, THE V.C.s, Global Frequency with Warren Ellis, and has illustrated cards for the Magic: The Gathering collectible cards game.

ABOUT TOMM COKER
Tomm Coker has worked on comic book characters ranging from Batman to Wolverine and X-men to Punisher. He’s contributed art to various video games, toy lines, cartoons and film projects. In 2003 he co-wrote and directed his first studio feature (Catacombs) and is now co-writing and illustrating a creator owned book for Image Comics (UNDYING LOVE). Tomm lives in Los Angeles with his wife, daughter, two cats and a dog.

ABOUT BENAROYA PUBLISHING
Founded in 2009 by Michael Benaroya, Benaroya Publishing is a company dedicated to the creation and cultivation of intellectual property by focusing on thrilling and compelling storytelling. Based in Los Angeles, California, Benaroya Publishing launches their debut titles this Spring under the Image Comics label. With David Elliott (FALL OUT TOY WORKS and co-founder of Radical Publishing) at the helm as in-house Editor-in-Chief, Benaroya Publishing promises to bring fresh new ideas, and uniquely told stories to the comics literary world.

ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.

Duke Nukem Tears into Comics from IDW

First comic series for baddest good guy ever starts in July

 

[Duke Nukem #1 Cover]San Diego, CA (April 26, 2011) – IDW Publishing and Gearbox have joined forces to bring “The King” to comics for the very first time, in DUKE NUKEM: GLORIOUS BASTARD. An integral part of the massive Duke Nukem relaunch happening in June with the long-awaited release of the Duke Nukem Forever video game, this four-issue series will kick off in July and bring all the awesome battles and babes (and beers!) that Duke fans have wanted for more than a decade. Rising comics and video game writer Tom Waltz (Silent Hill: Past Life, Ghostbusters: Sanctum of Slime) pens DUKE NUKEM: GLORIOUS BASTARD, while artist Xermanico fills every panel with non-stop fun and action. Waltz and Xermanico are also the brains and brawn behind the special Duke Nukem Forever one-shot pack-in comic, which is featured in the Duke Nukem Forever: Balls of Steel special edition game boxset.

“I know plenty of fans have been asking for it and we’re excited to finally bring it to ‘em,” said David Eddings, Vice President of Business Development at Gearbox Software.  “Duke will be in some of the most insane action-packed stories that will show fans a whole new side of the one and only King. That’s the marketing-speak for saying it’s gonna f&#king rock!”

Debuting in July with issue #1, DUKE NUKEM: GLORIOUS BASTARD combines time-traveling Nazi UFOs, space pigs, and a hot French Resistance babe code-named the “French Tickler,” as they all run head-on into Duke Nukem. It’s an action-packed and mayhem-filled collision course in the making, and for some of them (the ones that don’t look good in bikinis, that is), it’s gonna end painfully.

“Duke Nukem is the kind of character that comic books were made for,” said Waltz. “He’s over-the-top, bombastic, rude, crude, and doesn’t have a politically correct bone in his muscle-bound body—I love him! Xermanico and I had an absolute (and literal) blast writing and drawing the pack-in comic for the video game, and it’s been no different with this new mini-series. Get ready for fun because, when it comes to The King, the only rule is that there are NO rules!”

In addition to an inspirational movie poster-like regular cover, DUKE fans can ask their local comic store about a variant Duke Nukem Forever concept-art team cover and the awesomely over-the-top foil-stamped, glow-in-the-dark, embossed cover by John K. Snyder III.

DUKE NUKEM: GLORIOUS BASTARD #1 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be available in stores in July. Diamond order code MAY11 0328.

Visit IDWPublishing.com to learn more about the company and its top-selling books.

About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The Transformers and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s DOCTOR WHO; Toho’s Godzilla; and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studios; and is the print publisher for EA Comics.

IDW’s original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. More information about the company can be found at IDWPublishing.com.

About Gearbox
Gearbox Software is respected industry wide for the award winning, best-selling original and licensed video games they have developed for major video game platforms.  Founded in 1999 and located near Dallas, TX, Gearbox Software is well known for the creation and development of their original blockbuster franchise, Borderlands, and has developed numerous top selling add-on packs for Borderlands.  Additionally Gearbox now has ownership of the Duke Nukem franchise, created and developed the Brothers in Arms series and developed games and added value to many of the industry’s top franchises including Halo, Half-Life, Tony Hawk, James Bond and others.  Gearbox Software’s success has been enabled and supported through several key mutually beneficial business relationships with strong publishing partners including Activision, Electronic Arts, Ubisoft Entertainment, Microsoft Games Studios, Sega of America and Take-Two/2K Games.
 
Currently Gearbox Software is in development with Duke Nukem Forever published by 2K Games, Aliens: Colonial Marines, published by Sega, and other unannounced AAA games for multiple platforms including the Microsoft Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, Windows PC, Mac, Nintendo DS, PSP and more.

PEEP SHOW

50 Girls 50 Gets Previewed in Elephantmen

BERKELEY, CA – 26 April 2011 – Before he became the regular artist on ELEPHANTMEN, astonishing newcomer Axel Medellin was selected from a number of gifted applicants in the talent search for Frank Cho and Doug Murray’s 50 GIRLS 50. With the first issue of their four-issue sci-fi miniseries set to debut this June, Richard Starkings is showcasing Axel’s 50 GIRLS 50 work in his own sci-fi series, with a preview set to run in ELEPHANTMEN #31, on sale May 11.
Starkings commented, “Axel is clearly the hardest working artist in comics, and this is obviously a big year for him. It’s hard for me to believe today that he presented me with a fully painted ELEPHANTMEN sample page over three years ago and now 22 gorgeous pages of full colour art every month! 50 GIRLS 50 shows yet another side to Axel and I for one can’t wait to lick every page!”

“I’m so glad that Axel is the new regular artist for ELEPHANTMEN,” added Cho. “Not only is Axel a superb storyteller, he’s one of the most dedicated artists in the business. I can’t wait to see how his work progresses over the months ahead!”

Readers enjoying Axel Medellin’s depiction of the dystopian future of ELEPHANTMEN will see an altogether different side of his work as they’re introduced to the very special crew of the ship ESS Savannah. The gritty streets of Los Angeles circa 2259 are replaced with the sleek interiors of a state of the art spacecraft and the lush forests of alien worlds for a dangerously enjoyable journey through space.

ELEPHANTMEN #31 (FEB110456), a 32-page full color science fiction comic book, including a five-page preview of 50 GIRLS 50 #1, will be available in stores May 11 for $2.99. 50 GIRLS 50 #1 (APR110392) will be landing in stores June 1 for $2.99.

ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.

QUESADA DEATH OF SPIDERMAN VARIANTS for ULTIMATE SPIDERMAN #160

Marvel Unveils Joe Quesada’s “Not A Dry Eye In The House” DEATH OF SPIDER-MAN Variant Cover
 
Death of Spider-Man, the story that everyone from ABC to MTV and FOX News are talking about, reaches its stunning conclusion this June and, to commemorate this momentous issue, superstar Joe Quesada illustrates an all-new variant cover! This powerful piece, from Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer, arrives in two different versions—the full color Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #160 Quesada Variant and the raw, penciled version for Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #160 Quesada Sketch Variant.
 
It’s the biggest story in Ultimate Comics history—and it all ends in Ultimate Spider-Man #160. No fan can miss out on the story that’ll have fans around the world talking for years!
 
Retailers, please note that this issue FOCs 5/9/11, with an on-sale of 6/22/11


 
 
To find a comic shop near you, call 1-888-comicbook or visit www.comicshoplocator.com

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit www.marvel.com

JUSTICE SOCIETY #50 and BATMAN INC. #5 Previews

Two of tomorrow’s releases, JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #50 and BATMAN INC. #5, get previewed.

BATMAN INCORPORATED #5

 

Written by GRANT MORRISON ; Art by YANICK PAQUETTE & MICHEL LACOMBE; Cover by J.H. WILLIAMS III; 1:25 Variant cover by YANICK PAQUETTE & MICHAEL LACOMBE

Batman’s Argentinean adventure concludes as The Dark Knight and Gaucho fight to the death to save the lives of countless innocents. Meanwhile, England’s other Batman, The Hood, stumbles across a monstrous conspiracy – can Batman and his international allies stop a plot that threatens to transform the whole world?

  • Batman
  • 32pg.
  • Color
  • $2.99 US

On Sale April 27, 2011

JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #50

 

Written by MARC GUGGENHEIM; Art by HOWARD CHAYKIN and more; Cover by FELIPE MASSAFERA; 1:10 Variant cover by DARWYN COOKE

We’re celebrating the fiftieth issue with an extra-sized spectacular and a roster of artists you won’t want to miss! The team must explore a bizarre and fantastic underworld found beneath Monument Point . . . with the help of the one and only Challengers of the Unknown! And why was Senator Eagin out to get the JSA during the long-ago witch hunts against the mystery men?

  • DC Universe
  • 56pg.
  • Color
  • $4.99 US

On Sale April 27, 2011

ROYAL WEDDING COMIC BOOK WALKS DOWN THE STORE AISLE TOMORROW

As a global audience anticipates the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton, the biography comic book and graphic novel from Bluewater Productions highlighting their romance is set to hit shelves tomorrow— Wednesday April 27th—two days day in advance of the nuptials.

“The Royals: Prince William & Kate Middleton” written by CW Cooke and penciled by Pablo Martinena, looks to give context to two perceived fairy tale lives and how an eight-year romance flourished in such a fishbowl existence.

“This has been one of Bluewater’s most anticipated biography books,” said Darren Davis, president of Bluewater, “Fans of the royal couple will love this issue for portraying William and Kate as two well-rounded and grounded individuals. But it also has enough pomp and spectacle to match the excitement surrounding the event.”

The standard 32-page comic book retails for $3.99. It will be available at comic book retail outlets.  To make sure you get your copy, contact your local comic book store to pre-order it. To find a comic book store near you go to www.comicshoplocator.com

The special collector’s edition 40 page graphic novel retails for $7.99. National book stores like Barnes & Noble and Borders will be carrying it.  As well as several online venues including Amazon.com.  The demand for the book is already so high that the distributor predicts the books will sell out the day it is released.

“There was considerable spectacle and buzz thirty years ago when Charles and Diana got married, Davis said. “But I think this wedding surpasses that one simply because it offers a diversion from the constant barrage of news of war, economic hardships and political enmity. It’s simply a good news story that’s a bit larger than life.”

Bluewater also announced that another royal will be joining the ranks of comic book biographies. William’s brother Harry will be featured in his own book this August.

Also still availible the “Female Force: Princess Diana” comic book.

The “Fame” series was launched earlier in 2010 as a companion piece to the successful “Female Force” and “Political Power” biography titles. The comic allows Bluewater to delve into the celebrity culture and understand how a person rises to fame, deals with the newfound celebrity and continue to produce in the public eye. That includes actors, sports figures, recording artists and royals.

 
About Bluewater Productions
 
Bluewater Productions Inc. is one of the top independent production studios of comic books, young adult books and graphic novels. Its extensive catalog of titles includes the bestsellers “10th Muse” and “The Legend of Isis” ”Bluewater publishes comic books in partnership with entertainment icon William Shatner (“TekWar Chronicles”), legendary filmmaker Ray Harryhausen (“Wrath of the Titans,” “Sinbad: Rogue of Mars,” “Jason and the Argonauts,” et al) and celebrated actor Vincent Price (“Vincent Price Presents”). Additionally, Bluewater publishes a highly successful line of biographical comics under the titles “Female Force” and “Political Power.”
 
Bluewater aims to unite cutting-edge art and engaging stories produced by its stable of the publishing industry’s top artists and writers.
 
For more information, visit www.bluewaterprod.com.

ACTION COMICS #900 PREVIEW

DC is offering this sneak peek at this week’s ACTION COMICS #900. It’s…dare I say…Action packed! Plus, it’s one of this week’s InvestComics HOT PICKS.

ACTION COMICS #900

 

Written by PAUL CORNELL, RICHARD DONNER, DAVID GOYER, DAMON LINDELOF and more; Art by PETE WOODS, JESUS MERINO and more; Cover by DAVID FINCH; 1:5 Variant cover A by ADAM HUGHES; 1:5 Variant cover B by ALEX ROSS

Superman returns to ACTION COMICS just in time for the title’s historic 900th issue, which clocks in at 100 pages! Everything Paul Cornell and Pete Woods have been building to over the last year culminates here in the ultimate Superman vs. Lex Luthor battle! But that’s not all – this story will lay the grounds for an insanely epic story coming out this summer in the pages of ACTION!

Plus, an incredible roster of guest talent help us celebrate this landmark issue, including the screenwriter of The Dark Knight, David Goyer; famed Superman: The Movie director Richard Donner; the co-creator of Lost, Damon Lindelof; and the creative team behind the hit DC UNIVERSE ONLINE game!

ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE NOW

’68 #1 Marches Back to Press

Berkeley, CA – 25 April 2011 – The first issue of Image Comics’ grisly new zombie comic, ’68, has impressed ravenous horror fans so much that the first printing sold out at the distribution level right as copies were hitting the shelves. In an effort to provide comic shops with uninterrupted availability of this gruesome new miniseries, a second printing of ’68 will return to stores soon with an all new cover by artist Nat Jones.
’68 originally began as a one shot which can be found in HORROR BOOK, VOL. 1 TP, an anthology that also contains other horror titles such as CREATURE FROM THE DEPTHS, FRANKENSTEIN, and FULL MOON.
The first issue of the new ’68 miniseries delves straight away into the base camps, dark jungles and tunnels of Vietnam in 1968, where writer Mark Kidwell (Bump) guides doomed young soldiers among the countless rotting undead victims of war. Artist Nat Jones (FRANK FRAZETTA’S DEATH DEALER) illustrates the fine details of decomposition and Jay Fotos (LOCKE & KEY, SPAWN) provides expert coloring, including plenty of bloody red gore!
Besides receiving plenty of attention from enthusiastic zombie fans, ’68 has also captured the attention of the press:
“Image already has a flesh-eating hit with Robert Kirkman’s THE WALKING DEAD, and it may soon have another, with the ’68 creative team — writer Mark Kidwell, penciler and inker Nat Jones and colorist Jay Fotos — and their horrific emphasis on war-torn drama, carnage, gore and loads of blood spatter. ” — USA Today
“…the team behind ’68 actually come across as horror fans and it shows in their work and the details.” — Player Affinity
“Deserving of great praise, ’68 is a brilliant example of story and art fused together! …This is an incredibly smart and captivating look at war through the zombie genre. When you start reading, you’ll ask yourself, “Why didn’t anyone think of this before?” No comic book fan should miss out on ’68…” — Fangoria
“There just aren’t very many original zombie stories left out there, but ’68 is going to be one of them.” — Newsarama
“The entire ’68 team is blown away by the news of our first issue selling out!” said Kidwell. “As independent creators, we all share a huge workload in bringing the book to the readers, and it’s deeply gratifying to all of us that ’68 has found its audience and been so enthusiastically received.
“Huge thanks to everyone who picked up the book and to those who took the time to let us know how much they liked it! We invite you all to stick with us as we move deeper into the jungles. It’s gonna be a nightmare!”
’68 #1 Second Printing (MAR118186), a gory 32-page full color war/horror comic book, as well as ’68 #2 (MAR110569, MAR110570 and MAR110571) will each be on sale May 18, 2011 for $3.99. HORROR BOOK, VOL. 1 TP (APR082177), a 128-page full color anthology of horror comics, is still available for $14.99.


ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.

The Road to TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON Begins

Prequel comics offer first taste of hugely anticipated film.
Movie adaptation launching May 25th 

 
San Diego, CA (April 25, 2011) – Starting today, TRANSFORMERS fans worldwide can begin the journey to TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON, one of the summer’s most anticipated movies, set to be released by Paramount Pictures on July 1, 2011. Coming from IDW Publishing and Hasbro, two monthly comic series give readers the first look at this intergalactic adventure. TRANFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON – RISING STORM leads right into the mega events of the film, while TRANFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON – FOUNDATION offers the never-before-seen tale of how OPTIMUS PRIME and MEGATRON became bitter enemies.

“With a third sure-to-be-blockbuster film on the way, we’re presented with a unique opportunity to really get to the heart of the conflict between OPTIMUS PRIME and MEGATRON,” said series editor Andy Schmidt. “These are the most character-driven stories we’ve told yet.”

Written by comics mainstay John Barber, the four-issue series TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON – FOUNDATION explores the most hidden secrets of CYBERTRON, with the masterful art of Andrew Griffith. The second four-issue series, TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON – RISING STORM, sets the stage for the biggest, boldest threat to both Earth and CYBERTRON yet, brought to life in gripping detail by artist Carlos Magno. “Rising Storm focuses on the direct threat in the new film and how these new players set the stage for the climactic finale in the film,” says Schmidt. Several issues of both series are available in comic stores throughout North America, with the graphic novels launching on May 18th wherever books are sold.

“We had a lot of lead-time on the TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON books, which has allowed our artists to bring their A-game and try new things. These are going to be the best looking TRANSFORMERS books to date,” added Schmidt. “We’re reaching a new level with these and we’re all happy with the outcome.”

Coming on May 25th, fans can get a sneak peek of all the movie action with TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON MOVIE ADAPTATION, written by John Barber with art by Jorge Jimenez Moreno. The AUTOBOTS, led by OPTIMUS PRIME, are back in action, taking on the DECEPTICONS, who are determined to avenge their last defeat, as favorite heroes return in a face-off against MEGATRON and STARSCREAM.

    TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON – RISING STORM #1 #2, #3 ($3.99 each, 32 pages, full color) are now available in stores.

    TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON – RISING STORM #4 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be available in stores in May.

TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON – RISING STORM ($17.99, 32 pages, full color) will be available in stores on May 18, 2011. ISBN: 978-1-60010-918-5

    TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON – FOUNDATION #1, #2 ($3.99 each, 32 pages, full color) are now available in stores.

    TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON – FOUNDATION #3 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be available in stores on April 27, 2011.

TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON – FOUNDATION #4 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be available in stores in May.

TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON – FOUNDATION ($17.99, 32 pages, full color) will be available in stores on May 18, 2011. ISBN: 978-1-60010-918-8

TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON MOVIE ADAPTATION ($17.99, 104 pages, full color) will be available in stores on May 25, 2011. ISBN: 978-1-60010-917-1
Visit IDWPublishing.com to learn more about the company and its top-selling books.

About IDW Publishing 
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The Transformers and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s Doctor Who; Toho’s Godzilla and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio; and is the print publisher for EA Comics.

IDW’s original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. More information about the company can be found at IDWPublishing.com.
About Hasbro
Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company providing children and families around the world with a wide-range of immersive entertainment offerings based on the Company’s world class brand portfolio.  From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, video games and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its customers through the strategic leveraging of well-known and beloved brands such as TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY.  The Hub, Hasbro’s multi-platform joint venture with Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) launched on October 10, 2010. The online home of The Hub is www.hubworld.com. The Hub logo and name are trademarks of Hub Television Networks, LLC. All rights reserved.  

Come see how we inspire play through our brands at http://www.hasbro.com. © 2010 Hasbro, Inc.  All Rights Reserved.
About the Film 
TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON, is directed by Michael Bay, written by Ehren Kruger and produced by Don Murphy & Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Ian Bryce. The executive producers are Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay, Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian. © 2011 Paramount Pictures Corporation. All rights reserved.

BOOM! STUDIOS ISN’T MONKEYING AROUND WITH PLANET OF THE APES!

PLANET OF THE APES #1
SEES PRE-RELEASE SELL OUT!

“RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES”
MOVIE TRAILER
DRIVES
NEW ROUND OF APES-MANIA
&
PHENOMENAL AMOUNT OF
LATE-BREAKING ADVANCED REORDERS
LEADING TO UNPRECEDENTED
PRE-RELEASE SELL OUT

ISSUE #1 WILL BE AVAILABLE
AT YOUR LOCAL COMIC SHOP
THIS WEDNESDAY APRIL 27, 2011
 

April 25, 2011 – Los Angeles, CA – BOOM! Studios is excited to announce that PLANET OF THE APES #1 is sold out…days before release! Fans everywhere have been buzzing with Apes-mania since the recent unveiling of the RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES movie trailer, leading comic book retailers to make a phenomenal amount of late-breaking advanced reorders for BOOM! Studios’ PLANET OF THE APES #1 and creating this unprecedented pre-release sell out!

BOOM! Studios will be working closely this week with Diamond Comic Distributors and Haven Distributors in evaluating demand for a second printing.

While BOOM! Studios, Diamond Comic Distributors and Haven Distributors are sold out of PLANET OF THE APES #1, comic shops across the nation will have the first printing of PLANET OF THE APES #1 this Wednesday, April 27, 2011 available for sale. So make sure you get a copy before it’s gone! Don’t know where to find your nearest comic shop? Please use www.comicshoplocator.com.


“The support behind this series is astounding,” says BOOM! Studios Marketing Director Chip Mosher. “A sell out before the on-sale date is a huge feat that only goes to show how excited the people are for Apes in general, and this comic in particular. With such a fantastic creative team like Daryl Gregory and Carlos Magno on the series, fans can be sure to expect only the best Apes action issue after issue.”

“I’d like to personally thank the creative team behind PLANET OF THE APES for delivering a first issue that floored us from the first page,” says BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “From the script, to the art to the colors and lettering, once all the pieces started coming together we knew this series was going to be huge. PLANET OF THE APES fans, prepare for a lot of surprises and thrills because this is just the beginning!”

Taking place before the original 1968 PLANET OF THE APES movie — but true to the continuity of the first five films — BOOM! Studios’ PLANET OF THE APES #1 begins in a time when Ape society reaches a new golden age. But there are ripples of dissent in both the ape and human ranks. Tensions will rise and soon all will be caught in chaos! Amidst all this uncertainty…what is the fate of The Lawgiver?

Written by Daryl Gregory with art by Carlos Magno, PLANET OF THE APES #1 ships with an A & B cover by Karl Richardson and Carlos Magno respectively, a special 1-in-10 “Damn Dirty Apes” incentive cover and a retailer variant for Larry’s Comics by Chad Hardin! This title ships April 27th, 2011 and carries a Diamond Code of FEB110852.

About BOOM! Studios
Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (www.boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of bestselling comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent, including Mark Waid’s series IRREDEEMABLE, Stan Lee’s SOLDIER ZERO, THE TRAVELER, and STARBORN (the first new series in print from the industry icon in 20 years), new HELLRAISER comics written by Clive Barker as well as 20th Century Fox’s PLANET OF THE APES, 28 DAYS LATER, and DIE HARD, Philip K. Dick’s DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?, and The Henson Company’s FARSCAPE. BOOM!’s recently rebranded all-ages imprint, KABOOM! will see publication of PEANUTS, SPACE WARPED, Roger Langridge’s SNARKED, Scholastic’s WORDGIRL and DUCKTALES, as well as continuing to publish fan-favorite Disney Afternoon series DARKWING DUCK, CHIP ‘N’ DALE RESCUE RANGERS along with Disney standards MICKEY MOUSE, DONALD DUCK, UNCLE SCROOGE, and WALT DISNEY’S COMICS AND STORIES.

IndieCreator 4-22-11

Matthew MacLean Spins a Tale about the “Dead West” in Forgotten #1

Graphic novelist Matthew MacLean (Cthulhu Tales, Murder at Pine Lake) has just released the first in a four part series about the “Dead West” in Forgotten, a new spaghetti Western from Hades published by Studio 407. Saddling up to do the art is Italiano Indie artist Stefano Cardoselli whose credits include Heavy Metal, 2000 AD and the upcoming one shot “Good Boy” to appear in the Vincent Prices Presents series by Bluewater Productions.

Here’s the premise:

Meet Dakota Smith, a former soldier who wakes up dead from three bullets in his chest in Forgotten, a ghost town in a corner of Hell. Dakota makes a deal with the Devil to be the town’s Sheriff and get all the “rewards” that go with wearing the badge. Unfortunately the job ain’t so easy. Being the Devil’s minion never pays off – it always about “payback.”  This four-part series, which has received stellar reviews follows, the travels and travesties that Sheriff Dakota Smith must encounter and overcome as he tries to conquer the Dead West and his new hellish boss.

 
1. Matthew, welcome! First tell us a little bit about yourself and some of the other published works in your portfolio.

(MM:)  I’m an amateur who’s managed to convince people at a number of places, including BOOM!  and Bluewater Productions, that I have some talent. I’ve even convinced them to pay me from time to time. 

2. How did you come up with the idea for Forgotten, and how did you hook up with the artist?

(MM:) Forgotten 22 was written in the heat of the summer in an old mansion that was so dilapidated that it had been carved up into various apartments that I shared it with a crack house and an abusive, alcoholic couple.The walls were thin enough that what my neighbors did was no secret.So I needed something else to focus on.
Sitting over my computer, sweating in the Tennessee swelter, it seemed only natural that my mind turned to Hell. I was raised Catholic, but had always had my doubts. Overall, the Christian faith seemed like an inherently unfair, even rigged, system. At the heart of the dogma’s contradictions was one of its big stars, Lucifer. Lucifer, or Satan, or He of the Many Names (I went with Red), was portrayed as the source of all evil, the bane of mankind, the scourge of our Lord and Savior. But if God is all knowing and infallible, he knew that Red was going to go bad the moment he laid hand to create him. It doesn’t take a big leap of logic, then, to connect God as the source of all evil. He is, after all, the source of everything. So Red is just God’s whipping boy, a figure he created for humans to demonize while God horded all the love and glory.

 
Whether I believe any of that or not, I’m not going to bother with, but it’s that little thought exercise that led to Forgotten 22.

3. How did you pitch the idea to Studio 407? Did you have a treatment or did you have to show completed pages?

(MM:)  I did it over a lunch with the editor at New York Comiccon. Having a good treatment and completed pages are a must, but the simple truth is that you need to get out to conventions and meet these people, show them you aren’t a loon or a lazy-ass and that you’re real and they should look at your stuff.

 
4. Tell us about some of the reviews you’ve received, and how the book did in its release in the March Diamond Preview catalog (Order # MAR111247).

(MM:) I honestly try not to read the reviews. While the positive ones can make you feel great, the bad ones can tear out your soul. I can’t survive them, so I try to pretend they don’t exist.

5. Where else is issue one available – either online or in stores?

(MM:) It’ll be available in both. You can check out a preview at the Studio 407 site here.

 
6. What is the timetable for releasing issues 2 thru 4? And I presume a full-fledged graphic novel is in the works?

(MM:) All four issues are finished so there’s nothing stopping them from coming out back-to-back. But there will definitely be a graphic novel.
 

7. Your publisher, Studio 407, is pretty aggressive, or should I say successful – about getting properties in their library pitched for film. Are there plans to make this into a film as well?

(MM) I have no idea. If I wanted to be in films, I’d write screenplays. I want to make comic books.

8. Who did the letters for the book?

(MM:) Jaymes Reed did all of the lettering and logo design. The rest is Stefano. He’s the man.

9. Are you planning to be at any upcoming cons or other event to sign copies, meet and greet the fans, and pimp the book?

(MM:) Studio 407 usually has a presence at every major con. If they’ve got a booth there, that’s where you’ll find me.
 

10. What advice do you have for indie creators who’d like to follow you path – i.e., get a book made and into Diamond Previews?

(MM:) Finish the book. Is it a one shot? How about a 10 volume epic? Finish the book. And get advice to make it better along the way. Publishers love, love, love, finished works. Pitches and treatments are great, but if it’s your first time out nothing shows a publisher you’re serious like having the entire f#$king book ready to go.

11. Bonus question: What else are you working on, and please share any websites or social networking sites where we can follow the latest news with Forgotten.

(MM:) You can always find what I’m working on at http://madbastard.hypersites.com

Thanks Matthew. Keep up the Good Fight and best of luck with Forgotten.

 

An award-winning indie comic creator and screenwriter, Bob Heske is currently writing/producing a micro-budget horror film called UNREST. Bob wrote The Night Projectionist, a vampire horror series to be published by Studio 407 with film rights optioned by Myriad Pictures. Through his Heske Horror shingle, Bob self-published his critically acclaimed horror series Cold Blooded Chillers. Bob’s trade paperback Bone Chiller (a “best of” CBC anthology) won a Bronze medal in the horror category at the 2009 Independent Publisher Book Awards. His “end times” anthology 2012: Final Prayer was also released in late 2009. Email him at info@coldbloodedchillers.com.

REPULSE: THE FUTURE OF REINCARNATION

Spawn Sensation Szymon Kudranksi’s Futuristic Thriller Debuts in July
BERKELEY, CA — 21 April 2011 – Robots are not alive. They have no memories, philosophies or inner monologues. They are senseless, devoid of feelings and don’t understand what it means to be alive.  However, in Image Comics’ upcoming dark science fiction thriller REPULSE, Szymon Kudranski presents a scenario in which a robot appears to actually have memories of a past life spent as a human.
“I wanted do something new with robots, but it almost seemed everything had already been done,” Kudranski said of his decision to contribute to the canon of futuristic science fiction stories about artificial intelligence. “There are robot killers, robot cops, robots that wish to be humans or wage revolutions, but the human experience of reincarnation merged with robots was intriguing enough that I felt I should create a story about it.”
Szymon Kudranski is an up-and-coming artist who recently made an impressive debut on Todd McFarlane’s preeminent title, SPAWN. Rather than mimicking McFarlane’s signature style, Kudranski brought his own distinct sensibilities to Image’s flagship character and continues to attract attention with each new issue. REPULSE was created before he began working with McFarlane and was originally conceived of as a three-issue miniseries, but will now be published as one complete graphic novel in July.
“Readers who are interested in the progression of my art style should enjoy this story as a comparison to what I’m doing on current projects,” Kudranksi added.
“From his work at Shadowline to his current issues of SPAWN, it’s been really wonderful to watch Szymon’s ongoing development as an artist,” said Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson. “When he brought REPULSE to us, it was an unexpected gem.”
In REPULSE, the robotics of the near future have helped solve the worst crimes and changed the world, but one detective employing the most high-tech solutions must be able to catch a serial kill who preys upon his fellow officers before the technology also brings about his own destruction.
REPULSE (MAY110440), an 72-page black and white science fiction thriller comic book, will be available for order in the May issue of Diamond Previews and goes on sale July 6 for $6.99.

ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.

ROYAL WEDDING BIO COMIC BOOK COUNTDOWN STARTS; PRINCE HARRY BIO TO FOLLOW

ROYAL WEDDING BIO COMIC BOOK COUNTDOWN STARTS; PRINCE HARRY BIO TO FOLLOW

With the considerable media buzz and excitement surrounding the upcoming royal wedding, Bluewater Productions is releasing the much anticipated biography comic book and graphic novel based on the lives of Prince William and Kate Middleton will be in stores on Wednesday, April 27.

“The Royals: Prince William & Kate Middleton” written by CW Cooke and penciled by Pablo Martinena, looks to give context to two perceived fairy tale lives and how an eight-year romance flourished in such a fishbowl existence.

“The closer the wedding day comes, the greater the excitement for this book,” said Darren G. Davis, president of Bluewater, who appeared on a recent segment of the Today show featuring the comic book. “What I like about this issue is it presents both William and Kate as two well-rounded and grounded individuals. It’s a great love story.”

The standard 32-page comic book retails for $3.99. It will be available at comic book retail outlets.  To make sure you get your copy, contact your local comic book store to pre-order it. To find a comic book store near you go to www.comicshoplocator.com

The special collector’s edition 40 page graphic novel retails for $7.99. National book stores like Barnes & Noble and Borders will be carrying it.  As well as several online venues including Amazon.com.  The demand for the book is already so high that the distributor predicts the books will sell out the day it is released.

Bluewater also announced that another royal will be joining the ranks of comic book biographies. William’s brother Harry will be featured in his own book this summer.

According to Cooke, who pens this issue as well, “The attention of the world is aimed squarely at the Royal Family as the wedding of the century hits, and now it’s time to focus our attention on the Wild Child, Prince Harry. From his wild partying and his military experience, all doors are opened and all parts of his life are on display.”

“The Royals: Prince Harry,” like the issue spotlighting his brother will be both a single issue comic book and a 40-page special edition.  And like “The Royals: Prince William & Kate Middleton,” it will be available through traditional retail outlets and several online venues including Amazon.com and the Barnes and Noble and Borders online stores.

The issue features pencils by Justin Currie & Kent Hurlbert with a special cover art by Joe Phillips.

“As Americans, we are fascinated by the British Royals. They fit within our construct of a celebrity-fueled popular culture. But more than, that they represent an air of pomp and history that we just don’t have,” Davis said.

The “Fame” series was launched earlier in 2010 as a companion piece to the successful “Female Force” and “Political Power” biography titles. The comic allows Bluewater to delve into the celebrity culture and understand how a person rises to fame, deals with the newfound celebrity and continue to produce in the public eye. That includes actors, sports figures, recording artists and royals.

Also still availible the “Female Force: Princess Diana” comic book. 


About Bluewater Productions
 
Bluewater Productions Inc. is one of the top independent production studios of comic books, young adult books and graphic novels. Its extensive catalog of titles includes the bestsellers “10th Muse” and “The Legend of Isis” ”Bluewater publishes comic books in partnership with entertainment icon William Shatner (“TekWar Chronicles”), legendary filmmaker Ray Harryhausen (“Wrath of the Titans,” “Sinbad: Rogue of Mars,” “Jason and the Argonauts,” et al) and celebrated actor Vincent Price (“Vincent Price Presents”). Additionally, Bluewater publishes a highly successful line of biographical comics under the titles “Female Force” and “Political Power.”
 
Bluewater aims to unite cutting-edge art and engaging stories produced by its stable of the publishing industry’s top artists and writers.
 
For more information, visit www.bluewaterprod.com

FEAR ITSELF gets second print in MAY

FEAR ITSELF Returns With New Printings!
 
Marvel is proud to announce that both Fear Itself #1 and Fear Itself: Book Of The Skull #1 have sold out at Diamond and will be back on store shelves this May! Find how a secret from the past sparked catastrophe on a global scale with Fear Itself: Book Of The Skull Second Printing Variant from the creative team of Ed Brubaker and Scot Eaton. Then, from chart topping team of Matt Fraction and Stuart Immonen, witness how the return of the God of Fear brings the Marvel Universe to its knees with Fear Itself #1 Second Printing Variant!
 
Fans and critics agree, they love Fear Itself!
 
“With Fear Itself, Matt Fraction delivers a pretty strong springboard in order to launch this spring/summer’s major Marvel crossover.” – Mark L. Miller, AintItCool.com
 
“Fraction and Immonen deliver on the promise of a huge, epic story that is exactly the kind that comic books are made for.”  – Ron Richards, iFanboy.com
 
“With such a stacked deck of creators, it’s almost no wonder that Fear Itself #1 is such a good comic. It accomplishes everything a first issue should and more…” – Jennifer Margret Smith, Newsarama.com
 
“Must read.” – Kirk Warren, WeeklyCrisis.com
 
“This is great start to what promises to be an enjoyable event.” – Brian Cronin, ComicBookResources.com
 
“If the rest of the series is as good as the first chapter, then Fear Itself will be one of the more inviting and more enjoyable summer rides to have ever come into town.” – Ernie Estrella, BuzzFocus.com
 
What ancient secret did the Red Skull unearth beneath the Pacific Ocean? What has become of Thor and the kingdom of Asgard? All the answers behind the Marvel Universe’s most dire challenge yet await in the Fear Itself #1 Second Printing Variant and Fear Itself: Book Of The Skull #1 Second Printing Variant, on sale this May!
 

FEAR ITSELF #1 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (MAR118014)
Written by MATT FRACTION
Pencils & Cover by STUART IMMONEN
Rated T+ …$3.99
FOC – 4/25/11. On Sale – 5/18/11


FEAR ITSELF: BOOK OF THE SKULL #1 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (JAN118132)
Written by ED BRUBAKER
Pencils by SCOT EATON
Cover by JOE QUESADA
Rated T+ …$3.99
FOC – 5/2/11, On Sale – 5/25/11
 
To find a comic shop near you, call 1-888-comicbook or visit www.comicshoplocator.com

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit www.marvel.com

JASOn RUBIN and TYLER KIRKHAM work in MYSTERIOUS WAYS

THE LORD WORKS IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS
New Miniseries Challenges Fans to Take Part in the Upcoming Horror

Berkeley, CA – April 19, 2011 – Crazed serial killers often claim to be doing God’s work, but what if one really was? MYSTERIOUS WAYS, a six-issue miniseries from Image Comics’ Top Cow Productions proposes an answer to that disturbing question. This July, video game industry titan Jason Rubin (The Iron Saint) joins forces with artist Tyler Kirkham (Green Lantern Corps, Amazing Spider-Man) to introduce this dark and action-packed thriller that will have you questioning everything you believe.

MYSTERIOUS WAYS takes a number of archetypes from classic crime suspense stories and turns them on their head over the course of the story. Sam, the down on his luck, alcoholic ex-cop is not what he seems. Neither is the sharp-tongued, gothic bar waitress. Certainly not the by-the-book FBI agent with a perfect arrest record!

“MYSTERIOUS WAYS has been in my head for the better part of a decade, so it’s great to see it come to fruition with style,” said Rubin. “Tyler and our inker, Sal Regla, are at the top of their game, and I can’t thank Top Cow and Image enough for their commitment to bringing out books of the highest quality.”

“Jason shows how diverse a story teller he is,” added Kirkham. “MYSTERIOUS WAYS is as far from Crash Bandicoot as you could possibly go. It’s a sick thrill ride from start to finish!”

Not only will MYSTERIOUS WAYS provide a disturbing new story for horror fans, but beginning the last week of April, readers will also be asked to predict how MYSTERIOUS WAYS plays out, and most importantly how it ends, with a contest in which the reader that submits the closest description of the storyline through the Website by the day the second issue hits stores will receive every Top Cow comic released over the next 12 months, absolutely free! Participants must submit their entries through Top Cow’s new community Website, The Barn at www.topcow.com/barn. The winner will be announced after the last issue ships.

MYSTERIOUS WAYS #1 (MAY110428), a 32-page full color comic priced at $3.99, will be available for order in the May issue of Diamond Previews and goes on sale July 6.

ABOUT TOP COW PRODUCTIONS INC.
Top Cow Productions, Inc. (www.topcow.com), a Los Angeles-based entertainment company, was founded in December of 1992 by artist Marc Silvestri, who also co-founded Image Comics earlier that same year. Top Cow currently publishes its line of comic books in 21 languages in over 55 different countries. The company has launched 20 franchises (18 original and two licensed) in the industry’s Top 10, seven at #1, a feat accomplished by no other publisher in the last two decades. Its flagship franchise, WITCHBLADE, was TNT’s #1 original film of 2000 and the subsequent TV series was released on DVD on July 29, 2008.  WITCHBLADE is also the first American property to be fully adapted in Japan as an original anime and manga by Studio GONZO in 2006. Top Cow’s other flagship property, THE DARKNESS, was developed into a major next-generation video game release by Starbreeze and 2K Games and achieved platinum sales status. A second game is slated for release from 2K Games in the Fall of 2011. WANTED, an Eisner-nominated miniseries published by Top Cow from 2003-2005, is now a major motion picture from Universal Pictures starring Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy and Morgan Freeman. Virtually all of Top Cow’s other properties are in development as feature films, live-action television, animation or video games. Top Cow has also successfully licensed and merchandised its franchises into toys, statues, clothing, lithographs, puppets, posters, magnets, shot glasses, lighters, lunch pails, wall scrolls, mouse pads, die-cast cars, calendars, Christmas ornaments, Halloween masks, trading cards, standees, video games and roleplaying games.

ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.

IDW goes digital with TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE, D

IDW Delivers Over One Million iPad and iPhone Comic Apps

 IDW Publishing today confirmed its leadership position in thedigital comics world with the announcement of another majormilestone – distribution of over one million apps on the Apple AppStoreSM. Demonstrating the breadth of IDW’s overall digitalstrategy, more than three million IDW digital comics have beendistributed across all platforms worldwide.

IDW Publishing was one of the first major comics publishers to stepinto digital distribution. IDW digital comics are presentlyavailable for more mobile devices and platforms than any othermajor publishers, including the Apple AppStoreSM, Sony Digital Comics for the PSP, the Nokia Ovi Store, Amazon’s KindleStore, the AT&T AppCenter® and BlackBerry’s AppWorldTM, with more to be announced throughout 2011. The IDWdigital comics catalog includes single issues and graphic novels,all formatted for tablets, phones and game devices, with titlesranging from top licensed brands to fan-favorite creators. IDW also offers comics through several partners, including iVerse,Graphic.ly, and For-Side.

ASYLUM PRESS RELEASES PREVIEW TO TRENCHCOATS, CIGARETTES AND SHOTGUNS GRAPHIC NOVEL

ASYLUM PRESS RELEASES PREVIEW TO TRENCHCOATS, CIGARETTES AND SHOTGUNS GRAPHIC NOVEL

IN A WORLD OF DEMON WORSHIPPING MAFIOSO, A MYSTERIOUS HITMAN NAMED TRYPP MUST AVENGE THE DEATH OF A FRIEND, WHILE HE SUCCUMBS TO HIS INNER DARKNESS

COVER BY NAT JONES

April 19, 2011 (Los Angeles) Frank Forte, publisher of Asylum Press, announces that Asylum Press has joined with Conquest Studios and 803 Studios to publish Trenchcoats, Cigarettes and Shotguns, an original graphic novel written by Chuck Brown and illustrated by Philipp Nuendorf.

Trenchcoats, Cigarettes and Shotguns preview can be seen here:

http://asylumpress.com/index2.html

“I’m really excited to be working with Chuck brown and Philipp Neundorf to publish this incredible story, “explains Publisher Frank Forte, ”  It’s very original, with a dark storyline and twisted characters.  It’s exactly what Asylum Press wants to bring to the masses.”

Trenchcoats, Cigarettes and Shotguns is set in a world filled with mech wielding gangsters, demonic Mafioso and demons that run wild on earth, a mysterious hit man named Trypp only relies on three things, his trenchcoat, his cigarettes and his shotguns.  A new kind of crime family begins to emerge in New York City, one that uses ancient satanic rituals to gain the speed, strength and other attributes of demons from Hell. When the demonic mob murders the friend of a mysterious hit man named, Trypp; he begins to leave a path of death, destruction and blood to avenge her. But he also begins to embrace the darkness within his soul.

“Working with Philipp Neundorf was a writer’s dream, ” explains writer Chuck Brown, “though we bumped heads now and again he was able to take the world of Trench coats, Cigarettes and Shotguns to new heights. Assembling this book took a lot of sleepless nights, time & sweat. But in the end I thinks we created something unique and special. Take away all the demons, death, magic and mayhem in the book you’re left with a simple story about a grain of good trying to say afloat in a sea evil. Something I think a lot of people can relate to and enjoy reading.”

Artist Philip Nuendorf reminisces about creating Trenchcoats, Cigarettes and Shotguns; “Doing a full color page a day for around three months is an intense period of time. Even more when strong personalities like Chuck and I meet. Often enough we were crushing our heads like Trypp the demons in the book. Back then, after bandaging my wounds and then looking at the pages, I felt it was worth the fight. And as I was looking at the book again for the occasion I still feel like that. Doing comics next to the big productions is tough. But damn worth the experience.”

FEATURED IN APRIL PREVIEWS SHIPPING JUNE 2011

Title: TRENCHCOATS, CIGARETTES & SHOTGUNS TP
Written by Chuck Brown, Illustrated by Philipp Neundorf
Cover Art: Nat Jones
Intended Audience: Mature Readers
Genre: CRIME/ACTION/ADVENTURE
Format: 88 pages 7×10 SC standard comic/perfect bound
Retail Price: $9.95
Ship Date: June 2011
ISBN13: 978-1-61724-077-5
ABOUT ASYLUM PRESS:
Founded in 1999 by Frank Forte, Asylum Press is a unique publishing house specializing in high profile projects from some of the industry’s biggest rising stars. Steve Mannion’s Fearless Dawn is the company’s newest title and has been a great fan favorite.  Publishing action/adventure comics with Black Powder: A Bloody Frontier Adventure, Trenchcoats, Cigarettes and Shotguns, Warlash: Zombie Mutant Genesis. And continuing their tradition of horror with Undead Evil, Satan’s 3-Ring Circus of Hell, Asylum of Horrors, Zombie Terrors, EEEK!  Asylum Press continues to be on the cutting edge of comic and graphic novel publishing. Asylum Press is distributed by Diamond Comics Distributors, Haven Distributors and Tony Shenton and to the Booktrade by SCB Distributors, Ingram and Baker and Taylor.  Distributed in the U.K. by Turnaround Distribution.

ABOUT CHUCK BROWN:
Brown has written and published six anthologies as a senior member of 803Studios. He’s published an online strip at theschoolofart.com and Brown is currently working with Dark Horse writing “Rotten Apple” for Dark Horse Presents #s 2,3,4 & 5. He’s also in the process of scripting an 80pg GN and web comic for MTV/geek.

ABOUT PHILIPP S. NUENDORF:
Philipp S. Neundorf lives and works as an artist in Berlin, Germany. He focused on Comics several years ago. Since then he published several short stories, cover artwork or pinups online and printed. Next to that he is having exhibitions as an artist in Berlin. He also did work as a graphic designer, doing designs for computer games, or the artwork for cd-covers.  Philipp’s comic credits include: GtT: Rogue, End Of All, Winter War, SPX-Anthology 2004, and Scorn.

ABOUT CONQUEST STUDIOS AND 803 STUDIOS:
Conquest begun back in 2001. With one ashcan and a hand drawn logo, Chuck Brown bounced around from Convention to Convention and learned all he could about comics, the industry and being a writer. In 2004, he ran into fellow writer Steven Prouse at the Orlando Mega Con, and 803 was born. Since then, Anthony Hightower, Steven and Chuck acted as Senior Members of 803Studios and published over a dozen comics. Now, Chuck has decided to stretch his legs and re-launch Conquest; while maintaining very close ties to 803.

Your First Look At ALPHA FLIGHT #0.1

Marvel is pleased to present your first look at Alpha Flight #0.1, from New York Times bestselling writers Greg Pak & Fred Van Lente and acclaimed artist Ben Oliver! As Fear Itself approaches, The fan-favorite super hero team returns in this special POINT ONE issue, a great starting point for new readers! Meet the founding members that made Alpha Flight great! Super-powered terrorists attack as the nation goes to the polls on Election Day and the country’s greatest heroes rise to stop them — but are they on the right side?
 
“Alpha Flight Fans rejoice! One of comics’ greatest teams is back in their own book! Fred Van Lente and Greg Pak have crafted a perfect jumping on point for the new reader and AF loyalists alike,” said Marvel Senior Editor Mark Paniccia. “In just a few pages, the two scribes get you caught up with your favorite heroes, get them right into the action and seed a major plot point for the new maxi-series debuting in June with fan-favorite artist extraordinaire, Dale Eaglesham. Get on the horn, the message boards, communication devices of all types and tell your friends that Alpha Flight is back!”
 
Get in on the ground floor for one of this year’s hottest new series before they head into the fight of their lives during Fear Itself! Do you fear your country turning on you? Watch as the team gets drawn into a civil war all its own this May, only in Alpha Flight #0.1!
 
ALPHA FLIGHT #0.1 (MAR110629)
Written by GREG PAK & FRED VAN LENTE
Penciled by BEN OLIVER
Cover by PHIL JIMENEZ
Rated T+ …$2.99
FOC – 4/25/11. On Sale – 5/18/11


 
To find a comic shop near you, call 1-888-comicbook or visit www.comicshoplocator.com

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit www.marvel.com

MATT WAGNER and ZORRO RIDE AGAIN

END BEGINS HERE AS ZORRO RIDES AGAIN!
April 14, 2011, Runnemede, NJ – The one and only Matt (MAGE, GRENDEL) Wagner returns to conclude his epic story of Zorro! We return to the story as Alejeandro de la Vega finds out that his son, Don Diego, is pulling double-duty as Zorro.  How will this affect Zorro’s continuing crusade against the alcalde of Los Angeles, Luis Quintero? Find out in ZORRO RIDES AGAIN #1 coming this July from Dynamite Entertainment!

“It’s a special joy for me to return to the world and adventures of America’s first costumed adventurer-the original archetype of the modern superhero-ZORRO,” says writer Matt Wagner  “As longtime readers know, we left the narrative of the previous Zorro series on a bit of a cliffhanger and now that storyline finally comes to its exciting fruition.  These next two storylines not only introduce some major new characters but also represent significant and catastrophic changes in Zorro’s world-events that cause him to call question everything he does and everything for which he stands.  There’re thrilling times ahead as ZORRO RIDES AGAIN!”

“From cover to script to everything in between, Matt has proven himself over and over again with his thrilling, pulp-y and defining take on Zorro,” says Dynamite Editor Joe Rybandt.  “We’re pairing him up for Zorro Rides Again with artist Esteve Pols, who’s kicking the dust off his boots from the Lone Ranger/Zorro cross-over. Together, they’re going to shake up Zorro’s world as you’ve never seen before.”

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ABOUT DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT: DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, Green Hornet, Vampirella, Warlord of Mars, Project Superpowers, Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time and more!

In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and best selling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Alex Ross, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Michael Avon Oeming, Mel Rubi, Marc Guggenheim, Stephen Sadowski, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner and a host of up and coming new talent!

DYNAMITE is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles – including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s PROJECT SUPERPOWERS – have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005 Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%). The company has also been nominated for several industry awards, including the prestigious Eisner Award.

Dynamite also controls and owns multiple library’s, including but not limited to the Vampirella library of casts and characters, The Superpowers library of characters, The Kirby: Genesis world of characters, and the Chaos! Comics universe of characters.

DYNAMITE makes with the knock-em sock-em robots in TERMINATOR/ROBOCOP

WATCH OUT FOR THE EPIC BATTLE BETWEEN MACHINES WITH TERMINATOR/ROBOCOP: KILL HUMAN #1!

April 18, 2011, Runnemede, NJ – The ultimate killing machine meets the future of law enforcement. In the Terminator’s future all humanity must be wiped out, so when Robocop is woken from an enforced hibernation, Alex Murphy finds himself amongst the final hunted. But will his body side with Skynet? Or can man finally overcome machines? Rising star Rob Williams (Ghost Rider, Punisher Max: Get Castle) and P.J. Holden (Battlefields, Judge Dredd for 2000 AD), create the ultimate tale of life and death for humanity in Terminator/Robocop: Kill Human #1 this July from Dynamite Entertainment!

“I’m hugely excited to bring together two much loved Hollywood war machines in the ultimate mash-up of action sequences, satire and very heavy metal,” says writer Rob Williams. “What makes for a stronger machine? The desire to uphold the law or the desire to wipe out humanity? We’re going to find out!”

“As someone who grew up on a strict diet of 80s/90s machismo and robot laced action movies (not to mention the dark humour of 2000AD) – Robocop/Terminator is dream project for me,” says artist P.J. Holden.  “I’ve known Rob for years, and it’s a real pleasure to finally work with him. I look forward to drawing many, many, things being blown up while I speak all the dialogue to myself in a faux Ahnuld accent (even the dialogue that isn’t supposed to be).”

“We’ve been fans of Rob’s writing for years, and he’s proven himself with an excellent Robocop run for Dynamite,” says Dynamite President and Publisher Nick Barrucci.  “While we’re saddened that he signed an exclusive contract with Marvel, we’re very happy for him and his success.  It reinforces that we worked with such a great writer.  But Rob has written one more excellent story for us, and we’re sure that the fans will agree!  And working with P.J., whose body of work says it all, is perfect to help ensure that this story sure to be a timeless tale.”

“Rob and PJ bring a fresh, wonderful sensibility to both of these characters and each, in their own way, inject a serious amount of “soul” into these two machines and their worlds,” says Dynamite Editor Joe Rybandt.  “Well, that and all the guns and killing.”
 

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ABOUT DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT:

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, Green Hornet, Vampirella, Warlord of Mars, Project Superpowers, Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time and more!

In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and best selling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Alex Ross, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Michael Avon Oeming, Mel Rubi, Marc Guggenheim, Stephen Sadowski, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner and a host of up and coming new talent!

DYNAMITE is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles – including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s PROJECT SUPERPOWERS – have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005 Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%). The company has also been nominated for several industry awards, including the prestigious Eisner Award.

Dynamite also controls and owns multiple library’s, including but not limited to the Vampirella library of casts and characters, The Superpowers library of characters, The Kirby: Genesis world of characters, and the Chaos! Comics universe of characters.

FUNNY MAN IN THE FUNNY PAPERS: GEORGE CARLIN FEATURED IN NEW COMIC BOOK

FUNNY MAN IN THE FUNNY PAPERS: GEORGE CARLIN FEATURED IN NEW  COMIC BOOK.

George Carlin’s cynical bite, envelope–pushing humor and love affair for language influenced practically every comedian for the past two generations and his legacy, illustrated in an upcoming Bluewater Productions biography comic on his life, firmly places him as one of the faces on the Mount Rushmore of comedy

“Comics: George Carlin,” scheduled for a May 2011 release, puts the quintessential funny man in the funny pages. From his hard-scrabble early life to his ascension to the leading comic voice during the counter-culture revolution, the comic biography written by Jaymes Reed, provides a narrative that offers an in-depth look to Carlin’s life and legacy.

“He’s only been gone for three years, but his way with words, logic, comedy and especially truth are sorely missed already,” Reed said. “He showed me how to look at the world with whole new eyes at a time when all I had were questions.”

According to Bluewater, the Carlin issue will be marketed under a new biography title, “Comics,” which further diversifies Bluewater’s expanding line of comic-book based biographies.

“By adding this title, it gives us the flexibility to go beyond the ‘person of the moment’ and concentrate on a series of hugely impactful personalities who made us laugh,” said Bluewater president Darren G. Davis. He added that “Comics” will focus on stand-up comedians, television sitcom stars and other influential funny persons from the past 50 years. “And because of the nature of the material, we hope to get creatively humorous as well; but not to the point where we obscure the impact and genius of the subject”

Reed acknowledges that Carlin is an obvious first choice to launch the new brand. “He’s perfect. His social commentary and rule-breaking routines rewrote the book of stand-up. And his life is full of both tragedy and triumph; I hope the book captures that spirit.”

The inaugural issue of “Comics” was penciled by Apriyadi Kusbiantoro and feature cover art by Patricio Carbajal. The standard 32-page issue will retail for $3.99 and be available through most online venues like Amazon.com as well as local comic book stores. To pre-order it on Amazon click here: http://amzn.to/emPNi6  or contact your local comic book store.  To find a store near you go to www.comicshoplocator.com

Bluewater’s biography comics have been covered by such mainstream media outlets as the Washington Post, The Today Show, Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Forbes Magazine. By covering such celebrities and political leaders as Lady Gaga, Angelina Jolie, Sarah Palin and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Bluewater is bringing new readers to the comic’s world.

About Bluewater Productions
 
Bluewater Productions Inc. is one of the top independent production studios of comic books, young adult books and graphic novels. Its extensive catalog of titles includes the bestsellers “10th Muse” and “The Legend of Isis” ”Bluewater publishes comic books in partnership with entertainment icon William Shatner (“TekWar Chronicles”),  legendary filmmaker Ray Harryhausen (“Wrath of the Titans,” “Sinbad: Rogue of Mars,” “Jason and the Argonauts,” et al) and celebrated actor Vincent Price (“Vincent Price Presents”),  Additionally, Bluewater publishes a highly successful line of biographical comics under the titles “Female Force” and “Political Power.”
 
Bluewater aims to unite cutting-edge art and engaging stories produced by its stable of the publishing industry’s top artists and writers.
 
For more information, visit www.bluewaterprod.com.

Archaia Entertainment Names Mike Kennedy As Publisher

Leading Graphic Novel Publisher Appoints Respected Comic Book Writer And Videogame Veteran To Top Post
 
Chicago (April 14, 2011) – Leading graphic novel publisher Archaia Entertainment, LLC has named distinguished videogame veteran and comic book writer Mike Kennedy as Publisher, as recently announced by PJ Bickett, CEO. Kennedy’s appointment comes at a time of dramatic growth for Archaia, as the company has successfully grown into an award winning house of original content, which includes such breakout hits as Mouse Guard, Return of the Dapper Men, and Tumor. Kennedy’s experience will play a key role in Archaia’s expanded focus on device- and app-based publishing, as well as digital and interactive development.
 
Kennedy joins Archaia with a distinguished 20-year career in the comic book and videogame industries, including high-profile writing assignments with such leading comic book publishers as Dark Horse and DC. His writing credits encompass numerous notable and high-profile titles such as Star Wars (Dark Horse); Superman (DC); Aliens Vs. Predator (20th Century Fox/Dark Horse) and Aeon Flux (Dark Horse/MTV). Kennedy has also earned industry-wide recognition for his innovative work developing original videogame IP’s for such major players as Electronic Arts, Namco, Activision and 3DO.
 
“Since day one, our focus has been on recruiting the best talent for all facets of our business. Mike fits well within that core objective, which includes a proven track record of leadership that he now brings to Archaia. We are pleased to welcome Mike aboard as Archaia’s publisher,” said Bickett.

As publisher, Kennedy will oversee and manage all aspects of Archaia’s production schedule, marketing initiatives and distribution process, including significant digital outreach, reporting back to Bickett.
 
About Archaia Entertainment
Archaia Entertainment, LLC is a multi-award-winning graphic novel publisher with more than 50 renowned publishing brands, including such domestic and international hits as Mouse Guard, Return of the Dapper Men, Gunnerkrigg Court, Awakening, The Killer, Days Missing, Tumor, Syndrome, Artesia, Engineer, and an entire line of The Jim Henson Company graphic novels. Archaia has built an unparalleled reputation for producing meaningful content that perpetually transforms minds, building one of the industry’s most visually stunning and eclectic slates of graphic novels. As a result of its publishing prowess, Archaia is the reigning 2010 Graphic Novel Publisher of the Year according to Ain’t it Cool News, Graphic Policy, and Comic Related, and was honored with nine 2011 Eisner Awards nominations. Archaia has also successfully emerged as a prolific storyteller in all facets of the entertainment industry, extending their popular brands into film, television, gaming, and branded digital media.

HAL JORDAN OF EARTH, YOU ARE CAPABLE OF INSTILLING GREAT FEAR! GL #65 PREVIEW

Hal Jordan in the Sinestro Corps.? Yeah, I TOTALLY called that when they first showed this cover with the blacked out figure up front.  While I think that it’s a bit odd that in order to NOT be taken over by Parallax through the GL rings, Hal would instead use the ring that’s actually RUN by Parallax’s power, I still think this should be pretty cool.

Here’s the Preview:
GREEN LANTERN #65

Written by GEOFF JOHNS; Art by DOUG MAHNKE and KEITH CHAMPAGNE; Cover by IVAN REIS and OCLAIR ALBERT

The “War of the Green Lanterns” takes a shocking turn! With the entire Green Lantern Corps against them, the four Earthborn GLs make a choice that will rank among the most memorable in GL history. But not all of them agree on what has to be done and what lines are to be crossed. Plus, the countdown to the live-action film continues with another exclusive look at the upcoming GREEN LANTERN movie!

Download the checklist and collect all of the issues in the “War of the Green Lanterns” story!

  • DC Universe
  • 32pg.
  • Color
  • $2.99 US

On Sale April 20, 2011

PAPERCUTZ’S GARFIELD & CO. BRINGS THE FAT CAT TO GRAPHIC NOVELS

Everyone’s Favorite Lasagna-Loving Cat is Back with His New Series:Your browser may not support display of this image. 
Graphic Novels from PAPERCUTZ!
 

  Papercutz, the premiere publisher of such popular graphic novel series as BIONICLE, DISNEY FAIRIES, GERONIMO STILTON, HARDY BOYS, NANCY DREW, THE SMURFS, PAPERCUTZ SLICES and TALES FROM THE CRYPT releases GARFIELD #Co graphic novels #1 “Fish to Fry” and #2 “The Curse of the Cat People” on May 24th, 2011. GARFIELD & Co presents stories from Cartoon Network’s hit series The Garfield Show in comic format. GARFIELD & Co is one of Cartoon Network’s biggest hits – it airs every day of the week reaching approximately 600,000 kids! 
 

These graphic novel adaptations lay out the screen captures carefully to create real comics pages as opposed to many such adaptations showing random frames floating between empty spaces.

  In Volume #1 “Fish to Fry,” Jon reluctantly agrees to let his girlfriend Liz keep her pet fish at his house while she’s away out of town. Jon has to stop these fish from becoming Garfield’s snacks – or else! Volume #2 “The Curse of the Cat People” finds our paunchy protagonist, along with his foil Odie, transported into another dimension through a magic mirror. Garfield and Odie end up in an alternate version of ancient Egypt where cats rule the world! Both graphic novels feature two additional stories that cover everything from Pet Shows to Garfield’s search for his beloved teddy bear “Pooky,” to Odie’s discovery of a valuable dinosaur fossil in Jon’s backyard!

  Garfield’s diverse fan base should provide a ready audience for this series. From fans of the daily comic strip (serialized in over 2,400 newspapers around the world), to those who grew up on the Garfield & Friends television series from the 1990’s, to fans of the Garfield films and the television show from which these comics are adapted – GARFIELD & Co graphic novels have a little something for everyone.

 Founded in 2005, Papercutz is dedicated to publishing the best comics and graphic novels for kids 6-14 and all young at heart. GARFIELD & Co graphic novels are 6½ x 9, 32 pages, full-color $7.99 in hardcover. #1 “Fish to Fry” ISBN: 978-1-59707-266-3, #2 “The Curse of the Cat People” ISBN: 978-1-59707-267-0.

ULTIMATE PETER PARKER NO MORE!

Marvel Reveals New Ultimate Spider-Man
Peter Parker No Longer Spider-Man After “Death of Spider-Man” Story
 
New York, NY—April 18, 2011—Marvel has announced that after the shocking events of Death of Spider-Man, the sold out storyline currently running through Ultimate Comics Spider-Man and Ultimate Comics Avengers Vs Ultimates, there will be a new Spider-Man and a new character under the mask. Something’s happened to Peter Parker and here comes an all-new Spider-Man…in an all-new costume!
 
“We called this story Death of Spider-Man for a reason,” said Axel Alonso, Marvel Editor In Chief. “This is a huge story that’ll have fans around the world talking for a long time as we set the stage for the debut of our new Spider-Man.”


 
The Ultimate Universe is irrevocably changed with the conclusion to Death of Spider-Man in June’s polybagged Ultimate Spider-Man #160, but right now you can get in on the red-hot story that leads to the birth of an all-new Spider-Man, including new printings of the sold out issues: And to make sure you don’t miss a single chapter, pick up all the acclaimed issues below:
 
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #153 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (DEC108349)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils by SARA PICHELLI & DAVID LAFUENTE
Rated T+ …$3.99
FOC 4/18/11, ON SALE 5/11/11
 
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #154 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (FEB118263)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils by SARA PICHELLI & DAVID LAFUENTE
Rated T+ …$3.99
FOC 4/18/11, ON SALE 5/11/11
 
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #155 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (FEB118264)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils by CHRIS SAMNEE
Rated T+ …$3.99
FOC 4/18/11, ON SALE 5/11/11
 
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #156 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (FEB118265)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils by MARK BAGLEY
Rated T+ …$3.99
FOC 4/18/11, ON SALE 5/11/11
 
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #157 (FEB110524)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils & Cover by MARK BAGLEY
Rated T+ …$3.99
ON SALE NOW
 
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #158 (MAR110641)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Pencils & Cover by MARK BAGLEY
Rated T+ …$3.99
FOC 4/25/11, ON SALE 5/18/11
 
ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS VS. NEW ULTIMATES #1 (of 6) SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (DEC108350)
Written by MARK MILLAR
Pencils by LEINIL FRANCIS YU
Parental Advisory …$3.99
FOC 4/25/11, ON SALE 5/18/11
 
ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS VS. NEW ULTIMATES #2 (of 6) SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (MAR118134)
Written by MARK MILLAR
Pencils by LEINIL FRANCIS YU
Parental Advisory …$3.99
FOC 4/25/11, ON SALE 5/18/11
 
ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS VS. NEW ULTIMATES #3 (of 6) SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (MAR118135)
Written by MARK MILLAR
Pencils by LEINIL FRANCIS YU
Parental Advisory …$3.99
FOC 4/25/11, ON SALE 5/18/11
 
 
ULTIMATE COMICS AVENGERS VS. NEW ULTIMATES #4 (of 6) (MAR110639)
Written by MARK MILLAR
Pencils & Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU
Parental Advisory …$3.99
FOC 4/25/11, ON SALE 5/18/11
 
 
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IndieCreator 4-16-11

A Nail-Biting Interview with Stricken Writer/Director Matthew Sconce

While he may not be a comic creator, indie filmmaker Matthew Sconce is the epitome of an “Indie Creator”. Besides, I have a soft spot for horror, and this guy delivers with the sharp edge of a butcher’s blade. With a nifty film concept, dogged determination, and a Robert Rodriguez-esque “jack of all trades” skill Matt created an impressive, thrilling indie horror noir film that not only has won buckets of awards at film festivals but has also recently been picked up for distribution on “Video on Demand” by Warner Brothers/Gravitas.

Here’s the premise of Matt’s film as it appears on IMDB:

After her mother’s death and her father’s brutal suicide, 25 year old Sarah Black fears she is losing her grip on reality. She is haunted by nightmares and terrifying visions, and she can’t shake the feeling that something evil is about to find her. When people she cares about start to die, Sarah believes she may be next. Detective Scott Aro has been investigating a string of murders for 10 years, but nothing he has seen can prepare him for what lies ahead. As hope seems lost, the two must face the evil that has been unleashed, and battle to stay alive as they discover that some things won’t stay dead. It waits in the dark.

A multi-award winning Director/Writer/Filmmaker, Matt has produced 7 shorts (including the short film version of Stricken) and is currently producing the feature film Gold Fools, and is slated to be the director of photography on the feature film Sunny and Ray Ray.  He has also filmed trailer footage for the Warner Brothers feature film Red Riding Hood, and has written three Feature screenplays, two slated for Production in 2011. His feature, Magic, is in pre-production, co-producing with Industrial Light & Magic’s Kerner Studios. He was recently nominated for an EMMY for his editing.

But let’s get back to Stricken …

1. Your trailer begins with “With guys, a borrowed camera, no money and a dream … made the movie Stricken”. Who were the other two guys, who did you borrow the camera from and how much did the movie end up costing to reach distribution?

(MATT:) The other two guys were Assistant Director, Troy Ruff, and my Father and Executive Producer, Gary Sconce.  Sometimes we would have one of us pushing the dolly and holding the boom mic, while the other held a lighting fixture and I ran the camera and directed. It got pretty crazy but we knew we had to do our best so the finished product would be able to be distributed.  Our motto was “Never Settle”. I borrowed the camera from the Assistant director and we paid expenses from our pockets as the need arose. We are by NO MEANS wealthy and $50,000 later we had sacrificed quite a bit but had a movie ready to pursue distribution.

2. You took a very smart road in making and distributing this film. You created the short film first (2007) and then did the feature in 2010. Did you know from the outset that “Stricken” would be a feature?

(MATT:) After the short film had received acclaim, I decided to write the feature script and, in 2008, it won Best Adapted Screenplay at the Action On Film Festival. From there, it was a long and frustrating road until we just decided to make the feature ourselves, instead of waiting for funding in a down economy. When I made the short, I never thought I would make a feature from it.  That came later.

3. What did you learn from making the short that you later applied to filming the feature?

(MATT:) I learned that my visual style would lend itself well to feature films. I learned that I needed a more powerful camera and some organizational and editing workflow lessons. I also learned that I wanted to delve deeper and become a better director. I highly value the instruction of Judith Weston and, after reading her book Directing Actors I felt ready to conquer the world. I also made some great connections that helped me when I made the feature film.

4. What was your biggest obstacle – finding the funding or getting distribution? Tell us how you approached each, and why you were so successful.

(MATT:) We had the hardest time with Distribution. In this down market, Distributors were looking for slam dunks and wanted films with Cameron Diaz or other megastars in them. Our movie with name actor David Fine (shown below) in it, and our chilling and deep story, was a risk to them, so they passed us by. I ended up getting Producer’s Reps, “Filmmarketingservices” to represent Stricken.  They heard about Stricken when it went to the Action On Film Festival and eventually won “Best Horror” feature.  They contacted me and, after watching the film, they wanted to represent it.  Four months later, they had landed me the deal with Warner Bros/Gravitas for Video on Demand.  They are currently shopping the DVD rights and all other rights.

5. You’ve done well at festivals and caught the attention of big-time distributors (Warner Brothers/Gravitas). What is it about your film that connects so well with audiences?

(MATT:) Stricken tells the story of a young woman going through hard times in life and a detective struggling with addiction. They both want to matter and to feel loved and I think people can relate to that. I also feel people enjoy the slow building, thinker thriller that leads to a huge ending. It is a throwback to a more Afred Hitchcock-style film and deviates away from common slasher movies. It is ambitious and leaves the audience wanting to stand up and cheer. That is our Company motto at Aftershock Studios: Telling stories that make you want to stand up and cheer.

6. Tell us a bit about the two stars for your film – David Fine and Stephanie French. Stephanie was in the short, but David’s character wasn’t created until the feature. How do these two characters intertwine and what is their back story?

(MATT:) Stephanie French’s character “Sarah Black” has lost her parents to suicide and is trying to maintain as her life seems to be headed toward a similar precipice. She feels haunted by a darkness and sees disturbing visions which eventually become more than that when an elderly woman dies in the retirement home where she works. The subsequent investigation connects her to the character “Detective Scott Aro” played by David Fine. He is a struggling alcoholic who used to be in love with Sarah’s mother “Olivia Black”. She married someone else but Scott always loved her.  For 10 years Scott has believed a serial killer is on the loose. He believes a supernatural culprit is to blame and because of this he has been suspended from the case. After the death of the woman in the retirement home, Detective Aro belives Sarah may be the next victim. Their paths come crashing together as they must fight the darkness before it gets them both.

7. As already noted, both the film and your actors have picked up some impressive accolades recently at film festivals. You cleaned house with an armful of awards at the Action on Film Festivals in LA and Pasadena, plus the Best Director, Best Feature Film, and Best Art Direction at the City of Death International Film Festival in Texas. Are you surprised with your success?

(MATT:)  I believe in myself and my dreams and pursue them with all my strength.  I surround myself with people who feel the same and will give 110% of themselves to the project so I EXPECT success.

8. How did you pick which festivals to submit to, and how did this ultimately affect your ability to pick up a distribution deal from Warner Brothers/Gravitas?

(MATT:) I NEVER miss Action on Film Festival in Pasadena. It is THE best film festival in terms of size, contacts and a supportive staff that I have ever been to. Since Stricken was born there, I decided to submit the feature there as well. Because of this, the Producer’s Reps heard about us and because of that we got our distribution deal. So Action on Film was instrumental in our distribution of Stricken.

9. You were both director and writer on “Stricken”. In low budget indies, the script is God. Can you tell us about the process – how hard was it to adapt the script from short form to feature, who gave you notes, and how many drafts did it take to get to the final shooting script?

(MATT:) When I started writing the feature script, I knew that I wanted to move away from the psycho-slasher feel of the short. I wanted to introduce the supernatural and some mystery and because of that, gravitated to Celtic Mythology. I wrote “Free Form” – in essence, writing without an outline, or even a list of what would happen. I watched the movie happen in my mind and wrote what I would want to see, as it wrapped up into a twist ending and exciting conclusion. Sometimes I write with outlines and other times I write free form. The script rough draft was done in two months and the revisions took about 1-2 months. I believe the final draft was draft 7.

10. What type of camera did you use to film Stricken? And how did you handle the visual effects on a shoestring budget?

(MATT:) We shot on a Panasonic HVX-200 camera with a Brevis 35mm adapter that allowed us to use 35mm still camera lenses on the video camera for shallow Depth of Field. The camera costs about $5,500 dollars and, with the attachments, comes out to about $9,000 dollars. We had planned on having help with the visual effects from someone who works for Industrial Light and Magic so we shot incredibly ambitious vfx shots. When the movie was finished, the person who was going to help us was too busy with the post production work on Avatar and so we were left on our own. I had to learn how to do all the vfx and then accomplish the compositing myself. I used my time and computer system built for the task, and delved into Adobe After Effects, scouring the Internet for tutorials, and working 16-18 hour days for 10 months. In that time, I lost my job due to downsizing and was struggling financially with a family and a little baby girl. The days were long, but I pressed on, finally finishing the film.

11. You are currently producing the feature film “Gold Fools”. I couldn’t find any information in IMDB. What can you tell us about it, and why are you wearing a Producer hat on this film in lieu of directing or writing?

(MATT:) Gold Fools is a feature film that was pitched to me by local filmmaker Travis Cluff (Star of the TV show WipeOut “Super Shorts”). He had written it and wanted to direct, and it was his first feature film. I enjoyed his script and knew that with my equipment and knowledge, his movie could get made so I came on board to produce. It is currently in post-production and is turning out wonderfully.
I am also deeply involved (writing, directing, and producing) my feature film, Magic, which is currently in pre-production and has approached stars such as Ed Harris and Kim Coates and is being co-produced by Kerner Studios (Kerner Optical of Industrial Light & Magic, which is a division Lucasfilm Ltd.). Because of this, I have time to produce as I can still give time to the big features that come next for my company and I.

Here is the storyline for Magic:

A detective (John Michael) loses his daughter in a tragic bus accident. Two years later, an orphan girl of the same age appears claiming to possess supernatural powers. As the world rallies to her call to believe nothing is impossible, John must discover the truth about her, his daughter, and the power of belief itself.
I’m very excited about this project. Magic is a 3D film that will have megastars in it and be shot in 3D for widescale theatrical release. You can find out more about the film here.

12. You bio says that you have written 3 screenplays and 2 are slated for production in 2011. That’s a pretty good percentage. Most of us go “oh-for-ten”. What “magic” (pun intended) formula have you found in creating marketable, distributable films?

(MATT:) Number one thing: Have a story that inspires you when you imagine it and has an ending that will make people stand up and cheer. When you believe in your project, it is very contagious. It will make others be excited as well. I also create posters, websites, teasers, facebook fan pages, etc for my projects as well as pitch them to people at film festivals, building networks that help my stories see the light of day.

13. With your film being picked up for distribution, you are definitely in PR mode right now. What is the process like – for you and your key cast members? Are you exhausted yet?

(MATT:) I am tethered to my iPhone 4 constantly, sending emails, organizing television appearances, newspaper interviews, radio shows, Facebook events and reminders etc. I am a walking PR machine. I am definitely exhausted, but the excitement of my feature finding distribution and making money is still going strong in my veins. David Fine has been helping me market the film and has been an invaluable asset to the process.

14. Here’s a question you’ve probably been asked a thousand times … so I’ll make it 1001: What’s the best advice you’d give to someone who wanted to make an indie film?

(MATT:) Make sure you have a story that MUST be told and blows people away, then build a team around you of extremely talented and hardworking people with high-end equipment and resources that will allow you to accomplish the motto of “Never Settling”. Remember that if you make a great film with a section that is embarrassing or just poor, the entire thing has been for nothing and will most likely be an unsuccessful blip on your life. Succeed by preparing well, executing completely and to the best of your ability, not cutting corners with visuals or sound, and building a vast network of connections that have a vast network of connections and believe in you. Know that you will be working long days and may spend 1-2 years on the making of the project and another 1-2 years marketing and selling it. If you have those resources and are ready to commit the time, and have a great story to tell, GO FOR IT and don’t let anyone stop you. People told us we were crazy, and told us we would fail but we did not. You can succeed. Look at us.

15.  I always thought “The day I make a film the world will end.” Now that I’m working on an indie film, I realize that if I do make it that it will be done in 2012 (the end of the Mayan calendar). Do you have any superstitions about filmmaking?

(MATT:) I am not superstitious about the filmmaking process but I believe their are some certainties. A filmmaker should make his major mistakes when he makes 5-10 short films before he attempts his first feature. I would MUCH rather mess up on a 5-minute film than do irreparable damage to a money making feature. Also, If you cut corners or say “That was good enough…” then your movie will fail and you will waste your time. If you plan well, pay attention to detail and NEVER SETTLE, you will create something marketable that will do well for you. The never settling also comes into play pursuing distribution.  Pound the pavement, make connections at festivals and online. You will hear a ton of “No” but you will someday hear the YES, and you only need one.

16.  If you ever win an Oscar, which would be your biggest fear – making the speech or forgetting to thank someone in it?

(MATT:) I would fear forgetting to thank someone. Speeches come easy for me but I would hate to let down someone who has given so much to help me be where I am. When I reach the top, I want to be able to look around me and see the friends that helped me get there. In the words of my favorite swordsmen. “All for one, and one for all.”

17. Tell us where we can watch Stricken and follow any other of your ventures.

(MATT:) Stricken is available from Warner Bros/Gravitas in its first release for 90 days on:

•    Charter
•    Verizon FiOS
•    AT&T U-Verse
•    Rogers (Canada)
•    Dish VOD (Order Online to send to your television)
•    www.dishnetwork.com/vod/default.aspx
•    Mediacom
•    Suddenlink
•    RCN
•    Eastlink Communications
•    Bresnan
•    Frontier
•    Wave
•    Blue Ridge
•    Atlantic Broadband
•    Bend
•    Access Communication (CCSA,
•    HTC
•    Click
•    Hargray
•    Cincinnati Bell
•    Source Cable (CCSA)
•    NorthwsTel Cable (CCSA)
•    Bluewater (CCSA)
•    Seaside (CCSA)
•    NTELOS
•    James Valley
•    Enhanced Telecom
•    Cable Cable (CCSA).

See more about Stricken here.

Thanks Matt! I admire someone who sets course on their dream and sees it through fruition. We wish you luck and will be looking out for Stricken on VOD and for Magic when it hits the Big Screen.

An award-winning indie comic creator and screenwriter, Bob Heske is currently writing/producing a micro-budget horror film called UNREST. Bob wrote The Night Projectionist, a vampire horror series to be published by Studio 407 with film rights optioned by Myriad Pictures Through his Heske Horror shingle, Bob self-published his critically acclaimed horror series Cold Blooded Chillers. Bob’s trade paperback Bone Chiller (a “best of” CBC anthology) won a Bronze medal in the horror category at the 2009 Independent Publisher Book Awards. His “end times” anthology 2012: Final Prayer was also released in late 2009. Email him at info@coldbloodedchillers.com.

ULTIMATE SPIDERMAN gets a POLYBAG BODYBAG

     

Marvel Unveils DEATH OF SPIDER-MAN Polybags!
 
The Ultimate Comics story of the decade hits its climax as Marvel is pleased to unveil the two special polybag designs for Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #160 and Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #160 Bagley Variant. The record-setting creative team of Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley pull out all the stops for Death of Spider-Man and with covers so shocking we had no choice but to conceal them. It’s the story that will have everyone talking and the industry buzzing because in the Ultimate Universe, There Are No Rules!
 
In addition, Marvel has officially announced that there will be no overprint on Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #160, and the issue will also not appear on newsstands.
 
Bendis and Bagley’s most ambitious story yet sends fans reeling this June, in Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #160 – no fan will ever forget how it ends!
 
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #160 (APR110569)
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #160 BAGLEY VARIANT (APR110571)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art by MARK BAGLEY
Variant Cover by MARK BAGLEY
Blank Cover Also Available
Rated T+ … $3.99
FOC – 5/9/11. On Sale – 6/22/11
 
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Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit www.marvel.com

Marvel Announces Williams and Bianchi On FEAR ITSELF: UNCANNY X-FORCE

This July, red hot writer Rob Williams and superstar artist Simone Bianchi dispatch Marvel’s breakout mutant black-ops team right into the heart of the year’s biggest comics event in Fear Itself: Uncanny X-Force #1 (of 3)! The end is nigh and a group of hate-mongering extremists know just who to blame – super humans! But as fear rains down upon the Marvel Universe, Uncanny X-Force will be the only thing that stands between this band of frenzied zealots and mass murder on a global scale.
 
“What exactly is a mutant super hero kill crew afraid of? That’s the question we had to ask,” said Williams. “A rogue cult of Purifiers believe that the actions of Fear Itself are the early stages of Armageddon and that they must kill many people as possible so their souls can ascend ‘before the devil knows they’re dead.’ You can’t question X-Force for wanting these crazies dead. But was it the actions of ‘heroes’ like X-Force that actually brought about the potential Armageddon of Fear Itself?”
 
Can X-Force cut down the Purifiers before they touch off a worldwide genocide? Or, with the God of Fear ascendant, will the team’s own trail of slaughter prove to be a self-fulfilling prophecy? In their darkest hour, Wolverine, Deadpool, Psylocke and the rest of Marvel’s most cutthroat strike force will discover that nightmares really can come true, only in Fear Itself: Uncanny X-Force #1 (of 3) – on sale this July!
 
For more on Fear Itself, check out Marvel.com!
 
FEAR ITSELF: UNCANNY X-FORCE #1 (of 3)
Written by ROB WILLIAMS
Pencils & Cover by SIMONE BIANCHI
Parental Advisory …$2.99
ON SALE THIS JULY!


 
To find a comic shop near you, call 1-888-comicbook or visit www.comicshoplocator.com

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit www.marvel.com

SUPERBOY #6 PREVIEW

Here’s a sneak peek at this week’s SUPERBOY #6, the latest chapter in THE REIGN OF DOOMSDAY.

SUPERBOY #6 Written by JEFF LEMIRE; Art by MARCO RUDY; Cover by EDDY BARROWS & J.P. MAYER

The epic “Reign of Doomsday” crossover hits SUPERBOY! How will the Kid of Steel defeat the monster that managed to kill the Man of Steel? And what is Doomsday’s ultimate goal in attacking all these members of the Super-family? The mysteries deepen as Act I of this story rockets towards its conclusion!

  • Superman
  • 32pg.
  • Color
  • $2.99 US

On Sale April 13, 2011

IMAGE COMICS GETS AN INFUSION OF “SAMURAI’S BLOOD” WITH $1 PREMIERE ISSUE

IMAGE COMICS GETS AN INFUSION OF “SAMURAI’S BLOOD” WITH $1 PREMIERE ISSUE

Los Angeles, CA – Writer Owen Wiseman takes us on a journey of vengeance through Edo Japan as Nam Kim’s lines, Matthew Dalton’s inks, and Jessica Kholinne of Imaginary Friends Studios’ colors, paint a visceral world of majesty, struggle, honor, and deceit.

“In an era when lineage defined you, three teenagers must make their way through the world hiding their identities in order to find their destinies. As their village burns behind them, they are headed for a city they’d heard about only in stories. The three young samurai must now struggle to stay alive and take vengeance on the evil usurper who has destroyed the rest of their clan and the only world they’d ever known. Will they rise on the tides of vengeance, or will they fall on the swords of fate?”

With covers by Jo Chen (BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER), SAMURAI’S BLOOD premiers on June 8th, 2011 with 32 full-color pages of story for only $1.00!

SAMURAI’S BLOOD (from Image Comics and Benaroya Publishing) promises to be an exciting ride which offers not only action and adventure but a true and honest exploration of the code of honor that defined the Samurai culture.

Diamond Order No.: APR110406.

For the latest news and updates follow SAMURAI’S BLOOD on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/samuraisblood) and Twitter (@SamuraisBlood).

ABOUT OWEN WISEMAN

Owen Wiseman writes graphic novels, screenplays, and prose. Raised by hippies in the Pacific Northwest, Owen loves history, philosophy, mythology, technology, and most -ologies, really. Owen has a degree in Philosophy from Pomona College in sunny Claremont, CA, and would like to get a dog but his apartment manager is some sort of animal-hater.

ABOUT NAM KIM

Nam Kim is a Philadelphia-based artist, founder and director of Studio Imaginary Lines, an all-purpose design house which produces original content for comic books, video games and commercial advertising. Nam is a self-taught illustrator who credits artists such as Burne Hogarth, Jim Lee and Masamune Shiro for shaping his artistic style and vision.

ABOUT MATT DALTON

Matt Dalton is a sequential artist and concept illustrator who has worked in comics, children’s books, video games and film.  In 2003 he graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a Bachelors degree in Sequential Art. Matthew enjoys historical biographies as well as philosophical studies and is an amateur bodybuilder.  His greatest inspirations are Norman Rockwell, Frank Frazetta, and Mike Weiringo. He currently lives in Sewell, NJ with his wife and son.

ABOUT JO CHEN

Jo Chen is best known for her work as the cover artist for BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, RUNAWAYS, STREET FIGHTER series, STAR WARS, THOR, NEW AVENGERS, HELLBOY and more. She has also ventured into working interiors – penning Wildstorm’s RACER X mini-series and Dreamwave’s DARKMINDS MACROPLIS. Jo’s seinen manga, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR, was re-published in English by TokyoPop.

ABOUT BENAROYA PUBLISHING

Founded in 2009 by Michael Benaroya, Benaroya Publishing is a company dedicated to the creation and cultivation of intellectual property by focusing on thrilling and compelling storytelling. Based in Los Angeles, California, Benaroya Publishing launches their debut titles this Spring under the Image Comics label. With David Elliott (FALL OUT TOY WORKS and co-founder of RADICAL PUBLISHING) at the helm as in-house Editor-in-Chief, Benaroya Publishing promises to bring fresh new ideas, and uniquely told stories to the comics literary world.

ABOUT IMAGE COMICS

Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of four major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.

Kneel, son of Jor-El. Kneel before Michael Shannon.

MICHAEL SHANNON TO STAR AS GENERAL ZOD IN “MAN OF STEEL”

FROM WARNER BROS. PICTURES AND LEGENDARY PICTURES

BURBANK, CA, April 10, 2011 – Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures announced today that Michael Shannon will star in the role of General Zod in director Zack Snyder’s new Superman film, titled “Man of Steel.”

Snyder stated, “Zod is not only one of Superman’s most formidable enemies, but one of the most significant because he has insights into Superman that others don’t.  Michael is a powerful actor who can project both the intelligence and the malice of the character, making him perfect for the role.”

As General Zod, Shannon will go toe-to-toe with Henry Cavill, who plays the new Clark Kent/Superman in the film.  The main cast also includes Amy Adams as Lois Lane, and Diane Lane and Kevin Costner as Martha and Jonathan Kent.

Michael Shannon was honored with an Academy Award® nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Sam Mendes’ “Revolutionary Road,” with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.  Shannon was most recently seen in the award-winning HBO drama series “Boardwalk Empire,” from executive producer Martin Scorsese.  He will next be seen in Sony Pictures Classics’, “Take Shelter,” from director/writer Jeff Nichols.

Charles Roven, Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Deborah Snyder are the producers of the film.  The screenplay is being written by David S. Goyer based on a story by Goyer and Nolan.  Thomas Tull and Lloyd Phillips are serving as executive producers.

“Man of Steel” will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

Marvel And Disney Publishing Worldwide Launch DISNEY•MUPPETS PRESENTS Giant-Size Comic

Based on the image, the solicit, and the fact that it’s Roger Langridge, it looks like MARVEL is recollecting Langridge’s MUPPET work from BOOM! to kick off MARVEL’s aquiring the property now that DISNEY owns Marvel.

Still, it was good stuff.

New York, NY – April 11, 2011– Marvel and Disney Publishing will debut DISNEY•MUPPETS PRESENTS: MEET THE MUPPETS, an giant-sized comic featuring Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzy, Gonzo and the Muppet gang.  Hitting stores in July 2011, this 96 page comic features stories from acclaimed writer/artist Roger Langridge (Thor: The Mighty Avenger).  (All ages, $5.99)
 
In DISNEY•MUPPETS PRESENTS: MEET THE MUPPETS, the gang plans to revive their variety show and bring back favorite sketches like “Pigs in Space” and “Veterinarian’s Hospital.” Meanwhile, Kermit misses the swamp, and the gang tries to cheer him up. Fozzy revamps his standup act, but everything he tries gets the same boos as his original routine. Scooter attempts to figure out once and for all what species Gonzo belongs to. And a psychic tells Miss Piggy she’s going to lose something green.
 
“Together with Disney Publishing, we’re extremely excited to bring the Muppets to the comics world and continue to grow their audience” said Axel Alonso, Marvel Entertainment Editor-in-Chief. “Marvel will ensure that DISNEY•MUPPETS PRESENTS will be available at all retail segments for its cross-generational fan base. The Muppets are some of the most beloved pop culture icons ever, so we can’t wait for fans to experience these great stories from Roger Langridge”
 
 
DISNEY • MUPPETS PRESENTS: MEET THE MUPPETS
Written and Penciled by ROGER LANGRIDGE
Cover by ROGER LANGRIDGE
All Ages … Giant-Size Comic Dimensions: 8” x 10 ¾”…$5.99
ON SALE IN JULY
 
 
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About Disney Publishing Worldwide
Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) is the world’s largest publisher of children’s books and magazines, with over 250 million children’s books and over 400 million children’s magazines sold each year. DPW’s business units include: Disney Global Magazines, Disney English, and Disney Global Book Group. Disney Global Books and Global Magazines encompass a extensive worldwide licensing structure; Disney Book Group consists of vertically integrated publishing imprints in the U.S. which include Disney Editions, Disney-Hyperion, Disney-Jump at the Sun and Disney Press. In addition, Disney Libri, DPW’s Italian vertical operation, publishes books for children of all ages. DPW’s Global Magazines publishes a range of children’s magazines globally as well as family titles in the U.S. including Disney FamilyFun and Phineas and Ferb. Disney English is DPW’s English language learning business, including Disney English schools in China and a worldwide retail licensing program. Headquartered in White Plains, NY, Disney Publishing Worldwide publishes books and magazines in 85 languages in 75 countries.
 
About Marvel Entertainment
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit www.marvel.com

FLASH POINT FRIDAY UPDATES

 DC is posting covers and creators for the second issues of the FLASHPOINT books, out in July.  Enjoy!

WHY IS TRACI 13 THE MOST IMPORTANT GIRL IN THE WORLD?

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FLASH QUESTION: Why is Traci 13 the most important girl in the world? Does she have the strength to do what must be done?

FLASHPOINT: THE WORLD OF FLASHPOINT #2
Written by REX OGLE
Art by EDUARDO FRANCISCO
Cover by BRETT BOOTH
On sale JULY 6 • 2 of 3, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

HOW MANY MUST DIE TO AVENGE QUEEN HIPPOLYTA’S DEATH AND SATIATE DIANA’S FURY?

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FLASH QUESTION: How many must die to avenge Queen Hippolyta’s death and satiate Diana’s fury?

FLASHPOINT: WONDER WOMAN AND THE FURIES #2
Written by DAN ABNETT and ANDY LANNING
Art by SCOTT CLARK and DAVID BEATY
Cover by ED BENES
On sale JULY 20 • 2 of 3, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

WHO KILLED THE FIRST SEVEN?

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FLASH QUESTION: Who killed the first Seven? And can Amethyst stop them from killing the new Secret Seven?

FLASHPOINT: SECRET SEVEN #2
Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art by GEORGE PEREZ and SCOTT KOBLISH
Cover by GEORGE PEREZ
On sale JULY 6 • 2 of 3, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

WHO IS BEHIND PROJECT SUPERMAN?

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FLASH QUESTION: Who is behind Project Superman?

FLASHPOINT: PROJECT SUPERMAN #2
Plot by SCOTT SNYDER
Script by LOWELL FRANCIS
Art and cover by GENE HA
On sale JULY 27 • 2 of 3, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

 

IN A WORLD WHERE EVERYONE HATES THE OUTSIDER, WHO WANTS HIM DEAD?

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FLASH QUESTION: In a world where everyone hates The Outsider, who wants him dead? Will the ruler of Kahndaq have what it takes to finish the job?

FLASHPOINT: THE OUTSIDER #2
Written by JAMES ROBINSON
Art by JAVI FERNANDEZ
Cover by KEVIN NOWLAN
On sale JULY 27 • 2 of 3, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

 

 

LOIS LANE MEETS THE MYSTERIOUS LEADER OF THE RESISTANCE — BUT WILL SHE SURVIVE?

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FLASH QUESTION: Lois Lane meets the mysterious leader of the Resistance – but will she survive?

FLASHPOINT: LOIS LANE AND THE RESISTANCE #2
Written by DAN ABNETT and ANDY LANNING
Art by EDDIE NUNEZ
Cover by EDDIE NUNEZ and SANDRA HOPE
On sale JULY 27 • 2 of 3, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

 

 

WILL THEY HAVE THEIR REVENGE AGAINST CYBORG?

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FLASH QUESTION: The villains have mounted a prison break! Now, one lone hero stands in the way. Will Animal Man be able to stop them, or will they have their revenge against Cyborg?

FLASHPOINT: LEGION OF DOOM #2
Written by ADAM GLASS
Art by RODNEY BUCHEMI and JOSE MARZAN, JR.
Cover by MIGUEL SEPULVEDA
On sale JULY 20 • 2 of 3, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
 

WHERE IS HE? AND WHEN?

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FLASH QUESTION: Where is he? And when? Can Hot Pursuit save him in time for Bart to help Barry?

FLASHPOINT: KID FLASH LOST #2
Written by STERLING GATES
Art by OLIVER NOME
Cover by FRANCIS MANAPUL
On sale JULY 27 • 2 of 3, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

WILL HE BE ABLE TO FLY FAST ENOUGH TO ESCAPE HIS FATE AND DEFEAT THE AMAZONS?

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FLASH QUESTION: Will he be able to fly fast enough to escape his fate and defeat the Amazons?

FLASHPOINT: HAL JORDAN #2
Written by ADAM SCHLAGMAN
Art by BEN OLIVER
Cover by FRANCIS PORTELA
On sale JULY 27 • 2 of 3, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

CAN OUR HEROES FIND THE CURE TO THEIR AFFLICTIONS?

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FLASH QUESTION: Can our heroes find the cure to their afflictions, or will the monster hunter Miranda Shrieve kill them before they get the chance

FLASHPOINT: FRANKENSTEIN AND THE CREATURES OF THE UNKNOWN #2
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by IBRAIM ROBERSON
Cover by DOUG MAHNKE
On sale JULY 13 • 2 of 3, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

WILL HIS LOSS DESTROY THE WORLD?

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FLASH QUESTION: Will his loss destroy the world?

FLASHPOINT: EMPEROR AQUAMAN #2
Written by TONY BEDARD
Art and cover by ARDIAN SYAF and VICENTE CIFUENTES
On sale JULY 13 • 2 of 3, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

WILL DEATHSTROKE BE ABLE TO FIND HIS TREASURE WITH AQUAMAN STANDING IN HIS WAY?

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FLASH QUESTION: Will Deathstroke be able to find his treasure with Aquaman standing in his way?

FLASHPOINT: DEATHSTROKE AND THE CURSE OF THE RAVAGER #2
Written by JIMMY PALMIOTTI
Art and cover by JOE BENNETT and JOHN DELL
On sale JULY 13 • 2 of 3, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

WILL THE GRAYSON FAMILY BE ABLE TO HELP THE RESISTANCE?

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FLASH QUESTION: Trapped behind enemy lines, will the Grayson family be able to help the Resistance, or is this their final performance?

FLASHPOINT: DEADMAN AND THE FLYING GRAYSONS #2
Written by J.T. KRUL
Art by ALEJANDRO GIRALDO
Cover by CLIFF CHIANG
On sale JULY 20 • 2 of 3, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

WILL CENTRAL CITY’S GREATEST HERO BE ABLE TO STAND AGAINST THE ROGUES?

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FLASH QUESTION: Will Central City’s greatest hero be able to stand against the Rogues?

FLASHPOINT: CITIZEN COLD #2
Written by SCOTT KOLINS
Art and cover by SCOTT KOLINS
On sale JULY 13 • 2 of 3, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

WHO IS THE JOKER?

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FLASH QUESTION: Who is The Joker? And what is his dark connection to the Wayne family?

FLASHPOINT: BATMAN – KNIGHT OF VENGEANCE #2
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO
Art by EDUARDO RISSO
Cover by DAVE JOHNSON
On sale JULY 6 • 2 of 3, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

WILL SINESTRO SIDE WITH ABIN SUR AGAINST THE GUARDIANS OF OA?

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FLASH QUESTION: Will Sinestro side with Abin Sur against the Guardians of Oa, or is all hope lost?

FLASHPOINT: ABIN SUR – THE GREEN LANTERN #2
Written by ADAM SCHLAGMAN
Art and cover by FELIPE MASSAFERA
On sale JULY 6 • 2 of 3, 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

 

WILL BOOSTER BE ABLE TO STOP DOOMSDAY AND HELP THE FLASH?

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FLASH QUESTION: Will Booster be able to stop Doomsday and help The Flash – or has his time come to an end?

BOOSTER GOLD #46

Written by DAN JURGENS
Art and cover by DAN JURGENS and NORM RAPMUND
On sale JULY 13 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

WILL THE FLASH AND HIS NEW ALLIES BE ABLE TO FIX THE WORLD?

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FLASH QUESTION: Will The Flash and his new allies be able to fix the world?

FLASHPOINT #3
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art by ANDY KUBERT and SANDRA HOPE
Cover by ANDY KUBERT and SANDRA HOPE
1:25 Black and white variant cover A by ANDY KUBERT
Variant cover B by IVAN REIS and GEORGE PEREZ
On sale JULY 6 • 3 of 5, 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T

IDW Publishing Delivers Over One Million iPad and iPhone Comic Apps

IDW Publishing Delivers Over One Million iPad and iPhone Comic Apps
Total Digital Comics Distribution On All Platforms Crosses Three Million Mark

 
San Diego, CA (April 8, 2011)—IDW Publishing today confirmed its leadership position in the digital comics world with the announcement of another major milestone – distribution of over one million apps on the Apple App StoreSM. Demonstrating the breadth of IDW’s overall digital strategy, more than three million IDW digital comics have been distributed across all platforms worldwide.

IDW Publishing was one of the first major comics publishers to step into digital distribution. IDW digital comics are presently available for more mobile devices and platforms than any other major publishers, including the Apple App StoreSM, Sony Digital Comics for the PSP, the Nokia Ovi Store, Amazon’s Kindle Store, the AT&T AppCenter® and BlackBerry’s App WorldTM, with more to be announced throughout 2011. The IDW digital comics catalog includes single issues and graphic novels, all formatted for tablets, phones and game devices, with titles ranging from top licensed brands to fan-favorite creators. IDW also offers comics through several partners, including iVerse, Graphic.ly, and For-Side.

“We have over 800 comics in our digital line,” said Jeff Webber, Director of ePublishing for IDW. “That amounts to more than 3,500 individual apps and comics offered through various distribution partners. We’re especially excited that digital distribution is increasing awareness of IDW’s offering overall, bringing in new readers with over 40% of our downloads occurring outside of the US. And while Apple products generate the most downloads, we’re very pleased to see our other distribution channels growing rapidly.”

As the first comics publisher to launch its own “in app purchase” storefronts for the Apple iPadTM, iPhone® and iPod touch®, IDW has introduced several unique apps catering to fans of particular titles. The IDW Comics app offers the complete digital catalog, while the TRANSFORMERS Comics, G.I. JOE Comics, Star Trek Comics and True Blood Comics app feature titles from each respective brand. The latest edition of IDW’s storefront apps is Doctor Who Comics, which shot to the top of the App StoreSM book lists worldwide and offers IDW’s complete Doctor Who catalog to fans around the world.

IDW Publishing has also created apps for special series and events, such as INFESTATION, which includes issues from the popular cross-over series featuring TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE, Star Trek and Ghostbusters. In yet another innovation, IDW released the first creator-based app, Templesmith Comics, featuring the art and stories of Ben Templesmith.

IDW comics are available on the following platforms and through many eReaders:
Apple App StoreSM
Sony PSP
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IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The Transformers and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s Doctor Who; Toho’s Godzilla and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studios; and is the print publisher for EA Comics.

IDW’s original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. More information about the company can be found at IDWPublishing.com.
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::SPOILER ALERT:: BIGHTEST DAY AFTERMATH: THE SEARCH FOR…

A couple weeks ago, DC announced on THE SOURCE BLOG a BRIGHTEST DAY follow up miniseries called BRIGHTEST DAY AFTERMATH: THE SEARCH. Well, now they’ve revealed just what our heroes are searching for…the FULL title says it all….

::SPOILERS AHEAD!! IF YOU HAVEN’T READ BRIGHTEST DAY #23, GO READ IT AND COME BACK!!:::

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BRIGHTEST DAY AFTERMATH: THE SEARCH FOR SWAMP THING, written by Jonathan Vankin and drawn by Marco Castiello. Still no word on the identities of the blacked-out figures.

FEAR ITSELF comes to the X-MEN’S UTOPIA.

 
This July, the fragile peace between human and mutantkind gets rocked to its core as the comic blockbuster of the summer, Fear Itself, brings the fight to the shores of Utopia in Uncanny X-Men #540 & 541! From critically acclaimed writer Kieron Gillen and superstar artist Greg Land, The Serpent has chosen one of the heaviest hitters of the Marvel Universe as one of his Worthy and he’s ready to settle some unfinished business.
 
“After the tight, claustrophobic Breaking Point, I wanted something that embraced the epic scale inherent in the modern/mythological world war of Fear Itself. It’s a disaster movie where the natural threat is the supernatural powerhouse,” explains writer Kieron Gillen. “The whole story’s built like a bomb, with each step of the Serpent’s Worthy is like another tick on the clock. “What can stop the Worthy?” is the question, and as the answer starts to become apparent, that’s when the terror starts to bite. A city, waiting to be hit, with nothing they can do to stop it.”
 
But what all too personal connection has driven this relentless force of nature to wipe Utopia off the map? Can nearby San Francisco weather the seismic ramifications of the Worthy’s rampage and have their worst fears of a mutant attack finally been realized? Nothing can stop Fear Itself when the comics event of 2011 collides head-on with Uncanny X-Men #540 & #541, double-shipping this July!
 
 
UNCANNY X-MEN #540 & #541
Written by KIERON GILLEN
Pencils and Covers by GREG LAND
Rated T+ …$3.99 (each)
ON SALE THIS JULY!

IDW Honored with 12 Eisner Nominations

IDW Honored with 12 Eisner Nominations
Nominations include Best Continuing Series and Best Archival Collection

 

San Diego, CA (April 7, 2011)—With today’s announcement of the 2011 nominations for the Will Eisner Comic Industry awards, IDW Publishing and its team of stellar creators and editors have been honored with twelve separate nominations, the most in company history. Showcasing the company’s wide range of projects, six separate books and series received nominations.

“These many nominations covering the breadth of IDW’s diverse product line are so gratifying to see,” said Ted Adams, IDW co-founder and chief executive officer. “We strive hard every month to produce books that run the gamut of comic book fans’ interest, and it’s nice to see a spotlight shined on so many of these books.”

Recently the basis for a FOX Television pilot, IDW’s acclaimed series LOCKE & KEY tops the company’s nominations with four separate nods. Created by best-selling prose author Joe Hill, with art by Gabriel Rodriguez, LOCKE & KEY is up for Best Continuing Series, Best Single Issue (Locke & Key: Keys to the Kingdom #1), Best Writer (Joe Hill) and Best Penciller/Inker (Gabriel Rodriguez). Hill is also a member of the creative team for THE CAPE, nominated for Best Single Issue, along with Jason Ciaramella and Zack Howard.THE CAPE cover

“I’m really gratified by all the nominations and especially the nods for LOCKE & KEY and THE CAPE,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s chief creative officer and the editor of both nominated comics. “Anything that brings more focus to these two great series makes me happy. We really believe in LOCKE & KEY, which is why it’s the focus of our Free Comic Day issue this year, and we’re very high on its chances to get picked up as a TV series. And THE CAPE has gone from a little sold-out one-shot to an all-new series this June, so I love the idea of these nominations bringing more attention to the great work the creators are doing on both of these comics.”

THE OUTFIT coverTHE OUTFIT, the second installment of Darywn Cooke’s graphic novel adaptation series, Richard Stark’s Parker, is nominated for Best Writer/Artist (Darywn Cooke) and Best Lettering (Darywn Cooke). The first book in the series, THE HUNTER, won the Eisner for Best Adaptation from Another Work in 2010.

“I’m very happy that Darwyn has once again been recognized by the Eisner voting committee,” said editor Scott Dunbier. “He’s a terrific writer and artist and never gives less than his all—congrats, my friend!”

After launching to huge praise at San Diego Comic Con in 2010, IDW’s inaugural Artist’s Edition book, DAVE STEVENS’ THE ROCKETEER, is recognized with two Eisner nominations, for Best Archival Collection/Project – Strips and Best Publication Design. This amazing edition is edited by Scott Dunbier and designed by Randall Dalhk.DAVE STEVENS' THE ROCKETEER: ARTIST'S EDITION cover

IDW’s archival imprint, the Library of American Comics, again dominates its category with three nominations. The inaugural volume of POLLY AND HER PALS COMPLETE SUNDAY COMICS received nods for both Best Archival Collection/Project-Strips and Best Publication Design. POLLY AND HER PALS COMPLETE SUNDAY COMICS, Volume 1 is edited by multiple award-winner Dean Mullaney and designed by Mullaney and Lorraine Turner.

Rounding out IDW’s twelve nominations is ARCHIE: THE COMPLETE DAILY NEWSPAPER STRIPS, 1946-1948. Recognized in the category of Best Archival Collection/Project – Strips, ARCHIE features the classic work of Bob Montana and the first editor credit for the company’s chief operating officer, Greg Goldstein.

POLLY AND HER PALS, VOL 1“I’m glad our efforts at the Library of American Comics continue to be recognized,” said creative director Mullaney. “These are our ninth nominations in our first four years. I’m particularly proud that tribute this year is being paid to the incredible cartooning of Cliff Sterrett and Bob Montana.”

LOCKE & KEY comics and graphic novels are available in comic and book stores.

LOCKE & KEY: KEYS TO THE KINGDOM #1 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) is available in comic stores.

THE CAPE ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) is available in comic stores.

THE OUTFIT ($24.99, hardcover, 160 pages) is available in comic and book stores.

DAVE STEVENS’ THE ROCKETEER: ARTIST’S EDITION ($100, hardcover, 136 pages, 12” x 17”, black and white) is available in comic stores.ARCHIE: THE COMPLETE DAILY NEWSPAPER STRIPS, 1946-1948 cover

POLLY AND HER PALS COMPLETE SUNDAY COMICS, Volume 1 ($75, hardcover, 176 pages, 16” x 12”, color) is available in comic and book stores.

ARCHIE: THE COMPLETE DAILY NEWSPAPER STRIPS, 1946-1948 ($39.99, hardcover, 328 pages) is available in comic and book stores.

Visit IDWPublishing.com to learn more about the company and its top-selling books.

About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The Transformers and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s Doctor Who; Toho’s Godzilla and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio; and is the print publisher for EA Comics.

IDW’s original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. More information about the company can be found at IDWPublishing.com.

WAR OF THE GREEN LANTERNS: AFTERMATH

Once again, that font of knowledge the DC SOURCE BLOG is teasing upcoming events. This time out, it’s the two parter, WAR OF THE GREEN LANTERNS: AFTERMATH.

The War of the Green Lanterns will forever change the lives of Hal Jordan, Guy Gardner, John Stewart and Kyle Rayner in ways that nobody could predict. In the first chapter of WAR OF THE GREEN LANTERNS: AFTERMATH, a two-part event, GREEN LANTERN CORPS writer Tony Bedard explores the shocking consequences the war had on the Corps and its central members. With art and a variant cover by Miguel Sepulveda, a cover by Dave Johnson, WAR OF THE GREEN LANTERNS: AFTERMATH #1 hits stores this July.

THE TITANS gear up for “THE METHUSELAH IMPERATIVE”

Over on DC’s THE SOURCE blog, TITANS writer Eric Wallace discussed the new storyline, THE METHUSELAH IMPERATIVE, that begins in TITANS ANNUAL #1 and heads to the main series as of issue 37.

According to WALLACE (and the covers) we’ll see the JLA, witness how ROY HARPER’s encounter with DICK GRAYSON helps or hurts his chances at redemption, and see a shift in OSIRIS and ISIS’ relationship as Osiris continues his quest to restore BLACK ADAM. Plus, we’ll see the story fans have been waiting for, as the original ATOM, Ray Palmer, finally catches up with the team that killed RYAN CHOI, the new, now late, Atom. Here’s some of what Wallace had to say:

First of all, this is our biggest story yet since Deathstroke took over the team. Some of the action in the TITANS ANNUAL (part one of “The Methuselah Imperative”) is pretty intense. Readers are going to love when they see what artist Cliff Richards has accomplished. The only way to describe it is “epic.” It’s exactly why we all love it when big superhero teams like the JLA meet up with a group of nasty villains like our current roster of Titans. You just know carnage will ensue.

For more, go to DC’s THE SOURCE blog.

TITANS ANNUAL #1

TITANS #37

BOOM! STUDIOS’ PLANET OF THE APES PREVIEW

GET YOUR HANDS ON THESE DAMN DIRTY APES WITH A SPECIAL 5-PAGE PLANET OF THE APES
PREVIEW
HITTING STORE SHELVES APRIL 27, 2011!

April 7, 2011 – Los Angeles, CA – BOOM! Studios brings you a stunning first look at the all-new ongoing PLANET OF THE APES comic series hitting store shelves April 27,2011! It’s a bold new vision of the classic Apes universe written by award-winning sci-fi novelist Daryl Gregory (Dracula: The Company of Monsters, Pandemonium) and drawn by sensational artist Carlos Magno (Green Lantern Corps). So be sure to contact your local comic shop to reserve your copy of PLANET OF THE APES #1 today!

Taking place before the original 1968 PLANET OF THE APES movie, but true to the continuity of the first five films, this new ongoing comic series begins in a time when Ape society reaches a new golden age. But there are ripples of dissent in both the ape and human ranks. Tensions will rise and soon all will be caught in chaos! And amidst all this uncertainty, what is the fate of…The Lawgiver? Find out as a new chapter of the acclaimed sci-fi classic, PLANET OF THE APES, begins this April!

PLANET OF THE APES #1 is written by Daryl Gregory with art by Carlos Magno and ships with an A & B cover by Karl Richardson and Carlos Magno respectively, a special 1-in-10 “Damn Dirty Apes” incentive cover and a retailer variant for Larry’s Comics by Chad Hardin! This title ships in April and carries a Diamond Code of FEB110852.

About BOOM! Studios
Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (www.boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of bestselling comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent, including Mark Waid series IRREDEEMABLE, Stan Lee’s SOLDIER ZERO, THE TRAVELER, and STARBORN (the first new series in print from the industry icon in 20 years), new HELLRAISER comics written by Clive Barker as well as 20th Century Fox’s PLANET OF THE APES, 28 DAYS LATER, and DIE HARD, Philip K. Dick’s DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?, and The Henson Company’s FARSCAPE. BOOM!’s recently rebranded all-ages imprint, KABOOM! will see publication of PEANUTS, SPACE WARPED, Roger Langridge’s SNARKED!, Scholastic’s WORDGIRL and DUCKTALES, as well as continuing to publish fan-favorite Disney Afternoon series DARKWING DUCK, CHIP ‘N’ DALE RESCUE RANGERS along with Disney standards MICKEY MOUSE, DONALD DUCK, UNCLE SCROOGE, and WALT DISNEY’S COMICS AND STORIES.

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FEAR ITSELF Smashes The Red HULK!

 
The Marvel Universe’s biggest, reddest brutalizer clashes with the forces of Fear Itself this July in Hulk #37, from acclaimed writer Jeff Parker and rising star Elena Casagrande! Which is stronger? Mortal terror or all-out rage? Red Hulk is going to find out with his fists as he goes toe-to-toe with the God of Fear’s most unexpected recruit in a brawl for the ages!
 
“Red Hulk’s intersection with Fear Itself is really a defining moment for the character, showing what he’s made of. It’s really cool to be right up front during a happening like this!” said Parker. “It also gives us the chance to show what goes on with the other world threats who aren’t commanding the center stage during a crucial event – in this case the newly returned M.O.D.O.K.!”
 
But which of the Serpent’s earthly avatars has specifically sought out Red Hulk and why? This July, can the Crimson Crusher withstand a treacherous battle with Worthy and make it out alive? Find out when Fear Itself stomps into Hulk #37!
 
HULK #37
Written by JEFF PARKER
Penciled by ELENA CASAGRANDE
Cover by CARLO PAGULAYAN
Rated T+ …$2.99
ON SALE THIS JULY!


 
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THE NEXT WAVE OF HEROES TO STRIKE BLUEWATER UNDER NEW BANNER

This Fall Bluewater Productions brings you a brand new world of superheroes.  Art Director Gregg Paulson (Judo Girl, Paparazzi) and Line Editor AE Stueve (The Legend of Isis, The ABCs of Dinkology), along with a slew of artists and writers, are launching The Wave #0, Bluewater Productions’ take on a shared universe.  The line starts with The Wave #0 and leads into four four-issue mini-series revolving around mythological heroes and gods in modern times.

Bluewater intends to grab the serious attention of superhero fans.  Though you’ve heard the names before, this is a brand new take, brand new concept, and brand new world.  The upcoming titles include Artemis, Orion, Hercules, and Trident: The Power of Poseidon.  Are you ready for The Wave?

“These comics will show the world that Bluewater Productions is not just about biography and property comics, but it can produce well written, beautifully drawn superhero stories as well.  I think what the coolest thing though is that we are using the ‘shared universe’ formula familiar to fans of Marvel and DC, but right now we don’t have a convoluted back-story of characters who, in some cases, have been around for nearly 100 years.  That’s not to say that it wouldn’t be cool to create characters that are so awesome that in nearly 100 years the universe they share will be a convoluted mess.  Because that would be cool.  But hey, why not mention in our PR announcement one of the best advantages we’ve got over several other superhero comics these days?”  –AE Stueve, line editor/writer Orion 

Bluewater was founded on creating updated versions of different types of mythological characters such as 10th Muse (which launched at the 6th highest selling comic book) and Legend of Isis and Atlas ten years ago.  “This is just another branch of books we are doing,” said Bluewater President Darren G. Davis.  “As a kid I was fond of mythology, so I am excited to see what they are going to do with it.” 

High-resolution images and interview opportunities are available upon request.

About Bluewater Productions

Bluewater Productions Inc. is one of the top independent production studios of comic books, young adult books and graphic novels. Its extensive catalog of titles includes the bestsellers 10th Muse and The Legend of Isis Bluewater publishes comic books in partnership with entertainment icon William Shatner (TekWar Chronicles), legendary filmmaker Ray Harryhausen (Wrath of the Titans, Sinbad: Rogue of Mars, Jason and the Argonauts, et al) and celebrated actor Vincent Price (Vincent Price Presents),  Additionally, Bluewater publishes a highly successful line of biographical comics under the titles Female Force and Political Power.

Bluewater aims to unite cutting-edge art and engaging stories produced by its stable of the publishing industry’s top artists and writers.

For more information, visit www.bluewaterprod.com.

BATMAN BEYOND #4 PREVIEW

Here’s a look at today’s BATMAN BEYOND #4, Courtesy of DC’s THE SOURCE.

BATMAN BEYOND #4
Written by ADAM BEECHEN; Art by EDUARDO PANSICA and EBER FERREIRA; Cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN

Having their secret identity exposed is the worst nightmare of any hero who wears a mask – and that nightmare is coming true for Dick Grayson! Bruce and Terry still think they can put this genie back in the bottle, but only with the help of Max, Terry’s closest confidant and computer wunderkind. But Max has problems of her own – the kind that Terry can’t ever find out about – and Dick has his own ideas about how to protect himself!

  • Batman
  • 32pg.
  • Color
  • $2.99 US

On Sale April 6, 2011

BRIGHTEST DAY #23 Preview

Here’s a peak at the penultimate issue of BRIGHTEST DAY, in stores today!

BRIGHTEST DAY #23
Written by GEOFF JOHNS and PETER J. TOMASI; Art by IVAN REIS, PAT GLEASON, ARDIAN SYAF, SCOTT CLARK and JOE PRADO; Cover by GARY FRANK; 1:10 Variant Covers by IVAN REIS

It’s the beginning of the end as we head toward the epic conclusion to BRIGHTEST DAY! The mystery of the heroes’ return and the secrets of the white forest are revealed! Plus, Captain Boomerang draws closer to completing his mission! And at last, it’s Firestorm vs. Deadman!

  • DC Universe
  • 32pg.
  • Color
  • $2.99 US

On Sale April 6, 2011

JONAH HEX PREVIEW PLUS

Take a peek at Fiona Staples’ pages to JONAH HEX #66 plus check out Jeff Lemire’s cover to JONAH HEX #69.
Here’s what Fiona Staples had to say about working on Jonah Hex over on DC’s THE SOURCE blog:

I love Westerns and this was my first time getting to draw one, so I really enjoyed tackling the scarred faces, period clothing and harsh environment. This particular story had a bit of a horror aspect too, so it was right up my alley! Of course, the best part of all was drawing Jonah’s famous messed-up face and contorting it into different expressions (mostly variations of “stoic” and “disgusted”) as he reacts to the weirdness going on around him.

JONAH HEX #66
Written by JUSTIN GRAY & JIMMY PALMIOTTI; Art and cover by FIONA STAPLES

The people of Casket Canyon seemed so excited to have Jonah Hex for dinner. That’s because he doesn’t suspect that he’s supposed to be the main course! With a horrific snowstorm brewing outside and hungry cannibals at the door, Jonah Hex finds himself with one foot in the grave and the other on the dining-room table. And if the cannibals don’t kill him, the cold will! Featuring the work of up and coming artist Fiona Staples (NORTH 40)!

  • DC Universe
  • 32pg.
  • Color
  • $2.99 US

On Sale April 6, 2011

And here’s Jeff Lemire’s cover to JONAH HEX #69

VAMPIRELLA BEGINS NEW CHAPTER IN JUNE!

FABIANO NEVES JOINS ERIC TRAUTMANN FOR SPECIAL STORY ARC!
April 5, 2011, Runnemede, NJ – Vampirella fans will have plenty to enjoy in June from Dynamite!

Dynamite’s Vampirella continues to gain readership, and issue #8 begins a new story-arc!  Vampirella will continue to be written by writer extraordinaire Eric Trautmann, and we’re proud to announce that Fabiano Neves will be the special artist for this story arc.  Vampirella #8 will feature covers by Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic, Paul Renaud, Ale Garza, and Fabiano Neves!

The story focus’ on a lonely stretch of highway – in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere, with a trio of vicious creatures on a mission of murder and destruction.  And all that stands in their way is Vampirella!  It’s a road-trip through death and horror, as Vampirella, who is still dealing with the aftermath of her first adventure, facing a threat that may finally be her match.

And we continue our scarlet heroine’s success with Vampirella: and the Scarlet Legion #2 – written by Joe Harris and has art by José Málaga, with covers by Billy Tucci and Johnny D!  Following the shocking turn of events from last issue, abandoned by her allies and friends, Vampirella seeks comfort in the arms of Chaos’ most infamous servant, Ethan Shroud. But as Pendragon, Brittney and the newly convened Scarlet Legion race to recover the next fragment of “The Crimson Codices,” Vampirella quickly finds her worst fears realized.  Lost, hunted and backed into a corner alone, will she fight to clear her name or merely embrace her dark destiny?  Bet on a fight!

And we continue our best-selling collections with Vampirella Masters Vol. 4: Visionaries TPB continues Dynamite Entertainment’s collections of the very best of Vampirella. Vampirella archives have hit the New York Times Best-Sellers list, and there are more to come!  Volume 4 brings you classic tales spotlighting epic storylines and epic creators from the acclaimed limited series! “New European” by Alan Moore and Gary Frank, “Vampirella of Drakulon” by Forest Ackerman and Mark Texeira, “Looking for Mr. Goodwin” by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale, “Sanctuary” by Christopher Priest and Alan Davis, “Lust for Life” by Ty Templeton and Bruce Timm, “The Killing Floor” by Steve Lieber, “Winter Rose” by Liam Sharp, “Matinee” by Michael Golden, “Fantasy Feast” by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner, “Angel of Mercy” by Hester and Segovia, all joined by Kurt Busiek and Arthur Adams in a rare tale from the vault of Vampirella called “Bugs”!

Spread the word by telling a friend or post online that Vampirella is a must-read comic book! Dynamite continues to build Vampirella as one of our staple characters and we want you, our fans, for the long haul!

To find a comic shop near you, call 1-888-comicbook

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www.dynamite.net

ABOUT DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT: DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, Green Hornet, Vampirella, Warlord of Mars, Project Superpowers, Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time and more!

In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and best selling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Alex Ross, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Michael Avon Oeming, Mel Rubi, Marc Guggenheim, Stephen Sadowski, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner and a host of up and coming new talent!

DYNAMITE is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles – including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s PROJECT SUPERPOWERS – have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005 Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%). The company has also been nominated for several industry awards, including the prestigious Eisner Award.

THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM

Elephantmen: Man and Elephantman #1 Sells Out, Goes Back to Press

BERKELEY, CA — 5 April 2011 — Hot on the heels of recent sellouts like BUTCHER BAKER THE RIGHTEOUS MAKER, THE INTREPIDS and CARBON GREY, Image Comics has announced that ELEPHANTMEN: MAN AND ELEPHANTMAN has sold out and is being rushed back to press.

Written by Richard Starkings with art by the series’ new regular artist Axel Medellin, ELEPHANTMEN: MAN AND ELEPHANTMAN was produced as an INVINCIBLE RETURNS style introductory one-shot, perfect for both long-time and new readers alike. The special one-shot, which featured the first of a series of retail incentive covers by superstar artist J. Scott Campbell, has received rave reviews, making it the single most well-received issue of ELEPHANTMEN since its debut.

“We expected a little more attention than usual with this issue, but the near-immediate sellout actually surprised us,” Starkings said. “Obviously, it’s quite flattering when a book sells so quickly, but since MAN AND ELEPHANTMAN is such a great jumping on point for where Axel and I are taking the series, we want to make sure there are more copies available so that everyone can come on board.”

Image Publisher Eric Stephenson added, “I think I’m running out of different ways to say how amazing ELEPHANTMEN is, but after watching fans eat up Richard’s stock at WonderCon this past weekend, I think it’s safe to say that this series is one of comicdom’s best kept secrets. If you haven’t discovered it yet, ELEPHANTMEN: MAN AND ELEPHANTMAN is a great place to start!”
ELEPHANTMEN: MAN AND ELEPHANTMAN  (FEB118098), a 40-page color comic book priced at $3.99 is available for re-order now with an in-store date of May 4. ELEPHANTMEN #31 (FEB110456) picks up where that issue leaves off and will be in stores the following week, on May 11.


Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.

InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 4-6-11

Well last week was fun! If you missed the Comic Hot picks from 3-31-11, you can check out the Video Comic Hot Picks right here! It was a different version of the Comic Hot Picks that was well received. Thanks to many of you that sent or called approving of the format. And also a big thanks to Rick Osmon for interviewing me in the process about Orlando’s MegaCon. It will be back soon, probably as a permit way of doing the Picks every week!

Are there any fans of the Marvel’s Cosmic Universe out there? A very big guest will be coming on to InvestComics TV next week. Mr. Cosmic himself Jim Starlin did an Interview with myself and Martin Pierro of Cosmic Times.net. It was a great interview, and we cannot wait to share it with everyone! However, THIS week (Wednesday April 6, 2011) we’ll see Rick Osmon pulling double duty with BOTH Darren Davis (Bluewater President) and Jaymes Reed (Letterer/Writer) in a Press Release announcement that will be exclusive, right here ONLY on InvestComics TV! Catch this folks, great interview (as usual) and great Press Release.

Now on to the archaic way of doing the Comic Hot Picks!  ……..for now.

Marvel – Fear Itself #1 will be Marvel’s big event this year. Let’s hope the hype meets expectations. Here is a question that has been eating away at every single Cosmic Universe fan for a very long time. When is ROM coming back? Will he come back? This week we get the return of the Spaceknights and the Dire Wraiths in Annihilators #2. The biggest moment in Cosmic comic history would be that in the final issue of this 4 part series, last page, ROM. That would blow us all away. Won’t happen, but fun to think it would.

DC – JLA 2011 looks to be a great read. Producer/Writer of TV’s Supernatural Adam Glass takes part in writing this very dark tale. 80 Page Giant issue! Another book to check out this week from DC is First Wave Special.

Indies – Plenty to pick up this week from the Independents. Image’s Blue Estate #1 and Nonplayer #1.  Dynamite’s Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files Fool Moon #1. Doctor Who fans can check out Doctor Who Unlimited Magazine #1. And it looks like the sleeper of the week may go to Aspen with Charismagic #1.

That’s it for this week. Be sure to check out the comic review section on InvestComics for more selections of great reading material! And don’t miss out on the upcoming episodes of InvestComics TV!

See you next week. Invest wisely.

 

Jay Katz

CAP becomes CAPTAIN AMERICA & BUCKY as of #620, from Brubaker, Andreyko, and Samnee

Marvel Announces New CAPTAIN AMERICA & BUCKY Series
Brubaker, Andreyko and Samnee Join Forces in July
 
Two Marvel icons fight side-by-side once more as Captain  America becomes Captain America And Bucky #620, co-written by Eisner Award winners Ed Brubaker (Captain America) and Marc Andreyko (Batman: Streets of Gotham) with art by acclaimed illustrator Chris Samnee (Thor: The Mighty Avenger) for only $2.99! From the trenches of Nazi-occupied Europe to the halls of Avengers Tower, Bucky Barnes has seen it all! Now, learn the whole truth about this life spent in the crosshairs – and the secrets of a future primed to explode like a powder keg.
 
“What was Cap like in the early days, before WWII started? This is a question I’ve wanted to explore for years.  And of course, the whole series ties directly into what’s going on in Captain America and Fear Itself, and sets up future plans for [CLASSIFIED],” said Brubaker. “Getting to work with Marc and Chris, of course, is the cherry on top, since they’re both doing brilliant work here.”
 
Co-writer Andreyko explained, “Getting to explore unseen pieces of Bucky’s history, from WWII through today, is an absolute blast. Being able to contribute to the Captain America legacy is an honor and a privilege and I can’t wait to see the readers’ reactions!”
 
There’s a similar thrill for artist Chris Samnee, who revealed, “The scripts I’ve gotten from Ed and Marc so far have been outstanding.  I’m doing everything I can to live up to all the work they’re putting into these scripts and pushing myself to make these pages the absolute best work I can muster. And having Bettie Breitweiser handling colors on these issues really take my stuff to another level. She’s an amazing talent and I couldn’t be happier with the pages I’ve seen from her so far.”
 
Some heroes are born great and others made great. But a select few must go through hell before they discover what kind of hero they can be. Can Bucky find his place in the Marvel Universe before his past finds him first? Leap into battle with the man who would be the Winter Solder this July when Captain America And Bucky #620 opens a whole new chapter in the history of both Fighting Avengers!
 
CAPTAIN AMERICA AND BUCKY #620
Written by ED BRUBAKER & Marc Andreyko
Penciled by Chris Samnee
Cover by Ed McGuinness
Variant Cover by MARK BAGLEY
Rated T+ …$2.99
ON SALE THIS JULY!
 
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Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit www.marvel.com

RYAN REYNOLDS GETS THE BIO-TREATMENT FROM BLUE WATER COMICS’ FAME

GREEN LANTERN’S “SECRET IDENTITY” RYAN REYNOLDS POWERS OWN COMIC BOOK BIO

Catapulted from obscure roles and modest television credits to one of Hollywood’s reigning male “A” list stars, Ryan Reynolds is making a star turn in an upcoming Bluewater Productions biography comic book based on his life and career.

Scheduled for an May 2011 release, “Fame: Ryan Reynolds” follows the actor from his up and coming days in Canada through his 2002 breakthrough role in “National Lampoon’s Van Wilder” to his ascendancy to leading man status in such films as “The Proposal” and the upcoming  super hero blockbuster “Green Lantern.”

“Ryan Reynolds is one of those rare actors who appeals to both men and women. Women love him for his obvious good looks and charm, but his humor and action role turns is what bring in the men. It’s no wonder he’s headlining one of the hottest films of the summer,” said writer Mark Poulton. “He’s definitely proving himself to be a force at the box office.”

Poulton, the creator of Koni Waves, teams up with fellow Koni Waves artist Dexter Weeks to showcase People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive for 2010 in a standard 32-page issue.

“Mark and Dexter have such a strong partnership going with their own book, that their cohesion gave the Reynolds book a great flow of word and art,” said Bluewater president Darren Davis.

The issue retails for $3.99. It will be available through local comic book stores and several online venues including Amazon.com and the Barnes and Noble and Borders online stores. It is scheduled to be released two weeks before the U.S. premiere of Reynold’s latest movie, “Green Lantern.”

The “Fame” series was launched earlier in 2010 as a companion piece to the successful “Female Force” and “Political Power” biography titles. The comic allows Bluewater to delve into the celebrity culture and understand how a person rises to fame, deals with the new-found celebrity and continue to produce in the public eye. That includes actors, sports figures, recording artists and royals.

High-resolution images and interview opportunities are available upon request.

 

About Bluewater Productions
 
Bluewater Productions Inc. is one of the top independent production studios of comic books, young adult books and graphic novels. Its extensive catalog of titles includes the bestsellers “10th Muse” and “The Legend of Isis” ”Bluewater publishes comic books in partnership with entertainment icon William Shatner (“TekWar Chronicles”),  legendary filmmaker Ray Harryhausen (“Wrath of the Titans,” “Sinbad: Rogue of Mars,” “Jason and the Argonauts,” et al) and celebrated actor Vincent Price (“Vincent Price Presents”),  Additionally, Bluewater publishes a highly successful line of biographical comics under the titles “Female Force” and “Political Power.”
 
Bluewater aims to unite cutting-edge art and engaging stories produced by its stable of the publishing industry’s top artists and writers.
 
Following its commitment to green publishing, Bluewater comic books are printed on Forest Stewardship Council certified paper. FSC certification guarantees that the paper used in Bluewater books contains fiber from well-managed and responsibility harvested forests that meet strict environmental and socioeconomic standards.
 
For more information, visit www.bluewaterprod.com.

MORNINGSIDE ENTERTAINMENT OPTIONS BLUE WATER COMIC’S “SINBAD: ROGUE OF MARS” FOR 2012 FILM

Straight from the BLUE WATER COMICS original Graphic Novel, this updated sequel to the classic SINBAD films is ready to set sail to the screen!

Morningside Entertainment has optioned Bluewater Comic’s “Sinbad: Rogue of Mars” to adapt into an epic action adventure fantasy feature for 2012. A continuation of the Sinbad films that started in 1958 with “The 7th Voyage of Sinbad”, and followed in the 1970’s with “The Golden Voyage of Sinbad” and “Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger”, “Rogue of Mars” is an updated sequel rather than a reboot.

Executive Producer Barry Schneer revealed that Rogue of Mars is the first of a planned new trilogy that will bring this beloved character to a whole new generation while still showing respect to the original fans, “I am thrilled to continue the amazing legacy my uncle, Charles Schneer began with 7th Voyage and bring to the screen the Sinbad movie that he and Ray Harryhausen never got to make.”

In his 4th film adventure, Sinbad and his crew find a magical urn and are soon transported to another planet by a ruthless and vengeful Jinn bent on freeing his race who have been imprisoned for millennia and then laying waste to the ones responsible.

“Sinbad has always been one of more popular titles in our library that also includes “Wrath of the Titans” and “Jason and the Argonauts”, says Darren G. Davis, Publisher of Bluewater Comics. “It certainly lends itself to a big-budget tentpole movie.”

Morningside along with its banking partner, Pablo Antoniazzi, Director of the Brazilian Bank, Estratejia Investimentos, S.A. have co-ventured to structure the financing for this epic film. Recently, the group has tapped Screenwriter and Comic Creator Paul J. Salamoff to write the screenplay for a reported mid six figures. Salamoff is the author of the critically acclaimed comic series “Logan’s Run: Last Day”. He also has a number of films currently in development.

Bluewater Production’s “Sinbad: Rogue of Mars” new Graphic Novel will be available in April 2011. Primarily distributed through traditional retail outlets, the graphic novel will also be available through several online venues including Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.

STEVE ROGERS, ED BRUBAKER, & STEVE McNIVEN GEAR UP FOR CAPTAIN AMERICA #1

Marvel Announces Brubaker & McNiven’s CAPTAIN AMERICA #1
New Ongoing Series Begins In July Featuring Marvel’s First Avenger
 
New York, NY – April 4, 2011— Marvel Entertainment is proud to announce Captain America #1, the first issue of an all new ongoing series premiering in July from two of the comic industry’s most acclaimed creators—writer Ed Brubaker (Death of Captain America) and artist Steve McNiven (Civil War)!
 
Steve Rogers is back as Captain America but when a mysterious figure from his past returns with the Sentinel of Liberty in his crosshairs, deadly secrets will surface—and send shockwaves through the lives of everyone Steve holds dear. An all-new, high octane Captain America series begins here, just in time for the First Avenger’s highly anticipated feature film from Marvel Studios.
 
 “I gave myself a few challenges for this new #1 – I wanted to do the perfect Cap comic for anyone who walks out of the Cap movie and wants to know what’s next, but it also had to build on everything I’ve done on the book beforehand, too, and feel like the natural next step,” explained Brubaker. “Thank God Brevoort wrangled me Steve McNiven to pull all this off. Steve is at the top of his game, and no one draws action like him. I can’t wait for these issues to start coming out.”
 
McNiven revealed, “Captain America has been a character I’ve wanted to work on in more depth since Civil War, a real icon of the Marvel Universe. Not only do I get to run with Cap, but Ed Brubaker, a guy who has redefined the character at Marvel, is writing the books and he’s come up with an absolutely brilliant storyline that I can’t wait for folks to read.”
 
Perfect for readers new and old alike, the extra-sized Captain America #1 kicks off the next big chapter in the life of Steve Rogers, courtesy of superstars Ed Brubaker and Steve McNiven!
 
CAPTAIN AMERICA #1
Written by ED BRUBAKER
Pencils & Cover by STEVE MCNIVEN
Cover by STEVE MCNIVEN
Variant Cover by OLIVIER COIPEL
Variant Cover by NEAL ADAMS
Variant Cover by TBA
Movie variant available
Blank cover also available
Rated T+ …$3.99
ON SALE IN JULY


 
To find a comic shop near you, call 1-888-comicbook or visit www.comicshoplocator.com 

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit www.marvel.com

DC RETROACTIVE TITLES AND WRITERS

AT WONDERCON, DC announced that they would be doing a series of one-shots, set in the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, called DC RETROACTIVE. Here are the titles and writers for each book.

Also, on FACEBOOK and TWITTER, fan-favorite (and MY personal favorite) artist KEVIN MAGUIRE confirmed that he WILL be handling the art for the 90’s JUSTICE LEAGUE with JLI writers Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis.

The 70’s

Superman: Martin Pasko

Wonder Woman: Dennis O’Neil

The Flash: Cary Bates

Justice League of America: Cary Bates

Green Lantern: Dennis O’Neil

Batman: Len Wein


The 80’s

Superman: Marv Wolfman

Wonder Woman: Roy Thomas

The Flash: William Messner-Loebs

Justice League of America: Gerry Conway

Green Lantern: Len Wein

Batman: Mike W. Barr


The 90’s

Superman: Louise Simonson

Wonder Woman: William Messner-Loebs

The Flash: Brian Augustyn

Justice League of America: Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis, with art by Kevin Maguire.

Green Lantern: Ron Marz

Batman: Alan Grant

Each title in the series will feature 26 new story pages with 20 pages of classic stories, running at $4.99 a piece. Keep checking back to THE SOURCE as we reveal full creative teams, artwork, and more details about RETRO-

IDW presents WALTER SIMONSON’S THE MIGHTY THOR: ARTIST’S EDITION

IDW expands Artist’s Edition series with Classic Marvel Comics
Walter Simonson’s The Mighty Thor kicks off expansion of oversized hardcover collections

Debuts at San Diego Comic Con in July 2011

 
San Diego, CA (April 1, 2011) – IDW Publishing is thrilled to announce the expansion of the company’s acclaimed Artist’s Edition series with WALTER SIMONSON’S THE MIGHTY THOR: ARTIST’S EDITION. Launching in July, this oversized, hardcover collection will present Thor 337-340, Simonson’s first classic story arc, which introduced Beta Ray Bill, and Thor 360-362, Simonson’s choice for the second arc in the book. WALTER SIMONSON’S THE MIGHTY THOR: ARTIST’S EDITION will be the first in a series of Artist’s Editions featuring legendary creators and comics from Marvel.

“I can’t tell you how thrilling it is to be able to do a book like this,” said IDW Special Projects Editor, Scott Dunbier. “Each page is shot from Walter Simonson’s original art and printed same size—really just too cool. Thanks to Marvel Entertainment for being so enthusiastic about this project from the start!”

Debuting at San Diego Comic Con, WALTER SIMONSON’S THOR: ARTIST’S EDITION leads with Thor #337, a groundbreaking issue in modern comics that introduced Beta Ray Bill and kicked off Simonson’s legendary run on this fan-favorite title. All the pages in the ARTIST’S EDITION have been scanned from Simonson’s personal original art to ensure the highest possible quality reproduction. While appearing to be in black and white, each page was scanned in color to mimic as closely as possible the experience of viewing the actual original art—for instance, white-out corrections and blue pencil notations.

WALTER SIMONSON’S THOR: ARTIST’S EDITION ($100, hardcover, black and white, 176 pages, 12” x 17”) will be available in stores in July 2011. ISBN 978-1-61377-038-2.

Visit IDWPublishing.com to learn more about the company and its top-selling books.
About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The Transformers and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s DOCTOR WHO; Toho’s Godzilla; and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studios; and is the print publisher for EA Comics.

IDW’s original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. More information about the company can be found at IDWPublishing.com.
About Marvel Entertainment
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years.  Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing.  For more information visit www.marvel.com.

Cooke and IDW Present Parker: The Martini Edition

Hardcover compilation of The Hunter and The Outfit
Plus art gallery and all-new story

Arriving July 2011
 
San Diego, CA (April 1, 2011) – At WonderCon today, IDW Publishing announced that Darwyn Cooke’s first two adapted Parker books, THE HUNTER and THE OUTFIT, will be collected in a tremendous, oversized hardcover edition, with an additional 65 pages of Cooke content. Packaged in a beautiful slipcase, The Martini Edition debuts in July and features a brand new Parker short story by Darwyn Cooke.

“The first two Parker graphic novels have been met with such overwhelming praise,” said series editor Scott Dunbier. “It’s almost been an embarrassment of riches. With this Martini Edition we’re really trying to up the bar and give the fans something extra special—I think we’ll succeed!”

Adapted from Richard Stark’s classic crime noir novel, Darwyn Cooke’s PARKER: THE HUNTER graphic novel debuted in July 2008 to instantaneous popular and critical acclaim. It made the New York Times best-seller list and won coveted Eisner and Harvey awards. The second graphic novel, THE OUTFIT, was released last year and was met with similar response, and is currently under consideration for nominations in this year’s awards season. Parker: The Martini Edition will be a very special collection in that it will also feature an expansive section of sketches and preliminaries by the artist, with commentary accompanying. Also included is a brand-new 8-page Parker story by Darwyn Cooke, unique to this volume.

The Hunter and The Outfit tell the story of Parker, Richard Stark’s classic anti-hero, as he returns to New York to settle the score with his wife and partner in crime after they betray him in a heist gone terribly wrong. After evening the field and reclaiming his prize, the Outfit decide to do some score settling of their own… and learn much too late that when you push a man like Parker, it had better be all the way to the grave.

PARKER: THE MARTINI EDITION ($75.00, partial color, 344 pages, 9”x13”) will be available comic and book stores in July 2011. ISB 978-1-60010-980-5.

Visit IDWPublishing.com to learn more about the company and its top-selling books.
About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The Transformers and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s DOCTOR WHO; Toho’s Godzilla; and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studios; and is the print publisher for EA Comics.

IDW’s original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. More information about the company can be found at IDWPublishing.com.

IDW to publish TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES based on newest NICKELODEON series

IDW Announces New Comic Series Based on the Original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Comics Publisher Partners with Nickelodeon to Bring Turtle Power to Comics and Graphic Novels This Summer

Promo art for NICKELODEON series. IDW art may differ somewhat.

 

San Diego, CA (April 1, 2011) – More than 25 years after its first comic book, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles return to their roots with IDW Publishing. Today at WonderCon in San Francisco, IDW and Nickelodeon announced a long-term agreement to offer an all-new installment of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics and graphic novels. Starting this summer, IDW’s comic series will bring the “Heroes in a Half Shell” back into action. IDW’s new comics are part of a larger initiative to bring Turtles to a new generation of fans, starting with these new storylines from the original series. Additionally, in fourth quarter 2012, Nickelodeon will premiere a new CG-animated version of the wildly popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise.

“Through this partnership, we’re able to introduce Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to a new generation of fans, while also providing new stories for the fans who grew up enjoying these comics,” said Paula Allen, Senior Vice President, Global Publishing, Nickelodeon Consumer Products.  “These all-new comics and graphic novels based on the original series will support the overwhelming demand we’ve received from the millions of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans looking to reconnect with this celebrated franchise.”

Created in 1984 by Mirage Studios founders Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles quickly went from an independently published, black and white comic to one of the most popular brands in the world. IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will kick off with an ongoing series this summer, featuring new and exciting storylines that also maintain the “turtle power” core beloved by millions of fans. In addition to the all-new series, TMNT fans will also be treated to newly remastered collections of classic Turtles comics, beginning with the original 1980s series that started this worldwide phenomenon.

“We’re thrilled to be a part of Turtles,” said Greg Goldstein, chief operating officer for IDW. “This is one of the most successful comic book franchises ever, and we look forward to exploring new territory with our ongoing series, as well as reliving all the classic adventures.”

The return of Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael and the rest of the TMNT world begins this summer. In IDW’s all-new, original series, readers will follow their favorite characters on exciting adventures that explore new depths of the TMNT universe.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES comics will be available in comic stores throughout North America in Summer 2011.

Visit IDWPublishing.com to learn more about the company and its top-selling books.
About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The Transformers and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s Doctor Who; Toho’s Godzilla; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studios; and is the print publisher for EA Comics.

IDW’s original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. More information about the company can be found at IDWPublishing.com.

About Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon, now in its 31st year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 16 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B).

IDW to adapt ANNE RICE’S SERVANT OF THE BONES

Original Hardcove edition of Anne Rice's Novel, SERVANT OF THE THE BONES

New Adaptation of Servant of the Bones Coming in August
IDW Partners With Best-Selling Author Anne Rice to Release New Comic Book Series

 
San Diego, CA (April 1, 2011) — IDW Publishing is proud to announce a new partnership with best-selling author Anne Rice (Interview with a Vampire, Queen of the Damned), kicking off with a new six-issue adaptation of Servant of the Bones. Rice, the creator of fantastic worlds filled with vampires and witches, takes fans back to the time of Isaiah and Jeremiah, and the destruction of Solomon’s Temple, to tell the story of Azriel, the Servant of the Bones.

“This is an exciting adaptation! IDW has certainly chosen the finest artists and writers for this project,” said Rice. “The script is marvelous. Renae De Liz’s penciling has captured my characters exquisitely.  Ray Dillon’s colors are alive and gorgeous. This Servant of the Bones adaptation is perfect!”

IDW’s adaptation of Servant of the Bones will be written by Mariah McCourt, with art by Renae DeLiz and Ray Dillon. This opulent tale will take readers from ancient Babylon to modern day New York City, from the madness of fanaticism to the peace of faith. Once again Anne Rice fans will be able to enjoy her talent in delivering melancholic and psychologically charged moods through this newly adapted version of one of her most recognized works.

In Servant of the Bones, Azriel is an immortal spirit who is bound to the gold-encased bones of his mortal body. Throughout the story, he struggles to understand whether he is a ghost, genie, demon or angel. He shares his story with the reader as he travels from an ancient Babylon of royal plots and religious upheavals to Europe during the Black Death and on to the modern world in New York City. Amidst the towers of Manhattan, he finds himself in confrontation with his own human memories and the dark forces that have sought to condemn him to a life of evil and destruction.

“Servant of the Bones is a deeply layered, lush, and lyrical story. It’s visually rich, compelling, and asks the really big questions about life, love and death,” said IDW editor Mariah Huehner. “We’re very excited to be working with Anne Rice, one of the most prolific writers of this generation, and we just hope we can do the story the justice it deserves. Getting to work with Renae DeLiz and Ray Dillon, the remarkable team behind The Last Unicorn, assures me that we can.”
SERVANT OF THE BONES #1 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be available August 2011.
Visit IDWPublishing.com to learn more about the company and its top-selling books.
About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The Transformers and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s DOCTOR WHO; Toho’s Godzilla; and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studios; and is the print publisher for EA Comics.

IDW’s original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. More information about the company can be found at IDWPublishing.com

THE DRESDEN FILES returns to comics with FOOL MOON

RISING NEXT WEEK…JIM BUTCHER’S THE DRESDEN FILES: FOOL MOON #1!
April 1, 2011, Runnemede, NJ – Fans of Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files, rejoice!  Fool Moon #1 is headed your way first week in April, adapting to comics the 2nd novel in Jim Butcher’s long running and New York Times bestselling series.

Harry Dresden’s life is a mess. His top client (and close friend), Lt. Karrin Murphy no longer trusts him. Chicago`s underworld and the cops alike think he`s mobster Johnny Marcone`s supernatural enforcer. And the enigmatic White Council continues to view him with suspicion. If all that weren`t enough, a pack of werewolves have unleashed a wave of terror on the Windy City. But as is always the case when it comes to the creatures of the Nevernever, there`s far more going on than meets the eye. Before it`s all over, Harry will find himself caught between friends, enemies, and arcane forces bent on his destruction. Is it any wonder he can`t find a date?

Harry is returning to comics in a major way with a fresh look by new series artist Chase Conley (Wheel of Time: Eye of the World) and fantastic colors by Mohan!

Mark Powers, who is scripting the adaptation of Fool Moon, said of Chase’s work: “To say I’m excited about Chase’s interpretation of Harry and his world is an understatement — and I have no doubt that when readers get a look, they’ll agree. It’s beautiful work, and I can’t wait to have the actual comic in my hands.”

Dresden Files thematic consultants Priscilla Spencer, Fred Hicks, and Michael Finn, who review every production stage of each Dresden comic, added:

“We’re all excited by how well Dynamite understands the source material. They go above and beyond in efforts to be true to the author’s vision.”

Attached is a preview of the first 10 colored, lettered pages, plus cover art by Brett Booth.

Look for Dresden Files: Fool Moon #1 in comic stores everywhere April 6th!

To find a comic shop near you, call 1-888-comicbook

For art and more information, please visit:

www.dynamite.net

ABOUT DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT:

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT was founded in 2004 and is home to several best-selling comic book titles and properties, including The Boys, Green Hornet, Vampirella, Warlord of Mars, Project Superpowers, Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time and more!

In addition to their critically-acclaimed titles and best selling comics, Dynamite works with some of the most high profile creators in comics and entertainment, including Alex Ross, John Cassaday, Garth Ennis, Michael Avon Oeming, Mel Rubi, Marc Guggenheim, Stephen Sadowski, Mike Carey, Jim Krueger, Greg Pak, Brett Matthews, Matt Wagner and a host of up and coming new talent!

DYNAMITE is consistently ranked in the upper tiers of comic book publishers and several of their titles – including Alex Ross and Jim Krueger’s PROJECT SUPERPOWERS – have debuted in the Top Ten lists produced by Diamond Comics Distributors. In 2005 Diamond awarded the company a GEM award for Best New Publisher and another GEM in 2006 for Comics Publisher of the Year (under 5%). The company has also been nominated for several industry awards, including the prestigious Eisner Award.

ABOUT JIM BUTCHER:

JIM BUTCHER is a martial arts enthusiast whose résumé includes a long list of skills rendered obsolete at least two hundred years ago, Jim Butcher turned to writing as a career because anything else probably would have driven him insane.  He lives in Independence, Missouri, with his wife, his son, and a ferocious guard dog.

Relativity Media And Archaia Entertainment Team Up For Graphic Novel

Relativity Media And Archaia Entertainment Team Up For Graphic Novel Based On Upcoming 3-D Epic Immortals

Archaia To Launch Hardcover Immortals Graphic Novel In September
Ahead Of The Eagerly Anticipated November 11 Theatrical Release
 
HOLLYWOOD/SAN FRANCISCO (WONDERCON/April 1, 2011) – Relativity Media and graphic novel publisher Archaia Entertainment, LLC have formed a publishing partnership to produce and publish a hardcover graphic novel anthology based upon Relativity’s upcoming epic motion picture Immortals, starring Henry Cavill (Superman: Man of Steel), Luke Evans (Robin Hood), Kellan Lutz (Twillight), Isabel Lucas (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire), and Mickey Rourke (Iron Man 2). 
 
Archaia will release the Immortals graphic novel in September, serving as a precursor to the 3-D motion picture, which releases worldwide on November 11, 2011. The graphic novel will expand upon the film’s key characters and events through a series of original tales written and illustrated by some of the top names in comics, including David Mack (Kabuki), Ron Marz (Witchblade), Dennis Calero (Dark Tower) and Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night). The graphic novel will be published through Archaia’s Black Label division, a publishing pipeline dedicated to working alongside creative professionals within the entertainment industry eager to launch and expand their brands in the publishing world.
 
“We could not be more proud to form our creative partnership with Archaia, a publisher that has successfully earned industry-wide acclaim for its commitment to quality and fans of genre entertainment. Archaia possesses all of the creative resources required to perfectly capture the film’s artistic and narrative essence,” said artistic and narrative essence,” said Peter Adee, President, Theatrical Marketing &Distribution, Relativity Media .
 
The Relativity-Archaia partnership was facilitated by Joe LeFavi of Quixotic Transmedia, who spearheads business development for Archaia’s Black Label division. “We are thrilled to have found such an amazing partner in Relativity. Working closely with the film’s creative team, we are working hard to expand upon the mythology and reach a level of quality worthy of such a visionary storyteller as the film’s director, Tarsem Singh. We are honored that Relativity chose Archaia to introduce fans across the globe to such a rich and visually stunning world,” said LeFavi, who will also serve as executive editor on the graphic novel.
Archaia will hold a panel at the WonderCon in San Francisco, CA on Saturday, April 2 from 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM in Room 220 of the Moscone Center South to celebrate their collaboration with Relativity Media on Immortals, and share more details about their creative team and special promotions surrounding the book’s release.  Later that afternoon, members of the cast will also be on hand to debut exclusive footage and host a panel discussion at 4:00 PM in the Main Hall.
 
Directed by Tarsem Singh (The Cell, The Fall) and written by Charles Parlapanides and Vlas Parlapanides, Immortals also stars Stephen Dorff (Public Enemies) and John Hurt (Hellboy). Relativity Media is distributing the 3-D epic worldwide. In the UK, Australia, and certain other territories, distribution is in association with Universal Pictures International. In Immortals, the ruthless King Hyperion (Rourke) leads his bloodthirsty army on a murderous rampage across Greece to find a deadly weapon that will destroy humanity. A mortal chosen by Zeus named Theseus (Cavill) must lead the fight against Hyperion and his evil army with the fate of mankind and the Gods at stake. 
 
About Relativity Media:
Relativity Media, LLC is a media and entertainment company that focuses on creating, financing and distributing entertainment content and intellectual property across multiple platforms, as well as making strategic partnerships with, and opportunistic investments in, media and entertainment-related companies and assets. Relativity owns and operates Rogue, a company that specializes in the production and distribution of films targeted to the 13-25 year old audience. Building upon its foundation of financing and producing films, Relativity has grown to include music, sports and television divisions and the next-generation social network iamrogue.com.  Relativity also owns and operates RelativityREAL, Relativity’s television arm, which has become one of the leading suppliers of reality television with more than 20 shows in episodic or pilot. 

To date, Relativity has committed to, produced and/or financed more than 200 motion pictures.  Released films have accumulated more than $15.0 billion in worldwide box office revenue.  Relativity’s recent films include Salt, Despicable Me, Grown Ups, Charlie St. Cloud, Dear John, It’s Complicated, Zombieland, Couples Retreat, Get Him to the Greek, Robin Hood, and, most recently, The Fighter, Little Fockers, James Cameron’s Sanctum in 3D, Season of the Witch, Take Me Home Tonight, Limitless, and The Social Network. Upcoming films for Relativity include Immortals, Shark Night 3-D, Hop, Bridesmaids, and Cowboys & Aliens. 35 of the company’s films have opened at No. 1 at the box office.  Relativity films have earned 60 Oscar® nominations, including nods for Nine, A Serious Man, Frost/Nixon, Atonement, American Gangster and 3:10 to Yuma, The Wolfman, The Social Network and The Fighter. 53 of Relativity’s films have each generated more than $100 million in worldwide box-office receipts.

About Archaia Entertainment
Archaia Entertainment, LLC is a multi-award-winning graphic novel publisher with more than 50 renowned publishing brands, including such domestic and international hits as Artesia, Mouse Guard, The Killer, Gunnerkrigg Court, Awakening, Titanium Rain, Days Missing, Tumor, Syndrome, Engineer, and the entire line of Jim Henson graphic novels.  Archaia has built an unparalleled reputation for producing meaningful content that perpetually transforms minds, building one of the industry’s most visually stunning and eclectic slates of graphic novels.  As a result of its publishing prowess, Archaia is the reigning 2010 Graphic Novel Publisher of the Year according to Ain’t it Cool News, Graphic Policy, and Comic Related. Archaia has also successfully emerged as a prolific storyteller in all facets of the entertainment industry, extending their popular brands into film, television, gaming, and branded digital media.

WIN THE ORIGINAL COVER OF RED SPIKE #1 BY MARK TEXEIRA!

WIN THE ORIGINAL COVER OF RED SPIKE #1 BY MARK TEXEIRA
Brought to you by Benaroya Publishing

April 1, 2011 – Los Angeles, CA – You ever wanted to own an original piece of artwork by a legendary comic book artist but found it too expensive? Well, what if I told you that for just $1 you could be entered into a contest to win the original cover art for RED SPIKE #1 by the legendary Mark Texeira?

Well you can! NO JOKE!

All you have to do is pick up a copy of RED SPIKE #1 on May 4th for JUST $1, take a photo of yourself outside your local comic shop with the book and post it to the RED SPIKE Facebook fan page (http://www.facebook.com/ProjectRedSpike) and you’re entered!

But as if that wasn’t enough, the shop where our lucky winner purchased RED SPIKE #1 also wins an interior page by Tex himself!

So head out on May 4th and pick up your copy of RED SPIKE #1! Who knows, that lucky winner could be you!

Diamond Order No.: MAR110530.

Check out the rules below.

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THE PRIZE
Winner will receive the original cover artwork to RED SPIKE #1 by legendary comic book artist Mark Texeira. The comic shop where the comic was purchased will also win an original interior page from RED SPIKE drawn by Mark Texeira.

HOW TO ENTER
When RED SPIKE #1 hits stores on May 4th head over and purchase a copy of the book for just $1.00 USD. Take a photo of yourself and RED SPIKE #1 in front of the comic shop where you purchased it. Then, head over to RED SPIKE on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/ProjectRedSpike), ‘Like’ the RED SPIKE Fan Page and upload your photo to the site to enter. This will enter not only you but also the comic shop. Winner will be chosen at random.

WHEN IT BEGINS
May 4th, 2011

SUBMISSIONS END
May 27th, 2011 @ 11:59pm PST

WHO’S ELIGIBLE
The Sweepstakes is open to all residents of the United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 years of age or older at time of entry to be eligible for the Grand Prize. Void where prohibited by law. Employees of B & P Company, LLC, Benaroya Publishing, Benaroya Pictures, Image Comics, Inc. (collectively, “The Sponsor”) or any of their affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising or promotion agencies are not eligible, nor are members of these employees’ families (defined as parents, children, siblings, spouse, and life partners).

THE ODDS
The odds of winning are dependent on the number or submissions. One (1) submission per person. Multiple submissions will invalidate all entries by participant. Winner will be chosen at random.

THE LEGALITIES
The Sweepstakes is governed by the laws of the United States and the State of California, and participants in the Sweepstakes hereby consent to the exclusive jurisdiction and venue of California courts (state and federal) for any causes or controversies arising out of the Sweepstakes. Each participant waives any and all objectives to jurisdiction and venue in these courts. All applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes may only be entered in or from the United States and entries originating from any other jurisdiction are not eligible for entry.

Except where prohibited by law, the Winner grants to Sponsor and its advertising agencies the right to use and publish their photos, proper names, likeness, opinions, and city and state in any media to promote Sponsor and the Sweepstakes without additional compensation.

By entering, participants release and hold harmless Sponsor, its subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees and agents from any and all liability for any injuries, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with the Sweepstakes or receipt or use and/or misuse of any prize.

Sponsor reserves the right to cancel or modify the Sweepstakes if fraud or any other factor impairs the integrity of the Sweepstakes as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion.

Sponsor assumes no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction of unauthorized access to, or alternation of, entries. Sponsor is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail or entry received by Sponsor on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any web site, any combination thereof, or otherwise, including any injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials in the Sweepstakes.

ABOUT BENAROYA PUBLISHING
Founded in 2009 by Michael Benaroya, Benaroya Publishing is a company dedicated to the creation and cultivation of intellectual property by focusing on thrilling and compelling storytelling. Based in Los Angeles, California, Benaroya Publishing launches their debut titles this Spring under the Image Comics label. With David Elliott (FALL OUT TOY WORKS and co-founder of RADICAL PUBLISHING) at the helm as in-house Editor-in-Chief, Benaroya Publishing promises to bring fresh new ideas, and uniquely told stories to the comics literary world.

ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of four major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visitwww.imagecomics.com.