The covers for FLASHPOINT #5 Revealed

On Wednesday, issue #4 (the penultimate chapter) of FLASHPOINT will hit stands. Today, take an exclusive first look at the three covers for FLASHPOINT #5, the game-changing final issue in Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert’s bestselling series.

(Standard cover by Andy Kubert)

(Variant cover by Andy Kubert)

 

(Variant cover by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez)

Batman The Knight Of VENGEANCE # 3 – First Look

Last week during San Diego Comic-Con, there was a lot of buzz on the convention floor about the DC Comics books. Fans and press alike were raving about FLASHPOINT and its tie-in titles, particularly FLASHPOINT: BATMAN – THE KNIGHT OF VENGEANCE.

In issue #2, the spectacular reveal of The Joker’s identity was made. Below, take a look at a killer twist of an iconic moment in comic book history from BATMAN: THE KNIGHT OF VENGEANCE #3. The issue, which goes on sale next week, is the truly startling conclusion to Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso’s mini-series. It’s an instant classic, by two bestselling creators working at the top of their game.

 

 

 

 

MARVEL: SEASON ONE LINE-UP

Next year, immerse yourselves in the Marvel Universe like never before as the world’s greatest super heroes star in a line of all-new graphic novels with Marvel: Season One! Aimed at new and old readers alike, the first wave featuring Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, Daredevil and The X-Men, brings readers a complete story, modernizing the seminal origins of these characters while also offering new revelations for long-time fans. There will be one graphic novel on sale each month starting in February.

“With Marvel Season One we’ve assembled a group of great creators who’re delivering exciting, iconic, in-continuity stories of our most popular heroes,” said Tom Brevoort, Marvel SVP/Executive Editor. “If you’re a new fan, you can start your journey into comics with Season One and if you’re a seasoned fan you’ll find some thrilling new insight into your favorite characters.”

The complete first wave of Season One graphic novels includes:

· Fantastic Four: Season One by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Stephen King’s The Stand, Television’s Glee) and David Marquez (Secret Warriors), on-sale in February 2012

  • X-Men: Season One by Dennis Hopeless (Legion Of Monsters, Lovestruck) and Jamie McKelvie (Generation Hope, Phonogram), on-sale in March 2012
  • Daredevil: Season One by Antony Johnston (Daredevil) and Wellinton Alves (Nova), on-sale in April 2012
  • Spider-Man: Season One by Cullen Bunn (Fear Itself: The Deep, Sixth Gun) and Neil Edwards (Fantastic Four), on-sale in May 2012

Marvel: Season One is all about bringing new readers to comics and comic stores around the world”, said David Gabriel, Marvel SVP of Sales. “We’ve been working on these for over a year and can’t wait for fans to see the results—they’re stunning! More news about the promotional and incentive plans for retailers will follow in the next few weeks.”

Whether you’re picking up a comic for the first time, or looking to add more to your comics reading experience, then it’s time to discover the world’s greatest super heroes all over again in Marvel: Season One!

Stay Tuned for updates and announcements over the next few weeks.

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

IMAGECOMICS.COM: THE RELAUNCH!

IMAGECOMICS.COM: THE RELAUNCH!
Image Comics Partners with comiXology to Relaunch Their Website

Berkeley, CA – 29 July 2011 — Image Comics is pleased to introduce a completely redesigned Website, which includes many additional features and improvements. ComiXology, who created and continues to maintain the Image App for digital comics, has once again partnered with the publisher for the redesign of their Website.

Some of those exciting features and improvements include:
  • A new online database which will help fans search for their favorite comics and discover new favorites by allowing them to search by creator, series title, or even genre.
  • A live RSS feed, inviting fans to keep abreast of the latest Image Comics news and participate in the Image Comics community via Twitter and Facebook.
  • A section devoted to digital comics for sale, including some downloads that are even available for free! Read all of Images Comics digital comics at comics.imagecomics.com.
  • The Image Comics Forums, which will continue to give creators, retailers, and fans alike an online home for questions and discussion.
“A company’s Website represents your business when you can’t, so Image took proactive measures with us to ensure that their online presence represents them well,” said David Steinberger, CEO of comiXology. “Their new site functionality will ensure that all of their comics are easily discoverable by their community, and allow them to directly interact with them as well.”

Imagecomics.com has been due for an overhaul for some time, but we’re all extremely happy with the latest iteration of our site,” added Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson. “How comics are marketed, sold and read continues to change at a rapid pace, so there’s always more work to be done, but the comiXology crew have given us a fantastic framework to move forward with.”

Some of the features that Image Comics fans can look forward to in coming months will include:
  • An exclusive retailers-only section that will offer assets and information for retailers to assist them in sales, and will require a log-in code to enter.
  • A section for libraries and educators that will offer assets, plans and information to aid them in their quest to get people reading and enjoying comics.
The new Website at www.imagecomics.com is live now, so please have a look, and you may just discover your new favorite comics there!

ABOUT COMIXOLOGY
Since 2007 comiXology has been developing the technological infrastructure to bring comics into the digital mainstream and expose new audiences to the rich history and culture of the industry. Through partnerships with top comic book publishers including Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Archaia Entertainment, BOOM! Studios, Dynamite Entertainment and Image Comics as well as their own mobile and web apps which hosts over 10,000 digital titles, comiXology has become a leader in digital comic book proliferation. Also focused on creating strong ties with retail stores through its technology solutions, comiXology continues to transform the previously fragmented comic ecosystem into a vibrant and cohesive marketplace.

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.

InvestComics Hot Picks – Collecting Bane

 

With the announcement that Christopher Nolan’s final Batman film will feature Bane I think it is only appropriate to note some key books concerning the drug addicted behemoth!

Vengeance of Bane 1 and 2

These books are the most collectible of all the Bane appearances. First printing have see gains on every back issue market. Warning: there are second printings out here. Issue one features Bane’s first appearance so expect value to continue to rise until the Movie premieres.

JSA Classified 17 and 18

Through this two part series we learn the true origins of the Venom formula and its connection to Hourman! These issues are readily available and offer key insight into the origin of a dynamic Batman villain.

Batman Legends of the Dark Knight

Bane is not in any of these books but they are crucial to understanding the drug that fuels the beast.

 

 

 

 

 

Gotham Adventures 15 & 52

Any DC title book based on a animated TV show, especially the ones holding rare appearances should be prized. Many of these titles are now scarce back issues. Most series have very low print runs towards their last issues. Bane appeared in only these two issues.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Batman: Nosferatu ( Prestige Format )

This Elseworlds one shot that combines Batman with several classics of German Expressionist cinema including Nosferatu and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. It was the middle part of a trilogy that included Superman’s Metropolis and Wonder Woman: The Blue Amazon ( also with Bane!)

Batman Dark Knight Gallery 1

Gallery books are usually not big sellers but often feature rare artwork. In this case there are some wonderful pin-ups and if you must own everything that Bane has appeared in then you will have to buy this one too.

 

 

Guy Gardner Warrior 29

This back issue has Bane along with one the largest collections of DC cast members in recent memory. Bonus value due to an appearance by John Constantine pre -Vertigo?!

Other books to check out that aren’t Bane related…

Vertigo Dreams & Nightmares

Looking for rare Preacher appearances? Here is one you might have missed!

 

Amazing Spider-Man 574

Here’s a book that just might blow up this summer. For the first time Venom has a host it can be proud of. War hero Flash Thompson has joined with the alien giving both characters some new legs! Check this issue out for the story behind Flash’s loss.

 

Sigil 6

Steve McNiven made our mouths drop with mainstream work on Marvel’s Civil War and Wolverine: Old Man Logan but he got his start in the now Defunct Crossgen Comic.

 

…..And the legend Michael Turner is easily one of the greatest cover artists of this era so scour those bins for the ultra cheap Cyberforce origins 2 for his first work!

 

 

 

 

-Topher Seal

 

 

IndieCreator – 10 Questions with Writer/Comic Creator TJ May of “The Brothers May”

10 Questions with Writer/Comic Creator TJ May of “The Brothers May”

It’s rare that I can claim to actually know a creator that I interview. Mostly we just exchange emails and never meet “mano-a-mano”. But as a fellow member of the New England Horror Writers Association, I’ve had the pleasure of sharing booth time and being on a writers panel with T.J. May at the Rock & Shock horror convention held annually in Worcester, Massachusetts — proud home town of Denis Leary from Rescue Me and the city that introduced the birth control pill and smiley face icon. One of these days, T.J. May might just become an iconic figure too. The writing part of “The Brothers May”, T.J. and his bro Jason have been creating quality content for nearly a decade and have been knocking on Hollywood’s door with a few of their projects. In the meantime, T.J. rough-houses with his four young boys, is a dirt dog on the baseball diamond (hardball folks — not softball) and helps children with autism. But at night, he becomes a demon with the pen (or laptop). Read on …

1) First things first, you are a member of the Horror Writers Association which is not an easy thing to do. You have to sell some books. How did you get on board?

(TJ:)  I achieved active status in the HWA largely on the success of my comic book work. ILL CONCEIVED is a 32-page one-shot that sold well here and abroad. CATCHING LUCIFER’S LUNCH is 56-page, water colored graphic novella. It was also the first 100% Brothers May product.

2) I’ve read and enjoyed them both. CATCHING LUCIFIER’S LUNCH and ILL CONCEIVED are probably your most notable comics to date. You play ball, so pitch them to us.

(TJ:)  Yes, that’s true of my comic book work though I have some recent success in the short story markets. CATCHING LUCIFER’S LUNCH is a Lovecraftian tale that has been compared to the works of Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean. It’s about a young man that has to go on an “Inferno” type quest through Hell to retrieve the soul of a loved one. Robed cults, blood sacrifices and denizens of Hell abound.

ILL CONCEIVED is the story of a young woman named Bridgette who has to choose between having the child she’s always wanted and screwing over the entire human race. It’s about a May/ December marriage that hits a skid when Bridgette decides she wants to have kids. When she ends up having an emergency hysterectomy, the hubby thinks they are in the clear. But the cause of the surgery, and Bridgette’s unceasing desire to become a mother, turns this into an X-Files sort of tale.

3) Your brother (Jason May) did the art on CATCHING LUCIFER’S LUNCH. You two often tag team on submissions to “Shroud” magazine too. How would you describe your brother’s art style and who would you compare him to?

 (TJ:)  Jason is an artistic chameleon. He studied fine art illustration, painting, sculpting and art history in college. He can paint the Sistine Chapel one day and vacuum form a Storm Trooper costume for you the next. He’ll tell you he feels most comfortable cartooning, his true love. But for our horror work he reminds most of Dave McKean, P. Craig Russell, Duncan Eagleson and any number of the SANDMAN-type artists.

4) On ILL CONCEIVED you teamed up with Shelton Bryant on the sequential artwork (Chris Whetzel did the cover).  His art is very different from Jason’s. Why did you go with Shelton on this piece?

(TJ:)  That came about for several reasons. We had just gotten rejected by Diamond on our first project. From their feedback we got that they liked the story and all of the design work, but Jason’s story telling was not up to snuff yet. Shortly thereafter I took the weekend seminar for Robert McKee’s STORY class. I wanted to put the skills I had learned to immediate use and scripted ILL CONCEIVED.

We had booth space at Wizard Philly in a few months and no product to speak of so we hired Shelton and Chris to bang out the artwork, Jason worked his design magic, we printed 300 copies on-demand and sold 250 of them in three days. Diamond actually came to us at that convention and about eight weeks later we were listed in Previews.

5) Getting back to “Shroud” magazine, The Brothers May have become a fixture with this anthology collection. How did you hook up with the magazine and where can we get our hands on current and back issues?

(TJ:)  Shroud is distributed nationally to Barnes and Noble and the like. You can also find it on Amazon and at www.shroudmagazine.com. I’d sent in a story to Shroud about six months before the last economic crash; their response time was three months but I hadn’t heard anything. After going to San Diego, I had a couple comic companies interested in an anthology series. Since three months had passed, I gave Tim Deal (editor of Shroud) a call to see if it was indeed rejected because I wanted to include it in my submission package for the comic series.

We ended up talking for a few hours. He liked the story a lot but the recent downturn in the economy threw his business plan out of whack and he wasn’t sure how it was all going to unfold, so he didn’t want to commit to anyone just yet. During our conversation, he mentioned he wanted to add more art to the book so I suggested that Jason might be up for including some illustrations. Tim liked that idea so much that he offered us a featured section in each issue titled The Brothers May Present. We came up with a deal that worked for all of parties and it’s been a great relationship.

6) In addition to being a card-carrying member of HWA, you are also very active in the New England Horror Writers association (NEHW). NEHW has Bram Stoker award winners and nominees. Who are some of the marquee and undiscovered writers that you’ve met in this gory little group?

(TJ:)  NEHW has really made a big push over the last couple years. I serve as treasurer, events coordinator and I’m on the “board of directors” so to speak. 2011 will mark the first ever NEHW anthology and I would expect it to garner some Stoker buzz over the winter.

Our members are made up of folks from the six little states of New England, but we have about half the number of members that the HWA does (which is an international organization). Off the top of my head the notables are Rick Hautula, Christopher Golden, Dan Keohane, Tracy Carbone, Jack Haringa, L.L. Soares, Glen Chadburne, Bob Booth and NECON E-Books, and the list goes on. We also get support and advice from non-regional authors such as Jack Ketchum, F. Paul Wilson and Sarah Langan.

7) Back to you … By day you are a behavior therapist to children with autism. By night you are a purveyor of dark fiction. Anything you learn from your day job that has inspired you to write some of your stories?

(TJ:)  My day job certainly provides me with an overflowing river of characters and traits. You’d be surprised that these rarely come from the kids and more often from colleagues. My life as a whole informs my writing in every facet. But what my day job really teaches me is patience, unconditional love and how lucky my wife and I are that our four boys do not have some of challenges our students and their families deal with.

8)  Which of your projects would translate into a killer film – either a short or feature?

(TJ:) I get at least one phone call a year from Hollywood inquiring about ILL CONCEIVED and I think that has the most legs. Actresses such as Jill Wagner (AKA “The Mercury Girl”) and Cerina Vincent have read it and expressed interest in the character, but that’s as far as it’s gone. I think ILL CONCEIVED and CATCHING LUCIFER’S LUNCH would be the only two that could carry a feature without adding a lot of material. The rest would make wonderful shorts. I would love to be a part of an anthology series like Masters of Horror, Fear Itself, Tales From the Crypt, etc.

9) Since you work with children and have 4 boys of your own DNA, have you ever considered doing a children’s ghost book?

(TJ:)  Not necessarily a ghost book, but something along the lines of Wizard of Oz or Alice in Wonderland has crossed my mind on several occasions.

10) What do you have locked and loaded that we should keep our eyes peeled for? And where can we stalk T.J. May on the net to keep up with all your creative musings?

My internet home is www.tjmay.net. My comics are also available there. There some bugs to work out; in fact my email isn’t working, but fans can contact me at tjmayhorror@gmail.com.

At this time I will have some stories out in Shroud over the next few months. I’ll be returning to comics soon and have some short stories accepted into anthologies but I cannot publicize them just yet. I’m also on Facebook and my Twitter name is TJMAYHORROR.

Thanks T.J.! We’ll be seeing each other at the Rock & Shock NEHW booth hawking our wares again this year, I’m sure. (T.J. always sells more books than me — the bastard!)

An award-winning indie comic creator and screenwriter, Bob Heske is currently writing/producing a micro-budget horror film called UNREST (http://www.indiegogo.com/unrest). Bob wrote THE NIGHT PROJECTIONIST, a vampire horror series to be published by Studio 407 (http://www.studio-407.com) 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.

6 Days Until.The All-New Ultimate Comics Spider-Man Debuts!

Watch as history is made.

ULTIMATE FALLOUT #4 (JUN110612)

Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS, JONATHAN HICKMAN & NICK SPENCER

Art by SARA PICHELLI, SALVADOR LARROCA & CLAYTON CRAIN

Cover by MARK BAGLEY

ON SALE 8/3/11

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

You Could Be On The Cover To Amazing Spider-Man #669!

Want more information? Head on over to your local comic retailer for more. Don’t know if one is in your neighborhood? Check out www.comicshoplocator.com and stop by one today!

*Retailers should check the Diamond Vendor Site as well as the Marvel Mailer for more information on being a part of this once in a life-time opportunity. 

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #669 (JUL110617)
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #669 YOU’RE SPIDER-MAN VARIANT (JUN118145)
Written by DAN SLOTT

Pencils & Cover by HUMBERTO RAMOS

Variant Cover by TODD NAUCK

FOC – 8/22/11, ON SALE – 9/14/11

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

Dan Jurgens on George Perez inking GREEN ARROW

From DC Universe: The Source

This fall, a new era begins for Oliver Queen. We caught up with GREEN ARROW penciller Dan Jurgens about working on the series’ art with industry legend George Perez.

“Once upon a time, I was asked to draw an issue of Teen Titans because the book’s usual artist, George Perez, needed a break,” Dan told us. “Marv Wolfman was the writer, and one of the things his script asked for was a double page spread with so much detail that it would ‘make George Perez jealous’.

Ri-i-i-ght. As if I, or anyone else, could have done so. When it comes to detail, or, more importantly, attention to detail, George is unequaled. Some people view that as an element of his personal style, which is true. But, more importantly, that stylistic detail exemplifies the fact that he cares tremendously about the quality of his work. George’s commitment to the page, be it as writer, penciller or inker, is second to none.

That’s why J.T. Krul and I are so thrilled to have George inking GREEN ARROW. In the first issue, I drew a spread with a cobblestone street, simply because I knew George could make it sing. Now, that might not sound like much in and of itself, but in terms of making a page work with a sense of something extra, that’s a fastball down the middle of the plate for George. He’ll put it in the seats every time.

George’s legendary status in this business is well earned. It’s a pleasure to work with him again and a total and complete thrill to watch him elevate the art on GREEN ARROW into something special.”

GREEN ARROW #1, written by J.T. Krul and featuring art by Dan Jurgens and George Perez, goes on sale September 7th.

BRIAN K. VAUGHN and FIONA STAPLES bring SAGA to IMAGE in 2012

THE SAGA BEGINS IN 2012

Image Comics Welcomes Return of Brian K. Vaughan

 

Berkeley, CA – 25 July 2011 – Leading up to San Diego Comic-Con 2011, comics fans and the comics news media buzzed with rumors that Brian K. Vaughan, the acclaimed writer of Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina, Runaways and Pride of Baghdad, was returning to comics. Vaughan’s return was confirmed at Image Comics’ Kirkman Talks Creator-Owned panel Saturday, when Vaughan announced that he is launching SAGA, an all-new ongoing title co-created with artist Fiona Staples, at Image in 2012.

 

“It’s an honor to be doing my first work with Image as they start to celebrate twenty years of publishing creator-owned comics,” said Vaughan.

 

Vaughan continued, “I love this medium more than any other, and I’ve been dying to tackle one more epic ongoing monthly series, but I wanted to find the right story and the perfect collaborator. I’m more excited about SAGA with co-creator Fiona Staples than any project I’ve ever worked on, so I hope we’ll be able to explore our strange new universe for years to come.”

 

Fiona Staples is a Shuster Award-winning artist whose most recent work includes Jonah Hex, Mystery Society, Northlanders, and the Eisner-nominated North 40.

 

“I don’t think I’ve made it a secret that Brian is one of my absolute favorite writers in comics and my enthusiasm for his excellent work makes me beyond excited to welcome him to the fold,” commented Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson. “Likewise, I’ve admired Fiona’s work for years, and I think she and Brian are a perfect match. There aren’t enough superlatives for a team like this!”

 

Their science fiction SAGA will be an ongoing drama for adults, chronicling the epic life and times of one young family fighting to survive a never-ending war.

 

SAGA #1 will debut in early 2012.

 

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.

Hollywood Actor David Fine………And Bob Heske!

In a recent Interview conducted by Matt J. Horn’s Blog of Actor David Fine (Visit his IMDB page right HERE), David mention’s InvestComics’ very own (and Heske Horror of course) Bob Heske!!!

Bob Heske is working on a micro-budget feature film called UNREST (Check out the teaser below) and David Fine is attached to the project. So check out the UNREST teaser below and a video Link containing some of David Fine’s awesome work.

Here is the Interview on Matt’s blog:

http://mattjhorn.wordpress.com/2011/07/23/david-fine-sensored-2009/

……And Be sure to check out Matt’s blog. It had some great Interviews & Reviews: http://mattjhorn.wordpress.com/

UNREST Teaser:

David Fine:

http://www.imdb.com/video/demo_reel/vi1015585561/

So join InvestComics in Congratulating Bob Heske for the Kudos from David Fine.

 

Interview with Crystal Storm

Crystal Storm

By Don E. Smith Jr.

Please pardon the pun, but author, comic book writer and radio host, DCS is taking the world by storm…a crystal storm that is.

DCS (a.k.a. Crystal Storm) admitted to getting “a lot of neat things from my mother, wanderlust is one of them.” She was born in Alexandrea, Virginia in 1980 and graduated high school in Hunterville, North Carolina and attended the University of North Carolina earning a degree in political science with the intent of becoming a lawyer. She obtained a job in records management where she “could make quite the living immersed in converting a corporation’s paper into a searchable tiff.”

However, ultimately she “stopped playing around in Corporate America and got down to the creative business of writing…not just to entertain you, but to fill your brain with concepts and fantastical idea’s that you can apply to the here and now.”

While on her journey to becoming a writer, she picked up a microphone and has been hosting an internet radio show on PSN-RADIO.com every Saturday night which can be heard here and she has conducted an interview or two here (and here) at InvestComics.com.

We caught up with DCS (and called her awesome given-Christian/super-hero name – Crystal Storm) and talked to her about her career. 

QUESTION: What attracted you to science fiction?

CRYSTAL STORM: It pretty much happened on accident!

I don’t outline stories first, I start with a general idea, and my general idea revolved around the Terenzio family, a mafia family and some sort of quest to give the people of the world the opportunity to save themselves. Then the story started evolving and writing itself and suddenly I realized I had sci-fi elements in there.

It was a pretty fun realization.

QUESTION: What does science fiction mean to you as a writer or creator?

CRYSTAL STORM: It means a total suspension of disbelief. I think we live in a world where science fiction is slowly morphing into something we can almost take the “fiction” out of it.

For example, UFO’s, life on other planets, alternate dimensions are all things our science right now is beginning to realize the reality of, so it’s a very exciting concept for me, especially because I like to sprinkle bits of truth into my fiction.

QUESTION: As you wrote your “Synarchy” series, was there a book that made you go, “Wow! I want to write a series like this?” For example, in many interviews George Lucas said, he was inspired to do the first three episodes of his “Star Wars” series after seeing “Jurassic Park.”

Meaning, he had the story already in place, but “Jurassic Park” was the spark. 

CRYSTAL STORM: There were a lot of books that had information in them that I wanted to impart to my readers in Synarchy.

QUESTION: I get the feeling the term “Synarchy” is a take-off on the word “monarchy,” what does it mean in your world?

CRYSTAL STORM: You’re close but not quite on your definition. Synarchy is actually a term coined by a famous occultist and it means rule by secret government. More in depth, this person believed that beings from the land of Shambala have a hand in world affairs, so I thought it was a very fitting phrase for the series.

QUESRION: How long was the process from when you open up your word processing show to you holding a copy?

CRYSTAL STORM: The first book took me two years to write, because I was working a corporate job while trying to do it, but it was an amazing moment holding that finished copy in my hands.

QUESTION: Now you host your own radio show, what is the difference between that and writing? How does one satisfy you creatively?

CRYSTAL STORM: It’s a huge difference. We writers can be very much hermit-like at times, and with the radio show I’m really putting myself out there. I’m loud and opinionated but its a great extension for my writing. I put a lot of heart and research into the books and the radio show allows me to share topics with a wider audience that I think are pretty interesting and that we need to know about, especially going forward as a society.

I also think I’m too creative at times because they’re both outlets for me and I’m always look for that. I play piano too and that’s another big one.

QUESTION: Same question about comic books, how did you get into them and what does the world of comic books mean to you?

CRYSTAL STORM: Comic books are fun!

It gives me another avenue to express my creativity. The style is very similar to script writing but a little less rigid, so I’m having a lot of fun with it.

For me comic books are just like short graphic novels, they add an image to what we authors are trying to express and that can be a really amazing thing to see from a creators standpoint. Its watching the words you write come alive.

QUESTION: Do you tend to go for the independent types or do you find yourself reading the Batman, Spider-Man or Superman main stream comics?

CRYSTAL STORM: I’m a very independent type of girl, I’m not just a huge fan of Darkbrain because I write for them, I also like the different approach they’re taking to things.

However, Batman remains my all-time favorite.

QUESTION: What do you think of the self-publishing genre? I know some people have easier times with it than others do, but it seems that self-publishing is becoming more mainstream?

CRYSTAL STORM: Slowly but surely.

There’s still a big stigma out there, and it’ll take some time for people to get over that hump but technology and largely the internet has moved things in such a way that we authors don’t need someone else to tell us whether we’re good enough or not anymore, we can put our work out there and let the readers decide.

It’s good and it’s bad.

It’s good that we’re no longer restricted by what Random House thinks and its bad because that means we need to be able to bring the same level of quality and professionalism to our works as those big publishing houses do. But that in itself is becoming easier too so I imagine within the next five years or so, the publishing world will look very, very different. 

QUESTION: If I can ask an esoteric question, what is DCS about? For instance, it seems that David McCullough is all about writing American history in a variety of ways, Stephen King has been about taking the everyday and pulling the fantastic out of it, what would you say you are about?

CRYSTAL STORM: To me it means, taking the everyday and showing people that it is fantastical. That mundane is a choice, not the reality. I want people to walk away from the “Synarchy” novels, look at their world and see the magic.

Catch Writestream Wednesday’s interview with Crystal Storm on Wednesday, July 27 at noon (EST) on Blog Talk Radio here.

IDW Publishing Wins Five Prestigious Eisner Awards

Honors include Best Writer/Artist and Best Archival Collections

Most Awarded Publisher for 2011

San Diego, CA (July 24, 2011)—At the 2011 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, IDW Publishing garnered five of the esteemed honors, the most for any one publisher during this year’s ceremony and the most in company history. With awards spanning from Best Writer/Artist to Best Archival Collection/Project – Strips, the breadth of IDW’s incredible array of books were showcased throughout the evening.Acclaimed author Joe Hill was lauded as Best Writer for LOCKE & KEY, which was recently the basis for a FOX Television pilot and was screened exclusively at San Diego Comic-Con. Launched in 2007, IDW’s best-selling LOCKE & KEY series has garnered praise since its inception, and MTV recently called it “the best comic book that’s currently being published, period.”

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

Fan-favorite creator Darywn Cooke was awarded Best Writer/Artist for THE OUTFIT, the second installment in the acclaimed graphic novel adaptation series, Richard Stark’s Parker. The first book in the series, THE HUNTER, won the 2010 Eisner for Best Adaptation from Another Work.

Under IDW’s imprint, The Library of American Comics, ARCHIE: THE COMPLETE DAILY NEWSPAPER STRIPS, 1946-1948 was honored with the Best Archival Collection/Project – Strips award. ARCHIE features the classic work of Bob Montana and the first editor credit for the company’s chief operating officer, Greg Goldstein.

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

InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 7-27-11

InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 7-27-11

DC’s mega hot storyline Flashpoint continues as Marvel begins a new saga “Spider Island” this week in Amazing Spider-Man #666. It will not be anywhere near as popular as Flashpoint, but it does look like a fun premise.

There are quite a few Independent Comics to check out this week (again). Terry Moore’s Rachael Rising #1 leads the way. Joe Hill The Cape #1 from IDW, Moonstone’s Buckaroo Banzai #1, Big Dog Ink’s Critters #1, Action Lab brings Fracture #1, a team up with Terminator & Robocop from Dynamite, and Image Comics The Vault #1.

See you next week!  Invest Wisely. Enjoy the Covers of the week……

Jay Katz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FLASHPOINT: LOIS LANE AND THE RESISTANCE #2 – Preview

While raiding London on a top-secret assignment, The Resistance falls under Amazonian attack. When they cross paths with Lois Lane, she becomes the newest member of the Resistance. But when they are betrayed by one of their own, can Lois and the rest of the Resistance prevent their seemingly inevitable doom?

FLASHPOINT: LOIS LANE AND THE RESISTANCE #2 comes from the creative team of Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Gianluca Gugliotta and Hi-Fi, and arrives in comic book stores on Wednesday.

 

 

 

 



 

 

 

 

The Crow Flies Again

The Crow Flies Again

All-new series plus fan-favorite reprints coming in 2012

San Diego, CA (July 24, 2011)—At San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday, IDW Publishing and Edward R. Pressman Film Corporation announced an all-new series of The Crow comics, beginning in 2012. IDW Publishing will produce several comics series in the universe of James O’Barr’s classic The Crow comics and based on the upcoming feature film. Additionally, IDW will offer collector’s editions of all existing The Crow comics.

“I’m glad to see The Crow land at IDW,” said Ted Adams, the company’s co-founder and chief executive officer. “I edited the last Crow series when I ran Todd McFarlane’s comics in the late ‘90’s, and we’re looking forward to bringing this classic character back to the medium in 2012 at IDW.”

Originally a comic series created by James O’Barr in the early 1980’s, The Crow was first published by Caliber Press in 1989. The concept was adapted into blockbuster film in 1994, and has inspired several different series from Kitchen Sink Press, London Night Studios, Random House and Image Comics. The original The Crow has sold nearly one million copies worldwide. Dan Kletzky’s Entertainment Licensing Associates handled the licensing agreement with IDW on behalf of Pressman Film.

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.

 

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.

Interview with Jake Barsha

Uncorking the “Right Hook” with Dark Indie Filmmaker Jake Barsha

Some people just have a knack for sucking us in to a deeply disturbing drama where we don’t necessarily care about the main character but can’t stop watching until they implode onscreen. Like inviting Charlie Sheen home for Thanksgiving Dinner to meet your ultra conservative father who has a weak ticker and your mom who is a bonafide Born Again Christian/Tea Party toter. Nothing good will come of it, but we watch anyway.

Jake Barsha, one of the better directors-you-haven’t-heard-of-but-someday-soon-will, is just such a creative talent.  His tense off-kilter story telling with riveting dysfunctional characters and uncomfortable predicaments are a hybrid of David Lynch meets Stanley Kubrick. It’s out there, on the edge, and 100% built for indie film.

Jake Barsha’s aptly named “Right Hook Films” (http://www.righthookfilms.com) production shingle delivers micro-budget indie fare with a whallop. Barsha first unleashed EUGENE in 2009, the story of a lonely man teetering on a twisted path and garnered solid reviews for this dark art house drama. Barsha’s forthcoming THE FUNNY MAN, a tortuous tale of a demented comedian/serial killer with a deadly punch line, promises to be a bit more mainstream but just as demented as its predecessor. But enough set up … “ACTION!”

1. Introduce us to Jake Barsha.

(JAKE:)  I’m married and I live in Los Angeles. I started working in the motion picture production industry in 1998 as a Production Assistant and I’ve worked my way up. I’m a member of the International Cinematographer’s Guild. I didn’t go to film school. I have hands-on experience working on a variety of productions over the years, including commercials, television shows, promos, music videos and movies for companies such as Anonymous Content, Smuggler, FOX, Kandoo Films, Untitled, Moxie, Morton Jankle Zander, Sedna Films, Paramount Studios, Warner Brothers, Universal, Engine Room and Sony.

My biggest cinematic inspiration comes from the joy, adventure, adversity and pain I’ve experienced in my life.  I’ve always loved watching movies, and there are just so many great inspiring films it’s hard to pinpoint.  I love NIGHT OF THE HUNTER with Robert Mitchum, THE GUNFIGHTER with Gregory Peck, TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MARDRE, MAD MAX (the first one), THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY and tons of others. The weirdest thing about me is that I don’t drink or do drugs despite the fact that I grew up listening to hardcore punk rock music and live inLos Angeles….  I haven’t touched the stuff for almost ten years.

2. Your first feature film EUGENE, a tragic tale about a lonely, socially inept misfit, evoked memories of Lucky McKee’s indie iconic film MAY and Robert D Niro’s portrayal of Travis Bickle in TAXI. Both were dark psychological portraits of deeply isolated individuals with severe personality “quirks”. What was your inspiration for this film?

(JAKE:) EUGENEwas inspired by the darker side of our society, and people who search outside of themselves to feel connected. Most people have a first-hand understanding of their own basic human needs and desires, yet our laws imply that we feel safer and more comfortable criminalizing certain activities rather than embracing them as part of the human experience. The fictional character,Eugene, is a byproduct of repression and denial pushed to the extreme. EUGENE is definitely a portrait of a very lonely man. In hindsight, perhaps it could have been titled “The Lonely Man” instead of EUGENE. I recently watched a Korean movie called TIDAL WAVE; it was really cool because there was no confusion about what that movie was about, it was about a tidal wave.

3. These types of films live or die by the casting of their central “protagonist” – in your case, the brilliant selection of Stuart G. Bennett to portray Eugene. How did you find him?

(JAKE:) We met in Los Angeles through mutual friends. Stuart was looking to finance a feature length film project that would showcase his talent as an actor. I gave him the treatment for EUGENE, and it seemed like a good fit.  He liked it a lot, so I wrote the script. Stuart’s performance contributed to the story in an extremely unsettling way. I think EUGENE conveys a powerful emotion that people understand and recognize, and Stuart delivered that.

4. The supporting characters were also strong – namely Megan Lee Etheridge and Ryan Reyes as the young street couple unwittingly thrust into Eugene’s doomed love triangle. Explain what you were looking for in casting, and were you a bit afraid your movie would be too damn depressing to capture a mainstream audience?

(JAKE:) Depression gives contrast and meaning to our happiest moments. I wanted to find the most depressing actors I could find so that I would feel a little better about myself when we were shooting the movie… Just kidding, actually Megan and Ryan are amazing!

I was looking for actors that I could trust, and I trusted them completely. I knew that we probably wouldn’t capture a mainstream audience withEUGENE, so my focus was on telling the story in the most authentic way that we could. The movie required a tall order from the supporting cast especially with regard to the big sex scene and the violence and tension. Mutual trust was crucial. I’m very proud of what we accomplished. Our movie has feeling.

5. How much did EUGENE cost to make, what camera did you shoot it on and how long did it take to film? What were your biggest challenges shooting on a shoestring budget?

(JAKE:)EUGENEwas made for about $200,000. We used the Panasonic HPX 500 and shot the movie in 18 days. Our biggest challenge was to do things in accordance with union guidelines and still achieve high-quality production value with what we could afford. Going union means a considerable amount of money and preparation is spent to meet certain guidelines. It may not seem like a big deal, but for a low-budget movie every dollar counts. It means sacrificing time to shoot certain scenes or equipment or a location that could drive home the story. It’s frustrating because I believe and support unions 100%; I’m a member of IATSE myself, but as an independent film maker it’s a huge challenge to do things by the book with a modest budget.

6. Tell us how the film fared on the festival circuit and any difficulty in picking up distribution. Did you have to search for a Sales Agent or did they find you?

(JAKE:)EUGENEpremiered at The Palm Springs International Film Festival and was the only American movie selected that year to participate in their New Voices/New Visions program. Around the same time it also got into San Francisco Independent Film Festival. I was really nervous because it’s such a dark movie, but it got into about a dozen festivals and received some very impressive reviews.

They said it was brilliantly disturbing; some people compared it to MIDNIGHT COWBOY and TAXI DRIVER. I was just blown away and really happy. It was nominated for best director in Hoboken and best screenplay at Strasbourg and got some other nominations, and finally won for best actor in San Diego.

Several sales agents contacted us immediately, before our premiere. By the way, if you make an independent feature, do yourself a big favor and hire the best sales rep that you can afford. Toward the end of our festival run our Producers eventually decided to hire a Sales Agent but it was late in the game and it was a very short-lived relationship. Our Producers pulled the movie away from the Sales Agent after two months and ultimately asked me to see if I could find distribution on my own without a Sales Agent. I’m grateful for the experience because I learned a lot, but I wouldn’t recommend it.

I found that most distribution companies are happy to hear from filmmakers. The first question they asked me was “who is in it?” – purely a matter of business. I somehow managed to get offers from four companies, but none of them involved an advance and it was only after a huge amount of legwork on my part. Our Executive Producer made the final call and decided which deal to go with.

It’s out on DVD, and you can buy it online (http://www.amazon.com/Eugene-Ryan-Reyes/dp/B002NB422G).

7. On to your latest endeavor – THE FUNNY MAN. Give us the logline and current status of the film.

(JAKE:) THE FUNNY MAN is about a bipolar comedian who derives pleasure from wearing a creepy sponge-like mask, video-taping his victims and demanding that they “say something funny”. It’s a psychological horror thriller in the vein of PSYCHO. The story involves an attractive young woman, an overbearing ex-boyfriend, a nightclub owner and his domineering wife, a nosy neighbor and her husband, and an actor/producer. They all find out the hard way that THE FUNNY MAN really isn’t very funny. I like to tell people that if you love unconventional stories, unusual characters, psychological thrills, and darkly twisted entertainment, then we are making this movie for you!

I’m doing a lot of pre-production work; locking down the cast and crew, locking in locations, equipment and at the same time securing additional funding. Most of the muscle behind THE FUNNY MAN, comes from an independent film company called Empire Films. They have signed on as Co-Executive Producers bringing a lot of infrastructure, equipment and will provide marketing support. A lot of  talented people are standing in support of THE FUNNY MAN prior to complete funding. A lot of people really love the screenplay.

Matthew Prater has signed on as one of the film’s Producers. Matthew has tremendous enthusiasm for the project, and offers the level of commitment one wouldn’t expect for a project that is not completely funded.

Danny Cahn is also on board; he’s the current president of the Editors Guild. Danny comes from a very prolific family of filmmakers and brings a great deal of experience to the project. His father Danny Sr. edited tons of TV shows including MAN FROM ATLANTIS and I LOVE LUCY and movies such as BEYOND THE VALLEY OF THE DOLLS and HEAVEN WITH A GUN. Danny’s uncle, Ed Cahn, directed a huge number of creature features for the studio factory system during the 1940’s and 1950’s. Coincidentally, Danny’s father is my grandfather’s nephew, so we are distant relatives. My grandfather, Leon Barsha, was also a very prolific filmmaker. Leon worked for the studio factory system as well, directing, producing, and editing close to 100 movies and TV shows (if not more) from the 30’s to the 60’s, including the iconic films LADY IN A CAGE and LONELY ARE THE BRAVE.

Watch THE FUNNY MAN concept trailer below:

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8. You are taking a rather unconventional advertising/funding approach – relying on the web and Social Media. How have the results been thus far?

(JAKE:) I don’t understand social media, but I love the concept. I’m definitely not a social media guru, but so far, the internet is the best avenue that we have to get the word out.  We have posted comments in group discussion on sites like Facebook and LinkedIn. We have reached out to bloggers and writers, and established our own movie blog-site.

The results have been great!

We created a Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/righthookfilms.thefunnyman,

It has more Facebook friends than I do!

A year ago, I made a series of videos about a deranged woman who invites a guy on a date, drugs him, and holds him captive in her sub-basement under the delusion that he is her new boyfriend.  It is called LEIDY’S NEW BOYFRIEND.   It’s a modern twist on the MISERY theme except, instead of the adoration of a psychotic fan, it’s the delusion of a non-existent relationship that drives the antagonist.

We put it up on sites like Youtube and Dailymotion for everyone to watch and enjoy for free. Eventually it was even picked up and distributed by a company called KoldcastTV. So far, it’s had close to one million collective views.Basically, that’s one million moments someone somewhere was exposed to an idea and it was not the result of an expensive professional advertising campaign. When we get underway with THE FUNNY MAN, we are going to release a number of short form segments, not actual excerpts from the movie, but excerpts pertaining to the story and characters. My goal is to offer something that is cool, and free for people to enjoy. If it leads people back to the movie, great, if not, that’s okay too.

9. Tell us about some of the cast you’ve assembled thus far.

(JAKE:) I’m thrilled about THE FUNNY MAN cast. Things could change, but if the balance of schedules permit, I have Leslie Easterbrook;  Mother Firefly in Rob Zombie’s hit THE DEVIL’S REJECTS.  She was also in Rob Zombie’s HALLOWEEN and at least another dozen recent horror features. Most people instantly recognize her from thePOLICE ACADEMY movies, but she was also in dozens of movies and classic American TV shows like LAVERNE & SHIRLEY, LOVE BOAT, and even THE DUKES OF HAZZARD.

I also have Domiziano Arcangeli. He is an amazing international actor and model with fans all over the world. Domiziano has acted in more than 100 films with film legends like Samuel L Jackson, Dennis Hopper, Sean Connery, Brett Halsey, Anita Ekberg, Mickey Rourke and Sir Laurence Olivier. Some truly legendary European genre directors have cast Domiziano in their films and his credits are vast.

Ryan Reyes, Matthew Prater, Laura Soares and magician Larry Frick have also joined the project and I trust all of them. I’m currently in the process of casting the lead roles, RACHEL and LEE (AKA THE FUNNY MAN).

10. Where will you shoot THE FUNNY MAN? Who is your Director of Photography. What is the budget for the film?

(JAKE:) I’m planning to shoot inLos Angeles, but I’m flexible. The Director of Photography is yet to be determined. Marc Levy did a wonderful job shooting my first movie, but he is in high demand now and might be booked. Finding someone with a great eye, who is willing to take chances is important to me. I know there are many amazing DP’s out there. Working as a Film Loader/Camera Assistant, I have had the benefit of working on a lot of commercials under some amazing A-list DP’s like Jeff Cronenweth, who was nominated for an Oscar for shooting THE SOCIAL NETWORK, and Paul Cameron whose work is mind blowing and innovative.  I’m fascinated by camera work and what some people are able to achieve. The budget is modest.

11. Tell us where we can go online to follow the twisted path of THE FUNNY MAN, and make a contribution to the film. Is there any other way that people can help you go from development to completion?

Yes, if you are interested in following the twisted path of THE FUNNY MAN, drop by our blog-site (http://righthookfilms-thefunnyman.blogspot.com/), and our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/righthookfilms.thefunnyman).

Hit us up on Facebook, click “like”, send our links to a few of your friends, and look for the movie when it comes out. Feel free to write something dastardly on THE FUNNY MAN Facebook wall.

Alternatively, send us some good thoughts, we welcome all good vibes. Everyone who steps in on our Facebook page and posts a comment or tells a friend is making a welcome contribution, and it’s free.

If you would like to be become more extensively involved with the project and/or contribute to its development and completion drop by www.righthookfilms.com and contact me, I would love to hear from you.

Thanks Jake. I encourage our readers to step up to the plate to follow your progress and help Make Indie Happen. Please keep us posted as your attach your lead actress and “Funny Man” killer.

An award-winning indie comic creator and screenwriter, Bob Heske is currently writing/producing a micro-budget horror film called UNREST (http://www.indiegogo.com/unrest). Bob wrote THE NIGHT PROJECTIONIST, a vampire horror series to be published by Studio 407 (http://www.studio-407.com) 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.

Wrightson and Niles Forge Frankenstein Alive, Alive!

All-new series extends horror classic

[Frankenstein Alive, Alive Cover]San Diego, CA (July 21, 2011)—Today at San Diego Comic-Con 2011, IDW Publishing announced an [Interior Art]all-new horror series with acclaimed creators Steve Niles and Bernie Wrightson. FRANKENSTEIN ALIVE, ALIVE will launch in 2012, picking up right where Mary Shelley’s classic tale ends.

“This is an idea that’s been rattling around somewhere in the back of my mind for a good many years,” said Wrightson. “I mentioned it to Steve and we started talking. In about two minutes I realized that not only were we on the same page, we shared a vision. I’m very excited to see this finally happening. It’s going to be lot of fun.”

A lifelong Frankenstein fan, Wrightson’s work on this monster has garnered universal praise for over 25 years. Now, Wrightson and Niles are collaborating on the next chapter in the life of Frankenstein’s monster. FRANKENSTEIN ALIVE, ALIVE turns this classic tale around, by telling the story from Frankenstein’s perspective in this 13-issue series.[Interior Art #2]

“The fact that I grew up worshipping Wrightson’s Frankenstein and now I’m working on a sequel with him is mind-blowing,” said Niles. “This is the project of a lifetime for me.”

FRANKENSTEIN ALIVE, ALIVE ($3.99, full color, 32 pages) will be available in stores in 2012.

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.

IDW Announces John Romita’s The Amazing Spider-Man: Artist’s Edition

Newest Artist’s Edition features classic Marvel comics

Coming in 2012

[Spider Man Cover]San Diego, CA (July 21, 2011)—The second day of the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con featured yet another stunning announcement from IDW Publishing: the company’s second Marvel Artist’s Edition collection, JOHN ROMITA’S THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. This must-have collector’s hardcover is the fourth in IDW’s Artist’s Edition series and will offer one hundred and forty-four pages of original Romita Spider-Manart.Romita took over the art duties on Spider-Man after series co-creator Steve Ditko left the book. It was a hard act to follow, but Romita would soon make the book his own and go on to be arguably the most popular Spider-Man artist to ever draw the wall-crawler.

“John Romita Sr. is one of the most beloved artists to ever pencil for Marvel,” said Artist’s Editions editor Scott Dunbier, “his work is beautiful, the lines he lays down exquisite!”

An oversized, hardcover collection, JOHN ROMITA’S THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: ARTIST’S EDITION will feature 144 pages of beautiful stories and a gorgeous cover gallery. All the pages in the ARTIST’S EDITION will be scanned from original art to ensure the highest possible quality reproduction. While appearing to be in black and white, each page will be 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.

JOHN ROMITA’S THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: ARTIST’S EDITION is the second Artist’s Edition announced at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con, following WALLY WOOD’S EC STORIES.

“There’s one more Artist’s Edition announcement for this convention, and it’s also huge,” teased Dunbier.

IDW Publishing launched its first Marvel Artist’s Edition at Comic-Con, WALTER SIMONSON’S THE MIGHTY THOR: ARTIST’S EDITION, with both a regular and convention exclusive variant.

JOHN ROMITA’S THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: ARTIST’S EDITION ($100, hardcover, black and white, 144 pages,) will be available in stores in 2012.

WALTER SIMONSON’S THOR: ARTIST’S EDITION ($100, hardcover, black and white, 176 pages, 12” x 17”) is now available in stores and through IDW Publishing. ISBN 978-1-61377-038-2.

WALTER SIMONSON’S THOR: ARTIST’S EDITION San Diego Comic-Con Edition ($100, hardcover, black and white, 176 pages, 12” x 17”) is now available only at the IDW booth #2643.

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 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. ;

Star Trek® and the Legion of Superheroes Pair Up In July

The 23rd century and the 30th century collide in
IDW’s first-ever crossover with DC Comics’ Super Heroes

[Star Trek Legion Cover]San Diego, CA (July 21, 2011) – The original Starship Enterprise has traveled across time and space on its five-year mission, but it will be entering the DC Universe for the first time this summer. IDW Publishing is proud to announce its first-ever crossover with DC Comics’ Super Heroes in STAR TREK/LEGION OF SUPERHEROES, a six-issue monthly series beginning in October 2011.

STAR TREK/LEGION OF SUPERHEROES tells the tale of the original crew of the Starship Enterprise, who beam down to a planet only to discover that the planet isn’t their intended destination, or even in the right universe. At the same time, a group of “Great Darkness Saga” Legionnaires inside a time sphere find themselves cast into the 23rd century, but it’s not the 23rd century as they know it, either. STAR TREK/LEGION OF SUPERHEROES is a galaxy-spanning adventure that draws both teams together to face a menace that includes Khunds, Klingons, Borg, and other threats that aren’t quite as they should be. The egalitarian United Planets in one universe and a United Federation of Planets in another is now the Imperial Planets of Terra, a dark empire focused on war and conquest, and that’s just the beginning for this special series.

“Nothing like kicking off our first foray into the DC Universe with a story that spans dimensions and centuries,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief and the lead editor on this crossover. “As a huge fan of both of these teams and the eras we’re playing with here, as well as an admirer of the talents involved with this tale, I couldn’t be happier.”

Weaving these disparate universes and characters into a dark, foreboding and mysterious saga is Eisner-nominated writer Chris Roberson (iZombie, Superman), with art by Jeffrey and Philip Moy, both of whom have tackled the Legion and Star Trek in other forms. Phil Jimenez, will provide covers for the entire series, while each issue will also feature variant covers from classic Legion of Superheroes artists such as Keith Giffen, Steve Lightle, and Mike Grell, as well as IDW mainstay and Best Artist Eisner-nominee Gabriel Rodriguez (Locke & Key) and others.

“We’re thrilled to be joining such iconic characters together in an exciting adventure that spans space and time,” said Bob Harras, DC Comics Editor-in-Chief.

The STAR TREK/LEGION OF SUPERHEROES series also offers a note of nostalgia for DC Comics and Star Trek, as that publisher produced the popular sci-fi comics under both the DC Comics banner in the ‘80s and the Wildstorm banner in the ‘90s. Now, under IDW’s auspices, both the 23rd and the 30th centuries might never be the same after this new series is complete.

“Chris Roberson, who’s incredibly knowledgeable about both series, managed to not only weave both teams together into a clever story, but he also found a way to tie both universes together through a shared villain that fans will never expect to see,” added Ryall. “And the Moys bring a sense of dynamism and energy to not only the characters we know but also in the designs for some special merged-universe characters, too. Add to that the chance to work with guys I greatly admire on the series’ covers and you’ve really got the makings of something special here. I’m really happy that DC has been such a welcoming partner on the crazy things we’re going to do here.”

Star Trek is licensed by CBS Consumer Products.

STAR TREK/LEGION OF SUPERHEROES #1 (of 6, $3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be available in comic stores in October 2011.

® & © 2011 CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved. STAR TREK and related marks are trademarks of CBS Studios Inc.

Visit HYPERLINK “http://www.idwpublishing.com/”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 HYPERLINK “http://www.idwpublishing.com/”IDWPublishing.com.

About DC Entertainment
DC Entertainment, home to such iconic characters as Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Flash and the Sandman, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating DC Comics across Warner Bros. and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works with several Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its super heroic content across all media – film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, interactive games, etc. DC Comics is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world, publishing over 1,000 comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year.

About CBS Consumer Products
CBS Consumer Products manages worldwide licensing and merchandising for a diverse slate of television brands and series from CBS, CBS Television Studios and CBS Television Distribution, as well as from the company’s extensive library of titles, Showtime and CBS Films. Additionally, the group oversees online sales of programming merchandise. For more information, visit HYPERLINK “http://www.cbsconsumerproducts.com”; www.cbsconsumerproducts.com

IDW Expands Artist’s Edition Series with Wally Wood’s EC Stories

All-time great featured as never before in oversized, collector’s hardcover

Coming in October, available now for preorder through IDW

[Wally Wood Cover Image]San Diego, CA (July 20, 2011)—Kicking off the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con with a bang, IDW Publishing today announced the latest expansion to the company’s revered art book series with WALLY WOOD’S EC STORIES: ARTIST’S EDTION. The third in the Artist’s Edition series, focuses on one of the all-time greatest comic book artists, and at the absolute peak of his creative powers: Wally Wood. What Bill Gaines achieved with EC Comics was quite likely, pound for pound, the finest comics line ever produced, and Wally Wood was one of their mainstays, who set an incredibly high artistic standard.

“It’s wonderful to see such an amazing tribute to Wally Wood. IDW has done a top notch job,” said Cathy Gaines-Mifsud. “My Dad would be thrilled, as would Wally.”

An oversized, hardcover collection, WALLY WOOD’S EC STORIES: ARTIST’S EDITION will present Wood’s art the same size as it was originally drawn, and in a book measuring an amazing fifteen inches by twenty-two inches. As with all of IDW’s Artist’s Editions, the art presented will be scanned from the original pages 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.

“I love EC Comics,” said Artist’s Editions Editor Scott Dunbier, “and Wally Wood is one of my all-time favorite artists—when he’s at his best, no one can touch him.”

WALLY WOOD’S EC STORIES: ARTIST’S EDTION is the third of IDW’s Artist’s Edition series, following DAVE STEVEN’S THE ROCKETEER and WALTER SIMONSON’S THE MIGHTY THOR, which is launching at the convention. Two more volumes will be announced throughout San Diego Comic-con.

WALLY WOOD’S EC STORIES: ARTIST’S EDTION ($125, hardcover, black and white, 144 pages, 15” x 22”) will be available in October. Pre-order through IDWPublishing.com or local retailer. ISBN 978-1-61377-098-6.

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.

IndieCreator – Indie Update* On Location at THE PARK w/ Matt & Gary Sconce

 Indie Update:  On Location at THE PARK w/ Matt & Gary Sconce

A few months ago I interviewed indie film wunderkind Matthew Sconce about his “DIY” award-winning micro-budget thriller STRICKEN. Since that time, Matt hasn’t been sitting on his numerous “official selection” film festival wreath laurels. Nosirree. Matt and his inventor savant father Gary (film DNA runs in the family, and these guys are an incredible tandem) have been busying launching their next film − a comedy that promises to delivery big belly laughs and potential bigger returns for investors who climb along for the hilarious ride.

When you listen to father (Gary)/son (Matt) talk about their film, the enthusiasm is infectious. Read all about the fun they’re having and find out how you can partake in the frivolity. Also, enjoy the smattering of on-location stills which are fresh from THE PARK in production this past week …

1.  THE PARK − a zany tale about a group of travelers who descend upon a Park to witness a final Firefall − is a 180 degree departure from your last film, STRICKEN. What stirred you to go from horror thriller to madcap comedy?

(MATT:) We are first and foremost storytellers. We want to tell stories that will make people stand up and cheer and inspire them. Genre does not matter to us. If we write a story that fits the mold, we will tell it.

(GARY:) Entertaining moviegoers to the best of our ability is our ultimate goal and we never want to be locked into one or another genre. THE PARK is purposefully a change away from our thriller STRICKEN, with the hope of making the watcher forget any pressures and troubles and just have a gut-busting good time.

 

 

 

 

2.  You co-wrote the script with your father, Gary. Tell us about the story. And by the way, who’s funnier − Father or Son?

(MATT:) Gary wrote the script and along the way, we brainstormed about scenes and characters and plot lines. When he finished the first draft, I remember laughing so hard, I hurt my throat.  He is a funny, funny guy…but I may be funnier looking…

(GARY:)  I don’t know about who is funnier looking… (Laughs) We brainstormed this concept on a long drive. We thought up scenes and characters and laughed about them until we cried. We have three more comedies in the works, one a zombie film, one a romantic comedy, and one a hilarious musical.

3.  You’ve set up a page on indiegogo (http://www.indiegogo.com/The-Park)  for people who would like to contribute, get some cool movie swag, and even potentially get an Associate Producer credit. Give us three good reasons why we should contribute to this project.

(MATT:) The first reason is that we make epic things that get out there into the world. Our films get distribution and are seen by millions. The second reason is that THE PARK is destined to be a cult classic and is one of the funniest movies you will ever see. Get on board on the ground floor now! The third reason is that becoming part of something big feels great. Feel awesome and get involved!

(GARY:) We completely trust our instincts and the quality of our product. THE PARK is relentless in the comedic antics of the deep, round characters. It has songs, dance, action and tons of funny physical comedy. Remember how many lines you remember from movies such as THE PRINCESS BRIDE or MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL?

Imagine seeing THE PARK years from now, and then showing your friends your name in the credits at the end!  You will feel maximum awesomeness!

4.  How did you find the location? Did you have to get permits or is this more of a guerrilla film?

(MATT:) We are filming all over the forest and a bit in Yosemite. I grew up here and so the locations are my old stomping grounds. We live in an area that looks like Yosemite and so everywhere we point the camera is “The Park”.  We have gotten permits to film in certain places and are going guerilla in others.

(GARY:)  Most of the film will be shot with permission on private property in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California. We have put time into scouting the perfect locations for each scene. Matt and I have made many trips into the back country.

5.  How can you possibly make a film for ~ $40,000?

(MATT:) Well, the budget on THE PARK will be MUCH less than that. The secret is passion, preparation, and absolute tenacity sprinkled with some talent. You dive in headfirst, never quit and never settle. As long as you have a great story and have prepared well, the rest will follow. Also, when you are honest and create great stories, people will want to be involved.

(GARY:) We can make a film for micro costs because we are blessed to be involved with many dedicated and talented people who are committed to the project as a family.  Also, it helps so much to have a Matt Sconce, who is a genius directing behind the camera, an Emmy nominated editor and award-winning movie maker.  Because he knows exactly what he wants in each shot, our shoot times are short and his concise direction/script management plays out into lower costs.

6.  Your script seems like it would be tons of fun for actors. And you have quite a diverse ensemble cast in the film. Tell us about the casting process, and who was your Casting Director?

(MATT:)  Carollyn De Vore of De Vore Talent was our casting director. We held auditions for one day at her studio in Fresno and had over 108 people audition from the Fresno and Mountain Areas as well, as Canada and LA through video auditions.

7.  Who are some of the actors that you have attached that we either already know or should be on the lookout for?

(MATT:)  Our cast is RIDICULOUSLY good and AMAZINGLY skilled at comedy. Each actor in this ensemble cast is someone who is going to explode into the comedy film scene after this movie. When you watch this movie, you will see some of the future leads of the next 20 years of comedy feature films. They are fresh faces that bring a prowess and invigorating newness to the repetitious comedies being released today.

8.  Gary, tell us why your son is such a great director and post-production whiz. Matt, tell us about your mechanical-savant father and his make-you-laugh-out-loud screenwriting ability.

(MATT:)  Other people have money…we have a Gary. My dad is an amazingly creative and technically skilled man. He can design and build just about anything and can do it quickly. He makes equipment we need from scraps of metal laying around the house and can see in 3D in his mind so he can build sets and equipment that is unable to be purchased like his groundbreaking and patent pending “Spin Rig” just used by Icon Films for an animal planet special. We are still looking for someone who wants to take it to the next level and make money on this amazing invention. Watch it here: http://www.vimeo.com/10814678

(GARY:)  Matt has always been a genius. I know that is easy for a father to say, but in his case it is true. He sees the whole movie in color and 3D in his mind, each scene playing out perfectly in his head before a single frame is shot. He knows how the acting will be necessary in each scene to play well. He sees the order of the edit before we shoot. I know to completely trust his gut feeling about any scene, including blocking, framing, background and acting.

9.  When are you going to shoot the film? What can we do to help you meet your funding goal?

(MATT:) We are halfway through our production as I type this. We are trying desperately to raise the money for post production sound, VFX and the real Alaskan Brown Bears and Cougars that will be seen in the movie. If each person could check out our indiegogo site at http://www.indiegogo.com/The-Park (or type “www.makethepark.com” into your web browser)  and just contribute $10 (more is great, of course) then we may reach our goal. Every little bit helps us make this movie right. So far, what we have is GOLD. This is everything we hoped it would be. Please check it out and help us make it better.

(GARY:)  We have nine more days of production, and then a few pick up shots we thought about. We will have SAG costs and post costs too. Any help anyone can give would be appreciated and would be remembered in a tremendous comedic masterpiece.  One person, with $10K Executive Producer credit, could possibly make 10 times their investment, and gain entrance into the world of producing profitable films, possibly working with us in future projects too.

10.  What are your plans for distribution? Will you be doing the festival circuit? If so, have you pre-selected any film festivals you want to attend?

(MATT:) We will absolutely be attending my favorite festival the Action on Film International Film Festival in Pasadena, But we are also aiming for Wide Scale Theatrical release. This movie is so funny and has such a broad appeal, we believe many people will want to be the ones to cash in on what it will make at the box office.

11.  You’ve done horror, you’ve done comedy … what’s next for the Sconce filmmaker family?  Any projects in production we should be on the lookout for?

(MATT:)  We have a drama/mystery in the hands of a VERY A-LIST actor right now and expect to hear back soon.  The movie is “Magic” and you can see more about it here: http://www.magic-the-movie-com.

After that, we have many other stories − fantasy/action, sci-fi/action, comedy/action, period pieces, sci-fi/thrillers, romantic comedies, and many more. Whatever we make will be made with honesty, integrity and be told and shot well so it will make you want to stand up and cheer!

(GARY:)  Matt has written the drama MAGIC, and it was recently awarded “Best Feature Script of the Year” at the off year American International Film Festival awards. We have had people read the script and call us immediately crying after they read it. We have a finished script, NODES, a big budget science fiction thriller, and we are working on two other scripts. Making films that have wide family-friendly, audience appeal, are tremendously entertaining, and are also profitable for investors is our passion.

Websites:

Official Film Website:  http://www.theparkmovie.com

Production Company Website:  http://www.aftershockstudios.com

Thank you, gentlemen, for taking time from shooting your film to give us an update. Hopefully we can help spread the word to elevate your film from “gold” to “titanium”. We look forward to seeing it and laughing our heads off. Cheers!

 

An award-winning indie comic creator and screenwriter, Bob Heske is currently writing/producing a micro-budget horror film called UNREST (http://www.indiegogo.com/unrest). Bob wrote THE NIGHT PROJECTIONIST, a vampire horror series to be published by Studio 407 (http://www.studio-407.com) 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.

 

WITCHBLADE BEGINS A NEW CHAPTER

Tim Seeley and Diego Bernard Are Witchblade’s New Creative Team

Berkeley, CA – 18 July 2011 – Sara Pezzini has been through a lot in the past six years. She’s had a child, maintained her police career while juggling her duties as Witchblade, lost and gained back the mystical gauntlet, hunted down those who kidnapped her daughter, and even discovered the inner-workings of the universe. Her life has been eventful. However, nothing has prepared her for what’s coming next!

Hot off the Top Cow universe-altering events of ARTIFACTS #13 and WITCHBLADE #150, WITCHBLADE #151 begins a new chapter in the story of Pezzini. The passionate new creative team will provide an ideal jumping on point for new readers.

These changes all start with Tim Seeley (HACK/SLASH) and Diego Bernard (The Man With No Name). Seeley and Bernard mark the first completely new creative team in over six years following the landmark run by Ron Marz and his co-collaborator Stjepan Sejic. Seeley will be using the Marz-era as a springboard from which to tell stories of Sara’s new life and build on the rich Top Cow history and continuity while bringing a new voice and putting her through new challenges.

“Over the years, I’ve developed a rep as a guy who likes to write women who kick ass, and look great doing it,” said Seeley. “I’m over-the-moon at getting the opportunity to follow up one of the most beloved creative teams in comic history, on one of the most enduring heroines ever!”

To celebrate this new chapter, Top Cow is lowering the regular cover price of Witchblade to $2.99 and offering two covers by John Tyler Christopher (ARTIFACTS) and Dennis Calero (X-Men: Noir), as well as a special retailer incentive cover by the legendary J. Scott Campbell.

WITCHBLADE #151 (AUG110425), a 32-page full color comic book, is available for order in the August issue of Previews.

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 Announces Chris Roberson and Rich Ellis’s Memorial

An all-new comic series coming in February

[Memorial Cover]San Diego, CA (July 18, 2011)—As San Diego Comic-Con draws near, IDW Publishing is pleased to announce MEMORIAL, an original comic series beginning in February, written by New York Times best-selling author and creator of iZombie and Cinderella: Fables are Forever, Chris Roberson. Joining Roberson to produce this first fantastical mini-series is the enormously talented artist Rich Ellis.

Memorial,” Roberson says, “is a kind of cross between Doctor Who and Sandman by way of Miyazaki. A comic about memory and magic, mythology and mystery.”

MEMORIAL is the story of Em, a young woman who arrives at a hospital in Portland, Oregon with no memory of her past. A year later, she has managed to rebuild her life, finding a job and friends, when her existence is thrown into turmoil after she inherits a magical shop, the kind that appears in an alley one instant and disappears the next. Em finds herself drawn into a supernatural conflict between immortal beings representing the fundamental aspects of the universe itself. All of existence is at stake, and the only things standing in the way of total oblivion are Em, the magical shop, and a talking cat.
[Memorial Interior Image]
Comic veteran Roberson has received two Eisner Award nominations this year for Best Limited Series (Cinderella: From Fabeltown with Love) and Best New Series (iZombie.) Roberson will be attending San Diego Comic-Con, and is featured in the IDW Panel taking place on Thursday from 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM in Room 9. Stay tuned, as an exciting announcement will be revealed during the panel. He will also be signing at the IDW booth #2643 on Friday between 1 – 2 PM.

MEMORIAL #1 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be available in stores in February 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; Sony’s Ghostbusters; 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.

InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 7-20-11

Welcome to the IC Comic Hot Picks.

 There are many Indie books to check out this week, but let’s do a quickie of the “big 2” first.

Marvel – With a re-launch of Captain America last week, this week we see another long time Marvel hero get a new number one issue. Daredevil gets the nod this week as Marvel seems to be spreading out their new number one issues as oppose to DC doing most of them all at once. The question remains as always, is this really necessary? That said it should be an interesting go here with Mark Waid writing the series and Paolo Manuel providing the artwork. Very cool Variant covers from legends John Romita Sr. and Neal Adams as well.

Well the hype machine comes out once again with one of Marvel’s solicits stating “This is the X-Men comic that will have people talking for years!” We’ll see on Wednesday if this one lives up to the hype.

The (moderately successful?) Fear Itself rampages on in Fear Itself FF #1 with another fine cover from Gabriele Dell’otto.

DC – Batman #712 introduces a new character. That’s always fun within a Bat comic. War of Green Lanterns: Aftermath #1 is a definite pick up. And the Flashpoint books continue……

 

Indie’s – Like The Boys series? Check out the new Boys comic The Boys Butcher Baker Candlestickmaker #1. Image Comics Repulse #1 looks like a possible hit. Check out that Szymon Kudranski cover too. Visionary Comics/Pinnacle Entertainment Deadlands: Massacre at red Wing from Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray. Do you really need any other reason NOT to check this book out?

Here are a few more Indie’s you should check out; Marksman #1, Rain #1, Haunted City #0, and the awesome Sergio Aragones with his self titled Funnies #1.

 

 

Covers of the week:

 

That’s it for this week. See you next week! Invest wisely.

 -Jay Katz

John Carpenter’s Asylum

Our friend Jeff Balke (Colorist) was kind enough to share a little bit of his NEW project with InvestComics! He’s working with John Carpenter! Yes THAT John Carpenter! IC will post a couple of things, but MORE to come!

 

 

John Carpenter’s Asylum – Creator Intro and Bios

CLICK on the PDF above to check out the amazing creators on this project.

Bruce Jones

Sandy King

Thomas Ian Grifith

Jason Craig

Russel Jackson

Austin Janowsky

….and of course our friend Jeff Balke!

MMA K-O!

Blair Butler and Kevin Mellon Team Up to Show Fans Heart

Berkeley, CA — 15 July 2011 — G4tv’s Blair Butler announced yesterday that she’s making her professional comics writing debut at Image Comics this November, with a four-issue miniseries called HEART. Featuring art by LOVESTRUCK artist Kevin Mellon with lettering and design by Crank!, HEART combines Butler’s love of both comics and mixed martial arts for a story that’s both full of action and emotionally gripping.


“I think it’s safe to say that writing this book was hugely intimidating. It’s scary to think that you might fail horribly at something you love!” exclaimed Butler. “But this is a story I’ve been dying to tell. I know it’s set in a world that may seem esoteric or overwhelmingly brutal to a lot of people, but I hope both comics and MMA fans will find a lot to relate to inside. HEART is about the initial rush of joy that comes with discovering something you love, finding a purpose, and what happens when you reach your threshold and have to question your own heart and dedication.”


HEART chronicles the struggles and victories of a spirited young fighter named Oren as he forges ahead through a difficult, frequently painful career path. Even though Mellon is illustrating pages chock-full of fight scenes, he has described the story of HEART as like nothing else in comics right now.“Before I had even read the script, I wondered how one could do a comic book taking place in the mixed martial arts world,” explained Mellon. “But I have to admit, I was intrigued by Blair’s notion of going deeper and doing a more emotive story about a person’s inner journey that happens to be set in that world.”Mellon continued: “I was immediately taken aback by how much I related to the voice and the character of Oren. There are a lot of cool (and complicated!) fight scenes in this book, but I was amazed at Blair’s ability to choreograph a wealth of character, as well as punches, into them.”

“I’ve been incredibly lucky to work with artist Kevin on this,” Butler added. “The first page he sent in just looked incredible — and he’s been consistently kicking ass ever since. So if you’re down for dudes punching each other in the face — please give us a shot!”

“Blair and I first started talking about HEART at Comic-Con last year, and I’m thrilled that readers will finally be able to read the wonderful story that’s been percolating in her mind over the last year,” said Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson. “Her passion for the material is undeniable, and in Kevin, she’s found the perfect artist to bring that passion to life on the page. Get ready for a really special series!”

HEART #1, a 32-page black and white comic book, will be available to order in the September issue of Previews, and goes on sale in stores in November 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.

IDW Announces H.P. Lovecraft Adaptation

New miniseries based on Lovecraft’s The Dunwich Horror

Joe Lansdale brings the horror classic to the 21st Century

 
[Lovecraft Cover]San Diego, CA (July 15, 2011)—In anticipation of Comic-Con International: San Diego 2011, IDW Publishing today announced H.P. LOVECRAFT’S THE DUNWICH HORROR, a comic series with a modern take on Lovecraft’s timeless short story of terror The Dunwich Horror. Starting in October, author Joe R. Lansdale and artist Peter Bergting bring to the 21st century audience classic horrors that influenced many prominent authors, most notably Stephen King, who cites Lovecraft as the largest influence on his own writing.
 
“It’s flattering to be working on a Lovecraft project, one of the most influential horror writers of all time,” said Lansdale, a seven-time Bram Stoker Award winner.
 
Originally published in the April 1929 issue of Weird Tales, and set in Dunwich, Massachusets, The Dunwich Horror depicts an eerie story of Wilbur Whateley, a sorcerer’s grandson and his search for the Necronomicon, a magical textbook said to hold the powers to open the way for the return of the “Old Ones” to Earth.
 
“Like many before me, H.P. Lovecraft’s stories have had a great impact on my notion of what fiction can be,” said editor Denton J. Tipton. “Helping to bring Lovecraft’s work to a new generation of readers is a great honor, as is working with Joe and Peter. The legacy couldn’t be in better hands.”
 
Each of the four issues in the H.P. LOVECRAFT’S THE DUNWICH HORROR miniseries will also offer an adaptation of Lovecraft’s short story The Hound, by noted Lovecraft historian Robert Weinberg and artist menton3. First published in the February 1924 issue of Weird Tales, The Hound tells the cryptic tale of two grave robbers, who take their private collection too far when they dig up the grave of one of their own.
 
“Lovecraft’s story ‘The Hound’ is horror at its most intense,” said Weinberg. “The climax of the story is one you won’t forget!”
 
Readers are encouraged to ask their retailer about the variant Nick Percival covers and The Dunwich Horror prose chapbooks for each issue. Each chapbook will feature a portion of the original The Dunwich Horror prose; readers collection all four chapbooks will come away with the prose for The Dunwich Horror and The Hound.
 
Also coming in October from IDW Publishing, THE LOVECRAFT LIBRARY, VOL 1: HORROR OUT OF ARKHAM features terrifying tales by H.P. Lovecraft, including Herbert West—Reanimator, The Unnamable, The Colour Out of Space, The Dunwich Horror, and The Shadow Over Innsmouth. With art by Menton3 and an introduction by Robert Weinberg, this is one book that horror fans can’t do without!
 
H.P. LOVECRAFT: THE DUNWICH HORROR #1 (of 4) ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be available in stores in October 2011.
 
THE LOVECRAFT LIBRARY, VOLUME 1: HORROR OUT OF ARKHAM ($16.99, 232 pages, full color, hardcover) will be available in stores in October 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; Sony’s Ghostbusters; 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.

It’s Either In You Or It’s Not

Find out more at the Fear Itself Panel (Sunday, July 24th at 12:30PM PST) during Comic Con International in San Diego! Can’t make it to the convention? Follow along on the Marvel Events App & events.marvel.com for real-time announcements!

 

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

IDW Publishing Announces San Diego Comic-Con Signing Schedule

All-Star Signings at booth #2643!

Joe Hill! Ashley Wood! Steve Niles! Gabriel Rodriguez!
Anne Rice! Kevin Eastman! Eric Powell! George R.R. Martin! Walter Simonson!
J. Scott Campbell! Jonathan Ross! And many more!

[Mighty Thor Cover]San Diego, CA (July 14, 2011)—Once again making a splash at Comic-Con, IDW Publishing today announced the company’s action-packed signing schedule, featuring exclusive appearances with such fan-favorite talent as George R.R. Martin, Walter Simonson, Anne Rice, Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez, Ashley Wood and Kevin Eastman.

“Try and find a booth with more talent in it in San Diego, you won’t!” exclaimed Dirk Wood, IDW’s director of retail marketing, responsible for the impressive signing roster. “We really went all out this year, and while I’m personally already exhausted just thinking about it, fans are going to love being at the IDW booth.”

IDW kicks off Comic-Con with a special Walter Simonson event during preview night, celebrating the launch of the WALTER SIMONSON’S THE MIGHTY THOR: ARTIST’S EDITION with Simonson on hand to sign the SDCC exclusive variant.

Other signing highlights include Anne Rice (Servant of the Bones) on Thursday, George RR Martin (Doorways) on Friday, Michael McMillian (True Blood: Tainted Love) on Friday and Saturday, and Kevin Eastman and a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles party on Saturday. Plus, Eisner nominated Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez (Locke & Key), Comic-Con guest Ashley Wood, and comics historians Dean Mullaney and Craig Yoe will all be headquartered at the IDW booth #2643 throughout the convention.

See the full, all-star list below!

Wednesday July 20th Preview Night

OPEN – 8:00  SPECIAL EVENT! Walter Simonson’s The Mighty Thor: Artist’s Edition
Book Release Featuring IDW Guest of Honor –
Walter Simonson (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)

[Servant of the Bones Cover]Thursday July 21st

10:00 – 11:00 All-Ghouls SchoolMarc Sumerak, Brian Miller (Get a free limited signing card!)
11:00 – 12:00 Walter Simonson’s The Mighty Thor: Artist’s EditionWalter
Simonson
(*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
12:30 – 2:00 Servant of the BonesAnne Rice (Check out the show exclusive Comic!)
(Signing items limited – See employee for details)
[The Cape]2:00 – 3:00 Code Word: GeronimoCapt. Dale Dye, Dr. Julia Dye (Get a free limited
signing card!)
3:00 – 4:00 Walter Simonson’s The Mighty Thor: Artist’s EditionWalter
Simonson
(*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
3:00 – 4:00 Tribes: The Dog YearsMichael Geszel, Inaki Miranda
4:00 – 5:00 The Rocketeer Adventures Tommy Lee Edwards, Jonathan Ross, Mike Allred
5:00 – 6:00 Locke & KeyJoe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez (*Check out the show exclusive
hardcover! And don’t miss the debut of The Cape #1 by Joe Hill!
)

Friday July 22nd
[Popbot Cover]
10:00 – 11:00 DoorwaysGeorge R.R. Martin
(Signing items limited – See employee for details)
11:00 – 12:00 IDW Special GuestAshley Wood (*Check out Ash’s multiple exclusives!)
11:00 – 12:00 True Blood Michael McMillian, Marc Andreyko, MariahHuehner, J. Scott Campbell, Joe Corroney
(Get a free limited signing card!)
12:00 – 1:00 Walter Simonson’s The Mighty Thor: Artist’s EditionWalter
Simonson
(*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
12:00 – 1:00 Love and CapesThom Zahler
1:00 – 2:00 Doctor WhoTony Lee, Kelly Yates, Matthew Sturges, Mark
Buckingham, Brian Shearer
(Get a free limited signing card!)
1:00 – 2:00 *Special Announcment! New Series Signing – Chris Roberson
(Get a free limited signing card!)
[Locke & Key Cover]2:00 – 3:00 Locke & KeyJoe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!
And don’t miss the debut of
The Cape #1 by Joe Hill!)
2:00 – 3:00 G.I. JOE Mike Costa (Get a free limited signing card!)
2:00 – 3:00 Yoe Books! 3D Comics! Craig Yoe
3:00 – 4:00 TorpedoJordi Bernet
3:00 – 4:00 *Special Announcment! New Series Signing Menton3, Kasra
Ghanbari
(Get a free limited signing card!)
4:00 – 5:00 Star Trek Mike Johnson, Tim Bradstreet, Roberto Orci (Get a free limited
signing card!)
4:00 – 5:00 All-Ghouls School Marc Sumerak (Get a free limited signing card!)
5:00 – 6:00 Celebrating the upcoming major motion picture Dorothy of Oz! – Roger[Dorothy of Oz Cover] S. Baum,
Denton Tipton
(*Get a free comic!)
5:30 – 7:00 Presenting The Cast of the upcoming Chiller movie Remains! – Miko Hughes,
Evalena Marie, Grant Bowler & co-creator Steve Niles

(*Get a free poster!)

Saturday July 23rd

10:00 – 11:00 Tank GirlRufus Dayglo
10:00 – 11:00 Kill ShakespeareAndy Belanger
11:00 – 12:00 Silent HillTom Waltz, Menton3
11:00 – 12:00 Angel YearbookChris Ryall, Scott Tipton, Brian Lynch
12:00 – 1:00 Walter Simonson’s The Mighty Thor: Artist’s EditionWalter Simonson (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
[Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Cover]12:00 – 1:00 Horror Hour with Steve Niles! Steve Niles, R.H. Stavis, Fiona Staples
1:00 – 2:00 Launch Party! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Kevin Eastman, Dan Duncan, Tom Waltz
(*Get an exclusive SDCC TMNT Ashcan!)
1:00 – 2:00 Celebrating the upcoming major motion picture Dorothy of Oz! – Roger S. Baum, Megan Hilty,
Amy Mebberson, Denton Tipton
(*Get a free comic!)
2:00 – 3:00 JerichoDan Shotz, Robert Levine, Matt Federman, Tom Davidson &
Special guest – Cast member Brad Beyer!

2:00 – 3:00 GhostbustersNick Runge (Get a free limited signing card!)
3:00 – 4:00 Walter Simonson’s The Mighty Thor: Artist’s EditionWalter[Archie Celebration Cover]
        Simonson (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
3:00 – 4:00 TransformersMike Costa, John Barber (Get a free limited signing card!)
4:00 – 5:00 Godzilla: Kingdom of MonstersEric Powell (Get a free limited signing card!)
4:00 – 5:00 True BloodMichael McMillian, Marc Andreyko, Mariah
Huehner, Joe Corroney
(Get a free limited signing card!)
5:00 – 6:00 Locke & Key Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez (*Check out the show exclusive
hardcover! And don’t miss the debut of
The Cape #1 by Joe Hill!)
5:00 – 6:00 Devil’s ConcubinePalle Schmidt
6:00 – 7:00 Zombies vs RobotsAshley Wood, Chris Ryall (*Check out the exclusive
hardcover!
)
6:00 – 7:00 Archie Celebration!Victor Gorelick, Jon Goldwater, Mike Pellerito,
Dan Parent, Craig Yoe

Sunday July 24th

[Amazing 3D Cover]10:00 – 11:00 Kill ShakespeareAndy Belanger
11:00 – 12:00 True BloodMarc Andreyko, Mariah Huehner, Joe Corroney (Get a free limited signing card!)
11:00 – 12:00 The Last Unicorn Peter S. Beagle
12:00 – 1:00 Suicide GirlsMissy Suicide, Brea Grant, Zane Grant, Cameron
Stewart, David Hahn

12:00 – 1:00 Eternal DescentLlexi Leon
1:00 – 2:00 Miss Fury & The Library of American Comics! Trina Robbins, Dean Mullaney[True Blood Cover]
1:00 – 2:00 Yoe Books! 3D Comics!  Craig Yoe
1:00 – 2:00 Walter Simonson’s The Mighty Thor: Artist’s EditionWalter
        Simonson (*Check out the show exclusive hardcover!)
2:00 – 3:00 TorpedoJordi Bernet
2:00 – 3:00 Tribes: The Dog Years Michael Geszel, Inaki Miranda
3:00 – 4:00 Doctor WhoTony Lee, Kelly Yates, Matthew Sturges,
Mark Buckingham, Brian Shearer, Amy Mebberson
(Get a free limited signing card!)
3:00 – 4:00 Tank GirlRufus Dayglo

Immortality Takes a Dark Turn in IDW’s MONOCYTE

Original comic series from menton3 and Kasra

“A fantastic new addition … beautiful artwork” – Ashley Wood
[Monocyte Cover]San Diego, CA (July 14, 2011) – Adding to the growing excitement for San Diego Comic-Con, IDW Publishing today announced MONOCYTE, an all-new four-issue comic series launching in October. Written by breakthrough artist menton3 with Kasra Ghanbari, with art and covers by menton3 (Zombies vs Robots Aventure, Silent Hill: Past Life), MONOCYTE brings readers to a scarred world where time has no meaning, ruled by two warring immortal races.

“I had the wonderful opportunity to work with menton3 on IDW’s Silent Hill: Past Life miniseries,” said IDW senior staff writer and editor, Tom Waltz. “His work on that book was phenomenal and I knew all along he was destined to be a mega-star in this industry. MONOCYTE proves I was right!”

MONOCYTE #1, available in October, tells the tale of two warring immortal races who rule a scarred world absent of duration. Death sits impotent, quietly planning his restoration. He summons Monocyte, a forgotten immortal necromancer who long ago chose sleep in his failed quest to die. With a fatal pact sealed, Monoctye strikes out as Death’s vicious proxy.  MONOCYTE is an action-adventure in a hyperrealistic fantasy setting with occult undertones, filled with visually dazzling characters, environments, and dynamic fight scenes all imbued with magical, occult, political, philosophical, social, and technological themes.

Readers can get a taste of the MONOCYTE horror through a free digital preview, available from IDW this summer. In addition to the two issue #1 covers by menton3, readers are encouraged to ask their local retailer about the variant Ashley Wood cover. Future issues of MONOCYTE will feature variant covers by such luminaries as Bill Sienkiewicz.

Ashley Wood praised MONOCYTE as “a fantastic new addition to the sci-fi/fantasy genre. Filled with menton3’s beautiful artwork, Monocyte combines cerebral complexity and entertainment in one damn fine package.”

MONOCYTE #1 (of 4, $3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be available in comic stores in October 2011.  

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.

THE ORIGINS OF CARBON GREY REVEALED

The First of Two Stand Alone Origins Issues To Debut In October

Berkeley, CA — 14 July 2011 — Hoang Nguyen, Khari Evans and Paul Gardner, the creative team behind CARBON GREY present CARBON GREY ORIGINS, a two-issue anthology of short stories set in the larger world of the epic CARBON GREY series from Image Comics. In the six tales of legends and secret histories that make up the first issue, a boy becomes a god, two fictional characters come to life, a refugee becomes a queen, and two sisters become killers.

Created in collaboration with both new and well-established artists and writers, these tales provide insight into the history and motivations of the series’ key characters, while also introducing a number of new characters destined to play an important role in the forthcoming second arc of CARBON GREY. Series regulars Khari Evans, Hoang Nguyen and Kinsun Loh are joined by artists such as Pop Mhan (SpyBoy, Flash).

“In the series to date we’ve been able to show just a small part of the world of CARBON GREY,” said creator and artist Nguyen. “I’m so happy that Image has given us the opportunity to explore it more fully. We hope that these two standalone issues will give readers of the first arc a new perspective on the story of CARBON GREY, and at the same time provide new readers with an ideal introduction to the series.”

CARBON GREY ORIGINS #1, a 32-page full color comic, will go on sale October 26, 2011 for $3.99 and will be available for order in the October edition of Previews. CARBON GREY, VOL. 1: SISTERS AT WAR TP (JUL110459), a 96-page trade paperback collecting the first 3 issues of the sold out first story arc and more, goes on sale September 14, 2011 for only $9.99.

Stay up to date with the latest on Carbon Grey and contact the creators at http://carbongrey.blogspot.com/.

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.

First Look: Ultimate Comics X-Men #1

Marvel is pleased to present your first look at Ultimate Comics X-Men #1, from rising stars Nick Spencer & Paco Medina! Iceman, Kitty Pride and the Human Torch discover the true history of the x-gene as the divide between Mankind and Mutantkind grows deeper than ever before! Who are the X-Men and how will they handle the fallout of this universe shattering discovery? Find out in Ultimate Comics X-Men #1 this September, as Ultimate Comics Universe Reborn continues!

 

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ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN #1 (JUL110608)
Written by NICK SPENCER

Art by PACO MEDINA

Cover by KAARE ANDREWS (POLYBAGGED)

Variant Cover by PACO MEDINA

Rated T+ …$3.99

FOC – 08/22/11, ON SALE – 09/14/11

 

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

Hawken Takes Flight with IDW

Tim Truman returns to the Weird West with all-new miniseries
Starting in November

[Hawken Cover]San Diego, CA (July 13, 2011)—Continuing the assent to San Diego Comic-Con, IDW Publishing today announced HAWKEN, an all-new, six-issue comics series illustrated and co-created by comics legend Tim Truman, best known for his reinvention of Jonah Hex and Hawkman, as well as his groundbreaking work on Scout and Grimjack. HAWKEN will be scripted by Ben Truman, who co-developed the series with his father.HAWKEN tells the story of aging gunman Kitchell Hawken and his bloody, one-man vendetta against the Tucson Ring, a brotherhood of arms merchants and corrupt politicians who once employed him.

“Hawken has been many things in his day,” said Tim Truman. “Scout, tracker, scalp-hunter, raider, hired gun… But mostly, he’s been a nasty son-of-a-bitch.”

In each issue, the team will reveal new pieces of the character’s past. “Suffice it to say that after a lifetime spent doing some very bad things, Hawken had one last shot at redemption. The Ring took it away. Just what a any good Western revenge epic needs. However, in HAWKEN, that’s where things get strange.”

Strange indeed. Hawken has unusual companions on his war trail: The ghosts of every person he’s ever killed, cursed to assist the old man against their wills. “In many ways, it’s not the ghosts who haunt Hawken. It’s Hawken who haunts them. They try to trip him up at every turn.”

Renowned for depicting hard-scrabble, violent heroes, Tim admits that the new book ups the ante. “Folks would be hard pressed to find a character as ruthless and pissed-off as Kit Hawken. He has good reasons for his rampage, and believe me, a rampage it is. For once, the bad men have truly messed with the wrong guy.”

Scripter Ben Truman, who also works as an educator in Tucson, described the project starting almost by accident. “My parents were visiting here in Arizona, and while driving through Sunset Crater Park I asked Dad if he’s ever seen any accounts where a man had survived a scalping. Somehow, that kicked it off. Hawken grew from the landscapes of each new place we visited: His name in Flagstaff, his past in Bisbee, the curse in Tempe, his vendetta in Tombstone. By the time we left San Xavier Mission, the first issue was plotted. A year later, we signed a contract with IDW. We all hope this story will grab people like it did us.

“HAWKEN takes people to unexplored corners of the Wild West, paying homage to spaghetti westerns and the like.” Along the way, the creative team grabs familiar Old West themes by the throat and twists them inside out.

“When I first heard about this project, I jumped at the chance to work with an industry legend,” says editor Denton J. Tipton. “Tim continues to produce at the highest level, and working with Ben has pushed him even harder to exceed expectations. And they surely don’t disappoint with HAWKEN.”

HAWKEN #1 (of 6, $3.99, 32 pages, duo-tone) will be available in stores in November 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! 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.

Locke & Key Extravaganza at San Diego Comic Con 2011

Locke & Key Extravaganza at San Diego Comic Con 2011

Screening, signings, panels, keys, tattoos, exclusives and more!

[Locke & Key, Vol 4: Keys to the Kingdom Cover]San Diego, CA (July 11, 2011)—LOCKE & KEY is taking San Diego Comic-Con by storm in July. Centered at the IDW booth #2643, the LOCKE & KEY action will be non-stop, with exclusive keys, books and temporary tattoos; plus signings with the multiple Eisner-nominated creative team of Joe Hill (Horns) and Gabriel Rodriguez. On Friday, attendees will have a chance to see the pilot everyone is talking about, as Hill and Rodriguez headline the panel and are joined by Locke & Key television writer Josh Friedman for an only at Comic-Con screening of the Locke & Key pilot. With thanks to Fox Broadcasting Corporation, details for the screening and panel are listed below.

Throughout Comic-Con, readers will head to the IDW booth for their Locke & Key fix, headlined by an exclusive edition of the latest collected edition, LOCKE & KEY, VOL. 4: KEYS TO THE KINGDOM, and several exclusive keys, thanks to Skelton Key Studios. From Skelton Key Studios, IDW will be selling a limited number of Legacy Edition Ghost Keys, Shadow Keys, Head Keys and Hercules Keys, as well as the Comic-Con exclusive IDW Key. Locke & Key fans will also be able to pick up the latest issue of the series, too, LOCKE & KEY: CLOCKWORKS #1, which makes its debut that week. IDW will also be offering temporary tattoos of seven different LOCKE & KEY keys, including the Omega Key, the Head Key and the brand new IDW key. Attendees are encouraged to stop by the IDW booth to get tattooed throughout the convention.

“I’m glad to see LOCKE & KEY getting the recognition it deserves,” said IDW chief executive officer and co-founder, Ted Adams. “It’s especially great that Joe and Gabe’s hard work and amazing creativity is being honored by their peers with four Eisner nominations and two Harvey Award nominations this year alone.”

LOCKE & KEY, VOL. 4: KEYS TO THE KINGDOM features more keys making themselves known and the depths of the Locke’s family’s mysteries ever-expanding, while Dodge’s desperation to end his shadowy quest drives the habitants of Keyhouse ever closer to a revealing conclusion. The variant edition of the KEYS TO THE KINGDOM hardcover features a cover image by Gabriel Rodriguez with the three new keys featured in the book spot-varnished in front of the Well House.

Adapting LOCKE & KEY, VOL. 1: WELCOME TO LOVECRAFT, the Fox Television pilot will be screened only once during Comic-Con, on Friday, July 22nd at 10.30 a.m. in room 8. In addition to the screening, IDW’s editor in chief/chief creative officer Chris Ryall will moderate a panel featuring Hill, Rodriguez, and Friedman all participating in a discussion of the show, the comic and what’s coming up in CLOCKWORKS, the second-to-last story arc in the acclaimed series. The panel will begin immediately following the screening, also in room 8.

Locke & Key Pilot Screening:
Friday, July 22nd
10.30 a.m.
Room 8

Locke & Key Panel:
Friday, July 22nd
Immediately following screening
Room 8

[Locke & Key: Ghost Key Image]
[Locke & Key Exclusive Cover]Locke & Key Exclusives:
LOCKE & KEY, VOL. 4: KEYS TO THE KINGDOM San Diego Comic Con exclusive variant cover ($40, 160 pages, hardcover) will be available at the IDW booth, while supplies last.

Legacy Edition Ghost Key ($20, 3.5 inches, antique silver-plated pewter cast, printed black velvet bag) will be available at the IDW booth, while supplies last.

100 Legacy Edition Head Keys ($25, 4.6 inches, bright rose gold-plated pewter cast, printed black velvet bag) will be available at the IDW booth, while supplies last.

Legacy Edition Shadow Keys ($20, 3 inches, pewter cast, bright nickel finish and black enamel, black velvet bag) will be available at the IDW booth, while supplies last.

100 Legacy Edition Hercules Keys ($25, 3.6 inches, antique yellow gold-plated pewter cast, printed black velvet bag) will be available at the IDW booth, while supplies last.

[Locke & Key: Head Key]250 2011 Comic-Con exclusive IDW Keys ($25, 5 inches, antique silver-plated pewter cast, printed black velvet bag with a hand numbered tag) will be available at the IDW booth, while supplies last.

[Locke & Key: Shadow Key]IDW Key temporary tattoo (free) will be available at the IDW booth, while supplies last.

Omega Key temporary tattoo (free) will be available at the IDW booth, while supplies last.

Shadow Key temporary tattoo (free) will be available at the IDW booth, while supplies last.

Gender Key temporary tattoo (free) will be available at the IDW booth, while supplies last.

Head Key temporary tattoo (free) will be available at the IDW booth, while supplies last.
[Locke & Key: Hercules Key]
Ghost Key temporary tattoo (free) will be available at the IDW booth, while supplies last.

Animal Key temporary tattoo (free) will be available at the IDW booth, while supplies last.

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.

ARE YOU ADDICTED TO ALIENS?

Xenoholics Will Get Fans Addicted to Out-of-This-World New Series
Berkeley, CA – 12 July 2011 – For all your addictions of the extraterrestrial variety, from wild conspiracy theories to late night encounters with probes, the XENOHOLICS are here to help! In October, writer Joshua Williamson (DEAR DRACULA) and artist Seth Damoose (I HATE GALLANT GIRL) will offer their tongue-in-cheek support group to the masses by way of a new series from Image Comics and Shadowline.

Dan Duncan is contributing painted covers that make even little green men look good, and Damoose provides quirky, charismatic interior art with lots of personality and animation. Williamson promises that XENOHOLICS, as USAToday put it, “won’t be a book that skimps on the out-of-towners.”

“XENOHOLICS is about aliens and I didn’t want it to be one of those books where the aliens are only hinted at,” Williamson commented. “But aliens aren’t the only stars! There are also the crazy people who believe in them. I’ve always been fascinated with people who claimed to have been abducted or believe with all their hearts that aliens are out there… watching us. This is their story as they get thrown into a larger conspiracy, and we get to see how they react to it. Our main goal was to take the alien genre and spin the clichés on their heads, creating without a doubt the weirdest book I’ve ever written.”

“XENOHOLICS will do for aliens what CHEW did for cannibals,” said Shadowline Publisher Jim Valentino. “It’s smart, funny and surprising. A perfect addition to Shadowline’s commitment to excellence in diversity and, I believe, our next hit.”

Believe it or not, aliens are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to conspiracies in this laugh-out-loud comic! While the XENOHOLICS may be there to help each other, it appears that not everyone in the group is being entirely honest about their encounters. Once readers have been introduced to XENOHOLIC’s motley crew of alien addicts, they’ll wonder, will any of these nuts ever be able to prove that aliens do in fact exist?
XENOHOLICS #1, a 32-page full color mature comedy comic book that will appeal to fans of CHEW and BOMB QUEEN, will be available for order in the August issue of Previews Catalog and goes on sale October 19, 2011 for $3.50.

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 LAST ARTIFACT

THE LAST ARTIFACT

Critically Acclaimed Top Cow Series Approaches Finale

Berkeley, CA – 12 July 2011 – This September, the final issue of Image Comics and Top Cow Productions’ ARTIFACTS series will not only feature interior art by comic icon Dale Keown (BERSERKER, PITT), but will set the stage for the entire Top Cow Universe for the foreseeable future. ARTIFACTS, orchestrated by prolific writer Ron Marz (SHINKU, WITCHBLADE) and various artists including Jeremy Haun, has definitely proven to be a world-changing event in the Top Cow Universe.

Marz commented on his work on the upcoming finale: “Honestly, the hardest thing to do with any event series is make sure the ending is worthy of what’s come before. That’s where the real pressure comes in. So having an immense talent like Dale Keown joining me for issue #13 makes it a lot easier to stick the landing, so to speak. With Dale on board, ARTIFACTS #13 will be epic in every sense of the word. I’ve been lucky to work with Michael Broussard, Whilce Portacio and Jeremy Haun on the series, and Dale is the icing on the cake.”

Keown added, “Top-Cow has created some great characters and story lines for the ARTIFACTS series and I’m thrilled to be working on the finale issue!”

The epic story of ARTIFACTS has been organically threading the lives and fates of the many beloved Top Cow characters together, so that however events in this last issue unfold, all will be impacted. Beginning in October, Top Cow Productions will be scheduling an ARTIFACTS-related title a week, so readers can follow their favorite characters within WITCHBLADE, THE DARKNESS, and THE MAGDALENA, as well as a yet-to-be-announced fourth mystery titleafter the fallout of ARTIFACTS.

“I am so incredibly excited for September and beyond in the Top Cow Universe. Ron Marz and I first discussed ARTIFACTS over two years ago and it’s thrilling to see readers experience the story I’ve known about all along. It’s even more exciting to see Dale Keown return to interior work. No reboots, no relaunches, just an epic event and a manageable comic universe done right!”

ARTIFACTS #13 (JUL110439), a 32-page full color comic book, is available for order in the July issue of Previews Catalog for $3.99 and ARTIFACTS VOL. 2 TP (OCT108036) goes on sale August 3, 2011 for $15.99.

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.

TEASER – DELIVER US FROM EVIL

Make sure to attend the Top Cow Production panel for more information about this exciting all-new upcoming comic, from fan-favorites Ron Marz and Stjepan Sejic!

Saturday, July 23
11:30 – 12:30 TOP COW: WE CREATE… EXCITEMENT
Join Top Cow founder Marc Silvestri (THE DARKNESS, X-Men/Dark Avengers: Utopia), President Matt Hawkins (THE DARKNESS II: CONFESSION), and Publisher Filip Sablik (LAST MORTAL), along with a bevy of Top Cow creators for the most dynamic, news-packed hour at Comic-Con! Be the first to get exclusive news about the future of the Top Cow Universe, the announcement of the 2011 PILOT SEASON titles and creative teams, and a metric truckload of Top Cow film and television announcements. Plus special surprise guests and a free gift for every attendee! Room 8

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DC’s BATMAN family October Solicits

DC’s second month of the DCnU solicits kick-off with the BAT Family.


BATMAN #2
Written by SCOTT SNYDER
Art and cover by GREG CAPULLO and JONATHAN GLAPION
Cover by GREG CAPULLO
Variant cover by JIM LEE
1:200 B&W variant cover by GREG CAPULLO
On sale OCTOBER 19 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Bruce Wayne is back in the cowl, hunting a new and deadly killer in Gotham City – a killer with a vendetta against Bruce Wayne! But who is this mysterious killer in an owl skull mask? And is he the key to unlocking one of Gotham’s oldest and most terrifying secrets? Be there for their first brutal encounter!


BATWING #2
Written by JUDD WINICK
Art and cover by BEN OLIVER
On sale OCTOBER 5 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
He is called Massacre, and he brings death. What does the soldier in service of Batman Incorporated do when he’s met his match? When he’s been brought so low and been wounded so badly? What does he do when lost Super Heroes begin turning up as victims? Batwing fights back!


DETECTIVE COMICS #2
Written by TONY S. DANIEL
Art by TONY S. DANIEL and RYAN WINN
Cover by TONY S. DANIEL
On sale OCTOBER 5 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Batman sets his sights on the Gotham Ripper, who in turn has his sights on Batman. Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne explores a budding romance with television journalist Charlotte Rivers, who’s visiting Gotham City to cover the gruesome slayings – while also trying to uncover Bruce’s own mystery. But time is running out as both Commissioner Gordon and Batman work to uncover the true identity of this new serial killer.


BATMAN: THE DARK KNIGHT #2
Written by DAVID FINCH and PAUL JENKINS
Art by DAVID FINCH and RICHARD FRIEND with JAY FABOK
Cover by DAVID FINCH and RICHARD FRIEND
On sale OCTOBER 26 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Something sinister surges through Arkham Asylum, and Batman finds himself bombarded by his greatest foes in this second sensational issue from superstar creator David Finch!
Bigger, meaner, and more powerful than ever before, the inmates of Arkham Asylum run rampant as the entire Bat Family struggles to keep the walls from falling down, unleashing Gotham City’s worst criminals on the unsuspecting population. And you won’t believe the jaw-dropping final page! Just keep repeating, “It’s only a comic book. It’s only a comic book…”


BATMAN AND ROBIN #2
Written by PETER J. TOMASI
Art by PATRICK GLEASON and MICK GRAY
Cover by PATRICK GLEASON
On sale OCTOBER 12 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Batman’s fears about Robin’s tendency to dish out more pain than necessary are growing! And who is the man named NoBody, visiting Gotham City to say hello to his old friend Bruce Wayne and find out where he went wrong in his battle against crime.


BATGIRL #2
Written by GAIL SIMONE
Art by ARDIAN SYAF and VICENTE CIFUENTES
Cover by ADAM HUGHES
On sale OCTOBER 12 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
The nightmare-inducing brute known as Mirror is destroying the lives of Gotham City citizens seemingly at random, and an explosive confrontation between Batgirl and Mirror leads Babs to question wearing the cape and cowl at all!
The riveting adventures of Batgirl continue in stunning fashion, with script by fan-favorite Gail Simone and stellar art by superstar Ardian Syaf!


BATWOMAN #2
Written by J.H. WILLIAMS III and W. HADEN BLACKMAN
Art and cover by J.H. WILLIAMS III
On sale OCTOBER 12 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
Horror! A terrifying new villain stalks the innocent children of Gotham City! Intrigue! A threatening government agency is hot on Batwoman’s trail. Romance! Kate Kane’s new relationship is heating up!
Can Batwoman stop the new evil rising from the damp back alleys of Gotham’s barrios? And overcome the many challenges she faces as both Batwoman and Kate Kane? 2011’s most anticipated new series intensifies in this exciting second issue!


NIGHTWING #2
Written by KYLE HIGGINS
Art and cover by EDDY BARROWS and JP MAYER
On sale OCTOBER 19 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
When a mysterious assassin targets Dick Grayson, Nightwing must work fast to uncover the killer’s plot before he strikes again. But as Haley’s Circus continues to perform in Gotham City, Dick finds himself torn between two lives: His old one as a circus performer and his new one as a Super Hero. And they may be more connected than he ever realized!


RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #2
Written by SCOTT LOBDELL
Art and cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT and BLOND
On sale OCTOBER 19 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Red Hood is already globe-trotting in an effort to find the ancient assassins behind the slaughter of those who taught him some of his darkest skills… and if Roy and Kori are going to be of any help, well, they’ll just have to tag along – whether Jason wants them to or not!


BIRDS OF PREY #2
Written by DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI
Art and cover by JESUS SAIZ
On sale OCTOBER 19 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
An explosion in a secure Gotham City airport terminal hurls Black Canary and Starling headlong into a nightmare involving stolen pharmaceuticals, terrorists for hire and killers in stealth suits who can appear – and disappear – at will. When Canary calls in backup, Starling’s not so sure a vengeful samurai who talks to her dead husband in a sword is the best choice.


CATWOMAN #2
Written by JUDD WINICK
Art and cover by GUILLEM MARCH
On sale OCTOBER 19 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
She’s a thief who lives to steal just for the thrill of breaking the law. He’s The Dark Knight, obsessively driven to battle evil with every ounce of his strength. They should keep each other at arm’s length, but…they just can’t seem to help themselves! Don’t miss this issue – things are gonna get messy!

InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 7-13-11

Welcome to InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 7-13-11.

Marvel – This week Marvel releases yet another re-launch in Captain America #1. Looks like this one will have somewhere in the range of 8 covers. Buy the Variant with the best ratio and sell it on Ebay next week when the movie hits. There will be a quick interest in the Cap books, but will die very soon thereafter.

Check out who Marvel’s hottest team is right now, Alpha Flight! Alpha Flight #2 with a great Puck cover will do well at the shops. If you want to invest in a great collector’s item, look for Uncanny X-Men #120. It came out in 1979 and cost only $100 (Comics Price Guide).  The current “mini-series” will do one of two things. 1, it will go longer than the slated 7 issues (continue). Or 2, it will end at issue number 7 only to start up as a regular series with a new number one issue. Add this up with a very good possibility of an Alpha Flight movie coming one day and all of a sudden that $100 doesn’t seem like much does it? 

FF #6 eyes the return of Black Bolt! BB’s first appearance is a very affordable $360 (Comics Price Guide) from Fantastic Four #45 1965. That beautiful Jack Kirby cover alone is worth the price of this book.

Black Panther The Man Without fear #521 debuts American Panther. That cover makes BP look like a bad as* so check out this debut.

Well the Ultimate Spider-Man is dead. Now one of the first elements within the grieving process begins. This part may fall into the denial or depression category, and money in Marvel’s pocket, which may leave you depressed! Ultimate Comics Fallout #1 focuses in on the end of Ultimate Spidey and the beginning of the New Ultimate Universe. Yes, acceptance.

DC continues their onslaught of Flashpoint with several more books to check out this week. Booster Gold #46, Emperor Aquaman #2, Deathstroke and the Curse of the Ravager #2, and Citizen Cold #2. Also on the path of DC’s onslaught, Green Lantern’s War of GL’s wraps up with Green Lantern #67 and check out some aftermath within the pages of Green Lantern Corps #61.

 A few Indie’s to check out this week.  Dollhouse Epitaphs #1, Red Wing #1, Space Warped #2, Crawl to me #1, and Loose Ends #1

 

 

 Before we go,

Covers of the Week:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-Jay Katz

It’s Either In You Or It’s Not

It’s Either In You Or It’s Not

Find out more at the Fear Itself Panel (Sunday, July 24th at 12:30PM PST) during Comic Con International in San Diego! Can’t make it to the convention? Follow along on the Marvel Events App & events.marvel.com for real-time announcements!

 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

Stunning Gabrielle Dell’Otto Variant for AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

 Kick off Spider-Island in style, with an all-new, ultra rare variant cover (1 for 100) by superstar artist Gabrielle Dell’otto! This summer, Peter Parker comes to the startling realization that he’s only one of several million people with spider-powers! As the infestation becomes an epidemic, can Spider-Man with the help of Earth’s Mightiest, find a cure? Find out as the biggest Spider-Man event of the year turns it up a notch with Amazing Spider-Man #667 Dell’Otto Variant!

Retailers should check the Marvel Mailer for information about this variant cover as well as a number of deep discounts on all issues of Spider-Island including tie-ins! No retailer will want to be unprepared for the Spider-Man event of the year!

 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #667 DELL’OTTO VARIANT (MAY118321)

Written by DAN SLOTT

Art & Cover by HUMBERTO RAMOS

Variant Cover by GABRIELLE DELL’OTTO

Rated A…$3.99

FOC – 7/18/11, ON-SALE – 8/10/11 

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

FEAR ITSELF: THE WORTHY VS. THE MIGHTY!

As the Serpent wages war across the entire Marvel Universe with the Worthy leveling everything in their path – the Mighty must rise up to end their reign of chaos.

 

FEAR ITSELF #5 (JUN110581)

Written by MATT FRACTION

Art by STUART IMMONEN

Cover by STEVE MCNIVEN

FOC – 7/18, On-Sale – 8/10

 

FEAR ITSELF #6 (JUL110570)

Written by MATT FRACTION

Art by STUART IMMONEN

Cover by STEVE MCNIVEN

FOC – 8/22 On-Sale – 9/14

 

FEAR ITSELF #7

Written by MATT FRACTION

Art by STUART IMMONEN

Cover by STEVE MCNIVEN

ON SALE THIS OCTOBER

 

 

 

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

INFINITE Variety

Leinil Francis Yu Covers Kirkman and Liefeld’s The Infinite
Berkeley, CA – 6 July 2011 – Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment are proud to announce a new variant cover for the debut issue of Robert Kirkman (THE WALKING DEAD) and Rob Liefeld’s (YOUNGBLOOD) new collaboration, THE INFINITE! Artist Leinil Francis Yu (Secret Invasion, Wolverine) provides dynamic and colorful new cover art for this exciting science fiction story from two of the industry’s most popular creators.
Several other special covers will be available for THE INFINITE #1, featuring artwork provided by no less than Image partner and SPAWN creator Todd McFarlane, another variant by Liefeld, and a blank variant perfect for sketches and signatures!
THE INFINITE #1 (JUN110473), a 32-page full-color sci-fi comic for $2.99, will be in stores August 3, 2011. THE INFINITE #1 LEINIL YU VAR (MAY118299) and the other variant covers are available for order now.

 

ABOUT ROBERT KIRKMAN

Robert Kirkman is a New York Times bestselling author known for being the cultural zeitgeist of the comic book industry. Following the grassroots success of the self-published Battle Pope (2000), Kirkman caught the eye of Image Comics founding partner Erik Larsen. After several short-term projects (SuperPatriot and TechJacket), he achieved superstar status in 2003 with Invincible and The Walking Dead . During a subsequent stint at Marvel Comics, he gained many new fans with the haunting and hilarious Marvel Zombies. MTV translated Kirkman’s Invincible into a motion comic — one of the first in a growing industry trend. Kirkman’s SKYBOUND imprint, under the Image Comics umbrella, is committed to fostering up-and-coming talent in the industry, and all acquisitions are hand-picked by Kirkman himself. Kirkman won the 2010 Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series for The Walking Dead. AMC’s interpretation of the comic, helmed by Frank Darabont and Gale Anne Hurd, has received glowing reviews from critics and fans alike, and continues to garner the highest ratings for the network, making it a game changer for groundbreaking television on cable. For more information about Skybound, visit http://www.skyboundent.com/.

 

 

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.

BOOM! STUDIOS offer THE RINSE #1 for $1

DIG IT! THIS SEPTEMBER
GET CAUGHT UP IN THE SEEDY
HARD-BOILED
UNDERWORLD OF
THE RINSE
BOOM!
STUDIOS’ LATEST CRIME SERIES
BY ACCLAIMED WRITER
GARY PHILLIPS

Check out the special 4-Page Preview!

July 5, 2011 – Los Angeles, CA – This September crime pays in more ways than one as BOOM! Studios offers the first
22-page issue of a brand new fast-paced, two-fisted crime series for only $1– enter THE RINSE! Acclaimed writer of Vertigo’s COWBOYS and ANGELTOWN, Gary Phillips and spectacular Vertigo artist Marc Laming (AMERICAN CENTURY) usher in a shocking vision of grit and greed. When a mountain of stolen cash is on the line, can ‘Frisco’s best laundryman reach the payout before the bullets reach him? Specially priced at only $1, THE RINSE #1 begins a modern tale of sin in the city by the bay that no crime fan can dare miss. Pre-order your copy today and get the full first issue this September for only $1!

“Gary Phillips is a man that knows crime and with THE RINSE he’s aiming for a kill shot,” says BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Paired with Marc Laming’s outstanding and visceral art, this series will knock you down, drag you around and keep your heart racing until the very last word!”

“With the full first issue priced at only $1, this is a deal you can’t refuse! I’m telling you, with high-crime at a low price THE RINSE is a win/win.” says BOOM! Studios Marketing & Sales Director Chip Mosher. “And if your go-to guys for crime in comics are people like Rucka and Brubaker, prepare to add one more name to that list: Gary Phillips!”

THE RINSE is a tale of high finance and low-down greed as Jeff Sinclair, the premiere laundryman in San Francisco, is unwillingly pulled into a dangerous gig laundering $25 million in stolen casino skim money. Forced to truly consider his
line of work and the evil that he facilitates, Jeff must find a way to clean the cash and wash away his own sins. A grounded, gritty look at the world of money laundering in the vein of Elmore Leonard, THE RINSE is a modern crime classic in the making! For fans of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ CRIMINAL!

THE RINSE #1 is written by Gary Phillips (COWBOYS, HIGH ROLLERS) and drawn by Marc Laming (AMERICAN
CENTURY). This title ships in September with A & B covers in a 50/50 split by Francesco Mattina and Paul Azaceta respectively. Featuring 22-pages of story and carrying a price point of $1 with a Diamond Code of
JUL110956.

 

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 as well as continuing to publish fan-favorite Disney Afternoon series DARKWING DUCK, CHIP ‘N’ DALE RESCUE RANGERS, DUCKTALES along with Disney standards MICKEY MOUSE, DONALD DUCK, UNCLE SCROOGE, and WALT DISNEY’S COMICS AND
STORIES.

30 DAYS OF NIGHT EVERY 30 DAYS

IDW Announces 30 DAYS OF NIGHT Ongoing Series

Steve Niles returns to pen an all-new monthly series beginning in October

 

San Diego, CA (July 5, 2011)—IDW Publishing today announced an all-new, ongoing 30 DAYS OF NIGHT comic book series, starting in October. Original co-creator Steve Niles returns to his first creation with this latest chapter in the 30 DAYS OF NIGHT series, joined by 30 Days of Night: Night, Again artist and The Maxx creator Sam Kieth. Niles and Kieth depict an epic story that shifts from Barrow, Alaska, to the city of angels, Los Angeles.

 

“I’ve been wanting to get back into the 30 Days of Night universe and shake things up for awhile now” said creator Niles. “I’ve just been waiting for the right moment, and the right artist. I have the right artist in Sam Kieth and the time is now.”

 

This terrifying new tale begins when a letter from Barrow, Alaska, carries a cryptic warning to a young, curious woman, leading her down a rabbit hole and face-to-face with her desires… and likely her demise. Elsewhere in Los Angeles, a vampire resurrection ignites, which could threaten the very way of life of all mankind.

 

“After several years away, Steve has returned to the 30 Days of Night world with a renewed vigor,” said editor Denton J. Tipton. “He has a great vision for the long game with surprises that even Steve didn’t see coming. And having Sam bring his mad genius to the project is like manna from heaven. Or, more appropriately, manna from hell.”

 

This new, ongoing series features a fresh cast of characters being introduced to the world of 30 DAYS OF NIGHT for the first time.  Fans are encouraged to ask their retailers about the rare Fiona Staples cover and vampire plush dolls.

 

“Honestly, I have nightmares because of this book,” added Tipton. “Steve and Sam are seriously deranged. I’ve read things that would make Freud blush. I’ve seen things that would make Chuck Norris vomit. Horror fans are going to love it.”

 

 

30 DAYS OF NIGHT #1 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be available in stores in October 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; Sony’s Ghostbusters; 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.

InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 7-6-11

Marvel

Hulk #36 – Zzzax Appearance

Incredible Hulk #166 (1973) 1st Appearance of Zzzax $25

Wolverine and Black Cat 2 #1

Fear Itself #4

Fear Itself Uncanny X-Force #1

DC

Flashpoint #3

Flashpoint Batman Knight of Vengeance #2

Indie’s

 Haunted #0

Elric The Balance Lost

Conan The Barbarian #14 – First Elric $80

Comics George Carlin #1

GRIME AND WONDER ON THE STREETS OF MALINKY ROBOT

Image Comics Collects Sonny Liew’s Inspired Short Stories

Berkeley, CA – 1 July 2011 – The captivating world and quirky characters detailed by award-winning artist Sonny Liew’s (LIQUID CITY VOL. 1 and 2, My Faith in Frankie, Wonderland, Sense and Sensibility) loose and emotive watercolor-drenched pencil work are set to charm readers in August, with the release of MALINKY ROBOT: COLLECTED STORIES AND OTHER BITS from Image Comics.

A recipient of the Xeric Award and Best Science Fiction Comic Album award at the Utopiales International SF Festival, MALINKY ROBOT blends dystopic sci-fi and indie sensibilities into a uniquely oddball world, where street urchins Atari and Oliver scrounge, steal bicycles and watch Giant Robot movies.

Liew says, “The stories of MALINKY ROBOT have always been the ones that I feel most personally connected with, from their rhythms and structure, to the character and architectural designs. It’s very exciting to see them collected together in this book.”

MALINKY ROBOT not only includes short stories like “Stinky Fish Blues” and “Karakuri” from the LIQUID CITY and Flight anthologies, but also a gallery of Liew’s concept and sketch art, along with pinups by incredible artists such as Mike Allred, Roger Langridge and Skottie Young. Writer Gail Simone (Birds of Prey, Secret Six, Deadpool, Wonder Woman) described the collection as “[a] book so full of wonders and treasures it feels like you should need a pirate’s map to find it. A stunningly gorgeous mix of urban fantasy and charming adventure that I plan to read until the spine falls off.”

MALINKY ROBOT: COLLECTED STORIES AND OTHER BITS TP (JUN110503), a 128-page full color collection of short sequential art stories retailing for $16.99, will be available at a comic store near you on August 3, 2011. It is available for pre-orders from Diamond Comics, and from retailers such as Amazon. For more information, please visit www.malinkyrobot.com.

ABOUT SONNY LIEW

Sonny Liew is an Eisner-nominated comic artist, illustrator and painter. His work includes titles for DC Vertigo, Marvel, SLG and Disney. He has also served as editor and contributor for Image Comics’ Eisner-nominated LIQUID CITY anthology. For more information, please visit www.sonnyliew.com.

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.

Famous Faces and Funnies and InvestComics Team Up!

Comic Book store Famous Faces and Funnies in West Melbourne Florida will begin filming the very first InvestComics Comic Book video review show called FFFIC!

The show will feature reviewers Sebastian Piccione, Shaun Sorenson, and filmed by Mark V. Sarno. So besides saying the funny name to the new show “FFFIC”, it’s going to be a blast to watch!

Check out Famous Faces and Funnies Comics and Toys in West Melbourne Florida. It’s a spectacular store that carries a vast array of toys and just about any comic book you could possibly imagine! If you can’t make it there, visit their very busy Facebook page with cool announcements, photos, and so much more. FFF rocks!

Click on their Store sign (left) to go directly to their Facebook page! FFFIC coming soon!!!