JOSEPH!’s Top 10

 

JOSEPH!’s Top 10 of 2011

#10

 

While this is from a strip readers have not seen yet it’s a great example of why I as the writer love Joseph himself. Here we see an every-day father trying his best not to lose his little girl to a modern society obsessed with entertainment and the distractions of video games, etc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This past year has been about JOSEPH! as a series finding its footing. When Joseph is sick one day and needs to stay home Jesus and his best friend Lil’ D. force him to pet-sit Lil’ D.’s cat Lucius, who happens to also be sick. This particular strip is showing us what kind of world JOSEPH! is set in. For one, it’s a world in which animals can talk. This is just the start of the series establishing itself, much like a television series must do in its first season. There’s much more ahead in 2012 and we will see this is a world in which anything can happen. Yes. “anything”.

 

#8

 

How can you see the face of this sad little girl and not want to punish her older brother? Ruthie is not just any little girl. She’s the little sister of the future savior of all humanity. But at this point in time Jesus is a 14 year old boy who wants to hang with his best friend and not be pestered by his 10 year old sister. But when Jesus and Lil’ D. played a prank on Ruthie it backfired. She got him back when she sewed all the openings in his pants closed.

 

 

 

 

 

#7

Okay. I’m about to give something away here. This strip is based on a true story. When I was 14 we had some neighbors with a little girl of about 10 years. She was adorable and used to love when I came over and entertained her in the playroom of their basement. I was 14 so it was way not cool to tell my friends about this little embarrassing fact so there are only a handful of people who previously knew this story. One day her parents asked me to baby sit and even offered to pay me. Cool. I could buy that Prince tape I was wanting. Totally rad. After a few hours the little tyke grew hungry and led me to the kitchen where she began to order what she wanted. Not wanting to disappoint my young fan I quickly unloaded the fridge and cabinets of everything she said she wanted. The specifics can be imagined. Let’s just say I was never asked back to baby sit again. But hey. At least my fan was happy. Sometimes I wonder what happened to her. Hope she grew up healthy.

 

 

#6

 

Like many dad’s all across America Joseph is just a little proud of his driving skills. But when he doesn’t listen to his wife Mary to stop for gas his pride gets them stuck in the middle of nowhere with no gas. Normally Joseph is always telling Jesus to refrain from using miracles, but in this case he makes an exception. Jesus decides to exploit the situation. Of course.

 

#5

Here’s another good example of me pulling from real-life for source material. This is another true story, and this time given to me by my friend Ashley Auld from her own childhood. There’s so much for me to love in this panel alone. The looks of exasperation and surprise on the faces of Jesus and Lil’ D. are great, but the whole defiant stance of Ruthie is priceless. Love it!

 

#4

For many people Halloween is the best time of year. If you’re a kid it’s essential for a healthy lifestyle. Only one thing can compete with Christmas and that’s Halloween. In the world of JOSEPH! there is no Christmas because Jesus hasn’t grown to fulfill his destiny yet. Only Hannukah and Saturnalia. As you’ve seen most recently we’re going to treat Christmas as Jesus’ birthday. And that makes sense.

 

#3

Zombies are huge! I never thought I would get caught up into the rage over the undead but AMC’s The Walking Dead has made me a convert. I purposely avoid the comics so I’m not spoiled to any potential plots. This strip came about when I was joking with friends about the acronym ADD. “After Death Disease”. We also joked about Skeletor visiting his doctor: “I’ve got no friggin’ lips, man!” But I’d rather avoid copyright infringement.

 

 

 

#2

 

It amazes me that so many people can caught up into local weather reports during a POTENTIAL storm. It doesn’t even need to be raining for them to interrupt your favorite shows just to tell you, “Hey, it’s gonna rain!”

 

Local news stations are in competition with one another. As such, they sell fear to keep you glued to the TV for six hours, getting viewers in a panic that they and their loved ones are going to die when they slip on the dew outside their doors. But hey. Better safe than sorry.

 

 

 

 

#1

The number one strip of 2011 is our big premier at InvestComics. It really set the tone for what readers were going to see and what they could expect. Ruthie wants to play Wizard Boy and Jesus and Lil’ D. are forced to play with her. After Ruthie annoys her brother to use his wand he decides he’s going to show off just a bit and shows us he doesn’t need a wand. Ruthie taddles on her brother of course, exclaiming, “Daddy! Jesus is using miracles again!”

2011 is just the start. At the end of 2012 (yes, we’ll still be here!) our readership will be larger and we’ll have fun letting others vote to choose the top 10. What can you expect in 2012? Robots, gay aliens, monsters, girl trouble. Ya know. Typical stuff any father of a 14 year old boy destined to be the savior must endure. Because when God tells you to raise his only begotten son you do whatever you have to.

-David Paul

WHAT TIME IS IT?! IT’S ADVENTURE TIME!

NEW ONGOING MONTHLY COMIC SERIES LAUNCHES THIS FEBRUARY
FROM BOOM! STUDIOS AND CARTOON NETWORK ENTERPRISES WITH RELEASE OF ADVENTURE TIME #1!

December 21, 2010 – Los Angeles, CA – Cartoon Network’s smash hit animated comedy series Adventure Time is coming to BOOM! Studios’ all-ages imprint KaBOOM! in an ongoing monthly comic book series featuring all-new original stories! Hold on to your swords! Adventure Time #1 ships this February!

The highly-anticipated first issue from the monthly series features a story written by Ryan North, author of the smash-hit webcomic Dinosaur Comics, and drawn by Shelli Paroline, the artist of ICE AGE: ICED IN and MUPPET SNOW WHITE.

“It’s quite exciting to bring this series to comics. My wife and I are huge fans and sing Marceline’s ‘Daddy, why’d you eat my fries?’ song around the house all the time,” BOOM! Studios Founder and Chief Executive Officer Ross Richie said. “Pendleton Ward has created a brilliantly original voice in this show and it’s a true ‘All Ages’ property that appeals both to kids and also has a substantial amount of adult fans. Watch for the waving snail!”

“It was like a bomb dropped in the office when we announced Adventure Time,” says BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon.  “Everyone at BOOM! was just as excited as any fan. Adventure Time is such a classic story at its heart- a boy and his dog on different adventures – but the genius of the show allows us to take a simple concept and get really creative with the presentation. Everyone we’ve worked with is a huge fan of the show and creator Pen Ward has been instrumental in bringing this comic book to life. ”

The ADVENTURE TIME comic series will follow Finn the Human, Jake the Dog, Princess Bubblegum and the other inhabitants of the Land of Ooo as they explore many varied adventures. Since its debut on Cartoon Network, Adventure Time has become a runaway hit, with explosive growth in ratings, huge critical and fan acclaim, a major presence at fan conventions and more, it’s clear fandom is obsessed and 2012 is the Year of Adventure Time! Don’t miss out on this new phenomenon—this first issue is sure to get snapped up! You can pre-order the books at your local comic shop. Don’t know where it is? Go to www.comicshoplocator.com Or you can stop by BOOM! Studios (www.boom-studios.com)and pre-order issue #1 or a subscription today!

ADVENTURE TIME #1 is written by Ryan North with art by Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb. This title ships with three covers in a 75/25 split by Chris Houghton and Jeffrey Brown in a 1-in-10 incentive by Chris Houghton, a 1-in-20 incentive by Jeffrey Brown, and a 1-in-30 Chris Houghton Wraparound Cover. This title ships in February, featuring a price point of $3.99 with a Diamond Code of DEC110939.

Additional information about future books in the Adventure Time comic series from KaBOOM! will be available in the coming months.
 

About BOOM! Studios
Founded by Ross Richie, BOOM! Studios (www.boom-studios.com) is 2009 and 2010’s “Best Publisher” and an Eisner and Harvey Award-winner, generating a constellation of bestselling comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent, including Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE, new HELLRAISER comics written by Clive Barker, PLANET OF THE APES, 28 DAYS LATER, and Philip K. Dick’s DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?. BOOM!’s all ages imprint KABOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Roger Langridge’s SNARKED, and Scholastic’s WORDGIRL. BOOM!’s lit comix-focused imprint, BOOM! Town, recently won the Eisner Award for its first book, Shannon Wheeler’s I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE FUNNIER.

About Cartoon Network Enterprises
Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE) is responsible for building consumer products and merchandising programs for a wide range of brands by securing and supporting long-term licensing partnerships across all categories. As the global branding and merchandising arm of Cartoon Network and Adult Swim, the division manages the consumer product programs for the networks’ award-winning original programming, brands and characters including Ben 10, Generator Rex, Chowder, The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, Adventure Time, Adult Swim and more. CNE also serves as the exclusive global licensing agent for the full portfolio of brands from Spin Master Ltd., as well as Nelvana Enterprises and Spin Master for the award-winning Bakugan brand and the PGA of America for the youth marketplace. Cartoon Network (CartoonNetwork.com), currently seen in more than 99 million U.S. homes and 166 countries around the world, is Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.’s ad-supported cable service now available in HD offering the best in original, acquired and classic entertainment for youth and families. Nightly from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. (ET, PT), Cartoon Network shares its channel space with Adult Swim, a late-night destination showcasing original and acquired animated and live-action series for young adults 18-34. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news; entertainment; animation and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.  Turner brands and businesses include CNN/U.S., CNN International, CNN.com and HLN; TBS, TNT, truTV and Turner Classic Movies; Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Adult Swim; and Turner Sports.

Stan Lee’s Chakra to debut on Graphic India

Stan Lee’s Chakra to debut on Graphic India

Graphic India 

We’re very proud to announce that comics legend, Stan Lee, co-creator of some of the world’s most popular superheroes like Spider-Man, X-Men, The Hulk, Thor, Fantastic Four, etc) will debut his new original creation, CHAKRA – THE INVINCIBLE, his first Indian superhero right here on Graphic India soon!

Chakra – The Invincible,” will be the first Indian superhero created by Lee in collaboration with local Indian artists and writers. Chakra tells the story of the young Indian teenager, Raju Rai, a technological genius living in Mumbai. Determined to use science to unlock the secrets of human potential, Raju develops a technically-enhanced suit that activates the mystical Chakras of the body, unleashing newfound abilities and powers.

“Wow! I’m incredibly excited to be collaborating with my friends at Liquid Comics and their best-in-class team of artists as we launch a great new, thrill-a-minute superhero saga named Chakra – The Invincible,” said Stan Lee, brimming with enthusiasm as he added, “Against the spectacular backdrop of the great Indian metropolis of Mumbai, we tell the incredible saga of Chakra, our daring and dangerous teenage hero.”

“Stan Lee is one of the most prolific storytellers in the world today, having created iconic characters that have generated billions of dollars at the box office and are known by nearly every man, woman and child on earth,” added Liquid’s Co-Founder & CEO, Sharad Devarajan. “The opportunity to bring Stan’s unparalleled experience of the superhero genre to India and enable him to collaborate with local talents to create a new Indian character is the culmination of a lifelong dream.”

“What better way to conceive of a new generation of Indian superheroes than in collaboration with the Godfather of the genre? Watching Stan mingle in the pantheon of great Indian Gods and Goddesses will go down as one of the most coolest times of my life,” added Liquid Co-Founder, Gotham Chopra.

Gill Champion, president/CEO of POW! Entertainment said “As we continue our international expansion with focus of launching new entertainment properties in India for 2012, we are thrilled to be partnering with Liquid Comics who are an unrivaled name in the field of digital entertainment and franchise partnerships. Graphic India is certainly a premier platform, and we are thrilled at the prospect of further growing our brand and business opportunities in this market.”

Below is a preview of some of the concept art Jeevan Kang created for CHAKRA – THE INVINCIBLE:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tony Bedard

*knock-knock* Special Delivery
Interview with DC’s Tony Bedard
by David Paul

From the depths of space an ominous shape approaches the Earth, seemingly on a collision course. We’re defenseless. But do not fear, citizens. For that ominous shape is now revealed to be emerald in color, and sparkling with justice it is none other than the Green Lantern who approaches. The Emerald One is on an important mission, we soon learn. As he lands before us we see he has been escorting an important figure.

All of you cowering knuckleheads behind me decide that since I am the closest non-super human I should be the unfortunate cur to approach. And I do, and I’m like not even scared. So there.

As I get closer I see that GL has brought for us DC’s own Tony Bedard. Actually, I don’t recognize him at all because I’m staring at the pretty green lights left behind in GL’s blast-stream from the super hero’s departure. Probably off to save us all from another unseen invasion.

“Go, Green Lantern! We love you!”

I turn to Tony Bedard, who’s standing there wondering what he’s doing in this narrative.

David
Oh, it’s you. Welcome back to Earth. I guess.

Tony
Thanks. I’m just here to do a few Facebook updates, then I’m off again to Sector Zero.

David
I’ve got some serious questions for you, Mr. Traveling-Around-With-The-
Green-Lantern…! But first a few back ground questions. And probably a few silly ones too.

*Suddenly, Barbara Walters and Oprah Winfrey yell out, “Make him cry, David. Make him cry!” To which I reply, “Shut up, girls! This is my interview! Gosh!”

Now then… Tony, you started many years ago with Valiant, but let’s go back a few years prior. What led you into writing for comics and how did you end up at Valiant?

Tony
I got into reading comics in high school and continued building my collection in college. I was trying to write and draw my own stuff when my girlfriend got invited to study dance in New York City, so we moved up together. I took night classes at the School for Visual Arts which led to an internship at Valiant. And once I’d hung around there long enough working for free, they decided to hire me. The suckers.

David
Seems you made the leap to being an editor at DC pretty early on in your career. How did that happen?

Tony
I became friends with Garth Ennis while I was at Valiant and after the Valiant implosion and my resultant layoff, Garth introduced me to his DC editor Dan Raspler, who hired me as his Associate Editor. It was a great learning experience, reading scripts as they came in from the likes of Garth, Grant Morrison, Brian Azzarello, Mark Waid and Warren Ellis. The three years I spent editing at DC and Vertigo were the best preparation for a writing career.

David
So juggling the two positions of writer and editor, how do you separate the two if you’re writing original material?

Tony
I think a good Writer leads the creative team, and so the editorial skills are very useful for a writer. For me, that was especially true at CrossGen, where I was working under the same roof with my whole creative team. Being able to manage our collaboration face to face, talk through creative differences, and keep everyone engaged made all the difference to books like NEGATION, ROUTE 666 and KISS KISS BANG BANG.

David
As a young editor what was it like to have to tell long time professional artists, “Hey, this arm is in the wrong place.”? Talk to us about those early challenges.

Tony
Yeah, I actually grew a beard back then so I wouldn’t seem too young to the veterans I edited. And I wasn’t shy about offering “notes.” But the funny thing about editing is that the better you are, the less you intervene. I think you really want to create an environment where your creators can indulge unexpected inspirations and experiment a bit. You don’t need to tweak every little thing. Do that, and for every creative decision you disagree with, your creators will give you two or three delightful surprises,

David
You had some pretty good success with Hellblazer in a time when that sort of title wasn’t something you would see. Not from the mainstream anyway. Obviously you could do some things at Vertigo that you couldn’t at DC.

Tony
Yeah, Azzarello was amazing on HELLBLAZER, as was Warren Ellis on TRANSMETROPOLITAN, which I also edited briefly. But I was never sure exactly how far we could go. The line gets kinda fuzzy at Vertigo. Then again, that line keeps shifting, no matter what publisher you work for.

David
Times were very different then for the industry. Did you feel any pressure that you had to stand on your own?

 

Tony
At Vertigo, it was important to develop new properties like Y THE LAST MAN or 100 BULLETS. I don’t think I ever came through with one, but I was only at Vertigo for a year.

David
So one day a business man approaches you and somehow convinces you to sign on exclusively with CrossGen. Talk us through that.

Tony
Actually, it was Mark Waid who convinced CrossGen’s Mark Alessi to hire me as a staff writer. I’m still not sure how Waid knew I could write, but I was determined to make the most of the opportunity. It was stressful, leaving New York City, selling our place in Brooklyn, and coming to Tampa where we knew not a soul outside the CrossGen staff. But I had a 2 year-old son and raising him in Florida seemed like a good move. New York is wonderful, but it can wear you out! And I figured we had about 2 years before CrossGen ran its course. Enough time to get some work out there and get my writing career in gear.

David
I have to admit that for my part I was caught up in all the excitement of CrossGen as well. My favorite title was Sojourn. You were a big part of helping make that company successful. It’s no secret that things at CrossGen were ran differently than elsewhere and there have been some nasty rumors that some artists and writers didn’t care for the way they were treated.

Tony
CrossGen remains my most creatively satisfying experience. It was a great place to work, with great people all learning from each other. Look at the people who got their start there like Steve McNiven, and the people who revitalized their careers there, like Steve Epting and Greg Land. It was a creative hot-house, where everybody checked out each other’s work and then raised their own creative bar. I miss being able to talk through plots with my penciler, inker and colorist, incorporating their suggestions so that everyone felt a sense of ownership in the resulting books.

David
One day I’m reading some great CrossGen titles and the next I’m walking into the comics shop and being told the company is kaput. As a fan I know what that’s like, but I have no idea what that must have been like for you. You had taken a risk in signing on exclusively and then suddenly you’re out of a job.

*Someone in the audience yells, “They took your job!” “Tuk yer der!”

Tony
I had already lived through the collapse of Valiant six years before, and I recognized that CrossGen was going the same way about a year before the company crashed and burned. Once I realized that Alessi wasn’t going to change course, I reached out to my contacts at Marvel and DC, trying to help line up work for all those talented people at CrossGen who would soon be out of a job. Clearly, Marvel seized upon the opportunity, and now McNiven and Jimmy Cheung and others are Marvel mainstays. The sad truth is that companies come and go in this business, and over the course of your career you’ll keep shifting from one publisher to another. I’ve found a great home at DC, and I’ll stay as long as they’ll have me, but a freelance creator always knows that no job is permanent.

David
Well, now that I’ve depressed everyone with all that sad news let’s move on to better days. CrossGen was over but then suddenly Mighty Marvel showed up to save the day.

Tony
Yeah, while Marvel was snapping up CrossGen artists, they offered me a chance to write EXILES. I’ve gotta confess, I was intimidated because the series had launched so strongly with Judd Winick and Mike McKone, but it turned out to be a dream assignment. Basically, I got to revisit all my favorite Marvel stories and give them a new twist. Plus, I got to reunite with my NEGATION penciler Paul Pelletier. Also got a chance to handle Spidey in SPIDER-MAN: BREAKOUT, which was great fun.

David
So let’s talk about the industry today.

*The lights dim. The Creeper from Creep Show appears but someone pulls him off.

Okay, so in the capacity of editor, what leads you to the decision to exclude inks? That’s become something of a big thing these days. Mainstream titles whose art excludes ink and goes straight from finished pencils to coloring.

Tony
That depends. Sometimes it’s seen as a money-saving measure, especially when you’re talking about an independent comic. Sometimes it has to do with the type of work an artist does. Certain rendering and half-tones in pencil art don’t translate to inks, and so we just reproduce the pencils. Back in the day, you needed ink just to make the artwok reproduce at all on the printed page. But advances in scanning and printing give us a few more options these days.

David
And what about lettering? Letterists are all doing the same thing over and over, using the same fonts and styles, etc.. Can’t be that they are just doing what they’re being told to do. In the mainstream it honestly looks as if one or two guys are lettering all the title series.

Tony
True, but lettering is generally an invisible part of the process. The more your attention is drawn to it, the more you’re stepping out of the story. I’ve computer-lettered a bunch of books myself — it actually helped me as a writer, sharpening my balloon placement skills and giving me a good feel for how much space a given word balloon will occupy.

David
Onto DC’s New 52. Did the news just hit you about 52 or were you part of its inception and planning?

Tony
I knew about the possibility of a by relaunch for a long time before it happened, but it still needed to be approved and hammered into shape. There was some debate about how much of a reboot it would be, so it was an interesting process to say the least. In some ways, it’s still ongoing, as we fine-tune our new books and try to figure out what’s working and what needs improvement.

David
Before the New 52 project was drafted what were some of the ideas that were rejected?

Tony
I’m actually not sure how it went for other books — all I can really vouch for is GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS and BLUE BEETLE. On New Guardians, I tended to focus very much on Kyle and Ganthet, where my editor Pat McCallum was always pushing for me to flesh out the other members of Kyle’s team. I think the result was better than each of us anticipated, as NEW GUARDIANS has been filled with big moments and we have lots of new things to reveal about the various Corps in the upcoming issues. In fact, that “New” in “New Guardians” is something we always strive to play up in the series. As for BLUE BEETLE, the focus was to make Jaime’s relationship with his armor more adversarial. It’s a war of wills between Jaime and his alien armor, and the harder it is for him, the more drama and conflict we can get from his book.

David
As it stands now is the New 52 a permanent fixture?

Tony
Yeah, I think this is here to stay. It’s been a pretty big success, and I think the DCU is more interesting now than it’s been in over 20 years.

David
Ten years into the future what are things going to be like at DC?

Tony
That’s the magic question, but it’s also tied up in “what will comics be like in 10 years?” Will we be reading mostly digital comics? What’s going to happen to publishing in general? I know the DC heroes will be around in one form or another, but I don’t really know what the comics will be like. It’s both scary and thrilling.

*Suddenly a group of fanboys wearing GL t-shirts way too small for them rush me from behind. After a traumatizing moment I am precariously returned.

David
The GL fans will crucify me if I don’t ask the biggest question that’s on their minds: Why did the Green Lantern movie suck?

Tony
I honestly don’t think it sucked, but it didn’t succeed the way Nolan’s Batman movies did, either. I think it’s hard to understand how hard it is to get all the elements to come together on a hundred-million-dollar movie, much less on a comic book. And I wasn’t behind the scenes on the movie, so I don’t have any secret insights on it. Mostly, I think it was a learning experience and it set the stage for what would almost certainly be a better sequel. I think back to Star Trek the Motion Picture, and how Wrath of Khan was so much better once they’d gotten the kinks out on their maiden voyage. That’s my hope for Green Lantern — that a Sinestro-centric follow-up would kick galactic ass. And I thought Ryan Reynolds was great as Hal. Love to see him and Mark Strong return as Hal and Sinestro.

David
So if a future GL movie were left in your hands what would you do?

Tony
Eep. I guess I just answered that. Do the Sinestro Corps War. 90 minutes of cosmic warfare showcasing the wonderful multiplicity of both Corps.

David
Outside of the stellar work you’ve done with Green Lantern there are numerous titles you’ve given to us. You brought back The Wrath for Batman! But what are you doing now and what are we going to be seeing from you in the coming year?

Tony
Still on NEW GUARDIANS and BLUE BEETLE for the time being, but I’m discussing other projects with the folks at DC Editorial. It’s too soon to say if that will man any changes or additions to my workload. Mostly, I’m thrilled to be part of the DC family at this time. And if Geoff ever gets tired of writing Aquaman, that’s an assignment I’d love to tackle!

*The music of AC/DC’s “Back in Black” is coming from my pocket. I answer my cell. There’s a long pause, then I say, “You tell Mr. Trump he will get interviewed when I am good and ready.”

David
Sorry, Tony. I’m gonna have to take this call. Celebrities! Oh, and thanks for the interview and the many years of happiness you’ve brought to us all.

**Be sure to check out GREEN LANTERN NEW GUARDIANS #4 coming out this week from writer Tony Bedard!

 

We’ve Got Some Merry Scary News this Holiday for Horror Comics Creators

 

We’ve Got Some Merry Scary News this Holiday for Horror Comics Creators 

Ho Ho Horror and a Very Scary Christmas to all our IndieCreator Fiends, err “Friends”.

As we wrap up 2011 and hitch up our pants for the Apocalypse in 2012 (not really, we hope!), there’s some good things ahead for horror comic fans who want to celebrate the best of 2011. But you need to make haste and put your vote (or votes, as the case may be) on the table for what favorite ghastly works made the hair stand on your head or turn prematurely grey.

Even if you are a closet TWILIGHT fan, it’s time to man up and let your voice be heard …

Decapitated Dan and his Headless Horror Men Launch the “Ghastly Awards”

We are pleased to tell you that the Ghastly Awards are coming!

Founded in 2011 by Decapitated Dan with the help of Steve Banes, Mike Howlett, Lonnie Nadler and Mykal Banta, The Ghastly Awards have been created for horror comic creators to nominate their peers for industry-wide recognition. But the only way for them to know how to vote is to get the word out there to them.

Nominating works like this:

  • Creators (Artists, Writers, Inkers, Colorists, Letterers, Editors and Web Comic Creators) have one year to nominate, and are allowed to nominate up to 5 times during that year. You cannot nominate yourself and you cannot nominate someone/something more than once.
  • At the end of the year nominations will be counted and the top 5 in each category will be the nominees.
  • That list of nominees will be voted on by a panel of 5 judges. These judges will be members of the horror comics’ community who do not have any part in making comics; Reviewers, Journalists and Historians.

The categories for the awards are:

– Best Ongoing Title

– Best Mini Series

– Best One-Shot

– Best New Series

– Best Anthology

– Best Original Graphic Novel

– Best Archival Collection

– Best Horror Comic Related Book

– Best Writer

– Best Artist

– Best Inker

– Best Letterer

– Best Colorist

– Best Web Comic

– Hall of Fame Candidates

Now we know that this is the end of the year, so we need your help in getting the word out there to creators so we can get nominations in for 2011.

Please visit http://www.ghastlyawards.com to nominate.

Nominating will be open for 2011 comic books until Feb. 29, 2012.

Thank you,

The Ghastly Award Judges

Decapitated Dan, Steve Banes, Mike Howlett, Lonnie Nadler & Mykal Banta

 

ComicMonsters 3rd Annual Horror Awards Voting Runs 12/21 thru 12/31

And this carved from the ComicMonsters.com website…

“The pioneers of horror comic news are back to celebrate the best Horror Comics for 2011! ComicMonsters.com presents the third annual Horror Comic Awards. Voting is open via the ComicMonsters.com site on December 21st, 2011 and ends on December 31st, 2011. Best of Luck to the Nominees……May the most brutal comic prevail!!!”

Cast your vote here …

http://www.comicmonsters.com/horror-comic-awards.html

 

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a Fun-Filled Festivus

Whatever you may celebrate this time of year, may you enjoy a safe and happy holiday, and get everything you want under your trimmed tree (except for you really sick dudes). Thanks for reading IndieCreator for the past few years. We’ve got some pretty cool interviews queued up for 2012, and sincerely hope you keep coming back for more.

Yours cruelly,

RM Heske
12/24/2011

An award-winning indie comic creator and screenwriter, Bob Heske is currently writing/producing a micro-budget horror film called UNREST. Bob wrote THE NIGHT PROJECTIONIST, a vampire horror series to be published by Studio 407 in April 2012 (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. Most recently, Bob was editor and contributor to InvestComic’s ONE AND DONE anthology to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

 

 

Comic Book Holiday Covers!

Well another holiday season is upon us. The years seem to be flying by now…..

InvestComics loves a Holiday comic cover though! Below you will find 76 random holiday comic cover you can scroll through. Comics from the 1950’s to present day. Artist that you will find within this gallery are so imbeded into the minds of collectors alike only need to know their last names; Orway, Byrne, Bisley, Perez, Cho, and Adams to name a few. There are some beauties in here folks.

So you say to yourself, are any of these worth anything as far as collector value goes? Well holiday comics are prone to never really seeing a monetary gain. That said, one holiday comic that always seems to be a stand out is Samurai Santa #1. The iconic Jim Lee’s first published work (cover inks) would be found in some cases in the $1 bins! Yes now there is a holiday gift that is not costly, but a tresure. Now go to your comic shop and treat yourself.

Happy holiday’s everyone from InvestComics.

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TWO ALL-NEW TRANSFORMERS SERIES DEBUTING IN JANUARY

TWO ALL-NEW TRANSFORMERS SERIES DEBUTING IN JANUARY

“Two Titles, One Universe”

Two Series to follow shattering TRANSFORMERS: THE DEATH OF OPTIMUS PRIME issue in December
 

[Transformers: Death of Optimus Prime Image]San Diego, CA (December 21, 2011)— Launching in January, IDW Publishing is proud to offer TRANSFORMERS and comics fans everywhere two new ongoing TRANSFORMERS comics series– TRANSFORMERS: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE and TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE. Under license from Hasbro, the two interrelated series are a direct continuation of IDW’s CHAOS event and spring directly out of the special TRANSFORMERS: THE DEATH OF OPTIMUS PRIME issue releasing in comic stores and online on December 21st. Both series will appeal to existing TRANSFORMERS fans and new readers. Featuring two great stories under one TRANSFORMERS comic universe, each series offers never-before-seen action, new threats and new villains that both current readers and those new to the series will enjoy.

“The response to the TRANSFORMERS ongoing series has been phenomenal,” says IDW senior editor John Barber. “This relaunch is a chance to jump onboard for anybody who might have been missing out. We’ve got big stories planned, and there’s never been a better time to read TRANSFORMERS.”

Created as a stepping on point for both fans of super-heroic and science fiction comics, as well as fans of the TRANSFORMERS characters, TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE and TRANSFORMERS: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE each explore the new status quo coming out of IDW’s CHAOS event including BUMBLEBEE’s new leadership position for all TRANSFORMERS. The war between AUTOBOT and DECEPTICON is over, and now the hard part begins. In the new world of CYBERTRON, there are only two choices: stay or go.
[Transformers More Than Meets the Eye #1]
Helmed by writer James Roberts with art and covers by Nick Roche, RODIMUS calls on his fellow AUTOBOTS to leave CYBERTRON in search of the KNIGHTS OF CYBERTRON in TRANSFORMERS: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE. This lost tribe of TRANSFORMERS characters is, according to legend, the guardian of the original Cybertronian culture and RODIMUS and his followers begin a quest that will stretch to the farthest reaches of the galaxy to find the KNIGHTS and restore CYBERTRON to its past glory.

TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE, written by John Barber, with art and covers by Andrew Griffith, follows BUMBLEBEE and the AUTOBOTS remaining on CYBERTRON. Without OPTIMUS PRIME, BUMBLEBEE finds himself in command of a world gone mad. TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DIGUISE brings readers through the struggle to rebuild CYBERTRON as the AUTOBOTS, DECEPTICONS and civilian TRANSFORMERS, who don’t distinguish between the other two groups, all vie for control.
[Transformers Robots in Disguise #1 Cover]
Each series will feature four interconnecting covers for issue #1. Marcele Matere creates the Cybertronian mosaic for TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DIGUISE, with Alex Milne bringing the explorers to life for TRANSFORMERS: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE.

These two new, action-packed series are the direct result of IDW’s CHAOS event, culminating in December’s TRANSFORMERS: THE DEATH OF OPTIMUS PRIME and TRANSFORMERS #31.

In addition to the print editions, IDW’S TRANSFORMERS comics are available digitally through Apple’s App Store in the free TRANSFORMERS app, which features every TRANSFORMERS comic in one place. Many TRANSFORMERS comics are available in the Sony Digital Comics store.

TRANSFORMERS #31 ($3.99, 32 pages; full color) will be available in December 2011. Diamond order code OCT11 0323.

TRANSFORMERS: THE DEATH OF OPTIMUS PRIME ($3.99, 32 pages; full color) will be available in December 2011. Diamond order code OCT11 0326.

TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE #1 ($3.99, 32 pages; full color) will be available in January 2012. Diamond order code NOV11 0260.

TRANSFORMERS: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE #1 ($3.99, 32 pages; full color) will be available in January 2012. Diamond order code NOV11 0264.

TRANSFORMERS comics are available for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch through the Apple App Store.

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.

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

About Hasbro
Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company providing children and families around the world with a wide-range of immersive entertainment offerings based on the Company’s world class brand portfolio. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, video games and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its customers through the strategic leveraging of well-known and beloved brands such as TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY. The Hub, Hasbro’s multi-platform joint venture with Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) launched on October 10, 2010. The online home of The Hub is www.hubworld.com. The Hub logo and name are trademarks of Hub Television Networks, LLC. All rights reserved.  Come see how we inspire play through our brands at http://www.hasbro.com. © 2011 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Apple, the Apple logo, and iTunes are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc. Content purchased from the iTunes Store is for personal lawful use only. Don’t steal music.

Movie Trailers 2012

Looks like 2012 is shaping up so far as a nice year for movies. InvestComics has put a slew of trailers below for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy…….

 

Amy Vitale

An interview with the lovely Amy Vitale! The Red Angel…….

 

1. Welcome Amy. Thanks for coming onboard for the interview. First up, for those that haven’t heard yet of Amy Vitale, what is it that you do? And how did you initially get into it? 

(Amy Vitale) Thank you for the interview. I’m a model, actress, and I guess you can say a comic book hero. Haha! My family has people in the entertainment industry. So, you can say it’s in the blood. 

I always entertained people while growing up, whether it be dancing, performing in plays, and having my own puppet shows. I loved and still love to entertain people. 

2. I noticed that among some of your interests is Wrestling. Do you actually do the Wrestling thing? And if so, won any titles? 

(AV) I’m actually a manager/valet. I usually play the bad girl but once in awhile I can play the lil’ good girl. But, don’t let me being a manager full you. I’m one tough cookie. I’ve been known to get into cat fights and get involved in the matches. My slaps are the talk of the town!! 

3. Since we are on a comic book web site right now, who’s your favorite Comic Character? 

(AV) Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Phoenix, Vampirella, Poison Ivy, Joker, and Harley Quinn. 

4. You are involved with What The Flux Comics publishing in a title called Red Angel, how is it that you are the focal point? And the character has a striking resemblance to you! 

(AV) At last year’s Florida Supercon, I went around collecting business cards from comic book companies because I always wanted to be a comic book character. That’s when I came across What The Flux Comics. I called and got in touch with President Larry Jarrell. He loved my look and was impressed with what I’ve done. He threw a couple of ideas at me until one stuck. The idea that stuck was Red Angel. Which fit perfectly, hence red hair, and I’m an angel. Haha! Plus, she’s a sexy girl that can kick butt. That has my name all over it. But, I think it was WTF Comics’ goal to make this character look as much like me as they could. Artist Russ Leach did a perfect job of doing just that. 

5. Would you rather read either a book on Biology or a book on Science Fiction? 

(AV) Science Fiction. Hands down! There’s not even a question. 

6. If you were given the chance to take on the role of any female comic character for a movie, cartoon, or TV series. Who would you want to take on? And why? 

(AV) Buffy The Vampire Slayer, because I love Vampires and she represents girl power all the way. I’m all about girls kicking butt. There’s nothing wrong with being a damsel in distress, but it can get old after awhile. I remember faithfully watching the series and thinking I would love to play the slayer, or one of her enemy vampires, goddesses, or slayers. I’m hoping that one day I can get that opportunity. It would certainly be a dream come true. Hey, maybe if Josh Whedon ever gets the itch to do the series again? 

7. What kind of music does Amy Vitale listen to? 

(AV) I listen to all the popular music of today like Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Pitbull, and etc. I’m also a fist pumper to dance music, and I love to rock out with rock music like the 80’s hair bands, Led Zeppelin, and today’s rock music. 

8. What is one thing you haven’t done, but would like to do? 

(AV) Play guitar. I so want to rock out with a guitar. Maybe rock out with a band dressed up as a sexy rocker chick. But, I guess I have to take lessons first because I can’t play a thing. I don’t even know what a note is. 

9. Out of all the Wrestling Promotions you’ve worked with. Who has been your absolute favorite? 

(AV) I feel like I’m getting asked a trick question because the only way I can honestly answer that question is that all of them have been my favorites. I must have had chemistry with every promoter I worked with because they totally got my character, and used me the right way. I enjoyed working with each and every person that I came across with. My wrestling brothers and sisters are all so awesome!! 

10. Okay Amy thank you so much for your time, everyone should be sure to check you out on Facebook, Red Angel comic, and your wrestling gigs. But before we go, do you have any words of wisdom for us? 

(AV) Yes, to not give up on your dreams. I always stick by what I say, and I know I’ve said this a million times. Things are not just going to come to you in life. You have to buckle down and work hard for them. In the entertainment world, you have to hold your head up high, keep away from the demons, and never give up. Believe me the rewards are wonderful! 

To find out more about Amy Vitale and her latest appearances, visit her web site at http://www.amyvitale.net/ or go to the Amy Vitale Facebook page; http://www.facebook.com/#!/amyvitalefans 

 

-Robert McClelland

 

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HESTER BEGINS THE COUNTDOWN TO DARKNESS 100!

HESTER BEGINS THE COUNTDOWN TO DARKNESS 100!
Top Cow’s The Darkness Concludes Phil Hester’s Run With Issue 100 in 2012

Berkeley, CA – 21 December 2011 – Writer Phil Hester has taken the Darkness bearer, Jackie Estacado, from the height of power and influence to the pits of despair and everywhere in between in his four year run on THE DARKNESS. This month with the release of THE DARKNESS #96, Hester begins his final arc, appropriately titled “Total Darkness,” leading up to the landmark 100th issue.

Jackie Estacado has been blessed and cursed with the ancient power of the primal force known only as the Darkness since his 21st birthday. Since then he has always tread his own path, never fully hero nor villain; choosing to live in a world of gray rather than light or dark. Now, the Darkness and its rebellious bearer are finally fully at odds and left with no other recourse, Estacado plunges himself into the Darkness’ home dimension to confront the very source of his power. Will Estacado be able to triumph over a being older than time itself in his greatest conflict? Or will the Darkness find a new, more malleable host?

“This is the story I’ve been building to since I started on the book,” explained Hester. “There’s a huge dissonance at the heart of Jackie Estacado’s existence: How can he wield unimaginable power, yet still be a slave to its source? How can he ever know if his character is genuine, or simply the affectations of The Darkness? That
conflict is resolved in my final arc when Jackie confronts The Darkness for the final time, and on its own turf.”

The “Total Darkness” story arc will run from issue #96 to the over-sized issue #100 in February. Issue #100 will also serve as Phil Hester’s final issue on the series, concluding his 36 issue epic exploration of Jackie Estacado. Joining Hester for his final arc will be artists Romano Molenaar (THE DARKNESS II: CONFESSION) and Leandro
Oliviera (Superman).

Phil Hester added, “The lords of comic book hype keep ringing that ‘things will never be the same’ bell, but at Top Cow real change is still possible. My last run on THE DARKNESS is proof.”

THE DARKNESS #96 (JAN120502), a 32-page full-color supernatural horror comic book for $2.99, will be on sale in stores and digital platforms on December 21 and will be available for order in the March issue of Previews. The issue will ship with two covers, one by regular cover artist Jeremy Haun (AUG110515) and one from Sheldon Mitchell (AUG110516). For more information, please visit www.topcow.com.

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.

 

Cosmic Times presents: From Blood

Comic Times has a spectacular looking 2 part series coming out. They sent us the covers for the first issue. Take a look and read all about, order it! From Blood…..

 

“Patient 27 has a secret, if you want to know what it is .

You better be ready to die for it!”

 

Cosmic Times presents

From Blood

A Two-Issue Mini-Series

About From Blood

For ten years the man known only as Patient 27 has sat in his cell at the Grove Mental Hospital. For ten years he has spoken to no one only occasionally lashing out in violent rages. Doctor Ashley Reese is determined to break his silence and discover what secrets he has been hiding. But is she ready to face the truth about her patient and herself? More importantly, is the world ready to discover what this mysterious man is capable of? Based on a story by James Whynot, written by James Whynot and Zach Bassett with Martin T. Pierro, From Blood is an action packed, violent psychological thriller that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

From Blood issue 1 (of 2) – is a 31 page black and white comic published by the South Florida based studio Cosmic Times, featuring art by Zach Bassett & James Whynot. Issue 1 will debut at MegaCon in Orlando, Florida on February 17th 2012 with a limited convention exclusive edition featuring a full color cover by Larry Watts. A few months after its debut at MegaCon, From Blood will be released nationally with a “regular” cover by Zach Bassett. Preorders for the MegaCon edition are currently being taken at – www.CosmicTimes.net.

About Cosmic Times

Established in 2009, Cosmic Times has become a small-press favorite with such diverse titles as Arthur: The Legend Continues, Decisions and Souled. Publisher Martin T. Pierro (who named Cosmic Times after a fanzine he published back in the mid 80s while still in middle school) is continuing to focus on his goal of making Cosmic Times into a true independent publishing house that focuses on quality storytelling.

About Zach Bassett

Colorado native, Zach Bassett attended the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) where he graduated with a BFA from their Sequential Art program. Prior to co-creating From Blood, Zach had worked on two other projects for Cosmic Times; Souled and Decisions.  (Zach is also currently writing the third issue of Decisions.)  Zach has recently completed the critically acclaimed No West to Cross for 215 Ink and has been working with Bluewater Productions on their biographical line of books, the most recent was a Bill Gates biography written by Martin T. Pierro.

About James Whynot

James Whynot attended the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) where he developed the concept for From Blood. Teaming up with his schoolmate Zach Bassett, James brought From Blood to Cosmic Times after working with Zach on the sci-fi mini-series Souled.  Beyond his work with Cosmic Times, James has worked with FacePalm Comics and recently signed with Miami based studio Creature Entertainment to work on their new series TS-101. James has also done work for 803 Studios, Bluewater Productions and Arcana Comics.

About Martin T Pierro

Martin T Pierro has a long history of working in the entertainment industry having been involved in television, film and live theater. In 2008 he started working in comics and in 2009 launched Cosmic Times as an independent studio where he could develop projects that focused on quality storytelling. Martin has written Arthur: The Legend Continues and Decisions for Cosmic Times and has also written several books for Bluewater
Productions.

About Larry Watts

The MegaCon exclusive cover marks Larry Watts’ first work with Cosmic Times, but he is no stranger to the comic’s industry. Larry has worked various projects for Alterna Comics, Top Shelf 2.0, Insomnia Productions and most recently Frozen Beach Studios. Larry is also working as Art Director on a project for IDW/Frozen Beach entitled The Pond – Horror Business. Before delving into the world of comics, Larry worked in advertising working on campaigns for Anheiser-Busch and other large accounts earning several ADDY awards in the process.

More information about Cosmic Times and From Blood can be found at –

www.CosmicTimes.net

 

Conan the Barbarian #1 Preview

Dark Horse sent us an 8 pages preview of Conan the Barbarian #1. Enjoy!  

CONAN THE BARBARIAN #1 (MASSIMO CARNEVALE COVER)
In this sweeping adaptation of Robert E. Howard’s fan-favorite “Queen of the Black
Coast,” Conan turns his back on the civilized world and takes to the high seas
alongside the pirate queen Bêlit, setting the stage for an epic of romance, terror,
and swashbuckling. This is Conan as you’ve never seen him, with the combination of
one of Robert E. Howard’s greatest tales and the most dynamic creative team in
comics!

* A perfect jumping-on point for new readers!

*A bold, fresh take on the Cimmerian.

* “Queen of the Black Coast” is the most-requested Conanadaptation!

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InvestComics Comic Hot Picks – Joe Simon & Eduardo Barreto

Welcome to InvestComics Comic Hot Picks – Joe Simon & Eduardo Barreto 

This week the comic book community was saddened by the news of the passing of Joe Simon and Eduardo Barreto.  Two industry greats in their respective time. Enough praise and accolades cannot begin to be said here that hasn’t already been said, but both of these men were a part of putting their indelible mark on the industry. Eduardo Barreto was a part of so many intriguing storylines, but he hit some key marks on some Batman storylines like Bloodlines, No Man’s Land and Knight Quest. Perhaps one of the defining moments in Eduardo’s career was when he became a part of Batman comic history as did Adams, Aparo, Miller, and so few before him. Batman needed a punch in the gut (figuratively). His rogue gallery was waning, it was stagnant. Enter the equivalent of what Venom did for Spider-Man, the villain known as Bane. The introduction of Bane in Vengeance of Bane #1 in 1993 was a huge success. Eduardo Barreto graced us with his artistry for that book. The first look at Bane in comics was brought to us by Eduardo Barreto. Thanks for the New Teen Titans, Marvel Knights, and even Atari Force (boy that was fun!) and so much more.

Joe Simon as we all know was the co-creator of Captain America. Once again, there couldn’t be any more words to say that haven’t already been touched on.  Joe Simon was a legend. His body of work speaks volumes. He has created so many characters and his catalog is so extensive that it would be an injustice to possibly go over it and miss something. A couple of captivating highlights would be the obvious co-creation of Captain America alongside Jack Kirby (more on the Simon/Kirby team in a moment) and he was essentially the first editor of Marvel Comics (Timely Comics). Those two things alone qualify as legendary status, wouldn’t you agree? Besides Cap and being the first editor, Joe Simon teaming with Jack Kirby became arguably the greatest duo to work within the comic industry ever. The creations they put together, everything from Charlie Chan, In Love to Sandman. Superheroes to romance, it doesn’t matter, these two did it all. Many of their stories and creations are still revered today as the best of all time. Simon and Kirby’s first work as a team came just months before their iconic Introduction of Captain America. Red Raven #1 (1940) is the very first time that history was born between these two. That comic is a mere $15,000. That is an absolute bargain for a piece of history by today’s standards.

Joe Simon and Eduardo Barreto, thanks for the years of enjoyment you have given us all. You will be missed. 

Below you will find many works of Joe Simon and Eduardo Barreto. It’s not everything they’ve ever done, but it’s just a small taste. Scroll through and see exactly what these two creators brought to the table for so many years.

(Note: by hitting the arrow button, your page will NOT refresh as in previous Hot Picks articles. That has been corrected.) 

See you next week. (Special Christmas Edition of Hot Picks)

Invest wisely. 

Jay Katz

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Marvel and Disney Publishing Launch All-New TOY STORY #1 Comic

If you have kids, this is fantastic news, if you don’t, well…..this is fantasic news!

New York, NY – Dec 16, 2011- Buzz Lightyear, Woody, and the rest of the gang lead readers to infinity and beyond as Marvel and Disney Publishing debut TOY STORY #1 (of 4). Featuring Toy Story characters from the Disney-Pixar films, Toy Story #1 delivers entirely new content and stories to comic fans.

“Everyone loves Toy Story, so we’re excited to team with our friends at Disney-Pixar to bring readers all new stories of our favorite characters from these blockbuster films,” said Axel Alonso, Editor in Chief, Marvel
Entertainment. “TOY STORY allows us to bring great new material to the market that’s not only perfect for kids, but also a great read for fans of all ages. What’s next for Woody and Buzz in these stories? We can’t wait for you to find out!”

Andy’s new puppy, Buster, loves to play with toys – but if Woody, Buzz and the gang can’t control the playful pooch, all that chewing and shaking will leave them in a world of hurt! Will our heroes make it through in one piece with batteries intact? Find out this March in TOY STORY #1!

TOY STORY #1
Written by TEA ORSI
Penciled by ANTONELLO DALENA & TERESA QUEZADA-GEER
Cover by MARCO GHIGLIONE & SILVANO SCOLARI
All Ages…$2.99
ON-SALE IN MARCH 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

Exo-1 & The Rocksolid Steelbots Preview

Our friends over at Action Lab Comics sent over a 7 page Preview of their latest creation coming out February 2012. Check out the goodness of these 7 pages and the cover and be sure to order yours today!

Power hungry villains set on world domination.

A set of uncovered artifacts which hold great power. One media tycoon avoiding his heroic destiny.

Combine these elements with some powerful machines, power suits and Saturday Morning Cartoon action and you get the original graphic novel:

EXO-1 AND THE ROCKSOLID STEELBOTS, A SIGNATURE SERIES OGN WRITTEN BY SHAWN PRYOR AND ADAM BESENYODI, AND FEATURING THE INCREDIBLE ARTWORK OF DANIEL J. LOGAN.

When an evil menace long forgotten resurfaces, media mogul Peter Rians must accept his destiny…and ownership of super-machines called The Steelbots! Now the fate of the world depends on Peter, his strong-willed assistant Vanessa, the ghost of his overbearing Grandfather, and a couple that can’t stand each other!

THIS DIGEST-SIZED, 96 PAGE BLACK AND WHITE ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVEL IS SIGNED, NUMBERED AND LIMITED TO 500 COPIES. IT’S AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER AT YOUR LOCAL COMIC BOOK RETAILER (ORDER CODE DEC110768) OR ONLINE COMIC RETAILER, AND HAS A FEBRUARY RELEASE DATE.

The Action Lab Signature Series is dedicated to showcasing the very best up-and-coming talent, and offers an ever expanding library of genre spanning titles that are guaranteed to thrill independent and mainstream fans
alike.

For more information about Action Lab Entertainment, go to http://www.actionlabcomics.com

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ARCHAIA PREVIEWS – Cyclops #7, The Secret History #17, Everlast, Jim Henson’s The Storyteller, Killing Pickman

                                                                                                     
CYCLOPS #7 (OF 8 )
Miniseries

Retail Price: $3.95 U.S.
Page Count: 32 pages
Format: staple bound, 6.875” x 10.25”, full color
Genre: Science Fiction
Written by Matz
Illustrated by Gaël De Meyere
Cover by Gaël De Meyere

Captain Douglas Pistoia and his men have disobeyed orders and are now in open rebellion against their employers. A special group of veterans is dispatched on their trail, with orders to remove them once and for all and prevent them from revealing the bloody covert ops campaign conducted by MBS in Latin America. But appearances can be deceiving, for the hunt for Pistoia’s renegade Cyclops team is breaking all previous audience viewing records…

M – MATURE (18 and up, may contain nudity, profanity, excessive violence and other content not suitable for minors)

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THE SECRET HISTORY BOOK SEVENTEEN
Ongoing Series
Retail Price: $5.95 U.S.
Page Count: 48 pages
Format: perfect bound, 6.625” x 10.25”, full color
Genre: Historical Fiction
Written by Jean-Pierre Pécau
Illustrated by Igor Kordey
Colors by Leonard O’Grady
Cover by Manchu & Olivier Vatine

Operation Kadesh. 1956: In the Egyptian desert, Curtis settles accounts and conducts his personal crusade to avenge the death of this wife Nimue, the mother of Pandora, putting him on a collision course with General Nasser and the Condor as they try to retrieve the secrets buried in the Red Fort, where it all began. But the Archons do not control events they way they once did. Meanwhile, in Budapest, a new player arrives and changes the course of history.

M – MATURE (18 and up, may contain nudity, profanity, excessive violence and other
content not suitable for minors)

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EVERLAST
Original Graphic Novel Hardcover
Retail Price: $19.95 U.S.
Page Count: 112 pages
Format: hardcover (paper over board), 6.625” x 10.25”, full color
Genre: Fantasy
ISBN-13: 978-1-932386-97-4
Written by Chad Michael Murray
Illustrated by Trevor Hairsine, Andrew Huerta, Robbi Rodriguez, J.K. Woodward and
Danijel Zezelj
Cover by Danijel Zezelj

A pre-apocalyptic tale, Everlast follows Derek Everlast, a man whose destiny in life is guiding others to a place of rebirth for mankind called Haven. Following an instinct called the Nudge, bestowed on him by a higher power, Derek is guided to the next chosen human destined to survive, a little girl named Melissa. In a harrowing adventure, he must deliver her safely to Haven before the End of Days. Everlast tells a story of choice, love, friendship, and, most of all, survival. Will you be chosen? Created and written by actor Chad Michael Murray (“One Tree Hill.”)
T – TEEN (12 and up, may contain mild violence or mild profanity)

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JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER VOLUME 1
Original Graphic Novel Hardcover
Retail Price: $19.95 U.S.
Page Count: 120 pages
Format: hardcover (paper over board), 6.625” x 10.25”, full color
Genre: Fantasy
ISBN-13: 978-1-936393-24-4
Written by Katie Cook, Colleen Coover, Nate Cosby, Chris Eliopoulos, Roger
Langridge, Marjorie Liu, Ron Marz, Jeff Parker and Paul Tobin
Illustrated by Ronan Cliquet, Katie Cook, Colleen Coover, Tom Fowler, Roger
Langridge, Mike Maihack, Jennifer L. Meyer, Craig Rousseau and Evan Shaner
Cover by Patrick Scherberger and Mike Maihack

The much-loved, live-action/puppet combination TV show is now a graphic novel series! Archaia and The Jim Henson Company are proud to present ALL-NEW tales of fantastic wonder and extraordinary myth, as told from the tongue of The Storyteller and his loyal canine companion! Witness worded wonderment from a cavalcade of crafty creators, including Roger Langridge (The Muppet Show Comic, Thor The Mighty Avenger), Marjorie Liu (Black Widow), Ron Marz (Green Lantern, Artifacts), Jeff Parker (Hulk, Thunderbolts), Jennifer L. Meyer (Lady Pendragon), Tom Fowler (Green Arrow, Batman), Chris Eliopoulos (Pet Avengers, Franklin Richards), Colleen Coover (Spider-Man, Pet Avengers) and more! Plus: A never-before-seen story adapted from a screenplay by The Storyteller’s original author, Academy Award Winner Anthony Minghella (The English Patient)!

E – EVERYONE (all ages, may contain minimal violence)

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KILLING PICKMAN
Collected Edition Hardcover
Retail Price: $24.95 U.S.
Page Count: 144 pages
Format: hardcover (paper over board), 6.625” x 10.25”, full color
Genre: Horror
ISBN-13: 978-1-936393-14-5
Written by Jason Becker
Illustrated by Jon Rea
Cover by Jon Rea

Homicide Detective William Zhu has just made the arrest of his career. With the apprehension of Richard Pickman he has solved over 100 missing child cases, some of which date back over 30 years. The excavation of Pickman’s basement reveals horrors beyond imagination—the bodies of children mutilated in bizarre satanic rites. Frustrated with his role of clean-up man to the detritus of the world, Zhu makes what may be a fatal mistake: He decides to kill Pickman. Fatal, for Richard Pickman is no ordinary psychopath. The rituals he performed were not the work of a madman but sacrifices made to a very real demon. A demon who has granted Pickman near immortality. Killing Pickman is going to be a lot tougher than Zhu could have imagined. It may not even be possible.

M – MATURE (18 and up, may contain nudity, profanity, excessive violence and other
content not suitable for minors)

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WITCHBLADE ENDS YEAR WITH 150th ISSUE!

Top Cow Celebrates with Giant-Sized Landmark Issue

Berkeley, CA – 12 December 2011 – Image Comics and Top Cow Productions are proudly spotlighting the landmark 150th issue of their iconic original comic book series this week with an over-sized issue full of extras. WITCHBLADE #150 also marks Ron Marz’s 70th consecutively written issue of one of the longest running comics with a single female lead, and a major turning point in the life of Sara Pezzini.

In addition to providing a story that serves as a fitting conclusion to Marz and artist Stjepan Sejic’s critically acclaimed run, WITCHBLADE #150 will also serve as a retrospective of their contributions and the longevity of the series overall. As a special bonus, the issue also includes preview material for WITCHBLADE #151, when the new creative team of Tim Seeley (HACK/SLASH) and Diego Bernard (The Man With No Name) take the reins of Top Cow’s flagship title.

“It’s bittersweet, definitely,” Marz reflected. “Sara has been an almost daily presence in my life for more than seven years, so it feels a little weird to be going our separate ways, at least in terms of the WITCHBLADE monthly. But even if this seems like Stjepan and I are breaking up with Sara, I know we’ll see her again in ARTIFACTS. Sara will definitely be a presence in that book going forward. So we’ll be reunited. And, uh, it feels so good.”

New York City Police Detective Sara Pezzini is the bearer of the Witchblade, a mysterious Artifact that takes the form of a deadly and powerful gauntlet. Sara must try to control the Witchblade and learn its secrets, even as she investigates the city’s strangest, most supernatural crimes. Pezzini has carefully balanced her responsibilities as a police officer with her duties as bearer of the Witchblade for years, but now Lieutenant Phipps, from the Internal Affairs department, threatens to take one of these away from her. In this emotionally charged issue, Sara will be forced to make a decision that will impact the direction of WITCHBLADE for a long time to come.

WITCHBLADE #150, a 48-page full-color super hero comic book, will be available in stores and digital platforms on December 14th. This landmark issue will ship with four covers by Stjepan Sejic (JUL110410), Michael Broussard (JUL110411), Mike Choi (JUL110412), and a remastered cover by Michael Turner (JUL110413). WITCHBLADE #151 (AUG110425) will be available in stores and digital platforms on January 4th. For more information on the WITCHBLADE series, please visit www.topcow.com.

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.

 

John Ostrander

The Power of Ostrander Commands You!*

Interview with fan favorite John Ostrander by David Paul

Anyone following InvestComics and reading our reviews surely knows by now that I previously hated Star Wars. Until I yielded to my curiosity about what Dark Horse was doing and discovered, “Hey, I’m a hypocrite!”

John Ostrander is part of the reason I now find myself looking forward to Star Wars. If you’ve read Star Wars: Legacy you understand perfectly. Ostrander has contributed to expanding the world of Star Wars that others may not have considered. As a result, readers have been pretty happy.

So yeah. I’m all for it. I know you are too. However, the thing that gets me excited about having a chat with John Ostrander is GrimJack. I promise I’ll get to the “good stuff”. But first…

DP

John, so nice of you to let us shamelessly promote you and your current work. *jab-jab*

JOHN

I’m here to shamelessly hype and even pander. Let’s get this bucket in the well!

DP

Let’s start out with little Johnny. Who did you read when you were growing up and what was the moment you knew you wanted to write comics?

JOHN

Little Johnny’s first exposure to comics was in Catholic grade school and the comic was called “Treasure Chest”. Each issue had several features and I remember especially Chuck White and something called ‘1976: Pettigrew for President” which was set in the then far off future of the Bicentenniel year. They left a big impression on me as did the nuns with their rulers.

I read my DCs when I was younger but always had to steal a chance to read them as my mother had read Wertham’s “Seduction of the Innocent” and believed it. The only comics I was (officially) allowed to read was Dell or Gold Key or Classics Illustrated (which provided the veneer of my being well read). However, I did get two giant sized Harvey books of Will Eisner’s THE SPIRIT and that seriously warped me. Oh and Gold Key did some specials of ROCKY AND HIS FRIENDS which should be reprinted ASAP.

My first Marvel was SPIDER-MAN 49 and I was hooked on all things Marvel (well, except maybe Millie the Model). I knew for sure that I wanted to write comic books professionally when Mike Gold (an old friend and then founder of First Comics) offered to pay me money to do so. Big motivator – money.

DP

You started writing for comics back when the indies were still called Underground. Not ashamed to admit that GrimJack was/is one of my favorites. So thank you for that.

 

 

JOHN

You’re quite welcome. Not ashamed to admit I was delighted to warp sensitive young minds such as your own with that series. By the way, Underground comics were definitely different than indies. Underground were characters and comics such as Snappy Sammy Smoot, Fritz the Cat, and the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers. Not exactly the same as the Rocketeer, Sable, American Flagg or GrimJack all of whom were indies.

DP

If you were casting for a live action movie adaptation of GrimJack who would you cast? I know you’ve thought about it!

JOHN

I have thought way too much about it for way too long. I’ve considered who to cast from A listers to B movies to TV series. My main goal out of a GJ movie would be someone who would sell a lot of tickets and spawn at least two sequels with the attendant commercial tie-ins and make me LOTS of money.

Okay, more seriously – actually, I was serious but anyway – I think Viggo Mortensen would do a great Gaunt and so would Daniel Day Lewis. Back when GJ first started, Tim Truman and I liked Jack Palance. Hugh Jackman could do it although he may be too good looking. On the small screen, Edward James Olmos would do well. I’ve also always liked Wes Studi as a possible Gaunt.

DP

Yeah, the only way Hollywood execs would green-light the project with that above short-list would have to be getting Jackman in the beret. But I think Lewis could still knock it out of the park. Anyway! So much has changed since you first started. Your career has seen a lot of success with those changes. Both mainstream and indie. Can you tell us what it’s been like for you, adapting over the years?

JOHN

Work is work really. The rules change a little from publisher to publisher but actually, most days, I have less problems with continuity on STAR WARS than I would, say, on X-MEN or BATMAN. The biggest change is and will be comics going digital. That will be a game changer with creators potentially able to get their creations out to the public without necessarily going through existing publishers.

DP

Think back to the young writer you once were. Ever imagined it could have been the way it is now, enjoying the kind of success you are now?  I mean, we all know you own a house in every country on the planet.

JOHN

And every planet in the solar system. Seriously, success waxes and wanes. I’m mostly interested in telling a good story. I like to think that, in that respect, I am a success. For me, being a success is continuing to make a living off what I love to do – tell stories.

DP

Modern tech is having an effect on comics, no doubt. When you approach a new story are their special considerations toward the artist in scripting?

JOHN

I don’t always know who the artist will be for a given story but I prefer it when I do. It may take a few issues but I try to learn what the artist does well and maybe not so well and what he or she really likes doing and slant the story towards that as best I can. But ultimately, it really is all about the story. You do what’s right for that.

DP

I think it’s safe to say you’re a Star Wars geek. You’ve got like, what? 15 series titles to your credits? Something like that? You’ve made a serious contribution to how readers think of Star Wars now.

JOHN

I’ve deforested small sections of the planet with my output, yes.

DP

Editors and publishers like to spin titles their way. But I want to know how you pitched this new series to Dark Horse. What’s “Agent” about for you?

JOHN

I really DID pitch it as “James Bond meets Star Wars” but it’s more than that. This book is a chance to see familiar faces and settings from a different perspective. If the Empire is evil, can you be a good person and still work for it? IS Jahan Cross a good person? Certainly, he thinks so but who thinks of themselves as evil? The readers will have to make up their own minds.

DP

When you were scripting this did you have a specific artist in mind?

JOHN

No. My esteemed editor, Randy Stradley, found our artist. I think the art looks great.

DP

Okay, so big question here: you a James Bond fan? Because I’m pretty sure I picked up on a little scene very reminiscent of classic Bond.

JOHN

A fan but not of every movie nor of every Bond. I have my faves and my. . .lesser faves. Top ones? From Russia With Love, Casino Royale, Goldfinger and in that order. My two favorite Bonds? Sean Connery and Daniel Craig.

DP

It’s curious to me that you can skip around throughout the time-line in the Star Wars universe. You spent a lot of time defining the future of that universe but what’s your personal favorite time and setting to write in?

JOHN

Honestly? It’s whatever era I’m currently working in. Right now it’s 3 years before A NEW HOPE (the setting for AGENT OF THE EMPIRE) and 24,000+ years BBY which is the setting for DAWN OF THE JEDI that Jan Duursema and I are doing and will be out in February 2012 hype hype hype.

DP

It’s my honor to inform you that the geeks have chosen you as their new Star Wars god. That’s right. Lucas is out, you’re in. But in all seriousness, you write a LOT of Star Wars. You’ve written for other franchises, but is there a franchise you haven’t gotten your hands on yet that you would absolutely love to – and what would you do with it?

JOHN

I really want to know what happens NEXT in Joss Whedon’s FIREFLY/SERENITY series. It has overtones of the Civil War here in America and what happened in the West afterwards. I’m a big fan of that in general and the Whedon series in particular. I’m not sure where I would take it but the nice thing about comics is that the Special Effects budget is unlimited, I’d also love to do a BLACK ADDER comic, keep the comedic tone and take it into the world of superheroes and villains.

DP

Man, we have seriously got to make that happen! Both Firefly and Black Adder. Not sure how popular the latter franchise is here in the states but it would be so worth it. But on a more serious note: when the aliens take over and appoint you their liaison and make you personally responsible for acquiring human flesh to satiate their furious appetites who will be the first to be sacrificed?

JOHN

Grover Norquist. The jerks who did the mortgage derivatives and tanked our economy. Sports coaches who mess around with children. Actually, anyone who messes around with kids. Most of the talking heads and pundits in the media except Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert and sometimes Bill Mahr. And Rachel Maddow and Keith Olberman. Yes, I’m a flaming liberal. And proud of it.

 

DP

Future GrimJack plans?

JOHN

I’m going to wear the new GJ beret that fan Margie Helmuth made for me and that looks KILLER on me. I’d love to do more STORIES when Tim Truman has the time (he’s been working on his new HAWKEN series with his son, Ben Truman, and I am so JEALOUS). Maybe I should try to write a GrimJack novel.

Hmmmm.

DP

John, thanks so much. Best of luck with everything!

JOHN

We now return you to your regularly scheduled mind already in progress.

 

Star Wars: Agent of the Empire is on sale THIS Wednesday from our friends at Dark Horse. Buy it. Own it. Love it!

 

InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 12-14-11

Welcome to InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 12-14-11 

The holiday’s arrive a little early for the fans of InvestComics. Tomorrow we will post an Interview with a legendary writer. InvestComics’ David Paul (JOSEPH!) sits down with…….well you’ll have to come back tomorrow to find out, not ruining the surprise! If you’re a fan of the IC Facebook & Twitter accounts, you’ll be alerted when it first post, otherwise check back.

DC Comics’ The Ray will be coming back in a limited series. Even if one wasn’t looking for a new Ray comic, DC grabbed creators Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Jamal Igle. This is a team that commands ones attention. The series will focus on a new Ray, but here at InvestComics you have to know your past to know the future. With that, Happy Terrill as the first Ray appeared in 1940’s Smash Comics #14. That’ll hit the wallet in $4400 range. The other Ray; Ray Terrill was introduced in 1992 by none other than Joe Quesada. The Ray #1 can easily be found in the dollar boxes at your local shop. But as for the new series, with those creative minds at the helm it’s sure to be a hit.

Sticking with the comeback theme, Carnage is back. Carnage U.S.A. #1 (what’s with this title?) presented by writer Zeb Wells and Art by Clayton Crain. Carnage was one of those villains back in the 90’s that became so loved, but so overused. The first appearance went for some big bucks back when the bubble was about to burst. Today however, things have obliviously leveled off a bit. Cletus Kasady a.k.a. Carnage first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #344 (1991 – $8). Cletus as the villain Carnage came 17 issues later in Amazing Spider-Man #361 (1992). Expect to pay close to $18 for this comic in near mint condition. Zeb and Clayton really look like they bring it in the previews; let’s hope they sustain that over duration.

Marvel’s status quo will change once again in 2012. Seems like the same mundane solicits after a while, but we all hold hope that we will read something that will truly and forever change something, and have some significant meaning behind it. With the arrival of Avengers: X-Sanction #1 and its ridiculous 7 different covers, one can anticipate THIS will be the prologue that will lead into that moment next year where we have that holy s*it moment. One can hope……….

Dynamite follows suit with a ridiculous amount of variants, 5 in all with Lord of the Jungle #1. With that aside, one of Tarzan’s earliest appearances in comic book form came in Dell’s 1948 Tarzan #1. This 1948 book is only $2000? Seems a bit unvalued, no?

The Independent circuit is very busy this week on InvestComics. Here are a few Indie’s to check out.

Irredeemable #1 (Artist Edition), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Micro Series #2 Michelangelo, The Strain #1, Nowhere Man #1,  Airboy Presents Air Vixens #1, and from our friends at AAM-Markosia Dead Man #01.

 

 

 

 

Oh yes one more book to definitely check out this Wednesday, Star Wars Agent of the Empire #1. (Hint about tomorrow’s guest!)

Covers of the week below.

 

See you next week. Invest Wisely.

Jay Katz

 

THE NAUGHTY BLACK ENCHANTRESS VISITS THE FLARE WEBCOMIC

Check out what our friends at Heroic Publishing sent us. Check it out!

Everyone’s favorite little WitchGirl, the always naughty Black Enchantress, pays a visit to the Flare webcomic in a sequence of six comic strips starting Wednesday, December 7, culminating in the first-ever actual fight between this evil mistress of magic and comics’ shining goddess of light.

The Flare webcomic updates every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, at www.heroicpub.com/flareonline, featuring the adventures of the supermodel superheroine, Terri Feran, aka Flare.
For more information, please visit the Heroic Publishing website at http://www.heroicpub.com/heroicpub/index.php

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SHOWING THEM WHO’S ALPHA

Image Comics Debuts Man-Eating Zombie Women Miniseries in February

Berkeley, CA – 7 December 2011 — In Judith’s short life, the street smart punk has already proved to be a survivor, but now she’ll have to fight to remain the last one standing!

It’s 1984 – Reaganomics are in full swing, Herbie Hancock ruled the first MTV Music Video Awards, movie-goers met The Ghostbusters and The Terminator, Indira Ghandi was assassinated, B.A. Baracus pitied fools, and a third rate cosmetics company single-handedly destroyed civilization. Is Judith, a 17-year-old chain smoking delinquent humanity’s last hope?

In the upcoming ALPHA GIRL miniseries, co-creators Jeff Roenning and Jean-Paul Bonjour are plotting plenty of trouble for Judith. Robert Love is illustrating Judith’s close calls with the masses of flesh-hungry zombie women and the men who hunt them. ALPHA GIRL promises to be the action-packed gore fest that you’ve been waiting for!

“When I got hooked on comics in 1980 I quickly found that the best titles were
relegated to the 25 cent box. Creepy, Tales From The Crypt, and Ghostly Tales were my favorites, but they never went far enough,” explained Roenning. “ALPHA GIRL has been a chance to not only quench my blood lust, but to do it with a kick ass
heroine.”

“As a child of the 1980’s, it has been a blast drawing a comic that takes place
during my formative years,” said Love. “The Adidas track suits, big hair, and the
’80’s rock ‘n’ roll and hip hop – I’m definitely having fun!”

“I cut class my sophomore year of high school to go hang out, smoke cigarettes, and
check out girls. I ended up watching a movie called Evil Dead 2. When I saw that
flick I had found my calling in life,” added Bonjour. “When Roenning approached me
with the concept of a cosmetic company turning all women into man-eaters, with a
kick ass protagonist like Judith, I was all in. If you’re like me and a fan of the
zombie horror genre when the lead character has a flash of attitude, you are in for
a hell of a ride.”

This “Return of the Living Dead meets Zombieland” new miniseries will appeal to fans
of the dark humor and horrors of CHEW and HACK/SLASH. For those that can’t wait
until February, Cassie Hack fans will discover another kick ass femme fatale in the
back pages of HACK/SLASH #11, where we’re sharing a sneak peek of ALPHA GIRL #1!

ALPHA GIRL #1 (DEC110475), a 32-page full-color horror comic book for $2.99, will be
on sale in stores and on digital platforms on February 1, and is available for order
in the December issue of Previews. HACK/SLASH #11 (Seeley & Badilla Cover A:
OCT110549, Laiso Cover B: OCT110550), will be available on December 28.

To learn more about the ALPHA GIRL comic, visit http://alphagirlthecomic.com/. You
can also get the latest ALPHA GIRL news by following the team on Facebook at
http://www.facebook.com/alphagirlthecomic and on Twitter @AlphaGirl_Comic.

ABOUT JEFF ROENNING
Jeff Roenning studied film at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts where he was mentored
by famed screenwriter Bennet Simms (Blazing Saddles, etc.). He has written numerous
scripts, including an episode of Tales from the Crypt. He graduated in 1992 and
began working in post-production, and worked on such films as Nora Ephron’s Michael
and Strip Tease. During that time, Jeff also took the prestigious position of boom
operator on the cult classic Tromeo and Juliet. In 1997 he went to Sony studios to
work on digital archiving and the fledgling DVD spec under Malcolm Davidson, and in
1999 he moved over to DVD software pioneer Sonic Solutions. Jeff’s 2008 debut horror
film Hot Baby broke new ground in the schlock genre. Unbelievably, it’s still rated
FRESH on Rotten Tomatoes. Jeff’s experience there would lead him to work on the
Oscar winning DVD Traffic and the award winning Beastie Boys Video Anthology. He has
worked on over 100 titles to date and is credited as a pioneer in bringing the surf
film genre to DVD. 

ABOUT ROBERT LOVE
Robert Love formed Gettosake Entertainment with his brothers, Jeremy and Maurice in
1998, publishing their signature character CHOCOLATE THUNDER. In 2004, Dark Horse
published FIERCE, written by Jeremy Love with art by Robert Love, followed by SHADOW
ROCK in February of 2007. Robert’s stories “The Blind Monkey Style” and “The Mad
Mauler” appeared in POPGUN VOLUMES 1 and 4 respectively. Outside of comics, he sold
the rights to a movie to 20th Century Fox called THE ADVENTURES OF VENUS KINCAID and
has also optioned several other projects with Cartoon Network and the Disney
Channel.

ABOUT JEAN-PAUL BONJOUR
Jean-Paul Bonjour (yes, that’s his real name) is in fact a real person. He is not so
much French as he is a victim of being born and raised in Berkeley, California. He
attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. There he met and befriended Harmony Korine
and worked on the film Kids while pursuing his other passion in photography. After
graduating film school he moved to Los Angeles to work for Andrew Lazar at Dino De
Lorentis on Army Of Darkness. Quickly however, he realized that the independent film
and punk music scene that he grew up with was where his true passions lived. His
independent short film and photography work was noticed by Apple Computer who
offered him a position in 2000. He has been stuck working at a desk job, trying to
democratize film making, one donut at a time ever since.

Jean-Paul’s photography has been published in such notable magazines as Slap,
Thrasher, DV, and Wired Magazine as well as a few hundred trashy punk ‘zines. He
shares a 2002 technical Emmy for his work on Final Cut Pro, as well as a Bay Area
Music Award 1999. He has had his films optioned to Apple Computer, HDNet, Sundance
Channel, and in 2005 earned a trip to the Sundance Film Festival. He lives in
Oakland, California with his daughter and fellow S-Mart shopper Sylvie Blue.

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.

 

Marvel Announces AVENGERS VS X-MEN

The Biggest Comic Book Event In History Begins In April 2012

New York, NY-December 7, 2011-This April, The Avengers and the X-Men-the two most popular franchises in comics history-go to war! Marvel is proud to announce Avengers VS X-Men, a landmark twelve-issue pop culture event bringing together the world’s greatest super heroes-Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Cyclops, Storm, Magneto and more-for an unforgettable battle beginning in April 2012.

Avengers VS X-Men is written by a team of the top-selling authors in the comic book industry today: Brian Michael Bendis (Avengers, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man); Jason Aaron (Wolverine & The X-Men, Wolverine); Jonathan Hickman (Fantastic Four, Ultimate Comics Ultimates); Ed Brubaker (Captain America, Winter Soldier); Matt Fraction (Invincible Iron Man, The Mighty Thor). This unprecedented assembly of acclaimed writers is joined by a trio of the industry’s superstar artists: John Romita Jr (Avengers); Olivier Coipel (The Mighty Thor); Adam Kubert (X-Men: Schism).

The Avengers and X-Men have learned that the all-powerful embodiment of both death and rebirth  known as the Phoenix Force is on a crash course for Earth…and it needs a new host to unleash its immeasurable power. But what is the shocking decision tied to the Phoenix’s return that will pit the Avengers against the X-Men? And when good friends become bitter enemies, what does this mean for the future of the Marvel Universe?

Shipping twice monthly, this epic twelve-issue limited series will be available in comic stores and on the Marvel Comics app <http://www.marvel.com/marvelcomicsapp>  on the same day-additionally, each print issue of Avengers VS X-Men includes a code for a FREE digital copy of the issue on the Marvel Comics app <http://www.marvel.com/marvelcomicsapp>  at no additional cost to fans or retailers.

“Avengers VS X-Men brings together the most powerful forces in comics for a super hero war like you’ve never seen before and will never see again. We all want to see the best of the best go against each other-Lakers & Celtics; Ali & Frazier; Yankees & Red Sox; and in comics it’s the Avengers fighting the X-Men, ” said Axel Alonso, Editor in Chief, Marvel Entertainment. “We’ve brought together the biggest writers, biggest artists and biggest characters for the biggest story we’ve ever told. This is the kind of high-octane action-packed story
that fans demand while also having a profound effect on every character involved-and reshaping the Marvel Universe in its wake.”
Plus, for the first time ever, fans can watch and take part in the groundbreaking Avengers VS X-Men LIVE Kickoff beginning at 3:00pm ET
today on Marvel.com <http://www.marvel.com>  and http://new.livestream.com/marveluniverse <http://new.livestream.com/marveluniverse> . A unique event produced in collaboration with Livestream.com’s cutting edge streaming services and the Hangout functionality provided by Google+, we’re bringing the writers and editors of AVX directly to the fans. Make sure to follow Marvel on Google+ <http://goo.gl/9l6Jb>   as five lucky True Believers will be chosen to join in on the AVX hangout with their favorite writers and editors! Even if you’re not part of the Hangout, your questions can still be answered via Facebook <http://www.facebook.com/marvel>  and  Twitter <http://www.twitter.com/marvel>  using hashtag #AvX-just make sure to send in your questions before the press conference ends!

You’ve heard It’s Coming-and this April The War Is Here in Avengers VS X-Men #1! All your favorite super heroes enter-and only one team will
emerge victorious!

For more on Avengers VS X-Men, please visit http://avx.marvel.com
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VAMPIRE GRAPHIC NOVEL NANNY & HANK OPTIONED FOR FILM

Go to the movie theater today and you can see sparkly, lovelorn vampires, but soon, according to Bluewater Productions their darkly comedic tale of septuagenarian bloodsuckers will soon share space on the silver screen.

Uptown 6 Productions, whose first feature film 16-LOVE hits theaters in January 2012, purchased the rights to Bluewater¹s successful graphic novel ³Nanny & Hank,² a unique take on the vampire mythos. It follows two
grandparents ready to enjoy their golden years with travel and grandchildren, and how a horrible encounter with a disgruntled vampire changes their world forever and ever.

³Nanny & Hank: Retirement is Hell is the Œfunniest¹ take on mortality and morality to ever splash the pages of a comic book,² said Uptown 6¹s president Adam Lipsius. ³The protagonists’ plight is rife with truth and humor. These heroes creep me out with how cool they are, and Uptown 6 is committed to bringing every giggle and shiver to the big screen.  We couldn’t be more excited to be in business with Bluewater, the new tastemakers in indie comics.²

Uptown 6 is working towards a 2013 release, for the first volume of the Nanny and Hank saga.

According to Bluewater¹s president Darren G. Davis, the story, written by Mark L. Miller and illustrated by Steve Babb, is based on his own family. ³Call it a love letter to my grandparents. The main characters are based on them, and it was a riot trying to insert some of the funny old family stories into a vampiric context,”.

“And yes, their names really were Nanny and Hank!” Davis added.

This is the fourth property optioned from the Vancouver, Washington-based independent comic book producer. Their myth-superhero mash-up Isis was optioned by Paramount, the otherworldly adventure serial ³Sinbad-Rogue of Mars² is currently in pre-production through Morningside Entertainment, and Universal owns the rights to Bluewater¹s flagship heroine, The 10th Muse.

Although ³Nanny & Hank² will soon make it to local theaters, individual comic book issues and the compiled graphic novel ³Retirement is Hell² are still available wherever comic book and graphic novels are sold. These
titles are also available for download on Kindle and Nook.

About Bluewater Productions

Bluewater Productions Inc. is one of the top independent production studios of comic books, young adult books and graphic novels. Its extensive catalog of titles includes the bestsellers ³10th Muse² and ³The Legend of Isis² ²Bluewater publishes comic books in partnership with entertainment icon William Shatner (³TekWar Chronicles²),  legendary filmmaker Ray Harryhausen (³Wrath of the Titans,² ³Sinbad: Rogue of Mars,² ³Jason and the Argonauts,² et al) and celebrated actor Vincent Price (³Vincent Price Presents²), Additionally, Bluewater publishes a highly successful line of biographical comics under the titles ³Female Force² and ³Political Power.²

Bluewater aims to unite cutting-edge art and engaging stories produced by its stable of the publishing industry¹s top artists and writers.

For more information, visit www.bluewaterprod.com 

About Uptown 6 Productions:

Adam Lipsius, the Director and Producer at Uptown 6, worked his way up the independent film scene in New York, getting coffee for some of the best directors making movies today, including Martin Scorsese, Ang Lee, Milos Forman, Barry Sonnenfeld, James Mangold, etc., etc.  First as an apprentice editor, then an assistant and a sound editor and finally producing and editing indies of his own, Lipsius learned the business from the back of a
grip truck, the bowels of an edit bay and the occasionally black ink of a balance sheet.

He picked up his wife and partner, Linda Appel Lipsius, on an Uptown 6 train, and they decided to see how far they could ride it together, launching their production company in 2007.  Uptown 6 has since produced
dozens of commercials, industrials and tv pilots, most notably for clients including the Democratic National Committee, Bratz Dolls and Little Tikes Toys and PBS.  It has just completed production on its first feature film,
“16-LOVE,” from the writer and the producer of “A Cinderella Story.”

“16-LOVE” his theaters, Video on Demand and Online retailers nationwide this January 20th.

 

DEAD At 50!

Will the Merc with the mouth bite it?! We’ll see……

Could this be it? Has everyone’s favorite Merc With A Mouth finally made an appointment with Lady Death? This February, witness the biggest change in Deadpool’s life as “DEAD” kicks off in Deadpool #50! From the creative team of Daniel Way & Carlo Barberi, Deadpool’s lease on life is about to expire and those around him are going to feel the consequences including X-Force! Following the epic battle with his former body parts gone rogue, Wade Wilson makes a monumental decision that will forever change who he is. See how it all goes down this February, in Deadpool #50!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEADPOOL #50 (DEC110676)

Written by DANIEL WAY

Pencils by CARLO BARBERI

Cover by DAVE JOHNSON

FOC – 1/16/12, ON SALE 2/8/12

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InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 12-7-11

Welcome to InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 12-7-11.

First thing on the agenda today (some self promoting!) will be pointing out that the new Vincent Price Present #36 comic coming out this week will be my very own first published work. A word of warning here before all of the animal activists gets their panties in a bunch. It’s a horror story that in no way depicts the boundaries of who I am as a person. I love animals, and so does Stephen King.

So moving on from the unnecessary explanation, I want to thank once again a fantastic team that helped my story come to life. The President of Bluewater Productions Darren Davis, the awesome artistry of Stefano Cardoselli, and colorist extraordinaire Jeff Balke. All of you guys rock, and thank you for making my dream a reality starting point.

So technically Vincent Price #36 falls under the Hot Picks umbrella. It’s the first published work of a newbie. I’m picking one up!

Marvel Comics is daring to change the Marvel Universe landscape once again. If everyone received a penny for each time marvel has thrown out the phrase in one of their solicits “this will change the face of the Marvel Universe”, or something close to that, Marvel would probably be filing for Chapter 11 again. That being said, will this mean that we will not be checking Hulk #45? Of course not, we have to, curiosity killed the reader no? Hopefully not a big letdown……

The Defenders comic is back! Remember back in the day how much fun this comic was? Well it’s back with another go-around. However, this Defenders team features the original ensemble minus the big green guy with some added members. Another minus to point out has to be the ridiculous 6 variant covers.

The 2011 version of the Defenders will be brought to you by writer Matt Fraction, and artist Terry Dodson. The defensive teams first appearance can be found in Marvel Feature #1 (1971) for $200. Four years ago this comic was within the $70 range. I know this personally because I bought it back then. Not a tremendous turnaround, but a decent one at the very least.

This week on the new comic book shelf you will find a comic that will feature some of the lamest third rate villains ever assembled in a comic. Villains For Hire #1 has a lineup that will make some say “who? what?.” Since Marvel was so kind enough to even give us this book, we should have fun with it too. There are a total of seven villains appearing in this book. If you decide you want to have some fun hunting down their first appearances, be very prepared to pay your deductable and then some. Here is the list you’ll need to have on hand.

 

 

 

 

Daredevil #4 (1964) – First appearance of Purple Man. Purple is an expensive color. $800 

Amazing Spider-Man #46 (1967) – First Appearance of Shocker. Not too bad of a jolt at $300 

Uncanny X-Men #141 (1981) – First Avalanche. This comic is the best of the bunch. Not because of the Avalanche appearance, but because of everything else in this comic. John Byrne art, first appearances of Rachael Summers, Pyro, and a classic cover from Byrne and Austin to boot! No chill here.  

The Sub Mariner #5 (1968) – First Tiger Shark. Too much of a bite here at $60. 

Marvel Premiere #21 (1975) – First Misty Knight. A soggy $20. 

Amazing Spider-Man #222 (1981) – First Speed Demon. No quickie here at $16, but a great Walt Simonson cover! 

Thunderbolts #34 (1997) – First Scourge. Find this one in the 50 cent bins at your local shop.

Another X book from Marvel tests the waters this week, X-Club #1. The X-Men Science Team gets a comic. Yes that’s right, the X-Men Science Team.

Two Independent comics (Editor Note: 3 not including Vincent Price Presents #36) to check out this week. Irredeemable #32 will start a mini crossover event with Incorruptible. A lot of fun here because these two comics rock on their own. Also check out that ridiculously awesome cover from Trevor Hairsine! Anyone remember Voltron? Well they’re coming back in Voltron #1 from Dynamite Entertainment. The first take on a Voltron comic appeared in 1985 from Modern Comics. A $3 book.

Usually we don’t cover posters, but the new Carnage USA poster is a beauty from Clayton Crain. Click on the image to enlarge and admire the glorious piece.

Covers of the week below, check those out too.

See you next week.

Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

 

 

ARCHAIA ANNOUNCES AN ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVEL HARDCOVER FOR FREE COMIC BOOK DAY IN 2012

48-PAGE, FULL-COLOR BOOK CONTAINING ORIGINAL MATERIAL FROM ‘MOUSE GUARD,’ ‘JIM
HENSON’S LABYRINTH,’ ‘CURSED PIRATE GIRL, ‘RUST,’ ‘COW BOY’ AND ‘DAPPER MEN’ TO BE
OFFERED COMPLETELY FOR FREE

Los Angeles, CA (December 2, 2011) – On May 5, 2012, Free Comic Book Day Gold Sponsor Archaia Entertainment will make history when it offers an all-ages, original graphic novel hardcover completely for free to fans who flock to their local comic book stores. The 6” x 9”, 48-page, full-color book will contain all-original stories—not reprints or excerpts from upcoming releases—from Mouse Guard, Jim Henson’s Labyrinth, Cursed Pirate Girl, Rust, Cow Boy and Dapper Men, announced Archaia President and CEO PJ Bickett.

Officially titled Mouse Guard, Labyrinth and Other Stories, the offering will be a
shining example of Archaia’s commitment to produce high-quality graphic novels, despite its free price tag.

“We’ve offered single issues for past Free Comic Book Days but Archaia’s specialty is producing beautiful, hardbound collections,” said Bickett. “Offering a hardcover book for Free Comic Book Day is our way of helping to drive more potential customers to comic book stores on what has historically been their busiest sales day of the year. But it’s also a way to educate readers on what Archaia is all about: high-quality graphic novel collections of stories they can’t get anywhere else.

“On Free Comic Book Day, be sure to get to your local comic book shop early because this special book is guaranteed to run out fast and become an instant collector’s item!” said Archaia Marketing Manager Mel Caylo.

Below is the complete solicitation for Archaia’s 2012 Free Comic Book Day offering:

MOUSE GUARD, LABYRINTH AND OTHER STORIES
Original Graphic Novel Hardcover
2012 Free Comic Book Day
Retail Price: Free
Page Count: 48 pages
Format: Hardcover with no dust jacket (paper over board), 6” x 9”, full color
UPC: 811514010689 00311
Country: U.S.

Written by Jeremy Bastian, Nate Cosby, Royden Lepp, Jim McCann, Ted Naifeh and David Petersen Illustrated by Jeremy Bastian, Chris Eliopoulos, Cory Godbey, Janet Lee, Royden Lepp and David Petersen Cover by David Petersen

This Free Comic Book Day, Archaia offers readers the chance to experience history in the making with a FREE, gorgeous, 48-page, 6” x 9” full color hardcover original graphic novel featuring all-new material! David Petersen returns with an all-new Mouse Guard tale that’s guaranteed to tug at your heartstrings! Lose yourself once again in Jim Henson’s amazing world of Labyrinth, featuring a fantastical story from Eisner Award nominee Ted Naifeh (Courtney Crumrin) and Cory Godbey (Fraggle Rock). Get a new perspective on Jet Jones in Royden Lepp’s critically acclaimed Rust, with a short story seen through the eyes of younger brother Oswald Taylor. Jeremy Bastian’s acclaimed Cursed Pirate Girl hits the high seas in this whimsical, swashbuckling tale of wonderland journeys and unimaginable dangers. Nate Cosby (Pigs) and Chris Eliopoulos (Franklin Richards) present Cow Boy, a comedy/western that tells the tale of a young bounty hunter determined to send his entire outlaw family to jail. And Jim McCann and Janet Lee follow up their Eisner Award-winning Return of the Dapper Men with an all-new short story that leads into the upcoming sequel, Time of the Dapper Men. Witness the origin of a new, major character! And…the return of 41?!

About Archaia Entertainment

Archaia Entertainment is a multi-award-winning graphic novel publisher with more than 50 renowned publishing brands, including such domestic and international hits as Mouse Guard, Return of the Dapper Men, Gunnerkrigg Court, Awakening, The Killer, Days Missing, Tumor, Syndrome, Artesia, The Engineer, and an entire line of The Jim Henson Company graphic novels, including Tale of Sand, which is based on an unproduced screenplay discovered in the Henson Archives. Archaia has built an unparalleled reputation for producing meaningful content that perpetually transforms minds, building one of the industry’s most visually stunning and eclectic slates of graphic novels. Archaia was named Graphic Novel Publisher of the Year according to Ain’t it Cool News, Graphic Policy, and Comic Related, and was honored with nine 2011 Eisner Awards nominations. Archaia has also successfully emerged as a prolific storyteller in all facets of the entertainment industry, extending their popular brands into film, television, gaming, and branded digital media.

 

Outcast #1 Changes to VALEN THE OUTCAST #1

New hit series “OUTCAST”
retitled “VALEN THE OUTCAST”
First issue on sale
December 7, 2011

“Undead Conan? I’m in!”
-iZombie writer Chris Roberson


December 1, 2010 – Los Angeles, CA – BOOM! Studios is proud to announce a title change for its successful new launch of OUTCAST #1, shipping December 7, 2011 to comic book stores worldwide for only $1 — the new title will be VALEN THE OUTCAST.

“We were contacted by another entity who holds the trademark for the name ‘Outcast’ which we were unaware of,” said BOOM!’s Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Ross Richie. “We have the utmost respect for the other company and were happy to make the change. Our central character is Valen Brand, the character itself is not named Outcast, so altering the title is an easy change we can make.”

“Orders were strong on this new series from Michael Alan Nelson and Matteo Scalera,” said Matt Gagnon, Editor-in-Chief, “and this book sees them both doing the best work of their careers. Everyone over here’s been blown away. Fans of Game of Thrones and Conan shouldn’t miss this action-packed #1 issue.”

VALEN THE OUTCAST tells the story of King Valen Brand. He was a just king and a great warrior until he was killed by a Necromancer in battle and resurrected as one of the walking dead. Now he’s considered an abomination in his own realm, an outcast with only one purpose: to restore his lost soul…

VALEN THE OUTCAST #1 is written by Michael Alan Nelson (28 DAYS LATER, ROBERT E. HOWARD’S HAWKS OF OUTREMER) with art by Matteo Scalera (DEADPOOL). This title ships in December with the main covers in a 30/30/30/10 split by Liam Sharp, Cary Nord, Alé Garza and Trevor Hairsine, a 1-in-25 incentive by Chad Hardin, a 1-in-50 sketch incentive by Trevor Hairsine, a 1-in-75 sketch incentive by Alé Garza, and a special 1-in-200 Joe Jusko variant cover which will be offered slabbed by CGG with a 9.8 Near Mint Grade.

VALEN THE OUTCAST features 22 pages of story and carries a price point of $1.00 with a Diamond Code of OCT110899.

About BOOM! Studios

Founded by Ross Richie, BOOM! Studios (www.boom-studios.com) is 2009 and 2010’s “Best Publisher” and an Eisner and Harvey Award-winner, generating a constellation of bestselling comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent, including Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE, new HELLRAISER comics written by Clive Barker, PLANET OF THE APES, 28 DAYS LATER, and Philip K. Dick’s DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?. BOOM!’s all ages imprint KABOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Roger Langridge’s SNARKED, and Scholastic’s WORDGIRL. BOOM!’s lit comix-focused imprint, BOOM! Town, recently won the Eisner Award for its first book, Shannon Wheeler’s I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE FUNNIER.

MARVEL APP 3.0 hits your iDevices

The MARVEL COMICS App 3.0 Is Here!
 
New York, NY, December 1, 2011—The future of Marvel Digital Comics is here—download the Marvel Comics app 3.0 for your iOS device RIGHT NOW! This all-new update takes the unparalleled Marvel Comics app experience to the next level a stunning new interface; broader array of search and browse functions; improved performance and stability; easier management of purchases and downloads; and more! In celebration of this exciting new upgrade, the Marvel Comics app is offering a special sale on the biggest new launches of 2011, including FF, X-Men Schism, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man and more until next Tuesday, December 6th (11pm EST)! So what are you waiting for? Upgrade your Marvel Comics app now to take advantage of this unprecedented offer!
 
“Marvel is committed to giving our fans the best digital reading experience possible and with this latest upgrade to the Marvel Comics app, I’m proud to say we’re delivering just that,” said Peter Phillips, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Marvel Digital Media Group. “So whether you’re a fan of Spider-Man, Captain America, Wolverine or the Wizard of Oz, you’re going to find some great comics to read—and they’re going to look better than ever.”
 
Upgrade to Marvel Comics app 3.0 on your iPad ®, iPhone ® or iPod touch ® right now to experience the world’s greatest super heroes like never before!


 
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