Friday, April 18, 2014

Doberman, New Comedy Series from Darby Pop
 
San Diego, CA (April 18, 2014) – From the minds of Rob Rosell and Scott Marder, known from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphiaand Unsupervised, with writer Jack Lambert and artist Brandon McKinney (Army of Two), Darby Pop’s newest comic, Doberman,will make its debut this July.

Doberman is the tale of a roundhouse-kicking, beer-shotgunning, Dodge Stealth-driving badass with a badge, shamed into years of personal exile. But, now he’s back, with only one thing on his mind -- revenge!” said Jack Lambert. “Simply put, if Sylvester Stallone, Steven Seagal, and Jean-Claude Van Damme had a child, Frank Doberano (aka Doberman) would be that bastard’s name.”

Frank Doberman was the greatest detective of his era with the fastest car, biggest gun, and longest… um… arrest record. But after a drug bust went horribly wrong, Doberman disappeared, seeking solace in the comforting bosom of Mother Nature. Lured back to the Force by the promise of vengeance, and an ice-cold six-pack, Doberman has to deal with a new age of social media, regulations, and an uber-villain whom the world wants to believe has changed his ways.


About Darby Pop Publishing
Founder and Emmy-winning writer/producer Jeff Kline (Transformers: Prime, G.I. Joe: Renegades) created Darby Pop Publishing with the goal of telling all-new stories crafted by a small circle of friends.  Former Marvel and Top Cow Editor David Wohl is Editor-In-Chief.  Darby Pop Publishing's ever-growing array of original titles includes INDESTRUCTIBLE, CITY: THE MIND IN THE MACHINE, and THE 7TH SWORD, all distributed by IDW. DarbyPop’s first trade paperback, INDESTRUCTIBLE Vol. 1, comes out late June. For more information, visit darbypop.com. 
 
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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, G.I. JOE and MY LITTLE PONY; Paramount’s Star Trek; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; 2000AD’s Judge Dredd; The Rocketeer; Toho’s Godzilla; Wizards of the Coast’s Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons; and the Eisner-Award winning Locke & Key series, created by best-selling author Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints, Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio, and the multiple award-winning Artist's Edition imprint.

IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot; Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Warner Brothers are producing a film based on Ashley Wood's Lore; Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film, Kurtzman/Orci are producing a movie based on Locke & Key at Universal. 


DARK HORSE ANNOUNCES ANDREW VACHSS UNDERGROUND!

ANNAHEIM, CA – APRIL 18 – Acclaimed author Andrew Vachss hits home with an unapologetic approach guaranteed to leave readers with plenty to think about. From the hard-boiled crime and suspense of the anthology series, Hard Looks, to the powerful and poignant Another Chance to Get it Right: A Children’s Book for Adults, his work continues to challenge the norms of prose.
Dark Horse is proud to present Underground, a work of “speculative fiction” with a clear connection to current events…particularly how such events are presented in the media. Based on the script of the same name by Andrew Vachss, the book is adapted by Chet Wiliamson and Mike Richardson, with art by Dominic Reardon!
When all sources of “news” are so clearly biased that none can be considered even remotely trustworthy or reliable, there is no news . . . and “The Terror” descends. For decades, The Rulers have been using prisoner and slave labor to construct Underground, confident that all those who flee there will willingly trade their freedom for security. Now, “truth” is what the Rulers say it is, and The Rulers rule all aspects of the human existence. But even within this antiseptically evil world, a revolutionary movement is brewing. A new breed of journalists— “The Book Boys”—risk everything to graffiti the truth on Underground’s pristine walls. The intolerable act of creating a reliable source of truth––“If it’s written in blue, it must be true.”––is against The Rules ––a huge bounty has been offered for identification or capture of any of this crew.
This original graphic novel will challenge readers to reexamine the way the media governs their own lives, in print, on air and online, with a chilling account of willingly-accepted oppression and individual autonomy for the comfort of fascism! Underground  is a new genre: the Graphic Novel presented as a visual Movie, adapted from the original screenplay of Andrew Vachss by Mike Richardson and noted author Chet Williamson.
Find the truth––and what it costs to those who dare to disseminate––it at finer comic shops everywhere on October 29 in a beautiful hardcover edition of Underground priced at $29.99!

Global Artist Yoshiki Pens Theme Song for Globally Anticipated SAINT SEIYA
 (a.k.a Knights of the Zodiac) 
Film World's hottest collaboration finally a reality 

Tokyo, Japan - April 18, 2014 - Yoshiki, leader of globally renowned band X Japan, has written the worldwide theme song for the new movie version of SAINT SEIYA (a.k.a Knights of the Zodiac), brought to film to honor the 40th anniversary Masami Kurumada's passionate career as a manga creator. 
  
SAINT SEIYA was a highly popular series in the manga magazine Weekly Shonen Jump in 1985-1990. The manga was made into anime and broadcast on television only nine months after it began to be published; an unusually fast transition into animation on television at that time. The anime earned deeply rooted popularity among many fans with its diverse array of deadly techniques utilized by attractive characters and knights. It became a masterpiece representative of the 1980s. The total worldwide number of copies printed of the original books reached 34.4 million and the animated version was broadcast on television in over 80 countries including France, Italy and Brazil, gaining a tremendous following and cementing its popularity. 
  
Yoshiki penned the worldwide theme song for the new movie based on SAINT SEIYA. Yoshiki is the leader and pianist of X Japan, and also just announced that he will embark on a world solo tour, Yoshiki Classical World Tour 2014, playing 13 venues in 10 countries. The song is called "Hero (Yoshiki Classical Version)," and will be sung by Katie Fitzgerald, vocalist of Violet UK, a band also led by Yoshiki. The main reason for the collaboration is that Yoshiki's global success synchronizes with the world tour of the SAINT SEIYA movie. A new legend will be born with the fusion of contents and an artist that have seized the world's attention. 

  
Listen to Hero (by Yoshiki) - Theme Song Saint Seiya:The Moviehttp://youtu.be/fXzcD0RyY10 
Hero (by Yoshiki) - Theme Song for Saint Seiya: The Movie (2014)
Hero (by Yoshiki) - Theme Song for Saint Seiya: The Movie (2014)

On the collaboration Yoshiki said, "I feel greatly honored to write the theme song for SAINT SEIYA. I truly believe I have created a touching song with a beautiful melody using a hero as the motif. I very happily accepted this offer since I of course knew SAINT SEIYA and I am a great fan of anime. I saw the manga a long time ago. Before writing the song I had the chance to see the new movie, which feels like it was created at a magnificent scale. I actually faced a big struggle with matching my music with the movie. The result is a sort of ballad, rather than a loud piece. I think the song suits the magnificent scale sensitivity of SAINT SEIYA.  I will play this song during the upcoming Yoshiki Classical World Tour at 13 venues in 10 countries."

Original work author and executive producer: Masami Kurumada
Director: Keiichi Sato; scenario writer: Tomohiro Suzuki: CG director: Ei Sato; musical director: Yoshihiro Ike
Cast: Kaito Ishikawa, Kenji Akabane, Kensho Ono, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Kenji Nojima, Ayaka Sasaki (Momoiro Clover Z), Ren Osugi, Mitsuru Miyamoto, Rikiya Koyama, Hiroaki Hirata, Gou Inoue, Mitsuaki Madono, Masumi Asano, Toshiyuki Morikawa, Shinji Kawada, Daisuke Namikawa, Koichi Yamadera
Theme song: "Hero (Yoshiki Classical Version)" (written by Yoshiki) performed by Yoshiki feat. Katie Fitzgerald from VIOLET UK 
    
Profile of Yoshiki, writer of the theme song

Theme song: performed by Yoshiki featuring Katie Fitzgerald from VIOLET UK
"Hero (Yoshiki Classical Version)" (written by Yoshiki)

Yoshiki is the leader, drummer and pianist of X Japan, a Japanese rock band that debuted in 1989. His past solo works include a song honoring the 10th anniversary of the accession of the Emperor of Japan (1999), the official theme song of the Aichi Expo (2005) and the official theme song for the Golden Gloves (2012).

Yoshiki Classical, Yoshiki's solo album released last year, was his first in roughly eight years. The epic work comprises newly released pieces and greatest hits from his previous two solo albums. This latest release, the subject of worldwide attention, was ranked #1 in the iTunes Store classical music album section in 10 countries including Canada, Japan and other Asian countries. The work also made the top 10 in France, Norway and Australia.

The movie's theme song, "Hero (Yoshiki Classical Version)," is performed as a classical version based on piano played by Yoshiki and sung by Katie Fitzgerald, a vocalist from Violet UK, also led by Yoshiki.

His first world solo tour "YOSHIKI CLASSICAL WORLD TOUR PART 1" begins April 25, with performances at 13 venues in 10 countries.

YOSHIKI CLASSICAL WORLD TOUR 2014 Part 1
Date
Country
City
Venue
April 25
America
Costa Mesa
Segerstrom Center for the Arts
April 28
America
San Francisco
Davies Hall
May 3
Mexico
Mexico City
Auditorium Blackberry
May 21
Russia
Moscow
Cocus City Hall
May 23
Germany
Berlin
Tempodrom
May 26
France
Paris
Trianon
May 29
UK
London
Royal Festival Hall
June 6
China
Shanghai
Oriental Arts
June 8
China
Beijing
Beijing Exhibition Center
June 10
Thailand
Bangkok
Royal Jubilee Hall
June 13
Taiwan
Taipei
NK101 Taipei
June 16
Japan
Tokyo
Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre
June 17
Japan
Osaka
The Symphony Hall

YOSHIKI Official Sitehttp://www.yoshiki.net/tour.php
YOSHIKI Official Twitterhttps://twitter.com/YOSHIKIOfficial
YOSHIKI Official Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/YoshikiOfficial

Q Comes to IDW’s Star TrekTM This July
The Star Trek Comic Event Of The Year
 
San Diego, CA (April 18, 2014) – IDW’s ongoing Star Trek series has pitted the Star Trek crew from the 2009 film franchise against many a challenge and foe, but how will they fare up against the omnipotent Q? This July Star Trek fans will find out starting with Star Trek issue #35, which will kick off  “The Q Gambit” 6-part galaxy-spanning adventure.

“Part of the fun of the new STAR TREK movie franchise is seeing how beloved characters are different in the new timeline,” says writer Mike Johnson, “But one iconic adversary remains unchanged: Q. His fascination with humanity and his penchant for mischief remain the same across the multiverse, and now he's come to take the Enterprise crew on an adventure that will bring new meaning to the phrase ‘no-win scenario!’”

In this new arc, Star Trek comic series writer Johnson brings Captain Kirk from the recent films together with Q for the very first time. Joining Johnson on this adventure is first time IDW Star Trek artist, Tony Shasteen (Vampire Diaries, Batman: Arkham Unhinged).

“Like so many fans, Q captured my attention as soon as he appeared on the deck of the Enterprise,” said Star Trek comic editor Sarah Gaydos, “We’re excited to explore just how Q will react to our Captain Kirk…and how Kirk will handle one of the most powerful, witty characters ever to appear in the Star Trek universe. We’re also very eager for everyone to see the stellar work Tony Shasteen is doing!”

Under license by CBS Consumer Products, “The Q Gambit” begins when the mischievous Q sends James T. Kirk on a quest that will see the Enterprise joining forces with familiar faces from Star Trek lore, beginning with the crew of a certain space station…

Join the Star Trek comic event of the year and let the games begin!
 
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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, G.I. JOE and MY LITTLE PONY; Paramount’s Star Trek; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; 2000AD’s Judge Dredd; The Rocketeer; Toho’s Godzilla; Wizards of the Coast’s Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons; and the Eisner-Award winning Locke & Key series, created by best-selling author Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints, Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio, and the multiple award-winning Artist's Edition imprint.

IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot; Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Warner Brothers are producing a film based on Ashley Wood's Lore; Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film, Kurtzman/Orci are producing a movie based on Locke & Key at Universal. 

BLACK KISS: XXXMAS IN JULY SPECIAL ON ITS WAY TO HEAT UP YOUR SUMMER 
Who says mistletoe can't be in season year-round?
 
Let the raunchy festivities begin! Howard Chaykin (SATELLITE SAM) returns with another sexy one-shot in BLACK KISS: XXXMAS IN JULY SPECIAL. Because nothing says Holiday fun like an endless stream of incredibly nasty revenge sex.
 
BLACK KISS: XXXMAS IN JULY SPECIAL will be steaming up the shelves on 7/2 for $5.99 and can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code MAY140601.
  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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, fantasy, 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.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

BOOM! STUDIOS HOSTS
'DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES'
CAST AT WONDERCON, APRIL 19, 2014


April 17, 2014 - Los Angeles, CA - Award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios is pleased to announce that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes cast members Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight Rises, The Dark Knight) and Keri Russell (The Americans, Felicity), along with film director Matt Reeves (Let Me In, Felicity), will make an exclusive signing appearance at the BOOM! Studios booth during WonderCon in Anaheim, California, on Saturday, April 19. BOOM! Studios is the official publisher of Planet of the Apes comics.
Limited-edition WonderCon exclusive Dawn of the Planet of the Apes prints illustrated by Garry Brown (The Massive, Sons of Anarchy) will be available for purchase for $20, and the cast will be available to sign them from 2:30-3 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, at the BOOM! Studios booth, #319, at the Anaheim Convention Center. The signing will be ticketed and a print purchase is required for the signing.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is about a growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar that is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.
Twentieth Century Fox will release Dawn of the Planet of the Apes worldwide July 11th, 2014. For more information, visit dawnofapes.com.
For tickets and information for WonderCon, visit comic-con.org/wca.
 
ABOUT BOOM! STUDIOS
Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent. BOOM! Studios is the home of Mike Carey’s SUICIDE RISK, Clive Barker’s NEXT TESTAMENT and HELLRAISER, Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos’ FAIRY QUEST, PLANET OF THE APES, Max Bemis’ POLARITY and Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 GUNS was recently released as a feature film from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Jim Davis’ GARFIELD, Cartoon Network’s ADVENTURE TIME and REGULAR SHOW, Mike Kunkel’s HEROBEAR AND THE KID, and Roger Langridge’s Eisner Award-winning SNARKED. In June 2013, BOOM! acquired Archaia Entertainment (archaia.com). Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of MOUSE GUARD, COW BOY, GUNNERKRIGG COURT, RUST, SPERA, JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND, and many other great titles. In October 2013, BOOM! Studios entered into a unique first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox, giving the studio access to its library of titles and giving the publisher access to Fox's vast catalog of films.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes WonderCon Promo Poster DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Print by Garry Brown
LEAP INTO THE WORLD OF MANGA AS VIZ MEDIA RELEASES NEW WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP
PRINT EDITION “JUMP PACK” ISSUE 2

New Print Issue Features 100+ Pages Of Manga Content,
A 3-Month Digital Subscription And An Exclusive
Blue-Eyes White Dragon YU-GI-OH! Collectable Trading Card

VIZ Media’s WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP manga (graphic novel) magazine returns to its roots in print as it gives North American fans a special treat with the release of the WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP Jump Pack 2014, Issue 2 available now. The jam-packed print edition contains more than 100 pages of the world’s most popular featured series and is an ideal way to check out what the digital WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP magazine offers.

The WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP Jump Pack is available in the U.S. and Canada exclusively through retailers serviced by Diamond Comic Distributors and also from leading online anime/manga retailer Right Stuf. The WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP Jump Pack 2014, Issue 2 is rated ‘T’ for Teens and will carry an MSRP of $19.99 U.S. / $22.99 CAN.

The latest Jump Pack issue features the current hit series, ALL YOU NEED IS KILL, by DEATH NOTE and BAKUMAN artist Takeshi Obata, as well as chapters from continuing fan favorites such as BLEACH, NARUTO, ONE PIECE, YU-GI-OH! ZEXAL and much more. The issue also includes a promotional code for a 3-month weekly digital subscription to the magazine along with a limited edition Blue-Eyes White Dragon YU-GI-OH! trading card with exclusive variant art from Kazuki Takahashi, the creator of the YU-GI-OH! series.

WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP is the world’s premiere manga brand and leading weekly manga magazine. The digital version published by VIZ Media features the latest installments of some of the world’s most popular manga series released every week to English readers on the same day as the magazine’s general print release in Japan. Currently serialized titles include the sci-fi action series, ALL YOU NEED IS KILL (based on the novel of the same name which is the source material for the major motion picture, Edge of Tomorrow, starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt!), and the recently launched STEALTH SYMPHONY, with story by Ryohgo Narita (Durarara!!) and bold artwork by Yoichi Amano. These join other popular series such as BLEACH, ONE PIECE, NARUTO, NISEKOI, ONE-PUNCH MAN, SERAPH OF THE END, TORIKO, and WORLD TRIGGER. The latest new chapters of monthly series BLUE EXORCIST and YU-GI-OH! ZEXAL debut on the closest Monday after their Japanese release.

VIZ Media also offers North American fans single issues of WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP for only $0.99 each. One-year Memberships are also available for only $25.99 (U.S. / CAN) and include 48 weekly digital issues as well as exclusive YU-GI-OH! Collectable Trading Cards, special one-shot manga, exclusive digital-only promotions, and access to additional subscriber-only content including creator interviews and insightful promo videos. Current subscribers can also access their accounts via VIZManga.com, the VIZ Manga App, or with the Apple iOS Newsstand App.

The digital version of the magazine is also available to international readers in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa via the Newsstand App for the Apple iPad® and iPad® Mini, or the WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP App on the Google Play Store for Android devices. International issues debut each Monday at 10:00am (PST) and monthly subscriptions are available with automatic monthly renewals. Additional information on international subscriptions is available at: http://shonenjump.viz.com/international-wsj-app.

For more information on WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and exclusive subscriber offers, please visit shonenjump.viz.com.

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ShonenJump_RetailPack_Issue02_cover-1
NARUTO © 1999 by Masashi Kishimoto/SHUEISHA Inc.
BLEACH © 2001 by Tite Kubo/SHUEISHA Inc.
ONE PIECE © 1997 by Eiichiro Oda/SHUEISHA Inc.
ALL YOU NEED IS KILL © 2014 by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, Ryosuke Takeuchi, yoshitoshi ABe, Takeshi Obata/SHUEISHA Inc.
KATE LETH JOINS THE
'BRAVEST WARRIORS' BEGINNING
WITH JUNE'S ISSUE #21


April 17,  2014 - Los Angeles, CA - New York Times bestselling author Kate Leth (ADVENTURE TIME VOL 3: SEEING RED) is pulling on her giant blue gloves and getting in touch with her inner Emotion Lord in preparation for taking over as the new series writer for KaBOOM! comics title BRAVEST WARRIORS, starting with issue #21 in June. The Bravest Warriors are always up for saving the universe, but Leth joins forces with new series artist Ian McGinty (ADVENTURE TIME) to see just what happens when the universe has to save them! It’s sure to be a crazy mission, and if the universe isn’t up for it, then hopefully Catbug will come up with something...right?
Leth is firmly entrenched in the world of comics. She keeps a busy schedule by working at comic shop Strange Adventures in Nova Scotia; creating the biweekly Kate or Die strip for Comics Alliance; working on various comics projects; and running The Valkyries, a network of women working in comic shops around the world. Leth has worked on various KaBOOM! and BOOM! Box projects, including ADVENTURE TIME WITH FIONNA AND CAKE, THE MIDAS FLESH, and LUMBERJANES.
BRAVEST WARRIORS is an animated web series created by Pendleton Ward (creator of Adventure Time) and produced by Frederator Studios about four, teenage heroes who save the galaxy time and time again through the power of friendship, emotions, and…weaponized animal hybrids! KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios, began publishing the BRAVEST WARRIOR comics in October 2012.
“Kate is on a hot streak right now, having recently placed on the New York Times bestseller list with her ADVENTURE TIME: SEEING RED original graphic novel and her Emerald City Comic Con exclusive cover for LUMBERJANES #1 completely selling out,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “We can’t wait for her to bring her talent to BRAVEST WARRIORS and take Chris, Wallow, Beth, and Danny on some awesome new adventures!”
BRAVEST WARRIORS #21 arrives in comic shops on June 25th with a price of $3.99, featuring covers illustrated by Mady Martin, Rachael Hunt, and Jason Adams. It is listed under Diamond Order Code APR141026. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use comicshoplocator.com or findacomicshop.com to find one! It’s also available for order directly from boom-studios.com.
 
ABOUT BOOM! STUDIOS
Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent. BOOM! Studios is the home of Mike Carey’s SUICIDE RISK, Clive Barker’s NEXT TESTAMENT and HELLRAISER, Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos’ FAIRY QUEST, PLANET OF THE APES, Max Bemis’ POLARITY and Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 GUNS was recently released as a feature film from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Jim Davis’ GARFIELD, Cartoon Network’s ADVENTURE TIME and REGULAR SHOW, Mike Kunkel’s HEROBEAR AND THE KID, and Roger Langridge’s Eisner Award-winning SNARKED. In June 2013, BOOM! acquired Archaia Entertainment (archaia.com). Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of MOUSE GUARD, COW BOY, GUNNERKRIGG COURT, RUST, SPERA, JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND, and many other great titles. In October 2013, BOOM! Studios entered into a unique first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox, giving the studio access to its library of titles and giving the publisher access to Fox's vast catalog of films.

Bravest Warriors #21 Cover A
BRAVEST WARRIORS #21 Cover A by Mady Martin

Bravest Warriors #21 Cover B
BRAVEST WARRIORS #21 Cover B by Rachael Hunt

Bravest Warriors #21 Cover C
BRAVEST WARRIORS #21 Cover C by Jason Adams




MPI MEDIA GROUP ACQUIRES 'LFO,' ACCLAIMED SCI-FI COMIC THRILLER FROM SPECTREVISION 

MPI Media Group today announced it has acquired all U.S. distribution and international sales rights to LFO, a new science fiction thriller from Sweden. A fall 2014 theatrical release is anticipated for the film, which will be released under MPI's Dark Sky Films banner.   

The deal was negotiated by Nicola Goelzhaeuser, VP Television, Digital and International Sales for MPI, and Alexander Brøndsted, Producer and President of PingPongFilm.  
In addition to MPI's acquisition of the project, SpectreVision, the genre film production company founded by Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller has come on board to present LFO, with the trio serving as Executive Producers.

Writer-director Antonio Tublen's film is a darkly satiric look at our modern obsession with technology and the toll it can take on human interaction. Robert Nord (Patrik Karlson, Wallander), a loner whose sole passion in life is the analog sound equipment in his basement, stumbles upon a frequency that allows him to hypnotize people. Testing it on his attractive new neighbor and her unassuming husband (Izabella Jo Tschig, Per Löfberg), he soon realizes the power he now wields. As Robert indulges in the increasingly twisted possibilities of having complete control over others, it quickly becomes clear that he is losing control of himself.

LFO has played to both audience and critical acclaim in a number of film festivals.  It was at Fantastic Fest where Wood and his partners were first exposed to the movie.  Their enthusiasm for the film led them to showcase it at their own festival in Los Angeles.  Says SpectreVision's Elijah Wood, "One of the reasons we started this company was to get behind great new genre films that deserve to be discovered by broader audiences. This is a subversive, funny and deeply unnerving low-techno thriller we're proud to present."

MPI's Nicola Goelzhaeuser said, "LFO is ingenious, thought-provoking and also hugely entertaining, and we are thrilled to bring it to American audiences as well as introduce it to buyers in Cannes."

About Dark Sky Films
Dark Sky Films is dedicated to the discovery, preservation and production of new and classic horror, sci-fi and cult films from around the world. Based in Chicago, Dark Sky Films is a wholly owned subsidiary of The MPI Media Group - one of the largest independent entertainment companies producing and distributing a compelling slate of the world's most respected cinema, documentaries, performances and television programs. Recent Dark Sky Films productions include: Ti West's The House of Devil, Stake Land, The Hatchet II & III series, Here Comes The Devil and the recent festival successes Starry Eyes and Late Phases.

About SpectreVision
Founded in 2010 by partners Elijah Wood, Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller, SpectreVision is a film production and music management company created to tell heartfelt, character-driven stories tackling real emotional and social issues that test the boundaries of the horror genre.  The SpectreVision productions of Cooties and A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night made their premieres at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Cooties was acquired by Lionsgate Films at Sundance.  SpectreVision served as Executive Producer on the critically acclaimed Toad Road.  They are currently in production with The Boy, the first film of a planned trilogy that examines the childhood of a future serial killer.

About MPI Media Group
The MPI Media Group is a leading producer, distributor and licensor of films, home entertainment, historical footage and more. Founded in 1976, Chicago-based MPI Media Group remains one of the largest independent entertainment companies producing and distributing a compelling slate of the world's most respected cinema, documentaries, performances and television programs. MPI's wholly owned subsidiaries include MPI Home Entertainment, Dark Sky Films, and the WPA Film Library. www.mpimediagroup.com