Monday, April 27, 2015


ONI PRESS RECEIVES THREE EISNER NOMINATIONS

 
NOMINATIONS REFLECT STRENGTH OF ONI PRESS YOUNG ADULT / KIDS TITLES

PORTLAND, OR April 27, 2015 – Oni Press, Portland’s premier independent comic book publisher, today celebrates three Will Eisner Comic Industry Award nominations for I Was The Cat, Meteor Men and Mermin Book Three: Deep Dive. All three titles are on sale on ComiXology until 11 pm EDT on Monday, 4/27. These nominations speak to the strength of young adult and kids titles in the Oni Press library.

I Was The Cat, written by Benjamin Dewey and illustrated by Paul Tobin, follows
Allison Breaking, a talented journalist with her own blog and a lot of bills to pay. When she receives an offer from a mysterious stranger named Burma to write his memoirs, it's an offer she can't refuse, not even with all the red flags popping up. But Burma is quite literally unlike any man Allison's ever known... because he's a cat. This cat has stories to tell about how he, over the course of a few lifetimes, has shaped the world and another, darker story that Allison must risk all to uncover. A story of what this particular cat has been doing with the last of his nine lives.

Meteor Men, written by Jeff Parker, illustrated by Sandy Jarrell and colored by Kevin Volo, begins on a summer night, as Alden Baylor sits in a field watching the largest meteor shower in human history. His teenage adventure becomes something more when the celestial event brings travelers who will change the world completely and Alden discovers a connection to one of them. How does a young man who had to grow up fast handle the invasion of his planet?

Mermin Book Three: Deep Dive by Joey Weiser, takes us to Mer, the underwater kingdom where Mermin the merman was born. Due to a rising conflict with the people of Atlantis Mermin is needed back home immediately, which means that his human friends get to accompany him and see all its aquatic wonders. Once again, Mermin is tight-lipped about his past... even when it’s swimming right in front of him. There are enemies lurking in the seedier depths of Mer, who’ve got their sights set not only on Mermin but on Pete and his friends.



About Oni Press

Oni Press has been Portland’s premier indie comic book publisher since 1997. Home to a range of rad comics including Scott Pilgrim, The Sixth Gun, Invader Zim, Rick and Morty, Stumptown, Princess Ugg, Letter 44 and The Bunker, Oni Press strives to create comics for you.
VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES DIGITAL PREMIERE OF BRAND NEW NARUTO MANGA IN TODAY’S WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP

NARUTO: THE SEVENTH HOKAGE AND THE SCARLET SPRING Picks Up After The Original Series Finale With A New Generation Of Aspiring Shinobi; Catch The Debut In Today’s Latest Issue!

VIZ Media delivers fresh ninja action to manga readers as it announces the digital debut of NARUTO: THE SEVENTH HOKAGE AND THE SCARLET SPRING in today’s issue of WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP.

The brand new, limited-run series by NARUTO creator Masashi Kishimoto depicts a new generation of shinobi and will appear in the English incarnation of WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP on the same day as its premiere in Japan.

After a short break, NARUTO is back! And the story picks up right where the series finale left off. As the newest Hokage, Naruto's face now adorns the mountain behind the village. The same one he used to paint on as a prank when he was an attention-seeking kid! After his legendary feats, Naruto has gained the respect of everyone in the ninja world...except his own son. Boruto is as bratty and stubborn as Naruto used to be! How will these two ever see eye-to-eye?!

WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP is published digitally each week by VIZ Media and features the latest installments of some of the world’s most popular manga series released to English readers across North America on the same day as the magazine’s general print release in Japan. Currently featured series include BLACK CLOVER, BLEACH, BLUE EXORCIST, FOOD WARS!, GAKKYU HOTEI, MY HERO ACADEMIA, NISEKOI, ONE PIECE, ONE-PUNCH MAN, SERAPH OF THE END: VAMPIRE REIGN, TORIKO, WORLD TRIGGER and YU-GI-OH! ZEXAL. More info is available at: ShonenJump.VIZ.com.

In addition to the U.S. and Canada, WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP is available to readers in the U.K., Ireland, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand at ShonenJump.VIZ.com and through the WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP App for iOS and Android devices. Additionally in North America, the free WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP issues are available via the VIZ Manga App and WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP App for iOS and Android devices.

Annual 1 Year Memberships to WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP are available for only $25.99 (USD). Members receive 48 weekly digital issues as well as special premiums such as Yu-Gi-Oh! Collectable Trading Cards, rare one-shot manga releases, digital-only promotions, and access to additional subscriber-only content including creator interviews and insightful promo videos. (*Note: Yu-Gi-Oh! cards are only available to annual subscribers in the US and Canada.) Current subscribers can access their accounts via VIZManga.com, the VIZ Manga App, and shonenjump.viz.com or with the WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP App on iOS and Android devices.

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

For more information on VIZ Media manga titles, please visit www.VIZ.com.

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NARUTO GAIDEN © 2015 by Masashi Kishimoto/SHUEISHA Inc.
ONE PIECE © 1997 by Eiichiro Oda/SHUEISHA Inc.




Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) Sells Out First Edition Of ComicConBox™ in Six Days

Sold Out! ComicConBox.com Delivers Comic Con to the Doorsteps of Fans

Secret Wars Cover-B_W.jpgEL SEGUNDO, Calif., April 27, 2015 — Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) (“Wizard World”) today announced a complete sellout of the first edition of ComicConBox™, a premium monthly box service business that launched last week. As of next month, a limited premium subscription will be offered to fans. First edition boxes are scheduled to ship within the next one-to-two weeks.
Luckily for fans, Wizard World also announced today that ComicConBox will shortly be offering a three-month subscription that brings an exclusive Marvel Secret Wars #1 sketch variant comic inside its next ComicConBox.
“The great immediate success of ComicConBox shows that the appetite for pop culture continues to grow exponentially,” said John Macaluso, Wizard World CEO. “We believe that Wizard World’s intimate relationships with key players, including artists, celebrities and vendors, are unparalleled in the box business and we believe that we can instantly impact the industry.”
Fans can learn more about ComicConBox™ at http://ComicConBox.com and can interact with the service on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and other social media outlets as well as via email at Support@ComicConBox.com.
About Wizard World Presents ComicConBox™
Wizard World Presents ComicConBox™ (http://ComicConBox.com): a premium subscription-based monthly box service featuring collectibles, exclusives, toys, tech and gaming, licensed artwork, superior comics and apparel, Wizard World Comic Con tickets, special VIP discounts and more. Boxes ship to U.S. members on or around the first of each month and also feature Epic Grand Prizes in random packages. Wizard World has a unique advantage over other box programs, as it is also a producer of 26 live Comic Con events inside the United States, bringing artists and top celebrities to millions of fans around the country. Wizard World has partnered with some major Comic Con related brands and celebrities, and it is confident that fans will "geek-out" when they open a ComicConBox.
About Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD)
Wizard World, Inc. (http://www.wizardworld.com) produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, television, cosplay, comics, graphic novels, toys, video gaming, sci-fi, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. A first-class lineup of topical programming takes place at each event, with celebrity Q&A's, comics-themed sessions, costume contests, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Wizard World has also launched ConTV, a digital media channel in partnership with leading independent content distributor Cinedigm™ (NASDAQ: CIDM), and ComicConBox™, a premium subscription-based monthly box service. Fans can interact with Wizard World on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and other social media services.
About CONtv (NASDAQ: CIDM)
CONtv (http://www.CONtv.com) is a new digital entertainment network devoted exclusively to the fanspace that provides audiences access to thousands of hours of content showcasing an original slate of programming, as well as an eclectic catalog of over 2,500 must-watch titles. Everything from quirky original series, elusive cult films & television shows, celebrated genre movies encompassing sci-fi, horror, fantasy, anime, grindhouse, martial arts action, to exclusive live coverage of Comic Con events nationwide, all available on-demand either in a free, ad-supported format or a subscription-based model for premium content. CONtv is a partnership of Cinedigm, one of the nation’s largest independent distributor of digital entertainment, and Wizard World, producers of the largest Comic Con Tour in the U.S. Together, they provide an unrivalled hub of content, community and conventions across the broad spectrum of devices including Android and Mac iOS, Roku Players and Roku TV, Samsung Smart TV, the web, and mobile and tablet devices.
Wizard World 2015 schedule available at: http://wizd.me/PRSchedule2015.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Caliber Comics teams with Comixology for Half Off Sale.

April 24, 2015. Caliber Comics is proud to announce it has teamed with
Comixology to offer Caliber’s entire library of digital titles at 50% off
on Saturday April 25th and Sunday April 26th. This “Get To Know Caliber
Comics Sale” will allow readers to purchase any of its 400+ titles
available on Comixology’s platform at a fraction of the cost.

Users of Comixology can visit their Caliber Comic section
https://www.comixology.com/Caliber-Comics/comics-publisher/1342-0 and
after adding items to their cart can go to the redeem page at
https://www.comixology.com/redeem and enter in the code “caliber” to
receive those Caliber books at a 50% discount.

About Caliber Comics

Caliber Comics re-launched in February of 2014 after a hiatus and is part
of Caliber Entertainment LLC. During the 1990’s, Caliber Comics was one of
the leading independent comic companies that helped to launch the careers
of dozens of today’s top comic creators. Today, Caliber offers its vast
library of comics and graphic novels in both print and digital formats,
with new book releases rolling out each month that feature a wide diverse
line of subject genre with the emphasis on creator owned titles.

For more information please visit the Caliber Comic website at
www.calibercomics.com
CONtv Announces First Winner In Contest Naming Home State Superhero Or Super Villain

High_Roller_Color_CONtv.jpgLAS VEGAS, April 24, 2015 -- Brought To Life By Comic Artist Billy Martin, THE HIGH ROLLER Makes His Debut as Nevada’s Super Villain Just In Time For Wizard World Comic Con Las Vegas!

Fold your flush and cash your chips as the treacherous High Roller debuts as CONtv’s first winner for Nevada in the epic nationwide battle for superhero/super villain dominance.

Selected by Nevada voters, and brought to life Billy Martin (Vitriol The Hunter, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: New Animated Adventures, lead guitarist and keyboard player for the multi-platinum selling band Good Charlotte), those attending Wizard World Comic Con Las Vegas this weekend may spot the shady super villain lurking around Sin City.

Selected by Nevada-based CONtv fans to represent their home state, The High Roller uses a pair of dice as his weapon of choice. “I would like to think of his back story as a gambling bet gone wrong,” said Martin. “He owed some bad people money, and now has some dark power!”

The battles for superhero and super villain supremacy continue from the on-demand streaming network CONtv. True fans of pop culture, no one knows superheroes like CONtv viewers, and now’s the chance to let your voice be heard! Vote for your home state hero or villain here: http://on.contv.com/50StatesSurvey, and stay tuned as more winners get announced!
VIZ MEDIA RECEIVES MULTIPLE NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2015 EISNER AWARDS

HELLO KITTY, HELLO 40 As Well As ALL YOU NEED IS KILL Manga, MASTER KEATON And ONE-PUNCH MAN Each Receive Nominations For Comics Industry’s Most Prestigious Annual Award

San Francisco, CA, April 23, 2015 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, has announced that four of its critically-acclaimed titles have been nominated for the 2015 Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards, as announced by the awards committee.

The nominations include HELLO KITTY, HELLO 40: A CELEBRATION IN 40 STORIES for Best Publication for Early Readers, as well three nominations for manga (graphic novel) in the category of Best U.S. Edition of International Material – Asia. These include ALL YOU NEED IS KILL, with original story by Hiroshi Sakurazaka and art by Takeshi Obata, MASTER KEATON, Vol. 1 by Naoki Urasawa, with story by Hokusei Katsushika and Takashi Nagasaki, and ONE-PUNCH MAN, with story by ONE and artwork by Yusuke Murata.

Named for pioneering writer and comic artist Will Eisner, the awards recognize exemplary comics, graphic novels and other pop writings, and are given each year as part of the annual Comic-Con International convention, at which VIZ Media will be a major exhibitor and participant in the programs offered. The 2015 Comic-Con takes place July 9th-12th in San Diego, CA. Winners will be announced at a gala ceremony on the evening of Friday, July 10th during Comic-Con.

“We’re extremely honored to have four exemplary titles nominated for one of the most prestigious awards in the comics publishing industry,” says Hope Donovan, Managing Editor. “From the whimsical and colorful fun of HELLO KITTY to the sci-fi action of ALL YOU NEED IS KILL, the tense political intrigue of MASTER KEATON, and the knockout adventure of ONE-PUNCH MAN, these works each demonstrate the impressive creativity and dedication to outstanding storytelling and artwork that makes the mange genre so compelling. We look forward to a wide array of readers also discovering these noteworthy releases.”

HELLO KITTY, HELLO 40: A CELEBRATION IN 40 STORIES ·
Rated ‘A’ for All Ages · Print MSRP: $29.99 U.S. / $34.99 CAN;
Digital MSRP: $14.99 U.S. / CAN
This hardcover full-color anthology features a notable line-up of some of Hello Kitty’s biggest fans paying tribute in the best way they know how: through their stories and art. Contributors include the award-winning creators of the Tiny Titans series, Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani; Brian Smith, co-creator of the New York Times bestselling series Stuff of Legend; Gene Luen Yang, award-winning author of American Born Chinese and Boxers and Saints, and Uglydoll co-creator David Horvath. Everyone has a tale to tell about the cute little kitty who speaks from her heart. Matt and Jennifer L. Holm, award-winning creators of the Babymouse series also authored the introduction.

ALL YOU NEED IS KILL · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens ·
Print MSRP: $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN; Digital MSRP: $6.99 U.S. / CAN
Takeshi Obata’s ALL YOU NEED IS KILL originally premiered in VIZ Media’s WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP digital manga magazine earlier this year and is the stunning manga realization of the popular Japanese sci-fi novel, written by Hiroshi Sakurazaka (and also published by VIZ Media’s Haikasoru imprint). In this rousing action story, when the alien Mimics invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor called a Jacket and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to be reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On his 158th iteration, he gets a message from a mysterious ally – the female soldier known as the Full Metal Bitch. Is she the key to Keiji's escape or his final death?

Manga artist Takeshi Obata was born in 1969 in Niigata, Japan, and is the artist of the wildly popular SHONEN JUMP title HIKARU NO GO (available from VIZ Media), which won the 2003 Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize: Shinsei "New Hope" award and the 2000 Shogakukan Manga award. Obata is also the artist of the smash hit series, DEATH NOTE (also published by VIZ Media), as well as Arabian Majin Bokentan Lamp Lamp, Ayatsuri Sakon, Cyborg Jichan G. ALL YOU NEED IS KILL is his latest work following the hugely successful series BAKUMAN (also published by VIZ Media).

MASTER KEATON, Vol. 1 · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens ·
Print-Exclusive MSRP: $19.99 U.S. / $22.99 CAN
From the award-winning manga master creator Naoki Urasawa, MASTER KEATON introduces Taichi Hiraga Keaton, an archeology professor and part-time insurance investigator known for his successful and unorthodox methods of investigation. The son of a Japanese zoologist and an English noblewoman, educated in archaeology at Oxford and a former member of the SAS, Master Keaton uses his knowledge and combat training to uncover buried secrets, thwart would-be villains, and pursue the truth. The manga series was originally published in Japan between 1988 and 1994 in Big Comic Original magazine and also inspired a popular 39-episode anime adaptation.

Naoki Urasawa's career as a manga artist spans more than twenty years and has firmly established him as one of the true manga masters of Japan. The acclaimed creator won the 2011 Eisner Award for Best U.S. Edition of International Material – Asia for his series, 20th CENTURY BOYS (also published by VIZ Media). Well-versed in a variety of genres, Urasawa's oeuvre encompasses a multitude of different subjects, such as a romantic comedy (Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl), a suspenseful human drama about a former mercenary (Pineapple Farm; story by Kazuya Kudo), a captivating psychological suspense story (Naoki Urasawa's Monster), a sci-fi adventure manga (NAOKI URASAWA’S 20th CENTURY BOYS), and a modern reinterpretation of the work of the God of Manga, Osamu Tezuka in Pluto: UrAsawa × Tezuka.

ONE-PUNCH MAN · Rated ‘T’ for Teens ·
Digital Exclusive MSRP: $6.99 U.S. / CAN
Nothing about Saitama passes the eyeball test when it comes to superheroes, from his lifeless expression to his bald head to his unimpressive physique. However, this average-looking guy has a not-so-average problem—he just can’t seem to find an opponent strong enough to take on! Every time a promising villain appears, he beats the snot out of ’em with one punch! Can Saitama finally find an opponent who can go toe-to-toe with him and give his life some meaning? Or is he doomed to a life of super-powered boredom?

Manga creator ONE originally wrote ONE-PUNCH MAN as a web-comic, which quickly went viral, garnering over 10 million hits. In addition to ONE-PUNCH MAN, ONE writes and draws the series Mob Psycho 100 and Makai no Ossan. A highly decorated and skilled artist best known for his work on EYESHIELD 21 (also published by VIZ Media), artist Yusuke Murata won the 122nd Hop Step Award (1995) for his title, Partner, and placed second in the 51st Akatsuka Award (1998) for Samui Hanashi.

For more information on these or other manga titles published by VIZ Media, please visit www.VIZ.com.


About VIZ Media, LLC
Headquartered in San Francisco, California, VIZ Media distributes, markets and licenses the best anime and manga titles direct from Japan.  Owned by three of Japan's largest manga and animation companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media has the most extensive library of anime and manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa. With its popular digital manga anthology WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, BLEACH and ONE PIECE, VIZ Media offers cutting-edge action, romance and family friendly properties for anime, manga, science fiction and fantasy fans of all ages.  VIZ Media properties are available as graphic novels, DVDs, animated television series, feature films, downloadable and streaming video and a variety of consumer products.  Learn more about VIZ Media, anime and manga at www.VIZ.com.

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STARZ BRINGS “ASH VS EVIL DEAD” TO LIFE


Production BEGINS On FIRST TV ADAPTATION OF CULT FRANCHISE FROM ORIGINAL FILMMAKERS SAM RAIMI, ROB TAPERT AND BRUCE CAMPBELL


STARZ RELEASES FIRST LOOK PHOTOS FROM SET

Beverly Hills, Calif., April 23, 2015 – The STARZ Original series “Ash vs Evil Dead” began production this month in New Zealand on the 10-episode first season of the half-hour series executive produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, Bruce Campbell, the original filmmakers of the franchise, and Craig DiGregorio who will serve as executive producer and showrunner.  “Ash vs Evil Dead” is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film franchise The Evil Dead and is set to premiere on STARZ in fall 2015.

Campbell will be reprising his role as Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead.  When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons –personal and literal.  Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its “Evil” grip.

The cast is led by Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) in the role of Ash Williams, Lucy Lawless (“Salem,” “Spartacus”) as Ruby a mysterious figure who believes Ash is the cause of the Evil outbreaks, Ray Santiago (“Touch,” Meet the Fockers) as Pablo Simon Bolivar, an idealistic immigrant who becomes Ash’s loyal sidekick, Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) as Kelly Maxwell, a moody wild child trying to outrun her past and Jill Marie Jones (“Sleepy Hollow”) as Amanda Fisher, a disgraced Michigan State Trooper set to find our anti-hero Ash and prove his responsibility in the grisly murder of her partner.

Raimi is directing the first episode of “Ash vs Evil Dead” that he wrote with Ivan Raimi (Darkman, Army of Darkness, Drag Me to Hell), Craig DiGregorio (“Workaholics,” “Chuck”) and Tom Spezialy (“Chuck,” “Reaper,” “Desperate Housewives”). Raimi will also serve as executive producer, with Rob Tapert (Evil Dead, “Spartacus,” Xena: Warrior Princess”) and Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) along with Craig DiGregorio (“Workaholics,” “Chuck”) who will serve as executive producer/showrunner. Ivan Raimi will co-executive produce and Aaron Lam (“Spartacus”) and Chloe Smith (“Spartacus”) will serve as producers.


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About Starz
Starz (NASDAQ: STRZA, STRZB) is a leading integrated global media and entertainment company with operating units that provide premium subscription video programming on domestic U.S. pay television channels (Starz Networks), global content distribution (Starz Distribution) and animated television and movie production (Starz Animation), www.starz.com.

Starz Networks is a leading provider of premium subscription video programming through the flagship STARZ® and ENCORE® pay TV networks which showcase premium original programming and movies to U.S. multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, and telecommunications companies.  As of December 31, 2014, STARZ and ENCORE serve a combined 57.3 million subscribers, including 23.3 million at STARZ, and 34.0 million at ENCORE, making them the largest pair of premium flagship channels in the U.S.  STARZ® and ENCORE®, along with Starz Networks’ third network MOVIEPLEX®, air more than 1,000 movies monthly across 17 linear networks, complemented by On Demand and authenticated online offerings through STARZ PLAY, ENCORE PLAY, and MOVIEPLEX PLAY. Starz Distribution develops, produces and acquires entertainment content, distributing it to consumers globally on DVD, digital formats and traditional television.  Starz Distribution’s home video, digital media and worldwide distribution business units distribute original programming content produced by Starz, as well as entertainment content for itself and third parties.  Starz Animation produces animated TV and movie content for studios, networks, distributors and audiences worldwide.
KaBOOM! Heads to the Loo in
'Bravest Warriors: Tales from the
Holo John' One-Shot

 
Bravest Warriors: Tales from the Holo John Main Cover
Bravest Warriors: Tales from the Holo John #1 Main Cover by Jonathan Brandon Sawyer

Bravest Warriors: Tales from the Holo John Incentive Cover
Bravest Warriors: Tales from the Holo John #1 Incentive Cover by Artyom Trakhanov

April 23, 2015 (Los Angeles, Calif.) - KaBOOM!, the all-ages imprint of award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios, is taking potty humor to the next level with the May debut of the oversized Bravest Warriors: Tales from the Holo John #1. This special one-shot is packed with short stories focused on the Bravest Warriors’ lavish lavatory, the Holo John—a cross between Star Trek’s Holodeck and the wacky irreverence of Bravest Warriors that lets users live out their wildest (or lamest) fantasies—and features a cavalcade of talented creators, including Paul Allor (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Ryan Ferrier (Curb Stomp, D4VE), Kat Leyh (Adventure Time: Marceline Gone Adrift), Mad Rupert (Adventure Time: Banana Guard), Eryk Donovan (Memetic), Adam Del Re, Jorge Corona (Feathers), and John Omohundro, the voice of Danny on the Bravest Warriors animated series!
 
“I think, deep down, we all wish we had a Holo John,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “But until that technology exists, we’ve enlisted some fantastic talent to showcase the many hilarious adventures that can be had with a holographic toilet. It’s especially exciting to have John Omohundro stepping out of the recording booth to make his comics debut!”
 
What happens when you flush a pet fish down the Holo John? (Hint: It fantasizes it was a shark instead!) Or what if the Holo John gains sentience and “dreams of electric pee”? All that and more are covered in this collection of short stories about the Bravest Warriors’ out-of-this-world outhouse. Who knew they used their emotions-based powers in the loo, too?
 
Bravest Warriors: Tales from the Holo John #1 arrives in comic shops on May 27th with a main cover by Jonathan Brandon Sawyer (Critical Hit) for the price of $4.99 under Diamond order code MAR151109. Also available in a limited quantity is a retailer incentive cover by Artyom Trakhanov (Regular Show).

The Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is May 4th. 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 comprised of four distinct imprints. The original Studios imprint is home to Mike Carey's Suicide Risk; James Tynion IV's The Woods; Mark Waid's Irredeemable; Sons of Anarchy; and Big Trouble in Little China. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 Guns was 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, Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball, and Steven Universe; Mike Kunkel’s Herobear and the Kid; and Natasha Allegri's Bee and PuppyCat. BOOM!'s experimental imprint BOOM! Box publishes The Midas Flesh and Lumberjanes. 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, and Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand. 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. In August 2014, BOOM! Studios began a similar first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox TV to develop properties for the small screen.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

LEMIRE & ORMSTON’S ‘BLACK HAMMER’ DELAYED


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR—Due to an unforeseen health issue, Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston’s anticipated creator-owned series Black Hammer has been delayed until a future date.
Black Hammer has been a labor of love for me. It’s a project that I’ve been working on in various forms for seven years,” series cocreator Jeff Lemire said. “And as excited as I am to share it, sometimes life gets in the way of comics.
“On March 26, my amazing collaborator Dean Ormston suffered a cerebral hemorrhage on the left side of his brain, which affected his whole right side,” he continued. “Dean is now at home and recovering. As a result, we have decided to postpone the launch of Black Hammer until Dean is able to work regularly again. I’d like to thank all the fans and retailers for their patience and understanding as Dean recovers and promise that Black Hammer will be worth the wait.”
“In essence, this is a dream project, and to top it all off, I get to have my art enhanced by colorist supremo Dave Stewart,” Ormston told Comic Book Resources. “Sadly, about a month ago, I had a bleed on the brain, so things have been put on hold until I recover and get back to drawing fully. I am tentatively getting back to drawing Black Hammer, albeit slowly, but the outlook is positive and I’m confident of a full recovery.”
Retailers will be notified of a new date for Black Hammer in a future communication.
“Dean’s made Black Hammer’s visuals his own, and none of us can imagine launching the book before he’s able to draw it uninterrupted,” said series editor Brendan Wright. “We’ll reschedule the launch as soon as we can, and Jeff and Dean’s work on the full issue is going to blow everyone away!”
The entire Dark Horse staff wishes Dean Ormston a smooth and speedy recovery and encourages fans and retailers to keep their eyes peeled for further updates as to when Black Hammer will debut.
To get a better idea of what’s coming in Black Hammer #1, check out an exclusive preview and further comments from the team over at Comic Book Resources.
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About Dark Horse
Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Felicia Day, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Its successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Mass Effect, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, EVE Online, Halo, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.
EISNERS ANNOUNCE 14 NOMINATIONS FOR IMAGE COMICS
In celebration, digital editions of all nominated titles are on sale for a limited time
Comic-Con International announced the nominations for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards 2015 this morning. Seven nominations were for books published by Image Comics, and an additional seven nominations were shared with other publishers, bringing the total nominations for Image Comics to 14. In celebration of the industry’s support of creator-owned comics, digital editions of all nominated titles are on sale at ComiXology, Google Play, and iBooks.
FULL LIST OF IMAGE COMICS EISNER 2015 NOMINATIONS:

Best Single Issue (One-Shot):
  • MADMAN IN YOUR FACE 3D SPECIAL by Mike Allred
Best Continuing Series:
  • SAGA by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
  • SOUTHERN BASTARDS by Jason Aaron & Jason Latour
  • THE WALKING DEAD by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, & Stefano Gaudiano (Image/Skybound)
Best New Series:
  • THE FADE OUT by Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips
  • THE WICKED + THE DIVINE by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie
Best Writer:
  • Jason Aaron, SOUTHERN BASTARDS (shared nomination)
  • Kelly Sue DeConnick, PRETTY DEADLY (shared nomination)
  • Brian K. Vaughan, SAGA (shared nomination)
Best Penciller/Inker:
  • Mike Allred, MADMAN IN YOUR FACE 3D SPECIAL (shared nomination)
  • Fiona Staples, SAGA
Best Cover Artist:
  • Jamie McKelvie/Matthew Wilson, THE WICKED + THE DIVINE (shared nomination)
Best Coloring:
  • Laura Allred, MADMAN IN YOUR FACE 3D SPECIAL (shared nomination)
  • Matthew Wilson, THE WICKED + THE DIVINE (shared nomination)
“I could not be more proud of all the phenomenally brilliant men and women currently working with us right now, and seeing so many of them nominated for these awards is always extremely gratifying,” said Eric Stephenson, publisher at Image Comics. “Few things make me happier than watching all these incredible people follow their dreams by turning exciting ideas into amazing comics, and I think our strong showing on this year’s Eisner ballot only further emphasizes the importance and vitality of creator-owned comics.”
In celebration of the nominated series, Image Comics is running a sale on all the digital editions of the following nominated titles—available on ComiXology, Google Play, and Apple iBooks—through April 26, 2015: THE WALKING DEAD, THE FADE OUT, THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, SOUTHERN BASTARDS, PRETTY DEADLY, SAGA, and MADMAN IN YOUR FACE 3D SPECIAL.
Voting for the awards will be open soon at www.eisnervote.com. All professionals in the comic book industry are eligible to vote. The results of the voting will be announced in a gala awards ceremony on the evening of Friday, July 10 at Comic-Con International in San Diego.

ABOUT THE EISNER AWARDS:
Named for acclaimed comics creator the Will Eisner, the awards are celebrating their 26th year of highlighting the best publications and creators in comics and graphic novels.

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 publishescomics 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.