Thursday, June 12, 2008

Papercutz in August: A Classic by Kyle Baker!
Plus, new Tales from the Crypt and boxed sets of Tales, Hardy Boys, and
Nancy Drew

Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, adapted by Kyle Baker
Kyle Baker’s inspired, gorgeous adaptation of the madcap sequel to
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland starts when Alice wonders what’s on
the other side of a mirror — and passes through it to find out. She
meets such famous characters as Tweedledum and Tweedledee, the Lion and
the Unicorn, and Humpty-Dumpty, and even becomes the White Queen in a
surreal chess match against the Red Queen.
Full-color hardcover, 6 1/2” x 9”, 56 pages, $9.95, ISBN

Tales from the Crypt comic book #8
By Christian Zanier, Fred Van Lente, Jim Salicrup, Ryan Dunlavey, and
Rick Parker
Hell hath no fury like a woman POed in this issue narrated by the Old
Witch. (Wait ‘til you see what she did to the Crypt-Keeper and
Vault-Keeper!) In “She Who Would Rule The World,” foolish scientists
turn a homeless woman into a near-invincible being bent on becoming a
weapon of mass destruction And a man receives mental signals from a
young, beautiful woman, but it all turns out TERROR-ably wrong in
“Glass Heads.” Beware, boys: in this issue, girls rule!
Bi-monthly comic book, 48 pages, full color, $3.95

The Nancy Drew Graphic Novels #9-12 Boxed Set
By Stefan Petrucha and Sho Murase
Volumes 9 through 12, collected into a boxed set with over 400 pages of
reading! A great gift, specially priced.
Full color paperback set of 4 in a full color box, 5 x 7 1/2”, 432
pages, $29.95, ISBN 978-1-59707-126-0

The Hardy Boys Graphic Novels #9-12 Boxed Set
By Scott Lobdell and Paulo Henrique
Volumes 9 through 12, collected into a boxed set with over 400 pages of
reading! A great gift, specially priced.
Full color paperback set of 4 in a full color box, 5 x 7 1/2”, 432
pages, $29.95, ISBN 978-1-59707-125-3

Tales From The Crypt Graphic Novels #1-4 Boxed Set
By Marc Bilgrey, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Mr. Exes, Jared Gniewek, Ari
Kaplan, Neil Klied, Steve Mannion, Don McGregor, Sho Murase, Chris
Noeth, Rick Parker, Stefan Petrucha, Jim Salicrup, Fred Van Lente,
Christian Zanier, and others
Volumes 1 through 4, collected into a boxed set with over 400 pages of
reading! A great gift, specially priced.
Full color paperback set of 4 in a full color box, 5” x 7 1/2”, 432
pages, $29.95, ISBN 978-1-59707-127-7

You can order through NBM Publishing at 800-886-1223.
See previews and more at
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Bluewater Productions Takes A Stab At Horror with “Vincent Price Presents”

Bellingham, WA- The legacy of legendary horror film actor Vincent Price will soon stalk the comic aisle.

Bluewater Productions, Inc., has entered into an agreement with the estate of film icon Vincent Price to produce a new monthly comic book series titled, “Vincent Price Presents.” The series will feature the iconic Price in a myriad of roles including host, muse, background player, and protagonist.

The on-going series will showcase classic gothic horror elements, but will also include themes from Prices’s past work in the mystery and suspense genres.

Price’s daughter, designer Victoria Price, was instrumental in brokering the historic deal. This is the first time her father’s name and likeness will appear in a licensed comic book series.

Victoria Price explains the motivation behind the collaboration: “I’m really touched and excited about the series because it will help energize my father’s legacy for a new generation. We’re planning a big celebration for his 100th birthday in 2010, and this comic series fits into those plans perfectly.”

Bluewater is predominately known for the “Ray Harryhausen Presents” titles based on the Sinbad franchise, and the “10th MUSE” series of comic books and graphic novels. It has recently added the horror genre to its repertoire.

“After the success with the Ray Harryhausen comics, we wanted to work with another film legend. Vincent Price was always at the top of everyone's short list,” said Bluewater President Darren Davis. “We find his body of work and presence on film to be really inspirational, so we wanted to recreate his legacy for a new generation of comic book readers. Not only are we developing sequels to his specific films, we are also developing gothic horror stories in the spirit of his legacy.”

The “Vincent Price Presents” series will launch this fall in conjunction with another new horror series from Bluewater. “Bartholomew of the Scissors” will feature gothic horror elements with innovative twists. Similar to the “Vince Prince Presents” series, the primary focus is on good storytelling technique as opposed to gratuitous gore. Writer Chad Helder and artist Daniel Crosier have given the series a unique voice and a distinctive organic look.

The first issues of “Vincent Price Presents” and “Bartholomew of the Scissors” will be released in October to coincide with Halloween festivities.

About Vincent Price:
American horror actor, Vincent Price, was born in Missouri in 1911, and, after graduating from Yale, studied fine arts in London.

Making his stage debut in ‘Chicago’ at the Gate Theater, in 1935, he worked on Broadway, and with Orson Welles’ legendary Mercury Theater.

He debuted on the screen with ‘Service de Luxe’ in 1938, as part of a Universal contract, under which he was offered only supporting roles. Leaving for Twentieth Century Fox, Price starred in ‘Brigham Young Frontiersman’ and ‘Hudson Bay’.

After returning to Broadway with ‘Angel Street’, Price co-starred in ‘The Song of Bernadette’ in 1943. Happy to be typecast as a villain, he began making his name in such work as ‘Wilson and Laura’ (1944) and ‘Leave Her To Heaven’ (1946), before finally starring in ‘Shock!’, and ‘Dragonwick’ (1947).

More stage work followed his departure from Fox in the early fifties, with performances in ‘The Cocktail Party’ and ‘Don Juan in Hell’.

In 1953, Price starred in the 3-D ‘The House of Wax’, which became one of the most successful horror films ever produced. This was followed by the equally 3-D ‘Dangerous Mission’.

Triumphant in a return to the stage with ‘Richard III’, Price was now, essentially, a horror film star. Hits such as 1958’s ‘The Fly’ led to his involvement with producer Roger Corman, for whom Price performed in many Edgar Allan Poe adaptations, such as ‘The Fall of the House of Usher’ (1960) and ‘The Raven’ (1963).

Notable appearances over the years included the teen movie ‘Beach Party’ (1963) and the Elvis film, ‘The Trouble With Girls’ (1969).

In the 1970s Price devoted himself mainly to art history, lecturing and publishing books on art history. He re-appeared for a last role in Tim Burton’s ‘Edward Scissorhands’ in 1990, and died in Los Angeles three years later.

About Blue Water Productions:
Bluewater Productions, Inc., is one if the top independent production studios of comic, young adult books and graphic novel titles. In the tradition of great storytelling and cutting edge art, Bluewater has stormed onto the comic book and graphic novel scene. With impressive titles, including such smash hits as the “10th MUSE,” “VSS,” “THE LEGEND OF ISIS,” and “Wrath of the Titans” and “Sinbad” from legendary filmmaker Ray Harryhausen, Bluewater Productions is committed to continue to produce engaging stories with art from both the top names in the industry alongside up and coming stars.

SAN JOSE, CA – June, 2008 – DrMaster Publications announces the licensing of the fantasy shojo manga Divine Melody. Divine Melody is a fantastic tale set in mystical ancient China, where fairies and demons secretly coexist with humans. I-Huan, the popular author of Real/Fake Princess, creates another splendidly enchanting series that weaves swoon-worthy romances, heart-wrenching drama, and mystifying exhilarating action and adventure into her divinely beautiful tapestry of artwork that will leave readers entranced in her fantasy world.

Divine Melody follows the in a Cai-Sheng is a young celestial fox demon being raised by a bevy of wild fox demons, who hope that she will someday master the celestial ability to transform into a male demon and save them from extinction. One day, she sneaks out of her room and ventures to the nearby village, where she befriends a little boy and girl. When the boy and girl save Cai-Sheng from a dog attack, her caretaker marks them with special symbols that will not disappear, even if they are reincarnated, until Cai-Sheng returns repays her debt to them.

Two hundred years later, Cai-Sheng has grown up and secretly mastered the ability to transform into her male form. She inadvertently meets the reincarnated boy and girl again, who still have the special symbols marked on their bodies. The boy has been reincarnated into a somewhat ineffective exorcist’s apprentice, while the girl is the town’s beauty and the precious daughter of a rich man. Cai-Sheng decides to repay her debt to them by trying to match-make the pair, who initially seem to be attracted to each other… But things get complicated when the girl falls in love with Cai-Sheng’s male form! Adding more drama to the love triangle, a powerful deity-in-training appears and confronts Cai-Sheng, claiming that he was ordered to cleanse her of her demon life-style and return with her to Heaven, meanwhile an old enemy of hers appears and seems to have very sinister plans… You don’t want to miss out on all the romance, drama and action in this delightfully divine series!!!


Divine Melody will be available January 2009, and will be priced at $9.95. The series has six volumes and will be released bi-monthly.

About DrMaster Publications Inc.:

DrMaster Publications Inc. is a uniquely quirky publishing company that was started in 2004. Specializing in bringing interesting graphic novels from Japan and China, across the Pacific for American audiences, DrMaster Publications offers a myriad of titles to cater to its various niche readers. The company is what some may call a boutique publisher, which tailors each its titles to suit every reader’s unique desires. Ranging from side-splitting comedies and heart-wrenching dramas to explosive action adventures and enchanting fantasies, DrMaster books provide a glimpse into a new realm as seen through the eyes of the authors and artists. You don’t just read a DrMaster book-it jolts you to life, as you are propelled through the pages.

Please visit for information on our current and upcoming titles. And feel free to tour the site. Regular updates will follow as our line of “masterful” comic series expands.

About DGN Productions International:

DGN Productions (Digital Graphic Novel Productions) is a newly-formed production company and studio made up of industry veterans within the comics and video game industries. Through strategic licensing of key comic book titles and the use of recognized industry professionals within the fields of animation and video game development, DGN Pro. Intl. is dedicated to producing cutting-edge video games, comics and animated features adapted from some the biggest and brightest in Hong Kong, Japanese and Korean comic book properties. DGN Productions Intl. was founded June 2004 and is based in Fremont, California.

Divine Melody vol. 1

ISBN: 978-1-59796-173-8

Price: $9.95

Release Date: 01/29/2009

Wednesday, June 11, 2008


August volume will bring sold out 'Pogrom' issues together with unreleased chapters of 'Sabbath: All Your Sins Reborn' and raise money to help artist Josh Medors

Chicago, IL. (June 11, 2008) – In a world where church and state have cast a shadow over every walk of life, humanity's last hope is a dead man in search of redemption for his life of sin. This August, writer Matthew Tomao and artist Josh Medors present their original epic Sabbath: All Your Sins Reborn in a fully bound graphic novel from Devil's Due and Hypergraphia Comics.

Sabbath: All Your Sins Reborn, a story begun in the pages of the sold-out series Pogrom, will collect previously released chapters with never-before seen installments. Sabbath follows the quest of Inquisitor General Sabbath's resurrection and battle with the avatars of the seven deadly sins. In order to reclaim his lost humanity, Sabbath journeys through a futuristic, post-apocalyptic world unlike anything seen before.

In the horrific spirit of Hellraiser and historically rooted conspiracy of The Da Vinci Code, "Sabbath has been described as a renaissance in horror," said creator Matt Tomao. "I hope fans enjoy the epic, as depicted through Josh Medors' terrifying pen strokes"

Throughout production, Medors, who was essential in designing and igniting Sabbath visually, has been battling cancer with an ongoing series of treatments. A portion of all profits from the trade will go directly toward Medors' medical bills.

"Josh Medors' endearing commitment to provide the best product possible, on time no less, in light of his agonizing struggle with cancer, is an inspiration to us all," said Tomao.

About Devil's Due Publishing:
Proliferators of comics culture, DDP is one of the largest and most established comic book publishers in North America, carrying a diverse line-up of original, creator-owned and licensed properties. With offices in Los Angeles and Chicago DDP has many projects in development for film and television with major studios including 20th Century Fox, ABC Family, and Rogue Pictures. DDP's titles include Drafted, Lost Squad, Sheena, Dungeons & Dragons, DemonWars, Voltron, Rest, Serpo and the cult-favorite Hack/Slash. The company recently launched a line of cutting edge designer toys and life accessories under the imprint DDPOP, found in specialty stores this summer.

Coming this September, all twelve issues of Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly's
LOCAL are collected in a beautiful hardcover bookshelf edition. What
does it mean to be a “local”? Where do you call “home”? Each of the 12
issues of LOCAL stand alone, while tying in thematically with one
another. The series follows the travels of Megan McKeenan as she
discovers herself, while she discovers America. Crossing genres as it
crosses the country, LOCAL examines how where you live impacts who you
are. Each issues gives the reader another year in Megan's life, as she
tries to find a place where she fits in, where she can truly be local.

“LOCAL is the book I'm proudest of, hands-down,” said Eisner nominated
writer Brian Wood “and the care and trouble Oni Press has shown in
collecting it in such a gorgeous hardcover really completes the whole
experience for me.”

Oni Press Editor in Chief James Lucas Jones commented, “I really can’t
put into words how excited I am about the LOCAL hardcover. Brian is such
a versatile storyteller; he’s able to move from horror to romance to
action seamlessly, and Ryan’s able to adapt right along with him. They
have both done their research to make these stories not only visually
accurate, but emotionally resonant as well. Each town has its own vibe,
and these guys capture that completely.”

Managing Editor Randal C. Jarrell stated “Beside the intrinsic value of
the work both as art and narrative, the fact that the book comes in at a
$29.99 price point makes it a must own for any serious comic scholar or
collector. LOCAL is simply one of the best series ever made.”

The LOCAL over-sized hardcover comes cloth-bound, smith-sewn, with
gorgeous full color cover including a special metallic fifth color.
Inside you'll find 384 pages of some of the most stunning black and
white art ever set in print along with a series of extras including all
the original and reprint full color covers and all first printing issue

"Perfect three-minute single. You're going to want this one. Trust me."
- Warren Ellis
"the sharpest slices of life the medium has ever seen. Highly
recommended." - Brian K. Vaughan
"a rare and enviable thing... painfully easy to enjoy."- Gail Simone
"the coolest short film never shown on the IFC or Sundance Channel." -
Sequential Tart
Leviticus Cross debuts in Italy

Leviticus Cross, the acclaimed debut title from Hays Entertainment, has been secured for publication in Italy. Issue one will be presented at the Torino Comics Convention Friday June 13th and will feature two incentive covers for retailers.

"Paolo Accolti Gil of ITALYCOMICS got a hold of some of the initial interior art," explains Seth Hays, creator of Leviticus Cross. "He believed so much in the book that he made an unprecedented offer to publish it in Italy even before there was a US distribution deal."

Hays hired many of the conceptual artists who worked on Star Wars Episode II and III to do designs for the project. Since that time, all five books in the series have been completed and are ready to ship when orders are placed. Issue one will be available in the US, Canada, and UK through Diamond Distributors and will be on shelves beginning September. Hays Entertainment has plans for more international deals and is in final negotiations with a major production company for film/tv rights.

"If all goes well you will shortly be seeing a lot more Leviticus Cross in all sorts of media," says Hays. "It's a thrill to finally be able to unleash Leviticus Cross on the public at large -- I think they're going to like what they see."

For more information please visit

Fans can find their local retail store by calling the Comic Shop Locator Service toll free at 1-888-COMICBOOK (1-888-266- 4226) or online at
Mouse Guard wins 2007 ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award

Kearny, NJ -- June 10, 2008 -- Archaia Studios Press (ASP) snagged another ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award picking up the Bronze Medal in the Graphic Novel category for David Petersen’s MOUSE GUARD: FALL 1152. This is now the fifth straight year ASP has been honored by a ForeWord Book of the Year Award, the same number of years the graphic novel category has existed in the 10-year history of ForeWord’s awards.

As per tradition this year’s awards, where 60 categories are represented and awarded for the best in independent publishers, were announced at last weekend’s BookExpo America in Los Angeles.

“I have to do everything possible to keep Saxon, Kenzie, and Lieam from letting their egos get too carried away,” bemoaned MOUSE GUARD creator David Petersen. “Awards just make them incorrigible. But they know as well as I do that I am a lucky guy: I not only get to draw characters I love and tell their stories, but I’m honored by an ever-increasing readership. You don’t do this kind of work for awards, but it’s certainly nice to be recognized by such folks as the ForeWord Magazine award committee.”

The hardcover edition of MOUSE GUARD: FALL 1152 (ISBN 978-1-932386-57-8; $24.95; a 192-page; ages 10+) collects the first 6-issue MOUSE GUARD series and includes 12 pages of bonus material. Random House’s Villard imprint makes MOUSE GUARD available in a trade paperback edition (ISBN: 978-0-345-49686-7, $17.95). In MOUSE GUARD: FALL 1152 we are introduced to the fearless guards Saxon, Kenzie, and Lieam, dispatched to find a missing merchant mouse that never arrived at his destination. In this fanciful, dangerous and medieval world, the three Guardsmice stumble onto much more than they bargained for…intrigue, betrayal, and a deadly, traitorous plot.

To see excerpts from MOUSE GUARD: FALL 1152, and its sequel WINTER 1152, go to:

To learn more about the forthcoming MOUSE GUARD ROLEPLAYING GAME, go to:

In the graphic novel category of previous ForeWord Magazine awards, ASP has won:

**Gold Medal (2003): ARTESIA
**Silver Medal (2004): ARTESIA AFIRE
**Honorable Mention (2005): THE LONE AND LEVEL SANDS
**Bronze Award (2006): ROBOTIKA

All ASP titles are available worldwide at finer comic book shops, bookstores,, the ASP Store at Indie Press Revolution (, and electronically at ARTESIA is now available at, with other ASP titles to follow.

Mark Smylie founded Archaia Studios Press (ASP) in 2002 as a new home for his epic fantasy comic book, Artesia (first published by Sirius Entertainment). Artesia, winner of ForeWord Magazine’s Best Graphic Novel of 2003, and its sequels -- Artesia Afield and Artesia Afire -- gave ASP its foundation. Artesia: Adventures in The Known World, a roleplaying game written by Mark, expanded ASP into the world of gaming; the game won the Origins Award for Role-Playing Game of 2005. Now Mark and publishing partner Aki Liao have expanded ASP to include a line of idiosyncratic and creator-driven comic books and graphic novels in the fantasy, science fiction, and horror genres, as well as translations of several of Europe’s best titles. More information can be found at

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Hi. I thought you should know about something new:'s
first online comic-book and graphic-novel writing course, taught by --
ahem -- me.

Here's the link:

And here's some basic information.

Spider-Man, 300, Sin City, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Oscar-bait
like Ghost World, American Splendor, and Persepolis began as comic
books or graphic novels. Superstar writers from Deepak Chopra to
Stephen King are creating comics, and the paneled world is one of the
publishing industry's fastest-growing sectors.

You don't have to be an artist to make the next Batman or Men in Black.
But you do have to know how to write comics, attract great artists, get
your work published, and make the world notice. This course will show
you the entire comics-making process, from devising a proposal and
writing word balloons to surviving Comic-Con International and handling

In this class, you will learn:
* The most popular genres, formats, and styles
* Techniques and mistakes of visual storytelling
* How the publishing companies' decision-makers work
* What publishers do -- and don't -- want
* The basics of comics contracts and partnerships
* The power and pain of self-publishing
* How to market to comics readers and the wider world

By the end of class, you will have:
A plot and script for a short comics story

Admission Requirements:
Please submit a letter of interest (including a brief work history).

The online classroom has several interactive components:
* Instructors post lectures once a week. You can read them online,
print them, or download them at your convenience.
* Students post completed assignments for feedback and discussion
by the instructor and class.
* Weekly chats allow your class to get together via instant
message. Transcripts are available for review if you can't attend.
* Technical support is available from mediabistro staff.

The instructor:
David Seidman is a comics writer, consultant, and publicist. He has
written for Simpsons Comics, the nonfiction graphic novel Samuel Morse
and the Telegraph, and the photo novel Fantastic 4. He was one of the
founders of Disney Comics. As the company's senior editor, he
specialized in discovering new talent. He has taught comic book writing
at UCLA, marketed comics and graphic novels for Claypool Comics and NBM
Publishing, and edited comics for the Los Angeles Times Syndicate. He
hosts a monthly networking dinner for Los Angeles' comic book
professional community.


June 6th, 2008 (Los Angeles) Frank Forte, creator of The Vampire Verses, Insidious Tales and The Asylum Of Horrors, is releasing the first issue of a new character, Warlash, through his company Asylum Press. Four stories, 56 pages, and one low price of $3.95 allow every reader to get a serious value for their comic book dollar.

Frank Forte describes, "One part tortured hero, two parts hard core action, with a heaping helping of desperate femme fatales and thugs mixed with the hearbeat of a dirty Pittsburgh is the strong stiff drink we are offering fans. We want to introduce Warlash with these short noir vignettes. It will give the readers a chance to see the character, his environments and the nasty villians he will encounter. Everyone deals with inner demons and some of the baddies he fights are in his own head. "

"There will be a lot of hard-hitting action and carnage, " Forte continues," especially to cyborgs and mutants. I foresee a high body count."

In this giant sized first issue, Warlash, an armored warrior of the apocalyptic future, is back with a vengeance. This issue reintroduces Warlash with four tales of hard boiled crime noir terror. With interior art by Frank Forte, Szymon Kudranski, Steve Mannon and a cover by Bruno Werneck, the tales of mutant cyborgs, satanic rituals and seedy crimelords come to life.

Trailer and preview can be seen at:

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Ship Date: AUG 2008

ISBN: 0-9768509-9-0

ISBN13: 978-0-9768509-8-4

Retail price $3.95

56 pgs full color perfect bound

Diamond code:JUN083689


A rollercoaster ride over razor blades"

-- R.S. Rhine / Deaditor-In-Chief


Founded in 1999 by Frank Forte, Asylum Press is a unique publishing house specializing in high profile projects from some of the industry's biggest names. Publishing superhero comics with Warlash: Zombie Mutant Genesis, continuing their tradition of horror with Undead Evil, Satan’s 3-Ring Circus of Hell, the upcoming Asylum of Horrors and Beyond Lovecraft, venturing into dark humor with Billy Boy The Sick Little Fat Kid and The Cletus and Floyd Show, Asylum Press continues to be on the cutting edge of comic and graphic novel publishing.
Here are the BOOM! Studios titles that are solicited in June Previews 2008 and will be in-Store August 2008.


Written by Andrew Cosby and Andy Schmidt
Art by Chee
Cover Art by Kody Chamberlain
24pgs, FC, (2 of 4), SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: JUN083749

Take a deep breath. Hold it. Now, imagine you're on a-I didn't say breathe!- on a sunken submarine at the bottom of the ocean, teetering on enough methane ice to blow the world in half if you make the slightest wrong move. And five world governments are sending underwater commandoes your way right this second! Heart racing? Getting lightheaded? That's the skill of writer Andrew Cosby, creator of the hit Sci-Fi show Eureka!

Written by Christine Boylan, William Messner-Loebs
Art by Chee, Jon Reed
24pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Cover A Diamond Code: JUN083755
Cover B Diamond Code: JUN083756

The BOOM! Horrorverse spreads its tendrils into Cthulhu Tales in a sequel to the classic Lovecraft tale, "The Colour Out Of Time", which BOOM!'s printer is threatening to charge extra for. Nothing but the best for our faithful BOOM! readers. BOOM! Studios, bringing you a black vortex of otherworldly insanity since 2005! Features to alternate covers by Scott Keating and PopArt Studios.

Written by Michael Alan Nelson
Art by Mateus Santolouco
24pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Cover A Diamond Code: JUN083757
Cover B Diamond Code: JUN083758

Open warfare between the Cult of Cthulhu and the followers of Nodens has spilled out onto the streets of Arkham, but as their struggle continues to rage, the Harlot reveals that she has not intention of staying on the sidelines during the Godwar. With the help of Lucifer, the Harlot sets her own plans in motion and welcomes back an old friend! Features two alternate covers, by Mateus Santolouco and Nick Percival.

Written by Gary Phillips
Art by Sergio Carrera
24pgs, FC, (3 of 4), SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: JUN083750

Award-winning mystery novelist Gary Phillips came to BOOM! with the best idea they'd heard yet. THE SOPRANOS was the soap opera of upper-class mob life. What do you get, Gary asked, when you transplant that tension to the African-American gangs in inner-city L.A.? Answer- you get the story of CQ, a young man who thought the mob was his family, until it turned on him, forcing him to fight against California's crime families to stay alive! A potent mix of AMERICAN GANGSTER and THE WIRE for fans of Brubaker's CRIMINAL.

Written by William Messner-Loebs
Art by Andrew Ritchie
Cover by J.K. Woodward
24pgs, FC, (1 of4) SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: JUN083748

In last month's Cthulu Tales #5, Mark Waid seeded clues and hints to the scope of BOOM!'s new "horrorverse". Now that the Necronomicon has been opened, writer William Messner-Loebs brings you the next chapter as he reveals the origins of the forbidden book of legend--and how its catastrophic influence will soon spread over the BOOM! line of titles!

Written by Brendan Hay
Art by Nate Watson
24pgs, FC, (4 of 5), SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: JUN083752

BOOM!'s first horror-romance continues! Wrighty, the Shambling Terror of Rumson, continues to try to win the heart of high-schooler Molly by smiting her enemies. Oh, if only Wrighty's idea of "exacting justice" didn't involve hot tar, we'd make him a BOOM! editor. Writer Brendan Hay from THE BAILT SHOW continues to bring a AMERICAN PIE-meets-FRIDAY THE 13th darkness to his comedy. Or comedy to his darkness.

Written by Johanna Stokes
Art by Leno Jefferson
24pgs, FC, (3 of 5), SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: JUN083751

The ultimate locked-room murder has been committed. Someone's been killed aboard the international space-station two hundred and twenty miles above the Earth. All six astronauts suspect one another, and paranoia runs high as more victims fill while trying to expose the killer. If he's not brought to justice--he can bring about the end of the world! A thriller in the vein of WHITEOUT, from the writer of Eureka episodes "Right As Raynes" and "Purple Haze"!

Written by Graham McNeill
Art by Tony Parker
24pgs, FC, (1 of 4) SRP: $3.99
Cover A Diamond Code: JUN083760
Cover B Diamond Code: JUN083761

Meet the Imperial Guardsmen of Blazer Company, garrisoned in a tactical position known with typical soldier's irony as Paradise City. As the Tau attack, the regiment's famed Hellhound tanks fry Tau warriors and mortars drop explosive shells on their heads. In the midst of the battle, the fate or war could trip in the Imperial forces' favor- or tip towards betrayal and annihilation! Beginning here: a new Warhammer 40,000 saga crafted by fan-favorite Black Library novelist Graham McNeill (FALSE GODS)! Features two alternate covers, both by Tony Parker.

Written by Dan Abnett and Ian Edginton
Art by Daniel Lapham
24pgs, FC, (3 of 5), SRP: $3.99
Cover A Diamond Code: JUN083763
Cover B Diamond Code: JUN083764

The true extent of House De Kyp's treachery and corruption is about to be revealed when without warning, a huge object impacts the surface. It's a drop pad which deposits the which deposits the nightmarish juggernaut that is a Chaos Dreadnought. Tasked to wipe out both Inquisitor Alastor's team and the Damask Brothers, will Chaos reign? Features to alternate covers, both by Warhammer 40,000: Fire and Honor artist Tony Parker.

Written by William Messner-Loebs, Brian Augustyn
Art by Chee, Leno Carvalho
24pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Cover A Diamond Code: JUN083753
Cover B Diamond Code: JUN083754

We wish we could tell you that this was planned, but every once in a while an anthology just stumbles onto a theme. It's a happy occurrence. Even though it involves zombies. Writers William Messner-Loebs and Brian Augustyn explore the role of faith and religion in the face of the coming zombie apocalypse! Features covers by Pablo Quilgotti and Patrick Ballestros.

Written by Andrew Cosby and Michael Alan Nelson
Art by Greg Scott
SC, 6x9, 128pgs, FC, SRP: $15.99
Diamond Code: JUN083759

Casey Williams and her fellow grad students have a rather interesting homework assignment: decrypt a recently discovered Nazi code left over from World War 2. But as they begin their work, those connected with it are found dead. Casey knows hat there's more to the "Enigma Cipher" than map coordinates from a sixty-year-old war, but in order to save her own life she'll have to crack the code! NOTE: Not available in Germany.

SAN JOSE, CA – June, 2008 – DrMaster Publications announces the impending release of Lunar Legend Tsukihime volume 6. With much anticipation, the sixth installment of the popular horror action series by Sasakishonen and TYPE-MOON will be released in February 2009. Lunar Legend Tsukihime is based on the video game by TYPE-MOON’s well-known video game Tsukihime, which has also spawned an anime series.

In volume six, the violent bloody action continues when Shiki loses control of his senses and reveals his true “monster” nature within him as he goes on a mad killing spree. Subsequently, Shiki begins to recall fragments of his childhood memories, which reveal some important secrets of the Tohno family. Just when Shiki collapses from his killing spree, Roa appears with the intention of killing him, while Akiha tries desperately to defend him. Ciel later joins the fight against Roa, and more secrets of Ciel’s painful past are revealed. Don’t miss out on all the blood, gore and supernatural action in the sixth volume of Lunar Legend Tsukihime!

About Type-Moon:

Type-Moon is a doujin game publisher that has released several games with fanatic followers. Their works include: Tsukihime, Fate/Stay Night, and Kara no Kyokai [Borderline of Emptiness]. Tsukihime is actually a novel type game with over 5000 pages of text, which makes it difficult for people who don't understand Japanese to enjoy it. However unlike other doujin games that resort to please the carnal pleasure of the players, Tsukihime has a solid story, unique characters, great graphics and music that was as good or even better than games created by the big game companies, which eventually led to the anime adaptation of the game.

About Sasakishonen:

Sasakishonen has worked on quite a number of comic anthologies including Mabu Love, Air, Kanon, Comic Party, Leaf, and Tsukihime. Lunar Legend Tsukihime will be his first full-length comic book.


Lunar Legend Tsukihime vol. 6 will be available February 2009, and will be priced at $9.95. Lunar Legend Tsukihime volumes 1-5 are available now.

About DrMaster Publications Inc.:

DrMaster Publications Inc. is a uniquely quirky publishing company that was started in 2004. Specializing in bringing interesting graphic novels from Japan and China, across the Pacific for American audiences, DrMaster Publications offers a myriad of titles to cater to its various niche readers. The company is what some may call a boutique publisher, which tailors each its titles to suit every reader’s unique desires. Ranging from side-splitting comedies and heart-wrenching dramas to explosive action adventures and enchanting fantasies, DrMaster books provide a glimpse into a new realm as seen through the eyes of the authors and artists. You don’t just read a DrMaster book-it jolts you to life, as you are propelled through the pages.

Please visit for information on our current and upcoming titles. And feel free to tour the site. Regular updates will follow as our line of “masterful” comic series expands.

About DGN Productions International:

DGN Productions (Digital Graphic Novel Productions) is a newly-formed production company and studio made up of industry veterans within the comics and video game industries. Through strategic licensing of key comic book titles and the use of recognized industry professionals within the fields of animation and video game development, DGN Pro. Intl. is dedicated to producing cutting-edge video games, comics and animated features adapted from some the biggest and brightest in Hong Kong, Japanese and Korean comic book properties. DGN Productions Intl. was founded June 2004 and is based in Fremont, California.

Lunar Legend Tsukihime vol. 6

ISBN: 978-1-59796-172-1

Price: $9.95

Release Date: 02/27/2009

Lunar Legend Tsukihime vol. 5

ISBN: 978-1-59796-171-4

Price: $9.95

Release Date: Available Now

Lunar Legend Tsukihime vol. 4

ISBN: 978-1-59796-078-6

Price: $9.95

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Lunar Legend Tsukihime vol. 3

ISBN: 978-1-59796-077-9

Price: $9.95

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Lunar Legend Tsukihime vol. 2

ISBN: 978-1-59796-076-2

Price: $7.55

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Lunar Legend Tsukihime vol. 1

ISBN: 978-1-59796-075-5

Price: $9.95

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Deluxe Edition to Feature All-New Story Written by Jim Shooter

June 7, 2008, New York, NY – Following the successes of its first two deluxe hardcover edition releases, Harbinger: The Beginning and X-O Manowar: Birth, Valiant Entertainment will release its third hardcover edition, Archer & Armstrong: First Impressions, on September 24.

The Archer & Armstrong: First Impressions hardcover edition will contain issues #0-6, digitally recolored and wrapped in a brand new dust jacket cover by legendary artist, Michael Golden. Like their previous two hardcover releases, Archer & Armstrong: First Impressions will contain an all-new story written exclusively for this edition. “The Formation of the Sect”, by original series creator Jim Shooter and artists Sal Velluto and Bob Almond, tells the long-awaited story of how and why Armstrong has been pursued by this secret organization all these years.

“Our first two hardcovers have been big hits with Valiant fans both new and old,” said Walter J. Black, Senior VP & Publisher of Valiant Entertainment. “We expect this new one will be received just as well. We’ve put together a solid package highlighted by the all-new Jim Shooter short story. If you’re new to the series, this is a great way to get involved. If you’ve read it before, this new story alone will make picking it up worthwhile.”

Considered “the superhero buddy book of the decade” by Wizard Magazine, Archer & Armstrong tells the story of comics’ most unlikely traveling companions. When Archer’s preacher parents betray and try to murder him, he goes in search of enlightenment returning as the world’s greatest hand-to-hand fighter seeking revenge. Instead of revenge he finds Armstrong, the centuries old immortal wanderer who spends his time drinking, fighting and spinning tales of his hedonistic adventures throughout history. Together they span the globe facing down a threat that could destroy the world.

Archer & Armstrong: First Impressions will be available to order through Diamond Comic Distributors in their July 2008 issue of Previews which reaches comic stores on June 25.

For more information on the Valiant Universe and its characters, please log on to their website at While you’re there, be sure to join the mailing list to receive future updates in your inbox. Or visit Valiant Entertainment on ComicSpace at

About Valiant Entertainment:

Valiant Entertainment is a character-based entertainment company that owns and manages some of the most popular comic characters ever created across all media, including feature films, television, video games, new media, publishing, and consumer products. Since their creation in 1990, Valiant characters have sold over 80 million comic books, 8 million video games, and Valiant became one of the three leading comic character-based companies globally. In addition, the "Valiant characters are often called the most important characters created since the Marvel revolution of the 1960s" (Sequart). VALIANT™ characters include X-O MANOWAR®, BLOODSHOT®, HARBINGER™, ETERNAL WARRIOR™, DOCTOR MIRAGE™, NINJAK™, SHADOWMAN®, RAI™, and QUANTUM & WOODY™, among many others. Visit for more information.
Viper Comics Launches All Horror Imprint "Black Mamba Books"

JUNE 9, 2008: Viper Comics Launches All Horror Imprint "Black Mamba Books" Premiere Issue Will Be The Cult-Classic ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATOES!

After much work and planning, Viper Comics is proud to announce the launch of its new imprint, an all horror-based line of comics and graphic novels entitled Black Mamba Books. The new imprint is set to officially launch with the release of Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! in October 2008. A "special Comic-Con advance edition" of Issue 1 of the AKT! comic which will be available to a select few at this year's Comic-Con 2008 in San Diego July 24-27.

Not since the super-secret invasion of Canada (if we told you, we'd have to kill you) has military operative Mason Dixon faced such a grave challenge. They're red. They're high in lycopene. They are most certainly lethal...and they ARE among us. Dixon and his team of highly trained specialists are all that stand between us and THE ATTACK OF THE KILLER TOMATOES!

A NEW film adaptation of Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! is being developed by M. Dal Walton III's Second Wind Entertainment with the creative forces behind the internet phenomenon "Ask A Ninja," Kent Nichols and Douglas Sarine, ( ) to adapt the property for the big screen and Nichols to make his much anticipated feature film directorial debut. The Black Mamba Books comic book is being adapted from the original film by Dale Mettam with artwork by Erich Owen and edits by Greg Blohm & Joe Bauer.

Viper is also currently in negotiations with Tony Todd (Candyman, Final Destination 3, Chuck TV Show, 24 TV show), Christa Campbell (Day of the Dead, The Wicker Man, Kraken: Tentacles of the Deep, 2001 Maniacs), and The Frog Brothers' Jamison Newlander (Lost Boys: The Tribe, The Blob), and Corey Feldman (Lost Boys: The Tribe, Terror Inside, Puppet Master vs. Demonic Toys, Super Robot Monkey Team Hyper Force Go!) to bring their original horror stories to Black Mamba Books.

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PRESS RELEASE - TODD MCFARLANE AND WHILCE PORTACIO TAKE OVER SPAWN!Image founders take Spawn into an all-new direction!

9 June 2008 (Berkeley, CA) - This October, SPAWN returns to its roots as series creator Todd McFarlane and fellow Image Founder While Portacio take the reins in issue #185.

"While I'm very happy with where Spawn has gone, it's long past time to inject some new blood into the series while also returning to its roots," said McFarlane. "I feel what Whilce and I are doing with our co-writer, Brian Holguin, combines the old and the new in a way no one would have expected. That's a claim which gets tossed around quite a bit in the industry, but this one really changes everything."

Details on the new direction will roll out over the coming weeks, especially during the team's appearance at Wizard World Chicago, June 28. The convention will feature both signings and a panel delving into the plans for what's to come.

SPAWN #185, a 32-page comic book for $2.95, will be available in stores October 2008. For more on their Wizard World Chicago appearance, please see Further information about the SPAWN comic, and all things McFarlane, can be found at

Image Comics is a comics and graphic novels publisher formed in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Since that time, Image has gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. There are currently four partners in Image Comics (Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino), and Image is currently divided into four major houses (Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline and Image Central). Image comics and graphic novels cover nearly every genre, sub-genre and style imaginable, offering science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. Visit
Little Foot, publisher of the Howard E. Day prize award winning Mr. Big, announces CrumbSnatchers, that latest in its line of books. Written by Stephanie Butto with art by Evan Keeling, CrumbSnatchers is a full color 64 page book set to debut in October.

"CrumbSnatchers exists in the whimsical world of a child's imagination," says Keeling. "It is a place where the ordinary can become extraordinary, and a person's most fanciful childhood dreams easily become reality, often with humorous and endearing results."

Little Foot was founded in 2006 by Christian Beranek, one of the heads of Disney's Kingdom Comics. Its purpose is to provide all ages graphic novels of both a moral and educational value. Little Foot creators are active in their community, teaching courses on how to create comics and helping school systems develop reading programs.
Little Foot is repped by Cornerstone Literary in Los Angeles, CA.

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