Wednesday, November 26, 2008




Signing Event Will Feature Site Co-founder Missy Suicide And All LA Based SuicideGirls in Los Angeles December 11th


SuicideGirls will be hosting their first ever Boutique/Bazaar at Meltdown Comics one day only to premier their new book, "SuicideGirls: Beauty Redefined." This groundbreaking photography book contains almost 400 pages of full color pin-up photos of beautiful pierced and tattooed women from around the world.

A variety of SG products will be available for sale, from t-shits and hoodies, to DVDs and playing cards.


Scheduled to appear at the event are SuicideGirls co-founder Missy Suicide. Also scheduled to attend are all LA Based SuicideGirls, including Sash, Nixon and Zoli. As well as book designer Courtney Riot.


Thursday, Dec. 11, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m./PST

Line for purchase and signing will start at 5:00p.m./PST


Meltdown Comics & Collectibles

7522 Sunset Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90046


SuicideGirls is a contemporary lifestyle brand. Combining the DIY attitude of underground culture with a vibrant, sex positive community of women (and men), the company was founded on the belief that creativity, personality and intelligence are not incompatible with sexy, compelling entertainment, and millions of people agree. The site mixes the smarts, enthusiasm and DIY attitude of the best music and alternative culture sites with an unapologetic, grassroots approach to sexuality.

Meltdown Comics

Meltdown Comics is the largest comic book shop on the West Coast, located in the heart of Hollywood on Sunset Blvd. Meltdown opened in 1993 and has since become one the most respected comic book stores in the world. With a sophisticated approach to merchandise and operations – and a reputation for hosting successful events in their Melt Gallery – Meltdown is a must-see pop culture destination in Los Angeles.

BELLINGHAM, WASH. (NOVEMBER 25, 2008) – The success of Ray Harryhausen Presents; The Pit and the Pendulum, a short stop motion animated film produced by Hand Made Heroes Film & Television has resulted in a comic book deal with Bluewater Productions. When Bluewater President Darren G. Davis and Director Marc Lougee of Hand Made Heroes discovered they were both producing work independently under the Ray Harryhausen Presents banner, Bluewater immediately penned a deal with director Marc Lougee to further develop film & comic book cross-over properties.

Since it’s premiere hosted by Harry Knowles of Ain’t It Cool News at the BNAT Film Festival, The Pit and the Pendulum short film has screened in over 200 film festivals and comic conventions around the world including AFI Dallas and San Diego Comic-Con. Nearly 100,000 visitors logged into the film’s website within two days of the film’s premier in Austin, TX, and has continued to garner a global fan following.

“Seeing the film published as a comic thru a brilliant publisher like Bluewater is the realization of another dream of mine.” said Director, Marc Lougee, “What started as a labor of love, and a once in a lifetime chance to make a film with Ray Harryhausen at the helm, has just continued to expand and reach further than I’d imagined. I’m really excited to have an issue of Ray Harryhausen Presents; The Pit and the Pendulum comic in hand come February 2009.”

Susan Ma, producer on the stop motion adaptation of The Pit and the Pendulum, says the soon to be released comic book is a wonderful extension of the film. “In producing the film, we sought to bring the story to life for a broad audience, while staying as close to the original story as possible. Executive producer Ray Harryhausen was especially keen to see the story develop with a strong visual aesthetic and real storytelling. In bringing the film version into the realm of comic books, I feel we’re accomplishing the goal of making the story very accessible. We’ve been surprised with wonderful feedback from teachers and professors who are thrilled to have a resource like the film to teach Poe’s works in class.”

Director Marc Lougee adds, “ I think between the comic book and the DVD, we’ve got a wonderful package to create interest in great literature thru visual means, starting with E.A. Poe’s The Pit and the Pendulum. Gothic horror, Ray Harryhausen and Edgar Allan Poe- who wouldn’t be thrilled?”

The story in brief: The Pit and the Pendulum. A victim of the Spanish Inquisition is brought before a tribunal. Condemned and alone, he’s left to suffer a fate worse than death as his captors employ fiendish machinations in their efforts to unhinge him.

About The Pit and the Pendulum comic book. Featuring images taken directly from the award-winning animated film and coupled with Poe’s original text, the graphic version of the story in comic book form ratchets up the effect of Poe’s tale of Gothic Horror, creating a spine-tingling experience not to be missed.

The Pit and the Pendulum comic book is scheduled for release in February 2009. The PIT AND THE PENDULUM DVD is available online at

About Bluewater 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 storms onto the comic book and graphic novel scene. With more titles than ever, including smash hits such as the 10th MUSE, VSS, and THE LEGEND OF ISIS, Bluewater is poised to continue to produce engaging stories with art from both the top names in the industry alongside with up and coming stars.

As of May 2007, Bluewater Productions, Inc. moved from production studio to publisher, in conjunction with legendary filmmaker, Ray Harryhausen -- the genius behind some of the greatest movie magic of all-time while continuing to publish it's popular superhero line starring it's flagship character the 10th Muse. Bluewater has also just signed a publishing deal with William Shatner, Roger Corman and Lionsgate.

About Hand Made Heroes:
Hand Made Heroes Film & Television produces compelling & entertaining animated properties for television, film and online audiences.

Director & Creative Producer Marc Lougee & producing partner Susan Ma share years of experience in the genre, playing part in many series & film projects, including the BBC/ Discovery Kids! series DINOSAPIEN, BBC’s ACE LIGHTNING, CBC’s WHAT IT’S LIKE BEING ALONE and MTV’s CELEBRITY DEATHMATCH. Aside form broadcast projects, Marc & Susan have produced several award-winning films, including THE PIT AND THE PENDULUM animated film (exec produced by Ray Harryhausen), available now on DVD. For more information on the PIT AND THE PENDULUM animated film, visit the official website:
PRESS RELEASE - SUPERHEROES INVADE THE SUBURBS IN IMAGE COMICS' NEW ONGOING, JERSEY GODS!Glen Brunswick & Dan McDaid begin their long-awaited superhero epic this February!

26 November 2008 (Berkeley, CA) - This February, after over a year in the making, Image Comics will debut JERSEY GODS, the superhero epic by THE GRAY AREA writer Glen Brunswick and DOCTOR WHO artist Dan McDaid.

"JERSEY GODS represents a lifetime spent dreaming of superheroes," said Brunswick. "Ever since I was young, the seeds of what would become JERSEY GODS were kicking around. JERSEY GODS is to me what SAVAGE DRAGON is for Erik Larsen or INVINCIBLE is for Robert Kirkman - it's the superhero series I want to tell without an end; one I hope will keep readers coming back for years and years to come. Working with an artist as talented and versatile as Dan makes this a real dream come true."

As originally previewed in Robert Kirkman's INVINCIBLE, JERSEY GODS stars Barock, a superhero from another planet, and Zoe, a high maintenance Jersey girl, soon after they're married. However, it's only a matter of time before Barock's previous life threatens to tear their world apart. Each issue of JERSEY GODS features covers by some of comics hottest names, including MADMAN ATOMIC COMICS's Mike Allred, DC: NEW FRONTIER's Darwyn Cooke, HEAVY LIQUID's Paul Pope and SAVAGE DRAGON's Erik Larsen with many more to come. A limited-edition variant by McDaid is also available.
JERSEY GODS #1 (DEC082237), a 32-page full color comic book for $3.50, will be available February 4th, 2008. For more information, please see

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 five partners in Image Comics (Robert Kirkman, 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
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SRG Presents: The Wolves of Odin IN STORES NOW

The latest book in my Super Real Graphics Presents line of creator-owned graphic novellas, Grant Gould’s The Wolves of Odin, will be in comic book shops tomorrow, Wednesday 11/26!

Wolves is an amazing mix of Norse mythology, werewolves, and Lord of the Rings style fantasy, all told with Grant’s expressive animated flair.

If you haven’t preordered the book, or can’t find a copy, just ask your retailer to order it via Diamond Order Code: SEP08 4260

Or if you can't make it to a comic book shop, you can simply order online:

Either direct from the Super Real Graphics store:

Or via

For everything Wolves of Odin, including previews, character info, interviews and more, visit it’s website here:


This year I contributed sketch cards to Upper Deck’s Marvel Masterpieces series 2 and 3 card sets, and I’m down to my last 4 “artist proof” cards. Each artist gets 10 of these rare blank cards to sketch on for each set they contribute to, so if you’re a fan of those, be sure and check out eBay, or email me regarding the remaining cards before they hit auction.

The four remaining cards are Wolverine (on eBay now), X-23, Spider-Man, and Spider-Woman.


One of my latest projects, a collection of concepts inspired by grindhouse cinema and pulp heroes, all with a girl-centric twist, that are created by me (as well as some cool friends you may have seen in the comic shops), featuring amazing artwork from cutting edge global artists, is coming to comic shops and computer screens in 2009… I call it Pulp Girls!

Keep your eyes on for more info, as there are big things planned here!

There’s also more Super Real in the works, of course, and a little book called Con of the Dead, so as always…

Please stay tuned,

25 November 2008 (Berkeley, CA) - This February, the world's most popular monster hunter confronts the past he fought so hard to forget in Image Comics Shadowline's JOHNNY MONSTER!

"Even the best action movie only works because it has heart and JOHNNY MONSTER has it in droves," Shadowline Publisher Jim Valentino said. "While loaded with enough giant monster showdowns to make any fan happy, the core of the book is writer Joshua Williamson and artist J.C. Grande fleshing out what may be my new favorite character of the year! The whole Shadowline team hopes to see JOHNNY MONSTER return in the future!"

JOHNNY MONSTER made himself a household name by hunting the monsters who stalk the Earth. However, nobody knows he was raised by the same monsters he's been after. Unfortunately for Johnny, no secret stays quiet forever. However, he won't be alone as Image Comics' other monster-man, FIREBREATHER, appears courtesy of creators Phil Hester and Andy Kuhn! The entire three-issue mini-series mixes pulp adventure with the best monster movies cinema has to offer to create a compelling and very different monster mashup!

JOHNNY MONSTER (DEC082275), a 32-page page full-color comic book for $3.50, will be available February 18th.

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 five partners in Image Comics (Robert Kirkman, 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

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Issue 23 of CWR is here! This nifty new pack of articles has all the good stuff you expect from us… and a little music, too!

Derf interviewed! The writer and artist of THE CITY and MY FRIEND DAHMER talks to Bryan Miller about art, punk rock, and his plans to expand on the Dahmer epic!:


New CWRtv! Elliott Serrano takes issue with a current sentiment and says “It’s not ‘just comics’!”:

Marc Mason wonders whatever happened to the buzz that surrounded KURT BUSIEK’S ASTRO CITY:

Avril Brown explains the TWILIGHT phenomenon to those who don’t get it:

Vince Moore says that comics aren’t movies and that they should stop trying to be:

Jocelyn Saddler picks up her comics and takes a look at the state of the DCU:

Jess Blackshear continues recovering from her car accident and realizes that she has plenty to be thankful for this year:

Brandon Jerwa takes a musical interlude and introduces you to some music you need to hear:

Remember: If you read something at CWR that you like, pass it on to friends and blogs. Enjoy the reading!

Marc Mason
Comics Waiting Room
PRESS RELEASE - IMAGE COMICS AND MYSPACE FREE MCFARLANE'S SPAWN RELAUNCH!Image Comics and MySpace release Todd McFarlane and Whilce Portacio's Spawn #185 for free online as #186 sells out!

24 November 2008 (Berkeley, CA) - Image Comics and MySpace have teamed up to release Todd McFarlane and Whilce Portacio's SPAWN relaunch as the second issue sells out at a distribution-level!

“Todd McFarlane Productions is excited to be partnering with Myspace Comics to bring the fans Spawn #185," McFarlane said. "Myspace Comics is the wave of the new generation. Many fans have turned to this form of modern communication. I hope you enjoy looking at a medium that is challenging how things have been traditionally done.”

SPAWN #185 shocked comics fandom with its series-altering death of Al Simmons, lead of the series since its debut in 1992, and the mysterious awakening of the long comatose Patient 47. While the link between Simmons' death and Patient 47 is still unknown this past week's #186 gave the first hints and resulted in yet another immediate sell-out. While limited copies may be available through your local comic book store a new printing will soon be available.

SPAWN #185, a full-color 22-page comic, is available to read on Copies of SPAWN #185 2ND PTG (SEP088230), a full-color 32-page comic book for $2.95, are still available.

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 five partners in Image Comics (Robert Kirkman, 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
Filmmakers Kyle Higgins and Alec Siegel are proud to announce the completion of The League, a brand new superhero noir from Windy City Pictures and the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. The project, having been mentored by writer/director Tom Mankiewicz (Superman, Diamonds are Forever, Dragnet), was a thesis film for Chapman University .

The League also features artwork by comic book creator Eric Wight (Justice League of America, The Escapist, My Dead Girlfriend).

With the 1946 formation of "The League of Heroes" in Chicago , the country is introduced to the first ever Superhero Labor Union. Founded by The Grey Raven, his kid sidekick Sparrow, and the amazing Blue Blaze, The League of Heroes was a beacon of hope against evil and tyranny in Chicago . Now twenty years later, as The League is about to expand nationally, an old adversary makes a murderous comeback. Drawn by the rampage, the former sidekick Sparrow returns to the city--and The League--for the first time in years.

The film can be viewed FOR FREE in High Definition at:

Hey guys,
Episode 10 of LG15: The Resistance rolled out today, and, as per usual, is available at,,, et al. The last few episodes are doozies, so, if you haven't been watching, get to it. You're breaking Papa Josh's heart.

Also of note (and forgotten by me last week) was the arrival of Firebreather #3 from Image Comics and superstar creators Phil Hester and Andy Kuhn. Now, as if the fact that it's easily one of the best superhero books on the stands wasn't quite enough for you, it has yet another dose of Fleecs and Fialkov fun. I kid you not, Tony Fleecs is going to take this industry by storm one day, and you could say you've been on board since the beginning.

Or just lie about it. Either way. The book should be at your local comic shop, under Image Comics. If it's not, YELL AT THEM TO ORDER IT!

That's all the that that there is. Thanks for reading, and keep the faith.

FUN HOUSE by FriendsWithYou at SCOPE
KAIJU MONSTER INVASION at Art Center of South Florida

STRANGEco, the Purveyors of the Peculiar, is returning to Art Basel Miami this December as a sponsor of two very special art events: Funhouse at the SCOPE ART FAIR and Kaiju Monster Invasion at the ART CENTER OF SOUTH FLORIDA. One of the largest and most prestigious art fairs worldwide, Art Basel Miami features literally hundreds of galleries and artists from around the world. STRANGEco is collaborating with two of its long-time partners - Miami art duo FriendsWithYou and San Francisco artist Mark Nagata - on each respective event. Details for each event are below:

FUN HOUSE at SCOPE MIAMI 2008, by FriendsWithYou
Long-time STRANGEco partners FriendsWithYou (aka Sam Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III) have been commissioned to design a special lounge space for the SCOPE Art Fair at Art Basel Miami. Titled Fun House, the commission is an interactive exhibition for all ages, with a giant anthropomorphic bounce house centerpiece. The Fun House presides over an array of interactive seating structures and custom furniture – a “village of mystical counterparts” - for relaxation, conversation and fun. The colorful lounge space thematically focuses on the Wish Come True characters which first appeared in the popular collectible toy series produced by STRANGEco. In addition to “Fun House,” limited edition StrangeCo x FriendsWithYou merchandise, plus fine art pieces ranging from watercolors to large scale installation pieces, will be available in a pop up shop directly inside the lounge

Wednesday December 3rd- Sunday December 7th
2951 North East First Ave., Miami FL 33127


Curated by the Harold Golen Gallery and hosted by Miami Beach’s prestigious Art Center of South Florida, Kaiju Monster Invasion is a multidisciplinary art show whose primary focus is the artistic interpretation of Japanese kaiju – giant beasts from the golden age of Japanese film and television. The group gallery show features amazing artwork an impressive list of “low-brow” and pop surrealist American artists, plus internationally acclaimed artist from Japan. This combination provides a rare occasion for bringing the best of the East and West interpretations of kaiju under one roof. Many participating artists are regular collaborators with STRANGEco, including Mars-1, Jim Woodring, Mark Nagata, Ron English, Amanda Visell, Attaboy, Anthony Ausgang, Brian McCarty, Bwana Spoons and scores of others.

The Kaiju Monster Invasion show will also feature a special retail shop with a host of special edition items produced by STRANGEco and designed by artists participating in the show – including never before seen items by Jim Woodring, Mars-1, Ron English, Anthony Ausgang, Amanda Visell and others.

Opening Reception: Wednesday December 3rd, 2008 8:00pm-10:00pm
800 Lincoln Road, Miami FL 33139

Both events are free and open to the public; for more information on STRANGEco at Art Basel, visit STRANGEco’s
IDW to Publish New STAR TREK Comic Book Series

Tied to Next Year’s Movie

(San Diego, CA; November 24, 2008) -- IDW Publishing has joined with Paramount Pictures, J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, Kurtzman/Orci Productions and CBS Consumer Products to publish a four-issue limited comic book series tied to next summer’s new Star Trek movie, which will be released in theaters on May 8, 2009.

The first comic in the series, Star Trek: Countdown #1, will be released in January 2009 to the comic book direct market. The story is presented by Abrams and plotted by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. It is written by Mike Johnson (Superman/Batman) and Tim Jones, and features stunning art by David Messina (Star Trek: Mirror Images). Messina also provides covers for the series.

“There was a lot of back and forth about doing this project, how to do it, what it would be about, but what all parties agreed on was that we needed the right story and that it needed to matter. It had to count both on its own merits and when read in conjunction with the new movie,” said series editor Andy Schmidt. “I couldn’t be happier with the project and what it means to the overall Star Trek franchise!”

"Star Trek: Countdown lays the groundwork for what happens in the movie," said Roberto Orci. "It's our way of passing the baton from the Next Generation characters and their movies to the new film."

Star Trek: Countdown is sure to be in huge demand as eager fans look for a sneak peak into director J.J. Abrams’ new Star Trek vision!

Star Trek: Countdown #1 (Diamond item code NOV08 4113), a 32-page, $3.99 comic, premieres in January 2009.

About IDW:
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, Calif. As a leader in the horror, action, and sci-fi genres, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry including: television's #1 prime time series CBS' CSI: Crime Scene Investigation; Paramount's Star Trek; Fox's Angel; Hasbro's The Transformers, and the BBC's Doctor Who. IDW's original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. In April 2008, IDW released Michael Recycle, the first title from its new children's book imprint, Worthwhile Books. More information about the company can be found at

About Paramount Pictures Corporation

Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. The company's labels include Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, MTV Films and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Digital Entertainment, Paramount Famous Productions, Paramount Home Entertainment, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., Paramount Studio Group, and Worldwide Television Distribution.

About Bad Robot Productions:

Bad Robot Productions is a film and television production company founded by writer/director/producer J.J. Abrams. Their TV shows include the award-winning spy serial Alias, and the groundbreaking, critically-acclaimed series Lost. In January, 2008, Bad Robot expanded into feature films with the box-office record-breaker Cloverfield. Their current projects include the hit FOX TV show Fringe, and the upcoming Star Trek film, which launches into theatres May, 2009.

About Kurtzman/Orci Productions

Kurtzman/Orci Productions is a film and television production company founded by longtime collaborators and creative visionaries Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. Their partnership dates back to their days as aspiring storytellers in a Los Angeles-area high school. Kurtzman & Orci quickly made their mark on Hollywood as writer-producers with high-profile projects such as Transformers, the live-action adaptation of the hit animated series which grossed over $700 million worldwide; the third installment of Mission: Impossible, which grossed nearly $400 million worldwide; and J.J. Abrams¹ wildly popular television spy thriller Alias. Their most recent production, Eagle Eye, opened at #1 at the box office upon its release in September. The team serves as the writers and executive producers of the upcoming Star Trek adaptation, as well as Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Together with Abrams, they are the creators and executive producers of the hit Fox TV show Fringe.

About CBS Consumer Products

CBS Consumer Products, a unit of CBS Entertainment, manages worldwide licensing and merchandising for a diverse slate of television brands and series from CBS, CBS Paramount Network Television and CBS Television Distribution, as well as from the company's extensive library of titles. Additionally, the group oversees the CBS Retail Store and online sales of programming merchandise. For more information, visit