Monday, December 14, 2009

Friends-

Issue 48 of Comics Waiting Room is our year-ender and here’s what we’ve got for you!

Raven Gregory Interviewed! The writer behind THE WAKING and other Zenescope titles chats with Avril Brown about his work.
http://www.comicswaitingroom.com/ravengregory.html

Genre 19 Interviewed! Vince Moore chats with a pair of young creators starting up their own indy press outfit.
http://www.comicswaitingroom.com/genre19.html

Ten Books That Made 2009 Worth Reading! Marc Mason offers up a list of books that kept this past year from feeling like comics drudgery.
http://www.comicswaitingroom.com/mason48.html

The Death of Fun! Avril Brown was there when it happened and is now ready to deliver the eulogy.
http://www.comicswaitingroom.com/avril44.html

Whither the Black-Owned Comics Publisher? Vince Moore looks for reasons why no one has created the next Milestone as of yet.
http://www.comicswaitingroom.com/vince47.html

On Digital Comics… With Mukesh Singh! Saurav Mohapatra dives into the latest in comics technology and production and has a lengthy chat with artist Mukesh Singh about the future of distribution and production.
http://www.comicswaitingroom.com/npg12.html

Enjoy the reading, and we’ll see you in 2010!

Marc Mason
Editor-in-Chief
Comics Waiting Room

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

TABLOIA MAILER #938-1b


Tomorrow, fans! Big day for KIRBY-STYLE GIANT MONSTERS! Parties in the streets! Partiers with champagne glasses and no pants!

“DORIS DANGER GIANT MONSTER ADVENTURES” is in stores tomorrow! (Wednesday, Nov 24, fans!)

Drop your model car and glue, or power saw, or lunch plate, or the dresser mirror you were hanging, and rush down to your nearest comics shop! Don’t know where to run?!! Call 1-888-COMIC-BOOK! Or visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com/ It will make you popular!

Order it at AMAZON.COM! You’ll be so relieved you did! http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1593621809?ie=UTF8&tag=skepticcom-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1593621809

“DORIS DANGER GIANT MONSTER ADVENTURES”

Published by SLG!
96 Pages / B&W / Digest-Sized 5”x7.5” / Young Adult / $9.95
Diamond Previews code: SEP090572
ISBN-13: 9781593621803


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LIVE RADIO CALL-IN SHOW! Tomorrow: 11/25/2009 2:00 PM CALIFORNIA TIME!

SLG Supreme Commander Dan Vado will be joined by Chris Wisnia, the creator of the new SLG graphic novel Doris Danger: Giant Monster Adventures, to talk about all things Doris, giant monster and odd. Also calling in for his now regular segment will be Evan Dorkin for another session of name-calling and thinly veiled anger.

Listen to the stream LIVE at http://www.slgcomic.com/slgradio or http://www.blogtalkradio.com/slgradio - and call in to to say hello! (646) 378-0737!

Or catch the archive at your leisure, any time!

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REVIEWS AND INTERVIEWS!

What a rash of press we’ve contracted this month!

First, pop over to DAVIS LIFE MAGAZINE online, where you’ll find a thirteen page article on CHRIS, including photos of his workspace at his home! Astute fans with good eyesight may even catch a sneak peek of a NEW, UNFINISHED DORIS DANGER PAGE Chris was working on that day!
http://www.davislifemagazine.com/Content.aspx?m=11/1/2009&cId=3583

Most important is that I, ROB ODER, Editor-in-Chief, have been interviewed TWICE! First, you can catch ME, exclusively interviewed by DECAPITATED DAN at “FROM THE TOMB MAGAZINE”! Photos included! Fantastic!
http://fromthetomb.blogspot.com/2009/11/deep-discussions-with-decapitated-dan.html

Then you can catch MORE of ME, interviewed WITH artistic hack Chris Wisnia, in a fantastic interview by RACHEL EDININ at “SEQUENTIAL TART”:
http://www.sequentialtart.com/article.php?id=1545

Next up is a fantastic interview of Chris by JENNIFER CONTINO at COMICON.COM’s “PULSE”!:
http://www.comicon.com/new/ubb/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=559462

And then you can catch a fantastic book review by ADAM McGOVERN over at ComicCritique.com!:
http://www.comiccritique.com/cgi-bin/greview.pl?id=644

Lastly, if you don’t enjoy “reading stuff” … simply listen to this podcast interview by PETER JAFFE at COMIXOLOGY.COM!:
http://www.comixology.com/podcasts/127/Doris-Danger-Giant-Monster-Adventures-with-Chris-Wisnia

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FREE CREATOR’S COMMENTARY???!

Don’t forget, after picking up the book, to go order your FREE CREATOR’S COMMENTARY CD, over at SLG GRAPHICS’ store!:
http://www.slgcomic.com/doriscommentary

Just click, “DORIS DANGER COMMENTARY CD,” enter your address, and et c.! (you pay shipping!) Then pop over to CHRIS’S official website, where you can print yourself a CD COVER AND SLEEVE!:
http://www.tabloia.com/doris_slg_commentary.shtml

Have fun, kids!
PopCult Welcomes Michael Olmos

Creates iPhone App for Reed Exhibitions' C2E2, Webstore for Actress Emma Caulfield


CHICAGO - November, 20, 2009 - Strengthening its team within the pop culture industries, PopCult Solutions is pleased to welcome producer/director Michael D. Olmos to its team of PopCultivators.

Michael D. Olmos is Vice President, Motion Pictures of Olmos Productions (the development arm of actor / director Edward J. Olmos) and brings his experience in the film and entertainment industry and the many relationships that come with it. PopCult sees Olmos' participation as a perfect fit as the company expands its capabilities to offer clients within Hollywood creative solutions targeted in the ever growing "comic, sci-fi, pop culture geek" demographic.

"I'm thrilled to have Mike aboard," said PopCult founder and comic book publisher Josh Blaylock. "Mike has spent his life immersed behind the scenes in the entertainment world and has years of relationships and an expertise that makes him uniquely able to identify the needs of the Hollywood set, and how PopCult can serve them."

"I'm honored to be a part of the PopCult collective, and to work alongside Josh and the rest of the team," said Mike Olmos. "Josh has great foresight and exciting ideas on merging new media and comic book IP with film, television, and online channels. Together our team will be able to create dynamic, commercial products with a wide appeal not only to early adopters, but also to general audiences."




The company also announces two new projects soon to debut:

C2E2 iPhone App:
Attendees of Reed Exhibition's Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) will be able to navigate the floor more easily with the help of the show's official iPhone App. The App will provide information regarding all guests, exhibitors, panel schedules, and breaking news as well as links to a map of the show floor. The App will be free to the public available from PopCult on iTunes.

ShopEmmaCaulfield
The new online store for fans of Emma Caulfield (known to many as the demon girl Anya from Buffy: The Vampire Slayer) is another example of PopCult's abilities to meet the needs of anyone in the pop culture space. WWW.SHOPEMMACAULFIELD.COM will offer limited signed photographs, merchandise from the actress' online comic strip Contropussy and an expanding catalog of rare items.





About PopCult
PopCult Solutions, LLC is a collective of movers and shakers in the ComiCulture world with instant access to hundreds of thousands of fans and tastemakers. PopCult is a team of creative entrepreneurs with specialties in publishing, video games, music, film and television yet with a laser focus on the aspects of those mediums that intersect with the geek chic, comic-con world.

www.PopCultivator.com
ZACK WHEDON BREATHES NEW LIFE INTO TERMINATOR

DARK HORSE ANNOUNCES CREATIVE TEAM ON HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW SERIES

NOVEMBER 19TH, MILWAUKIE, OR–In 2029, Kyle Reese will be sent to 1984 to stop a T-800 from killing the mother of the resistance, Sarah Conner. But before his future son will send him back in time, Kyle Reese was simply another survivor in a desolate future.

In a brand-new series, Zack Whedon (Dr. Horrible, Deadwood, Fringe, Rubicon) brings his sharp writing skills to one of the most celebrated sci-fi properties in history to tell the story of a man struggling to live in a world with little food, water, or hope.

Never before has the iconic character from James Cameron’s first Terminator film been explored with such depth and humanity. Readers will have the opportunity to follow Kyle Reese and his closest allies as they face insurmountable odds in a world run by cold, calculating machines bent on destroying the last memory of what it means to be a human being.

In a world wrought with Hunter Killer Drones, T-600s, T-800s, H-K’s and a host of other terrifying technology, a small band of friends must find a way to keep the Resistance breathing amidst an eviscerated landscape devoid of nearly all life. Kyle Reese, the father of the future, leads these rebels with only the slightest promise of peace and the most basic of mortal codes – never give up.

The two, three-issue arcs will be drawn by Andy MacDonald (NYC Mech, Punisher War Journal) with covers by renowned illustrator Massimo Carnevale (Y: The Last Man).

“It’s an honor to be a part of the on-going Terminator saga, and to have the talents of Andy MacDonald and Massimo Carnevale helping me in bringing this story to life,” said writer Zack Whedon.

The much-anticipated first issue from the dynamic creative team will be released from Dark Horse Comics in March 2010.

Dark Horse’s successful Termintor Omnibus Vol. 1 & 2 are currently available at a retail price of $24.95.

T1, THE TERMINATOR, ENDOSKELETON, and any depiction of Endoskeleton are trademarks of StudioCanal. ©2009 StudioCanal. All Rights Reserved.
***UPDATED RELEASE DATE***
December 2, 2009

Donovan Leitch and C. Allbritton Taylor's
Epic Cinematic Graphic Novel
ONE MODEL NATION

Controversial political band's historic story uncovered

Graphics by famed Street Angel illustrator Jim Rugg

"a captivating graphic novel..." says Fanboy.com




On the 20th anniversary year of the fall of the Berlin Wall, One Model Nation (www.onemodelnation.com), the first cinematic, graphic novel of its kind, by Donovan Leitch (CampFreddy) and C. Allbritton Taylor (The Dandy Warhols), will be released by Image Comics (www.imagecomics.com) on Wednesday, December 2, 2009, in book and comic stores nationwide. In addition to the book, One Model Nation's soundtrack, another first for a graphic novel, will be released over time on the website www.onemodelnation.com.

Donovan Leitch, C. Allbritton Taylor and Street Angel illustrator Jim Rugg piece together the complete story of the political art-noise band One Model Nation, revealing how they were inadvertently forced to become the face of a revolution that revitalized a country, with actual historic events of the the final dark days of the Baader-Meinhof Gang and the band's mysterious disappearance a few months later.

The story follows four young musicians in Berlin, Germany in 1977, focused on their craft and determination to take their music to the masses while the country is still shattered from the devastation of war and the harsh realities of communism. The country's youth are fighting back against a repressed nation with their only figurehead for this violent, well dressed revolution is a band, later to be forever lost in time. With cameos from notable international musicians, One Model Nation encompasses the musical influences from an era whose youth just wanted to be heard.

With stunning graphics and Scorsese-esque electricity, One Model Nation captures the arts and politics of an era whose influence can not be measured.

For a sneak peak at the first chapter of the book please click on the following link: http://www.imagecomics.com/OneModelNation_SneakPeek.pdf

About ONE MODEL NATION
Writer: C. Allbritton Taylor
Historian: Donovan Leitch
Art & cover: Jim Rugg
Publisher: Image Comics (October 28, 2009)
Colors: Jon Fell
Letter: Rowan Aldrin
Editor: Joe Keatinge & Michael Allred
Category: Historical Fiction
Paperback: 144 Pages / Full Color
List Price: $17.99
ISBN-10: 1607061570
ISBN-13: 978-1607061571
Category: Historical Fiction, Music, Rock
For Immediate Release

THE REAL ALICE'S COPY OF THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, AND WHAT ALICE FOUND THERE AND BEATRIX POTTER'S COPY OF THE TALE OF PETER RABBIT HIGHLIGHT $1,000,000 AUCTION OF RARE LITERARY TREASURES

Two of the most important books in childrens literature to hit the auction block!!!

Profile in History's Holiday Sale Will Also Include A First Edition Copy of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Inscribed Dedication Copy of Goldfinger, and A.A. Milne Signed Limited Edition Copies 1/20 of Winnie The Pooh, The House At Pooh Corner and Now We Are Six, and More, All Part of The 101 Lot Pat McInally Collection of Children's Literature


Calabasas, CA, November 23, 2009 - The "real" Alice's* copy of Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There ($100,000-$150,000) and Beatrix Potter's own copy of The Tale of Peter Rabbit, specially bound with a personal inscription ($80,000-$120,000) will highlight Profiles in History's December 16, 2009 auction of the Pat McInally Collection of Children's Literature. This unique auction of 101 lots will also include a First Edition, first state of the text copy of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ($40,000-$60,000), a First Edition of Goldfinger, inscribed by Ian Fleming to William Plomer, the book's dedicatee ($60,000-$80,000) and a First Edition, First Issue Presentation copy of Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, accompanied by something extra-two fine original pencil drawings by of Alice and Humpty Dumpty by illustrator John Tenniel ($40,000-$60,000).

[*Ten-year-old Alice Liddell met and inspired Lewis Carroll to write Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.]

Worldwide bidding begins at 12:00 PM (noon) Pacific Time and can be placed either in person, via mail, phone or fax. In addition, Internet bidding is offered at the following sites:

iCollector (http://www.icollector.com/The-Pat-McInally-Collection-of-Children-s-Literature-Auction_as15203)

AND

LiveAuctioneers (http://www.liveauctioneers.com/catalog/20151)


If there is a fan of classic children's literature on your holiday shopping list, you will not find a better gift.

Other volumes to be offered include Limited Edition copies of Winnie the Pooh, The House at Pooh Corner and Now We Are Six, all inscribed by author A.A. Milne and illustrator Ernest H. Shepard ($20,000-$50,000 EACH), a First Edition, presentation copy of The Time Machine: An Invention, inscribed by author H.G. Wells, ($20,000-$30,000), a fine First Edition (in dust jacket) copy of Stuart Little, inscribed by author E.B. White ($10,000-$15,000), a First Edition of J.R.R. Tolkien's, The Fellowship of the Ring, ($10,000-$12,000), a First American Edition of Peter and Wendy, inscribed by J.M. Barrie ($6,000-$8,000), a copy of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, with a fantastic tipped-in autograph letter about Narnia by C. S. Lewis ($8,000-$12,000) a First Edition copy of The Story of Little Black Sambo ($8,000-$12,000) and a First Edition of Mother Goose in Prose, L. Frank Baum's first published book for children and the first book appearance of Dorothy of Oz ($8,000-$12,000).

In addition to aforementioned Goldfinger, James Bond aficianados will be competing for inscribed, First Edition copies of For Your Eyes Only ($20,000-$30,000), Thunderball ($15,000-$18,000) and On Her Majesty's Secret Service ($8,000-$12,000) and fans of Harry Potter will find a set of Deluxe Editions copies of the first four Harry Potter books, all inscribed by J. K. Rowling ($6,000-$8,000) as well as other rare editions from the Potter series.

Besides the books themselves, collectors will find exquisite, original artwork from the books, including an original John Tenniel drawing of the Gryphon from Lewis Carroll's 1865 Alice's Adventures in Wonderland ($60,000-$80,000) and Beatrix Potter's original preparatory drawing of Robin for The Tale of Peter Rabbit ($6,000-$8,000).

Monday, November 23, 2009

Friends-

Issue 47 of Comics Waiting Room is now live and here’s what we’ve got for you!

Bill Williams Interviewed! The head honcho of Lonestar Press talks publishing, webcomics, and his upcoming gig on Joss Whedon’s ANGEL.
http://www.comicswaitingroom.com/billwilliams.html

The Science of Reviewing! Marc Mason offers up helpful tips for those that think they might want to review comics, including thoughts on behavior and professionalism.
http://www.comicswaitingroom.com/mason47.html

Twilight: The Chicago Premiere! Avril Brown was on the scene for NEW MOON’s Chi-town debut and has a report from the scene.
http://www.comicswaitingroom.com/avril43.html

Cornucopia! Vince Moore reviews some new literature and then dissects Twilight’s popularity and what it means for feminism and popular culture.
http://www.comicswaitingroom.com/vince46.html

Holiday Gift Guide: The Geek Edition! Marissa Meli offers up ten awesome ideas for finding the right gift for the geek in your life.
http://www.comicswaitingroom.com/axe2.html

Giving Thanks! Elliott Serrano has had one of the most memorable years of his life, and he gives thanks to those that have made it happen.
http://www.comicswaitingroom.com/ccw37.html

Enjoy the reading!

Marc Mason
Editor-in-Chief
Comics Waiting Room
FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS ANNOUNCES THE ACQUISITION OF STEPHEN DIXON’S WHAT IS ALL THIS?, A COLLECTION OF MODERN FICTION
SEATTLE, WA, NOV. 20, 2009 --- Fantagraphics Books is proud to announce the acquisition of What Is All This?, a 900-page collection of previously uncollected short fiction by two-time National Book Award Nominee (1991, 1995) Stephen Dixon. The collection will be published in May, 2010 and mark the third entry in Fantagraphics burgeoning line of literary fiction, following Alexander Theroux’s Laura Warholic (2007) and Monte Schulz’s This Side of Jordan (2009). Along with Theroux, Dixon is the second National Book Award nominated-author to publish new fiction through Fantagraphics.

“Stephen Dixon is one of the great secret masters — too secret. I return again and again to his stories for writerly inspiration, moral support and comic relief at moments of personal misery, and, several times, in a spirit of outright plagiaristic necessity: borrowing a jumpstart from a few lines of Dixon has been a real problem-solver in my own short fiction. Please read him, you.” — Jonathan Lethem

Dixon is one of the most acclaimed authors of short stories in the history of American letters. He has published previously through acclaimed independent literary presses like McSweeney’s and Melville House, as well as corporate houses like Henry Holt. His work, characterized by mordant humor and a frank attention to human sexuality, has earned him a Guggenheim Fellowship, the American Academy Institute of Arts and Letters Prize for Fiction, the O. Henry Award, and the Pushcart Prize. Fantagraphics Books is proud to present his latest volume of short stories, a massive collection of vintage Dixon, eschewing the modernism and quasi-autobiography of his I-trilogy and instead treating readers to a pared-down, crystalline style more reminiscent of Hemingway.

“Dixon is one of the few writers whose new work I will put everything aside to read, which is to say he is in the company of Alice Munro, Lorrie Moore, and Lydia Davis…. Put aside whatever you're reading, and read him.” — J. Robert Lennon

“This is our third book of prose fiction —after Alex Theroux’s Laura Warholic and Monte Schulz’s This Side of Jordan— and readers may notice that the common denominator among these books is that language itself serves as the animating literary force,” says acquiring editor and Fantagraphics co-publisher Gary Groth. “Dixon’s finely chiseled sentences cut to the quick of people’s lives. None of these stories have been collected in any book; they have appeared in a wide variety of literary journals over almost 40 years and Dixon has entirely rewritten all of them. Dixon admirers will be cheered to learn that these stories comprise a wholly original work.”

Centrally concerning himself with the American condition, Dixon explores in What Is All This? obsessions of body image, the increasingly polarized political landscape, sex —in all its incarnations— and the gloriously pointless minutiae of modern life, from bus rides to tying shoelaces. Using the canvas of his native New York (with one significant exception that affords Dixon the opportunity to create a furiously political fable) he astutely captures the edgy madness that infects the city through the neuroses of his narrators with a style that owes as much to Neo-Reaist cinema as it does to modern literature. What Is All This? will be published in hardcover, designed by Fantagraphics award-winning Art Director Jacob Covey. “Stephen Dixon is one of the few writers who completely challenged, then changed how I think about writing and reading,” says Covey. “He was the first writer I recognized as making Art that was as viscerally relevant as painting or music. Designing a book for someone who was so formative to me is one of the rarest and most intimidating opportunities I can imagine.”

“I have read a lot of Dixon’s writing. If I didn’t like his writing I would not have read so many things of his.” — Tao Lin

Stephen Dixon was born in 1936 in New York City. He graduated from the City College of New York in 1958 and is a former faculty member of Johns Hopkins University. In his early 20s, he worked as a journalist in radio, interviewing such monumental figures as John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, and Nikita Khrushchev. His witty, keenly observed narratives and sharply hewn prose have appeared in every major market magazine from Harper’s to Playboy and have earned him two National Book Award nominations —for his novels Frog and Interstate. He still hammers out his fiction on a vintage typewriter.

Fantagraphics Books ( www.fantagraphics.com ) has been the world’s leading publisher of comics and graphic novels since 1976, with titles by Robert Crumb, Charles M. Schulz, Joe Sacco, Daniel Clowes, Chris Ware and many others. In 2007, the company launched its prose division, beginning with novels by Alexander Theroux (Laura Warholic) and Jules Feiffer (a reissue of the noted artist’s 1963 novel, Harry, the Rat with Women).
CHAT LIVE WITH EISNER AWARD WINNER NINA MATSUMOTO TOMORROW ON SUVUDU.COM

Who: Nina Matsumoto, Eisner Award-Winning author of the original English-language manga, Yokaiden.
What: Live chat online
When: Tuesday, November 24 at 3 PM EST
Where: Suvudu.com
Nina first made a splash into the manga scene with a single image she called “Simpsonzu”—an illustration of the entire Simpsons cast, drawn in a manga style. The image caught the attention and imagination of the comics blogosphere—as well as the attention of Bongo Comics. Impressed with Nina’s work, they offered her a position as a penciler for comic book series such as The Simpsons and Futurama.
Matsumoto’s work was recognized at Comic-Con International at San Diego in July 2009, when she won an Eisner Award for best short story for her contribution to The Simpsons' Treehouse of Terror #14, "Murder He Wrote." The story, created along with Ian Boothby and Andrew Pepoy, was a Simpsons parody inspired by the popular thriller manga, Death Note.
On Suvudu.com Matsumoto will discuss the her work as an artist and the story behind her acclaimed original English-language manga, Yokaiden. The second volume of Yokaiden, published by Del Rey Manga, an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, will be released on Tuesday, November 24.
http://www.suvudu.com/author-chat/nina-matsumoto/
UNCLE SCROOGE #384
SELLS OUT COMPLETELY!
GOES TO SECOND PRINTING




November 23, 2009 - Los Angeles, CA - BOOM Studios is proud to announce that UNCLE SCROOGE #384 has sold out, sending everyone’s favorite feathered penny-pincher into 2nd printing.

Fans should keep in mind, while Diamond Comic Distributors is completely sold out, first printings of UNCLE SCROOGE #384 may still be found at a direct market retailer near you.

Diamond Comic Distributors is making the second printing of UNCLE SCROOGE #384 available for retailers to order immediately and the second printing will be featured soon in an upcoming issue of Previews Plus.

The second printing of UNCLE SCROOGE #384 is also available to order immediately through BOOM!'s new relationship with Haven Distributors.

The second print of UNCLE SCROOGE #384 carries a Diamond Code of OCT098130. The Haven Code is UNCSBOO384A.

UNCLE SCROOGE #384 second print features an alternative color variant of cover B for issue 384.

Since its release UNCLE SCROOGE has garnered positive reviews from across the spectrum:

“This issue really took me back to my childhood, and I believe others who grew up on the Disney comics will also enjoy this issue…the main story and the wonderful art of the main story, are more than enough to earn UNCLE SCROOGE #384 a 4 out of 5 Stars.” — Major Spoilers

“Quick Rating: Very Good …reading this comic book was like getting back in touch with an old friend.” — Comixtreme

“For a kids’ comic, I think Boom! succeeded in what they set out to do. I will be picking up the next issue and my daughter will be thrilled to read it. To me, that is what really matters. — Comics Vine
“BOOM! Studios is doing an amazing job getting comics into the lollipop-stickied hands of kids again.” — High Five! Comics
UNCLE SCROOGE #384 features the first installment of the exciting ongoing UNCLE SCROOGE adventure and is written by Per-Erik Hedman, with fun-filled interior art by Wanda Gattino. The first printing shipped with two covers in a 50/50 split and a third cover that was offered as a 1 in 10 incentive.

Recently, BOOM! Studios announced that in addition to Diamond carrying BOOM!'s second prints, Haven Distributors will also be carrying all BOOM! second prints. Retailers needing more information on how to order from Haven Distributors can call 1-877-HAVEN-50 or sign up on their website here: http://www.havendistro.com/retailers.html

About BOOM! Studios
BOOM! Studios (www.boom-studios.com) is a unique publishing house specializing in high-profile projects across a wide variety of different genres from some of the industry's biggest talents, including Philip K. Dick's DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?, The Henson Company's FARSCAPE, and the original Mark Waid series IRREDEEMABLE. BOOM! recently launched its youth imprint, BOOM Kids!, with Pixar's THE INCREDIBLES, CARS, and TOY STORY, as well as Disney's THE MUPPETS. This year, BOOM! Studios celebrates its fourth anniversary.
THE ANCHOR #2
SELLS OUT IN ONE WEEK!
GOES TO SECOND PRINTING




November 23, 2009 - Los Angeles, CA - BOOM Studios is proud to announce that THE ANCHOR #2 has sold out in one week, sending the supernatural sensation into 2nd printing.

Fans should keep in mind, while Diamond Comic Distributors is completely sold out, first printings of THE ANCHOR #2 may still be found at a direct market retailer near you.

Diamond Comic Distributors is making the second printing of THE ANCHOR #2 available for retailers to order immediately and the second printing will be featured soon in an upcoming issue of Previews Plus.

The second printing of THE ANCHOR #2 is also available to order immediately through BOOM!'s new relationship with Haven Distributors.

The second print of THE ANCHOR #2 carries a Diamond Code of OCT098129. The Haven Code is ANCHBOO002A.

THE ANCHOR #2 second print features a negative variant art of the Brian Churilla A cover for issue two.

Since its debut critics from numerous outlets have poured in with praise for the smash-hit series THE ANCHOR:

“…tight, vibrant and kinetic…. I have to admit, I’m a bit envious of Matt Gagnon, who is acting as editor on this one. He gets to see where the story is going well before the rest of us… Pick it up, it’s on stands now.” — Examiner

“… a top-notch story and what might be the most bad-ass first four pages of a comic book this year.” — UVU Review

“A powerful… issue from Hester and Churilla that hits as hard as the title character.” — Project Fanboy
“… story is strong and plots forward at a great pace…Issue Grade: A-” — The Pullbox
“…I was pretty impressed - I loved the fight scenes… One to watch… THE ANCHOR could quickly find a home in the hearts of those who hanker for Dr Strange and Hellboy type thrills.” — Comic Book Review
“… filled with vibrant action and thought-provoking metaphysical exploration, this first issue successfully lays the groundwork for what looks to be a very intriguing, fun-filled series.” — SF Site
“Don't you just love when a new comic you've been looking forward to finally come out...and exceeds all your high hopes?" – Project Fanboy
"This is a great read, quick to get through, yet immense in it's imagery. BOOM! Studios has been putting out some quality work, which, for being such a young company, is awesome. I've begun to look forward more to what they're putting out next than what larger companies are doing with their established characters. Keep it coming!"– Comics Bulletin
"If you're looking for something new I highly recommend you check out THE ANCHOR..." – Cammy's Comic Corner
“...quite effective...” – Eye On Comics
THE ANCHOR #2 features the second installment of the epic ongoing THE ANCHOR adventure and is written by Phil Hester, with astounding interior art by Brian Churilla. The first printing shipped with two covers in a 50/50 split and a third cover that was offered as a 1 in 10 incentive.

Recently, BOOM! Studios announced that in addition to Diamond carrying BOOM!'s second prints, Haven Distributors will also be carrying all BOOM! second prints. Retailers needing more information on how to order from Haven Distributors can call 1-877-HAVEN-50 or sign up on their website here: http://www.havendistro.com/retailers.html

About BOOM! Studios
BOOM! Studios (www.boom-studios.com) is a unique publishing house specializing in high-profile projects across a wide variety of different genres from some of the industry's biggest talents, including Philip K. Dick's DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?, The Henson Company's FARSCAPE, and the original Mark Waid series IRREDEEMABLE. BOOM! recently launched its youth imprint, BOOM Kids!, with Pixar's THE INCREDIBLES, CARS, and TOY STORY, as well as Disney's THE MUPPETS. This year, BOOM! Studios celebrates its fourth anniversary.
SERIES FINALE OF BBC AMERICA’S ROBIN HOOD - DECEMBER 5







The third installment of BBC AMERICA’s highly-successful adventure series, Robin Hood comes to end on December 5, 9:00p.m. ET/PT. This season revealed a tougher and darker Robin Hood (Jonas Armstrong), consumed with revenge for Marian’s death. As a wave of corruption and evil swept the land, Robin launched a solo mission to avenge her death and kill Gisborne (Richard Armitage). Yet in an unusual turn of events, Robin and Gisborne have been forced together to save their half brother and take down the evil Prince John (Toby Stephens). Tune in to find out if their alliance lasts or if Prince John takes down Robin Hood once and for all.



The third and final season of Robin Hood comes to DVD on January 12, 2010. The five-disc set boasts over an hour of bonus material including behind-the-scenes features, character profiles, video diaries and more.
IDW Publishing & Dabel Brothers Team Up for

Brigg's Mercy Thompson: Moon Called


Adaptation of first Mercy novel debuts in February 2010



San Diego, CA (November 23, 2009) – Dabel Brothers and IDW Publishing are pleased to announce an agreement to co-publish Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson: Moon Called, a four-issue miniseries adaptation of the best selling author’s new novel, in early 2010.



Moon Called is the first Mercy Thompson novel from New York Times bestselling author Patricia Briggs. The novel introduces Mercedes “Mercy” Thompson, a talented Volkswagen mechanic living in Washington State, who also happens to be a “walker,” a magical being with the power to shift into a coyote at will. Moon Called tells of Mercy and the rest of the paranormal cast in the novels, among them werewolves, vampires, gremlins, and more.




Moon Called is also a direct follow-up to the mega-hit Mercy Thompson comic book series Homecoming, published by Dabel Brothers in 2008-2009. Homecoming, the Mercy Thompson graphic novel that serves as a prequel story to Moon Called, debuted at #1 on The New York Times Bestseller List for Hardcover Graphic Books, and is fourth on Amazon’s bestselling graphic novel list for 2009.




“Moon Called is chock full of great stuff and perfect for the supernatural fanatic who just can't get enough of their creepy beasties in their reading diet!” said IDW’s new senior editor, Bob Schreck.






Mercy Thompson: Moon Called is being written by Derek Ruiz, with art by Clint Hilinski. The first of the four-issue series will be available in February 2010 from IDW, with subsequent issues shipping on a monthly basis thereafter. The graphic novel is scheduled to be published in August 2010 by IDW, and will be distributed by Diamond Books Distributor.




Briggs has written four Mercy Thompson novels to date, the last of which, Bone Crossed, debuted at #3 on the New York Times Fiction Bestseller List, and remained on for weeks after. The next Mercy Thompson novel, Silver Borne, is scheduled for publication in March 2010.




“We’re thrilled to be working with IDW on this project,” says Vice President Les Dabel. “Their track record speaks for itself, and we really feel they’ve been making a lot of smart moves within the industry the last couple years.”






Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson: Moon Called #1 ($3.99, 32 page, full color comic) will be available in stores in February 2010. Diamond order code #DEC09 0886.







About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry including: Hasbro's The Transformers and G.I. JOE, Paramount's Star Trek; Fox's Angel; the BBC's Doctor Who; and television's #1 prime time series CBS' CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studios; and is the print publisher for ComicMix.


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



About Dabel Brothers Publishing, LLC

Dabel Brothers Publishing, LLC, is a comic book studio dedicated to bringing many of the best and most popular novels in the world of fantasy to the comic book medium. Since its inception in 2001 they have produced adaptations of novels by bestselling authors including George R.R. Martin, Orson Scott Card, Laurell K. Hamilton, Raymond E. Feist, Tad Williams, Richard A. Knaak, and Robert Silverberg. Recent releases include a remarkable list of high-profile projects including adaptations of major novels by bestselling authors: Dean Koontz's Frankenstein: Prodigal Son; Welcome to the Jungle, an original story set in the world of Jim Butcher's bestselling series The Dresden Files; a Wild Cards series edited and overseen by George R. R. Martin; and a brand-new Mercy Thompson adventure by Patricia Briggs titled Homecoming. Additionally, the Dabels published their first movie-based comics with the release of The Warriors in 2009, working with Paramount Licensing.



More information about Dabel Brothers Publishing can be found at www.dabelbrothers.com.





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Sunday, November 22, 2009

DEADLOCKE from Dark Horse mnow in stores

DEADLOCKE is based on the young adult novel Venomous by Chris Krovatin (and is already being adapted for a feature film). Written by Arvid Nelson (of the Rex Mundi series) and illustrated by Nick Stakal (artist on the current Criminal Macabre series, Cell Block 666), DEADLOCKE mixes real life and young adult themes with escapist comic book fantasy, to tell the story of a Manhattan teenager whose world is turned upside down when the dark alter ego who exists in his drawings threatens to take over his life.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCRHSSi6avE – video of Arvid talking about Deadlocke



Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Deadlocke/163559694860?ref=search&sid=121332.267276063..1



About Deadlocke

In modern-day New York City, a ragtag group of rebellious teens throws its annual raucous Weimar bash filled with debauchery, booze, and bloody knuckles. Going for the first time is Locke Vinetti, a newcomer to this band of bored rich kids--a loner who usually prefers to escape into the world of his alter ego comic book creation, Deadlocke. Under the tutelage of the group's charming but unpredictable ringleader Casey, Locke has learned to express his art, and his angst, in ways he never thought possible. As the violent energy of Deadlocke continues to storm up inside of him, Locke must learn to control his newfound strength at the risk of losing Renee, the darkly beautiful girl of his dreams. Determined to prove that Deadlocke's rage will overpower Locke's love, Casey provokes Locke in a brutal rooftop battle where their lives, and their souls, hang in the balance.

Based on the Simon & Schuster young adult novel Venomous by Christopher Krovatin, Deadlocke teams comic writer Arvid Nelson (Rex Mundi, Kull) with Nick Stakal (Criminal Macabre) in a story of a young man coming to terms with his own demons in a search for his true identity.
DOCTOR WHO FINAL TWO SPECIALS BEGIN DECEMBER 26 ON BBC AMERICA

- Exclusive sneak peeks now available at BBCAmerica.com/DoctorWho -



The finale to the era of David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor, is one of the most eagerly anticipated adventures in the history of Doctor Who. As previously announced, the next special, Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars premieres Saturday December 19, 9:00pm ET/PT on BBC AMERICA. The final two specials, Doctor Who: The End of Time, Part One and Doctor Who: The End of Time, Part Two, will premiere over the holiday season starting December 26 on BBC AMERICA. Guest stars John Simm, Timothy Dalton, Catherine Tate, Lindsay Duncan and Bernard Cribbins join Tennant on his final journey. Doctor Who: The End of Time, Part One premieres Saturday December 26, 9:00pm ET/PT on BBC AMERICA. The End of Time, Part Two premiere date will be announced very soon.



BBCAmerica.com/DoctorWho has exclusive Doctor Who clips including a sneak peek to The Waters of Mars, which The Times says is “a big-budget, knock-yer-socks-off blockbuster” and the Guardian exclaimed “it's a belter, a watery nightmare - scary, moving, relevant, believable.”



The site also has a new world premiere clip from The End of Time, Part One, with never-before seen footage that will keep fans all over the globe wondering what's in store for the Doctor.



This slick re-imagination of Doctor Who, created by Russell T Davies (Torchwood, Queer as Folk), puts a fresh spin on the adventures of the iconic Time Lord and his feisty companions - who travel across the universe to protect Earth from dangerous aliens and terrifying monsters. Davies and Tennant are passing the baton to Steven Moffat and actor Matt Smith, who will play the Eleventh Doctor in a new season of the re-imagined series premiering in 2010 on BBC AMERICA.



The BBC will release The Waters of Mars and The End of Time, Part One and Part Two on DVD and Blu-ray, Tuesday, February 2, 2010. A 5-disc set, Doctor Who: Specials Collection, which includes The Next Doctor, Planet of the Dead, Waters of Mars, The End of Time, Part One and Part Two and a 16-page booklet with an introduction written by David Tennant, hits stores the same day.



Doctor Who photos are available now at www.press.bbcamerica.com



BBC AMERICA brings audiences a new generation of award-winning television featuring news with a uniquely global perspective, provocative dramas, razor-sharp comedies, life-changing makeovers and a whole new world of nonfiction. BBC AMERICA pushes the boundaries to deliver high quality, highly addictive and eminently watchable programming to viewers who demand more. It is available on digital cable and satellite TV in more than 65 million homes.



For up-to-the-minute information on BBC AMERICA, forthcoming U.S. premieres, art work and newsfrom the channel, log on to www.press.bbcamerica.com





THE WATERS OF MARS - SYNOPSIS



Lindsay Duncan (Alice and Wonderland, Rome) joins the Doctor as his sharpest and most strong-minded companion yet for the second of four Doctor Who Specials. The Waters of Mars is a dark, scary thriller that sees the Doctor land on the planet Mars, at a base in peril. A creeping infection beneath the Martian surface threatens not only the human race, but also the Doctor's most fundamental beliefs. Together with Adelaide Brooke (Lindsay Duncan), the base’s commander, the Doctor must defeat a seemingly unstoppable menace before it can reach Earth, and wipe out mankind. The Doctor must fight not only the water but destiny itself… while also confronting his own existence, when the prophesy about his future begins to resonate. Is his song about to come to an end? The Waters of Mars is written by Russell T Davies (Torchwood, Queer as Folk) and Phil Ford and directed by Graeme Harper. The executive producers are Russell T Davies and Julie Gardner (Torchwood, Life on Mars).





BIOS



DAVID TENNANT – THE DOCTOR



David Tennant is an accomplished theater actor who most recently starred onstage in Hamlet with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Before landing the role of The Doctor in Doctor Who, he played the title role in Russell T Davies’ adaptation of Casanova alongside Peter O’Toole. He also played Briscoe in The Quatermass Experiment, the sci-fi cult classic first broadcast live in 1953. Other stage work includes The Pillowman at the National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Company productions of Romeo & Juliet and As You Like It. His movie roles include Stephen Fry’s Bright Young Things and the role of Barty Crouch Jr. in Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire. Tennant is the new host of PBS’ Masterpiece Contemporary and recently signed on to appear in the NBC pilot Rex Is Not Your Lawyer.



RUSSELL T DAVIES – LEAD WRITER AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Russell started at BBC Children's, writing the fantasy thrillers Dark Season and Century Falls, before winning the BAFTA for Best Children's Drama in 1996 for Granada's The Ward. He then created the landmark series Queer As Folk for Channel 4, and the U.S. version ran on Showtime for five years. Since then, he has written Bob & Rose - for which he won Comedy Writer of the Year 2001 - The Second Coming, Mine All Mine and Casanova, starring David Tennant. He reinvented and reinvigorated Doctor Who for the BBC in 2005, winning both the Dennis Potter Award and the BAFTA for Best Drama. He has created the Doctor Who spin-off series Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures, both now entering their third successful season.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

BOOM! STUDIOS'
UNTHINKABLE FILM RIGHTS
PICKED UP BY MANDALAY PICTURES!



November 19th, 2009 - Los Angeles, CA - BOOM! Studios is proud to announce that Mandalay Pictures has optioned the film rights to action-thriller series UNTHINKABLE!

“Our partners at Mandalay are the best in the business,” says BOOM! Studios CEO Ross Richie. “Cathy Schulman won the Oscar for CRASH and Peter Guber’s a legend in the business. We couldn’t be happier!”

UNTHINKABLE is created and written by Mark Sable (GROUNDED, FEARLESS) and with sensational art by Julian Totino Tedesco (THE REMNANT). The five-issue series to be collected in trade paperback soon, centers around best-selling author Alan Ripley, recruited just after 9/11 to join a government think tank of America’s most imaginative minds to think of nightmare scenarios and crippling terrorist attacks on U.S soil. Years after the think tank is disbanded, attacks Ripley envisioned begin to happen and only he can stop whoever is behind the destruction.

Other BOOM! titles that have been optioned include, TALENT, TAG and 2 GUNS by Universal, NORTH WIND by Davis Entertainment, and STATION by CBS Films.

About BOOM! Studios
BOOM! Studios (www.boom-studios.com) is a unique publishing house specializing in high-profile projects across a wide variety of different genres from some of the industry's biggest talents, including Philip K. Dick's DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?, The Henson Company's FARSCAPE, and the original Mark Waid series IRREDEEMABLE. BOOM! recently launched its youth imprint, BOOM Kids!, with Pixar's THE INCREDIBLES, CARS, and TOY STORY, as well as Disney's THE MUPPETS. This year, BOOM! Studios celebrates its fourth anniversary.
IDW's The TRANSFORMERS #1 Sells Out


Second printing of new ongoing TRANSFORMERS comics
available December 2nd



San Diego, CA (November 19, 2009) – The new TRANSFORMERS comics era has begun! After just one day in stores, The TRANSFORMERS #1 is already sold out through Diamond, and IDW Publishing will rush its inaugural ongoing comic to a second printing. Under license from Hasbro, Inc., the second printing of The TRANSFORMERS #1 will be available in comic stores on December 2nd, featuring a new cover by series artist Don Figueroa.



The first ongoing TRANSFORMERS comic series in five years, The TRANSFORMERS is a must-read for old and new fans. The TRANSFORMERS #1 starts the series off with two huge events – the death of IRONHIDE and subsequent resignation of OPTIMUS PRIME, the heroic leader of the AUTOBOTS.



“Launching an ongoing series based on a world-wide franchise like Hasbro’s TRANSFORMERS brand is not something we take lightly,” said Andy Schmidt, IDW’s TRANSFORMERS editor. “We know we have to make every issue count so that our readers are getting a great read every time and that our retailer partners are assured that they’ve got a product they can sell month after month. And this second printing is evidence that Mike and Don have succeeded at delivering exactly that.”



The TRANSFORMERS is helmed by Mike Costa (G.I.JOE: COBRA) with art and covers by returning, artistic dynamo Don Figueroa. The ongoing series is also the launching point for two new miniseries, TRANSFORMERS: BUMBLEBEE and TRANSFORMERS: Last Stand of the WRECKERS, debuting in December and January, respectively.



The TRANSFORMERS #1 (second printing, 32 pages, $3.99) will be available on December 2nd. Diamond order code #OCT09 8086.





Visit IDWPublishing.com to learn more about the company and its top-selling books.



About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro's The Transformers and G.I. JOE, Paramount's Star Trek; Fox's Angel; the BBC's Doctor Who; and television's #1 prime time series CBS' CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studios; and is the print publisher for ComicMix.



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





About HASBRO
Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS) is a worldwide leader in children’s and family leisure time products and services with a rich portfolio of brands and entertainment properties that provides some of the highest quality and most recognizable play and recreational experiences in the world. As a brand-driven, consumer-focused global company, Hasbro brings to market a range of toys, games and licensed products, from traditional to high-tech and digital, under such powerful brand names as TRANSFORMERS, PLAYSKOOL, TONKA, MILTON BRADLEY, PARKER BROTHERS, CRANIUM and WIZARDS OF THE COAST. Come see how we inspire play through our brands at http://www.hasbro.com. © 2009 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserv
Hey folks,
The final two chapters are both now available for purchase on your Amazon Kindle. You can download all of em at this link: http://bit.ly/tuG2U

Also, as mentioned previously, you can pre-order the Hard Cover collection of Tumor right now in a couple of different places. On Amazon here: http://bit.ly/VM1QD or, from your local comic shop by printing the order form at http://www.tumorthecomic.com/

The hardcover is clocking in at approximately 225 pages and will contain all eight chapters, an introductory essay by crime maestro (and up and coming Marvel superstar) Duane Swierczynski, a brand new short story about when Frank first met Detective Polish, an extended essay on Frank Armstrong's Los Angeles, a sketch gallery, a reference photos to final art gallery, and a long form interview with me about the book. Plus maybe a few more odds and ends. Best of all? It's only $15!

Now comes the part where I ask for your help. Here's how comics work. If you don't specifically go out of your way to tell your local comic shop owner or even your bookstore owner or manager about the book and that you want to read it, I almost guarantee you it will not get ordered. Independent Books, generally speaking, are too many and too hard to guage for most independent businesses to take a risk, unless they know that it's worth it. So please. Tell your shop owners, talk to your friends, tweet, status update, hell, even jump on Myspace and tell everyone and anyone who may enjoy this book all about it, and, that they can even try it for free online at http://www.tumorthecomic.com.

Thank you as always, this has been a remarkable experiment, and, sales of the Hard Cover pending, a very successful one.

Cheers,

j.
www.tumorthecomic.com
www.thefialkov.com

Thursday, November 12, 2009

PRESS RELEASE - YALSA NOMINATES CAVALLARO'S PARADE (WITH FIREWORKS) AS A GREAT GRAPHIC NOVEL FOR TEENS!
Michael Cavallaro's acclaimed graphic novel nominated for YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teen book list!
11 November 2009 (Berkeley, CA) - Image Comics and Shadowline, LLC have announced their critically acclaimed graphic novel, PARADE (WITH FIREWORKS) by Michael Cavallaro, has been nominated for the prestigious Young Adult Library Services Association Great Graphic Novels for Teens Booklist!

"PARADE (WITH FIREWORKS) has received an immense amount of acclaim since its release, but the YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens nomination is one we're most proud of," Shadowline LLC Publisher Jim Valentino said. "We've long felt Michael's very personal tale is the perfect fit in any library and are honored to even be nominated for the booklist. We certainly look forward to any and all feedback we receive from the valued members of the YALSA committee."

PARADE (WITH FIREWORKS) opens in 1923, as Italy is pulling itself from the wreckage of the first World War while unknowingly plummeting toward another. The nation seemed to be holding its breath, and the slightest perceived transgression could result in violence. On the evening of the Feast of the Epiphany, it did, causing one man to choose between political standing and his very own family. The YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens nomination is in of itself a prestigious accolade for a very deserving title.

PARADE (WITH FIREWORKS) TP (DIAMOND: SEP082265 - ISBN: 1582409951), a 72-page full color deluxe tradepaperback for $12.99, is in stores now.


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 www.imagecomics.com.
BOOM! STUDIOS TITLES
NOMINATED FOR
2010 GREAT GRAPHIC NOVELS
FOR TEENS LIST



November 11, 2009 – Los Angeles, CA – This year, three BOOM! Studios titles have been nominated by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) to be included in its annual Great Graphic Novels for Teens List. CTHULHU TALES VOL. 2: WHISPERS OF MADNESS, IRREDEEMABLE VOL. 1 and SCREAM QUEEN were all nominated.

“Librarians are our unsung heroes because they are on the front lines of getting a whole new generation of teens reading comics,” said BOOM! Studios Sales Director Jennifer Christopher. “Everyone at BOOM! and the creators involved in these three works are completely humbled to be nominated this year.”


The list nominates books that have teen appeal, including fiction and nonfiction titles. For the full list, please visit:

http://www.lita.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/booklistsawards/greatgraphicnovelsforteens/nominations.cfm

About BOOM! Studios
BOOM! Studios (www.boom-studios.com) is a unique publishing house specializing in high-profile projects across a wide variety of different genres from some of the industry's biggest talents, including Philip K. Dick's DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?, The Henson Company's FARSCAPE, and the original Mark Waid series IRREDEEMABLE. BOOM! recently launched its youth imprint, BOOM Kids!, with Pixar’s THE INCREDIBLES, CARS, and TOY STORY, as well as Disney’s THE MUPPETS, DONALD DUCK, UNCLE SCROOGE and WALT DISNEY’S COMICS AND STORIES. This year, BOOM! Studios celebrates its fourth anniversary.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

LOUISA MAY ALCOTT, ILLUSTRATED

Eureka Productions is pleased to announce the publication of GRAPHIC CLASSICS: LOUISA MAY ALCOTT, the eighteenth volume in the GRAPHIC CLASSICS® series of comics adaptations of great literature.

GRAPHIC CLASSICS: LOUISA MAY ALCOTT features "Little Women", adapted for comics by Trina Robbins and illustrated by Anne Timmons. Plus lesser-known gothic mysteries and horror stories including "A Whisper in the Dark" by Antonella Caputo and Arnold Arre, "The Rival Prima Donnas" by Rod Lott and Molly Crabapple, and "Lost in a Pyramid" by Alex Burrows and Pedro Lopez. Also two poems and two strange children's stories, "Buzz" and "The Piggy Girl", illustrated by Mary Fleener, Shary Flenniken, Toni Pawlowsky and Lisa K. Weber.

GRAPHIC CLASSICS are available in bookstores, comics shops, or direct from the publisher at http: ⁄ ⁄ www.graphicclassics.com. Libraries and schools can order from Diamond Book Distributors, Baker & Taylor, Ingram, Follett or other distributors.

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GRAPHIC CLASSICS: LOUISA MAY ALCOTT
Edited by Tom Pomplun
Published November 2009, Eureka Productions
Distributed by Diamond Book Distributors
(ISBN 978-0-9787919-8-8)
144 pgs, 7 x 10", paperback, full color, $17.95
GREG RUCKA AND MATTHEW SOUTHWORTH'S STUMPTOWN #1 SELLS OUT!

Amidst a barrage of glowing reviews Oni Press is reporting today that, less than one week after its initial release, Greg Rucka and Matthew Southworth's new series STUMPTOWN is completely sold out from Diamond Comic Distributors.

Fans should make their way to their local comic shop to pick up a copy of STUMPTOWN #1 while they last, and are encouraged to place their early orders for STUMPTOWN #2 (Diamond No: SEP090941 & UPC Code: 64985600026200211)

G4TV's Fresh Ink: Pick of the Week.
“...strong, tough, intelligent women who don't have ridiculously disproportionate boobs. Thanks a good thing!” -Blair Butler, Fresh Ink

iFanboy.com's DON'T MISS
“One of our favorite writers” -iFanboy.com

JK Parkin, Comic Book Resources: Pick of the Week
“...a likable female protagonist, gritty realism and enough of a hook that simply makes you want more at the end of the issue.” -JK Parkin

“...Rucka leaves a lasting impression for this series's opening issue.
” -Newsarama

“Stumptown is Scalped meets Criminal, and that sounds like a comic I wouldn't mind reading each month.” -Comic Book Resources

“...fans of Rucka or the genre owe it to themselves to check out Stumptown...” - IGN.com

“Stumptown is solid crime fiction without getting too garish or going too soft. The fact that the art and design are top notch only serves to solidify the quality.” -Tor.com

“It's got a fun, Rockford Files/Magnum PI vibe to it that I didn't realize I'd been missing. I haven't had this much fun with a mystery story since the first arc of Fables.” -Robot 6

“Rucka's modern, noir-influenced detective tale grabs your attention, and both he and artist Southworth have done an admirable job of turning the city of Portland, Oregon into one of the story's characters.” -Comics Alliance

“I had a blast reading it, and when my only complaint was that I want the next issue in my hands right away, that’s a great sign.” -Read About Comics

“Greg Rucka and Matthew Southworth have created a world I’m dying to visit again, and the next thirty days of waiting to see what happens next are going to be rough.” -The Quarter Bin

“Both the artist and writer have built an intriguing and engrossing world here. Wonderful comic. Buy it.” -Comic Proportions

“[Rucka's] one of very few writers in comics who not only write about women, but consistently get it right. Stumptown’s first issue is solid. Go buy it. Now.” -Hive Five Comics
ASYLUM PRESS ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF STEVE MANNION'S FEARLESS DAWN #2 PREVIEW

Preview Title: “Hopped up out of their freakin' minds!”

(Los Angeles) Frank Forte, publisher of Asylum Press, has announced the release of a 4 page preview of the tongue in cheek pulp book Fearless Dawn #2. The synopsis of issue #2 can be described as this: "Hopped up out of their freakin' minds on the Combat "Power" drug, Fearless Dawn,(heroine extraordinaire), and Number Seven (her manly love interest) go on a rampage through Helga's camp. The combat monster versions of Fearless Dawn and Old Number Seven SMASH a lot of stuff and MAIM aplenty as they make their exciting escape! Meanwhile, the SYNDICATE sends in a secret weapon to aid in the rescue. Get set dear readers for an Eisnerian ROMP of unprecedented proportions! BLGGLGH!!! Join us now as Steve Mannion's beautifully rendered comic book tale unfolds in full-color glory! Fan's of Steve Mannion's The Bomb will love this new action-packed series.

“Back in February's PREVIEWS there was a book from Asylum Press called Fearless Dawn that went largely unnoticed by fans and retailers. The entire industry went on rolling without giving it a second glance, and like many small press books it nearly slipped into obscurity without reaching the core readers in our hobby. But when a copy of it made its way across my desk, I knew from first glance it was something special that people needed to see” commented Jim Kuhoric of Diamond Comics Distributors.

"I am excited to bring Fearless dawn to a full-color series," says creator Steve Mannion," this is a dream project and I'm having a blast." “We’ll be updating the website and blog on a regular basis so fans can see pencil to ink pages, colors, thumbnails and interact with Steve,” says publisher Frank Forte.

“Steve Mannion is one of the most underrated artists in comics. Part Dave Stevens, part Wally Wood his art encapsulates everything I love about comic books,” says Rick Remender (Punisher, Fear Agent)

The Publication schedule is as follows. Fearless Dawn:Special Edition #1 (ships Nov. 2009), Fearless Dawn #2 (Ships Dec. 2009), Fearless Dawn #3 (Ships Feb. 2010), and Fearless Dawn #4 (Ships Mar. 2010),

Fearless Dawn #2 preview: http://www.asylumpress.com/FD_2_preview.html
Fearless Dawn website: www.fearlessdawn.com
Fearless Dawn production blog: http://fearlessdawn.blogspot.com/

Title:Fearless Dawn #2 (of 4)
Format/Price: SC, color $2.95, 32 pages
Item Code: OCT090746
ISBN:9780981823072

STILL AVAILABLE FOR REORDER:
Title:Fearless Dawn #1 (of 4)
Format/Price: SC, color $2.95, 32 pages
Item Code: SEP090625 FEARLESS DAWN #1 (OF 4) SP ED

Still available from Asylum Press is Steve Mannion's The Bomb TPB. "The Bomb is a good place to start as it tells Fearless Dawn's origin story and her first adventure," explains Publisher Frank Forte.

Title:The Bomb TPB
Format/Price: SC, b&w 176 pgs. (16-page color section) $14.95
Item Code: SEP090626 BOMB TP
For a preview of The Bomb go here: www.asylumpress.com/thebomb.html

ABOUT ASYLUM PRESS:
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. Asylum Press is distributed by Diamond Comics, Haven Distributors and Tony Shenton and Partners Publishers Group.
FORTE AND GUCUNJA’S DTOX ETCHED IN HEAVY METAL
DTOX, A POST ARMAGHEDDON HUNTER OF MUTANTS, GETS AN 8-PAGE STORY PRINTED IN THE NOV. 2009 ISSUE OF HEAVY METAL


Asylum Press announced today that an eight page story featuring the character DTOX will be featured in the November 2009 issue of Heavy Metal magazine. DTOX is written by Frank Forte (Warlash, Undead Evil) and illustrated by Nenad Gucunja (Satan's 3-Ring Circus of Hell, Girls and Corpses).

DTOX takes place in a post-Armageddon future. The lone biohazard warrior fights to cleanse the earth of a rising toxic mutant population. Killvixen, a knife-wielding femme fatale, soon joins him. Together, armed with the mobile arsenal code-named DTANK, they travel the ravaged mid-west in search of rogue monstrosities and fuel. Their destination is to locate the evil bio-scientist Scourge and destroy him and his mutant factory.

“This episode printed in Heavy Metal is actually episode 2 in the DTOX story. It works alone as a twisted sci-fi tale, but is part of a larger “Scourge” storyline, explains creator Frank Forte, “In this tale DTOX and Killvixen come upon a recent battlefield between the military and mutants. With corpses littering the area they stumble upon one lone survivor, a woman who pleads for her life. All is not what it seems as DTOX drops his guard and the woman turns into a giant slug-like mutant who wants to feast.”

"The character DTOX is inspired by the Heavy Metal Magazine and EPIC Illustrated I used to read in the 1980's. Characters like Ranxerox and Den showed how far comics could really go. Pepe Moreno, Guido Crepax and Caza just blew me away. I grew tired of costumed superheroes after a while and wanted something more. I found it in the pages of Heavy Metal, " explains Frank Forte. " Now I'm giving back."

"DTOX was a great addition to the November issue of Heavy Metal and we look forward to printing the next episode in the coming issues, " says Howard Jurofsky, VP Heavy Metal.

"Working on DTOX was fantastic, " says Nenad Gucunja, " I was able go off on the script and expand the scenes. Then Frank would go back and rewrite it. What came out was something fun and demented."

The DTOX trailer can be seen here: http://www.dtoxcomic.com/

Images for this press release can be found here:
http://www.asylumpress.com/pressimages/DTOX_HM01.html

Still on sale at the Asylum Press store:
DTOX: SPECIAL BIOHAZARD EDITION No. 0, introduces a new character to the Asylum Universe. DTOX is presented in a magazine size format. DTOX is written by Frank Forte (Warlash, Undead Evil) and illustrated by Nenad Gucunja (Satan's 3-Ring Circus of Hell, Girls and Corpses). This 12-page action packed story introduces the world of DTOX, Killvixen and the evil bio-scientist Scourge, who is creating an army of disease carrying mutants. Also features a special concept art section with unused penciled pages and character design.
Intended Audience: Mature Readers
Retail Price: $2.95, SC, 24pgs, Full color.
RICHARD STARKINGS SIGNING
DO ANDROIDS DREAM
OF ELECTRIC SHEEP? VOL 1 HARDCOVER

Wednesday November 11th, 2009 @ Collector's Paradise


November 9, 2009 – Los Angeles, CA – Come celebrate the release of DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP? Vol. 1 Hardcover by having your copy signed by legendary DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP? letterer Richard Starkings!

DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP? takes the novel that inspired the movie BLADE RUNNING and transplants the full novel into the comic book medium. Debuting this past June, BOOM! Studios' DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP? has been a smash-hit in the direct market and a critical success as well. Mixing the complete text of the novel in an innovative, ground-breaking 24 issue maxi-series, this November sees release of the first volume collecting the first four issues into a deluxe hardcover edition. Illustrated by Tony Parker and lettered by Richard Starkings, DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP? is a must have for every sci-fi fan.


When:
Wednesday, November 11th, 2009 from 1-8pm

Where:
Collector’s Paradise
7131 Winnetka Ave.
Winnetka, CA 91306


About BOOM! Studios
BOOM! Studios (www.boom-studios.com) is a unique publishing house specializing in high-profile projects across a wide variety of different genres from some of the industry's biggest talents, including Philip K. Dick's DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?, The Henson Company's FARSCAPE, and the original Mark Waid series IRREDEEMABLE. BOOM! recently launched its youth imprint, BOOM Kids!, with Pixar's THE INCREDIBLES, CARS, and TOY S
BOOM! STUDIOS NOMINATED
FOR PROJECT FANBOY AWARDS






November 9, 2009 – Los Angeles, CA – The nominations are in and BOOM! leads the pack! The annual Project Fanboy awards allow readers and fans to select their favorite comics in the industry and tell the world what is the best in the industry today. And to no surprise, BOOM!’s critically acclaimed titles IRREDEEMABLE, HEXED and THE ANCHOR made the cut!

BEST INDY WRITER:
Mark Waid (IRREDEEMABLE)
Michael Alan Nelson (HEXED)

BEST INDY ARTIST:
Brian Churilla (THE ANCHOR)
Emma Rios (HEXED)

BEST INDY TITLE:
IRREDEEMABLE
HEXED

BEST INDY VILLAIN:
The Plutonian (IRREDEEMABLE)

BEST INDY CHARACTER:
Lucifer (HEXED)

BEST PUBLISHER:
Boom! Studios

BEST GRAPHIC NOVEL:
IRREDEEMABLE Vol. 1

BEST ROOKIE TITLE:
THE ANCHOR
HEXED


Voting is open November 1st – December 31st, so head to http://awards.projectfanboy.com/?pageid=pfaabout to place your votes now and keep reading! Winners will be announced on March 14th at Orlando's MEGACON.

About BOOM! Studios
BOOM! Studios (www.boom-studios.com) is a unique publishing house specializing in high-profile projects across a wide variety of different genres from some of the industry's biggest talents, including Philip K. Dick's DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?, The Henson Company's FARSCAPE, and the original Mark Waid series IRREDEEMABLE. BOOM! recently launched its youth imprint, BOOM Kids!, with Pixar's THE INCREDIBLES, CARS, and TOY STORY, as well as Disney's THE MUPPETS. This year, BOOM! Studios celebrates its fourth anniversary.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Friends-

Issue 46 of Comics Waiting Room is now live and here’s what we’ve got for you!

Claremont Re-Examined! Marc Mason takes a look at Claremont’s initial 15-year run on Uncanny X-Men and says that the most reviled era was actually one of the best and most important of the writer’s career.
http://www.comicswaitingroom.com/claremont.html

Indy Artist Spotlight: Joanne Ellen Mutch! Marc Mason shares some convention art from a terrific artist and discusses using conventions to find cool comics you may not otherwise find elsewhere.
http://www.comicswaitingroom.com/mason46.html

Werewolves In The Spotlight! Avril Brown says “move over vampires, it’s time for the wolves to howl,” and takes a journey through pop culture to chart the history of lycanthropes.
http://www.comicswaitingroom.com/avril42.html

Fear And Loathing: One Year Later! Vince Moore looks at the country and the culture one year after the Presidential election and sees where we’re at.
http://www.comicswaitingroom.com/vince45.html

Enjoy the reading!

Marc Mason
Editor-in-Chief
Comics Waiting Room

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

BOOM! STUDIOS INVADES
CREATION ENTERTAINMENT
FARSCAPE CONVENTION!



See the latest and the greatest of
BOOM! Studios Farscape titles



November 3rd, 2009 - Los Angeles, CA - BOOM! Studios, the only source for exciting new and ongoing FARSCAPE adventures, will be coming to the Creation Entertainment Farscape Convention, November 6-8th! Stop by our table where we'll be selling the all of our latest FARSCAPE titles every day from open to close. And don't forget to check out the Main Theater Sunday for the BOOM! Studios FARSCAPE Panel with FARSCAPE editor Ian Brill!

BOOM! STUDIOS CONVENTION SCHEDULE

Friday, November 6th, 2009:
All Day

Saturday, November 7th, 2009:
All Day

Sunday, November 8th, 2009:
All Day
3:15 - 4:15pm – BOOM! Studios FARSCAPE Panel, Main Theater


About BOOM! Studios
BOOM! Studios (www.boom-studios.com) is a unique publishing house specializing in high-profile projects across a wide variety of different genres from some of the industry's biggest talents, including Philip K. Dick's DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?, The Henson Company's FARSCAPE, and the original Mark Waid series IRREDEEMABLE. BOOM! recently launched its youth imprint, BOOM Kids!, with Pixar's THE INCREDIBLES, CARS, and TOY STORY, as well as Disney's THE MUPPETS. This year, BOOM! Studios celebrates its fourth anniversary.
Join creators Greg Rucka and Matthew Southworth for the release of their new comic series STUPMTOWN in the home of the comic's namesake Portland, Oregon! Greg and Matt will be meeting fans and signing books at Cosmic Monkey Comics from 4-7pm on Wednesday 11/4.

Cosmic Monkey Comics
5335 NE Sandy Blvd
http://www.cosmicmonkeycomics.com
503-517-9050
Wednesday 11/4/2009
4pm - 7pm

Superstar writer Greg Rucka (WHITEOUT, DETECTIVE COMICS) embarks on his first creator-owned series since the Eisner Award-winning QUEEN & COUNTRY! An homage to the ROCKFORD FILES and other detective shows of yore, this hard-boiled new series combines just the right amounts of intrigue, humor, and charm.

Dex is the proprietor of Stumptown Investigations, and a fairly talented P.I. Unfortunately, she's less adept at throwing dice than solving cases. Her recent streak has left her beyond broke—she's into the Confederated Tribes of the Wind Coast for 18 large. But maybe Dex's luck is about to change. Sue-Lynne, head of the Wind Coast's casino operation, will clear Dex' debt if she can locate Sue-Lynne's missing granddaughter. But is this job Dex's way out of the hole or a shove down one much much deeper?
PRESS RELEASE - FRANK CHO AND DOUG MURRAY ANNOUNCE WINNER OF 50-GIRLS-50 TALENT SEARCH!
LIBERTY MEADOWS and NEW ULTIMATES illustrator Frank Cho announces artist for upcoming series co-written by THE 'NAM legend Doug Murray!

3 November 2009 (Berkeley, CA) - For the past several months, LIBERTY MEADOWS creator Frank Cho and THE 'NAM writer Doug Murray have searched for the artist to illustrate their all new miniseries, 50 GIRLS 50. Today they're proud to announce the search is over with winner Axel Medellin!

"The number and quality of the submissions really blew me away. I mean, I knew there were a lot of talented comic artists out there, but I hadn’t expected so many to try this out," Murray said. "Judging was very difficult. We had to grade the entries on multiple counts: the fidelity to the model sheets produced by Frank, the story-telling displayed, the quality of the layouts—all of these factors came into play. We managed to pick the final four artists, but choosing a winner out of the four was extremely difficult since each artists had what we were looking for in terms of quality and clear storytelling skills. Frank and I went back and forth till the very last minute on who the winner should be, with Axel beating out the competition."

Axel Medellin will be illustrating next year's 50-GIRLS-50 based off a story conceived and co-written by Cho and Murray. In addition, he will be working alongside Cho as he works off the NEW ULTIMATES illustrator's character and world designs. Cho will also be providing covers for every issue.

Cho added, "Thank you all for the time and effort you put into this. Also for the simple humanity and kindness you showed each other within the various threads of the 50-GIRLS-50 blog. I was as impressed by that as I was by the artistry of your entries."

50-GIRLS-50, a full-color 32-page comic book for $2.99, will be released in early 2010.


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 www.imagecomics.com.
PRESS RELEASE - TODD MCFARLANE TEAMS UP WITH IMAGE FOUNDER AND YOUNGBLOOD CREATOR ROB LIEFELD ON SPAWN #196!
Image Comics founders and IMAGE UNITED collaborators join forces on the highly anticipated finale to SPAWN: ENDGAME!

2 November 2009 (Berkeley, CA) - For the past year, SPAWN: ENDGAME has riveted readers with its game-changing story line featuring the death of Al Simmons and Todd McFarlane's return to illustrating his seminal creation. In November's SPAWN #196, ENDGAME concludes with a bang as McFarlane shares art duties with fellow Image Comics founder Rob Liefeld.

“I was looking for good artistic help, and remembered inking over Rob on his New Mutant covers back in the Marvel days, and most recently a little bit of IMAGE UNITED," McFarlane said. "I thought it would be a fun experiment to see what Capullo layouts, Liefeld pencils and my inks looked like together on a handful of pages.”

In the conclusion of SPAWN: ENDGAME, reporter Marc Rosen connects the miracle patient stories to the new SPAWN, Jim Downing, as detectives Sam, Twitch and Rowand discover the association between Downing's awakening, Bill Winston’s suicide and the Nortego crime syndicate.

SPAWN #196 (JUL090355), a 32-page full color comic book for $2.95, will be in-stores November 25th, 2009.


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 www.imagecomics.com.
Bat Boy and the Weekly World News

come to comics in January

First-ever comic series for fan-favorite tabloid characters



San Diego, CA (November 2, 2009) – For years, Bat Boy and the other bizarre denizens of the Weekly World News universe have delighted millions in the long-running tabloid newspaper. Now, those same colorful characters are headed to full-color comic books for the first time with IDW Publishing's Weekly World News, a new four-issue miniseries starting in January.


Written by IDW's Publisher/Editor-in-Chief and WWN fanatic Chris Ryall, with art by Alan Robinson, Weekly World News revives the tabloid's best and sees them band together to take on, among other things, the world-destroying threat of Chaos Cloud. Each issue will also feature original articles from the original Weekly World News, and a variant cover that pays insane "tribute" to a classic image.




"Some would say my interest in bringing the Weekly World News characters to comics borders on crazed obsession," said Ryall, "and far be it from me to disagree with them. I'm just happy Bat Boy comic books never happened before, so we could break new ground here. It's been especially gratifying because Alan is well up to the task of drawing every insane thing asked of him ("Draw an angry storm cloud with the face of a former French leader? No problem!"), and the Weekly World News people have been incredibly enthusiastic about bringing their iconic characters to comics."


The series kicks off with a cover featuring Joe Corroney's version of Bat Boy, inspired by Alex Ross's painted Barack Obama pose, and a special retailer incentive Alan Robinson sketch cover of Bat Boy as Rodin's "Thinker." As another added bonus, Issue #1 will feature some of the classic Bat Boy strips by the great Peter Bagge.



"In short, Eisner Award judges, get ready to mark your ballots when you see this series," added Ryall.



This first Weekly World News miniseries gives the world a new vocabulary word in its subtitle, "The Irredemption of Ed Anger." The series unites the beloved Bat Boy with PhD Ape (simian psychologist to the stars), UFO Alien (presidential-predicting pundit from the stars), Manigator (half-man/half-gator good ol' boy), Lemmie (the Lake Erie Monster) as they battle Chaos Cloud (unpredictable weather front with the face of Fran├žois Mitterand). Caught in the middle of all of this is the far-right-wing columnist Ed Anger ("pave the Rain Forest!"), who thinks inhuman freaks have as much place in America as liberals, female voters and foreign beer. Along the way, the series pays tribute to other comics and numerous other pop-culture visuals and references (so many that Ryall will be offering annotations in the back of each issue, too).



"Everyone at Weekly World New is delighted to partner with IDW on this creative extension of some of American's most loved characters," said Neil McGinness, Weekly World News CEO.



The Weekly World News, which carried the tagline "The World's Only Reliable News" and spent years living up to that description, launched in 1979 as a supermarket tabloid focused on sensational stories. The brand's website www.weeklyworldnews.com is a leading entertainment news website.



Weekly World News #1 (of 4), a 32-page, $3.99 comic book, debuts in January 2010. Diamond order code NOV09 0841.





About IDW
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro's The Transformers and G.I. JOE, Paramount's Star Trek; Fox's Angel; the BBC's Doctor Who; and television's #1 prime time series CBS' CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studios; and is the print publisher for ComicMix.



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






About Weekly World News

Rooted in the creative success of over 30 years of supermarket tabloid publishing, the Weekly World News brand and characters have inspired hit feature films, television shows and musicals since 1979. With a proven library of content and characters, Weekly World News leverages its franchises in publishing, entertainment and consumer product licensing. The company's online hub www.weeklyworldnews.com is a leading entertainment website.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

SUPER REAL GRAPHIC NOVEL RESOLICITED / NEW ISSUE AVAILABLE NOW!:

As you may know, the entire Super Real series, the previously published 5 issues, and the new unpublished climax of our first story arc, were being collected and released in a graphic novel via comic shops, originally scheduled for this past July. The book was later rescheduled to September, but production ran long, with the planned 48 pages of new material turning into more like 80 pages (in addition to retouching the existing material, and having the b&w special pages colored), so it had to be resolicited with Diamond Distribution and comic book shops.



The new schedule for the graphic novel is this January, with the book being relisted in the new November issue of the Diamond Previews catalog, out today (see the comics and graphic novels section, page 260). The new listing has the graphic novel now at 256 pages (over 30 extra pages), for the same $18.99 price - Diamond order code NOV09 0909



If you’re looking to pick up the graphic novel, please be sure and check with your retailer, and let folks know about it one more time.



The previously announced Super Real Cast Change special issue has been split into two books, now Super Real issues 6 and 7 (adopting the overall numbering of the series, including the 3 regular series issues, and 2 special issues).

Issue 6, now 56 pages and full color for the same price as the previously announced $6.99 48 page b&w special, is available now, direct from SRG.com in both print or digital (PDF): http://superrealgraphics.com/page3.html

or in comic shops via Haven Distribution.

With a 32 page issue 7 finale to follow in December.



So, while the new material and graphic novel may be delayed, those looking to pick up the ongoing story in the original comic book format, can get the mammoth-sized new issue now, with the graphic novel, which collects everything, following just a couple months later.



Plenty more info on everything can be found at the website and blog:

http://superrealgraphics.com/page2.html

http://superrealgraphics.com/blog.html



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DEAD@17 AFTERBIRTH PINUP:



Fans of Josh Howard’s signature series, Dead@17, keep your eyes peeled for the new Image Comics TPB collection of his first series there, Dead@17 Afterbirth, out this December, as it will feature a pinup by myself.

You can take a peek here:

http://www.superrealgraphics.com/2009/10/artwork-dead17-afterbirth-tpb-pinup.html



The book can be ordered now via comic shops.



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FOLLOW ME/TSL (my blog) ON TWITTER:



http://twitter.com/TSLblog



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PULP GIRLS :



In case you missed it, I debuted one of my new projects at San Diego Comic-Con this year, Pulp Girls – a collection of grindhouse cinema and pulp hero inspired shorts, all with female-centric leads, from cutting edge creators.



I still have copies of the massive 2009 convention preview book available…

Be sure and check it all out at the Pulp Girls site if you haven’t: http://pulpgirls.com/

Very cool stuff!!



There’s more to come from Pulp Girls, so stay tuned!

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As always, I’m available for commission work (just email me for rates and info), and still have copies of my 2009 sketchbook available (see the Super Real store page: http://superrealgraphics.com/page3.html).



I’ve also got some exciting freelance news, with some art being featured in a major 2010 item for a popular, and very cool property!!! I’ll spill on that as soon as I can (soon).



But for now, it’s rolling out the resolicit for Super Real, and getting all of that good stuff out there, then on to my many new projects…



I’m also looking to do more sketch card work in ’10, so put in a good word for me with any art directors out there you all might know ;)





Thanks for your support,

Jason



SuperRealGraphics.com

superrealgraphics.com/blog.html

jasinmartin.deviantart.com/

PulpGirls.com/
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE



Barack Obama: The Comic Book Biography


Groundbreaking, fact-based graphic novel
includes acclaimed Presidential Material comics

In stores today



San Diego, CA (October 28, 2009) – In stores today, IDW Publishing is proud to offer Barack Obama: The Comic Book Biography, the only graphic novel telling the life story of our country's 44th president, from infancy through the first 100 days of his historic administration. Barack Obama: The Comic Book Biography features the smash hit Presidential Material: Barack Obama, which started a craze of Obama comic books when it launched in October of 2008. The new hardcover graphic novel also includes the follow-up series chronicling the heated presidential campaign through the inauguration, and goes on to detail the first 100 days of the Obama administration.



"Barack Obama proved change can happen," said IDW editor Scott Dunbier. "Now young people can discover how this man rose from humble beginnings to become the President of the United States. It's a compelling story and we're proud it has gotten so much positive attention."



In July of 2008, IDW announced the first comic book series about the historic 2008 presidential campaign. Presidential Material was a smash hit with both fans and critics, featuring the life stories of both then-Senator Obama and Senator John McCain. Demand for the Obama book was so strong that it went through five printings. As Geoff Boucher in The Los Angeles Times said: "I'm happy to report that the stories and art inside were far more compelling than I anticipated and that these short-form biographies... deliver savvy and nimble life stories for both candidates and mostly succeed in stripping away overt partisan spin, be it home-team puffery or us-versus-them venom. The books, while short (or maybe because they are short), are fairly ideal introductions to each candidate, especially for teen readers."



IDW followed Presidential Material with a two part series that covered the Democratic National Convention, Obama's historic victory in November, the Inauguration, and then the newly-elected president's first 100 days in office. Barack Obama: The Comic Book Biography collects all three stories, written by Jeff Mariotte with art by Tom Morgan. Award-winning artist J. Scott Campbell provides the cover.



Barack Obama: The Comic Book Biography (80 pages, $14.99) will be available in stores on October 28th. Diamond order code NOV09 0841; ISBN 978-1-60010-530-2.



About IDW
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry including: Hasbro's The Transformers and G.I. JOE, Paramount's Star Trek; Fox's Angel; the BBC's Doctor Who; and television's #1 prime time series CBS' CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studios; and is the print publisher for ComicMix.

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

OCTOBER 28, SEATTLE, WA – The Comics Journal is about to take two major steps forward in its evolution. First, after 33 years and several incarnations, TCJ is answering the peoples’ prayers and upping the Web content on tcj.com. Next, the print publication will be consolidated around two expanded semi-annual editions, each customized to fit its content.

The new, full-service tcj.com will deliver everything readers love — in-depth interviews, smart columns, sharp criticism, real journalism — on a daily basis. And not only will readers get the traditional Comics Journal content faster, but they will also be able to access features beyond the reach of print magazines: videos, slide shows, audio files, original-art galleries and an army of both new and established Journal-caliber bloggers filtering the comics world through their unique perspectives. In short, it is the dawning of a Comics Journal that knows no bounds.

Focusing on what print does best, the Comics Journal magazine will be more beautiful than ever, an elegant combination of interviews, articles, and objet d'art. Uniquely sized and formatted, evocatively visual and tactile, each issue will be an event. Readers will get their first look at the direction The Comics Journal will be moving in with issue #300.

Coming in November 2009: issue 300 of The Comics Journal and a comprehensive new website!
For Immediate Release
FANTAGRAPHICS & EDITOR GREG SADOWSKI PARTNER ON SEVEN
NEW BOOK COLLECTIONS OF CLASSIC COMIC BOOK MATERIAL

Seattle, WA, Oct. 21, 2009 ---- Fantagraphics Books is proud to announce that it has struck a deal with comics historian and editor Greg Sadowski to produce seven new collections of classic comic book material for the Seattle publisher. Sadowski is a Harvey and Eisner Award-nominated editor who has previously overseen the publication of the acclaimed collections SUPERMEN: THE FIRST WAVE OF COMIC BOOK HEROES 1936-1941, as well as B. KRIGSTEIN and B. KRIGSTEIN COMICS. He is a former staff editor and designer for Fantagraphics Books and currently works freelance from his home on San Juan Island in Washington State’s Puget Sound.

"Greg has written one of the landmark cartoonist biographies (and only the first half yet!) with B. Krigstein, and the collections of comics from the '40s and '50s that he's edited for us — B. Krigstein Comics and Supermen!, to date— have been meticulously assembled, with an eye toward selection, flow, and accompanying historical text. We're pleased that he's got such an ambitious agenda ahead,” says Fantagraphics Publisher Gary Groth, who acquired the books.

The books will be released one per season, beginning with FOUR COLOR FEAR: FORGOTTEN HORROR COMICS OF THE 1950s in June 2010 and produced in collaboration with comics historian John Benson (SQUA TRONT). The second book, due in Fall 2010, will be a collection of legendary artist Alex Toth’s work for Standard Comics in the 1950s. The remaining five books will be release in subsequent seasons, with exact schedules to be announced. The full list of books follows below.

FOUR COLOR FEAR: Forgotten Horror Comics of the 1950s
RELEASE DATE: June 2010
This full-color 304-page edition collects the finest horror comics of the pre-code era (1950-54). EC is the company that most fans associate with horror, but to the average reader there remain unseen a tremendous volume of genuinely disturbing, compulsive, and imaginative stories from publishers such as Ajax-Farrell, Atlas, Charlton, Fawcett, Quality, Standard and many more. Four Color Fear collects the best, and includes 40 full-sized covers. Featured are comic book legends such as Jack Cole, Steve Ditko, George Evans, Frank Frazetta, Alex Toth, Al Williamson, Basil Wolverton, Wally Wood, L.B.Cole, Matt Fox and many others. “In these types of compilations, I try to provide a service to the reader who has neither the time, inclination, nor bank account to purchase and sift through hundreds of golden age comic books to glean off that precious 10% - the most distinctive and worthwhile examples from a particular genre,” says Sadowski.

SETTING THE STANDARD: Alex Toth at Standard Comics 1952-54
RELEASE DATE: Fall 2010
“It's hard to overstate the influence of Alex Toth on the art of comic books,” says Sadowski. “Toth was from that first generation who grew up reading comic books, and he came to the medium armed with enough discipline, talent, and sheer love and respect for the medium to create a technique free of condescension, artifice, or shortcuts. His work at Standard first established him as the ‘comic book artist's artist.’” Learning his craft at Eastern and DC, Alex Toth arrived at Standard Comics in late 1951 with a fully formed, graphically impeccable technique perfectly suited to the comic book medium – honest, uncompromising, and free of condescension and artifice. Includes a biographical sketch and an essay on Toth’s approach to comic book storytelling, based heavily on his interviews and written correspondence.

THE ROAD TO PLASTIC MAN: The Golden Age Comics of Jack Cole 1937-41
RELEASE DATE: t.b.a.
“From his earliest days in comics, Jack Cole was one intense artist / writer. It just took him a few years to fully incorporate humor into his work, so this book tracks his artistic evolution leading up to Plastic Man,” says Sadowski. Jack Cole’s irreverent yet artistically first-rate approach to comic book art was a refreshing departure for a young industry that tended to take itself a bit too seriously. His work influenced many of his contemporaries, most notably Will Eisner, whose Spirit gradually assumed Cole’s intoxicating mixture of fun and high drama. The book begins with early “big foot” work for Centaur’s Funny Pages, then gives way to raucous adventure and crime stories before honing in on the nefarious Claw, the boy inventor Dickie Dean, and proto-superheroes the Comet, Daredevil, and Silver Streak.

AWAY FROM HOME: EC Artists at Other Companies
RELEASE DATE: t.b.a.
The key ingredient in what made EC the most celebrated comic book company of all time was its remarkable stable of artists: Reed Crandall, Jack Davis, George Evans, Will Elder, Al Feldstein, Jack Kamen, Bernard Krigstein, Harvey Kurtzman, Graham Ingels, Joe Orlando, John Severin, Basil Wolverton, Wallace Wood, and Al Williamson, as well as that of part-timers Frank Frazetta, Roy G. Krenkel, Alex Toth, and Angelo Torres. “This book collects the best non-EC art by the EC stable of artists, in other words, the cream of the 1950s crop. A lot of these guys were pals and they often collaborated, so there will be a healthy sampling of these fraternal efforts,” says Sadowski.

CREEPING DEATH FROM NEPTUNE: Basil Wolverton’s Sci-Fi and Horror Comics 1938-55
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“Many of Wolverton's comics have been reprinted in a number of formats, but for years I've been waiting for a full-color compilation of his serious golden age work. Finally I decided to do it myself. Like the Cole book, this one is a no-brainer,” says Sadowski. Given the media coverage of his recent retrospective at New York’s Barbara Gladstone Gallery, it’s high time for a full-color anthology of Basil Wolverton’s serious comic book work. This edition covers all bases, from his early features, Space Patrol and Meteor Martin, into Spacehawk (“Lone Wolf of the Void”), and ending with the skewed master’s gloriously repugnant horror comics.

THE COMIC BOOK FRANKENSTEIN: The Monster According to Dick Briefer
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“Dick Briefer had been involved in comic books since its earliest days. He was one of the first to work at Will Eisner and Jerry Iger's comic book studio in the mid-1930s. Like Eisner, Cole, and Wolverton, Briefer was responsible for the complete package: writing, layouts, pencils and inks, and often the lettering. He did his best work on FRANKENSTEIN, and this compilation should restore his status as one of the form's major pioneers,” says Sadowski. Briefer’s Frankenstein made its debut in 1940 in Prize Comics. He continually ramped up the monster’s humorous aspect, which in turn increased its popularity, and Frankenstein was rewarded with its own title in 1945. Then, with the horror craze in full swing in 1951, Briefer responded by reverting the character back to its frightening origins. This book will travel through Briefer’s complete Frankenstein series and shed light on one of comic books’ most gifted creators.