Thursday, May 28, 2009

Girl detective inspires nominee to great achievements

OBAMA CITES NANCY DREW IN NAMING SOTOMAYOR TO SUPREME COURT

Plus: Obama guest-stars in Hardy Boys graphic novel


In nominating Judge Sonia Sotamayor for the Supreme Court, President Obama twice mentioned America’s most famous girl detective. “Judge Sotomayor's interest in the law was sparked as a young girl by reading the Nancy Drew series. And that when she was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 8, she was informed that people with diabetes can't grow up to be police officers or private investigators like Nancy Drew. In essence, she was told she'd have to scale back her dreams.”
Nancy Drew will soon celebrate her 80th anniversary, with over 200 titles in print from Grosset & Dunlap, Simon & Schuster, and graphic novel publisher Papercutz. The website iParenting.com has recently given Papercutz’s NANCY DREW graphic novel #15 the iParenting Media Award as an outstanding product for children, and ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY calls Nancy one of the “20 All-Time Coolest Heroes in Pop Culture.”

“As someone who is part Puerto Rican, who spent my early years, like Judge Sonia Sotamayor, growing up in a housing project in The Bronx, it was quite thrilling to hear that she was the President’s nominee for the Supreme Court and how inspirational Nancy Drew was to her,” says Jim Salicrup, Editor-in-Chief of Papercutz. “I believe Nancy is just as inspiring today, and continues to embrace the values that have made her such an enduring icon for so many generations.”

President Obama has a cameo apearance in THE HARDY BOYS Graphic Novel #16 “Shhhhhh!”, also from Papercutz. Unlike his other more recent and highly-publicized comic-book appearances, as either a Conan-like Barbarian or Spider-Man’s partner-in-crimefighting, his appearance in the Hardy Boys graphic novel was far more presidential. He’s depicted giving a speech about libraries, something he did in real life as a senator.

NANCY DREW #17, “Night of the Living Chatchke,” is the latest graphic novel from Papercutz. Like the Hardy Boys graphic novels, it is available from booksellers everywhere.

Visit Papercutz’s website (http://www.papercutz.com),

the company’s blog (http://papercutz.com/blog/)

and its MySpace page (http://www.myspace.com/papercutzcomics).
PAPERCUTZ COMES TO BEA

Kids’ graphic-novel publisher brings new projects and their writers


Papercutz, publisher of such popular graphic-novel series as NANCY DREW and BIONICLE®, will present news, author signings, and previews of upcoming books at Book Expo America. BEA, the leading American book-industry trade show, will take place Friday through Sunday, May 29-31 at New York City’s Jacob Javitz Center. NBM’s booth, #3662, will feature:

• Free posters (with activity guides) promoting Papercutz’s upcoming line of Geronimo Stilton graphic novels. Geronimo, a journalist mouse, has appeared in chapter books selling more than 30 million copies, according to the authoritative website Licensing.biz, and a series of animated cartoons is in production, but only now is the character appearing in graphic novels!

• NANCY DREW graphic-novel writers Stefan Petrucha and Sarah Kinney signing and handing out free books on Friday afternoon and Saturday. The website iParenting.com has given Petrucha and Kinney’s NANCY DREW work the iParenting Media Award as an outstanding product for children, and ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY calls Nancy one of the “20 All-Time Coolest Heroes in Pop Culture.”

• A postcard giveaway to help booksellers promote TALES FROM THE CRYPT’s DIARY OF A WIMPY KID satire, “Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid.” Booksellers already know about the WIMPY KID series’ massive popularity. Papercutz’s sharp-witted skewering will delight the people who love the books -- as well as the people who can’t stand them! In attendance: TALES FROM THE CRYPT writer-editor Jim Salicrup.


• News and previews of upcoming projects, including the new line of Disney Fairies graphic novels! The popularity of PETER PAN’s Tinker Bell has spawned multi-million-selling Disney Fairies DVDs, chapter books, and other merchandise. Now, Papercutz launches a line of original graphic novels to delight kids and their parents.


Papercutz is a leading publisher of comic books and graphic novels for kids. In addition to the Disney Fairies books, BIONICLE, and NANCY DREW, Papercutz publishes series such as CLASSICS ILLUSTRATED, TALES FROM THE CRYPT, and THE HARDY BOYS. Disney Fairies is © The Walt Disney Company. Geronimo Stilton is © Atlantyca.S.p.A.

Visit Papercutz’s website (http://www.papercutz.com), the company’s blog (http://papercutz.com/blog/) and its MySpace page (http://www.myspace.com/papercutzcomics).
NBM announces convention and publishing plans
NBM AT BOOK EXPO AMERICA
New books from Ted Rall, Luis Royo, and many others


Graphic-novel house NBM Publishing is debuting new books at Book Expo America. BEA, the leading American book-industry trade show, will take place May 29-31 at New York City’s Jacob Javitz Center. NBM’s booth, #2941, will feature:

• THE YEAR OF LOVING DANGEROUSLY by Ted Rall and Pablo G. Callejo. Writer and cartoonist Rall (GENERALISSIMO EL BUSHO, SILK ROAD TO RUIN) and illustrator Callejo (BLUESMAN) tell what happened when -- as Rall says -- “I was expelled from college, evicted from my home, dumped by my girlfriend and fired from my job. Jobless, broke, with no prospects and nowhere to live, I found myself living on the streets of New York City.”

• MALEFIC by Luis Royo. The sold-out collection of sexy, sensuous, horrific fantasy art by master illustrator Royo (DARK LABYRINTH) is back, fully redesigned and stocked with new art. MALEFIC presents Royo’s art for the covers of HEAVY METAL and other magazines. It’s a must for collectors of fantasy art.

• THE BIG KAHN by Neil Kleid & Nicholas Cinquerani. Rabbi Kahn has lived a 40-year lie: he’s not Jewish and never has been. At his funeral, his grifter brother reveals the truth and forces Kahn’s family and congregation to question the nature of faith. Artist Nicolas Cinquegrani will be at the NBM booth, signing a specially printed preview.

• GRAYLIGHT by Naomi Nowak. Nowak (UNHOLY KINSHIP) is one of the most avant-garde young graphic novelists, using multiple media and mixing the real, surreal, and unreal to tell tales of troubled young women. Her newest book is the eerie, compelling GRAYLIGHT.

• JOE AND AZAT by Jesse Lonergan. Lonergan (FLOWER AND FADE) spent eighteen months as a Peace Corps volunteer in Turkmenistan. His adventures spawned this tale of life in one of the world’s oddest nations.

• THINGS UNDONE by Shane White. The author of the acclaimed NORTH COUNTRY is back with a dark comedy. Video-game artist Rick Watt suffers under three incompetent bosses and a kinky art director. His wild imagination helps him cope until his seven-year relationship tailspins. Caught between fantasy and reality, Rick decides to pull the trigger.

For more information, visit NBM’s blog at http://nbmpub.com/blog/ and Book Expo America’s website at www.bookexpoamerica.com/.

SEE PREVIEWS AND MORE AT WWW.NBMPUBLISHING.COM
IDW to Release Weekly G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA Movie Adaptation

July Comics Offer Sneak Preview of Film





San Diego, CA (May 27, 2009) – G.I. JOE: The Rise of Cobra takes over theatres on August 7th, but comic fans can get an advance look in July! Under license from Hasbro, Inc. and working closely with Paramount Pictures, IDW is proud to offer a four-issue weekly comic book adaptation of the much-anticipated motion picture that delivers an exclusive glimpse of what to expect, from costumes to plot twists.



“G.I. JOE was an essential part of my childhood. I saw COBRA agents around every schoolyard corner,” said Andy Schmidt, IDW’s G.I. JOE editor. “It is an honor to be part of an intensely fun and uniquely relevant group of characters. As a lifelong G.I. JOE fan, to be associated with the wide release of the new G.I. JOE film in particular is a once in a lifetime opportunity.”



Written by IDW’s own Denton Tipton, the four-issue movie adaptation chronicles every twist and turn of the film. Artist Casey Maloney successfully brings the characters from screen to panel and all the emotion and action with them.



“IDW has done a fantastic job in capturing all the pent-up excitement for G.I. JOE: The Rise of Cobra,” said Michael Kelly, Hasbro’s Senior Global Publishing Manager. “Every page of the upcoming series clearly reflects IDW’s commitment to bringing G.I. JOE fans the highest quality comic … and those fans will not be disappointed!”



G.I. JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA Movie Adaptation #1 is on sale the first week of July, with each subsequent installment debuting weekly thereafter. Each issue will boast two cover options, the regular covers by artist Casey Maloney and the variant “teaser poster” images from the film studio itself. No G.I. JOE fan’s collection will be complete without all four explosive issues!





G.I. JOE Movie Adaptation #1-4 release weekly in July 2009. Diamond Order Codes: Issue #1 – MAY090890; Issue #2 – MAY 090891; Issue #3 – MAY090892; Issue #4 – MAY090893





About IDW
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. As a leader in the horror, action, and sci-fi genres, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry including: television's #1 prime time series CBS' CSI: Crime Scene Investigation; Paramount's Star Trek; Fox's Angel; Hasbro's The Transformers, and the BBC's Doctor Who. IDW's original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. In April 2008, IDW released Michael Recycle, the first title from its new children's book imprint, Worthwhile Books. More information about the company can be found at http://www.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. (C) 2009 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
For Immediate Release
IFC.COM TO PREMIERE ANIMATED WEB SERIES OF DASH SHAW’S NEW BOOK

THE UNCLOTHED MAN IN THE 35TH CENTURY A.D.

Five -Episode Series will Premiere Exclusively on IFC.com in Conjunction with Fantagraphics Books Release in November 2009

THE UNCLOTHED MAN IN THE 35th CENTURY A.D., by DASH SHAW, will be promoted at the 2009 Book Expo America in New York City, May 29-31, with an appearance by the author on Friday, May 29, at 1:00PM at the Fantagraphics Booth and 4:00PM in the Autographing Area.

New York, NY – May 27, 2009 – IFC.com announced today that it will premiere an original animated web series based on graphic novelist and comic book artist Dash Shaw’s latest book The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century A.D., set for release mid-November, 2009 with the web series following. Shaw’s animation has been widely praised for its eclectic style, innovative design and emotional depth.

Each short episode of this five-part web series chronicles Rebel X-6, a man who works for a well-funded anti-droid organization. The fifth episode will provide behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the series. The premiere on IFC.com marks Dash Shaw’s first animated series and will be based on a story line he has developed for several years. Seattle’s Fantagraphics Books is set to publish a book by the same name and characters.

“Dash Shaw is a known entity in the comic book realm with a cult following. We’re excited to bring him, his art and his fans to IFC.com, a platform that recognizes and broadens the reach of up-and-coming, independent content makers,” said Craig Parks, vice president of digital media at IFC. “Shaw’s work on IFC.com will offer a fresh and completely unique take on the animation genre; the type of approach that defines our brand."
The series features an animated hero, Rebel X-6, and his quest to bring out change in the 35th century A.D.. Rebel X-6 works for an anti-droid organization that opposes the use of droids in all sectors of modern society. An artist guild that opposes the use of droids in art class hires Rebel X-6. They believe living people should model for life drawings. Rebel X-6’s assignment is to enter Art School 46 posing as “Model-Droid #343.” Model droids appear life-like but do not laugh, cry, swear or exhibit other human shortcomings. His mission is to subvert the school’s ban on drawings of real humans by tricking the students into drawing him.

About the Creator

Dash Shaw (born April 6, 1983) is a U.S. (Brooklyn, NY) writer and artist of comic books. His comic short stories have appeared in many different anthologies, newspapers and magazines and his graphic novels have received critical acclaim. His breakthrough graphic novel was the Bottomless Belly Button which was named Publishers Weekly best graphic novel of 2008, one of Entertainment Weekly’s top ten books of 2008, and one of Amazon.com’s top ten graphic novels of the year among many other accolades. The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century A.D. will also collect his acclaimed short stories from Fantagraphics’ award-winning anthology MOME, and his next graphic novel, BodyWorld, will be published by Pantheon in Spring 2010.

About IFC

Operating under the mantra "always, uncut," IFC (The Independent Film Channel) recommends and creates genre-bending content that indulges the alternative culture obsessions of our influential audience and makes it available across multiple platforms: on-air, online and On Demand. In pursuit of what's new, next and relevant, IFC creates original non-traditional comedies like The Whitest Kids U' Know and Z Rock and irreverent non-fiction such as The IFC Media Project. IFC's original programming airs alongside a comprehensive independent film library of award-winning titles and cult classics, as well as content inspired by music, web, gaming, animation, news, culture and more. IFC broadens the audience for independent culture through its exclusive live coverage of notable film and music events like the Independent Spirit Awards and South by Southwest. The network's On Demand offering, IFC Free, gives audiences the opportunity to watch premieres of all of IFC's original series before they air on the linear network. IFC Media Lab Studios offers financing, professional development and distribution opportunities for aspiring film makers. IFC is a subsidiary of Rainbow Media Holdings LLC.

About Fantagraphics Books

Fantagraphics Books ( www.fantagraphics.com ) has been the world’s leading publisher of comics and graphic novels since 1976. The work of artists such as R. Crumb, Peter Bagge, Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez, Daniel Clowes, Joe Sacco, Jason, Chris Ware, Dash Shaw and others has continued to gain commercial momentum and critical recognition over the last 20 years by combining the social relevance of the previous generation of underground comix artists, attention to personal and psychologal veracity, and formal experimentation and innovation.

Rainbow Media Holdings LLC

Rainbow Media Holdings LLC is a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC). Rainbow Media is a leading producer of targeted, multi-platform content for global distribution, creating and managing some of the world's most compelling and dynamic entertainment brands, including AMC, IFC, WE tv, Sundance Channel, Lifeskool, sportskool, and VOOM HD Networks. Through IFC Entertainment, Rainbow Media also owns and manages the following: IFC Films, a leading distribution company for independent film; IFC Productions, a feature film production company that provides financing for select independent film projects; and IFC Center, a three screen, state-of-the-art cinema in the heart of New York's Greenwich Village. Rainbow Media also operates Rainbow Advertising Sales Corporation, its advertising sales company; Rainbow Network Communications, its full service network programming origination and distribution company; and 11 Penn TV, a company that manages Rainbow Media's NYC studios and post-production facilities.
.S. PREMIERE OF DOCTOR WHO SPECIALS ON BBC AMERICA

- BBC AMERICA premieres five specials from TV’s longest running sci-fi series -



New York, NY – May 28, 2009 – BBC AMERICA today announced the acquisition of five new specials from Doctor Who, television’s longest running science fiction series and a global phenomenon. The deal gives the cable channel the exclusive first window to the Doctor Who 2009 Specials (4 x 60), the final four adventures of the tenth Time Lord played by David Tennant. As part of the same deal, BBC AMERICA acquired the 2008 Christmas Special, The Next Doctor featuring David Morrissey and Dervla Kirwan. It will air Saturday, June 27, 2009.



The first of the 2009 specials, Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead, premieres in July. As a London red bus takes a detour to an alien world it forces the Doctor (Tennant) to work with the extraordinary Lady Christina (Michelle Ryan, Bionic Woman). But the mysterious planet holds terrifying secrets hidden in the sand and time is running out as the deadly Swarm gets closer.



“The outstanding quality of the Doctor Who scripts from Russell T Davies and the on-screen dynamic that David Tennant brings to the role are a magic combination for our viewers. Russell’s spin-off series Torchwood is already our highest rated show on the channel and I know the fans will follow these new specials with equal passion and support. We’re thrilled to bring this iconic show to BBC AMERICA, home of the best British sci-fi programming on television,” says President, BBC Worldwide America Garth Ancier.



Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars is the second special and along with the two additional untitled specials will premiere later in 2009 and early 2010.



Building off the successful Supernatural Saturdays programming block, Doctor Who will be leveraged across multiple platforms including Doctor Who: Planet of the Dead, the first Doctor Who DVD to be released on Blu-ray, shortly after the U.S. broadcast premiere.



The writers are Russell T Davies and Gareth Roberts (The Sarah Jane Adventures) with Executive Producers Russell T Davies and Julie Gardner (Torchwood, Life on Mars). It is a BBC production and distributed by BBC Worldwide.



BBC AMERICA brings audiences a new generation of award-winning television featuring news with a uniquely global perspective, provocative dramas, razor-sharp comedies and life-changing makeovers. BBC AMERICA pushes the boundaries to deliver high quality, highly addictive and eminently watchable programming to viewers who demand more. BBC AMERICA is distributed by Discovery Networks. It is available on digital cable and satellite TV in more than 64 million homes.
Camilla d’Errico Releases Her First Plush – Kuro

Comic book artist and character creator Camilla d’Errico is releasing her first-ever plush fashioned after the cute yet evil character, Kuro, from her self-published book, Tanpopo.

Kuro, aka Poodle, is the willing and scheming companion who has promised Tanpopo love, happiness and human emotion. Don’t let his cuteness fool you; he is after Tanpopo’s soul!

The plush is 6” tall, his total darkness hidden by a naively white mask. Cute, cuddly, and with a most peculiar feature: a too-cute-to-believe booty that would make even J-Lo jealous, this little guy has received squeals of delight at recent conventions, where the prototype was displayed and promoted.

Make sure you also pick up the original storybook, Tanpopo, to get the lowdown on who Kuro is, what the saga of Tanpopo is all about, and join the huge group of fans who have discovered and fallen in love with the story and characters.


Plush and Tanpopo book now available. Suggested plush retail price $15 USD.

Tanpopo retail price $ 10.99 ISBN 978-0-9809966-2-3. The Plush has passed all required US ASTM Safety Tests.




For orders of the comic, Tanpopo, please contact cderricostore@gmail.com.


For wholesale orders of plush and plush/book combination please contact:

DKE Toys

Tel 
818 765 3500 / Fax 818 765 3533 / Toll Free
877 DKE-TOYS 


dkelemer@aol.com 





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About Camilla:

Camilla d'Errico is an Italo-Canadian artist who has been making waves in the fine art and comic industries with her manga-influenced style. Ever the prolific artist, Camilla lives the double life of comic artist, character creator and painter. She has expanded her art into vinyl toys, plush, fashion, accessories, stationery and other merchandise. Camilla resides in Vancouver, BC, where she paints and draws comics, and more recently has been working with entertainment companies on feature films and videogames. She has distinguished herself through her ability to seamlessly weave comic art and manga with surrealist elements, wrapping it all together with an extensive emotional palette. Thanks to her relentless energy, dedication, and just enough sleep deprivation, she has followed her dream of successfully working creatively for a living. For more information about Camilla, visit www.camilladerrico.com. For inquiries and comments please email cderricoinfo@gmail.com.

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THE INCREDIBLES: FAMILY MATTERS #2
SELLS OUT!

GOES TO SECOND PRINTING


ISSUE #2 OF FAN-FAVORITE SERIES SELLS OUT IN ONLY ONE WEEK!



LOS ANGELES - May 27th, 2009 - BOOM! Studios announced today that THE INCREDIBLES: FAMILY MATTERS #2, one of the premiere titles for their new BOOM! Kids imprint, has sold out in only one week! This follows on the heels of simultaneous pre-release sell outs for THE INCREDIBLES: FAMILY MATTERS #1 and THE MUPPET SHOW COMIC BOOK #1, as well as sell outs of CARS: THE ROOKIE #1 and THE MUPPET SHOW COMIC BOOK #2.

Fans should keep in mind, while Diamond Comics Distributors is completely sold out, THE INCREDIBLES: FAMILY MATTERS #2 first printing may still be found at a direct market retailer near you.

Diamond Comics Distributors is making the second printing of THE INCREDIBLES: FAMILY MATTERS #2 available for retailers to order immediately and the second print will be featured in a forthcoming issue Diamond Dateline.

THE INCREDIBLES: FAMILY MATTERS #2 second print (APR098203) features a brand new cover by interior artist Marcio Takara and will hit store shelves late-June.

THE INCREDIBLES: FAMILY MATTERS #2 features all new INCREDIBLES stories written by legendary comic book scribe Mark Waid and drawn by Marcio Takara. The first printing of issue #2 of the fan-favorite series shipped with two variant covers, with cover A by Sean Galloway and cover B by Marcio Takara. The first printing of THE INCREDIBLES: FAMILY MATTERS #2 also features a hard-to-find Kirby-inspired C cover from GODLAND artist Tom Scioli!

THE INCREDIBLES: FAMILY MATTERS has seen rave reviews from all quarters:

"Waid and Takara have done a really solid job with this series...The dialogue, pacing and action give it exactly the right feel." -- The Scoop

"THE INCREDIBLES is great as both an all-ages book, and a super hero tale." -- Project Fanboy

"This is a great book for younger readers. It stays true to the spirit of the movie, and Marcio Takara’s art is dynamic and alive on every single page" -- The Longbox Chronicles

"If you’re looking for a fun book that the kids and you can enjoy, or if you’re just a big Incredibles fan, this is definitely worth your time." -- read/RANT!

"The story’s a fast, easy read, with solid writing... The art is stellar and matches the Pixar animation of the movie in aces.... Overall, it’s good, clean fun for the whole family to enjoy and an outstanding title to use as a gateway into the world of comics for kids." -- Fandomania

BOOM! Studios announced the launch of their new imprint, “BOOM! Kids” in late March. BOOM! Kids serves as a child-appropriate home for BOOM!’s kid-friendly publishing content. The company’s new imprint includes its own website, www.boom-kids.com. The premiere books for this imprint include THE INCREDIBLES: FAMILY MATTERS #1, THE MUPPET SHOW COMIC BOOK #1, both released on March 25th, and CARS: THE ROOKIE #1 released April 1st.

All BOOM! Kids’ titles will be serialized as individual 24 page comic books in Direct Market comic book collector shops and newsstands, then each four issue complete story will be collected into graphic novel trade paperbacks available in the mass market via Borders, Barnes & Noble and the direct market as well.

Recently, BOOM! Studios announced a national newsstand distribution agreement with Kable Distribution Services, Inc. for the BOOM! Kids line of the monthly publication to the newsstand market.

For additional information, see www.boom-kids.com.

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.
BRANDISSIMO! STRENGTHENS PRODUCTION TEAM



Sean McKenzie Named Web Developer

Mat Segal Named Producer

Todd Schultz New Community Manager for NFLRUSH ZONE



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:



ENCINO, Calif. – (May 27, 2009) – To meet the growing demand for the company’s online games and virtual worlds business, Brandissimo! is adding three new hires to its production team, it was announced by Executive Producer and Vice President of Content Josh Fisher.



Sean McKenzie joins the company as Web Developer, responsible for managing flash and Web programmers as well as designing and programming games. He comes to Brandissimo! from The Sean James Company, LLC., a boutique Flash games design and programming firm he owned and operated for the past three years. Sean James Company produced flash games and widgets for NFLRUSH Zone in addition to designing and producing new features for Brandissimo!’s ultra funky online social community and game site, Urbaniacs.com.



“For a guy who creates and plays games for a living, Sean takes his work very seriously. From Newgrounds to Kongregate, he is a student of the casual gaming industry and remains an active and well respected member of the gaming community. Having worked with Sean on a number of projects, I am thrilled to bring him on board, even if I can’t beat him at Disco Balls or any of the other games we’ve created together,” said Fisher.



Mat Segal joins Brandissimo! as Producer, with responsibility for managing the production of a yet-to-be-announced massively-multiplayer virtual game world. Most recently, Segal served as Web and server product manager at Juice Wireless, where he was responsible for the ongoing development of Web, WAP, CMS, Flash player and servers. Prior to Juice, he was senior coordinator of site policy and enforcement at MySpace/Fox Interactive Media.



“Mat has quickly established himself as a social networking expert. He’s not only active in the space, but constantly seeks new approaches to social networking with a keen eye for new applications and experiences in the social networking and kids space,” said Fisher.



Drafted from the throng of young gaming aficionados who graduated college this spring, Iowa University graduate Todd Schultz joins Brandissimo! as Community Manager of the NFLRUSH Zone virtual games world. Reporting to Fisher, Schultz is charged with making the hugely successful NFLRUSH Zone world even more engaging and fun for the site’s 1.5 million registered users, in addition to maintaining the spectacular growth in new users NFLRUSH Zone has experienced since its launch.



“Todd’s creativity, energy and enthusiasm for entertaining kids made him our top draft pick to bring NFLRUSH zone to the next level of virtual NFL excitement,” said Fisher.



ABOUT BRANDISSIMO!

Brandissimo! is quickly emerging as an industry leader in the creation of casual gaming and online experiences for kids. Boasting a management team of partners who have deep entertainment industry experience, Brandissimo! is a developer, creator and producer of award-winning content for kids and teens across all platforms. Brandissimo! helps broadcasters and brand owners access young audiences by rethinking brands from an online perspective and building relationships with kids through game play that ignites young imaginations, swells their minds and inspires creativity, self expression and esteem. Brandissimo! produces NFLRUSH.com and created the fast growing NFLRUSH Zone, a massive 32-team multiplayer game world for the National Football League. In addition to digital production, Brandissimo! executive produced the international hit TV franchise Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs, created and produced the Emmy®-nominated Discovery Kids franchise Bigfoot Presents: Meteor and the Mighty Monster Trucks, and produces the multi-award winning musical series, Spectrum Connections' Bounce!, for PBS Sprout.
‘LOGAN’S RUN’ BEGINS AT BLUEWATER THIS WINTER

Bluewater Productions proudly announces an exciting new partnership with bestselling author William F. Nolan. The Washington based comic book company has contracted to do three titles with Nolan including the iconic “Logan’s Run”. Bluewater’s new franchise will also include another of his timeless novels “Seven For Space”, and an exclusive new title that Nolan will create specifically for the publisher.

William F. Nolan’s masterpiece of dystopian future once again races into the 23rd Century with an all-new comic book adaptation of “Logan’s Run”. Working in collaboration with William F. Nolan himself, “Logan’s Run: Lastday” re-imagines the classic trilogy and continues forward with all new adventures. The new ongoing series written by Hollywood screenwriter Paul J. Salamoff with art by Daniel Gete is a terrifying look at a world gone mad. When Lastday comes, will you lie down and die…or run!

“I’m excited to be partnered with Bluewater on this latest trek with Logan,” said William Nolan “It has the potential to be a successful new chapter in the Logan saga. Logan lives!”

“Having been a lifelong fan of “Logan’s Run”, it’s a dream come true to not only be asked to re-launch and re-imagine the trilogy of classic books as Graphic Novels, but to collaborate with William F. Nolan himself.” Said writer Paul J. Salamoff.

“Logan’s Run: Lastday” is scheduled for a 2009 release. “Seven For Space” which features Nolan's futuristic private eye, Sam Space and the new untitled series are scheduled for 2010.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

PRESS RELEASE - MIKE ALLRED AND THE GEAR END MADMAN ATOMIC COMICS THIS AUGUST!
Mike Allred ends his acclaimed series with big bang and a musical epilogue!


19 February 2009 (Berkeley, CA) - MADMAN ATOMIC COMICS comes to an end this August as creator Mike Allred wraps up an entire series' worth of stories in a final blockbuster issue and his new album, THE GEAR: LEFT OF CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE, both featuring the return of characters from his highly praised hit RED ROCKET 7.


"MADMAN ATOMIC COMICS marks the end of an era, but definitely not the end of MADMAN at Image," Allred said. "MADMAN ATOMIC COMICS was a really fun time for me, Laura, Madman and friends. Working at Image gave us an unprecedented freedom with the book, allowing us to experiment like never before! I hope fans have enjoyed the trip thus far and will be back with us on the next leg once we get to it!"


MADMAN ATOMIC COMICS #17 wraps a nearly two year run for the series, the longest for Allred and MADMAN in terms of consecutive issues, seeing his beloved superhero series finish off stories in the making since its inception as well as experiment in ways it never has before. Allred's run produced some of the most acclaimed issues of his career, including his tribute to the entire history of comics wherein each panel featured a different style of a famous creator. The final issue will also tie in his RED ROCKET 7 series in continuity for the very first time, leading in to his second, long-awaited album, THE GEAR: LEFT OF CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE.


THE GEAR: LEFT CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE amps up the psychedelic space rock influences hinted at on the first album and features special guest musicians including The Dandy Warhol's Courtney Taylor-Taylor. Furthermore, August's release is a limited edition Direct Market exclusive released well in advance of the mainstream edition and will include tracks not available anywhere else, including iTunes. MADMAN will return in a different form at Image Comics to be announced at a later date.


MADMAN ATOMIC COMICS #17, a 32-page full color comic book for $3.50, will be in stores August 19th, 2009. THE GEAR: LEFT OF CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE, a full-length audio CD for $12.99 with a signed edition available for $24.99, will be in stores August 12th, 2009. The RED ROCKET 7 collection (paperback -JUL082187, hardcover - JUL082188), a 209-page full color paperback for $16.99 and hardcover for $49.99, is available 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.
SOME ROOMATES ARE SCARIER THAN OTHERS

–The U.S. premiere of co-production, Being Human–



Mixing the mythic with the commonplace, the farcical with the horrific and the domestic with the epic, Being Human, a BBC AMERICA co-production, is a witty and extraordinary look into the lives of three twenty-somethings and their secret double-lives – as a werewolf, a vampire and a ghost. Russell Tovey (Doctor Who, The History Boys), Lenora Crichlow (Sugar Rush, Doctor Who) and Aidan Turner (The Clinic) star as housemates trying to live normal lives, despite their strange and dark secrets. Being Human premieres Saturday, July 25, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.



George (Russell Tovey) and Mitchell (Aidan Turner) work in anonymous drudgery as hospital porters. They lead lives of quiet desperation under the burden of a terrible secret—Mitchell’s a vampire and George a werewolf. Deciding to start life afresh and leave behind the dark side, they move into a house, only to find that Annie, the ghost of a woman killed in mysterious circumstances, haunts it. As the monster threesome deals with the challenges of their new life together, they’re united in their desire to blend in with their human neighbors.



By all appearances, George is a mild-mannered and geeky guy - except for one night a month when he’s a flesh-hungry, predatory werewolf. Mitchell is good-looking, laid-back and, unlike George, has an easy confidence with the ladies. But he’s also suffering withdrawal from the blood he craves. Annie (Lenora Crichlow) is chatty, insecure and desperate for company and now that death has separated them, she longs for her fiancĂ©, who owns the house she haunts.



But with unwelcome intruders into their world, a threatened revolution from the vampire underworld and constant threats of exposure – on top of the day-to-day issues faced by young people – the only thing they may be able to rely on in their heightened world, is each other.




BBC AMERICA brings audiences a new generation of award-winning television featuring news with a uniquely global perspective, provocative dramas, razor-sharp comedies and life-changing makeovers. BBC AMERICA pushes the boundaries to deliver high quality, highly addictive and eminently watchable programming to viewers who demand more. BBC AMERICA is distributed by Discovery Networks. It is available on digital cable and satellite TV in more than 64 million homes.



WHAT THE BRITISH PRESS SAID



“This is dead good. Even supernatural beings aren't above romantic troubles in the increasingly engaging Bristolian Buffy.” The Sunday Times



“… it’s sharp, dead funny and sexy.” The Guardian



CAST AND PRODUCTION CREDITS



George Russell Tovey

Mitchell Aidan Turner

Annie Lenora Crichlow

Herrick Jason Watkins

Nina Sinead Keenan

Lauren Annabel Scholey

Owen Greg Chillin



Writer Toby Whithouse

Producer Matthew Bouch

Director Toby Haynes

Alex Pillai

Colin Teague

Executive Producers Rob Pursey (Touchpaper)



Being Human is a Touchpaper Television and BBC AMERICA co-production for the BBC.



EPISODE SYNOPSES

*** SPOILER ALERT***



Episode one

As the series begins, the three friends seem to be having a somewhat normal life. Ghost Annie is buoyed by the fact she’s finally starting to be seen by ordinary people, rather than just by her housemates. Vampire Mitchell has sworn off blood, determined to kick the habit. Even the neurotic and anxious George is in relatively good spirits, putting his monthly transformation into a rampaging werewolf to the back of his mind. But it’s not long before their supernatural conditions catch up with them. The vampire world won’t leave Mitchell alone, and George, who considers the house a sanctuary from his affliction promptly tears his new home to shreds on the first full moon. Annie is heart-broken all over again when their landlord, her fiancĂ© Owen, pays a visit and reminds her of everything that she lost by dying.

Being Human premieres Saturday, July 25, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.



Episode two

George is shocked when he meets another werewolf, Tully (Dean Lennox Kelly, Shameless). Tully is the opposite of George—he’s perfectly content being a werewolf. He wants to teach George how to enjoy himself, but George just can’t accept what he’s become and is disgusted by Tully’s attitude. Unfortunately, Tully’s invited to stay at the house by Mitchell—a failed attempt on his part to embrace the world and be more human. Of course, he soon becomes the housemate from hell.

Episode two premieres Saturday, August 1, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.



Episode three

Annie meets another ghost, Gilbert, a Smiths fan who died in the mid-1980s. He loves being a ghost, and let’s Annie know she’s stuck in limbo because there is something unresolved about her death. Meanwhile, a nurse George works with is clearly interested in being more than friends, but he does not think, considering his situation, that he should be in a relationship. But as the full moon gets closer, and George’s animalistic tendencies take hold, he becomes more impulsive—and lusty.

Episode three premieres Saturday, August 8, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.



Episode four

Mitchell’s attempts to embrace humanity become even more intense when he befriends a 12-year-old boy, Bernie, and his divorced mom, Fleur, who live in the same street. The relationship reminds him of his own childhood, and what he’s become, and helps him to stay on the wagon. But things turn sour when Bernie is shocked to see a glimpse of Mitchell’s vampire existence. It’s not long before word gets around in the neighborhood, threatening to ruin the housemates’ desire for normality and acceptance. Meanwhile, Annie is traumatized by a shocking revelation about Owen. Her despair turns to anger when she learns Owen will be visiting the house to try and sort out the growing problems with the neighbors. Through her rage she discovers some powerful and uncontrollable skills. When confronted by Owen her fury develops into a lust for revenge.

Episode four premieres Saturday, August 15, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.



Episode five

The end of Mitchell’s friendship with Bernie has pushed him back towards the vampire fold.

He learns that the vampires are starting a mass conversion—they will only feed from people who want to be vampires themselves. But the truth is much darker than Mitchell could have ever dreamed. Meanwhile, George is trying to hide his identity from his now-girlfriend, and Annie is crumbling in her attempts to avenge Owen, who still has a firm hold on her emotions.

Episode five premieres Saturday, August 22, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.



Episode six

Vampire Mitchell is in the hospital following an almost-fatal attack on his doorstep. Mitchell does not want his friends involved in the inevitable showdown with his lethal attackers, but Annie bravely decides that she cannot just stand by without doing anything. But George is faced with a huge dilemma. Should he try to help Mitchell or should he flee and try to start a normal life with his girlfriend? He has to choose between his friend and his lover. He knows Mitchell will need all the help he can get, but the lure of a normal human life is so strong.

Episode six premieres Saturday, August 29, at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.
IDW Announces New Star Trek® Series

Spock: Reflections

New four-issue miniseries begins in July



San Diego, CA (May 26, 2009) – Following the smash hit, Star Trek: Countdown, currently third on The New York Times Best Seller List, IDW is proud to announce its latest must-read Trek series, Spock: Reflections. The series sheds light on Spock’s life leading up to the new feature film, and offers key insights on this iconic character, as well as a startling revelation.

“The new movie offers so much new material for Star Trek fans that we knew we had to do more than just Countdown to help create as complete an experience as possible,” said Scott Dunbier, IDW’s Star Trek editor. “This series offers a candid and occasionally poignant look at Spock.”

In Spock: Reflections, writers Scott Tipton and David Tipton delve into the choices that led Spock to live on Romulus, where Countdown begins. Artist David Messina beautifully illustrates the flashbacks that shed light on Spock’s path. The four-issue miniseries will be available monthly, beginning in July.

“With a character as complex and well-known as Mr. Spock, there are the famous dramatic moments everyone remembers, and there’s still so much that lies undiscovered,” said Scott Tipton, the series’ co-writer. “In Reflections, we’re getting the opportunity here to take a look at some of the key moments between the famous moments, and really see what makes Spock’s character so – dare I say it – fascinating.”

Spock: Reflections is a licensed product of CBS Consumer Products.



Star Trek: Spock: Reflections #1 will be available in stores in July 2009.





® & © 2009 CBS Studios Inc. All rights reserved. STAR TREK and related marks are trademarks of CBS Studios Inc.



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




About CBS Consumer Products

CBS Consumer Products, a unit of CBS Entertainment, manages worldwide licensing and merchandising for a diverse slate of television brands and series from CBS, CBS TV Studios and CBS Television Distribution, as well as from the company's extensive library of titles. Additionally, the group oversees the CBS Retail Store and online sales of programming merchandise. For more information, visit www.CBS.com.
MARVEL COMICS CREATORS COME TO BALTIMORE 2009!
2010 Dates Announced!


BALTIMORE, MD (May. 26, 2009) -- The Baltimore Comic-Con is proud to announce that top creators of today's Marvel Universe will find themselves in Baltimore this October 10th and 11th as guests of the Baltimore Comic-Con. Jason Aaron (Wolverine), Brian Michael Bendis (Avengers), Frank Cho (Ultimates 4), David Finch (Ultimatum), Matt Fraction (Uncanny X-Men), and Barry Kitson (Amazing Spider-Man) will all convene to help celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Baltimore Comic-Con.

"This modern day Marvel bullpen, the writers and artists of today's Marvel Comics, will really help to make this year a great show. This will be the first time that Jason Aaron and Matt Fraction have joined us, and a great second year for Brian Michael Bendis. Brian made a special effort to speak with all of his fans last year, and was a guest that many of our fans requested come back," said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. "We missed David Finch in 2008 due to the birth of his lovely daughter, and it is great to have him back. And of course, we are thrilled to welcome perennial fan favorites Frank Cho and Barry Kitson back to the halls of the Baltimore Convention Center."


As we continue to get ready for the show on October 10-11, 2009, we would also like to announce the Baltimore Comic-Con's 2010 dates: August 27-28, 2010. "We have spent 10 years putting on great comic book-centric shows, and I am proud to start on a second great decade. The fans come to our shows to meet and greet with their favorite artists and writers, and we plan to continue that tradition well into the future," remarked Nathan. "While it may be early for some, we want our partners, guests, exhibitors, and fans to know our plans so that they join us in 2010."


In coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found at our website, Facebook, MySpace, and ComicSpace pages.


This year's Baltimore Comic-Con will be held October 10-11, 2009. Convention hours are Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. The ceremony and banquet for the Harvey Awards will be held Saturday night, October 10th.

About The Baltimore Comic-Con
The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 10th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. With a guest list unequaled in the industry, the Baltimore Comic-Con will be held Oct 10-11, 2009. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.
About The Harvey Awards
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry's oldest and most respected awards. With a history of over 20 years, the last 4 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. For more information, please visit www.harveyawards.org
Mark your calendar for two spectacular events in June from our talented artists!

1) FOCUS: Filmstrips and Musical Performance by Brian Dewan

As a rare treat, Brian will be in Los Angeles for a special performance at the Cinefamily at The Silent Movie Theatre. He is bringing his projector and showing originals of his fabulous (including his latest, "Williams Meadow") as well as performing on the accordion and autoharp. Brian will sign copies of his DVD, while we enjoy homemade lemonade (both spiked and virgin) and special summertime snacks.

When: Tuesday, June 2nd at 8pm
Where: Cinefamily and the Silent Movie Theater
Address: 611 N. Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
323-655-2510

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2) GET ANIMATED! signing with Tim Maloney

If you've ever wanted to make a cartoon, this is the book for you!

Former Disney Director and Animator (of such favorites like "Mrs. Munger's Class" and "Cat-Heat Theatre"),
Tim Maloney will be signing copies of his brand spankin' new book:
GET ANIMATED! Creating Professional Cartoon Animation on Your Home Computer(which includes a fabulous CD/DVD Rom)

When: Saturday, June 6th at 6pm
Where: Meltdown Comics
Address: 7522 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046
323-851-7223

There will be milk and homemade cookies and an animation demo, too!

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p.s. If you can't make it, you can get Brian Dewan's filmstrips here:
http://www.brightredrocket.com/focus/index.html

and get a copy of Tim Maloney's book here:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0823099210?ie=UTF8&tag=eatingkorean-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=0823099210

Monday, May 25, 2009

Friends-

Issue 34 of Comics Waiting Room is here! Check out what we’ve got for you this time!

Vince Moore examines ethnic diversity in superhero comics and comes up with some surprising numbers.
http://www.comicswaitingroom.com/vince35.html

Marc Mason asks if we’re better off without “new comic day”.
http://www.comicswaitingroom.com/mason34.html

Matt Maxwell watches STAR TREK and ponders how reboots should handle continuity.
http://www.comicswaitingroom.com/fullbleed42.html

Elliott Serrano brings in guest columnist Variant Girl and her essay “Fangirls: Fact or Fiction?”
http://www.comicswaitingroom.com/ccw28.html

Brandon Jerwa takes a poke at TV executives who prematurely cancel shows and showrunners who can’t tell a story in 22 hours.
http://www.comicswaitingroom.com/jerwa20.html

Jess Blackshear reviews the hot new memoir JOKER ONE.
http://www.comicswaitingroom.com/jess19.html

Plus: an advanced review of the first two issues of CHEW and more!
http://reviews.comicswaitingroom.com

Enjoy the reading!

Marc Mason
Editor-in-Chief
Comics Waiting Room