Friday, September 24, 2010

LOVE AND CAPES ARTIST TO CREATE A COMIC IN 24 HOURS

Thom Zahler, Comics and Friends and Great Lakes Mall Participate in
“24 Hour Comics Day”

On Saturday October 2, Love and Capes creator Thom Zahler will be at Great Lakes Mall, in Mentor, Ohio, creating a 24-page comic book in 24 hours. As part of the national “24 Hour Comics Day", Zahler will be set up on a stage for all to see, working publicly throughout the day and into the next.

Wacom is providing Zahler with a Cintiq tablet which will be hooked up to a big screen television so that everyone can see what he’s working on.

“I think this is going to be a lot of fun,” says Zahler. “At least right now. By hour eighteen I’ll probably be cursing my own name. But I’m glad to let people get a close-up look at the creative process.”

In addition to watching Thom ply his craft, attendees will be able to create their own comic strip (no drawing ability necessary). Thom will also incorporate the audience into his comic creation, in the form of characters as well as other story ideas and details. Prizes will be given away throughout the day, courtesy of Comics & Friends, a comic book shop located in the Great Lakes Mall. Prizes will include comics-related merchandise: movies, video games, action figures and more.

Kick-off is at noon on Saturday, October 2nd. The public will be able to attend during mall hours until 9:00pm on Saturday and then beginning at 11:00am on Sunday. Zahler will also Twitter throughout the day (and night) and post live videos on his site.

About Great Lakes Mall
Great Lakes Mall is located at 7850 Mentor Avenue in Mentor, Ohio and is managed by Simon Property Group, Inc., headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Great Lakes Mall is anchored by Macy*s, JC Penney, Sears as well as two large Dillard’s department stores. Great Lakes Mall also features over 150 specialty stores including Abercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle Outfitters, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Charlotte Russe, The Disney Store, Hollister Co., Talbot's, Ticknors, Victoria’s Secret, Yankee Candle and numerous eateries like Fuji Japan Steakhouse, Max & Erma’s and The Olive Garden. For more information, please contact Great Lakes Mall at (440) 255-6900 or visit www.ShopGreatLakesMall.com .

About Simon Property Group
Simon Property Group, Inc. is an S&P 500 company and the largest real estate company in the U.S. The Company currently owns or has an interest in 373 retail real estate properties comprising 256 million square feet of gross leasable area in North America, Europe and Asia. Simon Property Group is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana and employs more than 5,000 people worldwide. The Company's common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol SPG. For further information, visit the Simon Property Group website at www.simon.com.

About Thom Zahler

Thom Zahler is a comic book writer and artist, and creator of the Harvey Award nominated superhero romantic comedy comic Love and Capes. Zahler has also done cartooning and illustration for the Cleveland Indians “Slider” comic strip, the Lake County Captains, Prilosec, and recently illustrated a series of children’s books for Roarke Publishing. Further information about the artist can be found at www.thomz.com , and Love and Capes at www.loveandcapes.com
"HATCHET II" BRIGADE OF HORROR ICONS SLICE THEIR WAY INTO THEATRES OCTOBER 1st

ADAM GREEN, KANE HODDER, DANIELLE HARRIS, TONY TODD AND R.A. MIHAILOFF TO APPEAR AT SHOWINGS NATIONWIDE ON OPENING WEEKEND IN SUPPORT OF THE WIDEST RELEASE OF AN UNCUT AND UNCENSORED GENRE FILM IN MORE THAN 25 YEARS


Orland Park (IL) (September 24, 2010) - Dark Sky Films, a division ofMPI Media Group, announced today that in anticipation of the upcoming October 1st release of HATCHET II, the film's cast and director will be making special appearances at midnight and opening weekend showings across the country.

Moviegoers in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, Tampa and Orlando will be treated to appearances by director Adam Green and the cast of HATCHET II - including horror icons Danielle Harris (HALLOWEEN), Kane Hodder (FRIDAY THE 13tH), Tony Todd (CANDYMAN), R.A. Mihailoff (TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE). Fans will get a chance to get a meet and greet the cast and participate in a Q&A following the film.

For a complete list of cities where the film is opening and locations where talent is appearing please see below.

Adam Green's HATCHET II will be distributed in theaters across the country under the AMC independent program, beginning midnight Oct 1. Cities where the film will be released include New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, Atlanta, Chicago, New Orleans, Boston, Baltimore, Detroit, St. Louis, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Columbus, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Houston, Dallas, Seattle, Washington DC, Milwaukee, Tucson, Montreal, and Toronto.

A ferociously fun tribute to the old-school horror sensation slasher movies of the 80's, HATCHET II is the follow-up to the popular original film, which was released theatrically in 2007 and became a sleeper-hit, gaining a wide following on DVD. Just as the 80's had their signature murderous maniacs-HALLOWEEN's Michael Myers of Haddonfield and FRIDAY THE 13th's Jason Voorhees of Camp Crystal Lake- the original HATCHET marked the arrival of the latest and most lethal of the genre's stalking murderers: Victor Crowley, a crazed backwoods killer stalking the bayous of New Orleans.

HATCHET II picks up right where the 2007 original film ends, as Marybeth (Danielle Harris fromHALLOWEEN) escapes from the clutches of the deformed, swamp-dwelling killer Victor Crowley (Kane Hodder from FRIDAY THE 13th). Marybeth returns to the Louisiana swamps along with an army of hunters to recover the bodies of her family and exact her revenge against Victor Crowley.

APPEARANCE LOCATIONS

KANE HODDER
TAMPA -- 10/1 for midnight showings at 12:01am
AMC Veterans Expressway 24 (9302 Anderson Rd)

ORLANDO - 10/1 for prime evening showing
AMC Pleasure Island 24 (1500 E Buena Vista Dr Lake Buena Vista, FL)
Q&A to follow film

TONY TODD
CHICAGO - 10/1 for midnight showing at 12:01am
AMC Crestwood 18 (13221 Rivercrest Dr, Crestwood, IL)
Q&A to follow film

ADAM GREEN
LOS ANGELES - 10/1 for midnight showing at 12:01am
AMC Universal CityWalk 19 (100 Universal City Plaza)
Q&A to follow film

RA MIHAILOFF
DETROIT - 10/1 for midnight showing at 12:01am
AMC Livonia 20 (19500 Haggerty Rd Livonia, MI)
Q&A to follow film

DANIELLE HARRIS
NEW YORK CITY - 10/1 for midnight showing at 12:01am
AMC Empire 25 (234 W 42nd St)

NEW YORK CITY - 10/1 for prime evening screening
AMC Empire 25 (234 W 42nd St)
Q&A to follow film

"HATCHET II" THEATRICAL PLAYDATES


ALABAMA
Eastern Shore Premiere Cinema (30500 State Highway 181 Spanish Fort, AL)
Tannehill Premiere Cinema (4801 Promenade Parkway, Bessemer, AL)
Gadsden Premiere Cinema 16 (1001 Rainbow Drive Suite 2 Gadsden, AL)

ARIZONA
TUSCON:
· AMC Foothills 15(7401 N La Cholla Blvd)

CALIFORNIA
LOS ANGELES:
· AMC Universal CityWalk 19 (100 Universal City Plaza)
· AMC 30 at The Block (20 City Blvd Orange, CA)
· AMC Ontario Mills 30 (4549 Mills Circle Ontario, CA)
· AMC Burbank Town Center 8 (201 E Magnolia Blvd, Burbank)
· AMC Norwalk 20 (12300 Civic Center Dr, Norwalk)
· AMC Covina 30 (1414 N Azusa Ave Covina, CA)
· MANN Chinese 6 (6801 Hollywood Blvd)

SAN FRANCISCO:
· AMC Bay Street 16 (5614 Shellmound Street, Emeryville)

SAN DIEGO:
· AMC Palm Promenade 24 (770 Dennery Rd)

CONNECTICUT
· AMC Plainville 20 (220 New Britain Ave, Plainville, CT)

FLORIDA
MIAMI / FT LAUDERDALE:
· AMC Mall of America (19501 Biscayne Blvd)
· AMC Sunset Place 24 (5701 Sunset Dr South Miami, FL)
JACKSONVILLE:
· AMC Regency 24 (9451 Regency Square Blvd.)
· AMC Orange Park 24 (1910 Wells Rd Orange Park, FL)
ORLANDO:
· AMC Pleasure Island 24 (1500 E Buena Vista Dr Lake Buena Vista, FL)
· AMC Universal Cineplex 20(6000 Universal BlvdOrlando, FL)
TALLAHASSEE:
· AMC Tallahassee Mall 20 (2415 N Monroe St)
TAMPA:
· AMC Veterans Expressway 24 (9302 Anderson Rd)
· AMC Regency Square 20 (2496 W Brandon Blvd Brandon, FL)

GEORGIA
ATLANTA:
· AMC Barrett Commons 24 (2600 Cobb Place Ln NW Kennesaw, GA)
· AMC Southlake Pavilion 24(7065 Mount Zion CirMorrow, GA)


ILLINOIS
CHICAGO:
· AMC Crestwood 18 (13221 Rivercrest Dr, Crestwood, IL)
· AMC Pipers Alley 4 (1608 N Wells St)

LOUISIANA
NEW ORLEANS:
· AMC Elmwood Palace 20 (1200 Elmwood Park Blvd)
· AMC Westbank Palace 16 (1151 Manhattan Blvd Harvey, LA)


MASSACHUSETTES
BOSTON:
· AMC Boston Common 19 (175 Tremont St)
· AMC Liberty Tree Mall 20 (100 Independence Way, Danvers)
· AMC Methuen 20 (90 Pleasant Valley St, Methuen

MARYLAND
BALTIMORE:
· AMC Owings Mills 17 (10100 Mill Run Cir Owings Mills, MD)

MICHIGAN
DETROIT:
· AMC Livonia 20 (19500 Haggerty Rd Livonia, MI)
· AMC Southfield 20 (25333 W 12 Mile RdSouthfield, MI)
· AMC Great Lakes 24 (4300 Baldwin RdAuburn Hills, MI)

MISSOURI
ST. LOUIS:
· AMC West Olive 16 (12657 Olive St Creve Coeur, MO)

NEW YORK / NEW JERSEY
NEW YORK CITY:
· AMC Empire 25 (234 W 42nd St)
· AMC 34th Street 14 (312 W. 34th St.)
· AMC MJ Harlem 9 (2309 Frederick Douglas Blvd)
· AMC 84th Street 6 (2310 Broadway)
· AMC Village 7 (66 Third Ave)
NEW JERSEY:
· AMC New Brunswick 18 (17 Route 1 New Brunswick)
· AMC Jersey Gardens 20 (Jersey Gardens Mall Jersey City, NJ)
NEW YORK STATE:
· AMC Palisades Center 21 (4403 Palisades Center Drive West Nyack)


NORTH CAROLINA
CHARLOTTE:
· AMC Carolina Pavilion 22(9541 South Blvd)
· AMC Concord Mills 24 (8421 Concord Mills BlvdConcord, NC)

OHIO
CINCINNATTI:
· AMC Newport on the Levee 20 (1 Levee WayNewport, KY)

COLUMBUS:
· AMC Easton Town Center 20 (160 Easton Town Center)
· AMC Lennox Town Center 24 (777 Kinnear Rd.)

PENNSYLVANIA
PITTSBURGH:
· AMC Waterfront 22 (300 Waterfront Dr W Homestead, PA)

PHILADELPHIA:
· AMC Cherry Hill 24 (2121 Route 38 Cherry Hill, NJ)
· AMC Hamilton 24 (325 Sloan Ave Hamilton, NJ)

TEXAS
HOUSTON:
· AMC Studio 30 (2949 Dunvale Rd)
· AMC Gulf Pointe 30 (11801 S Sam Houston Pkwy E)
DALLAS:
· AMC The Grand 24 (10110 Technology Blvd E)
· AMC Mesquite 30 (19919 Lyndon B Johnson Fwy, Mesquite)

VIRGINIA
HAMPTON, VA
· AMC Hampton 24 (Town Center Way)

WASHINGTON
SEATTLE:
· AMC Alderwood 16 (18733 33rd Ave West, Lynnwood)
· AMC Uptown 3 (511 Queen Anne Ave N)

WASHINGTON DC
· AMC Hoffman Center 22 (206 Swamp Fox Rd Alexandria, VA)
· AMC Potomac Mills 18(2700 Potomac Mills CirWoodbridge, VA)

WISCONSIN
MILWAUKEE:
· AMC Mayfair Mall 18 (2500 N Mayfair Rd Wauwatosa, WI)


CANADA
TORONTO:
· AMC Yonge & Dundas 24 (10 Dundas Street East)
MONTREAL:
· AMC Montreal: Forum 22 (2313 Ste-Catherine Ouest)



ABOUT DARK SKY FILMS
Dark Sky Films is dedicated to the discovery, preservation and production of classic and contemporary horror, sci-fi and cult films from around the world. Based in Chicago, Dark Sky Films is a wholly owned subsidiary of The MPI Media Group - one of the largest independent entertainment companies producing and distributing a compelling slate of the world's most respected cinema, documentaries, performances and television programs.


ABOUT MPI MEDIA GROUP
The MPI Media Group is a leading distributor, licensor, and producer of films, home entertainment, historical footage and more. Founded in 1976, Chicago-based MPI Media Group remains one of the largest independent entertainment companies offering a compelling slate of the world's most respected cinema, documentaries, performances and television series. MPI's wholly owned subsidiaries include MPI Home Video, Dark Sky Films, and the WPA Film Library programs. In North America, product is released via the company's subsidiary labels; MPI Home Video and Dark Sky Films. www.mpimediagroup.com.

ABOUT AMC ENTERTAINMENT INC.
Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., AMC Entertainment Inc. is a leading theatrical exhibition and entertainment company. With a history of industry leadership and innovation dating back to 1920, the company today serves hundreds of millions of guests annually through interests in 380 theatres with 5,325 screens in five countries. www.amctheatres.com.
ENDANGERED SPECIES
Cult hit PROOF relaunches this December with PROOF: ENDANGERED #1

Berkeley, CA - 24 September 2010 - Sasquatch John "Proof" Prufrock has always wondered about where he came from. He will get some answers this December with the release of PROOF: ENDANGERED #1. Proof may also find himself in the greatest danger of his life!

Written by Alex Grecian and drawn by Riley Rossmo (COWBOY NINJA VIKING), PROOF has been a cult hit over its recently completed 28-issue run. PROOF: ENDANGERED marks a new ongoing chapter in the series.

"With PROOF, we established a book and a world," says Grecian. "With ENDANGERED, we're going to start dismantling that world and ruining Proof's life."

PROOF: ENDANGERED: A mysterious organization threatens The Lodge, a secret government facility whose agents hunt and protect mythological animals. Former agent and sasquatch John "Proof" Prufrock is on the run, hunted by the government he once worked for. He has information that, after 200 years, may finally tell him who he is and where he came from, but he has to turn for help to a teenager who claims to own Proof's body! This is where the series begins all over again!

PROOF: ENDANGERED #1 (OCT100455), a 32-page full-color comic book for $3.99 from Image Comics, will be in stores December 15, 2010. Follow the previous adventures of Proof in PROOF VOL. 1: GOATSUCKER TP ($9.99, MAR082085), PROOF VOL. 2: THE COMPANY OF MEN TP ($12.99, OCT082281), PROOF VOL. 3: THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO TP ($14.99, MAY090325), and PROOF VOL. 4: JULIA TP ($16.99, APR100433). PROOF VOL. 5: BLUE FAIRIES TP (OCT100473), a 128-page full-color trade collecting issues 24-28 of the original series for $16.99, will be in stores December 1, 2010.

Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.
MoCCA Comic and Cartooning Classes Start October 18!

NEW YORK (September 24, 2010) - The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art – MoCCA – is proud to announce the fall offerings from its Adult Education Department, organized and headed by Senior Vice-President of Education, DANNY FINGEROTH!

ANATOMY FOR CARTOONISTS WORKSHOP
with R. SIKORYAK and KRIOTA WILLBERG | October 18 & 25, Nov. 1 & 8

HAND ANATOMY FOR CARTOONISTS
with R. SIKORYAK and KRIOTA WILLBERG | November 15

HOW TO WRITE FUNNY COMICS AND GAG CARTOONS
with ARIE KAPLAN | October 19, 26; November 2 & 9


About the classes:

ANATOMY FOR CARTOONISTS WORKSHOP
Instructors: R. SIKORYAK and KRIOTA WILLBERG
4 sessions, Mondays October 18 & 25, Nov. 1 & 8
6:30-9:00 pm
$275 tuition | $250 for MoCCA members

How many times have you said to yourself, “I’d love to make my drawing more realistic—but anatomy is hard!”?

Well, this is your chance to take the most exciting, informative drawing course you’ll ever find, taught by the accomplished teaching team of R. SIKORYAK (RAW magazine, The Daily Show) and KRIOTA WILLBERG (The Swedish Institute). Here’s what the duo says about their workshop:

“A lot can be communicated about a person or animal through their physical appearance. Understanding the way the body looks and works helps illustrators draw their characters so that the artwork conveys personality. This course will teach students how to create real or imaginary characters—in any style—that are consistent and believable.”

Through PowerPoint presentations, in-class exercises, and at-home assignments, students will learn to see and draw the structures and tissues that give the body shape and character. Willberg will—literally!—draw on live models to trace muscle groups and bony landmarks. Sikoryak will demonstrate the application of anatomical understanding to any cartooning style. Students will practice drawing from live models in class and learn to apply the lessons to their own characters.

NOTES:
(1) Students will need to bring drawing materials—charcoal, pencils (colored or not), erasers, paper [11x14 (recommended) or 18 x 24, but not bigger]. No markers, please. Students should work with inexpensive materials they are most comfortable with. The class isn't about creating finished drawings as much as it is about sketching.

(2) As this is a life-drawing class, nude models will be employed.

R. SIKORYAK is the author of the recently released Masterpiece Comics. His cartoons and parodies have appeared in RAW, Drawn and Quarterly, Nickelodeon Magazine, the New Yorker, and MAD, among many other publications; on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and in The Daily Show Presents America (The Book); and in Our Dumb World: The Onion's Atlas of the Planet Earth. He's drawn for Marvel, DC, and Dark Horse. Sikoryak is in the speakers program of the New York Council of the Humanities and teaches in the illustration department at Parsons School of Design. Since 1997, he has presented his cartoon slide show series, Carousel, around the United States and Canada.

KRIOTA WILLBERG teaches anatomy for cartoonists and illustrators at The Center For Cartoon Studies, anatomy in the dance department of Marymount Manhattan College, pathology and massage therapy at the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences, and has taught at Bard College, NYU, and The School of Visual Arts. She has studied personal training and exercise. Willberg is an interdisciplinary artist, a lecturer and blogger about film and medicine (thecinematologist.blogspot.com), and a filmmaker. Her films include the dance mockumentary, The Bentfootes (2007).


HAND ANATOMY FOR CARTOONISTS
INSTRUCTORS: R. SIKORYAK and KRIOTA WILLBERG
1 session: MONDAY, November 15
6:30-9:00 PM
$70 tuition | $60 for MoCCA members
[Plus: 25% DISCOUNT for students who have taken the ANATOMY FOR CARTOONISTS WORKSHOP either this semester or in spring 2010: $52.50|$45]

An introduction to one of the trickiest parts of the body to draw, from the teachers of MoCCA’s popular ANATOMY FOR CARTOONISTS WORKSHOP.

Hands are incredibly complex, articulated structures, containing more than twenty-seven bones and innumerable joints. No wonder they’re so hard to draw!

Learn about hands in a way that will let you adapt that knowledge to drawing hands on your characters in your own cartooning style.

This class introduces a series of anatomical principles and aesthetic concepts to help you design “hands” that fit naturally onto the body of a cartoon character and also convey believable hand functionality. We’ll also draw in class from model skeletons and live hand models.

[See bios of Sikoryak and Willberg in ANATOMY FOR CARTOONISTS WORKSHOP listing above.]


HOW TO WRITE FUNNY COMICS AND GAG CARTOONS
Instructor: ARIE KAPLAN
4 Sessions, TUESDAYS October 19, 26; November 2 & 9
6:30-9:00 pm
$245 tuition | $225 for MoCCA members

Writing humor of any sort is like wrestling a tornado. Writing humor comics is no exception. Comic book writer, humorist, and author ARIE KAPLAN will teach you how to wrestle that tornado, ride bareback on the tornado, and even make the tornado do a few tricks like “roll over” and “play dead”!

LEARN how to write humorous comic book stories, illustrated articles for humor magazines, and one-panel gag cartoons. ABSORB the arcane ability to write funny comics, brainstorm and “punch up” jokes, pitch ideas, sketch out gag cartoons, and write topical comedic material. DISCOVER how to turn funny concepts into full-fledged short comic book stories, articles, and cartoons. ASCERTAIN uh…other stuff that’s really, really valuable.

ARIE KAPLAN is a MAD Magazine writer, a stand-up comedian, and author of the comic book miniseries Speed Racer: Chronicles of the Racer (IDW Publishing). His other comic book writing credits include the DC Holiday Special 2009, the Bongo Comics anthology Simpsons Winter Wingding, and the Archie Comics title Archie & Friends. Arie lectures all over the world about comic book history, film history, and other pop culture-related subjects. He’s the author of the critically acclaimed book, From Krakow to Krypton: Jews and Comic Books (JPS), which was a 2008 National Jewish Book Award finalist. Arie wrote the story and dialogue for the upcoming House M.D. videogame (based on the TV drama) for Legacy Interactive. He has also written for MTV, Cartoon Network, and PBS Kids. His website is: www.ariekaplan.com.


Upcoming Classes at MoCCA

November 16, 23, 30; December 7
HOW TO WRITE COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS with DANNY FINGEROTH

November 22, 29; December 13
HOW TO DO STORYBOARDS FOR ANIMATION with STEPHEN DESTEFANO

MoCCA MASTER CLASS SERIES:
November 10
CARTOON COLLABORATION: ANIMATION WRITING AS TEAM SPORT (OR: HOW TO GET A STORYBOARD ARTIST TO SAY, "HEY, GOOD SCRIPT!") with DAVID STEVEN COHEN

December 6
THE CRAFT OF COMICS WRITING: THE LONG AND SHORT OF PLOTTING with PAUL LEVITZ

All classes held at MoCCA unless otherwise indicated
594 Broadway, suite 401 (between Houston and Prince)
New York, NY 10012

For more information and to register, call 212-254-3511 or go to http://www.moccany.org/content/education


Upcoming at MoCCA
Is this The Al Jaffee Art Exhibit?
October 5th, 2010 through January 30, 2011

Decades of Donnelly: The Art of New Yorker Cartoonist Liza Donnelly
October 5th, 2010 through January 30, 2011

Denis Kitchen: An Oddly Compelling Mini-Retrospective
October 5th, 2010 through January 30, 2011

The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art - MoCCA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts education organization dedicated to the preservation, study and display of all forms of comic and cartoon art. The museum promotes greater understanding and appreciation of the artistic, cultural and historical significance of comic and cartoon art through a variety of events, exhibitions, and educational programs.

For more information about MoCCA, please visit www.moccany.org
The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art is located at:
594 Broadway, suite 401 (between Houston and Prince), New York, NY 10012

MoCCA is open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays from 12:00-5:00 pm. Suggested donation to the museum is $5 but free for MoCCA Members as well as for children 12 and under (when accompanied by a paying adult).

Thursday, September 23, 2010

BOOM! TOWN ANNOUNCES
R. CRUMB'S HEROES OF THE BLUES
TRADING CARD SET

September 23, 2010 – Los Angeles CA – From BOOM! Town, an imprint of BOOM! Studios, comes the inimitable art of R. Crumb (BOOK OF GENESIS) in R. CRUMB'S HEROES OF THE BLUES TRADING CARD SET in stores this November.

R. Crumb’s original trading card collection is available again! Featuring legends of early blues history such as Mississippi John Hurt, Son House, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Memphis Minnie, Charley Patton, Jaybird Coleman, Big Bill Broonzy, Barbecue Bob and many others. The boxed card set contains detailed bios for each blues legend written by historian Stephen Calt. And every musician or group is lovingly drawn in full color by underground comix legend R. Crumb. Priced at only $10.95 the R. CRUMB HEROES OF THE BLUES TRADING CARD SET is a great holiday gift for fans of the blues or Crumb himself!

“The Blues cards have been a perennial seller since Robert first did these portraits in the ‘80s,” noted publisher Denis Kitchen. “The set is in continual demand from the music market but comics retailers tend to underestimate its appeal as a must-stock item and holiday stocking stuffer. Now that my list is distributed by BOOM!, I expect this to become a perennial in more comic shops as well.”

R. CRUMB'S HEROES OF THE BLUES TRADING CARD SET is packaged in a very cool 3 x 4 x 1 inch gift box and contains 36 color trading cards on heavy stock. Retail $10.95. Ships in November and carries a Diamond Code of SEP100896.

R. CRUMB'S HEROES OF THE BLUES TRADING CARD SET is presented to you by BOOM! Town through an arrangement with Denis Kitchen Publishing Co.

About BOOM! Town
Announced in 2010, BOOM! Town is an imprint of BOOM! Studios specializing in publishing high quality, lit-oriented comix. This year, BOOM! Town has released merchandise by TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN's Shannon Wheeler and, in association with Denis Kitchen, R. Crumb and Harvey Kurtzman. BOOM! Town has also already published books such as Wheeler's I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE FUNNIER and Pete Von Sholly's REPUGLICANS among many others.
DUEL WITH DESTINY
FIREBREATHER VOL. 3: HOLMGANG #1 roars onto shelves this December

Berkeley, CA - 23 September 2010 - Life's hard enough when you're a human. But what if you're half human and half dragon?!

Teenager Duncan Rosenblatt has a human mother and a giant, city-stomping, kaiju father. He also has all the worries of a normal high schooler, from bullies to girls to fitting in. His adventures continue on December 1, 2010, with the release of FIREBREATHER VOL. 3: HOLMGANG #1 from Image Comics.

Written by Phil Hester and drawn by Andy Kuhn, FIREBREATHER VOL. 3: HOLMGANG picks up where FIREBREATHER VOL. 2 left off: Duncan deals with not only losing his father but with keeping his father's death a secret, even from his mother. But Duncan's mysterious extended family may not let him keep that secret -- or his life -- much longer.

"It feels great to be back in the saddle on Firebreather.” says Hester. “There's a great deal of Duncan's story left to tell, and we're thrilled that Image has given us free reign to do so. Andy Kuhn is pulling out all the stops on the art and Bill Crabtree is doing the best work of his career on colors. I can't wait for you all to see this."

"Phil Hester is one of the best writers in comics,” adds Kuhn, “and I'm proud to be drawing the next chapter in the Firebreather saga. Every script I get is better than the last. Strap yourselves in, this is gonna be one helluva ride!"

FIREBREATHER VOL. 3: HOLMGANG #1 (of 4) (OCT100443), a 32-page full-color comic book for $3.99, will be in stores December 1, 2010. FIREBREATHER VOL. 1: GROWING PAINS ($14.99, APR090360) and FIREBREATHER VOL. 2: ALL THE BEST HEROES ARE ORPHANS ($16.99, AUG082239) are available now. Firebreather joins forces with Ron Marz's Dragon Prince in FIREBREATHER VS. DRAGON PRINCE, a 120-page full-color one shot for $7.99 that will be in stores November 17, 2010. Finally, don't miss the FIREBREATHER movie, premiering on Cartoon Network this November!

Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.
THE LURE OF THE SEA
Ian Churchill brings his all new series MARINEMAN to Image Comics in December

Berkeley, CA - 23 September 2010 - This December will see the release of an all-new Image Comics series chronicling the adventures of a new defender of the oceanic frontier -- MARINEMAN!

Superstar artist Ian Churchill (ELEPHANTMEN, Hulk, Supergirl, Uncanny X-Men) takes on the duties of both artist and writer to bring MARINEMAN to vivid life in this new creator-owned series. The first issue of MARINEMAN will be in stores December 1.

Churchill explains, "When I created MARINEMAN over thirty years ago, I always dreamt that one day I would be lucky enough to write and draw comic books professionally and get the opportunity to bring MARINEMAN to as wide an audience as possible. Thanks to Image Comics, my dream is becoming a reality! I hope everyone takes the plunge and rides the wave with me!"

Steve "MARINEMAN" Ocean is a marine biologist and TV presenter -- a man blessed with good looks, a good job, a good circle of friends and a life many would aspire to. But Steve Ocean also has a secret -- a secret, which, if revealed, could have perilous consequences for Ocean and everyone in his life. With underwater action and adventure all the way, MARINEMAN may just turn out to be the comic book you didn't know you were missing!

MARINEMAN #1 (OCT100442), a 32-page full-color comic book written and drawn by Ian Churchill and released by Image Comics, will be on sale for $3.99 on December 1, 2010.

Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

REVIEW AND WIN WITH RADICAL

Sept 22nd, 2010, Los Angeles, CA – If you’re a Facebook fan of Radical Publishing, you could easily win free signed comics from both Rick Remender and Clint Langley. All you have to do is read and post a review on Radical Publishing’s Facebook Fan page for DRIVER FOR THE DEAD #2, on sale September 29th. The reviewer with the greatest number of both “likes” and “comments” will win:

- One copy of THE LAST DAYS OF AMERICAN CRIME #1 signed by Rick Remender

- One copy of HERCULES: THE KNIVES OF KUSH #1 signed by Clint Langley

Created and written by John Heffernan with illustrations from Leonardo Manco, DRIVER FOR THE DEAD has already received overwhelming praise since the first issue hit the stands.

"If you’re looking for a fun ride, look no further. DRIVER FOR THE DEAD #1 literally puts the pedal to the metal, plows through anyone (or anything) in its way and never looks back." - Fangoria

"... Writing and visuals that are virtually cinematic in caliber and scope." - Philadelphia Daily News

"Hang onto your seats because DRIVER FOR THE DEAD promises to take you on a helluva ride." - Buzz Focus

"... A fun story and kick-ass art. Simply put, it's one cool comic." - Player Affinity

Each Facebook account is limited to one review and the deadline for reviews is 12:00 A.M. PST on October 5th. Contact your local comic book retailer to reserve your copy of Driver for the Dead #2 and inspire your network of friends to help you win.

About Radical Publishing

Radical Publishing is founded by Barry Levine (producer for Hercules, Caliber, Freedom Formula, Shrapnel, Abattoir, Oblivion, The Last Days of American Crime, Legends, Damaged, Earp: Saints for Sinners and executive producer for the in-development Rex Mundi movie for Warner Bros., written by Jim Uhls and starring Johnny Depp) and entrepreneur Jesse Berger (executive producer for Hercules, Caliber, Freedom Formula, Shrapnel, Abattoir, Oblivion, The Last Days of American Crime, Legends, Damaged and Earp: Saints for Sinners).

For their quality and excellence in 2008, Radical Publishing was granted the Gem Award for “Best New Publisher of the Year” from Diamond Comic Distributors. Radical brings the best writing, storytelling, and fully painted cover and interior art to the global comic book market and currently has production deals with Spyglass Entertainment and Peter Berg’s Film 44 for Hercules, with Johnny Depp's Infinitum Nihil for Caliber, New Regency and Bryan Singer’s Bad Hat Harry Productions for Freedom Formula, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment for Legends, Dreamworks, Sam Raimi’s Star Road Entertainment and Mandeville Films for Earp: Saints for Sinners as well as Walt Disney Pictures for Oblivion. For more information, visit www.radicalpublishing.com.
Ready Your Droids for the ComicBookBin App for Google Android

No geek is left behind with ComicBookBin 1.0 for Android!

CALGARY, Alberta, (September 22, 2010) – If metrosexuals use iPhones and dudes Palm Pres, who uses Google Android? Geeks of course and they are usually upfront about their comic book collecting unlike metrosexuals who keep their love of comics in the closet and dudes who don’t read as many comics because they’re busy practicing tricks on their skateboards. Well, geeks now have something to rejoice with ComicBookBin for Android.

ComicBookBin for Android is similar to the same app enjoyed by metrosexuals and dudes but created raw just for geeks. “In ComicBookBin for Android,” says developer HervĂ© St-Louis, “we’ve done away with that clean polished Apple/Palm look and went straight for the groovy white text on black background enjoyed by real geeks. We didn’t even try to root some blur or sense in the whole thing. It’s pure unlocked Android love.”

The app has the classic utility features all comic book collectors expect from a ComicBookBin app. It’s got the newsreader, with access to over 12,000 articles from the Comic Book Bin Web site. It’s got the store locator that actually works unlike those other wannabe comic book apps. Of course, you can search for stores in other cities and find more details about them such as their location on Google Map, phone numbers, addresses and Web sites, if available.

Finally, geeks have access to the most comprehensive comic book convention calendar through ComicBookBin. Geeks stuck on Android 1.6 to 2.1 can even add events to their Gmail calendar app. Yeah, baby, here’s a first! An app that offers more features for non Froyo users! But Android 2.2 geeks shouldn’t worry too much. They know how it is with Froyo. It’s groundbreaking, so Google managed to break a few things in the upgrade! We’ll fix it as soon as Google makes its unpublished APIs for the 2.2 calendar app, public or we’ll patch something first.

Download ComicBookBin for Android at http://www.comicbookbin.com/android.html or in the Google Market in the Comics category.

Download ComicBookBin for the Palm Pre and the Palm Pixi from Palm at http://developer.palm.com/webChannel/index.php?packageid=com.comicbookbin.cbb

Download ComicBookBin for the iPhone and iPod from iTunes at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/comicbookbin/id360213878?mt=8

About The Comic Book Bin:
The Comic Book Bin is an independent site filling comic book readers in since 2002. Founder Hervé St-Louis is a graduate student at the Center for Military and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary. The Comic Book Bin, a Coolstreak Cartoons property, is based in Calgary, Canada.
GETTING IN THE SPIRIT
Image Comics gets ready for the holiday season with superheroes, Santa Claus, and alien invasions!

Berkeley, CA - 22 September 2010 - This December, Image Comics gets festive with the release of DYNAMO 5 HOLIDAY SPECIAL 2010 and SANTA CLAUS VS. THE MARTIANS!


DYNAMO 5 for the Holidays!

It's the holiday season in Tower City, but the Dynamo 5 kids don't get any time off. They're busy tracking down one of Captain Dynamo's old enemies, who has escaped from prison. But is there more to this simple escape than meets the eye?

Written by Jay Faerber, with art by Marcio Takara and a cover by Mahmud A. Asrar and Ron Riley, DYNAMO 5 HOLIDAY SPECIAL 2010 will be in stores December 22, 2010. CHEW artist Rob Guillory provided a special incentive cover as well.

"The Dynamo 5 Holiday Special gives us our first look at how Tower City's resident superheroes celebrate the holidays," explains Faerber. "The kids have to juggle their 'real' families along with their superhero family -- plus they have to make time to track down an old enemy who escaped from prison. In addition to telling a complete stand-alone story, this Holiday Special also lays the groundwork for the big event coming to Dynamo 5 in 2011."


Father Christmas Faces Off Against Space Invaders!

For centuries, one man has patrolled the night, rewarding the good and punishing the wicked, protecting children from all manner of dangers. So, when a mysterious canister falls from the sky and crash lands in the peaceful English countryside, only Father Christmas can put an end to the threat of invasion from the Red Planet!

SANTA CLAUS VS. THE MARTIANS is a four-issue miniseries written by Benito Cereno and drawn by James Harren with covers by Nate Bellegarde. The first issue does on sale December 1, 2010

According to Cereno, "SANTA CLAUS VS. THE MARTIANS takes its inspiration from the high concept of the famously terrible B-movie SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS. Rather than being an adaptation or remake, it uses the basic idea as a springboard for an epic battle that explores the way our culture has looked at the Christmas gift-giver and invaders from space over the course of three centuries. Whatever your favorite bit of the Santa mythology or whatever your preferred form of Martian, chances are good you will see it within the pages of this mini-series!"


Join Image Comics in the holiday spirit with DYNAMO 5 HOLIDAY SPECIAL 2010 (OCT100456; INCV: OCT100457), a 32-page full-color comic book for $3.99 that will be available December 22, 2010, and SANTA CLAUS VS. THE MARTIANS #1 (of 4) (OCT100462), a 32-page full-color comic book for $3.50 that will be in stores December 1, 2010.

Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.
A MID-WINTER NIGHT'S DREAM
Award-winning series THE MICE TEMPLAR continues in December with third volume

Berkeley, CA - 22 September 2010 - The two-time Harvey Award-winning and critically praised series THE MICE TEMPLAR starts a new chapter this December with THE MICE TEMPLAR VOL. 3 #1.

Co-written by Bryan JL Glass (Thor: First Thunder, Valkyrie) and Michael Avon Oeming (Powers, Thor: Blood Oath), THE MICE TEMPLAR VOL. 3 picks up after the gripping events of the second volume, making it a perfect place for new readers to pick up the series. Oeming, Victor Santos and Veronica Gandini continue to provide striking art for the series.

"Volume Three is a perfect opportunity for new readers to join in on the unfolding action and drama," says Glass. "The saga of Karic has come to an end, and now the Dark Lands prepare for war in the wake of his audacious exploits at the end of DESTINY! The scattered Templar exiles join forces with the female Maeven archers to defend against growing oppression from the rat army, and their alliance with the Mortair, sisterhood of assassins!"

THE MICE TEMPLAR continues with a perfect starting point for new readers! Karic has accomplished his goal-the rescue of his family from captivity-but their freedom has come with a terrible price. Karic now lies comatose, his spirit lost to a realm of nightmare. Yet Cassius risks all for the young mouse who restored his faith, even death at the blade of his old Templar rival Ronan. Meanwhile, the druids and the rat army unleash a new wave of tyranny in retaliation for Karic's audacious attack. Only the heroic Maeven archers can stand against the Mortair, the deadly sisterhood of rat assassins!

THE MICE TEMPLAR VOL. 3 #1, a 32-page full-color comic book for $3.99, will be in stores December 22, 2010. You can catch up with the series by picking up THE MICE TEMPLAR VOL. 1 (HC: AUG082241; TP: APR090362), THE MICE TEMPLAR VOL. 2.1 (TP: APR100431), and THE MICE TEMPLAR VOL. 2.2 (HC: MAY100456; TP: JUL100417, in stores November 17, 2010).

Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.
Chase Sequence Releases First Print Collection of Its Popular Movie-Themed Webcomic Multiplex

Multiplex: Enjoy Your Show Ushers in a New Breed of Movie Geek Humor

Chicago, Illinois (September 22, 2010) — Chase Sequence is thrilled to announce the release of its first book collection of the hit movie-themed comic strip Multiplex. Multiplex: Enjoy Your Show (224 pages, TPB, $19.95) collects the first 102 strips from the Multiplex archives, over 30 bonus comics, character bios, selected guest strips, and features an all-new, exclusive 12-page prequel story set on opening night of Star Wars: Episode III — The Revenge of the Sith. The book is now available directly from the publisher. Retailers can order the book from its distributor, Small Press United (a division of IPG) at IPGbook.com.

Multiplex combines a unique blend of comedy, drama, and real-world film commentary and criticism, centering on the cynical movie snob Jason and his schlock-loving BFF Kurt, two employees at the Multiplex 10 Cinemas. Together, they're a Film Studies class that was dropped on its head as a baby. As Newsarama's Chris Arrant put it, "Think Clerks in a movie theatre."

Having run continuously for five years, Multiplex has evolved considerably since it launched. The strip has matured, dragging the characters reluctantly into something sort of like adulthood, if you cock your head and squint at it a little. By revisiting these early years with bonus comics to flesh out the story, sort of like an extended director's cut, Multiplex: Enjoy Your Show is not only a great treasury for existing fans, but the perfect introduction to Multiplex for new readers, as well.

About the Author

Gordon McAlpin lives in Chicago with his cat Punk. In his twenties, he watched over a dozen movies a week. Gordon has written movie reviews, co-hosted a movie podcast, and edited a movie news blog, but now he just writes and draws Multiplex. While he has never worked at a movie theater, he has had several equally terrible jobs.

About Multiplex

Multiplex is an online comic strip published by Chase Sequence Co. about the movie-loving and customer-weary staff of the Multiplex 10 Cinemas, as they try to survive each work day. Multiplex has run continuously since July 2005 and currently reaches more than 55,000 unique readers per month, making it the most popular movie-themed webcomic. Multiplex updates twice a week at www.multiplexcomic.com.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Ninth Circuit Strikes Down Oregon Censorship Law!
CBLDF & Dark Horse Cheer Free Speech Victory!

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Dark Horse Comics applaud a decision issued by United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit holding that two Oregon statutes that criminalize distributing sex education and other non-obscene materials to minors are unconstitutional in violation of the First Amendment. The State of Oregon argued that the statutes applied only to “hardcore pornography,” but the Ninth Circuit found that they applied to much more, including Kentaro Miura’s manga “Berserk,” Judy Blume’s “Forever,” and Margaret Atwood’s “A Handmaid’s Tale.” The plaintiffs did not challenge Oregon’s existing law making it a crime to contact a minor with the intent of having sexual contact. CBLDF and Dark Horse were among the plaintiff group challenging the statutes.

Mike Richardson, publisher of plaintiff Dark Horse comics says, "We were extremely happy to see these statutes overturned. Our Constitution's First Amendment was intended to keep the hands of the government off the printing presses of America. Creators everywhere can breath a sigh of relief that these laws, open to interpretation and likely to be abused, have been put down."

“This is an important victory permitting readers − both younger and older − to obtain what they are constitutionally entitled to read,” said Michael Powell of plaintiff Powell’s Books. “It is also a victory for booksellers who do not want to ask 13-year-olds for identification or risk going to jail for selling a Judy Blume book.”

“The court did the right thing by rejecting the State’s promise that it wouldn’t prosecute the plaintiffs under these statutes,” said P.K. Runkles-Pearson, counsel for plaintiffs. “This decision allows educators to provide straightforward health information to minors without worrying that the State will prosecute if it disagrees with them.”

The decision was issued in a lawsuit brought by Powell’s Books, Inc.; Annie Bloom’s Books; Dark Horse Comics, Inc.; Colette’s Good Food + Hungry Minds, LLC; Pauline Springs Books; St. John’s Booksellers, LLC; American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression; Association of American Publishers, Inc.; Freedom to Read Foundation, Inc.; Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Candace Morgan, Planned Parenthood of the Columbia/Willamette, Inc.; Cascade AIDS Project and the ACLU of Oregon.

Plaintiffs were represented by Michael A. Bamberger of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP, New York, general counsel to Media Coalition, and P.K. Runkles-Pearson of Stoel Rives LLP, Portland, Oregon, a cooperating attorney for the ACLU of Oregon.

The full text of the decision can be read at www.cbldf.org

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The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund was founded in 1986 as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of First Amendment rights for members of the comics community. They have defended dozens of Free Expression cases in courts across the United States, and led important education initiatives promoting comics literacy and free expression. For additional information, donations, and other inquiries call 800-99-CBLDF or visit them online at www.cbldf.org.

Since 1986, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent like Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Gerard Way and comics legend Will Eisner, Dark Horse has developed such successful characters as The Mask, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Additionally, their highly successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars,Indiana Jones, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, Emily the Strange, Tim Burton, Trigun,Serenity and Domo. Today, Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic-book publisher in the U.S. and is recognized as one of the world's leading publisher of licensed comics material.
Ape Explodes With Dynamite

Ape Entertainment to release Black Dynamite comic



September 20, 2010: Released in 2009, and already a cult smash, Black Dynamite is about to receive the comic book treatment from the folks at Ars Nova and Ape Entertainment. Set to appear in the one-shot, Black Dynamite: Slave Island, everyone’s favorite blaxploitation sensation will bring his kung-fu skills to the sequential page as he seeks to put an end to a mysterious island… where slavery still exists.

“Fans of the film will feel right at home with the comic,” states Ape Entertainment founder and co-publisher Brent E. Erwin. “It has all of the elements that made the movie a cultural phenomenon, and Black Dynamite himself is still as much of a bad dude on the page as he is on the screen.”

Directed by Scott Sanders, the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009 and stars Michael Jai White as Black Dynamite, a gun-toting, nunchuck-wielding, ladies man willing to fight all the way from the blood-soaked city streets to the hallowed halls of the Honky House.

“Although written for film, Black Dynamite was always meant to move beyond the camera,” continues Sanders. “As a medium, comic books seemed like such a logical step in Black Dynamite’s development as a character, and what better way to start than having him bring down the infamous Slave Island.”

Black Dynamite: Slave Island is based on a story by Michael Jai White, Byron Minns and Scott Sanders. Written by Brian Ash with pencils by Jun Lofamia, the 48-page one-shot is due in stores in early 2011.

As part of Ape Entertainment’s New York Comic Con festivities, the company will be holding a screening of Black Dynamite at the convention center on Saturday October 9th from 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM. A question and answer session will precede the screening and will feature Sanders, Black Dynamite composer/editor Adrian “AJ” Younge, and Wax Poetics Editor and founder Andre Torres. The Q&A will also feature a first look at clips from the upcoming Black Dynamite: The Animated Series on [adult swim]. All attendees will receive a limited edition copy of a Black Dynamite: Slave Island preview book featuring a cover by Ed Laroche.

For more information on Black Dynamite, visit www.blackdynamite.com.

For more information on Ape Entertainment, visit www.ape-entertainment.com.

For more information on Ars Nova, visit www.arsnovaent.com.



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Founded in 2003, Ape Entertainment is the brainchild of lifelong comic book devotees David Hedgecock, and Brent E Erwin. Home to such popular titles as GO-GO GORILLA AND THE JUNGLE CREW, SUPERHUMAN RESOURCES, BLACK COAT, ATHENA VOLTAIRE, and WHITE PICKET FENCES, it is also publisher of the smash hit POCKET GOD, as well as comic books for DreamWorks Animation licensed properties SHREK, THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR, MEGAMIND, and KUNG FU PANDA.
GLORY DAYS
MORNING GLORIES #1 sells out for third time, fourth printing on the way

Berkeley, CA - 21 September 2010 - MORNING GLORIES #1 has done it a third time, with another distribution level sellout, and to meet continued demand, it's going back to press for a fourth and final printing! This new printing will feature an all-new cover by interior artist Joe Eisma.

MORNING GLORIES is written by Nick Spencer, the burgeoning creative mastermind behind FORGETLESS, EXISTENCE 2.0 and 3.0, and SHUDDERTOWN. Eisma pencils and inks the series, and Rodin Esquejo provides the gorgeous covers.

Shadowline Publisher and Image partner Jim Valentino exclaims, "We are completely blown away and eternally grateful to the fans and retailers who have made this the biggest hit in Shadowline history!"

MORNING GLORIES: Morning Glory Academy is one of the most prestigious prep schools in the country. But behind its hallowed doors, something sinister and deadly lurks. When six brilliant but troubled new students arrive, they find themselves trapped and desperately seeking answers in a place where nothing is what it seems to be!

MORNING GLORIES #1 Fourth Printing (AUG108116), a 32-page full-color comic book for $3.50, will be in stores October 20, 2010. The second printing of MORNING GLORIES #2 (AUG108012) will be in stores September 29, 2010. MORNING GLORIES #3 (AUG100483) will be in stores October 20, which means retailers still have time to increase orders of the third issue of this unstoppable series.

Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.

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EXCLUSIVE, ORIGINAL COMICS ARTWORK "PIPELINED" DIRECTLY TO FANS
COMICS PIPELINE debuts new pairing of top comic creators with web technology!

Chicago, IL - 20 September 2010 - COMICS PIPELINE is a new website that is partnering with some of the hottest talent in the comics industry to deliver exclusive, never-before-seen artwork directly from the artists' drawing table to their fans.

Comics Pipeline is now offering a taste of some of the exclusive artwork by Ben Templesmith (Choker, 30 Days of Night), Tyler Kirkham (Green Lantern Corps), Talent Caldwell (Batgirl), and Jimmie Robinson (Bomb Queen), just four of the many creators that will be launching with Comics Pipeline in November!

"The possibilities for both the creators and the fans are endless," explains Kristen Simon, recent editor for industry leader Image Comics, and now the Creative Director for Comics Pipeline. "Fans can subscribe to their favorite creators and gain access to all-new, full-realized comic book stories, webcomics, sketches, ideas, and behind-the-scenes artwork from their favorite series!"

Jason Simon, Director of Operations, adds, "Comics Pipeline is redefining comics. ComicsPipeline.com will contain only original, never-before-seen artwork and stories by the exciting creators that drive this industry. We don't deal with material that people have already seen and read. The artwork and stories found on ComicsPipeline.com will be fresh and new, not merely reprinted, presented in an online format."

Comics Pipeline is officially launching in November, 2010, and has partnered with Chicago-based web developer Tecture www.tecture.com
to launch its site and hone its online, social, and mobile strategies.

For more information, visit www.comicspipeline.com