Thursday, August 25, 2011

Metanoia:  a transformational change of heart  Reveals Story of Living, Loving, Losing and Learning how to Regain and Maintain it all in Authenticity

 Los Angeles, CA(August 25, 2011)
Ten years ago, Hollywood filmmaker Betsy Chasse co-created a movie on science and mysticism (subjects she knew nothing about), and was forevermore plucked from the oblivion of Valley Girl “shoe consciousness.” The movie, “What the Bleep Do We Know!?,” changed her life and the life of millions as it went on to make spiritual cinema history.
Her latest creation, a “little book of essays” called Metanoia: a transformational change of heart, reveals a much wiser and infinitely more humble woman than the post “Bleep” successful thirty-something who hit the New Age conference circuits and radio shows back in 2005.
“After the movie was released, people were coming to me for advice about how to make their lives as perfect as mine,” Chasse recalls. “I had it all. I knew everything. All you had to do was ask me!”
Enter life, stage left.
Metanoia: a transformational change of heart is, above all, a book about getting real. The nineteen short essays poetically and ruthlessly reveal a woman in the aftermath of public and domestic success; a woman in the process of being humbled by life; a woman who yearns for vulnerability and authenticity even as she rails against the need for facing the limiting self-concepts she holds inside that keep her from embracing—and loving—her true self.

An “every woman” journey that every woman who has lived and loved and lost it all … and then yearned for something greater and deeper to blossom within her can relate to.
Delicate, surprising, potent and raw, each essay is accompanied by relevant quotes from sources as diverse as Victor Hugo, Rumi and Lucille Ball.
New Horror Series Undead Evil Creeps Onto Shelves in October

August 25, 2011 – Los Angeles, CA – Asylum Press announced today that Undead Evil, a gritty new four-issue horror comic book mini-series, will debut in comic shops nationwide on October 5, 2011, just in time for the Halloween season. The books will be distributed through Diamond Comic Distributors, Haven Distributors and Tony Shenton.

Written by Frank Forte (
Asylum of Horrors, Warlash, Vampire Verses) and drawn by fan favorite artist Nenad Gucunja (Asylum of Horrors, Warlash), with cover by acclaimed gaming concept designer Ben Olson (Shogo M.A.D, Drakan, Drakan II), Undead Evil takes place in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina where a centuries old family curse is reignited by an undead voodoo priest. When paranormal researcher Alfred Carter is summoned by the ghost of his ancestor, he must travel to The Big Easy to cleanse his bloodline.  What he finds are untold family secrets and a descent into madness.  This disturbing tale can be described as H.P. Lovecraft meets Angel Heart with voodoo zombies.

“It’s a twisted Lovcraftian, zombie voodoo thriller," says writer/artist Frank Forte, of Undead Evil, “I’ve always been a Lovecraft fan, and his influence has always creeped into my stories.  I wanted to do a tale that had a Lovcraftian tone without redoing what’s been done before.  So the influence is there, but I’m adding many other scenarios that come from my years of reading and creating horror tales.  I did quite a bit of research on Voodoo.  I think this is going to be very dark.”

Undead Evil #1 (of 4), a 32-page black and white comic book for $2.99, goes on sale in stores in early October. Retailers can pre-order Undead Evil #1 from Diamond Previews August catalog (Asylum Press section - page #249). This title carries a Diamond Code of AUG110860.

Diamond Comic Distributors gave
Undead Evil #1 a "Zombieriffic" in its August Previews catalog. It is now featured on Diamond Previews World.

Check out the special 6-Page Preview at

Asylum Press is a Los Angeles-based comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1999 by artist Frank Forte. The Company publishes high-concept books from the industry’s top talent within the horror, fantasy, and action adventure genres via a bold new business model that focuses on digital publishing and new distribution outlets in both the American and international markets. Asylum Press maximizes the value of these branded properties by extending them across multiple entertainment platforms, including movies, TV, and video games, often using transmedia storytelling techniques. Its flagship titles include
Fearless Dawn, The Bomb, Undead Evil, Black Powder, Warlash, and the popular horror anthologies Zombie Terrors, EEEK!, Asylum of Horrors, and Satan’s 3-Ring Circus of Hell. For more information, visit

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The latest Previews has NBM's October solicitations, the headline being De Crecy’s warmly received Salvatore series having its second volume:

Salvatore, vol.2
“An Eventful Crossing”
Nicholas De Crecy
The next chapter of this highly acclaimed off-the-wall nominated for an Eisner series that never ceases to astonish and amuse! Salvatore the crack dog mechanic has now finished his rig and is off to all the way out somewhere in Latin America to his sweetheart pooch he has been pining for. His trip which he takes with his reluctant assistant, a minuscule human who communicates only through his PC, goes all the way through Russia and the Bering Straits, a route he characterizes as epic but is really designed to avoid the seas which Salvatore is deadly afraid of. On the way, there are many temptations such as the pretty cat Julie who, as it turns out, has adopted the missing piglet Amandine the Sow has been so desperately spending her last penny trying to find while, unbeknownst to her, the rest of her litter is busy in a lucrative endeavor of bio recycling.
61/2 x 9, 112pp. full color trade pb, $14.99 ISBN 978-1-56163-613-6

What they said of Volume 1:

“I love this book! Near-perfect. I can think of nothing better than another late night filled with pigs in overalls and bulls wearing AC/DC T-shirts. As soon as I can pre-order Vol. 2, I’m on it.”
-Whitney Matheson, USA Today ‘Pop Candy’

“Delightful.” -The Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Charming, amusing, and sometimes unsettling tale. From De Crecy’s always surprising mind. He is particularly gifted at creating a sense of action on the page.” -Publishers Weekly

“De Crecy’s loose, organic illustrations breathe life into his characters and give energy to his panel movement. [His] dry, witty humor combined with his endearing creatures makes a singular and worthy addition to comprehensive graphic novel collections.” -Library Journal Starred review

“The mix of comedy and drama is welcome and feels truer to life than books that are one or the other.” -ComicMix

“Eccentric” -Booklist

And New from Eurotica:

Peanut Butter, vol. 5
Cornnell Clarke
Molly gets to read her best friend Erica’s hot diary. Some of her experiences take a trip on the edge…
81/2x11, 48pp., full color trade pb, $11.99, 978-1-56163-617-4
Comic Creator Flirts with Viral Fame

Jason M. Burns directs comedic web-series

August 24, 2011: Jason M. Burns, best known for his creator-owned comic book series A Dummy’s Guide to Danger, recently wrapped production on the new comedic web-series Adults Only, which features well-known entertainers Vincent Pastore (The Sopranos), Danny Nucci (Titanic, The Rock), Brian Austin Green (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Beverly Hills 90210), Sebastian Bach (lead singer of Skid Row), Brianna Brown (General Hospital and Showtime’s upcomingHomeland), Ronnie Marmo (General Hospital), Adrienne LaValley (best known for her work as the National Floors Direct spokesperson), and indie actor Todd Poudrier.

“I have never been more proud of a project,” states Burns, who not only directed, but also wrote and produced the series. “Even now, I look at the footage and I get a little emotional. I dreamt of this as a kid, and now here it is a reality.”

The series follows Chance Rioux, a former gymnast who must accept a job managing his brother-in-law’s adult video/novelty store in order to make ends meet, all while trying to conceal his identity from the public, particularly a new love interest who serves as the trigger in his reinvention of self.

“It’s all about second chances, with plenty of comedy thrown in for good measure,” Burns continues. “Life is funny, even when it doesn’t mean to be, which is what Chance discovers.”

Named Best Indie Writer of 2008 by the Project Fanboy Awards, Burns made the leap into the comic book industry in 2004. Since that time he has written and created a number of successful comic book series, including Curse of the Were-Woman, and The Expendable One, which is currently being developed into a major motion picture by Intrepid Pictures. Most recently Burns has spent time writing for other people’s creations, crafting comics and graphic novels for such recognizable properties as Megamind, Jericho, Pocket God, Kung Fu Panda, Richie Rich, and Fraggle Rock, while also working with on-screen talent, including Christopher Meloni.

Adults Only was shot in Massachusetts and is set to debut online in late October.

To view the Adults Only trailer, visit:
Baltimore Comic-Con Thanks Contributors to 2011's Success

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - August 24, 2011 - The Baltimore Comic-Con would like to extend a gracious "Thank You!" to all of those who helped make our 12th annual show a success! The success of the show would not have been possible without the contributions of our exhibitors, guests, and staff. We would especially like to thank the fans that attended the weekend's events. Without you, the show simply could not have happened!

Much of the show's success was made possible by the attendance of our Guest of Honor, Stan Lee, who made his first appearance at the show this year. As a founding father of Marvel Comics, Lee's presence was a great draw to fans, retailers, and guests alike. In addition to his appearance at the show for autographs and photos, Lee was also the focus of a special panel moderated by Jimmy Palmiotti.

We would also like to thank the guest charities who attended the show -- the Hero Initiative, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBDLF), the Baltimore Human Society, and the 'Ringo Scholarship Fund -- who collectively raised over $14,000 to support their worthy causes.

"The CBLDF raised $5,000 at Baltimore Comic-Con thanks to the generosity of Baltimore's incredible community of comics fans," said Charles Brownstein, Executive Director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. "We're grateful to Marc Nathan and his entire team for putting one of the most enthusiastic and well-attended comics centric shows in the US, and for helping the CBLDF raise these much needed funds!"

"Our 12th annual show was our biggest show to date," said Marc Nathan, show promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. "After years of requests from fans to bring Stan Lee to Baltimore, 2011 seemed like the right time, and the weekend's success proved it! We are elated with how well the fans received Stan and are already planning for what we can do to top this year's show in 2012."

With attendance up over last year, a very successful and enjoyable costume contest, and the sixth year hosting the Harvey Awards among the show's highlights, the successes can barely be measured. We can't wait to start making announcements for next year's show!

Save the Date! Baltimore Comic-Con 2012!

That's right! Mark your calendars now for next year's Baltimore Comic-Con, which will take place the weekend of September 8-9, 2012 at the Baltimore Convention Center, and we'll see YOU in Baltimore!

Contact Information

Please use the following e-mail addresses to contact the Baltimore Comic-Con: - for any general press inquiries or to be added to our PR distribution - for requesting exhibitor, publisher, and Artist Alley applications - for inquiries about submitted registrations - for communications regarding the Harvey Awards ceremony and banquet - for general Baltimore Comic-Con inquiries

About The Baltimore Comic-Con

The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 13th 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 September 8-9, 2012. For more information, please visit

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 7 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

SOU • SOU Founding Designer Explores Ideas Of Creating Modern Designs Based On Japanese Tradition With Discussion And Fashion Show

San Francisco, CA, August 24, 2011 – The Consulate General of Japan, in cooperation with NEW PEOPLE, San Francisco’s dynamic entertainment destination showcasing the latest examples of Japanese popular culture, are proud to present, Cool Japan: Old Meets New in Kyoto, a unique fashion show and cultural discussion set to take place on Saturday, August 27th as part of the 2011 J-Pop Summit Festival.

The Fashion Show (1:15pm - 2:15pm): A SOU • SOU fashion show, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for 1:15pm - 2:15pm on the Pagoda Stage at Japantown’s Peace Plaza. It will feature innovative apparel and footwear products from the SOU • SOU brand, designed by Takeshi Wakabayashi, as well as a new collaborative line launched with NEW PEOPLE! Catch a variety of prominent local individuals who will act as models, including Japanese Consul General Hiroshi Inomata, famed food critic Patricia Unterman, and Graham Leggat, former Executive Director of San Francisco Film Society.

Designer Talk (4:00pm to 5:30pm): Invitation only event at NEW PEOPLE SUPERFROG Gallery (3rd Floor) SOU • SOU designer Takeshi Wakabayashi will discuss his ideas of, “Creating modern designs based on Japanese tradition.” Kyoto, where Wakabayashi resides, is an ancient capitol of Japan and a stronghold of traditional Japanese arts and culture with an accumulation of artisanship and related technology going back centuries. The city has also become a bustling center for modern creative design, where these cultural and industrial assets are to survive. Wakabayashi will also discuss how these innovative ideas are being passed to the young generations, based on his ongoing career as a professor at the Kyoto University of Art and Design.

“I’m very proud to present this special event in cooperation with NEW PEOPLE as part of the ‘Cool Japan Project,’ sponsored by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs,” says Consul General Hiroshi Inomata. “I invite the San Francisco Bay Area, potential business partners, and J-Pop Summit visitors to discover some great examples of Japanese innovation and high-quality products in the SOU • SOU brand, which also won two prizes at the Visit Japan Campaign - Japan’s Attractive Souvenir Contest 2010.”

Consul General Inomata will also host a reception party following the end of the lecture at 6:00pm at the near-by Hotel Kabuki in the Mezzanine Lounge. A variety of SOU • SOU products will also be on display and more information will be available on the Cool Japan Project.

Wakabayashi ‘s SOU • SOU brand has developed a unique line of Japanese classic “Tabi” shoes based on a design originally favored by Japanese construction workers. SOU • SOU’s combination of form-fitting soles and colorful graphic patterns has attracted a huge following, from dancers to the sneaker-obsessed. Designed to be fresh and fun, each shoe is handcrafted in Japan and made for durability using traditional techniques and puts a vibrant, modern twist on the ultra-comfortable, traditional Japanese work shoe.

The 2011 J-Pop Summit Festival is a showcase for Japanese pop culture events and is highlighted by live bands and DJs, fashion shows, a vocaloid music conference, theatrical film premieres, dance workshops and performances, and assorted arts, crafts and food vendors. Full details and programming schedules are now available at

More information about the Consulate General of Japan is available at:

NEW PEOPLE opened in 2009 and has become a unique must-see attraction of San Francisco’s cultural landscape. The 20,000 square foot contemporary venue features the latest examples Japanese popular culture expressed though film, art, fashion, and a variety of specialty boutiques and ongoing monthly events. NEW PEOPLE is located at 1746 Post Street in the city’s Japantown.

About NEW PEOPLE, Inc.
Based in San Francisco, California, NEW PEOPLE, Inc. ( offers the latest films, art, fashion and retail brands from Japan through its unique entertainment destination as well as through licensing and distribution of selective Japanese films. NEW PEOPLE Entertainment (, a film division of NEW PEOPLE, Inc. strives to offer the most entertaining motion pictures straight from the "Kingdom of Pop" for audiences of all ages, especially the manga and anime generation, in North America. Some titles include DEATH NOTE, GANTZ, KAMIKAZE GIRLS, and THE TASTE OF TEA.
New Back to the Future: The Game Collector’s and Deluxe Editions Now Available to Order at
Special Offers for Season Owners and 15% Discount on Orders Over $50 Until August 31

SAN RAFAEL, CA., August 24, 2011—Telltale Games, the leading independent digital publisher and developer of episodic interactive entertainment, today unveiled the details of two new packaged versions of its best-selling video game, Back to the Future: The Game. The new Collector’s and Deluxe Editions offer fans a peek into the world of video game creation and the high-level production values that go into every Telltale game.

Each edition contains all five episodes of the game for PC and Mac, as well as an exclusive compendium of artwork and footage. For those new to the game, there’s never been a better time to get the critically acclaimed series, which has sold in excess of 1 million online episodes, making it Telltale’s most successful release to date.

Back to the Future: The Game Collector’s Edition
$24.99 + shipping (season owners pay only for shipping*)
In addition to all five episodes on PC and Mac, the Collector’s Edition DVD includes an in-depth chronicling of all aspects of the game’s development, with insight into producing an award-winning game, including:

A behind-the-scenes series consisting of five in-depth videos, spanning the game’s development with hours of commentary from the artists and designers;
Cinematic game trailers for all five game episodes;
Fun character profile videos for Marty, Doc and the Tannens;
Comprehensive production art gallery, showing the development of the game’s unique visual style.

The Collector’s Edition is available to order from the Telltale Store for $24.99 plus shipping.
*Telltale customers who bought the season for PC or Mac from the Telltale Store need only pay for the cost of shipping to receive their copy.
Back to the Future: The Game Deluxe Edition
$44.99 + shipping (Season Owners pay $19.99 + shipping**)
For the true Back to the Future aficionado and for a small additional cost over the Collector’s Edition, fans can get the Deluxe Edition (limited manufacturing run of 2,500 copies), which features everything listed above and the following items:

Newly discovered pages from Doc Brown’s archives including sketches for the original flux capacitor, rocket drill, canine retrieval apparatus and even a short sonnet!
Selected and authentic page reproductions from the Hill Valley Historical Society Album from 1875 through 1986;
A postcard featuring Trixie Trotter, the Winsome Wench of Winnipeg, welcoming travelers from the Great White North.

The Deluxe Edition can be bought for $44.99 plus shipping from the Telltale Store.
**Telltale customers who bought the season for PC or Mac from the Telltale Store can order the Deluxe Edition for only $19.99 plus shipping.

Telltale is also introducing new Back to the Future: The Game memorabilia. The Back to the Future: The Game art portfolio features 12 pages of beautiful illustrations from Telltale Games artist Ryan Jones and includes drawings of Doc, Marty, Trixie, inventions, locations, Citizen Plus propaganda art and more. Also available is a Back to the Future: The Game movie-style poster measuring 26x40 inches.

Until August 31 2011, customers ordering more than $50 in value from the Telltale Store will save 15% off their full orders. All items are expected to begin shipping in September and are available exclusively at Telltale Games’ online store.

All Back to the Future: The Game items were developed through a licensing agreement with Universal Partnerships & Licensing.

Back to the Future: The Game is also available for the iPad for $6.99 per episode and PSN for $19.99 for the full 5 game season. Complete details can be found at Additionally, the Back to the Future 25th Anniversary Trilogy is also currently available in stores on Blu-ray and DVD.

About Back to the Future
From the Academy Award®-winning filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis comes Back to the Future - the original, groundbreaking adventure that sparked one of the most successful trilogies ever! Starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, the phenomenally popular Back to the Future films literally changed the future of the adventure movie genre. Powered by innovative special effects, unforgettable songs and non-stop action, Back to the Future is an unrivaled adventure that stands the test of time. Back to the Future immerses you in all the breathtaking action, groundbreaking comedy and sheer movie-making magic of one of the most brilliantly inventive, wildly entertaining motion picture triumphs in Hollywood history!

About Universal Partnerships & Licensing
UP&L oversees Universal’s consumer product licensing, film and home entertainment promotions, and all corporate alliances for Universal’s theatrical, home entertainment, theme parks and stage productions. This dedicated division is also responsible for monetizing the Studio’s vast library of films and characters through licensing, branding and marketing opportunities. UP&L is part of NBCUniversal. NBCUniversal is one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group and world-renowned theme parks. Comcast Corporation owns a controlling 51% interest in NBCUniversal, with GE holding a 49% stake.

About Telltale, Inc.
Telltale is a leading independent digital publisher of cinematic adventures playable on every major gaming platform. Telltale is also the pioneer of episodic delivery of content developing games as series and successfully releasing on a schedule to create a longer consumer engagement for each release. Founded in 2004 by LucasArts veterans with decades of experience, Telltale has quickly become an industry leader, establishing the model for successful episodic game creation and digital publishing. Telltale has sold more than 5 million episodes since 2005. Telltale’s reputation for quality has been established across more than 35 published releases that have cumulatively earned an average Metacritic score above 80%. Telltale's titles have won numerous awards including, "Adventure Game of the Year" accolades from publications such as IGN, PC Gamer, GameSpy, and Adventure Gamers, and have been recognized by mainstream outlets ranging from USA Today, to The New York Times to Variety. Telltale currently develops and publishes episodic series on PlayStation 3 system, PC, Mac, Wii™, Xbox 360™ and iPad.
The Original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Return to Comics

New Series Launches Today
with TMNT Co-Creator Kevin Eastman

[Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Cover A]San Diego, CA (August 24, 2011)—IDW Publishing and Nickelodeon today announced that the debut issue of the first TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES comic series, featuring the beloved “Heroes in a Half Shell,” is now available in comic stores throughout North America. The TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES are back in action and ready to fight off evil once again, with an impressive creative team led by TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman!

Starting today, IDW’s TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES offers a bra[Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Cover B]nd-new take on the original series, led by Eastman and co-writer Tom Waltz (Silent Hill: Past Life, Infestation: Outbreak). Phenomenal newcomer Dan Duncan will bring the Turtles to life with dynamic interior art, while Sam Kieth and Walter Simonson provide eye-catching covers for issues 1 and 2, respectively. For issues 3 through 5, Fred Hembeck will pay homage to classic covers. Eastman will also provide layouts for Duncan's art, as well as variant covers.

[Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Cover D]This first TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES series features new and exciting storylines that maintain the “turtle power” core beloved by millions of fans. Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael reunite to bring their ninja aptitude and teenage attitude to these action-packed adventures. The first arc will tell the origin story of the Turtles and introduce a new villain, the fearsome mutant alley cat, Old Hob. Featuring a cast of familiar characters, including Master Splinter, April O’Neill, Casey Jones, and true to the spirit of the original comics created by Eastman and Peter Laird, the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES are bigger and badder than ever, and ready to rock old and new fans alike.[Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Cover C]

In addition to this all-new series, IDW will also offer TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION. Beginning in October with volume 1, THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION offers over 300 pages of the best of the Turtles’ underground roots, including Mirage Studio’s issues 1 through 7, and the Raphael one-shot by Eastman and Laird.

IDW and Nickelodeon have a long-term commitment to revitalize the universe of TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES comics and graphic novels. It’s all part of a larger initiative to bring Turtles to a new generation of fans, starting with these new storylines that recapture the magic of the original Turtles comics and continuing in 2012, when Nickelodeon will premiere a new CG-animated version of the wildly popular Turtles franchise.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #1 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) is now available in comic stores throughout North America.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION, VOLUME 1 ($49.99, hardcover, 312 pages, black and white, 9” x 12”) will be available in comic and book stores throughout North America in October. ISBN 978-1-61377-007-8.

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

About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro's The Transformers and G.I. JOE, Paramount's Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC's Doctor Who; Toho’s Godzilla; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio.

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

About Nickelodeon Consumer Products
Nickelodeon Consumer Products manages the world's number-one TV-based licensing business, representing leading properties such as SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer, and managing merchandising for Nick Jr., Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTVN International, and Spike TV.

Nickelodeon, now in its 32nd year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books, and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 16 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B).



August 24th, 2011 – Los Angeles, CA – Happiness is a monthly comic book series, Charlie Brown! PEANUTS debuted at BOOM! Studios' all-ages imprint KABOOM! this past spring with the first PEANUTS graphic novel HAPPINESS IS A WARM BLANKET, CHARLIE BROWN. Now, thanks to a recently signed partnership with Peanuts Worldwide, Snoopy and the gang are back in a monthly comic book series kicking off this November with a special #0 — for only a buck —featuring a new original story and supplementary material that will provide a sneak peek at the series launching in January!

“We were honored to publish the first PEANUTS graphic novel HAPPINESS IS A WARM BLANKET, CHARLIE BROWN this past spring and now we are doubly honored to publish a new PEANUTS monthly comic series,” BOOM! Studios Founder and Chief Executive Officer Ross Richie said. “The team at PEANUTS have entrusted us with these characters and we aim to do everything we can to honor the memory and the characters of Charles Schulz.”

"It's a daunting task to follow in the footsteps of a master," BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon said. "But with the team we have assembled and the guidance of the folks at Peanuts Worldwide and Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates, we're confident that we'll be delivering to fans the best PEANUTS monthly comic book series anyone could imagine."

Launched this past spring, KABOOM! is the brand new name for BOOM! Studios’ three year old all-ages imprint previously known as BOOM Kids! This year has seen KABOOM! launch with the premiere of the PEANUTS graphic novel, followed closely by an all new original series by fan-favorite Roger Langridge entitled SNARKED, and this month will see the release of Scholastic’s WORDGIRL.

About BOOM! Studios
Eisner, Harvey, and Best Publisher Award-winning BOOM! Studios ( generates a constellation of bestselling comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent, including Mark Waid's series IRREDEEMABLE, new HELLRAISER comics written by Clive Barker, PLANET OF THE APES, 28 DAYS LATER, and Philip K. Dick’s DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KABOOM! publishes Charles Schulz' PEANUTS, Roger Langridge’s SNARKED, and Scholastic’s WORDGIRL. BOOM!'s lit comix-focused imprint, BOOM! Town, recently won the Eisner Award for its first book, Shannon Wheeler's I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE FUNNIER.

About Peanuts Worldwide
The PEANUTS characters and related intellectual property are owned by Peanuts Worldwide LLC, a joint venture owned 80% by Iconix Brand Group, Inc. and 20% by members of the Charles M. Schulz family. Iconix Brand Group, Inc. owns, licenses and markets a growing portfolio of consumer brands including CANDIE'S (R), BONGO (R), BADGLEY MISCHKA (R), JOE BOXER (R), RAMPAGE (R), MUDD (R), LONDON FOG (R), MOSSIMO (R), OCEAN PACIFIC(R), DANSKIN (R), ROCA WEAR(R), ZOO YORK (R), CANNON (R), ROYAL VELVET (R), FIELDCREST (R), CHARISMA (R), STARTER (R) and WAVERLY (R). In addition, Iconix owns an interest in the ARTFUL DODGER (R), ED HARDY (R), ECKO (R), MARC ECKO (R), MATERIAL GIRL(TM), and PEANUTS brands. The Company licenses its brands to a network of leading retailers and manufacturers that touch every major segment of retail distribution from the luxury market to the mass market in both the U.S. and worldwide. Through its in-house business development, merchandising, advertising and public relations departments, Iconix manages its brands to drive greater consumer awareness and equity.
ACTIONOPOLIS Publishes Brand New Series UPGRADER

UPGRADER: RE-ENGINEERED - The First Book in the Series - Now available!

ACTIONOPOLIS, LLC launches the eagerly anticipated Upgrader: Re-Engineered today. Terry Tibke, artist on such projects as Dreamworks Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron and Sony Pictures Eight Crazy Nights, introduces readers to Upgrader: Re-Engineered, a new young adult science fiction bristling with action, power and interdimensional invaders. Upgrader simultaneously releases in downloadable e-book apps compatible on iPad, iPhone, PC, Mac, Kindle, Android and Nook readers as well as a print edition available through

UPGRADER: RE-ENGINEERED- A dimensional rift has opened, and now a headstrong young man must learn to use an ancient power before the Earth is enslaved!

When Dylan Kent is exposed to a mysterious energy from another dimension he finds himself transformed into an ever-changing warrior in order to keep our world free from intradimensional invaders. These invaders have found a break in the Seam; the dimensional barrier separating our world from theirs. If Dylan is unsuccessful in repelling them, our world won’t be ours for long.

For more information about the new line of ACTIONOPOLIS books visit

ACTIONOPOLIS: When Adventure Is Your Destination!

Terry Tibke’s most recent work is Armageddon: The Battle of Darkening Skies from Eloquent Books. Terry has worked in animation (Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Eight Crazy Nights) and is currently writing a number of middle grade and young adult novels for Actionopolis.

Actionopolis is the brainchild of publisher Shannon Eric Denton, who has years of experience with companies such as Cartoon Network, Warner Brothers, Disney, Sony, ToyBiz, Marvel Entertainment, FoxKids, DC Comics, and Nickelodeon. He and his Komikwerks co-founder Patrick Coyle have been publishing comics online and in print through their publishing company Komikwerks since 2000.

Komikwerks has been partnered with Stan Lee's POW! Entertainment to publish a line of premiere Internet comics called Stan Lee's Sunday Comics on Komikwerks also provided exclusive content to the AOL: RED website. Komikwerks has been featured in many news and entertainment periodicals including Variety, USA Today, and Wizard Magazine. Komikwerks published the graphic novel World of Quest which was turned into an animated series of the same name. Komikwerks has several feature films in development as well.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011






August 23, 2011 – Los Angeles, CA – Hot on the heels of BOOM!’s sold out, bestselling PLANET OF THE APES ongoing series comes BETRAYAL OF THE PLANET OF THE APES — a brand new four issue mini-series co-written and drawn by Gabriel Hardman, best known to fans for his series-defining work on HULK and AGENTS OF ATLAS and his storyboard work on such hit films as Christopher Nolan’s Inception.

With BETRAYAL OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, Hardman and writer Corinna Sara Bechko (HEATHENTOWN, FEAR ITSELF: THE HOME FRONT) take you right into the continuity of the original seminal fan-favorite film, as the feared and respected General Aleron finds himself at the center of a conspiracy that could transform ape/human relations! Aleron’s journey puts him face to face with…Dr. Zaius! A not-to-be-missed mini-series with story and art that is sure to make you go…ape!

"I've been dying to work on a PLANET OF THE APES comic for as long as I can remember," said artist and co-writer Gabriel Hardman. "When Corinna and I saw what a great job BOOM! did with their ongoing Apes book we jumped at the opportunity to write and draw this mini-series. Since our comic is set just prior to the first Planet of the Apes film, we're given the opportunity to play with the most iconic elements of the films while still telling an accessible, epic, action-adventure story."

"Working with Gabriel Hardman is always a thrill, but this project is something really special," said co-writer Corinna Sara Bechko. "Not only am I a huge fan of the films but I spent five years working with actual apes at the L.A. Zoo, a fact that gives me a somewhat unique perspective on ape-human relations. I adore what BOOM! has been doing with the series and am incredibly excited to unleash our Apes story on the world!"

"Gabriel Hardman was one of the first artists I worked with on ZOMBIE TALES when I came to BOOM! back in 2008, and it's a real treat to be working with such a talented artist and writer," BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon said. "Hardman, along with co-writer Corinna Sara Bechko, is bringing a brand-new PLANET OF THE APES story, in continuity with the original films, that will have old and new fans alike clamoring for the next issue. I can't wait to get this series into comic book readers' hands everywhere. It's going to blow people's minds."

"It's great to have Gabriel Hardman back doing work for BOOM! Gabriel has long been one of my favorite comic book artists, and he and Corinna are delivering the goods," BOOM! Studios Marketing and Sales Director Chip Mosher said. "PLANET OF THE APES fans are going to love this, and all the new fans from this summer's hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes are going to dig this series too. Don't dare miss it!"

The first issue ships with four distinct covers, with interior artist and co-writer Gabriel Hardman providing Cover A, a 1-in-20 Dr. Zaius Photo Chase cover for Cover B, a 1-in-25 Chase Cover with art by STARBORN colorist Mitch Gerads, and a 1-in-25 Retailer Incentive cover by WHO IS JAKE ELLIS? artist Tonci Zonjic.

BETRAYAL OF THE PLANET OF THE APES #1 (of 4) debuts this November with a cover price of $3.99 and carries a Diamond Code of SEP110880.
About BOOM! Studios
Eisner, Harvey, and Best Publisher Award-winning BOOM! Studios ( generates a constellation of bestselling comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent, including Mark Waid's series IRREDEEMABLE, new HELLRAISER comics written by Clive Barker, PLANET OF THE APES, 28 DAYS LATER, and Philip K. Dick’s DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KABOOM! publishes Charles Schulz' PEANUTS, Roger Langridge’s SNARKED, and Scholastic’s WORDGIRL. BOOM!'s lit comix-focused imprint, BOOM! Town, recently won the Eisner Award for its first book, Shannon Wheeler's I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE FUNNIER.

Monday, August 22, 2011


On Wed, August 24th, 2011, Manhattan Beach will erupt when The Comic Bug holds the mega massive Benaroya Publishing signing for RED SPIKE, SAMURAI’S BLOOD and MARKMEN! The Comic Bug has infected Benaroya Publishing’s very own Jeff Cahn (Red Spike), Owen Wiseman (Samurai’s Blood) and David Baxter (Marksmen), who are will be on hand to join in on the mayhem. All first issues are only $1.00 and fans can pick up exclusive, limited editions, featuring covers by Tomm Coker (Undying Love) and Nam Kim (Starcraft: Frontline, Samurai’s Blood).


Founded by Mike Wellman and Jun Goeku in June 2004, The Comic Bug is the cool Manhattan Beach comic book store where it’s fun to hang out. With a completely remodeled and spacious interior, The Comic Bug carries all the mainstream titles with a large selection of independents (we support small publishers!). Mike and Jun firmly believe your comic book shop should be fun, carry diverse merchandise, have knowledgeable staff and encourage discussion in all aspects of the comic medium. So come in and give us a try! We are here to serve!


Founded by Michael Benaroya in 2009, Benaroya Publishing is a comic book and graphic novel production company dedicated to thrilling and compelling storytelling. A subsidiary of Benaroya Pictures, Benaroya Publishing is based in Los Angeles, California and launches their debut titles this Spring under the Image Comics label. With David Elliott (FALL OUT TOY WORKS and co-founder of RADICAL PUBLISHING) at the helm as in-house Editor-in-Chief, Benaroya Publishing promises to bring fresh new ideas, and uniquely told stories to the comics literary world. For more information, visit


David Baxter is a writer/producer whose first feature film, Shooting Lily, won the 1996 SXSW Film Festival. Dave is making his comic book debut with Benaroya Publishing and Image Comics on the title MARKSMAN. Dave is also the recipient of the 2004 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation/Tribeca Film Institute screenwriting grant for two science themed film projects he currently has in development.


Owen Wiseman writes graphic novels, screenplays, and prose. Owen was raised by hippies in the Pacific Northwest, and fed a steady diet of appropriate books and inappropriate movies. In seventh grade, he was accidentally put into a Japanese class, and the venerable Furado-sensei convinced him to stay. He taught Owen about the language, culture, and fascinating history of this complex and beautiful island nation, and Furado-sensei’s passion for the Japanese culture triggered Owen’s love for it as well.


After graduating from Pomona College, Jeff Cahn returned to his hometown of New Orleans, where he interned on the set of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button for Digital Domain’s Oscar winning visual effects team. Once the shoot wrapped, he returned to Los Angeles and now works at Benaroya Pictures and Publishing as a story developer and writer of both screen and comics.