Thursday, August 22, 2013

Special zombie horror one-shot dedicated to a lost friend
In ‘68, the Vietnam War coincided with the rise of flesh-eating zombies. American G.I.s were forced to contend with not just the Viet Cong, but the fact that every fallen ally and enemy soon turned into an entirely new, mindless, and nearly unstoppable threat.
The setting changes from Vietnam to Streiner, Mississippi in February, 1968 in ‘68: HALLOWED GROUND. A passenger train derails as a result of a zombie attack, causing the death of hundreds. Survivors of the wreck find sanctuary in a small rural church, hoping to hold out against the coming swarms of living dead. Their only hope rests on the shoulders of two soldiers, both recently returned from Vietnam. One sits in the belfry, taking out zombies from afar, while the other defends the barricaded sanctuary against the onslaught. But will their efforts be enough?
Comics artist Josh Medors passed away late last year after a years-long battle with cancer. ‘68: HALLOWED GROUND is a very special one-shot comic dedicated to his memory and family. Written by Mark Kidwell and drawn by Medors, Kyle Charles, and Jay Fotos, the issue features a wraparound cover by Medors, Nat Jones and Fotos, and a special guest cover by horror comics legend Bernie Wrightson.
Wrightson is a legend in the comics industry and beyond for his work co-creating Swamp Thing and drawing a wide variety of classic horror comics. Artist Jay Fotos explains the one-shot, and Wrightson’s contribution:
"A unique storyline, told from two separate POVs, the ‘68 series' return to the grim American Heartland, covers by artists Josh Medors, Nat Jones, myself and very special guest cover artist, master of the macabre BERNIE WRIGHTSON make ‘68: HALLOWED GROUND a milestone in horror comics history!"
‘68: HALLOWED GROUND is not only dedicated to the memory of Medors—it was the last book he worked on. Fotos is excited about the influence that Medors had on the one-shot:
"When comics artist and longtime friend Josh Med passed away last year, the book he was working on was ‘68: HALLOWED GROUND. Josh was a true fan of horror, loved zombies and was very excited to be working on a ‘68 title. You can see the passion and care Josh gave his work on the book in the startling imagery of his cover. In tribute and thanks to our friend, the entire '68 crew has worked diligently to ensure that every thumbnail and layout Josh produced went into the final look and feel of the book."
'68: HALLOWED GROUND will be in stores on November 6, is currently available to pre-order from the September issue of Previews, and features two separate covers. Cover A (Diamond Code SEP130505) is by Josh Medors, while Cover B (Diamond Code SEP130506) is by Bernie Wrightson. Visit the official '68 website.
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, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit
Action Lab’s VAMPLETS gets USA TODAY coverage

On the heels of its first smash hit, SKYWARD, comic book publisher Action Lab Entertainment took another step forward by getting its next big release, the kid-friendly VAMPLETS, covered in the August 19 issue of USA Today.

Scheduled for an early October release, VAMPLETS is a 48-page oversized hardcover edition based on the plushy toy line developed by creator Gayle Middleton (who played a large role in the redesign of My Little Pony and The Littlest Pet Shop), co-written by David Dwonch, with art by Amanda Coronado and Bill Blankenship.

VAMPLETS tells the story of Destiny Harper, a teenager who gets pressed into service babysitting a collection of loveable monster babies. USA Today calls the title “great” and “charming”, and notes that the book will help fans of all ages get their vampire “fix.”

“This is another feather in the cap for our company,” notes Action Lab President Kevin Freeman. “The fact that our books are now getting mainstream coverage says a lot about how far Action Lab has come in recent months. VAMPLETS tells an amazing story, and we’re thrilled that people are taking notice. “ Freeman also added that he hopes the worldwide coverage of VAMPLETS will result in everyone, not just comic book fans, giving it a shot and seeing what all the hoopla is about.

VAMPLETS will be available in comic book and book stores everywhere on October 8, and has a cover price of $15.99. A free preview of the book is available on as well.

You can read the entire article at
Not one, but THREE new titles shipping TODAY from TWOMORROWS Publishing! 

(RALEIGH, NC) TwoMorrows Publishing (the leading publisher of books and magazines for comics fandom) today releases the latest issues of BACK ISSUE and ALTER EGO magazines, plus AMERICAN COMIC BOOK CHRONICLES: THE 1950s. All three are currently available for immediate ordering from TwoMorrows' website (, and at comic book retailers worldwide.


BACK ISSUE #67 (84 pages, FULL-COLOR, $8.95) features “Heroes Out of Time”, featuring a look back at Batman: Gotham by Gaslight, with MIKE MIGNOLA, MARK WAID, and BRIAN AUGUSTYN. Also: Booster Gold, with DAN JURGENS; X-Men: Days of Future Past, with CHRIS CLAREMONT; Bill & Ted, with EVAN DORKIN; an interview with P. CRAIG RUSSELL; “Pro2Pro” with Time Masters’ BOB WAYNE and LEWIS SHINER; and star-studded looks at Karate Kid, New Mutants: Asgardian Wars, and Marvel’s time-hopping villain, Kang. With a vintage Mignola steampunk Batman cover. Edited by MICHAEL EURY.

You can view a FREE preview and order the PRINT EDITION (at 15% off with a FREE digital edition) or DIGITAL EDITION ONLY (just $3.95) at:

Eight-issue subscriptions are $60 US for Print (only $7.50 each with FREE digital edition, and FREE US shipping), $23.60 for Digital Only (just $2.95 each):

Or order the PRINT EDITION at your local comic book shop using DIAMOND ORDER CODE: MAY131419



ALTER EGO #120 (84 pages with FULL COLOR, $8.95) is a salute to the first series of THE X-MEN (1963 to 1969)—behind JACK KIRBY's unused cover for issue #10! There's secrets behind the mag's first decade—rare late-'60s BRAZILIAN X-Men stories—a long-lost '60s X-Men "character sheet" by STAN LEE himself—and ROY THOMAS on the 1970s revival that turned into a mutant explosion! With art and artifacts by LEE, KIRBY, ROTH, ADAMS, O'NEIL, HECK, FRIEDRICH, DRAKE, and BUSCEMA—plus the story of MMMS fan club! Extra: An interview with Golden Age writer ED SILVERMANFCA (Fawcett Collectors of America)—MICHAEL T. GILBERT and Mr. Monster's Comic Crypt—BILL SCHELLY on comics fandom—and more! Edited by ROY THOMAS.

You can view a FREE preview and order the PRINT EDITION (at 15% off with a FREE digital edition) or DIGITAL EDITION ONLY (just $3.95) at:

Eight-issue subscriptions are $60 US for Print (only $7.50 each with FREE digital edition, and FREE US shipping), $23.60 for Digital Only (just $2.95 each):

Or order the PRINT EDITION at your local comic book shop using DIAMOND ORDER CODE: MAY131418

The American Comic Book Chronicles is TwoMorrows Publishing's ambitious new series of FULL-COLOR HARDCOVERS, where its top authors documenting each decade of comic book history from the 1940s to present. In the tradition of such groundbreaking history books as The Steranko History of Comics—which informed a generation of fans in the 1970s about the roots of comic books—these books compile over 2000 pages of heavily-researched information, in a friendly, searchable year-by-year format. Taken together, the series forms a cohesive, linear overview of the entire landscape of comics history, sure to be an invaluable resource for any comic book enthusiast.


Bill Schelly documents the 1950s era of Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley, with a year-by-year account of the most significant publications, notable creators, and impactful trends in comics, including EC's Tales of the Crypt, Mad, Carl Barks’ Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge, re-tooling the Flash in Showcase #4, return of Timely's Captain America, Human Torch and Sub-Mariner, Fredric Wertham’s anti-comics campaign, and more! 

1950s Volume: (256-page FULL-COLOR HARDCOVER) $40.95
(Digital Edition) $12.95
ISBN: 978-1-60549-054-0
Diamond Comic Distributors Order Code: MAY131285 
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Since 1994, TwoMorrows Publishing has been bringing a new day to comics fans, through its award-winning line of magazines and books.


August 21st, 2013 - Los Angeles, CA - Fans and aspiring artists always ask us what the best way is to get their work seen by an editor, and now BOOM! Studios has updated our process to make it easier than ever.
BOOM! Studios has launched an Artist Submissions page ( on Facebook in order to create a venue for artists to submit their work and have it seen by the BOOM! Studios editorial team.
WHAT IT IS: The Artist Submissions Facebook Page is a place for artists (pencilers, inkers, colorists, letterers) to post samples of their work. (Please note that this page is strictly for artists and ALL unsolicited writing submissions will not be reviewed.)
HOW IT WORKS: Upload examples of your work for the BOOM! Studios Editorial staff to review. Post all art samples in the Timeline. DO NOT SEND MESSAGES. Make sure to provide your contact information. BOOM! does not respond directly to the posts or messages. BOOM! has hired a number of artists this way and will contact you if there is interest.
Additionally, the BOOM! Studios editorial staff will regularly post helpful hints and advice for artists to improve their craft on the Facebook page.
"I'm really excited about this new initiative," said Managing Editor Bryce Carlson. "Not only is the BOOM! Studios Artist Submissions Page an amazing opportunity for aspiring artists, colorists, and letterers to get their samples in front of BOOM! editors on a regular basis and find helpful tips and advice, it's also a great community for creators to interact and learn from each other. Finding new talent is awesome, but providing a home for people to grow and learn together is what really makes this so special."

Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios ( generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent. BOOM! Studios is the home of Mike Carey’s SUICIDE RISK, Clive Barker’s NEXT TESTAMENT and HELLRAISER, Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos’ FAIRY QUEST, PLANET OF THE APES, Max Bemis’ POLARITY and Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 GUNS was recently released as a feature film from Universal Pictures starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Jim Davis’ GARFIELD, Cartoon Network’s ADVENTURE TIME and REGULAR SHOW, Mike Kunkel’s HEROBEAR AND THE KID, and Roger Langridge’s Eisner Award-winning SNARKED. In June 2013, BOOM! acquired Archaia Entertainment ( Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of MOUSE GUARD, COW BOY, GUNNERKRIGG COURT, RUST, SPERA, JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND, RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN, and other many great titles.
Famous explorers meet monsters and worse on the American frontier
In 1804, Captain Meriwether Lewis and Second Lieutenant William Clark set out from St. Louis, Missouri with the intent of blazing a trail to the western coast of North America—a trip that would set the foundation for the future of the United States of America. But what the history books don’t tell you is the true purpose of Lewis and Clark’s journey to the west...

The newest series from Image Comics imprint Skybound, MANIFEST DESTINY reveals the true story of Lewis and Clark and their voyage to claim America for the United States. Writer Chris Dingess (Being Human) and artist Matthew Roberts (BATTLE POPE) have introduced a new wrinkle to American history, combining elements of classic adventure tales with a very modern type of paranoia. In this imaginative retelling of their famous trek, Lewis and Clark embark on a secret mission under direct orders from President Thomas Jefferson. They are going to do more than explore the wild frontier: they’re going to catalog exotic life and eliminate the monsters that stand in the way of the safe and rapid expansion of the United States.

I'm fascinated by the pop culture phenomenon of taking historical characters, both real and fictional, and placing them in big, fake, extraordinary adventures,” said Dingess when asked about the origins of the series, “I'm also intrigued by the modern world's growing obsession with vast government conspiracies, both real and fictional. I was excited to take these two concepts and make them have a baby. And Matt Roberts has made this baby very pretty.”

Instead of being a dry reinvention of history, Dingess and Roberts are aiming for something that’s a lot of fun and action-packed, but still true to the era they’re depicting. Roberts is interested in being historically accurate, in addition to making sure MANIFEST DESTINY has an exciting visual style. Chris has written such a crazy, fun adventure, but he always leaves me enough rope to hang myself in the details,” said Roberts. For example - I had no clue how in vogue popped up collars were in the early 19th century. That and leather chokers. Researching and drawing all these things is such a turn from drawing shiny, spandexed muscles. I'm having a blast.

MANIFEST DESTINY #1 will be in stores on November 13 and is currently available to pre-order from the September issue of Previews (Diamond Code SEP130486).
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, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Comics Legend Marc Silvestri Builds on Crowd-Funded Support of Fans
Cybernetic freedom fighters defend civilization from evil corporations and their takeover of the world in CYBERFORCE. Written and created by Marc Silvestri (THE DARKNESS, Uncanny X-Men), with art by Marco Turini, colors by Andy Troy (Astonishing X-Men), and finishes by digital wizard Stjepan Sejic (RAVINE, THE DARKNESS: THE DEATH OF JACKIE ESTACADO), CYBERFORCE #6 marks a landmark issue for the series and the beginning of a new story arc. CYBERFORCE launched with a record-setting promotion that gave readers the first five issues for free, making issue 6 the first issue in the series to cost anything, offered at the affordable price of $2.99.

Thanks to the crowdfunding site Kickstarter, TOP COW PRODUCTIONS, INC., and their loyal and amazing fans were able to raise enough money to resurrect the CYBERFORCE franchise. As a result, the first five issues of CYBERFORCE were sent to retailers all across the world to give away for free. Nothing like this had been done in comic book history, and as a result, fans have clamored for more. Issue 6, due in September, brings an end to the free promotion, but Silvestri trusts that the first five issues and the strength of this new story are enough incentive for readers to keep going.

In CYBERFORCE, corporations control everything, and a young woman named Velocity must escape her mother and sister’s grasp in order to search for a very important man named Stryker. With the big companies on top, normal people are forced to live in what’s left of the cities. These people are protected by CYBERFORCE, a group of former soldiers who have banded together to fight for the weak, hunted, and oppressed. After the conclusion of their first story arc, issue 6 introduces readers to a new purpose and mission for the CYBERFORCE crew. Revenge has been achieved, so survival is now top priority as a more dangerous and uncontrollable threat has been activated.

"The lines between good and evil, and fact and fiction continue to blur as CYBERFORCE falls farther down the technological rabbit hole,” Silvestri explains. “Artist Marco Turini brings our worst nightmares to life as we learn that Cyber Data may in fact be the least of our problems."

"Marc Silvestri and Matt Hawkins have a built an interesting world here."

"The writing and artwork are solid and the world presented promises intrigue as well as sweet robot/cyborg fights."
-Destroy The Cyborg

“Cyberforce is a series I normally wouldn’t have read, but found the writing to be excellent, gradually getting better with each issue. It’s now been added to my pull list.”
-Nerd Nation Radio

Comic Book Resources has given the series praise and recently posted the entire fifth issue of CYBERFORCE on their site for fans to enjoy.

CYBERFORCE issues 1-5 can be read at the Top Cow website, or picked up for free at any local comic shop.

CYBERFORCE #6 will be released in comic shops on September 18 (Diamond Code MAY130409) and will be available digitally on the Image Comics website as well as ComiXology.

Top Cow Productions was founded by Marc Silvestri in 1992 as an imprint of Image Comics. After launching its first title, CYBER FORCE, with an amazing 850,000 titles sold, Top Cow has gone on to publish such iconic titles as WITCHBLADE, THE DARKNESS, ARTIFACTS, and APHRODITE IX. The imprint also publishes innovative creator-owned titles such as THINK TANK and SON OF MERLIN. For more information about Top Cow, visit
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Author: Michael Alan Nelson
Artist: Mariano Navarro 
Cover Artist: Stephane Roux
WHY WE LOVE IT: Written by Michael Alan Nelson (SUPERGIRL, HEXED) and drawn by newcomer Mariano Navarro, PROTOCOL is an action-packed espionage series with a compelling cast of young characters struggling with their transition into adulthood.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: PROTOCOL is a tense thriller perfect for fans of fun spy fiction like TV’s Alias or Mission: Impossible.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Grabbed up by the United States government and thrown into training camps, orphans around the country have been raised to become America’s next generation of superspies. Now, as adults, they live amongst us, ready for "the family" to call them back into action.  


Author: Brian Joines
Artist: Bachan
Cover Artists: (A) Khary Randolph (B - Connecting Variant) Felipe Smith
(A) $3.99; (B) $0.00

Terry and Dave must gather their wits and uncover the mystery behind Dapple’s evil plan. With the help of the toy-filled, lovable gelatin-mass, Blounder, they may just have a chance to crack the case. Unbeknownst to them, the kidnapping of Furdlegurr has put 6-year-old Elliot Fairview onto Dapple’s trail.   


Author: Christopher Golden
Artist: Damian Couceiro
Cover Artist: Paul Azeceta

With the plan to transfer Kendra to a safe haven in place, Tig, Jax and the rest of SAMCRO prepare for the dangerous cross-country ride. But Griggs and the Ghost Brothers are already hot on their trail, and even worse, some of SAMCRO is beginning to question risking everything just to help the ex-porn-star daughter of a long dead member...

HIT #3
Author: Bryce Carlson
Artist: Vanesa R. Del Rey
Cover Artist: Ryan Sook
As the noose slowly tightens, Slater is left with a choice: Does he give in to Blair’s sadistic demands and rejoin the Hit Squad, or does he take action against the East Coast mafia to save Bonnie? But really, he doesn’t have much of a choice at all...

Story: Frank Miller
Sequential Adaptation: Steven Grant
Artist: Korkut Öztekin
Cover Artist: Declan Shalvey 
Roaring down the burning streets of a dying city in a juiced-up cruiser, RoboCop must disappear into the night or meet his end by the onslaught of OCP officers on his tail. Barely functioning and fighting to maintain consciousness, RoboCop will need all the help he can get to survive.

3 GUNS #4
Author: Steven Grant
Artist: Emilio Laiso
Cover Artist: Rafael Albuquerque
The gun deal Trench and Steadman were blackmailed into facilitating has gone south, and now the two guns are caught in the crossfire of the two warring factions. Meanwhile, Joey meets up with her government handler, leveraging the stolen weapons and money into a last-ditch attempt to bring both sides to justice.

Author: Simon Spurrier
Artist: Jeff Stokely
Cover Artist: Ramón Pérez
Blue has almost made it back to the BlisterGate in his mission to return the dying general’s love-token to his Earth-side wife. The only problem? He’ll have to cross a battlefield to get there, with both the Rebels and the BXF soldiers out to get him and no 6GG in sight.

Author: Mike Carey
Artist: Elena Casagrande
Cover Artist: Tommy Lee Edwards
With the Nightmare Crew’s true plan revealed, Leo Winters must test the very limits of his burgeoning power to stop them—but will using his powers play right into their hands? Or, cause an even bigger tragedy than the one Leo’s putting so much at risk trying to stop?

Authors: Clive Barker, Mark Miller
Artist: Haemi Jang
Cover Artist: Goni Montes
As Tristan and Elspeth continue their race to Providence, their new traveling companions may hold the key to the mystery of Wick’s brethren. Meanwhile, Wick’s jealousy leads to a show of force unlike any of his previous acts.


Authors: Clive Barker, Brandon Seifert
Artist: Tom Garcia
Cover Artist: Lorenoa Carvalho
Elliot Spencer’s last run-in with Leviathan didn’t go as planned, but the lord of the Labyrinth has no idea what his former protege has in store for him...

Author: Shane Houghton
Artis: Jerry Gaylord
Cover Artist: Jerry Gaylord
Series Finale! “4 Stories of the Apocalypse” concludes with an alternate reality tale: What if the Wrecking Crew turned zombie at SDCC, and the scrappy creators of a comic book series called FANBOYS VS. ZOMBIES were the only humans left alive to stop them?


Author: Paul Jenkins
Artist: Carlos Magno
Cover Artist: Carlos Magno
The final battle is here, as the two heroes left standing wage war for the fate of the universe. This is the conclusion to the vaunted superhero maxiseries from famed creators Paul Jenkins (FAIRY QUEST, INHUMANS) and Carlos Magno (PLANET OF THE APES, TRANSFORMERS).

Author: Mad Rupert
Artist: Mad Rupert
Cover Artists: (A) Mad Rupert (B) Kel McDonald (C) Mia Schwartz (D) Tessa Stone
(A, B, C, or D) $3.99
WHY WE LOVE IT: No one is more mysterious in the crazy world of REGULAR SHOW than Skips, the park’s enigmatic yeti groundskeeper who always seems to know what’s going on. Finally, we get to see the world from his point of view.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Because you know that REGULAR SHOW is anything but ordinary...and newcomer Mad Rupert has crafted a comic that is extraordinary.
WHAT’S IT ABOUT: Pops decides to take the team on a mini-vacation for all the good work they’ve done. Little does Skips know, this vacation is not going to be a restful one...

Author: Mike Kunkel
Artist: Mike Kunkel
Cover: Mike Kunkel
Tyler learns what it means to be a hero while at the same time trying to figure out the mystery behind Von Klon. He might finally feel like he’s getting some answers, but it looks like he’s also getting more questions. A great story of a boy and his best friend overcoming the crazy obstacles that life throws at us.

Authors: Yuko Ota and Ananth Panagariya
Artist: Ian McGinty
Cover Artists: (A) Nomi Kane (B), Linda Price, (C) Larry Birdsall, (D) Mad Rupert
(A, B, C, or D) $3.99
This ADVENTURE TIME whodunit continues with hilarious team-ups no one is expecting as Ooo searches for its newest hero, but is Peppermint Butler any closer to figuring out what happened to Finn and Jake? Each issue is great for fans by itself but for series readers, it’ll only be a matter of time before the truth finally comes out.

Author: KC Green
Artist: Allison Strejlau
Cover Artists: (A) Phil Jacobson, (B) Reed Black, (C) Yumi Sakugawa,
(D) Jemma Salume

(A, B, C, or D) $3.99
The newest issue of this not-so-regular REGULAR SHOW comic once again takes Mordecai and Rigby on an adventure that could only be found in a comic book! A great series for fans of slacker comedy, ’80s humor, and awesome, one-of-a-kind art!


Authors: Mark Evanier, Scott Nickelt
Artist: Andy Hirsch
Cover Artist: Gary Barker
Garfield and the gang have plenty to give thanks for, and we’re going to share two all-new stories this month, including the gang getting into some turkey day shenanigans, and the next chapter of the Lasagna Monster saga!

Author: Joey Comeau
Artist: Mike Holmes
Cover Artists: (A) Tyson Hesse, (B) Kerrith Johnson, (C) Ashley Davis, (D) Matt Sheean
(A, B, C, or D) $3.99
Things are never easy for the Bravest Warriors; it’s probably what makes them so gosh darn likable. This issue isn’t just another “will they, won’t they” between Beth and Chris (answer: socks), it’s another mission where the Bravest Warriors will get to bring their unique personalities together to overcome all obstacles in their way!

Author: Ryan North
Artists: Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb
Cover Artists: (A) Mike Holmes, (B) Sarah Harrocks, (C) Tessa Stone, (D) Allen Lau
(A, B, C, or D) $3.99
Finn and Jake find themselves in a sticky situation when Princess Bubblegum's experiments searching for the origin of life—specifically, her life—go horribly wrong, overcoming the Candy Kingdom! What sour weapon can the boys find that can overcome something so primordially sweet?


Authors: Charles M. Schulz, Various
Artists: Charles M. Schulz, Various
Cover Artist: Charles M. Schulz
When it comes to winning this year’s Miss Crabby Pageant, Lucy is going all out. But with competition like Molley Volley and Crybaby Boobie, can Lucy out crabby her way to the shiny winner’s trophy? Enjoy “Miss Crabby Pageant” and many more Peanuts adventures in this latest issue, full of heart and fun galore!


Author: Caleb Monroe
Artist: Yasmin Liang
Cover Artist: Joseph Michael Linsner
Caleb Monroe and Yasmin Liang bring you all-new stories of the original Avengers, as the super-spy duo face a murderous conductor, crack the case of the Suicide Town, and get into a literal race against time. Collecting issues 4-7.


Authors: Corinna Bechko, Gabriel Hardman
Artist: Damian Couceiro
Cover Artist: Alex Ross
After the cataclysm that devastated Ape City, Doctor Zaius, his family, Cornelius, and Marcus are tasked with the difficult and often treacherous responsibility of rebuilding civilization. But what terror lies beneath the ruins? Ancient mysteries unfold and Ape City continues to crumble while Zaius' search for answers winds its way deeper into the unknown. Collecting issues 5-8 of the critically acclaimed series.


Authors: Danielle Corsetto 
Artist: Zack Sterling
Cover Artist: Stephanie Gonzaga

WHY WE LOVE IT: Our favorite princesses are getting a chance to take the main stage as they learn the importance of friendship and what it really means to wear a crown.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: It’s a book about how Princesses can overcome their differences while at the same time kicking butt and taking names.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Princess gatherings aren’t always tea parties and doilies, there is a lot more to being a Princess that one might think. Danielle Corsetto (GIRLS WITH SLINGSHOTS) and Zack Sterling return with an
adventure where some of our favorite princesses learn what it really takes to be a princess, while learning to respect each other for their unique outlooks on life.



Author: R.J. Ryan
Artist: David Marquez
Cover Artist: David Marquez
In mid-21st century Northern California, prosperous technology executive George Joyner stands on the brink of revolutionizing life in America (again) with his latest high-flying invention. But just as business booms, George’s private life begins to implode, with devastating consequences, for his wife Sonya, their children Rochester and Michelle, and Sonya’s ailing father, David. Brought to life in stunning anaglyph 3-D (two pairs of glasses come enclosed with each book), The Joyners in 3D details a story of personal betrayals, industrial intrigue, and sexual desire in uncompromising and visually impeccable terms. The Joyners in 3D reunites writer R.J. Ryan and Ultimate Spider-Man illustrator David Marquez, collaborators on Archaia’s acclaimed graphic novel Syndrome, for which Marquez earned a 2011 Russ Manning Award nomination.


Authors: David Petersen, Ben Caldwell, Eric Canete, Rick Geary, Cory Godbey, Cliff Monear, Stan Sakai, Jemma Salume, Christian Slade, Jackson Sze, Nick Tapalansky, Bill Willingham, and C. P. Wilson III
Artists: David Petersen, Ben Caldwell, Eric Canete, Alex Eckman-Lawn, Rick Geary, Justin Gerard, Cory Godbey, Jemma Salume, Stan Sakai, Christian Slade, Jackson Sze, Bill Willingham, and C. P. Wilson III
Cover Artist: David Petersen
The 2011 Eisner Award winner for Best Anthology is back with a second volume! In the mouse tavern known as the June Alley Inn, a new round of storytelling begins between the patrons. Their goal is to be declared the best story of the night in hopes of having their outstanding debt to the barmaid forgiven. Each story is written and illustrated by a different creator, while Mouse Guard creator David Petersen supplies the tavern scenes! Legends of the Guard continues the tradition of featuring handpicked artists and storytellers by Petersen, including fan-favorites like Stan Sakai (Usagi Yokimbo), C.P. Wilson III (The Stuff of Legend), and Bill Willingham (Fables), and up-and-comers like Christian Slade (Korgi), Rick Geary (The Adventures of Blanche), and Jemma Salume (Unicorn Life Cycle).

Author: Tom Hammock
Artist: Megan Hutchison
Cover Artist: Megan Hutchison
After her parents’ accidental death by mushroom poisoning, young Aurora Grimeon is sent to live with her estranged grandfather on Ossuary Isle, deep in the southern swamps. Joined by her grandfather’s pet raccoon Missy, Aurora explores the fog-covered island of graves. Along the way, she meets its sinister residents who care for the tombstones and mausoleums, living out their lives by the strange rules of Hoodoo magic. When ghostly things start happening out in the swamp and island residents start disappearing, Aurora thrusts herself into the middle of the mystery, uncovering secrets that might be better left buried.

Author: Dan Fogler, Kevin J. Anderson, and Andrew Harrison
Artists: Nadir Balan, Kevin Colden, Dan Dougherty, Alex Horley, Fernando Pinto, Darick Robertson, Alex Sheikman, Jeff Stokely, and Anna Wieszczyk
Cover Artist: Alex Horley

This follow-up to Dan Fogler’s (“Take Me Home Tonight,” “Fanboys”) first volume of Moon Lake is a new collection of stories that mesh comedy, horror, and science fiction into one insane anthology that’s inspired by Tales From The Crypt and Heavy Metal. A seemingly harmless body of water is actually a mysterious portal into the weird and deranged, affecting all who come into contact with it. From zombie dinosaurs to an inter-dimensional Sasquatch trying to save its species from extinction to a mass-murdering high school cheerleader, enjoy more twisted tales from Moon Lake! 

“If anyone was the Fifth Beatle, it was Brian.”—Paul McCartney

AUGUST 20, TORONTO, ON—The anticipation around The Fifth Beatle continues to grow as Dark Horse announces the involvement of music legends Billy J. Kramer and Andrew Loog Oldham lending their words and support to this remarkable piece of graphic literature chronicling the life of Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein. Billy J. Kramer was managed by Epstein in the 1960’s and had a string of hits including “Do You Want to Know a Secret?”, “Bad to Me”, and “Little Children”; and Andrew Loog Oldham was The Beatles’ publicist in 1963 before he went on to discover, produce and manage The Rolling Stones. Today, Kramer continues to record and release albums, and Oldham is a bestselling author and broadcast personality.

More than merely the story of “The Man Who Made the Beatles,” The Fifth Beatle is an uplifting, tragic, and ultimately inspirational human story about the desire to leave behind a legacy, amidst the struggle to overcome crushing personal obstacles and insurmountable odds. Written by multiple Tony Award–winning producer Vivek J. Tiwary (Green Day’s American Idiot, The Addams Family, Mel Brooks’ The Producers) and painted by fanboy favorite Andrew C. Robinson (Dusty Star, King Conan, Starman, Superman) The Fifth Beatle will be released on November 19.

“Telling the Brian Epstein story in The Fifth Beatle has been a true labor-of-love, as I've long considered Epstein my "Historical Mentor” and someone I never had the good fortune to meet, but whose life story I have been greatly inspired by and have tried to learn from. So it is incredibly humbling and affirming to have the input and support of Andrew Loog Oldham and Billy J. Kramer, two music industry superstars who truly knew Brian Epstein. I'm extremely grateful to them both, and I can't wait to share their illuminating contributions with our readers,” said Tiwary.

The standard hardcover edition will be available for $19.99 in an oversized library format. Both a collector’s-edition and limited edition hardcover of this groundbreaking graphic novel will also be available, featuring a wraparound, textured cover and a section of bonus materials including Beatles and Brian Epstein memorabilia, artist sketches, and alternate covers, for $49.99 and $99.99.
Tiwary will be signing limited prints of The Fifth Beatle at FanExpo America in Toronto, Ontario this Friday & Saturday, August 23rd & 24th at the Dark Horse booth #856 at XX
Tiwary is represented by David Alpert and Lawrence Mattis at Circle of Confusion.

Vivek J. Tiwary is an award-winning producer, writer, and financier for film, television, theater, music, and graphic novels. He is the producer and writer of “The Fifth Beatle,” a feature film and graphic novel based on the life of Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein. “The Fifth Beatle” has secured unprecedented access to Beatles’ music and is in development to shoot in 2014. He is also exclusive producer of Amelia Rules! — a children’s film franchise and television series based on the series of tween graphic novels by New York Times best-selling author Jimmy Gownley. In television, Vivek sold a sitcom pilot “Punk Rock Dad” to CBS, based on the bestselling memoir/parenting manual by Pennywise lead singer Jim Lindberg, and he is developing a number of additional series including “Ascension,” a historical fiction / thriller juxtaposing the history of astronomy with mankind’s future in the stars. On Broadway, Vivek’s productions have won a combined 25 Tony Awards from 44 Tony nominations—every single one of his shows have been decorated. They include “The Addams Family,” Green Day’s “American Idiot” (the groundbreaking adaptation of the superstar rock band’s multi-platinum album), Mel Brooks’ “The Producers” (the most Tony Awards ever) and “Young Frankenstein”, “A Raisin In The Sun” (starring Sean Combs), and “A Little Night Music” (starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury). Off-Broadway, Vivek produced a theatrical collaboration between electropop/performance artists Fischerspooner and avant-garde theatre collective The Wooster Group (founded by Willem Dafoe, Spalding Gray, and others) that launched the 2008 Sao Paulo Art Bienal. Vivek also serves on the Board of Directors for Valiant Entertainment (, a multi-platform company that boasts the third largest and most-loved universe of comic book characters and has been hailed by the New York Times as “Marvel 2.0”. Prior to founding Tiwary Entertainment Group (  and online music education/empowerment company StarPolish, Vivek held a number of major label music-industry positions, including launching and heading the Alternative Marketing Department at Mercury/PolyGram Records, and managing Video Promotion for Mercury/PolyGram, where he worked closely with MTV and VH1. Vivek has worked with artists covering the entire musical spectrum including Bruce Springsteen, Shania Twain, Bon Jovi, Pearl Jam, Kiss, LL Cool J, John Mellencamp, Allen Ginsberg, Oasis, Hanson, 311 and The Mighty Mighty BossTones to name but a few. Among many charitable pursuits, Vivek is the Co-Founder of Musicians On Call (, a nonprofit organization that uses music and entertainment to complement the healing process. He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of both the Wharton School of Business and the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Arts and Sciences. Vivek also holds a filmmaking certificate from The New York Film Academy and is an acting student of Susan Batson/Black Nexxus Acting Studio.

Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, 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 such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Felicia Day, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, including The Mask, Ghost, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Its successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Mass Effect, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, Emily the Strange, Tim Burton’s Tragic Toys for Girls and Boys, Serenity, and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.

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