Saturday, November 23, 2013

Friday, November 22, 2013

Hatter M: Love of Wonder and Looking Glass Wars: Millinery Academy come to Kickstarter
November 21st 2013

New York Times
 best-selling author Frank Beddor (Looking Glass Wars trilogy) recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the publishing of his Hatter M graphic novel series and his latest prose series for fans of the LGW mythos.

Hatter M, Volume 5: Love of Wonder will be the FINAL graphic novel in the award-winning Hatter M Series and available to Kickstarter backers FIRST.
The campaign has been 20% funded in less then 24 hours from launch! Visit http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/149372651/the-looking-glass-wars-hatter-m to participate.
In addition, fans asked for another prose series from Frank and the result is Volume 1 of Looking Glass Wars: Millinery Academy.
Discover a young Hatter Madigan as a cadet attending the fabled Millinery Academy where he is trained to protect Wonderland’s Queens.
Beddor commented “It's a great time to be creative, and I am so lucky to have such a remarkable platform to bring new work to life."
LOOKING GLASS WARS: MILLINERY ACADEMY
Swordplay! Newfound friendships! School bullies! Budding love! Self-serving rivals! Scheming adults and soulless rebel plotters! Welcome to the world of Cadet Hatter Madigan, who has just entered Wonderland’s Millinery academy as one of the freshmen ‘Brims’. Those born to be Royal Bodyguards are trained at one of the four academies(Heart, Clubs Diamond, Spade) linked to the royal houses. Cadets will study the mystic and martial arts, as well as the sometimes more difficult art of successfully dealing with others. Once Hatter begins his training he is thrown into a competitive world of both boys and girls vying to be the best. Arsenal cubes, blade chasers and Hat blocking 101 are all rites of passage the young milliners first take on together but must eventually perfect, separately.
HATTER M: LOVE OF WONDER
In the 5th and final volume, looking glasses shatter as our worlds collide and characters from Wonderland increasingly cross over to aid or block Hatter in his single-minded quest to find Alyss and bring her home. Redd's Black Imagination has ruled Wonderland for 13 years without fear of reprisal and now the specter of Alyss' return to claim the throne has unleashed a storm of paranoiac rage. Hatter Madigan is at the center of this crusade as he must simultaneously battle the enemies of wonder as well as his own beliefs and loyalties. All paths through time and space, through blood and steel, from his world to our world, have led Hatter Madigan to this moment -- a life or death confrontation with the only warrior in the Looking Glass Wars universe capable of defeating him and destroying the love of wonder.
STAR WARS BLACK FRIDAY!
DARK HORSE STRIKES BACK!

For 72 hours, Dark Horse Digital will offer 150 single-issue Star Wars comics for $100! A savings of over $300!

November 22, MILWAUKIE, OR—Dark Horse Comics is rocking Black Friday madness with a very exclusive limited offer for its digital-comics readers . . .

Feast your optic sensors on this year’s Black Friday MegaBundle. For one weekend only, you can get over 150 digital Star Wars comics for the crazy-low price of only $100.

Get classics like The Clone Wars, The Old Republic, and all three arcs of Crimson Empire. Get a taste of Brian Wood’s critically acclaimed Star Wars series. Your favorite Sith friends are here too, with Darth Maul and Darth Vader series, plus the latest series, Lost Tribe of the Sith. Your favorite bounty hunter, Boba Fett, is here, plus the Imperial spy comic Agent of the Empire. Go back in time to the origins of the Jedi in Dawn of the Jedi, travel to hundreds of years after the films end with Legacy, and more!

Over 3,500 pages of Star Wars goodness! This sale goes live at midnight (PST), Friday, November 29, and runs through midnight, Sunday, December 1. 
Get this MegaBundle here: http://goo.gl/bZwZpM, before Chewie punches it, and it jumps to hyperspace!

The free Dark Horse Digital comics app is now available worldwide through all modern web browsers and features cloud storage in both the Android and iOS apps.

Stop by Dark Horse Digital and get all the Star Wars comics you could want and more!


About Dark Horse Digital
Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has grown to become the third-largest comics publisher in the United States and is acclaimed internationally for the quality and diversity of its line. In 2011, the company that revolutionized the comic industry proudly presented its groundbreaking digital-publishing program, Dark Horse Digital.
Having launched with hundreds of titles, Dark Horse Digital offers its most popular titles at an unprecedented value, while providing the highest-quality reading experience possible. Single-issue comics are priced as low as just $0.99, and there is also an extensive list of free introductory #1 issues. Additionally, DH Digital’s “bundles” group together story arcs spanning multiple issues into affordable packages, allowing readers to get the three or four issues that comprise a complete narrative, starting at just $3.99 and up. And through cloud-based technology, Digital Store purchases can be read and enjoyed on your laptop, desktop, mobile browser, and Dark Horse Bookshelf app, available now on iTunes.
To get started, simply log on to Digital.DarkHorse.com or download the app to create an account, and begin building your collection today.
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Entertainment Earth Announces Its Top Collectibles Gift List 

LOS ANGELES, CA: November 22, 2013 - Entertainment Earth®, the leading pioneer in the online toy and collectibles retail industry since 1996, unveils its top gift list for collectors this holiday season. From The Walking Dead action figures to an Adam West Batman 1:4 scale figure, each item was handpicked from the thousands of incredible, unique licensed products Entertainment Earth offers. These must-have collectibles are gifts that will truly keep on giving to that collector in your life.

"As longtime collectors and fans ourselves, we crafted the list with products that we want or have in our own collections," said Jason Labowitz, President of Entertainment Earth. "These collectibles are the type of gift that will be enjoyed today and 20 years from now."

The Top Collectibles Gift List:

 Batman 1966 TV Series Adam West 1:4 Scale Action Figure from NECA - This figure is the ultimate homage to the 1966 Batman, a beloved and iconic character that's also a perfect reflection of the spirit of the 1960s. With 20 points of articulation and a slew of accessories for his functioning utility belt, the Caped Crusader can be played with or displayed in infinite combinations!

Despicable Me 2 Pop! Vinyl Minions from Funko - When the wonderful jellybean-like Minions were introduced in 2010's Despicable Me, they became instant classics The Minions have since starred in three short films, a sequel, and three video games, and they'll get a feature film of their own in 2015. At the same time, vinyl collectible figures have exploded in popularity over the past few years. The Pop! Vinyl Minions are a delightful combination of two red-hot trends that will only grow in importance over time!

 Doctor Who 1st and 11th Doctor 8-Inch Action Figures in Tin Tote from Bif Bang Pow! - At 50 years, Doctor Who is the longest running science-fiction program ever, touching five generations of fans. This set is an ideal way to commemorate the 50th anniversary, as it unites 1963 with 2013! The 8-inch figures are the original Doctor and modern Doctor, recreated in the most intricate detail and stored in a tin tote that evokes both the low-tech black and white beginnings and the advanced HDTV show with CGI of today. A Whovian must-have, with FREE U.S. shipping!

Hot Wheels Star Trek Wave 1 Vehicle Case from Mattel - Hot Wheels and Star Trek together spells a must-have for collectors. Designers pay tribute by selecting 4 of Star Trek's most iconic ships, from the original TV series to the most recent film: U.S.S. Vengeance, U.S.S. Kelvin, U.S.S. Excelsior, and a Klingon Battle Cruiser. Their intricate details will send Star Trek fans into warp drive, and they ship FREE within the U.S.

LEGO Mindstorms EV3 31313 - For over 50 years, LEGO has been driving new ways to inspire users to build and create, and now they've accomplished their masterwork: LEGO's most technologically advanced product ever! Collectors can build and command robots that walk, talk, think, and do just about anything they can imagine. Ships FREE within the U.S.

Minecraft Core Player Steve Action Figure Survival Pack from Jazwares - With the recent surge in popularity of video game collectibles, masses of addicted fans can finally bring Minecraft into the real world with a leather 3-inch articulated Steve action figure, complete with all the weapons and accessories he needs to triumph in Minecraft's hostile environment.  

Monster High Ghouls Alive Dolls Set from Mattel - Monster High took the doll world by storm when it launched in 2010. Now, for the first time ever, the ghouls of Monster High come alive with character-appropriate lights and sound! As a special nod to collectors, each doll is wearing a twisted version of her original outfit. Plus, for a limited time, this set ships FREE within the United States.

Star Wars Black Series 6-Inch Action Figures Wave 1 from Hasbro - These 6-inch scale figures are causing excitement because they were designed with the collector's wish list in mind. Action figures of fan-favorites Luke, R2-D2, Darth Maul, and an Imperial Sandtrooper have incredibly detailed sculpts and are finely painted. As the first in the 6-inch series, they're ideal for collectors. For a limited time only, this set ships FREE within the U.S.

 The Walking Dead Merle and Daryl Dixon Action Figure 2-Pack from McFarlane - The Walking Dead is the highest rated cable TV series ever, and collectibles from the show are just as popular. This 2-pack includes 5-inch action figures of the infamous Dixon brothers, created using 3-D scans of the actors! They're lovingly made with detailed articulation and superb accessories, such as a crossbow, knives, guns, axes, keys, and bayonet arm.

Venture Bros. Color-Changing Brock 16 oz. Glass Set of 2 from Bif Bang Pow! - The Venture Bros. is consistently ranked as one of the best animated shows of all time, and this set was designed with the same quirky dark humor for which fans watch the show. Macho secret agent Brock Samson starts out clean, but add a cold beverage to the glasses and the blood blossoms all over him! As the glass warms up again, the blood vanishes. The Venture Bros. logo on the back of the glass also changes from white to red.


About Entertainment Earth®, Inc.
Entertainment Earth® - entertainmentearth.com - is a worldwide multi-channel retailer and wholesaler of action figures, toys, bobble heads, and collectibles with a state-of-the-art website and popular print catalog. Founded online in 1996 and based in Simi Valley, California, Entertainment Earth offers an ever-expanding selection of over 16,000 licensed products and has pioneered best practices in the industry with innovations such as a Mint Condition Guarantee™, Risk Free Shopping, and Hassle Free 90-Day Returns.

“Scratch9” Gets Bookshelf Edition from Hermes Press

Eisner-nominated, all-ages title collected into deluxe hardcover for the first time

November, 2013 - Hermes Press is pleased to announce the deluxe bookshelf hardcover printing of “Scratch9: The Pet Project (Second Life Edition)” , collecting the complete fan-favorite, all-ages title under one cover for the first time. The new collection includes the original, Eisner-nominated graphic novel “Scratch9: The Pet Project” along with this year’s hit anthology “Scratch9: Cat Tails.”  
This edition includes over 140 pages of story written by series creator Rob M. Worley with artwork by Jason T. Kruse, Joshua Buchanan, Armand Villavert Jr, Mike Kunkel, Chris Houghton, Caanan Grall, Shannon Eric Denton, John Martin, Joe Foo, Justin Castaneda and Mike Roll. With a commitment to getting this book into the hands of young readers everywhere, Hermes Press has priced this must-have volume at just $12.99.
Scratch9 features a mischievous house cat who gains the ability to summon any of his nine lives, past and future, to aid him in rescuing animals from the Dr. Schrodinger of the C.R.U.E.L. corporation. The original series was named one of the best of 2010 by School Library Journal and praised by critics as a great “read-together” story for parents to enjoy with their children. Here’s what people are saying:
“…adorable, funny and surprisingly smart.“ - Kelly Thompson, Comics Book Resources
“…it’s super cute and has a great message.” - Comicbookgirl19
“The first time I got Scratch9, I loved it!” - Gabriella, Age 7
As with all Scratch9 books, Worley will donate five percent of the profits from the sale of the hardcover to animal welfare organizations such as the ASPCA, Guardians For Animals in Michigan and NKLA.org in California, through the recently-established SWAH Fund.
“Scratch9: The Pet Project (Second Life Edition)” is available for pre-order from the December Diamond Previews catalog (ordering code #DEC13 1195).
The book is expected to ship in March.
For more information about Scratch9 visit http://www.scratch9.com
For more information about Hermes Press visit http://www.hermespress.com
BOOM! STUDIOS ANNOUNCES NEW IMPRINT BOOM! BOX, AN EXPERIMENTAL LINE OF TITLES CREATED JUST
'FOR THE LOVE OF IT'

 
 
BOOM! Box Teaser Image
 
Nov. 22nd,  2013 - Los Angeles, CA - Award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios is excited to announce BOOM! Box, a new imprint that aims to push the envelope with experimental content from some of the brightest, forward-thinking creators in comics today. The new line of titles kicks off in December with the debut of THE MIDAS FLESH, a new, original series from the creative team behind the KaBOOM! line of ADVENTURE TIME comics, writer Ryan North and artists Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb. BOOM! Box joins the publisher’s other imprints, which include KaBOOM!, BOOM! Town, and Archaia.
“This imprint is about new ideas and unique ways of doing things,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Shannon Watters, our mastermind editor behind ADVENTURE TIME, REGULAR SHOW, and BRAVEST WARRIORS, has brought some amazing talent into BOOM! over the last couple years. These are creators that have inspired us; they have an undeniably energizing spirit to what they do, and all have their own stories to tell. That jump-started the idea to give them—and other great creators we’ve come to know who aren’t involved in KaBOOM!—the opportunity to go wild and come up with their most outrageous ideas—and for us to say, ‘Yes, we will publish that.’ It’s about experimenting, having fun, and embracing the limitless form of comics.”
BOOM! Box titles will vary in genre, tone, format, and creative vision, but will share a gleeful energy focused on creating comics purely “for the love of it.” The imprint will also focus on introducing successful creators from outside the direct comic market into the traditional print comic market, including web cartoonists, illustrators, and fine artists.
“BOOM! Box is meant to be a gleeful space for creators to explore projects that are exciting or challenging for them, as well as giving them the means to do so,” said Editor Shannon Watters. “We’re interested in publishing comics under this imprint that are a ball to read...no murderbots or male protagonists with a tortured past, perhaps, but dinosaur planets and adventuring best pals and plenty of graphic storytelling made with love.”
BOOM! Box will launch in December with the release of THE MIDAS FLESH #1, a sci-fi adventure taking inspiration from the mythological man who could turn everything he touched into gold. Inspired by a strip from Ryan North’s immensely popular webcomic, Dinosaur Comics, THE MIDAS FLESH follows a space crew as they return to Earth—a planet that has been completely sectioned off, abandoned, and transformed into gold—in the hopes of finding something to help fight a merciless Federation from further expanding its wrath across the universe.
Future series and projects from BOOM! Box will be announced in coming months as the imprint is carefully curated and expanded organically.

ABOUT BOOM! STUDIOS
Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (boom-studios.com) 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.com). 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 many other great titles. In October 2013, BOOM! Studios entered into a unique first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox, giving the studio access to its library of titles and giving the publisher access to Fox's vast catalog of films.


 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 11/21/2013
Dead @ 17: The Battle for Darlington Hills Deck-Building Card Game
 
Take on the role of Nara or Pitch in a battle between the holy resurrected and a seemingly endless army of demons –with original art from Josh Howard, creator, writer, and artist of ‘Dead @ 17’.

San Diego, CA (November 21, 2013)
 Never Peak Games, an independent producer of board and card games, announced the Dead @ 17: The Battle for Darlington Hills deck-building game. Josh Howard has been writing and illustrating comics for 10 years and is best know of the indie horror series Dead @ 17, published by Image Comic. His other credits include Black Harvet (Image), Clubbing (DC/Minx), Ghostbusters: Con-Volution (IDW), and The Lost Books of Eve (Viper). He is currently at work on the seventh installment of Dead @ 17, scheduled for release in 2014. Funding for the game is now taking place on Kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/neverpeakgames/josh-howards-dead-17-battle-for-darlington-hills
The world of Josh Howard's Dead @ 17 comes to life as players take on the role of Nara and her friends or relentless demons fighting a war for our souls. The battle rages through the streets of Darlington Hills where players must use every weapon they can get their hands on to protect our world or destroy it. Who will be victorious in this epic clash of good vs. evil? Using their starting decks, players will earn powerful cards and enhancements to fight for control of the familiar locations in the Dead @ 17 universe. Demons must be banished before the gates of Hell are opened.
Featuring 209 cards, 3 large location tokens, and 39 resource tokens with Kickstarter rewards and stretch goals that include an exclusive backer-only Dead @ 17 comic, promo cards, and multiple expansions.

Dead @ 17
is currently seeking funding at www.kickstarter.com. For more information about Dead @ 17 the board game, please visit www.neverpeakgames.com.
About Never Peak Games
Founded in 2011, Never Peak Games is an independent producer of board and card games. Never Peak Games is looking to make its mark on the hobby gaming industry by combining amazing art with compelling game play that will keep players coming back to the table.
Wizard World, Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2013 Results
NEW YORK & LOS ANGELES, November 22, 2013 -- Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) discusses financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2013. CEO John Macaluso stated, “Wizard World has continued to perform extremely well in the third quarter and has shown that we are well positioned to be one of the industry leaders in the live event space. This quarter we announced the expansion of our 2014 calendar to fifteen events, in one of many steps towards achieving that goal.”

Third Quarter Summary

Convention revenue was $4,113,181 for the three months ended September 30, 2013, as compared to $2,792,907 for the comparable period ended September 30, 2012, an increase of $1,320,274 year over year or over 47%. The Company operated two events during the period ended September 30, 2013, as compared to two events during the comparable period ended September 30, 2012.

Average revenue generated per event in the third quarter of 2013 was $2,056,591 as compared to $1,396,454 during 2012. This is the third full quarter in which revenue per event rose by more than 47% on year over year basis.

Operating expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2013, was $928,776, as compared to $734,087 for the three months ended September 30, 2012. The increase is primarily attributable to an increase in salaries and employee headcount as well as share based payments that were made to the Chief Executive Officer upon committing to work for the Company.

Other income (expense) for the three months ended September 30, 2013, was $(2,225,570), as compared to $1,057,744 for the three months ended September 30, 2012. The decrease is primarily attributable to the loss on the fair value of the Company’s derivative liabilities.

Income from operations for the three months ended September 30, 2013, was $1,096,824 as compared to $646,543 for the three months ended September 30, 2012.

Net income (loss) attributable to common shareholder for three months ended September 30, 2013, was $(1,215,115) or loss per share of $ (0.03), as compared to $1,233,141 or income per share of $0.04, for the three months ended September 30, 2012.

Effective August 21, 2013, our Series A Preferred Shareholders converted all outstanding shares of Series A Cumulative Convertible Preferred Stock into approximately 9.5 million shares of the Company’s common stock.  We issued approximately 1.6 million shares of common stock as payment for accrued and unpaid dividends related to such conversion. In addition, all outstanding Series A Common Stock Purchase Warrants were exchanged for approximately 4.0 million shares of common stock.

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 and 2012, was $1,306,712 and $310,949, respectively. The net income (loss) attributable to common shareholder for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 and 2012, was $(0.09) and $(0.08), respectively. The Company's cash provided by (used in) operations increased primarily due to operating profitable events.

The Company believes that our existing available cash, along with our cash flows from operations will enable the Company to meet the working capital requirements for at least 12 months. The estimated working capital requirement for the next 12 months is $2,520,000 with an estimated burn rate of $210,000 per month. The Company continues to explore potential expansion opportunities in the industry in order to boost sales while leveraging distribution systems to consolidate lower costs.

In addition, we encourage our shareholders to view our full Quarterly Report as filed on Form 10-Q which can be found on www.sec.gov.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve certain risks and uncertainties. The actual results or outcomes of Wizard World, Inc. may differ materially from those anticipated. Although Wizard World, Inc. believes that the assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements contained herein are reasonable, any such assumptions could prove to be inaccurate. Therefore, Wizard World, Inc. can provide no assurance that any of the forward-looking statements contained in this letter will prove to be accurate.

In light of the significant uncertainties and risks inherent in the forward-looking statements included in this letter, such information should not be regarded as a representation by Wizard World, Inc. that its objectives or plans will be achieved. Included in these uncertainties and risks are, among other things, fluctuations in operating results, general economic conditions, uncertainty regarding the results of certain legal proceedings and competition. Forward-looking statements consist of statements other than a recitation of historical fact and can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may," "intend," "expect," "will," "anticipate," "estimate" or "continue" or the negatives thereof or other variations thereon or comparable terminology. Because they are forward-looking, such statements should be evaluated in light of important risk factors and uncertainties. These risk factors and uncertainties are more fully described in Wizard World, Inc.'s most recent Annual and Quarterly Reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including under the heading entitled "Risk Factors." Wizard World, Inc. does not undertake an obligation to update publicly any of its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.
TopWare Interactive announces release date for Raven’s Cry
 
+++ Pirate RPG adventure game available on 7th May 2014+++
 
Karlsruhe, 22 November 2013 – In a joint announcement withReality Pump, the TopWare Interactive AG has announced that the RPG adventure “Raven’s Cry” will be released on 7th May 2014. The screenshots released today depict a Caribbean that’s far removed from the postcards – giving you an insight into the brutal life of a man who leaves only scorched earth in his wake.
 
When you look into the depths of a chasm for long enough, that chasm will surely look into your depths ...
 
Gloomy yet paradise-like images describe a world full of betrayal, greed and brutality. Accompanied by sinister cutscenes, the thirst for revenge leads the main character into an open, free-roaming world. “Raven’s Cry” is the story of Christopher Raven’s personal vendetta – and never forgetting that bloody vendetta, he still has to find ways to supply himself and his crew with all the necessary resources and information. Following the cry of the raven, he oversteps every moral boundary, drawing a bloody trail through the Caribbean.
 
Tadeusz Zuber, Head of the Development Team: “The idea for Raven’s Cry gives us the opportunity to create our very own image of the Caribbean and piracy, far removed from all the family idylls. Christopher is tormented by his own demons and external threats – and our goal is to make these realistic enough to be actually ‘felt’ by the player. Christopher is a man trapped in the chains of his own demons – and the only way to break these chains, it seems, is the path of violence and revenge which he has chosen.
 
RPG elements with hook
 
“Raven’s Cry” offers various RPG elements, so there will be a complex game skill system and modifications for all the ships in the game, which can be designed to influence the reputation of the individual sailor with the groups and enemies in the Caribbean. Christopher himself will continue to evolve in the course of the story, unlocking new abilities and weapons. His characteristic hook – as seen in the images – plays a vital role, especially in brutal close combat. Regardless of where Christopher’s path leads him to obtain information or money, he will never become a shimmering hero who coincidentally saves the world. For him there’s only one way out of his suffering and that is death ... either his own life or the lives of his enemies. The people around him are either for or against him.
 
It was important for us to drive Christopher’s sinister story on in a way that would enthrall players – but to give them more role-playing elements at the same time. He will constantly develop his character, his ships and his crew throughout the game and adapt it to his own personal style, which is somewhere between “Bad Ass and Bad Guy”, says Alexandra Constandache, CEO at TopWare.
JUPITER'S LEGACY REDEFINES
THE SUPERHERO AGE
 
Announcing JUPITER’S LEGACY GIANT-SIZED EDITION,
64 pages of mind bending action for only $3.99
 
Prior to its release, Mark Millar and Frank Quitely's JUPITER'S LEGACY was speculated to be the comics event of 2013. Now, three issues and a tremendous shift in status quo later, the inevitable has happened! 
 
Quitely and Millar's tale of what happens when the first wave of superheroes grow old while their children enjoy a life of celebrity, sex, and drugs has seen record-breaking sales, enthusiastic reactions from fans, and fascinating speculation on where this maxi-series could go next. In light of the overwhelming success of JUPITER'S LEGACY, Image Comics is honored to present 64 pages of content for only $3.99 in JUPITER'S LEGACY GIANT-SIZED EDITION #1, a collection of the first three issues of one of the biggest series of 2013.
 
Releasing December 26th, JUPITER'S LEGACY GIANT-SIZED EDITION #1 is the perfect opportunity for readers to get in on the ground floor of this series in time for the release of the fourth issue in January 2014. After the shocking and unprecedented events in JUPITER'S LEGACY #3, everything we know is wrong. The story can go anywhere, the cast can do anything, and, depending on their point of view, the world is either their prison...or their oyster. Who lives? Who dies? Who will save us all from the superhero revolution?
 
JUPITER’S LEGACY has garnered rave reviews from the press and cultivated a cult following readership. A taste of the praise for JUPITER'S LEGACY:
 
“Together, Millar and Quitely have constructed a world as rich and vibrant as our own.” --Melissa Grey, IGN
 
"Jupiter's Legacy #1 is a strong debut… this is a book to be proud of.” --Greg McElhatton, Comic Book Resources
 
“I wish more creators were willing to push the boundaries of the genre in such a compelling way.” --Patrick Hume, Newsarama
 
“The comic book 'event' of 2013.” --Vince Ostrowski, Multiversity Comics
 
Shake off the post-holiday slump with JUPITER’S LEGACY GIANT-SIZED EDITION #1, featuring 64 pages of hard-hitting comics from two of the finest creators working in comics today. Available on 12/26, JUPITER'S LEGACY GIANT-SIZED EDITION #1 features a cover by legendary comics artist John Cassaday and can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code OCT138155.
 
JUPITER’S LEGACY #4 will be available with three different covers at a price point of $2.99. Cover A features art by series artist Frank Quietly (Diamond Code AUG130699), cover B features art by Bryan Hitch (Diamond Code AUG130700), and cover C features art by Ian McQue (Diamond Code OCT138154). JUPITER'S LEGACY #4 will be in stores on 1/1.
 
JUPITER'S LEGACY
ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
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 www.imagecomics.com.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO SAY BONJOUR TO “THE RETURNED,”
CATCH UP WITH THE SERIES THAT HAS FANS EXCLAIMING “OUI!”

SUNDANCE CHANNEL TO MARATHON ALL EPISODES OF THE HIT FRENCH SERIES THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF DECEMBER
“The best series of the fall, possibly of the year.”
-Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times

“A superbly stylish and scary French drama with no equal in its genre.”
-Nancy deWolf Smith, Wall Street Journal

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Viewers can still get hooked on the engrossing, stylish eight-part French horror series that Entertainment Weekly gave an “A-” and called “eerie, tense, and highly addictive.” Beginning Sunday December 1st, each week, viewers will have the chance to catch-up on all previously aired episodes during marathons of  “The Returned” in anticipation of each week’s brand new episode on Sundance Channel. Please see the full schedule listed below. As praised by Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter, “The Returned” is “a visual pleasure and ultimately proves to be a challenging change-up to the zombie genre, with its smart dialogue, provocative emotions, wonderful acting and intellectual curiosity about love and loss.”

Airing Thursdays at 9:00 PM, "The Returned" takes place in an idyllic French mountain town, where a seemingly random collection of people find themselves in a state of confusion as they attempt to return to their homes. What they don’t know yet is that they have been dead for several years, and no one is expecting them back. As they struggle to reintegrate with their families and past lovers, buried secrets emerge and new mysteries develop as they grapple with a miraculous and sinister new reality. But it seems they are not the only ones to have returned from the dead. Their arrival coincides with a series of gruesome murders which bear a chilling resemblance to the work of a serial killer from the past.

“THE RETURNED” DECEMBER MARATHON DATES: 

Sunday, December 1, 2013
Re-airing episodes 1-5
3:45 PM – 10:00 PM ET/PT

Sunday, December 8, 2013
Re-airing episodes 1-6
2:30 PM – 10:00 PM ET/PT

Sunday, December 15, 2013
Re-airing episodes 1-7
1:15 PM – 10:00 PM ET/PT

Sunday, December 22, 2013
Re-airing episodes 1-8 (All of season one)
Noon – 10:00 PM ET/PT

VIZ MEDIA CELEBRATES ONE PIECE, THE WORLD’S TOP SELLING MANGA SERIES, WITH A FREE DIGITAL ONE PIECE RETROSPECTIVE

The High Seas Pirate Adventure By Eiichiro Oda Has More Than 345 Million Copies In Print Worldwide

San Francisco, CA, November 21, 2013 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, announces a free gift to fans and users of its VIZManga.com digital manga website and VIZ Manga App with the release of the ONE PIECE RETROSPECTIVE. The new digital edition celebrates an important milestone, as ONE PIECE has become the world’s top selling manga series of all time with over 345 million copies in print.

The special digital retrospective for the pirate adventure series created by Eiichiro Oda will be given as a free premium to all currently registered VIZ Manga.com and VIZ Manga App users, as well as to new members that sign up between November 21st and 27h. Fans can sign up at VIZManga.com and also explore ONE PIECE volumes available for digital download through the VIZ MANGA App for the Apple iPad®, iPhone® and iPod® touch, and Android-powered smart phones and tablets (including Kindle Fire).

The ONE PIECE Digital Retrospective features five exclusive, full color art spreads, as well as a comprehensive collection of covers for all 69 ONE PIECE volumes. The edition also features a personal interview with creator Eiichiro Oda and one-shot STRONG WORLD, the manga short where fans will find out what the world of ONE PIECE looked like over 20 years ago in a time before Luffy was even born. The ONE PIECE Digital Retrospective will only be available digitally for fans for a limited time.

“ONE PIECE has achieved something very significant and the sales milestone speaks to the strong international appeal of the enduring characters and gripping story that Eiichiro Oda created that are universally loved in multiple countries by millions of fans of all ages,” says Andy Nakatani, Editor-in-Chief, WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP. “The continuing spread of digital technology will bring these action packed high-seas adventures to even more readers. We’d like to thank the legions of ONE PIECE readers and VIZ Manga users and also interest new ones with this special ONE PIECE Digital Retrospective.”

Readers are invited to catch the latest ONE PIECE manga chapters, released in English on the same day as their Japanese counterpart, in the pages of VIZ Media’s digital WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP digital manga magazine. ONE PIECE anime episodes also currently air in North America on Adult Swim’s Toonami as well as on VIZAnime, VIZ Media’s own free website for streaming anime content, and other outlets including FUNimation.com, HULU.com, and OnePieceOfficial.com.

As a child, Monkey D. Luffy dreamed of becoming King of the Pirates. But his life changed when he accidentally ate the Gum-Gum Fruit, an enchanted Devil Fruit that gave him the ability to stretch like rubber. The only drawback? He'll never be able to swim again – a serious handicap for an aspiring sea dog! Years later, Luffy sets off on his quest to find the "One Piece," said to be the greatest treasure in the world...

ONE PIECE creator Eiichiro Oda began his manga career at the age of 17, when his one-shot cowboy manga, Wanted!, won second place in the coveted Tezuka manga awards. Oda went on to work as an assistant to some of the biggest manga artists in the industry, including Nobuhiro Watsuki (RUROUNI KENSHIN), before winning the Hop Step Award for new manga artists. His pirate adventure ONE PIECE, which debuted in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine in 1997, has become one of the most popular manga in Japan and the rest of the world.

The free VIZ Manga App continues to be the top application for reading digital manga and features a massive library of the most popular series in the world. Through the innovative VIZ Manga digital platform, registered users are able to use one account to access their purchased titles across more devices than ever. The platform features a massive library of the most popular manga series in the world, with over 1,700 volumes across more than 170 different series. All manga volumes are generally available for purchase and download in the U.S. and Canada within the application starting from $6.99 (U.S. / CAN) each.

For more information, please visit VIZManga.com or www.VIZ.com/apps.

Download the free VIZ Manga App for your Android and iOS devices at www.VIZ.com/apps.

About VIZ Media, LLC
Headquartered in San Francisco, California, VIZ Media distributes, markets and licenses the best anime and manga titles direct from Japan.  Owned by three of Japan's largest manga and animation companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media has the most extensive library of anime and manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa. With its popular digital manga anthology WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, BLEACH and INUYASHA, VIZ Media offers cutting-edge action, romance and family friendly properties for anime, manga, science fiction and fantasy fans of all ages.  VIZ Media properties are available as graphic novels, DVDs, animated television series, feature films, downloadable and streaming video and a variety of consumer products.  Learn more about VIZ Media, anime and manga at www.VIZ.com.

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Exceptional Creators Join IDW In Long Beach
Publisher Returns To The 5th Annual Convention
 
San Diego, CA (November 21, 2013) – IDW will once again return to the Long Beach Comic Con over the weekend of November 23rd & 24th. The schedule will be packed with impressive signings, and a great panel full of surprises and giveaways.

On Saturday November 23rd from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM in room 102C IDW’s VP of Marketing Dirk Wood and Senior Editor Scott Dunbier will host The Panel of Doom with a rousing discussion where all burning questions will be answered! Plus, be prepared to win some amazing prizes while getting a peak at what’s to come from IDW!

IDW’s signing schedule is filled with the astounding talent attending the convention:

Saturday November 23rd 

12:00 – 1:00 The X-Files Classics – Sam “Mister-Sam” Shearon

1:00 – 2:00 Rocketeer/The Spirit: Pulp Friction! – Mark Waid

2:00 – 3:00 The X-Files – Dean Haglund

2:00 – 3:00 Spumco Comic Book – John Kricfalusi

3:00 – 4:00  My Little Pony Sara Richard, Tony Fleecs

4:00 – 5:00  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Tom Waltz

5:00 – 6:00  Transformers Livio Ramondelli

6:00 – 7:00  Amelia Cole D.J. Kirkbride

Sunday November 24th 

11:00 – 12:00  The Other Dead – Joshua Ortega, Digger T. Mesch

12:00 – 1:00  V-Wars – Jonathan Maberry

1:00 – 2:00  Star Trek/Doctor Who – J.K. Woodward

2:00 – 3:00  Godzilla: Rulers of Earth – Chris Mowry

Be sure to swing by IDW’s booth, #207 for all of these amazing signings, and stock up on all things IDW!

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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, G.I. JOE and MY LITTLE PONY; Paramount’s Star Trek; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; 2000AD’s Judge Dredd; The Rocketeer; Toho’s Godzilla; Wizards of the Coast’s Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons; and the Eisner-Award winning Locke & Key series, created by best-selling author Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints, Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio, and the multiple award-winning Artist's Edition imprint.

IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot; Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Warner Brothers are producing a film based on Ashley Wood's Lore; Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film, Kurtzman/Orci are producing a movie based on Locke & Key at Universal. 

MEET US UNDER THE MISTLETOE
FOR A SPECIAL BLACK KISS
 
Whether you’re nice or naughty,
cozy up to this special Christmas variant cover
 
‘Tis the season to be naughty! Image Comics is stuffing your stocking with a special variant of BLACK KISS (ONE-SHOT) by creator Howard Chaykin, which is available for pre-order with Diamond code OCT138156 and will be in stores on 12/18 for $3.99. 
 
BLACK KISS
 
ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
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 www.imagecomics.com.
IDW Entertainment To Develop And Produce Michael Chiklis’s Pantheon 
The Story of Greek Gods Resurfacing In Present Day
 
San Diego, CA (November 21, 2013) – Michael Chiklis has joined forces with IDW Entertainment to develop and produce his comic series Pantheon as a new scripted live-action television series. IDW Entertainment will fund the development of the project and will be co-produced with Circle of Confusion.

While the story of Pantheon is under wraps, it involves Greek Gods returning to the present day.

Slated as direct to series, Pantheon will boast Chiklis, Ted Adams and David Ozer of IDW Entertainment, and David Alpert and Rick Jacobs of Circle of Confusion as Executive Producers. Co-created by award-winning actor Chiklis, it was originally released as a 5-issue comic book series by IDW Publishing.

Michael Chiklis is an actor, director and television producer. He is best known for his roles as LAPD Detective Vic Mackey on the FX police drama The Shield, and The Thing in the Fantastic Four film series. In the last year, he was an Executive Producer and starred in the CBS Crime drama Vegas, and also produced the independent feature, Pawn, an ensemble thriller with Forest Whittaker, Ray Liotta, and Common.
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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, G.I. JOE and MY LITTLE PONY; Paramount’s Star Trek; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; 2000AD’s Judge Dredd; The Rocketeer; Toho’s Godzilla; Wizards of the Coast’s Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons; and the Eisner-Award winning Locke & Key series, created by best-selling author Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints, Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio, and the multiple award-winning Artist's Edition imprint.

IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot; Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Warner Brothers are producing a film based on Ashley Wood's Lore; Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film, Kurtzman/Orci are producing a movie based on Locke & Key at Universal.