Friday, March 14, 2014

Jen Broomall, Kelci Crawford, Shannon Eric Denton, Christopher Herndon, Danny Miki, Bryan Q. Miller and Brandon Peterson to Join PHXCC 2014
Phoenix Comicon is proud to announce that comic book artists Jen Broomall, Kelci Crawford, Shannon Eric Denton, Christopher Herndon, Danny Miki, Bryan Q. Miller and Brandon Peterson will be attending Comicon 2014.
“Can you ever have enough great comics guests? We don't think so and are happy to welcome these great  Guests to this year's Convention,” says Director of Marketing Jillian Squires.
Jen Broomall is a comic book illustrator best known for her work on the series the Legend of Oz for Big Dog Ink. She has worked for several comic companies such as Big Dog Ink, Aspen, Zenescope and Blue Rainbow Online. Broomall is currently working as a freelance cover illustrator.

Kelci Crawford is an independent comic artist best known for the webcomics "Validation" (co-created with Christian Beranek) and "Johnson & Sir." She currently resides in Phoenix, AZ.

Shannon Eric Denton is a storyteller and artist with credits at Cartoon Network, NBC, Disney, Marvel Entertainment and many more. Denton was a storyboard artist on the Oscar-nominated feature Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and directed the original commercial animations for the movie. From 1995-1999, Shannon contributed to the design and development of almost every animated action adventure show produced by the Fox Kids Network, including X-Men, Spider-Man and the Annie nominated Silver Surfer series.

Christopher Herndon is a comic book artist best known for his work as co-creator of the acclaimed series Living With Zombies. His other self-published works include Yara Ma Yahoo and The Plow. Herndon also has experience in film, television and theater production as well, which includes Prosthetics work on the 2006 movie Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead.

Danny Miki is a comic book artist best know for as an artist for Batman from DC Comics. He has worked with Image Comics inking Youngblood, Marvel Comics on Avengers and X-Men titles and DC Comics on Batman: No Man's Land. Miki has also designed toys for Mattel as well.

Bryan Q. Miller is a television and comic writer most notable for his work on the CW’s television series Smallville and DC’s comic book Batgirl. Starting as an unpaid intern during season five of Smallville, Miller was eventually promoted up to Staff Writer by season eight. After Smallville, Miller wrote and re-launched the Batgirl book. Miller is also know for his working as an author for the graphic novel anthology Pirates of the Caribbean: Six Sea Chanties.

Brandon Peterson is a comic book writer and artist. He is known for his hyper detailed artwork and intricate line work. Peterson is best known for his work on Marvel Comics' Uncanny X-Men and Top Cow's Codename: Strykeforce.  Peterson also wrote and drew the creator-owned title Arcanum.

Phoenix Comicon is the signature pop culture experience of the southwest. Comicon is presenting guests and programming for hobbyists by attracting the top segments of the comics, anime, sci-fi, film, tv, and gaming industries. Entering its twelfth year, Phoenix Comicon is expected to draw over 65,000 attendees to its June 5-8, 2014 convention held at the Phoenix Convention Center and Hyatt Regency in Downtown Phoenix.
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MARCH 14, MILWAUKIE, OR—Coming to shelves this summer are two of Dark Horse’s hottest new titles, originally funded via Kickstarter: Dave Wachter and James Andrew Clark’s The Guns of Shadow Valley and Gail Simone and Jim Calafiore’s Leaving Megalopolis!  

Dave Wachter (Night of 1,000 Wolves, Breath of Bones) and James Andrew Clark (Scar Tissue) began The Guns of Shadow Valley as a webcomic of western adventure and the supernatural. It was nominated for the Eisner Award for Best Digital Comic in 2010 and for the Harvey Award for Best Online Comics Work in 2011.  Read the exclusive interview on Bloody Disgusting!
Somewhere in Shadow Valley lies a secret that could forever change the frontier. Only a posse of gunmen with special abilities can defend that secret from a tribe of ghostly warriors, an advancing army led by a deranged colonel, and the perils of the valley itself.
Leaving Megalopolis, written by Gail Simone (Tomb Raider, Wonder Woman) and beautifully illustrated by Jim Calafiore (Aquaman), reunites the classic Secret Six creative team, with no holds barred! Read the exclusive interview on Comic Book Resources!
When the caped heroes of the world’s safest city inexplicably turn into homicidal maniacs, no one is safe. The only rational thing to do is to get the hell out of town. If only it were that easy. A small group of terrified survivors make a desperate run for the city limits, chased by unspeakable evil!

The Guns of Shadow Valley is on sale August 13, and Leaving Megalopolis is on shelves September 10. Preorder your copies today!

About Gail Simone
Gail is the multiple award winning writer of WONDER WOMAN, BIRDS OF PREY, DEADPOOL, THE SIMPSONS, and many other classic runs of some of the world's most popular comics. She has also written for animation, prose and video games. Known for her strong character work and dark humor, this book shows Gail at her most ferocious and untamed.

About Jim Calafiore
Jim has been working in the comics field for over twenty years, and been lucky to work with some great creators. He's best known for his work on AQUAMAN, EXILES, GOTHAM UNDERGROUND and SECRET SIX.

About David Wachter
Dave has been creating comics since childhood, but his career as an adult began in 2004 when he and writer Jim Clark teamed up for their critically acclaimed self published series Scar Tissue. Following that success, they again collaborated on the epic Western webcomic The Guns of Shadow Valley, which was nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Digital Comic and a Harvey Award for Best Online Work. His work for larger comic publishers began in 2010 with Robert Bloch’s That Hellbound Train (penned by Joe and John Lansdale), for IDW Publishing. Dave’s work as a guest artist can also been seen in their Godzilla series, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. In 2012 he illustrated the horror fable Night of 1,000 Wolves, also for IDW. That same year brought a nomination for the Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award in comics. Dave has more comics projects on the way for 2013, including a project with writer Steve Niles titled Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem for Dark Horse Comics, and the return of The Guns of Shadow Valley.

About James Andrew Clark
Jim got his start writing fiction and poetry for various literary magazines, but the mini-series Scar Tissue marked his debut into the world of writing comic books. Jim has also written numerous short stories appearing in such comic books as Hope: The Tsunami Relief AnthologyMemories & EchoesLeeswayHavoc 21Somnia: Daydreams and NightscapesPantheonVaried Scaries, and The Hunger. In 2012 he penned a children’s book called The Jumping Flea Circus. In addition to writing comics he also makes music.

About Dark Horse Comics
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, such as 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, EVE Online, Halo, Serenity, Game of Thrones, 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.


March 14, 2014

For Immediate Release

BrickJournal #28 goes behind the bricks of The LEGO® Movie
From Wyldstyle to Unikitty, the magazine for LEGO enthusiasts uncovers what went into the design of the blockbuster movie's awesome characters and amazing sets

(RALEIGH, NC) On March 26, TwoMorrows Publishing releases the 28th issue of BrickJournal, the magazine for LEGO enthusiasts of all ages. For this issue, editor Joe Meno has gone behind the bricks of The LEGO Movie, to talk to the film's designers about the creation of everything from characters and sets, to vehicles and the movie's "extras."

Having already grossed $363 million at box offices worldwide, The LEGO Movie is a runaway hit, with a sequel already planned for 2017. Much of that success has been pinned on the film's endearing new characters, including Emmet (the generic minifigure construction worker who proves to be more than just another face in the LEGO crowd), Wyldstyle (the action-adventuress of the film, and girlfriend of LEGO Batman), and heart-warming fan-favorite Unikitty. The development of the characters is examined in-depth in this issue, with LEGO VP of Design Matthew Ashton, and Senior Designer Michael Fuller.

"There are 183 characters in the movie, so there was a lot to keep track of," Ashton recounted. "We had a huge chart on the wall of our design studio to keep a record of who had been approved and who was still work in progress." Many of the figures were designed the same way LEGO does when creating actual toys, being hand-sculpted and 3D-scanned, with accessories created in digital 3D programs, so the movie would look like real LEGO minifigures had come to life.

"The regular minifigures were the easier characters to develop, as some were based on existing characters," Ashton recalled of characters like LEGO Batman. For many of the original new characters like Emmet and Wyldstyle, the directors had a very clear vision of what they wanted them to look like—but not always. "Unikitty wasn’t even part of the story to begin with. Cloud Cuckoo Land had been imagined long before her, and was originally ruled over by another character. We felt the team was missing someone who could make you beam with joy and make your heart melt." So Ashton and Fuller worked with the film's directors to come up with what they felt were the "cutest, cuddliest, fluffiest things in the universe." Their top two picks were "kittens and unicorns—we decided to combine the two!"

In addition to detailing the character creation process, the issue looks at the creation of real-world versions of the digital sets from the film, including how fans competed to have their LEGO creations featured as "extras" in the film, how one builder had to create the film's colossal "Coliseum" scene for the movie's premiere, and how Warner Brothers commissioned a UK firm to recreate the film's Bricksburg town layout for a touring LEGO Movie venue—in a little over three weeks.

BrickJournal #28 also presents an overview of other brickfilms by moviemakers The Brotherhood Workshop, a new column on LEGO Mindstorms building, its regular feature on minifigure customization by expert Jared K. Burks, step-by-step “You Can Build It” instructions, and other articles for anyone with an interest in LEGO. It ships March 26 directly from TwoMorrows Publishing, and will be available at all LEGO retail stores and Barnes & Noble bookstores in early April. It can also be ordered at any comic book store using Diamond Comic Distributors Order Code: JAN141556

TwoMorrows is offering a free digital preview of the issue at this link:

The issue is also available through the BrickJournal app at the Apple App Store:

80-page full-color magazine
Print Edition: $8.95 cover price
Digital Edition: $3.95 (directly from

Since 1994, TwoMorrows Publishing has been bringing a new day to comics and LEGO fans, through its award-winning line of magazines and books.



Legendary Japanese Rock Band Plays Massive National Stadium And Comes To U.S. Fans In A Special Live Viewing Event; Tickets Available Now!

Los Angeles, CA, March 14, 2014 – Only a few days remain to secure advance tickets to Live Viewing Japan’s special presentation of a performance by world-famous Japanese rock band, L’Arc~en~Ciel, in a delayed satellite broadcast of the band’s concert L’Arc~en~Ciel LIVE 2014 at National Stadium,” in theatres in 10 major U.S. cities for one night only on Saturday, March 22nd, 2014.

Catch the triumphant return by one of the biggest rock groups to ever come out of Japan to the massive arena, which will play host the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2020 Summer Olympics, for a massive two-day concert that will take place March 21st and 22nd, 2014. In response to fervent requests from the band’s U.S. audience, the second day’s concert (March 22nd, 2014) will be presented in this special international satellite broadcast event that will bring the performance to U.S. fans only hours after it takes place.
Original L’Arc~en~Ciel post cards will be distributed to everyone attending the live viewing and original limited edition glow sticks for the first 50 people who arrive. A special raffle for an official L’Arc en Ciel Concert Tour Shirt will also take place in each city.

A new theatre location for the Boston, MA has also been announced. Details follow below.

Tickets are available for $20.00 at and also from the following theatre box offices up to and including the day of the live viewing event.


Los Angeles, CA
Century City 15
3:00 (PST)
Orange, CA
Orange 30
3:00 (PST)
San Diego, CA
Mission Valley 20     
3:00 (PST)
San Francisco, CA
Bay Street 16
3:00 (PST)
Seattle, WA
Pacific Place 11           
3:00 (PST)
Chicago, IL
River East 21               
5:00 (CST)           
Houston, TX
Willowbrook 24
5:00 (CST)
Baltimore, MD          
Columbia Mall 14           
6:00 (EST)
Boston, MA
Framingham 16                
6:00 (EST)
New York, NY
Empire 25
6:00 (EST)

(**NOTE: the Boston, MA screening will now take place at the Framingham 16 Theatres, located at 222 Flutie Pass, Framingham, MA 01701; All theatre listings above are correct. Please check local listings for address information.)

L'Arc~en~Ciel (meaning “Rainbow”) formed in Osaka, Japan in 1991. The band became widely known for their glam-influenced stage fashions, frenetic live shows, and punk/new wave inspired music.  The group has achieved legendary status both in Japan and abroad, selling over 13 million albums, 16 million singles, and they remain a major force and influence on the Japanese music scene. Additional L’Arc~en~Ciel concert information is available at:

About Live Viewing Japan:
Live Viewing Japan is a prominent Japanese-based media distribution company focused on bringing a variety of entertainment properties to a global theatre-going audience. More information on the company and its projects is available at:

Thursday, March 13, 2014

From legendary illustrator Michael Hague!

MARCH 13, MILWAUKIE, OR—Magical adventure awaits as legendary illustrator Michael Hague takes readers on a strange and fantastic journey in Eye of Newt.

"Michael has been one of the best known fantasy artists for decades. His work is rich and vibrant and perfect for the comics medium.” Said Dark Horse President Mike Richardson. “I have long been a fan of his and I can't express the excitement we feel here at Dark Horse at his first-ever graphic novel project."

Gorgeously illustrated in the classic fantasy style, Eye of Newt, a four-part miniseries, is a must for young readers and new fans.

When Newt, a young wizard’s apprentice, embarks on a wonderful and perilous quest, he encounters marvelous creatures of all shapes and sizes and learns a dark secret that could shape his entire destiny!

Praise for Michael Hague:

A deliciously old-fashioned storybook, delivering just the sort of fantasy Hague is best known for. He pulls out all the stops for this one, using watercolors to present a diverse assortment of winged beasts.”—Publishers Weekly

Glowing backgrounds and skies, in deep, rich palettes, mark them as Hague’s. For fans of the artist this is another must-have.”Kirkus Reviews

Eye of Newt #1 is on sale in comic shops June 18. Preorder your copy at your local comics retailer today!

Michael Hague is an American illustrator and writer, primarily of children's fantasy books.
He has illustrated such classics such as The Wind in the WillowsThe Wizard of OzThe Hobbit and the stories of Hans Christian Andersen. He is renowned for the intricate and realistic detail he brings to his work, and the rich colors he chooses.
Hague trained at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. His influences are the comics series Prince Valiant and the works of Disney, Japanese printmakers Hiroshige and Hokusai, and turn of the 20th century illustrators Arthur RackhamW. Heath RobinsonN. C. Wyeth and Howard Pyle.  Current work includes In the Small, a graphic novel published by Little, Brown and Company.

About Dark Horse
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, such as 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, EVE Online, Halo, Serenity, Game of Thrones, 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.

Get Ready For The Launch Of Two BRAVEST WARRIORS Titles, And An Exclusive Anniversary Hardcover For HELLO KITTY®

San Francisco, CA, March 13, 2014 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, has announced a fun collection of new titles it has licensed and scheduled for release under the company’s Perfect Square imprint.

The forthcoming titles feature memorable characters and stories that are universally loved by a diverse cross section of adult, teen, and young adult readers. Fans can look forward to the launch of two fun releases from Perfect Square’s newest addition, BRAVEST WARRIORS, as well as an anniversary collectible for HELLO KITTY that are scheduled for release in print and digitally via the Perfect Square App beginning this summer and continuing into fall.

The Perfect Square App, available from the iTunes store, offers a wide variety of All Ages titles available for the Apple iPad® and iPad® Mini. Fans can also find digital versions of Perfect Square titles for the NOOK, Kindle Fire, and Kobo ereaders, as well as in the iBooks and GooglePlay Stores.

“Each of our forthcoming titles will expand the Perfect Square catalog in a dynamic way, from the out-of-this-world and irreverent BRAVEST WARRIORS, to the anniversary companion book for the timeless HELLO KITTY,” says Beth Kawasaki, Senior Editorial Director, Perfect Square. “We look forward to issuing release dates and additional information on each of these exciting titles in coming months and to readers of all ages enjoying these new titles throughout the summer and fall.”

New Perfect Square 2014 Releases Include:

MSRP: $12.99 U.S. / $14.99 CAN · Print & Digital Available Summer 2014 
In CATBUG’S TREASURE BOOK we see the world through Catbug's unique perspective. Presented as a kind of scrapbook, the pages are filled with his playtime imaginings and souvenirs of his adventures with the Bravest Warriors. There's no telling what will be revealed on the pages of Catbug's Treasure Book!

MSRP: $19.99 U.S. / $22.99 CAN · Print & Digital Available Summer 2014 
An amazing collection of artists venture to multiple dimensions to help you in...THE SEARCH FOR CATBUG! Catbug ate some weird new cubes of food that caused him to lose what little control he already had over his jump abilities! Now he’s careening through dimensions, unable to stop! Help the Bravest Warriors travel the galaxy and find Catbug. Just don’t eat any of those cube snacks or you might end up lost too!

HELLO KITTY, HELLO 40: A Celebration in 40 Stories ·
MSRP: $29.99 U.S. / $34.99 CAN · Print & Digital Available Fall 2014 
Forty years ago, Hello Kitty stepped on the scene, and she's had the world wrapped around her little red bow ever since. Here, some of her biggest fans pay tribute in the best way they know how: through story and art. From comic artists to muralists to toy creators, everyone has a tale to tell about the little girl who speaks from her heart. The new book also features an introduction by Babymouse co-creators Jennifer L. and Matthew Holm.

VIZ Media’s Perfect Square imprint focuses on delivering original comics, graphic novels and other books with an emphasis on strong storytelling, eye-popping graphics, empowering themes, and a dash of irreverence, that captures the imagination of a whole new generation.

Additional information on titles published by Perfect Square is available at

For more information on other manga titles from VIZ Media, please visit

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, Australia, New Zealand 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

Hit comic book series collected in first trade paperback
It was welcomed into the world at a release party held at a sex club, where the writer had his nipple pierced on stage and the artist wore a Garfield suit. It was banned by Apple. Its first issue was reprinted six times (and counting!). It was Time’s best comic book of the year. Not bad for a little comic book about two people who can stop time when they have sex and turn to a life of crime. SEX CRIMINALS by Matt Fraction (SATELLITE SAM, Hawkeye) and Chip Zdarsky (Prison Funnies) is the title everyone has been talking about, and with its first trade paperback collection due out in April, its audience is set to grow… and grow… and grow.
Suzie was all alone in what she calls “The Quiet” until she met Jon, who has a decidedly less poetic name for the place where time freezes when they have sex. It’s all fun and games and rearranging the stock in the local porn shop until Suzie and Jon realize they can use their power for good — and start robbing banks.
Widely hailed for its sweet emotional core wrapped up in naughty hijinx and Zdarsky’s candy-colored art, SEX CRIMINALS isn’t just about sex. It’s about love, too. And sex. And robbing banks. And also about those mysterious figures who seem to be on to Suzy’s and Jon’s little coital trick.
SEX CRIMINALS VOLUME ONE will be in comic book stores on April 16 and in bookstores on April 29. It’s specially priced at $9.99, making it easy for new readers to jump onboard the hottest title of the year.
SEX CRIMINALS VOLUME ONE by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky
  • ISBN 978-1-60706-946-1
  • 136 pages, full color, paperback
  • $9.99
  • Collects SEX CRIMINALS #1-5
  • In comic book stores April 16, bookstores April 29
  • Available for pre-order now
“Fraction’s been having a very good year — his many other projects include the sleeper-hit superhero series Hawkeye — but this R-rated romp (about a bank-robbing couple whose orgasms can stop time) is his best work yet. It’s a precision-tuned screwball comedy on its surface, and that surface is gorgeous, thanks to Zdarsky’s ace sense of design and inventive color technique. But it’s also genuinely insightful about the ways sexuality shapes people, and it doubles as a love letter to analog media —one that happens to have been banned by the iTunes store.”
– Douglas Wolk, Time
“A sex comedy with a splash of crime thriller, the title is a fascinating examination of the pleasures and pitfalls of intimate relationships, using the central fantastic conceit as a metaphor for the way sex distances people but also, under the right circumstances, brings them together.”
– Oliver Sava, A.V. Club
“...there are some moments that are incredibly deep and moments that are deeply funny, and the art in this book is absolutely at least as multi-layered and interesting as the writing…. Buy it. Read it. Love it.”
– Jaydot Sloane, The Mary Sue
“funny and imaginative, with a strong emotional core, and characters who, despite their fantastic power, are relatable, even lovable….”
– John Parker, Comics Alliance
“It's gleefully silly, it's deadly serious, it's whip-smart, and you don't need to take a shower afterwards.”
– Greg McElhatton, Comic Book Resources
“There is nothing mean in the narrative of this book; no one not even the 'dirty girls at school' – is really denigrated or played as a stereotype…. The sexual politics and experiences ring absolutely true, right down to the tone of the first date between Suzie and Jon. None of their flirtiness, their attraction to each other, or their experience of the shared bond of their special power seems forced or stilted. These two would have been together even if they didn’t have a super-power, and they’re both enormously likeable, very real characters.”
– Ian Dawe, Sequart