Friday, February 20, 2015

TRAVEL BACK TO THE 1930s IN JONATHAN CASE’S ‘THE NEW DEAL’


A WILD ROMP THROUGH DEPRESSION-ERA NEW YORK CITY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR—Eisner Award winner Jonathan Case (Green River Killer) is back with his latest original graphic novel, and he’s ready to take readers to an iconic era of American history.
The New Deal harks back to the 1930s and the Depression era of New York City as Case explores class misconceptions, racial tension, and deft cat burglary through the lens of a bellhop and a maid in the Waldorf Astoria.
When a charming woman named Nina checks in to the iconic hotel with a high-society entourage, young Frank, a bellhop, and Theresa, a maid, get caught up in a series of mysterious thefts. The stakes quickly grow perilous, and the pair must rely on each other to discover the truth while navigating delicate class politics.
“It’s a fun opportunity because of the comedy caper and crime aspect. It’s seen through these characters that are on the outside of everything that’s happening in the social scenes,” Case told Comic Book Resources. “It’s a really interesting time period, set in 1935, 1936, and there’s a wealth of economic and social conflicts, and exciting things happening at that time, like women’s rights and race relations. Even though it’s a comedy and it’s played mostly for whimsical laughs, I get to explore some of those things I’m interested in.”
Releasing September 23 for $16.99, The New Deal displays Case’s love of black-and-white film through his lovingly researched art.
Preorder your copy today from Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, or your local comics retailer.
The New Deal
Jonathan Case (W/A)
$16.99
978-1-61655-731-7
Praise for Jonathan Case’s Dear Creature:
“Dear Creature is sure to be one of the quirkiest and most surprising love stories you will ever read.”—Gene Luen Yang (Boxers & Saints)

“Case’s b&w art sometimes stretches reality for humorous effect, but keeps even the strangest scenes from feeling merely grotesque. The script also generates a surprising amount of pathos for the lovers’ doomed passion. Startlingly assured for a debut effort.”—Publishers Weekly
“Case shows that he’s a creator to watch out for, and I hope he keeps doing weird and wonderful comics like this one.”—Comic Book Resources’ Comics Should Be Good
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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 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.
Buy One, Get One Free on All Marvel Comics and Collections
 


 all Marvel Comics and Collections are now buy one, get one free when you enter the code MARVEL at checkout on comixology.com and comicstore.marvel.com.

This buy one, get one free sale begins Friday, February 20th at 10:00 AM EST and will run until Monday, February 23rd at 11:59 PM EST.

All weekend long, fans will be able to buy any number of Marvel books and get an equal number of Marvel books at the same or lesser value for free.

This offer does not apply to Marvel Bundles or MAX and ICON titles and can only be redeemed on comixology.com and comicstore.marvel.com.

BLOOD AND ROSES: TOP COMICS CREATORS PRAISE SEXCASTLE

March graphic novel explores punching, kicking, and more punching

SEXCASTLE by Kyle Starks is uniting some of comics’ top authors and artists in their praise of the the raucous graphic novel. SEXCASTLE follows Shane Sexcastle, an assassin whose dream to find spiritual fulfillment as the best damned florist the world ever saw is derailed by all the killing in the world that needs to be done.
Sexcastle is a perfect mix of homage and comedy, action and irony, loving tribute and hilarious send-up of the great, good, and ungodly-bad action movies of the ‘80s. I don’t remember the last time a debut book hit me this hard. Literally, this book punched me in the face. It’s THAT mean.” –Matt Fraction (SEX CRIMINALS, ODY-C, SATELLITE SAM)
"Roadhouse is, of course, the greatest movie known to mankind. Sexcastle is what Roadhouse wishes it could be. Shane Sexcastle was born mean, but he's trying to be a better man. Mostly through murder. Occasionally sex. But mostly murder. Read Sexcastle or SHANE WILL KNOW" –Justin Jordan (LUTHOR STRODE, SPREAD, Green Lantern: New Guardians)
Sexcastle just elbowed me in the face with the greatest hits of 80's ass-kicking. Be prepared to laugh out loud and rock out. (You're gonna want to blast some sweet jams while you read it.)”  –Mike Norton (REVIVAL, Battle Pug)
“I can assure you that Sexcastle lives up to all the badassery that you would expect from a book called 'Sexcastle'. I will warn you though, if you are looking for a book about castles having sex, you will be greatly disappointed.” –Ryan Browne (GOD HATES ASTRONAUTS)

“Pure unfiltered machismo.” –Nick Pitarra (THE  MANHATTAN PROJECTS)
SEXCASTLE will be in comic book stores on March 18 and in bookstores on March 31. A 31-page preview is available to download here. Pre-order now at your local comics shop, bookstore, or online.

SEXCASTLE by Kyle Starks

  • ISBN 978-1-63215-300-5
  • Diamond Comic order code JAN150621
  • 208 pages, paperback, black and white
  • $15.99
  • Rated Mature
  • In comic book stores March 18, bookstores March 31

Preview

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.

VIZ MEDIA ACQUIRES PUBLISHING RIGHTS FOR NEW SHONEN JUMP MANGA SERIES MY HERO ACADEMIA

New Action Title From The Pages Of WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP Magazine About An Aspiring Teen’s Quest To Become A Superhero Launches In Print And Digitally This Summer

San Francisco, CA, February 19, 2015 VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, has announced the acquisition of its newest title with the addition of MY HERO ACADEMIA to its extensive manga publishing catalog.

MY HERO ACADEMIA is a new breakout hit by Kohei Horikoshi, the creator of  BARRAGE (also published by VIZ Media). His new series is rated ‘T’ for Teens and will launch in North America in August in print and also digitally across all territories serviced by VIZManga.com and the VIZ MANGA App. The title also will be available internationally from select VIZ Media content partners’ proprietary digital platforms.

MY HERO ACADEMIA is presently serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, which is published in Japan by VIZ Media parent company, Shueisha, Inc. The ongoing series also appears in the latest digital English editions of WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP, which is published by VIZ Media on the same day as the Japanese counterpart with simultaneous, multi-territory global release. Current issues are available at www.shonenjump.com.

What would the world be like if 80 percent of the population manifested extraordinary superpowers called “Quirks” at age four? Heroes and villains would be battling it out everywhere! Becoming a hero would mean learning to use your power, but where would you go to study? U.A. High's Hero Program of course! But what would you do if you were one of the 20 percent who were born Quirkless?

Middle school student Izuku Midoriya wants to be a hero more than anything, but he hasn’t got an ounce of power in him. With no chance of ever getting into the prestigious U.A. High School for budding heroes, his life is looking more and more like a dead end. Then an encounter with All Might, the greatest hero of them all gives him a chance to change his destiny…

“We're excited to launch full volumes for the popular MY HERO ACADEMIA, fresh from the pages of WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP,” says Mike Montesa, Editor. “Though a cruel twist of fate makes life hard for aspiring hero Izuki, he is positive he’s destined for something greater, and fans will cheer for Izuki on his journey as his life changes forever when All Might bestows his superpower upon him!”

Manga creator Kohei Horikoshi was born in Aichi, Japan, in 1986. He received a Tezuka Award Honorable Mention in 2006, and after publishing several short stories in Akamaru Jump, he made his debut in Weekly Shonen Jump in 2010 with Oumagadoki Doubutsuen. The space battle fantasy adventure, BARRAGE, was his second series for Weekly Shonen Jump and is also published in English by VIZ Media.

For more information on MY HERO ACADEMIA or other manga titles published by VIZ Media, please visit www.VIZ.com.


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 ONE PIECE, 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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INJECTION
A DOSE OF SCIENCE FICTION AND HORROR
The critically-acclaimed creative team
reunites with an all-new series

New York Times bestselling and award-winning writer Warren Ellis (TREES, SUPREME: BLUE ROSE, Moon Knight) reunites with artist Declan Shalvey (Moon Knight) and Eisner Award-winning colorist Jordie Bellaire (PRETTY DEADLY, Moon Knight) for an all-new, science fiction series that will explore a disturbing, dystopian future in INJECTION, which will launch from Image Comics on May 13.  

INJECTION is set in a dystopian future where the world has been poisoned. Issue #1 focuses on Maria Kilbride—a scientist working for a large multinational corporation at fault for the damage—who must deal with the messes caused by the company's experimental research. She is joined in the effort by an investigator, a technician, and an esotericist.

Injection is very heavily about the sort of things I've been discussing in my talks at conferences of late,” said Ellis in an interview with USA Today about the new project. “The connections between deep history and the future, between folklore and technology, the ways in which the present moment is haunted by the future as well as the past."

INJECTION #1 hits stores on May 13. Cover A can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code MAR150468. Cover B can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code MAR150469.
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, February 19, 2015

'Adventure Time: Marceline Gone Adrift' #1 Blasts Off to a Second Printing

Adventure Time: Marceline Gone Adrift #1 2nd Print Cover
Adventure Time: Marceline Gone Adrift #1 2nd Print Cover by Carey Pietsch
 
February 19,  2015 (Los Angeles, Calif.) - KaBOOM!, the all-ages imprint of award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios, is pleased to announce that Adventure Time: Marceline Gone Adrift #1, its newest miniseries based on characters from the hit animated show airing on Cartoon Network, has sold out at the distributor level. The publisher has rushed to a second printing to meet demand.
 
Comic book fans should bear in mind that first printings of Adventure Time: Marceline Gone Adrift #1 may still be found at the local comic shop nearest you. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use comicshoplocator.com or findacomicshop.com to find one!
 
Adventure Time: Marceline and the Scream Queens writer Meredith Gran (Octopus Pie) teams up with artist Carey Pietsch (Bee and PuppyCat) to bring an all-new story featuring everyone’s favorite BFFs, Marceline the Vampire Queen and Princess Bubblegum. When Marceline goes on a rampage for mysterious reasons, the kingdom of Ooo desperately scrambles to stop her. In trying to save both Ooo and Marceline herself, Princess Bubblegum accidentally propels Marceline into the farthest reaches of space...and strips her of her powers! Guilt-ridden, Princess Bubblegum sets off on a space rescue that’ll test the power of her mind...as well as the power of friendship.
 
Praise for Adventure Time: Marceline Gone Adrift #1:
 
“So like the best episodes, Marceline Gone Adrift #1 is a tale that everyone will find humor and meaning within. The book is the perfect start to a miniseries with a lot of promise.” - Newsarama
 
“...the book stands out as unique among the rest of the Adventure Time line in the best way. Marceline fans won’t be disappointed, and they’ll be even more curious to see where this series goes from here.” - IGN
 
“This is a really great first issue, and fits in fantastically with the show’s ever-expanding mythos. …The writing is on point, with Meredith Gran and Carey Pietsch excellently collaborating to bring a strong first issue with an engaging, character-driven story.” - Rhymes With Geek
 
“Gran and Pietsch have definitely set up a fun miniseries here for any fan of the show, and I’m excited to see where it leads.” - Comic Bastards

Adventure Time: Marceline Gone Adrift #1 second print ships with a new cover by series artist Carey Pietsch and carries a retail price of $3.99 with a Diamond Code of DEC148593. Retailer orders close on February 23rd, and it is anticipated to be in stores on March 11th.
 


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 comprised of four distinct imprints. The original Studios imprint is home to Mike Carey's Suicide Risk; James Tynion IV's The Woods; Mark Waid's Irredeemable; Sons of Anarchy; and Big Trouble in Little China. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 Guns was 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, Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball, and Steven Universe; Mike Kunkel’s Herobear and the Kid; and Natasha Allegri's Bee and PuppyCat. BOOM!'s experimental imprint BOOM! Box publishes The Midas Flesh and Lumberjanes. 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, and Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand. 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. In August 2014, BOOM! Studios began a similar firs
3RD ANNUAL ROCK AGAINST MS ALL-STAR BENEFIT CONCERT
TO AIR LIVE ON STAGEIT.COM
@ THE WHISKY A GO-GO WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4TH

FEATURING: STEVE STEVENS (BILLY IDOL), STEVEN ADLER (GnR), BLASKO (OZZY), STEPHEN PERKINS (JANES ADDICTION), WAYNE KRAMER (MC5), MIKE WATT (STOOGES/FIREHOSE) GILBY CLARKE (GnR), BILLY MORRISON (BILLY IDOL), JEFF PILSON (FOREIGNER/DOKKEN), GRETCHEN BONADUCE, PHIL X (BON JOVI), PHIL BUCKMAN (FILTER), MARTY O”BRIEN (LITA FORD), ERIK ELDENIUS (BILLY IDOL), JOE RETTA (THE SWEET), JOHNNY GRIPARIC (SLASH’S SNAKEPIT/WALTER TROUT), MATT STARR (ACE FREHLEY), ROBERT SARZO (HURRICANE/QUEENSRYCHE), JOEY ALLEN (WARRANT), CHAS WEST (BONHAM), & MORE!!

MANY MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED IN THE COMING WEEKS!!

** A HUGE SURPRISE SPECIAL GUEST SET – NOT TO MISS !**

HOLLYWOOD, CA (February 18, 2015) 3rd ANNUAL ROCK AGAINST MS returns to the Whisky A Go-Go in Hollywood with yet another amazing All-Star line up. This year will be the first time ever for people all around the world to watch this LIVE! With so many requests each year from all over the world, we decided to add a cool way for you to be a part of this amazing night!  Go to this direct link: www.stageit.com/rock_against_ms/3rd_annual_rock_against_ms_benefit_concert/44556

This LIVE airing lets you get cool stuff too – The more you donate during the show you get cool autographed gifts and swag!  You can even end up with a Schecter guitar singed by ALL the artists!

Please help us, help those that suffer. MS is a brutal disease that there is no cure for. People are losing their life as they know it – They need help NOW to have a better quality of life! Buy your tickets now!

In its finishing stages, the ROCK AGAINST MS FOUNDATION will provide services from a three (3) grant resource system, which will provide daily care, quality of life needs and emergency funding, while assisting people with multiple sclerosis (MS) to live independent and full lives. Additionally, a brick and mortar facility we will call THE ROCK HOUSE is in the planning stages, and will provide free of charge, multiple programs and opportunities designed to heal the mind, body and spirit of all those whose lives have been affected by MS.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 4th 2014
                       
WHERE:            CONCERT / VIP MEET & GREET
                        The Whisky A Go-Go
                        8901 W. Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
                        VIP Meet & Greet: 6:00 PM
Doors:  7:00PM
                        Show Starts at 8PM
TICKETS:

·        GENERAL ADMISSION - $35
·        FLOOR - W/ PRE-SHOW MEET & GREET AT 6PM - $100
·        BALCONY - VIP MEET & GREET - $150
·        VIP - RESERVED BOOTH FOR 4 PPL W/ MEET & GREET - $500
·        VIP - RESERVED BOOTH FOR 8 PPL W/ MEET & GREET - $1,000

PURCHASE: BUY TICKETS HERE:  www.ticketfly.com/event/778371  


ONLINE PAYPER VIEW TICKETS: LIVE FAR AWAY? CAN’T GET THERE? THIS WILL STREAM LIVE!
·        $15 AND UP! The more you DONATE you get cool gifts!


SPONSORS: 95.5 KLOS, GUITAR CENTER, MONSTER ENERGY DRINK, SCHECTER GUITARS, D’ADDARIO, EVANS, SIR, PRO MARK, WHISKY A GO-GO, RAINBOW BAR & GRILL

About Multiple Sclerosis

  • Every hour in the United States, someone is newly diagnosed with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system.
  • MS interrupts the flow of information from the brain to the body and stops people from moving.
  • Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The advancement, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS.
  • Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with more than twice as many women as men being diagnosed with the disease.
  • MS affects more than 400,000 people in the U.S. and 2.1 million worldwide.

For more information go to www.facebook.com/rockagainstMSfoundation
VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES SWEET NEW WAYS TO ENJOY DORAEMON WITH TASTY OFFICIALLY BRANDED SNACKS FROM JFC INTERNATIONAL AND BEARD PAPA’S

Japan’s Beloved Gadget Cat Character Featured On Tasty New DORAEMON Dorayaki Pancakes From JFC International And On Special Beard Papa’s Cream Puffs

VIZ Media brings aboard tasty new brand partners for DORAEMON as it announces delicious new snack products inspired by the beloved titular character’s favorite food, Dorayaki, to be offered by JFC International and Beard Papa’s. VIZ Media is the North & Latin American master merchandise licensee for the celebrated anime property, overseeing the licensing and development of a range of products across a variety of consumer categories.

JFC International, Inc. is a leading global distributor of Asian specialty foods and snack products. The company is featuring an officially branded DORAEMON Dorayaki that features an imprinted design of the character, with each package featuring 1 of 20 collectable stickers. Dorayaki is a type of pancake enjoyed widely as a snack in Japan that is filled with sweet red bean paste. For more information on JFC International, please visit: http://www.jfc.com.

Beard Papa’s is an international chain of cream puff stores that was originally founded in Japan. To celebrate DORAEMON, the company is unveiling a special Doraemon Collaboration Cream Puff for its presence at NYC Japan Week 2015, taking place in New York City at Grand Central Station (Feb. 18th – 20th). The confectioner will also showcase and offer samples of the custom cream puff inspired by Doraemon’s favorite food Dorayaki, also known as Yummy Buns on the show, during NYC Japan Week. This cream puff mixes the famous Beard Papa’s custard cream with red bean and chestnuts ($3.25 ea). More information on Japan Week NYC is available at: http://japanweek.us/.

For a limited time, orders for customers that purchase of 6 or more Beard Papa’s cream puffs will come packaged in a special DORAEMON collaboration take-out box. Select Beard Papa’s CafĂ© store locations, including the Upper Westside (NY) store in Manhattan (2167 Broadway, New York, NY 10024), will also carry this flavor after Japan Week concludes (available from Feb. 21st through April 17th). Check the official Beard Papa’s Facebook page for locations and starting dates www.beardpapa.com .

“DORAEMON is a unique and colorful global ambassador for Japanese pop culture and we are excited to welcome aboard JFC International and Beard Papa’s as licensed partners for the brand and to have the character prominently featured in a variety of delicious new snacks and confections from these companies,” says Daisuke Aoki, VIZ Media Vice President, Licensing.

DORAEMON is one of the most beloved character properties worldwide and started as a manga series created by Fujiko F. Fujio in 1970. It later became a popular anime series and product franchise in Japan that continues to be a smash hit worldwide, especially in Asia. The comedy series depicts the adventures of Doraemon, a blue robot cat from the 22nd century, who travels back in time to help a boy named Noby using various secret gadgets procured from his 4th Dimensional Pocket. Episodes often offer lessons for young viewers about honesty, cooperation, courage, and respect.

DORAEMON marks its 45th Anniversary in 2015 and continues to be a major worldwide franchise with over $500 million in annual global retail sales and over 600 active licensees. Over 140 million copies of the manga have been published. DORAEMON also holds the largest box office attendance record in Japan of any movie franchise, toppling Godzilla, with 34 feature films released to-date and over 100 million tickets sold last year alone. The property’s first 3D feature film, Stand By Me Doraemon, was released in Japan last August. The Doraemon character is also Tokyo’s bid to act as its Special Ambassador for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Visit the official DORAEMON web site at: doraemon.com or Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/DoraemonUS.

Additional information on DORAEMON and other titles and properties available can be found here: http://www.viz.com/.

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