Friday, March 13, 2015

MARK MILLAR AND WILFREDO TORRES REVEAL EARLY ARTWORK FOR JUPITER’S CIRCLE
Hot on the heels of the final issue of Jupiter’s Legacy Book One
comes a prequel series, preview pages revealed

 
Now that the first chapter of Mark Millar (JUPITER’S LEGACY, STARLIGHT) and Frank Quitely’s (JUPITER’S LEGACY) bestselling JUPITER’S LEGACY has left readers with a shocking conclusion, Millar reveals early preview pages from the prequel series with artist Wildredo Torres that will keep Millarworld fans on the edge of their seats: JUPITER’S CIRCLE.

In JUPITER’S CIRCLE, the most celebrated superheroes in mid-century America seem to have it all—fame, riches, adoration—but tensions simmer beneath the glossy surface, threatening to crack open the secrets behind their public AND private exploits. JUPITER’S CIRCLE is be described as Mad Men meets Super-Friends... a grown-up take on the private lives of superheroes. Before the family dynasty in JUPITER’S LEGACY began, there was JUPITER’S CIRCLE—a story about a team whose personal dramas collide with super-powered spectacle!

JUPITER’S CIRCLE is set to launch April 8 and will feature covers by Frank Quitely (Cover A: Diamond Code FEB150472, Cover B: Diamond Code FEB150473), Bill Sienkiewicz (Cover C: Diamond Code FEB150474), and Goran Parlov (Cover D: Diamond Code  FEB150475). 
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.
ComiXology @ SXSW 2015
ComiXology’s Submit Self-Publishing Platform Kicks Off Its Third Year With a Special Offer:
30 Books For 3 Bucks
March 13, 2015 – New York, NY / Austin, TX –To celebrate comiXology’s return to SXSW and to kick off comiXology Submit’s third year, comiXology is offering a 30 Submit book bundle for only 3 bucks, beginning today and running through Monday night on comixology.com. The bundle contains titles from both known and unknown creators with books normally priced at $75 for only 3 bucks. It’s the perfect way to discover new comics, graphic novels, and manga, and the future star creators and cartoonists of comics publishing.
“For the last two years, comiXology Submit has seen the introduction of a ton of great new titles from prolific and up-and-coming creators and cartoonists,” said comiXology co-founder and Director of Submit John D. Roberts. “We love shining the comiXology spotlight on books that otherwise wouldn’t get their rightful exposure. As Submit enters its third year, we are attracting even more amazing talent and books, and I’m excited to share them with even more readers everywhere.”
ComiXology returns to SXSW this weekend sponsoring the GEEK Stage at the Gaming Expo -- the same place where comiXology Submit was announced in 2013. Co-founder and Director of Submit John D. Roberts will be in attendance appearing this Sunday at 4:15PM on the GEEK Stage panel “ComiXology Recommends Comics for You.” Joining Roberts will be comiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger and The comiXologist podcast co-hosts Matt and Kara, ready to give personalized comic, graphic novel, and manga recommendations to the audience. Panel attendees will be offered a free limited edition poster and t-shirt while supplies last commemorating the event.

The GEEK Stage can be found inside the Gaming Expo during SXSW at the Palmer Events Center 900 Barton Springs Road, Austin, Texas 78704 where comiXology will also be at booth #121. Free and open to the public, the Gaming Expo is happening from Friday, March 13th to Sunday, March 15th from 12pm to 8pm CST.
Creators and cartoonists interested in submitting works to comiXology Submit should visit submit.comixology.com. Once the work is uploaded and approved, comiXology transforms the work with their immersive Guided View reading technology and then makes it available across comiXology’s buy once, read anywhere cloud-based digital comics platform. “Submitters” and comiXology split profits equally with submitters maintaining full ownership of their work.
ComiXology Submit enables comic creators and cartoonists, running the gamut from promising new talent to established veterans, the ability to easily reach comiXology’s long established global audience of comic, graphic novel and manga fans.
Comic book, graphic novel, and manga fans interested in finding works by creators and cartoonists available through comiXology Submit can visit www.comixology.com/submit.
You can find the full list of the 30 Submit titles being offered for 3 bucks and the creators and cartoonists behind these titles below:

About comiXology
ComiXology, an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), has revolutionized the comic book and graphic novel industry by delivering a cloud-based digital comics platform that makes discovering, buying, and reading comics more fun than ever before. ComiXology’s Guided View reading technology transforms the comic book medium into an immersive and cinematic experience, helping comiXology become a top ten grossing iPad app in 2011 and 2012 and the top grossing non-game iPad app in 2012 and 2013. Offering the broadest library of comic book content from over 75 publishers – and independent creators as well – comiXology will not stop until everyone on the face of the planet has become a comic book fan. ComiXology is based in New York City, with operations in Los Angeles and Paris. For more information visit www.comixology.com.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

HELLO KITTY® ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVELS COLLECTED INTO AN UPCOMING COLORFUL BOX SET FROM PERFECT SQUARE

Join Hello Kitty And Her Friends In A Fun New Box Set Coming In Fall 2015 Featuring Six Full-Color Editions Of Whimsical Original Adventures

San Francisco, CA, March 12, 2015 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, previews a special treat for the ardent Hello Kitty® fan and pop culture aficionado with the release in September of the first-ever HELLO KITTY® Graphic Novel Box Set.

Set to be published under the company’s Perfect Square imprint, the forthcoming HELLO KITTY BOX SET will contain all six HELLO KITTY original graphic novels released to date and will come packaged in an illustrated slip case. The HELLO KITTY Original Graphic Novel Box Set is rated ‘A’ for All Ages and will carry an MSRP of $39.99 U.S. / CAN.

Perfect Square’s HELLO KITTY titles depict whimsical, full-color adventures of the iconic Sanrio character and her friends created by the talented artistic team of Jacob Chabot, Ian McGinty, Jorge Monlongo, and Giovanni Castro, along with an array of special guest artists featured in each edition. 

The HELLO KITTY Original Graphic Novel Box Set will contain the following titles: HELLO KITTY: HERE WE GO!, HELLO KITTY: DELICOUS!, HELLO KITTY: SURPRISE!, HELLO KITTY: JUST IMAGINE…, HELLO KITTY: WORK OF ART, and HELLO KITTY: IT’S ABOUT TIME.

HELLO KITTY: HERE WE GO!
Join Hello Kitty in her first comic book adventures as she explores an underground realm, moonlights as an international super spy, climbs the Himalayas, travels back in time, and discovers that sometimes, the best place to get away from it all is between the pages of a good book.

HELLO KITTY: DELICIOUS!
Hello Kitty is serving up some extra special treats! What's on the menu? Something sweet, something spicy, and a pie that's out of this world! Plus, Dear Daniel's making dinner, but...you might want to make other plans. And Hello Kitty makes a new friend with a HUGE appetite!

HELLO KITTY: SURPRISE!
Expect the unexpected! A day at the beach is more than just fun in the sun. A mysterious egg holds a tiny secret. Mama and Papa have a few secrets of their own. And a quiet afternoon with a good book is more enchanting than Hello Kitty ever could have imagined!

HELLO KITTY: JUST IMAGINE…
Hello Kitty and her friends are letting their imaginations run wild—dreaming up rainy day adventures, inventing amazing machines and solving problems in the most inventive ways. When creativity and friendship combine, the possibilities are endless!

HELLO KITTY: WORK OF ART
Picture this: Hello Kitty and her friends are making music, producing plays, snapping photos, solving mysteries and...playing with dragons? Art is all around, and Hello Kitty and her friends know exactly where to find it!

HELLO KITTY: IT'S ABOUT TIME
Let the good times roll! It's time for beach parties, dance contests, last-minute birthday gifts and time machines! Plus, journey inside a cuckoo clock and much, much more! Past, present or future, Hello Kitty and her friends are having a blast!

Hello Kitty® is a true lifestyle brand that enjoys tremendous international popularity.  The global pop icon is loved by fans of all ages, as evidenced by more than 15 million followers on her Facebook page!

VIZ Media’s Perfect Square imprint focuses on delivering original comics, manga (graphic novels) and other children’s 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 www.PerfectSquare.com.

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

About Sanrio®                                                              
Sanrio is the global lifestyle brand best known for pop icon Hello Kitty®, who recently celebrated her 40th Anniversary. Home to many endearing characters including Chococat® My Melody®, Badtz-Maru® and Keroppi®, Sanrio was founded on the ‘small gift, big smile®’ philosophy – that a small gift can bring happiness and friendship to people of all ages. Since 1960, this philosophy has served as the inspiration for the broad spectrum of unique products and experiences. Today, more than 50,000 Sanrio-branded items are available in over 130 countries and upwards of 15,000 U.S. retail locations including department, specialty, national chain stores and over 80 Sanrio boutiques. For more information please visit www.sanrio.com and www.facebook.com/hellokitty.

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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‘PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES’ MONTHLY COMIC SERIES COMING FROM DARK HORSE!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR—With an all-ages Free Comic Book Day story right around the corner, Dark Horse Comics and PopCap Games are thrilled to announce Bully for You, a new, ongoing Plants vs. Zombies™ miniseries coming to comic shops, beginning in June!
Eisner Award–winning writer Paul Tobin and artist Ron Chan join forces to uncover who’s really behind the mysterious Anti-Bully Squad. Nate, Patrice, and Crazy Dave investigate a strange college campus to keep the streets safe from zombies. And Dr. Zomboss’s crime-filled college years are revealed! This hilarious educational escapade also features two bonus stories illustrated by Dustin Nguyen (Batman: Li’l Gotham, Descender). Future issues will feature bonus strips by Peter Bagge, Jennifer Meyer, Karim Friha, Nneka Myers, and others!
In spring 2014, Dark Horse Comics released The Art of Plants vs. Zombies. Part zombie memoir, part celebration of zombie triumphs, and part anti-plant screed, it is a treasure trove of never-before-seen concept art and material from Plants vs. Zombies, Plants vs. Zombies 2, Plants vs. Zombies Adventures, and Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare.
In fall 2014, Dark Horse announced record sales of over 500,000 copies of Plants vs. Zombies books following multiple sellout print runs! Paul Tobin (Bandette, Colder) and artist Ron Chan (The Guild, Husbands) take readers on original Plants vs. Zombies escapades that’ll charm young, old, and Crazy Dave, too!
The print collections of Plants vs. Zombies: Timepocalypse, Plants vs. Zombies: Lawnmageddon, and The Art of Plants vs. Zombies are available now in finer comic shops and bookstores! Plus, all three books are available for download today from Digital.DarkHorse.com!
Preorder your copy of Plants vs. Zombies: Bully for You #1 at your local retailer today.
 
Plants vs. Zombies: Lawnmageddon
Paul Tobin (W), Ron Chan (A)
$9.99, 978-1-61655-192-6
Plants vs. Zombies: Timepocalypse
Paul Tobin (W), Ron Chan (A)
$9.99, 978-1-61655-621-1
The Art of Plants vs. Zombies
$9.99, 978-1-61655-331-9
Praise for Plants vs. Zombies: Lawnmageddon and Timepocalypse:
“If you like Plants vs. Zombies this comic adds to its appeal. It’s a good clean read for all ages.”—Eat Your Comics
“This is one of the more fun video game adaptations that I’ve read and the most fun I’ve had with a zombie story since Zombieland.”—Front Towards Gamer
“Wonderful fun and silliness await you in this book, and you’ll be sure to leave it with a smile on your face and zombie bits on your lawn.”—Fanboy Comics
“This good book, except all ugly plantz and peeples who get in the way. But full on hansum zombies. Leave door open whle reading. Do not wear a hat.”—The Zombies
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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.
ComiXology @ SXSW 2015
The ComiXologist Podcast Heads to SXSW!
Discover new comics, graphic novels, and manga & experience the excitement of the SXSW GEEK Stage and Gaming Expo by listening to special editions of The comiXologist podcast recorded live from Austin, TX
March 12, 2015 – New York, NY – ComiXology, the revolutionary cloud-based digital comics platform, is proud to announce that The comiXologist podcast is heading to this year’s SXSW in Austin, Texas with co-hosts Matt and Kara providing coverage, commentary, along with special comic, graphic novel, and manga recommendations – and, as always, giveaways – to listeners worldwide.
In addition to a series of special podcasts released over the weekend, fans who are attending the free and open to the public SXSW Gaming Expo this weekend should be sure to go to the Sunday afternoon panel “ComiXology Recommends Comics For You,” where Matt and Kara will be joined by comiXology co-founders David Steinberger and John D. Roberts in making live comic recommendations and giving each panel attendee an exclusive SXSW poster and t-shirt while supplies last.
The comiXologist podcast hosts will also be at the comiXology booth (#121) right next to the GEEK Stage during the Gaming Expo where they’ll be meeting and greeting fans as well as giving away 30,000 promo codes for free from DC Entertainment to anyone that stops by! The DC Comics and Vertigo titles being given away for free at the comiXology booth (#121) are sure to excite gaming fans as the giveaway includes tie-in comics to today’s hottest games: Batman: Arkham Knight #1-2, Mortal Kombat X #1-2, and Fables: The Wolf Among Us #1-2.
 
Since its recent re-launch during this past year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego, The comiXologist weekly podcast has been devoted to helping people discover new comic books, graphic novels, and manga to read. The comiXologist most recently covered the Angoul√™me International Comics Festival in France, bringing on-the-ground coverage of the world-famous comics festival to an English-speaking audience with special episodes and creator interviews.
Whether you’re a long time comics fan or aren’t quite sure where to start, co-hosts Matt and Kara of The comiXologist will be your guides! Tune in every week for answers to your recommendation questions, what’s new on comixology.com, free comics to try out, and what Kara & Matt read and like that week.
Here’s the info for the panel happening at the SXSW GEEK Stage during the Gaming Expo:
comiXology Recommends Comics For You
Sunday, March 15th – 4:15-5:00pm CST
SXSW Gaming Expo – The GEEK Stage
Palmer Events Center
900 Barton Springs Road, Austin, Texas 78704
Free and open to the public, comiXology wants everyone on the face of the planet to become comic fans and at SXSW we’re making it happen one recommendation at a time! Every attendee will receive a free SXSW-only limited edition poster & t-shirt, while supplies last.
comiXology SXSW Gaming Expo Booth #121
Join us at the booth where we’ll be giving away 30,000 codes for Free DC comics for everyone that stops by all weekend long!
About comiXology
ComiXology, an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), has revolutionized the comic book and graphic novel industry by delivering a cloud-based digital comics platform that makes discovering, buying, and reading comics more fun than ever before. ComiXology’s Guided View reading technology transforms the comic book medium into an immersive and cinematic experience, helping comiXology become a top ten grossing iPad app in 2011 and 2012 and the top grossing non-game iPad app in 2012 and 2013. Offering the broadest library of comic book content from over 75 publishers – and independent creators as well – comiXology will not stop until everyone on the face of the planet has become a comic book fan. ComiXology is based in New York City, with operations in Los Angeles and Paris. For more information visit www.comixology.com.
BOOM! Studios Announces Talent and Exclusives for 2015 Emerald City Comicon


March 11, 2015 (Los Angeles, Calif.) - Award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios is excited to announce it will be exhibiting at the 2015 Emerald City Comicon, which will take place at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington, during the weekend of March 27-29.
 
BOOM! can be found at Booth #1002 on the Sky Bridge and will host the following creators at varying times all weekend (please check at the booth for signing times):
 
  • Ben Meares & Mark Miller (Clive Barker’s Next Testament, Hellraiser)
  • Bridget Underwood (Lumberjanes, Adventure Time)
  • Bryce Carlson (Hit: 1957)
  • Christopher Sebela (Dead Letters, Escape from New York)
  • Colin Lorimer, Michael Moreci, Tim Daniel, & Riley Rossmo (Burning Fields, Curse)
  • David Petersen (Mouse Guard)
  • Ed Brisson (Cluster, Sons of Anarchy)
  • James Tynion IV (The Woods, Memetic)
  • Jerry Gaylord (Bill & Ted’s Most Triumphant Return)
  • Justin Jordan (Deep State)
  • Lissa Treiman (Giant Days)
  • Matt Gagnon (Day Men)
  • Paul Maybury (Munchkin)
  • Ryan Ferrier (Curb Stomp, Sons of Anarchy)
 
Additionally, throughout the weekend, fans can buy original customized sketches on BOOM!’s “Get-A-Sketch” covers from several different artists, including:
 
  • Carey Pietsch (Adventure Time: Marceline Gone Adrift)
  • Ian McGinty (Bravest Warriors, Munchkin)
  • Travis Hill (Adventure Time)
 
Also on the Sky Bridge, fans can meet the team behind Lumberjanes:
 
  • Noelle Stevenson
  • Shannon Watters
  • Brooke A. Allen
 
BOOM! will have Emerald City Comicon exclusive merchandise and variant covers available for purchase at its booth while supplies last, including:
 
Adventure Time: Marceline Gone Adrift #1 (of 6) ECCC Variant ($10)
Cover: Carey Pietsch
Writer: Meredith Gran  Artist: Carey Pietsch
 
Bill & Ted’s Most Triumphant Return #1 (of 6) ECCC Variant ($10)
Cover: Joe Eisma
Writer: Brian Lynch  Artist: Jerry Gaylord
 
Lumberjanes #12 ECCC Variant ($10)
Cover: Bridget Underwood
Writer: Noelle Stevenson & Shannon Watters  Artist: Carolyn Nowak
 
Munchkin #1 ECCC Variant ($10)
Cover: Paul Maybury
Writers: Tom Siddell, Jim Zub, John Kovalic  Artists: Mike Holmes, Rian Sygh, John Kovalic
 
Adventure Time: Marceline and the Scream Queens Enchiridion Hardcover ($60)
Cover: Zachary Sterling
Writer: Meredith Gran  Artist: Meredith Gran
 
Escape from New York #1 ECCC Variant ($10)
Cover: Garry Brown
Writer: Christopher Sebela  Artist: Diego Barreto
 
The debut of Lumberjanes Vol. 1 Trade Paperback with Exclusive Emerald City Comicon Badge ($20)
Cover: Noelle Stevenson
Writer: Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis Artist: Brooke A. Allen
 
Day Men Vol. 1 Limited Edition Hardcover
Cover: Brian Stelfreeze
Writer: Matt Gagnon, Michael Alan Nelson Artist: Brian Stelfreeze
 
Exclusive Jack Burton’s Fu Manchu Tank Top from Big Trouble in Little China ($30, Limited quantities)
Design: Emi Yonemura Brown
 
 
BOOM! Studios will also host a number of panels during the convention. Further details will be released next week. For tickets and more information on Emerald City Comicon, visit their site at emeraldcitycomicon.com.
 
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 first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox TV to develop properties for the small screen.