Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Media Alert:
Announcing an All New Translation of the Iconic Battle Angel Alita Manga from Kodansha Comics and ComiXology Originals
Long after being out of print, Yukito Kishiro’s iconic and popular manga series Battle Angel Alita is available today for the first time in nearly a decade, with a stunning new translation of the first three volumes available exclusively as a digital release from Kodansha Comics via comiXology Originals. Kishiro’s post-apocalyptic science fiction story about an amnesiac cyborg named Alita has thrilled international audiences since it was originally published in 1990. James Cameron is currently producing a live-action adaptation of the acclaimed title.
The digital exclusive release of Battle Angel Alita volumes 1-3 is available today for free with a comiXology Unlimited membership, or for $10.99 per volume on comiXology or Kindle.  Each volume is available in comiXology’s Guided View, allowing fans to cinematically read from panel-to-panel at their own pace. The entire series will be released as part of the comiXology Originals program this year, with Volumes 4-6 debuting in August and the concluding volumes 6-9 appearing in October.
Bringing exclusive comic content to comiXology and Kindle, the comiXology Originals lineup not only includes this release from Kodansha Comics, but also releases from BOOM! Studios, Valiant Entertainment, and the upcoming Marley’s Ghost by the legendary Harvey Kurtzman, currently available for pre-order. ComiXology Originals are digital only and exclusively available for comiXology and Kindle customers.
ComiXology Unlimited offers access to over 10,000 comics, graphic novels and manga for just $5.99 a month with a 30-day free trial at comixology.com/unlimited and is available on the comiXology app for Fire Tablet, Android, iOS and on the web at comixology.com.
About Yukito Kishiro
Regarded as one of the finest action illustrators in global comics, Yukito Kishiro is best known for creating the cyberpunk manga Battle Angel Alita. When he was only 17, Kishiro was nominated for Japanese publisher Shogakukan's Best New Comic award. Creator of other popular manga titles, Kishiro is known for his strong characters, original settings, and intricate, lifelike artwork.
VIZ MEDIA WELCOMES FOOD WARS!
MANGA CO-CREATOR YUTO TSUKUDA TO
2017 ANIME EXPO

Writer Of The Smash Hit Culinary Battle Comedy Series To Appear On Panels And Autograph Sessions As Official Guest Of Honor At North America’s Largest Anime/Manga Convention

San Francisco, CA, May 24, 2017 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, teams with the 2017 Anime Expo to proudly welcome Yuto Tsukuda as an official Guest of Honor at this year’s convention. 

Yuto Tsukuda is the co-creator of the bestselling Weekly Shonen Jump manga series Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma. This action-packed, saucy food comedy is Tsukuda Sensei’s first work to be released in English and is published digitally and in print by VIZ Media (rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens). During Anime Expo, he is scheduled to participate in two panel discussions and two in-person autograph sessions. Event times and additional information on these sessions will be released soon. This will be Yuto Tsukuda’s first professional appearance in North America.

The 2017 Anime Expo is the largest dedicated anime/manga fan convention in North America and takes place July 1st–4th at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA. Tickets and full details are available at: www.anime-expo.org. VIZ Media will be located on the main convention floor in Booth #2206.

“FOOD WARS! has captivated manga fans with a tasty mix of comedy and over-the-top culinary battles, and we are very excited to partner with Anime Expo to welcome Yuto Tsukuda as a Guest of Honor at this year’s show,” says Andy Nakatani, Editor-in-Chief, WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP. “We look forward to celebrating the success of FOOD WARS! and to providing Anime Expo attendees some very special opportunities to meet the writer and catch some of his personal insights on the series!”

Throughout Anime Expo, fans and convention attendees are invited to stop by the VIZ Media booth (#2206) for special FOOD WARS! premium giveaways. The FOOD WARS! manga will also be available for purchase, including exclusive advance copies of the series’ latest release, Volume 19.

Writer Yuto Tsukuda won the 34th Jump Juniketsu Newcomers' Manga Award for his one-shot story Kiba ni Naru. He made his Weekly Shonen Jump debut in 2010 with the series, Shonen Shikku. His follow-up series, FOOD WARS!: SHOKUGEKI NO SOMA, is his first title with an English-language release.

In FOOD WARS!, Soma Yukihira’s old man runs a small family restaurant in the less savory end of town. Aiming to one day surpass his father’s culinary prowess, Soma hones his skills day in and day out until one day, out of the blue, his father decides to enroll Soma in a classy culinary school! Can Soma really cut it in a place that prides itself on a 10 percent graduation rate? And can he convince the beautiful, domineering heiress of the school that he belongs there at all?!

For additional information on FOOD WARS! and other anime and manga titles distributed and published by VIZ Media, please visit VIZ.com.


About VIZ Media, LLC
Established in 1986, VIZ Media is the premier company in the field of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing. Along with its popular digital magazine WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, DRAGON BALL, SAILOR MOON, and POKÉMON, VIZ Media offers an extensive library of titles and original content in a wide variety of book and video formats, as well as through official licensed merchandise. Owned by three of Japan's largest publishing and entertainment companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is dedicated to bringing the best titles for English-speaking audiences worldwide.

Learn more about VIZ Media and its properties at VIZ.com.
MAGE IS BACK
The highly anticipated third and final story arc
THE HERO DENIED launches this July

 
PORTLAND, OR, 05/24/2017 — Legendary creator and indy-comics pioneer Matt Wagner returns to bring fans the highly anticipated third and final story arc to MAGE from Image Comics this summer. MAGE: THE HERO DENIED will kickoff with the intro-sized issue #0 in July and carry on as a regular, 15-issue series beginning with THE HERO DENIED #1 this August.

This long-awaited conclusion to the epic fantasy trilogy MAGE follows the adventures of the reluctant everyman hero Kevin Matchstick who—after encountering a shaggy and beguiling wizard—discovers he is the reincarnation of the legendary Pendragon and able to wield the power of the mystical weapon, Excalibur.

"The Hero's journey can be long and arduous… but returning to the world of Mage always feels incredibly empowering,” said Wagner. “I'm really excited to finally be presenting this dramatic conclusion to the epic tales of Kevin Matchstick… and his third Mage.”

MAGE #0 (Diamond Code MAY170639) will hit stores on Wednesday, July 12th at the introductory price of $1.99. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, June 19th.

For fans new to MAGE, a reprint of the MAGE, VOL. 1 trade paperback (Diamond Code MAY170640) will also be available on Wednesday, July 12th. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, June 5th.

MAGE #1 (Diamond Code JUN170617) will hit stores on Wednesday, July 24th. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, August 16th. 
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ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling 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 Comics, Skybound Entertainment, 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.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF MANGA IN THEORY AND PRACTICE: THE CRAFT OF CREATING MANGA

Gain Unique Insights And Learn Creative Techniques In A New Hardcover Release By JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Creator Hirohiko Araki

San Francisco, CA, May 23, 2017 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, offers JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE fans and budding artists tremendous insight into the art of creating manga with the June 6th release of MANGA IN THEORY AND PRACTICE: THE CRAFT OF CREATING MANGA.

The new hardcover release features unique instructions on drawing techniques, as well as fascinating explorations of character development, conceptualizing storylines, and scripting dialogue as set forth by Hirohiko Araki, one of the most esteemed creators at work today. MANGA IN THEORY AND PRACTICE: THE CRAFT OF CREATING MANGA published in a deluxe hardcover print edition under the Shonen Jump imprint and will carry an MSRP of $19.99 U.S. / $26.99 CAN.

Hirohiko Araki is the author of one of the longest-running and most beloved manga of all-time, the epic fan favorite JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure (also published in English by VIZ Media). According to him, “manga is the ultimate synthesis of all forms of art,” and in this book he reveals the secrets behind how to make the magic happen using concrete examples from his own work. Read all about his “golden way” of manga: the character histories he draws up for each of the characters he creates, his methodology for storytelling inspired by the great Ernest Hemingway, and many other aspects of manga creation in this how-to guide penned by an industry legend.

“This extraordinary release delivers an in-depth examination of Hirohiko Araki’s complete creative process for his manga, and explores what aspiring manga creators can learn from novelists, fine artists, and filmmakers,” says Nick Mamatas, Editor. “We invite readers to explore this special release, and gain fresh inspiration for their own artistic endeavors.”

Manga creator Hirohiko Araki made his professional debut in 1981 with the Wild West inspired story, Buso Poker. He experimented with several genres, including mystery (Mashonen B.T.) and action-horror (Baoh), before beginning JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE in 1986. Propelled by imaginative storylines, weird imagery and individualistic artwork, JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE is one of the longest-running and most popular shonen manga ever. Araki’s current works include a new series set in the JoJo universe, JoJolion.

For more information on MANGA IN THEORY AND PRACTICE: THE CRAFT OF CREATING MANGA, JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE and other manga titles available from VIZ Media, please visit VIZ.com.

About VIZ Media, LLC
Established in 1986, VIZ Media is the premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing. Along with its popular digital magazine WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, DRAGON BALL, SAILOR MOON, and POKÉMON, VIZ Media offers an extensive library of titles and original content in a wide variety of book and video formats, as well as through official licensed merchandise. Owned by three of Japan's largest publishing and entertainment companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is dedicated to bringing the best titles for English-speaking audiences worldwide.

Learn more about VIZ Media and its properties at VIZ.com.
BOOM! STUDIOS AND CARTOON NETWORK

ENTERPRISES ANNOUNCE

ADVENTURE TIME/REGULAR SHOW

CROSSOVER COMIC BOOK SERIES


Four bros. Two shows. One epic quest.


Adventure Time/Regular Show #1 Connecting Main Cover A by Phil Murphy


Adventure Time/Regular Show #1 Connecting Main Cover B by Phil Murphy


Adventure Time/Regular Show #1 Subscription Variant Cover by Jorge Corona


Adventure Time/Regular Show #1 Homage Variant Cover by Dustin Nguyen
 
May 23, 2017 (Los Angeles, Calif.) – BOOM! Studios and Cartoon Network Enterprises announce ADVENTURE TIME/REGULAR SHOW, a comic crossover adventure that’s anything but regular. The six-issue limited series launches in August and will bring together the casts of the two hit Cartoon Network series into one story.

When a powerful new villain threatens to conquer Adventure Time’s Land of Ooo, Princess Bubblegum sends Finn and Jake on a desperate quest to find The Power that can save the land—a power that Skips from Regular Show just happens to be hiding! Finn and Jake’s arrival only exacerbates an existing tension between Mordecai and Rigby, and the trip back to Ooo threatens to tear two sets of bros apart… forever.

Written by Conor McCreery (Kill Shakespeare) and illustrated by Mattia Di Meo (Uncle Grandpa), Adventure Time/Regular Show marks the first-ever crossover between the two properties, a fact that’s not lost on the creative team.

“When you get the opportunity to put your little flag into the surface of not one, but two of the greatest story worlds in recent history, you gotta say yes!” exclaims McCreery. “I'm excited, terrified, tickled, and tormented by all the amazing characters and storylines that could go into this crazy thing. Adventure Time and Regular Show are special to me because of the combination of out-of-left-field humor and really deep emotion. I'm going to try to honor those twin engines as best I can with a story that has a LOT of weird stuff, a whack of battles, a few tears, and at least one incidence of Ice King being a patoot."

“Being a super-fan of Adventure Time and Regular Show, this is really like a dream for me,” adds Di Meo. “I know it sounds kinda weird, but it feels just like being in love for the first time—that peculiar mixture of deep enthusiasm, and deafening emotion. Jokes aside, I want to deliver that special magic that those series always had for me. That sense of fun, adventure with that special levity that made all those stories special for me.

Through its award-winning all-ages imprint KaBOOM!, BOOM! Studios began publishing Adventure Time comics in 2012 and Regular Show comics the following year. Both comic series went on to break sales records for all-ages comic publishing. From the mind of series creator Pendleton Ward, the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning Adventure Time follows the unlikely heroes Finn and Jake, best buddies who traverse the mystical Land of Ooo and encounter its colorful inhabitants—and always find themselves in the middle of heart-pounding escapades. Created by J.G. Quintel, Regular Show chronicles the adventures of Mordecai, a blue jay, and Rigby, a raccoon, a couple of best bros in their 20s who work as groundskeepers at a local park—but would rather chill out for a bit.

“It’s almost silly that we haven’t had this crossover yet,” remarks Whitney Leopard, Editor. “Adventure Time and Regular Show are both incredible series with a great cast of characters that work amazingly together. Conor and Mattia bring both worlds together in such a fun and way, you’re not going to want to miss it!”

Adventure Time/Regular Show #1 features a connecting main cover by Phil Murphy (both covers will ship in a 50/50 intermix), a subscription cover by Jorge Corona that pays homage to an Avengers vs. X-Men #1 cover, and a mash-up homage cover by Dustin Nguyen, featuring Mordecai and Rigby emulating the Adventure Time title card.

Print copies of Adventure Time/Regular Show #1 will be available for sale at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) or at the BOOM! Webstore in August. Digital copies will be available to purchase on digital book marketplaces, including ComiXology and the BOOM! Studios app.

Adventure Time/Regular Show is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ critically acclaimed KaBOOM! imprint, publisher of world-class licensed series such as Steven Universe, Over the Garden Wall, Peanuts, and Garfield, along with original series like Brave Chef Brianna by Sam Sykes and Selina Espiritu, and The Deep by Tom Taylor and James Brouwer.

For news on Adventure Time/Regular Show and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.

 

Adventure Time/Regular Show #1 (of 6)
Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Conor McCreery
Artist: Mattia Di Meo
Cover artists:
   Main Cover A (Connecting 50/50 Intermix): Phil Murphy
   Main Cover B (Connecting 50/50 Intermix): Phil Murphy
   Subscription Variant Cover: Jorge Corona
   Mash-up Homage Variant Cover: Dustin Nguyen
Format: 32 pages, full color
Price: $3.99
On sale: August 2017
Synopsis:
  • It’s a crossover for the ages in this first-ever mash-up of two of our favorite Cartoon Network shows!
  • When a powerful new villain threatens to conquer Adventure Time’s Ooo, Princess Bubblegum sends Finn and Jake on a desperate quest to find The Power that can save the land—a power that Skips from Regular Show just happens to be hiding!
  • Finn and Jake’s arrival only exacerbates an existing tension between Mordecai and Rigby, and the trip back to Ooo threatens to tear two sets of bros apart…forever.
 

About BOOM! Studios
BOOM! Studios was founded by Ross Richie in 2005 with the singular focus of creating world-class comic book and graphic novel storytelling for all audiences. Through the development of four distinct imprints—BOOM! Studios, BOOM! Box, KaBOOM!, and Archaia—BOOM! has produced award-winning original work, including Lumberjanes, The Woods, Giant Days, Klaus, and Mouse Guard, while also breaking new ground with established licenses such as WWE, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Cartoon Network, and Jim Henson Company properties. BOOM! will also bring their original series to life through unique first-look relationships with 20th Century Fox for film and with Fox Television for the small screen. Please visit www.boom-studios.com for more information.
eigoMANGA Will Showcase Its Virtual Reality Comic Book App At FanimeCon 2017

(San Jose, California) – May 23, 2017: eigoMANGA will showcase it's virtual reality comic book app at Northern California's largest anime convention, FanimeCon 2017, on March 26-29, 2017 at the San Jose Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.

'Project eigoMANGA VR' is the company's comic book mobile virtual reality reading app and distribution platform developed for Google Cardboard. At FanimeCon 2017, eigoMANGA team members will discuss the technology and vision of experiencing comics through 'eigoMANGA VR'.

eigoMANGA's presentation is scheduled for Saturday at 3 pm in Panels 3. eigoMANGA's release plans and details about 'Project eigoMANGA VR' will also be announced at the event. Comic book publishers, creators, and fans who are attending FanimeCon 2017 are encouraged to partake in the presentation.

About eigoMANGA:

eigoMANGA is a production and publishing company that specializes in creating original comic books, animation, and digital media. More information about eigoMANGA can be found at www.eigoMANGA.com
VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES PREORDERS FOR
JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE SEASON 1 LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY SET

Multi-Generational Action/Adventure Anime Series Debuts On Home Media This Summer With Limited Edition Blu-Ray Set

San Francisco, CA, May 22, 2017 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, excites anime and action/adventure fans as it announces preorders for the JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Season 1 Limited Edition Blu-ray Set.

The set is scheduled for retail release on July 25th and features the entire first season, Episodes 1-26, of the acclaimed multi-generational fantasy action series. The anime is based on the Phantom Blood and Battle Tendency arcs of the renowned long-running manga series created by Hirohiko Araki (and also published by VIZ Media; rated ‘T+ for Older Teens). The Limited Edition Blu-ray Set for JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Season 1 will carry an MSRP of $69.99 U.S. / $81.99 CAN.

Fans that order the set from online retailer The Right Stuf will receive a “Word Effects” print, deep-purple cotton bandana as a special gift with purchase.

Blu-ray episodes will be presented in full 1080p HD, 16x9 video and stereo audio featuring English and Japanese dialogue options. Notable bonus content includes a 168-page booklet, a digital character art gallery and collectible art cards.

The opening season of JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE is set in late 19th century England, where rivals and surrogate brothers Jonathan Joestar and Dio Brando discover a mysterious stone mask. The mask is an artifact of an ancient Central American culture and is capable of granting its wearer eternal life, but only at a heavy price. As the dark powers of the Stone Mask are unleashed, the brothers’ actions will define legacies that span generations.

JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE is a riveting saga depicting the fantastic and audacious adventures of the Joestar family. Based on one of the most popular manga series of all time, no anime or action fan will want to miss it,” says Charlene Ingram, VIZ Media’s Director of Animation Marketing. “Audiences will love how this celebrated manga series is brought to life with memorable characters, unbelievable color palettes and incredible jaw-dropping action sequences.”

VIZ Media is the master distributor for the JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE anime series and also publishes print and digital editions of the JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE manga series (rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens). VIZ Media is also the North American master merchandise licensee for JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE.

For additional information on JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE and other anime and manga titles distributed and published by VIZ Media, please visit VIZ.com.

About VIZ Media, LLC
Established in 1986, VIZ Media is the premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing. Along with its popular digital magazine WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, DRAGON BALL, SAILOR MOON, and POKÉMON, VIZ Media offers an extensive library of titles and original content in a wide variety of book and video formats, as well as through official licensed merchandise. Owned by three of Japan's largest publishing and entertainment companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is dedicated to bringing the best titles for English-speaking audiences worldwide.

Learn more about VIZ Media and its properties at VIZ.com.
Jeremy Clark, Phil Ortiz, Tom Cook, Jorge Molina Head Artist Alley At Wizard World Comic Con Sacramento, June 16-18

Danny Fingeroth, Mike Toth, Daniel Parsons, Genese Davis, Paolo Rivera To Appear At Sacramento Convention Center
Jeremy Clark - Escape From Monsters Island _6.pngSACRAMENTO, Calif., May 23, 2017Jeremy Clark ("Escape From Monster Island," "Grimm Fairy Tales Genesis: Heroes Reborn"), Phil Ortiz ("The Simpsons," "Muppet Babies"), Tom Cook ("The Smurfs," "He-Man"), Jorge Molina (“X-Force,” “Thor”), Danny Fingeroth (“Spider-Man,” “Iron Man”), Mike Toth (“He-Man and the Masters of the Universe,” “Tarzan”), Daniel Parsons (“Star Wars,” “Game of Thrones” Blu-Ray set), Genese Davis (Holder’s Dominion ) and Paolo Rivera (“Daredevil,” “The Valiant”) headline the Artist Alley contingent at Wizard World Comic Con Sacramento, June 16-18 at the Sacramento Convention Center. A mix of local, national and international comics writers and artists will gather to display their work, participate in panels and demonstrations and in many cases draw commissions for attendees.
Some of the other talented creators attending include Michael Calero (“Tandar” animatronics, “All New Fathom”), Garrett Gunn (“Alterna,” “Go West”), SkyAnne Welch (13-year-old, Monkey Man Labs), Alex Wer (The Pumpkin Geek), Carlos & Lafayette Azevedo (DrawForKids.com), Dave Farrar (Geek FIne Art), Catherine Banks ( Pirate Princess Artemis Lupine series) and Jamie Sullivan (artist posters, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher).
Fingeroth, Davis and Victor Dandridge (“The Samaritan,”Origins Unknown”) will moderate many of the comics-themed panels during the three days. For the full list of comics creators scheduled to date to attend Wizard World Comic Con Sacramento, fans can visit http://wizardworld.com/guests/sacramento.
The creators join a first-rate lineup of celebrities scheduled to appear including Nichelle Nichols (“Star Trek”) and the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” trio of James Marsters, Charisma Carpenter and Nicholas Brendon, Sean Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, “Gilmore Girls”), the “Charmed” duo of Holly Marie Combs and Brian Krause, Paul Wesley (“The Vampire Diaries”) and more at the comic con and pop culture extravaganza.
Wizard World Comic Con Sacramento will also feature non-stop live entertainment, gaming, exclusive Q&A sessions with top celebrities, movie screenings hosted by stars and directors and more, hosted by media personality Kato Kaelin. Details to follow soon.
Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more. The eighth event scheduled on the 2017 Wizard World calendar, Sacramento show hours are Friday, June 16, 4-9 p.m.; Saturday, June 17, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, June 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Kids 10 and under are admitted free with paid adult.
Wizard World Comic Con Sacramento is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor and participate in the famed Wizard World Costume Contest on Saturday evening.
For more on the 2017 Wizard World Sacramento, visit http://wizd.me/SacramentoPR.

About Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD)
Wizard World, Inc. (www.wizardworld.com ) produces comic, gaming and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more. A first-class lineup of topical programming and entertainment takes place at each event, with celebrity Q&A's, comics-themed sessions, costume contests, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Wizard World has also launched ComicConBox™ (www.comicconbox.com ), a premium subscription-based monthly box service, SocialCon™ (www.socialcon.com) and Wizard World Touring. Fans can interact with Wizard World on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and other social media services.
The 2017 Wizard World convention schedule is available at: http://www.wizardworld.com/comiccon.
RICH TOMMASO TACKLES ANTHROPOMORPHIC ESPIONAGE IN SPY SEAL THIS AUGUST
PORTLAND, OR, 05/23/2017 — Critically-acclaimed cartoonist Rich Tommaso (SHE WOLF) will launch an all-new series centered on his beloved character of the same name—SPY SEAL—this August from Image Comics.

Originally created by Tommaso in his teens, SPY SEAL made a big splash when it became instantly viral last fall, generating fan enthusiasm, cosplay, and Hollywood interest before being snapped up for an ongoing series. The series’ first chapter, The Corten-Steel Phoenix, finds Spy Seal, Britain’s newest covert agent, up to his neck in saboteurs, snipers, assassins, and double agents.

“It's wonderful and surreal to be working with material that I created as a 13-year-old kid,” said Tommaso. “I'm enjoying doing a spy story too—it's a genre I've never explored in my adult career as a cartoonist.

“The approach I've decided to take is to illustrate, write, and design everything in the style of those mid-20th-century Franco-Belgian comics—mainly Hergé's Tintin, which I've really admired for years,” added Tommaso. “I'm going for the cozy feel I get from reading those old adventure comics, sending Spy Seal around the world to see as many corners of it as he can, while flying high in amphibious planes, driving retro-modern cars, exploring secret, underground hideouts, and meeting foreign contacts in mysterious locations. Basically, run him through the gamut of obstacles Alfred Hitchcock would run his heroes and heroines through.”

SPY SEAL #1 (Diamond code: JUN170705) arrives in comic book stores Wednesday, August 16th. The final order cutoff for comics retailers is Monday, July 24th. 
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ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling 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 Comics, Skybound Entertainment, 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.
FINAL FIVE PRIDE MONTH 25TH ANNIVERSARY VARIANT COVERS REVEALED
 
PORTLAND, OR, 05/23/2017 — Image Comics is pleased to reveal the final five of the 11 variants planned for June’s 25th anniversary theme—“Pride Month.” The variants will serve to celebrate the LGBTQ community and the progress made by the Gay Liberation Movement in promoting inclusivity and support for all. 100% of the proceeds made from these June Pride variant covers will be donated to Human Rights Campaign.

Each month of Image’s 25th year will boast a theme for special anniversary variants.

Available in stores on Wednesday, June 7th (Final order cutoff deadline Monday, May 15th):
  • THE WALKING DEAD #168 by Robert Kirkman & Charlie Adlard, cover by Adlard (Diamond Code MAR178612)
  • THE DIVIDED STATES OF HYSTERIA #1 by Howard Chaykin, cover by Chaykin (Diamond Code MAR178603)
Available in stores on Wednesday, June 14th (Final order cutoff deadline Monday, May 22nd):
  • BITCH PLANET: TRIPLE FEATURE #1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro, cover by De Landro (Diamond Code MAR178611)
  • ROSE #3 by Meredith Finch and Ig Guara, cover by Guara (Diamond Code MAR178609)
Available in stores on Wednesday, June 21st (Final order cutoff deadline Monday, May 29th) :
  • CROSSWIND #1 by Gail Simone and Cat Staggs, cover by Staggs (Diamond Code MAR178608)
  • GRRL SCOUTS: MAGIC SOCKS #4 by Jim Mahfood, cover by Mahfood (Diamond Code MAR178610)
  • THE OLD GUARD #5 by Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernandez, cover by Michael Lark (Diamond Code MAR178604)
Available in stores on Wednesday, June 28th (Final order cutoff deadline Monday, June 5th):
  • BLACK MAGICK #6 by Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott, cover by Scott (Diamond Code MAR178605)
  • DEADLY CLASS #29 by Rick Remender and Wes Craig, cover by Ed Luce (Diamond Code MAR178607)
  • SHUTTER #29 by Joe Keatinge and Leila del Duca, cover by del Duca (Diamond Code MAR178606)
  • REDNECK #3 by Donny Cates and Lisandro Estherren (Diamond Code MAR178737) 
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ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling 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 Comics, Skybound Entertainment, 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.

Monday, May 22, 2017

THE JIM HENSON COMPANY RENEWS LICENSING

AGREEMENTS WITH BOOM! STUDIOS FOR

CLASSIC BRANDS THE DARK CRYSTAL.

LABYRINTH, FRAGGLE ROCK, AND

THE STORYTELLER


Successful Releases Under Original Publishing Deal For the Brands Produced a
New York Times Best Seller and a Winner of The Diamond Comic
Distributors Gem Award

HOLLYWOOD, CA – (May 19, 2017) -- The Jim Henson Company, an innovative leader in family entertainment for over 60 years, has signed a new five-year agreement with graphic novel and comic book publisher BOOM! Studios to develop and publish at least seventeen new titles for its beloved classic brands, The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, Fraggle Rock and The Storyteller.

An earlier agreement between The Jim Henson Company and BOOM! Studios resulted in the publication of twenty new titles under its Archaia imprint for the four brands, including The New York Times Best Seller and YALSA-nominated Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths; and two Harvey Award-nominees, Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock Classics Volume 2, for Best Domestic Reprint, and The Storyteller: Witches #4, for Best Single Issue or Story.  Additionally, Jim Henson’s Labyrinth Tales won The Diamond Comic Distributors Gem Award for Trade Book of the Year.

Also, to celebrate this year’s 35th Anniversary of The Dark Crystal movie release, Archaia began publishing an official sequel, a 12-issue comic book series titled The Power of the Dark Crystal that picks up long after the events of the original film.  Most recently, it was announced that Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal Tales, a children’s book by acclaimed writer and artist Cory Godbey (Have Courage, Be Kind: The Tale of Cinderella), will be released this summer. The publication is a follow-up to last fall's best-selling Jim Henson's Labyrinth Tales, also written and illustrated by Godbey.

“We have worked very closely with BOOM! Studios to develop and publish titles that represent the level of innovation, imagination, and quality our fans expect from these classic brands,” commented Nicole Goldman, Executive Vice President, Marketing/PR and Education Initiatives.  “There are so many compelling storylines and fascinating characters that our talented partners at BOOM! can continue to draw upon to deliver more magical experiences.”

“Jim Henson was a singular creative visionary whose imagination has influenced and inspired multiple generations,” said Filip Sablik, BOOM! Studios President of Publishing and Marketing. “Everyone at BOOM! Studios has been honored to work with The Jim Henson Company over the last nine years and contribute to the rich legacy of these magical properties. We cannot wait to share with fans all of the exciting things we have planned for the next five years. This is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg!”

Directed by visionary Jim Henson and executive produced by George Lucas, Labyrinth is a fan favorite and wonder of puppetry. Stuck babysitting her brother, teenager Sarah resentfully wishes the Goblin King (memorably portrayed by David Bowie) can take him away. When her wish comes true, Sarah must head into the Labyrinth herself to save him. Since its 1986 release, the film has become a fan-favorite and is still reveled in today’s era as a timeless classic.

The Dark Crystal, directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz, brilliantly weaves a timeless myth of good and evil. In another time, the Dark Crystal, a source of balance and truth in the universe, was broken, dividing the world into two factions; the wicked Skeksis and the peaceful Mystics. Now, as the convergence of the three suns approaches, the crystal must be healed, or darkness will reign forever. The Dark Crystal’s fanbase has only risen since the film’s debut, and the film has also developed a devoted following across the world.

From creative genius Jim Henson, Fraggle Rock stars a cast of puppet creatures called Fraggles, quirky cave-dwellers who live in an underground world alongside their industrious green neighbors, the Doozers, and a family of enormous Gorgs.  The series follows the fun adventures of the furry subterranean creatures and features a unique mix of music from all genres including folk, blues, gospel, country and rock, all while embracing themes of friendship, tolerance, diversity, and caring for the planet.  With 96 episodes, 100 original songs and millions of fans around the world, Fraggle Rock has been seen in over 98 countries.

The anthology series, The Storyteller, features both human actors and creations from Jim Henson's Creature Shop in this retelling of classic folk tales, fables, and legends. The series stars John Hurt in the title role. Aided by his cynical dog, Hurt narrates fascinating tales that combine humor, intrigue, and magic.


The Dark Crystal:Creation Myths Vol. 1 SC Cover by Brian Froud
 
ABOUT THE JIM HENSON COMPANY
The Jim Henson Company has remained an established leader in family entertainment for over 60 years and is recognized worldwide as an innovator in puppetry, animatronics and digital animation. Best known as creators of the world-famous Muppets, Henson has received over 50 Emmy Awards and nine Grammy Awards. Recent credits include Julie’s Greenroom (Netflix), Dot. (Sprout/Hulu), Splash and Bubbles (PBS), Word Party (Netflix), Doozers (Hulu/Sprout), and the Emmy®-nominated Sid the Science Kid (PBS), Dinosaur Train (PBS), and Pajanimals (Sprout).  Television productions include Fraggle Rock, The Storyteller and the sci-fi cult series Farscape.   Features include Disney’s Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, as well as The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, MirrorMask, and Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow.

With additional locations in New York and London, The Jim Henson Company is headquartered in Los Angeles on the historic Charlie Chaplin lot, complete with soundstage and postproduction facilities. The Company is home to Jim Henson’s Creature Shop™, a pre-eminent character- building and visual effects group with international film, television, theme park and advertising clients, as well as Henson Recording Studios, one of the music industry’s top recording facilities known for its world-class blend of state-of- the-art and vintage equipment. The Company’s Henson Alternative brand is currently touring Puppet-Up! – Uncensored, a live puppet improvisational show.

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About BOOM! Studios
BOOM! Studios was founded by Ross Richie in 2005 with the singular focus of creating world-class comic book and graphic novel storytelling for all audiences. Through the development of four distinct imprints—BOOM! Studios, BOOM! Box, KaBOOM!, and Archaia—BOOM! has produced award-winning original work, including Lumberjanes, The Woods, Giant Days, Klaus, and Mouse Guard, while also breaking new ground with established licenses such as WWE, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Cartoon Network, and Jim Henson Company properties. BOOM! will also bring their original series to life through unique first-look relationships with 20th Century Fox for film and with Fox Television for the small screen. Please visit www.boom-studios.com for more information.