Friday, February 08, 2008


Zenescope Entertainment, the company behind hit series RETURN TO WONDERLAND, GRIMM FAIRY TALES, SE7EN and the upcoming action-adventure series 1001 ARABIAN NIGHTS: Adventures of SINBAD, has released their convention schedule for 2008 and offers a sneak peek into some of their early ’08 Convention Exclusives.

WONDERCON , San Francisco, CA: February 22-24th Booth #1054

WIZARD WORLD Los Angeles.: March 14-16th Booth #407

NEW YORK Comic Con, NYC : April 18-20th Booth #1912

PITTSBURGH Comic Con: April 25-27th Booth #5079

EMERALD CITY Comic Con, Seattle , WA : May 10th & 11th

WIZARD WORLD Philadelphia : May29th-June 1st

WIZARD WORLD Chicago : June 26-29th

COMIC CON International, San Diego , CA : July 24-27th

FAN EXPO Canada , Toronto : August 22-24th

BALTIMORE Comic Con: September 27-28th

WIZARD WORLD Texas , Dallas , TX : November 8-9th (Dallas, TX)

Guest appearances, signing schedule and remaining booth numbers are To Be Announced, go to for more information.
Here's the sneak peak of a few Zenescope issues and exclusives being released during the first half of the convention season.




Viper Comics Newswire


Winter is coming to an end, spring is on the way, so sit back, relax, as we bring you the latest and greatest with Viper. In 2008 Viper Comics will continue to publish unique stories, great art, and generally make life more enjoyable. This is the first news letter of the year giving you updates, and insight into what has been happening with Viper. Enough about the letter, time for updates.

ABC Family Growing
'Middleman' among new pickups

ABC has picked up the light drama pilot "The Middleman" to series. "The Middleman," from writer- producer Javier Grillo-Marxuach, stars Natalie Morales as a twentysomething struggling artist recruited by a secret agency to fight comic book-type villains and Matt Keeslar as the title character, a sci-fi superhero who serves as her guide.

Link to Full Article in Hollywood Reporter...

A Dummy's Guide to Danger Vol. 2 I. 2
Lost at Sea

As bodies begin to pile up while at sea, Alan and Mr. Bloomberg have to put their vacation on hold in order to retrieve Teri's missing underwear collection and unravel the identity of the onboard murderer. But when their number one suspect turns up dead, who will the duo look to next as the guilty party?

Want more infomation

Rabid, Vol. 1
Beware of Dog

When a canine infected with a mutated rabies virus escapes from a lab, a small town is flipped on its head as the disease spreads into the human population, causing family, friends and neighbors to turn on each other. As a violent war rages, one sheriff will do whatever it takes to keep his family safe and to stop his town from slipping into a hell. Preorder your copy of Rabid, Vol. 1 in this months Diamonds Previews. Order number: FEB08 4095

T-Shirt Design Contest
Viper Comics, and Skecth86

Want your idea for a T-shirt published? Interested in a $100 prize? Have an obsession with cotton? Viper and Sketch86 give you the chance to fulfill those desires. Submit your work by February 29th of the next month. The winner will be announced by March 10th. Winner receives $100, two free T-shirts, and your shirt available to the world. Show us your work.

For rules and submission guidelines

Free Comic Book Day May 3
Kid Houdini

The big day is right around the corner - once again, the comic book industry is uniting for Free Comic Book Day! Who needs those other holidays when we've got free comics to give out? This year Viper show it support for Free Comic Book Day by offering Kid Houdini and the Silver-Dollar Misfits. this is what you can expect to see in Kid Houdini: In 1886, ten year-old Harry Houdini runs away from home only to find himself a prisoner in Professor Murat's circus. Using the circus as their headquarters, Harry and his new friends Lydia the snake girl, Hans the legless boy and Jacques and Joe the Siamese twins, form a unique detective agency that will brave any ghost, goblin or ghoul to solve a mystery if you can pay their fee: one shiny silver dollar. Ask your local comic store to recive a copy for you, and it won't cost you a silver dollar.

Thanks to everyone for the continued support.


Viper Comics
All New Stuff and Upcoming Events

Retard Strength/ Concrete Facelift split 7"

Retard Strength/Concrete Facelift
Fast good punk rock from Philly's Retard Strength and label mates Concrete Facelift. Brutal Silly Fun! 6 songs from Retard Strength (with Lyrics Sheet) and 5 songs from Concrete Facelift

Common Enemy Full Length and 7"

Groovy 7" EP
by Common Enemy is all about "Evil Dead" 4 blistering tracks about our hero and his fight against evil. One sided 4 song 7" on a black mixed with a little white marbling effect vinyl. Reverse side has artwork etching done by Bobby Evil,full color sleeve,lyrics etc. Only 500 made.
Common Enemy T.U.I.

Finally the album you have been waiting for, the third full length from Common Enemy T.U.I. (Trashing Under the Influence). The fast music, in your face screaming, catchy choruses of this album represents skating, having fun, drinking, nintendo, zombies, and being true to yourself. Punk Thrash music has never tasted better, except when its served on a busted skateboard with a nice cold beer.

Dead City Psychos-Babylon

Dead City Psychos mix underground early eighties "glam" metal with today's super charged fast punk rock. This is the debut album from one of the most kick ass bands we've heard in a while.

Only seven days left to get Escape from New Jersey the game for only $10

On February 15th Escape from New Jersey will be $18 get your copy for $10 now while you still can!

Upcoming Events!

February 16th

The Ray Grady's 21+ CD release party and Dead City Psychos Reunion Show
Get the all new Ray Grady's CD and see The Dead City Psychos reunite for one night only!

Sat., Feb. 16th
@ The Khyber 56 S. 2nd Street Philadelphia PA 19106
9pm, 21+
cost: $8
Dead City Psychos
The Ray Gradys
Hotwired Hearts

Saturday February 16th
at The Bernville Grange
37 Shartlesville Rd
Bernville, PA 19506
The whole Angry Drunk Graphics crew will also be at the Love Sucks Fest Saturday Feb 15th with Mike Stoneroad!
We will be vending out wares along with our friend Mike Stoneorad!
Doors open at 3pm, $6 to enter
Bands include:
Common Enemy (8:45 - 9:15 pm)
Five Minute Freakshow(8:00 - 8:30 pm)
The Gloominous Doom (7:15 - 7:45 pm)
Bataan Death March (6:30 - 7:00 pm)
The Arsenal (5:45 - 6:15 pm)
Black Moon ( 5:00 - 5:30 pm)
T.F.A. (4:15 - 4:45 pm)
A Thirst For Failure (3:30 - 4:00 pm)

February 22nd

The Ray Gradys all ages CD release party
February 22, 2008 at Halfway House ( All Ages )
4141 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
Cost : $7
The Ray Gradys
The Spades

Escape From New Jersey Release Party at
Champions Bar and Grill in
Trenton New Jersey
931 Chambers Street
Trenton, NJ 08611
Friday night February 22 at 8pm!
8 bucks to enter, 21+
We will be selling the games and listening to some great bands!
What better place to throw an Escape From New Jersey party than in the state's Capitol!
$1 PBRs
$3 Jameson Shots!

Bands Playing are
Post no Bills
Ash Monday
The Hellside Wranglers
Sugar High


Escape From New Jersey in store meet and greet!
Steve's Comic Relief
1231 Route 166 # 7
Toms River, NJ 08753
(732) 244-6226
March 5th at Steve's Comic Relief in Toms River, New Jersey.
Come meet Mike and Steve the creators of Escape From New Jersey and watch them try to drink
beer in a comic book store!
Get games for only $10 at all of our events!
Zip Zap Zoo make this WISH COME TRUE
Roll us and Spin us and then you will hear,
The secrets of the universe soon become clear.
Now pick a number and hold your breath,
It's time to take your very first step.
We will sing a song for you to help you make that Wish Come True!

STRANGEco is pleased to announce the release of the WISH COME TRUE toy collection designed by modern art culture wizards Sam Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III, a.k.a. FriendsWithYou. Wish Come True is the next chapter in the visionary art and design saga of these two Miami art community heroes.

In the world of collectible Art Toys it is uncommon that a product is appropriate for young children as well as adults, not to mention one that can actually be play with. Each character in the Wish Come True series features weighted bottoms and built-in bell chimes, giving them all a playful rocking motion and a subtle, soothing sound. These beautiful figures are perfectly in line with FriendsWithYou's dream of spreading magic, luck and friendship throughout the universe. "Wish Come True is new spin on the new Art Toy genre that has been so popular in the past few years," comments Jim Crawford, co-founder of STRANGEco, "FriendsWithYou's great design appeals to the collector, and the playability appeals to the collector's kids, too."

Wish Come True will get an advance premiere at Art Basel Miami, December 6-9 2007, and the product will be released in January 2008. The FriendsWithYou team will also be presenting a touring installation in Spring 2008, featuring giant versions of the Wish Come True characters in a magical, interactive environment.

The six-piece Wish Comt True figure series are packaged in a full-color "mystery" box; much like a trading card, the figure inside is a surprise.

Suggested Retail Price - $7.50

For more information please visit:

For more information on FriendsWithYou please visit:


The foremost purveyor of artist-based toys, design objects and curiosities, STRANGEco continuously creates and produces innovative designs, and has deservedly gained recognition as the leader of the art toy revolution from both artists and customers alike. Working closely with artists they admire, STRANGEco develops character designs, often only seen in two dimensions. The end results are beautiful original art pieces in three-glorious dimensions which fans can actually afford and collect. Notable artists STRANGEco has worked with include tokidoki, Gary Baseman, Jim Woodring, FriendsWithYou, Mars-1, Nathan Jurevicius Pete Fowler, James Jarvis and many others.

ABOUT FriendsWithYou:

FriendsWithYou is an artist collaborative founded by two Miami-based artists, Sam Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III. Since its conception in 2002, FriendsWithYou has continued to promote a common message of Magic, Luck and Friendship, through its popular designer toy line, public art installations, new- form playgrounds, published works, live performances, and various animation, motion picture, and multimedia projects.

From Art Basel in Miami to Pictoplasma in Berlin, FriendsWithYou has been invited to participate in some of the most respected artistic happenings worldwide. Due to its unique style, creative and technical abilities, FriendsWithYou has also been commissioned to help develop the image and identity of some of the world's most prominent brands, including Nike, MTV, Red Bull, Volkswagen, and Coca-Cola.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Stan Lee's Pow Entertainment! Announces All-New Version 2 of Stripperella to Debut Exclusively in GoComics Mobile Comic Shop
KANSAS CITY, MO and LOS ANGELES, CA (February 7, 2008) Legendary comic book creator Stan Lee has announced the return of one of his most sizzling creations. An agreement with uclick, a leader in digital entertainment, will bring the all-new adventures of a new Stripperella to mobile phones on uclick's GoComics mobile comic book reader.

About uclick, LLC

uclick is a leading digital entertainment provider, offering a broad mix of popular products for the Web and mobile phones. The mobile division brings comic books, manga, comic strips, illustration, video and games to mobile consumers worldwide. Their feature lineup includes top brands such as TMNT, Yu-Gi-Oh!, TOKYOPOP, Paul Frank, and many more. uclick's products are available through their flagship consumer brand, GoComics ( ), top U.S. carriers, and leading distributors worldwide.

For more information on uclick, visit
Greetings LGW Enthusiasts,

The Glow of your Imagination has beckoned and we invite you to compete in the first ever Looking Glass Wars Mash-Up to create your own trailer using a collage of LGW online content.

Magical swag awaits the top three entrants in the competition.

To the winners go the spoils and may the best mash win!

If you think any of your friends, family or adversaries would Glow particularly bright in this competition please forward this email along with your own challenge to participate.

Follow the Glow,

Frank Beddor

The Mash-up splash page is live at:

Start your Mash-ups at:
Image Comics to feature exclusive SCUD cover at WonderCon!

6 February 2008 - After over a decade of anticipation, Rob Schrab returned to his seminal creation, SCUD THE DISPOSABLE ASSASSIN, but fans eager for a cover by him can only get it at this upcoming Wondercon.

"Ashley Wood, Jim Mahfood, Dave Hartman and Doug Tennapel have been big supporters since the beginning and it meant a lot to have them covering #21-24," said Schrab. "However, as I finished the final pages I couldn't resist the itch to illustrate one last SCUD cover myself."

SCUD: THE DISPOSABLE ASSASSIN #21 is the first of four issues detailing SCUD's mission to destroy the planet in exchange for saving his lover's soul. Schrab's cover features SCUD emerging into the world, ten years later, mere seconds before he finds out nothing is as he remembers.

SCUD: THE DISPOSABLE ASSASSIN #21 (DEC072049), a 32-page black and white comic book for $3.50 featuring a cover by ROBOTS VS. ZOMBIES' Ashley Wood, will be in stores this Wednesday. The variant edition will only be available during WonderCon, February 22-24th, at the Image Comics booth (#509).

Image Comics is a comics and graphic novels publisher formed in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Since that time, Image has gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. There are currently four partners in Image Comics (Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino), and Image is currently divided into four major houses (Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline and Image Central). Image comics and graphic novels cover nearly every genre, sub-genre and style imaginable, offering science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. Visit

Wednesday, February 06, 2008


6 February 2008 - Kyle Baker’s The Bakers return this week in THE BAKERS: BABIES & KITTENS, their very first book-length adventure!

"After the success of the previous collection, I really wanted to tackle a longer story," said Baker. "Considering this is all based off my crazy household, there was no lack of material! It's a true family comic, released in time to give to Mom this Valentine's Day!"

Like its previous volume, THE BAKERS: BABIES & KITTENS shines a spotlight on family life like no other graphic novel out there. When danger-allergic Dad forbids the family to adopt a cat, Mom and the kids do the only logical thing: they adopt it anyway!

THE BAKERS: BABIES & KITTENS (MAY071850), a 96-page full color hardcover for $18.99, is in stores this Wednesday, February 6th. For more Bakers fun, see /.
Anniversary edition of Sam & Max Surfin' the Highway comic collection now on sale

Paperback and hardcover versions available for preorder from, along with special, limited-time gift offer

SAN RAFAEL, CA, February 6, 2008 - Twenty years after their comic book debut and over a decade after their collected works went out of print, the Freelance Police are back on the comic beat. Sam & Max creator Steve Purcell and Telltale, developer and publisher of episodic games based on the franchise, announced today that the anniversary edition of Surfin' the Highway is now available for purchase. This newly updated version of the complete Sam & Max comic collection can be preordered from in two formats: a trade paperback, and a signed and numbered, limited edition hardcover.

The original Surfin' the Highway was released in 1995 and went out of print in 1997, relegating its purchase to exorbitant eBay auctions and the occasional discovery in a dusty corner of a neighborhood comic store. The anniversary edition includes all the content from the original plus 26 new pages, bringing the page count to 197. Of these, 45 pages are in full color, including the previously black-and-white "Fair Wind to Java," which has been updated using Purcell's original painted color guides. The new pages include the original advertisements for the first Freelance Police comic book (circa 1987), stories featured in the LucasArts Adventurer and Fox Kids magazines in the late 1990s, and recent paintings promoting Telltale's episodic games and Shout Factory's upcoming release of the Freelance Police animated series on DVD. The Surfin' the Highway anniversary edition also features a redesigned cover and author's note by Purcell.

"Thank Telltale for poking and prodding me to finally re-release Surfin' the Highway," says Sam & Max creator Steve Purcell. "Since the mid-90's edition has become scarce, I wanted to revisit the design of the book and have fun with the idea of it being some rare ancient volume. It's great that new fans can now find the book and folks who don't want their rare vintage edition mangled can stock up and start indoctrinating their friends. Flipping through the bound pages, I couldn't help but blurt out, 'This makes me want to draw comics again!' Fortunately, no one was close enough to hear."

The trade paperback retails for $19.99 and can be preordered now from Telltale's website (, with an expected ship date of February 25. The paperback will also be carried in comic stores across North America. The limited edition hardcover, which sells for $49.99 only from Telltale's website, will be individually signed and numbered by Steve Purcell. The hardcover can also be preordered, and is scheduled to ship in Spring 2008.

In celebration of the release, Telltale is offering Surfin' the Highway customers a special gift. All Surfin' the Highway orders placed at through February 29, 2008 will include a free downloadable copy of Ice Station Santa, the premiere episode of Sam & Max Season Two, Telltale's ongoing game series. Also through February 29, the full Season Two game collection is discounted to $26—a 25% savings over the regular price—when purchased in conjunction with the book. Additional Sam & Max merchandise, including t-shirts, hats, and a brand new "highway surfing" poster print, is also available. Visit for details.

Surfin' the Highway Product Details

Dimensions: 6.5" x 9.25"

Black & white pages: 152

Color pages: 45

Total pages: 197

Trade Paperback

ISBN 978-0-9792576-2-9

Suggested retail price: $29.99

Expected ship date: February 25, 2008

Limited Edition Hardcover

Retail price: $49.99 (available only from

Expected ship date: Spring 2008

Booksellers can order the book wholesale through Diamond Comics or directly from Telltale. Please direct wholesale inquiries to

About Sam & Max
Sam & Max are the Freelance Police. Sam is a six-foot dog in a baggy suit sporting a trombone-sized .44 hand-cannon. Max is a three foot "rabbity thing" with a saw blade grin and the impulsive nature of the average piranha. Together they patrol the sticky streets of a fantastical New York City, righting wrongs, pummeling perps, and ridding the urban landscape of the shifty legions of "self-propelled gutter trash" that litter their streets. Sam & Max have appeared in comics, video games, an animated TV series coming soon to DVD, and an Eisner award-winning webcomic. They are currently appearing in a hilarious and critically acclaimed episodic game series, which can be found at

About Steve Purcell
Steve Purcell has worked in illustration, games, TV, and movies. His first scratchy Sam & Max strips appeared in his art school newspaper. Years later he produced a handful of Sam & Max comic books followed by adaptations as an acclaimed LucasArts computer game and an animated TV series on the Fox network. Steve currently works in story development for feature animation and after hours consults on Season Two of the critically acclaimed Sam & Max game series from California developer Telltale Games.

About Telltale, Inc.
Telltale is a new breed of interactive entertainment company pioneering high-caliber episodic game publishing and development. Founded in 2004 by industry veterans with decades of experience, the company has quickly become a leader in episodic gaming by delivering award-winning interactive experiences that emphasize engaging stories, strong characters, and rich worlds. Telltale's games include the ongoing series of Sam & Max games, episodes adapted from Jeff Smith's epic Bone graphic novel series, and games based on television's popular CSI program in partnership with Ubisoft. Telltale's games are available at the company's website and through select partners such as Turner Broadcasting's GameTap subscription service. To learn more about Telltale, please visit

Wow, it HAS been a long time... Happy New Year; you look GORGEOUS!

Quiet as I've been on this microphone, in truth I've been working my
buns off since the new year began on a variety of projects... but
everything's been off-line (i know, i know). In the coming weeks I'll
fiiiinnnaaalllllly be able to discuss some of these tasty babies; in
the meantime kindly indulge me in a quartet of infobits I'd like you to
aware of:

* This Friday (Feb 8) at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles, I have an
original piece of art up for charity auction at the Comic Book Legal
Defense Fund benefit (, a poster-sized color
portrait of the hero of Vertigo's Y THE LAST MAN just finishing its
run. You can see the piece here (; if you're
in LA, do come by and bid on it as it benefits us cartoonists' first
line of legal defense with First Amendment issues.

* Tuesday evening (Feb 12th), I’m giving a talk with my SHOOTING WAR
co-author Anthony Lappé at the Main Branch of the New York Public
Library; the talk will an expansion of the multimedia presentation we
gave on tour this past fall, chock full of behind-the-scenes
information on the evolution of the book from webcomic to hardcover;
6:30pm on the sixth floor (info here:

* I've got a set of illustrations in this week's New York Magazine
accompanying an article by the writing team of "The Office" so give
that a gander as I'm really proud of it.

* And I've recently been confirmed as a guest speaker at both Austin
TX's SXSW Interactive in March and for Toronto's Luminato 2008 Arts &
Creativity Festival in June; more details are available via

And listen, the fact that we're not doing "this" as often doesn't mean
I don't care anymore; in fact my feelings have grown in your absence.
I promise to be more present here in your inbox this year as there's
lots going on and I need to talk about it with someone.

Until next we speak again... whatever you're doing, KEEP DOING IT!

-------love-----> d!
Dan Goldman

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Along with a great lineup of Comics and Media Guests, MegaCon ’08 plays host to some incredible anime events. MegaCon has become the “go-to” destination for anime and manga fans and this year will only be better.

Come meet members of the band Vidoll. Vidoll is an indie visual kei band that was formed in February 2002. Their music is a mix of melody and groove, sometimes mellow, sometimes deranged, but always contagious. Vidoll has become increasingly popular in the Japanese indie circuit and abroad. Members Jui and Rame will make their first East Coast appearance at MegaCon ’08. The band members are scheduled for a variety of events including an autograph and photo opportunity on Friday, March 7 from 4:00pm to 6:00pm, a question and answer panel on Saturday, March 8 from 11:40am to 12:30pm and another autograph and photo opportunity on Sunday, March 9 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm. The band will also appear at the jpophouse booth located in the exhibit hall.

Naruto is making a live appearance at MegaCon ’08. He will be available for a limited number of photos at each session and a Session Card is necessary to have your photo taken. You can preorder your Session Card by going to:

Once you have your Session Card, bring it with you to Booth 1129 on the date and time which are shown on the Session Card. Your photo will then be taken and available for pick up after the session is over.

Sessions occur on the following days and times:

Friday 1 photo 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Friday 2 photo 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Friday 3 photo 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Saturday 1 photo 11:30am - 12:30pm
Saturday 2 photo 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Saturday 3 photo 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Sunday 1 photo 10:30am -11:30am
Sunday 2 photo 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Sunday 3 photo 3:30pm - 4:30pm

The Annual Costume Contest is happening once again at MegaCon ’08. For the 8th year in a row, the best anime costumes will be on display. The contest is being held on Saturday, March 8 at 4:30pm.

To enter the Costume Contest you must fill out a registration form and be a convention attendee. Registration forms will be available all day Friday, March 7 and on Saturday, March 8 before 11:15am. No entries will be accepted after 11:15am. Pre-registration is available online from now until February 19. Online registrants will be first in line for prejudging. Registration links are available at

Prejudging begins at 11:00am in room S330-C on Saturday. You must be present to enter. Online pre-registered contestants will be judged first so you are asked to arrive by 10:45am. You must be registered, in costume and provide reference images at the time of judging. You will receive an entry number that you are required to remember and not lose. This number will be used to determine your judging and stage order. The earlier you are registered, the lower the number, the earlier you will go on stage.

Stage presentations begin at 4:30pm in rooms S330-E-F-G. Contestants must be in the staging hall no later than 4:15pm for line-up. All contestants will be allowed on stage. There will be no pre-eliminations.

Awards are based on the Technical Merit, Creativity, Accuracy, Originality and Quality of the costume. Prizes to be given out include:
BEST OF SHOW = $200 cash, trophy and $100 plus worth of merchandise.
BEST GROUP = $100 cash, trophy and merchandise.
BEST INDIVIDUAL = $50 cash, trophy and merchandise.
BEST CHILD = trophy and merchandise.

Here is a list of simplified rules that you must follow to be eligible for the contest:
1) Only costumes from Japanese anime, manga, video games or J-pop/J-rock.
2) One minute on stage.
3) Skits aren’t required, contestants will be prejudged.
4) Music on audio CD only and will start when you come on stage.
5) One entry per person/costume/group.
6) No commissioned costumes.
7) You must be prejudged AND appear on stage to qualify for an award.
8) Provide reference material.
9) Peace-bond and be careful with weapons and props.
10) No swinging of props and weapons.
11) No messes.
12) No jumping off stage.
13) Anime Sushi and MegaCon are not responsible for injury, theft or damage.
14) No obscene costumes, language or skits.
15) Children under 13 judged separately.
16) Be courteous and kind.
17) Drink plenty of fluids and stay cool.
18) Registration ends 11:15am Saturday.
19) Prejudging begins 11:00am Saturday in room S330-C.
20) Be ready by 4:15pm on Saturday in rooms S330-E-F-G.

After the Costume Contest, hang around and attend the Cyberia Dance from 8:30pm until 11:30pm at the convention center. If you have a MegaCon wristband you are invited to attend.

On Sunday, March 9, MegaCon ’08 plays host to the Anime Music Video contest. This year’s event will be different than in the past. For the first time ever only digital entries uploaded through Anime Sushi's website Gallery will be accepted. If you’re interested in entering, here’s what you need to know.


The deadline to have your video in is Sunday, February 24 by 11:59pm. Entries will not be accepted at the convention so that they can be judged and a presentation put together for viewing at the con.

All submissions must be uploaded to the Anime Sushi website in one of the following formats:

QuickTime (.mov)
Mpeg 4 (.mp4)
Mpeg 1 or 2 (.mpg, .mpeg, other mpeg1 and 2 extensions)
AVI (mpeg4, divx, xvid and DV compressed AVI’s ONLY)

Files should be no more than 250MB in size. If you would like to submit a file larger than 250MB, please email or private message Sushiboy on the Anime Sushi forum for permission to do so.

Videos will be converted and burned to DVD and will be displayed at the contest via a DVD player. Please be sure that your video is in as high a quality format as possible. 720x480 Pixels is Standard Definition video size.

The maximum length for videos in the contest is seven minutes. Videos over seven minutes will be disqualified.

You may submit one video for entry into the contest.


Entrants into the AMV Contest must send an email to with “MegaCon 2008 AMV Contest Entry” as the subject line. In this email you must include:

1.) Your Real Name
2.) Your Studio Name / Nickname (if you have one)
3.) Your Video Title

4.) The Settings/Program you used to convert/edit/compress your video
5.) Your email address or other pertinent contact information

6.) Your Sushi Forum User ID

Your video should then be uploaded to the “MegaCon 2008 AMV Contest Submission Dropbox” gallery in the Gallery section on the Anime Sushi forum at

If you’d like to participate in any of these exciting events, be sure to get your convention tickets now. You can purchase them online at:, or by stopping into any Coliseum of Comics store.

MegaCon would like to recognize this year’s sponsors, Coliseum of Comics, Blam! Ventures, Students of the Unusual and Hot Flips, and thank them for their support.

We look forward to seeing you in Orlando, Florida for MegaCon ’08 on March 7-9, 2008. For more information, stop by
Super Real Graphics launches new original graphic novel line with

After two years publishing comic books in the direct market,
publisher Super Real Graphics looks to build a new line of quality
graphic novels, showcasing talented creator-owned offerings, and
diverse concepts and content, all under the banner, Super Real Graphics


The new line looks to utilize a format friendly to readers and
alike, that keeps them affordably priced, just above a single issue
but well below that of trade paperbacks, allowing readers to better
the books, and retailers to better stock them. The first title from the
will be the April releasing, Super Real Graphics Presents: GNOME.

About Gnome:

Gnome is a tale that promises to enchant fans of all ages, from creator
Dwonch (Special Education), and cover artist Super Ugly.

Gnomes are real! Believed to be simple yard decorations, these
Gnomes” once roamed the Earth as its greatest protectors. Long ago a
was placed upon them, petrifying them until the day they were needed to

protect the Earth once more. In 1956 the world was in peril… and one
gnome answered the call.

Publisher Jason Martin on Gnome, and Super Real Graphics Presents,
"Gnome is
an all ages book, with smart concepts, scripting, and design, that can
appeal to young, old, male or female, a well rounded tale, that will
over many hearts, and is a perfect example of what Super Real Graphics
line of original self-contained books is about! I'm truly ecstatic to
Gnome, and future works in this new reader and retailer friendly
format, and
sincerely hope that Super Real Graphics Presents can grow into a brand
both can trust. Gnome is a huge step in that direction!"

With more Super Real Graphics Presents offerings planned, the publisher

looks to build a solid name in the market, with unique and rewarding
any fan of the medium can enjoy. Watch for future SRG Presents OGN
and be sure and check out Gnome, now available via Diamond Comic

You can read the first 9 full pages of Gnome now, at it’s website:

Super Real Graphics Presents: GNOME
64 pages, digest sized (6x9), Full Color, $6.99

About Super Real Graphics:

Super Real Graphics began publishing with creator/publisher Jason
Super Real, which has seen five issues in print, and received great
response, over the past two years of release. Super Real is the story
five reality show participants who each sign million dollar contracts
become genetically enhanced, in a mash-up of comic book super heroes
reality television, all told in a loose vibrant style. The ongoing
has featured variant covers and guest artwork from some of the
brightest indie talent, including Josh Howard (Dead@17), Jim Mahfood
Scouts), and many more. Super Real is set to return to publication
this year, along with future volumes of Super Real Graphics Presents,
another big project in development.

All of which can be found at the publisher's website:

Visitors Invited To The VIZ Media Manga Café And Lounge To Sample An
Array Of Animation And Manga

San Francisco, CA, February 5, 2008 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of
the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive
publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced its
participation in JAPAN! CULTURE+ HYPER CULTURE, an exhibit taking place
February 5-17 at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in
Washington, D.C. The dynamic exhibit brings together more than 450
artists, 40 performances, and more than a dozen free events to showcase
the best in Japanese theater and dance, music and fashion, architecture
and sculpture, poetry and literature, photography and film.

Throughout the exhibit, VIZ Media will welcome visitors to a special
Manga Café and Reading Lounge. A selection of some of the hottest manga
(graphic novel) series sweeping Japan and North America will be on
display for exhibit-goers to read for free amidst an area adorned with
related posters, signage and a display of vintage Japanese robot toys.
Popular manga series such as BLEACH, DEATH NOTE, NARUTO, INUYASHA,
HIKARU NO GO, and more will all be represented, along with screenings of
VIZ Media's most popular anime trailers. Manga author Robin Nishi will
also be on-hand to capture festival happenings in a daily drawing and
free workshop. This is an ideal opportunity for exhibit-goers to immerse
themselves in one of the most popular forms of Japanese pop-culture that
has now spread into a global phenomenon. More information on VIZ Media
is available at

More information on the VIZ Media Manga Café and Reading Room is
available at:

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is America's living
memorial to President John F. Kennedy. Since opening in 1971, The John
F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has continued its efforts to
fulfill his vision—presenting the greatest performers and performances
from across America and around the world, nurturing new works and young
artists, and serving the nation as a leader in arts education. Located
in Washington, DC, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
presents an unmatched variety of theater, musicals, dance, ballet,
orchestral, chamber, jazz, popular, and folk music, and multi-media
performances for all ages and is one of the nation's busiest arts
facilities, presenting more than 2,000 performances each year. For more
information on the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is
available at
Other notable exhibit components that serve as an ideal complement to
the Manga Café and Reading Lounge will be Robotopia Rising, a mechanized
extravaganza that highlights the science and culture of Japanese
robotics. The Genius Party Premieres will showcase a series of original
films by Japan's top anime talents, who were each selected by Director
and Genius Party Executive Producer Eiko Tanaka to create their dream
projects, and a marathon of anime premieres is also scheduled to screen
three new anime features.

More information on the Festival is available at:

“VIZ Media is honored to join with such a talented and future-inspired
group of artists for this unique exhibit at the famous The John F.
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts,” states Liza Coppola, Sr. Vice
President, Marketing, VIZ Media. “Manga has become the epitome of modern
pop culture and its influence is readily seen in fashion, video games,
animation, live action film and modern youth culture. With roots in both
Japan and America, VIZ Media has served as a direct conduit for Japanese
pop culture for over twenty years. We look forward to everyone exploring
this unique exhibit."

About VIZ Media, LLC
Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), is one
of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga
(graphic novel) publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of
Japanese content. Owned by three of Japan’s largest creators and
licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and
Shogakukan Production Co., Ltd. (ShoPro Japan), VIZ Media is a leader in
the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking
audiences in North America and a global licensor of Japanese manga and
animation. The company offers an integrated product line including,
magazines such as SHONEN JUMP and SHOJO BEAT, graphic novels, videos,
DVDs and audio soundtracks and develops and markets animated
entertainment from initial production, television placement and
distribution, to merchandise licensing and promotions for audiences and
consumers of all ages. Contact VIZ Media at 295 Bay Street, San
Francisco, CA 94133; Phone (415) 546-7073; Fax (415) 546-7086; and web
site at

Monday, February 04, 2008

MINDstyle and Dark Horse Comics

Ink Worldwide Sales Agreement

Dark Horse is proud to announce they have signed an agreement to act as exclusive sales agent for the entire program of licensed products for MINDstyle—a California-based company which has recently emerged as a leading manufacturer of high-end collectible figures. The initial offerings, slated for release beginning in March, will include deluxe limited-edition vinyl figures and specialty products based on the classic Jim Henson film The Dark Crystal, comics artist Frank Cho’s Liberty Meadows, and award-winning painter Brom’s acclaimed book The Plucker.

“We are very excited to be associated with MINDstyle in putting this sales program together,” Dark Horse Vice President of Product Development David Scroggy stated, “and we are confident that they will help us make the release of these highly collectible, top-quality, limited editions a key event for collectors and film fans.”

MINDstyle has developed one of the most sought-after product lines in the burgeoning market of designer “art vinyl” figures. They are highly regarded for their unsurpassed work in creating a wide variety of limited-edition pieces derived from the work of contemporary artists. Their talented team of sculptors, painters, package designers and technicians have worked hard to set the MINDstyle line apart from the ordinary, and this attention to detail and quality control results in one sold-out piece after another. Each is highly prized by collectors.

“We are very pleased to be working with Dark Horse,” MINDstyle spokesperson M.D. Young remarked. “For MINDstyle, it was a natural progression in finding the right distributor for our products. We felt it was time to team up with someone who understood our vision and complimented our brand best. In this case, Dark Horse was the right company because of its “indie” identity and ability to reach a wider audience; and, it simply made good business sense. ”

“It's an exciting year!” Young continued. “We are breaking new ground with the products that Dark Horse is distributing—doing things outside of just the vinyl art toys. We will release a series of 25th-anniversary Fraggle Rock vinyl collectibles, and there are some really limited The Dark Crystal figures in the works. We're very excited about the art replicas from the late Viktor Schreckengost, and there will be some really cool 12- inch figures from the Shaw Brothers kung fu classics, 36th Chamber of Shao Lin and Shao Lin Temple.”

The initial offerings of the products will take place at the International Toy Fair in New York, February 17–20, 2008. Exhibited in Javits Center, booth #5744 , this presentation offers the first trade-only look at some exceptional pieces, including several new items displayed for the first time.
Following Success of Movie, 30 Days of Night World Lives On in New Comic Book TPB

IDW Publishing reinvents the horrifying world of vampires in new comic book, 30 Days of Night: Beyond Barrow

San Diego, CA (February 4, 2008)-Fans of 30 Days of Night will now have the chance to enjoy the further expansion of the 30 Days world and characters through IDW Publishing's horrific new comic book, 30 Days of Night: Beyond Barrow.

Beyond Barrow is an extension of the 30 Days of Night story, which was originally released as a comic in 2002 and became the hit motion picture from Sony Pictures in October, opening at the number one spot on the big screen. The terrifying story details a small Alaskan town-Barrow-that is overrun by vampires during 30 sunless days of the harsh northern winter. When released as a comic book by IDW Publishing, the horrifying vampire tale shocked the comic book world and quickly became a hit.

With two direct graphic novel sequels and assorted spin-off series and prose novels since the original, Beyond Barrow picks up where the ongoing story left off. This time a new creature is lurking, which is preying on both humans and vampires. "By introducing a new threat even to the vampires, this story takes the whole idea further than it's ever gone before," says Chris Ryall, publisher and editor-in-chief at IDW Publishing.

Most notable about Beyond Barrow is that series co-creator/writer Steve Niles has paired up with legendary artist Bill Sienkiewicz to create this terrifying story, which was originally released as a three-part series. Sienkiewicz, an acclaimed multimedia artist who has enjoyed a strong comic book following since the early 1980s, was a major influence on artist Ben Templesmith, who created the art for the original 30 Days of Night. For this newest launch, Sienkiewicz is doing fully-painted covers and artwork.

The trade paperback will be in stores February 2008; call 1-888-comic-book (1-888-266-4226) to find a store near you.

IDW PUBLISHING is a division of Idea and Design Works, LLC, a revolutionary creative service company with a wide range of clients. Among its best-selling titles are Hasbro's THE TRANSFORMERS; Paramount/CBS's STAR TREK; and Fox's ANGEL. IDW's 30 DAYS OF NIGHT film from Sony Pictures was released in October 2007 and was the #1 movie in its first week of release. More information about the company can be found at

Curious about the sequel? Here's the 411 on the plot:

Waging his one-man war on the world of organized crime, ruthless vigilante-hero Frank Castle sets his sights on overeager mob boss Billy Russoti. After Russoti is left horribly disfigured by Castle, he sets out for vengeance under his new alias: Jigsaw. With the "Punisher Task Force" hot on his trail and the FBI unable to take Jigsaw in, Frank must stand up to the formidable army that Jigsaw has recruited before more of his evil deeds go unpunished.

More? How about some pix?

Over five years in the making... AdHouse Books is proud to announce the future publication of the Skyscrapers of the Midwest hardcover collection by Joshua W. Cotter.

Skyscrapers of the Midwest is best described as the winding tale of a young cat, his little brother, and the creeping shadow of imminent adolescence in the American heartland. Eisner and Ignatz nominated, Skyscrapers was the winner of the 2004 Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics.

“This is one odd fucking book.”
– Warren Ellis

“Skyscrapers of the Midwest is one of the the best debut series this decade. Few cartoonists on their best day could capture childhood and its awesome disappointments with the intensity that Josh Cotter somehow conveys in this first major work. Moments this terrifyingly intimate shouldn't make for such beautiful comics.”
– Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Reporter

“Skyscrapers of the Midwest is the nexus point where Adrian Tomine, Chris Ware, and Robert Crumb meet. Cotter's explorations childhood trauma will leave you frozen like a deer in the headlights long after you put this book down.”
– James Sime, The Isotope

288 pages
6" x 9" HC
$19.95 US funds
ISBN 978-0-9770304-7-7
Shipping Summer 2008
Cover image:

Look for Joshua Cotter in your area as he plans to tour for the book's release. Currently, the shows he will be attending are the MoCCA Art Fest, HeroesCon, SPX and Baltimore Comicon.

You can preorder this project through Diamond’s March Previews catalog, which can be found in your local comic shop on 2/27/08. AdHouse items may also be available via Last Gasp.
Wins Prestigious American Library Association ALEX AWARD!

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the
division of the American Library Association, has just announced the
winners of the 2008 ALEX AWARD, for adult books with specific teen
The awards, sponsored by Booklist, were just announced at the 2008 ALA
Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, and Jeff Lemire's ESSEX COUNTY (VOL
TALES FROM THE FARM was one of the winners! And to put this in
the last graphic novel to make this list was Persepolis, and that was
several years ago. To check out preview pages from TALES FROM THE FARM,
well as the other volumes of ESSEX COUNTY, just click here:


by Tim Sievert

Cover and Preview Pages Featured Here:

-- 112-Page Graphic Novel
-- ISBN 978-1-60309-005-6
-- $10.00 (US)
-- Dimensions: 6 1/2” x 9”
-- Young Adult (13+)

Hugh is a fisherman with a special relationship to the sea, a
based on respect and reverence. But when Hugh feels that the sea has
betrayed him, his whole existence is thrown out of whack. Hell-bent on
settling the score, Hugh takes his revenge to the extreme, jeopardizing
only himself, but also his family in the process. THAT SALTY AIR is a
about change and learning the price for trifling with the natural
progression of things.

Tim Sievert was born in Davenport, Iowa, on April 12, 1983. At the
age of nineteen, he was shipped away to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where
currently lives and works in the wonderfully hectic world of
media. In his off hours, Tim is working so extremely hard to finish his
debut graphic novel THAT SALTY AIR you wouldn’t even believe it.


by Lars Martinson

Cover and Preview Pages Featured Here:

-- 128-Page, Two-Color Hardcover Graphic Novel
-- ISBN 978-0-9801023-2-1
-- $19.95 (US)
-- Dimensions: 5 1/2" x 8 1/4"
-- Mature (16+)

Top Shelf is proud to distribute the Xeric award-winning graphic novel
Lars Martinson. With amazing production values and a layered and
cross-cultural storyline, this book is sure to make a mark on the

Daniel Wells begins a new life as an assistant junior high school
in the rural Japanese village of Tonoharu. Isolated from those around
by cultural and language barriers, he leads a monastic existence,
only by his inept pursuit of the company of a fellow American who lives
couple towns over. But contrary to appearances, Dan isn't the only
foreigner to call Tonoharu home. Across town, a group of wealthy
eccentrics are boarding in a one-time Buddhist temple, for reasons that
remain obscure to their gossiping neighbors … A 128-page, hardcover
novel with a full-color dust jacket and two-color interiors.

Lars Martinson was born on Mother's Day, 1977. He has met a princess,
a five-legged cow, and eaten raw octopus eggs. From 2003 to 2006 he
English in Fukuoka, Japan through the Japan Exchange and Teaching
In 2007 he received the prestigious Xeric Grant for his graphic novel
TONOHARU: PART ONE. He currently lives in Minneapolis and is hard at
on the second part of the TONOHARU story.


The Top Shelf 2008 Schedule -- now thru December! -- has been uploaded
the Top Shelf website. Check out the completely updated catalog section



OWLY (VOL 4): A TIME TO BE BRAVE by Andy Runton
(Finally -- And Well Worth The Wait!)

(Gorgeous New Cover & Printed Totally On Recycled Paper!)


Your friend thru comics,

Chris Staros
Top Shelf Productions

Dark Horse Deluxe is proud to announce that the acclaimed series of Kotobukiya ARTFX Statues is expanding with the addition of the most requested characters from the Star Wars universe: THE BOUNTY HUNTERS SERIES! From the darkest chapter of the saga, Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Darth Vader has summoned mercenaries from across the galaxy to help him capture Han Solo, thereby luring Luke Skywalker into a deadly confrontation. Six of the fiercest hunters are assembled: Dengar, 4-LOM, Zuckass, Bossk, IG-88, and the legendary BOBA FETT. The enigmatic Boba Fett stands 11 3/4" inches tall in a dynamic combat pose, simultaneously flying and firing his flame-thrower. His distinctive Mandalorian armor has been replicated with stunning accuracy, with detailing based upon the costume used in Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.

Each of the Bounty Hunters will include special collectors bonus parts. Once all six Hunters have been released, the bonus parts from each statue can be assembled to create a brand new, full-size DARTH VADER ARTFX statue! Fett will include Darth Vader’s left arm. There will also be additional extra-special secret bonus parts included with upcoming Hunters so that Darth Vader can be displayed in three different poses. The Hunters will mount on a unique hexagonal base, which can be linked together on any side, creating a variety of display options for the full series of characters—including an arrangement that forms the Imperial logo!

With its large scale and impeccable paint applications, this ARTFX Statue is a snap-fit kit that can be easily put together in seconds without glue or modeling skill. Look for a new Bounty Hunter each month, with the next release scheduled to be IG-88!

Boba Fett will be available through Dark Horse Deluxe starting on April 23, 2008 with a new Bounty Hunter release each month. Each of the Bounty Hunters will have an SRP of $125.00.
Terminator Makes Good on Promise . . .

He’s back! The entire Dark Horse Terminator comics series is now available for the first time in the form of two giant collections. The Terminator Omnibus Volume I arrives in February with a second volume scheduled to follow in March. Fans can celebrate the legacy of one of the greatest sci-fi stories ever conceived by declaring 2008 the Year of The Terminator!

Tireless, fearless, merciless, unencumbered by human emotion, and dedicated to the complete eradication of mankind, they came from another time to ensure that the future would belong solely to the machines. They are Terminators—indestructible killing engines hiding inside shells of flesh and blood. But despite the frailty of human flesh, nothing is as immortal as the human spirit, and even the strongest metal will bend to its will to survive. . .

Dark Horse Comics has long been regarded as the heavyweight champion of adapting film blockbusters to graphic fiction. The Terminator is one of the finest examples of bringing top comics talents to the expansion of a premier action/adventure mythos. Featuring work by fan-favorite creators James Robinson, Matt Wagner, John Arcudi, Paul Gulacy, Ian Edginton, and more, The Terminator Omnibus Volume I collects the first four consecutive story arcs from The Terminator comic-book series and features over three hundred full-color story pages.

The Terminator Omnibus Volume I includes Terminator Tempest, One Shot, Secondary Objectives, and The Enemy Within. It will be available in retail stores everywhere February 20, 2008 with an SRP of $24.95. The Terminator Omnibus Volume II will follow on March 26.

About Dark Horse Comics:

Since 1986, 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. In addition to publishing comics from top talent like Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, and comics legend Will Eisner, their highly successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Aliens, Terminator, Conan, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Emily the Strange, Tim Burton, Trigun, and Serenity. Today Dark Horse Comics is the third largest comic-book publisher in the U.S. and is recognized as the world's leading publisher of licensed comics material.

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