Thursday, March 13, 2008

Coldcut Distribution Gets A Facelift

Cold Cut Distribution is now Haven Distributors

(Chicago, IL – March 13, 2008) Rogue Wolf Entertainment announced today a new name to go along with the new face of Cold Cut… now known as Haven Distributors, or Haven Distro for short.

“Cold Cut Distribution had a solid base, but it’s time for a change,” explained Lance Stahlberg, Haven Distributors’ COO. “The independent comics terrain is some of the toughest there is in the pop culture market for retailers as well as publishers. Part of what we are trying to do is make it easier for both sides to do business together. ‘Haven’ made sense because that’s exactly what we offer both sides; a safe place to interact. We encourage both retailers and publishers to contact us with changes they would like to see as well. Feedback is not only welcomed but strongly desired!”

To join the Haven Distro newsletter, interested parties can use the signup form on, where they will also find a contact form for questions or feedback. Haven’s new international toll free phone number is 877-HAVEN-50 (877-428-3650). The old number, 866-4-COLDCUT, will remain active during the transition but will eventually be discontinued. and will both forward to, and all current retailer accounts will still work in the existing shopping cart.

ABOUT ROGUE WOLF ENTERTAINMENT – Rogue Wolf Entertainment, Inc was founded in 2006 with the idea of creating comics for comic fans. They currently produce three web-comic titles. With this new addition to their corporate portfolio, their focus will be on helping their fellow creators and valued supporters succeed and hopefully improve the comics industry as a whole in the process.
Greetings, all:

The street date for STRANGEWAYS: MURDER MOON is still scheduled for
March 26th. Having received the first batch of printed books, I
think that date will hold. The books themselves look pretty darn
good overall, but for a few cosmetic issues with my print layout
(learning experience and all that.)

For those of you in the Los Angeles area this weekend, I'll be at
Wizard World LA in the artist's alley. I'll have review copies to
hand out for bloggers and online or print reviewers. Be sure to stop
by and say hello. Always nice to put a face to the names that I see

I believe that you can still place an order for the book at your
local comic store, if you haven't already, but it's likely to be
after the 3/26 date unless your store ordered them on their own. If
you don't live close to a comic store, I recommend the services of where you can order the book and have it mailed
out to you.

I'm also planning on attending the Stumptown Comics Festival in
Portland this April, and May is a busy, busy month with shows nearly
every weekend.

Posted to the blog, just this morning, is some new Guy Davis art,
this for the Strangeways bookplate I'm working on.

And, as always, you can read the first chapter online right here:

More posted as it happens.

-Matt Maxwell
Hey Gang,
I'll be at this weekend's Wizard World Los Angeles promoting my Top Cow

You can see me at the following times:

Friday March 14th
Top Cow - with Rick Mays & Joe Casey 2:30 - 4:00

Saturday March 15th
Top Cow - with Rick Mays & Joe Casey 11:00 - 1:30
Top Cow Panel - 2:00

Sunday March 16th
Top Cow - with Rick Mays & Joe Casey - 12:00 - 2:00

Apparently, I will be joined on the Top Cow Panel by people much more
famous and important than I, including Marc Silvestri himself and Seth

Hope you can stop by and wave your naughty bits at me.



Joshua Fialkov
IDW Publishing To Release Ghost Whisperer Comic Series Based on Hit CBS TV Show

Ghost Whisperer comics written by the show's writers,
Carrie Smith and Becca Smith

San Diego, CA (March 13, 2008)-Fans of Ghost Whisperer may not be able to communicate with the dead, but come March they will get to see more ghosts who are stuck between earth and the afterlife. That's because IDW Publishing ( is presenting a five-issue monthly comic series that spins out of the hit CBS television show starring Jennifer Love Hewitt as Melinda Gordon, the medium who helps ghosts cross over. The all-new comic series was written by Ghost Whisperer TV show writers Carrie Smith and Becca Smith and have art by Elena Casagrande, who also did the art for IDW Publishing's Star Trek Alien Spotlight: Orions.

"Our storyline is going to be written by people who are well aware of the overall story, as well as what is going to happen in the show that the fans don't even know about yet," says Tom Waltz, the series editor. "So the storyline is true to series without spoiling anything that is yet to come."

The comics fit in after Season 2 and before Season 3 and, as in the show, Melinda spends her days and nights helping earthbound spirits cross into the Light. But in this series Melinda gets more than she bargained for when she comes face-to-face with Osiris, Egyptian God of the Dead, who wants the souls for himself.

The comics follows the structure of the show in that a ghost needs to cross over in each issue. And, "The series keeps you on your toes, it's deep and spiritual and there are excellent cliffhangers," says Waltz. Unlike in the show, another ghost-Osiris-appears in each of the five issues, which ties the series together and keeps the momentum and tension going from one issue to the next.

The writers started with the Osiris premise, according to Carrie Smith, partially because John Gray, the creator of Ghost Whisperer, is a history nut. And the premise is fertile ground, both visually and story-wise, she says. "Ancient Egypt is just chock-full of cool visuals," she says. "You've got your mummies, hieroglyphics, scarabs, cool costumes and demons."

While Osiris and the lost ghosts are new to the series, "the plotline features all of the major characters and relationships that viewers are familiar with," says Carrie Smith. And, she says, no new sidekicks or ongoing characters are introduced in the comics.

Casagrande and artists Joselle Ho and Brian Miller provide chilling art for the covers. Plus some incentive issues have photo covers featuring Jennifer Love Hewitt.

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; 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

Wednesday, March 12, 2008


“Dust 2 Dust”

Story: Alex Ness, Michael May

Art: Joel Vollmer

32pgs, b/w tone, $3.50


Jesse James has survived an assassin’s bullet and the long arm of the law.

Now a deranged man of the cloth, people are paying attention to his fervent fire and brimstone!

Born under a bad sign, outlaw Machine Gun Kelly steamrolls into town, a scorched earth in his wake, and he’s ready to slash and burn for kicks.

The incendiary-thermite of two psychopaths in one small town only lights the fuse to an explosive conflagration…and one blazing holy war, where there are no laws, just Old Testament fiery curses. See who’s not roasting when the dust clears!

32pgs of story! NO ADS! NO FILLER!

Oni Press is proud to announce Salt Water Taffy: The Seaside Adventures of Jack and Benny, a new ongoing series of all-ages graphic novels by Matthew Loux.

In the spirit of kid friendly tales like THE GOONIES and BONE, comes a new all-ages romp. Published quarterly, SALT WATER TAFFY follows a pair of boys bound for the unusual hamlet of Chowder Bay--a small town full of big mysteries, giant adventures, and gargantuan lobsters. It's a place where anything can happen, and usually does.

Jack and Benny are two young brothers on vacation in Chowder Bay, Maine for the entire summer. With no television or batteries for his Gameboy, Jack couldn’t be more bored. But when Benny, the youngest of the pair, spots a dark, indistinguishable shape creeping toward the ocean, the boys' curiosity has them chasing one of Chowder Bay's oldest legends. What exactly did Benny see? And what does it have to do with the recent rash of taffy thefts plaguing Dr. True's sweet shop? Maybe the Putnam summer home won't be as boring as the brothers feared! With surly old fisherman, sea monsters, warring seagulls, civil war ghosts, giant kleptomaniac eagles and mysteries around every corner--Chowder Bay may not just be the strangest place Jack and Benny have ever been to, it might be one of the strangest on Earth!

The first book of the series, “The Legend of Old Salty”, introduces us to the characters, the town, and one of the great mysteries involving giant lobsters, crustacean labor politics, and Jack and Benny’s newfound addiction to Dr. True's salt water taffy!

“Matthew Loux’s SALT WATER TAFFY captures the childhood spirit of discovery and imagination in a world where video games and television are the dominant media,” explains James Lucas Jones, Oni Press’s editor in chief. “And in this world they find that passive entertainment can’t hold a candle to the genuine adventure and fun that comes from exploring the mysteries of this enigmatic seaside town.”

“One of the things we are really excited about is the value this series will present to readers,” says publisher Joe Nozemack. “Each volume will be 96 pages for only $5.95. That’s over four issues worth of content for the price of just two!”

Matthew’s previous graphic novel, SIDESCROLLERS, was named one of the prestigious Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens by The Young Adult Library Services Association (a division of the American Library Association). He carries over the same cartooning prowess that he demonstrated in his previous effort to a younger audience.

SALT WATER TAFF: THE SEASIDE ADVENTURES OF JACK & BENNY, Vol. 1 is listed in the current PREVIEWS and will ship to comic book stores May 7th, 2008.

It is a 96 page black-and-white graphic novel for $5.95.

Diamond Code: MAR08 3899.

ISBN: 978-1-932664-94-2

Tuesday, March 11, 2008


London, March 2nd, 2008 –
NOMINATIONS are invited for this year's Eagle Awards; you can designate your 2007 favourites in 30 different categories at

As initiated in 2007, in order to offer a broader spectrum of the industry, voters will be asked to select from the top five nominees in each of the 30 categories. Nominations, which are once again open to the comics reading public worldwide, close at midnight on Saturday, March 22. Voting is to begin on Tuesday, April 1 with the winners announced at the Bristol International Comic Expo on Saturday, May 10, 2008. The award ceremony it the highlight of Britain's premiere comics’ event and will be held at Bristol's Ramada Plaza Hotel where the ceremony is to be hosted by British TV and sitcom personality Fraser Ayres, best known as a regular in The Smoking Room and Thieves like Us. Assisting him will be Eagle Awards regular Cassandra Conroy, daughter of awards founder, Mike Conroy.

The presentation is to be preceded by the traditional gala dinner. With demand for tickets always high, early booking is highly recommended. Reservations can be made through Martin 'Biff' Averre, who can also provide further details. He can be contacted via email at or by telephone on 01206 364140 (011-44-1206 364140 from North America).

Also, the Eagles have their very own message forum, where discussion is taking place on all aspects of the awards including suggestions for who and what might garner nominations next year. All are welcome at

Join us, and nominate now!


ABOUT THE EAGLE AWARDS – Established in 1976 by Mike Conroy, the Eagles are the comics industry’s longest established awards. Acknowledged as the pre-eminent international prizes, they have been featured on the covers of leading US and UK titles across the last three decades with such diverse titles as X-Men, Swamp Thing, Preacher, 2000 AD and MAD among those proud to display the Eagle Award emblem.

More details on the Bristol International Comic Expo can be found at

Unique Subjects And Genres Ranging From Action Adventure And Romance To
Vampires And Horror To Be Offered

San Francisco, CA, March 11, 2008 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of
the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive
publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced its plans
to launch nine eagerly awaited new manga (graphic novel) series in the
Second Quarter of 2008.

The new releases are aimed primarily at Teen and Older Teen readers,
which form the core of the manga market, and encompass a unique
selection of genres ranging from action/adventure and shojo romance
stories to darker, more twisted tales that exemplify the gothic and
horror genres that have become extremely popular. The new series will

“VIZ Media again shows the diversity that is at the core of the manga
medium with our latest range of offerings for the Second Quarter,” says
Liza Coppola, Sr. Vice President, Marketing, VIZ Media. “From the
western-themed GUN BLAZE WEST, the latest title from the famed creator
on a popular Japanese dating video game for girls, there is an array
from which to choose. As the gothic genre flourishes among a growing
RECORD OF A FALLEN VAMPIRE will delight with captivating visual style
and dark characters. Finally, for those who relish the spine chilling,
we are extremely pleased to announce the North American debut of CAT
EYED BOY from Kazuo Umezu, who is considered the master of the horror
manga genre that has recently captivated legions of domestic readers.”

GUN BLAZE WEST • Rated “T+” for Older Teens • MSRP: $7.99 • Available
April 1, 2008
A brand new addition to the SHONEN JUMP imprint from Nobuhiro Watsuki,
the creator of the successful samurai manga series RUROUNI KENSHIN and
BUSO RENKIN (both published domestically by VIZ Media), GUN BLAZE WEST
puts a new twist on the genre as it is set in 19th century America.
Legend has it that in the far West lies a sacred land called Gun Blaze
West, where only the strong can set foot. Viu Bannes, a cheerful and
persistent boy, aspires to become a great gunslinger and yearns to
travel to the West and test his strength. He befriends a vagabond,
Marcus Homer, and they both decide to set off on a journey to find Gun
Blaze West. The new title is VIZ Media’s first Western/Wild West series
and will also be previewed in SHONEN JUMP magazine. Nobuhiro Watsuki’s
critically acclaimed previous series RUROUNI KENSHIN is a fan favorite
that has sold more than 1.1 million copies in North America and his BUSO
RENKIN series likewise enjoys a wide and growing following.

HARUKA: BEYOND THE STREAM OF TIME • Rated “T+” for Older Teens • MSRP:
$8.99 • Available April 1, 2008
HARUKA: BEYOND THE STREAM OF TIME is a highly anticipated new series
based on a popular PS2 and Nintendo DS video game that is hugely popular
in Japan. Akane is your typical teenage girl, until she swallows eight
Dragon Jewels and is transported to the Heian period of ancient Japan!
There in the Capital City, Akane learns that she has been preordained to
lead the people as the Priestess of the Dragon God. But all is not well:
Akram, the head of the Demon Clan, has sworn death and destruction on
the Capital. So Akane is appointed Eight Guardians to stand by her side
as she faces the danger that waits. HARUKA: BEYOND THE STREAM OF TIME is
a new addition to VIZ Media’s SHOJO BEAT imprint and is currently being
serialized in SHOJO BEAT magazine. The original Haruka video game was
created by Ruby Party (aka Ruby Patty), the same group that designed the
wildly popular Neoromance video game Angelique, and helped to define the
modern Neoromance dating RPG format. Bandai Visual USA is also releasing
the anime in April 2008.

• Available April 8, 2008
For those who suffer nightmares, help awaits at the Silver Star Tea
House, where patrons can order much more than just Darjeeling. Hiruko is
a special kind of private investigator, he’s a dream eater, and he’ll
rid you of your darkest vision – for a price. Each chapter of NIGHMARE
INSPECTOR is a self-contained story that offers a glimpse of mankind’s
folly and gradually reveals a little more about Hiruko and his dark
past. A highly anticipated new series with a gothic edge, NIGHTMARE
INSPECTOR was published in Japan by Square Enix, the publisher of the
first manga series from Shin Mashiba. Fan-buzz has abounded on this
series and comparisons have been made to Neil Gaiman’s Sandman and DC’s
classic House of Mystery/House of Secrets.

B.O.D.Y. • Rated “T+” for Older Teens • MSRP: $9.99 • Available April 8,
Everyone thinks 16-year-old Sakura has weird taste in guys because she
can't stop drooling over Ryunosuke, the strong silent type who sits next
to her in class. When she discovers he works for a host club, where
women actually pay men to date them, will she finally wise up? Will he
leave his job to be with her? Or will she take a job at the club so he
can quit so she can be with him so...? Only one thing's for sure in
B.O.D.Y. - you can't put a price on love! B.O.D.Y. originally appeared
in the Japanese shojo monthly Bessatsu Margaret was created by Ao
Mimori. It is her third shojo manga series and is also currently
serialized in SHOJO BEAT magazine.

FAIRY CUBE • Rated “T+” for Older Teens • MSRP: $8.99 • Available May 6,
Ian and Rin used to just see spirits. Now Ian is one. Using the Fairy
Cube, Ian must figure out how to stop the lizard spirit Tokage from
taking over his life and destroying any chance he has of resurrection.
FAIRY CUBE is the long-awaited new series from gothic manga mastermind
(all published by VIZ Media). A new addition to VIZ Media’s SHOJO BEAT
imprint, FAIRY CUBE will be previewed in the April 2008 issue of SHOJO
BEAT magazine.

THE RECORD OF A FALLEN VAMPIRE • Rated “T” for Teens • MSRP: $9.99 •
Available May 13, 2008
Thousands of years ago, Vampire King Akabara Rosered Strauss lost both
his kingdom and his queen. Since humans were unable to kill the queen,
they sealed her away, erecting thousands of fake seals so that the king
would never find her true location. Despite being pursued by relentless
humans and half-vampires alike, Akabara continues to search for his
queen to this day. Akabara's quest takes a sinister turn when an entity
called the Black Swan appears. The Black Swan inhabits the body of a
young human girl every 50 years, giving her the power to destroy the
Vampire King and his queen. With each incarnation the Black Swan grows
stronger –will the 49th Black Swan mean the end of Akabara? THE RECORD
OF A FALLEN VAMIRE is illustrated by Yuri Kimura and written by Kyo
Shirodaira, the award-winning writer behind the popular mystery manga
and animated series SPIRAL – BONDS OF REASONING.

ROSARIO + VAMPIRE • Rated “T+” for Older Teens • MSRP: $9.99 • Available
May 13, 2008
All-around average teenager Tsukune can't get accepted to any high
school save one, but on his first day, he finds the rest of the student
body doesn't appear average in the least. Best of all, the cutest girl
on campus can't wait to fling her arms around his neck! Wait a sec', are
those her teeth around his neck too? Tsukune's going to have one heck of
a hickey when he gets home from Monster High! But does he have a chance
in hell of raising his grades at a school where the turf war isn't
between the jocks and the nerds but between vampires and the werewolves?
Find out in the new series from Akihisa Ikeda.

GIMMICK! • Rated “T+” for Older Teens • MSRP: $9.99 • Available June 10,
Gimmick! is an interesting new series by Youzaburou Kanari and focuses
on Kohei Nagase, a genius in the realm of movie make-up and special
effects. With his stuntman buddy Kannazuki, Kohei helps various people
in need get out of tough situations through the use of his brilliant
make-up skills. This series has action, mystery, and lots of insights
about the technical aspects that go into doing really cool movie make-up.

CAT EYED BOY • Rated “T+” for Older Teens • MSRP: $24.99 •Available June
17, 2008
Cat Eyed Boy is a half-human, half-monster child whose mostly human
appearance bans him from the demon world. He lives hidden in the shadows
of the human world, hated by humans and demons alike. Wherever he goes,
awful events occur as the humans and demons interact. In 11 stories of
revenge and retribution full of disturbing images, Cat Eyed Boy acts as
a trickster, saving the innocent and helping the wicked receive the
punishment that fate metes out. The first volume contains four stories
and the first part of a fifth and longer story. CAT EYED BOY was created
by Kazuo Umezu, the undisputed master of Japanese horror manga and
creator of the critically acclaimed DRIFTING CLASSROOM (also published
by VIZ Media). Cat Eyed Boy offers up a concoction of dark vignettes
dripping with the macabre and the absurd.

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

SAN JOSE, CA – March, 2008 – DrMaster Publications has announced the impending release of three new titles, Mamoru the Shadow Protector by Sai Madara & Taro Achi, Nephylym by Rei Kusakabe, and Feng Shui Academy by Haruka Shouji.

Mamoru the Shadow Protector is the manga adaptation of the popular Japanese novel and anime, Kage Kara Mamoru by Taro Achi. Feng Shui Academy is also a manga adaptation of a Japanese novel series, Fuu Sui Gakuen by Midori Natsu. Nephylym is a new Japanese manga series by the up-and-coming manga artist Rei Kusakabe. Both Mamoru the Shadow Protector and Nephylym will hit stores this summer! Brace yourselves for all the hilarious adventures in store for you!

Mamoru the Shadow Protector
A story about protecting someone you love… in secret. Mamoru Kagemori is a dull high school boy who’s not handsome, athletic, or intelligent. But things aren’t always what they appear. He is actually the eldest son of the 400-year-old Ninja clan specializing in protecting their neighbors, the Konnyaku’s. And the object of Mamoru’s protection is none other than their only daughter, Yuna Konnyaku, a natural born accident-prone troublemaker. Mamoru must continue to protect her and carry out his duty regardless of how strong, bizarre, or stupid his advisories are. Will Yuna ever learn who her brave protector is?

Shun is has a unique power to electrically charge metal materials. A mysterious winged angel-like being named Ale picks up on his powers and chooses him to become her partner, thus enhancing Shun’s powers. The next day, Shin’s classmate, Sanari, who he has a crush on, tells him that she also has a winged angel partner, named Blissful. These beings are called Nephylyms. Sanari tells Shin that people like them, who have Nephylyms are called Answerers, and they are tasked to purify the crystals of negative consciousness called Noir. Together with their nephylyms Shun, Sanari, and Tsukasa (Shun’s rival in love) battle against Noirsthat possesses human beings.

Feng Shui Academy
Ozunu is the top student at Kusanagi School of Magical Architecture, a national polytechnic high school dedicated to raising professional magical architects of the future. Their job is to apply feng shui and other spiritual methods in architecture to exterminate fiends and demons in Tokyo, where the protective feng shui seal has been broken due to wars and urban development. Being raised by a spider fiend, Ozunu has always tried to purify or return monsters to where they came from. He clashes with his rival Tsugaru, the heir to a magical architecture corporation, who believes strength is the key to everything.

Mamoru the Shadow Protector will be available June 2008. Nephylym will be available September 2008. Feng Shui Academy will be released in 2009. All three titles will be priced at $9.95.

About DrMaster Publications, Inc.:
From Japan we bring unique stories and characters, brought to life through suspenseful science fiction, relationship dramas, and side-splitting comedies. And from China, we have offerings rich in history and mystique, and titles with unmatched action and suspense. By brazenly going against the grain and laughing in the face of conformity, DrMaster Publications Inc. introduced something different to the legion of comic book fans whose cravings lie outside the superhero box. Choosing the path less traveled we have journeyed across the Pacific to bring US readers, the acclaimed works from Japan and China's biggest and brightest!

Each of our books is like a glimpse into a new realm as seen through the eyes of the authors and artists. You don’t just read a DrMaster book—it jolts you to life, as you are propelled through the pages. Please click here for a list of our current and upcoming titles. And feel free to tour the site. Regular updates will follow as our line of “masterful” comic series expands.

About DGN Productions International:
DGN Productions (Digital Graphic Novel Productions) is a newly-formed production company and studio made up of industry veterans within the comics and video game industries. Through strategic licensing of key comic book titles and the use of recognized industry professionals within the fields of animation and video game development, DGN Pro. Intl. is dedicated to producing cutting-edge video games, comics and animated features adapted from some the biggest and brightest in Hong Kong, Japanese and Korean comic book properties. DGN Productions Intl. was founded June 2004 and is based in Fremont, California.

IDW Continues Expansion into Film World after Success of
30 Days of Night

(San Diego, CA; March 10, 2008) - On the heels of the success of the motion picture adaptation of the graphic novel 30 Days of Night, IDW Publishing, a division of IDT Internet Mobile Group, announced that another of its graphic novels has been optioned by a major feature film producer. Producer Richard Saperstein, former President of Production of Dimension Films, who has overseen such films as 1408, Rob Zombie's Halloween, The Mist, John Q, The Punisher, Frequency, and Se7en, has optioned IDW's hot, new comic series, SNAKED. IDW Publishing president and founder Ted Adams and SNAKED author Clifford Meth are executive producers. Shara Kay will co-produce and Mr. Meth will write the screenplay.

An instant horror sensation upon its release in December, 2007, the first SNAKED comic sold out at stores across the country. The third book in the series was released on February 13th. Based on an original story by Mr. Meth, whom Barnes & Noble calls "one of dark fiction's best kept secrets," SNAKED is a horror-noir that follows the personal and political exploits of a government employee with supernatural, snake-like abilities. First illustrated by Dave Cockrum (co-creator of X -Men), SNAKED has featured cover art by Ashley Wood and illustrations by Rufus Dayglo.

Mr. Saperstein was drawn to the story's dynamic characters and timely political message. "As a producer," he says, "I'm drawn to characters that are forced to explore the limits of their own humanity in situations that test their rational minds. The political arena forms the perfect backdrop for Clifford Meth's heady mix of horror, sex and mayhem. I am also pleased to be working with Ted Adams and the folks at IDW, who are always breaking new ground in the world of comics and graphic novels."

"If there is one thing I have learned from my experience with the filmmaking community," said Mr. Adams, "it is to work with the very best. We experienced that luxury on 30 Days of Night and now we're fortunate to be partnered with Richard Saperstein, a renowned producer with a stellar track record. SNAKED is the most controversial book we have ever published and I know that Richard will bring this story to the screen with incredible style, wit and daring."

Idea and Design Works, LLC, (DBA IDW Publishing) is a division of IDT Internet Mobile Group (IIMG). An established leader in the comic book and graphic novel marketplace, particularly in the horror, action, and sci-fi genres, IDW Publishing also owns Jonas Publishing and its children's imprint, Worthwhile Books. The feature film version of IDW Publishing's graphic novel, 30 Days of Night, topped the box office when it premiered in 2007. IDW lists some of the most successful and hottest print titles in the industry in its portfolio, including: television's #1 prime time series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation; Sony's Underworld; Paramount's Star Trek; Fox's 24 and Angel, and Hasbro's The Transformers. The company also works with foreign licensing agents to sell their comics around the world, with titles being published in multiple languages and crossing dozens of regions. Please visit for more information.

IDT Internet Mobile Group (IIMG), a division of the Fortune 1000 telecommunications firm IDT Corporation (NYSE: IDT, IDT.C), is a leader in the development, management and growth of cross-platform consumer entertainment, distribution and financial services. From providing mobile content to consumers in over 200 countries through the mobile content portal Zedge ( to the creation, development and distribution of top graphic novels through IDW Publishing, and providing cash remittance services via mobile phones to millions of people living abroad, IIMG is dedicated to turning innovative ideas and companies into products and services that span various industries.

In this press release, all statements that are not purely about historical facts, including, but not limited to, those with the words "believe," "anticipate," "expect," "plan," "intend," "estimate," "target" and similar expressions, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All forward-looking statements and risk factors included in this document are made as of the date hereof, based on information available to IDT as of the date thereof, and IDT assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements or risk factors.
AAM/Markosia Announces New Website

AAM/Markosia, publishers of the hit series King Kong, Starship
Troopers and the critically acclaimed The Boy Who Made Silence,
announce their brand new website. Designed to be more a interactive
experience for both fans and retailers, the site features all of the
latest news, previews and links to everything related to AAM/Markosia.

Publisher Harry Markos explains, "We have a very exciting year ahead
of us, with some groundbreaking new titles such as The Boy Who Made
Silence, Lazarus: Immortal Coils, N-Guard, and Sunset to name but a
few, and we are very keen to show people the positive direction that
we are moving in. The new website, which was launched recently, will
feature two new web comics by the end of April, as well as offering
visitors the opportunity to download the first issue of every series
that we have published for free. It will be updated on a much more
regular basis, which was something we lacked previously and which was
a constant source of irritation to many of our loyal supporters. It is
an exciting time for us and we hope that we can show people that we
are here for the long run."

Launched in 2005 AAM/Markosia has been a leader in the independent
publishing field. 2008 marks their most ambitious campaign to date, as
the company will be debuting a range of new titles. In addition,
AAM/Markosia will be exhibiting at many conventions around the globe,
including New York Comic Con in April and the Bristol Comic Expo in

To see the new site please visit:
Wyatt Earp vs The Cisco Kid

Story: Chuck Dixon

Art: Enrique Villagran

Colors: Andy B

Cover: Kalman Andrasofszky

32pgs, color, $3.99


There are two sides to every story…and for the first time, Moonstone shows you them both!

Two different perspectives on the same wild west story action! Wyatt vs Cisco and Cisco vs Wyatt will ship on the same day!

They called them gunslingers when these mythic men rode the west over a century ago. Movies and dime novels gave them white hats and black hats, but the truth lies somewhere in between. On October 27th, 1880, Wyatt Earp arrested William "Curly Bill" Brocious for shooting the Tombstone town Marshal. But on the way to trial, some tell of a dangerous encounter with a mysterious outlaw called the Cisco Kid. Did the paths of these two legendary gunslingers cross somewhere in the southwest? If so, whose side of the story should we believe? Myth meets history in this fantastic Western showdown! 32 color pages! No Ads! No Filler!_________________________________________________________________

Cisco Kid vs Wyatt Earp

Story: Chuck Dixon, Len Kody

Art: EricJ

Colors: Andy B

Cover: Kalman Andrasofszky

32pgs, color, $3.99-No Ads! No Filler!


Wyatt Earp vs The Cisco Kid S&N HC flip book!

A special Limited (to 100 copies) Edition of both parts of the 2 perspective wild western tale!

The edition is signed by writer Len Kody and artist ErikJ!

64pgs, color, 7” x 10”, $39.99
Cartoonists Explore War in Iraq and Afghanistan As the War's Fifth
Anniversary Draws Near

March 20 is the fifth anniversary of the United States’ entry into the

Iraq war. The news media will observe that day with stories of the war

and its consequences.

Graphic novelists and political cartoonists have responded to the war
in Iraq and the larger war on terror by creating striking work. NBM
Publishing is honored to present their work to the public.

NBM books related to the war include:

War Fix, by combat journalist David Axe and Steve Olexa. War Fix is
Axe’s journal of his addiction to the excitement of being in battle. placed War Fix on its list of 2006’s ten best graphic
novels, and the American Library Association's Young Adult Library
Services Association nominated the book for its list of Great Graphic

Johnny Jihad by Ryan Inzana. Based on the facts of terrorist training

camps in the U.S.A. and inspired by “American Taliban” John Walker
Lindh, Johnny Jihad tells how an ordinary teenager becomes a jihadist –

and what happens when the CIA catches him. Booklist has named Johnny
Jihad one of the year’s ten best graphic novels.

Generalissimo El Busho: Essays and Cartoons on the Bush Years by Ted
Rall. The controversial Pulitzer Prize finalist and Firecracker
Alternative Book Award winner compiles his most scathingly satirical
cartoons and commentary. Generalissimo El Busho is a brilliantly
tragicomic week-by-week dissection of the Bush Administration.

Attitude, Attitude 2, Attitude 3. These collections of new subversive

cartoons and interviews with their creators have appeared every other
year since 2002. Edited by Ted Rall, Attitude collects the best new
political cartoonists, Attitude 2 covers alternative cartoons, and
Attitude 3 spotlights talent from the online world.

Silk Road to Ruin: Is Central Asia the New Middle East? by Ted Rall.
The cartoonist went to Afghanistan and other parts of what he calls the

New Middle East, and returned with this mix of travelogue, political
analysis, and graphic novel. He sees Islamic radicalism, oil wealth,
and American ambition collide to turn the region east of Iraq into
something explosive.

Monday, March 10, 2008


Torrance, Calif. March 7, 2008 – Celebrating the HARUKA: Beyond the Stream of Time – A Tale of the Eight Guardians Premier and Director Aki Tsunaki’s attendance, Bandai Visual USA announces the details of HARUKA related events, activities and show exclusives at Sakura-Con 2008.

Director Tsunaki will be present at the HARUKA events starting with the Industry Reception Dinner on Thursday, March 27. Schedules for HARUKA related events are as follows:

Thursday, March 27
Industry Reception Dinner 7:00PM – at Place Ballroom

Friday, March 28
Opening Ceremonies 10:00AM – 11:30 AM at room 6ABC
Premier Screening (Vol.1) 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM (room TBD)
Guest Reception Dinner 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM at Grand Hyatt

Saturday, March 29
Haruka Panel (Q & A) 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM at room 611-614
Autograph Session 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM at room 4B
Press Session 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM at room 601

Sunday, March 30
Director Panel 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM at room 611-614
Closing Ceremonies 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM at room 6ABC

For Haruka Panel (Q & A) on March 29, VIZ Media manga editor Carol Fox is also scheduled to take part as well as Director Aki Tsunaki for a discussion on both the anime and manga incarnations of HARUKA.

Also, authentic reproduction cels made by Yumeta Company, the studio that created the anime, will be on display and will be first made available for purchase at Sakura-Con 2008 and will then be sold on beginning late March. Hand crafted traditional Japanese animation cels are increasingly becoming a rare collector’s item and are available in strictly limited quantities only. There are nine different designs, eight featuring each of the Eight Guardians and one more, which feature Akram and Akane.

Along with cels, Bandai Visual USA will also sell advance copies of HARUKA Vol. 1 DVD and the manga Vol.1, published domestically by VIZ Media, at the Broccoli/Bandai Visual Booths #314, 316, 415, and 417. A specially made HARUKA Japanese style fan will be the exclusive gift for those who purchase HARUKA DVD at Sakura-Con.

For more information on HARUKA DVD please visit our official website at

HARUKA manga, rated T+ (for Older teens) is serialized in VIZ Media’s SHOJO BEAT Magazine reaching over 130,000 readers each month via subscription and on newsstands nationwide. For more information please visit or

BANDAI VISUAL USA INC. was established in 2005 as a wholly owned subsidiary of BANDAI VISUAL CO., LTD. with a mission to facilitate stronger, more active involvement in positioning, marketing and distribution of BANDAI VISUAL programs in North America. From its base in Torrance, California, BANDAI VISUAL USA seeks to form new alliances and reinforce existing ties in an effort to strengthen BANDAI VISUAL’s international presence as a producer and content provider in the ever expanding and diversified specialty programs market.
Zenescope signs with William Morris
Zenescope Entertainment has signed on with the William Morris Agency for representation of their comic book and graphic novel properties.

Founded in 2005, Zenescope Entertainment has quickly become one of the best known independent comic book and graphic novel publishers in the world. Some of the company’s more popular titles include GRIMM FAIRY TALES, RETURN TO WONDERLAND, SE7EN and THE PIPER. “We’re simply thrilled to be represented by a world class company and we’re looking forward to a very productive relationship with one of the most reputable talent agencies of all time.” said Zenescope VP and Editor-in-Chief, Ralph Tedesco

The William Morris Agency (WMA) is the largest and most diversified talent and literary agency in the world. The Agency represents clients in all segments of the entertainment industry, including Motion Pictures, Television, Music and Personal Appearances, Broadway Theatre and Theatrical Touring, Book Publishing, Commercial Endorsements, Sports Marketing, Corporate Consulting, Digital Media, and Video Games.

32 pages, full color, $3.99

written by Chris Mills
art by Tim Hamilton
cover by Dave Aikins

This is it, Kolchak fans! One more small town that thought "it couldn't
happen here" is overrun with the animated corpses of men and... pigs?
Hey, zombies are zombies, and they're everywhere! Carl Kolchak just wants to finish his
story before lunch, especially since he's on the menu!
Just what IS the terrible secret behind this little farm town?
Papercutz in May: BIONICLE® Graphic Novel #1!
Plus TALES FROM THE CRYPT and Classics Illustrated’s THE INVISIBLE MAN

BIONICLE Graphic Novel #1
By Greg Farshtey, Carlos D’Anda, Richard Bennett, and Randy Elliott
The popular action figures from the LEGO® Group come to graphic novels!

BIONICLE Graphic Novel #1 collects comics sent to the BIONICLE fan club

that have been unavailable for years. This first volume’s two stories
reveal the characters’ origins. In the first story, six mighty heroes –

the Toa – arrive on a tropical island to find it under siege. The Great

Spirit Mata Nui has been cast into an unending sleep by the evil
Makuta. Now Makuta is attacking the island’s villagers with vicious
Rahi beasts. The Toa must combine their skills and elemental and mask
powers to defeat Makuta and restore peace. In the second story, The Toa

return to the island named for Mata Nui to find that Makuta has
unleashed the Bohrok, mechanical insects that are rapidly destroying
trees, mountains, rivers, villages, and anything else in their path.
After a long, difficult battle, the Toa are able to defeat the queens
of the swarms and end the Bohrok threat … for now. During the fight,
the heroes are transformed into Toa Nuva, with new armor, new weapons,
and new Masks of Power.
Full-color trade paperback, 5” x 7 1/2”, 112 pages, $7.95, ISBN
Also in collector’s hardcover: $12.95, ISBN 978-1-59707-110-9

TALES FROM THE CRYPT Graphic Novel #4: Crypt-Keeping It Real
By writers Fred Van Lente, Christian Zanier, Ari Kaplan, Keith R.A.
DeCandido, and Jim Salicrup
and artists Steve Mannion, Mr. Exes, Rick Parker, Christian Zanier, and

Chris Noeth
The Crypt-Keeper and his fellow GhouLunatics introduce the wildest,
scariest collection of terror-tales yet! GASP when you meet “She Who
Would Rule the World!”, a homeless woman turned into a near-invincible,

power-hungry being! RETCH when you see “Ignoble Rot!”, in which a
cursed gigolo stays alive as he transforms into a zombie! SCREAM as
you read “Jumping the Shark!”, about a reality-TV series producer who
keeps pitching shows from beyond the grave! SQUIRM as you try to
delete “Spam!”, the e-mail scourge that is far deadlier than you ever
imagined! GROAN as you read the pun-filled introductions by the Old
Witch, the Vault-Keeper, and that super-star of horror comics
himself—the Crypt-Keeper!
Full-color trade paperback, 5” x 7 1/2”, 112 pages, $7.95, ISBN
Also in collector’s hardcover: $12.95, ISBN 978-1-59707-105-5

By H.G. Wells, adapted by Rick Geary
One of H.G. Wells’ most gripping science-fiction sagas, The Invisible
Man is the story of a young scientist who impetuously experiments upon
himself -- and then becomes invisible and mad! Eisner-Award winner Rick

Geary’s artwork captures the tragedy and irony of Wells’ fascinating
tale. Classics Illustrated has been getting great press on its launch
from Andrew Smith (the Scripps-Howard papers’ syndicated Captain
Comics) and from Mike Sangiacomo, syndicated through Newhouse papers
and other publications.
Full-color hardcover, 6 1/2” x 9”, 56 pages, $9.95, ISBN

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NBM Publishing in May: ORDINARY VICTORIES concludes!
One of TIME magazine’s “5 Fantastic Graphic Novels” reaches climax;
plus, Proust and Eurotica


By Manu Larcenet
TIME magazine put ORDINARY VICTORIES on its list of “5 Fantastic
Graphic Novels,” and the Angoul√™me International Comics Festival gave
it the Year’s Best Comic Book award. It’s about Marco: a tired,
small-town photographer who’s been dealing with a pain-in-the-neck cat,

a cute woman who seems (against all odds) to like him, and a neighbor
who seems likable until Marco discovers his disturbing role in wartime.

In this second and concluding volume, Marco has a child and loses his
father, his mother learns about living alone, a man dies in the
countryside, and a journalist cracks under pressure. Manu Larcenet
(Astronauts of the Future, Dungeon) tells an extraordinarily moving
story about rare moments, small sadnesses, and a guy trying to live the

best way he can.
Full-color trade paperback, 6 1/2” x 9”, 128 pages, $15.95, ISBN
Also available is ORDINARY VICTORIES’ acclaimed first volume (ISBN
1-56163-423-9). Some reviews:
"[One of the ] top ten graphic novels of the year." -- Booklist
"A compelling, insightful story." -- Publishers Weekly
"Achieves a degree of sensitivity and emotional nuance rare in any
literary medium, and [the] expressive, cartoonish drawings help
contribute subtle humor to the chronicle of Marco's plight." -- Kirkus

Now in paperback!

Part Three: Swann in Love, Volume 1
By Marcel Proust, adapted by Stephane Heuet
The acclaimed adaptation continues. Swann is a guest of high-society
soirees at the end of the 19th century. At first, he feels no
attraction to frivolous, superficial Odette de Crecy -- but soon, she
becomes an obsession.
"Heuet's translation to sequential art retains the work's distinctive
period feel and eye for detail." -- Publishers Weekly
"Just as delightful as its predecessors. I have to admit part of what
impresses me is that Heuet is trying this at all. I can think of few
novels that suggest themselves for comics adaptation less. Yet he pulls

it off, adding texture to Proust's immortal prose." -- Andrew Smith,
Scripps-Howard Papers
Full-color trade paperback, 8 1/2” x11”, 48 pages, $10.95, ISBN

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Barbarian Chicks & Demons, Volume 1
By Hartmann
In medieval times, powerful warrior women get their way shamelessly
with warlords and demons! Beautiful, fully painted artwork.
Full-color trade paperback, 8 1/2” x 11”, 48 pages, $10.95, ISBN

Sizzle #38
Ogenki Clinic, Chica by Bernet & Trillo, and Omaha the Cat Dancer
continue while Bayba by Baldazzini and Banana Games 4 come to their
Quarterly magazine, 8 1/2” x11”, 64 pages, black-and-white, $5.95

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