Friday, March 21, 2008


The Big Book of Barry Ween, Boy Genius

by Judd Winick

Meet Barry Ween, the smartest living human. What does a ten-year-old boy do with a 350 I.Q.? Anything he wants. Cranky, egotistical, arrogant and foul-mouthed, Barry in general wants to conduct his experiments and be left alone, but it never seems to work out. Hurdles that Barry must outmaneuver range from time warps, to art thieves, to accidentally turning his best friend into a dinosaur.

This massive volume collects all 12 issues of hit series, The Adventures of Barry Ween, Boy Genius.

In stores: June 4th, 2008

$19.95 US, $19.95 Can

ISBN: 978-1-934964-03-3

Love The Way You Love #6

By Jamie S. Rich & Marc Ellerby

Old flames are snuffed, situations misinterpreted, and brothers reunited as Jamie S. Rich and Marc Ellerby’s rock ‘n’ roll romance wraps up its first set. Maria is back in Tristan’s life but is she an invited guest or an unwelcome intruder? Does Tristan even know for sure?

In stores: June 11th, 2008

$5.95 US, $5.95 Can

ISBN: 978-1-932664-77-5

Resurrection #6

By Marc Guggenheim & David Dumeer

RESURRECTION #6 by the usual suspects /n A finale so big and so surprising that it couldn't be contained in one issue! The aliens have left earth, but what now? It's a BRAND NEW DAY from Amazing Spider-Man scribe Marc Guggenheim (TV's ELI STONE) and critically acclaimed series artist David Dumeer!

In stores: June 25th, 2008

$3.50 US, $3.50 Can

UPC: 649856 00019 00611

Stephen Colbert’s Tek Jansen #1

By John Layman, Tom Peyer, Scott Chantler, Jim Massey & Robbi Rodriguez

Solar plexus! An all new printing with a new flipbook format!
Bursting out from the hit Comedy Central show, The Colbert Report--it’s Stephen Colbert's Tek Jansen In this stunning continuation of Stephen Colbert’s critically acclaimed, yet unpublished prose novel, everyone’s favorite sci-fi hero must stand against the enemies of freedom no matter what dark planet they crawl from!

In stores: June 18th, 2008

$3.99 US, $3.99 Can

ISBN: 978-1-932664-78-2

Stephen Colbert’s Tek Jansen #2

By John Layman, Tom Peyer, Jim Massey & Robbi Rodriguez, Matt Wagner (cover)

Galaxy-hero-super-awesome-spectacular-ultra-spy Tek jansen takes it back to school in his second cosmic comic book adventure!
When a misunderstanding ends with a demotion for Tek, the spaceman is busted down and forced to return to the academy that shaped him into the man he is today! Don't miss out on the comic book that'll have you exclaiming, "Apollo Creed!"

In stores: June 25th

$3.99 US, $3.99 Can

ISBN: 978-1-932664-79-9

Wasteland #18

by Antony Johnston & Christopher Mitten, cover by Ben Templesmith

Jakob's plan to deal with the Sand-Eaters gathers speed, and Skot slowly acclimatises to his newfound status. But as Golden Voice prepares to march an army of Sunners on the council building, someone else is way ahead of him - a Sand-Eater called Mebsaa...

In stores: June 18th

$3.50 US, $3.50 Can

UPC: 649856 00013 01811
June 08 Solicitations
Monday, 17 March 2008

Xombie: Dirge Vinyl Figure

Frequency of Publication: One time

Intended Audience: 12+

Genre: Horror / Adventure / Collectible Vinyl

Format: 8” full color vinyl figure

Retail Price: $40.00

UPC Code: 882142-00163-00101

Artists: Based off of character design by Xombie creator, James Farr

Devil’s Due POP premieres it’s first ever vinyl toy as Xombie: Reanimated’s hero Dirge steps into the real world as a posable 8” figure armed with his shovel for fending off the dangers of his bizarre world. Expect this original offering to go fast!

Part of the brand new Devil’s Due POP line of toys and usable artwork. Production piece shown, final product may vary.

Straight out of the hit online animated series and Devil’s Due’s Xombie Reanimated comics, Dirge comes 8” tall with a shovel and four points of articulation.


Xombie: Dirge Vinyl Figure (Devil Dirge)
Frequency of Publication: One time

Intended Audience: 12+

Genre: Horror / Adventure / Collectible Vinyl

Format: 8” full color vinyl figure

Retail Price: $75.00

UPC Code: 882142-00163-00102

Artists: Based off of character design by Xombie creator, James Farr

Only 400 units of this exclusive limited edition version of the Dirge Vinyl exist and it’s back to the underworld they go.

Part of the brand new Devil’s Due POP line of toys and usable artwork. Production piece shown, final product may vary.

Straight out of the hit online animated series and Devil’s Due’s Xombie Reanimated comics, Dirge comes 8” tall with a shovel and four points of articulation.


NinjaTown: Adventures of the Wee Ninja Vol 1

Frequency of Publication: One Shot

Intended Audience: All Ages

Genre: Awesome / Humor

Format: Standard Comic, 48 pgs, FC, perfect bound

Retail Price: $6.50

UPC Code: 882142-00164-00001

Author: Art Balthazar & Franco Aureliani (Tiny Titans)

Artists: Art Balthazar & Franco Aureliani (Tiny Titans) & Various

Cover Artist: Shawn Smith

Step into a world where ninja is a lifestyle and the high flying, high kicking antics of NinjaTown are just part of the scenery. Nothing will prepare you for ingenuity and fearsome acrobatics the inhabitants of NinaTown summon when called to task.

The Wee Ninjas appear in their first ever comic book adventure!

Wee Ninja and Ninjatown are products from the line of hot designer plush toys called “Shawnimals.” With thousands of micro-plush Wee Ninja chase figures selling like hotcakes, and a Nintendo DS Ninjatown game coming next year, now is the time to get on the Shawnimals bandwagon before they explode into a phenomena. DDP is happy to issue this as the first in many more Ninjatown offerings.


Halloween: Nightdance Poster
Frequency of Publication: Poster

Intended Audience: 15+

Genre: Horror / Movie Tie-In / Action

Format: 18” x 24”, Full Color Poster

Retail Price: 5.99

UPC Code: 882142-00154-00001

Artists: Greg Capullo

Superstar artist Greg Capullo (SPAWN) terrified readers with his striking cover to HALLOWEEN: NIGHTDANCE #3, and now the terror comes home with the first full-color poster from the mini-series! Don’t miss out on this incredible HALLOWEEN collectible!

A high-quality print of the amazing original art by GREG CAPULLO (SPAWN)! Own the poster version of the most acclaimed cover from the hit HALLOWEEN mini-series!

The perfect gift for fans of the HALLOWEEN movie franchise!


G. I. Joe: America’s Elite #36 (part 12 of 12)

Frequency of Publication: Monthly Ongoing Series

Intended Audience: Teen Readers: TR 12+

Genre: Action/Adventure, Military/Espionage, Martial Arts.

Format: Standard Comic, 48 pgs, FC, Saddle Stitched.

Retail Price: $5.50

UPC Code: 882142-00100-03601

Author: Mark Powers

Artists: Mike Bear, Mike Shoyket, Pat Quinn & Jean-Francois Beaulieu

Cover Artist: Michael Golden

This is it! It’s all been leading to this issue! The war finally brings the G.I. Joe team and Cobra face-to-face! Every feud, every drop of bad blood, all the history between these two groups finally meet on the battlefield for THE knock-down, drag-out fight of G. I. Joe comics! Twenty-five years of payoff happens here!

WORLD WAR III part 12!

The FINAL issue in this monumental series! Don’t miss out on the conclusion of the most ambitious G.I. Joe story ever published!



Hack/Slash #13
Frequency of Publication: Monthly Ongoing Series

Intended Audience: TR – Teen Readers 15+

Genre: Horror, Action, Comedy.

Format: Standard Comic, 32 pgs, FC, Saddle Stitched

Retail Price: A - $3.50 B - $3.50

UPC Code: Cover A – 882142-00076-02401 Cover B - 882142-00076-02402

Author: Mark Kidwell with Tim Seeley
Artists: Tim Seeley, Emily Stone & Courtney Via
Cover Artists:
A –Tim Seeley

B – Brandon Graham

Part two of the intense Bump storyline! Edgar Dill wants to cleanse women of their sins by sculpting their skin – when he meets Cassie, it’s a whole new ballgame of hacking and slashing! Plus: while this is happening, Lisa and Chris continue to deal with their new best friend… Just how do you explain a hell-dwelling demonic puppy to the neighbors, anyway?

Originally solicited as the HACK/SLASH VS. BUMP one-shot! Presented in it's entirety with new pages added by series regular Emily Stone!

Selling Points: The ever-popular ongoing series continues!

-Soon to be a major motion picture from Rogue Pictures and Universal Studios!


Pogrom #4
Frequency of Publication: Monthly Limited Series

Intended Audience: TR – Teen Readers 15+

Genre: Horror / Action / High Fantasy / Adventure

Format: Standard Comic, 32 pgs, FC, Saddle Stitched

Retail Price: $3.50

UPC Code: Cover A – 882142-00159-00401

Author: Matthew Tomao
Artist: Josh Medors
Cover Artist: Sunder Raj

Pogrom's epic journey across a post-apocalyptic Earth continues! What is the price of a man's humanity? Traversing the wastes of a future China, Pogrom falls in with an ancient monastic sect, whose chants have a mysterious and amazing purpose. All the while, the third sin, the salacious Lust, follows closely at Pogrom's heels!

- Controversial new tale with an elaborately mapped out mythology for readers to soak up

- Packed with real historical and cultural references compiled by the writer.

Introducing WRATH!


Drafted #8

Frequency of Publication: Monthly Ongoing Series

Intended Audience: Teen Readers: TR 12+

Genre: Action Adventure / Sci Fi

Format: Standard Comic, 32 pgs, FC, Saddle Stitched.

Retail Price: $3.50

UPC Code: 882142-00147-00801

Author: Mark Powers (G.I. Joe: America’s Elite)

Artist: Rebekah Isaacs (Hack/Slash, Twilight Zone)

Cover Artist: Tim Seeley

The entire series thus far comes down to the events in this issue. As humanity faces the greatest threat it’s ever known, harrowing truths are revealed and everything the drafted humans think they understand will get turned on its head as they could never have expected.

Great jumping-on point!

-Slated to be a major motion picture from New Line Cinema!

-“Drafted is constantly proving to be an epic apocalyptic tale of humans standing up to save their own world.” –


Worlds of Dungeons & Dragons #4
Frequency of Publication: Monthly Ongoing Series

Intended Audience: Teen Readers: TR 12+

Genre: High Fantasy / Adventure

Format: Standard Comic, 48 pgs, FC, Saddle Stitched.

Retail Price: Cover A - $5.50 Cover B - $9.50 (Prestige Cardstock cover)

UPC Code: Cover A - 882142-00155-00401 Cover B - 882142-00155-00402

Authors: Ed Greenwood, Roger E. Moore

Adapted by: Jeff Grubb, Stan!

Artists: Juanfran Moyano, Javier Sanchez Aranda

Cover Artists:
A – Nadir Balan
B – Marc Fishman

“Elminster at the Magefair” finds the Sage of Shadowdale and Storm Silverhand under siege by a formidable undead enemy from Elminster’s past, while the Dragonlance saga’s most famous kender, Tasslehoff Burrfoot, relates his remarkable adventure with a curious magical ring in “A Stone’s Throw Away.”

-A double-sized monthly anthology exploring the worlds of Dungeons & Dragons!

-Spotlighting the popular characters Elminster of Shadowdale and Tasslehoff Burrfoot.

-Featuring stories and scripts by bestselling fantasy authors and award-winning game designers Ed Greenwood, Jeff Grubb, Stan!, and Roger E. Moore.


Hack/Slash Vol. 4 TPB – Revenge of the Return Part 4
Frequency of Publication: Trade Paperback

Intended Audience: Teen Readers: TR 15+

Genre: Horror, Action, Comedy.

Format: Trade Paperback, approx 144 pgs, FC, perfect bound

Retail Price: $18.99

ISBN: 1-934692-18-2 ISBN 13: 978-1-934692-18-9

Author: Tim Seeley (Loaded Bible)

Artists: Emily Stone & Rebekah Isaacs

Cover Artist: Mike Bear

The survivor of an attack by a slasher turned murderer of murderers, Cassie Hack and her monstrous companion Vlad continue their mission to rid the world of those that would harm others… In this collection, they face a murderous priest wannabe in a good world gone mad, a skin peeling wraith from their past and the most disturbing threat of all: murderous children gone horribly wrong. More dark humor from the mind of Tim Seeley!

Collects issues #5-10 of the incredible ongoing series!

-Soon to be a major motion picture from Rogue Pictures and Universal Studios!


The Comic Cover Art of Dungeons & Dragons Vol 1 Hardcover
Frequency of Publication: Art book

Intended Audience: Teen Readers: TR 12+

Genre: High Fantasy / Adventure

Format: Art Book, approx 300 pgs, FC, hard cover with dust jacket

Retail Price: $49.99

ISBN: 1-934692-19-0 ISBN 13: 978-1-934692-19-6

Artists: Tim Seeley, Tyler Walpole, Todd Lockwood & Various

Cover: Volta/Slawomir Maniak

Following in the footsteps of the Dungeons & Dragons publications that have come before, the covers of Devil’s Due’s D & D comics feature cover art that is evocatively beautiful and stand as works of art in and of themselves! Collected for the first time – every cover from the FORGOTTEN REALMS, DRAGONLANCE and EBERRON series – in one gorgeous coffee table book! Featuring art by Todd Lockwood, Tyler Walpole, Tim Seeley and more!

Contains EVERY Forgotten Realms, Dragonlance, Eberron & Worlds of D&D cover from DDP in the last six years!

Hard cover with dust jacket.


Forgotten Realms vol 7: The Legacy #3 [of 3]
Frequency of Publication: Monthly Limited Series

Intended Audience: Teen Readers: TR 12+

Genre: High Fantasy / Adventure

Format: Standard Comic, 48 pgs, FC, Saddle Stitched.

Retail Price: Cover A - $5.50 Cover B - $9.50 (Prestige Cardstock cover)

UPC Code: Cover A - 882142-00156-00301 Cover B - 882142-00156-00302

Writer: R.A. Salvatore

Adapted by: Andrew Dabb

Artist: Rob Atkins

Cover Artists:
A – Rob Atkins
B – Tyler Walpole

The unexpected – and unwanted – battle against Drizzt’s family continues! Facing not only the dark elves he never wanted to see again, but Drizzt also has to deal with his archenemy, Artemis Entreri! As if that wasn’t enough, a tragic loss faces Drizzt and his closest friends… one that will irrevocably change their lives forever!
The Saga of Drizzt continues!

Written by New York Times Bestselling author R.A. Salvatore!


Devil’s Due Tees
Genre: Apparel

Format: Color: Black - Mens: L & XL, Womens: S

Retail Price: $25.00

UPC Code: Mens Large: 882142-00165-00101 Mens XLarge: 882142-00165-00102 Womens Small: 882142-00165-00103

Artists: Josh Blaylock & CZR

Now you can show off your comic pride with this stylish new shirt featuring an amazing twist on the classic DDP logo! Are you wearing the shirt, or is the shirt wearing you? Features exactly enough holes for you to get your body in and out with great ease!

Part of the brand new Devil’s Due POP line of toys and usable artwork.

Show off your DDP pride!
May's Madman Atomic Comics #8 invites you to hop on board the ginchiest superhero comic book around around!

20 March, 2008 (Berkeley, CA) - Fresh off his adventure in space, Madman returns to Earth in MADMAN ATOMICS COMICS #8, the perfect jumping on point for any reader new to Snap City!

"MADMAN ATOMICS COMICS' first arc wrapped up an awful lot of threads I've had going since Frank first hit the scene," Allred said. "In a way, issue #8 is an all-new beginning, completely accessible to brand new readers, yet continues a lot for the veteran fans."

MADMAN ATOMIC COMICS' debut arc featured the long-awaited 'Madman in Space' storyline, finally revealing the truth of Frank's destiny with The Four, all through a soul searching jaunt in the farthest reaches of our galaxy. Allred's return to MADMAN came widely praised right out of the gate, featuring acclaimed issues such as issue three, "Swiped from Dimension X".

Allred explained, "The first arc got an awful lot of ideas finally out of my system, like issue three, basically cleaning the palette for what's to come. I'm very excited to offer readers the opportunity to jump on board."

MADMAN ATOMIC COMICS #8 (NOV072047), a 32-page comic for $2.99, will be in stores May 2008. Fans attending Washington's Emerald City Comic Con May 10th and 11th can purchase a limited edition convention exclusive, featuring an homage to Frank Einstein's first appearance in the pages of CREATURES OF THE ID.

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
Here are the BOOM! Studios titles that are solicited in March Previews 2008 and will be in-Store May 2008.


Written by Matt Forbeck
Illustrated by Lads Helloven
24pgs, FC, (2 of 5) SRP: $3.99
Cover A Diamond Code: MAR083543
Cover B Diamond Code: MAR083544

Welcome to the hyper-violent hilarity of BLOOD BOWL, the miniseries that puts the fantasy (as in elves, dwarves, orcs, and ogres) back into football! "Retired" assassin Kalter Mörder seeks redemption for the only contract he ever blew when his team, the Bad Bay Hackers, battles the feared Dwarf Giants. Mörder finally gets his shot at star Giants blitzer Snazkazi Ungrim, and he's going to take it, no matter who else might die in the process!

Written by William Messner-Loebs, Michael Alan Nelson
Drawn by Various
24pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Cover A Diamond Code: MAR083546
Cover B Diamond Code: MAR083547

Acclaimed writer William Messner-Loebs (JOURNEY) joins the BOOM! family! Don't tell the Elder Gods, or they'll take him from us! Messner-Loebs and Michael Alan (FALL OF CTHULHU) Nelson chill the blood in the new, monthly anthology series! Something big is happening in the Boom! horror universe in 2008...and it starts here! Heed the call of Cthulhu!

Written by Michael Alan Nelson
Drawn by Various
24pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Cover A Diamond Code: MAR083548
Cover B Diamond Code: MAR083549

As Lucifer and the Sheriff continue their search for the elusive Gray Man, they find themselves the hunted rather than the hunters. Either way, they must stop the Gray Man or the Cthulhu cultists will have their way...and that can’t be good for mankind’s survival.

Written by J.M. DeMatteis and Keith Giffen
Illustrated by Joe Abraham
SC, 6x9, 128pgs, FC, SRP: $14.99
ISBN-10: 1934506184
ISBN-13: 978-1934506189
Diamond Code: MAR083557

The twisted - and extremely hot - Caliginous starts to lay out a plan to set Stephie against Milo and Captain Valor, even as Milo and his super-heroic twin visit a therapist-in the endless talkfest that Giffen and DeMatteis, who've been known to talk endlessly themselves, consider their finest work together to date (their previous "finest work" involved an army of mutated penguins, so take that with a grain of salt)! If that's not enough to make you want to shell out Big Bucks for this collection, then how's this? Captain Valor is attacked by his evil clone - no it's not Ben Reilly- and Mile, who's wanted for murder, ends up in the hay with Caliginous! Still not convinced? Did we mention that Giffen and DeMatteis need the money? There! We thought that would do it!

Written by Chris Morgan and Kevin Walsh
Drawn by Wilfredo Torres
24pgs, FC, (1 of 4), SRP: $3.99
Cover A Diamond Code: MAR083550
Cover B Diamond Code: MAR083551

The already controversial series continues from the red-hot zero issue! Elias Hooke, dark crusader against the forces of magic, learns the secrets of his own origin, and the revelations nearly consume him! A new hero in the tradition of Robert E. Howard's SOLOMON KANE and Clint Eastwood's The Man with No Name, from the screenwriter of WANTED and THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS: TOKYO DRIFT!

Written by Brendan Hay
Illustrated by Nate Watson
24pgs, FC, (1 of 5) SRP: $3.99
Cover A Diamond Code: MAR083541
Cover B Diamond Code: MAR083542

Everyone wants to be loved. Even the shambling, macabre mockery of a man who brings terror to the town of Rumson and leaves blood in his wake. But when he sets his sights on Molly, beauty queen of Rumson High, she’s going to be more than he can handle! THE DAILY SHOW staff writer Brendan Hay brings a HEATHERS-meets-CARRIE sensibility to his horror series debut!

Written by Dan Abnett and Ian Edginton
Drawn by Rahsan Ekedal
24pgs, FC, (3 of 5), SRP: $3.99
Cover A Diamond Code: MAR083552
Cover B Diamond Code: MAR083553

Having single-handedly put the Chaos-corrupted inhabitants of Loughville to the sword and flame, Witch Hunter Magnus Gault backtracks along the tainted river to find the source of the corruption. Gault's quest ends at the village of Mittlesedorf, which he finds miraculously untouched. However, there is a worm in the apple, and even Gault may not be a match for the foes that await him. has gone undetected beneath the city of Carrion Gulf?

Written by Joe R. Lansdale, Christine Boylan, and Brian Augustyn
Drawn by Various
24pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
Cover A Diamond Code: MAR083555
Cover B Diamond Code: MAR083556

Legendary author Joe R. Lansdale (The Drive-In, BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES) continues his serialized “THE WAR AT HOME” zombie tale! Plus, award-winning playwright Christine Boylan and writer Brian Augustyn (BATMAN: GOTHAM BY GASLIGHT, COUNTDOWN: GOTHAM BY GASLIGHT) bring the undead love to your doorstep this month!
'King of Kong'
art print/DVD signing
w/special guests
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Calling All Dorks!

Our pals over at i am 8-bit are having an event THIS SATURDAY that we thought was too cool not to share.

Scott C., the amazing art director for Double Fine Productions' Psychonauts and Brutal Legend, not to mention contributor to fine publications such as Flight and Hickee, will be signing his very rad, very awesome alternate DVD cover art for New Line Home Entertainment's The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. This is a tremendous documentary, folks! It'll blow your mind!

Better yet, i am 8-bit is releasing an EXCLUSIVE oversized print at the event (measuring an enormous 18 x 24 inches) for the very reasonable price of 20 bucks. Don't miss your chance to buy this holy piece of art, and get Scott C. to sign it right before your very eyes. He is a very handsome fellow, so it's totally worth it.

Also attending:

- King of Kong director Seth Gordon
- King of Kong producer Ed Cunningham
- i am 8-bit founder Jon M. Gibson
(note: also very awesome dudes)

And details:

King of Kong art print/DVD signing
Saturday, March 22
7 to 11 p.m.

Gallery Nucleus
210 East Main Street
Alhambra, CA 91801

Extra added stuff:

- Free booze
- Donkey Kong high score tournament with prizes
- A grand ol' time

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Yeah, yeah.

We know.

You've been wondering if Nerdcore might have a booth at New York Comic-Con.

Well, the rumors are true!

From April 18-20, we'll be living it up in a 10-by-20 foot booth on the convention floor.

Stay tuned - we've got some sweet signings with some amazing artists lined up.

That's all!

Yours nerdly,

The Nerdcore Crew

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Here are the BOOM! Studios titles in stores this week (03/19/08). Enjoy!

by Various
32pgs FC SRP: $3.99
Diamond Code: DEC073498

Collecting the stunning cover art from the hit mini-series WARHAMMER 40,000: DAMNATION CRUSADE and WARHAMMER 40,000: BLOOD AND THUNDER, the WARHAMMER 40,000 COVER GALLERY SPECIAL features 30 savage full-page, text-free images of Space Marines, Dreadnoughts, Imperial Guardsmen, Orks and other war-driven inhabitants of the bloody 41st Millennium. In the grim darkness of the far future, there is only war...

12 x 18 FC
SRP: $11.99
Diamond Code: DEC073490

Cthulhu calls, yet again, this time taking on the guise of the iconic Uncle Sam, poster boy for liberty. Featuring art by FALL OF CTHULHU cover artist Patrick McEvoy, this 12 x 18 print features a never before seen take on Cthulhu, this time in the style of the classic U.S. Army recruitment poster. Limited to just 1,000, enlist today and show your support for the coming darkness!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008


THE AMORY WARS is collected this April!

Claudio Sanchez, singer/guitarist of the platinum-selling rock group, Coheed and Cambria, announced today that his mini-series THE AMORY WARS will debut its inaugural collection at this year's New York Comic Con.

"While it first appeared as our music, THE AMORY WARS' has really come alive with the comics," said writer Claudio Sanchez. "I grew up reading the classic comics, primarily Stan Lee and his Marvel mythology, and sci-fi films and horror. I find influence inf Frank Herbert, Clive Barker and John Carpenter. It's a work in progress, but I'm really happy how the story is unfolding finally and fans get to debunk some of the myths that have been surrounding it for so long."

AMORY WARS reveals the story behind the Coheed & Cambria album, Second Stage Turbine Blade, in which husband and wife, Coheed & Cambria, learn of their forgotten past as intergalactic terrorists and the horrible fate they've passed on to their children. The collection also includes a brand-new cover by Tony Moore (WALKING DEAD, FEAR AGENT) and features the first look at this summer's second AMORY WARS series, featuring new artist Gabriel Guzman. In addition, Sanchez will be appearing at the New York Comic Con, signing at both the Evil Ink and Image Comics booths.

THE AMORY WARS, SECOND STAGE TURBINE BLADE VOL. 1 (FEB082125 - ISBN: 1582409412), a 136-page tradepaperback for $16.99, is set to be in stores April 16th, 2008.

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
Another year in the making...

This THRILLING THIRD ISSUE of the comic that is all about heroes that are super: SUPERIOR SHOWCASE!

This issue explodes with the uber-talents of team STREET ANGEL aka Bodacious Brian Maruca & Jazzy Jim Rugg.
(This is the first STREET ANGEL story in years!)

Debuting the work of Dandy Dustin Harbin.

And last but not least, the Lovely Lady with Luscious Lines... Laura Park!

All wrapped in a fantastic cover by talented Rip-Roaring Roger Langridge!

Smack! Bam! Pow!

4-color cover
32 1C pages
7" x 10" saddle stitched
$2.95 US funds
Shipping Summer 2008
Cover image:
Image gallery:

Also... 4 out of 5 doctors... I mean creators will be attending HeroesCon in Charlotte on June 20-22. (Last I heard, Brian Maruca wouldn’t be making it.)

You can preorder this project through Diamond’s April Previews catalog, which can be found in your local comic shop on 3/26/08. AdHouse items may also be available via Last Gasp.
Mike Carey to Pen Television Adaptation for Virgin Comics and SCI FI Channel

The Stranded comic book series picked-up for two-hour pilot

New York, March 19, 2008 --- Fan favorite Mike Carey (X-Men, Ultimate Fantastic Four, Voodoo Child) and creator of the comic book series The Stranded will be developing the story into a television series for SCI FI Channel, it was announced by Virgin Comics CEO Sharad Devarajan. SCI FI Channel is a network of NBC Universal.

“One of the purposes of our SCI FI partnership is to create television and film writing opportunities for the best talents in the comic industry. Having Mike write the television pilot for The Stranded, a comic book he created, is exactly what we had hoped for,” says Sharad Devarajan.

Mike Carey’s stunning work has earned him fans worldwide. With The Stranded, Mike challenges ordinary people to face the extraordinary – their lives are lies. Every memory is false. Startling events cause them to confront the truth, that they are, in fact, “stranded” on Earth after a horrific genocide in another galaxy.

“From day one,” Carey says, “working on The Stranded has felt like being at a nexus point of creativity. Virgin and SCI FI created the perfect platform, and then supported the book and the creative team through all the stages of development. This feels like something we all own, and we all love. I can't wait to take it forward into its next incarnation.”

The Stranded is an ongoing comic series published by Virgin Comics and SCI FI Channel. Issue # 1 was released in January 2008, followed by issue # 2 in February. Both are available at The Stranded # 3 goes on sale at comic shops on March 26th, 2008. The first volume of collected stories will be released at book shops and in July this year.

SCI FI Channel is a television network where "what if" is what's on. SCI FI fuels the imagination of viewers with original series and events, blockbuster movies and classic science fiction and fantasy programming, as well as a dynamic Web site ( ) and magazine. Launched in 1992, and currently in 93 million homes, SCI FI Channel is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies.

Virgin Comics LLC is a character entertainment company creating original stories and epic myths for worldwide audiences. The company was founded in November 2005 by Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Enterprises Ltd., alongside author Deepak Chopra, filmmaker Shekhar Kapur and entrepreneurs Sharad Devarajan, Gotham Chopra and Suresh Seetharaman. Virgin is developing new stories with acclaimed filmmakers, actors and musicians including John Woo, Guy Ritchie, Terry Gilliam, Jenna Jameson, Dave Stewart, Ed Burns, Nicolas Cage, Duran Duran, Sachin Tendulkar and others. Feature films based on Virgin Comics' characters are also in the works, including an animated feature, "The Secrets of the Seven Sounds," and theatrical live action feature films including "Gamekeeper" in development with Warner Bros. and "Virulents" with Fox. In India, Virgin Comics recently established a partnership with Studio 18 to pioneer the Indian "teen-horror" genre and a separate partnership with UTV Motion Pictures to develop new Indian superheroes. Virgin Comics also formed a joint venture with NBC Universal to create new science fiction properties for graphic novels and television with the SCI FI Channel.
Official PR: AAM/Markosia announces The Boy Who Made Silence release
party and gallery showing

"The Art of the Boy Who Made Silence"

Exhibition and Book Release Party with artist & author Joshua Hagler


Friday, March 21 from 7 pm – 11 pm
Sneak preview of EXIT SIGN: a Rock Opera at 10 pm

Show runs March 21st through April 12th


a.Muse Gallery
614 Alabama Street at 18th, Second Floor
San Francisco, California
INFO 415.279.6281

JOSHUA HAGLER, who is mainly recognized for his energetic large-scale
oil paintings, brings his other passion to the gallery--comic books.
Winner of the coveted Xeric Grant, Hagler's comic book series The Boy
Who Made Silence is set to begin publication with UK-based publisher
AAM/Markosia this spring. Coinciding with the release of Book One in
the series, a.Muse Gallery will be presenting the original pages,
drawings, paintings, sketches, and writings that show up on the
printed page or were used in the planning stages.

Contact: Shelley Myers, or Jim Demonakos,

March 18, 2008 - Seattle, WA – Gruesome doesn't begin to describe the ghoulish visage of Andrew, the newest in The CS Moore Studio's series of Walking Dead Torso Statuettes. This May, attendees of the Emerald City ComiCon, the premier comic book and pop culture convention in the Pacific Northwest, will be able to purchase a special limited edition of the Andrew statuette.

"We couldn't resist doing something cool for the Emerald City ComiCon," said Clayburn Moore. "This is our first time exhibiting at the show and we wanted to start with a splash, and what better way to do that than creating a unique collectible in the spirit of the 'emerald city?'"

Limited to only 300 pieces, the "Emerald" variant of Andrew is sculpted by Moore and features a custom green paint job created exclusively for the show.

"I love being able to bring fans some cool exclusives for the show," said Emerald City Organizer Jim Demonakos. "Working with the folks at The CS Moore Studio to make this happen has been a real treat and I’m glad to finally be able to show off the fruit of our labors."

The statuette will be available at the CS Moore Studio booth while supplies last and will retail for $30.00.

The Sixth Annual Emerald City ComiCon takes place at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in beautiful downtown Seattle, Washington on May 10th & 11th, 2008. Visit for complete details.

The CS Moore Studio Ltd. was founded by sculptor Clayburn Moore. With over 15 years' experience in the collectibles business, Moore now directs the CS Moore Studio Ltd, which creates licensed statues, busts, and more based on noted comic book and fantasy properties, as well as original creations.
Simone Lia’s Fluffy kidnaps your heart and imagination with a proper US release!

Fluffy tells the story of a young rabbit whose human father, Michael, is an anxious bachelor stuck in an uncertain relationship with a woman who just happens to be Fluffy’s preschool teacher. When Michael decides to take Fluffy away on an impromptu trip to visit relatives in Sicily—and away from the overzealous affections of Miss Owers. Neither is prepared for the worldly excitement of a suspected kidnapping in Sicily, an experience that will change them both forever.

This book explores the complicated nature of many relationships, from parent/child bonds to the intricacies of romance, through delightfully simple and beautiful illustration.

“I’m so excited to bring this story to the states” says creator, Simone Lia. “This will truly be a new adventure!”

Fluffy features art and story by Simone Lia, and makes it’s way into stores and hearts on June 11, carrying a $19.95 price tag.
The Curiously Quirky World of Wondermark

Dark Horse Comics is proud to present Beards of our Forefathers—a collection of David Malki’s Ignatz-nominated comic strip Wondermark—in a handsome, hardbound edition. Malki crafts his unique comic strips by combining public-domain Victorian-era engravings with clever original dialogue to illustrate an often-poignant social commentary. Against the pinned-down and buttoned-up backdrop of a bygone era, Malki’s sarcastic yet sincere sense of humor adds layers of depth and lucidity to his creation, pitting classic representations against contemporary comedy. In addition to an extensive collection of comic strips from the Wondermark archive, Beards of our Forefathers will include 20+ pages of revised, previously unreleased, and brand-new material.

“Each comic strip is its own little world, telling its own little story,” Malki explained. “They resemble the world we know, but twisted a half-turn, or more. My only overall goal is to present a narrative of contemporary life that will confound future archaeologists.”

David Malki is part of the new generation of self-syndicated webcomic creators, a group which includes celebrated artists such as Nicholas Gurewitch (The Perry Bible Fellowship), Keith Knight (K Chronicles, (t)hink), Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik (Penny Arcade), and many others. With new installments appearing twice every week, entertains over 100,000 unique visitors per month. In addition, Wondermark strips appear in college newspapers and alternative publications everywhere, including a nationwide syndication in The Onion's print edition.

Beards of our Forefathers will be available in June 2008.
K is for Knight in Shining Humor

This summer, Dark Horse Comics will release a collection of rapper/cartoonist Keith Knight's Harvey Award-winning, semi-autobiographical comic strip, The K Chronicles, presented for the first time in a comprehensive omnibus edition. An unabashedly provocative mix of political and social satire, The K Chronicles tackles such touchy subjects as racism, violence, and sex with a self-deprecating sense of humor, personal honesty and light-hearted goofiness rarely found in a newspaper comic strip. The result is accessible yet subversive, compassionate and sardonic, without being preachy. Currently out of print or rare to find, the first four volumes of The K Chronicles—Dances with Sheep, What a Long Strange Strip it's Been, The Passion of the Keef, and Fear of Black Marker—are in high demand. The Complete K Chronicles will collect these four books in a larger format—keeping closer to Keith's original vision for the work.

“Folks have been clamoring for this collection ever since my books went out of print,” says Knight “The fact that one of the best publishers in the business is doing it is the cat's bottom. Black Knight + Dark Horse: It makes so much sense.”

Keith Knight is part of a new generation of talented young African-American artists who infuse their work with urgency, edge, humor, satire, politics and race. His drawing style is fluid and dynamic—evoking the spirit of Calvin and Hobbes—and his great strength is the deftness of his wide-ranging wit—simultaneously wild and jovial, clever and conscious. His art has appeared in various publications worldwide, including, ESPN the Magazine, L.A. Weekly, MAD Magazine, The Funny Times and World War 3 Illustrated. Knight also won the 2007 Harvey Award and the 2006 & 2007 Glyph Awards for Best Comic Strip. Three of his comix were the basis of an award-winning live-action short film, Jetzt Kommt Ein Karton, in Germany.

Keith Knight's comic art has appeared in museums and galleries from San Francisco (CA) to Angoulême (France).

The Complete K Chronicles hits the streets on July 23, 2008.
Welcome Art Fans!
Bud Plant’s Incredible Catalog is now Bud's Art Books! Please visit our new website at, full of hundreds of your favorite artists and series, as well as some exciting new material including fantastic art, illustration and photography from around the world (including the great new WALT DISNEY'S DONALD DUCK ADVENTURE!) The same great staff and service are here to serve you, and we hope you’ll shop with us soon.

In memoriam:
Noted illustrator Dave Stevens, creator of "The Rocketeer" and an influential Bettie Page revivalist, died last Monday following a courageous battle with leukemia. He was 52, and will be dearly missed by his many fans. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

Among our new items this week:
GIL ELVGREN: The Complete Pin-ups
By Louis Meisel and Gharles Martignette. Often called "the Norman Rockwell of cheesecake" Elvgren has a painting style of turning his models into gorgeous hyper-reality. Longer legs, flamboyant hair and gravity-defying busts have turned these women into the perfect morale-boosting eye-candy for every homesick private!
Item Code: GLH
Your price: $16.99

MARC CHAGALL: 1887-1985
By Jacob Baal-Teshuva. Superbly designed and printed, this tribute to Chagall is a wonderful, comprehensive overview of his art. All aspects of his work are covered here, from paintings to stained glass, tapestries, ceramics, and more. In this large collection of his work, Chagall's mastery of color, space and form are apparent.
Item Code: CHAGH
Your price: $16.99

King of Comics
By Mark Evanier. Introduction by Neal Gaiman. At last! The full story of Jack "the King" Kirby is told in blazing full color by noted comics authority Evanier. From his humble beginnings with the Blue Beetle to his final years and the New Gods, the epic story of the man who would forever change the face of comics is told with rare, vibrant artwork.
Item Code: KIRH
Your price: $40.00

M.C. ESCHER: The Graphic Work
Escher's (1898-1972) unique and instantly recognizable style has made his graphic prints extremely popular. He has been called an architect of perfectly impossible worlds who presents the structurally unthinkable as though it were a law of nature. His bold black and white prints challenge the limitations of the viewers perception.
Item Code: MCEH
Your price: $16.99

By Rainer Metzger and Ingo Walther. This richly illustrated study of Van Gogh follows the artist from his early paintings, through the bright and colorful paintings he did in Paris, to the work of his final years in Arles. Van Gogh applied an eclecticism to the burgeoning Modernist movement, which cemented his place in art history. A great comprehensive collection at a reasonable price!
Item Code: VNH
Your price: $16.99

By Lou Fine. Known as the first King of Comics, Fine's (1914-1971) fluid lines and dynamic composition laid the groundwork for comic art as we know it. Sixteen rare, complete stories are here--all from 1939-41 featuring Fine heroes like The Flame, the Ray, Doll Man, Black Condor, Uncle Sam and others. Includes an illustrated essay on his career by comics scholar Greg Theakston.
Item Code: SPRTH
Your price: $25.00

Tuesday, March 18, 2008


IDW Publishing's smash hit produces more sell outs, new printings, and a spin-off starring the other vampire with no soul

San Diego, CA (March 18, 2008)-Angel: After the Fall, the continuing adventures of Joss Whedon's Angel that occur after Season Five of the TV series, has been a runaway hit for IDW Publishing. Its first four issues have all sold out: Issue #1 is on its 4th printing (in stores on March 26); issue #2 second printing is in stores now; issue #3 second printing will be in stores on March 5; and issue #4, which came out on February 21, has sold out and a second printing is headed to stores on April 2.

"The fact that Angel: After the Fall has moved so steadily with each issue has been incredibly gratifying," said IDW's Publisher/Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall. "Most amazing is the fact that we've printed more of each subsequent issue than the previous one, and have overprinted to a greater degree than usual, and still the issues keep selling out. The sell-outs are quite a testament to the support from retailers and the loyal fan base alike."

Not content to maintain the status quo, however, IDW Publishing is expanding the stories told in this universe with special interlude issues, an all-new spin-off miniseries, and new artistic help to continue the title, too.

Issues 6, 7, and 8 begin a special three-part "stories-within-the-story" adventure, "First Night." These issues feature multiple stories featuring Angel's large cast of characters, as fans finally get a chance to see just how the apocalyptic fight in the alley that concluded the television series affected each character. Issue 6 looks at Spike (featuring art by David Messina), Connor (art by Stephen Mooney) and Lorne (art by industry legend John Byrne). All the stories in this issue and the next two will also feature a framing sequence featuring Betta George (the breakout star of the Spike: Asylum miniseries), illustrated by Tim Kane.

Issue 7, featuring a wraparound cover by Rebecca A. Wrigley and a special variant cover by Mike Oeming, looks at Wesley (art by Nick Runge) and also features the surprise return of a long-absent character from the Whedonverse. The concluding "First Night" tales in issue 8 feature Gwen (art by Fabio Mantovani), the effect on LA being thrust into hell on the city's denizens (art by Kevyn Schmidt) and a heart-wrenching tale of Gunn's fate (art by Mirco Pierfederici).

Issue 9 picks up with the shocking cliffhanger at the end of issue 5, and features an all-new art team, Nick Runge and Art Lyon. Issues 8 and 9 will ship bi-weekly in June, too.

Finally, spinning out of the events of his story in "First Night," Spike will be getting his own miniseries debuting in July, Spike: After the Fall, written and illustrated by the Team that Joss Whedon hand-picked to handle Angel: After the Fall, Brian Lynch and Franco Urru. This special four-part series beginning in July takes Spike from the events in "First Night" and explores his changing relationship with Illyria in the new city, and answers many questions, foremost of which has been "how did Spike end up taking over a certain mansion in Westwood?" Spike: After the Fall debuts in July '08.

Angel: After the Fall #1 Fourth Printing: DEC07 8174
Angel: After the Fall #2 Second Printing: NOV07 8120
Angel: After the Fall #3 Second Printing: DEC07 8118
Angel: After the Fall #4 Second Printing: JAN08 8161

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; Fox's ANGEL; Konami's METAL GEAR SOLID; and Peter David's FALLEN 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.
For Immediate Release

Jurassic Park's Raptors and T-Rex Killer, King Kong, Batman, Flash Gordon, The Invisible Man and The Mummy to Highlight a Monstrous $4 million Auction of Hollywood Memorabilia March 27 & 28

Over 1100 items will include $1 Million+ in Fine Art Classic Hollywood Photography, a Huge Collection of Special Effects Creatures and Puppets, The First Ever Irving Thalberg Award, Costumes From John Wayne and other Hollywood Horse Soldiers, The Fifth Element
and X-Men and Rare Movie Posters and Props

Calabasas, CA, March 16, 2008-A King Kong Six-Sheet movie poster, one of only three known to exist, measuring a colossal 81 x 81 inches! ($200,000-$250,000); a huge collection of Special Effects Creatures and Puppets including a Hydraulic screen-used Velociraptor from The Lost World: Jurassic Park II ($80,000-$100,000), The T-Rex Killer!-Hero screen-used Spinosaur head and neck from Jurassic Park III ($60,000-$80,000) and a Pteranodon display featuring a full set of screen-used Pteranodons "babies" from Jurassic Park III ($60,000-$80,000); The first-ever Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award (one of only 37 EVER GIVEN OUT), presented to Darryl F. Zanuck in 1938 by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences($150,000+); Michael Keaton's complete "Batman" costume from Batman Returns ($60,000-$80,000) and Charles Middleton "Ming the Merciless" cape from Flash Gordon (Universal, 1936--$40,000-$60,000) are just some of the 1100+ iconic pieces of Hollywood history that Profiles in History, the number one company in the world for authentic Hollywood memorabilia will offer in their upcoming two-day auction, March 27 and 28. Worldwide bidding begins at 11:00am both days. Bids can be placed either in person, via mail, phone, fax or live on the internet via eBay Live Auctions (HYPERLINK ""

This auction, Profiles in History's 31st will also include a Triceratops screen-used head from The Lost World: Jurassic Park II, a Screen-used Velociraptor insert head from Jurassic Park III ($30,000-$50,000 each); a Hydraulic screen-used Baby T-Rex, Pachycephalosaurus and Baby Stegosaur from The Lost World: Jurassic Park II with exposed mechanisms ($20,000-$30,000 each); an Original Han Solo blaster components and broomhandle Mauser from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi ($20,000-$30,000); Ian Keith "Rameses I" Egyptian Throne used in The Ten Commandments (Paramount, 1956--$18,000-$20,000); a Rattan chair from Rick's Café Americain in Casablanca (Warner Bros. 1942--$8,000-$10,000) and a Beatles signed photograph, signed by each c. 1966 ($8,000-$10,000).

Other well-known props include Jason's mask worn by Kane Hodder in Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday ($15,000-$20,000); a Hero Ugnaught mask from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back ($12,000-$14,000); a Original Alien warrior head and hand from Aliens ($10,000-$12,000); Jason's hero metal machete from Freddy vs. Jason ($7,500-$9,500); a Working Cardassian computer from Star Trek TNG ($6,000-$8,000); Data's (Brent Spiner) illuminating head appliance from Star Trek: The Next Generation ($4,000-$6,000); a Working phaser rifle used on-screen by Captain Picard in Star Trek: First Contact ($4,000-$6,000); a TR-580 Mark VII Non-Functioning Tricorder from Star Trek: The Next Generation ($4,000-$5,000); Star Trek III: The Search for Spock Phaser used by William Shatner ($3,000-$5,000) and Katsumoto's fighting sword from The Last Samurai ($3,000-$4,000).

Additional screen-worn costumes include:

The Black velvet special-effects costume from The Invisible Man (Universal, 1933--$35,000-$55,000); a Trio of costumes worn by Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich and Chris Tucker in The Fifth Element ($30,000-$50,000); Halle Berry hero "Storm" battlesuit from X-Men ($30,000-$40,000); a Complete Cylon costume from Battlestar Galactica ($25,000-$35,000); John Wayne's costume from Fort Apache (RKO, 1948) and She Wore A Yellow Ribbon (RKO, 1949--$20,000-$30,000 each); James Marsden hero "Cyclops" black leather battlesuit from X-Men ($20,000-$30,000); Bob Keeshan jacket and pants worn as "Captain Kangaroo ($15,000-$20,000); Michael Clarke Duncan hero asteroid space suit from Armageddon ($15,000-$20,000); Julie Andrews signature coat from Mary Poppins ($12,000-$15,000); Robert Duvall "Lt. Col. Kilgore" tropical combat coat and signature yellow branch scarf from Apocalypse Now ($12,000-$15,000); Kevin Costner costume from Dances with Wolves ($10,000-$12,000); a Klingon costume from the Star Trek feature films and Star Trek: TNG ($10,000-$12,000); Liberace sequined stage jacket, worn for the cover image of his book, Behind the Candelabra ($8,000-$10,000); Chris O'Donnell "Robin" suit of armor from Batman & Robin ($8,000-$10,000); Johnny Depp signature costume from Don Juan deMarco ($8,000-$10,000); the Complete Ghostrider transformation costume from Ghostrider ($7,000-$9,000); Mike Myers "Austin Powers" signature orange costume from Austin Powers in Goldmember ($6,000-$8,000); Dick Van Dyke's belted flight jacket from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang ($5,000-$7,000); a Complete screen-used costume, mask and knife from Scream 2 ($6,500-$7,500); the Complete "Fook Mi" costume from Austin Powers in Goldmember ($4,000-$6,000); Ron Perlman's original costume from Hellboy mounted on a custom display ($4,000-$6,000); Antonio Banderas embroidered cape from The Mask of Zorro ($3,000-$5,000) and Charlton Heston sandals worn in Ben-Hur ($2,000-$3,000).

In addition to the amazing King Kong Six-Sheet Poster, Art and photo collectors will have the opportunity to purchase a Greta Garbo portrait by Edward Steichen from A Woman of Affairs ($40,000-$60,000); Louise Brooks in Diary of a Lost Girl [Tagebuch] German one-sheet poster ($40,000-$60,000); The Mummy Argentine one-sheet poster on linen (Universal, 1932-$35,000-$45,000); James Cauty Lord of the Rings original drawing, an iconic masterpiece of the psychedelic era ($30,000-$50,000); Shanghai Express three-sheet poster (Paramount, 1932--$30,000-$50,000); The Wolf Man one-sheet poster (Universal, 1941--$20,000-$30,000); Bordertown starring Paul Muni half-sheet poster (Warner Bros. 1935--$20,000-$30,000); Buster Keaton in College half-sheet poster (United Artists, 1927--$15,000-$20,000); Beauty and the Beast - La Belle et la bete French 45 x 62 poster (DisCina, 1946--$8,000-$12,000); and many fine art pieces of classic Hollywood photography with subjects including Joan Crawford, Marlene Dietrich, Jean Harlow, Myrna Loy, Louise Brooks, Tallulah Bankhead, Clara Bow and Norma Shearer, shot by legendary photographers including George Hurrell, Ruth Harriet Louise, Clarence Sinclair Bull, Otto Dyar, George P. Hommel, Eugene Robert Richee and Robert Coburn, each expected to fetch at least $4,000-$6,000.

Prior Hollywood auctions conducted by Profiles in History have included the sale of the original "Cowardly Lion" costume from The Wizard of Oz ($805,000); An original, screen-used, full-scale model T-800 Endoskeleton from Terminator 2: Judgment Day ($488,750); the Command Chair and platform from the "U.S.S. Enterprise" ($304,750); the original "Robot" from Lost in Space ($264,500); Luke Skywalker's light saber from Star Wars ($195,500); the Black Beauty car from The Green Hornet ($192,000); George Reeves' Superman costume from The Adventures of Superman ($126,500); the H.R. Giger designed Alien creature suit from the film Alien ($126,500); a screen-used, full-scale T-Rex head from Jurassic Park ($126,500) and Christopher Reeve's 'Superman' costume from Superman: The Movie. ($115,000) and The Wizard of Oz 'Winkie' Guard Costume ($115,000).

"I find people buy their memories," says Joe Maddalena, owner of Profiles in History, the nation's leading dealer of guaranteed-authentic original historical autographs and vintage Hollywood memorabilia. "It's all about fantasy, taking us back to a time, perhaps an event with a long lost relative who took you as a kid to see Star Wars. The baby boomers have come into the spending part of their lives. They have had success and are spenders. They want 50's, 60's and 70's TV collectibles or memorabilia, as this era of TV was such a huge part of our lives."

High and low resolution art of all items is available upon request. For more information about Profiles in History and to download a complete catalog of items available for auction via mail, phone, fax, internet or live via (HYPERLINK "" \o "", please visit HYPERLINK "" \o ""

About Profiles in History:
Founded in 1985 by Joseph Maddalena, Profiles in History is the nation's leading dealer in guaranteed-authentic original historical autographs, letters, documents, vintage signed photographs and manuscripts. Profiles in History has held some of the most prestigious and successful auctions of Hollywood memorabilia in the genre for 12 years running. Their auctions include costumes, props and set pieces from both vintage and contemporary film, television, and rock 'n roll. Profiles in History's location in Calabasas Hills, CA- virtually a stone's throw away from every major Hollywood studio - ensures a constant flow of fantastic and rare collectibles. With an extensive network of dealers, collectors, and institutions, they are proud to play an important role in the preservation of motion picture history.

Note: All prices are estimated auction value

Monday, March 17, 2008

Too Much Coffee Man Opera: The Refill!

Tickets On Sale Now!

Portland, Oregon - March 17th, 2008 - Too Much Coffee Man Opera: The Refill, the sequel to last years sold-out Too Much Coffee Man Opera, opens April 4th, 2008 at Brunish Hall in the Portland Center of Performing Arts and runs until April 20th. Admission is $20-$25 and tickets can be purchased online at

"Last year's performances sold out so fast, we really wanted to get the word out early so fans will have a chance to see this limited engagement," said Shannon Wheeler, the creator behind Too Much Coffee Man.

Not only will fans get a chance to see the sequel, but those who missed out on the original will have an opportunity to experience both shows as Wheeler and his crew have brought the first show back for an encore that run before all showing of the the sequel. The first and second shows will play back to back with a short intermission between.

For many comic fans the original Too Much Coffee Man Opera was their first exposure to opera. While many opera fans saw Too Much Coffee Man for the first time. All attendees were impressed by the humor... and the music.

"This isn't coffee-related-lyrics slipped into Wagnerian tunes. It's original music with a personal story line about identity, love, and rejection," said Stacey Murdock, who plays Too Much Coffee Man.

The Too Much Coffee Man Opera is the story of an idealistic hero, named Too Much Coffee Man, as he competes with rival Espresso Guy for the attention of a Barista. Unfornately, she has her own agenda, to be a super hero.

The second opera, entitled Too Much Coffee Man Opera: The Refill l, picks up two years later. The Barista has fulfilled her superhero dreamS and she's married a Martian. Unfortunately she's bored. She hopes caffeine will cure her ennui and calls Too Much Coffee Man for help. Antics ensue as Espresso Guy tries to win her back by pretending to be Too Much Coffee Man.

Shannon Wheeler created the comic book Too Much Coffee Man over a decade ago to parody the emerging coffee scene and to satirize the patrons (who would sit in coffee shops writing comics). Even though the comic book is humor based Wheeler and his co-creators took their opera project seriously.

Too Much Coffee Man Opera: The Refill re-unites the all star line up of creators who birthed the original This includes, Emmy award-winning Composer Daniel Crafts, award winning Canadian poet Damian Willcox, baritone Stacey Murdock performs as Too Much Coffee Man, tenor Matt Dolphin plays Espresso Guy and mezzo-soprano Jasmine Presson performs as the Barista with Meg Chamberlain producing.

Randy Rollison, a veteran of many stage productions throughout the U.S, including the world premiere of The Vagina Monologues, has taken the helm as director. He's determined to take this show up to the next level or, at least, do something really weird.


Too Much Coffee Man.........Stacey Murdock

The Barista.............................Jasmine Presson

Espresso Guy.........................Matt Dolphin

The Martian...........................Daniel McLaughlin

Randy Rollison......................Director

Meg Chamberlain................Producer


Shannon Wheeler

Wheeler draws a cartoon for the satirical newspaper the Onion. He also self-syndicates a weekly cartoon strip called How to Be Happy to alternative newspapers. Dark Horse Comics has published 5 collections of Too Much Coffee Man comics. Wheeler resides in Portland, Oregon with his two sons and a cat.

Daniel Steven Crafts

Crafts has written seven operas and 13 large orchestral works. His piece "The Song and the Slogan," written with opera star Jerry Hadley, won an Emmy in 2003. He has also won awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and ASCAP. Crafts lives in New Mexico.

Stacey Murdock

Murdock is a fixture in the Portland music scene and has performed throughout the northwest. He made his debut with Portland Opera in the role of Junius in the Rape of Lucretia, and was a member of the Portland Opera Works outreach program for the past three seasons. Stacey performed the role of the Count in Le Nozze Di Figaro and the Sqacristan in Taosca at the Da Capo Opera Theater in New York City in the Summer of 2005. He has also been a frequent performer in the Astoria Music Festival and Portland Summerfest. Murdock resides in Beaverton with his wife and three children.

Matt Dolphin

Dolphin is a singer, musician and co-founder of the Oregon Music Academy where he teaches guitar, piano, music theory and voice. Matt has received recognition and awards for his vocal work, including the Bishop Luers best male vocalist award and was nominated to the Showstoppers National soloist competition in Chicago. Dolphin has performed solos with the Oregon Lyric Opera, Chehalem Symphony, Portland Symphonic Choir, Lafayette Symphony, Redlands Symphony (CA), Indianapolis Arts Chorale, and has premiered new works by living composers.

Jasmine Presson

Presson is a mezzo-soprano, an actress and has directed off-off Broadway threatre. Presson recently performed as an apprentice artist with the Astoria Music Festival. Previous credits include performances of Rorem's one-act operas at Brooklyn College and the world premiere of Rain, by Korean composer Hae Kyoung Park, at the Kaye Playhouse. Before her artistic conversion to operatic performance, Jasmine spent half a decade acting and directing in New York City venues including WOW Café Theatre, Dixon Place and The Looking Glass Theatre. Presson holds a BA degree in Theatre Arts from Kalamazoo College.

Randy Rollison

Rollison is an actor, director and has served as artistic director of nonprofit arts organizations. During his two-decade career he has helped over 1,000 works of theatre and dance reach the stage, most notably the world premiere of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues. His work as a producer resulted in numerous OBIE Awards for excellence in performance, design and production. Rollison served as Executive Artistic Director for the Cleveland Public Theatre, and he co-founded and served as producing artistic director of HOME for Contemporary Theatre and Art and the HERE Arts Center, both in New York City.
Final Week for Harvey Nomination Ballots!
Due by Friday, March 21st!

Baltimore, MD (March 14, 2008) – Harvey Award 2008 Nomination Ballots, honoring work published in 2007, are due by email and postal by midnight, March 21. Ballots may be downloaded (in either pdf or e-mail text form) from www.harveyawards. org. Ballots should be e-mailed to the Harvey Awards administrator at pjcjmc3@sbcglobal. net.

All published comic book professionals are encouraged to vote!

The Harvey Awards, named in honor of the late Harvey Kurtzman, one of the industry's most innovative talents, are a comic-book industry staple. They have been presented to the best and brightest writers, artists, creators, and publications for over 20 years. They are the only industry award that is decided entirely by peers. Only industry professionals are allowed to vote.

The Harvey final ballot for 2008 will be released to the voting public in late April. Again, only professionals will be permitted to vote with this ballot.

The Harveys will be presented to the recipients on September 27, 2008 in Baltimore , Maryland as part of the Baltimore Comic-Con. The dinner and awards ceremony is a gala event, featuring awards recipients and presenters celebrating the best work of 2007. In the past two years, featured participants have included Kyle Baker, Jerry Robinson, Sergio Aragonés, John Romita Sr., George Perez, Joe Kubert, Erik Larsen, Dean Haspiel, Rich Koslowski, Alex Robinson, James Jean, and Paul Pope.

In addition to these participants, publishers like Dark Horse Comics, DC Comics, Gemstone Publishing, Image Comics, Marvel Comics, Top Shelf Productions, and Top Cow Productions have been represented as participants and sponsors.

As in 2007, attendees of the 2008 Harvey Awards Ceremonies will receive a Hollywood style swag bag. Last years bag included The EC Archives: Two-Fisted Tales Volume 1, a complete base set of the soon to be released Jericho Season One trading cards from Inkworks, an exclusive pin from AdHouse Books, a Comic-Con exclusive edition of 30 Days of Night: Red Snow #1 from IDW Publishing, a Toon Tumbler from Popfun Merchandising, and an exclusive Harvey Awards keychain from LaserMach.

This year's Baltimore Comic-Con will be held September 27-28, 2008. Convention hours are Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. Additional details about the Harvey Awards and the awards ceremony will be released over the next few months.

For more information about The Harvey Awards, or to inquire about sponsorship opportunities, contact baltimorecomiccon@

For additional information on the show, visit www.comicon. com/baltimore or the show’s MySpace page at www.myspace. com/baltimorecom ics.
IPR and DriveThruComics now carrying ASP

Kearny, NJ -- Mar 17, 2008 -- Struggling to find back issues of your favorite ASP comic? Archaia Studios Press is here to help you in your quest to read “the creme-de-la-creme” of single-issue comic publishers.* We now offer two more ways to buy and enjoy ASP single issues and collected editions: shipped directly from the ASP Online Store at Indie Press Revolution or downloaded .pdf versions of select titles via DriveThruComics.

For IPR, visit:

And for DriveThruComics, where new ASP titles are being added all the time, visit:

“Making sure that back issues are available for readers is always kind of a struggle for small and indie comic book publishers,” said ARTESIA creator and ASP Publisher Mark Smylie. “We kept hearing from readers that issues of our books were sold out at their local retailer, or that a reader bought the second issue of one of our books, loved it, but couldn’t find the first, or read a terrific review, but couldn’t find it at their local comic shop. We of course prefer everyone check with their LCS first, but IPR and DriveThruComics offer two terrific alternatives for readers to get their hands on ASP books.”

Ongoing and backlist ASP titles currently available through IPR include:
Artesia, Artesia Afield, Artesia Afire, and Artesia Besieged by Mark Smylie
Awakening by Nick Tapalansky and Alex Eckman-Lawn
The Engineer: Konstrukt by Brian Churilla and Jeremy Shepherd
Hybrid Bastards! By Tom Pinchuk and Kate Glasheen
Inanna’s Tears by Rob Vollmar and mpMann
The Killer by Matz and Luc Jacamon
Killing Pickman by Jason Becker and Jon Rea
The Lone and Level Sands by A. David Lewis and mpMann
The Long Count by Jason L Blair and Leanne Buckley
The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury by Brandon Thomas and Lee Ferguson
Misericordia by Rebekah Brem
Mouse Guard: Fall 1152 and Mouse Guard: Winter 1152 by David Petersen
Okko: The Cycle of Water by Hub
Primordia by John R. Fultz and Roel Wielinga
Revere: Revolution in Silver by Ed Lavallee and Grant Bond
Robotika and Robotika: For a Few Rubles More by Alex Sheikman
The Secret History by Jean-Pierre Pécau, Igor Kordey, et al.
The Sisterhood by Christopher Golden, Thomas Sniegoski, and Wellington Alves
Some New Kind of Slaughter by A. David Lewis and mpMann
Starkweather: Immortal by David Rodriguez and Patrick McEvoy

And soon, these forthcoming titles:
The Bond of Saint Marcel by Jennifer Quintenz and Christian Gossett
Cursed Pirate Girl by Jeremy Bastion
The Devil’s Panties by Jennie Breeden
The God Machine by Chandra Free
The Grave Doug Freshley by Josh Hechinger and mpMann
Gunnerkrigg Court: Orientation by Tom Siddell
Runners: The Big Snow Job by Sean Wang
Titanium Rain by Josh Finney and Kat Rocha
Trial by Fire by Juda Tverski

*Silver Bullet Comic Books

Mark Smylie founded Archaia Studios Press (ASP) in 2002 as a new home for his epic fantasy comic book, Artesia (first published by Sirius Entertainment). Artesia, winner of ForeWord Magazine’s Best Graphic Novel of 2003, and its sequels -- Artesia Afield and Artesia Afire -- gave ASP its foundation. Artesia: Adventures in The Known World, a roleplaying game written by Mark, expanded ASP into the world of gaming; the game won the Origins Award for Role-Playing Game of 2005. Now Mark and publishing partner Aki Liao have expanded ASP to include a line of idiosyncratic and creator-driven comic books and graphic novels in the fantasy, science fiction, and horror genres, as well as translations of several of Europe’s best titles. More information can be found at