Friday, May 09, 2008

Yoshitaka Amano to sign at the Radical Publishing booth at Comic-Con, 2008

May 8th, 2008, LOS ANGELES – Radical Publishing, under its imprint Radical Books, is pleased to announce that Yoshitaka Amano will be signing copies of Yoshitaka Amano’s Mateki: The Magic Flute Saturday, July 26th at the 2008 San Diego Comic-Con convention. Based on the opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, The Magic Flute, Yoshitaka Amano presents the story with his own unique vision using 128 pages of original artwork in a full color, oversized, hardcover book, set for release in June, 2008. Mateki: The Magic Flute has never been published outside of Japan leaving Radical Publishing exclusive world-wide rights for this international edition.

“Having Yoshitaka Amano on board for our first book is like a dream come true”, explained Radical Publishing’s President, Barry Levine. “His style is simply amazing. When Amano showed me the pages for Mateki: The Magic Flute, I knew immediately that this deserved a world wide release and I wanted it to be a part of Radical Books. In addition, the whole Radical team is honored to have Amano stopping by our booth and signing Saturday during the Comic-Con show. We have a huge lineup this year and expect to see more announcements like this in the coming months.”

MATEKI is a beautiful and dark tale of a young man who must put away his flute to become a warrior so he may save his lover from the lord of darkness. Mateki: The Magic Flute is a fantasy story told by an artist known around the world for his work on Vampire Hunter D, Neil Gaiman’s Sandman: The Dream Hunters, and the Final Fantasy games. In discussing Mateki: The Magic Flute in a recent interview, Amano explained

“The story itself is so well known, I don’t think I need to repeat it here. What actually attracted me most is the music Mozart wrote. Even though I knew the story from the accompanied texts, just listening to music gave me an inspiration of making it more like a ballet sequence, without words but the movements of images.”

Edmund Shern of Imaginary Friends Studios provides the English adaptation and the supervision for the design of this magical volume.

Yoshitaka Amano’s Mateki: The Magic Flute is featured in April 2008 Diamond Previews catalogue and will ship in June of this year. Yoshitaka Amano’s Mateki: The Magic Flute has a Diamond order code of APR084071.

About Radical Publishing

Radical Publishing is founded by BARRY LEVINE (Producer for Rogue Pictures’ BLOOD ON THE TRACKS, Executive Producer for the in development Warner Brothers’ REX MUNDI movie, written by JIM UHLS, starring JOHNNY DEPP and Universal Pictures’ R.I.P.D), his protégé JESSE BERGER, and longtime writer/publisher DAVID ELLIOTT (Atomeka Press and Tundra Publishing).

Radical Publishing is bringing the best in writing, storytelling and fully-painted cover and interior artwork to the global comic book market by prominent international talents such as YOSHITAKA AMANO, JOHN BOLTON, LUIS ROYO, JIM STERANKO, STEVE NILES, IAN EDGINTON, STEVE MOORE, SAM SARKAR, STJEPAN SEJIC, DAVE WILKINS, STEVE PUGH, JAMES HEFFRON, TOMM COKER, CLAYTON CRAIN, BILL SIENKIEWICZ, WETA WORKSHOP, IMAGINARY FRIENDS STUDIOS, and many more.
Foreigner Takes a Dare—Live the Japanese Way
Comics blogger obeys his readers’ orders: take on Japanese food,
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These stars of the comics world are talking about Moresukine: Uploaded

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Thursday, May 08, 2008


June 6-8 Event in Almeria, Spain Marks First-Ever
Rolling Roadshow Tour Held Outside the U.S.

Quentin Tarantino will be in attendance at the shows and will introduce one of the films.

Austin, TX MAY 7, 2008 The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema unveiled its plans today for the 2008 installment of the Rolling Roadshow Tour, the organization’s annual traveling film screening series. This year’s event takes place June 6-8 and will pay tribute to MGM’s classic Sergio Leone “Dollars” Spaghetti Western trilogy, with screenings of Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, in Almeria, Southern Spain, the original location where all three films where shot. Leone’s epics launched the career of four-time Oscar®-winner Clint Eastwood who set a precedent for the genre – and the generation – with his portrayal of the original anti-hero: “The Man With No Name.”

The Rolling Roadshow: Leone Edition is presented by The MGM Channel and Teuve in Spain. The screening schedule follows:

• June 6: Fistful of Dollars
• June 7: For a Few Dollars More
• June 8: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

"For the past three summers, we have taken the Rolling Roadshow Tour across the United States, logging more than 30,000 miles traveling to the most famous movie locations in America," says Alamo Drafthouse Cinema founder Tim League. "This summer we are expanding the vision of the Rolling Roadshow Tour further than we ever imagined, to one of the most important cinematic locales of the 20th Century."

Admission to screenings are free to the general public and following each of the screenings the Rolling Roadshow Tour, The MGM Channel and Teuve will host a reception toasting Sergio Leone, a true maestro of cinema.

The Rolling Roadshow Tour
Every summer, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema takes to the road, departing from Austin, Texas on a whirlwind tour, hosting free 35mm screenings of famous movies in famous places. Known as The Rolling Roadshow Tour, the organization has been to the Field of Dreams in Iowa to show Field of Dreams with Kevin Costner live in person, Devil's Tower in Wyoming for a screening of Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind and Alcatraz Island for a screening of Escape From Alcatraz.

The Leone "Dollars" Trilogy
In 1964, Sergio Leone, an assistant director of Italian "sword and sandal" movies traveled to the Almeria region of Spain to shoot a small film based on Akira Kurosawa's samurai adventure Yojimbo. The leading man was an unknown American bit-part television actor who at 34 years old was well past his matinee-idol potential. The film, was A Fistful of Dollars; the actor, Clint Eastwood. No one could have imagined the explosive force of this seemingly modest film. Sergio Leone is now considered by many film historians to be one of the most influential directors of all time. Few films have reshaped the visual style of cinema more than Sergio Leone's quintessential "Spaghetti Western" trilogy, and even fewer films elevate the filming location to the status on par with lead actor. Like John Ford's American southwest, Leone's Almeria region plays a vital role in shaping the emotion and spirit of his films. Leone’s stylistic and graphic depictions of the Old West elevated a marginalized genre to an art form and influenced today’s filmmakers.

About The Alamo Drafthouse
Founded in 1997 by Tim and Karrie League in Austin, Texas, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema combines new release films, repertory programming and a variety of unique special events all under one roof, as well as full food and beverage menu served right to your seat. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema was named the "#1 Theater in America" by Entertainment Weekly Magazine. Founders Tim and Karrie League will be travelling with the Rolling Roadshow to Almeria to host the Leone Edition of the Rolling Roadshow Tour.

About MGM Networks
MGM Networks manages Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc.’s interests in MGM-branded networks, Hollywood film studio joint venture channels and other programming services spanning scores of markets across Europe, North and South America, Asia, Oceana and Africa. For more information, visit

About Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., through its operating subsidiaries is actively engaged in the worldwide production and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, home video, interactive media, music, and licensed merchandise. The company owns the world’s largest library of modern films, comprising around 4,100 titles. Operating units including Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc., United Artists Films Inc., Ventanazul, MGM Television Entertainment Inc., MGM Networks Inc., MGM Distribution Co., MGM International Television Distribution Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home Entertainment LLC, MGM ON STAGE, MGM Music, MGM Consumer Products and MGM Interactive. In addition, MGM has ownership interests in international TV channels reaching over 120 countries and territories around the world. MGM ownership is currently as follows: Providence Equity Partners (29%), Texas Pacific Group (21%), Sony Corporation of America (20%), Comcast (20%), DLJ Merchant Banking Partners (7%) and Quadrangle Group (3%). For more information, visit

TEUVE has an eight-year career in the Pay-TV sector including an important involvement in digital TV platforms by satellite and DTT (Digital terrestrian Television). TEUVE has grown to become currently one of the most importants providers in the Iberian Pay-TV Market available on the main cable and IPTV platforms. It produces and distributes ten TV channels as well as their linked services: TV on demand offer, mobile contains offer.
TEUVE is one of the biggest thematic channels producers in Spain; it produces six cinema channels (CINESTAR, EXTREME, DARK, MGM, SOMOS, CINEMATK y CANAL 18) and five entertainment channels (PACHA TV, NATURA, BUZZ, KIDSCO & TELECORAZÓN). All of them are in the different cable network in Spain and are available in 1,8 million homes.
If you are planning to visit the area and stay for a while in the Almeria region, contact Tuco Tours (, who offer tours of all of the Sergio Leone locations.

Fans Can Befriend Them at

May 9, 2008, New York, NY – Valiant Entertainment has joined the more than 700 other publishers on, the premier social networking site dedicated to comic books and comics fans. Fans can befriend Valiant Entertainment by heading to On the Valiant page, fans can learn about Valiant Entertainment and read a 20 page sneak preview of the Harbinger: The Beginning hardcover edition and a 12 page sneak preview of the X-O Manowar: Birth hardcover edition.

ComicSpace is a social networking community of over 29,000 comic fans and creators, hosting over 16,100 comic galleries and containing over 187,300 comic pages.

“ComicSpace has become the place to go to reach the dedicated comics fan,” said Walter J. Black, Senior VP & Publisher of Valiant Entertainment. “Other social networking sites have more subscribers, but they aren’t nearly as focused on comics. When we were deciding where to start our social networking campaign, ComicSpace was the only logical choice. Here we know that everyone that comes by our page to read our previews and see our material is within our target audience. And you can’t ask for a better situation than that. I hope everyone will come by our page and add us as a friend.”

For more information on the Valiant Entertainment Universe and titles, please log on to their website at While you’re there, be sure to join the mailing list to receive future updates in your inbox.

About Valiant Entertainment:

Valiant Entertainment is a character-based entertainment company that owns and manages some of the most popular comic characters ever created across all media, including feature films, television, video games, new media, publishing, and consumer products. Since their creation in 1990, Valiant characters have sold over 80 million comic books, 8 million video games, and Valiant became one of the three leading comic character-based companies globally. In addition, the "Valiant characters are often called the most important characters created since the Marvel revolution of the 1960s" (Sequart, 2006). VALIANT™ characters include X-O MANOWAR®, BLOODSHOT®, HARBINGER™, ETERNAL WARRIOR™, DOCTOR MIRAGE™, NINJAK™, SHADOWMAN®, RAI™, and QUANTUM & WOODY™, among many others. Visit for more information.
Two phenomenal Anime events are headed to the BIG screen!

First, on Tuesday, May 20th and 21st at 7:30pm local time, DEATH NOTE, a live-action Japanese feature event shows that the pen is mightier than the sword in a special two-night event at more than 300 theatres. This unique theatre event (English dubbed) brings to life the popular Japanese manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba and will feature an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the creation of this breakthrough live action production, an in-depth interview with Director Shusuke Kaneko and a unique look at the talent behind the Death Note characters. Tickets for DEATH NOTE are available now at presenting theatre box offices and online at

Then in a special two-night event on June 11th and 12th at 7:30pm, the epic action anime hit BLEACH THE MOVIE: MEMORIES OF NOBODY (English dubbed) will make its North American debut in more than 300 theatres across the country. Adapted from the wildly popular animated series and a best-selling manga series by acclaimed Japanese artist Tite Kubo, BLEACH THE MOVIE: MEMORIES OF NOBODY will include an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the talent behind the characters as well as interviews of this highly-anticipated premiere with the Japanese Director, Noriyuki Abe, Producer Ken Hagino and Character Designer, Masashi Kudo. Tickets for BLEACH THE MOVIE: MEMORIES OF NOBODY are available beginning May 9th at presenting theatre box offices and online at

Checkthe Below Link To Find the Closest Theatre in Your Area:





Special Two-Night Event will be Shown May 20th and 21st

in Select Theatres Nationwide

Centennial, Colo. – DEATH NOTE, a live-action Japanese feature event shows that the pen is mightier than the sword in a special two-night event at more than 300 theatres on May 20th and 21st at 7:30 p.m. local time. This unique theatre event (English dubbed) brings to life the popular Japanese manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba and will feature an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the creation of this breakthrough live action production, an in-depth interview with Director Shusuke Kaneko and a unique look at the talent behind the Death Note characters.

Tickets for this special event are available at presenting theatre box offices and online. For a complete list of theatre locations and prices, please visit the event details page (theatres are subject to change).

Based on the supernatural action mystery manga series illustrated by Takeshi Obata, the DEATH NOTE live action feature takes manga fans into the world of Light Yagami, a student who finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies and now Light has decided to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals mysteriously begin dying, the authorities send legendary detective L to investigate. Both Light and L believe to be on the side of justice and the two match wits trying to show exactly which of them is “good” and which is “evil.”

Presented by National CineMedia’s (NCM) Fathom and VIZ Pictures, Death Note appears on the big screen in high-definition with Cinema Surround Sound in more than 300 select AMC, Celebration! Cinema, Cinemark USA Inc., Clearview Cinemas, Georgia Theatre Company, Goodrich Quality Theaters, Kerasotes ShowPlace Theatres, National Amusements and Regal Entertainment Group movie theatres, as well as the Penn Cinema (Lititz, PA) through NCM’s exclusive Digital Broadcast Network.

“DEATH NOTE is a must-see for manga and anime fans of all kinds,” said Dan Diamond, vice president of NCM Fathom. “DEATH NOTE 'is a perfect fit for NCM Fathom’s line-up of alternative in-theatre entertainment of all types – from anime, music concerts, extreme sports, comedy, children’s programming, the Metropolitan Opera and more.”

“DEATH NOTE is a riveting and critically acclaimed drama that we are thrilled to bring to fans across the country during this special two-night event,” said Seiji Horibuchi, president and CEO of VIZ Pictures.

The DEATH NOTE manga and animated series have become extremely popular domestically. The 37-episode animated series is seen by millions each week on cable broadcast and the series is also distributed on DVD by VIZ Media (rated T+ for Older Teens). For more information on DEATH NOTE the movie, please visit

About National CineMedia, Inc.

NCM LLC operates the largest digital in-theatre network in North America through long-term agreements with its founding members, AMC Entertainment Inc., Cinemark USA Inc. (NYSE: CNK) and Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), the three largest theatre operators in the U.S., and through multi-year agreements with several other theatre operators. NCM LLC produces and distributes its FirstLook pre feature program; cinema and lobby advertising products; comprehensive meeting and event services and other entertainment programming content. NCM LLC’s national network includes over 15,250 screens of which over 13,200 are part of the company’s Digital Content Network (DCN). NCM LLC’s DCN covers 169 Designated Market Areas® (49 of the top 50). During 2007, approximately 542 million patrons attended movies shown in theatres owned by the NCM LLC founding members (excluding Loews). National CineMedia, Inc. (NASDAQ: NCMI) owns a 43.6% interest in and is the managing member of NCM LLC. For additional information, visit or

About VIZ Pictures, Inc.

Based in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Pictures, Inc. distributes Japanese live-action films and DVDs, with particular focus on Japanese "kawaii (cute) and cool" pop culture. VIZ Pictures approaches each release from a J-pop fan's point of view to serve manga and anime generation in North America. VIZ Pictures titles include TRAIN MAN: DENSHA OTOKO, LINDA LINDA LINDA, THE TASTE OF TEA, and PING PONG. The company will continue to offer the hottest visual entertainment straight from the "Kingdom of Pop" for audiences of all ages in North America. VIZ Pictures, Inc. is an affiliate of VIZ Media, LLC, the San Francisco-based leading U.S. publisher of Japanese manga (comics) and merchandise licensor of Japanese animation such as the popular "NARUTO" animated TV series. For more information please visit

© 2006 VIZ Pictures, Inc

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 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, 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
In Comic Art Now, many of the medium's finest exponents from around the world are gathered together for the first time in a volume that reveals the sheer diversity and rich talent that abounds in this thrilling artform. This book showcases the creme de la creme of contemporary comic book creators, whether they're established professionals or hot new bucks making waves in the industry. From superlative superheroes to heart-stopping horror, the artwork is divided into today's most popular comic-book genres. This book takes a rare holistic approach, incorporating small, self-published projects, through independent artists work, right up to big established names working for Marvel, DC and Dark Horse. What qualifies them for inclusion is the quality of their work, regardless of genre, labels or preconceptions. Comic Art Now is at the razor’s edge of one of the most important, relevant and misunderstood artforms on the planet.

Published by Ilex on 5th May, writer Dez Skinn is possibly the most well-known and most-experienced man in British comics - his reputation precedes him world-wide, and this book is destined to be the de facto guide to early 21st Century comics creators.

"Thank you for including me in the Comic Art Now book.... it is gorgeous and an honor to be in it with such illustrious company." – Roberta Gregory (USA)

"I just received your sumptuously printed volume. You must be proud of it. Almost as proud as I am to have a few spreads to myself." – Siku (UK)

"Just received the book! It’s amazing! And thanks for putting me next to my idol Mr Frank Cho!! Gosh that's just too cool." - Ben Ang (Singapore)

"Just got the book, it's truly beautiful -- guess you're gonna hear that sort of thing for quite some time." - JJ Dzialowski (France)

"A great selection of material!" - Rian Hughes (UK)

"Thanks very much for my contributor copy. I'm very pleased with how my story's come out, and it all looks fantastic!" - Chris Reynolds (UK)

"GREAT WORK DEZ! Nice production, and a good variety of styles, most of which dwarf my humble effort but it's an honour to be included alongside such talents." - Lew Stringer (UK)

Comic Art Now is available from all good bookshops, and online via ( or ( - other internet retailers are available.
MADMAN ATOMIC COMICS and GEMIN exclusive variant covers available at Emerald City Comic Con!

8 May 2008 (Berkeley, CA) - Image Comics' Pacific Northwest bred heroes, MADMAN ATOMIC COMICS and GEMINI, celebrate Emerald City Comic Con with exclusive covers not to ever be made available anywhere else!

"Emerald City Comic Con is my hometown convention," GEMINI co-creator and writer Jay Faerber said. "Debuting my newest creation there, with an exclusive cover nonetheless, was too perfect an opportunity to pass up."

MADMAN ATOMIC COMICS #8 is also a starting point for the veteran hero, as Frank Einstein's backstory acts as a jumping point for readers old and new. To celebrate, the Emerald City Comic Con variant is a throw back for Frank's very first appearance in Caliber's CREATURES FROM THE ID #1. The GEMINI cover, all-new illustration by series co-creator and artist Jon Sommariva, displays the unique dual nature of Faerber's all-new sleeper super-agent. A select few of each cover will be given away at the IMAGE COMICS SHOW, featuring Faerber, WALKING DEAD creator Robert Kirkman and ELEPHANTMEN's Richard Starkings.

MADMAN ATOMIC COMICS creator Mike Allred added, "There's a lot of buzz up here in the Pacific Northwest for the Emerald City Comic Con and since I wasn't able to attend this year, I still wanted to do something very special. I hope folks will get a big kick out this."

The Emerald City Comic Con will take place May 10th and 11th at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center. More information on both covers can be found at the Image Comics booth, #602. In addition, THE IMAGE COMICS SHOW will be on Saturday in Panel Room B from 3-4 PM.

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
Dracula vs. King Arthur, the critically acclaimed hit graphic novel published by Silent Devil, will now be adapted into a role playing game entitled VAMPIRES vs. KNIGHTS by screenwriter/author Tony DiGerolamo.

Vampires vs. Knights is a d20 role-playing supplement that uses the Dungeons and Dragons system. D&D players will thrill to the campaign set in Arthur's Camelot and specialized weaponry to combat the vampire menace. Other players can actually take up the mantle of a vampire knight and try and extinguish the hope of humanity forever!

DiGerolamo is an old school gamer that has written game material for Kenzer & Company, Goodman Games, West End Games and the Le Games. He also designed his own RPG, Complete Mafia for d20.

"Adam Beranek, one of the co-creators of DvKA, and I are thrilled Tony agreed to write the game based on our concept," says screenwriter/graphic novelist Christian Beranek. "Fans will be able to create their own characters and adventures -- there are going to be many awesome battles between knights and vampires for years to come."

Christian Beranek wrote the screenplay for the upcoming Dracula vs. King Arthur movie. Recently he penned the origin of John Doe for the New Line Cinema/Zenescope series Se7en and launched the graphic novel concept Willow Creek. He will be attending the Emerald City Comicon this coming weekend as a guest.

Vampires vs. Knights will be in stores Spring 2009. Christian Beranek and Tony DiGerolamo will personally demo the game at select conventions.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008


Issue nine of CWR has arrived, and this time around we have something a little different: a preview of Emerald City Comicon! What does that mean?

A nifty cover designed by Elliott Serrano:

Josh Medors interviewed! The young artist of WILLOW CREEK, 30 DAYS OF NIGHT, and G.I. JOE talks to Marc Mason about his latest projects, his battle with cancer, and his feelings at how the comics community has rallied around him in his time of struggle!

Jim Demonakos interviewed! The maestro behind Emerald City Comicon sits down with Brandon Jerwa and talks about the origins of the con, his life in comics (both with Image and as a retailer), and about what it really takes to run a show!

Plus: these great columns:

Elliott Serrano makes some resolutions (dos and don’ts) about the upcoming con season, but the question becomes just how long he can keep them:

Marc Mason remembers his first ever con, and how legendary X-MEN artist paved the way for a future in fandom:

Matt Maxwell discusses reviews, both good and bad, and offers up advice on how a creator can take something useful from both:

Avril Brown concludes the first ever Miss Marvel Universe pageant, but the results might make you think Paula Abdul was a judge:

Jessica Blackshear answers an inquiry from an odd character… and does so in the form of a webcomic!

Vince Moore returns from hiatus to tackle Dave Sim’s new book, review a recent Jodie Foster offering, and puts out a serious question to his black female readership:


Remember: If you read something at CWR that you like, pass it on to friends and blogs. Enjoy the reading!

Marc Mason
Comics Waiting Room
AtomFilms has teamed up again with Lucasarts for the annual fan film challenge. Star Wars fans should submit their fan movie, parody or official Star Wars mashup by the MAY 27 deadline for a shot at intergalactic infamy! Not only will the winners be announced at Comic Con in July – including one winning film hand-selected by George Lucas himself – but top clips will earn air time on Spike TV! Plus, this is the first year that fans can enter mashups in the contest -- the simple mashup tool at lets fans use real Star Wars footage to create their entries, so now you don’t need a camera to make a film!

To help out fans, we’ve launched a comprehensive site at

Here filmmakers will find the official rules and guidelines, a production kit to help give their films the perfect touch, past winning films, and much more! It’s pretty much the best resource contestants can get without breaking into Skywalker Ranch!

The deadline for entry is MAY 27, and voting will run on from JUNE 26 until JULY 10. Please encourage your fans to check out the site and get those cameras rolling! And if they’re looking for inspiration, they can find this year’s finalists at as well as previous winners.

You can also feel free to grab some of the best fan films we’ve received over the years. Some of our personal favorites:

PINK FIVE: Star Wars Fan Film Awards George Lucas Selects Recipient 2003— Ever wonder how the Rebel Alliance would have fared if a Valley Girl was at the controls of an X-wing fighter during the daring raid on the Death Star? Here's how.

STAR WARS GANGSTA RAP SE: Star Wars Fan Film Awards Finalist 2004 — The intergalactic gangsta rap now has a whole new flava in this Special Edition. This remake features all new and improved animation that could blow away a Death Star.

CHAD VADER – DAY SHIFT MANAGER: Star Wars Fan Movie Challenge George Lucas Selects Recipient 2007— the Force is strong in Darth's younger brother Chad, but his managerial (and people) skills? Not so much.
May 05, 2008 - Seattle, WA – Legendary fantasy painter Frank Frazetta has donated an original piece of art to the Josh Medors Benefit Auction at this weekend's Emerald City ComiCon.

"Having Frank Frazetta donate a sketch is a feather in the cap to an already amazing outpouring of support for Josh that has been shown by the comics community," said ECCC Organizer Jim Demonakos. "We've hardly had time to take pictures and catalog the overwhelming amount of items donated!"

As things are cataloged, they have been added to the silent auction, which is taking place through Thursday at midnight. After that point, all the silent bids will become the opening bids in the live auction. Items can be viewed here:

The driving force behind the auction, Jay Fotos, had this to say, "What can I say, I'm frazzled, from what started as contacting a couple buds to help out turned into huge event! Everyone has been more than generous and we thank everyone that has contributed, I'm so glad we all came together to help out a fellow artist in need, this is very inspiring."

The Josh Medors Benefit Auction will be taking place at 5:00pm on Saturday, May 10th at the Emerald City ComiCon in Seattle, WA. If you would like to make a PayPal donation directly to Josh, please do so to

Any other creators interested in donating are encouraged to contact Jay Fotos at
Robert Kirkman and Jason Howard bring ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN monthly!

5 May 2008 (Berkeley, CA) – At at long, ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN creators Jason Howard and Robert Kirkman are giving fans the one thing they've demanded most as THE ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN goes monthly this July!

"Frankly, I just couldn't stay patient," ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN co-creator and writer Robert Kirkman said. "Over the past year THE ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN has become one of my favorite books to write and, even more so, seeing the pages pour in from Jason has made me crave MORE! With the impending shocker we've got coming in issue 7, we decided to switch the book from once every sixty days to every thirty! I certainly think folks will be happy with the results."

"The book has really shown it's got legs," Executive Director Eric Stephenson said. "After debuting as part of Image's Free Comic Book Day celebration in 2007 we've seen strong reorder activity and rave reviews. The one complaint often heard is that the six times a year schedule leaves people waiting and waiting – with that corrected, I'm confident this book can soar to the heights of Kirkman's other Image Titles, INVINCIBLE and THE WALKING DEAD."

In addition, THE ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN VOL. 1 TP has been retooled to match up with the monthly shift, giving readers even more content than before. The new trade paperback will contain issues #1-7, extended to include the shocking revelations of issue 7, and will now lead right into the issue 8, where readers can see the new status-quo in full effect.

"One of the things I always hear about INVINCIBLE is that you need to read the first two volumes to really get into it," noted Kirkman. "It's always bugged me that volume one only collects four issues and the really cool stuff doesn't kick in until the second volume. I was thinking about that when I noticed that the first ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN TP was slated to contain issues 1-4. I knew what was coming up in issue 7 and I saw history repeating itself. Luckily, there was still time to fix it.

"Now when you read the first volume of THE ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN, you'll get an accurate sense of what the series is about – and you'll see just how dark and dramatic things are going to get. I'm very excited for people to see just what this series is capable of."

ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN #8, a 32-page full color comic for $2.99, and ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN VOL. 1, a 176-page full color trade paperback for $14.99, will be available July 30th.

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

Monday, May 05, 2008

AAM Markosia are proud to announce that the entire first issue of new series Lazarus: Immortal Coils will be available to preview at the Bristol Comic Expo, May 9th to 11th, 2008.

Shipping to stores in June, and available to order now from Previews, # APR083485, Lazarus: Immortal Coils is about the Biblical figure resurrected, discovers he's an immortal, and demons are on earth plotting to take us over. Fuelled by revenge, Lazarus rushes headlong into a war against a legion of shape-shifting demons that are any and every monster and invading power throughout history.

"Lazarus is a fascinating character," says writer/creator Joseph Gauthier. "He's this important, but largely forgotten person from the bible that people just seem to overlook. Here's a man who was best friends with Jesus, resurrected only to see his friend killed days later. He died, went to hell, and came back. Sprinkle that with the question of his mortality, and how could someone not write about him? Lazarus: Immortal Coils is full of biblical events, but twisted in ways you wouldn't expect."

Vincent S. Moore, columnist for and editor at Astounding and DarkStorm Studios comments: "Lazarus: Immortal Coils is a heady mix of Biblical history, kick-ass art, an eternal mission, revenge, great story, and demons in the guise of men, walking amongst us. Who would have thought that the perfect hero for the 21st Century would come from the 1st? Only Joseph P. Gauthier, one of the freshest voices to enter the comics game in a long time, that's who. Buy the book and get in on the ground floor of the career of the next superstar writer and the newest hero on the block."

The Bristol International Comic Expo 2008 will be held over the weekend of 10th and 11th May 2008 at the British Empire & Commonwealth Museum and the Ramada Plaza Hotel in Bristol, England, with an early bird film night on Friday 9th May. Full details are available on the official website, – including ticket ordering details, just £6 for adults for each day, accompanied children free, ages 12-16 just one pound.

For further information or previews on Lazarus or the Bristol Expo, or requests for interviews with the creators and participants, please email
Kleid & Salvi's ACTION OHIO in May's Zudacomics Competition.

What if the Silver age of comic books was created to distract us from
the existence of real superhumans hiding in the heart of America?

This month, Xeric winner Neil Kleid and artist Paul Salvi explore
these questions in ACTION, OHIO, a tale of heroes, villains,
deception, murder and comic books, appearing at, DC
Comics' online webcomic competition. Each month, Zuda's editors select
ten comics to compete against each other. Readers vote for their
favorite, often going as far as to campaign and sing its praises and
the comics which receives the most votes at the end of the month wins
a contract to continue the story on the Zuda site for the rest of the
year. The only way to see your favorite comic continue is to vote, the
only way to vote is to head to and
register, and the comic to vote for in May is ACTION, OHIO.

ACTION, OHIO is the story of Detective Andrea Bruce, a Detroit
policewoman who doesn't believe in heroes. But when a teenager dies
stopping a fire with amazing abilities and the coroner suspects foul
play, Andrea discovers a secret town of superheroes while tracking his
killer. In the sixties, men responsible for the birth of Silver Age
comic books found a town riddled with the fallout of the atomic age
and invented fictional characters based on its residents to divert the
world from their existence: If America thought super heroes were
fictional beings, it wouldn't go looking for them. Supported by an
aging group of heroes, Andrea tries to hide Action from the world but
as a town founded on policies of non-involvement begins to crack and
Andrea digs into the underbelly of a town that's imprisoned itself to
save the world, she begins to wonder: if Action, Ohio is a town of
comic book heroes, then where are the villains? Andrea, an outsider
with no use for heroes, must choose between solving her case and
opening a Pandora's Box of evil closed forty years ago, or putting
aside her vendetta to ensure that the sleepy little town hiding from
the citizens of the world doesn't reach out, ignite and destroy them.

How can you help?

1) Click over to Read. Register.
Vote for ACTION, OHIO before May 30th. All it costs is a moment of
your time: - don't forget to send
this link around to EVERYONE you know and urge them to do the same!

2) Head to the production blog at or
join where you can find early sketches,
behind the scenes commentary and web banners, web flyers and
promotional materials you can use in spreading the word.

3) Once you've voted, leave a comment and let the team know what you

You *do* have to be a registered Zuda user to vote, comment, and
favorite (it's an easy process), so head on over today and put the
democratic process to good use this month.

ACTION, OHIO: This May, discover that superheroes are a cowardly lot.



Sunday, May 04, 2008

Papercutz in July: New Hardy Boys Mystery!

Haley Danelle's Top Eight!
By Scott Lobdell and Paulo Henrique
This is one of the rare cases that aren’t assigned by A.T.A.C (American

Teens Against Crime). When Joe and Frank’s friend Haley Danelle learns
the “friends” on her MyFacePlace page’s Top Eight are disappearing one
at a time, she turns to the Hardy Boys for help in finding them!
Full-color trade paperback, 5” x 7 1/2”, 112 pages, $7.95, ISBN
Also in collector’s hardcover: $12.95, ISBN 978-1-59707-114-7

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NBM in July: Live the Real Japan!
Plus: NBM’s 50% Off Sale!

Moresukine: Uploaded Weekly from Tokyo by Dirk Schwieger
“What a fun idea.” -- Neil Gaiman
Dirk Schwieger lived in Tokyo; readers of his comics blog dared him to
do all sorts of things—exotic, disgusting, revealing, whatever. This
fascinating, funny, funky collection looks inside Japanese society,
life, thought, and food. (Moresukine is the Japanese way of pronouncing

Moleskine; Schwieger created his comics on a Moleskine brand notebook,
and his graphic novel looks like one.) James Kochalka, Ryan North, and
other artists contribute their views of Schwieger’s adventure.
Black-and-white Moleskine-style trade paperback, 5” x 8 1/2”, 176
pages, $15.95, ISBN 978-1-56163-537-5

A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick
Acme Novelty Library by Chris Ware
Alias The Cat by Kim Deitch
Ego And Hubris by Harvey Pekar
Flight Vol.4, edited by Kazu Kibuishi
Missouri Boy by Leland Myrick
The 9/11 Report by Sid Jacobson & Ernie Colon
The Long Chalkboard by Jules Feiffer

Ogenki Clinic and Other Stories by Haruka Inui
All-new, never-before-published tales of Inui’s famous Ogenki Clinic,
where the nurse takes very special care of you. Also featuring stories
of Uru Onna, the long-legged , dangerously attractive dominatrix!
Hentai at its hottest!
B&W trade paperback, 6“ x 9”, 72 pages, $11.95, ISBN 978-1-56163-538-2

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May 2nd, Bristol UK – One more week and the UK’s biggest comics convention hits the British Empire & Commonwealth Exhibition Hall in Bristol on 10th and 11th May 2008, and this week we wrap up our look at what’s on at the Bristol Expo with the last set of all-new announcements and announce just who has agreed to cut the ribbon for the Comics Village Fete, the event for kids of all ages.

The Bristol International Comic Expo website has the full details of all guests and panels over the weekend – Saturday’s line-up is here: – Sunday’s here:

Finally, the remaining sets of updates to the Virtual Bristol Anthology have taken place, meaning much can be previewed (or even advance ordered) from the VBA website:

MIKE McKONE (Exiles, Teen Titans, Fantastic Four) has just been added to the line-up for his 1st UK Con appearance. Upcoming and recent work includes Amazing Spider-Man #562 and #563 (out in June) and a Skrull alternative cover for Secret Invasion: Fantastic Four #1, covers for Wildstorm’s Number of the Beast #7 and #8 in July.

Panini UK Ltd, the UK’s official Marvel and Doctor Who publishers, will be attending the Bristol Expo and showing off an original, life-size Iron Man movie statue, as well as giving away free comics and magazines. Amongst other publications, Panini publish Astonishing Spider-Man, Marvel Legends, Ultimate Spider-Man & X-Men magazines on the newstands, plus the definitive Doctor Who periodical, the long-running Doctor Who Magazine (issue 400 will be released this year) as well as a range of UK graphic novels [their Doctor Who reprint range, especially the Fifth Doctor book, is particularly recommended – ed] including unique Marvel collections, of which Marvel Platinum: The Definitive Iron Man has just been released.

THIS NEWS JUST IN! The boys at Blink Twice are pleased to announce a late exclusive for the Bristol Expo. In a rare expansive move from the print medium, The Etherington Brothers will be launching their first official merchandise in the delectable form of a limited edition 'Stunned Bunny' T-shirt. Quite simply put, this is the perfect accompaniment to their 320-page Malcolm Magic comic book - visit the stand early to secure both gems, signatures and sketches!

Accent UK launch their latest graphic novel ROBOTS which continues their popular line of themed anthologies. At 204 pages it’s the biggest yet with a host of indie, emerging and established comics’ talent from around the globe providing a bumper collection of exclusive robotic themed strips. Available at a special expo price of just £8 and the follow up to last year’s ZOMBIES smash. Limited stocks will also be available of a ROBOTS sketchbook and their new T- Shirt line. Many artists and contributors will also be dropping by their tables over the weekend to sign n sketch and the editors will happily meet prospective new creators and by special arrangement, copies of The Book Palace’s newly released collection of Frank Bellamy’s Complete ROBIN HOOD Adventures will also be available! (

Ardden’s Flash Gordon #0 sold out of 3250 copies at the NYC con and copies have been selling for up to $15 on EBAY – they’ve reserved 150 copies of the UK edition and 100 of the NYC con edition for the Bristol show, priced at £3.00 each. They’ve also printed 25 copies of a blank cover edition and for £20 Paul Green (the Flash artist) will be sketching on these – however only 15 of these will be available on the day as 10 have been pre-bought by US fans.

Classical Comics will have Jon Haward at the Bristol Expo to sign copies of the wonderful Macbeth, as will Nigel Dobbyn. Kat and Jason will be up for signing Henry V - and the brand new, just off the press ELT version of Henry V will be on their stand. This is the 'fourth' version of the book, designed to teach English to students across the globe. The book has 2 audio CDs in the back too. It's produced by Cengage Learning. Declan will be at the Bristol Expo to talk about Frankenstein, John M Burns has his own table, so if anyone wants to know more about the very beautiful Jane Eyre, he will be delighted to have a chat. Finally, Mike Collins has had some stunning postcards printed - Scrooge at his best! A Christmas Carol is going to be one stunning book!!

The latest edition of Paul Scott’s Omnivistascope book is rolling off the printers and will available at the Bristol Expo - issue 4 is an 80-page darkly futuristic comic book featuring some of the very best talent from the British underground. Produced annually, it sets new standards in independent comics. Come and keep the Omnivistascope crew entertained on their stall at Bristol this year, see the new comic and also partake of Ben Clark's Magic Beans Comics, also sharing the stall.

The people from Murky Depths will not only be launching Murky Depths #4 at the reduced price of £6 (it retails at £6.99) but are also knocking an extra £2 off the subscription price from now* until the end of the Expo, so for just £22 you can receive the next four issues before anyone else. Also their first full-colour 28-page comic from their publishing imprint The House of Murky Depths, Death and The Maiden #4 by Richard Calder, will be on sale at the reduced price of £3. For those into podcasts, Variant Frequencies is releasing a simultaneous podcast of Issue #4’s cover story “Saint Darwin’s Spirituals” by DK Thompson. The MD team believes this is the first time a print magazine and a podcast site have worked together for a launch of this kind.
*Currently only available via Warren Elli’s Whitechapel site at this thread:

Cosplay Competition + Masquerade: Those Awesome people over at Orang Utan Comics are running a blog containing the rules, entry forms and details of the star presenters and judges, hurry on over to to enter. The closing date for entries is April 26th 2008 and places are strictly limited, first come, first served. VALERIE PEREZ, star of Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Tears Of The Dragon will be attending the Bristol Expo, she will be flying over from America and will be presenting the Film Night, Cosplay Competition and Masquerade. She also co-writes the Official Prequel Comic which will be available in the Film Night goody bags.

CBBC – the Children’s BBC channel – will be at the Bristol Expo as part of their search for a superhero. They’re looking for children aged between 9 and 13 to turn themselves into unique, original, never-before-seen superheroes to take part in a new CBBC show, to be hosted by Sam and Mark. Have you always dreamed of being a superhero? What would your superhero name be? What would your costume look like? What superpowers would you have? Do you think you've got what it takes to go head to head with other Superhero wannabes?

Knockabout make a welcome return to the Bristol Expo – at their table Gilbert Shelton and Hunt Emerson will be signing their books, along with special guest David Shenton and his graphic novel Get Her. As well as signing over the whole weekend, David will also appear on the Gay Comics panel on Sunday.

Insomnia’s Layer Zero volumes one and two are combined for the first time and to celebrate the launch of Layer Zero TPB, Special Bristol 2008 limited edition copies of the book will be available along with regular stock. Only 10 copies will be available of the limited edition, which includes a free poster (worth £4), unseen Cancertown signed concept art, and previews of Cages and Cancertown (priceless). To order your copy, costing £20, send an email quoting “No Sleep” and your details to What’s more, if you order your copy now you’ll be in with a chance of winning a signed copy of Cages, all the way from San Diego, signed by Xander Bennett, Melanie Cook, Jonathan Hickman, and Ben Templesmith. With over 30 creators involved; including some famous names in the industry including Simon “Cy” Dethan, Paul Green and Thomas Mauer (Starship Troopers) along with talents such as Paul Cartwright, Alasdair Duncan, Luke Hinchley, Mike Webster, Robert Robinson, Thommy Melanson and many more; and diverse creative styles on themes of Insomnia and Time, Layer Zero TPB is a book not to be missed. 120 pages full color.

In addition: Free copies of Daemon issue one will be available to the first 500 people on the Saturday morning in the Comic Expo’s goodie bag; Alasdair Duncan’s novel, The Kill Cell, will be on sale along with a selection of posters by Paul Cartwright and Paul Green; Cancertown will be available to preview over the weekend; a limited supply of Cages proofs will for sale and Portfolio reviews will also be taking place over the weekend. For more information on Insomnia Publications visit the new and improved website

In Podcast news, the Geek Syndicate is reformed this week as Dave rejoins the show with a small rant on Lost. Barry also discusses the pros and cons of working without a co-host for an episode. We also look forward to the Bristol Comic Expo with its organiser Mike Allwood:
Also featuring: Mortal Kombat vs DC universe. Is it madness or genius? Primeval season three news. It's a biggie people! The upcoming Blake's 7 remake. Will it be UK's answer to BSG ? Lost - is it actually going anywhere? The Spirit/Sin City 2 teaser trailer The Hancock trailer. Is going to be the Wild Wild West of comic book movies?

As the American and British Urban Rivals communities continue to experience rapid growth, Urban Rivals need a dedicated artist from each country to produce character cards that appeal to players from both countries and the wider English-speaking world. A freelance design contract is available for an artist in each country, and Urban Rivals will be looking closely at submissions at the Bristol Expo (although more details can be found here:

Artist Laura Howell will be flitting between the Beano stand, the MC2 stand and the Best New Manga stand all weekend for signing and sketching, showcasing how she’s one of the busiest artists around: from the pages of The Beano, to the Bizarre Adventures of Gilbert and Sullivan in Best New Manga v2 and v3; from Robin Hoodie coming in issue 116 of Toxic magazine, to Random House’s The DFC (press launch on 15th May).

Soaring Penguin is delighted that James Fletcher, Flint Hasbudak and John Maybury will be appearing at the Bristol Expo to sign copies of From The Tomb 24 (story by James Fletcher, artwork portfolio by Flint Hadbudak), Space Babe 113 (story and art by John Maybury) and The Mammoth Book of the 50 Best Horror Comics (story by James Fletcher). Come by the table for details of times.

Emma Simcock-Tooth's oil paintings will be best known to comic fans through the Trace of Fragile Bliss stories in Mam Tor's Event Horizon. In her “day job” as a portrait painter she's recently secured Arts Council funding for new project “Concilium Plebis” - Caravaggio-esque portraits of “chavs” and “hoodies”. She has exhibited all over the UK and in Europe, from guerilla art spaces in derelict buildings to the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, and at the Bristol Expo she’ll be in the Empire Room, off of the main Expo hall and next door to the Comics Village Fete.

Speaking of the Village Fete, it’s now been confirmed that at midday on Saturday the Fete will be opened by artist Mark Buckingham (Fables and so much more)….the line-up of events for kids and adults who are young are heart: Superhero/Villain Face Painting – Treasure Hunt with Exclusive Expo prizes – Stack O’Comics (guess the number of comics…win them all if you’re right) – Design-A-Character Competition (sponsored by Diamond UK), three age categories, three prizes per category – all these events are free to enter. For those looking for some cheap graphic novels, the Bric A Brac table will offer up manga for two pounds each, trades from four.

Final update is from the Black Bat Comics stand, who have just taken delivery of a great 1960s comic collection that will be up for grabs at the Bristol Expo. Marvel, lots of DC and a great British section, including Lion, very early Victor, Boys World and loads and loads of early Alan Class and similar. Ask for Steve at the stand, and get him to tell you about his favourite Silver Age comics…

The Bristol International Comic Expo 2008 will be held over the weekend of 10th and 11th May 2008 at the British Empire & Commonwealth Museum and the Ramada Plaza Hotel in Bristol, England, with an early bird film night on Friday 9th May. Full details are available on the official website, – including ticket ordering details, just £6 for adults for each day, accompanied children free, ages 12-16 just one pound.