Friday, May 16, 2008


The Most Talented Pokémon Players Will Compete in Los Angeles and New York
for a Chance to Battle the Best Players from Japan

Bellevue, WA ­ May 15, 2008 ­ Pokémon USA, Inc., has announced the
first-ever Video Game Showdown, pitting the most skilled Pokémon Diamond and
Pokémon Pearl players from the United States and Japan in a battle to
determine the ultimate champion. The Pokémon Video Game Showdown will take
place August 16 in Orlando, Florida and will feature 32 of the most talented
players from each nation.

To win a seat in the Pokémon Video Game Showdown, players must compete and
win at one of two Qualifier Tournaments taking place in Los Angeles and New
York on July 12 and July 19, respectively. A total of 256 players in each
city will battle for sixteen paid trips for two to Orlando to compete in the
Pokémon Video Game Showdown. To enter for a chance to play in the Qualifier
Tournaments, players must register and complete a Pokémon online quiz at

³Pokémon strives to create fun products and events for players of all skill
levels and interests,² said J.C. Smith, director of marketing for Pokémon
USA, Inc. ³The Pokémon Video Game Showdown provides the most skilled Pokémon
players an opportunity to determine who is truly the best.²

More information, including prizes, tournament locations, times, and rules,
can be found by visiting

About Pokémon USA

Pokémon USA, Inc., a subsidiary of The Pokémon Company in Japan, manages the
property outside of Asia which includes licensing, marketing, the Pokémon
Trading Card Game, an animated TV series, the Pokémon Trading Figure Game,
home entertainment, and the official Pokémon website. Pokémon was launched
in Japan in 1996 for play on Nintendo¹s Game Boy® and has since evolved into
a global cultural phenomenon. Pokémon was introduced in North America in
1998 and today is one of the most popular toy and entertainment properties
in the world. For more information, visit

BELLINGHAM, WASH. (May 16, 2008) - Bluewater Productions announces, RAY HARRYHAUSEN PRESENTS: FLYING SAUCERS VS. THE EARTH has completely sold out in less than a week of hitting the shelves.

The consistently sold-out titles at BWP began in June with their first release; the debut title in the publisher's RAY HARRYHAUSEN PRESENTS series - WRATH OF THE TITANS #1.

Publisher Darren G. Davis said, "People that saw the art were amazed, it is nothing like you see in comics these days. I was so impressed with Alan's artwork we hired him on the spot. We did a different spin on this title, showing the alien invasion from the alien perspective."

An aggressive publicity push was done on this title with the help of having a preview of the comic appear on the SONY DVD for the 50th Anniversary of the cult Harryhausen film "Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers."

This month, BWP said their popular RAY HARRYHAUSEN PRESENTS line continue
selling strong, and will be launching "RAY HARRYHAUSEN PRESENTS: Back To Mysterious Island" in July and "RAY HARRYHAUSEN PRESENTS: The Elementals" in September.

The animated trailer for the comic series was launched today on YouTube and can be seen there at:

"Our books have sold out almost every month, despite many shop still under-ordering the books. Many readers have contacted us still trying to find our books," said Davis. "I got an email today from a store that just bought out our personal copies. It just goes to show that you don't have to be mainstream to reach the market. Readers just want great stories with great art, if you can deliver that to them, they'll come back for more every month."

The newest title in the Harryhausen line, RAY HARRYHAUSEN PRESENTS: FLYING SAUCERS VS. THE EARTH #1, was written by Ryan Burton, with art by Sci Fi novelist artist Alan Brooks, bring you Ray Harryhausen's vision of the 1950s cult classic "Earth Vs. the Flying Saucers" to comic book format! Like every planetary invasion, there are two sides of the story. Told from the perspective of the aliens, see why the Sons of Aberann decide to wage war against Earth, and what type of culture spawned their warmongering ways. See them race on their Screamers in the wastelands of their planet while dodging the beastly Dustspeeds! Witness psychedelic alien fortune telling! And see what fate befalls those who cross the Warlord of Aberann!

For more information on Bluewater Productions, visit them online at their
all-new, recently redesigned Web site (, or
check them out in your local comic book shop!
Even more auctions to come to support Medors!

May 15, 2008 (Berkeley, CA) - This past weekend the Emerald City ComiCon and Frazetta Comics run Josh Medors Benefit Auction raised over $10,000 for the FRANK FRAZETTA'S SWAMP DEMON artist in his fight with cancer.

“The response of the comics community and fans alike has been amazing,” Medors said. "The money raised not only helps out with medical expenses, but it also takes a great weight off my shoulders and helps me focus on what positives I can. I could never thank everyone enough for what they have done for me.”

What started off with a couple of e-mails and phone calls to a few friends turned into a mega event, with over 130 lots of donated original art, books, prints, posters, toys and statues all sold at the auction. Fans unable to attend the event can still support Josh in the Ebay auctions, an original John Romita Sr. Mary Jane sketch, Willow Creek sketch books by artists such as Eric Powell, Tim Vigil and an the opportunity to appear as a zombie in THE WALKING DEAD.

"Please, bid high and bid often, it’s for a good cause," WALKING DEAD creator Robert Kirkman said. "To benefit Josh Medors in his time of need we’re auctioning off a chance to have you (yes, YOU) appear in The WALKING DEAD as a zombie. You’ll get a good appearance, and a good kill, it’s not just a background thing–you’ll get a full appearance that people will see–I promise."

Frazetta Comics Editor/Artist Jay Fotos added, "The auction went off without a hitch even though it was completely overwhelming. We had a small timeframe to auction and a large amount of donations, with people donating lots even during the auction! I can't thank enough to Jim Demonakos and all the ECCC staff that donated their time to help the auction move along smoothly. My hat's off to them, as this was all truly inspiring."

Monetary donations to Josh can be made via PayPal to All items are searchable under "Josh Medors Benefit Auction".

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

Thursday, May 15, 2008


Music And Pop Culture Retailer To Offer Tickets To Attend
North American Premiere Of Film Based On Popular Manga
And Animated Supernatural Crime Thriller

San Francisco, CA, May 15, 2008 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced that it will partner with music and pop culture retailer Hot Topic Inc. to promote the upcoming North American film debut of the live-action film, DEATH NOTE, which is based on the popular animated and manga (graphic novel) properties that have swept North America by storm. As part of the special promotion, customers who purchase a DEATH NOTE t-shirt or DVD in select Hot Topic stores will receive a free ticket to attend the film event, while supplies last. More information on the premiere of DEATH NOTE is available at

VIZ Pictures, an affiliate of VIZ Media that focuses on Japanese live-action film distribution, has partnered with NCM FATHOM, the entertainment division of National CineMedia, to present the special two-night film event of the DEATH NOTE live-action film at 7:30 pm on May 20 and 21 in 300 cities nationwide. Hot Topic will support the event in nearly 300 stores with in-store signage and special areas in each location offering a variety of DEATH NOTE apparel and related merchandise including DVDs and other accessories. VIZ Media’s SHONEN JUMP magazine will lend additional support with a promo ad in the June issue, which hit stores on May 6, while Hot Topic will highlight the DEATH NOTE film in an article set to appear on its web site at

“Hot Topic is an ideal strategic retail partner for VIZ Media and we’re extremely excited to deepen our relationship with them to support the U.S. premiere of the DEATH NOTE live-action feature,” says Lauren Rozek, Director, Retail Development, VIZ Media. “Our NARUTO campaign proved extremely successful in helping to cultivate the strong fan base that the NARUTO brand now enjoys. We invite fans to visit Hot Topic and pick up the latest volume of DEATH NOTE on DVD and also get a free ticket to attend this special event.”

DEATH NOTE is based on the hit supernatural action mystery manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. The live-action film was released in 2006 to wide acclaim in Japan and was directed by Shusuke Kaneko, known as the director of popular “Gamera” monster film series. The film mirrors the manga’s story of Light Yagami, an ace student with great prospects who is bored out of his mind. All of that changes when he finds the Death Note, a notebook dropped by a rogue Shinigami death god named Ryuk. Any human whose name is written in the notebook dies, and now Light has vowed to use the power of the Death Note to rid the world of evil. But when criminals mysteriously begin dropping dead, the authorities send the legendary detective L to investigate, and he is soon hot on the trail of Light, who must now reevaluate his one noble goal. Both Light and L believe themselves to be on the side of justice, and the two match wits trying to show exactly which of them is "good" and which of them is "evil."

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. On the print side, the 12-volume manga series, also published domestically by VIZ Media, continues to be a must-read among legions of ardent fans while DEATH NOTE: HOW TO READ 13, a companion volume to the successful manga series, was recently ranked in USA Today's Top 150 list of America's best-selling books. The DEATH NOTE DVDs and manga are rated T+ for older teens.

For more information on this DEATH NOTE event please visit or For more information on DEATH NOTE visit
About Hot Topic
Hot Topic, Inc. is a shopping mall-based specialty retailer. Hot Topic offers music/pop culture licensed and influenced apparel, accessories, music and gift items to young men and women principally between the ages of 12 and 22. As of May 3, 2008 the company operated 686 Hot Topic stores in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, as well as an internet store
About VIZ Media, LLC
Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga (graphic novel) publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content. Owned by three of Japan’s largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan Production Co., Ltd. (ShoPro Japan), VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America and a global licensor of Japanese manga and animation. The company offers an integrated product line including, magazines such as SHONEN JUMP and SHOJO BEAT, graphic novels, videos, DVDs and audio soundtracks and develops and markets animated entertainment from initial production, television placement and distribution, to merchandise licensing and promotions for audiences and consumers of all ages. Contact VIZ Media at 295 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94133; Phone (415) 546-7073; Fax (415) 546-7086; and web site at

Full-length Animated Feature Based on Best-selling Series
Coming to the Big Screen in More than 300 Movie Theatres Nationwide on June 11 & 12

Centennial, Colo., May 14, 2008 – National CineMedia’s Fathom brings anime back to the big screen for two nights only in the U.S. debut of the epic action anime hit, BLEACH THE MOVIE: MEMORIES OF NOBODY in more than 300 theatres across the country on June 11th and 12th at 7:30 p.m. local time.

Adapted from the popular animated television series and best-selling manga (graphic novel) series, the BLEACH THE MOVIE: MEMORIES OF NOBODY in-theatre event promises to be the ultimate anime experience and features an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the talent behind the characters and a first-time ever interview with acclaimed Japanese director Noriyuki Abe.

Tickets for this special anime event (which has been dubbed in English for American audiences) are available at presenting theatre box offices and online at For a complete list of theatre locations and prices, please visit the BLEACH THE MOVIE: MEMORIES OF NOBODY event details page (theatres are subject to change).

“This premiere will offer a rare opportunity to see a brand new story inspired by the successful animated series,” said Liza Coppola, senior vice president, corporate relations & partnerships, VIZ Media. “For those not yet familiar with the BLEACH series, this is a wonderful introduction to the characters and thrilling action that have made the property a hit in North America.”

Acclaimed Japanese creator Tite Kubo illustrates the story of “Blanks,” unidentified beings who are being followed by a Soul Reaper named Senna who makes them disappear. Puzzled by these unknown beings and the mysterious girl who follows them, Ichigo and Rukia set out to learn more, but uncover an evil plot when a menacing clan tries to kidnap Senna. Can Ichigo and his fellow Soul Reapers save the World of the Living and the Soul Society worlds from annihilation?

Presented by NCM Fathom and VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), BLEACH THE MOVIE: MEMORIES OF NOBODY 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.

“NCM Fathom has experienced great success bringing anime events to movie theatres and we are excited to bring BLEACH THE MOVIE: MEMORIES OF NOBODY to anime fans across the country this summer,” said Dan Diamond, vice president of NCM Fathom.

The manga series BLEACH has been licensed in more than a dozen countries, selling over 50 million copies in Japan alone. In North America, the popular animated series is viewed weekly by millions on cable television. For more information on BLEACH and BLEACH THE MOVIE: MEMORIES OF NOBODY, visit

About National CineMedia, LLC
National CineMedia (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 15,400 screens of which over 13,550 are part of the company's Digital Content Network (DCN). NCM LLC's network covers 170 Designated Market Areas® (49 of the top 50). During 2007, approximately 625 million patrons attended movies shown in theatres currently included in our network (excluding AMC 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 Media, LLC
Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga (graphic novel) publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content. Owned by three of Japan’s largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan Production Co., Ltd. (ShoPro Japan), VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America and a global licensor of Japanese manga and animation. The company offers an integrated product line including, magazines such as SHONEN JUMP and SHOJO BEAT, graphic novels, videos, DVDs and audio soundtracks and develops and markets animated entertainment from initial production, television placement and distribution, to merchandise licensing and promotions for audiences and consumers of all ages. Contact VIZ Media at 295 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94133; Phone (415) 546-7073; Fax (415) 546-7086; and web site at
Hey Comics Fans,

Lots of cool things to talk about in Top Shelf land this month:


Announcing a new phase in the internet age of comics: Top Shelf 2.0!

Launching this Friday, May 16, Top Shelf 2.0 is a new webcomics site
digital anthology, bringing together great cartoonists both familiar
new. We'll update with a new story every weekday! Sometimes a
short story, sometimes a new chapter in an ongoing serial, sometimes a
great story from the Top Shelf Webcomics archive... but always
different! It's all free and all on!

What kind of material can you expect? Well, just for starters, there's:

-- The haunting avant-garde imagery of Bart Johnson and Ben
-- The globe-spanning high-kicking funkadelic fury of Kagan McCloud,
serializing his indie classic Infinite Kung-Fu in preparation for the
collected edition to be published by Top Shelf in 2009,
-- A really stunning painted fable by John C. Ralston,
-- Jed McGowen working his color wizardry with a beautifully limited
-- The freewheelin' mythic imagination of the inimitable Bernie
-- A couple young artists whose energy and charm practically shines
every panel of their cartoony adventures, Chris "Elio" Eliopoulos and
Michael DeForge,
-- The monumental TENTH 24-hour comic by the master of the form, David
Chelsea (his new book 24x2 is on sale now from Top Shelf),
-- An inky poetic parable from young Slovenian prodigy Domen Finzgar,
-- A Japan-flavored short from Belgian brush-master Stedho,
-- The brilliant wit and charm of notable webcomickers Jessica McLeod
Edward J Grug III,
-- Plus Aaron Navrady, Jeff Zwirek, Steve Lafler, Lizz Luney, Sean T.
Collins, Matt Wiegle, Matt Rota, Nik Daum, Will Dinski, Willow Dawson,
Emily Block, and many more to be revealed as we keep rolling!

Join us on Friday, May 16 for the big launch, and every weekday
Viva la future!


One of the coolest books to hit this summer will be Alex Robinson's
masterpiece, TOO COOL TO BE FORGOTTEN. Please visit the website and
out the awesome cover and the preview pages we have showcased there.
are all the details, plus a few online reviews already in, and the
interview with Alex at Publishers Weekly:

by Alex Robinson

-- a 128-page HARDCOVER graphic novel, 5 1/2" x 7 1/2"
-- ISBN: 978-1-891830-98-3, $14.95

"This is Alex Robinson's best book, and one of the rare comics not
by Stan Lee to perfectly capture the tragedy and triumph of being a
teenager. Totally recommended."
-- Brian K. Vaughan, author of Y: The Last Man, Pride of Baghdad, and

Andy Wicks is a forty-something father of two who's tried everything to
quit smoking -- from going cold turkey, to the latest patches and
chewing gums -- so he figures he'll give this hypnosis thing a try.
the worst that could happen? Unfortunately, Andy gets dealt a fate
than death -- high school! Transported back to 1985, Andy returns to
formative years as a gangly, awkward teenager. Is he doomed to relive
mistakes of his past, or has he been given a second chance to get
right? One thing's for sure … this time he's going to ask out that
from math class...




YAM by Corey Barba
-- an 88-page graphic novel with a full-color section, 6 1/2" x 9"
-- ISBN: 978-1-60309-014-8, $10.00

As featured in Nickelodeon Magazine, where more than 900,000 readers
basked in the fun that is Yam!

Top Shelf is proud to present an all-new, "silent" all-ages graphic
series … Yam and his fun-loving friends live on the remote tropical
of Leche de la Luna, and are always getting mixed up in surreal
Whether it's encountering cupcakes that spring to life, befriending
flowers, or exploring the mysterious ruins on the island, this small
boy in
his hooded, footy pajamas always ends up having a blast with his
The debut graphic novel, simply titled YAM, is anchored by the
story "Toy with My Dreams," in which Yam develops a crush on a girl
too old for him, but ends up being able to communicate with her in his
dreams. The graphic novel also contains a full-color section and
short stories which have seen print in Nickelodeon Magazine. Sure to be
real treat for anyone who's a fan of OWLY or KORGI.


The New Edition Of:
PINKY & STINKY by James Kochalka
--ISBN 978-1-891830-29-7, $15.00


The relationship between the Swedish and American alternative comics
got a lot stronger a few weeks ago at the 10th Annual Swedish Small
Expo (SPX) held at the famous and opulent KULTURHUSET -- Sweden's
"House of
Culture" in the heart of gorgeous downtown Stockholm.

I was lucky to be invited as a guest of both the convention and the
publishing house ORDFRONT/GALAGO, as this September Top Shelf will be
distributing FROM THE SHADOW OF THE NORTHERN LIGHTS, the first ever
all-English anthology of Swedish alternative comics. GALAGO, the
imprint/anthology that has showcased Swedish alternative cartoonists
over 30 (!) years, thought it would be good for me to check out the
scene in Sweden and meet the cartoonists featured in NORTHERN LIGHTS.
And I
am so glad I did!

The efforts of all the Swedish publishers, creators, and especially the
convention organizer, Kristiina Kolehmainen -- who incidentally is the
of the Swedish Comics Library (Serieteket) and who has run the Swedish
since the beginning -- coalesced this year's convention into something
quite remarkable: a true "SUMMER OF LOVE" of the Swedish comics
With a couple thousand comics fans, a hundred Swedish
and a dozen Scandinavian independent press publishers all putting out
intensely personal and literary works, the Swedish SPX has developed
one of the most important comics events in the EU -- on par with the
scenes in the U.S. and France. And from the mood on the floor and at
cool parties held each night, I personally witnessed an amazing amount
energy and goodwill between the cartoonists and fans, who realize that
Swedish comics scene is -- after years of hard work -- finally in full

In any event, next April Top Shelf will head back to the Swedish SPX,
bringing along Jeffrey Brown and debuting Niklas Asker's SECOND
the first of several excellent Swedish cartoonists that we'll be
taking on.

And, by the way, a dozen Swedish creators told me they'd be visiting
this June, and the crew from GALAGO told me that they'd be coming to
American SPX this October to help showcase FROM THE SHADOW OF THE
LIGHTS. Let's be sure to welcome them in the States as much as they
welcomed me over there.

A special thanks to Johannes Klenell, the Editor at GALAGO, who set up
entire trip for me and was my guide throughout Sweden the entire week.
a big thanks to my other host, Fredrik Strömberg, the Director of the
prestigious comics school in Malmo. I journeyed there and spoke to
talented students as well. And finally a big thank you to Anders, Asa,
David, Federico, Fredrik, Ingemar, Jakob, Jamil, Jan-Erik, Jessica,
Johannes, Kim, Knut, Kolbeinn, Kristiina, Liv, Loka, Markus, Martin,
Mattias, Melika, Niklas, Ola, Rolf, Simon, Sofia, Steffan, Stina, Ulli,
Victor, and everyone else who made my stay in Sweden so special. --








The 2008 award season is shaping up to be The Matt & Jeff Show here at

Matt Kindt's critically beloved thriller SUPER SPY has been nominated
the Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album--Reprint! Originally serialized
Top Shelf's web site, SUPER SPY earned accolades everywhere as soon as
was collected and published as a gorgeous full-color graphic novel.
SPY fans include everyone from Attack of the Show's Blair Butler to
super-retailer (and former Eisner judge) James Sime, as well as
institutions from the Teacher Librarian Magazine to The Comics Journal.
This is his third Eisner nomination!

-- ISBN 978-1-891830-96-9, $19.95

Jeff Lemire also turned heads this year with TWO Eisner nominations for
graphic novel trilogy ESSEX COUNTY. The first two parts of the trilogy,
TALES FROM THE FARM and GHOST STORIES, were nominated together for the
coveted award for Best Graphic Album--New! And on top of that, Jeff
was honored with a nomination for Best Writer/Artist! Combine that with
Canadian Joe Shuster Award Nomination for Outstanding Canadian Comic
Cartoonist (Writer/Artist) and his win of the American Library
Alex Award, and it's starting to seem like time for Jeff to buy a new
trophy case!

-- ISBN 978-1-891830-88-4, $9.95

-- ISBN 978-1-891830-94-5, $14.95

(the final volume -- will be published in October!)
-- ISBN 978-1-891830-95-2, $9.95


Your friend thru comics,

Chris Staros
Top Shelf Productions

Wednesday, May 14, 2008



1-in-5 chance of entry inside each copy of WARHAMMER: CONDEMNED BY FIRE #1 (Covers A&B only)

LOS ANGELES- May 14th, 2008 - Hitting stands May 14th, BOOM! Studios' new comic WARHAMMER: CONDEMNED BY FIRE #1 will give game fans everywhere will have a chance at gaining entry into the beta test of the highly anticipated massively multiplayer online role-playing game from EA Mythic, WARHAMMER® ONLINE: AGE OF RECKONING.

Each copy of WARHAMMER: CONDEMNED BY FIRE #1 (COVERS A&B) contains a scratch-off which reveals a code giving readers a 1-in-5 chance of entry into the WARHAMMER ONLINE beta test.

"As a crossover promotion, this is an excellent chance to expose WARHAMMER ONLINE fans to the ongoing narrative of the comic book," said Chip Mosher, Director of Marketing and Sales for BOOM!. "It also positions Direct Market retailers with a hot, interesting product to generate new traffic for their stores with a comic that can snag new readers who might come for the promotion and stay for the story."

EA Mythic's WARHAMMER ONLINE: AGE OF RECKONING, also known as WAR, is the upcoming massively multiplayer online role-playing game based on Games Workshop's Warhammer Fantasy world. Slated for release in 2008, the game features innovative Realm vs. Realm combat that immerses players in a world of perpetual conflict.

"We're thrilled to offer this kind of cross-promotion to our readers and I know they are going to love WAR. Having spent time playing the game during its beta test, I know it's the best of the best," said BOOM! Co-founder Ross Richie.

WARHAMMER: CONDEMNED BY FIRE is a five issue mini-series that directly follows BOOM!'s successful WARHAMMER: FORGE OF WAR mini-series, both of which are set in the Warhammer Fantasy world. Reuniting the WARHAMMER: FORGE OF WAR team of fan-favorite writers Dan Abnett and Ian Edginton with phenomenal art by Rahsan Ekadal, WARHAMMER: CONDEMNED BY FIRE concentrates on the exploits of Witch Hunter Magnus Gault. This tireless foe of Chaos roams the Empire seeking to stop the spread of dark magic and witchery of all kinds.

To meet demand, WARHAMMER: CONDEMNED BY FIRE #1 will be overshipped to retailers, and BOOM! Studios will also be offering retailers an additional 3% reorder incentive.

If your local retailer sells out, WARHAMMER: CONDEMNED BY FIRE #1 is available for order at the BOOM! Studios website:

Please note that while one copy out of every five at random will have a valid code to the WARHAMMER ONLINE: AGE OF RECKONING beta test, there is no statistical guarantee that assures consumers one code for every five copies purchased.

The BOOM! beta promotional code must be activated by May 31, 2008 to be eligible for the Beta Test. Previous registrants can add the promo code to their existing accounts by visiting the Beta Center. One in five registrants using this promo code are potentially eligible to participate in the Beta test. However, this is dependent upon the registrant meeting specific computer system specifications and the time of entry is not guaranteed. The Beta Test is an ongoing process and registrants will be invited to participate at various intervals until the launch of the game. Offer valid for North American beta test only. Only one BOOM! Beta Code can be associated with a Beta Center Account.

In order to participate in the WARHAMMER ONLINE: AGE OF RECKONING Beta you must agree to a Beta Test Agreement, in which you will represent and warrant that, among other things, you (a) are eighteen (18) years of age or older, (b) are not a principal, employee, agent, independent contractor, officer or director of a developer or publisher of video or computer games (other than EA), and (c) are not a principal, employee, supplier, independent contractor, officer or director or of any entity that participates either directly or indirectly in the sale of in-game items, including but not limited to, in-game currency, armor, weapons, etc., whether these sales are to the general public or to a third-party.

Beta Code Instructions

1. Create a North American Warhammer Online Beta Center account or log into your existing account at - If you are creating a new account, please follow the instructions in the confirmation email you receive to complete your account set-up.

2. Once your account is created, enter the Beta code in the Promotional Code section of your Beta Center account.

3. One in five Warhammer: Condemned by Fire readers will be chosen to take part in the WAR North American Beta. Selected participants will receive an email inviting them into the Beta. This email will contain instructions on how to access the Beta and download the game files.


About BOOM! Studios

Winner of Wizard Magazine's "Best New Publisher," BOOM! Studios ( is a unique new publishing house specializing in high-profile projects from some of the industry's biggest talents. Founded by the creator of the TV show EUREKA, Andrew Cosby, and his partner Ross Richie, BOOM! Studios continues to be on the leading edge of comic and graphic novel publishing.

BOOM! Studios co-founder Andrew Cosby's television series EUREKA recently finished its second season at the Sci-Fi Channel, having launched to impressive ratings this past summer and consistently winning several key demographics on basic cable. EUREKA is the highest-rated series in the Sci-Fi Channel's history.

About Warhammer® Online: Age of Reckoning (WAR)

War is everywhere in Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning (WAR), the new fantasy MMORPG from the creators of Dark Age of Camelot. Based on Games Workshop's wildly successful Warhammer tabletop fantasy war game, this world provides a rich setting for hundreds of thousands of players to experience the epic nature of war and the glory of battle.

Players are thrust into a grim world of perpetual conflict to fight for the Realms of Order (Dwarfs, High Elves, and Empire) or Destruction (Greenskins, Dark Elves, and Chaos). Next generation Realm vs. Realm game play ensures that players are never fighting alone. With an army of allies at their back, players will defend their homeland, invade enemy Realms, and ultimately lead the siege of their enemy's Capital City. Every aspect of the game - every player, every quest, every encounter, and every battle - can turn the tide of the ongoing war and mean victory for a player's Realm!

For the first time ever, players can engage in Public Quests - multi-stage, communal quests to be completed by allied players fighting together against overwhelming odds. They can also embark on an epic quest to complete the Tome of Knowledge and unlock Warhammer lore, detailed monster information, new abilities, rewards, and major story plotlines. Drawing from a quarter century of highly detailed source material, Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning will bring Games Workshop's fantasy world to life in a way that will allow players to create characters destined for great deeds on the field of battle.

To learn more about the game, please visit

EA, Public Quest, and Realm vs. Realm are trademarks or registered trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

Games Workshop, Warhammer, Warhammer Online, Age of Reckoning, and all associated marks, names, races, race insignia, characters, vehicles, locations, units, illustrations and images from the Warhammer world are either ®,  and/or © Games Workshop Ltd 2000-2008.
AdHouse Books is pleased to announce the win of a Silver Award for Design at the 2007 Richmond Show for the publication PULPHOPE by Paul Pope.

“We were very excited to hear about the win,” says publisher/designer Chris Pitzer. “Richmond is a city that is FULL of big creative agencies like Martin, Elevation and Work Labs. To be recognized for work that could be considered part of that community is very rewarding.”

The awards are sponsored by the Richmond Ad Club and were handed out at a gala event on April 18th, 2008 at the Virginia Historical Society.

PULPHOPE is available at your better local comic shops and online stores.


Tuesday, May 13, 2008


Romantic Comedy Based On Popular Manga Series Depicts Five Art Students And Their Transformations From Adolescence To Adulthood

San Francisco, CA, May 12, 2008 – VIZ Pictures, an affiliate of VIZ Media, LLC that focuses on Japanese live-action film distribution, has announced the DVD release of HONEY AND CLOVER today. The live-action film, directed by Masahiro Takata and based on a best-selling manga series by Chica Umino, features English subtitles and will carry an estimated retail price of $24.98. Special bonus features on the disc include cast interviews, and a dedicated website about the film is available at

HONEY AND CLOVER is a romantic comedy that focuses on five college students and the art school they attend. Mayama, Morita and Takemoto (played by J-Pop star Sho Sakurai, who also appeared in HULA GIRLS) aren't necessarily living fancy lives, but they always manage to have fun. When a talented and pretty painter named Hagumi Hanamoto (played by HULA GIRLS star Yu Aoi) enrolls in the program, her presence and unique approach to art affects the entire school and her new friends, especially Takamoto. The plot thickens as Hagumi becomes embroiled in a complicated love triangle as she struggles to find her artistic voice. Takemoto has a deft touch with his art, but he's not at his best with relationships, while Mayama is calm and gentle, and Morita is an eccentric genius and a rootless wanderer. Five one-sided feelings are tangling, with no answer in sight. HONEY AND CLOVER showcases the journey that everyone must take to transform from adolescence into adulthood and the long and challenging road these five young people must navigate to balance the demands of school, work, and love.

HONEY AND CLOVER is based on a bestselling manga (graphic novel) series created by Chica Umino which has sold more than 5 million copies to-date in Japan. In 2003 the popular series won the 27th Kodansha Manga Hagu Award, Japan's most prestigious comics award. The manga series was also adapted into an animated series in 2005 and finally into the live-action film released in Japan in 2006. HONEY AND CLOVER is currently serialized in SHOJO BEAT Magazine and the graphic novel is available in the U.S., both published domestically by VIZ Media.

“HONEY AND CLOVER won widespread critical acclaim upon its initial release in Japan for the faithful representation of the manga’s original story,” said Seiji Horibuchi, President and CEO, VIZ Pictures. “The film also reunites J-Pop star and actor Sho Sakurai with actress Yu Aoi, who won the prestigious Japan Academy Prize for Best Supporting Actress in 2007 for her portrayal of Kimiko Tanigawa in HULA GIRLS. We are confident that the compelling cast and poignant story that is HONEY AND CLOVER will touch audiences of all stripes."

For more information on HONEY AND CLOVER and other VIZ Pictures films, please visit For more information on other DVDs from VIZ Media please go to

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

Warlord Games releases world's first hard plastic Roman miniatures

(Nottingham, England- May 13, 2008) Warlord Games announced today that their first set of plastic miniatures - Imperial Roman Legionaries Box Set (Stock #:WG-IR-1) is officially in stock and available for sale. The set retails for 34 dollars and includes 30 multi-part hard plastic 28mm tall Imperial Roman Legionaries. Warlord Games is the first company ever to release hard plastic Roman figures in this scale. This item can be found at finer game stores in most civilized countries or can be purchased online at Cover art can be found at

John Stallard, Warlord Games CEO explains, "We set up Warlord only 6 months ago, but using the contacts and experience that we have built up over the last 25 years in the model soldier business, and having worked for the biggest and best, we have made sure we have used great sculptors, the best plastic kit technologists and the most wonderful artists to create some truly exciting, inspirational models! Warlord is where history meets fantasy, and we believe that our growing range of plastic and metal models will set new standards of quality and innovation."

Previews of the miniatures have been met with the highest of responses. "We have an aggressive release schedule and fans will be able to purchase plastic Roman Praetorian Guard and Celts early this summer." From a forthcoming historical miniatures system called Black Powder by gaming icon Rick Priestley to articles and in-house promotions by renowned former White Dwarf Magazine editor, Paul Sawyer, Warlord Games is here to stay...

Many fans have already seen a sample of the Warlord Games miniatures as a free plastic Legionary was attached to the May issue of Wargames Illustrated, one of the world's leading miniatures publications. Between the magazine giveaway and attendance at shows they have given away over 12,000 plastic Romans - more than two whole Roman legions worth!. Retailers should contact for terms. Fans should be make sure and sign up for the Warlord Games newsletter at

About Warlord Games:

Warlord Games, started in 2007, was the brainchild of long time friends John Stallard and Paul Sawyer. With 40 years of wargaming experience between the two of them and decades of experience helping to grow the Games Workshop brand they mix a true love of the hobby with the business sense to make Warlord Games miniatures a must have for any fan of history.

New titles to include Bionic Commando® and Lost Planet™

Chicago, IL. (May 13, 2008) – This year, one of the biggest names in cutting-edge action comics will team with one of the most respected publishers and developers of video games, as Devil's Due announces a new publishing deal with Capcom®. As part of an expansive package, Devil's Due will launch four new titles based on Capcom game properties, including Bionic Commando® and Lost Planet™.

"DDP is very excited to be joining forces with Capcom," said DDP President Josh Blaylock. "Not only are these awesome games, but they have great stories behind them ripe for comics, including a vintage classic with Bionic Commando that's been revived along with the new sequel."

Already a leader in comic books featuring prominent pop culture icons, Devil's Due heads into Summer 2008 with a rapidly swelling library of new adapted and original titles.

"Devil's Due is a very passionate and creative comic publisher," said Germaine Gioia, senior vice president, licensing, Capcom Entertainment. "We are thrilled to be working with DDP to begin evolving some of our highest profile videogame properties in other media."

More details about Devil's Due's plans for Bionic Commando, Lost Planet, and other new Capcom books will be announced at July's San Diego Comic-Con.

About Devil's Due Publishing, Inc.:

Proliferators of comics culture, DDP is one of the largest and most established comic book publishers in North America, carrying a diverse line-up of original, creator-owned and licensed properties. With offices in Los Angeles and Chicago, DDP has many projects in development for film and television with major studios including 20th Century Fox, ABC Family, and Rogue Pictures. DDP's titles include Drafted, Lost Squad, Sheena, Dungeons & Dragons, DemonWars, Voltron, Rest, Serpo and the cult-favorite Hack/Slash. The company recently launched a line of cutting edge designer toys and life accessories under the imprint DDPOP, found in specialty stores this summer.

About Capcom:

Capcom is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment for game consoles, PCs, handheld and wireless devices. Founded in 1983, the company has created hundreds of games, including best-selling franchises Resident Evil®, Street Fighter®, Mega Man® and Devil May Cry®. Capcom maintains operations in the U.S., U.K., Germany, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Korea, with corporate headquarters located in Osaka, Japan. More information about Capcom can be found on the company web site,
The Boston Strangler and Zodiac Killer are alive and well, living in a retirement community among the old and dying.

13 May 2008 (Berkeley, CA) - For decades, the identities of the Boston Strangler and the Zodiac Killer have been shrouded in mystery. But this August, Image Comics/Shadowline reveals not only the identities of these two prolific killers, but also how they’re spending their golden years of life. THE ROBERTS hits store shelves courtesy of artist Erik Rose and writer Wayne Chinsang.

"I admit, I've always had a morbid fascination with serial murderers," said writer Wayne Chinsang, also known to the world by his real name, Justin Shady. “When Denis Rader (BTK) finally got caught in 2005 I remember thinking, ‘What if this guy had never been caught? What would he be like as an eighty-year-old man? Or as a grandfather? How long could someone like him go on living a lie, trying to blend in when he so clearly doesn’t?’ Those thoughts were the start of THE ROBERTS.”

But instead of BTK, Chinsang chose two murderers who many believe were never caught: the Boston Strangler and the Zodiac Killer. In THE ROBERTS, the killers find themselves immersed in a world of bingo tournaments and social tea hours as they trade "war stories" about what they refer to as the “Golden Age” of mass murder. But camaraderie can also have a dark side as both men still crave the one thing they feel they’ve missed out on: infamy.

THE ROBERTS #1, a two-issue, 48-page, black-and-white mini-series for $5.99, will be in stores August 6th.

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

New collection of classic Zen stories and a brand new series to launch this Fall

Chicago, IL. (May 13, 2008) – A comic book icon who set the tone for environmental awareness in the 1990's will re-emerge this Fall from Devil's Due. DDP proudly announces the return of Zen Intergalactic Ninja, the alien hero who originally stormed through comics and video games with a uniquely quirky and dramatic style of action.

"To me, comic-books should always be more than just damn good entertainment," said Stephen Stern, writer/co-creator of Zen Intergalactic Ninja. "That's why Zen turned his sights on saving Earth's environment, back in the early 90's. My co-creator Dan Cote and I had the opportunity to get the message across to hundreds of thousands of young people, through our Archie Comics series, an action figure line from Just Toys, and both a GameBoy and NES game from Konami."

With an all new 99-cent preview story hitting stores in September and a classic collection of Zen's greatest tales due in October, Devil's Due plans to bring Zen back in classic form for old and new readers alike. An alien trained in the martial arts, Zen was born from a lab experiment and cast into the cosmos to find his path.

"Zen already has a cult following, and now is the perfect time to re-collect a lot of Zen's hard-to-find classic storyarcs and bring him back into comics for today's audience," said DDP President Josh Blaylock.

DDP's first collection of classic Zen will include the original series' "Rawhide" trilogy – the story of Zen's fight against a terrorist who becomes a super-weapon after being irradiated by a nuclear explosion.

"Dan and I are particularly pleased that Devil's Due has decided to make that story the centerpiece of the first Zen trade paperback it will publish," said Stern. DDP plans to follow with other classic collections of Zen adventures.

"Zen looked at the topics of environmentalism and terrorism in a different way that could only have happened in comics," said Blaylock. "These themes have never been more timely, and I'm excited that DDP are going to be the ones ushering in his return."

About Devil's Due Publishing:
Proliferators of comics culture, DDP is one of the largest and most established comic book publishers in North America, carrying a diverse line-up of original, creator-owned and licensed properties. With offices in Los Angeles and Chicago DDP has many projects in development for film and television with major studios including 20th Century Fox, ABC Family, and Rogue Pictures. DDP's titles include Drafted, Lost Squad, Sheena, Dungeons & Dragons, DemonWars, Voltron, Rest, Serpo and the cult-favorite Hack/Slash. The company recently launched a line of cutting edge designer toys and life accessories under the imprint DDPOP, found in specialty stores this summer.
Dark Horse Comics proudly announces the arrival of a most peculiar graphic novel experience -- Larry Marder's Beanworld!

Beanworld has captivated readers from grade school to grad school since its first publication as a series of comic books in the 1980s. Starting in early 2009, Dark Horse will present Beanworld as a series of affordable graphic novels collecting all existing Beanworld stories, with new material to follow in the same format, beginning with the all new graphic novel Remember Here When You Are There! To whet the appetite of new and loyal fans alike, Dark Horse will also release an all new Beanworld webcomic this Fall, with a full color Beanworld comic book to follow in time for the holidays!

Series creator Larry Marder explains, "Beanworld is about the affinity of life. It's like A Bugs Life meets Mutts, as told by Dr. Seuss & Joseph Campbell. It's a weird fantasy dimension that operates under its own rules and laws, but also reflects deep truths about our world in doing so. All the characters, whether they are friends or adversaries, understand that ultimately they depend on each other for survival. Beanworld isn't a place, it's a process, and I can't wait to share that process with a new generation of readers!"

"I couldn't be happier to welcome Larry Marder's wonderful stories home here at Dark Horse! I've always felt this is where they belonged, and I'm thrilled to be bringing them to today's readers," says Dark Horse President, Mike Richardson.

"Wahoolazuma! Larry Marder's personal Look-See Show is back on the boards! Beanworld is simply a joyous experience," said editor Diana Schutz, "total eye-candy, and it's good for you, too!"

"When Beanworld was first published, many people said it was ahead of its time," Marder says. "Looking at today's world raised on Pixar, Cartoon Network, and manga, I think it's fair to say that Beanworld's time has come. I'm looking forward to working closely with the team at Dark Horse to introduce the Beanworld to this comics-literate world!"

Look for Beanworld adventures, new and old, in the coming year!
A must-have companion piece for the
wheels-a-screamin’, fist-a-pumpin’,
rock and roll set

From the darkest depths of artistic angst, from the steaming pits of punk-rock putrescence, from the grinding gears of the Kustom Kulture Krypt comes The Workshop of Filthy Creation: The Art of Johnny Ace and Kali Verra. Johnny Ace started his career as an official artist for the late and great Ed “Big Daddy” Roth—custom car builder extraordinaire and creator of the hot-rod-culture icon Rat Fink. From his days as an artist for Roth’s studio, veering through the birth of punk poster art, and now surfing on the cutting edge of lowbrow art and the new Kustom Kulture explosion, Johnny Ace and his studio cohort, Kali Verra, have taken art by the throat and taught it a lesson it'll never forget! Eye-wrecking posters, Fink-tastic sculptures, voodoo pin striping, and every manner of doodad, gimcrack, and unholy talisman imaginable are on display in this deluxe, full-color hardback collection. Featuring posters for The Cramps, Electric Frankenstein, Dick Dale, and many more, The Workshop of Filthy Creation proves to be quite the treat for greasers, gearheads, and guitar heroes alike. So adjust the seat, crank the radio, gun the engine, and get ready to blow the doors off the art world as you know it!

“Far from being a dilettante artist who tries on a Rat Fink style like some poofter with the latest fashions, only to discard them when the party’s over, Johnny Ace is a straight-shot of the real stuff, off the cuff and garage-tuff . . .”
—The Pizz

The Workshop of Filthy Creation features 116 full-color pages of illustrations, sculptures, photos, and rock posters that serve as a historical look at one of the most influential art movements from the rubber-burnin’, rock and roll world of Kustom Kulture. Workshop of Filthy Creation will be available on July 16, 2008, for a retail price of $19.95.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Hey gang,
I was asked by the kind folks at Boom Studios to take part in a benefit
book for pal Josh Medors. It’s got a GREAT line up, and I’m really
proud to be a part of it. It’s a tribute to Josh that we’ve gotten
such a great lineup so quickly.

Anyways info below, and if you follow the link, you can pre-order
copies of the book.

Contributions by Steve Niles, Josh Fialkov, Kody Chamberlain, Tony
Fleecs, Dan Taylor and more!
Cover by Ben Templesmith and Josh Medors
24pgs, FC SRP: $3.99

Help BOOM! Studios support comic book artist Josh Medors, recently
diagnosed with cancer, by ordering the benefit comic book PULP TALES. This
two-fisted one-shot features all-new, action-packed stories by horror
master Steve Niles, P.U.N.K.S' Josh Fialkov and Kody Chamberlain, '76's
B. Clay Moore & Seth Peck, Capote in Kansas' Chris Samnee, In My
Lifetime's Tony Fleecs, and more! Featuring a cover by Ben Templesmith!

ALL PROCEEDS will go to Josh Medors and his family.


Price: $3.99
Please, place a pre-order and help us get the ball rolling.

Thanks all,

Before the feature film, see the video version

In time for NBM Publishing’s June 2008 release of the collected
hardcover, Bluesman graphic-novel writer Rob Vollmar and Flash
animation producer Robert Butler have turned Vollmar’s story and Pablo
Callejo’s art into a short video available now on NBM Publishing’s
website and YouTube.

Bluesman plunges traveling musicians Lem and Ironwood into Deep South
juke joints of the 1920s. When Ironwood tries to stop a white man from
attacking his black mistress, all three end up dead. Lem, the sole
survivor, finds a racist posse chasing him throughout the South.

The movie rights were optioned in 2007. Attached to the film are
Grammy-winning musician Keb’ Mo’ (Suitcase) and producers Jason
Koornick (Nicolas Cage’s Next) and Lawrence Blume (whom The Hollywood
Reporter has called one of the “Ten Rising Stars of Comedy”).

Vollmar is a comics retailer in Oklahoma. Callejo lives in Spain.
Here’s what the critics say.
“There's enough suspense and atmosphere here to make anyone grip their

chair and feel transported.”--Los Angeles Times
“Callejo's woodcut-like style portrays the magic realist climax and
documentary coda particularly brilliantly. Consider Bluesman a worthy
shelf mate for such other historical graphic novels.”--Booklist
“Writer Rob Vollmar imagines a place rich in meaning and menace; Pablo

G. Callejo's expressive B&W images give it vibrancy.”--Entertainment
“Bluesman mixes the mythic and dramatic with the nitty-gritty reality
of the hard parts of life, just like a good blues song.”--Publishers
Black-and-white jacketed hardcover, 6” x 9”, 224 pages, $24.95, ISBN

For more information and to interact with us,
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Win Papercutz’s BIONICLE® Contests!
Publisher Offers Prizes to Kids and Video Makers

Fans of the LEGO® BIONICLE toy line, one of the top boys’ game and
action-figure series, can win prizes from the BIONICLE graphic novels’
publisher, Papercutz.

BIONICLE #1 comes to comic-book shops in May 2008 (and bookstores in
June). To celebrate, Papercutz presents three contests.

Papercutz offers a year-long subscription to the BIONICLE comics for
the best drawing of any BIONICLE character. Anyone age 11 and under can

enter this contest.

The maker of the best video celebrating the BIONICLE world will can
choose $250 worth of graphic novels from Papercutz and its sister
company, NBM Publishing. Among them are NANCY DREW, THE HARDY BOYS,
TALES FROM THE CRYPT, Lewis Trondheim and Joann Sfar’s fantasy-comedy
DUNGEON, the eerie romantic comedy BONEYARD, and Rick Geary’s TREASURY
OF VICTORIAN MURDER. What’s more, Papercutz will put the winning video
on its website and give full credit to the video maker. This contest is

open to anyone, child or adult. Papercutz will award the prize for
imagination, cleverness, and faithfulness to BIONICLE’s world,
characters and spirit, as well as “viralness” – that intangible quality

of quirky fun that makes people eager to pass the video along to

The deadline for each contest is MAY 31. Send entries to (put “Papercutz Bionicle Contest” in the
subject field) or to Papercutz Bionicle Contest, 40 Exchange Place,
Suite 1308, New York, NY 10005. Include your name, address, phone
number, and e-mail address on the entry. All entries become the
property of Papercutz and The LEGO Group. See for complete rules and regulations.
BIONICLE editor Jim Salicrup and publisher Terry Nantier will judge the

contests along with BIONICLE experts at The LEGO Group. Papercutz and
The LEGO Group will announce the winners in mid-June, and post the
results on their websites.

In novels, video games, and of course the LEGO toys where it began,
the BIONICLE story centers on the Toa, six heroes who are part machine
and part living creatures. In Papercutz’s BIONICLE #1, the Toa arrive
on a tropical island guarded by the Great Spirit Mata Nui, only to find

it under siege. The powerful and evil Makuta has cast the Mata Nui into

an unending sleep and is attacking the island’s villagers, the Matoran.

The armored Toa, who wear Masks of Power and can control the elements,
attack Makuta. During the fight, the Toa become the Toa Nuva, with new
armor, weapons, and Masks of Power. But will all of that be enough to
defeat Makuta?

The writer of the BIONICLE comics is the main creator of the BIONICLE
universe, Greg Farshtey. The artists of Papercutz’s BIONICLE #1 are
Carlos D’Anda (DC Comics’ Outsiders), Aliens vs. Predator storyboard
artist Richard Bennett, and Randy Elliott (Marvel’s Spider-Woman). The
series reprints stories created for the BIONICLE club, which has over a

million members. The stories have not appeared in print for several

Each quarterly Papercutz volume -- 112 pages in full color with a trim

size of 5” x 7 1/2” -- will appear in two formats: hardcover for $12.95

and paperback for $7.95. The release of BIONICLE #1 dovetails with
plans to release all-new Toa Nuva figures. The LEGO Group is planning a

huge promotional effort, including a partnership with McDonald’s.

The BIONICLE world is the hottest LEGO toy line since the original
LEGO blocks.
• It’s a favorite among boys age 7 through 12, earning more than $150
million in annual revenue.
• The website attracts two million unique visitors per
• BIONICLE characters appear on apparel, bedding, stationery, board
games, and other products.
• Scholastic has sold more than 1.5 million copies of BIONICLE chapter
• Universal Studios is planning a DVD release of a BIONICLE movie for
the end of 2009.

You can find art from BIONICLE #1 at