Friday, September 12, 2008

Harvey Awards Dinner Tickets Available!
Brian Michael Bendis to be Keynote Speaker!
Dinner Gift Bag Contents Announced!

BALTIMORE, MD (September 11, 2008) - The Harvey Awards dinner and presentation ceremony, featuring Emcee Kyle Baker and Keynote speaker Brian Michael Bendis, will be held on Saturday, September 27th, at the Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards. Tickets are now available for the event, which will begin at 7:00pm with a cocktail hour, to be followed by dinner and the awards ceremony at 8:00pm .

The Harveys, named after the legendary MAD founding editor and master storyteller Harvey Kurtzman, recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards both nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. The Harveys are also very excited to announce Brian Michael Bendis as the keynote speaker for this year's awards ceremony. Brian is one of the most prolific and successful writers working in mainstream comics today. For well over six years, Brian's titles have consistently charted in the top five best sellers on the nationwide comic sales rankings. Brian is one of the premiere architects of Marvel Comics' Ultimate Universe, a line of comics created specifically for the new generation of comics readers. Since it's best-selling launch, he has written every issue of Ultimate Spider-Man to date, and has also written Ultimate Fantastic Four, Ultimate X-men, Ultimate Marvel Team-Up, and Ultimate Six. In addition to scripting the action in the Ultimate Universe, Brian is also responsible for the writing duties on titles such as Secret Invasion, New Avengers, and Mighty Avengers. His creator-owned title, Powers (with series co-creator and artist Mike Oeming), has brought acclaim and accolades as well.
Brian has been nominated for 4 Harvey Awards, for his work on Powers, Daredevil, and New Avengers. He has also won five prestigious Eisner awards, including 'Best Writer of the year' two years in a row.

He is creator of the Jinx line of crime comics published by Image Comics. This line has spawned the graphic novels Goldfish, Fire, Jinx, Torso (with Marc Andreyko), and Total Sell Out.
"We are thrilled to be hosting the Harvey Awards again this year, " said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. "Award shows are all about having a moment that you will remember. Last year, Kyle Baker was a great MC, Rich Koslowski danced onto stage to present an award, James Jean gave us all a little bit too much information as he won an award, Erik Larsen made us laugh with a single line read, and we were able to see industry legend Joe Kubert honored by HERO Initiative. These are the moments that stood out to me. With Brian added to the event as our keynote speaker, I can't wait to see what happens this year. We hope as many fans as possible will join us."
Guests for dinner and the awards ceremony will enjoy a full banquet-style dinner of filet mignon and Baltimore-style crabcake. For the third year, we are pleased to have Kyle Baker to act as our Master of Ceremonies for the evening. In addition, the 3rd Annual Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented.

Continuing the very successful promotion from last year, a gift bag will be available to all dinner guests. The first 200 attendees will receive The MAD Archives vol. 1 from DC Comics, Diary of a Wimpy Kid from Amulet Books, an imprint of Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Beowulf Trade Paperback, based on the screenplay by Neil Gaiman and Roger Avary from IDW, Creator Chronicles Preview DVD Featuring Michael Golden from Woodcrest Productions and Eva Ink, Stephen King's Dark Tower : The Gunslinger Born, courtesy of Cards, Comics, and Collectibles & The Baltimore Comic-Con, a Toon Tumbler drinking glass from Popfun merchandising, and an exclusive Harvey Awards keychain from LaserMach.

Harvey Awards tickets are on sale now. Tickets to the event, which includes the full cocktail hour (cash bar), full service dinner, awards ceremony, and gift bag are now available for $90. Tickets are available by calling Cards, Comics & Collectibles in Reisterstown, Maryland at (410) 526-7410. Major Credit Cards will be accepted for payment. Dinner tickets must be purchased by Wednesday, September 24th and will not be available at the door. For those who wish to attend the ceremony only, tickets are available for $10, or free with a two-day pass to the convention. The hall will be opened for those ticket holders at approximately 8:45pm. Attendees who purchase a ceremony-only ticket are not eligible to receive the gift bag. The two-day convention tickets may be purchased through Ticketmaster, accessible from

In addition to the Baltimore Comic-Con, named sponsors of the 2008 Harvey Awards include DC Comics,, Top Shelf Comix, Top Cow Productions, Painted Visions Comics, Cards, and Games, and Brett's Comic Pile. Without these sponsors, the event would not be possible and the Baltimore Comic-Con staff expresses their gratitude. While time is short, there are still sponsorship opportunities available.

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DDP republishes Zen Intergalactic Ninja's origin story for the first time online at, Joe Casey to begin new series in October

Chicago, IL. (September 11, 2008) – In honor of Zen Intergalactic Ninja's return to comics, Devil's Due is proud to present, for the first time since its original printing, the origin of Zen for free online. The story, written by Zen-co creator Steve Stern and illustrated by Tatsuya Ishida, originally appeared in 1993's Zen #0 (published by Entity Comics) and is now available at

21 years after his first appearance, DDP is bringing Zen Intergalactic Ninja back to comics with this October's Zen Intergalactic Ninja #0 99¢ Special. Featuring an all-new storyline by writer Joe Casey (Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin, Gødland) with artist Lee Ferguson (Green Arrow/Black Canary, Halloween: 30 Years of Terror), the series will revive Zen for a new generation of readers. DDP's Zen Intergalactic Ninja will also feature a line of remastered covers by such industry legends as Mike Mignola, Sam Kieth and Jae Lee!

Even as the iconic blue hero enters into a new galaxy of adventure, DDP will also reassemble many of Zen's classic appearances beginning in November's The Best of Zen Intergalactic Ninja vol. 1. Many of these vintage Zen tales have not been seen since their original publication more than a decade ago, and Zen has gone on to be published in more than 3-million comics worldwide.

To read the origin of Zen, simply click on the portal at

Zen Intergalactic Ninja created by Steve Stern and Dan Cote.

About Devil's Due Publishing:
Proliferators of comic 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 lifestyle accessories under the imprint DDPOP.

Just wanted to send a heads up that Suvudu ( is hosting a contest—and the prizes include free manga and tickets to this year’s New York Anime Festival! It’s a bit of a twist on the traditional contest—participants submit a manga- or anime-style self portrait along with a photo of their real selves for comparison.

Here’s the link to the blog post: and a link to the official entry rules: Del Rey Manga’s own Ali Kokmen and Tricia Narwani will be judging the event!


April Flores

Ballantine/Del Rey Publicity

Over the past several years, Shout! Factory has quiety gone about amassing a library of classic animation for viewers of all ages. From the Adult Swim cult hit Home Movies to brand-name favorites such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Adventures of Super Mario Brothers and Inspector Gadget and acclaimed, contemporary hits such as Pucca, Oban Star Racers and Maggie and the Ferocious Beast , they offer something for every fan of the medium.

This September and October, Shout! Factory is adding to their impressive catalog with a soon-to-be classic hatched from the same minds who brought eager audiences Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh and an award-winning favorite series featuring an incredible A-list voice cast. Information is below, and if interested in requesting screeners of any of these DVDs, or have any additional questions or material needs, please don’t hesitate to contact Eva Marie Damore at Foundry Communications at (626) 799-2026 or As we know space is always at a premium, we'd greatly appreciate your full consideration for reviews, mentions, listings or promotions.


From SEGA® and 4Kids, the forceS behind Pokémon and Yu-Gi-Oh!, comes the New Hit Series Featuring the Ultimate in Exciting 2D and 3D Dino-animation!

Dinosaur King, the colossal fantasy adventure of three young dinosaur enthusiasts whose discovery of some mystifying artifacts pull them into an incredible world of adventure, danger – and dinosaurs – and one of the hottest new kids’ franchises, is scheduled to make its U.S. DVD debut on September 23. Based on the internationally renowned arcade and collectable card game, the fantasy adventure series has already evolved into a monster-sized hit. DINOSAUR KING: THE ADVENTURE BEGINS, being released in association with 4Kids Entertainment features the first five episodes (Prehistory in the Making, Battle at the Pyramids, Tanks a Lot!, Bungle in the Jungle, and Rubble Trouble), an exclusive Dinosaur King playing card, and a wealth of bonus features, is certain to excite fans both new and old!

Step into the action of Dinosaur King and join the D-Team -- Max, the son of a world-famous paleontologist, and his friends Rex and Zoe -- in this prehistoric adventure that begins when they uncover a set of mysterious dinosaur cards and three palm-sized stone tablets that have the power to bring extinct dinosaurs to life. With their new power, the three friends are thrust into a quest to collect the lost cards that have been scattered around the world before they fall into the hands of the evil, time-traveling Alpha Gang. Because whoever controls the cards is master of the dinosaurs!

Run Time: 120 min.

Price: $14.99srp

Format : DVD/Single

Street Date: September 23



Our history is often different than what we think it is. Did you know that some people wanted George Washington to be the King of America, not the President? The American Revolution and the Founding Fathers come to rich life in the popular animated series, Liberty’s Kids . Written under the supervision of Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Jack Rakove, this acclaimed and educational entry is being released to take advantage of heightened political and historical interest during the upcoming election cycle.

Vibrantly depicting key events from the annals of American history as seen through the eyes of three kids who work in Benjamin Franklin’s print shop, LIBERTY’S KIDS: THE COMPLETE SERIES offers rich animation and engaging storytelling, not to mention an incredible, star-spangled voice cast featuring Walter Cronkite (Benjamin Franklin), Annette Bening (Abigail Adams), Warren Buffet (James Madison), Billy Crystal (John Adams), Michael Douglas (Patrick Henry), Whoopi Goldberg (Deborah Samson), Dustin Hoffman (Benedict Arnold), Liam Neeson (John Paul Jones), Maria Shriver (Peggy Shippen), Ben Stiller (Thomas Jefferson), Arnold Schwarzenegger (Baron von Steuben), Sylvester Stallone (Paul Revere), Michael York (Admiral Lord Howe) and General Norman Schwarzkopf (George Rogers Clark), among others. Music sensation Aaron Carter lends his voice as Joseph Plumb Martin and performs the theme song.

Featuring all 40 action-packed episodes and a wealth of bonus content, including “behind-the-scenes” footage in a 6-DVD Collector’s Set, LIBERTY’S KIDS: THE COMPLETE SERIES tells the stories that make up the fabric of American history and the ideals on which our country was built -- patriotism, freedom and democracy – and that we all face today.

Run Time: 900 mins.

Price: $59.99srp

Format: DVD/6 Discs

Street Date: October 14




In the 9th-Century English kingdom of Kippernium, adolescent girls are typically raised to be Ladies-in-Waiting. But Jane isn’t exactly the kingdom’s typical 12-year old girl. No, she has much higher aspirations -- life as a brave knight! So, when Jane rescues Prince Cuthbert from a not-so-ferocious dragon, she’s granted special permission to begin training as a knight’s apprentice with the gentle, wisecracking dragon by her side. And thus begins the fun-filled, flammable and memorable tales of the fair maiden, Jane Turnkey, and her best-friend, Dragon. And, on August 19, Shout! Factory catapults JANE AND THE DRAGON: A DRAGON’S TALE onto DVD for the very first time in a single disc release featuring the first five episodes from this groundbreaking animated series adapted from Martin Baynton’s popular children’s books. Priced to add to every family home entertainment library at $14.99srp, the DVD also features a cornucopia of extras fit for a king!

As seen on NBC, ION, Telemundo and qubo, JANE AND THE DRAGON translates the wonderful stories and whimsical illustrations of Baynton’s books into an astonishing world of 3D computer-generated animation, using the latest in motion-capture technology and the award-winning talents of Weta Workshop (The Lord of the Rings trilogy, King Kong). And whether Jane and Dragon are searching the world for other elusive dragons, playing bandyball and rock, parchment and sword or getting into trouble throughout the kingdom, this series featuring “lovable characters, engaging storylines, and wit reminiscent of the Shrek series…may capture the attention of the entire family.


About Shout! Factory

Shout! Factory is a diversified entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering and revitalizing the very best of pop culture – The Stuff You Grew Up On But Never Outgrew. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their careers sharing their music, television and film faves with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD offerings serve up classic, contemporary and cult TV series, riveting sports programs, live music, animation and documentaries in lavish packages crammed with extras. The company’s audio catalogue boasts Grammy®-nominated boxed sets, new releases from storied artists and lovingly assembled album reissues. These riches are the result of a creative acquisitions mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. For more on Shout! Factory, visit

All new Anime premieres on IFC

Tuesday, September 30, 2008 @ 8:00PM ET/PT.

Encores on Fridays at 11:30PM ET/PT.

IFC presents all 26 episodes of the popular anime supernatural thriller series HELL GIRL from Aniplex starting September 30, 2008 at 8:00pm ET/PT as part of IFCʼs new Tuesday night AUTOMAT programming block.

THE STORY OF HELL GIRL: Rumor has it that there is a website,, which can only be accessed at midnight. Those who reach it can enter the name of someone who has wronged them and get their revenge through Young Ai Enma, also known as Hell Girl. This denizen of the underworld takes requests from the website and sends the appropriate victim to Hell. However, those who choose to go ahead with revenge must pay a price: on the day that they die, they will also go to Hell, with no chance of redemption for their soul.

HELL GIRL tells the tale of those who meet Hell Girl and make the choice of divine retribution, and the price they must pay in this life and the next to pay back her services.

The IFC AUTOMAT is a Tuesday night four-hour block packed with exclusive uncut, uncensored alternative programming including network premieres, originals, shorts, web shows, anime and more.


HELL GIRL EPISODE 01 - "From Beyond the Twilight"

Premieres on Tuesday, September 30, 2008 @ 8:00PM ET/PT.

Encores on Friday, October 3, 2008 @ 11:30PM ET/PT.

When a suspicious turn of events leaves the class goodie two-shoes indebted to a manipulative bully, Mayumi's peace of mind gets trashed as well as her reputation. But after one particularly violent run in with Aya and her cronies, Mayumi submits her classmate's name to the fabled At wit's end between her continued suffering and the lack of immediate retribution, the young girl's resolve finally breaks just as Hell Girl arrives. Will Aya's final prank send Mayumi over the edge and damn them both to hell?

HELL GIRL EPISODE 02 - "The Possessed Girl"

Premieres on Tuesday, October 7, 2008 @ 8:00PM ET/PT.

Encores on Friday, October 10, 2008 @ 11:30PM ET/PT.

A nightly stalker has left Ryoko no alternative but to seek assistance from After a year's investigation, the police have finally uncovered a suspect, but the case could not be more complicated. Not only is he one of their own, but Officer Akimoto comes from a very influential family. While the police ask for patience as they painstakingly piece the evidence together, little do they know that young Ryoko's already taken action of her own. As the nightmare takes a dark twist, will Ryoko have any choice but the supernatural?

HELL GIRL EPISODE 03 - "The Tarnished Mound"

Premieres on Tuesday, October 14, 2008 @ 8:00PM ET/PT.

Encores on Friday, October 17, 2008 @ 11:30PM ET/PT.

When their high school baseball team's all-star turns out to be not quite upstanding, Iwashita can't quite shake it off though his friend's willing enough to take the beating. But as their silence is rewarded only with death, the young man confronts Hanagasa to no avail. As police attention spotlights the wrong team member and his classmates and family turn on him, Iwashita flees the scene. Guilt and desperation finally drive him to seek out the rumored Is Hanagasa inviting more than just Hell Girl's attention when he taunts the tormented Iwashita?

HELL GIRL EPISODE 04 - "Silent Cries"

Premieres on Tuesday, October 21, 2008 @ 8:00PM ET/PT.

Encores on Friday, October 24, 2008 @ 11:30PM ET/PT.

Amidst tears and heartbreak a young girl loses the last member of her family, her faithful canine companion. Days later, guilt compels the vet's assistant to confess the truth behind the recent death to Junko, the truth about the clinic and Doctor Honjo. While her own remorse and anger will drive Junko to, her fear of the ultimate consequence will give her cause to reconsider. But when revenge cannot be accomplished on her own. Will Doctor Honjo's heartlessness cause young Junko to give voice to his silent victims?

HELL GIRL EPISODE 05 - "The Woman in the Tall Tower "

Premieres on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 @ 8:00PM ET/PT.

Encores on Friday, October 31, 2008 @ 11:30PM ET/PT.

A request ignored, unresponsive. Even as a cruel and ambitious employer pursues virtual vengeance for profit and gain, her ill-used young charge seeks to turn the tables. Not only has quiet Misato been responsible for the company's many on-line successes, but President Riho has been putting the young woman to far darker and far more illegal uses. And that's not the only dirt under this corporate rug. When Hell Girl's companions take an interest, there may be a turnover. Even if vengeance is sought for good purpose, is Misato truly worth saving?

About IFC

IFC (The Independent Film Channel) is the first and only network dedicated to independent film and related programming, 24 hours a day, uncut and uncensored. Operating under the mantra 'always, uncut,' IFC presents feature-length films, "cult classics," thought-provoking original documentaries such as At the Death House Door and This Film Is Not Yet Rated, shorts, animated series, exclusive web series, and television's most comprehensive independent film library. The network also offers some of the most innovative and edgy original series on television, including the sketch comedy "The Whitest Kids U' Know." Providing a voice for independent thought not found anywhere else on television, IFC broadens the audience for independent film and supports the independent film community through its exclusive live coverage of notable film events like the Independent Spirit Awards. The network's On Demand offering, IFC Free, gives audiences the opportunity to watch premieres of all of IFC 's original series in HD before they air on the linear network. IFC is a subsidiary of Rainbow Media Holdings LLC.

Rainbow Media Holdings LLC

Rainbow Media Holdings LLC is a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC ). Rainbow Media is a leading producer of targeted, multi-platform content for global distribution, creating and managing some of the world's most compelling and dynamic entertainment brands, including AMC , IFC , WE tv, Sundance Channel, Lifeskool, sportskool, and VOOM HD Networks. Through IFC Entertainment, Rainbow Media also owns and manages the following: IFC Films, a leading distribution company for independent film; IFC Productions, a feature film production company that provides financing for select independent film projects; and IFC Center , a three screen, state-of-the-art cinema in the heart of New York 's Greenwich Village . Rainbow Media also operates Rainbow Advertising Sales Corporation, its advertising sales company; Rainbow Network Communications, its full service network programming origination and distribution company; and 11 Penn TV, a company that manages Rainbow Media's NYC studios and post-production facilities.

(San Diego, CA; September 11, 2008) – When novelist Joe Hill created his first-ever comic book series, Locke & Key, it took fans by surprise. The New York Times best-selling novelist had never created a new series expressly for comics before. But the book arrived to critical acclaim and to sold-out numbers. Further, it was optioned by Dimension Films. Now fans have a chance to experience the first storyline, Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft, in a deluxe hardcover edition.

Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft, featuring the stunning art of Gabriel Rodriguez (Clive Barker’s The Great and Secret Show), is being released on October 1 in a hardback edition that features the first six-issue storyline, a complete cover gallery, conceptual sketches by Rodriguez, and an all-new introduction from best-selling mystery novelist Robert Crais (Chasing Darkness)

Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft tells of the Locke family, who relocate after an unspeakable tragedy to Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion, with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them... and home to a hate-filled and relentless creature that will not rest until it forces open the most terrible door of them all...

The Locke & Key story continues next year as well. Hill and Rodriguez pick up where this story leaves off with the next story in the ongoing saga, January’s Locke & Key: Head Games #1.

About creator Joe Hill, who has received the Bram Stoker Award for Best Fiction Collection and Best First Novel, the British Fantasy Award for Best Collection and Best Short Story, and the Sydney J. Bounds Best Newcomer Award, critics were unanimous in the praise:

“In a year of auspicious comics debuts, Joe Hill turned in one of the few comics that truly came from a different place. Written with skill that makes me jealous, courage that makes me smile, and honesty and brutality that makes me want to see what comes next. Okay, I'm officially a fan." – Eisner-winning writer Ed Brubaker

"Locke & Key is a breath of fresh air in the comic book industry. A modern suspense thriller meets something more wondrous and magical.” --

"Hill seems a natural at visual storytelling, not just managing a fabulous flow but also using the very tricks allowed by comics to enhance his overall plot." --

"Solid pacing and plot twists, combined with Rodriguez’s clean lines and detail pencils make Locke & Key a lock for best horror book of the week.” -- Wizard Magazine

"Stands apart from the rest of the cookie-cutter comics on display these days." -- Detroit Metro Times

"The team of Hill and Rodriguez is top-notch." -- G4-TV

Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft, a 152-page, $24.99 hardcover, will be available on October 1. Diamond order code JUL08 4052.

About IDW
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, Calif. As a leader in the horror, action, and sci-fi genres, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry including: television's #1 prime time series CBS' CSI: Crime Scene Investigation; Paramount's Star Trek; Fox's Angel; Hasbro's The Transformers, and the BBC's Doctor Who. IDW's original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. In April 2008, IDW released Michael Recycle, the first title from its new children's book imprint, Worthwhile Books. More information about the company can be found at

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

ONLY ONE MONTH LEFT: Test Your Creative Flair on

Post Your Most Creative Animation For the Chance to Win $5,000!

Contest Entry Deadline is October 1, 2008

NEW YORK, N.Y. (September 2008) –, an entertainment Web site that enables ANYBODY to create computer animations, advanced flash skills or not, offers you the chance to win cash prizes in the GoAnimate Animators Contest by designing and posting your most inventive animation. The creators of GoAnimate designed GoAnimate to allow the casual online socialite the opportunity to share their sentiments, sagas and satires in animation, without drawing talent or a technical understanding of advanced software such as Flash. Anyone, and everyone, who has a story, has the capability to craft an animation and enter!

Entering is easy! Submissions will be accepted until October 1, 2008. To enter the contest just log on to and start playing in the GoAnimate Studio to create and post a unique animation. All animations posted by October 1, 2008 will automatically be entered.

One Grand Prize Winner will be evaluated and selected by an expert panel of judges, including Paul Dini, to receive $5,000. The criteria for judging the animations will be based on creativity, storytelling, and animation quality. An additional prize of $2,500 will be awarded through a public judging where users can vote for their favorite entry. So tell your friends to join and vote for your animation! See attached official rules for complete details or log onto

Created by animation fans who want to offer anyone and everyone the ability to share their passion, offers web applications for a wide and diverse list of sectors including businesses, advertisers, illustrators, artists, cartoon enthusiasts and especially, the everyday, on-line socialite. The site delivers the opportunity for all Internet users to create animated stories with only a few mouse clicks. In addition to creating animations, people can share their creations and network socially through the web site’s “Mingle” feature.

About GoAnimate, Inc.

GoAnimate was created by a bunch of guys who love animation and want to open up their world to everyone! Our world is made up of great stories and GoAnimate wants to allow everyone and anyone to share their sentiments, sagas and satires with the universe. Headquartered in New York, GoAnimate has offices in Bay Area, and Hong Kong. The creators of GoAnimate have a wide range of expertise spanning from animation and programming to marketing and web solutions.


Official Rules for Animators Contest


Eligibility: This contest is open to all GoAnimate members

Contest Period: The contest period begins on July 24, 2008 and ends October 1, 2008.

How to Enter: Create and animation using the GoAnimate Studio and your animation will be automatically entered into the contest.

Winner Selection: Winners will be selected for two categories. 1 prize winner will be chosen by an expert panel of judges based on creativity, storytelling, and animation quality. 1 prize winner will be chosen through a public judging of GoAnimate users. Sponsor will attempt to notify all potential winners by e-mail or phone on or about November 1, 2008. Potential prize winners will be required to sign and return an affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release within 14 days of notification or prize will be awarded to an alternate winner.

Prizes: The Grand Prize winner will receive $5,000. The runner-up chosen through public judging will receive $2,000.

General: Neither sponsor nor its agents are responsible for technical, hardware, software, or telephone failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer transmissions, whether caused by Sponsor, entrants or by any equipment or programming associated with or utilized in this promotion or by any human or technical error which may occur in the processing of entries which may damage an entrant’s system or limit an entrant’s ability to participate in this promotion. Entry constitutes permission, where lawful, to use name and/or likeness and/or voice of winner in any manner by the Sponsor, or its agents, without further compensation. By accepting prize, winner agrees that the Sponsor, its parent company, subsidiaries, affiliates or agencies shall have no liability whatsoever, for any injuries or damage incurred in whole or part from participation in this promotion. All federal, state and local taxes on prizes are the responsibility of the winner. Void where prohibited, restricted or limited. Subject to all Federal, State and Local laws and regulations.


“If they want war, we’ll give them war!”

TEMPE, Ariz. — Sept. 9, 2008 — Today McFarlane Toys along with Microsoft Game Studios have announced the availability of action figures for “Halo Wars,” the strategy video game based on the legendary “Halo®” universe for the Xbox 360. The figures are expected to hit mass retailers in spring 2009 and retail for around $10 each.

“Halo Wars” is a real-time action strategy game created exclusively for the Xbox 360 that allows players to shrewdly direct UNSC forces in realistic warfare. Set early in the epic war between the Covenant and UNSC made famous by the “Halo” first person shooter games, “Halo Wars” allows players to command the armies of the UNSC during their initial encounters with the Covenant, including familiar units such as UNSC Marines, Scorpion Tanks and the iconic Warthog. It provides a fresh perspective on the war while bringing new heroes to the battle. “Halo Wars” will be available from Microsoft Game Studios in early 2009.

The figures are 2.5 inches tall and have mobility at the waist. Each three-pack features “Halo Wars” characters with different poses and colors with “Halo” weapons. Series One features four unique three-packs:

3 - SPARTAN soldiers (with Assault Rifles)

1 - SPARTAN soldier (with an Assault Rifle)
1 - SPARTAN soldier (with two Magnums)
1 - Marine Infantry (with an Assault Rifle)

2 - SPARTAN soldiers (one with two Plasma Pistols and one with an Assault Rifle)
1 - Marine Infantry (with a Assault rifle)

2 - Elites (with Plasma Rifles)
1 - Grunt (with a Needler)

Stay tuned to for all the latest news

About McFarlane Toys:

Grammy-and Emmy-winning producer/director Todd McFarlane, creator of Spawn and the founder of, is the force behind McFarlane Toys, one of America’s top action figure manufacturers. With an eclectic array of movie, TV and music licensing tie-ins – as well as the officially licensed teams of the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL, McFarlane Toys has become a leader and redefined the standards within the action figure industry. For complete information on this pop-culture powerhouse, visit ( ), the innovative live show/video podcast which brings stand-up comedians and comic book creators together, returns to Meltdown Comics ( ) Wednesday, September 10! Host Robbie Peron welcomes the legendary creator of Gargoyles and supervising producer of the Spectacular Spider-Man animated series, Greg Weisman as he matches wits with comedians Tim Babb, Erik Lundy and Eddie Pence in a round-table discussion of the latest comic book news!

Meltdown Comics is located at 7522 W. Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood. The taping starts at 8pm, so show up early to grab a good seat!

The episode will be posted online the following Monday, September 15. Previous episodes with Christos Gage, David Gerrold, Wendy Pini, Geoff Johns and Brian Lynch can be found at ( ) or on iTunes ( ).

For general inquiries, please email For talent booking, please e-mail

About Comics on Comics:

Comics on Comics is a video podcast where "The Greatest Comic Minds Meet The Greatest Minds In Comics." The show, which gathers three professional comedians and one comic book creator for a round-table discussion of the latest comic book news, is hosted by Robbie Peron (The Best Damned Sports Show) and is taped in front of a live audience. Comics on Comics is produced and distributed by Retcon Media.

About Retcon Media:

Retcon Media is a dynamic production company that is dedicated to exploring the full potential of new media. Several web concepts are currently in the works along with feature film and animated projects in development. Retcon Media is located in Los Angeles, CA.


(San Diego, CA; September 08, 2008) – When IDW Publishing announced they had reached a deal with Hasbro to plan a re-launch of the G.I. JOE comic book franchise, they kept their mission plans secret. But now, with the impending release of the kick-off issue, October’s specially priced G.I. JOE #0, it’s time to discuss the plans in detail.

G.I. JOE #0, a $1.00, 24-page comic being released next month, will debut three new series launching in early ’09. The issue contains three stand-alone five-page stories unique to the #0 issue, as well as character sketches and commentary from artist Robert Atkins, previews of upcoming covers, and interviews with the new G.I. JOE creators. The issue features two regular covers, one from Dave Dorman and one from JonBoy Meyers, as well as two special incentive covers from Atkins and a wraparound image by Ben Templesmith.

As to the content of the stories themselves, well, so far, the only news announced to fans has been the return of acclaimed G.I. JOE writer, Larry Hama and the addition of artist Atkins. While Hama is indeed back in the fold, he’s returning as part of a larger action team that will present these three initial comic book series in which G.I. JOE and COBRA are fully revitalized and re-established for a new generation of fans.

The first title to come storming out of the gate in January will be the singularly titled G.I.JOE, written by Chuck Dixon and featuring art by Atkins. This title moves ahead in the timeline from Hama’s series and looks at the fledging G.I. JOE organization as it explores an all-new threat, a shadowy organization that is first introduced to the team in a #0 issue story. Dave Johnson (100 Bullets) will provide covers for the series, as will Atkins. The first issue features a special wraparound variant cover by superstar artist Gabriele Dell’Otto (Secret War).

Larry Hama will be heading up G.I. JOE: ORIGINS, a series that re-envisions the G.I. JOE team for a new generation. Hama will be putting his great strength of blending strong characterization and action storytelling, honed over decades of writing these characters, to effective use in looking at the formations of the G.I. JOE organization and just who the characters on the team really are. Hama will be joined on this series by artist/colorist Tom Feister (Ex Machina). Each issue will come with two regular covers, one by Andrea Di Vito and one by Feister himself. The series launches in February.

Finally, launching in March will be the third round of this initial salvo: G.I. JOE: COBRA, a four-part miniseries written by Christos Gage and Mike Costa, with art by Antonio Fuso, and covers by Howard Chaykin (American Flagg) and Fuso. This series provides a unique look at the new status quo for the primary threat in the G.I. JOE universe. The series views the sinister COBRA organization from a ground-floor view as a familiar G.I. JOE team member seeks to infiltrate Cobra and learn their inner workings.

In addition to these titles, IDW will be launching comics that lead into next summer’s G.I. JOE live-action major motion picture from Paramount Pictures and Hasbro, as well as deluxe reprints of past fan-favorite tales. Details for both these projects will be released soon.

G.I. Joe #0 (item code AUG08 4120, a 24-page, $1 issue, will be available in October. G.I. Joe #1 launches in January 2009; G.I. Joe: Origins #1 debuts in February 2009; and G.I. Joe: Cobra #1 premieres in March 2009.

About IDW:
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About Hasbro:

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The FISHTOWN hardcover collection is coming! All of the artwork has been cleaned up and retouched for this deluxe hardcover edition, which will be printed in vibrant spot color, the way it was originally designed. (Trust me - it will be a whole different reading experience.)

The book is soliciting in Diamond's September PREVIEWS catalog and can be ordered by your local retailer using the information below.





Kevin Colden (w & a & c)

"Originally serialized as a weekly webcomic, IDW is proud to collect the entire story into deluxe hardcover form. Inspired by real events, Colden's story explores what leads a group of teens to commit a heinous crime. FISHTOWN is an absorbing read that compels the reader to explore a world they hope to never experience."

HC * FC * 120 Pages * 6.427"x9.815" * ISBN: 978-1-60010-273-8 * $19.99

Diamond Order Code: SEP084143

Matt Maxwell, author of the Strangeways books here. Just wanted to
send off a quick note to let you all know that I've made an official
announcement regarding the second Strangeways book. Strangeways: The
Thirsty is well underway now, and should begin an online serialization
(of one form or another) in the fall sometime, preceding a publication
of the print version in the middle of next year.

Strangeways: The Thirsty is written by myself, with art by Gervasio
and Jok (who did the artwork for "Lone", which was included in Murder
Moon). Luis Guaragna will return as well, providing art for a story
called "Red Hands," which in all likelihood will not get an online
publication. Steve Lieber has signed on to do the cover again.

Head over to the Strangeways weblog to check out the announcement:

And while you're there, you can check out the animated preview on
YouTube, as well as the first three pages of artwork (not yet
lettered, but the script is provided for folks who want a look behind
the scenes.)

I'll be sure to inform you all of further developments.


-Matt Maxwell
NEWS RELEASE: Kid-Friendly Creators Return to Baltimore Comic-Con

Kids Love Comics Organization Sets Up Comic Book Diner, Featuring s Comics Creative Stars Baltimore, Maryland - September 6, 2008 - Baltimore Comic-Con is known as a family friendly comic book convention, but that gets turned up to a whole new level September 27 and 28, as the creators of such kid-friendly comics as Tiny Titans, Amelia Rules, Scooby-Doo, Buzzboy, and others join together in a special Kids Comics Pavillion with the ever-friendly diner theme, courtesy of Kids Love Comics and the Baltimore Comic-Con. Kids and families will be welcome to a truly interactive experience, as comics artists and writers will be on hand at the booth and at special programming to talk about how they create comics, and help kids to create their own comics characters. Coloring sheets, crayons, and pencils will be at select drawing stations at the Comic Book Diner, encouraging creativity and fun throughout the weekend. Also on hand will be Disney artist Ted Tucker, creating caricatures for kids of all ages, and a temporary tattoo station will be set up by his bride, artist Marie Tucker.

Joining already announced kids' comics creators Andy Runton (Owly) and Jeff Kinney (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), creators at the Comic Book Diner include Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules), Art Baltazar and Franco (Tiny Titans, Patrick the Wolfboy), Frank Camuso (Knights of The Dinner Table, Max Hamm), Steve Conley (Astounding Space Thrills), Scott Sava (Dreamland Chronicles), John Gallagher (Buzzboy, NASCAR Heroes) and Rich Faber (Buzzboy, Roboy Red), Scott Cohn (Krypto, Justice League Unlimited), Mark McKenna (Banana Tail), Dean Trippe (Butterfly), Jamie Cosley (Tony Pony), and Jason Horn (Ninjasaur)-- and many others!

"Marc Nathan and the fine folks at the Baltimore Comic-Con always put on a great, family-friendly show-- we're just so thankful that they have been so supportive in setting up this fun experience as part of the show," said John Gallagher, KLC member and creator of Buzzboy. "And, oh yeah, we get to sell comics, too!"
The comic book diner will be offering up creator sketch trading cards to convention-goers, featuring charcter pics on one side and a blank area for free quick sketches by KLC creators. Also offered up at the show will be free mini-comics for NASCAR Heroes from NASCAR Comics and Starbridge Media, making its Baltimore Comic-Con premiere. NASCAR Heroes is the all-ages adventure story of a super-powered race car team. Other premieres will be announced soon, and everyone is encouraged to check out the Baltimore Comic-Con and Kids Love Comics websites.

Monday, September 08, 2008



-BBC AMERICA’s hit sci-fi series, Primeval, continues with massive adventures-

BBC AMERICA’s new thriller, Primeval, from the creator of Walking With Dinosaurs, is already a monster hit and the raptors haven’t even arrived yet. Since unexplained anomalies began ripping holes in the fabric of time, Professor Nick Cutter (Douglas Henshall) and his team have been facing off against savage creatures of the past in modern day. But now mankind faces its deadliest threat - a creature that’s never before walked the earth. Just as dangerous is the traitor in their midst and the lethal trap set for Cutter and his team. Who is the spy and what does his wife Helen’s (Juliet Aubrey) re-appearance have to do with it?

Primeval Season one finale airs Saturday, September 13, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT and Season two premieres Saturday, September 20, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

The adventure continues with anomalies appearing more frequently than ever as raptors rampage a shopping mall, a sabre-tooth tiger attacks a theme park and a mammoth stops traffic on a London freeway. So far, Cutter’s team has managed to come out unscathed, but when battling creatures from another time, how long can that last?

In the season one finale, at the original anomaly site, Special Forces discover an iron fence in ruins with no trace of what caused the damage. Meanwhile, at Abby’s (Hannah Spearritt) zoo, lions have gone missing, leaving behind only a small pool of blood and a large hole in the roof of the cage.

With danger looming, things are just as unsettling at government headquarters, where Claudia (Lucy Brown) is attempting to reassure Lester (Ben Miller) of Cutter’s capabilities. In the lab, the blood analysis taken from the lion pen turns out to be part bat and it’s baffling Connor (Andrew-Lee Potts) and the scientists - until Helen appears to reveal that this isn’t a prehistoric predator, it’s a ferocious beast from the future.

Tracking this highly intelligent animal, the most terrifying adversary yet, pushes the team to its limits. The battle takes Cutter through an anomaly, but he returns to find the world the same except for one difference - a team member no longer exists. Has Cutter’s actions in the past altered the present? Or has he in fact returned to the wrong present? Everyone appears oblivious to Cutter’s concerns. Just as he is coming to terms with the loss, he makes a shocking discovery when a new recruit arrives called Jenny Lewis…

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Episode six – Season one finale

At the original anomaly in the forest, the Special Forces find a wrecked metal fence. Something has been through. At the zoo, a strange and horrible creature attacks the lions. Later, something strange watches Abby feeding the elephants. Luckily for her, it moves on to her boss, Tim Parker, who doesn’t fare so well.

At government headquarters, Claudia reassures Lester of Cutter’s capability, while at the university, Helen approaches Stephen - she wants a meeting with Cutter and Lester, and has information on three missing persons linked to a creature. Tracking this highly intelligent animal, its most terrifying adversary yet, pushes the team to its limits. The blood analysis taken from the lion pen turns out to be part bat and it's baffling the scientists, until Helen informs Cutter, Claudia and Lester of a new creature threat – from the future.

Premieres Saturday, September 13, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT

Episode seven – Season two premiere

At the end of episode six, Cutter returns through an anomaly to find the world the same except for one difference – Claudia had disappeared. She’s been wiped from everyone’s memories, now the oily Oliver Leek (Karl Theobald, Green Wing) is in her place and the team’s based in a futuristic-looking headquarters called the ARC. Has Cutter’s actions in the past altered the present? Or has he in fact returned to the wrong present? Everyone appears oblivious to Cutter’s concerns, but with raptors loose in a shopping mall, he must get back to work. Just as he is coming to terms with the loss, he makes a shocking discovery when a new recruit arrives called Jenny Lewis…

Premieres Saturday, September 20, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT

Episode eight

The team tries to rescue trapped workers from giant, noxious carnivorous worms that have taken up residence in a skyscraper, the new PR guru bears a striking resemblance to Claudia, and Abby takes an instant dislike to Connor’s latest love interest.

Premieres Saturday, September 27, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT

Episode nine

When a young paintballer is attacked by a sabre-tooth tiger at an adventure theme park, it seems that the new anomaly detector has failed. However, Cutter begins to suspect a conventional explanation – and Connor disgraces himself.

Premieres Saturday, October 4, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT

Episode ten

When a disco boat comes under attack and a teenager goes missing, Cutter and the team discover weird mer-creatures from the future lurking in the canal. Abby is snatched and Connor blames Cutter. Can they rescue her, or is she dead already?

Premieres Saturday, October 11, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT

Episode eleven

Entering the latest anomaly, Stephen and Cutter discover a young girl and her dog – and a world full of giant scorpions. Trapped in the Silurian desert, they must stay alive long enough to find a new exit – but will their own world be the same one they left?

Premieres Saturday, October 18, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT

Episode twelve

When the anomaly detector is sabotaged, Cutter sets a trap to catch the traitor on the team. Helen enlists Stephen’s help, but swears him to secrecy. Connor is badly injured by a future predator. Rex goes missing.

Premieres Saturday, October 25, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT

Episode thirteen

It’s the season finale and tension is at an all-time high. Held captive at the abandoned Ministry of Defense base, time is running out for Cutter and his team. Can anything be done to avert the coming catastrophe?

Premieres Saturday, November 1, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT