Friday, October 31, 2008

By John Kerschbaum


Petey & Pussy, John Kerschbaum’s new graphic novel, reads very much like a Loony Tunes cartoon — if all of the anthropomorphic animals were kvetching, balding, foul-mouthed misanthropes. Each character is articulate (and, in fact, can speak directly to humans, well enough to order a beer) but still recognizably have the traits associated with their respective species: Pete, the dog, is happy-go-lucky; Pussy, the cat, is self-centered; and Bernie, the bird, is high-strung and constantly a-twitter. Together, they are the pets of a sweet old lady whose obliviousness to the lunacy unfolding around her is second only to her own hygienic repugnance. The Sisyphean struggles of the characters is brought to the fore — the cat is compelled to try and catch the mouse, the bird struggles to escape his cage — as the trio engage in slapstick adventures that are simultaneously given an edge and made hilarious by a twisted combination of mundane realism and insouciant gross-out humor.

Kerschbaum cheerfully includes all the blood and guts that are left out of the cartoons, and lovingly renders his motley crew in a densely textured urban setting. And like the animated cartoons it echoes in an oddly surreal way, when the mayhem dies down, the characters come to the realization that their identities’ are defined by the way they relate to the others, and that one’s opponent might be one’s truest friend when both face a true threat.

128-page black & white 6" x 9" hardcover • $21.95 • ISBN 978-1-56097-979-1

Click the link below to download a 20-page PDF preview (1.2 MB):

30 October 2008 (Berkeley, CA) - The comic book event of the season started off with a bang as SPAWN's new direction, courtesy of Image Founders Todd McFarlane & Whilce Portacio, resulted in an immediate distribution-level sell-out!
"Obviously it’s good news to have the initial issue sell out so quickly, but now the bigger task is to continue that momentum in the issues going forward," Spawn creator Todd McFarlane said. "As a reminder, the first few issues will be a lot of setup before we kick this into high gear. Each issue isn’t meant to be its own stand-alone book."

As if SPAWN #185's cataclysmic and unforgettable opening wasn't enough, readers were also introduced to the awakening of the mysterious and comatose Patient 47. In the pages that followed, secrets boiled to the surface and lives were lost, creating one of the greatest mysteries to hit the SPAWN mythos. While limited amounts of the first printing may still be available at your local comic book store, a second printing will hit stands soon to meet the additional demand.

SPAWN #185 2nd ptg., a 32-page full color comic book for $2.95, will be available in stores soon.

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 five partners in Image Comics (Robert Kirkman, 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
PRESS RELEASE - CELEBRATE THE CHINESE NEW YEAR WITH ARCHIBALD!Archibald Aardvark returns in an all-new noir mystery this January!

29 October 2008 (Berkeley, CA) - Image Comics' Shadowline presents an all-new mature readers adventure with the greatest unknown cartoon star of yesteryear, Archibald Aardvark, as ARCHIBALD CHASES THE DRAGON!

"As always, this one's definitely not for the kids," said Archibald Aardvark creator and artist Grant Bond. "Having Dara Naraghi take over the writing is perfect, as ARCHIBALD CHASES THE DRAGON puts a whole new spin on the murder behind the murder of Archibald's brother."

ARCHIBALD CHASES THE DRAGON is the third Archibald one-shot illustrated by Bond, following ARCHIBALD SAVES CHRISTMAS & ARCHIBALD SAVES EASTER, and the first written by Naraghi. This time around a tip-off about a long thought solved murder brings Archibald to Little China, in search of the mysterious "Compassionate Wind of Death". However, it doesn't take long before this noir tale of greed, secrets and a deal with the devil threatens to have Archibald fall victim to the red dragon haunting his dreams.

ARCHIBALD CHASES THE DRAGON (NOV082277), a 32-page two-color one-shot for $3.50, will be in stores January 7th, 2008.

Image Comics is a comics and graphic novels publisher formed in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Since that time, Image has gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. There are currently five partners in Image Comics (Robert Kirkman, 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
Brand New Feature at ROK Comics
October 29, 2008
For preview, please go to

ROK Comics ( have announced the new comic strip
"Fone Freaks" is now available for download on their partner cell
phone networks in Europe and Asia.

Fone Freaks follows the adventures of Sally Snedley, a wireless
scientist who seeks revenge on the nasty corporate criminals who stole
her cell phone invention back in the 70's. Sally seeks justice by
targeting the Fat Cat's cell phone customers by creating a haunted
network that enables ghosts to zoom out and make people to do dumb
things on their phone.

Illustrator Chris Walker has been creating comics for nearly ten years
and hopes his new strip will appeal to sequential art fans of all
ages. "Each Freak represents a silly, embarrassing or annoying
social cell phone habit we all do - or see others doing - at some
point in time. It's mildly self-deprecating at heart although we hope
younger children will enjoy the characters - even if they don't fully
understand some of the sometimes twisted underlying message. Most
kids seem to have a cell phone now and (the ones I know anyway) really
love being on them as much as possible."

ROK Comics is a global mobile comic channel featuring quality daily
and weekly strips including Andy Capp, Garfield and Doonesbury. For
more information about the company, please go to For more information about the Fone Freaks
strip, please go to

BELLINGHAM, WASH. (October 31, 2008) Based on the old Sci-fi Classic film, This January Bluewater Productions updates this classic in conjunction with Legend Films. Written by Jason Schultz and Darren G. Davis and penciled by John Polacek.

The film and comic series is described as, Lunar She-Devils lure Earthmen into their lair of doom! This is the one, the remake of the century, based on the legendary sci-fi thriller, "Cat-Women of the Moon." On the first expedition to the moon, a race of sexy moon maidens living in a hidden lunar world capture astronauts for their "pleasure." SEE the return of the giant hairy spider puppet as it lusts after female victims! SEE terrifying rock creature’s attack! SEE the unbelievable Atomic Rocketship make the fantastic journey through meteor-infested space lanes! SEE the "not-so-special" special effects in this cosmic entertainment catastrophe! Bizarre, fascinating, surreal and greatly entertaining, "Missile to the Moon" must be seen to be believed!

“This has been a labor of love since its conception more than a year ago, its going to be camp-tastic!”, said writer Jason Schultz. “You have hot scantily clad alien women, rock creatures and rockets – what else could you ask for in a comic”

“Working on this book has been a blast. From space monsters and gun fights, to alien babes and rocket ships, its definitely packed with a lot of fun stuff to draw”, said John Polacek.

"We are excited to be working with Bluewater Productions on the comic series," stated Legend Films President Barry B. Sandrew. "We have seen what they have done with the Ray Harryhausen brand and can't wait to see what they do with some of our films."

Diamond Comics has made “Missile to the Moon” a featured item this month and the order number in Diamond Previews is NOV083850 F. Attached are unlettered images from the series.

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!

Solicitation copy

JANUARY 2009 shipping





Colorist LEOS "OKITA" NG


January - 48 pages –FC - $1.99

Shrapnel #1 Cover A – Clint Langley

Shrapnel #1 Cover B - Bruno Werneck

Shrapnel #1 Cover C – Kai

Shrapnel #1 Cover D – Gerhard Moszi

Humanity has a new empire. Our solar system has been colonized and each planet is dominated by the brutal will of the Solar Alliance.

All except Venus, the last free colony and final relic of democracy.

As Venus and its' people suffer the enforcement of the Alliance, one woman may be able to turn the tide. Samantha "Sam" Vijaya, a Solar Alliance war veteran and hero, lives on Venus in self-imposed exile, hoping to escape the life she once knew. However, when the skies burn and civil war comes to her doorstep, Sam has no choice but to join the fight.

With the freedom of humanity on the brink of extinction, Sam must emerge from exile to destroy the same forces she once led.







January – 28 pages – FC - $2.99

City of Dust #4 Cover A – Clint Langley

City of Dust #4 Cover B – Patrick Reilly

City of Dust #4 Cover C - JP Targete

As the entire city is engulfed by living nightmares, Khrome and Morgan must make a fragile alliance with Ajax in order to find a way to stop the plague of monsters. As the truth becomes clear, one of them will have to make the ultimate sacrifice, and those that remain will be changed forever.


Oct 30, 2008 (Los Angeles) Frank Forte, creator of The Vampire Verses, Insidious Tales and The Asylum Of Horrors, will be signing at The APE convention in San Francisco, Table #135. Asylum Press will be debuting the first issue of The Asylum of Horrors anthology.

Also on hand will be Elizabeth J. Musgrave, writer of the new graphic novel FARMHOUSE. FARMHOUSE is described as a drama/thriller where Sam Corneile, A drifter, returns home to take a job at a local mental institution where he unwittingly discovers a group of patients being exploited under an art therapy regimen. While there, he falls for Helen, a feisty but troubled female patient who dares him to confront his past. FARMHOUSE is illustrated by Szymon Kudranski.

Also available at the ASYLUM PRESS table will be a cornucopia of horror publications including DTOX #0, WARLASH:DARK NOIR #1, THE BOMB TPB by Steve Mannion, UNDEAD EVIL #0 and more.

Also on for sale will be ATOMIC MADHOUSE' Comic Book SFX T-Shirts.

November 1-2, 2008
620 7th Street, San Francisco

Founded in 1999 by Frank Forte, Asylum Press is a unique publishing house specializing in high profile projects from some of the industry's biggest names. Publishing superhero comics with Warlash: Zombie Mutant Genesis, continuing their tradition of horror with Undead Evil, Satan’s 3-Ring Circus of Hell, the upcoming Asylum of Horrors and Beyond Lovecraft, venturing into dark humor with Billy Boy The Sick Little Fat Kid and The Cletus and Floyd Show, Asylum Presscontinues to be on the cutting edge of comic and graphic novel publishing.

About Atomic Madhouse
Atomic Madhouse is a t-shirt and apparel design company formed by artist Frank Forte and writer Elizabeth J. Musgrave that is dedicated to developing “hip t-shirts your mother wouldn’t let you wear.” Located in Los Angeles, CA, the hub of the fashion industry, Atomic Madhouse is poised to make their mark on the couture battleground.
A rainbow of Domo this fall!!!

Due to their stellar reputation in the collectibles industry, and following the success of the original 8² flocked Domo vinyl figures released last spring, Dark Horse Deluxe has been granted permission to produce a new line of limited-edition 5.5² Domo figures in new variant colors. Dark Horse broke the mold last spring when they released a line of variant-color limited-edition 8² flocked vinyl figures, and they continue to be the single Domo licensee authorized to create products in colors other than traditional Classic Brown.

In addition to their own line, which includes Polar White, Earl Grey, Olive Green, Ruby Red, and Classic Brown, Dark Horse has partnered with Hot Topic for three custom colors—Lime Green, Sky Blue, and True Yellow—as well as Newbury Comics for an exclusive Orange edition. There will also be a very special Grass Green edition to be sold exclusively for international distribution. All ten new 5.5² Domo colors are scheduled to release in November.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


It’s time for issue twenty-one of CWR, and it’s so full of awesome that you won’t have room for dessert! Here's what we’ve got:

Garth Ennis interviewed! The creator of PREACHER, HITMAN, and THE BOYS talks about his new series, BATTLEFIELDS, the HITMAN trade paperback situation, and his future (or lack thereof) as a bar owner:

Reviews of INTERAGENTS and a podcast focusing on 5 Image Comics graphic novels:

New CWRtv! Elliott Serrano goes video at the Windy City Comic-Con, chatting with Gene Ha and Alex Wald:

Matt Maxwell says “writing is easy… but pre-writing is hard” and makes an announcement about the future of STRANGEWAYS:

Marc Mason chats with AiT/PlanetLar honcho Larry Young:

Avril Brown says that superheroes should set an example by voting and wonders about their polling place:

Vince Moore reminds you that you have a civic duty to carry out on November 4th:

Bryan Miller discusses the increasing irrelevance of filmmaker Michael Moore and reviews the film “W”:

Jocelyn Saddler joins CWR and begins by asking some Hard Questions, such as… is the Xavier Academy really an accredited school?:

Saurav Mohapatra looks around and realizes that comics have pervaded everyday life in more ways than most people think:

CONTEST: Do you think you can BE Alan Moore? Prove it and win a copy of the MINDSCAPE OF ALAN MOORE DVD:

All wrapped in the usual, excellent, Elliott Serrano-designed cover, featuring Wee Hughie of THE BOYS checking out the cover to Larry Young’s THE BLACK DIAMOND:

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

Marc Mason
Comics Waiting Room
A new designer toy series from acclaimed British designer James Jarvis

[San Francisco, CA - October 27, 2008] - STRANGEco, the premier producer of high-quality designer toys and gifts, is pleased to announce the King Ken Mini Series, a new toy series created under license from London-based Amos Novelties. Designed by famed illustrator and Designer Toy pioneer James Jarvis, this series consists of new 4-inch versions of his popular King Ken character in six special color variants. The King Ken Mini Series debuts worldwide on November 22, 2008, for the holiday shopping season.

Born and raised in South London, James Jarvis is widely considered one of the pioneers in the modern “designer toy” phenomenon. He has been designing original vinyl figures for over a decade, beginning with the now iconic Martin vinyl figure for UK street fashion brand Silas & Maria in 1998 and continuing through his own toy company, Amos Toys. In 2003, Amos released the original King Ken as a 12-inch limited edition vinyl figure. An instant classic, the character was re-released in a series of limited edition color variants, each as popular as the next. King Ken next appeared in Vortigern’s Machine and the Great Sage of Wisdom, a comic novel created in 2006 by Jarvis and Amos co-founder Russell Waterman. This exposure has established King Ken as one of the most popular and recognizable characters in Jarvis’ potato-headed universe.

The King Ken Mini figure series features a new direction in the collaboration between STRANGEco and Amos Toys. San Francisco-based STRANGEco has distributed Amos products in North America since 2003 and, for the first time, is stepping into the role of producing James Jarvis’ toy designs. Like many designer toys, King Ken Series 1 is packaged in a “mystery box” assortment – much like a trading card, each figure is packed in an identical box, so the actual figure inside is unknown until the box is opened. The series features five main color variations – two from the original 12-inch collectibles and three original colors – plus one special surprise “chase” figure.

The King Ken Mini Series ships to retailers worldwide in late November 2008, through a network of distributors in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia.



(San Diego, CA; October 27, 2008) -- IDW Publishing’s Presidential Material - political comic biographies of the Democratic and Republican candidates - have been runaway hits this election season.

Breaking new ground by presenting accurate and unbiased life stories of the presidential contenders, IDW Publishing continues to push the envelope by offering each hand drawn original cover illustration for sale on eBay, available to prospective bidders starting today Monday October 27th and ending Monday, November 3rd at 7:00 PM Eastern Standard Time.

The cover artwork is by comic book superstar and fan-favorite artist J. Scott Campbell, who is donating a portion of the earnings to the Wounded Warrior Project. Campbell is the original artist and co-creator of comic books Gen13 and Danger Girl, and is also widely admired for his work on the Spiderman comics.

URL: The Barack Obama Presidential Material original cover art auction can be found here:

And the John McCain Presidential Material original cover art auction can be found here:

The graphic novel biographies are available at comic book and bookstores everywhere. They can also be purchased directly from IDW Publishing at To find a comic book store near you please call 1-888-comic-book or go to To learn more about the Wounded Warrior Project please visit
Wrath of the Titans: Cyclops - ONE SHOT
Author(s): Matt Frank & Jeff Rebner
Artist(s) Matt Frank
Cover Artist(s): Matt Frank
From the pages of the sold out Wrath of the Titans series comes the Cylops. The terror of Colossa, and one of the most fearsome monsters to menace Sinbad on his 7th Voyage? See the story of the beast as he matches wits and muscle against pirates, prehistoric monsters and even other Cyclopeans, with the magical lamp as the glittering prize! It's a clash of titans is blazing color.

Author(s): Jason Schultz & Darren G. Davis
Artist(s) John Polacek
Cover Artist(s): 2 covers by John Polacek
An all new comic series based on the beloved camp classic from the golden drive-in era! Two escaped cons stow away on a flight to the moon and discover a race of alien women ruled by a fierce and sadistic queen. Each issue will feature never before seen artwork and footage from the Legend Films vault.

Vincent Price Presents #5
Writer: Scott Davis
Pencils: Rey Armenteros
Cover Artist(s): cover: Joel Robinson
Casey Morrow never thought he'd be driving a cab for a living. The one-time rising star of the literary world, Casey is haunted is by the ghosts of success and can't seem to recapture his ever-elusive muse. And driving the streets of New York in search of inspiration, all he found was the lethargy of routine...until a deadly accident changed his life forever. Casey Morrow: cab driver has found more than he ever bargained for. He has found his purpose. In the tradition of great anthology genre stories, Vincent Price Presents delivers another gothic tale of mystery and imagination.

Female Force: Hillary Clinton - ONE SHOT
Writer: Neal Baily
Cover Artist(s): cover: Daniel Croiser
From her beginnings at Wellesley to the battle for the democratic presidential nomination, Hillary Clinton has from the outset raised critical issues of feminism, politics, and philosophy. Telling the story of her life, /Hillary Clinton/ will explore the former first lady from her detractors to those who would nominate her.

The Imaginaries #2
Author(s): Mike S. Miller and Ben Avery
Artist(s) Nikos Koutsis
Cover Artist(s): Nikos Koutsis & Mike Miller
A child's faith is a powerful thing. It gives life to his imagination, and that imagination can even take on a life of its own. But what happens to the imaginary friends, the childhood superheroes, the playmates and stuffed animals when the children who gave them life no longer believe in them? They go to the IMAGINED NATION.

The origin and fate of Greatman, and the rise of the Ice Queen and the Nasty Bear army are told to Superhero G in an effort to convince him to take up the mantle of the lost hero. A crucial decision that could change the fate of all the Imaginaries! Also, Tanner comes to terms with his parents divorce, by letting go of more than just Superhero G. Introducing to the U.S. market, Greece's No. 1 comic book illustrator, NIKOS KOUTSIS, in his debut American comic!

Monday, October 27, 2008

October 23, 2008


Matthew Maxwell, creator and author of the Western-horror graphic
novel STRANGEWAYS, today announced the serialization of the sequel,
THE THIRSTY, at Blog @ Newsarama. The series will debut on Monday,
Oct. 27, with new pages posted every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

"I'm very pleased to enjoy this opportunity," Maxwell said recently.
"I talked to quite a few potential partners before deciding to
serialize THE THIRSTY on Blog @ Newsarama," Maxwell said. "It isn't a
typical webcomic, as it wasn't written with online publication in
mind. So, I sought a different kind of partnership. Working with a
comics news and commentary site as opposed to one known for
syndicating webcomics seemed an intriguing and beneficial
arrangement. It's my hope that many more readers who've never
followed STRANGEWAYS will be introduced to the series now."

THE THIRSTY follows ex-Union officer Seth Collins from the events of
MURDER MOON as he drifts a little further west to a town called Cedar
Creek, which is about to find itself under attack from people who are
neither dead nor alive, but somewhere in-between. However, just as
MURDER MOON was about a lot more than just cowboys and werewolves, THE
THIRSTY is more than just cowboys and vampires. Those readers who
liked the concept of "Lone," which was the backup feature for MURDER
MOON, will eat up "Red Hands," which will serve a similar role in THE

THE THIRSTY is illustrated by Gervasio and Jok of Estudio Haus in
Argentina, who drew the story "Lone" in MURDER MOON. Luis Guaragna
also returns in a backup feature, as mentioned above. "It's great to
continue my relationship with all of these artists," Maxwell said.
"They understand what the stories need visually, which is a
deceptively simple task, it seems."

Planned for a print publication in Spring of 2009, THE THIRSTY is the
second STRANGEWAYS graphic novel, continuing to deliver a great
western comic infused with horror. It is anticipated that the print
version will again be published by Highway 62 Press. MURDER MOON, the
first STRANGEWAYS book, is still available through Diamond Comics
Distributors (JAN083670), Baker and Taylor Books, Amazon and

Matt Maxwell is a comics writer and has been a comics commentator
since 2003, which saw the publication of the first installment of FULL
BLEED (then at Broken Frontier, now at Comics Waiting Room). He's
also blogged at his own Highway 62 since 2004, and has written for and Comicon Pulse. His first original graphic novel,
STRANGEWAYS: MURDER MOON was published in early 2008. He is a lapsed
animator, having forsaken the compelling lunacy of Southern California
for life with his family in the Sierra Nevada foothills.

Highway 62 Press - MURDER MOON preview - THE THIRSTY video - STRANGEWAYS at Newsarama

BELLINGHAM, WA— October 27, 2008— in 2009, Bluewater and Lionsgate will be developing a line of comic books based on the cult/ horror favorite films “Leprechaun” and “Warlock”. After their successful series “Vincent Price Presents” Bluewater delivers more horror to comics.

“Working with Lionsgate on this end is like coming back full circle for me. I worked on the marketing for “Leprechaun 4: In Space”, said Bluewater publisher Darren G. Davis. “I loved this little character and have always wanted to do something with him. As for “Warlock”, this was another cult film that I enjoyed, so having this opportunity to partner with Lionsgate again is going to great”.

The “Warlock comic series is described as, The Warlock is on a mission to destroy a book that contains a spell which imprisoned six other Warlocks. If the book manages to be destroyed, the dangerous Warlocks would be released back into the world free to cause chaos and destruction. It's up to a rag-tag group of people to prevent the Warlock from carrying out his plan.

"Warlock will appeal to both fans of the franchise and readers who know nothing about the horror series”, said writer Nick Lyons. The book will be drawn by Jacob Bear and colored by John Hunt. Matt Bellisle will be doing all the alternate covers to this title.

“Leprechaun” will be written by another Lionsgate alum Zach Hunchar, who just finished writing Insane Jane for Bluewater. “Leprechaun” is an immensely popular horror franchise and I’m excited about expanding the mythos. It takes two of my favorite things … Ireland and horror. I’m extremely excited to continue to explore the things that scare me and entertain me. I’m very happy Bluewater chose me for this task.”

“Leprechaun” the comic series is a tale of revenge and mayhem. This is the tale of Lubdan, the king and sole survivor of the Leprechaun. The last of the Leprechauns! A treasure dealer stumbles across his pot of gold and steals it. In this modern age, he finds buyers all over the planet through on-line auctions. Iubdan finds the thief after the gold is shipped to humans across the globe. Unbeknownst to Iubdan, the Cluracan, a war-like race intent on genocide, helped the human find the gold. A new curse is discovered that weakens Iubdan while he is not in possession of the gold and will eventually kill him if he does not recover them all in enough time. He quickly realizes he cannot locate the gold without help. The treasure dealer’s last sale was to a computer expert, who agrees to help Lubdan, in exchange for his life. Together, they race against time to learn of the gold’s locations. Lubdan’s quest takes him all over the planet, across time and space. Battling greed, the genocidal Cluracan and new mystical adversaries, Lubdan must save all life to save himself.

Kris Carter will draw “Leprechaun”. And Micheal Kingston will be writing the 2nd story arch.

For more information on Bluewater Productions, go to or check them out in your local comic book shop!