Friday, May 08, 2009

Science fiction and noir crime combine like never before in July's EXISTENCE 2.0!

6 May 2009 (Berkeley, CA) - This July writer Nick Spencer and illustrator Ronald Salas give one man the chance to start life anew after dying in the science fiction romp, EXISTENCE 2.0.

"I brought this book to Image, because in all my years of reading comics I've never quite seen anything like it," Image Comics Vice-President Jim Valentino said. "The way Nick and Ron combine the standard tropes of crime and science fiction to create something wholly new blew me away. It's a comic I had to read and I couldn't be happier to publish it."

EXISTENCE 2.0 begins moments after self-absorbed physicist Sylvester Baladine finds his consciousness transferred into the body of the hitman who murdered him. Settling into his anonymous new life in a younger, better looking body, Sylvester is pretty content until he discovers that the very people who plotted his assassination have kidnapped the one person he treasured most in his old life - his daughter. With only limited time before she dies, Sylvester must dig up and face the past he was happy to bury and figure out who tried to kill him and why they want his daughter, inadvertently making himself a target once more.

EXISTENCE 2.0 (MAY090303), a 32-page full color series for $3.50, will be in stores July 1st, 2009.

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
NBM Publishing in July 2009
Plus: Christian Zanier’s New HONEY LICKERS SORORITY from Eurotica

By Neil Kleid and Nicholas Cinquegrani

Rabbi David Kahn has lived a forty-year lie: he is not, nor has he ever been, Jewish. At his funeral, the “rabbi’s” grifter brother reveals the truth to Kahn’s family and his entire congregation. Author and Xeric Award winner Neil Kleid and artist Nicolas Cinquegrani explore a family secret that forces the nature of faith into question. Preview art is at http://www.nbmpub. com/comicslit/big_kahn/pre1.html.

Trade paperback, black-and-white art, 6” x 9”, 176 pages, $13.95, 
ISBN 978-1-56163-561-0.

By the same author:


By Neil Kleid and Jake Allen

“Jewish gangster” isn't a term you hear much today. But Brooklyn’s Brownsville neighborhood used to be lousy with young, thrill-hungry Hebraic toughs. When Louis Lepke Buchalter organized them into the deadliest hit operation in Mafia history -- Murder, Incorporated -- they became America’s most dangerous men.

• “Outstanding.” --

• “Smart [and] absorbing.” -- BOOKLIST

• “Forceful storytelling.” -- THE JEWISH CHRONICLE

• “A visceral and moving story.” -- MIAMI HERALD

Jacketed hardcover, black-and-white art, 6” x 9”, 200 pages, $18.95, 
ISBN 978-1-56163-458-1.

Also available in trade paperback: black-and-white art, 6” x 9”, 200 pages, $12.95, 
ISBN 978-1-56163-459-X.

New from Eurotica:


By Christian Zanier

Bombshell she-male Tammy recollects early, delicious days when she went to visit a party full of her peers. This time, she gets it as opposed to giving it. By the best-selling artist of the breathtaking BANANA GAMES. Preview art is available at

Full-color trade paperback, 8 ½” x 11”, 48 pages, $11.95, ISBN 978-1-56163-562-7

See also the first book in the series:


By Christian Zanier

Tammy’s one big bombshell of a girl. And by big, we mean hung big. She rises to lead a whole new college sorority of sex where the hazing tests your capacity for sexual abandon. See preview art at yprev1.html. “This graphic sex comic has an interesting theme: Timmy Stanford returns to school as she-male Tammy Ford. Well done.” -- ADULT VIDEO NEWS.

Full-color trade paperback, 8 ½” x 11”, 48 pages, $10.95, ISBN 978-1-56163-518-4

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May 7th, 2009, Los Angeles, CA - Disney's Soda Fountain and Studio Store announced today that the new BOOM! Kids line of Muppet and Disney/Pixar comics will be available to their customers starting immediately! Newsstand editions of THE MUPPET SHOW COMIC BOOK, THE INCREDIBLES: FAMILY MATTERS, CARS: THE ROOKIE and all forthcoming Muppet and Disney/Pixar comics will be hitting the shelves each Wednesday as new comics are released!

"We couldn't be more excited to be the only comics carried at the Disney's Soda Fountain and Studio Store," said BOOM! Kids editor Paul Morrissey. "I can't wait to see the fans' reaction to these great books!"

Commenting on the announcement, Lylle Breier, General Manager of The Muppets Studio, said, "BOOM! Studios has a reputation for creating some of the most exciting and imaginative comic books, and we're pleased to be offering their new line of Muppet and Disney-Pixar comics under the BOOM! Kids imprint at Disney's Soda Fountain & Studio Store. These great new comics offer fun new adventures centered around 'The Muppet Show' and such popular Disney-Pixar properties as 'The Incredibles' and 'Cars.' Muppet fans and moviegoers are going to enjoy this fantastic new line of comics and they can always pick up the latest releases in person while they're shopping or having an ice cream sundae at Disney's Soda Fountain."

BOOM! Studios announced the launch of their new imprint, "BOOM! Kids" in late March. BOOM! Kids serves as a home for BOOM!'s kid-friendly publishing content. The company's new imprint includes its own website, The premiere books for this imprint include THE INCREDIBLES: FAMILY MATTERS #1, THE MUPPET SHOW COMIC BOOK #1, both released on March 25th, and CARS: THE ROOKIE #1 released April 1st.

All BOOM! Kids' titles will be serialized as individual 24-page comic books in Direct Market comic book collector shops and newsstands; then each four issue complete story will be collected into graphic novel trade paperbacks available in the mass market via Borders, Barnes & Noble and the direct market as well.

Recently, BOOM! Studios announced a national newsstand distribution agreement with Kable Distribution Services, Inc. for the BOOM! Kids line of the monthly publication to the newsstand market.

For additional information, see

Disney's Soda Fountain & Studio Store is located at 6834 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood and is open daily. For more information about Disney's Soda Fountain and Studio Store, please visit the official Web site: or call 323-817-1475.

About BOOM! Studios
BOOM! Studios ( is a unique publishing house specializing in high-profile projects across a wide variety of different genres from some of the industry's biggest talents, including Philip K. Dick's DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?, The Henson Company's FARSCAPE, and the original Mark Waid series IRREDEEMABLE. BOOM! recently launched its youth imprint, BOOM! Kids, with Pixar's THE INCREDIBLES, CARS, and TOY STORY, as well as Disney's THE MUPPETS. This year, BOOM! Studios celebrates its fourth anniversary.

About Disney Soda Fountain and Studio Store
Located in the heart of Hollywood, Disney's Soda Fountain and Studio Store offers a wide selection of new, hard-to-find and exclusive merchandise, all related to Walt Disney Studios' films. The store occupies 4,698 square feet along Hollywood Boulevard right next door to the El Capitan Theatre, which serves as an exclusive first run theatre for Walt Disney Pictures, hosting live stage shows, world premieres, and other special events. Theatre patrons have access to the store through a connecting door. The historic El Capitan reopened in 1991 as a flagship Disney venue with the world premiere of The Rocketeer.

The Last Supper, The Beatles and Michelle Pfeiffer as "Catwoman" Lead The Cast; Michael Jackson's "Bad" Costume and The Jason Voorhees "Freddy vs. Jason Costume Among Buyer's Favorites

Calabasas, CA- The Last Supper - Jesus and his 12 Disciples ($15,340), The Beatles! - John, Paul, George and Ringo ($12,980) and Michelle Pfeiffer as "Catwoman" from Batman Returns ($8,260) were the top sellers at the Profiles in History auction of over 200 Hollywood Wax Museum figures. Bidders also scooped up Michael Jackson's costume from the 1988 Bad Concert Tour ($35,400) and Jason Voorhees' costume from Freddy vs. Jason ($8,260), also part of the Hollywood Wax Museum's collection. Wax figures of the cast of the M*A*S*H TV series ($7,670) and Charlton Heston as "Moses" from The Ten Commandments ($7,080) were other big sellers. In all, a total of $437,780 worth of wax figures, costumes and memorabilia was sold in this historic for ever sale of wax figures in the Hollywood Wax Museum's 44 year history.

Other highlights included: W.C Fields ($5100); Marilyn Monroe ($5100); Stevie Wonder ($3900); Sylvester Stallone as "Rambo" from Rambo III ($5100); Tom Cruise ($5100); Two separate scenes / figures of Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet from Titanic ($4800 each) and Bruce Willis as "Dr. Malcolm Crowe" from The Sixth Sense ($4800).

Sports figures were popular as well: Muhammad Ali ($5100); Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ($1800); Michael Jordan ($2700); Joe Montana ($1560); Mike Tyson ($3000); Mark McGwire ($3600); Tiger Woods ($1680) and Hulk Hogan ($3900).

"This was a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a true piece of Hollywood's history," said Joe Maddalena, President and CEO of Profiles in History. "Millions of people from all over the world have visited the Hollywood Wax Museum and seen these amazing wax figures, each of them a piece of art in itself. Profiles in History was honored to be selected by the wax museum to handle these treasures and to pass them on to collectors."

Now the longest running attraction of its kind in the nation, the Hollywood Wax Museum was created by storied entrepreneur Spoony Singh, and all three locations continue to be owned by and operated by his sons and grandson. Their company, Kuvera Attractions, recently retired the figures and original Hollywood costumes available in this exclusive auction through Profiles in History while making renovations in the Hollywood and Branson museums.

"This is an exciting time for us," said Partner Tej Sundher, Singh's grandson. "We are putting the finishing touches on our largest renovation of the Wax Museum in Branson since we opened it in 1996, and our focus is solely Hollywood-centric. We are no longer showcasing athletes and historical personalities at any of our Museums. We are also providing more opportunities for visitors to get into the sets with the stars for incredible pictures, so we are working with a different team of artists who are using new techniques to create life-like figures that are somewhat less fragile than the older ones."

Each figure came with a signed certificate of authenticity from the Hollywood Wax Museum. A portion of the proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to assist in the ongoing effort to preserve the historic Walk of Fame.

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

Prior Profiles in History Hollywood auctions highlights include the "Cowardly Lion" costume from The Wizard of Oz ($805,000); a full-scale model T-800 Endoskeleton from Terminator 2: Judgment Day ($488,750); a King Kong six-sheet movie poster ($345,000); the Command Chair from the "U.S.S. Enterprise" ($304,750); the original "Robot" from Lost in Space ($264,500); Luke Skywalker's lightsaber ($240,000), the Black Beauty car from The Green Hornet ($192,000); George Reeves' Superman costume from The Adventures of Superman ($126,500); the H.R. Giger designed Alien creature suit from Alien ($126,500); a full-scale T-Rex head from Jurassic Park ($126,500), the Leaping Alien Warrior figure from Aliens ($126,500), Christopher Reeve's 'Superman' costume from Superman: The Movie ($115,000), C-3PO's helmet $120,000, The Wizard of Oz 'Winkie' Guard Costume ($115,000); a "Ming the Merciless" cape from Flash Gordon ($115,000) and the Hydraulic screen-used Velociraptor from The Lost World: Jurassic Park II. ($115,000).

*-Monetary Figures Includes Buyer's Premium

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Press Material:

Video Trailer for “UNBEATABLE”Graphic Novel. You can read reviews and news about it at

Trailer is available in two places in case one doesn’t work.

YouTubeVideo (click top right video):

Alternative Link - Yahoo Video:

Book Description:
If you fear life, you are life's prisoner. If you fear death, you are death's prisoner. But if you fear nothing...

A young man awakens in an asylum with no memory of how he arrived. His only escape from the padded walls are his nightmares, where he dreams of fighting the greatest warriors in history. He suffers constant beatings and thousands of deaths. Is he going insane? Or is it something else?

Beyond pain, beyond suffering, beyond defeat... There is UNBEATABLE.

Available at Amazon, other fine online retailers, and your local comic store!

Trailer was Edited by Noah Shulman of “Sleepless City”.

About the Company:
Razor Wolf Entertainment was founded by Matthias Wolf with the vision of creating really, really good graphic novels. “Slow and Steady” is our motto. Don’t rush the artists. Allow them the time and flexibility to create their best work. Tell complete stories that readers can devour, digest, and burp a sigh of satisfaction. Look for more great titles, both company and creator owned – coming from Razor Wolf Entertainment in the near future.
Josh Medors Benefit Auction Open Letter

This is a call to action!

As many of you may know already, artist Josh Medors (Frazetta's Swamp Demon & Sorcerer, Runes of Ragnan, 30 Days of Night) has been fighting a losing battle against a terminal form of cancer for well over a year, and it has recently taken a turn for the worst. The doctors and conventional medicine have all but given up on him and say there isn't anything else they can do. But he has found an alternative treatment that has the possibility of extending his life a bit and can help improve the quality of his life near the end so he can spend it with his wife and son. There is even a slim chance it can make him somewhat better, so he has to try. But of course the treatment is very expensive and Josh has no medical insurance.

So myself and my brother, Andrew Mangum (currently Josh's inker on Frazetta's Sorcerer) decided to arrange another benefit auction like the one they
did at Emerald City Con back in '08. This auction is different though because the last one was organized by Jay Fotos to help Josh pay his rising medical bills to fight the cancer, and this one is specifically to get the treatment he needs to be keep him around. I know there are a lot of fans and friends out there that want to help, so this auction series will be that opportunity. A wide variety of artists are contributing personal works and art from their collections just like last time, but this time it's open to collectors, fans, and everyone else. as well anyone can donate if they want to help! We just ask that it be comic or comic art related.

I have set up a special "preview gallery" for all the items as they come in on my Comic Art Fans webpage at
You can see all of the artwork & items we will be auctioning there, as well as who donated it (unless they request to be anonymous) and all artists who donate their art will also have their websites listed if desired. Many packages of art are already on the way now and will be up soon, and the list of artists donating grows by the minute, so there is A LOT more art coming! Be sure to check back periodically to see what we'll be listing!

To donate something to the auctions, just email me at or through my Comic Art Fans gallery (where all the art is) with a scan or photo of the item and the item information and I will send you the mailing address to send the goods to. I only ask the items be shipped to me in advance because there will be a lot to organize and package, and simplicity dictates that only one location handle it all. This is shaping up to be quite an undertaking, so I have to keep it as easy as possible. All donations must be received no later than Friday, May 22nd 2009 in order to be included in the auctions, which will start listing to Ebay on Saturday May 23rd.

Josh will also be selling off all of his remaining artwork to help cover these costs, and I will be helping him with that as well. So if you would like to buy
something of his now, please see the green "Art for sale-Josh Medors" gallery also on my Comic Art Fans at
I will update this gallery with more art as Josh sends me more scans, but pages are available from Frazetta's Swamp Demon, Chucky, GI JOE, and more! All proceeds, after selling fees from all of this, will go to Josh to help him and his family in this dire time of need.

Because so many people have been asking about sending monetary donations directly to Josh as well, his Paypal email address is:

Sending $5 or $10 might not seem like much, but remember the water drops principle. A drop of water isn't much, but enough drops eventually fill the bucket. Every bit counts here and time is of the essence. Now is the time to act!
Please be sure to also include your name and address with the payment email through Paypal when sending money, because Josh wants to try and do Thank You cards with little sketches to all who donate (and some of the other artists might help out with that for him, so you never know what you'll get!)
Lastly, please only use his email address for Paypal payments and don't deluge his inbox with questions and well wishes. Although appreciated, he won't be able to reply to them.

Thank you for looking, and especially for helping! Together we CAN make a difference!

Dave Kopecki


May 5th, 2009, Los Angeles – Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE #2 has sold out before it reached stores this week! Unprecedented pre-release reorder activity has blown through the initial print run of the flagship title from BOOM! Studios, ensuring a second print!

Fans should keep in mind, while Diamond Comics Distributors is completely sold out, first printings of IRREDEEMABLE #2 will be available at direct market retailers across the country this Wednesday.

In response to this continuing demand, BOOM! Studios and Diamond Comics Distributors are making the second printing of IRREDEEMABLE #2 available for retailers to order immediately, as they did with the first sold out issue of the critically acclaimed series.

IRREDEEMABLE #2 second print (MAR098134) features a sketch variant by John Cassaday and will hit store shelves mid-June.

“The fan reaction to IRREDEEMABLE has been unlike anything that I have ever experienced,” said BOOM! Studios Marketing and Sales Director Chip Mosher. “With IRREDEEMABLE we have an indie superhero book going mainstream.”

With IRREDEEMABLE, Mark Waid dares to ask the question: what if the world’s greatest hero decided to become the world’s greatest villain? IRREDEEMABLE is a “twilight of the superheroes”-style story from the writer of KINGDOM COME and EMPIRE!

About BOOM! Studios
BOOM! Studios ( is a unique publishing house specializing in high-profile projects across a wide variety of different genres from some of the industry’s biggest talents, including Philip K. Dick’s DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?, The Henson Company’s FARSCAPE, and the original Mark Waid series IRREDEEMABLE. BOOM! recently launched its youth imprint, BOOM! Kids, with Pixar’s THE INCREDIBLES, CARS, and TOY STORY, as well as Disney’s THE MUPPETS. This year, BOOM! Studios celebrates its fourth anniversary
Here is a 1st look at the new titles from Bluewater!

Vincent Price Presents #12
Writer: Nick Lyons
Pencils: R.H.Stewart
Cover Artist(s): cover: Jim McDermott
This one shot featuring Vincent Price tells another gothic adventure. In "Fade Away," Private Eye Frank Wood takes on a case in which he must investigate mysterious break-ins at a home belonging to a wealthy old man named Jack Leonard. Is there really an intruder or is Jack losing his mind and seeing someone that isn't there?

William Shatner Presents: Tek War #3
Writer: William Shatner & Scott Davis
Pencils: Erich Owens
Finding Dr. Leon Kittridge is proving more elusive and more costly to find than Jake Cardigan ever thought. Recovering from a blast that nearly killed him, Jake’s determination to find answers leads him to old acquaintances and deadly consequences. In this third chapter of the TekWar series, based on the best selling novels by William Shatner, the stakes have gotten considerably higher and new shocking revelations about the secrets of Tek and Jake's quest for vindication are unveiled.

Lionsgate Films: Leprechaun #4
Writer: Zach Hunchar
Pencils: Kris Carter
The horror icon series from LIONSGATE FILMS continues. Is this the end for our heroes? Is this the beginning of the end for their adventures? Or, perhaps, is the end of the beginning as humans and Leprechaun most over-come their differences and face a old evil?

Political Power: Barack Obama
Writer: Chris Ward
Pencils: Azim Akberal
A spin-off series from the popular FEMALE FORCE line comes Political Power. Barack Obama’s story inspired a nation, but you’ve never seen it told like this! Pick up this wildly entertaining and factual look at the life of our 44th president from writer Chris Ward (Twisted ToyFare Theatre, Ninja Tales) and artist Azim Akberali (Wrath of the Titans) and see why everyone from CNN to Howard Stern is buzzing. Stimulate the economy by getting this collector's issue today!

Female Force: Condoleezza Rice
Author(s): Chris Ward & Nick Lyons
Artist(s) Ryan Howe
Cover Artist(s): cover by Vinnie Tartamella
This comic series has gotten national attention and press on such places as CNN, FOX NEWS & People Magazine. The highly successful Female Force comic book series continues with a new installment focusing on Condoleezza Rice. A special one-shot that chronicles Rice's life from her childhood to her accomplished career as the 1st African American woman to hold the United States, Secretary of State position. This issue will document how Condoleezza Rice became one of the most powerful women in the past decade.

Legend of Isis #4
Writer: Aaron Stueve
Pencils: Noval Hernawan
Cover Artist(s): Weshoyot
Isis' relationship with Scott is falling apart while the Scarab Queen wreaks havoc on the city! Can Isis defeat her when she has so many worries on her mind? Pick up the explosive fourth part of the Scarab Queen storyline to find out. Also, check out the last few pages of issue #4 to get a glimpse of the newest villain in Isis' rogues gallery--Dr. Love!
Outlaw Entertainment Lives Up to Their Name

Publishing company slashes their graphic novel prices in half

May 4, 2009: Outlaw Entertainment has announced today that they will lower their graphic novel cover prices from $14.99 to $7.99 beginning with their first three releases, PRAETORIAN, IMAGINARY FRIENDS, and HAT TRICK.

The introductory offer is designed to allow retailers and fans alike to familiarize themselves with the Outlaw brand without putting a major dent in their comic book budget.

The change comes as the industry continues to deal with a shrinking economy that has hit independent publishers hard.

“Outlaw is in a good position,” states Outlaw Entertainment COO, Rick A. Villa. “Being the new kid on the block allows us to step into the game and create our own rules.”

“Everyone was telling us that we had to price our books similar to what other companies were charging,” says CEO, Tony Hobdy. “But the truth is, we don’t want to run our business like everyone else, and by cutting our prices in half, we can make our titles more accessible to more people.”

With an SRP of $7.99, Outlaw Entertainment will be one of the only publishers offering new and original material at throwback prices.

“With costs continuing to rise for consumers, we’re thrilled to offer our readers a more affordable option when they step into their neighborhood comic shop,” continues Hobdy. “And the best part… We’re doing it without having to sacrifice the quality of the material itself.”

Outlaw Entertainment graphic novels feature 112 pages of full-colored storytelling, now at half the cost to consumers.

For more information on Outlaw Entertainment and to view a preview of the first three properties, visit

Virtual Events Kick Off May 5th with Super Villain GoatFist’s

Annual Punking of Fans and Launch of Urbowars Contest


ENCINO, Calif. – (May 4, 2009) – Celebrating the fourth anniversary of the launch of Urbaniacs – a comic book world come to virtual life – Brandissimo! announces the third annual Cinco de Mayhem celebration at

Cinco de Mayhem begins May 5, 2009 when site-wide super-villain GoatFist takes over all of in what has become the staff's annual practical joke on the citizens of Urbanville. In the past, the users have logged in to find all forum posts replaced with "GoatFist Rules!," their in-site community bank has been robbed, and their user pages have been replaced with a graffiti of "You've Been Goated!"

“It’s our yearly punking of the fans of Urbaniacs,” said Josh Fisher, founder of the award-winning virtual world, who is also known as Mayor Da!Man. “We use this event as a fun way to launch our biggest new feature of the year.”

This year, Cinco de Mayhem launches the all-new Urbowars, an ongoing, month-long contest that unites all of the elements of Urbaniacs. From playing games to training characters and multiplayer battles to villainous assaults, Urbowars tracks everything an Urbaniacs player experiences and turns it into a fun contest where one team wins every month. At the end of each month, an entire class of Urbaniacs characters (Hero, Villain, Vigilante, Beatnik or Nomad) will be declared the Urbowars winner and every user who is part of the class will be awarded in-game prizes.

“Urbowars is a fun way to add a sense of competition to the social elements of the site and reward our players at the same time. It’s also a way for individual users to engage each other, play in character, and get into the spirit of our game world. There’s friendly competition between users, a little trash talking and plenty of crowing by the winning disposition,” said Fisher. “Just keep an eye out for GoatFist or you might be his next Cinco de Mayhem victim!”


Urbaniacs is a comic book world come to virtual life. Transform your online self into your own funk-infused super-avatar known as an “Urbanic.” Meet new “Homeys” or challenge your “Arch enemies” in a multiplayer battle. Each Urbaniac can be customized in thousands of ways. While the characters and styles are immediately attractive to younger audiences, the depth, clever games, and irreverent sensibility appeal to the teens and adults who play. There is a wide range of humorous and entertaining interactions for anyone looking for an adventure. Direct your Urbaniac to “The Streets” to chat with friends and show off funky super powers, or cruise to the “Arena” to take out some aggressions with a hilarious round of “Wedgie Toss.” Join a local challenge to become a “Boombox” master, or spend some time earning “Urbos” (Urbanville’s currency) while playing “Beat Bot Boogie.” There are many compelling social community features built into the comic gameplay of the world. Once you’ve earned some Urbos, you can head down to the “Pimp Out Depot” to trade them in for some fresh new gear and gadgets to equip on your Urbaniac. But be careful! At any moment, you could be faced with a challenge, assault, or battle by another Urbaniac or one of the in-game characters. Scared? Don’t be. Just invite some Homeys along and you and your crew could take over the city in no time.

The group elements make the site come to life. Try your best to out-rap Urbanville’s Mayor Da Man in the “Freestyle” rap forum or check out the “Newbie” posts to get some insider tips about how to play the more challenging games. Better yet, create your own forum and see how the Urbaniacs community responds. Urbaniacs is an evolving virtual world created to inspire the imagination and provide hours of funk funny, funky entertainment and adventure to all who participate.

For more information please visit


Brandissimo! is quickly emerging as an industry leader in the creation of casual gaming and online experiences for kids. Boasting a management team of partners who have deep entertainment industry experience, Brandissimo! is a developer, creator and producer of award-winning content for kids and teens across all platforms. Brandissimo! helps broadcasters and brand owners access young audiences by rethinking brands from an online perspective and building relationships with kids through game play that ignites young imaginations, swells their minds and inspires creativity, self expression and esteem. Brandissimo! produces and created the fast growing NFLRUSH Zone, a massive 32-team multiplayer game world for the National Football League. In addition to digital production, Brandissimo! executive produced the international hit TV franchise Harry and His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs, created and produced the Emmy®-nominated Discovery Kids franchise Bigfoot Presents: Meteor and the Mighty Monster Trucks, and produces the multi-award winning musical series, Spectrum Connections' Bounce!, for PBS Sprout.
Outlaws Prepare To Take The Comic Industry By Force

New publishing endeavor focusing on graphic novels to launch in June

April 29, 2009: Raven Venture Partners (RVP) announces the backing of an innovative new publishing company called Outlaw Entertainment. The full service creative studio will focus on producing high concept/high quality graphic novels across various genres, targeted at multiple demographics.

“As consumers continue to adapt to the ever changing world of pop culture, Outlaw Entertainment will adapt with them, whether it’s through digital or print media” stated HJ Harrison, Managing Partner of RVP. “We are looking for Outlaw Entertainment to be a leader in the comic book/graphic novel marketplace, while also serving as an elite source for intellectual property development.”

Tony Hobdy and Rick A. Villa are the founders of Outlaw Entertainment and will oversee the graphic publishing arm.

Hobdy, who has managed the creation, production, and marketing for more than 300 multimedia projects with corporate clients such as IBM, Coca-Cola, and HP, is excited by the opportunity to bring original content into the marketplace. “We’ve been actively developing a uniquely diverse line-up of graphic novel titles for over a year now,” he said. “Because we’ve been involved in the development process for such a long time, we’re eager to see our public launch finally become a reality.”

With over ten years experience working with animation mega-brands such as Yu-Gi-Oh, The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Dragon Ball Z, Villa has seen firsthand the benefits of being a creative house for new ideas and unique properties. “Outlaw Entertainment is in this for the long haul,” he said. “Our goal is not to have one great title, but a library of great titles across all genres.”

Working with top talent in both the comic industry as well as Hollywood, Outlaw Entertainment will release up to fifteen titles a year beginning in June 2009.

For more information, visit Outlaw Entertainment at

Raven Venture Partners (RVP) is an innovative early stage venture investment company based in Austin, Texas and Bethesda, Maryland. RVP is focused on traditional technology and entertainment related ventures that offer high velocity return on capital opportunities. RVP offers extensive operating experience and expertise coupled with capital resources to match the needs of early stage businesses. For more information on Raven Venture Partners, visit