Thursday, August 06, 2009




AUGUST 5TH, MIlWAUKIE, OR–In a packed panel on Saturday morning during Comic Con, Dark Horse president, Mike Richardson called a surprise guest to announce Dark Horse’s plans to develop new comics and graphic novels for the Gold Key Comics’ superheroes. Fans were shocked to see Jim Shooter enter the room; the man recently named the “Steve Jobs of Comics” by Comic Book Bin.

Shooter is perhaps best known for his nine year tenure at Marvel Comics, beginning in 1982, with highlights including Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s run on the Uncanny X-Men, and Frank Miller's run on Daredevil. Also under Shooter's editorial reign, Walt Simonsen revamped The Mighty Thor and made it again a bestseller. Following his successful run at Marvel, Shooter launched the well-received Valiant comics imprint in the early 90s, bringing many of Marvel’s creators with him.

Now, Jim Shooter comes to Dark Horse as head writer for the re-launch of the Gold Key Comics characters: Turok, Son of Stone®, Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom, Magnus, Robot Fighter, and Mighty Samson, with further characters and new comic writers to be announced shortly.

“It's great to be at Dark Horse, working with Mike Richardson, world-class creator, honorable gentleman and industry powerhouse” said Jim Shooter. “It's great to be reunited with Magnus, Solar, Turok, Samson and the other wonderful Gold Key properties. The opportunity is tremendous and the time is ripe. Let's do it.”

“Jim and I share a great affection for these terrific characters. We have some very exciting ideas on how to introduce them to a whole new generation of fans.” said Mike Richardson, president of Dark Horse Comics.


An original comic book hero, Turok is best known today for a successful video game franchise boasting more than five million units sold since the first game was introduced in the 1990s. The legend of the brave and ruthless dinosaur-hunter has lived on for more than thirty years in comic book series from Dell Comics, Gold Key Comics and Valiant. Anthologies of the original classic comics are now available from Dark Horse Comics.

Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom

Doctor Solar must find a way to become normal again after surviving an explosion that leaves him with the power to control atomic energy. When danger and disaster threaten the innocent, Solar leaps into action as the “Man of the Atom.” One of Gold Key Comics’ most popular titles in the 1960s, the original nuclear-powered superhero reached legendary status by the 1990s in new comics from Valiant. The original classic comics now appear in hardcover anthologies published by Dark Horse Comics.

Magnus, Robot Fighter

Haling from the year 4,000 A.D. is the stalwart hero of humanity, Magnus, Robot Fighter. These gripping adventure stories, in which a human who battles evil robots in the sprawling futuristic city of North Am, elevated the comic book medium when they debuted in the 1960s from Gold Key Comics, and captured the imagination of millions in new comics published thirty years later by Valiant. The original science-fiction classics now appear in hardcover anthologies published by Dark Horse Comics.

Mighty Samson

A popular Gold Key Comics character from the 1960s and 70s, the post-apocalyptic adventures of Mighty Samson are set in the land of N’Yark, an earth devastated by nuclear war. Amazingly large and strong, Samson uses his mutant strength only for good—and to protect his friends, Sharmain and Mindor, responsible for saving his life.

Turok, Son of Stone; Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom; Magnus, Robot Fighter and Mighty Samson are part of the Classic Media portfolio of properties. For more information, please go to:

About Dark Horse Comics:

Since 1986, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent like Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Gerard Way and comics legend Will Eisner, Dark Horse has developed such successful characters as The Mask, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Additionally, their highly successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, Emily the Strange, Tim Burton, Trigun, and Serenity. Today Dark Horse Comics is the third largest comic-book publisher in the U.S. and is recognized as one of the world's leading publisher of licensed comics material.

August 4th, 2009, Los Angeles – The Coming out of San Diego Comic-Con International, Radical Publishing is proud to announce that Joseph Kosinski, director of the upcoming Tron Legacy, is slated to direct Oblivion as a full-length feature film, based on the upcoming hardcover book also created by the director. Oblivion will be produced by Kosinski alongside Radical Publishing’s President and Publisher Barry Levine, filmmaker David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and Anonymous Content’s David Morrison. Radical Publishing’s Executive Vice President Jesse Berger is attached as executive producer.

Set in the distant future, Oblivion revolves around a court-martialed soldier who is exiled to a desolate planet ravaged by the wrath of time. During his efforts to explore his surroundings and bring an end to the last remains of a primitive alien race, he comes across a mysterious traveler. Through the help of this enigmatic traveler, the soldier begins to question everything he knows – both about the galaxy at large and himself.

"I was looking to make a science fiction film that I could do on a budget," stated Kosinski of the initial concept. "It's grown since then, but it's intended to be a very spare science fiction film, with a small cast but big ideas and big landscapes."

“We’re very excited to have Joe Kosinski’s Oblivion at Radical,” said Barry Levine. “This our very first non comic property and the first book to debut in our illustrated novels collection. Not only has Joe crafted a unique vision for this book, he’s managed to create an incredible world and a compelling story. We’re pleased and proud to be a part of this project and fans will be overwhelmed with what we are planning for this book’s release.”

Oblivion will debut as a Hardcover hybrid novel in a landscape format, mixing the traditional text based novel with highly rendered illustrations. The book is set for a San Diego Comic-Con 2010 release under the Radical Books imprint.

About Radical Publishing

Radical Publishing is founded by Barry Levine (producer for Hercules, Caliber, Freedom Formula, Shrapnel, Abattoir, Oblivion and executive producer for the in-development Rex Mundi movie for Warner Bros., written by Jim Uhls and starring Johnny Depp) and his protégé Jesse Berger (executive producer for Hercules, Caliber, Freedom Formula, Shrapnel, Abattoir and Oblivion).

For their quality and excellence in 2008, retailers voted Radical Publishing the Gem Award for “Best New Publisher of the Year” from Diamond Comic Distributors. Radical brings the best writing, storytelling and fully painted cover and interior art to the global comic book market, from prominent international talents such as Yoshitaka Amano, John Bolton, Luis Royo, Jim Steranko, Steve Pugh, Warren Ellis, Arthur Suydam, Steve Niles, Jimmy Palmiotti, Flint Dille, Marko Djurdjevic, Ian Edginton, David Hine, Rick Remender, Joseph Kosinski, Nick Percival, Steve Moore, Sam Sarkar, Stjepan Sejic, Dave Wilkins, Tomm Coker, Clayton Crain, Bill Sienkiewicz, Nick Sagan, Clint Langley, Nick Simmons, Patrick Reilly, Weta Workshop, Zombie Studios and many more.

Radical Publishing currently has production deals with Universal Studios, Spyglass Entertainment, Peter Berg’s Film 44 and Radical Pictures for Hercules; Johnny Depp's Infinitum Nihil and Radical Pictures for Caliber; and New Regency, Bryan Singer’s Bad Hat Harry Productions and Radical Pictures for Freedom Formula.
Popular Image Series, THE WALKING DEAD, to feature to complete first issue of Ivan Brandon and Nic Klein’s latest debut, VIKING!

6 August 2009 (Berkeley, CA) – Following up on the recent WALKING DEAD/CHEW flipbook, next week’s WALKING DEAD #64 will feature the entire first issue of the pre-release sell out VIKING #1, by writer Ivan Brandon and artist Nic Klein, in a special black & white edition at absolutely no additional cost!

“The response to VIKING has been absolutely flooring in every way. But the chance to expose the book to the entire massive WALKING DEAD fan base is a whole new level of exciting,” said Brandon. “Even though VIKING is normally in our full color oversized format, we were surprised by how incredible Nic’s art looked in black and white. I think people are really going to love what they see.”

VIKING, heralded as a crime comic for the 9th century, follows the story of two brothers looking to make their way up the ladder of the Norse criminal underground only to find they're quickly biting off more than they could ever hope to chew. Nic Klein's lush rendering of Ivan Brandon's hard-boiled story will be right up the alley of any WALKING DEAD fan.

Kirkman added, “I’m personally psyched to have VIKING in the back of WALKING DEAD. As both an Image Partner and a fan, I’m thrilled by the book’s success and hope to continue its growth in any way I can.”

WALKING DEAD #64 (FEB092371), a 48-page B&W comic book featuring the entirety of VIKING #1 for only $2.99, will go on sale next week, August 12th, 2009. VIKING #3 (JUN090394), a full color 32-page oversized comic book for $2.99, will be in stores August 8th, 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
Hey folks,
It's been an amazing couple of weeks over here at Hoarse and Buggy Central. First, was the near instantaneous sell out of the Tumor Ashcan at San Diego Comic-Con. Thank you all so much for coming out and supporting the book!

Secondly, through a strange twist of fate, a tv show I worked on briefly last year was nominated for an Emmy Award, and, yours truly was one of the credited writers, meaning I can now introduce myself as Emmy Award Nominee Joshua Hale Fialkov. I expect each of you to do the same.

Third, Tumor - Chapter One was a huge hit on Amazon! It made it all the way up to #6 out of all graphic novels on Amazon. Not just digital, ALL graphic novels. I think we were even beating DC's super huge Final Crisis for a while.

Which brings me to the last quick news, which is that you can now purchase Chapter Two of Tumor on Amazon for a measly dollar. It's available right now for your Kindle, iPhone, or iPod Touch. Every purchase is showing Amazon that we're a market that matters and that they need to actively serve with their devices, so, please, if not for me, then for the future of comics, go check out the book. You can do so here:

Again, thank you all for your continued support, and as always, keep checking and for more info about what I'm up to.


Mini-Marvels cartoonist Chris Giarrusso brings his upcoming superhero hit, G-MAN: CAPE CRISIS, to the interactive computer screen!

5 August 2009 (Berkeley, CA) - Due to fan demand to actually live next week's debut issue of Mini-Marvels cartoonist Chris Giarrusso's G-MAN: CAPE CRISIS, Giarrusso has brought his beloved creation to the video game world in a revolutionary Flash-based, 2D video game experience only available on The Internet!

"In developing G-MAN: CAPE CRISIS: THE VIDEO GAME we decided to work in the grand tradition of such literal blockbusters as Breakout and Arkanoid," says Giarrusso. "While it's not necessary for fans of the comic to play the game, we do promise it will expand on the series' storyline, allowing a total immersion experience into the world of G-MAN: CAPE CRISIS."

G-MAN: CAPE CRISIS: THE VIDEO GAME gives gamers the opportunity to step into the virtual shoes of G-MAN and five other beloved characters including Tanman, Sun Trooper, Billy Demon, Sparky, and G-MAN's brother Great Man. Players must use enchanted energy discs in an epic quest to retrieve the powerful remnants of G-MAN's magic cape. G-MAN: CAPE CRISIS: THE VIDEO GAME features a game engine which allows players to move both left and right while saving the world from imminent destruction.

G-MAN: CAPE CRISIS #1 (of 5) (JUN090322), a 32-page full color comic book for only $2.99, will be in stores August 12th, 2009. The video game may be played online at

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

Tuesday, August 04, 2009


In the first week of release Steve Mannion’s Fearless Dawn #1 races to #3 in sales on the Comixology App.
Asylum Press announced today that it has signed a non-exclusive agreement with Comixology for distribution of its comics on the iPhone. Among the titles to be released first if Steve Mannion’s Fearless dawn mini-series and Elizabeth J. Musgrave’s Farmhouse.

“”I am very excited to work with Comixology on delivering Asylum Press’ comics to the iPhone. There are millions of iPhone users and it opens up our reader base quite significantly, “says publisher Frank Forte, “The comics market has needed to get to new fans for over a decade and this seems to be the best way to do it. We hope it will drive readers to their local comics shops.”

The first Fearless Dawn 4-issue mini-series sub-titled “The Belly of the Beast” is an action packed thrill-rid. Jet riding good girl FEARLESS DAWN battles her arch nemesis Helga Von Krause in this mini-series from Steve Mannion. Fearless Dawn infiltrates the vaunted "Manitoba Sector" to discover the secret behind Helga's chemically induced NAZI MONSTERS. Meanwhile, all is not well back at home base when Fearless Dawn's boss discovers our hero has broken probation and flown the coop.

Farmhouse is a dark character drama set in a mental institution set in the town of Paintsville in the mountains of eastern Kentucky. In this tale, Sam Corneile, A drifter, returns home to take a job at a local mental institution where he discovers a group of patients being exploited under an art therapy regimen. While there, he falls for Helen, a feisty but troubled female who dares him to confront his past. Farmhouse is written by Elizabeth J. Musgrave and Illustrated by Szymon Kudranski.

In the coming months Asylum Press will release Asylum of Horrors, Undead Evil, Zombie Terrors, Billy Boy The Sick Little Fat Kid, The Vampire Verses and other upcoming titles for Comixology’s iPhone app comic store.

Here’s the link to Comixology’s iPhone store:

The Comics by ComiXology App is a digital comic store, library and reader for iPhone and iPod touch that is launching with over 100 titles available from twenty popular comic publishers and many independent comic writers.“The stunning display and innovative multi-touch user interface of iPhone and iPod touch have finally made comics appealing in a digital format,” said David Steinberger, CEO of Iconology, Inc. “By combining great comics with iPhone OS 3.0’s In-App Purchasing and location awareness features we are creating a revolution in the way comics are sold and read which could only happen with iPhone and iPod touch.”

The Comics by ComiXology App heralds an entirely new comic book publishing and connected commerce model. With the Comics by ComiXology app, comic book enthusiasts can not only read their comics in a format designed to preserve the comic book experience on an iPhone or iPod touch, but also locate and connect with local retailers to purchase the printed version of the titles. Through relationships with comic book retailers, Comics by ComiXology will increase both digital and print sales of comics and deliver a powerful mobile marketing tool for comic book publishers and retailers. Comics by ComiXology offers a “guided view” that keeps the entire page of a comic intact, unlike other solutions where the page is cut into individual pictures the user browses like a photo application. Comics by ComiXology is a reader app that contains all a user’s comics and offers its own digital comics store that supports multiple publishers.

About Iconology, Inc.
Since 2007 Iconology, Inc. has been working to expose more people to the world of comics, through and related applications., brick-and-mortar comic book retailer tools, iPhone and Blackberry apps and digital comics are all connected through the ComiXology platform.

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 Press continues to be on the cutting edge of comic and graphic novel publishing. Asylum Press is distributed by Diamond Comics, Haven Distributors, Tony Shenton and Partners Publishers Group to the booktrade.

G.I.R.L. Scholarship Program Offers Another Educational Opportunity

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – August 4, 2009– Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) announced today that Rebecca Gleason of Indianapolis, IN won the 2009 G.I.R.L. Scholarship. This marks the second year of the scholarship program, encouraging students toward career paths in the creative and applied arts, ultimately resulting in the development of video games that are more enticing for women to play.

Gleason, a Game Art & Design student, was awarded a $10,000 scholarship to be applied toward tuition and other educational expenses at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and an optional paid internship of up to 10 weeks at SOE’s headquarters in San Diego, working on the newly released and highly successful free to play game, Free Realms™.

“I feel so honored to be given this opportunity,” said Gleason. “I can’t wait to make the most of it by really diving in, absorbing what I learn and working to promote the mission of the G.I.R.L. program.”

Gleason was one of more than 160 applicants vying for the scholarship. Finalists were asked to submit original concept art depicting a new game environment and new characters for Free Realms, and compose two essays discussing their art and views on women in the video game industry.

“The invaluable combination of education and experience is the exact formula Rebecca needs to become successful in this competitive video games industry,” said Torrie Dorrell, Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing, SOE. “We are thrilled to open yet another door for a female gamer and we plan to continue to expand the presence of women in gaming by carrying on the tradition of the G.I.R.L program for years to come.”

Julia Brasil, the first-ever G.I.R.L. Scholarship recipient, recently returned to SOE’s Seattle studio for another internship. Brasil will graduate from The Art Institute-San Francisco in 2010.

For more information about G.I.R.L., please visit To follow G.I.R.L. on Twitter, go to

About Sony Online Entertainment

Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) is a recognized worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online games, with hundreds of thousands of subscribers around the globe. SOE creates, develops and provides compelling entertainment for the personal computer, online, game console and wireless markets. Known for its blockbuster franchises and hit titles including EverQuest®, EverQuest® II, Champions of Norrath®, Untold Legends™, and PlanetSide®, as well as for developing Star Wars Galaxies™, SOE continues to redefine the business of online gaming and the creation of active player communities while introducing new genres on various entertainment platforms. Headquartered in San Diego, CA, with additional development studios in Austin, TX; Seattle, WA; Denver, CO; Tucson, AZ and Taiwan, SOE has an array of cutting-edge games in development.

SOE, the SOE logo, EverQuest and PlanetSide are registered trademarks of Sony Online Entertainment LLC. Untold Legends and Legends of Norrath are trademarks of Sony Online Entertainment LLC. All other trademarks and trade names are properties of their respective owners.

- Robin Hood seeks truth, justice and revenge - in the return of the hit show –

BBC AMERCA’s hit revival of Robin Hood returns for a bigger, bolder third season of action-adventure. Toby Stephens (Die Another Day, Jane Eyre) and David Harewood (The Vice, The Palace) join the cast of Jonas Armstrong (Teachers, The Ghost Squad), Richard Armitage (MI-5, North & South), and Keith Allen (Bodies, The Others) as Robin continues to outwit the dastardly Sheriff and his forces—but Robin’s not the same crusader he once was. Since the death of Marian, Robin’s in a downward spiral fuelled by anger and grief - he can think of nothing but revenge. Meanwhile, a wave of corruption and evil has been sweeping the land. Luckily, a mysterious new ally in the form of a traveling monk, Tuck (Harewood) arrives just in time to get the hooded hero back on track. This season holds incredible twists and turns—take nothing for granted!

Robin Hood, season three, premieres Saturday, September 12, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Season three kicks off when Robin and his gang of outlaws return from the Holy Land. But now that he’s back, Robin wastes no time - Marian's murderer, Guy of Gisborne (Armitage), is a marked man. Robin immediately breaks with his followers, and races to Locksley Manor to avenge her death. Once there, he confronts Gisborne but does Gisborne care if he lives or dies? After all, Marian was the only woman he loved and his only hope.

Armstrong talks about the darker, tougher Robin Hood, hell bent on avenging his wife's tragic end, “Robin’s back from the Holy Land but without Marian, the beat of his life. He’s questioning everything he ever lived for. Now it’s pay back time, and he’s become obsessed with killing Gisborne. It’s great to bring Robin back a darker, more mature hero and fans will see that once he’s come to terms with his personal loss, he’s a stronger more powerful force than ever before.”

Meanwhile, the wickedness of the Sheriff (Allen) continues unabated - he’s sold the local men to fight a foreign war. When a feisty Locksley girl, Kate (Joanne Froggatt, Life On Mars), objects to her brother’s forced conscription, she inadvertently gets caught up in the cause of Robin Hood and becomes an indispensable member of the gang.

The third season also brings an unexpected addition when Gisborne's little sister, Isabella (Lara Pulver), unexpectedly arrives to further complicate the lives of both Robin and Gisborne. And, as the threat of Prince John (Stephens) looms larger, Robin and Gisborne reach an uneasy truce. They soon realize they may have more in common than they thought.

BBC AMERICA brings audiences a new generation of award-winning television featuring news with a uniquely global perspective, provocative dramas, razor-sharp comedies and life-changing makeovers. BBC AMERICA pushes the boundaries to deliver high quality, highly addictive and eminently watchable programming to viewers who demand more. It is available on digital cable and satellite TV in more than 64 million homes.

For up-to-the-minute information on BBC AMERICA, forthcoming U.S. premieres, art work and news from the channel, log on to


“With a thunk of arrows and a clash of steel Robin Hood returns …this is stirring…stuff, with topical ‘homeland security’ and geeky Get Carter references to keep the grown-ups amused.” Financial Times

“…dark and gripping opening episode … Exactly how Robin Hood should be, this is fab stuff. Five stars.” TV Times

“…swashbuckling adventure drama … We find a darker, tougher Robin … Friar Tuck finally arrives in Sherwood Forest. But he’s not the roly-poly, comic figure of the traditional Robin Hood legend. This Tuck is a lean, mean, fighting machine, who calls himself Brother Tuck!” Sun

“As ever, this looks great, and several cast additions bring new life to the third series.” Daily Mail

“Hurray! Mead all round! The fantastic music alone is enough to make you want to dash through a forest in a leather jerkin, doing brave deeds and saving peasants from baddies.” Radio Times

“David Harewood beefs up the forest as Friar Tuck…” Guardian

“…the Sheriff of Nottingham, still exquisitely played by Keith Allen…” Sunday Express


Robin Hood Jonas Armstrong

Sir Guy of Gisborne Richard Armitage

Tuck David Harewood

Sheriff of Nottingham Keith Allen

Kate Joanne Froggatt

Prince John Toby Stephens

Little John Gordon Kennedy

Much Sam Troughton

Allan A Dale Joe Armstrong

Isabella Lara Pulver

Written by Michael Chaplin, Simon J Ashford, Ryan Craig, Holly Phillips, Lisa Holdsworth, Tim Prager, Chris Lang, John Jackson, Peter Tabern

Directors Alex Pillai, Douglas Mackinnon, Patrick Lau, John Greeningm Graeme Harper

Producers Jane Hudson, Tom Mullens

Executive Producers Foz Allan (Tiger Aspect Productions)

Greg Brennan (Tiger Aspect Productions)

Julie Gardner (BBC)

Robin Hood is a Tiger Aspect Production for BBC in association with BBC America.



• Videos Feature Animation from Award-Winning Passion Films Best Known for Animating the Gorillaz Music Videos
• 10 Episode Video Series Debuts August 31 via iTunes and other Digital Channels
• Cutting Edge Viral Campaign Launches Giving Fans a Chance to Help the Character from the Visual Album in his Search For His True Love
• One eskimO Band Currently on Tour with Tori Amos in the U.S. Through August

Burbank, Calif., August 4, 2009 – The U.K.-based band “One Eskimo” and Warner Premiere have created an innovative new musical experience for consumers that brings a musical album together with groundbreaking animation and story to offer music fans a fully immersive musical and visual storytelling experience. The brainchild of lead singer Kristian Leontiou, “The Adventures of One Eskimo” is a visual album comprised of a series of animated musical story episodes jointly developed and produced by the band and Warner Premiere, and will be distributed by Warner Bros. Digital Distribution (WBDD). Warner Premiere and WBDD envision “The Adventures of One Eskimo” to be the first in a slate of visual album projects that offer musicians and consumers a new and compelling way to experience musical albums through the digital medium. “The Adventures of One eskimO” will debut August 31 on iTunes and other digital channels (

“We believe there is an opportunity for music and narrative to be combined into a new category of storytelling for digital mediums,” said Diane Nelson, president of Warner Premiere. “‘The Adventures of One eskimO’ is a wonderful love story using adorable characters to tell a story in a truly creative way. We’re looking forward to launching this series in September and working with additional artists on similar projects in the future.”

Produced by Passion Pictures, well known for their award-winning Gorillaz animation, “The Adventures of One eskimO” takes viewers on an animated journey through an epic love story starring our hero One eskimO and his band of animal friends that include Monkey, Giraffe and Penguin. The story begins with One eskimO and the love of his life Little Feather living peacefully in their igloo home, enjoying life as it passes by. One evening, Little Feather and One eskimO are torn apart by a dark force known as Mr. Top Hat who controls the world through his crystal ball. Our forlorn eskimO mopes around, pining for his lost love, imagining that she has left him for Mr. Top Hat. Through the help of a wise and brave owl he learns that she is in great peril. With only a knapsack and an enduring love, One eskimO sets out with his band of animal friends on an epic quest to rescue her.

A 10 part short form animated series, “The Adventures of One eskimO” will debut on iTunes and other digital channels August 31. To download the One eskimO trailer and to pre-order the series visit:

Help One eskimO before it’s too late! By visiting fans can join One eskimO and his band on a quest to track down his lost love. Users are confronted with a series of challenges and games set by the dastardly Mr. Top Hat which they have to overcome if they ever want One eskimO to see Little Feather again. Each game corresponds to major plot points from the animations themselves and employs the same unique look and feel. The online experience allows fans to delve deeper into the story and to feel part of the world of One eskimO.

About the Band

One eskimO, the band, is the brainchild of singer/songwriter Kristian Leontiou, One eskimO arrives with an impressive breadth of imagination that instantly marks them as something extraordinary. Produced by Rollo Armstrong (Faithless, Dido), the music is an ambitious and affecting collection of widescreen modern pop, alive with iridescent textures and intricately crafted songcraft. Songs like “Hometime” and “Kandi” (featuring an indelible chorus sampled from Candi Staton’s classic “He Called Me Baby”) are moving and expressive, touching upon such universal themes as love and heartbreak, success and failure. The band’s debut album will premiere in September on Shangri-La Recordings.

For more details on One eskimO and to see their tour schedule with Tori Amos visit:

About Warner Premiere

Warner Premiere is Warner Bros. Entertainment’s production company focused on the development, production and marketing of feature-length-DVD and short-form digital content. Warner Premiere is committed to being at the creative forefront in the evolution of quality product in the direct-to-consumer business, creating material that exemplifies the commitment to story, production and brand equity for which Warner Bros. is known.

About Warner Bros. Digital Distribution

Warner Bros. Digital Distribution (WBDD) manages Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group’s electronic distribution over existing, new and emerging digital platforms, including pay-per-view, electronic sell-through, transactional video-on-demand, subscription video-on-demand, wireless and more. WBDD also oversees the WBHEG’s worldwide digital strategy, partnerships in digital services and emerging new clients and business activities in the digital space.

About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment's home video, digital distribution, interactive entertainment/videogames, direct-to-DVD production, technical operations and anti-piracy businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. WBHEG is responsible for the global distribution of content through DVD, electronic sell-through and transactional VOD, and delivery of theatrical content to wireless and online channels, and is also a significant worldwide publisher for both internal and third party videogame titles.
Release Party!

Oscar-Nominated Screenwriter KIM KRIZAN will be on hand to sign copies of her new comic ZOMBIE TALES 2061!

Don't forget, Kim will be happy to sign your copies of her films BEFORE SUNRISE & BEFORE SUNSET, too!

Come meet KIM KRIZAN, best known for writing the generation defining romance films BEFORE SUNRISE and BEFORE SUNSET. Krizan jumped into the horror genre with both feet, delivering a unique new vision of the zombie apocalypse for ZOMBIE TALES: THE SERIES #1. Critics and fans spotlighted Krizan's freshman horror venture and clamored for a sequel. Krizan immediately expanded her Zombie universe into a triptych, which is finally collected in one easy reading volume with ZOMBIE TALES 2061.

ZOMBIE TALES 2061 features interior art by hot newcomer Jon Reed, with cover art by Patrick McEvoy.

To celebrate the release, KIM KRIZAN will be signing at MELTDOWN August 12th from 8PM to ????.

Libations to be provided by Asahi, Pearl Vodka and Tibetan Tea.

Meltdown Comics & Collectibles
7522 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 851-7283

August 12th, 8PM to ????

Map: Google Maps

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.

As announced at last week’s Comic-Con International, Fantagraphics Books — the leading publisher of classic strip reprints including The Complete Peanuts, Popeye, Krazy & Ignatz, Prince Valiant, Captain Easy, Dennis the Menace, Zippy the Pinhead and others — has acquired the rights from United Media to publish Nancy by Ernie Bushmiller, beginning in Spring 2010.

According to Co-Publisher Gary Groth, who inked the deal, Fantagraphics has contracted to publish the first 24 years of Nancy dailies, beginning in 1938 (when Nancy took over the strip from its former star, Fritzi Ritz) through 1961. "If the demand is there," Groth noted, "we will of course want to continue into the 1960s and beyond, if for no other reason than to run all those great 'hippie' Nancy episodes. But we'll cross that bridge in 2016 when we finish publishing the books we've contracted for."

"I was a late Nancy convert," admits Co-Publisher Kim Thompson, who will be editing the series. "It wasn't until Denis Kitchen published his Nancy collections in 1989 and 1990, after people like Bill Griffith and Scott McCloud had been touting it for years, that I finally 'got' it. It's one of the all-time greats -- way ahead of its time in its own goofy way. Ever since then it's been at the back of my mind to do a more extensive reprinting, and our ongoing successes with classic reprint series these past five years told me the time is now ripe."

Each volume of dailies will contain four years per volume and be designed by Fantagraphics Art Director Jacob Covey. Cartoonist Daniel Clowes (Ghost World) will provide the introduction to the first volume. Each volume will be 8” x 8” in flexibound format and retail for $29.99. Information regarding collections of Nancy Sunday strips will be announced at a later date.

“I envision Nancy being influenced by pop art and constructivist design in a way that will complement the geometric style of the strip and also give a nod to Mark Newgarden’s deconstruction of Nancy's forms,” says Covey, whose designs on books like Popeye, Willie & Joe and Beasts! have garnered numerous awards. “In a word: ‘POP’. Like Popeye, I want it to seem fun so kids can connect with it but smart so adults can look at it more deeply. But where Popeye has a Victorian nod, this will be modernist.”

Fantagraphics will begin with the "second" volume, 1942-1945. According to Thompson, "While we have access to great, nearly complete runs for most of the 1940s dailies, it looks like it will be far more trouble to collect the 1938 and 1939 material. So we'll be putting out a call to Nancy fans, both over the internet and in the first book itself, until we eventually secure the missing strips to double back and release the best possible 1938-1941 volume."

The character of Nancy, a precocious eight-year-old girl, first appeared in the strip Fritzi Ritz. After Larry Whittington began Fritzi Ritz in 1922, it was taken over by Bushmiller three years later. In 1933, Bushmiller introduced Fritzi's niece, Nancy. Soon she dominated the strip, retitled Nancy in 1938. At its peak in the 1970s, Nancy ran in more than 880 newspapers.

In addition to being one of the great comic strips of the 20th Century, Nancy is a bonafide pop culture icon, having captured the imagination of such artists as Andy Warhol, Joe Brainard, Scott McCloud, Bill Griffith, Mark Newgarden, and many others.

In Spring 2010, Fantagraphics will also publish an revised and expanded book edition of cartoonists Mark Newgarden and Paul Karasik’s seminal 1988 essay, “How to Read Nancy.” In addition to explicating the brilliance of Bushmiller’s cartooning, it also has become a landmark educational essay about visual storytelling through the analysis of Bushmiller’s work.

To quote from How to Read Nancy: “To say that Nancy is a simple gag strip about a simple-minded snot-nosed kid is to miss the point completely. Nancy only appears to be simple at a casual glance. Like architect Mies Van Der Rohe, the simplicity is a carefully designed function of a complex amalgam of formal rules laid out by the designer. To look at Bushmiller as an architect is entirely appropriate, for Nancy is, in a sense, a blue print for a comic strip. Walls, floors, rocks, trees, Ice-cream cones, motion lines, midgets and principals are carefully positioned with no need for further embellishment. And they are laid out with one purpose in mind - to get the gag across. Minimalist? Formalist? Structuralist? Cartoonist!”


Silverline Books returns to their Blue Forest Series return in the second installment, TIFFANY’S EPIPHANY!

3 August 2009 (Berkeley, CA) – This September Silverline Books, the children’s book imprint from Image Comics, expands on the world made popular in BRUCE THE LITTLE BLUE SPURCE with a story about all the downsides of being a bully in TIFFANY’S EPIPHANY by writer Kristen Koerner Simon and illustrator Jim Valentino.

“TIFFANY’S EPIPHANY presents an important moral in a humorous and lighthearted fashion that is still fun for kids to read in the Blue Forest Series tradition,” Illustrator and Silverline Publisher Jim Valentino said. “While I’ve been worked on just about every type of comic book or graphic novel you can imagine, working on children’s books such as TIFFANY’S EPIPHANY has proven to be very fun. Kristen and I look forward to continuing to visit the friends of the Blue Forest series for a long time to come.”

TIFFANY’S EPIPHANY features the return of fan-favorite characters The Four Lovable Field Mice and Jack the Rabbit, but newcomer Tiffany the Skunk is bullying all of the other critters in the forest. It is up to Jack the Rabbit to confront her and show her how lonely being a bully really is in a story that will definitely entertain and educate children of any age!

TIFFANY’S EPIPHANY (JUL090357), a 32-page full color children's book for $12.99, will be in stores September 16, 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
Baltimore Comic-Con Tickets Now Available!

Baltimore, Maryland - August 1, 2009 - Tickets can now be purchased for the 2009 Baltimore Comic-Con in person or online. Tickets to the Baltimore Comic-Con, taking place on Saturday, October 10th and Sunday, October 11th at the Baltimore Convention Center, will be available in person at our store, in person at shows around the country, and on-line.

Cards, Comics, and Collectibles, our retail store, participates in comic-book conventions all over the country, and sells tickets to the Baltimore Comic-Con during our visits. The first show to offer in-person sales of tickets to the Baltimore Comic-Con will be this Sunday, August 2nd at the Capital Associates Comic Convention in Tyson's Corner, VA. Additionally, we will be exhibiting at Wizard World Chicago Comic-Con (Booth 1610), taking place August 6-9, 2009.

In addition to meeting us at you local comic book convention, ticket purchases can be made through Ticketmaster.

For Saturday Tickets, click here!
For Sunday Tickets, click here!
For Weekend (2-Day) Tickets, click here!

As in prior years, you can also purchase your ticket at our retail location Cards, Comics, and Collectibles, located at 100A Chartley Dr., Reisterstown MD 21136. The store hours are M-T: 12pm-6:30pm, W: 2pm-7:30pm, T-F: 12pm-7:30pm, Sa: 11am-7pm, Su: 12pm-5pm.

Please take advantage of the chance to purchase tickets early. If you attended the show last year, you know that we are continuing to grow in size, which resulted in lines both Saturday and Sunday morning of the show. On-site ticket sales are limited by logistics and convention center resources. By purchasing your ticket early, you can avoid having to wait in line to purchase tickets. Instead of standing in another line, you will be able to come on in and meet your favorite artists, writers, and creators!

About The Baltimore Comic-Con
The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 10th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. With a guest list unequaled in the industry, the Baltimore Comic-Con will be held October 10-11, 2009. For more information, please visit

About The Harvey Awards
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry's oldest and most respected awards. With a history of over 20 years, the last 4 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. For more information, please visit

Monday, August 03, 2009


Issue 39 of Comics Waiting Room in now online and it’s going to stir up some emotions! Here’s what we have for you!

The CWR Interview! Neil Kleid joins us again, taking a few minutes to talk about his new graphic novel, THE BIG KAHN.

Vince Moore takes a flamethrower to The Black Panel at SDCC, calling it “Niggapalooza.” You know you wanna see what that’s all about.

Matt Maxwell finishes his eight-part con report here at CWR.

Marc Mason wraps SDCC and says it was a darker ride this year.
Avril Brown discusses what SDCC was like for a first-timer.

The return of CWRtv!
Marc and Steve Lieber:
Marc and Paul Horn:

Enjoy the reading!

Marc Mason
Comics Waiting Room