Friday, October 09, 2009

October 7, 2009 Los Angeles - During its return to exhibiting in the United States for the first time in four years at the Long Beach Comic
Convention October 2-4, Com.x is proud and excited to have announced four new titles for 2009 and 2010:



Forty-Five (45) – Slated for December, 2009, Forty-Five is our highly- anticipated book consisting of a series of Superhero interviews
documented by James Stanley. As a soon-to-be father, James wants to find out what lies in store for his family if his unborn child turns
out to have a Superpower, so he takes to interviewing forty-five different superheroes, from young to old. Each page of art has been
illustrated by a different comic artist, with no predetermined brief given; just the written page as guidance. The concept is unlike
anything you've seen in comic books so far; it truly is an original attempt at redefining what people expect from a comic book format.
Featuring the art of Liam Sharp, Jock, Sean Philips, Randy Green, Charlie Adlard and Dan Brereton, to name but a few of the 45
contributors. 45 is spotlighted in the October 2009 Diamond Previews catalogue and will ship in December (DCD# OCT090823). Forty-Five was
#17 of “50 Things You Need” in Wizard issue 217.

Cla$$war Series #1 TPB – Hot off the heels of the announcement of a film of the book "tagged for development" with Mandeville Films
(producers of The Surrogates and The Proposal), Com.x are pleased to announce the release of the softcover edition of their award-winning,
sell-out title, Cla$$war. Written by Rob Williams and with art by Trevor Hairsine & Travel Foreman, the book will also be available in
December 2009.



Duppy'78 – three Jamaican crime families vie for control of Kingston using black market ammo, potent narcotics, and the supernatural. A re-
imagining of Jamaican and Rastafarian ghost stories, told in the context of a 1978 gangland drama, Duppy‘78 is written by Casey Seijas
and illustrated by Amancey Nahuelpan B.

CASEY SEIJAS is a virtually unknown 10-year comic book veteran, having served as a writer and editor for MTV, DC/Vertigo Comics, Wizard magazine and a slew of other media outlets. DUPPY '78 is his first credited comic work.

AMANCAY NAHUELPAN B. was born in Canada and grew up in Chile. In 2006 he published Hijos de P, a noir genre comic, winner of the Chilean Professional Institute’s Fantasy and Comics Festival Award for Best Artist and Best Series in 2007.

Monster Myths – Creator and illustrator, John Lupo Avanti, uses the characters and the neighborhood that he grew up in to realize a story
that expresses modern American issues, such as political grudges, war, fear mongering, corruption and greed. An over-the-top dark comedy
pitching violent biker gangs against imposing clean-cut real estate developers, and in the middle of all of this is an unlikely hero
stirring the pot in hopes to save his neighborhood.

John Lupo Avanti is an artist living in Northern California. His work has been featured in numerous advertising campaigns.

Nicodemus Flynn – Created by Alex De-Gruchy. An original graphic novel set in a world where humans, monsters and supernatural creatures co-
exist. There are highly-trained, specialist individuals who hunt these creatures, and Nicodemus Flynn is one of the best, having spent the
last fifteen years hunting demons and monsters across the globe. He is a self-styled vigilante, protecting the innocent and thwarting the
powers of evil.

Alex De-Gruchy has had a number of short stories published by various comic book companies including Alterna Comics and Ronin Studios and his first full-length mini-series will be published by Resolution Comics in 2010. Robin Simon Ng is a self-taught comic book artist born in 1976, in Sarawak, Malaysia. After graduating from his studies in Graphic Design, he worked in several designing and advertising firms before moving into 3D animation and storyboarding.

Topware Interactive Unveils Apocalyptic Masterpiece

+++ TopWare Interactive announces that it will be publishing Scivelation, a third person shooter set in a dystopian future, developed by Black Wing Foundation +++

Las Vegas - Dnepropetrovsk, October 9th, 2009. TopWare Interactive has acquired the exclusive worldwide publishing rights to Scivelation, Black Wing Foundation’s ambitious, story driven, action game. Armed with the Unreal III Engine, Scivelation is slated for a mid-2010 release for PC and next-gen consoles. Scivelation will transform the Third-Person Shooter genre into an unrelenting interactive experience, hurling the player into a blockbuster journey, steeped in conflict and veiled in uncertainty.

Set in the distant future, Scivelation’s universe is a world born out of the ashes of conflict and misery. An oppressive global dictatorship, known as the Regime, has risen to power after the aftermath of the Apocalypse; aggressively seeking out and eliminating any opposition to their tyrannical government. With this capricious, dystopian reality as a backdrop, the player will take his or her place amongst the ranks of the resistance, waging war throughout the furthest reaches of the globe in this action-packed battle for freedom and survival.

About TopWare Interactive
For years, TopWare Interactive has developed successful brands, built international presence, and published award winning blockbusters of all genres; manifesting itself as a proverbial “breath of fresh air” in the video game industry. Evidence of this fact can be seen in the successful IPs generated by in-house development studio Reality Pump and other top licenses acquired from external developers. Games such as "Jagged Alliance 2", "Earth 2160", and "Two Worlds" are just a few of the award winning box office hits to emerge from this unique and innovative studio.
Being a privately held and financed company and operating without any impeding foreign control, TopWare Interactive is able to make quick decisions and adjustments to adapt to a constantly evolving global marketplace. Currently, the company is the only worldwide, independent Game Publisher with its own in-house development resources, with more than 25 years of entertainment industry experience. Over the years, that experience has given the video game community such innovative milestones as the first CD-ROM (1992), the first DVD-ROM (1997), and the first BD-ROM (2008) containing gaming content.
Beside this, TopWare Interactive is the first German based company appointed as a licensed Publisher by both Microsoft and Sony for their, respective, next gen platforms. This provides for a solid future product portfolio on multiple platforms and distribution channels. Presently, TopWare develops for and publishes on PC, Mac, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3; although, future platforms such as the next gen Xbox and NATAL continue to remain insight. In fact, in the PC sector, TopWare retains a close partnership with Intel, AMD and Nvidia, striving to propel innovation and remain on the cutting-edge of state-of-the-art technology.

About Black Wing Foundation
BWF has developed into a company where video game professionals come together to create, live, and breathe innovations. BWF primarily focuses on game development, however, they also provide several different types of outsourcing, such as graphical outsourcing. In addition, BWF is leading the way in many different fields of video game research. As a producer and a developer, BWF concentrates on creating games that truly break the bounds of conventional thinking. The company is located in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine.

Charles Vess is one of the most revered artists in the field of fantasy and comic art. The three-time Eisner Award winner has worked on some of the most recognizable comic properties of all time, including Jeff Smith’s Rose and Neil Gaiman’s Sandman, a retelling of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, for which he and Gaiman shared the prestigious World Fantasy Award.

For over thirty years Vess has positioned himself, through his art, as the best fantasy illustrator in recent history.

Drawing Down the Moon: The Art of Charles Vess collects decades of the artist’s unparalleled work and is scheduled to be released by Dark Horse on December 23, 2009. The hardcover, full-color, 200-page book costs $39.99.

But as a special treat, Dark Horse is happy to announce that the entire book is now available on for collectors, art connoisseurs, and newly introduced fans to browse for free.

“This book has taken a bit over two years from the completion of my initial layouts to actually seeing print,” said Vess. “So, in an effort to make certain that you know that the book will indeed be available this December, we are giving you a sneak peak of the entire 200 pages.”

“Above all,” Vess continued, “there’s the unique opportunity to view all the projects that you’d never have a chance to see except in a book like this: a 16’ bronze sculpture, event posters for local organizations, private commissions and previously unpublished paintings done just for the pure pleasure of doing them.”

Vess’s art immerses readers into a place of such fantasy and grandeur, one hopes to stay forever lost in the beauty. His masterful use of paint and brush stand out in an age of digital design, harking back to the golden age of illustration.

Dark Horse invites you to step into a realm of imagination and wonder. Anyone interested is welcome to join the magical journey.

To enter the world of Charles Vess, direct your browser to: and click on the Drawing Down the Moon icon.

We’ll be waiting.

Tuesday, October 06, 2009


September 22nd, 2009, Los Angeles – In the not-too-distant future, as a final response to terrorism and crime, the U.S. government plans in secret to broadcast a signal making it impossible for anyone to knowingly commit unlawful acts. To keep this from the public, the government creates a distraction, installing a new currency system using digital charge cards.

Radical Publishing is excited to announce the December 2009 debut of The Last Days of American Crime, created and written by critically acclaimed author Rick Remender (Punisher, Fear Agent) and Illustrated by Greg Tocchini (Thor, 1602: New World). The bi-monthly, three-issue miniseries will be the latest in Radical Publishing’s 64-page bookshelf format with a low $4.99 price point.

The Last Days of AmericanCrime tells the story of Graham Brick, a petty criminal never quite able to hit the big score. In a grand scheme, Graham intends to steal one of the charging stations, skip the country and live off unlimited funds for the rest of his life. But the media has leaked news of the anti-crime signal one week before it was to go live... and now Graham and his team have just a few days to turn the heist of the century into the last crime in American history.

“The Last Days of American Crime is one of the most unique crime stories on or off the printed page and Radical is very proud to be a part of it” said Radical Publishing President and Publisher, Barry Levine. “We’re especially excited to work with Rick Remender, one of the most talented creators in comics today. His writing is bringing a new and unique voice to the crime genre and we couldn’t be more pleased to help bring his story to life.”

In discussing how Last Days came to Radical, Rick Remender states, “Barry Levine called me after reading some of my other books and said he was looking for original genre pitches. I had one that I’d been itching to do for a long time in The Last Days of American Crime. It’s hardcore crime with an apolitical bent and it took someone like Barry and Radical to see the potential of such a thing.”

Readers can preview the first 15 pages of The Last Days of American Crime on Radical Publishing’s MySpace page at

The Last Days of American Crime #1 appears in the October 2009 issue of Diamond Previews and features two separate covers, one by Alex Maleev (DCD# OCT091056) and another by series artist Greg Tocchini (DCD# OCT091057).

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.

First BOOM Kids! Issue Sells Out Immediately After Release

Los Angeles - October 6th, 2009 - BOOM! Studios announced today that MICKEY MOUSE AND FRIENDS #296 has sold out immediately after release.

Fans should keep in mind, while Diamond Comic Distributors is completely sold out, first printings of MICKEY MOUSE AND FRIENDS #296 may still be found at a direct market retailer near you.

Diamond Comic Distributors is making the second printing of MICKEY MOUSE AND FRIENDS #296 available for retailers to order immediately and the second printing will be featured in the October 21st issue of Previews Plus.

In addition, as part of their just announced distribution aggreement, Haven Distributors will also be making the second printing of MICKEY MOUSE AND FRIENDS #296 available for retailers to order immediately.

The second print of MICKEY MOUSE AND FRIENDS #296 carries a Diamond Code of AUG098163. The Haven Code is MICFBOO296A.

MICKEY MOUSE AND FRIENDS #296 second print features a "Donald First" variant cover putting Donald Duck front and center, where cover A of the first print featured Mickey Mouse.

MICKEY MOUSE AND FRIENDS #296 has garnered accolades from critics across the spectrum:

"I really enjoyed this book, I really got a kick out of seeing some of my childhood favourites in a new milieu..." - The Outhousers

"...the artwork is just wonderful..." - Comixtreme

"Entertaining story, comical moments... will take you back to that place where you where just a kid. 4 out of 5 Stars" - Major Spoilers

MICKEY MOUSE AND FRIENDS #296 features the first installment of the epic "Wizards of Mickey" adventure and is written by Stefano Ambrosio with interior art by Lorenzo Pastrovicchio, Roberto Santillo & Marco Giglione. The first printing shipped with two covers in a 50/50 split and a third cover that was offered as a 1 in 10 incentive.

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.

A first look at the new Doctor Who logo, which will accompany Matt Smith’s on-screen debut as The Doctor in spring 2010, has been unveiled and can be seen at The logo is the eleventh to have been used on screen in the show’s history.

Accompanying the logo at is an animated insignia of the show’s initials, which will be used as branding for the new series in conjunction with the logo.

About the new logo Steven Moffat, the new Lead Writer and Executive Producer said:

“A new logo. The eleventh logo for the eleventh Doctor - those grand old words, Doctor Who, suddenly looking newer than ever. And look at that, something really new - an insignia! DW in TARDIS form! Simple and beautiful, and most important of all, a completely irresistible doodle. I apologise to school notebooks everywhere, because in 2010 that's what they're going to be wearing.”

The new series of Doctor Who will premiere in spring 2010. The final three episodes featuring David Tennant will be broadcast later this year, with the existing logo on-screen.

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

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

Los Angeles, CA - October 5th, 2009 - BOOM! Studios is pleased to announce a distribution agreement with Haven Distributors to distribute all second printings of their monthly comics to direct market retailers, this includes not only the core BOOM! Studios line, but also BOOM!'s line of Disney licensed comics published under the BOOM Kids! imprint.

"Retailers have been begging us to get our second prints into their stores at a faster pace for the past year," said BOOM! Studios CEO Ross Richie. "We're happy to be able to offer retailers another choice in getting an important part of our product line to their stores and into the hands of their customers."

The addition of Haven Distributors adds to the growing list of distributors offering BOOM! Studios and BOOM Kids! publications. This past summer, BOOM! Studios announced mass market distribution deals with Simon and Schuster and HarperCollinsCanada, with Simon & Schuster distributing BOOM! Studios and BOOM Kids! line of graphic novels in the United States and HarperCollinsCanada distributing in Canada.

Previous to the addition of Simon & Schuster and HarperCollinsCanada, this past March BOOM! announced a newsstand distribution deal for their BOOM Kids! line through Kable Distribution Services, Inc., best known amongst comic book fans for distributing Archie Comics throughout North America in the United States and Canada.

The entire BOOM! Studios and BOOM Kids! line of publications are offered in the direct market by Diamond Comics Distributors.

Retailers needing more information on how to order from Haven Distributors can call 1-877-HAVEN-50 or sign up on their website here:

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 Haven Distributors
Haven Distributors ( was launched in 2008 with the mission of enabling independent comics to succeed in an ever-changing market place. They provide a wide array of comics and related merchandise at competitive discounts with low minimum orders to direct market retailers. They strive to treat both their customers and suppliers as business partners, providing a range of order fulfillment services from wholesale distribution to web store management.

Monday, October 05, 2009

BOOTH #2402





KILL AUDIO's Claudio Sanchez
co-author Chondra Echert & artist Mr. Sheldon (Sunday Only)


FARSCAPE's Keith R.A. DeCandido (Sunday Only)

28 DAYS LATER’s Michael Alan Nelson

MR. STUFFIN's Johanna Stokes


Saturday, October 10th, 2009
All Day – Signing with Michael Alan Nelson & Johanna Stokes
12:00 – 1:00 – Signing with Mark Waid
1:30 - 2:30 – Mark Waid moderates "Comics Rewind: The '70s" panel
4:00 - 5:00 – Signing with Mark Waid

Sunday, October 11th, 2009
All Day – Signing with Keith R.A. DeCandido, Michael Alan Nelson & Johanna Stokes
1:00 – 2:00 – Signing with Mark Waid
2:30 – 3:30 – Signing with KILL AUDIO's Claudio Sanchez, co-author Chondra Echert and artist Mr. Sheldon
4:00 – 5:00 – Signing with Mark Waid

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.
EA and IDW Launch Army of Two and Drago Age Comics

EDWOOD CITY, Calif.--Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) announced today that it has signed a deal with IDW Publishing to expand two of its intellectual properties, Army of Two™ and Dragon Age™, into comics under a new EA™ Comics imprint with IDW beginning in January. EA and IDW will launch monthly, ongoing series for both Army of Two and Dragon Age. Each issue will be published in print and distributed nationally at comic book outlets, with digital versions released for iPhone™ and iPod® Touch and other emerging digital platforms.

“We’ve seen an increasing number of video game tie-ins with comics over the last few years. This marks another step in our strategy for extending EA’s wholly-owned game properties to new media. It is exhilarating to be working with the comic book creators directly,” said Mike Quigley, Group Vice President, Global Marketing, EA Games Label.

Under terms of the agreement, EA will fund and manage the creative aspect of the comic book series, while IDW will be responsible for printing and distribution. IDW is the leader in digital comic book distribution and the nation’s third largest comic book publisher overall.

“This is a great opportunity for IDW to work with a worldwide leader in video games,” said Greg Goldstein, chief operating officer for IDW. “We look forward to bringing a tremendous amount of great content into the comics market.”

Written by veteran comic book writer Peter Milligan (X-Men, Batman, Hellblazer), Army of Two is being published as a comic starting in January 2010. Rising star Chester Ocampo is the cover artist while the interior artist/penciler, Dexter Soy, is a ‘hot newcomer’ on the comic scene. Soy’s work suggests influences from well-known comic artists such as Whilce Portacio and Leinil Francis Yu. The first story arc, “Across the Border,” follows ex-Army Rangers Salem and Rios as they form their own Private Military Corporation: Trans World Operations. The story of the comic follow the events of the first Army of Two game but takes place before the deadly invasion of Shanghai by The 40th Day initiative in the videogame sequel. In the comic, Salem and Rios get more than they bargained for as they are unexpectedly caught in a brewing war between the Mexican Army, drug cartels, and The Maras – one of the most powerful street gangs in Mexico.

Inspired by the highly-anticipated BioWare™ RPG, Dragon Age: Origins, the Dragon Age comic book series will be written by award-winning fiction writer Orson Scott Card (Ender’s Game, Ultimate Iron Man). The cover artist is the critically acclaimed Humberto Ramos. Story details and the interior artist are expected to be announced shortly.

To sign up for the EA Comics mailing list, register at: The site will have complete information on all the EA comic book series, as well as unique “behind the scenes” content, news, blogs and artwork. The site will feature weekly content updates to keep audiences apprised of the latest developments on current and upcoming projects.

About Electronic Arts

Electronic Arts Inc. (EA), headquartered in Redwood City, California, is a leading global interactive entertainment software company. Founded in 1982, the Company develops, publishes, and distributes interactive software worldwide for video game systems, personal computers, wireless devices and the Internet. Electronic Arts markets its products under four brand names: EA SPORTSTM, EATM, EA Mobile™ and POGOTM. In fiscal 2009, EA posted GAAP net revenue of $4.2 billion and had 31 titles that sold more than one million copies. EA’s homepage and online game site is More information about EA’s products and full text of press releases can be found on the Internet at

About IDW

IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The Transformers and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; Fox’s Angel; the BBC’s Doctor Who; and television’s #1 prime time series CBS’ CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studios; and is the print publisher for ComicMix.

IDW’s original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. More information about the company can be found at

EA, EA SPORTS, EA Mobile, POGO and Army of Two are trademarks or registered trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Dragon Age and BioWare are trademarks or registered trademarks of EA International (Studio and Publishing) Ltd. iPhone, iPod and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple Inc. registered in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective licensors.
Original-Owner Golden Age Comics, CGC Contest at the 2009 Baltimore Comic-Con

Baltimore, Maryland - October 3, 2009 - Besides all of the creators, panels, costume contests, and awards ceremony occurring at the 10th annual Baltimore Comic-Con on October 10-11, 2009, this year's show features some amazing events for collectors of all types!

Original-Owner Golden Age Comics Sale
John Haines Rare Comics is pleased to announce the premiere of an original-owner Golden-Age comic book collection at this year's Baltimore Comic-Con. This collection consists of most major super-hero titles published between 1952 and 1954, including all but two issues of the Atlas Super-Hero series. Veteran collectors know how rarely comics from this period surface and will want to be on-hand to view and purchase these seldom-seen treasures. Several examples already graded by CGC include: Sub-Mariner #38 CGC 6.0, Young Men #27 CGC 6.0, Adventure #210 CGC 5.5, and Detective #225 CGC 5.5. For a complete list of comics from this collection, visit the John Haines Rare Comics web site at

CGC Grading Contest
If you are going to the Baltimore Comic-Con, then it's time to test your grading skills! Together with GPA for Comics (, Matt Nelson and Richard Evans will host the 3rd Official CGC grading contest at the show. The contest will be held throughout the weekend at the Classics Incorporated/Worldwide Comics booth.

The rules have changed: grade 20 comics in 20 minutes. No restoration check this time, as all 20 books will be unrestored. First place prize is $250 and bragging rights. Only 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places are announced, but each participant's individual scores will be e-mailed to them.

The cost has dropped too. If you are currently a subscriber to GPA for Comics, then your cost to compete is nothing! GPA will cover the usual $10 entry fee for all paid members. To sign up, simply log in to your GPA account and click on "Grading Contest" on the main menu. For those non-subscribers who wish to participate, GPA will pay half of that fee. So you pay either nothing or $5 to play! Set aside 20 minutes while you're at the show, come by the booth, and test your grading skills!
Please visit for information regarding contest rules and results.

Retailers at the 2009 Baltimore Comic-Con will be traveling from all around the country with comics, graphic novels, and other collectible items of all types and ages. This year's list of retailers includes: A to Z Toys, All-American Comics, Apocalypse Comics, Anime Gift, Backroom Comics, Bagged and Boarded, Basement Comics, Beyond Comics, Big Ben's Comix, Bill's Books, Bob Cook/Gerber,, Brett's Comic Pile, Canton Games, Captain Comics, Cards Comics & Collectibles, Cavalier Comics, Charles Bond Comics, Clandestine Comics, Cloak and Dagger Comics, Collectors Comics, Comic Age Ent., Comic Book Adventures, The Comic Book Shop, Comic Central, Comically Speaking, Comics to Astonish, Comics World, Comix Connection, Cosmic Comix & Toys, Crazy Ed's, Dale Roberts Comics, Dave's American Comics, David Burns, David Shankle, Double Midnight Comics, Earl Shaw's Comics, The Encounter, Fantastic Realm, G.E. Collectibles, Graham Crackers, Greg Reece's Rare Comics, Guy Rose Comics, Harley Yee Rare Comics, Heroes Aren't Hard to Find, Heroes In Action,, The Hobby Shop, House of Anime, John Haines Rare Comics, JVH Associates, Kay Fabe Inc., Laughing Ogre, Marks Vintage Collectibles, Matt Greig, Metal Machine Ent., Motorcycleboy Comics LLC, NG Things/Modondi, Neat Stuff, Nelson Dodds, New Dimension Comics, Ninja Pirate Gear, North Coast Nostalgia, Outpost Games LLC, Painted Visions Comics, Past Generation Toys, Paul McSpadden, Paw Prints Comics, Philadelphia Comic Book Co, Pop Culture Trading Pins, Soundtrack, Starz 'N' Cars,, Superworld, Third Eye Comics, Tomorrow's Treasures, Twister Comics, Ultimate Comics, Victory Comics Group, Warp 9, Welcome Back Comics, Wizards Realm, World Wide Comics, Zapp Comics, and Zeno's Books.

Tickets are available at Cards, Comics & Collectibles of Reistertown, MD, Laughing Ogre Comics in Northern Virginia, or pick them up this Sunday, October 4th, at the Capital Associates Comic Show in Tyson's Corner, VA from the Cards, Comics & Collectibles tables. You can also buy your ticket in advance via to avoid the ticket line the day of the show.

Harvey Awards Ticket Sales
Ticket for the 2009 Harvey Awards and Banquet are now on sale. Place your order with a credit card by calling 410-526-7410.

We will continue to providing details on guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming leading up to the show. The latest developments can always be found at our website, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, and ComicSpace pages.

This year's Baltimore Comic-Con will be held October 10-11, 2009. Convention hours are Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. The ceremony and banquet for the Harvey Awards will be held Saturday night, October 10th.

As we continue to get ready for this year's show, we would like to remind you to mark your calendar for next year's Baltimore Comic-Con dates: August 28-29, 2010.
Here's the news about the next dinner for the southern California comic-book community.

When: October 29, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Junior's Deli, 2379 Westwood Boulevard in Westwood, near the intersection of the 10 and 405 freeways.
What we'll discuss: New publishers -- which companies and imprints have come along in the past 12 months, and which ones seem likeliest to stick around

THIS IS THE LAST DINNER OF THE YEAR. We won't hold dinners in November or December, due to the holidays.

About the comics dinner: Held on the last Thursday of the month, it’s for anyone who's worked in comic books or graphic novels: artists, retailers, publishers, printers, teachers, writers, librarians, editors, everyone. (No fans or wannabes, though. This is just for the industry.) There’s no formal agenda: we eat, drink, trade news and gossip, show off new work, and so on. People have built friendships and business deals after meeting at the dinners. If you’ve got announcements or questions for your colleagues, bring them. Someone’s bound to be interested.

Let me know if you'll come. If you show up without RSVPing, we won't toss you out, but I need an idea of how many people we'll get. I'm at or 310-652-4369.

Spread the word about the dinner to your colleagues. Better yet, bring them with you!

David Seidman