Friday, January 15, 2010

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Creators and Writers JIMMY PALMIOTTI and JUSTIN GRAY



Creator and Writer JOHN HEFFERNAN


Creator and Writer E. MAX FRYE


32 pages, FC

Winner of the Diamond Comic Distributors Gem Award for “Best New Publisher,” Radical Publishing’s philosophy is to shake up the comic industry with exciting stories complemented by breathtaking illustrations. For Free Comic Book Day 2010, fans can read the first 8 pages of 4 incredible titles that will showcase Radical’s innovative “Bigger Books! Bigger Value!” format. Wesley Snipes (Blade) and award winning director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) join acclaimed writer Peter Milligan (Skreemers, X-Statix) and artist Jeff Nentrup to create the science fiction saga After Dark; Next, Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, the team behind Jonah Hex, deliver a trapped-in-time adventure set to explode with Time Bomb, featuring illustrations from award-winning comic legend Paul Gulacy (Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight); Driver for the Dead will keep your heart racing with a tale of action, horror and voodoo from Snakes on a Plane scribe John Heffernan; Finally, Radical presents Spartacus for the future world, The Rising, from creator/writer E. Max Frye (HBO’s Band of Brothers) and artist J.P. Targete (illustrator for Pixar’s John Carter of Mars film adaptation).


Solicitation copy

March 2010 shipping


INCARNATE (Hardcover)

Creator and Writer NICK SIMMONS





Letterer ROB STEEN

ISBN: 1-935417-02-9

ISBN-13: 978-1-935417-02-6

Price: $19.95 (C: $21.99)

Page Count: 168

Format: Hardcover, Full Color

From Nick Simmons, star of A&E’s GENE SIMMONS FAMILY JEWELS, comes a revolutionary new take on the undead.

Mot is a boy who cannot die.

Riddle him with bullets, burn him at the stake, douse him with napalm, hang him from the gallows…still, he will walk away.

Forever haunted by a mysterious doppelganger that no one else can see, Mot has wandered the world for centuries, searching for meaning and, perhaps, an end to his endless life.

He is a Revenant—an immortal, ageless creature that has existed since time immemorial. Their origins are a mystery—they have been worshipped as gods, feared as monsters, and scorned as devils. But they have always been there, living in plain sight, in the bright altars and dark corners of every ancient civilization since the beginning of humanity. There has never been a force on this earth that has been able to give them the death that Mot, secretly, seeks.

Until now. Now, something is different. Now they are being hunted.

A shadow organization known only as Sanctum has discovered a way to kill the Revenants, and is carrying out a secret genocide that spans the globe. Mot, his protégé Connor, and the rest of the Revenants now must decide how to ensure their place at the top of the food chain.

Mot finds himself smack in the middle of an escalating war between mortals and immortals, neither of which he identifies with. Will he choose a side? Or will he be labeled a traitor, and be hunted down not only by humans, but by creatures as invulnerable and merciless as he is?

Nick Simmons’ breakout American Manga title reveals a world that challenges even the imagination, planting its tongue firmly in cheek, then biting it off...And swallowing it.

This hardcover trade collects the three-issue miniseries containing an in-depth interview with creator/artist Nick Simmons, previously unseen concept art from Nick Simmons and a spotlight gallery of artwork from Jo Chen (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8).






64 pages, FC for only $4.99!

The amazing conclusion to multi-Eisner nominated writer Ian Edginton’s retelling of the classic Arabian fable! With Aysa, the Djinn of the Ring, Aladdin seeks help from the Queen of Sheba, sorceress and ex-wife of the evil sorcerer Qassim. As Aladdin learns the secrets of his Aramaspi ancestors and their ability to rewrite the world through the power of the Dreaming Jewel – a vast diamond cleaved with nine million facets – Qassim draws closer and closer to victory and armageddon. It all comes down to this: the battle in the lost kingdom of the Aramaspi between Aysa, the fabled Djinn of the Ring, and her husband Rhaz, the all-powerful Djinn of the Lamp. Can Aladdin and Sinbad brave the secrets and perils of the Aramaspi lineage to rescue Princess Soraya and save the world?

Featuring covers by Luis Royo (Heavy Metal), Clint Langley (Sláine) and a special 1:10 incentive cover from Clayton Crain (X-Force).


Offered Again






ISBN: 1-935417-00-2

ISBN-13: 978-1-935417-00-2

Price: $14.95 (C $17.99)

Page Count: 176

Format: TPB, Full Color

From visionary writer Sam Sarkar comes a stunning reinvention of the Arthurian legend where the knights of the Round Table ride the Old Pacific Northwest, where lawlessness runs rampant and only a mystical six-shooter, forged from the metal of the legendary Excalibur, can balance the scales of justice. With Caliber in hand and posse at his side, Arthur must fulfill his destiny as the Lawbringer to defeat the unjust and restore order to his homeland. Included with the 5 issue miniseries are character renderings and a cover gallery of works from Luis Royo, Tomm Coker, Dave Wilkins, Stanley “Artgerm” Lau, and more. Soon to be adapted as a major motion picture from Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil production company!

Thursday, January 14, 2010



January 13, 2010 -- Atlanta/Portland/New York -- Co-Publishers
Chris Staros and Brett Warnock of independent graphic novel
and comic book publisher Top Shelf Productions
( announced today that it has entered
into a capital investment deal with new media entrepreneur
John S. Johnson, and independent film producer Anthony Bregman.

Johnson, and Likely Story, Bregman's film production company,
have purchased a 33% interest in Top Shelf Productions, Inc.
Johnson will join the board of Top Shelf, and Likely Story
will get a first-look deal for all new Top Shelf publications
for possible film and TV development.

This deal represents a supportive investment in the company;
one that leaves Chris Staros and Brett Warnock as majority
stockholders (and firmly in control of the company), but also
brings to bear the resources, skills and connections of John
and Anthony in helping the company expand and grow over time.

The first project slated for development by Likely Story is
Alex Robinson's critically acclaimed "Too Cool to Be Forgotten,"
named one of's Top Ten Graphic Novels of the Year
and considered his best work to date.

"Too Cool To Be Forgotten" tells the story of a 40-something
father of two who undergoes hypnosis therapy to quit smoking,
only to transport back to 1985 and his formative years as a
gangly, awkward teenager. Forced to live through his high
school years with all the knowledge of his later life;
uncertain whether he is destined to relive the mistakes of
his past or if he has been given a second chance to get
things right.

Publisher Chris Staros elaborates on the history of the deal:

"I've personally been friends with producer Anthony Bregman
for over five years, and have looked up to him as a mentor
and advisor over those many years. Every time we'd meet in
New York or talk on the phone -- despite the 'two zeros'
difference in our budgets and revenues -- we recognized the
fact that we were kindred spirits, shepherding projects to
the world that we simply believed in. Top Shelf and Likely
Story [Bregman's production company] both put art before
commerce, but also celebrate those magical moments when
art meets commerce, and a project that was built from the
ground up becomes a success.

"Two years ago, I casually mentioned that while I loved every
aspect of running Top Shelf, Brett and I were starting to get
worn out with being the 'personal banks' for the company,
and by the stress that this brought during the rocky periods
that publishing undergoes. Coincidentally, at that time,
John S. Johnson, a long-time friend of Anthony's (and big
fan of literary graphic novels) mentioned to him that he
was toying with the idea of graphic novel publishing, to
possibly make it a part of his other new media interests.
Anthony suggested we all meet, and over the last couple of
years, our mutual friendship, common interests and goals,
and respect for each other developed to the point that we
decided to work together as partners in the future of Top Shelf.

"Behind the scenes, Top Shelf has been presented with several
investment proposals over the years, but most of them were
either proposals to buy out the company, purchase a
controlling interest, or use the name of the company to do
something different than what we had built our reputation on.
What we really wanted, and what we have now, are people who
believe in what we do and want to help it grow without
changing what we are doing. The deal that is in place now
leaves Brett and me firmly in control of the company, and
simply adds the capital, resources, and connections for new
media and film that John and Anthony bring to the table.

"As a result, Anthony Bregman will get a first-look at all
new Top Shelf publications for possible development in
Hollywood, and John S. Johnson, as the primary financier of
the deal, will become a member of the Board of Directors
(along with Brett and I), and the key link to all the online
and other new media applications for the Top Shelf line."

# # #

TOP SHELF PRODUCTIONS is the literary graphic novel and comics
publisher best known for its ability to discover and showcase
the vanguard of the comics scene. Founded by Co-Publisher
Brett Warnock in 1995, and partnered by Co-Publisher Chris
Staros in 1997, Top Shelf has produced over two hundred graphic
novels and comics that have helped to revitalize interest in
comics as a literary art form. Most notably, Alan Moore's
GENTLEMEN; Craig Thompson's BLANKETS; Andy Runton's OWLY;
Robert Venditti & Brett Weldele's THE SURROGATES,
Jeff Lemire's ESSEX COUNTY, and Jeffrey Brown's CLUMSY &
UNLIKELY, all of which have garnered critical accolades from
the likes of Time Magazine, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly,
People Magazine, Publishers Weekly, The New Yorker, and the
New York Times Book Review.

JOHN S. JOHNSON is the founder and chairperson of the Pacific
Foundation, which funds innovation in the arts, environment
and social justice. He is co-founder of, a startup
company that tracks the viral web in real time. Johnson
conceived and founded, EYEBEAM, a MacArthur and NEA funded,
pioneering art and technology center for hackers, artists,
and educators that facilitates workshops for the general
public, artist residencies and research fellowships. He is
also the founder of The Screenwriters Colony, an
all-expense-paid retreat and workshop on the island of
Nantucket that offers promising screenwriters in the early
stage of their careers a place to work and live under the
guidance of established film professionals. Johnson is
executive director of the Harmony Institute, a research
center studying the application of behavioral science to
mainstream media. Johnson is a Henry Crown Fellow at the
Aspen Institute.

ANTHONY BREGMAN, producer, founded the New York City-based
production company Likely Story in the fall of 2006.
Bregman and Likely Story have two films premiering at the
Sundance Film Festival this month: PLEASE GIVE, written and
directed by Nicole Holofcener (starring Catherine Keener,
Rebecca Hall, Amanda Peet and Oliver Platt); and THE EXTRA MAN,
written and directed by Bob Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman
(starring Kevin Kline, Paul Dano, John C. Reilly, and Katie
Holmes). Bregman produced SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK, written and
directed by Charlie Kaufman, which Roger Ebert recently
named "The best film of the decade"; SLEEP DEALER, written
and directed by Alex Rivera, which won prizes at the 2008
Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals; the Academy Award-winning
the world's first digital film. Previous to Likely Story,
Bregman was a partner at This is That for four years, and
spent ten years as head of production at Good Machine,
where he supervised the production and post production of
over thirty feature films, including SENSE & SENSIBILITY,
THE WEDDING BANQUET, and SAFE. Bregman also teaches
producing at Columbia University's Graduate Film School,
and is on the board of the IFP.
Line of $1 Image Firsts Coincides with Free Comic Book Day 2010

BERKELEY, CA -- 12 January, 2010 -- Just in time for the ninth annual Free Comic Book Day, Image Comics is releasing Image Firsts: a line of titles re-presenting ten key first issues as an introduction to Image's most acclaimed titles. Priced at only a dollar, each first issue serves as the perfect primer to their ongoing series and collected editions, including THE WALKING DEAD, SPAWN, CHEW, INVINCIBLE, AGE OF BRONZE and many more.

"As discussions for Free Comic Book Day began, many of our retail partners brought up how helpful it would be to have additional, inexpensive supplements to our featured title, Silverline's FRACTURED FABLES, as a way of bringing in an even wider range of fans," explained Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson. "We developed the 'Image Firsts' program to showcase the great variety of titles we have to offer. Between the superheroics of SPAWN, INVINCIBLE, WITCHBLADE, SAVAGE DRAGON and YOUNGBLOOD to the science fiction of GIRLS and PROOF to Eric Shanower's historical epic, AGE OF BRONZE, and the horror of THE WALKING DEAD and CHEW, there's something for every reader, old and new."

All the Image Firsts will reprint the first issues of each series in its entirety, acting as the perfect primer to the ongoing series and their corresponding backlists. Available in the weeks leading up to Free Comic Book Day, the 10 Image Firsts titles will give retailers an opportunity to expose their incoming new readers to a broad range of Image material. Two titles will be released every week beginning March 31 and continuing through April 28.

All Image Firsts will be 32-page comic books priced at $1.00 and will be available for order in the February issue of Diamond Previews. The full schedule of Image Firsts follow the press release.

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. For more information, visit

art & cover ROB LIEFELD
The original celebrity superheroes make their debut in this remastered tale by Rob Liefeld and Joe Casey.

art & cover TONY MOORE
A continuing tale of survival horror in a post-apocalyptic world.

art & cover TODD McFARLANE
Todd McFarlane's arcane superhero discovers the truth behind his unholy resurrection.

art & cover ROB GUILLORY
Bizarre culinary crimes investigated by the FDA's premier psychic detective.

art & cover ERIK LARSEN
A lone supercop fights against a city of organized supercrime.

art & cover ERIC SHANOWER
Eric Shanower's epic retelling of the Trojan War.

art & cover MICHAEL TURNER
The only weapon powerful enough to keep the forces of Darkness and Light at bay is in the hands of a New York cop.

art & cover JONATHAN LUNA
A small town trapped in an invisible dome becomes the epicenter of an alien invasion unlike any other.

art & cover CORY WALKER
When a teenager inherits his father's superpowers, he learns there's much more to being a superhero than he ever anticipated.

art & cover RILEY ROSSMO
Crypto-zoological horror as investigated by Agent Ginger Brown and her partner, Bigfoot.
Elite Gudz Opens The Vault: Phetus vs Toy Qube

Long Island, NY -- January 14, 2010 - Elite Gudz dug up the previously
unseen footage from Toy Qube's "In Your Phace" show featuring the art of
Phetus and cut a video filled with highlights of the festivities.

Friends and fans from the worlds of music, graffiti, toys and art took the
time to speak about Phetus and their appreciation of his work. Wooden and
neon versions of Phetus' Phat Phaces were on display along with canvases,
skate decks and a 7 foot tall rotating totem pole.

View the video right here -

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Download Complete Trogdor Episode from Telltale’s Game Series Today only at

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. – January 13, 2010 – Happy Trogday, everyone! Seven years ago today, the beefy-armed dragon, Trogdor, first appeared on, burninating the hearts and minds of audiences around the globe in the Strong Bad email installment, “Dragon.” In celebration of this momentous anniversary, Telltale Inc is giving away the very special Trogdor-themed episode of Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People for free at As part of this celebration, Telltale is also making the full season available for $19.95 (reduced from its regular $29.95 list price).

First drawn into existence through the artistic aplomb of Strong Bad, Trogdor is best known for terrorizing countrysides and burninating peasants and their thatch-roofed cottages at every available opportunity. Over the years, the green scaled menace has exploded in popularity, with devotees paying tribute through homemade offerings, including delicious Trogdor-shaped baked goods, Halloween costumes, custom plushies, and some pretty legendary tattoos.

"From the instant I drew Trogdor, I knew I'd done something special, something lasting,” said Trogdor creator and all-around awesome dude, Strong Bad. “Even cooler than that butt with three cheeks I one time drew."

In the Trogdor episode of Telltale’s game series, entitled 8-Bit is Enough, the beefy-armed dragon of legend has broken free of his arcade cabinet prison and is burninating Free Country, USA without remorse! With the help of classic 8-bit Videlectrix characters, Strong Bad must find a way to conquer the scorching menace and restore Strong Badia to its former glory. This episode is the fifth episode of the critically acclaimed five game series.

More information can be found at



Homestar Runner was conceived in 1996 by Mike Chapman and friend Craig Zobel as an idea for a weird kids' book they would only make a few photocopies of for friends. In 2000, Mike and brother Matt dusted off the idea and launched, featuring the Flash-animated exploits of the characters. Since 2002, they have updated with new cartoons almost every week including the popular feature 'Strong Bad Email' in which fans get their emails answered by the cartoon's charming antagonist, Strong Bad. Mike and Matt write and animate the cartoons with Matt and Missy Palmer providing voices for the characters. The site has been featured and mentioned in the New York Times, Wired Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Time, The Wall Street Journal, and, most importantly, two songs from the site were featured in the Guitar Hero series.

About Telltale, Inc.

Telltale is the first and only studio to release interactive episodic content on a monthly schedule. Founded in 2004 by LucasArts veterans with decades of experience, Telltale has quickly become an industry leader, establishing the model for downloadable game seasons and releasing more than 30 games to date. Telltale's titles have won numerous awards including “Adventure Game of the Year” accolades from publications such as IGN, PC Gamer, GameSpy, and Adventure Gamers, and have been recognized by mainstream outlets ranging from USA Today, to The New York Times to Variety. Telltale currently develops and publishes episodic series on PC, Wii™, and Xbox 360™, with plans to expand to additional platforms and channels this year.

Hope that all is well... I just wanted to let you know that COFFIN, my first ever prose novel, is available for purchase at

Years ago, I serialized a novel on Livejournal, a psychological thriller about the survivors of a crashed New York-New Jersey PATH train who are forced to put aside post 9/11 urban isolationism and come together as a group in order to stay alive and make it back to the surface. I stopped two-thirds of the way in, assuring faithful readers that I'd make the entire book available some day and today, I'm proud and excited to release the complete novel via Lulu, a print-on-demand house.

COFFIN follows Jeffrey Dean and Annie Wylen, commuters on the PATH line, leading individual lives filled with individual fears. When their train is derailed, they find themselves trapped with eight passengers they do not know and in order to survive, are forced to depend on the kindness of strangers in an increasingly isolated society. This is what happens when humanity comes together when the lights go out and the steps they take when the love of two individuals threatens to kill them all. Questioning the vulnerability of a post-9/11 New York and inspired by the experiences of friends and family who face the fear of suicide bombers in present day Israel, COFFIN is the tale of a group of passengers, waiting for someone to rescue them from Hell beneath the Earth, banding together with complete strangers to face claustrophobia, self-esteem, rat stampedes, emotional infatuation and the ever-present, crushing darkness as they cling to one another in hopes of reaching light at the end of the tunnel.

The book is available via at:

It runs 392 pages long, and costs $22.00. You'll find a preview of the book there, along with ordering information. Everything is sold and mailed via Lulu — my preview copies took about 6 days here to New Jersey and the paper/stock quality is excellent. Any issues or questions about shipping and product can be answered through the Lulu site.

For the moment, this is the only way to get the novel. It's not being sold through bookstores or the Direct Market. In about 8 weeks or so it should appear on and I'm hoping to get an e-Book downloadable version on there soon, as well as make it available for the Kindle and other e-readers when I have the time.

I'm excited to get this out into the world, curious to see how the POD experience works for me and hopeful that despite the somewhat hefty price (Lulu's cost calculator came up with that, based on page count and size) you'll order a copy of my first ever prose novel and let me know what you think.

Thanks for listening, and I look forward to hearing what you think about the book,

Neil Kleid
GODS OF THE NETHERWORLDS POSSESS THE INTERNET digitizes the complete Studio 407 Line

(January 12, 2010, Hollywood, CA) Studio 407 announced that coming this December their entire backlist line will be available for purchase on All titles will be available for purchase by the end of December 22nd. All new issues will be available on at the same time as release of their print version. The addition of the to Studio 407’s digital distribution of their products now offers comic book fans access to their titles in literally every format there is.

“From Ipod app, to print, to online pay-per-view, we are everywhere,” Alex Leung, Studio 407 CEO exclaimed. “We are now accessible to all comic book readers regardless of their taste in format.” “We are very excited to introduce Studio 407’s library to our online subscribers,” Heewoon Chung, Publisher of NETCOMICS, added. “They will be able to enjoy a more diverse selection of genres and styles.”

Coming in the first quarter of 2010, readers can look forward to the release of graphic novels for both Night and Fog (ISBN 978-1935385028) Price and The Spark (ISBN 978-1935385011). To see more of the products from Studio 407 you can visit Retailers should email to get the release information mailing list.

About Studio 407: Studio 407 brings together the imagination and creative talents of writers and artists from North America and Asia to generate a flow of distinct and kinetic East-meets-West entertainment. A writer driven studio that blends innovation with tradition, Studio 407 is dedicated to publishing the highest quality in comics and manga across a wide variety of genres. From capes to kung fu, giant robots to vampires, and secret agents to mad scientists; at Studio 407, we sweat the details.

-- Twitter Followers to Earn Chance to Win Trip to Comic-Con
and Meet the MythBusters –

(Silver Spring, Md.) – On Monday, January 18, Discovery Channel viewers will be treated to an all-day marathon of the Emmy®-nominated MYTHBUSTERS, the series that aims to uncover the truth behind popular myths and legends by mixing scientific method with gleeful inquisitiveness and plain old-fashioned ingenuity to create their own signature style of experimentation. During the marathon, the network kicks off the MythBusters Superfan Sweepstakes, which offers viewers a chance to Tweet their way to Comic-Con and meet the MYTHBUSTERS. The sweepstakes runs from 12:01 AM ET on Monday, January 18 through 11:59 PM ET on February 8, 2010.
The MythBusters Superfan Sweepstakes encourages viewers to follow the MYTHBUSTERS Twitter ( and get inside scoop on the show while vying for the grand prize of a trip for two to Comic-Con® 2010 in San Diego, California to meet the MYTHBUSTERS, who have drawn standing room only crowds at the pop culture mecca for the past two years. Open to U.S. residents only, the sweepstakes will be promoted on-air on Monday, January 18 at 9AM ET/PT; sweepstakes full rules will be posted at at 12:01 AM on Monday, January 18.
Called “the best science show on television,” MYTHBUSTERS is hosted by Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, and co-hosts Tory Belleci, Kari Byron and Grant Imahara. Since the series launched in 2003, the team has tested more than 700 myths, conducted nearly 2,300 experiments, set off 711 explosions and destroyed 104 vehicles -- all in the name of science. MYTHBUSTERS Twitter followers are the ultimate show insiders, with access to info and photos straight from the set, exclusive sneak previews, and live chats with the MYTHBUSTERS team.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

BOOTH #1471
JANUARY 15-18!

Meet FARSCAPE writer Keith R.A. DeCandido

and 28 DAYS LATER writer and HEXED creator Michael Alan Nelson!

January 11, 2010 – Los Angeles, CA - BOOM! Studios invades Boston, Massachusetts January 15 – 18 for the 2010 ALA Midwinter Meeting! Stop by booth #1471 to meet with Keith R.A. DeCandido, writer of BOOM!'s Sci-Fi smash hit FARSCAPE comic series, and Michael Alan Nelson the writer behind the 28 DAYS LATER comic series. Both will be signing daily through the duration of the ALA event.

The 2010 ALA Midwinter Meeting will be held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Summer Street, Boston, Massachusetts.
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, DONALD DUCK, UNCLE SCROOGE and WALT DISNEY’S COMICS AND STORIES. This year, BOOM! Studios celebrates its fifth anniversary.
And a good morning to you! Just dropping you a line that Week 02 of RED LIGHT PROPERTIES just went live on; you can read it here:

Have a great day; I'd love to hear what you think...

------love----> d!
Dan Goldman
For Immediate Release


The Michael H. Epstein and Scott E. Schwimer Collection, Representing Tens of Thousands of Vintage And Contemporary Fine Art Pieces By The World's Most Legendary Photographers, Set To Hit The Auction Block March 25-27, 2010

Calabasas, CA - George Hurrell's iconic portrait of Jean Harlow on a white bearskin rug created for Vanity Fair magazine now spearheads the largest auction of Glamour Photography in art history. The original camera negative, as well as a custom print of this incomparable photograph is regarded as Hurrell's most important portrait and is estimated to sell for well over $20,000. The multi-million dollar Michael H. Epstein and Scott E. Schwimer collection, which contains tens of thousands of the best examples of Hollywood fine art, will be auctioned by Profiles in History March 25-27, 2010. Worldwide bids can be placed either in person, via mail, phone, fax or live on the Internet by visiting HYPERLINK "" or HYPERLINK ""

The Michael H. Epstein and Scott E. Schwimer collection is recognized as the world's largest collection of George Hurrell and includes over 1,000 original vintage photographs as well as 500 camera negatives. Featured are dozens of the most valuable 8 x 10 camera negatives from Hurrell's career. Included is the bearskin rug portrait of Ann Sheridan as well as the negatives used for the Hurrell Portfolios together with those of Gary Cooper, Bette Davis, Marlene Dietrich, Rita Hayworth, Veronica Lake, and Johnny Weissmuller from Tarzan, which is the most symbolic ever taken of a male subject in Hollywood.

The sequence of photographic lots include most of the heralded stars of Hollywood's golden age, including Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, Jean Harlow, and Norma Shearer. Incorporated are two custom photographs of Ramon Novarro taken in 1929 from Hurrell's first sitting with a Hollywood subject.

In addition to the Glamour photography collection, there are many significant master prints by Richard Avedon, Robert Mapplethorpe, Man Ray, Helmut Newton, Herb Ritz, Cindy Sherman, Julius Schulman, Jock Sturges, Howard Zieff and Edward Steichen. Moreover, the collection contains an incomparable assemblage of Len Prince and Mel Roberts works as well as fine art by Andy Warhol, Richard Duardo, Keith Haring, Robert Indiana, Roy Lichtenstein, Beatrice Wood and numerous others.

Epstein and Schwimer recently decided to open up their vaults and for the first time will be selling their collected photographic and fine art masterpieces to benefit many of the charitable organizations they passionately support, primarily the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center on which Epstein served as board member for 7 years.

Epstein comments, "It's time for Scott and me to share the fruits of our 25-year collection with the rest of the world. We want others to enjoy and embrace the most rewarding field of collecting with which we can ever imagine being involved." Epstein continues, "There is no better organization than Profiles in History to entrust our collection. I am certain that Scott and I will be back collecting once this auction is over."

Also included in the auction will be several hundred photographs and camera negatives from Hurrell's contemporaries in Hollywood, featuring a comprehensive sequence from Clarence Sinclair Bull, who was Hurrell's contemporary and stylistic rival at M-G-M. Included are dozens of master images from Bull's most important subject, Greta Garbo. There are dozens of rare prints of some of the most important Hollywood subjects including a Louise Brooks from 1925 before she signed with Paramount, Marlene Dietrich by Edward Steichen, and unseen prints of a luminous teenaged Marilyn Monroe.

Len Prince is one of the few master photographers utilizing the large-format 8 x 10 view camera and detailed lighting in the fashion of Hurrell, Bull and Richard Avedon during their peak years. Prince rarely uses the digital format and prefers the "old school" refinement of shadows and highlights achieved by the rigorous demands of 8 x10 view cameras; he is recognized as one of the foremost glamour photographers. Among his celebrated subjects are some of the world's most beautiful women including his most recent muse, Jessie Mann, daughter of acclaimed photographer, Sally Mann. Drew Barrymore, Kirsten Dunst, Teri Hatcher, Kelly Klein and Sarah Jessica Parker are also featured. One of the most comprehensive collections of Prince's work ever to be offered at auction, Epstein and Schwimer's personal collection includes many custom prints created for them by Len and Charlie Griffin. Prince's prints are almost all in expensive and archival permanent selenium toned papers, which produce rich deep tones.

The Harry Langdon archive includes the life work of a master photographer from the large-format fashion work of the 1960's to the present. He has photographed virtually every Hollywood celebrity from the magical Angelina Jolie at 15, to Ann-Margret, Halle Berry, Cher and Diana Ross at their most memorable. Also included, a young George Clooney, Will Smith, Rock Hudson and Arnold Schwarzenegger, all during their prime. Langdon's impeccably high standard and style is widely recognized throughout the world. Included in the sale of this vast archive covering forty years of work in black-and-white and lush color includes approximately 50,000 vintage prints, black-and-white and color negatives and transparencies, as well as full copyrights.

The complete Mel Roberts archive will be also sold intact including several thousand vintage prints with many unpublished, black and white negatives and color transparencies, as well as his personal video collection. All reproduction rights and copyrights for his name and photographs will also be part of this archive. First published in a physique magazine in the early 1960's, Roberts took over 50,000 photographs of nearly 200 male models, many of them friends and lovers. They were not the perfectly bodied men common in the physique magazines of the time but tanned in the California sun and casually posed by the pool or beach. In 2003, The New Yorker described his "witty Technicolor pictures" as "capturing all the giddy delights of being young during summertime..." Mel Roberts' photographs are included in many notable collections in Hollywood.

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).

Westfield Comics teams with BOOM! Studios for an opportunity
for a fan to appear in The Anchor

January 11, 2010 – Los Angeles, CA – Why just read THE ANCHOR, when you can be in the actual comic? Westfield Comics and BOOM! Studios are excited to announce a contest where one lucky fan will be drawn into an issue of THE ANCHOR, the hit new series by Phil Hester and Brian Churilla published by BOOM! Studios.

To enter the contest, simply send an email to saying why you should be drawn into THE ANCHOR. Entries should be no more than two sentences and 100 words or less. The contest begins Monday, January 11 and ends on Monday, January 18.

Each entry will be judged by both BOOM!’s editor-in-chief Mark Waid and Westfield’s Content Editor, Roger Ash. The winner of the contest will be announced on Sunday, January 31 with the winner to be drawn into a forthcoming issue of BOOM!’s THE ANCHOR. For a complete list of rules, go to

“I’m really excited about this contest,” says Westfield’s Roger Ash. “When Phil Hester and Brian Churilla agreed to the idea, I knew this would be something fun for Westfield customers and fans everywhere. Working with BOOM! has been great and I hope we can do more together in the future.”
About Westfield Comics
Westfield Comics is a mail order retailer of comic books and related pop culture items that has been serving comic collectors since 1979. That’s a mighty long time. And no one – not a single, solitary person – has ever given us a tip. Remember: 20% is customary. You can find Westfield online at and

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, DONALD DUCK, UNCLE SCROOGE and WALT DISNEY’S COMICS AND STORIES. This year, BOOM! Studios celebrates its fifth anniversary.
Local CT arts center serves as host for gallery event.

MOODUS CT, January 11, 2010: The Comicbook Artists Guild is excited to announce the very first CAG Gallery Showing featuring a Tribute to Rusty Haller, hosted by the Green Street Arts Center in Middletown CT. Commencing with an opening celebration on Friday, January 22nd, the gallery showing will feature work from some of the hottest up and coming artists in the comic book industry. The show will also feature a retrospective of work from acclaimed comic book artist Rusty Haller, who worked on a wide range of comics including The Flintstones, Looney Tunes, Alf, and his own creation, Ace and Queenie.

The showing will also include a 3-hour workshop for artists who are interested in learning the ins and outs of sequential art. Part one of the workshop will focus on the basics of creating art for the comic page. Part two will move into a more advanced class for those looking to hone their skills and feature the more fantastic elements of bringing mutants and monsters to life in the comic book. These workshops will be held from 1 to 4pm on Saturday, January 23rd.

Throughout the opening weekend, members of the Comicbook Artists Guild will also be exhibiting and selling their art and published works in an Artists Alley room being set up in the Arts Center. The Artists Alley will run from Friday evening through Saturday, January 23rd. The gallery exhibit will be on display for two weeks.

The Green Street Arts Center is located at 51 Green Street in Middletown CT. The Comicbook Artists Guild Gallery Show and Tribute to Rusty Haller begins Friday January 22, 2010 at 7pm. Admission is $10 for the general public and $8 for Arts Center members. To register for the two workshops, interested participants should contact the Arts Center directly. The fee for each workshop is $15.00, or $25.00 for the full session.

The Comicbook Artists Guild, founded in 2000, is an organization dedicated to the networking, education and support of comic book creators, writers and artists alike, regardless of amateur or professional status, skill levels or talent divisions. CAG operates membership chapters in New York Metro and New England, with interest in opening more chapters and continuing to grow. CAG’s goal is to advance the medium of comics through the creative experiences of its members. By bringing them together on projects of their choosing, the Guild perpetuates the positive aspects of the comics industry and its continuing contribution to popular culture.

The Green Street Arts Center, which opened in January 2005, is an initiative of Wesleyan University developed in collaboration with the City of Middletown and the North End Action Team and serves as an anchor to the revitalization efforts currently underway in the North End. Programming in the former schoolhouse at 51 Green Street includes a vibrant after-school program and a wide range of affordable classes and workshops for children and adults in music, dance, visual arts, theater, sound recording, media arts and creative writing.

Seattle, WA - January 12, 2010 - The Emerald City ComiCon is extremely excited and proud to welcome comic book legend STAN LEE for his first ever appearance at the Northwest's Premier Comic Book and Pop Culture Convention!

Stan "The Man" Lee, whose legendary comic book career has spanned over 60 years, is the creative mind behind many of the biggest names in the comic book universe, including co-creating Iron Man, Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Hulk, Thor and numerous others, and his body of work is far and away the most extensive in the history of comic books.

"I've never had a chance to come up to Seattle for the Emerald City ComiCon, a show which I've heard great things about," said Stan Lee, "so I am really looking forward to this opportunity to meet all of the great fans in the Northwest!"

"We're thrilled that Stan finally has the chance to attend the show," said ECCC organizer Jim Demonakos. "He's been one of our most requested guests and we know fans will love getting to meet a true living legend."

Stan Lee will be appearing on Saturday only, so make sure to plan accordingly! For a complete list of events, guests, activities, ticket prices and times, visit

The Eighth Annual Emerald City ComiCon will be taking place March 13-14, 2010 at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in beautiful downtown Seattle, Washington.

Weekly World News Comic Series Launches Tomorrow
First-ever comic series for fan-favorite tabloid characters

In stores Wednesday, January 13th

San Diego, CA (January 12, 2010) – Bat Boy and the other bizarre denizens of the Weekly World News universe storm comic stores starting tomorrow! Celebrating the tabloid’s 30th anniversary in 2010, the colorful characters of Weekly World News are making their comic debut with IDW’s four-issue miniseries. Written by IDW’s Publisher/Editor-in-Chief and WWN fanatic Chris Ryall, with art by Alan Robinson, Weekly World News revives the tabloid's best and sees them band together to take on, among other things, the world-destroying threat of Chaos Cloud. Each issue will also feature original articles from the original Weekly World News, and a variant cover that pays insane “tribute” to a classic image.

“I feel like I’ve been obsessing over Bat Boy for at least a decade, so it’s great to be able to tell people that ‘obsession’ was actually all just ‘research’ for this comic,” said Chris Ryall. “I’m happy to finally get the comic about that beloved bat-eared freak and his even more colorful friends into peoples’ hands. Hopefully they enjoy reading it as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it.”

Weekly World News #1 kicks off this daring series with a Joe Corroney cover, featuring a version of Bat Boy inspired by Alex Ross’s painted Barack Obama pose. As an added bonus, issue #1 will feature some of the classic Bat Boy newspaper strips by the great Peter Bagge.

Beginning with issue #1, “The Irredemption of Ed Anger,” the series unites the beloved Bat Boy with Ph.D. Ape (simian psychologist to the stars), UFO Alien (presidential-predicting pundit from the stars), Manigator (half-man/half-gator good ol’ boy), Lemmie (the Lake Erie Monster) as they battle Chaos Cloud (unpredictable weather front with the face of François Mitterand). Caught in the middle of all of this is the far-right-wing columnist Ed Anger (“pave the Rain Forest!”), who thinks inhuman freaks have as much place in America as liberals, female voters and foreign beer. Along the way, the series pays tribute to other comics and numerous other pop-culture visuals and references (so many that Ryall will be offering annotations in the back of each issue, too).

“Now in addition to enjoying our product online, in tabloid form, and as a musical, our legion of fans will have an opportunity to see WWN’s 100 character library come alive in comic book form. Never before has this group of Weekly World News freaks, I mean characters, banded together for a common cause. The results make for an unforgettable story.” said Neil McGinness, CEO Weekly World News. “IDW’s first installment brings the most popular characters in the Weekly World News’ stable, and its masthead icon, to life in comic form for the first time.”

The Weekly World News, which carried the tagline “The World’s Only Reliable News” and spent years living up to that description, launched in 1979 as a supermarket tabloid focused on sensational stories. The brand’s website is a leading entertainment news website.

Weekly World News #1 (of 4), a 32-page, $3.99 comic book, debuts on January 13, 2010. Diamond order code NOV09 0841.

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

About Weekly World News
Rooted in the creative success of over 30 years of supermarket tabloid publishing, the Weekly World News brand and characters have inspired hit feature films, television shows and musicals since 1979. With a proven library of content and characters, Weekly World News leverages its franchises in publishing, entertainment and consumer product licensing. The company's online hub is a leading entertainment website.