Thursday, February 18, 2010

Jonathan Ross' and Tommy Lee Edwards' TURF makes first appearance in THE WALKING DEAD #70!

Berkeley, CA - 16 February, 2010 - Continuing the tradition set by some of Image Comics' biggest launches, next week's THE WALKING DEAD #70 will feature an exclusive, full-color preview of British television and radio personality Jonathan Ross' and Marvel 1985's Tommy Lee Edwards' all-new, four-issue miniseries, TURF!

"Jonathan and Tommy have really created something special with TURF and we're anxious for people to get a look at their work," said Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson. "Robert has been very generous with the back pages of THE WALKING DEAD in the past, so we're thrilled he's agreed to lend his support again, not only by allowing us to preview TURF in the latest issue, but to do so in color."

Added Kirkman: "Every since Jonathan and Tommy started talking to Image about TURF, I knew I wanted to put whatever support I could behind the launch and seeing the final pages certainly didn't disappoint. TURF represents exactly what I look for in comics: original work by top talent, completely different than anything else on the stands. TURF is a must-read for every WALKING DEAD fan."

Set in Prohibition-era New York, TURF offers a twist on the hard boiled crime thriller, adds vampires and aliens to the traditional mix of booze, broads and bullets as it chronicles the eruption of a vengeful gang war between booze-smuggling mobsters and the blood thirsty Dragonmir Family. As an ancient prophecy unfolds amidst the maelstrom of violence, the entire city is engulfed by the brutal conflict and the only glimmer of hope is an unlikely alliance between tough guy Eddie Falco and a stranger from another world.

WALKING DEAD #70 (DEC090416), a 32-page black and white comic book with a full color TURF #1 preview, goes on sale February 24. TURF #1 (FEB100322), a 32-page full color comic book with a cover price of $2.99, is available for order in the February issue of Previews and will go on sale April 7.

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


FEBRUARY 18, MILWAUKIE, OR—One of the main factors in the resurgence of interest in 1950s glamour icon Bettie Page can easily be traced to Dave Stevens, who made her a character in his The Rocketeer comics, which started in 1982 and remain popular today. Dark Horse has made a special arrangement with the estates of both Bettie Page and Dave Stevens to create a limited-edition statue based on one of Stevens’s best Bettie Page images.

Dark Horse called on Dave’s close friend and sometime collaborator Kent Melton, a top sculptor with whom he had always hoped to do a project of this sort. Dark Horse and Melton went over Stevens’s many Bettie Page images, and the result is the most accurate representation of the pair’s many conversations on the subject.

“We have enormous respect for both Dave and Bettie, and we felt an obligation to make this piece a home run,” David Scroggy, Dark Horse’s vice president of product development, remarked. “Dave was a tough critic, especially when it came to his own work. We knew we had to satisfy him, so we were meticulous in every detail. I think we might have succeeded.”

Kent Melton observed, “Dave and I talked frequently about how female anatomy should work in sculpture. When I started to sculpt, it felt almost as if Dave were there guiding me. The piece came together quickly, almost as if we’d rehearsed it over the years.”

The statue, which will be a numbered, limited edition (quantity still to be determined), stands approximately thirteen inches from base to top, and comes prepainted and presented in deluxe packaging. Also includes an oversized certificate of authenticity reproducing the Dave Stevens illustration that inspired it.

Dark Horse has a long association with both Dave Stevens and Bettie Page, having served as one of the original publishers of The Rocketeer and produced over 150 licensed Bettie Page items.

This beautiful new statue made its premiere appearance at Toy Fair this past weekend and is scheduled for a worldwide release in August 2010, carrying a $150 price tag.

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, its 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, Serenity, and Domo. Today, Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic-book publisher in the United States and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of licensed comics material.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Hey hey:

A happy Tuesday to you... I just wanted to let you know that this week's Red Light Properties, in which the sun slowly sets on a bayside bar, is up now over on

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James Patterson Comes to Comics
IDW Publishing announces strategic partnership with best-selling, award-winning author

San Diego, CA (February 16, 2010) – IDW Publishing is thrilled to announce an exclusive partnership with worldwide bestselling author James Patterson to publish original comic stories and graphic novel adaptations of his top-selling novels. This groundbreaking alliance launches in May 2010 with a spellbinding, five-part story spinning out of Patterson’s acclaimed young adult novel, Witch & Wizard.

“Graphic story-telling is a compelling and unique way to experience a story, and I look forward to working with IDW to introduce new stories and transform my existing novels into this medium,” said Patterson. “With the brand-new material, adaptations and related stories, we will offer fans of reading a whole new way to enjoy my books.”

Under this partnership, Patterson will develop completely new, page-turning comic book stories, exclusively with IDW. IDW will also create and publish gripping comics and adaptations based on Patterson’s chart-topping books.

“James is an incredibly creative, successful, and prolific writer and we are honored to partner with him,” said Greg Goldstein, chief operating officer of IDW. “There aren’t many writers who hold a Guinness World Record, and we’re looking forward to adding a few bestsellers to his title.”

Beginning in May and based on Patterson’s bestselling first young adult novel, Witch & Wizard: Battle for Shadowland takes the beleaguered siblings, Whit and Wisty Allgood, on an all-new, exciting adventure in their struggle against the magic-hating New World Order. Comics mainstay writer Dara Naraghi brings all the action Patterson fans love to this new story of magical powers and inter-dimensional evil, under careful direction of the famed author himself. Artist Victor Santos brings the incredible adventure to life and provides eye-catching covers. Fan-favorite artist J.K. Woodward also contributes a painted cover for the debut issue of this five-part comic series in May.

A comic adaptation of Patterson’s smash hit, non-fiction book, The Murder of King Tut, begins in June with fellow novelist and comic writer Alexander Irvine (Daredevil: Noir) and features two acclaimed comics artists dividing the interior art. Christopher Mitten (Wasteland) will transport readers back to ancient Egypt in the time of the Boy King, while Ron Randall will depict the 1920’s search for Tut’s tomb, conducted by archeologist Howard Carter. The award-winning artist Darwyn Cooke will provide covers.

Witch & Wizard #1 (of 5, 32 pages, full color, $3.99) will be available in stores in May.

The Murder of King Tut #1 (of 4, 32 pages, full color, $3.99) will be available in stores in June.

Visit to sign up for updates and learn more about the company and its top-selling books.

About IDW Publishing

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 James Patterson
Since his first novel, The Thomas Berryman Number, won the Edgar Award in 1977, James Patterson’s books have sold more than 170 million copies worldwide. His Alex Cross series, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider, is the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years. In total, his Maximum Ride and Daniel X series for younger readers have spent more than 200 weeks on national bestseller lists and both are in Hollywood development. His lifelong passion for books and reading led James Patterson to launch a new website,, to give adults an easy way to locate the very best books for kids. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

February 16, 2010 - Los Angeles, CA - Philip K. Dick is one of science fiction’s greatest pioneers, and as BOOM! Studios continues to bring you one of his greatest masterpieces, DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP? in graphic form, New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Lethem brings you his own personal journey into Dick’s writings.

This recent essay by Lethem, titled “Crazy Friend”, makes its U.S. print debut in the pages of issues #9-12 of DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP? The essay tells of Lethem's journey as a Philip K. Dick fan—from first discovering Dick’s novels, to eventually becoming a contributor to the estate run Philip K. Dick newsletter.

Lethem’s novel, MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN, won several awards, including the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and was named Book of the Year by Esquire. His novel, FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, was named one of The New York Times "Editor's Choice" Books of the Year and has been published in over a dozen languages. He has received a MacArthur Fellowship and also co-wrote the Marvel Comics mini-series, OMEGA THE UNKNOWN.

“Philip K. Dick really helped make science fiction into what it is today,” said BOOM! Studios Marketing Director Chip Mosher. “At a time when people were trying to see what strange creatures lived in the depths of space, Dick made us wonder what strange creatures were living in the depths of our souls.”

“Jonathan Lethem writing on Philip K. Dick . . . wow, just wow,” said DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP? editor Bryce Carlson. “We’ve been so fortunate to have such talented people contribute to this project and now we have one of the most prolific contemporary authors commenting on one of the most masterful science fiction minds of all time—this is what I dream of.”

DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP? #9 features two covers in a 50/50 split, cover A by Moritat, cover B by Scott Keating and carries a Diamond Code of DEC090732.

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.

About Electric Shepherd Productions
Electric Shepherd Productions LLC was founded by Laura Leslie and Isa Dick Hackett, daughters of the late Science Fiction author Philip K. Dick. “ESP” is the production arm of the Dick Estate, dedicated to the stewardship and adaptation of the Philip K. Dick library across all media. Along with their brother Christopher Dick, the daughters have owned and managed the Philip K. Dick library since his untimely death in 1982. Electric Shepherd Productions is credited for its contribution on Richard Linklater’s film adaptation of A SCANNER DARKLY, and is currently in development on several other projects based on the works of Philip K. Dick.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Friends in Comics:

As announced a couple of weeks back, the Comics Waiting Room has undergone a format change. We’re shifting over into a blog format, which will make it easier to keep up with us and for us to produce content. Plus we have an all-new URL:

Along with the new URL, we have brand new RSS feeds that you can subscribe to which will allow you to have all of our content downloaded directly to your newsreader. Who says this isn’t the age of easy techno-fun?

So when you have a moment, check us out and/or add us to your feed. I promise you’ll get the same excellent content we’ve been providing all along. I’m excited to move forward with this new version of CWR. Thanks for reading- we look forward to entertaining you.

Marc Mason
Comics Waiting Room