Thursday, January 06, 2011

After spectacular sellout of first issue, 27 #2 also heads back to press for second printing

Berkeley, CA - 6 January 2011 - Ain't It Cool calls Shadowline and Image Comics' new hit 27 "intriguingly surprising," and The Outhouse calls it "easily the most unique comic of the year." The folks at Graphic Policy "can't wait to read issue two," and apparently fans can't wait either -- 27 #2 has sold out at the distribution level!

Shadowline and Image are rushing a new printing to press, which will be on store shelves and in the hands of fans on February 9, the same day as the third issue of the hit miniseries, which is written by Charles Soule (Strongman) and illustrated by Renzo Podesta with lavish covers by W. Scott Forbes.

"It's fantastic that so many people enjoyed the first issue of 27," says Soule, "and I'm glad fans have enjoyed the second issue as well. I can't say it enough that this wouldn't be possible without the support of the fans -- this encore is for you!"

"27 is having a stupendous run, following in the footsteps of MORNING GLORIES and other great Image titles with multiple sellouts," adds Shadowline Publisher Jim Valentino. "As the miniseries continues, you can expect more rock and roll, more intrigue, and more crazy fun!"

In 27, the "27 Club" admits only the most brilliant musicians and artists -- and kills them dead in their 27th year. Will Garland is a famous rock guitarist, secretly unable to play for months due to a neurological disorder afflicting his left hand. He's also 27. With mad scientists, long dead rock legends and cosmic entities in his way, can he make it to 28?

27 #2 (of 4) Second Printing (NOV108244), a 32-page full-color comic book in the Golden Age format, will be in stores January 5, 2011, alongside 27 #3 (NOV100455). For the latest info on 27, follow Soule's blog at

Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers 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


ReBoot Seasons 1& 2






Surprise your friends, amaze your family, and unleash your inner geek! It is time to join the ReBoot revolution!

Since early 1990s, DOT MATRIX, ENZO, GUARDIAN BOB and thousands of BINOMES from REBOOT have thrust into battles with corrupt forces of MEGABYTES and HEXADECIMAL to stop their relentless pursuit of chaos and destruction of the high-tech city MAINFRAME. REBOOT made history for being the first fully computer-generated animated TV series when it debuted on U.S and Canadian television in 1994. The series ran four successful seasons and was seen in over 70 countries around the world, boasting a large fan base of loyal followers in kids and adult gamers alike. The show’s unique setting inside a computer allows the characters and storylines to mine the references to computers and video games for all they’re worth, giving the show its humorous edge. The innovative animation, insider humor and high octane action combine to give viewers a lot of binary bang for their buck.

Now you can relive the fast-paced animated action adventures when Shout! Factory, in association with Rainmaker Entertainment, Inc., will debut the long-awaited REBOOT: SEASONS 1 & 2 DVD set on March 1, 2011. This collectible 4-DVD set features all 23 episodes from the first and second seasons, along with special commentary by producer Christopher Brough, designer and storyboard artist Blair Peters and animator Zeke Norton. REBOOT: SEASONS 1 & 2 DVD set is priced at $29.93 SRP.

And for those who really can’t get enough of REBOOT, Shout! Factory, along with Rainmaker Entertainment, are set to unleash REBOOT: THE DEFINITIVE MAINFRAME EDITION Complete Series DVD box. Brimming with over 18 hours of content, including the entire animated series and a bounty of extras, this must-have 9-DVD box set also features a special 24-page collectible book and a limited-edition lenticular collectors card of Dot’s diner.

REBOOT: THE DEFINITIVE MAINFRAME EDITION arrives exclusively to Shout Factory’s official online store and the official fan site on March 2011, months before this 9-DVD box set hits the retail shelves nationwide later this year. Loyal fans can now preorder REBOOT: THE DEFINITIVE MAINFRAME EDITION Complete Series DVD set today at or at

As excitement builds for these upcoming home entertainment releases, Shout! Factory and Rainmaker Entertainment will announce additional activities and events for fans in the forthcoming months.


Technical Information

Street Date: March 1, 2011

Rating: Not Rated

Suggested Retail Price: $29.93 SRP

Running Time: Approx 11 hours

Discs: 4

Aspect Ratio: 4:3

English, Stereo

Rainmaker Entertainment Inc., a multifaceted animation studio, is one of Canada's largest producers of CG animation. With an innovative history that spans over 15 years, Rainmaker today continues to tell engaging stories and create compelling characters for all media. The studio's 200 creatively-inspired artists and storytellers are currently in development on the company's first slate of proprietary projects. Originally established as Mainframe Entertainment, the company broke ground by producing the first ever CGI animation series ReBoot. In addition to developing its own properties, Rainmaker also produces feature length DVD's for many top international brands including Barbie, Max Steele, Tony Hawk, and more. Rainmaker's clients include Mattel, The Weinstein Company, Lionsgate, Sony, Ubisoft, Electronic Arts and MTV. For more information, go to

About Shout! Factory

Shout! Factory is a diversified entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their careers sharing their music, television and film faves with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD offerings serve up classic, contemporary and cult TV series, riveting sports programs, live music, animation and documentaries in lavish packages crammed with extras. The company’s audio catalogue boasts GRAMMY®-nominated box sets, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations. These riches are the result of a creative acquisitions mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, California. For more on Shout! Factory, visit
BOOTH #926

Meet 28 DAYS LATER writer and ROBERT E. HOWARD'S HAWKS OF OUTREMER Michael Alan Nelson!

January 6, 2010 – Los Angeles, CA - BOOM! Studios invades San Diego, California January 7 – 10 for the 2011 ALA Midwinter Meeting where it will be displaying it's award-winning line of graphic novels for kids, teens and young adults! Stop by booth #926 to meet with Michael Alan Nelson the writer behind the 28 DAYS LATER and ROBERT E. HOWARD'S HAWKS OF OUTREMER graphic novel series. He will be signing daily through the duration of the ALA Midwinter Meeting.

The 2011 ALA Midwinter Meeting will be held at the San Diego Convention Center, 111 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101.


Friday, January 7, 2011
All Day Signing – 28 DAYS LATER writer Michael Alan Nelson
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM – Exhibit hours

Saturday, January 8, 2011
All Day Signings – 28 DAYS LATER writer Michael Alan Nelson
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM – Exhibit hours

Sunday, January 9th, 2011
All Day Signings –28 DAYS LATER writer Michael Alan Nelson
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM – Exhibit Hours

Monday, January 10th, 2011
All Day Signings – 28 DAYS LATER writer Michael Alan Nelson
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM – Exhibit Hours

About BOOM! Studios
BOOM! Studios ( 2009’s "Best Publisher” generates a wide-ranging catalog of multiple Eisner and Harvey Award-nominated comic books and graphic novels featuring some of the industry’s top talent, including Philip K. Dick's DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?, 20th Century Fox's 28 DAYS LATER and DIE HARD, The Henson Company's FARSCAPE, and the original Mark Waid series IRREDEEMABLE. This fall sees BOOM! teaming up with the legendary Stan Lee, creator of Marvel Comics’ characters Spider-Man, The Hulk, and The X-Men for a line of original superhero series, the legend’s first new original superheroes to go to print in nearly 20 years. BOOM!'s youth imprint, BOOM Kids!, is an undisputed industry leader, publishing Disney/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.

"One of the must-see movies from this year's Sundance! A refreshingly real exploration of love and fidelity with rich performances."

- Steven Zeitchik, LA Times







New York, NY (November 22, 2010) - Phase 4 Films is proud to announce the January 11th, 2011 home entertainment release of Katie Aselton's critically acclaimed THE FREEBIE.

Since premiering at the Sundance Film Festival in January, THE FREEBIE has become one of the most talked about independent films of the year. Written, directed and starring Katie Aselton (from the hit TV show THE LEAGUE), THE FREEBIE centers on a happily married couple with a stalled sex life who look to spice things up by agreeing to an experiment: for one night each partner can freely cheat on the other with no repercussions. Dax Shepard (PARENTHOOD) co-stars alongside Aselton. The film was executive produced by Aselton and Mark Duplass (CYRUS) and produced by Adele Romanski (MYTH OF THE AMERICAN SLEEPOVER).

Phase 4 Films is releasing THE FREEBIE on DVD and VOD on January 11th, 2011.

Darren (Shepard) and Annie (Aselton) have an enviable relationship built on love trust and communication -- they still enjoy each other's company and laugh at each other's jokes, but, unfortunately, they can't remember the last time they had sex. When a dinner party conversation leads to an honest discussion about the state of their love life, they begin to flirt with a way to spice things up. The deal: one night of freedom, no strings attached, no questions asked. Could a "freebie" be the cure for their ailing sex life? And will they go through with it? With a keen eye and fresh take, Aselton's directorial debut shines with crisp storytelling and fine-tuned performances. THE FREEBIE is an insightful and humorous look at love, sustaining relationships, and the awkwardness of monogamy when the haze of lust has faded.

For more information, please visit:



Street Date: January 11, 2011

Pre-Order: December 7, 2011

Run time: 77 minutes

Rating: R (MPAA - for language and sexual content)

DVD Sound: English 2.0 Stereo

DVD SRP: $29.99

Screen Format: 16x9 Widescreen

Language: English

CC: English

DVD Bonus Features: Audio commentary with Katie Aselton and Dax Shepard, Theatrical Trailer, National Freebie Day PSAs, Photo Gallery

About the filmmaker:

Born and raised in the small coastal town of Milbridge, Maine, Katie Aselton graduated from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York in 2003. Frequently working with the Duplass Brothers, she starred in THE PUFFY CHAIR (Sundance 2005, nominated for two Independent Spirit Awards), and INTERVENTION (Berlin 2006, Silver Bear and Teddy Award), and also has a role alongside John C. Reilly in the Fox Searchlight Movie, CYRUS. She has appeared in NBC's THE OFFICE and stars in the new FX television show THE LEAGUE, currently in its second season.

About Phase 4 Films Inc.

Phase 4 Films distributes feature films, television and special interest content across all media in the North American market. Its label, kaBOOM! Entertainment is one of the leading pre-school and children's brands in the market.

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Where Words Meet Pictures: The Sixth Gun
Art exhibition and signing at The Rogues Gallery

January 14th at 7:00pm – Art Opening, refreshments will be served,
cocktail attire requested
January 15th at Noon – Signing and Discussion

Graphic novels are a combination of literature and art, so why
shouldn’t a graphic novel event be the same? Challengers Comics +
Conversation presents THE SIXTH GUN weekend: a Friday evening opening
with artist Brian Hurtt and writer Cullen Bunn, then a noon signing on
Saturday with both creators.

Published by Oni Press (Scott Pilgrim, Stumptown) THE SIXTH GUN is a
supernatural western that references the Civil War. During that time,
wicked cutthroats came into possession of six pistols of otherworldly
power. In time, the Sixth Gun, the most dangerous of the weapons,
vanished. When the gun surfaces in the hands of an innocent girl, dark
forces reawaken. Vile men thought long dead set their sights on
retrieving the gun and killing the girl. Only Drake Sinclair, a
gunfighter with a shadowy past, stands in their way.
Just as THE SIXTH GUN crosses genres, this unique event crosses
mediums, and celebrates not just the art or the writing, but the comic
as a whole.
About the Rogues Gallery
The Rogues Gallery opened in November of 2010 and is Chicago’s first
ever Comic Art Gallery. In addition to featuring comic book artists
from across the country, the Rogues Gallery is home to community
events such as art classes, book clubs, and children’s read-alongs.
The gallery has been featured in Time Out Chicago, Metromix, and the
Columbia Chronicle.

About Challengers Comics + Conversation
Named “Best Comic Shop” by the Chicago Reader (June 2010) and “Best
Comic Book Store” by Chicago Magazine (August 2009), Challengers
Comics + Conversation strives to prove that the best thing about being
in a comic book store is being in a comic book store. With a combined
38 years of comic retail experience, owners Patrick Brower and W. Dal
Bush endeavor to bring Chicago a full-service, technologically
interactive comic store that has the same level of wonder and
enjoyment as the comics they sell. And read. And talk about. And

Challengers Comics + Conversation

1845 N. Western Ave · Chicago, IL · 60647

773.278.0155 ·

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Image Comics goes to war this March with CARBON GREY

Berkeley, CA - 4 January 2011 - At the birth of the industrial age, a great war is raging. Sister hunts sister as gods are betrayed and enemies ascend to power...

In March, Image Comics enters the maelstrom with the release of CARBON GREY #1, a stunning foray into our world's secret history. Hoang Nguyen (Punisher War Zone, Metal Militia), Khari Evans (Shanna the She-Devil), Paul Gardner, and Mike Kennedy (Aeon Flux, Lone Wolf and Cub 2100) pen the thrilling tale. The indescribably gorgeous artwork for the series is courtesy of Nguyen, Evans, and Kinsun Loh.

"CARBON GREY has been an eight-year journey, a true labor of love," says Nguyen. "We've been consumed with this project, and we're so happy that Image Comics is helping us get it into readers' hands. I hope readers will feel the same passion we do for the book."

Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson adds, "I'm really happy we're finally releasing CARBON GREY. Jimmy Palmiotti introduced me to Hoang at WonderCon last year, and I picked the book up on the spot. The amount of dedication and craft on display in the pitch was nothing short of astounding: The beauty and detail in the art, the freshness of the story -- it just blew me away -- and I'm thrilled that a year later, we're able to share this wonderful project with fans everywhere."

For generations, the Sisters Grey have protected and counseled the Kaiser, ruler of Mitteleuropa. As civilization spirals into its first truly global war, Giselle Grey stands accused of assassinating the man she was born to protect. Pursued by her sisters, including twin Mathilde, and hunted by the enemy, Giselle must unravel the prophecy of the Carbon Grey before history itself is rewritten.

CARBON GREY #1 (JAN110554), a 32-page full-color comic book for $2.99, will be in stores March 2, 2011.

Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers 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
What: Debut of Jim Woodring’s Giant Nib Pen
Where: Skinner Auditorium at Gage Academy of Art
1501 10th Ave. East, #101, Seattle, WA 98102
When: Sunday January 9th, 2011

NIBBUS MAXIMUS Debut Performance at Gage Academy of Art Jim Woodring Unveils The Giant Nib Pen

Seattle cartoonist Jim Woodring, author Frank Comics and the acclaimed Weathercraft, has built a seven-foot-long pen-and-penholder, a giant version of the steel dip pen nib and wooden handle used by artists and calligraphers. The pen will make its debut in the Skinner Auditorium of Gage Academy of Art on Sunday, January 9 from 1pm to 4pm.

The nib is sixteen inches long and made of brass-pated, hand-engraved cold-rolled steel. The handle is lathe-turned poplar, painted with black lacquer. The ink is a specially formulated acrylic blend. A vase functions as an inkwell.

When this project was announced earlier this year it was met with heavy skepticism. Many felt a pen this size could not function because the relationship between scale and fluid dynamics. Woodring was convinced it could be done and the nib has performed well in tests with prototypes. This will be the first public demonstration of the finished product.

Woodring will be making large ink drawings (up to 4 x 6 feet) on a specially built drawing board and conversing with the audience as he works. Regulation pen-and-ink supplies will be on hand for interested audience members to use; members of Seattle’s Friends of the Nib will provide instruction for beginners.

The Giant Pen was built with finds raised through United States Artists Special Projects, 2010. Free paper, pen and ink supplies provided by Dick Blick on Capitol Hill. Special thanks also to Saint Mark’s Cathedral.

(San Francisco, CA) -- WME has signed San Francisco based comic book publisher, eigoMANGA to represent the studio's original intellectual property for film, television, and game development.

"All of us here are very excited to work with WME", said Austin Osueke, eigoMANGA's Publisher.

eigoMANGA is a comic book publishing studio that specializes in creating original Asian-influenced comic book productions that has a been a fixture in the US manga and anime industry since 2000.

"This is a giant leap for all us to create and adapt our work into potential Blockbuster Feature Films and Triple-A games. It's a life-long dream for any comic book creator," states Austin.

About WME

WME represents elite artists from all facets of the entertainment industry, including motion pictures, television, music, theatre, publishing, and physical production. WME also advises some of the world's most recognized consumer brands to create entertainment-based marketing solutions. Headquartered in Beverly Hills, WME also has offices in New York, Nashville, London and Miami.

About eigoMANGA

eigoMANGA is a comic book publishing studio that specializes in creating original Japanese-influenced comic book and media productions.

Monday, January 03, 2011

comiXology Reaches 5,000 Digital Comic Book Milestone

Celebrates a banner year in 2010 as the top grossing book app on the iPhone with 1 million app downloads

New York, NY, January 3rd, 2011 – comiXology, the leading digital comic book provider, today announced it is kick starting the New Year with more than 5,000 digital comics available on its platform. The expansion of its library follows a banner year in 2010 with comic book fans everywhere making it the top grossing book app on the iPhone with 1 million iOS app downloads. The Marvel and DC Comics apps, powered by comiXology, were also in the top ten grossing book apps for the iPad. In addition, comiXology ended the year with a 1,200% year-over-year increase in comic sales during the Christmas period (December 25th -28th).

comiXology has the largest and most diverse digital library of comics on the market and is the most downloaded and used platform in the industry. With more than 40 publishers on board and its Guided View Self-Authoring platform set to launch in 2011, comiXology is expecting thousands of new titles to come.

“Having a wide selection of digital comics available in 2010 is one of the main reasons why we were able to be so successful in 2010,” said David Steinberger, CEO of comiXology. “We are extremely grateful to our great partners and fans and excited to expand our library for them to more than 5,000 digital comic books. ComiXology is deeply committed to give our customers the best content out there and thankfully, they have responded loud and clear with more than a million downloads between all of our branded apps to make us the top grossing book app for the iPhone.”

comiXology also continued to preserve the rich history of print comics in 2010 by offering a suite of out-of-the-box web solutions for brick and mortar comic book retailers to optimize their presence online. Today, more than 200 retailers worldwide have integrated comiXology's Retailer Tools into their operations, some reporting 20% increase in sales. This tools help them keep better track of inventory and enables users to develop Pull Lists, pre-orders, from local comic shops.

About comiXology

Since 2007 comiXology has been developing the technological infrastructure to bring comics into the digital mainstream and expose new audiences to the rich history and culture of the industry. Through partnerships with top comic book publishers including Marvel Comics, DC Comics, BOOM! Studios, Image Comics and TOKYOPOP as well as their own mobile and web apps which hosts over 5,000 digital titles, comiXology has become a leader in digital comic book proliferation. Also focused on creating strong ties with retail stores through its technology solutions, comiXology continues to transform the previously fragmented comic ecosystem into a vibrant and cohesive marketplace.
Ghost Mania available on WiiWare for 500 Wii Points

Gothenburg, Sweden (January 3, 2011) – Legendo Entertainment today announced that Ghost Mania, a paranormal puzzle game involving ghosts, a wacky story, mad spirits and a whole bunch of funky game modes for 1-2 players, is now available for download on the WiiWare™ service in North America for 500 Wii Points™.

On January 7, 2011, Europe will be getting Ghost Mania when the game releases in English, German, Spanish and French languages, also carrying a price tag of 500 Wii Points.

Ghost Mania supports widescreen and 480p and can be played by holding the Wii Remote™ controller horizontally. The game can be enjoyed by 1-2 players and also supports the Classic Controller™.

Key Features:

* Use a combination of logic and strategy to plan out your moves and progress throughout the game. The concept is simple: catch all ghosts before it's too late!
* Packed with 70+ levels and four game modes for 1-2 players: Arcade Mode (fast and fun), Puzzle Mode (relaxed play), Endless Mode (eternal madness) or go head to head with a friend in the 2P Party Mode!
* One of few puzzle games to feature multiple stories dependant on character and game mode selections.
* Intuitive controls, simply hold the Wii Remote™controller horizontally to play. Also supports Classic Controller™.
* For players of all ages, whether you're a casual gamer or a puzzle whiz, you'll surely enjoy this spooky puzzler!

Ghost Mania has been rated E for Everyone by the ESRB (North America). The game has been rated PEGI 7+ and USK 0 for Europe and Germany respectively.

Nintendo trademarks used under license. WiiWare is available only through the Wii console. Wii is a trademark of Nintendo.

About Legendo Entertainment
Legendo Entertainment is an independent publisher and developer of computer and video games based on myths, legends, classic novels and historical events. Though its headquarters are located in Sweden, Legendo uses a distributed development model employing top talent from across the world. Legendo currently publishes and develops for the PC and Nintendo’s Wii system.

THE LEGEND OF TIGERFIST: ENTER THE TIGER – The First Book in the Series –- Now available!

LOS ANGELES---- ACTIONOPOLIS, LLC launches the all-new martial arts adventure series The Legend of TigerFist: Enter The Tiger. Author Rob M. Worley introduces readers to a new fantasy bringing ancient Chinese and African mythology to life in a vivid modern-day setting.

TigerFist simultaneously releases in downloadable e-book apps compatible on iPad, iPhone, PC, Mac, Kindle, Android and Nook readers.

TIGERFIST- Young street tough Conner Mack must take on the mantle of an ancient hero despite his wishes. In doing so, he’ll inspire his gangs of lost children that run the streets of his city as he attempts to defeat the supernatural forces that lurk there. These shadow entities have been striking down those who have chosen to oppose them for centuries and will do the same to Conner if he doesn’t rise to the occasion.

For more information about the new line of ACTIONOPOLIS books visit

ACTIONOPOLIS: When Adventure Is Your Destination!

ABOUT ROB M. WORLEY Rob M. Worley is the author of original junior novel series Heir to Fire which comes highly recommended from critics writing for such outlets as School Library Journal, Comics Buyer's Guide and The Detroit Free Press. His most recent creation is the acclaimed hit all-ages comic book series Scratch9. He's also written numerous editions of Magic Wagon's Boxcar Children series of graphic novels and Short Tales books for kids. Visit him on the web at

Actionopolis is the brainchild of publisher Shannon Eric Denton, who has years of experience with companies such as Cartoon Network, Warner Brothers, Disney, Sony, ToyBiz, Marvel Entertainment, FoxKids, DC Comics, and Nickelodeon. He and his Komikwerks co-founder Patrick Coyle have been publishing comics online and in print through their publishing company Komikwerks since 2000.

Komikwerks has been partnered with Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment to publish a line of premiere Internet comics called Stan Lee's Sunday Comics on Komikwerks also provided exclusive content to the AOL: RED website. Komikwerks has been featured in many news and entertainment periodicals including Variety, USA Today, and Wizard Magazine. Komikwerks published the graphic novel World of Quest which was turned into an animated series of the same name. Komikwerks has several feature films in development as well.