Friday, March 18, 2011

Monday March 28
7:00-9:00 PM
Admission $40 | $35 for MoCCA Members

Learn the skills and secrets to writing great animation. Inspire the rest of the creative team to be brilliant - and grateful to see your name on script after script!

Animation is collaboration by conveyor belt, and it starts with your script. Award-winning writer/executive producer DAVID STEVEN COHEN (Courage the Cowardly Dog, Arthur, Pee-wee's Playhouse, Steven Spielberg's Balto) will show you techniques for crafting indelible characters, solid stories and great scripts that are more than blueprints - scripts that inspire the director, storyboard artist, editor and musical director. Cohen will demonstrate how you can maximize a show's basic concept (while avoiding common mistakes) and create a script that moves visually, rhythmically, emotionally, and comedically - one that communicates vividly without collapsing under the weight of words. Underscoring it all is flexible thinking and the collaborative process: the agony and ecstasy of sharing creative vision. Focus will be on writing character-driven animated comedy for television, with some forays into features.

DAVID STEVEN COHEN was the head writer on all four seasons of Cartoon Network's Courage the Cowardly Dog and has written for many other series, including Arthur, Viva Piñata and ALF Tales, of which he was co-creator and executive producer. As executive producer of Nickelodeon's The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss, David was nominated for two Emmys and won a Writers Guild Award for Outstanding Children's Script. He co-wrote the animated feature Balto and has also written many songs for animation, collaborating recently with Jody Gray on the song-score for Clifford's Really Big Movie. David's live-action work includes Phil of the Future, Living Single, Strangers with Candy, Parker Lewis Can't Lose, ALF and Pee-wee's Playhouse. First introduced to opera by a certain Oscar-winning rabbit, David wrote the libretto for the opera Lilith, which premiered at Lincoln Center in 2001.

Class held at:
Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA)
594 Broadway (between Houston and Prince Streets)
Suite 401
New York, NY 10012

For more information and to register, call 212-254-3511 or go to

The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art - MoCCA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts education organization dedicated to the preservation, study and display of all forms of comic and cartoon art. The museum promotes greater understanding and appreciation of the artistic, cultural and historical significance of comic and cartoon art through a variety of events, exhibitions, and educational programs. The museum is located at 594 Broadway (between Houston and Prince Streets) in New York City. MoCCA is open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays from 12:00-5:00 pm. Suggested donation to the museum is $5 but free for MoCCA Members as well as for children 12 and under (when accompanied by a paying adult). For more information about the museum and MoCCA events, exhibitions and programs, visit the museum's Website (
Top Cow and Other Image Creators Take On the Windy City This Weekend at Chicago's C2E2

Berkeley, CA – March 18, 2011 – Many of the writers and artists of Image Comics will be making the scene this weekend, March 18th - 20th, at C2E2 2011. This is only the second year for the convention, and while Image Comics will not have a booth on the show floor, many of our creators are making a strong showing in Chicago with panels and exclusives.

Graham Crackers, the renowned Chicago comic book retailer with multiple locations, will include a dedicated Top Cow section at their booth (#727 - 827) with a selection of key titles such as ARTIFACTS, WITCHBLADE, THE DARKNESS, and more. In addition, the Artifacts #6 C2E2 Exclusive variant cover by Michael Broussard featuring Aphrodite, the female android, will be available there exclusively through Graham Crackers for $10.00.

Creators behind the violent fantasy of SKULLKICKERS, writer Jim Zubkavich and colorist Misty Coats, will be at booth N3, selling and sketching in their SKULLKICKERS C2E2 Exclusive convention sketchbooks, which are on sale for $10.00.

Some of the other Image creators that will be there include:

Erik Rose (THE ROBERTS) at I11
Dirk Manning (NIGHTMARE WORLD) at E3
Seth Damoose (I HATE GALLANT GIRL) at E3
Tim Seeley (HACK/SLASH) at L13
Jason Howard (ASTOUNDING WOLF-MAN, the upcoming SUPER DINOSAUR) at F2
Matt Hawkins (TOP COW PRESIDENT) at C2
Bryan J.L. Glass (THE MICE TEMPLAR) at B8
Charles Soule (27) at F7
ARTIFACTS & NYC MECH covers) at B1
Phil Hester (THE DARKNESS) at F-1

C2E2 2011 PANELS:

Top Cow: We Create... Universes
11:30am-12:30pm, Room 470a
Join Top Cow Publisher Filip Sablik and The Darkness writer Phil Hester and Artifacts artist Jeremy Haun as they discuss the exciting and cohesive world of the Top Cow Universe! Be the first to get the latest news on Artifacts, The Darkness, Witchblade and other Top Cow Universe titles. Plus get information on new Top Cow titles like Netherworld and Minotaur Press titles like Last Mortal. And be on the look out for a special appearance from a surprise guest or two!

Food & Comics
4:30-5:30pm, Room 470a
Join Top Cow Publisher Filip Sablik, CB Cebulski, Rick Bayless and Chicago Tribune's James Beard Award-winning food writer Kevin Pang as they discuss the art of food and comics, moderated by Ron Richards of iFanboy and "A Taste of Comics".

Never-before-published Enhanced Editions of the Groundbreaking Manga Series

Share Long-Awaited US Publishing Debut with CODENAME SAILOR V

NEW YORK, New York – March 18, 2011 – Kodansha USA Publishing, a subsidiary of Kodansha, announced today the exciting return of Naoko Takeuchi’s SAILOR MOON, one of the most significant names in comics and manga, to US publishing. Brand new deluxe editions of the acclaimed series will be released by Kodansha USA’s Kodansha Comics imprint in September 2011. Out of print for six years, SAILOR MOON re-launches along with Takeuchi’s two-volume prequel series CODENAME: SAILOR V, in print in the US for the first time—making this one of the most highly anticipated manga releases in years.

The SAILOR MOON manga, which originated in Japan in 1992 and debuted in the US in 1997, follows Usagi Tsukino, a young girl who transforms into super heroine Sailor Moon to combat evil and fight for love and justice in the name of the Moon and the mysterious Moon Princess. The first successful shôjo (girls’) manga release in the US, SAILOR MOON changed the book landscape and helped establish the foundation for the manga craze; in particular drawing attention to the popularity of comics among female readers.

Prequel series CODENAME: SAILOR V, the first of Takeuchi’s “magical girl” manga, will make its highly anticipated debut in the US alongside the SAILOR MOON re-launch. In CODENAME: SAILOR V, teenager Minako Aino fights as Sailor V against the villains of the Dark Agency before she discovers Sailor Moon.

The Kodansha USA editions of SAILOR MOON will be published on a bi-monthly schedule and follow the 2003 Japanese re-release format of the classic series. The original 18 volumes have been condensed into 12 volumes covering the main storyline, and two volumes dedicated to short stories. Each volume has gorgeous new cover art, retouched interior art and dialogue along with extensive bonus material from Takeuchi, and detailed translation notes.

One of the most recognized manga and anime properties in the world, SAILOR MOON took American pop culture by storm, with mentions in music (“One Week” by Barenaked Ladies), bestselling books (The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot) and more. In Japan, over 15 million copies have been sold and the series has generated everything from animated features to live action musicals, a live action television series and countless merchandise.

“I’m very excited to reintroduce Ms. Takeuchi’s work to her American fans,” said Yoshio Irie, president and CEO of Kodansha USA Publishing. Irie is also the former chief editor of Nakayosi magazine in which the SAILOR MOON manga was serialized. “As we continue to build the Kodansha Comics manga list, a title like SAILOR MOON is the jewel in our crown. As the former chief editor of the work in Japan, I’m especially thrilled to finally release the prequel, CODENAME: SAILOR V, to the many fans who have been asking for it at long last.”

About Kodansha USA Publishing

Kodansha USA Publishing, LLC, a subsidiary of Kodansha Ltd. aims to bring the best names in manga to the North American market, and partners with Random House Publisher Services for distribution.

About Kodansha Ltd.

Kodansha Ltd. is Japan's largest publisher, with its headquarters in Tokyo. Originally established in 1909 by Seiji Noma, the company is still a family-run business. Under the leadership of Sawako Noma, company president since 1987, Kodansha continues to play a dominant role in the media world, producing books and magazines in a wide variety of genres including literature, fiction, nonfiction, children's, business, lifestyle, art, manga, fashion, and journalism. Recently, the company has ventured into digital distribution of content as well.

First issue of the BLACK DYNAMITE Comic Book to release April 2011

(March 17, 2011)Ape Entertainment, in partnership with Ars Nova, is proud to announce the release of the original 48 page one-shot Black Dynamite: Slave Island, inspired by the major motion picture BLACK DYNAMITE.

“Between the streets, Vietnam and the C.I.A., Black Dynamite thought he had seen it all. But nothing could have prepared him for his most dangerous mission yet! In BLACK DYNAMITE: SLAVE
ISLAND, the world’s greatest Blaxploitation sensation uses his fists of fury to shut down a secret island where the Man still plays by 1850’s rules!” SLAVE ISLAND is based on a story by Michael Jai White, Byron Minns and Scott Sanders. Written by Brian Ash (The Boondocks),with inks by Jun Lofamia, one-shot is due in stores April 2011.

“We pick right up where the movie left off and continue with the same over the top action in the one-shot,” explained Brent E. Erwin, COO of Ape Entertainment. “When you are dealing with the quintessential badass, tough-as-nails hero, why would you change a thing?”

"SLAVE ISLAND is a blacktastic journey into a dynamite new world,” says the film’s director, Scott Sanders. “Ash and LoFamia created a spot-on recreation of the comics I loved as a kid, with an added Black Dynamite twist!”

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About Ape Entertainment:

Founded in 2003, Ape Entertainment is the brainchild of lifelong comic book devotees David Hedgecock, and Brent E Erwin. Home to such popular titles as GO-GO GORILLA AND THE JUNGLE CREW, SUPERHUMAN RESOURCES, BLACK COAT, ATHENA VOLTAIRE, and THE TROUBLE WITH KATIE ROGERS, it is also the North American publisher for DreamWorks Animation licensed properties SHREK and THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR.

About Ars Nova:

Ars Nova Entertainment is a New York-based production company specializing in multi-platform programming for film, television, web and live entertainment. Upcoming projects include: BLACK DYNAMITE: THE ANIMATED SERIES and a live-action adaptation of Rick Veitch’s BRAT PACK.
DC Comics and comiXology Unveil the Digital Storefront Affiliate Program Along With Comic Book Publishers Image, BOOM! Studios, Dynamite Entertainment and many more

The Program Includes the Option to Sign up for the DC Comics Exclusive Stand Alone Store

New York, NY – 3/17/11 – From Metropolis to Gotham City, retailers everywhere will be able to sell digital comics from DC Comics through comiXology’s recently announced Digital Storefront Affiliate program, an initiative focused on empowering merchants to thrive in the digital marketplace. In addition, Image Comics (including Shadowline and Top Cow), BOOM! Studios, and Dynamite Entertainment have joined the program to have their content sold digitally through retailer Web sites with a comiXology-powered store and reader. Additionally, as announced at Comics Pro, retailers can sign up for a DC exclusive stand alone store.

“Publishers have quickly recognized that the Digital Storefront Affiliate Program is a win-win situation for both themselves and the retailers to sell more comics,” said David Steinberger, CEO of comiXology. “Having DC, Image, BOOM!, Dynamite and all the other publishers on board shows their continued commitment to the vibrant retailer community and ability to continually innovate.”

Publishers who are participating in the program will gain additional distribution channels on the Web while also strengthening their bonds with comic stores. Retailers will also benefit from the program by having the ability to sell the participating publishers digital comics directly through their Web sites without adding any additional inventory to the stores.

“We are pleased once again to work with comiXology on a truly significant program to create new opportunities for publishers to distribute their work and grow the market,” said Hank Kanalz, SVP Digital, DC Entertainment. “The Digital Storefront Affiliate Program enables all comic book publishers to strengthen their relationships with retailers and put them in a better position to flourish.”

To request more information about the Digital Storefront Affiliate program, retailers can visit

Additional participating publishers include:

* A First Salvo
* A Wave Blue World
* AdHouse
* Alterna
* Antarctic Press
* Arcana Comics
* Asylum Press
* Bluewater
* BOOM! Studios
* Com.x
* DC Comics
* Devil's Due
* Digital Webbing
* Dynamite Entertainment
* Evil Twin Comics
* Keenspot
* Kickstart
* Image Comics (including imprints)
* Markosia
* Moonstone
* Red 5
* Th3rd World Studios
* Viper Comics

About DC Entertainment

DC Entertainment, home to such iconic DC Comics properties as Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Flash, MAD Magazine, and Fables, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating across Warner Bros. and Time Warner. DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its superheroic characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, and interactive games. Publishing over 1,000 comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Comics is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world.

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 and Image Comics as well as their own mobile and web apps which hosts over 7,100 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.
Godzilla® Smashes Austin Books & Comics
The King of the Monsters™ returns to comics with Austin Books & Comics exclusive cover & signing event
Austin, TX---Thursday, March 17, 2011– The biggest star in Japan prepares to wreak havoc once again! Austin Books & Comics is bringing the King of the Monsters to Austin with its very own, smashing book cover created by noted local comic artist Matt Frank. To celebrate the dramatic return of Godzilla to comics, Austin Books & Comics is hosting a special in-store event and signing with Frank on Wednesday, March 30, from 2 pm to 7 pm.

IDW Publishing recently announced the return of Godzilla® and the hotly-anticipated new comic GODZILLA®: KINGDOM OF MONSTERS #1, featuring pop culture legends that have stomped, smashed, and fought their way across movie screens for over four decades. The new comics feature the King of the Monsters™ himself, along with other a dozen other fan-favorite monsters that have never before been featured in comic books.

In an unparalleled debut promotion, Austin Books & Comics is one of seventy-five comic retailers offering a unique cover featuring Godzilla®’s foot smashing their comic book store. Godzilla fans and comic book lovers will be able to purchase the exclusive first book ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) at Austin Books & Comics on March 30, 2011. As a special contest promotion, cover artist Matt Frank will be giving away one signed original print to a luck winner that evening.

Austin-based Matt Frank, an accomplished comic book artist and story writer whose work has been featured on numerous magazine covers, created the custom Godzilla® comic cover featuring Austin Books & Comics. Frank will be on hand at Austin Books & Comics on March 30, signing posters and comic books, and talking to fans about the new Godzilla® comic series.

Frank has done comic covers for the Ray Harryhausen present's "Back To Mysterious Island" and "It Came From Beneath the Sea Again" as well as having his one shot comic "Wrath Of the Titans: Cyclops". He also provided the monster designs for "Back to Mysterious Island" and worked on Transformers: Beast Wars guide.

Brad Bankston, proprietor of Austin Books & Comics, offers “Austin Books & Comics has always been at the forefront of big, important new comic releases, but being on the cover of an iconic comic is a big first for us. We're thrilled to bring a pop culture icon as huge as Godzilla to Austin, and to host cover artist Matt Frank - even though he 'destroyed' our store!”

“This cover promotion has resulted in unprecedented support and participation by an amazing number of comic book retailers,” adds Ted Adams, CEO/Publisher at IDW. “We thought it was a fun idea when it was conceived, but thanks to so many retailers such as Austin Books & Comics being excited about having Godzilla stomp their shop, it has exceeded even our wildest expectations. Godzilla has laid waste to an amazing number of comic book stores on these covers, resulting in the biggest single press run we’ve ever done. And that just feels appropriate for Godzilla’s return.”

Bringing these fearsome creatures back to comics is a larger-than-life creative team, led by co-writers Eric Powell (The Goon) and Tracy Marsh. Artist Phil Hester (Kevin Smith’s The Green Hornet) will capture every monster moment. In addition to the retailer exclusive covers, issue #1 will also feature two painted covers offered on a 50/50 basis: Eric Powell will provide a gatefold wraparound cover featuring many beloved Toho monsters, and fan-favorite artist Alex Ross contributed an imposing image of Godzilla®. An additional painted cover by Eric Powell is available as an incentive cover, as well.

About Austin Books & Comics
Central Texas’s biggest and oldest comics and pop culture retailer, Austin Books & Comics has been in business since 1977. Austin Books & Comics is a multiple Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retail finalist, and was inducted into the Austin Chronicle's 'Best Of” Hall of Fame. The Chronicle has referred to Austin Books as “the Library of Alexandria of comics.” Austin Books & Comics is proud to host both frequent and surprise celebrity guest signings and events.

Visit to learn more about the company and its top-selling books.
PAPERCUTZ carves up “The Twilight Saga” with PAPERCUTZ SLICES #2 “breaking down”!

Sick of glittery vampires, wonky werewolves, and contrived love triangles? PAPERCUTZ SLICES #2 has the cure! Papercutz, the premiere publisher of such popular graphic novel series as BIONICLE, DISNEY FAIRIES, GERONIMO STILTON, HARDY BOYS, NANCY DREW, THE SMURFS, and TALES FROM THE CRYPT releases PAPERCUTZ SLICES #2 “breaking down” on March 29th, 2011. PAPERCUTZ SLICES is dedicated to dicing up your favorite literary characters – volume #1 took on J.K Rowling’s popular boy-wizard with “Harry Potty and the Deathly Boring” and has sold over 15,000 copies.

Volume #2 “breaking down” follows the epic love story between Bleh-bleh and her boyfriend Fredward. Their woozy teenage love is complicated by the fact that Fredward also happens to be a vampire. Things get even more complicated, and somewhat creepy, when Bleh-bleh and Fredward meet J-Bobb, a werewolf who can’t seem to keep his shirt on whenever he’s in human form. Can a flighty, fickle female, a self-absorbed blood-sucker, and a hapless, hirsute hunk find true happiness together? Or is that a stupid question? Do you really even care so long as you’re laughing?

Papercutz Slices #2 “breaking down” is the third collaboration between writer Stefan Petrucha and artist Rick Parker, the duo behind the best-selling TALES FROM THE CRYPT #8 “Diary of a Stinky Dead Kid” and PAPERCUTZ SLICES #1 “Harry Potty and the Deathly Boring.” Founded in 2005, Papercutz is dedicated to publishing the best comics and graphic novels for kids 6-14 and all young at heart. PAPERCUTZ SLICES graphic novels are 6 x 9, 64 pages, full-color $6.99 in paperback and $10.99 in hardcover. Please visit for a full listing of Papercutz graphic novels.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

ZERO: JM KEN NIIMURA ILLUSTRATIONS '07-'09 Set to Make Stateside Debut with Image Comics on April 27th

Berkeley, CA – March 16, 2011 – Image Comics is proud to present a collection of whimsical, colorful illustrations by JM Ken Niimura. The esteemed artist's gestural, emotionally affective work with writer Joe Kelly on the critically acclaimed miniseries I KILL GIANTS helped ensure that book was nominated for an Eisner award in 2009, won IGN's Best Indy Book of 2008, and was listed as one of the Top 10 YA Library Association picks of 2010. Niimura's work did not start nor stop with I KILL GIANTS, though.

Prior to his collaboration with Kelly, Niimura worked on a variety of international titles, including UNDERGROUND LOVE, CLOCKWORLD, VACIO ABSOLUTO, and OSTRAS JUALAS. The Spanish-born Niimura has won more than 30 awards in recognition for his art in his home country, showcased his work in exhibitions all across Madrid, and worked on advertising campaigns for clients like Cartoon Network.

"I'm really happy to share these illustrations I did during the period I worked on I KILL GIANTS with American readers," said Niimura. "They show the other aspect of my career -- that of an illustrator, dealing more solely with composition and color, and I'm really looking forward to hearing people's reaction to the book's design!"

"Few things have made me as proud as the ongoing success of I KILL GIANTS, and the understated brilliance of Ken's artwork is undoubtably as important a component and Joe's powerful script, so it's real pleasure to further highlight Ken's skills in ZERO," added Image Publisher Eric Stephenson. "And as great as his work in I KILL GIANTS was, I guarantee there's still plenty here that will both surprise and impress Ken's growing legion of fans."

This gorgeous paperback art book with die-out cover showcases many of Niimura’s works of richly colored illustrations, which were previously published in magazines, books and advertisements between 2007 and 2009, none of which have been published in the US until now. ZERO: JM KEN NIIMURA ILLUSTRATIONS '07-'09 displays a varied retrospect of the artist's recent career that both art lovers and comic book readers can easily appreciate.

ZERO: JM KEN NIMURA ILLUSTRATIONS '07-'09 (FEB110425), a 96 page full-color art book, will be on sale in stores April 27, 2011 for $12.99.
Ballots Due Monday, March 28th!Harvey Awards Nominee Logo

BALTIMORE, MD (March 16, 2011) -- Nomination ballots for the 2011 Harvey Awards, honoring works published in 2010, are due Monday, March 28th. Ballots will be accepted by email until midnight, March 28th. For those who wish to mail the ballot, it must be postmarked by March 28th!

Ballots can be downloaded from Completed forms can be e-mailed to

In addition to voting, creators are invited to blog, Tweet, and use other social networking options to promote their work and the Harvey Awards. Professionals and fans can join us on Facebook (, Twitter (@harveyawards), our blog ( and our website at

Nominees for this year, as well as any prior year, can use the Harvey Awards Logo bullet on their websites and published works to show that they have been honored. Shown in this press release, these images are available by request at These images, incorporating a self-portrait of Kurtzman, were designed by John Gallagher and Mark Wheatley.

The Harvey Awards will be presented Saturday, August 20th, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland as part of the Baltimore Comic-Con. This year, our Master of Ceremonies will be Scott Kurtz, creator of PvP, the popular comic-strip hosted at This will be Scott's third year as MC.

Nominations for the Harvey Awards are selected exclusively by creators - those who write, draw, ink, letter, color, design, edit or are otherwise involved in a creative capacity in the comics field. The Harvey Awards are the only industry awards both nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals.

Harvey Award Recipient Logo The Harveys would not be possible without the generous sponsors of the Awards. Sponsors for the 2010 Harvey Awards included DC Comics, ComiXology, IDW Publishing, Brett's Comic Pile, Painted Visions Comics, Cards, & Games, Richmond Comix, and the Baltimore Comic-Con. We look forward to welcoming current and new sponsors to be a part of the 2011 Harvey Awards.

This year's Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 20-21, 2011. 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, August 20th. Additional details about the Harvey Awards and the awards ceremony will be released over the next few months.

About The Harvey Awards
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry's oldest and most respected awards. With a history of over 20 years, the last 6 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. For more information, please visit
About The Baltimore Comic-Con
The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 12th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. The Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 20-21, 2011. For more information, please visit

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Sequart Research & Literacy Organization’s Keeping the World Strange: A Planetary Guide is now available for order through comic shops (use Diamond order code MAR111401). The book is currently listed in the books section of March's Previews catalog (page 347) and is set to hit stores in late May.

“Highly recommended.” – Ain’t It Cool News

Edited by Cody Walker, Keeping the World Strange offers essays that examine the highly-acclaimed WildStorm series from varied, thought-provoking viewpoints:

* We Contain Universes: The Delicately Spinning Reality of the Snowflake, by Kevin Thurman
* Surfing through Planetary: The Characters behind the Fiction, by Andy Richardson
* The Secret History of the WildStorm Universe, by Cody Walker
* When Third is Fourth: The Mystery of the Fourth Man, by Chad Nevett
* Bleeding Between the Lines: Planetary and Vertigo, by Timothy Callahan
* “The Hidden Wonders of the World”: Planetary and Reconstructionism, by Julian Darius
* Archaeologists, Architects, and Acolytes: Reading Futures Studies in Planetary, by Caleb Stokes
* The Monster Within: Examining Monstrous Archetypes in Planetary, by Ross Payton
* Planetary and Decompression, by Patrick Meaney
* The Ideal and the Strange: Order Vs. Freedom in Planetary, by Peter Sanderson
* The Man Who Knows the Game, by A. David Lewis (viewing Planetary as a game that begins with Elijah Snow’s white suit)
* Apocrypha or Canon? Fitting the Three Crossover One-Shots into Planetary, by Chad Nevett
* Appendix: Sequencing Planetary, by Julian Darius (a suggested reading order for Planetary’s 31 stories)

No Planetary fan or comics scholar should go without this critical analysis of one of the best series of the 21st century. (Softcover, 6”x9”, 188 pgs, B&W, $19.95 cover price, ISBN 9780578077017.)

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THE YEAR OF WARREN ELLIS: Keeping the World Strange is the first offering from Sequart’s “2011: The Year of Ellis” campaign, which includes two other books (Shot in the Face: A Savage Journey to the Heart of Transmetropolitan and Voyage in Noise: Warren Ellis and the Demise of Western Civilization) and the documentary film Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts.

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NOTE: Don't assume your comics store will order copies – some stores might not even notice it in the catalog. The best thing you can do is tell your local retailer ASAP (they have to place orders before the end of March) that you want them to order you a copy. And because we're buried in the catalog, it might help to give them the book's order code, which is MAR111401.

LEGAL DISCLAIMER: Planetary and related characters are trademarks of DC Comics. This book is not endorsed by DC Comics.
SIGNS @ C2E2 2011


March 14, 2011 - Los Angeles, CA - Don't miss your chance to meet Coheed & Cambria front man and THE AMORY WARS creator Claudio Sanchez when he invades C2E2! Join Claudio and co-conspirators Chondra Echert (KILL AUDIO), Aaron Kuder (THE AMORY WARS: IN KEEPING SECRETS OF SILENT EARTH: 3) and Tony Moore (THE AMORY WARS: THE SECOND STAGE TURBINE BLADE, THE WALKING DEAD – Friday only) as they sign at Sanchez’s Evil Ink Comics booth #613, Friday, March 18, 2011 at 5PM and Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 3PM.

Also be sure to pick up THE AMORY WARS: IN KEEPING SECRETS OF SILENT EARTH: 3 #9 C2E2 Exclusive Variant (limited to 300 copies) and THE AMORY WARS: THE SECOND STAGE TURBINE BLADE limited edition print by THE WALKING DEAD artist Tony Moore!

What: Claudio Sanchez, Chondra Echert, Aaron Kuder and Tony Moore (Friday Only) signing at C2E2
Where: Evil Ink Comics Booth #613
When: Friday, March 18, 2011 – 5PM, Saturday, March 19, 2011 – 3PM
Anything Else?: EXCLUSIVES!
C2E2 Exclusive Variant & THE AMORY WARS: THE SECOND STAGE TURBINE BLADE, Trade Cover Print by Tony Moore!
(Note: Tony Moore signing Friday only)

The excitement continues even after C2E2 with the upcoming THE AMORY WARS: IN KEEPING SECRETS OF SILENT EARTH: 3 #1 $1 EDITION & THE AMORY WARS: IN KEEPING SECRETS OF SILENT EARTH: 3 VOL. 2 both hitting store shelves March 30, 2011. Be sure to contact your local comic shop to reserve your copies today!

About Evil Ink Comics
Evil Ink Comics is the independent publishing company of Claudio Sanchez, the lead singer of progressive rock band Coheed and Cambria, and also the creator and author of Evil Ink’s current projects, KILL AUDIO & THE AMORY WARS.

About BOOM! Studios
Award-winning "Best Publisher" BOOM! Studios ( generates a constellation of bestselling comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent, including Mark Waid series IRREDEEMABLE, Stan Lee's SOLDIER ZERO, THE TRAVELER, and STARBORN (the first new series in print from the industry icon in 20 years), new HELLRAISER comics written by Clive Barker as well as 20th Century Fox's PLANET OF THE APES, 28 DAYS LATER, and DIE HARD, Philip K. Dick's DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?, and The Henson Company's FARSCAPE. BOOM!'s recently rebranded all-ages imprint, kaboom! will see publication of PEANUTS, SPACE WARPED, Roger Langridge's SNARKED!, Scholastic's WORD GIRL and DUCK TALES, as well as continuing to publish fan-favorite Disney Afternoon series DARKWING DUCK, CHIP 'N' DALE RESCUE RANGERS along with Disney standards MICKEY MOUSE, DONALD DUCK, UNCLE SCROOGE, and WALT DISNEY'S COMICS AND STORIES.

Moonstone Entertainment, Inc., Captain Action Enterprises, and Runemaster Studios, the forces behind Moonstone's latest comic title SAVAGE BEAUTY, have been saying for months just how spectacular this new series would be. An updating of the Jungle Girl genre tale, SAVAGE BEAUTY uses two very strong female leads to not only introduce pulp like heroics into the jungles of today's world, but also tackles real life issues. The comic is a tool of vital partnership between its creators and agencies and organizations dedicated to making life better and even saving lives in Kenya, Africa, and other ravaged lands. Moonstone, CAE, and Runemaster have been shouting the praises of SAVAGE BEAUTY and rightfully so.

And now, so are other people. The reviews are in and it seems others have jumped on the SAVAGE BEAUTY bandwagon.

Eric J.,, summed up the origins and appeal of SAVAGE BEAUTY wonderfully-

“I am a huge pulp fan, always have been. A childhood constant of mine was watching old B&W’s with my mom on Sunday afternoons. The adventure, thrill and danger of an altruistic hero risking life and limb to take down a dastardly villain was almost too much for my little 7-year heart to handle. Well, what I know (as most of you do too) is that when creative teams try to “modernize” the genre something is lost in the translation and they fail more often than they succeed. And the less-than-stellar-results are usually something off-center, overly cheesy and perhaps way dark.

Running counter to that sad norm, the folks over at Moonstone have been lighting the way for years and showing fans that pulp can still be done and done well. Savage Beauty, as a title, just continues to add to their testimony.”

In his review at, Dustin Cabeal points out what makes SAVAGE BEAUTY a modern and relevant title in his 'Short Version'-

“If you’re looking for a sexy jungle story about two women fighting the crimes of Africa then you’ll only be half right. This story is anything but goofy and uses the comic to look at a very realistic problem in the world, while presenting it in a very accessible way. Simply put this isn’t a kid’s comic, but it’s still really good.”

Cabeal also goes on to point out specific strong points of the debut issue-

“Mike Bullock (The Phantom: Generations) does an impressive job of taking a book with a name that seems unserious and making it anything but. With this first issue, Bullock has tackled an issue that is still a problem in Africa today....There’s a balance that’s struck between the message and the fictional world of the comic and Bullock manages to walk the line between the two.

The art is very good and maintains a “pulp” look to it which really fits the book. Artist Jose Massaroli draws a wide variety of people, animals, settings and objects and exceeds at doing all of them well.”

Ray Tate with sees SAVAGE BEAUTY as...

“a welcome addition to the jungle girls category of books. The writers and artists direct their talents to raise awareness about real world vermin while creating satisfying escapism in a twist on legacy heroism.”

SAVAGE BEAUTY is a comic that appeals to the masses because it tackles real world issues and does so in an entertaining, captivating way utilizing well known staples of heroic fiction and the jungle girl genre. Christopher with states-

“With roots deep in Edgar Rice Borroughs' romanticized version of Africa and his hero 'Tarzan', Savage Beauty mixes the mythos of jungle warriors with real world drama and adds in a splash of dual identities...Don't let the cover fool you, this is more than just an excuse to draw pretty girls in fur bikinis. This new spin on the jungle heroine looks like it will be a serious and at times dark journey to, at least in the literary world, bring justice to the criminals that deserve it most.”

The reviews are definitely in. SAVAGE BEAUTY AVAILABLE NOW!



Moonstone Entertainment, Inc., Captain Action Enterprises, and Runemaster Studios, Inc. have swung into action and adventure with their hot new title, SAVAGE BEAUTY! On the stands now, SAVAGE BEAUTY's debut issue introduces two heroines who, using a Jungle legend as a symbol, set out to right the wrongs done on so many levels in countries such as Kenya, Uganda, and others!

To celebrate SAVAGE BEAUTY as well as to discuss the Jungle Girl genre in general, a panel is being held at The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo – also known as C2E2. C2E2 brings attention to the hottest and newest items from comics, movies, television, toys, anime, manga and video games. And it is doing just that with the JUNGLE GIRL PANEL!

The Panel will be held on Sunday, March 20 from 2:30 pm - 3:30 in 475b Panelists will include Ed Catto, Captain Action Enterprises and co-creator of SAVAGE BEAUTY, Paul Storrie, writer of Sheena, Lori Gentile Moonstone editor and retailer, and Kirsten Pagacz of Retro-a-Go-Go. The Panel will take on all things jungle- From Pin-up Jungle Girls to the gritty Unknown Soldier - a look at Jungle Comics. This panel explores everything from Sheena, the first super heroine, to today's newest entry, Savage Beauty!

This Panel has some awesome Jungle swag to give away as well!! This includes-

1. Two Copies of Jim Silke's new Jungle Girls book from Fleske Publications

2. Autographed copies of Savage Beauty and Limited edition lithographs

3. Vintage Jungle Girl shirts, Key chains etc. supplied by Retro-A-Go-Go!

Catch a train, a plane, a bus, or the nearest elephant and be at the JUNGLE GIRL PANEL at C2E2 to catch more of SAVAGE BEAUTY!!!



Moonstone Entertainment, Inc. Runemaster Studios, Inc., and Captain Action Enterprises pulled out all the stops on Wednesday, March 16th at New York City's Midtown Comics on Times Square.

Lady Action, ally to Captain Action and heroine in her own right put an appearance at this top of the line comic venue to welcome the debut of CAPTAIN ACTION WINTER SPECIAL, featuring a team up between the good Captain and the Green Hornet. Lady Action was also on hand to celebrate the debut of a different type of heroine with SAVAGE BEAUTY #1 hitting the stands today! Special thanks to Midtown Comics and to Lady Action for joining everyone at Moonstone in celebrating two of the best heroes today-CAPTAIN ACTION and SAVAGE BEAUTY!



Moonstone Entertainment, Inc. is excited to announce that CHICKS IN CAPES will be available soon! Chicks in Capes is a fun and provoking collection of ALL NEW prose short stories by a wide range of female authors: including NYT Bestselling authors Nancy Holder, Debbie Viguie, and Jennifer Fallon, along with comic book herstorian Trina Robbins, and a host of other popular fiction and comic book contributors.

All of the stories are about super heroines, many characters created exclusively for this collection, and featuring ALL NEW stories about established characters: Lady Action and Domino Lady. All contributors for the book are female, including the interior illustrator, the cover artists, and the editors!

What will you find within the pages of CHICKS IN CAPES? Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Science-fiction…!

Strong female super-heroine characters from all walks of life are included in this stellar anthology: a parking valet, an archeologist, a bike messenger, a nurse, a holocaust survivor and many more. Also new stories featuring Lady Action and Domino Lady are included in this fantastic collection!

CHICKS IN CAPES spotlights not only female characters by female creators, but it casts a new light on the concept of super heroes in general. According to contributor Jennifer Fallon, "I think it’s a timely reminder that superheroes are not just for boys. They come in all shapes and sizes. We should judge our superheroes by their deeds, not their gender. Just like real people."

CHICKS IN CAPES from Moonstone Entertainment, Inc.! Coming Soon!




Moonstone Entertainment, Inc. proudly announces THE AVENGER: THE JUSTICE INC. FILES, Moonstone's latest anthology featuring all new adventures of one of the world's best known Pulp heroes!

This collection will also feature an event that for pulp fans has been a long time coming.

Moonstone excitedly announces that within the pages of THE AVENGER: THE JUSTICE INC. FILES, for the first and ONLY time anywhere, two legendary characters finally cross paths, two titans collide, two of the single greatest characters in Pulp History meet together in a hail of bullets and blood for one of the most talked about stories of the year and a Holy Grail of sorts for Pulp Fans everywhere. In this anthology, two icons bring a whole new meaning to vengeance and adventure together..for the FIRST time...

The Avenger meets the uncompromising relentless justice of The Spider!


From the story-

“By the man’s actions and glacial laughter, Benson knew that this must be The Spider, a lawless vigilante whose reputation in Manhattan was well known. And after seeing the criminal in action, he thought that reputation well-earned. The man was uncommonly swift and agile, much more so than any crook he’d ever gone against. And bullets from those .45s had sped to their targets without fail, as if on wires.”

“It was at that moment that a pounding sounded on the outside doors. It was but a second’s distraction, but when Benson looked back he saw one of The Spider’s automatics beginning to rise in his direction! With no time for thought, his finger tightened on Mike’s trigger.”

Each of these classic pulp icons brings their own history, their own techniques, and their own particular tastes for justice and vengeance to this singularly epic meeting. These aren't men who would be friends, but relentless pursuers of right, heaven help anyone who stands in their way. The Avenger....The the same story only in THE AVENGER: JUSTICE INC. FILES from Moonstone!


Cover Art: E.M.Gist

Edited by: Joe Gentile & Howard Hopkins

336pgs, b/w, Squarebound, 6”x9”, $18.95

ISBN: 10: 1-933076-90-9

ISBN: 13: 978-1933076-90-4


370pgs, b/w, HC, Squarebound, 6”x9”, $45.95

10 digit: 1-933076-91-7
13 digit: 978-1933076-91-1
Limited Edition contains bonus solo stories of the Avenger’s aides!




Moonstone Entertainment, Inc., known for innovative books and comics starring classic as well as original characters, sets the standard once more for the Private Investigator story with its upcoming release of ANGELTOWN: THE NATE HOLLIS INVESTIGATIONS written by Gary Phillips, Interiors by Shawn Martinbrough, Cover by Michael Stribling.

Los Angeles is the birthplace of noir because the brighter the sunshine, the deeper the shadows and the more deadly the mischief that goes on in the dark.

Angeltown: The Nate Hollis Investigations is a hardcover from Moonstone reprinting the Vertigo mini series in glorious black and white -- the original critically praised sequential mystery featuring the cool, tough private eye's frenzied search in the shadows for a pro hoopster wanted for murder in "Baller."

“Anyone who has read his Monk series knows Gary Phillips can write great PI stories. Well as it turns out he is also quite adept at using the comics/ graphic novel medium as well. With Angel Town Phillips has introduced us to a new PI character, Nate Hollis, set in L.A. and ready to kick ass and take names”. --- Jon Jordan, Crimespree magazine

The brand of noir that encompasses private eye tales is all about style and gritty substance. Phillips tells a hard hitting story with rapid fire dialogue and staccato pacing. Martinbrough adds to the fist to the face this story gives the reader with both stark and subtle imagery. Between them, the original mini series set a new standard for PI Noir.

“Slick as spit, big-shouldered Hollis walks the walk and talks the talk in the Angeltown comics, taking on a star-studded scandal that could rip the roof off post-Rodney King L.A”.---

Kevin Burton Smith, Mystery Scene

Exclusive to this hardcover, Gary Phillips (Operator 5), raises the bar once more with two original illustrated prose short stories; "Hollywood Killer," wherein superhero pretenders prowling Hollywood Boulevard for tips are getting bumped off, art by Manoel Magalhães (Vincent Price Presents, Bluewater Comics) and "King Cow," about cattle, low-riders and babes with Nazi tattoos, art by Alejandro Aragon (28 Days Later, Boom Studios).

Gritty. Sordid. Dark. Hard boiled. And all cast against the canvas of the Land of Broken Dreams. Angeltown: The Nate Hollis Investigations is that and so much more and it's all coming soon from Moonstone!



Story: Earl Mac Rauch/Paul D. Storrie

Art: David Daza

Colors: Patrick Williams

Covers: Paul Gulacy, Bill Wiist

32pgs, color, $3.99

Rated: PG-13

The man, the marvel, the human achievement, is back!

From the cult movie starring Peter Weller, John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin, and Jeff Goldblum!

The creators/film makers are telling NEW stories!

Your favorite neurosurgeon/rock star/adventurer returns, along with his Hong Kong Cavaliers, in: TEARS of a CLONE!...where a Death’s Head tank squad lurks in suburbia, talking bouncer-robots attack, expensive love wants to erupt, and Lectroids run with scissors, and then… shotguns! The world may never be the same.

(covers: Gulacy = 80%, Wiist = 20%)

**Retailer incentive: buy 4 or more copies and get one regular edition FREE!

***buy 8 or more and you can purchase one copy of the b/w virgin Gulacy cover for $3.99 retail.


That Man FLINT #0

Story: Gary Phillips

Art: Kevin Jones

Cover: Mark Maddox

16pgs, color, $1.99

Join (Vertigo) writer Gary Phillip as super spy Derek Flint returns to spin the swinging sixties on its head!
The Cold War is hot and so are the gorgeous mini-skirted women with their
kung fu grip. Inventor, ballet instructor, dolphinologist and seeker of the
third eye, Flint also battles dastardly villains and sultry Russian
assassins. That Man Flint is retro revisionist fare capturing the fun and
excitement of halcyon espionage outings like The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Steranko’s
Nick Fury for today’s audience.

**Retailer incentive: for every 4 copies purchased, get one FREE!!**


story: Ian Ng

Art: Mark Sparacio

Colors: Abe Melendez
A man who may hold the key to keeping the universe together hides behind a scholarly front. Five unlikely teammates seek him, but can they keep it together long enough to find him and who's agenda do they follow?

Moonstone introduces a creator-owned effort from Mark (Heroes for Hire/ Jonah Hex)Sparacio and newcomer Ian Ng, ad-free in full color!

16pgs,FC, $1.99

**retailer incentive: if you purchase 4 or more copies, you will receive one FREE Mark Sparacio variant cover edition!**



Story: Martin Powell, Gary Phillips

Art: Hannibal King, Jay Piscopo

Cover: Dan Brereton

32pgs, grayscale, $3.50

The Spider faces a monstrous flesh-eating evil that attacks invisibly from the
filthy shadows, leaving doomed New York City in a panic-stricken state of
hysteria and gruesome sudden death. None are immune to the plague of the
Creeping Hell, not even Nita Van Sloan, the Spider’s beloved.

PLUS: more Operator 5!



(W) Steven L. Frank and the gang

(A) Various

(C) Bill Maus

144pgs, color, $16.95


This volume collects the first five issues of the hilarity-packed and thrill-
inducing series, Zombies vs Cheerleaders, including every hot cover and a
brand new story exclusive to this trade! Reprinting the first three issues
of ZvC, the Geektacular special with the 3 Geeks and the Flips Out story!
Check out what all the crazy fun is about!
144pgs, color, $16.95


Story: John Chadwell

Art: Duncan Long

152pgs, b/w, 7” x 10”, $15.95

ISBN: 978-1-936814-03-9

Widevision graphic novel!

A new breed of werewolf!

Holy warriors, led by a 900-year-old knight who fought beside El Cid, now in a deadly struggle against a motorcycle gang headed by Satan’s ken, hell bent on revenge. The Aceves family is like no other. With patriarch, Roberto Aceves, forever a Spanish knight after being bitten by a werewolf, he and his clan have secretly fought man’s wars for 900 years. Today, near the abandoned mining town of New Idria, they must battle against a demon and his biker gang who want nothing more than to destroy the entire clan.

Moonstone Entertainment, Inc. publishes comics and illustrated fiction designed to “awaken your sense of adventure”, featuring classic and new heroes in thrilling tales of adventure, mystery, and horror. For more than a decade, Moonstone Entertainment, Inc. has created fine and distinct comic books, Graphic Novels and prose…books that are meant to be read. Awaken your sense of adventure at

Captain Action Enterprises and Runemaster Studios, Inc. hold rights to SAVAGE BEAUTY

Captain Action Enterprises holds rights to CAPTAIN ACTION and any and all related Concepts

Infest Your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch

IDW Publishing releases custom Infestation Comics app for iOS

Massive crossover event infests TRANSFORMERS, Star Trek,
G.I. JOE and Ghostbusters with zombies

[INFESTATION Comics Image]San Diego, CA (March 14, 2011) – IDW Publishing is pleased to announce the release of INFESTATION comics to Apple iOS users. Available as both a stand-alone app and within the IDW Comics storefront, readers can now enjoy the entire INFESTATION crossover event on their iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.

INFESTATION is the hit comic series that infects the TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE, Ghostbusters, and Star Trek universes with legions of undead. This dimension-spanning storyline begins with a specially priced 40-page story by writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning (The Thanos Imperative), and artist David Messina (True Blood). Something goes horribly awry in IDW’s Zombies vs Robots universe, threatening to tear some of pop culture’s biggest realities asunder. This unparalleled, never-before-seen event is now available digitally through the Apple App Store. The INFESTATION Comics app is made for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Readers can view full size pages, or read panel-by-panel simply by turning the iPhone or iPod touch horizontally.

“We're excited to bring out INFESTATION as a stand-alone comics app,” stated Jeff Webber, IDW's director of ePublishing. “While all of the issues are also available in our IDW Comics app for our regular readers, creating a stand-alone INFESTATION Comics app allows us to introduce the whole event to fans of the individual brands. This way, casual readers of TRANSFORMERS, Star Trek, G.I. JOE and Ghostbusters digital comics can see what this big comics cross-over event is all about!”

IDW’s INFESTATION app includes free digital-only versions of the preview edition, an issue checklist, a cover gallery and character designs. Readers will also be able to get the 40-page kick-off story, INFESTATION #1, for only $0.99. In addition, new issues of the series will be added over the course of March and April, culminating in the grande finale and a special TOP SECRET digital-only cross over.

“This will be one huge surprise for comic fans everywhere,” added Webber. “All we can say right now is, bring a life vest!”

INFESTATION comics are available through the Apple App Store here:
INFESTATION Comics storefront
IDW Comics storefront

Visit to 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; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s DOCTOR WHO; and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. 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 EA Comics and ComicMix.

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