Saturday, May 21, 2011

MoCCA's June Comics and Animation Classes start Monday June 6th!

NEW YORK (May 21, 2011) - The Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art - MoCCA - is proud to announce the June offerings from its Adult Education Department, organized and headed by Senior Vice-President of Education, Danny Fingeroth:

(1) Back and expanded to 4 sessions!



About the classes:

(1) Back and expanded to 4 sessions!
4 sessions, MONDAYS
June 6, 13, 20 and 27
6:30-9:00 pm
$255 tuition / $235 for MoCCA members

No other pre-production stage of creating animation is lavished with as much time, care and expense as the storyboarding job. Often considered the best and most sought after job in the animation industry, storyboarding is the art of creating a blueprint for an entire animated film or episode.

Simply put, a storyboard is a very fancy and very long comic strip. But it's much more complex than that. Storyboard artists can make or break an animated production. Besides drawing ability, the storyboard artist must have knowledge of acting, writing, and cinematic theory to convey to laypeople and experts alike how exciting and entertaining an animated production has the potential to be. It's a hard job, being both highly technical and demandingly creative.

But it's possibly the most fun you can have in the world of cartoons. Instructor STEPHEN DeSTEFANO-veteran storyboard artist-will show you how it's done.

The class will acquaint the student with basic theories of, not one, but two different styles of storyboarding: The "Full Script" style (where a 'board artist is supplied with a fully-fleshed out script, featuring action and all dialogue created by writers); and The "Outline" style (the “Wild West of storyboarding,”) where a 'board artist is given several paragraphs of outlined story with minimal dialogue, requiring the artist to not only draw and devise action on the fly, but write final dialogue as well. Students will have the option of 'boarding a script or outline of their own creation if they prefer.

[While the class will focus on storyboarding for TV animation, 'boarding for other formats and venues will be touched upon, as well.]

The class format will consist of lectures and demonstrations by the instructors, as well as at-home and in-class assignments they will critique, including a final assignment which they will critique after the class via e-mail.


(1) Tools required for class. 2 pencils, an eraser, a sense of humor.
(2) Students will be supplied with an animation script to storyboard from; model sheets of characters, props and backgrounds to incorporate into their storyboards; and several sheets of thumbnail and storyboard templates.

STEPHEN DeSTEFANO began his cartooning career in 1985 drawing the fondly remembered 'Mazing Man for DC Comics. In 1992, he began working in television animation, drawing backgrounds for Nickelodeon's original Ren and Stimpy Show, eventually being promoted to storyboard artist. Studios and productions he has storyboarded for include Warner Bros (on Batman, Superman, Batman Beyond, and The Brave and the Bold); Universal Studios (on Earthworm Jim, Baby Huey, Beethoven, and The Woody Woodpecker Show); and Cartoon Network on several productions, including his own animated pilot film, The Thundermans. Stephen has served as an art director for Katbot, a Disney Television production, and as storyboard and design supervisor on Adult Swim's The Venture Brothers. (eventually being dubbed "the guru" by show creator Jackson Publick). He continues to work in animation, as well as comic books. His graphic novel, Lucky in Love (co-created with writer George Chieffet), was recently published by Fantagraphics Books.

Instructor: PETER KUPER
3 sessions: WEDNESDAYS June 8, 15, and 22
6:30-9:00 pm
$185 tuition / $165 for MoCCA members

Join visionary comics artist PETER KUPER and explore the medium of sequential art and learn how to find outlets for publishing your own self-generated comics and illustration projects. There will be weekly assignments with in-class crit sessions along with visual presentations and demonstrations by the instructor that will expand your familiarity with the history and vast potential of sequential art. Students should have some experience creating comics and should bring one example of their comics work to the first class. [No art supplies will be necessary in class.]

PETER KUPER is the co-founder of World War 3 Illustrated and has remained on its editorial board for over 30 years. His illustrations and comics have appeared in Time, The New York Times and MAD, where he has written and illustrated SPY vs. SPY every month since 1997. He has produced over twenty books and graphic novels including The System, Sticks and Stones, Speechless and Stop Forgetting To Remember. Peter has also adapted Upton Sinclair's The Jungle and many of Franz Kafka's works into comics. His adaptation of The Metamorphosis has been translated around the world and is in high school and college curriculums nation-wide. He won the 2010 Society of Illustrators gold medal for sequential art and appears in 2010's Best American Comics anthology. Peter lived in Oaxaca, Mexico from 2006-2008 during a major teachers' strike and his work about that time can be seen in his latest book, Diario de
Oaxaca. More of his work can be found at

All classes will be held at:
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 (

Friday, May 20, 2011

U.S. Army Launches Third Chapter of America's Army - The Graphic Novel

SILVER SPRING, MD, May 20, 2011 -- The U.S. Army announced today the launch of the third chapter of America's Army - The Graphic Novel, a free online comic publication based on the popular computer game, America's Army 3. Chapter 3: “Under a Watchful Eye” is now live on the America’s Army website (

Come follow the lives of U.S. Army Soldiers, at home station and while deployed, in occupations including UAV Operator, Intelligence Analyst, Medic, Infantryman, and Apache Helicopter Pilot. In America's Army - The Graphic Novel, readers explore the continuing saga of America’s Army through stories of leadership, bravery and teamwork that showcase Army operations, advanced training, diverse careers, and high tech equipment and weapons.

In Chapter 1: “Knowledge is Power” a U.S. Army Long Range Surveillance team is deployed as a conflict rises between two neighboring countries, Czervenia and the Republic of the Ostregals. During the mission, the LRS team comes under fire by Czervenian NME forces while gathering critical information on a suspicious package. In Chapter 2: “Rise to the Challenge” follow Combat Medic Roy Lacroix from high school graduate to U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier saving lives during the Czervenian invasion. In Chapter 3: “Under a Watchful Eye,” U.S. forces use state-of-the-art unmanned aircraft to provide support to the war-torn region in order to gather information about the attacking Czervenian Army, and rescue a member of the VOC Resistance who claims to have essential information about the mysterious package, one that could have terrifying consequences to the region and even the world.

The online graphic novel features an original flash interface with advanced viewing controls to grab and flip pages or zoom-in on a specific comic panel. A “field manual” offers a glossary of terms and Army acronyms and many pages have embedded context links to learn more about Army life, jobs, or gear.

Chapters of the Graphic Novel will also be available as motion comics. Experience the America’s Army Graphic Novel in a whole new way, as an animated comic, complete with sound track, animations, sound effects and voice actors. Currently Chapter 1 (Part 1 of 3) is available on the America’s Army website and YouTube channel.

About America’s Army

America's Army is the only action game that delivers an authentic and entertaining Army experience by reflecting the training, technology, skills, and career advancement of a United States Army Soldier. The game has become an online phenomenon, ranking among the most popular PC action games played online. America's Army games are rated T for Teen and can be downloaded free from Steam ( and from partners listed on the website ( The Army launched America's Army in July of 2002 and the most recent version, AA3 launched in June
2009. In keeping with the dynamic nature of Soldiering, the America's Army game will continue to expand and allow players to explore the Army of today, tomorrow and the future. America's Army is produced by the Army Game Studio, part of the AMRDEC Software Engineering Directorate at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville Alabama. Managed by Program Director Frank Blackwell, the Army Game Studio houses the development and management staff for the America's Army online PC game as well as numerous Military and Government applications.
WizKids Announces Sell-Out of Marvel HeroClix: Captain America
logo May 20, 2011 (HILLSIDE, NJ) — WizKids Inc. announces the manufacturer sell-out of their most recent set, Marvel HeroClix®: Captain America. WizKids’ entire inventory of Marvel HeroClix: Captain America, releasing July 13th, 2011 has been completely sold to distributors worldwide.

The Marvel HeroClix: Captain America expansion will feature more than 60 figures in standard five-figure boosters. Celebrating 70 years of comic book history, Captain America’s allies and enemies will be spotlighted prominently in this long awaited addition to the HeroClix universe. Sub-themes in the set will include: the Serpent Society, S.H.I.E.L.D. Hydra, recent fan favorites the Secret Warriors, and more! And making their bold debut in HeroClix, removable elements will enhance the action with exciting in-game effects and abilities!"

"The HeroClix brand is growing at a remarkable rate. Our sales by release day for Giant Sized X-Men were the highest since I joined WizKids 5 year ago. And for the first time, our US distributors had sold out 2 weeks prior to release date.” said Lax Chandra, President of WizKids Games. “Captain America's sales and velocity far exceeded even Giant Sized X-Men -- Alliance had to stop taking orders 13 weeks prior to release. We want to thank our retail partners and customer base for the continued support."

Because of the shortage of product, WizKids is investigating an additional small print run for Captain America to support in-store organized play. American retailers should contact their WizKids distributor for more information. International retailers should contact their local distributors for ordering information.

About NECA/WizKids:

A wholly owned subsidiary of the National Entertainment Collectibles Association Inc. (NECA), WizKids/NECA is a New Jersey-based game developer and publisher dedicated to creating games driven by imagination. The HeroClix brand is the most successful collectible miniatures games on the market today, with over 100 million miniature game figures sold worldwide. For additional information, visit
The Original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Make a Triumphant Return to Comics

New “Heroes on a Half-Shell” Series Debuts in August
with TMNT Co-Creator, Kevin Eastman

[Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 cover A]San Diego, CA (May 20, 2011)—IDW Publishing and Nickelodeon today announced that the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic series, featuring the beloved “Heroes in a Half-shell,” will premiere in August 2011. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be back in action and ready to fight off evil once again, with an impressive creative team led by TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman!

Starting in August, IDW’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will kick off with a brand new installment of the original series, led by Eastman and co-writer Tom Waltz (Silent Hill: Past Life, Infestation: Outbreak). Phenomenal new-comer Dan Duncan will bring the Turtles to life with dynamic interior art, while Sam Kieth and Walter Simonson provide eye-catching covers for issues one and two, respectively. Eastman will also provide layouts for Duncan's art, as well as variant covers.

This first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series will feature new and exciting storylines that maintain the “turtle power” core beloved by millions of fans. Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael reunite to bring their ninja aptitude and teenage attitude in these all-new, action-packed adventures based on the original series. The first story arc will tell the origin story of the Turtles and introduce a new villain, the fearsome mutant alley cat, Old Hob. Featuring a cast of familiar characters, including Master Splinter, April O’Neill, Casey Jones, and true to the spirit of the original comics created by Eastman and Peter Laird, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are bigger and badder than ever, and ready to rock old and new fans alike.

IDW and Nickelodeon have a long-term partnership to offer an all-new installment of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics and graphic novels. IDW’s new comics are part of a larger initiative to bring Turtles to a new generation of fans, starting with these new storylines from the original series that recapture the magic of the original Turtles comics. Additionally, in fourth quarter 2012, Nickelodeon will premiere a new CG-animated version of the wildly popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise.
[Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles connected cover art]
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #1 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be available in comic stores throughout North America in August 2011. Diamond order code JUN11 0370.

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; Toho’s Godzilla; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; 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! Studio; and is the print publisher for EA Comics.

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 Nickelodeon Consumer Products
Nickelodeon Consumer Products manages the world's third largest licensing business, representing leading properties such as SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer, and managing merchandising for Nick Jr., Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTVN International, and Spike TV.

Nickelodeon, now in its 32nd year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books, and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 16 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B).

Eco Comics plants an environmentally-friendly comic book evolution

Publisher Mohawk Media has today announced that its Eco Comics range – paperless comic books and graphic novels designed with the specific purpose of having a minimal carbon footprint – is now available via digital comic book platform Graphicly, creating what it anticipates will be an evolutionary explosion for the comic book.

Graphicly will carry Eco Comics titles Heroic High, Supplanter, Pirate Queen, and more, via

Graphicly's digital comic platform includes applications to allow the purchasing and reading of digital comic books for PC and Mac desktops, and mobile phone and tablet platforms on Android, iPhone and iPad.

Eco Comics titles are available worldwide to download or view online.

Editor Stuart Buckley says: “Paper production, even via sustainable forestry, can have a disastrous effect on the environment and wildlife. Combining Eco Comics’ outlook with the digital direction of the Graphicly platform is more than a turning point in comic books and graphic novels, it’s an evolutionary explosion.”

“As you flow through the story, the panels jump out. It takes comics to a whole new level. Readers get that extra satisfaction by realising that comics can be environmentally-friendly and, as a direct result, perhaps being even more enjoyable, interactive, and accessible.”

“Readers can also discuss and review each issue, resulting in Eco Comics not only being environmentally-friendly, but fan-friendly.”

“Mohawk Media and Eco Comics will continue to use the latest technologies to help minimise the impact of print comic production on the environment, while simultaneously striving to bring the highest quality entertainment to the reader.”

Eco Comics titles are available now on Graphicly, including a free preview comic. More titles are set to be announced.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Rugged Roughs: The Animation Art of Jim Smith on Display at The Hyaena Gallery
now- May 31st, reception May 21st 8 pm- Midnite
1928 W. Olive Burbank, CA 91506

Visit The Hyaena Gallery May 21st for a rare, behind the scenes look at some of the outrageous yet masterful pencil drawings that went into the making of The Ren and Stimpy Show and the unique opportunity to meet Spumco artist, Jim Smith.

From now until May 31st a variety of works will be on display from wild, rough pencil drawings to well-crafted cleanup drawings. Featuring artwork from Ren and Stimpy episodes Big House Blues, Space Madness, Fire Dogs I and II, and more. A must-see for animation fans and those curious about the 2D animation process. All artwork is for sale.

Originally hailing from Lubbock, Texas, Jim Smith is an animator and storyboard artist who has worked on such milestone cartoon series as The Ren and Stimpy Show, Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures, Samurai Jack, The X's, Monster Vs. Aliens, Scooby Doo, and Beany Cecil and with such iconic artists as John Kricfalusi and Ralph Bakshi. To view examples of his artwork please visit his blog at

The Hyaena Gallery is Burbank’s premier gallery featuring alternative and underground artwork. For further information about the show, hours, or directions to the gallery please visit them on the web at
Image Comics Reunites Sarkar and Gastonny In New Series

Berkeley, CA – 19 May, 2011 – Image Comics is pleased to announce that writer Sam Sarkar and artist Garrie Gastonny (Warren Ellis’ Supergod), the team behind Caliber: First Canon of Justice, have reunited to unlock the horror and action within their new miniseries THE VAULT.

THE VAULT is about a small team of treasure hunters, struggling to excavate a dangerous and legendary treasure pit before a massive storm hits Sable Island, the "Graveyard of the North Atlantic." Equipped with all the latest technology, the scientists believe they are prepared against all of nature's fury, but nothing can prepare them for what they are about to unleash.

"THE VAULT is kind of a contemporary Pandora’s Box story," explained creator and writer, Sam Sarkar. "Though it appears on the surface to be a pretty straightforward story, it has most of its mythology buried deeply. It gets uncovered both literally and figuratively as the pit gets excavated."

When asked how THE VAULT found its home at Image, Sarkar replied: "Well, I’m incredibly fortunate that most of the lasting gifts of Caliber were the relationships it helped to cement. Chief among them, David Elliott. Dave and I have soldiered through quite a few storms personally and professionally, and when I asked him to edit THE VAULT, he didn’t hesitate. There are few people I trust as much. I asked Dave what he thought the best way to release THE VAULT would be and Image was at the top of his list of publishers to approach. I’ve always been a fan of Image, not just because of their model, but because of the quality of titles they have represented and continue to represent."

THE VAULT #1 (1 of 3), a 32-page full color comic book, will be on sale in stores July 27th for $2.99 and is available to order in the June 2011 edition of Diamond Previews.

Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Sam Sarkar is a 23-year veteran of the entertainment industry. He began his career as an actor and was one of the leads on the long-running, syndicated television series Neon Rider. Following the series, Sam decided to pursue writing and worked for the hit television series Beverly Hills 90210. Stemming from his work on the show, he also co-wrote a television pilot for Spelling Entertainment under the direct guidance of TV legend Aaron Spelling. Deciding then to embark on feature films, Sam took some chances, following a varied path of writing screenplays and working as a sound technician. In 2004, after working on several films with actor Johnny Depp, Sam was asked to help run Depp's production company, Infinitum Nihil, headed by Christi Dembrowski. As Senior VP at the company, he continues to serve the varied needs of Hollywood as an executive, producer and writer.

Having worked as a comic book artist and illustration lecturer, Garrie Gastonny now mainly focuses on illustration to avoid getting beaten up. Garrie also serves as Senior Artist at Imaginary Friends Studios. His credits include Warren Ellis' Supergod, Caliber: First Canon of Justice and Lady Death. For more information about the artist, please visit

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

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Archaia Entertainment Partners with comiXology to Launch Days Missing

Archaia’s Acclaimed Graphic Novel Series to Showcase on comiXology’s Digital Comics Platform

LOS ANGELES, CA 5/18/11 – Archaia Entertainment’s CEO PJ Bickett, announced today that they will launch its acclaimed graphic novel series Days Missing on comiXology, the leading distributor of digital comics.

From Archaia Entertainment and Roddenberry Productions, Days Missing tells the story of hidden pages from history, where a being named The Steward has shaped the course of human development through his interactions and interference with mankind. The Steward’s powers of time and intellect have allowed him to secretly remove certain critical days from the historical record. As a result, these stories have never been told or their details documented or even recalled. These are the Days Missing from our existence, and they are about to be revealed.

The two volume series features celebrated writers Ian Edginton, Phil Hester, Matz and David Hine and Illustrators Chris Burnham, Frazer Irving, David Marquez and Lee Moder.

Days Missing will make its comiXology debut on 5/18/11.

“Archaia is committed to working with the best and brightest distributors in the industry to provide our fans with the greatest access to our content. When it comes to digital distribution, comiXology ranks among the elite. I have witnessed firsthand the extraordinary impact comiXology has had on how the entire industry views digital, especially with the largest brands. Archaia is excited to be in such great company,” said PJ Bickett, CEO of Archaia.

The digital release of Days Missing by Archaia on the comiXology platform is the beginning of a partnership to distribute more of its expansive library digitally. comiXology users will be able to enjoy a breadth of new Archaia comics digitally in the upcoming months.

“We are thrilled to forge our new alliance with Archaia, which has evolved into one of the most exciting graphic novel publishers in the industry,” said David Steinberger, CEO of comiXology. “Days Missing is a brand that is certain to expand its already impressive following within the comiXology platform.”

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, Archaia Entertainment, BOOM! Studios, Dynamite Entertainment and Image Comics as well as their own mobile and web apps which hosts over 8,000 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.

About Archaia Entertainment:

Archaia Entertainment, LLC is a multi-award-winning graphic novel publisher with more than 50 renowned publishing brands, including such domestic and international hits as Mouse Guard, Return of the Dapper Men, Gunnerkrigg Court, Awakening, The Killer, Days Missing, Tumor, Syndrome, Artesia, Engineer, and an entire line of The Jim Henson Company graphic novels. Archaia has built an unparalleled reputation for producing meaningful content that perpetually transforms minds, building one of the industry’s most visually stunning and eclectic slates of graphic novels. Archaia was named Graphic Novel Publisher of the Year according to Ain’t it Cool News, Graphic Policy, and Comic Related, and was honored with nine 2011 Eisner Awards nominations. Archaia has also successfully emerged as a prolific storyteller in all facets of the entertainment industry, extending their popular brands into film, television, gaming, and branded digital media.

iVerse Media Releases FX: 2 Lost Lands in Comic Plus iPhone app

(May 17, 2011-Virgie KY) Creator Wayne Osborne announced today that FX2: Lost Lands is now available for download in the Comics Plus App in the Apple Store. The first trade set the stage for Tom Talbot and friends to come to grips with being teens with superpowers and the second trade picks up where the first left off. Adventure ensues as the group of friends are drawn to the center of the earth and even farther to save the world! To download the Comics Plus app visit: Both trades are currently available online.

Hard copies are still available in stores and can be found wherever IDW graphic novels are sold!

FX Trade #1-$19.99

EAN: 978-1-60010-274-5
TPB/Color/152 pgs
Description: Struck down by a mysterious accident, Tom Talbot awakens to find that playing pretend has suddenly become all too real! He now has power limited only by his imagination — but will it be enough to save the world?

FX2: Lost Land Graphic Novel-$19.99
TPB/Full Color 152 pgs
Description: Picking up where the last mini-series ended, Wayne Osborne and new artist Uko Smith create a rip-roaring yarn that will take FX and the gang on an adventure to the center of the Earth and then far beyond.

About iVerse Media LLC: iVerse Media, LLC is a digital distributor of comic books for mobile platforms. Established in 2008, iVerse has quickly emerged as an innovator and leader in the mobile publishing field. Partnering with high profile brands like Archie Comics, and leading industry publishers like IDW Publishing (”Star Trek”), Ape Entertainment (”Super Human Resources”), and many more have made it possible for iVerse to surpass 2.5 million downloads since its’ inception.

About Wayne Osborne:

A part-time writer and life-long fan of comics; Wayne Osborne lives in Eastern Kentucky with his lovely wife and daughter. He has noticed that sometimes people also mention their pets. He’ll gladly give his dog a mention but the three cats are nothing but freeloaders and don’t deserve any credit. Besides, they’re cocky enough as it is. FX is his first comics work.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011


Premiering Friday, July 8th at 10 PM ET/PT, The Series Will Feature Series Alums John Barrowman, Eve Myles and Kai Owen; New Cast Members Mekhi Phifer, Bill Pullman, Alexa Havins, Arlene Tur; and Recurring Guest Star Lauren Ambrose

New York, May 17, 2011 -- Imagine a day when nobody dies. All across the world, nobody dies. And then the next day, and the next, and the next, people keep aging. They get hurt and sick but they never die. This is the extraordinary premise of the highly-anticipated STARZ original drama series, "Torchwood: Miracle Day," produced by BBC Worldwide Productions for STARZ, BBC Cymru Wales and BBC Worldwide. The series will premiere on STARZ July 8 at 10 pm ET/PT.

Today, the network announced that in addition to Torchwood alumni, John Barrowman, Eve Myles, and Kai Owen and new headliners, Mekhi Phifer, Bill Pullman and Alexa Havins, that the 10-episode, hour-long series will also feature an impressive list of guest stars: Wayne Knight (“Seinfeld,” Jurassic Park), C. Thomas Howell (“Southland,” The Outsiders), Ernie Hudson (“OZ,” Ghostbusters), Nana Visitor (“Star Trek: Deep Space Nine”), John DeLancie (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”), Mare Winningham (Mildred Pierce, George Wallace) and Frances Fisher (Titanic, The Lincoln Lawyer).

Additional actors starring in the cult sensation include: Arlene Tur (“Crash,” Eat Pray Love) and Lauren Ambrose (“Six Feet Under,” The Other Woman) who join the cast in an extended guest role. The show's original creator, writer/producer Russell T Davies, serves as executive producer along with BBC Worldwide Productions' SVP Julie Gardner, with Davies also serving as show-runner for "Torchwood: Miracle Day."

"Torchwood: Miracle Day" begins with a day when nobody dies. The result: a population boom, overnight. With all the extra people, resources are finite. It's said that in four month's time, the human race will cease to be viable. But this can't be a natural occurrence - someone's got to be behind it. It's a race against time as C.I.A. agent Rex Matheson investigates a global conspiracy. The answers lie within an old, secret British institute. As Rex keeps asking "What is Torchwood?," he's drawn into a world of adventure, and a threat to change what it means to be human, forever.

About Starz Entertainment

Starz Entertainment, LLC, is a premium movie and original programming entertainment service provider operating in the United States. The company offers 16 premium channels including the flagship Starz® and Encore® brands with approximately 18.8 million and 33.1 million subscribers respectively. Starz Entertainment airs in total more than 1,000 movies and original series every month across its pay TV channels. Starz Entertainment is recognized as a pay TV leader in providing HD, On Demand, HD On Demand and online advanced services for its Starz, Encore and MoviePlex brands. Starz Entertainment ( is an operating unit of Starz, LLC, which is a controlled subsidiary of Liberty Media Corporation and is attributed to the Liberty Starz tracking stock group (NASDAQ: LSTZA).

About BBC Worldwide Productions

BBC Worldwide Productions, based in Los Angeles and headed by Jane Tranter, develops and produces scripted and non-scripted projects for U.S. cable and broadcast networks, as well as digital platforms. The production company is responsible for the smash hit “Dancing with the Stars” (ABC), “Top Gear” (HISTORY), “What Not to Wear” (TLC) and “Torchwood: Miracle Day” (STARZ). BBC Worldwide Productions is one of seven core businesses within BBC Worldwide, the main commercial arm and wholly-owned subsidiary of British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
Anniversary Issue Includes Free Digital Download

BERKELEY, CA -- 17 May, 2011 -- Image Comics and Top Cow Productions are celebrating the 15th anniversary of WITCHBLADE with an oversized stand-alone issue by WITCHBLADE team Ron Marz and Stjepan Sejic. To celebrate this landmark and usher the series into a new age of comics, Top Cow and Wowio have teamed up to offer a free digital copy of the 144th issue with each print copy. Participating retailers will receive cards with download codes to distribute with each copy sold which can then be downloaded at

"The number of comic characters and properties outside of Marvel and DC that have been published uninterrupted for fifteen years is a very exclusive club," Top Cow Publisher Filip Sablik commented. "We're incredibly proud of the legacy of WITCHBLADE as an independently published, strong female-driven series and couldn't think of a better way to celebrate!"

This oversized issue contains a retelling of Sara Pezzini's origin story for the first time in the series' history since the iconic heroine was created more than fifteen years ago. WITCHBLADE #144 will also feature two spellbinding covers, including a wraparound retrospective by regular series artist Sejic and an iconic painting by fantasy illustrator Jean-Sebastien Rossbach (Magic: The Gathering). It will also include a backup story by writer and Top Cow Publisher Filip Sablik and artist John Tyler Christopher that promises to reveal the origin of Sara's partner Patrick Gleason.

WITCHBLADE #144 (OCT100521), a 48-page full color comic that includes a free digital download card will be available in a store near you May 18th for $4.99.

Top Cow Productions, Inc. (, a Los Angeles-based entertainment company, was founded in December of 1992 by artist Marc Silvestri, who also co-founded Image Comics earlier that same year. Top Cow currently publishes its line of comic books in 21 languages in over 55 different countries. The company has launched 20 franchises (18 original and two licensed) in the industry’s Top 10, seven at #1, a feat accomplished by no other publisher in the last two decades. Its flagship franchise, WITCHBLADE, was TNT’s #1 original film of 2000 and the subsequent TV series was released on DVD on July 29, 2008. WITCHBLADE is also the first American property to be fully adapted in Japan as an original anime and manga by Studio GONZO in 2006. Top Cow’s other flagship property, THE DARKNESS, was developed into a major next-generation video game release by Starbreeze and 2K Games and achieved platinum sales status. A second game is slated for release from 2K Games in the Fall of 2011. WANTED, an Eisner-nominated miniseries published by Top Cow from 2003-2005, is now a major motion picture from Universal Pictures starring Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy and Morgan Freeman. Virtually all of Top Cow’s other properties are in development as feature films, live-action television, animation or video games. Top Cow has also successfully licensed and merchandised its franchises into toys, statues, clothing, lithographs, puppets, posters, magnets, shot glasses, lighters, lunch pails, wall scrolls, mouse pads, die-cast cars, calendars, Christmas ornaments, Halloween masks, trading cards, standees, video games and roleplaying games.

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
Image Comics Presents Sexy New Sci-Fi Series Vescell

BERKELEY, CA -- 17 May, 2011 -- Two newcomers are making an epic comics debut this August with a new series from Image Comics. VESCELL, by writer Enrique Carrion and artist John "Roc" Upchurch, merges science fiction and mysticism into a sexy, dangerous noir thriller. The futuristic setting that their twisted characters inhabit will draw readers into a world of science, sex, money, and spirituality. In short, VESCELL is a world of morality on the rocks.

"VESCELL is a project I was excited about from the beginning," said Upchurch. "As an artist, you want to create something unique and different and this is it. Enrique molded this insanely beautiful and imaginative world, so for me to bring it across visually is an amazing task."

"I can't draw for the life of me, not even a straight line, so I try to paint pictures with my words," explained Carrion. "When the reader picks up our book they are getting two layers of art: one from my artist "Roc" Upchurch and one from me."

Carrion continued, "I feel honored to be drafted to the Image team and plan to work hard so I can have a fantastic rookie year. Image Comics is experiencing a renaissance with a variety of new titles that are getting beautiful reviews. I want to be part of this wave; I want to be part of the Image Comics vision.”

The first issue of VESCELL will throw the readers straight into the sexy, futuristic world of former Icarus City Detective, Mauricio "Moo" Barrino. This seemingly straight-laced man is now charged with assisting the most high-profile, dangerous, and strange individual's desires to transfer their mind and spirit from one body to another: a process which the highly successful international company Vescell is best known for. As readers will soon discover, Moo may be hiding some secrets and vices of his own though!

VESCELL #1 (JUN110502), a 32-page full color comic with a cover price of $2.99, is available for order in the June issue of Previews and will be on sale August 31st.

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 four major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline 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
Celebrate Independents at This Year's Baltimore Comic-Con

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - May 16, 2011 - The Baltimore Comic-Con is happy announce the addition of Indy comics creators Dean Haspiel, Thom Zahler, Brad Guigar, Tim Truman, and Neil Vokes to the line-up of this year's show, taking place August 20-21, 2011.

Dean Haspiel broke into the comic scene in the mid-1980s, working as an assistant to Howard Chaykin, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Walter Simonson. Haspiel sketch for PR 2011After graduating college, he made a career for himself as an independent artist working for such companies as Eternity Comics, Top Shelf Productions, and Alternative Comics. In addition, his artwork was featured in the Vertigo graphic novels, The Quitter, The Alcoholic, and Cuba: My Revolution. Haspiel is a founding-member of the webcomics collective, Act-i-vate and, in 2010, won an Emmy Award for his title design for HBO's Bored to Death.

Said Haspiel, "If I could attend only one show a year, it would be Baltimore Comic-Con!"

Thom Zahler is the writer and artist of fan-favorite Indy book, Love and Capes, which is currently being published by IDW. A graduate of the Joe Kubert School of Comic and Graphic Art, his artistic talents have been showcased through work for The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, and the Cleveland Indians. In 2009, Zahler was nominated for two Harvey Awards in the categories of Best Cartoonist and Best Letterer.

Cartoonist Brad Guigar is the creator of the webcomics Evil, Inc., Courting Disaster, Greystone Inn, and Phables. His work on Courting Disaster and Phables appear weekly in the Philadelphia Daily News as well as on the web, and he is also the co-author of the book How to Make Webcomics. In 2007, Guigar was nominated of an Eisner Award for Best Digital Comic. Following that nomination, he received a Harvey Award nomination in 2009 for Best Biographical, Historical, or Journalistic Presentation.

Tim Truman, who is the co-creator of the character Grimjack, began working in comics in 1983. A graduate of the Joe Kubert School of Comic and Graphic Arts, he is both a writer and artist having worked on such titles as Airboy, The Heap, The Prowler, and The Spider for Eclipse Comics, as well as reinventing both Hawkman and Jonah Hex for DC Comics in the early-90s. Most recently, Truman handled writing duties for Dark Horse Comics' Conan the Cimmerian.

Finally, Neil Vokes began his career in comics in 1984 with The Key Eternal from Comico. Since that time, Vokes' art has graced the pages of the graphic novels The Wicked West and The Black Forest from Image Comics, Hero Happy Hour from GeekPunk, and Jurassic Park from Topps Comics. Currently, he is working on Flesh & Blood from Monsterverse and Eagle: The Original Adventures from Moonstone Books.

"From webcomics to independent press books, these great creators add a depth and richness to the comic industry that helps promote comics to a wider audience through the diversity of genres in which they've worked," said Marc Nathan, show promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. "We couldn't be more excited to have these guys added to our guest list for this year's show."

In addition to Haspiel, Zahler, Guigar, Truman, and Vokes, confirmed guests for the show including: Jason Aaron (Scalped, PunisherMAX); Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead); Nick Cardy (Aquaman, Teen Titans); Cliff Chiang (Greendale); Frank Cho (50 Girl 50, X-Men: Schism, New Ultimates); David Finch (Brightest Day, Batman: The Dark Knight); Ron Frenz (Spider-Girl); Jose-Luis Garcia-Lopez (Wednesday Comics, Batman Confidential); Michael Golden (creator of Bucky O'Hare); Mike Grell (Action Comics, The Pilgrim); Steve Hamaker (Bone); Jamal Igle (Supergirl, Zatanna); J.G. Jones (Doc Savage, DC Universe Legacies); Barry Kitson (Secret Invasion, Amazing Spider-Man); Laura Martin (New Avengers, Thor); Mark Morales (Fear Itself cover artist); Kevin Nowlan (Wednesday Comics); David Petersen (Mouse Guard); Brandon Peterson (Ultimate Vision, Strange); Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo); Walter Simonson (Thor); Jeff Smith (Bone, RASL); and Nick Spencer (Morning Glories, Iron Man 2.0).

In coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found at our website, Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace pages.

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 21th.

Contact Information

Please use the following e-mail addresses to contact the Baltimore Comic-Con: - for any general press inquiries or to be added to our PR distribution - for requesting exhibitor, publisher, and Artist Alley applications - for inquiries about submitted registrations - for communications regarding the Harvey Awards ceremony and banquet - for general Baltimore Comic-Con inquiries

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. With a guest list unequaled in the industry, the Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 20-21, 2011. For more information, please visit

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
“Dear Mr. Potter” launches pre-orders to enormous success
Announces exclusive raffles available only to pre-order purchases and celebrity contributors to the book

Boston, MA - Dear Mr. Potter: Letters of Love, Loss, and Magic, a compilation book of stories and artwork from The Harry Potter Generation, is now available for pre-order. Within 48 hours of sales opening more than 400 copies were sold and have amassed to nearly 1000 pre-orders in less than a month.

Dear Mr. Potter and the Harry Potter Alliance announced several exciting celebrity contributors to the book including Harry Potter actress Evanna Lynch and New York Times best-selling authors Melissa Anelli and John Green. Anelli is the author of Harry, A History and webmistress of John Green is the author of several best-selling young adult novels and is one of YouTube’s biggest celebrities. The letters from these contributors, along with several others, will only be available to those who purchase the book in advance.

To encourage fans to pre-order, everyone who purchases the book before July 1, 2011 is automatically entered into two exclusive raffles. Both will be unveiled as the close of pre-orders approaches.

Dear Mr. Potter creator Lily Zalon has been particularly affected by this project and knows that it will mean a great deal to the fan community. "It's always been very clear that Harry Potter changed everything for a lot of people and the kids, many now adults, that grew up with these books will forever be a part of the Harry Potter Generation,” said Zalon. “Until now, there's never been a truly in-depth exploration of why Potter accomplished such an unprecedented level of popularity and loyalty. The letters and pictures in the book illustrate the intimate relationships millions of fans have had with the series."

Dear Mr. Potter features an assortment of content, including letters (some handwritten), photographs, and artwork. The stories told by each fan are incredibly diverse, ranging from heartbreaking and emotional to hilarious and heartwarming, and are written by fans from all walks of life.

In one submission, a teenager named Lidya B. discusses how she discovered Harry Potter after her younger brother passed away as an attempt to remember him through something he loved. There are letters from parents, explaining how they connected with their children by reading Harry Potter together or how they saw their child saved through the magic of J.K. Rowling's world. There are pictures showing siblings with nothing in common bonding over the novels. In many letters, fans talk about how Harry Potter saved them, be it from depression or bad situations at home. All of the submissions in Dear Mr. Potter prove, on a more personal level than ever shown before, that Harry Potter changes lives.

Evanna Lynch’s submission illustrates how serious an impact the novels have had on so many. She discusses, in the excerpt below, how Luna’s character effected her so profoundly.

“Although it was always tempting to go back to that dark, lonely, secure place and although there was was still that voice that whispered that I was too odd to risk just being ‘me’, you were always there to remind me that it was okay to be odd, particularly if one did it with aplomb. Through you, Luna, I realised that being odd wasn't really odd at all.”

All profits from “Dear Mr. Potter” will go to the Harry Potter Alliance (HPA), a non-profit organization that engages youth in social justice issues through parallels from the Harry Potter novels. The profits will help to further the HPA’s extensive efforts, specifically surrounding literacy.

In his foreword to the book, HPA Executive Director Andrew Slack says: “These letters share a common thread: they have been written by the bravest of souls whose journeys have been inspired by our dear Mister Potter to love in spite of, and because of, loss. As you say to Harry in his sixth year, “Yes, Harry, you can love…which, given everything that has happened to you, is a great and remarkable thing. You are still too young to understand how unusual you are, Harry.” Indeed, professor. But may I be so bold as to add that these brave individuals who have internalized Harry’s steadfast ability to love, make “the Boy Who Lived” a bit less unusual.”

Dear Mr. Potter can be pre-ordered at until June 31, 2011.


The HP Alliance ( is a 501c3 nonprofit that engages Harry Potter fans in social activism. With over 70 active chapters and 40 volunteer staff, the HPA has donated five cargo planes to Haiti, 55,000 books, protection for thousands in Darfur, and made huge strides in anti-genocide, LGBT, and media reform advocacy, and more. Covered in hundred of major publications and praised by JK Rowling, Harry Potter celebrities, Paul Farmer, and a slew of NGO’s the HPA recently came in first place in the Chase Bank Community Giving Contest on Facebook winning $250,000.