Friday, August 12, 2011

Moriarty Gets Collected in September

Berkeley, CA - 11 August 2011 - MORIARTY is an exciting new science fiction adventure series from Image Comics that follows the misdeeds of the original supervillain, Professor James Moriarty, arch nemesis of Sherlock Holmes. From the grimy streets of London to the haunting British countryside, underground lairs and superscience labs, Professor Moriarty must forge has way through a world without Sherlock.

This September, Image Comics proudly presents the first trade paperback volume of MORIARTY, entitled MORIARTY: THE DARK CHAMBER, collecting the first four super-sized issues of the series. MORIARTY is written by Daniel Corey (PROPHET), with art by Anthony Diecidue (Stan Lee's TIME JUMPER), colors by Perry Freeze and letters and design by Dave Lanphear.

It is 20 years after the death of Sherlock Holmes, and Professor James Moriarty is a lost man. MI5 blackmails Moriarty into finding Holmes' long-lost brother, Mycroft, but what at first appears to be a routine case leads to a web of intrigue that involves a psychic box and its creator, a woman from Moriarty's past, as well as a new villain that threatens to be greater than Moriarty ever was! See how Moriarty deals with love, loss, war and death rays in the critically acclaimed Image Comics series MORIARTY.

Here's what reviewers and influential comic creators are saying about MORIARTY:

"MORIARTY is a book that should be mentioned in the same breath as THE WALKING DEAD, CHEW and HACK/SLASH when it comes to the best comics coming out of Image." -- Horror Haven Reviews

"I love MORIARTY. Most of all, I loved how in a world without Holmes, that it's only in the mystery, the unanswered questions, that life for Sherlock's arch enemy can begin again. Insightful, exciting and cool - with gritty, atmospheric art to match." -- Jim Krueger (EARTH X, JUSTICE, FOOTSOLDIERS)

"MORIARTY: THE DARK CHAMBER is irresistible. Professor James Moriarty, Sherlock Holmes' arch-nemesis, drawn from retirement and off on his own death-defying adventure? It's one of those simple, perfect ideas you kick yourself for not thinking of first, and Corey and Diecidue carry it off in fine style." -- Scott Tipton (ILLYRIA: HAUNTED, STAR TREK: INFESTATION)

"Even with characters that lead a pretty sad existence, there is a drive for something greater or at least a sense of discovery. It moves the piece along at a thrilling pace that respects, but expands upon Sir Arthur Canon Doyle's fiction in a way that is thrilling and smart." -- The Daily Blam!

"Corey spins a wonderful world of conspiracy, despair, and even science fiction." -- IGN

"...this is a perfect example of a great collaboration of story and artist." -- Newsarama

"[MORIARTY] takes an intriguing look at that relationship between good and evil." -- USA Today

"...this is a damn good comic book." --

MORIARTY: THE DARK CHAMBER, VOL. 1 TP, a 128-page full-color paperback, will be on sale in stores September 14th for $14.99 and is available to order in the July 2011 edition of Diamond Previews (JUL110470, ISBN: 978-1-60706-450-3). For more information, please visit and
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
Bigger! Stronger! Faster! And Now in Book Form!

BOOK OF EXTREME FACTS 2012 features the most compelling facts and records from around the world and outer space

In stores now

The Book of Extreme Facts 2012 covewrSan Diego, CA (August 12, 2011)—Who invented the human cannonball? What animal survives the winter by freezing? What’s older than the stars? Find out all this and much more in IDW Publishing’s new BOOK OF EXTREME FACTS 2012, now available in comic and book stores throughout North America.

“The BOOK OF EXTREME FACTS 2012 is a fresh take on the genre, with a mix of records and facts beautifully illustrated with art and photography,” said editor and co-writer Kris Oprisko. “Plus, we wanted to make it easy for readers to become involved in future editions… we encourage everyone to try to set their own record and see themselves in next year’s book!”

Offering 168 pages of out-of-the-ordinary, freakish and outlandish facts and records, the BOOK OF EXTREME FACTS 2012 is stuffed with incredible items on thousands of fascinating subjects, from exotic animals to the ancient world, rotating skyscrapers to deadly storms, freaky people to high tech gadgets.

Besides featuring incredible facts, The BOOK OF EXTREME FACTS also challenges readers to break the book’s records or create entirely new ones for a chance to appear in the next edition. Readers can submit their facts or records anytime at, Facebook, or Twitter, @extremefacts.

BOOK OF EXTREME FACTS 2012 ($17.99, paperback, full color, 168 pages) is now available in comic and book stores throughout North America. ISBN: 978-1-600109409

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; 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.

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
Kirkman & Liefeld's The Infinite #2 to Feature Variant Cover by Todd McFarlane

Berkeley, CA – 12 August 2011 – THE INFINITE already boasts a creative team-up of epic proportions, but now Todd McFarlane, Image founder and creator of the ongoing SPAWN series, will be jumping into the fray with a one time only bloody new variant cover for THE INFINITE #2! The cover will feature an outstanding collaboration of pencils by Rob Liefeld and inks by McFarlane that manages to simultaneously show off the signature styles of both iconic artists on one cover!

In THE INFINITE, Robert Kirkman, Image Comics COO and creator of THE WALKING DEAD and INVINCIBLE, and Liefeld, creator of Deadpool, Cable and YOUNGBLOOD, have joined forces to create an action-packed tale of an aging freedom fighter who must travel back in time to team up with his 20-year-old self in order to save the world!

Liefeld commented on his recent collaboration with McFarlane: "It was a treat to work with Todd again! I couldn't wait to see how it would turn out, and it was better than I expected! We're both really pleased with this cover, and I think the fans will agree."

"If you remember Rob's work on New Mutants back in the early '90s, then you definitely remember the fantastic covers Rob and Todd collaborated on for that series," said Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson. "They make a great team, and considering this is only the second time they've done a cover together in over 20 years, it's a true event!"

THE INFINITE #2 (JUL110528), a 32-page full-color sci-fi action comic for $2.99, featuring several limited variant covers including the McFarlane variant (JUL118004), will be on sale in stores September 14.

Robert Kirkman is a New York Times bestselling author known for being the cultural zeitgeist of the comic book industry. Following the grassroots success of the self-published BATTLE POPE (2000), Kirkman caught the eye of Image Comics founding partner Erik Larsen. After several short-term projects (SUERPATRIOT and TECHJACKET), he achieved superstar status in 2003 with INVINCIBLE and THE WALKING DEAD. During a subsequent stint at Marvel Comics, he gained many new fans with the haunting and hilarious Marvel Zombies. MTV translated Kirkman's INVINCIBLE into a motion comic -- one of the first in a growing industry trend. Kirkman's SKYBOUND imprint, under the Image Comics umbrella, is committed to fostering up-and-coming talent in the industry, and all acquisitions are hand-picked by Kirkman himself. Kirkman won the 2010 Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series for THE WALKING DEAD. AMC's interpretation of the comic has received glowing reviews from critics and fans alike, and continues to garner the highest ratings for the network, making it a game changer for groundbreaking television on cable. For more information about Skybound, visit

Rob Liefeld had childhood dream to draw comic books. As a teenager, he fulfilled that dream and began working for Marvel Comics X-men titles where he created popular franchise characters Deadpool, Cable, and X-Force! In 1992, Rob launched Image Comics with the debut of the popular YOUNGBLOOD franchise which has gone on to sell 70 million copies worldwide. Rob was asked by Marvel to re-imagine the classic Marvel heroes, Captain America and The Avengers for a new generation, which lead to the creation of the best selling Heroes Reborn universe. He has worked with comics most celebrated authors, Alan Moore (Watchmen) Mark Millar (Kick-Ass, Wanted) and is thrilled to be collaborating with superstar author Robert Kirkman (WALKING DEAD) on their sci-fi epic THE INFINITE.

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, August 10, 2011

Voting Now Open for Final Nominees

The nominations for the first Shel Dorf Awards have been decided and now available for voting. Fans and creators will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite talents and the winners will be announced at Detroit Fanfare, September 24-25, at the Cobo Hall Convention Center in Detroit.

Founded in 2010, along with the inaugural Detroit Fanfare, the Shel Dorf Awards are dedicated to recognizing the comic industry’s best and brightest talents. Like Shel, another Detroit native, the awards are most concerned with the fan perspective, giving the fans their right and say in the nomination and voting process. Shel Dorf helped to launch what is considered by some to be the first true comic convention in the country with Detroit Triple Fan Fair in 1965 before he moved to San Diego in 1970 to help initiate what is now Comic Con.

There is a special award named the Jerry Bails Comic Book Fandom Award which is for excellence in the pursuit of the essence of comic fandom. Jerry Bails has been labeled the “father of comic book fandom” and his wife, Jean, accepted an award to begin the presentations this year. The Legacy of Comics Award, along with the Jerry Bails Award are determined by the board of directors of Detroit Fanfare and will be announced shortly.

The Official Shel Dorf Award Ceremony will be held at Adiamo’s restaurant in the Marriott, the official convention Hotel, and will consist of a dinner and presentations of the Awards. The presenters for the awards include some of the guests of the convention and already confirmed to hand out the awards are: Kevin Eastman, Raven Gregory, Ron Marz, Phil Hester, Tommy Lee Edwards, Tyler Kirkham, Ebas, and more to be announced.

The voting ballot can be found online at

For additional information about the Shel Dorf Award, contact

About Shel Dorf
Shel is legendary within comic fandom as one of organizers of the seminal Detroit comic conventions in the early 1960's and later, in 1970, as the founder of the San Diego Comic Con. He was very active in fandom and in writing on the subject of comics.

About Jerry Bails
Dr. Jerry Bails, was a pioneer in comic book fandom. He published Alter Ego #1 in 1961, and was instrumental in connecting fans together as well as aiding aspiring talents and is referred to as the “founding father of comic book fandom.”

About Detroit Fanfare
Launched in 2010, Detroit Fanfare is a comic book convention that puts comics first and foremost. Honoring Detroit’s legacy of the original Detroit Triple Fan Fair in 1965, Detroit Fanfare will celebrate the rich heritage of comics in the Detroit area with some 200 comic creators on September 24 and 25 at the Cobo Hall Convention Center in Detroit, MI.


Writer of the Year:

Jonathon Hickman

Joe Hill

Geoff Johns

Robert Kirkman

Rob M. Worley

Penciler of the Year:

Richard Bonk

Guy Davis

David Finch

Jason Howard

Ethan Van Schiver

Inker of the Year:

Mike Deodato

Klaus Janson

Andy Owens

Wade von Grawbadger

Scott Williams

Colorist of the Year:

Jeff Balke

Jay Fotos

Laura Martin

Nei Ruffino

Dave Stewart

Letterer of the Year:

Jim Campbell

Jay Fosgitt

Todd Klein

Tom Orzcechoski

Bill Tortolini

Comic Blogger of the Year:

Forces of Geek

Michael Hamersky

Rich Johnston-Bleeding Cool News

Heidi McDonald- The Beat

Robot 6

Kids' Comic of the Year:

Little Green Men

Mouse Guard


Scratch 9

Tiny Titans

Editor of the Year:

Shannon Eric Denton

Shawna Gore

Angela Ruffino

Jim Salicrup

Steve Wacker

Original Graphic Novel of the Year:

Brody's Ghost

Cuba, The Revolution

Earth One

Market Day

Parker: The Outfit

Self Published Comic of the Year:

Bob Howard, Plumber of the Unknown

Cursed Pirate Girl


Lackluster World

Reed Gunther

The Uniques

Cover Artist of the Year:

Eric Basaldua

Tim Bradstrret

Tyler Kirkham

Mike Mignola

Alex Ross

Web Comic of the Year:

Axe Cop

Freak Angels

Girl Genius


Wombat Comic

Syndicated Print Strip of the Year:


Non Sequiter

Pearls Before Swine

Speed Bump


Comic Multi-Media Adaption of the Year:

Captain America: The First Avenger

DC Universe Online

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

The Walking Dead


Mini Series of the Year:




Locke & Key

Mouse Guard

Continuing Series of the Year:

Amazing Spider-Man

American Vampire


Fantastic Four

GI Joe: A Real American Hero

Green Lantern

Secret Six

Sweet Tooth

The Unwritten

Usagi Yojimbo

--John Noble Hosts a Shocking, Real-Life “Twilight Zone” When DARK MATTERS: TWISTED BUT TRUE Premieres August 31 at 10:00 ET/PT on SCIENCE--

(Silver Spring, Md.)–This August, SCIENCE examines what happens when scientific research goes too far, with the world premiere of DARK MATTERS: TWISTED BUT TRUE. The six-part series takes viewers inside the laboratory to profile strange science and expose some of history’s most bizarre experiments. Hosted by noted science fiction actor John Noble (Fringe, Lord of the Rings), DARK MATTERS: TWISTED BUT TRUE delves into the most unusual research ever conducted, including attempts to crossbreed humans and apes, actual zombie investigations and head transplantation studies. Cutting-edge CGI recreations enable viewers to witness the pivotal moments when brilliant minds face controversy or ethical crossroads on the fringes of science. DARK MATTERS: TWISTED BUT TRUE premieres Wednesday, August 31, at 10:00 PM (ET/PT).

“The stories we share in DARK MATTERS: TWISTED BUT TRUE are as outlandish as a great sci-fi script or as disturbing as a classic horror tale — the only difference is that they’re all true,” said Noble. “The series offers a glimpse into the dark side of science, as well as human nature.”

“DARK MATTERS: TWISTED BUT TRUE offers a fascinating insight into moments of scientific history where individuals went to extreme measures to achieve a breakthrough. It’s impossible to turn away from these true stories that you always assumed were just outlandish urban legends,” said Debbie Adler Myers, general manager and executive vice president of SCIENCE. “This is real science — just the dark side of it, featuring brilliant minds who eventually took a dramatic turn. John Noble is the perfect tour guide to escort viewers through this bizarre world of research gone horribly wrong, but that in some cases, actually led to technology and science that we use today.”

The series premiere features the shocking story of Soviet scientist Dr. Ilya Ivanov, who in the 1920s attempted to start his own “planet of the apes.” In an attempt to build an invincible army, Ivanov tried to crossbreed humans with apes to create a race of supersoldiers. Viewers also will be introduced to Morris Jessup, a self-identified UFO expert who attempted to expose what he believed to be a military cover-up involving experiments with invisibility. Finally, unorthodox studies by America’s greatest inventor, Thomas Edison, result in a dark and unintended invention which remains infamous today.

DARK MATTERS: TWISTED BUT TRUE is produced for SCIENCE by Wide-Eyed Entertainment. Dan Gold and Jasper James are executive producers for Wide-Eyed Entertainment. Rocky Collins is executive producer and Bernadette McDaid is vice president of production for SCIENCE.

Full series episode descriptions are below:

EPISODE 1: The Philadelphia Experiment, Ape-Man Army, Zapped to Death
Premieres Wednesday August 31, at 10:00 PM (ET/PT)

UFO expert Morris Jessup tested invisibility and teleportation after receiving an extraordinary letter stating that the U.S. Navy had experimented with this very concept before. Would his investigation be the end of his career?

In the 1920s, Soviet scientist Dr. Ilya Ivanov began performing disturbing experiments to crossbreed humans with apes. Could he create intelligent apes, or would his experiments result in horror?

In the early 20th century, a race was under way to increase America’s flow of electricity. To that end, Thomas Edison conducted a number of unorthodox studies to meet this growing demand. To his surprise and regret, however, these experiments would eventually lead to a dark creation that remains infamous today.

EPISODE 2: Unidentified Flying Nazis, I Have Einstein’s Brain, Killer Thoughts
Premieres Wednesday, September 7, at 10:00 PM (ET/PT)

A fireball streaks through the skies of Pennsylvania in 1965. Could it be a UFO, or had the U.S. gotten hold of an outlandish piece of Nazi antigravity technology?

After Einstein’s death in 1955, Dr. Thomas Harvey, the man in charge of the autopsy, stole his brain. Does Einstein’s brain hold the key to where genius lies within its physical structure?

During the Cold War, with the world on the brink of nuclear destruction, Russian and American scientists engage in a top-secret psychic arms race.

EPISODE 3: Sexy Secret Agent, Full Body Transplant, Honey I Nuked the Planet
Premieres Wednesday, September 14, at 10:00 PM (ET/PT)

When a talk show host married a former model, he had no idea that she would reveal she was a brainwashed CIA secret agent. Was she the subject of government mind control experiments, or is her troubled childhood to blame?

When Dr. Robert White transplanted the head of a monkey onto the body of another, had he discovered a way to preserve humanity’s brightest minds? Or was he exercising unnecessary animal cruelty?

In 1962 the United States exploded a 1.4 megaton H-bomb in space. Was this detonation a necessary action taken during the Cold War, or one of mankind’s greatest mistakes that could lead to Armageddon?

EPISODE 4: It’s Alive!, Tripping with Uncle Sam, My Hand Is Killing Me
Premieres Wednesday September 21, at 10:00 PM (ET/PT)

At the beginning of the 19th century, an Italian scientist believes he has found a way to bring the dead back to life. Could electricity be the God-given vital force of life?

In the late 90s, journalist Hank Albarelli believes he has found a connection between a French town gone insane and the apparent suicide of an American scientist. Is madness contagious, or has Albarelli found himself in the middle of a government conspiracy?

In 1908, a German woman is attacked by the hand of the one who knows her best: her own. Are we alone in our minds, or is there another, darker entity hidden deep within?

EPISODE 5: 21 Grams, Missing Cosmonauts, Sound of Death
Premieres Wednesday, September 28, at 10:00 PM (ET/PT)

When French scientist Vladimir Gavreau finds his laboratory flooded with a mysterious energy, his research takes a menacing new direction. Had Gavreau invented a new weapon of mass destruction?

At the dawn of the age of space exploration, two radio buffs stumbled across a heart-stopping sound. Were the Soviets covering up a space mission gone terribly wrong?

Boston medic Dr. Duncan MacDougall sets out to scientifically prove the existence of the human soul by weighing a man at the moment of death.

EPISODE 6: Radio Waves of Death, How to Make a Zombie, Jekyll vs. Hyde
Premieres Wednesday, October 5, at 10:00 PM (ET/PT)

Death by deadly ray sounds like a scene from a science fiction movie. However, the legendary Nikola Tesla claims to have created one in the early 20th century. Some say an 800-mile area in Siberia was devastated during his radio-wave experiments, leaving very few survivors. Could this be true?

Scientist Wade Davis was obsessed with cracking the zombie secrets. After tracking down a man with his own death certificate, he believed he had uncovered the science to zombie legend.

After Dr. Horace Wells fails to invent anesthesia using laughing gas, he experiments with a new drug: chloroform. Wells’ experiments would lead to horrific, devastating mistakes.

SCIENCE, a division of Discovery Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), is home for the thought provocateur, the individual who is unafraid to ask the killer questions of “how” and “why not.” The network is a playground for those with audacious intellects and features programming willing to go beyond imagination to explore the unknown. Guided by curiosity, SCIENCE looks for innovation in mysterious new worlds as well as in its own backyard. SCIENCE and the SCIENCE HD simulcast reach more than 68 million U.S. households. The network also features high-traffic online and social media destinations, including, Channel and Channel.



"I'll follow the misadventures of dedicated con man Wilburforce J. Walrus (in the ignoble tradition of W.C. Fields) and his hapless sidekick, the carpenter Clyde McDunk, as long as Mr. Langridge is willing to chronicle them." - Bill Willingham (FABLES)

"Thank you for making comics I want to read, Roger Langridge!" - Eric Powell (THE GOON)

"Roger Langridge is a comic (as in funny) and comics (as in, well, COMICS) genius, and I'll follow wherever he goes. From what I've seen of SNARKED, he's going somewhere AWESOME." - Chris Roberson (iZOMBIE)

August 9, 2011 – Los Angeles, CA – Fans, critics and creators agree — Roger Langridge's SNARKED is a bona fide hit. Debuting this past August 3rd for only $1, SNARKED #0 has already found a fan following like no other release in recent memory. With SNARKED #0 flying off store shelves, don't forget to order SNARKED #1 (AUG110930) from your local comic shop to ensure you get your copy this October.

Here's what people are saying about SNARKED:

"I'll follow the misadventures of dedicated con man Wilburforce J. Walrus (in the ignoble tradition of W.C. Fields) and his hapless sidekick, the carpenter Clyde McDunk, as long as Mr. Langridge is willing to chronicle them." — Bill Willingham (FABLES)

"Thank you for making comics I want to read, Roger Langridge!" — Eric Powell (THE GOON)

"Roger Langridge is a comic (as in funny) and comics (as in, well, COMICS) genius, and I'll follow wherever he goes. From what I've seen of SNARKED, he's going somewhere AWESOME." — Chris Roberson (iZOMBIE)

"Meets at the intersection of Boneville Avenue and Muppets Way." — Joe Field, retailer and creator of FREE COMIC BOOK DAY

“MUST BUY…Roger Langridge has created another comic book classic…” – MTV Geek

“The existence of SNARKED took me by surprise, but now I’ve got a great comic to look forward to this fall.” — Comics Bulletin

“It’s cute and fun…you’d be hard-pressed to find better entertainment value in another comic book…” — Eye On Comics

“…SNARKED fills the void of the ever decreasing number of kid-friendly comics that still hold appeal to the jaded old adults.” — IGN

“This title is warm, fun and is an innocent delight.” — Comic Booked

“Let me add my voice to the choir on this one: It’s a very, very good comic, indeed.” — Graeme McMillan, Robot 6

“Roger Langridge has got something for you, your nephew, your mom and even your grandma to make up for lost time.” — Comics Alliance

“Langridge has succeeded…in not only making an enjoyable comic but making one in which his story is both an original creation and true to its roots.” — Brigid Alverson, Robot 6

“If anyone is looking to fill the void left by Carl Barks then they’d do well to watch Langridge, because he is succeeding admirably…If you are a parent, an older sibling, or a teacher, it is your duty to drop a dollar on this glorious publication and spread the good word.” — Comic Book Resources

The Harvey Award winner behind THE MUPPET SHOW COMIC BOOK and THOR: THE MIGHTY AVENGER, Roger Langridge brings comic fans an all-new, side-splitting adventure that can only be explained as — SNARKED! Journey with Langridge as he pulls the carpet out from under such Lewis Carroll classics as 'The Walrus and The Carpenter', 'Through the Looking Glass', and 'The Hunting of the Snark', creating an all-new world of humorous grandeur. Join Princess Scarlett as she and her baby brother Rusty outwit the villainous royal advisors and team up with the infamous Walrus and Carpenter to set sail in search of their father, the Red King, who has been lost at sea for six months. It's a rip-roaring industry event you won't want to miss, featuring must-have connecting covers by Roger Langridge and a special 1:10 THOR: THE MIGHTY AVENGER homage variant, by fan-favorite Chris Samnee!
Hailed as one of comic's singular talents, Roger Langridge recently completed his fan-favorite run with Marvel with THOR: THE MIGHTY AVENGER in 2010. Previously BOOM! Studios debuted Langridge's THE MUPPET SHOW COMIC BOOK, garnering rave reviews and even a complete sell out of the first issue before hitting store shelves. For his work on THE MUPPET SHOW COMIC BOOK Roger Langridge received a 2010 Harvey Award for Best Original Graphic Publication for Younger Readers and a 2010 Eisner Award nomination for Best Humor Publication. Roger was again nominated for a Harvey Award in 2011 for his work on THE MUPPET SHOW COMIC BOOK and has also worked on an original weekly webcomic, FRED THE CLOWN, which received both Eisner & Harvey Award nominations. ROGER LANGRIDGE'S SNARKED #1 is the first full issue of the new series drawn by the Eisner Award-nominated and Harvey Award-winning Roger Langridge. This title ships in October with a cover price of $3.99 and carries a Diamond Code of AUG110930.

For more information, desktops, and behind the scenes looks, check out:

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's 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 WORDGIRL, as well as continuing to publish fan-favorite Disney Afternoon series DARKWING DUCK, CHIP ‘N’ DALE RESCUE RANGERS and DUCKTALES along with Disney standards MICKEY MOUSE, DONALD DUCK, UNCLE SCROOGE, and WALT DISNEY’S COMICS AND STORIES.

Image Comics Collects Mobsters, Strippers and Mayhem in Blue Estate Vol. 1

Berkeley, CA – August 10th, 2011 –BLUE ESTATE takes place on the mean streets of Los Angeles, where an alcoholic hit man and a desperate starlet dodge Russian mobsters, Italian gangsters, ninjas, hippies and the L.A.P.D. in a scheme to steal millions from a psychotic action movie hero.

This September, Image Comics will proudly present the first collection of BLUE ESTATE, written by Viktor Kalvachev (PHERONE, DMZ, The Incredibles) and Emmy Award-winning screenwriter Andrew Osborne with artwork from a variety of artists, including Viktor Kalvachev, Nathan Fox (Fluorecent Black, Invincible Iron Man, Pigeons From Hell), Toby Cypress (RODD RACER, Batman/Nightwing) and Robert Valley (Massive Swerve, Gorillaz, Tron TV series).

BLUE ESTATE deals with a low-rent private eye trying (and failing) to escape the long shadow of his respected cop father. But a chance encounter with a B-list action star drags the wannabe gumshoe into a world of strippers, mobsters… and the wildest (and only!) case of his career! See who lives, who dies, and who gets the Tiger Blood knocked outta them in the first four issues of the fast, funny smash hit new crime series from Image Comics.

BLUE ESTATE has already garnered rave attention from retailers, reviewers and fans:

“BLUE ESTATE takes the best of Guy Ritchie and Quentin Tarantino but remains unabashedly original.” - USA Today

"BLUE ESTATE is a slice of absurd depravity that’ll tickle your ribs, but probably with a loaded weapon.” 4 out of 5 stars - Comic Book Resources

“For those that enjoy a good pulp-filled crime story with a healthy dose of pop culture humor…” - IGN

“BLUE ESTATE contains everything you could want in an exciting story.“ - Comic Vine

“In summation – BLUE ESTATE: buy it, read it, love it, cherish it.” 10 out of 10 - Comic Buzz

“One of the best new series this year!” - PopMatters

“A very cool, hip and fun entry in into the detective/crime/mob genre with very stylish art.Worth a read!” - Weekly Comic Book Review

“All in all, BLUE ESTATE delivers the B-12 shot of energy the comic book industry needs every now and again.” - The Outhouse

BLUE ESTATE, VOL. 1 TP will also feature several never-before-seen extras, including a special “Making of a Page” chapter, a "Creating a Character" section of sketches and development phases for key characters, a clay sculpture character gallery and a special introduction from Blue Estate’s very own star, Bruce Maddox!

BLUE ESTATE, VOL. 1 TP, a 120-page full color paperback, will be on sale in stores September 14th for $12.99 and is available to order in the July 2011 edition of Diamond Previews (JUL110455, ISBN: 978-1-60706-429-9). For more information, please visit or


With art and design credits ranging from DMZ, The Nocturnals and Penthouse to video games like The Incredibles: Escape from Nomanisan Island, Viktor is also the creative force behind the graphic novel Pherone and the massively multiplayer online virtual world, VIE.


An Emmy-award winning screenwriter with credits including the Sundance premiere On_Line, his own feature debut Apocalypse Bop and the Discovery Channel game show Cash Cab, Andrew has also written film, comic and interactive scripts for Warner Bros., MTV, HBO, Orion, MPCA, Platinum Studios and enVie Interactive, among others. He enjoys being part of the BLUE ESTATE team, and would like to thank our readers for their fresh, minty breath.


Raised in New Jersey on early morning Thundarr the Barbarian cartoons, and late night Frankenstein movies. Graduated from art school to create and illustrate comics like Rodd Racer, The Tourist, Kursk and Batman/Nightwing “Bloodborne”. Got married for a year before his wife got bored, now single again to create comics in peace.


An early addiction to cartoons, commercials and video games led Nathan to work as an artist on projects including Dogs of War, the story Fluorescent Black for Heavy Metal, Zodiac (Marvel), Pigeons from Hell (Dark Horse), DMZ (Vertigo), Harley Quinn (DC), and will soon be the regular artist for Todd McFarlane’s HAUNT series.He's also worked as an illustrator for Wired, Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine and ESPN Magazine, among others.


In addition to directing his own short film Massive Swerve and illustrating the story Boy Zero for Heavy Metal, Robert has worked as a storyboard artist on Firebreather, a character designer for the Tron TV series, a cinematics animation director for Dance Central and an animation director for Beatles Rock Band and Gorillaz.


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

Wherefore Art Thou Romeo?- At Comic Con 2011

Stan Lee's POW! Entertainment and 1821 Comics Romeo and Juliet: The War to debut at New York Comic Con
Los Angeles, CA August 9th, 2011. Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment and 1821 Comics announced today that they will debut Romeo and Juliet: The War at New York Comic Con 2011. Stan Lee will be on hand to showcase the book and sign special limited edition mini posters promoting the title. Pre-release orders are being taken at the 1821 Comic's booth #1458. Romeo and Juliet: The War will be in stores the end of November as a deluxe 10''x13" over sized coffee table book available in both hard and soft cover formats. Stan Lee and Terry Dougas created the story with artwork from Skan Srisuwan. The book is written by Max Work.

Romeo and Juliet: The War takes Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers and places them in the futuristic sci-fi/fantasy Empire of Verona, the most powerful territory on Earth. The MONTAGUES, powerful cyborgs made of artificial DNA, and the CAPULETS, genetically enhanced humans known for their speed and agility, worked in tandem to destroy all threats to the city. With no one left to fight, the Montagues and Capulets found themselves a new enemy: each other.

Stan Lee commented, "This is the graphic novel I've always dreamed of doing. Take one of the world's greatest stories, known and loved throughout the globe, place it against the background of a future age, a more violent, science-gone-mad age--embellish it with the most powerful, dazzling, illustrations ever seen and produce it in the largest, most impressive format of all.Romeo and Juliet: The War! It's the crowning achievement in this, the age of the graphic novel."

Not able to attend the show and desperate to get a signed Stan Lee Romeo and Juliet: The War collector's item? Fear not True Believer! Go to and hit the “Like” button for 1821 Comics and you will be entered to win a limited edition Stan Lee signed mini poster of Romeo and Juliet: The War. Want to increase your odds? Go to and follow 1821 Comics. At the end every week, leading up to NYCC, we will draw the names of some lucky fans who will win this signed collector's item!

Wholesale ordering will be fulfilled through Diamond Comics Distributors. 1821 Comics will be creating their own iphone/android app for digital editions of releases. Want to stay up to date on the latest release information from 1821 Comics? Join the mailing list by sending a message to with newsletter in the subject line.
POW! Entertainment,Inc. (OTCQB: POWN), a multi-media and entertainment company, was founded by noted comic book and entertainment figure Stan Lee, together with award-winning producer Gill Champion and intellectual property specialist Arthur Lieberman. POW!’s principals have extensive backgrounds in the entertainment industry encompassing the creation, production and licensing of original intellectual properties, including some of the most successful entertainment franchises of all time. POW! is capitalizing on this combined expertise, specializing in creating and developing both the legacy and digital media components of the entertainment industry. This includes animation and live-action feature films, plus television, DVDs, multi-media, merchandising and related ancillary markets, all of which contribute to global expansion. POW! partners with other individuals and entities of entertainment’s top echelon, including studios and networks in the creation, licensing and distribution of new POW! character franchises.

1821 Comics is a new comic book/graphic novel company based in Los Angeles, California and founded by entrepreneurs Paris Kasidokostas Latsis and Terry Dougas. The company is devoted to bringing exciting, eye-popping new titles to the world of comics. Along with its own titles, 1821 is teaming up with some of the top publishers on new cutting-edge books. 1821 Comics will remain a diverse publisher with projects for both men and women, spanning all age groups. The company is highly devoted to story, content and artwork that will move readers from beginning to end.




Birmingham, AL (August 10, 2011)

COUNTRY ASS-WHUPPIN’: A Tornado Relief Anthology (One-Shot)

Writers: Jason Aaron, Sean Patrick Flanery, Doug Wagner, Nathan Edmondson, and others

Artists: Jason Pearson, Brian Stelfreeze, Jason Latour, Rebekah Isaacs, Tony Shasteen, and others

Cover A: Cully Hamner

Cover B: Kody Chamberlain

48 pages


On April 27, 2011 a string of deadly tornados ripped across the southeastern United States, with the brunt of the devastation focused on the state of Alabama.

In an effort to help some of the victims who are still putting their lives back together, many of the finest comic creators working in the industry today, all with roots or ties to the south, have banded together and donated their time for a uniquely southern anthology: COUNTRY ASS-WHUPPIN’.

The stories have one thing in common-- they are all about people in the south kickin’ ass or getting their asses kicked. Enjoy both tall-tales and true stories, told by some of the best in the business; including Jason Aaron (X-MEN: SCHISM, WOLVERINE), Sean Patrick Flanery (BOONDOCK SAINTS), Cully Hamner (RED, BLUE BEETLE), Brian Stelfreeze (ICE, WEDNESDAY COMICS), Rebekah Isaacs (IRON AGE, ANGEL & FAITH), Jason Pearson (ASTONISHING X-MEN, DEADPOOL), Nathan Edmondson (WHO IS JAKE ELLIS?) and many more. Don’t miss this celebration of southern culture, while having fun and helping those in need.

100% of the proceeds from this book will go directly to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, so please ask your retailer to reserve your copy today!

THE BOONDOCK SAINTS, VOL. 1 TP: “In Nomine Patris”

Writers: Troy Duffy and J.B. Love

Artist: Guus Floor

152 pages



Launching out of the wildly successful film franchise -- THE BOONDOCK SAINTS and THE BOONDOCK SAINTS II: ALL SAINTS DAY -- this inaugural comic book collection chronicles the first story to take place outside of the cult-hit films. Written by BOONDOCK SAINTS creator/writer/director TROY DUFFY and comic scribe J.B. LOVE, the “In Nomine Patris” saga is the perfect companion to the films.

Discover the true story behind the original saint, Noah MacManus (IL DUCE), and his bloody war against New York's 1960s Underground Crime world.

And what of the beloved MacManus Brothers? For the first time ever, Troy Duffy reveals some of what happened between the films, as well as the brother’s journey to uncover the full extent of their family’s legacy of violence, leaving a path of vengeance in their wake!

Including a foreword by Connor MacManus himself-- actor SEAN PATRICK FLANERY-- never-before-seen art, a cover gallery, all six comic issues, and more--- this all new chapter in the Boondock Saints Saga is what the fans have been waiting for! Don’t miss it!

ICE #4 (of 4)

Writer: Doug Wagner

Artist: Jose Holder

Cover Artist: Brian Stelfreeze

Colors: Michael Wiggam

* Bonus co-feature by Doug Wagner and Brian Stelfreeze

32 pages


The battle for simple justice has turned deeply personal for ICE agent Cole Matai, who has left his badge in the states and illegally crossed the border into Mexico, seeking only revenge after the shocking events of the last issue.

With his goal being to finish off Luis Morales once and for all, Cole takes the battle straight to the most ruthless criminal he’s ever encountered. Two men, two knives, and a battle for the ages. It has all led to this….ICE #4 will not disappoint!

LOOSE ENDS #4 (of 4)

Writer: Jason Latour

Art and Cover: Chris Brunner

Colors: Rico Renzi

24 pages


"With guns drawn, the deadly crime lord Batista charges toward the seedy Miami hotel room where Detective Rose's plot is finally hatched. It seems that the only person standing between Sonny, Cheri, and this vicious gangster is the treacherous Detective Flynn and his facility for murder and violence. Or is he?

Join us for all this and more, as we draw the blinds on our shocking conclusion."

LOOSE ENDS is a gritty, slow cooked, "southern crime romance", that follows a winding trail down Tobacco Road, through the war torn streets of Baghdad, and into the bright lights and bloody gutters of South Florida...12-Gauge style.


About the Publisher

12-Gauge Comics was founded by Keven Gardner in 2004 and currently publishes some of the most successful and critically acclaimed independent comic books in the marketplace today. 12-Gauge members Jason Pearson, Brian Stelfreeze, Cully Hamner, and Doug Wagner are creating new and innovative multi-media concepts for the company, including Pearson’s run-away hit BODY BAGS and THE RIDE, which debuted as the top-selling black and white comic of the year in 2004. After solidifying its position as a force to be reckoned with by packaging THE O.C.T. (Occult Crimes Taskforce), an original comic book concept co-created and starring actress ROSARIO DAWSON. THE O.C.T. has been featured on “The Today Show,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” “Access Hollywood,” and many other media outlets.

In 2009 12-Gauge began to firmly solidify its unique identity by publishing under its own banner (prior titles were through Image Comics), starting with the company's first licensed property, THE BOONDOCK SAINTS: The Comic Series -- which made a major splash. With all new stories by series creator/director TROY DUFFY, the comics have been selling-out and exposing the 12-Gauge brand to an all-new audience. 12-Gauge then moved into the untapped market of country music with superstar recording artist TRACE ADKINS. In LUKE MC BAIN, Adkins lends his likeness to a hard-as-nails character in an adventure story of revenge and redemption. Trace went on a wide publicity tour for the comics; highlights being a guest appearance on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and a feature story in “USA Today”. 2010 closed strong with the release of 25 TO LIFE, a limited series that pushed the boundaries of the traditional law enforcement procedural.

2011 looks equally promising; the recently launched high-concept series MAGUS is rewriting the world of magic as we know it. R.P.M., from NYT #1 Bestselling author MICK FOLEY, is a crossover hit, and the just announced action-franchise I.C.E. is generating strong buzz in the industry. Other 2011 titles include the zombie-noir themed DEADTOWN and the gritty crime drama LOOSE ENDS. For more information, please visit or email
Includes 1,200 photos for anatomy for artists by Buddy Scalera & Amanda Conner cover

Buddy Scalera is about to give professional illustrators something to cheer about. The comic book writer (Deadpool, Richie Rich) and photographer has shot 1,200 pictures to utilize as photo reference in drawing superheroes. Collected in his new book, “Comic & Fantasy Artist's Photo Reference: Colossal Collection of Action Poses,” which arrives September 26, 2011 in bookstores and online.

A 320-page oversize trade paperback being published by IMPACT Books, the book collects the best of Scalera’s hard-to-find pose-file and adds dozens of brand new pictures and art tutorials. “Colossal Collection” is Scalera’s fifth educational book and the second book from Scalera shipping in 2011. Scalera’s “Creating Comics from Start to Finish,” shipped in May 2011.

The “Colossal Collection” features a best-of style group of anatomy poses from Scalera’s first three photo books, which include: Comic Artist’s Photo Reference: People & Poses (2006), Comic Artist’s Photo Reference: Women & Girls (2008), and Comic Artist’s Photo Reference: Men & Boys (2008). The pose file book boasts an all-new cover by fan favorite artist Amanda Conner (Power Girl, Black Cat, Vampirella) and Paul Mounts (Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Ultimates).

Exclusive new photographs include poses from fashion designer Ridada Elias ( and actress Zoe Labella. Scalera also includes never-before-seen photographs that were shot for the original books, but were not included due to space. And, the book features brand new art lessons from Michael Avon Oeming (Powers) and Thom Zahler (Love & Capes).

Also included are classic art lessons from Mitchell Breitweiser (Captain America), Sean Chen (Wolverine), Paul Chadwick (Concrete), David Hahn (Spider-Man), Matt Haley (Wonder Woman), Jamal Igle (Superman), Josh Howard (Dead@17), JG Jones (Wanted), Rafael Kayanan (Conan), Mike Lilly (Batman), Greg Land (X-Men), Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise), Fernando Ruiz (Archie), William Tucci (Shi), and Mark Smylie (Archaia).


Buddy Scalera is a comic book writer, editor and photographer. He is the author of the popular Comic Artist’s Photo Reference book series for IMPACT Books, and he is also known for his best-selling series of photography CD-ROMs, Visual Reference for Comic Artists. Buddy has written for many mainstream comics, including Marvel Comics’ Deadpool, Agent X and X-Men Unlimited, and he also contributed to Marvel’s all-ages series Lockjaw and The Pet Avengers. On the indie side, he has written many comics including Richie Rich and Elvira. As a comic book educator, Buddy has hosted and organized workshops and panels at major conventions in locations including New York City, New Jersey, Chicago, Long Beach, and Philadelphia.

Monday, August 08, 2011

Support CBLDF With The Industry's Greatest Creators in CBLDF LIBERTY ANNUAL 2011 from Image Comics

Berkeley, CA -- 8 August 2011 -- United We Stand Against Censorship! That's the message from Image Comics, over two dozen of the industry's greatest creators, and our friends at DC Comics and Marvel Comics, who have all banded together to deliver the greatest CBLDF benefit comic yet -- CBLDF LIBERTY ANNUAL 2011!

Famed comics editor Bob Schreck, Editor-in-Chief of Legendary Comics, and Assistant Editor Greg Tumbarello view censorship as the ultimate form of bullying and have gathered an all-star team of comics creators to tell powerful stories that take a stand against censorship. CBLDF LIBERTY ANNUAL 2011 comprises 48 powerful pages of all new stories and art. The proceeds from the sale of the book benefit the ever-important First Amendment work of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

Schreck declares, “It’s an honor to be asked to edit LIBERTY ANNUAL! We wanted to show the human side of what it means to be censored, and we're elated with how many powerful and heartfelt tales were delivered. With an American facing prosecution in Canada for the comics he reads, the work that CBLDF does is more important now than ever, and the CBLDF LIBERTY ANNUAL is essential tool in the fight against censorship.”

CBLDF LIBERTY ANNUAL 2011 collects incredible contributions, including original stories by superstars J. Michael Straczynski (Superman: Earth One), Frank Quitely (All-Star Superman), J.H. Williams III (Batwoman), Steve Niles (30 days of Night), Judd Winick (Catwoman), Mark Waid (Daredevil) and Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth), and Carla Speed McNeil (Finder). Look for all-new tales featuring Grendel by Matt Wagner, Cowboy Ninja Viking by AJ Lieberman and Riley Rossmo, and Elephantmen by Richard Starkings and Shaky Kane. Plus: a massive and first-ever full-color story from independent comics master Craig Thompson (Blankets)! Marvel and DC Comics have stepped up to show their support, with all-new pin-ups of Batman by Dustin Nguyen, X-Men by Greg Land, Green Lantern by Ivan Reis, and the Avengers by Greg Horn! It's all topped off by incredible covers by John Cassaday, Matt Wagner, and two variant covers by Frank Quietly: a full-color, 1 in 25 cover, and a black and white, 1 in 50 cover!

“Bob’s experience as an editor is hard to beat, and we’re proud to have him at the helm,” says CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein. “Bob made a book that has something to say, without being sentimental or preachy. He's made a comic we can all be proud of, and that will go a long way towards advancing the CBLDF's important work.”

Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson says, "It should go without saying that free speech is one of our most fundamental rights as citizens of this great country. Our right to free expression is challenged on a daily basis, though, and sometimes, those challenges occur within the comics world. Without the diligence of organizations like the CBLDF, everyone in the comics community would be much worse off. There are always bullies out there trying to keep people from enjoying the rights we're all entitled to, but thankfully there are also people willing to stand up for those rights. I'm proud that Image is able to lend a hand."

Join the fight against censorship by picking up your copy of CBLDF LIBERTY ANNUAL 2011 (AUG110415), a 48-page full color comic book benefiting the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, available from Image Comics on October 12, 2011, for $4.99.

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the First Amendment rights of the comics artform and its community of retailers, creators, publishers, librarians, and readers. The CBLDF provides legal referrals, representation, advice, assistance, and education in furtherance of these goals.

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,