Friday, September 30, 2011


SEPTEMBER 30, MILWAUKIE, OR—What do a rock star, the lead writer of Mass Effect, and the ever-charming and talented Ms. Becky Cloonan all have in common? They’re all signing at the Dark Horse booth!

Following up on Wednesday’s announcement of Dark Horse’s 2011 New York Comic Con programming, it’s the moment you’ve been waiting for: the 2011 Dark Horse New York Comic Con schedule!
The full schedule of Dark Horse’s in-booth signings and activities can be found below: 
Spin the Dark Horse prize wheel for a chance to win free digital comics, including Mass Effect and Star Wars: Crimson Empire bundles!

Thursday, October 13 
6:00 p.m. FREE T-SHIRTS, COMICS! Come to the Dark Horse booth for a chance to win a Hellboy T-shirt and free digital comics!

Friday, October 14
10:30 a.m. The Occultist—Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash) and Jenny Frison (Criminal Macabre)
11:00 a.m. Bunny in the Moon—Tara McPherson
11:00 a.m. FREE T-SHIRTS, COMICS! Come to the Dark Horse booth for a chance to win a Hellboy T-shirt and free digital comics!
11:30 a.m. Orchid—Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, The Nightwatchman) and Scott Hepburn (Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic)
FREE Orchid poster featuring art by Massimo Carnevale. Ticketed event. Please talk to a Dark Horse staff member at the show.
12:30 p.m. Dethklok—Jon Schnepp, Jeremy Barlow, and Nate Piekos
1:30 p.m. The Immortal—Ian Edginton
FREE poster revealing never-before-seen art from the upcoming comic The Immortal, adapted from an acclaimed Japanese novel and written by Ian Edginton (Scarlet Traces, Star Trek: Early Voyages, Warhammer 40,000)
2:00 p.m. FREE T-SHIRTS, COMICS! Come to the Dark Horse booth for a chance to win a The Thing movie T-shirt and free digital comics! Read the FREE digital prequel comic of The Thing now!
2:30 p.m. Star Wars—Andrea Mutti
Find out what Star Wars series Andrea Mutti (Rage) will be working on at Friday’s Dark Horse panel (1:30–2:30 p.m., Room 1A15).
3:30 p.m. The Massive—Brian Wood and Kristian Donaldson (DMZ)
4:30 p.m. Star Wars: Jedi—The Dark Side—Scott Allie and Mahmud Asrar
6:30 p.m. Dr. McNinja—Christopher Hastings

Saturday, October 15
10:30 a.m. Mass Effect—Mac Walters
11:00 a.m. FREE T-SHIRTS, COMICS! Come to the Dark Horse booth for a chance to win a Hellboy T-shirt and free digital comics!
11:30 a.m. The Last Dragon—Jane Yolen and Rebecca Guay
FREE face painting inspired by The Last Dragon! FREE miniprint to the first one hundred people in line for the signing.
12:30 p.m. House of Night—Jenny Frison
Get Marked! FREE House of Night face painting during the signing with cover artist Jenny Frison! FREE House of Night poster. And the first twenty-five people in line for the signing will receive a copy of The Fledgling Handbook 101 by P. C. Cast with Kim Doner from St. Martin’s Press!
1:30 p.m. Beasts of Burden—Evan Dorkin
1:30 p.m. Avatar: The Last Airbender—FREE face-painting event           
2:30 p.m. Dragon Age—David Gaider and Mike Laidlaw
FREE print to the first one hundred people in line to meet the lead writer and lead designer of Dragon Age!
3:30 p.m. Angel & Faith—Christos Gage and Rebekah Isaacs 
4:00 p.m. FREE T-SHIRTS, COMICS! Come to the Dark Horse booth for a chance to win a Hellboy T-shirt and free digital comics!
4:30 p.m. Comic TBA—Brian Wood (DMZ, Demo, Northlanders) and Becky Cloonan (Demo, Pixu)
Find out what Dark Horse comic Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan are going to be working on together at Friday’s Dark Horse panel (1:30–2:30 p.m., Room 1A15)!
5:30 p.m. Evelyn, Evelyn—Cynthia von Buhler 

Sunday, October 16
10:00 a.m. Beanworld—Larry Marder
10:30 a.m. FREE T-SHIRTS, COMICS! Come to the Dark Horse booth for a chance to win a Hellboy T-shirt and free digital comics!
11:00 a.m. Mignolaverse—Mike Mignola and John Arcudi
Ticketed event. Please talk to a Dark Horse staff member at the show.
12:00 p.m. Creepy—Dan Braun
It’s trick-or-treat time, but not for the kiddos! FREE Creepy comics to the first one hundred people in line, plus an array of crazy Creepy prizes just in time for All Hallow’s Eve!
1:00 p.m. Behind the Scenes of Mass Effect—Mac Walters
Mac Walters discusses the process of writing Mass Effect comics and walks through a digital preview of Mass Effect: Invasion #1.
2:00 p.m. FREE T-SHIRTS, COMICS! Come to the Dark Horse booth for a chance to win a Hellboy T-shirt and free digital comics!
2:30 p.m. Kult—Jeremy Barlow
3:00 p.m. Robert E. Howard’s Savage Sword—Jeremy Barlow, Paul Tobin, and Joshua Williamson
4:00 p.m. Falling Skies—Paul Tobin and Juan Ferreyra
Are you missing Falling Skies? Talk to the creators of the preview comic and get a Falling Skies pin from TNT, while supplies last!
Keep your eyes on the Dark Horse blog for further announcements on signings, in-booth events, green-screen photo ops, and so much more!
Starz signs “Spartacus” Co-Creator Steven S. DeKnight
to an Overall Deal

(September 30, 2011 – Beverly Hills, CA)   STARZ has signed “Spartacus” Co-Creator, Executive Producer and Showrunner Steven S. DeKnight to an exclusive two-year overall deal.  Starz has a three-year relationship with DeKnight, since the 2009 launch of the critically-acclaimed hit action drama series “Spartacus.”

“Steven is a rare talent who we want to stay in business with,” says Carmi Zlotnik, Managing Director of Starz.  “We are thrilled this incredible creative partnership will continue for years to come.”
"The creative support and unparalleled freedom that Chris Albrecht, Carmi Zlotnik, Marta Fernandez and the entire Starz team have given me has been deeply appreciated,” says DeKnight.  “It is a rare, wonderful opportunity to collaborate with an emerging network on forging their identity in scripted programming.  I look forward to continuing this incredibly rewarding relationship.  I would also like to thank my producing partners on Spartacus, Rob Tapert, Joshua Donen, and Sam Raimi, for placing their trust in an unproven showrunner.  Without them and the tireless efforts of my agents Chris Harbert and Tom Young at CAA, none of this phenomenal good fortune would have been possible."
DeKnight will continue to serve in his current role on “Spartacus” which will premiere its second season in January 2012. 

The World’s Most Popular Ninja Returns In A Brand New Anime Feature Film And Faces Down A Dangerous Airborne Menace!

San Francisco, CA, September 29, 2011 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, is proud to announce the DVD and Blu-ray release of the latest NARUTO feature film on October 25th.  NARUTO SHIPPUDEN THE MOVIE: BONDS will be the first Blu-ray release from the international anime franchise to hit North American shores, and is rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens and priced at $24.98 (Blu-ray) and $19.98 (DVD) in both the U.S. and Canada.

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN THE MOVIE: BONDS is packed with dynamic action and visually stunning fight scenes, giving devoted fans and newcomers alike a chance to experience NARUTO SHIPPUDEN like never before! In the movie, a group of mysterious flying ninja have arrived from overseas to launch a sudden attack against the Hidden Leaf Village, leaving behind a wake of destruction. The group is revealed to be the “Sky Ninja” from the Land of Sky, a nation thought to have been destroyed by the Hidden Leaf Village long ago. To save their village, Naruto and his friends set out to stop this new threat. During the course of the mission, Naruto crosses paths with Sasuke, his friend who has parted ways from the Leaf Village.

“This is the second feature film in the NARUTO SHIPPUDEN story arc and fans won’t want to miss even a second of the high flying ninja action in this latest anime adventure!” says Brian Ige, Vice President, Animation. “October will be a month full of NARUTO fun as VIZ Media plans a special U.S. theatrical premiere of NARUTO SHIPPUDEN THE MOVIE: BONDS during New York Comic Con and also celebrates the birthday of the world’s most popular ninja the same month. Look for this latest release coming soon to retailers nationwide!”

In the NARUTO manga and animated series, Naruto Uzumaki wants to be the best ninja in the land. He's done well so far, but Naruto knows he must train harder than ever and leaves his village for intense exercises that will push him to his limits. NARUTO SHIPPUDEN begins two and a half years later, when Naruto returns to find that everyone has been promoted up the ninja ranks – except him. Sakura’s a medic ninja, Gaara’s advanced to Kazekage, and Kakashi…well he remains the same. But pride isn’t necessarily becoming of a ninja, especially when Naruto realizes that Sasuke never returned from his search for Orochimaru. Plus, the mysterious Akatsuki organization is still an ever-present danger. As Naruto finds out more about the Akatsuki’s goals, he realizes that nothing in his universe is as it seems. Naruto is finding that he’s older, but will he also prove wiser and stronger?

More information on NARUTO is available at

About VIZ Media, LLC
Headquartered in San Francisco, California, VIZ Media distributes, markets and licenses the best anime and manga titles direct from Japan.  Owned by three of Japan's largest manga and animation companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media has the most extensive library of anime and manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa. With its popular monthly manga anthology SHONEN JUMP magazine and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, BLEACH and INUYASHA, VIZ Media offers cutting-edge action, romance and family friendly properties for anime, manga, science fiction and fantasy fans of all ages.  VIZ Media properties are available as graphic novels, DVDs, animated television series, feature films, downloadable and streaming video and a variety of consumer products.  Learn more about VIZ Media, anime and manga at
SEPTEMBER 28, MILWAUKIE, OR—As anticipation grows for what has become the fastest-growing comic show in the country, Dark Horse gives fans the first taste of what to expect at this year’s New York Comic Con!
The full schedule of Dark Horse programming can be found below:

Room 1A15
Join Dark Horse’s senior managing editor, Scott Allie, and director of public relations, Jeremy Atkins, for a look at all that the publisher has on tap for the coming year. In addition to news about all of the hot new fall titles, like Orchid, The Strain, and House of Night, we look to 2012 for a sneak peek at what fans can expect in not only the company’s flagship anthology Dark Horse Presents, but also Star Wars, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and more! Guests include Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Orchid), Brian Wood (DMZ, Northlanders, The Massive), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), Rick Remender (Fear Agent, Uncanny X-Force, The Punisher), Jerome OpeƱa (Fear Agent, The Punisher), Tony Moore (Fear Agent, The Walking Dead), and more!

Room 1A15
Dark Horse Comics invites you to attend a special panel highlighting the growing number of comics featuring vampires! In addition to the highly successful Buffy the Vampire Slayer comics, we introduce you to other titles, like Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden’s Baltimore, P. C. and Kristin Cast’s House of Night, and Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s The Strain! Join Dark Horse’s managing editor, Scott Allie, director of public relations, Jeremy Atkins, and Angel & Faith’s writer Christos Gage and artist Rebekah Isaacs, as well as a few surprise guests, for a panel you can really sink your teeth into. If that’s not enough, every attendee will receive a free copy of Angel & Faith #1!
Room 1A24
With comics, novels, movies, and a third game on the horizon, Mass Effect has become one of the largest science-fiction franchises in the world. Join Mass Effect lead writer Mac Walters, along with Dark Horse’s director of public relations, Jeremy Atkins, and director of custom programs, Nick McWhorter, for an exploration of what makes Mass Effect so special! Fans will get a firsthand look at the upcoming comics series Invasion and the art book The Art of the Mass Effect Universe, as well as a taste of Mass Effect 3! With announcements to be made, surprise guests, prizes, and giveaways, we couldn’t give you more reasons to attend!
Room 1A03
With Hellboy dead, and the B.P.R.D. and the world at large in shambles, what’s next for this elite team of paranormal investigators? Enter the mind of creator Mike Mignola for a spirited discussion of the future of Hellboy, the B.P.R.D., Lobster Johnson, Edward Grey, and a world that has spawned television, novels, video games, and more. Attendees will be rewarded with exclusive insight, announcements, and even a special giveaway!
Room 1A24
Discuss the new Dark Horse Creepy series, the classic age of the Warren Creepy and Eerie magazines, and all the exciting things coming up in the Creepy universe with a bone-chilling panel including Louise Simonson, Joe Harris (“The Curse” from Creepy #1–#3), and a number of other special guests. Moderated by New Comic Company’s twin engines Dan Braun (Creepy) and Josh Braun (A History of Violence). Plus, there will be Creepy trivia questions with swag and prizes!
Watch the Dark Horse blog for further announcements on signings, in-booth events, green-screen photo ops, and so much more!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


SEPTEMBER 28, MILWAUKIE, OR—As part of the Marvel Syrocos program that debuted at San Diego Comic-Con International in July, it is announced today that Dark Horse will be releasing another exclusive Spider-Man statue for New York Comic Con!
New York Comic Con attendees will have a very significant opportunity to acquire a special statue released just for the show. Much like the previously released and long-sold-out SDCC exclusive, a very limited number of this statuette is being offered. It is packaged in the same litho-printed tin box that is the hallmark of the Dark Horse Syrocos, and is destined to be a bona fide hot item, both at the show and far beyond the exhibit hall. It will be sold at the normal retail price of $49.99, with a limit of four per customer.
“We wanted to evoke New York with our very special exclusive Spider-Man,” said Dark Horse’s VP of Product Development, David Scroggy. “Unfortunately, space constraints made a rooftop water tower or fire escape impossible, but we still hope fans can sense the city in this piece.”
The Marvel Syrocos program kicked off earlier this month with two alternating series: Classic Marvel Characters and the Fantastic Four. This new line will be deliberately different than the common modern Marvel collectible sculpture, with features like a rougher surface texture, visible seam lines, and other slightly distressed aspects, such as the method of paint application. 
These special New York Comic Con exclusives will be available at four p.m. on Thursday, October 13. Don’t miss your chance to own one of these fantastic statues!

Tim Seeley's Hack/Slash Annual Returns in November

Berkeley, CA – 28 September 2011 – It's old school American horror versus comic book horror hunter in this year's HACK/SLASH ANNUAL 2011! Two of horror comics' biggest stars, Cassie Hack and Vlad, will soon come face to face with Victor Crowley of writer/director Adam Green's cult favorite HATCHET series of films.

GUARDING THE GLOBE writer Benito Cereno has teamed up with star-in-the-making Ariel Zucker-Brull for the 48 page HACK/SLASH ANNUAL 2011 -- a momentous mash-up!

"As a guy who spends a lot of time researching horror movies, believe me when I say the world needed Hatchet," said Seeley. "So, from the moment I saw the movie, I was looking for a way to have Cas and Vlad meet Victor."

In the Louisiana Bayou, the murderous ghost of Victor Crowley is maiming tourists in creatively horrible ways. But in his blind murderous rampage, he may have created something worse than himself! Now, Cassie and Vlad are back in New Orleans, and it won't be long before baseball bat meets hatchet and deformed mutant meets deformed mutant! 

HACK/SLASH ANNUAL 2011: HACHET SLASH (Tim Seeley & Mark Englert cover: SEP110377, Aiel Zucker-Brull cover: SEP110378), a 48-page full color horror comic for $4.99, will be on sale in stores November 2. For more information about Tim Seeley and HACK/SLASH, 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
Legendary Comics Premieres Frank Miller's Holy Terror
Holy Terror Releases September 28th, 2011
(Burbank, CA – September 28, 2011) - Legendary Comics announced today that their inaugural release, Frank Miller's (Sin City, The Dark Knight Returns) Holy Terror (ISBN:978-1937278007), exploded into stores today. The book follows hard-boiled hero "The Fixer" and his cat burglar love interest, Natalie Stack, as they try to save Empire City from zealots determined to commit a horrific crime against humanity. The 120-page hardcover is Miller's provocative commentary on how society views its heroes in the era of modern terrorism.
Miller commented, “I’m thrilled to partner with Legendary Comics to help bring this project which I have worked on for so long to fans around the globe. This is a story that redefines and explores terror in its truest form, forcing all of us - including myself – to think about our heroes differently.”
Years in the making, fan interest in this highly anticipated release has reached a fever pitch with over 75,000 views of the trailer online and a standing room only crowd at the Legendary Comics panel featuring Holy Terror at San Diego Comic Con. The book is available online at and as well as comic shops and bookstores nationwide.
This has been a long time coming,” stated Legendary Comics Editor-in-Chief Bob Schreck, “but certainly well worth the wait. Frank continues to push the limits of what comics storytelling can do while delivering yet another epic tale that challenges the reader to think while also forcing them to feel.”
Join Legendary Comics Editor-in-Chief Chief, Bob Schreck, and Frank Miller at the Union Square Barnes & Noble in New York City on Friday, October 14 from 7-9pm for a signing and discussion. Autographed copies of Holy Terror will be available for purchase on site.
Keep an eye on Legendary’s Facebook page for more details on panels and signings at the New York Comic Con with Legendary artists including Frank Miller, Paul Pope (Heavy Liquid, Batman: Year 100) and some surprise guests!
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About Legendary Comics
Legendary Comics is a division of Legendary Entertainment, a leading media company with film (Legendary Pictures), television (Legendary Television) and comics (Legendary Comics) divisions dedicated to owning, producing and delivering content to mainstream audiences with a targeted focus on the powerful fandom demographic. Through complete or joint ownership, Legendary is building a library of marquee media properties and has established itself as a trusted brand which consistently delivers high-quality, commercial entertainment. Among the wholly-owned projects that Legendary Pictures is currently developing in-house are an adaptation of the phenomenally successful interactive game universe Warcraft; Godzilla, based on Toho Company’s famed character; Pacific Rim directed by Guillermo del Toro; Paradise Lost directed by Alex Proyas; Seventh Son directed by Sergei Bodrov; Warren Ellis’ Gravel; and Mass Effect, based on Electronic Arts’ and BioWare’s hit videogame franchise. With partner Warner Bros., Legendary’s productions include the critically acclaimed Inception, which has been a box office smash grossing more than $823 million worldwide, as well as the global blockbusters Clash of the Titans ($493 million worldwide), The Dark Knight ($1 billion worldwide), 300 ($456 million worldwide), The Hangover ($467 million worldwide), and the recent smash hit, The Hangover Part II ($575 million worldwide), which holds the distinction of posting the highest opening weekend gross ever for a comedy film.
The complete Man And Elephantman Story Arc Introduces Elephantmen To New Readers

Berkeley, CA – 28 September 2011 – In November, a giant-sized helping of ELEPHANTMEN, Richard Starkings' increasingly popular ongoing science fiction series, will be available from Image Comics. GIANT-SIZE ELEPHANTMEN #1 will collect the entire sold out Man Or Elephantman story arc, which was previewed in the back of THE WALKING DEAD #86. GIANT-SIZE ELEPHANTMEN #1 will include MAN AND ELEPHANTMAN #1, ELEPHANTMEN #31, and ELEPHANTMEN #32. 

Plus, it will all be wrapped up by a beautiful tri-fold cover by J. Scott Campbell and Nei Ruffino, as well as a variant cover by regular series artist Axel Medellin. New readers who were intrigued by the flip issue that ran in THE WALKING DEAD #86 are invited to find out what everyone has been talking about in GIANT-SIZE ELEPHANTMEN #1!

Starkings, ELEPHANTMEN writer and creator said, "Axel Medellin's art went from strength to strength in the course of MAN AND ELEPHANTMAN, so I'm happy readers who missed out on the original issues get a chance to catch up on the story in time for Axel's triumphant return, after a three issue break, on ELEPHANTMEN #36 which is entitled The Day After Yesterday. It locks into the Man And Elephantman storyline and starts a series of events which will lead to the death of one of our major characters!"

Set 200 years in the future, ELEPHANTMEN is the story of human/animal hybrids, genetically engineered as biological weapons of mass destruction. The war they were designed to fight has long-since ended and the surviving "Elephantmen" have been freed and rehabilitated to live out the rest of their lives peacefully, despite living amongst those they were created to kill. They are continually treated with suspicion and contempt except by a handful of trusted human allies. 

GIANT-SIZE ELEPHANTMEN #1 (J. Scott Campbell cover: SEP110368, Axel Medellin cover: SEP110369), a 68-page full-color sci-fi comic for mature readers, will be on sale in stores November 2 for $5.99.

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
All- new GHOSTBUSTERS Comics Series
Hits Stores Nationwide
The boys are back with local retailer exclusive covers
[Ghostbusters #1 Cover]San Diego, CA (September 28, 2011) — IDW Publishing is pleased to announce the launch of the new ongoing series, GHOSTBUSTERS. Through IDW’s partnership with Sony Pictures Consumer Products, the famous foursome are back in business starting this September. Celebrating the debut of this series, readers are encouraged to look for the nine unique covers created for select retailers throughout North America.

Similar to IDW’s hugely successful Godzilla retailer exclusive cover promotion, comic retailers were offered the opportunity to take part in the special “Be a Ghostbuster” promotion, resulting in nine different covers. Selected by participating retailers, nine people are featured on the unique covers of issue #1 as individual Ghostbusters, drawn from photo reference by the talented Alan Robinson (Phoenix Without Ashes, Weekly World News.) These original covers are only available in the nine comic stores that supported the program.

“The success of the ‘Be a Ghostbuster’ promotion was really the cherry on top of what turned out to be a fantastic launch to a new ongoing series,” said editor Tom Waltz. “Fans, old and new alike, have been filling up the many Ghostbusters-related forums and websites with proof that they are as excited as we are for a Ghostbusters ongoing series at last. The creative team has put together an awesome first issue very faithful to the flavor of the original movie. Great writing, great artwork, and 100% content -- I can’t wait to get it in readers’ hands!”

In this ongoing series starting today with issue #1, Ghostbusters fans will be treated to exciting new stories by Ghostbusters: Infestation writer Erik Burnham, fan-favorite artist Dan Schoening (Ghostbusters:What in Samhain Just Happened?!), alongside popular cover artist Nick Runge (Ghostbusters: Haunted Holidays.) In the first issue, pscychokinetic energy is on the rise again, and business is booming for the boys. Ray is troubled by what could be a prophetic dream – is this an ill omen of an upcoming apocaplyse, or just a little indigestion?

In addition to the retailer exclusive covers, issue #1 will also feature a “Who You Gonna Call” cover by Schoening, and a glow in the dark cover.

GHOSTBUSTERS #1 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) is now available in stores. Diamond order code: JUL11 0130.

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; Sony’s Ghostbusters; 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 Sony Pictures Entertainment
Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America (SCA), a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production and distribution; television production and distribution; digital content creation and distribution; worldwide channel investments; home entertainment acquisition and distribution, operation of studio facilities; development of new entertainment products, services and technologies; and distribution of filmed entertainment in more than 130 countries. Sony Pictures Entertainment can be found on the World Wide Web at
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September 28, 2011 – Los Angeles CA – Multiple Eisner Award winner, sensational New Yorker cartoonist and legendary indie comix creator Shannon Wheeler proudly debuts his latest book GRANDPA WON'T WAKE UP at this year's Alternative Press Expo (APE) on October 1st and 2nd at the Concourse Exhibition in San Francisco, CA where Wheeler serves as a special guest of the show.

Published by BOOM! Town, BOOM! Studios' lit-comix imprint, and written by collaborator simon max hill, GRANDPA WON'T WAKE UP is not the children’s book your mother read to you! Best known for TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN and the recent Eisner Award-winning collection I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE FUNNIER, Shannon Wheeler brings you this Li’l Golden parody that takes a look at the lighter side of discovering a cadaver in your living room. See what ridiculous lengths will be reached in trying to wake up Grandpa…and were those fishnets really necessary?

Wheeler will be signing limited edition signed and numbered copies of GRANDPA WON'T WAKE UP on a first come, first serve basis all during APE at the BOOM! Town booth #247. GRANDPA WON'T WAKE UP debuts in stores on October 5th, 2011.

GRANDPA WON'T WAKE UP kicks off Wheeler's three-book deal under the BOOM! Town imprint that was announced this past spring. GRANDPA WON'T WAKE UP will be quickly followed up this winter by a new collection of Wheeler's signature creation with TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN: CUTIE ISLAND & OTHER STORIES, and finally next spring sees a sequel to the critically acclaimed and recent Eisner Award winner I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE FUNNIER with an all-new collection of rejected New Yorker cartoons!

Announced in 2010, BOOM! Town is an imprint of BOOM! Studios, specializing in high quality, lit-oriented comix. BOOM! Town has already released works by such indie comix luminaries as Denis Kitchen with DENIS KITCHEN'S CHIP BOARD SCETCHBOOK, and through association with Denis Kitchen, R. Crumb's HEROES OF THE BLUES and EARLY JAZZ GREATS trading card sets, as well as Harvey Kurtzman's THE GRASS HOPPER AND THE ANT and more.

BOOM! Town's inaugural publication, I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE FUNNIER by Shannon Wheeler, won the Eisner Award for Best Humor Publication this past summer and will be released in a new hardcover edition this fall.

About BOOM! Town
BOOM! Town is the lit comix imprint of BOOM! Studios (; the Eisner, Harvey, and Best Publisher Award-winning publisher that generates a constellation of bestselling comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent, including Mark Waid’s series IRREDEEMABLE, new HELLRAISER comics written by Clive Barker, PLANET OF THE APES, 28 DAYS LATER, and Philip K. Dick’s DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KABOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Roger Langridge’s SNARKED, and Scholastic’s WORDGIRL. BOOM!’s lit comix-focused imprint, BOOM! Town, recently won the Eisner Award for its first book, Shannon Wheeler’s I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE FUNNIER.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011


WHAT:           Leading up to the highly anticipated season two premiere of AMC's hit series "The Walking Dead," the network is launching a special six-episode web series on 

The webisodes will give fans the opportunity to explore the back story of Hannah (Lilli Birdsell), better known as "Bicycle Girl," the infamous zombie from season one, who was shot by Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) in the pilot episode and who is one of the most celebrated "walkers" from last season.  Fans will learn about Hannah's life before the apocalypse, her struggle to survive and protect her family as the world begins to fall apart, and her ultimate demise into zombie-hood. 

The web series is produced by Generate, conceived and directed by "The Walking Dead" Co-Executive Producer Greg Nicotero with teleplay by John Esposito. 

WHEN:           All six webisodes debut on Monday, October 3 at 2pm ET on

The second season of "The Walking Dead" premieres with a special 90-minute episode on Sunday, October 16 at 9pm ET/PT, with six one-hour episodes in the weeks following.  The final six episodes of the season will begin on Sunday, February 12 at 9pm ET/PT.
MORE:          Based on Robert Kirkman's hugely successful and popular comic book series, "The Walking Dead" tells the story of the weeks and months that follow after a zombie apocalypse.  It follows a group of survivors, led by police officer Rick Grimes, played by Andrew Lincoln, who travel in search of a safe and secure home.  Jon Bernthal plays Shane Walsh, Rick's sheriff's department partner before the apocalypse, and Sarah Wayne Callies is Rick's wife, Lori Grimes.  Additional cast include: Laurie Holden, Steven Yeun, Norman Reedus, Jeffrey DeMunn, Chandler Riggs, Iron E. Singleton and Melissa McBride.

Season one of "The Walking Dead" broke ratings records, reaching more Adults 18-49 than any other show in the history of cable television.
Bridge City Comics is proud to present
Spell Checkers Vol. 2 Release Party with Jaime Rich, Joelle Jones and Nico Hitori De
Bridge City Comics is proud to announce our Spell Checkers Vol. 2 Release Party on Friday, September 30, 2011 from 6pm – 8pm! This event is free to the public.
In attendance will be the creative team of Portland locals Jamie Rich, Joelle Jones and Nico Hitori De! They will be signing copies of Spell Checkers Vol. 2 but sketches will be left to the discretion of the artists. Come join us for a night of fun, comics, try to stump Jamie Rich at 80’s music trivia!
Bridge City Comics will have copies of Spell Checkers Vol. 2 on hand for purchase during the event, as well as a copies of Spell Checkers Vol. 1 and assorted other titles from the creative team.
Bridge City Comics is located at 3725 N. Mississippi Ave in North Portland.
Please call 503-282-5484 or e-mail for more information.
About Spell Checkers Vol. 2 :
There are two new kids at school. Twin brothers--one straight-laced
and buttoned-up, the other a rebel in a leather jacket--and they’ve transferred in with trouble for the Spell Checkers. Jesse finds romance, but for Cynthia, it’s rivalry. She and the good brother compete for student body president, while Kimmie tries to find out who murdered the last one. Dark magic is afoot, as well as dark humor, in the second mystical volume of Oni’s latest hit series. 

Travel Channel Weekly Programming Highlights
All times ET/PT unless otherwise noted.

Week of October 2, 2011
Series Premieres
MADE IN AMERICA                                                   TV- G
Ever wonder what a sports car and a jellybean have in common? They're both made in America! Each week, “Made In America” travels from city to city to find out how some of the most iconic products in the world are made. From padlocks and doughnuts to sneakers and motorcycle, host George Motz, explores the workshops, labs and factories that crank out some of the most ingenious products this country has to offer.

Cadillac, Sub Zero, & Maglite
Premiering Tuesday, October 4 at 8:00PM
In this episode, George heads to Lansing, Michigan, which is home of one of America's fastest production cars, the Cadillac CTS V. At Sub Zero in Madison, Wis. he learns that these refrigerators are more than just beauty. They are full of brains. Finally, he heads to Ontario, Calif., to build the world's most indestructible flashlight, the Maglite

Gibson Guitars, Crayola & La-Z-Boy
Premiering Tuesday, October 4 at 8:30PM
In Nashville, Tenn., George builds his favorite guitar, the Gibson Les Paul. At Crayola in   Easton, Pa., he learns how you make all those crazy colored crayons. Finally, he marries comfort and style at the La-Z-Boy factory in Siloam Springs, Ark.

MYSTERIES AT THE MUSEUM                       TV-PG
In “Mysteries at the Museum,” viewers join host Don Wildman each week on a journey across the United States, going deep into the vaults of the nation’s most revered institutions and unearthing wondrous treasures from the past – often strange and curious remnants of the momentous events that have shaped our history. Behind each extraordinary artifact is yet another story to be told and secret to be revealed – tales brimming with scandal, mystery, murder and intrigue. From Washington D.C.’s Spy Museum, where an unassuming black umbrella conceals a Russian assassin’s poison pellets, to the University of New Hampshire Library’s collection where a tattered purple dress provides alleged evidence of America’s first alien abduction. These are the places where the diverse history of our country is on display.

Siamese Twins, Assassin Umbrella, Capone Haunted Cell
Premiering Tuesday, October 4 at 9:00PM
The Mutter Museum in Philadelphia, Pa. is home to the Death Cast of Change and Eng, the original Siamese twins. These celebrated brothers desperately wanted to live apart. But would a surgery to separate them cut their lives short? A simple black umbrella is on display at the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC. What role did this object play in the bizarre assassination of a BBC journalist? During his sentence at Eastern State Penitentiary, mobster Al Capone suffered unstoppable bouts of anguish. Was the cell of this legendary criminal haunted?

OFF LIMITS                                                     TV-PG
In “Off Limits,” explorer Don Wildman is back on a quest into the forbidden, hidden and unseen spaces across America with seven all new episodes.  With a take-no-prisoners approach, he’ll unearth the truths of our past and find their secret connections to our future, as he investigates sites off the grid.  Locations include a yellow submarine sunk in the Coney Island Creek; the most famous beachfront resort that once served as the location for the Elvis Presley film “Blue Hawaii,” now rotting away from neglect; and the crumbling ruins of an elaborate castle fortress once the home of the biggest arms dealer in the world.  Wildman’s “Off Limits” explorations cross the country from New York City to Boston, Hawaii, St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Minneapolis.

Secrets of New York Islands
Premiering Tuesday, October 4 at 10:00PM
New York City is home to over 8 million people, and nearly 50 million more visitors come to the Big Apple each year. But while most all swarm around Manhattan, the city is full of other islands -the forgotten staging grounds for the city's strange and lesser known past. Don's escaping the hustle and bustle of "the big island" to uncover the amazing stories hidden on New York's other islands: the lost islands of New York City.

MAKING MONSTERS                                                         TV-PG
In “Making Monsters,” viewers meet Ed and Marsha Edmunds, co-owners of Distortions Unlimited, the Mom and Pop monster making shop located in downtown Greeley, Colo., and Jordu Schell, a monster-making veteran from Hollywood. Ed and Marsha have led the charge of the animatronics business for the last 30 years. Their unusual animatronics, monster creations, and haunted house designs are mainstays of the dark amusement industry. Jordu is Ed’s right-hand man, bringing Ed’s twisted creations to life.  Based in Los Angeles, he is a renowned sculptor, best known for his work on James Cameron’s Avatar.  From 8-foot Godzilla-like moving monsters and green-gook spitting aliens to guffawing Santa Clauses, their creative and lifelike animatronics populate the country’s most popular haunted houses, amusement rides, parties, and private events.

It’s Not Easy Making Monsters
Premiering Sunday, October 2 at 8:00PM
Ed and his crew struggle to produce enough new products for the annual Transworld tradeshow, the premiere outlet for selling monsters in the Haunt Industry. The pressure mounts when Monster Mini Golf, one of Distortions' largest customers, purchases two Evil Trees. Without sculptor Jordu, the team would not have finished this massive workload on time. When the Evil Trees are damaged during shipping, the crew has to improvise to prevent Monster Mini Golf from losing business.

Ongoing Series

MAN VS. FOOD NATION                                                                 TV-PG
Wednesday, October 5 at 9:00PM
St. Paul
In St. Paul, Minn., Adam heads to Punch Pizza where he'll get to taste an authentic margherita pizza pie. Punch Pizza is the only place in St. Paul that is certified with the Verace Pizza Napoletana stamp of approval. This is given to pizzerias by an official association who work to protect the authenticity of the original Naples pizza recipe. Then Adam stops by The Rack Shack to try out the Hobo - a skillet filled with meat, a smoked baked potato and every BBQ side on the menu, which includes a special BBQ sour cream, corn bake, home-style beans, The Rack Shack's signature jalapeno mac and cheese, blue cheese bacon coleslaw and topped with a creamy cheddar cheese sauce. After sampling those Twin City treats, Adam will guide the challenger, Jon Wolf, through the Lucy Challenge at Tin Cup's. The challenger has 45 minutes to finish two - one-pound spicy Juicy Lucy's, plus two pounds of fries! If Jon succeeds he'll win a t-shirt plus a spot on the wall of fame!

TRUCK STOP, MISSOURI                                                              TV-PG
Thursday, October 6 at 9:00PM
Midway’s Melting
Joe discovers that a dog has been relieving itself on the exterior of the diner and it has caused significant damage. So, he decides to build a dog park to create a better place for the four-legged Midway patrons to take care of business.  Joe also has to deal with another bathroom issue when Carl, a traveling salesman, makes a huge mess while trying to sell Joe a new bathroom-cleaning machine.  Meanwhile, Geno and Ben are kept busy trying to sell drinks in the wake of a c-store cooler malfunction. The sweltering Missouri heat makes this task much more uncomfortable than the two expected. Finally, Joe decides to embrace the heat with some new summer menu items.

GHOST ADVENTURES  V                                                               TV-PG
Friday, October 7 at 9:00PM
Casa De Estudillo - Old town San Diego
Zak, Nick and Aaron enter into a multi-part lockdown in Old Town San Diego to investigate the raucous spirits from wild parties dating back almost two centuries ago. Their lockdown consists of two major buildings in Old Town San Diego: the Cosmo Hotel and La Casa De Estudillo.

THE DEAD FILES                                                                            TV-PG
Friday, October 7 at 10:00PM
Terror in the Shadows – Acampo, Calif.
Amy and Steve investigate claims that terrifying phantoms have tortured a northern California family for generations. Still frightened from her own past experiences with deadly shadow figures, Amy takes a horrifying walk through their home while Steve uncovers eyewitness accounts of phantoms, possessions, haunted sleepwalking and unexplained physical attacks. Both investigations lead to shocking discoveries of family secrets and revelations of long-buried trauma.


September 26, 2011 - Los Angeles, CA - Today BOOM! Studios is proud to announce PLANET OF THE APES #6 has completely sold out of its first printing and will be going to a second print!

PLANET OF THE APES #6 second print features a can’t-miss, all-new original cover by Harvey Award-nominated Damian Couceiro (ROBERT E. HOWARD’S HAWKS OF OUTREMER). Written by Daryl Gregory (DRACULA:COMPANY OF MONSTERS) and drawn by Carlos Magno (COUNTDOWN TO FINAL CRISIS). PLANET OF THE APES #6 second print is available from Diamond Comic Distributors with the following Diamond Code: AUG118102, as well as through Haven Distributors.

PLANET OF THE APES continues its phenomenal run. After selling out of the first issue of this outstanding series, BOOM! Studios offered Issue #5 for the introductory price of $1.00 the same day as the $9.99 Volume 1 trade collection hit store shelves! With new readers getting caught up, demand has outpaced supply with the next issue, leading PLANET OF THE APES #6 to sell out of its first printing within days of release.

Apes fans should keep in mind, while Diamond Comic Distributors and Haven Distributors have completely sold out, first printings of PLANET OF THE APES #6 may still be found at the local comic shop nearest you. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Please use

This issue of PLANET OF THE APES finally reveals the ferociousness of the apes' plans against humans! As humans face oppressive tactics not seen in centuries, they choose to fight with newfound viciousness, committing an act so severe it will have reverberations for years to come! Superstar writer Daryl Gregory and white hot artist Carlos Magno ensure you have to "get your hands on these damn dirty apes!"

PLANET OF THE APES #6 second print (Diamond Code: AUG118102) ships with a fantastic all-new cover from Harvey Award-nominated Damian Couceiro and continues the epic ongoing sci-fi saga written by Daryl Gregory, and featuring sensational art by Carlos Magno.

About BOOM! Studios
Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios ( a constellation of bestselling comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent, including Mark Waid's series IRREDEEMABLE, new HELLRAISER comics written by Clive Barker, PLANET OF THE APES, 28 DAYS LATER, and Philip K. Dick’s DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KABOOM! publishes Charles Schulz' PEANUTS, Roger Langridge’s SNARKED, and Scholastic’s WORDGIRL. BOOM!'s lit comix-focused imprint, BOOM! Town, recently won the Eisner Award for its first book, Shannon Wheeler's I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE FUNNIER.