Friday, March 09, 2012

Swashbucklin' sorcerers! MAGIC™ is back!

Brand-new comics and cards enchanting shelves this May!

[Magic: Spell Thief #1 Cover]San Diego, CA (March 9, 2012) – What happens when mystery, sorcery, different planes of existence, comic books, and trading card gaming collide? A brand-new Magic: The Gathering® miniseries, of course!

Continuing the blockbuster success of the eponymous first series, writer Matt Forbeck and artist Martín Cóccolo bring further adventures of Planeswalker Dack Fayden in Magic: The Gathering: The Spell Thief! "Dack is back!" says series writer Matt Forbeck. "And I'm thrilled that [series artist] Martin Cóccolo and I get to tell more of his story. He's hot on the trail of Sifa Grent, the woman who destroyed his hometown, and it's only a matter of time before the Multiverse's greatest thief tracks her down—if he survives that long." Forbeck laughs. "Poor Dack. He's got a hell of a path ahead of him, one that leads through all sorts of different planes and runs him smack into a Planeswalker or two that fans of the card game should recognize."

As spells, swords, and wits clash, an epic new tale unfolds along with a fully playable, alternate-art Magic: The Gathering card only available in each polybagged issue! Your only excuse for missing out on this series is a hatred of adventure!

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About Magic: The Gathering

Magic: The Gathering® is the first and most widely played trading card game. Players take on the role of Planeswalkers – powerful mages who battle others for glory, knowledge and conquest. Their weapons include spells, creatures, and artifacts gathered from a vast multiverse of unique fantasy worlds. With over 12,000 different cards available, Magic offers an unrivaled depth of game play with many levels of choice and customization for its players. The cards feature unique illustrations by top fantasy artists inspired by familiar elements of myth and legend. These elements weave together to provide a strategically rich and satisfying game play experience. Whether in the competitive arena or participating in a local Magic event, there is always an opportunity to shine.

About Hasbro

Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company providing children and families around the world with a wide-range of immersive entertainment offerings based on the Company's world class brand portfolio. From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, video games and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its customers through the strategic leveraging of well-known and beloved brands such as TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY. The Hub, Hasbro's multi-platform joint venture with Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) launched on October 10, 2010. The online home of The Hub is The Hub logo and name are trademarks of Hub Television Networks, LLC. All rights reserved.

Come see how we inspire play through our brands at © 2012 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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; Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Toho's Godzilla; Wizards of the Coasts Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons; and the Eisner-Award winning Locke & Key series, created by best-selling author Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints, and Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio.

IDW's critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot, while Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film.


LOS ANGELES- March 9, 2012- Profiles in History is proud to announce its association with Marvel Entertainment to hold the Captain America: The First Avenger Auction at this year’s C2E2 (Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo) at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, IL 60616 at 6PM Central Time on April 14, 2012.

The auction consists of over 220 lots including the incredible costumes, props and vehicles from the 2011 film. “Rarely does a collector have the opportunity to acquire items of this importance from a contemporary film,” says Profiles in History President and CEO Joe Maddalena.

Among the key items to be sold:

The Captain America hero costume worn in the ultimate incarnation of Captain America. It is a three-piece custom suit made of ballistic nylon with rubberized backing. The three individual costume pieces consist of long pants with elastic boot stirrups, a short, elastic-bottomed, midriff-length undershirt and distinctive red, white and blue sculpted upper body armor with built-in bracers, shoulder pads and patriotic star insignia on the chest. Includes brown leather gloves, ammo belt, holster (with rubber Colt .45 pistol), high brown boots and comes paired with the appropriate form-fitted, leather mask-helmet stenciled with the letter “A” on the front and abstract wings on both sides. The costume exhibits discrete battle distress, and is accompanied by an iconic, round Vibranium shield made of resin. This hero suit is the culmination of all other evolving versions seen on screen and is the hero suit seen in all scenes from the “invasion montage” onward. The suit is also used in most graphic advertising and promotional materials for the film. Pictured above, estimated to fetch $20,000 – $30,000.

Johann Schmidt’s hero Cube setup costume.  Worn during the scene when the Cosmic Cube power is first exploited and harnessed in Dr. Zola’s lab.  The 2-piece suit is custom made of forest green Polyester with jodhpur-style riding pants and built in suspenders.  The jacket features a sewn-in matrix of straps with pops of bright crimson piping, and finished with a Hydra icon patch on the left shoulder.  The costume is completed with knee-high patent leather boots, gloves, and black leather belt with Hydra logo buckle.  Estimated to fetch $6,000 - $8,000.

Hugo Weaving screen-worn Red Skull prosthetic makeup appliance constructed of red pigmented, encapsulated silicone and consisting of seven individual pieces, pre-painted overlaid and then final makeup applied on actor Hugo Weaving.  The appliances covered Weaving’s entire head, ears, neck, and partial chest and features dot markers for digital tracking.  Measures approx. 14 in. tall.  Expected to fetch $3,000 - $5,000.

“Decoy” Cosmic Cube constructed of cloudy blue resin and measuring 3 ¾ in. sq.  Johann Schmidt rips the “decoy” cube from the hands of the corpse in the sarcophagus in the Norwegian church.  Pictured below, expected to fetch $1,000 - $1,500.

Also included will be a wide array of Hydra and Allied prop weaponry and equipment, Johann Schmidt/Red Skull costumes, plus several Hydra motorcycles and a full-scale steel-plated Hydra “Fastrac” tank built on a four wheel drive tractor chassis!

Other Marvel Entertainment gems will also be included in the auction, such as, an original full-scale screen-used Mark II “Autopsy” suit from Iron Man 2. This Mark II “Autopsy” suit was appropriated from the military by James “Rhodey” Rhodes, played by Don Cheadle, who proceeded to disassemble it (performing an “autopsy”) for examination of the technology in order to construct War Machine. Constructed by the visionary artists of Legacy Effects, this 75 in. tall figure is handcrafted of fiberglass resin with an incredibly detailed metalized finish resembling brushed stainless steel alloy. It features intricate wire loom, metal hoses and cables, and discrete electronics detailing as well as faux actuators, pistons, and other suspension devices in the exposed joints and limbs. The figure was designed to lie down for the autopsy scene and has a number of armor plates removed to expose the suit’s inner circuitry. The removed sections include two leg greaves, right hip plate, right bicep plate, right shoulder plate, head plate, and most notably a removable main breastplate that reveals the inner cavity and bracing elements. An impressive and iconic figure from this groundbreaking film. This is the only complete Iron Man suit ever offered at public auction. Special shipping arrangements will apply. Expected to fetch $60,000 – $80,000.

From Thor you can bid on the stunt Mjölnir war hammer. This is Thor’s distinctive large, square-headed war hammer, with foam rubber head realistically painted to resemble ancient forged metal. It is entwined with Nordic design and Runes, with a stout handle wrapped in brown leather with lanyard. Head measures 8 ½ in. x 5 ¼ in. x 5 in., 17 in. long overall. Expected to fetch $4,000 – $6,000.

Stay tuned for additional announcements that include more exciting items from the Captain America: The First Avenger auction.

Founded in 1985 by Joseph Maddalena, Profiles in History is the nation's leading dealer in guaranteed-authentic original historical autographs, letters, documents, vintage signed photographs and manuscripts.  Born into a family of antiques dealers in Rhode Island, Joseph "Joe" Maddalena learned early on how to turn his passion of collecting historical autographs into a career. Needing to support himself, Joe turned to his hobby of buying and selling historical documents as a potential way to earn revenue. On weekends he scoured old Hollywood bookstores for letters and rare books. Upon graduation from Pepperdine, Joe pursued his passion to become a full-time dealer of historical documents, and opened his first office in 1985. A lifetime member of the Manuscript Society, Joe is widely recognized as the nation's leading authority on entertainment memorabilia and historical documents. Profiles in History has established itself as the world’s largest auctioneer of original Hollywood memorabilia, having held some of the most prestigious and successful auctions of Hollywood memorabilia and owning virtually every Guinness Book record prices for original screen-used memorabilia. With an extensive network of dealers, collectors, and institutions, Profiles in History is proud to play an important role in the preservation of motion picture history. Prior Profiles in History Hollywood auctions highlights include the "Cowardly Lion" costume from The Wizard of Oz($805,000); Steve McQueen's "Michael Delaney" racing suit from Le Mans ($960,000); a full-scale model T-800 Endoskeleton from Terminator 2: Judgment Day ($488,750); Marilyn Monroe’s “Diamonds” dress from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes ($356,500); Luke Skywalker’s light saber fromStar Wars ($240,000); Margaret Hamilton’s “Wicked Witch” hat from The Wizard Of Oz ($230,000); and The Invisible Man 1933 one-sheet movie poster ($230,000). Most recently from the history-making Debbie Reynolds Auction in June 2011, Profiles in History sold the Marilyn Monroe "Subway" Dress from The Seven Year Itch for $5.52M, the Marilyn Monroe signature red-sequined showgirl gown from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes for $1.44M and the Audrey Hepburn Ascot Dress from My Fair Lady for $4.44M. In addition, Joe Maddalena is the star of SyFy's hit show, Hollywood Treasure. With already 24 episodes aired, Hollywood Treasure is gearing up for an exciting return in 2012.


The Complete Original Series

Before ‘Twilight’ and ‘True Blood’ There Was the Gripping Saga of
Vampire Barnabas Collins – It Rises Again on May 8, 2012, in
An Extraordinary 131-DVD Box Set Featuring 1,225 Episodes

Director Tim Burton’s Hugely Anticipated Reimagining Hits Theaters Nationwide In May 2012 Starring Johnny Depp As Barnabas Collins

The vampire romance is one of today’s hottest genres in movies, television and novels, from the Twilight and True Blood to The Vampire Diaries, Underworld and Interview With the Vampire, but it all started with DARK SHADOWS, the ABC daytime series that brought tormented hero Barnabas Collins into the homes of devoted fans every weekday for five years. Now, in an unprecedented event, the entire series – 1,225 episodes on 131 discs – will be released in a single deluxe set. On May 8, 2012, MPI will release DARK SHADOWS: THE COMPLETE ORIGINAL SERIES in a custom coffin shaped box with bonus, in-depth interviews and other video extras, a commemorative booklet and more. The SRP for this collector’s set is $599.98.

The creation of Dan Curtis (The Winds of War, The Night Stalker), DARK SHADOWS premiered in 1966 as a unique series in TV history – a gothic daytime serial set in a forbidding, mist-shrouded Maine estate inhabited by a wealthy extended family as well as ghosts, demons and, most frightening of all, vampire Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid). For five years, 200-year-old Barnabas and his Collins family relatives made their way through hauntings and possessions, jumped through time, mysterious parallel worlds and were the victims of other eerie events. Add in a vengeful witch, a horrifying werewolf, a count with mystical powers, a female doctor obsessed with Barnabas and young, beautiful women encountering love and other dangers – all framed by haunting music – and you have a series that became a nationwide cult sensation.

Now, 41 years after the series went off the air, the cult continues to flourish. DARK SHADOWS has spun off novels, audio dramas, feature films, a Grammy-nominated hit song (“Quentin’s Theme”) and soundtrack album, DVDs, television reruns and regular fan conventions attended by original cast members. On May 11, 2012, director Tim Burton’s hugely anticipated reimagining of the show will hit the big screen, with lifelong “DS” fan Johnny Depp portraying Barnabas Collins. Original series cast members Jonathan Frid (Barnabas), Lara Parker (Angelique), David Selby (Quentin) and Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie/Josette) make cameo appearances in the new film.

DARK SHADOWS: THE COMPLETE ORIGINAL SERIES includes more than 100 bonus interviews with the actors and production personnel – its cast included Kate Jackson, Oscar nominee Grayson Hall and Hollywood Golden Era movie star Joan Bennett, plus a 96-page booklet with photographs and episode summaries, DVDs of bloopers, behind-the-scenes documentary and cast reunion – all housed in a coffin-shaped box.

DARK SHADOWS truly lives on in this remarkable release sure to thrill longtime fans and create a new generation of enthusiastic followers.

For fans who do not get the opportunity to purchase the $600 box set, MPI is releasing FAN FAVORITES and THE BEST OF BARNABAS on April 10th. Priced at $14.98, each release offers 9 complete episodes that are among the most popular in the history of the show, serving as an ideal introduction to new viewers as well as an enticing overview for devotees of the series. Included in FAN FAVORITES are Barnabas’ return to Collinwood after being release from his chained coffin; Barnabas and Dr. Julia Hoffman (Grayson Hall) discovering the secret of the werewolf; Maggie Evans (Kathryn Leigh Scott) becoming the victim of a vampire, and more. THE BEST OF BARNABAS includes Julia’s attempts to cure the cursed Barnabas; eerie trips back in time to 1795 and 1897; the popular Parallel Time story line, and more. Each set includes informative new introductions by Kathryn Leigh Scott and Lara Parker (Angelique).

About MPI Home VideoChicago based MPI Home Video, a subsidiary of MPI Media Group, is a market leader for high-quality releases to both wide and specialized audiences through home video distribution. Founded in 1976, MPI Home Video remains one of the largest independent companies producing and distributing a compelling slate of the world’s most respected cinema, documentaries, performances and television programs.

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Street date: May 8, 2012
SRP: $599.98
Running time: 457 hours plus extras (131 discs)
Rating: Not rated
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Street date: April 10, 2012
SRP: $14.98each
Running time: 200 minutes each
Rating: Not rated

Shianndrea Toshigawa is “The Chosen One” of the Toshigawa Ninja Clan.

She is the only warrior powerful enough to save the world from the wrath of the Knave, a demonic samurai army led by her father, Terminus.  Although Shianndrea longs for a normal life away from the weight of her destiny, she is hunted at every turn.

Taki Sato, one of the most deadly warriors in all of Japan wants Shianndrea dead and the monstrous tracker known as Desai would like nothing more than to restore his honor by breaking Shianndrea and returning her to Terminus.

Now this reluctant warrior must cope with the fear of her destiny, a battle to the death and a rumor that another clan member is traitor.

Action Lab Entertainment is proud to present Jetta: Tales of the Toshigawa as a digital exclusive comic, available in Nook, iOS, Android, Kobo, Kindle, Graphicly and additional formats in Mid-May.

Created by Martheus Wade and optioned for a motion picture, "Beginnings" will be the first in a series of Jetta: Tales of the Toshigawa digital omnibus collections to be released over the next two years. “Beginnings” collects Jetta - Last Chances (first published in 2003) and Jetta - Crucible (first published in 2009) into one 120 page full color graphic novel.

With all new story additions, art and ending commentary, Beginnings brings an entirely new reading experience to these exciting books and provides an excellent jumping on point for new readers who have always wanted to check out one of the most popular female characters in independent comics.

Additional previews to come soon. Get ready for Jetta!

Action Lab Entertainment was founded in 2010 by a group of indie-maverick comic creators with the sole intent to bring the world the most action packed, most thought-provoking, most entertaining comics available, thereby ushering in a new age of world peace under the dominating, yet benign control of the Action Lab. Action Lab Entertainment is the public front for all the activities of the Action Lab and its members.  Although most of the Action Lab’s activities remain classified, Action Lab Entertainment can disclose that two of its many functions are the marketing of comic books through various sales outlets, and the expansion of their domination into other mediums. For more information, visit

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Image Comics/Shadowline series continues success

Berkeley, CA -- PETER PANZERFAUST, the Image Comics/Shadowline series that places the classic character Peter Pan in World War II-era France, has sold out of its second issue at the distribution level a week before its in-store date of March 14. It has immediately gone back to press, and a second printing (JAN128290) will be in stores the same day as PETER PANZERFAUST #3 (FEB120514), April 11.

The first issue of the series by Kurtis Wiebe and Tyler Jenkins also went into a second printing after an enthusiastic reception by critics, readers, and retailers. The second priting of PETER PANZERFAUST #1 will be in stores on March 21.

After having two issues in a row sell out, PETER PANZERFAUST has been expanded from a five-issue miniseries to an ongoing title, with PETER PANZERFAUST #6 shipping in September.

Wiebe is the writer of several Image series, including GREEN WAKE and the upcoming GRIM LEAPER (May) and DEBRIS (July).

PETER PANZERFAUST is a monthly, full-color comic book series published under Image Comics' Shadowline imprint, available in comic book stores and multiple digital outlets.

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

Ultimate Pop Culture Fest at Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo 2012
Star-studded line-up includes Patrick Stewart, Amanda Tapping and Stan Lee
Calgary, AB (March 8, 2012) –  Holy Expo, Batman! The Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo (The Calgary Expo), one of Canada’s largest pop culture conventions is expected to break record attendance April 27 - 29, 2012. The all-ages expo will feature heavy-hitters from all walks of pop culture including comics, sci-fi, gaming, anime, and horror.
Coveted tickets for the Star Trek® TNG EXPOsed event sold out in under 24 hours (more tickets may be released closer to the event). The event has drawn great international attention for The Calgary Expo. In over twenty years this is the first-ever reunion of the principal cast of Star Trek®: The Next Generation.

Additional star power confirmed for The Calgary Expo includes the legendary Stan Lee, known for co-creating characters like Spider-Man, X-Men, Iron Man and The Hulk. The list of guests ranges with appearances by stars known for their work in classics like Batman, Nightmare on Elm Street and Star Wars to one of today’s hottest TV series The Walking Dead. 

“The Calgary Expo has something for everyone. There will be no shortage of celebrity guests here, but what we have created is so much more – it is the blending of art and pop culture to form something both incredible and entertaining,” states The Calgary Expo Event Director, Kandrix Foong.“ There will be three jam-packed days ranging from Q&A’s, panel discussions, music and screenings, to our artist alley exhibitors.” 
Over 70 celeb guests, 200 artists, and the subcultural phenomenon of Cosplay (short for Costume Roleplay) will take over The Calgary Expo. Cosplay is one of one of the most dynamic parts of The Calgary Expo – and is essential to the atmosphere that celebrates all things ‘geek’. Cosplay participants fuse performance art, pop culture, and costume centred around role play specific to their favorite characters from comics, video games, movies, and other pop culture. The Calgary Expo is a spectacle for little kids, and big kids who want to embrace their childhood or release their inner geek.
About Calgary Expo 
Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo is a non-profit organization showcasing pop culture including comics, sci-fi, gaming, anime, and horror. Since 2006, the convention has grown to host over 30,000 attendees in 2011 and is Canada’s second largest pop culture convention. The Calgary Expo April 27 – 29, 2012 at BMO Centre, Stampede Park, in Calgary, AB, Canada. For more info & tickets, visit
2012 Calgary Expo guests include Stan Lee (X-Men, Spider-Man), Robert Englund (Nightmare on Elm Street), Amanda Tapping (Stargate: SG-1, Sanctuary), Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica, 24), James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Adam West (original Batman), Hayden Panettiere (Heroes), Adam Baldwin (Firefly), John Noble (Fringe), Dave Prowse (Star Wars), and the nine principal cast members from Star Trek: The Next Generation

--The Mid-Season Finale of ODDITIES Premieres on SCIENCE
Saturday, March 10, at 9:00 PM ET/PT & 9:30 PM ET/PT--

The third season of ODDITIES takes all the deliciously weird elements from its past two installments and kicks it up a notch. This time, the merchandise gets weirder with some of the most notable pieces, including a two-headed pig, a mummified “member,” an occupied coffin, a prostate warmer and a preserved heart with bullet holes. The visitors this season are also more eccentric than ever – they include a self-admitted evil clown, a burlesque dancer, and viewer favorite Edgar Oliver. Mike, Evan, and Ryan also head out to Los Angeles where they meet like-minded celebrities like Cassandra Peterson and Limp Bizkit guitarist, Wes Borland.

Episode Descriptions:

Premieres Saturday, March 10, at 9:00 PM ET/PT
“Gurney” - At Obscura Antiques & Oddities, a woman hires Mike and Evan to find vintage autopsy equipment to use with her grandfather’s body. Then Ryan sends shivers down a dark lord’s spine when he suggests a creepy item, and a human pincushion shows his holey side.

Premieres Saturday, March 10, at 9:30 PM ET/PT
“Meat” - At Obscura Antiques & Oddities Mike & Evan deliver fresh eyeballs to a woman who creates art from animal tongues. Evan gets dressed up for a big steampunk party, Mike gets a set of vampire fangs and they get a visit from Brent of the band Mastodon.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

~ Graphic India Announces New Comedy/Thriller Series Released Free on Facebook
Starting this Thursday’s Holi Festival Celebration ~
BANGALORE, INDIA — March 7, 2012  –Graphic India, a new digital platform from Liquid Comics, to promote comic books in India and showcase young artists and writers in the country, announced it is releasing a new comedy-thriller, “UnHOLI,” for free on Facebook starting Thursday to tie-in to India’s annual Holi festival of colors. This Holi the Zombies Come Out To Play!
The web series centers on Rohan, who hates the festival of Holi. He hates the noise, he hates the colors, he hates the festivities. But when a Holi reveler breaks down his door and tries to eat his brains, Rohan realizes that this is no ordinary Holi. The zombie apocalypse has begun and the festival of colors is overrun by a deep, dark crimson red. Now it is up to Rohan to travel through the zombie infested streets of Delhi to rescue his girlfriend, Mia, trapped in Gurgaon. From the mind of author, Samit Basu (Turbulence, The GameWorld Trilogy) and artist, Jeevan J. Kang (7 Brothers, Ramayan 3392A.D., The Sadhu) comes UnHOLI!
The new comic series will begin release this Thursday, March 8th on Facebook via Graphic India’s Facebook page as well as on the website:
Readers will be able to read the series for free daily over the next month and share the pages with friends. Readers of the web series can also participate in the “UnHOLI COVERED IN COLOR CONTEST,” where fans post a photograph of themselves on Graphic India’s Facebook wall page, covered in colors and looking the most inhuman and zombie-like as they can. The photo with the most “likes” will win a stack of 50 assorted comic books and be featured on Graphic India’s website as India’s reigning, Zombie King or Zombie Queen!
Graphic India is India’s premiere graphic novel platform and community, featuring high quality content created by Indian creators and showcasing original stories by the country’s greatest new visionaries.  
Graphic India is India’s premiere graphic novel platform and community. Launched by Liquid Comics, the platform showcases Liquid’s large library of high quality content created by Indian creators, while also aggressively commissioning and showcasing numerous original stories by India’s greatest new visionaries.  Over the next few months, Graphic India intends to expand its digital platform across mobile through various partnerships and apps. Beyond digital comics, content will soon include episodic animated shows, digital trading cards and social games based on their library of leading character properties.
As MERLIN Season Finale Draws Near,
the Knights of the Round Table Take Center Stage

In a New Episode Airing Friday, March 9, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Syfy,
Sir Elyan Learns a Long-Hidden Secret That May Cost Him His Life

Is it the emotional strain of knowing his sister has been banished by the King he protects, or is something even more sinister – and otherworldly – torturing Sir Elyan?  It’s a question the other Knights of the Round Table ask themselves in “A Herald of the New Age,” an all-new episode of MERLIN that airs Friday, March 9, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, only on Syfy.

Elyan is bound by duty and honor to serve and protect King Arthur – but after a stunning betrayal of the heart, the King banished Gwen from Camelot, and that has taken a toll on Elyan, played by Adetomiwa Edun.

After returning from a journey through the forest, the Knights discover Elyan is not himself.  On their way back to Camelot, they visited aDruid shrine – and unbeknownst to them, a ghostly Druid boy is haunting Elyan … which could have deadly consequences for Arthur.

Elyan and the Knights take center stage in “A Herald of the New Age” – which the jocular actors who play the gallant warriors of Camelot say they welcome, particularly Edun, who joined the cast in the third season after having been a fan of MERLIN.

“I did watch Merlin before – ,” he begins saying during a group interview, before suddenly breaking off his sentence. “Sorry, I’m sorry – I’ve got Eoin Macken (Sir Gwaine) here making the most extraordinary faces.

“Yes, I did watch the whole three seasons,” he continues, laughing. “This series has a really supportive fan base, which is awesome. I think a lot of girls are very jealous of EoinMacken’s hair – I get a lot of questions about what products he uses.”

Edun, Macken, Rupert Young (Sir Leon) and Tom Hopper (Sir Perceval) play the remaining Knights, and they have formed a close-knit bond, both on-screen and off. “What’s genuinely great about working on Merlin is that the actors are all of a really high caliber,” says Dublin-born Macken. “Colin Morgan and Bradley James, in particular are both brilliant, and it’s always great working with them – and, as people, Colin’s Irish, and Irish people are generally great, and Bradley’s British, and that’s cool, too.”

In “A Herald of the New Age,” Elyan engages in a spectacularly physical sword fight with Arthur – and Edun says he enjoyed the opportunity to show off his swordsmanship much more than shooting the episode’s opening scene in the forests of Wales, where many of MERLIN’s exteriors are shot.

“I love all the stuff out in the forest,” he says, “but it can be quite cold – sometimes as low as 10 degrees Celsius – and I’m definitely solar-powered.”

 “A Herald of the New Age,” an all-new episode of MERLIN, airs Friday, March 9, at 10 p.m. ET/PT only on Syfy.

All three seasons of MERLIN are nowavailable on DVD and on iTunes.  Be sure to follow the latest news on MERLIN at the Official Merlin page on Facebook.
March 7, MILWAUKIE, OR—Dark Horse Comics announces the latest character to be added to its flagship anthology, Dark Horse Presents: the Sabertooth Vampire! 
Penned by Mike Russell (, The Sabertooth Vampire is a webcomic about a tiny vampire hampered by his giant fangs. Will he pull his teeth out of the ground long enough to actually bite someone? Probably not.
“One of the first books that got me into comics in the nineties was the original black-and-white Dark Horse Presents—back when it was serializing stuff like Sin City and The One Trick Rip-Off and Hellboy: The Wolves of Saint August,” said Russell. “So as you can imagine, getting to submit a few strips for DHP was a huge moment for me personally as well as professionally.”
Russell has collected The Sabertooth Vampire in two self-published minicomics: the 28-page Beware the Sabre-Toothed Vampire and the 56-page Sabertooth Vampire Unleashed. The strips frequently contradict themselves as Russell dives into the Sabertooth Vampire’s personal life—his awkward teenage years, his stints as King Arthur and a caveman, his solo dance parties, his run-ins with Abbott and Costello and assorted angry mobs, and his awkward trip around the world after someone mistakes him for a garden gnome.
“Porting my webcomic over to DHP was an awesome experience for three very specific reasons,” said Russell. “One, I got to add color to the strip, with the help of ace cartoonist/colorist/brother-in-arms Bill Mudron. Two, I received some first-class professional editing from Scott Allie and Daniel Chabon. And three, I swung for the fences and asked if I could draw a crossover strip where the Sabertooth Vampire fought one particular world-famous Dark Horse character, and to my delighted surprise, that character’s creator said yes.”
 Said Russell, The Sabertooth Vampire is basically a ‘Road Runner’ riff on a single tragic idea: The dental feature that defines him as a vampire keeps him from being an effective vampire. Also he turns into a really pathetic bat.”
Look for The Sabertooth Vampire in Dark Horse Presents #12 and #14, on sale May 23 and July 18, 2012!

About Dark Horse Comics
Since 1986, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent like Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Gerard Way, Will Eisner, and best-selling prose author Janet Evanovich, Dark Horse has developed such successful characters as the Mask, Timecop, and the Occultist. Additionally, its highly successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan the BarbarianMass Effect, Serenity, and Domo. Today, Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic-book publisher in the United States and is recognized as both an innovator in the cause of creator rights and the comics industry’s leading publisher of licensed material.

Baltimore Comic-Con Adds Guests, Returns to Northern Virginia
David Finch Batman Dark Knight 8 Cover
David Finch Batman Dark Knight 8 Cover
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - March 7, 2012 -
The Baltimore Comic-Con continues working to establish an amazing guest list, and is proud to announce the addition of even more guests!

In addition to previously announced guests, the 2012 Baltimore Comic-Con, to be held September 8th and 9th at the Baltimore Convention Center, will feature comic superstars Tommy Castillo (Grimm Fairy Tales), Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman), Amanda Conner (Before Watchmen:  Silk Spectre), Dan Didio (O.M.A.C.), David Finch (Batman:  The Dark Knight), Gene Ha (Justice League), Cully Hamner (Action Comics), Bob McLeod (DC Comics Presents:  Wonder Woman), Jimmy Palmiotti (All-Star Western), Brian Pulido (Lady Death), Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge), Stuart Sayger (Infestation 2:  30 Days of Night One-Shot), Brian Stelfreeze (ICE), Karl Story (Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9), and Peter Tomasi (Batman and Robin).

Guest List
The 2012 Baltimore Comic-Con will feature the following previously announced guests:

Laura & Michael Allred - Madman, iZombie
Greg Capullo - Batman, Spawn
Frank Cho - Avengers vs. X-Men, Liberty Meadows
Steve Conley - Bloop
Rich Faber - Roboy Red
John Gallagher - Buzzboy
Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez - Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman
Keith Giffen - Superman, OMAC, Green Arrow
Larry Hama - G.I. Joe, Wolverine, The 'Nam
Dean Haspiel - Billy Dogma, ACT-I-VATE, Trip City
J.G. Jones - Wanted, Doc Savage
Scott Kurtz -
David Mack - Kabuki 
Ron Marz - Artifacts, Voodoo
David Petersen - Mouse Guard
Frank Quitely - All Star Superman, Batman & Robin
Walter Simonson - Thor, Legion of Super-Heroes, Avengers
Scott Snyder - Batman , Severed, Swamp Thing
Billy Tucci - A Child Is Born, Shi
Matt Wagner - Tower Chronicles, Mage, Grendel
Mark Waid - Daredevil, Incorruptible, Irredemable
...With more on the way!  Stay tuned to our website or use the "Sign up" link at the bottom of our website to receive update announcements as we make them!
Baltimore Comic-Con Road Show Continues
Continuing his 2012 road show, this weekend, Baltimore Comic-Con promoter Marc Nathan brings the Baltimore Comic-Con back to his neighbors to the south -- Northern Virginia!  Marc will be attending the Shoff Baseball & Sports Card Shows & Comic Book & Nonsports Card Show this Sunday, March 11th.  Stop by to chat with Marc about the show, and pick up some comics and cards while you're there!  Marc will also have Exhibitor and Artist Alley forms for this years convention on September 8th and 9th.   

For more information about Shoff show, please go to their website,  The March 11th event will be held at the Tysons Corner, VA Crowne Plaza Hotel (formerly the Holiday Inn), 1960 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA 22102 from 10am-3:30pm, and admission is only $3/person.  Be sure to stop by!
Contact Information
Please use the following e-mail addresses to contact the Baltimore Comic-Con: - for any general press inquiries or to be added to our PR distribution - for requesting exhibitor, publisher, and Artist Alley applications - for inquiries about submitted registrations - for communications regarding the Harvey Awards ceremony and banquet - for general Baltimore Comic-Con inquiries

About The Baltimore Comic-Con
The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 13th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. With a guest list unequaled in the industry, the Baltimore Comic-Con will be held September 8-9, 2012. For more information, please visit

About The Harvey Awards
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry's oldest and most respected awards. With a history of over 20 years, the last 7 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. For more information, please visit
IDW Publishing Brings Angel to Digital
IDW’s acclaimed Angel series, featuring characters created by
Joss Whedon and David Greenwalt, available now for iPad,
iPhone, Android, Nook, Kindle Fire and more.

[Angel Digital]San Diego, CA (March 7, 2012) – IDW Publishing proudly announces the launch of their complete Angel and Spike series, including all one-shots and miniseries, on digital platforms. Over 150 comics and graphic novels will be available for digital readers worldwide. The first stories, including the 17-issue Angel: After the Fall co-plotted by Joss Whedon, and Spike: After the Fall, arrive today. New issues will roll out weekly over the next two months.

IDW’s first Angel series launched in 2005 with Angel: The Curse. From 2005 through 2011, there were numerous miniseries, one-shots, and 42 issues of an ongoing Angel series. The first 17 issues in that series comprised Angel: After the Fall, a storyline that spun out of the TV series’ final season. Co-plotted by Joss Whedon and masterfully handled by fan-favorite Brian Lynch and Franco Urru, this series is considered the high-water mark in IDW’s run. Along the way, Lynch and Urru also created several Spike miniseries and a final 8-issue Spike series that led directly into the Buffy Season 8 comic series.

“I’m incredibly proud of the work we did on the Angel and Spike comics,” said IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall. “Working with Whedon, Lynch, and Urru to extend the Angel TV series in After the Fall was a particular thrill, and I’m happy fans will be able to see everything we’ve done on their digital devices now, as well as print.”

Many esteemed creators worked on IDW’s Angel and Spike series, all of which will now be made available digitally as well. Fans will be able to revisit beloved stories by John Byrne, Jeff Mariotte, David Messina, Peter David, Scott Tipton, Elena Casagrande, David Tischman & Mariah Huehner, and many others.

“IDW is very excited to launch this series,” said IDW CEO and Publisher Ted Adams. “Fans have been demanding to read IDW’s Angel collection digitally for several years. This is an excellent way for people to catch up the entire series.”

Angel can be found in IDW’s Apple iPad™, iPhone® and iPod touch®, app – IDW Comics, and on the Web at The series is also featured in the Comics by comiXology platform for iOS, Android, Web and Kindle Fire, Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble Nook, and the Amazon Kindle, and Comics + by iVerse.


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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; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Toho’s Godzilla; Wizards of the Coasts Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons; and the Eisner-Award winning Locke & Key series, created by best-selling author Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints, and Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio.

IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot, while Michael Bay‘sPlatinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film.

As a recognized leader in digital comics, IDW’s digital partners include: comiXology, iVerse Media, Graphicly, Cryptozoic Comics, Panelfly, Digital Manga, Diamond Digital, NEC, Zero Sum and Smart Ebooks. The IDW digital line is available worldwide on top platforms including: Apple iOS apps and iBooks, Android apps, Barnes & Noble Nook, Amazon Kindle, Kobo Vox, Sony PSP, Nokia and RIM BlackBerry.

More information about the company can be found at