New ‘Lumberjanes,’ First ‘Munchkin’ Comic, and More in ‘BOOM! Box 2014 Mix Tape’
from Bill, November 26th, 2014 9:15 am, comic book

New ‘Lumberjanes,’ First ‘Munchkin’ Comic, and More in ‘BOOM! Box 2014 Mix Tape’

BOOM! Box 2014 Mix Tape #1 Cover A

BOOM! Box 2014 Mix Tape #1 Main Cover by Jake Lawrence

BOOM! Box 2014 Mix Tape #1 Cover B

BOOM! Box 2014 Mix Tape #1 Retailer Incentive (1:10) Cover by Jake Lawrence

November 26th, 2014 (Los Angeles, Calif.) – Remember the days when you’d carefully curate a song list and pass out mix tapes to your friends? Well, this December, BOOM! Box, the newest imprint from award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios, is putting that same love into comic form with the oversized (8.5” x 11”) BOOM! Box 2014 Mix Tape #1. Featuring new shorts from BOOM! Box comics Lumberjanes, The Midas Flesh, Teen Dog, and Cyanide & Happiness, and showcasing upcoming comics Help Us! Great Warrior and Munchkin, this is a collection of the best comics of 2014 that are truly made “for the love of it.”

 

“This is one of the most unique collections of short comic book stories you’ll see this year,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “The Mix Tape is our love letter to experimental comics and a platform for the BOOM! Box family of creators to cut loose!”

 

If you’re loving The Midas Flesh, Lumberjanes, Teen Dog, and Cyanide & Happiness, and are excited for our comics adaptation of the Munchkin card game, delve into a world of like-minded stories! From the wacky to the touching, you’ll never know what you’re going to get. Here’s a tip: This collection features a brand-new Lumberjanes story written by Noelle Stevenson (Nimona) and the first-ever Munchkin comic by John Kovalic, the illustrator of the popular card game.

 

We reached out to a bunch of our favorite creators with one mission in mind: to bring original, unconventional characters and stories to life. Mix Tape is an eclectic collection of stories based on characters that are anything but your average lot. Talking hamburgers, misunderstood ghosts, and punk rock grandmas are just the tip of these stories that are best described as “off the beaten track.”

The oversized BOOM! Box 2014 Mix Tape #1 arrives from BOOM! Box in comic shops on December 24th with a cover price of $9.99 under Diamond order code OCT141168. Both the main cover and the retailer incentive cover are illustrated by Jake Lawrence (Teen Dog). The Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is December 1st. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use comicshoplocator.com or findacomicshop.com to find one! It’s also available for order directly from boom-studios.com.

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ABOUT BOOM! STUDIOS

Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent. BOOM! Studios is comprised of four distinct imprints. The original Studios imprint is home to Mike Carey’s Suicide Risk; James Tynion IV’s The Woods; Mark Waid’s Irredeemable; Sons of Anarchy; and Big Trouble in Little China. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 Guns was released as a feature film from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ Peanuts; Jim Davis’ Garfield; Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time, Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball, and Steven Universe; Mike Kunkel’s Herobear and the Kid; and Natasha Allegri’s Bee and PuppyCat. BOOM!’s experimental imprint BOOM! Box publishes The Midas Flesh and Lumberjanes. In June 2013, BOOM! acquired Archaia Entertainment (archaia.com). Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of Mouse Guard, Cow Boy, Gunnerkrigg Court, Rust, and Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand. In October 2013, BOOM! Studios entered into a unique first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox, giving the studio access to its library of titles and giving the publisher access to Fox’s vast catalog of films. In August 2014, BOOM! Studios began a similar first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox TV to develop properties for the small screen.

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Mezco Toyz Presents The Living Dead Dolls Series 29
from Bill, November 25th, 2014 10:57 pm, Toys

Mezco Toyz Presents The Living Dead Dolls Series 29

A friend of a friend, a cousin’s brother.

Something told in a whisper, to an Uncle’s friend’s Mother.

It didn’t happen to me, but to someone I know.

They swear it is true, it was on that talk show.

No one knows who they are, the ones who are nameless.

But the stories about them are undeniably famous.

 

The Living Dead Dolls Series 29: The Nameless Ones

Coming in May 2015

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New From Sideshowcollectibles – I am C-3PO, human-cyborg relations.
from Bill, November 25th, 2014 10:56 pm, Toys

Pre-Order the C-3PO Sixth Scale Figure!
Available now - C-3PO Sixth Scale Figure!
Save 20% on select STAR WARS collectibles. Use Code: 3P14 now.
 *Terms and Conditions: Sideshow Collectibles 3P14 coupon code can only be redeemed on the following SKUs: 100199, 100206, 100136, 1002063, 1002064, 300192, 901689, 902037, 901530, and can only be redeemed on NEW orders.  3P14 coupon code cannot be combined with any bundle offers, reward points, and other coupon discount codes. This promo code will expire on November 26, 2014 at 11:59PM (Pacific Time), or while supplies last.

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Justin Jordan’s First BOOM! Studios Original ‘Deep State’ #1 Sells Out, Goes to Second Printing
from Bill, November 25th, 2014 10:52 pm, comic book

Justin Jordan’s First BOOM! Studios Original ‘Deep State’ #1 Sells Out, Goes to Second Printing

Deep State #1 2nd Printing

Deep State #1 2nd Printing Cover by Matt Taylor

November 25,  2014 – Los Angeles, CA – Award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios is pleased to announce that Deep State #1, the new conspiracy-driven series from Justin Jordan (Spread, The Strange Talent of Luther Strode) and artist Ariela Kristantina (Death of Wolverine), has sold out at the distributor level. The publisher has rushed to a second printing. As announced on Deadline.com, the publisher has also sold the rights for the series as a television drama, as part of its first-look deal with 20th Century Fox TV, in a collaboration with producer Howard Gordon’s (Homeland, Tyrant) Teakwood Lane.

 

Comic book fans should bear in mind that first printings of Deep State #1 may still be found at the local comic shop nearest you. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use comicshoplocator.com or findacomicshop.com to find one!

 

“Justin has hit a home run with the first of his three BOOM! original series,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “The story of Deep State is rife with mysteries and cover-ups, and Ariela’s art is perfect for it. This second print announcement comes hot on the heels of the announcement for the Deep State TV deal at Fox—it’s been a good week for Agents Harrow and Branch.”

 

In Deep State, John Harrow doesn’t exist, and his job is to make sure that other things don’t exist, too. At any given time, the government is running dozens of black book operations, experiments that aren’t on any official record and are never acknowledged to exist. Some of these are innocuous. Some of them are monstrous beyond reason. And most of the time, they go as expected and the public is never the wiser. Most of the time. John Harrow’s job is to handle them when things go wrong, and do anything to make sure the government’s secrets stay just that—secret. If you’re interested in conspiracy theory stories from comics like Planetary and Sleeper to films like Enemy of the State and Three Days of the Condor, you’ll be gripped by Deep State!

 

Praise for Deep State #1:

 

Deep State #1 is a very strong debut that signifies the start of something very special.” – Geeked Out Nation

 

“Smart, timely and stylish thanks to the creative synergy enjoyed by fan-favorite scribe Justin Jordan (Luthor Strode) and breakout artist Ariela Kristantina (Death of Wolverine), BOOM! Studios’ latest foray into the shadowy world of espionage will please fans of Planetary, The X-Files, and Fringe.” – Broken Frontier

 

“…a new well written young comic with a solid plot and fantastic art.” – TMStash

 

“There’s some solid storytelling going on here…” – The Pullbox

 

“A solid, enjoyable book that has the potential to go very, very far.” – Multiversity

 

“Although it has obvious influence from things like X-Files and MIB, it manages to add its own flair and create a really great story.” – Geekorama

Deep State #1 second print ships with a modified cover by series cover artist Matt Taylor and carries a retail price of $3.99 with a Diamond Code of OCT148207. Final orders close for retailers on December 1st. It is anticipated to be in stores on December 17th.

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ABOUT BOOM! STUDIOS

Founded by Ross Richie in 2005, Diamond Gem Award-winning “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios (boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of best-selling Eisner and Harvey Award-winning original and licensed comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent. BOOM! Studios is comprised of four distinct imprints. The original Studios imprint is home to Mike Carey’s Suicide Risk; James Tynion IV’s The Woods; Mark Waid’s Irredeemable; Sons of Anarchy; and Big Trouble in Little China. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 Guns was released as a feature film from Universal Pictures, starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KaBOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ Peanuts; Jim Davis’ Garfield; Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time, Regular Show, The Amazing World of Gumball, and Steven Universe; Mike Kunkel’s Herobear and the Kid; and Natasha Allegri’s Bee and PuppyCat. BOOM!’s experimental imprint BOOM! Box publishes The Midas Flesh and Lumberjanes. In June 2013, BOOM! acquired Archaia Entertainment (archaia.com). Archaia is the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning graphic novel publisher of Mouse Guard, Cow Boy, Gunnerkrigg Court, Rust, and Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand. In October 2013, BOOM! Studios entered into a unique first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox, giving the studio access to its library of titles and giving the publisher access to Fox’s vast catalog of films. In August 2014, BOOM! Studios began a similar first-look relationship with 20th Century Fox TV to develop properties for the small screen.

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UGLYDOLL and FATHEAD collaborate to create life-sized wall graphics
from Bill, November 25th, 2014 10:48 pm, Toys

 

UGLYDOLL and FATHEAD collaborate to bring
life-sized wall graphics to fans of all ages
Green Brook, NJ – November, 2014 – Pretty Ugly™, LLC owner of the UGLYDOLL brand, is pleased to announce their recent partnership with Fathead, the leading brand of licensed wall graphics, to create a collection of Uglydoll Fathead wall decals.

The Uglydoll Fathead wall graphics are ideal for any room of choice. Teresa Fazio, Pretty Ugly’s Director of Licensing says, “Uglydoll Fathead decals are the perfect evolution for the brand.” Our fans will now be able to bring the UGLYVERSE and favorite life-sized UGLYDOLL characters into their personal space unlike ever before.”

 

“Partnering with UGLYDOLL and creating the Uglydoll line as Fathead graphics is a no brainer,” says Nathan Partington, Vice President of Licensing at Fathead. “Everyone loves the unique characters of Uglydoll. It’s a perfect fit for both brands and imagine the response when the Ugly Fans know they are available as Fathead wall graphics.”

UGLYDOLL& Pretty Ugly, LLC

David Horvath & Sun-Min Kim created the first UGLYDOLL hand-sewn plush toy in 2001. Since the inception of the first character, Wage™, who David drew on a love letter to Sun-Min, UGLYDOLL has grown into an entire universe of characters, stories, and products for all ages. The UGLYDOLL brand was launched in 2002 by Pretty Ugly, LLC of Green Brook, NJ.

The property is distinguished by David & Sun-Min’s unique aesthetic and voice defining, “ugly” as distinctive and unique, that we should be celebrating that which makes us different, never hiding the twists or turns which make us who we are, inside and out. The award-winning UGLYDOLL characters appear in a variety of toys, books, apparel, and other licensed products that are available in thousands of stores, worldwide. For more information,

please visit www.uglydolls.com and find us on Instagram and Twitter @UglydollUSA.
Fathead LLC

Fathead LLC is the industry leader of officially licensed sports & entertainment graphics and more. Fathead gives fans the opportunity to feel passion For Real by bringing their favorite inspiration to life. Based in Detroit, Michigan, Fathead manufactures all products in the USA and Canada for purchase worldwide. Fathead carries thousands of images and maintains over 700 license agreements with leading consumer brands across many industries and professional sports leagues. For more information, visit www.Fathead.com. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Fathead. FOR REAL. ™

 

Uglydoll® and Pretty Ugly™ are registered trademarks of Pretty Ugly, LLC.

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KUMIKO Racks Up Three Indie Spirit Noms | Opens Feb. 27th
from Bill, November 25th, 2014 10:45 pm, Movies

Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

Racks Up Three Independent Spirit Award Nominations

Opens in Theaters February 27, 2015 via Amplify Releasing

It was announced today that David and Nathan Zellner’s Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter was nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards:

Best Director (David Zellner)

Best Actress (Rinko Kikuchi)

18th Annual Piaget Producers Award (Chris Ohlson)

The 18th Annual Piaget Producers Award nomination for Producer Chris Ohlson, sponsored by Piaget, honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources, demonstrate the creativity, tenacity and vision required to produce quality, independent films. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Piaget.


About Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter

In this darkly comedic odyssey, Academy Award nominee Rinko Kikuchi (Babel, Pacific Rim) stars as Kumiko, a frustrated Office Lady whose imagination transcends the confines of her mundane life. Kumiko becomes obsessed with a mysterious, battered VHS tape of a popular film she’s mistaken for a documentary, fixating on a scene where a suitcase of stolen cash is buried in the desolate, frozen landscape of North Dakota.  Believing this treasure to be real, she leaves behind Tokyo and her beloved rabbit Bunzo to recover it – and finds herself on a dangerous adventure unlike anything she’s seen in the movies.

With Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter, indie mavericks the Zellner Bros. spin a strangely touching underdog fable, populated by eccentrics and elevated to sonic heights by a Sundance award-winning score from electro-indie outfit The Octopus Project and executive produced by Alexander Payne (The Descendants, Sideways), that will leave audiences rooting for the impossible.

 

Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter will be released by Amplify Releasing on February 27th

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Bravoman named in Best Books for Kids & Teens by Canadian Children’s Book Centre!
from Bill, November 25th, 2014 10:42 pm, comic book

Stretchy Excellence!

Bravoman Volume 1 a Starred Selection for the Canadian Children’s Book Centre

UDON Entertainment is thrilled to announced that the Super-Unequaled Hero of Excellence has achieved yet another victory! Triumphing over the competition, the stretchy hero known as Bravoman has earned his place among the elite of Canadian children’s publishing, scoring a starred review in the Best Books for Kids & Teens: Fall Edition, 2014.

Produced by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, the Best Books for Kids & Teens guide contains recommended books for kids and teens ages 0-18 and helps parents, teachers, librarians, booksellers and children’s literature enthusiasts stock their bookshelves with the very best books Canada has to offer.

All titles in Best Books for Kids & Teens have been handpicked by expert committees of educators, booksellers, school and public librarians from across Canada, so every book included in the guide is guaranteed to be a great read!

The committee judged titles based on excellence in writing, illustration or performance – provided in this case by UDON’s Matt Moylan and Dax Gordine

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Zenescope announces all-star teams for two new miniseries in 2015!
from Bill, November 25th, 2014 10:40 pm, comic book

Zenescope Entertainment announces two new LAUNCH mini-series debuting in early 2015.  Fans will be treated to new stories featuring two of the most popular characters in the Grimm Universe.

Grimm Fairy Tales: The Little Mermaid will feature the creative team of writer Meredith Finch (Wonder Woman, Grimm Tales of Terror), cover artist David Finch (Wonder Woman, Batman, Forever Evil) and colorist Ivan Nunes (Game of Thrones, Green Hornet, Grimm Fairy Tales).  Additional cover artists include Ed Benes, Jason Metcalf, Mirka Andolfo, and Mike Krome. This exciting new series will be released in February of 2015.

Having first appeared in Grimm Fairy Tales: Myths and Legends, Zenescope’s Little Mermaid, Erica, now embarks on a brand new journey.  Set a few months after her original story, Erica, now imprisoned,  has some painful and violent reminders of how cruel fate can be.
I am really looking forward to exploring Zenescope’s version of The Little Mermaid.  We are going to explore the history of the character from a new perspective and the impact of past rivalries on her present.  I’m also really looking forward to writing the character of the sea witch.  I’m having a lot of fun with her as I get into the character” – Writer of Grimm Fairy Tales: The Little Mermaid, Meredith Finch

Grimm Fairy Tales : The White Queen will shine with covers by Billy Tucci, Talent Caldwell, Sabine Rich, Sean Chen, and Giuseppe Cafaro.  The creative team includes writer Troy Brownfield (Batman, Grimm Fairy Tales: Myths and Legends), artist Luca Claretti (No Tomorrow, Neverland: Age of Darkness) and colorist Leonardo Paciarotti (George Perez’s Sirens, Wonderland, Fiction Squad)
It will be released in February 2015.

The Age of Darkness has arrived in Wonderland.  The White Queen, Calie Liddle (daughter of Alice), has begun her rule in Wonderland and hopes for peace.  Though she has allies, Calie’s hold is tenuous and when the Dark Queen comes demanding tribute, will Wonderland survive?

“The Age of Darkness has descended and the four mystical realms surrounding Earth have merged. Calie, Wonderland’s own White Queen, has become a pawn in the Dark Queen’s ultimate plans.”

- Grimm Fairy Tales “Age of Darkness”: The White Queen
“We have a few new titles that we’re really excited about like the Little Mermaid. [Also, there’s] a story about Witches set in the Grimm Universe. We have the conclusion to the Oz trilogy as well as the Grimm Fairy Tales [series] and Robyn Hood ongoing series. I’m pretty excited about all of them.” – Zenescope Entertainment Co-Creator and President, Joe Brusha, when asked about his favorite upcoming LAUNCH title.

The Zenescope LAUNCH Initiative was introduced in August 2014.  Heeding the call from fans and retailers, Zenescope added an easily identifiable logo to the covers of certain issues. The LAUNCH logo makes it easy for new fans to identify a good place to pick up the story of their choosing. For comic retailers, the logo can be an effective and easy marketing tool to help introduce existing fans to new stories and direct new fans to great jumping on points.

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LONG BEACH COMIC EXPO OFFERS LIFETIME PASSES TIMED TO CYBER MONDAY
from Bill, November 25th, 2014 10:37 pm, Comic Con

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

LONG BEACH COMIC EXPO OFFERS LIFETIME PASSES TIMED TO CYBER MONDAY

Long Beach, CA (November 25, 2014) – In advance of Cyber Monday, Long Beach Comic Expo will make available 50 Lifetime Passes which will grant fans access to the annual event. The passes are available at www.longbeachcomiccon.com for $249.99 through December 31st, 2014. After that date, the a lifetime pass will cost $349.99.

Next year’s Long Beach Comics Expo will be held February 28, 2015 & March 1, 2015 at Long Beach Convention Center. Announced guests include legendary writer Chris Claremont (UNCANNY X-MEN), acclaimed comic book writer Brian Wood (THE MASSIVE; DMZ), fan favorite animation writer and producer Greg Weisman (STAR WARS REBELS; YOUNG JUSTICE) and Cosplay favorites LeeAnna Vamp and Nicole Marie Jean.

“The Lifetime Passes are a great gift and a wonderful idea for the comic book and cosplay fans in your life,” said Martha Donato, Executive Director of Long Beach Comic Con & Expo. “For the cost of a season pass at a resort, you can give a lifetime experience of comics.”

Follow Long Beach Comic Expo on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and information.

About Long Beach Comic Expo

Long Beach Comic Expo is an annual event held at the Long Beach Convention Center that celebrates comic books and pop culture and showcases the exceptional works of talented writers, artists, illustrators and creators of all types of pop culture. At Long Beach Comic Expo, you’ll find exhibitors promoting and selling all types of related products, as well as entertaining and educational programs for all ages, guest signings and meet & greet sessions with celebrities. Long Beach Comic Expo is a MAD Event Management, LLC production. To learn more and purchase tickets, please visit www.longbeachcomiccon.com.

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