Video Game Review: Final Fantasy Type-0 HD
from julian, March 31st, 2015 10:41 am, Entertainment, Game Reviews, Gaming

While most RPG gamers are waiting for the upcoming Final Fantasy XV video game, Square-Enix released a different FF game to the tune of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD. A gussied-up version of a 2011 PSP game by the same name, Type-0 HD brings the presentation of the portable original to a high definition standard so that PlayStation 4 and Xbox One owners can experience the game on their HDTVs.

  

 The game is part of Square-Enix’s Fabula Nova Crystallis Final Fantasy sub-series and revolves around Class Zero, an elite class of recent recruits who, in addition to wielding a variety of weapons, have access to incredible magics and abilities. Every member of the class are made unique, though only a few are actually memorable by any degree. Those worth making note of include starting character Ace who attacks using a deck of enchanted cards and childhood friends Machina and Rem who take up the role of the group’s outsiders. Beyond those three, everyone else in the group fall into the trappings of your typical schoolyard archetypes including the brainiac, the tough guy, and the class clown.

   

 

Each member of the class has his or her own unique weapon. Unlike with most Final Fantasygames, however, these weapons can’t be swapped out for others or used by other characters. Rather, each character uses the same weapon all the game through. They can be upgraded as the game goes on, thankfully, so at least there’s that.

Parties are comprised of three active characters with the player controlling one in specific while the other two are A.I. controlled. The user-controlled character can be hot-swapped at the press of a button with either of the other two, which adds a bit of flexibility to the active (that is, non turn-based) gameplay. Furthermore, other characters can be put into reserve and swapped out completely at the game’s various save points. Even with all of the versatility provided to the player thanks to the large cast of playable characters, though, there are often times when it seems like the combination of active characters simply isn’t quite right for the situation at hand.

The game flows in a very structured and deliberate manner. Players are given a set of missions that tend to involve running through the game’s maps (which, by the way, tend to be comprised of a number of disappointingly small areas linked together), combating the occasional over-powered boss character, and helping the overall war effort as established in the game’s rather enthralling opening sequence.


As should be expected from a JRPG, Type-0 HD offers a good amount of side content outside of the main mission set. They way this side content is set up, however, is a tad disappointing. Accessible only during the class’ periods of “free time”, missions can be undertaken one at a time and provide players with items upon completion. While early on this seems just fine, as players progress into later parts of the game and one’s free time gets more valuable they prove to be irrelevant distractions at best.

Visually, it’s pretty easy to tell that this game wasn’t made natively for the current generation consoles. Still, as a prettied-up port the overall presentation is pretty good. Cut scenes are, in a word, amazing. Gameplay visuals, however, are a bit lacking. While the graphics themselves aren’t half bad, there are camera issues that really get in the way of things. These issues range from providing players with poor views of the action to jittering in confined spaces.

   

 

Thankfully, many of Type-0 HD‘s visual shortcomings can be overlooked thanks to the intriguing story that’s quite a bit darker and more mature than that of your average Final Fantasy game. Core gameplay isn’t ideal thanks to some control gripes dealing with enemy targeting, but it can carry its own. There is also quite a lot of content and players can expect to experience hours upon hours worth of gameplay, which is somewhat surprising considering the game was originally released for a handheld system.

For JRPG and Final Fantasy fans, Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is well worth playing. For those who want to hold off until FFXVeventually comes out, please take note than Type-0 HD comes bundled with a playable demo of the upcoming game.

final rating- 8.4/10

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Hawkeye Takes Aim With a New Marvel Select Action Figure at Marvelshop.com!
from Rob, March 30th, 2015 2:24 pm, Toys

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Clint Barton is often dismissed as “the guy with the bow and arrows,” but as one of the few non-powered members of the Avengers, he stands alongside super-soldiers, armored knights and living gods. To honor a man who regularly fights above his weight class, Diamond Select Toys and marvelshop.com have teamed up to create an exclusive, all-new figure of the avenging archer, Hawkeye! 

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Wearing his newer Marvel NOW! outfit, Avenging Hawkeye comes with his bow, arrows, crossbow pistol, alternate hand, alternate bandaged head and his canine companion Lucky. Lucky was introduced in the 2012 Hawkeye comic series, by Matt Fraction and David Aja, in which Hawkeye dealt with street-level crime in and around his New York City neighborhood.

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This new Hawkeye figure was sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios, and stands 7 inches tall with 16 points of articulation. Like all Marvel Select action figures, he comes packaged in display-ready packaging with comic artwork down one side, for handy shelf reference.

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Look for the figure to make its debut exclusively on marvelshop.com on March 23rd, and to arrive in Disney Stores and ondisneystore.com by April 6.

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Thor joins previous marvelstore.comexclusive figures Mighty Thor, Unleashed Hulk, Superior Spider-Man, Unmasked Captain America, Bleeding Edge Iron Man and Electro. All are currently available onmarvelshop.com and disneystore.com!

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IDW TAKES SEATTLE!
from Bill, March 26th, 2015 10:25 pm, comic book, Comic Con, Emerald City Comic Con

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IDW Takes Seattle!
Where To Be At Emerald City Comicon

San Diego, CA (March 25, 2015) – Attendants of Seattle’s renowned Emerald City Comicon are in for surprise announcements, exceptional signings and a weekend full of fun from IDW! Taking place this weekend from March 27th – March 29th at the Washington State Convention Center, come by the IDW booth (#1802) to stock up on your collection, meet your favorite creators, and score a truly outrageous exclusive. Additionally, Top Shelf can be found at booth #1225, where you can meet the creative team behind the hit satire God Is Disappointed in You, Mark Russell and Shannon Wheeler! Available exclusively at the IDW booth, grab yourself a copy of the book that’s got everyone talking, Jem & The Holograms, with a variant cover by Agnes Garbowska! The cover can be purchased for $5, limit 3 per customer.

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The IDW booth will be packed all weekend long with talent from across the industry signing their acclaimed work:

Friday March 27th

11:00 – 12:00 Orphan Black Jody Houser
12:00 – 1:00 Samurai Jack, Powerpuff Girls –
            Andy Suriano, Derek Charm
1:00 – 2:00 D4VE, The Bigger Bang –
            Ryan Ferrier, D.J. Kirkbride
2:00 – 3:00 Jem & The Holograms
           Agnes Garbowska, Sara Richard
3:00 – 4:00 Dirk Gently Chris Ryall, Tony Akins
4:00 – 5:00 Godzilla: CataclysmCullen Bunn
5:00 – 6:00 Kill Shakespeare – Conor McCreery
6:00 – 7:00 Nelvana of the Northern Lights  Hope Nicholson

Saturday March 28th

10:00 – 11:00 Skylanders – David A. Rodriguez
11:00 – 12:00 Edward Scissorhands – Kate Leth, Drew Rausch
12:00 – 1:00 Dirk Gently Chris Ryall, Tony Akins
1: 00 ­– 2:00 The Fly: OutbreakBrandon Seifert
2:00 – 3:00 My Little Pony, Jem & The HologramsSara Richard
3:00 – 4:00 Wild Blue Yonder Zach Howard
4:00 – 5:00 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & More! Erik Burnham, Paul Allor
5:00 – 6:00 Judge Dredd – Darick Robertson
6:00 – 7:00 Transformers Mairghread Scott, Andrew Griffith, Livio Ramondelli

Sunday March 29th

10:00 – 11:00 My Little Pony – Amy Mebberson, Georgia Ball, Ted Anderson,
           Agnes Garbowska
11:00 – 12:00 Powerpuff Girls – Derek Charm
12:00 – 1:00 G.I. Joe Cover Art – Jerffrey Veregge, Drew Johnson
1:00 – 2:00 Amelia Cole, Artful Daggers  D.J. Kirkbride, Adam P. Knave,
          Sean E. Williams
3:00 – 4:00 Dungeons & Dragons: Legends of Baldur’s Gate – Max Dunbar

And don’t miss out on the panels that are sure to be a highlight of your weekend!

Friday, 1:00 – 2:00 Room Hall C (TCC 301)
IDW: 2015 and Beyond—IDW invites you to join in their first big panel of 2015! Join VP of Marketing Dirk Wood, Editor-in-Chief/Chief Creative Officer Chris Ryall, alongside editor Sarah GaydosErik Burnham of Ghostbusters fame, and Jody Houser, writer of the hit Orphan Blackcomic for a spirited chat filled with announcements, hijinks and Q&A!

Saturday, 2:00 – 3:00 Room Hall C (TCC 301)
God is Disappointed in You (The Sequel), with Mark Russell & Shannon Wheeler—Last year’s standing-room-only hot ticket returns — now with even more Biblical bewilderment! God Is Disappointed in You, published by Top Shelf, is the tongue-in-cheek “condensed” version of the Bible you never knew you needed — hilariously modern, but surprisingly authentic — packed with cartoons by Eisner-award-winner Shannon Wheeler (The New YorkerToo Much Coffee Man). Join him and author Mark Russell (writer of DC Comics’ upcoming Prez) for an hour of unforgettable irreverence, including Q&A, audience sketches, and the hilarious-yet-accurate “ten-minute Bible.” PLUS: a taste of the Audie-nominated audiobook, read by Dr. Venture himself, James Urbaniak (The Venture Bros), and an exclusive announcement about the upcoming sequel!

Sunday, 3:30 – 4:20 Hall F (TCC 304)
Kevin Eastman: A Life With TurtlesJoin the legendary co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and he talks about his long career in both comics and Hollywood, and how he brings his beloved Turtles to the world in a variety of media!

Sunday, 4:00 – 5:00 Room Hall C (TCC 301)
IDW Presents: The New Class of Licensed ComicsTransformers, Adventure Time, Star Trek, Orphan Black, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic… What do these comics all have in common? They’re all licensed comics, and although some may STILL look down on them, they’re also home to some of the best talent telling the best stories around. Come hear about the good (and the sometimes challenging) aspects of working on books like these, from host Editor Sarah Gaydos (Star Trek, Disney, Edward Scissorhands), with special guests Kate Leth (Bravest Warriors, Edward Scissorhands), Corinna Bechko (Star Wars, Planet of the Apes, Once Upon a Time), Jody Houser (Orphan Black), Editor Shannon Waters (of BOOM!), Chris Roberson (Aliens, Star Trek), and Gabriel Hardman (Planet of the Apes, Star Wars).

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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, G.I. JOE, MY LITTLE PONY and JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS; Paramount/CBS’s Star Trek; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Toho’s Godzilla; Twentieth Century Fox’s The X-Files, Temple Street Productions’ Orphan Black; DISNEY Comics; Ragnarök from Eisner Award-winner Walter Simonson; and Zombie vs Robots by Chris Ryall and Ashley Woods. IDW is also home to acclaimed imprints such as the Library of American Comics, which publishes classic comic reprints, Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio, IDW Artist’s Editions, and Top Shelf Productions.

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; Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Warner Brothers are producing a film based on Ashley Wood’s Lore; Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film, Alex Kurtzman is producing a movie based on Locke & Key at Universal

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Zenescope’s $1 Issues Tie into Free Comic Book Day
from Bill, March 26th, 2015 10:22 pm, comic book

Zenescope’s $1 Issues Tie into Free Comic Book Day
Zenescope Entertainment is offering two $1 issues releasing this May as companion issues to the company’s Free Comic Book Day offerings which also arrive in May.

The comic book publisher will re-release the #1 issue of the company’s hugely popular Return to Wonderland series, which was the very first of well over one hundred published Wonderland comics from Zenescope since 2007.

The long-running re-imagining of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a fantasy/horror series which spawned numerous sequels, one-shots, action figures, a board game, and now an ongoing series. The $1 issue is set for a May 6th shelf date and will follow the release of Zenescope’s Free Comic Book Day Wonderland one-shot, which hits shelves May 2nd.

Also on tap from Zenescope’s all-ages label, Silver Dragon Books, is a brand new $1 issue of Jurassic Strike Force 5 – a series about a team of mutated dinosaur soldiers who set out to save Earth from the evil Zalex and his own army of mutants. Zenescope’s $1 offering of Jurassic Strike Force 5 is set for a May 27th shelf date and will follow the release of Zenescope’s other Free Comic Book Day issue, the Jurassic Strike Force 5 one-shot.

Both $1 issues are available for pre-order now in the Zenescope section of March’s Diamond Previews and both Free Comic Book Day issues debut May 2nd, 2015 at all participating retailer outlets. Check your local retailer’s schedule for Free Comic Book Day festivities and go towww.zenescope.com for more information on Zenescope’s titles.

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IDW PUBLISHING AND NEXT GAMES DEBUT A COMIC BASED ON COMPASS POINT: WEST
from Bill, March 26th, 2015 10:20 pm, comic book, Gaming

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IDW PUBLISHING AND NEXT GAMES DEBUT A COMIC BASED ON COMPASS POINT: WEST

The rich Wild West story in Compass Point: West™, Next Games’ first mobile game, comes to life in a comic by IDW Publishing. The two companies will join forces to distribute the comic worldwide.

San Diego, CA ( March 26, 2015) – Next Games, the mobile game studio based in Finland, today announced the worldwide release of its first mobile game Compass Point: West accompanied with a comic produced together with IDW Publishing. The first game release from the mobile game studio Next Games, features a rich story set in the Wild West and a highly polished gameplay experience with a unique card collecting mechanic at its heart.

“In Compass Point: West we draw inspiration from the unbelievably rich Wild West theme. The game boasts fascinating characters and lots of humor combined with stunning 3D graphics and an original card collecting mechanic at its heart. This setting lends itself very well to other entertainment formats beyond games such as the gorgeous comic by IDW Publishing”, said Teemu Huuhtanen, CEO, Next Games.

Compass Point: West is an engaging, free-to-play action strategy game featuring stunning 3D graphics, highly polished gameplay and a fun and rewarding card collecting system introduced in a new, original way to the mass casual audience on mobile. The game takes the player on a journey to the old Wild West where they join friends and saddle up for an epic adventure, exploring the open frontier while fighting the hostile takeover plans of notorious oil tycoon, Orville Driller. Along the way, the player will build their own outposts, collect cards to summon allies and encounter a wide range of characters, each with their unique personalities in their mission to save the Wild West.

Next Games and IDW Publishing will distribute the comic worldwide through a multitude of platforms including Apple iBooks and Google Play and is also available on www.compasspointwest.com for fans to enjoy.

“IDW has been developing the Compass Point: West comic since very early in the game’s development, and we’ve enjoyed creating characters and backstories in a way that extends the game’s world,” stated Ted Adams, IDW CEO & Publisher. “The Next Games team has a long-range plan that we’re proud to be a part of.”

Compass Point: West is the first game in a series of four games Next Games is developing based on its internal IP. With the Compass Point series, Next Games aims to develop a leading franchise of games banded together by the same principles of original, engaging gaming experience and gorgeous graphics.

Compass Point: West mobile game is now available to download for free worldwide on the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

For more on Compass Point: West, please visit www.compasspointwest.com, and follow along on Facebook and Twitter. For the latest from Next Games, please visit www.nextgames.com, and follow the company on Facebook and Twitter.
Press assets: www.nextgames.com/press-assets
Launch trailer: http://nxtg.ms/westtrailer
Website: www.compasspointwest.com
Compass Point: West game download: http://nxtg.ms/westgame
Compass Point: West comic download: http://nxtg.ms/westcomic
Compass Point: West theme song download: http://nxtg.ms/westmusic

About Next Games
Next Games, founded in 2013 by design veterans from Rovio, Supercell and Disney, focuses on crafting visually impressive, highly engaging games. Next Games has assembled a team with a profound love for games and a burning desire to develop lasting global entertainment. The 50-people-strong company is headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, at the heart of mobile games development, and funded by an elite list of investors.

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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, G.I. JOE, MY LITTLE PONY and JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS; Paramount/CBS’s Star Trek; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Toho’s Godzilla; Twentieth Century Fox’s The X-Files, Temple Street Productions’ Orphan Black; DISNEY Comics; Ragnarök from Eisner Award-winner Walter Simonson; and Zombie vs Robots by Chris Ryall and Ashley Woods. IDW is also home to acclaimed imprints such as the Library of American Comics, which publishes classic comic reprints, Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio, IDW Artist’s Editions, and Top Shelf Productions.

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; Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Warner Brothers are producing a film based on Ashley Wood’s Lore; Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film, Alex Kurtzman is producing a movie based on Locke & Key at Universal

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Mezco Toyz Presents Mortal Kombat X Bobble Heads & Plush Figures
from Bill, March 26th, 2015 10:15 pm, Entertainment, Gaming, Toys

Mezco Toyz Presents Mortal Kombat X Bobble Heads

New York- Mezco Toyz Presents Mortal Kombat X Bobble Heads

Mezco reveals the most deadly bobble heads in the universe from Mortal Kombat X: Scorpion and Sub-Zero.

Scorpion is the hell-spawned specter.

Sub-Zero is the icy assassin.

Each detailed figure stands 6inches tall and features head bobbling action.

Both stare at you, silently nodding as if to say “Finish him”

Packaged in collector friendly window boxes suitable for display.

Look for them in stores in October, 2015

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Mezco Toyz Presents Mortal Kombat X Plush Figures

Huggable kombatants enter the battle for ultimate power and immortality with Mezco‘s Mortal Kombat X plush figures.

Scorpion: The vengeance seeking hell-spawn specter

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Sub-Zero: The cold hearted icy assassin

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Standing 8 inches tall and featuring intricate embroidery and silk screened details that bring these adorably dangerous characters to life.

 These killer-cute dolls are each sold separately.

Pre Order Here

http://www.mezcotoyz.com/brands/mortal-kombat-x

 

 

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Catch the Fever as ‘Curb Stomp’ #1 Goes to a Second Printing
from Bill, March 26th, 2015 10:06 pm, comic book

curbCurb Stomp #1 2nd Printing Cover by Devaki Neogi

March 19,  2015 (Los Angeles, Calif.) – Award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios is pleased to announce that the punk rock-fueled Curb Stomp #1 has sold out at the distributor level. The publisher has rushed to a second printing to fill demand.

 Comic book fans should bear in mind that first printings of Curb Stomp #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!

 Ryan Ferrier (D4VE) teams with up-and-coming artist Devaki Neogi to tell the story of Machete Betty as she leads a small gang of women under the self-appointed task of protecting their home of Old Beach, one of  three boroughs  surrounding  a  rich  metropolitan  city. When Betty takes the life of a rival gang member in an act of self-defense, she sets off a chain reaction of retaliation, gang warfare, and unlikely allies. It’s up to the The Fever—Machete Betty, Derby Girl, Bloody Mary, Daisy Chain, and Violet Volt—to defend their turf at all costs.

 Praise for Curb Stomp #1:

 “…Ferrier and Neogi are creating another platform for which to hold discussion about representation and diversity within the comics community in the most badass way I can think of.” – Newsarama

 Curb Stomp has me hooked.” – Comic Vine

 Curb Stomp is a comic that lives up to the raw brutality of its title.” – IGN

 “Ferrier is giving these characters a voice, and seems set to tell their story regardless of how brutal and heartbreaking it may be.” – Geek Sushi

 “If you’re looking  for a new series to read that’s filled with life and heart, look no further.” – Rhymes With Geek

 Curb Stomp #1 second print ships with a new cover by series artist Devaki Neogi and carries a retail price of $3.99 with a Diamond Code of JAN158292. Orders close on March 23rd, and it is anticipated to be in stores on April 8th.

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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#1 ‘NEW YORK TIMES’ BESTSELLER ‘THE FIFTH BEATLE’ HEADS TO PAPERBACK
from Bill, March 26th, 2015 10:03 pm, comic book

INCLUDES NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN SKETCHES AND ESSAYS,
PLUS BONUS MATERIAL FROM THE SOUGHT-AFTER COLLECTOR’S EDITION

Paul McCartney: “If anyone was the fifth Beatle, it was Brian.”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR—This October, Dark Horse Comics invites you to experience the award-winning The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story in a whole new format, as the incredible original graphic novel written / produced by Vivek J. Tiwary with art by Andrew C. Robinson, and Kyle Baker, heads to trade paperback for the first time.

This edition of the gorgeous, Eisner Award–winning original graphic novel recounting the untold story of visionary Beatles manager Brian Epstein—who engineered Beatlemania and guided the band from basement gigs to unprecedented international stardom— also includes bonus background material from the sought-after collector’s edition, including a revised sketchbook and Beatles memorabilia bonus section with insights from Vivek Tiwary and Andrew Robinson.

The new paperback edition will also include new art and concept material from artist Kyle Baker, such as the never-before-seen Sgt. Pepper piece pictured here, as well as an excerpt from Vivek Tiwary’s TEDxFultonStreet talk, “The Birth of the Beatles and Impossible Dreams,” and his essay, “The Curtain Rising,” detailing Brian Epstein’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Winner of the Eisner and Harvey Awards, and a Lambda Literary Award Finalist for Best LGBT Graphic Novel, the number-one New York Times bestseller The Fifth Beatle recounts the untold story of visionary Beatles manager Brian Epstein—who created Beatlemania and guided the band from basement gigs to unprecedented international stardom. Paul McCartney said, “If anyone was the fifth Beatle, it was Brian.”

Winner of the Eisner and Harvey Awards, and a Lambda Literary Award Finalist for Best LGBT Graphic Novel, the number-one New York Times bestseller The Fifth Beatle has been added to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives, and is currently being adapted into a major motion picture. The Fifth Beatle film adaptation, written and produced by Tiwary, is the first-ever feature film about the Beatles to secure music rights to their songs and has been granted unprecedented access to the Lennon/McCartney music catalog. It is scheduled to begin shooting in 2015. More info can be found at FifthBeatle.com.

Experience Brian Epstein’s rise with the Beatles, lauded by critics from the New York Times to the Hollywood Reporter, for the incredible price of $14.99. Preorder your copy today from Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble,IndieBound, or your local comics retailer.

Praise for The Fifth Beatle:

“10/10 . . . Brilliant in every aspect.”
–IGN’s Best Graphic Novel, 2013

“Heartbreaking, exhilarating and unexpected . . . A complete triumph.”
The Hollywood Reporter

“A wonderfully eccentric telling of one of the great unsung architects of 20th Century culture, with luminous art by two modern masters of the field.”
—Warren Ellis (Gun Machine, Red)

“Reveals an unexpected side of the Beatles’ manager and renders the Beatles’ story in a fresh, sophisticated way—full of poetic variation and surprising delicacy.”
—Dave Marsh (Born to Run: The Bruce Springsteen Story, The Beatles’ Second Album)

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About Dark Horse
Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, 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, such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Felicia Day, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Its successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Mass Effect, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, EVE Online, Halo, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.

ABOUT VIVEK J. TIWARY
Vivek J. Tiwary is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, a Tony Award-winning Broadway producer, and the founder of multi-platform arts and entertainment company Tiwary Entertainment Group.

Vivek’s graphic novel The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story, based on the untold life story of Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein, received worldwide critical acclaim and won a number of prestigious literary awards including the Will Eisner Comic Industry Award for Best Reality-Based Work and two Harvey Awards including Best Original Graphic Novel. It is a Lambda Literary Finalist for Best LGBT Graphic Novel, an American Library Association Great Graphic Novel for Teens, and has been added to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives Permanent Collection.The Fifth Beatle is now being adapted into a feature film that has secured unprecedented access to Beatles music and is on-track to shoot in 2015. Vivek is writing its screenplay and will serve as a producer.

On Broadway, Vivek’s productions have won a combined 25 Tony Awards over 44 Tony nominations—every single one of his shows has been decorated. They include such groundbreaking work as Green Day’s “American Idiot,” “A Raisin In The Sun,” and Mel Brooks’ “The Producers”. Vivek is currently working with Alanis Morissette and Pulitzer and Tony Award-winner Tom Kitt to adapt Morissette’s breakthrough album “Jagged Little Pill” for Broadway.

Vivek also serves on the Board of Directors for Valiant Entertainment, a multi-platform company that boasts the third largest and most-loved universe of comic book characters and has been hailed by the New York Times as “Marvel 2.0”.

Prior to founding TEG and online music education/empowerment company StarPolish, Vivek held a number of major label music-industry positions and has worked with artists covering the entire musical spectrum from Bruce Springsteen to Britney Spears.

Among many charitable pursuits, Vivek is the Co-Founder of Musicians On Call, a nonprofit organization that uses music and entertainment to complement the healing process.

Vivek is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of both the Wharton School of Business and the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Arts and Sciences, and a cum laude graduate of the Collegiate School in New York City. He also holds a filmmaking certificate from The New York Film Academy and is an acting student of Susan Batson/Black Nexxus Acting Studio.

He lives in New York with his inspiring wife Tracy, their delightful children Kavi and Nandini, and a feisty papillon named Sukhi.

Vivek is represented by Lawrence Mattis and David Alpert at Circle of Confusion, and for speaking engagements by Zach Radoski at APB Speakers.

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DARK HORSE ANNOUNCES EMERALD CITY COMICON 2015 SCHEDULE!
from Bill, March 26th, 2015 9:56 pm, Comic Con

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR— Dark Horse Comics is headed to the Pacific Northwest’s foremost and now sold out pop culture convention – Emerald City Comicon.

Visit Dark Horse Comics at ECCC booth #802 for free swag such as comics, buttons, posters, and more!  Check out our show exclusives, signings, and panels, too!

EMERALD CITY COMICON EXCLUSIVES
A set quantity will be available at opening each day of the show. Limit of 5 per person per day while supplies last. Each comic is $5.00.

Frankenstein Underground #1 ECCC exclusive variant cover by Mike Mignola (1,000 copies)

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Prometheus: Fire and Stone—Omega ECCC exclusive variant cover by Patric Reynolds (500 copies)

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Lady Killer #1 ECCC exclusive variant cover by Joelle Jones (500 copies)

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Past Aways #1 ECCC exclusive variant cover by Scott Kolins (500 copies)

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Conan Red Sonja #1 limited-edition black-and-white variant cover by Dan Panosian (1,000 copies)

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We’ll also have a variety of Dark Horse comics, graphic novels, art books, and collectibles for sale in our booth.

SIGNING SCHEDULE
All creators signing in our booth offer their autographs for FREE. FREE prints, comics, or posters are provided for signings (while supplies last). You may purchase or bring items to be signed; however, we may restrict the type or number of items to be signed as necessary. Please note that some of the titles listed below have not been released for sale yet—in those cases, special prints will be available.

Lines may also be closed for some signings due to crowding or time restrictions.

All events are subject to change. Some restrictions apply. Please ask the Dark Horse Comics staff if you have questions.

FRIDAY, MARCH 27

11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m.  MIDNIGHT SOCIETY: Drew Edward Johnson

12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m.  FRANKENSTEIN UNDERGROUND: Mike Mignola
Frankenstein Underground #1 ECCC exclusive variant cover by Mike Mignola available for sale

1:00 p.m.–1:30 p.m. THE WHITE SUITS: Frank Barbiere

1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m.
MURDER BOOK: Ed Brisson, Simon Roy
TIGER LUNG: Simon Roy
HIGH CRIMES: Christopher Sebela, Ibrahim Moustafa

2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m.
THE MASSIVE: Garry Brown
EMPOWERED: Adam Warren

3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m.
ABE SAPIEN: Max Fiumara
GRINDHOUSE: Chris Peterson

4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m.
CONAN RED SONJA, LEAVING MEGALOPOLIS, TOMB RAIDER: Gail Simone
LEAVING MEGALOPOLIS: Jim Calafiore
CONAN RED SONJA: Jim Zub
Conan Red Sonja #1 limited-edition black-and-white variant cover by Dan Panosian available for sale

5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m.
FINDER: Carla Speed McNeil
NEVERBOY: Tyler Jenkins, Kelly Fitzpatrick

6:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m.
ALIEN VS. PREDATOR: FIRE AND STONE: Christopher Sebela
ALIENS: FIRE AND STONE: Chris Roberson, Patric Reynolds
PREDATOR: FIRE AND STONE: Christopher Mooneyham
PROMETHEUS: FIRE AND STONE: Paul Tobin
Prometheus: Fire and Stone—Omega ECCC exclusive variant cover by Patric Reynolds available for sale
SATURDAY, MARCH 28

11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m. THE SHAOLIN COWBOY: Geof Darrow

12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m.
SERENITY, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: Georges Jeanty
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: Megan Levens
GIRLFIEND: Pander Brothers

1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m.
LADY KILLER: Joëlle Jones
Lady Killer #1 ECCC exclusive variant cover by Joëlle Jones available for sale
BUZZKILL, THE GHOST FLEET, THE PAYBACKS: Donny Cates
THE GHOST FLEET: Daniel Warren Johnson
THE PAYBACKS: Eliot Rahal

2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m.
HARROW COUNTY: Cullen Bunn, Tyler Crook
BANDETTE: Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover
THE WITCHER, COLDER, PROMETHEUS: FIRE AND STONE, PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES:
Paul Tobin

3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m. FIGHT CLUB 2: Chuck Palahniuk, Cameron Stewart, David Mack, Dave Stewart (Ticketed Event)*
4:00 p.m.–4:50 p.m. FIGHT CLUB 2: Chuck Palahniuk (Ticketed Event)*
5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m. FIGHT CLUB 2: Chuck Palahniuk (Ticketed Event)*
6:00 p.m.–6:50 p.m. FIGHT CLUB 2: Chuck Palahniuk (Ticketed Event)*

Fight Club 2 artists Cameron Stewart, David Mack, and Dave Stewart will be present for part of the 3:00 p.m. signing, depending on their schedules.

*WRISTBAND REQUIRED: Wristbands will be distributed in the Dark Horse booth at show opening on Friday, March 27, andSaturday, March 28. One wristband per person. Separate wristbands will be assigned for each 50-minute signing and may only be used during that time period. Fight Club 2 #1 is on sale May 27. One free print and one sampler minicomic per wristband will be provided for the signing. No other items allowed. Other restrictions may apply.

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 29

10:00 a.m.–10:50 a.m.   MIDNIGHT SOCIETY: Drew Edward Johnson

11:00 a.m.–11:50 a.m.
PAST AWAYS: Matt Kindt, Scott Kolins, Bill Crabtree
Past Aways #1 ECCC exclusive variant cover by Scott Kolins available for sale
BLACK HAMMER: Jeff Lemire

12:00 p.m.–12:50 p.m.
ITTY BITTY COMICS, AW YEAH COMICS!: Art Baltazar, Franco
PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES: Paul Tobin, Ron Chan, Jeremy Vanhoozer

1:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m.
HALO: Duffy Boudreau
THE SHAOLIN COWBOY: Geof Darrow

2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m.
DEEP GRAVITY: Gabriel Hardman, Corinna Bechko
POP: Curt Pires
APOCALYPTIGIRL: Andrew MacLean
3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m.
MISFITS OF AVALON: Kel McDonald
EMILY AND THE STRANGERS: Cat Farris

PANEL SCHEDULE

Please join us at the panels below, brought to you by Dark Horse Comics and friends! Please visithttp://emeraldcitycomicon.com/programming/ for more panels featuring Dark Horse creators, as well as guidelines for attending panels.

FRIDAY, MARCH 27
3:00 p.m.–3:50 p.m.  Hall C  Behind the Scenes: Making Comics

Comics professionals come together to discuss their unique contributions to this beloved medium. Topics include creating engaging characters with Gail Simone (Leaving Megalopolis), transitioning from artist to writer/artist with Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer), business management with Christine Mignola (Hellboy), going from self-publishing to book deal with Colleen Coover (Bandette), breaking into coloring with Kelly Fitzpatrick(Neverboy), and fostering a fan base with online content with Kel McDonald (Misfits of Avalon). Sure to be a great panel for the budding cartoonist eager to explore the craft of making comics!

6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m. Hall D Dark Horse Comics Builds Characters!

Join Dark Horse Comics and a panel of their incredibly talented artists, writers, and creators to discuss independent comics, creators’ rights, and brand-new projects and hear what’s coming up for the powerhouse publisher for the remainder of 2015. Moderated by Dark Horse publicist Aub Driver and featuring Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook (Harrow County), Curt Pires (POP), the Pander Brothers (Girlfiend), Tyler Jenkins(Neverboy), Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer), Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer), Matt Kindt and Scott Kolins (Past Aways), and Donny Cates and Eliot Rahal (The Paybacks), this is a panel you won’t want to miss!

SATURDAY, MARCH 28
10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Hall D Fight Club 2

Acclaimed novelist Chuck Palahniuk continues one of his most beloved works with Fight Club 2! Join Dark Horse for a discussion of the creation of this story with Chuck Palahniuk, editor Scott Allie, artist David Mack, artist Cameron Stewart, and colorist Dave Stewart.

7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. Hall C  The Mignolaverse: Hellboy and Beyond

Hellboy creator Mike Mignola returns to Emerald City Comicon! With recent launches like Hellboy and the B.P.R.D. and Frankenstein Underground, there’s never been more ways to get into Mignola’s world. Join Mignola for news on Hellboy in Hell and a Q&A with some of the writers and artists who help him bring his characters to life—Max Fiumara, Scott Allie, Dave Stewart, and Tyler Crook.
SUNDAY, MARCH 29

11:00 a.m.11:50 p.m. Hall C Dark Horse Presents Kids and Comics: Plants vs. Zombies, Itty Bitty Hellboy,Avatar: The Last Airbender, and More!

Comics are a great way to get kids interested in art, reading, and storytelling—and, well, they’re fun! JoinSteve Sunu (publicity coordinator, Dark Horse Comics), Paul Tobin and Ron Chan (Plants vs. Zombies),Jeremy Vanhoozer (Plants vs. Zombies creative director, PopCap), Art Baltazar and Franco (Itty Bitty Hellboy), and Joan Hilty (comics editor, Nickelodeon) to discover and discuss the ever-growing library of incredible all-ages comics!

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