Action Lab Entertainment’s Dave Dwonch launches “Cyrus Perkins and the Haunted Taxi Cab” on Kickstarter.
from Rob, April 2nd, 2014 6:06 pm, Comic Book News

Action Lab Entertainment’s Dave Dwonch launches “Cyrus Perkins and the Haunted Taxi Cab” on Kickstarter.

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 Cyrus Perkins and the Haunted Taxi Cab is a four issue supernatural crime noir comic series. When a young boy named Michael dies from a gunshot wound in his taxi cab, Cyrus Perkins is thrust to the role of unlikely hero as Michael’s spirit is trapped in his cab. Cyrus must solve his murder, and give him the peace to pass into the afterlife.
Described as part murder mystery and part buddy cop story, Dave’s inspiration for the series comes from an..unusual source.

“Last year, amid several health issues, I misdiagnosed myself with food poisoning. Days later I was being rushed to the hospital in a taxi cab as my body was shutting down. In between bouts of unconsciousness I muttered, “If I die in this cab I’m haunting it.” to the cabbie. This was the inspiration for Cyrus Perkins.” Dave states on his Kickstarter page.

Dave Dwonch has been a comics writer and artist producing indie titles for over a decade. In 2010 he founded Action Lab Entertainment with fellow indie mavericks and as Creative Director for Action Lab helped produce several of their titles including the Eisner nominated series Princeless. Recently he penned several titles, most notably Vamplets (with Gayle “My Little Pony” Middleton), Ghost Town, and CBR’s Top 100 of 2013 series Double Jumpers.

Joining Dave as artist is Anna Lencioni.  A graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design,  Anna has been working as a sequential artist on such titles as NFL Rush Zone and Miss America. Cyrus Perkins is her first long form project.

“Cyrus Perkins and the Haunted Taxi Cab is a 100% creator-owned project, and truly a labor of love. With your help, Anna and I are hoping to cover the production cost of the first issue of the comic. This series is a huge undertaking, and your donations will allow us to take time out of our schedules to produce the fully colored artwork and limited edition Kickstarter Edition of Cyrus Perkins #1.”

Cyrus Perkins and the Haunted Taxi Cab is now on Kickstarter.com ( https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/960202687/cyrus-perkins-and-the-haunted-taxi-cab)
and view the Kickstarter video at ( https://d2pq0u4uni88oo.cloudfront.net/projects/810966/video-359978-h264_high.mp4)

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THE STRAIN: THE NIGHT ETERNAL CONTINUING GUILLERMO DEL TORO AND CHUCK HOGAN’S ACCLAIMED VAMPIRE EPIC!
from Rob, April 2nd, 2014 2:35 pm, Comic Book News

 DARK HORSE ANNOUNCES

THE STRAIN: THE NIGHT ETERNAL

CONTINUING GUILLERMO DEL TORO AND CHUCK HOGAN’S ACCLAIMED VAMPIRE EPIC!

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As the world gears up for the premiere of the new FX television program adapting the original novel trilogy The Strain, Dark Horse announces The Night Eternal, the third comics chapter of this ongoing vampire epic, adapted by David Lapham and Mike Huddleston.

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Following the first two comics series, The Strain and the recently wrapped The Fall, The Night Eternal will begin on August 20, just after The Strain’s television debut on FX!

 

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It’s been two years since the Master’s plan succeeded and a near apocalypse coated the world in darkness. Now able to roam freely, the Master’s legion of vampires rule the world—a horrifying police state where humans are harvested for blood. As humanity despairs, Dr. Ephraim Goodweather and an unlikely team of heroes continue their fight against extinction, all the while hoping to unlock the secret to the Master’s demise. The final chapter in the Strain Trilogy, the series that put a terrifying twist on the vampire genre, begins here.

 

Dark Horse is giving readers a chance to catch up on what they’ve been missing with a one-dollar reprint of the first issue of The Strain. This horrifying first chapter of the original Strain saga takes readers back to the beginning of an outbreak of diabolical proportions. On shelves June 18.

 

It doesn’t stop there! July will see the reprint of the entire first series of The Strain in a deluxe hardcover. This all-new edition will collect the first eleven issues in 272 full-color pages for only $29.99! On sale July 9 in comic shops everywhere.

 

July will also see the release of The Strain Volume 4: The Fall, wrapping up the second series. This collection arrives at your local comic shop on July 2 for $19.99.

 

Read the comic! Watch the series!

 

The Inkwell Awards Announces the 2014 Joe Sinnott Inking Challenge Results And Fundraiser
from Rob, April 2nd, 2014 11:21 am, Comic Book News

The Inkwell Awards, a non-profit organization devoted to the art of inking, will be displaying the long-awaited results of its fourth annual Joe Sinnott Inking Challenge in a series of fund-raising online auctions beginning Saturday, April 5.
Bob Almond, founder and director of The Inkwell Awards (AKA “The Inkwells”), said, “Joe Sinnott is our Hall of Fame namesake and recipient, Special Ambassador, a living legend, and the embodiment of what the art form of inking is really about, with over a half-century career of work to prove it. This inking challenge has become an essential platform for us to both teach and promote the ink arts, while raising much-needed funds for operations.”

To best display exactly what inkers bring to the form, Sinnott pencilled a drawing of  the Black Panther, Marvel’s—and the industry’s—first black superhero, as well as a “breakdown”, or rough sketch, of the popular Incredible Hulk. This art was scanned and then sent in blue-line form to various inkers around the USA and elsewhere. The ink artists were invited to “take their shot” at inking “Joltin’ Joe”, whether staying more or less faithful to the original lines or reinterpreting and creating something different but equally special. This is especially true of the Hulk breakdown, which requires the ink artist to complete the drawing and then finish the art in ink, adding more diversity and upping the challenge. Most of the pieces also sport a classic, hand-lettered logo to enhance aesthetics.

The original art is being auctioned off at The Inkwells’ eBay store and will later be collected into book form. All pieces for this challenge are personally signed by the great Mr. Sinnott himself and include a certificate of authenticity, increasing the desirability and collectibility of the art.
The list of ink artists contributing is equally impressive: Scott Hanna, Bob Wiacek, Keith Williams, Neil Vokes, Scott Koblish, Mark Pennington, Mark McKenna, Jack Purcell, Gerry Acerno, Josef Rubenstein, Charles Barnett III, Almond himself, and many other professionals all lent their skills and have pieces in the auctions. (Many other top names have competed in previous challenges. The list changes each year.)

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“Begun in 2011,” added Almond, “based on a similar challenge given by Steve Morger at his Big Wow Comicfest in San Jose, California, we’ve had Joe draw many great Marvel characters since: Namor The Sub-Mariner, Dr. Doom, Thor, Captain America, the Thing and Silver Surfer. Now with the Black Panther and the Hulk, the inkers had a chance to flex their skills with jungle action or urban destruction, respectively. Some even created mock comic-book covers. The diversity is stunning and really shows what good inking can add, even to great pencils.”

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Joe Sinnott commented, “…after embellishing the likes of Kirby, Buscema, Romita, Steranko, Colan, Kane, Perez, Byrne, Frenz and so many other greats for the past 50 plus years, I’m on cloud nine that my pencils are being rendered by the elite of the [inking] profession. To have [these artists] work on my pencils makes me proud to have been selected by Bob for this great assignment. I can’t say it enough, they’re all great and I appreciate their contributions to The Inkwell Awards.”

All the art, from last year up to the current pieces, can be seen at The Inkwell’s ComicArtFans gallery at http://tinyurl.com/inkwellawards-CAF. The first wave of inked blue-line pieces from the latest Sinnott Challenge will be on the eBay auction block beginning Saturday, April 5 at http://tinyurl.com/baapz4d. The following week, on April 12, the inking advocacy group will set up a second wave auction.  

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The Inkwell Awards web site also offers Sinnott Inking Challenge book collections of previous art donations with regular and signed and limited editions available for monetary donations to the organization—all with front and back covers from top professionals. Art from last year’s third challenge will be collected for the Heroes Con in June. Fans and pros are encouraged to check the Inkwell Awards’ Web Store for prices and availability on these editions and other merchandise.

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The Inkwell Awards is an official 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and promote the art form of comic-book inking, as well as annually recognize and award the best ink artists and their work. Now in its seventh year, the organization is overseen by a committee of industry professionals and assisted by various professional ambassadors and numerous contributors. They sponsor the Dave Simons Inkwell Memorial Scholarship Fund for the Kubert School and host the Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame Award.

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Web site: http://www.inkwellawards.com/

VIZ MEDIA’S PERFECT SQUARE IMPRINT DELIVERS ACTION, ADVENTURE AND LOTS OF PIE IN  NEW UGLYDOLL: MY HERO?  ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVEL
from Rob, April 2nd, 2014 11:15 am, Comic Book News

VIZ MEDIA’S PERFECT SQUARE IMPRINT DELIVERS
ACTION, ADVENTURE AND LOTS OF PIE IN 
NEW UGLYDOLL: MY HERO? 
ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVEL

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San Francisco, CA, March 19, 2014 - 
VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, delivers a whimsical new breed of pop culture champions with the debut of the latest original graphic novel release from the Perfect Square imprint. UGLYDOLL: MY HERO? launches on April 1st, is rated ‘A’ for All Ages and will carry a print MSRP of $7.99 U.S. / $9.99 CAN.    

A digital version will also be available beginning on April 1st for $4.99 U.S. / CAN from the Perfect Square App, which has titles available for the Apple iPad® and iPad® Mini. The Perfect Square App is available from the iTunes store. Fans can also find a digital version of the title for the NOOK, Kindle Fire, and Kobo ereaders, as well as in the iBooks and GooglePlay Stores.
 
Do you need a hero? We do too. We want to help, we really do. But after all the suiting up, choosing powers, assembling a super team and rescuing cats from trees, there’s no time for pie. And we really like pie. So maybe we’re not cut out for saving the world. Don’t you agree, Ice-Bat? Oh, wait, he’s off defending the Uglyverse. We’ll ask him when he’s done. Right after we finish dessert. 
 
MY HERO? features 10 full-color stories  by  veteran UGLYDOLL writer and artists Travis Nichols, Ian McGinty, and Phillip Jacobson. In this new release, Uglydoll co-creator Sun-Min Kim, Theo Ellsworth, renowned pop culture artist/writer Junko Mizuno, and two talented design teams from Japan-MAD BARBARIANS and DEVILROBOTS-also lend their considerable talents.
 
“Uglydolls may not be the first characters to come to mind when you think of super heroes, but they rise hilariously to the occasion in UGLYDOLL: MY HERO?,” says Traci Todd, Senior Editor, Children’s Publishing, “Frostbite, Ice-Bat’s alter-ego, is back, and he’s joined by a whole host of Ugly heroes… and anti-heroes. Some of the stories in MY HERO are epic, some are about cookies, but they’re all about being true to yourself-the most heroic act of all.”

David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim are renowned for creating the world of Uglydoll. Inspired by a love letter David drew for Sun-Min, Uglydoll began as a line of handmade plush dolls and has since grown into an evergreen, multi-million dollar brand loved internationally by fans all ages. Their works can be found around the world, from the MOMA in Tokyo and the Louvré in Paris, to the windows of the Uglydoll shop in Seoul. Based on a vision to build a world that showed the whimsical twists and turns that make people unique, both inside and out, and to demonstrate how “ugly” means unique and celebrating who you are is the new beautiful.This UGLYDOLL comic is also inspired by some of Sun-Min and David’s personal heroes from the pop art and comic art world.
 
VIZ Media’s Perfect Square imprint focuses on delivering original comics, graphic novels and other books with an emphasis on strong storytelling, eye-popping graphics, empowering themes, and a dash of irreverence, that captures the imagination of a whole new generation.
 
For more information on UGLYDOLLS, please visit www.uglydolls.com. 
Additional information on titles published by Perfect Square is available at www.PerfectSquare.com.
For more information on other manga titles from VIZ Media, please visit www.VIZ.com.

‘RUST VOL. 3: DEATH OF THE ROCKET BOY’ JETS INTO COMIC BOOK SHOPS THIS MAY
from Rob, April 2nd, 2014 11:12 am, Comic Book News

April 2,  2014 – Los Angeles, CA – Award-winning publisher Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios, is excited to announce the May debut of RUST VOL. 3: DEATH OF THE ROCKET BOY, the third installment of Royden Lepp’s exciting all-ages saga. This beautifully bound hardcover continues the story of Jet Jones and the Taylor family as they struggle with a past that’s rushing up to haunt them, and one boy’s struggle to find his place in the world. RUST is currently in development as a feature-length film at 20th Century Fox.

“RUST continues to be one of the crown jewels in Archaia’s publishing lineup,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. ”Royden’s penultimate chapter is a stunner. It’s a marvelous example of Archaia’s commitment to producing high-end graphic novels that inspire through their stories and presentation.”
WHY WE LOVE IT: Creator Royden Lepp continues his all-ages saga of Jet Jones and the Taylor family in this third and penultimate installment of RUST, giving us more of the lyrical and visually stunning ode to family, childhood, and sacrifice that we love.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: More secrets of the past are revealed for both Jet and the Taylors as they face their darkest fears in this calm before the oncoming storm. And, of course, more high-octane robot action!

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Oz Taylor may know Jet Jones’ secret, but convincing the rest of his family may be harder than he counted on. As Oz plots to rid the Taylor farm of the rocket boy, Jet tries to prove himself to the family that has taken him in, in hopes of finding the home he has searched for for so long. However, when shadows of Jet’s past start coming back into his life, he realizes his days of running may be numbered.

RUST VOL. 3: DEATH OF THE ROCKET BOY arrives in comic shops on May 7th with a cover price of $24.99 under Diamond order code MAR140973. 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.
RUST VOL. 3: DEATH OF THE ROCKET BOY’ Cover by Royden Lepp

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Frank and Becky introduce Baby Fionna and Cake in first-ever horizontal ‘Adventure Time’ annual!
from Bill, April 1st, 2014 9:41 pm, comic book

ADVENTURE TIME 2014 ANNUAL #1 features the creative team of Frank Gibson and Becky Dreistadt (ADVENTURE TIME, Tiny Kitten Teeth) as they bring you the fan-favorite, adventurous, gender-swapped characters Fionna and Cake as you’ve never seen them before—as babies! If that wasn’t exciting enough, the Annual will be the first-ever ADVENTURE TIME horizontally formatted issue.

When I asked our editor-in-chief Matt Gagnon about what makes this issue so special, he told me, “Part of the fun of ADVENTURE TIME is the experimental approach to storytelling. By, 1): crafting a horizontal reading experience; 2): exploring Fionna and Cake’s beginning; and 3): enlisting the inimitable talents of Frank and Becky, we’ve brought to life a one-of-a-kind ADVENTURE TIME issue.”

Just one of the above things would be reason enough to be excited about this issue, but put them all together and I think the ADVENTURE TIME 2014 ANNUAL #1 has the potential to appeal to a lot of fans. It features a cover by Becky Dreistadt for the price of $4.99. The Diamond order code is FEB141087. Fans can supply that code to their retailer by the end of the day on April 7th to pre-order the issue. There are also two retailer incentive variant covers illustrated by Lorena Gomez and Audra Furuichi that will be available in limited quantities

Adventure Time 2014 Annual #1 Cover A

ADVENTURE TIME 2014 ANNUAL #1 Cover A by Becky Dreistadt
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ADVENTURE TIME 2014 ANNUAL #1 Cover B by Lorena Gomez

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ADVENTURE TIME 2014 ANNUAL #1 Cover C by Audra Furuichi

ACTION LAB FINDS GRACE WITH GRAND DESIGN COMMUNICATIONS
from Bill, April 1st, 2014 9:37 pm, comic book

For Immediate release

ACTION LAB FINDS GRACE WITH GRAND DESIGN COMMUNICATIONS
Publisher signs up with international licensing agency, opens catalog to publishers.

PITTSBURGH P.A.- Action Lab Entertainment, the home for cutting edge comics is proud to announce they have entered into a partnership with Grand Design Communications. Grand Design is a licensing agency representing comic books and graphic novel, properties for worldwide licensing, with clients including creators such as Roy Thomas, Wayne Vansant, John Bolton and Ann Nocenti.

Grand Design will act as a licensing agent for international markets, both in print and digital for both Action Lab and the Action Lab: Danger Zone line of titles.

Action Lab Entertainment couldn’t be more thrilled with this burgeoning relationship. President Kevin Freeman said, “This new relationship will help Action Lab continue to expand the brand.  We are very proud of the products and properties that we house, and are confident that Grand Design will help to grow our name recognition.  We couldn’t be happier.” Grand Design’s Chief Licensing Agent David Bernstein concurred, “We’re very happy to be working with Action Lab to license their very diverse catalog to publishers worldwide.”

ABOUT ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT- Formed in 2010 with the purpose of pooling their collective talents into a single, powerful entity, the members of Action Lab Entertainment have countless years in multimedia publishing, design, and business.  Their first release, Fracture, was successfully funded through Kickstarter and since then they have continued their mission to produce high quality, genre-spanning entertainment.  Since its formation, the accolades for A.L.E continue to build on a daily basis.  Among its more popular titles are all ages material like the Eisner, Glyph, Shel Dorf Award nominated series PRINCELESS, NFL RUSHZONE (based on the Nickelodeon Television series), Jamal Igle’s MOLLY DANGER, Artist/ Writer Jeremy Dale’s hit series SKYWARD, and Gale Middleton’s (My Little Pony, The Littlest Pet Shop) monstrously adorable VAMPLETS. Action Lab’s Mature Readers imprint ACTION LAB DANGER ZONE continues to push the envelope of comics entertainment with titles as varied as EHMM THEORY and Dan Mendoza’s over the top horror-comedy ZOMBIE TRAMP, THE FINAL PLAGUE and BO, PLUSHY GANGSTA.

ABOUT GRAND DESIGN COMMUNICATIONS – Grand Design Communications LLC is a licensing agency representing comic books and graphic novels for worldwide print and electronic publishing rights.  Their clients include Eureka Publishing, Wayne Vansant, John Bolton, Ann Nocenti, Heroic Publishing, Max Bunker Press, New Paradigm Studios, Roy Thomas, Jamal Igle, Gary Cohn, Doug Murray, and Russ Heath.  Past clients include Top Shelf Productions, Oni Press, Dave Cockrum, Hyperwerks, and Alex Simmons.  GDC also offers graphic novel packaging and consulting services.  As one of the most experienced comics-focused licensing agencies, Grand Design Communications LLC has long worked to offer established and developing comic properties to content publishers worldwide.

EISNER AWARD-WINNING ‘HEROBEAR AND THE KID’ RETURNS WITH FIRST NEW ORIGINAL SERIES IN OVER A DECADE
from Bill, April 1st, 2014 9:34 pm, comic book

EISNER AWARD-WINNING
‘HEROBEAR AND THE KID’ RETURNS
WITH FIRST NEW ORIGINAL SERIES
IN OVER A DECADE

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HEROBEAR AND THE KID: SAVING TIME #1 Cover A by Mike Kunkel

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HEROBEAR AND THE KID: SAVING TIME #1 Cover B by Humberto Ramos

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HEROBEAR AND THE KID: SAVING TIME #1 Cover C by George Pérez

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HEROBEAR AND THE KID: SAVING TIME Combined Covers by Mike Kunkel

March 25,  2014 – Los Angeles, CA - KaBOOM!, an imprint of publisher BOOM! Studios, is excited to announce the April debut of HEROBEAR AND THE KID: SAVING TIME #1, the first original limited series in over a decade from Mike Kunkel’s beloved HEROBEAR AND THE KID franchise. This new, five-issue limited series will feature covers by Kunkel that will connect into one giant HEROBEAR AND THE KID image. Join Tyler and Herobear as they race to save their butler and friend, Henry, in this all-new adventure!

“We are extremely proud and excited to debut the first, new HEROBEAR AND THE KID comics series in over 10 years,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Mike is a one-of-a-kind creator, and SAVING TIME is a beautiful story that will please longtime fans and new readers alike.”

WHY WE LOVE IT: Tyler and Herobear are back in an all-new original adventure! We’ve been waiting to see these two back in action and we’re looking forward to see what shenanigans these two get up to in SAVING TIME, the first new Herobear series in over 10 years.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Whether you’re already a fan of this dynamic duo, or new to HEROBEAR AND THE KID, nobody does the magic of childhood quite like Mike Kunkel.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Henry, the family’s magical butler, is missing!! It’s up to Tyler and Herobear to figure out what happened to their friend—only they might learn a lot more about Henry than they initially thought and be forced to get help from an unsuspected source.

HEROBEAR AND THE KID: SAVING TIME #1 arrives in comic shops on April 23rd with a cover price of $3.99 under Diamond order code FEB141078. The first issue will ship with two, retailer incentive variant covers by industry favorites Humberto Ramos (Superior Spider-Man, FAIRY QUEST) and George Pérez (World’s Finest, SHE-DEVILS). 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.

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 the home of Mike Carey’s SUICIDE RISK, Clive Barker’s NEXT TESTAMENT and HELLRAISER, Paul Jenkins and Humberto Ramos’ FAIRY QUEST, PLANET OF THE APES, Max Bemis’ POLARITY and Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE. Steven Grant’s graphic novel 2 GUNS was recently 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 and REGULAR SHOW, Mike Kunkel’s HEROBEAR AND THE KID, and Roger Langridge’s Eisner Award-winning SNARKED. 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, SPERA, JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND, and many other great titles. 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.

ECCC: ELFQUEST GETS GALLERY EDITION!
from Bill, April 1st, 2014 9:17 pm, comic book, Comic Con, Emerald City Comic Con

ECCC: ELFQUEST GETS GALLERY EDITION!

Celebrating over 30 years of ElfQuest

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SEATTLE, WA—In 1978, Wendy and Richard Pini first published what would become one of the most revered classic-fantasy epics in comics. Today, ElfQuest continues to capture the imaginations of readers of all ages, as Chief Cutter and his Wolfriders battle savage humans, forge lasting alliances, and discover strange new lands in this ultimate fantasy adventure!

Dark Horse proudly presents ElfQuest: The Original Quest Gallery Edition, a one-of-a-kind edition, which collects the first five issues of The Original Quest (“Fire and Flight”) in their gorgeous original glory. Each page is carefully scanned from Wendy Pini’s original art to capture every stroke and detail. At 12 1/8″ by 17″, it’s as close to holding Pini’s original art as a fan can get.

For readers looking to explore ElfQuest for the first time, there’s no better place than The Complete ElfQuest Volume 1: The Original Quest! This edition boasts 720 pages, collecting the entirety of what is now known as The Original Quest in stunning black and white, including an extensive gallery of concept art, pinups, and covers, with commentary from series creators Wendy and Richard Pini.

ElfQuest: The Original Quest Gallery Edition is in comic shops October 8and bookstores October 21.

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The Complete ElfQuest Volume 1: The Original Quest is on sale August 6. Preorder your copy today!

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Praise for Wendy and Richard Pini’s ElfQuest:

 

“If you’re looking for some engaging fantasy, don’t miss ElfQuest! It’s something special and will pull you in from the first time you read it!”—Major Spoilers

 

ElfQuest really isn’t like any other comics currently hitting the shelves.”—Big Comic Page

 

“It’s certainly worth taking a look at especially if you are interested in following the career of one of comics’ first female artists self-publishing in a male dominated medium.”—Rhymes with Geek

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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 Star Wars, 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.

IDW and Tom Beland Unleash Chicacabra
from Bill, April 1st, 2014 9:14 pm, comic book

IDW and Tom Beland Unleash Chicacabra
Chupacabras, Vejigantes, Fistfights, and Weed!

San Diego, CA (March 26, 2014) – Tom Beland, best known for his multiple Eisner-nominated series True Story, Swear to God, brings his unique storytelling to IDW this June in an all-new graphic novel series, Chicacabra.

Chicacabra is a story infused with the humanity for which Tom’s work is so rightly acclaimed, but this time, Tom has written and illustrated an all-new cast of very human characters in a more supernatural setting.

“Tom Beland’s work is the perfect mix of comic-book storytelling with expressive art, interesting characters, and a resonant, emotional core,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer-Editor-in-Chief, “and I couldn’t be happier to see him apply those skills in this new way on Chicacabra. Tom’s books have always been the kind of thing you want to hand someone, whether they’re new to comics or a veteran reader who thinks they’ve seen it all. There’s something for everyone in his work, and never moreso than with Chicacabra, which pushes into the supernatural while still staying a fundamentally grounded, human tale.”

In Chicacabra, you would think being a young woman in high school would come with more than enough drama, but for Isabel Sanchez that is a mere drop in the bucket of her life. On the outside, Isabel looks and acts like your average Puerto Rican girl but after a family tragedy and then a mysterious incident she finds herself with a monster capable of great brutality living inside her. But is it her friend or foe?

Isabel will have to learn to life with a killing machine inside her and navigate high school in this first in a series of planned Chicacabra graphic novels. And heads will roll, to say the least!

“I think people will relate to Isabel. I think we all have a chupacabra in us in some way. There’s fear, doubt, many things that you hold deep inside of yourself,” said Tom Beland, “This is about two souls working together in a relationship that could be damaging as well as healing. I love making it. To a degree it was as emotional as making TSSTG.”

Chicacabra will be available in a regular edition and a special version with an alternate cover only available at the Puerto Rico Comic-Con, May 24-25 at the Puerto Rico Convention Center.

Chicacabra, a 200-page, black & white, $17.99 trade paperback, debuts in June 2014. Diamond Order Code APR140447, ISBN 978-1-63140-011-7

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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 and MY LITTLE PONY; Paramount’s Star Trek; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; 2000AD’s Judge Dredd; The Rocketeer; Toho’s Godzilla; Wizards of the Coast’s 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, Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio, and the multiple award-winning Artist’s Edition imprint.

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, Kurtzman/Orci are producing a movie based on Locke & Key at Universal. 


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