ALAN TUDYK AND NATHAN FILLION LAUNCH “SPECTRUM” COMIC BOOK SERIES WITH FREE FIRST ISSUE
from Rob, December 17th, 2015 5:02 pm, Comic Book News

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When Alan Tudyk andNathan Fillion crowd-funded their hit web seriesCon Man last April, the sci-fi fan-favorite actors struck a chord: a 735%-funded campaign at $3.2M that quickly became the largest crowd-funded web series in history. Now, the record-breaking duo are lending this magic to a comic book series.Spectrum, based on the show-within-a-show featured in Con Man, debuts on Free Comic Book Day next May at comic book stores nationwide.

Con Man, which starred Fillion (Firefly, Castle) and Tudyk (Firefly, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) as actors from a canceled cult sci-fi show, was a comedic look at the wild world of fandom and conventions. Spectrum will tell the story that launched their careers. In the comic, a vicious attack from an alien invading force devastates the globe, but the prophetic dreams of Captain James Raaker warn that the suffering has just started. Humanity’s last hope is escape in an untested spaceship built by a madman.

“In the world of Con Man, Spectrum has given my character Wray Nerely a huge fan following,” Tudyk said. “A comic book is the best way to tell the story that ignited that fandom. It’s the serious sci-fi story, inside the comedic story, told inside a comic book that is sold inside comic book stores. Every good Con Man needs a comic.”

The four-issue series from Automatic Publishingwill be written by Tudyk and novelist/producer PJ Haarsma (The Softwire Series) with artwork bySarah Stone (Transformers) and overseen by Shel Dorf Award-winning editor Shannon Eric Denton. The Free Comic Book Day offering is not a sampler or a preview, but the actual first issue of the series. 

The first season of Con Man is now available on Vimeo, and centers on Wray Nerely (Tudyk), who has struggled to find his big break following the untimely cancellation of Spectrum, while his friend Jack Moore (Fillion) has become a major celebrity. Jack enjoys the life of an A-lister while Wray tours the sci-fi circuit as a guest of conventions, comic book stores, and pop culture events. The show explores the crazy (and real) behind-the-scenes antics in the world of fandom.

VERTIGO TO RELEASE SECOND CHAPTER IN LEE BERMEJO’S ACCLAIMED SUICIDERS SERIES
from Rob, December 14th, 2015 7:19 pm, Comic Book News

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VERTIGO TO RELEASE SECOND CHAPTER IN LEE BERMEJO’S ACCLAIMED SUICIDERS SERIES

Vertigo’s SUICIDERS series makes its triumphant return with the release of a second chapter, SUICIDERS: KINGS OF HELL.A., due out in March. This six-issue miniseries will continue to be written by creator Lee Bermejo (SUICIDERS, WE ARE ROBIN) and joining him on art is Alessandro Vitti (RED LANTERNS) whose kinetic style perfectly fits SUICIDERS’ brutal landscape, colors by Jordan Boyd (INVISIBLE REPUBLIC).

A whole generation has grown up since the Great Quake, and people like Trix and her brother Johnny don’t know what life was like before New Angeles crumbled. Suffice to say, they’ve learned how to make the most of living inside the collapsed city, and particularly within their ’hood. Johnny is the leader of the Kings of HelL.A., a street gang ready to protect its turf against any and all comers—though Johnny may have taken things too far when he crossed Leonard, a former Suicider known as the Coyote. Things are about to get a whole lot more violent. Meanwhile, Trix is finding love in the arms of Johnny’s best friend, and their star-crossed romance is going to bring trouble of an entirely different kind.

“I couldn’t be more excited to take people back into the world of SUICIDERS,” says writer/creator Lee Bermejo. “The second arc takes place 15 years before the first storyline, closer towards the moment of the earthquake, and delves into the wall being built and how the people of an already broken city deal with the powers that be trying to split what’s left into two. I’ll also explore the post disaster generation of youth and how they try to live and secure a future in a place that tries to eat you…sometimes quite literally. Expect cannibalism, gang warfare, revenge, and a love story all wrapped up in an L.A. noir with some fresh new characters and a few familiar faces.”

Bermejo continues, “I am telling this story with my partner in crime (and neighbor) Alessandro Vitti. I needed an artist that could capture not only the grit and texture of the book but also someone who could mix great action with deft character work and I found that in Alessandro. He’s delivering all of that and more, bringing his own sense of atmosphere and attention to detail that I can’t wait for people to see.”

KINGS OF HELL.A. will hit shelves – virtual and physical – on March 30, 2016. Issue #1, available for $3.99, will also have a variant cover by James Harren. 

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Free Comic Book Day 2016 Commemorative T-Shirt Designs Revealed
from Rob, December 14th, 2015 12:32 pm, Comic Book News

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Free Comic Book Day 2016 Commemorative T-Shirt Designs Revealed
2016 FCBD Commemorative T-shirts will be available for fans and retailers to show their support of FCBD!

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(BALTIMORE, MD) — (December 14, 2015) – Diamond Comic Distributors is excited to reveal the artwork for the two commemorative artist T-shirts available for Free Comic Book Day 2016. To celebrate the 15th anniversary of Free Comic Book Day (FCBD), fans can purchase T-shirt designs created by either award-winning comic book artist Art Baltazar or Francesco Francavilla. These T-shirts, as well as 2016 commemorative poster designs, are featured in the January issue of Diamond’s PREVIEWS catalog and are available for pre-order from comic shops now. Both T-shirts and posters are slated to release in stores on April 13, 2016.

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Wear a piece of art that encapsulates the fun of comics and FCBD with Art Baltazar’s 2016 FCBD commemorative T-Shirt! Art Baltazar, along with partner Franco, are an Eisner-winning duo known for their fun and youthful style, perfect for fans of all ages. Their artwork for the 2016 FCBD Commemorative T-Shirt reflects their unique style and showcases fan favorite characters from their popular Itty Bitty Hellboy series and Aw Yeah Comics line, while also celebrating fifteen years of FCBD.

Francesco Francavilla’s artwork for the FCBD 2016 Commemorative T-Shirt captures the love of comics and is a great memento for fans! Known for his pulp and retro inspired style, Francesco Francavilla’s artwork is unmistakable and dares readers to dive into a world gone by. His art for the FCBD 2016 Commemorative T-Shirt jumps off the page and shows a wide variety of comic genres, including science fiction, superheroes, horror, and more.

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This year, fans can once again purchase shirts in women’s sizes, in addition to adult and youth sizes. The FCBD T-shirts will be available in adult sizes Small to XXXL (MSRP: $14.99-$17.99), women’s V-neck sizes Extra Small to XXL (MSRP: $14.99-$17.99) and in youth sizes Small to Large (MSRP: $11.99). Baltazar’s art is featured on both black and blue T-Shirts, while Francavilla’s shirt appears on black and purple shirts. Both Baltazar and Francavilla’s artwork are also available as limited edition commemorative posters to remember the fun and excitement of 2016’s FCBD festivities. All proceeds from the sale of T-shirts and posters go to support Free Comic Book Day’s marketing and promotional efforts.

The commemorative Free Comic Book Day T-Shirts and posters, plus the complete listing of the FCBD 2016 titles, are available in the January issue of PREVIEWS, in comic shops December 23rd.

For more FCBD news and updates visit freecomicbookday.com.  Also become a fan on Facebook at  www.facebook.com/freecomicbook, follow on Twitter  at @freecomicbook and follow us on Instagram @freecomicbookday. 

ALLEN: SON OF HELLCOCK
from Rob, December 14th, 2015 12:16 pm, Comic Book News

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ALLEN: SON OF HELLCOCK

Title character Allen is cowardly, directionless, and less physically menacing than a daffodil. He’s also the only son of the mightiest hero ever to plunge his sword hilt-deep into the dark heart of evil… the mighty HELLCOCK! Enjoy the ride as Allen is thrust sword-first into a not-so-classic fantasy quest that, frankly, he would rather just sit out.

“In the immortal words of Mark Twain, ‘ALLEN: SON OF HELLCOCK is, without a doubt, the greatest comic book ever made about the cowardly son of an almighty loincloth-clad warrior, who, to his great chagrin, must journey across a vast and absurd medieval fantasy world to avenge his father’s death, quiet his father’s nagging ghost, and impress the woman of his dreams!'” said Will Tracy.

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“Yeah, Mark Twain absolutely never said anything even remotely close to that quote,’ said Gabe Koplowitz.

“That is a very accurate description of the comic’s storyline, however,” added Miguel Porto. “So, there’s that.”

“Hey, guys! Congrats on the comic! Looks great!” said Mark Twain.

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Announcing DC Entertainment’s LEGENDS OF TOMORROW Anthology Series!
from Rob, December 11th, 2015 5:13 pm, Comic Book News

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Announcing DC Entertainment’s LEGENDS OF TOMORROW Anthology Series!

It’s four powerhouse tales in one colossal comic, as some of comics’ most legendary talents launch new tales of Firestorm, Metamorpho, Metal Men and Sugar and Spike—that’s right, Sugar and Spike!

This new anthology series will reunite several characters from DC Comics’ rich history with the writers that made them fan favorites: Gerry Conway returns to Firestorm, Len Wein will handle the writing chores on Metal Men, Aaron Lopresti will pen Metamorpho, while the always interesting Keith Giffen puts his own unique spin on one of DC’s more offbeat titles, Sugar & Spike.

FIRESTORM, written by Gerry Conway with art by Eduardo Pansica and Rob Hunter:
Firestorm is back! To save Jason Rausch, Firestorm will need to retrieve Danton Black’s stolen research from Professor Stein’s lab. But if Jason can’t fuse with Ronnie by the Firestorm Protocol…who can? 

METAL MEN, written by Len Wein with art by Yildiray Cinar and Trevor Scott:
Doctor Will Magnus’ Metal Men may be the next step in robotics technology, but when the mysterious cyber-terrorist known only as Nameless comes after them, they may have met their match!

METAMORPHO, written by Aaron Lopresti with art by Aaron Lopresti and Matt Banning:
Metamorpho—a prisoner of millionaire industrialist Simon Stagg! Now, the only person who can save him is Stagg’s beautiful daughter, Sapphire!? But can they defeat Stagg’s prehistoric bodyguard, Java?

SUGAR & SPIKE, written by Keith Giffen with art by Bilquis Evely:
The last time we saw Sugar and Spike, they were still in diapers! Now, they’re grown up, and they’ve become private investigators who specialize in cleaning up embarrassing problems for the DCU’s greatest heroes. Sugar & Spike’s first assignment: retrieve a cache of Batman’s retired costumes that have been stolen by Killer Moth!

LEGENDS OF TOMORROW #1, with cover artwork by Aaron Lopresti (see attached image) will be on sale March 9th, 2016 with 80 pages at $7.99 US. 

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ROUND ONE, FIGHT! STREET FIGHTER UNLIMITED #1 KICKS OFF UDON’S NEW MONTHLY COMIC SERIES
from Rob, December 9th, 2015 9:25 am, Comic Book News

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ROUND ONE, FIGHT! STREET FIGHTER UNLIMITED #1 KICKS OFF UDON’S NEW MONTHLY COMIC SERIES

STREET FIGHTER UNLIMITED #1 to release physically and digitally on December 9th, 2015

 

Toronto, ON – DEC. 8, 2015 – The wait for STREET FIGHTER UNLIMITED, the new hard-hitting monthly comic series from UDON Entertainment, is almost over! UDON is pleased to announce that Street Fighter Unlimited #1 will be available for purchase at various high-quality comic and video game retailers as well as digitally via comiXology on Wednesday, December 9th. Yes, you read that right: Street Fighter Unlimited #1 will be the first-ever UDON comic to receive a “day-and-date” digital release alongside the physical book!

 

UDON has also partnered with several comic and video game stores to provide a slew of retailer-exclusive variant covers for Street Fighter Unlimited #1, giving fans who opt for the physical book plenty of gorgeous art to choose from. The retailers who will be offering these exciting variant covers include Amazing Comic Cons, AOD Collectables, Books-A-Million, GAME, GameStop, Heroes Haven, Newbury Comics, and Strange Adventures.

 

The good news doesn’t stop there! Street Fighter Unlimited #1 – and every issue of the ongoing series thereafter – will ship with two standard covers courtesy of fan-favorite digital painter Genzoman and beloved UDON artist Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz. Even more excitingly, Chamba’s covers will all connect to form one massive 12-part image showcasing all the playable characters from every Street Fighter game ever – over 60 characters in total!

The release of Street Fighter Unlimited #1 kicks off a thrilling, all-new story for the beloved World Warriors, brought to you by the main creative team of writer Ken Siu-chong and artist Joe Ng (Street Fighter Origins: Akuma). This first issue also features a bonus backup story by fan-favorite writer/artist duo Jim Zub (Wayward) and Edwin Huang (Skullkickers)!

It isn’t too late to pre-order Street Fighter Unlimited #1! Either head to your local comics retailer or point your browser to www.comiXology.com to reserve your copy now. You don’t even need to defeat Ryu’s Shoryuken to stand a chance!

STREET FIGHTER UNLIMITED #1
DETAILS: 32pg, Full Color, $3.99 USD
RELEASE DATE: December 9th, 2015
DIAMOND COMICS ORDER CODES:
OCT151710  STREET FIGHTER UNLIMITED #1 CVR A (Story cover)
OCT151711  STREET FIGHTER UNLIMITED #1 CVR B (Ultra Jam variant)
OCT151712  STREET FIGHTER UNLIMITED #1 CVR C (Blank Sketch cover)

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Batman 47
from Rob, December 8th, 2015 9:50 pm, Comic Book News

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FIRST LOOK—POISON IVY: CYCLE OF LIFE AND DEATH
from Rob, December 8th, 2015 9:48 pm, Comic Book News

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FIRST LOOK—POISON IVY: CYCLE OF LIFE AND DEATH

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Check out this first look at POISON IVY: CYCLE OF LIFE AND DEATH, the new 6-issue miniseries launching in January, written by Amy Chu with art and covers by Clay Mann!

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Life. Death. Poison Ivy has power over both. But can she keep her friends and hold down a regular job at the same time? As Dr. Pamela Isley, she joins the prestigious plant sciences department at Gotham Botanical Gardens, but things quickly get complicated when a fellow scientist is murdered and it looks like the work of Ivy!

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Also, this issue guest-stars none other than HARLEY QUINN!

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Grimm Fairy Tales Coloring Book For Adults First Printing Sold Out!
from Rob, November 24th, 2015 5:11 pm, Comic Book News

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Grimm Fairy Tales Coloring Book For Adults First Printing Sold Out.
 
HORSHAM, PENNSYLVANIA—Comic and graphic novel publisher Zenescope Entertainment has announced that it is going to reprint Grimm Fairy Tales Adult Coloring Book to meet demand from initial orders.

Zenescope President and chief creative Joe Brusha attributes the response to the Zenescope focus on art. “Our fans have always responded to the attention to the art in our books. I think this project really shines a light on the focus we put on quality art.”

According to Jennifer Bermel, head of licensing and development at Zenescope “We worked closely with our partners on the Grimm Fairy Tales Adult Coloring Book and paid attention to what our fans were asking for.  We are really happy with the pre-order feedback we are getting from Amazon and the response from our online partners.” 
              
The publisher’s first foray into the Adult Coloring world, officially released on December 15th, features classic characters re-imagined.  Zenescope describes the Grimm Fairy Tales Coloring Book for Adults:
 
Join in the adventure and escape by coloring the lines of the world’s most recognizable characters. From Red Riding Hood to Cinderella, Little Mermaid to Robyn Hood, and OZ to Wonderland. Let your brain focus on creating great pieces of artwork while relieving the stress of everyday life. Hone your coloring skills by collaborating with some of the best artists in the comic book industry such as Jamie Tyndall, J. Scott Campbell, Dawn McTigue, and many more. Grimm Fairy Tales Adult Coloring Book provides hours of great art to be filled with your imagination! Relive your childhood passion of coloring and fairy tales all in one unique book!

             

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TREAT YO’ SELF WITH A FULL YEAR OF MARVEL UNLIMITED
from Rob, November 24th, 2015 5:11 pm, Comic Book News

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TREAT YO’ SELF WITH A FULL YEAR OF MARVEL UNLIMITED
FOR LESS THAN $5 A MONTH!

Join Marvel Unlimited and enjoy over 17,000 digital comics as part of Marvel’s “Cyber Week”

New York, NY— November 24th, 2015 —Marvel Unlimited is celebrating “cyber week” by inviting Marvel fans to experience over 75 years of Marvel Comics through Marvel Unlimited! For less than $5 amonth for a Marvel Unlimited yearly subscription, new subscribers will be able to experience the greatest present of all – access to over 17,000 digital Marvel comics!*

Unlock the Marvel Universe through Marvel Unlimited by using the Promo Code TREAT at Marvel Unlimited checkout and prepare yourself for some of the greatest Marvel Comics featuring The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man and many more!  This amazing gift is accessible through Marvel Unlimited on the web and through the Marvel Unlimited app on iPhone®, iPad® and Android™ devices.

New to the Marvel Universe and don’t know where to start? Don’t worry!corvel Unlimited subscribers have access to the DISCOVER section of Marvel Unlimited. Subscribers are now able to discover new pathways into the Marvel Universe by being able to search by their favorite storylines, characters or creators. 

Want to learn about Marvel’s Civil War? Marvel Unlimited will show you the entire series and offer you a step-by-step suggested reading order. Curious about who Jessica Jones is? Marvel Unlimited is here to provide you with her most heroic Marvel moments. Love Sara Pichelli’s artistic style? Marvel Unlimited can now show you some of her most acclaimed work all in one place.

With classic and newer issues being added to Marvel Unlimited on a weekly basis as early as six months after they’re in stores, you’ll definitely want to join Marvel Unlimited this holiday season and enjoy the gift of the Marvel Universe for the entire year!

Follow Marvel on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/marvel join in the conversation on Twitter with #Marvel and for all things Marvel, please visit marvel.com.

*Offer valid from 11/24/15 12:01am EST to 11/30/15 11:59pm EST. Offer is open to new and former (now-cancelled) Marvel Unlimited members who have not participated in a Marvel Unlimited promotional offer during the last six months. Offer not valid on gift subscriptions, monthly or Annual Plus memberships. Valid payment card required to redeem offer. First year billed at $55.20, subsequent years billed at then-current annual subscription fee (currently $69/year) unless and until cancelled. Cancel anytime through My Account following registration.  Auto-renewal and other terms and conditions apply; please see Marvel Unlimited Terms of Use for terms andMarvel.com/Unlimited for further details.


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