Nock Your Arrows, Draw Your Bows and Take Aim as DC Entertainment Presents ARROW: THE DARK ARCHER, a Brand New Digital First Series
from Rob, January 6th, 2016 5:26 pm, Comic Book News

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Nock Your Arrows, Draw Your Bows and Take Aim as DC Entertainment Presents ARROW: THE DARK ARCHER, a Brand New Digital First Series

 

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From CW’s Arrow, actor John Barrowman is adding a pen to his quiver, joining creative forces with his sister Carole Barrowman (HOLLOW EARTH) to deliver the origin story of the very character he plays on TV! As Malcolm Merlyn settles into his new role as Ra’s Al Ghul—the leader of The League of Assassins, the sins of his past have come back to haunt him. ARROW: THE DARK ARCHER is set between the third and fourth seasons of the TV series, and also reveals what Malcolm was up to before he became the Dark Archer, the nemesis to Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) early in the series. Make sure to check out tvinsider.com for the full scoop and an in depth interview with the creative team.

UDON ENTERTAINMENT RELEASES NEW HARDCOVER EDITIONS OF STREET FIGHTER TRIBUTE,MEGA MAN TRIBUTE, AND DARKSTALKERS TRIBUTE!
from Rob, December 29th, 2015 9:14 pm, Comic Book News

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UDON ENTERTAINMENT RELEASES NEW HARDCOVER EDITIONS OF STREET FIGHTER TRIBUTE,MEGA MAN TRIBUTE, AND DARKSTALKERS TRIBUTE!

Joining the recently-released Capcom Fighting Tributeart book, UDON is thrilled to announce that the sold-out Street Fighter TributeMega Man Tribute, andDarkstalkers Tribute are now available in a premium hardcover format. If you missed out on these books the first time around or are new to UDON’s Tribute line, there’s never been a better time to find out why they’re so beloved by fans the world over!

Fully embodying the mantra “by the fans, for the fans,” each Tribute book is filled to bursting with sumptuous art from hundreds of talented professional and up-and-coming artists around the world. In this way, UDON’s Tribute books have enabled fans to immortalize their passion for their favorite video game characters and worlds within the pages of some of the finest art books available on the market.

“We at UDON have always said that we would never be where we are today if not for the continuing support of our awesome fans,” said Erik Ko, UDON Entertainment’s Chief of Operations. “We feel very fortunate that we have been able to work with Capcom to offer those same fans a rare chance to get officially involved with and contribute to their favorite video game series in a fun, creative way.”

These new hardcover editions feature gorgeous new cover art by top UDON illustrators, making these editions must-have collector’s items for hardcore fans. Long Vo provided the art for the newStreet Fighter Tribute and Darkstalkers Tribute covers, while Mega Man manga artist Hitoshi Ariga illustrated the cover for Mega Man Tribute.

These refreshed hardcover editions of Street Fighter TributeMega Man Tribute, and Darkstalkers Tributeare all available for purchase now in finer bookstores everywhere, and online retailers. Media inquiries and/or requests for review copies should be directed to Jenny Myung atpress@udonentertainment.com.

 
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STREET FIGHTER TRIBUTE HC

ISBN: 978-1927925539

DETAILS: 320pg, 8.25×11.25″, Full Color, Hardcover

MSRP: $59.99 USD

PUBLICATION STATUS: Available Now!

 
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DARKSTALKERS TRIBUTE HC

ISBN: 978-1927925591

DETAILS: 304pg, 8.25×11.25″, Full Color, Hardcover

MSRP: $59.99 USD
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PUBLICATION STATUS: Available Now!

 
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MEGA MAN TRIBUTE HC

ISBN: 978-1927925676

DETAILS: 304pg, 8.25×11.25″, Full Color, Hardcover

MSRP: $59.99 USD

PUBLICATION STATUS: Available Now!

 
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CAPCOM FIGHTING TRIBUTE HC

ISBN: 978-1927925522

DETAILS: 272pg, 8.25×11.25″, Full Color, Hardcover

MSRP: $59.99 USD

PUBLICATION STATUS: Available Now!
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UDON Entertainment presents Osamu Tezuka art books: OSAMU TEZUKA: ANIME CHARACTER ILLUSTRATIONS and OSAMU TEZUKA: ANIME & MANGA CHARACTER SKETCHBOOK.
from Rob, December 28th, 2015 7:08 pm, Comic Book News

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UDON CELEBRATES THE GRANDFATHER OF MANGA AND ANIME WITH THE RELEASE OF TWO OSAMU TEZUKA ART BOOKS

OSAMU TEZUKA: ANIME CHARACTER ILLUSTRATIONS and OSAMU TEZUKA: ANIME & MANGA CHARACTER SKETCHBOOK highlight over 40 illustrious years of iconic art

 

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Toronto, ON – DEC 28, 2015 – Long considered “the grandfather of manga and anime”, legendary illustrator and animator Osamu Tezuka’s enduring legacy can still be felt today in the indelible influence he has had on contemporary manga and anime creators. In an effort to ensure that his timeless work remains easily accessible to as wide an audience as possible, UDON Entertainment is proud to announce the release of two Osamu Tezuka art books: OSAMU TEZUKA: ANIME CHARACTER ILLUSTRATIONS and OSAMU TEZUKA: ANIME & MANGA CHARACTER SKETCHBOOK.

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Both of these prestigious volumes are presented in an elegant hardcover format worthy of the man whose work they celebrate. Inside you’ll find a diverse collection of character designs and rough concepts from animation and manga projects representing Tezuka’s entire illustrious career, including Mighty Atom (Astro Boy), Jungle Emperor (Kimba the White Lion), Phoenix, Black Jack, and many more. In many cases these illustrations include Tezuka’s own hand-written design notes, accompanied by translations through footnotes.

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Further cementing these volumes as must-own items for any fan of Tezuka’s work and of animation and manga in general, both books also feature an illuminating afterword by Tezuka Productions’ Chief Archivist Haruji Mori. Finally, most of the material in OSAMU TEZUKA: ANIME & MANGA CHARACTER SKETCHBOOK has never been publicly available – until now, that is – and UDON Entertainment is both humbled and thrilled to be able to bring this exclusive content to Tezuka fans for the first time.

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OSAMU TEZUKA: ANIME CHARACTER ILLUSTRATIONS

ISBN: 978-1927925386

DETAILS: 224pg, 7.25×10″, B&W, Hardcover

MSRP: $39.99 USD

PUBLICATION STATUS: Available Now

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OSAMU TEZUKA: ANIME & MANGA CHARACTER SKETCHBOOK

ISBN: 978-1927925393

DETAILS: 144pg, 7.25×10″, B&W, Hardcover

MSRP: $39.99 USD

PUBLICATION STATUS: Available Now

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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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