THE ACTIONVERSE HAS ARRIVED
Action Lab debuts it’s new imprint with a crossover of top superhero characters
Pittsburgh, PA – The superhero has been a mainstay of comic books since 1938 and is synonymous with wall crawlers, dark knights, and other four color characters. This Halloween, Action Lab Entertainment presents its first ever superhero crossover, ACTIONVERSE, which also doubles as a new branding initiative for it’s creator owned superheroes.
“We’d been sort of talking about it before San Diego last year and I loved the idea; It just seemed like a natural match,” said MOLLY DANGER creator, Jamal Igle. “The idea of having Molly Danger, Midnight Tiger and Stray all connected as characters came out organically. They compliment each other as characters and at the same time bring different elements of the traditional superhero dynamic to the story.” When asked about how four different creators could pull a story like this together, Igle said, “A lot of it has to do with the relationships I have with Vito, Sean, and Ray, and over the course of our planning, we’ve created a history between Molly and Rodney Weller that goes back years to his sidekick days. It’s been a lot of fun to put together.”
HALLOWEEN COMICFEST: ACTIONVERSE begins with a preview of the Actionverse mini-series with a story done by Igle (MOLLY DANGER), Vito Delsante and Sean Izaakse (STRAY) and Ray-Anthony Height (MIDNIGHT TIGER). This story will be fully available in November.
“Actionverse #0 gives the fans such a great snapshot of how the lives of Molly Danger, Stray, and Midnight Tiger intersect both in the past and the present,” said MIDNIGHT TIGER creator, Ray-Anthony Height. “Some very juicy backstory will be laid down in this issue. The fact that these heroes operate within the same universe will get fans of all three characters pumped for the entire event while opening the door for several superpowered characters from Action Lab’s other titles.”
“Working so closely with such talented and passionate creators that have put so much love and heart into these characters that is just inspiring and so much fun,” said STRAY co-creator, Sean Izaakse. “It’s basically like creating works of art with friends who feel like you do. Not to mention it’s a blast getting to draw these characters, and seeing how they interact and form relationships has been a blast to develop and I think everyone, from fans of the individual titles as well as newcomers of all ages, will love them.”
HALLOWEEN COMICFEST: ACTIONVERSE also previews a new all-ages comic book called, ACTION LAB: DOG OF WONDER, written by Delsante and newcomer, Scott Fogg. In the vein of HERO CATS, ACTION LAB will focus on dogs, specifically, the Labrador retriever in the company’s logo!
“ACTION LAB: DOG OF WONDER is not only unlike anything else in the diverse and thrilling Actionverse line-up, it’s unlike anything else on the rack!” exclaimed series co-writer, Scott Fogg. “It’s the family-friendly tale of Percy and his league of misfit dogs as they seek to rescue innocent dogs who have been wrongly imprisoned. One part Scarlet Pimpernel, one part Looney Tunes cartoon, it has something for everybody.” He added, “Except cats. Cats will hate it.”
HALLOWEEN COMICFEST: ACTIONVERSE is currently available for pre-order in Diamond’s Previews catalog as one of the many ComicFest comics offered this year (JUL150017) and comes with a cover by Igle, Height and Izaakse.
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 Gayle 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 Charles Band’s PUPPET MASTER and Dan Mendoza’s over the top horror-comedy ZOMBIE TRAMP, THE FINAL PLAGUE and BO, PLUSHY GANGSTA.
Marvel Comics & ESPN The Magazine Present “The Body Issue: Super Heroes Edition”
from Rob, July 9th, 2015 5:36 pm, Comic Book News
New York, NY — July 9, 2015 — ESPN The Magazine presents Marvel Comics’ pantheon of heroes in a way they have never been seen before – in a special insert inside the magazine’s annual Body Issue on newsstands Friday, July 10th. The custom edition, entitledThe Body Issue: Super Heroes Edition will feature Iron Man, She-Hulk, Ant-Man, Captain Marvel, Daredevil, Medusa, Hulk, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage.
ESPN.com will also offer fans an exclusive digital sketch book featuring a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of these powerful images. The exclusive digital sketch book will show how ESPN & Marvel Comics, along with some of the premier artistic talents in the world, worked collaboratively honoring and illustrating the male and female form through detailed anatomical drawings. This exclusive online gallery provides readers a behind-the-scenes look of how these unique concepts, designs, and masterful illustrations came together to produce this one of a kind Body Issue insert.
Every day, all over the world, Marvel’s top comic book artists flex their creative muscles to illustrate the world’s mightiest Super Heroes. In the spirit of ESPN The Magazine’s visual celebration of athleticism, dedication and strength, a mix of those same artists took to their drawing boards to craft bold images of Marvel’s characters like never before. From the ferocious and powerful Hulk to the brawny but diminutive Ant-Man, the results represent a partnership—not only between sister companies ESPN and Marvel but between physical power and sculpted beauty.
“For a comic book artist drawing the human anatomy is an everyday job,” says Marvel Comics artist Sara Pichelli. “But here it was matter of celebrating the maximum expression of human muscles and shapes. Creating believable, powerful, and at the same time harmonic bodies is always a challenge, that’s why I wanted to be part of this.”
“While The Body Issue itself celebrates the unique characteristics of each athlete’s physique, we thought it made perfect sense to extend this theme to these Marvel characters,” says ESPN The Magazine Deputy Editor Otto Strong.
“When comic book artists imagine the physical ideal, they have to start somewhere,” says Editor In Chief Axel Alonso. “And let’s face it, professional athletes, whose bodies are fine-tuned instruments, are the closest thing to real-life Super Heroes. Marvel’s Body Issue insert is a celebration of the most iconic Super Heroes in the world and the athletes that inspired them.”
In their own words, illustrators describe their experience creating such characters for The Body Issue: Super Heroes Edition:
“My goal is to make super heroes more human. We look to see ourselves in many masked vigilantes. Not only with Daredevil, but many characters I draw are based on real people. —Alex Maleev
“I work to combine correct proportions and powerful muscle shapes with a commonly accepted idea of beauty.” —Sara Pichelli
“Women are more delicate in muscle mass definition, so the secret is to not define each muscle too much.” —Emanuela Lupacchino
“I tend to gravitate toward athletes when it comes to getting a reference for my artwork. Particularly MMA fighters, who have a more functional physique.” —Leinil Francis Yu
“She’s a character of power, so I keep her upright: shoulders back, chest out—just a very commanding presence.” —Frank Cho
“I do tons of reference. I try to get a variety of artists from different time periods to see how different people represented the character. —Russell Dauterman
“Drawing super heroes? Well, they have to be perfect. They are like modern gods.” —Mike Deodato
“When I’m illustrating such dynamic figures, background explosions help sell the impact the character is having on the environment around him. The toughest part is trying to show the kinetic energy in a static image.” —Jim Cheung
“I always try to have the musculature of something that could possibly exist. Even though everything looks extremely exaggerated, I still want him to look like he can move and be functional.” —Greg Land
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy-five years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information, visit marvel.com. © 2015 MARVEL
About ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue
ESPN The Magazine’s The Body Issue set out seven years ago with one mission: to celebrate and explore the athletic form through powerful images and interviews. The cornerstone of each annual issue is The Bodies We Want photo portfolio, which features roughly 20 of the world’s most elite athletes posing (tastefully) nude. In years past, The Mag has featured sports icons from Venus Williams to Michael Phelps, Marshawn Lynch, and Colin Kaepernick to Amy Purdy, Candace Parker, Blake Griffin, Prince Fielder, Hope Solo, Kerri Walsh Jennings (who posed 8 months pregnant!), Apolo Anton Ohno and 77-year-old golf legend Gary Player. ESPN The Magazine has a circulation of 14 million readers, with 2.1 million subscribers. But the Body Issue reaches far beyond just sports fans.
SDCC 2015: Mondo’s 1:6th Scale Masters Of The Universe Figures
from Rob, July 9th, 2015 10:03 am, SDCC
Bestselling Novelist Chuck Palahniuk Joins the Cast of FIGHT CLUB 2, The Acclaimed Comic Book Mini-series From Dark Horse Comics
from Rob, July 8th, 2015 12:32 pm, Comic Book News
For Immediate Release: Bestselling Novelist Chuck Palahniuk Joins the Cast of FIGHT CLUB 2,
The Acclaimed Comic Book Mini-series From Dark Horse Comics
July 8, 2015: Timed to the launch of San Diego Comic-Con International, Dark Horse Comics announced today that bestselling novelist Chuck Palahniuk will be a character in the acclaimed ten issue FIGHT CLUB 2 mini series, which is written by Palahniuk, illustrated by Cameron Stewart and colored by Dave Stewart, with covers by David Mack. Issue 3 of the series, on sale July 22, confirms Palahniuk as a character in the series, where he will be a reoccurring presence along with his iconic creations Tyler Durden and Marla Singer. Issue 4 of the series promises to further up the ante and the antics with an appearance by members of Palahniuk’s real life writing group, including the novelists Chelsea Cain, Monica Drake, Lidia Yuknavitch, Suzy Vitello and Diana Jordan.
“Literary critics claim that Ken Kesey’s mental hospital in CUCKOO’S NEST and Toni Morrison’s plantation in BELOVED represent those authors’ post-graduate writing workshops,” said Chuck Palahniuk. “To prevent anyone from thinking my own workshop is either a support group for the terminally ill or a bare-knuckle mosh pit, I’ve included it in FIGHT CLUB 2.”
“Consider FIGHT CLUB’s cultural impact, and you have to imagine its impact, and Tyler’s impact, on Chuck himself,” said Dark Horse Comics Editor-in-Chief Scott Allie. “Fans sometimes blur the line between the artist and the work, and having lived with these characters for twenty years, Chuck’s diving head on into it here. Authors from Philip Roth to Bret Easton Ellis to Grant Morrison have popped up in their own work before, but Chuck’s taking it into all new territory, doing what he always does—giving you an experience no one else can provide.”
“By openly acknowledging the mechanics of film, David Fincher made his version seem more real and more mythic at the same time,” said Palahniuk. “By dragging my own creative process into FC2 I’m doing the equivalent of demonstrating splices, reel change-over marks, film breaks and rattling the film in the movie projector gate.”
Palahniuk enthusiasts at Comic-Con will want to track down two FIGHT CLUB exclusives. An SDCC exclusive FIGHT CLUB 2 issue 1 comic book, with a cover by Joelle Jones, will be available at the Dark Horse Booth (Booth # 2615) while supplies last. Meanwhile the Penguin Random House booth (Booth # 1519/1520) will be selling a Rare Bird Lit SDCC exclusive edition of the vinyl audiobook release of Palahniuk’s FIGHT CLUB prequel story “Expedition.” The short story takes place before the events of the bestselling FIGHT CLUB novel and is an origin story of Tyler Durden. The vinyl audiobook features Palahniuk reading “Expedition” from Doubleday’s bestselling short story collection MAKE SOMETHING UP: STORIES YOU CAN’T UNREAD, accompanied by music by Brian Jonestown Massacre’s Rob Campanella and featuring album art by FIGHT CLUB 2 cover artist David Mack.
At SDCC, Palahniuk will participate in two high profile panels:
Saturday, July 10, 2015
3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. DARK HORSE TAKES OVER THE WORLD (Room 7AB)
From Hellboy to Fight Club 2, there are a lot of reasons for Dark Horse fans to get excited for the coming year in comics. Dark Horse president and publisher Mike Richardson and Dark Horse creators Mike Mignola, Chuck Palahniuk, Jeff Lemire, Eric Powell, and Matt Kindt bring fans a sneak peek of what to pick up at Comic-Con and beyond.
7:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. FIGHT CLUB 2 panel (Room 5AB)
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, and artist Cameron Stewart.
Fans attending the FIGHT CLUB 2 panel are encouraged to dress as Tyler Durden and Marla Singer at the FIGHT CLUB event. During that same panel, an announcement will be made about the previously rumored scratch-and-sniff FIGHT CLUB 2 bookmarks.
Palahniuk will also participate in two signings:
Friday, July 10
5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. MAKE SOMETHING UP Signing
(Penguin Random House Booth #1520)
Doubleday will be giving away free copies of MAKE SOMETHING UP and free FIGHT CLUB wristbands. No other memorabilia allowed.
Sunday, July 12
11:00am to 12:50pm Fight Club 2 Signing with David Mack and Cameron Stewart
(Dark Horse Booth Booth # 2615)
Wristband required. Wristbands are distributed by drawing at show opening on Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12. Attendees with wristbands may get one of the followed signed: a free FIGHT CLUB 2 preview mini-comic provided by Dark Horse Comics or a FIGHT CLUB 2 comic brought to or purchased at the event. No other memorabilia is allowed.
IDW, Edgar Rice Burroughs, And Heritage Auctions Team-Up To Support
The Kubert School
One Of A Kind Artist’s Editions Benefit The Joe Kubert Scholarship!
San Diego, CA (July 7, 2015) – Joe Kubert’s lasting legacy simply cannot be overstated; as an artist, an editor and an educator, Kubert excelled at everything he set his mind too. His work continues to serve as an everlasting inspiration to comic fans and professionals alike. This August IDW Publishing is pleased to help celebrate this legacy alongside Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., Heritage Auctions and The Joe Kubert School by auctioning off 22 original illustrations by 23 artists, each hand drawn on special blank covers on Joe Kubert’s Tarzan of the Apes Artist’s Edition. All proceeds from the sale of these very special books will go directly to The Joe Kubert Scholarship Fund.
“All of us at Heritage Auctions have a deep and
abiding respect for Joe Kubert and his legacy as both a pioneering artist and a teacher,” said Todd Hignite, Comic Art expert and Vice President of Heritage Auctions. “It means a lot to us to be a part of this project and to do something that benefits Joe’s school and nurtures the next generation of comic book artists.”
To date, IDW has produced more than three-dozen Artist’s Editions, four of them winning the prestigious Eisner Award. Joe Kubert has been the subject of three AE books to date, with another coming this fall. Tarzan of the Apes was the first of Kubert’s Artist’s Editions, and a number of these books were printed with special blank covers that were intended to be remarqued by Kubert; sadly, his passing came before he was able to work on them. Now, a wealth of great artists have stepped forward to pay tribute to one of comics’ true legends, and also to help inaugurate the Joe Kubert Scholarship Fund.
“We’re thrilled to be able to bring together an all-star line-up of artists to pay tribute to Joe,” said IDW President Greg Goldstein. “ Who knows? It’s entirely possible the next great superstar in our industry might benefit from this scholarship.”
Original covers have graciously been created by Neal Adams, Sergio Aragones, Lee Bermejo,Amanda Conner, Geoff Darrow, Jan Duursema and Tom Mandrake, Dave Gibbons, Mike Kaluta.Adam Kubert, Andy Kubert, Jim Lee, Mike Mignola, Kevin Nowlan, Alex Ross, Mark Schultz,Walter Simonson, Jeff Smith, Bil Stout, Tim Truman, Rick Veitch, Lee Weeks, and Tom Yeates!
“It was my great honor to work with Joe Kubert on the first Tarzan Artist’s Edition,” said editor Scott Dunbier, “While saddened that Joe never got to complete the cover remarques, I know he would have been overwhelmed by all the artist’s, his peers and former students, who stepped forward to make the Joe Kubert Scholarship Fund a reality—a truly worthwhile tribute.”
“On behalf of the students and faculty of the Kubert School,” said Pete Carlsson, Senior Art Director, Tell-A-Graphics, “I want to thank everyone who generously gave their time and talents to create the Joe Kubert Scholarship Fund. Joe would be deeply moved by the efforts of so many people working toward something he felt so strongly about: helping the students.”
Be sure to stop by the Heritage Auctions booth (#900) to see Michael Kaluta’s cover in person this week at San Diego Comic Con! And you can see all of the covers available right here: http://www.
Online bidding begins August 27th, Auction #7147, for more information go to: http://comics.ha.com/c/
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BOOM!’s Road to San Diego Comic-Con Announcement #9: BOOM! Box Presents New ‘Cyanide & Happiness: Stab Factory’ Collection
BOOM!’s Road to San Diego Comic-Con Announcement #9:
BOOM! Box Presents New ‘Cyanide & Happiness: Stab Factory’ Collection
Cyanide & Happiness: Stab Factory Cover by Kris Wilson, Rob DenBleyker,
and Dave McElfatrick
July 6, 2015 (Los Angeles, Calif.) - BOOM! Box, an imprint of award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios, is pleased to announce the upcoming release of Cyanide & Happiness: Stab Factory, the second C&H trade paperback from the publisher. From creators Kris Wilson, Rob DenBleyker, and Dave McElfatrick, the book contains a hand-picked collection of strips that have run on their site, explosm.net, the short Bedtime Stories for Good Children, and also features the debut of 30, bonus, never-before-seen comics .
As one of the most popular and successful webcomics online, Cyanide & Happiness consistently offers a humorous, tongue-in-cheek look at life in the form of stick figures. Generating over a million hits a week, the webcomic is one of the longest-lasting strips on the internet, attracting fans with its controversial nature, dark humor, and funny depictions of seemingly inappropriate topics.
Cyanide & Happiness: Stab Factory is the second collection published by BOOM! Box. Cyanide & Happiness: Punching Zoo was published last Fall and is available wherever books are sold. Stab Factory will arrive in comic shops and bookstores this November. Further details will be available closer to the release date.
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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