HIGH MOON, the Harvey Award Winning Horror Western Webcomic by Creators David Gallaher and Steve Ellis Returns Online as Bottled Lightning Officially Launches HighMoonComic.Com
from Bill, February 25th, 2015 10:38 pm, Comic Nation

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HIGH MOON, the Harvey Award Winning Horror Western Webcomic

by Creators David Gallaher and Steve Ellis

Returns Online as Bottled Lightning Officially Launches HighMoonComic.Com

February 25, 2015:  The popular and pioneering series HIGH MOON by writer David Gallaher and artist Steve Ellis returns online today. The Harvey Award winning webcomic combines the western and horror genres to create a “Stephen King vs. Sergio Leone mash-up” (Rue Morgue) that impressed fans and critics alike when it originally launched eight years ago as part of DC Comics’ initiative ZUDA Comics. The HighMoonComic.com site officially launches today with the first 8 pages of the story and will now be serialized by Bottled Lightning Inc, the creative studio run by Gallaher and Ellis, with 4 new pages running every Monday. Later this year, the site will debut original content continuing the HIGH MOON saga.

Acclaimed writer/artist Molly Crabapple praised the horror western webcomic, “With werewolves, gunslingers, and the sumptuous artwork of Steve Ellis, HIGH MOON will change everything you thought you knew about the Old West.” In HIGH MOON, former Pinkerton agent and current bounty-hunter Matthew Macgregor investigates a series of strange happenings in a small Texas town. Drought has brought famine and hardship to Blest. The summer heat pushes the temperature to unbearable heights during the day. The nights are even worse– for the streets are haunted by strange, unnatural creatures. And even as Macgregor works to uncover the truth about the creatures, he struggles to keep his own supernatural nature a secret.

“It’s a thrill to have HIGH MOON back online,” said artist Steve Ellis. “I could not be more excited to illustrate stories about Macgregor as he explores the weird and wild west.” In addition to illustrating HIGH MOON, Ellis has been drawing the BETTER CALL SAUL webcomic for AMC. Ellis is known for his work for Wizards of the Coasts on Dungeons and Dragons and Magic the Gathering as well as for creating storyboard designs and final art for interactive comic role playing games for AMC TV’s Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead.  This coming weekend Ellis will be appearing at Long Beach Comic Expo where he will be one of the Special Guests recognized for their commitment to creating stories for kids and young adults across a wide array of media: animation, collectible cards, comics, prose novels, toys and web comics.

HIGH MOON will be available exclusively online and digitally. It is the second webcomic to be serialized by Bottled Lightning Inc, following the young adult webcomic THE ONLY LIVING BOY which launched last year. The series will be available on the new mobile-responsive HighMoonComic.com site, Tapastic and Comixology; readers can support Bottled Lightning via its recently launched Patreon Fan Club.

Ellis and Gallaher’s other collaborations include working on the first digital comics in the late 90s, developing the first comic made exclusively for the iPhone with BOX 13 and developing content for Marvel Unlimited. In addition to his work as Chief Creative Officer of  Bottled Lightning, Inc., David Gallaher has written for Marvel Comics and served as a consultant for Random House, The New York Police Department, and McGraw-Hill.  This spring, DC Entertainment will publish CONVERGENCE: GREEN LANTERN CORPS by Gallaher, Ellis and Ande Parks.

“HIGH MOON was our first collaboration,” said Gallaher. “We have so many more Macgregor stories to tell and fans of both HIGH MOON and THE ONLY LIVING BOY can expect more announcements soon. 2015 is going to be a big year for Bottled Lightning.”

PRAISE FOR HIGH MOON

“Full of werewolves, gunslinging, and Old West mysteries. . . . At its heart, “High Moon” is an epic of werewolves in the Old West, with the mysterious Conroy Macgregor operating on both sides of the law and often fighting creatures even more dangerous than himself.”-COMIC BOOK RESOURCES

“The Wild West has always been the setting to examine what happens when humanity abandons its rules. And the werewolf is an ideal path to explore the mind of a person who loses all self-control. The natural connection between those two elements is only the starting point for this engaging, intricately crafted western horror series. . . . Gallaher adeptly layers elements from many mythologies to create a rich melting pot of mysticism matching the diversity of settlers in the towns where the stories take place. Ellis’s strong artwork captures the mysterious, lawless atmosphere, rising to the occasion whenever the tale calls for the reader to be frightened or awed.”–PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

“Blends spaghetti westerns, hard-boiled detective fiction, werewolf B-flicks and Weird Menace pulps. You can almost taste the dust and smell the blood. Pass the popcorn, please.”- Kevin Burton Smith, THRILLING DETECTIVE MAGAZINE

“Fantastic art, amazing werewolves, and an interesting, well-paced story make HIGH MOON well worth checking out”- WEREWOLF NEWS

“Every character is so fantastically realized from concept to design to execution, that’s its hard not to get lost in the pages.”- Broken Frontier

“Highly original… combines a fast paced storyline with moody art that nails the head for this horror western.”- About.com

“Gallaher has a Mignola-esque feel to his storytelling, the sort of…old pulp storytelling brought into modern times… Ellis provides a perfect balance to Gallaher’s tales, emphasizing frenetic action well and gruesome scenes with sometimes intricate detail.” – COMIC OVERLOAD

“Reads like a cross between a Sergio Leone western and a gore-laced monster movie…. Ellis’ gorgeous red-and-blue-hued panels are a delight to behold.”-BOOKLIST

“One of the TOP 100 GREATEST WEBCOMICS OF ALL TIME!”- ComixTalk

About the Creators:

Author David Gallaher has received multiple Harvey Award nominations and won The Best Online Comic Award for his work on High Moon for DC Comics. David was an early pioneer of digital comics developing projects for Marvel as well as Box 13 – the first comic designed specifically for the iPhone – for comiXology. He has served as a consultant for Random House, The NYPD, and McGraw-Hill.

Steve Ellis has worn many hats as illustrator, author, art director and concept designer. Over his varied career he has created artwork and conceived projects for companies such as Wizards of the Coast, Random House, Impact books, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, AMC, Scholastic Books, Impact books, Rogue Entertainment, Blizzard Entertainment and many others. Recently he has developed the award winning comic series High Moon for DC Comics as well as acted as the lead designer, storyboard artist and illustrator on AMC’s Breaking Bad (The Cost of Doing Business) and The Walking Dead (Dead Reckoning) games.

About Bottled Lightning:

David Gallaher & Steve Ellis have pioneered the landscape of digital comics, tamed werewolves, and fought vast conspiracies. And that’s just the beginning! Bottled Lightning is their undertaking, sparking life and excitement into stories for themselves and a broad range of brands, including The Walking Dead, Green Lantern, Dungeons & Dragons, MTV, and the New York City Police Department. You can visit them online at bottled-lightning.com.

About SuperFan Promotions:

Superfan Promotions creates publicity and marketing campaigns, events, and social media engagement for artists, authors, conventions, festivals, entertainment companies and publishers. Superfan Promotions provides results­-driven strategy and buzzworthy coverage with traditional news outlets, Hollywood trades, tastemaker blogs, and popular comic book, gaming and tech sites, while also leveraging social media opportunities and event appearances.

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NICKELODEON AND PAPERCUTZ ANNOUNCE “FIRST LOOK DEAL”
from Bill, February 25th, 2015 10:31 pm, comic book

NICKELODEON AND PAPERCUTZ ANNOUNCE “FIRST LOOK DEAL”

Kids’ Media Powerhouse and Leading Comics Publisher to Team Up on New Graphic Novel Line

February 5, 2015 – New York, NY –Nickelodeon and Papercutz, the industry leader in children’s graphic novel publishing, are proud to announce an innovative first look deal, the first agreement of its kind that the network has made with a graphic novel publisher. The partnership will give Papercutz the first option to adapt all-new Nickelodeon original properties into comics and graphic novels.

The new partnership will allow Papercutz to work with Nickelodeon at the earliest stages of property development, ensuring that the graphic novels based on these new programs are as faithful to the original look and spirit of the series as possible. In addition, Papercutz will be able to introduce properties to book stores and the comic book market much closer to the debut of new animated shows.

“Papercutz’s strong track record with licensed properties for kids made them our ideal choice for a publishing partner,” explained Linda Lee, VP of Nickelodeon Domestic Publishing. “As we grow our stable of original animated properties, we wanted to work with a company that could reach the broadest possible audience. We’re excited to work with the Papercutz team and we look forward to adding the Nickelodeon characters to one of the most diverse lists offered by any children’s publisher.”

These strong properties are just the start of the ambitious Nickelodeon/Papercutz publishing program. Plans call for two more series to debut in the first half of 2016, with further series to be announced at a later date. In addition, to its ambitious graphic novel publishing slate, Papercutz also plans to publish an all-new NICKELODEON MAGAZINE. The new version of the magazine will preview the comics content that will be featured in the graphic novels, debut new properties in comics form and also feature a variety of games, puzzles and other activities for kids. The first issue of the new NICKELODEON MAGAZINE is scheduled for release in late June 2015.

The first two properties slated for launch in Papercutz books are Nickelodeon’s hits, SANJAY AND CRAIG and BREADWINNERS.

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SANJAY AND CRAIG is the story of an adventurous 12-year-old boy who proves the old adage: there’s nothing you can’t accomplish (or destroy) as long as your best friend is a talking snake. The adventures of this dude-snake duo have been a ratings smash for Nickelodeon with the series ranking as the #2 animated show across all TV among kids 2 to 11. SANJAY AND CRAIG is set to make its graphic novel debut in September 2015, just in time for the premiere of the series’ third season on Nickelodeon.

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BREADWINNERS features the adventures of SwaySway and Buhdeuce, two carefree ducks who fly around in a super sweet rocket van, delivering bread to hungry beaks everywhere. Like SANJAY AND CRAIG, BREADWINNERS has been an instant hit with kids. These “quazy ducks” will join the Papercutz lineup with their first graphic novel in October 2015 and comics will never be the same!

“Our partners at Nickelodeon have created some terrific characters that really reach out to kids,” said Papercutz Editor-in-Chief Jim Salicrup. “And we can’t wait to translate that magic into the graphic novel format. Of course, the best part of this deal is getting to see what they’re working on next! SANJAY AND CRAIG and BREADWINNERS are just the start of a really exciting publishing program that’s sure to keep kids thoroughly entertained and clamoring for more!”

About Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon, now in its 35th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 20 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit http://www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B).

 

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NEARLY SEVEN HUNDRED PAGES OF THE BELOVED MANGA
from Bill, February 25th, 2015 10:13 pm, Anime/Manga News, comic book

NEARLY SEVEN HUNDRED PAGES OF THE BELOVED MANGA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR—In September, there’s a whole new way to enjoy Osamu Tezuka’s beloved Astro Boy: in omnibus form!

Boasting nearly seven hundred pages of content for only $19.99, Dark Horse Comics’ Astro Boy Omnibus Volume 1 features Tezuka’s most popular and influential work, detailing Astro Boy’s jet-powered, superstrong, evil-bashing adventures. Exciting, whimsical, and touching, Astro Boy brings back a classic era of comics and animation, featuring tales that readers both young and old will enjoy.

Collecting rare and out-of-print material, the oversized Astro Boy omnibus collection is the first in a series that brings back Tezuka’s beloved character for a whole new generation to enjoy.

Preorder Astro Boy Omnibus Volume 1 on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and IndieBound, or contact a local comic shop with Comic Shop Locator.

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About Dark Horse
Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Felicia Day, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Its successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Mass Effect, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, EVE Online, Halo, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.

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DARK HORSE SHIFTS ‘GHOST FLEET,’ ‘RESURRECTIONISTS’ & ‘SUNDOWNERS’ TO DARK HORSE DIGITAL EXCLUSIVES
from Bill, February 22nd, 2015 1:35 pm, comic book

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NEW ISSUES OF CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED SERIES CONTINUE VIA DIGITAL PUBLICATION, FOLLOWED BY EXPEDITED PRINT COLLECTIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR—Reaffirming its commitment to its fans and the storytelling vision of its creators, Dark Horse Comics is proud to announce the establishment of Dark Horse Digital Exclusives, which will include all-new, exclusive story content for The Ghost Fleet, Resurrectionists, and Sundowners.

Additionally, Dark Horse will publish print graphic novel collections for The Ghost Fleet and Sundowners, collecting the DHDE original content for fans looking to complete their print collections. A full collection of Resurrectionists, featuring the final issues available as digital exclusives, will also be available, ahead of schedule.

“We are confident in the quality of these stories and want to ensure that readers have the opportunity to fully experience them,” said Dark Horse president and publisher Mike Richardson. “Dark Horse is throwing its support behind these creators and their innovative titles, and we are choosing to continue them in a series of original graphic novels. These stories deserve to be told, and to continue in a reader-friendly and accessible format. In the meantime, for those who would like to continue reading the series, we will also offer new issues of each title on our Dark Horse Digital platform.”

Creators of the Dark Horse Digital exclusive series also expressed their enthusiasm and excitement at the opportunity to conclude their stories on both the DHD platform and in collected graphic novels.

“Since my very first baby steps with the company, Dark Horse has been incredibly welcoming and supportive—they take wild chances on wild creators with bananas ideas (Go get The Paybacks in September!),” Ghost Fleet writer Donny Cates said. “The market can be a bear sometimes; we all know this. It’s no one’s fault. As a former retailer myself, I know how hard the decisions that go into taking on new books can be. But instead of cursing the darkness, we’re going to shine a light. And in the case of Ghost Fleet it’s going to be a shotgun-fireball ending you’ll see from f#%ing space. Thanks to the tireless creative efforts of Daniel Warren Johnson, Lauren Affe, Chris Crank, our editorial heavyweights, and Dark Horse’s seemingly never-ending commitment to making great comics, we will give the fans what they deserve: an awesome ending to an awesome comic.”

“I’m not sure why some books succeed while others don’t, especially when I know Dark Horse has been making some super-cool, all-new, creator-owned material that I was proud to be part of,” Tim Seeley, writer of Sundowners, said. “But I’m glad they’ve got the dedication and respect to ensure readers and creators get to bring their stories to a logical conclusion.”

“I am a huge fan of both Ghost Fleet and Sundowners and am thrilled Dark Horse is committed to continuing them in another format, along with the remainder of the Resurrectionists run,” Resurrectionists writer Fred Van Lente said. “They’re all great comics, and moving them to the digital space is a great opportunity to give them another chance to thrive.”

New issues of The Ghost Fleet, Resurrectionists, and Sundowners on Dark Horse Digital will debut the same date as their originally scheduled print counterparts. Release dates for the graphic novel collections can be found below.

The Ghost Fleet Volume 2: Hammer Down
Donny Cates (W), Daniel Warren Johnson (A)
$14.99, 978-1-61655-711-9
Available 10/7/2015

Resurrectionists: Near-Death Experienced
Fred Van Lente (W), Maurizio Rosenzweig (A)
$19.99, 978-1-61655-760-7
Available 8/19/2015

Sundowners Volume 2
Tim Seeley (W), Jim Terry (A)
$19.99, 978-1-61655-785-0
Available 8/26/2015

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About Dark Horse
Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Felicia Day, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Its successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Mass Effect, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, EVE Online, Halo, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Domo. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.

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A WILD ROMP THROUGH DEPRESSION-ERA NEW YORK CITY
from Bill, February 22nd, 2015 1:23 pm, comic book

A WILD ROMP THROUGH DEPRESSION-ERA NEW YORK CITY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR—Eisner Award winner Jonathan Case (Green River Killer) is back with his latest original graphic novel, and he’s ready to take readers to an iconic era of American history.

The New Deal harks back to the 1930s and the Depression era of New York City as Case explores class misconceptions, racial tension, and deft cat burglary through the lens of a bellhop and a maid in the Waldorf Astoria.

When a charming woman named Nina checks in to the iconic hotel with a high-society entourage, young Frank, a bellhop, and Theresa, a maid, get caught up in a series of mysterious thefts. The stakes quickly grow perilous, and the pair must rely on each other to discover the truth while navigating delicate class politics.

“It’s a fun opportunity because of the comedy caper and crime aspect. It’s seen through these characters that are on the outside of everything that’s happening in the social scenes,” Case told Comic Book Resources. “It’s a really interesting time period, set in 1935, 1936, and there’s a wealth of economic and social conflicts, and exciting things happening at that time, like women’s rights and race relations. Even though it’s a comedy and it’s played mostly for whimsical laughs, I get to explore some of those things I’m interested in.”

Releasing September 23 for $16.99, The New Deal displays Case’s love of black-and-white film through his lovingly researched art.

Preorder your copy today from Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, or your local comics retailer.

The New Deal
Jonathan Case (W/A)
$16.99
978-1-61655-731-7

Praise for Jonathan Case’s Dear Creature:

“Dear Creature is sure to be one of the quirkiest and most surprising love stories you will ever read.”—Gene Luen Yang (Boxers & Saints)
“Case’s b&w art sometimes stretches reality for humorous effect, but keeps even the strangest scenes from feeling merely grotesque. The script also generates a surprising amount of pathos for the lovers’ doomed passion. Startlingly assured for a debut effort.”—Publishers Weekly

“Case shows that he’s a creator to watch out for, and I hope he keeps doing weird and wonderful comics like this one.”—Comic Book Resources’ Comics Should Be Good

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About Dark Horse
Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Brian Wood, Gerard Way, Felicia Day, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Jim Steranko, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Its successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Mass Effect, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, EVE Online, Halo, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Domo. Today, Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading publishers of both creator-owned content and licensed comics material.

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DOCTOR WHO: THE TWELFTH DOCTOR #5 – This Wednesday
from Bill, February 22nd, 2015 1:07 pm, comic book

DOCTOR WHO: THE TWELFTH DOCTOR #5

STORY BY: Robbie Morrison

ART BY: Dave Taylor

COLORS BY: Luis Guerrero

HUMOUR STRIP BY: Colin Bell & Neil Slorance

COVER A BY: Alice X Zhang

PAGECOUNT: 32

COVER PRICE: $3.99

RELEASE DATE: Wednesday, February 25, 2015

BETWEEN THE FUTURE AND THE PAST: HORROR!

The Doctor and Clara and their allies are split between two time zones, as the clock counts down to the resurrection of the vengeful Kali! Will an ageless cult succeed where so many villains have failed? What chance does the Doctor have against a plan that has been in motion for thousands of years?

Find out in the pulse-pounding finale of The Swords of Kali!

For more information visit:

http://titan-comics.com/c/241-doctor-who-the-twelfth-doctor/

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Retailers Place Record-Breaking Order For 2015 Free Comic Book Day Comics
from Bill, February 21st, 2015 11:17 pm, comic book

Retailers Place Record-Breaking Order For 2015 Free Comic Book Day Comics

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(BALTIMORE, MD) — (February 20, 2015) —Comic book specialty retailers worldwide expect significant attendance at this year’s Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) and have pushed their ordering to record breaking levels with more than 5.6 million free comic books to be available the day of the event, May 2, 2015. This year’s order for FCBD titles is a 21% increase over 2014’s previous comic order.
The number of participating stores has also increased with 2,340 specialty shops participating in Free Comic Book Day across the US, Canada and internationally, up 8% over last year.
“FCBD is the day after the opening of the Marvel’s Avenger’s Age of Ultron film, and thousands of comic book shops across North America and around the world will look to share the magic of comic books with their communities,” said FCBD spokesperson Deborah Moreland. “Free Comic Book Day is a wonderful time of year for independently owned and operated comic shops as FCBD gives them an extra push in business as they connect with new customers and get a positive charge forward for the summer months and rest of 2015.”

Comic book publishing powerhouses, Dark Horse Comics, DC Entertainment, IDW Publishing, Image Comics and Marvel Comics are among the many sponsors offering 50 special comic book titles for Free Comic Book Day 2015.
Free Comic Book Day is designed to appeal to a broad range of tastes, making it a great event for readers of all ages to find a comic they will enjoy as they explore all their local comic book shop has to offer.
For more FBCD news and updates, to locate a participating comic shop and to see all 50 free comics available on May 2nd, visit the FCBD website at www.freecomicbookday.com. Also become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/freecomicbook and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/freecomicbook.
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ABOUT FREE COMIC BOOK DAY—Free Comic Book Day is the comic book specialty market’s annual event where participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops. The event is held the first Saturday in May and is the perfect opportunity to introduce friends and family to the many worlds of wonder available at local comic book shops. From super-heroes to slice-of-life to action/adventure and beyond, Free Comic Book Day has a comic book for everyone!

© 2015 Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. and Free Comic Book Day, inc. All rights reserved. Free Comic Book Day, FCBD, and the FCBD logo are copyright Diamond and Free Comic Book Day, inc. Diamond, the Diamond logo, and PREVIEWS are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Diamond Comic Distributors in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective copyright owners.

 

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Buy One Get One Free on All Digital Marvel Comics!
from Bill, February 21st, 2015 11:14 pm, comic book

Buy One Get One Free on All Digital Marvel Comics!

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*Offer valid 2/20/15 12:01 AM EST to 2/23/1 11:59 EST.

 

About Marvel Entertainment

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

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Brisson and Couceiro’s ‘Cluster’ #1 Sells Out, Is Sentenced to a Second Printing
from Bill, February 21st, 2015 11:03 pm, comic book

Brisson and Couceiro’s ‘Cluster’ #1 Sells Out, Is Sentenced to a Second Printing

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Cluster #1 2nd Print Cover by Damian Couceiro

(Los Angeles, Calif.) – Award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios is pleased to announce that the first issue of its new series about prisoners-turned-soldiers, Cluster, has sold out at the distributor level. The publisher has rushed to a second printing to fill demand.

 

Comic book fans should bear in mind that first printings of Cluster #1 may still be found at the local comic shop nearest you. Not sure where to find your nearest comic retailer? Use comicshoplocator.com or findacomicshop.com to find one!

 

Created by the team behind the latest run on BOOM!’s Sons of Anarchy comic series, writer Ed Brisson (The Field, Sheltered) and artist Damian Couceiro (Planet of the Apes) tell a story set in a distant future where humans have discovered life on other planets. Faced with a shortage of manpower, and in order to protect their colonies across the galaxy from other species, Earth’s government has resorted to offering prisoners a chance to shorten their long sentences in exchange for serving as an interstellar soldier. More and more soldiers are needed as wars continue, so small crimes are met with long-term punishments. But when a group of prisoners-turned-soldiers are marooned on enemy soil, they’ll need to work together to survive and uncover the truth behind Earth’s role in deep space.

 

Praise for Cluster #1:

 

“Brisson adds another successful launch to his diverse resume with Cluster #1…a character-driven science fiction story that makes for an entertaining and engaging beginning.” – Comic Book Resources

 

Cluster is a strong debut that looks to get even stronger.” – Newsarama

 

“Creators Ed Brisson and Damian Couceiro have crafted a sci-fi action romp with a fresh look and a fresh approach.” – IGN

 

Cluster #1 is the kind of classic sci-fi that gives you those nostalgic fuzzies from growing up watching Starship Troopers and Pitch Black.” – Bloody Disgusting

 

Cluster is a series that sci-fi fans need to be following.” – All-Comic

 

Cluster #1 is awesome, simply awesome with great characters and rocking action. You would be making a mistake missing this one.” – Rhymes With Geek

 

Cluster #1 delivered in a huge way this week and will not leave readers disappointed.” – Geek Sushi

 

“Fans of old-school, hard-boiled action are in for a treat…” – Adventures in Poor Taste

 

“From prison brawls to battlefield brawls, this is one hell of a visual treat. Put aside one of your Big Two books this week in favor of Cluster #1, you’ll be pleasantly satisfied.” – Geeks Unleashed

Cluster #1 second print ships with a new cover by series artist Damian Couceiro and carries a retail price of $3.99 with a Diamond Code of DEC148594. Orders close on February 23rd, and it is anticipated to be in stores on March 11th.

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.

BOOM! Studios
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Creators
Ed Brisson = @edbrisson
Damian Couceiro = @DamianCouceiro

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