Masters of the Universe Chronicles: 2010 – MOTU Classics – A year in review!

 

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Welcome to another January edition of Masters of the Universe Chronicles.  The contributors are back with their awesome stuff after the Xmas/New year hiatus! There is also brand new PCN contributor to the Chronicles but you will have to listen to the intro to find out who this person is!

James Sawyer covers the 2nd issue of the DC comic in the Chronicles Comics Corner.  Suine Hallock comes up with a brand new pairing of the DC/MOTU 2 pack and its a great one!  Insightful stuff from Mr Hallock.  Mike Ficklin returns with Flickin through the pages with Ficklin and gives us a review of one of the Ladybird books as well as announcing the winner of the book “The Trap”.  James “Roboto” Garnhart has an interview……with a difference.  it has to be heard to be believed!  Lastly James “Busta Toons” Eatock tries to get 10 facts done in 60 seconds!  What number will he conjour up today?

Popculturenetwork.com celebrated its first birthday this month so what better way to capitalise on this than inviting some terrific PCN people on. “Pixel” Dan, Suine Hallock and Rob Base join Chris to talk about the MOTU Classic figures that came out in 2010.  This time the discussion is done with a difference!  How?  Tune in to find out!

IDW Announces Second Printing for INFESTATION #1

the Opening Salvo in IDW’s Multi-Title Zombie Event Sells Out

Second Printing Available in Stores on February 16th

San Diego, CA (January 27, 2010) – IDW Publishing is excited to announce that INFESTATION #1 has sold out! Setting the stage for the company’s massive INFESTATION event, IDW is rushing a second printing of this debut issue to stores. INFESTATION #1 kicks off an epic adventure that invades Star Trek, Ghostbusters, TRANSFORMERS, and G.I. JOE comics with hordes of zombies and infected robots. Written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning (The Thanos Imperative, Legion of Super-Heroes) and illustrated by David Messina (True Blood), INFESTATION #1 starts the multi-title event with a bang, and never lets up. To meet the continued demand and ensure readers can get in on the brain-eating action, the second printing of INFESTATION #1 will be in stores on February 16th, and readers should check availability with their local store.

“The response to INFESTATION has completely exceeded our expectations,” said Chris Ryall, IDW Chief Creative Officer and Editor in Chief. “This project has been in the works for years and it’s very regarding for all of us at IDW to see it getting such a positive response.”

This initial 32-page INFESTATION story begins in IDW’s own ZOMBIES VS. ROBOTS universe, where something goes terribly wrong and ultimately infests the worlds of TRANSFORMERS, STAR TREK, G.I. JOE, and GHOSTBUSTERS. From there, the story spins ferociously into each of the four properties throughout February and March, and culminates in April’s bombastic finale, INFESTATION #2.

In February, TRANSFORMERS: INFESTATION #1 and #2 and STAR TREK: INFESTATION #1 and #2 will ship bi-weekly. The TRANSFORMERS title will also be penned by Abnett and Lanning, with fan-favorite Nick Roche handling the art. STAR TREK: INFESTATION will be written by mainstay writers Scott and David Tipton and illustrated by Gary Erskine (Dan Dare) and Casey Maloney (Zipper).

March will see the release of the bi-weekly G.I. JOE: INFESTATION #1 and #2 by writer Mike Raicht and artist Giovanni Timpano, as well as GHOSTBUSTERS: INFESTATION #1 and #2 by Erik Burnham (The A-Team: War Stories) and Kyle Hotz (Marvel Zombies).

Artist John K. Snyder III (Phoenix Without Ashes) will provide covers for the two INFESTATION issues, as well as 1950s sci-fi film-inspired images for each of the four involved series.

INFESTATION #1, 2nd printing ($3.99, 40 pages, full color) will be available in stores on February 16, 2011. Diamond order code DEC10 8147.

TRANSFORMERS: INFESTATION #1 and #2 (each: $3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be in stores on February 2 and 16, 2011, respectively. Diamond order codes DEC10 0337 and DEC10 0340.

STAR TREK: INFESTATION #1 and #2 (each: $3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be in stores on February 9 and 23, 2011, respectively. Diamond order codes DEC10 0332 and DEC10 03335.

G.I. JOE: INFESTATION #1 and #2 (each: $3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be in stores on March 2 and 16, 2011, respectively. Diamond order codes JAN11 0472 and JAN11 0475.

GHOSTBUSTERS: INFESTATION #1 and #2 (each: $3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be in stores on March 9 and 23, 2011, respectively. Diamond order codes JAN11 0467 and JAN11 0470.

INFESTATION #2 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be available in stores on April 6, 2011. Diamond order code FEB11 0291.

IDW Publishing Launches Templesmith Comics for the iPad and iPhone


Ben Templesmith’s art and writing showcased in IDW’s first creator-based app

San Diego, CA (January 26, 2010) – Introducing another great addition to the company’s growing line of digital comics, IDW Publishing is proud to announce Templesmith Comics, a collection of comics by one of the industries most unconventionally brilliant creators, Ben Templesmith. A free storefront application offering in-app purchases, Templesmith Comics is now available exclusively for the Apple iPadTM, iPhone® and iPod touch®.

“Ben’s work deserves to be featured on it’s own,” said Jeff Webber, Director of ePublishing for IDW. “The custom designed app includes several of Ben’s biggest series – Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse, Singularity 7, Groom Lake, Shadowplay, Welcome to Hoxford, and even a special G.I. JOE story featuring the Baroness. These books have been top sellers on other platforms such as Sony PSP, so we wanted to bring them to his iPad and iPhone fans as one complete library.”

IDW, the first comics publisher to launch its own “in app purchase” storefronts for the iPhone and iPod touch, brings its offering to five storefronts with the new Templesmith Comics. This creator-based app joins IDW’s existing storefronts: G.I. JOE Comics, TRANSFORMERS Comics, Star Trek, and IDW Comics. All IDW store front apps are powered by iVerse.

Available as a free application through iTunes, Templesmith Comics comes with 3 free books and the option to purchase over 30 for either $.99 or $1.99 each. New books will be added regularly as IDW’s Templesmith catalog continues to grow. Each digital comic has been specifically formatted to optimize reading for both iPad and iPhone. IDW currently has over 650 individual issues available through the App Store, with more available every week.

Templesmith Comics is now available from iTunes as a free download. Click here to download from iTunes.

IDW digital comics are available on more mobile devices and platforms than any other major publishers, including Apple iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Sony PSP, Nokia Ovi Store, Amazon Kindle, AT&T, Blackberry and more to be announce in 2011. The IDW digital comics catalog includes single issues and graphic novels formatted for tablets, phones and game devices; and titles ranging from top licensed brands to creator favorites.


Visit IDWPublishing.com to learn more about the company and its top-selling books.

Wizard Magazine no more

After nearly 20 years Wizard has folded

They released the remaining staff and freelance assignments. Its Sister publication ToyFare also closed.

Launched in 1991, Wizard was once a dominant, if controversial, force in the comics industry, with its price guides, Top 10 Writers and Artists lists and annual Wizard Fan Awards carrying significant weight. But in recent years the magazine’s star faded even as its scope expanded — it rebranded itself as “The Magazine of Comics, Entertainment and Pop Culture” — becoming known more for its staff firings than for its exclusive coverage. ToyFare debuted in 1997 as a companion publication devoted to toys and collectibles.

CEO Gareb Shamus followed a morning filled with reports of the magazines’ demise with a press release announcing the February launch of “an all-new digital magazine called Wizard World” that will target the same audience. Curiously the release, which you can read below, doesn’t mention Wizard magazine. Instead its focus is on the news that Wizard World Inc. is now a public company with Shamus as its president and CEO.

Wizard World has since confirmed the closings of Wizard and ToyFare: “Wizard Entertainment is ceasing publication of the print magazines Wizard and ToyFare. Wizard World, Inc. will begin production of the online publication ‘Wizard World’ beginning in February. We feel this will allow us to reach an even wider audience in a format that is increasingly popular and more readily accessible.”

The Wizard bullpen blog Pie Monkey has been taken offline, with assurances from its Twitter feed to “Please stay tuned” The link to magazine subscriptions on the Wizard website is also dead.

Their comic con’s will still breathe life around the country

Wizard World Comic Con will begin its North American tour at New Orleans Comic Con held from January 29 to 30, 2011. The full event schedule can be found at www.wizardworld.com.

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