The Tick returns 

In a world where superheroes have been real for decades, an underdog accountant with zero powers comes to realize his city is owned by a global super villain long-thought dead. As he struggles to uncover this conspiracy, he falls in league with a strange blue superhero. The Tick stars Peter Serafinowicz (Guardians of the Galaxy), Griffin Newman (Vinyl), Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen), Valorie Curry (House of Lies), Yara Martinez (Jane the Virgin) and Brendan Hines (Scorpion). The Tick is executive produced by Ben Edlund (Supernatural), Barry Josephson (Bones) and Barry Sonnenfeld (A Series of Unfortunate Events), directed by Wally Pfister (The Dark Knight), and written by Edlund. The Tick is a co-production with Sony Pictures Television.

Dark Horse Comics Single Issues Comes To ComiXology & Amazon Kindle Store

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ComiXology and Kindle release all Dark Horse books same-day-as-print

More than 2,000 Dark Horse Comics single issues are now available on comiXology and Amazon Kindle Store including Fight Club 2, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Tomb Raider, The Witcher, Plants vs. Zombies, Halo, The Goon, Archie vs. Predator, Mike Mignola’s Hellboy and B.P.R.D. and more!

October 7th, 2015 – New York, NY / Portland, OR – Today Dark Horse Comics, comiXology and Amazon announced an agreement to bring the full catalog of Dark Horse Comics’ single issues to the comiXology platform and Amazon’s Kindle StoreNow, all Dark Horse Comics’ digital single issues will be available on comiXology and the Kindle Store the same-day-as-print versions arrive in comic shops.

This past June, comiXology and Dark Horse Comics announced an agreement to bring Dark Horse’s collections, graphic novels and manga to comiXology. As of today, Dark Horse Comics’ full digital catalog is now available on both comiXology and Amazon’s Kindle Store.

“We launched our graphic novel catalog through comiXology last June and the sales have been incredible,” noted Dark Horse President Mike Richardson.  “Now readers will have full access to our monthly comics for the first time ever and comiXology will never be out of stock on your favorite Dark Horse titles.”

“This is huge,” said comiXology co-founder and CEO David Steinberger. “Our fans were thrilled when we added Dark Horse Comics on comiXology earlier this year. I’m very excited that we’re now able to offer new releases the same-day-as-print and the incredible Dark Horse Comics catalog of back issues to readers through both comiXology and Amazon’s Kindle Store.”

More than 2,000 single issues launched today on comiXology and Amazon’s Kindle Store from Dark Horse Comics, including Fight Club 2, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Tomb Raider, The Witcher, Plants vs. Zombies, Halo, The Goon, Archie vs. Predator, Mike Mignola’s Hellboy and B.P.R.D. and more!

The Kindle Store gives readers access to millions of books on the most popular devices and platforms, including Fire tablets, Kindle e-readers, iOS, Android and more.

With over 75,000 comics, graphic novels and manga from more than 75 publishers, comiXology offers the widest selection of digital comics in the world. ComiXology’s immense catalog and cinematic Guided View reading experience make it the best digital platform for comic fans worldwide.

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 Eric Powell, Mike Mignola, Geof Darrow, Brian Wood, Gail Simone, Stan Sakai, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Milo Manara, Kazuo Koike, Neil Gaiman and Frank Miller, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The MaskGhostXand Barb Wire. Its successful line of comics, manga and products based on popular properties includes Dragon Age, Buffy the Vampire SlayerAliensConanTomb RaiderHalo,The Witcher, SerenityGame of Thrones,and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading entertainment publishers.

About comiXology
ComiXology, an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), has revolutionized the comic book and graphic novel industry by delivering a cloud-based digital comics platform that makes discovering, buying, and reading comics more fun than ever before. ComiXology’s Guided View reading technology transforms the comic book medium into an immersive and cinematic experience, helping comiXology become a top ten grossing iPad app in 2011 and 2012 and the top grossing non-game iPad app in 2012 and 2013. Offering the broadest library of comic book content from over 75 publishers – and independent creators as well – comiXology will not stop until everyone on the face of the planet has become a comic book fan. ComiXology is based in New York City, with operations in Los Angeles and Paris. For more information visit www.comixology.com.

About Amazon
Amazon.com opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

Archie Comics renews distribution agreement with comiXology, expands single issues to Amazon

Archie Comics renews distribution agreement with comiXology, expands single issues to Amazon

Amazon’s Kindle Store now has more than 1,700 single issue comics featuring iconic Archie characters, as well as the new Riverdale Reborn series, Afterlife with Archie, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and more

August 2015 — New York, NY—Archie Comics, comiXology and Amazon announced an expanded and renewed distribution agreement to sell Archie’s digital comic books and graphic novels across the comiXology platform and bring Archie single issues to the Amazon Kindle Store. More than 1,700 single issues are now available for sale in the Kindle Store, including the newly re-launched Archie series by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples, the upcoming New Riverdale titles as well as Archie Horror and Dark Circle comic series.

“As we look forward to celebrating our 75th anniversary, it’s an ongoing priority for us to engage our fans in new and innovative ways,” said Jon Goldwater, CEO of Archie Comics.  “We are very pleased to continue serving our readers around the globe through the comiXology platform, and extremely excited to reach a brand new reading audience through the Kindle Store.”

“Archie Comics is one of the most recognizable comic book brands in the world,” said David Steinberger, comiXology’s co-founder and CEO. “They’ve done a fantastic job of constantly reinventing themselves to keep their characters fresh and relevant to readers of all ages. We’re happy that comiXology continues to be a key part of their digital distribution and to add them to the Kindle Store as a way to reach even more fans.”

While Archie’s graphic novels have long been available in the Kindle Store, their 1,700 single issues available today include many popular series and characters from the Archie Comics catalog, including Archie, Josie And The Pussycats, Sabrina The Teenage Witch, Afterlife with Archie, and a variety of Dark Circle titles.  Kindle readers will also have same day as print access to new releases, including the new Archie series by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples and the upcoming Jughead by Chip Zdarsky,Betty and Veronica by Adam Hughes and Life with Kevin by Dan Parent and J. Bone.

The Kindle Store gives readers access to millions of books on the most popular devices and platforms, including Fire tablets, Kindle e-readers, iOS, Android, and more.

With over 75,000 comics, graphic novels and manga from more than 75 publishers, comiXology offers the widest selection of digital comics in the world. ComiXology’s immense catalog and cinematic Guided View reading experience make it the best digital platform for comic and graphic novel fans worldwide.

About Archie Comics
Archie Comics is the leading mass market comic book publisher in the world and the home to a wide array of the most popular humor, action-adventure and superhero characters in entertainment, including Archie, Jughead, Betty and Veronica, Reggie, Kevin Keller, Josie and the Pussycats, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Afterlife With Archie, the Dark Circle Comics superhero characters (The Black Hood, The Fox, The Shield and more), Li’l Jinx and many more. Archie Comics have sold over 2 billion comics worldwide and are published around the world in a number of languages. In addition to comics, Archie characters have been featured prominently in animation, television, film and music. Follow Archie Comics on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube andthe Archie Comics Store.

About comiXology
 
ComiXology, an Amazon.com, Inc. subsidiary (NASDAQ:AMZN), has revolutionized the comic book and graphic novel industry by delivering a cloud-based digital comics platform that makes discovering, buying, and reading comics more fun than ever before. ComiXology’s Guided View reading technology transforms the comic book medium into an immersive and cinematic experience, helping comiXology become a top ten grossing iPad app in 2011 and 2012 and the top grossing non-game iPad app in 2012 and 2013. Offering the broadest library of comic book content from over 75 publishers – and independent creators as well – comiXology will not stop until everyone on the face of the planet has become a comic book fan. ComiXology is based in New York City, with operations in Seattle, Los Angeles and Paris. For more information visit www.comixology.com.

About Amazon
Amazon.com opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995. The company is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire phone, Fire tablets, Fire TV, and Amazon Echo are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

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A look at Comic book piracy

By Robert “Rob Base” Greenwood

Comic book piracy

Before anyone bashes this article let me just say. Piracy and theft of copyrighted material is a crime and is not something that should be supported.

Now that the formalities are over,lets talk about the music business for a second. Since the whole piracy issue really affected them the hardest.

Back in the early 80s cassette tapes brought on new dimensions of listening pleasures and with that the first true modern advent of ”piracy” took hold.

But as far back as I could remember we still purchased the record or tape no problem. Sales grew ten folds as new genres of music paved it’s way across the air waves. Even with this knowledge labels screamed abuse due to blank audio cassette tapes and the creation of the ”mix” tape.

Yet rock stars still flew private jets and rap stars still sold out arenas. So years pass and the next big thing took hold, it was called the compact disc. The CD created new level of sound and listening euphoria.

This new age of enlightenment was dubbed  the “Computer Age” and with it came the dawn of coping disc to share across the Internet via file sharing sites. This spurred much debate. On top of everything else sales started to slump, keep in mind that these sales slumps weren’t across the board and music stores still existed.

So what changed?

Why was the music business hit so hard? There are many theories out there but never fully touched on this subject.

Supply and demand.

The high cost of music production be it in the realm of sales or R &D. Pay checks to Execs who for the most part do nothing. Walk into any real record label I dare you! you will find that they have a ton of low paid people who know their stuff and the Execs are never in their office , they party on money racked in by the performers.

Cd sales dropped so what did the music stores do ? Raised the price of a cd. The average price of a cd was 11 bucks and here’s the thing , we all buy blank cd’s to do many a task and we know how cheap it is. 32 cents per disk even less now and it costs roughly 10 cents for a case. So, the real question is why? Why is a cd with 12 songs costing 15 to 22 bucks?

The lovely little term ”overhead”. Instead of knocking down the price of a cd, they raised it to keep their personal bankrolls stable.

Invention of the Internet will always bring Good and bad things. On to the subject at hand comic books. Unlike CDs which retain no value or have little collect – ability. Comics have always been a market based on a collector,who wish to read the comic and collect the book.

Artist and publishers can blame piracy for the down fall of comics but the truth is comics created the downfall themselves.

With the creation of image comics and companies relying on hyperactive art over substance and the ”chase” cover. Comics slowly sealed their own doom. Plus the ever raising price in a modern market place is another factor.

No kid will spend 5 bucks on a 32 page comic with 6 pages of advertising. Comic books have been on a rise due to better stories and better art. Yes people pirate comics. So the question how do you stop it?

Piracy is created out of a lack of money or the lack of willingness to commit to a product. People are willing to spend money if the price is right. Yet understand that Comics and all printed medium fight for that 32%. (All printed media are fighting for less than 40% of all consumers. This was from a consumer report from 2011)

If it’s free they will read. I want a comic artist nowadays to tell me they buy CDs!

Ask anyone if they buy music and they will say “Oh I download and buy from apple or amazon.” Well good for you, I do the same for comics. make it worth while and I will buy.

In the end piracy will always be there. Nothing can truly stop it nor completely control it.

On the subject of digital comic books the price is still a bit high but on any given day Comixology has 99 cent deals. In the end, if you want and enjoy these comics buy some.

Review:the legend of Zelda – hyrule historia

Editors note: This Review by Chris Vint contains a few Spoilers Please if you wish not to be spoiled do not read review wait till after you receive your comic.

~SPOILER ALERT~

The legend of Zelda is a gaming series that has been around for over 25 years and we’ve had Link go on his quests to rescue Zelda ranging from the NES to the Wii. We’ve also been treated to the wonderful music tours and the free CD that came with Zelda Skyward Sword and now we have one of the most successful books relating to video games that I’m aware of. Heck it knocked 50 shades of grey off the top of the amazon charts.

I’ll be going over some pages in the book that stood out to me. Don’t get me wrong its all gorgeous but if I was to go through it all, I’d be here for a while!

There may be spoilers in this so if you’d rather wait for the book to be sitting in your hands then please read this after you’ve read the book….makes sense?

We are treated first of all to the creator of The Legend of Zelda series Shigeru Miyamoto telling us how the naming of the series came about. I’m always fascinated by how naming of a product comes around and this is no different! He knew he wanted to call it the legend of something, but I’ll not go into the rest.

The next glorious feast for your eyes is some designs from Skyward Sword and the main mode of transportation which is Loft wing, the trusty Red bird. We also see a new character called Fi (think Navi but less annoying) and how they used the master sword designs to implement her design.

Sky loft and the islands in the sky is one of the next pieces that we see and this is the town and surrounding areas that we enjoy in the game. The designs of the villages in the Legend of Zelda series are always very memorable and this is no exception. What would a village be without its townsfolk and there is plenty here to enjoy! We also see some characters that were designed but never used. This is always a real plus when looking through any art book is seeing what could have been.

The Kiwi and the Gorons are a vital part of Skyward sword and looking at what they are like in the game and what way they could have been represented is both lovely yet frightening. I love the way the Gorons are and thank goodness that’s how they look.

The dead warriors (think pirates but skeletons) are a prevalent enemy in the Zelda series from the ocarina of time or wind waker and its great to read just a little of how they have evolved to hinder Link.

Moving away from the Skyward Sword, most Zelda fans would tell you what game would come before another and now we have the chronological order in the book.  There is evidence that Skyward sword is the first in the order. Its great the way you are shown how to read this section. My favorite part in this section is regarding the four swords. I love this game and its design is terrifically cartoon- y here. Maybe that is why I like it.

There are over 250 pages here and I’ve shared some with you. This book is a MUST HAVE if you are a fan of the legend of Zelda series or even just a fan of video games in general . I’ve put the links (no pun intended) for the USA and uk pages for Amazon. The book is available on the 29th January and thank you to Dark Horse and Rob Base for giving my eyes a visual treat!
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Amazon.com –
http://www.amazon.com/The-Legend-Zelda-Hyrule-Historia/dp/1616550414/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1358542837&sr=8-1&keywords=hyrule+historia

Amazon.co.uk
http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Legend-Zelda-Hyrule-Historia/dp/1616550414/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1358543101&sr=8-1

 

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Amazon.com walking dead four pack

The first series of Walking Dead Minimates has been selling out in stores on both sides of the Atlantic, leading to a worldwide zombie shortage! In order to alleviate this shortage, Diamond Select Toys and Amazon.com have teamed up to offer an exclusive four-pack of Minimates, taken straight from the hit comic book series by Robert Kirkman. The set includes two new zombies, a Roamer and a Lurker, plus all-new versions of Michonne (with angry expression) and Rick Grimes (in prison garb, with battle damage). Each Minimate stands 2 inches tall with 14 points of articulation, and features interchangeable and removable parts. The set also includes Rick’s shotgun and pistol and Michonne’s sword, and will be available on Amazon.com in mid-December.

Get updates about this set on Facebook and Twitter! And look for Series 2 at comic shops next week!

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WWE Falls count Anywhere Trailer

WWE Falls Count Anywhere, the Greatest Street Fights and Other out of Control Matches available on DVD and Blu-ray from 10th September at Amazon- http://amzn.to/NyYJNC and all good DVD retailers.

In the Uk – Head over to Wrestleshock’s friends www.silvervision.co.uk and order this DVD or Blu-ray today.
A review will be heading your way soon on Wrestleshock and make sure to follow Chris @Vinto316 and stay up to date!