More swesome reveals from Super 7
Following the exciting Transformers: The Last Knight movie release on June 21, fans will have the opportunity to take home a piece of the film with this Voyager Class Optimus Prime figure which will be available for purchase exclusively at Booth #3329 at SDCC 2017. The figure, which converts to Western Star truck mode based on Transformers: The Last Knight, features movie inspired detailing and collectible packaging. It also comes with a free gift with purchase: an authentic piece of truck tire used in the film with a certificate of authenticity from Western Star!
DARK HORSE WINS FOUR EISNER AWARDS PLUS ONE SHARED
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR—This year at the 2015 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, Dark Horse Comics was honored with awards for Best Single Issue, Best U.S. Edition of International Material, Best Writer, Best Coloring, and Best Lettering.
Dark Horse was awarded the largest number of Eisners in 2015, with four wins plus one shared.
Best Single Issue (or One-Shot): Beasts of Burden: Hunters and Gatherers by Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson
Best U.S. Edition of International Material: Blacksad: Amarillo by Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido
Best Writer: Gene Luen Yang, Avatar: The Last Airbender (Dark Horse), The Shadow Hero (First Second)
Best Coloring: Dave Stewart, Hellboy in Hell, B.P.R.D., Abe Sapien, Baltimore, Lobster Johnson, Witchfinder, The Shaolin Cowboy, Aliens: Fire and Stone, Dark Horse Presents
Best Lettering: Stan Sakai, Usagi Yojimbo: Senso, Usagi Yojimbo Color Special: The Artist
Congratulations to all the Eisner winners and nominees for 2015!
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.
SDCC ’15: Titan To Publish New Creator-Owned Series, Bloodthirsty!
(San Diego, USA, Friday July 10) Titan Comics were thrilled to announce they will publish Bloodthirsty; a visceral revenge thriller that merges the real-world hopes and horrors of a post-disaster community with an engaging thread of political corruption, class divide and blood-curdling terror! The series was announced during the SDCC 2015 Diamond retailer presentation this Friday
.From Louisiana native and Disney screenwriter Mark Landry, Bloodthirsty is illustrated by Interview With The Vampire artistAshley Marie Witter, and has received public support from none other than superstar artist Georges Jeanty (Serenity, Buffy The Vampire Slayer). The giant-sized issue #1 comes with two covers to collect, one of these is created by Star Wars cover artist Nick Runge.
Haunted by the catastrophe that tore his city apart ten years ago, Coast Guard veteran, Virgil Lafleur, struggles daily with the hardships of a post-Katrina New Orleans. But when his younger brother’s murder leads him into a vortex of intrigue, corruption, and violence, Virgil becomes obsessed with bringing the killers to justice and exposing the horrific secret hiding beneath the Mississippi.
Bloodthirsty #1 hits comic stores in September and will be available digitally to read on your digital devices.
Retailers can order now from the August edition of PREVIEWS
IDW Announces Star TrekTM
Landmark Issue And A New Series For 2015San Diego, CA (July 9, 2015) –Following this year’s Comic-Con launch of the epic crossover Star Trek/ Green Lantern comic book, IDW announced two more new comic book projects slated for 2015.
This October will see the release of Star Trek #50, marking one of the longest-running Star Trek comic-book series by any publisher. Mike Johnson continues his stint with this special anniversary issue that kicks off an epic, three-part adventure that will introduce the classic “Mirror/Mirror” storyline into the new film-based universe. Issue #50 will also boast additional bonus content, including behind-the-scenes looks at the entire 50-issue run, along with hints about where the series is going. It will all be surrounded by a gorgeous wraparound cover by series artist Tony Shasteen.
In December, IDW is adding a new dynamic to Star Trek lore with the debut of a new miniseries, Star Trek: Starfleet Academy. The comic follows Kirk, Spock, Uhura and some surprise faces while they are still cadets-in-training at Starfleet Academy, set in the period just prior to the opening of the 2009 mega-hit film. At the same time, you’ll meet the all-new “current day” class of Starfleet cadets, full of compelling young characters from all over the galaxy. The past and the present collide when a mystery bridges the two timelines.
This vibrant series, designed to be an entry point for diverse groups of readers, is written by Mike Johnson and Ryan Parrot, with art by fan-favorite creator Derek Charm.
“IDW is proud to have been partnered with Star Trekfor nearly a fifth of its lifespan so far,” said IDW Editor-In-Chief Chris Ryall. “As these new comic book projects, and many others coming soon, will show, we’ve got plenty of exciting new ways to bring Star Trek stories to the fans.”
“The fan enthusiasm surrounding Starfleet Academy, much like Harry Potter’s Hogwarts, or X-Men’sXavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, shows that the educational lives of our most beloved heroes makes for fantastic stories,” said IDW editor Sarah Gaydos. “I am so excited to flesh out a new chapter in the lives of the Enterprise crew, while introducing you to a great new team of recruits – – ready to boldly go!”
Join Mike Johnson, Derek Charm and Sarah Gaydos at SDCC on Friday, July 10 (4PM-5PM) for the IDW: The Best Panel On Recorded History where they will discuss these Star Trek projects and more.
About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE and MY LITTLE PONY; Disney’s classic characters including Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Uncle Scrooge; Paramount/CBS’s Star Trek; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Zombies vs Robots by Chris Ryall and Ashley Wood; Ragnarök from Eisner Award-winner Walter Simonson; and Little Nemo from the award-winning duo of Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to acclaimed imprints such as the Library of American Comics, which publishes classic comic reprints, Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio, IDW Artist’s Editions, and Top Shelf Productions.
IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot; Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Warner Brothers are producing a film based on Ashley Wood’s Lore; Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film, and Alex Kurtzman is producing a movie based on Locke & Key at Universal.
IDW Entertainment was started in 2014 to fund, develop, and oversee brand extensions across IDW Publishing’s portfolio of comics and graphic novels for the global television market. IDW Entertainment is currently in development with a slate of properties for television including the chilling and realistic vampire thriller, V Wars, by New York Times Best Seller Jonathan Maberry with writer/executive producer Tim Schlattmann (Dexter, Smallville); Douglas Adams’ Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, with writer/executive producer Max Landis (Chronicle); and many others.
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.
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/
About IDW Publishing
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.