Thursday, October 23, 2014

Early trailer for AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON on website




Go to the Gamma Squad site for a video trailer of the movie  (May 2015).  Wow!  I expect this to be awesome.  Love the menace in the Spader-voice.

SQUARRIORS: Crowd-funding success debuts in December

compiled from press release materials furnished by Devils Due Entertainment . . . . .

Two tribes of animals find themselves on the brink of war. Will they survive and find peace, or follow humanity into extinction?

Squarriors is the epic saga of warring animals in a post-human world.  The story follows  a small tribe known as the Tin Kin, and their struggles building a life in the new world while confronting the hostile neighboring Maw tribe.

Since the demise of humanity, the remaining animal life have become intelligent and the spark of rational thought creates an internal struggle for the creatures.  Do they embrace reason... or follow their savage animal instincts?

Squarriors is the creation of writer Ash Maczko and artist Ashley Witter (Also known as "Team Ash").


Issue #1 was successfully funded through a Kickstarter campaign. It is scheduled to be released in December 2014 and is available to pre-order through your local comics store. See the current October issue of PREVIEWS (Diamond Distribution) for all the details.

Squarriors #1 promises an engaging story with absolutely stunning artwork - - a full 32 page, full color story.  The campaign has now opened up to fund Issue #2.  The overall goal is to produce four mini-series of Squarriors stories.  Each min-series will represent a seaon in a single year.  The first 4-issue series begins with “Spring.”

We previously featured Squarriors on BC Refugees back in July when the Kickstarter campaign was beginning . . . . .

Interested readers can still make contributions to future issues and receive various rewards. Go to to learn more about the creators and view more art and go to if you want to see what incentives and preorders are available.

Here’s more of the incredible art that we now can look forward to . . . . . . .

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Monday, October 13, 2014

A little news from the New York Comic Con

EDITOR’S NOTE: Feeling a little lost after missing the New York Comic Con. We tried hard to find a correspondent among our contacts but did not make a connection.  At least the kind folks at Valiant were nice enough to give me a little feedback, as well as tease. See below . . . . . . . . . . . .

Greetings from New York Comic Con!

          We just wrapped an awesome week of signings, panels, and announcements – including word on the all-new VALIANT NEXT wave of series, the first lettered look inside THE VALIANT #1, and QUANTUM AND WOODY MUST DIE! by James Asmus and Steve Lieber – at our hometown show.  to all of you who came out – it was Valiant's best NYCC yet!

          But we're not slowing down yet.  Next week, look for two major releases from Valiant, beginning with UNITY #0.  Valiant mainstays Matt Kindt and Cary Nord have teamed for the first time to tell the secret history of the Eternal Warrior's original Unity squad – and it's an awesome World War I adventure that will have big ramifications for our modern day team in just a few weeks time.

          Then – drumroll please – creators Christopher Priest and MD Bright make their much anticipated return to the world's worst superhero team in Q2: THE RETURN OF QUANTUM AND WOODY #1 (of 5)!  Set in its own continuity – 20 years in real time after the events of Priest & Bright's legendary Acclaim Comics series – Q2 is truly a return to form for two comics icons, and one of the most eagerly awaited returns in Valiant history.  This project has been years in the making...and we're proud to say that is been worth the wait!

         (Fans of James Asmus' run on Q&W, don't fret – the modern incarnations of Quantum and Woody that you've come to know and hate...are still appearing in THE DELINQUENTS and will return this December in VALIANT-SIZED QUANTUM AND WOODY #1!)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Little Girl, Lost

TPB:  Supergirl Vol. 1  
Writer:  Michael Green and Michael Johnson
Artist: Mahmud Asrar
Price:  $14.99

Supergirl is seemingly reinvented by writers every few years. At first she was Kal-El’s cousin until she was killed in a Crisis Event.  Then she was written out of the universe entirely to make Superman truly the last Kryptonian.  Then the Supergirl role was filled by several women, some of them from Eath, including Matrix, Linda Danvers, and Cir-El.  In the New 52 (and for a while before) she is back where she started from even though she couldn’t feel any more lost.

Kara Zor-el has just crash landed to Earth but has no memory of what transpired during the last days of Krypton.  Confused at being almost immediately attacked, she lashes out with as much power and strength as the other person who shares her family crest.  Unfortunately she can’t bring herself to trust Big Blue since he was only a baby when she left Krypton and does not believe his story or who he says he is. 

Returning to Krypton to start her own investigation, Kara meets a Worldkiller (a Kryptonian WMD) who confronts her about its perceived enslavement by Kara’s race.  After a brief battle, the Worldkiller announces it is headed to Earth to kill the last remnants of the Kryptonian race.  Supergirl must speed home to Earth and save her new home planet all while getting used to her new powerset and mourning her long-dead world.

The art in this book is a little too boxy and segmented for my liking.  Kara’s costume looks like it snaps onto her in 8 pieces.  Although this is also apparently a new take on her costume, I can see the same thing in people’s faces which is disturbing.  The writing is adequate to tell the story but moments where warm thoughts and rainbows get Supergirl out of a jam foreshadow buildup that doesn’t have sufficient payoff.  In fact, the final pages of the book are a bit of a letdown.  The concept is great and the story is serviceable, still making this in the top 10 or 15 of New 52 titles. 

Final rating (out of 5):

4 stars

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Get VALIANT with your comic book love . . . . .

EDITOR’S NOTE: They certainly made it convenient for late-comers to check out these books.  I can’t think of a better way to spend your seven bucks in a comics store than to grab these up . . . . .

from the official press release . . . . . . .        

           In comic shops everywhere next week, get seven of Valiant's greatest most beloved #1 issues for just one dollar apiece with an all-new wave of ONE DOLLAR DEBUTS!
You've seen the reviews.  You've heard the buzz.  Now discover the best-selling, critically acclaimed first issue smashes that made Valiant one of the most adored publishers in superhero comics today.



          Now featuring brand new quote covers, Valiant's ONE DOLLAR DEBUTS are your best chance yet to discover Valiant's award-winning ongoing series – ARCHER & ARMSTRONG, HARBINGER, QUANTUM AND WOODY, RAI, UNITY, and X-O MANOWAR – before Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt, and Paolo Rivera draft all of Valiant's greatest heroes into a battle ten millennia in the making for THE VALIANT #1 (of 4) in December!


          Plus: get the essential backstory on each of Valiant's most formidable heroes and villains with the VALIANT UNIVERSE 2014 HANDBOOK, featuring highly detailed entries on everything you need to know about the Valiant Universe in 2014 and beyond – from Archer to Generation Zero!  Also including a selection of artwork from a murderer's row of Valiant greats – including Doug Braithwaite, Clayton Crain, Clayton Henry, Bryan Hitch, Esad Ribic, and many more – this is the perfect all-in-one introduction to the heaviest hitters that Valiant has to offer!

          Before VALIANT NEXT unleashes six epic new series – THE VALIANT, IVAR TIMEWALKER, DIVINITY, IMPERIUM, NINJAK, and BLOODSHOT REBORN – in 2015, revisit the foundations of Valiant's fan favorite ongoing series with these must-read ONE DOLLAR DEBUTS, arriving in comic shops everywhere on October 15th!

Tribute: John Lennon focuses on post-Beatle life

from the official press release . . . . .

          Bluewater Productions has a new comic book biography on the life of John Lennon as part of their popular Tribute series. Tribute: John Lennon, released this week is available in both print and digital.  


          In the pantheon of musical legends, John Lennon is at the top of the mountain, if not the king of the mountain.  From his time with the Beatles and his solo projects, he asked the world to ignore borders and divisions, and instead he encouraged the average person to embrace what brings people together. And when his life ended viciously from an assassin’s bullet in 1980, the music industry, and the world, lost an advocate for peace, love and true musicality.

          Comic book writer Marc Shapiro said he painstakingly worked to capture the essence of Lennon’s story.  “I approached writing Tribute: John Lennon as an exploration of a life full of potenJohnLennonPage-07tial and promise that was, sadly, cut short,” said Shapiro.  “We all know the importance of John Lennon as part of The Beatles.  But I felt it was more important to concentrate on his post Beatles' life and career, both good and bad, so that readers would get the clearest possible idea about who he was as a creative entity, husband and father.”


          The 32-page comic book features the art by Luciano Kars and cover by the artist Graham Hill and will sell for $3.99.

          “The Tribute line of comic books tells the stories of people that have made a significant difference in the world while they were with us," says Bluewater publisher, Darren G. Davis.  “It is a way for us to honor these people who have made a difference in the world.”

          Bluewater has focused on other music icons in the past such as Paul McCartney, Prince, John Lennon, David Bowie, Alice Cooper, Keith Richards and more.  

          Coming soon are comic books featuring George Harrison, Bono and Jerry Garcia.

          Also available from Bluewater is the 279-page The Beatles Experience graphic novel featuring the history of the Beatles.


          Bluewater Productions biography comic book series has been featured on CNN, The Today Show and in Billboard, Rolling Stone, People Magazine as well as many other publication and media outlets.

          You can download this title on ComiXology, DriveThru Comics, Google Play, My Digital Comics, Overdrive, Iverse, iTunes, Kindle, Biblioboard, ComicBin, Nook, Kobo and wherever eBooks are sold.

The print version of the book is available only at Comic Flea Market at

 About Bluewater Productions

Bluewater Productions Inc. is one of the top independent production studios of comic books, young adult books and graphic novels.  Its extensive catalog of titles includes the bestsellers 10th Muse and The Legend of Isis.  Bluewater publishes comic books in partnership with entertainment icon William Shatner (TekWar Chronicles), legendary filmmaker Ray Harryhausen (Wrath of the Titans, Sinbad: Rogue of Mars, Jason and the Argonauts) and celebrated actor Vincent Price (Vincent Price Presents). Additionally, Bluewater publishes a highly successful line of biographical comics under the titles Female Force, Beyond, and Political Power.  Bluewater aims to unite cutting-edge art and engaging stories produced by its stable of the publishing industry’s top artists and writers.

For more information, visit

James Bond 007 returns to comics in 2015 via Dynamite

from the official press release . . . . .

October 7, 2014, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment, a leading publisher of English language comic books and graphic novels, is proud to announce their partnership with Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. (IFPL), the company that owns and administers the literary copyright of Ian Fleming's published works, including his fourteen James Bond books.

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          Under their agreement, negotiated by Jonny Geller of Curtis Brown, Dynamite has been granted worldwide rights to publish comic books, digital comics, and graphic novels starring 007.  Fleming's iconic secret agent will re-live the exploits that have thrilled and captivated fans for over half a century in fresh visual adaptations of the classic Bond stories.

          Moreover, Dynamite plans to create a series of brand new adventures unveiling the defining - and largely undocumented - early years of Bond's career.  These new stories will draw inspiration from the Fleming canon to explore Bond's ‘origins': his raw early years before he gambled with his life in the first novel, Casino Royale (1953).  Some other familiar faces from the expansive 007 mythos will also make appearances in this series - criminal masterminds, hired henchmen, glamorous Bond Girls, and secret service allies - alongside all-new characters.


         Corinne Turner, Managing Director of Ian Fleming Publications, says, "It's over sixty years since the publication of Casino Royale, and now more than ever it's an exciting time to be a Bond fan.  We're thrilled that 007 will be revisiting the world of comics, as Fleming's novels have a long and successful history in this medium, ever since they began to be published as newspaper comic strips in the late fifties.  Dynamite are the perfect partners to take on the challenge of continuing this legacy, and we are very much looking forward to working with them."


          "In the journey of discovering new readers for Ian Fleming's classic Bond stories, we are delighted to be partnering with Dynamite in exploring different ways to broaden the audience.  Visually and literally, James Bond will have a new face," says Jonny Geller, Joint CEO of Curtis Brown.

          "Ian Fleming's James Bond is one the best-known characters in the world, yet we know very little of his background and beginnings," says Editor Mike Lake.  "The Bond villains are some of the most memorable figures in popular culture.  Where did they come from... and in some cases, where did they go?"

          "James Bond is one of the greatest cultural icons in the world.  His author and creator, Ian Fleming, was not only in touch with popular culture in his time, but also saw ahead of his time, and his written work will outlive us all," says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment.   "The character, the structure, and the source material is so strong.  The original prose storytelling serves as the basis for one of the most successful film franchises ever, a franchise that reinvents itself to be in tune with each generation.  By doing so, it allows the character to be an ever-progressive pop culture phenomenon, one that energizes existing fans and engages new fans, thus helping to ensure that Bond's relevance and importance will live on forever.  The high-octane action, the charm, the unquestionable allure of this man of action - it all stems from Ian Fleming.  We're excited to build upon the author's source material with new canonical stories, and honored at Dynamite to be a small part of his legacy, to be able to bring new stories to fans around the world."


         Ian Fleming's World War II service as assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence in London granted him a wealth of experience in the world of espionage, on which he drew when writing his novels.  Fleming published fourteen James Bond titles and lived to witness their enormous success in print and on film.  His cultural legacy has thrived for over fifty years, as millions of readers worldwide continue to discover and enjoy his work.

         Dynamite plans to launch its first James Bond comic books in 2015, soliciting periodical issues in Diamond Comic Distributors' Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market. Digital editions will be available simultaneously through such platforms as Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.  Original graphic novels and collections will be released through the comic book specialty market, digital platforms, and numerous book market channels including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and more.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Slumberland: A loving tribute to a comic strip legend

LITTLE NEMO: RETURN TO SLUMBERLAND #1  (IDW Publishing, August 2014)  Writen by Eric Shanower.  Illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez.  Colored by Nelson Daniel.  Lettered by Robbie Robbins.          

          Sometimes the best recognition for a legendary work is for a new creation to pay tribute to it.  All the best homages remain true to the spirit of the original while introducing a new audience to the majesty of the source material.  Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland is the best compliment to the genius of Windsor McCay.  It is a stunning new work of pure brilliance, and worthy of Harvey and Eisner awards.

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          For those looking to introduce younger readers to the wonders of the comics world, this title will serve that purpose nicely.  It’s also a great read for all ages, especially anyone who appreciates the power of imagination as visualized on the printed page.

         Slumberland, as you may guess from that title, is a dream world of unlimited wonder and scope.  Little Nemo: Return To Slumberland is a continuation of creator Windsor McCay’s storylines set in a pure fantasy world sure to delight the child in everyone.  McCay was a ground-breaking cartoonist who first introduced the world to Little Nemo and Slumberland back in 1905 in the colored Sunday page comics section of the New York Herald newspaper.  McCay’s images and use of oddly shaped and placed panels were ahead of his time by decades.   His art has influenced countless creators and continues to do so.

         It’s not necessary to be familiar with the original material, as new creators Shanower and Rodriguez bring us all up to speed in the pages of the first issue.  The Princess of Slumberland is in need of  a new playmate. King Morpheus dispatches the wizards of the Royal Palace to seek out and identify the best candidate,. That happens to be James Nemo Summerton, a young man whose middle name brings feeling of nostalgia to the princess and makes him first choice.  Several of king’s minions attempt one after the other to arouse Nemo during his dreams and transport him back to Slumberland.  These efforts give us brief glimpses of he wonder of Slumberland, and usually end prematurely as Nemo falls out of bed and wakes up.


      The script is full of whimsy and sets just the right tone for an introduction to this enchanted dreamscape.  Writer Eric Shanower is no stranger to this type of thing, having previously published his own series of works set in the wonderful land of L. Frank Baum’s Oz and other works for children.  The art of Gabriel Rodriguez is pure genius and up to the challenge of recreating the style and substance of McCay’s Slumberland. There is a bonus art gallery in the back of the book that shows how Rodriguez visualized Shaonower’s descriptions into images of pure genius.  Rodriguez is best known for his brilliant work on Locke & Key for writer Joe Hill.  The art team puts the finishing touches on this masterpiece with some stunning color from Nelson Daniel and fantastic lettering from Robbie Robbins.

          This book can still be found on select comic store shelves, and I highly recommend that you get on board now.  Issue #2 comes out this month.  Wisely, IDW has made this a bi-monthly series so that the creative team can give it the proper attention without worrying about a deadline every 30 days.

Friday, October 3, 2014

The retailer - customer link is important to comics marketplace

EDITOR'S NOTES: Newcomers to the comics hobby will naturally gravitate to centers where others share their interest. That's why it's important for brick and mortar comic shops to welcome and invite new readers, make them comfortable in their stores, and create events that continue to bring these new readers together, whether it's an in-store artist or writer appearance, a book club or chat night or other event.

How Are Retailers Driving Comics Market Growth?
Digital, Online, Brick and Mortar All Contributing

(October 3, 2014 - Madison, WI) Retailers, whether digital, online, or brick and mortar, are the critical link to the new comics customers that are coming into the market. They're the ones that are connecting these new customers with comics and graphic novels they'll enjoy reading, and then nurturing that interest. How are they attracting these customers, who are they, and what are they buying?

Digital has been one source of new comics customers over the past few years, as the convenient availability and readability on a mobile device customers that were new to the market, based on sales patterns for print comics.

Like digital, online retail makes it easy for consumers anywhere to find comics about subjects that interest them, especially those that connect to other media.

And brick and mortar stores, whether focusing on manga, graphic novels, or a traditional comics and graphic novel mix, are also reaching out to new customers, and using face-to-face interaction to curate the right content for new market segments.

What can we learn from the ways these different types of retailers are finding new customers, what they're selling to them, and who they are? We'll ask our panel of top retailers at the ICv2 Conference:
Jim Crocker, General Manager, Modern Myths
Terence Irvins, Comics and Graphic Novel Buyer, Kinokuniya Bookstore NY
Andrew McIntire, Vice President, Things from Another World
David Steinberger, CEO, comiXology
Tucker Stone, Director, U.S. Sales and Marketing, Nobrow and Flying Eye Books; Managing Partner, Bergen St. Books
Moderated by Milton Griepp, CEO, ICv2
The ICv2 Conference: The New Comics Customer will take place at the Jacob Javits Convention Center from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, October 8th.

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

EDITOR'S NOTE: Here's some information on another panel at NYCC exploring the business of comics and the changing culture of our favorite industry. BC Refugees regrets that we will not be able provide coverage of these events. Anyone reading this column who is going to NYCC and has interest in writing a guest article about it-- please leave a message in the comments.

Who's Publishing for the New Comics Customer?
Learning from the Leading Edge

(October 2, 2014 - Madison, WI) One of the reasons there are new comics customers is that there's a wider variety of comics and graphic novels. But that's not the whole story, because not only does it take new kinds of content, it also means finding the customers that want to buy it where they shop. What publishers are on the leading edge of publishing for the new comics customers, and how are they doing it?

Some are creating original stories with new characters that look like the audiences they're trying to attract. Although such titles can sell in all venues, they seem to find more of an audience in bookstores, and in the case of stories directed at young readers, in schools and libraries.

Others are publishing licensed titles that can rely on a mass audience being familiar with the characters before the first time they see a comic or graphic novel featuring them. Depending on the genre, such titles can find an audience in almost any venue, but because of their broad appeal, are uniquely suited to reach customers in venues that appeal to the broadest possible audiences: digital, mass, and book. Sometimes that requires formats, such as the magazine format, digests, specially formatted graphic novels, or pegable packets, that fit the channel.

And still others are creating new work based on house intellectual property, but tweaking it to make it appeal to a broader audience. In some ways these are the most challenging creations, because they have to find ways to be creative within the confines of past continuity and character development, or to abandon that continuity in ways that don't violate the core tenets of the character.

What can we learn about the kinds of stories that appeal to new comics customers, and what has to be done to find those customers? We'll try to find the answer at the ICv2 Conference at New York Comic Con in the panel on "The New Comics and Graphic Novels," with this great panel of publishers and experts:
Ted Adams, CEO, IDW Publishing
Jon Goldwater, Co-CEO, Archie Comics
Joe Illidge, Partner, Verge Entertainment
Sven Larsen, VP-Marketing, Papercutz
Cassandra Pelham, Senior Editor, Scholastic's Graphix
Moderated by Calvin Reid, Senior News Editor of Publishers Weekly
The ICv2 Conference: The New Comics Customer will take place at the Jacob Javits Convention Center from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, October 8th.

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