Friday, July 1, 2016

All STAR TREK versions featured in new comics series for September

from the official press release . . . . . . .
New Star TrekTM Anthology Series Will Kick Off In September
A 6-Part Bi-Monthly Series “Waypoint” Will Span All Iterations of Star Trek


San Diego, CA (June 27, 2016) – To celebrate 50 years of STAR TREK, IDW Publishing, under license by CBS Consumer Products, will boldly launch a new series in September which honors the legacy of the various Starfleet crews which have inhabited the Star Trek universe over the past five decades.
 
From Captain Kirk to Archer, and everyone in between, each issue of Star Trek: Waypoint will feature brand-new stories starring fan-favorite characters written and drawn by some of today’s top talents. The debut issue will feature contributions by Donny Cates (The Paybacks, Interceptor), Mack Chater (The Fuse), and Sandra Lanz (Prophet) with more exciting stories by all-star creators to be announced soon!
 
Cates and Chater will team on the lead story set during Star Trek: The Next Generation era which sees Geordi La Forge and Data put their scientific minds together to decipher a mysterious ship’s coded message. Their discovery may alter the course of scientific human history as we know it!
 
Lanz will write and illustrate the back up taking place during Star Trek: The Original Seriesand shines a spotlight on Uhura as she navigates a strange planet. Stranded, she attempts to make contact with a bizarre alien creature.
 
Star Trek: Waypoint will feature cover art by acclaimed artistsMarc Laming (Planet Hulk) and Mark Buckingham (Fables) with future variant covers planned featuring Star Trek artists from the last 50 years of Trek comics. Set a course for your local comic shop and prepare to engage this September when issue one of this thrilling new series arrives!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

What Cuteness Lurks In The Depths Of The Cosmos?

EDITOR’S NOTE:  We see so many Kickstarter campaign press releases, and have to pass on most of them. However, knowing the large number of H P Lovecraft fans out there, we know you (we mean you) would want to know about this.  It’s a very modest Kickstarter campaign that won’t set you back huge sums of money if you decide to contribute and share in the rewards. See below for details. From the official press release . . . . . . .

Gaze Upon His Cuteness and Be Driven Insane

Studio Akumakaze, the comic book studio behind ScrapSeven Sisters, and Red Hot Rebellion: The Mission, has launched a new Kickstarter campaign for the most adorable wittle Elder God in the cosmos. 

It's no great forbidden secret that the world has gone Chibi crazy and Studio Akumakaze artist Melanie Baka has brought forth cuteness beyond all reason with her take on The Great Dreamer! 

Simply looking upon his cuteness will surely drive you insane.

Starting today you can acquire super high quality stickers, coasters and pins in order to spread the madness.

Please share this link with all who seek forbidden knowledge and want a dose of psychotic cuteness:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/melaniecollins/adorable-cthulhu-stickers-by-melbaka

The Kickstarter campaign runs until July 28, 2016. Please share with all who dare to face the cosmic horrorsadorableness of the universe!

 

IDW's STAR TREK comics bundle benefits CBLDF

from the official press release . . . . .
Celebrating Star Trek’s 50th Anniversary with over $440 of digital comics 
and an exclusive hardcover book in support of charity


San Francisco, Calif. - June 29, 2016 - In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek, Humble Bundle is partnering with IDW Publishing to offer a bundle of 50 volumes of comics. The Humble Comics Bundle: Star Trek presented by IDW features authors such as John ByrneRoberto Orci,Mike JohnsonRyan ParrottHarlan EllisonScott TiptonDavid TiptonDavid MessinaBrannon BragaJ.K. Woodward, and many more. It also features the Star Trek New Visions Special: More of the Serpent Than the Dove, a Humble exclusive, all-new hardcover book by comic book luminary John Byrne (X-Men: Days of Future Past).


 
Customers can name their price of $1 or more for Star Trek Classics: Vol. 1-3, Star Trek: Next Generation - Ghosts, Star Trek: The Next Generation - Hive, Star Trek: Vol. 1-3, Star Trek: Countdown, Star Trek: Countdown to Darkness, Star Trek: Movie Adaptation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - Fool’s Gold, and Star Trek: Gold Key Archives: Vol. 1-2.
 
Those who pay $8 or more also receive Star Trek Classics: Vol. 4: Beginnings, Star Trek Classics: Vol. 5: Who Killed Captain Kirk?, Star Trek: Vol. 4-6, Star Trek Archives: Vol. 1-3, Star Trek: Gold Key Archives: Vol. 3-4, Star Trek: New Visions: Vol. 1, Star Trek: Nero, Star Trek: Khan, and Star Trek: Spock Reflections.
 
Customers can pay $15 or more to receive Star Trek/Planet of the Apes: The Primate Directive, Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War, Star Trek: Vol. 10-11, Star Trek: Legion of Super-Heroes, Star Trek: Harlan Ellison's City on the Edge of Forever, Star Trek TNG/Doctor Who: Assimilation Vol. 2, Star Trek: New Visions: Vol. 3, Star Trek: Year Four, Star Trek: Year Four - The Enterprise Experiment, and Star Trek: Assignment Earth.
 
By paying $25 or more, customers will receive all of the above plus an all-new, Humble exclusive print edition shipped to their homes anywhere in the world. The Star Trek New Visions Special: More of the Serpent Than the Dove features a brand new story that picks up where the fan favorite TOS episode “Arena” left off. Master photostory artist/writer John Byrne presents the comic-book return of the Gorn, as the Federation’s first attempts at a Gorn peace treaty take a dire turn. As an extra-special bonus, this issue also contains a re-presentation of Star Trek: Leonard McCoy: Frontier Doctor #1, written, penciled, and inked by Byrne.
 
On Wednesday, July 6, look for seven additional special titles to join the bundle! 
 
These comic collections would ordinarily cost over $440. At Humble Bundle, though, customers choose their price of $1 or more!
 
To see the bundle, head to https://www.humblebundle.com/books/star-trek-comics-bundle?mc_cid=04349a0c88&mc_eid=b1822bf1af
 
As with all Humble Bundles, customers can choose how their purchase dollars are allocated, between the publishers and charities. The Humble Comics Bundle: Star Trek presented by IDW supports both Traveling Stories and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, and customers can also choose a favorite charity from our database of over 30,000 charities.

The Humble Comics Bundle: Star Trek presented by IDW runs from now until Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at 11 a.m. Pacific Time.

DeMatteis, Fradon, Griffen, Manley, Snyder III, Tucci added as BCC 2016 guests

from the official press release . . . . . .

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - June 29, 2016 - Come to the Baltimore Comic-Con on September 2-4, 2016 at the Baltimore Convention Center. This year, the Inner Harbor welcomes the addition of comics guests J.M. DeMatteisRamona FradonKeith GiffenMike ManleyJohn K. Snyder III, and Billy Tucci. You can buy tickets to both the Baltimore Comic-Con and Harvey Awards now.
Award-winning writer J.M. DeMatteis began his career in the late-'70s working on DC Comics' horror line of books. In 1980, he moved over to Marvel, where he worked on The Defenders and Captain America. Over the next 30 years, DeMatteis would write nearly every major character in both the DC and Marvel Universes, including Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, Silver Surfer, Daredevil and Doctor Strange. In 2010, he teamed up with long-time collaborator, Keith Giffen on DC's Booster Goldseries, and is currently working with him again on DC's character relaunch, Scooby Apocalypse, as well as The Adventures of the Augusta Wind Vol. 2: The Last Storyand The Last One from IDW Publishing.
Beginning her extensive comics career in the 1950s, Parsons School of Design graduate Ramona Fradon is responsible for artwork in many comics, past and present. She spent much of her comics career at DC Comics working on titles like Adventure ComicsBrave and the BoldPlastic ManFreedom Fighters, and a very long run on Super Friends. Moving to comic strips, Fradon took over art duties on Brenda Starrfrom 1980 until her retirement from the title in 1995. In recent years, she continues to be active on titles like DC's Convergence: Plastic Man and the Freedom Fighters, Bongo Entertainment's Spongebob ComicsAnnual-Size Super-Giant Swimtacular, and Spongebob Freestyle Funnies FCBD 2016 Edition, and Marvel's Invaders Now!Namora, and Girl Comics.
Keith Giffen has gained acclaim for his art and writing contributions to many titles, series, and events over the course of his long and storied comics career. Noted for his contributions to multiple runs of DC Comics' Legion of Super-Heroes, he is also part of the creative team behind the humorous Justice League InternationalJustice League EuropeFormerly Known as the Justice League, and JLA Classified. He is also responsible for creating DC's Lobo and Ambush Bug characters. At Marvel Comics, Giffen's work includes a relaunch of The DefendersAnnihilation and the event's supporting titles, and Nick Fury's Howling Commandos. His latest work can be seen with co-writer J.M. DeMatteis on DC Comics' Scooby Apocalypseand Sugar and Spike in Legends of Tomorrow.
Originally from Detroit, MI, Mike Manley has taken his skill as an artist and established a diverse career for himself. He has worked for major comic book publishers like Marvel, DC, and Dark Horse. He has worked in animation, both storyboarding and working on production art. He launched his own publishing outlet in Action Planet where his character Monsterman saw print, and later ActionPlanet.com where you could find his award-winning webcomic, G.I.R.L. Patrol. He is the founder and editor of Draw! Magazine from TwoMorrows Publishing, an Eisner-nominated publication with practical articles on art creation. He has taught at numerous institutions' art programs, including Delaware College of Art and Design (DCAD), the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. Lately, you can see his art in the syndicated comic strips Judge Parker and The Phantom.
John K. Snyder III has provided interior artwork for numerous publications, and is known for his painted cover work. His artwork has graced Matt Wagner's Grendel at Dark Horse, Zorro Rides Again and The Shadow: Year One from Dynamite Entertainment, IDW's Duke Nukem: Glorious Bastard and Transformers: Infestation, and DC Comics' Doctor Mid-Nite among many others.
Founder of Crusade Fine Arts, Billy Tucci is most widely known for his creator-owned work on Shi. Both a writer and an artist, he has worked for nearly every major publisher including Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, and IDW. More recently, Tucci finished a series of limited edition Shi prints for Breast Cancer Awareness benefitting the Judi Shesh Memorial Foundation, as well as the cover and interior art for DC's Birds of PreyHarley's Little Black Book, and covers for Zenescope Entertainment's Grimm Fairy Tales Presents... titles.

"Another fantastic group of guests for us to bring to our fans," said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. "It would be great to have DeMatteis or Giffen individually, but to get them both simultaneously is a treat, for us and the fans alike. We know all attendees will be excited to interact with them all, as well as the rest of our large-and-still-growing guest list."

TICKETS

General Admission and VIP Package tickets for Weekend, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, as well as the Harvey Awards, are now on sale! Visit http://baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets./ for more information and to purchase your advanced tickets now, and as always, kids 10 and under get into the show free with a paid adult General Admission!

 

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

While they are available, be sure to take advantage of discount rate arrangements we have made with hotels near the Baltimore Convention Center. For all the details, see:

http://baltimorecomiccon.com/about/hotels/

 

GUARANTEED PARKING

To make parking easy and stress-free, we have partnered with Parking Panda, the nationwide leader in online parking reservations, to allow attendees driving to the show to purchase guaranteed parking near the Baltimore Comic-Con. Click here to book your guaranteed parking spot = https://www.parkingpanda.com/baltimore-comic-con-parking?ref=bcc, or if you need help or have questions, call 800-232-6415.

 

In addition to on-site CGC grading, this year's confirmed guests for the show include: Neal Adams (Superman: The Coming of the Supermen); Scott Ethan Ambruson (Azteca: Ciudad Paradiso); John Anderson (The Infinites); Sean Astin (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles); Jeff Balke (Zombies vs Cheerleaders: St. Patty's Day Special); Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl); Marty Baumann (Pixar artist); Carolyn Belefski (Curls); Christy Blanch (The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood); Bret Blevins (Harley Quinn Road Trip Special); Danica Bradshaw (Wayward); Nick Bradshaw (Spidey); Reilly Brown (Deadpool); Harold Buchholz (Archie Comics); Dave Bullock (The Rocketeer at War!); Jim Calafiore (Leaving Megalopolis: Surviving Megalopolis); Ben Caldwell (Scooby Apocalypse); Chris Campana (The Accelerators); Richard Case (Doom Patrol); Christa Cassano (Ghetto Klown); Mike Cavallaro (The Fox); Elias Chatzoudis (Grimm Fairy Tales presents Oz: Reign of the Witch Queen); Howard Chaykin (Imperium); Sean Chen (Aliens vs. Zombies); Lee Cherolis (Little Guardians); Frank Cho (The Totally Awesome Hulk); Amy Chu (Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death); Steve Conley (Bloop); Richard Clark (Archie vs. Predator); Katie Cook (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic); Stephen Coughlin (Sanctuary); J. Robert Deans (Crass Fed); Jeff Dekal (New Avengers); J.M. DeMatteis (Scooby Apocalypse); Todd Dezago (Perhapanauts); Charles C. Dowd (Lilith Dark); Paris Cullins (Blue Beetle); Joe Eisma (Morning Glories); Tod Emko (A Piggy's Tale); Joe Endres (Colossians); Steve Englehart, courtesy of Hero Initiative (Captain America); David Finch (Batman); Meredith Finch (Wonder Woman); Veronica Fish (Archie Comics); Chris Flick (Capes & Babes); Ramona Fradon (Spongebob Freestyle Funnies); Francesco Francavilla (Afterlife with Archie); Franco (Aw Yeah Comics: Action Cat!); Alexis Frederick-Frost (Adventures in Cartooning); John Gallagher (Buzzboy); SL Gallant (G.I. Joe); Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (Batman '66: The Lost Episode); Joe Giella courtesy of Hero Initiative (Green Lantern); Keith Giffen (Legends of Tomorrow); Jason Gounger (Legio Ex Mortis); Anna Gownley and Jimmy Gownley (The Dumbest Idea Ever!); Stephen Green (The Legacy of Luther Strode); Dawn Griffin (Zorphbert & Fred); Rob Guillory (Chew: Demon Chicken Poyo); Laura Lee Gulledge (Will & Whit); Brian Haberlin (Witchblade), Bo Hampton (3 Devils); Dean Haspiel (The Fox); Meghan Hetrick (Red Thorn); Jason Horn (Ninjasaur); Adam Hughes (Betty & Veronica); Ken Hunt (Talon); Al Jaffee (MAD Magazine, Saturday panel and Harvey Awards only); Paul Jenkins (Replica); JG Jones (Strange Fruit); Justin Jordan (The Legacy of Luther Strode); Dan Jurgens (Action Comics, Saturday & Sunday only); Chris Kemple (Red Vengeance); Tom King (Batman); Barry Kitson (Empire: Uprising); Samantha Kyle (Paul & Olly); Hope Larson (Batgirl); John Layman (Chew: Demon Chicken Poyo); Paul Levitz (Doctor Fate); Mike Lilly (Red Agent); Nate Lovett (Actionverse Featuring Midnight Tiger); Joe Linsner (Harley Quinn); Mike Maihack (Cleopatra in Space); Mike Manley (The Phantom); Mark Mariano (The Other Side of Hugless Hill); Laura Martin (Wonder Woman); Ron Marz (Convergence: Batman and Robin); John McCrea, courtesy of Hero Initiative (Judge Dredd); Ed McGuinness (Spider-Man/Deadpool); Tradd Moore (The Legacy of Luther Strode); Mark Morales (Convergence); Joe Mulvey (SCAM); Jamar Nicholas (Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence in America); Fabian Nicieza (Deadpool & Cable: Split Second); Chris Otto (A Dog's Life); Greg Pak (Teen Titans); Tom Palmer (Doctor Strange); Yanick Paquette (Batman/Superman); Dan Parsons (Convergence: Nightwing/Oracle); Brent Peeples (Gold Key: Alliance); Paul Pelletier (Justice League); Andrew Pepoy (Futurama Comics); David Petersen (Mouse Guard); Brandon Peterson (Uncanny Inhumans); Lyle Pollard (Scarlet Huntress); Mark Poulton (A Cat Named Haiku); Eric Powell (The Goon); Andy Price (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic); Brian Pulido (Lady Death: Chaos Rules); Kyle Puttkammer (Hero Cats: Midnight Over Stellar City); Ron Randall (Convergence: Catwoman); Khary Randolph (Robin War); Tom Raney (Ninjak); Paul Renaud (Superman/Wonder Woman); Rafer Roberts (A&A: The Adventures of Archer and Armstrong); Emily Romano (Comic Art House); Craig Rousseau (Kyrra: Alien Jungle Girl); Stephane Roux (Harley Quinn and Power Girl); Joe Rubinstein (Convergence: Batman and Robin); Nei Ruffino (Silk); Alex Saviuk (Spider-Man newspaper strip); Stuart Sayger (Hellboy 100); Mark Schultz (Conan the Slayer); Bart Sears (Bloodshot); Jeff Shultz (Betty and Veronica); Louise Simonson (Convergence: Superman - The Man of Steel); Walter Simonson (Ragnarok); Matt Slay (TMNT Micro-Series); Andy Smith (Earth 2Thanos GN); Brian Smith (SpongeBob Comics); John K. Snyder III (Doctor Midnight); Allison Sohn (Red Sonja); Charles Soule (Star Wars: Poe Dameron); Jim Starlin (Thanos: The Infinity Finale); Brian Stelfreeze (Black Panther); Babs Tarr (Batgirl); Ben Templesmith (Blackholers); Mark Texeira (Doctor Strange); Chad Thomas (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Amazing Adventures); Frank Tieri (Harley Quinn and her Gang of Harleys); Vivek J. Tiwary (The Fifth Beatle); David Trustman (The Rise); Billy Tucci (Harley's Little Black Book); James Tynion IV (Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles); Rick Veitch (Miracleman); Emilio Velez Jr. (The Dodgeball Teens); Mark Waid (All-New, All-Different Avengers); Michael Watkins (Pantha); Todd Webb (Mr. Toast Comics); Mark Wheatley (Doctor Who); Matt Wieringo ('Ringo Scholarship Fund); Marcus Williams (Hero Cats); Ron Wilson (Marvel Two-In-One); Rich Woodall (Kyrra: Alien Jungle Girl); Sasha Yosselani (Comic Art House); and Thom Zahler (My Little Pony: Friends Forever). 

   

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Jim Carey & Eli Roth team on horror film ALEISTER ARCANE

From the official press release . . .
Horror Comic From IDW Publishing and Steve Niles To Be Adapted For The Screen
 

San Diego, CA (June 27, 2016) – Aleister Arcane, the horror comic from IDW Publishing, is making the leap from page to screen. Jim Carrey will star in and executive produce while Eli Roth (Hostel) will direct. Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment will develop the adaptation which was optioned from IDW Entertainment. Jon Croker (The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death) will adapt for the screen.

 

Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman will produce along with Michael Aguilar and be executive produced by IDW Publishing CEO and Publisher Ted Adams and IDW Entertainment President David Ozer.

 

Aleister Aracane, written by Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) and illustrated by Breehn Burns, was first published in 2004 by IDW Publishing. The story centers on a group of children who befriend a former local TV horror host who was shunned by their parents and forced off the air. After his death, only they have the power to thwart the curse he has laid upon their town.
 

About IDW
IDW Media Holdings, Inc. (OTC PINK:IDWM) is a fully integrated media company, which includes publishing, games, entertainment, and the San Diego Comic Art Gallery. 
 
IDW Publishing’s comic book and graphic novel catalog includes some of the world’s most popular entertainment brands, including TransformersMy Little PonyStar TrekTeenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesGhostbusters, and Disney’s classic characters. At IDW’s core is its commitment to creator-owned comics including 30 Days of NightLocke & KeyWormwoodRagnarökV-Wars, and Archangel by bestselling sci-fi author William Gibson.
 
IDW Publishing is also home to the acclaimed and award-winning imprints; Top Shelf, The Library of American Comics, Yoe! Books, and Artist Editions, showcasing the greatest original art ever published in American comic books.
 
IDW Games’ diverse line-up includes the international phenomenon Machi Koro, as well as hit licensed games such as X-FilesBack to the FutureThe Godfather, and TMNT.
 
IDW Entertainment currently serves as the worldwide distributor of Wynonna Earp airing on the Syfy Channel in the U.S. and is producing BBC America’s Dirk Gently, based the best seller by Douglas Adams starring Elijah Wood and Sam Barnett, and Brooklyn Animal Control for USA Network.

 

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Get PREVIEWS this Wednesday and follow along with pre-order picks

EDI07 Jul16 P C1 4x5TOR”S NOTE:  Whew!  We just finished wrapping up a new feature last week, and it’s time to get ready to do it all over again!  We’re talking about our PREVIEWS Pre-Order Picks where we look over the current catalog of books being released in two months and highlight some titles we feel are worth checking out by adding them to your pre-order list with your local comic shop.

  We encourage our readers to pick up a copy of the new July PREVIEWS catalog when it comes to comic store shelves this Wednesday, June 29.  It details all the books coming out in September 2016 from various publishers.

It will make it easier to follow along when we highlight those books that we feel are worthy of your attention.

We promise to be more selective this time, and not produce such a gargantuan list of promising works like we showcased in June.

We’re going to give a special focus to new titles this time.
We’re let you know what new books you should be looking out for.  

If nothing else, following our picks gives you the insight into what types of books we at BC Refugees get excited about. 

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2016 INKWELL Award Winners officially announced

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Inkwell Awards 2016 Winners Announced 

(New Bedford, MA/USA—June 23, 2016) The Inkwell Awards has released the names of the winners of its ninth annual awards for excellence in the art form of comic book inking. As before, nominees were chosen by a separate and independent nomination committee. Voting via live ballot at the non-profit advocacy’s website ran from April 15-30. One winner was chosen in each of five categories based on American-based interior comic-book work cover-dated 2015.




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Separately, the Inkwells selected internally the two recipients of the annual Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame Award and the Special Recognition Award (SRA) category. Winners were contacted and some invited guests were present to receive their trophies at North Carolina’s Heroes Con, the host show for the Inkwells, for the sixth live ceremony on Friday, June 17. Winners and nominees are listed below, along with the percentage of vote received, where applicable.
 
FAVORITE INKER: Joe Prado (24.5%)
(Batman '66 The Lost Episode; Cyborg [DC Comics]). Other nominees: Wade von Grawbadger (23.7), Scott Hanna (22%), Danny Miki (20.4%) and Karl Kesel (9.4%).

MOST-ADAPTABLE INKER: Walden Wong (26.8%)
(Earth 2: World’s End; Justice League Dark [DC]; Wolverines; A-Force [Marvel]).Other nominees: Norm Rapmund (20.2%), Scott Hanna (18.3%), Jonathan Glapion (14.4%), Wade von Grawbadger (12.8%) and Jay Leisten (7.5%).
 
PROPS (inker deserving of more attention): Wade Von Grawbadger (22.6%)
(All-New Captain America; Spider-Man [Marvel]; Justice League of America; Legends of the Dark Knight [DC]; Astro City [Vertigo/DC]).
Other nominees: Eber Ferreira (20.5%), Danny Miki (13.5%), Juan Vlasco (10.8%), Mark Irwin (9.8%), Jonathan Glapion (9.4%), Stefano Gaudiano (8.4%) and Sean Parsons (5.1%).

S.P.A.M.I. (Small Press and Mainstream Independent): Stefano Gaudiano (37%)
(The Walking Dead, Manifest Destiny [Image]). Other nominees: Jordi Tarragona (17.6%), Cliff Rathburn (16.6%), Ryan Winn (16.6%) and Rich Koslowski (12.2%).

ALL-IN-ONE (pencilling and inking together): Jason Fabok (37%)
(Justice League[DC]). Other nominees: Fiona Staples (17.7%), Erik Larsen (13.7%), Franchesco Francavilla (9.6%), Terry Moore (8.2%), Paul Gulacy (8.0%) and Ben Dewey (5.8%).

THE SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD: Vince Colletta. Other nominees: Allen Milgrom, Jack Abel (tie for runner-up), Violet Barclay (aka Valerie Smith), Gary Martin and Dave Simons.

THE JOE SINNOTT HALL OF FAME: Frank Giacoia and Josef Rubenstein. Other nominees: Bob McLeod and Jerry Ordway (tie for runner-up), Dan Adkins, John Beatty and Ernie Chan (aka Chua).

Joe Sinnott, the award’s namesake and first recipient, made a statement in April regarding this year’s inductees:

“I was quite pleased to hear that the Inkwell Awards has selected two very deserving inkers into the Hall of Fame class of 2016: Frank Giacoia and Jose Rubinstein.

Frank was a fabulous inker and a good friend of mine, who left us much too soon. It was always a pleasure meeting up with Frank at shows and spending time with him. Frank’s smooth, thick line graced the pages of virtually every Marvel title. I really enjoyed Frank’s inking over Jack Kirby on Captain America. Like myself, we pretty much inked the Marvel Universe.

Joe is an outstanding inker and portrait artist as well.
I absolutely am honored by the great job he did in capturing my likeness for the cover of the 2nd Annual Joe Sinnott Inking Challenge. I once pencilled a piece that Joe inked for The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Index collection. At that time Joe was doing all these Marvel Universe books and he told me that he had actually worked on more Marvel characters than I had. Joe also did some great background inks on the Superman Vs. Spider-Man Treasury Edition that I inked over John Buscema.

It is wonderful that Frank and Joe are the recipients of the 2016 Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame Award. These two superb artists make the already great list of Hall of Famers even more elite.

Thank you to the Inkwell’s committee for electing them, and thanks to everyone for their continued support of the Inkwell Awards."




In cooperation with Special Inkwell Ambassador and award-winning author J. David Spurlock, the ceremony kicked off with a special appearance by industry legend Jim Steranko who discussed the artform of comic-book inking, his related experiences in the medium, and its artists, including Joe Sinnott and Frank Giacoia. Inkwell Awards founder and director Bob Almond acted as both ceremony host and presenter, joined by hostess “Ms. Inkwell,” as portrayed by Holly Black. Artist Breno Tamura accepted Joe Prado’s award as a pre-recorded video of Prado’s acceptance speech was played. Guest speaker, artist-writer Mike Grell, spoke for Rubinstein. Writer Todd Dezago spoke for Giacoia, and statements from their respective families, including for Vince Colletta, were read. Silver Inkwell trophies were presented to three nomination committee members who served five years: Michele Witchipoo, Bob Bretall and Johnny B. Gerardy. All acceptance statements from the winners can be found in the “Results” section of the Inkwell Awards' website in the near future.

 
The Inkwell Awards is the only existing, official 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and promote the art form of comic-book inking, as well as annually recognize and award the best ink artists and their work. The organization is overseen by a committee of industry professionals and assisted by various professional ambassadors and contributors. They sponsor the Dave Simons Inkwell Memorial Scholarship Fund for the Kubert School and host the Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame Award.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Shape changing Ninja's tales debuts from Pro Se Press

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

Pro Se Productions, an innovative Publisher of Genre Fiction, announces the debut of a new hero, created by Mike MacDee.  A master of disguise, Mata the Ninja fights his way through SHADOW OF THE FOX, now available in print and digital formats.
 
“One of the neatest things,” says Tommy Hancock, Pro Se Productions Editor in Chief, “that we do at Pro Se is introduce readers to characters that demand to be read. MikA287abc9 4ed7 4bc3 9060 4ab4b2e40a1fe MacDee’s Mata is most definitely one such creation.  Each story in
SHADOW OF THE FOX ripples with action and adventure and Mike works a sense of urgency into each of Mata’s missions, into his every action even.  Edge of Your Seat is definitely what this book is all about.”
 
Mata the Fox is a ninja agent whose mastery of disguise allows him to change shape like the foxes of myth. He has infiltrated places thought impregnable, stolen things thought irretrievable, and killed those thought untouchable; thus Mata always gets the Shogun's most dangerous assignments.  SHADOW OF THE FOX by Mike MacDee collects Mata’s three most dangerous missions-
 

Escape From Graveyard Bay 
Trapped on the dreaded island prison of Graveyard Bay, Mata must assassinate a loyal friend before she breaks under interrogation...or improvise an impossible rescue.
 
The Oshiro Songbird 
The deadly leader of an impenetrable spy ring is rooted in the community of Inari Pass: she's invaluable to the town, lethal to those who threaten her, and irresistible to everyone else. Breaking up her spy ring seems impossible...so it's a perfect assignment for the Fox.
 

The Gold Barons of Izu 
Second Place winner in the 2013 Samurai Fiction Contest. A revolt is on the horizon as Grand Minister Okubo and Yakuza Boss Kurai continue to oppress the Izu miners. To prevent the revolt, Mata must find a way to turn the barons' dream alliance into a nightmare.
 
SHADOW OF THE FOX by Mike MacDee. From Pro Se Productions
 
Featuring a stunning cover by Larry Nadolsky and print formatting and book design by Antonino Lo Iacono,  SHADOW OF THE FOX is available now at Amazon or Pro Se’s own store at  
http://prose-press.com for 10.00. 

 

June 2016 PREVIEWS Pre-Order Picks: ZENOSCOPE

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Continuing a new feature, as we peruse the monthly PREVIEWS catalog and highlight some books we feel are worthy of your attention.

We began in alphabetical order, so this is the last entry. Let us know what you think, and if you find the recommendations useful.

Your local comic shop depends on your pre-orders to make sure they have the books you want when you want them. Since business reality makes it impossible for a local comic shop to order some of everything, they depend on the comics readers to tell them what they want to see.  It’s a dice roll for them every month.  Won’t you help with the odds by at least telling them what you want to buy from them in two months?  Please give it a try.  We’ll do our best here to help you with those selections, from a BC Refugees point of view.  Not objective, but absolutely subjective.

 ZENOSCOPE ENTERTAINMENT page 464+  http://www.zenescope.com

GRIMM FAIRY TALES #125: Final issue after ten plus years of adapting classic Grimm Fairy Tales featuring beautifully rendered illustrations of buxom women. (Not being smart or sexis13304984 10154234993634532 4382881859699887141 o 300x198t here — it’s a factual statement as anyone who has read these books will attest).  It’s a testament to the popularity of the Zenoscope house style that this series has made it this far.  Final issues sell, and go up in value as time passes.  So buy two, read one and immediately bag and board the other so it remains Near Mint / Like New.  Writer: Pat Shand.  Artist:  Andrea Meloni.

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From the catalog:  “The grand finale of Zenoscope’s longest running title is here in this oversized event issue.  Featuring the return of original Arcane Acre artist Andrea Meloni, along with a showcase of Zenoscope’s top artists, join s as we give GRIMM FAIRY TALES the sendoff it deserves.     

Sela, the students of Arcane Acres, and the Realm Knights enter the final battle against Bloody Bones.  Wonderland, Neverland, Oz, Myst, and Earth must stand together against the greatest evil to ever threaten the realms of power."

GRIMM TALES OF TERROR VOLUME 2, #11: In the style of classic EC comics and Creepy magazine, this horror anthology continues with great tales. Our favorite Zenoscope title of the moment.  Story by Joe Brusha & Ralph Tedesco.  

From the catalog:  “It is ingrained in our minds to be wary of strangers.  Travelers often tell tales of hitchhikers with sinister intentions.  In this spin on a classic urban legend, a hitchhiker in desperate need of a ride may find himself in for more than he bargained for in this twisted tale from Zenoscope Entertainment."

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Monday, June 20, 2016

MY LITTLE PONY creators come to Baltimore Comic Con 2016

 

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - June 20, 2016 - The Baltimore Comic-Con returns to Baltimore's Inner Harbor on September 2-4, 2016 at the Baltimore Convention Center. This year, the show welcomes numerous guests who have worked on My Little Pony, including Katie CookAndy PriceNei RuffinoChad Thomas, and Thom ZahlerTickets to the show are now on sale at http://baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets/
Katie Cook is a comic artist and writer that hails from the mitten state (as in Michigan, not that she is in the state of being a mitten). She currently puts an inordinate amount of time in on her creator-owned book, Gronk: A Monster's Story printed through Action Lab Entertainment, as well as writing and drawing for IDW's smash-hit My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. She has also worked as a writer and/or illustrator on Adventure Time Comics from BOOM! Studios, Haunted Mansion for Marvel, Munchkin for BOOM! Studios, Fraggle Rock for Archaia and Star Wars for Scholastic Books. Her mother thinks she is funny.
Andy Price, a graduate of the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, is the main artist on IDW's incredibly popular My Little Pony: Friendship is Magicseries. When he's not drawing ponies, Andy also contributes to Littlest Pet Shop (IDW), Wordgirl (BOOM! Studios), Adventure Time: Candy Capers(BOOM! Studios), Samurai Jack (IDW), Quantum Leap (Innovation), Haunted Mansion (Marvel), and Betty and Veronica (Archie).
Nei Ruffino, who has done a variant cover for IDW's My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, is the creator of her self-published fantasy comic The Secret Life of Crows. In addition to writing, drawing, and inking a number of titles in her career, she is renowned as a colorist, working on projects such as Amazing Spider-Man (Marvel), Green Lantern (DC), Batman (DC), Superman (DC), Tales of Wonderland (Zenescope Entertainment), Grimm Fairy Tales (Zenescope Entertainment), and too many more to mention! She is also partner to the Rothic brands, working on titles like REM 8 and Southern Nightgown.
Joining us in the Kids Love Comics Pavilion in 2016,Chad Thomas is a freelance cartoonist working out of the greater Dallas area. Chad began drawing at the early age of 3 by obsessively watching old Disney cartoons. He attended the Savannah College of Art and Design from 1999-2003, earning his degree in Sequential Art, and began his career shortly after. Chad has provided art for My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (IDW), My Little Pony: Friends Forever (IDW), Adventure Time with Fiona and Cake (BOOM! Studios), The Middleman (Viper Comics), Mega Man(Archie), Sabrina the Teenage Witch (Archie), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Amazing Adventures (IDW), and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles New Animated Adventures (IDW), 
Thom Zahler is a graduate of the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art. His early professional credits included lettering gigs for Marvel's Crimson Dynamo, Claypool's Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, and DC Comics' Looney Tunes. His self-published comic, Love and Capes, was later released through IDW, Also for IDW, you can find his more recent work writing and penciling IDW's Long DistanceMy Little Pony, My Little Pony: Friends Forever, and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic series.

"We're hyping these guests as My Little Pony creators, but in fact they are so much more than that," said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. "These folks are a multi-talented bunch of individuals, with a wide range of noteworthy title credits and publishers on their resumes. Whether you're coming for the sake of Ponies or for their many other works, we know you're going to love these guests!"

 

Sunday, June 19, 2016

June 2016 PREVIEWS Pre-Order Picks: VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Continuing a new feature, as we peruse the monthly PREVIEWS catalog and highlight some books we feel are worthy of your attention.

Your local comic shop depends on your pre-orders to make sure they have the books you want when you want them. Since business reality makes it impossible for a local comic shop to order some of everything, they depend on the comics readers to tell them what they want to see.  It’s a dice roll for them every month.  Won’t you help with the odds by at least telling them what you want to buy from them in two months?  Please give it a try.  We’ll do our best here to help you with those selections, from a BC Refugees point of view.  Not objective, but absolutely subjective.

 VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT page 440+   http://www.valiantuniverse.com  

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GENERATION ZERO #1:  Last seen in the HARBINGER WARS series, we welcome the return of the Generation Zero team and can’t wait to see what the inventive Fred Van Lente does with it.  We’re in for the run!  Written by Fred Van Lente. Art by Francis Portela.

From the catalog: “If you have a problem . . . if your parents won’t help . . . And if your cause is worthy . . . Log onto network #ZERO . . . because Generation Zero is listening."

“Years ago the children of the experimental strike team know as Generation Zero were taken from their families by Project Rising Spirit, a private weapons contractor, and raised to be psychic soldiers.  After years of taking orders they have fought for and won their freedom.  Now, the world’s most wanted teenagers have pledged to protect each other tooth and claw, while using their extraordinary abilities to right wrongs for a generation without a future . . . to fight for kids, just like them.

One of those kids is Keisha Sherman, whose boyfriend just turned up dead after a suspicious car crash in Rook, Michigan - -  a newly booming tech town that sprang from rags to super-riches seemingly overnight.  When Keisha makes a desperate plea into her welcome, the local high school suddenly finds itself with several unusual new students . . . But as word of Generation Zero’s presence spreads rapidly through the halls, this volatile band of teenage upstarts is about to discover that they’re far from the most extraordinary thing lurking behind Rook’s stainless-steel facade."

4001 A.D. #4: This has been our favorite ‘event’ of 2016, and much easier to follow than the big two piles of plenty. Crain’s art is amazing!  The conclusion of the 385677 SX640 QL80 TTDfall of the 41st century.  Written by Matt Kindt.  Art by Clayton Clain.

From the catalog:  “The ultimate battle is here as Rai and Father clash among the stars for the final fate of the future . . . and Earth along with it!  As New Japan’s despotic ruler and its former protector enter their final showdown, will the orbiting satellite nation finally fall back to Earth?  As the war for 4001 A.D. claims lives on both sides, who will live to greet the brave new world that lies ahead?  And what will become of Rai, of Father, and civilization itself?  The Valiant Universe of 4001 A.D. is forever changed right here as forces new and old prepare to rise from the ashes of New Japan."

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4001 A.D. WARMOTHER #1:  A brand new hero from the mind of Van Lente rises from the 4001 A.D. event. Don’t miss it.  Written by Fred Van Lente. Art by Tomas Fiorello.

From the catalog: “In the 41st century, much of the planet has been reduced to a barren wasteland. New Japan orbits the Earth as a floating oasis that towers over the ashes of the old world.  The survivors of this desolate new age, robbed of the planet’s once-lush natural resources, must endure great hardships to survive.  Amidst thedevstation, one outpost of scientific knowledge has thrived by adhering to a strict code of isolation.  But even the denizens of this walled city must venture out into the wasteland to gather supplies from the remnants of what was.  This task is designated to one and one alone: War Mother.

But all is not peaceful, even in New Japan.  When the space-faring empire begins jettisoning city-sized sectors to Earth during the onset of a civil war.  War Mother is called upon with a new mission: mega-salvage!  Armed with a newly born sentient sniper rifle, War Mother is a one-woman army bent on sacking the crash-landed sector’s technology-laden debris for anything of value to her tribe.  But, as calm turns to chaos, Sector 8146 will reveal a telling secret about Earth’s true order that will collide War Mother against her community, her code, and her calling . . . an bring destruction down upon one of humanity’s last surviving outposts of order."