Sunday, April 21, 2013

Read any Monkeybrain Lately?


I'm a fan of this web company and the EDISON REX and MASKS & MOBSTERS series. if you're not a digital reader, now you can read these worthwhile series in print very soon!

From the official press release . . . . . . . . . . .


MONKEYBRAIN COMICS HIT SHELVES THIS SUMMER
Portland, OR (February 27, 2012) – Monkeybrain Comics is pleased to announce the premiere print editions of their popular digital-first comics, heading to stores this summer.
Chris Roberson and Dennis Culver’s EDISON REX gets it all started in June with a collection published by IDW. EDISON REX is the story of the world’s greatest villain, who finally defeats his lifelong nemesis, the world’s greatest hero, and then has to decide what to do with the rest of his life.
July will see the release of MASKS & MOBSTERS by writer Joshua Williamson and artist Mike Henderson published by Shadowline/Image. MASKS & MOBSTERS is a noir-fueled anthology series set in the days of the Depression, and examines what happens to organized crime when masked crimefighters with superpowers first hit the scene.
And then in August, IDW will be releasing AMELIA COLE AND THE UNKNOWN WORLD by writers Adam P. Knave and D.J. Kirkbride and artist Nick Brokenshire. AMELIA COLE AND THE UNKNOWN WORLD is the story of a young woman who lives in two worlds, one mundane and one magical, who finds herself trapped in a third world in which the mundane and the magical exist side-by-side, however uneasily.



“Print collections have been a main goal from the beginning and it’s really exciting to see such a major piece of the plan fall into place,” Allison Baker says, “especially since it means even more people get to discover the amazing work of our creators!”
Other collections will be announced in coming months, with many more to follow.



About Monkeybrain Comics
Launched in the summer of 2012 by New York Times-bestselling writer Chris Roberson and TV commercial and film producer Allison Baker, Monkeybrain Comics was designed to be a home for quality creator-owned comics made available in digital format via the Comics By comiXology platform. The Onion AV Club has named Monkeybrain Comics the “premier destination for high-quality digital comics,” and IGN has said that Monkeybrain is “the company that seems to be doing [digital comics] best.” Monkeybrain titles were frequently cited in critics’ year-end surveys, and MASKS & MOBSTERS was named the Best Digital Series of 2012 by USA Today.
Monkeybrain Comics are available for purchase via the Comics by comiXology platform on phones, tablets, digital readers, and computers, and will now be available for the first time in print collections.



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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Get some chills while supporting indie comics creators

INDIE COMICS HORROR #2 (Aazurn Publishing, Spring 2013 = sold only through pre-orders in PREVIEWS April 2013 catalog for books releasing in June) Various writers and artists. Black and white, 64 pages. $6.49

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The brother/sister title to INDIE COMICS MAGAZINE expands to 64 pages with the second issue of INDIE COMICS HORROR, again promising “the best story and art from independent comic book creators.” Within its’ 64 pages are prime examples of the type of imaginative art and story that can be created outside of the confines of the mainstream comics publishers. Of even more importance, INDIE COMICS HORROR is providing a cost-effective way for unknown creators to reach a larger audience and hopefully interest readers in visiting their individual websites to learn, view, and buy more of the creator’s works. Each issue, as well as the Aazurn Publishing website at http://www.indiecomicsmagazine.com includes some background information on the writers and artists and provides the web links to their sites.

          Readers of Dark Horse’s CREEPY COMICS, Bluewater’s VINCENT PRICE PRESENTS, DARK UNIVERSE and other current horror comics anthology series will find similar and engaging high-quality stories that mine the rich veins of horror tropes. Some of the writers and artists from INDIE COMICS HORROR #1 return to showcase more of their creativity.

          Things start off in grisly fashion with “Stinky”, a tale of a poor and scruffy introverted high school student living in isolation and constantly being picked on and ridiculed for his unsanitary appearance and odor. The name fits and this tale of revenge (not quite as you may imagine) reveals how things got to their present state. Scripter Fabian Rangel, Jr. has no sympathy for the tormentors and artist Valentin Ramon Menendez depicts events in suitably dark lines and effective use of shadows. An especially vivid scene occurs when in consecutive panels a large shadow looms ever larger over the form of a frightened youth until it envelops him.

          The “Ghosts” of the Old West never haunted settlers the way they plague grizzled and rugged Benton and his dog companion. At least he’s guaranteed to have a constant supply of visitors in this stylish story written by Scott R Schmidt and illustrated by Mac Radwanski.

          Writer Terry Cronin from Issue #1 returns to tell two short stories with artistic help from several members of Students Of The Unusual. Cronin scripted the best story in Issue #1 and this delightful combo moves him right back into the front ranks. “The Chickcarnie” is a dark tale based on Bahamas legends and “Sulfur Water” is a nasty tasting encounter with unknown landscapes suffered by several youth who only wanted to engage in some fruit fight fun near a Florida orchard. There are some very creative images of falling in this story.

          Two favorites from Issue #1 return to tell “The Tube” a creepy, twisted story involving a subway killer and a nervous passenger that is illustrated with great background detail from artist Dafu Yu, who also did the best illustration work of Issue #1. There’s also an unusual opening featuring a skirmish between a business-like older gentleman and Cuddles the Monster to see who get to tell it -- - lending a Twilight Zone atmosphere to the proceedings.

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          Scotland’s Paul Bradford also returns this issue to pen a dark, brooding tale about a solitary knight defending the gates of a stronghold against a band of Viking warriors. The pencils and shading of Matt Olson in “The Last Knight” keep things very dark, bloody and mysterious. Wonder what was so important to protect? Never mind. You’ll find out.

          The new team (to Indie Comics Horror, that is) of writer Dan Rivera and artist Marc Jameson combine to tell the creepiest story in this issue with “The Assistant”. A victim of a nervous breakdown tries to get his family life and career back on track. He has the most difficulty trying to keep commitments and resorts to deep drastic measures to resolve his problems instead of just clowning around.

          Writer/artist Chuck Foulds helps break the dour mood with an amusing story set “Somewhere In Transylvania”, although the title is a little misleading. It implies that this might be a vampire story, which it is not. However, if it brings yearning for classic Universal Studios monster fare, that craving will be satisfied. It did cause a few chuckles, in spite of its banality.

          Returning writer Glenn Moane from Sweden apparently has some issues with abandonment. “The Drain” is a thoroughly depressing tale of a father growing apathetic towards his responsibilities and putting a plan into action. At least he didn’t resort to the deeply disturbing methods employed by his parents when he was young. Artist Aleksandar Bozic Ske employs a welcome lighter touch to the proceedings, but his pencils can’t camouflage the dark nature of the tale. Based on some equally negative views of residential communities in Moane’s Issue #1 story, the reader may conclude that he’s either superbly skilled at describing the darker moods of human nature, or he’s just incredibly cynical in his worldview.

          Both INDIE COMICS MAGAZINE and INDIE COMICS HORROR are the brainchild of writer, artist and publisher Gary Scott Beatty. Beatty employs a unique and effective business model with these books. Each of the creative teams featured each issue assumes a partial share of the printing costs, and in return receives a partial share of the income. Even more importantly, these magazines offer a larger forum for the presentation of their works. That doesn’t mean that anyone with the money can buy their eight pages of space. There are standards and rules that Beatty enforces and only the best make the final cut.

          Curiosity prompted an inquiry to Gary Scott Beatty asking for more specifics. What follows are portions of a short email interview with the publisher.

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          BC: I believe I understand your business model. Nine stories from eight writers this issue means that the printing/production costs were then split eight ways, with each of the creative teams sharing one eighth of the expense. Is that correct? Was this done to make the price more reasonable for creators or because you had extra content this issue?

          BEATTY: Oh, an article on our unique business model! That’s interesting. Two things you’ll want to make clear, because they are often misunderstood:

          1) I don’t make money from creators who buy in to INDIE COMICS HORROR or INDIE COMICS MAGAZINE. All of their buy-in costs goes towards the specifics outlined in our submissions page at http://aazurn.com/ICM.html. Any money I make to cover my time and talents comes from the Affordable Showcase Ads on the back cover. Yes, it’s a stupid business model but one that keeps costs down for the creators that share the expense of printing and promoting the books. Affordable Showcase Ads are popular with the indie community, because INDIE COMICS reach their target market: readers interested in independent comic books.

            2) Content is edited. Not everyone who can pay will be in the books. The biggest reason I turn down submissions is stories have to wrap up in eight pages. Many creators are so busy world-building (for their mega-epics) they’ve lost the ability to tell an entertaining story in eight pages!

BC: Approximately how many submissions did you consider and qualify before narrowing it down to eight?

BEATTY: I am surprised that I am happy to accept over half of the work submitted for INDIE COMICS MAGAZINE and INDIE COMICS HORROR. I am constantly amazed at the quality of work submitted. There are many very talented creators that deserve our notice and support!

I see why editors get ulcers. I’m waiting now for one more submission for INDIE COMICS MAGAZINE #7 by the May 3 deadline so we can be in August’s PREVIEWS. We have a super lineup of seven solid stories and need just one more!

BC: How many issues does it normally require to reach the break-even point? - - where all expenses are covered and then the creators get their percentage of the profits?

BEATTY: For INDIE COMICS HORROR #2, now in April’s PREVIEWS, we have eight creators splitting the cost, and Terry (“Students Of The Unusual”) Cronin contributed two stories in his eight pages. Readers will get an extra story in this book’s 64 pages.

1,000 issues is our “sweet spot”, where creators begin making money back from Diamond sales. We always print 1,000 though, so if Diamond orders come in below that number, creators have books they can sell at conventions to recoup the expenses.

A Marvel Team Book Has My Attention




GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1 (Marvel, May 2013) Writer Brian Michael Bendis. Penciler Steve McNiven.

Trying to decide which Marvel NOW team book to follow has been extremely difficult. There are more Avengers and X-Men team books than ever before. Many of them blend together former Avengers and X-Men team members as in UNCANNY AVENGERS, which only makes it more confusing. There are bound to be several very good team books in the bunch, but how to determine that without sampling every single one? (Groan!). I’ve decided to sit back and let things develop, read some reviews, listen to friends and then later pick up Volume 1 of the eventual trade paperback. In the meantime, there is one team book at Marvel that I actually do want to try picking up every month. It’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, and it only took two issues to convince me.

Artist Steve McNiven quickly and easily establishes the scope of the universe that the Guardians will operate in. He opens Issue #1 with short wide-screen panels that span across two pages, beginning with a galaxy view in the first panel and then zooming down to a bar/cantina on an unidentified planet. As Peter Quill / Starlord is apparently trying to seduce a beautiful Kree woman, the sedate mix in the bar is stirred up and agitated by the bold and brash entrance of Peter’s father, the king of the Spartax planetary system, along with his company of soldiers.

He wants to “save” Peter and protect him from harm by persuading him to stay away from planet Earth. Peter is only interested in baiting and confronting his father, reminding him in subtle and not-so-subtle ways of his abandonment of Peter and his mother during those critical formative years. He continues to try and one-up or embarrass his father, or at the least make him jealous. It’s fun to observe. (It bothers me a little that throughout the entire issue Bendis never refers to Father Quill by his full name, forcing me to look up my copy of Issue #0.1. His full name is J’Son of Spartax. )

It seems that the council of the Galactic Empires has declared Earth off-limits to extraterrestrial interaction. The planet just needs to be left alone to develop without interference. Peter argues that the effect will be to allow other empires, such as the Badoon, to declare open season on Earth. Sure enough, Tony Stark/ Space Iron Man gets attacked while on an outer space patrol just outside the Earth’s atmosphere by the Badoon. The Guardians rescue him and disable the Badoon ship, and it free-falls into the Earth’s atmosphere. Guess where everybody will end up next issue? On Planet Earth. Seems like Pete’s dad set him up.

The marketing campaign for the late 2014 movie is already underway, and judging by the 16 different covers being offered for this first issue, Marvel must be hoping movie anticipation drives some people into the comics stores to find something Guardian-related to help satisfy their new appetite. (Which is a smart marketing approach, and leaves me wondering why DC didn’t try to build-up this year’s Superman movie the same way.) So far the story has been fun to follow. I’m in for the first adventure for sure.




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Thursday, April 11, 2013

What’s New? : April 11, 2013 Manga, weekend events, etc..

AUGUST 11 = IRON KING REACHES HALFWAY MARK : The partnership of Bluewater publisher Darren Davis with best-selling Young Adult novelist Julie Kagawa is utilizing a crowd sourcing campaign to cover initial production costs so that her popular Fey universe can have a comics life (starting with the “Iron King”) as a graphic novel.  To date, they are halfway to the goal and asking for more support. Already more than 160 people pledged as little as $1 towards “kick starting” this project. 

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Davis commented on the reason why he is enthusiastic about the project: “Obviously there is swag to reward for any support. Everything from receiving a public printed thank you and an early-bird copy of the finished product to t-shirts, and getting drawn in the book. I am happy to provide those gifts to any supporter, but the real reason I am excited is that this is an opportunity to produce a piece of literature that might get a reluctant reader to pick up a copy and get hooked on reading. When I was young, I was one of those kids who would avoid reading at all costs…until I found comic books. As a 12 year old, it was a gateway to reading. I truly believe that without comics, I would have been one of the kids who fell through the cracks. Over the past 10 years I have worked with libraries on various literacy projects as well as made dozens of my titles available to librarians for free in order to promote reading. Whether I can convince you to support us based on altruistic measures of helping us create a reading bridge, see it as an investment in a quality production of a popular and well-regarded title, I personally invite you to participate…Heck maybe you just love comics!”

The series is directly aimed at the young adult reader (11-14 years old) and is planned to be done in the manga style.  Julie Kagawa’s Iron Fey series spent several weeks at the top of the New York best seller list. Julie is part of the creative team helping to put the comics project together.  Davis again: “Your support will fund the comic creators, printers, shipping costs, project management and the army of magic little elves necessary to bring the novels to life and get comics and rewards to your door.”

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-iron-king-manga-series

AUGUST 11 = SPECIAL EVENT FOR DOCTOR WHO FANS AT CBH 4/13:

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AUGUST 11 = MEET UNIT 5 COMICS CREATORS AT COMIC BOOK SHOP 4/27:

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It’s “Superhero Appreciation Day on Saturday April 27th t The Comic Book Shop located at 1855 Marsh Road in Wilmington, Delaware.  The creators of the new comic Unit 5 will be guests that day and giving away signed copies of their comic. Cash prizes will be awarded for best Superhero costume, with raffles for gift certificates to the store and other giveaways all day. 

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From the Unit 5 press release:  “Five extraordinary individuals hailing from the 5 boroughs of New York who have suffered personal losses due to the 9/11 attacks join together to fight global terror and are known as Unit 5!  September 11th 2001 was an ominous day in U.S history. However, it became the turning point in the fight against global terror. Founded by the G Foundation and born out of the personal tragedies of extraordinary individuals all with deep ties to ground zero, Unit 5 was born.”

 

 

AUGUST 11 =  VALIANT STATUES IN PRODUCTION: Valiant has partnered with Quarantine Studio for an exclusive array of high-quality limited edition statues, realizing the greatest heroes of the Valiant Universe in three dimensions for the first time anywhere. 

The first Valiant/Quarantine release, scheduled for 2014, will be the X-O Manowar Deluxe Edition Statue, based upon the art of superstar artist Marko Djurdjevic. Sculpted in polyresin and standing 14 inches high on a 9 inch by 10 inch base, the first-ever sculptural representation of Valiant's signature hero will recreate Djurdjevic's iconic cover art to X-O Manowar #12 – a key centerpiece of the "Planet Death" storyline currently being published the X-O Manowar monthly series.

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Founded in the fall of 2008, Quarantine Studio is one of the U.S.'s leading producers of pre-painted statues and faux bronzes, having previously produced works based on a wide array of properties including Robert E. Howard's Conan, Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer, and Topps' Mars Attacks!   Valiant is a leading character-based entertainment company with a library of over 1,500 characters. Since its summer 2012 relaunch, Valiant has returned to the fore as one of the most highly regarded publishers in comics, winning the 2012 Diamond Gem Award for Comic Book Publisher of the Year – Under 4%. Valiant's current titles include X-O Manowar, Harbinger, Bloodshot, Archer & Armstrong, and Shadowman with a new, sixth title – Quantum and Woody – scheduled for a July 2013 debut.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

What’s New? : April 09, 2013

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          APRIL 09 = HEROES FOR HUNGER:  DC Entertainment, Save The Children, International Rescue Committee, and Mercy Corps joint IndieGoGo campaign to raise $50,o00 to help alleviate the hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa reached its’ goal two days after launching.  To celebrate, the bar has been raised and a new goal of $100,000 has been set.  In addition, DC has donated even more limited edition merchandise and experiences to thank supporters. New offerings include signed Batman Begins movie posters, Batman And Robin Vol. 1 hardcover editions signed by the creative team, and a trip to the sold out Comic-Con. Get all the details here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/dc-entertainment-we-can-be-heroes--4

 

APRIL 09 = DYSART IS EXCLUSIVE AT VALIANT:  New York Times best-selling writer and Eisner Award nominee Joshua Dysart has signed on as the publisher’s next exclusive creator. Dysart is currently scripting and co-plotting the Harbinger Wars crossover and mini-series for Valiant, in addition to his writing duties on the ongoing Harbinger series.

From 2008 to 2010, Dysart authored a two-year run on Vertigo's Unknown Soldier with artist Alberto Ponticelli, garnering an Eisner Award nomination for Best New Series and widespread critical recognition in the process. Dysart has also contributed to some of the most acclaimed series and projects of the past decade, including B.P.R.D., Swamp Thing and Neil Young's Greendale.

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Dysart's first Valiant work, Harbinger #1, was released in June 2012 as the second title of the Valiant relaunch. His work on the series has drawn near-universal accolades from fans and critics, cementing Harbinger as one of Valiant's best-selling titles.  Dysart has also played a key creative role in co-architecting the Harbinger Wars crossover event, going so far as to co-create two dozen new super-powered heroes with Harbinger artist Khari Evans. This team of characters, collectively known as Generation Zero, can next be seen in the pages of Harbinger Wars #2 (of 4), in stores May 1st. They also feature prominently in the upcoming Harbinger Wars: Battle for Las Vegas 8-bit mobile game, the first level of which will be released for free on iOS and Android devices on May 2nd.

Dysart joins Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord (X-O Manowar, Conan) as the next addition to Valiant's roster of exclusive talent.

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           APRIL 03 = DAVE DORMAN GIVES LOCAL INTERVIEW:  Captain Blue Hen Comics’ From The Booth podcast crew scored an interview with Eisner Award winning illustrator and painter Dave Dorman.Dave  is pretty much the name in Star Wars art work, having painted and illustrated several top selling comics, comics covers, book covers, package art, concept art and original pieces over a career spanning three decades.  Dave talks about his upcoming KickStarter campaign and his next book offering, waxes philosophic on getting paid to do what he loves, gives his advice on home theater design and interior decorating.  To Dave Dorman you will listen at . . . . .

http://www.captainbluehen.com/2013/04/03/from-the-booth-forced-perspective/

APRIL 09 =BROOKS HEADLINES EXTINCTION PARADE: Max Brooks is known worldwide as one of the founders of the zombie renaissance, with his novels being considered essential reading for horror enthusiasts. World War Z has been adapted by Brad Pitt into a summer blockbuster premiering on June 20th and his first book, The Zombie Survival Guide, is cited as launchApril-Flipside-1-3-748x1024ing the zombie survival sub-genre. Now Emmy Award winning author, Max Brooks, has developed a brand new sub-genre of Vampires vs Zombies and is unleashing Extinction Parade, an epic horror comic series through Avatar Press. This  event teams Brooks with  illustrator Raulo Caceres and is scheduled to debut in comic shops worldwide on June 19th, the day before World War Z opens in theaters.

Extinction Parade is Brooks’ first all-original serialized comic book work. In a world where the zombie plague has put the human race on the endangered species list, another predatory undead species realizes that to stand by idly means the end of their food supply. Vastly outnumbered by the zombie hordes, vampires descend into all-out subdead war, with humanity caught in the crossfire. This new series further examines Brooks’ fascination with the lethal races of the undead and brings his unique voice to comics at a time when horror fiction is at an all-time high in popularity.  The first issue is featured in the current Previews magazine from Diamond Distributors and is ready to pre-order.

 

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           APRIL 08  = MORE REGULARITY FOR POLARITY:  Say Anything front-man Max Bemis'  debut comic effort has really struck a chord with both fans of his music and comic fans around the world thanks to its personal and clever look at his struggle with bipolar disorder. The first printing has sold out at the distributor level, and a second printing is in process. 

          Timothy Woods is a bipolar artist stuck in the world of hipsters, meaningless sex, and vain art -- better known as Brooklyn. But after he survives a near fatal car accident, Timothy discovers that his mental instability is more than just a disorder, and that his bipolar medication hasn't just been subduing depression and uncontrollable mania...it's been suppressing his super powers! Now it's time for Timothy to stand up to his disease alongside an onslaught of wretched human villainy as he finally finds his place in the world.

 

APRIL 09 = FEMALE ARTISTS DRAW RED SONJA:  Dynamite's re-launch of Red Sonja with writer Gail Simone will arrive this coming July.  It  will be supported by covers by some of the most distinguished female artists in comics.  Red Sonja #1 contains covers by Nicola Scott, Colleen Doran, Jenny Frison, Stephanie Buscema, Fiona Staples, and Amanda Conner.

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          In Red Sonja #1, Red Sonja gets a fresh new attitude.  Sonja pays back a blood debt owed to the one man who has gained her respect, even if it means leading a doomed army to their certain deaths.  "Red Sonja is one of the original female ass-kickers in comics, of COURSE I would want to write her," says writer Gail Simone. "Any reader who likes sex, blood, swordplay, sassiness, red hair, adventure, and monsters getting stabbed in the face should get this book."

           Gail Simone got her start in comics writing for Bongo Comics, home of The Simpsons. Following her time there, Simone entered the mainstream comics world with a run on Marvel Comics' Deadpool, and later, Agent X. Gail is best known for known for runs on DC's Birds of Prey, Secret Six, Welcome to Tranquility, Wonder Woman, and Batgirl.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

What's New? : April 04, 2013

April 04: UGLY DOESN'T QUIT = Personal favorite TODD, THE UGLIEST KID ON EARTH wraps up the limited series on April 17 with Issue #4. The news is that this will be an ongoing title through Image beginning in September.

April 03: INDIE FUNDRAISING A GO GO! = More and more independent creators are using social media to raise funds to make their dream projects a reality. You only need to visit the Kickstarter or Indiegogo sites and search 'comics' to find a giant stack of worthwhile projects, and we'll feature some of them here. The newest campaign is for a comics adaptation of THE IRON FEY, a best selling young adult novel series by Julie Kagawa. The goal is to introduce these young readers to the wonder of comics and hopefully attract more girls to read comics. Here is the link =
http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-iron-king-manga-series/x/2632172
This will be a 4 issue manga series titled THE IRON KING produced by Bluewater Productions. The website features a trailer, art and concept sketches plus incentives for contributors that include T-shirts, sketches, hand painted rocks, sculptures, comics and a chance to be drawn into an issue of the series.

April 03: BROWN GOES AUTO-BIOGRAPHY = Graphic novelist writer/artist Jeffrey Brown (Darth Vader and Son, The Incredible Change-Bots) return to the auto-biographical format with A MATTER OF LIFE, a full color hardcover from Top Shelf in June (in the current Previews catalog). The book follows three generations of growth: Brown, his minister father and his preschooler son Oscar. If it's equal to the quality of his fictional work, this will be worth a look.

April 03: BURNING DOWN THE HOUSE = Top Shelf has another unique item for June in the Previews catalog. BURNING BUILDING COMIX by Jeff Zwirek is a comics art object and reading experience like no other. Tenants are trapped in a ten-story burning apartment building. This hardcover opens vertically to reveal two tall booklets, so readers can move up & down in space and forward and backward in time. Each tier of panels represents one floor of the building. Characters include a depressed atheist, expectant mother, brave doggy, latchkey kid, devil worshipper and more.

April 01: INDIE COMIC MOVIE CAMPAIGN = Another Indiegogo site aims to bring indie house Maw Productions and creator Martheus Wade's TURRA:GUN ANGEL graphic novel heroine to life in a live-action film. Turra is an independent-minded ninja assassin turned bounty hunter. This modest campaign aims to raise just $8,000 to finance the opening sequence and offers lots of perks for levels of contributions. Find the details and watch the video at http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/Turra-gun-angel

April 01: HOUSE CALL = The ultimate fan experience is available for just $350 to get inside for a personal tour with extras at the residence of legendary Star Wars artist Dave Dorman during the C2E2 Chicago weekend on Saturday 4/27. The package includes limo ride, gifts, food, and a tour of Dorman's studio and private art collection. This is now Year Two of The Dave Dorman Experience and space is limited to ten people. Contact denise@writebrainmedia.com to make reservations.









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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

What's New? : Update April 02, 2013

Tuesday 4/02 DC ENTERTAINMENT WE CAN BE HEROES CAMPAIGN = DC is working with INDIE GO GO (a fundraising site similar to Kickstarter) to raise money to help feed the hungry in Africa. Making a pledge gets the donor some DC gifts from $10 for Batman downloads to a signed edition of INJUSTICE:GODS AMONG US for $250 to getting yourself drawn into a Batman graphic novel for $1,000. Go to www.indiegogo.com/at/wecanbeheroes to get more details and make a pledge.

Tuesday 4/02 GHASTLY AWARDS keeps me updated on their efforts to find the best horror comics of 2013 and sends me monthly recommendations. For March they are recommending Hack/Slash 25, Todd The Ugliest Kid on Earth 3, Hoax Hunters 8, Change 4, Mystery Society 2013 Special, Five Ghosts:The Haunting Of Fabian Gray 1, Anathema 3, and Rachel Rising 15. That's quite a list!

Tuesday 4/02 FREE COMIC BOOK DAY is Saturday, May 4 and the staff at Captain Blue Comics in Newark, DE are planning a party with Spider-Man, Darth Vader, Boba Fett, The Batmobile and more with guest comic book artists, art classes and free comic books. They always do it right and get big crowds.

Tuesday 4/02 CELEBRITIES IN COMICS = helps introduce comics to non-readers and gets them interested, and nobody does this to the extent that Bluewater Productions does. A look at their 4/03 releases is a good example: Dirk Benedict In The 25th Century 1 written by Benedict, Misadventures Of Adam West Volume One TPB written by West, William Shatner Presents Man O'War 2, Orbit The Cast Of Doctor Who Bonus Edition (biography), and Fame 50 Cent (biography).

Tuesday 4/02 NEW HORROR COMICS ANTHOLOGY is planned from Evil Jester Books. The Authors were announced today for the first four issues of Evil Jester Presents and it's impressive: Joe McKinney, Gregory Norris, Mark C Scioneax, Gary Braunbeck, Benjamin Kane Ethridge, Holly Newstein Hautala, Vince Liaguno, Jack Ketchum, Charles Day, David Hayes, Taylor Grant, Aric Sundquist, Suzanne Robb, Jeremy C Shipp, Jonathan Mayberry, Jason V Brock, Tim Waggoner, Jeff Strand, Ramsey Campbell, Mort Castle, Michael C Lea, Marianne Halbert, Robert Shane Wilson, Edward M Erdelac, Gene O'Neil, William F Nolan and Jim Chambers. Whew! A Kickstarter campaign is raising funds for production costs and offering gifts for various levels of donations. Go to www.kickstarter.com/projects/eviljesterpresents.


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