Showing posts from July, 2014

Rare DOC SAVAGE novel gets December hardcover from Moonstone

Doc Savage: The Frightened Fish HC novel
Author: Will Murray
Cover: Doug Klauba
6” x 9”, 160pgs, squarebound HC, $19.99

Previews Exclusive!
Never published in hardcover before, and the paperback has been out of print for over 20 years!
This tale takes place near the end of Doc Savage's amazing career. The tone of the story and the characterization of the characters are consistent with the later work of Lester Dent. In "The Frightened Fish", working from story notes by Lester Dent, Will Murray presents us with a story of the early Cold War, and a sequel to Lester’s 1948 masterpiece, The Red Spider, in which a more mature and emotionally sophisticated Man of Bronze tackles an international threat which resonates with today's ecologically-challenged headlines. Characters from his past reappear, and Doc Savage is tested in ways never before imagined. In the fifteen year span of Doc's career, he grew as an individual. Everyone changes and grows over …

Waiting for a worthy Kickstarter? Check out SQUARRIORS

It's been a long time since I pledged a Kickstarter campaign, but this project caught my attention. The art is just incredible! If the story can match it for premium quality then this will be one to watch.

Squarriors is now live on Kickstarter.

Watch a very well-produced explanatory video and get all the details here. . .

One of Devil's Due Entertainment's most anticipated new titles has just launched on Kickstarter - from the minds and talents of Ash Maczko and Ashley M. Witter - Squarriors #1 set to hit comic shops everywhere this December.

Including special rewards for readers and retailers alike!

Already featured on BleedingCool, First Comics News, Comic Bastards Graphic Policy, Comic Buzz and more...

What is intended to be the first of several mini-series begins here.

Store Up for Winter!

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More adds to BCC: Calafiore, Chen, Curtis, Kitchen, Staton

From the official press release . . . . .

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - July 28, 2014 - Join the Baltimore Comic-Con at the Baltimore Convention Center this fall for our inaugural 3-day event on Friday-Sunday, September 5-7, 2014! Joining us in Baltimore's Inner Harbor for our 10th annual show are Jim Calafiore, Jo Chen, Mike Curtis, Denis Kitchen, and Joe Staton!

Jim Calafiore, whose early work was for the now-reformed Valiant Comics on titles like X-O Manowar and Armorines, has made a name for himself working extensively for the Big Two: DC and Marvel Comics. Calafiore had noteworthy runs at Marvel on titles such as Black Panther, Deadpool, Exiles, and Iron Man, and over at DC on Aquaman, Batgirl, Red Lanterns, and Secret Six. More recently, his successful Kickstarter effort, Leaving Megalopolis (with Gail Simone) has been published by Dark Horse Comics, he's done interior work for Dynamite's Red Sonja title, and he's provided covers for Archer and Armstrong at Valiant.

Jo …

Ron Marz to write new John Carter: Warlord Of Mars series

from the official press release. . . . .July 23, 2014, Mt. Laurel, NJ:  Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce a brand new chapter in the history of Edgar Rice Burroughs creation, John Carter: Warlord of Mars, to be written by the masterful pen of comics legend Ron Marz.  Illustrated by newcomer Abhishek Malsuni, John Carter: Warlord of Mars is the newly-minted cornerstone of the publisher's Warlord of Mars line, launched in the wake of their May 2014 announcement of the comprehensive licensing agreement between Dynamite and Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.          John Carter: Warlord of Mars welcomes science fiction and fantasy fans to the exotic landscape of Barsoom, where displaced earthling John Carter has to save his adopted world, not to mention his beloved Dejah Thoris, from an enemy like no other he has ever faced.  John Carter must truly become a Warlord of Mars against an adversary who is every bit his equal on the savage red planet.          Marz's enthusiasm for J…

Pro Se Productions obtains rights to Nemo Publishing characters

from the official press release . . . . . .PUBLISHER BRINGS A FOUR COLOR UNIVERSE TO GENRE FICTION- NEMO PUBLISHING LICENSES CHARACTERS TO PRO SE PRODUCTIONS          Known for bringing properties from other media to the printed page, Pro Se Productions announces the licensing of a cast of characters already featured in comics, toys, and a coloring book, and one that even began his life as a soda mascot.  Nemo Publishing, based in Maine has licensed characters to Pro Se to feature in prose novels and anthologies in the near future, characters including the popular Commander X, Sea Ghost, and Nemo’s star attraction, Capt’n Eli.          “We are always looking, “ says Pro Se Editor in Chief and Partner Tommy Hancock, “for properties outside the prose world that are screaming to be adapted.  And ever since I read my first Capt’n Eli adventure, not only was I hooked as a reader, but I was eager to test the waters to see if the Capt’n and his dog and parrot and the rest of the crew might e…

BC and BC team up: Refugees find their Cool in Delinquents

Our apologies if the above headline doesn’t make sense to you.  Hopefully, it will all become clear before you finish this news article.  We just wanted to give a shout out to frequent BC Refugees contributor Mike Clarke upon his first commercial publication in BLEEDING COOL MAGAZINE #11 (July 2014) , available in your local comics store right now.           Mike is the writer of the Bleeding Cool article that previews THE DELINQUENTS, a four part mini-series featuring  popular Valiant duos, Archer & Armstrong plus Quantum & Woody, that debuts this August.   You can find some background information on the source material, as well as a preview of the upcoming title along with an interview with co-author James Asmus and editor Josh Johns.            We managed to catch up to the busy writer during his day-off today (Saturday) and asked for a few comments.  “Bleeding Cool is one of the few remaining print magazines covering the world of comics and popular culture, and f…

Latest Analysis: Positive News! The Comic Market is Growing!

From the official press release . . . . .

Comics and Graphic Novel Market Reaches $870 Million
According to New Estimate by Comichron and ICv2

"The market for comics and graphic novels in the U.S. and Canada reached $870 million at retail last year, according to a new estimate prepared jointly by ICv2's Milton Griepp and Comichron's John Jackson Miller.

"I've been networking with Milton on questions of the numbers underlying the business since he was at Capital City Distribution and I was editing Comics Retailer magazine back in the 1990s," Miller said. "It's been great to formally collaborate on these estimates for the first time, and I think the result is the most inclusive and accurate picture of the market either of us has ever been able to produce."

"I'm very excited about the market model this collaboration with John has produced," Griepp said. "I've always had great respect for John's work in the area of comic sa…

Valiant explores animated digital comics with Visionbooks

From the official press release . . . . . .

Valiant Entertainment and Visionbooks Partner for Animated Digital Comic Books

Cutting-Edge Digital Technology Brings Best-Selling Superheroes to Life, Beginning with Free X-O Manowar #1

NEW YORK, July 22, 2014 – Visionbooks is proud to announce a new partnership agreement with award-winning comic book publisher, Valiant Entertainment. Launching today with the release of X-O Manowar #1-4 on the Visionbooks app, relive the best-selling first story arc of Valiant’s alien-armored Visigoth hero as realized by Visionbooks’ groundbreaking digital animation process.

Visionbooks revolutionizes comic book reading by transforming two-dimensional comic books into a digital animation experience. By combining traditional comics with cutting-edge technology, Visionbooks creates dimensional action like explosions, smoke, weather, character conflicts and action, all within static comic panels.

From New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (Armor Hunte…

Harvey Award Nominees Announced, Finals at Baltimore Comic-Con

From the official press release-- my picks noted with "xx".

014 Harvey Awards Nominees Announced!
Visit for Ballots & Submission Details!

BALTIMORE, MD (July 16, 2014) -- The 2014 Harvey Awards Nominees have been announced with the release of the final ballot, presented by the Executive Committees of the Harvey Awards and the Baltimore Comic-Con. Named in honor of the late Harvey Kurtzman, one of the industry's most innovative talents, the Harvey Awards recognize outstanding work in comics and sequential art. They will be presented September 6, 2014 in Baltimore, MD, in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con.

Nominations for the Harvey Awards are selected exclusively by creators - those who write, draw, ink, letter, color, design, edit, or are otherwise involved in a creative capacity in the comics field. They are the only industry awards both nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. Thank you to all that have already …

Archer & Armstrong Headed To The Big Screen

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

Award-winning, multi-million selling comic coming to film from Valiant developed and financed script

As revealed exclusively at the Hollywood Reporter, New York-based comic book publisher Valiant Entertainment today announced that they are adapting their award-winning comic book series, ARCHER & ARMSTRONG, into a feature film. Valiant has partnered with the Sean Daniel Company (THE MUMMY, BEST MAN HOLIDAY, MGM’s upcoming BEN-HUR) for the production and has funded a script from writer BenDavid Grabinski. The film will be produced by Sean Daniel, Jason Brown, and Dinesh Shamdasani.

ARCHER & ARMSTRONG is an action-adventure/buddy comedy colliding a drunk, delinquent immortal who has given up on saving the world and the idealistic young man who needs him for a globetrotting quest to stop history’s oldest conspiracy from toppling modern civilization.

Co-created by former Marvel Comics Edi…
Writer:  J. Scott Campbell & Andy Hartnell
Artist:  J. Scott Campbell
IDW Publishing | TPB | $18.99 Browsing comic covers one day while looking for the trade about which I would write this column, Danger Girl caught my eye. It’s not that I recognized the writer or the artist or even that I was a big fan of Wildstorm’s stuff but the cover caught my eye for reasons that will be apparent to anyone familiar with JSC’s body of work. J Scott Campbell got his start as artist and co-creator of Gen13 and is known throughout the industry for his highly sexualized depictions of women. Andy Hartnell co-created Gen13 with Campbell and has also written Army of Darkness: Ashes to Ashes for Dynamite comics. Abbey Chase is a treasure hunter in the vein of Nathan Drake in the Uncharted video game franchise. While wrestling with a fellow plunderer in a ship that’s headed for a waterfall, she is saved by several statuesque women. Recruited into an all-female strike force to fight a modern inca…

a NUMBER ONE should be in every comics shop

NUMBER ONE (Aazurn Publishing, September 2014 release, $3.99) Writing, typography and colors by Gary Scott Beatty. Art and inking by Aaron Warner.          NUMBER ONE does much more than relate the fictional story of a comic store owner as he experiences the ups and downs of owning a business over the course of 50 years. It also serves as a great summary of the changes that have occurred in the industry over those same years. In addition, it provides great insight into the challenges faced by all owners of comic shops and independent bookstores in the 21st Century, in the early days of the digital age.           NUMBER ONE is the book that recognizes the passion for illustrated story-telling that is the core driving force that keeps long-term fans of comic books coming back for more, week after week, month after month, year after year, and on and on.  It’s the book that does a noteworthy job of explaining “why we still read those things” as well as why any sane individual would try an…

THE VALIANT comes to Valiant: prestige mini-series debuts

from the official press release . . . . .A battle ten millennia in the making is about to begin...
          Valiant Entertainment is proud to announce THE VALIANT – a new prestige format four-issue limited series beginning in December from New York Times best-selling writers Jeff Lemire (Green Arrow, Animal Man) and Matt Kindt (RAI, UNITY, Mind MGMT), and featuring interior artwork and covers by Eisner Award-winning artist Paolo Rivera (Daredevil)!          An entirely self-contained comics event spotlighting Bloodshot, Eternal Warrior, Geomancer, and a cast of heroes and villains from across the Valiant Universe, THE VALIANT is a visionary new adventure from three of the greatest creative talents in comics today.          The Eternal Warrior has protected the Earth for more than 10,000 years.  A master of countless weapons and long forgotten martial arts, he is guided by the Geomancers – those who speak for the Earth.  During his long watch, the Eternal Warrior has failed three times…

First State Comic Con : Lessons learned by a part-time vendor

REFLECTIONS ON THE FIRST STATE COMIC CON - - Sunday, June 29th at Mill Creek Fire Hall in Marshallton (Southern Wilmington) Delaware                    Comic Conventions are a great place to meet artists, writers and comics creators and publishers, find that book you need to complete a set in your collection, enjoy the variety of costumed participants, and talk shop with local comics-minded enthusiasts.  And, if the price to rent some table space at the Con is not too outrageous (it wasn’t) - - it’s a good place to display and sell comics.  However, you should not try to do both.  You will find that you need to stay glued to your vendor space no matter how much the traffic slows down.  Walk away to meet some of the famous guests and you could miss that one big chance to sell a stack of books.        Of course, if you are a full-time vendor making a living/business out of this hobby then you just might have enough staff to cover your selling area so that you can walk around and enjoy y…