Saturday, April 30, 2016

THE EAGLE, Neil Voke's classic hero returns to comics

 

from the official press release . . . . .
 
Baltimore, Maryland]– The Eagle soars again! It’s been over twenty years since Neil Vokes’ cult classic hero Eagle has graced the paneled pages of new comics. American Mythology Productions is bringing back the indie sensation with brand new chapters to the martial arts master detective’s ongoing saga.

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Created by comics icon Neil Vokes and Rich Rankin in 1986 during the original ‘80s black and white indie comic explosion, Eagle’s return to fans has been long overdue and a welcome addition to American Mythology’s rapidly expanding catalogue of titles. The new comic will follow the supernatural adventures of the vigilante Richard Eagle in his constant battle to find justice at the end of a sword.
 
Not only will Vokes and his new publisher be bringing one of his signature characters back to life, there are also plans to release new stories based on his Death’s Dark Angel (previously called Death’s Head) character, a dark future reflection of the twisted killer The Eagle will become. Both tales will entwine into a larger “Vokesverse” the publisher plans to help spotlight the imaginative artistic mastery of its creator with additional releases of Dark Tales from The Vokesverse. These stories highlight a career that spans more than three decades with suspense and blood-drenched creations in an incredible universe of nightmares, monsters, and mayhem. 
 
American Mythology Productions (AM) will launch The Eagle: Resurgent as a hauntingly ink-washed 48-page comic book that celebrates the first classic tale from the original series and features an all-new story that breathes fresh life into the cult hero. The book is featured in the comics section of the March 2016 edition of PREVIEWS from Diamond Comic Distributors, listed under “American Mythology Productions,” on page #277. It carries a $4.99 U.S. cover price. It’s Item Code from Diamond Comic Distributors is MAR161051 and is presently available for reorder. The new series brings back the original creative team of writer Jack Herman and art from Neil Vokes, unleashing a night of 1000 ninjas in this exciting and unique mix of martial arts, the occult, and horror. 
 
“When are you going to bring Eagle back? Ever since the demise of the EAGLE comic in the early ‘90s our fans have been asking that question. Not a single convention appearance all these years has gone by without at least one fan asking me that. I began a new story line many years back that involved the return of Eagle to Crystal City. This was based on an idea Rich, Jack Herman and I discussed while still doing the series,” Vokes said. 
 
“We had planned on ending the series at some point with Eagle’s ‘death’ – this was to occur after a final battle with his arch enemy, Wulfgar.  My plan then was to have the new storyline open years after the death of Eagle, who has now become a legend and eventually bring him back from ‘the dead” to start new adventures. It is there that we begin our new tale- in the middle of a battle to the death…,” he said.
 
“And to answer that decades long question (‘When are you going to bring Eagle back?’), well, here ya go!” he said.


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“This is one of those projects that you can’t help but get excited about being involved in. What Neil’s work has meant to the industry as a whole as a creator and artist has proven to be a benchmark,” said Michael Bornstein, American Mythology’s publisher. “His original work in the ‘80s was one of the catalyst’s lending to a veritable tidal wave of indie characters and comics that have not only survived but thrived and are more popular with today’s readers than ever. Eagle is one of those characters that fans just seem to respond to and we’re overjoyed to be able to bring this staple back to fandom. Join us as we relaunch history with The Eagle: Resurgent.” 
 
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About Eagle
The Eagle is a character created by Neil Vokes and Rich Rankin in 1986. It originally ran 23 issues under Crystal Publications, a company started by Vokes and Rankin, and ended its run in 1989. For more information, please visit  http://www.vokesfolks.blogspot.com
 
About American Mythology Productions
American Mythology Productions (AM) is an intellectual property development firm that works in the areas of licensed, company-owned, co-owned and creator-owned comic books and other media. AM has working relationships with Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., C3 Entertainment Inc, MGM, Miramax, and other companies for titles including The Three StoogesThe Land That Time ForgotThe Pink PantherStargate AtlantisStargate UniverseEquilibrium, and others. http://www.americanmythology.net  

Bart Sears, Ron Marz to revive OMINOUS PRESS

SEARS AND MARZ TO REVIVE OMINOUS PRESS

ArtisOminous hedt Bart Sears and writer Ron Marz, along with Sean HusVar and Andy Smith, will re-start Ominous Press this summer with three initial titles:  “Giantkillers” written and drawn by Sears; “Prometheus” written by Marz with art by Tom Raney; and “Demi-God” written by Marz with art by Smith.  The colorist on all three books will be Nanjan Jamberi.  Ominous Press will launch June 17-  June 19 at HeroesCon in Charlotte, North Carolina.

There is a detailed interview with the founders on the Comic Book Resources website here . . . . .

http://www.comicbookresources.com/article/exclusive-sears-marz-emphasize-creative-freedom-in-ominous-press-revival?utm_campaign=tomb-raider-finds-its-lara-croft-in-ex-machinas-alicia-vikander&utm_medium=email&utm_source=daily_newsletter

 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Scuttlebutt # 5 for April 2016

VERTIGO SCHEDULED FOR “RESTRUCTURING"

VERTIGO, the mature cutting-edge arm of DC Entertainment, is scheduled for a re-evaluation and re-boot, according to a company statement recently revealed by the Comic Book Resources (CBR) website. Long time editor Shelly Bond will not be part of the process, and her position as Vertigo Executive Editor has been eliminated.

    We have a bad feeling about this, based on some DC statements establishing “the goal is to keep competitive and stay relevant in the changing marketplace, and to set the business up for future success.”  The last part of that statement usually does not bode well for indie creative endeavors.  No matter.  While VERTIGO will always have a fond place in our hearts for introducing TRANSMETROPOLITAN, PREACHER, SANDMAN, 100 BULLETS, FABLES, Y: THE LAST MAN and many others, of late the offerings have been not up to the quality standards of those previous works. The single current exception to that is THE SHERIFF OF BABYLON which deserves further recognition. (BC REFUGEES reviewed the first issue in December 2015. Read it here . . . . .  http://www.bcrefugees.blogspot.com/2015/12/new-vertigo-title-sheriff-of-babylon.html ).

     Granted, the comics industry has matured since the early days of VERTIGO (which used to own this particular segment of the market).  With IDW, BOOM!  STUDIOS, AVATAR PRESS, and others putting out high-quality limited and mini-series with mature subject matter on a regular basis - - we can certainly survive the absence of VERTIGO.  And IMAGE COMICS is the preferred place for creator-owned properties these days.  They offer the best deal with all rights, including film and TV, remaining with the creators.  They have been the true ground-breaking publisher for Vertigo-quality books for several years now. 

Choose wisely, DC!  And keep your movie people out of the decision process, please.  

THE WALKING DEAD: THE ALIEN

A new digital comic debuted this week n the Panel Syndicate website.  Once the word gets out, it should become a best-seller.  Popular writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Marcos Martin have teamed up to produce a 31 page, black and white, one-shot special THE WALKING DEAD: THE ALIEN set within the continuity established by creator Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Allard.  How this story differs is that it is the first to feature the zombie apocalypse outside of the United States. The action takes place in Barcelona, Spain.  

THE WALKING DEAD: THE ALIEN is available on the Panel Syndicate site as a DRM-free, pay-what-you-like digital comic. You can preview the book here . . . . .    http://panelsyndicate.com

Vaughan and Marcos recently signed an agreement with Image Comics to debut the print edition of their other digital comic collaboration - - THE PRIVATE EYE - - also available on Panel Syndicate.

BARBARA BAIN INDUCTED INTO HOLLYWOOD HALL OF FAME

There is a lengthy and thorough interview covering actress Barbara Bain and her days on the landmark original Mission Impossible television show conducted by Paul Bens on the Nameless Digest site.  Anyone one interested in the show or Bain’s career will want to read this here . . .

http://www.namelessdigest.com/2016/04/27/mission-possible-barbara-bain-the-hollywood-walk-of-fame/

Sunday, April 24, 2016

JESSICA JONES series wins Peabody Award

EDITOR’S NOTE:  When it comes to comparing Marvel television series, the Netflix shows crush the ABC network offerings.  As a new viewer to Netflix, we are five episodes into the first season of JESSICA JONES and loving it.  This show gets better with every episode.  A well deserved award.  Also enjoying both seasons of DAREDEVIL (my favorite), and non-superhero shows HOUSE OF CARDS and PEAKY BLINDERS.  


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

 “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” has walked away a winner in the 75th Annual Peabody Awards! Earning its prize in the Entertainment category, the first time Marvel has won the prestigious award.

Held every year to celebrate the best in broadcast entertainment, news, and education, the Peabody Awards represent the best each form has to offer.

"We are all so tremendously grateful. Starting with Melissa Rosenberg, our incredible writers and producers, Krysten Ritter and David Tennant and our wonderful cast, the talented crew and everyone at Marvel Television, Netflix and ABC Studios, this show was a gigantic effort on everyone's part and to be recognized in such a prestigious way is breathtaking,” said Executive Producer and Marvel’s Head of TV, Jeph Loeb. “Thank you!"

"The Peabody Awards celebrate the art and importance of storytelling, and we are immensely honored that the care and passion we brought to the telling of ‘Marvel’s Jessica Jones’ has resonated with so many others,” said Executive Producer and Showrunner, Melissa Rosenberg. “We are so proud to be recognized in this way."

“Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” now streaming only on Netflix, tells the story of Jessica Jones who, after a tragic ending to her short-lived super hero stint, is rebuilding her personal life and career as a detective who gets pulled into cases involving people with extraordinary abilities in New York City.

 



Wednesday, April 20, 2016

SEVEN SEAS digital manga available through COMIXOLOGY

from the official press release . . . . . .

April 20, 2016 — New York, NY— Seven Seas, comiXology and Amazon announced today an expanded and renewed distribution agreement to sell Seven Seas’ digital manga across the comixology platform https://www.comixology.com/New-from-Seven-Seas/list/10984 and extend the distribution of Seven Seas’ library to the Amazon Kindle store http://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&node=156104011

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Today’s announcement sees the debut of Seven Seas’ continuously expanding digital catalog in the Kindle Store including such hits as Magika Swordsman and Summoner, Servamp, Haganai: I Don't Have Many Friends and more.

"The way readers purchase and read their manga is always evolving, and having books on comiXology has been a great way to extend the availability of our series—not only to manga fans, but to comiXology's diverse community of readers as a whole," said Seven Seas’ representative, Lissa Pattillo. "We feel it's a natural step to continue expanding our digital offerings, and bringing our library of content onto Amazon's Kindle allows us to do just that, providing even more readers access to our collection of fan favorites."

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“Seven Seas brought some of the first manga to comiXology opening a new world of stories to comiXology fans everywhere,” said comiXology’s Senior Director of Communication, Chip Mosher. “And now we’re excited to bring that amazing content to Kindle readers worldwide. It’s as easy as clicking on the Manga Tab on the comiXology homepage to find a favorite new title.”­

The Kindle Store gives readers access to millions of books on the most popular devices and platforms, including Fire tablets, Kindle e-readers, iOS, Android and more. 

With over 75,000 comics, graphic novels and manga from more than 75 publishers, comiXology offers the widest selection of digital comics in the world. ComiXology’s immense catalog and cinematic Guided View reading experience make it the best digital platform for comic fans worldwide.

About Seven Seas Entertainment 
Established in 2004, Seven Seas Entertainment specializes in bringing the best of Japanese manga to North American audiences, and producing original comics, graphic novels, and youth literature. Seven Seas is distributed by Tor/Macmillan. For more information, visit the publisher’s web site http://www.gomanga.com

Monday, April 18, 2016

Differences between comics' CIVIL WAR and upcoming movie CIVIL WAR

EDITOR’S NOTE:  There is a very well-researched article on the Comic Book Resources website regarding the upcoming Marvel CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR movie.  If the movie is only half as good as the 2006 limited series was, then it should be a vastly entertaining film.  In our opinion, the best two Marvel series of the 21st Century are CIVIL WAR and SECRET INVASION.  

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Granted, there are differences in characters between the comics and the movies.  So we should not expect the exact same situation or outcome.  There were also a large number of characters that took sides in the Marvel comics version; while there will be only those characters who have already been introduced in film (or about to be introduced) in the movie version. Also, the rationale and spark plug for registering super-heroes with the government differs.  


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We are looking forward to the movie. In the meantime, we can read this compelling comparison . . . . . . . . 

http://www.comicbookresources.com/article/marvel-movie-vs-marvel-comic-breaking-down-the-opposing-sides-of-civil-war?utm_campaign=fear-the-walking-deads-henrie-talks-family-bonds-hopes-for-flash&utm_medium=email&utm_source=daily_newsletter

Friday, April 15, 2016

Voting open for 2015 INK WELL AWARDS

 

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

The Inkwell Awards, a non-profit organization devoted to the education and promotion of the art of comic book inking, invites everyone to vote for the industry’s best of the past year. The official public ballot will be available on the Inkwell Awards’ homepage from April 15 through April 30. 

Voting is open to everyone, whether fans or professionals. Besides “Favorite Inker,” categories include “Most Adaptable,” “PROPS” (inkers deserving more attention), the “S.P.A.M.I.” (Small Press And Mainstream Independent) and “All-In-One” for pencillers who ink their own work.

As a courtesy, the ballot also lists the nominees for the Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame (“HoF”) and the Special Recognition Award (SRA) lifetime achievement awards for an outstanding inking career of 25 or more years in American comics, whose winners are chosen by an internal HoF committee to avoid a “popularity contest” where recent names have more influence than past masters. 


152874 MsInkwellInkSplatThe SRA differs from the HoF award due to one or more factors such as the artist being out of the “public eye,” having limited name-recognition due to semi- or full retirement or death, limited-yet-influential output, social barriers such as gender/race, or other factors that would otherwise possibly limit them from being nominated for a traditional HoF award. This award was also chosen internally.

“We’re always thrilled for this event, where the best of the best ink artists and their work get the recognition they deserve,” said Bob Almond, founder and director of The Inkwell Awards. “Inkers have their own fans and followers, yet often go unnoticed or glossed over by most awards events. Ours caters specifically to ink artists and allows them to be recognized and appreciated in various categories. We hope to have even more voters than last year.”

Once voting closes after April 30, the winners will be announced at the live awards ceremony at Heroes Con in Charlotte, NC on Friday, June 17th.

 The Inkwell Awards is an 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. Now in its ninth year, the organization is overseen by a committee of industry professionals and assisted by various professional ambassadors and numerous contributors. They sponsor the Dave Simons Inkwell Memorial Scholarship Fund for the Kubert School and host the Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame Award. 

http://www.inkwellawards.com

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Kickstarter worth checking out: THE RAVENING

EDITOR’S NOTES:  From time to time we will sort through the numerous Kickstarter campaigns for new comic books and select those we feel are worth checking out.  Please note that this book is intended for mature audiences only.  THE RAVENING boasts some amazing art  (check out the web page) and an intriguing storyline.  

With 12 days left in the fundraising campaign and just several hundred dollars shy of the goal, this looks like a sure thing.  Rewards are promised within four months of the campaign completion. The creative team also has some stretch goals  for funds in excess of the goal, including expanding the first issue to 48 pages. You can view the art and get more details about the various funding levels here:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/boundless/the-ravening?utm_source=Comic+Cavalcade+Bulletin&utm_campaign=f94e1694e1-Ravening_Kickstarter_Mail&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_11661dcd8f-f94e1694e1-369249621&mc_cid=f94e1694e1&mc_eid=11fdea2b20

 

 

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THE RAVENING have been spoken of in hushed whispers for twenty years and are now reborn with an all-new tale of darkness from seasoned writer Jai Nitz and illustrator Jack Jadson! In Hellina #1, she flexed her power as the adjudicator of Hell and swept through the underworld, ending many dynasties. The vampire lords of House Morcego and House Volmaan were lost to Hellina's wrath and their daughters Izzy and Corrie are struggling with how to keep them from collapsing in the chaos. Merging with another house seems the only option, so these two lovers defy all the rules and marry each other to unite their clans. But can their young blood survive the many threats now closing in around them as a horde of Satyrs target their weakness? It's a seductively sexy look at a new kind of underworld now living in the shadows!

All issues are, at a minimum, 32 page comics in full- color, intended for Mature Readers over the age of 18, with sultry bad-girl art, nudity, language, adult themes, and slathered in the warm blood of their victims!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Moonstone partners with Radio Archives for audiobooks

FROM THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE . . . . .

 

Moonstone, one of the longest lasting alternative publishers on the comics and new pulp scene, has been producing quality books meant to be read, for almost 20 years. What started out as an avenue for some projects to get published that had a home with a publisher that never got off the ground, the once reluctant little company that could, continues to find new ways to get underserved characters and readers back into the fold.

 

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Moonstone has been the home of many familiar properties like Kolchak the Night stalker, The Avenger, Buckaroo Banzai, Zorro, The Green Hornet, The Phantom, and so many more. It has been the home for many a wayward hero who had not seen the public spotlight as much as they deserved. From comics, to novels, to prose anthologies…everything “from the dark side…to the light”, Moonstone has had the distinct honor to work with some of the top creators in comics and prose, over 1000 storytellers worldwide. We thank them all, as their interest in what we do really fuels the engine.

 

The relationship between Radio Archives and Moonstone goes back many years, as the two companies have worked together on small projects before. This will be the first all out effort between them. The time is right for audio. It’s a field of specific knowledge and experience, something that only Radio Archives can bring to the table. With all of the niche characters that Moonstone has produced: from TV, to pulps, to radio, there is only one logical home for its audio side of the moon.

 

“I have been a fan of OTR for many years,” says Moonstone Publisher Joe Gentile, “and the idea of –theater of the mind- has always been an intriguing one. Plus, you toss in a long road trip, where you listen to an audio book…entertaining all, and helping the time go by, and I certainly appreciate what a good audio book can do. It’s another unique way of bringing well told stories to the people.”

 

“I’m thrilled to be working with Joe Gentile,” says Tom Brown, owner of Radio Archives, LLC. “There are not of lot of Pulp Companies that has been around longer than Radio Archives. Moonstone is one of the few. I became aware of Moonstone about 15 years ago when I saw all these Old Time Radio books that Moonstone was publishing and wondered who Moonstone was”

 

Tom further said “Audiobooks have been around for 40 years and are just becoming discovered in the last few years. With over a billion Smart Phones that can play audiobooks along with Amazon heavily promoting audiobooks combined with an average 53 minute commute per day is causing the audiobook field to explode. Five years ago only 10% of books had an audiobook version and I believe that number will increase to 90% in the future. Customers now expect a successful publisher to offer an eBook and audiobook version along side their print books.”

 

“Radio Archives has the reputation for being the leader in high quality restorations of Old Time Radio shows for the last 16 years and we are very proud of the 300 radio sets we have released at www.RadioArchives.com. In 2011, Radio Archives expanded into audiobooks and currently we are releasing 365 audiobooks a year.”

 

Production on Moonstone's extensive back catalog of books and new books will begin immediately. Moonstone Audiobooks will be available as audio downloads primarily via Amazon, Audible and iTunes.

 

For more information on Moonstone, visit the website at

www.moonstonebooks.com and on Facebook at

www.facebook.com/MoonstoneBooks

Discover Radio Archives at

www.radioarchives.com and on Facebook at

www.facebook.com/pages/RadioArchivescom/109049645833898

Friday, April 1, 2016

Another Reason to Like Warren Ellis

TPB:  The Invincible Iron Man: Extremis Vol. 1 (#1-6)
Writer:  Warren Ellis
Artist: Adi Granov
Price:  $14.99

I have never collected Iron Man books and he’s never been one of the characters I’ve particularly cared about.  Fortunately, even someone who has never even heard of Iron Man before can pick up and enjoy Extremis.  Warren Ellis succeeds in creating a new origin story for the character (one that was later adapted for the first Iron Man movie) and augmenting his suit’s powers.  Extremis has since been adapted to a motion comic and has been hailed as one of the best Iron Man arcs in years. 

A biomedical device that can create super soldiers has gone missing and Tony Stark is called in to help find it.  The narrative of Tony’s life up to this point unfolds organically through a conversation between him and two colleagues, as the talk wheels around from philosophy to psychedelics.  However, you won’t need a bucket of hallucinogenics (the unit of measurement known in the industry as a “Morrison”) to follow the tale as it never becomes spacey or disjointed. 

The art in Extremis is amazingly detailed and clean whether depicting the grandeur of the Iron Man suit or the goopyness of a head exploding.  Granov, who usually does cover work, seems to have put the same level of detail into each and every panel as he would an entire cover.  The result is a comic that looks like an oil painting.

Extremis is a great trade to pick up because it requires no prior knowledge of the character and is beautifully illustrated.  While there is sure to be newer and newer armor ad infinitum (and Hulkbuster armor too, if we’re lucky!), Ellis masterfully makes this upgrade feel like a real change not only for Iron Man but for Stark as well. 

 Final rating (out of 5):