Sunday, July 31, 2016

Guest Article: DC REBIRTH -- Explained and Endorsed

 EDITOR’S NOTE:  Even though the Big Two comics publishers get plenty of press elsewhere, we feel a sense of duty to cover at least some of the upcoming changes currently underway in their respective universes.  We’d like our coverage to go a bit beyond the surface elements and get into depth where it deserves it. However, with such a massive re-boot in store at not one, but two, major publishers who put out a monthly mountain of books we wanted to avoid burn-out.  

     So, we’re going to concentrate on focusing on just one of these publishers, and cover the other’s changes as time permits.  We at BC were already leaning towards DC, simply because they are trying to revive and bring new life (rebirth) into their established characters.  That’s different from what Marvel is doing by taking established icons and introducing new (and younger) characters to wear the same costumes. Marvel seems to be reaching out to new readers while DC seems to be trying to get their older audience back.  Both publishers need to do something - - so we’ll see which strategy pays off.  

     Captain Blue Hen employee Jason Colatriano wrote a passionate argument for DC’s Reb13151578 10209908415735335 2961920434210766219 nirth, which we have re-posted here.  Jason is a modest fan, and begged off on supplying us with a biography.  He does say “  have had a love of graphic storytelling for years.  It’s a hard habit to break.  I’m also a Peter Cetera fan.”  When asked about the new DC titles, he says his favorites right now are SUPERMAN, BATMAN, and DETECTIVE COMICS.  He’s also “heard very good things about NEW SUPERMAN.”  Jason’s faith in the DC Rebirth,  his optimism and exuberance for the new DC books have persuaded us to walk down the same path.  Read on . . .


Guest article by Jason Colatriano of Captain Blue Hen Comics . . . . . . .

It’s hard to adequately explain why I’m so enthusiastic about DC’s next big event, REBIRTH. Imagine you grew up with someone and really considered yourself pals. Heck, you think of them as family. Then high school hits. The two of you grow apart until you almost don’t recognize them anymore. I mean, you know them to see them, but they dress edgier and have this whole new attitude. You pass each other in the hall and don’t even really acknowledge them anymore. When you do finally talk, it doesn’t sound like them either.

     As the story goes, you both go your separate ways. Some time later (I don’t know, let’s say 6 years later) you run into them in the shopping center and they holler from across the parking lot. A warm greeting and a handshake to hug later, you’re talking about old times and your old buddy seems like himself again. Time has changed you and your friend both, but he’s taken those experiences and learned from them. You feel like you’ve both come home again…and you never quite realized just how much you missed it.

So, what’s REBIRTH all about? Simply put, DC’s REBIRTH is a refocusing on what matters most… character.

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Look no further than 2004’s GREEN LANTERN: REBIRTH for your answers.

     Like his stint on the NEW 52’s AQUAMAN, Geoff Johns took GL back to his basics. John’s knew that the key to putting the emerald ring-slinger bacGreen Lantern Rebirth collectionk on top was to bring back Hal Jordan and to make the book about heroically conquering fear to fight great evil. Fans were afraid that this meant getting rid of Kyle Rayner. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Rayner was another reason why the GREEN LANTERNS were so awesome. Rayner wouldn’t be relegated to the B-team or pushed to the side, but became one of the four pillars of sector 2814’s GREEN LANTERN CORPS.

This iteration of REBIRTH, as explained by Jim Lee and Dan Didio, will also fill a void that has been felt by longtime fans…LEGACY.

  Watch DC ALL ACCESS LIVE on You Tube and hear directly from Jim Lee and Dan Didio what this event means and what will be happening in the DC Universe . . . . . .

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All in all, DC is putting it’s money where it’s mouth is and bringing in creators both old and new. Vets like Greg Rucka (on WONDER WOMAN) and Dan Jurgens (on SUPERMAN) will be in the trenches with up and comers like Joshua Williamson (BIRTHRIGHT), Sam Humpries (STAR-LORDJulie and Shawna Benson  (from TV’s The 100) and James Tynion IV (MEMETIC, BATMAN & TMNT).

Saturday, July 30, 2016

CBR features tours of comic book stores around the globe

EDITOR’S NOTE:                                                                                                                                                                 We just discovered this feature at Comic Book Resources ( today.  

It’s a very cool weekly tour of comic book stores in the United States and elsewhere.  Check it out here, where a local comics store (The Comic Book Shop in Wilmington Delaware) was featured back in November 2015.

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Friday, July 29, 2016

Harry Potter book release event this Saturday

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II
The Eighth Story. Nineteen Years Later.
Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, a new play by Jack Thorne,Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage.

Buy your copy at Captain Blue Hen Comics!


Harry Potter Midnight Release Party

Games, Fun, Prizes and more!

Come dresses as your favorite character from the series.
Watch Harry Potter movies outside (bring something to sit on!)

Saturday, July 30th 9PM – 1AM

Book goes on sale at 12:01AM


Our address is:

Captain Blue Hen Comics & Entertainment
280 E. Main Street
Suite 101
NewarkDelaware  19711

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Indie Comics publisher offers freebies to build the information network

 EDITOR’S NOTE:  GARY SCOTT BEATTY works hard to promote the work of indie comics creators.  He’s actively working to get more readers to join Aazurn Publishing’s mailing list, and offering some nice free incentives to the public.  We turn the column space over to Gary to tell you more about it.  OK, Gary - - that’s your cue to begin! . . . . . . . . . . . 

August’s Previews is on sale today and it’s time to order Indie Comics #2 from Aazurn Publishing! Plus our freebie: Christmas in July!

Many thanks to all of you who downloaded the Indie Comics #2 Facebook Cover from the last email! It was popular enough, I’m letting you know about it again! Download it here =

Did you miss Indie Comics #1? Be real nice to your local or online comic shop and they can still order it with order code JUN160995. 

Second in a series! Download the next digital poster in the Gods of Aazurn series: War World! Straight from Indie Comics #1, but in FULL COLOR, download here =

This description is from The Maketch Girl story in Indie Comics #1. “Suddenly dropped among trillions of marching soldiers, the Maketch Girl knew she was on War World. The planet’s name changes so often with new rulers, no name is ever recorded, and the world’s original name is lost to the sands of time.”

Today’s Next Freebie: Christmas in July! From writer Jeremy Bernstein and artist Michael Dorman comes Santa Claus: Private Eye. Even Old Saint Nick has to make ends meet. This is NOT what you’re expecting! 12 chapters online, starting here=

Next: More about Indie Comics #2 AND #3 and the next freebie (or two)! Forward this article to your friends they can sign up at;;  or

Gary Scott Beatty
Can’t Wait to Show You the Cover to Indie Comics #3
Grand Poobah, Aazurn Publishing

Al Jaffee to receive Harvey Kurtzman Hall of Fame Award


from the official BCC press release . . . 
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - July 28, 2016 - The Baltimore Comic-Con is September 2-4, 2016 at the Baltimore Convention Center, and will once again host the Harvey Awards on the evening of September 3, 2016. We are privileged to announce the addition of legendary MAD Magazine creator and industry luminary Al Jaffee for a special panel at the Baltimore Comic-Con and bestowal of the Harvey Kurtzman Hall of Fame Award. Mr. Jaffee will be joining us on Saturday, September 2ndTickets for the show and awards ceremony are now available.
Al Jaffee, MAD Magazine cartoonist and creator of the celebrated fold-in cover, is a Guinness World Record holder with the longest career of a comics artist (over 73 years!). His early career was spent as an artist for Timely Comics and Atlas Comics, and later again working for Stan Lee again as an editor on Timely's humor and teenage comics, including the Patsy Walkertitles. His syndicated strip, Tall Tales, was collected and published by Abrams in 2008, winning the 2009 Harvey Award for Best Cartoonist and the Special Award for Humor in Comics. After time spent at MAD Magazine, he followed Harvey Kurtzman to Trump and Humbug, the former of which was recently collected and reprinted by Dark Horse. After both efforts folded, Jaffee returned to MAD Magazine, where he continues to provide fold-in covers to this day.
His work can be most recently be found in Tall Talesfrom Abrams (2008), the MAD Fold-In Collection 1964-2010 from Chronicle Books (2011) and Al Jaffee's Mad Life by Mary-Lou Weisman (and illustrations by Al Jaffee) from HarperCollins (2010).

Al has received numerous awards that celebrate his long career. He was inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame in 2014, and the Will Eisner Hall of Fame in 2013. He has received the Reuben Award from the National Cartoonists Society in 2008 as well as their Humor Comic Book Award in 1979. He was also Best Cartoonist in 2001 for his work on MAD Magazine. He has received the Sergio Award from the Comic Art Professional Society and the Inkpot Award at the San Diego Comic-Con.

"This is such a huge honor," said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. "Not only to have such a giant among giants of the comics field at the show, but to be able to celebrate his storied career and contributions to the industry at the Harvey Awards ceremony. We're exceptionally proud, and fans won't want to miss his panel Saturday at the show!"


General Admission and VIP Package tickets for Weekend, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, as well as the Harvey Awards, are now on sale! Visit 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!



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:


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Book Review: PRESSURE by Brian Keene

from the GOODREADS  summary . . . . . . . .


by Brian Keene (Goodreads Author)


 3.73  ·   Rating Details   ·  113 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
Off the coast of tropical Mauritius, an ecological catastrophe with global implications is occurring. The ocean's floor is collapsing at a rapid rate. World-champion free diver and marine biologist Carrie Anderson joins a scientific expedition determined to discover the cause-and how to stop it. But what they uncover is even more horrific. Deep beneath the surface, something is awake. Something hungry. Something...cold. Now, the pressure builds as Carrie and her colleagues must contend with the murderous operatives of a corrupt corporation, an unnatural disaster that grows bigger by the day, and a monstrous predator that may spell the extinction of all mankind.

Pressure is this summer's hot new thriller from bestselling author and World Horror Grandmaster Award winner Brian Keene.
HardcoverFirst Edition276 pages
Published June 21st 2016 by Thomas Dunne Books
Original Title
1250071348 (ISBN13: 9781250071347)



Our review of PRESSURE . . . . . . . . . . .

     Keene is a skilled writer who knows how to build suspense and ramp it up to nerve-breaking levels.
The ocean floor is collapsing near the island of Mauritius, and the cause is linked to a new undersea terror, a giant monster that is an enhanced amalgam of sea creatures. Carrie Anderson, the main character and a globally known free diver, gets a taste of the threat on a routine dive. She has several encounters after that, each one more deadly and terrifying. Keene's descriptions of the attacks are brutal, graphic and bloody, causing the reader to fear for the characters. Keene's insights help endear all of them and bring them to life. 

     In the latter part of the novel, the threat seems to be abated and the story takes a different turn into the realm of thriller, as the main characters attempt to uncover the evil plans of a large multi-national bio-tech corporation. It's a threat of a different type and just as dangerous.

     I'm disappointed by the two-page epilogue that ends predictably. We've all seen this kind of ending too many times. It's not even necessary. The book could have ended without it. It's the only thing that kept me from giving this a five-star rating. I still recommend it to fans of beastly horror and thrillers.

Sneak Peek: Valiant's X-O MANOWAR #50 anniversary issue

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Hard to believe Issue #50 marks the finale of X-O MANOWAR, the flagship title that started the Valiant re-boot in the 21st Century.  We’ll miss it, but anticipate some future mini-series and/or yet another re-boot.  This artwork was too good not to share . . . so take a good look below.  
From the official press release . . . . . . . . . .

For the first time anywhere, Valiant is proud to reveal that Eisner Award-winning artist Colleen Doran – best known for work on some of comics' most acclaimed series including The SandmanWonder Woman, and, most recently, FAITH – will contribute an all-new cover to X–O MANOWAR #50, the massive 64-page anniversary milestone arriving in stores this September! Springing off her Valiant debut in the pages of July's FAITH #1, Doran joins a formidable roster of comics all-stars – including New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (Hal Jordan & The Green Lantern Corps), X-O MANOWARvisionaries Cary Nord (Conan), Doug Braithwaite (ARMOR HUNTERS), Diego Bernard (NINJAK), Rafa Sandoval (Green Lantern), and Robert Gill (BOOK OF DEATH), series artists Joe Bennett (52) and Roberto de la Torre (Daredevil), and special guest stars galore – for Valiant's biggest blockbuster milestone of all time!

Since debuting in 1992, X-O Manowar has sold more than 8 million copies and featured work by a distinguished roster of comics luminaries including current Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, former Marvel Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter, and comics legends Barry Windsor-Smith and Bob Layton.

Two decades later, as the lead title of "THE SUMMER OF VALIANT" relaunch in 2012, X-O MANOWAR #1 by New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti and Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord firmly established the Valiant resurgence with four sold-out printings and the single highest sales for any new comics publisher in more than a decade. With a single run totaling 56 issues, X-O MANOWAR has gone on to become one of the longest running superhero series of the modern era, earn a multitude of awards, nominations and critical accolades from some of the industry's most prestigious outlets, and form the backbone of Valiant's superhero universe along the way. Now, join one of the greatest legends in comic book history as Aric of Dacia faces his deadliest test yet…in the colossal X-O MANOWAR #50anniversary milestone!

For centuries, the sacred X-O Manowar armor has stood unrivaled as the universe’s most powerful weapon. Today, will it equal Earth’s doom? An unthinkable alien race known only as The Torment has come to our world in search of the armor’s secrets. Now, they stand opposed by Aric of Dacia – former slave, noble warrior, resolute king, and current master of the armor’s near-limitless capabilities. But is one man…and one weapon…enough to repel a force capable of leveling a thousand civilizations?

First: the seismic final story arc, “LONG LIVE THE KING,” goes out in a world-shaking blaze of glory with longtime scribe Robert Venditti (Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps) and extraordinary artists Joe Bennett (52) and Roberto de la Torre (Daredevil) manning the front line, alongside an all-star battalion of artists from across X-O MANOWAR‘s landmark 56-issue run: Cary Nord (Conan), Doug Braithwaite (ARMOR HUNTERS), Diego Bernard (NINJAK), Rafa Sandoval (Green Lantern), and Robert Gill (BOOK OF DEATH)!

Chronicling X-O Manowar’s five-year-long impact on the people of Earth, and setting the stage for galaxy-spanning adventures yet to come in 2017 and beyond, no comic book fan can afford to miss the ultimate cosmic battle for the fate of Valiant’s most powerful hero!

Plus: Valiant is marking 50 epic issues with a formidable line-up of covers from an all-star cast of comics greats! Leading the charge is the X-O MANOWAR #50 All-Star Jam Cover – the biggest-ever jam cover in comics history, featuring 50 major comics talents in celebration of 50 issues for Valiant’s flagship series! Debuting as X-O MANOWAR #50's standard shelf cover, this never-before-attempted comics breakthrough features a breathtaking collection of top talents as they each deliver an all-new take on Valiant’s leading hero in their own signature style.

On September 28th, get a front row seat as comics legend Colleen Doran joins a staggering celebration of the past and future of Valiant’s most powerful hero in the 64-page X-O MANOWAR #50anniversary milestone – also featuring covers by Paolo Rivera (THE VALIANT), Marko Djurdjevic(Avengers), Marcos Martin (The Private Eye), Mico Suayan (BLOODSHOT REBORN), Francesco Francavilla (Afterlife with Archie), Shane Davis (Superman: Earth One), Pere Perez (FAITH), Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals), Philip Tan (Batman & Robin), Kaare Andrews (Astonishing X-Men), and Phil Jimenez (DC Universe: Rebirth)!

Contact your local comic shop to reserve your copy today!

Finally, celebrate X-O Manowar’s landmark issue #50 finale with the X-O MANOWAR #50 COUNTDOWN GIVEAWAY, running through each issue of "LONG LIVE THE KING"! For no extra cost, each issue of “LONG LIVE THE KING” will come bagged with one of 50 exclusive, 4-by-6 inch “micro-prints” featuring the one and only X-O Manowar as realized by a sensational cast of comics’ biggest talents – or full-blown, beautifully rendered original artwork randomly inserted in each issue! The X-O MANOWAR #50 COUNTDOWN GIVEAWAY will continue all summer long across all issues of “LONG LIVE THE KING” – including the oversized, blockbuster issue #50 finale!

Valiant x CGC Replica Variant by PERE PEREZ
Variant Cover by COLLEEN DORAN
Variant Cover by CHIP ZDARSKY
Variant Cover by PHILIP TAN
Variant Cover by KAARE ANDREWS
Variant Cover by PHIL JIMENEZ
Variant Cover by COLLEEN DORAN 
B&W Sketch Jam Cover by X-O ALL-STARS
$4.99 | 64 pgs. | T+ | Coming in SEPTEMBER!

X-O MANOWAR #50 – Jam Cover A by 50 X-O All-Stars

X-O MANOWAR #50 – Cover B by Paolo Rivera

X-O MANOWAR #50 – Cover C by Marko Djurdjevic

X-O MANOWAR #50 – Variant Cover by Colleen Doran


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Book Review: X-FIles Anthology Volume 2

from the Goodreads summary . . . . . . .

X-Files: The Truth Is Out There

by Jonathan Maberry (Goodreads Author) (Editor)Kelley Armstrong(Goodreads Author)Kami Garcia (Goodreads Author)Jon McGoran (Goodreads Author)
 4.22  ·   Rating Details   ·  50 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are back in a chilling collection of all-new tales of dark secrets, alien agendas, terrifying monsters and murderous madmen. Featuring original stories by bestselling authors Rachel Caine, Hank Philippi Ryan, Kelley Armstrong, Kami Garcia, Greg Cox and many others. Edited by New York Times bestseller Jonathan Maberry (V-WARS).
Paperback360 pages
Published February 16th 2016 by IDW Publishing
     I never expected the anthology to be this good! Editor Jonathan Mayberry has done a remarkable job of choosing the best stories, keeping them respectful and in sync with the X-Files bible (10 years of a television series plus movies and specials), and making sure there is no repetition of themes. 

     Every single story could easily serve as the script for an episode of the series. Mulder and Scully remain in character throughout, and the anthology wisely covers the early days, middle period, and later days of the series. Eight of the 15 stories (53%) are premium quality and worth a second reading, while another three stories (20%) almost reached the same level. Those 11 stories account for 73% of the anthology content, making this a legitimate 2016 contender for year's best awards.

     The absolute stand-out, must read, story in this collection is "Dead Ringer" by Kelly Armstrong -- a touching and heartfelt tale of the Fae taking over the murdered bodies of children. In close contention is "Drive Time" by Jon McGowan in a clever spin on time travel and multiple murders. 

     Also worth that second reading are "Heart" by Kendare Blake (transplanted body parts influence the recipient); "Snowman" by Sarah Stegall in which Mulder discovers a Sasquatch tomb in the Mt. Rainier glacier; "Voice Of Experience" by Rachel Caine (suspicious suicide); "XXX " by Glenn Greenberg (exploding heads of male porno stars); "Foundling" by Tim Waggoner (disappearing town); and "When The Cows Come Home" by David Farland (ufos, crop circles, and cows).

     The two other memorable stories that nearly reached similar plateaus as the above-mentioned are "Phase Shift" by Bev Vincent (a locked house mystery); and "Male Privilege" by Hank Schwaeble (witches providing protection from a dragon).

     The remaining stories are still worthwhile and cover the subjects of Mulder's first encounter with the Cigarette Smoking Man (Kami Garcia), inherited paintings containing a math puzzle (Hank Phillippi Ryan), using Egyptian methods to revive bodies (Greg Cox), alien communication in multiple languages (David Sakmuster), and a time traveler with videos from the future (David Liss).

Monday, July 25, 2016

IDW and TOP SHELF awarded three Eisner Awards

from the official IDW press release . . . .

San Diego, CA (July 25, 2016) – IDW and Top Shelf celebrated two award wins, plus one shared award, at Friday night’s Eisner Award ceremony held annually at Comic Con International in San Diego! With 10 nominations, IDW, Top Shelf Productions, Yoe! Books, and The Library of American Comics would like to thank the judges and the voters of this year’s awards.
Winning the award for Best Reality-Based Work was the widely acclaimed second volume of Congressman John Lewis’ memoir, March Book Two. This Eisner award recognizes the entire team of Congressman Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell!
Walt Kelly’s Fairy Tales edited by Craig Yoe was awarded Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books from Yoe! Books with a lavish look at the legendary artist’s wondrous work.
“Craig is one of comics’ leading archeologists and we are thrilled for him to win this much deserved Eisner,” says Greg Goldstein, IDW’s President and COO. “The Yoe! Books imprint at IDW continues to yield some of the most interesting and important archival books in this category, and Walt Kelly’s Fairy Tales is an outstanding example of Craig’s passion for comic book history.”
Once again receiving recognition for her work across the industry is Jordie Bellaire for Best Coloring including her work on The X-Files.
“Being nominated for Eisners is always such an honor in itself, and sitting in a ballroom full of amazing creators during the ceremony is even more inspiring,” said Chris Ryall, IDW’s Chief Creative Officer. “So to leave the awards show with three Eisner Awards is a welcome bonus in that regard, as well as a nice testament to the creativity of all involved.”
Thank you once again, to the judges and congratulations to all of the nominees and winners at this year’s awards!

Friday, July 22, 2016

The best looking comic storage box yet!

from the official Valiant Entertainment press release . . . . . .

In stores and online now at  From X-O Manowar to Bloodshot to Ninjak and Faith, Valiant’s greatest heroes are leaping out your comics collection and into an awe-inspiring new line of solid, sturdy and eye-grabbing comics storage boxes from BCW!
Valiant is proud to present an all-new collaboration with BCW — the world’s leading hobby supplies manufacturer — for all-new Valiant Universe Short Comic Boxes! For the first time ever, the Valiant Universe’s award-winning roster of characters surround BCW’s trusted comic book short storages boxes with an awe-inspiring wraparound design illustrated by blockbuster artist Diego Bernard (X-O MANOWAR, NINJAK) – complete with an eye-catching print of Valiant’s iconic logo on the top storage lid!
Looming at 10.75 inches high, 15.75 inches long, and 7.5 inches wide, these specially printed short boxes can contain a universe’s worth of adventures with a capacity of 150-175 comics! And with double-walled, corrugated cardboard material as strong as the X-O Manowar armor itself, the Valiant Universe Short Comic Box will keep your comics collection safe from threats looming in this world, the Deadside, or realms beyond! These boxes are also as stackable as they are strong, letting any fan keep their growing Valiant  comic book collection organized and compact with easy to transport handles! Don’t miss BCW’s full list of features, including:
  • Officially licensed artwork from Valiant Comics
  • Double thickness walls, handles, and bottom
  • Completely stackable
  • Holds 150-175 Comics
  • Exterior Dimensions (WxHxD): 7 1/2 x 10 3/4 x 15 3/4
  • Weighs 1.33 lbs
You can get details on the box at  For only $12.15 per box, no Valiant fan can afford to miss this unique and stylish collectible! Bring your collection to life as Valiant’s arsenal of iconic heroes leap off the page and into a staggering display item like none other with BCW’s Valiant Universe Short Comic Box!

About BCW:

BCW provides the best boxes, bags, sleeves, cases, and other supplies to protect, store, and display your collectibles. BCW products are available at hobby shops, web retailers, and directly from the manufacturer at

About Valiant Entertainment:

Valiant Entertainment is a leading character-based entertainment company that owns the largest independent superhero universe in comics. With more than 81 million issues sold and a library of over 2,000 characters, including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Harbinger, Shadowman, Archer & Armstrong, and many more, Valiant is one of the most successful publishers in the history of the comic book medium. Today, the company’s characters continue to be forged in publishing, licensing, film, video games, and beyond. Valiant consistently produces some of the most critically acclaimed comics in the industry and has received numerous industry awards and accolades, including a Diamond Gem Award for Comic Book Publisher of the Year. In 2015, Valiant announced a multi-picture deal to bring Bloodshot and Harbinger to the big screen as feature films. Visit them online at


Another month, another PREVIEWS: August 2016

EDITOR’S NOTE:  This Wednesday, July 27 the August edition of PREVIEWS arrives in comic shops.  This is your opportunity to help your local comic shop bring the best books (the ones that you want to read) into their store two months from now.  Hey, this is the business model that comic shops have to use.  Won’t you do your part and give them a little hint at what you expect them to carry for you?  Pick it up and browse.  You can count on us to highlight some picks in order to help you make those decisions.  Here’s a sneak peek at the next edition’s covers, courtesy of Diamond Distributors.

Back Cover

Front Cover

New Imprint IT'S ALIVE reprints historic graphic novels and comics

from the official IDW Publishing press release . . . . .
Drew Ford, In Association With IDW, To Bring ‘It’s Alive!’ To Life

San Diego, CA (July 20, 2016) – It’s Alive! Like a bolt of lighting, a new publishing deal has struck and IDW Publishing is excited to present the most electrifying new imprint of the year, It’s Alive!

IDW’s newest publishing partner, Drew Ford, brings with him first-rate taste and years of experience putting together dozens of graphic novel and comic book reprint collections for Dover Publications. He left his post there to launch his own imprint It’s Alive! with plans to continue his mission of saving the history of comics, one collection at a time. 
That goal has led Ford to acquire reprint rights to several exciting graphic novel and comic book projects, and has now signed with IDW to solicit and distribute the titles produced by his new imprint, making those collections much more accessible to a larger audience. Ford has utilized Kickstarter in order to fully fund the restoration that each of these new collections deserves, with the campaign for Red Rangeby Joe R. Lansdale and Sam Glanzman being a recent success having raised nearly $20,000. This will be the first title published under the new imprint followed by Trina Robbins’ Dope, which launches its Kickstarter campaign this week.
"We've long been impressed by the books Drew has produced in the past," said Chris Ryall, IDW's Chief Creative Officer. "He's beautifully packaged very worthwhile but long-out-of-print material into amazing artifacts. We're all very excited to partner with Drew to help him continue to bring back into print such essential works that could otherwise be lost to history." 
"This partnership with IDW ensures that the books I produce through my It's Alive! imprint will reach the widest audience possible,” said Drew Ford. “Beyond that, IDW continually produces work at the forefront of comics publishing, and I am grateful and excited to be working with them."
It’s Alive! joins other notable imprint partners that have come to define IDW’s diverse award-winning content including Top Shelf Publications, Yoe! Books, and the Library of American Comics. It’s Alive! Plans to publish 5-6 titles in 2017 with each title raising its money for publication via Kickstarter.

Columbia Comic Con


Galactic Con tickets are available online. Early Bird tickets are $20 and include early admission, along with a copy of the limited edition Anthony Spay print.

Single Tickets & Family Tickets are also available online and at the door. Buy your tickets online and SKIP THE LINE at the door, just look for the EXPRESS LANE!

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If you like Shopkins, join us at the TRADING BOOTH at the Columbia Comic Con. Bring along some doubles to trade!    More details here: