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I'm aghast! Horror Comic recognition program is ending.

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EDITOR’S NOTES: I’m going to miss the Ghastly Awards. However, as with all fan endeavors, they are a labor of love that often go unrecognized until life/work/family gets in the way and forces some hard decisions and choices. Thanks for Decapitated Dan for his dedication and efforts over the past six years plus. Here from Dan are some final words on the Ghastlys . . . . . . . . . .The End of the Ghastly AwardsIt is with a heavy heart that today I officially announce the end of the Ghastly Awards.  Since 2011 the Ghastly Awards have awarded the Best in Horror Comics with the recognition that they deserved in the Comic Book Industry. We have given out close to 100 Awards in this time.

We announce the end of the Awards due to personal commitments and time constraints. I have asked a lot from the Judges over the past 6 years, and have been rewarded with an amazing commitment to showcasing the genre and the talent in the comic community. A lot of time and effort has gone into the Awards, an…

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY is just one week away!

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SAVE THE DATE: MAY 6, 2017 FEATURED ARTICLETom Holland Wants You To Go To Free Comic Book Day! Tom Holland (Spider-Man) from Spider-Man: Homecoming has a special message for FCBD fans! Share this with your friends and family to get them pumped for the big day!    WATCH VIDEO      Go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SCywoDHx9Y See All The Free Comics You Can Get On Free Comic Book Day!Free Comic Book Day 2017 takes place on Saturday, May 6th at your local comic shop! Free Comics for everyone from superheroes, to action-adventure, and all-ages favorites!     SEE COMICS       Go to . . . .http://freecomicbookday.com/catalogGene Luen Yang and Jorge Corona Talk About “The Family Dynamic” in Fresh Off The Boat

ALTERNA increases print run based on early orders

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EDITOR’S NOTE:  I like what this small independent publisher is doing to bring back low-cost comics as well as offer another outlet for creative teams to showcase their work and ideas. They also are developing some programs to help comic shops promote their books. While they didn't have any books ready for Free Comic Book Day, their initial newsprint titles will debut this week on May 3rd, just three days before FCBD. If you're stopping by your local comic shop between now and then, keep a look out for the Alterna books. It won't cost you very much to give them a try. Newsprint is less expensive, so they can sell for less. Here’s an update courtesy of the publisher . . . . .With a few days to go before the May 3rd debut of Alterna's affordably priced newsprint comics, early order numbers for June's releases are currently blowing away expectations.Currently at double the amount of May's initial order numbers, Alterna will be increasing print runs for all of Jun…

First NERDCON debuts this weekend in Exton PA

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EDITOR’S NOTE:  Looking for something to do this weekend while waiting for Free Comic Book Day (May 6)?  Check out this event at the Chester County Library in Exton, PA this Friday and Saturday . . . . . . . .The first NERDCON debuts this weekend at the Chester County Library at 450 Exton Square Parkway in Exton, PA.  The Con begins today, Friday April 28, from 6 to 8 p.m.  Festivities continue on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.     Events include movie showings, gaming stations, hourly events, vendors and more.  Friday attendees can participate in the Claim The Throne fun, which continues through Saturday when visitors are invited to come dressed as one of their favorite characters.  Saturday’s activities include lectures, panels, and fandom themed programs.
Registration for the individual programs is encouraged. For full details and to register, visit  . . . . .
http://chescolibraries.org/nerdcon-2017-0

Story from Strange Horror spins off into Caliber graphic novel

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EDITOR’S NOTE:  When last we heard about him, friend of BC and sometimes contributor Gary Scott Beatty just finished a successful Kickstarter campaign to finance the first three issues of STRANGE HORROR. Now, Caliber Comics has picked up Gary’s story “Wounds” for a full treatment. Read on for details and a preview . . . . . .

Wounds asks, "Is Madness a Way to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse?"

A new Caliber Comics graphic novel asks the question, "Is madness a way to survive the zombie apocalypse?"

"Wounds," a 56 page GN now on Amazon and Comixology, is written and illustrated by Gary Scott Beatty, who revealed comic shop owners' humanity in "Number One" and dropped us into 1957 in "Jazz: Midnight."

"I always enjoy stories that force me to pay attention," writes Beatty in the intro to the Free Preview. "The X-Files. Lost. Grant Morrison's 'Invisibles.' Alan Moore's 'Watchmen.' Great classics, sure, b…

Biography comic tells story of soccer star Messi

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from the official TidalWave press release . . . . .
INTERNATIONAL SOCCER STAR LIONEL MESSI GETS THE COMIC BOOK TREATMENTFame: Lionel Messi the comic book is available this week.  It the latest addition to the successful line of TidalWave’s biography titles.Few footballers are honored to wear the number 10 on their jersey. PelĂ©, Diego Maradona, and now, Lionel Messi have felt the weight of that number, and all have excelled. With five Ballon d’Ors, awarded for meritorious achievement by FIFA, this shy player from Argentina, one of the youngest ever to play the game professionally, proves that to excel, one must know yourself and push yourself to succeed. His storied career is chronicled in this latest illustrated biographyWriter Michael Frizell and artist Angel Bernuy bring Maradona's amazing career to life in comic book form.  With a cover by famed artist Pablo Martinena.“I found Lionel Messi to be a fascinating figure. This is my second book about a football player – I sport I kne…

Sneak Peek at X-0 MANOWAR second story arc in June

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First Look: X-O MANOWAR (2017) #4 – “GENERAL” Begins with AN ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT on June 28th!
      Valiant is proud to present your first look inside X-O MANOWAR (2017) #4 – the FIRST ISSUE of “GENERAL,” an ALL-NEW ARC and EXPLOSIVE NEW JUMPING-ON POINT for the year’s best-selling independent comic book series! On June 28th, New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (DIVINITY, Mind MGMT) and superstar artist Doug Braithwaite (BLOODSHOT U.S.A., Justice) launch the next phase of X-O Manowar’s galaxy-razing rise to power with “GENERAL” – a three-part juggernaut putting Aric of Dacia in command of his new world’s most dreaded fighting force…and beginning an armor-plated takeover of an alien world that will soon reverberate throughout all corners of the Valiant Universe!

In the fires of victory, a soldier becomes…a general. With the hostile Cadmium army crushed beneath his force’s boots, Aric of Dacia now commands an entire fleet into the final battle for the soul of an empire. Bu…

Sneak Peek: BLOODSHOT SALVATION, coming in September

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First Look: BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – Lemire, LaRosa & Suayan Lead Valiant’s Next Blockbuster Ongoing Series in September!

As revealed last week at the third annual #ValiantSummit in Los Angeles, Valiant is proud to present your first look inside BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of the BLOCKBUSTER NEW ONGOING SERIES from New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (BLOODSHOT REBORN, Moon Knight) and extraordinary artists Lewis LaRosa (BLOODSHOT REBORN, SAVAGE) & Mico Suayan (BLOODSHOT REBORN)! On September 27th, to protect his true love and newborn daughter from the forces that made him a walking weapon, Valiant’s machine-made soldier will be forced to run his most dangerous mission yet…and begin a harrowing gauntlet of revenge and bloodshed that will forever redefine the course of Bloodshot’s present and future… 

Spanning two timelines – the present day (with art by LaRosa) and the future (with art by Suayan) –  Jeff Lemire’s best-selling, critically adored Bloodshot …

Pre-Order Picks: Not too late to add these ALTERNA titles to your list for June 2017

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EDITOR’S NOTE:  Want to try out more new titles, but tired of paying $4 or more for something you’re not sure is right for you?  Alterna Press is making this very affordable by launching a slew of new series and mini-series printed on newsprint, which brings production costs down.  Six bucks today only buys two DC comics or 1.5 comics from most other publishers.  That same six bucks will net you all four of these #1 issues.  When the prices get this affordable, how can you not take a chance and check these out.  By the way, Alterna is not a new company so there’s no danger of their folding up the tent and moving on. They have a long track record of publishing — they just happen to be in more of the spotlight now due to their publishing initiative.  Read more below . . . . . . . Pre-Order @ Your Local Comic Shop >>MOTHER RUSSIA #1 of 3 - (W/A) Jeff McComseyGreat for fans of Resident Evil, Enemy at the Gates, 28 Days LaterOne baby. One rifle. Two million zombies! As a zombie apoca…