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Creator Viewpoint: Comics for Passion, not Profit

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guest commentary from ramon gilEDITOR’S NOTE:  I met ramon gil at baltimore comic con several years ago.  his passion for our favorite art form is sincere.  he has written several science-fiction flavored works, and partners with established and noteworthy artists.  He is an established creator of several independent titles, and writes on a regular basis about the creation of independent comics.  visit his website here to learn more . . . .  http://www.ramongil.com/slider/get-scifies-greatest-hits-free/?utm_source=July+2017+Newsletter&utm_campaign=self-publishing&utm_medium=emailThere has been a lot of talk recently (again) about the lack of income in having a career in comics. The problem is that many creators think of making comics as a business, when it’s really an art form. Yes, art can be a business but I’m not talking so much about the monetizing of it as much as I’m talking about the reasons for doing it.I’d like to suggest that we treat comics, not as a for-profit busi…

What's Next? -- Comic Book Food Truck Fight

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Now that's different. Check out this coming event at Captain Blue Hen Comics . . . . Friday at 6 PM - 9 PM 2 days from now · 72–91° Partly Cloudy Captain Blue Hen Comics 280 E Main St., Suite 101, Newark, Delaware 19711 Marvel Food Truck vs. DC Food Truck? If I was making my choice based on characters and previous stories, Marvel would win hands down. However, these are food trucks. The smart choice would be to pick the one with the best food. DC, you still have a chance!

New Comic Wednesday Debut: SECRET WEAPONS #1

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SECRET WEAPONS #1 (Valiant Entertainment, June 28 release date)  Writer: Eric Heisserer.  Artists: Raul Allen & Patricia Martin.  Letterer: Patricia Martin. SECRET WEAPONS has received a lot of advance press and promotion, which always makes me a bit skeptical.  Sometimes the work isn’t deserving of the attention. Sometimes the marketing team just needs a book to create some buzz for, picks an average title, and then overdoes it. Readers get let down because expectations were so high.      However, you can usually trust the Valiant team not to screw up a good thing.  And, I can’t blame Valiant for talking up this book - - after all, it’s written by a talented screenwriter (ARRIVAL) who’s earned accolades for his movie scripts. And, he wasn’t coaxed or forced to work on this book - - according to reports he was genuinely impressed by Livewire while working on the script for the HARBINGERS movie, and wanted to develop his ideas for the character  further.     So, fear not comics read…

RINGO AWARDS debuts at Baltimore Comic Con

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The Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards is an annual celebration of the creativity, skill and fun of comics.
The awards make their debut this year as part of the fan- and pro-favorite convention, The Baltimore Comic-Con.
Unlike other professional industry awards, the Ringo Awards include fan participation in the nomination process along with an esteemed jury of comics professionals. 
More than 20 categories will be celebrated with top honors being given at an awards ceremony Saturday, September 23, 2017. 

LEARN MORE  Go to  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . http://ringoawards.comFan and Pro Nominations
Fan and pro-jury voting are tallied independently, and the combined nomination ballot is compiled by the Ringo Awards Committee. The top two fan choices become nominees, and the jury's selections fill the remaining three slots for five total nominees per category. Ties may result in more than five nominees in a single category. Nominees will be listed on the ballot alphabetically. …

Second Preview of BLOODSHOT SALVATION in September

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BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – Coming in September! 


Interior Artwork by Mico Suayan with Brian Reber
BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by LEWIS LAROSA and MICO SUAYAN
Cover A (Standard) by KENNETH ROCAFORT (JUL172245)
Cover B (Villains) by MONIKA PALOSZ (JUL172246)
Cover C (Battle Damaged) by TOMÁS GIORELLO (JUL172247)
Interlocking Variant by GREG SMALLWOOD (JUL172249)
Bloodshot Icon Variant by DAVE JOHNSON (JUL172250)
Brushed Metal Variant Cover by MICO SUAYAN (JUL172251)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+  | On sale SEPTEMBER 20 (FOC – 8/28/17)

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1-12 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by LEWIS LAROSA and MICO SUAYAN
Covers by RYAN BODENHEIM (JUL172248)
$3.99 each [12 issues] | 40 pgs. each | T+  | Issue #1 on sale SEPTEMBER 20 (IOD – 7/27/17)
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Preview: BLOODSHOT'S DAY OFF one-shot on July 5th

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Valiant Previews: BLOODSHOT'S DAY OFF #1 – On Sale July 5th! 


BLOODSHOT'S DAY OFF #1
Written by ELIOT RAHAL
Art by KHARI EVANS
Cover A by KANO (MAY171971)
Cover B KHARI EVANS (MAY171972)
Variant Cover by BEN TIESMA (MAY171974)
Variant Cover by RENATO GUEDES (MAY171975)
NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE Variant Also Available (MAY171973)

Even killing machines need a day off!

For the first time in over 30 years, two nanite-enhanced soldiers once controlled by Project Rising Spirit – codenames: “Tank Man” and “Viet Man” – have finally earned their freedom and some government-sanctioned downtime, courtesy of Uncle Sam. After enduring a lifetime of war, blood, and gore, all these two semi-retired commandos want is a little vacation. But how long can this pair of highly trained tourists unwind and enjoy the sights of New York City… before they find trouble in the city that never sleeps?

Leave the selfie stick at home as rising star Eliot Rahal (DIVINITY III: ESCAPE FROM GULAG 396, The Doorman) a…

Valiant offers another pre-order bundle on new BLOODSHOT SALVATION

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EDITOR’S NOTE:  A new series/story arc in the saga of BLOODSHOT begins in September.  Just a head-up to all Valiant/Bloodshot fans: if you make the commitment and pre-order the entire 12 issue run, then you get the bonus content at no extra charge.  That’s a no brainer for me - -  writer Jeff Lemire has done the best job in my opinion of getting to the heart of Bloodshot, and I anticipate another fine story - - details below . . . . . .
BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – Coming in September!

Interior Artwork by Mico Suayan with Brian Reber
BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by LEWIS LAROSA and MICO SUAYAN
Cover A (Standard) by KENNETH ROCAFORT (JUL172245)
Cover B (Villains) by MONIKA PALOSZ (JUL172246)
Cover C (Battle Damaged) by TOMÁS GIORELLO (JUL172247)
Interlocking Variant by GREG SMALLWOOD (JUL172249)
Bloodshot Icon Variant by DAVE JOHNSON (JUL172250)
Brushed Metal Variant Cover by MICO SUAYAN (JUL172251)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+  | On sale SEPTEMBER 20 (FOC – 8/28/17)

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1…

Images From First State Comic Con

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Things were hopping at the First State Comic Con today, held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Mill Creek Fire Hall in Marshallton/Wilmington, Delaware. I arrived shortly after 11:30 a.m. and stayed for a little over two hours. The parking lot was nearly full, and during that time there was a steady flow of traffic into the Con. Saw a lot of familiar faces, including folks from Captain Blue Hen in Newark, DE and The Maroon Hornet in Oxford, PA . . . . . . The first thing participants spotted upon arriving was a replica of the Batmobile (from the 1960's tv show)parked just outside the entrance. I also saw plenty of familiar vendors among the aisles, including Paul's Comics (Captain Blue Hen affiliate), Basement Comics, Frankenstein Comics, and The Comic Book Shop (Wilmington, DE). There were tons of comics and toys everywhere . . . . There were plenty of artists and creators on hand, including PLB Comics from Salisbury, MD, Aspire Comics, Ron Wilson and others - - includin…

Book News: Upcoming horror anthology -- BEHOLD

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Editor’s Note:  This looks to be an interesting collection, with a  stellar line-up of well-known contributors.  The video showcases the evocative art of Luke Spooner. Upcoming Release (out July 28th)The official YouTube Trailer for Behold! Oddities, Curiosities and Undefinable Wonders.  Go to   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9cuTdV9XbU
Sneak Peeks at Luke Spooner's interior artwork for Behold