Showing posts from April, 2015

ONI young adult titles earn three Eisner Award nominations

EDITOR’S NOTES:  It plays to the strengths of the ONI line that three of their young adult / kids titles earned this special recognition. It is this type of graphic novel, aimed at younger readers without playing down to them, that will grab and hold the attention of prospective and budding comics fans. Libraries, please take notice!  It’s these books that will keep young comics readers coming back and looking for more, much more so than a watered-down, G-rated version of a superhero title.  It may be time for me to dig these three titles out of my pile foe a closer look.                   from the official press release . . . . . . . . . .   NOMINATIONS REFLECT STRENGTH OF ONI PRESS YOUNG ADULT / KIDS TITLES PORTLAND, OR April 27, 2015 – Oni Press, Portland’s premier independent comic book publisher, today celebrates three Will Eisner Comic Industry Award nominations for I Was The Cat, Meteor Men and Mermin Book Three: Deep Dive. All three titles are on sale on ComiXology until 1

SONY Pictures and Valiant Entertainment announce five movie deal

from the official press release . . . . . . Valiant Entertainment and Sony Pictures today announced a deal to bring two of Valiant's award-winning comic book superhero franchises— BLOODSHOT and HARBINGER—to the big screen over the course of five feature films that will culminate in the shared universe crossover film, HARBINGER WARS. BLOODSHOT, arriving in theaters in 2017, will kick off the five-picture plan leading to HARBINGER WARS and will be directed by David Leitch & Chad Stahelski ( John Wick ) from a script by Jeff Wadlow ( Kick Ass 2 ) and Eric Heisserer ( Story of Your Life ). Neal H. Moritz and Toby Jaffe from Original Film ( The Fast and the Furious franchise) and Dinesh Shamdasani from Valiant Entertainment will produce the film. Matthew Vaughn and Jason Kothari will serve as executive producers. HARBINGER will follow shortly thereafter from a script by Eric Heisserer ( Story of Your Life ). Sony and Valiant remain tight-lipped about potential directors. Neal H. M

Attention Creators!!! ONI PRESS open submission guidelines

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ONI PRESS OPEN SUBMISSION GUIDELINES On May 1st, 2015, Oni Press will be opening submissions to the public. We are on the hunt for new stories from new creators, featuring characters that reflect the diversity of the world around us. Oni Press has always valued content and execution, and we are looking for creators and projects that can support our goal to publish excellent, varied and original work. WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR: PITCHES - Cartoonists and writers, we’re looking for pitches. If you’re a cartoonist who can write and draw we’d love to see what you have. Writers, this is the day you’ve been waiting for—we are looking at story pitches without necessitating an artist attached. If you already have an artist lined up you think is up to snuff, fantastic! But if you’re a writer who needs help finding an artist, if your pitch is THAT good, we will help partner you up. PORTFOLIOS - Illustrators and colorists! If you think your work is up to snuff and you are look

Today is last chance to vote for RONDO HATTON AWARDS XIII

  EDITOR’S NOTES:  For some years now, we have participated in the voting for the Rondo Hatton Awards, a very worthy and fan-based recognition of classic horror creations for a particular year.  Today is your last chance to make your picks for the beset of 2014.  We’ve voted, and will share both our picks and the final winners in a future article. Here’s a link to the ballot.  Read further below to learn more information and details. from the official web site . . . . . . Since 2002, the Rondo’s have been fandom’s only classic horror awards — decided by fans, for fans. Every nominee below is being recognized for significant work or achievement in the year 2014.  HOW TO VOTE: – All voting is by e-mail only.  Simply copy this ballot and send an e-mail with your picks to me, David Colton, at by Sunday night at midnight, April 19 – You can cut-and-paste the ballot and highlight your choices, or place an X next t

To make sure LACKLUSTER WORLD does not lack support, read on . . .

EDITOR’S NOTE:  From time to time, I invest in some worthy projects and contribute to various Kickstarter campaigns.  I really know very little about Eric Adams.  I just received his email request for Kickstarter support, and it was so clever and amusing that I visited the website and made a contribution. Now it’s your turn to be charmed.  Read on . . . . . . FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, OH GOD, PLEASE RELEASE IT GRAPHIC NOVELIST ENJOYS THE ANXIETY OF CROWD-FUNDING, REALLY, IT FEELS GREAT! Cincinnati, OH (April 9, 2015) -- Eric Adams had cold sweats again last night. The chilly dampness woke him and he instinctively checked his phone for new backer alerts. This has been happening nightly since he launched the Kickstarter campaign to fund the printing of his graphic novel, LACKLUSTER WORLD.           To Eric's delight, there had been one new backer since he last checked 90 minutes ago! They had selected the HARDCOVER BOOK + SHIRT reward level for $55. The graphic novel is 380 pages

INKWELL AWARDS: Joe Sinnott Inking Challenge Art and Fundraiser

from the official press release . . . . . . . . . (New Bedford, MA/USA—April 8, 2014) The Inkwell Awards, a non-profit organization devoted to the art of inking , will be revealing the unique results of its fifth annual Joe Sinnott Inking Challenge in a series of fund-raising online auctions beginning Saturday, April 11.  This is the ‘main event’ to the recently announced Sinnott Spring Celebration of auctions running from March through May contain ing Joe Sinnott donations.   Bob Almond, founder and director of The Inkwell Awards (AKA "The Inkwells"), said, "The fifth time's the charm! This year not only did the word of mouth participation and support increase exponentially, but we have drawn in even more new veteran professionals as well as enthused, fledgling amateurs, all ready to meet the Challenge as never before.  We even have Joe's son Mark and daughter-in-law Belinda involved in all their inking glory." To best exhibit what inkers do, industry

Mark Hamill promotes Free Comic Book Day 2015

Editor’s Note:  I recently visited the Free Comic Book Day website and came across this video worth sharing featuring actor Mark Hamill promoting the event.   Hamill makes some good points regarding why comic readers need to patronize local comic shops and the benefits of doing so. Please check it out . . . . . . Video courtesy of the Free Comic Book Day official website. The content below is shared from the official website. What are you doing on May 2nd, 2015?  Mark Hamill has a great idea that you need to hear! Watch now as the actor, famous for being Luke Skywalker in Star Wars and the voice of The Joker in Batman: The Animated Series, tells you all about Free Comic Book Day at your local comic shop ! Also make sure to catch Mark as he reprises his role as The Trickster in an upcoming episode of The Flash TV series on the CW! Follow Mark Hamill on Twitter @HamillHimself ! Find a comic shop near you to c