Showing posts from July, 2017

ALTERNA COMICS gets newsstand distribution deal

    Alterna Comics titles are coming to newsstands across the world!   We've signed a deal with PDG, a newsstand specialty market distributor, to distribute our titles to specialty stores, convenience stores, independent shops, and also to Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million and other smaller bookstore chains.   There are 2 key factors to this deal:   1)  Issues will be released to newsstand 2 to 3 months after they're released in comic shops.  Even then, newsstands will only receive between 2 to 5 copies per issue, so if you want your copy guaranteed, make sure to pre-order at your LCS!   2)  Most of the newsstands are located 10+ miles from a comic shop.  We want to grow an audience not force customers to choose between getting our titles at a bookstore or at their favorite comic shop.  If you already get your comics at a comic shop, by all means, please continue to do so!   We strongly feel that comics need to be

Plans for KIDS LOVE COMICS at Baltimore Comic Con 2017 announced

BCC 2017's Kids Love Comics Welcomes Best-Selling Graphic Novelist Kazu Kibuishi BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - July 29, 2017  - Family fun returns to the 2017 Baltimore Comic-Con this September 22-24 at the Baltimore Convention Center in the beautiful Inner Harbor. The Baltimore Comic-Con presents the  Kids Love Comics Pavilion , where kids and parents can venture towards comics fun with the biggest and best kids section at any comic convention - so big, you might need a road map! For 2017, the Kids Love Comics Pavilion welcomes #1 New York Times best-selling author  Kazu Kibuishi , whose   Amulet  graphic novels have been read by millions across the US and beyond. Kibuishi was also chosen as cover illustrator for new editions of the  Harry Potter  book series by J.K. Rowling. There will be something for every member of your family at this year's KLC area in Baltimore, as attendees walk through four kid-friendly "avenues," featuring some of the best kids a

DIVINITY's cosmonaut returns in new ETERNITY coming in October

Extended Preview Debut: ETERNITY #1 – Matt Kindt & Trevor Hairsine Confront the Ultimate Cosmic Frontier on October 25th! Beyond DIVINITY… Beyond the Valiant Universe… The Psyche-Shattering Comics Odyssey of 2017 is About to Begin!   Valiant is proud to present your first lettered look inside  ETERNITY #1  – the  FIRST ISSUE  of  A VISIONARY NEW SERIES  coming this fall from the minds of New York Times best-selling writer  Matt Kindt  (X-O MANOWAR,  Mind MGMT ) and blockbuster artist  Trevor Hairsine (DIVINITY,  X-Men: Deadly Genesis )! On  October 25th , journey to a realm that defies all description to enter an eons-old universe of gods and heroes! 
 Beyond time… Beyond space… Beyond reality itself...  ETERNITY  awaits! This fall, in the sold-out, critically acclaimed footsteps of  DIVINITY ,  DIVINITY   II , and  DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE , two of Valiant’s most formidable creative minds unveil a new plane of existence beyond our own and unleash a universe of new worlds, new b

The latest news from PAPERCUTZ: SDCC, Trolls, and more

                          Hi BC Refugees readers, Happy Monday! It's pretty dreary here in New York City, so we're going to try our best to brighten the day!  This weekend, Papercutz was at San Diego Comic Con, where we held a panel celebrating the launch of our new GUMBY comic (and of course celebrating Gumby himself!) Above is a picture of Gumby and Pokey hanging with the crowd outside the panel, and at  our website:  you can check out more pics! The first issue of GUMBY is in stores now and the second issue will be in stores August 5! In other news, The AV Club gave THE WENDY PROJECT by Melissa Jane Osborne and Veronica Fish  a glowing review ,

GEARS OF WAR returns to comics

  The Coalition® and IDW Publishing partner to bring the action-packed video game series back to comics San Diego, CA (July 21, 2017) – Following last year’s launch of the critically-acclaimed  Gears of War 4 , the fan-favorite  Gears of War  franchise is marking its return to graphic novels in 2018.  Set on the fictional planet of Sera, the  Gears of War  series charts the story of humanity’s struggle against fearsome and brutal adversaries through a captivating tale of hope, comradery, and survival.   “We are thrilled to be working with IDW Publishing to expand the  Gears of War  universe through comics," says  Rod Fergusson , Studio Head at The Coalition, developers of the  Gears of War  franchise. "The rich world and characters that millions of gamers have come to cherish is in very capable hands."   Partnering with The Coalition, IDW Publishing has enlisted the talents of writer  Kurtis Wiebe  ( Rat Queens ) to tell new stories inspired by the world-famous games.

Sonic The Hedgehog moving to IDW Publishing

  San Diego, CA (July 21, 2017 ) — Today SEGA ®  revealed that  Sonic the Hedgehog ™   and his friends have joined forces with IDW Publishing, the leading publisher of licensed comic books, to begin a thrilling new chapter in the Blue Blur’s adventures in 2018. Creative teams are currently being formed, and a publishing plan is now underway with more details to come at a later date. Writers and artists will be bringing their considerable talents to the comic book world of Sonic. “We’ve been speaking with beloved Sonic fan-favorite creators and new creators alike, and are excited to be able to spread specifics about our plans for the comic in the near future,” said  Chris Ryall , IDW’s Chief Creative Officer. “We are ecstatic about this partnership with IDW,” said  Ivo  Gerscovich , Chief Brand Officer for Sonic the Hedgehog. “We know they’ll serve as a good home for the new adventures of Sonic, his friends, and foes.”   To stay current on Sonic the Hedgehog news, follow Sonic on  Twi

GALACTIC CON event on July 22 at Columbia, MD

EDITOR’S NOTE:  I attended the last GALACTIC CON in Middletown, Delaware .  This traveling convention gets better and better.  Worth going to if you are able to get to Columbia MD from where you live . . . . . . The Galactic Con Family of Events Next Event:  Saturday, July 22 COLUMBIA COMIC CON!   Galactic Con is two weeks away! We hope to see you there. JULY 22 10AM - 6PM DoubleTree Hotel Columbia Click for Directions GET TICKETS   GALACTIC CON - COLUMBIA COMIC CON   Galactic Con returns to Columbia on Saturday, July 22 2017 for a one-day event at the DoubleTree Hotel in Columbia General admission is $10/person, or $20/family, and allows entrance from 10am to

New Comic Wednesday Advance Review: HARBINGER RENEGADE #5

    HARBINGER RENEGADE #5 (Valiant Entertainment, July 12 release date) “Massacre, Part 1”.  Written by Rafer Roberts.  Art by Darick Robertson.  Inks by Richard Clark.  Colors by Diego Rodriguez.  Letters by Simon Bowland.  FOR MATURE READERS.        The advance press for HARBINGER RENEGADE #5, the prelude to HARBINGER WARS II, made frequent mention of the death of a major hero in this issue.  I’m certainly not going to spoil it by revealing anything here except to say — if you read the HARBINGER first series issue where Flamingo was killed - - prepare yourself. You haven’t seen anything like this before. Unlike other publishers, I trust Valiant to keep characters permanently deceased when they get killed. (I’m a little bit sad over this because I actually like the characters involved. Yes, it’s not singular.)  The story arc is titled “Massacre” and there’s a good reason for that - -  I’m more inclined to call it “Blood Bath”!      In another bold move, the first issue of HARBING


HARBINGER RENEGADE VOL 1: THE JUDGMENT OF SOLOMON TPB  (Valiant Entertainment, 2017) Collects HARBINGER RENEGADE #1-4 from November 2016 - February 2017. Writer: Rafer Roberts. Artists: Juan Jose Ryp (prologues, all issues), Darick Robertson with Richard Clark (main story, all issues), Art and Lettering: Raul Allen and Patricia Martin (introduction, issue #1).  Colorists: Frankie D’Armata (prologues, all issues), Diego Rodriguez (main story, issue #1, 2), Diego Rodriguez and Brian Reber (main story, issue #3), Brian Reber (main story, issue #4).  Letterer: Dave Lanphear (all issues).        HARBINGER RENEGADE started out amazing and maintained that consistency throughout the first four-issue story arc. The first HARBINGER series (written by Joshua Dysart) was, in my opinion, the very best of Valiant’s return to comics publishing.  I also called it the best re-boot series of 2012.       Now, I’m giving serious consideration to nominating HARBINGER RENEGADE for the new RINGO AWARDS