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Diamond Announces Top Products for May 2018

First Comics News - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 15:00

(BALTIMORE, MD) — (June 15, 2018) —Peter Parker and his allies battle Norman Osborn and the Carnage symbiote in Dan Slott, Stuart Immonen, and an all-star roster of artists’ Amazing Spider-Man #800, an oversized landmark issue from Marvel Comics and the best-selling comic book of May 2018 according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

Marvel Comics was May’s top publisher with a 42.64% dollar share and a 38.35% unit share. DC Entertainment was second for the month with a 25.71% dollar share and a 37.87% unit share. Image Comics was third with a 10.83% dollar share and a 9.67% unit share. In fourth was IDW Publishing with a 3.65% dollar share and a 3.07% unit share, followed by Dark Horse Comics with a 2.54% dollar share and a 1.63% unit share, BOOM! Studios with a 1.96% dollar share and a 1.58% unit share, and Dynamite Entertainment with a 1.64% dollar share and a 1.30% unit share.

Marvel Comics had four titles in the top ten. In addition to Amazing Spider-Man #800, Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman’s Venom #1 ranked #2, Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness’ Avengers #1 ranked #4, and Ta-Nehisi Coates and Daniel Acuña’s Black Panther #1 ranked #5. DC Entertainment had five titles in the top ten: Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s Doomsday Clock #5 ranked #3; Tom King and Tony S. Daniel’s Batman #47 ranked 6; King and Daniel’s Batman #46 ranked #7; Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Joshua Williamson, and Francis Manapul’s Justice League: No Justice #1 ranked #8; and Brian Michael Bendis, Ivan Reis, and Jason Fabok’s The Man of Steel #1 ranked #9. Also in the top ten, Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead #179 ranked #10. Among the premier publishers, BOOM! Studios’ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #27 was their top book at #133, Frank Miller’s Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander #2 was Dark Horse’s top book at #129, Dynamite Entertainment’s Red Sonja/Tarzan #1 ranked #142, and IDW Publishing’s TMNT: Urban Legends #1 ranked #159.

The misadventures of two rebels during the Galactic Civil War are recounted in Kevin Rubio and Lucas Marangon’s Star Wars: Tag & Bink Were Here from Marvel Comics, the best-selling graphic novel of May. Marvel had five titles in the top ten including Jim Starlin, George Perez, and Ron Lim’s The Infinity Gauntlet at #2, Amazing Spider-Man/Venom: Venom, Inc. at #7; and, tied at #10, Black Panther: Long Live the King and Infinity War. Image Comics had three titles in the top ten: Where We Live: A Benefit for the Survivors in Las Vegas ranked #3, Snotgirl Volume 2: California Screaming ranked #3, and Black Magick Volume 2: Awakening II ranked #9. DC Entertainment had two titles in the top ten: Dark Days: The Road to Metal ranked #5 and Wonder Woman Volume 5: Heart of the Amazon ranked #6. Also in the top ten, Dark Horse Comics’ Hellboy Omnibus Volume 1: Seed of Destruction ranked #8.

Zenescope Entertainment’s Grimm Fairy Tales Adult Coloring Book Volume 2 was May’s best-selling book. Also in the top ten, Dark Horse Comics’ Overwatch Anthology Volume 1, a collection of stories and background details on the popular video game from Blizzard Entertainment, returned to the top ten at #7.

A PREVIEWS Exclusive variant of the first figure in Mezco’s trio of One:12 Collective figures that interpret different eras of Batman’s career, the One:12 Collective: DC Comics: Ascending Knight “Blue” Action Figure, was May’s best-selling toy product. DC Collectibles had three products in the top ten: the DC Designer Series: Metal Batman by Greg Capullo Statue at #2, the Batman vs. The Joker: Laff-Co Battle Statue at #8, and the DC Rebirth: Justice League Action Figure 7-Pack at #9. Funko had two PREVIEWS exclusive POP! vinyl figures in the top ten: the POP! Rick and Morty: Pickle Rick “No Limbs” Vinyl Figure ranked #3, and the POP! Heroes: DC Death Vinyl Figure, based on Neil Gaiman’s character from The Sandman, ranked #4. Diamond Select Toys’ Marvel Gallery: X-23 PVC Statue ranked #6. Also in the top ten, McFarlane Toys’ Stranger Things: Demogorgon Deluxe Action Figure ranked #10.

Taking the HeroClix game to the depths of space, WizKids/NECA’s Marvel HeroClix: Avengers Infinity Colossal Booster Brick was May’s best-selling game product. Paizo Publishing also had a strong month in May, with eight products from the Starfinder and Pathfinder role-playing game lines among the month’s top ten products.

 

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

42.64%

38.35%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

25.71%

37.87%

IMAGE COMICS

10.83%

9.67%

IDW PUBLISHING

3.65%

3.07%

DARK HORSE COMICS

2.54%

1.63%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.96%

1.58%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

1.64%

1.30%

VIZ MEDIA

1.12%

0.40%

ONI PRESS

1.03%

0.48%

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

0.84%

0.90%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

8.03%

4.75%

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

MAY 2018 VS. APRIL 2018

COMICS

7.00%

2.99%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

6.94%

4.85%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

6.98%

3.13%

TOYS

4.95%

23.84%

MAY 2018 VS. MAY 2017

COMICS

6.23%

-8.63%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-8.04%

-13.85%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

1.84%

-9.06%

TOYS

-28.63%

-30.85%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2018 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2017

COMICS

0.22%

-9.80%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-9.31%

-10.56%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-2.67%

-9.85%

TOYS

-12.06%

-17.25%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

92

42

0

134

DC ENTERTAINMENT

74

30

0

104

IMAGE COMICS

65

22

0

87

IDW PUBLISHING

39

24

0

63

BOOM! STUDIOS

23

12

0

35

DARK HORSE COMICS

17

16

0

33

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

20

5

0

25

VIZ MEDIA

0

22

0

22

VALIANT ENTERTAINMENT

8

3

0

11

ONI PRESS

3

2

0

5

OTHER NON-TOP 10

131

208

32

371

TOTAL

472

386

32

890

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800

$9.99

MAR180826-M MAR

2

VENOM #1

$4.99

MAR180796-M MAR

3

DOOMSDAY CLOCK #5

$4.99

MAR180233-M DC

4

AVENGERS #1

$4.99

MAR180776-M MAR

5

BLACK PANTHER #1

$4.99

MAR180786-M MAR

6

BATMAN #47

$2.99

MAR180256-M DC

7

BATMAN #46

$2.99

MAR180254-M DC

8

JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE #1

$3.99

MAR180228-M DC

9

THE MAN OF STEEL #1 [*]

$3.99

APR180145 DC

10

THE WALKING DEAD #179 (MR)

$3.99

MAR180767-M IMA

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800

$9.99

MAR180826-M MAR

2

VENOM #1

$4.99

MAR180796-M MAR

3

DOOMSDAY CLOCK #5

$4.99

MAR180233-M DC

4

AVENGERS #1

$4.99

MAR180776-M MAR

5

BLACK PANTHER #1

$4.99

MAR180786-M MAR

6

ACTION COMICS #1000

$7.99

FEB180142-M DC

7

DESPICABLE DEADPOOL #300

$5.99

MAR180832-M MAR

8

BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT #8

$4.99

MAR180260-M DC

9

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #600

$5.99

MAR180837-M MAR

10

JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE #1

$3.99

MAR180228-M DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

STAR WARS: TAG & BINK WERE HERE #1

$7.99

MAR180947 MAR

2

THE INFINITY GAUNTLET TP

$24.99

JUL110745 MAR

3

WHERE WE LIVE: LAS VEGAS SHOOTING BENEFIT ANTHOLOGY TP

$19.99

MAR180600 IMA

4

SNOTGIRL VOL. 2: CALIFORNIA SCREAMING TP

$15.99

MAR180757 IMA

5

DARK DAYS: THE ROAD TO METAL HC

$29.99

DEC170376 DC

6

WONDER WOMAN VOL. 5: HEART OF THE AMAZON TP

$16.99

FEB180292 DC

7

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN/VENOM: VENOM, INC TP

$19.99

FEB180936 MAR

8

HELLBOY OMNIBUS VOL. 1: SEED OF DESTRUCTION TP

$24.99

JAN180104 DAR

9

BLACK MAGICK VOL. 2: AWAKENING II TP (MR)

$16.99

MAR180642 IMA

10

BLACK PANTHER: LONG LIVE THE KING TP

$14.99

FEB180931 MAR

10

INFINITY WAR TP

$29.99

JAN062102 MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

THE INFINITY GAUNTLET TP

$24.99

JUL110745 MAR

2

PUNISHER MAX BY GARTH ENNIS OMNIBUS VOL. 1 HC (MR)

$100.00

NOV171043 MAR

3

STAR WARS: TAG & BINK WERE HERE #1

$7.99

MAR180947 MAR

4

DARK DAYS: THE ROAD TO METAL HC

$29.99

DEC170376 DC

5

WHERE WE LIVE: LAS VEGAS SHOOTING BENEFIT ANTHOLOGY TP

$19.99

MAR180600 IMA

6

WOLVERINE GOES TO HELL OMNIBUS HC

$100.00

NOV171044 MAR

7

INFINITY WAR TP

$29.99

JAN062102 MAR

8

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: MARVEL TEAM-UP VOL. 3 HC

$75.00

NOV171039-M MAR

9

HELLBOY OMNIBUS VOL. 1: SEED OF DESTRUCTION TP

$24.99

JAN180104 DAR

10

WEAPON X: THE RETURN OMNIBUS HC

$125.00

NOV171045 MAR

TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

GRIMM FAIRY TALES ADULT COLORING BOOK VOL. 2

$12.99

APR181912 ZEN

2

OVERLORD VOL. 7 LIGHT NOVEL HC

$20.00

MAR188458 YEN

3

THE ART OF JIM STARLIN: LIFE IN WORDS & PICTURES HC

$49.99

MAR181077 AFT

4

BLOODBORNE OFFICIAL ARTWORKS SC

$44.99

MAR172148 UDO

5

DOCTOR WHO TARGET COLLECTION: CITY OF DEATH MMPB

$9.99

APR181367 PEN

6

THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOLUME 129 SC

$14.95

FEB182112 SAN

7

OVERWATCH ANTHOLOGY VOLUME 1 HC

$19.99

JUN170080 DAR

8

WOLF & PARCHMENT VOL. 2 LIGHT NOVEL SC

$14.00

FEB181982 YEN

9

DEATH MARCH TO THE PARALLEL WORLD RHAPSODY VOL. 5 NOVEL SC

$14.00

MAR182083 YEN

10

NEIL GAIMAN: NORSE MYTHOLOGY SC

$15.95

DEC178273 WW

TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: DC: ASCENDING KNIGHT BATMAN “BLUE” FIGURE JUL178556 MEZ

2

DC DESIGNER SERIES: METAL BATMAN STATUE BY CAPULLO NOV170394 DC

3

POP! RICK & MORTY: PICKLE RICK “NO LIMBS” VINYL FIGURE DEC178162 FUN

4

POP! HEROES: DC: DEATH VINYL FIGURE DEC178161 FUN

5

OVERWATCH: GENJI 12-INCH STATUE DEC178061 BLI

6

MARVEL GALLERY: X-23 PVC STATUE NOV172443 DST

7

OVERWATCH: D.VA 20-INCH STATUE AUG178473 BLI

8

BATMAN VS. THE JOKER: LAFF-CO BATTLE STATUE OCT170396 DC

9

DC REBIRTH: JUSTICE LEAGUE ACTION FIGURE 7-PACK AUG160372 DC

10

STRANGER THINGS: DEMOGORGON DELUXE ACTION FIGURE SEP178832 TMP

TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

MARVEL HEROCLIX: AVENGERS INFINITY COLOSSAL BOOSTER BRICK DEC172935 NEC

2

STARFINDER RPG: PACT WORLDS HC JAN182863 PAI

3

CRITICAL ROLE: TAL DOREI CAMPAIGN SETTING HC JUN173357 GRE

4

PATHFINDER RPG: ULTIMATE MAGIC POCKET EDITION FEB182807 PAI

5

PATHFINDER RPG: BESTIARY 4 POCKET EDITION FEB182806 PAI

6

STARFINDER ADVENTURE PATH: DEAD SUNS PART 5 SC FEB182808 PAI

7

PATHFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK JUN091729 PAI

8

PATHFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK POCKET EDITION APR168770 PAI

9

STARFINDER RPG ALIEN: ARCHIVE HC AUG173202 PAI

10

PATHFINDER RPG: BOOK OF THE DAMNED HC JUL173377 PAI

 

How does Diamond calculate the charts? It all starts at the comic book shop.

Data for Diamond’s sales charts — which includes the monthly market shares and all top product charts — are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from sales made to thousands of comic book specialty shops located in North America and around the world.  Additional sales made to online merchants and other specialty retailers may be included as well.

Unit and dollar market shares are calculated based upon orders for comic books, graphic novels, and magazines invoiced and shipped to Diamond customers during any given month, which comprises pre-orders, advance reorders, and reorders, minus any copies that are received back from a title marked as returnable. Please note that comics marked with an asterisk (*) have had their reported quantities reduced due to retailer returnability, and thus may rank lower on the charts than their actual sales would reflect.

The New Titles Count Chart includes all titles that were invoiced by Diamond to retailers for the first time during the month and is not the official solicited title count for the month. Variant edition comic books and graphic novels at the same price point count as a single SKU. Variant edition comic books, lenticular covers, digital combo packs, and graphic novels at different price points count as separate SKUs for each edition.

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Your First Look at CODA #3 from Simon Spurrier & Matías Bergara

First Comics News - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 14:57

Coda #3 Variant Cover by Julian Totino Tedesco

LOS ANGELES, CA (June 14, 2018) – BOOM! Studios is proud to present your first look at CODA #3, the newest chapter of the critically-acclaimed broken fantasy epic from Eisner-nominated writer Simon Spurrier (Sandman, The Spire) and Matías Bergara (Cannibal, Supergirl).

This all-new series, which sold out at a distributor level before the release of the first issue, reveals the aftermath of an apocalypse which wiped out nearly all magic from a once-wondrous fantasy world, in which an antisocial former bard named Hum seeks a way to save the soul of his wife with nothing but a foul-tempered mutant unicorn and his wits to protect him…but is unwillingly drawn into a brutal power struggle which will decide forever who rules the weird wasteland.

In CODA #3, featuring a main cover by Bergara, along with variant covers by Eisner Award nominated cover artist Julian Totino Tedesco (Hawkeye) and artist Toni Infante (Sons of The Devil), Hum returns to Ridgetown, only to find the city under siege by Thundervale, a bandit city that rests on the back of the last living giant. Hum manages to get back inside, but when an outerwall is breached by the enemy, all seems lost.

“Hum continues to find—or is it cause?—more trouble than he bargained for, and CODA #3 is our wildest issue yet,” said Eric Harburn, Senior Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Si and Matías continue to pull out all the stops each and every month.”

CODA is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to a world-class group of licensed comic book series and ambitious original series, including Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Planet of the Apes, WWE, Abbott, Mech Cadet Yu, Klaus and Grass Kings, which was recently nominated for two 2018 Eisner Awards.

Print copies of CODA #3 will available for sale on July 11, 2018 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore, though quantities may be limited. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.

For continuing news on CODA and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.


Coda #3 Main Cover by Matías Bergara


Coda #3 Variant Cover by Toni Infante

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RICH REVIEWS: Demi-God # 2

First Comics News - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 14:56

Title: Demi-God # 2
Publisher: IDW/Ominous Press
Written by: Ron Marz
Art by: Andy Smith
Color Art by: Michael Atiyeh
Letter Art by: Steve Dutro
Cover Art: Andy Smith/Color Art by Michael Atiyeh
Variant Cover Art: Rick Leonardi/Color Art by Michael Atiyeh, Darryl Banks/Color Art by Michael Atiyeh
Demi-God Created by: Bart Sears
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: www.idwpublishing.com , www.ominouspress.com
Comments: Demi-God starts off by talking to you the reader. The fourth wall is broken here well shattered is a better word for it. It is fun to have the character talking to you as you read the comic.
Jason aka Demi-God is in a battle against a dog man with three heads Cerberus. Jason dishes it out and he takes it to. His new form has invulnerability. Then he jumps right into another battle as Hera and the legions of Lord Insidious attack him.
Jason is a bit full of himself. He knows he is strong and handsome and will be the first to brag about it. Well, he is naturally good in battle.
Insidious is show here he is an imposing figure.
Jason gets his hero name here Hercules which fits him so well since he has Hercules powers. Hercules is so humble, NOT! His character comes across as fun and you will have fun reading this. Jason acts how any ordinary guy might if given the powers of Hercules. He is a common man put in uncommon circumstances and he enjoys it. This is the best day of his life and this comic will definitely improve your attitude in a positive humorous way.

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Dine with Joe Jusko at San Diego Comic-Con

First Comics News - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 14:54

IDW Welcomes Fans to a Memorable Evening with a Comic Book Legend,
Featuring a Marvel Masterpieces Exclusive to Commemorate the Event

SAN DIEGO, CA (June 14, 2018) – IDW Publishing is hosting a very special evening with artist Joe Jusko during this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Strictly limited to just 25 attendees, the event will take place in a private room at an upscale restaurant in the San Diego Gaslamp district, a short walk from the convention center on Friday, July 20th, from 7:00 PM to 10:30 PM.

Each guest will receive an extremely rare Captain America variant cover edition of Joe Jusko’s Marvel Masterpieces, the highly-anticipated complete collection of painted trading card art from the 2016 Upper Deck set. Featuring a unique embossed gold foil stamp created especially for the dinner event, the 336-page hardcover collectible will be autographed by Joe Jusko, and expressly limited to the number of attendees.

Additionally, each attendee will receive an original 11” x 14” piece of original artwork featuring the character of their choice, drawn by Jusko in advance of the dinner event. The character must be selected by each confirmed guest within 24 hours of purchase to ensure readiness. Representative examples of Jusko’s original illustrations can be found at the official Eventbrite site.

“I’m very much looking forward to schmoozing with friends and fans at this event, away from the distracting madness of the con,” says Joe Jusko. “A collectible and rare version of my new book will only be available there, as well as great food and drink — what could make this any more special? Well, tigers. Tigers would do it.”

Featuring fine dining in an intimate atmosphere, this very special evening is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Space is extremely limited to 25 attendees. Tickets are $500 per person and can be purchased here.

Join one of the comic industry’s true luminaries for a memorable and insightful evening, and enjoy two keepsakes to commemorate the event. Don’t delay!


Creator Bio: Joe Jusko is one of the best-known fantasy, pin-up, and comic book artists in the world today. His career has spanned more than 40 years, starting with the sale of his very first cover to Heavy Metal Magazine in 1977 at the age of 17. Since graduating that year from New York City’s High School of Art & Design, Joe has worked for nearly every major comic book publisher, producing hundreds of covers and story pages. His work has appeared on paperback book covers, calendars, posters, T-shirts, toy packaging and innumerable trading cards, most memorably the multi-award-winning 1992 Marvel Masterpieces trading cards. His work has earned him myriad awards and honors, including two “Favorite Painter” Wizard Fan Awards, multiple trading card awards, a Golden Lion Award from the Burroughs Bibliophiles, and a Chesley Award nomination for best cover in 2001. He was awarded an Inkpot Award at the 2012 Comic-Con International for his contributions to the comic industry.

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RICH REVIEWS: Replicator # 1

First Comics News - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 14:47

Title: Replicator # 1
Publisher: Robert Arnold
Writer/Creator: Robert Arnold
Art: Armin Ozdic
Colourist: Ross A Campbell
Letterer: Jamie Me
Price: free online
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Website: www.facebook.com/replicatorcomic/
Comments: London, England a virus has decimated the people of England. The Red Death is lethal and relentless. We see how the world reacts and also the people of England.
There are some exciting action-packed scenes of fighting but why are these two fighting? It is skill vs power.
In England, there is a sanctuary for the disease-free. Things do start happening just that they are not explained. Who are these people, what are they doing and why?
The art is good and does show off at the start one person with the Red Death very well. The black assassin as she fights looks great. The guy whoever he is with the huge sword is great in battle.
The story needs focus and we need to know more about the characters. The idea is a good one and the art as well is good.

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RICH REVIEWS: Demi-God # 1

First Comics News - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 14:44

Title: Demi-God # 1
Publisher: IDW/Ominous Press
Written by: Ron Marz
Art by: Andy Smith
Color Art by: Michael Atiyeh
Letter Art by: Steve Dutro
Cover Art: Andy Smith/Color Art by Michael Atiyeh
Variant Cover Art: Bart Sears/Color Art by Nanjan Jamberi, Jeff Johnson/Color Art by Michael Atiyeh, Bob Layton/Color Art by Michael Atiyeh
Demi-God Created by: Bart Sears
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: www.idwpublishing.com , www.ominouspress.com
Comments: This Demi-God is a tall muscular being. Here we are given the origin story of Demi-God. It is wonderful the way Jason McAndros aka Demi-God talks to the reader.
Jason may be a bit of a nerd or geek but when push comes to shove he does the right thing. There is a lot of time spent on the scene with Daphne and her b/f. Her b/f Tommy is shown as a grade A jerk and loser it will have you wondering why she is even with him. Daphne is illustrated as a gorgeous blonde haired girl with a killer body.
Jason is acting like a hero when something truly amazing happens to him. He is transformed and has the strength of Hercules. So there is a Greek tie-in. The villains we see lined up for coming issues will have you wanting to see more.
This is a fun exciting introduction to a new super-hero. Demi-God is mythological and updated for the modern world. He comes across as a bit stuck up which fits perfectly with his character.
Jason has just traded up in his life. Demi-God is the new and improved version.

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RICH REVIEWS: Vengeance, Nevada # 1

First Comics News - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 14:43

Title: Vengeance, Nevada # 1
Publisher:  Earth’s Temporary Solution
Cover Art: Isidore Koliavras
Interior Art and Letters: Peter Czaplarski
Story and Characters: B.J. Mendelson
Price $ 2.99 US
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Website: bjmendelson.com/
Comments: A woman appears to be some kind of a cop. You see the word zombie mentioned a  few times but what it has to do with Jacobs or the story who knows? She is shown fighting some super-powered people. Why?
For some reason, the comic has parts in black and white and then ones in color.
The woman, maybe her name is Kristen, but it is hard to tell. Yes finally at the end of the issue yes her name is Kristen.
Who or what is a Cyntharian. An alien, so are there alien zombies here? What does Death have to do with them?
Who was that mysterious woman that shows up for a panel? There are way too many questions and no answers or hints at them. Some mysteries are good but not the whole issue.
Some interesting characters are here but who are they what is their purpose? What is the storyline of this comic? Who is the team shown on the last page? They certainly do look like a team you would want to know about.
The reader needs more information to enjoy this comic. By knowing a little about the characters the reader will be to care about them and care about what happens to them.
Great characters and the art shows them well enough. A nice variety of people and beings too. Kristen’s place with them and her place in this comic would be great to know.

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Halloween ComicFest 2018 to Feature Exclusive Star-Lord Funko POP!, Deadpool Mini Egg Attack Figures

First Comics News - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 14:21

(Baltimore, MD) — (June 14, 2018)— Halloween ComicFest is proud to announce the upcoming release of this year’s Halloween ComicFest PREVIEWS Exclusive (PX) collectible figures, available only during the event on Saturday, October 27th.

The new Star-Lord PREVIEWS Exclusive (PX) Funko POP! Figure (APR188339; SPR $11.99) leads a team of intergalactic warriors! In the aftermath of the Phalanx invasion of the Kree, Star-Lord decides to form a team of interstellar heroes that will be proactive in protecting, rather than reacting to crises: The Guardians of the Galaxy! Based on his appearance in the Guardians of the Galaxy series by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning, this exclusive POP! figure features Peter in his signature full-face mask with his laser guns drawn and ready.

Beast Kingdom has paired up with Marvel and Diamond to offer fans a line of mini Egg Attack figures inspired by the merc with a mouth, Deadpool! The PREVIEWS Exclusive Deadpool Servant X-Force Figure (MAY188578; SRP $16.99) features a sassy, subservient Deadpool figure finished with exclusive paint deco of Deadpool in his X-Force outfit with a pink maid uniform over top! The PREVIEWS Exclusive Deadpool Day Dream X-Force Figure (MAY188577; SRP $16.99) features a cheerful, daydreaming Deadpool figure, with both Deadpool and all his little Deadpools finished with exclusive paint deco of his X-Force outfit.

These PREVIEWS Exclusive figures will only be available in extremely limited quantities on Saturday, October 27th from participating Halloween ComicFest stores.

Fans are encouraged to visit their local comic shop to pre-order their own Star-Lord Funko POP! And Deadpool mini Egg Attack figures. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com.

Retailers interested in placing wholesale orders for these items are encouraged to contact Diamond’s New Accounts Department at newaccounts@diamondcomics.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Calvin’s Commentaries: Dwarven Miner

First Comics News - Fri, 06/15/2018 - 00:54

Dwarven Miner was one of those games where the expectations were not overly high, and the game experience ended up as rather satisfying.

The game comes to us from the mind of designer Mike Richie and through Rather Dashing Games allowing for two-to-four players. You may recall Rather Dashing Games brought us the great game Element reviewed here earlier this year.

Off the hop Dwarven Miner is not nearly as good a game as Element, but it does offer some fun in its own right.

“In Dwarven Miner, your job is to collect resources from your mine which are used to craft items for your patrons,” noted www.ratherdashinggames.com.” Roll six custom dice in a push-your-luck style to see what can be pulled out of your mine. Craft those resources into all types of gear from armor to magic wands to mithril swords.

“Your patrons are great and powerful dwarves who have chosen you to outfit them in their adventurous, mystical, and often dangerous professions. Ranging from warriors to rune singers, alchemists to chieftains, each will earn you points and reward you with a special ability that affects the game.

“Featuring gameplay that is both strategic and addictive, beautiful artwork, and high-quality components, Dwarven Miner will have you mastering your craft and dodging orcs as you come back to mine again and again!”

In terms of disappointments, the D6 dice come with stickers you need to apply, and at least they provide extra stickers in case any come off. But stickered dice are aesthetically lacking, and since you roll continually you are reminded of that throughout the game.

It is obvious stickers are cheaper in terms of production than engraved dice, but still disappointing.

The rest of the components are very nice, with very nice art involved throughout.

As mentioned you throw the dice a lot in this one trying to get certain combinations with ‘busting’. It is, in the end, a game with the core mechanic akin to Yahtzee, with the results then used to ‘purchase’ items in a fantasy dwarven-flavored kingdom.

The overall result is a game heavily reliant on the luck of dice rolls, a usual turn off for me which is mitigated at least partially here by the art and quick play.

The manufacturer suggests up to an hour to play and that would be with four players once you know the simple rules. As a game that is a one and done on a given gaming night, it works. A second playthrough on the same night would push the games welcome.

Not a game I’d clamour to get to the table, but if somebody pulls it to play – once – I’m in.

Thanks to fellow gamers Jeff Chasse, Trevor Lyons and Adam Daniels for their help in running through this game for review.

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“GET YOUR TREK ON” TO WIN ONE OF OVER 500 PRIZES in THE RETURN OF EAGLEMOSS’ “Summer of trek” SWEEPSTAKES

First Comics News - Sat, 06/09/2018 - 08:01

Grand Prize is an Ultimate Voyage for 2 Aboard Star Trek: The Cruise III

It’s the largest, most comprehensive collector’s series of Star Trek starships ever assembled – and this summer the number of models in Eaglemoss’ Official Star Trek Starships Collection will surpass 160.   To celebrate, Eaglemoss once again invites fans of every generation to “Get Your Trek On” and enter to win one of 500 incredible prizes in its annual “Summer of Trek” Sweepstakes – including the Grand Prize of an ultimate voyage for two aboard Star Trek: The Cruise III.

Co-presented by Entertainment Cruise Productions, organizers of Star Trek: The Cruise III, and IDW, licensed publisher of Star Trek comics, the sweepstakes and themed events throughout the summer are designed to draw fan attention to the many Star Trek themed collectibles produced by Eaglemoss under license from CBS Studios, including the Official Star Trek Starships Collection, the Official Star Trek Starships XL Editions, the Official Star Trek Graphic Novel Collection, and the all-new Official Star Trek Discovery Starships Collection.

Each collection is available by subscription from Eaglemoss, as well as at the Eaglemoss Shop and in leading comic and pop culture specialty stores.

Plus, from now through August 20th, fans who enter online at www.GetYourTrekOn.com can win one of more than 500 prizes, including the Grand Prize of passage for two aboard the luxurious Star Trek: The Cruise III and the opportunity to sail alongside more than 20 iconic Star Trek actors and personalities – all under the direction of Cruise Host Wil Wheaton!

Five First Prize winners will receive a one-year subscription to the Eaglemoss Star Trek starship collection of their choice, 25 Second Prize winners will get a bundle of five starships from the Official Star Trek Starships Collection, and 50 Third Prize winners will get the first three volumes of the Official Star Trek Graphic Novels Collection.  Additional prizes include digital copies of the first issue of IDW’s Star Trek: Boldly Go comic books series, digital trade editions of IDW’s Starfleet Academy, and $10 Eaglemoss Shop online gift cards.

Fans can also earn additional automatic entries when they share news of the “Summer of Trek” Sweepstakes with their friends. Every referral earns one additional entry when that friend enters the sweeps. By the end of the sweepstakes, the top ten referrers will earn exclusive prizes, including the top prize of a $500 Eaglemoss Shop gift card.

For official rules and to enter, fans can go to www.GetYourTrekOn.com.   Once there, a name and valid e-mail address are all that’s needed to register.  No purchase is necessary to enter the Eaglemoss “Summer of Trek” Sweepstakes.

 

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Marvel Reveals New CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 Variant Art by Ron Garney!

First Comics News - Sat, 06/09/2018 - 07:50

An all-new story for Steve Rogers begins this summer, from Ta-Nehisi Coates and Leinil Yu!

 

New York, NY—June 8, 2018—Marvel is excited to celebrate CAPAIN AMERICA #1 from Ta-Nehisi Coates and Leinil Yu with a new variant cover from superstar artist Ron Garney!

 

Fans got a sneak peek at the creative team’s story in the Avengers/Captain America Free Comic Book Day issue and praise is already high for the new series, with Adventures In Poor Taste claiming “the story presented here is almost dreamlike and should pique readers’ interest.”

 

Don’t miss the opportunity to dive into this fresh new adventure July 4th, when CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 hits comic shops!

 

 

CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 (MAY180773)

Written by TA-NEHISI COATES

Art by LEINIL YU

On Sale 7/4/18

 

CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 GARNEY VAR (APR188839)

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SPIDERGEDDON IS NIGH

First Comics News - Sat, 06/09/2018 - 01:06

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Marvel Unveils CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 Teaser Trailer!

First Comics News - Sat, 06/09/2018 - 00:29

New York, NY—June 8, 2018—On July 4th, New York Times Best-Selling Author Ta-Nehisi Coates and international superstar artist Leinil Francis Yu usher in a new epic for the Star Spangled Avenger with CAPTAIN AMERICA #1!

 

After the creative team’s debut in their Free Comic Book Day issue, fans and critics are raving about Steve Rogers’ new adventures – and Marvel invites you to take a look at the promotional TV spot that aired nationwide last weekend, which included some brand-new, never before seen art!

 



 

Don’t miss your chance to grab CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 this July!

CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 (MAY180773)

Written by TA-NEHISI COATES

Art by LEINIL YU

FOC – 6/11/18

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Marvel Reveals New CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 Variant Art by John Cassaday!

First Comics News - Sat, 06/09/2018 - 00:16

An all-new story for Steve Rogers begins this summer, from Ta-Nehisi Coates and Leinil Yu!

 

New York, NY—June 8, 2018—Marvel is excited to celebrate CAPAIN AMERICA #1 from Ta-Nehisi Coates and Leinil Yu with a new variant cover from superstar artist John Cassaday!

 

Fans got a sneak peek at the creative team’s story in the Avengers/Captain America Free Comic Book Day issue and praise is already high for the new series, with Adventures In Poor Taste claiming “the story presented here is almost dreamlike and should pique readers’ interest.”

 

Don’t miss the opportunity to dive into this fresh new adventure July 4th, when CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 hits comic shops!

 

 

 

CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 (MAY180773)

Written by TA-NEHISI COATES

Art by LEINIL YU

On Sale 7/4/18

 

CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 CASSADAY VAR (APR188921)

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DC ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES VERTIGO RETURNS TO ITS ROOTS WITH A LINE-WIDE RELAUNCH AND DC VERTIGO REBRAND, HELMED BY NEW EXECUTIVE EDITOR MARK DOYLE

First Comics News - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 14:35

June 7, 2018 (BURBANK, CA) – DC Entertainment is celebrating 25 years of graphic storytelling with a line-wide relaunch and rebranding, returning to where it all began with DC Vertigo. Following the news of a Neil Gaiman-curated Sandman Universe imprint, DC Vertigo will continue to expand its slate with seven new series from bold voices across various entertainment backgrounds including novels, games, television, comics and more.

The relaunch is helmed by Mark Doyle, who returned to DC Vertigo last year after oversight of the Batman group of titles for DC. Under his leadership, DC Vertigo editorial is rededicating its focus to creating modern, socially relevant, high-concept, inventive stories appealing to readers of all genres.

DC Vertigo has curated seven new comic books giving writers and artists the creative freedom to tell their most imaginative stories. Kicking off the next 25 years of DC Vertigo, four monthly series will launch this fall/winter, while the remaining titles will follow in early 2019. The lineup includes:

  • BORDER TOWN from writer Eric M. Esquivel (Adventure Time, Starburns Presents) with art and covers by Ramon Villalobos (Nighthawk, America) will debut in SeptemberWhen a crack in the border between worlds releases an army of monsters from Mexican folklore into the small town of Devil’s Fork, Arizona, the residents blame the ensuing weirdness—the shared nightmares, the otherworldly radio transmissions, the mysterious goat mutilations—on “God-dang illegals.” With racial tensions supernaturally charged, it’s up to new kid in town Frank Dominguez and a motley crew of high school misfits to discover what’s REALLY going on
  • HEX WIVES from writer Ben Blacker (co-creator of The Thrilling Adventure Hour) with art by Mirka Andolfo (WONDER WOMAN, SHADE, THE CHANGING GIRL) will debut in October“The women are too powerful. They must be tamed.” A malevolent conspiracy of men brainwashes a coven of witches to be subservient, suburban housewives. But it’s only a matter of time before the women remember their power…
  • AMERICAN CARNAGE from writer Bryan Hill (TITANS show set to launch on the DC-branded digital service, MICHAEL CRAY) with art by Leandro Fernandez (THE NAMES, The Punisher Max) will debut in NovemberIn this thrilling crime saga, disgraced FBI agent Richard Wright, who is biracial but can pass for white, goes undercover in a white supremacist group believed to be responsible for the death of a fellow agent.
  • GODDESS MODE from writer Zoë Quinn (Crash Override, featured in People’s 25 Women Who Are Changing the World and Forbes’ 30 Under 30) with art by Robbi Rodriguez (Spider-Gwen, FBP: FEDERAL BUREAU OF PHYSICS) will debut in DecemberIn a near future where all of humanity’s needs are administered by a godlike A.I., it’s one young woman’s horrible job to do tech support on it. But when Cassandra finds herself violently drawn into a hidden and deadly digital world beneath our own, she discovers a group of super-powered women and horrific monsters locked in a secret war for the cheat codes to reality.
  • HIGH LEVEL from writer Rob Sheridan (former art director for Nine Inch Nails, co-creator of the Year Zero alternate reality game) with art by Barnaby Bagenda (THE OMEGA MEN, GREEN LANTERNS) will debut in 2019Hundreds of years after the world ended and human society was rebuilt from scratch, a self-interested smuggler with a price on her head is forced to traverse a new continent of danger and mystery to deliver a child messiah to High Level, a mythical city at the top of the world from which no one has ever returned.
  • SAFE SEX from writer Tina Horn (host/producer of Why Are People Into That? podcast, writer/journalist/lecturer in sexual education and activism) and artist Mike Dowling(UNFOLLOW, 2000 AD) will debut in 2019A dystopian sci-fi thriller about a ragtag team of sex workers fighting for the freedom to love in a world where sexual pleasure is monitored, regulated and policed by the government.
  • SECOND COMING from writer Mark Russell (God Is Disappointed in You, THE FLINTSTONES) with art by Richard Pace (IMAGINARY FIENDS) will debut in 2019God sends Jesus to Earth in hopes that he will learn the family trade from Sun-Man, an all-powerful superhero, who is like the varsity quarterback son God never had. But, upon his return to Earth, Christ is appalled to discover what has become of his Gospel and vows to set the record right.

“It’s time to rebuild DC Vertigo,” explains Doyle. “We’re returning to our roots by spotlighting the most exciting new voices in comics, as well as bringing new voices to comics. From the corners of television, games, music, activism, podcasting, comics and more, all of our creators are passionate and have something to say. These sophisticated stories have amazing new characters and vast worlds to explore. That’s what it has always been about for me—new stories, new voices, new possibilities. We’re creating a new generation of DC Vertigo classics for readers of all genres.”

Prior to being named DC Vertigo’s Executive Editor, Doyle began his career in comics at Vertigo in 2006. He went on to oversee the Batman family of titles, where he edited Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s New York Times best-selling run on BATMAN. He also led the charge in crafting Gotham-based series with varying tones such as GOTHAM ACADEMY, BATGIRL, GRAYSON and more. Doyle returns to launch DC Vertigo with a passion to bring the imprint back to the forefront of graphic storytelling.

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RICH REVIEWS: Action Comics # 1000

First Comics News - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 14:31

Title: Action Comics # 1000
Publisher: DC Comics
Writers: Dan Jurgens, Peter J. Tomasi, Marv Wolfman, Geoff Johns, Richard Donner, Scott Snyder, Tom King, Louise Simonson, Paul Dini, Brad Meltzer, Brian Michael Bendis
Artists: Dan Jurgens, Norm Rapmund, Patrick Gleason, Curt Swan, Butch Guice, Kurt Schaffenberger, Olivier Coipel, Rafael Albuquerque, Clay Mann, Jerry Ordway, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Kevin Nowlan, John Cassaday, Jim Lee, Scott Williams
Cover: Jim Lee, Scott Williams, and Alex Sinclair
Variant Covers: Steve Rude, Michael Cho, Dave Gibbons color by Angus McKie, Michael Allred color by Laura Allred, Jim Steranko color by Laura Martin, Joshua Middleton, Dan Jurgens and inks by Kevin Nowlan color by Alex Sinclair, Lee Bermejo
Superman created by: Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster
Superboy created by: Jerry Siegel
Supergirl based on characters created by: Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster
Price: $ 7.99 US
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Website: www.dccomics.com
Comments: “From the City that has Everything
This story is not just about Superman but about how he inspires others. People do heroic deeds because of his example. The art is amazing and illustrates Superman as the true hero he is. His wife and son and all aspects of the art are eye-popping.
Its Superman Day in Metropolis. As people speak out about Superman the emotions in their stories come through loud and clear. Superman is about hope, about being better.
All the super-heroes well so many of them show up all to honor Superman. They want him to have his day. He deserves it and the people deserve to see him. Superman may not want to be held up and praised but the people want it and Superman has one stubborn and hard-headed wife who sometimes does get her way.
You will feel the love and emotion that all have for Superman.
Never-Ending Battle
Superman takes on the Immortal Vandal Savage. Here Superman is illustrated differently in different times. In any time he is an inspiring figure. It is not about the powers but the person and who they are inside. Superman has the mind and heart of a hero. Vandal throws everything he has at Superman. Superman just keeps coming. Superman never gives up ever.
Pinup
Here Superman fights on while being in pain. There is a nice powerful expression on his face.
An Enemy Within
Here Superman looks at humans and he realizes they are weaker than most species yet somehow their will is indomitable. Superman thinks of them as the ones who are super. Beautiful art illustrates this story and humans are shown as the heroes.
The Car
Aw Superman is such an inspiration. He is there when needed and his words are more powerful than his muscles. This short story is so well written and gorgeously illustrated. It will bring a tear to your eye.
The Fifth Season
Superman and Lex Luthor chat at the Smallville planetarium. Lex remembers a good part of his childhood. Yes, he had hopes and dreams and now he hopes to kill Superman. Maybe someday or maybe not. These two are tied together. We see through that there is hope even for Lex Luthor.
Of Tomorrow
This story is so touching. It will pull at your heartstrings or if it does not you have no heart. Superman loves his adoptive parents and even after four billion years that has not changed and it never will.
Five Minutes
Superheroing and reporting are similar. Superman is shown here enjoying doing both they are his two jobs and he does them both so well.
Actionland!
This is a weird story narrated by a cute hostess. It features one magic foe who has his own outlook on his battles with Superman. Beautifully rendered art accompanies the story.
Pinup
This art is a dark drawing of Superman in space. He does look powerful.
Faster Than A Speeding Bullet
Is Superman faster than a speeding bullet well find out here? Yes, people may be inspired by Superman but it is Superman who is inspired by people. Yes, there are still good people and this story reminds us of that.
Pinup
A beautiful pinup here of Superman in the clouds.
The Truth
Here civilians help Superman and they are willing to put their lives on the line for him. Superman faces a foe as powerful as himself and one armed with a deadly weapon. This leads into the new weekly six-issue series The Man of Steel.
Superman is an iconic symbol who stands for truth, justice, and hope. He inspires us all to be better than we are. He is an inspiration.

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THE BEEF—NOW IN A MEATY TRADE PAPERBACK

First Comics News - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 14:21

PORTLAND, OR, 06/07/2018 — The critically acclaimed series by Richard Starkings (ELEPHANTMEN), Tyler Shainline (Liberty Justice), Shaky Kane (BULLETPROOF COFFIN: THE 1,000 YARD STARE, The A-Men), and John Roshell titled, THE BEEF will be collected into trade paperback and available this July.

THE BEEF brings readers the story of Meat Men. Chuck is a mild-mannered meat factory worker who is a little in love with a strawberry picker named Mary Lynn. But everything changes when Mary Lynn falls victim to the Vodino Brothers…

THE BEEF trade paperback (ISBN: 978-1-5343-0802-2, Diamond Code MAY180050) will hit stores on Wednesday, July 18th and bookstores on Tuesday, July 24th. It can be ordered on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, IndieBound, and Indigo.

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WRITER/PRODUCER BRANDON EASTON JOINS  RAMÓN GOVEA’S INCIDENTALS

First Comics News - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 14:19

Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven Writer Joins Ongoing Catalyst Prime Title with Issue No. 10

ST. LOUIS, MO—Incidentals, created by writer/producer Ramón Govea and co-developed by Lion Forge co-founders David Steward II and Carl Reed, has been a cornerstone title in comics’ most diverse and inclusive universe since 2017.

Now, as the series moves into its third volume, Brandon Easton (Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven) will co-write the title’s most ambitious storyline, in a first-person look at the culture of celebrity and superheroes. Two Hollywood veterans will tackle issues that have long terrorized Tinseltown behind the scenes, pitting heroes against their greatest fears in an arresting fictional account of the uglier side of filmdom.

“It has been an honor and pleasure to join the Catalyst Prime Universe and work alongside my friend and fellow creator Ramón Govea,” says writer Brandon Easton. “With our combined experiences in the tumultuous minefield of the entertainment industry as a prologue, we’re going to bring a unique sensibility to the Incidentals series. We want to explore the true costs of fame and fortune in the Hollywood dream factory, and using a superhero team as a microscope is a fun and interesting challenge.”

“We wanted to pick up a few months after the events of Issue 9 and really explore some of the unfortunate, darker truths about the entertainment industry,” says series creator and co-writer Ramón Govea. “But we’re digging into the things that haunt the Incidentals, so the team’s dynamic and emotional constitution will really be tested.”

The Incidentals are making their mark in Hollywood! Marko is managing the group as the initial offering from Luminous Talent Agency—Bo Vincent Chen’s latest entrepreneurial effort to recruit superhero talent. But rather than enjoy their new celebrity status, the Incidentals still struggle with their lack of communication, which threatens to unravel the team. Meanwhile, a mysterious new power player enters the fold with an eye to recruit our heroes . . . but can the Incidentals really trust him, or is something more sinister in motion? While the City of Angels may be caked in a layer of glitz and glam, the team finds themselves faced with what lurks just beneath the town’s shiny exterior.

The ninth issue of Incidentals debuted in stores last week and will return in an all-new series and volume on July 25, alongside the second collection of the previous series. Incidentals No. 10 pairs the new writing team with artist Jose Jaro and features covers by Ryan Brown. Reserve your copy of this essential turning point in the series and the Catalyst Prime Universe with your local comic book retailer today!

Brandon M. Easton is a professional writer based in Los Angeles, California. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Brandon was a U.S. History and Economics teacher in NYC for six years before moving to the West Coast in 2008. Brandon has written for the 2011 ThunderCatsreboot from WB Animation andTransformers: Rescue Bots from Hasbro. Easton won the 2012 Glyph Award for his Shadowlaw series and multiple 2014 Glyph Awards and an Eisner Award nomination for the Watson and Holmescomic series. He is also the producer, director, and writer of Brave New Soulsdocumentary that explored the aspirations, inspirations, and obstacles faced by African-American speculative fiction creators in the twenty-first century.

In 2015, Brandon was selected as one of the eight winners of the 2015 Disney/ABC Writing Program, which led to his new position as a staff writer for season two of Marvel’s Agent Carter. In 2016, Brandon was nominated for the second annual Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics for his acclaimed graphic novel Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven, which was recently optioned for a big-screen biopic. He also volunteers at JPL/NASA as a Solar System Ambassador to increase astronomy education in underserved communities. In May 2016, IDW Publishing announced Brandon as the writer for the M.A.S.K. reboot comic book, which garnered several 2017 Glyph Award wins, including Fan Award for Best Work and Best Male Character (Matt Trakker). Recently, Easton made history as the first Western writer to tackle the classic Japanese horror franchise Vampire Hunter D with Unified Pictures’ Vampire Hunter D: Message from Mars, released to wide acclaim. In early 2018, Brandon was announced at the writer of the Vampire Hunter D TV pilot.

Ramón Govea is a writer, producer, and builder of worlds who has developed narratives for distribution across film, television, comics, video games, and animation. In 2010, he founded Black Mast Studios, a video production company that developed and produced films and story content for digital distributors, including Gaia, Warner Bros. Digital, Machinima, and Stan Lee’s World of Heroes. He continued to hone his experience in multiplatform storytelling and marketing by writing for Scopely’s The Walking Dead: Road to Survival. By 2017, he landed two publishing deals for his creator-owned comic series: Incidentals for Lion Forge and Memoirs of a Starseed, a vertical-scroll webcomic for Tapas Media.

In 2017, as chief content officer for NBA All-Star, Baron Davis Enterprises, Ramón produced animation, books, and games for Baron’s Black Santa Company and produced official content for NBA All-Star Weekend 2018. In May 2018, he founded a new Franchise Development and Transmedia Studio with the intention of bridging these mediums together and maximizing their value through strategically developed and data-driven world building.

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Batman Creators Capullo, King, Parker, Rousseau, Snyder and Tomasi at BCC2018

First Comics News - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 14:10

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – June 7, 2018 – The Baltimore Comic-Con returns to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor on September 28-30, 2018 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Tickets are now on sale. Baltimore Comic-Con welcomes top creators of one of comics’ most iconic characters, DC Comics’ Batman, including Greg Capullo, Tom King, Jeff Parker, Craig Rousseau, Scott Snyder, and Peter Tomasi.

Greg Capullo is a self taught Illustrator, working for the past five years as artist on the New York Times best-selling, highly-acclaimed Batman series for DC Comics. He is presently co-creating the Image Comics’ book titled Reborn, along with writer Mark Millar. Prior to his Batman run, he was best known for his 80-issue run on Image Comics’ Spawn. Other popular comics work includes Marvel Comics’ X-Force and Quasar. He is also the creator of The Creech, a sci-fi/horror comic published by Image Comics. Greg has provided art for Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft, contributed lead character designs for the the award-winning HBO animated Spawn series, and was the cover artist for many popular musical groups, including Five Finger Death Punch, Korn, and Disturbed.

Ringo and Eisner Award-winning Tom King is currently the writer of Batman at DC Comics, where he has also written Mister Miracle, Grayson, The Omega Men, DC Nation, Swamp Thing Winter Special, and has a story in Action Comics #1000, not to mention his award-winning work at Marvel on The Vision. King’s first book, A Once Crowded Sky, a postmodern super hero novel, was recognized by USA Today as one of the best Graphic Novels of the year. He was named by the Hollywood Reporter as one of the five comic creators to watch in 2015.

Jeff Parker is best known for writing comic books, such as Agents of Atlas, X-Men First Class, Batman ’66, Aquaman, Future Quest, Thunderbolts, and more. His career in comics started as an penciller at Malibu, where he provided art for Solitaire. For years, Parker made a living drawing stories, as well as commercial art and storyboards for TV. At the inaugural Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards, Parker’s work on Future Quest at DC Comics won the Mike Wieringo Spirit Award.

Craig Rousseau has spent his career as an artist working on numerous noteworthy titles and runs. He has spent time on DC Comics’ Batman Beyond, Harley Quinn, and Impulse, Marvel’s Captain America & the Korvac Saga, Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane Season 2, and Iron Man & the Iron Wars, and he can be seen lately working on DC Comics’ Batman ’66, Image Comics’ Perhapanauts: Danger Down Under, and Dynamite Entertainment’s Pathfinder: Goblins!

Scott Snyder made a huge impact on the comic industry with his ground-breaking work in DC’s New 52, writing Batman (with artist Greg Capullo) and Swamp Thing. In 2011, he received Harvey and Eisner Awards for Best New Series for his work on American Vampire. In addition to these three titles, Snyder co-wrote Talon, which spun off directly from his critically-acclaimed “Court of Owls” storyline from Batman. He is currently taking the reins of DC Comics’ Justice League, writes New Challengers, and has authored such titles as Detective Comics, The Wake, Superman Unchained, All-Star Batman, Batman EternalJustice League: No Justice, DC Nation, Action Comics #1000, and Dark Nights: Metal.

Peter Tomasi is a writer and editor best known for his work at DC Comics. He began his career in 1993, editing such titles as Green Lantern, the Batman titles, Aquaman, Hawkman, and JSA before being promoted to Senior Editor in 2003. In 2007, Tomasi decided to move from editing to writing full-time and, in 2010, took over writing Batman and Robin with issue #20. Since the launch of the New 52, Tomasi has helmed the new volumes of both Batman and Robin and Green Lantern Corps, The Adventures of the Super Sons, Action Comics #1000, Superman, and The Kamandi Challenge at DC Comics, as well as House of Penance at Dark Horse Comics.

“Not to belittle any other character in DC or any other publisher’s retinue of heroes, but Batman is clearly one of the most globally recognizable characters — even in silhouette!” said Marc Nathan, show promoter for the Baltimore Comic-Con. “We are so excited to be hosting so many of the major players contributing to the mythology of Batman today, and expect them to be in high demand by their fans!” TICKETS
General Admission and VIP Package tickets for Weekend, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are now on sale! Visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets/ 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! In addition to on-site CGC grading, this year’s confirmed guests for the show include: Arthur Adams (Guardians of the Galaxy), Joel Adams (Bucky O’Hare Graphic Novel Coloring Book), Neal Adams (Deadman), Zeea Adams (Neal Adams Monsters), Arantza (fantasy artist), Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets), Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl), Marty Baumann (Big Hero 6), June Brigman (Power Pack), Pat Broderick (Micronauts), Mark Buckingham (Scooby Apocalypse), Buzz (Superman: The Coming of the Supermen), Greg Capullo (Dark Knights: Metal), Christa Cassano (Ghetto Klown), Howard Chaykin (Captain America), Joyce Chin (All-New Wolverine), Frank Cho (Harley Quinn), Amy Chu (Red Sonja), Steve Conley (The Middle Age), Katie Cook (Thanos Annual), Paris Cullins (WWE Superstars), Kristina Deak-Linsner (Vampirella: Roses for the Dead), Jose Delbo (Spongebob Comics), Vito Delsante (Midnight Tiger Stronger), Todd Dezago (Tellos), Garth Ennis (Jimmy’s Bastards, Friday and Saturday only), David Finch (Trinity), Meredith Finch (Rose), Jenny Frison (Wonder Woman), Steve Geiger (Web of Spider-Man), Joe Giella (The Flash), Tom Grummett (The New Titans, courtesy of Hero Initiatiive), Bob Hall (Squadron Supreme), Dean Haspiel (The Red Hook), Clinton Hobart (Disney fine artist), Jamal Igle (Molly Danger), Tony Isabella (Black Lightning), Todd Johnson (Tribe), Justin Jordan (Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps), Tom King (Batman), Barry Kitson (The Flash), Alisa Kwitney (Mystik U), Leo Leibelman (Heavy Metal), Paul Levitz (Brooklyn Blood), Joseph Michael Linsner (Vampirella: Roses for the Dead), Kevin Maguire (Man of Steel), Shawn Martinbrough (Shadowman), Ron Marz (Fathom Vol. 7), Ed McGuinness (Avengers), Bob McLeod (G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero), Dawn McTeigue (Divinica), Adriana Melo (Plastic Man, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Frank Miller (Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander, Saturday and Sunday only), Stuart Moore (Deadpool the Duck), Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise), Michael Moreci (Nightwing), Denny O’Neil (DC Universe Holiday Special, courtesy of Hero Initiative), John Ostrander (Suicide Squad, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Tom Palmer (Avengers), Dan Parent (Betty & Veronica Friends Forever), Jeff Parker (Future Quest Presents), Paul Pelletier (Titans Special), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Brandon Peterson (Green Lanterns), Tom Peyer (Captain Kid), Richard and Wendy Pini (Elfquest), Andy Price (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic), David Proch (Quarter Moon), Tom Raney (Giantkillers), Frank Reynoso (Garbage Pail Kids: Fables, Fantasies and Farts), Afua Richardson (Black Panther: World of Wakanda), Roy Richardson (The Flash), Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge), Craig Rousseau (Startup), Andy Runton (Owly), P. Craig Russell (Salome and Other Stories), Stuart Sayger (GI Joe: A Real American Hero vs. The Six-Million Dollar Man), Louise Simonson (Action Comics #1000), Walter Simonson (Thor), Dan Slott (Tony Stark: Iron Man), John K. Snyder (Fashion in Action), Scott Snyder (Justice League, Saturday only), Jim Starlin (Thanos: The Infinity Siblings, Saturday and Sunday only), Joe Staton (Dick Tracy), Brian Stelfreeze (Black Panther), Jim Steranko (Action Comics), Larry Stroman (Tribe), Rob Stull (The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute), Peter Tomasi (Superman), David Trustman (God Slap), Sarah Trustman (The Memory Arts), Gus Vazquez (Sunfire and Big Hero Six), Rick Veitch (Rick Veitch’s The One), Magdalene Visaggio (Eternity Girl), Mark Waid (Captain America), Larry Watts (Evil Dead 2: Cradle of the Damned); Bob Wiacek (All New Wolverine), Rich Woodall (The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute), and Thom Zahler (Time & Vine).

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