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First Comics News - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 07:24
  Ron Frenz added 7 new photos.

Hi Gang!

Way before The Legendary Tom DeFalco and I were invited to do that short story for The Shield we teamed up to pitch a re-vamp of the Archie Comics Super-Heroes!

At the time I was unaware of the majority of these oft-forgotten arbiters of justice so we decided that Tom would provide me with only a list of the character names and we would see where the flow of ideas would take us.

Some were obvious, as in the meaning of the term “the web” now as opposed to the original creation’s era. Most just became a springboard for fresh takes and hopefully fun ideas!

After initially entertaining the possibility of launching our newly minted versions as digital first episodes,part of their budding(at the time)on-line presence,Archie ultimately passed on the pitch.

One more “that woud’ve been fun!” in an ever growing list of such attempts. It can be a difficult thing to convince a publisher to take a chance and spend money on an idea by a couple of dreaming knuckleheads!

Anyway,here are a few of the re-jiggered characters we pitched!
Please keep in mind that if you were indeed a big fan of the original concepts and dislike the idea of changing anything about them IT DIDN”T HAPPEN SO KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON!

If you’re not familiar with the original versions,I’ve included an old house ad from an Archie publication of the 1960’s!


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RICH REVIEWS: The Unsound # 4

First Comics News - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 02:04

Title: The Unsound # 4
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Created by: Cullen Bunn
Written by: Cullen Bunn
Illustrated by: Jack T. Cole
Lettered by: Jim Campbell
Cover by: Jack T. Cole
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Comments: The visuals are weird. Especially the one eyed cat.
Xeres, Ashli and the patients and doctors are in a place unlike any other. It is a crazy wild dangerous place.
What do the masks do? Why do they hide and help those trapped below? Mysteries do abound here.
We learn more about one of the orderlies than we might like to know.
Ashli now we delve farther into her personality. She was a young girl who needed help and she did decide to help herself by helping others. She is the Mother of Blades but what does that mean in this crazy place.
The more you learn of Ashli the more you want to know and you know there is more.

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Amulet Creator Kazu Kibuishi Comes to BCC as part of Kids Love Comics

First Comics News - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 20:23

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – September 18, 2017 – Returning to the Baltimore Convention Center in the beautiful Inner Harbor, the 2017 Baltimore Comic-Con takes place this weekend, September 22-24, 2017. Online ticket sales are available through Thursday, September 21.

Kazu Kibuishi, creator of the Amulet graphic novel series and the cover artist for the anniversary edition of Harry Potter, comes to Baltimore Comic-Con as part of Kids Love Comics.

New York Times bestseller Kazu Kibuishi’s magical graphic novels have taken the book world by storm, and now that magic is coming to the Baltimore Comic-Con September 22-24! Mr. Kibuishi will be on hand all weekend (Booth #3013 in the Kids Love Comics Area) to meet his fans, sign his books, and share his process in creating graphic novels. Copies of Mr. Kibuishi’s books will be available for purchase if anyone forgets to bring a copy to have signed!

Ask any class of kids across America about the graphic novel series Amulet, and you will probably hear an excited description of adventure, kid heroes, and amazing creatures, all said with a big smile. Featuring magic, elves, robots, demons, and anthropomorphic animals, Amulet has become a bright light for reluctant readers and excited book lovers alike.

Kibuishi will be giving FREE talks on his process of creating comics on Saturday at the Baltimore Comic-Con, as part of the perennial convention’s Kids Love Comics educational and entertainment initiative.

“Baltimore Comic-Con is not only a wonderful comic convention,” said John Gallagher, Kids Love Comic Executive Director, “it’s an incredible, family-friendly event. Kazu’s inclusion at the show is a natural progression of BCC’s dedication to inspiring young people to read and enjoy the magic of comics.”

Mr. Kibuishi’s programming (just a part of the weekend-long kids programming and classes) at the show is as follows:


Kids Love Comics Area

1:00-2:00 – Panel Party with Mark Mariano and Kazu Kibuishi

You are cordially invited you to the Panel Party, where your imagination, storytelling ability, and art skills will be welcomed and celebrated. Simply put, we are going to have a blast making comics together! Warning: attending this party may result in you throwing your own Panel Party at home!


Room 345-346

2:45-3:45 – Amulet Graphic Novel: Behind-the-Scenes

Presentation and Q&A with author Kazu Kibuishi on the creation of the Amulet graphic novel series for Scholastic Graphix. Explore the process of creating adventures for all ages!



Room 347-348

11:00-12:00 – Writing for Young Readers

How is writing for young readers unique? What are the rewards and challenges? Are any themes off limits? Join Kazu Kibuishi, Barry Lyga, Andy Runton, Hope Larson, Louise Simonson, and moderator Charlie Kochman as they explore writing for young readers.

Limited copies of Kazu Kibuishi’s books will be on hand for purchase, courtesy of Captain Bluehen Comics, Newark, DE and Kids Love Comics (

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First Comics News - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 20:21

PORTLAND, OR, 09/18/2017 — All-female creative team—writer Caitlin Kittredge (THROWAWAYS, Coffin Hill) and artist Roberta Ingranata—join forces for an all-new story about one Alex Underwood, a journalist who thinks she’s seen it all… until she becomes the unlikely host to an ancient and powerful artifact known as the WITCHBLADE. The ongoing series—first co-created by Image Comics co-founder and partner, Marc Silvestri, with Brian Haberlin, Michael Turner, and David Wohl—is set to launch this December.

“Everywhere you look in the real world, you’ll see a hero. Not the kind that wears a cape and flies around a comic page or across the big screen but the kind you see walking around being kind of unremarkable. Basically people. People that, when given the choice, will simply do the right thing. Because that’s what a hero does,” said Silvestri. “Doing the right thing isn’t always easy, as it often means being selfless. Without hesitation. But again, that’s what a hero does. Our most enduring superheroes come from this simple idea: people choosing to do the right thing. People like the wielders of the Witchblade.”

WITCHBLADE #1 drops readers into the action from page one. Gunned down and left for dead on a New York rooftop, Alex Underwood’s life should have ended there—but instead, at the moment of death, she became host to the Witchblade, a mystical artifact that grants the woman wielding it extraordinary powers. But the power comes with a heavy cost, and Alex finds herself thrust into the center of an unseen battle raging on the snowy streets of NYC. Demons are real and walking among humans, and every one of them is intent on taking out the Witchblade’s newest host before she becomes too strong to kill. But the artifact chose Alex for a reason, and she’s not going down without a fight.

“The idea of people choosing to be selfless was always at the forefront when Brian Haberlin, Michael Turner, David Wohl, and myself went about the business of creating Witchblade 20 some years ago. Now a talented new team has grabbed the creative reins and, quite frankly, they’ve knocked the new Witchblade out of the park! Writer Caitlin Kittredge, artist Roberta Ingranata, and colorist Bryan Valenza have taken Witchblade in a bold new direction that is completely fresh and exciting,” added Silvestri. “So do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Witchblade where you can follow the adventures of a person granted great power and choosing to do the right thing with it. You know, a hero.”

WITCHBLADE #1 (Diamond Code OCT170557) hits stores on Wednesday, December 6th. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, November 13th.

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First Comics News - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 20:13

In the BRAND NEW lead story, “Every Day is Sundae!,” The Cooking Channel is looking for the best sundae in the country—and one by Pop Tate is in the running! Archie and his friends all think they’re the inspiration behind the recipe, but only one person knows the truth!
Script: Dan Parent
Art: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Bill Galvan, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 9/20
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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YOUR PAL, ARCHIE #2 preview

First Comics News - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 20:13

Your pal Archie meets his new best pal, Reggie. Find out why Riverdale’s most famous jerk is being so nice to everyone in town! Plus, get the third part of the connecting variant cover series!
Script: Ty Templeton
Art: Dan Parent, Ty Templeton, Andre Szymanowicz, Jack Morelli
Cover: Dan Parent
Connecting Variant Cover: Les McClaine
On Sale Date: 10/11
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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First Comics News - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 19:55

Part-Time Grim Reaper. Full-Time Cutie!
Like most university students, Kim works a part-time job to make ends meet. Unlike most university students, Kim’s job is pretty cool: she’s a grim reaper, tasked with guiding souls into the afterlife.
Like most university students, Becka has a super intense crush. Unlike most university students, Becka’s crush is on a beautiful gothic angel that frequents the underworld. Of course, she doesn’t know that.
Unaware of the ghoulish drama she’s about to step into, Becka finally gathers up the courage to ask Kim on a date! But when she falls into a ghostly portal and interrupts Kim at her job, she sets off a chain of events that will pit the two of them against angry cat-dads, vengeful zombies, and perhaps even the underworld itself. But if they work together, they just might
FEBRUARY 14 / 112 Pages / Softcover / Teen / Humour, Adventure / $14.99


Eddie has the unfortunate gift of never staying dead. It has come in handy as Eddie walks a tight line between different Prohibition-era mob families, between the demonic and the human, and between our world and the dark afterlife. Yet after years of playing every side in this world of crime and violence, there are those who are determined to keep Eddie dead this time around.
DECEMBER 13 / 32 Pages / Mature / Crime, Fantasy / $3.99


SEASON FINALE! All-Out Gang Attack has erupted in KAIJUMAX prison between the Cryptids and the old-school J-Kaiju and it’s every mon for himself amid flying claws, fire breath, and stomping action. Interspecies alliances are broken! Antediluvian lifespans come to an end! In the chaos, Mechazon and Electrogor put their risky plan to murder the crafty and sociopathic Zonn into action, but there’s just so much that can go wrong. Also: New evolved kaiju powers! Two long-awaited comeuppances! A bloodless squishing! And… a new pet for the Sharkmon?
DECEMBER 20 / 32 Pages / Mature / Sci-fi / $3.99


Detroit’s finest are on Jutte’s trail, and so are Detroit’s absolute worst. Her last job admittedly got a little… sloppy, and now the woman who can raise the dead is going to have to raise a little hell. Luckily she’s gotten pretty friendly with one of the detectives on her case, but a major new player is about to break Jutte’s world wide open.
DECEMBER 13 / 32 Pages / Mature / Action, Humor / $3.99


ONE EXPERIMENTAL SUMMER. It’s the hottest, most boring part of the year—so can you blame Summer for going exploring in Grandpa Rick’s garage for a dimension where she gets what she wants? She’ll learn a little about science, and a whole lot about life.
DECEMBER 27 / 32 Pages / Teen, 16+ / Humor, Sci-fi / $3.99


Special one-shot issue written and illustrated by Sarah Graley (Rick and MortyTM: Lil’ Poopy Superstar, Kim Reaper)! There’s a new kid in skool, and his name is GIR…B? GIRB?! That’s just GIR with an extra B tacked on the end! But somehow the skoolkids are all fooled—except ZIM of course, he’d recognize his lackey… er, slave… er, servant?… anywhere! And also Dib, because he’s the only one who can see through bad human disguises, apparently.
DECEMBER 13 / 32 Pages / All Ages / Humor, Sci-fi / $3.99


The fourth book in Joey Weiser’s Eisner Award-nominated series is now in paperback! It’s all-out war between Mer and Atlantis! At least that’s what Mermin’s father, King Merus, declares after Pete is taken by Atlanteans. And that’s not all—Mermin will be fighting side-by-side with his father, so it’s time for some intense training! Meanwhile, deep in the underwater Kingdom of Atlantis, Pete is sent to an orphanage since his family cannot be located. His stories of Mer attract the attention of another child, who offers to introduce Pete to her “friends”—whom he never expected to see in Atlantis!
FEBRUARY 21 / 152 Pages / Softcover / All Ages / Adventure, Humour / $12.99


Earth will be destroyed. Stephen Blades, 45th president of the United States, knows this, and knows there will be no way to stop it. He knows the crew of the Clarke is most likely dead, and the 666 that were supposed to be saved now have no chance. The most powerful man on the planet cannot protect it from its fate. But he will not give up. In this thrilling conclusion to the critically-acclaimed and award-winning series, the world will indeed end. But will it take humanity with it?
FEBRUARY 28 / 160 Pages / Softcover / Mature / Sci-fi / $19.99


The classic graphic novel collaboration from the minds behind Lady Killer returns in a new softcover format! Antonio Mercer is a private eye by trade, a man bad luck seems to follow, as evidenced by his newest client—the sister of his former lover, Julie Roman, who’s now disappeared. And Julie’s sister, Jessica, is a real piece of work. Still, Mercer takes the case, getting entangled in the same family drama that drove him away. Well, maybe not exactly the same, because the Romans have made some… unsavory connections. As the bodies start piling up, Mercer has no choice but to see the case through to its end—or become one of its casualties.
FEBRUARY 14 / 192 Pages / Softcover / Mature / Mystery, Crime / $19.99

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IMPACT Wrestling Announces ‘Bound for Glory’ Set for Nov. 5 in Ottawa, Canada Exclusively on PPV

First Comics News - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 19:39

NASHVILLE | TORONTO – IMPACT Wrestling, a subsidiary of Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp., announced today that Bound for Glory, its premier annual pay-per-view event, will be broadcast from the historic Aberdeen Pavilion in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on Sunday, November 5, 2017.

The Aberdeen Pavilion will also play host to five days of IMPACT television tapings from Nov. 6 to Nov. 10. Ticket on-sale information for Bound for Glory and IMPACT will be revealed in the coming weeks.

“We are ecstatic and honored to bring our blockbuster event Bound for Glory to a Canadian venue rooted in cultural heritage and tradition,” said Ed Nordholm, president of IMPACT Wrestling. “Our loyal Canadian viewers on Fight Network and GameTV have been vocal supporters of IMPACT Wrestling over the years and we thought the nation’s capital would be a fitting place to stage our biggest event of the year. Canadian professional wrestling crowds have a reputation for their energy and enthusiasm, so we are excited to bring them an unforgettable night of action.”

Bound for Glory will feature World Champion Eli Drake, former champion Alberto el Patron and Johnny Impact, the holder of the Mega, Latin American and World Cruiserweight championship belts in Lucha Libre AAA, who will be making his inaugural Bound for Glory appearance. Bobby Lashley has unfinished business; will he return and will his cohorts from American Top Team, led by owner Dan Lambert, continue to meddle with his career? The Knockouts will collide as Hall of Famer Gail Kim works through her final year in professional wrestling, and the stars of the X-Division will bring their high-flying brand of athletics to the ring. International talent for the event will include El Hijo del Fantasma, Pagano and El Texano Jr. from Lucha Libre AAA.

Located in Lansdowne Park, the historic fairgrounds of Canada’s national capital, the 33,000-square foot Aberdeen Pavilion is an Ottawa landmark, which has been home to many significant events throughout the city’s history, including Stanley Cup challenge matches in 1904. Built in 1898 and inspired by London’s Crystal Palace, the venue was designated a national historic site of Canada because it is the only large-scale exhibition building in Canada surviving from the 19th century.

Showcasing some of the biggest stars in professional wrestling, IMPACT airs on Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Pop in the U.S., as well as Fight Network and GameTV across Canada.

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Jean Grey Returns To The Marvel Universe In PHOENIX RESURRECTION!

First Comics News - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 19:25

Adult Jean Grey rises again!


New York, NY—September 18, 2017—When Jean Grey died heroically in Grant Morrison’s epic run of NEW X-MEN, she left a void among her mutant family – and in the world. For over a decade, the X-Men have lived with the fact that Jean Grey is no longer with them as a team member and a friend – and now, this winter, adult Jean Grey will live again, in a return fans have been demanding for years.


Marvel is excited to announce the official return of adult Jean Grey in PHOENIX RESURRECTION, with a story by newly exclusive writer Matthew Rosenberg (Secret Warriors, Punisher) and art by superstar artist Leinil Yu (Secret Empire). As a true celebration of the character’s power and iconic status, the five-issue epic will also include five blockbuster artists taking on Jean Grey throughout the run, as well as Phoenix Variant covers that will begin in December.


“Matt came to us with a really interesting and unique approach to bringing Jean back,” said senior editor Mark Paniccia. “It’s not what we expected, and plays to Matt’s biggest strengths as a storyteller. This is very cool mystery building to a mind-warping climax. And it has plenty of what you’d expect from an X-MEN epic of this magnitude. Action, romance, sacrifice, lots of X-Men and five great artists.”


Strange events are no surprise to the X-Men, but when events start occurring that are more specific and strange than usual, the group is forced to confront the truth: could Jean be alive after all? And how will this Jean Grey deal with a world that is now so different from the one she left years ago?


“It’s such a mind-blowing honor to bring back the original Jean Grey,” said series writer Matthew Rosenberg. “I’ve been an X-Men fan my whole life and Jean is, in my mind, the true soul of the X-Men. So we aren’t taking this lightly. We’re going for that perfect balance of universe shaking epic and intimate personal drama that only the X-Men ever truly achieve. This is all hands on deck for the X-Men as every available member heads into battle for the soul of their team and maybe even the fate of the Marvel Universe.”


“This is just the beginning,” teased Paniccia. “Something this big will leave quite a footprint on the Marvel Universe. Jean will have a startling new role after this, and you’re left wondering, how will the rest of the X-Men respond? What will happen to young Jean Grey?”


Fulfilling the promise of an exciting return in MARVEL LEGACY, don’t miss Jean Grey’s newest adventure – PHOENIX RESURRECTION hits comic shops December 27th! And be sure to head to your local comic shop to pick up December’s True Believers Phoenix comics!





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First Comics News - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 15:34

Created by:

Joe Blair & Ed Wexler

Real Name:

Heracles, Son of Zeus

Joined Mighty Crusaders:

The Heracles is not a member of the Mighty Crusaders.

First Appearance:

Blue Ribbon Comics #4, June 1940


Hercules, the strongest man in all history, earned a place on Mount Olympus by wiping out the evils of ancient Greece. Now Zeus has orders Hercules back to Earth to rid the modern world of wars, gangsters, and racketeers.


Hercules is the son of Zeus, king of the gods of Olympus, and Alcmena, a mortal woman who lived about three thousand years ago. Recognizing the need for a son who would be powerful enough to defend both the Olympian gods and humanity from future dangers he foresaw, Zeus seduced Alcmena in the guise of her husband, King Amphitryon of Troezen. Thanks to Zeus’s enchantment, Hercules was born with the potential for extraordinary strength, which he first displayed before he was even one year old by strangling two serpents which attacked him. As an adult, Hercules is best known for his celebrated Twelve Labors, which were performed in part to prove his worthiness for immortality to Zeus.

In the course of these Labors, Hercules provoked the wrath of three immortals who remain his enemies to this day. By slaughtering the man-eating Stymphalian Birds, he enraged the war god Ares, to whom they were sacred. In temporarily capturing Cerberus, the three-headed hound that serves as guardian to the Olympian underworld

, Hercules offended Pluto, the lord of that realm. By killing the Nemean Lion, the Hydra, and other creatures spawned by the inconceivably grotesque and powerful monster Typhoeus, Hercules gained the bitter enmity of Typhon, the immortal humanoid offspring of Typhoeus and a Titaness.

However, it was the centaur Nessus who caused Hercules’ mortal demise. Nessus kidnapped Hercules’ wife Deianeira, whereupon Hercules shot him with an arrow. Feigning a wish to make amends, the dying centaur told Deianeira how to make a love charm from his allegedly enchanted blood, aware that it was now tainted with the lethal poison of the Hydra, in which Hercules had dipped his arrows. Sometime after Nessus’ death, Deianeira, distraught over her husband’s latest infidelity, rubbed the supposed love charm into Hercules’ shirt. After putting aflame. Zeus then intervened, consuming the pyre with his thunderbolts and bringing Hercules to Olympus to be made a true immortal.

Powers & Weapons:

Hercules is highly expert in traditional means of hand-to-hand combat, as well as in wrestling. Hercules is also very highly skilled in ancient Greek athletic feats such as the discus and hammer throws. Hercules’ principal power is his superhuman strength. As true immortals, the Olympian gods do not age and are not susceptible to disease. Although they can be wounded in battle, they cannot die by any conventional means and have a rapid healing rate.


MLJ Comics:
Blue Ribbon Comics 4-8

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Martian Lit Releases Martian Comics #10

First Comics News - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 15:17

Martian Lit is proud to release Martian Comics #10!

The 21-page issue concludes “The Second Most Dangerous Game,” written by Julian Darius, with art by Mansyur Daman. The sci-fi riff on the classic story by Richard Connell (who is himself a character in our story) began as a back-up in Martian Comics #8, before taking over issue #9. The story now concludes in issue #10, which features a cover by Mansyur Daman and Roni Setiawan that’s an homage to the movie poster for the 1932 movie adaptation of the classic story.

The issue also includes a preview of Lazarus, the Forever Man #1, a 70-page first issue coming later this year from Martian Lit.

Martian Comics #10 is priced at $2.99 and is available now on comiXology, as a DRM-free PDF, and on Kindle.

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Injustice 2 – Introducing Raiden!

First Comics News - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 15:02

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today released gameplay featuring the next character that will be available for download in the critically acclaimed Injustice 2: Raiden from the world renown Mortal Kombat franchise. In addition to showcasing the eternal God of Thunder and protector of Earthrealm, the video showcases Black Lighting, a brand new Premiere Skin that accompanies the Raiden DLC. Black Lightning has been added to the Ultimate Edition and Ultimate Pack.

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First Comics News - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 14:53

.@WWE LIVE STARRCADE is back on 11/25 for the first time in two decades with double steel cage match main events! Check out the lineup below

— Greensboro Coliseum (@Gbocoliseum) September 18, 2017

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MONSTRO MECHANICA New From AfterShock Comics

First Comics News - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 14:37

MONSTRO MECHANICA #1 / $3.99 / 32 pages / Color / on sale 12/13/17

writer: Paul Allor

artist: Chris Evenhuis

colorist: Sjan Weijers

letterer: Paul Allor

cover A: Chris Evenhuis

cover B: Ariela Kristantina


A new series starring Leonardo da Vinci, his female apprentice and their wooden robot!


At the height of the Renaissance, warring factions vie for control of Leonardo da Vinci’s destructive arsenal. The only thing standing in their way is Leonardo’s young apprentice and her nine-foot tall mechanical bodyguard. Together, they navigate a world of wicked men and war machines, determined to save Leonardo from the world—and the world from Leonardo.


From creators Paul Allor (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) and Chris Evenhuis (Wynonna Earp) comes this swashbuckling adventure story about war, identity and the birth of the modern world!


“Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master.” – Leonardo da Vinci

QUOTES FROM PAUL ALLOR:   On why AfterShock Comics was the perfect home for this book: “AfterShock has very quickly made a name for itself as a place for compelling, character-driven comics that aren’t afraid to try new things. As a creator, who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? Add in the chance to work with an editor like Mike Marts, who’s worked on some of my favorite comics of the last two decades, and it was an absolute no-brainer. We’re thrilled to be working with AfterShock!”   On why readers should add this to their pull list: “Monstro Mechanica is a swashbuckling adventure story, filled with humor, pathos and giant wooden robots, that has something to say about humanity and society. It’s also incredibly fun, and filled with absolutely gorgeous art. You’re going to love it!”

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Baltimore Comic-Con 2017 Adds 60+ Guests

First Comics News - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 14:22

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – September 18, 2017 – You don’t want to miss the 2017 Baltimore Comic-Con at the Inner Harbor’s Baltimore Convention Center on September 22-24. Tickets for the show are on sale now — avoid lines and buy ahead!

In one mass guest announcement before the show, we wanted to formally announce to our attending public those guests who have not yet been featured in one of our Press Releases to date. The steady addition of guests has resulted on a significant jump in our comic creator slate.

So, without further ado, to our previously announced guests, we are exceptionally proud to announce the addition of:

  • Scott Ethan Ambruson
  • John Anderson
  • Kaare Andrews
  • Christy Blanch
  • Chris Campana
  • Christa Cassano
  • Paul Castiglia
  • Tommy Castillo Studios
  • Matthew Clark
  • Paris Cullins
  • Jose Delbo
  • Dan Didio
  • Mark dos Santos
  • Joe Eisma
  • Mark Evanier
  • Jason Gounger
  • Daniel Govar
  • Brian Haberlin
  • Cully Hamner
  • Phil Hester (courtesy of AfterShock Comics)
  • Greg Horn
  • Ken Hunt
  • Chris Ivy
  • Klaus Janson (Friday only)
  • Chris Kemple
  • Todd Klein
  • Ken Lashley
  • Jay Leisten
  • Mike Lilly
  • Nate Lovett
  • Barry Lyga
  • Mike Manley
  • Billy Martin
  • Laura Martin
  • Mauricet
  • Pop Mhan
  • Christopher Miskiewicz
  • Terry Moore
  • Tony Moy
  • Dustin Nguyen
  • Jerry Ordway
  • Rachel Ordway
  • Steve Orlando
  • Jeff Parker
  • Andrew Pepoy
  • Lyle Pollard
  • Carl Potts (Saturday and Sunday only)
  • Stefane Roux
  • Andy Runton
  • Matt Slay
  • John K. Snyder III
  • Charles Soule
  • Mark Sparacio
  • Val Staples
  • Joe Staton
  • Karl Story
  • John Timms
  • Tim Truman
  • David Trustman
  • Sarah Trustman
  • Magdalene Visaggio
  • Doug Wagner
  • Michael Watkins
  • John Workman
  • Skottie Young (Saturday & Sunday only)

We have over 200 guests this year, not including our Artists Alley guests. Bring comfortable shoes, because there’s going to be a lot for you to see and do! From fantastic retailers and exhibitors to an amazing programming schedule, an art auction to an industry awards ceremony, kids programming to multiple costume contests, not to mention people-watching all of our cosplayers — if you’re having trouble finding something to do, you’re doing Comic-Con wrong!

We will see you in Baltimore!

In addition to on-site CGC grading, this year’s confirmed guests for the show include: Joel Adams (Bucky O’Hare Graphic Novel Coloring Book), Neal Adams (Harley’s Little Black Book), Zeea Adams (Neal Adams Monsters), Scott Ethan Ambruson (Azteca: Ciudad Paradiso), John Anderson (The Infinites), Kaare Andrews (Renato Jones: The One%), Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl), Marty Baumann (Toybox Time Machine: A Catalog of the Coolest Toys Never Made), Carolyn Belefski (Curls), Lee Bermejo (Batman: Noel), Christy Blanch (The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood), Reilly Brown (Slapstick), Harold Buckholz (Wild Lion), Mark Buckingham (Everafter: From the Pages of Fables), Greg Burnham (Tuskegee Heirs), Buzz (Superman: The Coming of the Supermen), Jim Calafiore (Surviving Megalopolis), Chris Campana (The Rhode Warrior), Nick Capetanakis (Starring Sonya Devereaux), Joe Carabeo (District Comics), Richard Case (King: Jungle Jim), Christa Cassano (Ghetto Clown), Elias Chatzoudis (Peepland), S.A. Check (Casper the Friendly Ghost), Frank Cho (Skybourne), Amy Chu (KISS), Matthew Clark (Wonder Woman), Steve Conley (The Middle Age), Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn), Paris Cullins (Blue Devil), Kristina Deak-Linsner (Dawn/Vampirella), J. Robert and Elinda Deans (Crass Fed), Jose Delbo (Spongebob Comics), Todd Dezago (The Perhapanauts), Dan DiDio (DC Comics), Mark dos Santos (Imperial), Charles C. Dowd (A to Z Guide to Jobs for Girls), Emily Drouin (Eplis), Joshua Dysart (Imperium, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Joe Eisma (Morning Glories), Tod Emko and Piggy (A Piggy’s Tale), Mark Evanier (Groo: Play of the Gods), G. D. Falksen (The Ouroboros Cycle), Tim Fielder (Matty’s Rocket), Gary Fields (The Ren & Stimpy Show), David Finch (Batman), Meredith Finch (Catwoman: Election Night), Chris Flick (Capes & Babes), Ramona Fradon (Convergence: Plastic Man and the Freedom Fighters), Franco (Tiny Titans), John Gallagher (Underdog), Shannon Gallant (GI Joe), Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman), Mike Gold (The Pilgrim), Michael Golden (Doctor Strange), Jason Gounger (Legio Ex Mortis), Daniel Govar (A Year of Marvels: The Uncanny), Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules!), John Green (Hippopotamister), Dawn Griffin (Zorphbert & Fred), Brian Haberlin (Faster Than Light), Scott Hanna (Wonder Woman), Cully Hamner (Blue Beetle), Dean Haspiel (The Red Hook), Glenn Hauman (The Whisper Campaign), Marc Hempel (Sandman), Phil Hester (Mother Panic), Greg Horn (Grimm Fairy Tales), Ken Hunt (Talon), Laura Innes (The Dreamer), Chris Ivy (The Wonder Woman 100 Project), Klaus Janson (Dark Knight III: The Master Race, Friday only), Brian Joines (Bill & Ted Go to Hell), Arvell M. Jones (Marvel Premiere), JG Jones (Batwoman), Justin Jordan (Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern), Kata Kane (Altar Girls), Chris Kemple (Red Vengeance), Kazu Kibuishi (Harry Potter covers), Matt Kindt (Ninjak), Sharlene Kindt (Dept. H), Tom King (Batman), Barry Kitson (Avengers), Todd Klein (Starstruck), Tony Kordos (Batman and Robin Eternal), Chris Kotsakis (Sir Arthur), Evelyn Kriete (Weird Tales), James Kuhoric (Underdog), Alisa Kwitney (Convergence Batgirl), David Landis (Papercuttables), Greg LaRocque (Stargate Atlantis: Hearts and Minds), Hope Larson (Batgirl), Ken Lashley (X-Men Gold), Jay Leisten (Secret Empire), Mike Lilly (Red Agent), Joe Linsner (Harley Quinn), Todd Livingston (Starring Sonya Devereaux), Mike Lopez (Life’s a Beach), Nate Lovett (Actionverse featuring Midnight Tiger), Barry Lyga (The Flash: Hocus Pocus), Andrew MacLean (Headlopper), Elliot S! Maggin (Superman, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Mike Maihack (Cleopatra in Space), Mike Manley (Judge Parker), Chris Mariano (Claire Lost Her Bear at the World’s Fair), Mark Mariano (Claire Lost Her Bear at the World’s Fair), Billy Martin (X-Men Gold), Laura Martin (Wonder Woman), Alitha Martinez (Black Panther: World of Wakanda), Mauricet (Dastardly & Muttley), Darryl “DMC” McDaniels (DMC), Ed McGuinness (Spider-Man/Deadpool), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), Steve McNiven (Secret Empire), Pop Mhan (Injustice: Ground Zero), Frank Miller (Sin City, Friday only), Chris Miskiewicz (Love is Love), Terry Moore (Motor Girl), Mark Morales (Deathstroke), Tony Moy (The X-Files: Season 10), Dustin Nguyen (Descender, Saturday and Sunday only), Jamar Nicholas (Leon, Protector of the Playground), Melody Often (Amazing Forest), Denny O’Neil (Green Lantern/Green Arrow, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Ryan Onorato (Pizza Tree), Jerry Ordway (Superman), Steve Orlando (Justice League of America), Greg Pak (The Totally Awesome Hulk), Tom Palmer (DC/Looney Tunes 100-Page Super Spectacular), Jimmy Palmiotti (Harley Quinn), Dan Parent (Your Pal Archie), Jeff Parker (Future Quest), Paul Pelletier (Cyborg), Andrew Pepoy (Archie), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Brandon Peterson (Revolution), Khoi Pham (Teen Titans, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Keith Pollard (Fantastic Four, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Lyle Pollard (Scarlet Huntress), Carl Potts (The Punisher War Journal, Saturday and Sunday only), Mark Poulton (A Cat Named Haiku), Kyle Puttkammer (Hero Cats), Mark Redfield (Hunted), Afua Richardson (Black Panther), Rafer Roberts (Rai: The History of the Valiant Universe), Don Rosa (Donald Duck), Craig Rousseau (The Perhapanauts), Stephane Roux (Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack), Andy Runton (Owly), Julie Fujii Sakai (Peanuts: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz), Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), Stuart Sayger (Krampus: Shadow of Saint Nicholas), Greg Schigiel (Pix), Bart Sears (Dread Gods), Brian Shearer (GI Joe), Jeff Shultz (Archie), Mimi Simon (Judge Parker), Louise Simonson (Faith), Walter Simonson (Ragnarok), Matt Slay (Equilibrium), Andy Smith (Earth 2), Brian Smith (Spongebob Comics), Snailords (Snailogy), John K. Snyder III (Suicide Squad), Charles Soule (Astonishing X-Men), Mark Sparacio (Sheena, Queen of the Jungle), Val Staples (Tellos), Joe Staton (Dick Tracy), Brian Stelfreeze (Black Panther), Karl Story (Black Panther), Rob Stull (Executive Assistant: Orchid), Jay Taylor (Cold Harvest: Operation Brainwave), John Timms (Harley Quinn), Peter Tomasi (Superman), John Totleben (Convergence: Swamp Thing), Tim Truman (Convergence: Hawkman), David Trustman (Godslap), Sarah Trustman (Memory Arts), Billy Tucci (Shi), Ted Tucker (caricatures), James Tynion IV (Detective Comics), Gus Vazquez (Big Hero 6, Saturday & Sunday only), Emilio Velez Jr. (Dodgeball Teens), Magdalene Visaggio (Quantum Teens Are Go), Doug Wagner (Plastic), Mark Waid (Avengers), Michael Watkins (Pantha), Todd Webb (Mr. Toast Comics), Mark Wheatley (Doctor Who), Freddie E. Williams II (Batman/TMNT), Marcus Williams (Tuskegee Heirs), Ron Wilson (The Thing), Renee Witterstaetter (Joe Jusko: Maelstrom), Mike Wolfer (Casper the Friendly Ghost), Marv Wolfman (Raven, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Rich Woodall (Kyrra: Alien Jungle Girl), John Workman (Riverdale), David Yardin (Jean Grey), Kelly Yates (Torchwood), Skottie Young (I Hate Fairyland, Saturday & Sunday only), and Thom Zahler (Time & Vine).

Unfortunately, the following previously-announced guests will not be joining us this year. Dave Bullock, Howard Chaykin, Gerry Conway, Vito Delsante, Bob Fujitani, David Marquez, Ron Marz, Mike McKone, Mike Mignola, George Perez, Tom Raney, Ethan Van Sciver, and Bill Willingham. We hope to see them in the future!

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Some Science Fantasy Hexcrawl Influences

Sorcerer's Skull - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 11:00
I spent the rpg-related portion of my weekend getting copies of the Azurth Adventures Digest ready for mailing (There are still copies available. Get yours today!). My work on the Ghostlight Fen thing got delayed, so it seems like a good time to talk about influences of the as yet nameless setting of which its a part.

Lord Valentine's Castle (Robert Silverberg): A distant planet settled by humans and other species long ago. Despite a science fictional underpinning, it operates much like fantasy with mostly primitive technology and things like the Lady of Sleeps that promotes moral behavior by sending dreams and a competing King of Dream that sends nightmares.

Planet of Adventure (Jack Vance): A Planetary Romance (or Planetary Picaresque) which stands above the myriad of planetary romances due to Vance's wit, interesting alien species/cultures, and quirky minor characters.

The Coldfire Trilogy (C.S. Friedman): A science fantasy that (like Silverberg's Majipoor) feels more like straight up fantasy. Friedman adds the innovation of a rationalization for the existence of "magic" (not unlike Jorune).

The Prime Mondeign stories (Rob Chilson): These are in the dying earth subgenre, perhaps a bit more science fictional than Vance's stories (something a bit like a more rationalized and less computer gamey Numenera). These stories haven't been collected, but you can read one of them, "The Wortling," here.

The Spire by Simon Spurrier and Jeff Stokely: A Medievalish society of various aliens and mutants on a planet long ago settled by humans.


First Comics News - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 08:24

This week’s cosplay dude of the week

If you would like to be the Cosplay Dude of the Week!
Please send your photo to and you will be considered for inclusion in a future edition of Superhero Dudes!

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First Comics News - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 08:23

This months’ cosplay team of the month

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Please send your photo to and you will be considered for inclusion in a future edition of Superhero Dudes!

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First Comics News - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 08:00

Writer: Kieron Gillen
Art: Daniel Gete
MR, Color, 32 pages, bi-monthly
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Americans are enthralled by their first real victory, but Stephanie and Groves are well aware of the true cost, and how easily it could be their last. Available with Regular, Wraparound, War Crimes, Propaganda and Blitzkrieg covers by series artist Daniel Gete and a limited VIP Premium cover by Gabriel Andrade that is limited to 500 copies!
Release Date: Dec-31-2017

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First Comics News - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 07:53

Writer: Pat Shand
Artist: Nahuel Lopez
MR, Color, 48 pages, ongoing monthly
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The Redhead Raider is back in a huge new Viking epic as Belladonna unleashes Fire & Fury! Pat Shand writes a new mythic saga as Belladonna and her shield maiden’s quest for riches take them to the lush lands guarded by three elemental forces known as the Furies! Series artist Nahuel Lopez is back to draw his most luscious women and vicious battle ever! Available with these sexy covers: Regular (and nude), Viking Vixen (and nude) by Lopez – Shield Maiden (and nude) by Matt Martin – Stunning (and nude)and Killer Body (and nude) by Renato Camilo – Wraparound (and nude) by Raulo Caceres – a special set of six Nobel covers by Christian Zanier and a set of three Playtime covers by Zanier – Blood Red Leather (With red foil over White faux-leather) by Zanier – and a 50 Shades Nude by Camilo that is limited to just 50 copies!
Release Date: Dec-30-2017


Cover: Christian Zanier
MR, Color, 32 pages
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Ember is ready for her close-up on this killer cover by Zanier! Also available with Nude and Adult editions.
Release Date: Aug-30-2017




Cover: Juan Jose Ryp
Writing and Art: Ron Adrian, Ed Silva
MR, Color, 48 pages, one shot
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This special set of seven Fauna nude covers by Juan Jose Ryp are limited to just 350 copies each!
Release Date: Apr-30-2017



Cover: Juan Jose Ryp
Art: Ed Silva, Marcelo Mueller
MR, Color, 48 pages, ongoing monthly
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Limited to just 150 copies, this leather has not been offered previously!.
Release Date: Sep-30-2017



Cover: Matt Martin
Art: Ed Silva, Ron Adrian
MR, Color, 48 pages, ongoing monthly
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: This sultry series of Vixens nude covers by Matt Martin are limited to 300 copies each.
Release Date: Jun-22-2017



Cover: Christian Zanier
Writing and Art: Ed Silva, Emiliano Urdinola
MR, Color, 48 pages, ongoing monthly
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Christian Zanier brings the sexy on this series of nine covers that are limited to 250 copies each!
Release Date: Aug-25-2017

Art: Ed Silva, Emiliano Urdinola
MR, Color, 48 pages, ongoing monthly
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: The rumble in the jungle is on as all the forces converge on Saur! Available with these lovely covers: Regular (and nude), Sultry (and nude) by Renato Camilo – Wraparound (and nude) by Raulo Caceres -fully-painted Natural Beauty (and nude) by Jonatas – Luscious (and nude) by Matt Martin – Bikini Babes (and nude) by Ron Adrian – set of six Sirens covers and a three Fetish Adult covers by Christian Zanier – and a Century Nude by Camilo that is limited to just 100 copies!
Release Date: Dec-30-2017


Cover: Christian Zanier
Writer: Pat Shand
Artist: Christian Zanier, Gabriel Andrade
MR, Color, 48 pages, ongoing monthly
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Tanya is poolside dream on this Christian Zanier cover! Each are limited to 350 copies, and available with a Nude and Adult cover.
Release Date: Aug-30-2017

Writer: Pat Shand
Artist: Christian Zanier, Gabriel Andrade
MR, Color, 48 pages, ongoing monthly
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: Ember is unleashed as the action heats up while the Lookers have to get real sexy for their undercover plan! From webcam girls to super spies, this will be a crazy ride from writer Pat Shand and artist Gabriel Andrade! Each issue also has an Ember solo story, written and drawn by Christian Zanier! Available with these sexy covers: Regular (and Nude and Adult), Red Hot (and nude), Wraparound (and nude), two Orgy Adult and a set of six Shellshocked by Christian Zanier – Workout (and nude) and GGA Homage (and nude) by Renato Camilo – Sexy Spies (and nude) by Raulo Caceres – Luscious (and nude) by Matt Martin – and a 50 Shades Homage Nude by Camilo that is limited to just 50 copies!
Release Date: Dec-30-2017

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