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Wednesday Comics: A Return to Storm

Sorcerer's Skull - Wed, 06/12/2019 - 11:00
It's about time I got back to my exploration of the long-running euro-comic Storm. This is a repeat of the beginning of Vandaahl the Destroyer to freshen your memory. Earlier installments can be found here.


Storm: Vandaahl the Destroyer (1987) (part 1)
(Dutch: Vandaahl de Verderver)
Art by Don Lawrence; script by Martin Lodewijk

In a small, strange universe, somewhere in the multiverse, a war which has lasted for millions of years comes to an end. Vandaahl the Destroyer, Lord of Chaos, Agent of Death, is brought before his triumphant enemies. He gloats that he won the moment they chose to take up arms against him, and he relishes the irony that they will now kill him in the name of peace.

But his enemies don't plan to kill him. Instead, he will be locked in the Armor of Eternity. He will be held in stasis until the end of time. They also plan to throw the armor into a black hole. They are unsure of what will happen. The All-Creator will decide his fate.



Apparently, the All-Creator isn't done with Vandaahl. Drawn into the black hole, he isn't destroyed, but instead shunted through a white hole into another universe...


He comes down like a meteorite into the water world where Storm, Ember, and Nomad have been living with a community of fishermen. Nearly drowned in the resulting wave, our heroes decide to dive down and investigate when they see a glow beneath the water. Storm and one of the fishermen don special jellyfish and diving helmets and go down.


The next day, they come back to haul up the armored figure. Storm weirdly has a hard time touching it, like his hand and the figure are two magnets, repelling each other. They take the mysterious figures back to the fisherfolks' nest to take counsel with the elders.

While the adults are talking, children are playing around the figure. They inadvertently activate some controls...


And Vandaahl lives!

TO BE CONTINUED

Superheroic Hooks

Sorcerer's Skull - Mon, 06/10/2019 - 12:24
While not exhaustive, this is a list of recurring story hooks common in superhero comics from the Silver Age on, though focused on the Silver and Bronze Ages. They are geared toward teams of heroes and those of moderate power level, as "street level" heroes can get into adventures just by going on patrol and spotting mundane crime. Still, they are probably useful at any level.

Assault: the heroes are attacked, either individually or as a group.
Challenge: An NPC challenges a hero to some sort of contest, be it combat, a chess match, etc.
Clandestine Attack: Heroes are plagued by some something not immediately recognizable as an attack (poor public relations, bad luck, problems with powers), but actually is.
Clash of Cultures: A misunderstanding or disagreement leads to conflict with heroes from another nation/world.
Crasher: An NPC of uncertain motivation appears in or invades the heroes' base/home.


Disaster: Sort of a natural or unnatural disaster occurs. This may also be a Clandestine Attack.
Doppelganger: A duplicate of one or more heroes or supporting cast members appears, either amnesic or claiming to be the genuine article.
Framed!: A hero or supporting cast member appears to be guilty of a major crime.
Gift: Heroes receive a mysterious item, base, or job offer.
Harbinger/Messenger: A stranger arrives either announcing the arrival of a greater threat, or to seek the heroes' help in stopping this threat.
Invasion: An attack by a force from another world, country, or time.

Invitation: Heroes are invited to a research facility, upscale party, movie studio, foreign country or the like.
Kidnapped: One or more of the heroes is kidnapped.
Manipulation: The heroes are being maneuvered into a course of action advantageous for the villain.
Masquerade: Someone is pretending to be one or more of the heroes.
New Hero: A new hero of uncertain motives appears either as a rival or aid to the heroes.
Quest: Similar to the challenge, but the heroes must overcome some challenge to acquire an item or achieve some other goal.


Return: A long-missing hero reappears.
Siege: An Assault of some sort traps the heroes in their base or home.
Shutdown: A political/public relations issue leads to authorities threatening action against the heroes.
Villain Multiplied: Previously solo villains form a team.
Upgrade: A villain or hero has a mysterious increase in power.

Diamond Announces Top Products for May 2019

First Comics News - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 15:00

(BALTIMORE, MD) — (June 10, 2019) — A techno-virus turns a tenth of Earth’s population into monstrous creatures and the Justice League is all that stands in the way of total disaster in Tom Taylor, Trevor Hairsine, and Stefano Gaudiano’s DCeased #1 from DC Comics, the best-selling comic book of May 2019 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 dollar share of 40.46% and a unit share of 39.75%. DC placed second with a 28.22% dollar share and a 38.58% unit share. In third was Image Comics with a 6.88% dollar share and a 5.53% unit share. Dark Horse Comics ranked fourth with a 3.78% dollar share and 2.19% unit share, followed by IDW Publishing with a 3.61% dollar share and a 2.98% unit share, then BOOM! Studios with a 2.21% dollar share and a 1.76% unit share, VIZ Media with a 1.84% dollar share and a 0.65% unit share, and Dynamite Entertainment with a 1.78% dollar share and a 1.50% unit share.

In total, DC had six titles in the top ten including Geoff Johns and Gary Frank’s Doomsday Clock #10 at #2, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1 at #3, Snyder and Jock’s The Batman Who Laughs #5 at #5, Batman #70 at #8, and Batman #71 at #9. Marvel Comics had four titles in the top ten: Gerry Duggan and Mike Deodato’s Savage Avengers #1 ranked #4; Nick Spencer, Gerardo Sandoval, and Victor Nava’s Amazing Spider-Man #21 ranked #6; Al Ewing, Joe Bennett, and Ruy Jose’s The Immortal Hulk #17 ranked #7; and Spencer and Humberto Ramos’ Amazing Spider-Man #22 ranked #10. Among the premier publishers, Image Comics’ The Walking Dead #191 ranked #27; Dark Horse Comics’ Stranger Things: Six #1, a prequel to the Netflix series, ranked #82; BOOM! Studios’ Firefly #6 ranked #98; Dynamite Entertainment’s Red Sonja and Vampirella Meet Betty & Veronica #1, a crossover with Archie Comics, ranked #107; and IDW Publishing’s Transformers #4 ranked #156.

Lauren Myracle and Issac Goodhart’s Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale, an original graphic novel from DC’s DC Ink imprint, was May’s best-selling graphic novel. Also in the top ten for DC, DC Super Hero Girls: Spaced Out ranked #6. Dark Horse Comics had three titles in the top ten: The Umbrella Academy volumes 1 and 2 ranked #2 and #4 respectively, and The Legend of Korra Part 1: Ruins of Empire ranked #8. Image Comics had four titles in the top ten: Skottie Young and Jorge Corona’s Middlewest Book 1 ranked #3, East of West Volume 9 ranked #5, Rat Queens Volume 6 ranked #9, and Saga Deluxe Edition Volume 3 ranked #10. Also in the top ten, Al Ewing and Joe Bennett’s The Immortal Hulk Volume 3: Hulk in Hell ranked #7.

VIZ Media’s My Hero Academia: School Briefs Volume 1 was May’s best-selling book.

1000 Toys’ Hellboy: Standard Version 1/12-Scale Figure was May’s best-selling toy. Funko’s PREVIEWS Exclusive POP! Marvel: Spider-Punk Vinyl Figure ranked #2 for the month. Diamond Select Toys had four products in the top ten, led by the Marvel Select: Rogue Action Figure at #3. DC Collectibles had three products in the top ten; their top-selling product, the DC Cover Girls: Wonder Woman by Joëlle Jones Statue, ranked #5.

Paizo Publishing’s Starfinder RPG Beginner Box, an introductory set to the space opera role-playing game, was May’s best-selling game product. Also, Hasbro’s Dungeons & Dragons: Stranger Things Edition, the best-selling game of April, remained in the top ten at #10 for the month.

 

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

40.46%

39.75%

DC COMICS

28.22%

38.58%

IMAGE COMICS

6.88%

5.53%

DARK HORSE COMICS

3.78%

2.19%

IDW PUBLISHING

3.61%

2.98%

BOOM! STUDIOS

2.21%

1.76%

VIZ MEDIA

1.84%

0.65%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

1.78%

1.50%

ONI PRESS

0.84%

0.56%

TITAN COMICS

0.67%

0.49%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

9.72%

9.72%

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

MAY 2019 VS. APRIL 2019

COMICS

15.60%

14.51%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

50.97%

44.63%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

24.51%

16.35%

TOYS

27.91%

46.27%

MAY 2019 VS. MAY 2018

COMICS

-7.81%

-4.30%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

5.36%

-5.36%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-4.15%

-4.38%

TOYS

40.65%

40.25%

YEAR TO DATE 2019 VS. YEAR TO DATE 2018

COMICS

-0.45%

-5.12%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-1.21%

-5.94%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-0.66%

-5.18%

TOYS

23.04%

30.09%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

118

36

0

154

DC COMICS

60

33

0

93

IMAGE COMICS

38

23

0

61

IDW PUBLISHING

37

18

0

55

DARK HORSE COMICS

22

30

0

52

VIZ MEDIA

0

45

0

45

BOOM! STUDIOS

22

13

0

35

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

19

4

0

23

TITAN COMICS

10

6

2

18

ONI PRESS

9

5

0

14

OTHER NON-TOP 10

151

190

27

368

TOTAL

486

403

29

918

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DCEASED #1

$3.99

MAR190464-M DC

2

DOOMSDAY CLOCK #10

$4.99

JAN190585-M DC

3

BATMAN: LAST KNIGHT ON EARTH #1 (MR)

$5.99

MAR190458-M DC

4

SAVAGE AVENGERS #1

$4.99

MAR190757-M MAR

5

THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #5

$4.99

MAR190495-M DC

6

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #21

$3.99

MAR190831-M MAR

7

THE IMMORTAL HULK #17

$3.99

MAR190845-M MAR

8

BATMAN #70

$3.99

MAR190487-M DC

9

BATMAN #71

$3.99

MAR190489-M DC

10

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #22

$3.99

MAR190835-M MAR

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DCEASED #1

$3.99

MAR190464-M DC

2

BATMAN: LAST KNIGHT ON EARTH #1 (MR)

$5.99

MAR190458-M DC

3

DOOMSDAY CLOCK #10

$4.99

JAN190585-M DC

4

THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS #5

$4.99

MAR190495-M DC

5

SAVAGE AVENGERS #1

$4.99

MAR190757-M MAR

6

THE IMMORTAL HULK #17

$3.99

MAR190845-M MAR

7

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #21

$3.99

MAR190831-M MAR

8

WAR OF REALMS #3

$4.99

MAR190765-M MAR

9

WAR OF REALMS #4

$4.99

MAR190773-M MAR

10

BATMAN #70

$3.99

MAR190487-M DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

UNDER THE MOON: A CATWOMAN TALE TP

$16.99

JAN190554 DC

2

THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY VOL. 1: THE APOCALYPSE SUITE TP

$17.99

SEP108136 DAR

3

MIDDLEWEST BOOK 1 TP (MR)

$9.99

MAR190092-M IMA

4

THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY VOL. 2: DALLAS TP

$17.99

DEC098005 DAR

5

EAST OF WEST VOL. 9 TP

$16.99

FEB190059 IMA

6

DC SUPER HERO GIRLS: SPACED OUT TP

$9.99

JAN190555 DC

7

THE IMMORTAL HULK VOL. 3: HULK IN HELL TP

$15.99

FEB190998 MAR

8

LEGEND OF KORRA PART 1: RUINS OF EMPIRE TP

$10.99

JAN190482 DAR

9

RAT QUEENS VOL. 6: INFERNAL PATH TP (MR)

$16.99

MAR190119 IMA

10

SAGA DELUXE EDITION VOL. 3 HC (MR)

$49.99

MAR190127 IMA

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN OMNIBUS VOL. 4 HC

$125.00

NOV181004-M MAR

2

SAGA DELUXE EDITION VOL. 3 HC (MR)

$49.99

MAR190127 IMA

3

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN BY J. MICHAEL STRACZYNSKI OMNIBUS VOL. 1  HC

$125.00

NOV181006 MAR

4

THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY VOL. 1: THE APOCALYPSE SUITE TP

$17.99

SEP108136 DAR

5

UNDER THE MOON: A CATWOMAN TALE TP DC INK

$16.99

JAN190554 DC

6

THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY VOL. 2: DALLAS TP

$17.99

DEC098005 DAR

7

EAST OF WEST VOL. 9 TP

$16.99

FEB190059 IMA

8

SIX DAYS: THE INCREDIBLE STORY OF D-DAY’S LOST CHAPTER HC

$24.99

FEB190468 DC

9

ABSOLUTE BATMAN: THE BLACK MIRROR HC

$99.99

AUG180594 DC

10

BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT HC

$29.99

JAN198939 DC

TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

MY HERO ACADEMIA: SCHOOL BRIEFS VOL. 1 SC

$10.99

FEB192175 VIZ

2

LULU IS A RHINOCEROS

$16.99

FEB188267 WIC

3

DOCTOR WHO: SCRATCHMAN HC

$23.99

DEC181681 PEN

4

OVERLORD VOLUME 10 HC (MR)

$20.00

MAR192224 YEN

5

BLOODBORNE: OFFICIAL ARTWORKS SC

$44.99

MAR172148 UDO

6

TALES OF THE LOST CITADEL PROSE ANTHOLOGY SC

$15.99

JAN193197 GRE

7

THE SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOL. 141 SC

$14.95

FEB191942 SAN

8

AVENGERS ENDGAME: OFFICIAL MOVIE SPECIAL HC

$19.99

JAN192125 TTN

9

DOCTOR WHO: 13 DOCTORS 13 STORIES SC

$17.99

DEC181677 PEN

10

DOCTOR WHO: THE WOMEN WHO LIVED HC

$23.99

FEB188707 PEN

TOP 10 TOYS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

HELLBOY: STANDARD VERSION 1/12-SCALE FIGURE MAY189233 100

2

POP! MARVEL: SPIDER-PUNK VINYL FIGURE SEP188215 FUN

3

MARVEL SELECT: ROGUE ACTION FIGURE SEP182338 DST

4

MARVEL GALLERY: SPIDER-MAN COMIC PVC FIGURE SEP182341 DST

5

DC COVER GIRLS: WONDER WOMAN BY JOELLE JONES STATUE OCT180633 DC

6

DARK KNIGHTS METAL: BATMAN THE DAWNBREAKER STATUE OCT180626 DC

7

MARVEL SELECT: JUGGERNAUT ACTION FIGURE JUN101512 DST

8

DC GALLERY METAL: THE RED DEATH PVC FIGURE OCT182228 DST

9

ONE-12 COLLECTIVE: MARVEL: BLADE ACTION FIGURE MAR188185 MEZ

10

BATMAN BLACK & WHITE STATUE: WHITE KNIGHT JOKER BY SEAN MURPHY NOV180600 DC

TOP 10 GAMES BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

STARFINDER RPG BEGINNER BOX FEB193069 PAI

2

CRITICAL ROLE: TAL’DOREI CAMPAIGN SETTING HC JUN173357 GRE

3

THE EXPANSE RPG HC NOV182869 GRE

4

MY HERO ACADEMIA CARD GAME JUL183082 S7

5

STARFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK HC JUN173371 PAI

6

PATHFINDER PAWNS BESTIARY BOX FEB168541 PAI

7

TOME OF BEASTS HC JUN168476 PAI

8

THE EXPANSE RPG: GAME MASTERS KIT HC NOV182870 GRE

9

PATHFINDER RPG: CORE RULEBOOK POCKET EDITION APR168770 PAI

10

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: STRANGER THINGS EDITION JAN198565 HAS

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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.

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Humanoids Previews URBAN LEGENDZ

First Comics News - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 14:58

Humanoids Previews URBAN LEGENDZ, The All Ages Graphic Novel Debut

From Acclaimed Animators Nick Bruno, Paul Downs, and Michael Yates

What if all of the urban legends we all fear…were real?

In URBAN LEGENDZ, a group of young vigilantes dedicates themselves to solving a series of supernatural crimes in Brooklyn.

After his mother’s death, Dwayne is forced to uproot himself and move into the home where his mother grew up: a shabby apartment in Brooklyn. When your dad is a police officer, and your brother’s too cool for school, what’s an insecure teen supposed to do? Dwayne’s personal problems are cast aside when he joins a new crew of young vigilantes, devoted to solving a series of sinister cases surrounding mysterious monsters that have been wreaking havoc throughout the city.

Acclaimed animators Nick Bruno, Paul Downs, and Michael Yates make their graphic novel debut with a spooky, supernatural graphic novel for readers of all ages.

“At first glance, URBAN LEGENDZ appears to be a supernatural trip into nostalgia. But when you read between the lines, you’ll discover a timeless message about how having a few good friends, can help us all overcome the “monsters” we’ll face in our lives.”—Nick Bruno

“Our goal with Urban Legendz was to tell a supernatural story with meaning. A nostalgic adventure, centered around a diverse group of friends who are dealing with present-day social issues (family dynamics, homelessness, gentrification). I grew up in a city, where our childhood adventures may have looked a little bit different than the classic Spielbergian suburbs, but were equally as magical. This was our opportunity to tell one of those stories. After all, why should the suburbs have all the fun?”—Paul Downs

“As a kid, I grew up on a steady diet of comics and animation. In middle school, I’d take some of my favorite animation worlds, like Akira, and Dragonball Z and do my own comic spinoffs. I’d take a stack of printer paper stapled together and lose hours drawing and telling stories. The biggest difference being my stories would include characters that looked like me. This has been a goal of mine since I’ve entered into the animation industry and now into comics. I just want that little black kid in rural Indiana to see himself in some of the stories he was lost in.”—Michael Yates

Humanoids will publish URBAN LEGENDZ in bookstores on June 11th and in comic shops on June 12th.

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Beast Kingdom Celebrates a Pair of Mighty Marvel Heroes With PREVIEWS Exclusive D-Stage Statues

First Comics News - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 14:37

(BALTIMORE, MD) — (June 7, 2019) — Beast Kingdom and Diamond Comic Distributors are celebrating two of Marvel’s mightiest heroes with two brand new PREVIEWS Exclusive D-Stage diorama statues! Featuring the Sorcerer Supreme and Capt. Carol Danvers, these two D-Stage statues honor Doctor Strange and Captain Marvel. 

The all-powerful Sorcerer Supreme, a Wizard without match, one who has mastered the elements, seen other dimensions and returned even wiser and more powerful! As seen in the classic comics, this DS-020 Dr. Strange is proudly delivered by Beast Kingdom. The PREVIEWS Exclusive Marvel Comics Doctor Strange DS-020 D-Stage 6IN Statue delicately recreates the classic pose of Dr. Strange from the comics. With the sorcerer levitating and the Sanctum Santorum (the Holy of Holies), as a backdrop, this diorama is the perfect setup for your collection!

One of the most powerful superheroes in the Marvel comic universe, Captain Marvel has now officially burst out of the comic pages and joined the ranks of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as the latest Avenger! As seen in the comics, Beast Kingdom proudly presents the latest in the D-Stage Staging Your Dreams line of dioramas: the PREVIEWS Exclusive Marvel Comics Captain Marvel DS-019 D-Stage 6IN Statue! With an extreme attention to detail, this D-Stage features Captain Marvel in her traditional flying pose! Using the latest in manufacturing techniques, this figure recreates her classic costume of red, blue and gold, even replicating the transparent effects of her energy trail when in flight or in the middle battle.

The PREVIEWS Exclusive Marvel Comics Doctor Strange DS-020 D-Stage 6IN Statue (APR198860; SRP $29.99) and Captain Marvel DS-019 D-Stage 6IN Statue (APR198859; SRP $29.99) are now available for pre-order at comic shops, with an expected release date of February 26, 2020. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com.

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Weird Revisited: Mo' Mummies

Sorcerer's Skull - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 11:00
The original version of this post appeared in 2013. The tomb is reopened...

MUMMY, BOG
These mummies were naturally created but are instead products of being buried in peat bogs. They aren't wrapped in bandages, their skin in tanned black, and they are more flexible than their fellows due to calcium phosphate in the bones being dissolved by bog acid. They only do 1d8 damage and have one less hit dice, but they can vomit acid for 1d4 damage.


MUMMY, GIANT
Humans weren't the only ones to be mummified, or to rise as fearsome undead monsters. Giant mummies have hit dice one better than what ever giant humanoid their size resembles or one better than standard mummy hit dice, whichever is better. They have all the standard mummy abilities, except (in some cases) mummy rot. (Check out Gomdulla above statted here.)

MUMMY, LOVELORN
These mummies got caught in a forbidden romance and were mummified as punishment. When first revived, they look like regular mummies and have all the pertinent abilities, but within 1d4 days, they shed their wraps (and most of their powers) in favor of a brooding, exotic charm. They typically become convinced someone is the reincarnation of a long dead love, and will go about trying to woo the lost lover, killing those that get in the way. They are able to Charm (as per spell).


MUMMY, WELL-PRESERVED
These mummies have several unusual traits--most obvious of which is they are as attractive as the day they died, instead of being desiccated corpses. They don't have the mummy rot or the fearful reaction, but to do possess a charm ability (as per the spell). Typically, some sort of ritual is needed to fully resurrect one (involving some sort of item important to them in life and several blood sacrifices) of these mummies, but until then they are able to exert their will by control of others.

ZENESCOPE ENTERTAINMENT AUGUST 2019 SOLICITATIONS

First Comics News - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 02:57

BELLE OATH OF THORNS #2
JUN192067
(W) Dave Franchini
After the shocking events of last issue, Belle’s life is thrown back into the fire. Now, left with more questions than ever and with no time to get to bottom of these new mysteries, she must head to a place that could hold the key to all of her troubles, but what she finds there may be something that has been waiting for her all this time.
In Shops: Aug 07, 2019
SRP: $3.99

DRAGONSBLOOD #4 (OF 4)
JUN192071
(W) Nick Bermel (A) Jason Muhr
Riding high after their sound defeat of Bloodaxe, Sigurd and Freya accept Ivar’s challenge to meet his army in battle. As Sig’s condition worsens, however, his confidence in himself begins to wane. Dark secrets, shocking revelations, sinister magic, and more await in the jaw-dropping conclusion of Dragonsblood: The Legend of Sigurd!
In Shops: Aug 07, 2019
SRP: $3.99

 

GFT GRIMM TALES OF TERROR HC VOL 02 (AUG162189)
JUN192083
(W) Ralph Tedesco, Joe Brusha, Pat Shand, Troy Brownfield, Anne Toole, LaToya Morgan, Lou Iovino (A) Various
Horror returns to comics with Zenescope Entertainment’s frightening and fun Grimm Tales of Terror Anthology Volume 2! From the classic literature of Poe and Hawthorne to modern day urban legends, this series re-imagines the creepy stories you know and love for a new generation of readers! Keres, the goddess of death, loves to punish those who she deems deserving of her wrath, and many unsuspecting people who cross her path are about to learn a harsh lesson about morality. This gorgeous 300 page hardcover collects 13 issues of one of the best comic book horror titles currently on shelves!
In Shops: Jul 17, 2019
SRP: $39.99

GRIMM FAIRY TALES #31
JUN192058
(W) Dave Franchini
Skye’s trip to the realm of Oz has been anything but welcoming. Now, in the grasp of the deadly Skarab queen, all hope looks to be lost. Does the guardian of the realms have enough fight left in her to turn the tide of her dire situation, or will her search for the artifacts of Camelot be cut short along with her life.
In Shops: Aug 28, 2019
SRP: $3.99

GRIMM UNIVERSE PRESENTS FALL 2019
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(W) Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco, Dave Franchini
As the Grimm Universe continues to grow, new adventures await the many heroes that reside inside it. Don’t miss this 64-page issue of epic proportions, as we get 5 all-new, never-released short stories, spanning from all corners of the realms of power, leading into the future of all things Grimm!
In Shops: Aug 21, 2019
SRP: $7.99

OZ HEART OF MAGIC #5 (OF 5)
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(W) Terry Kavanagh (A) Marcelo Mueller
Even with the aid of some unexpected forces, Dorothy and her friends are losing the fight to reclaim the Emerald City. To finally defeat the Wizard, Dorothy must risk losing herself once again to the Gem of Zamora. And there must always be a balance to magic. So, even if the Emerald City is restored to its glory, what will be the cost to Oz itself?
In Shops: Aug 28, 2019
SRP: $3.99

 

SATANS HOLLOW HC (JUL162197)
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(W) Joe Brusha (A) Allan Otero (CA) Fran Gamboa, Juan Carlos Ruiz
Near the turn of the 21st century, a satanic cult begins to perform experimental rituals in the Ohio woods. These rituals become more and more disturbing and eventually lead to the ultimate evil – human sacrifice. A string of sacrifices eventually open a portal within the hollow that leads directly to hell… But is this all just an urban legend? Now, twenty years later, the last surviving victim of the cult has returned, and something immensely evil has arrived along with her. It’s an entity known only as the Shadow Man. One of Zenescope’s scariest titles in years is here! Collects Satan’s Hollow #1-6.
In Shops: Jul 10, 2019
SRP: $24.99

VAN HELSING VS DRACULAS DAUGHTER #1 (OF 5)
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(W) Raven Gregory (A) Allan Otero
Liesel Van Helsing returns in a brand new series that is set to shake the inventive huntress to
her core. A mysterious being, hell-bent on revenge, rises from Helsing’s long forgotten past with secrets that could very well destroy Helsing and all she holds dear. Don’t miss this exciting new series written by fan-favorite Wonderland writer, Raven Gregory, and artist extraordinaire, Allan Otero! Van Helsing vs Dracula’s Daughter #1 Blank Sketch Cover F also Available!
In Shops: Aug 14, 2019
SRP: $3.99

 

WATCHER #1 (OF 3) (MR)
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(W) Ralph Tedesco (A) Victoria Rau
Disturbia meets The Conjuring in this new 3-issue horror thriller from Zenescope!
A Catholic Deacon and his family relocate to a suburban New England home that’s long been rumored to be haunted by an evil entity. As his teenage daughter, Erica, begins to adjust to her new life, her ongoing bouts with sleep paralysis worsen and she begins to wonder if there really is a presence inside the home. When two of Erica’s high school friends are brutally murdered, she starts to suspect the creepy neighbor who she’s seen watching her through his window. The Watcher # 1 Blank Sketch Cover C also Available!
In Shops: Aug 14, 2019
SRP: $5.99

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FCN Podcast #41: Sham Comics, Neon Future, Star Wars, Dragonfly & Dragonflyman

First Comics News - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 01:00
First Comics News Podcast #41

This episode we will talk about:

Sham Comics #1

Neon Future #3

Dragonfly & Dragonflyman #1

The Wrong Earth series

Star Wars #108

Star Wars: Age of Rebellion – Luke Skywalker #1

The Swamp Thing TV Show


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Major First Appearance of “Fred” in Joss Whedon’s ANGEL #2 From BOOM! Studios

First Comics News - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 00:52

Discover Your First Look At The Red-Hot Reimagining of Joss Whedon’s Pop Culture Phenomenon

LOS ANGELES, CA (June 6, 2019) – BOOM! Studios, in partnership with 20th Century Fox Consumer Products, along with visionary writer and director Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Marvel’s The Avengers), today revealed a first look at ANGEL #2, written by Bryan Edward Hill (Detective Comics, Killmonger) with art from Gleb Melnikov (Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers), featuring the first appearance of fan favorite Winifred “Fred” Burkle, available in stores June 26, 2019.

Meet Angel – a vampire cursed with a soul who has spent centuries protecting humanity from the monsters that lurk in the dark…including himself. Now, looking for redemption for the atrocities committed by the monster he was when he was first turned at the age of 18, Angel stumbles upon a new demon uprising and a shocking truth: The restoration of his humanity can only come if he takes one more life – a certain Slayer from Sunnydale who he’s never met…but may now be his greatest enemy.

Angel is in Sunnydale, searching for a cure to his centuries-long existence as a vampire cursed with a soul, but all he’s found is even more death, the loss of a loved one, and a mysterious monster that he can’t see or follow, that uses the evil mirror of social media and modern communication to lure victims into an existence worse than death. Can Angel catch up to the monster before it can take the lives of any other Sunnydale teens? And what exactly does the monster want with a young, troubled woman named Winifred Burkle?

ANGEL #2 features a main cover by artist Dan Panosian (Slots, Batman: Arkham Knight) and variant covers by artists Scott Buoncristiano (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Will Sliney (Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge) and Adam Gorham (Punk Mambo).

Created by visionary writer and director Joss Whedon (Marvel’s The Avengers film franchise), Angel premiered on the WB Network on October 5th, 1999 and was a spin-off from Buffy The Vampire Slayer. The series ran for five seasons from 1999-2004, starring David Boreanaz as Angel, the tortured vampire destined to walk the earth with a soul who moved to LA to set up shop as a supernatural private investigator. Despite Angel’s best efforts to deal with the sins of his past all by himself, Angel Investigations soon became home to other lost souls searching for redemption and willing to fight by his side.

ANGEL is the newest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to critically acclaimed original series, including Once & Future by Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora; Faithless by Brian Azzarello and Maria Llovet; Abbott from Saladin Ahmed and Sami Kivelä; Bury The Lede from Gaby Dunn and Claire Roe; Grass Kings from Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins; and Klaus from Grant Morrison and Dan Mora. The imprint also publishes popular licensed properties including Joss Whedon’s Firefly from Greg Pak and Dan McDaid; Buffy The Vampire Slayer from Jordie Bellaire and David Lopez; and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers from Ryan Parrott and Danielle Di Nicuolo.

Print copies of ANGEL #2 will be available for sale on June 26, 2019 exclusively at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one). Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.

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

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Valiant Announces the KILLERS #1-5 Pre-Order Edition Bundle

First Comics News - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 00:50

Longtime comics artist Whilce Portacio to provide covers for all five issues


KILLERS #1 Pre-Order Edition Cover by Whilce Portacio

New York, NY (June 6, 2019) – Valiant is thrilled to announce the KILLERS #1-5 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE, the latest in the publisher’s initiative to allow readers to order a complete story arc or an entire run of a limited series in advance. Each KILLERS Pre-Order Edition issue will feature a cover rendered by comics luminary Whilce Portacio (Uncanny X-Men, The Punisher, Wetworks) and contain an extra eight pages of bonus material.

Written by B. Clay Moore (SAVAGE, Hawaiian Dick) and drawn by Fernando Dagnino (Superman, Suicide Squad), the Bundle is available to pre-order now at local comic book shops by the final order cutoff (FOC) date of Monday, July 8th. Issue #1 is set to debut on Wednesday, July 31st.

In KILLERS, five elite assassins are recruited by their former sensei to perform a deadly task for him, but what does he want from them, and what do they gain from helping him?

Released monthly from July 2019 through November 2019, each 40-page PRE-ORDER EDITION issue comes packed with cool extras—including creator commentary, behind-the-scenes looks at the creation of the comics, character designs, and cover galleries—that can’t be found anywhere else. Each issue is priced at $3.99, the same price as the regular-edition copies!

KILLERS #1
Written by B. CLAY MOORE
Art by FERNANDO DAGNINO
Cover A by JONBOY MEYERS (MAY192008)
Cover B by DIEGO BERNARD (MAY192009)
Cover C by KEN LASHLEY (MAY192010)
Blank Cover (MAY192011)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale JULY 31st (FOC – JULY 8th)

 
Cover A by Jonboy Meyers        Cover B by Diego Bernard  

                                    Cover C by Ken Lashley                    Blank Cover               KILLERS #1-5 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE
Written by B. CLAY MOORE
Art by FERNANDO DAGNINO
Covers by WHILCE PORTACIO (Issue #1: MAY192012)

$3.99 each [5 Issues] | 40 pgs. each | T+ | Issue #1 On Sale JULY 31st (FOC – JULY 8th)

 

 
KILLERS #1 – Pre-Order Edition Cover by Whilce Portacio

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Sweeney Boo and Lylian’s EAT AND LOVE YOURSELF From BOOM! Studios

First Comics News - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 00:44

Discover a Deeply Personal Story About the Magic of Learning to Accept and Love Yourself in April 2020

LOS ANGELES, CA (June 6, 2019) – BOOM! Studios today announced a brand new original graphic novel, based on the successful Kickstarter campaign, from the creative duo of cartoonist Sweeney Boo (Love Is Love) and co-writer Lylian (Ellana), EAT AND LOVE YOURSELF, about a young woman who struggles with society’s image of her body and personhood then finds a magical item that takes her on an incredible journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance, available in stores April 2020.

Mindy is a young woman living with an eating disorder and trapped in a battle for her own self-worth. When she accidentally discovers something that will give her a chance to revisit her past—the relationships she’s lost, the mistakes she’s made, all of it— she thinks she has a chance to undo every wrong turn, to put her life back on track. But will she be able to find a way back to her present, and just as important, a way to treat herself with love and kindness, at any size?

Sweeney Boo is a comic artist and illustrator living in Montreal, Canada. She started working as a comic letterer and colorist for French publishers right after graduation, while pursuing her dream of being a comic artist. She made her comic debut during the summer 2016 when she created a cover and a short story for Image Comics’ Rat Queens. In 2017, she worked on the costume designs of America Chavez, Inferno, and Patriot for the show “Marvel Rising,” combining two of her favorite things, fashion and superheroes. Boo now does work for various publishers including BOOM! Studios, Archie Comics, IDW, Marvel, and Image Comics.

“Working on EAT AND LOVE YOURSELF is a true healing experience for me. I suffered from an eating disorder in my early twenties, and while I was working on myself and getting better, I discovered how taboo and difficult of a subject it was to talk about.” said writer and artist, Sweeney Boo. “This book is for everyone who has a difficult relationship with their body, or just themselves… I want to show everyone that they’re beautiful the way they are.”

Lylian is a comic book writer from France. In 2004, Les Humanoids Associés published his first book, L’Éveil du Kurran, designed by Dune and co-written by Nori. In 2010, Lylian adapted novelist Pierre Bottero’s The Quest of Ewilan whose first book is published in the Éditions Glénat in 2013. Passionate about comic books, literature, and cinema, Lylian currently writes several comic book series, adaptations, and original stories that highlight his interest in psychology.

“Working on EAT AND LOVE YOURSELF is first and foremost a human, sincere, profound encounter with Sweeney Boo, who has been carrying this story for years.” said artist, Lylian. “I am honored to be a part of this book that holds such personal meaning for Sweeney.”

EAT AND LOVE YOURSELF is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ award-winning BOOM! Box imprint, home to groundbreaking original series such as Lumberjanes by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Brooklyn Allen, and Noelle Stevenson; Giant Days by John Allison, Lissa Treiman, and Max Sarin; The Avant-Guards by Carly Usdin and Noah Hayes; Misfit City by Kiwi Smith, Kurt Lustgarten, and Naomi Franquiz; Fence by C.S. Pacat and Johanna The Mad; and Goldie Vance by Hope Larson and Brittney Williams.

EAT AND LOVE YOURSELF is a timely and deeply personal story about battling society’s expectations and learning to unpack all the toxicity of impossible standards,” said Shannon Watters, Senior Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Sweeney and Lylian bring Sweeney’s own experiences to life in a story that’s magical, moving, and a triumph for people everywhere who fight every day to love who they are.”

Print copies of EAT AND LOVE YOURSELF will be available for sale in April 2020 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one), bookstores or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.

For more on EAT AND LOVE YOURSELF and other projects from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.

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On The Fly Design Testing

The Splintered Realm - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 00:42
Two weeks ago, my daughter Grace said she wanted to try playing one of my games...

After I picked my jaw up off the floor and stopped crying tears of joy, she rolled up a superhero and I took her through a short adventure. She actually liked it.

Then, last week, she said she wanted to try the fantasy game, and she made an elf scout, and I made a dwarf myrmidon. We went through part of the introductory adventure from the core rules and had fun. She wanted to play again tonight...

I decided to play test a system that I have had on the back burner for years, and which I think I read about somewhere else, but I have no idea where (I am not claiming originality on this; I am sure one of you can point me to where I got it from).

Roll 2d6:
3+  Probably
5 + Likely
7+  Maybe
9+  Unlikely
11+Very Unlikely

A roll of 2 is always NO; 12 is always YES.

You build the dungeon on the fly by asking questions and rolling 2d6. Before you roll, you decide the likelihood of an event happening... Is there a door? (Maybe, so yes on a roll of 7 or better) If so, it it locked (probably, so yes on a roll of 3 or better). Is the lock trapped (unlikely, so yes on a roll of 9 or better). Once the door is open... is there a monster in here (Maybe). Does the monster have treasure (unlikely). Is there anything else interesting in the room (unlikely). Is it a magic pool (very unlikely)... and so it goes...

Here's the map of the adventure we created in this way. I planned NONE of this, but we ended up exploring an underground river behind a waterfall in elfin lands that used to be a dragon's lair. We found the bones of the dragon (long dead), were attacked by a pack of swimming rats, and encountered three water-spirit elves at the base of a 10' waterfall that attacked us but then gave us a figurine of wondrous power when they realized they were going to be destroyed. It was a great adventure that I never would have designed on my own, and as we went Grace started asking questions and deciding on things without my prompting, which was fun to see as well.


NO COMPROMISE. NO MERCY.

First Comics News - Fri, 06/07/2019 - 00:36

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Benefits of a Healthy Mind

First Comics News - Thu, 06/06/2019 - 22:30

Just like how being healthy physically helps us stay strong and fit, being healthy mentally helps us achieve life satisfaction. With a healthy mind, we can enjoy our life, environment, and people better. There are numerous benefits of having a healthy mind and we are here to share with you a few of those.

5 Benefits of being mentally healthy: –

  1.   Money: – Money and mental health are related to each other. Poor mental health means managing money is harder and worrying about money makes your mental health worse, so basically, you need one in order to perfect the other. With an unhealthy mind, you will barely be able to work and will find yourself taking leave of absence every now and then which will affect your income.

Being good with money will definitely help your mental health, and a good way to do that is educating yourself about banking and finance. You can try checking websites, like https://letmebank.com, to find information about baking and finance.

  1. Sleep better: – Sleep is something science still has not fully figured out, but one thing is for sure, our brain goes through an absurd amount of activities when we sleep. A good sleep usually lasts for 8 to 9 hours and deficiency of sleep will affect all other aspects of your life.

Sleeping for 8-9 hours will definitely make you feel more energetic throughout the day and will help you deal with stress, anxiety, and depression.

But how can you sleep peacefully if you are mentally unstable? With bad mental health, you will often find yourself lying on your bed with your eyes open. Unhealthy mental health causes a deficiency in sleep which in turn makes you feel exhausted, and it affects all other aspects of your life. Once you start becoming mentally healthy, you will find yourself getting in a healthy sleeping pattern.

  1. Helps you analyze your habits: – A great way to improve your lifestyle is analyzing your daily habits. You need to pay close attention to your daily habits in order to figure out which ones are beneficial to you and which ones are not. It is recommended to exercise at least 30 minutes every day, eat healthily, give up smoking or drinking and have around 8 hours of sleep.

All these things help in making one’s life healthier, and having good mental health is essential in order to build these habits and get rid of the ones that pull you down.

  1. Keeps your brain in shape: – We always talk about keeping our body in shape and working out to become physically healthy. Exercising is no doubt a great thing, it helps prevent heart diseases and diabetes.

But mental fitness is just as important as physical fitness. Mental fitness keeps your mind sharp and helps you deal with things like stress, anxiety, and depression. It also helps you boost your memory.

  1. Keeps you positive: – Positive affirmations have been around for a long time and they do wonders to people. With good mental health, you will be able to stay positive in life. No matter what happens, you will be able to find some good in it. Having a positive outlook on life is extremely important in today’s world and if you do not talk positively to yourself, then start doing it. You can start by making a list of all your good qualities, and remind yourself that you don’t have to be perfect.

Conclusion: –

There you go, these are the 5 benefits of having a healthy mind. Make sure to understand how important mental health is along with physical health and always stay positive. Have a nice day!

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Baltimore Comic-Con Welcomes Back Jim Steranko in 2019

First Comics News - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 19:33

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – June 5, 2019 – The Baltimore Comic-Con will be held at the Inner Harbor’s Baltimore Convention Center on October 18-20, 2019. The Baltimore Comic-Con is happy to announce the return of comics industry legend Jim Steranko. Purchase your tickets now on the Baltimore Comic-Con website.

Jim Steranko has cut a ferocious path through the entertainment arts, with a dozen successful careers to his credit: author, magician, illustrator, escape artist, historian. He is cited as one of the prime architects of Marvel Comics and the co-creator of Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. He also wrote and drew Captain America, The Hulk, Superman, and The X-Men (for which he designed the classic title logo); generated more than 150 original storytelling devices and techniques that changed the direction of the comics medium; and evolved a devoted cult of followers who have nicknamed him The Innovator.

Wizard magazine credits Steranko as the 5th Most Influential Artist in the history of the form. He has painted a multitude of movie posters, record albums, and book covers; and in 1975, created Red Tide, the First Modern Graphic Novel. As the editor-publisher of the international newsstand entertainment magazine Prevue, he conducted hundreds of superstar interviews and penned more than three million words. He numbers among his friends and associates writers Mickey Spillane, Arthur C. Clarke, and Ray Bradbury; the animation giants Ralph Bakshi and Shamus Culhane; and directors Federico Fellini, John Huston, and Orson Welles. As a musician, he gigged with Bill Haley in the early days of rock ‘n’ roll; as a pop-culture icon, he has appeared at more than 350 international events and exhibited his work worldwide, including at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC and the Louvre in Paris; his two volumes of The History of Comics have sold more than 100,000 copies each; as an escape artist, his death-defying performances inspired the character Mister Miracle and, according to Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Chabon, he was the man upon which the protagonist of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Klay was based; and more-photographer, ad agency art director, sideshow fire-eater, male model, typographer, designer…the list goes on.

As a filmmaker, he collaborated with Steven Spielberg, George Lucas – for whom he created the look of Indiana Jones – and Francis Ford Coppola on some of their most popular films. He served as Creative Consultant for the History Channel’s two-hour documentary Comic-Book Superheroes-Unmasked; shook up Twitter with his innovative TNT technique (visit his live Sunday-night sessions by typing in iamsteranko); and is currently prepping An Evening with Steranko for theatrical venues across the country. His recent Captain America covers topped Marvel sales charts; the IDW SHIELD Artist’s Edition sold out before publication (and won an Eisner Award); and the 2017 Overstreet Price Guide – with his Batman cover – had record-breaking sales. His covers on the record-setting Action 1000 and Captain America 700 have polled as fan favorites. Over the past several decades, he has amassed more than 100 highly-commercial Intellectual Properties, his Theatre of Concepts, which range from children’s interactive-learning entertainments to high-action adult digital gaming, from science fiction to superheroes. His vision is to shape, structure, and synthesize character-driven projects with state-of- the-art technology for the World of Tomorrow. And he’s still the best-dressed man in comics. “We have a legend with us,” said Marc Nathan, show promoter for the Baltimore Comic-Con. “This guy has seen and done so much, both in the comics industry and out, it isn’t funny. And sometimes, it’s very funny. Jim’s a man of many stories, and you should make it a point to spend some of your time at the show in his presence — you won’t be disappointed!”

Tickets that are now on sale include:

  • Weekend
  • Friday only
  • Saturday only
  • Sunday only
  • VIP*

As always, children 10 and under are free with a paid adult admission!

Buy Tickets Visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets/ for more information and to purchase your advanced tickets! In addition to on-site CGC grading, this year’s confirmed guests for the show include: Neal Adams (Detective Comics), Arantza (fantasy artist), Brian Azzarello (Batman: Damned), Marty Baumann (Disney/Pixar), Mark Buckingham (Justice League Dark), Jim Calafiore (The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute), Richard Case (Doom Patrol), Castillo Studios, Howard Chaykin (Hey Kids! Comics!), Frank Cho (Harley Quinn), Amy Chu (KISS: The End), Matthew Clark (Injustice: Ground Zero), Steve Conley (The Middle Age), Katie Cook (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic), Kristina Deak-Linsner (Vampirella: Roses for the Dead), Garth Ennis (The Boys, Friday and Saturday only), Ramona Fradon (The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute), Julie Fujii Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo: The Hidden), Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (DC Nation), Gerhard (Cerberus the Aardvark), Juanjo Guarnido (Blacksad),  Bob Hall (West Coast Avengers), Cully Hamner (Batman Beyond), Greg Hildebrandt (Old Man Logan), Adam Hughes (Superman), Jamal Igle (Wrong Earth), Klaus Janson (New Challengers), Justin Jordan (Reaver), Chris Kemple (The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute), Matt Kindt (X-O Manowar), Sharlene Kindt (Dept. H), Tom King (Batman), Greg Land (Hulkverines, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer), Joe Linsner (Red Sonja), Mike Manley (Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Comic), Ron Marz (Turok), John McCrea (Hitman, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Bob McLeod (New Mutants), Carla Speed McNeil (Twisted Romance), Pop Mhan (Raven, Daughter of Darkness), Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez (Ricanstruction: Reminiscing & Rebuilding Puerto Rico), Mark Morales (Justice League), Sean Murphy (Batman: White Knight), Kevin Nowlan (Black Widow, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Greg Pak (Star Wars), Paul Pelletier (Aquaman/Jabberjaw Special), Mike Perkins (Swamp Thing), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Tom Raney (Dog Days of Summer), Afua Richardson (Run), Rafer Roberts (Grumble), Craig Rousseau (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Dimension X), Andy Runton (Owly), Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), Bob Schreck (Batman: Hush), Erica Schultz (Xena: Warrior Princess), Bart Sears (Turok), Louise Simonson (Death of Superman), Walter Simonson (Ragnarok), Andy Smith (Demi-God), Allison Sohn (The Art of Red Sonja, Volume 2), Brian Stelfreeze (Rise of the Black Panther), Jim Steranko (Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.), William Stout (Fantastic Worlds – The Art of William Stout), Ty Templeton (Marvel Super-Hero Adventures, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Billy Tucci (Shi), Robert Venditti (Hawkman), Mark Waid (Avengers: No Road Home), Adam Warren (Empowered And Sistah Spooky’s High School Hell), Lee Weeks (Batman), Bob Wiacek (Iron Man), Marv Wolfman (Raven: Daughter of Darkness, courtesy of Hero Initiative), John Workman (Riverdale), and Kelly Yates (Torchwood).

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BOOM! Studios Announces Presence at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference

First Comics News - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 19:31

Acclaimed Publisher Debuts New Booth, Panel, Exclusives & More in June 2019

LOS ANGELES, CA (June 5, 2019) – BOOM! Studios announced today their presence at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition from June 20-25, 2019 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, in Washington, DC. The publisher, home to award-winning imprints BOOM! Studios, BOOM! Box, KaBOOM!, and Archaia, will host panels and signings throughout the weekend.

The award-winning publisher will return with a curated booth (#1616) environment  with special advance readers copies of hotly anticipated graphic novels including Just Beyond: The Scare School by R.L. Stine and Nicole and Kelly Matthews, The Magicians: Alice’s Story by Lev Grossman, Lilah Sturges and Pius Bak, and Bury the Lede by Gaby Dunn and Claire Roe, as well as advance looks at key 2019 graphic novel titles including The Avant-Guards by Carly Usdin and Noah Hayes, Sparrowhawk by Delilah S. Dawson and Matias Basla, and Ronin Island by Greg Pak and Giannis Milonogiannis.

Throughout the weekend, attendees will also have an opportunity to speak one-on-one with the writers behind some of the most anticipated graphic fiction of 2019 during signing events including:

  • R.L. Stine, the acclaimed bestselling horror author, creator of Goosebumps, Fear Street, and brand new middle grade horror graphic novel series, Just Beyond
  • Carly Usdin, the award-winning filmmaker and author of Prism Award-nominated series Heavy Vinyl and new series, The Avant-Guards.
  • Delilah S. Dawson, the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars; Phasma, who recently penned the comic book series Sparrowhawk and the upcoming Joss Whedon’s Firefly: The Sting.
  • Gaby Dunn, the New York Times bestselling author of Bad with Money, journalist, and actress is the author of the upcoming original graphic novel Bury The Lede
  • Greg Pak, the award-winning comic book writer of the hit reimagining of Joss Whedon’s Firefly, as well as acclaimed original comic book series Ronin Island and Mech Cadet Yu. 

Visit the award-winning publisher’s booth for the exclusive chance to meet your favorite creators. Fans will have the opportunity to get exclusive merchandise signed by these special guests at the BOOM! Studios booth. In addition to visiting the booth for signings and giveaways, attendees are invited to stop by the BOOM! Studios booth for a Happy Hour on Friday evening for a fun social with BOOM! Studios staff and creators, where wine and snacks will be served. BOOM! Studios will also host a booth-exclusive Tea Time between 4-5pm on Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23rd where visitors can indulge in some tea, cookies and comics discussion with BOOM! Studios staff and creators. Schedule below:  

Friday, June 21
6:00PM-7:00PM     Happy Hour at BOOM! Studios

Saturday, June 22
10:00AM-10:45AM     Meet The Author: Greg Pak
12:15PM-1:00PM     Meet The Author: Gaby Dunn
2:00PM-3:00PM     Meet The Author: Carly Usdin
3:30PM-4:30PM     Meet The Author: Delilah S. Dawson
4:00PM-5:00PM     BOOM! Studios Tea Time

Sunday, June 23
10:00AM-11:00AM     Meet The Author: Gaby Dunn
11:00AM-12:00PM     Meet The Author: Delilah S. Dawson
12:00PM-1:00PM     Meet The Author: Greg Pak
1:00PM-2:00PM    Meet The Author: Carly Usdin
3:30PM-4:30PM    Meet The Author: R.L. Stine
4:00PM-5:00PM    BOOM! Studios Tea Time

Monday, June 24
11:45am-12:45pm     Meet The Author: R.L. Stine

BOOM! Studios will host a star-studded roundtable panel discussion on graphic fiction as well as a spotlight panel with acclaimed creator R.L. Stine in discussion with the President-Elect of the GNCRT, Alea Perez, with full details below:

Saturday, June 22
BOOM! STUDIOS: DISCOVERING YOURSELF IN GRAPHIC NOVELS
(11:00am-12:00pm, Room 146B)

The world of graphic novels is bigger and better than ever before – but how do you find a story that really connects with YOU on the deepest levels? Join some of the most acclaimed voices in graphic fiction today including Greg Pak (Joss Whedon’s Firefly), Delilah S. Dawson (Sparrowhawk), Gaby Dunn (Bury The Lede) and Carly Usdin (The Avant-Guards) for a no-holds barred roundtable discussion exploring how graphic novels can help readers better understand the world around them – and the wonders inside of themselves too. Moderated by Arune Singh (VP Marketing, BOOM! Studios).

Monday, June 24
GOING JUST BEYOND WITH R.L. STINE
(10:30-11:30am, Room 154AB)
Join R.L. Stine, the award-winning, bestselling author and creator of Goosebumps and Fear Street, for a discussion about bringing horror to a new generation in Just Beyond, his first-ever original graphic novel series and what it means to create exciting middle grade fiction for modern audiences. Moderated by Alea Perez (President-Elect of the GNCRT).

For more news on BOOM! Studios at ALA Annual, stay tuned to www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.

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NO COMPROMISE. NO MERCY.

First Comics News - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 19:30

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AHOY Comics Previews CAPTAIN GINGER, featuring cats in spaaaaaaace

First Comics News - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 19:22

AHOY Comics Previews CAPTAIN GINGER,

On Sale in Comic Shops Now and on Sale in Bookstores on June 18

Legendary comic book artist June Brigman, inker Roy Richardson, colorist Veronica Gandini and acclaimed writer Stuart Moore have created an epic comic featuring cats united against a hostile universe—and their own worst feline instincts. When the human race died out, the cats inherited the Earth! (Or at least a starship.) The CAPTAIN GINGER trade paperback is available in comic shops now and in bookstores on June 18.

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WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN ALL EXISTENCE HINGES ON YOU?

First Comics News - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 19:13

Evie Pierce Must Figure Out Who She Is and What She Can Do to Help Save the World in Phillip Sevy’s “Triage”

MILWAUKIE, Ore. (June 5, 2019)—Evie Pierce – a dedicated nurse – awakens to an unfamiliar world alongside two strangers—one, a young and snarky superhero; the other, a hardened rebel military commander of a post-apocalyptic world. When a mysterious figure begins to hunt them down, the three women must work together to survive, discover why they were assembled, and how their survival is the key to saving all existence.

Written and illustrated by veteran creator Phillip Sevy (The Freeze, The House, Tomb Raider), Triage is a five-part sci-fi epic that explores the idea of how we measure up when standing beside heroes and legends.

“For my first creator-owned book, I wanted to try and the deliver the biggest, boldest, and craziest story I could through the lens of one singular vision. In Triage, I wanted to go as big and as personal as possible. From writing to penciling to inking to coloring (with amazing letters by Frank Cvetkovic), I’ve been killing myself to deliver a story that is exciting, fun, audacious, and human. Evie has become one of my favorite characters I’ve got to work with. At its core, Triage is about discovering your identity amidst the chaos and enormities of the world around you.”—Phillip Sevy

Triage #1 (of five) goes on sale September 4, 2019, and is available for pre-order at your local comic shop.

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Rob Hanes Adventures Uncovers Deep State Corruption in “Citizen Humbert”!

First Comics News - Wed, 06/05/2019 - 18:04

2018 Inkpot Award recipient Randy Reynaldo to release landmark 20th issue of series

Cartoonist and 2018 Inkpot Award recipient Randy Reynaldo will release the landmark 20th issue of his long-running indie action-adventure series, Rob Hanes Adventures, in July 2019.

Inspired by globetrotting soldier-of-fortune adventure strips like Milton Caniff’s Terry and the Pirates and Roy Crane’s Wash Tubbs and Captain Easy (whose more modern descendants include Jonny Quest and Indiana Jones)—with dashes of humor reminiscent of Will Eisner’s Spirit—Rob Hanes is a 21st century troubleshooter for Justice International, a detective, espionage and security agency rolled into one.

Issue 20 completes a story arc begun in issue 18 — after a divisive and polarizing figure named Chester A. Humbert ascends to the nation’s highest elected office, Justice International is nationalized by the new administration as its own private spy and security agency. When Rob is assigned to track down Humbert’s missing daughter, however, his investigation uncovers evidence of deep corruption and moral decay in the nation’s highest office and its most senior advisors.

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