DUBAI, UAE and STAMFORD, Conn., APRIL 24, 2017 – WWE® (NYSE: WWE) today announced that it will visit the United Arab Emirates this week in search of the next generation of WWE Superstars by holding a four-day talent tryout in Dubai from April 26-29.
The event, which will be hosted at the newly constructed Dubai Opera House, will give 40 men and women from the Middle East and India the opportunity to showcase their abilities in the hopes of being recruited to begin training at the state-of-the-art WWE Performance Center in the United States. The talent pool will comprise elite performers with a diverse background in sports and athletics, including power lifters, body builders, martial artists and fitness experts.
“WWE is dedicated to finding the most talented athletes and entertainers from around the world,” said Paul “Triple H®” Levesque, WWE Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events and Creative. “Not only are the Middle East and India important markets to grow our business and reach new fans, but they are also key regions from which to recruit premier athletes who want to pursue the dream of becoming a WWE Superstar.”
The Dubai tryout is the latest example of WWE’s global talent recruiting efforts. In recent years, WWE has scouted rugby and soccer players from Europe, Kabaddi and Kushti athletes from India, and martial artists and boxers from China. In 2016, WWE held a talent tryout in Shanghai, which resulted in the signing of eight Chinese recruits, including Tian Bing, the company’s first-ever Chinese Superstar.
Writer(s): Zag Entertainment
Artist Name(s): Zag Entertainment
Cover Artist(s): Zag Entertainment
Arranged and Adapted by: Cheryl Black and Nicole D’Andria
Fred Haprele was supposed to play the part of a Mime at the premiere of a show, but his stand-in manages to have Fred miss it. Betrayed, Fred gets akumatized and turns into Le Mime, and he’s determined to prevent the performance from happening.
64 pgs./ E / FC $4.99
COUGAR AND CUB #4 (Digital Only)
Writer(s): Nick Marino, Rosie Knight
Artist Name(s): Daniel Arruda Massa
Cover Artist(s): Daniel Arruda Massa
Cougar’s been ambushed in the Cat Hole and Cub’s out for revenge! Eager to make amends after his hysterical hissy fit, he’s got his eyes on the city’s big bads but ends up running head first into Megaville’s biggest baby.
Plus, backtrack to the black and white boom as a grim ‘n gritty Cougar is pulled out of retirement by a plucky Cub to battle a mutant shark with a shady past!
32 pgs./ M / FC $2.99 (DIGITAL)
Writer(s): Dan Mendoza & Bryan Seaton
Artist Name(s): Dan Mendoza
Cover Artist(s): Dan Mendoza, Bill McKay, Victoria Harris, Xenia
Cover A – Standard (unlimited): Dan Mendoza
Cover B – Tattered & Torn variant cover (limited to 2000): Dan Mendoza
Cover C – Risque variant cover (limited to 2000): Dan Mendoza
Cover D – Bill McKay Pin-up variant cover (limited to 1500)
Cover E – Bill McKay Pin-up Tattered & Torn variant cover (limited to 2000)
Cover F – Marcelo Trom Pin-up variant cover (limited to 1500)
Cover G – Marcelo Trom Pin-up Tattered & Torn variant cover (limited to 2000)
The tables have turned now on DollFace and the gang as Zombie Tramp tries to take each one of them out. Are Lila and Ivan ready to deal with such a powerful witch this early in the game?
32 pgs./ M / FC $3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)
VAMPBLADE SEASON 2 #2
Writer(s): Jason Martin
Artist Name(s): Winston Young
Cover Artist(s): Winston Young (cover A-B), Celor (cover C-D), Pow Rodrix (cover E-F)
Cover B – Risqué variant (limited to 2000)
Cover C – Artist variant (limited to 1500)
Cover D – Artist risqué (limited to 2000)
Cover E – 90s variant (limited to 1500)
Cover F – 90s risqué (limited to 2000)
Katie Carva is Vampblade, but now when she transforms, the blades are the ones in control… and the blades are really f$%#@d up! Consequently, so is Katie’s life!!
Features 3 covers (regular, artist, and 90s style), each with a risqué variant as well!
32 pgs./ M / FC $3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)
Veteran Comics Creator’s First Upstate Appearance
Syracuse, N.Y. (April 24, 2017): Syracuse’s Salt City Comic-Con is excited to welcome comics legend Mike Gold to the growing list of creators.
Mike Gold has enjoyed an astounding career in comics, and been involved with everything from relaunching The Flash and Green Arrow to co-founding the Chicago Comic-Con. He was worked for numerous comic companies including Valiant/Acclaim, Classics Illustrated and Image Comics. Gold was group editor and director of editorial development for DC Comics and co-founder of First Comics.
As a social activist, Gold co-founded The National Runaway Switchboard and many causes involving drug education, sex education and youth. In 2011, Mike was awarded the Hero Initiative’s first Humanitarian Award at the Baltimore Comic-Con’s Harvey Award Ceremony.
“I’m looking forward to coming up to Syracuse and seeing a bunch of old friends and co-workers,” Gold said. “A lot of great comics talent has come out of this area, and I’m excited to see what’s going on with the younger kids on the block.”
Syracuse’s Salt City Comic-Con, celebrating its fourth year, moves to the Oncenter’s War Memorial building in downtown Syracuse on June 24th and 25th. This pop-culture convention focuses on comics, toys, games, cosplay and collectibles. Pre-sale tickets are available online.
“Mike Gold is an impressive guy and I always think of him whenever I see The Flash or Arrow on Television. Without his reboot efforts, those shows, and today’s superheroes-on-TV trend, might never have happened, “said Ed Catto, Pop Culture Expert & Marketing Executive. “And I always enjoy the music he plays on his Inside the Gold Mind show on Get The Point Radio too.”
Additional information on schedules, guests, tickets and cosplay can be found at www.SyracuseComicCon.com.
Scott Lobdell – Story / Jordan Gunderson, JUANCHOo – Art / Zen – Letters
They exist in the all-new ASPEN UNIVERSE…yet belong to NO ONE!
Enter a brand-new phase in Aspen’s growing collection of thrilling series, as characters from our most critically-acclaimed titles unite—EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT IRIS, Soulfire’s MIYA, the supernatural vigilante DELLEC, along with an exciting new cast of characters come together in this altogether different story–yet one thing is certain—their respective lives are in no less danger! A mysterious conglomerate has emerged on the scene with a sinister purpose—the incorporation of pure evil on a scale never seen before! But, will this collection of unstable personalities come together as friends to defeat this new adversary—or will they instead battle as foes?! Find out in this new Aspen Comics title ready to tip the scales on everything you thought you knew about the Aspen Universe!
Written by legendary Uncanny X-Men scribe Scott Lobdell (Michael Turner’s Fathom) with art by Jordan Gunderson (Aspen Universe: Revelations), this is THE NEW Aspen title you won’t want to miss!
NO WORLD #1 is in stores April 26th, 2017!
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Master artists driving the story alongside skilled writers. It’s an approach that will soon be on display in Dark Matter—a thrilling new line of books set within the DC Universe and designed to drive super hero comics to exciting new heights.
In this clip, Greg Capullo discusses his influences, methods and what we can expect from his Dark Universe title, Dark Nights: Metal.
Title: Lumberjanes # 37
Publisher: BOOM! Studios/BOOM! Box
Created by: Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson & Brooke Allen
Written by: Shannon Watters & Kat Leyh
Illustrated by: Ayme Sotuyo
Colors by: Maarta Laiho
Letters by: Aubrey Aiese
Cover: Kat Leyh
Subscription Cover: Ayme Sotuyo
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Comments: It is the parents day to come visit the camp. The kids are worried about it. How would the parents react to all the strange stuff that goes on if they see it.
The parents are all wonderful people.
The art cartoony. It is not as defined as it should be.
The girls and their parents have a wonderful time around camp. It is great to see they have such a great relationship. All but Molly who’s parents could not make it.
April and Ripley start a competition with each other for one weird prize. Both love it and want it. May the best girl win, next issue. Now you have to come back to find out who wins.
Lumberjanes do rule this camp and their parents rock.
Marvel Comics has officially confirmed at the C2E2 Secret Empire panel, that after years of frequent relaunches it plans to revive the original “Legacy” numbering on longstanding ongoing series, Venom will be the first title to launch this pattern with #150 leading into #151.
Title: WWE # 4
Publisher: BOOM! Comics
Writers: Dennis Hopeless, Ryan Ferrier
Illustrated by: Serg Acuna, Clay McCormack
Colored by: Doug Garbark, Dee Cunniffe
Lettered by: Jim Campbell
Cover by: Dan Moira
Variant Covers by: Jorde Corona with colors by Gabriel Cassata, Marco D’Alfonso, Frazer Irving, Adam Riches, Brent Schoonover with colors by Nick Filardi, Scott Newman
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Comments: Seth Rollins is so excited he is cleared to compete. On his way he runs into a couple rude men. He continues on he wants in the ring. HHH has other ideas.
Seth drawn on a motorcycle looks so cool. Well actually it looks freakin’ cool.
Seth is illustrated with some amazing facial expressions. All the wrestlers are drawn to look just like their real life counterpart.
Seth in action is excitement personified. He goes after what he wants and gets it.
“Welcome Home” Bray Wyatt is shown to be not quite sane. The story does not make much sense. The art is dark and unclear. Bray is in control.
Title: Zombie Tramp # 34
Publisher: Action Lab Comics
Created & Written by: Dan Mendoza
Artwork by: Marco Maccagni
Colors by: Marcelo Costa
Lettered by: Adam Wollet
Cover: Dan Mendoza
Variant Covers: Mendoza, Maccagni, Trom
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Comments: A demon of great power is drawn battling a woman warrior. This is one all-out battle to the finish. The Xula is written with an attitude one she has earned.
There is toplessness as the Xula’s is blasted off her in battle.
The Xula has the powerful Eye of Lilith and she knows how to use a sword. Now to she has the Dagger of Souls.
In this issue, some interesting facts about Xula and Janey are revealed. These are things you would never have questioned.
The art has a huge breasted Xula. The Kaiju Queen though is even bigger though. Her chest development is humongous.
Kaiju Queen just reeks of evil. Yes, she is drawn sexually hot but her demonic monstrous side is brought to the forefront.
Zombie Tramp is not even in this issue not at all. Xula is the main character and focus. She serves her Queen but will she serve her at a great cost to herself. Will she give up Janey Belle?
Xula is a wonderfully evil woman. She is powerful and just how evil we will have to wait and see.
First Comics News: Why did you decide to Co-Create “Saturn and Orion” with Ben Farreri?
Jay Huwer: Ben and I had been working together for a few years when he approached me about creating a character that fit the Daredevil or Batman style. I find that my strength is writing dark stories. This was just the project I had been looking for. The biggest challenge was to stay away from a derivative character but hold onto the style Ben was looking for. I immediately started writing a few character biographies, and, with a little refinement, Saturn and Orion were born.
1st: What makes these two heroes special?
Jay: Saturn is a hero everybody can relate to. She is young and thinks she knows it all. This creates a rebellious, arrogant attitude that puts her at odds with her father figure, Orion. Speaking of Orion, he knows how smart Saturn is and wants to guide her. He tries to foster her strengths and doesn’t want to knock her down. For him, it’s hard to show how much he cares for his adoptive daughter because Orion knows, once he lets his guard down, someone dies. Like any good parent, your kids might not like what your decisions, but ultimately, you are doing what’s best for them.
1st: What is the relationship between Saturn and Orion?
Jay: William Weiss (Orion) took Harper O’Leary (Saturn) In when she was very young. He would eventually adopt the child and began grooming her to be the heir to his empire.
1st: What powers and or abilities do Saturn and Orion have?
Jay: Saturn’s power is her mind. She is a young technological genius. She graduated early from high school a few years before her peers and skipped college. She quickly began developing gadgets to join Orion on his quest to fight crime. Orion is a bit of a mystery. Symian Labs, his corporation, has been working on genetic manipulation for many years. Some people believe he actually experimented on himself. This may explain why he hasn’t appeared to have aged in the last fifteen years. It’s also possible that his impressive strength also comes from some sort of experimentation.
1st: How would you describe Saturn and Orion’s personality traits?
Jay: Saturn is an arrogant know it all. She is very short tempered and gets easily frustrated with people who are not as smart as her. Orion is matter-of-fact. He is used to being in charge and doesn’t like when people disobey his orders. This makes him seem closed off to those closest to him, but deep down inside, he cares. Orion just has a hard time showing it.
1st: What is the storyline of “Saturn and Orion”?
Jay: A mysterious villain kidnaps a young girl in Sol City. It is up to Saturn and Orion to put together the clues and find this man before the innocent girl’s soul is sacrificed to an ancient god.
1st: Who is Zodiac?
Jay: Zodiac is our main antagonist. He’s tasked himself with honoring the old gods. These are the gods that, over time, have become myths. Zodiac discovered that if these gods don’t receive their sacrifices, they will wreak havoc on the world. If you look at the disaster stories written throughout mythology you will find what he is afraid of. Zodiac doesn’t want to sacrifice innocent people. He doesn’t have a choice.
1st: You are the writer of “Carriers”, why should people pick up this comic?
Jay: Carriers is a fun, lighthearted book. I have a blast writing those pigeons. Saturn and Orion is an entirely different animal. It’s dark and mysterious with a lot of little things going on. It’s a character driven tale that, at its heart, is a commentary on our society’s reliance on our gadgets. This is a story that pits technology against ancient mysticism.
1st: How was Pilot Studios created?
Jay: I think Ben can give you more insight on this one. I joined the studio after it’s creation. I’ve been fortunate enough to work my way into becoming a regular writer for the company.
1st: Where do you see Pilot Studios in 5 years?
Jay: Pilot Studios is growing quickly. Saturn and Orion Book One is the company’s first Kickstarter. This is designed to help expand the Pilot brand. If it is successful, I believe there will be a few more in the works. Once the fanbase learns they can depend on Pilot Studios to put out quality books, we will continue the expansion. I see us expanding the distribution and gaining a steady presence at a few more comic book conventions. We are all under Ben’s leadership. He is the brains behind the studio. I’m just trying my best to help him fulfill his goals.
1st: Do you have any ideas for other comics?
Jay: Do I ever. At this point, I’m seeing a steady stream of artwork coming in for a science fiction saga called Polaris. I also had the honor to write a major crossover for Pilot Studios called the Zion Wars. This book will take Pilot Studios’ main titles and connect them into one cohesive universe. Of course, I have a few Carriers scripts written with a few more in development. There’s also a couple of story ideas that aren’t quite ready to share just yet.
1st: What would you do with both Saturn’s and Orion’s abilities?
Jay: That’s a great question. If I could do what Saturn does, I would probably invent the first holographic chess table. That would make Star Wars fans happy.
1st: Can you tell us something about you no one else knows?
Jay: Secrets? Oh man. I’m usually an open book. That’s probably my biggest fault. I’m big on the foot-in-mouth comments. I guess my biggest motivator would also be a pretty big secret. Did you ever try something and think people are waiting for you to fail? You know if you fail everybody would simply say, “I told you, you couldn’t do it.” That’s my biggest motivation. Anytime I think about closing the laptop and walking away, I think about all those people waiting for me to fail. Those people want to tell me I couldn’t succeed at writing simply because they never tried, or they couldn’t do it. I refuse to give anyone that power. Truth is, that’s most likely all in my head, but it’s what drives me.
1st: What would you like to say to all the fans of your comics?
Jay: Thanks for your support. The Saturn and Orion Book One Kickstarter has shown me that you really believe in my writing. Ben and I put everything we had into making this book the best piece of literature we could. To see you there for us means a lot. I’d be silly not to give a special thanks to my biggest fans, my wife, and kids. They’ve put up with my insanity on a daily basis.
Our new epic feature film featuring the crew of the Starship Farragut dealing with an invasion from another universe! Starring JOHN BROUGHTON as Capt. Carter. MICHAEL BEDNAR as Tacket and HOLLY BENDAR as Smithfield. Special Guest Star: CHRISTIAN MALMIN as Donnelly.
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