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Dark Horse Announces New York Comic Con 2018 Programming Schedule

First Comics News - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 14:27

DARK HORSE COMICS

NYCC 2018

BOOTH #1636

Visit Dark Horse Comics at New York Comic Con to meet some of your favorite creators and get your hands on some free swag, such as comics, pins, posters, and more! Check out our signings and panels too! We’ll also have a variety of Dark Horse comics, graphic novels, art books, and collectibles for sale in our booth.

Fans of The Umbrella Academy! Stop by the Dark Horse Comics Booth to check out a special exclusive photo booth activation in partnership with Netflix!

DARK HORSE NYCC SIGNING SCHEDULE

All creators signing in our booth offer their autographs for FREE. FREE prints, comics, or posters are provided for most of our signings (while supplies last). You may purchase or bring items to be signed; however, we may restrict the type or number of items to be signed as necessary.

Some signings require a wristband for entry, as noted on the schedule. Drawings for wristbands for these events will begin at show opening the day before and the day of each signing. Come to the Dark Horse booth early for the best chance to join these events.

Lines may also be closed for some signings due to crowding or time restrictions.

All events are subject to change. Some restrictions apply. Please see Dark Horse Comics staff if you have questions.

We have one signing stage, which features art from Hellboy Omnibus Volume 3: The Wild Hunt and Hellboy: The Complete Short Stories Volume 2 by creator Mike Mignola.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4

11:00 AM-11:50 AM:

FEMINA AND FAUNA, HELMETGIRLS: Camilla d’Errico

12:00 PM-12:50 PM:

MODERN FANTASY: Kristen Gudsnuk, Rafer Roberts

HENCHGIRL: Kristen Gudsnuk

THE FIFTH BEATLE: THE BRIAN EPSTEIN STORY: Vivek Tiwary

3:00 PM-3:50 PM:

STRANGER THINGS: Jody Houser, Keith Champagne, Fábio Moon

STARCRAFT: Jody Houser, Andrew R. Robinson

THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY: Gabriel Bá

TWO BROTHERS, HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES: Gabriel Bá, Fábio Moon

4:00 PM-4:50 PM:

AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER–IMBALANCE: Peter Wartman

AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER–TEAM AVATAR TALES: Sara Goetter
WRISTBAND REQUIRED
LIMIT ONE PRINT, ONE OTHER ITEM PER PERSON

5:00 PM-5:50 PM:

THE WHISPERING DARK: Christofer Emgård

BROOKLYN BLOOD: Paul Levitz, Tim Hamilton

6:00 PM-6:50 PM:

LIFE BETWEEN PANELS, NANJING, THE BATTLES OF BRIDGET LEE: Ethan Young

TOMB RAIDER, TOMB RAIDER: INFERNO: Phillip Sevy

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5

11:00 AM-11:50 AM:

ELFQUEST: Wendy Pini, Richard Pini

12:00 PM-12:50 PM:

XERXES: THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF DARIUS AND THE RISE OF ALEXANDER: Frank Miller, Alex Sinclair

XERXES: THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF DARIUS AND THE RISE OF ALEXANDER, SIN CITY, 300: Frank Miller

WRISTBAND REQUIRED
NO POSED PHOTOGRAPHY
LIMIT ONE PRINT, ONE OTHER ITEM PER PERSON
OTHER RESTRICTIONS MAY APPLY—SEE STAFF FOR INFO

2:00 PM-2:50 PM:

BERGER BOOKS: Joel Rose, Ann Nocenti, Christopher Cantwell, Martín Morazzo, Darin Strauss, Adam Dalva, Karen Berger

3:00 PM-3:50 PM:

BERGER BOOKS: Dave Gibbons, Dean Haspiel, J.M. DeMatteis, Corin Howell, Karen Berger

4:00 PM-4:50 PM:

BLACKWOOD: Evan Dorkin, Veronica Fish, Andy Fish

BEASTS OF BURDEN, DORK, MILK & CHEESE, CALLA CTHULHU: Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer

5:00 PM-5:50 PM:

GO TEAM VENTURE! THE ART AND MAKING OF THE VENTURE BROS.: Doc Hammer, Jackson Publick, Ken Plume

WRISTBAND REQUIRED

NO POSED PHOTOGRAPHY.

SIGNING LIMITED TO 1 PRINT AND/OR 1 COPY OF GO TEAM VENTURE: THE ART AND MAKING OF THE VENTURE BROS HC PER PERSON. NO OTHER ITEMS.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6

11:00 AM-11:50 AM:

DREAMWORKS HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: DRAGONVINE, TROLLHUNTERS: TALES OF ARCADIA–THE FELLED: Richard Hamilton

PLANTS VS. ZOMBIES: Jacob Chabot

12:00 PM-12:50 PM:

THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY: Gerard Way, Gabriel Bá

WRISTBAND REQUIRED
NO POSED PHOTOGRAPHY
LIMIT ONE PRINT, ONE OTHER ITEM PER PERSON
OTHER RESTRICTIONS MAY APPLY—SEE STAFF FOR INFO

1:10 PM-2:10 PM:

HELLBOY: Mike Mignola, David Harbour, Daniel Dae Kim, Ian McShane, Sasha Lane

WRISTBAND REQUIRED
NO POSED PHOTOGRAPHY
LIMIT ONE PRINT, ONE OTHER ITEM PER PERSON
OTHER RESTRICTIONS MAY APPLY—SEE STAFF FOR INFO

2:45 PM-3:35 PM:

MINECRAFT VOLUME ONE: Sarah Graley

4:00 PM-4:50 PM:

AMERICAN GODS: David Mack

5:30 PM-6:30 PM:

UNKNOWN 9 ARCHIVES: Jae Lee

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7

11:00 AM-11:50 AM:

MYSTERY SCIENCE THEATER 3000: Todd Nauck

12:00 PM-12:50 PM:

DISNEY RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET: Joe Caramagna, Amy Mebberson

DISNEY FROZEN: BREAKING BOUNDARIES: Joe Caramagna

DISNEY / PIXAR THE INCREDIBLES 2 #1: CRISIS IN MID-LIFE! & OTHER STORIES: Landry Q. Walker

1:00 PM-1:50 PM:

ELFQUEST: Wendy Pini, Richard Pini

2:00 PM-2:50 PM:

THE FLUTTER COLLECTION: Jennie Wood, Jeff McComsey, Jeff McClelland

DARK HORSE NYCC PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE

Please join us at the panels below, brought to you by Dark Horse Comics and friends! Please visit https://www.newyorkcomiccon.com/Explore/Panels/View-All/# for more panels featuring Dark Horse creators and guidelines for attending panels.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4

2:45 PM–3:45 PM:

THE CYCLE BEGINS ANEW: EXPLORING THE COMIC ELEMENTS OF AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER AND THE LEGEND OF KORRA

(Room 1A24)

Dark Horse and Nickelodeon are excited to treat fans to a panel worthy of Aang himself! Join Avatar: The Last Airbender: Imbalance artist Peter Wartman, Team Avatar Tales artist Sara Goetter to learn about what’s to come in the ever-expanding world of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. Plus, fans will also have the opportunity to showcase their knowledge of the elements in a fun trivia competition for awesome prizes!

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5

12:30 PM-1:30 PM:

BERGER BOOKS: THE SECOND WAVE

(Room 1A21)

Berger Books keeps great comics coming in its second wave of new and unusual genre-bending series! Editor Karen Berger (Vertigo founder) is joined by legendary comics writer Ann Nocenti (The Seeds), Get Jiro co-writer, Joel Rose, (Anthony Bourdain’s Hungry Ghosts), artist Christopher Cantwell co-creator of AMC’s acclaimed Halt and Catch Fire (She Could Fly), Martín Morazzo of (She Could Fly), best-selling Chang & Eng novelist Darin Strauss (Olivia Twist) and short fiction writer Adam Dalva (Olivia Twist), Dean Haspiel, Emmy Award-winning artist of HBO’s Bored to Death (The Alcoholic), Richard Bruning, Berger Books art director, and renowned comics writer J.M. De Matteis (Spiderman, Moonshadow) announcing a brand new series with artist Corin Howell (Ghostbusters)!

5:45 PM-6:45 PM:

JAPAN’S MANGA MAGAZINE: WHERE YOUR MANGA GETS STARTED!

(Anime Fest – Mirai Stage)

Almost every manga Dark Horse has published came from a Japanese magazine; this is also true of the other US manga publishers. These magazines are to manga in Japan what monthly comic books are to comics in the US—they’re the place readers get the story first, before it gets collected as a trade paperback. But since manga gets released in the US straight to trade paperback, we never get to see manga as the original Japanese readers do. Join Carl Horn as he gives fans a tour of the over 20 different Japanese magazines, including what some Dark Horse stories looked like when they were first published, what kind of ads ran in them, what the cover art was like, and more!

7:30 PM–9:30 PM:

NETFLIX & CHILLS

(Main Stage 1D)

The midnight hour is close at hand with Netflix’s Mega Block of chills, thrills, and everything else of the other-worldly variety. Join the casts of Umbrella Academy, The Haunting of Hill House and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina as they descend upon New York Comic Con to discuss these highly anticipated new series. Plus, get a first look at The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance before anyone else. The conversations will leave you sleeping with the lights on and texting your friends about the surprises along the way!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6

1:45 PM–2:45 PM:

THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY INVITES YOU TO CHECK IN TO “HOTEL OBLIVION” (Room 1A06)

After ten years, The Umbrella Academy is back in action! With the new comics series, The Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion kicking off and a live action series arriving on Netflix in early 2019, Dark Horse Comics is thrilled to invite fans to a conversation with series creators Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá as we explore the weird, wonderful world of The Umbrella Academy.

11:00 AM–12:00 PM:

HELLBOY MOVIE PANEL

(Main Stage 1D)

3:15 PM–4:15 PM:

THIRTY YEARS OF DARK HORSE MANGA

(Anime Fest – Mirai Stage)

2018 marks Dark Horse’s 30th anniversary of publishing manga! From last year’s Eisner-nominated Wandering Island, to legendary series Lone Wolf and Cub, Berserk, Blade of the Immortal, Astroboy, and Oh My Goddess!, to contemporary titles such as I Am a Hero, Fate/Zero, Danganronpa, Drifters, and Hatsune Miku, we’re proud to release a wide spectrum of works from Japanese creators. Join Dark Horse editor Carl Horn for a look at the past, present, and future of manga at Dark Horse!

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7

1:30 PM–2:30 PM

GROWING UP WITH COMICS: INTRODUCING YOUNGER READERS TO GRAPHIC STORYTELLING

(Room 1A24)

Comics are a great way to get kids interested in art, reading, and storytelling—and, well, they’re fun! Join Sarah Graley (Minecraft Volume One), Richard Hamilton (How to Train Your Dragon: Dragonvine), Landry Q. Walker (Disney•Pixar’s Incredibles 2: Crisis in Mid-Life! & Other Stories), and Peter Wartman (Avatar: The Last Airbender—Imbalance) to discover and discuss the ever-growing library of incredible all-ages comics!

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Cactoid [5e Race]

Sorcerer's Skull - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 11:00
I figure a desert world under a blood-red sun should have a cactoid race. This is based on the Cactacae from the Mieville's Bas-Lag novels as presented in Dragon #352.

Cactoid Traits
Ability Score Increase. A Cactoid's Strength score increases by 2, and your Constitution score increases by 1.
Alignment. Cactoid tend to be lawful and neutral.
Size. Cactoid are medium.
Speed. Base walking speed is 30 feet.
Powerful Build. Cactoids count as one size larger when determining carrying capacity and the weight you can push, drag, or lift.
Plant Hardiness. Cactoids have advantage on saving throws against poison and resistance against poison damage
Tough Hide. Cactoids have a natural +1 bonus to their Armor Class.
Spines. The spines covering a cactoid's body allow them to do an 1d4 points piercing damage while grappling.
Languages. Cactoids speak Common and their own language.

DC ANNOUNCES THE NEXT CHAPTER OF SEAN MURPHY’S CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED SERIES WITH BATMAN: CURSE OF THE WHITE KNIGHT

First Comics News - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 04:02

DC announced today, Sean Murphy’s explosive Batman: White Knight series will continue with Batman: Curse of the White Knight, published under the DC Black Label imprint. Murphy will write and draw the series, hitting shelves in 2019.

In Batman: Curse of the White Knight the Joker recruits a savage partner to help him expose a shocking revelation about the Wayne family’s legacy and run Gotham into the ground. As Batman rushes to protect the city and his loved ones from this corrupt conspiracy, the mystery of his ancestry unravels and deals a devastating blow to The Dark Knight. Exciting new villains and unexpected allies will clash across history in this unforgettable chapter of The White Knight saga, and the truth about the blood they shed will shake Gotham to its very core! Next week, DC Black Label will release the first collected volume of the critically acclaimed blockbuster Batman: White Knight everywhere books are sold.

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Space Aces! – Cosmo Vol. 1 Graphic Novel Trailer

First Comics News - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 00:41

Get ready for out of this world fun in the ALL-NEW sci-fi adventure series COSMO! Join Cosmo and his Space-Ace Martian crew as they find adventure and dangers in the deepest corners of space! Their latest mission turns into a much larger adventure when they stumble upon their most unique specimen yet: A panicked human! Writer Ian Flynn (Archie) and artist Tracy Yardley (Hero Cats) bring the classic 1950s space alien into the present day in this graphic novel that collects the full 5-issue mini-series!

COSMO VOLUME ONE graphic novel is available starting 10/3 in comic shops, book stores, and on digital platforms.

Read COSMO VOLUME ONE on ComiXology:
http://bit.ly/cosmovol1cmx

Read COSMO VOLUME ONE on the Archie Comics App:
http://bit.ly/cosmovol1app

Order COSMO VOLUME ONE online:
http://bit.ly/cosmovol1p

Get COSMO VOLUME ONE from the Archie Comics Online Store:
https://store.archiecomics.com/produc…

Find a comic book store near you:
http://www.comicshoplocator.com

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IDW Publishing Announces New York Comic Con 2018 Exclusives

First Comics News - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 00:39
Red-Hot Comics & Collectibles Available to Purchase Only at Booth #1844!

SAN DIEGO, CA (September 27, 2018) – New York Comic Con is fast approaching, and IDW is rolling out their hottest exclusives and debuts for the big event! See below for a full list of your convention must-haves.

Please note that, by visiting IDW’s page dedicated to these NYCC exclusives, you can peruse through the comprehensive list that includes cover graphics! Don’t miss out on your chance to see just how awesome IDW’s exclusives are!


Convention Exclusives Only Available to Purchase at the Show

Enjoy this glimpse at IDW’s complete selection of NYCC 2018 convention exclusives. These red-hot, limited items are only available to purchase at the show — no pre-order reservations are available. Stop by Booth #1844 for the best pop culture exclusives that the Big Apple has to offer!

Batman / The Maxx #1 Convention Variant A
Cover by Sam Kieth
$10.00, Limited to 750

Batman / The Maxx #1 Convention Variant B
Cover by Jim Lee (B&W)
$10.00, Limited to 750

Dick Tracy #1 Convention Variant
Cover by Mike Allred
$10.00, Limited to 500

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #255 Convention Variant
Cover by Natali Sanders
$10.00, Limited to 400

My Little Pony: Nightmare Knights #1 Convention Variant
Cover by Jay Fosgitt
$5.00, Limited to 250

Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons #1 Blank Character Sheet
$10.00, Limited to 1000

Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons #1 Convention Variant
Connects with Oni Exclusive Cover
$10.00, Limited to 1000

Star Wars Adventures: Tales from Vader’s Castle #1 Convention Variant
Cover by Derek Charm
$10.00, Limited to 500

Transformers: Unicron #1 Convention Variant
Cover by Sara Pitre-Durocher
$10.00, Limited to 500

Femme Magnifique Convention Bookplate Edition
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Bookplate by Jill Thompson
$30.00, Limited to 150

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #255 2-Pack
Includes Convention & Virgin Variants
$40.00, Limited to 100

Locke & Key Bundle
$40.00

My Little Pony: Art is Magic Volume 2 Convention Variant
Blank Cover
$25.00, Limited to 250

Sword of Ages #1-5 Bundle
$20.00

Ghostbusters Trading Card Set
$10.00, Limited to 250

My Little Pony Enamel Pin 3-Packs
Two (2) Available Set Types
$30, Limited to 100 Each

TMNT: Shredder in Hell Lithograph
Art by Mateus Santolouco
$10.00, Limited to 100

TMNT: Rise of the TMNT #0 Convention Variant
Cover by Andy Suriano
$10.00, Limited to 200

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Inkwell Awards Adds New Special Ambassadors

First Comics News - Thu, 09/27/2018 - 21:50

 

 

(New Bedford, MA/USA–9/27/2018): The 501(c)(3) non-profit advocacy group, the Inkwell Awards, elected artists Rags Morales and Dan Parsons as new Special Ambassadors to help further the group’s mission of public promotion, education and recognition of the art form of inking and ink artists in the US comic book industry.

 

RAGS MORALES

Both ambassador artists are award-winning industry veterans. Rags Morales has worked for 29 years as an artist for Marvel, DC, Valiant, TSR and others. In addition to drawing popular characters such as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Captain America and The Avengers, he was an instructor at The Kubert School. Dan Parsons, who began his career in the 1990s, is an artist known for his work in comics (“Star Wars,” “Nightwing,” “Harpy”), film (“Game Of Thrones,” “Avatar: The Last Airbender”) and related fields (Ayn Rand’s “Anthem,” Edgar Rice Burroughs properties cover artist).

 

Morales issued the following statement: “I’ve had the pleasure of working with some of the greatest inkers this industry had to offer–Bob Almond among them–and every one of them had hidden strengths that aren’t readily apparent when seeing them gloss over other talents…Inkers are the final word; and it’s my pleasure to be working with Bob as an ambassador for the Inkwell Awards, shedding light on an often misunderstood and completely necessary, great and unique craft that is comic-book art.”

 

DAN PARSONS

Parsons added, “Since I am an overworked and underpaid artist these days, I don’t get down to the comic-book store as much as I used to. But when I do, it’s the inking I am going there for! No offense to painters, writers, pencillers, colorists or letterers, but it has always been the inking that has inspired me. I am truly grateful that there is an institution like the Inkwells that shares my inspiration!”

 

Since the organization was formed in 2008, the roster of Inkwell Ambassadors has included Adam Hughes, Mark Brooks, Sal Velluto, Cully Hamner, Eric Basuldua, Phil Jimenez, Jim Shooter, Brian Pulido, Jim Starlin and Laura Martin along with the late Joe Kubert and Rich Buckler. The more-involved Special Ambassadors include Joe Sinnott, J. David Spurlock, Mike McKone, Clifford Meth, Pat Broderick and Aldrin Aw, aka “Buzz.”

 

For more statements from the two artists and Bob please visit their website.

 

The Inkwell Awards is the only official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to publicly educate and promote the art form of comic-book inking, as well as annually recognize the best ink artists and their work. Now beginning its 11th year, the Inkwells are overseen by a volunteer committee of industry professionals and assisted by various professional ambassadors and contributors. They sponsor the Dave Simons Inkwell Memorial Scholarship Fund for the Kubert School and host the Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame Award.

 

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#NYCC: LION FORGE ANNOUNCES FULL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS!

First Comics News - Thu, 09/27/2018 - 21:14

The St. Louis Publisher of “Comics for Everyone” Reveals Diverse Slate of Programming and Signings

ST. LOUIS—One week ahead of the opening of the exhibit hall at New York Comic Con 2018, Lion Forge reveals a full slate of  signings, giveaways, and exclusive variants available at booth #1936.

Days and times are outlined below:

Thursday, October 4

Signings:
Michael Uslan, Andrew Pepoy (Dinosaucers)
Time:11:00–11:30 a.m.
Paige Braddock (Jane’s World)
Time:1:00–2:00 p.m.
Brenna Thummler (Sheets)
Time:3:00–4:00 p.m.
Ezra Claytan Daniels (Upgrade Soul)
Time:5:00–6:00 p.m.

Health and the Challenges That Inspire Authors
Many graphic memoirs share a common theme of mental health issues that the subject has encountered as a spouse, child, or family member, or that they have overcome or continue to deal with. This session will explore the ideas that inspired these creators to share this experience. How can educators and librarians use these stories as a way to either instill compassion and empathy or to help that reader find a way to resolve their own challenges?
Time: 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Location: New York Public Library, 476 5thAve. – Trustees Room
Speakers: Lys Galati, Andi Green, Katie Green, Tracy White, Ezra Claytan Daniels, Chris Hunt

Better Together: Forging a Future for Libraries and Comic Shops
With the growth in popularity of graphic novels in libraries, curating books that are on trend with what the market desires can be challenging. Lion Forge, the St. Louis publisher dedicated to the mission of “Comics for Everyone, offers an informative discussion to help librarians with ideas on how to partner with local comic book shops and vice versa. Join Lion Forge editor Christina “Steenz” Stewart, Eisner award-winning store owner Jenn Haines, and others for ideas on how both can help strengthen their graphic novel section, as well as produce events to serve their collective.
Time: 3:30–4:15 p.m.
Location: New York Public Library, 476 5thAve. – Berger Forum
Speakers: Christina “Steenz” Stewart, Jenn Haines

Friday, October 5 

Signings:
Katie Green (Lighter Than My Shadow)
Time: 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Mitch Iverson (Voltron)
Time:1:00–2:00 p.m.
Brenna Thummler (Sheets)
Time:3:00–4:00 p.m.
Ezra Claytan Daniels (Upgrade Soul)
Time:5:00–6:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 6

Signings:
David F. Walker (Superb)
Time:11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Mitch Iverson (Voltron)
Time:1:00–2:00 p.m.
Katie Green (Lighter Than My Shadow)
Time:3:00–4:00 p.m.
Paige Braddock (Jane’s World)
Time:5:00–6:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 7

Signings: 
Amy Chu (Summit)
Time:1:00–2:00 p.m.
Ezra Claytan Daniels (Upgrade Soul)
Time:2:00–3:00 p.m.

Lion Forge Presents: Representation in Graphic Storytelling—From the Comic Shop to the Tabletop 
Lion Forge Comics strives to publish comics and more that everyone—regardless of background, ethnicity, or gender identification—can connect with. With multiple imprints, including an entire line of books for younger readers and one of the most diverse superhero universes in comics history, the St. Louis publisher makes good on that promise every Wednesday. Join Lion Forge’s Senior Publicist Jeremy Atkins, Rolled & Told editor Christina “Steenz” Stewart, Katie Green (Lighter Than My Shadow), writer and artist Joel Christian Gill (Strange Fruit), writer David F. Walker (Superb), and McDuffie Award winner Ezra Claytan Daniels (Upgrade Soul) for a discussion on what inclusivity and representation truly means for the worlds of comics, gaming, and pop culture at large.
Time: 3:45–4:45 p.m.
Location: 1A02
Speakers: Jeremy Atkins, Christina “Steenz” Stewart, David F. Walker, Katie Green, Ezra Claytan Daniels, Joel Christian Gill

We look forward to seeing you at the 2018 New York Comic Con!

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Award-Winning Artist John Cassaday Named Chief Creative Officer of Humanoids, the Legendary Graphic Novel Publisher

First Comics News - Thu, 09/27/2018 - 21:09

(September 27, 2018) Humanoids, the publisher of some of the world’s most iconic and groundbreaking science fiction and fantasy graphic novels, has named Eisner award-winning artist John Cassaday as the company’s first ever Chief Creative Officer. Internationally renowned for publishing seminal genre works by creators from all around the world, including The Incal by Alejandro Jodorowsky and Mœbius, Humanoids has been aggressively ramping up its publishing slate. Earlier this year, Humanoids debuted Life Drawn, a new imprint of literary graphic novels that spotlights slice of life stories, biographies and stories with social political themes. In naming Cassaday its Chief Creative Officer, the Los Angeles-based publisher continues its expansion while maintaining their high quality standards.

“John Cassaday is one of the seminal artists of the comic book industry,” said Humanoids CEO and Publisher, Fabrice Giger. “John co-created I AM LEGION for Humanoids in 2004 and became part of the Humanoids family. From now on, he will play a major role in Humanoids’ original content development that will have the industry talking.”

The announcement of Cassaday as Humanoids’ Chief Creative Officer comes in the lead up to New York Comic Con, where the publisher will announce a major publishing initiative during the Humanoids 20th Anniversary In America panel on Friday, October 5 from 1:30-2:30 PM in room 1A02 of the Javits Center.

Humanoids 20th Anniversary In America

Join Chief Creative Officer John Cassaday, Senior Editor Fabrice Sapolsky and Director of Sales and Marketing Jud Meyers for the panel that will change the way you see Humanoids forever!

Almost a dozen A-List comic creators will be in the room answering questions and celebrating 20 years in the U.S. Humanoids is about to make history again as it did in the past with legendary creators such as Moebius, Jodorowsky, Ladronn and Manara. It’s THE panel you don’t want to miss. New Projects! New Heroes! Hot creators! A bold new direction ushering in a new era in comics. Panel followed by Q&A session. Surprise collector give away for the audience!

“This is the first time I’ve taken on an executive role at a company,” said Cassaday. “And that speaks to just how excited I am to be a part of a bold new chapter in their history. Fans who attend the New York Comic Con panel will be a part of it on day one.”

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ASPEN COMICS BRINGS BACK ACTION-ADVENTURE SERIES NO WORLD

First Comics News - Thu, 09/27/2018 - 20:18

 

09-27-2018

 

Aspen Comics is bringing back one of their super-natural action-adventure series, No World, for a second volume as part of their returning line-up of titles for their 15-year anniversary campaign.

 

No World is written by Blake Northcott (Fathom, Executive Assistant: Iris) and Scott Lobdell (Red Hood and the Outlaws) with art by Giuseppe Cafaro (Soulfire, Santaria: The Goddess Kiss), colors by Enrica Eren Angiolini (Doctor Who) and lettering by Taylor Esposito (Dissension: War Eternal). Solicitation copy for No World Volume 2 #1 reads:

NO WORLD VOL 2 #1

Blake Northcott ; Scott Lobdell – Story  / Giuseppe Cafaro – Art

 

The team that answered to no one is back…but altogether different!

 

Aspen’s popular mash-up of supernatural characters returns for a thrilling second volume! The stakes remain high for Thicke and Doc Blue, as they attempt to navigate a landscape that continues to shift following the threat of Pardner Bob. Now, however, an even more unlikely union is in store for the No World cast, as a new team of powerful beings has entered the fray—and these ladies are experienced in the art of war… The Four Points return!

 

Written by legendary Uncanny X-Men scribe Scott Lobdell (The Four Points), along with acclaimed Arena Mode Saga writer Blake Northcott (Michael Turner’s Fathom), with art by Giuseppe Cafaro (Michael Turner’s Soulfire), this is THE NEW Aspen title you won’t want to miss!

 

NO WORLD VOL 2 #1 is in stores November 28th, 2018!

FC                               32 pages                               $3.99

 

 

To help support the release of No World Volume 2, the publisher is releasing a special No World Primer 25-cent comic book to catch up new and returning readers, as well as the No World Volume One trade paperback, with all three new releases out on November 28th.

 

Aspen has provided the item codes for No World Volume 2 #1, the No World Primer and the No World Volume One trade paperback:

 

No World V2 #1 Cover A – SEP181510

No World V2 #1 Cover B – SEP181511

No World Primer – SEP181508

No World Volume 1 TPB – SEP181509

The Four Points Volume 1 TPB – MAR161113

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NYCC 2018: DARK HORSE RETURNS TO PANDORA!

First Comics News - Thu, 09/27/2018 - 20:01

Dark Horse Comics and Award-Winning Author Sherri L. Smith Bring Fans an Epic Retelling of James Cameron’s Masterpiece From a New Perspective

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (September 27, 2018)—For the past thirty years, Dark Horse Comics has worked to bring filmmaker James Cameron’s epic sci-fi blockbThe Terminator and Aliens to comic shops everywhere. In 2019 that partnership continues with the release of Avatar: Tsu’tey’s Path, a comics companion to the highest grossing film of all times!

Adapted by Sherri L. Smith, the award-winning author of Lucy the Giant, Flygirl, and Orleans among many others, Avatar: Tsu’tey’s Path follows the story of a proud Na’vi warrior whose life is turned upside down by the arrival of Jake Sully of the Sky People. What unfolds is a sweeping tale of sacrifice and heroism set during the original Avatar film revealing events only hinted at in the 2009 blockbuster! Avatar: Tsu’tey’s Path features pencils by Jan Duursema (Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi, Wolverine: Knight of Terra), inks by Dan Parsons (Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi, Game of Thrones), colors by Wes Dzioba (Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi, Mystery Science Theater 3000), and covers by Doug Wheatley (Star Wars: Dark Times).

Avatar: Tsu’tey’s Path #1 (of six) goes on sale January 16, 2019, and is available for pre-order at your local comic shop.

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Shazam! Zachary Levy Appears Friday, More Guests at BCC!

First Comics News - Thu, 09/27/2018 - 19:56

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – September 27, 2018 – The Baltimore Comic-Con starts tomorrow afternoon, Friday, September 28, 2018 at 1pm (VIPs get in at 12:30pm)! The Baltimore Convention Center box offices will be open as early as 8:00 am. We have a couple of last-minute announcements to make!

Zachary Levi is now appearing at the show on Friday. He will be signing at 3pm, for those who have purchased or would like to purchase autograph tickets. Online sales end Thursday afternoon, so don’t delay (or be prepared to purchase them on-site).

New Jersey native Reilly Brown is a fan-favorite superhero artist known for his work on comics such as Deadpool and Spider-Man. He brings a sense of character and personality to his projects, balancing a combination of light-hearted humor, with fast paced superhero action. He is also a pioneer in digital storytelling, utilizing new ways of making comics for tablets and smart phones with his creator-owned series Power Play, as well as several stories for Marvel, including Deadpool: The Gauntlet, Slapstick, and, most recently, Outrage for Webtoon. He will be appearing in Booth #108.

Keith Champagne is a veteran writer/artist/inker best known in the comics industry for his decades of work with DC Comics on titles such as JSA, Green Lantern, Superman, and many more. His creator-owned titles include The Mighty (with Peter J. Tomasi) and The Switch: Electricia. Current projects include Stranger Things, Neon Future, and Frank N. Stein: Private Eye. He enjoys Swedish Fish.

Dave Bullock has worked as a story artist on Beware the Batman, Transformers: Prime, The Superman/Batman Adventures, Batman Beyond, The Avengers, and more. He directed Justice League: The New Frontier DVD movie and episodes of the CGI Star Wars: Clone Wars and The Spectacular Spider-Man series. Dave has provided comic cover and story art for Teen Titans Go!, Iron Man, The Ultimates, BloodShot, X-O Manowar, UNITY, and Eternal Warrior, and co-authored a Wednesday Comics Deadman story and a Batman Black & White short story. He’s recently worked with DC Comics on a Batman ’66 digital comic and developed a creator-owned graphic novel, The Savage Blade of King Ronok! Nen is a concept artist, illustrator, and low brow artist who occasionally dabbles in comics. Specializing in integrating violence, gore, and horror with the beautiful and the surreal, Nen pulls an unspoken vision of the human condition from the fluidity of water, the subtlety of second glances, and her ability to pair painstaking attention to detail with the freedom of frenzied motion. Nen has worked on Legend of the Five Rings by AEG. Her work can be seen in Shinobi Clans by Posthuman Studios as well as in volumes published by Aspen Comics, IDW, HBO, and several independent art and illustration publications. TICKETS General Admission and VIP Package tickets for Weekend, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, as well as the Ringo Awards, are now on sale! Visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets/ for more information and to purchase your advanced tickets now, and as always, kids 10 and under get into the show free with a paid adult General Admission!

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Futura [ICONS]

Sorcerer's Skull - Thu, 09/27/2018 - 11:00


Art by Agus CalcagnoFUTURA

Abilities:
Prowess: 8
Coordination: 7
Strength: 7
Intellect: 6
Awareness: 6
Willpower: 7

Determination: 1
Stamina: 14

Specialties: Linguistics, Martial Arts, Medicine, Science

Qualities:
The Hope of Humanity's Future
In A Time Not Her Own
Raised by Robots

Powers:
Aging, Damage. and Disease Resistance: 6
Flight: 7
Super-Speed: 3

History
In a possibly alternate future, a war among superhumans devastated the Earth and destroyed most of civilization. So massive were the energies unleashed, the Earth itself was damaged to the core and threatened to break apart.

Some time after the war, perhaps as long as a millennium, intelligent robots lived in a massive, enclosed city known as Eden-One. They had been the caretakers of the last humans they knew to exist, and now sought to preserve human history and knowledge. One of these robots, a bio-specialist named Maia-1A457, engineered a human embryo with superhuman attributes from stored genetic material. The infant was gestated in an artificial womb. Maia-1A457 named the girl Futura, because she hoped the child would provide a future for humanity.

Futura was raised by the robots, not knowing she wasn't one of them until late in her childhood. In adolescence, she ventured outside Eden-One with the reluctant acquiescence of her robot caretakers and encountered post-human beings and aliens, making some friends among them. Most of her time, however, was spent in training and education so that one day she could make a trip to the past and prevent her catastrophic future from ever occurring.

When she reached young adulthood, she asked for her final examinations and proved to Maia-1A457 and the others she was ready for her mission. Using an ancient time machine, she journeyed back to 20th Century San Francisco. Soon after her arrival, she rescued four young people from a mutant monster that had inadvertently been transported to the past with her. The four (Dean Hunt, Zelda Dunkel, “Crunch” Samson, and Cynthia Vandaveer) offered her a room in the house they were living in, and inspired by her story, changed the name of their band to The Tomorrows.

Futura assumed the identity of Eve Hope, and got a job at a record store to better observe the culture and way of life of the humans of the era. In her true identity, she became famous as she battled threats to peace and freedom, always staying vigilant for signs of the coming future she hopes to prevent.

See Futura's FASERIP stats here.

Art by Anna Liisa Jones

Wednesday Comics: Storm: The Living Planet (part 6)

Sorcerer's Skull - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 11:00
My exploration of the long-running euro-comic Storm, continues with his adventures in the world of Pandarve. Earlier installments can be found here.


Storm: The Living Planet (1986) (part 5)
(Dutch: De Levende Planeet)
Art by Don Lawrence; script by Martin Lodewijk

It turns out Alice has not arrived from Wonderland, but is instead a projection of Mother Pandarve, an avatar of the living planet itself. She shows Storm that she could appear as a devil--or as Marilyn Monroe. In surprising show of jealousy, Ember nixes that idea.

"Alice" wants to show Storm something, so she leads him and Ember away, much to the chagrin of her "unfaithful servant" the Theocrat. She takes them to an elevator to travel to her core, and she reveals what she wants from them:

It seems that Pandarve's prime intellect has been busy for a long time with a mathematical problem, and the Theocrat has used the oppurtunity to cease power for himself. He hasn't released the Egg of Pandarve from her subconscious with should grow into her progency, satellite worlds. It that's not done, her mind will splinter. Due to the unusual energy around him, only Storm can do the job:


Of course, there are nightmare monsters down there, too. "Alice" gives Storm a weapon:


Storm and Ember land in open land under a red sky, near a forest--not exactly what one would expect at the center of a planet. But then, there are the nightmare creatures Pandarve mentioned..



TO BE CONTINUED

THE GREEN LANTERN #1 preview

First Comics News - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 02:57

THE GREEN LANTERN #1
(W) Grant Morrison (A/CA) Liam Sharp
Superstar writer Grant Morrison (Batman, All-Star Superman) returns to DC alongside red-hot artist Liam Sharp (The Brave AND the Bold, Wonder Woman) to launch a new, ongoing series: THE GREEN LANTERN!
In this debut issue, when Earth’s space cop, Hal Jordan, encounters an alien hiding in plain sight, it sets off a chain of events that rocks the Green Lantern Corps-and quite possibly the Multiverse at large-to its very core. There’s an inter-galactic conspiracy afoot, as well as a traitor in the GL Corps’ ranks, so strap in for more mind-bending adventures in this masterpiece in the making.
In Shops: Nov 07, 2018
SRP: $4.99

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Kidrobot Releases New Futurama Items

First Comics News - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 00:27

For the first time in 1.5 inches of high quality 3D vinyl, this new collectible Futurama Universe X2Blind Box Keychain Series includes Universe X versions of Fry, Leela, Bender and Zoidberg as well as one very dapper Lord Nibbler. Each of the 14 keychains comes in a sealed foil bag and blind boxed to preserve the rarity, collectibility and surprise of each keychain unboxing. Even we don’t know what is in each blind box. Collect all 14 of these keychains today. Woop Woop Woop!

FUTURAMA UNIVERSE X2 KEYCHAINS RATIOS – Collect all 14 now!

  • Fry Futurama Keychain – 3/24
  • Fry (Universe X) Keychain – 2/24
  • Leela Futurama Keychain – 5/40
  • Lrrr Futurama Keychain – 2/24
  • ?? – ?/?? (Super Rare Mystery Chase Piece)
  • Zoidberg Futurama Keychain – 2/24
  • ?? – ?/?? (Super Rare Mystery Chase Piece)
  • Metallic Bender Futurama Keychain – 2/24
  • Zoidberg (Universe X) Futurama Keychain – 2/24
  • Nibbler Futurama Keychain – 1/24
  • Leela (Universe X) Futurama Keychain – 3/48
  • Morbo Futurama Keychain – 3/48
  • Fry (Old) Futurama Keychain – 2/24
  • Leela (Old) Futurama Keychain – 2/24

 

Futurama Robot Santa “Naughty” Art Figure

There is a chance that if he catches you after dark he’ll chop off your head and stuff your neck full of toys from his sack of horrors; but you’ll probably be fine… Kidrobot teams up with Futurama to ring in your holiday fears a little early this year, with this 6 inch tall high quality vinyl art figure of Futurama Robot Santa Claus. This nice version of Robot Santa checking his naughty list (at over 50 mega checks per second) and is about to get jolly on all our asses! This year, you too, can be dreaming of a red Xmas with either the Robot Santa Claus “Naughty”  Art Figure or ensure you are on the nice list with the Kidrobot.com exclusive Robot Santa Claus “Nice” Art Figure,  limited to 500 units world-wide.

Kidrobot.com Exclusive Futurama Robot Santa “Nice” Art Figure (Limited edition of 500 pieces worldwide)

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Marvel Reveals New UNCANNY X-MEN #1 Cover from Rob Liefeld!

First Comics News - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 21:54

New York, NY—September 25, 2018— This November, UNCANNY X-MEN returns with a new ongoing series, bringing together nearly every mutant left on earth in a story that threatens to destroy them. It’s an epic tale of mystery and tragic disappearance, with an adventure so earth-shattering, it could very well be the X-Men’s FINAL mission!

 

In celebration of the much-anticipated launch of UNCANNY X-MEN #1, Marvel is excited to reveal a new variant cover from legendary artist Rob Liefeld!

 

Don’t miss UNCANNY X-MEN #1, coming this November to local comic shops – X-MEN DISASSEMBLED will have fans talking for years to come!

 

 

UNCANNY X-MEN #1 (SEP180791)

Written by KELLY THOMPSON, ED BRISSON and MATTHEW ROSENBERG

Art by MAHMUD ASRAR, MARK BAGLEY and MIRKO COLAK

Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU

 

UNCANNY X-MEN LIEFELD VAR (SEP180801)

 

On Sale 11/14/18

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Eaglemoss Hero Collector Brings the Best of Battlestar Galactica to NYCC ’18

First Comics News - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 21:50

Die-Cast Vipers, Cruisers and the Galactica Herself Pull into Port at Booth #1520

(September 25, 2018 – New York, NY) Fleeing the Cylon tyranny, Eaglemoss Hero Collector escapes to Booth #1520 at the New York Comic Con with new ships from both the classic 1978 and renowned 2004 Battlestar Galactica TV series. Developed in collaboration with members of the modern  Galactica VFX team, each ship in the Battlestar Galactica: The Official Ships Collection measures between 8 and 11 inches long, is crafted from die-cast metal and high-quality ABS materials, and comes with a 16-page magazine that profiles the ship and features interviews with the show’s creators including Ronald D. Moore.

Officially authorized by Universal Studios Consumer Products Group, all four ships in the series released to date will be on display and available at special convention pricing, including:

• Viper Mark II – measuring 10.6 inches in length, this versatile fighter appeared in almost every episode of the critically acclaimed 2004 Battlestar Galactica television series and features the Starbuck callsign and tail number, along with authentic wear-and-tear effects

• Cylon Raider – at 9.8 inches in length, this is the primary attack fighter used by the Cylons as seen in the 2004 series

• Galactica – the modern version of the Colonial super battleship that survived the Cylon assault on the twelve colonies, becoming protector and provider for humanity’s only survivors. Realized at 10.5 inches in length, no other ship has more heart and soul than this battle-worn behemoth

• Viper Mark I (convention debut) – this is it! – the original Colonial fighter jet introduced in the original Battlestar Galactica series from 1978!

Hero Collector also invites all attendees to stop by Booth #1520 every day for the chance to win one of more than ## daily “Bundles of Joy.” Day 1 will award the Star Trek Discovery Bundle, featuring 5 ships from the Star Trek: Discovery Official Starships Collection. Day 2 will award the Battlestar Galactica Bundle, featuring all 4 ships in the collection released to date. Day 3 spotlights the Batman Universe Busts Bundle, including 12 busts from the collection. And on Day 4, the Star Trek Starships XL Bundle, with 5 ships from the collection, will be awarded.

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Zenescope Entertainment Announces Plans for New York Comic Con

First Comics News - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 21:43

Horsham, PA-  Comic book and graphic novel publishing house, Zenescope Entertainment, has announced its plans for the 2018 New York Comic Con. The convention will run October 4th-7th and will be located at the Jacob K. Javits Center in midtown Manhattan.

Zenescope returns to booth number 1906 for the duration of the convention weekend. It’s there the publisher will be celebrating recent partnerships with the beloved and long-standing brand, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! as well as with popular collectible pin company, FanSets.

Ripley’s is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a two part graphic novel series being published through Zenescope. Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Part 1 will be available at the Zenescope booth throughout Comic Con weekend. Meanwhile, FanSets will be releasing a special Zenescope New York Comic Con collectible pin available all weekend.

As always, Zenescope will unveil 15+ brand new NYCC limited edition comics and other hard to find exclusive content. The company will also unveil some brand new merchandise that includes Zenescope beer pong tables, glassware, bottle openers and magnets.

On Thursday October 4th, 2018, Zenescope will also be hosting a panel discussion titled Girl Fight: The Leading Ladies of Comics from @ 7:45pm in Room # 1A02. Host Amy Moyer and Panelists Lisa Wu (Aftershock), Victoria Rau (Peek-A-Boo), comic store owner, Jen King (Eisner finalist), and other industry insiders will discuss creating complex female heroes and villains.

Zenescope will have special booth guest appearances and signings by Zenescope founders and writers Joe Brusha & Ralph Tedesco (Grimm Fairy Tales; Tales of Terror) Also appearing will be Zenescope Lead Editor and Writer Dave Franchini (Belle: Beast Hunter), Zenescope Editor/Writer, Terry Kavanagh (The Musketeers), and Veteran Comic Book Writer Howard Mackie (Jasmine: Crown of Kings). Signing and Appearance times are TBA and can be found at www.zenescope.com or on Zenescope’s Facebook & Twitter closer to the convention date.

Finally, during the convention weekend Zenescope will also be raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation which hits close to home for the Zenescope family. A portion of select art print sales will be going towards the Cystic Fibrosis Walk taking place on October 20, 2018 in Philadelphia at Talen Energy Stadium. Donations are still open for those that would like to participate.

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TINIEBLAS JR #1 ONE-SHOT

First Comics News - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 21:13

Masked Republic Luchaverse: Tinieblas Jr #1 One-Shot
(W) Marco Lopez, Ivan Plaza
(A/CA) Diego Simone

Tinieblas Jr is the proud inheritor of a legacy that dates to the early 1970’s, when his father Tinieblas started his lucha libre career. However, unknown to anyone but a small select few, Tinieblas Jr is also the protector of both human and monster realms. A monster hunter, taking on the legions of the damned and all manner of creatures that go bump in the night! Today, out of his secret lair with his assistant Ramona, they decide to help a close friend solve an ages old mystery. A mystery so old, it will change both the human and monster worlds forever!

October 15, 2018

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