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THE BEEF—NOW IN A MEATY TRADE PAPERBACK

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

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

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

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

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WRITER/PRODUCER BRANDON EASTON JOINS  RAMÓN GOVEA’S INCIDENTALS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Not to belittle any other character in DC or any other publisher’s retinue of heroes, but Batman is clearly one of the most globally recognizable characters — even in silhouette!” said Marc Nathan, show promoter for the Baltimore Comic-Con. “We are so excited to be hosting so many of the major players contributing to the mythology of Batman today, and expect them to be in high demand by their fans!” TICKETS
General Admission and VIP Package tickets for Weekend, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are now on sale! Visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets/ for more information and to purchase your advanced tickets now, and as always, kids 10 and under get into the show free with a paid adult General Admission! In addition to on-site CGC grading, this year’s confirmed guests for the show include: Arthur Adams (Guardians of the Galaxy), Joel Adams (Bucky O’Hare Graphic Novel Coloring Book), Neal Adams (Deadman), Zeea Adams (Neal Adams Monsters), Arantza (fantasy artist), Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets), Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl), Marty Baumann (Big Hero 6), June Brigman (Power Pack), Pat Broderick (Micronauts), Mark Buckingham (Scooby Apocalypse), Buzz (Superman: The Coming of the Supermen), Greg Capullo (Dark Knights: Metal), Christa Cassano (Ghetto Klown), Howard Chaykin (Captain America), Joyce Chin (All-New Wolverine), Frank Cho (Harley Quinn), Amy Chu (Red Sonja), Steve Conley (The Middle Age), Katie Cook (Thanos Annual), Paris Cullins (WWE Superstars), Kristina Deak-Linsner (Vampirella: Roses for the Dead), Jose Delbo (Spongebob Comics), Vito Delsante (Midnight Tiger Stronger), Todd Dezago (Tellos), Garth Ennis (Jimmy’s Bastards, Friday and Saturday only), David Finch (Trinity), Meredith Finch (Rose), Jenny Frison (Wonder Woman), Steve Geiger (Web of Spider-Man), Joe Giella (The Flash), Tom Grummett (The New Titans, courtesy of Hero Initiatiive), Bob Hall (Squadron Supreme), Dean Haspiel (The Red Hook), Clinton Hobart (Disney fine artist), Jamal Igle (Molly Danger), Tony Isabella (Black Lightning), Todd Johnson (Tribe), Justin Jordan (Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps), Tom King (Batman), Barry Kitson (The Flash), Alisa Kwitney (Mystik U), Leo Leibelman (Heavy Metal), Paul Levitz (Brooklyn Blood), Joseph Michael Linsner (Vampirella: Roses for the Dead), Kevin Maguire (Man of Steel), Shawn Martinbrough (Shadowman), Ron Marz (Fathom Vol. 7), Ed McGuinness (Avengers), Bob McLeod (G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero), Dawn McTeigue (Divinica), Adriana Melo (Plastic Man, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Frank Miller (Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander, Saturday and Sunday only), Stuart Moore (Deadpool the Duck), Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise), Michael Moreci (Nightwing), Denny O’Neil (DC Universe Holiday Special, courtesy of Hero Initiative), John Ostrander (Suicide Squad, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Tom Palmer (Avengers), Dan Parent (Betty & Veronica Friends Forever), Jeff Parker (Future Quest Presents), Paul Pelletier (Titans Special), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Brandon Peterson (Green Lanterns), Tom Peyer (Captain Kid), Richard and Wendy Pini (Elfquest), Andy Price (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic), David Proch (Quarter Moon), Tom Raney (Giantkillers), Frank Reynoso (Garbage Pail Kids: Fables, Fantasies and Farts), Afua Richardson (Black Panther: World of Wakanda), Roy Richardson (The Flash), Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge), Craig Rousseau (Startup), Andy Runton (Owly), P. Craig Russell (Salome and Other Stories), Stuart Sayger (GI Joe: A Real American Hero vs. The Six-Million Dollar Man), Louise Simonson (Action Comics #1000), Walter Simonson (Thor), Dan Slott (Tony Stark: Iron Man), John K. Snyder (Fashion in Action), Scott Snyder (Justice League, Saturday only), Jim Starlin (Thanos: The Infinity Siblings, Saturday and Sunday only), Joe Staton (Dick Tracy), Brian Stelfreeze (Black Panther), Jim Steranko (Action Comics), Larry Stroman (Tribe), Rob Stull (The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute), Peter Tomasi (Superman), David Trustman (God Slap), Sarah Trustman (The Memory Arts), Gus Vazquez (Sunfire and Big Hero Six), Rick Veitch (Rick Veitch’s The One), Magdalene Visaggio (Eternity Girl), Mark Waid (Captain America), Larry Watts (Evil Dead 2: Cradle of the Damned); Bob Wiacek (All New Wolverine), Rich Woodall (The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute), and Thom Zahler (Time & Vine).

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The Super-Sentinels!

Sorcerer's Skull - Fri, 06/08/2018 - 12:12

Earth's greatest heroes! Banded together for the cause of justice! 

Roll Call (so far):
Cosmic Knight!
Damselfly!
Big Man!

Big Man [FASERIP]

Sorcerer's Skull - Thu, 06/07/2018 - 11:00
BIG MAN

STATISTICS
F                 GD   (10)
A                 EX  (20)
S                 TY  (6)
E                 EX   (20)
R                 RM (30)
I                  GD  (10)
P                 GD (10) 
Health: 56
Karma: 50

Real Name: Kelvin Carter
Occupation: High school student
Identity: Secret
Legal Status: Citizen of the U.S. with no criminal record
Place of Birth: Empire City
Marital Status: Single
Known Relatives: Ted Carter (father), Ava Carter (mother, presumed deceased), Louise Carter (grandmother)
Base of Operations: Dawson
Group Affiliation: Super-Sentinels

KNOWN POWERS
Grownth. Incredible ability to grow up to 60 ft. Ranks and effects are as follows:
RankHeightBonus to be hitMass IncreaseStrengthEnduranceBody ResistanceFeeble9 feet+1CSGoodRemarkableRemarkableTypicalPoor12 feet+1CSExcellentIncredibleRemarkableGoodTypical18 feet+1CSRemarkableIncredibleAmazingExcellentGood24 feet+1CSRemarkableAmazingAmazingRemarkableExcellent36 feet+1CSIncredibleMonstrousAmazingRemarkableRemarkable48 feet+2CSIncredibleMonstrousMonstrousIncredibleIncredible60 feet+2CSAmazingUnearthlyMonstrousIncredibleHistory: After the a laboratory accident led to the death (or perhaps disappearance) of Kelvin's mother, his father lost his job in the ensuing cover-up. He moved Kelvin and himself back to Dawson, the economically depressed Southern city where he had grown up, where rents were cheap, and he could acquire research space. Kelvin wasn’t so sure that was a good idea. When his father was seriously beaten by gang members, he was very sure it wasn’t. Modifying one of his parents' inventions to allow him to grow to gigantic height, Kel sets out to show the gangs just who the big man is around here!

Wednesday Comics: Storm: The Living Planet (part 2)

Sorcerer's Skull - Wed, 06/06/2018 - 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 2)
(Dutch: De Levende Planeet)
Art by Don Lawrence; script by Martin Lodewijk

Storm asks the diminutive foreman to at least take them to the ground after having "salvaged" their aircraft. After consulting his rule book, the man says he can help them, if they do him a favor in return:


The man also gives them seeds to swallow which will infuse enough oxygen in their blood for them to reach the ground. When they find the egg, the little men will locate them.

They take the gliders down to ride the thermals rising off the molten sea. Unfortunately, Ember gets too close and catches her wing on fire! Storm swoops in close, then Ember jumps:


They're too heavy to fly, so they're forced to land on an isolated rock outcropping. They surmise they'll soon die due to the heat, but then--amazingly--they see ship approaching. To get the crew's attention, Storm summons the power he has as the Anomaly to create a burst of light...


The ship sends out a scout on a winged beast who identifies them as shipwreck survivors. The Salamander pulls in close to pick them up. Once aboard, they are greeted by the Captain. One of his administrative functionaries enquires as to how they plan to pay for their passage. When Storm says they have no money, the Captain offers another solution:


And they happen to have two vacancies!

TO BE CONTINUED

Damselfly!

Sorcerer's Skull - Mon, 06/04/2018 - 11:07

No stats today, but here's a new piece of art by Dean Kotz with colors and logo by me for my supers thing in the works.

The microverse of Zurrz-Zann is home to a technologically advanced, regimented society. Zurrz-Zann was at peace for many years, until an emerging insectoid intelligence on Earth breached the dimensions and fomented insurrection. Xazandra Zaantarz was a junior law enforcer, sent with her partner to Earth to stop the psychic attack. The two eventually became lovers and a crimefighting partners as Dragonfly and Damselfly. 

When the society of their homeworld took an even greater turn toward authoritarianism, Damselfly chose to stay on Earth and was branded a traitor by her people.

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