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Vampirella #9 preview

First Comics News - Tue, 03/17/2020 - 18:50

Vampirella (Vol.5) #9

writer: Christopher Priest  |  artist:  Ergün Gündüz

covers: Lucio Parrillo (A), Guillem March (B), Fay Dalton (C)

                Ergün Gündüz (D, Teena Titan Cosplay (E)

                Juan Gedeon “Zombie” Variant (RI), Lucio Parrillo “Pure Pencil”

                Sketch Cover (RI/BW), Teena Titan Cosplay (RI/Virgin)

                Ergün Gündüz (RI/Virgin), Guillem March (RI/Virgin)

                Lucio Parrillo “Pure Pencil” Sketch Cover (RI/BW Virgin)

                Icon Edition Cover: Mark Texeira (RI)

                Icon Edition Cover: Bruce Timm (RI), Lucio Parrillo CGC-Graded Cover

FC  |  32 pages  |  Horror  |  $3.99  |   Te

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Life is Strange Comic Trailer

First Comics News - Tue, 03/17/2020 - 18:42



he story fans thought they would never see! This all-new emotional rollercoaster stars fan-favorites Max and Chloe, and picks up after the critically-acclaimed game! Torn between universes, can a splintered Max reckon with the sins of Arcadia past… and is there any future for Max and Chloe when time itself is against them? Written by Emma Vieceli, with art by Claudia Leonardi! Life is Strange #1 is available in comic shops on November 14, 2018, and also on digital devices. Issue #1 comes with 5 covers to collect, plus an exclusive Forbidden Planet variant: https://bit.ly/2COHYvT

 

 

 

Product Title: Life is Strange: Partners in Time

 

Issue/Volume Number: 1

 

Number of Issues/Volumes in Series: Ongoing

 

Frequency of Publication (Monthly, Bimonthly, Quarterly, etc.): Monthly

 

Intended Audience (All Ages, Mature Themes, Adult): Mature Themes

 

Genre (Superhero, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror, Western, etc.): Gaming / Drama / Supernatural

 

Format (dimensions, pg count, FC/B&W/PC, SC/HC): 170 x 258mm / 32pp / FC / SC Comic

 

Retail Price: $3.99

 

Diamond Discount:

 

Printer: Senatobia LSC

 

Country of Printing: US

 

Ship Date/Month: April 15, 2020

 

UPC Code:

Cover A: 7 93611 73564 4 00111

Cover B: 7 93611 73564 4 00121

Cover C: 7 93611 73564 4 00131

Cover D: 7 93611 73564 4 00141

Cover E: 7 93611 73564 4 00151

 

 

ISBN:

 

Author(s): Emma Vieceli

Artist(s): Claudia Leonardi, Andrea Izzo

Cover Artist(s): Ilya Kuvshinov (CVR A), Sarah Graley (CVR B), T-Shirt (CVR C), Cover A B&W Variant (CVR D) Ilya Kuvshinov B&W Variant (CVR E)

 

Synopsis

(approx 50 words):

 

NOTE: alternate cover text should be 1-2 sentences max with product details only. A NEW ERA, A NEW #1!

 

The adventures of Max, Chloe, and Rachel, from the hit game Life is Strange, continue into a new era!

Time-rewinding photographer Max has spent the last couple of years in a reality parallel to her own.

Lately, she realised she was running from her responsibilities… and from the Chloe she left.

 

Now… there may be a way for her to get home.

With the universe against her, it’s time for the coast-to-coast road trip of multiple lifetimes to find it  – following the band The High Seas towards an uncertain destiny!

 

 

 

Special Notes:

 

This is a featured item (contracted, comic) in February 2020 Previews.

 

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Your First Look at Brian Azzarello & Maria Llovet’s FAITHLESS II #1 From BOOM! Studios 

First Comics News - Tue, 03/17/2020 - 18:34

Discover the Highly Anticipated Return from the Acclaimed Creators of the
Most Controversial Series of 2019

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 17, 2020) – BOOM! Studios today revealed a first look at FAITHLESS II, a brand new six-issue sequel series from critically acclaimed team of writer Brian Azzarello (Batman: Damned) and artist Maria Llovet (Heartbeat), who return to the world of their bestelling erotic series, with letterer AndWorld Design, as Faith and her lovers, Louis (AKA The Devil) and Poppy (his daughter), bring magic and chaos to the streets of Italy.

Turin, known as the epicenter of black magic, is also a place of high fashion, art, and literature. Now, Faith is in the center of it all and with that, her own power grows. But any power comes with a price. Faith has only just begun to pay for hers.

FAITHLESS II #1 features main cover art by series artist Llovet, variant cover art by fan favorite Kris Anka (White Trees), and the first in a series of erotic variant connecting covers by acclaimed artist Tula Lotay (Black Widow) that will be polybagged and not publicly previewed due to sexually explicit material. Each erotic variant cover will be limited to its initial print run and will not be reprinted or collected in any subsequent formats. All issues of FAITHLESS II will continue this variant cover program with similar content, limited release, and packaging.

FAITHLESS II is the newest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to critically acclaimed original series, including Once & Future by Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora; Something is Killing the Children by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera;  Abbott by Saladin Ahmed and Sami Kivelä; Bury the Lede by Gaby Dunn and Claire Roe; Klaus by Grant Morrison and Dan Mora; Folklords by Matt Kindt and Matt Smith; The Red Mother by Jeremy Haun and Danny Luckert; Alienated by Simon Spurrier and Chris Wildgoose and King of Nowhere by W. Maxwell Prince and Tyler Jenkins.

Print copies of FAITHLESS II #1 will be available for sale on April 22, 2020 exclusively at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Madefire.

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

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AfterShock Comics Statement on COVID-19

First Comics News - Tue, 03/17/2020 - 18:32

Dear Industry Press and Colleagues,

On behalf of all of us at AfterShock Comics, we want to let you know that we take the health of our fans, colleagues, creators, and retail partners very seriously – no matter where in the world they happen to find themselves at this unprecedented time.

Beyond continued good health and supporting all the precautions that continue to be promoted at various community and government levels, if there’s anything we would wish for you and your friends and family right now is that you find yourself able to continue to support your local comic shop.

We’ve been impressed and somewhat comforted by the ways in which many shops across North America and around the world have already modified their businesses to ensure the ongoing safety of their employees, as well as to continue to serve you, the loyal AfterShock reader.

The vast majority of comic shops have already put into place plans to get through the current COVID-19 outbreak – and they want to make it as easy and safe as possible for you to get your comics. If you’re not feeling up to your regular visit, many shops can arrange for curbside pickup and can take payment over the phone. Some have modified their operating hours or staggered suggested peak times to visit in the interest of social distancing. Some even offer the opportunity to buy online and have your comics and collections delivered straight to your door (often with free or reduced shipping). Never underestimate the ingenuity of comics people!

As for us, we’re working as doggedly as ever to bring you the caliber of escapist fare that you expect from AfterShock.

It’s been said that a situation like this, in which more and more people are being prompted (or in some cases, required) to stay at home, is a perfect opportunity to catch up on one’s reading. We couldn’t agree more.

Stay healthy. Stay safe. Stay AfterShock. 

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B&V FRIENDS JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #279 preview

First Comics News - Tue, 03/17/2020 - 07:32

B&V FRIENDS JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #279
TWO NEW CLASSIC-STYLE STORIES: First, in “’Fun’-draising,” Betty and Veronica are in a charitable spirit and decide to put all their effort into fundraising for Riverdale Children’s Hospital. But that doesn’t mean that their newfound giving attitudes stop them from a little friendly competition! Then, in “The Perfect Cast,” Young warlock Salem and his friends are holding a spell-casting contest. Salem is feeling outpaced and insecure so he ups the ante with an especially dangerous spell—with some not-so-great consequences!
Script: Bill Golliher, Ian Flynn
Art: Dan Parent, Chad Thomas, Jim Amash, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Jeff Shultz, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 3/18
192-page, full color comic
$7.99 U.S.

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ARCHIE #712 preview

First Comics News - Tue, 03/17/2020 - 07:31

ARCHIE #712
ARCHIE AND KATY KEENE #3
Katy Keene is headed to NEW YORK CITY! …Along with Archie, Veronica, Jughead, Betty and Sabrina. But is Katy ready to take a bite out of the Big Apple? And will Archie finally find musical recognition in the city that never sleeps?
Script: Mariko Tamaki and Kevin Panetta
Art: Laura Braga, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Laura Braga
Variant Covers: Paul Renaud, Marley Zarcone
On Sale Date: 3/18
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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MAD CAVE JUNE 2020 SOLICITATIONS

First Comics News - Tue, 03/17/2020 - 06:00

Dry Foot #1
Writer: Jarred Lujan
Artist: Orlando Caicedo
Colorist: Warnia Sahadewa
Letterer: Justin Birch
In Shops: June 10, 2020
SRP: $3.99
A group of 4 children in 1980s Miami plot against the most dangerous gang in the city, Los Marielitos. Together they attempt to steal enough cash to escape the life of crime and drugs they are surrounded by.
Writer Jarred Lujan and artist Orlando Caicedo (Pound) deliver a thrilling coming-of-age heist that will show you a different side of The Magic City!

 

Stargazer #2
Writer: Anthony Cleveland
Artist: Antonio Fuso
Colorist: Stefano Simeone
Letterer: Justin Birch
In Shops: June 10, 2020
SRP: $3.99
A rebel alien from an ancient alien race hides a secret inside of 4 young kids in the 90s. 20 years later, they are back to get back what was stolen from them. Now, it’s time for the kids to deal and come to terms with what they dealt with all those years ago.

 

Hellfighter Quinn #4
Writer: Jay Sandlin
Artist: Antagun Ilhan
Colorist: Maria Santaolalla
Letterer: Justin Birch
In Shops: June 17, 2020
SRP: $3.99
When Quinn gets sucked in through a portal in an abandoned NYC train station, he is transported into the Tribunal. Here he will have to battle on behalf of his people to take control of the Azure Sun and prevent future world disasters.

 

Savage Bastards #5
Writer: David Galiano
Artist: Carlos Angeli
Letterer: Miguel Angel Zapata
In Shops: June 24, 2020
SRP: $3.99
In the wild west, half brothers Sam and Elliott must battle through a series of satellite towns, run by their half-siblings, in order to get revenge on their demented Father, Darragh MacDougal.

 

Wolvenheart Vol.1
Writer: Mark London
Artist: Alejandro Giraldo
Letterer: Miguel Zapata
In Shops: June 24, 2020
SRP: $19.99
The story follows Sterling Cross, the most prolific time traveling, monster slayer in Wolvenheart, an organization dedicated to monitoring paranormal anomalies in the space-time continuum, led by the legendary Professor Van Helsing. After the group is infiltrated and decimated by a cabal of history’s most infamous villains, led by the most notorious serial killer of the 16th century, Elizabeth Bathory, Sterling winds up trapped in an alternate reality where his only choice is to fight his way through time and change the course of history. For fans of Dr. Who, Castlevania, Penny Dreadful, and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
Collecting the seven-issue run of Writer Mark London (Knights of the Golden Sun, Honor and Curse) and Alejandro Giraldo (Midnight Task Force) journey through space and time that you’re not going to forget!

 

Over The Ropes Vol.1
Writer: Jay Sandlin
Artist: Antonello Cosentino
Colorist: Francesco Segala
Letterer: Justin Birch
In Shops: June 17, 2020
SRP: $14.99
Over the Ropes dives into sports entertainment’s biggest era. A young high-flyer named Jason Lynn goes off-script in a match to win the world title and sets the southern territory on fire, performing as the face-painted wrestler, Phoenix. Jason’s battles between the ropes are only
outperformed by his struggles outside the ring: First dates. Crooked promoters. Cage matches. Factions and families. No matter what problems smack him with a steel chair, Jason lives by his catchphrase: I. Will. Rise. Step Over the Ropes and into 1990s wrestling as artist Antonello Cosentino and writer Jan Sandlin (Hellfighter Quin) throw you into the ring in this five-issue collection.

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RICH REVIEWS: Stingray # 1

First Comics News - Tue, 03/17/2020 - 03:19

Title: Stingray # 1
Publisher: Cutthroat Comics
Writer: Josh Nealis
Artist: Cristiano Reina
Cover: Matt Horak
Price: $ 4.99 US
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Website: www.cutthroatcomics.com
Comments: A guy in a costume rips into some thieves totally destroying them. It gets gory. He does look good and is bad ass and over the top violent.
What does a squirrel have to do with anything in this story? It looks amazing in the art but why is it there?
The story jumps around way to much. It needs to stop and let you know what is going on. Who are the characters it is showing you and what are they up to and why.
The squirrel gets to fight an alien on an alien planet.
The story needs to be more focused. There is to much happening with no reason given for any of it. Who are the Ceti why are they doing what they do? Who is the violent guy? What is the violent guy with no name doing in another guys bedroom? Who is the other guy? How does he fit into the story?
The art does look amazing. The squirrel you will just love how it looks.

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WWE statement regarding WrestleMania 36

First Comics News - Tue, 03/17/2020 - 02:52

In coordination with local partners and government officials, WrestleMania and all related events in Tampa Bay will not take place. However, WrestleMania will still stream live on Sunday, April 5 at 7 pm ET on WWE Network and be available on pay-per-view. Only essential personnel will be on the closed set at WWE’s training facility in Orlando, Florida to produce WrestleMania.

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NWA Suspends Crockett Cup & NWA Powerrr Live Events

First Comics News - Tue, 03/17/2020 - 00:59
STATEMENT FROM NWA ON CROCKETT CUP & NWA POWERRR LIVE EVENTS

The National Wrestling Alliance, given the uncertain course of this world health crisis, is suspending normal operations until June as far as any live performances. This includes the upcoming Atlanta, GA events; Crockett Cup PPV on April 19th at the Gateway Center Arena and our NWA Powerrr tapings at GPB Studios on April 20th and 21st. At this time, the Super Powerrr episode scheduled to air on Tuesday March 17th, which promoted these events, will not air in its current form in order to not create confusion in the marketplace. However, we will continue to produce content in the interim, and thank fans in advance for their continued support.

The health and safety of our wrestlers, in-house and NWA staff, and fans are of the utmost importance during the global pandemic of COVID-19. We look forward to seeing you all soon.

For those who have purchased tickets to The Crockett Cup at the Gateway Center, you’ll be receiving a refund from the point of purchase. For the NWA Powerrr at GPB on April 20thand 21st, if you’d like to keep your tickets for a future GPB event please email Maureen@nationalwrestlingalliance.com If you do not contact Maureen within 5 days, you’ll be issued a refund on your NWA Powerrr tickets.

If you pre-ordered on Fite.TV, you should be receiving a full refund asap.

Please stay safe!

David Lagana | VP National Wrestling Alliance

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CCL #516 – Virtual Virus Meet-Up

First Comics News - Mon, 03/16/2020 - 23:56

In the midst of a crappy week, and more crappy weeks to come Chris and Andy held a virtual meet-up with five other members of the CCL Slack community. COVID-19 was a major topic, but so was our favorite artists and what we are all reading these days and just how will the Coronavirus affect the entertainment industry. Our thanks to Gordon, Tim, Sam, Chris B and Jason!

Here’s the YouTube link if you want to see our smiling faces https://youtu.be/dmeiX4kgrbE

LINKS:
CCL Slack Channel – free and open to anyone
CCL Podcast on Libsyn
CCL Podcast on Castbox
CCL Podcast on Spotify
CCL Podcast on Google
CCL Podcast on iTunes
CCL and other great Comic Book Podcasts on iTunes
CCL Twitter
CCL Podcast RSS Feed
This podcast direct .mp3 link

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WrestleMania 36 Update

First Comics News - Mon, 03/16/2020 - 23:37

Amid the current situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19), much speculation has centered around WrestleMania; WWE’s biggest event of the year.

Originally scheduled to take place April 5 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL, World Wrestling Entertainment sent out a the following statement today (credit: PW Insider):

“WWE statement regarding WrestleMania 36

In with local partners and government officials, WrestleMania and all related events in Tampa Bay will not take place. However, WrestleMania will still stream live on Sunday, April 5 at 7 pm ET on WWE Network and be available on pay-per-view. Only essential personnel will be on the closed set at WWE’s training facility in Orlando, Florida to produce WrestleMania.”

 

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EXCLUSIVE VARIANT COVERS AND MORE AT YOUR LOCAL COMIC SHOP WHEN EMPYRE LAUNCHES ON APRIL 15th!

First Comics News - Mon, 03/16/2020 - 21:01

New York, NY— March 16, 2020 — The return of the Celestial Messiah to the Blue Area of the Moon sets off a new chapter in the Kree/Skrull War—only this time, it’s a Kree/Skrull Alliance aimed directly at Earth, and only the Avengers, the Fantastic Four and  more of Earth’s heroes stand in their way… When this unparalleled event begins on April 15th, participating comic shops will have an exclusive variant cover by Ed McGuinness and Empyre Launch Party Pins to help show off your allegiance!

The superstar creative team of writers Al Ewing and Dan Slott and artist Valerio Schiti have woven together a high-stakes sci-fi epic, rooted in Marvel lore while profoundly spearheading the future of the Marvel Universe. Be sure to check with your local comic book store for hours, availability, and pick up options for EMPYRE #1, on sale April 15th.

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ALL DIGITAL COMICS ARE FREE! A COVID-19 Update From Devil’s Due Comics

First Comics News - Mon, 03/16/2020 - 20:58

All of Devil’s Due’s Digital Comics Are Free This WeekWash your hands. Stay at home. Binge on Devil’s Due Comics.
CHICAGO – March 16, 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Devil’s Due Comics wants to do their part by helping you stay healthy and safe, and combat another side affect of all of this – CABIN FEVER! All digital comics offered through our webstore are free to download for the next week.

So cozy up with your preferred digital viewing device and happy social distancing!

COVID-19

Free Digital Comics!

Still want to order physical comics?No problem. As we said before, we want to do everything we can to keep our readers, creators, and community safe and healthy. Here are the measures our warehouse is taking to deliver your comics:

▪ Any inbound package is not touched for 36 hours by any of warehouse staff.
▪ There are comprehensive cleaning and sanitization protocols in place for all sections of our warehouse. Hand sanitizers have been placed throughout the warehouse and associates are to use them before packing any order.
▪ Any outbound package and pallet is left at our docking station for a postal service member (i.e. FedEx, USPS, other carrier) to pickup. Every warehouse associate stays at least 10 meters away from the postal member during pickup and any surface touched by the postal member is immediately sterilized. Should there be any signature required, immediate sanitization of hands, the pen used, and surface(s) touched is undergone.
▪ Any warehouse associate experiencing flu-like symptoms are asked to remain at home for a fourteen-day period.
▪ Any inbound package is not touched for 36 hours by any of warehouse staff.
▪ There are comprehensive cleaning and sanitization protocols in place for all sections of our warehouse. Hand sanitizers have been placed throughout the warehouse and associates are to use them before packing any order.
▪ Any outbound package and pallet is left at our docking station for a postal service member (i.e. FedEx, USPS, other carrier) to pickup. Every warehouse associate stays at least 10 meters away from the postal member during pickup and any surface touched by the postal member is immediately sterilized. Should there be any signature required, immediate sanitization of hands, the pen used, and surface(s) touched is undergone.
▪ Any warehouse associate experiencing flu-like symptoms are asked to remain at home for a fourteen-day period.

Again, Devil’s Due Comics is doing everything we can to prioritize the health and safety of everyone during the COVID-19 pandemic. It goes without saying please wash your hands and please stay at home if you can. As sad as we are about the convention cancellations and not being able to head to comic shops every week, it is important we all do our part.

Thank you,
Devil’s Due Comics

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INKWELL AWARDS POSTPONES 2020 AWARD CEREMONY AT THE GREAT PHILADELPHIA COMIC CON

First Comics News - Mon, 03/16/2020 - 20:56

(New Bedford, MA/USA—March 16, 2020) The 12th annual 2020 Inkwell Awards, the only national celebration for the art of comic-book inking, will be postponed until September 4 along with its host show, the Great Philadelphia Comic Con!, in Oaks, PA. Voting results and the awards ceremony from the non-profit advocacy will all take place at that time, due to the host show postponement from the recent COVID-19 situation.

Bob Almond, the Inkwells’ founder/director and MC of the event, said, “We know comic-book fans and professionals alike look forward to the results each year, as do the show’s attendees, and we’re sorry to disappoint them. But because CEO and Promoter Christopher Wertz and Director of Artists Alley & Creator Relations Stan Kanopka originally, and Jason Thomsen currently, have been so helpful to us in becoming our new host show, we feel obligated to save everything for the con and the loyal fans who attend.”

Almond said that as the date gets closer and guests and presenters are secured, further announcements will be made on the Inkwell’s website and other media. “Everything is up in the air due to the current crisis, which is understandable.” he added. “We just want everyone to focus on staying safe and healthy until it dissipates. Then we can hopefully get back to normal and celebrate the vital work that ink artists contribute to the industry.”

The Inkwells have five categories: Favorite Inker, Most-Adaptable Inker, the “Props” award for under-recognized professionals, the S.P.A.M.I. (Small Press And Mainstream-Independent), and the “All-in-One” Award for the artist who inks his/her own pencil art. There are also two lifetime achievement awards, the Joe Sinnott Hall Of Fame and the Stacey Aragon Special Recognition Award, or SASRA. All winners will be announced at the Philly show in September.

The Inkwell Awards is the only official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and educate regarding the art form of comic-book inking, as well as annually recognize the best ink artists and their work. Established in 2008, 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.

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The Slayer’s Best Friend WILLOW Features in New Solo Series from BOOM! Studios 

First Comics News - Mon, 03/16/2020 - 20:51

Uncover the Hidden Secrets of the Sunnydale Witch in this Brand New Buffyverse Series in June 2020

LOS ANGELES, CA (March 16, 2020) – BOOM! Studios, in collaboration with 20th Century Fox, is proud to announce BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: WILLOW, a special five-issue comic book miniseries, from award-winning writer Mariko Tamaki (Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me, Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass) and acclaimed artist Natacha Bustos (Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur), that brings Willow face to face with the truth of her past…and plants the seeds for a future no one could’ve predicted.

After everything—and everyone—she lost to the Hellmouth, Willow is leaving Sunnydale on a world-spanning road trip in search of her true self. She stumbles on a community of people like her: lost witches looking for answers…but there’s a darkness at the heart of it, one that reminds Willow of something she’s felt before, something that she fears inside herself.

Now, truly alone for the first time in her life, Willow must rely only on her instincts—and her magic—to save herself from a threat Buffy never prepared her to face…or the rest of the world will pay the price.

Mariko Tamaki is the award winning co-creator of the graphic novels This One Summer, with Jillian Tamaki, and Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me with Rosemary Valero-O’Connell. She also writes about heroes, villains and mutants for Marvel, DC Comics, and BOOM! Studios and curates the Abrams LGBTQ imprint Surely Books.

“As a nerdy queer I cannot think of a better job than writing a WILLOW adventure. Thrilled to be a part of the Buffy world.” said Tamaki.

Natacha Bustos is a comic book artist based out of Spain. She obtained her first published work at Vertigo with the story Going Nowhere, written by Brandon Montclare, in 2015. Bustos made her Marvel debut with Spider-Woman #10, before becoming the regular artist on Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, for which she won a Glyph Award for Best Female Character in 2016. In 2017, Bustos drew a story written by Ann Nocenti for Mine! Comic Anthology.  She’s also known for her cover work,, including Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur and World of Wakanda, and BOOM! Studios’ Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy, Go Go Power Rangers, Thrilling Adventure Hour, Jonesy, and Slam.

“One of the greatest things about making comics is being able to give life to the characters you love the most, and WILLOW from Buffy the Vampire Slayer is one of them. I’m excited to be working on this comic with such an amazing team.” said Bustos.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer premiered on March 10th, 1997. The Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated series, which ran for seven seasons from 1997-2003. Chosen to battle vampires, demons and other forces of darkness, Buffy is aided by a Watcher who guides and teaches her as she surrounds herself with a circle of friends called the Scooby Gang.

“Since we first started building our corner of the Buffyverse, we’ve been excited to give Willow her own miniseries—partly because she’s an absolute favorite of ours, but also because she is one of the most iconic queer characters in pop culture,” said Jeanine Schaefer, Executive Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Mariko and Natacha are the perfect team to dive into the dreams and struggles of the 21st-century witch who’s survived more than she ever thought she could, from breaking up with her girlfriend to battling literal demons from Hell. But as strong as Willow has been so far, what she finds over the course of this series will be the true test of who she is, both for herself and for the future of the entire Buffyverse. And I mean that quite literally.”

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: WILLOW, featuring main cover art by fan favorite artist Jen Bartel and variant art by Mirka Andolfo, 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 by Saladin Ahmed and Sami Kivelä; Bury the Lede by Gaby Dunn and Claire Roe; Klaus by Grant Morrison and Dan Mora; Something is Killing the Children by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera; The Red Mother by Jeremy Haun and Danny Luckert; and the upcoming Alienated by Simon Spurrier and Chris Wildgoose and King of Nowhere by W. Maxwell Prince and Danny Luckert. 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 López; Angel from Bryan Edward Hill and Gleb Melnikov, and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers from Ryan Parrott and Daniele Di Nicuolo.

Print copies of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER: WILLOW #1 will be available for sale in June 2020 exclusively at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Madefire.

For continuing news on BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter. And follow Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Crazy 8 Press to Release ZLONK! ZOK! ZOWIE!

First Comics News - Mon, 03/16/2020 - 20:50

The Subterranean Blue Grotto Guide to Batman ’66 – Season One

 

March 16, 2020 – Crazy 8 Press announced today it has agreed to release ZLONK! ZOK! ZOWIE! The Subterranean Blue Grotto Guide to Batman ’66 – Season One, Jim Beard’s celebration of the 1966 classic Batman television series. This new collection of essays creatively examines each episode of the ABC series which aired during the first half of 1966.

Edited by respected comic book writer and essayist Jim Beard, the 208-page Bat-tastic collection will be released by Crazy 8 in April, both as a trade paperback and eBook.

“There’s still so much to say about this legendary TV series, and this book sets out to prove it,” said Beard, who also wrote the opening essay examining the two-part pilot episode.

The worldwide Batman TV series phenomenon starred Adam West and Burt Ward as the Dynamic Duo, adapting the DC Comics series to the small screen, riding the Pop Art and Camp craze that were trends during the turbulent 1960s. The show spawned a feature film and a bonanza of merchandising the likes of which had never been seen before. Thanks to syndication, the show has rarely been off the air and in the last decade has spawned a fresh wave of merchandising.

Season one introduced viewers to Batman, Robin, Alfred, and Commissioner Gordon, as well as iconic villains including Julie Newmar as Catwoman, Frank Gorshin as The Riddler, Caesar Romero as The Joker, and Burgess Meredith as The Penguin. And, of course, the inaugural season thrilled fans with the Batcave, Wayne Manor, and one of the most heart-pounding elements of the entire franchise — the Batmobile.

“Crazy 8 Press is always on the look-out for kindred spirits, given most of our roots in comics,” said Crazy 8 co-founder Robert Greenberger, who has spent more than 30 years as a comic book editor and contributor for DC and Marvel Comics. “Previously, Crazy 8 released Rob Kelly’s anthology Hey Kids, Comics, a look back at the joys of comic collecting. It was high time we added to that portion of our inventory. Jim’s book project seemed a perfect fit. And as we still see today, Batman never goes out of style.”

The paperback ($14.99) and eBook ($4.99) contains essays from Crazy 8’s Greenberger and long-time comic book writer Paul Kupperberg, in addition to frequent Crazy 8 contributors Keith DeCandido, Will Murray, and Dayton Ward. Other ZLONK! ZOK! ZOWIE! contributors include long-time Batman writer Chuck Dixon, comics historian Peter Sanderson, ComicMix contributor Ed Catto, 13thDimension.com’s Dan Greenfield, the Batcave Podcast’s John S. Drew, Rich Handley, Alan J. Porter, Pat Evans, Steve Thompson, Mark B. Racop, Joe Crowe, and, Chris Franklin.

“I’ve never ceased in being amazed and delighted at fans’ appetite for a show that lasted barely over two years back in the 1960s,” Beard added. “It‘s a testament to not only the character’s overall appeal, but specifically the unique take on Batman offered up in the series.”

Beard previously explored the television series in Gotham City 14 Miles (Sequart), an anthology of essays covering the length and breadth of Batmania. He is a regular writer for Marvel.com, an essayist for pop culture collections, and made his Crazy 8 Press debut in 2019’s Thrilling Adventure Yarns with a short story co-written with his late wife Becky.

He is already at work on ZLONK! ZOK! ZOWIE! Volume two, exploring the complete second season, to be released by Crazy 8 Press in 2021.

ZLONK! ZOK! ZOWIE! The Subterranean Blue Grotto Guide to Batman ’66 – Season One will be available for purchase on Amazon’s and Barnes & Noble’s sites, as well as various comic book, and mass media conventions.

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A Small Announcement from Hermes Press Regarding Covid-19

First Comics News - Mon, 03/16/2020 - 20:47

Hi all! While we at Hermes Press can (and do!) often work from home, some things require us to go into the office, such as packing orders off the website.

At this time we are going to be having a delay in shipping out books – we want our staff to be as safe as possible! So we would advise that if you are ordering in-stock items to skip Priority Mail and just use the regular, slower options and save yourself some money. We are temporarily lowering the “free shipping” option to $30 to qualify for free US/domestic orders so that people can get more books more easily.

We are still working on getting our new books to the printer on time, and will continue to have sales and specials as normal, but be aware that shipping times may be longer than usual.

Stay safe everyone!

-The Gang at Hermes Press

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Vault Announces ENGINEWARD, a Zodiac-Inspired, Twelve-Issue Science-Fantasy Series by George Mann, Joe Eisma, Michael Garland, & Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

First Comics News - Mon, 03/16/2020 - 17:30

Missoula, MT (3/16/2020): Vault Comics is thrilled to announce ENGINEWARD, a zodiac-inspired, twelve-issue science-fantasy comic series written by George Mann, drawn by Joe Eisma, colored by Michael Garland, lettered by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou and designed by Tim Daniel.In ENGINEWARD, Earth is an ancient myth, long forgotten. Now, the god-like Celestials, who embody the surviving zodiac signs, rule with brutal efficiency. When Joss, an Engineward, discovers and reactivates the head of a fossilized Ghoulem, she learns all is not as intended. Her destiny—and the truth about her imperious rulers—lies somewhere far beyond the borders of her shantytown.

Every issue of ENGINEWARD will feature a special “Zodiac Cover” drawn by Joe Eisma and designed by Tim Daniel that portrays one of the twelve Celestials of ENGINEWARD, released according to the zodiac calendar and the sign they represent.

“I couldn’t be happier to be working with Joe and the team at Vault Comics on ENGINEWARD,” said George Mann. “This is a story that’s been brewing in my head for nearly a decade, and seeing Joe breathing life into these characters is something very special indeed. He’s bringing such a fantastic look to the series. I can’t wait for people to meet Joss, Ichabod, Kreek and Thrycia, and to delve deep into the mythology of the Celestials alongside us. It’s going to be a wild ride!”

“I’m so fired up about ENGINEWARD,” added Joe Eisma. “I have always wanted to work in this genre space since the beginning of my career, and I’m so excited about this book! George has crafted a thrilling and intricate story that I know will excite readers. Crafting this world with him has really energized my art, and I can’t wait for everyone to join us on this epic journey across our compelling world!”

ENGINEWARD #1 debuts with a Pulp & Paint B cover variant by Nathan Gooden and Tim Daniel. It hits store shelves in June 2020.

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