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East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention Promoting Literacy and Creativity!

First Comics News - Mon, 04/10/2017 - 01:32

Gather with friends old and new at the 16th Annual East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention! Bring your costume, your artwork, your story ideas, or your passion to the TECH Freire Charter School at 2221 N Broad St., Philadelphia, PA on May 20, 2017, 11 am to 7 pm, to get your yearly fix of positive vibes!

ECBACC 2017 Exhibitor Application – FINAL WEEK TO REGISTER UNDER EARLY RATES

ECBACC, Inc. is proud to provide an opportunity for creators and self-publishers to interact with their fans. If you are interested in obtaining an exhibitor’s table, use the links below and complete the requested information.

Exhibitor Table Application Form

Drop Box for Completed Forms and Content

Store Shopping Cart

Payment can be submitted through an online order at our store.  The completed form and samples can be uploaded to our drop box. We look forward to your participation at our convention!

Program Guide Ad Purchase Form – FINAL WEEK TO BUY

Interested in enhancing your exposure at ECBACC? Then, advertise your business in our publication. The ECBACC 2017 Program Guide offers the determined publisher serious about business the opportunity to connect with our growing audience.

This expertly formatted publication is easy to read, fun and informative. Advertisers can use the links below and complete the requested information.

Program Guide Advertisement Purchase Form

Drop Box for Completed Form and Content

Store Shopping Cart

Payment can be submitted through an online order at our store.  The completed form and artwork provided for the ad can be uploaded to our drop box. Advertise in the ECBACC program Guide and increase your business exposure to the comic book audience during and after the convention!

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The Hey Kids Comics Radio Show – Episode 57

First Comics News - Sun, 04/09/2017 - 21:09
The Hey Kids Comics Radio Show – Episode 57

Marvel Diversity, dropping comics, wanting great stories and coming up lacking. Sam, Chris and Martin chat about Marvel’s downturn and the infamous Retailer’s Summit. Then we set our sights on the comic book TV shows.

If you are interested in older episodes please head to http://heykidscomics.ca !

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Wayne’s Worlds: Images of Batman – 4

First Comics News - Sun, 04/09/2017 - 17:18

When we last spoke on this topic, Batman: The Animated Series (B:TAS) was about to debut on Fox.

Monday, September 7, 1992. I lived for that date.

That was the day the first episode of Batman: The Animated Series was set to begin on Fox.

As I mentioned last time, I had seen a copy of an episode at a local Trek convention, and I was stoked! It looked great, and I counted the days until the show hit the airwaves.

I was so excited that week and so focused on that Monday that I didn’t follow my usual practice at that time of read­ing the TV Guide from stem to stern. I hated missing programs! And I knew that nothing would compete with B:TAS.

Finally, the day came, and my VCR (yes, it was that long ago) taped the premiere half hour. It was “On Leather Wings,” the same episode I’d seen at the Trek con. I was thrilled to have it on tape, the first of many.

But what really struck me was the title sequence. Dark and moody, energetic and relentless, it was gripping. However, one thing was not there—the word “Batman.” At the end, the only thing we see is Batman in cos­tume being lit up by a lightning bolt a la the cover of the first issue of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. Who needs words when a terrific picture will do? Loved that.

The next day, “Heart of Ice” aired. It turned fourth-tier or lower villain Mr. Freeze into a fascinating character, a scientist trying to revive his ailing wife.

To say I was impressed was an understate­ment. If this was how they were going to treat the low-level bad guys, what would they do with the Joker and the Penguin?

My roommate at the time, who worked over a half hour from home, used to try very hard to get home in time to watch the tape with me every afternoon. The bad news for him was that I worked less than 10 minutes away, and when it came to B:TAS, I was not a patient guy. He’d often burst through the door to discover that I’d already watched that day’s show. But I was always happy to watch it a second time!

The first week was percolating along well, and my tape collection of B:TAS episodes was growing every day. Life was good.

Now that B:TAS was under control, I went back to my weekly practice of reading the TV Guide. I picked up that week’s edition, got home and plunked down in front of the televi­sion to start reading.

I hit Saturday morning at 9 o’clock, and the roof caved in.

On Fox, there was an episode of B:TAS. It was called “The Cat and the Claw.” It featured Catwoman, with Kate Mulgrew voicing the Red Claw, a new villain for Batman. And worst of all, it was part two!

How could the second part be airing when the first chapter hadn’t been shown? I had never heard of this episode. I had to know what was going on, so I pulled out last week’s TV Guide. There, at nine in the morning, sat an episode of B:TAS. Yep, “The Cat and the Claw,” part one.

I was livid! The show wasn’t a week old, and already I had missed an episode!

I hit the Internet and read an article indi­cating that Fox had decided to try and bolster their Saturday morning line-up by running episodes then. The author indicated that he thought it was a bad idea since all the advertis­ing had indicated a Monday launch. Very few fans knew about this last-minute change and would be, politely put, unhappy at this.

My response was, “YA THINK?”

Thus began a long and cloudy relationship with the Fox television network and fans of the show.

Later on, Fox decided to run B:TAS on Sunday nights. Why they chose to air reruns instead of new episodes I’ll never understand. That little experiment didn’t last long due to low ratings. Duhhhh!

On the other hand, the show itself was, in my opinion, the very best incarnation of Bat­man ever. Great characters, dynamic anima­tion, surprises that shocked a long-time televi­sion watcher such as myself—all in all, some of the very best storytelling I’ve ever seen.

Some of my very favorite episodes were “Almost Got ‘Im,” any show with Mr. Freeze, and any episode with Batgirl in it. The series also took time to let us get to know characters before their evolution into heroes or villains. For example, we see Harvey Dent, district at­torney, several times before he becomes Two Face. It made the inevitable transformation all the more poignant.

Later on, I found out that the show’s creators were even more frustrated with Fox than I was, and eventually they let the con­tract with the network expire. I watched the last new episode, “The Lion and the Unicorn,” with great sadness, figuring it was all over. Interestingly, that show brought back the Red Claw, who had appeared in the first episode ever aired on Fox, as I previously have pointed out in this column.

Luckily, it wasn’t the end. Soon after that, Superman: The Animated Series debuted on the WB Network from the same creative team, and Batman joined the Man of Steel soon af­ter in a three-part episode appropriately titled, “World’s Finest.” For a long time, that was the most-watched show on the WB. The local WB channel ran the same three-part storyline every Friday at 5 p.m. for weeks.

Teaming Batman with Superman meant re-designing the Caped Crusader. While the B:TAS costume very closely resembled the uni­form he wore in the comics, this new one was even darker and more batlike. I loved it.

The WB episodes were unfettered by Fox’s restrictions, and they were often more “adult” (in the good way). For example, in “Cold Comfort,” another Mr. Freeze episode, the bad guy goes about wrecking the life’s work of several prominent citizens. The biggest shock I ever had was when Freeze comes around a cor­ner at the end, and his body has been destroyed by his transformation, leaving only his head in a spider-like device that clicked along furtively until it turned the corner. Yikes!

Before long, Batman and Superman moved into the Cartoon Network’s Justice League, which was followed by Justice League Unlim­ited. With every new program, I figured that these guys just couldn’t keep up this tremendous pace. And every time, I was happy to admit I was wrong. Very happy.

Next time: The Big Bat Finale.

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RICH REVIEWS: Beacon Point

First Comics News - Sun, 04/09/2017 - 16:10

BEACON POINT

Take a trip to Beacon Point this May when the highly-anticipated science-fiction thriller lands on VOD via Uncork’d Entertainment.
The film, called “an intelligent and interestingly innovative inferno of horror, science fiction, folklore and thrills”, hails from talented newcomer Eric Blue.
Zoe has quit her job to hike the Appalachian Trail as a tribute to her deceased father. She joins a small group of inexperienced hikers for an adventure of a lifetime. The group is, Dan, recently divorced and looking for a change from Silicon Valley, Cheese, a 17 year old kid, and Brian, his half brother he has just met. They are led by Drake, a hot headed trail master with a questionable past. They are upbeat as they set out on the ten day trek through the Great Smokey Mountains. Drake leads them away from the main trail and the tourists, promising a grand adventure and sights they’d never see with the standard tour. After a gruesome discovery, they become lost deep in the mountains. The adventure spins out of control when they are terrorized at their campsite by an unseen force.
Rae Olivier, Jon Briddell, Eric Goins, Jason Burkey, and RJ Shearer star in an Eric Blue film, written by Blue and Traci Carroll.

Beacon Point on VOD May 2 and DVD on July 4.

On DVD and VOD May 2.

Studio: Uncork’d Entertainment
Presented by: Bluelantern Films
Cast:
Zoe – Rae Olivier
Drake – Jon Briddell
Dan – Eric Goins
Brian – Jason Burkey
Cheese – RJ Shearer
Produced by: Matt Ackerman
Produced and Edited by: Scott Salamon
Written by: Traci Carroll & Eric Blue
Produced and Directed by: Eric Blue

Run Time: 1 hour, 25 min
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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Comments: The opening scenes let you know there is something out in the woods, something deadly.
The outdoor scenery is lovely. All the forest and the wallfalls look amazing.
A hiking guide Drake takes four people Zoey, Dan, Bryan and Cheese hiking on a ten day hike. As the hike goes on the hikes notice their guide does not know as much as he pretends to.
Than the first night in the woods the lone female hiker Zoey has a weird dream. The dreams continue. It is a mystery as to how they tie into what is happening in the movie. The story as the movie moves along does get you interested in what is happening and why.
Drake and Zoey find a totem in the woods at Beacon Point. Something strange is happening in these woods.
The guide and the hikers have lots of problems. More than is normal.
The suspense just keeps building in this tense thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat.
The ending makes sense but it is anti-climatic. You are left with questions.
Zoey is by far the best part of this movie. She is portrayed by a talented actor and also Zoey is a beautiful woman. Her skills in delivering a suspense movie are brought to light. All the actors are talented as well and help draw you into this movie.

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COSPLAY GUY OF THE WEEK!

First Comics News - Sun, 04/09/2017 - 14:38

This week’s cosplay guy of the week


If you would like to be the Cosplay Guy of the Week!
Please send your photo to Giovanni.Aria@firstcomicsnews.com and you will be considered for inclusion for a future edition of Superhero Guys!

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Again, the Giants!: Glacial Gallery of the Frost Giant Artist

Sorcerer's Skull - Sun, 04/09/2017 - 14:00
This is the third in a series of posts riffing of the giant theme of the classic Against the Giants:
Hightlights include:
1. Dissipated giant scenesters, artistic proteges, and hangers-on.2. The artist's pet wolf pack.3. Caves full of unwilling frozen subjects!

SUNDAY SUPER CINEMA: Star Trek Continues E08 “Still Treads the Shadow”

First Comics News - Sun, 04/09/2017 - 09:00

The Enterprise discovers a lost starship… with an unlikely passenger.

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Joey kAos talks about the SANTINO BROS. WRESTLING ACADEMY

First Comics News - Sun, 04/09/2017 - 06:07

Joey “kAos” Muñoz has spent his life wrestling. He has worked with Alternative Wrestling Show (AWS), Lucha Underground, Championship Wrestling from Hollywood (NWA), Lucha VaVoom, Xtreme Pro Wrestling (XPW), Combat Zone Wrestling (CZW), MTV’s Wrestling Society X (WSX), World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), Impact Wrestling (TNA) to name just a few. He as booked wrestling on televisoin and taught wrestling to a new generation of superstars. He is the owner of Santino Bros Wrestling Academy the elite Pro Wrestling School in Los Angeles, California. kAos was nice enough to stop by First Comics News and talk to us about his career and his school.

First Comics News: How old were you when you broke into wrestling?

Joey kAos: 14 years old I started my training with Supreme in North Hollywood, CA.

1st: How did you get into wrestling so young?

kAos: My uncle Supreme met Rob Crazye at a show and Rob invited him down to join and I tagged along.

1st: Who trains a 14-year-old?

kAos: Rob taught us how to bump, lock up and some basics. But my uncle and I trained ourselves for the most part, in pushing ourselves to do matches and try new moves we had no clue how to do.

1st: Does your school take 14-year-olds?

kAos: No, haha. We take students 18 years old and up at Santino Bros. Wrestling in Los Angeles, CA.

1st: How did you get involved with Wrestling Society X?

kAos: I knew Kevin Kleinrock, the show’s producer, since XPW and he had an idea for me in his Mexican American spot called Los Pochos Guapos.

 

1st: You were wrestling under the name kAos, how did you and Mongel become the Fighting Santino Brothers?

kAos: Shrooms. One night in Hollywood, I was expanding my mind and wanted to do circus type gimmick. We took the one-night altered mind state and ran with it. Mongol was Santana Santino and I was Sonny Santino. We were the same guy. Mongol branded it and produced a lot of merchandise and promotional material for Santino Bros. we did some cool work and had a great time, but the tag team never took off. So when starting the wrestling school, since we had banners, t-shirts and other promotional stuff we transformed the tag team into a backyard school.

1st: How did Rico Dynamite’s school morph into Santino Bros Wrestling Academy?

kAos: Rico had a group of about a dozen students he was training and took them to his limit of teaching and asked me to come in to help train his guys. We helped out about 2 months and then took full control officially making it Santino Bros. Wrestling in a backyard.

1st: When did you move from the backyard to a building with a full wrestling school?

kAos: The city of Norwalk found out we had a wrestling ring in the backyard and due to the city ordinance kicked us out. Within a few months we ended up finding a warehouse in Bell Gardens and pushing forward with paying the rent. There is some tough times which Forced us to have to do live shows out of the dojo to make ends meet. and there were a few times we nearly closed down.

1st: Who are the trainers as Santino Bros Wrestling Academy?

kAos: We’ve had a variety of trainers thru out the years, but the current trainers are Robby Phoenix, Los Luchas, Eli Everfly and Jervis Cottonbelly. I oversee the training these days.

1st: While running your school you wrestled, wrote and booked for NWA Championship Wrestling from Hollywood how did you do all that at once?

kAos: It was a lot of work, but the school at the time only ran about 2 classes a week. And I had a regular shoot job at the time. These days I’m far busier just running the school and helping with Lucha Girls.

1st: Did any of your student debut on Championship Wrestling from Hollywood?

kAos: Yes, Famous B wrestled Austin Aries, Rico wrestled Colt Cabana and Ray Rosas got to wrestle me. I may be forgetting some. I know eventually more did debut but Famous B, Rico and Ray were from the 1st show at the Galaxy Theatre.

1st: Which of your students are on Lucha Underground?

kAos: Famous B is the only alumni at the moment.

1st: Your Pro Wrestling Program is a total of 100 sessions, how long does it take to go through 100 courses?

kAos: Right now we offer 3 days a week and takes 9 months. Some are ready sooner than others.

1st: The first 25 sessions are the Beginners Course, what do you learn in the Beginners Course?

kAos: Fundamentals like Rolls, Bumps, Rope Work, footwork. Wrestling moves like headlock takeovers, top wrist locks waist locks and more. Wrestling attacks like Clotheslines and Back elbows. How to work a 5-minute job match, headlock match and hold for hold match.

1st: Does everyone get admitted into the beginning program or do you have to qualify?

kAos: In the past we allowed anyone to join. But now we are offering a One Day tryout to allow them to qualify.

1st: The next 25 Sessions are the Intermediate Course, once you’re in the program do you automatically advance to the Intermediate course or is there a weeding out process?

kAos: Most will weed themselves out, we have cut students in the past but never if you’re putting in the work and effort.

1st: What do you learn in the Intermediate Course?

kAos: Intermediate course takes you thru more of a move set learning higher skilled moves like German suplexes, powerbombs, power slams and more. Also breaking down your match. Learn more about the process and different matches.

1st: What is the difference between the Intermediate Course and the Advanced Course?

kAos: Moveset and advanced match psychology.

1st: By the time you reach the Semi-Pro Course are student ready to start taking some weekend bookings?

kAos: You will officially debut after completely this course, but it’s not impossible. Eli Everfly starting working shows before this point. As a matter of fact, I have some students debuting this month in a live show who are in the Semi-Pro Course. So all in the effort and work put in by the individual. Others from their class are not debuting.

1st: Does the school have any kind of placement program where promoters like Dave Marques takes a look at the better students?

kAos: Yes, we’re gonna do more but I much rather teach them how to hustle their own bookings rather than me getting them for them. It’s that old saying. You give a poor man a fish and you feed him for a day. You teach him to fish and you give him an occupation that will feed him for a lifetime.

1st: What type of seminars does the Santino Bros Wrestling Academy offer?

kAos: Wrestling, Production and Referee seminars as of late. I’m looking to do seminars myself for the local talent focusing on punches or footwork or a category of other things many SHOULD be working on.

1st: What makes Santino Bros Wrestling Academy better than all other wrestling schools?

kAos: We don’t focus on being better than anyone else. We focusing on being the best we can be. Our goal has always been and always will be “Keep The Dream Alive”

1st: What is Luchafer?

kAos: What is Luchafer you ask? Simply put, they are Santino Bros. Wrestling’s Lucha Libre troupe brought to life in a collaboration with Puscifer and Santino Bros Wrestling. Luchafer brings a high flying, action packed yet comedic style of dramatic wrestling entertainment to form the baddest Mexican Wrestling show on the planet! From 2015 to 2017 Luchafer was the opening act for Puscifer’s Money Shot Tours 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5, not only the opener but also a part of the main show as it is the theme of Puscifer’s album ‘Money Shot’. The troupe has performed in 90 cities and 17 countries throughout North America, Europe and Oceania introducing their craft to the world.

1st: Lastly Who is Luchafer?

kAos: Luchafer is a life-long group Luchadors & Luchadoras, once known as the Guitar Quintet, Ass Kickers #5 and Force 5 Ass Kickers they are now artlessly known as Luchafer. Each member has a worldwide personality of their own that when fused together creates the magic. First, we have the Red Team, The Rudo Mano Roja, a former Champion named after the blood on his hands left from the many victims that stood in his way. His woman at arms, Alacrana Plata, also known as The Scorpion, the baddest bitch around, she’s got a kiss that’s pure poison! Then we have Sr. Valiente’, the Valiant One, a technico of honor and Mano’s arch enemy. Valiente doesn’t stand alone he’s brought his niece La Sirena……a beautiful heartbreaker who’s not too bright, but has a vicious streak that will not only break your heart but your back also! And finally we have El Catrin, The chameleon whose only side he chooses is his own, he’s the ‘wine guy’, the spider man, a man that doesn’t fear the dark. He’s an ass-kicker extraordinaire and he’s not afraid to lay it on you.

Santino Bros. Wrestling Academy

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RICH REVIEWS: Archie’s Funhouse Spring Annual Digest # 26

First Comics News - Sun, 04/09/2017 - 00:40

Title: Archie’s Funhouse Spring Annual Digest # 26
Publisher: Archie Comics
Story: Dan Parent, Frank Doyle, George Gladir, Kathleen Webb, Angelo DeCare, Bob Bolling, Stephen Oswald, Fernando Ruiz, Jim Ruth, Mike Pellowski
Pencils: Dan Parent, Dan DeCarlo, Rex Lindsey, Stan Goldberg, Tim Kennedy, Bob Bolling, Joe Staton, Fernando Ruiz, Bill Vigoda, Chic Stone
Inks: Jim Amash, Henry Scarpelli, Rich Koslowski, John Lowe, Ken Delig, Mario Acquaviva, Bob Smith, Jon D’Agostino, Bill Vigoda, Tom Moore
Colors: Glenn Whitmore, Barry Grossman, Tito Pena & Joe Moriglio
Letters: Jack Morelli, Bill Yoshida, Maria Acquaviva, Bill Vigoda, Teresa Davidson
Cover: Dan Parent
Price: $ 5.99 US
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Website: www.archiecomics.com
Comments: “On the Road Again!” The Archies are in the Philippines. This story really does not go anywhere. The Archies do end up putting on a performance which is drawn showing them as energetic.
“Bug-Busters” Dilton’s mechanical bug leads to detention for it and a few others. Archie should not pay with Dilton’s experiments that always leads to trouble of the funny kind. It is not overly funny though.
“Science Flair Drama!” Raj takes his sister Tina to the science fair. Raj does not get to film his sister’s volcano erupting but he does film her erupting. It is a cute story with cute art.
“Bee Crazy” Poor Reggie he just can not get away from the Bee. The Bee is in his thoughts and so much around him reminds him of the Bee including the Bee.
“Draw Flaw” Chuck is drawing caricatures and Mr. Weatherbee is next. Chuck draws him as he wants to be seen and thinks he is. Weatherbee loves it but it really is a caricature. It is funny how things turn out.
“On the Ball!” A fortune teller tells Reggie and Archie’s fortunes. Reggie poor thing he is starting to believe in fortune telling. Who knows it may just be real.
“Gag Drag!” The art has the heads drawn out of proportion with the bodies at times and they are drawn titled to much. The story does not deliver much at all. Reggie feels sorry for himself and than better. Nothing much to the story.
“Moon, June, Rune!” Archie’s song writing skills leave much to be desired and he should desire some song writing skills. His song is ridiculous. It is funny in a way. The old style art still looks gorgeous today.
“The Trend Setter” Archie’s new hat is something else. Archie with some help from Betty finally sees the light and the hat goes to a better place for it. Betty is shown honest but nice.
“Getting Drastic with Plastic!” Veronica is on a crusade to help the environment by eliminating plastic usage. The art looks great as she tries to make Riverdale a better place. Veronica is headstrong and when she sets her mind to something it stays set. She makes a wonderful crusader.
These stories and the many more contained within this book will give you hours of entertaining pleasure.

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THE 46th ISSUE OF FLARE IS NOW ON SALE

First Comics News - Sat, 04/08/2017 - 18:34

Comics’ shining goddess of light returns in a brand-new issue, with two all-new adventures.

First, it’s an all-new Flare adventure by Lou Mougin and Rob Jones! It’s always kind of bothered our shining goddess of the light that even though she protects the Bay Area from all kinds of evil menaces, she’s never officially been a member of the San Francisco Police Department. And when she finds out that the Tigress–the Tigress–has been deputized by the city of Los Angeles, well . . . it’s enough to make anyone blow her top.

Also in this issue, when the king of the Olympian gods comes to town, it’s time for Flare’s boyfriend, Lucas Madison, to start “Kickin’ Back with Zeus,” by Dennis Mallonee and Giancarlo Carracuzzo.

Cover by Phil Simpson

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Tarot #105 Special & FB Live Show Today!

First Comics News - Sat, 04/08/2017 - 16:04

1:30PM est Check out my Live Facebook Today!

Here’s another clue!

To promote my Kickstarter – I’ve been doing Live shows most every day – Today is gonna be a bit different
Don’t miss is- tune in on my Facebook channel And See the Mystery Event Unfold!
Hope you see me there!
xx
Holly!

Tarot #105 $45 Special: receive Covers A and B, the Deluxe Art Print, Photocover & a Mystery Gift!.

PreOrder Yours NOW

ships late July 2017

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RICH REVIEWS: Tinkers of the Wasteland # 1

First Comics News - Sat, 04/08/2017 - 15:38

Title: Tinkers of the Wasteland # 1 (Preview)
Publisher: Scout Comics
Writer/Artist: Raul Trevino
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: www.scoutcomics.com
Comments: This is the world after the devastation of a meteor strike of cataclysmic proportions. The year is 2046. Thirty-three years later, the meteors are still falling.
The characters as soon as you see them you will fall in love with them. These three are adorable. They intent to invade King Queer’s castle and steal his chickens. Yes really.
Milla the female of the group is illustrated as one beautiful woman. She is drawn with some wonderful expressions.
Milla is shown in a few lovely butt poses. They are well drawn.
The whole story has a post-apocalyptic look and feel to it.
This is a preview and it does let you know what to expect from the entire book. You will not be disappointed. This is a weird and wild ride that you are sure to find unexpected.

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RICH REVIEWS: Jughead # 14

First Comics News - Sat, 04/08/2017 - 15:18

Title: Jughead # 14
Publisher: Archie Comics
Story by: Ryan North
Art by: Derek Charm
Lettering by: Jack Morelli
Cover: Derek Charm
Variant Covers: Joe Quinones, Chip Zdarsky
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Website: www.archiecomics.com
Comments: Jughead’s video making fun of the gang is seen by millions and not going away. Jughead is in trouble with the gang.
It takes Veronica Lodge to turn the situation around. Well, she is a Lodge and her father helps her. Well around for most of the gang.
There are some really funny situations in this issue. Short jokes that jump out at you.
Aw, Betty and Jughead share a moment. It is heartwarming.
Well after Jughead’s internet mess up than his fix up all is well in a little town called Riverdale.
The characters are all drawn nicely but none are made to stand out. The gang does have some fun and Jughead well he is shown as he should be with a ton of burgers. That is the Jughead we all know and love.

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Paul Heyman Statement On Superstar Shake-Up

First Comics News - Sat, 04/08/2017 - 14:59

While my client Brock Lesnar and I are looking forward to WWE’s #SuperstarShakeup this coming Monday, let’s be perfectly transparent. There is everyone else on the WWE #RAW and #Smackdown rosters, and then there is Brock Lesnar (along with his humble #Advocate) ..It is imperative for Shane McMahon, Daniel Bryan, Stephanie McMahon, Kurt Angle and even Vince McMahon to know the intrinsic value my client Brock Lesnar brings not only to the #SuperstarShakeup but simply to WWE as a whole. In layman’s terms (or, actually, in HEYMAN’s terms), even the mere DISCUSSION about BrockLesnar in regards to the #SuperstarShakeup requires a negotiation IN ADVANCE of any discussion, no matter how high up or serious that discussion goes! #SuperstarShakeup. With this in mind, my client Brock Lesnar and I are “open4business” and we look forward to hearing new, innovative ways for WWE to ….promote / market Brock Lesnar as the once-ever athlete and performer that has blessed WWE with his presence.

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“KONG: SKULL ISLAND” STOMPS PAST HALF A BILLION AT THE WORLDWIDE BOX OFFICE

First Comics News - Sat, 04/08/2017 - 00:10

(April 6, 2017 – Burbank, CA) – Warner Bros. Pictures, Legendary Pictures and Tencent Pictures’ global blockbuster “Kong: Skull Island” has crossed the $500 million mark at the worldwide box office, it was announced today by Sue Kroll, President of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures, and Mary Parent, Vice Chairman, Worldwide Production for Legendary.

The acclaimed action adventure—certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes—opened at the top of the domestic box office on March 10, and has grossed more than $150 million, and climbing.

Internationally, “Kong: Skull Island” was released day-and-date in 65 markets, including Vietnam, one of the movie’s primary filming locations, where it has become the highest-grossing picture of all time. Hugely successful openings followed in Japan, as well as China. Continuing to demonstrate broad appeal that transcends borders, “Kong: Skull Island” has earned more than $358.7 million in the international marketplace, for a combined worldwide total of approximately $509 million.

In China, where “Kong: Skull Island” is being distributed directly by Wanda-owned Legendary, the film is expected to become one of the top 10 English-language releases of all time.

In making the announcement, Kroll stated, “‘Kong: Skull Island’ has taken audiences and critics on a thrilling ride, resulting in strong word-of-mouth and repeat business. These tremendous results speak not only to the powerful legacy of this mythic icon but also the crowd-pleasing monster movie director Jordan Vogt-Roberts, his cast and fellow filmmakers have delivered. We congratulate them and our partners at Legendary Pictures and Tencent Pictures on reaching this benchmark.”

Added Parent, “‘Kong’ reaching this global milestone is fantastic news for the movie. We’re also thrilled to have another firmly established cornerstone in our goal of creating a Monsterverse that will bring some of the world’s most iconic creatures back to the big screen with a contemporary style that resonates with moviegoers across the globe. The film’s success to date in China also underscores Wanda and Legendary’s commitment to delivering content that will drive moviegoers across the region to the theater.”

From the producers of “Godzilla” comes “Kong: Skull Island,” a compelling, original adventure directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (“The Kings of Summer”). The film tells the story of a diverse team of scientists, soldiers and adventurers uniting to explore a mythical, uncharted island in the Pacific, as dangerous as it is beautiful. Cut off from everything they know, the team ventures into the domain of the mighty Kong, igniting the ultimate battle between man and nature. As their mission of discovery becomes one of survival, they must fight to escape a primal Eden in which humanity does not belong.

“Kong: Skull Island” stars Tom Hiddleston (“The Avengers,” “Thor: The Dark World”), Oscar nominee Samuel L. Jackson (“Pulp Fiction,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron”), John Goodman (“Transformers: Age of Extinction,” “Argo”), Oscar winner Brie Larson (“Room,” “Trainwreck”), Jing Tian (“Police Story: Lockdown”), Toby Kebbell (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”), John Ortiz (“Steve Jobs”), Corey Hawkins (“Straight Outta Compton”), Jason Mitchell (“Straight Outta Compton”), Shea Whigham (“The Wolf of Wall Street”), Thomas Mann (“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”), with Terry Notary (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”) and Oscar nominee John C. Reilly (“Chicago,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”).

Vogt-Roberts directed “Kong: Skull Island” from a screenplay by Dan Gilroy and Max Borenstein and Derek Connolly, story by John Gatins. Thomas Tull, Mary Parent, Jon Jashni and Alex Garcia produced the film, with Eric McLeod and Edward Cheng serving as executive producers.

The creative behind-the-scenes team included director of photography Larry Fong (“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”), production designer Stefan Dechant (supervising art director “True Grit,” “Avatar”), Oscar-nominated editor Richard Pearson (“United 93,” “The Bourne Supremacy”) costume designer Mary Vogt (the “Men in Black” films) and composer Henry Jackman (“Captain America: Civil War”). The team also included Oscar-winning makeup supervisor Bill Corso (“Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) and supervising stunt coordinator George Cottle (“Interstellar,” “The Dark Knight Rises”). Kong was brought to life by Industrial Light & Magic, with two-time Oscar winner Stephen Rosenbaum (“Avatar,” “Forrest Gump”) serving as senior visual effects supervisor, and Oscar-nominee Jeff White (“The Avengers”) as visual effects supervisor.

Warner Bros. Pictures/Legendary Pictures and Tencent Pictures present a Legendary Pictures Production, a Jordan Vogt-Roberts Film, “Kong: Skull Island.” The film is being distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. It has been rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and for brief strong language.

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RICH REVIEWS: Solar Flare # 1

First Comics News - Sat, 04/08/2017 - 00:08

Title: Solar Flare # 1
Publisher: Scout Comics
Writer: James Haick
Illustrator: Branko Jovanovic
Colorist: Song Ye
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Websites: www.scoutcomics.com
Comments: The backgrounds are drawn good with some detail. The people though are not focused enough.
Life is just going on while we keep getting a countdown and a picture of the earth. The buildup to the solar flare does not build up any suspense. You know it is coming but so what. There are no frightening moments. No anticipation.
There needed to be a lot more to this story. The people as well you learn very little about.
This could be a thriller exciting story. Maybe in future issues, once the story and characters are gotten into more it will be but it is not here.

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Read AMERICA #1 FREE Right Now!

First Comics News - Fri, 04/07/2017 - 23:48

AMERICA #1 & #2 Have Sold Out – Read The First Issue FREE Right Now!
Free Digital Comic – This Weekend ONLY!

New York, NY—April, 7th 2017 — This weekend from April 6th to April 9th only, take a journey with everyone’s favorite no-nonsense heroine America Chavez in the debut that has the world talking with the FREE America #1 Digital Comic.* Available through the Marvel Comics App, this FREE digital comic is yours for the taking!

Get AMERICA #1 FREE – This Weekend Only

The red-hot first issue sold out at the distributor level in record time, with issue #2 selling out in its first day of release! It’s not too late to jump on board one of the most talked about comics in the industry with this FREE digital comic offer! Superstar YA author Gabby Rivera (Juliet Takes a Breath) teams with artist Joe Quinones (Howard the Duck) to bring you a debut issue that has the comics industry buzzing.

 

She’s stood side-by-side with some of the most powerful heroes in the Marvel Universe. But now it’s time for her to go it alone. The adventure is just beginning, and you can hop on board with a FREE digital copy of AMERICA #1. Plus, continue the adventure with AMERICA #2 – available now at your local comic stores.

*Offer valid until Sunday April 9th at 11:59 EST on one (1) digital copy of America #1 only.  Free digital copy of America #1 can be accessed through the Marvel Comics App and Marvel Digital Comics Shop. Marvel user account and internet connection required.

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SECRET EMPIRE #1 preview

First Comics News - Fri, 04/07/2017 - 23:46

UNITED WE STAND – Your First Look at SECRET EMPIRE #1!

The Avengers, X-Men, Defenders, Inhumans, Champions, and More Galvanize as One
New York, NY—April 7th, 2017 — This is it, the moment you’ve been waiting for! It has been building for months, but now the time has come. The most trustworthy, stalwart hero the Marvel Universe has ever known will step into the light and reveal himself! How will the heroes of the Marvel Universe cope with such a shattering betrayal? It’s all happening on May 3rd, as the highly anticipated SECRET EMPIRE #1 makes it’s thunderous debut at your local comic shops and on digital devices everywhere! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first eye-popping look inside issue #1!

From blockbuster creators Nick Spencer & Steve McNiven comes a first issue that must be seen to be believed! The Marvel Universe is under siege from within. Due to the manipulations of the Red Skull, Captain America, secretly a true believer in the cause of Hydra, uses the trust and respect he has gained over the years to ascend to a position where he can enact Hydra’s ideals. But now, the dominos of his master plan will begin to fall! Ask yourself, what if your greatest ally was secretly your greatest enemy?

Now, the rise of Hydra stands as a rallying cry for the heroes across the Marvel Universe. Avengers, Champions, Guardians, Defenders, X-Men, Spider-Man, Deadpool and more must unite. Put aside their differences and come together as one. The first and last line of defense against Hydra!

The sensational, can’t-miss SECRET EMPIRE #1 hits comic stores and digital devices May 3rd. Get in on the ground floor of the comic event of the year that’s sure to have the world talking! As Hydra’s grip tightens around the Marvel Universe, can the heroes stand triumphant? Find out this May!

Retailers: FOC on Secret Empire #1 is fast approaching (04/10). Retailers are strongly encouraged to check their orders on Secret Empire #1. Check your Marvel Mailer for ordering options and opportunities.

SECRET EMPIRE #1 (MAR170901)
Written by NICK SPENCER
Art by STEVE MCNIVEN
Cover by MARK BROOKS

Variant Covers by ADI GRANOV (MAR170902), J. SCOTT CAMPBELL (MAR170903),

And SKOTTIE YOUNG (MAR170906)

Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (MAR170907)

Villain Variant by DAN MORA (MAR170908)

Hydra Heroes Variant by ANDREA SORRENTINO (MAR170905)
FOC – 04/10/17, On-Sale – 05/03/17

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MARVEL COMICS TEAMS UP WITH ABC’s “GOOD MORNING AMERICA” TO PROMOTE FREE COMIC BOOK DAY, ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, AND SECRET EMPIRE

First Comics News - Fri, 04/07/2017 - 23:41

New York, NY – April 7th 2017 – Marvel is proud to announce that on Friday, May 5th, as part of the excitement surrounding this year’s Free Comic Book Day and the launch of Secret Empire, Marvel Comics will make a very special appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America” to spotlight all the fun that will be made available within participating nationwide comic shops on Free Comic Book Day, Saturday, May 6th. To find a participating comic shop near you visit freecomicbookday.com.

“Good Morning America” is a two-hour, live program anchored by Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Michael Strahan and Lara Spencer. Amy Robach is the news anchor, and Ginger Zee is the chief meteorologist. The morning news program airs MONDAY-FRIDAY (7:00-9:00 a.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network.

Good Morning America can be followed on multiple social media outlets: Facebook (Good Morning America), Twitter (@GMA), Instagram (@GoodMorningAmerica) and Snapchat (@GMA).

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest breaking news from Marvel.  Follow Marvel on Facebook at www.facebook.com/marvel and be sure to join the conversation on Twitter with #Marvel and don’t forget to follow us at @Marvel.

 

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AMC RELEASES A FIRST LOOK TEASER OF “PREACHER” SEASON TWO

First Comics News - Fri, 04/07/2017 - 17:51

AMC has released a first-look teaser of the highly-anticipated second season of “Preacher,” which debuted in last night’s season finale of “The Walking Dead.” The teaser can be viewed at: http://www.amc.com/shows/preacher/. Season two of AMC’s critically-acclaimed, supernatural series “Preacher” returns with a two-night event, beginning with the season premiere on Sunday, June 25th at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT, followed by the second episode on Monday, June 26th at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT, in the series’ regular time slot.

The expanded second season, consisting of 13 episodes, is a genre-bending thrill ride that follows West Texas preacher Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), his badass ex-girlfriend Tulip (Academy Award® nominee Ruth Negga) and an Irish vampire named Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) as they embark on a road trip to find God and are thrust into a twisted battle spanning Heaven, Hell and everywhere in between.

Viewers have time to catch up on season one, comprised of 10 episodes, as it is will be streamed exclusively on Hulu beginning Wednesday, April 5th.

The Sony Pictures Television and AMC Studios co-production was developed for television by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (“Sausage Party,” “Neighbors 2,” “Superbad”) and showrunner Sam Catlin (“Breaking Bad”). The series is executive produced by Catlin, as well as Rogen, Goldberg and James Weaver for Point Grey Pictures, Neal H. Moritz and Ori Marmur for Original Film and Vivian Cannon, Jason Netter and Ken F. Levin.

“Preacher” season two stars Dominic Cooper, Ruth Negga, Joseph Gilgun, Ian Coletti, Graham McTavish, and new additions Noah Taylor (“Peaky Blinders,” “Game of Thrones”), Pip Torrens (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, My Week with Marilyn), Julie Ann Emery (“Better Call Saul,” “Fargo”), Malcolm Barrett (Dear White People), Justin Prentice (“13 Reasons Why,” “Awkward”) and Ronald Guttman (“Mozart in the Jungle,” “Mad Men”).

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