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‘DC All Access’ App Named Official 2017 Webby Awards Honoree!

First Comics News - Thu, 04/06/2017 - 06:16

Popular mobile app DC All Access was selected by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences as an official honoree for the 2017 Webby Awards! Launched in 2016, the app was built specifically for DC fans and has scored a huge number of downloads, creating an active and highly engaged digital community.

Included in the Mobile Sites & Apps – Entertainment category, the DC All Access mobile app provides daily news updates, exclusive material and DC character emojis, movie tickets, fan sweepstakes, giveways and news and features on DC’s hottest properties from movies, TV, games, and comics.

A tremendous achievement, Webby Award honorees are ranked in the top 17% of all 13,000 entries from all 50 states and over 70 countries.

On the DC All Access mobile app, fans can watch videos, read articles, view photos or take part in the challenges, quizzes and polls with curated content. The free app is available for download via Apple’s App Store® and the Google Play Store.

The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the internet in six major media categories, which include websites, film and video, advertising, media and pr, social, mobile sites and apps, and podcasts and digital audio. Presented annually by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, the judges are composed of over a thousand industry experts and technology innovators.

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STEVE BRYANT’S EISNER NOMINATED ATHENA VOLTAIRE TAKES TO THE SKIES IN NEW ONGOING SERIES AND KICKSTARTER

First Comics News - Thu, 04/06/2017 - 06:13

  
PITTSBURGH, PA- High-flying aviatrix and swashbuckling adventurer Athena Voltaire crosses the globe dodging poisons, traps, and creatures, battling adversaries old and new! And now she’ll be doing it in a brand-new ongoing series from creator Steve Bryant and Action Lab Entertainment!

After launching with a Kickstarter campaign, Athena Voltaire and the Sorcerer Pope—the first in the ongoing collection of mini-series-—will hit comic shops in fall 2017. The Kickstarter launched today and will run until May 5th, 2017, with a goal of $5,000.

Athena Voltaire: The Ongoing Adventures Kickstarter

“When Action Lab approached me about doing Athena Voltaire as a monthly ongoing, I was thrilled,” Bryant said. “I have a huge over-arching storyline that I started building back when I wrote new material for the Athena Voltaire Compendium. Knowing that we have a brilliant artist like Ismael Canales on board makes it easier for me to relinquish some of the drawing duties.”

Bryant will write the series and provide covers. Additionally, he’ll be sharing art duties with Canales, who provides visuals for the first mini-series. “The idea is for me to draw some of the miniseries,” Bryant said. “But I’ve gotten slower, so it makes sense to bring another artist on board to make sure we can get the book out on a regular schedule without compromising the quality of the art.”

  

The series has garnered its fair share of support among comic professionals, as well.

Athena Voltaire is just my kind of glorious pulp epic. A comic lover’s comic book if there ever was one, full of everything that makes comic books worth loving.” — Matt Fraction

“Imagine if the likes of THE MUMMY and VAN HELSING were actually, you know, good.” —Warren Ellis

Athena Voltaire is a wonderful pulp throwback. A return to the heady days of the adventure comic.  Swords, guns, airplanes, sand, jungles, dens of villainy, conspirators, cutthroats, treasure, and the most dangerous woman in the genre.” —Tim Bradstreet

“Bryant resurrects the classic era of high adventure in Athena Voltaire. With stylish storytelling and gorgeous rendering, he makes a genre that has in recent years been relegated to the back shelves of entertainment fun and compelling again. I can’t wait to see what Steve and Athena have in store for us.”
— Mark Schultz

Athena Voltaire launched as part of the Modern Tales family of webcomics in 2002 and was nominated for a Best Digital Comic Eisner Award in 2005. The feature was included in St. Martin’s The Year’s Best Graphic Novels, Comics and Manga (2004 edition), and has subsequently garnered Manning and Harvey Award nominations, as well.

Athena Voltaire and the Sorcerer Pope will be the first four issue mini-series in the ongoing series, joining the 96-page trade paperback Athena Voltaire and the Volcano Goddess and the 224-page hardcover Athena Voltaire Compendium in the Action Lab library. Upcoming releases include a one-shot special and a prose collection, Athena Voltaire Pulp Tales, featuring some of the best writers in comics today. With its period setting, rapid-fire action, and strong female lead, the series is sure to appeal to fans of Indiana Jones, the Rocketeer, and Black Widow.

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Enter to win passes to San Diego Comic-Con and support reading for kids!

First Comics News - Thu, 04/06/2017 - 06:08

Win the Ultimate San Diego Comic-Con Experience

Imagine winning the ultimate San Diego Comic-Con® experience where you and a friend will party with the cast of Wynonna Earp, take a selfie with Kevin Eastman, and you’ll bring home a curated collection of IDW Publishing comic books! Plus the winner will also get round trip airfares for 2 and hotel accommodations in beautiful San Diego.
This amazing prize package includes:
Round trip airfare for 2 within the continental United States
Hotel accommodations for 2
2 four-day passes to San Diego Comic-Con®
2 tickets to the Wynonna Earp Cast Party
Meet-n-Greet with Kevin Eastman, the co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
A collection of comic books curated by IDW’s CEO & Publisher, Ted Adams
Your entry is a donation to Traveling Stories, a nonprofit organization in San Diego that is fighting childhood illiteracy by helping kids fall in love with reading by the fourth grade. We are grateful for your support!
We want to thank IDW Publishing, IDW Entertainment, Kevin Eastman, and San Diego Comic-Con® for their generous support in providing the tickets, VIP experiences and merchandise.
Comic-Con and the Comic-Con logo are registered trademarks of San Diego Comic Convention. By entering this drawing, each participant releases San Diego Comic Convention, IDW Publishing, and IDW Entertainment and their respective directors, officers, employees and agents from any and all liability for injuries, losses or damages of any kind caused by participating in the drawing or winning any prize or resulting from acceptance, possession, use or misuse of the prize, and the winner agrees to indemnify and hold the organization harmless from any and all losses, damages, rights, claims and actions of any kind arising from, in connection with, or as a result of participating in the drawing or the winner’s acceptance or use of the prize.

You and your best friend could be headed to San Diego for the ultimate Comic-Con® experience on July 20-23, 2017! This exclusive prize package includes:
Round trip airfare for 2 within the continental United States
Hotel accommodations for 2
2 four-day passes to San Diego Comic-Con®
2 tickets to the Wynonna Earp Cast Party
Meet-n-Greet with Kevin Eastman, the co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
A collection of comic books curated by IDW’s CEO & Publisher, Ted Adams

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By entering this drawing, each participant releases San Diego Comic Convention, IDW Publishing, and IDW Entertainment and their respective directors, officers, employees and agents from any and all liability for injuries, losses or damages of any kind caused by participating in the drawing or winning any prize or resulting from acceptance, possession, use or misuse of the prize, and the winner agrees to indemnify and hold the organization harmless from any and all losses, damages, rights, claims and actions of any kind arising from, in connection with, or as a result of participating in the drawing or the winner’s acceptance or use of the prize.

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Penny Dreadful RETURNS in Comics! FULL TRAILER

First Comics News - Thu, 04/06/2017 - 05:54

New Penny Dreadful Series By Titan Comics Set Six Months After TV Show Finale! Out in stores today!

Penny Dreadful TV series Co-Executive Producer Chris King and illustrator Jesús Hervás (Sons of Anarchy) will bring Penny Dreadful back to life in comics. Under license by CBS Consumer Products, this new comic series by Titan Comics continues the story directly after the devastating events of Penny Dreadful’s season three TV finale…

Ethan Chandler finds himself unable to move on. As he searches desperately for meaning in a world without Vanessa, ancient words echo across the centuries, and he is called on once again to take up arms against the creatures crawling out of the night!

Penny Dreadful: The Awakening #1 is out now, priced $4.99.

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2017 HUGO AWARD Finalists

First Comics News - Thu, 04/06/2017 - 04:51

Best Novel (2078 ballots)

  • All the Birds in the Skyby Charlie Jane Anders (Tor Books / Titan Books)
  • A Closed and Common Orbitby Becky Chambers (Hodder & Stoughton / Harper Voyager US)
  • Death’s Endby Cixin Liu (Tor Books / Head of Zeus)
  • Ninefox Gambitby Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris Books)
  • The Obelisk Gateby N. K. Jemisin (Orbit Books)
  • Too Like the Lightningby Ada Palmer (Tor Books)

Best Novella (1410 ballots)

  • The Ballad of Black Tomby Victor LaValle (Tor.com Publishing)
  • The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boeby Kij Johnson (Tor.com Publishing)
  • Every Heart a Doorwayby Seanan McGuire (Tor.com Publishing)
  • Penric and the Shamanby Lois McMaster Bujold (Spectrum Literary Agency)
  • A Taste of Honeyby Kai Ashante Wilson (Tor.com Publishing)
  • This Census-Takerby China Miéville (Del Rey / Picador)

Best Novelette (1097 ballots)

  • Alien Stripper Boned From Behind By The T-Rexby Stix Hiscock (self-published)
  • “The Art of Space Travel”by Nina Allan (Tor.com, July 2016)
  • “The Jewel and Her Lapidary”by Fran Wilde (Tor.com Publishing, May 2016)
  • “The Tomato Thief”by Ursula Vernon (Apex Magazine, January 2016)
  • “Touring with the Alien”by Carolyn Ives Gilman (Clarkesworld Magazine, April 2016)
  • “You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay”by Alyssa Wong (Uncanny Magazine, May 2016)

Best Short Story (1275 ballots)

  • “The City Born Great”by N. K. Jemisin (Tor.com, September 2016)
  • “A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers”by Alyssa Wong (Tor.com, March 2016)
  • “Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies”by Brooke Bolander (Uncanny Magazine, November 2016)
  • “Seasons of Glass and Iron”by Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, Saga Press)
  • “That Game We Played During the War”by Carrie Vaughn (Tor.com, March 2016)
  • “An Unimaginable Light”by John C. Wright (God, Robot, Castalia House)

Best Related Work (1122 ballots)

  • The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley (Tor Books)
  • The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher (Blue Rider Press)
  • Traveler of Worlds: Conversations with Robert Silverberg by Robert Silverberg and Alvaro Zinos-Amaro (Fairwood)
  • The View From the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman (William Morrow / Harper Collins)
  • “The Women of Harry Potter” postsby Sarah Gailey (Tor.com)
  • Words Are My Matter: Writings About Life and Books, 2000-2016by Ursula K. Le Guin (Small Beer)

Best Graphic Story (842 ballots)

  • Black Panther, Volume 1: A Nation Under Our Feet, written by Ta-Nehisi Coates, illustrated by Brian Stelfreeze (Marvel)
  • Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening,written by Marjorie Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda (Image)
  • Ms. Marvel, Volume 5: Super Famous, written by G. Willow Wilson, illustrated by Takeshi Miyazawa (Marvel)
  • Paper Girls, Volume 1, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Cliff Chiang, colored by Matthew Wilson, lettered by Jared Fletcher (Image)
  • Saga, Volume 6, illustrated by Fiona Staples, written by Brian K. Vaughan, lettered by Fonografiks (Image)
  • The Vision, Volume 1: Little Worse Than A Man, written by Tom King, illustrated by Gabriel Hernandez Walta (Marvel)

Best Dramatic Presentation – Long Form (1733 ballots)

  • Arrival, screenplay by Eric Heisserer based on a short story by Ted Chiang, directed by Denis Villeneuve (21 Laps Entertainment/FilmNation Entertainment/Lava Bear Films)
  • Deadpool, screenplay by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick, directed by Tim Miller (Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/Marvel Entertainment/Kinberg Genre/The Donners’ Company/TSG Entertainment)
  • Ghostbusters, screenplay by Katie Dippold & Paul Feig, directed by Paul Feig (Columbia Pictures/LStar Capital/Village Roadshow Pictures/Pascal Pictures/Feigco Entertainment/Ghostcorps/The Montecito Picture Company)
  • Hidden Figures, screenplay by Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi, directed by Theodore Melfi (Fox 2000 Pictures/Chernin Entertainment/Levantine Films/TSG Entertainment)
  • Rogue One, screenplay by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy, directed by Gareth Edwards (Lucasfilm/Allison Shearmur Productions/Black Hangar Studios/Stereo D/Walt Disney Pictures)
  • Stranger Things, Season One, created by the Duffer Brothers (21 Laps Entertainment/Monkey Massacre)

Best Dramatic Presentation – Short Form (1159 ballots)

  • Black Mirror: “San Junipero”, written by Charlie Brooker, directed by Owen Harris (House of Tomorrow)
  • Doctor Who: “The Return of Doctor Mysterio”, written by Steven Moffat, directed by Ed Bazalgette (BBC Cymru Wales)
  • The Expanse: “Leviathan Wakes”, written by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, directed by Terry McDonough (SyFy)
  • Game of Thrones: “Battle of the Bastards”, written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, directed by Miguel Sapochnik (HBO)
  • Game of Thrones: “The Door”, written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, directed by Jack Bender (HBO)
  • Splendor & Misery[album], by Clipping (Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes)

Best Editor – Short Form (951 ballots)

  • John Joseph Adams
  • Neil Clarke
  • Ellen Datlow
  • Jonathan Strahan
  • Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas
  • Sheila Williams

Best Editor – Long Form (752 ballots)

  • Vox Day
  • Sheila E. Gilbert
  • Liz Gorinsky
  • Devi Pillai
  • Miriam Weinberg
  • Navah Wolfe

Best Professional Artist (817 ballots)

  • Galen Dara
  • Julie Dillon
  • Chris McGrath
  • Victo Ngai
  • John Picacio
  • Sana Takeda

Best Semiprozine (857 ballots)

  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies, editor-in-chief and publisher Scott H. Andrews
  • Cirsova Heroic Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine, edited by P. Alexander
  • GigaNotoSaurus, edited by Rashida J. Smith
  • Strange Horizons, edited by Niall Harrison, Catherine Krahe, Vajra Chandrasekera, Vanessa Rose Phin, Li Chua, Aishwarya Subramanian, Tim Moore, Anaea Lay, and the Strange Horizons staff
  • Uncanny Magazine, edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, Julia Rios, and podcast produced by Erika Ensign & Steven Schapansky
  • The Book Smugglers, edited by Ana Grilo and Thea James

Best Fanzine (610 ballots)

  • “Castalia House Blog”, edited by Jeffro Johnson
  • “Journey Planet”, edited by James Bacon, Chris Garcia, Esther MacCallum-Stewart, Helena Nash, Errick Nunnally, Pádraig Ó Méalóid, Chuck Serface, and Erin Underwood
  • “Lady Business”, edited by Clare, Ira, Jodie, KJ, Renay, and Susan
  • “nerds of a feather, flock together”, edited by The G, Vance Kotrla, and Joe Sherry
  • “Rocket Stack Rank”, edited by Greg Hullender and Eric Wong
  • “SF Bluestocking”, edited by Bridget McKinney

Best Fancast (690 ballots)

  • The Coode Street Podcast, presented by Gary K. Wolfe and Jonathan Strahan
  • Ditch Diggers, presented by Mur Lafferty and Matt Wallace
  • Fangirl Happy Hour, presented by Ana Grilo and Renay Williams
  • Galactic Suburbia, presented by Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce and Tansy Rayner Roberts, produced by Andrew Finch
  • The Rageaholic, presented by RazörFist
  • Tea and Jeopardy, presented by Emma Newman with Peter Newman

Best Fan Writer (802 ballots)

  • Mike Glyer
  • Jeffro Johnson
  • Natalie Luhrs
  • Foz Meadows
  • Abigail Nussbaum
  • Chuck Tingle

Best Fan Artist (528 ballots)

  • Ninni Aalto
  • Alex Garner
  • Vesa Lehtimäki
  • Likhain (M. Sereno)
  • Spring Schoenhuth
  • Mansik Yang

Best Series (1393 votes)

  • The Craft Sequenceby Max Gladstone (Tor Books)
  • The Expanseby James S.A. Corey (Orbit US / Orbit UK)
  • The October Daye Booksby Seanan McGuire (DAW / Corsair)
  • The Peter Grant / Rivers of London seriesby Ben Aaronovitch (Gollancz / Del Rey / DAW / Subterranean)
  • The Temeraire seriesby Naomi Novik (Del Rey / Harper Voyager UK)
  • The Vorkosigan Sagaby Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (937 ballots)

  • Sarah Gailey (1st year of eligibility)
  • J. Mulrooney (1st year of eligibility)
  • Malka Older (2nd year of eligibility)
  • Ada Palmer (1st year of eligibility)
  • Laurie Penny (2nd year of eligibility)
  • Kelly Robson (2nd year of eligibility)

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A colorful and delightfully visual guide, How to Draw Comics teaches aspiring artists everything they need to know to get started

First Comics News - Thu, 04/06/2017 - 04:39

About the Author-Illustrator:
Ilya draws on more than 30 years’ experience as a comics writer, artist and editor. His works have been published by Marvel, DC, Image, Kodansha and others. His books include Room for Love, Manga Drawing Kit, and a manga adaptation of King Lear.

CHICAGO—Creating a comic strip or book requires a good amount of forethought, organization and revision before each story can be shared with readers. Rather than present a textbook approach into teaching the crucial elements of comic book development, comic expert Ilya has created an interactive and personal resource for artists of all ages. This dynamic guide is formatted as a four-color comic book, complete with strategically placed panels, captions, thought bubbles, speech balloons and of course engaging illustrations that bring the message to life.

How to Draw Comics (Chicago Review Press; May 1, 2017) offers a hands-on experience for artists to apply helpful comic book standards to their own drawings, thereby creating highly engaging and readable content for their fans.

The first chapters of the book cover the balance between action and dialogue on the page—the proper ordering of panels and the strategic placement of descriptions, dialogue and action within each panel. Essential tips on modeling characters and how to effectively portray various emotions follow. Once artists have mastered these foundational tricks of the trade, Ilya guides them on how to plan the pacing of the story and bring everything together. Pages of practice exercises promote further playful creativity, and drive home the importance of perfecting one’s craft.

Jam-packed with solid advice and highly detailed comic samples from start to finish—from initial sketches to print-ready renderings—How to Draw Comics is an indispensable guide for all comic artists, novices and experienced pros alike.

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Wednesday Comics: Storm: The Labyrinth of Death

Sorcerer's Skull - Wed, 04/05/2017 - 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 Labyrinth of Death (1983) 
(Dutch: Het Doolhof van de Dood) (part 1)
Art by Don Lawrence; script by Martin Lodewijk

Storm, Nomad, Rann, and the would-be  pirate crew are on their way to Rann's home asteroid. The crew are none too happy as they're looking for plunder. A mutiny is in the offing.

The mutineers attempt to kill Storm by ramming a timber into the cabin while Storm, Rann, and Nomad are inside. The cabin's smashed but Storm manages to dive out of the way. Still, Storm's knocked out and the leader of the mutineers get's the drop on him.


Nomad is forced to surrender. Soon, Storm and his friends are being marooned on a tiny asteroid:


Storm discovers large eggs in the nest of some sort of bird. They don't have to wait long to see the mother:


Meanwhile, Theocrat Marduk is still trying to find the Anomaly (Storm)  but his technicians can't get a fix. He demands his unwilling bride-to-be Ember be brought to him so she can give a description of the Anomaly to help them. Ember, however, has escaped with the help of a woman with a hidden face. She leads Ember into the cities sewers.

Back on the asteroid, Storm hits the bird in the head and Rann wraps his sash around its eyes, trying to escape the darkness the bird flies--and our heroes ride it all the way to Rann's home.


Rann is reunited with his daughter and the poor space bird is sent on its way. Storm on his a few days to rescue Ember before the wedding to Marduk. Rann relates he knows of a quick way to reach Pandarve's surface: The Devil's Ride. Storm and Nomad take that ride:

TO BE CONTINUED

JOEY RYAN: BIG IN JAPAN! preview

First Comics News - Wed, 04/05/2017 - 08:49

Tony Gregori Exclusive Art Print

Jose Varese Exclusive Art Print

Ozzy Fernandez Exclusive Art Print

JOEY RYAN: BIG IN JAPAN #1
Joey Ryan was pro wrestling’s king of sleaze – until five years ago, when a match gone wrong left his tag team partner crippled and one of his opponents dead. Now he spends his days looking for answers at the bottom of bottles in Tokyo bars. But when he hears that his old nemesis is back in town, he decides it’s time to get back in the ring. And there’s only one way they can settle their score – in a Japanese Death Match!
Writer Tres Dean
Artist Jamie Jones
Shipping Jun 2017
Digital $5.00
Print and Digital combo $10.00

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RICH REVIEWS: Die Kitty Die: Hollywood or Bust # 2

First Comics News - Wed, 04/05/2017 - 03:08

Title: Die Kitty Die: Hollywood or Bust # 2
Publisher: Chapter House Comics
Story & Art: Dan Parent & Fernando Ruiz
Inks: Rich Koslowski
Colors: Glenn Whitmore
Letters: Janice Chiang
Additional Art: J. Bone & Gisele Lagace
Cover: Fernando Ruiz
Variant Cover: Dan Parent
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: www.chapterhouse.ca
Comments: “Freaked Out!” Here Kitty is a pre-teen going to a special camp. Kitty makes some unique friends at camp. They do start to bond.
“Axe Me Later” The Carneys just happen along to help out Kitty with the Hexacutioner. He is not so fearsome here. The Carneys are illustrated beautifully to show off each one’s uniqueness.
The two-page Kitty’s Hollywood Hangout pin-up is filled with weird muscular guys.
“Fame Game!” Katty Kitty’s cousin makes her appearance. She is illustrated as one sexy girl but she is not so nice. Katty is naughty while Kitty is nice.
“The Boob Tube!” Katty and Kitty are cousins but they are nothing alike other than both have big boobs. Katty knows what she wants and she goes for it and watch out for anyone in her way. Katty is a vampire like witch, which makes her a match for Kitty the witch.
Dan Parent has lots to offer at www.danparent.com He is so talented.
www.ma3comic.com , www.pixietrixcomix.com are places to go for free online comics and more.
Gisele Lagace and David Lumsdon have some gorgeous art of two Eerie Cuties. You can see more of it at www.eeriecuties.com . Gisele knows how to draw a cute sexy girl and a vampire cutie by her is a beautiful sight.
www.fernandoruizeverybody.com another site with gorgeous artwork. He knows how to draw monsters and babes.
The Carneys in “Sideshow Shenanigans”. Here are two cute stories about the Carneys that are sure to make you smile.
Kitty is a wonderful witch and she does have lots of fun in her adventurous life.

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RICH REVIEWS: Flare # 4

First Comics News - Wed, 04/05/2017 - 03:05

Title: Flare # 4
Publisher: Heroic Publishing
Writer: Dennis Mallonee
Pencilers: Mark Beachum, Habagat, Benton Jew
Inkers: Mark Beachum, Lou Manna, Rick Bryant, Benton Jew
Letterers: T. Owen, Jean Simek, Jean Simek, Carrie Spiegle
Colorists: Tom Luth, Travis Walton, Dick O’Malley, Janice Cohen
Flare Created by: Stacy Thain
Price: $ 4.50 US, $ 5.50 Can
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: www.heroicpublishing.com
Comments: “Revenge!” Writer Dennis Mallonee, artist Mark Beachum, letterer T. Owen and colorist Tom Luth.
The adventures of Flare when she was a girl. Here we see Flare and her siblings while they were growing up and training under the guidance of a Nazi, Professor Gottmann. The art shows off Flare and her sister Olga is some very sexually provocative poses.
Flare aka Teresa does pick on and bully Philip her younger brother. He is sensitive and seeing him bullied is not nice.
Teresa is a pure girl. She though is written with an attitude.
A Bonus Icicle Adventure “Confrontation with Huntsman” Story by Dennis Mallonee, pencils by Lou Manna, inks by Mark Morales, colors by Travis Walton and letters by Jean Simek.
Icicle has a huge crush on the Huntsman but he does not have one on her. So there is drama. No action in this story but lots of interplay between the characters featured.
“Into the Viper’s Nest” Story by Dennis Mallonee, pencils by Habagat, inks by Rick Bryant, letters by Jean Simek and colors by Dick O’Malley.
Flare storms an underwater base. She is all action and posed provocatively. Her womanly attributes shine through. In a battle, we are shown just how tough she can be.
Flare has a unique way of looking at the drug trade. She may be right to.
A beautiful pin-up of Flare ends this story.
“Malice” a Champions story. Story by Dennis Mallonee, artwork by Benton Jew, letters Carrie Spiegle and colors by Janice Cohen.
Malice aka Melissa is a powerful woman but still, she has feelings and needs. She wants to be loved. She does not want to be alone but she is. She is powerful and beautiful and you will pity her.
These stories show us that super-heroes and villains are still just people. The stories as well are done in a more mature vein. These characters are written as real people.

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RICH REVIEWS: Die Kitty Die: Hollywood or Bust # 1

First Comics News - Wed, 04/05/2017 - 03:04

Title: Die Kitty Die: Hollywood or Bust # 1
Publisher: Chapter House Comics
Story & Art: Dan Parent & Fernando Ruiz
Inks: Rich Koslowski
Colors: Glenn Whitmore
Letters: Janice Chiang
Additional Art: J. Bone & Gisele Lagace
Cover: Dan Parent
Variant Cover: Fernando Ruiz
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: www.chapterhouse.ca
Comments: “It’s Showtime!” Here we get a look at Kitty’s childhood. Her adopted aunt and uncle thought they could use and control her. How wrong they were. Kitty is shown with a vicious streak. The art is cute showing off this little version of Kitty.
“Hot off the Presses!” Here we are in the present and Kitty’s comic is selling well. The way she is shown using her magic adds a nice light touch of humor to the story. Kitty is drawn cute too.
The pool party pin-up pages have a retro look with a sexuality to them that looks amazing.
“A Hop, Skip, and Jump!” Getting financing for the Kitty movie is not an easy thing. Kitty is being cautious about it. Here her lovely rack is illustrated to make sure you notice it.
“To Live and Fry in L.A.!” The Hexecutioner attacks Kitty. He is a big frightening killer of magical beings like witches. He knows what he is doing. Kitty looks sexy in her pink top and black panties. It’s a combination of scary and lingerie. The action and violence are amped up here.
Dan Parent has lots to offer at www.danparent.com He is so talented.
www.ma3comic.com , www.pixietrixcomix.com are places to go for free online comics and more.
Gisele Lagace and David Lumsdon have some gorgeous art of two Eerie Cuties. You can see more of it at www.eeriecuties.com . Gisele knows how to draw a cute sexy girl and a vampire cutie by her is a beautiful sight.
www.fernandoruizeverybody.com another site with gorgeous artwork. He knows how to draw monsters and babes.
Kitty is a cute witch. This issue introduces us to her and sets things up for the next issues.
Kitty will work her wonderful magic on you.

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MONSTERELLA, an action/adventure/horror/sci-fi anthology by Hangman Comics

First Comics News - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 19:10

MONSTERELLA, an action/adventure/horror/sci-fi anthology inspired by the classic “Vampirella” and “2000 AD” magazines of the 1970’s by Canadian publisher Hangman Comics.
April 4, 2017. Vancouver Island, Canada.

A Monsterellla kickstarter was launched March 29th, 2017 to raise the funds necessary to get the book into print. Three and a half hours after it’s launch it was successfully funded and backers continue to take advantage of it’s unique reward options nearly a week later. Stretch goal rewards that have been unlocked so far include signature cards, bookmarks, a bonus digital comic, embroidered patches, and an exclusive extended version of the “Monsterella” story in digital format.

 

The campaign is currently $400 away from it’s next strech goal, which will unlock the first three collectors cards in a new on-going Hangman Comics trading card collection.

 

Monsterella revolves around the continuing adventures of Montrossa Rella, AKA “Monsterella”, the warden of an intergalactic prison planet, where the galaxy’s worst of the worst monsters are imprisoned and isolated from the rest of the universe. All hell breaks loose when an unexpected revolt overthrows her, and threatens the safety of the entire galaxy!

 

But her adventures are just one chapter of the book. In the style of the classic Vampirella magazines, Monsterella goes on to introduce other astonishing tales told and illustrated by a creepy collection of Canadian talents that will be sure to chill and thrill you cover to cover! Featuring Andrew Fryer, A. Shay Hahn (“The Homeless G-Men”), Dan MacKinnon (“From The Ashes”), Gareth Gaudin (“Enid Jupiter and Lyra Gotham”), John Rathiganthan (“From The Ashes”), Josh Kully, Nevin Arnold (“Calavera The Undead”) and sizzling cover artist Sun Khamunaki (“Lady Death”)!


Monsterella will be released in May/June 2017.

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RAPTURE #1 preview

First Comics News - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 18:17

Valiant is proud to present your first lettered look inside RAPTURE #1 (of 4) – the FIRST ISSUE of Valiant’s astonishing standalone event from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (X-O Manowar, Dept. H) and explosive artist CAFU (Rai)! On May 24th – the next “X-O Manowar Wednesday” in comics shops everywhere – join deadly MI-6 assassin Ninjak and the damaged supernatural guardian called Shadowman as they lead a preemptive strike into the forbidden dimension known as the Deadside – a realm where magic trumps might and an eons-old war machine stands at arms, ready to penetrate our reality and upend the order of heaven and hell as we now know it…

“The essential Shadowman lore is that he’s a guy plagued by this loa, a dark demon that possesses him for better or worse, and it’s plagued his family for generations. He wants to be rid of this thing, and eventually, he gets captured by MI-6 and used as a sort of reluctant agent for good… [RAPTURE] is really showcasing Shadowman, who has been gone a long time – too long,” writer Matt Kind. “The plan is to really re-introduce Shadowman and set him up in a way that will make him a more permanent fixture in the Valiant Universe and on comic shelves.”

On a scarred landscape, two otherworldly armies prepare to battle one last time, vying for control of a massive tower named from an ancient language no longer permitted to be spoken.

One army is led by a primeval force named Babel, whose goal is singular: to breach “heaven” no matter the cost. The only thing standing in his way is a gray-haired barbaric warrior, filled with rage and regret – a man who sees this battle as his last chance for redemption. But he knows his depleted forces have little chance of victory unless aid comes soon.

Enter Tama: A 12-year old girl on the crest of a hill overlooking the battle, who has just become humanity’s only hope. The last in an ancient line of mystics who protect the Earth, she has foreseen this battle and knows millions will perish if she’s unable to stop it. Now Tama and her ragtag team of malcontents – Ninjak, Shadowman and Punk Mambo – must somehow defeat an elder god hell bent on piercing the heavens.

In the game-changing footsteps of THE VALIANT and BLOODSHOT U.S.A., Valiant’s next shocking standalone event is here! On May 24th, Shadowman’s long-awaited return to the forefront of the Valiant Universe begins with a terrifying breach between two worlds, only in RAPTURE #1 (of 4) – featuring covers by Mico Suayan (Bloodshot Reborn), J.G. Jones (Final Crisis), Kano (Swamp Thing), and CAFU (Action Comics)!

Also in stores on May 24th: Don’t miss the next armor-plated issue of the landmark comics debut that Paste Magazine calls “a wartime epic for the ages” in X-O MANOWAR (2017) #3 – part three of “SOLDIER” from visionary writer Matt Kindt (Ninjak) and Valiant exclusive superstar Tomas Giorello (Bloodshot Reborn)!

RAPTURE #1 (of 4)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CAFU
Cover A by MICO SUAYAN (MAR172161)
Cover B by J.G. JONES (MAR172162)
Character Design Variant by KANO (MAR172165)
Variant Cover by CAFU (MAR172166)
B&W Sketch Variant by MICO SUAYAN (MAR172167)
NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE Variant Also Available (MAR172164)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MAY 24 (FOC – 5/1/17)X-O MANOWAR (2017) #3
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TOMÁS GIORELLO
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA (MAR172157)
Cover B by KENNETH ROCAFORT (MAR172158)
Interlocking Variant Cover by MICO SUAYAN (MAR172159)
X-O Manowar Icon Variant by DAVID MACK (MAR172160)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PREMIUM | T+ | On Sale MAY 24 (FOC – 5/1/17)


RAPTURE #1 (of 4) – Cover A by Mico Suayan
RAPTURE #1 (of 4) – Cover B by J.G. Jones


RAPTURE #1 (of 4) – Variant Cover by CAFU


RAPTURE #1 (of 4) – Interior Art by CAFU with Andrew Dalhouse


RAPTURE #1 (of 4) – Interior Art by CAFU with Andrew Dalhouse


RAPTURE #1 (of 4) – Interior Art by CAFU with Andrew Dalhouse


RAPTURE #1 (of 4) – Interior Art by CAFU with Andrew Dalhouse


RAPTURE #1 (of 4) – Interior Art by CAFU with Andrew Dalhouse

 

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BOB’S BURGERS LIVE! Sells Out, Adds Second Show at The Orpheum Theater

First Comics News - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 18:15

DUE TO OVERWHELMING DEMAND,

BOB’S BURGERS LIVE! SELLS OUT, ADDS SECOND SHOW

IN LOS ANGELES AT THE ORPHEUM THEATER

Tickets On-Sale This Week for June 18 Father’s Day edition of “BOB’S BURGERS LIVE!: Music and Comedy and Musical Comedy Revue”

 

This Ultimate Fan Experience Features All-New Stand-Up and Musical Performances

with the Cast, Creator Loren Bouchard and Special Guest House Band, EL VY,

featuring The National’s Matt Berninger, and Surprise Celebrity Guest Appearances

 

 

LOS ANGELES, APRIL 4, 2017Bento Box Entertainment, in partnership with Loren Bouchard’s Wilo Productions, has added a second night of BOB’S BURGERS LIVE!: Music and Comedy and Musical Comedy Revue in Los Angeles, following the sell-out of the recently announced first night.  This year’s BOB’S BURGERS LIVE! shows will take place on June 17, and now, June 18 at 8 p.m. at the historic Orpheum Theater in downtown Los Angeles.

 

This special two-night event will bring together the Emmy® Award-winning cast and creator of FOX’s hit BOB’S BURGERS, currently in season seven, for an exclusive comedy and musical extravaganza. Performances will include stand-up comedy by individual cast members, clips from upcoming episodes, as well as fan-favorite songs performed by the cast, show composers, special guest vocalists, guest musicians, and super special guest house band, EL VY, featuring The National’s Matt Berninger.  Tickets will be available for presale on Thursday, April 6 at 10 a.m. ET, and then open to the public on Friday, April 7 at 10 a.m. ET, at both bobsburgerlive.com and ticketmaster.com.

 

Additionally, VIP packages – which come with an exclusive presale code – and merchandise from the live show may be purchased at www.bobsburgerslive.com.

 

The cast of BOB’S BURGERS scheduled to perform at the live show includes H. Jon Benjamin (Bob Belcher); Kristen Schaal (Louise Belcher); Eugene Mirman (Gene Belcher); Dan Mintz (Tina Belcher); John Roberts (Linda Belcher); and Larry Murphy (Uncle Teddy).  They will be joined by show Creator and BOB’S BURGERS LIVE! Executive Producer Loren Bouchard, series composers John Dylan Keith and Tim Dacey, and surprise celebrity guests.

 

Since this tour began in 2013, every stop across the country has been a sell-out.  In 2015, BOB’S BURGERS LIVE averaged nearly 3,900 fans at eight events in Minneapolis; Chicago; Madison; Detroit; Washington; Philadelphia; New York City and Boston.  At last year’s Los Angeles shows, fans filled The Wiltern Theater’s 1,850-seat venue both nights.

 

BOB’S BURGERS LIVE! is produced by Bento Box Entertainment and Wilo Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Location Based Entertainment. Bento Box Entertainment and BOB’S BURGERS LIVE! is represented by WME and promoted by Live Nation.

 

The Bob’s Burgers Music Album – a massive collection of 107 songs from the series’ first 107 episodes – is produced by Bouchard’s Wilo Productions in partnership with Bento Box Entertainment, with Sub Pop licensing the rights from Twentieth Century Fox Television.  It will be released on May 12th and is available for preorder worldwide from Sub Pop here.

 

A 20th Century Fox Television production, Bob’s Burgers was created by Bouchard (Home Movies).  Bouchard and Jim Dauterive (King of the Hill) serve as executive producers and writers, with animation produced by Bento Box Entertainment. Fans can “like” Bob’s Burgers on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BobsBurgers, follow the series on Twitter and Instagram @BobsBurgersFOX and join the discussion using #bobsburgers.

 

The seventh season of Bob’s Burgers airs Sundays at 7:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. CT on FOX, with episodes later available on Hulu.   For more information, visit behindbobsburgers.com.

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ROBOTECH #1 cover preview

First Comics News - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 18:13
ROBOTECH #1 Writer: Brian Wood  Artist: Marco Turini FC • 32pp • $3.99 • On Sale July 26, 2017   HARMONY GOLD’S CULT ‘80s TV SERIES, ROBOTECH RETURNS FOR ALL-NEW ADVENTURES!   COMIC WRITTEN BY BRIAN WOOD (DMZ, BRIGGS LAND, NORTHLANDERS) AND ILLUSTRATED BY MARCO TURINI!   COMIC FEATURES CLASSIC CHARACTERS RICK, LISA, MINMEI, ROY, CLAUDIA AND GLOVAL!   NEW COMIC SERIES WILL DELIGHT ORIGINAL FANS AND NEWCOMERS ALIKE!   COVER A: STANLEY ‘ARTGERM’ LAU

COVER B: KARL KERSCHL

COVER C: BLAIR SHEDD ACTION FIGURE

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VARIANT   COVER D: MICHAEL DIALYNAS
  COVER E: WALTRIP BROS. RETRO

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VARIANT   COVER F: BLUE LINE VERITECH SKETCH

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VARIANT   COVER G: 1:10 VARIANT – KARL K

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RSCHL (MINMEI)

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SPENCER & LOCKE #3

First Comics News - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 18:10


SPENCER & LOCKE #3
Writer: David Pepose
Artist: Jorge Santiago, Jr.
Colorist: Jasen Smith
Letterer: Colin Bell
Cover Artists: Main Cover by Jorge Santiago, Jr. (APR171194), Variant Cover by Maan House (APR171195)
S.O.S.! S.O.S.! Beaten, drugged, and left for dead, things are looking bad for Detective Locke — but unfortunately for his captors, Locke isn’t here anymore. Get ready for a night of psychedelic terror and homicidal violence, as Rocketman Reynolds makes his daring escape from Planet X! Fans of Calvin and Hobbes and Sin City shouldn’t miss out on the mind-bending third installment of David Pepose and Jorge Santiago, Jr.’s gritty crime saga, blasting into comic shops and digital devices June 2017 from Action Lab: Danger Zone!

32 pgs./ T+ / FC $3.99

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It’s a Man Eat Man World … Z Nation #1

First Comics News - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 15:14

The Asylum is an American independent film studio and distributor known for making fairly inexpensive knock-offs of popular movies. Transformers was all the rage in the cinema and The Asylum released, direct to video, the Transmorphers. One of the key signatures of The Asylum is they embrace the low-budget nature of their “mockbusters” inserting plenty of tongue-in-cheek humour and a healthy dose of not taking themselves too seriously.

Z Nation #1 Cover

So naturally, when the Walking Dead made a HUGE debut at AMC, The Asylum took notice. Enter Z Nation, a derivative zombie apocalypse TV show, capitalizing on the Walking Dead popularity but having it’s own schlocky charm and humour. Two seasons of Z Nation has been aired on Syfy with a third season and a TV movie ordered and in production. With the success of the Walking Dead comic book and Z Nation doing well on TV was a Z Nation comic book far behind? Nope.

Dynamite’s Z Nation #1 is solicited to debut in Local Comic Shops on April 12th, 2017 written by Craig Engler, co-creator of Z Nation and Fred Van Lente (Archer & Armstrong, Power Man and Iron Fist). The comic opens up one year into the Zombie infestation. All governments have collapsed, everyone is hungry and the world is about to have more zombies than people alive. At one National Guard camp survivors find information that could lead to a possible cache of Soylent-2 powdered emergency food. The nice callback to the Charlton Heston movie is not lost on me and is in keeping with the type of humour found in the TV show. So, a small team head off to bring back the stockpile and, of course, encounter Zs.

Z Nation #1 Interior Page

The artwork from Edu Menna (Twilight Zone, Army of Darkness) is serviceable with a standard comic book style coloured well by Sal Aiala. And while one or two characters from the TV show appear in the comic this first tale stands alone. The comic does not shy away from the TV show’s signature blood splats with lots of Zombie smashing action. Decent first issue but I wish it had just a bit more of the charm of the show. I am definitely interested in checking out issue #2 so the main goal of any first issue is fulfilled – it makes you want more.

Issue: Z Nation #1 | Publisher: Dynamite
Writers: Craig Engler & Fred Van Lente | Artist: Edu Menna & Sal Aiala
Letterer: Simon Bowland | Editor: Joseph Rybandt
Price: $3.99

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JEAN GREY #1 preview

First Comics News - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 15:01

JEAN GREY Flies Solo This May For All-New Series – Your First Look!

New Series Launching as Part of ResurrXion

New York, NY—April 4th, 2017 — Like the Phoenix before her, Jean Grey rises from the ashes this May to headline her very first ongoing series! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look inside JEAN GREY #1 – the new series launching on May 3rd! Blockbuster creators Dennis Hopeless (All-New X-Men, X-Men: Season One) and Victor Ibanez (Extraordinary X-Men, Storm) take the fiery young heroine on her own journey in preparation for the fight of her life!

 

A vision. A premonition. A warning. The Phoenix is coming back to Earth. It could be tomorrow, it could be years from now. But it’s on its way. Determined to not succumb to the fate that befell her adult counterpart, Jean will fight the future and forge her own destiny. One problem – she’s not ready. Not even close. So, on a quest to save her own life, she’ll travel across the Marvel Universe, honing her gifts under the tutelage of the greatest heroes and teachers. Even that may not be enough. Can Jean ever hope to escape the Phoenix? Or is the cycle of death and rebirth doomed to repeat itself? The heat is on this May as Jean Grey sets out on a journey that will turn her world upside down.

 

Because if she fails – all is lost. Don’t miss JEAN GREY #1 when it comes to comic shops and digital devices on May 3rd!

JEAN GREY #1 (MAR170958)

Written by DENNIS HOPELESS
Art by VICTOR IBANEZ

Cover by DAVID YARDIN

Variant Cover by STEPHANIE HANS (MAR170962) and MARGUERITE SAUVAGE (MAR170961)

Corner Box Variant by LEONARD KIRK (MAR170960)

Hip-Hop Variant by SHAWN CRYSTAL (MAR170959)

Remastered Variant by DAVE COCKRUM (MAR170963)

Phoenix Mille Variant by DAVE WILLIAMS (MAR170964)
FOC – 04/10/17, On-Sale – 05/03/17

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RIVERDALE #1 preview

First Comics News - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 14:55


RIVERDALE #1
From Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and the writers of the new CW series Riverdale comes the first issue of the MUST-READ, brand new, ongoing comic series. Set in the universe of the TV series, the Riverdale comic offers a bold, subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, Josie & the Pussycats and their friends, exploring small-town life and the darkness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade.
Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Will Ewing, Michael Grassi
Art: Joe Eisma, Andre Szymanowicz, Janice Chiang, John Workman
Cover: Alitha Martinez
Variant Covers: Elliott Fernandez, Francesco Francavilla, Peter Krause, Djibril Morissette-Phan, Ron Salas
On Sale Date: 4/5
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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LITTLE ARCHIE preview

First Comics News - Tue, 04/04/2017 - 14:55


LITTLE ARCHIE ONE-SHOT
BRAND NEW ONE-SHOT SPECIAL! Archie’s wildest day ever starts with a cat eating his homework—and things just get crazier from there! But this isn’t just an ordinary cat, and this certainly won’t be an ordinary day for Little Archie and his friends. Join in on the fun adventure from the superstar comics team Art Baltazar and Franco (Tiny Titans, Action Cat and Adventure Bug)!
Script: Art Baltazar and Franco
Art:  Art Baltazar
Cover: Art Baltazar
Variant Covers: Ryan Jampole, Asami Matsumura
On Sale Date: 4/5
48-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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