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The World at War!

First Comics News - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 19:01

Jason Aaron reveals the first issue cover to The War of the Realms in new teaser trailer!

 

New York, NY—December 28, 2018— The War of the Realms has made Earth its battlefield! This April, one of the largest conflicts to engulf the Marvel Universe erupts in The War of the Realms – a new, epic crossover event from the award-winning creative team of Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman, and Matthew Wilson, with covers by the legendary Arthur Adams! Marvel’s 2019 war-to-end-all wars must enlist every great Marvel Hero to save Earth…and beyond!

 

Today, Marvel is proud to present THE WAR OF THE REALMS TEASER TRAILER, featuring Jason Aaron and editor Wil Moss, complete with the first look at issue #1’s cover from Arthur Adams!

“The story really begins when that war that’s been brewing for years in the pages of Thor explodes here in Midgard,” teases Aaron. “And at that point, it’s bigger than a Thor battle – everyone becomes a part of that battle.”

 

“Even though this story involves a lot of moving pieces and elements from the Thor comics and the Avengers comics, it’s something that everyone can just dive into,” adds Moss.

 

Not since Secret Wars has a comic event had such far-reaching consequences for the Marvel Universe – be there when THE WAR OF THE REALMS starts this April

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UFC DEBUTS FIRST-EVER COMIC BOOK: TALES OF UFC

First Comics News - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 18:57

‘Return to the Octagon’ Arrives in Inglewood on Saturday, December 29

 

Las Vegas – UFC®, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization, today announced the debut of its first-ever comic book, Tales of UFC: ‘Return to the Octagon®’ to commemorate the brand’s historic 25th anniversary. Copies of this limited print edition will be available at The Forum during UFC® 232: JONES vs. GUSTAFFSON 2, which takes place on Saturday, December 29.

 

Tales of UFC: ‘Return to the Octagon’ is written by Dave Dwonch, best known for penning titles such as Infinite Seven, Vamplets (with Gayle “My Little Pony” Middleton), Cyrus Perkins and the Haunted Taxi Cab and the NFL Rush Zone comic series. The short story also features art by Jason Federhenn (The Harcourt Legacy) and colors by Brad Simpson (Marvel’s Vengeance, Dynamite’s Captain Victory and Galactic Rangers, as well as Dark Horse’s Catalyst Comics).

 

“I’m honored to collaborate with UFC on their first comic, and thrilled that this might be some of their fans first comic as well,” Dwonch said. “We’ve really created something special here, and I can’t wait for readers to find their newest hero in the pages of Tales of UFC!”

 

This first issue begins in 2008, as Mike “The Takedown” Mercury is drafted into a war against an intergalactic crime syndicate known as “THE RING.” Outfitted with hi-tech alien armor, Mike leaves his world behind, including his eight-year old daughter Maxine, to save the universe. A decade later, THE RING has now set its sights on Earth, with Mike returning home to continue the fight.

Limited quantities will be available at all UFC merchandise kiosks throughout The Forum.

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Premieres of REIGN OF THE SUPERMEN in Los Angeles & New York

First Comics News - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 18:53

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment

Announces Bi-Coastal Premieres of

REIGN OF THE SUPERMEN

in Los Angeles & New York

 

Latest DC Universe Movie to Debut in LA (1/10/19) and NYC (1/28/19);

Limited Free Tickets Available to Fans on First Come, First Served Basis

 

 

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment proudly presents the bi-coastal premieres of Reign of the Supermen, the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Movies, at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills on January 10, 2019 and at the Directors Guild of America in New York on January 28, 2019. Filmmakers and members of the voice cast will attend the events for red carpet media interviews and a post-screening panel discussion.

 

Executive producer James Tucker, director/producer Sam Liu, character designer Phil Bourassa, writers Jim Krieg & Tim Sheridan and members of the all-star voice cast will attend the World Premiere festivities in Los Angeles and East Coast Premiere in New York. Additional talent participating at the two premieres will be announced as confirmed.

 

Both screenings will begin at 7:00 pm. The Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles is located at 465 North Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills. The Director’s Guild of America is located at 110 West 57th Street in New York City.

 

A limited number of free tickets are available to the general public.

 

Fans wishing to receive free tickets to the Los Angeles event on Thursday, January 10 must RSVP via email to ReignSupermenLA@gmail.com.

 

Fans wishing to receive free tickets to the New York event on Monday, January 28 must RSVP via email to ReignSupermenNY@gmail.com.

 

The subject of all fan email entries should include which location (LA or NY) they wish to attend. The body of all fan RSVP emails need ONLY include the (1) name of the entrant, (2) number of tickets requested (limit four per entry), and (3) valid email address (again, within the body of the email text). Fans should keep their entry simple – here’s an example of exactly how the body of the RSVP email should appear:

 

Bruce Wayne

2 tickets

Batman@gmail.com

 

Tickets to the event will be distributed on a “first come, first served” basis, and fans will be notified via email.

 

Reign of the Supermen finds Earth’s citizens – and the Man of Steel’s heroic contemporaries – dealing with a world without Superman. But the aftermath of Superman’s death, and the subsequent disappearance of his body, leads to a new mystery – is Superman still alive? The question is further complicated when four new super-powered individuals – Steel, Cyborg Superman, Superboy and the Eradicator – emerge to proclaim themselves as the ultimate hero. In the end, only one will be able to proclaim himself the world’s true Superman.

 

Reign of the Supermen is the second half of a two-part DC Universe Movies experience that began in August 2018 with The Death of Superman – the two films telling a more faithful animated version of “The Death of Superman,” DC’s landmark 1992-93 comic phenomenon. Superman Doomsday, the inaugural film in the DC Universe Movies series, told an abridged version of that comics story, but with a runtime of 75 minutes, the film was only able to focus on a core, singular storyline. The Death of Superman and Reign of the Supermen restore many of the moments and characters that fans hold dear to their hearts.

 

The Reign of the Supermen all-star cast is led by Jerry O’Connell (Carter, Bravo’s Play by Play, Stand by Me), Rebecca Romijn (X-Men, The Librarians) and Rainn Wilson (The Office, The Meg) as the voices of Superman, Lois Lane and Lex Luthor, respectively. The potent trio is joined by the DC Universe Movies’ returning voices of the Justice League: Jason O’Mara (The Man in the High Castle, Terra Nova) as Batman, Rosario Dawson (Sin City, Rent, Daredevil) as Wonder Woman, Shemar Moore (S.W.A.T., Criminal Minds) as Cyborg, Nathan Fillion (Castle, The Rookie) as Green Lantern/Hal Jordan, Christopher Gorham (Covert Affairs, Insatiable, Ugly Betty) as The Flash, and Nyambi Nyambi (Mike & Molly, The Good Fight) as Martian Manhunter.

 

Newly featured cast members include Cress Williams (Black Lightning) as Steel, Cameron Monaghan (Gotham) as Superboy, Patrick Fabian (Better Call Saul) as Hank Henshaw, and Tony Todd (Candyman) as Darkseid. In addition, the cast includes Charles Halford (Constantine) as Bibbo Bibbowski and The Eradicator, Rocky Carroll (NCIS) as Perry White, Toks Olagundoye (Castle) as Cat Grant, Max Mittleman (Justice League Action) as Jimmy Olsen, Paul Eiding (Ben 10: Omniverse) as Jonathan Kent, Jennifer Hale (Green Lantern: The Animated Series) as Martha Kent, Trevor Devall (Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay) as Dabney Donovan and Erica Luttrell (Salvation) as Mercy.

 

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, the feature-length animated Reign of the Supermen arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital starting January 15, 2019, and on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack on January 29, 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

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More Monster Manual Taxonomy: The Demihumans!

Sorcerer's Skull - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 12:08
This is a follow-up to this post. D&D suggests that tribe Hominini is much like Canini and has species, even genera, close enough genetically to reproduce. Here's what we've got:

In genus Homo:
Elves H. formosus
Drow H. formosus tenebrarum
Halflings H. pygmeus
Orcs H. ferox

In genus Genomus:
Dwarves G. barbatus
Gnomes G. artificis
Deep Gnomes G. profundi

It is likely that there is a genus Gigantanthropus which includes ogres (proposed G. atrox) and goliaths (proposed G. montanus) and perhaps other near giants. Research is ongoing.

DARK HORSE GOES BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD WITH EXPANDED EDITION OF THE ART OF COMIC BOOK INKING

First Comics News - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 17:20

Tricks of the Trade from the Industry’s Top Artists!

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (December 27, 2018)—The Art of Comic-Book Inking is the industry-standard manual for aspiring comic book inkers and industry professionals alike. Now, Dark Horse is proud to present an expanded edition with new art and text by Gary Martin and a bonus chapter on digital inking by artist Leo Vitalis. Along with pen, brush, and stylus, no inking tool is more useful than The Art of Comic-Book Inking.

Gain insights into the techniques, tools, and approaches of some of the finest ink artists in comics, including Terry Austin, Mark Farmer, Scott Williams, Alex Garner, and many more. Also included are eight full-sized blue-lined art boards featuring pencil art by top comics illustrators Steve Rude, Terry Dodson, Jack Kirby, Adam Warren, and others to use for practice or as samples to show editors and publishers.

The Art of Comic-Book Inking TPB goes on sale May 29, 2019

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In the Cellar of the Silver Dragon

Sorcerer's Skull - Thu, 12/27/2018 - 12:00

As I previously mentioned, I ran a short D&D 5e game for my inlaws on Christmas Eve. I ultimately elected to run "A Most Potent Brew," which I picked up on the DMs Guild. I thought it would be short and relatively uncomplicated, and it wound up being a good choice, having samples of exploration and puzzles as well as combat.

The setup involved a brewery (which I remained the Silver Dragon) where workman had inadvertently opened a whole into the buried lower levels of a forgotten wizard's tower. The monsters were mostly vermin: giant rats and giant centipedes. There was one unique monster, though, a giant spider with a fiery bit and web.

The party consisted of a fighter, a cleric, and a warlock, all first level. My wife (as usual) was the cleric. She let her parents take lead, but helped them with the rules and encouraged them when they dithered too long. Ironically, her character was the only one that came close to dying, having been heavily damaged by the fire spider, though some difficulty with a puzzled-based trap was a close call for the fighter.

A good time was had by all. The adventure had little novelty, but it was just about perfect for introducing rpg-naive player's to the mechanics and conventions of D&D in short session. A couple of observations, perhaps of interest: the oft-repeated old school saw of longer and more detailed character creation leading to player's not being sufficiently willing to let their character's die is, at best, only part of the picture. My inlaws were not involved with character creation at all beyond choosing their class, and they were very cautious and death-averse. Both being avid gamers, I suspect they equated death with loss and didn't want to lose. Secondly, so much of D&D mechanics are sort of legacy (ability scores as opposed to just their modifiers, for instance) and could probably be streamlined to make it easier for new player's to understand.

RICH REVIEWS: Amy’s Diary # 1

First Comics News - Wed, 12/26/2018 - 22:10

Title: Amy’s Diary # 1 “Space Alien…Almost?” (GN)
Publisher: Papercutz
Based on the novel by: India Desjardins
Adaption: Veronique Grisseaux
Illustration: Laetitia Aynie
Translation: Joe Johnson
Lettering: Bryan Senka
Price: $9.99 US (PB), $ 14.99 US (HC)
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: www.papercutz.com
Comments: Amy is just your average teenage girl. She has all the troubles of one to plus. The art throughout this comic is done in a cute style that fits the characters.
We get to follow along as Amy lives her life and her life is so interesting. The way the simple things are told make them such fun to read about and see. Amy and her BFF Kat get crushes on boys which leads to more fun.
When good things happen for Amy you will be cheering for her and it might just bring a tear of happiness to your eye. Amy like most teen girls is unsure of what she wants and as far as being in love it’s all new to her. Then it gets more complicated as things usually do. Amy is doing things she knows she should not. She should be honest and trusting.
Amy does grow up over the course of this book. She gets her first love, she accepts her mom’s new boyfriend and her friendship with Kat becomes stronger. Amy at times may wish she was an alien but she is all too human and flawed like all the rest of us. Which makes her a normal ordinary teenage girl.

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Wednesday Comics: Hey, Kids! Comics Sales

Sorcerer's Skull - Wed, 12/26/2018 - 12:00
Christmas is over and the time of buying stuff you didn't get as gifts has begun. Comixology is running a number of sales on digital comics. Here's the big list of sales, including big sales from Marvel and DC. Most of these last until January 3rd.

More D&D With the In-laws

Sorcerer's Skull - Sun, 12/23/2018 - 15:00
Headed to the in-laws for a couple of days and a bit of D&D may be in the cards. Having a newborn meant no family gaming last holiday season, but New Years 2017 my wife and I introduced her parents to D&D with a bit of Lost Mines of Phandelver--and a total party kill. We'll see what this second session brings.

The question is: What should I run this year? I need an adventure either 5e or easily adaptable (pretty much on the fly) that is navigable by new players and delivers some good stuff in just one setting.

The Christmas Specials

Sorcerer's Skull - Fri, 12/21/2018 - 12:00

A few years ago, I managed to do three "Christmas Specials" in my two Weird Adventures campaigns (though I only did 2 write-ups): "Twas the Fight Before Yule," and it's sequel, and "Another Weird Yule." In 2016, there was a holiday related cameo in my Land of Azurth game.

I still haven't gotten around to doing the reskin of Slumbering Ursine Dunes involving the Weird Adventures version of the Tunguska Event, the mysterious Siberian cauldrons, a captive Father Yule, and talking bears, but I still think it would be great.

ASPEN COMICS MARCH 2019 SOLICITATIONS

First Comics News - Thu, 12/20/2018 - 17:43

ASPEN MLT Inc.
March 2019 Solicitation Copy

ASPEN VISIONS
SOULFIRE: HEART OF ETERNITY #1
Blake Northcott – Story / Giuseppe Cafaro – Art

In the tradition of DC’s Elseworlds and Marvel’s “What If?” classic stories comes Aspen’s most mind-bending concept ever—ASPEN VISIONS!

The third chapter and CONCLUSION to the special three part mini-series spanning across Aspen’s most popular titles—Fathom, Soulfire and Executive Assistant Iris!
The setting switches to The Soulfire Universe, as the eco-war monger, Nestor, continues to put all of humanity in his crosshairs in his quest to save the dragons! Aspen Matthews and Executive Assistant Iris attempt to thwart his plan far in the future, but several magical challenges stand in their way!

The all-new ASPEN VISIONS line of books will shatter everything you know about Aspen’s most popular characters!

SOULFIRE: HEART OF ETERNITY #1 is in stores March 6th, 2019!

FC 32 pages $3.99

RETAILER NOTE: SOULFIRE: HEART OF ETERNITY #1 will ship with two covers by artists Giuseppe Cafaro and Micah Gunnell. Each cover is available to order separately, with no quantity limitation or restrictions.

SOULFIRE: HEART OF ETERNITY #1 RETAILER INCENTIVE:
For every 10 copies of SOULFIRE: HEART OF ETERNITY #1 ordered, retailers will receive one (1) FREE copy of the alternate SOULFIRE: HEART OF ETERNITY #1 cover by artist JP Mavinga, with the option to purchase up to three (3) additional Mavinga alternate SOULFIRE: HEART OF ETERNITY #1 covers at net $4 each.

 

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: IRIS vol 1 TPB (new printing)
David Wohl – Story / Eduardo Francisco – Art / John Starr – Colors

Aspen’s SOLD OUT hit series is back in a new lower-priced introductory trade paperback for new and returning readers alike!

She’s a secretary, bodyguard, and assassin all rolled into one…

Meet Iris, a loyal and ruthlessly efficient subordinate to her powerful, corporate boss. In the modern, cutthroat corporate world, today’s CEO needs an intimidating edge to stay on top, and Iris is more than well trained to oblige the demand of her employer, including murder. However, Iris discovers the man she has dutifully served for most of her life is far more corrupt than the people she is sworn to protect him from. Now torn between her loyalties to the only person she’s ever served, and the new life she realizes she’s ready to explore on her own, she must make a choice that could ultimately lead to her demise. Iris’ treacherous journey for redemption begins right here!

Showcasing additional character design sketches and never before seen art, surrounded by a stunning cover illustrated by superstar Joe Benitez, this streamlined and lower-priced new printing of the critically-acclaimed Executive Assistant: Iris Volume 1 is an absolute must have for all Aspen fans!

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: IRIS vol 1 TPB is in stores March 13th, 2019!

FC 176 pages $14.99 TPB

 

ASPEN VARIANTS:

Executive Assistant: Iris vol 1 #1 – Wizard World Philadelphia 2009 , LE 1000

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Executive Assistant: Iris vol 1 #2 – Comic-Con International: San Diego 2009 , LE 1000

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Executive Assistant: Iris vol 1 #6 – New York Comic Con 2010 , LE 500

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Executive Assistant: Iris vol 2 #1 – Comic-Con International: San Diego 2011 , LE 500

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Executive Assistant: Lotus #1 – Comic-Con International: San Diego 2011 , LE 500

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Executive Assistant: Iris vol 5 #1 – Convention Exclusive 2018 , LE 200

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Executive Assistant: Iris Annual #1 – Big Wow ComicFest 2015 , LE 200

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Executive Assistant: Assassins #1 – Comic-Con International: San Diego 2012 , LE 500

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Executive Assistant: Assassins #4 – New York Comic Con 2012 , LE 300

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Executive Assistant: Assassins #16 – Alamo City Comic Con 2013 , LE 200

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Executive Assistant: Iris vol 2 TPB
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Wizard Entertainment, Inc. Presents Wizard World New Orleans To Kick Off 2019

First Comics News - Thu, 12/20/2018 - 17:33

Renamed Entity Wizard Entertainment, Inc. Represents Broader Company Goals; Ninth Annual New Orleans Event Set for January 4-6

Los Angeles, December 20, 2018—John D. Maatta, Wizard Entertainment CEO, today announced that the nation’s largest producer of pop-culture events is now known as Wizard Entertainment, Inc. The renamed entity, formerly known as Wizard World, Inc., is pleased to present its first convention of the 2019 calendar year, Wizard World New Orleans, January 4-6, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, featuring Aquaman headliner Jason Momoa, together with several stars of “The Vampire Diaries,” “Outlander” and other popular television programs and films.

Maatta stated, “Wizard Entertainment is a name that more appropriately captures the breadth of initiatives we are planning as we head into 2019. In addition to our successful live events across North America, the name reflects our additional opportunities in other regions such as China, location-based entertainment initiatives, and participation in strategic M&A opportunities.”

The live pop culture conventions will continue under the Wizard World brand (Wizard World New Orleans, Wizard World Portland, etc.). The schedule of 2019 events is available at https://wizardworld.com/comiccon.

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Monster Manual Taxonomy

Sorcerer's Skull - Thu, 12/20/2018 - 12:00
A comment by Gus L of the now-dormant Dungeon of Sighs (though he recently started a new blog, I don't have the link at hand), led me to think about scientific classification of D&D monsters. Not useful for much perhaps, but a fun line of thought. I decided on the rules I would follow on the thought experiment and made several G plus posts along these lines, and got some good suggestions, some of which I incoporated in what follows.


Bulette (Geocacharias sp.)Bulettes are part of family of cingulate mammalsVelocifodiens.

True GiantsGigans is a genus of hominins with several extant species: G. horridus (hill giants), G. troglodytes (stone giants), G. gelidus (frost giants), G. igneus (fire giants), G. nubicolus (cloud giants), G. tempestatis (storm giants). Tentative identifications not completely accepted: fog giants (G. nebulosus) and mountain giants (G. rancens)

GoblinoidsCobalus is the genus of the goblinoids. They may be a separate subtribe (Cobalina) of hominins. Known species include:C. cobalus  (goblins), C. bellatorius  (hobgoblins), C. terribilis (bugbears), C. prodigiosus (nilbogs), and C. armatus (norkers)* 
*[Thanks to Paul V for this one.]

Living Alive or Walking Death? by Mike Bullock

First Comics News - Thu, 12/20/2018 - 09:24

That one little word can make such a dynamic difference in our lives. Without it, we not only accept, but embrace defeat, depression, discouragement. We walk around in a storm cloud of overwhelming negative emotions, dark feelings, eternal night. With it, we overcome obstacles, power through setbacks and dismiss the very notion of defeat; we rise to heights that go beyond our natural limitations and achieve greatness.

As a child, I had incredible hopes and dreams that consumed me nearly every day until the world I lived in slowly eroded their very foundations.

And then, sometime in my teenage years, I lost hope altogether. It didn’t leave with a bang, but more like sand slipping through my fingers, until I was holding on to nothing.

The hole that created in me pulled in any sense of self worth, until there was none left. Without hope, I felt worthless. That led to a decade and a half of self-destructive behavior; smoking, drinking, violence, shattered relationships, emotional pain easily accepted and zealously inflicted. I had no hope, no way to see light at the end of the tunnel, no real reason to live.

Then, something odd happened. A friend, and well respected comic creator, began sharing his faith with me, one tiny tidbit at a time. At first, I didn’t get it; in fact, I made fun of him for it as I had ridiculed the dozen or so others who had tried to show me the light over the course of my young life. But, one day, a switch flipped inside me when I asked him “What exactly do you get out of this whole faith thing?”

His answer: “Hope”

That single word encompassed one of the shortest, simplest answers anyone could give when judged in its brevity, but in its simplicity it was paradigm shifting and life altering.

Looking back over my life to that point, I could see where hope had left and that happened to be exactly when the lights went out. Sure I made a lot of friends in those years, some the best I’ve ever had, but I’d bet if you went and asked most of the people I interacted with from the mid-teens to late twenties, the majority would tell you I was a total jerk – or worse.

That’s what a lack of hope does to you.
Thankfully, that one friend thought enough of me to offer me insight into why I needed hope and how I could get it, and what it did for him, a guy who has struggled with clinical depression his whole life but overcomes it with hope.
Soon after, it was like I’d awoken from a nearly two decade long dream where I was continually drowning. Life became worth living again, and it showed in my work. As hope regained its true place in my heart, I started noticing a change in the letters and emails I received from fans, talking about how my work had made such a positive impact on their lives. The fan mail I’d received prior never talked in such terms, it was basic adoration for the work itself, and never once spoke in terms of spiritual aesthetics. And how could it? It never had hope before.

Hope also did wonders for my marriage, simply because you cannot have real love without hope. With this realization, I discovered I was incapable of truly loving my wife without hope in my heart. But, once I embraced it, we stopped fighting like two spoiled children, and as this lost ingredient mixed its way through our relational recipe, we truly became one, just like we’d vowed to do on our wedding day.

At its essence, hope pushed out the darkness and not only became a light at the end of the tunnel, but turned the tunnel itself into a distant memory.

I had gone from the walking death of a hopeless life, to living alive.

That’s what faith did for me.

1 Corinthians 13:13 

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

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BOOM! Studios Announces New Original Graphic Novel LUMBERJANES: THE SHAPE OF FRIENDSHIP

First Comics News - Wed, 12/19/2018 - 23:21

Discover a Brand New Tale in the The New York Times Best-Selling Series


LOS ANGELES, CA (December 18, 2018) – BOOM! Studios today announced LUMBERJANES: THE SHAPE OF FRIENDSHIP, an all-new original graphic novel reuniting the highly praised Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass team of writer Lilah Sturges (The Magicians: Alice’s Story, Jack of Fables) and artist polterink. LUMBERJANES: THE SHAPE OF FRIENDSHIP will be available in stores in November 2019.

Launched in 2014 under BOOM! Studios’ YA-focused BOOM! Box imprint by series co-creators Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Brooklyn Allen, and Noelle Stevenson, Lumberjanes was originally solicited as a limited series, but the overwhelming response from fans transformed it into an ongoing series that has become a New York Times best-seller, earned numerous nominations for prestigious awards including the GLAAD Media Award and the Eisner Awards (which it has won twice), and have even crossed over with heroes from the DC Comics Universe (in Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy). The Lumberjanes have expanded to middle-grade novels at Abrams Books, a diverse array of merchandise from pins to patches, and a feature film in development at 20th Century Fox.

The Lumberjanes are at it again, making trouble and making friends, all at the same time. This time their adventurous rambles take them deep into the woods, to the hiding place of a group of magical creatures known as Pookas. The ‘Janes are delighted to meet these magical beings and make new friends. But what they don’t know is that these isolated magical creatures are actually master shapeshifters and just itching for the chance to see what human life is all about. Everything quickly goes awry as the Pookas decide to try life in the ‘Janes shoes and end up turning Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady-Types upside down. Mal, Ripley, Molly, April & Jo will have to work together, using the power of friendship, in order to reclaim their lives and teach the Pookas that sometimes your best self is your true self.

Lilah Sturges is the Eisner Award-nominated co-writer of acclaimed title Jack of Fables, as well as the writer for well-known series such as House of Mystery, Fables: The Wolf Among Us, Doctor Who, Thor, and Justice Society of America, and the upcoming The Magicians: Alice’s Story original graphic novel set in the universe of Lev Grossman’s best-selling trilogy. This will be her second original graphic novel for the beloved Lumberjanes franchise, including Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass.

“Writing the Lumberjanes has been the most fun I’ve ever had writing comics, and I’m really excited for The Shape of Friendship! It’s such a fun, sweet story with lots of action and laughs, but also lots of feelings, too.” said writer, Lilah Sturges. “In this book, we get to focus on April and Jo’s friendship, and I’m especially excited to write about those two; Jo is such an important character to me and I really want to do her justice!”

Claudia Rinofner, known as polterink, is an exciting new artist and illustrator from Austria and the artist of the first Lumberjanes original graphic novel, Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass, with writer Lilah Sturges, released in October 2018. She is also the innovative creator of the online comic series, Crysalis.

“I’m super excited to return to the Lumberjanes universe with this great story! It’s got more friendship, more shenanigans and more magical creatures, pretty much everything awesome you’ve come to expect from the series!” said artist, polterink.

LUMBERJANES: THE SHAPE OF FRIENDSHIP is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ award-winning BOOM! Box imprint, home to groundbreaking original series such as Giant Days by John Allison, Lissa Treiman, and Max Sarin; Smooth Criminals by Kirsten ‘Kiwi’ Smith, Kurt Lustgarten, and Leisha Riddell; Fence by C.S. Pacat and Johanna The Mad; and The Avant-Guards by Carly Usdin and Noah Hayes.

“Friendship has always been the most important element of the Lumberjanes’ stories. No matter what kind of magical, supernatural, or spooky situation they get themselves into, their enduring and heartwarming relationships are what save the day.” said Jeanine Schaefer, Executive Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Lilah and polterink do an incredible job of showing fans, young and old, that a hardcore lady-type friendship is all about finding the people with whom you can be your truest self.”

Eisner Award-nominated writer Lilah Sturges will be in attendance as a guest of BOOM! Studios at ALA Midwinter 2019 in Seattle, Washington. She will be available for signings both Saturday and Sunday, 1/26-1/28, as well as a guest on the BOOM! Studios: Discover Yours panel on Monday, 1/28, where she will join some of the most acclaimed voices in graphic fiction today for a discussion on the diverse, award-winning imprints of BOOM! Studios, Archaia, BOOM! Box and KaBOOM!.

Print copies of LUMBERJANES: THE SHAPE OF FRIENDSHIP will be available in November 2019 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one), bookstores or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.

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VAULT COMICS MARCH 2019 SOLICITATIONS

First Comics News - Wed, 12/19/2018 - 23:19

Fissure #4
Author(s): Tim Daniel
Artist(s): Patricio Delpeche
Cover Artist(s): Patricio Delpeche
Letters: Deron Bennett
Avery Lee Olmos and Hark Wright have ventured deep into the fissure
beneath ElSueño, and discovered a darkness teeming with unimaginable terrors. Bound together in their struggle for survival, they scramble desperately toward daylight, in this explosive final issue.

 

Maxwell’s Demons #4
Author(s): Deniz Camp
Artist(s): Vittorio Astone
Cover Artist(s): Nathan Gooden
Letters: Deron Bennett
Includes Issues 04 & 05 in one special oversized issue!
Love finds Maxwell Maas! But death is close behind! What part do I, FUNGI, RA-MAN, and BATON ROGUE play? Also: Billy Bob Thorton, Erasmus Darwin, and the secret origins of BARNS! Xs & Os, Tic-Tac-Toe, Michel Foucault. TOMORROW finally comes. The game is up. Only boring people are ever board. Confessions and Dilemmas. Max feels like a Neumann. Soil has a secret. Does prison keep us in, or keep them out?

These Savage Shores #5
Author(s): Ram V
Artist(s): Sumit Kumar
Cover Artist(s): Sumit Kumar
Letters: Aditya Bidikar
In the aftermath of war, victories and defeats are counted. But there are things lost that can never be regained. And so, a monster now travels to a civilized land for a final confrontation. A clash of ideologies that will leave in its wake a devastation of the soul.
Along These Savage Shores from whence the monsters came to a world full of good men.

 

Wasted Space #8
Author(s): Michael Moreci
Artist(s): Hayden Sherman
Cover Artist(s): Hayden Sherman
Letters: Jim Campbell
Dust needs an arm; Billy needs redemption. Only one of these quests goes well…

 

 

 

Failsafe Vol. 1 TPB
Author(s): Todd Farmer & F.J. DeSanto
Artist(s): Federico Dallocchino
Cover Artist(s): Federico Dallocchino
When he executed the last nanotech-enhanced super soldier, John Ravane thought that was the end of the haywire Insurgence Program. Ten years later, in the wake of social unrest, its true legacy is revealed. As sleeper agents scattered throughout the country activate, Ravane must stand between a government he cannot trust and the soldiers he once hunted.

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SCOUT COMICS MARCH 2019 SOLICITATIONS

First Comics News - Wed, 12/19/2018 - 22:18

ONCE OUR LAND: BOOK TWO #2
Written and Illustrated by Peter Ricq
Full Color, 32 pages, $3.99
85999000263700211
Part 2 of 4 of the epic post-apocalyptic tale set in 1839 Germany where creatures from another world have conquered the land. Ingrid, Fritz and Neemo head out in search of ruthless kidnappers that murdered a slew of men in order to kidnap a lady in distress in the woods. The murderers’ trail leads them to what seems to be an impenetrable town with an enormous defensive wall surrounding it. ONCE OUR LAND is afantasy, sci-fi, period and action story rolled into one epic package.

 

RISE #1
Written and Illustrated by Don Aguillo
Full Color, 32 pages, $3.99
UPC: 85999000266800111
Nine-year-old royal orphan Zakaiah falls heir to the throne of the broken post-apocalyptic kingdom of Pacifica, and must endure the Trials of the House of Jasser, a series of tests designed to prepare her to occupy the seat of the kingdom. Recently orphaned and reluctant to embark on a set of trials to teach and test her on the responsibilities that now rest on her shoulders, she is guided on this tumultuous path by soldiers and strangers, plagued by their own struggles, pasts and hidden agendas. Embarking on the journey on a dark road with strangers who now answer to her and inexperienced in carrying the weight of the world, she’s left the only home she’s ever known to explore the realm she now has the responsibility to rule. Behind them, the empty throne is at the mercy of a ruling class that threatens to usurp it for their own dark agendas, and just beyond the shadows ahead, the emergence of an ancient evil threatens to halt their journey dead in its tracks.
Retailer Incentive for Rise #1: Retailers purchasing (10) ten copies of Cover A will unlock unlimited orders of Cover B. Please reach out to you CS rep with questions about retailer incentives.

 

SHADOW PLAY #3
Written by Richard Rivera and Illustrated by Clara Meath
Full Color, 32 pages, $3.99
UPC: 85999000262000311
Set in the STABBITY BUNNY universe! Bard and Joy must explore an enormous lake made of shadow.  No outside source of light will penetrate the darkness, but the kids have a creative solution that might succeed.  In the total darkness, magical enemies stalk the duo.  It’s hard to fight a foe you can’t see, but these are the Shadow Play Kids!

 

 

STABBITY EVER AFTER #2
Written by Richard Rivera and Illustrated by Ryan Kincaid
Full Color, 32 pages, $3.99
UPC: 85999000260600211
This alternate reality version of Stabbity Bunny takes place nowhere near the world of the regular series.  The story kicks into high gear as Stabbity Bunny and Grace find themselves in Wonderland.  For a little while, it almost appears things might go smoothly, but then the queen of hearts gets involved and decides she wants Grace’s magical powers.  If you thought the carnage in Fairyland was shocking, you better be prepared to say goodbye to a lot of your wonderland favorites.

 

STAR BASTARD #1
Written by Andrew Clemson and Illustrated by Jethro Morales
Full Color, 32 pages, $3.99
UPC: 85999000267500111
A foul-mouthed, over-the-top Sci-Fi romp, equal parts Red Dwarf and grain alcohol, STAR BASTARD follows a long suffering mercenary crew as they stumble through the universe under the clumsy command of the loud, obnoxious (and invulnerable) Captain Greeves. Searching for clues to Greeves’ shadowy past, they leave a trail of lizard bounty hunters, angry alien empires and unpaid bar tabs in their wake.
Retailer Incentive for Star Bastard #1: Retailers purchasing (10) ten copies of Cover A will unlock unlimited orders of Cover B. Please reach out to you CS rep with questions about retailer incentives.

 

WULFBORNE #2
Written and Illustrated by Brian Middleton Jr.
Full Color, 32 pages, $3.99
UPC: 85999000264400211
Branwulf the Adventurer travels the Underworld in an attempt to heal his broken heart! With each step the bitter swordsman draws closer to his goal! But why does every traveler he meets seem intent on warning him back? And what’s with all of these monsters trying to smack him around? All this, plus an epic battle with the Lords of the Air!

 

 

LONG LOST: BOOK TWO Trade paperback
Written by Matthew Erman and Illustrated by Lisa Sterle
Full Color, 192 pages, $19.99
ISBN: 9781949514094
The second trade collecting Book Two and the conclusion to the critically acclaimed debut series from Matthew Erman and Lisa Sterle. Piper and Frances have gone missing in their quest to find their mother. Now lost and alone in a place unknowable, they must work together and survive as they make their way back to Hazel Patch from wherever it is that they may be. Horrifying monsters, dripping moons, sinister cults, surreal dimensions and an ever present mountain that looms over everything — What will Piper and Frances find in the dark? Themselves or something…otherworldly? Experience the ending to what Joey Esdall of Newsarama has called, “Quite possible the best Southern Gothic comic.” Containing the final six issues of Part Two and featuring many extras including fan art, designs, script pages and much more.

 

LONG LOST: BOOK ONE Trade paperback
Written by Matthew Erman and Illustrated by Lisa Sterle
Full Color, 192 pages, $19.99
ISBN: 9781635353006
The first trade collecting Book One of the critically acclaimed debut from Matthew Erman and Lisa Sterle, LONG LOST is the story of two estranged sisters who find themselves drawn back to their small southern hometown after an invitation from an otherworldly creature. The pair are compelled to unlock the disturbing mysteries that are hidden in Hazel Patch in the hopes of uncovering the bizarre circumstances surrounding their mother… but they must deal with each other first. A perfect jumping on point for this compelling, harrowing journey through family relationships, trauma, and secrets out of the past. Containing issues 1 through 6 and the featuring the special online-only prologue comics never before seen in print!

 

MONARCHS: BINGE Trade paperback
Written by A.C. Medina and Illustrated by Fernando Pinto
Full Color, 120 pages, $14.99
ISBN: 9781949514087
The first release in Scout Comics new BINGE! Imprint where Scout releases a World Premiere issue followed by the entire story a few months later in one volume. Game of Thrones meets Dune! MONARCHS is the ultimate game of survival of the fittest as four young geniuses are abandoned on the planet Vida and are pitted against other to create a utopian society. A simple experiment becomes an epic story of war, discovery and leadership as it attempts to answer the age-old questions of what it takes to be the victor and to what means would you go to win to be the last man standing.

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MARVEL SELECT: Your Essential Marvel Reading List is Here!

First Comics News - Wed, 12/19/2018 - 22:04

New York, NY—December 19, 2018—Introducing MARVEL SELECT, your essential Marvel reading list – and the volumes that answer the often-repeated question about Marvel collected editions: “Where do I start!?”

 

A series of graphic novels hand-picked by Marvel Editorial to showcase pivotal storylines and written and drawn by some of Marvel’s most acclaimed creators, MARVEL SELECT provides readers with a collection of entry points into the Marvel Universe. These stand-alone volumes, which also serve as evergreen adventures about Marvel’s most well-known heroes, are perfect for retailers or librarians looking to create a core title offering for their readers!

 

Look for these 20 essential stories available now wherever graphic novels are sold, including Marvel’s Digital Comics Store: https://comicstore.marvel.com/Marvel-Select/page/20473.

 

And don’t stop there – find full listings of Marvel Graphic Novels in print and digital wherever graphic novels are sold!

 

Be sure to check out the Marvel 2019 Calendar, available in comic shops December 26th, which showcases all these titles over the 12 months of 2019!

 

  1. ASTONISHING X-MEN VOL. 1: GIFTED TPB
  2. BLACK PANTHER: WHO IS THE BLACK PANTHER? TPB
  3. CAPTAIN AMERICA: WINTER SOLDIER ULTIMATE COLLECTION TPB
  4. CIVIL WAR TPB
  5. DEADPOOL CLASSIC VOL. 1 TPB
  6. DOCTOR STRANGE: THE OATH TPB
  7. FANTASTIC FOUR EPIC COLLECTION: THE COMING OF GALACTUS TPB
  8. HULK: PLANET HULK TPB
  9. IRON MAN: EXTREMIS TPB
  10. MARVELS: THE REMASTERED EDITION TPB
  11. MARVEL VOL. 1: NO NORMAL TPB
  12. PUNISHER: WELCOME BACK, FRANK TPB
  13. RUNAWAYS VOL. 1: PRIDE & JOY TPB
  14. THANOS RISING TPB
  15. THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL TPB* (in stores 1/16)
  16. THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL VOL. 1: SQUIRREL POWER TPB
  17. THOR: GOD OF THUNDER VOL. 1 – THE GOD BUTCHER TPB
  18. ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN BY BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS VOL. 1 TPB
  19. ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN VOL. 1: POWER & RESPONSIBILITY TPB
  20. VENOM BY DONNY CATES VOL. 1: REX TPB

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DARK HORSE GOES ON MORE ADVENTURES WITH QUEEN ELSA AND PRINCESS ANNA

First Comics News - Wed, 12/19/2018 - 21:32

Second “Disney Frozen” Comic Series Coming in March 2019

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (December 19, 2018)—Dark Horse and Disney are “chilled” to announce the next Disney Frozen comic series—Disney Frozen: Reunion Road. Disney Frozen: Reunion Road is the second installment in the Disney Frozen series at Dark Horse, and is preceded by Disney Frozen: Breaking Boundaries. Disney Frozen: Breaking Boundaries writer Joe Caramagna returns to the world of Disney Frozen alongside Disney Frozen newcomers: layout artist Eduardo Francisco, line artist Eduard Petrovich, colorists Nastia Beloushova and Yana Chinstova, and letterer Comicraft.

In Disney Frozen: Reunion Road, Anna and Elsa are invited to a harvest festival in the kingdom of Snoob! As they wonder about this faraway kingdom, they discover that Kai has a long-lost brother—in Snoob, this sets them on an adventure to reunite the two brothers . . . Join the Arendelle sisters, with Kai, Olaf, Kristoff, and Sven, on a road to reunion, where surprises await at every twist and turn!

Before the first issue of Disney Frozen: Reunion Road (of three) goes on sale on March 6, 2019, fans can catch up on more of Elsa and Anna’s adventures in the Disney Frozen: Breaking Boundaries collection, which goes on sale January 29, 2019! Disney Frozen: Reunion Road #1 is available for pre-order at your local comic shop. The

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RICH REVIEWS: Honor of the Damned

First Comics News - Wed, 12/19/2018 - 20:00

Title: Honor of the Damned Collected Edition 
Publisher: Hangman Comics
Story/Tones/Letters: Nevin Arnold
Artists: J. Bacsal Monares, Shelton Bryant, Diego Candia
Cover by: J. Bascal Monares & Rudolf Montemayor
Created by: Nevin Arnold
Price: $ 14.95 US, $ 17.95 Can
Website: hangmancomics.blogspot.com/
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Comments: PART 1
  Some KKK members stumble or were lead to a raising of the undead. An undead warrior is raised he is a powerful killer. Who becomes his master not any of those who intended to.
The black and white art is gorgeously presented here.
Steven does put up a friend in this undead samurai killing warrior. Steven is just a young boy yet he does want to be a hero. Can he this undead samurai make it in the big city? On the way to the city ninjas attack and it is fearsome action. Swords are drawn and blood does flow.
Also on the way to the city, the samurai is given a name Sparky, and Steven and Sparky meet Bleesie.  Bleesie right from the first time you see her you can just tell the way she is drawn and how she is written speaking that this is one amazing woman.
PART 2
  The scene of the train wreck is awesome in its devastation.  Steven and Sparky are doing the hero thing but they get no appreciation.
We see an ancient clan of ninjas lead by the ruthless Master Kurogami. They will stop at nothing to get the undead samurai for their Master’s plans.
As the ninjas attack they have also brought something else with them. The supernatural is strong with them. What grips Steven and Sparky are otherworldly. It has the feel of an ancient evil unleashed.
PART 3
  A cop shows up to help Steven as Steven, Sparky and Bessie are under attack from ninjas and supernatural forces in the form of the so-called Squid Men. There is all out action as swords and guns and tentacles come into play.
Here we learn who this undead Samurai was in life. He was just a man wanting a family and to live his life in peace.
Steven finds himself in a particularly hard situation. His bravado shows us this is one brave boy.
PART 4
Sparky’s former leader narrates the tale of Sparky’s life and death. Master Kurogami has plans of his own and they are nothing short of world conquest. all that stand against him are a boy, an undead samurai, a cop, a tough woman and her witch mother. Are they enough?
There is a beautifully done pin-up page showcasing this undead samurai aka Katsuro in a pose that inspires fear.
So it all comes down to Katsuro aka Sparky aka the undead samurai vs the Serpent of Chaos aka a fire-breathing dragon. These two have one glorious battle.
Steven has the adventure of a lifetime and finds a new family. This is a fun rollercoaster ride down the dark side for ten-year-old Steven.

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