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R.L. Stine Signs Original Graphic Novel Deal With BOOM! Studios

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 21:10

The Legendary Creator of “Goosebumps” and “Fear Street” Debuts New Stories Beginning in 2019

LOS ANGELES, CA (July 9, 2018) – BOOM! Studios today announced that R.L. Stine, the award-winning, bestselling horror author and creator of Goosebumps and Fear Street, has signed a multi-book original graphic novel agreement with the publisher. Under this historic agreement, which sees the author bring new concepts to the comic book medium for the first time, Stine will produce a brand new series of four middle grade supernatural horror original graphic novels for BOOM! Studios.

The first original graphic novel in this series from R.L. Stine and BOOM! Studios, released through the company’s middle grade imprint KaBOOM!, will be available everywhere books are sold in Fall 2019.

“I’m so lucky to have been able to scare so many generations of kids,” said R.L. Stine. “Now I feel lucky to be going just beyond Goosebumps to a whole new medium of fright and chilling laughs. I’m hoping that BOOM! is the sound of an explosion of fun in a whole new world for me.”

With the release of his debut novel Blind Date in 1981, R.L. Stine established himself as one of the most important new voices in horror for a new generation. This was followed up with the release of Fear Street in 1989, which remains the best-selling YA series in history with more than 100 books published thus far, and Goosebumps in 1992, which transformed Stine into a worldwide celebrity. The series was soon adapted as a hit TV series and recently returned as a blockbuster film starring Jack Black in 2015 from Sony/Columbia Pictures, with a sequel currently filming. Stine has continued to create exciting new horror concepts for younger audiences each year, in turn becoming one of the most successful American novelists of all time.

“As a lifelong fan of R.L. Stine, I couldn’t be more excited to see him scare a whole new generation with a series of original horror graphic novels at BOOM! Studios,” said Bryce Carlson, VP of Editorial & Creative Strategy. “His work changed my life as a reader and I can’t wait for today’s young readers to share that experience as R.L. Stine takes the graphic novel format and sends everyone just beyond the limits of their imaginations…”

BOOM! Studios’ award-winning KaBOOM! imprint is home to comics for middle grade and younger readers including licensed series such as Adventure Time, Steven Universe, Rugrats, Peanuts, and Garfield, along with original series like Dodo by Felipe Nunes, Mega Princess by Kelly Thompson and  Brianne Drouhard, Bodie Troll by Jay Fosgitt, Ruinworld by Derek Laufman, and The Deep by Tom Taylor and James Brouwer.

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THREE NEW TV SHOWS COMING FROM ARCHIE

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 21:06

Publisher Jon Goldwater has revealed that there are currently three new series adapting Archie Comics properties in development. The planned new series include an animated series starring Josie McCoy (Of Josie & and the Pussycats fame) with horror undertones, a more light-hearted animated series following the Misadventures of Archie and his friends in Riverdale, and a live-action series centered on the noir-tinged Archie character, private detective Sam Hill. Sam Hill was created December 1950 by Harry Lucey for Close-Up Magazines, a subsidiary of Archie Comics.  Sam Hill, Private Eye is a hard-boiled detective who was revived in 2015 with a digital-only one-shot.

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ARCHIE Celebrates Milestone 700th Issue with New Creative Team Nick Spencer and Marguerite Sauvage

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 20:40

Archie and the Riverdale gang have delighted generations of fans through comics and television series for over seventy-five years. This fall, the longest-running series in the Archie Comics lineup reaches a major milestone with November’s ARCHIE #700, kicking off a bold new era in Riverdale history.

Written by top-selling comics scribe Nick Spencer (Captain America, Morning Glories) with art by fan-favorite Marguerite Sauvage (Faith, DC Bombshells), ARCHIE #700 picks up several months after the climax of writer Mark Waid’s historic run on the reimagined ARCHIE series, which reaches its conclusion this Wednesday in issue #32.

Launching in November, issue #700 sees Archie and his friends returning to school with new storylines, new mysteries unfolding, and a bombshell secret romance soon to be revealed.

“Getting to write ARCHIE is more than a dream come true for me,” said writer Nick Spencer. “I’ve loved reading the exploits of the whole Riverdale gang my entire life, and getting to now tell their stories myself is a real honor. And launching with a milestone 700th issue! It doesn’t get better than that.”

“Well, it does actually— I’m working with Marguerite Sauvage, one of the best artists in comics!” added Spencer. “Everyone involved in this project has such a passion for these characters, and it’s our sincere hope to honor the legacy of what’s come before while moving boldly into the future with twists and surprises like you’ve never seen before!”

Additionally, this October will see the release of ARCHIE #699, a special recap issue that covers the key events from the ARCHIE series including the #LipStickIncident, Over the Edge, Heart of Riverdale and more. This issue will be available at comic book shops and digitally for a special promotional price of $1 and is geared towards new and returning readers.

Changes to the flagship ARCHIE series aren’t the only shakeups in store. Best friends Betty and Veronica will once again headline their own series in December’s BETTY & VERONICA #1. Spearheaded by writer Jamie L. Rotante, fresh off her critically acclaimed alternate universe series BETTY & VERONICA: VIXENS, the new mini-series sees B&V dealing with the life changes of senior year and the impending threat of splitting up as they each make plans for college and beyond.

“The biggest change in this series is that, for the first time, we’ll see the characters in their senior year of high school.” said writer Jamie L. Rotante.

“I want to take an approach that’s very grounded in reality–these are two best friends who have no idea what the future has in store for them. They’ve just gotten really close and college could separate them from one another. It’s going to be a testament to their friendship, how they can pull through anything even when things get tough.”

The launch of ARCHIE #700 and BETTY & VERONICA #1 this fall is just the start as more new stories and new perspectives by the comic industry’s top creators are in the works as Archie Comics heads into 2019.

“ARCHIE #700 is a legendary milestone in comics, and it was one we could not ignore at Archie,” said Archie Comics Publisher/CEO Jon Goldwater. “Having Nick Spencer and Marguerite Sauvage onboard to herald this new direction for Archie and his friends will help kick off a new, legendary era for the characters, and follows in the footsteps of other iconic Archie moments, including Archie’s Wedding, the Death of Archie, Archie #1 and Afterlife with Archie, to name a few. If you’re a fan of Riverdale, now is the time to jump to the comics and see what started it all.”

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WWE Superstar “The Phenomenal One” AJ Styles to be Featured in WWE #21

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 19:57

The Road To San Diego Announcement #5: Discover The Untold History Behind One of WWE’s Greatest Superstars in October 2018

LOS ANGELES, CA (July 9, 2018) – BOOM! Studios is proud to continue The Road to San Diego, a ten-day spotlight on the most exciting comic book and graphic novel news in advance of Comic Con International in San Diego (July 18-22), with the announcement of WWE #21 from the series creative team of writer Dennis Hopeless (Cloak & Dagger) and artist Serg Acuña in October 2018.

WWE #21 follows the worldwide journey of WWE Superstar AJ Styles in his quest to WWE. For the first time, go behind the scenes of his biggest matches as he shows the WWE Universe why he is called “The Phenomenal One.”

WWE #21 features a main cover by Dan Mora, with variant covers by Adam Riches (G.I. Joe), Brent Schoonover (Astonishing Ant Man) and Marco D’Alfonso (I Am Groot).

Fans can download a trailer for this spotlight on AJ Styles right here bit.ly/WWE21-Phenomenal.

“There’s no doubt that AJ Styles is one of the most incredible WWE Superstars fans have ever seen and this story gives readers a chance to learn just how he became so…Phenomenal,” said Chris Rosa, Editor, BOOM! Studios.

WWE #21 is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to a world-class group of licensed comic book series and ambitious original series, including Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Planet of the Apes, Big Trouble in Little China, Victor LaValle’s Destroyer, Mech Cadet Yu, Grass Kings, and Klaus.

Print copies of WWE #21 will be available for sale in October 2018 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.

For continuing news on WWE and more from BOOM! Studios’ The Road To San Diego, stay tuned to  www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.

 

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SDCC 2018: TRIUMPH AS ONE!

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 19:39

Dark Horse and BioWare Present a Behind the Scenes Look at the Story and Art of “Anthem”

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (July 9, 2018)—From the studio behind the hit franchises Dragon Age and Mass Effect comes the thrilling world of Anthem. Dark Horse Books and BioWare are proud to announce a new publishing program that delves into the world of the Anthem with an art book and comics series!

Arriving this February, The Art of Anthem showcases the grandeur and beauty of this dangerous new world. Filled with behind-the-scenes looks at the production of the game, original concept art, and exclusive commentary from the developers and Anthem Art Director Derek Watts, The Art of Anthem is a fantastic addition to any gamer fan’s bookshelf!

Look for more details on the Anthem comics series from writers Mac Walters and Alexander Freed and artist Eduardo Francisco coming soon!

The Art of Anthem HC goes on sale February 26, 2019, and is available for pre-order at Amazon and your local comic shop.

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IMAGE COMICS AT SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON 2018

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 19:37

#WeBelieve in creator-owned panels, signings, & con exclusive variants

PORTLAND, OR, 07/09/2018 — Image Comics is pleased to return to San Diego this year for San Diego Comic-Con on Wednesday, July 18th through Sunday, July 22nd. Please note: updates to the schedule may appear online during the show. Please refer to the www.imagecomics.com post for the most up-to-date information. COLLECTED EDITION CONVENTION EXCLUSIVES (sold at IMAGE BOOTH – #2729):
  • ICE CREAM MAN, VOL. 1: RAINBOW SPRINKLES hardcover by W. Maxwell Prince & Martin Morazzo, cover by Morazzo, $35 +tax
  • VS, VOL. 1 hardcover by Iván Brandon & Esad Ribić, cover by Ribić, $35 +tax
LIMITED* SINGLE ISSUE CONVENTION EXCLUSIVES (sold at IMAGE BOOTH – #2729): * Quantities will be limited by customer and per day on a first come, first served basis. Please ask at the Image booth about availability.  
  • IMAGE FIRSTS DEADLY CLASS #1 by Rick Remender & Wes Craig, featuring a SYFY cast photo cover, FREE
  • FARMHAND #1 by Rob Guillory, cover by Guillory, $10 +tax
  • UNNATURAL #1 by Mirka Andolfo, cover by Andolfo, $10 +tax
SINGLE ISSUE CONVENTION EXCLUSIVES (sold at SKYBOUND side of booth – #2729):
  • WALKING DEAD #181 by Robert Kirkman & Charlie Adlard, cover by Charlie Adlard & Dave McCaig, $10
  • REDNECK #13 by Donny Cates & Lisandro Estherren, cover by Geoff Shaw & Dee Cunniffe, $10
SINGLE ISSUE CONVENTION EXCLUSIVES (sold at TOP COW booth #2629):
  • INFINITE DARK/THE FREEZE FLIP BOOK by Ryan Cady & Andrea Mutti, covers by Phil Sevy (THE FREEZE) and Andrea Mutti (INFINITE DARK), FREE with a Top Cow booth purchase or by attending a Top Cow panel
  • APHRODITE V #1 by Bryan Hill & Jeff Spokes, cover by Natali Sanders (Limited to 1,000), $10.00
CONVENTION EXCLUSIVE MERCHANDISE (sold at IMAGE BOOTH – #2729):
  • DEADLY CLASS T-shirt, $24.99 +tax
  • DEADLY CLASS enamel lapel pin, $10 +tax
CONVENTION EXCLUSIVE MERCHANDISE (sold at TOP COW booth #2629):
  • WITCHBLADE enamel lapel pin, $10
  • SUNSTONE enamel lapel pins, $10
SIGNINGS AT THE IMAGE COMICS BOOTH (#2729)

**TICKETED denotes signings require wristbands. Wristbands will be given out at the booth as soon as the convention floor opens on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets will be available for attendee badge holders only. There will be a limit of 3 items per person for ticketed signings unless otherwise noted. No CGC, CBCS, or other witnessing/grading.

THURSDAY, JULY 19
10:00 – 10:45 AM

  • Rob Guillory (CHEW, FARMHAND)
11:00 – 11:45 AM
  • Doug TenNapel (GEAR)
  • Joshua Williamson (BIRTHRIGHT, NAILBITER) [Skybound]
12:00 – 12:45 PM
  • Doug Wagner (PLASTIC, THE HARD PLACE)
  • Sean Mackiewicz (GASOLINA) [Skybound]
1:00 – 1:45 PM
  • Cat Staggs (CROSSWIND)
  • Grace Ellis (MOONSTRUCK)
  • Melissa Hutchison & Dave Fennoy (Telltale voice actors for Clementine and Lee) [Skybound]
2:00 – 2:45 PM
  • Sina Grace (NOTHING LASTS FOREVER, SELF-OBSESSED)
  • Steve Orlando (CRUDE, UNDERTOW) [Skybound]
3:00 – 3:45 PM
  • Marco Finnegan (CROSSROAD BLUES)
  • Rival Games (THIEF OF THIEVES) [Skybound]
4:00 – 4:45 PM
  • WHERE WE LIVE multi-contributor signing featuring: Erika Schultz, Amy Chu, Aaron Campbell, Rafael Albuquerque, Matt Hawkins, Brian Haberlin, David Walker & many more.
FRIDAY, JULY 20
10:00 – 10:45 AM
  • Aaron Campbell, Pornsak Pichetshote (INFIDEL)
  • Jeff Lemire (DESCENDER, A.D.: AFTER DEATH, ROYAL CITY, GIDEON FALLS) **TICKETED**
11:00 – 11:45 AM
  • Kickliy (PERDY)
  • Sean Lewis (THE FEW, COYOTES)
  • Donny Cates (REDNECK, ATOMAHAWK, GOD COUNTRY, THE GHOST FLEET, BUZZKILL)  [Skybound]
12:00 – 12:45 PM
  • Tomm Coker (THE BLACK MONDAY MURDERS)
  • Justin Greenwood, Landry Walker (THE LAST SIEGE)
1:00 – 1:45 PM
  • Dean Haspiel (THE RED HOOK)
  • Jason Howard (CEMETERY BEACH) [Skybound]
2:00 – 2:45 PM
  • Rick Remender (DEADLY CLASS, LOW, BLACK SCIENCE, DEATH OR GLORY, FEAR AGENT, SEVEN TO ETERNITY, TOKYO GHOST) **TICKETED**
  • Dan Panosian (SLOTS) [Skybound]
3:00 – 3:45 PM
  • Mirka Andolfo (UNNATURAL)
  • John Layman (CHEW, LEVIATHAN)
  • Jeremy Haun (THE BEAUTY, THE REALM)
4:00 – 4:45 PM
  • Robert Kirkman (OBLIVION SONG, THE WALKING DEAD, OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA) [Skybound] **TICKETED and restricted to: 3-item limit**

SATURDAY, JULY 21

11:00 – 11:45 AM

  • Robert Kirkman (OBLIVION SONG, THE WALKING DEAD, OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA) [Skybound] **TICKETED and restricted to: 3-item limit**
12:00 – 12:45 PM
  • Doug Wagner (THE HARD PLACE, PLASTIC)
1:00 – 1:45 PM
  • Marjorie Liu (MONSTRESS) **TICKETED**
  • Daniel Warren Johnson (EXTREMITY) [Skybound]
2:15 – 3:30 PM
  • DEADLY CLASS SYFY TV signing featuring: Creator & Executive producer Rick Remender & members of the show’s cast **TICKETED and restricted to: 2-item limit, items must be DEADLY CLASS brand.**
SUNDAY, JULY 22
  • Donny Cates (REDNECK, ATOMAHAWK, GOD COUNTRY, THE GHOST FLEET, BUZZKILL)
PANELS HOSTED BY IMAGE COMICS: Thursday, July 19 @ 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., Room 23ABC
#WeBelieve in Fantasy                        

Creators conjure magic on a monthly basis, stretching the boundaries of reality to explore resonant themes under a veneer of high fiction. This group of creators has taken a legacy of wands, wizards, and incantations and tailored it to a modern context, where shape-shifting teen baristas search for missing love and reckless rockers parlay with infernal forces. Let this panel of spellbinding talent, including Sam Humphries (BLACKBIRD), Grace Ellis (MOONSTRUCK), Jeremy Haun (THE REALM), Johnnie Christmas (FIREBUG), Megan Hutchison (ROCKSTARS), and other special guests enchant you as they explain the alchemy behind their latest comics.

Friday, July 20 @ 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., Room 23ABC
#WeBelieve in Horror    

Image Comics has ushered in a new era of horror with cerebral writers and visceral artists elevating sequential-art dread to claustrophobic heights. From John Layman‘s kaiju free-for-all, LEVIATHAN, to Pornsak Pichetshote and Aaron Campbell’s reflective haunted house boiler, INFIDEL, comics are evolving terror to new personal, socially minded levels. Join a roster of the most sinister storytellers including Will Dennis (the editor of WYTCHES, GIDEON FALLS) and other special guests to discover how they’re altering an entire genre.

Saturday, July 21 @ 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Room 7AB
#WeBelieve in Suspense                        

Comic scribes wield character, dialogue, and panels with clockwork precision, leading readers through a gauntlet of plot beats designed to ratchet tension and escalate stakes. In concert with artists, these storytellers operate outside budget constraints to orchestrate explosive dramas without any limits save their own imaginations. Listen to a panel of thrill gurus including Donny Cates (REDNECK), Mirka Andolfo (UNNATURAL), Steve Orlando (CRUDE), Jacob Semahn (NO. 1 WITH A BULLET), Megan Hutchison (ROCKSTARS), and Dean Haspiel (THE RED HOOK) as they deconstruct their approach to weaving the tightest suspense in comics.

Sunday, July 22 @ 1:45 – 2:45 p.m., Room 5AB
#WeBelieve in Craft                         

Image hosts a stable of creators who have honed their skills through countless comics, publishers, and media. With their creator-owned projects, these writers and artists build on expansive careers to deliver the apex of comics craftsmanship. Join a murderer’s row of career myth-makers including Joe Casey (NEW LIEUTENANTS OF METAL, MCMLXXV), Daniel Warren Johnson (EXTREMITY), Justin Greenwood (THE LAST SIEGE), Kickliy (PERDY), and Shannon Wheeler (MEMOIRS OF A VERY STABLE GENIUS) as they chart the paths they traveled to arrive at their current projects. IMAGE COMICS’ CREATORS IN ARTIST ALLEY:  Chris Burnham – HH-18
Juan Gedeon – AA-15
Sanford Greene – FF-21
Joe Harris – EE-20
Tom Neely – AA-05
Dustin Nguyen – CC-01
Jimmie Robinson – EE-22
Landry Q. Walker – EE-19

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‘Deadpool 2 Super Duper $@%!#&; Cut’ details announced

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 16:59

The sequel to the first one! (That’s just lazy writing)

But wait…there’s more! If your second time wasn’t enough, your second, second time will blow you away. The Deadpool 2 Super Duper $@%!#& Cut gives you even more of everyone’s favorite red-spandexed superhero now with 15 minutes of brand-new action and jokes lovingly inserted throughout. That’s a whole lotta D in a surprisingly small package!

Add DEADPOOL 2 to your Digital collection on Movies Anywhere August 7 and buy it on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-rayTM and DVD August 21.

DEADPOOL 2 4K ULTRA HD + BLU-RAYTM + DIGITAL (INCLUDES THEATRICAL VERSION AND SUPER DUPER $@%!#& CUT)

4K Bonus Features

  • Audio Commentary by Ryan Reynolds, David Leitch, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Theatrical Version Only)

Blu-rayTM Bonus Features

  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted/Extended Scenes
  • Until Your Face Hurts: Alt Takes
  • Deadpool’s Lips are Sealed: Secrets and Easter Eggs
  • The Most Important X-Force Member
  • Deadpool Family Values: Cast of Characters
  • David Leitch Not Lynch: Directing DP2
  • Roll with the Punches: Action and Stunts
  • The Deadpool Prison Experiment
  • Chess with Omega Red
  • Swole and Sexy
  • “3-Minute Monologue”
  • Audio Commentary by Ryan Reynolds, David Leitch, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Theatrical Version Only)
  • Deadpool’s Fun Sack 2
  • Stills (28 Images)

DEADPOOL 2 BLU-RAY™ + DIGITAL (INCLUDES THEATRICAL VERSION AND SUPER DUPER $@%!#& CUT)

Blu-rayTM Bonus Features

  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted/Extended Scenes
  • Until Your Face Hurts: Alt Takes
  • Deadpool’s Lips are Sealed: Secrets and Easter Eggs
  • The Most Important X-Force Member
  • Deadpool Family Values: Cast of Characters
  • David Leitch Not Lynch: Directing DP2
  • Roll with the Punches: Action and Stunts
  • The Deadpool Prison Experiment
  • Chess with Omega Red
  • Swole and Sexy
  • “3-Minute Monologue”
  • Audio Commentary by Ryan Reynolds, David Leitch, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Theatrical Version Only)
  • Deadpool’s Fun Sack 2
  • Stills (28 Images)

DEADPOOL 2 DVD (THEATRICAL VERSION)

DVD Bonus Features

  • Gag Reel
  • Deadpool’s Fun Sack 2
  • Stills (28 Images)

 

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Sebastian Stan, ‘Outlander’ Cast, Tom Welling, Ian Somerhalder  Among Top Celebrities Scheduled To Attend Wizard World Comic Con Chicago, August 23-26

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 16:33

‘Guardians’ Duo of Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Four ‘Boy Meets World’ Cast, David Krumholtz, Christy Carlson Romano Help Celebrate Event’s 20th Anniversary; Talented Comics Creators, Live Entertainment, Variety of Exhibitors, Cosplayers, Robust Programming At Donald E. Stephens Convention Center

 

ROSEMONT, Ill., July 9, 2018 – Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) continues its 2018 schedule by celebrating the 20th anniversary of the first Wizard World Comic Con Chicago, August 23-26 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. And the lineup of celebrities scheduled to attend is a stellar one, featuring Sebastian Stan ( Captain America franchise), Tom Welling (“Smallville,” “Lucifer”), Ian Somerhalder (“The Vampire Diaries”), six stars of the cast of “Outlander” (Sam Heughan, Catriona Balfe, Graham McTavish, Lotte Verbeek, Richard Rankin, Sophie Skelton ) and Guardians of the Galaxy standouts Dave Bautista and Pom Klementieff headline the roster of celebrity guests scheduled to attend the comic con and pop culture extravaganza.

 

Stan, Welling, the “Outlander” cast (except McTavish) and Klementieff will appear on Saturday and Sunday; Somerhalder and Bautista will attend on Saturday only; McTavish is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

 

Other celebrities scheduled to attend include the “Boy Meets World” foursome of Ben Savage, Danielle Fishel, Will Friedle and Rider Strong, David Krumholz (“Firefly,” Serenity), Christy Carlson Romano (“Kim Possible”), Matt Ryan (“Constantine,” “Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag”), Nichelle Nichols (“Star Trek”), Michael Rosenbaum (“Smallville,” “The Justice League”), James Marsters and Charisma Carpenter (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Holly Marie Combs and Brian Krause (“Charmed”), Gregg Sulkin (“Pretty Little Liars,” “Marvel’s Runaways”), Henry Winkler (“Happy Days,” “Barry”) and Thomas Ian Nicholas ( Rookie of the Year, American Pie).

 

Wizard World Comic Con Chicago will also feature non-stop live entertainment, gaming, exclusive Q&A sessions with top celebrities, movie screenings hosted by stars and directors and more. Details to follow soon.

 

Wizard World is the home of the most creative comics artists and writers on the planet. Artist Alley in Chicago will feature Diana Gabaldon ( Outlander novels), Mike Grell (“Green Arrow,” “Batman”), Ryan North (“Adventure Time,” “Squirrel Girl”), Jonathan Glapion (“Batgirl,” “Wonder Woman”), Bob Camp (“Ren & Stimpy”), Tony “KO!” Kordos (“Cyborg”), Mostafa Moussa (“Superman,” “Fantastic Four”), Phil Ortiz (“The Simpsons”), Shawn Coss (“Cyanide & Happiness”), Arthur Suydam (“Deadpool,” “Marvel Zombies”), Rebecca Rothschild (“Warshiner,” “Mortal Combat X”) and more.

 

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more. The 10th event scheduled on the 2018 Wizard World calendar, Chicago show hours are Thursday, August 23, 4-9 p.m.; Friday, August 24, noon-7 p.m.; Saturday, August 25, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, August 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Kids 10 and under are admitted free with paid adult.

 

Wizard World Comic Con Chicago is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor and participate in the famed Wizard World Costume Contest on Saturday evening.

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Murder Falcon: By Daniel Warren Johnson, Creator of Extremity

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 16:22

t’s time to SHRED!!! From the creator of the Eisner-nominated EXTREMITY—comes MURDER FALCON!!!



The world is under attack–

And Jake’s life is falling apart: no band, no girl, no future…until he meets MURDER FALCON.

Sent from The Heavy to destroy all evil, Murf can’t do it without Jake shredding up a storm. Now, with every chord Jake plays on his guitar, the power of metal fuels Murder Falcon into all-out kung fu fury on those that seek to conquer Earth!

Coming to a comic shop near you, OCTOBER 10TH!

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SDCC 2018: DARK HORSE LAUNCHES NEW DIRECT-TO-CONSUMER DIVISION

Mon, 07/09/2018 - 16:04

Dark Horse Direct. Fandom Delivered.

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (July 9, 2018)—Today, Dark Horse Comics is proud to announce its newest business venture, Dark Horse Direct. A newly established division, Dark Horse Direct is focused on bringing high-end, limited production collectibles directly to consumers from their online storefront, Direct.DarkHorse.com.

The vision behind DH Direct is to offer fans the finest statues, toys, and figures from their favorite graphic novels, television series, and video game franchises. “Dark Horse Direct is the latest example in Dark Horse’s long history of innovative business practices,” explained President and Founder Mike Richardson. “Dark Horse constantly looks for new ways to inspire passion in our fans in every format possible, which is why a direct-to-consumer program is the most logical move as we continue to grow our business and cultivate new fans.”

The first Dark Horse Direct offering available is the Game of Thrones®: Tormund Giantsbane Figure! Available for pre-order now, Tormund retails for $40.00 and is due to ship to website customers in early August 2018. As a bonus, 300 of the figures will also be available for purchase in the Dark Horse retail booth #2615 at San Diego Comic-Con!

The inaugural DH Direct lineup continues with the Umbrella Academy: Spaceboy Maquette. Masterfully sculpted and painted at 14” tall by 19” wide, this Umbrella Academy: Spaceboy Maquette evokes the character exactly as writer Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance, True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys) and artist Gabriel Bá (Two Brothers, Daytripper) conceived him to be. The Umbrella Academy: Spaceboy Maquette retails for $299.99 and is now available for pre-order.

Dark Horse Direct presents a throne fit for the true leader of Westeros with the Game of Thrones: Iron Throne 18” Replica. With HBO® Licensing and Retail and the talented artisans at Gentle Giant, DH Direct has replicated the seat of the kings of Westeros. This replica retails for $499.99 and will ship later this year, opening for pre-order in the coming weeks.

Leading the new division is former Dark Horse Director of Marketing, Melissa Lomax. “I am incredibly honored to oversee Dark Horse Direct,” said Lomax, Dark Horse Direct’s new Director of eCommerce. “This is an exciting new opportunity for us to create fresh and unique collectibles that will delight our current fans, as well as new pop-culture enthusiasts, with premium concepts and formats. Get excited! Some really special items are coming and want a place in your home.”

With many more exciting products to come, Direct.DarkHorse.com is open for business now, and ready for fans to check out!

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Steve Dikto: Spider-Man’s Other Father, The Enigma of Steve Ditko

Sun, 07/08/2018 - 01:37
” The Enigma of Steve Ditko: The Giant, who walked humbly, among men.”                                                                                 I was signed in to Facebook in the very early evening, last night, for a couple of hours, chatting with several internet friends about comics, and some other topics. Then, I signed OUT for a couple of hours, having been busy with some other things.   When I signed back on to Facebook, later that evening, I was a late-comer, as it turned out, regarding the very sad news that Steve Ditko had passed away. And, the scuttlebutt seemed to be that he had (perhaps) passed away sometime in late June, and we were all only finding out about it last evening — about a week later. The scuttlebutt on this – which is (NOT) confirmed – is that Mr. Ditko may have (?) perhaps passed away in his apartment, and that he may have not been found, until a week or so, later. (If) that is the case, then that makes three celebrities that I am personally aware of, who had something to do with comics, who passed away in their respective apartments; and then, it not having been discovered that they had even died, till a week or more, later. The other two people who I am speaking of, where the same thing happened to them, in the order of the dates of their passing, were Ms. Tarpe Mills, the long-running costumed hero newspaper comic strip character ‘Miss Fury’ crearor. Miss Fury was also the title of that very long-running syndicated newspaper strip. The third comics – related person that happened to, that I know of, was Walt Disney’s Guy (Zorro) Williams – whose body  was found only about a week or more later, in his Buenas Aires, Argentina apartment. And, friends and his then – girlfriend, told the story that the Buenas Aires police stole a lot of his jewelry, a watch, and possibly some money, while up there, in Williams’ apartment, before they called the morgue. This information, as well as the reasons for his April, 1989 death, came out in the book ‘Guy Williams The Man Behind The Mask’, by Antoinette Girgenti Lane. Whereas, Tarpe Mills’ sad demise was told in the large, coffee table tome ‘Tarpe Mills & Miss Fury Sensational Sundays 1944 – 1949.’ I quote, From page 215 of that IDW book, I quote, in part, “Tarpe Mills died alone in her brooklyn apartment and her body was not discovered for several days. During that time, someone broke into her apartment, and stole all her original art.” What could be sadder than someone dying, and their relatives and friends not even being aware of that fact, for quite some time? I’ll tell you: having someone steal from the dearly departed. I fervently pray —  the same thing did not happen …. with Steve Ditko. The other sad thing I have to report, is that — well, actually, this first part is not sad, in the least — is the fact that I grew up in the 1960’s. That’s a pretty inescapable fact, seeing as I was born in May, of 1960. This means that, of course, that I was THERE, for the Silver Age of Comics. Let’s face it, no one likes getting older, but, I tell you — I wouldn’t have wanted to have been born later, and my therefore having MISSED all that! No Siree! I have an older brother James, who is eight years senior to me. As a kid, he was buying Silver Age comic books, with monies he was paid, as a daily newspaper delivery boy. And so, I was looking at comics from numerous companies – HIS comics, growing up in the 1960’s, before I could even read! And, a lot of those were Steve Ditko art comic books. Comics like The Amazing Spider-Man, Hawk and The Dove, The Creeper, early Captain Atom issues from Charlton titles ‘Space Adventures’, ‘Strange Suspense Stories’, and finally, in Captain Atom’s own – titled series! These were pretty exciting times to be kid growing up in, believe you me! By the time I was 6 or 7, I was buying my OWN comic books. And, of course, I had access to my brother’s 4 or 5 hundred Silver Age comics from numerous companies, in those much – used, ratty, worn cardboard boxes, under his bed! Titles including Silver Age Amazing Spider-Man, including early issues, Hawk and The Dove, Chartlon’s Captain Atom, and other Steve Ditko – art comic books. Those were GREAT times to be alive!!! Anyway, I was saying, above, that “The other sad thing, is ….” — but I haven’t yet gotten around to explaining, as yet, what that other sad thing IS.    The other say thing IS, that throughout the course of my entire lifetime, I never, ever got to meet and chat with Steve Ditko. That’s a very sad thing, since he’s always been one of my heroes.!!!   On the other hand, I also happen to belong to a hugely massive pantheon of life-long Steve Ditko admirers — endless millions of them, the world over, who never, ever, ever, got to meet Steve Ditko, either.    Because, as much admiration as we all have for the now late Mr. Ditko ….  the man mostly kept to himself; he was a man who liked to live an extremely private life, away from most everybody — including, especially, most all of his admirers. I’m actually okay with that. I mean, it WAS life. We all live and conduct our lives in the manner in which makes us happy, and content, right? Steve Ditko most certainly had that same right.  And so, when I say that Steve Ditko was most, a recluse, there’s no negativity in that statement. I’m saying that the previous statement is most certainly not a loaded gun.    As most all of us know, Steve Ditko never, ever, ever — and, I mean never — gave interviews.  He would say, in print, words to the effect of, “I prefer to let my work speak for itself.”   But that isn’t the entire explanation. It can’t be. Can it? I sometimes wondered if most of that had to do with the fact that the writings of Ayn Rand so heavy – influenced his thoughts and ideas, on such a massive scale, that he felt the need to turn away from society.  A fairly large body of his work in comics tends to lead me to think about Steve Ditko, in that direction.   But gee, that’s a heckuva lot of unprovable speculation, based on the merest of evidence.  However, I’m in good company with millions of others, many of whom have speculated as to why Steve Ditko valued his privacy, over pretty – well everything else. Which, nonetheless, doesn’t make those opinions right, in that our opinions on that question, outnumber his opinion, on himself.  What I’m trying to say, here, is that only Steve Ditko knew what made Steve Ditko tick.  And maybe, that’s the way it should be. Especially in that that is the way Steve Ditko wished it. It was his life, not ours.   Also, I should point out that I pose questions on this matter, with an innocent curiosity, as a great fan of the man’s life works, in comics. There is at the same time, a complete lack of negativity in these, my speculations, towards this immensely – talented illustrative creator of four colour masterpieces, known as comic books.  Steve Ditko wasn’t just a man. Nor was he just an enormously talented, or gifted, artist.  Steve Ditko, like Jack Kirby, and like so many others, was a Giant Among Men. And those of us, his greatest fans, most of us, who never got to know him, in person, will, nonetheless, miss him, a great deal. A Legend has died.   I’ve also truly wondered, if perhaps the man was just, simply, just very shy. That’s entirely possible.    I’ve read, in comics’ prozines, and on the internet, over the years, that Steve Ditko actually DID attend, as a guest, ONE single early Comic Book Convention, in the early 1960’s. And that, he was laughed at, by Spider-Man fans, for gesticulating, with his hands, either as how Spider-Man fired his wrist web shooters, or perhaps, instead, to imitate how skinny and gangly the early Silver Age, unpopular Peter Parker either looked like, or probably felt like — seeing how unpopular the fictional Peter Parkerwas, in High School. Perhaps that was rather how young Steve Ditko saw — himself? Perhaps he had had a similar experience, in Junior High, and in High School? We’ll never know. I know I did. In any event, (if) Steve Ditko did feel humiliated (as some have surmised, in the past — and, in print, I might add), would that have much to do — if anything, as to why Steve Ditko lived much of his life, as a recluse? I would opine, probably not. The answer is, we will never know. For all we know, those fans at that early 1960’s Comic Book Convention, where Steve Ditko made an appearance, it’s entirely possible those fans were laughing with him, not at him. Had I been there, I would have been in far too much AWE of him, Laughter would have certainly have been the furthest thing from my mind! Mort Todd told me an interesting story, on Facebook, last night. A comics fan on Facebook had, earlier, posted last night, that if he had only known that Steve Ditko was going to pass away (he was 90 years old), he and his friends would have, earlier, gone around to Steve Ditko’s door, knocked, and pulled him downtown, for pizza and peanuts. I replied words to the effect of, “He (Ditko) wouldn’t have gone with you and your friends. He was a recluse.” And then, Mort Todd posted something, in reply, a comment that I thought was rather interesting. Mort said that he had had lunch with Steve Ditko, on at least a couple of occasions. In fact, Mort said that he had run in to Steve Ditko at a Burger King joint, one time, and that Ditko invited him and his friends over, to have lunch, with him. A couple of things I read on the internet tonight, about Steve Ditko — and I have no idea, whatsoever, as to whether or not these things are true: one, was that Steve Ditko hadn’t been out of his apartment, since 1988. This I don’t believe. The other thing I read, on the same web page, was that Steve Ditko was once ‘caught outside’, in winter, making a snow man. He ran back inside. I think that sometimes, when people don’t understand people, sometimes, they tend to make up stories about them. Perhaps, to try to explain to themselves, why a person is the way they are ….. There was, as many of us know, a lot of ‘black and white’ philosophy, in a lot of Steve Ditko -scripted comics. Comics like Mr. A, Charlton Comics’ The Question, DC’s Hawk and Dove, The Creeper, The Odd Man, and so on. I have most of the independent comics that Steve Ditko illustrated for Robin Snyder. I don’t have every single one, but I do have most of them. Probably it was about eight or so years ago, that, seeing some of them in local comics stores, I emailed Robin Snyder and asked him how much it would cost to order one copy of EVERYTHING he still had in stock. Mr. Synder emailed me back. At the time, (if memory serves), the price for all that was something like one hundred, or one hundred and fifty dollars. I no longer remember the exact price. So I snail mailed, through Canada Post (I’m a Canuck), a U.S. Money Order to Robin Snyder, and, weeks later, this colossal package of Snyder/Ditko books and comics arrived at my door stop. It was like friggin’ Christmas time-!   Even earlier, about fifteen years ago, I ordered, through the mail, a few at a time, through Doug Sulipa’s Comix World, out in Steinbach, Manitoba, every Silver Age Charlton Comics’ single appearance in comics of Captain Atom, starting with Space Adventures # 33, Captain Atom’s very first appearance! I kept at this, until I had them ALL-!   NO ONE was more startled that I, the very first time I, ever – so – carefully, opened up Space Adventures # 33, only to discover, that IN that particular comic, Captain Atom’s costume INSIDE the issue, was NOT yellow and orangey-red, but rather, powder blue and black-! I’m telling you, that was a surprise!   It was only later reprints of that Space Adventures # 33 issue, wherein Captain Atom’s costume inside the book, was the same orangey-red and yellow, as it was on the cover of Space Adventures # 33.    A lot (far from all) Ditko/-Kirby fans on the internet, like to argue who was the better comics artist, and the bigger Legend, Kirby or Ditko?  It’s an inspid question, to begin with. And besides, people like that, (above), are internet trolls.    It’s also a lot like saying, “Who was more awesome, Cary Grant, or John Lennon?” How on Earth can you answer a question like that?! Like I said, it’s a stupid question.    My own favourite answer to that query, in an effect to deflect these idiots, has been – another question, instead.   Namely, “Hey, if Star Trek picked a fight with Star Wars, who’d win?? ;  –  )   A more valid – if rather unpopular opinion, back in the 1960’s, was, “Who is more popular, The Beatles, or God?”   All I know is, the only God record I ever played on my turntable, was ‘Jesus Christ, Superstar.’  And, while I quite enjoyed it, at the time, it just couldn’t compare! We never really got to know ya, Mr. Ditko. But you were then, and are, now — loved! And, maybe, just maybe, he knew. I certainly hope so!

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SDCC PANEL SCHEDULE FOR JULY 20 • FRIDAY

Sat, 07/07/2018 - 14:38

JULY 20 • FRIDAY 10:00am – 11:00am1BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Fighting Game Panel

Room 25ABC

10:00am – 11:00am1Cosplaying with Your Kids

Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

10:00am – 11:00am1Disruptive Storytelling with the Cellarius Chronicles

Room 9

10:00am – 11:00am1Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog Reunion

Hall H

10:00am – 11:00am1Drawn & Quarterly Previews 2018-2019

Room 28DE

10:00am – 11:00am1From Mickey Mouse to Mary Poppins: How Does Personality Influence Our Favorite Disney Characters?

Grand 9, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

10:00am – 11:00am1Graphic Novel Activities for Your Library or Bookstore

Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

10:00am – 11:00am1Intro to TV Writing

Room 4

10:00am – 11:00am1Spotlight on Marc Bernardin

Room 29AB

10:00am – 11:00am1The Genius of Animation: Problem Solving in Character and Story

Room 23ABC

10:00am – 11:00am1The Power of Nonfiction Graphic Novels

Room 32AB

10:00am – 11:00am1Young Justice: Outsiders Special Video Presentation and Q&A

Room 6DE

10:00am – 11:15am1Adventure Time

Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

10:00am – 11:30am1Don’t Tell Your Story: Show It

Room 2

10:00am – 11:30am1That ’70s Panel

Room 8

10:00am – 11:30am1The Black Panel

Room 5AB

10:15am – 11:15am1Dreamworks Voltron Legendary Defender: A Netflix Original Series

Room 6BCF

10:15am – 11:15am1Inside The Big Bang Theory Writers’ Room

Ballroom 20

10:30am – 11:30am1Graphic Novels: From Eisner to Explosion!

Room 24ABC

10:30am – 11:30am1Hasbro My Little Pony

Room 6A

10:30am – 12:00pm1Comics Arts Conference #5: Girls Rock

Room 26AB

10:30am – 12:00pm1Comic Book Law School 202: “Someone Just Made Me an Offer. Should I Refuse?”

Room 11

10:30am – 12:30pm1The Her Universe Workshop

Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

10:30am – 1:30pm1Friday Playback Room Block #1

Marriott Marina Ballroom DE, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

11:00am – 12:00pm1Cosplay 102: Taking It to the Next Level and Beyond

Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

11:00am – 12:00pm1Indie Creators: What’s Next?

Room 4

11:00am – 12:00pm1It Didn’t Look That Way in My Head

Room 25ABC

11:00am – 12:00pm1Kotobukiya Summer Update 2018

Room 32AB

11:00am – 12:00pm1Masters of the Web: Launch and Grow Your YouTube and Podcast Channels

Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

11:00am – 12:00pm1Meet the Makers: Kids’ Comics Extravaganza

Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

11:00am – 12:00pm1Publishers Weekly: Crowdfunding Ethics and Evolution

Room 28DE

11:00am – 12:00pm1RetroFans Unite!

Room 29AB

11:00am – 12:00pm1Romance in Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, and Historical Fiction

Grand 9, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

11:00am – 12:00pm1Star Wars Collectibles

Room 7AB

11:00am – 12:00pm1The Comic Book Editorial Panel 2018

Room 9

11:00am – 12:00pm1Thirty Years of Dark Horse Manga

Room 23ABC

11:15am – 12:15pm1AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead

Hall H

11:15am – 12:15pm1DC Nation

Room 6DE

11:30am – 12:15pm1[adult swim]: FLCL

Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

11:30am – 12:30pm1Forever Fantagraphics

Room 24ABC

11:30am – 12:30pm1HISTORY’s Hit Drama Vikings

Ballroom 20

11:30am – 12:30pm1Nerdist News Live

Room 5AB

11:30am – 12:30pm1Spotlight On Veronica Fish

Room 8

11:30am – 12:30pm1World of Capcom

Room 6BCF

11:30am – 1:00pm1Advanced Coloring for Comics

Room 2

11:45am – 12:45pm1ZAG Heroez Miraculous

Room 6A

12:00pm – 1:00pm1Behind the Design: Star Wars Fashion Collaborations

Room 7AB

12:00pm – 1:00pm1Career Paths into Game Development

Room 28DE

12:00pm – 1:00pm1CBLDF #3 Intellectual Property, Comics, and the Law

Room 11

12:00pm – 1:00pm1Comics Arts Conference #6: Two Women and Wonder Woman

Room 26AB

12:00pm – 1:00pm1Geek Media in Canada

Room 25ABC

12:00pm – 1:00pm1Girl Power Comics: Middle-Grade Fiction for Girls (and Boys)

Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

12:00pm – 1:00pm1How to Build a Geek Brand (And Get Paid!)

Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

12:00pm – 1:00pm1IDW:PDX: Full Bleed

Room 32AB

12:00pm – 1:00pm1Marvel’s Black Panther Costume Designer Ruth Carter: Designing the Costumes of Wakanda

Room 9

12:00pm – 1:00pm1Peanuts Family Album

Grand 9, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

12:00pm – 1:00pm1Shades of Magic: From Prose to Panels

Room 4

12:00pm – 1:00pm1Space Command

Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

12:00pm – 1:00pm1Spotlight on Manuele Fior

Room 29AB

12:00pm – 1:00pm1We Believe in Horror

Room 23ABC

12:00pm – 2:00pm1Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

Horton Grand Theatre

12:15pm – 1:15pm1AMC’s The Walking Dead

Hall H

12:30pm – 1:15pm1[adult swim]: Dream Corp, LLC.

Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

12:30pm – 1:30pm1DC Super Hero Girls Special Video Presentation and Q&A

Room 6DE

12:30pm – 1:30pm1Marvel Comics: Spider-Man

Room 5AB

12:30pm – 1:30pm1Mattel’s DC Comics Collector Figures Fan Panel

Room 24ABC

12:30pm – 1:30pm1POGO

Room 8

12:45pm – 1:45pm1Resident Evil Video Games

Room 6BCF

12:45pm – 2:00pm1Hulu’s World Premiere Screening of Castle Rock

Ballroom 20

1:00pm – 2:00pm1Afro-Futurism: Black to the Future!

Grand 9, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

1:00pm – 2:00pm1Breaking into Indie Comics with Alterna

Room 29AB

1:00pm – 2:00pm1CBLDF #4 Comics Change the World: The History of Activism in Comics

Room 11

1:00pm – 2:00pm1Comics Arts Conference #7: Intersectional Identity in Box of Bones

Room 26AB

1:00pm – 2:00pm1Comics con Comics: Live!

Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

1:00pm – 2:00pm1Create Your Own Fandom-Themed Fashions

Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

1:00pm – 2:00pm1Dynamite Entertainment Diamond Previews Premiere Publisher

Room 4

1:00pm – 2:00pm1Graphic Novel Adaptation: License to Thrill

Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

1:00pm – 2:00pm1Hasbro Star Wars

Room 7AB

1:00pm – 2:00pm1Hollywood Location Scouts

Room 9

1:00pm – 2:00pm1Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus!

Room 6A

1:00pm – 2:00pm1Spotlight On Noah Van Sciver

Room 28DE

1:00pm – 2:00pm1Tabletop Game Pitch Panel

Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

1:00pm – 2:00pm1The Human Condition: Connecting Humanity with Graphic Novels

Room 23ABC

1:00pm – 2:00pm1The Return of Mego featuring Joe Namath

Room 32AB

1:00pm – 2:00pm1What is the Best Superpower?

Room 25ABC

1:00pm – 2:30pm1Drawing with Humberto Ramos (Bilingual)

Room 2

1:30pm – 2:15pm1[adult swim] The Venture Bros.

Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

1:30pm – 2:30pm1Building a Skeptical Techno-Utopia with Optimistic Disaster Stories

Room 24ABC

1:30pm – 2:30pm1Marvel: Cup O’Joe (Marvel Knights 20th Anniversary)

Room 5AB

1:30pm – 2:30pm1Revolutionary Ink: The 50th Anniversary of Underground Comix

Room 8

1:30pm – 2:30pm1Star Trek: Discovery

Hall H

1:40pm – 4:05pm1Friday Playback Room Block #2

Marriott Marina Ballroom DE, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

1:45pm – 2:45pm1DC From Page to Screen

Room 6DE

2:00pm – 3:00pm1Building Powerful Characters Featuring Street Fighter

Room 6BCF

2:00pm – 3:00pm1Causeplay: A Hobby in Service to Others

Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

2:00pm – 3:00pm1Comic Book Women: Unsung Heroes

Room 29AB

2:00pm – 3:00pm1Disney-Lucasfilm Publishing: Stories from a Galaxy Far, Far Away!

Room 7AB

2:00pm – 3:00pm1Fan to Pro: Fanart as Professional Practice

Room 28DE

2:00pm – 3:00pm1Film Threat Podcast Live

Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

2:00pm – 3:00pm1Forge Creativity with Time Management Secrets

Grand 9, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

2:00pm – 3:00pm1Games: Pioneers of 1990s Gaming Animation

Room 23ABC

2:00pm – 3:00pm1Geek & Sundry Live

Room 25ABC

2:00pm – 3:00pm1Hollywood’s Illustrators: Craft, Pop Culture, and Careers

Room 9

2:00pm – 3:00pm1International Association of Media Tie-In Writers: Scribe Awards

Room 32AB

2:00pm – 3:00pm1Painting Convincing Light in Your Art

Room 11

2:00pm – 3:00pm1Spotlight On Brian Fies

Room 4

2:00pm – 3:00pm1Trends in Graphic Novel Publishing

Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

2:00pm – 3:30pm1Comics Arts Conference #8: From Civil Rights to Black Panther

Room 26AB

2:00pm – 4:00pm1Teen Titans Go! To the Movie

Horton Grand Theatre

2:15pm – 3:15pm1Artist’s Struggle to Greatness

Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

2:15pm – 3:15pm1EW: Brave Warriors

Ballroom 20

2:15pm – 3:15pm1LEGO DC Super-Villains: Meet the Talent Behind the Video Game

Room 6A

2:30pm – 3:15pm1[adult swim]: Robot Chicken

Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

2:30pm – 3:30pm1Spotlight On Mike Mignola

Room 24ABC

2:30pm – 3:30pm1Tarzan, Barsoom, and Joe Jusko: The Adventure Continues

Room 8

2:30pm – 3:30pm1The Future of Film is Female

Room 5AB

2:30pm – 4:00pm1From Front to Back with Mark Brooks

Room 2

2:45pm – 3:30pm1Trailer Park

Hall H

3:00pm – 4:00pm12000 AD: Simon Bisley

Room 4

3:00pm – 4:00pm1Autobiography in Graphic Novels

Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

3:00pm – 4:00pm1Comics Experience’s Guide to Writing Comics and Graphic Novels

Room 11

3:00pm – 4:00pm1Costumes and Technology: How Technology is Changing the Way Hollywood Makes Costumes

Grand 9, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

3:00pm – 4:00pm1DC Batman Family

Room 6DE

3:00pm – 4:00pm1Enter the Uncharted Regions

Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

3:00pm – 4:00pm1How to Create, Market, & Crowdfund Indy Comics

Room 32AB

3:00pm – 4:00pm1J.R.R. Tolkien – The Return to Middle-earth

Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

3:00pm – 4:00pm1Judges on the Law of the Last Jedi and Solo

Room 7AB

3:00pm – 4:00pm1So You Want To Be a Comic Book Retailer?

Room 23ABC

3:00pm – 4:00pm1Spotlight On Jen Wang

Room 9

3:00pm – 4:00pm1Spotlight On Terry Moore

Room 28DE

3:00pm – 4:00pm1The Thrill of the Chase: Pursuing the Truth

Room 29AB

3:00pm – 4:00pm1This Week in Marvel: Tales to Astonish

Room 25ABC

3:15pm – 4:15pm1Behind the Scenes of Overwatch’s Newest Hero

Room 6BCF

3:30pm – 4:10pm1Final Space: Q&A with the Cast and Creators of the TBS Animated Series

Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

3:30pm – 4:30pm1DuckTales

Room 6A

3:30pm – 4:30pm1From Idea to Hired: Books, TV, Film, & Comics

Room 24ABC

3:30pm – 4:30pm1So You Want to Edit Comics? A Closer Look at the Industry’s Secret Warriors

Room 8

3:30pm – 4:30pm1The Queen of Outer Space 60th Birthday Bash

Room 5AB

3:30pm – 4:30pm1Voices of Mexico

Room 26AB

3:30pm – 5:30pm1Amazon Prime Video Showcase

Ballroom 20

3:45pm – 4:45pm1Universal Pictures’ Glass and Halloween

Hall H

4:00pm – 5:00pm1Cosplay and Photography: A Symbiosis

Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

4:00pm – 5:00pm1Creating Comics with the iPad

Room 11

4:00pm – 5:00pm1DC Comics Before Superman: The Pulp Comics of Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson

Room 32AB

4:00pm – 5:00pm1Dinosaurs to Dystopia: Building Worlds in Books

Room 29AB

4:00pm – 5:00pm1Geek Podcasting and You!

Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

4:00pm – 5:00pm1How Not to Read Comics Like A Book

Room 9

4:00pm – 5:00pm1LGBTQ Graphic Novels

Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

4:00pm – 5:00pm1Psychology of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts

Grand 9, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

4:00pm – 5:00pm1The One, The Only, Artist’s Edition!

Room 4

4:00pm – 5:00pm1The Science of Star Wars

Room 7AB

4:00pm – 5:00pm1To Infinity & Beyond: Our Dreams for the Future Take Flight

Room 23ABC

4:00pm – 5:00pm1Vanguard at 25: Cutting Edge to Classics

Room 28DE

4:00pm – 5:30pm1How to Draw with Adam Hughes

Room 2

4:15pm – 5:10pm1Bob’s Burgers

Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

4:15pm – 5:15pm1DC Justice League

Room 6DE

4:15pm – 6:45pm1Friday Playback Room Block #3

Marriott Marina Ballroom DE, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

4:30pm – 5:30pm1Geek Geek Revolution

Room 8

4:30pm – 5:30pm1God of War: Reimagining Franchises

Room 6BCF

4:30pm – 5:30pm1It Was 50 Years Ago Today: Celebrating Planet of the Apes, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Rosemary’s Baby: Geek’s Ground Zero

Room 5AB

4:30pm – 5:30pm1Moms and Motherhood in Comics

Room 24ABC

4:30pm – 5:30pm1Ray Harryhausen: The Return of the Special Effects Godfather

Room 26AB

4:45pm – 5:45pm1Celebrating 90 Years of Mickey Mouse with D23: the Official Disney Fan Club

Room 6A

5:00pm – 6:00pm1Berger Books: The Second Wave

Room 25ABC

5:00pm – 6:00pm1Building Your Own Themyscira: Connecting with Other Geek Bosses

Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

5:00pm – 6:00pm1Bumblebee

Hall H

5:00pm – 6:00pm1Comic Pitch Review

Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

5:00pm – 6:00pm1DC For Young Readers

Room 9

5:00pm – 6:00pm1Handling Challenges: Bans and Challenges to Comics

Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

5:00pm – 6:00pm1I’ll Take Dementors for $500, Obi-Wan: A Fan Game Show (Heroes and Villains edition)

Grand 9, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

5:00pm – 6:00pm1JAKKS Pacific: New Toy Releases

Room 29AB

5:00pm – 6:00pm1Mold/Resign/3D Printing & FX Techniques

Room 11

5:00pm – 6:00pm1Moonbase and Beyond: The New Push to Deep Space

Room 4

5:00pm – 6:00pm1Pop Culture Witches

Room 23ABC

5:00pm – 6:00pm1Star Trek: A Fandom Divided?

Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego Central Library

5:00pm – 6:00pm1The BOOM! Box Summer Mixtape

Room 32AB

5:00pm – 6:00pm1The State of the Industry: Animation Superstars

Room 28DE

5:00pm – 6:00pm1The Women of Star Wars

Room 7AB

5:00pm – 6:30pm1IDW Entertainment & SYFY: Premiere Screening of Wynonna Earp, “Blood Red and Going Down”

Horton Grand Theatre

5:15pm – 6:15pm1Archer: Discussion and Q&A

Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

5:30pm – 6:30pm1Are You Still a Fan?

Room 5AB

5:30pm – 6:30pm1Diversity and Inclusivity from the Perspective of Libraries/Publishing/Authors in the Industry.

Room 8

5:30pm – 6:30pm1Into the Fanzone! Celebrating Pop Culture in YA Literature

Room 24ABC

5:30pm – 6:30pm1Sixty Years of Famous Monsters

Room 26AB

5:30pm – 6:30pm1SYFY WIRE’s Fangrrls: Women Changing the Game

Room 6DE

5:30pm – 7:00pm1Drawing Comics with Carlos D’Anda (Bilingual)

Room 2

5:45pm – 6:45pm1Marvel Television: Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger

Ballroom 20

5:45pm – 6:45pm1Skybound Entertainment: What’s Next

Room 6BCF

6:00pm – 7:00pm1Best and Worst Manga of 2018

Room 4

6:00pm – 7:00pm1Creator Origins: A Candid Conversation on How it All Began

Room 9

6:00pm – 7:00pm1DC Vertigo

Room 23ABC

6:00pm – 7:00pm1Extraordinary Women, Extraordinary Animation -get started in Animation!

Room 11

6:00pm – 7:00pm1Legendary Comics, 2018 and Beyond

Room 29AB

6:00pm – 7:00pm1Mega Man: Fully Charged TV Series Premiere

Room 25ABC

6:00pm – 7:00pm1Red Menace or Not?

Room 28DE

6:00pm – 7:00pm1Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Trivia

Grand 9, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

6:00pm – 7:00pm1Simpsons Collector Group

Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

6:00pm – 7:00pm1Star Wars Fans in America’s Finest City

Room 7AB

6:00pm – 7:00pm1The Passage

Room 6A

6:00pm – 7:00pm1The Writer’s Journey: Maximizing Your Potential in the New Marketplace

Room 32AB

6:15pm – 7:15pm1Sony Pictures Panel

Hall H

6:30pm – 7:30pm1#METOO to #TIMESUP: An Action Summit for Comics

Room 8

6:30pm – 7:30pm1An Evening with Batman’s Brain

Room 5AB

6:30pm – 7:30pm1Frankenstein Rarities: 200th Anniversary Edition

Room 26AB

6:30pm – 7:30pm1ULTRAVERSE: 25th Anniversary Celebration

Room 24ABC

6:45pm – 7:45pm1Catching Up with Adam Savage

Room 6DE

6:55pm – 10:05pm1Friday Playback Room Block #4

Marriott Marina Ballroom DE, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

7:00pm – 8:00pm1Breaking in and Monetizing Your Comics with Webtoon

Room 4

7:00pm – 8:00pm1comiXology Originals: Comics for the YA Fan

Room 29AB

7:00pm – 8:00pm1Hip-Hop & Comics: Cultures Combining

Room 9

7:00pm – 8:00pm1Queer Fear

Room 28DE

7:00pm – 8:00pm1Shout! and Scream Factory’s Breaking News

Room 32AB

7:00pm – 8:00pm1Silicone vs Foam Latex… What to Use

Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

7:00pm – 8:00pm1Star Wars Tourism: Visiting the Galaxy Far, Far Away on Earth

Room 7AB

7:00pm – 8:00pm1The Art of Video Games: Create a Cover Artist Jam!

Room 25ABC

7:00pm – 8:00pm1The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time

Room 6BCF

7:00pm – 8:00pm1The Magic: It’s the Story Development

Room 11

7:00pm – 8:00pm1Trailer Reactions Live: Checking Out the Latest Film and Television Trailers

Grand 9, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

7:00pm – 8:00pm1What’s Up with Penguin!

Room 23ABC

7:00pm – 8:30pm1Drawing with Nicholas Nemiri

Room 2

7:00pm – 9:00pm1Comic Creator Connection (Friday)

Santa Rosa Room, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

7:00pm – 9:00pm1World Premiere of The Death of Superman

Ballroom 20

7:00pm – 10:00pm1Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas 25th Anniversary Screening

Horton Grand Theatre

7:15pm – 9:15pm1Twilight Zone Marathon Screenings

Room 6A

7:30pm – 8:30pm1AMC’s Preacher

Hall H

7:30pm – 8:30pm1GirlsDrawinGirls: Pinup From a Woman’s Perspective

Room 24ABC

7:30pm – 8:30pm1Making a Living Off of Your Art

Room 8

7:30pm – 8:30pm1The Arkham Sessions: The Psychology of Robin, Batman’s First Sidekick

Room 5AB

7:30pm – 8:30pm1The Gospel According to Archie

Room 26AB

8:00pm – 9:00pm1″Crazy” Together: The Future of Mental Health and Pop Culture

Room 23ABC

8:00pm – 9:00pm1Art & Arcana: The Visual History of Dungeons & Dragons

Room 32AB

8:00pm – 9:00pm1Bat in the Sun Presents

Room 6DE

8:00pm – 9:00pm1Borrowed Ideas, Original Songs

Grand 9, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

8:00pm – 9:00pm1Crossing the Border: Key Issues in Collecting International Editions of American Comics

Room 9

8:00pm – 9:00pm1Fight or Die! John Carpenter’s Tales of Science Fiction: The StandOff #1 Launches

Room 28DE

8:00pm – 9:00pm1Halo Costuming and Props with Anvil Station Part II

Grand 1 & 2, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

8:00pm – 9:00pm1How to Draw Manga

Room 11

8:00pm – 9:00pm1Mega64 Ultimate Multi-Billion Dollar Cross-Franchise Team-Up Panel

Room 25ABC

8:00pm – 9:00pm1Star Wars Mock Trial: The Court-Martial of Poe Dameron

Room 7AB

8:00pm – 9:00pm1Web Comics: The Four Panel Frontier

Room 29AB

8:15pm – 9:15pm1Worst Cartoons Ever! Hosted by Jerry Beck

Room 6BCF

8:30pm – 9:30pm1Evermore Park: Creating the Living Experience Park for Immersive Role Play

Room 8

8:30pm – 9:30pm1Klingon Lifestyles

Room 5AB

8:30pm – 9:30pm1The Art Heroines: Positive Impact

Room 24ABC

8:30pm – 10:00pm1Christian Comic Arts Society Mixer

Room 26AB

9:00pm – 10:00pm1Star Wars Trivia Game Panel

Room 7AB

9:00pm – 10:00pm1Super Geeked Up: Geeky Improv Live!

Room 25ABC

9:00pm – 10:00pm1Using RPGs and LARPs for Social Learning

Room 23ABC

9:15pm – 10:45pm1Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog

Room 6DE

9:30pm – 11:00pm1Encore Screening: The Death of Superman

Ballroom 20

9:30pm – 11:30pm1Spike & Mike’s Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation

Room 6BCF

10:15pm – 11:15pm1Hall H and Ballroom 20 Friday Playback Free Play

Marriott Marina Ballroom DE, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

DC REMEMBERS STEVE DITKO

Sat, 07/07/2018 - 06:16


DC Entertainment mourns the loss of Steve Ditko, a true legend of the comic book industry. He will forever be remembered for co-creating Spider-Man, but that was just one of his many accomplishments.

Steve Ditko’s career in comics spanned over 60 years, and he worked for many publishers. He is justly famous for his work during the 1960s at Marvel Comics, where he co-created Spider-Man and Doctor Strange. Steve also had two stints at DC Comics.

“A Ditko comic never looked like anyone else’s,” said DC Entertainment Publisher Dan DiDio. “Aside from his deceptively simple art style—which was uniquely Ditko’s—he was a master at plotting and filling his stories with energy.”

Steve first started contributing to DC in 1968. He only stayed a year, but he left his mark with several unconventional characters. His signature creation was the Creeper, a vigilante crime-fighter with a sinister appearance and a warped sense of humor. Equally unusual were The Hawk and the Dove, two bickering brothers on opposite sides of the political spectrum. The pair spent as much time fighting over liberal and conservative politics as they did battling their enemies.

“Steve Ditko’s impact and achievements are legendary,” said DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer and Publisher Jim Lee. “The work he created will live on for generations to come.”

Always an intensely private person, Steve once said, “I never talk about myself. My work is me. I do my best, and if I like it, I hope somebody else likes it, too.”

Today we remember the accomplishments of a giant in the world of comics.

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

RICH REVIEWS: Headspace

Sat, 07/07/2018 - 06:15

Title: Headspace (TPB)
Publisher: IDW
Written by: Ryan K. Lindsay
Illustrated by: Eric Zawadzki & Sebastian Piriz
Coloured by: Eric Zawadzki, Marissa Louse, and Dee Cunniffe
Lettered by: Eric Zawadzki
Cover by: Eric Zawadzki
Price: $ 19.99 US
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Website: www.idwpublishing.com
Comments: “Chapter 1”
In Carpenter Cove Sheriff Shane is in charge. He is written as a fair man. Carpenter’s Cove is a weird place. What exactly it is a slowly being revealed. The more you see of this place the more strange it gets. Then you get a good idea of where and what it really is.
“Chapter 2” The coloring on the people is a hint that things are not as they seem. Carpenter Cove is in the mind of Max Johnson a killer. This chapter offers more of an explanation as to what is going on.
“Chapter 3” Sheriff Shane is out and about in the town of Carpenter Cover. The more you read the more you believe the impossible is happening here.
“Chapter 4” Sheriff Shane and Max are heading for a meeting and when they meet it is unpleasant. Max is a killer and his violent attitude is shown here.
“Chapter 5” Max is being pushed and forced into doing what someone else wants. The story itself needs more focus on it so you have a better idea exactly what is going on.
“Chapter 6” Here the story is starting to make its way to the end. Sheriff Shane makes his way outside again. This is a surprise in some ways.
“Chapter 7” Max is out to kill more people in the real world and Shane is now out to stop him. These two are heading toward a final confrontation. You can feel the build-up here.
“Chapter 8” The art needs to be cleaner with more focus to it to see the characters better and their actions and emotions. The ending is actually well thought out and fits in perfectly with how the entire book was presented.

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

Valiant Entertainment Adds Matthew Klein as Director of Sales

Sat, 07/07/2018 - 06:01

Former employee of New York’s famed Forbidden Planet comic book store joins the award-winning publisher

New York, NY (July 5, 2018) – Valiant Entertainment is proud to announce that it has named comics retailer veteran Matthew Klein its Director of Sales. Klein will oversee the publisher’s much-lauded Sales team to actively engage with comic shop owners and assist them in maximizing sales of Valiant’s titles in their stores, including the current HARBINGER WARS 2 crossover event; the much-anticipated BRITANNIA: LOST EAGLES OF ROME; and the recently announced VALIANT BEYOND initiative that includes FAITH: DREAMSIDE in September, BLOODSHOT RISING SPIRIT in November, LIVEWIRE in December, and INCURSION in February of next year.

“Matthew was with us once before and quickly showed he had a keen aptitude for Sales, from his innovative ideas to his smooth working relationships with store owners,” said Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce. “I’m happy to welcome him back to lead our Sales team as we look forward to an ambitious slate to close out the year and to an aggressive publishing plan in 2019.”

Klein’s first work in comics was as a Retail Associate at Forbidden Planet in Manhattan, where he would go on to train incoming employees. He joined the Valiant team in November 2014 as a Sales Manager and worked to create awareness within the retailer community for such epic titles as BLOODSHOT REBORN, NINJAK, BOOK OF DEATH, and X-O MANOWAR (2017). While at Valiant, Klein has driven to shops and conventions all over North America, and has likely called your local comic shop multiple times. Klein has also freelanced on behalf of creator-owned projects and for Z2 Comics, and is a founding member of the theater company Reign or Shine Productions.

“I’m incredibly excited to be stepping into this role for Valiant!” said Klein. “Valiant has been, in the three years since I’ve been a part of this family, a leading voice when it comes to retailer relationships in the industry. Ask a retailer who works the hardest to address their needs and wants, and I would bet my salary that if they’ve spoken to our team, they’ll say Valiant. And there’s no slowing down! I can’t wait for retailers and fans to see what fantastic new initiatives we have in store for them.”

Valiant was recently acquired by DMG Entertainment, a Los Angeles-based leader in global entertainment with diverse holdings and operations. Under the DMG umbrella, Valiant’s characters continue to be forged and brought to life in publishing, licensing, film, video games, and beyond. Valiant and DMG most recently announced a multi-picture deal to bring BLOODSHOT and HARBINGER to the big screen as feature films.

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

DOUBLE JUMPERS: FULL CIRCLE JERKS #1 preview

Sat, 07/07/2018 - 05:59

DOUBLE JUMPERS: FULL CIRCLE JERKS #1
Artist Name(s): Sergio Rios (art), Geraldo Filho w/ Megan Huang (color)
Cover Artist(s): Sergio Rios (Cover A), Daniel J Logan (Cover B)
32 pgs./ M / FC
$3.99

Action Lab’s first series to break into CBR’s Top 100 list returns for a double dose of insanity!

When Jason and his band of video game programmers swapped bodies with their in-game counterparts, the Dungeon Lords, in volume one, they let loose that world’s greatest villain, Pilfer the Goblin, into our world. They’ll need more than their video game skills to capture him–they’ll need the help of the Dungeon Lords themselves! It’s a return to the action/comedy series that Hannibal Tabu proclaimed is, “like manna from heaven for fans of ‘Superbad’ and geek humor.”

“I’ve always known I’d be back for more with DOUBLE JUMPERS. It’s pretty apparent from the last page of the first volume,” said creator Dave Dwonch. “With that first series I was aiming to offend everyone, but it was so ridiculous that it sort of became this sleeper hit. Tonally this one hits all the same comedy beats, but while the first volume was about failure, this one’s about redemption. Video game culture is a very strange, volatile thing, and we really tap into some of the greater divides present within it. It’s going to be a crazy ride, trust me.”

To coincide with the release of DOUBLE JUMPERS: FULL CIRCLE JERKS, Diamond and Action Lab: Danger Zone are offering volume one again. Additionally, a special one-shot issue entitled DOUBLE JUMPERS: THE DARK BACKWARDS will be released digitally through Comixology just as FULL CIRCLE JERKS #1 is released in stores. This self-contained issue will be free to Comixology Unlimited subscribers and help fill in the gaps between volumes one and two.

DOUBLE JUMPERS: FULL CIRCLE JERKS #1 will be available in a comic store near you on August 8th, 2018. Pre-order both covers

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

Announces Top Products for June 2018

Sat, 07/07/2018 - 05:30

(BALTIMORE, MD) — (July 6, 2018) — A new era for the Justice League dawns as the Legion of Doom reforms in Scott Snyder and Jim Cheung’s Justice League #1 from DC Entertainment, the best-selling comic book of June 2018 according to information provided by Diamond Comic Distributors, the world’s largest distributor of comics, graphic novels, and pop culture merchandise.

Marvel Comics was June’s top publisher with a 38.42% dollar share and a 40.98% unit share. DC Entertainment was second for the month with a 30.54% dollar share and a 33.73% unit share. Image Comics was third with a 10.46% dollar share and an 11.48% unit share. In fourth was Dark Horse Comics with a 3.23% dollar share and a 2.30% unit share, followed by IDW Publishing with a 2.46% dollar share and a 1.66% unit share, Dynamite Entertainment with a 2.10% dollar share and a 1.51% unit share, and BOOM! Studios with a 1.62% dollar share and a 1.76% unit share.

Marvel Comics had five titles in the top ten, led by Dan Slott and Valerio Schiti’s Tony Stark: Iron Man #1 at #3; followed by Slott’s final issue of his Spider-Man run, Amazing Spider-Man #801 at #4; Skottie Young and Nic Klein’s Deadpool #1 at #7, Jason Aaron and Michael del Mundo’s Thor #1 at #8, and Marc Guggenheim and David Marquez’s X-Men Gold #30, featuring the wedding of Rogue and Gambit, at #9. In addition to Justice League #1, DC Entertainment had four titles in the top ten including Tom King and Mikel Janin’s Batman #49 at #5, King and Janin’s Batman #48 at #6, and Snyder and Cheung’s Justice League #2 at #10. Rounding out the top ten, Mark Millar and Olivier Coipel’s The Magic Order #1 from Image Comics ranked #2. Also from the premier publishers, their top books for the June are BOOM! Studios’ Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Anniversary Special #1 at #116, Dark Horse Comics’ Neil Gaiman’s America Gods: My Ainsel #4 ranked #148, IDW Publishing’s Sonic the Hedgehog #6 at #156, and Dynamite Entertainment’s Charlie’s Angels #1 at #183.

Collecting DC Entertainment’s best-selling event, the Dark Nights: Metal Deluxe Edition hardcover was June’s best-selling graphic novel. Also from DC Entertainment among the top ten, Dark Nights Metal: Dark Nights Rising, a collection of the tie-in one-shots, ranked #2; Dark Nights Metal: The Resistance, ranked #3; The Flash Volume 6: A Cold Day in Hell ranked #8; Batman: Detective Comics Volume 6: Fall of the Batmen ranked #9; and Super Sons of Tomorrow ranked #10. Marvel Comics had two titles in the top ten: Thanos Wins ranked #4, and Jim Starlin, George Perez, and Ron Lim’s The Infinity Gauntlet ranked #5. Jason Aaron and Jason Latour’s Southern Bastards Volume 4: Gut Check from Image Comics ranked #6. Dark Horse Comics’ Neil Gaiman’s A Study in Emerald, with art by Rafael Albuquerque, ranked #7.

Documenting the world of Hyrule, Dark Horse Comics’ Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia was June’s best-selling book, and the deluxe edition of the book ranked #2. Marvel Press had three titles in the top ten, led by Marvel Super-Hero Adventures: Buggin’ Out at #3. BOOM! Studios’ Planet of the Apes Adult Coloring Book ranked #9.

The Mezco Toys’ One:12 Collective: Marvel Comics: Spider-Man “Black Costume” Action Figure, a PREVIEWS Exclusive, was June’s best-selling toy. Diamond Select Toys had five products in the top ten: the Marvel Select: Black Panther Movie Action Figure at #2, the Marvel Gallery: Black Panther Movie PVC Figure at #3, the Marvel Select: Deadpool Action Figure at #5, the Marvel Gallery: Black Panther Movie: Killmonger PVC Figure at #9, and the Marvel Select: Thor Ragnarok: Gladiator Hulk Action Figure at #10. DC Collectibles charted one product, the Harley Quinn: Red White & Black Statue by Jae Lee at #8.

Dynamite Entertainment’s Reanimator: The Board Game was June’s best-selling game. Also in the top ten, BOOM! Studios’ Mouse Guard Roleplaying Game Boxed Set (2nd Edition) ranked #9.

 

TOP COMIC BOOK PUBLISHERS

PUBLISHER

DOLLAR

SHARE

UNIT

SHARE

MARVEL COMICS

38.42%

40.98%

DC ENTERTAINMENT

30.54%

33.73%

IMAGE COMICS

10.46%

11.48%

DARK HORSE COMICS

3.23%

2.10%

IDW PUBLISHING

2.46%

1.66%

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

2.10%

1.51%

BOOM! STUDIOS

1.62%

1.76%

VIZ MEDIA

1.18%

0.43%

ONI PRESS INC.

1.09%

0.83%

TITAN COMICS

0.87%

0.68%

OTHER NON-TOP 10

8.03%

4.84%

 COMPARATIVE SALES STATISTICS

DOLLARS

UNITS

JUNE 2018 VS. MAY 2018

COMICS

-16.71%

-6.22%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-7.44%

-8.41%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-14.13%

-6.39%

TOYS

1.03%

4.22%

JUNE 2018 VS. JUNE 2017

COMICS

-11.14%

-8.93%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-2.15%

-14.24%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-8.62%

-9.35%

TOYS

-11.53%

17.66%

YEAR-TO-DATE 2018 VS. YEAR-TO-DATE 2017

COMICS

-1.84%

-9.65%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-8.12%

-11.22%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

-3.72%

-9.77%

TOYS

-11.98%

-12.70%

SECOND QUARTER 2018 VS. FIRST QUARTER 2018

COMICS

19.97%

12.84%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

19.01%

19.68%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

19.70%

13.34%

TOYS

-16.97%

-7.55%

SECOND QUARTER 2018 VS. SECOND QUARTER 2017

COMICS

3.01%

-4.85%

GRAPHIC NOVELS

-3.41%

-10.32%

TOTAL COMICS/GN

1.10%

-5.28%

TOYS

-14.46%

-13.05%

NEW TITLES SHIPPED

PUBLISHER

COMICS SHIPPED

GRAPHIC NOVELS SHIPPED

MAGAZINES SHIPPED

TOTAL

SHIPPED

MARVEL COMICS

87

33

0

120

DC ENTERTAINMENT

73

31

1

105

IMAGE COMICS

60

15

0

75

IDW PUBLISHING

19

18

0

37

DARK HORSE COMICS

20

15

0

35

BOOM! STUDIOS

23

10

0

33

DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT

18

7

0

25

TITAN COMICS

17

5

1

23

VIZ MEDIA

0

20

0

20

ONI PRESS

7

10

0

17

OTHER NON-TOP 10

113

176

19

308

TOTAL

437

340

21

798

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

JUSTICE LEAGUE #1

$3.99

APR180140-M DC

2

THE MAGIC ORDER #1 [*] (MR)

$3.99

APR180455-M IMA

3

TONY STARK: IRON MAN #1

$4.99

APR180665-M MAR

4

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #801

$3.99

APR180766-M MAR

5

BATMAN #49

$2.99

APR180171-M DC

6

BATMAN #48

$2.99

APR180169-M DC

7

DEADPOOL #1

$4.99

APR180698-M MAR

8

THOR #1

$5.99

APR180649-M MAR

9

X-MEN GOLD #30

$4.99

APR180810-M MAR

10

JUSTICE LEAGUE #2

$3.99

APR180143-M DC

TOP 10 COMIC BOOKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

JUSTICE LEAGUE #1

$3.99

APR180140-M DC

2

TONY STARK: IRON MAN #1

$4.99

APR180665-M MAR

3

DEADPOOL #1

$4.99

APR180698-M MAR

4

THOR #1

$5.99

APR180649-M MAR

5

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #801

$3.99

APR180766-M MAR

6

X-MEN GOLD #30

$4.99

APR180810-M MAR

7

THE IMMORTAL HULK #1

$4.99

APR180691-M MAR

8

BATMAN #49

$2.99

APR180171-M DC

9

JUSTICE LEAGUE #2

$3.99

APR180143-M DC

10

VENOM #2

$3.99

APR180768-M MAR

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DARK NIGHTS: METAL DELUXE EDITION HC

$29.99

JAN180379 DC

2

DARK NIGHTS: METAL: DARK NIGHTS RISING HC

$29.99

JAN180380 DC

3

DARK NIGHTS: METAL: THE RESISTANCE TP

$24.99

JAN180381 DC

4

THANOS WINS TP

$19.99

APR180867-M MAR

5

THE INFINITY GAUNTLET TP

$24.99

JUL110745 MAR

6

SOUTHERN BASTARDS VOL. 4: GUT CHECK TP (MR)

$16.99

NOV170835 IMA

7

NEIL GAIMAN: A STUDY IN EMERALD HC

$17.99

FEB180021 DAR

8

THE FLASH VOL. 6: A COLD DAY IN HELL TP

$16.99

MAR180343 DC

9

BATMAN: DETECTIVE COMICS VOL. 6 FALL OF THE BATMEN TP

$19.99

MAR180334 DC

10

SUPER SONS OF TOMORROW TP

$14.99

MAR180354 DC

TOP 10 GRAPHIC NOVELS & TRADE PAPERBACKS BY DOLLARS INVOICED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

DARK NIGHTS: METAL DELUXE EDITION HC

$29.99

JAN180379 DC

2

DARK NIGHTS: METAL: DARK NIGHTS RISING HC

$29.99

JAN180380 DC

3

INFINITE CRISIS OMNIBUS HC

$150.00

JAN180406 DC

4

DARK NIGHTS: METAL: THE RESISTANCE TP

$24.99

JAN180381 DC

5

THE INFINITY GAUNTLET TP

$24.99

JUL110745 MAR

6

MILES MORALES: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN OMNIBUS HC

$125.00

DEC170940 MAR

7

THANOS WINS CATES TP

$19.99

APR180867-M MAR

8

WONDER WOMAN BY GEORGE PEREZ OMNIBUS VOL. 3 HC

$99.99

DEC170399 DC

9

RUNAWAYS BY BRIAN K VAUGHAN & ADRIAN ALPHONA OMNIBUS HC

$125.00

DEC170944 MAR

10

ABSOLUTE SANDMAN OVERTURE HC (MR)

$125.00

NOV170387 DC

TOP 10 BOOKS BY UNITS SHIPPED

RANK

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

ITEM CODE

VENDOR

1

LEGEND OF ZELDA ENCYCLOPEDIA HC

$39.99

DEC170068 DAR

2

LEGEND OF ZELDA ENCYCLOPEDIA DELUXE EDITION HC

$79.99

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MARVEL MOURNS THE LOSS OF STEVE DITKO

Sat, 07/07/2018 - 05:24
His legacy will never be forgotten.


Statement from Marvel Entertainment President Dan Buckley:

“Today, the Marvel family mourns the loss of Steve Ditko. Steve transformed the industry and the Marvel Universe, and his legacy will never be forgotten. Our thoughts are with his family, loved ones, and fans during this sad time.”

Statement from Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada:

“Only a small group of individuals can claim that they have effected and redefined not just an industry, but popular culture worldwide. Steve Ditko was one of those few who dared to break molds every time his pencil and pen hit a blank sheet of paper. In his lifetime he blessed us with gorgeous art, fantastical stories, heroic characters and a mystical persona worthy of some of his greatest creations. And much like his greatest co-creation, Steve Ditko’s legend and influence will outlive us all.”

Statement from Marvel Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski:

“It’s impossible to put into words the impact that Steve Ditko had not just on comics, but on modern pop culture. With ink and imagination, he thrilled readers with amazing and awe-inspiring adventures. Ditko didn’t just create characters – he built worlds. But today it is our world that is saddened by his loss. While he may no longer walk this mortal plane, Steve’s legacy will continue to endlessly inspire us all.”

Statement from Marvel Executive Editor, Spider-Man Office and VP of Content, Digital Publishing Nick Lowe:

“Steve Ditko’s hands and soul are all over the best character in all of fiction. He was a pillar of the House of Ideas who not only co-created Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, but many of the best villains in comic book history. Steve was the first to make Marvel truly weird, and for that we are forever grateful.”

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Valiant and Phicen Announce the BLOODSHOT 1/6 SCALE ACTION FIGURE – Now Available for Pre-Order!

Sat, 07/07/2018 - 05:20

The figure debuts at the end of this summer

July 5, 2018 (New York, NY) – Valiant Entertainment and Phicen are excited to announce that pre-orders are now open for the BLOODSHOT 1/6 SCALE ACTION FIGURE, based on the likeness of Valiant’s most unrelenting and unstoppable hero!

Brought back from the dead and infused with cutting-edge nanotechnology, Bloodshot is a nearly unstoppable killing machine. His enhanced strength, speed, endurance, and healing made him the perfect weapon. After defying his programming and escaping his masters at Project Rising Spirit, Bloodshot now fights to rediscover the secret of his true identity…but remains haunted by the past that nearly destroyed him.

“We are extremely excited to partner with Phicen on a line of high-end collector Valiant action figures, starting with Bloodshot,” said Russell Brown, Valiant President of Consumer Products, Promotions and Ad Sales. “Their superbly detailed, 1/6 scale action figures are some of the most sought-after in the world, so we are thrilled to be able to offer these to our fans.”

In addition to being super-poseable and fully articulated, the BLOODSHOT 1/6 SCALE ACTION FIGURE also comes packaged with the following action-packed accessories:

  • Samurai sword and sheath with carrying strap
  • Three handguns with accompanying holsters and thigh strap
  • Assault rifle with underslung shotgun
  • Two pairs of interchangeable hands
  • Belt with two additional magazine pouch sets
  • T-shirt, pants, and boots
  • Naturalistic figure base and fire hydrant

Available starting in September for $159.00 USD, the BLOODSHOT 1/6 SCALE ACTION FIGURE can currently be pre-ordered on Phicen’s website, directly through Phicen by contacting Jenny at sales@phicen.com or gma@phicen.com, or through select retailers like the Big Bad Toy Store before the deadline of July 23, 2018! (For wholesale ordering, retailers should contact Jenny at Phicen at sales@phicen.com.) Fans are highly urged to pre-order the action figure to guarantee obtainment.

Bloodshot currently appears in Valiant’s BLOODSHOT SALVATION comic book series by writer Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer) and artist Doug Braithwaite (X-O MANOWAR), and will star in the upcoming BLOODSHOT RISING SPIRIT comic series by writers Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson (Cable) and artist Ken Lashley (Black Panther), launching in November. This summer, Sony Pictures Entertainment begins filming on the BLOODSHOT major motion picture starring Vin Diesel (Fast and the Furious films), Sam Heughan (Outlander), Eiza González (Baby Driver), and Toby Kebbell (Kong: Skull Island).

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