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Suda51, Supergiant Games, Aksys Games, More at MomoCon 2019

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 14:47

Grasshopper Manufacture Strikes Back with New Announcement

ATLANTA – May 2, 2019 – Suda51, Supergiant Games, Aksys Games, Inti Creates, Team Salvato, and voice actors from some of gaming’s most popular titles are among the guests appearing at MomoCon 2019 in Atlanta. From Thursday, May 23 to Sunday, May 26, more than 38,000 attendees will take Georgia World Congress Center by storm, filling the largest gaming floor of any convention in the Southeastern U.S.

Grasshopper Manufacture founder Goichi “Suda51“ Suda will attend for the second year in a row. Following the success of last year’s Killer7 Steam reveal, he will make another announcement at MomoCon 2019. His “Travis Talks Again with SUDA51” panel will stream live on the MomoCon TV 2 Twitch channel Sunday, May 26 at 7:00 pm CST. Supergiant Games, renowned creators of action-RPGs Bastion, Transistor, and Hades, will celebrate Transistor’s five-year anniversary with a panel featuring composer Darren Korb and voice actor Logan Cunningham. From BlazBlue: Central Fiction to The Nonary Games, Aksys Games will be on hand to answer fan questions about their favorite Aksys titles. Speakers will discuss otome, a genre of drama, romance, and hot guys Aksys is well known for. Inti Creates, the studio behind the Mega Man Zero series, Mega Man 9, Mega Man 10, Mighty No. 9, and Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon, will look at 2D action game techniques and differences between the indie game scenes in Japan and the U.S. in its panel. Doki Doki Literature Club developer Team Salvato will grace the stage at MomoCon 2019 for a panel about the making of the popular horror visual novel. The acting talents behind Arthur Morgan and Dutch van der Linde of Red Dead Redemption II will reignite their fiery chemistry at MomoCon. Roger Clark, who won Best Performance at The Game Awards 2018, and Benjamin Byron Davis will discuss the interplay and emotion at the heart of Arthur and Dutch’s relationship. Additional creative talents appearing at MomoCon 2019 include voice actors from franchises such as Mario, Devil May Cry, Disney cartoons and Kingdom Hearts, Overwatch, and My Hero Academia, as well as Sungwon Cho, a.k.a. “ProZD”, of Twitter and YouTube fame. An esports roundtable discussion featuring representatives of ELEAGUE, Overwatch, and Waveform will take place at 1:00 pm CST on Saturday, May 25 and stream on MomoCon TV 4. Atlanta Reign player Kodak and coach Casores will speak about the challenge of preparing for games with high pressure to perform, streamed on the same channel at 2:30 pm on Sunday, May 26. Fans unable to attend in person can find and watch livestreamed panels via the MomoCon Twitch stream team. Other streamed panels include “Indie Games in Japan & the World” on Friday, May 24 at 11:30 am CST on MomoCon TV 4, also featuring Suda51. “I’m really excited to be back for another visit to Atlanta,” said Suda51. “I have great memories from last year’s event, where I got to announce Killer7’s Steam port and shared a moment of excitement and joy with the audience. And guess what? I’ve got another announcement for this year, too! I’m looking forward to seeing you all there!” For more information, please visit the official website or follow MomoCon on Facebook and Twitter.

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AfterShock Comics’ Announces Next New Title – DARK ARK: AFTER THE FLOOD #1

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 13:00

DARK ARK: AFTER THE FLOOD #1 / $3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / ON SALE 10.02.2019
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Juan Doe
Cover: Juan Doe

Incentive Cover: Andrei Bressan

Lenticular Cover: Mike Rooth

THE EPIC SERIES RETURNS

 

Two arks were built to survive the Flood. One was filled with the creatures of the natural world. The other was populated by…everything else.

 

Now, the monsters of the DARK ARK have beaten Noah’s ark to land, and a new societal order must be created—one based on the rule of monsters. Khalee, a new sorceress, must maintain order amidst the chaos., but her otherworldly masters have a new task for her. She must devise a way to bring Noah’s Ark to the monsters…because the beasts must feed.

 

From writer Cullen Bunn (UNHOLY GRAIL, BROTHERS DRACUL, X-Men Blue, Deadpool, Venom) and artist Juan Doe (ANIMOSITY: THE RISE, AMERICAN MONSTER, WORLD READER) comes a sinister tale of biblical proportions!

 

CULLEN BUNN ON WHAT THE NEW DARK ARK SERIES IS ABOUT AND WHY HE’S EXCITED FOR IT TO COME OUT:

 

“This new series picks up right where the last one left off, but a crazy new direction quickly comes to the forefront. The “Dark Ark” has found land. Now, a society must form–a society of monsters, many of which hate each other. To complicate matters, the man who held a tentative control on the monsters, Shrae, is dead, and his daughter has taken his powers as her own. Khalee is not ready for the magic at her beck and call, and she’s not ready for the demonic orders coming to her from the Great Beyond. The first of those orders: make sure Noah’s Ark reaches the same landing point as Shrae’s Ark. After all, now that the monsters have survived their journey, they need something to snack on.”

ON SOME OF THE REASONS HE WANTED TO CONTINUE THIS POPULAR AFTERSHOCK SERIES:

 

“I love this series. I love the characters in the book. I love working with artist Juan Doe. The reaction from readers about this book has been incredible, and I think we’ve created a world in which we could tell stories for a long while to come.”

ON SOME OF THE INFLUENCES FOR THE NEW MONSTERS WE WILL MEET IN THIS STORY ARC:

 

“As before, monsters in this book are pulled from a variety of sources. I noticed straight away, though, that many of the featured monsters this time around are from Greek myth. It wasn’t intentional. The monsters just worked in the story. This time around, it will not be monsters serving as the primary villains. Instead, we’ll see the dangers that a human can pose… particularly to themselves.

 

And I wanted to give readers a monster they could care about. Readers really connected with the unicorns in the first few issues. I’m going to give them a creature they’ll like just as much. Of course, we all know how it worked out for the unicorns.”

ON THE SWITCHING UP OF THE PROTAGONISTS:

“Since this is a new book and a new jumping on point for readers, I thought giving them a new “lead” was perfect. Of course, Khalee has been a star of the series from the beginning. Only now we’re seeing her in a new light. And, hey, this is a world full of magic and monsters. You might not have seen the last of Shrae. You’ll definitely be seeing more about his backstory–how he became the dreaded sorcerer that he was.”

 

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Cecil Castellucci Tells All in Graphic Memoir GIRL ON FILM From BOOM! Studios

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 07:10

The True Story of a Young Aspiring Filmmaker’s Journey to Bestselling Comics Creator in November 2019


LOS ANGELES, CA (May 1, 2019) – BOOM! Studios today announced GIRL ON FILM, a new original graphic novel memoir from award-winning young adult novelist and Eisner-nominated comic book writer, Cecil Castellucci, illustrated by artists Vicky Leta, Jon Berg, V. Gagnon, and Melissa Duffy, available in November 2019. Based on the true story of her own free-spirited coming-of-age as a young, independent creative who fell in love with the art of storytelling, Cecil’s memoir also depicts the nuanced connection between experience and memory.

In 1977, Star Wars released in theaters nationwide and changed young Cecil Castellucci’s life forever. From that moment on, she knew that she would one day become an artist and storyteller who brought her own imagination to life. Thus began the evolution of the young starstruck fan into an aspiring theater kid (who was childhood friends with Jennifer Aniston and Chaz Bono), a teenage artiste running wild in ‘80s New York, an indie musician in the Montreal punk scene, and finally the acclaimed author and bestselling comic book writer she is today. Along the way, she found that even though nothing ever went according to plan, everything happened the way it should have.

Chronicling the life of award-winning young adult novelist and Eisner-nominated comics scribe Cecil Castellucci, GIRL ON FILM follows a passionate aspiring artist from the youngest age through adulthood to examine the arduous pursuit of making art, while exploring the act of memory and how it reshapes what we think we truly know about ourselves.

Cecil Castellucci is the New York Times bestselling author of books and graphic novels for young adults including Shade the Changing Girl, The Plain Janes, and The Year of the Beasts. In 2015, she co-authored Star Wars Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure. Her short stories and short comics have been published in various anthologies and literary journals. In a former life, she was known as Cecil Seaskull in the ‘90s indie band Nerdy Girl. She has written two opera librettos Les Aventures de Madame Merveille (World Premiere in 2010) and Hockey Noir: The Opera (World Premiere 2018). Castellucci is currently writing The Female Furies for DC Comics. She is the former Children’s Correspondence Coordinator for The Rumpus, a two-time MacDowell Fellow, and the founding YA Editor at the LA Review of Books. She lives in Los Angeles.

“When I think about it, I have always been most fascinated with telling stories. At first, I thought I would become the next Steven Spielberg. But turns out that early dream of aspiring filmmaker was just the first in a series of surprising creative aspirations that led me to where I am today,” said writer Cecil Castellucci. “I wanted to trace the path that brought me to this moment in my life but recalling the past is always a tricky thing. You could be remembering something exactly as it happened or looking at it through the lens of hindsight and other lived experiences. So this is me putting together the story of my life, mining my memories and very excited to work with four such talented artists to craft something between memory and fiction about dedicating my life to making art in every form I could in order to fulfil that childhood dream of one day becoming the girl on film, on vinyl, on paper, and preserved in the memories of others forever.”

Vicky Leta is an illustrator and cartoonist from Brooklyn, NY. Leta’s work has been recognized as a finalist in the 2018 Ghost City Comics 5×5 Fest and as a winner of the 2018 Creative Quarterly #53. She is also the creator of the webcomic Generic Lottery, which debuted in 2016.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to work on GIRL ON FILM, where Cecil takes us into New York in the ‘80s through the lens of an aspiring young artist.” said artist Vicky Leta. “Her story is one that certainly relates close to home, so I’m excited and honored to be a part of it!”

Jon Berg is a Canadian illustrator & cartoonist whose children’s book Rosie and Rolland in the Legendary Show-and-Tell was published by Owl Kids in spring 2015. Berg has self-published a number of comics including Blackout, Look After You, and Deveaux. He has also contributed to the Toronto Comics Anthology: Osgoode as Gold, Strange Romance Vol. 3, and Called Into Being: A Celebration of Frankenstein.

GIRL ON FILM is a unique perspective on the fascinating process of pursuing an artistic life. I’m grateful and excited to be a part of bringing Cecil’s journey to the comic page.” said artist Jon Berg.

V. Gagnon is an illustrator, concept artist, and comic creator whose work often explores urban legends, folklore, history, and horror. They graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a BFA in Illustration and currently reside in Portland, OR.

“We all partake in these unique life-long journeys that shift and change when we look back on them, and there’s so much to learn there.” said artist V. Gagnon. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to work with this great team and bring Cecil’s journey to life!”

Melissa Duffy is an illustrator and comic artist based on the East Coast. She has done work for IDW and featured in many independently published anthologies, as well as self-publishing her own comic, Outward.

“Let’s talk about GIRL ON FILM” said artist Melissa Duffy. “Is the backdrop of a legendary arts high school in 1980’s New York an incredibly cool time and place to be? Yes. Is it an honor to be bringing YA heavyweight Cecil Castellucci’s own memories to new life on the page? Yes. Is this the artistic coming of age memoir that I’m excited for the world to read? YES!”

GIRL ON FILM is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ ambitious Archaia imprint, home to graphic novels such as Mouse Guard by David Petersen; New World by David Jesus Vignolli; Jane by Aline Brosh McKenna and Ramón Pérez; About Betty’s Boob by Vero Cazot and Julie Rocheleau; Bolivar by Sean Rubin; and licensed series including Lev Grossman’s The Magicians: Alice’s Story by Lilah Sturges and Pius Bak; Jim Henson’s The Power of the Dark Crystal and Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Coronation.

GIRL ON FILM is Cecil’s love letter to her young artistic self and to all the other creatives who want to leave their mark on the world. With her as a guide, we get to explore a slice of New York City preserved in her memory and follow her wondrous journey as it twists and turns, culminating into the vision of an artist who’s done it all.” said Sierra Hahn, Executive Editor, BOOM! Studios. “And as if the details about growing up in the heart of Times Square, avoiding Cher, and skipping over Keith Haring chalk drawings aren’t compelling enough, you’ll find photographic evidence of her childhood right next to the amazing illustrations of artists Vicky Leta, Jon Berg, V. Gagnon, and Melissa Duffy.”

Print copies of GIRL ON FILM will be available for sale November 13, 2019 at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the nearest one), on November 19, 2019 at 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.

For continuing news on GIRL ON FILM and more from BOOM!, stay tuned to www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.

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Shoot This One

Wed, 05/01/2019 - 20:48

Shoot This One:

How do you become a television writer? What does it take to create your own show? Did the writers of Lost really have a plan, or were they making it all up as they went? In a career spanning far longer than he cares to admit, Javier Grillo-Marxuach has not only written for some of your favorite (and not-so-favorite) shows – from the Emmy Award-winning Lost, to CharmedMediumLaw & Order: SVU, and seaQuest – but also worked as a network executive, created a comic book that became a cult television series, co-hosted a popular podcast, and contributed essays on the entertainment industry to such publications as The Los Angeles Review of Books, io9.com and Apex Magazine. Collected for the first time, Grillo-Marxuach’s occasionally far-too-revealing essays offer a true insider’s look into the good, the bad, and the frequently bat-guano insane inner workings of the entertainment industry. If you have ever wondered how shows actually get on the air, how it feels to win an Emmy Award, and why a grown man would have to swear off watching Star Wars for an entire year, then this irreverent collection is not only the book you want, it’s also the book you need!

Link: Amazon.com

$20.99.

Available on Audible and iTunes. I’ve additionally got a link to the Amazon site at lastwordaudio.com under the “Our Books” heading.

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Shoot That One

Wed, 05/01/2019 - 20:48

Shoot That One:

In this follow-up to his first collection of essays – Shoot This One – television writer and producer Javier Grillo-Marxuach continues to overshare about his misadventures in the small screen to a degree that will make you fear for his future employment.

Including Grillo-Marxuach’s Internet-breaking, no-holds-barred account of the creation of the hit show Lost, as well as the never-before-seen “mean version” of his essay “The Eleven Laws of Showrunning” – an incendiary assault on the toxic culture behind many TV series – the essays in Shoot That One offer both a tantalizing glimpse into the inner circles of the entertainment industry, as well a management lesson disguised as a juicy tell-all.

With Shoot This One already on the reading list in a number of writing courses, Shoot That One digs deeper not just into the workings of TV but also popular culture as a whole. Whether he’s taking a flamethrower to the rampant bigotry in show-biz, explaining why your junior high school English teacher was wrong about how stories should end, or arguing that some films are better experienced with earplugs, Grillo-Marxuach takes no prisoners, tells it like it is, and shares what he knows with career-threatening candor and an endless curiosity about the medium and its message.

Link: Amazon.com

$20.99.

Available on Audible and iTunes. I’ve additionally got a link to the Amazon site at lastwordaudio.com under the “Our Books” heading.

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Action Lab: Danger Zone Exclusives for FAN EXPO Dallas 2019

Wed, 05/01/2019 - 19:37

Action Lab: Danger Zone will be exhibiting limited edition FAN EXPO Dallas exclusives. Find Bryan Seaton with his DOLLFACE exclusive at booth A001 and Bill McKay with his ZOMBIE TRAMP exclusive at booth P11. Come by this May 3rd to May 5th, 2019!

DOLLFACE #16
Writer(s): Dan Mendoza, Bryan Seaton & Nicole D’Andria
Artist Name(s): Marco Maccagni
FAN EXPO Dallas Cover – Dan Mendoza

While Lila and Ivan are away searching for the scale of a green Dragon, Naiimus pays Emily a deadly visit. Will she get the crystals? More importantly, will Emily make it out of the ordeal alive?!

32 pgs./ M / FC

ZOMBIE TRAMP #59
Writer(s): Dan Mendoza, Vince Hernandez 

Artist Name(s): Marco Maccagni
FAN EXPO Dallas Regular and Risqué Cover – Bill McKay

Tatiana and her army of undead goons are coming for Angel Lynch. Can the new Zombie Tramp get a grasp on her burgeoning powers to fend them off?

24 pgs./ M / FC

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Your First Look at LUMBERJANES: SOMEWHERE THAT’S GREEN #1 from BOOM! Studios

Wed, 05/01/2019 - 19:34

Discover a New Tale in the The New York Times Best-Selling Series About Adventure and the Power of Friendship

LOS ANGELES, CA (May 1, 2018) – BOOM! Studios today revealed an exclusive first look at LUMBERJANES: SOMEWHERE THAT’S GREEN #1, a special oversized one-shot comic book about the power of friendship, from New York Times best-selling author Seanan McGuire (Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider) and artist Alexa Bosy, that includes an additional story by cartoonist Mariana Costa (Peritale), available in stores May 29, 2019.

It’s a rainy day at Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady-Types, and cabin fever has Ripley literally climbing the walls… and ceiling.. and Jo, while April is hard at work earning indoor badges and the rest of the ‘Janes try to fight the rainy day blues. Everyone’s ready to call it a day when they hear something outside and set out into the storm on an epic quest to reunite what look like lost kittens with their mother, and instead stumble upon a mysterious and fiercely guarded secret garden in the middle of the forest. Discover a new corner of the Lumberjanes universe you’ve never seen before, a green haven full of magical and wondrous plants that would be the perfect  place for the Lumberjanes to earn their Cryptobotany badges…but only if the creatures they find there will let them leave.

In Mariana Costas’ short story, the Yetis are back! Only this time, they need help from Jo and the rest of the Lumberjanes when a storm knocks out the power to their treehouse and plunges the entire Camp into darkness. It’ll take brains, guts, and the power of teamwork to fix this problem, but the Lumberjanes have yet to meet a challenge they can’t handle when they work together.

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 Award (which it has won twice), and has 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.

LUMBERJANES: SOMEWHERE THAT’S GREEN #1 features a main cover by artist Alexa Bosy and a variant cover by artist Veronica Fish (Sabrina the Teenage Witch).

“The Lumberjanes are on a mission to reunite several lost and mysteriously verdant kittens with their mother somewhere in the vast, unknown reaches of the forest, without getting lost in the green forever.” said Jeanine Schaefer, Executive Editor, BOOM! Studios. “The ‘Janes have gotten into quite a few scrapes before and encountered a lot of supernatural creatures and magical beings, but each time they’ve managed to find surprisingly creative ways of resolving their problems using patience, kindness, understanding, and the power of friendship. All of those qualities will come in very handy when exploring SOMEWHERE THAT’S GREEN in this issue!”

LUMBERJANES: SOMEWHERE THAT’S GREEN #1 is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ award-winning BOOM! Box imprint, home to groundbreaking original series such as Lumberjanes by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Brooklyn Allen, and Noelle Stevenson; Giant Days by John Allison, Lissa Treiman, and Max Sarin; The Avant-Guards by Carly Usdin and Noah Hayes, Smooth Criminals by Kiwi Smith, Kurt Lustgarten, and Leisha Riddell, Fence by C.S. Pacat and Johanna The Mad, and Goldie Vance by Hope Larson and Brittney Williams.

Print copies of LUMBERJANES: SOMEWHERE THAT’S GREEN #1 will be available May 29, 2019 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 LUMBERJANES: SOMEWHERE THAT’S GREEN #1 and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.

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Dean Ambrose is Jon Moxley again

Wed, 05/01/2019 - 17:37

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— Jon Moxley (@JonMoxley) May 1, 2019

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