By now you have to have heard about our All-In-1 Kickstarter campaign for the Richard Action Figure. To the best of my memory, I never teased about any other product on the blog that wasn’t available either to order or preorder, but […]
A New Beginning for the Original X-Men in X-MEN BLUE #1!
New York, NY—March, 16th 2017 — This April, the original X-Men unite once more to protect a world that hates and fears them. Today, Marvel is pleased to present your new look inside X-MEN BLUE #1 – the highly anticipated new ongoing series from blockbuster creators Cullen Bunn and Jorge Molina! With Jean Grey at the helm, Cyclops, Beast, Iceman and Angel will set out to embody their mentor Charles Xavier’s dream. Friendly faces and familiar foes abound as the original Children of the Atom set out on a new journey. But how long will their adventure’s last before they come face-to-face with their one of their greatest enemies?
“Without these original five there would be no X-Men,” says Senior Editor Mark Paniccia. “The adventures Cullen Bunn and company have in store for them will excite fans of any X-Men team, touching on familiar themes and fresh twists on classic villains.”
Plus – don’t miss a special backup tale from Cullen Bunn and Matteo Buffagni that features the shocking return of an ultimate fan-favorite X-character! It’s all happening on April 12th in X-MEN BLUE #1!
X-MEN BLUE #1 (FEB170767)
Written by CULLEN BUNN
Art by JORGE MOLINA & MATTEO BUFFAGNI
Cover by ART ADAMS
Corner Box Variant by LEONARD KIRK
Variant Covers by JIM LEE (FEB170770), BILLY MARTIN (FEB170769)
SKOTTIE YOUNG (FEB170773) and NEAL ADAMS (FEB170768)
Hip-Hop Variant by RAMON VILLALOBOS (FEB170772)
Kirby 100th Variant by JACK KIRBY (FEB170774)
FOC – 03/20/17, On-Sale – 04/12/17
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this photo of me working on something secret: Those were red mittens as a prototype for Kleenex Mittens! Kleenex® Canada wanted a special mitten that had a pocket in them for a packet of their tissues, so that you could use the tissues without taking your
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Iconic Jim Lee X-Men Artwork – Remastered and Recolored!
New York, NY—March, 16th, 2017 — This April, ResurrXion is taking the X-Men to new heights as the eagerly anticipated X-MEN GOLD #1 and X-MEN BLUE #1 are set to take the comics world by storm. As the Children of the Atom charge forward into the future, we’re celebrating by looking back at one of the X-Men’s most renowned artists. Commemorate the historic launch of X-MEN BLUE #1 and X-MEN GOLD #1 with two variant covers by legendary X-Men artist Jim Lee!
“Few artists are as synonymous with the X-Men, and specifically the Blue & Gold era of the X-Men quite like Jim Lee,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “We wanted to do something extra special to commemorate these two new titles, and we’re excited to bring Jim’s unique vision of Marvel’s merry mutants back to the fans for these two remastered variant covers!”
Continuing Marvel’s eye-popping tradition of remastered and recolored marvelous moments comes two iconic X-Men images – masterfully recolored by artist Morry Hollowell! Protecting a world that hates and fears them never looked so good! Retailers have an extra week to check their orders (FOC has been extended to 3/20) and are strongly encouraged to do so as demand for these two variants can only increase over time. No fan can afford to miss out on these can’t miss Jim Lee variants – coming to X-MEN GOLD #1 and X-MEN BLUE #1 this April!
Retailers: Please note previous communications had Jim Lee Remastered Variants erroneously listed as featuring art by David Marquez and David Lopez. Please note that order codes FEB170782 and FEB170770 will now be tied to X-MEN GOLD #1 JIM LEE REMASTERED VARIANT and X-MEN BLUE #1 JIM LEE REMASTERED VARIANT, respectively.
X-MEN GOLD #1 (FEB170777)
X-MEN GOLD #1 JIM LEE REMASTERED VARIANT (FEB170782)
NEW FOC! – 03/20/17, On-Sale – 04/05/17
X-MEN BLUE #1 (FEB170767)
X-MEN BLUE #1 JIM LEE REMASTERED VARIANT (FEB170770)
FOC – 03/20/17, On-Sale – 04/12/17
I sat down yesterday morning with a cup of coffee and the intention of writing a post to you, and then realized that though I don’t believe in jinxes, and I didn’t really think I could make myself fall down by typing about what a great ski trip we had, I do really hate revising writing and so I put it off until now, simply in the interest of not needing to delete a post about how awesome it was and instead write about how charming the Ski Patrol is and how sweet the doctors in the emergency room in Banff are, and how much less scary it was to be airlifted out of the Rocky Mountains than I thought it would be. Turns out that I’m out the other end of the thing, totally intact.
We skiied during the daytime, with me taking lessons and Joe off doing wild man things, flinging himself off the top of mountains and doing double blacks, while I timidly made the transition from green runs to blue ones. I had a very nice instructor named George, who consistently told me that I’m a much better skier than I think I am, I’m just too nervous. “Relax” he told me over and over. “You just need to relax.” I’m not sure I have the trick of it yet, because all I did then was really concentrate on relaxing, and I don’t think that’s what George meant, and there were moments (more than one, I’m afraid to report) where I stood a the top of a slope George wanted me to ski down, looked at his intentions, the steepness of the thing, how far you would fall to the bottom with a misplaced ski, and cordially looked him in the eye to say “What the actual f**k, George.”
Still, at the end of the three days, George presented me with a certificate outlining my skills, and confidently decreed that I could ski any groomed run. “Any” he said, as long as I managed this elusive relaxation. I looked at my card, and immediately noted an error. Muttering, I approached George, and explained that I wanted him to tick off the box that said I could manage small jumps. He looked at me a little confused, and I reminded him that he’s been on lifts with me, surely he’s noticed that I’m five feet tall, and that means that getting off a lift isn’t a simple matter of standing up. I have to jump. (This made for a dramatic first dismount from a lift last year, by the way, when the instructor told me to wait until my skis touched the ground, then stand up. Never happened. I almost went right round the thing.) “George,” I proclaimed. “You’ve seen me. You know I’m jumping. I want that box. That’s a jump. Tick it off.”
George agreed, though even now I’m unclear on whether or he truth thought it was right, or was just a little frightened of me. He sat down, put a proper checkmark in the box for small jumps – and added a little note. “On lifts.” He also told me that skiing with me had been a lot of fun, but in the comments on my report card, I noted that it just said “Been a lot skiing with you this week” and at first I thought the “fun” was just missing (he had several to fill out) but I’ve been told before that I’m rather “a lot” and I wonder if George is breathing a little easier now that I’m headed off his mountain.
In between death defying runs down the slopes, I knit. I had lots of time in the mornings, and in the car on the way places, and at dinner, and in the evenings,
and I’m happy to report that the first little border on the baby blanket is done, as is the second larger one, and today on the way to the airport I’ll finish charting the third, big one, and by the time I get home tonight, it should be well started. I’ve big plans to apply myself diligently to that thing over the next week, try to really break the back of it. There’s more than 680 stitches to a round now, so progress feels like it’s slowing down all the time, but it’s still a lot easier than skiing.
Western comic books. Such a huge genre for so many years. Golden Age, Silver and even heading into the Bronze Age with books like Jonah Hex and Weird Western Tales from DC Comics, Marvel’s Ringo Kid, Red Wolf & Night Rider. But the Modern Age is lacking good Western comics for the most part. Sure, there has been a pretty good Jonah Hex relaunch or two, Rawhide Kid limited series … it just doesn’t seem to resonate as much as before and the few Western comics that do pop up occasionally feel like copyright renewal vehicles. So, when a really good Western comic or graphic novel comes along, people take notice.
Red Range was originally published in 1999 by Mojo Press. The graphic novel was praised for Joe R. Lansdale’s writing and his gritty depiction of the violent times following the end of the American Civil War. The racism and hatred is tangible in this story about an African-American, masked hero in the Lone Ranger vein. New edition editor Drew Ford launched a crowdfunding campaign to re-release this long out of print story. Working without access to the original artwork, a copy of the graphic novel was scanned and touched up before being masterfully coloured as the original was released in back and white. In addition to the restoration work Drew also added a fantastic afterward by comic great Stephen R. Bissette for this hard cover re-release.
Set during the 19th century, Red Range is a Western genre graphic novel containing all the racial unrest, unique characters, and weird happenings one would expect during these turbulent times as America struggled with the Civil War’s outcome. A mysterious rider appears thwarting a Klan lynching with a deadly accurate gun hand. This masked rider is reveled to be the Red Mask, a vengeful African-American man who wisely keeps his real identity under wraps. During his misadventures fighting the Klan, the Red Rider befriends an orphan side-kick and tries to teaching him how to turn the racial hatred to work for a greater good.
I’d say Sam Glanzman’s art has a very John Severin vibe to it but Sam had been working in the industry for nearly six decades by the time he did Red Range. With that kind of history, it would be more apt to say that Sam’s art style has a very Sam Glanzman vibe. Colours are handled by Jorge Blanco and Jok with a dark palette that really suits the material. You are not expecting to see pretty pastures and bright blue skies when gun slinging at a lynching. As mentioned, the Stephen R. Bissette afterward is a fantastic essay on its own.
Great story, great art, nice new presentation and extras make this a fantastic new edition of a truly masterful graphic novel that has been a bit forgotten. I am definitely going to order this in at my Local Comic Shop (Diamond Order Code FEB170492). Arriving in stores 28 June 2017.
Title: Red Range | Publisher: It’s Alive! & IDW Publishing
Writer: Joe R. Lansdale | Artists: Sam Glanzman, Jorge Blanco & Jok
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The biggest new series of 2017 is almost upon us…and, this spring, Valiant’s intergalactic crusade pushes harder and farther as X-O Manowar engages a hostile alien world driven by strife and savagery!
Valiant is proud to present your first look inside X-O MANOWAR (2017) #2 – the next planet-shaking chapter of the EPIC NEW ONGOING SERIES launching Earth’s most formidable hero onto the frontline of an alien civil war that will leave no soldier unscathed! On April 26th, “SOLDIER” continues here as New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (Divinity, Mind MGMT) and Valiant-exclusive rising star Tomas Giorello (Bloodshot Reborn, Batman & Robin) push the unstoppable X-O Manowar into the fiercest warzone he’s faced yet… Deep in the trenches, and locked in combat against an extraterrestrial war machine bent on extermination, must Aric of Dacia – wielder of the universe’s most powerful weapon – abandon his quest for a more peaceful life…and surrender to the warrior within?
Deep within the far reaches of space, the dogs of war have found Aric of Dacia. Conscripted into an alien army and forced into combat, Aric must enter an alien battlefield unlike any he’s faced before. His only hope for survival is also the source of his greatest rage – the living weapon known as the X-O Manowar armor.
On April 26th, Valiant’s superhero-driven sci-fi epic leads an all-out assault against an empire as Matt Kindt and Tomas Giorello deliver the next heart-stopping chapter to the year’s most essential new series, only in X-O MANOWAR (2017) #2 – featuring covers by Lewis LaRosa (Bloodshot Reborn), Kenneth Rocafort (The Ultimates), Mico Suayan (Bloodshot Reborn) and Kaare Andrews (Astonishing X-Men)!
But first: Witness history in the making on March 22nd in X-O MANOWAR (2017) #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of THE EPIC NEW ONGOING SERIES from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (Divinity, Ninjak, Mind MGMT) and a rotating cast of powerhouse artists – including Tomas Giorello (4001 A.D.: War Mother, Bloodshot Reborn), Doug Braithwaite (Armor Hunters, Bloodshot U.S.A.), Clayton Crain (Rai, Carnage), Ryan Bodenheim (The Dying & The Dead), and Mico Suayan (Bloodshot Reborn) – that together will span the series’ first year in 2017 and beyond!
Born under the oppressive thumb of the Roman Empire, Aric of Dacia learned warfare at an early age. It was amid such violence that he was abducted by an alien race. Forced into slavery, he survived where others perished. His escape would come from bonding with a weapon of immeasurable power: the X-O Manowar armor. With it, he returned to Earth…only to find himself stranded in the modern day.
But that was a lifetime ago.
Now, far from home on a strange and primitive new world, Aric has begun a new life. Liberated from his past, he tends to his crops. Free from war. Free from violence. Free from the armor.
But the machinery of death marches his way once again. Conscripted into an alien army and thrown into an unforgiving conflict, the fury inside him finds voice as he is forced to embrace the armor once more. With it, he will decimate armies, topple empires and incite interplanetary warfare as he rises from SOLDIER to GENERAL to EMPEROR to VISIGOTH. They wanted a weapon. He will give them war!
On March 22nd, Matt Kindt and Tomas Giorello forge a new comic book legend for the 21st century as Earth’s most relentless warrior brings conquest to the stars, only in X-O MANOWAR (2017) #1!
X-O MANOWAR (2017) #1
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TOMÁS GIORELLO
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA (JAN172113)
Cover B by KENNETH ROCAFORT (JAN172114)
Interlocking Variant Cover by MICO SUAYAN (JAN172116)
X-O Manowar Icon Variant by J.G. JONES (JAN172117)
Brushed Metal Variant Cover by MONIKA PALOSZ (JAN172117)
$3.99 | 40 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PREMIUM | On Sale MARCH 22nd (FOC 2/27/17)
X-O MANOWAR (2017) #2
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TOMÁS GIORELLO
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA (FEB172049)
Cover B by KENNETH ROCAFORT (FEB172050)
Interlocking Variant Cover by MICO SUAYAN (FEB172052)
X-O Manowar Icon Variant by KAARE ANDREWS (FEB172053)
Blank Cover also available (FEB172051)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PREMIUM | On Sale APRIL 26 (FOC – 4/3/17)
X-O MANOWAR (2017) #3
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TOMÁS GIORELLO
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA (MAR172157)
Cover B by KENNETH ROCAFORT (MAR172158)
Interlocking Variant Cover by MICO SUAYAN (MAR172159)
X-O Manowar Icon Variant by DAVID MACK (MAR172160)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PREMIUM | On Sale MAY 24 (FOC – 5/1/17)
X-O MANOWAR (2017) #2 – Cover A by Lewis LaRosa
March is a special month in the Moogly Afghan Crochet Along – five Thursdays mean three blocks this month! That won’t happen again til August, so let’s get right to it – block #6 in the MooglyCAL2017! Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links. First a quick summary and some important links: No need to sign up/officially join [...]
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Today marks the 74th birthday of John Leeson, an actor who has spanned both the classic and modern eras of Doctor Who. Yet, despite being a recurring figure, you may not recognise his face. Should you recognise his voice though? Affirmative! Leeson is the man behind the rebel Time Lord’s faithful robot sidekick, K-9. First introduced […]
– Winning Writers & Artists to be published in expanded Side-Kicked TPB reprint –
Los Angeles, CA (March 13, 2017) – Darby Pop Publishing is pleased to announce the winners of its third “Breaking Into Comics” contest. This year’s victorious scribes are Adam Breen, courtesy of his script “Gauntlet” (featuring Atalanta and Frostbite), and Richard Casey, thanks to his effort “Pick (Up) a Card” (featuring Flying Fox and Jolt). Bringing Breen’s and Casey’s scripts to eye-popping life will be winning artists Steven Defendini, a teacher at North Bergen High School (in New Jersey), and Gary Deslauriers, an elementary art teacher with an MA in Art Education from Rhode Island College. Both 11-page Side-Kicked stories will be published this summer as part of an expanded 2nd printing of Russell Brettholtz’s and Miguel Mendonca’s sold-out Side-Kicked trade paperback, and will also be made available as a single digital issue on ComiXology.
Both Breen and Casey were previous winners (along with 9 other writers from around the globe) of Darby Pop’s 2nd “Breaking Into Comics” contest. That competition resulted in The Women of Darby Pop – a unique double-sized anthology in which they each had a four-page story published.
“The quality of the submissions was so good, it was a challenge to choose just four winners,” said Darby Pop Marketing Director Kristine Chester. “In fact, we’ve opted to additionally compile a list of writers and artists we deemed worthy of Honorable Mention — each of whom will also receive a copy of the expanded trade paperback (or, if based overseas, a digital copy). And even the Honorable Mention list required some hard choices be made.”
Pin-ups submitted by those artists chosen for Honorable Mention will also be featured on Darby Pop’s Facebook and Twitter pages.
Honorable Mention – Writers
For two nights only, Fathom Event will present the Season 10 premiere of Doctor Who. Playing in theaters nationwide, the event will take place April 17 & 19 (7:00 pm local time for both days) and will offer more than just the episode itself. Season 10 will be Peter Capaldi’s final season as the iconic Dcotor in his 12th incarnation. Joining him this season will be new companion Bill Potts (played by Pearl Mackie) and alien companion Nardole (played by Matt Lucas).
In addition to the premiere, audiences will also be able to view the premiere of the Doctor Who spinoff series “Class.” This first episode will also feature a guest appearance from the 12th Doctor himself, Peter Capaldi. There will also be a second bonus feature called “Becoming the Companion.” “Becoming the Companion” will feature the Doctor’s newest companion, Pearl Mackie, and her journey from stage to TARDIS in what she calls “the most insane thing that’s ever happened to me.” The feature will also include interviews with Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat. It will be narrated by Ingrid Oliver (Petronella Osgood).
Event attendees can also receive a 25% discount on Doctor Who merchandise from Hot Topic with their movie ticket or proof of purchase. The discount is valid March 10-May 6, 2017. In addition, those who purchase their tickets from Atom Tickets will receive 3 free Doctor Who digital comics courtesy of Titan Comics and ComiXology. Tickets can also be purchased at the Fathom Events website. A full list of participating theaters is on the website as well.
(March 15, 2017 – Burbank, CA) – Industry veteran Julian Montoya has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Global Toys for Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP). Montoya will assume the position immediately and report directly to Pam Lifford, President, WBCP.
In his new role, Montoya will develop and direct global sales and licensing strategies that fuel long-term revenue growth and build key brands such as DC, J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, Looney Tunes, and Hanna-Barbera.
“Julian’s strategic approach, strong industry relationships and consumer-centric mindset has been instrumental in bringing best-in-class toys and games to the market for more than 15 years,” said Pam Lifford, President, WBCP. “Toys will always be a driving category for our business and I look forward to continue working alongside Julian and his team as we identify new and emerging partners and products.”
Prior to this promotion, Montoya served as Vice President, Global Toys for WBCP, where he was responsible for business development initiatives to maximize revenue, retail presence and market share for WB’s portfolio. During his tenure, Montoya was instrumental in the development of the toy category for consumer products including developing and executing strategic category plans and managing premier partners such as Mattel, LEGO, FUNKO, Rubies and Jakks Pacific.
Before joining WBCP in 2000 as Director, Business Development – Latin America, Montoya held leadership positions at Lucas Licensing, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment International and Warner Home Video.