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The Myth of Sexual Peak

The Rational Man - Sat, 11/24/2018 - 01:05

The following is a re-blog from the archives of the (unfortunately) defunct aggregate blog The Spearhead. I want to archive this on my own blog because I think it was a fantastic exposé for its time and Chuck Ross deserves props for it too.

by CHUCK ROSS on NOVEMBER 16, 2009

A common myth is that men hit their sexual peak at the age of 18 while women hit theirs at 30-35. Despite literally no scientific support for this theory, this meme has become “common knowledge” in our society.

The myth never sat well with me. And to be clear, this myth is no straw-man concocted by this writer. It has entrenched itself in our culture to the point that most believe it is true without considering the implications or reasons for such an illogical development.

“Well we all know…” is a precursor heard before recitation of the myth. I worked with three 30-something women as a bank teller. Their excuse for their child-like antics, raunchy sex-talk, and monthly vibrator parties was that they were at their sexual peak. They said it as if they had a moral obligation to live up to their billing as sex-crazed mynx. While I’m not proud of it, when I was 20 or 21 I had a year-long sexual relationship with a 30 year-old woman whose fiance couldn’t keep up with her horniness. She justified her behavior by saying she was at her sexual peak and had a right to satiate her hunger. I got into an argument the other day with a female Bulgarian friend of mine who off-handedly recited this meme. The myth has infiltrated the Eastern bloc. I’ve had many encounters with the myth; I’m sure most readers have too.

I’ve never understood why our creator – natural selection – would put men and women at their sexual peaks at such different points in their lives. More importantly, why would women be at their peaks and more horny when they were less fertile? Every thing we know about evolution and sexual behavior indicates that natural selection has made it easy peasy for our genes to be passed on through sexual reproduction – why throw a wrench in the system by making horniness levels – or “desire to copulate” levels – incongruent between the sexes and less conducive to reproduction? Since women are most fertile from the ages of 20-24, it would make sense that they would desire sex more than when they were a decade older and half as fertile.

Those purveyors of the myth don’t account for Dr. David Schnarch’s dichotomy between genital prime and sexual prime. As spouted by the masses, the myth advocates the notion that these women want sex more rather than the more plausible argument that they are more experienced and comfortable with sex. If the myth is fully perpetuated, it grants 30-something women sexual liberation while offering nothing to men of the same age.

From Dr. Schnarch’s book Passionate marriage:

“Most textbooks on human sexuality, adolescent development, and family life teach that men reach their sexual prime before they even hit their twenties. Women supposedly reach their prime several years later…and therein lies our problem. Health-care providers make the same mistake as the rest of us: We’ve confused genital prime with sexual prime.

Genital prime occurs when a person has fully developed sexual organs and are most fertile. This occurs during adolescence and shortly after for both men and women. The myth holds men to the genital prime model while holding women to the other; it doesn’t compare apples to apples. This has the effect of making 30-something female sex some sort of animalistic expression rather than a more mature concept of sex that men of the same age achieve. The widely-accepted meme of late female sexual peak is a false dichotomy.

So why has this meme succeeded in entrenching itself so deeply in our collective mythology? First, it prevents us from being able to call 30-something sexually-peaking women sluts. Saying that a 30-something woman is at her peak is a PC way of saying she’s a slut. But given that “slut” implies something bad (and we know that a woman doing what she wants with her body can never be bad) those myth-sustainers prefer to say she is peaking. A peak implies something grandiose and wonderful. Peaks are achievements of milestones deserving rewards and ticker-tape parades. When the sexual prime myth is used to encourage and support these womens’ shady sexual behavior, it violates Schnarch’s dichotomy. Myth-purveyors seek to use the genital peak behavior of men at the age of 18 to condone womens’ slutiness at later ages by citing the need for equality of opportunity to express sexuality.

Second, older women HATE HATE HATE younger women. Sex is power. Younger women have held it in spades over their elders. Being that everyone desires to wrench power out of the hands of people who hold it, older women and those soon to be of that demographic have an incentive to glamorize the twilight years.

Says sex and relationship expert Pepper Schwartz:

“The bottom line for me: The evolution of the cougar concept is good for every woman and her partner. It keeps sexual possibilities and eroticism alive. And that continued capacity for passion creates lifelong desirability to younger men, older men, or anyone who can recognize a vital spirit when meeting one.”

The myth has sustained because it gives women hope as they venture into the twilight of their ability to be incubators of seed and the commensurate degradation of their looks. Sex is power, and attaching that power to women of ever-increasing ages allows women to hang on to it longer. Older women have declared war on younger women. Through wishful thinking they seek to destroy every benefit and short cut that younger, prettier women have even though they benefited from the same attitudes at an earlier point in their lives. We see this by observing the attitudes towards female celebrities who act in sexual ways. When Madonna was younger, she was considered a slut. Her book Sex was considered raunchy and disgusting. Now that she’s old and in her “sexual prime” she is given a free pass to perform in sexually-suggestive ways. Her behavior today, while not as risque as that when she was younger, is lauded as empowering and even artistic.

Young starlets are hazed by a certain segment of the population for capitalizing on their sexiness, but that same segment glorifies Demi Moore, Susan Sarandon, Madonna, Cher, Jennifer Aniston, and Halle Berry for rocking it at older ages.

We can easily see that the sexual peak meme is widely touted for the empowerment it gives to older women. Rather than being a quirky feature of our sexuality, the myth that 35 year-old women are on the same level as 18 year-old boys attempts to allow women to hold more leverage over men. As feminism achieves its goal of female economic empowerment, we begin to observe “peak inflation”. The peak shifts upward as women delay marriage and children and seek to have fun of the sexual variety at increasing ages. Cougars are a case in point. These women are over 40. Even though the myth hasn’t explicitly increased the age range of women at their peak, the cougar phenomenon idolizes women’s sexual power at these late ages and glorifies their sexuality as empowering.

You see, the sexuality-as-power lobby wants to shift the reins of control from men to women and from younger women to older ones. Younger women are fulfilling their biological imperative thereby submitting themselves to men or to a scheme that plays into men’s strategies. Older women expressing their sexuality is a way for them to hold sway over the purse strings to power. They are having sex on their own terms rather than due to some ingrained chore or obligation. The sex peak myth is a catalyst for creating sexual autonomy.

In terms of species propagation, men and women are most horny whenever they are most fertile; their genital peak occurs at a young age. Both men and women reach their “sexual peak” – their mental maturity – at later ages. The key here is that each maturity occurs at similar ages for both sexes; the myth loses its power when we realize this. The first maturity is biological while the second is social. The myth of the late female peak says that women are hornier in their thirties by trying to equate the 30 year old’s behaviors and urges to that of an 18 year old man. This is simply a perversion of Dr. Schnarch’s dichotomy. Both sexes have had many years of sexual experience and they have had more time to rid themselves of debilitating sexual hang-ups and phobias. They aren’t hornier at later ages, they’re just more relaxed with the ideas of sexuality and have thus reached “sexual prime”. The late sexual prime myth is a convenient tool that excuses perverse sexual behavior in older women. Sex is power, and it is used as a weapon to pry control from those that have traditionally held it; men and young, beautiful women. By ratcheting up the expectations of older females’ sexual inhibition, they wrangle pawns to line their battlefield.

While I feel this is one of the better outlines of the Myth  of Sexual Peak, there’s a few thing I think Bob didn’t touch upon. What prompted me to dig this article up from Wayback Machine was a Twitter exchange I had about the recent New York Times article outlining a study on the ages of peak desirability for men and women. This article raised the hackles of online women in precisely the same way that this myth has always triggered women. The Myth of Sexual peak for women is a social convention that refuses to die since it was created in the free-love era to now. Even Bob’s piece here is almost a decade old. And yet, in spite of the statistical evidence that damns the myth, the next generation of women don’t even realize they are parroting back the same tropes their mothers did in their day.

Michelle Drouin, a developmental psychologist who focuses on technology and relationships, was not surprised by the new study — in part because they “align with evolutionary theories of mating” in which youth suggests fertility, she said.

Dr. Drouin pointed out, though, that there are also theories that suggest that “men are just less interested in earning potential or power, and more interested in physical attractiveness.”

When I first published my now infamous SMV Graph in 2012 I took a lot of heat for allegedly not being thorough enough in my  estimation process. Honesty and hindsight, I was a lot more intuitive than informational then, but I knew I had it right; at least from the visceral physicality of it from an evolutionary perspective. Since 2012, I’ve had study after study and correlation after correlation sent to me by readers, or simply fall into my lap, that corroborated the bell graphs, time lines and circumstances I had a basic inkling of. While I think that women peaking at 18 and men peaking at 50, as per this study, might be somewhat exaggerated for outrageousness, it still, once again, confirms the basic form I set out in my original graph.

One issue I think Bob didn’t touch upon is the evolutionary logistics of why this myth is timed conveniently at the stage in life that women’s sexual market value (SMV) is in decline. He’s correct about about older women wanting to compete with younger women, but there’s a hindbrain understanding that women’s only real agency in this life is their sexuality. The Myth of Sexual Peak is a tool in this competition, but it is squarely directed at shaming men for their evolved preference for youth and fertility in women. In a raw, evolutionary reality, men only really need women to reproduce, thus, the most desirable age for this in women stays relatively the same. Conversely, women need men with different qualities for different, and opportunistic, reasons at various stages of their lives and how their necessity dictates. Thus, women can find men desirable to fulfill those purposes at ages from 15-50. And before you give me a ration of shit about including 15 year old boys in that mix I’ll point you to the rash of mid twenties female teachers on trial for banging their high school students.

All women (yes, all) have an innate understanding of their sexual agency, and all understand its perishable nature. However, there’s a trade-off inherent in balancing this agency with optimizing Hypergamy. The longer a woman waits the more that agency declines, but the longer she has to consolidate on a man (or men) who represents her Hypergamous ideal. The reason the social convention of women’s “sexual peak” is set at the age of 30-35 is because it attempts to create an artificial sexual value for men. It pretends that their later age makes them better sexual experiences than women 22-24 years old. It’s a disqualification of those women for men’s long term provisioning considerations, but it also plays on male-shame while simultaneously (artificially) inflating women’s self-image. This is why the myth is so pervasive – it satisfies a lot of insecurities. It’s ’empowering’ for women to believe that men are too infantile to appreciate the better sexual experience they believe they represent.

Furthermore, it’s difficult to argue against because it seems plausible and it’s almost entirely based on how women feel about themselves sexually. What a tragic joke that evolution should make women’s sexual peak occur when she least able to make it work for her, right? Wrong. In fact it’s comical when you see how a study that finds women’s peak age of desirability is 18 and mens should be 50 – almost the inverse of what the myth wants us to believe; that 18 year old men and 30 year old women are at their sexual peaks.

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Waterlily Throw

Moogly - Fri, 11/23/2018 - 16:00

The Waterlily Throw is a circular afghan with lots of color and texture, ready for cozying up with this winter! And it’s a free crochet blanket pattern here on Moogly! Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links; materials provided by Red Heart Yarns and Brittany. The Waterlily Throw was sort of a “doodling” pattern for me. [...]

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RICH REVIEWS: The List # 1

First Comics News - Fri, 11/23/2018 - 12:35

Title: The List # 1
Publisher: James Stimpson
Created by: James Stimpson
Written by: James Stimpson
Drawn by: Liana Recchione
Price: $ 2.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Website: www.comixcentral.com/products/the-list-1/
Instagram: www.instagram.com/the_list_comic.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/TheList_Comic.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheListComicBook.com 
Tumblr: www.tumblr.com/blog/thelistcomic.com
Comments: Here we see Santa not being so nice. Actually he is shown as a killing and causing much bloodshed. This Santa is hard-edged and his main job is saving children while other Santas delivers the gifts. This version of Santa Claus is unlike any you have seen before. Sal here is uncouth yet he does do great work. He works for Jesus Christ literally. This Jesus also is not what you would expect.
Not even Jesus can keep the peace among the Santa’s. Cedrick hates Sal and the feeling is mutual. One delivers toys and the other justice.
The art is presented well in showcasing the characters here. This is a unique take on the Santa Claus legend. The elves do have a cute side to their appearance. Jesus is drawn to look to match his job here of running the show so he is a businessman and son of God.
Jesus Christ may promote peace on Earth for the most part but it is great to see him here having Sal take care of those who would hurt children. Those people do need to be punished and feel the wrath of God.

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

Domesticated Animals of Zarthoon

Sorcerer's Skull - Fri, 11/23/2018 - 12:05
While remnants of advanced technology exist on Zarthoon, a world in Centaurus, it exists side by side with the primitive. Many domesticated animals are relied upon by its people. Here are some of the common ones:

Vastidars are beaked, elephantine creatures, of which several varieties exist. This is a dwarf vastidar native to the sprawling Forest of Dhar on the continent of Thurvan. In addition to being smaller, it has a milder temperament than larger species, but you'd better keep a supply of hard-shelled jumbar fruit at hand.


Zurch are flightless saddle-birds. The males are often favored as mounts due to their bright plummage, but the mightiest warriors go for the plainer, but larger and deadlier females. Zurchs prefer a diet of grubs and the like but are indiscriminate eaters.


The hoon is the most loyal of beasts. They some are pampered pets, prized for the variety of patterns in their sleek fur, but most are working animals, defending their masters and guarding their homes.

Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Knitted Bliss - Fri, 11/23/2018 - 11:00

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Black Friday is upon us, and to get into the spirit of things all my patterns are 50% off this weekend only with the code knittedbliss. Hop on over to my design page to snag yourself a deal or two! My Favourite Articles and Links This Week Classic works of art reimagined in modern times.

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Flip Through: Outbreak Undead

Gamer Goggles - Fri, 11/23/2018 - 03:23

In this Flip Through Matt Takes a look at Outbreak Undead. The Zombie survival RPG that brutally shortens your life. Published by Renegade Games Studio.

 

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If you must play a survival game this is probably the right one to play if it’s a good day to die.

Categories: Tabletop Gaming Blogs

First look at Disney’s “The Lion King”

First Comics News - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 23:04

Walt Disney Studios has given something to be thankful for today.  The studio has released the first teaser and poster for the live action adaptation of “The Lion King.”

“From Disney Live Action, director Jon Favreau’s all-new “The Lion King” journeys to the African savanna where a future king must overcome betrayal and tragedy to assume his rightful place on Pride Rock.

Disney’s The Lion King opens in theatres July 19, 2019.”

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OSR Thanks Giving Commentary - Greyhawk Show Down In The Old Mine - Unfinished Business

Swords & Stitchery - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 19:42
 'The snows & mists around the world of Greyhawk part allowing heroes desperately needed elsewhere to journey to a far away land on another world! But will this be a town's salvation or our heroes doom?! Come with us now down the corridors to the ancient year of 1989 for a game session of the ancient past!' Happy Thanks Giving everyone & I've been wrestling with Greyhawk once again. Needleshttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11243274667834930867noreply@blogger.com0
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ART OF WRESTLING ROAD DIARIES 35. Comedy + Wrestling

First Comics News - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 16:31

Guest: Marty DeRosa joins Colt as together, they do a Midwest tour of both comedy and wrestling shows.

Sponsors:
www.OnYourOwn.org/wrestling
www.ActionHeat.com/COLT

Music:
www.youtube.com/TheUkuleleTeacher
www.superfunyeahyeahrocketship.com

Image Photo:
www.portraitofawrestler.com/

Image Design:
Jimmy Lee

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Black Friday is Live!

Looking For Group - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 15:44

All right friends, everything is up in the store for Black Friday and Cyber Monday! I won’t bore you with the thrilling details again, so click through and enjoy! These are limited offers, so don’t wait!

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Rebel Minis Black Friday Sale!

Rebel Minis - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 15:10
Our First Ever! Check it out:
Have a Great Thanksgiving!
Categories: Tabletop Gaming Blogs

Thanksgiving Thank You!

Torchbearer RPG - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 14:00
Religious Procession by Kurt Komoda

Happy Thursday!

It’s a holiday today here  in the US, so I’ll keep today’s post short.

I and the rest of Burning Wheel Headquarters wish you and yours a happy Thanksgiving. We are thankful to all of you who support us in continuing to make games. We are thankful to all of the friends we have made through the years while doing this, and for the friends we hope to make in the years to come. We are thankful for all people out there that have taken and continue to take a stand against racism, misogyny, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and all other forms of intolerance. We are thankful for all those who stand with our LGBTQ+ family.

I’m writing this from my brother’s home, surrounded by loving family and beautiful things. I’m thankful for how lucky we are, while recognizing that so many other people, here and around the world, are suffering. They lack adequate food to eat and water drink. They’ve lost homes and loved ones. They suffer the injustices of poverty, illness and war. I am thankful for each and every one of you that takes some small step to help mitigate this suffering.

The world of Torchbearer can be a dark and unforgiving one, but it is also one in which we can triumph by working together and supporting each other for a common cause. I remain hopeful the same is true of our own world.

As a special ‘thank you’, here are a handful of magic items for which Torchbearer characters would be very thankful.

Amulet of Stars

An exquisite blue and white gem that seems to glow with an internal light, set in a cunningly wrought cage of silver filigree.
Effect: When things seem darkest, the light of this elf jewel inspires hope in all who gaze upon it.  Once per session, the bearer may hold the jewel aloft and anyone who can see it may take +1D to one test to recover from angry, afraid, exhausted, injured or sick.
Inventory: Neck/worn 1 or pack 1
Type: Magical jewelry

Delver’s Amulet

A pewter amulet on a fine silver chain. The amulet bears a sunburst symbol on its face. To those capable of reading auras, the amulet radiates faint magic.
Effect: When worn, the amulet grants +1D to tests to detect traps and +1D to Health tests to avoid the effect of a trap.
Inventory: Neck/worn 1 or pack 1
Type: Magical jewelry

Dowsing Rod

A forked wooden stick scrawled with arcane sigils.
Effect: Unerringly leads the user to the nearest potable water.
Charges: 2d6
Inventory: Hands/carried 1 or pack 1
Type: Magical equipment

Horn of Drenge

A large drinking vessel made from the curving horn of an aurochs, banded with beaten gold.
Effect: Any liquid poured into the horn becomes delicious, refreshing mead (effect as wine). The mead must be drunk from the horn; if poured into another container, it turns foul and undrinkable.
Inventory: Hands/carried 2 or pack 2
Type: Magical container

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING

First Comics News - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 08:01

The staff of First Comics News wishes our servicemen past and present a Happy Thanksgiving!

Alex Wright, Bob Almond, Dærick Gröss Sr., Katie Salidas, Mat Kaufman, Michael Dunne, Miguel Ortiz, Tanya Tate, Tim Chizmar, Alex Simmons, Mike Bullock, Buzz Dixon, Holly Golightly, Howard Chaykin, J. C. Vaughn, Mark Haney, Marwan El Nashar, Naif Al-Mutawa, Scott McDaniel, Trevor Von Eeden, Art Sippo, Chris Marshall, Colt Cabana, Jamie Coville, Chris Squires, Francis Sky, Grant Offenberger, Martin Boruta, Phil Latter, Calvin Daniels, Giovanni Aria, Joshua Pantalleresco, Ric Croxton, Wayne Hall, Jez Ibelle, Matthew Szewczyk, Reinhardt Schäfer, Richard Vasseur and Rik Offenberger

Categories: Comic Book Blogs

1246

Looking For Group - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 05:00

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Figure Forge: Lawmen Armoured Justice Posse

Gamer Goggles - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 01:32

In this Figure Forge Matt assembles half of the Armoured Justice Posse – Morgan Earp 3 lawbots and a heavy lawbot.  He does this in under 20 minutes.

 

Click here to view the video on YouTube.

I haven’t painted any of my models yet, but I don’t think these are going to be so detailed the I cant handle them.

Categories: Tabletop Gaming Blogs

Black Friday 25% Off Sale starts now!

Two Hour Wargames - Thu, 11/22/2018 - 00:22
Coming soon. Six Gun Sound - Devil's Elbow
If you're like me you might have Black Friday "commitments" so I figured, why wait? Use the 
25off 
coupon code and get 25% off of your order.  Only good through Sunday!

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RICH REVIEWS: Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion # 1

First Comics News - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 22:42

Title: Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion # 1
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Writer: Gerard Way
Artist: Gabriel Ba
Letters: Nate Piekos for Blambot
Colorist: Nick Filardi
Covers Artist: Gabriel Ba
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Website: www.darkhorse.com
Comments: Sir Reginald Hargreeves takes a man to a hotel the Hotel Oblivion. The settings are weird in a old style gothic sci-fi horror appeal. This hotel is in a place you do not want to be. The TV reception is awful.
In the city, we are treated to a super looking car in a firefight and chase that is pure adrenaline.  What is Number 5’s mission?
Then we see a few super-heroes on the street they will grab your attention as they do not look or operate as normal super-heroes.
At the Umbrella Academy is a strange place with strange people.
The story does move around a lot and therefore does not tell you enough about each situation. Characters pop up with little information given about them. So you are left wondering who this is and why should you care?
The average body mass of the common cockroach is 925 kg. The comic is educational as well as one of the strangest ones you will read.

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Dynamite Delivers The Boys Omnibus Publishing Schedule!

First Comics News - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 21:51

Volume One of Ennis & Robertson’s Critically-Acclaimed Series Releasing March 2019

November 21, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment is releasing Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s Eisner-nominated series, The Boys, in a brand new format for fans and readers looking to jump on board with the critically-acclaimed series before the television adaptation debuts with Amazon Prime Video in 2019.

At a massive 344 pages, the fan-favorite series draped in controversy is now presented in an omnibus edition as Dynamite releases the first 14 issues of the acclaimed series in one oversized trade collection! Join the most brutal government operatives ever assembled in tales of mayhem and dark humor, as chronicled by Garth Ennis, Dennis Robertson, and Peter Snejbjerg. Meticulously restored, The Boys Omnibus Edition Volume 1 also features bonus art materials, the script to issue #1 by Garth Ennis, a complete cover gallery with iconic artwork by Darick Robertson, and much more.

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Some superheroes have to be watched. Some have to be controlled. And some of them — sometimes — need to be taken out of the picture. That’s when you call in The Boys! In a world where costumed heroes soar through the sky and masked vigilantes prowl the night, someone’s got to make sure the “supes” don’t get out of line. Billy Butcher, Wee Hughie, Mother’s Milk, The Frenchman, and The Female are The Boys: A CIA-backed team of very dangerous people, each one dedicated to the struggle against the most dangerous force on Earth – superpower!

“The Boys has long been one of our proudest achievements in our 14 years of publishing,” said Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. “Garth and Darick poured blood, sweat, and tears into the project for six years and 72 issues and we’re excited to see new, affordable, collected editions for fans on stands in time for the much awaited Amazon Prime Video adaptation. There’s never been a better time to read this series.”

The Boys Omnibus Volume 1 will be released in stores everywhere March 2019. The Boys Omnibus Volume 2 and The Boys Omnibus Volume 3 are expected to see May and July release dates, respectively.

The Boys Omnibus Volume 1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ December 2018 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in February 2019. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve a copy of The Boys Omnibus Volume 1 with their local comic book shop or pre-order through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or retailer of their choosing.

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Love Town #0 in stores NOW!

First Comics News - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 21:41

The very first issue of Matt and John Yuan’s (Serving SupesInspector OH) latest series Love Town #0  is now available at a fine comic retailer near you!

Love Town follows Detective Allie Saxon who is not only the first female on the Los Amores police force; she’s also the department’s only vampire. On her first case, Allie learns that on the mean streets of Love Town, money, power, and magic can make anything happen if you’re willing to pay the price. Magic in Love Town isn’t the usual witch or magician casting a spell that we’re all accustomed to. Magic consumes the user in profound ways. Once a fraction of your being is spent, there’s no getting your soul back.

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First Look: LIVEWIRE #1 Glass Variant to Feature UV Ink!

First Comics News - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 21:38

Under a black light, Livewire’s technological powers seemingly come to life!

Valiant Entertainment is thrilled to reveal a first look at the LIVEWIRE #1 Glass Variant, which features a captivating image illustrated by superb artist Doug Braithwaite and a design created by Valiant Director of Design and Production, Travis Escarfullery. The cover will include a special UV ink printing process that will allow the cover to virtually glow under black light!

Following in the footsteps of their ultra-successful run of Brushed Metal Variants, Valiant first broke new ground with November’s BLOODSHOT RISING SPIRIT #1 Glass Variant, becoming the first-ever publisher to print a comic book with a tempered glass cover. The initiative was a tremendous success, helping to make the issue the highest-selling Bloodshot issue in the modern era. Now, Valiant will prove once again why it leads the industry in unique innovations when the LIVEWIRE #1 Glass Variant makes its debut!

“I started to think how can we really take this next cover up a notch,” explained Escarfullery. “I started by breaking down Livewire’s technological powers and how I could translate that to the cover. I pictured the graphic of ‘The Matrix’ computer code raining down the screen and it hit me: Years ago my son had a toy drawing board that when you pressed a button, the drawing or text would glow in the dark. This was perfect.”

Livewire is finally getting her very first chance to shine in her own solo series after years as an integral supporting character within the Valiant Universe, featuring a brand new jumping-on point for longtime Valiant fanatics and new readers alike! On December 19th, 2018, rising star Vita Ayala (The Wilds) is joined by the fan-favorite art team behind WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR and SECRET WEAPONS – Raúl Allén and Patricia Martín – to go deeper into the complex psyche of Valiant’s technopathic titan, and explore exactly what it means to be a hero…especially in a world where your reputation is defined by your last big mistake!

Retailers should note that one copy of the LIVEWIRE #1 Glass Variant Cover can be obtained for every qualifying order of 250 copies of LIVEWIRE #1. There is no limit per store – 250 copies ordered will net one glass cover, 500 will net two glass covers, and so forth. Final orders are due to Diamond Comics on Monday, November 26th, but please note the Glass Variant Cover will ship directly from Valiant Entertainment. For any questions, please contact Valiant’s dedicated sales team at sales@valiantentertainment.com.

Plus: Don’t miss the LIVEWIRE #1-8 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE – eight massively expanded editions of Valiant’s pulse-pounding ongoing series that can only be ordered as a set through your local comic shop by the final order cut-off (FOC) date of November 26th, 2018!

Released monthly from December 2018 through July 2019, each PRE-ORDER EDITION comes packed with trade paperback-style extras and bonus content, including creator commentary, behind-the-scenes looks at the creation of the comics, process character designs and artwork, and first looks at upcoming issues! Plus, exclusive covers by a host of amazing artists – beginning with Paulina Ganucheau (The Unbelievable Gwenpool) – that can’t be found anywhere else!

For more information about Valiant, visit them on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and ValiantEntertainment.com.

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.

LIVEWIRE #1
Written by VITA AYALA
Art by RAÚL ALLÉN & PATRICIA MARTÍN
Letters by SAIDA TEMOFONTE
Cover A by ADAM POLLINA (OCT181980)
Cover B by HARVEY TOLIBAO (OCT181981)
B/W Variant Cover by ADAM POLLINA (OCT181983)
Glass Variant Cover by DOUG BRAITHWAITE (OCT181984)
Blank Cover Also Available (OCT181982)

All-new ongoing series! For the first time, Livewire takes center stage!

Accomplice. Mentor. Savior. And now, Enemy of the State. Seeking to protect other vulnerable superpowered psiots like herself, Livewire plunged the United States into a nationwide blackout with her technopathic abilities, causing untold devastation. After choosing the few over the many, she must now outrun the government she served – and those she once called allies. With the whole world hunting her, what kind of hero will Livewire be…or will she be one at all? From rising star Vita Ayala (Supergirl) and astounding artists Raúl Allén and Patricia Martín (SECRET WEAPONS) comes an electrifying new series that will launch the Valiant Universe into a new age of champions!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale DECEMBER 19th (FOC – 11/26/18)

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LIVEWIRE #1-8 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE
Written by VITA AYALA
Art by RAÚL ALLÉN & PATRICIA MARTÍN
Letters by SAIDA TEMOFONTE
Covers by PAULINA GANUCHEAU & MORE (OCT181985)

$3.99 Each US [8 issues] | 40 pgs. Each | T+ | On Sale DECEMBER 19th (FOC – 11/26/18)


LIVEWIRE #1 – Cover A by Adam Pollina


LIVEWIRE #1 – Cover B by Harvey Tolibao


LIVEWIRE #1 – B/W Variant Cover by Adam Pollina


LIVEWIRE #1 – Glass Variant Cover by Doug Braithwaite


LIVEWIRE #1 – Pre-Order Variant Cover by Paulina Ganucheau


LIVEWIRE #1 – Blank Cover

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