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CABLE: RELOADED #1 preview

First Comics News - Thu, 08/19/2021 - 18:53
CABLE: RELOADED #1
  • AL EWING (W) • BOB QUINN (A) • Cover by STEFANO CASELLI
  • DEADPOOL 30TH VARIANT COVER BY ROB LIEFELD
  • THE BIG GUN IS BACK!
  • It’s a new era, in a new galaxy, that’s under siege from a deadly new threat…but you can still rely on one man. Cable is locked, loaded and landing on the deadliest planet in X-history – to steal the ultimate weapon…and stop the LAST ANNIHILATION!
  • 40 PGS./ONE-SHOT/Rated T+ …$4.99
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MLB-INSPIRED WWE CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE BELTS COMING TO STORES IN 2022

First Comics News - Thu, 08/19/2021 - 18:23

NEW YORK and STAMFORD, Conn., August 19, 2021 – Major League Baseball and WWE (NYSE: WWE) announced today a multi-year partnership to create MLB-inspired WWE Championship title belts and accessories featuring the logos of all 30 MLB Clubs from around North America. The new line of merchandise launches in 2022, marking the first time these items have been available for fans. This is the first official licensing agreement for WWE Championship title belts between WWE and one of the major U.S. sports leagues.

As part of the agreement, MLB and WWE will collaborate to design and manufacture team-branded title belts as well as belts that celebrate some of the league’s Jewel Events such as the World Series, All-Star Game and Home Run Derby. Additionally, the two sides will create custom side plates and unique Lucha Libre masks.

“At MLB we are constantly looking to serve our fans with the most unique products possible so that they can support their favorite Clubs and players in the ways they want,” said Denis Nolan, MLB Senior Vice President, Global Consumer Products. “We often see baseball fans and players bringing their MLB and WWE fandom together at games and online, so this is a natural development for us to work together and offer the highest quality, official co-branded items for fans around the world.”

“We’ve been continually amazed by the reaction to custom WWE Championship title belts and we’re excited this partnership will allow us to make them widely available to fans,” said Kevin Moore, WWE Senior Vice President, Direct-to-Consumer Products.

WWE has a long-standing tradition of creating custom WWE Championship title belts as gifts for many of the top athletes and championship-winning franchises around the world. Most recently, WWE created a Los Angeles Dodgers-inspired title belt to commemorate their 2020 World Series victory.

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THE RINGER AND WWE LAUNCH EXCLUSIVE AUDIO NETWORK

First Comics News - Thu, 08/19/2021 - 18:22

NEW YORK and STAMFORD, Conn. August 18, 2021 – The Ringer, a Spotify Studio (NYSE: SPOT), and WWE (NYSE: WWE) will launch an exclusive audio network as part of a multi-year audio content partnership, the companies announced today. As part of the deal, The Ringer and WWE will also collaborate to develop new, original audio content exclusively for the Spotify platform and Ringer website. In addition, existing WWE audio programming, which offers a unique look at the world of WWE both in the ring and beyond, will become available exclusively on Spotify.

The Ringer will be expanding its existing wrestling coverage. The current feed for The Masked Man Show hosted by David Shoemaker and Kazwill rebrand to The Ringer Wrestling Show and will continue on that feed, alongside new programming from WWE personalities. Together, The Ringer and WWE will collaborate on new original podcast series, including a series from WWE personality Evan Mack, MackMania, and a narrative series produced by Bill Simmons. Utilizing Spotify Greenroom, hosts will be going live after every major WWE pay-per-view event with the final rooms becoming podcasts for The Ringer Wrestling Show.

To kick off the partnership, The Ringer will be on-site in Las Vegas leading into WWE’s biggest event of 2021, SummerSlam, taking place this Saturday, August 21. This includes new episodes of The Ringer Wrestling Show with David Shoemaker, Evan Mack making his Ringer debut, and Spotify Greenroom live conversations. On site, there will be a co-branded footprint in the MGM Grand where fans will have the chance to get free Ringer/WWE SummerSlam merch and a photo opportunity.

“The Ringer is the premier destination for sports fandom, and WWE has used amazing storytelling and iconic characters to establish a global audience of loyal and passionate fans, making this partnership a perfect match,” said Bill Simmons, Founder of The Ringer. “As a lifelong WWE fan, I couldn’t be more excited to work with them to take a fresh perspective on their most iconic moments and superstars, and leverage Spotify’s global scale to share content that we believe everyone will enjoy.”

“Bill and his team at The Ringer consistently find ways to create premium content that drives conversation and appeals to fans of sports, entertainment and pop culture,” said Nick Khan, WWE President & Chief Revenue Officer. “We believe this collaboration will deliver a podcast slate that excites existing fans while also introducing WWE content to the millions of Spotify listeners.”

In 2020, Spotify acquired The Ringer, a leading creator of sports, entertainment and pop culture content founded by Bill Simmons in 2016. With The Ringer-WWE partnership, Spotify continues to deliver against its goal to become the world’s leading audio platform. Today, Spotify is the world’s most popular audio streaming subscription service with a community of more than 365 million Monthly Active Users and 165 million Premium Subscribers. With a presence in 178 markets, and 2.9 million podcast titles, it has transformed the way people access and enjoy music and podcasts.

WWE has a substantial social reach with more than 1 billion social media followers across all platforms. After returning to live event touring in July, SummerSlam will take place from Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas this Saturday, August 21, marking the first time the annual event has been held at an NFL stadium. The event will stream live at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT exclusively on Peacock in the United States and on WWE Network everywhere else.

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DJ VALENTINO KHAN TO PERFORM AT SUMMERSLAM

First Comics News - Thu, 08/19/2021 - 18:21

STAMFORD, Conn., August 18, 2021 – WWE® (NYSE: WWE) today announced that producer and DJ Valentino Khan will perform at WWE’s biggest event of 2021, SummerSlam. Khan will welcome fans with the hottest hits in music as they arrive at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. SummerSlam will take place this Saturday, August 21, marking the first time the annual event has been held at an NFL stadium.

“Being part of a WWE event is a childhood dream come true for me. From growing up in the ‘Attitude Era’ till now, I’ve been a fan all my life and truly have respect for the business. The fact that I get to connect with the WWE universe through my own music is an incredible full circle moment. I can’t wait to go hard at SummerSlam in Vegas,” said Valentino Khan.

“We strive to create a vibrant atmosphere at all WWE events and music plays a very important role whether it be at live events or throughout WWE programming. We’re looking forward to having Valentino Khan kick off the festivities at SummerSlam this Saturday,” Neil Lawi, Senior Vice President and General Manager, WWE Music Group.

Khan is a Los Angeles-based DJ, producer and artist whose music truly knows no bounds. His versatility and lethal ear for good music has granted him production credits for the likes of Lil Pump, French Montana, 2 Chainz, T.I, and Dizzee Rascal. From making music with Grammy-winning artists Major Lazer, Skrillex, Diplo, Bruno Mars & Tyga, to performing on some music’s biggest stages such as EDC Las Vegas, Lollapalooza, and Ultra Music Festival, Valentino Khan is excited to check one stage off his bucket list this Saturday at WWE’s SummerSlam. A heavyweight in his own right, Khan continues to break barriers with original tracks, production credentials, and incredible live sets.

SummerSlam will stream live at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT exclusively on Peacock in the United States and on WWE Network everywhere else.

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BEN REILLY IS PUT TO THE TEST AGAINST MORBIUS AND KRAVEN IN AMAZING SPIDER-MAN’S UPCOMING BEYOND ERA!

First Comics News - Wed, 08/18/2021 - 01:12

Find out if Ben Reilly has what it takes to be the new Spider-Man when Kelly Thompson, Sara Pichelli, Cody Ziglar, Michael Dowling and more take on AMAZING SPIDER-MAN this November

New York, NY— August 17, 2021 — There’s a new Spider-Man in town! Starting in October, an all-star lineup of writers and artists will take Spidey beyond the limit in an era without Peter Parker as his fan-favorite clone, Ben Reilly, takes over the mantle. Written by Kelly Thompson, Cody Ziglar (with the rest of the Beyond Board of Saladin Ahmed, Patrick Gleason and Zeb Wells) with art by Sara Pichelli and Michael Dowling, these adventures of Spider-Man will be like none that came before, offering a fresh take on the Spider-Man mythos and an exciting development for Ben Reilly’s super hero legacy.

This November, fans will see Ben Reilly’s early outings as Spider-Man in the pages of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #78-80. Now backed by the Beyond Corporation, Spider-Man is in for a slew of dangerous missions. After being brutally taken down by Morbius, Spider-Man will fall into a trap by one the deadliest foes in his legendary rogue gallery: Kraven the Hunter! The hunter is going to test his prey like never before and Spider-Man is sent into a hallucinatory spiral that will test his sanity and force him to do the impossible.

Also arriving in November will be AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #78.BEY, a pivotal issue written by Jed MacKay with art by Eleonora Carlini that will feature the Daughters of the Dragon as Spider-Man’s tough new trainers! But is even their skill level enough for the mission that the Beyond Corporation is about to send them on? This special installment of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN will debut a mysterious new villain: OBSIDIAN STAR!

Check out the covers now and see if Ben Reilly is up to the challenge when the new era of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN begins this fall!

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #78
Written by KELLY THOMPSON
Art by SARA PICHELLI
Beyond Board: SALADIN AHMED, CODY ZIGLAR, PATRICK GLEASON, ZEB WELLS & KELLY THOMPSON
Cover by ARTHUR ADAMS
On Sale 11/3

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #78.BEY
Written by JED MACKAY
Art by ELENORA CARLINI
Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU
On Sale 11/10

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #79
Written by CODY ZIGLAR
Art by MICHAEL DOWLING
Beyond Board: SALADIN AHMED, CODY ZIGLAR, PATRICK GLEASON, ZEB WELLS & KELLY THOMPSON
Cover by ARTHUR ADAMS
On Sale 11/17

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #80
Written by CODY ZIGLAR
Art by MICHAEL DOWLING
Beyond Board: SALADIN AHMED, CODY ZIGLAR, PATRICK GLEASON, ZEB WELLS & KELLY THOMPSON
Cover by ARTHUR ADAMS
On Sale 11/24

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The Jaume Rumeu Collection

First Comics News - Tue, 08/17/2021 - 13:55

A brand new showcase from the Treasury of British Comics brings the stunning work of a Spanish master artist back into print after more than forty years!

The Jaume Rumeu Collection includes four terrifying tales from the pages of the legendary Misty, the late ’70s supernatural horror comic book marketed for girls.

Also known as Homero, Jaume Rumeu Perera brought his flare for the intoxicatingly to British comics, with macabre stories full of black widows, femme fatales, mad scientists and giant spiders. One of the unsung masters of British horror comics, this collection celebrates his timeless talent and is a must have for fans of great comic book art.

This paperback collection is out on 11 November from all good book and comic book retailers, as well as in print and digital from the Treasury of British Comics webshop.

It also showcases one of the most iconic villains in British girls’ comics: the lethal Mrs. Webb, a raging femme fatale with killer style and a bone to pick with the British Establishment.

Determined to take over the country with her army of giant arachnids, only two schoolgirls stand between her and global domination! Full of stunning artwork, terrifying twists, beautiful – but deadly – women, and, of course – giant spiders, this is an essential comic for any horror connoisseur.

The Jaume Rumeu Collection continues the Treasury of British Comics’ mission to bring hidden and forgotten gems from the world’s biggest archive of English-language comic books back into print, all remastered and presented for a whole new audience. It follows the publication in 2019 of Misty Presents: The Jordi Badia Romero Collection, a collection of stories by Catalan artist Jordi Badía Romero – also known as Jorge – who worked on Pink, Misty and Creepy before moving onto Tarzan in the 1980s.

CREATIVE TEAM: Bill Harrington (w) Jaume Rumeu Perera (a)
RELEASE DATE: 11 November
PAPERBACK, 128 pages
PRICE: £14.99
ISBN: 9781781089378

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Guillem March’s Poignant Comic on Unrequited Love – LAURA – Launches November 3rd

First Comics News - Tue, 08/17/2021 - 13:51

News from comics publisher ABLAZE today as the company details the series launch of LAURA, a slice-of-life exploration into the mind of a young woman who experiences unrequited love, told in an honest and beautiful way that only writer/artist Guillem March can deliver.

 

LAURA will have advance solicitations starting in September with scheduled print and digital debuts set for November 3rd. 

 

Issue 1 will feature main cover art by Guillem March, and a variant cover by Gerald Parel.

 

 

Review copies of LAURA Issue 1 will be available by the first week of September ahead of its November 3rd debut.

Please contact me if you are interested and I will be happy to provide one.

GUILLEM MARCH’s LAURA, Issue 1, by Guillem March

MSRP: $3.99 · Solicit Date: Sept 2021; Comic Release Date: November 3, 2021

Before Batman, the hit Joker series, and Karmen, there was the heartfelt story of LAURA, the book that led to Guillem March to the mainstream comics world!

 

Suffering from the ever-painful experience of unrequited love, twenty-year-old Laura examines her life. Is the fact that the boy she has feelings for is in love with someone else mean there is something wrong with her? Or is that just how young love goes? And what will happen when she tries to get past the hurt and move on with her life?

 

Guillem March is a renowned comic book artist, illustrator and author from Spain and is most well-known for his work with DC Comics, including titles such as Batman, Joker, ​Detective Comics, Gotham City Sirens, Justice League, Harley Quinn and more, doing cover and interior work.

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X-O MANOWAR #5, PART 1 OF “UPGRADE THE WORLD”

First Comics News - Tue, 08/17/2021 - 13:50

X-O MANOWAR #5, PART 1 OF “UPGRADE THE WORLD”

August 16th, 2021 – Valiant Entertainment’s flagship character has returned.

Aric of Dacia is X-O MANOWAR, a warrior pulled from the past who is wielding the universe’s most powerful sentient armor. X-O has been an unstoppable force, but what happens when Aric can no longer rely on his weapon while an enormous threat to humanity is lurking on the horizon?

Valiant Entertainment is proud to present part 1 of “Upgrade the World” in X-O MANOWAR #5, on sale this Wednesday from writer Dennis Hopeless, artist Emilio Laiso, inker Raffaele Forte, colorist Ruth Redmond, and letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou. The issue features covers by Rahzzah, Michael Cho, and Christian Ward.

As always, there is NO EMBARGO on reviews. Thank you in advance for reading X-O MANOWAR #5 and we look forward to your coverage! Stay Valiant, everyone.

X-O MANOWAR #5 (Jumping on point!)
Written by DENNIS HOPELESS
Art by EMILIO LAISO
Inks by RAFFAELE FORTE
Colors by RUTH REDMOND
Letters by HASSAN OTSMANE-ELHAOU
Cover A by RAHZZAH
Cover B & 1:25 Cover by MICHAEL CHO
Pre-order Cover by CHRISTIAN WARD

An all-new adventure starts here in Part 1 of “Upgrade the World!”

Harvey-nominated writer Dennis Hopeless and breathtaking artist Emilio Laiso return to the epic saga of Aric of Dacia, aka X-O MANOWAR, as he battles an unknown nanite monstrosity that is devouring the earth.

Will our hero out of time finally evolve into the warrior of the future or will X-O Manowar drown with the past?

On sale AUGUST 18th | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

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BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #296 preview

First Comics News - Tue, 08/17/2021 - 13:46

BETTY & VERONICA JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #296
NEW CLASSIC-STYLE STORY: “Cheers to You!” A national cheerleading reality show has set their sights on Riverdale High! Betty’s already been putting in 110% effort at practice—but now that TV stardom is on the horizon, Veronica wants to get in on the action too… there’s only one problem—can she actually cheer?!
Script: Dan Parent
Art: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Bill Golliher, Bill Galvan, Ben Galvan, Rosario “Tito” Peña, Jack Morelli
On Sale Date: 8/18
192-page, full color comic
$7.99 U.S.

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CROAK Announcement

First Comics News - Tue, 08/17/2021 - 13:29

Croak #1 / $4.99 / 32 Pages / Color / 11.10.2021

Writer: Paul Tobin

Artist: Andy MacDonald

Colorist: DJ Chavis

Letterer: Taylor Esposito

Cover: Andy MacDonald w/ DJ Chavis

Incentive Cover: James Harren

 

Seven years ago, an attempt to weaponize dreams resulted in holes being punched through the world we know and into the world of dreams. Nightmarish creatures now stalk the land, sprouting from (and killing) anyone unlucky enough to dream. The only way to save the world is for certain people to have their dreams come true.

 

Which is how Risa Harumi finds herself not only fighting monsters, but forced into finding true love. Monsters and modern dating? It feels like a nightmare either way, and the only help Risa has is a friendly-ish monster named Croak and her pre-teen daughter, Machi.

 

From Paul Tobin (BUNNY MASK) and Andy MacDonald (I BREATHED A BODY, Multiple Man), comes a unique story of one woman’s quest to save the world, if only she could learn the difference between love and monsters.

 

PAUL TOBIN ON WHAT THE BOOK IS ABOUT AND WHY HE IS EXCITED FOR IT TO COME OUT:

 

“Croak is about finding monsters and true love, and learning to tell the difference. It’s a world where dream research has ripped a hole between realities, and now legions of legendary monsters stalk the lands. The only way these dream portals can be closed is if certain people quit having nightmares, if they find peace, and lead character Risa needs…to fall in love. We’re talking TRUE love. Helping her (mostly) is Croak himself, a troll with (maybe) her best interests in mind, but he’s ALSO fond of how she finds and kills monsters, because Croak eats monsters, and he’s always ravenous. So Croak—the comic—is Risa’s story of trying to navigate a world that’s both full of monsters, and monstrously bad dates. She isn’t sure which she’d rather face.” 

 

PAUL TOBIN ON SOME OF THE INSPIRATIONS BEHIND CREATING THE BOOK:

 

“Oh dang! SO many! All the books on mythical monsters I used to check out of my grade school library in Floyd, Iowa. Internet stories of terrible dating experiences (gosh DANG you people are weird) and some of my own friends’ experiences. My memories of watching The Dating Game when I was a kid, and how creepy everyone felt. My nights of reading scary stories and then turning off the lights and staying awake for hours, speculating about the origins of every strange noise. Basically, my inspirations are a life of being the weird kid.”

 

PAUL TOBIN ON HIS CREATIVE APPROACH TO BOTH AFTERSHOCK BOOKS, BUNNY MASK AND CROAK:

 

“My methods aren’t that much different for the two books: I create characters I care for, and then make their lives super dangerous and super weird, either by their own hands or outside forces, and then we all get to see how they deal with the mess. I start out with the base of the overall story, and then slowly expand things, adding plot and character moments. I try to make sure the two aspects (plot and character) never over-balance the other. You need plot or else there’s literally no story, but you gotta have people you care about—one way or another—or else there’s no REASON for the story.” 

 

PAUL TOBIN ON A FUNNY STORY ABOUT A DISASTOROUS DATE HE WENT ON:

 

“When I was in college I had a crush on a woman named Gloria, a sort-of coworker at a janitorial job. I asked her out, and she very enthusiastically said “yes” and told me she’d pick me up because she wanted to surprise me on the date. That sounded great to me! So, she ended up driving me out into the country to a “tent revival” meeting, where everybody was kissing each other on the lips in “religious exchange of spirit,” and we were told that we should pray for the best parking spots, and angels would come down and reserve the spots for us (they were all REALLY into parking spots for some reason; it came up several times during the sermon). There was a part where all members were expected to tithe 50% of their earnings. And there was a part where several people fell down and were speaking in tongues, etc, etc. Wild, unsettling scenes. At the end of this “date” Gloria dropped me off at my house, and in a serious voice told me, “I think I love you, but the only men who can touch my body before marriage are Jesus and God.” In my entire dating life, Gloria is the only woman I ever ghosted.” 

 

ANDY MACDONALD ON (3) REASONS WHY COMIC FANS SHOULD PICKUP THIS BOOK:

 

“Comic fans!  Fans of love, fans of coming together in the face of nightmare monsters from other dimensions! Fans of creating happiness for oneself and others!  Fans of monsters eating other monsters because it’s the right goddamn thing to do!  EVERYONE should pick up this book because in these tumultuous times we all need to see that we can get through it together!  Even if being together means almost being eaten by nightmares, having a monster give questionable life lessons to your kids and endless horrible dates.”

 

ANDY MACDONALD ON HIS APPROACH AND ANY STYLISTIC DIFFERENCES WITH BOTH OF HIS AFTERSHOCK BOOKS, I BREATHED A BODY AND CROAK:

 

“In I Breathed A Body all the strings connecting reality had to be cut and let slip into madness.  It’s fun to draw madness, and there’s a surprising amount of fungi in there as well!  In Croak we’re tasked with sewing up the holes in reality to close off the nightmare realm from reality.  Artistically, this involves grounding these characters in reality and humanity as much as possible.  Even the monsters.  I’m working to make everything grounded so that the reader can hopefully feel invested in the real-life concerns of our protagonists.  Even while they are under constant attack from interdimensional nightmare monsters.”

 

ANDY MACDONALD ON IF HE HAS A FAVORITE PAGE OR PANEL OF ART IN THE FIRST ISSUE, AND WHY:

 

“For SURE it’s the second page.  It’s the best setup for Risa and Croak’s relationship for the series and I got to dig into some nice little acting bits that I hope reflect that.  These two have a really complex relationship and I think that this introduction sets that up and kicks off the series really nicely.”

 

ANDY MACDONALD ON A FUNNY STORY ABOUT A DISASTOROUS DATE HE WENT ON:

 

“Ages ago, I asked someone out for coffee and they agreed.  We got coffee and ended up walking through half of Manhattan.  We talked most of the time, but I was so bad at seeing social cues that I had no idea how the date was going and we just kept walking.  For hours.  A more aware person probably would have either offered to drop in somewhere for dinner or just end the date, but I did neither.  And we kept walking.  For hours.   Until one of us broke out the “Here’s my train stop. Bye” and we parted.  Ugh.  First date/last date.”

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JIM MAHFOOD KICKS OFF NEW GRRL SCOUTS MINISERIES IN STONE GHOST 

First Comics News - Tue, 08/17/2021 - 13:27

PORTLAND, Ore. 08/17/2021 — Superstar cartoonist Jim Mahfood returns to his creator-owned Grrl Scouts universe for an all new chapter in, Stone Ghost. This six issue miniseries will launch from Image Comics in November and feature a 1:25 incentive copy variant by Eisner Award winning cover artist Peach Momoko.

“I’m extremely excited about this new Grrl Scouts series and I think fans and new readers alike will be very entertained and definitely get a lot of bang for their buck with this one,” said Mahfood. “I’m introducing an entire new cast of characters, expanding on the mythology of the Grrl Scouts, and handling every aspect of the production of the book: writing, drawing, coloring, and lettering, to make this a very unique experience! This series is for fans and collectors alike who are looking for something different and off-beat when they’re staring at that wall of new releases in the comic shop.”

Join Dio, Turtleneck Jones, and Gordi as they face off against the sinister and unpredictable evil of The Teeth! Hilarious, over-the-top, psychedelic adventure will ensue, you guys!

Packed from cover-to-cover with completely unique and eye-popping Mahfood art—including bonus comics and behind-the-scenes fun—readers will feel the Funk with this new addition to the Grrl Scouts story.

Grrl Scouts: Stone Ghost #1 Cover A by Mahfood (Diamond Code SEP210027) and Grrl Scouts: Stone Ghost #1 Cover B 1:25 incentive copy by Momoko (Diamond Code SEP210028) will both be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, November 24.

Grrl Scouts: Stone Ghost #1 will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.

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The Epic Conclusion to Eve’s Destiny in EVE #5 from BOOM! Studios

First Comics News - Mon, 08/16/2021 - 22:07



LOS ANGELES, CA (August 16, 2021) –  BOOM! Studios revealed a first look at EVE #5, the final issue in the five-issue original series from award-winning author Victor LaValle (Victor LaValle’s Destroyer) and rising star artist Jo Mi-Gyeong (Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance), with colorist Brittany Peer and letterer AndWorld Design, about a dangerous journey across a future dystopian America to save the world, available in September 2021.

Will Eve finally fulfill her destiny as humanity’s last hope? Her long journey finally comes to a head as she arrives at the Vault—now sunken deep below the ocean surface off the coast of Washington State. But who or what she finds within will either lead Eve to complete the most important mission of all time… or complete the world’s destruction. No comic reader can afford to miss this epic conclusion to the dystopian fable!

EVE #5 features main cover art by artist Ario Anindito (Star Wars: The High Republic) with Nicola Righi (Doctor Who), and variant covers by acclaimed artists Zoe Thorogood (The Impending Blindness of Billie Scott) and Audrey Mok (Josie and the Pussycats).

EVE is the newest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to critically acclaimed original series, including BRZRKR by Keanu Reeves, Matt Kindt, and Ron Garney; We Only Find Them When They’re Dead by Al Ewing and Simone Di Meo; Seven Secrets by Tom Taylor and Daniele Di Nicuolo; Something is Killing the Children by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera; Once & Future by Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora; Abbott by Saladin Ahmed and Sami Kivelä; The Many Deaths of Laila Starr by Ram V and Filipe Andrade; and Proctor Valley Road by Grant Morrison, Alex Child, and Naomi Franquiz. The imprint also publishes popular licensed properties, including Dune: House Atreides from Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson, and Dev Pramanik; Mighty Morphin and Power Rangers from Ryan Parrott, Marco Renna, and Francesco Mortarino; and Magic from Jed McKay and Ig Guara.

Print copies of EVE #5 will be available for sale on September 8, 2021 exclusively 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 Kindle.

Fans and readers can purchase copies of EVE SC, collecting the entire five-issue series, in local comic shops on February 23, 2022 and in bookstores everywhere on March 1, 2022. 

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

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Each FINAL FIVE Launch Issue Brings A ‘First Customer Pin’ Beginning This Wednesday

First Comics News - Mon, 08/16/2021 - 22:05
Pin Reveal Extended One Week! THE BEGINNING OF THE END.

As we know it.

This Wednesday marks the launch of the FINAL FIVE with the release of HERO TRADE: PASSIVE/AGGRESSIVE. Run, don’t walk to your nearest BAD IDEA Destination Store because this book comes with a flaming hot First Customer Pin!

But that’s not all, each launch in the FINAL FIVE will be accompanied by a much-coveted, uber-secretive First Customer Pin!!

But what do these pins do? It’s epic! It’s fantabulous! It’s also incredibly mean…and we’re going to give you one more week to amass your preciouses before we drop the knowledge on you. The First Customer Pin reveal is now scheduled for Wednesday, August 25th.

That means, HERO TRADE: PASSIVE/AGGRESSIVE is your LAST CHANCE to secure a First Customer Pin before we unveil the secret gifts they may bestow.

That’s gifts. As in plural.

That’s also may. As in possibly, but not necessarily.

But that’s all we’re giving you right now. For all the details (or, more accurately, some more of the details), you’ll have to wait until Wednesday, August 25th. Remember these pins are strictly to be awarded only to the first customer to purchase a copy of HERO TRADE: PASSIVE/AGGRESSIVE at each BAD IDEA Destination store location. The first customer to walk in during official store hours and pick up a copy – that includes early bird Wednesday Warriors buying at the counter, someone picking up a pre-order, a random making a purchase, even the guy who really needs the restroom but then locks eyes with HERO TRADE: PASSIVE/AGGRESSIVE – you just have to be the first.

If you manage to secure an illustrious pin make sure to post about it on social and tag @badideahello so that our crack social media team can amplify it and spread the word. Bad Idea will be delivering it’s FINAL FIVE titles through to the end of the year:

AUGUST 2021
*** HERO TRADE: PASSIVE / AGGRESSIVE ***
Written by MATT KINDT
Art & Cover by DAVID LAPHAM
PLUS: An All-New BAD IDEA B-SIDE
IN GLORIOUS BLACK AND WHITE
$7.99  |  32 PGS.  |  NO ADS  |  ON SALE THIS WEDNESDAY
A DOUBLE-DEALING, DOUBLE-BARRELED ONE-SHOT

SEPTEMBER 2021
*** PYRATE QUEEN #1 ***
Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art by ADAM POLLINA
Colors by TAMRA BONVILLAIN
Cover by ADAM POLLINA with TAMRA BONVILLAIN
PLUS: An All-New BAD IDEA B-SIDE
$7.99 EACH  |  32 PGS.  |  NO ADS  |  BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 1, 2021
FOUR ISSUES | MONTHLY

SEPTEMBER 2021
*** MONSTER KILL SQUAD #1 ***
Written by CHRISTOS GAGE
Art by TOMAS GIORELLO
Colors by DIEGO RODRIGUEZ
Cover by TOMAS GIORELLO and LEWIS LAROSA with DIEGO RODRIGUEZ
PLUS: An All-New BAD IDEA B-SIDE
$6.99 EACH  |  32 PGS.  |  NO ADS  |  BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 1, 2021
FOUR ISSUES | MONTHLY

NOVEMBER 2021
*** REFUSE x LAST RESORTS ***
REFUSE
Written by MATT KINDT
Art & Cover by MARGUERITE SAUVAGE
LAST RESORTS
Written by MARK RUSSELL
Art & Cover by ADAM POLLINA
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A PLANET-SIZED DOUBLE-SHOT

DECEMBER 2021
*** ODINN’S EYE #1 ***
Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by TOMAS GIORELLO
Colors by DIEGO RODRIGUEZ
Cover by TOMAS GIORELLO with DIEGO RODRIGUEZ
PLUS: An All-New BAD IDEA B-SIDE
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BEGINNING DECEMBER 1, 2021
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A complete list of Bad Idea Destination Stores can be found right here and you can pre-order every Bad Idea title by simply clicking here and filling out the little form.

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Awesome Con Announces Features for 2021 Convention

First Comics News - Mon, 08/16/2021 - 22:03

Countdown to the Con Begins, Carl Weathers and Giancarlo Esposito Join the Lineup & More

 

Washington, D.C. – August 16, 2021 – The 9th annual Awesome Con, the region’s premier comic and pop culture convention is officially counting down to opening day. The event runs Friday, August 20 to Sunday, August 22 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center featuring new headliners set to hit the Main Stage including Carl Weathers and Giancarlo Esposito of “The Mandalorian”.

 

Awesome Con’s Pride Alley is back with a dedicated section of Artist Alley and three days of panels and special events. Together with the creators of Flame Con, Geeks OUT and MetroWeekly, Pride Alley celebrates the diversity and creativity of queer geekdom and LGBTQ contributions to pop culture. Fans can discover arts of all kinds from this year’s Pride Alley Artists including: Shop5 • Dale Lazarov / Sticky Graphic Novels • Relemenopy • Memento Mori Amore • Connor Peterson • Elizabeth Corrigan • SleepyRam • Rage Gear Studios • Imas Esther Illustration • James Schmidt • Good Vibes Candles • Portfoli-Mo • Rosangela Ludovico • Sarah Miller Creations.

 

With a focus on storytelling, content creators, writers and publishers, Awesome Con has partnered with Solid State Books to launch the inaugural Book Fair. This year’s Book Fair guests include author of the internationally known Demon Cycle series Peter V. Brett, renowned editor Ellen Datlow, author of How to Mars David Ebenbach, national bestselling author of The Wolf Queen: The Promise of Aferi’s Cerece Rennie Murphy, and many more. Solid State Books will also be running a free Recommendation Station for fans. Stop by the booth #2501 and talk to any of the staff to find your next read! 

 

In its first-ever debut to Awesome Con, Destination Cosplay will radiate throughout the Show Floor, in cosplay-themed programming all weekend long, and in Cosplay Meetups in Room 149B. While there will a selection of over 20 cosplay themed meetups throughout the three-day weekend and showcase of the wildly popular Awesome Con Cosplay Competition, attendees can also get a chance to meet cosplay guests including Joe Colton Cosplay; Kiwi Ninamori, BlerDCon’s cosplay contest winner, Ginoza Costuming who will be signing at the SONICBOOMBOX Booth, and the Philadelphia Avengers.

 

For the littlest fans, Awesome Con Jr. intersects fun, play and family-friendly activities and workshops. Fans in their favorite superhero cosplay will have a chance to get bendy at Kids Superhero Yoga all Saturday afternoon in our brand new Movement Zone. Crawling and climbing skills will be on display at the Super Baby Obstacle Course, and younglings can take part in an introductory course to lightsabers with the Saber Guild, where kids learn basic dodges, blocks and Force moves, also in the Movement Zone. Don’t miss unique performances on the Awesome Con Jr. Stage including the Kid’s Cosplay Parade, Prince/Princess Training, and Hero’s Quest by Awesome Con comic guest Arsia Rozegar. Kids can draw and craft along during our hands-on Awesome Con Jr. workshops hosted by Max Meow creator John Gallagher, Scoot Comics, Shawn Durington and more! See the full schedule at www.awesomecon.com/awesome-con-jr.

 

Foam Brain Games is back with another awesome year of tabletop gaming. Gamers can compete in the Dungeons and Dragons Adventurer’s League, check out classics like King Tokyo and Catan or take an adventure with narrative-based tabletops like Alter Arms. See a full list of games and more online at www.awesome-con.com/tabletop-gaming

 

The party doesn’t stop at Awesome Con when the convention ends. Join the official Awesome Con After Party with SONICBOOMBOX at the Hard Rock Cafe on Saturday, August 21 and dance the night away with DJ Taylor Senpai. Plus hang out with special guests including cosplay host Mikal Mosley, DC-based drag queen Logan Stone, and more! Masks and proof of vaccination are required. Tickets are $20 if you buy in advance, $30 at the door! Tickets on sale at www.awesome-con.com/afterparty.

 

VIRTUAL DASHBOARD & MOBILE APP: The Awesome Con Mobile App is your best bet for the most up-to-date information and to access guests, schedules, exhibitors virtually. Download it via Google Play and the Apple App Store.

 

Fans can also check out the virtual dashboard to get a mini programming schedule with jam-packed content online. See “Countdown to the Con” and learn more at www.awesome-con.com/countdown-to-the-con

 

COVID-19 HEALTH & SAFETY UPDATE: With the help of the convention center and guidance from the local health department and CDC, Awesome Con is committed to making the health and safety of our fans, exhibitors, guests and staff a top priority. Please see the full policy and updated safety protocols online at www.awesome-con.com/covid-19.

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Savage Swords of Middle-earth: Magic

Sorcerer's Skull - Mon, 08/16/2021 - 11:00


Re-reading those old posts got me thinking about the "Middle-earth in the style of Robert E. Howard" idea, and with some time to read in travel, I was thinking about the similarities and differences in Tolkien's and Howard's approaches to magic.  The comparisons are interesting, and I don't think they would be difficult to fuse to a degree.

Compared to modern fantasy literature or rpg fantasy, both the Hyborian Age and Middle-earth are decidedly what we might term "low magic," which is not to say there is little magic in them. In fact, both worlds are full of things we would consider magical in the real world sense. There are any number of specially wrought items and substances that in D&D would be "magic items." Magic-users are not necessarily less powerful either, but they tend to use magic less and in less flashy--and certainly less "zappy" ways--than the D&D standard.

In Howard, you could say spellcasters are thinner on the ground. In Tolkien, that's true to an even greater degree; there are only like 6 wizards! But that's ignoring the special (magical) abilities so many people seem to evidence: the abilities of elves and dwarves to craft magical items, Bard and other Men of Dale having the ability to speak with thrushes, etc.

In an unsent letter, Tolkien addressed magic in LotR, drawing a distinction between magia (physical magic) and goeteia (charms, enchantments). For elves and spirits both of these are entirely naturally parts of the world, it's only the mortal races that view them as magic. Tolkien notes there do not rely on spells or "lore," and that humans can't perform them. This letter was unsent, though, and this last part contradicts elements of published works. The Hobbit speaks of dwarves casting spells (though maybe this is just superstition on their part and doesn't work), and even in the margins of the letter Tolkien reminds himself about Numenoreans using spells in making swords.

While Howard has the trappings of classic Sword & Sorcery spellcraft with summoned demons and dark, magical tomes, there is also an element of the psychic to his portrayal. In "People of the Black Circle" it's implied that belief plays a role in susceptibility to magic, even when it seems to be manifesting as physical phenomena, and that a lot of it's effect is hypnotism. Both Thoth-Amon and Xaltotun seem to accomplish a lot merely by directing mental energy without spell or obvious ritual.

For a more Sword & Sorcery Middle-earth, it goes without saying that Morgoth and Sauron, at least, taught sorcery to mankind. Sorcery that arises from evil and risks corruptions fits in well with a Howardian vibe (though, as I've mentioned before, not all spellcasters in Howard are evil. Just most of them!) Also, I would also have evil magic-users (Sauron, Saruman, etc.) perform more magic and more visual magic than in LOTR as written, more along the lines of things we see in Hour of the Dragon--where interestingly, keeping a magic item of power out of the hands of an ancient, awakened evil out to conquer the world is the key to that evil's defeat.

Stalwart Age Resource Update 8/15/21

The Splintered Realm - Sun, 08/15/2021 - 19:45

The Stalwart Age blog has been updated with a new story in the comics tab (Issue 257), and three new characters in the characters tab (Carrot the Stalwart Bunny, and the villains Brutakus and Gorillo). You might want to read issue 257 before delving those character blocks too closely... consider your spoiler alerted.

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