Saturday, July 31, 2010

Two New Webcomics from Champion City Comics

Champion City Comics Launches Two New Web-Comics

City Comics is proud to announce the launch of two new web-comics, Johnny Knuckles and Naira.

Johnny Knuckles follows the freewheeling life of a truck driver who leads the convoy down the intergalactic highway full of pretty little alien darlings and dirty little alien mobsters. Johnny Knuckles is written and illustrated by Joseph Haemmerle (Seattle, WA).

Naira is a tale about a research scientist who stumbles upon a distant planet inhabited by violent creatures. Inspired by classic science fiction movies, Naira was written by TonyDoug Wright (Kalamazoo, MI) and features the illustration and lettering of Victor Pozzi (Olavarria, Argentina), who also developed the concept of Naira.

Also available at Champion City Comics: The Champion City Fire is a tale of vigilante justice set in a city overrun by dirty cops and criminals written by TonyDoug Wright (Kalamazoo, MI) and features the illustration and lettering of Joseph Haemmerle (Seattle, WA).

The End of Paradise is a gritty noir tale about a small-time criminal hellbent on revenge written by TonyDoug Wright (Kalamazoo, MI) and features the illustration and lettering of A. Kaviraj (Sacramento, CA).

Westwood is a sci-fi suspense story of murder and intrigue written by TonyDoug Wright (Kalamazoo, MI) and features the illustration and lettering of Victor Pozzi (Olavarria, Argentina).

From May 1, 2010 to July 27, 2010, we had over 1,000 readers and Champion City Comics is grateful to those who took the time to read our web-comics.

All five web-comics are available for view at http://www.championcitycomics.com/.

Two Bluewater Titles to Become Radio Programs

Press release:

COLONIAL RADIO THEATRE TO PRODUCE “LOGAN'S RUN - LAST DAY” & “VINCENT PRICE PRESENTS” RADIO PROGRAMS

Colonial Radio Theater on the Air announced today that they have entered into an agreement with the comic book publishers Bluewater Productions to produce “Logan's Run - Last Day”. Based on the the comic books from the novel by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson, and a screenplay by Paul J. Salamoff. CRT'S audio play will bring this incredible story to life with a full cast, full music score, and thousands of sound effects. “We're very excited to have this opportunity to do 'Logan's Run' the way it should have been done - as the author originally envisioned it,” said producer Mark Vander Berg.

Also slated is Bluewater's cult comic book anthology series “Vincent Price Presents”. One of classic Hollywood's most famous scary men, Vincent Price made a name for himself in classic mysteries and thrillers throughout the 1940's, 50's and 60's. Now Vincent Price Presents comes to Bluewater Productions as their 1st ongoing monthly series. The series will feature some of Prices's films as well as developing new frightening ones with his estate.

Explained producer Jerry Robbins: “Audio drama is very close to what the author intended. When reading a book, people have a certain image of the characters, the setting, the action. When it's made into a movie it's all shattered because it doesn't look like what's in their mind. The good thing about audio is that it looks just like you pictured it. Your vision is perfectly intact. This is the Theatre of the Mind - you supply the vision, we supply the sound.”

Celebrating it's 15th year, the award winning Colonial Radio Theatre on the Air's goal is to resurrect an old medium - making it modern and relevant - in a new and unique way for people to enjoy. With people's busy schedules keeping them on the road and limiting their time to read, “This is the future,” said Vander Berg, “audio drama is the next wave.”

The production of “Logan's Run” continues an increasingly strong science fiction addition into CRT's lineup of historical dramas, classic literature, fairy tales, and westerns with upcoming releases by both Ray Bradbury and Walter Koenig. Unlike video, when audio is digitally recorded now as CRT does it - with the best talent in the industry - it will never become dated by passing fashion and film techniques.

”Logan's Run - Last Day” depicts an ageist future society in which both the population and resources are maintained by requiring the death of everyone reaching a particular age. The story follows Logan, a man charged with tracking down and killing citizens who "run" from society's lethal demand - only to end up "running" himself.

“Logan's Run - Last Day” is expected to be released in early 2011 on Sirius/XM Radio, by download on the internet, and on Brilliance Audio CD available at retail outlets. “Vincent Price Presents” will be released in October 2010.

More information can be obtained by visiting http://www.colonialradio.com/


About Bluewater Productions
Bluewater Productions Inc. is one of the top independent production studios of comic books, young adult books and graphic novels. Its extensive catalog of titles includes the bestsellers “10th Muse” and “The Legend of Isis” ”Bluewater publishes comic books in partnership with entertainment icon William Shatner (“TekWar Chronicles”), legendary filmmaker Ray Harryhausen (“Wrath of the Titans,” “Sinbad: Rogue of Mars,” “Jason and the Argonauts,” et al) and celebrated actor Vincent Price (“Vincent Price Presents”), Additionally, Bluewater publishes a highly successful line of biographical comics under the titles “Female Force” and “Political Power.”

Bluewater aims to unite cutting-edge art and engaging stories produced by its stable of the publishing industry's top artists and writers.

For more information, visit http://www.bluewaterprod.com/.

VIZ Media Offers Summer of Diversity

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES NEW SUMMER MANGA SERIES TO DELIGHT FANS OF ALL INTERESTS

VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has provided details regarding the launch of brand new manga series set for release this summer. The series will tantalize the most discriminating manga tastes and features romantic dramas, fantasy driven action, the trials of aspiring manga creators, and a tasty slice of life story set in a romantic bistro in Rome.

Bakuman。· Rated ‘T’ for Teens · MSRP: $9.99 US / $12.99 CAN · Available August 3rd

By the creative team that brought you DEATH NOTE! Average student Moritaka Mashiro enjoys drawing for fun. When his classmate and aspiring writer Akito Takagi discovers his talent, he begs Moritaka to team up with him as a manga-creating duo. But what exactly does it take to make it in the manga-publishing world?

DENGEKI DAISY · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · MSRP: $9.99 US / $12.99 CAN · Available Now

After orphan Teru Kurebayashi loses her beloved older brother, she finds solace in the text messages she exchanges with DAISY, an enigmatic figure who can only be reached through the cell phone her brother left behind. Meanwhile, mysterious Tasuku Kurosaki always seems to be around whenever Teru needs help. Could DAISY be a lot closer than Teru thinks?

GENTE · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · MSRP: $12.99 US / $16.99 CAN · Available August 17th

Buona sera! Welcome to Casetta dell'Orso, a quaint little restaurant in the heart of Rome. The food's delicious, but the handsome staff of bespectacled gentlemen is the real draw. Follow these dashing men home and witness their romances, heartaches, hopes and dreams in this delightfully whimsical continuation of Natsume Ono's beloved Ristorante Paradiso.

HYDE & CLOSER · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · MSRP: $9.99 US / $12.99 CAN · Available Now

Shunpei Closer is your average... well, slightly below average kid in junior high who finds himself in the middle of a great battle of dark sorcery. With cursed dolls coming after him one after another, Shunpei's life is in constant danger! If that weren't enough, Hyde, the teddy bear given to him by his grandfather, suddenly comes alive to rescue him. Hyde was a gift from Shunpei's grandfather, Alsyd Closer, who was the King of Sorcerers. After a mysterious attack, Shunpei also learns that he is the target of sorcerers all over the world. With Hyde as his main protector and teacher, Shunpei must learn how to gain confidence in himself and use the magic that he has inherited to battle the dark forces that now threaten him.

Seiho boys’ high school! · Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · MSRP: $9.99 US / $12.99 CAN · Available August 3rd

Remote, lonely and surrounded by the ocean… This isn't Alcatraz we're talking about--it's Seiho Boys' High School, where the student body is rife with sexually frustrated hunks! How can these young men get girlfriends when they're stuck in the middle of nowhere? These are the stories of the students of Seiho High and the trouble they get into as they awkwardly pursue all girls who cross their paths.

For more information on Bakuman。and other Shonen Jump titles from VIZ Media, please visit http://www.shonenjump.com/.

For more information on DENGEKI DAISY, SEIHO BOYS’ HIGH SCHOOL, and other Shojo Beat titles from VIZ Media, please visit http://www.shojobeat.com/.

For more information on HYDE & CLOSER and other Shonen Sunday titles from VIZ Media, please visit http://www.shonensunday.com/.


Alex Ross to Cover Archaia's New "Days Missing" Series

FIVE SUPERSTAR COVER ARTISTS ANNOUNCED FOR ARCHAIA AND RODDENBERRY’S ‘DAYS MISSING: KESTUS’

ALEX ROSS, DALE KEOWN AND DAVID MACK AMONG THE ARTISTS ILLUSRATING THE COVERS TO THE SECONG VOLUME OF THIS HIT MINISERIES

At the Archaia: Black Label panel at San Diego Comic-Con, Archaia Entertainment and Roddenberry Productions proudly announced the all-star lineup of cover artists contributing to the second volume of the critically acclaimed comic book series DAYS MISSING.

A different artist will illustrate each of the five upcoming covers of Days Missing: Kestus, which launches in September. As previously announced, Alex Ross (Kingdom Come, Astro City) will be creating the cover for issue #1. Jorge Molina (Marvel Superhero Team-Up, What Is? Spiderman: House of M) will design the cover of issue #2, and Ryan Benjamin (Grifter/Midnighter, New Mutants) will lend his talents to the cover of issue #3. David Mack (Daredevil, Atomika) has signed on to draw issue #4’s cover, and Dale Keown (The Darkness, Pitt), who illustrated all of the covers for Days Missing volume 1, will return to illustrate the cover to issue #5.

“Each talented cover artist brings his own perspective of The Steward and Kestus to the series, which creates a richer, deeper understanding of these multi-layered characters,” said Roddenberry Productions Head of Development Trevor Roth.

Artist David Marquez (Syndrome: The Graphic Novel) will illustrate the pages of all five issues of the continuing epic, which fan-favorite and Eisner Award-nominated author Phil Hester (Firebreather, The Darkness, Green Arrow) will write.

Days Missing: Kestus continues the tale of The Steward, a mysterious being who has the ability to literally “fold” days of time, secretly removing critical days from history. At the end of the first series, hints were dropped that The Steward was not alone in his powers. The second series will focus on his relationship with a new being, Kestus, as well as more days for him to “fold.”

Hester and Marquez joined Archaia’s SDCC panel along with Roddenberry Productions’ CEO Rod Roddenberry. Fans were treated to a limited run, complimentary preview book written by Creator Trevor Roth and drawn by David Marquez.

“Archaia and Roddenberry Productions have assembled five of the best cover artists in the industry today to lend their talents to this exciting franchise,” said Archaia Editor-in-Chief Stephen Christy. “It just goes to show that Days Missing is one of the best science-fiction comics out there, and this new set of issues will not only just add to its popularity, but bring in new fans!”

Days Missing: Kestus will be published under Archaia’s new Black Label line of titles, which specializes in co-developing intellectual properties with prestigious partners who are seeking to flesh out and realize their original ideas through the use of Archaia’s resources.

Issue #1 of Days Missing Vol. 2: Kestus (five-issue miniseries, full color, $3.95, 32 pages, Diamond Order Code JUL10 0764) is set to debut in September wherever comic books are sold.

Future updates on the series, including preview images and other behind-the-scenes material, can be found at http://www.daysmissing.com/.


About Archaia Entertainment
Archaia has built an unparalleled reputation for producing meaningful content that perpetually transforms minds. Archaia is: An Elegy for Amelia Johnson, Artesia, Awakening, Beautiful Scars, Berona’s War, The Black Knight, Critical Millennium, Cyclops, The Dark Crystal, Dark Fall, Days Missing, The Devil’s Handshake, The Engineer, Everlast, Feeding Ground, Fraggle Rock, God Machine, The Grave Doug Freshley, Gunnerkrigg Court, Hybrid Bastards!, Inanna’s Tears, The Killer, Killing Pickman, Labyrinth, The Lone and Level Sands, Lucid, Miranda Mercury, Moon Lake, Mouse Guard, Mr. Murder Is Dead, Okko, One in a Million, Primordia, Return of the Dapper Men, Robotika, Saga, The Secret History, Some New Kind of Slaughter, Starkweather: Immortal, Syndrome, Titanium Rain, Trial By Fire, Tumor and 10 more new titles in 2010.

For more information on Archaia or any Archaia titles please visit www.Archaia.com or the Archaia Facebook page at facebook.com/archaiacomics. Follow Archaia on Twitter at twitter.com/archaiacomics.

About Roddenberry Productions
Roddenberry Productions is a science-fiction leader with a tradition of groundbreaking entertainment and quality merchandise. Originally founded in 1967 by Gene Roddenberry, the company has since led a steady stable of science fiction successes including Gene Roddenberry’s Earth: Final Conflict, Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda and, most notably, the Star Trek brand. Roddenberry Productions continues to produce entertainment for all audiences, employing a viewer-centric creative process and resulting in insightful visions of humanity. Its merchandising business is based on quality and authenticity providing memorabilia for fans in today’s new multimedia generation. Roddenberry Productions has set itself apart by creating content that surpasses mere entertainment; it acknowledges the intelligence of audiences by challenging them to think, question and explore the world, and those potentially beyond.

For more information on Roddenberry Productions please visit www.Roddenberry.com. Roddenberry Productions can also be found on Facebook (facebook.com/roddenberrycom) and Twitter (twitter.com/roddenberry).


Free Lunch Comics Announces Latest Graphic Novel

Independent comics publisher Free Lunch Comics is proud to announce their latest graphic novel, Sky Pirates of Valendor: Volume 1!

Sky Pirates of Valendor: Volume 1 available for pre-order through Diamond Distribution. The 148 page graphic novel appears on page 284 of the August Previews Catalog and carries the order number: AUG101028 SKY PIRATES VALENDOR GN.

Sky Pirates of Valendor recounts the debut adventure of Pirate Captain Tobin Manheim and the rest of the crew of the Rogue's Revenge. Set in the fantasy world of Valendor where giant continents float on oceans of sky! A mix of steampunk and high fantasy where magic co-exists with futuristic technology, Valendor is a fully realized world, with complex social structures, a guild-driven economic system, and a host of political intrigue.

Sky Pirates is the brainchild of Everett Soares, the award winning author of several stories appearing in Comicbook Artists Guild's publications. He has won the Best Writer Award in CAG for the last two years. Sky Pirates debuted in and placed as the runner up in the 2007 Edition of Small Press Idol, a talent competition for independent comics projects run by Ian Shires. Shortly after the competition, Sky Pirates secured a publishing deal with Free Lunch Comics.

Penciller Brian Brinlee illustrated the epic story. Soares and Brinlee have collaborated for years on Sky Pirates of Valendor and other projects. The inking team consists of Michael W. Kellar, Alex Rivera and Keith Murphey. New York City based illustrator James Rodriguez provided the cover art for the graphic novel.

Free Lunch Comics has been publishing since 1998 and features several titles in addition to Sky Pirates, including: Bigger, Only in Whispers, Pork 'N Beans, Beyond the Kuiper Belt, The Original Nutty Funsters, Cookie Bear and the Good Girl Art of Norman Katz.

To celebrate the inclusion of Sky Pirates of Valendor in the Previews Catalog, the various creators of the book will be appearing at comic stores throughout New York and New England. A partial list follows:

July 28, 2010 Friendly Neighborhood Comics, Bellingham, MA featuring Creator Everett Soares
July 31, 2010 Harrison’s Comics, Salem MA featuring Creator Everett Soares
August 4, 2010 Most Excellent Collectibles, Enfield CT with Free Lunch Comics President Matt C. Ryan
August 7, 2010 Casablanca Comics, Portland, ME featuring Creator Everett Soares
August 8, 2010 Double Midnight, Manchester, NH featuring Creator Everett Soares
August 14, 2010 Comic Monstore, Salisbury NC with Michael W. Kellar, contributing Inker
August 14, 2010 That's Entertainment, Worcester MA featuring Creator Everett Soares
August 21, 2010 New England Comics, Brockton MA featuring Creator Everett Soares
August 22, 2010 Modern Myths, Northampton MA with Keith Murphey, contributing Inker and Art Director
August 22, 2010 Alternate Universe, Milford CT featuring Creator Everett Soares
August 28, 2010 Jetpack Comics, Rochester NH featuring Creator Everett Soares

More dates and locations to be announced

Once again, the order code is AUG101028 SKY PIRATES VALENDOR GN. Use this number to pre-order your copy of the book through your local comic store. Use http://www.comicstorelocator.com/ to find the store nearest you!

Slam Dunk Even a Fluke

I read Slam Dunk, Vol. 11

I posted a review at the Comic Book Bin (which has apps for the iPhone and Palm smart phones and they're FREE!).


Friday, July 30, 2010

Top Cow in da House at Baltimore Comic-Con

Top Cow Brings Top Talent to the 2010 Baltimore Comic-Con!

Top Cow Productions is excited to be returning to the Baltimore Comic-Con in 2010 for its 11th annual show. A recurring exhibitor at the annual comic book event, the premiere publisher will be bringing some of their star writers and artists, as well as an exciting show exclusive.

Stop by the Top Cow booth to meet Angelus, Artifacts, Magdalena, Velocity, and Witchblade writer Ron Marz, Artifacts and The Darkness artist Michael Broussard, Velocity and Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer artist Kenneth Rocafort, and upcoming Pilot Season: The Asset writer and Top Cow Productions Publisher Filip Sablik.

"Baltimore Comic-Con is my hometown show and one of my personal favorites to exhibit at each year," stated Top Cow Productions publisher Filip Sablik. "This year, we're thrilled to be coming back to Baltimore with the Artifacts team of Ron Marz and Michael Broussard as well as artist of Velocity, Kenneth Rocafort. The Baltimore fans know how to treat creators right and so these guys were all too eager to make a return appearance!"

Top Cow will also be offering an exclusive Velocity #1 variant by Michael Broussard with interiors by Kenneth Rocafort at the show as well.

In addition to Top Cow Productions, publishers exhibiting in 2010 include Archaia Comics, Adhouse Books Boom! Studios, Dark Horse Comics, IDW, Image Comics, and Top Shelf Comix.

Our guests include: Dave Aikins (SpongeBob Squarepants), Mike and Laura Allred (Madman), Sergio Aragones (Groo), Ivan Brandon (Nemesis: The Imposters), Tom Brevoort (Executive Editor, Marvel Comics), Jim Calafiore (Secret Six), Eric Canete (New Avengers: Luke Cage), Bernard Chang (Prince of Persia), Howard Chaykin (Black Kiss), Sean Chen (Nova), Cliff Chiang (Greendale), Mark Chiarello (Editor, DC Comics), Frank Cho (Ultimate Comics New Ultimates), Mike Choi (X-Force), Steve Conley (Star Trek Omnibus: The Original Series), Amanda Conner (Power Girl), Shane Davis (Superman: Earth One), Dan DiDio - Sunday only (The Outsiders, Co-Publisher, DC Comics), Francesco Francavilla (The Green Hornet: Year One), Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (Wednesday Comics), Ron Garney (Wolverine: Weapon X), Sterling Gates (Supergirl), Bryan J.L. Glass (Mice Templar), Michael Golden (Marvel 1602: Spider-Man), Cully Hamner (Detective Comics), Dean Haspiel (ACT-I-VATE), Jonathan Hickman (Fantastic Four), Greg Horn (Green Lantern), Adam Hughes (Wonder Woman), Jamal Igle (Supergirl), Georges Jeanty (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Van Jensen (Pinocchio: Vampire Slayer), Geoff Johns - Sunday only (Blackest Night, Chief Creative Officer, DC Comics), J.G. Jones (DC Universe Legacies), Denis Kitchen (Oddly Compelling Art of Denis Kitchen), Barry Kitson (Iron Man 2 Prequel), Rich Koslowski (BB Wolf and the 3 LPs), Greg LaRocque (The Exiled), Erik Larsen (Savage Dragon), Norman Lee (New Mutants), Steve Lieber (Underground), Joe Linsner (Dawn: Not To Touch The Earth), Luna Brothers (The Sword), David Mack (Kabuki), Clay Mann (X-Men Legacy), Laura Martin (Girl Comics), Ron Marz (Witchblade), Todd McFarlane - Saturday only (Spawn), Mark McKenna (Banana Tail), Mike McKone (Avengers Academy), Bob McLeod (New Mutants Forever), Pop Mhan (Ender's Game: Mazer In Prison), Terry Moore (Echo, SiP), Mark Morales (Siege), Chris Moreno (Toy Story), Sean Murphy (Joe the Barbarian), Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), Phil Noto (Avengers: The Origin), Ryan Ottley (Invincible), Jimmy Palmiotti (Jonah Hex), Jeff Parker (Thunderbolts), Lauren Perry (Blank-ees), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Brandon Peterson (Ultimate Extinction), Chris Pitzer (Publisher, Adhouse Books), Paul Pope (Wednesday Comics), Eric Powell (The Goon), Jack Purcell (Gotham City Sirens), Mike Raicht (The Stuff of Legend), Tom Raney (Black Widow: Deadly Origin), Chris Roberson (I, Zombi), James Robinson (Justice League of America), Budd Root (Cavewoman), Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge), Craig Rousseau (Marvel Her-Oes), Stephane Roux (Zatanna), Jim Rugg (Afrodisiac), Tim Sale courtesy of Hero Initiative (Captain America White), Ian Sattler (Editor, DC Comics), Stuart Sayger (Bram Stoker's Death Ship), Bob Schreck (Jurassic Park), Jim Shooter (Magnus, Robot Fighter), Louise Simonson (X-Factor Forever), Walter Simonson (Thor), Andy Smith (WildC.A.T.S.), John K. Snyder III (The A-Team: Shotgun Wedding), Allison Sohn (Star Wars sketchcard artist), Jim Starlin (Dreadstar), Brian Stelfreeze (The Authority: The Lost Year), Paul D. Storrie (Twilight Crusade: Gabriel), Karl Story (Zatanna), Billy Tan (Shadowland), Ben Templesmith sponsored by Laughing Ogre Comics (Choker), Mark Texeira (X-Men: Origins), Herb Trimpe (Incredible Hulk), Timothy Truman (Conan the Cimmerian), Billy Tucci (Shi), Dexter Vines (Ultimate Avengers), Neil Vokes (Superman Adventures), Doug Wagner (World of Warcraft: Horde), Matt Wagner (The Green Hornet: Year One), Mark Waid (Irredeemable, Chief Creative Officer, Boom! Studios), Marv Wolfman (New Teen Titans), John Workman (Heavy Metal), Bernie Wrightson (Swamp Thing), Kelly Yates (Doctor Who: 2010 Annual), and Chrissie Zullo (Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love).

Regretfully, Al Feldstein will be unable to join us due to illness, but looks forward to returning next year!

In coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found at our website (http://www.baltimorecomiccon.com/), Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/baltimorecomics), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/baltimorecomiccon), MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/baltimorecomics), and ComicSpace (http://www.comicspace.com/baltimorecomicon) pages.

This year's Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 28-29, 2010. Convention hours are Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. The ceremony and banquet for the Harvey Awards will be held Saturday night, August 28th.

Contact Information
Please use the following e-mail addresses to contact the Baltimore Comic-Con:
press@baltimorecomiccon.com - for any general press inquiries or to be added to our PR distribution
promoter@baltimorecomiccon.com - for requesting exhibitor, publisher, and Artist Alley applications
registrar@baltimorecomiccon.com - for inquiries about submitted registrations
harveys@baltimorecomiccon.com - for communications regarding the Harvey Awards ceremony and banquet
general@baltimorecomiccon.com - for general Baltimore Comic-Con inquiries


About The Baltimore Comic-Con
The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 11th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. With a guest list unequaled in the industry, the Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 28-29, 2010. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

About The Harvey Awards
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry's oldest and most respected awards. With a history of over 20 years, the last 5 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. For more information, please visit www.harveyawards.org.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Case Closed on the Great White Way

I read Case Closed, Vol. 35 (Case Closed (Graphic Novels))

I posted a review at the Comic Book Bin (which has apps for the iPhone and Palm smartphones and they're free, free, free).


Global Blogging Now at TCJ.com

The World at Your Fingertips: TCJ.com Announces Global Blogging

The Comics Journal website TCJ.com has just launched a major platform for comics news and commentary by bloggers from all over the world. On the opening day of this international gateway, you can expect to see new blog posts from respected correspondents in Argentina, Australia, Italy, The Philippines, Sweden and Turkey. Each of these nations will have its own ongoing blog on TCJ.com and over the next several weeks we will be adding blogs from every corner of the globe. All blogs will be in English but each post will have a link allowing it to be translated into the language of the blog’s home country or any one of more than 50 other languages. Our ultimate goal is to provide a hub of communications from the comics communities of virtually every nation on Earth.

While you're there, check out the constant flow of smart comics blogs and essays on TCJ.com. Among the features scheduled for this week are Chris Mautner on Top Shelf's Swedish Invasion, Tom Crippen on American Son, eye-popping Golden Age covers by Alex Schomburg and illustrations by Robert Binks; Roland Kelts on Tokyopop after the downsizing, R.C. Harvey on death in the funnies; and much more! Recent posts have included a new interview with Gahan Wilson, Gary Groth's past interviews with Harvey Pekar, and the strangest comics Shaenon Garrity has ever seen.

 

Dark Horse Crows About Janet Evanovich's "Troublemaker" Graphic Novel

JANET AND ALEX EVANOVICH’S TROUBLEMAKER A SUCCESS AT COMIC-CON!

Last week, fourteen-time number-one best-selling author Janet Evanovich’s first-ever graphic novel, Troublemaker, saw a much-anticipated worldwide English-language release.

Troublemaker is available everywhere, from department stores to bookstores and comic shops across the U.S., making the title one of the most widely distributed the company has published without any Hollywood tie-ins.

Cowritten by daughter Alex Evanovich, Troublemaker is the continuation of the popular Barnaby series, which features the high-stakes misadventures of the main character, Alex Barnaby; NASCAR driver Sam Hooker; and, of course, Beans, the Saint Bernard. The third book in the series, this exciting new volume delivers more fast cars, fast-paced action, and steamy romance.

“I’ve loved comics all my life and it’s really exciting to be working with Dark Horse to produce my very own graphic novel,” said Janet Evanovich. “I’m also excited that I could do this with my daughter Alex (the family comicaholic).”

“This is a groundbreaking project in which Janet and Alex are telling the third chapter of an established prose series in graphic-novel format,” said Dark Horse president Mike Richardson. “We feel that this book will open up the characters to a brand-new audience, as well as expanding the authors’ fan base.”

In celebration of the release, both Janet and Alex Evanovich attended San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, appearing on the company’s publishing panel on Friday, and signing in the Dark Horse booth later that day. Janet and Alex greeted hundreds of excited fans, and hosted one of the largest crowds of the convention.

Additionally, the two appeared at the Barnes & Noble in the Mira Mesa Market Center, and drew an even larger crowd of fans who could not attend the convention.

Janet and Alex Evanovich’s Troublemaker Volume 2 arrives in November.


About Dark Horse Comics
Since 1986, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent like Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Gerard Way, Will Eisner, and best-selling prose author Janet Evanovich, Dark Horse has developed such successful characters as The Mask, Timecop, and SpyBoy. Additionally, its highly successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, Mass Effect, Tim Burton, Serenity, and Domo. Today, Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic-book publisher in the United States and is recognized as both an innovator in the cause of creator rights and the comics industry’s leading publisher of licensed material.


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

2010 Eisner Award Winners

2010 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards Winners:

Best Short Story
"Urgent Request," by Gene Luen Yang and Derek Kirk Kim, in The Eternal Smile (First Second)

Best Single Issue (or One-Shot)
Captain America #601: "Red, White, and Blue-Blood," by Ed Brubaker and Gene Colan (Marvel)

Best Continuing Series
The Walking Dead, by Robert Kirkman and Charles Adlard (Image)

Best Limited Series or Story Arc
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by Eric Shanower and Skottie Young (Marvel)

Best New Series
Chew, by John Layman and Rob Guillory (Image)

Best Publication for Kids
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz hc, by L. Frank Baum, Eric Shanower, and Skottie Young (Marvel)

Best Publication for Teens
Beasts of Burden, by Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson (Dark Horse)

Best Humor Publication
Scott Pilgrim vol. 5: Scott Pilgrim vs. the Universe, by Bryan Lee O'Malley (Oni)

Best Anthology
Popgun vol. 3, edited by Mark Andrew Smith, D. J. Kirkbride, and Joe Keatinge (Image)

Best Digital Comic
Sin Titulo, by Cameron Stewart, http://www.sintitulocomic.com/

Best Reality-Based Work
A Drifting Life, by Yoshihiro Tatsumi (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best Adaptation from Another Work
Richard Stark's Parker: The Hunter, adapted by Darwyn Cooke (IDW)

Best Graphic Album—New
Asterios Polyp, by David Mazzuccheilli (Pantheon)

Best Graphic Album—Reprint
Absolute Justice, by Alex Ross, Jim Krueger, and Doug Braithewaite (DC)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips
Bloom County: The Complete Library, vol. 1, by Berkeley Breathed, edited by Scott Dunbier (IDW)

Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books
The Rocketeer: The Complete Adventures deluxe edition, by Dave Stevens, edited by Scott Dunbier (IDW)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material
The Photographer, by Emmanuel Guibert, Didier Lefevre, and Frédéric Lemerier (First Second)

Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia
A Drifting Life, by Yoshihiro Tatsumi (Drawn & Quarterly)

Best Writer
Ed Brubaker, Captain America, Daredevil, Marvels Project (Marvel) Criminal, Incognito (Marvel Icon)

Best Writer/Artist
David Mazzuccheilli, Asterios Polyp (Pantheon)

Best Writer/Artist–Nonfiction
Joe Sacco, Footnotes in Gaza (Metropolitan/Holt)

Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team
J. H. Williams III, Detective Comics (DC)

Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art)
Jill Thompson, Beasts of Burden (Dark Horse); Magic Trixie and the Dragon (HarperCollins Children's Books)

Best Cover Artist
J. H. Williams III, Detective Comics (DC)

Best Coloring
Dave Stewart, Abe Sapien, BPRD, The Goon, Hellboy, Solomon Kane, Umbrella Academy, Zero Killer (Dark Horse); Detective Comics (DC); Luna Park (Vertigo)

Best Lettering
David Mazzuccheilli, Asterios Polyp (Pantheon)

Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism
The Comics Reporter, produced by Tom Spurgeon (http://www.comicsreporter.com/)

Best Comics-Related Book
The Art of Harvey Kurtzman: The Mad Genius of Comics, by Denis Kitchen and Paul Buhle (Abrams ComicArts)

Best Publication Design
Absolute Justice, designed by Curtis King and Josh Beatman (DC)

Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award
Vault of Midnight, Ann Arbor, Michigan


HALL OF FAME:
Judges' Choices:
- Burne Hogarth
- Bob Montana
Elected:
- Steve Gerber
- Dick Giordano
- Michael Kaluta
- Mort Weisinger

Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award:
Jeannie Schulz

Bill Finger Award for Achievement in Comic Book Writing:
Otto Binder, Gary Friedrich

Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award:
Marian Churchland (Beast, published by Image)

The World of Warcraft in the World of Outland

I read Warcraft: Shadow Wing Volume 1: The Dragons of Outland (World of Warcraft) (v. 1)

I posted a review at the Comic Book Bin (which has apps for the iPhone and Palm smart phones).



DC Comics from Diamond Distributors for July 28 2010

DC COMICS
MAY108133 ACTION COMICS #890 2ND PTG $3.99

MAY100151 ACTION COMICS #891 $3.99

MAY100247 AUTHORITY THE LOST YEAR #11 (OF 12) $2.99

APR100209 AZRAEL DEATHS DARK KNIGHT TP $14.99

MAY108128 BATMAN BEYOND #1 (OF 6) 2ND PTG $2.99

DEC090316 BATMAN BLACK & WHITE STATUE CATWOMAN STEVE RUDE $80.00

DEC090307 BATMAN REBORN SER 1 AZRAEL AF PI

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DEC090309 BATMAN REBORN SER 1 JASON TODD AS BATMAN AF PI

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APR100218 BATMAN WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE CAPED CRUSADER TP $14.99

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MAY100218 BILLY BATSON AND THE MAGIC OF SHAZAM #18 $2.99

DEC090314 CHRISTOPHER REEVE AS SUPERMAN STATUE (2010) $195.00

DEC090315 DC CHRONICLES STATUE AQUAMAN $99.99

MAY100138 DETECTIVE COMICS #867 $3.99

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Marvel Comics from Diamond Distributors for July 28 2010

MARVEL COMICS

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MAY100704 X-MEN POWERLESS TP $16.99

MAY100702 X-MEN WE ARE X-MEN TP $24.99

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

IDW, Image and Dark Horse Comics from Diamond Distributors for July 28 2010

IMAGE COMICS
APR100486 ANGELUS #2 (OF 6) ECCC VAR CVR $10.00

MAY100501 ARTIFACTS #1 (OF 13) CHRISTOPHER CVR B $3.99

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DARK HORSE COMICS
MAY100045 ABE SAPIEN ABYSSAL PLAIN #2 (OF 2) $3.50

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MAY100035 USAGI YOJIMBO #130 $3.50

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IDW PUBLISHING
MAY100351 ANGEL #35 $3.99

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Comics and Magazines from Diamond Distributors for July 28 2010

PREVIEWS PUBLICATIONS
JUN101767 GAME TRADE MAGAZINE #126 PI

JUN100002 MARVEL PREVIEWS AUGUST 2010 PI

JUN100001 PREVIEWS #263 AUGUST 2010 PI

WIZARD ENTERTAINMENT
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COMICS
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MAY100772 ASPEN SPLASH 2010 SWIMSUIT SPECTACULAR $2.99

MAY100967 AVATAR OF THE FUTURIANS #1 (OF 4) $3.99

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MAGAZINES
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Chinese Comic "Daomu" Coming to America

Image Comics and Concept Art House Bring China’s Best-Selling Daomu Series to the U.S.

First issue to arrive in stores this December


Image Comics and Concept Art House announced plans to release a series of Daomu comics based on one of China’s best-selling novel series. This will be Daomu’s debut in the U.S., following a successful graphic novel launch in China earlier this year. The upcoming comic book series is the first of several Daomu releases planned to include games, an animated series, and a feature film.

Daomu, which translates to “tomb raider,” explores an underground world that has been active in China for thousands of years. After witnessing his father’s violent murder, Sean Liu discovers that his family belongs to a secret society of tomb raiders. Led by his uncle, Sean joins an elite team of Daomu to go deep underground in search of answers. Who are they? Who—or what—killed Sean’s father? And what horrors await beneath the earth’s surface? With a distinctive digital art style and high-energy adventures steeped in Chinese tradition and superstition, the comic series will follow Sean’s coming of age as a modern-day tomb raider and his quest to uncover the truth behind his father’s death.

The Daomu Bi Ji or “tomb raider’s journal” novel series on which the comics are based has become a sensation in China since its debut in 2007, reaching well over 20 million fans. Concept Art House, a leading digital art and entertainment company with a focus on transmedia storytelling, is responsible for the popular novel’s conversion to graphic format. Their first Daomu graphic novel released in Asia in early 2010 and quickly secured the #2 spot on Dangdang.com, China’s leading ecommerce website. Though Western audiences have long embraced Japanese comics and cartoons, Daomu’s arrival in the U.S. is a first for a high-profile Chinese entertainment property.

“The quality of comics in China is exceptional,” says Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson. “Daomu is no exception. Daomu has exemplary digital art and an outstanding story. We’re excited to be bringing this amazing graphic novel to the United States for its first English translation.”

“American comics are extremely popular among Chinese comic book fans due to their great stories and amazing artwork. We believe the American audience will love Daomu for the same reasons,” says James Zhang, Concept Art House’s CEO. “Image is a great partner, not only because they understand quality art and story, but also because they truly respect the creator’s vision. We’re thrilled to be working with Image to introduce Daomu to the U.S.”

Intended for readers ages 13 and up, the first Daomu comic book will release this winter. To learn more, visit Image Comics at http://www.imagecomics.com.


About Image Comics
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound, and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.

About Concept Art House
Concept Art House is an international high-end art service provider and original IP developer focused on digital entertainment formats. The company is based in San Francisco, California with a full production art studio in Shanghai, China. Concept Art House holds the exclusive worldwide rights to Daomu, a transmedia property based on the most popular novel series in China. The company’s extensive digital entertainment experience includes 2D, 3D, and social game development in conjunction with companies including Activision, Blizzard, Disney, Electronic Arts, Hasbro, Sony Online Entertainment, Zynga, and others. For more information please visit the company’s website at www.conceptarthouse.com.

Have a Slice of Octopus Pie

I read Octopus Pie: There Are No Stars in Brooklyn

I posted a review at the Comic Book Bin (which has apps for the iPhone and the Palm smart phones).


Monday, July 26, 2010

Two Hardcover "Walking Dead" Books Due in October

SHOW YOUR LOVE FOR THE WALKING DEAD

Catch up with THE WALKING DEAD in October with new trades and t-shirts

Whether you're new to the series or a dedicated fan, you won't be able to miss THE WALKING DEAD in October. The new TV series premiers on AMC, and you'll be able to catch up on the Image Comics series with THE WALKING DEAD BOOK SIX and with THE WALKING DEAD: THE COVERS.

THE WALKING DEAD BOOK SIX hardcover features another 12 issues of the hit series by Robert Kirkman with art by Charlie Adlard and Cliff Rathburn. An oversized hardcover volume, BOOK SIX also features the covers for each of the issues. Perfect for long time fans, new readers and anyone interested in reading a zombie movie that never ends. BOOK SIX collects THE WALKING DEAD #61-72.

In THE WALKING DEAD: THE COVERS, Image Comics presents a full-color hardback collection of the first 50 covers of the series, as well as covers for various collected editions of the series, with added sketch material and commentary.

You'll have one other way to show your love for the THE WALKING DEAD in October: THE WALKING DEAD “HEAD STAB” and "I HEART" T-SHIRTS! Featuring artwork by Charlie Adlard, they're the best way to show the world that you love THE WALKING DEAD!

THE WALKING DEAD BOOK SIX, a 304 page black-and-white hardcover for $34.99, will be in stores October 13, 2010. THE WALKING DEAD: THE COVERS, a 184-page full-color hardcover, will be available October 6, 2010. THE WALKING DEAD “HEAD STAB” and "I HEART" T-SHIRTS will be available the same day. You’ll be able to start counting the days on September 8, 2010, when THE WALKING DEAD 2011 CALENDAR hits store shelves!


Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of four major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit http://www.imagecomics.com/.

Take this Watchmen and Shove It

Wired.com's Underwire column offered a shocking tidbit last week.  Apparently, DC Comics offered to return the rights to Watchmen to Alan Moore, if Moore agreed to write some prequels and sequels to the landmark, legendary, acclaimed comic book miniseries turned graphic novel.  Moore rejected it:

“So I just told them that if they said that 10 years ago, when I asked them for that, then yeah it might have worked,” he said. “But these days I don’t want Watchmen back. Certainly, I don’t want it back under those kinds of terms.”

Speculation is that DC Comics' new regime is ready to move forward with new Watchmen projects.  As far as I'm concerned, when it comes to Watchmen, DC should just move on!


Announcing the Birth of Stan Lee Comics

A Squared Entertainment (A2), Archie Comics and the Legendary Stan Lee Team Up to Create Stan Lee Comics

Stan Lee to Create, Write, Produce and Lend His Voice and Likeness to New Comic Book Superheroes

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A Squared Entertainment (A2), a full-service brand entertainment company, Archie Comics, the leading producer of comic book entertainment, and Stan Lee, founder, chairman and chief creative officer (CCO) of POW! Entertainment (Pink Sheets: POWN) announced today at Comic-Con a new 21st century comic book label, Stan Lee Comics.

Stan Lee Comics, based on new and original creations from Lee, will be published across both print and digital formats. Alongside the comic books, the franchises will be produced as both animated and live action entertainment, including webisodes and companion games. The new Lee creations will also be licensed and merchandised globally, across toys, video games, publishing and apparel, thereby creating a worldwide network of community support across a fully integrated brand. The first series, “Stan Lee and the Super Seven,” will also debut with an original made-for-video animated motion picture.

In 2010, Stan Lee Comics introduces three new superhero franchises including the world’s first reality comic book. Stan Lee makes his debut as a featured character in “Stan Lee and the Super Seven” when he befriends seven aliens who find themselves stranded after their spaceship crashes. The second, ”Airwalker,” was teased in last week’s episode of HBO’s hit series, “Entourage.” This Sunday’s episode will continue the story line with a cameo appearance by Lee. The third franchise of Stan Lee Comics will be announced in October 2010.

“This has been a lifelong dream for myself, Stan Lee and Jon Goldwater,” said A2 Entertainment co-founder and CEO, Andy Heyward. “We have known and respected each other’s work for years. A2 Entertainment is honored to collaborate and create the next great label of superheroes with a living legend in this field.”

"Creating this comic book line has been a humbling experience," says Archie Comics Co-CEO, Jon Goldwater. "With this project we’ve brought together the most successful creator of comic book characters of all time, the most prolific producer of children's entertainment and one of the most successful comic book publishers of all time to create a new series of superheroes that will influence generations to come.”

“For many reasons, Stan Lee Comics is an especially important venture for me,” says POW! Chairman and Founder Stan Lee. “With this new line, I have the chance to be intimately involved with the creation of a new world of superheroes and the opportunities are limitless with the Web, TV, film and more. Although the mediums may change, this proves there will always be a place for superheroes in the world of entertainment.”

A2 will manage the animated and live programming, as well as the global licensing and merchandising. Archie Comics will be responsible for the publication of the comics, in both the print and digital formats. Lee will be involved with all creation and creative for Stan Lee Comics.


About A Squared Entertainment (A2) LLC
A Squared Entertainment (A2) is a full-service brand entertainment company that creates, develops, produces, programs, markets, merchandises and distributes content across all channels: online, offline, on-air and at retail outlets.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, A2 Entertainment was created by Co-Presidents Andy Heyward and Amy Moynihan Heyward in 2009. Having spent the last quarter of a century in the kids industry, the two created A2 Entertainment with a mission to develop meaningful entertainment in various formats and recreate the way brands are managed and brought to market in a multimedia, multi-tasking world. A2 Entertainment is currently producing the “Secret Millionaire's Club” with billionaire Warren Buffett, “Gisele & the Green Team” with supermodel Gisele Bündchen and “Martha & Friends” with American media mogul and business magnate Martha Stewart.

About Archie Comics
The Archie Comics line of comic books is one of the most successful, longest running brands in the history of the comic industry. Archie Comics have sold 1.5 billion comics and are published in a dozen different foreign languages and distributed all over the world. Archie Comics has spawned characters whose popularity has spilled over into other media and who have become part of popular culture. SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH and JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS are just some of the many legendary franchises that are part of the Archie Comics Library.

About POW! (PURVEYORS OF WONDER) ENTERTAINMENT, INC. (Pink Sheets: POWN)
An advanced media and entertainment company, POW! was founded by Stan Lee, together with award winning producer Gill Champion and intellectual property attorney Arthur Lieberman, Esq., to create, produce and license original intellectual properties. POW! Specializes in franchises for the entertainment industry, including animation and live-action feature films, plus television, DVDs, video games, merchandising and related ancillary markets, all of which contribute to global expansion.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Strawberry 100% Give and Take

I read Strawberry 100%, Vol. 13 (Strawberry 100 %)

I posted a review at the Comic Book Bin (which has apps for the iPhone and Palm smartphones).



Movie Director Wes Craven to Create Graphic Novel

Wes Craven to Create Original Graphic Novel with Liquid Comics & Cheyenne Enterprises

Prolific filmmaker of ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ & ‘Scream’ to Create His First Graphic Novel

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Liquid Comics (formerly Virgin Comics) announced today a publishing partnership with legendary filmmaker Wes Craven (Scream, The Hills Have Eyes, Nightmare on Elm Street) and producer Arnold Rifkin (Hostage, 16 Blocks, Live Free or Die Hard), wherein Craven will create his first original graphic novel story.

"I'm thrilled to be working with Liquid Comics and Cheyenne Enterprises on the development of an original idea for both a comic book and for a subsequent film based on it. It's an idea I've been dying to get out there, and working in collaboration with Sharad Devarajan and Arnold Rifkin will be the ideal win/win way to do it,” commented Craven.

Details on Craven’s story have not yet been released and Liquid Comics is currently engaged in dialogues with leading creators in the comic book industry to work with Craven on the project. The graphic novel deal was finalized by Craven’s team at WME, Industry Entertainment, and Ziffren Brittenham LLP.

“We are equally excited about our new collaboration with Liquid Comics and iconic filmmaker Wes Craven. The opportunity to work with someone as creative as Wes is only enhanced by the addition of Liquid Comics, who’s resources and understanding of the graphic novel world will be of significant value as we create this new franchise,” added Arnold Rifkin, President of Cheyenne Enterprises.

Liquid plans to launch the story as a four issue comic-book series starting early next year. In addition to print, Liquid will launch a number of digital initiatives allowing Craven’s fans to experience his graphic novel story across a variety of platforms including online or through their iPad, iPhone and other mobile and gaming devices.

“Wes Craven has continuously been at the forefront of redefining the horror and thriller genres. We are honored to be able to work with him to bring his creativity and genius to graphic novels for the first time,” added, Liquid Comics Co-Founder & CEO, Sharad Devarajan. “In addition to Wes, we are thrilled to be working with Arnold Rifkin, whose prolific experience as a producer will help us take Wes’s story beyond the printed page and on to the big screen.”


ABOUT LIQUID COMICS:
Liquid Comics is an entertainment company focused on creating original stories and modern myths for worldwide audiences. The company was founded by entrepreneurs, Gotham Chopra, Sharad Devarajan and Suresh Seetharaman and uses the medium of graphic novel publishing to develop properties for theatrical live-action films, animation and video games. Liquid has created original graphic novels with acclaimed filmmakers and creators including John Woo, Shekhar Kapur, Deepak Chopra, Guy Ritchie, Dave Stewart, Jonathan Mostow, Edward Burns, Nicolas Cage, John Moore and others. The Company currently has a number of film and television projects in development including the Warner Bros. film adaptation of Gamekeeper with director Guy Ritchie; Virulents with director John Moore; Voodoo Child with Saturn Films and Reliance; The Leaves with Summit Entertainment; Beyond in development as a theatrical film with author Deepak Chopra; The Stranded, in development for television, with the Syfy Channel and First Family in development at FremantleMedia Enterprises. www.LiquidComics.com

ABOUT CHEYENNE ENTERPRISES: Arnold Rifkin – Cheyenne Enterprises
Arnold Rifkin formed Cheyenne Enterprises in January 2000 with his former client of 17 years, Bruce Willis. Cheyenne has produced such feature films as Bandits, Hart's War, The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course, Tears of the Sun, The Whole Ten Yards, Hostage, Sixteen Blocks, Just My Luck, Live Free or Die Hard, Deception, and the mixed martial arts film Blood & Bone, recently released by Sony. Rifkin recently optioned the high-profile graphic novel Jeremiah Harm Boom! Studios and has attached Timur Bekmambetov (Night Watch; Wanted) to helm the adaptation. In television, Cheyenne, A. Smith & Co. and Mighty Loud Entertainment aired their reality series Full Throttle Saloon on TruTV in 2009 and have been picked up for a second season in 2010. Before founding Cheyenne Enterprises, Rifkin was a talent agent for over 20 years. He started his career with Nicole David at their company Rifkin-David, and he was a founding partner of the hugely successful Triad Artists. In 1992, Triad Artists was acquired by the William Morris Agency, and Rifkin was named worldwide head of the WMA Motion Picture Department. In 1995, he ascended to the role of president of the agency, where he remained until September 1999. Mr. Rifkin has been a visiting professor at the UCLA producers’ program for the last 15 years and has additionally guest lectured at Harvard, Columbia and Yale Universities and the Learning Annex.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Bluewater Productions for August 2010

Here are the August 2010 titles from BLUEWATER:

First Families: The Clintons: flip book
Writer: Various
Pencils: Various
Cover Artist(s): cover: Michal Szyksznian

This special edition comic book featuring the first family biographies is now together for the first time in this 48-page one shot.

Nanny & Hank #1
Writer: Mark L. Miller
Pencils: Steven Babb
Cover Artist(s): 2 covers: Steven Babb

Nanny & Hank were enjoying their golden years in a retirement community, planning trips to see their grandchildren, and living the simple life...until they cross paths with a blood-drunk vampire. Now their lives will never be the same in this miniseries that turns all expectations you have about horror on its ear.

Vincent Price Presents: #22
Writer: Paul J. Salamoff
Pencils: Geoffrey Grisso
Cover Artist(s): GMB

Assignments on frontier planets always irritated intergalactic mob hitman Randall Stiles and his partner Jake Mackey and this mission would soon prove why. What starts out as a seemingly routine pick-up turns quite deadly in this Sci-Fi tale from Vincent Price who takes the reader on an unexpected ride to the outer edge of the known Universe.

S.E. Hinton's The Puppy Sister: GRAPHIC NOVEL
Writer: S.E. Hinton & Don Smith
Pencils: Yasir
Cover Artist(s): cover: Ramon Salas

S.E. Hinton, was and still is, one of the most popular and best known writers of young adult fiction and now she comes to graphic novels in this touching family story. Nick and his parents get more than they bargained for when their newly adopted puppy, Aleasha, decides she'll have more fun with her new "family" if she becomes human, too. So begins a laugh-out-loud adventure told from Aleasha's point of view, about her transformation from puppy to girl.

Logan's Run: aftermath #2
Author(s): Paul Salamoff
Artist(s) Daniel Gete
Cover Artist(s): 1 covers: Daniel Gete

They made a deal. A trade. Jessica and Jaq were the bargaining chips. But they messed with the wrong man: Logan-6…Destroyer of the Thinker. The ex-DS Operative once again dons the onyx suit and skull helmet that made him legend. But this time he serves no law, just his own justice and mercy on any soul that stands in his way.

10th Muse: Cover Lost Issues
Writer: Darren G. Davis
Pencils: Roger Cruz
Cover Artist(s): Roger Cruz

In this lost issue of the 10th Muse by X-Men artist ROGER CRUZ. Featuring the story that inspired the “Insane Jane” comic series. A crazy new hero is on the loose and it is up to the 10th Muse to figure out the connection she has with her before someone gets hurt.

Rock & Roll Comics: Led Zepplin: GRAPHIC NOVEL
Writer: Spike Steffenhagen, Jay Allen Sanford
Pencils Scott Pentzer, David Neer, Marshall Ross, Francois Escalmel, Blackwell
Cover Artist(s): cover: Steve Bryant

The Led Zeppelin saga is one of the wildest in rock history, and this graphic novel pulls no punches in dramatizing the backstage, behind-the-scenes story. From their early days as the New Yardbirds on through their rise to superstardom (and controversy), all five issues of the original Rock 'N' Roll Comics series are collected in one rockin' volume, with art by Scott Pentzer (Razor), Marshall Ross (Deepest Dimension), David Neer (Sports Superstars), Francois Escalmel (Frank Zappa: Viva La Bizarre), and others. The collection also includes update material, bringing the saga up to 2010.

Insane Jane: Avenging Star #1
Writer: Darren G. Davis & Zach Hunchar
Pencils: GMB
Cover Artist(s): 2 covers: GMB

Comic's most crazed champion is back! Trapped in a "Hospital for the Mentally Unhinged" our loony lion-heart must fight for her freedom and survival. With the help of her trusty new side-kick, the forces of evil are on the run. Or, maybe she's just imagining this. Either way, Jane's back and she's crazier than ever! Look for this exciting sequel to hit stands this August.

Female Force: Carla Bruni
Writer: David McIntee
Pencils: Heath Foley
Cover Artist(s): cover: Juanmar Studios

The best known woman in France, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy is an Italian heiress who is one of the most famous and self-assured women in Europe. Having been one of the most famous supermodels of the 1990s, she has been driven by determination and by the music in her blood to become successful in many walks of life. Learn how the heiress and artist has risen to become the best known First Lady of France since Josephine.

FAME: Kristen Stewart & Robert Pattinson FLIP Graphic novel
Writer: Kimberly Sherman
Pencils: Warren Martineck & Nathaniel Ooten
Cover Artist(s): 1 covers: JuanMar Studios

You have seen Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart together on screen but now you can get both of their biographies in this special edition of the sold out FAME series. This issue will feature bonus material not seen before!

Female Force: Best Sellers: GRAPHIC NOVEL
Writer: Various
Pencils: Various
Cover Artist(s): cover: Azim

See the collected life stories of JK Rowling, Stephenie Meyer, Anne Rice & Tony Morrison in this broad examination of strong women that have made a difference in today literature. The "Female Force" series was recently featured on "Live with Regis and Kelly", CNN, MSNBC and Fox News, and in People magazine, Chicago Tribune, USA Today and thousands of other media outlets.

Tony & Cleo #2
Writer: Kenton Daniel & Ken Cottingham
Pencils: DaFu Yu
Cover Artist(s): 2 covers: Dafu and Luke Roman

Through the foam of time, the Ides of March make their intentions known and reach out to guide the hand of their murderous instrument. A heartless killer reveals his own motives as well as a few lingering doubts, while, from the shadows, a loving mother offers encouragement and lays down the final challenge to claim Cleo's head. Meanwhile, Tony and Cleo arrive in Alexandria, Egypt to procure an ancient conduit of good for the coming battle against an ancient evil.

Steve Harvey Presents: The Adventures of Roopster Roux: GRAPHIC NOVEL
Writer: Ryan Burton
Pencils: Erik Thompson
Cover Artist(s): cover: Erik Thompson

Finals are tough, but they're even tougher when your best friend and sister have been mind controlled by the most sinister villain in the city! And that's exactly the situation Roopster Roux finds himself in his latest escapade. He'll have to use all of his wits, book smarts, and his trusty Roux Ripper to overcome his greatest and most dangerous adventure yet.