Sunday, June 26, 2016

2016 INKWELL Award Winners officially announced


Inkwell Awards 2016 Winners Announced 

(New Bedford, MA/USA—June 23, 2016) The Inkwell Awards has released the names of the winners of its ninth annual awards for excellence in the art form of comic book inking. As before, nominees were chosen by a separate and independent nomination committee. Voting via live ballot at the non-profit advocacy’s website ran from April 15-30. One winner was chosen in each of five categories based on American-based interior comic-book work cover-dated 2015.

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Separately, the Inkwells selected internally the two recipients of the annual Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame Award and the Special Recognition Award (SRA) category. Winners were contacted and some invited guests were present to receive their trophies at North Carolina’s Heroes Con, the host show for the Inkwells, for the sixth live ceremony on Friday, June 17. Winners and nominees are listed below, along with the percentage of vote received, where applicable.
FAVORITE INKER: Joe Prado (24.5%)
(Batman '66 The Lost Episode; Cyborg [DC Comics]). Other nominees: Wade von Grawbadger (23.7), Scott Hanna (22%), Danny Miki (20.4%) and Karl Kesel (9.4%).

MOST-ADAPTABLE INKER: Walden Wong (26.8%)
(Earth 2: World’s End; Justice League Dark [DC]; Wolverines; A-Force [Marvel]).Other nominees: Norm Rapmund (20.2%), Scott Hanna (18.3%), Jonathan Glapion (14.4%), Wade von Grawbadger (12.8%) and Jay Leisten (7.5%).
PROPS (inker deserving of more attention): Wade Von Grawbadger (22.6%)
(All-New Captain America; Spider-Man [Marvel]; Justice League of America; Legends of the Dark Knight [DC]; Astro City [Vertigo/DC]).
Other nominees: Eber Ferreira (20.5%), Danny Miki (13.5%), Juan Vlasco (10.8%), Mark Irwin (9.8%), Jonathan Glapion (9.4%), Stefano Gaudiano (8.4%) and Sean Parsons (5.1%).

S.P.A.M.I. (Small Press and Mainstream Independent): Stefano Gaudiano (37%)
(The Walking Dead, Manifest Destiny [Image]). Other nominees: Jordi Tarragona (17.6%), Cliff Rathburn (16.6%), Ryan Winn (16.6%) and Rich Koslowski (12.2%).

ALL-IN-ONE (pencilling and inking together): Jason Fabok (37%)
(Justice League[DC]). Other nominees: Fiona Staples (17.7%), Erik Larsen (13.7%), Franchesco Francavilla (9.6%), Terry Moore (8.2%), Paul Gulacy (8.0%) and Ben Dewey (5.8%).

THE SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD: Vince Colletta. Other nominees: Allen Milgrom, Jack Abel (tie for runner-up), Violet Barclay (aka Valerie Smith), Gary Martin and Dave Simons.

THE JOE SINNOTT HALL OF FAME: Frank Giacoia and Josef Rubenstein. Other nominees: Bob McLeod and Jerry Ordway (tie for runner-up), Dan Adkins, John Beatty and Ernie Chan (aka Chua).

Joe Sinnott, the award’s namesake and first recipient, made a statement in April regarding this year’s inductees:

“I was quite pleased to hear that the Inkwell Awards has selected two very deserving inkers into the Hall of Fame class of 2016: Frank Giacoia and Jose Rubinstein.

Frank was a fabulous inker and a good friend of mine, who left us much too soon. It was always a pleasure meeting up with Frank at shows and spending time with him. Frank’s smooth, thick line graced the pages of virtually every Marvel title. I really enjoyed Frank’s inking over Jack Kirby on Captain America. Like myself, we pretty much inked the Marvel Universe.

Joe is an outstanding inker and portrait artist as well.
I absolutely am honored by the great job he did in capturing my likeness for the cover of the 2nd Annual Joe Sinnott Inking Challenge. I once pencilled a piece that Joe inked for The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Index collection. At that time Joe was doing all these Marvel Universe books and he told me that he had actually worked on more Marvel characters than I had. Joe also did some great background inks on the Superman Vs. Spider-Man Treasury Edition that I inked over John Buscema.

It is wonderful that Frank and Joe are the recipients of the 2016 Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame Award. These two superb artists make the already great list of Hall of Famers even more elite.

Thank you to the Inkwell’s committee for electing them, and thanks to everyone for their continued support of the Inkwell Awards."

In cooperation with Special Inkwell Ambassador and award-winning author J. David Spurlock, the ceremony kicked off with a special appearance by industry legend Jim Steranko who discussed the artform of comic-book inking, his related experiences in the medium, and its artists, including Joe Sinnott and Frank Giacoia. Inkwell Awards founder and director Bob Almond acted as both ceremony host and presenter, joined by hostess “Ms. Inkwell,” as portrayed by Holly Black. Artist Breno Tamura accepted Joe Prado’s award as a pre-recorded video of Prado’s acceptance speech was played. Guest speaker, artist-writer Mike Grell, spoke for Rubinstein. Writer Todd Dezago spoke for Giacoia, and statements from their respective families, including for Vince Colletta, were read. Silver Inkwell trophies were presented to three nomination committee members who served five years: Michele Witchipoo, Bob Bretall and Johnny B. Gerardy. All acceptance statements from the winners can be found in the “Results” section of the Inkwell Awards' website in the near future.

The Inkwell Awards is the only existing, official 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and promote the art form of comic-book inking, as well as annually recognize and award the best ink artists and their work. The organization is overseen by a committee of industry professionals and assisted by various professional ambassadors and contributors. They sponsor the Dave Simons Inkwell Memorial Scholarship Fund for the Kubert School and host the Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame Award.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Shape changing Ninja's tales debuts from Pro Se Press

from the official press release . . . . . . . 

Pro Se Productions, an innovative Publisher of Genre Fiction, announces the debut of a new hero, created by Mike MacDee.  A master of disguise, Mata the Ninja fights his way through SHADOW OF THE FOX, now available in print and digital formats.
“One of the neatest things,” says Tommy Hancock, Pro Se Productions Editor in Chief, “that we do at Pro Se is introduce readers to characters that demand to be read. MikA287abc9 4ed7 4bc3 9060 4ab4b2e40a1fe MacDee’s Mata is most definitely one such creation.  Each story in
SHADOW OF THE FOX ripples with action and adventure and Mike works a sense of urgency into each of Mata’s missions, into his every action even.  Edge of Your Seat is definitely what this book is all about.”
Mata the Fox is a ninja agent whose mastery of disguise allows him to change shape like the foxes of myth. He has infiltrated places thought impregnable, stolen things thought irretrievable, and killed those thought untouchable; thus Mata always gets the Shogun's most dangerous assignments.  SHADOW OF THE FOX by Mike MacDee collects Mata’s three most dangerous missions-

Escape From Graveyard Bay 
Trapped on the dreaded island prison of Graveyard Bay, Mata must assassinate a loyal friend before she breaks under interrogation...or improvise an impossible rescue.
The Oshiro Songbird 
The deadly leader of an impenetrable spy ring is rooted in the community of Inari Pass: she's invaluable to the town, lethal to those who threaten her, and irresistible to everyone else. Breaking up her spy ring seems it's a perfect assignment for the Fox.

The Gold Barons of Izu 
Second Place winner in the 2013 Samurai Fiction Contest. A revolt is on the horizon as Grand Minister Okubo and Yakuza Boss Kurai continue to oppress the Izu miners. To prevent the revolt, Mata must find a way to turn the barons' dream alliance into a nightmare.
SHADOW OF THE FOX by Mike MacDee. From Pro Se Productions
Featuring a stunning cover by Larry Nadolsky and print formatting and book design by Antonino Lo Iacono,  SHADOW OF THE FOX is available now at Amazon or Pro Se’s own store at for 10.00. 


June 2016 PREVIEWS Pre-Order Picks: ZENOSCOPE

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Continuing a new feature, as we peruse the monthly PREVIEWS catalog and highlight some books we feel are worthy of your attention.

We began in alphabetical order, so this is the last entry. Let us know what you think, and if you find the recommendations useful.

Your local comic shop depends on your pre-orders to make sure they have the books you want when you want them. Since business reality makes it impossible for a local comic shop to order some of everything, they depend on the comics readers to tell them what they want to see.  It’s a dice roll for them every month.  Won’t you help with the odds by at least telling them what you want to buy from them in two months?  Please give it a try.  We’ll do our best here to help you with those selections, from a BC Refugees point of view.  Not objective, but absolutely subjective.


GRIMM FAIRY TALES #125: Final issue after ten plus years of adapting classic Grimm Fairy Tales featuring beautifully rendered illustrations of buxom women. (Not being smart or sexis13304984 10154234993634532 4382881859699887141 o 300x198t here — it’s a factual statement as anyone who has read these books will attest).  It’s a testament to the popularity of the Zenoscope house style that this series has made it this far.  Final issues sell, and go up in value as time passes.  So buy two, read one and immediately bag and board the other so it remains Near Mint / Like New.  Writer: Pat Shand.  Artist:  Andrea Meloni.


From the catalog:  “The grand finale of Zenoscope’s longest running title is here in this oversized event issue.  Featuring the return of original Arcane Acre artist Andrea Meloni, along with a showcase of Zenoscope’s top artists, join s as we give GRIMM FAIRY TALES the sendoff it deserves.     

Sela, the students of Arcane Acres, and the Realm Knights enter the final battle against Bloody Bones.  Wonderland, Neverland, Oz, Myst, and Earth must stand together against the greatest evil to ever threaten the realms of power."

GRIMM TALES OF TERROR VOLUME 2, #11: In the style of classic EC comics and Creepy magazine, this horror anthology continues with great tales. Our favorite Zenoscope title of the moment.  Story by Joe Brusha & Ralph Tedesco.  

From the catalog:  “It is ingrained in our minds to be wary of strangers.  Travelers often tell tales of hitchhikers with sinister intentions.  In this spin on a classic urban legend, a hitchhiker in desperate need of a ride may find himself in for more than he bargained for in this twisted tale from Zenoscope Entertainment."


Monday, June 20, 2016

MY LITTLE PONY creators come to Baltimore Comic Con 2016


BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - June 20, 2016 - The Baltimore Comic-Con returns to Baltimore's Inner Harbor on September 2-4, 2016 at the Baltimore Convention Center. This year, the show welcomes numerous guests who have worked on My Little Pony, including Katie CookAndy PriceNei RuffinoChad Thomas, and Thom ZahlerTickets to the show are now on sale at
Katie Cook is a comic artist and writer that hails from the mitten state (as in Michigan, not that she is in the state of being a mitten). She currently puts an inordinate amount of time in on her creator-owned book, Gronk: A Monster's Story printed through Action Lab Entertainment, as well as writing and drawing for IDW's smash-hit My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. She has also worked as a writer and/or illustrator on Adventure Time Comics from BOOM! Studios, Haunted Mansion for Marvel, Munchkin for BOOM! Studios, Fraggle Rock for Archaia and Star Wars for Scholastic Books. Her mother thinks she is funny.
Andy Price, a graduate of the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, is the main artist on IDW's incredibly popular My Little Pony: Friendship is Magicseries. When he's not drawing ponies, Andy also contributes to Littlest Pet Shop (IDW), Wordgirl (BOOM! Studios), Adventure Time: Candy Capers(BOOM! Studios), Samurai Jack (IDW), Quantum Leap (Innovation), Haunted Mansion (Marvel), and Betty and Veronica (Archie).
Nei Ruffino, who has done a variant cover for IDW's My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, is the creator of her self-published fantasy comic The Secret Life of Crows. In addition to writing, drawing, and inking a number of titles in her career, she is renowned as a colorist, working on projects such as Amazing Spider-Man (Marvel), Green Lantern (DC), Batman (DC), Superman (DC), Tales of Wonderland (Zenescope Entertainment), Grimm Fairy Tales (Zenescope Entertainment), and too many more to mention! She is also partner to the Rothic brands, working on titles like REM 8 and Southern Nightgown.
Joining us in the Kids Love Comics Pavilion in 2016,Chad Thomas is a freelance cartoonist working out of the greater Dallas area. Chad began drawing at the early age of 3 by obsessively watching old Disney cartoons. He attended the Savannah College of Art and Design from 1999-2003, earning his degree in Sequential Art, and began his career shortly after. Chad has provided art for My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (IDW), My Little Pony: Friends Forever (IDW), Adventure Time with Fiona and Cake (BOOM! Studios), The Middleman (Viper Comics), Mega Man(Archie), Sabrina the Teenage Witch (Archie), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Amazing Adventures (IDW), and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles New Animated Adventures (IDW), 
Thom Zahler is a graduate of the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art. His early professional credits included lettering gigs for Marvel's Crimson Dynamo, Claypool's Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, and DC Comics' Looney Tunes. His self-published comic, Love and Capes, was later released through IDW, Also for IDW, you can find his more recent work writing and penciling IDW's Long DistanceMy Little Pony, My Little Pony: Friends Forever, and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic series.

"We're hyping these guests as My Little Pony creators, but in fact they are so much more than that," said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. "These folks are a multi-talented bunch of individuals, with a wide range of noteworthy title credits and publishers on their resumes. Whether you're coming for the sake of Ponies or for their many other works, we know you're going to love these guests!"


Sunday, June 19, 2016


EDITOR’S NOTE:  Continuing a new feature, as we peruse the monthly PREVIEWS catalog and highlight some books we feel are worthy of your attention.

Your local comic shop depends on your pre-orders to make sure they have the books you want when you want them. Since business reality makes it impossible for a local comic shop to order some of everything, they depend on the comics readers to tell them what they want to see.  It’s a dice roll for them every month.  Won’t you help with the odds by at least telling them what you want to buy from them in two months?  Please give it a try.  We’ll do our best here to help you with those selections, from a BC Refugees point of view.  Not objective, but absolutely subjective.



GENERATION ZERO #1:  Last seen in the HARBINGER WARS series, we welcome the return of the Generation Zero team and can’t wait to see what the inventive Fred Van Lente does with it.  We’re in for the run!  Written by Fred Van Lente. Art by Francis Portela.

From the catalog: “If you have a problem . . . if your parents won’t help . . . And if your cause is worthy . . . Log onto network #ZERO . . . because Generation Zero is listening."

“Years ago the children of the experimental strike team know as Generation Zero were taken from their families by Project Rising Spirit, a private weapons contractor, and raised to be psychic soldiers.  After years of taking orders they have fought for and won their freedom.  Now, the world’s most wanted teenagers have pledged to protect each other tooth and claw, while using their extraordinary abilities to right wrongs for a generation without a future . . . to fight for kids, just like them.

One of those kids is Keisha Sherman, whose boyfriend just turned up dead after a suspicious car crash in Rook, Michigan - -  a newly booming tech town that sprang from rags to super-riches seemingly overnight.  When Keisha makes a desperate plea into her welcome, the local high school suddenly finds itself with several unusual new students . . . But as word of Generation Zero’s presence spreads rapidly through the halls, this volatile band of teenage upstarts is about to discover that they’re far from the most extraordinary thing lurking behind Rook’s stainless-steel facade."

4001 A.D. #4: This has been our favorite ‘event’ of 2016, and much easier to follow than the big two piles of plenty. Crain’s art is amazing!  The conclusion of the 385677 SX640 QL80 TTDfall of the 41st century.  Written by Matt Kindt.  Art by Clayton Clain.

From the catalog:  “The ultimate battle is here as Rai and Father clash among the stars for the final fate of the future . . . and Earth along with it!  As New Japan’s despotic ruler and its former protector enter their final showdown, will the orbiting satellite nation finally fall back to Earth?  As the war for 4001 A.D. claims lives on both sides, who will live to greet the brave new world that lies ahead?  And what will become of Rai, of Father, and civilization itself?  The Valiant Universe of 4001 A.D. is forever changed right here as forces new and old prepare to rise from the ashes of New Japan."

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4001 A.D. WARMOTHER #1:  A brand new hero from the mind of Van Lente rises from the 4001 A.D. event. Don’t miss it.  Written by Fred Van Lente. Art by Tomas Fiorello.

From the catalog: “In the 41st century, much of the planet has been reduced to a barren wasteland. New Japan orbits the Earth as a floating oasis that towers over the ashes of the old world.  The survivors of this desolate new age, robbed of the planet’s once-lush natural resources, must endure great hardships to survive.  Amidst thedevstation, one outpost of scientific knowledge has thrived by adhering to a strict code of isolation.  But even the denizens of this walled city must venture out into the wasteland to gather supplies from the remnants of what was.  This task is designated to one and one alone: War Mother.

But all is not peaceful, even in New Japan.  When the space-faring empire begins jettisoning city-sized sectors to Earth during the onset of a civil war.  War Mother is called upon with a new mission: mega-salvage!  Armed with a newly born sentient sniper rifle, War Mother is a one-woman army bent on sacking the crash-landed sector’s technology-laden debris for anything of value to her tribe.  But, as calm turns to chaos, Sector 8146 will reveal a telling secret about Earth’s true order that will collide War Mother against her community, her code, and her calling . . . an bring destruction down upon one of humanity’s last surviving outposts of order."

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Book Review: THE RITUAL

THE RITUAL  by Adam Nevill
From the Goodreads summary:
"Four old university friends reunite for a hiking trip in the Scandinavian wilderness of the Arctic Circle. No longer young men, they have little left in common and tensions rise as they struggle to connect. Frustrated and tired they take a shortcut that turns their hike into a nightmare that could cost them their lives.

Lost, hungry and surrounded by forest untouched for millennia, they stumble across an isolated old house. Inside, they find the macabre remains of old rites and pagan sacrifices; ancient artefacts and unidentifiable bones. A place of dark ritual and home to a bestial presence that is still present in the ancient forest, and now they’re the prey.

As the four friends struggle toward salvation they discover that death doesn’t come easy among these ancient trees…
Paperback418 pages
Published May 28th 2011 by Pan Publishing (first published May 6th 2011)
MY REVIEW  (4 out of 5 stars)  horror, suspense, survival
     THE RITUAL is a very compelling and suspenseful horror tale, as well as a story of survival.

     An ancient creature of legend tracks and dispatches hikers in a remote forest near the borders of Norway.  Author Adam Nevill is great at description, as the forest becomes a living character as well, always threatening and slowing down the lost hikers, four friends from England, reunited after fifteen years. The four friends are fully realized, and their differences brought up front as they have to work together to escape. As we learn more about them, questions will be raised in the readers' mind regarding how people change over time, what motivates them, and what defines success and a comfortable life.

     In their attempt to find a working trail that will lead them out of the woods, they uncover the remnants of an ancient pagan civilization with weird cabins, temples, sacrificial altars and stone monuments. They sense the presence of an unknown threat, a huge animal entity only realized in brief glimpses of rapid movement or foul smells. It's a cunning and patient predator, waiting for the right moment to isolate a member of the group and then take horrific action. 

     The book is divided into two sections. In the first half of the 
book,suspense and tension build page after page as the party of four becomes reduced in grisly fashion. It's extremely compelling reading, and is easily capable of riveting the reader to the page for chapter after chapter. The end of section one was a bit surprising. It's extremely compelling reading, and is easily capable of riveting the reader to the page for chapter after chapter. The end of section one was a bit surprising. (To say more would spoil it.)

     The mysterious bestial stalker is still a threat in the second section of THE RITUAL, but takes a background role until the last part of the novel. A new threat arises, one that is more tangible in nature but just as deadly. The pace of the novel slows down as details on the new conflict reveal themselves. It's just as horrific and menacing, but much less of a page-turner than the first section of the novel.

     Things shift into high gear in the last several chapters and for a change, the final outcome is not as dark as anticipated. I also found parts of this section to drag, but still recommend this book. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Attention: EMOJI keyboard users - - new RAI from 4001 A.D.

EDITOR’S NOTE:  We’re just not technically savvy enough to understand how or even why we would want this feature, but we offer the information as a public service to our readers who can appreciate this more than we. What we do appreciate is the 4001 A.D. storyline now unfolding in some Valiant titles, and recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good science-fiction story . . . . . . From the official press release . . . . . . . . .

Valiant and Swyft Media Unveil the Official RAI Emoji Keyboard – Available Now for iOS and Android!

As "THE SUMMER OF 4001 A.D." rages onward in comics shops everywhere, the hero at the forefront of the 41st century's assault on New Japan – Rai – is leaping out of the pages of the summer's most ambitious comics event and into his first-ever emoji keyboard!

Valiant Entertainment is proud to announce the release of the all-new Rai Emoji Keyboard – created in collaboration with Swyft Media and debuting on the Valiant Heroes Emoji App today! Launching out of Rai's starring role at the forefront of Valiant's acclaimed 4001 A.D. event series, the rise of New Japan's cyber-enhanced spirit guardian continues here with this exclusive, one-of-a-kind digital emoji keyboard as a FREE, limited-time addition to Valiant’s emoji application in the iOS App and Google Play stores.

Now, for the first time ever, fans everywhere can add a fearless new element to their mobile messages and express themselves as Rai joins the ranks of the Valiant Heroes Emoji App alongside Bloodshot, Faith, X-O Manowar, Archer & Armstrong, Livewire, Ninjak, Quantum and Woody, and many more!

As the latest addition to the Valiant Heroes Emoji App – currently available for iOS and Android – the Rai digital emoji keyboard is fully compatible with Facebook Messenger, WeChat, Viber, LINE, Skype, WhatsApp, and more, as well as standard texting and SMS. Standard text and data rates may apply.

One hundred years from today, Father – the benevolent artificial intelligence that governs the island nation of Japan – will gain sentience. To defend its borders, Father will take drastic action by launching Japan into space…where its people will thrive in isolation, away from the overpopulated and resource-deprived planet below. Over the centuries, as New Japan orbits our increasingly unstable world, it will become a model society – one built on peace, prosperity… and Father’s control.

A thousand years from today, Father will create the first Rai, founding a lineage of technologically enhanced heroes engineered to defend New Japan and sworn to protect it from all enemies. For hundreds of years into the future, the Rai will single-handedly enforce New Japan’s justice well…and serve Father without question.

Now, at the dawn of 4001 A.D., the latest Rai is about to inherit the dark truth behind the origin of his kind…and discover the sinister secret at the heart of Father’s existence. For New Japan to live, Earth must die…and as Rai challenges his former master for the first time in more than a millennium, the lone guardian of New Japan will be cast out of his own Father’s kingdom…

Exiled from the only realm he’s ever known, Rai now walks the ravaged world of 4001 A.D. in search of forgotten heroes like himself… on a mission to collect the last surviving legends of a broken planet…and to forge a rebellion with the power to bring the most advanced civilization in history crashing back down to Earth.

In the tradition of BOOK OF DEATHARMOR HUNTERS, and HARBINGER WARS, Valiant’s most ambitious crossover event yet starts here! At the dawn of the 41st century, the future of Earth will be decided in the stars. This May…the rebellion begins in 4001 A.D. – on sale now!

Then, “THE SUMMER OF 4001 A.D.” explodes out of the pages of 4001 A.D. #1 (of 4) with the return of Rai’s award-winning ongoing series in RAI #13 – the FIRST ISSUE of an ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT revealing the origin of New Japan and its very first guardian! Discover the secrets behind 4001 A.D. here as New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT) and acclaimed artist CAFU(UNITY) unearth the answers that have eluded mankind for nearly two millennia. How did New Japan come to orbit Earth? Who created Father? And what happened to the nine previous Rai that once swore allegiance to his empire?

Plus: “THE SUMMER OF 4001 A.D.” escalates even further as an all-star cast of superstar talents come aboard to reveal what the 41st century holds for Valiant’s most iconic heroes in a new series of four indispensable one-shots! Featuring X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Shadowman, and the debut of an all-new, top-secret character with a crucial tie to the present and future of the Valiant Universe, “THE SUMMER OF 4001 A.D.” erupts into full force here with four new chapters from Valiant’s most acclaimed creators:

4001 A.D.: X-O MANOWAR #1
Written by Robert Venditti (BOOK OF DEATH); Art by Clayton Henry (HARBINGER WARS)
On sale now

4001 A.D.: BLOODSHOT #1
Written by Jeff Lemire (BLOODSHOT REBORN); Art by Doug Braithwaite (ARMOR HUNTERS)
On sale now

4001 A.D.: SHADOWMAN #1
Written by Jody Houser (FAITH) & Rafer Roberts (A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG); Art by Robert Gill (BOOK OF DEATH)
Coming in July

4001 A.D.: WAR MOTHER #1
Written by Fred Van Lente (ARCHER & ARMSTRONG); Art by Tomas Giorello (Conan)
Coming in August

Encompassing the core 4001 A.D. event, the return of Valiant’s acclaimed RAI ongoing series, and four all-new one-shots revealing the future incarnations of the Valiant Universe’s most iconic heroes, “THE SUMMER OF 4001 A.D.” is the biggest and most visionary Valiant event to date – and a perfect introduction to the largest independent superhero universe in comics today.

Make your own epic entrance into the 41st century by downloading the Valiant Heroes Emoji App with the all-new Rai Emoji Keyboard – available for FREE in the iOS App and Google Play stores today!

Also, don’t miss the Archer & Armstrong Emoji Keyboard – available now in the iOS App and Google Play stores! Get smashed or be smashed…with a fearless new element to mobile messages that lets fans express themselves with a whole new range of emotions as only Archer & Armstrong could! You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and maybe you’ll even team up with an adventuring immortal to prevent the world’s next great cataclysm…and make it home in time for Happy Hour! The adventure of a lifetime starts now, only on the Valiant Heroes Emoji App with the all-new Archer & Armstrong digital emoji sticker pack!

About Valiant Entertainment:

Valiant Entertainment is a leading character-based entertainment company that owns the largest independent superhero universe in comics. With more than 81 million issues sold and a library of over 2,000 characters, including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Harbinger, Shadowman, Archer & Armstrong, and many more, Valiant is one of the most successful publishers in the history of the comic book medium. Today, the company’s characters continue to be forged in publishing, licensing, film, video games, and beyond. Valiant consistently produces some of the most critically acclaimed comics in the industry and has received numerous industry awards and accolades, including a Diamond Gem Award for Comic Book Publisher of the Year. In 2015, Valiant announced a multi-picture deal to bring Bloodshot and Harbinger to the big screen as feature films. Visit Valiant online at

About Swyft Media:

Swyft Media helps brands and advertisers become a part of the world’s largest conversation by creating and distributing branded content that consumers want, love and share with friends across a wide variety of mobile apps. To date, Swyft has worked with more than 300 popular global brands such as 1-800Flowers, MillerCoors, Sony, Interscope Records and SEGA to create deep consumer engagement through branded emoji and keyboards. The combination of Swyft’s mobile marketing platform and expertise helps brands and advertisers drive highly engaging, measurable and amplified campaigns, with the ability to reach nearly three billion consumers worldwide. Through its relationships with approximately 60 application partners, Swyft boasts one of the largest opportunities for brands to reach younger consumers in a way that feels natural and unobtrusive. For more information, visit: or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Swyft Media Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: TYPE).


RAI EMOJI KEYBOARD – Sample Interface


"THE SUMMER OF 4001 A.D." – Complete Checklist

4001 A.D. #3 (of 4) – Cover A by Clayton Crain

4001 A.D. #3 (of 4) – Interior Art by Clayton Crain

4001 A.D. #3 (of 4) – Interior Art by Clayton Crain

4001 A.D. #3 (of 4) – Interior Art by Clayton Crain

4001 A.D. #3 (of 4) – Interior Art by Clayton Crain

4001 A.D. #3 (of 4) – Interior Art by Clayton Crain


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

First State Comic Con -- upcoming Delaware event

First State Comic Con
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First State Comic Con is coming June 26th, 2016. The local comic convention with the most comic books. Plus guest comic book creators and a cosplay contest. FSCC is a family friendly event.

The First State Comic Con is at the Mill Creek Fire Hall, 3900 Kirkwood Hwy, Marshallton, Delaware just six miles from downtown Newark. The guests are Brett Breeding (artist for “Death of Superman”), Neil Vokes, Greg LaRoque (Flash), Buz Hasson, Ken Haeser, PLB Comics, and local comics artists. The convention features vendors from four states with toys, collectibles, and Golden Age, Silver Age, and modern comic books to sell. Hours are 10am to 4pm. Admission is $3 each with free admission for children ages 5 and under. For more information go to  and or email Dave Williams at
“First State Comic Con has two things larger conventions do not have: lots and lots of actual comic books and a Magnum P.I. mustache contest,” says Dave Williams, FSCC promoter and life-long comic book fan.

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  • First State Comic Con, comic book convention
  • June 26, 10am-4pm
  • Located at Mill Creek Fire Hall, 3900 Kirkwood Hwy, Marshallton, Delaware
  • Visit comics creators, shop for comic books and collectibles
  • Open to general public with admission
  • Admission is $3 per person at the door, free to children ages 5 and under