Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Preview for August 20, 2014: Valiant DELINQUENTS mixes hobo culture with treasure hunts and hilarity as popular duos team up

THE DELINQUENTS #1 of 4  (Valiant Entertainment, August 20, 2014 release date) Written by James Asmus.  Story by James Asmus and Fred Van Lente.  Art by Kano.  Letters by Dave Sharpe.

  Hidden amongst the very entertaining but serious (and often dark) action-adventure series published by  Valiant Entertainment  are two successful titles that manage to take a light-hearted approach to story-telling and mix in some humor and satire in clever ways that don't insult the intelligence of the reader.  If you are not reading  ARCHER AND ARMSTRONG  and  QUANTUM AND WOODY then you are missing out. Good news!  Valiant has teamed up both couples in a mini-series called THE DELINQUENTS that debuts tomorrow. It is truly the perfect jumping on point if you have been curious about either of these books and weren't sure where to start.

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     THE DELINQUENTS  is a funny book in every sense of the term.  It may not make you bust out laughing (that could be embarrassing, depending on where you choose to read your comics) but it will bring a smile, a grin, and possibly a little suppressed chuckle.  If it's not the situation, the jokes, one-liners, double-entendres, or the style of art that tickles your funny-bone then the complete package will win you over. After two readings, I'm eager to see Issue #2 and where this goes.

For the uninitiated, here's a short overview of the two eggs that hatched  THE DELINQUENTS. In the words of a reviewer (who we respect) featured in  BLEEDING COOL MAGAZINE #11: Archer & Armstrong are two mythos-busters walking a very fine line on the sword's edge between order and chaos, hoping to keep the balance shifted properly”.  This same reviewer (a friend of ours) calls Quantum and Woody “an even odder and more dysfunctional couple as the world's worst super-hero team gets into and out of threatening situations purely by accident and come out smelling like . . . well, it's not roses."  In  THE DELINQUENTS both Archer & Armstrong and Quantum & Woody possess parts of a map drawn in code on a tattered pair of moldy, smelly boxers. The map, when put together and deciphered, will lead to the lost treasure of the Hobo King.  Whether the two teams will cooperate with each other remains to be seen.  Issue #1 seems to indicate that they will be adversaries. However, knowing the capabilities of each team, anything and everything is possible. The only certainty is that is will be funny.

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     Many years before Armstrong paired up with Archer, he spent a lot of time as a vagrant, running with the citizens of the hobo kingdom, hopping trains and seeing the continent with just a knapsack for baggage along with the obligatory hip flask.  While escaping from an shotgun-wielding irate farmer, the feeble hobo Rudy (Armstrong’s companion) was shot and died from complications. He entrusted Armstrong with his most valued possession - - the treasure map written in hobo code on some underwear. Not the most trustworthy individual to give such a valued item to, as soon as Armstrong becomes distracted during a nightly fireside hobo hoedown, some junkyard dogs rummage through his belongings and end up separating the map.  In a wonderful panel montage that illustrates what happens to one half of the map over several decades (battlefield gear, flea market item, overpriced art deco object, etc) we see that it finally ends up in the wrong hands. Recognizing the object as a treasure map, these new owners of dubious intent then hire Quantum and Woody to recover the missing half. The issue ends with Stinky Wally, who works at a hobo museum/village, tipping off Armstrong  about the half he no longer possesses.

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    Among the highlights of Issue #1 is the discovery of hobo hieroglyphics, the crudely scrawled symbols that serve as code/messages to fellow hoboes. Many of these symbols are detailed throughout the story; and the symbols that represent Quantum and Woody are hilarious.  THE DELINQUENTS makes fun through satiric commentary of modern farming, dominated by giant chemical conglomerates who utilize gene splicing and synthetic proteins to develop their tainted agricultural goods -  and smothering the smaller organic farmers. There are several jabs taken at “hippies” and the 21st century vestiges of same - - exotic religions, mysticism, holistic medicine, Zen and gurus.  There are several Easter eggs planted throughout the art, as well as asides to current popular culture including an implied shout out to X-O Manowar, another popular Valiant character.    

    Just as amusing and entertaining as the story, the art by Kano is worthy of repeat inspections. Kano utilizes some very expressive faces and puts a lot of detail into some very tiny panels. Because the story features much exposition and dialogue, there are many multi-paneled pages as well as the use of smaller, wider, panoramic views. Once in awhile Kano is allowed to move the story along in caption-less, word-balloon free panels and he pulls it off in great fashion. Apparently he also inked and colored his work and it really shines.  These are great visuals. 

  There is a lot to appreciate in this book.  Make sure you don’t miss it.

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Hobby Game Market Wins As It Reaches $700 Million !


EDITOR'S NOTE: Great to see that geek culture is making a significant contribution to the economic recovery. Read more
below


From the official press release . . .



(August 18, 2014-Madison, WI) Pop culture experts ICv2 released today the results of their study on the hobby game market and it shows that the North American market totaled $700 million at retail for 2013. Breaking down the estimate for the total industry by category shows that collectible games was the largest at $450 million; miniatures second at $125 million; boardgames were third at $75 million; card and dice games fourth at $35 million; with RPGs coming in last at $15 million. “Hobby games” are defined as those games produced for “gamers” and are most often sold in the hobby channel or game and card specialty stores, but these items are not limited to sales in that market.



ICv2 CEO Milton Griepp commented, “A $700 million market is a significant geek culture market segment. With the growth it’s been experiencing, a billion dollar market is within reach in the next few years, and hopefully this kind of industry analysis will help us get there. I cannot thank enough the industry insiders who helped us compile these estimates. Without their willingness to speak frankly with us about their own estimates of market size and the reasoning behind them, we would have been unable to complete this project.”

The hobby game industry remained strong in the Spring season of 2014, according to information compiled by ICv2. In collectible games, WizKids' Dice Masters was the red hot and hard-to-find item due to high demand. Magic: The Gathering led the pack, but not as strongly as previous seasons. Boardgames continued to grow with support from hard core gamers and an influx of mainstream gamers coming over from other markets. The heat in the miniatures category came from Star Wars X-Wing and Star Trek Attack Wing, with any extra space filled by anticipation of the new edition of Warhammer 40K. The big news in the Card and Dice Game category was high interest and quick sell-out of both Boss Monster and Adventure Time Card Wars. The largest change overall in the RPG category was the failure of Dungeons and Dragons to hit the Top 5 list for Spring, before the release of the new edition. This change is a first in ICv2's decade long history of sales reporting on the hobby game industry.

About ICV2.Com:
For the people on the front lines of the pop culture business, staying ahead of the trends isn’t something that can be left to chance—it’s a basic necessity for being successful. That’s why ICv2 is the #1 source of news and information for the buyers, gatekeepers, and tastemakers on the front lines. ICv2 is where trend-watching has become a science



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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Harvey Awards at Baltimore Comic Con: Tickets now on sale

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - August 16, 2014 - On Saturday night, September 6th, the comic book industry, including professionals, retailers, and fans, will gather at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore to honor the 2014 Harvey Award Nominees for 2013 comic work and present the Harveys to their recipients.  This is an exciting evening, highlighted by our host Michael Uslan, Originator and Executive Producer of the dark and serious Batman film franchise, from 1989's "Batman" through "The Dark Knight Trilogy" to the upcoming "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice."

Harvey Awards tickets are on sale NOW!   Tickets to the event, which includes full cocktail hour (cash bar), full service dinner (featuring a Baltimore Crabcake!), awards ceremony, and a gift bag, are now available for $125.   Tickets are available at our website via credit card at baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets.

Host Michael Uslan is a titan in the entertainment industry.  His projects have won Emmy Awards, Oscars, Peoples Choice Awards, and Annie Awards. His involvement in comics and big- and small-screen adaptations is both broad and long.

As a comics writer, Uslan's work dates back to the 1970s and has included works such as DC Comics' Batman: Detective #27, Batman: Black and White, Just Imagine Stan Lee, The Shadow, The Question, Will Eisner's The Spirit, Archie Comics' Archie Marries and Life with Archie, TokyoPop's The Mysterians, a revival of the syndicate comic strip Terry and the Pirates, and, most recently, Archie Comics' Farewell Betty & Veronica, Dynamite Entertainment's The Shadow & Green Hornet: Dark Nights, and its new Justice Inc.

Perhaps more broadly, Uslan is recognized as Executive Producer on numerous comic adaptations to film and DVD, including such films as Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, BatmanBatman Returns, and The Lego Movie.  He is also an Executive Producer of the Batman animated movies on DVD, and a Producer on Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, Constantine, as well as the upcoming Doc Savage.

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On the small screen, Uslan has served as Executive Producer of the comic book documentaries, The Marvel Super-Heroes Guide to New York City and Legends Behind the Comic Books.
Beyond writing comics, he has written about comics, including his recently published memoir from Chronicle Books, The Boy Who Loved Batman.

He is a recipient of numerous industry accolades and awards, both in comics and entertainment.

A seasoned speaker for a wide range of award shows, comic conventions, commencement ceremonies, and industry conferences, Uslan says: "Growing up in the 1950's and 60's, I was fortunate enough to amass the complete collection of MAD Comics and witness the genius of Harvey Kurtzman.  As I grew up and matured, so did Harvey's magazine work, with his HELP Magazine ushering me through my high school years.  And, I might add a special thanks to him for my seeing his work in PLAYBOY on "Little Annie Fannie," just as I turned 13.  Harvey Kurtzman represents the very best of the comic book industry, its creators, and craftsmen.  In that light, the Harvey Awards represent the significance of such people being recognized strictly by their peers.  This makes it a double honor for me to be MC'ing this year's very special Awards night."

The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry's oldest and most respected awards.  The Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories.  They are the only industry awards both nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals.   Additionally, the Hero Initiative will present 2 awards to outstanding members of the comics community!

The Hero Initiative was established to aid comic creators with a financial safety net when in need of emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work.   In the years since its inception, the board has created an award to recognize those individuals in the industry that have dedicated their talent over the lifetime of their careers to the comic book community at-large, achieving the status of Hero.  Previous recipients include Sal Buscema, John Romita, Joe Kubert, Nick Cardy, Neal Adams, and George Perez.   Who will be this year's lifetime Hero?

The Dick Giordano Humanitarian of the Year Award will also be presented at the Harvey Awards Banquet.  Giordano, who passed away in early 2010, was part of Hero Initiative's Board of Directors.  He was also a legendary artist, a guiding force at Charlton Comics and DC Comics for many years, a mentor to his colleagues, and a friend to all who knew him.  His legacy epitomizes the caring and commitment Hero Initiative strives to achieve.  In his honor, the Dick Giordano Humanitarian of the Year Award will recognize one person in comics each year who has demonstrated the generosity and integrity Dick brought to the charity, and to the comic book community at large. 

Baltimore Comic Con

In the coming week, 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, Twitter, and Facebook pages.

This year's Baltimore Comic-Con will be held September 5-7, 2014.  Convention hours are Friday 1pm to 7pm, Saturday 10am to 7pm, and Sunday 10am to 5pm.  The ceremony and banquet for the Harvey Awards will be held Saturday night, September 6th.

About The Baltimore Comic-Con
The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 14th 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 September 5-7, 2014.  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 9 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, August 14, 2014

Dynamite unleashes Peter Milligan for TERMINAL HERO

TERMINAL HERO #1 (Dynamite Entertainment, August 06 2014 release date) Written by Peter Milligan. Illustrated by Piotr Kowalski. Colored by Kelly Fitzpatrick. Lettered by Simon Bowland. Cover Art by Jae Lee.



Kowalski's dynamic art explodes across the opening pages in fiery fashion with images that will burn into your memory. Is this a foreshadowing of later events or someone's bad dream?
Cut to five years later and London junior doctor Rory Fletcher views an x-ray of a huge inoperable brain tumor as he learns he has approximately two months to live.
His best friend Raza hacks into a clandestine medical research center and steals files on Treatment Q, a radical program that was shut down and classified as top secret after some unpredictable side effects. Of course, Raza thinks he can re-create the program and improve it, with a willing Rory as first patient.
At first results are encouraging. The tumor is shrinking and the only side effects are hallucinations and constant vomiting. Then the hallucinations get worse. Rory begins to imagine awful things and his dead sister starts to haunt him with childhood accusations. Strange desires manifest in Rory as well as even stranger abilities. His personality and temperament begin to change in negative fashion. Power and control fantasies. Paranoia. Betrayal. Anger. Sex, drugs and alcohol binging.
Scripter Milligan runs his protagonist through the gauntlet before the final pages when Rory confronts the source of his anguish as things begin to pile up.
There is a tremendous amount of change that occurs in just 24 pages. The main character has enough happen to him to fill several issues, but the creative Peter Milligan only needs the first issue to let it all out.
It's hard to imagine what is going to happen next. I just know I plan to be there to find out and most likely be surprised and amazed.


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Costume Contest Details for Baltimore Comic Con

From the official press release . . . . .

2014 Baltimore Comic-Con/StylinOnline.com Costume Contest on Sunday, September 7th




2013 Costume Contest Winners

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - August 6, 2014 - This year, StylinOnline.com is bringing back their "Tower of T-shirts" to the Baltimore Comic-Con -- being held Friday, September 5th through Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore's Inner Harbor -- and they're once again sponsoring the highly-demanded and hugely popular Annual Costume Contest. And this year, we've doubled the Grand Prize!

The Baltimore Comic-Con Costume Contest is one of the most popular events at the show, attracting fans from far and wide who come to dress up as their favorite characters, show off their hard work in creating fantastic-looking costumes, or to observe and/or photograph costumed attendees -- just look at our Facebook photos sections to see where the volume of photos are!

2014's prize packages include:
Overall Best Costume
$2,000 Grand Prize in Cash
Prizes in each of the streamlined Adult Men and Adult Women categories:
$150 StylinOnline.com Gift Certificate for 1st Place
$75 StylinOnline.com Gift Certificate for 2nd Place
$50 StylinOnline.com Gift Certificate for 3rd Place
Group category (winning groups divide prize amount between members)
$200 StylinOnline.com Gift Certificate for 1st Place
$150 StylinOnline.com Gift Certificate for 2nd Place
Fan-Favorite as voted on by those in attendance for the Costume Contest:
$150 StylinOnline.com Gift Certificate
Kids Prizes in each of the Newborn to Age 11 and Age 12 to Age 17 categories:
$75 StylinOnline.com Gift Certificate for 1st Place
$50 StylinOnline.com Gift Certificate for 2nd Place
$20 StylinOnline.com Gift Certificate for 3rd Place



2013 Costume Contest Participants
Each winner will also receive free admittance to the Baltimore Comic-Con in 2015!

Adult Categories have a $5 entry fee per person and, as always, kids up to age 17 can enter the costume contest for free!

Please join us Sunday, September 7th at 1:00pm as StylinOnline.com proudly presents the annual Baltimore Comic-Con Costume Contest!!

"We're thrilled that Stylinonline.com is back this year at the Baltimore Comic Con, both exhibiting in the show hall with their awesome Tower of T-Shirts and as a sponsor for this year's Costume Contest!" said Marc Nathan, Baltimore Comic-Con promoter.

Stylinonline.com is the Premier Pop Culture Clothing Superstore on the web. With such a great selection, it is easy to pick something out to show your true passion from super-heroes, TV, or the latest movies on a t-shirt, hat, hoodie, or even a singing Soft Kitty! So stop by and see Stylinonline.com's Tower of T-shirts at the Baltimore Comic-Con or online anytime and come help them support all of the Costume Contest winners!

Tickets
General Admission and VIP Package tickets for Weekend, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are now on sale! Visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets/ for more information and to purchase your advanced tickets now!




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Monday, August 11, 2014

More for Baltimore Con: Levitz, Martin, Stelfreeze, Story return

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

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - August 11, 2014 - Come to Baltimore's Inner Harbor to experience the Baltimore Comic-Con's inaugural 3-day event on Friday-Sunday, September 5-7, 2014 at the Baltimore Convention Center!  Returning to our show in 2014 are titans and veterans of industry Paul Levitz, Laura Martin, Brian Stelfreeze, and Karl Story!

Paul Levitz has been a mainstay at DC Comics since 1972, serving as a writer, editor, and President (2002 - 2009) over the tenure of his career.  His name is synonymous with the Legion of Super-Heroes, which he wrote from 1977-1979 and 1981-1989, and he created such notable characters as the Stalker, the Earth-2 Huntress, and Lucien the Librarian.  Levitz has since returned to writing the Legion of Super-Heroes for the New 52, as well as the Earth-2 centric book, World's Finest.  Earlier this year, Levitz moved onto the next phase of his career, accepting a Board of Directors position with BOOM! Studios.

Laura Martin is one of the comics industry's most lauded colorists.  Recipient of Harvey, Eisner, Eagle, Squiddy, and Comics Buyer's Guide Awards, Martin is regularly assigned high-profile and event-oriented comics on which to bring her palate to bear.  Her work can be found in DC, Marvel, Image, Dark Horse, Virgin, and CrossGen comics through the years, and she is lately working on Dark Horse's Serenity: Leaves of the Wind, Valiant's Armor Hunters, and Marvel's Uncanny Avengers.

Brian Stelfreeze, one of the original Gaijin Studios members, is a multi-talented artist, with experience and credits penciling, inking, coloring, painting, and even writing.  His comic book covers have gained him much attention and lauding, and his run painting covers on DC Comics' Shadow of the Bat for over 50 issues is noteworthy by itself.  Brian's creative output is found these days on BOOM! Studios' Day Men and an upcoming DC Comics Batman variant.

Also one of the original members of Gaijin Studios, Karl Story's inks have graced the pages of titles such as DC's Action Comics, Nightwing, Batman '66, Legends of the Dark Knight, Ocean, and The American Way, as well as Marvel's X-Men and Dark Horse's Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 among many, many others.  You can find his recent work in DC's The Multiversity: The Society of Super-Heroes: Conquerors of the Counter-World and Dark Horse's Serenity: Leaves of the Wind.

"It's so great to have such high-profile guests come back to our show," said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con.  "From creative forces in the DC Universe to extremely accomplished artists, these four are friends of the show who we're thrilled to welcome back, and we know their fans will be elated to see them!"

The Baltimore Comic-Con will be held Friday, September 5 through Sunday, September 7, 2014, at the Baltimore Convention Center, which is located immediately across the street from the historic Camden Yards sports complex (which includes Oriole Park and Geppi's Entertainment Museum).  Tickets, a full guest roster, and additional information is available on the convention's website.

Tickets

General Admission and VIP Package tickets for Weekend, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are now on sale! Visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets/ for more information and to purchase your advanced tickets now!

Friday, August 8, 2014

ARMORINES debut as new threat to X-O MANOWAR

From the official press release. . . . .


He survived NINJAK… He survived UNITY… But can X-O Manowar survive his first encounter with the all-new ARMORINES?



This November, Valiant proudly presents "ENTER: ARMORINES" – a new three-part story arc beginning in X-O MANOWAR #30 by New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (ARMOR HUNTERS, The Flash) and red-hot rising star Diego Bernard (Red Lanterns)!

Start reading here with an all-new jumping-on point for the series that IGN calls "fantastic, action-packed storytelling that never fails to satisfy" as X-O Manowar fires the first shot in an all-or-nothing battle against a ruthless new fighting force – codename: ARMORINES – fixated on disarming the world's most powerful weapon and eliminating Aric of Dacia once and for all.

London was attacked… Moscow was attacked… Rome was attacked…and the world blames X-O Manowar! As an international firestorm pushes the world toward war, it's come down to the bleeding-edge paramilitary unit known as the ARMORINES to neutralize the most powerful weapon in existence. The Manhattan Project started with a single atom – and, soon, the world will discover once again that biggest problems have small solutions! Enter: ARMORINES!

"The Armorines will present challenges to [X-O Manowar] that he has not faced before, challenges we have not seen in the Valiant Universe yet," writer Robert Venditti told Comic Book Resources. "It is going to be Earth-born, but it's a lot of things he hasn't faced, and in many ways, it's Aric coming from where he comes from, dealing with things that are completely foreign to him. That's the way you attack Aric -- you don't necessarily attack the armor, you attack the person inside it. What are his limitations?"

After reliving the pulse-pounding origin of the man behind the armor in October's X-O MANOWAR #0, return to the modern day and launch into X-O Manowar's first high-octane showdown with the all-new, all-deadly ARMORINES! Featuring interlocking A and B standard covers by Valiant superstar Clayton Henry (HARBINGER WARS), the next epic evolution of Robert Venditti and Diego Bernard's acclaimed sci-fi superhero saga starts right here this November in X-O MANOWAR #30!

For more information, visit Valiant on Facebook, on Twitter, on Tumblr, and at ValiantUniverse.com.

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.

X-O MANOWAR #30 (NEW ARC! ENTER: ARMORINES – PART 1)
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by DIEGO BERNARD
Interlocking A & B Covers by CLAYTON HENRY
Character Design Variant by CLAYTON HENRY
Variant Cover by RAFA SANDOVAL
$3.99 | T+ | 32 pgs.
COMING IN NOVEMBER!

X-O MANOWAR #0
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by CLAY MANN
Cover A by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (AUG141713)
Cover B by CLAY MANN (AUG141714)
Variant Cover by JEFF LEMIRE (AUG141715)
Variant Cover by BRYAN HITCH (AUG141716)
$3.99 | T+ | 32 pgs.
ON SALE 10/8/14 (FOC – 9/15/14)


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Creative Mind Energy (CME) Signs Distribution Deal

From the official press release . . . . .

(BALTIMORE, Maryland) — (August 5, 2014) —Graphic novel publisher Creative Mind Energy (CME) has signed a supply agreement with Diamond Comic Distributors to distribute their line of products worldwide to comic book specialty stores, book stores, mass-market merchandisers, libraries and other outlets excluding markets in Asia.

CME is an up and coming comic book and graphic novel publisher providing a wide range of genres for readers of all ages to enjoy. The publisher’s first original graphic novel The Gifted is showcased in the October issue of Diamond’s PREVIEWS catalog.



The first volume in an ongoing series, The Gifted, shows what life is like for animals struggling to survive in a world laid to waste by humanity’s violence, abuse and exploitation. Through the eyes of the lone wolf the reader gains a unique perspective experiencing first hand his desperation, hunger and fight for survival. Hand painted watercolors and minimal text is all that is needed to depict a strong and moving story in this graphic novel.

CME President Damian Wassel Sr. remarked “Diamond understands the comic book market better than anyone else and they are an established name in the book trade. We couldn’t be in better hands.”



“We are pleased to start a relationship with Creative Mind Energy and are thrilled they are working with us to expand their business using Diamond’s many resources,” said Diamond’s Vice President of Purchasing, John Wurzer. “The unique books will be able to provide readers with great stories, filled with striking artwork that they can discover for the first time at their local comic book specialty shop or book store.”

Customers looking to pre-order Creative Mind Energy titles should contact their local retailer, or find a comic shop near them at www.comicshoplocator.com. New retailers interested in purchasing Creative Mind Energy titles are encouraged to contact Diamond’s New Accounts Department at newaccounts@diamondcomics.com or via phone at 443-318-8001.

ABOUT CREATIVE MIND ENERGY (CME)- An emerging family business, Creative Mind Energy, LLC (CME) develops original creative content for print, film, television and video games. Our projects range from comic books, to young adult novels, to feature length screenplays. We think of ourselves as a creative think tank. We live at the crossroads of quality and innovation. We approach our projects with one overriding goal...to create something absolutely amazing. At CME, we imagine extraordinary things.

ABOUT DIAMOND COMIC DISTRIBUTORS (DCD)—Diamond is at the nexus of comics and pop culture. Based in Baltimore, MD, DCD is the world's largest distributor of English-language comic books, graphic novels, and related pop-culture merchandise, serving thousands of retailers worldwide. For more information, visit Diamond on the web at www.diamondcomics.com.

ABOUT DIAMOND BOOK DISTRIBUTORS (DBD)—DBD is a division of Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc., and is dedicated to making a wide selection of graphic novels and other pop culture merchandise available globally to bookstores, libraries, schools, online retailers, mass merchants and others. DBD is the home to a number of world class publishers including IDW Publishing, publisher of 30 Days of Night, Locke & Key, My Little Pony, G.I. Joe and Transformers; Image Comics, publisher The Walking Dead, Saga, Chew, and Morning Glories; Oni Press, Top Shelf Productions, and many others. For more information, visit Diamond Books on the web at www.diamondbookdistributors.com.


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"Kids Love Comics" at Baltimore Comic Con 2014

Kids Love Comics" at the Baltimore Comic-Con 2014!
Baltimore Comic-Con Offers Interactive Kids' Comics Area with cartoonists, comic creation, capes, and light saber training!

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - August 6, 2014 - Kids 10 and under get in free at the Baltimore Comic-Con September 5-7, 2014 at the Baltimore Convention Center -- and show organizers are once again presenting a kid-friendly comics area, full of all-ages comics, as well as the artists and writers who make them. Creators from such companies as Archie, Scholastic, Disney, Simon & Schuster, First Second, Marvel, and DC will be on hand to sketch, say hi, and help to teach young ones about the magic of comics through mini-How-To's through the weekend, right at the Kids Comics Pavilion! Plus, kids can take part in comic crafts, game shows, and more!




Activities in this super cool section of the show include:

* Interactive Comics Talks from some of Kids' Comics top creators, such as Ben Hatke (Zita the Spacegirl), Andy Runton (Owly), Mike Maihack (Cleopatra in Space), and more!
* Design your own super hero cape and mask
* Doodle Scribble Draw! Kids Drawing Gameshow!
* Creator sketches and autographs
* Kid-Safe Star Wars Light Saber Training
* Puppet making with Chris O>Matic!

"The Baltimore Comic-Con has always been a welcoming, family-friendly show, and every year, we aim to make the Kids Love Comics Pavilion inspiring to young comic fans. Not only do we want kids to read comics, we show them how they can create their own! I wish there was an event like this when I was a kid," said Mark Mariano, creator of the Happyloo graphic novel series, and co-organizer (with John Gallagher) of the kids section. "It's so cool that I bring my own family here every year," added Gallagher.

Here's a rundown of the Kids Love Comics Pavilion Creators:

Harold Buchholz - Archie Comics
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Frank Cammuso - Salem Hyde, Otto's Backwards Day, Knights of the Lunch Table
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Jamie Cosley (Saturday only) - Cody the Cavalier, Zucchini
Tyler Cosley (Saturday only) - AlakaZach, Ninja Squirrel
jamiecosley.com

Franco (Appearing Saturday and Sunday) - Aw Yeah Comics!, Tiny Titans, Itty Bitty Hellboy
awyeahcomics.com

Jay Fosgitt - Bodie Troll
jayfosgitt.com

John Gallagher - Zoey and Ketchup, Buzzboy, Roboy Red
Katie Gallagher - Zoey and Ketchup
skydogcomics.com

SL Gallant - GI JOE
slgallant.com

Chris Giarrusso - G-Man, Mini-Marvels
chrisgcomics.com

Jimmy Gownley - The Dumbest Idea Ever!, Amelia Rules!
jimmygownley.com

Ben Hatke - Zita the Spacegirl, Julia's House for Lost Creatures
benhatke.com

Jason Horn - Ninjasaur
ninjasaur.com

Jamal Igle - Molly Danger, Supergirl, Firestorm
jamaligle.com

Lora Innes - The Dreamer
thedreamercomic.com

Mike Maihack - Cleopatra in Space
cowshell.com

Mark Mariano - The Other Side of Hugless Hill, Happyloo, Flabbergast
mypalmark.com

Mark McKenna - Banana Tail, Star Wars, Marvel, DC
markmckennaart.com

Jamar Nicholas - Leon: Protector of the Playground
jamarnicholas.com

Chris O>Matic - The Chris O>Matic Show!
omatics.net

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Shinobi: Ninja Princess - - young adult tale debuts this month

 

from the official press release . . . . .


It's hard being a princess... A Ninja Princess

Media Release -- Shianndrea Toshigawa is just your average, ordinary ninja -in -training.  On the run from her father, the Emperor Terminus and the Azumi ninja clan, Shianndrea trains with the legendary Toshigawa clan to embrace the mysterious power within her.  Shinobi: Ninja Princess, (a six issue comic book series) is written, illustrated and created by mastermind Martheus Wade.  A prequel to Wade's most famous creation 'Jetta: Tales of the Toshigawa', Shinobi; Ninja Princess explores her formative years as Shianndrea struggles against her destiny as well as being a teenager.  The all ages action/adventure series takes a manga inspired spin on this classic coming of age story and returns to a universe of warring clans, futuristic intrigue and high adventure.

Wade's approach is accessible to readers who may cross over from that realm but it manages to stay just light enough to attract the casual reader.  Wade, who's work has been featured in graphic novels like 'Nanovor' and 'The Bad Girls Club' for IDW publishing, is joined by his wife and frequent collaborator, Janet Wade (Jetta: Tales of the Toshigawa, Princeless: Short Stories for Warrior Women) and features a variant cover by Tressina Bowling (Hateink , Princeless: Short Stories for Warrior Women).

Shinobi: Ninja Princess #1 debuts August 20th at comic shops everywhere.

ABOUT ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT- Formed in 2010 with the purpose of pooling their collective talents into a single, powerful entity, the members of Action Lab Entertainment have countless years in multimedia publishing, design, and business.  Their first release, Fracture, was successfully funded through Kickstarter and since then they have continued their mission to produce high quality, genre-spanning entertainment.  Since its formation, the accolades for A.L.E continue to build on a daily basis. Among its more popular titles are all ages material like the Eisner, Glyph, Shel Dorf Award nominated series PRINCELESS, NFL RUSHZONE (based on the Nickelodeon Television series), Jamal Igle's MOLLY DANGER, Artist/ Writer Jeremy Dale's hit series SKYWARD, and Gale Middleton's (My Little Pony, The Littlest Pet Shop) monstrously adorable VAMPLETS.  Action Lab's Mature Readers imprint ACTION LAB DANGER ZONE continues to push the envelope of comics entertainment with titles as varied as EHMM THEORY and Dan Mendoza's over the top horror-comedy ZOMBIE TRAMP, THE FINAL PLAGUE and BO, PLUSHY GANGSTA.

For more information contact Action Lab Entertainment

http://www.actionlabcomics.com/

RAI becomes the most popular Valiant book of 2014

from the official press release . . . . . .

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          Valiant is proud to announce that all printings of RAI #1 – the red-hot launch book of the VALIANT FIRST initiative by New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (THE VALIANT, Mind MGMT) and superstar artist Clayton Crain (Carnage) – and RAI #3 have again sold out at the distributor level, and will soon return to store shelves with new printings and covers featuring the stunning interior artwork of Clayton Crain.

     Look for the RAI #1 FOURTH PRINTING VARIANT and RAI #3 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT to arrive in stores on August 27th, the same day as RAI #4 – a brand new installment of the astonishing new ongoing series that Comic Book Resources calls "an immersive experience…unlike anything in comics today."

"The critical praise and retail demand for RAI is only continuing to mount, and the first issue has now matched X-O MANOWAR #1 in terms of sell-outs and reprintings," said Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce. "That's a major milestone, and Matt Kindt and Clayton Crain have delivered a story truly worthy of it on every level. With RAI's second story arc set to begin in December, the future couldn't be brighter for RAI."

In 4001 A.D., as the nation of Japan soars above the Earth, Rai is to about unravel the mystery of the first murder in a thousand years…and discover his own profound connection to the crime. Everything Rai knows — about his existence, about his country, and about the benevolent Father he serves — is about to be thrown out of orbit.

Do not miss the next shocking chapter of this comics masterwork in the making on August 27th as all-star creators Matt Kindt and Clayton Crain deliver RAI #4 into comics shops everywhere – right alongside the RAI #1 FOURTH PRINTING VARIANT and RAI #3 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT!

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Then, be here on December 10th as Matt Kindt and Clayton Crain return for an all-new story beginning in RAI #5!
It's not too late to discover why RAI's visionary adventure through the world of 41st century Japan is leaving fans and critics awe-struck:

“✮✮✮✮✮… [Rai] comes with the highest praise.” PopMatters
“✮✮✮✮✮… A great new series… [Rai] has my attention.”Max Level Geek
“✮✮✮✮½… Rai is just plain amazing.”IGN
"✮✮✮✮… An immersive experience…unlike anything else in comics." – Comic Book Resources
“✮✮✮✮… This is a book you really need to check out.” Comic Vine
“✮✮✮✮… You do not want to miss out on Rai."Comic Bastards

For more information, visit Valiant on Facebook, on Twitter, on Tumblr, and at ValiantUniverse.com.

For Valiant merchandise and more, visit ValiantStore.com.

RAI #1 FOURTH PRINTING VARIANT
Written by MATT KINDT
Art & Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN (JUN148274)
$3.99 | T+ | 32 pgs. | ON SALE 8/27/14 (FOC – 8/11/14)
RAI #3 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT
Written by MATT KINDT
Art & Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN (JUN148315)
$3.99 | T+ | 32 pgs. | ON SALE 8/27/14 (FOC – 8/11/14)
RAI #4 (VALIANT FIRST)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CLAYTON CRAIN
Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN (JUN141509)
#ValiantCraft Cover by DONOVAN SANTIAGO (JUN141510)
$3.99 | T+ | 32 pgs. | ON SALE 8/27/14 (FOC – 8/04/14)

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Christina Blanch, Norman Lee, and Pop Mhan added to Con list

from the official press release . . . . .

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - August 4, 2014 - The Baltimore Comic-Con's inaugural 3-day event takes place on Friday-Sunday, September 5-7, 2014 at the Baltimore Convention Center!  We are pleased to announce the addition of Christina Blanch, Norman Lee, and Pop Mhan!

Christina Blanch came to comics via education -- she is a teacher who found the medium geared for the classroom and one-on-one instruction.  She has taught on college campuses, in the correctional system, and in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) such as "Gender Through Comic Books".  Her Thrillbent Comics title The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood is making the transition to print through Dynamite Entertainment.

Norman Lee went to school for fashion illustration.  After experiencing some burnout in that field, he began helping a friend in the comics industry in 1995 with backgrounds, and his career as an inker was underway!  He spent most of his professional life working for Marvel, DC, and Dark Horse Comics, and has inked pretty much every major character in the Marvel Universe!  His lines can be seen in the recent Iron Man Special #1 from Marvel Comics.

Pop Mhan was lucky enough to get his jump into the comics industry under the tutelage of Jim Lee at Wildstorm Productions.  Since those early days, his art has graced the pages of comics from Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Top Cow, Dark Horse Comics, and Tokyopop. His recent work can be seen at DC Comics, where he has been penciling licensed properties like Gears of War 3 and He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, and Marvel Comics on All-New X-Factor and variant covers for Amazing Spider-Man.

"We're so happy to have all three of these guests return to our show," said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con.  "Pop and Norman are fantastic artists and both boast a huge catalog of work, and Christina's really getting great attention for her contributions, both on the page and in the classroom.  We know our fans will be thrilled to interact with all three!"

The Baltimore Comic-Con will be held Friday, September 5 through Sunday, September 7, 2014, at the Baltimore Convention Center, which is located immediately across the street from the historic Camden Yards sports complex (which includes Oriole Park and Geppi's Entertainment Museum).  Tickets, a full guest roster, and additional information is available on the convention's website.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Valiant library now available via iVerse ComicsPlus

from the official press release . . . . .

Valiant Comes to iVerse’s ComicsPlus with Complete Digital Comics Library
Award-winning publisher will also participate in new library distribution platform as part of their growing educational outreach.

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Waco, TX (August 1, 2014) Leading digital comics provider iVerse Media announced today they have teamed with award-winning comic book publisher Valiant Entertainment to bring Valiant’s complete library of modern and classic content – including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Archer & Armstrong, Shadowman, Rai, and many more – to iVerse’s ComicsPlus app and affiliated platforms. Effective immediately, iVerse will offer Valiant’s monthly comics titles day-and-date via the ComicsPlus app, and will soon host Valiant’s complete catalog of comics and collections.
To launch their newly announced partnership, iVerse is also now offering each of Valiant’s best-selling #1 issues for free on the ComicsPlus app throughout the month of August. Visit Valiant’s publisher page here for more information.
Established in 1989, Valiant has sold over 80 million comic books, and today its characters continue to be forged in publishing, licensing, film, video games, and beyond. Since its summer 2012 publishing relaunch, Valiant has returned to the fore as one of the most commercially and critically successful independent publishers in the industry today with an initial slate of titles that included X-O Manowar by New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti and Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord; Harbinger by New York Times best-selling writer Joshua Dysart and Harvey Award-nominated artist Khari Evans; and Archer & Armstrong by the New York Times best-selling creative team of writer Fred Van Lente and artist Clayton Henry.
After multiple Publisher of the Year awards and nominations, including a 2012 Diamond Gem Award for Publisher of the Year, Valiant ventured even farther in 2013 with the debut of its first crossover event, Harbinger Wars, and the release of Unity #1 by writer Matt Kindt and artist Doug Braithwaite – the year’s highest charting debut issue from a non-premier publisher with sales in excess of 70,000 copies. This May, Valiant followed up with “Valiant First” – an all-new line of titles led by the smash-hit ongoing series, Rai, and its biggest crossover event to date, Armor Hunters. Most recently, on the heels of 16 nominations at this year’s Harvey Awards, the publisher has announced The Valiant – a prestige format mini-series from New York Times best-selling writers Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt with art by Eisner Award winner Paolo Rivera beginning this December.
Valiant will be the latest publisher to join the rapidly expanding offerings of the ComicsPlus app from iVerse Media.

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“Valiant has been consistently producing some of the best comics in the industry since their relaunch in 2012,” said iVerse Media founder and CEO Michael Murphey. "We could not be more proud to make their remarkable catalog and amazing characters available in ComicsPlus.”
In addition to the ComicsPlus app and website, Valiant’s titles will be made available to librarians and their patrons everywhere via the ComicsPlus: Library Edition app, which makes thousands of high-quality titles accessible to school and library patrons on any device, anywhere, and at any time.
“Valiant’s number one priority is to make our characters and content available to the largest audience possible, and, via our new partnership with iVerse, we have an incredibly exciting and important new channel to continue that mission,” said Valiant Publisher Fred Pierce. “With a potential readership that’s measured in the millions, we hope to win over even more fans to some of the most critically acclaimed comic books being produced anywhere today, just as we have month in and month out in comic book stores around the world.”
Valiant titles are available now on the ComicsPlus iOS and Android apps, and via their website comicsplusapp.com.


About iVerse Media, LLC:
iVerse Media is a leading global provider of a robust CMS with unique capabilities in translation, digital content presentation, distribution and management.   The iVerse CMS Engine is so graphically rich that it enhances the comics viewing experience; so sophisticated, it can translate apps; and so secure it can handle medical records and imaging.  Founded in 2008, the company was one of theRAI_001_COVER_CRAIN first to launch digital comics on mobile devices. With millions of iVerse powered products having been downloaded, iVerse App Platform continues to be one of the most popular and widely used platforms in the world. ComicsPlus is available for iOS, Android and the web.  For more information please visit: iversemedia.com.


About Valiant Entertainment:
Valiant is a leading character-based entertainment company with a library of over 1,750 characters, including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Shadowman, Eternal Warrior, and many more. Established in 1989, Valiant has sold over 80 million comic books, and today its characters continue to be forged in publishing, licensing, film, video games, and beyond. Since its summer 2012 relaunch, Valiant has returned to the fore as one of the most highly regarded publishers in comics, winning a 2012 Diamond Gem Award for Comic Book Publisher of the Year. Outside of the United States and Canada, Valiant titles are published in a number of languages and territories internationally, including Brazil, Mexico, France, Italy, Spain, China, and others. Visit them online at ValiantUniverse.com.