Thursday, March 23, 2017

THIS IS HORROR Releases 2016 Award Winners

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Attention all fans of horror in all its’ configurations!  The This Is Horror website and podcast have been essential resources for my exploration of the horror genre for several years. It’s a must-view and must-hear for horror fans wanting to keep abreast of this ever-growing and ever-evolving genre. Go to to learn more and sign up for their email updates.

We are privileged to share with you this year’s winners of the THIS IS HORROR AWARDS . . . . . . . .


The Fisherman John Langan

Novel of the Year


Winner: The Fisherman by John Langan
Runner-up: Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones


The Ballad of Black Tom Victor LaValle

Novella of the Year


Winner: The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle
Runner-up: X’s For Eyes by Laird Barron


Furnace Livia Llewellyn

Short Story Collection of the Year


Winner: Furnace by Livia Llewellyn
Runner-up: Greener Pastures by Michael Wehunt


Autumn Cthulhu Edited by Mike Davis

Anthology of the Year


Winner: Autumn Cthulhu, edited by Mike Davis
Runner-up: Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories, edited by Doug Murano and D. Alexander Ward


The Lovecraft eZine

Fiction Magazine of the Year


Winner: The Lovecraft eZine
Runner-up: Nightmare Magazine


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Publisher of the Year


Winner: Word Horde
Runner-up: Crystal Lake Publishing


PseudoPod Podcast

Fiction Podcast of the Year


Winner: Pseudopod
Runner-up: The Other Stories by Hawk & Cleaver


The Lovecraft eZine Podcast

Nonfiction Podcast of the Year


Winner: The Lovecraft eZine Podcast
Runner-up: The Know Fear Podcast 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Shannon Wheeler tackles the Presidential Tweets in new book

San Diego, CA (March 21, 2017) – IDW's imprint Top Shelf Productions is pleased — big league — to announce Sh*t My President Says: The Illustrated Tweets of Donald J. Trump, in which Eisner Award-winning cartoonist Shannon Wheeler tackles the 140-character president. For the first time, these revealing snapshots of the world’s most powerful man will be collected, curated, and brought to memorable new life as cartoons. This compulsively readable hardcover will reach stores in August.


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Some people are saying, I don’t know, you tell me, but a lot of people are saying this is the greatest book of the year. This guy, Shannon Wheeler, he draws these cartoons for the New Yorker, MAD, the Onion — he’s very, very, good, okay? Now he’s illustrated the most incredible tweets. Wow! You won’t believe what he does with these tweets. I mean, these tweets changed the world, folks. It’s true! It’s very true. EVERYONE is going to want this book — even the haters and losers (Sad!).


In Sh*t My President Says, Donald Trump's most revealing tweets are transformed into razor-sharp cartoons, offering a subversive and illuminating insight into the mind of the most divisive political figure of our time. Whether you love him or hate him, this take on Trump will help you come to grips with the man and his ideas thanks to Wheeler's signature mix of slapstick and sophistication.


"Shannon Wheeler drew a book I wish I had thought of; that's the ultimate compliment I can offer in 140 characters! #buyit #wheelerisagenius"

—Jack Ohman, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning


Sh*t My President Says: The Illustrated Tweets of Donald J. Trump by Shannon Wheeler

A 120-page hardcover, 5" x 6.5"

ISBN 978-1-60309-410-8

For mature readers (16+)

Available August 2017


SHANNON WHEELER is an award-winning cartoonist best known as the creator of the satirical superhero Too Much Coffee Man, who has appeared around the world in comic books, newspapers, magazines, books, and even his very own opera. He has also created the strip Postage Stamp Funnies for the Onion, illustrated several books including I Thought You Would Be Funnier, Grandpa Won’t Wake Up, and Oil & Water, and frequently contributes cartoons to the New Yorker. With writer Mark Russell, he co-created the acclaimed book God Is Disappointed in You (a tongue-in-cheek retelling of the Bible) and its sequel Apocrypha Now.

MONSTERELLA: new horror anthology through Kickstarter

EDITORS NOTE: Cool Kickstarter campaigns are popping up every other day.  This one looks interesting, and has a modest fund-raising goal which makes me believe it will come to fruition.  Check it out here . . . 

March 20th, 2017. Vancouver Island, Canada.



Monsterella revolves around the continuing adventures of Montrossa Rella, AKA “Monsterella”, the warden of an intergalactic prison planet, where the galaxy’s worst of the worst monsters are imprisoned and isolated from the rest of the universe. All hell breaks loose when an unexpected revolt overthrows her, and threatens the safety of the entire galaxy! 



But her adventures are just one chapter of the book. In the style of the classic Vampirella magazines, Monsterella goes on to introduce other astonishing tales told and illustrated by a creepy collection of Canadian talents that will be sure to chill and thrill you cover to cover! Featuring Andrew Fryer, A. Shay Hahn (“The Homeless G-Men”), Dan MacKinnon (“From The Ashes”), Gareth Gaudin (“Enid Jupiter and Lyra Gotham”), Josh Kully, John Rathiganthan (“From The Ashes”), Nevin Arnold (“Calavera The Undead”) and sizzling cover artist Sun Khamunaki (“Lady Death”)!


A Monsterellla kickstarter will launch March 29th, 2017 to raise the funds necessary to get the book into print. Many amazing rewards will be available, including digital and print copies, deluxe versions of the book, signed and numbered screen printed art prints, original art, t-shirts, art commision offers and more! 


Starting March 29th, you can do a kickstarter search for “Monsterella #1 Anthology Comic Book”, or follow this link:


Pending the success of the kickstarter, the book is set for a May 2017 release.



Preview Trailer:

In stores tomorrow: Last WRIGHTSON, sadly





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

NEW YORK - (March 21, 2017) - The entire comics industry was saddened to learn of the passing of legendary comics artist Bernie Wrightson this past weekend. Wrightson’s name was synonymous with the best the horror comics genre had to offer and he often spoke of the lasting influence EC comics titles such as the original TALES FROM THE CRYPT and VAULT OF HORROR had on his work.

So, it seems only appropriate that two of Wrightson’s stories are included in Super Genius’ new revival of the TALES FROM THE CRYPT series.

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Issue #2 (in comic shops this Wednesday) features two “lost classics” from Wrightson, “Stake Out” and “Feed It!”, both appearing in color for the first time. The two stories had originally appeared in black and white in other publications but when CRYPT editor Jim Salicrup remembered the twist ending of “Stake Out” he knew he had to have the story for this new series. “Feed It!” followed naturally.

As Salicrup explains, “Bernie has always set the bar for horror in comics and since he was a lifelong fan of EC Comics, I wanted to find a way for him to be part of this new incarnation of TALES FROM THE CRYPT. I knew Bernie had retired from drawing but when I remembered these stories, it seemed like the perfect way to have Bernie be a part of the comic. Luckily, he and his wife Liz agreed and as a result, we all got to see these stories from one of the finest horror artists who ever lived appear under the EC banner.”


In addition to Wrightson’s contributions, the second issue of the Super Genius series also features stories from Danica Davidson & Jolyon Yates and Christina Blanch & Miran Kim.


“We’ve been delighted by the response to the first issue of TALES FROM CRYPT (which sold out),” noted Super Genius publisher Terry Nantier. “I’m happy to say that orders for issue #2 have been even higher. And #3 looks like it's continuing that trend. There’s obviously an enduring passion and enthusiasm for all things EC and we’re happy to be carrying on that legacy. I think fans who haven’t had a chance to give the new series a try yet will be happy to discover that we’re maintaining the spirit of the original series. I’m very sorry Bernie wasn’t able to see these final stories actually appear in print but I hope that they’ll be another way fans can appreciate the legacy of this uniquely talented artist.”

TALES FROM THE CRYPT #2 will be available in comic book stores across the United States and Canada on March 22nd, 2017. To find a comic shop near you go to or dial 1-888-COMIC BOOK. 

ABOUT PAPERCUTZ & SUPER GENIUS: Papercutz ‘Super Genius’ imprint is dedicated to creating quality comics for older readers. In addition to the bi-monthly TALES FROM THE CRYPT comic, Super Genius publishes a range of graphic novels including NEIL GAIMAN’S TEKNOPHAGE, Jessica Abel’s TRISH TRASH and Melissa Jane Osborne & Veronica Fish’s THE WENDY PROJECT. 

To find out more visit

FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE library edition coming

IDW Publishing to release Lynn Johnston’s ‘For Better or For Worse’ in Complete Library Editions this October

San Diego, CA (March 20, 2017) – Welcome back, Elly, John, and the entire Patterson family as IDW Publishing and the Library of American Comics proudly announce For Better or For Worse: The Complete Library by Lynn Johnston. These definitive hardcover editions will collect the entire series in nine volumes, three books per decade of the strip.
For Better or For Worse is one of the most beloved comic strips of all time, with a devoted audience of more than 220 million. These new collections are being produced with Lynn Johnston’s cooperation and are being edited by Dean MullaneyKurtis Findlay, and Lorraine Turner.

Since For Better or For Worsedebuted in 1979, the world was able to watch the Patterson family grow up in real time—and to many readers, they feel like family!

“The strip reflects the experience that we readers shared,” says co-editor Lorraine Turner. “Life is like a tide that ebbs and flows—raising children, caring for aging parents, and accepting the aches and pains of getting older. Lynn Johnston allowed us to witness—and sometimes laugh at—a part of ourselves through the eyes of her characters.”
Book One, coming October 2017, collects all the daily and color Sunday strips from the strip’s debut in September 1979 through the end of 1982. The book will feature a new cover panel by Lynn Johnston, and occasional context notes and comments. For Better or For Worse: The Complete Library reprints the strips in chronological order, allowing us to enjoy it as it originally unfolded!
Lynn Johnston was born in Ontario, Canada. She is the first woman to receive the Reuben Award for Cartoonist of the Year from the National Cartoonists Society. She has also received the Order of Canada. Lynn began For Better or For Worse in 1979. She told the saga of the Pattersons for 29 years, until August of 2008, when she retired from the daily production of new strips and storylines.
For Better or For Worse: The Complete Library, Volume 1: 1979-1982
11” x 8.5” landscape hardcover, 544 pp., $39.99
October 2017

Valiant rolls out two more bundled offers

Valiant Announces New PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLES for SECRET WEAPONS #1-4 and X-O MANOWAR (2017) #4-9 – Beginning in June! 
Reserve Your Copies by April 27th and Receive Exclusive, 40-Page Expanded Editions of the Summer’s Biggest Series


Valiant is proud to announce that the publisher’s best-selling pre-order edition bundles will return this June with two new offerings: the SECRET WEAPONS #1-4 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE and the X-O MANOWAR (2017) #4-9 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE! Expanding each of Valiant’s seismic releases to a colossal 40 pages packed with exclusive material for the standard $3.99 cover price, orders for each upcoming PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE must be placed with your local comics retailer by the June 2017 initial order date of April 27th, 2017 before they’re gone forever!

“The success of Valiant’s first pre-order bundle for the launch of X-O Manowar in March took everyone by surprise. On every level, from longtime fans to new readers to retailers, it exceeded our internal expectations by several multiples,” said Valiant CEO & Chief Creative Officer Dinesh Shamdasani. “Based on that reaction, we’re upping the ante and expanding the program to include two of our biggest series of the summer and creating special features, including a ‘deleted scene’ that otherwise would have never been made available to the general public. This really is a special format and, as a show of thanks to those readers who get their pre-orders in early with their local comic shops, we’re redoubling our efforts to pack each and every Valiant pre-order edition to the gills with exclusive content too expansive for a standard comic.”

First: Reserve each issue of Livewire’s stunning, much-anticipated solo debut with the SECRET WEAPONS #1–4 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE – spanning the complete, VALIANT PRESTIGE-format limited series from Academy Award-nominated writer Eric Heisserer (screenwriter of the international hit motion picture ARRIVAL, as well as the upcoming BLOODSHOT and HARBINGERfeature films from Sony Pictures) and Harvey Award-nominated artist Raul Allen (Wrath of the Eternal Warrior)! Released monthly from June through September, each PRE-ORDER EDITION comes packed with trade paperback-style extras and bonus content, including creator commentary, behind-the-scenes looks at the creation of the comics, process character designs and artwork, and first looks at upcoming issues! Available only as a pre-order set, the SECRET WEAPONS #1-4 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE can only be ordered as a set and must be ordered with your local comic shop by the initial order date of April 27th, 2017

The government has dispatched Amanda McKee – the technopath codenamed Livewire – to investigate the ruins of a secret facility formerly run by Toyo Harada, the most powerful telepath on Earth and her former mentor. In his quest for world betterment at any cost, Harada sought out and activated many potential psiots like himself. Those who survived, but whose powers he deemed to have no value to his cause, were hidden away at this installation. But Livewire, having studied Harada’s greatest strengths and learned his deepest weaknesses, senses opportunity where he once saw failure. A young girl who can talk to birds… A boy who can make inanimate objects gently glow… To others, these are expensive disappointments. But, to Livewire, they are secret weapons…in need of a leader. Now, as a mechanized killer called Rexo seeks to draw them out, Livewire and her new team of cadets will be forced to put their powers into action…in ways they never could have imagined…

Then: In the wake of X-O Manowar’s epic debut, don’t miss the next staggering act of the year’s most-talked about new series with the X-O MANOWAR (2017) #4-9 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE! Available only as a pre-order set, the X-O MANOWAR (2017) #4-9 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE – including six, massively expanded editions of X-O MANOWAR’s “GENERAL” and “EMPEROR” story arcs by New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (Divinity, Dept. H) and superstar artists Doug Braithwaite (Bloodshot U.S.A., Justice) and Clayton Crain (Rai, X-Force) – can only be ordered as a set and must be ordered with your local comic shop by the initial order date of April 27th, 2017! Released monthly from June through November, each installment of this six-issue pre-order bundle comes packed with all-new extras and bonus content, including creator commentary and behind-the-scenes process materials…including AN UNFINISHED DELETED SCENE that won’t be found anywhere else!

In the fires of victory, a soldier becomes…a general. With the hostile Cadmium army crushed beneath his force’s boots, Aric of Dacia now commands an entire fleet into the final battle for the soul of an empire. But as a new dawn rises across this unrelenting alien world, what vicious new menace will come forth to greet it?

The only way to obtain each of these Valiant PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLES is to pre-order both sets  with your local comic shop by the June initial order date of April 27th, 2017! No more copies will be made available beyond that date and subsequent issues will not be offered in later solicitations!

Head to your local comic shop and place your orders early to get an exclusive and expanded reading experience like no other! Loaded with new content that fans won’t find anywhere else, now is the time to jump onboard the most talked-about series of the summer, only in the SECRET WEAPONS #1-4 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE and the X-O MANOWAR (2017) #4-9 PRE-ORDER EDITION BUNDLE – only available until April 27th, 2017!



SECRET WEAPONS #1 – Cover A by Raul Allen

SECRET WEAPONS #1 – Cover B by Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic

SECRET WEAPONS #1 – Pre-Order Edition Cover by Clayton Henry

SECRET WEAPONS #1 – Interior Artwork by Raul Allen with Patricia Martin

SECRET WEAPONS #1 – Interior Artwork by Raul Allen with Patricia Martin

SECRET WEAPONS #1 – Interior Artwork by Raul Allen with Patricia Martin

SECRET WEAPONS #1 – Interior Artwork by Raul Allen with Patricia Martin


X-O MANOWAR (2017) #4 – Cover A by Lewis LaRosa

X-O MANOWAR (2017) #4 – Cover B by Dave Johnson

X-O MANOWAR (2017) #4 – Pre-Order Edition Cover by Doug Braithwaite

X-O MANOWAR (2017) #4 – Interior Artwork by Doug Braithwaite

X-O MANOWAR (2017) #4 – Interior Artwork by Doug Braithwaite

X-O MANOWAR (2017) #4 – Interior Artwork by Doug Braithwaite


Monday, March 20, 2017

Photo Essay: GALACTIC CON, Part Two

What would a comics convention be without cosplayers?  Less visually exciting, that’s for sure!

The 501st Legion were on hand to represent Star Wars enthusiasts . . . . . . . ..

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Don’t mess with this hero.  But he does have a nice smile . . . . . ..

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The Norse Gods were well-represented . . . . . . . . ...

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Artists on hand included cartoonists, painters, jewelry crafts, pin makers, and a cool sculptor . . . . . .

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The activity even spilled out onto the parking lot . . . . . .

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Photo Essay: GALACTIC CON, Part One

Our first trip to a GALACTIC CON, the mini-comic convention that travels to various sites in Delaware and Maryland, was a pleasant surprise.  

The most recent con occurred this past Saturday, March 18 at Appoquinimink High School in Middletown, Delaware.

I didn’t anticipate the size of the crowd or the number of vendors and artists participating.  The turnout was impressive and a good time was had by all.  Don’t miss the next one. 

A view of the convention hall floor space . . . . . . . 

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Spidey looks lonely . . . . . . . . 

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Some familiar faces were there, including the dedicated and knowledgable staff at Captain Blue Hen . . . . . and the hard-working folks from PLB Comics .  . . . . . . .

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Sneak Peek: RAPTURE #1 coming in May 2017

EDITOR’S NOTE: Thanks to the kind folks at Valiant Entertainment, here is an advance look at RAPTURE coming in May.  RAPTURE #1 was one of our March Pre-Order PIcks.

First Look: RAPTURE #1 – Ninjak and Shadowman Charge into a Relentless, Fantasy-Driven Event in May! 
Epic Creators Matt Kindt & CAFU Enter the Deadside for a Myth-Laden Quest Returning Shadowman to the Forefront of the Valiant Universe

     Valiant is proud to present your first look inside RAPTURE #1 (of 4) – the FIRST ISSUE of Valiant’s spectacular standalone summer event from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (X-O Manowar, Dept. H) and explosive artist CAFU (Rai)! On May 24th, Ninjak unites with the fallen hero known as Shadowman for a harrowing journey into the Deadside…where the very fate of the Valiant Universe lies at the mercy of an ancient evil with an unspeakable connection to the origin of the Shadowman loa itself…

     “RAPTURE marks a major turning point in the lives of Ninjak and Shadowman thus far,” said Valiant Editor-in-Chief Warren Simons. “One is driven by his intellect and cold, calculating rationality; the other is literally a host to a magical entity from another realm. They couldn’t be more dissimilar, but at their heart, they share a common bond – one that Matt Kindt and CAFU are going to blow wide open as the truth about Shadowman’s origins and the genesis of Valiant’s greatest powers stands revealed. In scope and intensity, this is ‘Lord of the Rings’ for the Valiant Universe, and RAPTURE will have major ramifications for everyone in its wake.”
     On a scarred landscape, two otherworldly armies prepare to battle one last time, vying for control of a massive tower named from an ancient language no longer permitted to be spoken.
     One army is led by a primeval force named Babel, whose goal is singular: to breach “Heaven” no matter the cost. The only thing standing in his way is a gray-haired barbaric warrior, filled with rage and regret – a man who sees this battle as his last chance for redemption. But he knows his depleted forces have little chance of victory unless aid comes soon.
     Enter Tama: A 12-year old girl on the crest of a hill overlooking the battle, who has just become humanity’s only hope. The last in an ancient line of mystics who protect the Earth, she has foreseen this battle and knows millions will perish if she’s unable to stop it. Now Tama and her ragtag team of malcontents – Ninjak, Shadowman and Punk Mambo – must somehow defeat an elder god hell bent on piercing the heavens.

RAPTURE #1 (of 4) – Cover A by Mico Suayan

RAPTURE #1 (of 4) – Cover B by J.G.Jones

RAPTURE #1 (of 4) – Variant Cover by CAFU

RAPTURE #1 (of 4) – Interior Art by CAFU

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RAPTURE #1 (of 4) – Interior Art by CAFU

RAPTURE #1 (of 4) – Interior Art by CAFU