Monday, August 31, 2015

Scuttlebutt # 8 - - - comic industry news

CTHULHU CALLS FOR COFFEE, TEA,  ME   . . . . .

BALTIMORE, MD) – (August 31, 2015)- Rise and shine and conquer the world with a PREVIEWS exclusive Cthulhu mug from Surreal Entertainment. Perfect for lovers of author H.P. Lovecraft, the mug is available to pre-order exclusively from the September PREVIEWS catalog and is scheduled to arrive in comic book shops in late November.

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Dread Cthulhu, a.k.a. the Elder God from stories such as The Call of Cthulhu, will rouse you from your slumber when you have your morning tea or coffee in this molded mug shaped like Chtulhu’s head!  Whether you’ve been sleeping for only a few hours or many millennia, greet the day with a drink out of this highly detailed sculpted mug. Loop your hands through one of the two wing handles to take control of your mornings and get some motivation from the Great Old One.

The mug can be found on page 551 of the September PREVIEWS catalog and is available to pre-order for $16.99 at any comic shop using item code SEP152560. 

BLEVINS, ISHERWOOD, JORDAN, ST. PIERRE, and TAKARA AT BALTIMORE

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - August 31, 2015  - The annual comics pop culture event returns to the Baltimore Convention Center for it’s 16th annual show on September 25-27. The Baltimore Comic-Con is excited to have to this year's show Bret Blevins, Geof Isherwood, Justin Jordan, Joe St. Pierre, and Marcio Takara.

Beginning his comic book career in 1981, Bret Blevins began a decade of working almost exclusively for Marvel Comics on many of their most famous characters, including Spider-Man, Wolverine, The X-Men, The Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Daredevil, Dr. Strange, The Fantastic Four, The New Mutants, Sheena, Ghost Rider, Conan, Solomon Kane, The Inhumans, the Punisher, Sleepwalker, Clive Barker's Nightbreed, The Bozz Chronicles, Cloak and Dagger, The Trouble with Girls, The Destroyer, Terror Inc., and various licensed properties, including graphic novel length adaptations of the films The Dark Crystal, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Krull, and The Last Starfighter. Moving primarily to DC in 1993, Bret drew Batman, Superman, Supergirl, Starman, and Vigilante, and along the way drew Star Wars, Tarzan, John Carter of Mars, and Bettie Page for Dark Horse. A 146-page graphic of novel of Brian Jacques' Redwall illustrated by Bret was published by Philomel Books in 2007. In the mid-90's, Bret began working for Warner Bros. animation and won two Emmy awards while creating storyboards for the acclaimed Batman, Superman, Batman Beyond, Justice League, Static, Batman Brave and Bold, and Ben 10 cartoons. For Disney, Blevins has drawn storyboards for Tarzan and Atlantis, and copious artwork for various other Disney projects including Pirates of the Caribbean, The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh, Tinkerbell, Toy Story, Tron, and Wreck-it-Ralph. In addition to other miscellaneous advertising and illustration work, Bret is always busy drawing and painting from life, writing instructional articles for DRAW! magazine, and occasionally teaching.

 

Geof Isherwood drew comics for Marvel, DC, Broadway, and Heroes Of The North starting in 1982. Major title runs include Dr. Strange, Suicide Squad, Conan the Barbarian, Conan The King, Namor, and The 'Nam. Geof has also worked on over 60 film and TV productions, including X-Men: DOFP and X-Men: Age of Apocalypse, Being Human (US), and The Fountain. Geof teaches in the Concept Art and Illustration program at Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario. Geof is now working for Renegade Media, drawing the final issue of the soon-to-be-released Necromatics.

 

Justin Jordan first came to the attention of the comic-buying pubic writing his creator-owned The Strange Talent of Luther Strode (with Tradd Moore on art) published through Image Comics. That title was followed up with two sequels, The Legend of Luther Strode and The Legacy of Luther Strode. He has also worked on DC Comics' Green Lantern: New Guardians as well as runs during the "New 52" initiative on Superboy, Deathstroke, and Team 7. At Valiant Comics, he wrote the relaunch of Shadowman, and co-created Deep State at BOOM! Studios, Spread and Dead Body Road at Image Comics, and Dark Gods at Avatar Press. In 2012, he received a Harvey Award nomination for Most Promising New Talent, and contributed to the Eisner-nominated In the Dark: A Horror Anthology from IDW.

Joe St.Pierre graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and began his professional career in 1992 as a penciller for the fledgling comic book publisher Valiant, taking on writing responsibilities in time as well. His best known work at Valiant was a 10-issue run of the title Secret Weapons, which he wrote and drew. In addition to his work in commercial art and as a storyboard artist for just over 20 years, he has worked on titles at major publishers, including DC's Aquaman, Batman, Green Lantern, Superboy, and Superman, Marvel's Fantastic Four, Wolverine, X-Men, and he has the distinction of being the artist who most probably worked the most first issues featuring Spider-Man or Spidey family characters. He is currently working on his own title, New Zodiax.

 

Amongst our seasoned luminaries, Marcio Takara is a relative newcoming, having worked in comics since 2006. His art has graced the pages of Marvel Comics' Marvel Adventures Super Heroes, Captain Marvel, and Armor Wars, Image Comics' Dynamo5, BOOM! Studios' The Incredibles and Incorruptible, and DC Comics' Blue Beetle, The Flash, and Smallville: Lantern. He has also launched a successful Kickstarter project with writer Bryan Q. Miller called Earthward, and provided artwork for the game League of Legends.

 

SHONEN JUMP MANGA MAGAZINE COMES TO DIGITAL PLATFORM

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August 31st, 2015 – New York, NY – VIZ Media, comiXology and Amazon announced today the debut of Weekly Shonen Jump across the comiXology platform as well as Amazon's Kindle Store. The English language digital manga magazine comes out weekly and is published simultaneously with the print version in Japan. This debut gives comiXology and Kindle fans a taste of the latest manga from Japan, on the same day, now accessible to English speakers across North America, the U.K., Ireland, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand.

Today's magazine contains chapters of such hit ongoing manga series as One Piece, Bleach, Blue Exorcist, My Hero Academia, and Food Wars! Shokugeki No Soma"Weekly Shonen Jump is a fan favorite magazine where emerging and long-running hit manga series are shown to the world first," says Andy Nakatani, Editor-In-Chief of Weekly Shonen Jump, "We're excited to expand the readership of this magazine to the comiXology and Kindle audience."

ONE-SHOT SPECIAL CELEBRATES 45+ YEARS OF VAMPIRELLA

August 24th, 2015, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce the upcoming release of Vampirella #1969, a 48-page one-shot special that celebrates over 45 years of the vampire heroine's adventures in horror and fantasy. The over-sized issue celebrates the heady days of the character's earliest appearances with contributions from a roster of all-star writers and artists, including: Nancy Collins and Fritz Casas, Eric Trautmann and Brett Weldele, Phil Hester and Jethro Morales, Mark Rahner and Colton Worley, and David Walker and Aneke. Vampirella #1969 will debut in November and feature three covers: one by Robert Hack in retro-style dress, a cover by Jack Jadson, and a rare edition featuring Hack's artwork in black-and-white, much like the artwork of the original Vampirella magazine.

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A raven-haired heroine, Varmpiella remains - even after four-and-a-half decades of publication - one of the comic industry's leading ladies, due in no small part to Dynamite Entertainment's stewardship of the character. Since Vampirella's very healthy resurgence in 2010, Dynamite has published two volumes of a monthly series, several miniseries and one-shot specials, and crossovers with multimedia brands and comic book peers. The Vampirella franchise is a haven for writers and artists with a penchant for the macabre.

V ampirella #1969  will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' September  Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, corresponding to items shipping in November 2015.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Scuttlebutt #7 - - more news via press releases and websites

 

NEW PATHFINDER SERIES DEBUTS IN NOVEMBER 2015

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August 25th, 2015, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite Entertainment and Paizo, Inc., the premier publisher of tabletop roleplaying and adventure card games, announce the upcoming November release of Pathfinder: Hollow Mountain #1, the first chapter in a six-issue comic book miniseries. The series will be written by the collaborative team of game developers Erik Mona (Paizo Publisher and Chief Creative Officer), F. Wesley Schneider (Paizo Editor-in-Chief), and James Sutter (Paizo Senior Editor), and feature artwork by Tom Garcia, recently the illustrator of Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson: Hopcross Jilly.  Each issue contains an RPG appendix detailing part of the Hollow Mountain dungeon (with poster map) and a write-up of one of the new characters.

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Hollow Mountain draws iconic  Pathfinder heroes Valeros, Seoni, Kyra, Merisiel, and more deep into an ancient fortress built by the runelords, the archvillains of the franchise. Carved in the immense visage of Alaznist, Runelord of Wrath, the Hollow Mountain is home to a honyecomb labyrinth of trap-laden chambers and corridors.  The team of Pathfinder agents must explore the ruins in search of a magical artifact from the runelords' day, but they aren't the only adventurers interested in the mountain's secrets.  Open combat between the rivals will ensue... but Alaznist has not left her former stronghold unprotected, and fearsome guardians will force some rather uncomfortable alliances.

 

HAN SOLO CARBONITE BACKPACK

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BALTIMORE, MD --Make sure your bounty to Jabba the Hutt is secure with a PREVIEWS exclusive Carbonite Han Solo back buddy by Comic Images. The exclusive backpack is available to pre-order from the September PREVIEWS catalog and will be available to purchase from comic book specialty shops in late October. 

Secure your things in carbonite with this zip-up plush backpack, which features the likeness of Han Solo pushing against his prison. The backpack also features side panels reminiscent of the gauges and meters on the side of Han’s carbonite block in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi.

FOUR FROM NEAL ADAMS STUDIOS TO ATTEND BALTIMORE CON

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - August 28, 2015  - The Baltimore Comic-Con returns to the Inner Harbor the weekend of September 25-27, 2015 at the Baltimore Convention Center. In addition to veteran celebrity Neal Adams, the Baltimore Comic-Con will also welcome his "clan", Zeea Adams, Buzz, and Peter Stone, to the 16th annual show.

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Ever the revolutionary, Neal Adams has decided to officially institute a new program at comic shows, starting at the Baltimore Comic-Con. While Neal sits at his table (#2010), and in full view of everyone who is curious or would like to be part of the experience, he will paint and/or draw one major illustrations for the full time while he is at the convention. He will interrupt his artwork creation to sign books or prints, and to do sketches and commissions. Adams has purchased a portable easel that he says is perfect for the job, and it is jammed-packed with paints, inks, and watercolor so that he can create an illustration from beginning to end right there at the convention. If there are complicated commissions that can't be done quickly, he will do them at his hotel in the evenings where he has a full drawing set-up, but during the day at the convention, he will be working on the large pieces.

Zeea Adams began her coloring career under the tutelage of her artist/painter father, Neal Adams and colorist mother, Cory Adams. She started coloring, naturally, on Continuity Comics with the occasional stint at Valiant and Red Line Comics. She worked both using watercolors and, later, Photoshop. When things went digital, Neal and Zeea pioneered advertising animatics, techniques that years later would be adapted for motion comics.

Always having the most fun with special effects and explosions, she joined in to work on the last 3 episodes of The Astonishing X-Men: Gifted motion comic. Zeea now finds the greatest pleasure in returning to her coloring roots. Zeea will be water coloring Neal's prints at the convention and will have them for sale at her booth, #2214.

Buzz is a comic book artist known for his work on JSA, Atomika, Vampirella, Luna, X-Factor, Impulse, and Shi, to name just a few. A very popular and sought after commission artist among the art collectors and the comic-book convention circuit.

Buzz is also a multi-EMMY award winning commercial artist who has worked with CBS, FOX, the Los Angeles Lakers, and the United States Marine Corp.Buzz will also be doing full finished pieces at table #2214 for people to watch and buy, as well as getting commissions from him.

 

Peter Bowditch Stone has completed his first novel, Shattered Krystal which will be available at the Baltimore Comic-Con in hard copy, or you can buy it through Amazon. Peter has worked in comic books (Continuity Comics and Now Comics), animation (Disney's They Spoke Out), live action, advertising, and video editing (Astonishing X-Men Motion Comic). Starting as an assistant to Neal Adams, he learned the comic book industry from one of the legends of the field.

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His comic book stories feature Armor, Megalith, Samuree, the Hybrids, DEATHWATCH 2000 and The Rise of Magic, Mr T, Bucky O'Hare, and many more. His stories have been illustrated by Ernesto Infante, Rudy Nebres, Larry Stroman, Michael Golden, Mark Texiera, Alex Nino, Mark Beachum, Trevor Von Eeden, and Neal Adams.

Check out his new novel, which he will be selling at booth #2214 and making himself available to advise on publishing and offer his services as a writer. Pete will also have prints for sale of Continuity characters with whom he is associated as writer.

This is an awesome opportunity!" said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. "To get to see three artists of this caliber and renown creating pieces live and in-person is unique, and we're honored that Neal has chosen the Baltimore Comic-Con as his inaugural show to launch this feature. I can't wait to see this in action, and I'm sure any fan of artwork attending the show feels the same way!"

Monday, August 24, 2015

Scuttlebutt #6 = comic news compiled from press releases

JOSHUA HALE FIALKOV AND GABO'S CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED TALE RETURNS ON NOVEMBER 4TH AS  EXODUS: THE LIFE AFTER

PORTLAN2eae0240-5de1-4a34-bc0c-c10dd9de464dD, Oregon, Aug. 20 2015 – Oni Press announced today Exodus: The Life After, the follow-up to Joshua Hale Fialkov and Gabo’s comedic epic of divine revolution. Issue #1 of Exodus: The Life After will debut on November 4th, 2015, beginning an ongoing monthly release.                                                          

In Exodus: The Life After Jude has been sent right back where he started: Purgatory. With no memory of his previous adventures or relationships, Jude's existence is stark and empty. Yet, just outside his awareness, his friends--including the late, great Ernest Hemingway and a very tenacious preteen girl--struggle to free him. Because in the quest to overthrow God himself, the only person who stands a chance is his son.

"All of my books are like my children, but, The Life After is something different,” asserts Fialkov.  “It's a playground for ideas and thoughts that gives me something that I don't necessarily get from my other series.  With Exodus: The Life After, Gabo and I are getting a chance to tell big epic stories with an intimacy that you can only do in comics, and, specifically, at Oni."

ELK'S RUN: TENTH ANNIVERSARY EDITION DIGITAL RELEASE ON COMIXOLOGY BEGINNING 8/25

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PORTLAND, Oregon, Aug. 20 2015 – Oni Press announced today the weekly digital chapter release on ComiXology of the upcoming Elk’s Run: Tenth Anniversary Edition, by Joshua Hale Fialkov, Noel Tuazon and Scott Keating.  The 8-part weekly digital chapter release will begin August 25th and continue every week through October 13th, before the full physical release as a hardcover graphic novel on November 11th.

A vividly and viscerally illustrated tale of rural horror, Elk’s Run takes its place among the most chilling and affecting works of graphic fiction. The debut collaboration of Eisner, Harvey, and Emmy nominated writer Joshua Hale Fialkov and Harvey and Eisner nominated artist Noel Tuazon is back a decade later and even more relevant. Elk’s Run: Tenth Anniversary Edition will be a high-quality, gorgeous hardcover release of the landmark graphic novel. Before the physical release on November 11th, fans can enjoy the graphic novel in weekly installments via ComiXology. 

THE VINE IMPERATIVE debuts in October in IMPERIUM from Valiant

In 1968…Earth's most powerful man brokered peace with a secret alien faction. 

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A deadly chess game between Harada and the alien visitors called the Vine has been unfolding for decades. The Vine plantings, the secret alien agents of a galaxy-spanning race, now hold positions of influence all over the planet. Toyo Harada, Earth’s most powerful psiot, has amassed a bedrock of power through his corporate, political, and super-powered maneuverings. A tense standoff has long held between these two slumbering giants and each was content to bend the world to their will without the other interfering…until now.

Now, openly hunted by the governments of the world, Harada's campaign of world domination continues from his East African stronghold, the Foundation Zone. Soon, the Vine agents who have watched him for decades will move to keep his machinations in check, and, if Harada wants to rule the world…he’ll have to get rid of the competition first!

Cold war turns red hot on  October 7th as the acclaimed writer of HARBINGER and the artist of UNITY team-up for a fraught confrontation between two secret armies…and two different worlds! Jump on the board the series that Bloody Disgusting calls “the height of sophisticated comic book stories” here as Toyo Harada and a clandestine alien network collide in " THE VINE IMPERATIVE", beginning in IMPERIUM #9 – featuring covers by Kano (BOOK OF DEATH: THE FALL OF HARBINGER), Giuseppe Camuncoli ( Amazing Spider-Man), and Juan José Ryp (NINJAK)!

FANTAGRAPHICS RENEWS AGREEMENT WITH COMIXOLOGY

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August 19th, 2015 — New York, NY— Fantagraphics Books, comiXology and Amazon announced today an expanded and renewed distribution agreement to continue selling Fantagraphics Books’ digital comics and graphic novels across the comiXology platform as well as debut their library to Amazon’s Kindle Store. Today’s announcement sees the digital debut of more than 300 celebrated Fantagraphics Books titles now in the Kindle Store including Love & Rockets by Jaime & Gilbert Hernandez, I Killed Adolf Hitler by Jason, How to Be Happy by Eleanor Davis, TEOTFW by Chuck Forsman & more!

“It’s very important to us to promote stories by these amazing cartoonists to as many comics and graphic novel fans as possible, and with this deal we’re doing just that,” said Fantagraphics Associate Publisher Eric Reynolds, “We’re excited to reach comics and graphic novel fans around the world via Kindle.”

“Fantagraphics Books is one of the premiere publishers of cutting edge work from an impressive line up of cartoonists today and of the last 25 years,” said David Steinberger, comiXology’s co-founder and CEO. “It’s great to expand their availability by adding these titles to Kindle, where they’ll be available to an all-new, ever-expanding audience!”

 

PLAYSTATION 4 NOW FEATURES THEMES FOR X-O MANOWAR, BLOODSHOT, HARBINGER AND MORE FROM VALANT ENTERTAINMENT

c42acd2a-1754-4d9a-b9a0-670e09376059Videogame consultancy powerhouse The Powell Group announced that the PlayStation® Store is now carrying themes featuring characters from Valiant Entertainment’s award-winning library of titles, including X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Archer & Armstrong, Rai, Quantum and Woody, and Shadowman. The PlayStation® Store has just added these exciting new PlayStation 4 (PS4) themes to their offerings, and each Valiant theme is also available for the PlayStation 3 (PS3).

“Through our partnership with The Powell Group, Valiant’s diverse lineup of characters are now leaping off the comic page to the PS4 screen, showcasing the brilliant artwork that has helped catapult Valiant to become one of the leading publishers in comics today," said Russell A. Brown, Valiant’s President of Consumer Products, Promotions & Ad Sales.

Future of Comics Winners at BCC Kids Love Comics Pavilion

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - August 21, 2015  - The Baltimore Comic-Con continues to shine as the best comics event for families and young artists. This year, The Kids Love Comics Pavilion held its first "Future of Comics Contest." Young comic creators were invited to submit their own comic creations in hopes of winning a spot in the Kids Love Comics Pavilion to sell their books and art. "We had some excellent submissions for this year's contest," said John Gallagher, Executive Director of Kids Love Comics."It was tough choosing the winners, but we have a great lineup of impressive storytellers."

The winners of the 2015 Future of Comics are:

 

Kate Davis

Ma Douce Rose is the title of the young adult mystery comic by 16-year-old Kate Davis. She tells an eerie tale of a girl in Paris and a mysterious man captured by her beauty. Working digitally, Kate has created a very professional level quality comic. Staying on this path, she will have comic companies knocking on her door in no time.

 

L.J. Fowlkes

"I laughed out loud when I read CHIBIWONGTONG," said Mark Mariano, Senior Director of Kids Love Comics. The Adventures of CHIBIWONGTONG is the fast-paced humor comic by 10-year-old L.J. Fowlkes. Truly capturing what it is to be a kid in today's modern world, CHIBIWONGTONG is a cute little cat who shares crazy adventures with his twin-brother-owners. L.J's love of Sonic the Hedgehog inspired him to improve as an artist and create his own comics. We can't wait for more adventures!

 

Eric Mann

Drawing since he was able to hold a pencil, Eric Mann is a 17-year-old that has mastered the use of that pencil. His slice-of-life comic, Forward, gives us an inside look at high school. From rock bands to relationships, Eric tells his story with detailed art and excellent pacing. He enjoys drawing cards and gifts for people. "Time spent drawing is more precious than something bought in an instant," says the young artist. With a mindset like that, we look FORWARD to more great work from Eric Mann.

 

Trinity McKnight

For her submission, 12-year-old Trinity included detailed backstories for all the characters in her superhero comic The Crime Catchers. "She has such a huge imagination!" said Chris O>Matic, Event Showrunner of Kids Love Comics. Being very passionate about comics, the young creator hopes to make it her career. "I'd like to share my stories with people other than the children in my neighborhood," she said in her submission. Trinity will be able to do just that at the Baltimore Comic-Con.

Congratulations to all of the winners.

The Future of Comics row is part of the Kids Love Comics Pavilion. It features over 30 family friendly comic creators and inspiring workshops every hour.

The 2015 Baltimore Comic-Con occurs this September 25-27 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Tickets for the Baltimore Comic-Con and Harvey Awards are now available -- click here  to purchase.

Thursday, August 20, 2015


BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - August 20, 2015 - Baltimore's beautiful Inner Harbor once again hosts the Baltimore Comic-Con on September 25-27, 2015. Held at the Baltimore Convention Center, tickets for the Baltimore Comic-Con and Harvey Awards are now available -- click here to purchase yours now! We are very pleased to announce our next media guest for 2015, Edward James Olmos, award-winning actor and star of television's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Edward James Olmos was born on February 24, 1947 in East Los Angeles, California. Early in his teen years, Eddie found a new love - music. He taught himself to sing and play piano, and by 1961 he was good enough to join a band, the Pacific Ocean. In 1968, Pacific Ocean made one record, "Purgatory."




In the mid 1960s, Eddie attended East Los Angeles College and California State University by day and played in local clubs most of the night. He began taking acting classes to improve his band's show. Olmos's first acting role was in Zoot Suit, a stage drama which opened in 1978 at the Mark Taper theatre with an expected run of ten days. It ran for a year before going to Broadway. By the time the show closed, Eddie had won a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle award, a Theatre World Award, and was nominated for a Tony Award.

Acting roles came in faster after that. In 1981 he made Wolfen with Albert Finney and, in 1982, he accepted the role of Gaff in Blade Runner with Harrison Ford. In 1984, after difficult negotiations in which he gained the right of creative control over his character of Lieutenant Martin Castillo, Eddie joined the cast of the very popular Miami Vice.


After working on American Family in 2002, he joined the hit series Battlestar Galactica in 2003, which enjoyed four seasons of rave reviews and became one of the most honored science fiction shows of all time, winning the Peabody Award and several Emmys. EJO played the lead character of Admiral Adama, the heart and soul of the show and of the series. He directed several episodes of Battlestar Galactica and, most recently, a BSG movie titled The Plan which was released on DVD and BlueRay, and aired on the SyFy Channel.




Eddie was also seen in the role of Michael Axford in the major motion picture The Green Hornet. His character is an ex-cop turned rough and tough journalist who reports on the Green Hornet and seeks to reveal his identity. He also starred as the murderous zealot on HBO's hit show Dexter.

More recently, Olmos played the role of Robert Gonzales on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. where he played a "real" S.H.I.E.L.D. agent against Phil Coulson's "rogue" team in Season Two of the ABC TV series. Events in the series were impacted by Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) theatrical releases, most recently in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Autograph, Picture, and Media Guest VIP Tickets can be purchased at http://baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets.

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Location:Edward James Olmos will be at Baltimore Comic Con September 25 -27

Monday, August 17, 2015

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - August 17, 2015 - The Baltimore Comic-Con (September 25-27, 2015) is pleased to announce the first media guests for 2015, Katie Cassidy and Paul Blackthorne, stars of television's Arrow, adapting the DC Entertainment character Green Arrow and his supporting cast. Katie and Paul will be in attendance Saturday and Sunday.

Katie Cassidy, one of Hollywood's most engaging young actresses, can currently be seen as the female lead in the smash hit CW series, Arrow. Based on the DC Entertainment Green Arrow comic, Cassidy plays Laurel Lance, an attorney and ex-girlfriend of Oliver Queen, who becomes Black Canary, fighting crime with Oliver (Green Arrow) and his team.




Cassidy can also be seen in the thriller titled The Scribbler, based on the 2006 Image Comics graphic novel, in which she plays the lead character 'Suki' and co-stars with Michelle Trachtenberg and Eliza Dushku.

Cassidy's other film credits include: Monte Carlo, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Taken, Black Christmas, Click, The Lost, and When a Stranger Calls.



No stranger to the small screen, Cassidy's other television credits include playing the female lead in CBS's 13-week murder mystery mini-series Harper's Island along with CW's Gossip Girl, Melrose Place, Supernatural, and 7th Heaven.
Off screen, Cassidy is very involved in H.E.L.P Malawi. Katie and H.E.L.P Board Members journeyed to Malawi in 2009 to visit and participate on the grounds. Katie witnessed first hand H.E.L.P's ongoing efforts. While in Malawi, Katie learned how H.E.L.P. utilizes resources in the natural environment to teach the children and the community self-sustaining skills. She helped to plant crops, make stoves out of mud and clay, and harvest the jam and peanut butter ingredients which were grown at the local school. Katie left her special mark in Malawi by creating the Katie Cassidy and Friends Garden. She also designed a necklace to raise money for the foundation that can be purchased online.

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British born actor Paul Blackthorne will be returning to primetime TV this fall for a fourth season as Quentin Lance on the CW's hit series Arrow. Father to Cassidy's Laurel, Quentin Lance is a police officer who struggles with the ongoing vigilantism and his role in law enforcement in Central City.



Last fall, he appeared in Dumb and Dumber To, the long-awaited sequel to Dumb and Dumber with original cast members, Jim Carey and Jeff Daniels.

In 2000 Blackthorne starred as the villainous Captain Russell in the Oscar nominated film Lagaan. The Oscar campaign brought him to Los Angeles where he landed many roles in American television and film. He played manipulative reality show producer, Clark Quietly in ABC's paranormal thriller The River and has appeared opposite Ted Danson in CSI and Callie Thorne in Necessary Roughness. Blackthorne played Stephen Saunders in Season 3 of 24, and starred in NBC's Lipstick Jungle opposite Brooke Shields. He is well known for his portrayal as the inimitable Harry Dresden in the SiFy series The Dresden Files. Other credits include: ER, Deadwood, Burn Notice, and Monk along with the movies Special and A Christmas Carol directed by Robert Zemeckis.




Blackthorne's directorial debut ,This American Journey, was released last fall. This documentary film follows Blackthorne and Australian photographer Mister Basquali as they travel across America interviewing everyday Americans about how they feel about their country and their hopes for its future. Along the way, stereotypes are shattered and wisdom found in the most unexpected places.

Blackthorne spends his free time traveling the world, and is an accomplished photographer. His first exhibition, 'Fish Heads and Other Things', took place in London and raised money for Greenpeace. This was followed by 'Bollywood Backpack' which raised money for the Gujarat Indian earthquake victims. His most recent collection, 'Delhi to Manhattan', was presented at Tibet House, New York and chronicles his journey through India, trekking in the Himalayan Tibetan communities and his meeting with the Dalai Lama in Dharmsala as part of 'The Missing Peace' project. Proceeds from this exhibition, which can be viewed at www.paulblackthorne.com, went to the Tibetan children's villages in India.

Blackthorne was born in Shropshire, England in 1969. His acting career began at age 12 year when he joined the illustrious National Youth Music Theater at the Edinburgh festival. Blackthorne studied the Spiritual Psychology of Acting in London from 1996-1998 with acclaimed teacher John Osborne-Hughes.

Autograph, Picture, and Media Guest VIP Tickets can be purchased at
http://baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets.
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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Updated guest list for Baltimore Comic-Con 2015

Going to the Con this year?  As a service to our readers, we have received an updated list of expected guests.  Print this out and use highlighter to mark your “must sees”.  The Baltimore Comic-Con will occur from Friday September 25 through Sunday September 27.

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In addition to on-site CGC grading, this year's confirmed guests for the show include: 

Neal Adams (All-New Captain America); Scott Ambruson (Azteca: Ciudad Paradiso). 

Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl); Marty Baumann (Pixar artist); John Beatty (Secret Wars); Carolyn Belefski (Curls); Gregory Benton (Smoke); Christy Blanch (The Damnation of Charlie Wormwood); Martin Brandt (Kidthulhu); Harold Buchholz (Archie Comics); Mark Buckingham (Fables); Bob Budiansky (courtesy of Hero Initiative, Transformers); Dave Bullock (Wednesday Comics).

Ben Caldwell (Prez); Talent Caldwell (Grimm Fairy Tales Presents White Queen: Age of Darkness); Frank Cammuso (Salem Hyde); Chris Campana (Kantara); Joe Carabeo (Black Magic Tales); Jerry Carr (Trickster: Native American Tales); Richard Case (Doom Patrol); Christa Cassano (Ghetto Klown); Tommy Castillo (Squarriors); Jacob Chabot (SpongeBob Comics); Sean Chen (Secret Origins); Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman); Frank Cho (Jungle Girl); Amy Chu (Strange Sports Stories); Rich Clabaugh (The Graveyard Gang); Steve Conley (Bloop); Amanda Conner (Harley Quinn); Katie Cook (Gronk); Darwyn Cooke (Richard Stark's Parker); Mike Curtis (Dick Tracy).

Rachel Deering (In the Dark: A Horror Anthology); Vito Delsante (Stray); Todd Dezago (Perhapanauts); Charles Dowd (Lilith Dark);.

Joe Eisma (Morning Glories); Joe Endres (Colossians).

G.D. Falksen (The Ouroboros Cycle); Jules Feiffer (Kill My Mother); Tim Fielder (Dieselfunk Studios' Matty's Rocket, Saturday and Sunday only); David Finch (Wonder Woman); Chris Flick (Capes & Babes); Ramona Fradon (Spongebob Annual-Size Super-Giant Swimtacular); Otis Frampton (Oddly Normal); Francesco Francavilla (Secret Wars: Battleworld); Franco (Itty Bitty Hellboy).

John Gallagher (Buzzboy); Katie Gallagher (Zoey and Ketchup); Jack and Will Gallagher (E.P.i.C. Bros.); S.L. Gallant (G.I. Joe); Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (Batman '66: The Lost Episode); Bryan J.L. Glass (The Mice Templar); Mike Gold (Hawkworld); Jimmy Gownley (The Dumbest Idea Ever!); Keron Grant (Father's Day); Mike Grell (courtesy of Hero Initiative, Action Comics); Dawn Griffin (Zorphbert & Fred); Eric Grissom (Planet Gigantic); Allan Gross (Cryptozoo Crew); Laura Lee Gulledge (Will & Whit); Laura Guzzo (Princeless: Short Stories for Warrior Women).

Cully Hamner (Convergence: The Question); Scott Hanna (The New 52: Futures End); Tony Harris (Justice League United); Dean Haspiel (The Fox); Russ Heath (G.I. Combat); Marc Hempel (Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream); Eric Henson (The Perhapanauts: Danger Down Under); h-eri (Ivory Dragon Studios); Ken Hunt (Talon);.

Jamal Igle (Molly Danger); Geof Isherwood (Suicide Squad);.

Klaus Janson (Superman); Dave Johnson (Inhumans: Attilan Rising); Dani Jones (My Sister the Freak); JG Jones (Strange Fruit).

Chris Kemple (Red Vengeance); Denis Kitchen (The Best of Comix Book: When Marvel Went Underground); Barry Kitson (Empire: Uprising).

Greg LaRocque (The Avengers); Dan Leister (Grimm Fairy Tales); Mike Lilly (Grimm Fairy Tales Presents: Robyn Hood); Joe Linsner (Red Sonja); Nate Lovett (Midnight Tiger).

Kevin Maguire (Justice League); Mike Maihack (Cleopatra in Space); Mike Manley (Darkhawk); Mark Mariano (The Other Side of Hugless Hill); Laura Martin (Star Wars); Ron Marz (Convergence: Batman and Robin); Bob McLeod (Secret Wars); Pop Mhan (He-Man: The Eternity War); Kevin Miller (The Cat Maiden); Chris Miskiewicz (Thomas Alsop); Terry Moore (Rachel Rising); Mark Morales (Convergence); Nen (The Memory Collectors).

Jamar Nicholas (Leon: Protector of the Playground).

Chris O>Matic (The Chris O>Matic Show); John Ostrander (Suicide Squad); Chris Otto (A Dog's Life);.

Greg Pak (Storm); Tom Palmer (The Avengers); Jimmy Palmiotti (The Con Job); Dan Parent (Archie); Jeff Parker (Justice League United); Doug Paszkiewicz (Arsenic Lullabies); Brent Peeples (Legenderry: Green Hornet); Andrew Pepoy (Afterlife with Archie); David Petersen (Mouse Guard); Brandon Peterson (Uncanny X-Men); Khoi Pham (X-Men Legacy); Mark Poulton (A Cat Named Haiku); Andy Price (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic); Kyle Puttkammer (Hero Cats).

Ron Randall (Convergence: Catwoman); Tom Raney (Avengers Vs.); Amy Reed (The Cat Maiden); Sara Richard (Jem and the Holograms); Rafer Roberts (Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream); David Rodriguez (Skylanders); Dave Roman (StarBunny Inc.); Budd Root (Cavewoman);  Don Rosa ( Donald Duck ); Craig Rousseau (Batman Beyond); Andy Runton (Owly).

Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo); Matteo Scalera (Black Science); Dan Schkade (The Spirit); Chris Schweizer (The Creeps); Jeff Shultz (Betty and Veronica); Bart Sears (Bloodshot); Louise Simonson (Convergence: Superman - The Man of Steel); Walter Simonson (Convergence: Superman - The Man of Steel); Matt Slay (The Sakai Project: Artists Celebrate Thirty Years of Usagi Yojimbo); Andy Smith (Earth 2); Matthew Dow Smith (X-Files Season 10); Scott Snyder (Batman Eternal); Charles Soule (Uncanny Inhumans); Mark Sparacio (Sgt. Rock); Jim Starlin (Thanos: The Infinity Relativity); Joe Staton (Dick Tracy); Brian Stelfreeze (Day Men); Paul Storrie (Sheena, Queen of the Jungle); Joe St. Pierre (New Zodiax).

Marcio Takara (Armor Wars); Eric Talbot (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles); Ben Taylor (A Dog's Life); Ben Templesmith (Gotham by Midnight); Mark Texeira (Ghost Racers); Frank Tieri (Suicide Squad); Robert Tinnell (Kids of the Round Table); Peter Tomasi (Green Lantern Corps); John Totleben (Swamp Thing); Jeremy Treece (King: Mandrake the Magician); Tim Truman (Hawkman); Billy Tucci (Shi); Ted Tucker (Caricature art); James Tynion (Constantine: The Hellblazer).

Ethan Van Sciver (Green Lantern);  Rick Veitch (Saga of the Swamp Thing); Emilio Velez Jr. (The Dodgeball Teens); Charles Vess (Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream).

Brennan Wagner (Django/Zorro); Matt Wagner (Grendel); Mark Waid ( Daredevil ); John Watson (Red Sonja); Todd Webb (Mr. Toast Comics); Matt Wieringo ('Ringo Scholarship Fund); Marcus Williams (Hero Cats); Marv Wolfman (courtesy of Hero Initiative, Convergence: New Teen Titans); Rich Woodall (Kyrra); Brian Woodward (Baltimore Comic-Con 2015 Yearbook); Bernie Wrightson (The Ghoul Treasury Edition); Annie Wu (Black Canary).

Kelly Yates (Doctor Who).

Thom Zahler (My Little Pony: Friends Forever); and Mike Zeck (Secret Wars) .

About The Baltimore Comic-Con

The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 15th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

Mouse Guard featured in Baltimore Comic-Con 2015 Yearbook

From the official press release . . . .


BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - August 14, 2015 - The Baltimore Comic-Con's Yearbook returns in 2015, celebrating the creators appearing at the show taking place Friday, September 25th through Sunday, September 27th, 2015. This book of art features interpretations of characters from David Petersen's Mouse Guard, sometimes in conjunction with their own creations, in a celebration of creator-owned properties.

Beautifully designed by returning guest and Love and Capes creator Thom Zahler, the book comes in a standard and, for VIP ticketholders, a limited VIP cover edition.
Once again, our popular scavenger hunt returns in 2015! When you buy the book, you'll get a list of 60 Yearbook contributors and their table numbers. If you succeed in your hunt, you can get your choice of bonus prints!



Artwork by Frank Cho
Mouse Guard was first released as a self-published black and white issue #1 by David Petersen in May of 2005. Shortly thereafter the series was picked up by Archaia in color. Since then, 3 hardcover books in the main series have been released (Fall 1152, Winter 1152, and The Black Axe) written and illustrated by Petersen, as well as an anthology series of Mouse Guard tall tales and legends, with Petersen handpicking creators like Jeremy Bastian, Skottie Young, Gene Ha, Karl Kerschl, Terry Moore, Guy Davis, Stan Sakai, Bill Wilingham, Eric Canete, Ramon Perez, Mark Buckingham, and Becky Cloonan. Most recently, Archaia has released a 12" x 12" 368 page Art of Mouse Guard 2005-2015 hardcover collecting sketches, roughs, pencils, architectural models, scripts, and behind the scenes work for the last 10 years of Mouse Guard.



Artwork by Brandon Peterson
"The Baltimore Comic con is one of the few great comic shows where it feels like home because the creators are the focus," said David Petersen. "Marc Nathan has done a marvelous job of keeping the Baltimore con about that wonderful interaction between fans and the folks who make the books they like. I've been exhibiting at Baltimore since Mouse Guard was first published by Archaia, and it's not only wonderful to be back, but to have the spotlight shown on my book with the Yearbook is an amazing honor. The pieces artists and writers took their time to do for this book are something really, really special...I mean when else are you going to see a Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez or Frank Cho Mouse Guard piece?"



Artwork by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez
"I love Mouse Guard," said Marc Nathan, promoter of the Baltimore Comic-Con. "David Petersen is an amazingly talented individual. His storytelling is second-to-none and he comes with a very unique voice. His lush art is absolutely gorgeous, and is immediately recognizable as his own whenever you see it. He's a great friend of the show, a great person, and a great friend as well. We are so excited to honor his creation with the 2015 Yearbook, and the pieces we received are stunning with dramatic ranges in artistic stylings. Are you listening, art collectors? This year's auction is going to be fantastic -- start your bidding practice now to ensure you're in fighting shape come September!"



Artwork by Andy Runton
The art created for the 2014 Baltimore Comic-Con Yearbook celebrating David Petersen's award-winning Mouse Guard will be auctioned off at the Baltimore Comic-Con Art Auction on Friday, September 25th at 5pm. Fans and art collectors alike won't want to miss this opportunity to win these one-of-a-kind items, only available at the Baltimore Comic-Con!



Artwork by Richard Clark and Ron Marz
Don't miss this opportunity to own original art featuring David's characters as depicted by artists including Scott Ambruson, Sean Anderson, Jeremy Bastian, Marty Baumann, Gregory Benton, Ryan G. Browne, Chris Campana, Richard Case, C Cassano, Frank Cho, Amy Chu, Richard Clark, Steve Conley, Katie Cook, Vito Delsante, Todd Dezago, Joe Eisma, Jen Ferguson, John Gallagher, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Daniel Govar, Laura Guzzo, Dean Haspiel, Eric Henson, Ken Hunt, Jamal Igle, Sean Izaakse, Jessi J, Chris Kemple, Dan Leister, Mike Lilly, Nate Lovett, Mark Mariano, Ron Marz, Nen, Brent Peeples, Brandon Peterson, Ron Randall, Tom Raney, Budd Root, Craig Rousseau, Andy Runton, Jeff Shultz, Matt Slay, Andy Smith, Matthew Dow Smith, Nicky Soh, Eric Talbot, Jeremy Treece, Billy Tucci, Kirby Veitch, Rick Veitch, Mark Wheatley, Matt Wieringo, Javier Cruz Winnik, Rich Woodall, Brian Woodward, Kelly Yates, and Thom Zahler!

The book will be sold, and the art auction will be held at 5pm on Friday, September 25th in our Main hall, in the Exclusives Booth in the lobby. The book will be available at the Baltimore Comic-Con for $20.



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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Scuttlebutt 4 for August 12, 2015

 

Have You Seen The New 1First Comics Site?

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Devil’s Due has now partnered with First Comics to bring some new and classic works to print and digital.  I fondly remember First Comics from the 1980’s and look forward to the revival.  Check out Grimjack (not available yet, maybe those rights belong to IDW now) and E-Man by Nicoli Cuti and Joe Staton.

Spend some time on 1FirstComics.com to get to know the exciting titles from Devil's Due/1First Comics and their creators!

 Book Of Death Approaching the Penultimate Issue

Wow!  Already up to Issue #3 of 4.  Have you been reading this yet?  I was ready to jump in, but feel that waiting until it all plays out and then reading them in order may work better for me (considering the piles of unread comics that surround me). Issue #3 hits comic shop shelves on September 23.  A second printing of Issue #1 will be available on August 19.  Here’s what some others are saying:

It really is the best kind of crossover… BOOK OF DEATH is a bold entry point into the Valiant Universe and, for long time fans, a crossover that seems to validate tons of long-term stories.” – Multiversity Comics

Featuring the last stands of Valiant icons, the first appearances of all-new heroes, and tantalizing clues of future events, BOOK OF DEATH is the gateway to the next decade of the Valiant Universe and beyond.

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DC Paperweights Available in November 2015

Icon Heroes have created some new paperweights featuring popular DC Comics heroes from The Flash and Arrow TV series.  These are available to order in the August PREVIEWS catalog and will release to comic shops in late November 2015. 

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Bandai signs agreement for American distributor of iconic toys

 (BALTIMORE, MD) — (August 11, 2015) — Diamond Comic Distributors has finalized negotiations with Bandai America Incorporated to become a Master Distributor for the leading toy manufacturer. The deal makes Diamond the preferred distributor on behalf of Bandai America to select retailers throughout the United States.

Bandai America is home to some of the most powerful entertainment toy brands, including Power Rangers, Big Hero 6™, GODZILLA™, and SprüKits®, as well as extremely successful Japanese hobby and collector lines.

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ABOUT BANDAI AMERICA INCORPORATED– A leader in developing engaging, quality toys that capture children’s imaginative spirit and provide endless “Fun For The Future,” Bandai America Incorporated is the manufacturer and master toy licensee of some of the most popular brands in children’s toys and interactive entertainment today. The Bandai America brand family includes Power Rangers®, GODZILLA®, Big Hero 6™, and SprüKits®, among other boys, girls, preschool and hobby product lines. Bandai America Incorporated is a subsidiary of BANDAI NAMCO Holdings USA Inc., an entity that resulted from the integration of Namco Ltd. and Bandai Co. Ltd. of Japan. Global interests encompass three strategic business units: Toys and Hobby, Amusement Facility and Contents. The company is headquartered in Cypress, California. Find out more about our expertise in connecting with kids in fun and fresh ways at www.Bandai.com.