Sunday, April 30, 2017

I'm aghast! Horror Comic recognition program is ending.

 EDITOR’S NOTES: I’m going to miss the Ghastly Awards. However, as with all fan endeavors, they are a labor of love that often go unrecognized until life/work/family gets in the way and forces some hard decisions and choices. Thanks for Decapitated Dan for his dedication and efforts over the past six years plus. Here from Dan are some final words on the Ghastlys . . . . . . . . . .


The End of the Ghastly Awards


It is with a heavy heart that today I officially announce the end of the Ghastly Awards.  Since 2011 the Ghastly Awards have awarded the Best in Horror Comics with the recognition that they deserved in the Comic Book Industry. We have given out close to 100 Awards in this time.

We announce the end of the Awards due to personal commitments and time constraints. I have asked a lot from the Judges over the past 6 years, and have been rewarded with an amazing commitment to showcasing the genre and the talent in the comic community. A lot of time and effort has gone into the Awards, and it has shown in what we were able to accomplish.

I am sad to leave behind the Ghastly Awards, but I look forward to what life will bring next. Should the right person/party come along to continue the Awards, I will have open ears. Spearheading this effort was well worth it, and I can’t even begin to thank all of those involved, from our Sponsors, those who Submitted their books for consideration, and of course our amazing Judges: Steve Banes, Lonnie Nadler, Mykal Banta,  Pedro Cabezuelo, Belinda “Spaced” McNeill, Bree Ogden, Rachel Deering, Denise Dutton, James Ferguson, Daniel Viney, Phillip Charles, and of course my right hand man, Mike Howlett.

Thank you everyone for submitting your books,  sponsoring the Awards and helping to spread the love of Horror Comics.

- Decapitated Dan Royer


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Saturday, April 29, 2017

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY is just one week away!

SAVE THE DATE: MAY 6, 2017        
The FCBD 2017 Store Locator is now live!
Tom Holland Wants You To Go To Free Comic Book Day! 
Tom Holland (Spider-Man) from Spider-Man: Homecoming has a special message for FCBD fans! Share this with your friends and family to get them pumped for the big day! 
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ALTERNA increases print run based on early orders


EDITOR’S NOTE:  I like what this small independent publisher is doing to bring back low-cost comics as well as offer another outlet for creative teams to showcase their work and ideas. They also are developing some programs to help comic shops promote their books. While they didn't have any books ready for Free Comic Book Day, their initial newsprint titles will debut this week on May 3rd, just three days before FCBD. If you're stopping by your local comic shop between now and then, keep a look out for the Alterna books. It won't cost you very much to give them a try. Newsprint is less expensive, so they can sell for less. Here’s an update courtesy of the publisher . . . . .


With a few days to go before the May 3rd debut of Alterna's affordably priced newsprint comics, early order numbers for June's releases are currently blowing away expectations.


Currently at double the amount of May's initial order numbers, Alterna will be increasing print runs for all of June's titles by 50%.  Alterna had increased May's print runs by 25% but an ordering surge still created sell outs across the board.


Publisher Peter Simeti shared his excitement about the early success of the newsprint titles:


     "We're less than a week away from debuting our newsprint comics at shops across the world -- needless to say everyone at Alterna is very excited.  Readers and retailers have been super supportive of this initiative and it means so much to the creators here. 


     It was a pleasant surprise to find out that the initial orders for June were so high, so we'll be increasing print runs to hopefully accommodate all the readers and retailers (and any reorders) without having to go back to press on second printings.  It's been great, receiving messages from customers that they're opening up pull boxes for the first time in years, and that they're buying a reader copy AND a copy to keep safe... for a creator-owned company like us, it's very surreal to hear things like this.  


     Personally, I hope that readers love the stories and that they'll use the savings on our books to even try other creator-owned books at their local shop.  I'd like to give a big thanks to all the comic shops and readers that are helping us bring back newsprint to new comic book day!" 



Three of the four books being released on May 3rd are great for kids too.  ADAM WRECK #1, AMAZING AGE #1, and LILITH DARK #1 are fantastic reads for kids -- so pick 'em up on Free Comic Book Day if you don't get a chance to scoop 'em up on the 3rd!  



Good news for readers and retailers! Due to a small overrun on comic shop/direct sales editions on each book, Alterna will be able to fill reorders via Diamond on May releases.


Friday, April 28, 2017

First NERDCON debuts this weekend in Exton PA

 EDITOR’S NOTE:  Looking for something to do this weekend while waiting for Free Comic Book Day (May 6)?  Check out this event at the Chester County Library in Exton, PA this Friday and Saturday . . . . . . . .


    The first NERDCON debuts this weekend at the Chester County Library at 450 Exton Square Parkway in Exton, PA.  The Con begins today, Friday April 28, from 6 to 8 p.m.  Festivities continue on Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.


     Events include movie showings, gaming stations, hourly events, vendors and more.  Friday attendees can participate in the Claim The Throne fun, which continues through Saturday when visitors are invited to come dressed as one of their favorite characters.  Saturday’s activities include lectures, panels, and fandom themed programs.

Registration for the individual programs is encouraged. For full details and to register, visit  . . . . .

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Story from Strange Horror spins off into Caliber graphic novel


EDITOR’S NOTE:  When last we heard about him, friend of BC and sometimes contributor Gary Scott Beatty just finished a successful Kickstarter campaign to finance the first three issues of STRANGE HORROR. Now, Caliber Comics has picked up Gary’s story “Wounds” for a full treatment. Read on for details and a preview . . . . . .

Wounds asks, "Is Madness a Way to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse?"

A new Caliber Comics graphic novel asks the question, "Is madness a way to survive the zombie apocalypse?"

"Wounds," a 56 page GN now on Amazon and Comixology, is written and illustrated by Gary Scott Beatty, who revealed comic shop owners' humanity in "Number One" and dropped us into 1957 in "Jazz: Midnight."

"I always enjoy stories that force me to pay attention," writes Beatty in the intro to the Free Preview. "The X-Files. Lost. Grant Morrison's 'Invisibles.' Alan Moore's 'Watchmen.' Great classics, sure, but they are missing something: Zombies."

Beatty promises a jarring story with an orbiting space ark and death in a tuxedo. "The whole thing may just be a fever dream by a Black Death sufferer. All will be explained, I promise."

The Free Preview "just scratches the surface" of "Wounds'" plot, said Beatty. It is downloadable at

"The whole book began with me thinking about how to make comics more exciting. I ended up with this 'eternal waking' style of storytelling that doesn't allow readers time for boredom."

Beatty's book was picked up by Caliber Comics after it ran serialized in three issues of Strange Horror, a digital comic Kickstarted at 142% of goal.

For those who think the zombie genre may have run its course, Beatty promises that "Wounds" "drags the zombie genre, kicking and screaming, into new territory."

Wounds: One man's descent into madness accompanied by death in a tuxedo during the zombie apocalypse, is now on Amazon and Comixology.

"Worlds" throws us into a world where nothing is beyond doubt, except a father's concern for his wife and daughter. Beatty says if you enjoy that "What th-?" factor in graphic novels, you'll enjoy "Wounds."


Biography comic tells story of soccer star Messi

from the official TidalWave press release . . . . .



Fame: Lionel Messi the comic book is available this week.  It the latest addition to the successful line of TidalWave’s biography titles.


Few footballers are honored to wear the number 10 on their jersey. PelĂ©, Diego Maradona, and now, Lionel Messi have felt the weight of that number, and all have excelled. With five Ballon d’Ors, awarded for meritorious achievement by FIFA, this shy player from Argentina, one of the youngest ever to play the game professionally, proves that to excel, one must know yourself and push yourself to succeed. His storied career is chronicled in this latest illustrated biography


Writer Michael Frizell and artist Angel Bernuy bring Maradona's amazing career to life in comic book form.  With a cover by famed artist Pablo Martinena.


“I found Lionel Messi to be a fascinating figure. This is my second book about a football player – I sport I knew little about until I wrote the Maradona book a few months ago – and it was a challenge to find the proper balance between the myth and the man.” said writer Michael Frizell.


“I’m from Argentina, many people ask me Will they ever make a comic from Messi?, So for me it was a double pleasant surprise, first because Tidal Wave made it true and second because I was chosen for the cover art, it is a tribute to his effort, sacrifice and passion.”  Pablo Martinena


The Fame titles are 28-page issues and bring to life in graphic form the stories of the world¹s biggest celebrities.  In the past TidalWave has produced other sports icons such as David Beckham, Diego Maradona, Alex Rodriguez, Russell Wilson and more. 


"We've found a niche with our bio comics," said TidalWave publisher Darren G.  Davis. "Our success with this comic shows that there is a much wider audience for sequential storytelling than many thought. These readers are simply looking for something other than superheroes or horror. With our bio comics, we strive to bring these new readers evenhanded, well-researched looks at some of their favorite celebrities."


It is available Wednesday for your e-reader from iTunes, Kindle, Nook, ComiXology, DriveThru Comics, Google Play, My Digital Comics, Overdrive, Iverse, Biblioboard, Flipkart, ComicBin, Axis360, Blio, Entitle, Comicblender, Kobo and wherever eBooks are sold. Print copies can be ordered exclusively at


About TidalWave Entertainment


Formerly known as Bluewater Comics, TidalWave delivers a multimedia experience unparalleled in the burgeoning graphic fiction and nonfiction marketplace. Dynamic storytelling coupled with groundbreaking art delivers an experience like no other. Stories are told through multiple platforms and genres, gracing the pages of graphic novels, novelizations, engaging audio dramas, cutting-edge film projects, and more. Diversity defines TidalWave’s offerings in the burgeoning pop culture marketplace, offering fresh voices and innovative storytellers.


As one of the top independent publishers of comic book and graphic novels, TidalWave Entertainment unites cutting-edge art and engaging stories produced by the publishing industry’s most exciting artists and writers. Its extensive catalog of comic book titles includes the bestsellers “10th Muse” and “The Legend of Isis,” complimented by a line of young adult books and audiobooks. TidalWave’s publishing partnerships include entertainment icon William Shatner (“TekWar Chronicles”), legendary filmmaker Ray Harryhausen (“Wrath of the Titans,” “Sinbad: Rogue of Mars,” “Jason and the Argonauts,” and more), novelists S.E. Hinton (“The Puppy Sister”) and William F. Nolan (“Logan’s Run”), and celebrated actors Vincent Price (“Vincent Price Presents”), Dirk Benedict of the original “Battlestar Galactica” (“Dirk Benedict in the 25thCentury”), and Adam West of 1966’s “Batman” fame (“The Mis-Adventures of Adam West”). TidalWave also publishes a highly-successful line of biographical comics under the titles “Orbit,” “Fame,” “Beyond,” “Tribute,” “Female Force,” and “Political Power.”




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Sneak Peek at X-0 MANOWAR second story arc in June

First Look: X-O MANOWAR (2017) #4 – “GENERAL” Begins with AN ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT on June 28th!

      Valiant is proud to present your first look inside X-O MANOWAR (2017) #4 – the FIRST ISSUE of “GENERAL,” an ALL-NEW ARC and EXPLOSIVE NEW JUMPING-ON POINT for the year’s best-selling independent comic book series! On June 28th, New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (DIVINITY, Mind MGMT) and superstar artist Doug Braithwaite (BLOODSHOT U.S.A., Justice) launch the next phase of X-O Manowar’s galaxy-razing rise to power with “GENERAL” – a three-part juggernaut putting Aric of Dacia in command of his new world’s most dreaded fighting force…and beginning an armor-plated takeover of an alien world that will soon reverberate throughout all corners of the Valiant Universe!

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?

On June 28th, X-O Manowar’s path to domination will shatter the stars themselves as Matt Kindt and Doug Braithwaite raise the stakes of the year’s #1 best-selling independent comic series right here with a planet-shaking entry point, only in X-O MANOWAR (2017) #4 – featuring a formidable line-up of covers by Lewis LaRosa (BLOODSHOT REBORN), Dave Johnson (Superman: Red Son), Ryan Bodenheim (The Dying & The Dead), and comics legend Bob Layton (Iron Man)!

Then: 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 27th2017! 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!

But first: Join the battle that has taken the comic book industry by storm on April 26th as Matt Kindt Tomas Giorello propel Aric of Dacia’s chart-dominating debut forward…and force the unstoppable X-O Manowar onto the front lines of an eons-old extraterrestrial battlefield that will forever shape the future of the Valiant Universe’s greatest hero in X-O MANOWAR (2017) #2 – in stores alongside the X-O MANOWAR (2017) #1 SECOND PRINTING!

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 – X-O Manowar Icon Variant by Bob Layton

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

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

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

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

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


Monday, April 24, 2017

Sneak Peek: BLOODSHOT SALVATION, coming in September

First Look: BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – Lemire, LaRosa & Suayan Lead Valiant’s Next Blockbuster Ongoing Series in September!

As revealed last week at the third annual #ValiantSummit in Los Angeles, Valiant is proud to present your first look inside BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of the BLOCKBUSTER NEW ONGOING SERIES from New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (BLOODSHOT REBORN, Moon Knight) and extraordinary artists Lewis LaRosa (BLOODSHOT REBORN, SAVAGE) & Mico Suayan (BLOODSHOT REBORN)! On September 27th, to protect his true love and newborn daughter from the forces that made him a walking weapon, Valiant’s machine-made soldier will be forced to run his most dangerous mission yet…and begin a harrowing gauntlet of revenge and bloodshed that will forever redefine the course of Bloodshot’s present and future… 

Spanning two timelines – the present day (with art by LaRosa) and the future (with art by Suayan) –  Jeff Lemire’s best-selling, critically adored Bloodshot epic explodes with an ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINTin BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – featuring the essential introduction of Jessie, Bloodshot’s daughter and a new force in the Valiant Universe, following her first cameo appearance in the upcoming VALIANT: X-O MANOWAR FCBD SPECIAL, in stores this Free Comic Book Day!

Now: In the arms of his beloved girlfriend Magic, Bloodshot has finally found hope for the future…in the form of the couple’s unborn child. But when Magic’s estranged family – a cruel and sadistic clan of homegrown criminals – re-emerge to lay claim to their lost daughter, Bloodshot will be pushed back to the brink of madness, mayhem, and warfare…

Soon: Eight years from today, Bloodshot’s daughter has inherited her father’s incredible abilities. Hunted by a high-tech kill squad called Omen, Jessie must hone her powers…and learn how to survive before the world is swallowed whole by the darkness that now pervades America…

“[BLOODSHOT SALVATION] marks a big shift for Bloodshot. He is now a parent, and his mission and focus shifts to protecting Jessie from all the various factions hunting her,” writer Jeff Lemire told IGN. “SALVATION will build off of everything I did in Reborn, but it will not retread the same themes or events. It breaks new ground and takes the character on a whole new journey." 

On September 27th, the circle of time envelops Bloodshot’s present and future…and the fate of Valiant’s hard-fought hero runs red as Jeff LemireLewis LaRosa, and Mico Suayan ready a punishing jumping-on point for the most devastating superhero saga in comics today. Bloodshot – and the child he’d do anything to protect – leap into the firefight of their lives when one of 2017’s most anticipated new series begins in full force in BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – featuring covers by Ryan Bodenheim (NINJAK, The Dying & The Dead) and Kenneth Rocafort (The UltimatesSuperman)!

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – Cover by Ryan Bodenheim

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – Cover by Kenneth Rocafort

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – Interior Art by Mico Suayan

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – Interior Art by Mico Suayan

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – Interior Art by Mico Suayan

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – Interior Art by Mico Suayan

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – Interior Art by Lewis LaRosa

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – Interior Art by Lewis LaRosa

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – Interior Art by Lewis LaRosa

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1 – Interior Art by Lewis LaRosa


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Pre-Order Picks: Not too late to add these ALTERNA titles to your list for June 2017

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Want to try out more new titles, but tired of paying $4 or more for something you’re not sure is right for you?  Alterna Press is making this very affordable by launching a slew of new series and mini-series printed on newsprint, which brings production costs down.  Six bucks today only buys two DC comics or 1.5 comics from most other publishers.  That same six bucks will net you all four of these #1 issues.  When the prices get this affordable, how can you not take a chance and check these out.  By the way, Alterna is not a new company so there’s no danger of their folding up the tent and moving on. They have a long track record of publishing — they just happen to be in more of the spotlight now due to their publishing initiative.  Read more below . . . . . . . 



Pre-Order @ Your Local Comic Shop >>

MOTHER RUSSIA #1 of 3 - (W/A) Jeff McComsey

Great for fans of Resident Evil, Enemy at the Gates, 28 Days Later


One baby. One rifle. Two million zombies! As a zombie apocalypse breaks out in WWII, a Soviet sniper risks her life to protect an innocent baby boy. Created by New York Times-bestselling author and artist Jeff McComsey. Now on newsprint!


($1.50; 32pgs; BW; APR171234; June 14th)

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SCRIMSHAW #1 - (W) Eric Borden (A) Dave Mims (L) Spike O'Laochdha

Great for fans of X-Men, Rat Queens, Suicide Squad


With the planet ravaged by war, ruthless corporations have the world's governments in their pockets. Faced with impossible odds, Captain Hans Tanaka and the rest of the crew of the Runaway Horse have been branded as pirates, cut-throats, mercs... and the good guys! Printed on newsprint!


($1.50; 32 pgs; Full Color; APR171235; June 28th)

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THE CHAIR #1 of 4 - (W/L) Peter Simeti (A) Kevin Christensen

Great for fans of Arkham Asylum, Memento, Shutter Island


Richard Sullivan has spent ten years on death row for a crime he claims he never committed. But lately inmates are being brutally murdered by the Warden and his guards. Will Sullivan escape before it's too late? Now a motion picture starring the legendary Roddy Piper. Printed on newsprint! 


($1.50; 32 pgs; BW; APR171236; June 21st)

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TRESPASSER #1 of 4 - (W) Justin M. Ryan (A) Kristian Rossi (L) DC Hopkins

Great for fans of The Walking Dead, The X-Files, The Road


After a devastating war ruins the air and food supply for most of the world, Hector and his daughter Maria struggle to survive. But when a strange visitor crash lands in the forest, Hector will go to unspeakable lengths to protect his child. Printed on newsprint!


($1.50; 32 pgs; Full Color; APR1712537; June 7th)

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