Top 5 Trending Comics #167

Every week before new comic book day, Trending Pop Culture provides the fans with the Top 5 Trending Comics arriving on new comic book day . 

New Comics and items arriving 6/6/18.

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The Immortal Hulk #1 from writer Al Ewing and artist Joe Bennett. Trending quite well at the moment. A new Hulk comic? What’s not to love???
Spawn #286 – This Spawn comic is just about all sold out. Lots of variant covers from Todd McFarlane teaming with various creators have garnered lots of attention.
Brother Nash #1 – Speaking of attention, this Titan Books release from Bridgit O’Connell is sold out.
Vagrant Queen #1 – …And with more love from comic fans, this Vault Comics offering from Magdalene Visaggio and Jason Smith……Sold out.
Infinity Countdown #4 – Here’s a comic everyone will be talking about on Wednesday. the debut (cameo?) of the new character ‘Requiem’. Buy this one fast, it won’t stay around too long.   

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Here are the rest of the trends headed your way this Wednesday from Trending Comics and More #529
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Scooby Doo Team Up #12
Ant-Man And The Wasp #1
Ant-Man & The Wasp: Living Legends #1
Tales To Astonish #49 (1963)
Sensational She-Hulk #35 (1992)
Uncanny X-Men #130
Dazzler X Song #1
Deadpool #1
Doctor Strange #1
Justice League #1
Deathstroke #32
Nightwing #45
About Betty’s Boob
John Byrnes Stowaway To The Stars #1
Halo Collateral Damage #1
Sword Daughter #1
Aberrant #1
Cellies #1
POP MLB Series 3 Aaron Judge Vinyl Figure
POP Rocks Ed Sheeran Vinyl Figure

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Best Covers – New Comics 6-6-18

New comic book release day 6/6/18. New comic releases are subject to change.
These are our favorite comic covers from the new arrivals this week. Shown below are the comic book covers with the cover artist.
Always remember, all of these new comics are just as awesome in the inside as they are on the outside. What are your favorite covers this week?

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Francesco Mattina

Derlis Santacruz

John Timms

Clayton Crain

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Greg Capullo

Julian Totino

Khary Randolph

Clayton Crain

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Bill Sienkiewicz

Zsombor Huszka

Todd McFarlane

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VIDEOS – New Comics & Best Covers #529

Weekly video look at some of the new release comics and items from the weekly Trending Comics & More article and the Best Comic Covers article.

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Trending Comics & More #529

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Dazzler X Song #1

Uncanny X-Men #130

Living Legends #1

She-Hulk #35

Immortal Hulk #1

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Just a quick note regarding something from the speculative market that needs to be addressed. I saw this and had to share my thoughts because I see too many being swindled out of believing something that is simply a falsehood being driven by a market that needs to get with it a bit. This is one of the many reason the InvestComics website switched gears over the years and eventually arrived to a Trending brand. Comics can trend, but making stuff up to upsell is simply not a vehicle anyone should drive. Maybe I can make sense of it for you a bit. Maybe not. Maybe we can have an open discussion, like grown-ups on one of our social media pages. Weigh in and see what other collectors may think about this. A quick reminder, this is an opinion for MATURE readers, not fanboys with emotions that cannot read without formulating a solid foundation for an adult debate.
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Recently arrived from the Orlando MegaCon show and saw on a dealers table the Scooby Doo/Harley Quinn Team-Up comic with a yellow sticky that read ‘Rarest Harley Quinn appearance ever’. Priced at $30. This comic bears absolutely no significance at all in the grand scheme of collecting. It does not….at all. Zero. Let me break this down to you this way. Realize the ridiculousness of this sell…every single superhero or villain has a ‘rarest appearance’ leading up to their 352+ appearance (more on that in a moment). Every. Single. One. Thanos does. So does Deadpool. So does Starlord. So does Nightwing. And so on. Any hero or villain ever put to print has a comic that was the shortest print run during their tenure. It’s a FACT, no getting around this. Why are their RARE appearances not a ‘get’? Is it that the Scooby book sold 10k and the rarest Deadpool sold 12k? Seriously? You see how absurd this is? Please, utilize your monies and maximize it to the best of your capacity for your collection to be filled with tangible books. Wasteful spending on a 352nd appearance of a character as a ‘RARE’ appearance is not a good investment no matter how anyone wants to sell this. Yes, through calculation, counting Regular Quinn, Animated Quinn and Post Flashpoint Quinn, up until the 2015 release of the Scooby Doo Team-Up comic, she appeared in approximately 352 comics (More not counting some hard covers, TPB, reprints or various other continuities) to that 2015 appearance. That’s a whole lot of Quinn. So, what exactly is it with this comic (and countless others) that have so many in a tizzy? $30 well spent someplace else if you ask a true speculator. The Scooby Doo Team Up #12 is at a ‘Buy it Now’ price of $7.99 in some places on eBay. So many stuck on the high end with this comic, it’s not using your best judgement but following the madness of a website(s) or word of mouth.

Deadpool #1

Deathstroke #32

Justice League #1

Nightwing #45

Spawn #286

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Ant-Man hits this week with a few number one comics. Two that will trend are Ant-Man And The Wasp #1 from Mark Waid and Javier Garron and Ant-Man & The Wasp: Living Legends #1 from Ralph Macchio and Andrea Di Vito. Must be an Ant-Man movie coming out or something. Within the pages of Ant-Man & The Wasp: Living Legends #1 comes the reemergence of Living Eraser. A third-rate villain that first appeared back in 1963’s Tales To Astonish #49. Which also happens to be Giant-Man’s first appearance. The character quickly fell through the cracks to be revived in 1992 by John Byrne in Sensational She-Hulk #35. The ‘New’ Living Eraser! The crowd gasps! No, they don’t, but hey a great book coming from creative team Ralph Macchio and Andrea Di Vito? We’ll take that. And a new series from Mark Waid and Javier Garron? Yes, we’ll take that too. Thank you Marvel.
The Dazzler character has always been one of those characters to be on the cusp of something, but not quite sure what. Sort of like with Moon Knight, but more wonky. She’s appeared in countless comics throughout her storied career, but never managing to go next level. With the influx of the female heroes/villains making a major impact on the industry within the last decade or past few years, it’s no wonder we go back in time and grab Dazzler to try and make it work….once again. First appearance raw copies on eBay have sold between $40 – $80. An Uncanny X-Men #130 graded CGC 9.6 sold for $130 two months ago. Not that much demand in the open market there. But, that doesn’t mean writer Magdalene Visaggio and artist Laura Braga will not take Dazzler X Song #1 to a new era of interest on new comic book day. It’s a different market these days for the female character. Let the interest spark you, buy a copy, check it out.
Deadpool #1 will be the sixth volume with a number one issue attached to it. Too many restarts? Probably yes, but fans eat this stuff up. Making a new Deadpool series with the number ONE in the upper left-hand corner someplace is like printing money for Marvel. Add in super creative talents like Skottie Young, Scott Hepburn and Nic Klein, you have more of a reason to want this comic upon its release. Some of the many, many variants are already sold out. Remember, as its been said on here for years and years. The guts are the same (inside of the comic), don’t overpay for ONE page that’s different (cover).
Mark Waid is a busy guy these days. A new Doctor Strange series. Doctor Strange #1 Writer Mark Waid artist Jesus Saiz.
For a long time, It was written on this site about the title ‘Totally Awesome Hulk’ as a big downer for the book itself as for any potential first time reader for the comic. The comic was good, but the title was atrocious. Eventually Marvel saw the harm this approach was producing and finally that title went away. This Wednesday, a more ‘mature’ approach from Marvel; The Immortal Hulk #1 from writer Al Ewing and artist Joe Bennett. This is good. Very good. And the comic will hammer out some fantastic Hulk tales with this creative team on board. Looking forward to this.

Superstar writer Scott Snyder brings his stardom to another Justice League relaunch. Justice League #1 with writer Scott Snyder and artist Jim Cheung. A few variants of course accompany this release, but the Jim Lee Batman cover is just….okay. Nothing really jumping out here.
Speaking of Batman, Deathstroke and Bats keep up the fight in Deathstroke #32. Part three Batman vs. Deathstroke.
Have you seen the new Nightwing #45 cover? The John Romita Jr. cover will draw the ire of some. Maybe. We’ll see if this trends because of the graphic nature of it. Maybe it’s nothing too. We’ll see.

Ant-Man Wasp #1

Doctor Strange #1

Brother Nash #1

Aberrant #1

About Betty’s Boob

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Trending Pop Culture Indie Hot Picks; Indie comics do not always show up on Ebay right way. Please check back on a regular basis, some of the smaller print indie books usually list after new comic book release day or a few days after.
An interesting comic from Boom Studios this Wednesday. Not only for it’s interesting title (a snicker will occur when seeing it), but because of its content. About Betty’s Boob is a realistic/comic book approach unto a particular female (Betty) who loses her left breast to cancer, but also loses her boyfriend, her job, her will, but things are lining up for Betty as the day is lining up to become the best day of her life according to writer Vero Cazot and artist Julie Rocheleau. This hard cover will be an interesting read indeed and should be beckoned as a film if someone wants to make a movie about awareness, perseverance and the will to overcome any obstacle thrown your way in life. Hopefully a comic book form of this hard cover reaches stores someday, but this Wednesday, buy the hardcover and read About Betty’s Boob.
For some reason Spawn #286 will be arriving to local comic shops with eight (at last count) variant covers. All covers are Todd McFarlane team-ups with other industry artist. Most of the covers are sold out already. Why the influx of variants here is a bit perplexing. Is there a major storyline happening here? Something…? Anything? Either way, some of these cool covers will be trending across your social media page shortly.
Brother Nash #1 (Titan Books) from Bridgit O’Connell is sold out.
Vagrant Queen #1 (Vault Comics); Magdalene Visaggio and Jason Smith. Sold out.
John Byrnes Stowaway To The Stars #1 Special Edition (IDW); All John Byrne stuff and a new John Byrne story!
Halo Collateral Damage #1 (Dark Horse); Alex Irvine and Dave Crosland. Sword Daughter #1 (Dark Horse); Brian Wood and Mark Chater. Danger Zone’s Aberrant #1; Rylend Grant and Zsomber Huszka.
Cellies #1 (Lion Forge Comics); Joe Flood and Dave Scheidt.

Sword Daughter #1

Cellies #1

Halo #1

Stowaway Stars #1

Vagrant Queen #1

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Trending items arriving this Wednesday below. Most are sold out. Click on the RED links or the image to buy/bid on these hot items via eBay from ALL available sellers.
POP MLB Series 3 Aaron Judge Vinyl Figure
POP Rocks Ed Sheeran Vinyl Figure

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Ed Sheeran POP!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jay Katz
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InvestComics at MegaCon 2016

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Another year in the books for InvestComics at MegaCon. This year was the first “full” year Fan Expo had creative control of the show. Gone are Beth and Christine, which ran an amazing show year in and year out. In NO WAY is the following review ANY indication toward Beth or Christine and the way they ran their MegaCon show. They were and are STILL champions in our book. 100% professionalism from them every single year we were part of their press core. We’d wish them luck, but we know whatever they choose to do next, they will rock that too! They don’t need luck, they’re that awesome. Thank you for everything.

Fan Expo put their best foot forward in their debut. A fantastic celebrity lineup; William Shatner, George Takei, Jon Cusack, Kevin Smith, and comic guest; Stan Lee, Frank Miller, Andy Kubert, Gail Simone, David Finch, Mike Zeck and so many more on both sides. Including super cosplay talents Leanna Vamp, Ivy Doomkitty, Rosanna Rocha, Ireland Reid, plus many more! An impressive lineup for sure!

When we did our initial walk-around, the first thing we noticed were the aisles. They were expanded so that fans were not crowded while walking. The staff on hand had a smile at every turn. The volunteers were equally as helpful as the Fan Expo staff. A great all-around experience regarding accommodating the InvestComics staff needs.

InvestComics took an abundance of photos at the show for fans who couldn’t make it. We do that every year and fans love it and respond! Thanks to all the fans who like, or heart, or retweet our photos from all of the social media sources we share them on. If you happen to have missed any, check out our social media links:

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The panels were held in various halls throughout. The amazing theater we saw Frank Miller, George Takei, and Kevin Smith were worth the ticket price itself. We hope fans got a chance to see their favorite guest(s) in one of these grand rooms. Sound, lighting, seating and ambience was spectacular. If you happened to have missed any panels, do yourself a favor and get there for a few next year. You’ll be happy you did.

InvestComics would like to extend a huge thank you to Ashley Jimenez and the Fan Expo staff for their hospitality and allowing us to be a part of their MegaCon show. We look forward to seeing everyone in 2017!

Besides ALL of the social media images the InvestComics fans loved (and thank you for that!), here is a short video of some highlights. Thank you all….again!

Carpe Diem.

Jay Katz

InvestComics Hot Picks #356

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InvestComics Hot Picks – New Release Comics on 1/28/15

A few things to go over before we get to the shorten edition of this week’s InvestComics Hot Picks.

Our sister company Capital Grading Services announced they will be at this year’s MegaCon in Orlando. Stan Lee will be in attendance, so make sure to get any Stan Lee books you’d like to get signed over to CGS soon to secure a spot before the limit max’s out. There will be plenty of other fantastic creators there as well, so be sure to check on the MegaCon website often right HERE. Pricing will be updated regarding Stan Lee signatures, so please be patient. If you find out before we do, then by all means let us know so that we can confirm it and update the site. The Capital Grading Services is updated as of right now with the banner and link regarding pricing for all tiers. Check that out right HERE. Fantastic guest list as always, be sure to get your books in before the deadline.

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InvestComics_1We’re almost a month into 2015 already and we haven’t mentioned a very special anniversary coming up. In July of this year, InvestComics will be celebrating its ten year anniversary. Ten years of some amazing articles, interviews, videos and so much more. In celebration of our 10 years, each week we will post a little something reflecting on our awesome run. Pictured to the right is the very first InvestComics magazine that was published in 2007. It was a monthly magazine detailing some comics we deemed necessary for speculators to look out for. We spoke about Deathlok’s first appearance and how we felt he would eventually hit the big screen or television one day. Astonishing Tales #25 was a great book to pick up back then and it’s a great book today. Things don’t change that often because many of our speculation picks come to fruition around here quite often. It’s a natural progression to always be on top at InvestComics and we will continue to always do so. Dating back a few years ago (2012), InvestComics went to Tates’s Comic shop to cover the very first DC Hero Initiative sketch cover event (Tate’s Comics – Hero Initiative Event). We are proud of this video for so many reasons. First and foremost, the event explained the importance of Hero Initiative. Secondly, getting perspective from the fans about what Hero Initiative means to them, Third, speaking with Alex Saviuk was fantastic, and then some nice pictures of the the actual covers themselves. AND it also features the awesomeness of Jo. Shes’s the manager at Tate’s. Check out the short video below. We hope you enjoy it as much as we had making it.

Spider_2099_Spider_Verse_InvestComicsDeathstroke_4_InvestComicsSpider-Verse continues this week and you know how we feel about that here at InvestComics. For the newer subscribers here on InvestComics, we can tell you that we are big on buying anything Spider-Verse at this point. InvestComics was saying this way before Spider-Verse even started. There are simply too many variables with this massive crossover event. Too many possibilities of a breakout character or a surprise introduction. Get Spider-Man 2099 (2014 2nd Series) #8 this week and enjoy the read. Even if nothing substantial happens in this book, it’s still a great story line.

Speaking of substantial. Recent news says that Marvel will be doing a complete overhaul of their universe. So what does this mean for new titles like Uncanny Avengers (2014 Marvel) 2nd Series #1? Will all number ones moving forward mean anything in the new Marvel Universe? I think Marvel may have touched on this, but most of us stopped reading after we realized that Marvel is essentially doing a New 52 move but on steroids. Which is okay because lets face it, Marvel (Disney) are here to make money and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that! Many fanboys will moan and groan about change, but it’s about keeping a business thriving and fresh, not about keeping things in a constant “norm” to satisfy a nostalgic bunch. Things change and change is good. Those fanboys that whine Bitch_Planet_2_InvestComics Uncanny_Avengers_1_Marvel_InvestComicswill be the first to buy the new Marvel universe books because those are the same ones who claimed never to buy a Spidey book again after Joe Quesada turned everything upsidedown.

Deathstroke will make his way into Gotham in Deathstroke #4. You have to check this book out. Tony Daniel is killing it as he usually does. How is this dude not a huge draw at comic conventions is a huge mystery. Seriously. InvestComics for years and years has been calling this guy out since his amazing AMAZING Batman run.

Image Comics will give readers the second issues of two hot number one comics. Bitch Planet (2014) #2 and They’re Not Like Us (2014 Image) #2 are set to arrive after their first issues sold out. Looks like more of the same here. Two other Image titles are on the cusp of selling out; Casanova Acedia (2014 Image) #1 and Dying and the Dead (2014 Image) #1.

It’s always interesting to read a new DC/Vertigo title. Check out Effigy (2015 DC/VERTIGO) #1. Looks like the typical edgy goodness of a Vertigo title. Good stuff.

Punks_The_Comic_4_InvestComicsPunks The Comic (2014) #4 pays homage to a very familiar Marvel comic cover. And Find (2015 Comixtribe) #1 and Munchkin (2014 Boom) #1 look interesting.

See you soon. Invest wisely. Read comics.

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Jay Katz

InvestComics Hot Picks #313 – with NEW MegaCon 2014 Video

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InvestComics Hot Picks – New Release Comics on 4/2/14

The InvestComics Hot Picks are back! Although a very short version this week, I’ll be more on track in the coming weeks. I’m working on a HUGE InvestComics Hot Picks Special. You’re going to love it!

Last weekend InvestComics was at the Orlando MegaCon 2014. That show keeps getting bigger and more awesome every year! Special thanks to Beth and Christine for allowing InvestComics to cover their event for the fourth year straight! Thank you!

I put together the short video below that features random video clips and images of the show. The InvestComics Facebook page and Instagram was packed full of live coverage from the show. If you are not on board yet following us on all of the social media listed above, you really should get crackin’! Lots of cool stuff going on there, including comic book giveaways!

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There are a total of 11 number ones featured on the Hot Picks. There is not another number available this week here. All number ones!

The one(s) to look out for? Inhuman (2014 Marvel) #1 should be right up there on top of your list. There are 6 covers that accompany the release of this book. Marvel is very high on calling this the next phase of their comic book universe. Yes we’ve all heard it before, but this looks special for some reason. ……..Although, I’m not quite sold on the $75 variant, too much on something that is simply a startup of a new universe for Marvel. If Marvel gives up on the direction then you lose on that expensive variant. If they don’t and it’s a hit, well you’re a big risk taker speculator that deserves kudos.

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Everything Guardians of the Galaxy is a very big deal these days. This Wednesday we get a brand new Guardians book that is a prelude to the movie; Marvels Guardians of the Galaxy Prelude (2014) #1. I said it before like I have said on here about 50 times. The Guardians of the Galaxy movie will be the make or break going forward for Marvel Studios. If the movie doesn’t fair as well as they are counting on, things will slow down on the Marvel gravy train moving forward. Guardians MUST do well in order to carry the momentum for Marvel to do what they need to do as far as the Cosmic universe and their other movies. This movie is very important people, pay attention.

Two of the most overused characters in recent times will come together in one comic to kick each other asses. Check out Deadpool vs Carnage (2014) #1. Not so much for the spec here, just flat out fun. Same hold true for the new What If? Book; What If Age of Ultron (2014) #1. What if? comics have always been great reads.

DC likes the resurgence of their water man hero Aquaman. So much so that their going with a new number one with him. Check out Aquaman and The Others (2014) #1. Yes Aquaman is cool again, but he won’t be in a few years again when no one cares about him again. Unless a part in a movie? Aquaman and Namor await their turn, but it will probably be Marvel Studios who attacks the sea first and begins that universe someday. That’s unless Guardians tanks, scratch that off the list.

Three number one Image Comics coming this week and we all know how well number one Image Comics do in this market. Field (2014 Image) #1, Shotgun Wedding (2014) #1, and 68 Rule of War (2014) #1.

Caliban (2014 Avatar) #1 from writer Garth Ennis will be one to keep an eye on. Boom Studios Dead Letters (2014) #1 and from Dark Horse Comics; Itty Bitty Hellboy (2014) 1 For $1.

That’s it for this week. Be sure to share the InvestComics MegaCon 2014 video!

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Jay Katz

MegaCon 2014 – Look Who’s Coming! And More!

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ORLANDO MEGACON – Look what’s Happening

MegaCon, the largest comic book, anime, gaming and multi media event in the southeastern U.S., begins announcing guests for the 2014 show. MegaCon will take place March 21 -23, 2014 at the Orange County Convention Center Hall SB in the North/South Building in Orlando, FL.

Confirmed comic book guests include:

J. Scott Campbell, Frank Brunner, Neal Adams, Bill Sienkiewicz, Mark Waid, Ron Marz,  Greg Land, Michael Golden, Dennis Calero,  George Pérez, Brandon Peterson, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Cully Hamner, Karl Story, Renee Witterstaetter, Billy Tucci (20th anniversary of Shi) and Brian Pulido (15th anniversary of Lady Death), Nick Bradshaw, Adam Kubert, Dan Jurgens, Mike Miller, Joshua Ortega, Digger, Bart Sears, Ethan Van Sciver, Mike McKone, Frank Tieri, Mike Mayhew, Chuck Dixon, Skottie Young

 

Confirmed media guests include:

Walking Dead – Lauren Cohan, Steven Yeun, David Morrissey, Beth Kinney, Sonequa Martin-Green

Torchwood – John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Burn Gorman, Gareth David-Lloyd

Torchwood animated series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer,Angel, Dollhouse – Eliza Dushku

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Torchwood – James Marsters

Smallville – Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack, John Glover, Laura Vandervoort, Aaron Ashmore

Napolean Dynamite – John Heder

Battlestar Galactica – Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, Herbert Jefferson, Anne Lockhart

Star Wars – Peter Mayhew, Tom Kane

Comic Book Men – Mike Zapcic, Ming Chen, Bryan Johnson

Star Trek, Big Bang Theory – Wil Wheaton;

 

Voice Actors:

Rob Paulsen, Jim Cummings, Quinton Flynn, Phil LaMarr, Rich Horvitz, Vic Mignogna, Jennifer Hale

You won’t want to miss Comos

First time ever official MegaCon Friday evening Dance for 18+ only

Costume Contest – Drinks – Dancing

Spectacular Laser show & visuals by Empire Visuals

Nelson Flux – Evolv 3

Hosted by Nick Wolfe

$10 – Friday evening from 9pm – 11:30pm

Introducing: The Ghost of the Robot Band with James Marsters – Saturday evening performance $20 in advance $25 at the door.

Other events include: MegaCon video gaming and the Supercon 2K series provided by National Video Gaming Association and Vibras Five.One, RPG, LARP, card and miniature gaming events, children events provided by the Skiffytown Heroes, Speed Dating, anime events, belly dancing, Indy Film Festival, movie trailers screening room, Saturday evening dance, late night adult only dance, and professional panel room.

Thanks to our sponsors: 101.1 WJRR, The am 740 Game, 104.1 Real Radio, Certified Guaranty Company, Central Florida Mensa, Students of the Unusual

The MegaCon guest list is constantly growing. Check www.MegaConvention.com frequently for more updates.

MegaCon 2014

Orange County Convention Center

Orlando, Florida

March 21st – 23rd

Contact Info: info@megaconvention.com or www.megaconvention.com

ORLANDO MEGACON is adding more guests to their lineup!!!

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MegaCon, the largest comic book, anime, gaming and multi media event in the southeastern U.S., begins announcing guests for the 2014 show. MegaCon will take place March 21 -23, 2014 at the Orange County Convention Center Hall SB in the North/South Building in Orlando, FL.

Confirmed comic book guests include:

Frank Brunner, Neal Adams, Bill Sienkiewicz, Mark Waid, Ron Marz,  Greg Land, Michael Golden, Dennis Calero,  George Pérez, Brandon Peterson, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Cully Hamner, Karl Story, Renee Witterstaetter, Billy Tucci (20th  anniversary of Shi) and Brian Pulido (15th anniversary of Lady Death)

Just Added:  Nick Bradshaw, Adam Kubert, Dan Jurgens, Mike Miller, Kevin Eastman, Joshua Ortega, Digger, Bart Sears, Ethan Van Sciver, Mike McKone, Frank Tieri, Mike Mayhew, Chuck Dixon 

More to be added…

Confirmed media guests include:

Walking Dead – Lauren Cohen

Torchwood – Eve Myles, Kai Owen, Gareth David-Lloyd

Torchwood animated series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dollhouse – Eliza Dushku

Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Torchwood – James Marsters

Smallville – Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack, John Glover, Laura Vandervoort, Aaron Ashmore

Napolean Dynamite – John Heder

Battlestar Galactica – Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, Herbert Jefferson, Anne Lockhart

Star Wars – Peter Mayhew, Tom Kane

Comic Book Men – Mike Zapcic, Ming Chen, Bryan Johnson

Just Added:  Just Added:  Star Trek, Big Bang Theory – Wil Wheaton;  Once Upon a Time and Walking Dead – Sonequa Martin-Green;  Torchwood, The Dark Knight Rises, Game of Thrones – Burn Gorman

More to be added…

Voice Actors:

Rob Paulsen

Jim Cummings

Quinton Fynn

Phil Lamarr

Grey Delisle

Rich Horvitz

Back by popular demand The Ken Spivey Band

Other events include: MegaCon video gaming and the Supercon 2K series provided by National Video Gaming Association and Vibras Five.One, RPG, LARP, card and miniature gaming events, children events provided by the Skiffytown Heroes, Speed Dating, anime events, belly dancing, Indy Film Festival, movie trailers screening room, Saturday evening dance, late night adult only dance, and professional panel room.

The MegaCon guest list is constantly growing. Check www.MegaConvention.com frequently for more updates.

MegaCon 2014

Orange County Convention Center

Orlando, Florida

March 21st – 23rd

Contact Info: info@megaconvention.com or www.megaconvention.com

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Michael Koske: MegaCon 2013

Michael Koske “Featured Walker” on Walking Dead spend a few minutes with InvestComics’ Sebastian Piccione at MegaCon 2013. WIN an autograph from Michael by watching this video! Share the video on Facebook or Twitter and you are entered to WIN! Must let us know you did so. Also; sorry U.S. residents only.

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Michael Koske as the “Featured Walker.”

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Gail Simone – MegaCon 2013

InvestComics gets a few minutes to speak with Gail Simone at Orlando’s MegaCon 2013 ! Catch Sebastian Piccione as he interviews one of the best writers over at DC Comics today! Special thanks to Brianna Floss too!

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Gil Gerard & Jeff Kaufman – MegaCon 2013

From Orlando’s MegaCon 2013. Sebastian has a sit down with Actor Gil Gerard (Buck Rogers) and star of his own comic book: The Con. Then Jeff Kaufman (Big City Comics Studio) joins the mix as well…..Hilarity ensues!! Be sure to check out Big City Comics Studio at www.bigcitycomics.com!

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If you are a regular InvestComics monthly newsletter subscriber you found out before everyone else about the very cool things in store for you the fan. Pictured above are the cool giveaways (and one special auction) that will be happening for the next few months. Included in the awesome bunch is the InvestComics One & Done Anthology signed right on the cover by some of the industry’s best. This Anthology which rose over $250 so far for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund will be auctioned off on Ebay with the proceeds going to the CBLDF. Hang tight for that auction (Lots of giveaway contest beforehand). The auction announcement will be splashed all over the InvestComics landscape, so you won’t miss it when it does happen. So who did exactly sign that cover you ask? How about Dan Parent, Chuck Dixon, Billy Tucci, Neal Adams, Alex Saviuk, Nelson Ortega, Terry Cronin, Ethan Van Sciver, Georges Jeanty, Adam Hughes, Rob Hunter, Jim Cheung, Gail Simone, Bob Layton, Whilce Portacio, Rick Osman, Frank Tieri, Bob McLeod, Jimmy Palimotti, Chris Claremont, Mark Bagley, Frank Cho, Amanda Conner, George Perez, and Paul Pelletier. And to top off the list, I (Jay Katz) will sign the inside. That’s quite the list there isn’t it?? As for the other comics shown; New Excalibur #1 signed by the Legend himself Chris Claremont, Villains United #1 signed by Gail Simone (Interview on InvestComics Youtube coming!), Tales of the Teen Titans #44 signed by the Legend George Perez, Nightwing Target #1 signed by Chuck Dixon, Freelancers #3 signed by Eric Esquivel (Interview on InvestComics Youtube now! And the comic is up for grabs too right now!), Wonder Woman #169 signed by Legend George Perez, Robin II #1 signed by Chuck Dixon,  and last but not least, Vincent Price House of Horrors #1 signed by colorist Jeff Balke and Writer/CEO of InvestComics Jay Katz! Whew! And finally how about an autograph from Terry Cronin? (Offered up right now!) Or maybe you’re a fan of the Walking Dead? How about an autograph from Zombie walker Michael Koske?! Yes lots to take in, but be sure to enter these contests to win.

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Okay Hot Picks time. There are certainties in life. The character Thanos is one such case. So is the fact that last Sunday InvestComics informed you guys/gals that East of West #1 is a not to miss book. Yes, listen to the Broker when he tells you about the certainties in the collectors market. It’ll do your wallet some good. So getting back to Thanos now, if you ever doubted anything in the speculation market, this one would not be the one to doubt. If you don’t own or are thinking about owning Iron Man #55, stop thinking and do it. I cannot stress enough how much Thanos is going to make an impact on the movie side of things. The best comparison to make here is actually quite simple. Thanos will be the modern day Darth Vader. I have said this before and I will keep saying it. Thanos’ impact in the theaters will directly impact the back issue market. This said, this week Thanos Rising (2013) #1 will be altering the Marvel Universe as we know it. Yes that villain Thanos is going to bring it and you better be ready. This dude is a bad ass.

…..More certainties this week; Harbinger Wars (2013) #1. This comic will be a quick sell out, so you better grab one off the shelf before they disappear.

Superior Spider-Man (2012) #7 will see the return of Cardiac. The first appearance of Cardiac came in Amazing Spider-Man #342. Want to feel old? This comic was penciled by Erik Larsen 23 years ago!! 1990….23 years ago!! Wow.

DC Comics celebrates with a special issue of Detective Comics (2011 2nd Series) #19. “Mystery of the 900!” Umm, okay.

….More certainties this week; Regular Show #1. This book will be harder to find than any other in the aftermarket for cover price after Wednesday. Yep.

So with Venom (2011 Marvel) #33 we get the ol’ homage cover thingy going. Isn’t that nice? One little thing here though. Spawn #222 a few issues ago did the same exact thing. Two comics in such close proximity of each other paying homage to Todd McFarlane’s (paid himself homage; he’s proud of himself) Amazing Spider-Man #316. Click on the collage below to see a bigger image of all 3 covers side by side. Which one do you like best?

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Okay so wrapping up. How about a bunch of number one and number zero issues to look out for? Miss Fury (2013 Dynamite) #1 (Look at that cover – holy assets Batman!), Robyn Hood vs Red Riding Hood (2013 Zenescope) #1, Steam Wars (2013 Antarctic Press) #0 (interesting concept here, Star Wars theme = sold out), Tales of Fear (2013 Aazurn) #1, Unleashed (2013 Zenescope) #0, Snow Angel (2013 Dark Horse) #0, Last of Us American Dreams (2013 Dark Horse) #1, andPolarity (2013 Boom) #1. 

 

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InvestComics – March 2013 Newsletter

           

InvestComics – March 2013 Newsletter

Welcome Fans!

Back from a very busy/productive Comic Convention, Orlando MegaCon. Being busy and productive equates to a lot of awesomeness1&Done for YOU the Fan! First up is the Superstar studded signed cover of InvestComics’ Anthology One & Done. To date the Anthology has raised over $250 for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. With this Superstar signed cover, we intend to raise some more money for CBLDF! This Anthology will go on Ebay to the highest bidder, with the proceeds going to CBLDF. Here is the list of names that proudly signed the cover: Dan Parent, Chuck Dixon, Billy Tucci, Neal Adams, Alex Saviuk, Nelson Ortega, Terry Cronin, Ethan Van Sciver, Georges Jeanty, Adam Hughes, Rob Hunter, Jim Cheung, Gail Simone, Bob Layton, Whilce Portacio, Rick Osman, Frank Tieri, Bob McLeod, Jimmy Palimotti, Chris Claremont, Mark Bagley, Frank Cho, Amanda Conner, George Perez, and Paul Pelletier. And InvestComics CEO Jay Katz signs the inside! Now THAT is a list! Stay tuned for the announcement of the auction on the website. Pictures of the creators signing the Anthology will accompany the announcement. ……Bid often, it’s for a great cause and is a very nice collector’s item! 

Then there are the contest giveaways. And are they some very cool comics….

All of the actual signed comics are pictured in this newsletter are the actual books that fans will be vying for. Starting with New Excalibur #1 signed by the Legend himself Chris Claremont, Villains United #1 signed by Gail Simone (Interview on InvestComics Youtube coming!), Tales of the Teen Titans #44 signed by the Legend George Perez, Nightwing Target #1 signed by Chuck Dixon, Freelancers #3 signed by Eric Esquivel (Interview on InvestComics Youtube coming!), Wonder Woman #169 signed by Legend George Perez, Robin II #1 signed by Chuch Dixon,  and last but not least, Vincent Price House of Horrors #1 signed by colorist Jeff Balke and Writer/CEO InvestComics Jay Katz! Yes there are a lot of potential books to win on InvestComics. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled to the InvestComics Facebook page for contest runs.Titans

Besides the contest, there will be a few interviews going up. InvestComics already posted the (Mr. Incredible Hulk); Lou Ferrigno interview. Click right HERE to check that out. Also had some fun with the King of all Indie Terry Cronin. Click HERE to watch that. There is also a giveaway with Terry’s signature to coincide with that interview. Take a look at the latest InvestComics Hot Picks #262 for details on that right HERE. Also up right now is a Tom Mumme (The Accelerators & Comic Book Men)! Take a look HERE at that. Like the Walking Dead? How about an interview with Walking Dead zombie actor Michael Koske?! And also a chance to WIN his autograph! How about an interview with BOOM! Studios’ Eric Esquivel? Oh yes and win his signed comic Freelancers #3 (pictured below), how about and interview with Buck Rodgers himself Gil Gerard?! This particular interview also features Big City Comics CEO Jeff Kaufman too! The interview is by far the funniest, unpredictable, unscripted InvestComics interview to date. By a long shot folks…..it’s a must watch. Then there is the awesome Gail Simone interview too! How about a Jimmy Palimiotti interview as well? And Legend Pat Broderick? Yes we have him too.

A very special thanks goes out to Sebastian Piccione (Sunday Knight Comics) for hosting many of the interviews, he was a trooper, losing his voice and all. There were two discoveries that occurred at the show as well. 1; Dirk Grobb. He is a phenomenal artist. Fans need to know who this guy is and buy commissions from him if you see him at a show. Not only can he draw, but he’s a super cool dude too! 2; Brianna Floss. This girl did a couple of interviews for InvestComics and was great! She too is a super nice gal and will hopefully stay close to InvestComics for some more interviews because she’s an undiscovered talent! We don’t want to share! Thanks Bri!! Now go LIKE these two awesome people on Facebook right now! Rick Shea and Shaun Sorenson from Famous Faces and Funnies for having me tag along on your fun times around Orlando. Beating all of you guys at mini golf was one of the highlights of my golf career!

Well that’s about it for now. Stay with the website and Facebook page for all of the contest/interviews coming your way!

There will be more images coming out of the InvestComics Publication camp as well! Very awesome artwork coming from David Whalen’s “The Dawning” as well as cover art from Jay Katz’ “The Hunted”.

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Here’s the InvestComics interview with comic book writer Eric Esquivel from MegaCon. Sebastian Piccione at the helm here. Eric was kind enough to sign one of his books; Freelancers #3 (pictured below) and InvestComics will give it away to a lucky fan! How do you win it? Easy, watch the interview and name the first graphic novel Eric Esquivel ever worked on. That’s it! A random winner will be chosen, so be sure to watch the video and get the right answer! Leave your answer either Here on the InvestComics website (below comment section), on the InvestComics Facebook page right HERE, or on the InvestComics Youtube page right HERE.

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Okay back from last week’s Orlando MegaCon. And wow what a productive trip it was. Many things to show everyone (interviews), many signatures to giveaway, and a special auction that will be going on Ebay soon. More on that in the InvestComics Newsletter coming out soon. So if you haven’t done so yet, sign up to the newsletter to get an early bid on a unique item that will go to a good cause. It’s quite awesome.

Terry CroninAs for the interviews, check out the InvestComics front page to watch interviews with Terry Cronin (Students of the Unusual), Tom Mumme (The Accelerators/Comic Book Men), Lou Ferrigno (The Incredible Hulk), and many more coming down the pike. Coming up soon; Jimmy Palimiotti, Gil Gerard, Gail Simone, Eric Esquivel, Pat Broderick, and the Walking Dead zombie Michael Koske! ….Getting back to the King of all Indie Terry Cronin for a second. I inadvertently forgot to include the signed copy of the questions he answered with Brianna Floss on the video as a giveaway/contest. Check out the photo of the actual signed Terry Cronin questionnaire that can be yours to the right. All you have to do is sign up to the InvestComics Newsletter and you will be eligible! Sign up to the Newsletter either below (end of this article) or on the front page of the website. Write on the comments below that you signed up. It’s that simple! Winner will be chosen at random. And don’t fret, if you don’t win this time, there are many autograph contest coming your way! Sorry, U.S. residents only.

A special thanks to a lot of people at this year’s MegaCon. Sebastian Piccione (Sunday Knight Comics), Brianna Floss (Awesomeness), Dirk Grobb (the BEST unknown artist that will be HUGE one day soon), Rick Shea, Shaun Sorenson (Famous Faces & Funnies – for just being cool guys and having a great booth), and Shaun Cobble/Kirstie Cobble (Breaking the 4th Wall). You all made this year’s MegaCon a lot of fun and I appreciate it beyond words.

And because of the chaos of last weekend, The Breaking the 4th Wall interview with Legend Norm Breyfogle (via Youtube) went up late. Click right HERE to hear Shaun Cobble spend almost 2 hours with one of the greatest Batman artist ever.

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This week fans get Guardians of the Galaxy (2013 3rd Series) #1. As spoken about already in the InvestComics Hot Picks #258, one can get the lowdown on all of the characters appearing in this title as well as the movie. Click HERE to get the scoop and a head start on these sooner than later to be hot books. Note: Rocket Raccoon is the book to have, get on that pronto. FF (2012 2nd Series) #5 will give readers the mystery of our favorite fiery redhead Medusa. Find Medusa’s first appearance in another FF book, but this one from 1965’s Fantastic Four #36. Not only does this comic give us the first Medusa, but the first appearance of the Frightful Four! This comic is brought to you by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. This explains the $750 price tag for a CGC graded 9.2. On the complete opposite side of the spectrum; Fury Max (2012 Marvel) #10 brings us the origin of Barracuda. The big guy first appeared in Punisher #31 (Max -2006). Find this laying around in the 50 cent bins. Not a bad pick up for the modern day Kingpin. Another week another death. Robin a few weeks ago and now this week in Uncanny Avengers (2012 Marvel Now) #5 we hear that a major character will take a dirt nap.

The new 52 presses onward with their reintroductions. Fury of Firestorm (2011-) #18 gets a redo with the villain Multiplex. Find Firestorm #2 (1978) and buy it. Not so much for the first appearance of Muliplex, but the team that involved with the incarnation is impressive. Gerry Conway, Al Milgrom, and Bob McLeod. And look at the awesome Milgrom cover! Yes this is a keeper. Another comeback occurs in Superman (2011 3rd Series) #18 with H.I.V.E. The first appearance of H.I.V.E. is Action Comics #513 (1980). Again, much like the previously mentioned, the creators on this book are the draw here. Marv Wolman and Curt Swan give birth to H.I.V.E. Having two creators like this on a first appearance comic is quite the find.

Mister X comes back for another round. Check out Mister X Hard Candy (2013 Dark Horse) #0. Mister X first appeared in Mister X #1 (1984 – Vortex Comics) and at one time was a very hot comic. Maybe the new number one issue will heat up the back issue market.

There’s a moderate amount of number one issues (and a zero) to check out this week, but there is one that will sell out quick and command bucks in the aftermarket. Don’t say InvestComics didn’t warn you. When you come across East of West (2013 Image) #1 this week, pick it up. That is all.

Here is the rest of the pack that should catch your eye and investment savvy. Time Warp (2013 DC/Vertigo) #1, Dragon Age Until We Sleep (2013 Dark Horse) #1, and Honey Badger vs The World (2013 Antarctic) #1. Honey Badger still don’t give a sh*t.

That’s it for this week. Stay tuned for some very cool contest. And sign up to the InvestComics Newsletter to be the first on the block to know about the auction!

See you soon, invest wisely.

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InvestComics – MegaCon 2013 (Quick update)

InvestComics – MegaCon 2013 (Quick update)

Hello everyone,

InvestComics is at the Orlando Megacon this weekend. There are a lot of cool contest, video’s, and autograph’s headed your way! Stay close to the InvestComics Facebook page right HEREto see some of the action that is going down (barring no conflicts with the wi-fi connection at the convention hall).

InvestComics is hanging with Breaking the 4th Wall – Shaun Cobble/Shaun Sorenson/Kirstie Cobble and FFFIC’s Sebastian Piccione. Also hanging out with owner Rick of Famous Faces & Funnies comic and toy shop. More from all of them reporting on their respective shows.

There are so many things to look forward to, we cannot wait to share them with you!

Stay tuned!

No InvestComics Hot Picks or FFFIC this week. A podcast is possible to go up, so be sure to check out the site and Facebook pages for that.

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Below you will find the first of many (when I have time to render and release them!) video’s from myself and Erick Marquez. The show is called The Broker & The Artist. Erick and I talk about various topics within the area of comic books and
entertainment. This first episode *The Comic Con Survival Guide* is dedicated to the beginning of the comic book convention season. If you have been to shows, then you may know a lot of what we speak of. Maybe there are some tips
you weren’t aware of, so watch on! If you have never been to a show, then you truly need to take a look at this video! If you’d like to add to the survival list, don’t hesitate to leave a comment on the InvestComics YouTube page. Any input that would help anyone out would be great. Happy watching!

This week the successful TBS show King of the Nerds aired its finale. Celeste Anderson was crowned the KING! Great job Celeste! InvestComics has some close ties with the King show and originally caught up with hosts Robert Carridane and Curtis Armstrong at the New York Comic Con. The audio was not that good, but I managed to salvage a good question out of the video. You can watch that right HERE. After the finale this past Thursday, InvestComics got the go ahead to interview
Celeste the very next day! So Shaun Cobble, Kirstie Cobble and Andy Partridge interviewed Celeste on Breaking the 4th Wall. The interview was fantastic and not only do you get Celeste, but you get a complete recap of the King of the Nerds season 1 from Shaun and Andy! You must check out this podcast! Click right HERE to listen now! Special thanks to TBS for giving MegaConInvestComics the opportunity to have Celeste on.

MegaCon is upon us once again. Boy does this show come quickly every year! Once again, InvestComics will be there and will be making its rounds to various locations throughout. Look for coverage on the InvestComics website. Also check out the
InvestComics Facebook page for LIVE pictures from the show. If you have not yet LIKED the InvestComics Facebook page (why not?!?) then click HERE to not miss a beat from InvestComics shooting out pictures from MegaCon!

Okay enough chit-chat; let’s get to the Hot Picks list. Very short list this week…..

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The main focus this week will be Batman (2011 2nd Series) #18. This comic features guest artist, (and what a guest it is!) Andy Kubert. Of course this isn’t the first time Andy has drawn Batman, so what would be his earliest work on Bats? Check out the DC’s Batman versus Predator #1 from 1991, here you will find Andy Kubert alongside writer Dave Gibbons in this overprinted comic. Hey it was 1991, what do you expect? Although this comic could be found anywhere you look on the planet, it’s still an awesome comic to check out and own.

Staying on topic with Batman, DC promises “the story of the year” in Batman and Robin (2011 2nd Series) #18. Best check that out fans.

Marvel Comics seems to have that Wolverine fever again. Remember when Wolverine appeared in every comic book in the Marvel Universe? Kind of like Deadpool does now. Well this week the comic collector will get not one, but 2 number one Wolverine issues this week. How about some spacing out Marvel? Wolverine (2013 4th Series) #1 goes for its fourth number one issue, while Ultimate Wolverine (2013) #1 goes for its first. We all know that Marvel will announce big sell outs with second prints arriving and really start the hyperbole rolling here, but don’t get too caught up in the collector/investment side of it. Nothing will hold here.

What can possibly be in more of a holding pattern are these number one issues heading our way, must check these out……Aliens vs Parker (2013 Boom) #1, Sledgehammer 44 (2013 Dark Horse) #1, Triggergirl 6 (2013 Image) #1, Bad Kids Go to Hell (2013 Antarctic Press) Volume 2 #1, and Doctor Who fans rejoice; Doctor Who Classics (2013 IDW Series 6) #1.

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Happy Holiday’s from InvestComics

Hello Everyone,

What a year it has been! The InvestComics family would like to thank each and every one of you for making it possible that InvestComics had its biggest year ever.

Many things took place this past year. The pinnacle of the InvestComics website and a personal pinnacle has to be the interview with Stan Lee. Then, InvestComics got its first published work out with “InvestComics Presents One & Done”. All proceeds have gone to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Again on a personal note, I got out my first original written story out in Vincent Price House of Horror’s #1 from Bluewater Comics.

InvestComics is now featured on the Mancave Playbabes website and a featured article is written exclusively for the online magazine by me. Stay close to InvestComics because if you’re a creator, publisher, a newcomer, you may be picked for an interview, so be ready! Look for some very big things coming out of the Mancave Playbabes camp in the coming year.

Merchandise from InvestComics will debut in 2013, look for that as well.

InvestComics has taken to the Social Medium this year. YouTube (278 subscribers over 30,000 video views), Facebook (doubled in size 1200 Likes), LinkedIn (250 connections), Twitter (213 followers), Also on Google+, BlipTV. Once again on a personal note, InvestComics was a thought way back in the day because of the Wizard World magazine and just the other day, Wizard World started following InvestComics on Twitter. Yes, that’s cool.

Recent partnerships with great companies such as Bags Unlimited Inc. and ComicWow! and so many more to come.

With the regular FFFIC Video Comic Book Reviews every week appearing on InvestComics (awesome reviews from Sebastian and Shaun), another NEW video show will be coming up soon too call The Broker & The Artist. This show is already appearing on television in Indiana! Soon to be on the InvestComics TV website and YouTube. Stay tuned!

2012 has been a spectacular year and 2013 will be bigger. The pinnacle year for InvestComics will be this year folks, get ready!

Images from 2012 throughout this newsletter include, Miami; Myself with Mancave Playbabes Samantha and Laura – Launch Party (check out the backdrop with the InvestComics logo), Stan Lee and myself – Orlando MegaCon, InvestComics article as it appears in the Mancave Playbabes magazine and a still image from the new show “The Broker & The Artist.” with myself and Erick Marquez.

Thank you all, have a happy and safe holiday.

Jay Katz

InvestComics

CEO

Stan “The Man” Lee

I love talking to people” – Stan Lee (InvestComics Interview from Orlando’s MegaCon 2012)

Well here it is fans, the InvestComics Interview with Stan “The Man” Lee! Was I nervous? Yes. Did I look it at times? Yes. Did I mess up at times? Yes. But all of that doesn’t matter to me personally. What matters is that I spent some time with a person that I never thought I’d ever get a chance to sit down with. An Icon within the Pop Culture realm…..a Legend. It all still seems so surreal, but it happened and I will never forget it.

Although this “mini interview” took place in February of 2012 and only clocks in at 5:59, I had a real problem with the audio track, hence why you are seeing it now. So BIG warning here, I DO NOT claim that this is good audio and at times you cannot even hear what Stan says! Through trying to enhance it, drop the noise reduction, add this add that along with a slew of other technically gobbledygook that I’m still trying to figure out I finally realized that it is what it is and that’s it! Sometimes you have to just succumb to the realization that you have to just make do with what you have and hope that it comes out decent enough for some to enjoy. Yes there will be cynics out there, but that’s to be expected and honestly I really don’t care because not many ever get to have a personal mono y mono with the Legend himself.

I did not get to spend as much time as I wanted with Stan. That said, I did have to cut out a lot of the video as well as having very cool “personal time” speaking with him that did not make it into this video. So I had to salvage as much “quality” video as I possibly could. The end result equated to 3 questions. Although it may not seem like much, ANYTIME spent with a one on one with a Legend is time you will have forever. I tried to make it a bit easier with laying out the questions within the video so that no one would have to sit through “more noise” while the questions are asked and are hard to hear. Yes there is lots of noise, lots of distractions, but it was a spur of the moment setup with not much preparation to get everything lined up the way it should have been. Oh well, C’est la vie.

The 3 questions are listed below. There are two personal favorite parts within this Interview. One was at the 1:57 mark where he is quoted at the beginning of this write up. One of the few parts that can be heard clearly and concisely! The second is at the 5:25 mark. Besides my big Kool Aid smile at that moment when Stan proclaims his battle cry, take a look at the kick Stan STILL gets from doing that. That’s a passion that is not matched by many these days.

Questions:

1 – Stan, tell us about Pow Entertainment.

2 – You were the first Comic Book creator celebrity…did this happen by accident or naturally? (Fan question from Gene Hoyle)

3 – With digital comics making their way into the medium, do you think paper will ever go away?

Stan Lee can be followed on Twitter @therealstanlee

Stan Lee’s Pow Entertainment website can be found by clicking right HERE.

Stan Lee’s website can be found by clicking right HERE.

In closing; Stan Lee was both humble and gracious when I met him. He spoke to me as though he knew me for all of my childhood. Funny thing is, Stan did know me for most of my childhood. He knew many of us. I’m glad I got a chance to thank him for making me escape and believing in my favorite heroes. There is no creator out there that has the stature that Stan Lee carries. He’s a unique individual that has captivated, inspired and done so much for an industry that I am happy to be a part of.

Thank you to all the supporters out there, your positive attitudes and words carry me very far.

Jay Katz

InvestComics – CEO

 

MegaCon 2012 Mini Recap & Photos

MegaCon 2012 is over. Another year in the books for InvestComics. It was spectacular as always.

This year was extremely special. Having met the Iconic Stan Lee and getting to sit down with him for a few minutes for an Interview was a defining moment for myself and InvestComics. Although there were some technically problems with the video, I asure you that I will get the interview out for all to see once it’s cleaned up. Meeting Stan Lee was a true milestone for InvestComics. The web site was acknowledged by Stan’s people to give the web site the go ahead to have a few minutes with the legend. The hard work is paying off……

I want to thank Pow Entertainment for the opportunity of a life time. Mr. Lee was as humble as they come. When we met, he acted as though we were family. Although that did nothing for my nerves!

Lots more to come regarding MegaCon 2012 with news to come as things are finalized. Looking forward to sharing with everyone!

…But for now, check out some fantastic pictures that the awesome Andra Walt took for InvestComics. Thank you Andra!!

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Next Stop……Miami’s Florida SuperCon 🙂

 

Beth Widera of MegaCon

Beth Widera, the Director of MegaCon in Orlando stopped by InvestComics to chat with Andra Walt. Beth is also very involved with the Hero Initiative. Below is an excerpt from the Hero Initiative web site. 

**From http://www.heroinitiative.org/**

Beth Widera is the owner and director of the Orlando MegaCon, the largest comic book, sci-fi convention in the Southeast United States. She started directing the convention in 1999, and in 2004, she purchased it, and has been running it as a family-operated business ever since. A new person in the field of comics, Beth was amazed at how many new friends she made and how willing people were to guide her and the show in the right direction. She attributes the show’s incredible growth and success to this.

Deeply committed to its principals, Beth has supplied the Hero Initiative with free booth space and numerous amenities every year at MegaCon. She is a firm believer in giving back to people and to the industry that has given so much to her. Beth has an Associate’s degree in Marketing and a Masters degree in Education.

 

Andra Walt: When did Megacon begin, and when did you become involved with the show?

Beth Widera: Megacon was started by a gentleman named James Brietbiel in 1993.  I became involved when I went to work for CrossGen in 1999.

AW: Beth, you have a master’s degree in education, how long did you teach and what was subject taught?

BW: I mostly taught 4-5th grade but I also taught a short time in middle school, kindergarten and 1st grade. I taught all subjects.  My master’s degree was in English as a Second Language and Elementary Education. For many years I taught children who spoke a language other than English at home.

AW:How did you become involved with CrossGen Comics in the 90s?

BW: Mark Alessi was a friend of my sister.  She introduced me to him when I was visiting her from Vegas.  I taught school in Nevada for six years.  When he found out I was moving back to Florida he offered me a job running the education department at CrossGen.

AW: You were part of a project at CrossGen that created teaching materials based on CrossGen comics, how did this project come about?

BW: The educational program was always going to be a part of CrossGen. It is the reason I was hired.  I used to use comic books in my classroom, especially with my ESL students. Mark had me run Megacon to give me something to do until we had enough comic book content to start on the teacher’s guides.

AW: After the collapse of CrossGen, has anyone taken up the reins on this endeavor?

BW: I believe that someone told me Disney has adapted part of the project, but I am not really sure.

AW: Do you feel there is a place for comics in the school or library systems?

BW: Yes, I strongly believe there is.  The pictures help students figure out what the words mean.  If you have a student that is struggling and is older you can’t start them with picture books. It would be too embarrassing.  Comics give you an avenue of pictures in a median that students aren’t embarrassed to read and the vocabulary used in comics is incredible.

AW: Do you think comic companies are doing enough to reach younger readers?

BW: Yes, I do they have many comics specifically for the younger reader like; Archie, Franklin Richards and the Fantastic Four, Legion of Super-Heroes and many more.

AW: After the end of CrossGen’s involvement with MegaCon, what did you need to do to keep Megacon  going?

BW: I just needed to keep doing what I did prior, which was listen to what the attendees wanted and try to get it for them.

AW: Who are the main players on the Megacon team?  How did you put together your team?

BW: The main players are two people, myself and my daughter Christine.

AW: MegaCon attracts a very diverse crowd of fans, how do you manage to program to such diverse tastes?

BW: When I first started running the show I realized that we had to do more than comics and that comics, gaming, anime, science fiction/ fantasy where all interrelated in many ways.  I tried to find that crossover and move the show in that direction.  Also, I looked at who was coming and tried to find events I thought they would enjoy. Like the kids area etc.

AW: Last year’s crowd was incredible!  Can you tell me approximately how many people attended, and what are your expectations for this year?

BW: We had a big spike in attendance last year.  We had a three day count of a little over 42,000.  I never try to speculate our numbers.  I can tell you that we have never gone backwards since 1999.

AW: Over the years it seems MegaCon only gets bigger, what do you think the key is to your success, even in these hard economic times?

BW: I think people are looking for an inexpensive way to have fun and our ticket price compared to other shows our size is very reasonable.  Where else can you go for a full day for $25?

AW: What goes into your selecting guests for the show?  How do you determine who to invite?

BW: For Comic Guests: We try and get people that our attendees have requested.  We read every email we receive and we listen.

For media: We try to stick to a theme and bring in several people from that theme. 

AW: Do you set up all the panels, or do the attendees specify what they want the panels to be?  Or, is it a little of both?

BW: A little of both

AW: How long is the planning period for Megacon?

BW: It truly takes a whole year. With just the two of us for the planning stage it takes quite a bit of time.

AW: Do you pay for celebrity guests to attend, or is there a standard contract where they agree to charge a certain amount for autographs, photo-ops, etc. to offset their fees?

BW: That just depends on the guest.

AW: Unfortunately Kate Mulgrew canceled her appearance this year.  How do you handle situations like that when a headlining guest backs out?

BW: There isn’t much we can do but announce as soon as we find out.  

AW: How do you determine how many guests to have?

BW: We generally stay about the same every year, but some years may vary depending on the cost of each individual guest.

AW: A guest like Stan Lee creates massive lines and crowds, what goes into controlling such large groups of fans? 

BW: Making plans ahead of time and good line control people.  We have some years that work better than others.

AW: Are there any guests that you have wanted for MegaCon that you haven’t been able to get?

BW: Jim Lee and Todd McFarlane

AW: Does Megacon provide the security for certain guests?

BW: We provide security for the entire event including the guests.

AW: I see you have changed the way people enter the convention hall this year, what lead to that decision?

BW: Too many people in the main lobbies

AW: Do you partner with the Hotels/Motels that you promote on your site?  How does this work?

BW: We work with a group called Conference Direct that negotiates are housing contracts.

AW: What are the dates of Megacon, and what are the ticket prices?  How do people find you on the Web? 

BW: February 17th – 19th

Online Prices:

1-day $24.49

3-day $58.04

Door Prices:

1 – Day $25

3-Day $60

All prices include 6.5% sales tax

www.megaconvention.com

 

Thank you so much for stopping by Beth. We’ll see you at MegaCon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

InvestComics Will Interview Stan Lee!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
West Palm Beach, Florida
February 7, 2012 — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

InvestComics has landed an Interview with the Iconic Stan Lee, CCO of Pow Entertainment.

(West Palm Beach, Florida; February 7, 2012) –The Interview will take place at this year’s MegaCon in Orlando Florida on February 18th 2012

“It’s an absolute honor to Interview Stan Lee and I cannot wait to meet him” said Jay Katz, President of InvestComics. Stan Lee recently released along with 1821 Comics the hit Romeo and Juliet The War and has numerous projects in the works with Pow Entertainment. Jay Katz continued, “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to sit down for a few minutes with person that has literally changed the landscape of comic books since he’s been involved within the Industry.”

Go to InvestComics’ Facebook page to get updates as they come in: InvestComics Facebook

About Pow Entertainment Inc.

Pow Entertainment Inc. is in the business of creating and licensing  intellectual properties for the entertainment industry.  POW! develops its  properties in traditional entertainment media, including: feature length films  in live action and animation, television programming, merchandising and related  ancillary markets.  With high demand for content in media such as mobile  applications, on-line, and video games, POW! is also focusing on these areas to  develop new material.  All of POW!’s projects are anticipated franchises for  worldwide distribution.

About InvestComics

InvestComics™ started as a magazine in 2006; the first issue wasn’t released until June of 2007. The magazine was distributed as a free comic book Investment Guide throughout local comic shops in South Florida. It was also a giveaway on Ebay for any winning bid to receive with their order.

Although the InvestComics™ web site was on line in 2005, it wasn’t until 2007 the web site became the main focal point and the magazine ceased. InvestComics™ wanted to start reaching a broader audience and began to rapidly expand. InvestComics™ became the “Entertainment” Investment Guide as a result of covering many areas in the industry, focusing on entertainment as well as highlighting investment opportunities. Most recently the launch of InvestComics TV (ICTV) has made the site multi-media, attracting some of the biggest names in the industry to appear in a split-screen 10-12 minute interview format.

 

 

 

 

John Ulloa

Andra Walt sits down with the man behind Creature Entertainment John Ulloa.

 

 

 

Andra Walt: I see that you were born in California but migrated to So Fla.  What brought you to this area?

John Ulloa: Yes, I was born in East LA but we left when I was only 6 after the big earthquake of ’72 so I don’t remember much other than a few things.

AW: When did your love of comics begin?

JU: Since I could read I’ve loved comic books. I even remember the comic book that got me hooked it was Fantastic Four #72 when they fought the Silver Surfer. After I read the book I cut it all up and pasted the images on my school folder, I wish I hadn’t done that.

AW: You are establishing Creature Entertainment as a multi-level Entertainment entity. Which part of this do you enjoy working with the most; movies or writing comics?

JU: I love doing both movies and comics, but if I had to choose one it would have to be comics. You don’t have to deal with any actors.

AW: You have been in the comic industry for many years, and have had several small press ventures.  Tell us about some of these.

JU: I started a comic book company back in the early 90’s called High Impact. We were very successful with our biggest title Double Impact which sold over 50,000 copies on its first day.

AW: Ravenous and Forgive Me Father look like the two newest titles.  Are these to be mini-series, ongoing books?

JU: Forgive me Father is a 3 issue mini and Ravenous will be an ongoing series.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AW: Your books have vibrantly colored covers and when you see them you cannot help but pick them up to look at them.  Who is responsible for the covers?

JU: We are lucky to have been given the opportunity to work with several great artists; Jose Varese is our art director and he has done a few covers. Patrick Reilly and Jeff Dekal have done the majority of our covers.

AW: How do you market your books?  Are they in any local comic stores?

JU: Right now we are only doing conventions, but you can get a few of our books at Tate’s who has been great in their support of indie comics, and Florida super comics, who also have been very supportive.

AW: Have you been able to get your books into the Diamond catalogue, or is this even something you are striving for?

JU: We have met with Diamond and are looking to be in their catalog this summer.

AW: Do you think the Indy market is having any impact on the big boys (DC and Marvel)?

JU: Some have already made an impact, the major one being IDW.  They stated off as Indy and now they are one of the big boys.

AW: I see that Creature Entertainment was at NY Comic Con.  Was that a good experience?  Do you feel that your exposure in that area of the country will be important in getting your books into more readers’ hands?  Are conventions the only avenue for the Indy publishers?

JU: NY was great, but I don’t think you should just count on conventions. You have other ways to get out there and if you don’t get into Diamond there are still ways to get your book out there. You can use Comics monkey as one, and if you want to go digital you can try Graphicly. All good ways to get out there.

AW: Of the movies, what are you working on now?

JU: We are finishing up TS-101 (I’ll make sure to get you an invite to the release party), and next we will be working on Tommy, a story of a young boy and his murderess pet rabbit, or so he thinks it is his rabbit.

 

 

 

 

 

AW: Where do you film your movies?  Do you use local talent?

JU: We film mostly in Miami and all of our actors are local.

AW:  Where can people see your movies?  Do you show them at cons?

JU: TS 101 will be shown at Megacon and we are hoping to get it into San Diego con. But if you can’t make it to any of those you can still see most of our movies at PalmCon, this September.

AW:  Where can people find you at Megacon?

JU: We will be in the small press section.  I don’t remember what booth number it is, but you can’t miss us.  Our banner will be bigger that our booth.

AW:  Have you set your convention schedule for 2012 as yet? 

JU: So far all we are doing is MegaCon, San Diego ComicCon, Florida Super Con and PalmCon.

AW: What is the ultimate plan for Creature Entertainment?  Where do you hope to be in 5 years, 10 years, etc?

JU: The plan is to be on the big screen. If we get picked up by a major studio I might be sitting in a Jacuzzi in a big house on the Hollywood hills in 5 years.

AW:  Do you have a favorite comic hero, and why (or why not)?

JU: I would have to say the Silver Surfer.  The way he handled the Fantastic Four and then went after Galactus was just bad ass.

AW: Is the climate better for the Indy market today that it was years ago, and why?

JU: The market is nowhere near what it was in the 90’s. This is the digital age and we have to adapt or die. But Hollywood is looking for fresh new stories and they have been picking up a few indies like Scott Pilgrim and a few others. The market has taken a new direction much like the music industry has, but nothing has been set in stone yet so we might see more changes in the future.

AW: Are any of your books being put out digitally?  How do you think this format will affect the local comic shop owners?

JU: Yes, you can find some of our books on Graphicly and as for the retail market I think it will be a while before the comic book store goes the way of the record store. There will always be some people who still want to hold a book in their hands.

AW:  How do you solicit for talent for all your ventures?

JU: On our website creatureentertainment.com and word of mouth.

AW: It would appear that Creature Entertainment is made up of a few key players. Who are the major shakers and movers behind Creature Entertainment?

JU: For our comic book part, there is Juan Navaro our editor-n-chief, Jose Varese art Director. For the movie side Anthony Dones, Rick Porven and Julio Alvarez shoot and direct our movies, and Rene Quesada is our movie editor, and Al Quesada is our web guy and part time colorist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AW: How do you fund your projects?  Have you ever used Kickstarter as a funding source?

JU: We self fund everything but we are looking to start a Kickstarter project.

AW:  Can we listen to you on any podcasts in the area?  Do you ever listen to any of the local podcasts?

JU: I listen to a few podcasts like the Pow Wow show and Nerd Nation and our very own Juan Navaro has his own pod cast, but I haven’t been on one yet.

AW: I personally liked your book ‘The Gun’.  Are there other issues of this book on the drawing board? 

JU: The Gun #2 will be at MegaCon. 

AW: Do you sell any of your movie titles, or are these just for viewing at cons? 

JU: Our movies will be for sale at MegaCon too.

 

Thank you John! See you at MegaCon in a couple of weeks!

Become a fan of Creature Entertainment on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/creatureentertainment

 

 

 

Kevin LaPorte and Amanda Rachels

I was fortunate to be able to speak with Kevin LaPorte and Amanda Rachels, the creative team behind Clown Town.  They will be at Megacon, so be sure to stop by and say “Hello” and pick up their books and some of Amanda’s artwork.

Andra Walt:  What are your backgrounds, ie: schooling, families, interests, etc.

Kevin LaPorte: I’m a lifelong Mobilian, raised by a single mom with two younger brothers. In high school, I was a geek prototype – chess club, valedictorian, math competitions and lots and lots of comics. College brought me a Master’s degree in Psychology and a career in mental health that’s included sixteen years helping others at a state psychiatric hospital.

Amanda Rachels: I’m from the beautiful little town of Magnolia Springs near the Alabama Gulf Coast.  There’s not much more here than woods, water, and a magnolia tree or two, but I adore it. Growing up, I had to keep up with my older cousins and do everything that they did, so when they got into comic books so did I.  I’ve been obsessed them since I was five.  My dad got so sick of the weekly drive to the nearest shop an hour away that he opened his own comic shop when I was 13. Since then, I’ve worked either on comics or near them almost constantly, and couldn’t be happier.

AW: How did the idea of Clown Town come up?

KL: Amanda and I needed a concept to enter the 2010 Small Press Idol competition. We knew we wanted to wrap our story around a core theme, addressing the tragedy of child abuse, and brainstormed to come up with avenging spirits for child victims. Our epiphany was CLOWNS! They’re supposed to be entertainment for children but too often are symbols of abject fear to adults. The killer clowns we developed protected children from offending adults and in some pretty brutal ways.

AW: How many issues will there be of Clown Town? Is this a min-series or an on-going book?

KL: Clown Town is a 4-issue, 92-page limited series, the last issue of which will be released in late February/early March, 2012. There are two 8-page Clown Town short stories published in Indie Comics Magazine #’s 3 & 4. But ALL of our Clown Town stories will be collected and fully re-edited, re-lettered and re-scripted for a collected, 120-page Clown Town Graphic Novel!  Both Clown Town #4 and the 120-page Clown Town Graphic Novel are available for pre-order NOW on Kickstarter: http://kck.st/znS0AI

AW:  Kevin, with your experience in the psychological/psychiatric field, does this contribute to any of the stories in Clown Town?

KL: Only insomuch as my clinical experience has exposed me to the long-term effects of child abuse, in its many forms, on the internal make-up of adults. Those scars linger and, untreated, can affect choices and emotions and behavior throughout life. This fact is definitely a core theme of Clown Town and is one of the underpinnings of the clowns, the circus, and the origins of them all.

AW: Do you find it hard to get recognized by the big boys (DC and/or Marvel) because you are an “Indy” publisher?

KL: We’ve gotten some really nice remarks and feedback from some creators for the big two, but we live in the nursery of the comics publishing ward. We’ve been at this for a few years, and we’ve come a long way, but we’re still learning. Recognition by the powers that be is still a bit down the road, I think.

AR: I’m enjoying my Indy status. I don’t think that makes it any harder to be noticed. I still have a lot to learn, and self-publishing has been the best way to get that experience. I’ve been getting advice and encouragement from some creators who work for the big companies and I’m thrilled with that!

AW:  Have you tried to get your book in Diamond Distributors? How has that been?

KL: We submitted Clown Town to Diamond and got some nice feedback, but they rejected it based on their belief that they couldn’t market this type of story. That’s pretty vague…was the issue with clowns, horror, some combination of the two? We’ll try again with our next project…

AW: How is your book marketed, and how may the public purchase your book?

KL: We market through convention appearances, social media (Facebook, Twitter and message boards). We also have our own website at http://inversepress.com, which is also where our online storefront can be accessed and our books purchased. We’ve had some good fortune fundraising and marketing Clown Town on http://kickstarter.com as well.

AW: Explain how Kickstarter works, and how that has helped get you books published.

KL: A carefully planned and executed Kickstarter campaign has funded our print runs for all three issues of Clown Town that we’ve self-published. It’s a matter of identifying rewards that make potential donors feel a part of the publication process, making them accessible at a fair price-point and then producing them in a timely manner, along with the comic itself. Self-publishing is expensive and produces little income, particularly early in the career of comic creators, so Kickstarter offsets both ends of the issue to make self-publishing do-able while simultaneously introducing your work to a new audience more likely to continue following you.

AR: Kickstarter is wonderful!  It lets you present a project on the site and allows viewers to pledge money to help produce it. We’ve had several successful campaigns that have made it possible to publish our books and produce exclusive material for our donors.  We actually have a Kickstarter campaign that is running currently for the Clown Town Graphic Novel and issue #4, so I hope you’ll check it out at Kickstarter.com

AW: What is ‘Blind Eye’?

KL:  The Blind Eye was our first long-form comic work. It is a web comic that ran through much of 2010 and has been collected into a print edition that can be purchased through our online store, or viewed for free at http://blindeyecomic.com. It’s a superhero, noir tale of a post-Katrina New Orleans type of environment, in which the storm washed in an unseen evil – a Lovecraftian god of the deeps that lurks below the floodwaters and corrupts the entire city, leaving only a few brave, costumed souls to protect the survivors. We learned a ton about comics producing and publishing through this story, much of it the HARD WAY…but we’re very proud of it to this day.

AW: Amanda, some of your work has appeared in The Gathering by Grayhaven Comics. How did that come about?

AR: Over the years, I’ve spent a lot of time on Brian Michael Bendis’ message board and a lot of the board members are creative folks.  Andrew Goletz had the great idea to get the artists and writers from that forum and others together to produce short stories for what became The Gathering Anthology.  It focuses on one theme (hope, romance, horror, ect.), and the creative teams get anywhere from 2 to 6 pages to work with.  Andrew invited myself and Kevin to participate in issue #2 and we have been frequent contributors ever since.  I’ve been able to work with Kevin and other writers on the Hope, Horror, Romance, and Sci-Fi issues, and have started doing some covers for them!   Andrew has even gotten some pro contributors like Gail Simone and Sterling Gates to help out and The Gathering has become an ongoing series.  They’ve branched out a bit and are also featuring webcomics on the Grayhaven website.  Kevin and I will have one starting in early February. It’s pretty wild.

AW: Do you have other titles in the planning stages? Can you share any information about these?

KL: There are a few projects in production right now. Amanda and I will be publishing a weekly web comic called Rail through Grayhaven Comics (publishers of The Gathering Anthology) beginning the week of February 6 at: http://grayhavencomics.com. Think of Rail as, “It’s 1903, and teleporting hobos save the world from an incursion by alien evil!”  I’m also working on a print limited series with artist, Nathan Smith – I can’t release any details on this one yet, but, in general, it’s a tale of Armageddon occurring in a Steampunk version of the Old West!

AW: Have you found that “social networking” has helped get the word out?  If so, how?

KL: It’s been the most successful marketing we’ve done, honestly. Facebook, in particular, is the heart of the Clown Town community, with around 1600 fans who carried us to 2nd place in the Small Press Idol competition, and have sustained us throughout the 2-year process of publishing the full story. Simply updating regularly with previews of art and tidbits on what’s coming soon with the project goes a long way to keeping fans interested and invested.

AR: We are always on Facebook. That has been the best way to market Clown Town and our other work. Most of our supporters have been with us on the Clown Town fan page since the very beginning- everyone spreading the word and telling their friends about us is how the project really took off in the Small Press Idol Competition.

AW: Where are you based, and is there a large ‘comic community’ in your area?

KL: We’re based in/near Mobile, Alabama, and there is almost NO comic community here. The only comic seller runs his operation out of a dusty, sweaty flea market booth and is the stereotypical “comic shop owner”. NOT conducive to an active comic community.  We are aware of one other, active comic creator locally, and we’re working to involve some other talented artists in projects to expand on that.

AR: We’re based out of Mobile, AL where there is next to nothing as far as a comic community. Most of my contact with anyone remotely local has been online. We’re all so scattered. Thank goodness for Facebook!

AW: Have you been able to get your books in any of your local comic shops?

KL: Oh, if only there WERE a local shop. Short answer:  No.

AR: I wish we had a local comic shop. Unfortunately we don’t, so, no.

AW: Have you found help from other Indy publishers?

KL: Yes, particularly in the forms of cross-promotion and feedback/advice. Cross-sharing of this type of help is common at conventions and one of the prime benefits of attending those events. 

 AR: We’ve met quite a few others who are doing exactly what we are through conventions, so it’s been great to have other Indy publishers to talk to and learn from.

AW: You are going to be at Megacon, but what other conventions are you looking at attending in 2012?

KL: The only other convention we’ve finalized at this time is the New Orleans Comic Con on Jan. 28-29.  There will be others, but we simply haven’t firmed those dates up yet.

AR: We’ll be at Wizard World New Orleans January 28-29, but we are still trying to get our schedule ironed out for the rest of the year.

AW: Where will people be able to find you at Megacon?

KL: We’ll be at table Yellow 9 in Artist Alley at MegaCon!

AW:  Who do you look up to in the Comic industry, and would like to emulate?

KL: Terry Moore. He consistently produces story and art at the highest level of the medium and handles every aspect of the production and the business himself, without a middle man (or overlord) publisher to meddle in his work.  And he makes a living doing it. The ultimate indie role model.

AR: First off, I agree with every part of Kevin’s answer. Terry Moore is the hardest working man in comics and I totally admire that. There are so many artists with unique styles that just inspire me to work harder and be better…Nicola Scott, Leinil Yu, JG Jones…I just zone out and ooooooh over their work.

 

 

 

 

 

AW:  What do you think about the DC Reboot, and what are some of your favorite books?  Also, what are some of your favorite Marvel books?

KL: The New 52 has been fun for the most part. Batman is reaching new heights under Scott Snyder, and I’ll buy anything drawn by Doug Mahnke, so Green Lantern is a visual candy store every month. But I miss Secret Six. Badly!. That’s really my only gripe with the reboot. As for Marvel, Tony Stark has been my favorite character in comics since I was ten years old, and that’s no different now. Matt Fraction has restored him as the true star of Iron Man, rather than the armor, and it’s the best book at Marvel, in my opinion. Jason Aaron’s Wolverine and the X-Men is weird and fun and a plethora of characterization on every single page. And add my name to the list of fanboys lining up the accolades for Mark Waids’ Daredevil. Cutting-edge comics from a pair of fellow native Alabamians right there.

AR: I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve had a chance to read from the reboot. I love Batman and Detective Comics. From Marvel my favorite has to be Uncanny X-Force.

AW: Kevin do you do the writing and Amanda the art, or do you work together on the story and art?         

KL: We work together on both aspects. We brainstorm the stories and actually work the layouts together, sometimes from MY thumbnails – it’s true. I’ve sketched out some of the pages before Amanda takes them and makes them into ACTUAL art. Our synergy now is such that we can do a lot of it with far fewer words than in the past. It’s a hell of a fulfilling process, and it’s really shining through in our satisfaction with more recent projects. Wait ‘til you see what we’re up to next.

AR: It’s a team effort from start to finish for us. I’d go so far as to say we’ve developed some kind of creative telepathy! Well, almost- I still have to redraw some things here and there.

(Kevin may not know it but I have saved ALL of his drawings from our projects…)

 

 

 

 

AW:  What forms of Media are you using to get noticed?

KL: Social media, message boards, the occasional podcast, our own websites and local newspaper articles when the opportunity arises.

AR: I started with message boards and a few art forums. Deviantart is a nice place to show off your work and interact with people who are doing the same type of thing. I’ve had a few recent requests for custom art in novels so that’s been a new and entertaining side project for me. We also have an app in the works which we’re really looking forward to utilizing in our promotional efforts.

AW: What is the ultimate goal for Inverse Press?

KL: Simply put, to be a self-sustaining independent comics publisher. We don’t have to carry an extensive line of comics to meet our goals, but we hope to successfully publish the stories that we develop and feel deserve to be seen. We’re optimistic but also realistic.

AR: I’m usually so engrossed in whatever page is in front of me, I have a hard time focusing on an ultimate long-term goal. I just want us to continue to grow and develop as creators so we can keep telling stories that will entertain our audience.

AW: Do you purchase any books through a digital site?  If so, which do you buy digitally?


KL: I have not yet purchased any digital comics. I’m not opposed to it, but, in my opinion, phones are simply too small for fully appreciating comics, and (full disclosure) I don’t have a tablet device more suited to digital comic presentation.

AW: How do you think the digital market will affect the comic community and the Local Comic Stores?


KL: There’s no way to tell beyond the way digital has ALREADY affected comics and comic retailers – the same way music-sharing affected music and music retailers…EROSION. The more people who buy or – more often – pirate digital comics, the fewer will buy from traditional retailers, weakening the brick-and-mortars and, consequently, the one distributor and the publishers who feed the beast. It’ll be interesting to see if any of the efforts of the major publishers to incorporate mainstream digital sales have any positive effect, but I just look to the music analogue. Music artists now make their money touring, some incessantly, not by sales of the studio versions of the music. What’s the comic industry’s equivalent of touring?  I don’t know. If I knew, I’d be doing it…

Thank you Kevin and Amanda! Be sure to check them out at MegaCon and BUY Clown Town, It’s fantastic!

Take a look at this New York Comic Con 2011 video footage from InvestComics that features Amanda’s “The Gathering” comic!

Cosmic Times presents: From Blood

Comic Times has a spectacular looking 2 part series coming out. They sent us the covers for the first issue. Take a look and read all about, order it! From Blood…..

 

“Patient 27 has a secret, if you want to know what it is .

You better be ready to die for it!”

 

Cosmic Times presents

From Blood

A Two-Issue Mini-Series

About From Blood

For ten years the man known only as Patient 27 has sat in his cell at the Grove Mental Hospital. For ten years he has spoken to no one only occasionally lashing out in violent rages. Doctor Ashley Reese is determined to break his silence and discover what secrets he has been hiding. But is she ready to face the truth about her patient and herself? More importantly, is the world ready to discover what this mysterious man is capable of? Based on a story by James Whynot, written by James Whynot and Zach Bassett with Martin T. Pierro, From Blood is an action packed, violent psychological thriller that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

From Blood issue 1 (of 2) – is a 31 page black and white comic published by the South Florida based studio Cosmic Times, featuring art by Zach Bassett & James Whynot. Issue 1 will debut at MegaCon in Orlando, Florida on February 17th 2012 with a limited convention exclusive edition featuring a full color cover by Larry Watts. A few months after its debut at MegaCon, From Blood will be released nationally with a “regular” cover by Zach Bassett. Preorders for the MegaCon edition are currently being taken at – www.CosmicTimes.net.

About Cosmic Times

Established in 2009, Cosmic Times has become a small-press favorite with such diverse titles as Arthur: The Legend Continues, Decisions and Souled. Publisher Martin T. Pierro (who named Cosmic Times after a fanzine he published back in the mid 80s while still in middle school) is continuing to focus on his goal of making Cosmic Times into a true independent publishing house that focuses on quality storytelling.

About Zach Bassett

Colorado native, Zach Bassett attended the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) where he graduated with a BFA from their Sequential Art program. Prior to co-creating From Blood, Zach had worked on two other projects for Cosmic Times; Souled and Decisions.  (Zach is also currently writing the third issue of Decisions.)  Zach has recently completed the critically acclaimed No West to Cross for 215 Ink and has been working with Bluewater Productions on their biographical line of books, the most recent was a Bill Gates biography written by Martin T. Pierro.

About James Whynot

James Whynot attended the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) where he developed the concept for From Blood. Teaming up with his schoolmate Zach Bassett, James brought From Blood to Cosmic Times after working with Zach on the sci-fi mini-series Souled.  Beyond his work with Cosmic Times, James has worked with FacePalm Comics and recently signed with Miami based studio Creature Entertainment to work on their new series TS-101. James has also done work for 803 Studios, Bluewater Productions and Arcana Comics.

About Martin T Pierro

Martin T Pierro has a long history of working in the entertainment industry having been involved in television, film and live theater. In 2008 he started working in comics and in 2009 launched Cosmic Times as an independent studio where he could develop projects that focused on quality storytelling. Martin has written Arthur: The Legend Continues and Decisions for Cosmic Times and has also written several books for Bluewater
Productions.

About Larry Watts

The MegaCon exclusive cover marks Larry Watts’ first work with Cosmic Times, but he is no stranger to the comic’s industry. Larry has worked various projects for Alterna Comics, Top Shelf 2.0, Insomnia Productions and most recently Frozen Beach Studios. Larry is also working as Art Director on a project for IDW/Frozen Beach entitled The Pond – Horror Business. Before delving into the world of comics, Larry worked in advertising working on campaigns for Anheiser-Busch and other large accounts earning several ADDY awards in the process.

More information about Cosmic Times and From Blood can be found at –

www.CosmicTimes.net

 

Hot Picks 3-17-10 and MegaCon Wrap Up

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This week InvestComics came back from the Orlando MegaCon with Project Fanboy. Check out a little word on that. Also the Hot picks!

screenhunter_22_mar._16_22.07.gifscreenhunter_29_mar._16_22.16.gifThe Orlando MegaCon 2010 was spectacular. I came away with quite a few things I’d like to share with you. I’d like to share some of those things with you……now. The first thing was gaining some very good friends, Scott Williams, Sebastian Piccione and Neil Jorge. Scott and Sebastian are pictured in the slideshow on top of the InvestComics™ page. From left to right; Sebastian, Scott and yours truly. Sebastian is currently working on a comic named Cat. 5 for Earthbound Comics. Neil was at a table drawing awesome sketches for most of the weekend. Neil and Sebastian (writer) are currently working on a comic together called Freedom’s Man. Go to the Earthbound Comics website or Project Fanboy web site to check out more on Sebastian’s busy life! Scott Williams was busy filming panels as well as doing interviews with many creators for his Project Fanboy site. From what I did see and hear, Scott has some great stuff heading our way. There were many creators at the show. The majority of them were extremely cordial while some others screenhunter_23_mar._16_22.08.gifscreenhunter_24_mar._16_22.10.gifwere very busy doing their thing and had to concentrate on the business at hand. I want to personally thank each and every one of them for being so kind to fill out the 10 For The Pros spot that you all will be enjoying for the weeks to come. Look for pros like Mark McKenna, Frank Cho, Tony Bedard, Darwyn Cooke, Adam Hughes, Mike McKone and a HOST of others coming to InvestComics.

While the MegaCon was a lot fun,  I did take something away from it that was a little disturbing. Well not so much disturbing, but a “change” if you will that was a bit overwhelming in the sense that the MegaCon lacked ONE very big thing……..comics! I remember visiting one of my first conventions in 1985 with my father up in New York, right across the street from “The Mecca” Madison Square Garden and I was in absolute awe of all of the comic books in one room! There were some costume players here and there. There were some anime booths, an occasional statue/memorabilia spot, a booth to buy t-shirts and “cheap food.” But screenhunter_25_mar._16_22.11.gifscreenhunter_26_mar._16_22.12.gifMOST of all, there were COMICS galore. If you couldn’t find something at these conventions, it was not to be had. Fast forwarding to March of 2010 at the Orlando MegaCon, the comics were the minority this time around. I’m not saying I haven’t been to a convention in over 30 years, I’m simply stating that the business has changed tremendously and if you’re a dealer, don’t expect to make a lot of money at these things. For every 6 gamer booths I saw, there was 1 comic spot. Got me thinking, what could this mean exactly? Ethan Van Sciver’s line at one point started wrapping around the convention hall, George Perez was signing just about every comic he ever had a hand in, as did Amanda Conner. I was standing there talking to Amanda when a collector put down; I kid you not, about 30 comics for Amanda to sign. Without blinking an eye, Amanda smiled and started signing away. Were these comics bought at the show? Probably not because EVERY single time I passed the comic booth’s there were maybe 1 or 2 people thumbing through some things. The gamers section, the video game section, the screenhunter_28_mar._16_22.14.gifcostume section were about 6 people deep. Here’s the thing. Collectors are bringing their books from their collection from home, from their local comic shop and bringing it to the show. Collectors have to ability to go on line to search for a comic on Ebay or some other outlet to get those comics that elude them much easier today than they did 30 years ago. Why would they pay top dollar at a show when they could get it cheaper elsewhere on line? Having a screenhunter_27_mar._16_22.13.gifcomic booth that just offers comic books in todays “Comic Book Con’s” would be a death sentence if one is thinking about doing a show. One MUST offer other options in order to make money at one of these shows. These shows have basically turned into a big costume party with video games, anime and an array of weaponry to choose from as well (not real weapons, but weapons for costumes). Gone it seems are the traditional comic book shows, In with the showman aspect of the comic/games/anime world. Who can outdo who? Who can look better in the 5000 Supergirl, Batgirl or zombie garb? This is what it has come to, a big Halloween contest in March? Seems it might be. One does realize that I do not mind this, it is fun and very comical to see potato Batgirl (thanks Seb). It does raise a flag to see where this Industry will be in 20 years though. Will the comic books come back to the shows or will it all be these digital stations where you could read a current comic book for 99 cents? It’s “progress, don’t be afraid of it” as Tony Bedard of DC said when I spoke to him about paper and digital. He said the people in general “need to embrace both digital and paper.” I could not agree more. There is room for both, why must we all think that digital will be the death of the paper comic book?

screenhunter_21_mar._16_22.06.gifSo the last day, Sunday, Project Fanboy gave out the 2009 awards. You could view some of the award show on video on Project Fanboy shortly. Check out the front page of PFB as Scott did announce it will be up very soon. As Newsarama accepted the award for best comic book web site, I told Lan Pitts (who was there to accept the award) that I was going to go up on the stage and hijack his speech a’la Kayne. We both had a laugh over it and I thus gained another friend in Lan Pitts. He’s a great guy and you haven’t checked out his blog on Newsarama, you should. Great stuff there.

So with a busy weekend, came a lot of insight as well as some new friends. Project Fanboy really has their stuff together and I’m proud to be a part of their team. Scott and Sebastian, thank you again. As for Neil, you’re an awesome artist and thanks for the super cool Thanos sketch. Matt (“you know the Con closes at 6 right?”) It was great meeting you as well. InvestComics as I said earlier got around to meeting a lot of creators as they filled out the 10 For The Pros. I made a lot of new friends and contacts. Only 3 months into 2010 and things are looking great! So check out some pictures from the MegaCon and then check out this week’s Hot Picks!

Hot Picks 3-17-10

siege3.gifmightyavengers35.gifamericanvampire1.gifuncannyxmen522.gifThere are 3 very big books coming out this week and you really should already know 2 of them. Siege #3 promises to change the Marvel universe forever. Green Lantern Corps #46 concludes Blackest Night. And the final BIG book would be the sleeper of the week. American Vampire #1. Let’s go down the check list with this one shall we? No holds barred Vertigo line? (check), Vampires? (check) Art by Rafael Albuquerque? (check). Variant cover by Jim Lee (check) and let’s see….oh yea Stephen King (check). This book is going to be one of those comics that collectors will in fact miss because of the other biggies coming out this week, unless you read InvestComics™ this comic will not fly under YOUR radar. Getting back to Siege event for a moment, don’t miss the big surprise in Mighty Avengers greenarrow31.gificx317101.gifshield7.gifsupes80page.gif#35. You want more surprises you say? Okay check out Uncanny X-Men #522 for a return of someone in a double sized issue. The Fall of Green Arrow begins this week in Green Arrow #31. Should be a nice read from J.T. Krul. Batman #697 gets into the SURPRISE game this week. Check out who is the Black Mask. The “reveal” will SURPRISE everyone (as the DC solicit says). Michael Avon Oeming will be the new artist of The Shield beginning with issue #7. Look for a quick sellout on this issue. The new Superman 80 Page Giant #1 showcases some new artist. This will be a nice collector’s item for many artist’s “first work” on Superman. …And finally, with the Wizard magazine sort of fading into the sunset these days. Well maybe not, but it sure seems that way doesn’t it? A new comic magazine will debut this week. Comic Heroes Magazine #1. Not too sure how comicheroesmagazine1.gifthis may be any different from what Wizard may offer, but hey it might be worth checking out.

Invest Wisely.

Jay Katz