Silvestri & Aaron Break New Ground In INCREDIBLE HULK #1!

Point One, Now Hulk #1……here comes Marvel once again. Click through the preview pages images below.

Hold on to your seats for the biggest, baddest, most Incredible Hulk ever! Join Legendary Artist Marc Silverstri as he teams with Jason Aaron for a Hulk story unlike anything you’ve ever seen in the all-new Incredible Hulk #1! It’s the buildup to the greatest showdown fans have been demanding – Banner versus Hulk. Who is the beast and who is the man? Find out in Incredible Hulk #1 and check out these jaw-dropping pages for a sneak peek at this groundbreaking new series!

*Retailers should check the Diamond Daily today for special ordering incentives including variants!


Written by JASON AARON

Pencils and Cover by MARC SILVESTRI

FOC – 10/3/11, ON SALE – 10/26/11

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Meet the Cast

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Before his adopted son can unite all of humanity in peace and harmony he must first survive being a teenager. But can Joseph survive raising a teenage boy whose best friend is the son of the devil? Yeah, well. You try raising a teenager who happens to be the Son of God!






As a hard working contractor who loves his family Joseph is   willing to do whatever it takes… for a peaceful evening. But the people who surround him are making that impossible.







Fourteen year old Jesus only cares about video games, texting, movies, music, nu tech and girls. He reminds his dad that being a teenager doesn’t have to be boring. “Yo.”

The kid’s best friend won’t reply to any other name than Lil’ D. If his father wasn’t the Imperial Lord of the Underworld maybe he wouldn’t care about the eternal damnation of your soul. Wait. That’s one of his older brothers.







Then there’s the kid sister Ruthie. At ten this is not a little girl who goes neglected. But sometimes she makes getting her way worth the trouble.

It’s tough for a man who only wants peace in the house.





Who Are the Creators?

David Paul is the author of Naked Vitality, a nominee for several literary awards and the 2004 International Library of Poetry Silver Award Cup recipient. His works in graphic novels include the award-winning Cold Blooded Chillers by Heske Horror and he is a long time Heavy Metal magazine contributor. He works as a comic book and graphic novel letterer, collaborating with numerous artists. Samples of his work can be viewed at his DeviantArt gallery here
and here

Gary T.  Becks was born in the Washington DC metropolitan area June 18, 1968.  He became interested in writing and music at the age of 6,  and after a few years of collecting comic books became inspired to draw his own. Mostly a self taught artist, his style is a mix of both Japanese Manga and American comic influences.

In 1992 he moved to Los Angeles and completed his first comic series called Vixen 6 which was adapted into a screenplay.

In 2001 he started the series Mazscara, a webcomic whose story elements mix horror, drama and fantasy. At the same time he began to discover 3D software such as  zBrush, Cinema 4D and Poser, which took his art in a whole different direction. G.T is currently working on several 3D projects as well as two new comic series called the Humorville Hillarrions and Fiendy.

His art portfolio can be viewed here :


Joseph! starts tomorrow. Do not miss it!

Jeff Balke wins the Shel Dorf Award 2011 – Colorist of The Year!

We would like to give a SHOUT OUT and CONGRATS to Jeff Balke “colorist
extraordinaire”  for winning the Colorist of the Year award in the Shel Dorf Awards!  CONGRATS buddy!  You really deserve it!

Jeff has worked on numerous covers and, I cant even keep track of the books..haha! 
If you’re not familiar with Jeff’s work, check out his website at
or his fan page on FaceBook called (JbalkesCOLORS).

Congrats again Jeff..and keep up the GREAT work!!












Wolverine & The X-Men get schooled at THE JEAN GREY SCHOOL FOR HIGHER LEARNING

Enroll In The Jean Grey School For Higher Learning In WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN #1!
Classes begin this October!
What do you think of the new school? Join the conversation on Twitter with #XMenRegenesis.
Written by JASON AARON
Pencils and Cover by CHRIS BACHALO
FOC – 10/3/11, ON SALE – 10/26/11
Written by JASON AARON
Pencils and Cover by CHRIS BACHALO
FOC – 10/31/11, ON SALE – 11/23/11

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UNCANNY X-MEN #1 & #2 Covers Revealed!

The “other guys” end their number one issue runs this week as Marvel starts up a new Number One themselves! Check out the covers.

This November, history is made with Uncanny X-Men #1!  From the superstar creative team of Kieron Gillen and Carlos Pacheco, new leadership rises with a renewed, refocused, and re-imagined group of Uncanny mutants. With covers by Pacheco – no fan can miss this bold new era of mutantkind as X-Men: Regenesis continues in Uncanny X-Men #1!

What team will you choose? Join the conversation on Twitter with #XMenRegenesis.











InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 9-28-11 DC Comics Relaunch Special Part 4 (Final)

Down the stretch they come…..DC’s Relaunch will be officially over this week. What a crazy 4 weeks it has been. DC hit a home run with this campaign, and NOW the hard part is coming up for them. Will they be able to sustain the interest of the comic book world with issue number 2, 3, 4, and so forth.

So without further ado, let’s get started with the final week of DC’s new look.

There are several comics that have been covered already in the past few weeks, let’s get them out of the way.


Aquaman #1 – 1st appearance More Fun Comics #73. Click HERE to Week 1 for details.

Batman The Dark Knight #1 – 1st appearance Detective Comics #27. Click HERE to Week 3 for details.

Superman #1 – 1st appearance Action Comics #1. Click HERE to Week 1 for details.

Justice League Dark #1 – 1st appearance of Deadman. Click HERE to Week 3 for details.

Flash #1 & The Savage Hawkman #1 – Let’s all be honest here, the only reason Flash is cool equates to 2 words. Geoff Johns. Without him, Green Lantern wouldn’t be cool, Flash wouldn’t be cool, and Aquaman wouldn’t be cool. Yea that’s right Aquaman. Look for the water guy to be Geoff’s next big conquest. But this isn’t about the Aqua, this is about the Flash. Flash’s first appearance goes for a big payday in around the 160k mark in Flash Comics #1 (1940). Incidentally, this comic also has the first appearance of Johnny Thunder AND Hawkman. So looking at 160k for “2” very nice 1st appearances seems like a bargain at the moment.

Blackhawks #1 – Although this comic from Costa/Nolan feels like it’s going to be a fun book; it’s not a book many are dying to get their hands on. This can all change of course in a matter of a weeks’ notice, but not a comic that will fly off the shelves. The same holds true for the first appearance of Blackhawk. No much demand here, but a fine book nonetheless. Coming in at $14,000 is Military Comics #1 (1941). You want one of the beauties of this comic? It comes with legend Will Eisner all over it. Nuff said.

Teen Titans #1 – Here is the comic book world’s favorite teen team in a number one issue…..again. Maybe creators Lobdell/Booth will bring a total different flavor and blow everyone away. Let’s hope. The Brave and The Bold #54 (1960) has the first look at our teenage heroes. At only $860, this comic feels like it’s flying under the radar a bit.

All Star Western #1 – Are fans ready for a full out western comic? With Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray attached to this book, a resounding HELL’S YEA! All Star Western Comics made their debut with DC’s All Star line ending with issue #57 and becoming All Star Western #58 (1951), a $600 book with an awesome Gil Kane cover. Nuff said, again.

Justice League Dark #1 – Lots of characters to check out in this one. Let’s start with Deadman. Find his deal in Hot Picks Part 3. John Constantine’s 1st in Saga of the Swamp Thing #37 (1985) $30. Zatanna first appeared in Hawkman #4 (1964) $400. Madame Xanadu’s first calling was in Doorway to Nightmare #1 (1978) $16. And Shade the Changing Man #1 (1977) debuted from his creator Steve Ditko. The bargain of the bunch at only $16.

The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men #1 – Okay so we have a plural in the title which means we have 2 to cover here. Jason Rusch – Firestorm #1 (2004) (probably find this comic in the 1 dollar bins at your local comic shop or comic show), and Ronnie Raymond – Firestorm #1 (1978) from George Perez for $12?? Yes getting the latter would be a very wise move. Jason and Ronnie began their mancrush in Blackest Night #3 (2009). Get this comic at cover price or check that dollar bin again.

Also coming from DC this week, a couple of try out books in Voodoo #1, I, Vampire #1 and a mainstay in Green Lantern New Guardians #1.

And there you have it. 4 weeks of DC goodness from DC and InvestComics! Check out by clicking Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3 for the entire run on InvestComics.

Okay Marvel…….your move.

See you all next week. Invest wisely

Jay Katz

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Interview with Mike Flanagan

Indie Director Mike Flanagan Shares Some Scares with his Film ABSENTIA

There is a lot of Hollywood talent who were born and bred in Massachusetts. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck from Cambridge. Friends Matt LeBlanc from Newton and Matthew Perry from Williamstown. Forty-Year Old Virgin Steve Carell from Concord. “Snake” Kurt Russell from Springfield. Uma Thurman and Ben Foster were also originally from Boston.

Now you can add Mike Flanagan (Salem, MA) to the list.

Who is Mike Flanagan, you ask?

He may not be an A-list actor but he is a damn good director with a horror bent who has proven the ability to make magic on screen with a micro-budget. He recently got together with some friends and shot his latest feature called ABESNTIA in his apartment and in a creepy tunnel across the street. He wrote the script in two sittings, shot it within 15 days and even got a horror icon actor for a small but vital role. And he completed the picture for a scant $70,000 (estimated) − about half of which he got from total strangers whom he won over within 30 days with an ingenious crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter.

Intrigued? You damn well should be. He’s a fast-rising talent and by all accounts a genuine good guy. Must be his Massachusetts roots. Get ready to read about the next great indie horror film you definitely want to see coming soon to film festivals, Pay-Per-View and Netflix…

1) Have to ask … any relation to the recently deceased Oriole great left-hander and former Cy-Young winner Mike Flanagan?

(MF:) No, but wouldn’t you feel awkward now if there was?

2) According to your IMDB bio, you didn’t turn to the horror genre until 2005. Still, much of your earlier student work had a dark psychological bent. May one assume that being born in Salem, Massachusetts made it fate that you would explore your dark side and venture into horror?

(MF:)  I don’t know why it took me so long to make a horror film. I picked up Stephen King’s “IT” in 6th grade and was hooked. My first student film project was a horror short called College Gothic. Why I spent so many years working on indie relationship dramas is beyond me; they were great learning experiences, but my love for the horror genre should have pointed me toward that years ago.

3)  Your short, OCULUS – CHAPTER 3: THE MAN WITH THE PLAN, generated some buzz back in 2006. It was about a man who tries to prove that an antique mirror is haunted. What inspired you to write this short film?

(MF:)  I wanted to make a movie that was scary, and I knew I only had about $1,000 to do so. Oculus was inspired primarily by a desire to make a horror film, and then by making one that seemed to break all the rules. All the horror films I was watching at the time were dimly lit, even in hospitals and police stations, where moody practical lightning is really counterproductive. So, we decided to make a horror movie in a bright, white room and keep those lights on for the duration. Most of the horror films I was watching were ensemble pieces, so I went with a single character in a single location. Both for the challenge and by necessity, considering our budget, Oculus was designed to strip everything else away and see if I could scare people with the simplest of ingredients.

4)  How long did it take to shoot, what type of camera did you use, and what was the budget?

(MF:)  The film was shot in four days on a Sony HDV camera, and the budget ended up being just under $2,000.

5)  What was the most important thing you learned from that experience?

(MF:)  The biggest revelation for me was that audiences have powerful imaginations. We had no set, no lights, no special effects − it was just a guy in a room with a mirror, and it scared the crap out of people. I learned that if you give an audience enough to go on, and treat them like smart, imaginative people, their imaginations will take the ingredients you provide on screen and concoct something far scarier than you’ll ever be able to depict. It was awesome.

You can watch the trailer here:

6)  When you originally set out to make ABSENTIA, you goal was to not only do a feature but to also create a piece which showcased the capabilities of you and your friends. When did you realize the film was much, much better than a capabilities piece?

(MF:)  I remember feeling that the script was special. It was indeed intended to be a calling card of sorts, a weekend project, something for our reels … but after the script was finished and the cast was assembled, I remember feeling like it could be something bigger. I didn’t know that it was until the film was complete, I don’t think any of us did …

7)  Which came first – the story or the location?

(MF:)  The location. I’d lived across the street from that creepy tunnel for years and always thought it would make a great backdrop for a horror film. I knew I wanted to create a project that I could work on with specific friends, great actors who were also struggling in LA. I just didn’t have a story. I talked to my younger brother James, who would later play Jamie Lambert in the film, and told him I had a tunnel, a camera, and a cast but needed a story. He was the first person to mention “The Billy Goats Gruff” and it all grew from there.

8 ) Give us the story premise.

(MF:)  Absentia is about a woman whose husband has been missing for seven years, and she’s about to go through the process of having him declared ‘dead in absentia’. She’s pregnant with another man’s child but has still been replacing the aging missing posters around the neighborhood, trying to figure out how to finally move on. Her wayward younger sister arrives to help her through this transition and begins to notice strange things about the creepy tunnel across the street from the apartment. It turns out the tunnel plays a prominent role in a long history of neighborhood disappearances, and there might be more to the husband’s disappearance than meets the eye.

9)  “Intelligent Horror” seems like an oxymoron, yet it rings true for your film. It is a character-driven tale focusing on how two sisters deal with the void of a missing spouse. The supernatural tunnel is critical, but almost secondary to the pain of emotional “loss”. Were you worried about losing hardcore horror fans who aren’t used to seeing characters with psychological depth?

(MF:)  Absolutely, and I think we have certainly missed the mark with some of the hardcore fans. Our distributor came up with cover art that seems to paint the movie as a much more traditional horror film, and there have been a few IMDB reviews from people who seemed to expect a very different type of film and were bored and disappointed. That just kind of comes with the territory, though. At the same time, people who normally avoid horror fare altogether have really fallen in love with the film. The film is certainly more cerebral than most horror fare out there, and I’m proud of that. If it alienates the hardcore audience, they have hundreds of titles a year that satisfy their criteria. The people that love smart, character-driven horror have far less options, and this was made for them.

You can watch the trailer here:

10)  Your award-winning student film, Ghosts of Hamilton Street, also dealt with a protagonist struggling against the mental angst of loved ones vanishing from his life. Why the interest in this topic?

(MF:)  I’m not sure … I think it’s a universal part of the human experience, having people enter and exit our lives. I don’t know why it fascinates me as much as it does, and wasn’t even aware of the thematic similarities between “Ghosts” and “Absentia” until after the movie was done. I do think we are, each of us, largely constructed of the people in our lives, whether they’re family, friends, or lovers. To remove one of those pieces, especially without explanation, alters us forever. I think that’s a beautiful and terrifying concept, and it clearly has shaped a lot of my work.

11)  Although the actors in the film were fantastic, they are mostly unknowns. Except for one … How did you land Doug Jones (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy, Adaptation) as part of the cast?

(MF:)  Doug is very approachable − in fact, I believe you can reach him directly through his website. He is very supportive of independent filmmakers, and is very public about the fact that he tries to read every script that is sent to him for consideration. If he likes the script, is available, and trusts the director, he’ll do the project. That seems to be a true of a lot of actors, actually.

We approached him via email, and he sparked to the screenplay. He agreed to meet me for coffee, and that meeting turned into a 3-hour bonding session. By the end he committed to the film, and we’re actually friends now. We were all shocked that he agreed to do the movie, and it put a lot of pressure on us to make sure we really stepped up our professionalism when he was on set. That day might be my favorite day of production.

12)  How long did it take to write the first draft? How many drafts before the final shooting script? How many pages did you shoot on average in a day?

(MF:)  The first draft took a few days − I think it was actually completed in two long sittings. Courtney Bell (my fiancée) was doing a play in Palm Desert at the time so I was home alone, and we had a ticking clock that demanded a fast turnaround. I finished the first draft in early May of 2010, and we were scheduled to shoot in June, so I knew it would be fast. I didn’t expect it to be QUITE this fast, though.

We changed very little after that – I think we fixed a few lines and added a few scenes (that later were cut from the film, actually), but it was a shooting script almost immediately. We shot about 6 pages a day during our 15-day shoot.

13)  How tough is it to make a film scary when you don’t have the budget for visual effects? Does the audio become more of a scare factor on micro-budget films?

(MF:) Oh, big time. Audio is critical, and that’s a lesson I really learned working on OCULUS. Knowing we had no money for effects forced us to try to be clever in our scares. It became about trying to frighten people with what they DON’T see. That’s a strategy I tend to prefer anyway, and even if we’d had a bigger budget I doubt we would have done much differently.










14)  You got a lot of you funding for ABSENTIA via a clever crowd funding campaign on Kickstarter. Tell us about your approach and why you think you were able to succeed where thousands of others have failed to reach their funding goal.

(MF:)  We treated it like a full-time job. The problem with Kickstarter is that a lot of people put up a project, post the link on Facebook, and sit back expecting to raise the money that way. When it seems to be going slow, they keep posting on Facebook, and sooner than later people start blocking them. No one enjoys being harassed for money. How, then, do you succeed on a site like that?

We knew we had to keep things fresh. We couldn’t just show up with our hands out every few days. We had to keep entertaining people. So, we made these short films – eight in all, one every few days – that featured a different member of the cast or crew. We posted them to Facebook, and the featured cast/crew member used the video to write a personal note to each of their friends asking for support. But after that, they left their social network alone.

This meant we were “targeting” a different group every few days, and not constantly harassing our friends. We continued to casually post the new videos, though, and that resulted in our social networks getting to see a new, funny, fresh piece of entertainment every few days. That kept our Kickstarter drive fresh in their minds without us having to bother them, and a lot of people that initially didn’t want to support it were gradually won over by the videos as the month went along. It played like a web series, and we kept trying to out-do ourselves from video to video.

By the end, a lot of people felt that they’d been so entertained throughout the month that donating a couple of dollars didn’t bother them. People even wrote us to tell us that we’d “won them over.” That’s the secret, I think − be entertaining, continue to put out fresh material, and don’t blatantly ask for money more than once. Treat it like a full-time job and earn every dollar that you get.

15)  Making indie film means long, grueling days on set with cranky cast and crew. One of the stars of the film is your fiancée (Courtney Bell). What was it like working 12-15 hour days and then having to share the same apartment?

(MF:)  It was challenging, of course, particularly because we were filming IN our apartment. We had a crew and tons of equipment crammed into our space, there was nowhere to hide from the movie. AND, she was actually six months pregnant at the time, so nerves ran high anyway. All in all it went better than I ever would have guessed. We had our moments where the stress became too much to handle, but everybody did. If anything, I think having her there the whole time helped keep me sane.












16)  Who was your cinematographer on ABSENTIA?

(MF:)  Rustin Cerveny. It was his first time shooting a film, and he was the one who sold us on the idea of using the Canon 5D.

17)  Speaking of cinematography, you were the DP on the cult horror flick CHAINSAW SALLY (2004) about a young woman who witnesses her parents being butchered and then grows up to be a serial killer who is inspired by horror movies as her murderous modus operandi. Although not necessarily “art-house” theater, it must be pretty cool to have a popular B movie like that on your resume!

(MF:)  CHAINSAW SALLY was a ton of fun to make. I shot that right before I moved to Los Angeles. I’m glad it’s as popular as it is, and it is certainly an entirely different tone from my work. The director, JimmyO Burrill, has a very specific and unique voice and it was really fun for me to try to help realize his vision of the film. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed as much working on a movie in my life.

18)  Your work gravitates toward dark psychological/horror. But the funny, self-deprecating videos you and your cast created for the Kickstarter promos show you have a funny side. Do you ever think you will venture into comedies?

(MF:)  It’s funny − I don’t think I’m any good at comedy, but those videos made a lot of people say “screw horror, you should make a comedy”. My writing partner, Jeff Howard, has a very successful track record of selling comedy scripts and talks about wanting to do a project like that in the future. I’m sure it’ll happen one of those days. I’m really on a major horror kick right now, and plan to be for most of my career, but I’d love to give it a shot. Those genres really use the same mechanisms … they’re both about setting up a reaction, and then paying it off in a way that is slightly unexpected. They’re both about causing immediate, instinctual reactions in a viewer. Whether they laugh or scream, a lot of the methods to get them there are the same.

19)  You’ve done quite a bit of work on TV. Which do you prefer – working on a TV series or doing an indie film?

(MF:)  Absolutely narrative film. Reality TV is a great way to make a living, but it’s hard sometimes not to feel like you’re making the world stupider.

20)  What are you working on now?

(MF:)  I have two projects on the horizon. One is a feature version of OCULUS that I’m dying to shoot, and it has a major company producing it. It’ll be the biggest project of my life so far. Beyond that, I’m looking at making another indie horror film with Fallback Plan Productions, the company that produced ABSENTIA.

21)  Where can we buy, rent or watch ABSENTIA?

(MF:)  Beyond its festival screenings, of which there are many in the next few weeks, it’s on Video on Demand right now on Comcast, Cablevision, Cox and Insight. It’ll be out on DVD in February 2012, and will be playing on Showtime and Netflix streaming in June of 2012.

In the interim, here are a few websites where you can follow the film:

21)  Last question – Did ABSENTIA succeed in opening doors for the cast and crew? And now that you will likely have much bigger budgets to film with, how tough will it be dealing with a Studio mentality and not shooting films with your best friends?

(MF:)  It has certainly given them a lot of exposure and some great reviews. Several of the actors landed roles in other films based on their work in ABSENTIA, which makes me very happy. It’ll be different working in the studio world after this, particularly on OCULUS, but I’m hoping that we all grow together and keep working together. I think as the film is released wide on DVD that’ll help the cast a lot more, and I’ll do everything I can to work with people I know and trust in the future.

Thanks for taking the time to talk with me and hope you enjoy the movie!

You are most welcome, Mike. You’ve not only done a great micro-budget film, but set a great example for others who have a love of horror and film. And you did it with your best friends and life partner − how sweet is that?! We’ll be following your success.


An award-winning indie comic creator and screenwriter, Bob Heske is currently writing/producing a micro-budget horror film called UNREST ( Bob wrote THE NIGHT PROJECTIONIST, a vampire horror series to be published by Studio 407 ( with film rights optioned by Myriad Pictures. Through his Heske Horror shingle, Bob self-published his critically acclaimed horror series COLD BLOODED CHILLERS. Bob’s trade paperback BONE CHILLER (a “best of” CBC anthology) won a Bronze medal in the horror category at the 2009 Independent Publisher Book Awards. His “end times” anthology 2012: FINAL PRAYER  was also released in late 2009. Email him at

From 52 to 51

So what is “From 52 to 51”

Well it’s quite simple really.

You see, with DC’s Relaunch and 52 titles, there is all but almost a certainty to happen. Actually I GUARENTEE this will happen! A Death. No not a character death.

So the question is asked……..


Understand that this is NO reflection on any of the creators that have worked very hard on these titles, but DO understand that ONE of these titles WILL in FACT be the FIRST causality. Like it or not.

Will it be I, Vampire?  Stormwatch? Red Hood and The Outlaws? Grifter? Mister Terrific? Men Of War? Static Shock? Voodoo? Resurrection Man?  Or will it be one of the other 43 titles not listed here?

What title will have the dubious distinction of bumping 52 to 51?

Let the guessing begin!
























Trekkercomic.Com Launches With The Return of Ron Randall’s Classic Sci-Fi Adventure Strip “TREKKER”

Ron Randall was kind enough to send this to very good news on the return of TREKKER to InvestComics. Welcome back Ron!

PORTLAND, Oregon–This Monday, September 26, 2011 marks the launch of, a new site which will feature weekly postings from the pages of Ron Randall’s classic, acclaimed sci-fi comic Trekker.

Randall, who is both writer and artist for the series, first created Trekker and its protagonist, Mercy St.Clair, for Dark Horse Comics during the rise of the independent publishing. Now he will also assume web publishing duties, beginning with the 8-page chapter that first introduced Trekker to the comics world.

Each Monday will mark the posting of an installment from the Trekker archives, in chronological order of their original publication. Once all existing stories have posted, Randall will go on to post completely new, ongoingTrekker tales chronicling the life and times of Mercy St. Clair.

Trekker first came on the scene in 1986, when Dark Horse approached Randall to create a new series for their catalogue. He was given complete creative freedom to determine the content and look of the series, as well as full ownership of the property. “It was virtually an unheard-of opportunity at the time, and, of course, I could not resist,”says Randall. He went about putting together the visual and story elements that most appealed to him, and Trekker was born. Randall has since enjoyed a long and diverse career, but he notes that “Trekker has always inspired the very best of my efforts, and to this day it remains the most personal work I’ve produced.”

Starting Monday, September 26, 2011 the new website will begin weekly postings of the character Ron Randall first created at Dark Horse Comics back in the days of the rise of the independent publishers. The website will open with a posting of the entire first 8-page chapter that introduced the character. Each week new updates will continue to post fresh installments of all existing Trekker stories in the order they first appeared. Once all existing stories have posted, Randall will continue to post brand-new, ongoing Trekker tales, as he continues to follow the life and times of Mercy St. Clair.

About Trekker. In 1986, Dark Horse invited Randall to create a series for them, and was given a creative free hand to come up with whatever he would most like to write and draw, and to have full ownership of the property. It was virtually an unheard of opportunity and, of course, Randall could not resist. Randall went about putting together the elements that most appealed to him, and came up with Trekker. Sure enough, the work Randall did on Trekker has always inspired the very best of his efforts. To this day Trekker remains the most personal and affectionately remembered work that Randall has produced in his long career.

Trekker is the story of Mercy Ct. Clair, a brash, extraordinarily gifted young female bounty hunter living in the violent future of 2226. The strip follows Mercy’s life and personal “arc” as she pursues the hardened criminals that operate beyond the reach of an over-taxed law force. The existing stories open on the gritty, crumbling streets of New Gelaph, and gradually follow Mercy as she pursues the criminal element into the ruined lands beyond city lines. Ultimately Mercy’s journey will lead her out into the stars, where a restless humanity is striving for new hope. Randall hints that it’s on this grand stage that Mercy will discover her own surprising destiny.

Until recently, the existing Trekker stories have only been fitfully collected for print—short stories in Dark Horse Presents, the original Dark Horse series, and in various “Special” single issues, and for years fans have clamored for a complete, accessible collection of Mercy’s adventures. aims to be exactly that definitive repository. Luckily for fans, Randall “clung faithfully onto every page of the original Trekker stories,” and so will feature fully-restored, high-quality images of the entire series. Stories that originally appeared in black and white will remain faithful to the original, but later color stories will be completely re-colored to take advantage of recent refinements in digital coloring technique.

The site will also contain an exclusive “making of” image gallery containing never-before-seen Trekker-related designs, sketches and drawings. Randall reports that every convention has brought questions from fans eager for the return of Trekker. His standard reply was that he had the entire series planned, and was only waiting for the appropriate venue to come along. He notes that “with, it’s finally the right time.”

The continuing adventures of Mercy St. Clair will be open and fully accessible to readers at beginning on Monday, September 26.




DC launches BURN NOTICE digital comic.


New Volume Explodes with Cutting-Edge Cinematic Effects, Exclusive Interviews Along with Extraordinary Peel-a-Ways from DC Entertainment Artists

NEW YORK – September 22, 2011 – USA Network, in tandem with DC Entertainment, announces Volume Two of BURN NOTICE: A New Day, its engaging first interactive multiplatform comic book series. Sponsored by Hyundai, the comic book premieres on Thursday, September 22, giving fans their BURN NOTICE fix before the show’s return on November 3 at 10/9c. With more than 1.7 million page views, 160,000 fans have read and engaged with the comic book online and on their mobile devices.  BURN NOTICE: A New Day Volume Two is available on, Facebook and as a freestanding iOS and Android App on select devices.

Written by the creative team behind the show, including series creator Matt Nix, this second volume features more exclusive content along with unique special effects that will give readers a 3-D view into selected panels, allowing them to more deeply explore Michael Westen’s environment.  Fans will have behind-the-scenes video of DC artist Tony Shasteen, who is returning as lead artist on the volume 2.  This content will not only show how he created the artwork, but how he determined the look and feel of the characters.  This new volume will feature exclusive cover art each week leading into all-new episodes of season five, which premieres Thursday, November 3, with a new issue unveiled that same day.

“The first volume of BURN NOTICE: A New Day was one of the most successful digital comics we’ve created to-date and a great example of how a comic can extend and deepen a show’s storyline, offering greater interaction with characters,” stated Hank Kanalz, senior vice president of digital, DC Entertainment. “Volume two takes that interaction to the next level with new features and exciting storylines – I can’t wait for fans to see what we have in store for them.”

BURN NOTICE: A New Day Volume Two, picks up with Michael Westen on board a military helicopter, suited up with a team of commandos, ready to storm a cargo freighter in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.  Once the siege of the freighter is complete, Michael is tasked by the CIA to continue rounding up members of the Organization that burned him.  Fans can follow him over 12 weeks to see his next moves and how he continues to clear his name.  Additionally, they can play interactive games, peelback the artwork to see the layers of drawing, see exclusive content, watch interviews with the writers and artists, and more.

“Building on the strong framework we developed in the first volume of the BURN NOTICE comic book, we are offering an unparalleled immersive feel that pulls our viewers right into Michael’s world of spies, espionage, and explosions,” said Jesse Redniss, vice president of digital, USA. “Our transmedia collaboration with DC, Hyundai, and our technology partners is resulting in a rich multiplatform experience that extends USA’s engagement with compelling storytelling on-air, online or on mobile devices.”

In addition to working with DC Entertainment, USA teamed with Panelfly, who built the mobile applications and cinematic effects, and Glow Interactive, who developed the online and Facebook versions, as well as the mobile interactive overlays.

USA’s hit series BURN NOTICE turns up the heat this fall with all-new episodes of season five, starting Thursday, November 3 at 10/9c.  BURN NOTICE stars Jeffrey Donovan as Michael Westen, a blacklisted spy banished to sun-soaked Miami.  As Michael continues working alongside his former agency, will he finally find the answers he’s been looking for? Helping him along the way are his beautifully hot-tempered, on-again girlfriend Fiona (Gabrielle Anwar); our favorite Mojito-loving retired Navy Seal, Sam (Bruce Campbell); and Miami’s newest counterintelligence expert, Jesse Porter (Coby Bell).  Michael’s sharp-tongued mother Madeline (Emmy® Award-winner Sharon Gless) also returns, ready to heat up South Beach. Guest stars include Lauren Stamile, Jere Burns, Indigo, Andre Holland, Ian Anthony Dale, Carlo Gallo and Ptolemy Slocum.  BURN NOTICE was created, written and executive produced by Matt Nix (“The Good Guys”, “Chasing Vermeer”).  Mikkel Bondesen (“Catch That Kid”) and Alfredo Barrios (“Justice”) also serve as executive producers.  The series comes from Fox Television Studios and Fuse Entertainment

BOOM! to honor the late Minck Oosterveer with free digital copies of Unknown

Award winning Dutch artist, Minck Oosterveer, (Ronson Inc., Jack Pott, Nicky Saxx) is best known in America for his work with Mark Waid on Unknown for BOOM! Studios. His successful and still growing career was cut short Saturday (9/17) when he was killed in a tragic motorcycle accident. 

To honor the man and his talent, BOOM! has decided to share his work, with free digital copies of UNKNOWN.  In an email from BOOM!, Chip Mosher said, “This Monday we were stunned by the news of the the tragic passing of Minck Oosterveer. After the shock had worn off, we here at BOOM! Studios thought that the best way we could think of to celebrate his life is by exposing as many people as possible to his creative work.

So in honor of the memory of Minck Oosterveer, BOOM! Studios is offering all issues of Mark Waid and Oosterveer’s THE UNKNOWN and THE UNKNOWN: DEVIL MADE FLESH for free through all our digital partners — comiXology, iVerse, Graphicly, and mydigitalcomics. Please feel free to spread the word. Long known overseas, Minck was just getting traction here in the States, making his untimely passing even more tragic.”

 BOOM!’s Editor-in-Chief, Matt Gagnon, wrote the following on BOOM’s website:

I was devastated on Monday when I heard the sad news that legendary dutch comic book artist Minck Oosterveer died in a motorcycle accident. Even though we were a world away, and only communicated through e-mail, I considered Minck a friend and counted him as one of my favorite professional relationships. He was quite simply a class act. I had the opportunity to work with Minck on a few projects at BOOM! and the experience was a highlight. Out of all the creators I’ve worked with, spanning so many different projects, Minck always held a special place in my memory as one of my all-time favorites.

It’s natural to take pride in the creators that stand out on your series, those who make a stamp on the industry and generate fan excitement. Of course, Minck Oosterveer had an extensive and successful career long before I ever worked with him. But I took great pride in hiring Minck on his first American series and helping him break into a new market. It was something that he and I were both excited about and, inevitably, when people began to take notice of his work in the states, it was such a great feeling. The response to his work on THE UNKNOWN was everything that we hoped it would be.

To watch Minck Oosterveer and Mark Wark collaborate on THE UNKNOWN was to watch two masters at the top of their game. Their confidence, craft, and friendship was something to behold. I’ll always look back on that series, and the collaboration, with fond memories. I know Mark and I both walked away from that experience hoping that we’d work with Minck for a long time to come.

Minck was incredibly kind and thoughtful, funny and smart, passionate and genuine. As an artist, you literally couldn’t ask for anybody more professional and talented. His art was–is–transcendent. He would turn in beautiful comic book pages, every day, that were damn near perfect. Every morning I would look forward to opening my e-mail and seeing a new page from Minck. His work ethic and consistent level of quality was uncanny. There was a never a deadline he couldn’t meet. The man was truly a rare talent.

From all of us here at BOOM! Studios, we offer our deepest condolences to Minck’s family and friends. It’s with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to a phenomenal individual who had no peer. His legacy will live on through his beautiful work and all of the people whose lives he touched.

I will remember Minck Oosterveer as the gold standard for a comic book artist. A truly great man. An eternal master.

Rest in peace, my friend.

Matt Gagnon
Editor-in-Chief, BOOM! Studios

The End Of An Era In UNCANNY X-MEN #544!

The End Of An Era In UNCANNY X-MEN #544!

Battered, beaten and bruised due to the catastrophic events of Fear Itself and X-Men: Schism, the creative team of Kieron Gillen and Greg Land bring fans the final issue of Uncanny X-Men with Uncanny X-Men #544! They’ve been through it all together, and now they’re on the dawn of a new age. And when you throw Mr. Sinister into the mix – there’s no telling how this one will end! Join us for the end of the industry-shaping series with Uncanny X-Men #544.

UNCANNY X-MEN #544 (AUG110662)


Pencils & Cover by GREG LAND

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Celebrating 125 issues of IDW’s TRANSFORMERS comics

[TF: Death of Optimus Prime Cover2]In stores this December, IDW is proud to announce TRANSFORMERS: THE DEATH OF OPTIMUS PRIME, setting a whole new direction for the AUTOBOT leader and the TRANSFORMERS comic book universe. IDW’s CHAOS event, spanning throughout 2011, represented the closing of a chapter in TRANSFORMERS history for the comic book universe. On Earth, the AUTOBOTS learned of the treachery of their human allies–and their loyalty was pushed past the breaking point. In space–with the fate of the universe at stake–the TRANSFORMERS waged the final battle for the fate of CYBERTRON. With the end of CHAOS, the war between the AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS is over.

Now the hard part begins, as the survivors must confront their future head-on. The TRANSFORMERS’ homeworld is reborn–but it’s not the safe home the AUTOBOTS had hoped for. Amidst a hostile planet–and an angry population–AUTOBOT leader OPTIMUS PRIME must try to unite the divided loyalties of his fellow TRANSFORMERS. In the process, he is forced to question whether he is the ruler a united CYBERTRON needs. IDW’s December comic, TRANSFORMERS: THE DEATH OF OPTIMUS PRIME, answers that question, once and for all.[TF: Death of Optimus Prime Cover1]

TRANSFORMERS: THE DEATH OF OPTIMUS PRIME will be available in comic stores and through the Apple iTunes store this December. The futures of Earth and CYBERTRON culminate together in this monumental issue, launching an all new-era for IDW’s TRANSFORMERS comics. TRANSFORMERS: THE DEATH OF OPTIMUS PRIME will feature 32 pages of full-color, action-packed story, written by John Barber and James Roberts, with art by Nick Roche. Fans are encouraged to ask their retailers about the different variant covers, including a Livio Ramondelli cover, and an exclusive wraparound cover featuring all 125 IDW TRANSFORMERS covers, with foil enhancements. This special issue sets the stage for two new ongoing TRANSFORMERS comic series starting in January!

TRANSFORMERS: THE DEATH OF OPTIMUS PRIME ($3.99, 32 pages; full color) will be available in December 2011.

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Daniel Acuña joins AVENGERS art team, with #18

Welcome To The AVENGERS Daniel Acuña!
Marvel is proud to announce that, superstar artist Daniel Acuña will be the new ongoing artist of Avengers! Beginning with Avengers #18, Acuña joins Marvel Architect Brian Michael Bendis  and pits the world’s premiere super hero team against their biggest threat yet! Following the events of Fear Itself, the Avengers must regroup, and rebuild – including looking for new members as Norman Osborn pulls together a fresh batch of Dark Avengers.
“Every time Daniel and I have worked together it has been a really fantastic experience and everyone loved it,” said Bendis. “The only thing we have never done  before is hunker down and make a real run of things together. So here we go!”
Fans of both Acuña and Bendis cannot miss what the two have in store for the Avengers!
“As an artist and as a professional, I am extremely happy to be working with Brian again,” said Acuña. “And come on, drawing the Avengers? They RULE! Aside from being the best, most charismatic team in comics – they always fight the biggest, meanest, and most powerful villains. All that, plus Captain America leading the team… what more can I ask for?!”
With a new roster on the horizon, who will Captain America call to join Earth’s Mightiest? And can their combined might be enough to topple Norman’s latest rise to power? Find out next month in Avengers #18!
AVENGERS #18 (AUG110605)
Pencils & Cover by DANIEL ACUÑA
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September 22, 2011 – Los Angeles, CA – With sights set on New York Comic Con, Halloween (and possibly the MLB playoffs), Evil Ink Comics and BOOM! Studios proudly announced the debut of Claudio Sanchez’s KEY OF Z, infesting store shelves October 19th! The announcement comes coupled with brand new, never-before-seen Issue #1 cover art by FLOURESCENT BLACK’s Nathan Fox.

KEY OF Z, co-written by Sanchez and Chondra Echert, introduces Nick Ewing, a man left to survive in a post-zombie-apocalyptic New York City while seeking revenge on those responsible for the death of his family – the warring gangs residing in The Big Apple’s most illustrious athletic houses.

The much-anticipated KEY OF Z #1 features interior art from THE AMORY WARS’ Aaron Kuder, as well as a baseball-homage limited retailer incentive cover by THE WALKING DEAD’s Tony Moore and a stunning NYCC-exclusive cover by Declan Shalvey (28 DAYS LATER, THUNDERBOLTS).

Sanchez and Echert will be signing at their Evil Ink Comics booth (#1345) at New York Comic Con Thursday and Friday (October 13 and 14) and Sunday (October 16). Signing times and full signees will be announced soon!

Also be sure to attend the BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY panel at New York Comic Con where Claudio will be a guest speaker, happening Friday October 14th at 12:15pm in the IGN Theater (
About Evil Ink
Established in 2003, Evil Ink Comics is an independent publisher and house of creation owned by Coheed and Cambria‘s Claudio Sanchez. Their roster of graphic and prose novels includes the hugely popular sci-fi series, THE AMORY WARS: SECOND STAGE TURBINE BLADE, IN KEEPING SECRETS OF SILENT EARTH:3 and YEAR OF THE BLACK RAINBOW; the musical dark comedy KILL AUDIO; and forthcoming zombie-inspired KEY OF Z. To learn more about all things Evil Ink visit

About BOOM! Studios
Eisner, Harvey, and Best Publisher Award-winning BOOM! Studios ( generates a constellation of bestselling comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent, including Mark Waid’s series IRREDEEMABLE, new HELLRAISER comics written by Clive Barker, PLANET OF THE APES, 28 DAYS LATER, and Philip K. Dick’s DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?. BOOM!’s all-ages imprint KABOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Roger Langridge’s SNARKED, and Scholastic’s WORDGIRL. BOOM!’s lit comix-focused imprint, BOOM! Town, recently won the Eisner Award for its first book, Shannon Wheeler’s I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE FUNNIER.

DC takes digital comics BEYOND THE FRINGE



‘Beyond the Fringe’ Series is Written with Series Star Josh Jackson and Created by DC Entertainment


September 21, 2011 – Burbank, Calif., – Just in time for the start of its fourth season on September 23, critically acclaimed TV show FRINGE (Fridays 9/8c on FOX) debuted today a new digital comic series “Beyond the Fringe.” Created by DC Entertainment, written with series star Josh Jackson and featuring cover art by Drew Johnson, the first arc of “Beyond the Fringe” will explore key events that take place between seasons three and four on the show and will also explore a series of “what if” alternative scenarios.

“We received a great response from fans to previous ‘Fringe’ comics, and I’m especially excited to see their reaction to ‘Beyond the Fringe’ as we further integrate the story into the mythos of the show. And of course, we’re thrilled to be working with Josh Jackson in his debut as a comic book writer,” stated Hank Kanalz, senior vice president of digital for DC Entertainment.

The new series will alternate every two weeks between “A” and “B” storylines for a total of 14 chapters.  “A” storylines will explore events tied directly to the “Fringe” show canon, while “B” storylines will take a “what-if” approach and look at how things might change if certain elements are out of balance.  “Fringe” star Josh Jackson is on board to write “Peter and the Machine,” an arc comprising the first three “A” issues and which will detail events that take place in the timeline between what viewers saw happen at the end of season three, and the start of season four.

“Beyond the Fringe” is the third comic series based on the popular drama. New issues of “Beyond the Fringe” will be released every two weeks this fall at $.99 per download.  Issue #1 is available for download today online at or on mobile devices through the DC Comics app.

Premiering its fourth season on September 23 at 9pm ET/PT on FOX, FRINGE is an acclaimed procedural thriller that follows the Fringe Team as they investigate unbelievable events and mysterious occurrences linked throughout the world in pursuit of a larger, more shocking truth. The series stars Anna Torv, Josh Jackson, John Noble, Lance Reddick, Blair Brown, Jasika Nicole and Seth Gabel. Created by J.J. Abrams & Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci, FRINGE is produced by Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Jeff Pinkner, J.H. Wyman and Joe Chappelle serve as executive producers, while Kurtzman, Orci and Akiva Goldsman are consulting producers. Additionally, Pinkner and Wyman serve as the series’ showrunners. Become a fan of the series on Facebook at and follow the series on Twitter at @FRINGEonFOX.

DC Entertainment, home to iconic brands DC Comics (Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, The Flash, etc.), Vertigo (Sandman, Fables, etc.) and MAD, is the creative division charged with strategically integrating across Warner Bros. and Time Warner.  DC Entertainment works in concert with many key Warner Bros. divisions to unleash its stories and characters across all media, including but not limited to film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, and interactive games.  Publishing thousands of comic books, graphic novels and magazines each year, DC Entertainment is the largest English-language publisher of comics in the world.


Marvel sent over this single page peek at young Miles morales first heroic steps.

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IDW Partners with Chris Roberson and Rich Ellis for MEMORIAL

IDW Partners with
Chris Roberson and Rich Ellis for

An all-new comic series coming in December

Featured preview in IDW October comics

[Memorial #1 cover]San Diego, CA (September 20, 2011)—Starting in December, IDW Publishing is proud to offer the fantastical new mini-series, MEMORIAL. This impressively creative series is written by New York Times best-selling author and creator of iZombie and Cinderella: Fables are Forever, Chris Roberson with art by the enormously talented artist Rich Ellis and a cover by the fan-favorite Michael Kaluta. An eleven-page preview of this far-reaching new series will be featured in selected IDW comics throughout October.

“Memorial,” Roberson said, “is a kind of cross between Doctor Who and Sandman by way of Miyazaki. A comic about memory and magic, mythology and mystery.”

MEMORIAL tells the story of Em, a young woman who arrives at a hospital in Portland, Oregon with no memory of her past. A year later, her newly-rebuilt life is thrown into turmoil after she inherits a magical shop, the kind that appears in an alley one instant and disappears the next. Em finds herself drawn into a supernatural conflict between immortal beings representing the fundamental aspects of the universe itself. All of existence is at stake, and the only things standing in the way of total oblivion are Em, the magical shop, and a talking cat.

“I’m incredibly excited about Memorial. Chris and Rich have put together a series I’m very proud to be publishing, and that I know is going to find an audience,” said IDW CEO and Publisher, Ted Adams. “To that end, we’re determined to make sure that as many people as possible see the preview before retailers have to place their pre-orders for #1.”

Comic veteran Roberson has received two Eisner Award nominations this year for Best Limited Series (Cinderella: From Fabeltown with Love) and Best New Series (iZombie). Readers are encouraged to look for the preview of MEMORIAL #1 in many of IDW’s October comics, including 30 DAYS OF NIGHT #1, COLD WAR #1, DOCTOR WHO #10, H.P. LOVECRAFT: THE DUNWICH HORROR #1, STAR TREK #2, and STAR TREK/LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #1.

The preview will also be available for free through the IDW Comics app on iTunes.

MEMORIAL #1 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be available in stores in December 2011. Diamond order code SEPT11

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About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s DOCTOR WHO; Toho’s Godzilla; and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio.

IDW’s original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. More information about the company can be found at


IDW Presents Jack Avarice IS The Courier

IDW Presents Jack Avarice IS The Courier

All-new five-weekly miniseries coming in November

[Jack Avarice is the Courier #1 Cover]San Diego, CA (September 20, 2011) — IDW Publishing is thrilled to introduce JACK AVARICE IS THE COURIER, an exciting, month-long, weekly comic series for the five-Wednesday month of November. Created, written, drawn, and lettered by rising star Chris Madden, the artist on the upcoming Danger Girl: Revolver series, this special five-part series is timed specifically to release one issue a week for each Wednesday of the month.

“When Chris Madden first presented JACK AVARICE IS THE COURIER to me, I was absolutely floored,” said editor Tom Waltz. “I mean, the guy is writing, drawing, coloring AND lettering the series—and doing it at top-notch levels on all accounts! It’s a great comic book story filled with exciting and entertaining characters and distinctly fun artwork. Madden is the real deal and I’m so happy IDW gets the chance to show off his diverse talents to the world!”

This explosive miniseries tells the story of Jack Avarice, a down-on-his-luck kid who dreams of a life like the movies. His world is about to change when he’s recruited by the secretive agency called Courier and is dumped head-first into the world of international spying. Each issue will take Jack on an exhilarating new adventure, where he’ll discover that the reality of spycraft is far deadlier than any movie he could imagine. Spies, voodoo magic, deadly beauties, high-caliber thrills, and high-octane destruction, JACK AVARICE IS THE COURIER has it all.

“I can’t wait for Jack Avarice to hit stands,” creator Madden said. “And I couldn’t be happier releasing it through IDW—it’s a perfect match!”

To kick off this great comic event, IDW is offering a special 5% discount on the entire series. Plus, readers are encouraged to contact their local retailers about the special variant Madden sketch cover.

JACK AVARICE IS THE COURIER #1 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be available in stores on November 2, 2011. Diamond order code: SEPT11 0253.

JACK AVARICE IS THE COURIER #2 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be available in stores on November 9, 2011. Diamond order code: SEPT11 0255.

JACK AVARICE IS THE COURIER #3 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be available in stores on November 16, 2011. Diamond order code: SEPT11 0257.

JACK AVARICE IS THE COURIER #4 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be available in stores on November 23, 2011. Diamond order code: SEPT11 0259.

JACK AVARICE IS THE COURIER #5 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) will be available in stores on November 30, 2011. Diamond order code: SEPT11 0261.

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About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The Transformers and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s DOCTOR WHO; Toho’s Godzilla; Sony’s Ghostbusters; and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio; and is the print publisher for EA Comics.

IDW’s original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. More information about the company can be found at


Valkyrie gets alliterative Fighting the FF in Fear ItselF: the Fearless.

Variant Cover by MIKE DEODATO
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InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 9-21-11 DC Comics Relaunch Special Part 3

InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 9-21-11 DC Relaunch Special Part 3….

As we head into week number 3 of the new DC universe, many have taken notice, where’s Marvel? On a personal note, I have been reading, collecting, selling, and now involved within the industry and never have I ever seen Marvel take such a backseat to DC. It’s been a long time coming for DC, now if they could just figure out their market place on the big screen, all will be very well.

DC is coming around third base and heading home shortly as they bang out week 3 of the biggest move in the company’s history. Let’s begin from high to low (Values) as we have in the previous 2 weeks.

Batman #1 – Just like his counterpart Superman, and, no more underwear! Finally DC realized that the major selling point on everything in “Marketing” is “Eye Appeal”. The underwear on most all of the heroes/villains are gone. The undie’s on the outside of the costumes made the characters seem extremely dated. That’s the rant on underwear, now on to the more important stuff. If you’ve lived under a rock for the past 73 years you know that Batman’s first appearance happened in Detective Comics #27 (1938). It also sold for over a million dollars within the past year. You know this already, right? InvestComics has no surprise here like as in “well maybe you didn’t know this”. The bottom line here, if you can afford to pick up a copy of this comic, be it low grade or high, buy it. DC Comics is nothing without Batman or Superman.

Catwoman #1 – Speaking of Batman, 2 years after the intro of Batman, the first appearance of one of the greatest villains ever and the Catwoman happens in Batman #1 (1940). Again, you under that rock still? This comic is listed at $350,000. Same applies as above, low or high, buy it. Not a bad pick up at all for the number one issue of Batman and the first appearance of the Joker. Sorry Cat, no disrespect.

Wonder Woman #1 – Here we have one of the most revamped, redone, overdone, overhyped, misunderstood characters in the DC Universe. Countless times we have been witness to a dramatic “new beginning” or “nothing is the same” or “new costume” (insert your own drama tagline here). Let’s not forget the failed television pilot. So the question has to be asked, what in the world will make a difference this time?? Maybe writer Brian Azzarello, and artist Cliff Chiang will bring something different to the table this time. Maybe. Check out Wonder Woman’s first appearance in All Star Comics #8 (1941). Coming in almost $250,000 less than Joker and Catwoman’s first at $108,000, it’s an oblivious statement here that Wonder Woman is a good teammate, and not meant to be in her own book.

Supergirl #1 – Here is another shining example of a character that has been redone so many times it’s comical. So many restarts over the years, so many changes, it’s ridiculous. It seems as though DC is trying to capture a market that does not want to be captured. Most female heroes are not that strong to carry their own books (as MANY male heroes as well!) If they do, it’s for a short while before sales wane and they start the nonsense of the restart or new direction. Supergirl, as said before does not escape the stigma. If you want to seek out the first appearance, look for the “test issue” Superman #123 (1958) for $400. Otherwise get the original/origin in Action Comics #252 (1959) $6000.

Captain Atom #1 – This new series should do well as long as JT Krul remains on writing duties. Look for Cap Atom’s first in Space Adventures #33 (1960). This $620 comic not only features cap’s 1st, but it’s drawn by legend Steve Ditko. If you want “post” Crisis get Captain Atom #1 (1987) for only $2.50.

DC Universe Presents #1 – Here we have DC’s “tester” comic. It’ll feature a different hero headlining every now and again. So what happens here is DC sits back and waits for the demand of a hero in his own title steaming from THIS comic. Dig. First up, Deadman! DC couldn’t figure out, should we give DM his own title? Heck we’ll let the fans decide! DM’s first is in Strange Adventures #205 (1967). This comic comes in at $205.

Red Hood & the Outlaws #1 – a trio to look for from this comic. Jason Todd as Red Hood first appeared in Batman #635 $10. Arsenal’s first in The New Titans #99 $4, and Starfire’s intro in DC Comics Presents #26 (1980) for $34. Yes that’s $34 for the first New Teen Titans. That price tag is far and away for Starfire’s First. Just saying….

Birds of Prey #1 – (see Wonder Woman #1, Catwoman #1, and Supergirl #1 above). BOP’s first in Black Canary/Oracle Birds of Prey #1 (1996) $12.

Blue Beetle #1 – Jamie Reyes as Blue Beetle in self titled Blue Beetle #1 (2006) $3.

Green Lantern Corps #1 and Legion of Super-Heroes #1 – See last week’s Hot Picks 9-14-11 by clicking here. These comics are covered here. Go ahead click here, and then come back. We’ll be here…..go, go….it’s okay.

Marvel Comics has a couple of comics to check out this week. Yes Marvel. Remember them?

The delayed Brilliant #1 will feature Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley teaming up for the first time. As said in a previous article of Hot Picks, pick this comic up before it hits the big screen. Oh yes, it’ll get picked up. InvestComics has called quite a few of these in the past. Kick Ass, Grant Caloff’s H2O……just saying.
Daredevil #4 gets a new writer/artist in Marcos Martin.

Independent Comics to check out. IDW’s Star Trek ongoing #1, and Ghostbusters ongoing #1. Dark Horse Presents #4, and Image Comics Near Death #1.

That’s it for this week. Next week the DC madness ends. Will DC sustain the onslaught and domination of the comic book market? We’ll see……

DC #1 Covers below.

Invest wisely.

Jay Katz

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History Is Made On The Marvel Comics App!

New York, NY-September 16th, 2011-Marvel Entertainment, the top comic publisher in
the world, has announced the release of digital comic collections on the Marvel
Comics app <> , featuring the world’s most
popular super hero icons! This marks the first major digital release of super hero
comic collections, featuring some of the most acclaimed and influential stories from
the last decade.

“We’ve heard the fans asking for collections on the app and we’re happy to deliver
them today at an unbeatable price,” said Peter Phillips, Senior Vice President &
General Manager, Marvel Digital Media Group. “This is only the beginning of some
exciting new developments to make the Marvel Comics app
<>  an even bigger success.”

The collections launching today on the Marvel Comics app
<>  are:

*        Astonishing X-Men Vol.1: Gifted
*        Captain America: Winter Soldier Vol.1
*        Invincible Iron Man Vol.1: Five Nightmares
*        New Avengers Vol.1: Breakout
*        Spider-Man: Maximum Carnage
*        Thor By J. Michael Straczynski Vol.1
*        Ultimate Spider-Man Vol.1: Power and Responsibility
*        Ultimate Fantastic Four Vol.1: The Fantastic
*        Ultimates Vol. 1: Super-Human
*        Ultimate X-Men Vol. 1: The Tomorrow People

“From the  moment Marvel made history as the first major publisher to enter the
digital comics space in 2007 to this momentous announcement today, our goal has
always been the same-grow this industry,” explained David Gabriel, Marvel Senior
Vice President of Sales. “For this launch we’ve chosen some of our top collections
that we’re confident will both resonate with new readers and encourage them to visit
their local comic shop via an ad in each collection.”

Experience some of the biggest comic book stories of all time in collected form,
just by opening the Marvel Comics app <>  on
your iPad ®, iPhone ® or iPod touch ® right now!

And don’t miss the release of Castle: Richard Castle’s Deadly Storm, an all-new
original graphic novel inspired by the ABC hit series, debuting September 28th in
stores and on the Marvel Comics app <> .

To find a comic shop near you, call 1-888-comicbook or visit <>

Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is
one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on
a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over
seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing
and publishing. For more information visit <>


Archaia Entertainment Sets a November Release Date for Marjane Satrapi’s The Sigh

SSA Public Relations        NEWS RELEASE

Archaia Entertainment Sets a November Release Date for Marjane Satrapi’s The Sigh

Internationally Praised Fable by the Creator of Persepolis Makes Its Long-Awaited U.S. Debut

For Immediate Release:

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA (September 15, 2011)  – Award-winning graphic novel publisher
Archaia Entertainment has set a November release date for the English-language version of The Sigh, a fable from Marjane Satrapi, acclaimed author behind the international bestseller, Persepolis, it was announced today by Mark Smylie, Chief Creative Officer of Archaia Entertainment.

Following its debut in France and Spain, U.S. fans of Satrapi’s work have waited
patiently for The Sigh to arrive in the U.S. The Sigh follows Rose, one of three
daughters of a rich merchant who always brings gifts for his girls from the market.
One day Rose asks for the seed of a blue bean, but her father fails to find one for
her. She lets out a sigh in resignation, and her sigh attracts the Sigh, a
mysterious being that brings the seed she desired to the merchant. But every debt
has to be paid, and every gift has a price, and the Sigh returns a year later to
take the merchant’s daughter to a secret and distant palace.

The Sigh will be presented as a 6” x 8” hardcover, featuring 56 pages of text and
beautifully hand-drawn color illustrations. The Sigh will release with a retail
price of $10.95.

“The Sigh is a timeless fairytale that promises to capture the imaginations of
readers both young and old,” said Smylie. “Marjane is one of those rare writers who
has the ability to connect with readers on a global scale and we are proud to bring
this story to the U.S.”

Following the publication of Persepolis, a dramatic illustrated account of her
experiences in Iran during the Islamic Revolution, Marjane Satrapi has captured the
hearts of people throughout the world. Along with The Sigh, her other projects
include her second feature film Chicken with Plums. Based on her graphic novel of
the same name, Chicken with Plums is currently causing a stir with attendees at the
Venice Film Festival.

Drawing upon its past success with publishing foreign graphic novels for
English-speaking readers, such as The Killer, Okko and The Secret History, Archaia
is positioning The Sigh as the vanguard of a new wave of foreign titles it will be
publishing in the next several months.

About Archaia Entertainment
Archaia is a multi-award-winning graphic novel publisher with more than 50 renowned
publishing brands, including such domestic and international hits as Mouse Guard,
Return of the Dapper Men, Gunnerkrigg Court, Awakening, The Killer, Days Missing,
Tumor, Syndrome, Artesia, The Engineer, and an entire line of The Jim Henson Company
graphic novels. Archaia has built an unparalleled reputation for producing
meaningful content that perpetually transforms minds, building one of the industry’s
most visually stunning and eclectic slates of graphic novels. Archaia was named
Graphic Novel Publisher of the Year according to Ain’t it Cool News, Graphic Policy,
and Comic Related, and was honored with nine 2011 Eisner Awards nominations. Archaia
has also successfully emerged as a prolific storyteller in all facets of the
entertainment industry, extending their popular brands into film, television,
gaming, and branded digital media.



Seifert & Ketner Present Witch Doctor: The Resuscitation One Shot

Berkeley, CA – 14 September 2011 – Robert Kirkman’s Skybound imprint at Image Comics
introduced WITCH DOCTOR earlier this year among showers of praise from critics,
prompting i09 to describe it as “eminently entertaining” and Fangoria to dub the
series “a superbly smart and riveting medical thriller.”

Much to fans’ delight at San Diego’s Comic-Con in July, newcomers Brandon Seifert
and Lukas Ketner announced that the summer’s medical horror smash hit will return
this December with a one shot tale of black magic and organ-swapping in the upcoming

“I’ve got a huge list of story ideas for WITCH DOCTOR — and THE RESUSCITATION is one
I’ve been looking forward to doing for years,” said Seifert. “It’s fun and strange,
and it does the trick of being a good introduction to the series while also setting
the stage for our next storyline. And on top of that, Lukas gets to draw some really
awesome monsters and stuff, which is pretty much the point of doing this series!”

“We’re excited to expand on the first miniseries, and this story definitely hits
some new high notes,” added Ketner. “If you love reading about the supernatural as
much as I love drawing it, then you won’t want to miss this… or the rest of the

Offering a great jumping on point for new readers, WITCH DOCTOR: THE RESUSCITATION
will ask important questions of its readers. For instance, if you wake up in a
bathtub of ice with a surgical incision on your side, but the hospital says you’ve
still got two kidneys, where do you go for a second opinion? To the expert, Dr.
Vincent Morrow, WITCH DOCTOR, of course!
WITCH DOCTOR: THE RESUSCITATION, a 32-page full-color medical horror one shot comic
for $2.99, will be on sale in stores December 14 and will be available for order in
the upcoming October issue of Previews.

Robert Kirkman is a New York Times bestselling author known for being the cultural
zeitgeist of the comic book industry. Following the grassroots success of the
self-published BATTLE POPE (2000), Kirkman caught the eye of Image Comics founding
partner Erik Larsen. After several short-term projects (SUERPATRIOT and TECHJACKET),
he achieved superstar status in 2003 with INVINCIBLE and THE WALKING DEAD. During a
subsequent stint at Marvel Comics, he gained many new fans with the haunting and
hilarious Marvel Zombies. MTV translated Kirkman’s INVINCIBLE into a motion comic —
one of the first in a growing industry trend. Kirkman’s SKYBOUND imprint, under the
Image Comics umbrella, is committed to fostering up-and-coming talent in the
industry, and all acquisitions are hand-picked by Kirkman himself. Kirkman won the
2010 Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series for THE WALKING DEAD. AMC’s
interpretation of the comic has received glowing reviews from critics and fans
alike, and continues to garner the highest ratings for the network, making it a game
changer for groundbreaking television on cable. For more information about Skybound,

Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a
collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the
largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners:
Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It
consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions,
Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in
nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction,
romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest
artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit


December’s BIRDS OF PREY #4 promises BATGIRL and a big twist!

According to DC’s the Source blog, something big is coming to the December issue of BIRDS OF PREY, and whatever it is, it’ll involve Batgirl. It should be interesting to see Barbara Gordon interact with the team, for the first time. It’s still weird to think Babs didn’t found the birds, so we’ll see what happens.

Series writer, Duane Swierczynski, had this to say:
“One of my favorite thrillers is Ira Levin’s A KISS BEFORE DYING, because right in the middle of the novel…well, the cliche phrase would be, ‘Levin pulls the rug right out from under you,’ but that doesn’t do his legendary plot twist justice,” said Swierczynski. “Forget the rug being pulled out from under you… when you reach that point in KISS, it’s as if someone’s rolled up that rug and proceeded to use it to beat the living crap out of you. That’s what I’m shooting for with this first arc of BIRDS OF PREY. I won’t tell you where it is (other than somewhere in issue #4) But If I’m doing my job, you’ll be relaxing, enjoying your comic, and then…”


Bluewater sent InvestComics a 5 page preview of their new comic Fleischer. This looks funny! Check it out.

“Funny stuff! Plus, anything with a Robot Abraham Lincoln in it gets a  thumbs-up from me!” Mark Waid

If Family Guy and Justice League Unlimited had a love child, it would be Fleischer, and this November Bluewater Productions presents the first adventure of Generic City’s self-perceived protector. He may mean well, but this fool in a China shop will have to go a long way to convince the hapless population that he’s actually here to help.

In his debut issue in November, Fleischer sort of defends Generic City from Cyber-Abe (half Terminator, half Dead President) and a little girl with a bad attitude, aided by the ever-drunk Green Latrine with a guest appearance by Frosty the Snowman.

Beginning life as a comic strip on, Fleischer eventually proved so ridiculous that it was decided he needed to hit the road….which we prefer to interpret as a need for him star in his own comic book. Which has led to Bluewater and the next stage in the blue and red lummox’s career.

“Fleischer is truly the dumbest thing I’ve ever written,” offers co-writer Edward Gross, “and the most rewarding. It started off with my wanting to have some fun with Superman – a lifelong passion of mine – and evolved into a character who is equal parts superhero, Monty Python and just plain stupidity. “

Gross brought the idea to friend and co-writer Leon McKenzie, who initially had no idea what to do with the concept, his writing tending to be darker in nature. “But Ed kept repeating his mantra to embrace my inner moron, and I finally did,” he laughs. “Kind of scary how easily that happened.   But then it all came together and here we are.”

Fleischer truly came to life when artist Fernando Sosa (who was joined by Merbitt)   agreed to illustrate the script. “I accepted without hesitation,” says Sosa. “When I started reading the script, the images came to mind and I could see the whole story as a movie. The script was a lot of fun and in a lot of ways a dream come true for me, because I’ve been influenced by Wally Wood’s Superduperman in MAD magazine and the caricatures of Jack Davis and Wil Eisner. It’s also my way of paying homage to the great comic world and a chance to bring back the humor which I think is lacking today in comics.”

“We have done really well in the past with our action comedy superhero books, like Atlas and Judo Girl.   So bringing this book on was a natural fit for us…and it plain made me laugh out loud” said publisher Darren G.

Prepare yourself. Embrace your inner moron. Fleischer is coming!

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This November ACTION LAB
ENTERTAINMENT is proud to present the second chapter of PRINCELESS.
Princeless tells the story of Adrienne, one princess who’s tired of
waiting to be rescued. Join Adrienne and her guardian dragon, Sparky, in
an action adventure designed specifically for those who are tired of
waiting to be rescued… and who are ready to save themselves.

Now that
Princess Adrienne has escaped, it’s up to her to save her sisters. The
first on her list is the youngest sister, Appalonia. But saving
Appalonia means going back to her family’s castle and…even worse…facing
her father. Will Adrienne be able to break into her old home and if she
does, will she be able to get out again?
The story of the Princess who
saved herself continues in PRINCELESS #2, “ALL FOR THE WANT OF A PROPER

Written by JEREMY “THE ORDER OF DAGONET” WHITLEY with stunning
art by M. GOODWIN, and featuring a back up story by JEREMY and D.E.
BELTON, Princeless is a swashbuckling mini-series that will appeal to
children of all ages!


Princeless is a comic book mini-series that’s available for
pre-order right now at local retailers and online vendors (ORDER CODE
SEP110698) with an November release.

Additional information and release
schedule can be found at


September 11, 2001

I wrote this article back in September of 2008. With the 10 year anniversary coming up, I felt it would be a nice time to reissue the article and reflect a bit.

Being a native New Yorker and living there when 9/11 occurred I cannot begin to explain the feelings that were welded up inside of me that day.

Even though this article originally appeared 7 years after the event(s), I used to often think why did I write this 7 years after? It was therapy without realizing it I guess. You never get over the loss of friends, the hurt, and the anger.

So if this original article seems a bit sentimental at times, or even over the top, even make no sense, I’m not apologizing for it. The New Yorker in me will tell you “I don’t give a sh*t what you think.”


*Originally posted on InvestComics September 2008.

Pearl Harbor started out as an ordinary day. September 11th 2001 started as an ordinary day. Both of these days would change the course of American history……

I was living in Brooklyn, New York at the time of 9/11/01. I was taking a shower getting ready to go to a doctor’s appointment in upper Manhattan. When I got out of the shower my mother called me up and told me to turn on the television. The first plane had already hit. While speaking with my mother, the second plane hit. After the initial shock, I went downstairs from my studio apartment to see who was outside. The street was filled with people walking around in absolute disbelief. Some were crying, while others were already filled with rage. The sky above us had a plum of black and gray smoke swimming over us in slow motion. In a matter of about 5 minutes, we noticed that it started literally snowing black and gray ash. It was sticking to our clothes, the cars, and our hair. It was a gentle reminder to let us all know that our lives have been altered, we weren’t dreaming.

9/11 was the dawning of a new era for the world as we knew it.  The riveting affects were shared throughout the entertainment industry trying to do their part in bringing more awareness and money to help those who lost loved ones or were affected by that day. The comic book industry stepped up. Suddenly there was no Marvel, DC, Image Comics, Dark Horse, etc. Every company became a single unity to deliver some of the most amazing storytelling to date. Amazing Spider-Man #36 was a shining example of this point.

Comics that made us all see that the real heroes in lives are just regular people like you and I. If you had the misfortune of living through that day, you found some solace in various places. While I found some comfort through family, friends, music, and the New York City Mayor Giuliani I found myself going to the comic books. Of course I related to comics because I found comfort in them as it was. This time it was different though. The harsh realism that was portrayed in these comics were unmatched by anything else that has ever been done. Our Super Heroes were not heroes anymore, they were ‘human’. The human spirit sprung forward and touched every mutant, every kryptonian and every spider bitten socially challenged individual imaginable.

So, if you want to read and reflect on some of the most powerful reading and images in comic book history go to your local comic shop and locate these comics that are in the slideshow below.

While you sit down in a quiet place and read some of these comic books, remember how many lives were changed. Remember never to take anything for granted. 9/11 should be a deep reminder of how precious and vulnerable we all really are. Love your family, cherish your children and never forget.

Jay Katz

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PalmCon: The Palm Beach County Comics Book and Collectibles Show


PalmCon: The Palm Beach County Comics Book and Collectibles Show

When: September 17th, 2011 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Where: The American Polish Club at 4725 Lake Worth Road, Greenacres (in Palm
Beach County), FL 33463

Admission: $3.00 for Adults, $1.00 for Students, FREE for children 12 and

PalmCon: The Palm Beach Comic Book and Collectibles Show is the first Palm
Beach County based comic convention of its kind in years. The convention
will take place in the 4800 square foot main hall of the American Polish
Club in Lake Worth, FL.

There has been an amazing amount of support from the local comic scene for
this one day event. All of the tables have been booked, and the hall will be
filled with many guests including artists, publishers and filmmakers. There
will be over 15 different vendors with a wide variety of merchandise. Along
with the vendors and artists, several clubs and podcasts will be represented
including the 501st Legion who produces film accurate Star Wars costumes and
props. There will be two raffles, a costume contest, and the Indie-Film
Lounge showing short films created by local filmmakers.

This event grew out of Martin T. Pierro’s love for the small hotel and mall
comic shows that were a staple of his youth. In recent years there has been
a resurgence in the interest in comic book characters so it seemed like a
perfect time to bring these types of shows back to the Palm Beach area.

Guests include – web comic artist Danielle Soloud, model/actress Amy Vitale,
Marvel and Disney artist Austin Janowsky, Image comic artist Greg
Kirkpatrick, Luther Strode artist Tradd Moore and many more.

Vendors include – Past Preset Future Comics, Otaku Comics, Scrapped Clothing
and The Fine Print Shoppe just to name a few.

The clubs and fan groups that will be in attendance are – 501st Legion, Star
Wars Grand Florida Alliance and the South Florida Browncoats.

The Nerd Nation Podcast and the Pow Wow Show will be recording live at the

The Indie-Film Lounge will include films by Creature Entertainment, Jennifer
Lorenzo and Kurt Donath

More information and a complete guest/vendor list can be found here:

Feel free to contact Martin with any questions or comments at 561.601.4137 –

InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 9-14-11 (DC Comics Relaunch Special Part 2)

Welcome to InvestComics Comic Hot Picks for the second part of our DC Relaunch Specials.

Last week DC owned the comic shops across the globe. This week, and the following weeks ahead will be no different. As we did last week, InvestComics will cover every number one issue including first appearances, number one issues, and the collector’s price for each. Once again, a special thanks to Comics Price for providing the pricing for the wonderful crop of comics this week. We’ll keep the trend in Part 2 here and go from High to Low…..

Two words, Green Lantern. Two more words, Geoff Johns. There is absolutely no denying what Geoff johns has done for this character. Green Lantern is a force within the DC Universe and so are these numbers coming up. Reach deep in those pockets friends.

Green Lantern #1 – We’re going to cover most of the Lanterns first appearances for you! The drop off from the very first Lantern to the second is quite alarming. Actually, the drop off between each of the Lantern’s is quite noticeable. The first ever Lantern came with Alan Scott bearing the ring in All American Comics #16 1940. This comic is 71 years old. 71 years of age for a human being is not old age in today’s society in some cases, considering the conditioning of some folks in this day in age, but for a comic book? That’s old! To own a piece of the oldest ring bearer out there, you’re looking at least $300,000. Looking to save a few bucks? Look for the fan favorite second Lantern Hal Jordan in Showcase #22 from 1959. Only 19 years later and coming in some 275 thousand cheaper! Yes that’s right, GL Hal cost $25,000. Guy Gardner first appearance is Green Lantern #59 1968. Gil Kane art in this issue for only $280. Next up we have the first appearance of the first African American Green Lantern John Stewart in GL #87 from 1971. As Guy Gardner’s first comic was penciled by a legend, John Stewart’s was also penciled by a legend, Neal Adams. Only $180 for this one. We’ll round out the list with Kyle Rayner. Kyle’s first appearance was in GL #48 (1994) for only $6.

Legion Lost #1 – Adventure Comics #247 (1958) has the first appearance of Legion for what seems like an expensive $14000.

Superboy #1 – The majority of society will probably know that Superman first appeared in Action Comics #1. Well what about the “boy”? As in Superboy? Wonder no more, InvestComics has it covered. The first Superboy appeared in 1945 in a comic called More Fun Comics #101. A comparison of the first Superman and Superboy comics would be ridiculous and besides, they aren’t even in the same Krypton galaxy as far as pricing goes. Pony up $12,000 and that’ll get you the 1st Superboy. Pony up $1.6 million….well you know what that’ll get ya.

Suicide Squad #1 – Get the Squads first in Brave and the Bold #25 (1959) for $750. Like Legions first, this too seems a bit on the heavy side.

Demon Knights #1 – Does this title belong in the Marvel Knights line? Get Demon’s  1st appearance in his self titled “Jack King Kirby” Demon #1 (1972) for $60. This comic should be on any collectors buy list. If it’s not in your collection, it should be.

Deathstroke #1 – Speaking of being on your “buy list”, The New Teen Titans #2 (1980) should be on there. This nugget happened to be at the very beginning of the decade that began the craziness of the collectors market. The good thing about this comic is that it missed the overprinting, 800 variant, 3D, glow in the dark covers era. It’s a scarce copy of a comic that features an extremely underrated DC Universe character. Why Deathstroke is not as big if not bigger than Marvel’s Deadpool is a huge mystery. Maybe this number one issue will breathe some life into this character that it so richly deserves. Maybe a movie DC? Hello? Chop chop……. At only $48, this comic is THE InvestComics DC Relaunch Special Hot Pick of the week!

Here’s the rest of the pack, at single digit prices.


Batman and Robin #1 – Deciding not to go with Batman and Robin’s first team up, we’ll save that for Tim’s first appearance, but for now we’ll look at Robin in THIS book; Damian. Damian’s first appearance (as a baby) is in 1987’s Batman Son of the Demon – one shot($6). Resurrection Man #1 – 1st appeared with his self titled book in 1997 with character Mitchell Shelly. Pick this up for $5. Batwoman #1 – Kate Kane dons the costume in the latest female bat book. Check out Kate Kane’s first appearance in 52 #9(2006). Then Kate wears that sexy outfit for the first time 2 issues later in 52 #11(2006). Both comics are $4 each. Mr. Terrific #1 – Mr. Terrific? Was this comic really necessary? Anyway, find The Spectre #54 (1997) and you’ll be the proud owner the first Michael Holt, a.k.a Mr. Terrific. Red Lanterns #1 – Atrocitus leads the way in the new Red Lantern book. Check out the first appearance of big A in Green Lantern 28 (2008) a la’ Geoff Johns.  Get this little gem for only $3.

And rounding out this week with a look in the $1 bin, Grifter #1 –  Jim Lee’s WildC.A.T.s Covert Action Teams #1 (1992) earns you a first appearance of Grifter. Then the final piece of this DC Relaunch madness is Frankenstein Agent of Shade #1. Wow Frankenstein? Really?? Maybe Mr. Terrific had something to do with this. Check out DC’s first Frankie in Detective Comics #195 (1948) for $1200. (Editor note:Frankenstein 1st appearance was a late correction)

That’s it for this week. We’ll see you next week with another round of InvestComics Comic Hot Picks DC Relaunch Special.

Invest wisely.

Jay Katz


IndieCreator – The Making of the UNREST Movie Poster







The Making of the UNREST Movie Poster

This column will be light on copy and heavy on images. The purpose? To show you the evolution of a movie poster for a micro-budget film  − namely, the concept poster for my “currently-seeking-funding” film called UNREST.

Several months ago I wrote a column about the first steps involved in undertaking a micro-budget film which included: 

  • Write your script, then re-write it and re-write it again.
  • Get an entertainment lawyer to help hone your business plan, Profit Participation Memorandum and Subscriber Agreement.
  • Hire a Casting Director to help secure Letters of Interest from 1-2 fairly notable actors who will help make your film more attractive to investors and to sales agents for domestic and foreign distribution
  • Determine what location (and hence state) you are filming in so you can establish your Limited Liability Corporation (LLC).
  • Work with your entertainment lawyer to set up your LLC and Operating Agreement (the rules governing your LLC). 

I also hired a Line Producer to do a budget (which turned out much higher than I expected), which forced me to re-write my script yet again. I’ve submitted my script to additional actors and directors for consideration and a few screenwriting contests (whose valid commentary will force my hand to do another polish to tighten the script and some loose story lines). 

All the while, it is important to look for investors and others who can make your project happen.

It takes a while to get the money (sometimes years − yes … “Y-E-A-R-S”!). But while waiting, it is important to keep the momentum going − establishing more contacts, learning more about indie filmmaking and distribution, and exploring ways to pre-market your film to build “buzz” and a fan base.

Which made me pose this question on a LinkedIn Film Group message board: 

“What comes first − the poster, the teaser trailer or the website?” 

The thread had nearly 100 comments but most weighed in on the side of creating the “one sheet” or concept poster that presented the big ticket concept of your film visually. 

The best comment I received was this one from a writer: “A director I once worked with told me: Show me the poster and I’ll show you the movie.” 

My poster was a bit tricky as it entailed two concepts: a brutal home invasion and a ghost story that were linked together.

Although I had Letters of Interest from great talent and interest from the builder of  a very filmic location to shoot (a desert boulder house), I couldn’t put these elements in the poster. Instead, I had to get creative and show a creepy concept like some of my favorite horror films from the 1970s/1980s:

After posting an ad on a few boards (such as, I got 30-ish replies and made my choice. I had the artist sign a deal memo and paid a fair price for the artwork (at least for a micro-budget film).

I provided several samples of movie posters that I liked and gave the artist my film’s synopsis and this tagline to work with:

Murder comes back to haunt you

Here is the how the concepts evolved:


My feedback was that it looks good, but didn’t tie in the ghostly back story enough. I wanted the fog behind to be more “ghostly” and I wanted the figures – especially the center character – to be more intimidating.


The artist came back with this concept which was closer − he pretty much nailed the silhouette figures in the front (representing the masked home intruders) but the apparition in the back looked like a “singing ghost”.

He also sent a few variations that explored different ghost and main title font nuances, but were also a bit off the mark:

The artist (who was a huge horror fan) and I talked about some other posters invoking ghostly heads and we both remembered this great film:

With the right inspiration, it was back to the drawing board …


Eureka! The artist went with three shrieking ghost heads (there were three unjustified deaths at the outset of the film) and added some red to add dimension to the black and white artwork. The result was a very powerful image that made the poster multi-dimensional and attention getting.

I was happy. Almost. I still wanted a little more “depth” added around the front silhouettes so the artist tinkered a bit and came back with this:

Note the subtle shading and accents made to the three home invaders and the swirls of ghostly matter surrounding them rather than being in the background. To me, this implied that the ghosts were somehow connected to the intruders (which they were via a twist at the end).

I was finally happy! I shared the artwork with a few industry professionals and all gave it high marks. One comment from an assistant director and huge horror fan made me laugh out loud: “Dude, this poster is giving me a boner!”

As for the artist, his name is Chris Waters and you can find more of his work at his website here. He did a great job and was easy to work with, taking direction well and putting any extra time that was required. He just may be the next great horror artist who does a Rob Zombie CD cover or block buster film poster.

Thanks for checking out the making of the movie poster for UNREST. I hope you enjoyed this column and invite you to take the time to leave a comment about the concept art as I’d be interested in people’s reaction.

Would you want to see this film? I hope the answer is “Yes.”

I will continue to provide updates on the long, torturous yet exciting process to get a film made. I will also have a website in the weeks ahead. If you want to know more about the project, you can reach me at

Yours Cruelly,

R.M. Heske
Managing Director


An award-winning indie comic creator and screenwriter, Bob Heske is currently writing/producing a micro-budget horror film called UNREST ( Bob wrote THE NIGHT PROJECTIONIST, a vampire horror series to be published by Studio 407 ( with film rights optioned by Myriad Pictures. Through his Heske Horror shingle (, Bob self-published his critically acclaimed horror series COLD BLOODED CHILLERS. Bob’s trade paperback BONE CHILLER (a “best of” CBC anthology) won a Bronze medal in the horror category at the 2009 Independent Publisher Book Awards. His “end times” anthology 2012: FINAL PRAYER  was also released in late 2009. Email him at

Sibling rivalry comes to ALPHA FLIGHT

Alpha Flight is now an ongoing series, but can the team hold it together as a betrayal comes to blows?

Join the conversation on Twitter with #AlphaFlight
FOC – 9/19/11, ON-SALE – 10/12/11
FOC – 10/31/11, ON-SALE – 11/23/11

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Papercutz and Legos NINJAGO poised for record breaking 1st printing


(September 8, 2011)  Last May, Papercutz, the graphic novel publisher of GERONIMO STILTON, THE SMURFS, BIONICLE®, and DISNEY FAIRIES, announced that its newest series of licensed graphic novels would be based on the red-hot toy line LEGO NINJAGO. Three short months later, Terry Nantier, the publisher of the Papercutz, details that pre-orders for the first LEGO NINJAGO graphic novel, LEGO NINJAGO #1: The Challenge of Samurkai ($6.99) “are the strongest we’ve ever seen.”  So strong in fact, that the pre-orders top 150,000 copies.  This is a record-breaking achievement for Papercutz.
The LEGO NINJAGO graphic novels are written by Greg Farshtey, who penned the BIONICLE graphic novels (based on the LEGO property) To date, Papercutz has sold over 250,000 copies of its BIONICLE line. Paulo Henrique, who has illustrated Papercutz HARDY BOYS graphic novels, will provide the art for the new line.
The first 64-page, full color, 6”x 9” Ninjago graphic novel will have a cover price of $6.99 ($10.99 in hardcover) and will be released on November 8th, 2011. Three additional volumes are planned for 2012. 
Introduced in 2011, the NINJAGO toy line is immensely popular and has been a major success in toy stores. The LEGO Group reported a 20% increase in sales in the first quarter of 2011 due to the popularity of the new NINJAGO toy line. A DVD of an animated NINJAGO movie that aired on the Cartoon Network will be released soon and a NINJAGO animated TV series is in the works. NINJAGO blends elements of Asian culture and cosmology with exciting adventure stories.  NINJAGO is the saga of four ninjas who possess the elemental powers of fire, ice, earth, and wind. Mentored by their Master Sensei Wu, they battle the evil skeleton warriors who threaten to take over the NINJAGO universe.  
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art & cover PJ HOLDEN
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From the creator of GRAVEYARD OF EMPIRES and GROUNDED comes the story of a literal man without fear.  The vigilante known as Fear is a bold, even reckless superhero.  He’s also a man paralyzed by a crippling anxiety disorder who needs an anti-fear drug to fight his war on crime.  Hell, he needs it just to get out of bed every day.  So what happens when his drug supply runs out?
Collects FEARLESS #1-4

Wolverine reunites with Aplha Flight…whether they like it or not.

Coming Soon In ALPHA FLIGHT!

Alpha Flight is now an ongoing series, but is the team safe as an Avenger heads north?

Join the conversation on Twitter with #AlphaFlight
FOC – 9/19/11, ON-SALE – 10/12/11
FOC – 10/31/11, ON-SALE – 11/23/11

To find a comic shop near you, call 1-888-comicbook or visit

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IDW – Hit Graphic Novels Get Literary Treatment

IDW Unleashes Prose Program for Breakout Comic Series: Zombies vs Robots

35 Writers Explore, Expand and Remix ZvR World

[Zombies vs Robots Prose Cover]San Diego, CA (September 6, 2011)—IDW’s gleefully subversive ZOMBIES VS ROBOTS comic book series from creators Chris Ryall and Ashley Wood will soon be eating readers’ brains from the inside via a series of short stories, novellas and more. As announced at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con in July, the company plans for an ambitious slate of original prose stories set at different points in this epic adventure of a zombie apocalypse. In ZOMBIES VS ROBOTS, the clanking robots are built to fight the shambling braineaters, in a desperate attempt to save Earth’s dwindling population. “It’s gratifying to see that ZvR has taken on an unlife of its own,” asserts Ryall, series co-creator and Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief for IDW. “Expanding from comics into prose is a logical progression, though as the heretofore sole writer of the series I must admit that letting other writers into our subversive little world was at first troubling. But now I’m fine with it. Really. Mostly. Especially since editor Jeff Conner has corralled such a talented array of writers to tackle some really bizarre and creative prose stories. As long as no one expects me to let them write ZvR comics, too…” A lurching cohort of writers—including such notable talents as John Shirley, Nancy A. Collins, Rio Youers, Brea Grant, Steve Rasnic Tem, Amber Benson, James A. Moore, Rachel Swirsky, Norman Prentiss, and John Skipp & Cody Goodfellow, led by Ryall himself—has been assembled to pen original stories of life during wartime in the ZVR world. “It’s our biggest project so far,” states Conner, the IDW contributing editor helming the ZVR prose program. “In a way it’s a follow-up to our Classics Mutilated release, at least in terms of its anything goes spirit. The results so far have been—um, riveting.”The rest of the ZVR writer roster includes: Dale Bailey, Amelia Beamer, Jesse Bullington, Simon Clark, Lincoln Crisler, Stephen Dedman, Rain Graves, Rhodi Hawk, Robert Hood, Stephen Graham Jones, Nicholas Kaufmann, Steven Lockley, Nick Mamatas, Jonathan McGoran, Joe McKinney, Gary McMahon, Mark Morris, Bobby Nash, Yvonne Navarro, Hank Schwaeble, Ekaterina Sedia, Sean Taylor, Simon Kurt Unsworth, Kaaron Warren, and Don Webb.A film version of ZVR is currently in development through Sony Pictures, with Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes as producer.

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About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s Doctor Who; Toho’s Godzilla and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio.

IDW’s original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. More information about the company can be found at


InvestComics Comic Hot Picks 9-7-11 (DC Comics Relaunch Special Part 1)

Welcome to one of the most comprehensive Hot Picks list to date from InvestComics. Last week we all witnessed the rebirth of the new DC Universe with only 2 new releases. This week DC goes with 13 titles, and InvestComics will give you the low down on each title. First appearances, Number one issues, and the collectors price for these gems. So sit back, get the check book, plastic, or cash whichever you choose and buy some of these very affordable comics. (And a special thanks to Comics Price for providing the pricing)

Where to begin? Well let’s start with the Mecca of all comics, Action Comics #1. Some 73 years ago, most of our grandparents/parents were witness to arguable the greatest Superhero and First Lady of comic books in history; Clark and Lois. Action Comics # 1 from 1938 sold for $1.5 million dollars (yes you’re allowed to put your pinky to your mouth and say, with your best Evil accent “1.5 million dollars.” It’s okay; no one is watching….go ahead.) So let’s stick with a theme here and go from High to low.

Detective Comics #1 – Where there is Superman, Batman shouldn’t be that far behind. In this particular case he is. (We await the Batman #1 release where Bats catches up quickly!). Ask any collector a certain issue number and they will instantly know what it is. In some cases, you can give a collector just a number and they will know what you’re talking about. With Detective Comics, you have just that. Everyone knows about issue #27, but ask a collector what the cover looks like to Detective Comics #1 1937 and they may stall a bit. It’s an awkward cover isn’t it? You want some beauty? Okay how about the cover relates to one of the nine plus stories in this book called “The Streets Of Chinatown” written by Jerry Siegel and pencils by Joe Shuster? Yea, “those 2 guys”. The two JS’s also have another story in here called “Part 1”. One of the great things about this $100,000 Joe and Jerry comic is that it predates Action Comics #1!

Green Arrow #1 -The next comic up for bid at $36,000 would be More Fun Comics #73 from 1935. If calculations are correct here, that means that 3 years prior to Superman (and Lois) making their debut, Aquaman, Speedy and Green Arrow all did in the same comic, but yet it cost  1.4+ million dollars less. Further proof that yes Superman is a badas*.

Swamp Thing #1 – One of the, if not THE greatest horror artist of all time had a hand in creating this Swamp Thing character. Mr. Bernie Wrightson. Swamp Thing is one of those characters that never seemed to find his footing (maybe it’s all of those twigs) in the DC universe. Or so it seems that way. Coming in at $1200 is Swamp’s first appearance in House of Secrets #92 from 1971. Not a bad buy if the Swamp Thing would ever get a big budget film like he deserves. Otherwise this comic will probably remain at the pace of a slow climbing valued comic for a long time.

Animal Man #1 – The first appearance of Animal Man came is Strange Adventures #180 1965. Animal Man was born on paper by an awesome artist; Carmine Infantino. But, very much like Swamp Thing, Animal Man needs a “place” and maybe, just maybe Writer Jeff Lemire and Penciler Travel Foreman will bring it. A very non-animal collector’s price of only $260 for this first appearance. You won’t get rabies if you buy at $200 plus, but as it applied to Swamp Thing’s first appearance, it’s a slow mover. Think of it this way, this comic is 4 years away from becoming a 50 year old book…..

Batgirl #1 – Written by Gail Simone, Pencils by Ardian Syaf, and a cover by Adam Hughes probably will equate to big sales for this comic. All rejoice! Barbara Gordon will be making a comeback as Batgirl! Catch her first appearance in Detective Comics #359 1967 valued at $240 (penciled by Carmine Infantino!). Batgirl will make some noise, and will be a force in the DC Universe. Look for the Detective Comic to gain a little bit of steam, much more so than Animal Man and Swamp Thing.

Hawk and Dove #1 – The last of the “upper level” spending list. Hawk And Dove first appeared together in Showcase #75 1968. It’s only $200. A $200 comic with a first appearance from Steve Ditko. Is there anything left to say here? Yes the comic is 43 years old and only worth a couple of hundred bucks, but we’re talking about a legend here debuting new characters that have a relaunch comic coming out, add to this the potential of a movie one day, and you have a collector’s item. Buy this.

Coming in at the $16 mark; Men of War #1 1977, and Omac #1 1974. Both of these comics hold some promise, and In case you haven’t heard (no bird bird isn’t the word) the Bronze Age is the way to go as far as collecting comics go. An era still poised for some serious upside. Omac #1 1974 for example, Jack “King” Kirby draws the origin of Omac. Men of War #1 1977; written by David Michelinie. So put that variant cover of Spider-Island back and get one of these books.

For $5 you can get the first appearance of Justice League International. Or you could possibly find one in the long boxes at your local convention for a buck. Look for Justice League #1 from 1987 for the 1st JLI. While in those long boxes, move over to the 50 cent boxes and look for Static #1 1993 (the late great Dwayne Mcduffie), and Jim Lee’s Image title Stormwatch #1 from 1993. Then after that, move on over to the current books and grab Batman Incorporated #5 for cover price. The African American Batwing makes his debut in there. He’s also making the cut in DC’s relaunch with Batwing #1.

Okay with that out of the way, be sure to scroll down to the bottom of this article and check out all of the covers to the NEW number one issues DC is offering up.

Here are the rest of the comics to check out this week.

Marvel – New Avengers Annual #1, and  Annihilators Earthfall #1. Image Comics – 27 Second Set #1. Bluewater Comics – Orbit Stan Lee #1, and Walter Koenig’s Things To Come #1.





Until next week, Invest wisely

Jay Katz

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Bluewater sent this press release to InvestComics and it includes writer/Cosmic Times Publisher/Creator of Palmcon in West Palm Beach, as well as a sparce contributor to InvestComics; Martin Pierro. He’s also a great friend, so go out and support this book and buy it.


Writer and author Arianna Huffington has been a fixture in politics since the 1990s and thanks, to the Huffington Post, she has become an Internet fixture as well. Now Bluewater Comics is telling the story of how a woman from Greece has become one of the most talked about media personalities in the world in “Female Force: Arianna Huffington” due out in Autumn of 2011.

Written by longtime comic book writer Martin Pierro and drawn by artist Nick Justus, the female empowerment comic book series, “Female Force: Arianna Huffington” talks about her time studying in England, her marriage to a congressman, her run as governor of California and how her website was sold to AOL for $315 million.

“The great thing about the ‘Female Force’ series is we can examine the lives of anyone,” said Darren G. Davis, president of Bluewater Comics. “Arianna Huffington is a unique personality. She is a woman who has reinvented
herself when it was required and she still comes out on top.”

Pierro said he spent weeks getting to know Huffington in every article, interview and speech he could get his hands on. ”I took all of the facts I had at my disposal and tried to work them into a narrative that flows, and
though her story is far from over, I feel I gave the comic a clear beginning, middle and ending,” said Pierro. “I’m excited to finally get the book out there to see what people think.”

Justus also did a tremendous amount of research on Huffington to make sure the art was accurate. “For the past couple of months I’ve literally lived and breathed, Arianna Huffington,” said Justus. “In drawing, ‘Female Force:
Arianna Huffington,’ the research was essential and fascinating and I think it shows in the finished product.”

Davis said the story told here is not about a woman who chose a side, but someone who keeps a broader perspective in the world of politics. “The other aspect of her life I admire is that she challenges both sides of the
political aisle,” said Davis. “And to read her story is to understand she is a remarkable woman.”

Justus agreed with Davis’s sentiment. “ I enjoyed learning so much about this true entrepreneur and driving force in the political arena,” said Justus. “She’s led a very eclectic and rewarding life.”

The 32-page issue features a cover by artist Joe Phillips and is available in October 2011.

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The “Female Force” series was launched in 2008 and soon the successful series “Political Power” and “Fame” were soon launched. These comics allow Bluewater to delve into the history of certain newsworthy politicians and political movements and understand how a person has achieved the level of office in the government.

Bluewater’ biography comic book series which has been featured on CNN, The Today Show, Fox News and in People Magazine as well as 1000,s of other places.

Previous subjects are still available to order such as Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, Nancy Pelosi, Caroline Kennedy, Carla Bruni, and Michelle Obama. Upcoming business people are Marc Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs.

To pre-order “Female Force: Arianna Huffington” on Amazon click here:

About Bluewater Productions__Bluewater Productions Inc. is one of the top independent production studios of comic books, young adult books and graphic novels. Its extensive catalog of titles includes the bestsellers “10th Muse” and “The Legend of Isis” ”Bluewater publishes comic books in partnership with entertainment icon William Shatner (“TekWar Chronicles”), legendary filmmaker Ray Harryhausen (“Wrath of the Titans,” “Sinbad: Rogue of Mars,” “ Jason and the Argonauts,” et al) and celebrated actor Vincent Price (“ Vincent Price Presents”), Additionally, Bluewater publishes a highly successful line of biographical comics under the titles “Female Force” and “Political Power.”__Bluewater aims to unite cutting-edge art and engaging stories produced by its stable of the publishing industry’s top artists and writers.__For more information, visit


Chamberlain’s Sweets: A New Orleans Crime Story in Gallery and Trade Paperback
Berkeley, CA – 2 September, 2011 – SWEETS: A NEW ORLEANS CRIME STORY, the acclaimed noir-inspired comic book miniseries written and drawn by Louisiana native Kody Chamberlain, will soon be collected into a complete trade paperback through Image Comics. Chamberlain’s gritty and richly illustrated series tells the story of a down-and-out detective trying to bring a killer to justice before his city and evidence are washed away by an impending storm. SWEETS is steeped in effortless local detail, recalling readers to the sights, sounds, and flavors of New Orleans.
While Chamberlain’s fans await the release of the new trade paperback collection, his work is being presented for the first time ever in a fine arts gallery setting at The Arcadiana Center for the Arts. The gallery exhibition is now open and available for viewing until October 1st, 2011. Arcadiana Center for the Arts will also host a release party and book signing for the trade paperback comic with Chamberlain on September 10th at 6pm.
“Kody Chamberlain’s work in this exhibit transcends the genre of comic illustration with a depth of perspective and intensity of vision that can only be described as masterful,” said Dr. Gerd Wuestemann, Executive Director, Acadiana Center for the Arts. “The chiseled technical detail of his work combines with solid psychological underpinnings to draw the viewer down the rabbit hole and lets us wander in strange and exciting landscapes.”
“This is a highly unique exhibit. I was able to install my entire miniseries, with lettering, in a gallery setting,” said Chamberlain. “The 117 pages of sequential story completely fills the space with only a half inch of wall between each page, the end result is a striking visual experience. This comic feels like it’s alive in that room.”
SWEETS: A NEW ORLEANS CRIME STORY,  was the winner of the 2011 Spinetingler Award in the category of Best Mystery/Crime Comic or Graphic Novel, and has also amassed an impressive list of positive reviews, including these:
“[Chamberlain]’s a one-man band, and the fact that this story read so well as a complete package is nothing short of amazing. …This kind of care and craftsmanship isn’t just art — it’s magic.” — David Pepose, Newsarama
“…a thrilling read that executes a stellar story with beautiful art… I have never possessed anything even closely resembling a sweet tooth, but the experience of reading this book was so palpable, I found myself wanting a good ol’ fashioned pecan praline after I was done.” — Joy Hog
“I enjoy the rare one man comic book trifecta that actually works out. 4/5 stars!” — The Daily BLAM!
“Chamberlain is an impressive artist who captures New Orleans with such a sense of authenticity and accuracy that at any second you expect to see Ignatius Reilly pushing a hotdog cart through the French Quarter in the background of one of his panels.” — Shawn O’Rourke, Pop Matters
“…a cop drama for people who are sick of cop dramas. …SWEETS feels far more visceral and dark and somehow less like it’s mugging for the camera than the endless string of unrealistic cop-schlock shows that permeate the airwaves…” — Andy Grossberg, Tripwire Magazine
“…incredibly rendered” —


“A phenomenal graphic masterpiece.” — Comic Geek Speak

Gallery details:
Kody Chamberlain – Sweets: A New Orleans Crime Story
The Acadiana Center for the Arts – Mallia Gallery
101 W. Vermilion St., Lafayette, LA 70501
337.233.7060 (phone), 337.233.7062 (fax)
Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 10 AM – 5 PM, Saturday: 10 AM –  5 PM
Admission: Members: Free; General: $5; Students & Seniors: $3;
17 & Younger: $2; 4 & Younger: Free

SWEETS: A NEW ORLEANS CRIME STORY TP (JUN110516, ISBN: 978-1-60706-413-8), a 136-page full color crime noir comic book, will be on sale for $14.99 in stores September 9. For more information about the work of Kody Chamberlain, visit
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information,

VAULT #2 vaults off the shelves

Following on the heels of the sold out debut issue, Double G Marketing proudly announces that THE VAULT #2, written by Sam Sarkar (Caliber: First Canon of Justice), illustrated by Garrie Gastonny (Warren Ellis’ Supergod), edited by Dave Elliott (current EIC at Benaroya Publishing) and published through Image Comics has sold out at the distributor level.
THE VAULT, recently optioned for a feature film adaptation from Johnny Depp’s Infinitum Nihil and Graham King’s GK Films, is about a small team of treasure hunters, struggling to excavate a dangerous and legendary treasure pit before a massive storm hits Sable Island, the “Graveyard of the North Atlantic.” Equipped with all the latest technology, the scientists believe they are prepared against all of nature’s fury, but nothing can prepare them for what they are about to unleash.
Sam Sarkar, when informed of the news, stated, “Once again, I’m very grateful to the retailers for ordering it and the readers for picking it up.  Even though there is only one issue left in the series, this is not the end.  It is only the BEGINNING of the end.  Hopefully, it’ll take a long time and a lot of great reading to get there.  My thanks to Garrie Gastonny for the amazing realization of THE VAULT and to Sakti Yuwono and Bagus Hutomo as well. Gianluca Glazer is a rockstar for getting the word out and of course, it would never have happened at all without my editor and good fiend, Dave Elliott. And yes, I called him a fiend.”
Critics who’ve read THE VAULT had this to say:
“You don’t want to miss out on this deep-sea adventure!” – Fangoria
“A highly enjoyable read.“ – Newsarama
“…Looking forward to more.” – MTV Geek
“This is turning out to be a great story.” – My Comic Network
“The Vault is a must read on my list so make it a part of yours… NOW!” – From the Tomb Magazine
“What a gem of a book! I can totally recommend The Vault. Get it now.” – Weekly Comic Book Review
“The comic book equivalent of a big-budget summer blockbuster.” – Blogcritics Books
“Readers looking for adventure and suspense thrillers will want The Vault.” – Comic Book Bin
“I could see it being a sleeper hit of the year and would recommend checking it out.” – Comic Book Realm
“If you’re keen on action comics and sunken treasure, you are going to like this comic.” – Sequential Tart
“5 out of 5 stars” – Novel Chatter
Fans still looking to pick up a copy of THE VAULT #2 may contact their local comic shop ( for availability or purchase the digital edition from Comixology ( on September 14th, 2011. 
Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Sam Sarkar is a 23-year veteran of the entertainment industry. He began his career as an actor and was one of the leads on the long-running, syndicated television series Neon Rider. Following the series, Sam decided to pursue writing and worked for the hit television series Beverly Hills 90210. Stemming from his work on the show, he also co-wrote a television pilot for Spelling Entertainment under the direct guidance of TV legend Aaron Spelling. Deciding then to embark on feature films, Sam took some chances, following a varied path of writing screenplays and working as a sound technician. In 2004, after working on several films with actor Johnny Depp, Sam was asked to help run Depp’s production company, Infinitum Nihil, headed by Christi Dembrowski. As Senior VP at the company, he continues to serve the varied needs of Hollywood as an executive, producer and writer.
Having worked as a comic book artist and illustration lecturer, Garrie Gastonny now mainly focuses on illustration to avoid getting beaten up. Garrie also serves as Senior Artist at Imaginary Friends Studios. His credits include Warren Ellis’ Supergod, Caliber: First Canon of Justice and Lady Death. For more information about the artist, please visit
Dave Elliott has more than 25 years of experience working in every aspect of the comic book industry from writer and artist to editor and publisher.  He has worked on diverse titles such as A1, Deadline, Heavy Metal, Penthouse Comix, 2000 AD, Justice League of America, Transformers, GI Joe and Doctor Who.
In 2006, Dave co-founded Radical Studios.  As both the co-publisher and Editor-In-Chief, Dave was integral to the development and launch of Radical’s premiere comic book titles, which included Hercules, Caliber (created by Sam Sarkar of The Vault), Freedom Formula, City of Dust (created by Steve Niles of 30 Days of Night), Hotwire (created by Steve Pugh) and Lords of Misrule, as well as a complete re-imagining of Aladdin, which was conceived by Dave.  The success of these titles led to Radical winning the Diamond Comic Distributor’s Gem Award for New Comic Book Publisher of the Year in 2009. Currently, Dave serves as Editor-In-Chief of Benaroya Publishing, a subsidiary of Benaroya Pictures, with titles Red Spike, Samurai’s Blood and Marksmen released under the Image Comics brand. Additionally, Dave Elliott has worked with the band Fall Out Boy for Image Comics’ Fall Out Toy Works as well as with Nascar/MMI to create and brand new IP, which he sites as examples of new media integration for a more immersive entertainment experience.

NO REBOOT NEEDED: Continuity done the right way in LIFE WITH ARCHIE

Check out what Archie Comics sent over to InvestComics. Way to go Archie!

If it ain’t broke don’t fix it, right? That’s the approach Archie Comics has taken in the midst of competitors overhauling their entire line in a bid to garner new fans. Feeling no compulsion for a drastic reboot, Archie and his friends have managed to adapt to the times with each passing decade, their personalities and relationships remaining intact.

Reboots are a tricky gamble in that while you may be offering new readers an accessible jumping-on point, you might be simultaneously alienating your current audience. The beauty of Archie Comics is that from generation to generation, Archie has prevailed due to a strong initial concept that never ceases to be relatable. Today’s Archie IS your grandpa’s Archie and every single issue is a great jumping-on point!

While the Riverdale gang can always be counted on for consistency, that doesn’t mean they’re opposed to growth. Life With Archie is the perfect model for how to do things right. It serves to develop the characters’ futures yet at the same time stays true to the core of who they are and does not betray where they came from for the sake of outlandish storytelling. The Life With Archie magazine explores two distinct paths for our red haired protagonist; one where he’s married to Veronica and another in which he wed Betty. A truly unique entry in the Archie universe, it manages to pay tribute to Archie’s 70 year history while carving a new path of its own.

For example, Pop’s number one customer Jughead is now the new owner of the Choklit Shop and Archie’s experience of fronting his own band The Archies has led him to becoming Riverdale High’s music teacher. Longtime Archie fans may also recognize Archie’s childhood friend Ambrose from the Little Archie comics from years gone by who has re-emerged grown up for the first time.

The Archie-verse has proven to be ever-expanding in both directions with the recent addition of Archie Babies, opening the door to yet another facet of Archie’s history.

So while other iconic heroes may end up unrecognizable after being re-envisioned, you can rest assured that Archie and the rest are still kicking around Riverdale, Jughead still possesses an insatiable appetite for hamburgers, and the ultimate question still remains: Betty or Veronica?

The first volume of Life with Archie will be collected in Archie: The Married Life packed with 12 issues of Archie’s potential futures! Available in comic shops Sept. 14 and Oct. 4 in bookstores everywhere.


[Magic: The Gathering Cover]SAN DIEGO, CA (September 1, 2011) – IDW Publishing and Hasbro, Inc. today announced yet another extension of the companies’ long-term relationship with an all-new comic book series based on the ground-breaking MAGIC: THE GATHERING trading card game (TCG). Under license from Hasbro, Inc., and in collaboration with Wizards of the Coast, IDW will launch a new series entitled MAGIC: THE GATHERING this fall, the first comic series in more than a decade based on the many worlds of the hugely popular game. Adding to the rich stories are exclusive, playable, alternate-art cards for the MAGIC: THE GATHERING TCG, which will only be available through select issues of the IDW comics.

Magic: The Gathering is an incredibly strong property which spawned a new entertainment category, and there is so much to be done creatively with comics,” says IDW’s Magic editor, Denton J. Tipton. “I’m really looking forward to telling new stories in the many worlds of Magic, which have been near and dear to my heart since the mid-90s.”

IDW Publishing and Hasbro subsidiary, Wizards of the Coast will work closely together to ensure the comics offer another layer of experience for MAGIC: THE GATHERING fans. The initial four-issue miniseries will focus on a unique, new Planeswalker, a powerful mage with the ability to travel between worlds in the Magic Multiverse. Many popular MAGIC: THE GATHERING characters will be featured in the series, as well.

This comic series is written by renowned author and game designer Matt Forbeck (The Lord of the Rings Roleplaying Game, Amortals, The Marvel Encyclopedia), who is joined by talented newcomer, artist Martín Cóccolo. Each comic book will also be collected at intervals into graphic novels. MAGIC: THE GATHERING will be distributed to a wide audience through comic-book outlets, trade bookstores, mass retailers, and digitally through a variety of platforms.

IDW Publishing is Hasbro’s comic book licensee for the TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE brands. IDW launched the DUNGEONS & DRAGONS ongoing comic series in 2010, and publishes licensed comic books for many other hugely popular brands, include HBO’s True Blood, The BBC’s Doctor Who, and EA’s Dragon Age.

About Magic: The Gathering
Magic: The Gathering® is the first and most widely played trading card game. Players take on the role of Planeswalkers – powerful mages who battle others for glory, knowledge and conquest. Their weapons include spells, creatures, and artifacts gathered from a vast multiverse of unique fantasy worlds. With over 11,000 different cards available, Magic offers an unrivaled depth of game play with many levels of choice and customization for its players. The cards feature unique illustrations by top fantasy artists inspired by familiar elements of myth and legend. These elements weave together to provide a strategically rich and satisfying game play experience. Whether in the competitive arena or participating in a local Magic event, there is always an opportunity to shine.

About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The Transformers and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s DOCTOR WHO; Toho’s Godzilla; and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studios; and is the print publisher for EA Comics.

IDW’s original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. More information about the company can be found at

About Hasbro
Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) is a branded play company providing children and families around the world with a wide-range of immersive entertainment offerings based on the Company’s world class brand portfolio.  From toys and games, to television programming, motion pictures, video games and a comprehensive licensing program, Hasbro strives to delight its customers through the strategic leveraging of well-known and beloved brands such as TRANSFORMERS, LITTLEST PET SHOP, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, MY LITTLE PONY, G.I. JOE, MAGIC: THE GATHERING and MONOPOLY.  The Hub, Hasbro’s multi-platform joint venture with Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) launched on October 10, 2010. The online home of The Hub is The Hub logo and name are trademarks of Hub Television Networks, LLC. All rights reserved.  
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Debut Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Comic Sells Out

Second printing with new cover coming in October

[Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 Cover]Just one week after the much-anticipated launch of IDW Publishing’s TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #1, the highly praised comic is sold out from the distributor. IDW Publishing and Nickelodeon launched this new series on August 24th in comic stores throughout North America to rave reviews, leading to a run on the issue. While IDW is currently sold out, Turtles fans are encouraged to check with their local retailer for copies of TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #1 and to inquire about the second printing.
“The response to the debut issue of the series has been phenomenal,” said Greg Goldstein, IDW’s chief operating officer. “We are grateful to all the old and new Turtles fans who are supporting this series so strongly, and will be delivering the second printing as soon as possible.”

“WOW! What a wonderful welcome back,” said co-creator Kevin Eastman. “Although this never could have been possible without such amazing and creative teams at Nickelodeon and IDW to work with, NONE of it would have been possible without the love and support of such amazing TMNT fans!”
IDW’s TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES offers a brand-new take on the original series, led by TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman and co-writer Tom Waltz (Silent Hill: Past Life, Infestation: Outbreak). Phenomenal newcomer Dan Duncan brings the Turtles to life with dynamic interior art, while Sam Kieth and Walter Simonson provide eye-catching covers for issues 1 and 2, respectively. For issues 3 through 5, Fred Hembeck will pay homage to classic covers. Eastman also provides layouts for Duncan‘s art, as well as variant covers. The second printing of this sought-after debut comic up will feature a new variant cover by Eastman.

“When I first started working on IDW’s TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES with Kevin Eastman, Dan Duncan, and the rest of the IDW and Nickelodeon TMNT crew, I was excited and very optimistic about the possibilities. I mean, all the pieces were in place for a successful reboot,” said co-writer Tom Waltz.  “But to have fans and retailers jump onboard in such huge numbers — and in such a positive fashion — has far exceeded even my own lofty expectations for our ongoing series.  It’s already been an exciting ride and I couldn’t be happier or more thankful.  And, knowing what we have lined up for future issues, I can honestly say the best is yet to come!”

This first TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES series features new and exciting storylines that maintain the “turtle power” core beloved by millions of fans. Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael reunite to bring their ninja aptitude and teenage attitude to these action-packed adventures. The first arc tells the origin story of the Turtles and introduces a new villain, the fearsome mutant alley cat, Old Hob. Featuring a cast of familiar characters, including Master Splinter, April O’Neill, Casey Jones, and true to the spirit of the original comics created by Eastman and Peter Laird, the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES are bigger and badder than ever, and ready to rock old and new fans alike.
In addition to this all-new series, IDW will also offer TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION. Beginning in October with volume 1, THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION offers over 300 pages of the best of the Turtles’ underground roots, including Mirage Studio’s issues 1 through 7, and the Raphael one-shot by Eastman and Laird.
IDW and Nickelodeon have a long-term commitment to revitalize the universe of TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES comics and graphic novels. It’s all part of a larger initiative to bring Turtles to a new generation of fans, starting with these new storylines that recapture the magic of the original Turtles comics and continuing in 2012, when Nickelodeon will premiere a new CG-animated version of the wildly popular Turtles franchise.
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #1 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) is now available in comic stores throughout North America.
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION, VOLUME 1 ($49.99, hardcover, 312 pages, black and white, 9” x 12”) will be available in comic and book stores throughout North America in October. ISBN 978-1-61377-007-8.

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