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Preview: Afterlife With Archie #6

Afterlife With Archie #6

Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Art: Francesco Francavilla, Jack Morelli
Cover: Francesco Francavilla
Variant Cover: Andrew Pepoy, Jason Millet
32-page, full color comic
$2.99 U.S.

The unthinkable has happened: Riverdale has become ground-zero for the zombie apocalypse, and the surviving members of our gang have been forced to flee their beloved home. However terrible things have been for Archie and friends, they’ve been MUCH worse for Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Banished to witches’ purgatory after using the dreaded Necronomicon, she’s now fighting for her immortal soul! The award winning team of writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and artist Francesco Francavilla continue their celebrated run on the critically acclaimed series. A perfect entry-point for new readers as the smash horror TEEN+ hit of the season continues!

Definitely NOT for all ages!

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Valiant Entertainment and Visionbooks Partner for Animated Digital Comic Books

visionbooksVisionbooks has announced a new partnership agreement with award-winning comic book publisher, Valiant Entertainment. Launching today with the release of X-O Manowar #1-4 on the Visionbooks app, relive the best-selling first story arc of Valiant’s alien-armored Visigoth hero as realized by Visionbooks’ groundbreaking digital animation process.

Visionbooks transforms two-dimensional comic books into a digital animation experience. By combining traditional comics with cutting-edge technology, Visionbooks creates dimensional action like explosions, smoke, weather, character conflicts and action, all within static comic panels.

From New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti and Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord, X-O Manowar is the acclaimed series that relaunched Valiant’s publishing line in 2012 to critical and commercial success.

You can check out the first issue totally free of charge right now.

In addition to Valiant Entertainment, Visionbooks’ current partnerships include: Asylum Press, Arcana, Real Interface Studios, A.P.N.G. Enterprises, Vanquish Interactive, Pavesio and Cavalletto.

Mezco Toyz Reveals The One:12 Collective, New 6″ Poseable figures with Cloth Outfits

The Dark Knight Returns Batman 1Redesigning the 6″ scale figure category by combining posable action figures with real cloth outfitting, in a similar fashion to the 1/6th scale and larger collectables. Mezco‘s One:12 Collective line will present a multitude of different characters from numerous brands.

Combining superior sculpting with an abundance of articulation, the One:12 Collective figures feature over 32 points of articulation, capable of over 40,000 possible poses: combining form and function to create a remarkably realistic aesthetic. Digitally sculpted by the industry’s finest artists and painstakingly engineered by Mezco’s production team is a state of the art collectable that holds up to real play.

The costuming is meticulously tailored and uses specially selected materials to create the highest standard of outfitting and drapery at the 6″ scale. Fabrication, color, drapery, comparative scale and mobility are all closely considered to bring the finest attire achievable Every One:12 Collective figure will include a display base as well as a multitude of accessories. These accessories are designed to have a “real world” look to further make the figure seem like it has truly come to life. These accessories, also precisely crafted, range from changeable parts to character specific weapons, equipment and props.

Currently planned for the One:12 Collective are characters from The DC Universe, Judge Dredd, Classic Universal Monsters, and some other surprises to be announced in the future.

The One:12 Collective The Dark Knight Returns Batman figure is set to be publicly revealed at San Diego Comic Con at Mezco booth # 3445 and shipping to customers in Fall 2014.

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PETA and Bluewater take on SeaWorld at SDCC

Tens of thousands of individuals head to San Diego this week for the geekfest that is San Diego Comic-Con. And while much of the show will revolve around fantasy entertainment, that doesn’t mean some real world messaging can’t be included too. As fans de-plane, the first thing that they’ll see won’t be a promo for The Avengers or The Walking Dead but a huge graphic cartoon of a captive orca with SeaWorld‘s CEO in his mouth. The provocative display, which urges convention-goers to steer clear of SeaWorld because of marine-mammal cruelty and confinement, is a joint project between Bluewater Productions and PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals).

The installation cost $24,000, and greets passengers on their way to baggage claim at the center of Terminal 2 at the airport.

Bluewater designed the cartoon in the wake of last year’s hit documentary Blackfish. The film—viewed by 21 million on CNN alone—explored SeaWorld’s capture and confinement of orcas, which led the whale named Tilikum to kill three people.

The documentary isn’t without controversy, and ever since SeaWorld has been in damage control as attendance has dropped since.

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SDCC 2014: Magnetic Press to Publish Bengal’s Luminae

luminae_coverYou heard it hear first, Magnetic Press today announced they’ll be publishing Luminae, a critically acclaimed graphic novel by concept artist Bengal. The story takes place in an original fantasy universe. This announcement comes just before the publisher’s debut at San Diego Comic-Con where they’ll be located at booth #1620.

Luminae follows a sisterhood of six female warriors tasked with protecting the mysterious Luminae, a creature of Light in exile from the forces of Darkness that would decimate humanity. When Luminae disappears and Darkness threatens, this sisterhood must use their individual strengths, powers, and force of will to protect both humanity and Luminae from otherworldly creatures and impending doom.

Bengal is celebrated among the international comic book and illustration community for his expressive, dynamic style that blends European composition and texture with Asian flair and anime-inspired linework. His massive peer following led to the creation of CFSL (or “café salé”), an online community of painters and illustrators in France and Europe, much like Deviantart or CG Society here in the US. Most noted for his previous releases, Naja and Meka (with writer J.D. Morvan), Luminae marks his first original creation.

The 160-page, 8.5” x 11”, hardcover edition of Luminae will be released in October, and will be available wherever graphic novels and books are sold.

 

Preview: Solar: Man of the Atom #4

SOLAR: MAN OF THE ATOM #4

Frank J. Barbiere (w)
Joe Bennett (a)
Juan Doe (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+
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You’re Erica Seleski. Yesterday you were an architect. Today you can pretty much do anything. Can the brand-new WOMAN OF THE ATOM figure out her incredible abilities in time to stop a full-on alien invasion? (Hint: No.) It’s a brave new world for Solar from the astounding vision of FRANK BARBIERE (Five Ghosts, New Avengers) and JOE?BENNETT (Iron Man)!

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Preview: Supreme: Blue Rose #1

Supreme: Blue Rose #1

Story By: Warren Ellis
Art By: Tula Lotay
Cover By: Tula Lotay
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: MAY140571
Published: July 23, 2014

You are not dreaming. We are trying to communicate with you. Local reality has been reinstalled. Things have gone wrong. The revision has corrupted. Finding Ethan Crane is your supreme priority. We are speaking to you from the ultimate bunker within the structure of multiversal time. Do not trust Darius Dax. We are all going to die. SUPREME: BLUE ROSE. Re-introducing the central Image Comics character, with WARREN ELLIS and TULA LOTAY.

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