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Preview: Damsels in Excess #3


Vince Hernandez – Story / Mirka Andolfo – Art

Five realms. Five princesses. Zero men.

Princesses Bethany and Kimbelein must find a way to the Maiden Islands before Barra and Ilina find them first! However, the path across the Maiden Sea proves far more treacherous—as the pair soon discovers that the dangers they face are not only on land, but also out at sea!
Creator Vince Hernandez and artist Mirka Andolfo present to you the newest Aspen hit series – DAMSELS IN EXCESS!

DAMSELS IN EXCESS #3 is in stores September 24th, 2014!


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Finding the Next Generation of Great Writers and Illustrators

scholastic-art-and-writing-awardsThe annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nation’s longest- running, most prestigious scholarship and recognition initiative for students in grades 7–12, is now open for submissions and invites all aspiring teen artists and writers to share their work. Over the past five years alone, the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the nonprofit presenter of the Awards, has received more than one million original works from public, private and homeschooled students. The program provides top-winning artistic and literary teens with exhibition and publication opportunities, as well as access to millions of dollars in scholarships, while continuing its legacy of identifying the early promise of some of our nation’s most exceptional visionaries.

Students in the U.S. and Canada, and those attending American schools abroad, are invited to submit creative works in the Awards’ 28 categories, ranging from comic art to photography, flash fiction to poetry, video game design to novel-writing and more. All works are evaluated through a blind judging process based on originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal vision or voice—the same three criteria since the program’s founding in 1923. Submissions are first judged on a regional level by the more than 100 affiliates of the Alliance, which bring the program to local communities across the country. Top regional submissions are then evaluated on a national level by an impressive panel of creative-industry experts. Luminaries in the visual and literary arts, including Andres Serrano, Edwidge Danticat, Kay WalkingStick, Roz Chast and Stephen Savage, have all served as past jurors.

Deadlines for submissions vary by region throughout the winter months, with National Scholastic Art & Writing Award winners announced in March 2015.

What it means to win a Scholastic Art & Writing Award:

  • The outstanding students who win Scholastic Art & Writing Awards walk in the footsteps of celebrated creative leaders such as Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Sylvia Plath, Robert Redford, Stephen King, Myla Goldberg, Richard Linklater, Kay WalkingStick, Zac Posen and Lena Dunham, all of whom won an Award when they were teens.
  • The Scholarship Partner Network includes more than 60 colleges and universities who set aside scholarships for Scholastic Art & Writing Award–winning high school seniors. With more than $10 million available, the program is the largest source of scholarships for creative teens.
  • Each year, 16 high school seniors are awarded the Portfolio Gold Medal, which is accompanied by a $10,000 scholarship—the highest possible honor a student can receive through the program.
  • Cash awards are also available to students of all grades, as well as teachers.
  • Student writers may be published in The Best Teen Writing series of anthologies, which are available for purchase at
  • A large selection of student Scholastic Art & Writing Award–winning works will be on display in the Art.Write.Now. National Exhibition in New York City at Parsons New School for Design and Pratt Manhattan Gallery in June 2015. An annual traveling Art.Write.Now.Tour also brings student work to cities across the country. This year’s tour is now open at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI, and will travel to the Salt Lake City Public Library as well as the Catskill Art Society in Livingston Manor, New York.
  • National winners will be honored during a special awards ceremony at the world-famous Carnegie Hall in New York City, where celebrities, families and teachers congratulate the student winners and encourage them to continue in their paths.
  • Five students in grades 9–11 are selected annually to serve as literary ambassadors as part of the National Student Poets Program, the nation’s highest honor for youth poets presenting original work. Winning a Scholastic Art & Writing Award National Medal in poetry is the exclusive pathway to this honor, which is presented in partnership by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Alliance.

Sponsors of the awards include: Scholastic Inc., The Maurice R. Robinson Fund, Command Web Offset Co., the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, The New York Times, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, The National Endowment for the Arts, Blick Art Materials & Utrecht Art Supplies, 3D Systems, The Gedenk Movement, Golden Artist Colors, Bloomberg L.P., the Bernstein Family Foundation, Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Duck Tape and additional contributions from numerous other individual, foundation and corporate funders.

Greg Land Crafts The Final Wolverine Variant for Death of Wolverine #4!

All things must come to come to an end. But before the climactic chapter of Death of Wolverine hits comic shops, Marvel has released a first look at artist Greg Land and colorist Frank D’Armata’s epic Final Wolverine Variant to Death of Wolverine #4!

Bruised and beaten from his repeated battles, Logan heads off to make his last desperate stand against his enemies – knowing he will not return. Witness the end of one of the greatest heroes in the Marvel Universe as he faces impossible odds one last time.

The epic finale is almost here. And no fan should miss out on adding this spectacular variant cover to their collection when Death of Wolverine #4 hits comic shops on 10/15!

Cover by GREG LAND
FOC – 09/22/14 On-Sale – 10/15/14


Gerard Way Makes His Marvel Debut For Edge of Spider-Verse #5!

Prepare for the biggest Spider-Man event of all-time as every Spider-Man from every universe unites to stop a threat that could spell extinction for their kind! Today, Marvel is proud to present your first look at Edge of Spider-Verse #5 – the final chapter in the blockbuster 5-issue mini-series showcasing different Spider-Men (and women) of the Spider-Verse! Eisner Award-winning writer Gerard Way makes his Marvel debut alongside rising star artist Jake Wyatt for a Spider-Man tale unlike any other!

In an interview with, Way said:

In a futurist city fairly different from the New York we are familiar with, our version of Spider-Man takes the shape of a government project: SP//dr. SP//dr is comprised of three vital components: a pilot, a machine, and a radioactive sentient spider acting as one half of the brain that makes it all work. Peni Parker is a young girl, who, left parentless, is adopted by her Aunt May and Uncle Ben, the two heads of the SP//dr project. When they realize Peni is the only one who can successfully pair with SP//dr, they make the unorthodox decision to train her as SP//dr’s newest pilot.

As Peni Parker suits up in her incredible spider-powered armor, explore the incredible new universe she inhabits. Yet even though, she pilots her unstoppable machine, it still may not be enough to save her universe from the onslaught of Morlun. Edge of Spider-Verse concludes in grand fashion this October as Way & Wyatt take you to an incredible new universe in Edge of Spider-Verse #5!

Plus, don’t miss out on these exciting Edge of Spider-Verse tie-in issues of your favorite ongoing series:

  • Superior Spider-Man #32 & #33
  • Amazing Spider-Man #7 & #8
  • Spider-Man 2099 #5

Written by GERARD WAY
Art & Cover by JAKE WYATT
Variant Cover by GREG LAND (AUG140805)
FOC 9/22/14, ON-SALE 10/15/14


The Official Malta Comic Con Poster and Guests

Malta Comic Con logoWicked Comics are proud to announce that internationally renowned creators Michael Dialynas, and Lew Stringer as well as professional Maltese but currently London based creator Daniela “Iella” Attard will be joining Yishan Li, Rufus Dayglo, Andrew Wildman, Guillermo Ortego, Steve Scott, Mickey Lam, Mike Collins, Cliodhna, Dave Taylor, Christian Ward, and John-Paul Kamath as guests for the Malta Comic Con (MCC) 2014 which will be held on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th November at St. James Cavalier, Valletta, between 10am – 6pm on Saturday and 11am – 7pm on Sunday. Wicked has also unveiled the Official Malta Comic Con 2014 Poster which this year has been designed by Michael Dialynas, edited and lettered by Maltese graphic designer Kenneth Micallef.

As customary Wicked Comics have designed a number of packages for fans wishing to travel to the Malta Comic Con from abroad, which include heavily discounted accommodation rates and local transport from hotel to convention centre. Similarly Wicked Comics have a number of packages tailored for foreign creators who wish to exhibit at the Malta Comic Con including heavily discounted tables.

Official MCC 2014 Poster

Image Comics’ Rose City Comic Con Panels

Image_Comics_logo_largeImage Comics is pleased to host two exciting panels at Rose City Comic Con this weekend in Portland, Oregon. The panels will be held on Saturday, Sept 20th from 12-12:50 and on Sunday, Sept 21st from 11-11:50 a.m. Come join them and listen to the the insight, advice, and anecdotes of the bestselling and award winning writers and artists making the best creator-owned comics the industry has to offer. See you there!


Image Comics Presents I is for Immediate
Room: Panel Room 2
Time: 12:00PM – 12:50PM
Separately, Kelly Sue DeConnick (Pretty Deadly), Matt Fraction (Sex Criminals), and Greg Rucka (Lazarus) have written some of the most compelling and intensely relatable comics on the stands. Together, these three writers are part of a wave of creators creating stories that reflect life as live it and the world as we know it. Join them as they discuss writing comics and striving for more.


Image Comics Presents I is for Irresistible
Room: Panel Room 2
Time: 11:00AM – 11:50AM
Comics art is better than ever and reaching new heights on a daily basis. Sloane Leong (From Under Mountains), Leila Del Duca (Shutter), and Ben Dewey (Tooth & Claw) share the secret to making great comics, sustaining creativity, and just how important artists are when it comes to storytelling in comics.

Talisman: The Woodland Expansion is Out Now!

Talisman The WoodlandTalisman Revised 4th Edition‘s latest expansion, The Woodland, is now available. For centuries it was closed to mortals, but now you can enter the faries’ forested home from the Outer Region of Talisman.

The Woodland features a corner board depicting a mysterious forest, governed by mischievous faeries and inhabited by all ilk of mystical creatures. You may encounter there not only mercurial faeries, but also enchanted animals that fight with Craft instead of Strength, and talking trees eager to share the secrets of the Woodland with you. Inhabitants included the infamous Puck, Baba Yaga, and more.

The Woodland also has fate tokens come into play. Those different sides, the golden and dark blue, cause different effects. The light fate token you get to reroll a die roll of your own, and the dark fate token you can reroll another player’s. Fate plays a big role, in that you can be judged by how much of it you have, another attribute you’ll need to build up if you’re to survive the woods.

The Woodland features three Path cards that gives characters advantages and disadvantages during your journey. The cards also determine your foe in the Meeting with Destiny space in the heart of the Woodland. Defeat that foe, and earn some help in the journey to the Talisman.

The game also features five new characters, including the Ancient Oak, the Leywalker, and the Spider Queen. There’s also alternate endings included in this expansion that makes the journey for the Crown of Command even more perilous.

Talisman The Woodland Contents


VA Comicon Welcomes Huge Cosplay Influx

VA Comicon cosplayOver the past few years, the Virginia Comicon has seen a surge of cosplayers in attendence, partially due to its costume contests and offering of free admission to cosplayers. The convention has also run special photo shoots and focused on top cosplayers as guests.

The conventions show on November 22-23 will feature top cosplayers such as Ivy Doomkitty, Abby Normal and Patrick Ian Moore, and cosplay groups like The Clowns of Crime.The show will also have cosplay programming and $1,000 in cash prizes across a variety of costume categories for Sunday’s costume contest.

As well cosplayer Eddie Newsome kicking off the brand new book project he’s co-authoring, The Overstreet Guide To Cosplay, with the amazing opportunity to be featured in a photo shoot for this new book.

Additionally, White Tiger Filmz will be on hand to document cosplay at the show for Viva La Cosplay, their new web series about the ins and outs, ups and downs of cosplaying. The locally-based crew will be following a number of cosplayers, including last year’s Virginia Comicon Grand Prize winner, as they prepare for the show and participate in it. The first episode is already online. The filmmakers will also be cosplaying Ghostbusters Saturday at the event.

The Overstreet Guide To Cosplay, with Newsome and co-writer Geppi’s Entertainment Museum President Melissa Bowersox heading up a team of contributors, is slated for a November 2015 release. Along with tons of photos, it will feature the ins and outs of designing, making and taking care of costumes. It will also address many of the issues facing cosplayers as the phenomenon continues to grow.

The book will join Gemstone Publishing’s growing “How To” series, which includes The Overstreet Guide To Collecting Comics and The Overstreet Guide To Collecting Comic & Animation Art, with The Overstreet Guide To Grading Comics due this November. Members of the Gemstone Publishing team, including Vice-President of Publishing J.C. Vaughn and Creative Director Mark Huesman will be in attendance, as will Geppi’s Entertainment Museum’s Michael Solof and Kevin Brennan.

A large number of cosplayers will be pictured in this first-of-its-kind Overstreet volume, but only a limited number of cosplayers will selected to be interviewed and extensively featured in the book. Full rules for entering the photo shoot will be posted soon on the Virginia Comicon’s website. No purchase is required to appear, but participants are urged to make a $5 donation to The Hero Initiative, which will also be at the show.

Wolverine co-creator and veteran Incredible Hulk artist Herb Trimpe, longtime G.I. Joe writer-artist Larry Hama, and Nexus co-creator and artist Steve Rude head up a guest roster that also includes (in alphabetical order) Steve Bird, Brian Clevinger, Sam Ellis, Dan Fogel, Danielle Frazetta, Randy Green, Rick Ketcham, Tom King, Dan Nokes, Dan Parent, Alex Saviuk, Brian Shearer, Matt Slay, Louis Small, Jr., Rick Spears, Billy Tucci, and John “Waki” Wycough. Additional guests will be added soon.

The Virginia Comicon’s two-day show will be held Saturday and Sunday, November 22-23, 2014 at the Richmond International Raceway, 602 E Laburnum Ave, Richmond, VA 23222.

New York Comic Con 2014: Batman: The Complete Television Series Swoops In

PrintAdam West will bring Batman: The Complete Television Series to New York Comic Con in a panel on October 9.

Fans will get all the details on the most anticipated home entertainment release in fanboy history when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment puts West center-stage for a Bat-tastic look at Batman: The Complete TV Series.

Starting at 6:45pm on the Main Stage in the Jacob Javits Convention Center, fans in attendance – and those live-streaming the panel at home – will get an inside sneak peak at all the exclusive content in this long-awaited home entertainment release, as well as dazzling HD remastered footage from the landmark series.

Batman: The Complete TV Series will be released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment as a Limited Edition Box Set, and on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD, starting November 11, 2014.

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