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Preview: Crimson Society Vol. 1 TPB

CRIMSON SOCIETY VOL. 1 TPB

Writer(s): Mike Hunau
Artist Name(s): Carlos Trigo
Cover Artist(s): Carlos Trigo
128 pgs./FC/ Mature Readers
$14.99

In the very near future, supernatural beings live among humans in peace, yet Jack Crimson finds his life as a werewolf frustrating, and wants nothing more than a cure. Desperate to free himself from this curse, he makes a series of decisions leading him down an unexpected path. Join Jack as he makes his way through this dark new world.

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Preview: UFOlogy #1 (of 6)

UFOlogy #1 (of 6)

Authors: James Tynion IV & Noah J. Yuenkel
Artist: Matthew Fox

Becky Finch never wanted to be special. She just wanted to be a normal high school student in the small, Midwestern town of Mukawgee. Malcolm Chamber wanted something more. A destiny. An answer from the stars. When Becky is marked by an alien’s touch, she’ll stumble into a mystery she never wanted. A mystery that almost ripped apart both their parents’ lives 12 years ago. She’ll need the help of her eccentric young classmate, Malcolm, as she finds the power within herself to uncover the truth.

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Aspen Comics in June 2015

FATHOM BLUE #1

Vince Hernandez – Story / Claudio Avella – Art / Colors – Erick Arciniega

An unlikely team of BLUE rise in this BRAND NEW Fathom series!

They have all risen from beneath the surface. Each for a different purpose yet united in their exile from their homelands below. Looking to blend in—out of sight–amongst humans unaware of their true potential. However, one man, who has spent the better part of his life hunting the Blue, is keenly aware of their presence—and he will stop at nothing to use these Blue as weapons against their own, even if it means killing them in the process!

The first all new Fathom series to make its debut since Michael Turner introduced you to his incredible underwater adventure over 15 years ago, is ready to take you on the ride of your life and explore the world of Fathom as you’ve never seen it before!

FATHOM BLUE #1 is in stores June 17th, 2015!

FC 32 pages $3.99

RETAILER NOTE: FATHOM BLUE #1 will ship with two different covers by series artist Claudio Avella and Paolo Pantalena. Each cover is available to order separately, with no quantity limitation or restrictions.

FATHOM BLUE #1 RETAILER INCENTIVE:

For every 12 copies of FATHOM BLUE #1 ordered, retailers will receive one (1) FREE copy of the alternate FATHOM BLUE #1 cover by artist Marcus To, with the option to purchase up to three (3) additional Marcus To alternate FATHOM BLUE #1 covers at net $4 each.

FATHOM BLUE #1 EXPANDED RETAILER INCENTIVE:

For every 24 copies of FATHOM BLUE #1 ordered, retailers will receive one (1) FREE copy of the Michael Turner FATHOM BLUE #1 Cover, with the option to purchase up to three (3) additional Turner FATHOM BLUE #1 Covers at net $8 each.

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PSYCHO BONKERS #2

Vince Hernandez – Story / Adam Archer – Art / Colors – Federico Blee

Crack the speed barrier wide open in this thrilling new adventure that redefines what it means to go full throttle!

Following the tragic events of issue one, Shine must come to grips with the fact that, besides her Bonk Racer and Gabbo, she is now alone. However, in the present, and a crucial leg of the Super Bonk Rally, the team discovers that having company around can actually be far worse!

Told in a series of five legs within the race of all races—the Super Bonk Rally, this five issue mini-series will span amazing landscapes and death-defying terrain, as these racers go completely Psycho Bonkers!

PSYCHO BONKERS #2 is in stores June 24th, 2015!

FC 32 pages $3.99

RETAILER NOTE: PSYCHO BONKERS #2 will ship with two different covers by series artist Adam Archer and Mike Bowden. Each cover is available to order separately, with no quantity limitation or restrictions.

PSYCHO BONKERS #2 RETAILER INCENTIVE:

For every 10 copies of PSYCHO BONKERS #2 ordered, retailers will receive one (1) FREE copy of the alternate PSYCHO BONKERS #2 cover by artist Peter Steigerwald, with the option to purchase up to three (3) additional Steigerwald alternate PSYCHO BONKERS #2 covers at net $4 each.

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FOUR POINTS #3

Scott Lobdell – Story / Jordan Gunderson – Art / Valentina Pinto – Colors

Deadly secrets are exposed, as Gia’s origin finally comes to light and the true history of her “powers” are disclosed! Yet, the most shocking truth will reveal itself as the ladies investigate an international weapons manufacturer, and learn—perhaps too late—that they may be in far over their heads!

Aspen welcomes back acclaimed writer Scott Lobdell to introduce to you this years most exciting new series, FOUR POINTS!

FOUR POINTS #3 is in stores June 17th, 2015!

FC 32 pages $3.99

RETAILER NOTE: FOUR POINTS #3 will ship with two different covers by series artist Jordan Gunderson and artist Khary Randolph. Each cover is available to order separately, with no quantity limitation or restrictions.

FOUR POINTS #3 RETAILER INCENTIVE:

For every 10 copies of FOUR POINTS #3 ordered, retailers will receive one (1) FREE copy of the alternate FOUR POINTS #3 cover by series artist Jordan Gunderson, with the option to purchase up to three (3) additional Gunderson alternate FOUR POINTS #3 covers at net $4 each.

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SHAHRAZAD #3

Kim Hutchison; Kari Castor – Story / Mike Krome – Art / Nei Ruffino – Colors

The first re-mastered debut from Aspen’s Big Dog Ink imprint continues!

It seems everyone is out for Shahrazad’s head, yet there is one who finds her life intriguing enough to keep her alive. Janus sends Shahrazad to the arena to see if he can create an ending for this woman who’s future is as uncertain as her life!

SHAHRAZAD #3 is in stores June 10th, 2015!

FC 32 pages $2.99

RETAILER NOTE: SHAHRAZAD #3 will ship with two different covers by series artist Mike Krome and artist Elizabeth Torque. Each cover is available to order separately, with no quantity limitation or restrictions.

SHAHRAZAD #3 RETAILER INCENTIVE:

For every 8 copies of SHAHRAZAD #3 ordered, retailers will receive one (1) FREE copy of the re-mastered SHAHRAZAD #3 cover by artist J. Scott Campbell and colorist Peter Steigerwald, with the option to purchase up to three (3) additional re-mastered Campbell/Steigerwald SHAHRAZAD #3 covers at net $4 each.

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LOLA XOXO: WASTELAND MADAM #4

Vince Hernandez – Story / Siya Oum – Art

The action-packed climactic ending sees Madeline fighting for the survival of not only her group of rebels, but also any hope for a future! As the battle for the airport surges to its bloodiest apex, the Wasteland Madam must make a critical choice of whether love is more important than survival—and no matter what choice she makes, someone will pay the price!

LOLA XOXO: WASTELAND MADAM #4 is in stores June 24th, 2015!

FC 32 pages $3.99

RETAILER NOTE: LOLA XOXO: WASTELAND MADAM #4 will ship with two different covers by series artist and creator Siya Oum and artist Lori Hanson. Each cover is available to order separately, with no quantity limitation or restrictions.

LOLA XOXO: WASTELAND MADAM #4 RETAILER INCENTIVE:

For every 10 copies of LOLA XOXO: WASTELAND MADAM #4 ordered, retailers will receive one (1) FREE copy of the alternate Dawn McTeigue LOLA XOXO: WASTELAND MADAM #4 cover, with the option to purchase up to three (3) additional McTeigue LOLA XOXO: WASTELAND MADAM #4 Covers at net $4 each.

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Review: We Can Never Go Home #1

we can never go homeA well worn mixtape, a stolen convertible, a duffel bag full of cash, a fully loaded .45, and super-powers. 17 and on the run is the only way to see America right.

Written by Matthew Rosenberg and Patrick Kindlon with art by Joshua Hood, We Can Never Go Home is a love letter to types of story almost no one seems to tell anymore- Crime Road movies like Badlands and True Romance, outcast against the world tales like Pump Up The Volume and Heathers, and character driven adventure comics like Love & Rockets and Stray Bullets.

The first issue of We Can Never Go Home is interesting. It introduces us to the main characters, and a lot happens, but where the series goes from here is up in the air. We’re given some hints as to what to expect towards the end of the issue, but really, the first issue of this series’ focus is on character, and that’s a good thing. Rosenberg and Kindlon take an interesting, and welcome, focus in the first issue, the characters themselves. It sets the tone, that there’s going to be some adventure, characters come first, and we should be paying attention to the details, what’s said, what’s not said, as we read the series. While the description of the series says we should expect a crime road story, the first issue gets us to that point.

No matter what’s coming down the read, the first issue is a hell of a start. I put it down thinking through all the details, what the characters said, and how they acted. What’s on the level? What’s not? I found myself pondering and debating with myself about every little detail.

Rosenberg and Kindlon focused on characters in the debut, and succeeded. We Can Never Go Home #1 is a fascinating start, to what’s one of the more interesting debuts of

Story: Matthew Rosenberg, Patrick Kindlon Art: Joshua Hood
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read

Black Mask Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Demo-Graphics: The Walking Dead

Its been about five months since we last looked at The Walking Dead‘s demographics via Facebook’s data. With the new season underway, it felt like an appropriate time to see how things have changed for the record setting show, and best selling comic book series.

For this report, we’re looking at fans within the United States that enjoy The Walking Dead in comics, television, books, games, or even the characters. We’ll also compare the latest results to those of last report.

Facebook Population: Over 22 million fans in the US

That’s an increase of about 4.2 million fans since last year. Spanish speakers account for 3 million fans, 13.64%. That’s over the double amount of individuals since October.

Gender and Age

In October we saw a surge of female fans compared to the stats from 2013. Women account for 47.19% and men were 52.81%. Five months later, and women continue to grow in fans so that men and women are split even. Due to the rounding of numbers when dealing with these large number, men account for 50.91% and women 51.82%. Looking at the relationship status which pegs the universe at 22.8 million, women account for 50.01% of fans while men are 49.27%. The gender of the fans is split evenly.

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wd age and gender 3.30.15Below is the raw data for The Walking Dead fans. The population has shifted slightly older compared to last year.

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Relationship Status

The biggest shift compared to October is those married who now account for a little over 30% compared to 24% then.

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Education

Like relationships, education has changed a lot since last year, so we can’t really compare this year’s stats to last year’s.

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Gender interest too has changed since last year. The biggest change is those who are unspecified, which rose across the board.

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This is also the first report where ethnicity is tracked for The Walking Dead. Interestingly African American women are a majority of fans for African Americans.

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When it comes to generational labels women account for a vast majorty of those interested in The Walking Dead for Baby Boomers and Generation X. It shouldn’t be surprising considering how the genders shift as the population ages.

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And that wraps up the latest edition of the Facebook Fandom Spotlight.

Kevin Eastman Joins The IDW Team!

IDW PublishingSunday at Seattle’s Emerald City Comicon 2015 finished off with a hell of an announcement, that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman has signed an exclusive contract with IDW Publishing, which will see all his new projects created solely with IDW.

Eastman’s long and influential career in comics began with the co-creation of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the success of which would lead to a cavalcade of films, television programs, video games, merchandise and more. Taking comics by storm, the originally self-published series thrived through a metamorphosis before landing at IDW, where Eastman has returned to the iconic heroes, plotting and periodically drawing the highly acclaimed series alongside IDW Senior Staff Writer Tom Waltz.

IDW’s working relationship with Eastman started in 2011 with the launch of the all-new IDW Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series. Eastman has continued to work closely with IDW on projects including classic reprints of the Ninja Turtles, special IDW Limited editions featuring original art alongside essential stories, and cover art for hit original series. A number of new projects will be announced in the coming months as part of this agreement.

Eastman will join the staff of IDW in their newly announced move to San Diego’s historic Liberty Station NTC offices with an office on-site, and his original works will mark the inaugural exhibition of the San Diego Comic Art Gallery.

KickStarting: Comics

Money_CashIt’s a new week and KickStarting: Comics is back with a look at how much was raised/pledged for comic projects on Kickstarter for the past week!

I realize some projects are not in US dollars, but they all will count the same regardless of origin, for now. $1 US will be the same as $1 CAD, $1 AUD, etc. There is one exception, there is one project which was in the Danish Krone. That has been converted and rounded to the nearest dollar.

Over the past week 17 projects were successfully funded.

For the past week from March 23 to March 29 the statistics are:

Average goal: $5,207
Average pledged: $15,505.19
Average number of backers: 312.88
Average pledge: $49.56
Average percent raised: 297.78%
Most common given amount: $15 (758 times)
Most money from pledge level: $40 level brought in $29,560

Total pledged for the week: $248,083

For the week, the top projects were:

The top grossing project: Camp Weedonwantcha: Volume 1 - $97,278

Most backers: The Less Then Epic Adventures of TJ and Omnibus – 1409 backers

Highest percent above goal raised: Decathlon Trial – 666.67%

Highest average pledge: Brandi Bare: Field Trip – $70.64

Lowest average pledge: Decathlon Trial - $3.64

For the month of March, for the 71 successful projects, the statistics are:

Average goal: $6,388.66
Average pledged: $15,362.90
Average number of backers: 260.94
Average pledge: $58.87
Average percent raised: 260.94%
Most common given amount: $25 (1956 times)
Most money from pledge level: $100 level brought in $81,700

Total pledged for the month: $1,090,766

For the month, the top projects were:

The top grossing project: Dagon by H.P. Lovecraft and Ben Templesmith - $144,158

Most backers: Dagon by H.P. Lovecraft and Ben Templesmith – 1928 backers

Highest percent above goal raised: Cerebus Archive Number Three – 4854.13%

Highest average pledge: Cerebus Archive Number Three – $172.32

Lowest average pledge: Decathlon Trial - $3.64

That wraps up this week’s data! I’ll be making tweaks to this as more are done, so let me know what you want to see!

Review: Blood Queen vs. Dracula #2

BQvsDrac02-Cov-A-AnacletoFor those that enjoyed the short lived Blood Queen series last year, they likely would have been a little disappointed with the first issue of this new series.  The Blood Queen who was established as a complex enough character was reduced to a one-dimensional killer and Dracula was shown with all the depth of a historical anecdote.  In comparison of issue #1 to #2, it is a bit more evident why that was the case.  The second issue deals with a lot closer representation of the two, especially for the Blood Queen to her own presentation thus far in the short history of her published stories.

The story follows off from the end of the first issue.  The Blood Queen is presenting an association to Dracula, she serves as his wife and equal as they join their kingdoms and their power.  As will be seen later, some of this is well written as it comes off being a true battle of the wits, but some of it is poorly conceived, as characters say things about events which foreshadow a knowledge which they possibly couldn’t have.  The action then moves on to the Ottomans, whose mages are debating how to proceed after a dangerous vision.  It was a nice touch in the first issue to include the Ottomans as it made the tie to the real world a lot more evident, and this second issue does the same, even if they are bit less realistic with their use of magic.  The action then moves back to the combined envoy of the Blood Queen and Dracula.  This is where the two characters finally show their true marks, and fans of the Blood Queen from her original series will probably appreciate this series more after seeing this.

This series still has its flaws but it is at least proceeding in a direction which is more true to both characters.  The first issue might have left readers thinking that the series should be called “Blood Queen Marries Dracula”, but this issue puts the “versus” back into it, and in a dramatic enough fashion.  This series and this issue still have some problems, but at least it seems to be headed in a better direction after this second issue.

Story: Troy Brownfield  Art: Kewber Baal  
Story: 7.6 Art: 7.6 Overall: 7.6 Recommendation: Read

Dynamite Provided Graphic Policy with a free copy for review.   

 

VIZ Media Announces Red Girls: The Legend of the Akakuchibas

RedGirls_3DVIZ Media’s Haikasoru literary imprint has announced the release of its newest book with the publication of Red Girls: The Legend of the Akakuchibas on April 21st.

Author Kazuki Sakuraba delivers a textured, multi-generational mystery that follows an aimless girl’s quest to find meaning and direction in her life as she uncovers the history, secrets and strange legends of her unique family.

Red Girls: The Legend of the Akakuchibas will be available in print in an English edition from Haikasoru for $15.99 U.S. / $18.99 CAN. An eBook edition also will debut on April 21st for $9.99 (U.S. / CAN) for the Amazon Kindle, Apple’s iBooks Store, Barnes & Noble’s Nook Book Store, the Kobo eBooks Store, and the Google Play store.

When the outlanders abandoned a baby girl on the outskirts of a village, few imagined that she would grow up to marry into the illustrious Akakuchiba family, much less that she would develop clairvoyant abilities and become matriarch of the illustrious ironworking clan. Her daughter shocks the village further by joining a motorcycle gang and becoming a famous manga artist. The outlander’s granddaughter Toko—well, she’s nobody at all. A nobody worth entrusting with the secret that her grandmother was a murderer. This is Toko’s story.

New Deluxe Edition of Gyo From VIZ

GyoDeluxeEditionVIZ Media delivers a lavish new edition of one of the manga (graphic novel) genre’s most seminal horror titles with the publication of the Gyo Deluxe Edition on April 21st.

This hardcover version of Junji Ito’s story of an invasion of the Japanese island of Okinawa by mutated sea creatures is presented in a definitive 400 page, 2-in-1 edition that features a new cover design and full-color endpapers. The GYO Deluxe Edition will be published under the VIZ Signature imprint, is rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens, and will carry an MSRP of $22.99 U.S. / $26.99 CAN.

In Gyo, the floating smell of death hangs over an island. What is it? A strange, legged fish appears on the scene… So begins Tadashi and Kaori’s spiral into the horror and stench of the sea. Here is the creepiest masterpiece of horror manga ever from the creator of UZUMAKI, Junji Ito. Hold your breath until all is revealed.

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