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C2E2 2015: CM Punk and Writer and Artist TBA Take on Guardian of the Galaxy’s Drax

Announced at C2E2, CM Punk will return to Marvel for Drax #1! He’ll be joined by another writer to be named later and an unannounced artist. The cover for the first issue will be handled by Ed McGuinness. CM Punk debuted writing for Marvel with Thor Annual #1. This is Drax’s very first ongoing series and explores Drax’s time outside the Guardians of the Galaxy!

What does Drax do when he’s not saving the universe alongside the likes of Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon and Groot? DESTROY! Obviously. From inside the intergalactic octagon to the far reaches of outer space – experience the bone-crunching solo adventures of the galaxy’s most fearsome guardian as he makes his way through the Marvel Universe! And demolishes anything and everything in his path!

CM Punk is a former WWE wrestler, and currently training to be a UFC fighter, and judging by that cover he’ll be putting his experiences to good use. He has also written a story for Vertigo’s Strange Sports Stories, but this series marks his first full-length ongoing story.

DRAX #1
Written by CM PUNK & TBA
Art by TBA
Cover by ED MCGUINNESS
Coming Fall 2015!

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C2E2 2015: Bloodsquirt Takes Charge in Bloodshot Reborn #5

Revealed this weekend at C2E2 2015, Valiant has revealed plans for Bloodshot Reborn #5 – a special, standalone spotlight issue unlike else you’ll read all summer! This August, journey into the tormented psyche of the man once known as Bloodshot as writer Jeff Lemire and special guest artist Raul Allen conclude Bloodshot Reborn‘s chart-topping first story arc by revealing the hallucinatory world of the cartoon sidekick called Bloodsquirt… But just what is this pint-sized killing machine and how long can it continue to destroy Bloodshot from the inside out?

The memories of the thousands of people he killed as Bloodshot aren’t the only things that haunt Ray Garrison. For months now, the specter of the Geomancer and a nightmarish cartoon known as Bloodsquirt have tormented him at every turn. First, on his television…and now in the real world…where Bloodsquirt acts out twisted fantasies that darkly mirror Bloodshot’s own violent past. Are these apparitions real or a just figment of Bloodshot’s broken psyche? And just who are the other members of Bloodsquirt’s “Squirt Squad”…and what could they possibly be planning next?

Bloodshot Reborn #5 features covers by Raul Allen, Mico Suayan, Dave Johnson, and Kano!

Plus: see Bloodsquirt come to alive with Bloodshot Reborn #5 QR VOICE VARIANT! Use any QR code smart phone application to activate Bloodsquirt’s fully animated talking action – featuring 10 unique lines of dialogue, recorded by Valiant letterer Dave Lanphear, that alternate after every use! Featuring artwork by newcomer Jay Fabares, look for this one-of-a-kind animated cover!

BLOODSHOT REBORN #5
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by RAUL ALLEN
Cover A by RAUL ALLEN
Cover B by MICO SUAYAN
QR Voice Variant by JAY FABARES
Variant Cover by DAVE JOHNSON
Variant Cover by KANO
$3.99 | 32 pgs.  T+ | COMING IN AUGUST!

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C2E2 2015: Ninjak: The Shadow Wars Begins in August

At C2E2 2015, Valiant announced The Shadow Wars – an all-new story arc beginning in Ninjak #6 from writer Matt Kindt and an all-star gauntlet of top artistic talents – Raul Allen, Juan Jose Ryp, Stephen Segovia, and Clay Mann! Join one of the year’s most acclaimed new series here as Ninjak begins his deadliest test yet – a one-on-one showdown with four all-new enemies…each more ruthless that the last…illustrated by a different top talent each month!

Ninjak went to Tokyo to destroy the shadowy Weaponeer arms cartel from the inside out, beginning with its secret council of shinobi masters…the Shadow Seven. Now, the world’s top super-spy is cutting his way through the four death-defying members – The Barbe, Fitzy, Fakir, and Sanguine – that stand between him and the one secret that still eludes him… Who really wields the power behind the world’s most powerful terrorist network? Who is the secret seventh member of the Shadow Seven? And what do they want with Colin King?

Plus: Ninjak’s essential second feature, The Lost Files, continues in each 40-page issue of The Shadow Wars! Also beginning in Ninjak #6, Matt Kindt and Eisner-nominated artist Butch Guice reunite to reveal how Colin King and Neville Alcott first met  – and the deadly secret Neville has kept from his most valuable field agent! The second act of The Lost Files starts here!

Featuring covers by Mico Suaya, Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic, Dave Johnson, Matt Kindt, and Clayton Henry, the next explosive chapter of Ninjak’s red-hot monthly series starts here!

NINJAK #6 (ALL-NEW ARC! “THE SHADOW WARS” – PART 1)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by RAUL ALLEN and BUTCH GUICE
Cover A by MICO SUAYAN
Cover B by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC
Cover C by DAVE JOHNSON
Character Design Variant by MATT KINDT
Variant Cover by CLAYTON HENRY
$3.99 US | 40 pgs. | T+ | COMING IN AUGUST!

NINJAK #7 (“THE SHADOW WARS” – PART 2)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by JUAN JOSE RYP and BUTCH GUICE
Character Design Variant by MATT KINDT
$3.99 US | 40 pgs. | T+ | COMING IN SEPTEMBER!

NINJAK #8 (“THE SHADOW WARS” – PART 3)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by STEPHEN SEGOVIA and BUTCH GUICE
Character Design Variant by MATT KINDT
$3.99 US | 40 pgs. | T+ | COMING IN OCTOBER!

NINJAK #9 (“THE SHADOW WARS” – PART 4)
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CLAY MANN and BUTCH GUICE
Character Design Variant by MATT KINDT
$3.99 US | 40 pgs. | T+ | COMING IN NOVEMBER!

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Marvel Heads to Atlantic City Boardwalk Con

acbc comic conThis spring, Marvel brings its A-game to a truly unique show that puts the fans center stage – the Atlantic City Boardwalk Con. Every turn at ACBC will offer fans, both old and new, an experience that has been designed to capture your attention and excite your senses and Marvel Comics will be there to headline this all-new pop culture event.  From May 14th to May 17th, ACBC will be gathering some of the largest names across film, television and the comic book industry and presenting them for those who truly matter – the fans!

Guests who attend the first year of ACBC will be the first to witness as Marvel Comics takes center stage and introduce the building blocks for what comes next within the Marvel Universe at the Marvel Booth and ACBC exclusive Marvel panels.

Also scheduled to appear at ACBC: Stan Lee, Michael Rooker, Kevin Smith, William Shatner, Georgina Haig, Elizabeth Lail, Rebecca Mader, Sean Maguire, Tom Cavanagh, Manu Bennett, Willa Holland, many more and several yet to have been announced!

Looking to attend ACBC? Fans who share a tagged photo of the ACBC print ad, found within Marvel Comics on sale now, with #AmazeACBC will be automatically entered to win two free passes and airfare to attend the inaugural year of ACBC in Atlantic City, NJ from ACBC. Please visit DoACBC.com/Contest for full terms and conditions.

Reedus, Trejo, Cassidy, Winkler Among Top Celebrities Scheduled To Attend Wizard World Comic Con Sacramento

Henry WinklerWizard World, Inc. continues its 2015 schedule with its second trip to the Sacramento Convention Center at Wizard World Comic Con Sacramento, June 19-21. Norman Reedus, Danny Trejo, Katie Cassidy, Henry Winkler, Dave Bautista, Kelly Frye, WWE Diva Eva Marie, Patrick Warburton, and Christian Serratos headline the roster of celebrity guests scheduled to attend the pop culture extravaganza.

The WWE stars will appear on Saturday only; Winkler is scheduled for all three days of the event; the others above are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.

Other well-known Wizard World Comic Con Sacramento guests include Malcolm McDowell, Alfonso Ribeiro, Giancarlo Esposito, Reggie Lee, Manu Bennett, Adrian Paul, Kevin Conroy, Jason David Frank and David Yost from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Chris 51, The Boondock Saints duo Sean Patrick Flanery and David Della Rocco, and Scott Wilson.

Wizard World is also the home of the most creative comics artists and writers on the planet. Artist Alley at Comic Con Sacramento will feature Neal Adams, Paolo Rivera, Humberto Ramos, Mel Rubi, Phil Ortiz, Peter Bagge, Arthur Suydam, Ethan Van Sciver and many others.

In addition, all full-price Wizard World Comic Con Sacramento attendees will receive a limited edition exclusive variant cover The Walking Dead comic, drawn by one of Wizard World’s talented artist guests (to be announced shortly). Comics will be issued at registration while supplies last and VIP attendees will receive an additional black & white sketch version.

The 2015 Wizard World Sacramento show hours are Friday, June 19, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, June 20, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, June 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

J. Michael Tatum Returns to Otakon

JMichaelTatumProlific voice actor, writer and ADR director J. Michael Tatum will return to Otakon for the third time, appearing at the 2015 convention. Some of his best-known work includes his voice acting on “Ouran High School Host Club,” “Black Butler” and “Steins;Gate.” He will also voice Rei in the upcoming Funimation dub of  “Free! Eternal Summer.”

Discovered by Funimation ADR director Christopher Bevins, who cast him as Rikichi in 2005’s
“Samurai 7,” Tatum has since been featured as Kyoya Otori in the hit English language dub of “Ouran High School Host Club”; as suave, demonic Sebastian Michaelis in “Black Butler”; and as the equal parts maniacal/vulnerable Okarin Rintarou from “Steins;Gate.” Other characters he’s inhabited include: Doumeki in “XXXHolic”; Jiro Mochizuki in “Black Blood Brothers”; Isaac Dian in “Baccano!”; Both God Eneru and Dalton in the new dub of “One Piece”; Komui Lee in “D-Gray Man”; Dororo in “Sgt. Frog”; the titular loveable savage of “Heroic Age”; Ryosuke Takahashi in “Initial D”; Lawrence Kraft in “Spice and Wolf”; Zarbon in “Dragon Ball Z Kai”; Scar in “Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood”; and Sir Hammerlock in the videogame juggernaut “Borderlands 2.” In addition, he did vocal work for “Romeo X Juliet,” “Speed Grapher,” “Trinity Blood,” “Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple,” “Black Cat,” “Nabari no Ou,” “Ghost Hunt,” “School Rumble,” “The Tower of Druaga,” “Aquarion,” “Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles,” “Shuffle,” “Shigurui,” “Glass Fleet,”
“Mushishi,” “Soul Eater,” along with feature-length films such as “Vexille,” “Summer Wars,” and “Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker,” among many others.

In late 2007, he branched out into ADR directing and adaptive scriptwriting for Funimatio. His ADR directing credits to date include “Aquarion,” “Jyu-oh-Sei,” “Romeo X Juliet,” “Big Windup,” “Rin: Daughters of Mnemosyne” and “Shikabane Hime (Corpse Princess),” while his writing credits include substantial work on “Ouran High School Host Club,” “Heroic Age,” “Initial D,” “Blassreiter,” “Ga Rei: Zero,” “Hero Tales,” “Legend of the Legendary Heroes,” “Fractale,” “Deadman Wonderland,” “Steins;Gate” and “Dragon Ball Z Kai.”

In early 2010 he teamed up with Terri Doty and Stephen Hoff to launch “That Anime Show,” a web-based chat show.

Otakon 2015 will be held July 24-26 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD. Otakon  2015 is celebrating fairy tales, folk stories, myths, and legends. Keep your eyes out for content, artwork, and guests with connections to their theme.

Olmos, WWE Divas The Bella Twins, Staite Scheduled To Attend Inaugural Wizard World Albuquerque

Edward James OlmosWizard World, Inc. continues its 2015 schedule with its inaugural trip to the Albuquerque Convention Center at Wizard World Comic Con Albuquerque, June 19-21. Edward James Olmos, WWE Divas The Bella Twins and Superstar Sin Cara, Jewel Staite , Joey Lauren Adams and Lou Ferrigno headline the roster of celebrity guests scheduled to attend the pop culture extravaganza.

Olmos and Staite will appear Saturday and Sunday, June 20-21; the WWE® stars are set for Saturday only; Adams and Ferrigno are scheduled for all three days of the event.

Other celebrities currently scheduled to attend include Phil LaMarr, Robert Knepper, Milo Ventimiglia and Clifton Collins Jr.. Others will be announced as they are confirmed. Wizard World is also the home of the most creative comics artists and writers on the planet. Creators at Artist Alley at Wizard World Comic Con Albuquerque will also be added shortly.

In addition, all full-price Wizard World Comic Con Albuquerque attendees will receive a limited edition exclusive variant cover The Walking Dead comic, drawn by one of Wizard World’s talented artist guests (to be announced shortly). Comics will be issued at registration while supplies last and VIP attendees will receive an additional black & white sketch version.

Wizard World Comic Con Albuquerque show hours are Friday, June 19, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, June 20, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, June 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Baltimore Comic-Con Announces On-Site CGC Grading for 2015

CGCThe Baltimore Comic-Con has announced that Certified Guaranty Company, LLC (CGC) will be on-hand to conduct on-site grading at this year’s show. The show will take place the weekend of September 2527, 2015 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

According to Harshen Patel, Director of Operations for CGC, they will be accepting submission for all tiers of service – with the exception of Magazines – on a first-come, first-serve basis for all three days of the show.

Pricing information for on-site services will be available as we approach the show date.

Founded in 2000, CGC is the first independent, impartial, third-party comic book grading service. A proven and respected commitment to integrity, accuracy, consistency and impartiality has made CGC the leader in its field. In fact, in 2007, CGC crossed the million-book mark and has now graded over 2 million comic books.

Director and Producer of Aldnoah.Zero to Be Guests at Otakon 2015

Ei AokiOtakorp, Inc. welcomes two of the top talents behind the series Aldnoah.Zero to the guest roster of Otakon 2015: director Ei Aoki and producer Shizuka Kurosaki.

Aoki is an animation director and episode director. Since his directorial debut in 2004, Aoki has worked on many critically acclaimed titles such as Ga-Rei-Zero, the Garden of sinners (Chapter 1), and Fate/Zero. In 2013, he was one of the founding members of the studio TROYCA, where he directed the innovative mecha series, Aldnoah.Zero. Aoki appears with assistance from Aniplex.

KurosakiAs an Aniplex producer, Kurosaki’s credits include anime titles such as The Garden of SinnersAldnoah.Zero and Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works. Kurosaki appears courtesy of Aniplex.

Aldnoah.Zero takes place 15 years after a hypergate to Mars collapsed on the moon’s surface, a catastrophe now known as the Heavens’ Fall. The war between the citizens of Earth and the Vers Empire of Mars is now at a ceasefire. While the two planets continue to disagree on who is the rightful heir to the Aldnoah, an ancient Martian technology discovered not long after the celestial hypergate, Princess Asseylum Vers Allusia descends upon earth as a Martian ambassador. But, some were not willing to compromise, including Inaho Kaizuka, a Terran high school student, and Slaine Troyard, who swears his allegiance to Vers. The fate of these young people cross as the Terrans and the Martians enter another war, following the assassination of Asseylum.

Otakon 2015 will be held July 24-26 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, MD. Otakon 2015 is celebrating fairy tales, folk stories, myths, and legends. Keep your eyes out for content, artwork, and guests with connections to our theme.

Weta Workshop To Highlight Their Work In Middle-earth At Wizard World Comic Cons in May

wizard worldWizard World, Inc. and Weta Workshop have announced a partnership. The multi-Academy Award winning New Zealand design studio and physical manufacturing facility will show off some of their best work at three Wizard World Comic Con shows in May at its visually striking Exhibitor Booth. Weta Workshop’s body of work includes movies like The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Avatar, District 9, Chappie and many more.

Weta will set up at Wizard World events in Minneapolis (May 1-3), Philadelphia (May 7-10) and St. Louis (May 22-24).

Fans can meet Warren Dion Smith , international multi-award-winning hair and makeup artist at all three shows and have an opportunity to get a pair of Hobbit ears applied by one of the best in the business.

Fans who want to learn more about the makeup and prosthetics craft should also attend the Weta panels where Warren will perform a major Middle-earth makeup transformation on stage while fielding questions from the crowd.

In addition, VIP attendees will receive an exclusive limited edition art print by The Hobbit concept art director and world renowned Tolkien artist John Howe.

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