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SDCC 2014: BOOM! Studios Returns for Its Ninth Straight Year

BOOM! Studios and its imprints, KaBOOM!, BOOM! Box, and Archaia, will return to exhibit at San Diego Comic-Con to be held at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California July 23-27, 2014.

BOOM! and its imprints can be found at Booth #2229 on the show floor and will host an army of creators for signings. Scheduled to appear are:

  • Bob Scott (PEANUTS)
  • Chris Miskiewicz (THOMAS ALSOP)
  • Christopher Sebela (DEAD LETTERS)
  • Collin Kelly (HACKTIVIST)
  • David Petersen (MOUSE GUARD)
  • Elena Casagrande (SUICIDE RISK)
  • Eric Powell (BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA)
  • Frank Barbiere (BLACK MARKET)
  • Frank Gibson (THE AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL)
  • Grace Ellis (LUMBERJANES)
  • Ian Herring (HACKTIVIST)
  • Jackson Lanzing (HACKTIVIST)
  • James Tynion IV (THE WOODS)
  • Jeff Stokely (TRANSLUCID)
  • Jeremy Sorese (STEVEN UNIVERSE)
  • Joshua Williamson (ROBOCOP)
  • Max Bemis (EVIL EMPIRE, POLARITY)
  • Marcus To (HACKTIVIST)
  • Megan Hutchison (AN AURORA GRIMEON STORY: WILL O’ THE WISP)
  • Michael Alan Nelson (DAY MEN, 28 DAYS LATER, PROTOCOL: ORPHANS)
  • Natasha Allegri (BEE AND PUPPYCAT, ADVENTURE TIME WITH FIONNA AND CAKE)
  • Noelle Stevenson (LUMBERJANES)
  • Palle Schmidt (THOMAS ALSOP)
  • Paul Jenkins (DEATHMATCH, FAIRY QUEST)
  • Royden Lepp (RUST)
  • Shannon Watters (LUMBERJANES)
  • Tyson Hesse (THE AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL)
  • Vanesa R. Del Rey (THE EMPTY MAN, HIT)
  • Vicki Scott (PEANUTS)

There will also be a few surprise guests throughout the show.

In addition, the BOOM! Studios booth will host sketch artists all weekend, including:

  • Coleman Engle (STEVEN UNIVERSE, BEE AND PUPPYCAT)
  • Ian McGinty (ADVENTURE TIME: CANDY CAPERS, BRAVEST WARRIORS)
  • Jen Bennett (ADVENTURE TIME 2013 SPOOOKTACULAR, ADVENTURE TIME: MARCELINE AND THE SCREAM QUEENS)
  • MAD Rupert (REGULAR SHOW: SKIPS, ADVENTURE TIME: BANANA GUARD ACADEMY)
  • Travis Hill (ADVENTURE TIME)

For $30, fans can request and purchase custom sketches to be drawn on blank Get-A-Sketch covers.

BOOM! will have a wide selection of exclusive variants available for purchase at its booth (while supplies last), including:

AT Banana Guard Academy #1 SDCC
ADVENTURE TIME: BANANA GUARD ACADEMY #1
$10, limited to 500 copies
Cover by Coleman Engle
Writer: Kent Osborne
Artist: Mad Rupert

Not only are the Banana Guards hilarious as the Candy Kingdom’s protectors, but this series is written by Kent Osborne, one of the longtime writers of the ADVENTURE TIME show. Turns out that there is a lot to being a Banana Guard—but being a Banana is not mandatory. This crazy adventure follows Root Beer Guy as he starts his search for new recruits among Ooo’s citizens. Only the best will do in his quest to protect the Candy Kingdom!

Amazing World of Gumball #1 SDCC
THE AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL #1
$10, limited to 500 copies
Cover by Coleman Engle
Writer: Frank Gibson
Artist: Tyson Hesse

Gumball, Darwin, and all of their friends take on the world of comics! Gumball thinks he’s the coolest kid on the block, but his little sister Anais begs to differ, and Darwin just wants to keep them all out of trouble. There’s always another adventure to be had in their mixed-up world!

Regular Show #13 SDCC
REGULAR SHOW #13
$10, limited to 500 copies
Cover by Coleman Engle
Writer: Minty Lewis
Artist: Allison Strejlau

If you’re a fan of REGULAR SHOW, then this is definitely something you don’t want to miss: storyboard artist and the voice for Eileen, Minty Lewis, will be writing this issue. And if you haven’t seen the show, who better to show you around the Park? Mordecai and Rigby are put in charge of decorating the park for the annual park party and it’s the only job Benson is sure they can’t screw up. A small fire, three missing children, and a crashed blimp later, things are only going to get worse and the party hasn’t even started yet.


STEVEN UNIVERSE #1
$10, limited to 500 copies
Cover by Coleman Engle
Writer: Jeremy Sorese
Artist: Coleman Engle

Steven really wants to enter the annual Beach City Bike Race but everyone else is a little worried. Steven just makes the cut-off for age, which means the other bikers will be a lot older than him. Connie agrees to help Steven the old-fashioned way through good ol’ exercise but Garnet, Amethyst and Pearl have other plans…


All four of the above covers connect to form one image!


BEE AND PUPPYCAT #1
$10, limited to 500 copies
Cover by Jeremy Sorese
Writers: Natasha Allegri, Garrett Jackson
Artist: Natasha Allegri

It’s a quirky new take on the magical girl genre with Bee, the forever unemployed main character who can’t seem to figure out life, and the mysterious PuppyCat, a stray…whatever it is…that she stumbled across who has a powerful secret. Fighting bad guys has never been so funny.


BRAVEST WARRIORS 2014 IMPOSSIBEAR SPECIAL

$10, limited to 500 copies
Cover by Jeremy Sorese
Writers: Kevin Panetta, Nikki Mannino, Jeremy Sorese, Kevin Church, Kat Leyh
Artists: Paulina Ganucheau, Nikki Mannino, Jeremy Sorese, Jess Fink, Kat Leyh

If there is one sassy fur ball in BRAVEST WARRIORS that deserves it’s own comic dedicated to how awesome he is, it’s Impossibear. Impossibear and Catbug are up to no good with the Bravest Warriors off on a mission! But have no fear, there are plenty of shenanigans to be had!


The BEE AND PUPPYCAT and BRAVEST WARRIORS covers connect to form one image!


ADVENTURE TIME: MARCELINE AND THE SCREAM QUEENS MATHEMATICAL HC
$50, limited to 250 copies
Cover by Tessa Stone
Writer: Meredith Gran
Artist: Meredith Gran

Thanks to a newfound interest in rock ‘n’ roll, Princess Bubblegum volunteers to manage Marceline’s paranormal rock band for a pivotal tour across the land of Ooo! But when the band is threatened by everything from snobby scenesters to beasts born of self-doubt, can they hold it together and make it to the RADDEST GIG EVER in time, and manage to stay friends throughout the process?! Written and illustrated by award-winning cartoonist Meredith Gran (OCTOPUS PIE) and featuring short stories from several indie comics superstars, including Jen Wang (KOKO BE GOOD) and FRIENDS WITH BOYS cartoonist Faith Erin Hicks! This totally mathematical hardcover edition features never-before-seen extras, including an inside look at the making of MARCELINE AND THE SCREAM QUEENS!


ADVENTURE TIME: EYE CANDY VOL. 1 ENCHIRIDION HC
$50, limited to 500 copies
Cover by Zack Sterling
Artists: Various

Debuting at San Diego Comic-Con! Be the envy of all of your fellow Adventure Time fans with this breathtaking collection of all of the stunning ADVENTURE TIME cover artwork featured in issues #1-16. Now there’s one spot where art fans and ADVENTURE TIME fans alike can see every cover image produced to date in this stunning, oversized hardcover cover gallery! In addition to showcasing each breathtaking cover image, this volume also includes process pieces showing how an ADVENTURE TIME cover is created. Don’t miss out on this must-have for every ADVENTURE TIME fan!


THE AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL: THE TASKS MINI-COMIC
$30, limited to 550 copies
Cover by Jon Chad
Writer: Jon Chad
Artist: Jon Chad

After 2012′s Adventure Time and last year’s Regular Show mini-comics, Jon Chad has set his sights on The Amazing World of Gumball. In this spectacular fold-out mini-comic, Gumball and Darwin take on the world of video games. Plus, it comes packaged in a one-of-a-kind video game cartridge!


BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA #1
$10, limited to 500 copies
Cover by Adam Hughes
Writers: John Carpenter, Eric Powell
Artist: Brian Churilla

This is the first time any new BIG TROUBLE stories have been officially told, and we have the film’s original director, John Carpenter, working with Eric Powell (THE GOON) on the story. Jack Burton, a macho, truck-driving adventurer, finds a stowaway hiding on his rig, The Pork Chop Express, but that soon becomes the least of his troubles. He helped his best friend Wang save his fiancée from the clutches of a demon, but now the wedding has been invaded by more evil forces with one thing on their minds—revenge against Jack Burton!


DAWN OF THE PLANET APES: CONTAGION

$5, Convention Exclusive
Cover by Garry Brown
Writer: Caleb Monroe
Artist: Tom Derenick

Set directly after the events of 20th Century Fox’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes film, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES: CONTAGION follows the story of Ellie (played by Keri Russell in the new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes film) as she struggles to find a cure for the pandemic before it claims her daughter forever. In this self-contained, one-shot issue, we see a slice of the descent of mankind as they succumb to the Simian Flu pandemic from the perspective of the CDC and various doctors and scientists trying to stop the outbreak.


THE EMPTY MAN #1
$10, limited to 500 copies
Cover by Vanesa R. Del Rey
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Vanesa R. Del Rey

It’s been one year since the first reported case of the Empty Man disease, and no drug has been able to slow its progress. The cause is unknown, and the symptoms include fits of rage, hideous hallucinations, suicidal dementia, followed by death, or a near lifeless, “empty” state of catatonia. As murder cults rise nationwide, the FBI and CDC enter a joint investigation of the Empty Man, hoping to piece together clues to stop the cult and uncover a cure.


HACKTIVIST HC SDCC EXCLUSIVE BOOKPLATE EDITION

Free with purchase of HACKTIVIST hardcover, limited to 200 copies
Bookplate illustration by Marcus To and Ian Herring
Writers: Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly
Artists: Marcus To, Ian Herring

The convention debut of Archaia’s HACKTIVIST collected hardcover features an exclusive San Diego Comic-Con tip-in bookplate signed by the creator of the title, actress Alyssa Milano. This is a story about friendship and freedom in a time of war, stunningly illustrated by fan-favorite artist Marcus To (CYBORG 009, New Warriors, Red Robin) and Eisner Award-nominated colorist Ian Herring (JIM HENSON’S TALE OF SAND, CYBORG 009, Ms. Marvel). Ed Hiccox and Nate Graft are the young, brilliant co-founders of YourLife, a social networking company that has changed the way the world connects with each other. But they are also “sve_Urs3lf,” the largest black-hat hacking group on the planet. When their operation is discovered by the U.S. Government, and their company is taken over by military contracts and the CIA, Ed and Nate must face the real world beyond the code and choose between friendship and what they believe to be right.


JIM HENSON’S THE MUSICAL MONSTERS OF TURKEY HOLLOW PREVIEW
$15, limited to 500 copies
Cover by Roger Langridge
Writers: Jim Henson, Jerry Juhl, Roger Langridge
Artist: Roger Langridge

An exclusive look at the Lost Television Special from Jim Henson and Jerry Juhl, adapted by Eisner Award-winner Roger Langridge. Featuring 20 oversized pages from the upcoming original graphic novel, photos of the original puppets from The Jim Henson Archives, and character designs by Roger Langridge and Ian Herring.

Turkey Hollow is a picturesque town where hundreds of years ago, unbeknownst to the citizens, a meteorite landed near a small brook on the outskirts of town. One Thanksgiving, while young Timmy Henderson practices his guitar, he’s accompanied by strange, unearthly, musical sounds. That meteorite wasn’t a rock at all but an egg holding seven furry, goofy monsters, each with a unique musical sound! After the initial shock, Timmy befriends the lovable creatures, who follow him all around Turkey Hollow. Not everyone takes a liking to the visitors, though, and it’s up to Timmy to protect his new friends and save Thanksgiving!


LUMBERJANES #4

$10, limited to 500 copies
Cover by Noelle Stevenson
Writers: Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis
Artist: Brooke Allen

After a lot of convincing, the girls are able to agree to get Jen to take them on a hike. Making their way up to the tower and hoping to finally get some answers, they make their way closer only to be stopped by the neighboring boy camp! April, Mal, Molly, Jo, and Ripley have to figure out how to get to the tower, even if they have to use Jen as a distraction to do it.


PEANUTS #19
$10, limited to 500 copies
Cover by Charles M. Schulz
Writers: Charles Schulz, Andy Beall, Vicki Scott, Bob Scott
Artists: Charles Schulz, Paige Braddock, Vicki Scott

After years without contact, Snoopy begins the journey of a lifetime, travelling through Kansas City in search of his beloved sister, Belle. “Finding Belle” and many more adventures await you within this month’s issue of PEANUTS. This features the debut of Belle, Snoopy’s sister, in the KaBOOM! comics, both on the cover and in the issue.


ROBOCOP #1
$10, limited to 500 copies
Cover by Darick Robertson (with colors by Diego Rodriguez)
Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Carlos Magno

A deadly and charismatic criminal, Killian, is released from jail. He went into the slammer before RoboCop hit the streets. Now he wants to take out the biggest cop in the city. When OCP wants to take guns off the street, Killian sees it as his opportunity to take on the former Alex Murphy!


SIX-GUN GORILLA HARDCOVER
$30, limited to 250 copies
Cover by Chris Weston
Writer: Simon Spurrier
Artist: Jeff Stokely

The hardcover edition of the SIX-GUN GORILLA is available only at the BOOM! Studios booth at conventions. Limited to 250 copies, this edition includes 16 extra pages of backmatter bound in a gorgeous burgundy leatherette with a foil-stamped cover and all-new cover art from Chris Weston. Welcome to “the Blister,” a bizarre other-world colonized by humans sometime in the 22nd century, which quickly became a hotly contested source of fertile land and natural resources long ago exhausted on Earth. In this new frontier, a rogue gunslinger and his companion wander across a wilderness in the grips of a civil war, encountering lawlessness, natives, and perversions of civilization in a world at the crossroads between the past and the future. The fact that said gunslinger is a bio-surgically modified silverback gorilla toting a pair of enormous revolvers is neither here nor there…


TEEN DOG ZINE
Free with $10 purchase of BOOM! Box titles
Cover by Jake Lawrence
Writer: Jake Lawrence
Artist: Jake Lawrence

BOOM! Box’s newest series, TEEN DOG, launches in September, but you can get your first look here in this eight-page, black-and-white preview zine. It’s free with a $10 or more purchase of BOOM! Box titles, including MIDAS FLESH and LUMBERJANES. Skateboards, football games, prom…your teenage years have got nothin’ on the raddest dude that’s ever graced a denim vest. Written and illustrated by Jake Lawrence (Time Cowboy), join Teen Dog and his best friend Mariella as they tackle typical teen life with a manic twist. Growing up is an adventure, and you might as well rock it!


THE WOODS #1
$10, limited to 500 copies
Cover by Jeff Stokely
Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Michael Dialynas

On October 16, 2013, 437 students, 52 teachers, and 24 additional staff from Bay Point Preparatory High School in suburban Milwaukee, WI vanished without a trace. Countless light years away, far outside the bounds of the charted universe, 513 people find themselves in the middle of an ancient, primordial wilderness. Where are they? Why are they there? The answers will prove stranger than anyone could possibly imagine.


LUMBERJANES SCOUT BADGES
$20, limited to 500 sets
Artist: Kate Leth

A set of four, iron-on patches taken straight from the pages of LUMBERJANES, designed by Kate Leth. The set includes patches for the Naval Gauging Badge, Pungeon Master Badge, Up All Night Badge, and the San Diego Comic-Con exclusive CON-Quistador Badge. Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are five best pals determined to have an awesome summer together…and they’re not gonna let any insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! LUMBERJANES is one of those punk rock, love-everything-about-it stories that appeals to fans of basically all excellent things.

Translucid #4

TRANSLUCID #4
$10, limited to 150 copies, available for purchase from the BOOM! Studios booth (#2229) or the Evil Ink/Coheed and Cambira booth (#1732).
Cover by Alexis Ziritt
Writers: Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert
Artist: Daniel Bayliss

In the fourth issue of this critically acclaimed series that deconstructs the dynamic between an urban vigilante superhero and his archenemy, we dive deeper into The Navigator’s troubled past. Things escalate between Cornelius and his father. While The Navigator is fighting off villains, Cornelius is battling his inner demons, which shape the hero he will become.

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Preview: Hacktivist HC

Hacktivist HC

Writer(s): Alyssa Milano, Jackson Lanzing, and Collin Kelly
Artist(s): Marcus To

Ed Hiccox and Nate Graft are the young, brilliant co-founders of YourLife, a social networking company that has changed the way the world connects with each other. But they are also “sve_Urs3lf,” the largest black-hat hacking group on the planet. When their operation is discovered by the U.S. Government, and their company is taken over by military contracts and the CIA, Ed and Nate must face the real world beyond the code and choose between friendship and what they believe to be right.

A story about friendship and freedom in a time of war, stunningly illustrated by fan-favorite artist Marcus To (Cyborg 009, New Warriors, Red Robin) and Eisner Award-nominated colorist Ian Herring (Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand, Cyborg 009, Ms. Marvel).

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The Hot New Trend in Comics is Diversity

All_New_Captain_America_CoverWith solicitations for October being released, and plans for the next year coming into the spotlight due to next week’s San Diego Comic-Con, it seems one hot thing in comics is becoming clear, making diverse comics, for a diverse audience.

Publishers are acting on what’s been clear in indie and small press, that the tastes and wants of the comic reading audience is varied and diverse, just like the readers consuming them. At the beginning of the month I reported that those who self-identified themselves on Facebook as interested (liking) comics was almost 41% female. For some time now, women have made up between 40% and 47% of that population in my reports. They are here and they are legion.

This move towards diverse characters, and diverse voices, began years ago, with webcomics, digital comics, and a resurgence in independent comics. Technology like new social media tools, and Kickstarter has democratized what gets out there, and finds and audience. With the rise of digital comics, we’ve also seen publishers, outside the big two, diversifying their comics, and the creators behind them. BOOM! Studios with their expansion of KaBOOM!, BOOM! Box, and Archaia, Image Comics, and more are seeing success in many voices. BOOM! especially has mined web creators, giving them a stage in print to create, which has given us modern classics like Lumberjanes, The Midas Flesh, and more. Their success is most likely due to their diverse team of creators, and those behind the scene.

the shieldArchie Comics has been a leader in the charge as one of the most progressive publishers out there. They’ve moved out of the Pollyanna world the Riverdale gang lived in, and expanding the cast to include a diverse cast, the break out being Kevin Keller. Keller is such in the spotlight that Archie himself takes a bullet meant for the character in this week’s Life With Archie #36, creating media interest much like when Kevin first appeared. Archie has also dipped their toe into mature comics with their successful hit Afterlife With Archie, diving into the horror genre, which gets a sister publication in a similar take on classic character Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

Today Archie went further and announced the initial line up of their Dark Circle Comics. In that announcement a new The Shield by writers Adam Christopher and Chuck Wendig and artist Wilfredo Torres was part of the line-up. But, when I say “new Shield,” I literally mean a new Shield. What was once a male character is now female, a first for the character. It’s the latest example of the positive gender-swapping trend that’s not just limited to Archie alone.

Marvel has clearly noticed the shift, as they have launched (or announced) a total of 8 female led series. Elektra, Black Widow, Storm, Captain Marvel, She-Hulk, Thor, Ms. Marvel, an all-female X-Men team, and a female majority team in All-New Ultimates. Ms. Marvel even features Kamala Khan, a teenage Muslim girl from Jersey (when being from Jersey is the diversity, we’ve seen improvement) This week Marvel went on The View to announce the new Thor, with a woman taking over the role. Writer Jason Aaron says it best:

This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR. This is the THOR of the Marvel Universe. But it’s unlike any Thor we’ve ever seen before.

But an increase in estrogen isn’t the only change for the House of Ideas. On last night’s The Colbert Report Marvel’s Joe Quesada announced that Sam Wilson, The Falcon, will be suiting up as the new Captain America, in November’s All-New Captain America. That follows the company’s introduction years ago of Miles Morales as the new Ultimate Universe’s Spider-Man, and Miguel O’Hara’s recent push in Marvel’s 616 universe as Spider-Man 2099, with his own series debuting last week. The company is diversifying its stable of characters, and has gone so far as to jettison it’s house style of art, embracing new styles and looks, that have given many of their new books a unique voice in many ways.

Dynamite Entertainment has gotten in on the action with their relaunched Solar: Man of the Atom. The classic Gold Key character has had its gender swapped, switching from the classic/original one, to his daughter. She’s absolutely her own person, tackling issues in a completely different way than her father handled it.

BATGIRLMODEL2Not to be outdone DC Comics has made steps in the right direction. Their announcement of Gotham Academy brings what sounds like a tween focused series, perfect as sister offering to this fall’s television show Gotham. The publisher has a new direction for Batgirl, giving the series and character a new lease on life, with a new down to Earth look that has received praise, and might be the best character design of the year. And behind the scenes, with their recent series announcements, DC has expanded their female creative team, adding new voices and styles to comics like Batgirl, Catwoman, and more. The company has stated diversity is a priority and we’re seeing it come to fruition. We also are seeing that in their offerings in television, with this fall’s iZombie, and soon on the screen with the likely rumored Wonder Woman movie.

Go to a convention, and walk through Artist’s Alley, and for years you’ve seen what’s starting to hit comic shop shelves, a diversity in characters, the creators behind them, and most importantly the fans excited about it all. While most discussion around comics is focused on the big two, this movement, and shift has been in the making for quite a while now thanks to the work and persistence of many. It’s taken a bit, but it looks like diversity is going mainstream. Today there is truly something out there in comics for everyone. And for that we should take a moment, recognize it all, and let it sink in.

Preview: The Last Broadcast #3

The Last Broadcast #3

Writer(s): André Sirangelo
Artist(s): Gabriel Iumazark

Ivan, Harumi, and Niko venture back into Blackhall’s bunker, and this time, they stumble on more than they bargained for. As more secrets are revealed about the conspiracy surrounding the magician, the members of Backbone start to realize that this may be their most dangerous exploration yet.

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Eisner Award Winner Roger Langridge Returns to KaBOOM! with a New All-Ages Project

KaBOOM!, an award-winning imprint of publisher BOOM! Studios, announced they will reunite with Eisner Award-winning writer and artist Roger Langridge to publish his new, original, all-ages project that will launch in December.

Langridge is also adapting and illustrating the previously announced Jim Henson’s Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow for another BOOM! imprint, Archaia, an original graphic novel that will debut in October.

Archaia and David Petersen Announce New ‘Mouse Guard’ Collection

MOUSE GUARD BALDWIN THE BRAVE AND OTHER TALESArchaia and artist David Petersen in the lead up to San Diego Comic-Con have announced Mouse Guard: Baldwin the Brave and Other Tales, a new Mouse Guard hardcover collection coming to shops in November.

Mouse Guard is the much-celebrated series of 8″ x 8″ comics created by Petersen and first published by Archaia in early 2006. Since then, the series has earned several Eisner Award and Harvey Award nominations and wins, and three of the collected Mouse Guard collections placed on The New York Times best-sellers list for hardcover graphic books.

In Mouse Guard, mice struggle to live safely and prosper among all of the world’s harsh conditions and predators. Thus the Mouse Guard was formed. They are not simply soldiers that fight off intruders; rather, they are guides for common mice looking to journey without confrontation from one hidden mouse village to another. The Guard patrol borders, find safeways and paths through dangerous territories and treacherous terrain, watch weather patterns, and keep the mouse territories free of predatory infestation. They do so with fearless dedication so that they might not just exist, but truly live.

Mouse Guard: Baldwin the Brave and Other Tales collects the four Free Comic Book Day Mouse Guard short stories that have been published thus far (2011-2014), plus two, new stories.

Archaia Announces New Fraggle Rock Limited Series

Archaia and The Jim Henson Company invite you to “dance your cares away” with the all-new, comic book limited series Fraggle Rock: Journey to the Everspring. Ever since publishing two Fraggle Rock anthology collections of short stories with The Jim Henson Company several years ago, the publisher has been eager to tell one big, epic, Fraggle-tastic tale. New York Times bestselling author Kate Leth teams up with Fraggle Rock veteran artist Jake Myler for a fun story that new and longtime fans alike can enjoy.

The Fraggles will adventure to places they’ve never been before, places where Gobo, Red, Mokey, Wembley, and Boober will meet brand-new friends, sing brand-new songs, and dance their cares away! No one mastered the all-ages art form quite like Jim Henson, and the characters of Fraggle Rock remain some of his most beloved creations. Leth and Myler have spun a hilarious, super fun story for both longtime fans and comic readers of all ages who’ve yet to meet this lovable gang of Fraggles.

When the water supply of Fraggle Rock mysteriously runs dry, the Fraggles have to journey deep into the caves of Fraggle Rock to find the fabled Everspring where adventure awaits and no Fraggle has gone before!

Archaia’s Fraggle Rock: Journey to the Everspring #1 (of 4) arrives in comic shops on October 8th with a cover price of $3.99. The main cover will be illustrated by series artist Jake Myler, with a retailer incentive cover by Jake Myler and The Jim Henson Company Archives.

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Archaia Launches Spera with Spera: Ascension of the Starless

Archaia has announced the October debut of the Spera: Ascension of the Starless Vol. 1 original graphic novel hardcover. Eisner Award-nominated writer Josh Tierney has once again assembled some of the most talented web and indie creators in the industry for this fresh new story in the world of Spera, including Giannis Milonogiannis, Atelier Sentô (which is comprised of the duo of Cécile Brun and Olivier Pichard), Mindy Lee, Sourya Sihachakr, and Valentin Seiche.

Spera is a stunningly illustrated mash-up of some of the best things in life: webcomics, young-adult fantasy, retro video games, pulp adventure comics, and fairy tales. Fans of Zelda, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Frozen, author Tamora Pierce, and LUMBERJANES will love this series! Following the three previously released volumes of Spera: Ascension of the Starless is the launch of a new, epic, multi-volume story that follows the adventures of two princesses as they once again join forces to combat a common threat. This is the perfect starting point for new readers to fall in love with Spera charcacters Pira, Lono, Chobo, and Yonder alongside loyal fans of the series.

In Spera: Ascension of the Starless Vol. 1, the Starless Queen is plotting an invasion of Spera, and has sent the merciless General Zeal to secure its capital. Unfortunately for the Queen, exiled adventurer Princess Pira—the Queen’s own daughter—and Pira’s best friend Princess Lono have discovered her plot…and will go to any lengths to stop her. Along with their friends—the fire spirit, Yonder, and the ruthless cat, Chobo—Pira and Lono set off on a perilous journey to warn the Speran King, up monster-infested mountains, through a village full of crazed warriors, and down dark tunnels walled with madness itself.

The Spera: Ascension of the Starless Vol. 1 original graphic novel hardcover (176 pages, 6” x 9”, full color, ISBN: 978-1-60886-414-0) arrives from Archaia in comic shops on October 1st and bookstores on October 7th with a cover price of $24.99 and features a cover illustrated by Afu Chan.

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BOOM! Studios in September 2014

WILD’S END #1 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Dan Abnett
Artist: I.N.J. Culbard
Cover Artists: A: I.N.J. Culbard B: David Petersen (Incentive)

WHY WE LOVE IT: We love smart takes on classic science-fiction mythos and who better to take advantage of the iconography of H.G. Wells and War of the Worlds than Dan Abnett, one of comics’ most renowned sci-fi writers and one of creators responsible for the groundbreaking run on Guardians of the Galaxy that inspired the upcoming Marvel movie. Paired with I.N.J. Culbard, who has made a name for himself with the critically acclaimed adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness, it’s a team perfectly built for the visually impactful adventure stories readers love.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Inspired by the sci-fi aesthetic of War of the Worlds and the anthropomorphic characters of Blacksad and Mouse Guard, readers will be blown away by Culbard’s art while fans of Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg’s Cornetto Trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, World’s End) will fall in love with Clive, Peter, and Gilbert as they try to survive an alien invasion.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: When a rural English community of the 1930s is the victim of an alien invasion, the residents’ lives are upended by the harsh realities of life-and-death violence. Led by the town’s outsider and retired war veteran, they will have to rally together to uncover the secret of their invaders and ultimately fight back.

WILD'S END Cover A by I.N.J. Culbard

WILD’S END Cover A by I.N.J. Culbard

WILD'S END Cover B by David Petersen

WILD’S END Cover B by David Petersen

GEORGE PÉREZ’S SIRENS #1 (of 6)

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Author: George Pérez
Artist: George Pérez
Cover Artists: A: George Pérez Wraparound Right-Side Cover B: Cameron Stewart C: George Pérez Wraparound Left-Side Cover (Incentive) D: George Pérez Pencils Right-Side Cover (Incentive) E: George Pérez Pencils Left-Side Cover (Incentive)

WHY WE LOVE IT: The name George Pérez should say it all, but we are beyond excited to work with one of comics’ living masters on his own original title. He’s worked on great female characters like Wonder Woman and Scarlet Witch, but this, a team of female heroes of his own creation, had us hooked.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: It’s a sci-fi adventure story that spans time and space, featuring a team of female heroes that kick butt across the universe. If you like strong female sci-fi characters like Battlestar Galactica’s Starbuck, Star Wars’ Princess Leia, and Alien’s Ripley, you’ll find nine reasons to love GEORGE PÉREZ’S SIRENS!

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: As an intergalactic force enslaves planets across the galaxy, the legendary team known only as the Sirens must reunite to save it—but is that even possible when the Sirens themselves don’t even remember who they are? And the rest of the universe only remembers them as…villains? A six-issue, bi-monthly miniseries featuring your new favorite comic book team, written and drawn by the master himself, George Pérez (Wonder Woman, JLA Vs. Avengers) begins his greatest story yet.
GEORGE PÉREZ'S SIRENS #1 Wraparound Right-Side Cover A by George Pérez

GEORGE PÉREZ’S SIRENS #1 Wraparound Right-Side Cover A by George Pérez
GEORGE PÉREZ'S SIRENS #1 Cover B by Cameron Stewart

GEORGE PÉREZ’S SIRENS #1 Cover B by Cameron Stewart
GEORGE PÉREZ'S SIRENS #1 Wraparound Left-Side Cover B by George Pérez

GEORGE PÉREZ’S SIRENS #1 Wraparound Left-Side Cover C by George Pérez
GEORGE PÉREZ'S SIRENS #1 Pencils Right-Side Cover C by George Pérez

GEORGE PÉREZ’S SIRENS #1 Pencils Right-Side Cover D by George Pérez
GEORGE PÉREZ'S SIRENS #1 Pencils Left-Side Cover D by George Pérez

GEORGE PÉREZ’S SIRENS #1 Pencils Left-Side Cover E by George Pérez

CLOAKS #1 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Caleb Monroe
Artist: Mariano Navarro
Cover Artists: A: W. Scott Forbes B: Phil Noto (Incentive)

WHY WE LOVE IT: Who doesn’t love a good magic trick? From HEXED, to THOMAS ALSOP, to THE LAST BROADCAST, we’ve always had a few tricks up our sleeves, and CLOAKS continues the tradition with a Black Ops twist.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Caleb Monroe (STEED AND MRS. PEEL, Batman) and artist Mariano Navarro (PROTOCOL: ORPHANS) bring you the Robin Hood of Wall Street, combining street magicians with a spy-fi thriller.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: In the Big Apple, a highly skilled street illusionist named Adam blows the minds of crowds with logic-defying acts, while surreptitiously using his artistry to steal from corrupt Wall Street investment bankers and re-distribute their ill-begotten wealth to those in need. He’s a modern-day Robin Hood, but his travails garner the attention of the local authorities. While evading their pursuit, Adam is confronted by three suits and quickly ascertains that freedom has a cost—in order to maintain his liberty, he must join this clandestine Black Ops organization simply known as CLOAKS.

CLOAKS #1 Cover A by Scott Forbes

CLOAKS #1 Cover A by Scott Forbes
CLOAKS #1 Cover B by Phil Noto

CLOAKS #1 Cover B by Phil Noto

TEEN DOG #1 (of 8)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Jake Lawrence
Artist: Jake Lawrence
Cover Artists: A: Jake Lawrence B: Jen Lee (Incentive)

WHY WE LOVE IT: TEEN DOG is John Hughes meets ‘90s Nickelodeon cartoons, two of our absolute favorite things. It’s a totally awesome adventure that stars the canine that spun out of Jake Lawrence’s web comic Time Cowboy and kick-flipped his way into our hearts.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: How was your high school experience? TEEN DOG is high school if it didn’t totally blow, and instead totally ruled the most. Teen angst and whimsical adventures collide in this new series reminiscent of Doug, Saved By the Bell, and Kim Possible.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Skateboards, football games, prom…your teenage years have got nothin’ on the raddest dude that’s ever graced a denim vest. Written and illustrated by Jake Lawrence (Time Cowboy), join Teen Dog and his best friend Mariella as they tackle typical teen life with a manic twist. Growing up is an adventure, and you might as well rock it!

TEEN DOG #1 Cover A by Jake Lawrence

TEEN DOG #1 Cover A by Jake Lawrence
TEEN DOG #1 Cover B by Jen Lee

TEEN DOG #1 Cover B by Jen Lee

JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER: WITCHES #1 (of 4)

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Author: S.M. Vidaurri
Artist: S.M. Vidaurri
Cover Artists: A: S.M. Vidaurri B: Missy Pena (Incentive)

WHY WE LOVE IT: Jim Henson’s The Storyteller is a beloved celebration of fairy tales and folklore. After releasing a critically acclaimed graphic novel we’re thrilled to bring the property’s magic to single issues. In the spirit of Henson’s inventive imagination, this series dives into the mythology of witches and witchcraft through the ages with an incredible blend of art styles and storytelling techniques, taking full advantage of the comics medium.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Four, anthology-style one-shots explore classic witch stories and fairy tales from all over the world, each told by a different creator with a breathtaking style and original voice. It’s tales of magic and wonder as only these storytellers could imagine them.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: S.M. Vidaurri, writer and watercolor illustrator of the award-winning graphic novel IRON: OR, THE WAR AFTER, unfolds the stunning tale of “The Magic Swan Goose & the Lord of the Forest.” When her brother is kidnapped by a witch, a young princess must venture into the mysterious forest beyond the castle. There, the Lord of the Forest, an armor-clad spirit who watches over the wilderness, comes to her aid, but the princess must rely on her wits to discover who she can trust before her family is cursed forever.
JIM HENSON'S THE STORYTELLER: WITCHES #1 Cover A by S. M. Vidaurri

JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER: WITCHES #1 Cover A by S. M. Vidaurri
JIM HENSON'S THE STORYTELLER: WITCHES #1 Cover B by Missy Pena

JIM HENSON’S THE STORYTELLER: WITCHES #1 Cover B by Missy Pena

BUTTERFLY #1 (of 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Story by: Arash Amel
Authors: Arash Amel and Marguerite Bennett
Artist: Antonio Fuso
Cover Artist: Phil Noto

WHY WE LOVE IT: We’ve all spent hours glued to episodes of shows like True Detective and House of Cards that explore deeply flawed and morally complex characters. In BUTTERFLY, screenwriter Arash Amel (Grace of Monaco, Erased) brings that aesthetic to comics and the espionage genre, exploring the true nature of people who devote their lives to covert ops and the deceit, solitude, and violence that comes with it.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Marguerite Bennett has been making a name for herself with her work on Lois Lane, Batgirl, and Earth 2: World’s End and we can’t wait for fans to see how she explores the dark world of spycraft. There’s no one better in the espionage genre than Antonio Fuso, the artist behind the critically acclaimed run of GI Joe: Cobra. It’s the perfect creative team for a morally complex story of violence and family set in the web of a global conspiracy.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Butterfly is one of Project Delta’s deep cover agents, no birth certificate, no social security number, a complete ghost. When her cover is blown and she is set up for a murder she did not commit, she is unknowingly led to her father’s doorstep, a man she thought died 20 years ago. Codenamed Nightingale, her father was once a member of the very same Project Delta, a spy in the violent aftermath of the Cold War, and believes they are behind her set-up. Trained to trust nothing and no one, Butterfly must decide whether to seek answers with the Project, or believe the man who betrayed her years ago.
BUTTERFLY #1 Cover by Phil Noto

BUTTERFLY #1 Cover by Phil Noto

CLIVE BARKER’S HELLRAISER: BESTIARY #2 (of 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Christopher Taylor, Ben Meares, and Mark Miller
Artists: Jason Shawn Alexander and Carlos Magno
Cover Artists: A: Conor Nolan B: Jason Shawn Alexander (Incentive)

The journey into the Bestiary continues! In this issue, Christopher Taylor and Jason Shawn Alexander tell a tale of a blues singer who possesses a very unique guitar, while in the second part of “The Hunted,” we learn just who hired the mercenaries tasked with stealing Pinhead’s pins.
CLIVE BARKER'S HELLRAISER: BESTIARY #2 Cover A by Conor Nolan

CLIVE BARKER’S HELLRAISER: BESTIARY #2 Cover A by Conor Nolan

CLIVE BARKER'S HELLRAISER: BESTIARY #2 Cover B by Jason Shawn Alexander

CLIVE BARKER’S HELLRAISER: BESTIARY #2 Cover B by Jason Shawn Alexander

FAIRY QUEST: OUTCASTS #2 (of 2)

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Author: Paul Jenkins
Artist: Humberto Ramos
Cover Artists: A: Humberto Ramos B: Humberto Ramos B&W (Incentive)

After finding the map maker, Red and Woof must venture through the land of Oz and Wonderland to find their end to fiction and path to reality. On the yellow brick road, there are more dangers than just lions, tigers, and bears…
FAIRY QUEST: OUTCASTS #2 Cover by Humberto Ramos

FAIRY QUEST: OUTCASTS #2 Cover by Humberto Ramos

HEXED #2

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Michael Alan Nelson
Artist: Dan Mora
Cover Artist: Emma Rios

After unwittingly unleashing Yves from the Empty Garden, there’s only one place Lucifer can go to set things right…and that’s the Shade itself. And as Lucifer traverses the underworld in search for a cure, Val and Raina become pawns in a much larger game…
HEXED #2 Cover by Emma Rios

HEXED #2 Cover by Emma Rios

BLACK MARKET #3 (of 4)

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Author: Frank J. Barbiere
Artist: Victor Santos
Cover Artist: Victor Santos

The worst thing you can do in the black market business is get sloppy, and Ray has found himself at the beck and call of two very crooked cops. With the BioChem noose tightening and the crew forced to nab a Gamma-level Super or face termination, has Ray reached the end of his rope?
BLACK MARKET #3 Cover by Victor Santos

BLACK MARKET #3 Cover by Victor Santos

STEED AND MRS. PEEL: WE’RE NEEDED #3 (of 6)

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Author: Ian Edginton
Artist: Marco Cosentino
Cover Artist: Kim Herbst

As John Steed fights for his life inside the not-as-quiet-as-it-seems seaside community, Emma Peel needs allies, and finds them in the most unlikely of sources, as the first arc in the super spies’ return comes to a smashing conclusion.
STEED AND MRS. PEEL: WE'RE NEEDED #3 Cover by Kim Herbst

STEED AND MRS. PEEL: WE’RE NEEDED #3 Cover by Kim Herbst

ROBOCOP #3

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Author: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Carlos Magno
Cover Artist: A: Goñi Montes B: Carlos Magno (Incentive)

Killian has brought fear back to Detroit. Its people are are mobbing the city to reclaim their guns. RoboCop and Lewis are caught in the middle and everyone has them in their targets! As Killian’s secret plan goes into full effect, Lewis and RoboCop must find a way to uphold a gun law that has brought the city to its knees.
ROBOCOP #3 Cover A by Goñi Montes

ROBOCOP #3 Cover A by Goñi Montes
ROBOCOP #3 Cover B by Carlos Magno

ROBOCOP #3 Cover B by Carlos Magno

THE EMPTY MAN #4 (of 6)

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Author: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Vanesa R. Del Rey
Cover Artist: Vanesa R. Del Rey

After circling around the truth, Langford and Jensen have finally discovered Markoff’s trail. The bad news? It leads right into the horrific nightmare world of Patient Zero’s psyche.

THE EMPTY MAN #4 Cover by Vanesa R. Del Rey

THE EMPTY MAN #4 Cover by Vanesa R. Del Rey

THOMAS ALSOP #4 (of 8)

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Author: Chris Miskiewicz
Artist: Palle Schmidt
Cover Artist: Palle Schmidt

Thomas Alsop calls on an old friend from his rock and roll days! Before reality TV made him famous, Thomas worked his magic at CBGB! In the hallowed halls of punk rock holds a dark secret from Thomas’ past…and it’s time to uncover it!
THOMAS ALSOP #4 Cover by Palle Schmidt

THOMAS ALSOP #4 Cover by Palle Schmidt

THE WOODS #5

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: James Tynion IV
Artist: Michael Dialynas
Cover Artist: Michael Dialynas

Jumping-on issue! Following last issue’s harrowing revelations, we catch a glimpse of Bay Point Preparatory High School before the fateful events of October 16, 2013 in this new story arc. On opening night of the school’s rendition of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” the lives of the students and faculty crossed paths in an almost premonitory way, seeding the various horrors to come.

THE WOODS #5 Cover by Michael Dialynas

THE WOODS #5 Cover by Michael Dialynas

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA #4

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Author: John Carpenter and Eric Powell
Artist: Brian Churilla
Cover Artists: A: Eric Powell B: Joe Quinones (Connecting) C: Evan Shaner (Incentive)

Jack Burton’s journey is coming to an end. He faces his final challenge, the one that will free his friend Wang! But what he and Egg must do may be salvation for a friend…or doom for us all!

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA #4 Cover A by Eric Powell

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA #4 Cover A by Eric Powell
BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA #4 Cover B by Joe Quinones

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA #4 Cover B by Joe Quinones
BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA #4 Cover C by Evan Shaner

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA #4 Cover C by Evan Shaner

DEAD LETTERS #5

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Author: Christopher Sebela
Artist: Chris Visions
Cover Artist: Chris Visions

In this new story arc, Sam’s second case begins “Here”: As the freshly spawned gang war between Ma and Jones rages across the supernatural metropolis, Sam is enlisted by the new powers-that-be to infiltrate the amorphous Boroughs of the city in search of a terrorist cell planning to wreak havoc on the fabric of Here itself.
DEAD LETTERS #5 Cover by Chris Visions

DEAD LETTERS #5 Cover by Chris Visions

CLIVE BARKER’S NIGHTBREED #5

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Author: Marc Andreyko
Artist: Piotr Kowalski
Cover Artists: A. Riley Rossmo B. Christopher Mitten (Incentive)

A new story arc begins in the 1920s where Annastajia, a once prominent beauty of the silent film era, must fight after a botched skin graft comes to life and grows its own body out of her features. On the other side of time, Lude, the offspring of a satyr, will find that the worst tragedies are riddled in the humor of being alive. Through the histories of his people, Boone must discover what it means to live with the night.

CLIVE BARKER'S NIGHTBREED #5 Cover A by Riley Rossmo

CLIVE BARKER’S NIGHTBREED #5 Cover A by Riley Rossmo
CLIVE BARKER'S NIGHTBREED #5 Cover B by Christopher Mitten

CLIVE BARKER’S NIGHTBREED #5 Cover B by Christopher Mitten

TRANSLUCID #6 (of 6)

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Authors: Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert
Artist: Daniel Bayliss
Cover Artist: Jeff Stokely

The Horse’s final play is here. He and The Navigator enter their final battle, and it takes place on a plane no one would expect! The most personal battle of all is here in the finale to this series and only one person is walking away from it!
TRANSLUCID #6 Cover by Jeff Stokely

TRANSLUCID #6 Cover by Jeff Stokely

EVIL EMPIRE #7

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Author: Max Bemis
Artist: Andrea Mutti
Cover Artist: Jay Shaw

The battle between right and wrong continues. The insanity escalates as our society edges closer and closer to the ultimate chaos that the movement’s dark leader envisions for the country. Reese will have to move quickly with her resistance if she stands any real chance of being a threat to the EVIL EMPIRE!
EVIL EMPIRE #7 Cover by Jay Shaw

EVIL EMPIRE #7 Cover by Jay Shaw

SUICIDE RISK #17

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Author: Mike Carey
Artist: Elena Casagrande
Cover Artist: Stephanie Hans

With the truth revealed of who Requiem is and how he came to be Leo Winters, the Winters family believes the worst is behind them. However, even in the midst of the long-earned family reunion, an even greater threat is beginning to emerge: What is the F.A.U.L.T.Line and what does it mean for Leo Winters, his family….and the entire planet?
SUICIDE RISK #17 Cover by Stephanie Hans

SUICIDE RISK #17 Cover by Stephanie Hans

SONS OF ANARCHY #13

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Ed Brisson
Artist: Damian Couceiro
Cover Artist: Garry Brown

With the Slaughter MC quickly honing in on SAMTAZ territory, SAMCRO must make a difficult decision: Do they bring what support they can to the quickly floundering charter of the Sons of Anarchy, or do they stay back and protect the homefront after an already devastating year? Faced with few allies and even fewer resources, Jax must find a way to keep the club together.

SONS OF ANARCHY #13 Cover by Garry Brown

SONS OF ANARCHY #13 Cover by Garry Brown

STEVEN UNIVERSE #2

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Author: Jeremy Sorese
Artist: Coleman Engle
Cover Artists: A. George Caltsoudas B. Felicia Choo C. Amber Rogers (Incentive)

Steven is in the annual Beach City Bike Race, and he and Connie are deep into training mode! But everything gets a little crazy when the Gems get involved, and Garnet, Amethyst and Pearl’s worry about Steven might do more harm than good!
STEVEN UNIVERSE #2 Cover A by George Caltsoudas

STEVEN UNIVERSE #2 Cover A by George Caltsoudas
STEVEN UNIVERSE #2 Cover B by Felicia Choo

STEVEN UNIVERSE #2 Cover B by Felicia Choo
STEVEN UNIVERSE #2 Cover C by Amber Rogers

STEVEN UNIVERSE #2 Cover C by Amber Rogers

ADVENTURE TIME: BANANA GUARD ACADEMY #3 (of 6)

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Author: Kent Osborne
Artist: Mad Rupert
Cover Artists: A. Aimee Fleck B. Christina Chang C. Mike Lowery (Incentive)

The Banana Guard trainees get a well-deserved R&R and they are going to make the most of their time. Too bad a flat tire is going to get in the way of that. It’s a crazy weekend for these cadets and it looks like it’s only going to get worse—the Ice King wants to help!
ADVENTURE TIME: BANANA GUARD ACADEMY #3 Cover A by Aimee Fleck

ADVENTURE TIME: BANANA GUARD ACADEMY #3 Cover A by Aimee Fleck
ADVENTURE TIME: BANANA GUARD ACADEMY #3 Cover B by Christina Chang

ADVENTURE TIME: BANANA GUARD ACADEMY #3 Cover B by Christina Chang
ADVENTURE TIME: BANANA GUARD ACADEMY #3 Cover C by Mike Lowery

ADVENTURE TIME: BANANA GUARD ACADEMY #3 Cover C by Mike Lowery

THE AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL #4

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Author: Frank Gibson
Artist: Tyson Hesse
Cover Artists: A. Missy Pena B. Irena Flores C. Justin Oaksford (Incentive)

Gumball has to deal with the summertime blues. It was all fun and games after first but now he’s dealing with summer’s worse enemy: boredom! It’s up to Darwin to cheer up his pal before the blues start infecting everyone on their summer vacation.
THE AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL #4 Cover A by Missy Pena

THE AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL #4 Cover A by Missy Pena
THE AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL #4 Cover B by Irena Flores

THE AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL #4 Cover B by Irena Flores
THE AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL #4 Cover C by Justin Oaksford

THE AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL #4 Cover C by Justin Oaksford

BEE AND PUPPYCAT #5

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Authors: Natasha Allegri and Garrett Jackson
Artist: Natasha Allegri
Cover Artists: A. Emily Hu B. Zac Gorman C. Emily Partridge (Incentive)

Bee is going to have to figure out a way to stop time if she’s going to be able to keep up with all the temp work heading her way! With the help of PuppyCat, it looks like there is nothing that can stop this magical temp worker from getting stuff done…except maybe an unexpected guest crashing into her apartment.
BEE AND PUPPYCAT #5 Cover A by Emily Hu

BEE AND PUPPYCAT #5 Cover A by Emily Hu
BEE AND PUPPYCAT #5 Cover B by Zac Gorman

BEE AND PUPPYCAT #5 Cover B by Zac Gorman
BEE AND PUPPYCAT #5 Cover C by Emily Partridge

BEE AND PUPPYCAT #5 Cover C by Emily Partridge

GARFIELD #29

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Mark Evanier and Scott Nickel
Artists: Andy Hirsch and Maris Wicks
Cover Artist: Andy Hirsch

As everyone heads back to school, we’ve got a fun-filled issue of Garfield for you! First, Garfield and Odie go on a strange trip with their mailman. Then, guest artist Maris Wicks (All-New X-Men, Primates) joins us for a tale of Pooky being abducted by aliens. Grab a pumpkin spice latte, and curl up this fall with more all-new GARFIELD.
GARFIELD #29 Cover by Andy Hirsch

GARFIELD #29 Cover by Andy Hirsch

BRAVEST WARRIORS #24

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Author: Kate Leth
Artist: Ian McGinty
Cover Artists: A: Angelica Russell B: Jordyn Bochon C: Bridget Underwood (Incentive)

The time has finally come…or really the Bravest Warriors are out of time. With their chances slowly dwindling, these friends have to put their heads together to figure out a way to save their best bud Chris before it’s too late.

BRAVEST WARRIORS #24 Cover A by Angelica Russell

BRAVEST WARRIORS #24 Cover A by Angelica Russell
BRAVEST WARRIORS #24 Cover B by Jordyn Bochon

BRAVEST WARRIORS #24 Cover B by Jordyn Bochon
BRAVEST WARRIORS #24 Cover C by Bridget Underwood

BRAVEST WARRIORS #24 Cover C by Bridget Underwood

ADVENTURE TIME #32

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Author: Ryan North
Artists: Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb
Cover Artists: A: Kostas Kiriakakis B: Tait Howard (Subscription Cover) C: Nikki Mannino (Incentive)

Finn is on an impossible mission to break Magic Man’s curse so that he can finally live his life…and remember it! It’s going to take a lot of pal time and a lot of help from the best of friends but this definitely seems like an adventure that Finn and Jake can take—if only Finn could remember.

ADVENTURE TIME #32 Cover A by Kostas Kiriakakis

ADVENTURE TIME #32 Cover A by Kostas Kiriakakis
ADVENTURE TIME #32 Cover B by Tait Howard

ADVENTURE TIME #32 Cover B by Tait Howard
ADVENTURE TIME #32 Cover C by Nikki Mannino

ADVENTURE TIME #32 Cover C by Nikki Mannino

REGULAR SHOW #15

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Author: Minty Lewis
Artist: Allison Strejlau
Cover Artists: A: Andy Hirsch B: Katie McDermott (Subscription Cover) C: T. Zysk (Incentive)

It’s the battle of the coffee shops, and it looks like there is no end in sight for this crazy caffeine war. Margaret and Eileen get ready to fight the war but it looks like Mordecai and Rigby might have a plan to help…to hopefully help…it might help but really, it’s just going to be a lot of fun.
REGULAR SHOW #15 Cover A by Andy Hirsch

REGULAR SHOW #15 Cover A by Andy Hirsch
REGULAR SHOW #15 Cover B by Katie McDermott

REGULAR SHOW #15 Cover B by Katie McDermott
REGULAR SHOW #15 Cover C by T. Zysk

REGULAR SHOW #15 Cover C by T. Zysk

PEANUTS #21

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Author: Charles M. Schulz, Various
Artists: Charles M. Schulz, Various
Cover Artists: Charles M. Schulz, Various

When Lucy throws Schroeder’s piano into the Kite-Eating Tree, Charlie Brown and Snoopy must find a way to save the instrument from being chomped. “The Piano-Eating Tree” and many more Peanuts adventures can be found in this month’s issue of all-out fun!
PEANUTS #21 Cover by Charles M. Schulz, Various

PEANUTS #21 Cover by Charles M. Schulz, Various

LUMBERJANES #6

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Authors: Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis
Artist: Brooke Allen
Cover Artists: A. Noelle Stevenson B. Kel McDonald (Incentive)

It’s a race back to the cave for the Lumberjanes, this time with Diane and Jen in tow! There is more going on with these wolves and their gold eyes than the girls can figure out on their own, but with too much mystery surrounding Rosie it looks they have to go back to square one. Hopefully, this trip to the cave will have more answers.

LUMBERJANES #6 Cover A by Noelle Stevenson

LUMBERJANES #6 Cover A by Noelle Stevenson
LUMBERJANES #6 Cover B by Kel McDonald

LUMBERJANES #6 Cover B by Kel McDonald

THE LAST BROADCAST #5 (of 7)

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Author: André Sirangelo
Artist: Gabriel Iumazark
Cover Artist: Gabriel Iumazark

Ivan and Backbone recover from the loss of a team member. Knowing now their very lives are at stake, the team must follow new clues even further into the forgotten places of the city. They are finally about the uncover their true enemies, but do they really want to know the truth?

THE LAST BROADCAST #5 Cover by Gabriel Iumazark

THE LAST BROADCAST #5 Cover by Gabriel Iumazark

 

THE WOODS VOL. 1 TP

Retail Price: $9.99
Author: James Tynion IV
Artist: Michael Dialynas
Cover Artist: Michael Dialynas

WHY WE LOVE IT: As fans of James Tynion IV’s work in the Batman universe (Batman Eternal, Red Hood and the Outlaws), we were eager to publish his first original comic series. THE WOODS gives us that same eerie, small-town horror feel we get whenever we read a Stephen King novel.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: James Tynion IV is a former protege of Batman writer Scott Snyder, so you know he’s learned a lot about how to craft a compelling tale. If you’re fan of teen conspiracy comics like Morning Glories, Sheltered, and Revival, you’ll immediately be sucked into THE WOODS.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: On October 16, 2013, 437 students, 52 teachers, and 24 additional staff from Bay Point Preparatory High School in suburban Milwaukee, WI vanished without a trace. Countless light years away, far outside the bounds of the charted universe, 513 people find themselves in the middle of an ancient, primordial wilderness. Where are they? Why are they there? The answers will prove stranger than anyone could possibly imagine. Collects issues #1-4 of the critically acclaimed series.
THE WOODS VOL. 1 TP Cover by Michael Dialynas

THE WOODS VOL. 1 TP Cover by Michael Dialynas

SONS OF ANARCHY VOL. 1 TP

Retail Price: $19.99
Author: Christopher Golden
Artist: Damian Couceiro
Cover Artist: Garry Brown

WHY WE LOVE IT: The Sons of Anarchy TV series has captivated the attention of the entire BOOM! team with its smart plotting, compelling characters, and modern vision of the outlaw genre. We love the show so much we couldn’t wait to help expand the world of SAMCRO.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Gun-smuggling outlaw bikers with complex pasts and gripping personalities. If you love “guys with guns” like we do, this is that genre at its most elevated.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: With nowhere left to turn, a troubled girl named Kendra finds herself back in Charming in desperate need for help. When the Sons of Anarchy realize tshe’s the estranged daughter of an old member, Tig rallies the club to offer protection. But if SAMCRO wants to keep themselves and Kendra out of an early grave, they’ll have to step into the line of fire and put alliances aside to do what’s right. Written by New York Times best-selling author Christopher Golden (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and illustrated by Damian Couceiro (PLANET OF THE APES), SONS OF ANARCHY: VOL. 1 collects the first six issues of the ongoing comic book series and runs parallel with Season 5 of Kurt Sutter’s hit television series.
SONS OF ANARCHY VOL. 1 TP Cover by Garry Brown

SONS OF ANARCHY VOL. 1 TP Cover by Garry Brown

TAG DELUXE EDITION TP

Retail Price: $14.99
Author: Keith Giffen
Artists: Kody Chamberlain and Chee
Cover Artist: Kody Chamberlain

WHY WE LOVE IT: With TAG, comics legend Keith Giffen took the zombie story to the most personal, intimate place ever. Now we present the story again, collected in a full-size edition for the first time ever!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Giffen, Kody Chamberlain (Sweets), and Chee (G.I. Joe: Cobra) give you an intense, psychological horror story. You’ve read zombie stories but never one like this! All under a new cover by Chamberlain!

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: When an everyday man is “tagged” by a random stranger, he returns home and makes a horrifying discovery—his body is decomposing before his eyes, his flesh is rotting, he’s not dying…he’s dead. Now, he must make the morally challenging decision to either endure the ancient curse, or pass the plague to another.
TAG DELUXE EDITION TP Cover by Kody Chamberlain

TAG DELUXE EDITION TP Cover by Kody Chamberlain

ADVENTURE TIME VOL. 5 TP

Retail Price: $14.99
Author: Ryan North
Artists: Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb
Cover Artist: Scott Maynard

Princess Bubblegum only wants what is best for her kingdom…most of the time. After an experiment of hers goes wrong, Ooo is under attack and this time, Finn and Jake won’t be able to help. Princess Bubblegum must stand up and fight her own creation, but with the help of Marceline and…Lemongrab? It shouldn’t be too hard to save the day, right? Don’t miss these brand-new adventures by acclaimed cartoonist Ryan North (Dinosaur Comics) and drawn by the hottest team in all-ages comics, Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb (The Midas Flesh).
ADVENTURE TIME VOL. 5 TP Cover by Scott Maynard

ADVENTURE TIME VOL. 5 TP Cover by Scott Maynard

REGULAR SHOW VOL. 1: HYDRATION OGN TP

Retail Price: $11.99
Author: Rachel Connor
Artist: Tessa Stone
Cover Artist: Allison Strejlau

WHY WE LOVE IT: Mordecai and Rigby star in their very first original graphic novel for REGULAR SHOW™—it’s a long-form story that will be like watching one of their TV episodes. And we’re pretty excited about the team on this: Cartoon Network veteran Rachel Connor (Ed, Edd n Eddy) and BRAVEST WARRIORS artist Tessa Stone!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: We’ve published three original graphic novels for ADVENTURE TIME, but for the REGULAR SHOW comics, this is its first-ever, long-form story. And if you like zany stories featuring two best buds who always seem to get into hilarious misadventures, you’ll love this!

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: The summer is turning into a roast-fest and Mordecai and Rigby are desperate to find a way to cool down. But when a mystery pool suddenly appears and offers a chance to beat the heat, it’s only a matter of time before these two best bros find themselves in totally water-logged trouble.

REGULAR SHOW VOL. 1: HYDRATION OGN TP Cover by Allison Strejlau

REGULAR SHOW VOL. 1: HYDRATION OGN TP Cover by Allison Strejlau

Interview: Women of BOOM! – Stephanie Hocutt

Stephanie_Hocutt_picIt’s Thursday which brings us a new interview and our 32nd “Women of BOOM!” feature, spotlighting the many kick-ass women that work at BOOM!, Archaia and KaBOOM! We’re focusing on everyone, editors, designers, writers, artists, you name it! We’re making sure to include the hard-working folks whose contributions are often overlooked in the process.

BOOM! (and KaBOOM! and Archaia) has given us unprecedented access and the chance to ask questions to their staff, and creative teams, to find out why the publisher is so successful in hiring women and their experiences in the comic industry as women.

Stephanie Hocutt helps with the company’s marketing as the PR Assistant, that means she gets to work on ALL of the comics!

Graphic Policy: How did you get involved in the comic book industry?

Stephanie Hocutt: I studied animation in school, but during that time I realized that my real passion was for comics. I was a freelance artist for a while, and when I heard about the internship at Archaia, I packed my bags and moved across the country in one epic road trip. After the internship, I started working at a comic shop, and now I’m here at BOOM! It’s been a wacky, winding road!

GP: Did you read comics growing up? Do you read them now?

SH: I was a voracious reader growing up, but I was kind of a late bloomer when it came to comics. My parents didn’t read them, and I grew up on military bases that didn’t really have comic shops. Instead, I was watching Batman: The Animated Series, The Adventures of Tin-Tin, Justice League Unlimited, Batman Beyond, and the 90s X-Men all the time. I started reading manga late in high school, and in college my friends started inviting me to conventions, which is where I picked up American comics. Around that same time, I studied abroad in France, where I fell in love with bande dessinées. I got hooked on European and American comics around the same time, so now my pull list consists of a wide variety of comics, and I have a library that is quickly outgrowing my apartment!

GP: How did you come to work with BOOM! or one of its imprints?

SH: I interned at Archaia a while back, and once it was over I just sort of dug my claws in and refused to go back to Virginia. I got a job at a comic shop, kept in contact with the Archaia crew, and when I found out that BOOM! was looking for a marketing assistant, I jumped at the opportunity.

GP: How would you describe your job for people?

SH: I pretty much get to talk about how awesome comics are all day! It’s incredibly exciting and I always have to think outside of the box, because there are a lot of awesome comics out there that all want to be noticed. I set up interviews with creators, work closely with press sites, host the Buzz on BOOM! YouTube show, and do everything I can to get people excited about BOOM!

GP: For people who want to pursue a career in what you do, what advice would you give them?

SH: A big part of working in this industry is knowing the right people, so get out there and mingle! Go to conventions and talk to people face-to-face, and snap up internships if you can. The most important part of an internship is the connections you make, so keep in contact with them. You’re not gonna get your dream job if you’re hiding in the shadows! It is a balancing act, though, because you also don’t want to be harassing industry professionals and come off as overbearing. Just remember to be friendly!

GP: Did you have a mentor to help you break into the industry? Do you mentor anyone yourself?

SH: I’ve had a lot of people in my life who have been incredibly supportive and helpful! One in particular is Mel Caylo, who was the Marketing Manager at Archaia when I was an intern. He taught me a lot about marketing and helped me realize that it’s a pretty rad job! Now, several years later, he’s the Marketing Manager at BOOM! and I get to work with him. Full circle!

GP: Do you think women have a more difficult time breaking in and making it in the comic industry? If so, why? And if yes, how do you think that can be overcome?

SH: Comics have been a male-dominated field for so long that it really can be difficult for women to get involved. There’s this archaic idea that inviting the girls into that treehouse is just gonna ruin it for everybody, and there are a lot of people out there who are just so afraid of change that they don’t even want to recognize it’s already happening. Women are all up in that comics biz!

So that being said, I’m going to look on the bright side and say I think it’s getting a little easier every day. It’s an awesome time to be a woman in the comics industry. Yes, there are a ton of problems that still need to be fixed, but we’re actually talking about them. People are speaking up and recognizing the problems, comic forums and conventions are creating safer spaces for women, and we’ve got awesome campaigns like “We Are Comics” that support equality and diversity in the industry. It’s an open conversation, which is the only way things will actually change.

GP: We notice that when it comes to women in the comic industry, BOOM! and its imprints have a lot of diversity present. Why do you think they have succeeded when so many other publishers struggle with this?

SH: This is actually a really difficult question to answer, because I don’t know why it’s harder for other publishers! BOOM! just works with awesome people, and those awesome people come from all walks of life, so our comics tell a wide variety of stories. It’s a great big world out there, so why would you limit yourself to working with only a specific group of people? Broaden those horizons!

GP: We’ve heard horror stories concerning women in the industry. Have you ever seen or been discriminated/harassed and if so, how did you handle it?

SH: I’ve been pretty lucky in that I haven’t been the target of a lot of harassment. When I worked in a comic shop, I would occasionally get a guy who didn’t think I actually read comics, or was really surprised when I asked if I could help him find something, but that was pretty rare because my LCS is open and inviting. Conventions have traditionally been the worst places for women, so I’m really glad people are stepping up and changing that. If I’m ever bothered by something a guy or gal says, I just call them out on it. They’re either being jerks or they didn’t even realize what they said was offensive, and now they’re learning.

I know there are a lot of women out there who haven’t been so lucky, so the most important thing is to stand together and shut that mess down. Silence kills progress, so speak up and don’t let it slide!

GP: What advice do you have for women looking to break into the comic book industry?

SH: Figure out what you want to do in comics, and do everything you can to be the best person for that position. Be persistent, friendly, and positive!

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