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Preview: Lantern City #3

Lantern City #3

Imprint: Archaia

Writers: Matthew Daley & Mairghread Scott
Artist: Carlos Magno

As Sander becomes increasingly worried he is going to be found out as an undercover agent, he’s assigned to lead a mission into the infamous and dangerous prison known as the Spiral, where a deadly riot has broken out.

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SDCC 2015: BOOM! Studios’ Panels and Exclusives

BOOM! Studios and its imprints, KaBOOM!, BOOM! Box, and Archaia, announced its panels and exclusives for this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, to be held at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California July 8-12.

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

ADVENTURE TIME #40 SDCC Exclusive ($10, limited to 500 copies)

Cover by Mad Rupert

Writer: Christopher Hastings Artist: Zachary Sterling

 

ADVENTURE TIME WITH FIONNA & CAKE: CARD WARS #1 SDCC Exclusive  ($10, limited to 500 copies)

Cover by Mad Rupert

Writer: Jen Wang Artist: Britt Wilson

 

BILL & TED CONCERT T-SHIRT ($25)

Celebrate your love for all things Bill & Ted with this officially licensed concert tee for their band, Wyld Stallyns! Dates on back correspond to BOOM!’s 2015 convention appearances.

 

HACKTIVIST VOL. 2 #1 SDCC Exclusive ($10, limited to 250 copies)

Cover by Ian Herring

Writers: Collin Kelly & Jackson Lanzing Artist: Marcus To

 

LANTERN CITY #2 SDCC Exclusive ($10, limited to 500 copies)

Cover by Jake Wyatt

Writer: Matthew Daley Artist: Carlos Magno

 

LUMBERJANES #14 SDCC Exclusive + BADGER OF HONOR Bundle ($15, limited to 500 copies)

Cover by Kassandra Heller

Writers: Noelle Stevenson & Shannon Watters Artist: Brooke Allen

Sold in bundles only; items cannot be sold separately.

 

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS  ($5 each, limited to 2,000 copies)

Covers by Goñi Montes

Writer: Mairghread Scott Artist: Daniel Bayliss

In anticipation of the new Mighty Morphin Power Rangers comic book series, BOOM! Studios is proud to present a limited-edition set of six, one-page comics exclusive to San Diego Comic-Con. Each one-page comic is double-sided, blind-bagged, and sold separately in an intermix consisting of all five of the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and the Green Ranger. The six comics are designed to be read as individual parts or can be stitched together to form one full story.  Each comic showcases a pin-up illustration of a different Ranger by Spectrum Award-nominated artist Goñi Montes (RoboCop) and a one-page comic featuring that Ranger, written by Mairghread Scott (Transformers: Windblade) and illustrated by Daniel Bayliss (Translucid).

 

TYSON HESSE’S DIESEL ZINE (Free with purchase of a BOOM! Box title, while supplies last)

Cover by Tyson Hesse

Writer: Tyson Hesse Artist: Tyson Hesse

Get an advance sneak peek of BOOM! Box’s upcoming Tyson Hesse’s Diesel in this SDCC Exclusive zine that showcases the first several pages of issue #1!

 

The following items will be making their debut at San Diego Comic-Con:

THE ART OF MOUSE GUARD 2005-2015 HC ($60)

David Petersen will be on hand to sign copies.

CRIMSON VOL. 1 HC ($35)

Humberto Ramos will be on hand at his Artist Alley table at Comic-Con to sign copies of this new reprint featuring a new cover and collecting the first 12 issues of the fan-favorite series.

 

HIT: PEN & INK #2 ($15)

Writer/creator Bryce Carlson will be on hand to sign copies of the second oversized artist edition of the critically acclaimed noir series.

 

LONG WALK TO VALHALLA HC ($25)

Writer Adam Smith and artist Matthew Fox will be on hand to sign copies.

 

LUMBERJANES #14 GET-A-SKETCH COVER ($30)

Artist Carolyn Nowak (Lumberjanes #9-12) will be on hand to create custom Lumberjanes sketches on these new, blank covers.

POWER UP #1 ($4)

Copies of the new BOOM! Box series by Kate Leth and Matt Cummings will be available at the booth.

 

STEVEN UNIVERSE VOL. 1 TP ($20)

Rebecca Sugar, creator of the Steven Universe animated series, will be on hand to sign copies.

SUPERMANSION (Free)

Free with any purchase at the BOOM! booth and at the SuperMansion signing on Thursday, July 9th from 1-2pm, this SDCC 2015 exclusive comic ties into the upcoming stop-motion animated series from creators Matthew Senreich, Seth Green, Zeb Wells, and executive producer Bryan Cranston, debuting on Crackle this fall. Cover by Joe Madureira.

 

PANELS

BOOM! Studios will host or participate in the following panels at San Diego Comic-Con. All panels take place in the San Diego Convention Center except where noted.

Thursday, July 9

11:0012:00 Peanuts 65th Anniversary — In 2015, Charles M. Schulz’ iconic “Peanuts” gang not only celebrates their 65th anniversary but also two years of the current volume of the Peanuts comic book at BOOM! Studios’ all-ages imprint, KaBOOM! Come join and celebrate Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the gang’s birthday with moderator Douglas Wolk (Reading Comics) and Peanuts contributors Terry Moore(Strangers in Paradise), Art Baltazar (Tiny Titans), Colleen Coover (Eisner-nominated Bandette), along with Lex Fajardo, managing editor for Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates, and Cesar Gallegos, archivist of the Schulz Museum. Room 5AB

 

12:00-1:00 Breaking into Comics Right Now If you’re an aspiring comic book creator, this is a panel you don’t want to miss! Join some of the comic book publishing’s top decision makers and creators, including BOOM! Studios editor-in-chief Matt Gagnon, Oni Press senior editor Charlie Chu, and First Second Books’ associate marketing & publicity manager Gina Gagliano, along with Ed Brisson (Cluster) as they give you the most up-to-date and practical advice on how to break into the comic book industry right now. Moderated by Jim Zub (Wayward). Room 28DE

 

1:00-2:00 Editing Comics: The BOOM! Studios Way — Join BOOM! Studios creators James Tynion IV (The Woods,Memetic), Frank J. Barbiere (Broken World, Black Market), Mairghread Scott (The Third Witch, Lantern City), and Curt Pires (The Fiction), along with BOOM! Studios editor-in-chief Matt Gagnon and editor Eric Harburn, as they share some of the editing secrets of one of the comic book industry’s leading independent publishers and discuss editing do’s and don’ts. Room 28DE

 

6:00-7:00 Adventure Time with Fionna & Cake: Card Wars’ Dramatic Reading — Jen Wang (In Real Life), has crafted a brand-new, original Adventure Time practice match that ties into KaBOOM!’s new limited comic book series Adventure Time with Fionna & Cake: Card Wars, and for the first time anywhere, it will be performed live by voice actors Jeremy Shada (voice of Finn), John Dimaggio (voice of Jake), and Olivia Olson (voice of Marceline) from the Adventure Time show! Also on hand will be BOOM! Studios Editor Shannon Watters and a rep from Cryptozoic, publisher of the real-life Adventure Time: Card Wars game! Room: Grand Horton Theatre.

 

Friday July 10

10:00-11:00 Push Boundaries Forward: Gender, Diversity and Representation in Comic Books — The face of comics is changing. Join a diverse panel examining what indie/web publishing have been doing right, how mainstream comics can catch up, and what creators and fans can do to be heard. Moderator Amy Chu (Girl’s Night Out) leads panelists Mairghread Scott (The Third Witch, Lantern City), IDW Publishing editor Sarah Gaydos, Derek Charm (The Powerpuff Girls: Super Smash-Up!), Dr. Andrea Letamendi (The Arkham Sessions podcast), Christian Beranek (Validation), BOOM! Studios brand communications manager Christine Dinh and BOOM! Studios associate editor Chris Rosa in a sincere, thoughtful discussion on the topic of gender, diversity, and representation in mainstream comics. Room 4

 

12:30-1:30 Push Stories Forward: Rise of the Independents — Join Rosy Press’ Janelle Asselin as she moderates a conversation with some of the brightest minds in independent comics publishing, including BOOM! Studios editor Shannon Watters, IDW Publishing editor Sarah Gaydos, Oni Press senior editor Charlie Chu, and Fantagraphics director of publicity & promotions Jacq Cohen as they discuss what they are doing to expand the marketplace. Room 5AB

 

5:00-6:00 The World of Mouse Guard: 10th Anniversary — 2015 makes the 10th anniversary of David Petersen’s beloved series, Mouse Guard, published by Archaia. Come celebrate the title and hear behind-the-scenes stories of the making of the Art of Mouse Guard 2005-2015 hardcover with Petersen and editor Cameron Chittock. Plus, David and comedian/actor Hal Lublin (The Thrilling Adventure Hour) will perform a dramatic reading of a Mouse Guard short story! Moderated by BOOM! Studios marketing manager Mel Caylo. Room 32AB

 

6:00-7:00 Queer Representation in All-Ages and Youth Media — Many people have often dismissed queer content as adult-content inappropriate for kids. However, as we’ve seen in the popularity and successes of Legends of Korra, Steven Universe, and Lumberjanes, LGBTQIA+ and queer characters and storylines resonate with young audiences. Join moderator Shannon Watters (Lumberjanes), along with panelists James Tynion IV (The Woods, Memetic, UFOlogy), Noelle Stevenson (Lumberjanes), Dan Parent (Kevin Keller), Kat Leyh (Supercakes) and  as they discuss how we can better include healthy representation and how to make them standard practice. Room 28DE

 

Saturday, July 11

12:30-1:30 BOOM! Studios Celebrates 10 Years and Push Comics Forward —  2015 marks the 10th year of publishing for BOOM! Studios, a multiple Eisner award-winning top 10 comic publisher. Rather than look back at what we achieved the past 10 years, join us as we look ahead to the next 10 years and how we can all push comics forward. Moderated by BOOM! president of publishing & marketing Filip Sablik and featuring editor-in-chief Matt Gagnon, Mark Waid (Strange Fruit, Irredeemable), Asaf Hanuka (The Realist), Mairghread Scott (The Third Witch, Lantern City), and James Tynion IV (The Woods, Memetic, UFOlogy) as they highlight the changes in the industry and what they want to see in comics. Room 24ABC

 

3:30-4:30 Camp Out with Lumberjanes! — Pack your bags, bring your s’mores kit, and get your badges ready! Join the brilliant minds and collaborators behind the breakout hit Lumberjanes, published by the BOOM! Studios imprint, BOOM! Box! Creators Shannon Watters and Noelle Stevenson, along with BOOM! editor Dafna Pleban and special guest Carolyn Nowak, discuss the book’s runaway success; what’s in the pipeline for Mal, Molly, April, Jo, and Ripley; and the importance of hardcore lady types! Moderated by BOOM! Studios associate editor Whitney Leopard. Room 8

 

5:30-6:30 The Art of Character Design — Join guests Felipe Smith (All-New Ghost Rider), Kris Anka (Uncanny X-Men), Kevin Wada (cover artist for Marvel), and Sanford Greene (Runaways) as they discuss the creative process, character designs and/or redesign, building an entire world, and more. Moderated by Dafna Pleban (BOOM! Studios editor). Room 7AB

 

Sunday, July 12

1:00-2:00 Push Fun Forward: All-Ages Comics Have Arrived — All-ages comics are important now more than ever in helping to bring in new and lapsed readers, from practically every demographic. Join us as BOOM! Studios associate editor Whitney Leopard leads a discussion of the significance of all-ages comics—from what it has achieved thus far to what lies ahead—with creators Mairghread Scott (Transformers: Windblade), Thom Zaler (My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic), Cecil Castellucci (Odd Duck), Ian McGinty (Munchkin), and Dave Roman (Astronaut Academy). Room 24ABC

Alyssa Milano and Archaia Set to Debut a New Installment of Hacktivist

Archaia, an imprint of publisher BOOM! Studios, has announced the next installment of high-stakes danger in the hacker community with Hacktivist Vol. 2 #1, debuting this July. The team behind the critically acclaimed limited series is back as actress/activist Alyssa Milano teams up once again with writers Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing, and artist Marcus To for a new limited series that pits hacker against hacker.

It’s been six months since Tunis. Nate Graft’s life was turned upside-down after his best friend Ed Hiccox died, but he’s since pulled things together and is now in charge of VIGIL, the front line of America’s ongoing cyber operations. Just when things are starting to gain some semblance of control, YourLife, the government, and Nate come under attack by a new breed of hacker…who call themselves .sve_urs3lf. Using Nate and Ed’s former handle, they want to know the truth of what happened in Tunis, and they’re calling for blood. Nate’s blood.

Hacktivist Vol. 2 #1 (of 6) arrives in comic shops on July 29th with a main cover by series artist Marcus To for the price of $3.99 under Diamond order code MAY151082. Also available in a limited quality is a 10 Years incentive cover by Sonny Liew, and a retailer incentive cover by Marcus To.

Hacktivist Vol. 2 #1 Main Cover by Marcus To Hacktivist Vol. 2 #1 Variant Cover by Marcus To

SDCC 2015: BOOM! Studios Celebrates 10 years!

BOOM! Studios and its imprints, KaBOOM!, BOOM! Box, and Archaia, announced it will return to exhibit for the 10th straight year at Comic-Con International in San Diego, to be held at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California July 8-12, 2015.

BOOM! can be found at Booth #2229 on the show floor and will host an army of talent for signings, including appearances by Alyssa Milano, Bruce Boxleitner, Bryan Cranston, Seth Green, David Petersen, Mark Waid, Frank Barbiere, James Tynion IV, Noelle Stevenson, Rebecca Sugar, Asaf Hanuka, and many more. BOOM! will also host its 10th Annual Comic-Con drink-up, which has been renamed the BOOM! 10 Year Birthday Bash to celebrate 10 years of publishing.

APPEARANCES

The following talent is scheduled to appear at the BOOM! booth throughout the weekend:

  • Alyssa Milano (HACKTIVIST)
  • Asaf Hanuka (THE REALIST)
  • Bruce Boxleitner (LANTERN CITY)
  • Bryan Cranston (SUPERMANSION)
  • Collin Kelly (HACKTIVIST, MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS OFFICIAL GRAPHIC NOVEL PRELUDE)
  • David Petersen (MOUSE GUARD)
  • Frank Barbiere (BROKEN WORLD)
  • Jackson Lanzing (HACKTIVIST, MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS OFFICIAL GRAPHIC NOVEL PRELUDE)
  • Jake Wyatt (LANTERN CITY)
  • James Tynion IV (THE WOODS, UFOLOGY)
  • Jen Wang (ADVENTURE TIME WITH FIONNA & CAKE: CARD WARS)
  • Jillian Bell (SUPERMANSION)
  • Joe Madureira (SUPERMANSION)
  • Mark Waid (STRANGE FRUIT, IRREDEEMABLE)
  • Matthew Fox (LONG WALK TO VALHALLA, UFOLOGY)
  • Matthew Daley (LANTERN CITY)
  • Matthew Senreich (SUPERMANSION)
  • Michael Alan Nelson (HEXED, DAY MEN)
  • Mira Furlan (LANTERN CITY)
  • Noelle Stevenson (LUMBERJANES)
  • Olivia Olson (ADVENTURE TIME)
  • Rebecca Sugar (STEVEN UNIVERSE)
  • Seth Green (SUPERMANSION)
  • Shannon Watters (LUMBERJANES)
  • Thomas Willeford (LANTERN CITY)
  • Trevor Crafts (LANTERN CITY)
  • Zeb Wells (SUPERMANSION)
  • Adam Smith (LONG WALK TO VALHALLA)

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

  • Carolyn Nowak (LUMBERJANES issues #9-12) will be sketching on our all-new LUMBERJANES sketch covers
  • Ian McGinty (MUNCHKIN, BRAVEST WARRIORS)
  • Travis Hill (ADVENTURE TIME)

For $30, fans can request and purchase custom sketches to be drawn on blank Get-A-Sketch covers at the show. Fans can also pre-order sketches in advance starting now on the BOOM! website and pick them up at the show. Supplies are limited so act now!

  • To pre-order a LUMBERJANES sketch on our brand-new LUMBERJANES sketch covers from Carolyn Nowak, go to http://bit.ly/LJSketch.
  • To pre-order an ADVENTURE TIME, BRAVEST WARRIORS, BEE AND PUPPYCAT or STEVEN UNIVERSE sketch from Ian McGinty, go to http://bit.ly/Iansketch.
  • To pre-order an ADVENTURE TIME, BEE AND PUPPYCAT, STEVEN UNIVERSE,     or THE AMAZING WORLD OF GUMBALL sketch from Travis Hill, go to http://bit.ly/TravisSketch.

Listed below is the schedule of appearances at the BOOM! Studios booth, #2229. (Please note these are subject to change. Check at the booth for the latest updates.)

 

Wednesday, July 8th

Signing:

6:30-7:30pm Mark Waid (STRANGE FRUIT, IRREDEEMABLE)

 

Sketching all evening:

Carolyn Nowak (LUMBERJANES)

Ian McGinty (MUNCHKIN, BRAVEST WARRIORS)

Travis Hill (ADVENTURE TIME)

 

Thursday, July 9th

Signing:

11am-12pm Jen Wang (ADVENTURE TIME WITH FIONNA & CAKE: CARD WARS)

3-4pm Olivia Olson (voice of Marceline on ADVENTURE TIME)
3-4pm LUMBERJANES with Carolyn Nowak, Noelle Stevenson, and Shannon Watters

 

Sketching all day:

Carolyn Nowak (LUMBERJANES)

Ian McGinty (MUNCHKIN, BRAVEST WARRIORS)

Travis Hill (ADVENTURE TIME)

 

Appearing all day:

Adam Smith (LONG WALK TO VALHALLA)

Collin Kelly (HACKTIVIST, MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS OFFICIAL GRAPHIC NOVEL PRELUDE)

Frank Barbiere (BROKEN WORLD)

Jackson Lanzing (HACKTIVIST, MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS OFFICIAL GRAPHIC NOVEL PRELUDE)

James Tynion IV (THE WOODS, UFOLOGY)

Matthew Fox (LONG WALK TO VALHALLA, UFOLOGY)

Michael Alan Nelson (HEXED, DAY MEN)

 

Friday, July 10th

Signing:

11am-12pm LUMBERJANES with Carolyn Nowak, Noelle Stevenson, and Shannon Watters

1-2pm Asaf Hanuka (THE REALIST)

2-3pm David Petersen (MOUSE GUARD)
3-4pm Mark Waid (STRANGE FRUIT, IRREDEEMABLE)

 

Sketching all day:

Carolyn Nowak (LUMBERJANES)

Ian McGinty (MUNCHKIN, BRAVEST WARRIORS)

Travis Hill (ADVENTURE TIME)

 

Appearing all day:

Adam Smith (LONG WALK TO VALHALLA)

Collin Kelly (HACKTIVIST, MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS OFFICIAL GRAPHIC NOVEL PRELUDE)

Frank Barbiere (BROKEN WORLD)

Jackson Lanzing (HACKTIVIST, MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS OFFICIAL GRAPHIC NOVEL PRELUDE)

James Tynion IV (THE WOODS, UFOLOGY)

Matthew Fox (LONG WALK TO VALHALLA, UFOLOGY)

Michael Alan Nelson (HEXED, DAY MEN)

 

Saturday, July 11th

Signing:

11am-12pm LUMBERJANES with Carolyn Nowak, Noelle Stevenson, and Shannon Watters

12-1pm Rebecca Sugar (STEVEN UNIVERSE)

 

Sketching all day:

Carolyn Nowak (LUMBERJANES)

Ian McGinty (MUNCHKIN, BRAVEST WARRIORS)

Travis Hill (ADVENTURE TIME)

 

Appearing all day:

Adam Smith (LONG WALK TO VALHALLA)

Collin Kelly (HACKTIVIST, MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS OFFICIAL GRAPHIC NOVEL PRELUDE)

Frank Barbiere (BROKEN WORLD)

Jackson Lanzing (HACKTIVIST, MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS OFFICIAL GRAPHIC NOVEL PRELUDE)

James Tynion IV (THE WOODS, UFOLOGY)

Matthew Fox (LONG WALK TO VALHALLA, UFOLOGY)

Michael Alan Nelson (HEXED, DAY MEN)

 

Sunday, July 12th

Signing:

12-1pm David Petersen (MOUSE GUARD)

Sketching all day:

Carolyn Nowak (LUMBERJANES)

Ian McGinty (MUNCHKIN, BRAVEST WARRIORS)

Travis Hill (ADVENTURE TIME)

 

Signing all day:

Adam Smith (LONG WALK TO VALHALLA)

Collin Kelly (HACKTIVIST, MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS OFFICIAL GRAPHIC NOVEL PRELUDE)

Frank Barbiere (BROKEN WORLD)

Jackson Lanzing (HACKTIVIST, MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS OFFICIAL GRAPHIC NOVEL PRELUDE)

James Tynion IV (THE WOODS, UFOLOGY)

Matthew Fox (LONG WALK TO VALHALLA, UFOLOGY)

Michael Alan Nelson (HEXED, DAY MEN)

 

The following signing events are TICKETED. Tickets are FREE (though purchase of an item to be signed may be required) and are available for pick up on a first-come, first-served basis on the morning of the signing.

 

SUPERMANSION (Thursday, July 9, 1-2pm)

Stoopid Buddy Stoodios creators and members of the voice cast of the upcoming Crackle animated stop-motion comedy series will be signing FREE copies of the “SuperMansion” San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive comic book.

 

Bryan Cranston (voice talent)

Jillian Bell (voice talent)

Seth Green (executive producer)

Matthew Senreich (writer, executive producer)

Zeb Wells (writer, executive producer)

Joe Madureira (comic book cover artist)

 

ADVENTURE TIME (Thursday, July 9, 3-4pm)

Olivia Olson, the voice of Marceline on the Adventure Time animated series, will be on hand to sign Adventure Time comics!

Olivia Olson (voice of Marceline on Adventure Time)

 

LANTERN CITY (Saturday, July 11, 1-2pm)

Creators and cast members of the cast will be signing copies of the Lantern City #2 San Diego Comic-Con Variant ($10) and other Lantern City products.

Trevor Crafts (co-creator)

Bruce Boxleitner (co-creator)

Matthew Daley (writer)

Mira Furlan (Martha Ellen Gray in the upcoming LANTERN CITY TV series)

Jake Wyatt (cover artist of the SDCC variant)

Thomas Willeford (creative collaborator)

 

HACKTIVIST (Saturday, July 11, 4-5pm)

The creator and writers will be signing copies of the Hacktivist Vol. 2 #1 San Diego Comic-Con Variant ($10) and other Hacktivist products.

Alyssa Milano (creator)

Collin Kelly (co-writer)

Jackson Lanzing (co-writer)

Boom SDCC BDay

On Thursday, July 10th from 9pm until close, BOOM! Studios will hold its 10 Year Birthday Bash at the Odysea Bar, located inside the Hilton Bayfront Hotel at 1 Park Boulevard, two blocks south of the Convention Center. It is open to the public and no RSVP is required.

 

Humble Bundle Launches Jim Henson Comics Bundle

humble_bundle_jim_hensonThe world of Jim Henson comes to Humble Bundle in a new comics bundle. BOOM! Studios has re-teamed with Humble to offer comics published by its imprint, Archaia, based on some of Henson’s most famous creations including Fraggle Rock, Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal, and the Eisner award-winning graphic novel Tale of Sand, adapted from one of Henson’s unproduced screenplays.

Noteworthy creators who have contributed include Joshua Dysart, Kate Leth, Nate Cosby, Chris Eliopoulos, Marjorie Liu, Ron Marz, Jeff Parker, Ramón Pérez, former Henson conceptual designer Brian Froud, and many more.

Customers can name their price for Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: The Novelization, Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths Vol. 1 & 2, Fraggle Rock Classics Vol. 1 & 2, Fraggle Rock Vol. 1 & 2, and Fraggle Rock: Journey To The Everspring #1-4.

Those who pay more than the average price will also receive Jim Henson’s The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow, Jim Henson’s The Storyteller Vol. 1, Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Witches #1-4, Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: The Novelization, and Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: The Novelization.

Customers who pay $2 or more above the average price will receive all of the above plus Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand.

As with all Humble Bundles, customers can choose how their purchase dollars are allocated, between the publisher and charity. The Humble Jim Henson Comics Bundle presented by BOOM! Studios supports The Center for Puppetry Arts, which uses the art form of puppetry as a means to provide educational experiences that encourage creativity, support school-day learning, and provide accessible, hands-on opportunities to participate in arts activities.

The Humble Jim Henson Comics Bundle presented by BOOM! Studios runs for one week only from now until Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 11 a.m. Pacific time.

Review: Lantern City #2

LanternCity_002_A_MainI love a good dystopia. Heck, I’ll settle for a mediocre dystopia, as long as it hits the right beats: an Orwellian government, a brave hero rising up against the status quo, a crack in the system that makes the revolution possible. This makes me the ideal audience for Lantern City, an engaging but derivative ongoing series from BOOM! Studios imprint Archaia whose second issue comes out this week.

In the author’s letter at the back of Lantern City #2 – part of a planned transmedia project with a TV show in development – series creator Trevor Crafts writes about the fun and importance of worldbuilding. It’s clear that he and co-creators Matthew Daley and Bruce Boxleitner have delighted in the details, but they’ve assembled those details from spare parts. So far, it’s telling one of the most familiar dystopian tales: a member of the downtrodden lower caste steals a uniform from a downed police-soldier and seizes the opportunity to bring the Man down from the inside.

The premise might be familiar, but it’s not tired; Lantern City transports our fears of a self-reinforcing police surveillance state to what looks like the decaying remains of a once-beautiful fantasy world. At times, the art borrows knowingly from genre classics, with lovely results. The cityscapes evoke the crammed, neon-lit urban settings of 1980s films like Blade Runner and Brazil, which gives the scenery a cool retro-futurist feel. But while those ’80s cities seemed packed to bursting, Lantern City‘s city sprawls into forever. When Carlos Magno pulls the camera back to show us the larger world, it’s breathtaking.

Other visual decisions aren’t as effective. Sander, the series’ hero, spends most of the second issue in a police uniform that looks like a Storm Trooper suit painted red. In addition to pushing the Star Wars button way too hard – the government that the jack-booted troops serve is called the Empire – it robs us of the ability to read the protagonist’s emotions. Instead, the issue relies on thought-bubble narration to guide us through Sander’s experiences as he uses a stolen suit to attempt to pass for an officer and infiltrate the Empire.

The series so far has left Sander as too much of a blank slate for this to be effective. Part of the problem is that recent film and novel dystopias have filled out their heroes’ quirks and motivations so efficiently and with such nuance that they’ve raised the bar. Lantern City‘s creators might not realize how steeped its audience is in the likes of The Hunger Games and Divergent. Flawed as they might be in other ways, YA novels have revitalized dystopian fiction with a heavy dose of feminism and teen angst. Lantern City‘s Sander, a brooding white dude with a mane of raven hair more expressive than his face, seems shallow and old-fashioned in comparison.

Despite all of this, Lantern City #2 is worth a read, especially if you’re a fan of dystopian adventures. It’s not breaking any new ground – and at times seems unaware of how derivative it is – but it’s fun, and worth getting in on early, before too much backstory piles up.

Writer: Matthew Daley Artist: Carlos Magno
Story: 6.5 Art 7.5 Overall 7.0 Recommendation: Read

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Previous: Lantern City #2

Lantern City #2

Imprint: Archaia

Author: Matthew Daley
Artist: Carlos Magno

Sander has successfully infiltrated the Airborne division of the Guard, the best and most dangerous branch. Posing as a Captain, Sander will have to act like a leader of his unit, despite having no idea what Guard life is like beyond the public eye. His very life depends on it.

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Preview: Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard #4 (of 4)

Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard #4 (of 4)

Imprint: Archaia

Authors: David Petersen, Becky Cloonan, Fabian Rangel Jr, and Ryan Lang
Artists: David Petersen, Becky Cloonan, Aaron Conley, and Ryan Lang

Final issue! Becky Cloonan (Gotham Academy), Fabian Rangel Jr (Doc Unknown), Aaron Conley (Sabertooth Swordsman), and Big Hero 6 animator Ryan Lang bring us three final mouse tales, just in time for June to pick her favorite and clear someone’s tab.

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Preview: HaloGen #4 (of 4)

HaloGen #4 (of 4)

Imprint: Archaia

Author: Josh Tierney
Artist: Afu Chan

Final issue! When Det is kidnapped by Robotics, Rell will have to face the consequences of her attachment to the little girl.

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Preview: Feathers #6 (of 6)

Feathers #6 (of 6)

Imprint: Archaia

Author: Jorge Corona
Artist: Jorge Corona

Final issue! When he tracks the Scarf Man to his secret lair, and with Bianca, R, and Z’s lives at stake, Poe comes face-to-face with the man who’s been kidnapping the Mice from the Maze.

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