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Preview: Lola XOXO: Wasteland Madam #4

LOLA XOXO: WASTELAND MADAM #4

Vince Hernandez – Story / Siya Oum – Art

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

LOLA XOXO: WASTELAND MADAM #4 is in stores February 10th, 2015!

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Aspen Comics Renews on comiXology and Expands to Amazon Kindle

ASPEN COMICS logo-finalAspen Comics, comiXology and Amazon have announced an expanded and renewed distribution agreement to sell Aspen Comics’ digital comics and collections across the comiXology platform and expand the distribution of Aspen’s library to the Amazon’s Kindle Store.

The announcement sees the digital debut of Aspen Comic’s entire catalog in the Kindle Store including such hits as Fathom, Soul Fire, Executive Assistant: Iris, Lola XOXO and more.

In December, Aspen announced that it was merging two of its universes Fathom and Soulfire, the first fruits of which we’ll see in May during this year’s Free Comic Book Day.

Now’s a time to check them out!

 

Preview: Legend of Oz: The Wicked West #5

LEGEND OF OZ: THE WICKED WEST #5

Tom Hutchinson – Story / Alisson Borges – Art / Kate Finnegan – Colors

The Emerald City is finally discovered, as well as the mysterious Wizard of Oz. However, what price will the wizard force upon Gale in order to return home–and is that cost more than she is willing to pay?

Featuring re-mastered content, creator commentary and whole lot more, don’t miss out on the newest BDI launch, LEGEND OF OZ: THE WICKED WEST!

LEGEND OF OZ: THE WICKED WEST #5 is in stores February 3rd, 2016!

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Preview: Executive Assistant Iris: Sourcebook #1

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT IRIS: SOURCEBOOK #1

Hannibal Tabu – Writer / Joe Benitez ; various – Art / Peter Steigerwald ; various – Colors

Your ultimate source for the Executive Assistant universe is here!

Created by David Wohl, Brad Foxhoven and Michael Turner, Aspen’s best-selling Executive Assistant: Iris series has thrilled audiences since its inception, and now fans and new readers alike can finally explore the rich tapestry of the EA Universe in this all encompassing sourcebook! Jam-packed from cover to cover with detailed character profiles, in-depth power charts, revealing story elements and so much more–this is the definitive source to learn about all things Executive Assistant!

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT IRIS: SOURCEBOOK #1 is in stores January 27th, 2016!

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Aspen in March 2016

SANTERIA: THE GODDESS KISS #1

David Wohl – Story / Giuseppe Cafaro – Art / Wes Hartman – Colors

Life hurts more than death.

The first brand new Aspen series to debut in 2016, from the creator of Executive Assistant: Iris, Legend of the Shadow Clan and Witchblade, and the artist of Fathom: Kiani comes a new tale spanning centuries, deep within the heart of the ancient civilizations of Africa…

Meanwhile in Spanish Harlem, Emergency Medical Techs Michael and Naomi are working the violent and unpredictable streets daily. However, nothing can prepare the duo as a routine Police shooting reveals something far more powerful—and dangerous—for Naomi’s future!

SANTERIA: THE GODDESS KISS #1 is in stores March 16th, 2016!

FC 32 pages $3.99

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OVERTAKEN #2

Frank Mastromauro – Story / Marco Lorenzana – Art / Justice V – Colors

Prepare yourself for the return of – OVERTAKEN!

Picking up from the shocking events of issue #1… after months of dead ends and uncooperative authorities, Will Harden focuses his desperation to find his missing wife and turns to an unlikely source to help locate her…but is it already too late?? As he begins to unravel the truth, Harden will discover that the answers he seeks are far out of this world!

Written and created by Frank Mastromauro, featuring artwork by the talented newcomer Marco Lorenzana, OVERTAKEN is going to take your breath away and leave you gasping for more!

OVERTAKEN #2 is in stores March 23rd, 2016!

FC 32 pages $3.99

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LEGEND OF OZ: THE WICKED WEST #6

Tom Hutchinson – Story / Alisson Borges – Art / Kate Finnegan – Colors

It is the final showdown as Dorothy goes one-on-one with the Witch of the West. Yet, even if she is victorious—she may still lose everything!

Featuring re-mastered content, creator commentary and whole lot more, don’t miss out on the newest BDI launch, LEGEND OF OZ: THE WICKED WEST!

LEGEND OF OZ: THE WICKED WEST #6 is in stores March 2nd, 2016!

FC 32 pages $3.99

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EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT ASSASSINS: VOLUME 1 TPB- LIFE AFTER DEATH

Vince Hernandez – writer / Jordan Gunderson ; Lori Hanson – pencils / Teodoro Gonzalez; John Starr – colors

The price of freedom is often as costly—and fatal—as a life of servitude!

They are raised and trained to protect and serve their masters with discipline, loyalty and often violence if necessary – they are the Executive Assistants. Yet, what tales of corruption and depravity, aggression and fatal destinies await them on each of their collective paths? Collecting the three-part ‘”Life After Death” storyline featuring the popular Executive Assistant, Lily, and her attempts to piece together a life after losing her master along with her allies, along with the two-part “Sophora” storyline, taking place in the high seas with an all-new Executive Assistant, this first ever Executive Assistant Assassins TPB is an absolute must!

The EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT ASSASSINS Vol 1 TPB – LIFE AFTER DEATH is in stores March 9th, 2016!

FC 132 pages $12.99 TPB

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Aspen Comics Invades Planet Comicon 2016

ASPEN COMICS logo-finalAspen Comics, publisher of Michael Turner’s Fathom and Soulfire, and other top-selling hits such as Lola
XOXO, Jirni and more, has announced their upcoming appearance for this summer’s Planet Comicon 2016.

In addition to Aspen’s largest creator appearance at Planet Comicon to date, the publisher is also planning an exclusive comic book, full size prints, and other con-exclusive items for the weekend to be revealed soon.

Planet Comicon Kansas City is the region’s largest premier comic book and pop culture convention. With a 17-year history, it has grown to be the largest show in the Kansas City area.

The convention takes place May 20-22, 2016.

J.T. Krul and Joshua Fialkov Talk Aspen’s New Direction

ASPEN COMICS logo-finalIn early December, Aspen Comics announced they’d be taking advantage of this year’s Free Comic Book Day to merge the universes of Fathom and Soulfire in to one cohesive universe with more to come.

I got a chance to talk to two of the creators behind this initiative Joshua Hale Fialkov and J.T. Krul who are putting together this year’s Free Comic Book Day release, Worlds of Aspen 2016.

Graphic Policy: Aspen has announced that they’ll be merging the worlds of Fathom and Soulfire. How did each of you get involved with this new direction for the company?

Joshua Hale Fialkov (JHF): JT and I have been pals for a long time, and I’ve known the Aspen team socially, as we’re all part of the LA comics scene. JT and I have spent plenty of time playing fantasy football with our favorite superhero universes, so, I think when the Aspen guys started to talk about it, JT suggested they give me a call.

J.T. Krul (JT): To be fair, it was Vince who actually mentioned you first, and I was quick to give my thumbs up. So, yes, we are friends, but it was Josh’s talent on such books as Bunker and The Life After that made Vince a fan. Josh is great at looking at the heart of a character or a world and finding new territory or angles to explore. He’s not interested in doing what came before – and that’s exactly what Aspen had in mind with this epic project.

AllNew_FATHOM-07b-GreenGP: What were your actual roles in the merging of these two properties? Was it focused on the Free Comic Book Day release or where you also part of the big picture long term world building?

JHF: JT and I, along with Vince, Frank, and Peter at Aspen have been talking at length about what we wanted the net result to be. The thing that’s been really clear is the fans want to see the universes together, and, for me, I think new readers will find it a lot more approachable. So, to some degree, those are the two objectives. I’m really focused on how to get new readers in the door with easy to follow, concise stories that help to grow the brilliant universe Michael Turner created. J.T., meanwhile, is really focused on keeping what makes the universe special to the legion of Aspen fanatics who’ve been there the whole time. It’s been a blast, and the plan is for us to stay the course and both stick around for a while.

JT: Having Josh around has been great. He’s bringing not only talent and enthusiasm, but, like he said, with this project we really want it to be not only new-reader friendly, but also new-reader oriented. As we work through the big ideas for the story, I’m the one who draws in the different elements of both worlds. Hell, I wrote Fathom for four years and have been writing Soulfire for over 10 years. Hopefully, I remember something.

GP: The worlds of Fathom and Soulfire seem very different. One’s a magic/fantasy setting while the other is more grounded in the real world, more of a sci-fi riff. Did you find difficulty in merging the two?

JHF: Y’know, I think J.T. had a pretty outstanding idea, something that he’s been playing with and seeding into his work on the Aspen books for the past few years. And again, it was something that I immediately understood, and saw the appeal.

JT: Not difficult at all to be honest. Just exciting. I think right out of the gate, readers (especially longtime readers) will be blown away by the focus and the scope of this story. This isn’t some Elseworld tale. This isn’t an alternate reality. This is the Aspen universe.

GP: Was there anything you found surprising about the two coming together that worked really well or more so than you imagined?

JHF: I think for now, my focus, is really on introducing this world in a fresh easy way. So much of what is great about these characters and the fifteen years of books, is they are filled with big, smart ideas. My hope is to honor that, and help to bring more of it into people’s hands.

JT: Right at the very beginning, Josh had this great notion of the parallel between the two worlds – in terms of the importance of water and magic. Both in a way are the life blood of all life. We humans need water to survive on a biological level, and we humans also need magic (a strong spiritual energy) to survive metaphysically. Without either, it’s not really living. You know? In both Fathom and Soulfire, there is that struggle to protect that source of energy and life, and that’s key moving forward with our story.

GP: Each series has quite some history, over 15 years of it. How much have you mined looking in to how these two worlds work together?

JHF: Y’know, continuity is a yolk, but it’s also a helluva carrot on a stick. Comics, as an industry has a constant struggle between how much is too much, and how little is too little. Our job, and the challenge of it, frankly, is how to streamline and really deliver on the promise of the universe without giving up the things that have made these books so special for so long.

JT: I love writing stories that take place within human history – using a particular event or era in time as a backdrop – and injecting the fictional with the factual. It gives a story a texture and depth. And for this event book, the Fathom Universe and the Soulfire Universe are those histories. You can bet we’ll be mining it not for easter eggs, but for key elements that have helped the worlds endure for so many years.

GP: Free Comic Book Day is a big event that’s high profile and a great opportunity to hook new folks and excited long time folks. How do you balance those two aspects with this type of event?

JHF: It’s immensely important to me that every book be a jumping on point. Whether it’s an issue 1 or an issue 100, you should do the leg work to get people up to speed and let them make an informed decision about the story you’re telling without ‘missing’ stuff. I think that’s a million times more important in a Free Comic Book Day issue. This is a huge chance to court new readers, and, thanks to the gorgeous work of Jordan, Peter, and Josh (our letterist Josh Reed, not me), I think we have a huge chance.

And I’ll say, it takes balls to do what we’re doing, and the whole team knows just how risky doing something THIS crazy is…

JT: Agreed. We really tried to narrow our focus so that we could start on one small corner, one moment and then watch the story explode from there. It’s like a Big Bang. Small and bright and concentrated, but something that will expand and grow, creating an infinite amount of possibilities and adventures.

Soulfire-Sourcebook-01b-StPatricksGP: Big connected worlds also creates a lot of continuity for fans, which is a risk. Are you thinking about this as you move forward?

JHF: Without spoiling too much, let’s just say that for die hard fans, continuity is not changing at all. Wait’ll you see what we’re going to do…

JT: For this story, continuity is actually being used as an asset not a liability. It’ll be a big draw for longtime readers, and yet totally engaging for new readers.

GP: What lessons have you taken away from looking at how other companies have handled their comic universes?

JHF: I love the power of the connected universe. It’s something that comics truly pioneered and perfected long before Film and TV caught on. But, to that same degree, the way that shows like Flash and Arrow, or the Marvel Cinematic Universe handle this stuff is much more in line with our ethos. Much like Doctor Who did with its re-launch with Chris Eccleston, we’ve got a lot of good will and a lot of baggage. And that is really the balancing act we’re attempting.

JT: Both Josh and I were on the front lines of the DC New 52 and know what change can look like – both big and small. In a way, this is a huge paradigm shift, but it’s actually coming in a very sound and organic way. At the end of the day, it’s about celebrating the core aspects that make both Fathom and Soulfire such unique and amazing worlds and bringing it all together for something truly special.

GP: What are your roles post FCBD? Anything you can announce?

JHF: This won’t be the last you see of either of us at Aspen.

JT: That’s right. Josh and I are planning another skiing trip as soon as this book is done. Oh wait…wrong Aspen.

Preview: Legend of Oz: The Wicked West #4

LEGEND OF OZ: THE WICKED WEST #4

Tom Hutchinson – Story / Allison Borges – Art / Kate Finnegan – Colors

A harrowing escape from the wilds of the Oz forest leads Dorothy and her companions directly to the Emerald City! However–is anyone still there!?

Featuring re-mastered content, creator commentary and whole lot more, don’t miss out on the newest BDI launch, LEGEND OF OZ: THE WICKED WEST!

LEGEND OF OZ: THE WICKED WEST #4 is in stores January 13th, 2016!

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Aspen in April 2016

LEGENDS OF OZ: TIK TOK AND THE KALIDAH #1

Rob Anderson – Story / Renato Rei – Art / Ceci de la Cruz – Colors

The first new 2016 offering of Aspen’s Big Dog Ink imprint has arrived!

Tik Tok makes his triumphant debut in the Wicked West, as he and his partner track a mysterious young girl who carries a secret that Oz itself cannot do without!

Featuring an all original story, don’t miss out on Aspen’s newest BDI launch title with the premiere of LEGENDS OF OZ: TIK TOK AND THE KALIDAH #1!

LEGENDS OF OZ: TIK TOK AND THE KALIDAH #1 is in stores April 6th, 2016!

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SANTERIA: THE GODDESS KISS #2

David Wohl – Story / Giuseppe Cafaro – Art / Wes Hartman – Colors

The first brand new Aspen series to debut in 2016 continues! From the creator of Executive Assistant: Iris, Legend of the Shadow Clan and Witchblade, and the artist of Fathom: Kiani comes a new tale spanning centuries, deep within the heart of the ancient civilizations of Africa…

Meanwhile, Naomi discovers her ability to rescue those in need may be far more transcendent—and deadly—than she originally thought. And the consequences might spell a danger that could not only end her life—but those of everyone, everywhere!

SANTERIA: THE GODDESS KISS #2 is in stores April 13th, 2016!

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OVERTAKEN #3

Frank Mastromauro – Story / Marco Lorenzana – Art

Prepare yourself to be – OVERTAKEN!

Alone on a strange new world, Will and Jessica Harden find themselves face to face against an enemy that is only out for one thing – their lives! Outnumbered and running low on weapons, their hope for survival is slim. But, if they can stay alive just long enough, help may arrive in the most unlikely of forms.

Written and created by Frank Mastromauro, featuring artwork by the talented newcomer Marco Lorenzana, OVERTAKEN is going to take your breath away and leave you gasping for more!

OVERTAKEN #3 is in stores April 20th, 2016!

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MICHAEL TURNER ART EDITION: THE ASPEN EXTENDED EDITION

Michael Turner ; Geoff Johns – Story / Micahel Turner – Art

The incredible artwork of Michael Turner in its purest form!

Experience the final Fathom story of legendary creator Michael Turner’s brilliant career in this thrilling new format! Capturing Turner’s original line work showcasing only his breathtaking pencils, this special “Artist Edition” over-sized issue is a must-have for any art fan! Featuring the final Fathom story illustrated by Turner as you’ve never seen it before!

MICHAEL TURNER ART EDITION: THE ASPEN EXTENDED EDITION is in stores April 27th, 2016!

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MICHAEL TURNER ART EDITION: SOULFIRE #1

Michael Turner ; Jeph Loeb – Story / Micahel Turner – Art

The incredible artwork of Michael Turner in its purest form!

The magical world of creator Michael Turner’s Soulfire universe comes to life with this all new black and white penciled edition collecting Soulfire Beginnings, the zero issue and issue one (volume one) in one amazing over-sized issue! Re-live the awe-inspiring first chapters of the fantasy epic Soulfire, featuring Turner’s brilliant pencils front and center as they’ve never been seen before! Uncut, uncolored–and unbelievable!

MICHAEL TURNER ART EDITION: SOULFIRE #1 is in stores April 27th, 2016!

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Preview: Fathom Blue #6

FATHOM BLUE #6

Vince Hernandez – Story / Claudio Avella – Art / Colors – Justice & JUANCHOo

The epic conclusion to the first volume brings the fragile team of Blue outcasts to their breaking point, as the forces of two worlds, above and below, collide on a cataclysmic level! Don’t miss out on the finale of the most talked about new Fathom series!

FATHOM BLUE #6 is in stores December 23rd, 2015!

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