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Big Dog Ink Becomes an Imprint of Aspen Comics

Aspen-BDI-NYCC14Aspen Comics announced today that they’ve reached an agreement with fellow Independent comic book publisher Big Dog Ink to acquire exclusive publishing rights for BDI’s entire library of comic book properties, in addition to their past catalogue of titles. The deal will see BDI launch forward as a distinct imprint of Aspen Comics’ books and products, with owner/publishers Tom and Kim Hutchison continuing to be the creative force behind BDI’s unique set of original titles at Aspen.

Founded in 2009, BDI has seen a substantial growth within the independent comic book market in collaboration with a wide variety of up-and-coming artistic talent on a multitude of original properties such as Legend of Oz: The Wicked West, Shahrazad, Penny For Your Soul, Ursa Minor, Critter, Knightingail and more.

Under the terms of this new agreement between the two publishers, Aspen and BDI will be widening the access to BDI’s diverse lineup of original properties through several of Aspen’s existing channels, including at the retail and digital levels, in addition to Aspen’s online webstore.

Aspen and BDI have set a planned reprint release schedule for their existing library of books to feature new and re-mastered content, beginning with the re-release of Shahrazad in early Spring with more release dates to follow.

The publishers will also be utilizing their combined regional presence and bases of operation to build a broader convention appearance slate across more potential cities and avenues of promotion in 2015 and beyond.

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Preview: Fathom: The Adventures of Ernie


Written by Vince Hernandez
Pencils/Colors by Agnes Garbowska

A completely brand new and unexpected Fathom tale for fans of all ages! Join none other than Fathom’s Ernie the Seahorse as the playful ocean dweller finds himself wrapped up in a magical Aspen-universes-spanning adventure that will test his limits! For the first time ever, Aspen Comics’ is excited to offer fans and readers a unique comic and coloring book that includes a crafted full length story geared for children to color, plus added puzzles, mazes and other fun-filled activities for kids of all ages! It’s the perfect treat for the Halloween holiday!

Available for FREE* from most comic shops on Halloween ComicFest, October 25th.


How To Train Your Dragon, Lilo & Stitch Director to Provide Aspen Comics Cover

Academy Award-nominated director, writer and cartoonist Chris Sanders is set to produce his first comic book cover this January 2015 for Aspen Comics’ all new series, The ZooHunters. Sanders is best known for directing DreamWorks’ How To Train Your Dragon, The Croods and Disney’s Lilo & Stitch films. In addition, Sanders has worked on acclaimed titles such as The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Mulan.

Created, written and illustrated by Peter Steigerwald, Aspen Comics’ The ZooHunters tells the tale of Abros Kel, a ZooHunter by trade, who is hired to capture animals for zoos on alien worlds. He and his young son Ty have lost everything due to tragedy, and together this uncomfortable pair set out into the stars to train Ty to be a ZooHunter as well.

The ZooHunters #1 debuts on October 29th and this all-new Aspen title will feature covers by Steigerwald, Siya Oum, Joe Benitez and more. Chris Sanders’ contribution will be featured on the cover for The ZooHunters #3 in January 2015.

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Aspen Comics in December 2014


Frank Mastromauro – Story / Marco Lorenzana – Art / Wes Hartman – 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 December 17th, 2014!

FC 32 pages $3.99

RETAILER NOTE: OVERTAKEN #2 will ship with a standard direct cover and an Aspen RESERVED Variant Edition cover by Fathom artist Alex Konat and colorist Peter Steigerwald that is available to those who reserve copies through their retail store. Each cover is available to order separately, with no quantity limitations or restrictions.


For every 12 total combined copies of the standard and Konat Reserved variant edition covers ordered, retailers will receive 1 (one) FREE J. Scott Campbell sketch edition cover with the option to purchase up to (3) additional J. Scott Campbell sketch edition Covers at net $8 each.

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Michael Turner ; various – Art / Peter Steigerwald ; various – Colors

Your journey into the FATHOM Universe begins here!

Michael Turner’s best-selling Fathom series has celebrated over 15 years of thrilling adventures, and now fans and new readers alike can dive even deeper into the depths of the Fathom Universe with Aspen’s first-ever FATHOM: 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 Fathom!

FATHOM: SOURCEBOOK #1 is in stores December 10th, 2014!

FC 32 pages $4.99











Preview: Damsels in Excess #3


Vince Hernandez – Story / Mirka Andolfo – Art

Five realms. Five princesses. Zero men.

Princesses Bethany and Kimbelein must find a way to the Maiden Islands before Barra and Ilina find them first! However, the path across the Maiden Sea proves far more treacherous—as the pair soon discovers that the dangers they face are not only on land, but also out at sea!
Creator Vince Hernandez and artist Mirka Andolfo present to you the newest Aspen hit series – DAMSELS IN EXCESS!

DAMSELS IN EXCESS #3 is in stores September 24th, 2014!


ComiXology Announces More DRM Free Publishers

comixology drm free wave twoToday comiXology unveiled the latest group of publishers offering DRM-free backups, allowing comiXology customers to download and store copies of their books. ComiXology’s new DRM-free backup feature was announced this past July during San Diego Comic-Con.

The second wave of participating publishers include IDW Publishing, Valiant Entertainment, Oni Press, Fantagraphics Books, Aspen Comics, Action Lab Entertainment, Th3rd World Studios, A Wave Blue World, Blind Ferret Entertainment, Caliber Comics, Creative Impulse Entertainment, Devil’s Due Entertainment, GT Labs Comics and Kingstone Media. They join Image Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, Zenescope Entertainment, MonkeyBrain Comics, Thrillbent, and Top Shelf Productions in offering this new option to customer. Creators using comiXology Submit also have the option to offer their comics, graphic novels, and manga as DRM-free backups. Some of the new publishers have previously announced going DRM free, or provide the option on other platforms.

To obtain the DRM-free backups of digital comics on comiXology, customers can go to the “My Books” section of comixology.com on their desktop computers and click the button that appears next to their books. Books and series from the second wave of participating publishers will be available for backup starting today. Backups from participating publishers can be downloaded in high definition PDF and CBZ.

Customers will continue to enjoy all their purchases – whether available as a DRM-free backup or not – on the comiXology platform in comiXology’s exclusive cinematic Guided View reading experience, anytime and anywhere.

Preview: All New Fathom #8


David Wohl – Story / Alex Konat – Art / Beth Sotelo – Colors

A new direction in the FATHOM Universe reaches its finale!

As Vana’s plan nears its apocalyptic fruition, the temperature of the Earth’s oceans are plummeting and wreaking havoc with the ecological balance of the world. Nations are in turmoil, and their military might’s are helpless to stop it. Amidst this cataclysmic backdrop, only Aspen Matthews understands what must be done to return the world from the brink of certain doom, but in order to accomplish her goal, she must team up with Chance and KIllian in order to battle with the most powerful being on the planet– Killian’s daughter, Anika!

Writer David Wohl, artist Alex Konat and colorist Beth Sotelo team up once again to bring you the latest adventures of Michael Turner’s most beloved creation!

ALL NEW FATHOM #8 is in stores September 17th, 2014!


Preview: All New Soulfire #7


JT Krul – Story / V. Ken Marion – Art

It’s the final showdown as PJ finds himself facing off against his new girlfriend, Alori, for the championship! Little does he know that she’s in the employ of Abel, the mastermind who is about to make his dangerous move against Benoist – one that could be the end of Papa Bear forever!

ALL NEW SOULFIRE #7 is in stores September 10th, 2014!


Preview: Lola XOXO #4


Siya Oum – Story & Art

Aspen’s newest hit series continues!

The Wasteland Trading Company arrives in the town on Sinmora, where they find their fair share of alcohol and debauchery to satisfy their thirst for action. However, as is often the case in the Wasteland, they bite off more than they can chew, as they learn of a place that no merchant has yet to return from alive, a mysterious site that piques Lola’s curiosity—even if the risk of exploration could mean her life!

One of 2014’s most exciting debuts, LOLA XOXO is ready to take you on an incredible adventure unlike any other!

LOLA XOXO #4 is in stores September 10th, 2014!


Aspen Comics in November 2014


Peter Steigerwald – Story / Peter Steigerwald – Art

There IS life on other planets—THEY find it.

Abros has been teaching his son Ty the skills it takes to be a ZooHunter when on a far frozen planet they are ambushed by the rogue ZooHunter Minalara! What menace does her appearance spell for our duo? Read issue two to find out!

Creator and artist Peter Steigerwald presents to you the newest Aspen hit series – THE ZOOHUNTERS!

THE ZOOHUNTERS #2 is in stores November 26th, 2014!

FC 32 pages $3.99

RETAILER NOTE: THE ZOOHUNTERS #2 will ship with two different covers by series artist and creator Peter Steigerwald. Each cover is available to order separately, with no quantity limitation or restrictions.


For every 12 copies of THE ZOOHUNTERS #2 ordered, retailers will receive one (1) FREE copy of the alternate THE ZOOHUNTERS #2 cover by artist Peter Steigerwald, with the option to purchase up to three (3) additional Peter Steigerwald alternate THE ZOOHUNTERS #2 Covers at net $4 each.


For every 25 copies of THE ZOOHUNTERS #2 ordered, retailers will receive one (1) FREE copy of the Alternate THE ZOOHUNTERS #2 Peter Steigerwald Cover, with the option to purchase up to three (3) additional Alternate THE ZOOHUNTERS #2 Peter Steigerwald Covers at net $8 each.

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Vince Hernandez – Story / Mirka Andolfo – Art

Five realms. Five princesses. Zero men.

The war for Evanfar begins as Bethany and Kimberlein make the decision to take back the kingdom by force—even if it means destroying the union of the Five Realms forever! The climactic—and deadly–end to the first volume will forever change the lives of all the princesses forever!

DAMSELS IN EXCESS #5 is in stores November 19th, 2014!

FC 32 pages $3.99

RETAILER NOTE: DAMSELS IN EXCESS #5 will ship with two different covers by series artist Mirka Andolfo and Andrea Merloni. Each cover is available to order separately, with no quantity limitation or restrictions.


For every 10 copies of DAMSELS IN EXCESS #5 ordered, retailers will receive one (1) FREE copy of the alternate DAMSELS IN EXCESS #5 cover with the option to purchase up to three (3) additional alternate Damsels In Excess #5 Covers at net $4 each.

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T.G. Roberts – Writer

SEVEN TO DIE tells the story of Lex MacArthur, a San Francisco college student who comes into possession of an enigmatic clay pendant that unlocks a bevy of dormant superhuman genes. She’s stronger, she’s faster, and she’s on a mission to find out why. As Lex sets out to discover who she is and where she really came from, she comes face-to-face with Egil, a killer who has been tracking Lex her entire life.  At the helm of an enormous operation to eradicate all of Lex’s kind, Egil captures Lex’s long-lost mother, forcing Lex to confront him head on and save those she loves from certain death.

Aspen Novels continues its genre-spanning adventure into the prose world with this latest young adult, urban fantasy thriller that is an edge-of-your-seat page turner!

SEVEN TO DIE is in stores November 5th, 2014!

B&W 320 pages $7.99 NOVEL

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