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Aspen Comics in October 2015

ONIBA: SWORDS OF THE DEMON #0

Vince Hernandez – Story / Paolo Pantalena – Art

From creators Paolo Pantalena (Jirni) and Vince Hernandez (Fathom: Kiani) comes this all-new action-adventure series hundreds of years in the making!

When the actions of her feudal lord begin to lay the seeds of doubt within her, Yukiko, a samurai with exceptional swordplay and even far greater courage, must make a bold decision that forever changes her fate—along with the history of Japan itself!

This special debut zero issue of ONIBA: SWORDS OF THE DEMON features a brand-new 12-page story that sets the stage for the upcoming premiere of ONIBA: SWORDS OF THE DEMON #1 coming next month! Also including a comprehensive sketchbook section and never before seen designs and artwork, make sure you don’t miss out on ONIBA: SWORDS OF THE DEMON #0!

ONIBA: SWORDS OF THE DEMON #0 is in stores October 14th, 2015!

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LEGEND OF OZ: THE WICKED WEST #1

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

Take a trip back over the rainbow to an Oz you never knew existed!

Dorothy Gale slips on her ruby spurs after falling out of the sky and is sent off to follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City. The only problem is the road is gone! Oz itself has been transformed into a wild west landscape: Flying monkeys and scarecrows still walk the plains of Oz, but in ways you would never have imagined!

Featuring re-mastered content, an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of Legend of Oz, a special foreword by L. Frank Baum’s great-great grandson, Marc Baum,

creator commentary and more! Don’t miss out on the start of Aspen’s newest BDI launch with the premiere of LEGEND OF OZ: THE WICKED WEST #1!

LEGEND OF OZ: THE WICKED WEST #1 is in stores October 7th, 2015!

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JIRNI vol 2 #3

JT Krul – Story / V Ken Marion – Art / Juan Fernandez – Colors

When Boro leads Ara to a strange new land, she finds a special clue to finding her kidnapped mother—however, will she be able to stay on that path or will another road call out to her?

Creator J.T. Krul, artist V Ken Marion, and colorist Juan Fernandez are proud to present the follow-up volume to Aspen’s smash hit series – JIRNI!

JIRNI vol 2 #3 is in stores October 7th, 2015!

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ETERNAL SOULFIRE #4

JT Krul – Story / Alex Konat – Art / Federico Blee – Colors

Michael Turner’s classic action-adventure series re-emerges with a brand new era of mystery and magic!

Miya’s secret desire to reconnect with the ghost of her father may spell trouble for her tribe of warriors, and if that wasn’t bad enough, Cassidy and the others find themselves in the crosshairs again!

The first all new Soulfire series to make its debut since Michael Turner introduced you to his incredible magical adventure over 10 years ago, is ready to take you on the ride of your life and explore the world of Soulfire as you’ve never seen it before!

ETERNAL SOULFIRE #4 is in stores October 14th, 2015!

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CRITTER #4

Tom Hutchison – Story / Fico Ossio – Art

The first CRITTER volume reaches its conclusion!

The life of a super hero is one of constant checks and balances, and Critter is feeling the heat from all sides as a rampaging beast tears through town and she runs smack dab into the In Crowd!

Featuring re-mastered content, an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Critter, creator commentary and more! Don’t miss out on the second of Aspen’s all new BDI launch titles with the return of CRITTER!

CRITTER #4 is in stores October 14th, 2015!

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FATHOM BLUE #5

Vince Hernandez – Story / Claudio Avella – Art / Colors – Erick Arciniega

Elia attempts to discover more of Eries’ past and his reasons for seeking the genocide of the Human race. However, their tenuous encounter could prove to undo the Blue’s existence altogether. Meanwhile, the team puts into motion their plan to extract the Grey Matter from The Rig but run into a fatal flaw in their plan of attack—one that could cost all of them their lives!

FATHOM BLUE #5 is in stores October 21st, 2015!

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Preview: Fathom Blue #2

FATHOM BLUE #2

Vince Hernandez – Story / Claudio Avella – Art / Colors – Erick Arciniega

A dangerous new foe has risen!

Admiral Maylander’s assembled team of misfits encounter an enemy that is beyond their combined abilities, and they learn the hard way that their dissension amongst themselves could not only cost them their lives—but, also the fragile concord between the Blue and the Humans forever!

FATHOM BLUE #2 is in stores July 15th, 2015!

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Review: Shahrazad #1-4

c1e_Shahrazad-04Aspen Comics and Big Dog Ink been around for a while now, and I can honestly say I have never read any of their series, until now. The story focuses on a young lady, who I can only describe as a “female Captain Nemo from the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”. In the opening scene of issue #1, she faces the evils that only siren mermaids can bring, as she loses crew members to the siren calls, she ultimately deploys plane and giant fighter bats to battle the ensuing dangers of the mermaids, as the second in charge. Her memory and her present intertwine through a series of flashbacks, as events happening remind her of seemingly unconnected events .

Her ship is destroyed and crew marooned on a remote island, and not to give anything away, she ends up becoming captain before the end of the 1st issue due to an unfortunate trap. In the 2nd issue, they face a conundrum, on whether to exact revenge, or help those who killed their first captain. Shahrazad decides to get in the middle f this war, and gets into a dogfight with out of all things, clouds. In the third issue, we are introduced to Janus, a Thanos type villain, who hosts fights for his own pleasure.

He kidnaps our heroine and makes her a gladiator while her crew drudges through the jungle. bickering amongst themselves before facing a armadillo type monster. In the 4th issue, Shahrazad faces a menagerie of opponents, as Janus, fails to see her future, while her crew fights through to the arena to try and save her. The villain, finds out a secret about her that was unknown to the reader until now, and probably makes even more sense in the finale, which is the next issue. The creative team behind the story, definitely have their feet firmly in the sands of high fantasy, and one would not be remised to say that there are hints of Robert Howard throughout the series, which is a great thing, while adds a few sprinkles of steampunk throughout.

The writing is definitely good and would love to see more from this writing team in the future. The art by all means, seems to the prevailing style at Aspen, but serves the story well. The combination of talents, in addition to the notes and essays at end of each issue, makes this a great series to read. Overall, a fun read.

Story: Kim Hutchison, Kari Castor, Tom Hutchison, Aaron Castor and Brett Cate Art: Mike Krome, Nei Ruffino, HDE
Story: 9 Art: 8 Overall: 9.2 Recommendation: Read

Aspen Comics and Big Dog Ink provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Demo-Graphics: The State of Indie/Small Press Comics

Earlier this week I brought you demographic reports based off of Facebook data for Marvel, and DC. Up next is independent/small press comics! Basically, everyone not the “big two.”

For this report I looked at comic book publisher likes that are not the big two or part of the big two. For this report, Vertigo, Zuda, Icon, are not included though they share similar comics as to other in this report. For this report, terms like IDW Publishing, BOOM! Studios, Fantagraphics were included. Manga was left out of this as well. In 2014 49 terms were used to generate these stats. In 2015 that number has remained the same.

Facebook Population: Over 4,400,000 in the United States

The indie/small press population has grown since last year by about 1.2 million individuals. That’s the same amount it grew in the previous year.

In 2014 Spanish speakers accounted for 12.50%. In 2015, that percentage dipped a bit, and is also 12.5%.

Gender and Age

In 2014 men accounted for 57.50% of the population and women 40.63%. A year later, that has shifted a bit with men now accounting for 59.09% and women 40.91%.

Here’s the stats for gender.

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This is how gender changes as far as percent over age.

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And the raw data. Unlike Marvel and DC, Indie/Small press has lost young women as far as percentage of the population.

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Relationship Status

A lot more people are engaged, compared to last year. Congrats everyone!

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And for those that like pie charts.

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Education

There’s so slight shifts since last year.

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Gender Interest

These stats are similar to last year, unlike Marvel and DC which saw the percentage of those interested in the same sex decrease.

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Ethnicity

For the first time we have these stats, so they’re presented here without comment.

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Generation

For the first time we have these stats, so they’re presented here without comment.

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Join us tomorrow when we look at comicdom as a whole!

Preview: Critter #1

CRITTER #1

Tom Hutchison – Story / Fico Ossio – Art / Fico Ossio – Colors

The newest re-mastered debut from Aspen’s Big Dog Ink imprint has arrived!

As a young girl, Cassia grew up as a tomboy who learned karate, ran track and took gymnastics. One day when a little girl is kidnapped for ransom, she finds out that she might have what it takes to be a superhero. But, little does she know that being a hero was always in her blood!

Featuring re-mastered content, an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Critter, creator commentary and more! Don’t miss out on the second of Aspen’s all new BDI launch titles with the premiere of CRITTER #1!

CRITTER #1 is in stores July 8th, 2015!

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Preview: Eternal Soulfire #1

ETERNAL SOULFIRE #1

JT Krul – Story / Alex Konat – Art / Federico Blee – Colors

Michael Turner’s classic action-adventure series re-emerges with a brand new era of mystery and magic!

The world of magic and technology have finally collided! And, with it, a new cast of characters will rise. Cassidy, a young high school student with a very big secret, will discover that magic is not only real—but will change her life forever in ways she never could’ve imagined. Meanwhile, Miya, the ancient warrior from the earliest days of the Soulfire Universe, has returned with a vengeance—and both of their paths will be inextricably united!

The first all new Soulfire series to make its debut since Michael Turner introduced you to his incredible magical adventure over 10 years ago, is ready to take you on the ride of your life and explore the world of Soulfire as you’ve never seen it before!

ETERNAL SOULFIRE #1 is in stores July 8th, 2015!

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Preview: Shahrazad #4

SHAHRAZAD #4

Kim Hutchison; Kari Castor – Story / Mike Krome – Art / Nei Ruffino – Colors

The first re-mastered debut from Aspen’s Big Dog Ink imprint concludes!

Shahrazad finds herself in a life-or-death battle for the ages, as she must not only prove that she can survive—but, also, that she can kill!

SHAHRAZAD #4 is in stores July 1st, 2015!

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SDCC 2015: Aspen Comics Announces Complete List of Signings and Events

Aspen logo MLT_Aspen Comics is set to bring together their largest gathering of creators all year in celebration of San Diego Comic Con 2015. The Aspen Comics Booth #2320 will feature signings throughout the weekend and will also be hosting the annual Official Aspen Comics Panel 2015 on Friday at 11:00AM in Room 9. The full events schedule for Aspen Comics is listed below:

 

Appearing at the Aspen Comics Booth #2320 all weekend long:

Frank Mastromauro (Shrugged, Overtaken)

Peter Steigerwald (The ZooHunters, DC’s Convergence)

Vince Hernandez (Fathom Blue, Damsels in Excess)

Mark Roslan (BubbleGun, Broken Pieces)

Josh Reed (Letterer, Aspen Comics)

Heather Finley (Executive Assistant: Iris Annual)

Tom Hutchison (Big Dog Ink Publisher)

David Wohl (Executive Assistant: Iris) Friday – Sunday only

Scott Lobdell (The Four Points) Friday – Sunday only

 

THURSDAY 07/09

11– 12PM:

Paolo Pantalena (Oniba: Swords of the Demon, Jirni)

Siya Oum (Lola XOXO, Wasteland Madam)

Eric “Ebas” Basaldua (Michael Turner’s Fathom Blue, Eternal Soulfire)

Lori Hanson (Lola XOXO: Wasteland Madam, EA: Assassins)

Alex Konat (Michael Turner’s Eternal Soulfire, All New Fathom)

Ken Marion (Jirni, Michael Turner’s All New Soulfire)

 

12:30 – 1:30PM

Agnes Garbowska (Fathom Kiani, Psycho Bonkers)

 

2-3PM:

Paolo Pantalena (Oniba: Swords of the Demon, Jirni)

Siya Oum (Lola XOXO, Wasteland Madam)

Eric “Ebas” Basaldua (Michael Turner’s Fathom Blue, Eternal Soulfire)

Alex Konat (Michael Turner’s Eternal Soulfire, All New Fathom)

Ken Marion (Jirni, Michael Turner’s All New Soulfire)

 

4PM:

Ale Garza (Michael Turner’s Fathom, Psycho Bonkers)

Dawn McTeigue (Lola XOXO: Wasteland Madam)

 

FRIDAY 07/10

11– 12PM:

Paolo Pantalena (Oniba: Swords of the Demon, Jirni)

Siya Oum (Lola XOXO, Wasteland Madam)

Eric “Ebas” Basaldua (Michael Turner’s Fathom Blue, Eternal Soulfire)

Alex Konat (Michael Turner’s Eternal Soulfire, All New Fathom)

Ken Marion (Jirni, Michael Turner’s All New Soulfire)

 

12:30 – 1:30PM

Nei Ruffino (Shahrazad, Critter)

 

2-3PM:

Paolo Pantalena (Oniba: Swords of the Demon, Jirni)

Siya Oum (Lola XOXO, Wasteland Madam)

Eric “Ebas” Basaldua (Michael Turner’s Fathom Blue, Eternal Soulfire)

Alex Konat (Michael Turner’s Eternal Soulfire, All New Fathom)

Ken Marion (Jirni, Michael Turner’s All New Soulfire)

 

4PM:

Ale Garza (Michael Turner’s Fathom, Psycho Bonkers)

Dawn McTeigue (Lola XOXO: Wasteland Madam)

 

SATURDAY 07/11:

11– 12PM:

Paolo Pantalena (Oniba: Swords of the Demon, Jirni)

Siya Oum (Lola XOXO, Wasteland Madam)

Eric “Ebas” Basaldua (Michael Turner’s Fathom Blue, Eternal Soulfire)

Alex Konat (Michael Turner’s Eternal Soulfire, All New Fathom)

Ken Marion (Jirni, Michael Turner’s All New Soulfire)

 

2-3PM:

Paolo Pantalena (Oniba: Swords of the Demon, Jirni)

Siya Oum (Lola XOXO, Wasteland Madam)

Eric “Ebas” Basaldua (Michael Turner’s Fathom Blue, Eternal Soulfire)

Alex Konat (Michael Turner’s Eternal Soulfire, All New Fathom)

Ken Marion (Jirni, Michael Turner’s All New Soulfire)

 

4-5PM:

Nei Ruffino (Shahrazad, Critter)

 

SUNDAY 07/12:

11– 12PM:

Paolo Pantalena (Oniba: Swords of the Demon, Jirni)

Siya Oum (Lola XOXO, Wasteland Madam)

Eric “Ebas” Basaldua (Michael Turner’s Fathom Blue, Eternal Soulfire)

Alex Konat (Michael Turner’s Eternal Soulfire, All New Fathom)

  1. Ken Marion (Jirni, Michael Turner’s All New Soulfire)

 

1-2PM:

Paolo Pantalena (Oniba: Swords of the Demon, Jirni)

Siya Oum (Lola XOXO, Wasteland Madam)

Eric “Ebas” Basaldua (Michael Turner’s Fathom Blue, Eternal Soulfire)

Alex Konat (Michael Turner’s Eternal Soulfire, All New Fathom)

Ken Marion (Jirni, Michael Turner’s All New Soulfire)

 

The Official Aspen Comics Panel 2015 will be on Friday at 11:00AM in Room 9, and will feature Aspen creators Frank Mastromauro, Peter Steigerwald, Vince Hernandez, Mark Roslan, Josh Reed, David Wohl, Scott Lobdell, Siya Oum, Paolo Pantalena, Alex Konat, V. Ken Marion, Beth Sotelo, Hannibal Tabu, Heather Finley and BDI’s Tom Hutchison. The Aspen team will reveal upcoming new series from the publisher including a new project from creator Wohl and Giuseppe Cafaro, along with other reveals. As well, all fans in attendance at The Official Aspen Comics Panel 2015 will receive a free copy of Critter #1 featuring an exclusive cover by Alex Konat and Peter Steigerwald only available to panel attendees.

SDCC 2015: Aspen Comics’ Full List of Exclusives

This year’s full list of Aspen Comics exclusives for San Diego Comic Con 2015 has been announced to be available at the Aspen Comics Booth #2320. The publisher will feature two world premiere series launches for Michael Turner’s Eternal Soulfire #1 and Critter #1, in addition to featuring two new oversized art books, The Art of Aspen: Volume 2 and The Art of Big Dog Ink: Volume 1, as well as the prestige format century editions of Michael Turner’s Eternal Soulfire and Fathom Blue #1. Aspen’s new con-exclusive releases also include Michael Turner’s Fathom Blue #2, Shahrazad #4, and the first offering of Oniba: Swords of the Demon with a special con-exclusive sketchbook featuring artwork and concept designs for the new upcoming series from the publisher. Aspen will also be offering a rare Critter #1 SDCC 2015 Official Aspen Comics Panel exclusive variant cover that will only be available at The Official Aspen Comics Panel 2015 on Friday at 11:00AM in Room 9.

The full list of Aspen Comics’ SDCC 2015 exclusives available at the Aspen Comics Booth #2320 is as follows:

The Art of Aspen Comics: Volume 2, limited to 500 editions.

The Art of Big Dog Ink: Volume 1, limited to 500 editions.

Michael Turner’s Eternal Soulfire #1 SDCC 2015 exclusive cover by Alex Konat & Peter Steigerwald, limited to 200 copies.

Michael Turner’s Eternal Soulfire #1 SDCC 2015 Century Edition exclusive cover by Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald, limited to 100 copies.

Critter #1 SDCC 2015 Retro Edition exclusive cover by Owen Gieni, limited to 200 copies.

Critter #1 SDCC 2015 Official Aspen Comics Panel exclusive variant cover by Alex Konat and Peter Steigerwald.

Oniba: Swords of the Demon Limited Edition Convention Exclusive Sketchbook, limited to 200 editions.

Michael Turner’s Fathom Blue #1 SDCC 2015 Century Edition exclusive cover by Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald, limited to 100 copies.

Michael Turner’s Fathom Blue #2 SDCC 2015 exclusive cover by Paolo Pantalena and Ula Mos, limited to 200 copies.

Shahrazad #4 SDCC 2015 exclusive cover by Nei Ruffino, limited to 200 copies.

Aspen will also be offering an SDCC 2015 exclusive series of ten new art prints featuring popular covers from Michael Turner’s Eternal Soulfire and Fathom Blue, BDI’s Critter and Shahrazad, and classic covers by company founder Michael Turner.

Preview: Psycho Bonkers #2

PSYCHO BONKERS #2

Vince Hernandez – Story / Adam Archer – Art / Colors – Federico Blee

Crack the speed barrier wide open in this thrilling new adventure that redefines what it means to go full throttle!

Following the tragic events of issue one, Shine must come to grips with the fact that, besides her Bonk Racer and Gabbo, she is now alone. However, in the present, and a crucial leg of the Super Bonk Rally, the team discovers that having company around can actually be far worse!

Told in a series of five legs within the race of all races—the Super Bonk Rally, this five issue mini-series will span amazing landscapes and death-defying terrain, as these racers go completely Psycho Bonkers!

PSYCHO BONKERS #2 is in stores June 24th, 2015!

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