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Preview: Damsels in Excess #2

DAMSELS IN EXCESS #2

Vince Hernandez – Story / Mirka Andolfo – Art

Five realms. Five princesses. Zero men.

As the remaining ladies turn on Bethany following the reveal of the men’s final wish, the princess finds herself alone in the Five Realms with everyone out to murder her. Yet, not all citizens—and rulers—of the Five believe in following the pleas of a dying gender, as she will discover. However, first, she must find a way to escape Crossman’s Hall before Barra’s soldiers can end her reign—and her life!

Creator Vince Hernandez and artist Mirka Andolfo present to you the newest Aspen hit series – DAMSELS IN EXCESS!

DAMSELS IN EXCESS #2 is in stores August 27th, 2014!

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SDCC 2014: Aspen Comics’ Announcements

At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Aspen Comics had numerous announcements throughout the convention and their panel.

Aspen’s runaway hit 2014 series Lola XOXO returns in 2015 with an action-packed Lola XOXO: Volume 2 by creator Siya Oum, as well as an all new spin-off mini-series Lola XOXO: Wasteland Madam written by Vince Hernandez and illustrated by Oum. Lola XOXO: The Wasteland Madam will feature an all new heroine in the Lola Universe struggling to maintain control over a renegade force of post-apocalyptic survivors, while trying to come to grips with her horrific and tragic past.

LOLA_WASTELAND-MADA#198D207 LOLA_XOXO-V2-01(promo)[1]Aspen’s classic series Dellec, created and written by Frank Mastromauro and Vince Hernandez, returns for a second volume with art pencils by Pasquale Qualano. This return of one of Aspen’s leading heroes focuses on the aftermath of the catastrophic first volume’s climax, while offering an all new jumping on point for new readers.

DELLEC-v2-01-DONEw-logoPopular “10 for 10” series Legend of the Shadow Clan returns next year with creator/writers David Wohl and Brad Foxhoven returning to the family clan of ancient ninja heritage with art by penciler Giuseppe Cafaro.

LEGENDSHADOWCLAN-V2#198D2032015 will see the debut of the first series of Aspen Sourcebooks line, featuring essential and never-before-seen handbooks of Aspen’s most popular and longest-running titles, including Michael Turner’s Fathom, Soulfire and Executive Assistant: Iris, written by Hannibal Tabu, with future editions planned for Aspen’s later titles.

 

Aspen Novels, the new prose imprint from the publisher, will release its second novel this November, Seven to Die, from author T.G. RobertsSeven 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.

SevenToDie-TG_Rober#198D2EDThis October, Aspen continues its push to a broader reach with a more kid friendly library with the release of Fathom: The Adventures of Ernie on October ComicFest 2014. This kid-friendly coloring and activity book will feature a story written by Vince Hernandez with art by Agnes Garbowska.

The publisher has confirmed their recent addition to the Madefire Motion Comic App with a series of upcoming announcements planned for their release schedule in the coming months.

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Aspen has signed on with the consulting firm, The Powell Group, to expand their multi-media publishing in the video game industry with a plan to adapt their popular titles into several platforms.

 

Aspen has teamed up with the app beacon company Webble to produce a Cosplay Card Set featuring the industry’s most popular cosplayers as Aspen’s top characters.

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

Earlier today we 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 2013 62 terms were used to generate these stats. In 2014 that number has shrunk to 49. However Facebook updated their system in late 2013, returning more data than ever before. Both reports just focused on individuals in the United States.

Facebook Population: Over 3,200,000 in the United States

The indie/small press population has grown since last year by about 1.2 million individuals.

In 2013 Spanish speakers accounted for 13.00%. In 2014, that percentage dipped a bit, and is now 12.5%.

Gender and Age

In 2013 men accounted for 54% of the population and women 46%. A year later, that has shifted a bit with men now accounting for 57.50% and women 40.63%. In the growth since last year, it was almost 2:1 men.

Here’s the changes of the stats since last year.

indie changeHere’s the stats for gender.

indie gender 7.24.14This is how gender changes as far as percent over age.

indie gender age 7.24.14And the raw data.

indie gender age raw 7.24.14Relationship Status

Since 2013, Facebook updated this statistic so there’s more choices than ever, so it’s a bit difficult to compare this year to last year. Here’s the statistics as they stand for 2014.

indie relationship status 7.24.14And for those that like pie charts.

indie relationship status pie chart 7.24.14Education

This statistic too has changed since 2013. Here’s the expanded data as it stands this year.

indie education 7.24.14Gender Interest

This statistic too has changed since last year, with more options. Compared to 2013 though, men interested in men is roughly the same when you include the “men and women” option. Women interested in women though has dipped.

indie gender interest 7.24.14Join us at 6pm when we look at comic-dom as a whole!

SDCC 2014: Aspen Comics’ Exclusives and Schedule of Events

Aspen Comics is bringing its largest gathering of creators and exclusives of the year to San Diego for Comic Con International 2014. The list of Aspen Comics of exclusives and schedule of creator appearances at the Aspen Comics Booth #2320 and schedule of events is listed below:

Aspen Comics SDCC 2014 Convention Exclusives

The Art of Aspen Comics: Volume One.

Damsels in Excess #1 SDCC 2014 exclusive wraparound cover by Jordan Gunderson and Mirka Andolfo limited to 200 copies.

Damsels in Excess #1 SDCC 2014 Century Edition, cover by Siya Oum limited to 100 copies.

Lola XOXO #3 SDCC 2014 exclusive cover by Siya Oum, limited to 250 copies.

All New Michael Turner’s Soulfire #6 SDCC 2014 exclusive cover by Giuseppe Cafaro and Peter Steigerwald, limited to 200 copies.

The ZooHunters Sketchbook Convention Exclusive Limited to 200 copies (Featuring Two Different Covers).

7 New Aspen Comics Full Size Art Prints featuring: Lola XOXO, Damsels in Excess, Jirni and All New Michael Turner’s Soulfire.

Five SDCC 2014 exclusive “Daily Prints” by J. Scott Campbell and Peter Steigerwald, only available on respective show days (Wed-Sun), limited to 50 editions.

Aspen Comics Lip Balm SDCC exclusives – Michael Turner’s Fathom, Michael Turner’s Soulfire, Executive Assistant: Iris, Lola XOXO and Damsels in Excess flavors available.

Aspen Comics SDCC 2014 exclusive lanyards.

The Official Aspen Comics Panel will be Friday at 11:00 – 12:00pm in Room 9:

Frank Mastromauro (co-owner), Peter Steigerwald (co-owner), Vince Hernandez (VP, editor-in-chief), Mark Roslan (VP, director of design and production), David Wohl (Executive Assistant: Iris), J. T. Krul (Jirni), Siya Oum (Lola XOXO), Scott Lobdell (Superman), Paolo Pantalena (Jirni),Giuseppe Cafaro (Fathom: Kiani), Jordan Gunderson (EA: Assassins), Lori Hanson (EA Assassins), and Beth Sotelo (Fathom) will reveal upcoming Aspen titles as well as projects on the horizon. They will also hold a Q&A session with fans. All fans in attendance will receive a gift courtesy of the publisher.

Aspen Comics Creator Signings

Thursday

11:00-12:00 – Peter Steigerwald (The ZooHunters), Siya Oum (Lola XOXO), Paolo Pantalena (Jirni), Beth Sotelo (Fathom), Jordan Gunderson (Executive Assistant: Assassins), Giuseppe Cafaro (Fathom: Kiani), J.T. Krul (Jirni, All New Michael Turner’s Soulfire),

2:00-4:00 – Peter Steigerwald (The ZooHunters), Siya Oum (Lola XOXO), Paolo Pantalena (Jirni), Jordan Gunderson (Executive Assistant: Assassins), Giuseppe Cafaro (Fathom: Kiani), J.T. Krul (Jirni, All New Michael Turner’s Soulfire).

Friday

1:00-3:00 – Ale Garza (Fathom, Fathom: Kiani), Oliver Nome (Fathom: Kiani), Peter Steigerwald (The ZooHunters), Siya Oum (Lola XOXO), Paolo Pantalena (Jirni), Jordan Gunderson (Executive Assistant: Assassins), Giuseppe Cafaro (Fathom: Kiani), J.T. Krul (Jirni, All New Michael Turner’s Soulfire), Lori Hanson (Executive Assistant: Assassins).

5:00-6:00 – Peter Steigerwald (The ZooHunters), Siya Oum (Lola XOXO), Paolo Pantalena (Jirni), Jordan Gunderson (Executive Assistant: Assassins), Giuseppe Cafaro (Fathom: Kiani), J.T. Krul (Jirni, All New Michael Turner’s Soulfire), David Wohl (Fathom).

Saturday

11:00-1:00 – Peter Steigerwald (The ZooHunters), Siya Oum (Lola XOXO), Paolo Pantalena (Jirni), Jordan Gunderson (Executive Assistant: Assassins), Giuseppe Cafaro (Fathom: Kiani), J.T. Krul (Jirni, All New Michael Turner’s Soulfire).

3:00-5:00 – Peter Steigerwald (The ZooHunters), Siya Oum (Lola XOXO), Paolo Pantalena (Jirni), Jordan Gunderson (Executive Assistant: Assassins), Giuseppe Cafaro (Fathom: Kiani), J.T. Krul (Jirni, All New Michael Turner’s Soulfire), David Wohl (Fathom), Beth Sotelo (Fathom)

Sunday

12:00 – 2:00 – Peter Steigerwald (The ZooHunters), Siya Oum (Lola XOXO), Paolo Pantalena (Jirni), Jordan Gunderson (Executive Assistant: Assassins), Giuseppe Cafaro (Fathom: Kiani), J.T. Krul (Jirni, All New Michael Turner’s Soulfire).

Aspen Comics will also be offering photo opportunities throughout the weekend with Aspen Cosplayers Katy Mor, Rosanna Rocha, Reva Dawn and Heather Finley.

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Preview: All New Soulfire #6

ALL NEW SOULFIRE #6

JT Krul – Story / V. Ken Marion – Art / Erick Arciniega – Colors

PJ and Alori continue to compete in the death-defying battle royale that is Pandemonium, but while most competitors seek the top prize of winning, someone has a more sinister agenda – revenge against PJ’s mentor and ally, Benoist. The technological mastermind Abel finally returns to the pages of Soulfire—and death and destruction are sure to follow!

ALL NEW SOULFIRE #6 is in stores July 16th, 2014!

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Preview: Soulfire Annual #1

SOULFIRE ANNUAL #1

JT Krul, Agnes Garbowska, Mark Roslan – Story
Agnes Garbowska, Lori Hanson, Giuseppe Cafaro – Art
Juancho, Valentina Pinto, Agnes Garbowska – Colors

Michael Turner’s SOULFIRE returns!

Aspen’s first ever SOULFIRE ANNUAL arrives, jam-packed with three all new stories featuring some of the most popular characters in the SOULFIRE universe—and more! Join veteran SOULFIRE writer JT Krul as he presents a young Grace in a world long forgotten, full or dragons and danger! Fan favorite illustrator Agnes Garbowska debuts a new SOULFIRE story all her own, as she handles the writing and art duties in a special tale featuring Grace and several other SOULFIRE favorites! And BubbleGun creator Mark Roslan explodes onto the scene with a futuristic bank robbery that even the magic of Malakai may not be able to stop!

Don’t miss out on the debut of the first ever SOULFIRE ANNUAL #1 in this thrilling oversized issue featuring a re-mastered SOULFIRE cover by series creator Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald!

SOULFIRE ANNUAL #1 is in stores July 16th, 2014!

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Preview: Damsels in Excess #1

DAMSELS IN EXCESS #1

Vince Hernandez – Story / Mirka Andolfo – Art

Five realms. Five princesses. Zero men.

In the land of the Five Realms, the existence of men has long since been evaporated from the hearts and minds of women. Princess Bethany–ruler of Evanfar, the largest and most prominent kingdom, finds herself at the center of a vast conspiracy that could not only threaten her kingdom—but also her life! Journey to a place where magic is abundant, unicorns and ferrets can command armies, and five women struggle to find balance—and power–in an ever-changing fairy tale world!

Creator Vince Hernandez and artist Mirka Andolfo present to you the newest Aspen hit series – DAMSELS IN EXCESS!

DAMSELS IN EXCESS #1 is in stores July 23rd, 2014!

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Preview: Lola XOXO #3

LOLA XOXO #3

Siya Oum – Story & Art

Aspen’s newest hit series continues!

Lola departs on her first trading route, leaving the confines of New York City along with the Wasteland Trading Company. However, the perils that exist on the road can prove to be even worse than the city—and deadly . Meanwhile, Conrad decides to take matters into his own hands and find a way to go after Lola—at all costs!

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

LOLA XOXO #3 is in stores July 9th, 2014!

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Preview: All New Executive Assistant Iris #5

ALL NEW EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: IRIS #5

Brian Buccellato – Story / Pasquale Qualano – Pencils / John Starr – Colors

The thrilling climax to this all new volume!

Executive Assistant Iris must square off against the full wrath of the deadly Han Li Shao, in an all-out battle for the survival of Cherry Blossom. And the ramifications of this epic struggle will lead to a rather stunning direction in Iris’ future!

ALL NEW EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT IRIS #5 is in stores June 25th, 2014!

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Preview: Fathom: Kiani Vol. 3 #4

FATHOM: KIANI vol 3 #4

Vince Hernandez – Story / Giuseppe Cafaro – Art/ Wes Hartman – Colors

Kiani has risen!

The stakes are higher than ever for Kiani, as she must find a way to overcome Luzhin and his soldiers in order to discover the whereabouts of her sister, Anika. However, Luzhin’s technology has allowed him to siphon the power of her Elite Blue blood, creating an infinitely more powerful adversary hell-bent on destroying her existence because of her betrayal! 

FATHOM: KIANI vol 3 #4 is in stores June 25th, 2014!

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