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Aspen Comics in April 2015

FOUR POINTS #1

Scott Lobdell – Story / Jordan Gunderson – Art / Valentina Pinto – Colors

Something dark is coming…

Throughout history, oddities have remained hidden away within the fabric of societies across the planet. However, in recent years these unexplained phenomena have begun to emerge with a vengeance…Enter Gia Sorentino.

They thought she was crazy, and locked her away from the rest of the world. Yet, following a family tragedy, she has inherited an empire—-and with it, the keys to unlocking some of the most unimaginable secrets of mankind. Together, with three other women who possess abilities of inhuman nature, Sorentino embarks on a journey to discover the full potential of their collective powers. But, along with the amazing comes the sinister, and some things that should have remained hidden–including those that can threaten not only their existence, but the rest of the world as well!

Aspen welcomes back acclaimed writer Scott Lobdell to introduce to you this years most exciting new series, FOUR POINTS!

FOUR POINTS #1 is in stores April 8th, 2015!

FC 32 pages $3.99

RETAILER NOTE: FOUR POINTS #1 will ship with two different covers by series artist Jordan Gunderson and artist Khary Randolph. Each cover is available to order separately, with no quantity limitation or restrictions.

FOUR POINTS #1 RETAILER INCENTIVE:

For every 10 copies of FOUR POINTS #1 ordered, retailers will receive one (1) FREE copy of the alternate FOUR POINTS #1 cover by series artist Jordan Gunderson, with the option to purchase up to three (3) additional Gunderson alternate FOUR POINTS #1 covers at net $4 each.

FOUR POINTS #1 EXPANDED RETAILER INCENTIVE:

For every 20 copies of FOUR POINTS #1 ordered, retailers will receive one (1) FREE copy of the Jordan Gunderson FOUR POINTS #1 Sketch Cover, with the option to purchase up to three (3) additional Gunderson FOUR POINTS #1 Sketch Covers at net $6 each.

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SHAHRAZAD #1

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

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

A new heroine rises from the legends of the ancient world! Shahrazad was known for her amazing tales of 1001 Arabian Nights, but now it is time to tell her story! She lives a life unlike anything you could possibly imagine–an existence that spans generations as well as genres!

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

SHAHRAZAD #1 is in stores April 1st, 2015!

FC 32 pages $2.99

RETAILER NOTE: SHAHRAZAD #1 will ship with two different covers by series artist Mike Krome and artist Siya Oum. Each cover is available to order separately, with no quantity limitation or restrictions.

SHAHRAZAD #1 RETAILER INCENTIVE:

For every 8 copies of SHAHRAZAD #1 ordered, retailers will receive one (1) FREE copy of the re-mastered SHAHRAZAD #1 cover by artist J. Scott Campbell and colorist Peter Steigerwald, with the option to purchase up to three (3) additional re-mastered Campbell/Steigerwald SHAHRAZAD #1 covers at net $4 each.

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LOLA XOXO: WASTELAND MADAM #2

Vince Hernandez – Story / Siya Oum – Art

Siya Oum’s apocalyptic Wasteland expands in this all new spinoff mini-series!

The Madam teaches her band of survivors the true meaning of sacrifice, yet her actions may have caused more doubt than assurance within the group. Also, Madeline’s past comes back to potentially destroy her—as the renegades’ push to control the airport leads to a startling realization that their greatest threat may also be their only hope!

Hot on the heels of one of 2014’s most exciting debuts, Lola XOXO, be a part of the next exciting chapter of this incredible new series!

LOLA XOXO: WASTELAND MADAM #2 is in stores April 29th, 2015!

FC 32 pages $3.99

RETAILER NOTE: LOLA XOXO: WASTELAND MADAM #2 will ship with two different covers by series artist and creator Siya Oum and artist Lori Hanson. Each cover is available to order separately, with no quantity limitation or restrictions.

LOLA XOXO: WASTELAND MADAM #2 RETAILER INCENTIVE:

For every 10 copies of LOLA XOXO: WASTELAND MADAM #2 ordered, retailers will receive one (1) FREE copy of the alternate Dawn McTeigue LOLA XOXO: WASTELAND MADAM #2 cover, with the option to purchase up to three (3) additional McTeigue LOLA XOXO: WASTELAND MADAM #2 Covers at net $4 each.

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FATHOM: KIANI vol 4 #3

Vince Hernandez – Story / Giuseppe Cafaro – Art

Kiani has finally reunited with her sister, Anika, and the Fathom Universe

will never be the same again!

Kiani and Anika finally understand that the only way to end the conflict with the US Navy is to take the pre-emptive advantage and strike first—and that means calling on the talents of a menacing figure from the pages of the Fathom Universe! Meanwhile, Admiral Hoover is desperate and on the verge of a dangerous plot that could end with a catastrophe of unthinkable terror!

FATHOM: KIANI vol 4 #3 is in stores April 22nd, 2015!

FC 32 pages $3.99

RETAILER NOTE: FATHOM: KIANI vol 4 #3 will ship with two different covers by series artist Giuseppe Cafaro and artist Alex Konat. Each cover is available to order separately, with no quantity limitation or restrictions.

FATHOM: KIANI vol 4 #3 RETAILER INCENTIVE:

For every 10 copies of FATHOM: KIANI vol 4 #3 ordered, retailers will receive one (1) FREE copy of the alternate FATHOM: KIANI vol 4 #3 cover by artist Agnes Garbowska, with the option to purchase up to three (3) additional Agnes Garbowska alternate FATHOM: KIANI vol 4 #3 covers at net $4 each.

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THE ZOOHUNTERS #4

Peter Steigerwald – Story / Peter Steigerwald – Art

There IS life on other planets—THEY find it.

After their encounter with the villainous Qaurec, Abros is in a race to save his son Ty from death. Can he and Minalara keep Ty alive or will Abros lose the only family he has left? The critically acclaimed series continues!
Creator and artist Peter Steigerwald presents to you the newest Aspen hit series – THE ZOOHUNTERS!

THE ZOOHUNTERS #4 is in stores April 29th, 2015!

FC 32 pages $3.99

RETAILER NOTE: THE ZOOHUNTERS #4 will ship with four different covers by series artist Peter Steigerwald, Billy Tan, Joe Benitez and David Finch. Each cover is available to order separately, with no quantity limitation or restrictions.

THE ZOOHUNTERS #4 RETAILER INCENTIVE:

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

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EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: IRIS ANNUAL #1

David Wohl; Vince Hernandez; Heather Finley – Story
Randy Green; Tony Parker – Art

Executive Assistant Iris returns!

Aspen’s first Executive Assistant Annual ever is jam packed with three brand new stories featuring the most popular Executive Assistants! The EA that started it all, Iris, returns for a thrilling new adventure that explores her new life beyond the conflict of her past! Also, explore fan favorite EA Rose’s tumultuous history with her overbearing master, plus a brutal prison tale featuring the popular EA Orchid!

Don’t miss out on the debut of the first ever EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT IRIS ANNUAL #1 in this thrilling oversized issue featuring a re-mastered EA IRIS cover by original series designer Joe Benitez and colorist Peter Steigerwald!

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT IRIS ANNUAL #1 is in stores April 15th, 2015!

FC 48 pages $5.99

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Preview: Damsels in Excess #4

DAMSELS IN EXCESS #4

Vince Hernandez – Story / Mirka Andolfo – Art

Five realms. Five princesses. Zero men.

The noose begins to tighten around Evanfar, from Barra and Ilina’s armies as well as from within, as Bethany’s kingdom crumbles without the strength of her leadership. However, Bethany has far more stunning revelations to deal with—as she comes face to face with her treacherous mother Valeria—the Queen of Shadows!

DAMSELS IN EXCESS #4 is in stores January 14th, 2015!

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Preview: The Zoohunters #2

THE ZOOHUNTERS #2

Peter Steigerwald – Story & 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 December 24th, 2014!

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Interview: Giuseppe Cafaro Discusses the Kiani Redesign

00b_FAK3-01-CMYKcrop[1]In early November Aspen Comics made the announcement they were changing up the look of their heroine Kiani when Fathom: Kiani Volume 4 #1 arrives February 11th. Alex Konat, Giuseppe Cafaro, and Wes Hatman were tasked with updating Kiani’s look and the title’s overall design.

In the announcement Aspen cited the growing female audience, and the evolution of their fanbase, an honest and frank admission that I wish we saw more of.

Yesterday, we talked with Aspen Editor in Chief and writer of Fathom: Kiani, Vince Hernandez. Today, we bring you part two of the discussion, as we got a chance to send some questions to artist Giuseppe Cafaro about some of what went into the redesign and the latest trend of new costumes for characters.

Graphic Policy: So the big news is you’re redesigning Kiani for her comic’s next volume out in February. When did you find out about the change, and get tasked with the redesign?

Giuseppe Cafaro: So, yes, there’s a great project behind the new Kiani volume that started during the end of this summer. Vince told me about the idea to bring Kiani on a new cinematic view and I loved that new way from the beginning.

00b_FAK4-02-CMYKcrop_1GP: How were Alex Konat and Wes Hartman involved?

GC: The whole “Fathom crew” was involved in this redesign. Alex drew the outfit for the first issue (that you can see also on his covers) and I’m drawing the concept outfit for the other issues. Wes is always one of the most important members of this project – he gives life to our ideas and pencils.

GP: What were the things you thought about when coming up with the new look?

GC: I was excited! Kiani is one of my favorite comic book characters since I started to read Fathom, and I’m so happy to have the possibility to work on these books and work on her redesign.

GP: Did you put thought into the utility and practicality of the outfit when coming up with the new design?

GC: Sure. There’s will be different environments and villains in this new story and her new design will be connected with what she needs to be the “bad-ass heroine” we know.

KIANI-V4-01c-Garbowska-2x3_1GP: What was the approval process like? How many versions were there?

GC: About the first outfit, we started from the design of Kiani: Dawn of War, beautifully drawn by Talent Caldwell. About the second design, I did 3 different versions and Vince approved one of those, but I think I’ll still do some little changes, with his supervision, on that new design.

GP: What are some of the character designs in comics that really stand out to you?

GC: I don’t like the classic “hero-suit” too much. I love a lot of the classic Image characters (Spawn, Witchblade) but I think that my favorite costume design is the Batman from “Batman: Noel” drawn by Lee Bermejo.

GP: With many of this year’s redesigns of characters practicality of the costume seem to be a priority. Why do you think this has become more of a focus of the artists today?

GC: I think that all redesigns actually come from generational change, not only in comics but also in movies and TV series. Sure, there are a lot of people who doesn’t like redesigns, but I think that it’s important to give new looks to our “heroes”.

GP: What comic projects do you have coming up?

GC: I’m working on Kiani interiors right now; I’ll draw all 4 books of this volume, as I did for the last volume. As for the future, I hope to continue to collaborate with Aspen Comics. It’s so fun and intense for me.

 

Interview: Vince Hernandez Discusses Aspen, Kiani, and the Changing Comic Readership

00b_FAK4-02-CMYKcrop_1In early November Aspen Comics made the announcement they were changing up the look of their heroine Kiani when Fathom: Kiani Volume 4 #1 arrives February 11th. Alex Konat, Giuseppe Cafaro, and Wes Hatman were tasked with updating Kiani’s look and the title’s overall design.

What was even more amazing was the honesty and transparency as to why this design change and update was happening:

And as our company and fan base continue to evolve, a new generation of readers will be introduced to this wonderful character, including a much larger female audience. We wanted to honor that spirit of progress by updating the look and feel of the series with an exciting new design.

In a year of major changes in the diversity of comic characters, this was the latest example that 2014 could be called “the year of the woman” in the comic industry.

We got a chance to throw some questions at the writer of Fathom: Kiani, Vince Hernandez, not just about the new direction, but also the changing demographics of comic readers and fans.

We have even more images of Kiani, and tomorrow come back for Part II, where we talk with artist Giuseppe Cafaro about the actual design process.

00b_FAK3-01-CMYKcrop[1]Graphic Policy: So the big news is you’re redesigning Kiani for her comic’s next volume out in February. How did you all come to the decision for the redesign?

Vince Hernandez: That’s correct, we’ll be ushering in a new look for the series both through the narrative and the visual aspect of the title. Like most ideas we have, this was derived from one of our production meetings, while discussing the new direction of Fathom: Kiani, and what we were looking to achieve with the final product. We’ve tried really hard to establish a library of titles that will appeal to the growing number of comic book readers, and that includes a large female audience. With this fourth volume of Fathom: Kiani, we tried to be mindful of this new audience while also staying true to the character and her rich history. This included a natural evolution to the character’s appearance that fits more with where she is in her journey. It’s all very organic to the story when you read it. I hope readers will agree.

GP: How many people were involved in the redesign process?

VH: Everything we do here at Aspen is a collaborative process, so everyone’s opinion matters. Usually, that starts in our production meetings and carries over into the individual discussions I have with the creative team, and all along the way I try to gather everyone’s opinions. For Fathom: Kiani, it’s like clockwork because Giuseppe Cafaro, Wes Hartman and Josh Reed know exactly what to do, since we’ve worked together on this title for quite some time.

GP: Were there any mandates as far as the redesign?

VH: No mandates, just to stay true to the character and the story, and our original discussions about the visual look of the series which includes covers, solicitation ads, and the approach to marketing the book for a wider audience.

KIANI-V4-01c-Garbowska-2x3_1GP: In the release announcing this you mention how the Aspen Comics fan base has evolved, and the much larger female audience. How closely does Aspen follow that? Do you have a good idea of what your readership “looks like”?

VH: I think so, although we’re always pleasantly surprised to meet new readers. The comic industry is growing larger and with that comes new readers and fans looking to enjoy our books. With the advent of more conventions and social networking, it’s a very fun time to be a comic book creator, as we can interact with our fan base directly. We try to stay current with that approach and evolve as our fan base does. One thing many people wrongly perceive about Aspen is that we have a mostly male fan base, because they see our female heroines on the covers and assume we’re something we’re not. We actually have a very strong and loyal female audience that we adore, and we’re very open to hearing our fans’ opinions. We’re here to entertain first and foremost, and with that comes a responsibility to be open to criticism.

GP: How do you feel the comic readership has changed over the years as far as habits and demographics?

VH: I think the comic readership has become much more attuned to challenging the status quo in terms of voting with their wallets, but I definitely wouldn’t mind even more change in that department. Right now there’s such a great influx of female readers and more of a focus on increasing diversity in the industry, but there’s still a large majority of readers that dismiss anything not by the Big Two. Those buying habits are hard to change, but thankfully I think it’s trending in the other direction now.

GP: This year’s big story for comics is diversity with numerous publishers headlining a lot more minorities in comics, and outright changing gender or race of characters. What do you see as the driving force behind that?

VH: I’d love to say that I think it’s all organic to the story and not part of a larger initiative to appeal to a demographic that has been under-served, but I wouldn’t be completely honest. But, then at the end of the day, anything that helps to add more diversity to the industry I can’t see as a bad thing–as long as it’s handled with respect and care for the story and/or characters.

GP: Do you think those changes are editorially driven? Number crunching/marketing driven? A combination?

VH: A combination, and I think it’s foolish to think that marketing doesn’t play a part in these decisions. Oftentimes, we as fans can get so caught up in the comics we love that we forget that publishers have to run as a business, first and foremost. Understanding market trends and areas of growth potential are essential to any good business model in the long term. Finding new readership is the best way to feed that growth, and publishers have to search out those new readers in these ways.

GP: Do you think the rise of self-publishing, Kickstarter, web comics, the explosion of indie books has helped pushed for greater diversity in the rest of the industry?

VH: Absolutely, and the benefit to that added diversity is that it puts the larger publishers in a position to not rest on their heels, which is a win for the overall quality of the work produced in comics. Being a published comic book creator doesn’t have the same value that it did a decade ago, now that anybody can publish their own work with enough determination. It makes for a more competitive playing field, and more options for fans to choose from.

GP: We publish monthly demographic studies of folks who “like” comics on Facebook. Do comic publishers consider that sort of thing when deciding what to publish and who an audience for a comic might be?

VH: You know, at this moment the correlation between a “like” on Facebook and a sale at the retail level to me hasn’t presented itself yet, but I think there are plenty of conclusions you can draw from the statistical data on Facebook. I think this is much more pronounced at the creator level, as I’ve seen some creators really build a solid revenue stream for their work due to their strong social media presence. As a publisher, we usually have to make our decisions much earlier, as we plan our production schedule far in advance. Once it hits social media we already anticipate a certain level of awareness for the property or title.

GP: Can we expect any other shake-ups like this for 2015 for Aspen?

VH: Well, the great thing about Aspen is that we’re free to really shake things up all the time, so I think Aspen fans can expect many more surprises in 2015, as we have some really fun new projects on the horizon!

Preview: Lola XOXO #5

LOLA XOXO #5

Siya Oum – Story & Art

Aspen’s newest hit series continues!

Conrad arrives in Sinmora, and is shocked to find out that Lola’s life may be in danger. Meanwhile, a weakened and bloodied Wasteland Trading Co. finally find solace in a small town that may prove hopeful for a post-apocalyptic future ahead. However, Lola soon realizes that looks can be deceiving, and nothing is as it seems in the Wasteland—and this mistake could be her last!

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

LOLA XOXO #5 is in stores December 10th, 2014!

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Aspen in January 2015

THE ZOOHUNTERS #3

Peter Steigerwald – Story / Peter Steigerwald – Art

There IS life on other planets—THEY find it.

Abros and Ty are joined by the ZooHunter Minalara and her Dog and they confront the nefarious Qaurec in the jungles of Ygnn. Quarec intends to make them an offer they can’t refuse. Read issue three to find out! This issue features the first-ever comic cover by Cartoonist/Illustrator and Animation Director Chris Sanders! (Lilo & Stitch, How to Train Your Dragon, The Croods)

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

THE ZOOHUNTERS #3 is in stores January 21st, 2015!

FC 32 pages $3.99

RETAILER NOTE: THE ZOOHUNTERS #3 will ship with two different covers by series artist Peter Steigerwald and artist Chris Sanders animation writer and director (Lilo & Stitch, How to Train Your Dragon, The Croods). Each cover is available to order separately, with no quantity limitation or restrictions.

THE ZOOHUNTERS #3 RETAILER INCENTIVE:

For every 10 copies of THE ZOOHUNTERS #3 ordered, retailers will receive one (1) FREE copy of the alternate THE ZOOHUNTERS #3 cover by artist Peter Steigerwald, with the option to purchase up to three (3) additional Peter Steigerwald alternate THE ZOOHUNTERS #3 Covers at net $4 each.

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OVERTAKEN #3

Frank Mastromauro – Story / Marco Lorenzana – Art / Wes Hartman – Colors

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 January 14th, 2015!

FC 32 pages $3.99

RETAILER NOTE: OVERTAKEN #3 will ship with two different covers by series artist Marco Lorenzana and artist Jordan Gunderson. Each cover is available to order separately, with no quantity limitation or restrictions.

OVERTAKEN #3 RETAILER INCENTIVE #1:

For every 8 total combined copies of the Lorenzana and Gunderson covers ordered, retailers will receive one (1) FREE copy of the alternate OVERTAKEN #3 cover by artist Elizabeth Torque with the option to purchase up to three (3) additional Torque alternate OVERTAKEN #3 covers at net $4 each.

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Aspen’s Kiani Returns February 2015 With a New Design From the Fathom Creative Team

Aspen Comics recently celebrated the ten-year anniversary of one of their most popular characters, Fathom’s warrior heroine Kiani. To help usher in a new direction for the character beginning in February for the release of Fathom: Kiani Volume 4, the publisher tasked current All New Michael Turner’s Fathom artist Alex Konat and Fathom: Kiani artists Giuseppe Cafaro and Wes Hartman to update Kiani’s visual look and her title’s overall design.

Fathom: Kiani writer Vince Hernandez explained in a release:

When Kiani was created in 2004, she was an instant hit with Aspen fans because of the depth of her personality and her unique character design. And as our company and fan base continue to evolve, a new generation of readers will be introduced to this wonderful character, including a much larger female audience. We wanted to honor that spirit of progress by updating the look and feel of the series with an exciting new design.

Fathom: Kiani Volume 4 #1 arrives in stores this February 11th written by Vince Hernandez with art by Giuseppe Cafaro and Wes Hartman, and all issues in this series will feature direct edition covers by Cafaro and Alex Konat, with Retailer Incentive Edition water-themed homage covers by Agnes Garbowska.

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Preview: The Zoohunters #1

THE ZOOHUNTERS #1

Peter Steigerwald – Story / Peter Steigerwald – Art

There IS life on other planets—THEY find it.

Abros Kel is a ZooHunter—a man who is hired to capture animals for zoos on alien worlds. He and his young son Ty have lost everything due to a tragedy, and together this uncomfortable pair set out into the stars to train Ty as a ZooHunter. Along the way they encounter scores of alien life-forms on far away worlds including Qaurec—an unscrupulous rival ZooHunter who is hunting Abros down. Can Abros and Ty stay one step ahead of his villainy and prove successful in their quest?

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

THE ZOOHUNTERS #1 is in stores November 5th, 2014!

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Preview: All New Soulfire #8

ALL NEW SOULFIRE #8

JT Krul – Story / V. Ken Marion – Art

This all-new volume of Soulfire reaches its thrilling conclusion, as Malikai and his friends face off with their long-time adversary, Abel, along with his terrible, mechanized monstrosities. It’s a free-for-all that could threaten the future of magic forever!

ALL NEW SOULFIRE #8 is in stores October 29th, 2014!

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