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Aspen Comics Reveals Their WonderCon 2015 Exclusives and Events

Aspen Comics will be attending WonderCon 2015 in Anaheim, CA this weekend, April 3rd through the 5th. The publisher will be located at Booth #501, as well as participating in panels and portfolio reviews throughout the convention.

Guests in attendance will include Frank Mastromauro, Peter Steigerwald, Vince Hernandez, Mark Roslan, Scott Lobdell, J.T. Krul, Tom Hutchison, Josh Reed, and David Wohl, all of whom will be available at the booth to greet fans and sign comics.

There will be a The Four Points #1 WonderCon 2015 exclusive variant cover by V Ken Marion and Peter Steigerwald available for purchase, as well as the popular Shahrazad #1 Shannon Maer Convention Exclusive variant. WonderCon will be the world premiere of The Four Points #1. Fans can get their copy at the Aspen booth this weekend before the series hits stores on April 8th. Series scribe Scott Lobdell will be signing issues at the booth throughout the weekend. As well, the publisher will have a small quantity of the nearly sold out Lola XOXO: Wasteland Madam #1 Emerald City Comicon 2015 cover by Siya Oum available, a title which will also debuts early prior to its April 8th release only available at the Aspen Booth 501.

Aspen will also be bringing a selection of their industry leading art prints, including a full size print of The Four Points #1 WonderCon 2015 exclusive variant by V Ken Marion, a Shahrazad #1 full size print by Mike DeBalfo, and a Lola XOXO: Wasteland Madam #1 full size print by Dawn McTeigue. Limited quantities of all convention exclusives will be available on the Aspen store following the event.

See below for panel and portfolio review times, participants, and locations:


Aspen Comics 2015 – Saturday at 1:00PM – Room 211

In Attendance: Frank Mastromauro, Peter Steigerwald, Vince Hernandez, Mark Roslan, Josh Reed, J.T. Krul, Scott Lobdell, Tom Hutchison, Hannibal Tabu

Get details on all of the projects Aspen has planned though 2015, ask the creators questions about their yet-to-be released books, and get two exclusive free mini-prints at the end of the panel – a The Four Points #1 Aspen Panel Exclusive mini print by Jordan Gunderson and a full color Shahrazad #1 Aspen Panel Exclusive mini print by J. Scott Campbell and Peter Steigerwald (while supplies last).


The Forgotten Trio: Letterers, Inkers, and Colorists – Saturday at 5:00 PM – Room 209

In Attendance from Aspen: Josh Reed, Mark Roslan, Peter Steigerwald

Comic book industry veterans discuss what it entails to be an inker, letterer, or colorist, along with advice for those aspiring to be part of the comic book industry.

Editor-in-Chief Vince Hernandez and Assistant Editor Andrea Shea will review artist portfolios and offer critiques for artists looking to break into the industry.

Friday at 3:30PM – Room 206B

Saturday at 4:30PM – Room 206B

Sunday at 4:00PM – Room 206B

Pope Francis Names Aspen Comics Official Publisher of the Catholic Church

Aspen Comics is a company on the move. First they acquired Big Dog Ink, with the first joint venture out this week, and for the past few months they’ve revamped existing series and characters, or announce whole new ones, to meet the shifting diverse comic readers.

Now this! Check out the announcement below:

On April 1st, 2015 Pope Francis issued a papal bull declaring Aspen Comics the official Comic Publisher of the Vatican. Co-Owners Frank Mastromauro and Peter Steigerwald, as well as Vice Presidents Vince Hernandez and Mark Roslan, will be canonized into sainthood in the coming weeks.

“Despite the holy work done by some guy named Robert Kirkman on his early title Battle Pope, we here at the Vatican believe that Aspen Comics and their titles best encompass our values. And good gosh darn do I love me that Dog from that ZooHunters book!” said Pope Francis himself in his official press conference on the matter.

The partnership will yield a series of “Fun Comic Bibles” in the coming year – graphic novel interpretations of traditional Bible stories that include an element of fiction. Pope Francis chuckled heartily as he declared, “Just imagine if Noah’d had Miss Aspen Matthews out there with him during the flood!”


Lola XOXO: Wasteland Madam Kicks off April 8

Hot on the heels of Aspen’s hit series Lola XOXO comes Lola XOXO: Wasteland Madam, an all-new mini-series that takes place in the familiar Wasteland written by Vince Hernandez with art by Lola XOXO series creator Siya Oum.

Once a woman with a promising future and the love of her life by her side, the “Wasteland Madam” evolved into a ruthless leader following the nuclear holocaust that destroyed the city of Chicago. She’s now responsible for protecting a loyal band of survivors from the threat of annihilation, but that’s easier said than done in the wild Wasteland, where enemies are everywhere the law of the land is enforced by blood.

Lola XOXO: Wasteland Madam will hit stores on April 8th with two direct edition covers, the first by Oum and the second by Lori “Cross” Hanson, as well as two retailer incentive variants by Oum and Dawn McTeigue and a blank sketch cover.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

the_uncanny_inhumansWednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.


Top Pick: Southern Bastards #8 (Image Comics) – Have you been reading this series? This is the final chapter in the story how the worst football play rose to become “Coach Boss.” The second story arc of the southern crime series has been as amazing as the first, and cements the series as one of the best out there right now.

Lady Killer #4 (Dark Horse) – The series follows a housewife who’s also a contract killer. The last issue shook things up a bunch, so it’ll be interesting to see where things go from there. I’ve been dying to find out what happens next.

No Mercy #1 (Image Comics) – Alex de Campi and Carla Speed Mcneil’s series about privileged US teens having to make their way home after an accident in Central America sounds very different, and very interesting.

Space Riders #1 (Black Mask Studios) – From the galactic core to the outer quadrants, one name strikes terror in the hearts of evil beings everywhere: the Space Riders! Sailing the cosmos in the Skullship Santa Muerte, Capitan Peligro and his fearless crew deal harsh justice to the scum of the galaxy and in trippy visuals. It’s just too awesome to not give a plug.

UFOlogy #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Writer James Tynion IV has been on a role lately, and with this series he’s joined by Noah J. Yuenkel. The series is about a girl who just wanted to be a normal high school student but after being marked by an alien’s touch stumbles upon a mystery. It seems a bit like Tynion’s other BOOM! series The Woods, but that’s so good, I’m ok with it.



Top Pick: Wonder Woman #40 (DC Comics) – The long teased at battle between Diana and Donna is apparently here, and it may or may not be able to save interest in the Finch’s run on this title.

Jungle Book Fall of the Wild #4 (Zenescope) – This has been a fun series that has managed to capture some of the same spark as the original.

Lady Killer #4 (Dark Horse) – This series almost simultaneously lost and found its soul, but after this issue, it looks as though it is headed for a memorable conclusion.

Shahrazad #1 (Aspen Comics/Big Dog Ink) – The Aspen relaunch of BDI titles begins here with this title that was full of potential although low on promise. If it finishes its run will it get the change to realize it?

Uncanny Inhumans #0 (Marvel) – Its just over a month until the Avengers comes out, and Marvel hopes to capitalize on the Inhumans even more. It will be interesting to see what comes from this series.



Top Pick: Elric the Eternal Champion: The Michael Moorecock Library Volume 1 (Titan Comics) –  Moorecock changed science fiction and fantasy writing forever when he began writing tales of Elric of Melniboné for the Science Fantasy magazine in 1961. His stories were sex, drugs and a dark and troubled sorcerer warrior anti-hero before it was a cliche because he was the first to bring all that to the sword and sorcery genre. We are so lucky to have this creative team retelling Elric stories back in print again. Originally these were published in the 80s but they feel really 70s in the best way possible. If you like sword and sorcery books or hold a place in your heart for psychedelic genre comics you need this book.

Adventure Time Graphic Novel “Grables Shmaybles” (BOOM! Studios/KaBOOM!) –  I love Adventure Time. I think its one of the most important new fictional worlds. I don’t like “slice of life, humorous comic strips” and yet, when I started ready Danielle Corsetto’s slice of life humorous comic strip “Girls With Slingshots” (at Alyssa Rosenberg’s recommendation) I was immediately hooked. It was cute and I was desperate to know what would happen next. If Danielle can get me reading completely outside my genre I can’t wait to see what she does in a fictional world that I love.

Gotham Academy Endgame (DC Comics) – This comic gets better and better and I may be falling in love with it. A fun combination of soap-y and mystery. Charming art and lovable kid characters. The feeling is youthful but with enough ties to the Batman world to keep geeks guessing.

Spider-Gwen #1 2nd Printing (Marvel) – I need to catch up on this series and issue 1 is in a new printing. This looks about as Riot Grrl as a Spider-book can get. That’s a good thing.

Uncanny Inhumans #0 (Marvel) – I’ve been a fan of the Inhumans as characters for years, but I admit most of their appeal for me has been the Kirby costumes and visually interesting power sets. I haven’t really read many of their contemporary adventures– they never quite made the list. But with their new status at the center of the Marvel U and with a team this skillful I’m going to give it a go!


Aspen Comics in June 2015


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

An unlikely team of BLUE rise in this BRAND NEW Fathom series!

They have all risen from beneath the surface. Each for a different purpose yet united in their exile from their homelands below. Looking to blend in—out of sight–amongst humans unaware of their true potential. However, one man, who has spent the better part of his life hunting the Blue, is keenly aware of their presence—and he will stop at nothing to use these Blue as weapons against their own, even if it means killing them in the process!

The first all new Fathom series to make its debut since Michael Turner introduced you to his incredible underwater adventure over 15 years ago, is ready to take you on the ride of your life and explore the world of Fathom as you’ve never seen it before!

FATHOM BLUE #1 is in stores June 17th, 2015!

FC 32 pages $3.99

RETAILER NOTE: FATHOM BLUE #1 will ship with two different covers by series artist Claudio Avella and Paolo Pantalena. Each cover is available to order separately, with no quantity limitation or restrictions.


For every 12 copies of FATHOM BLUE #1 ordered, retailers will receive one (1) FREE copy of the alternate FATHOM BLUE #1 cover by artist Marcus To, with the option to purchase up to three (3) additional Marcus To alternate FATHOM BLUE #1 covers at net $4 each.


For every 24 copies of FATHOM BLUE #1 ordered, retailers will receive one (1) FREE copy of the Michael Turner FATHOM BLUE #1 Cover, with the option to purchase up to three (3) additional Turner FATHOM BLUE #1 Covers at net $8 each.

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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!

FC 32 pages $3.99

RETAILER NOTE: PSYCHO BONKERS #2 will ship with two different covers by series artist Adam Archer and Mike Bowden. Each cover is available to order separately, with no quantity limitation or restrictions.


For every 10 copies of PSYCHO BONKERS #2 ordered, retailers will receive one (1) FREE copy of the alternate PSYCHO BONKERS #2 cover by artist Peter Steigerwald, with the option to purchase up to three (3) additional Steigerwald alternate PSYCHO BONKERS #2 covers at net $4 each.

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

Deadly secrets are exposed, as Gia’s origin finally comes to light and the true history of her “powers” are disclosed! Yet, the most shocking truth will reveal itself as the ladies investigate an international weapons manufacturer, and learn—perhaps too late—that they may be in far over their heads!

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

FOUR POINTS #3 is in stores June 17th, 2015!

FC 32 pages $3.99

RETAILER NOTE: FOUR POINTS #3 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.


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

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

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

It seems everyone is out for Shahrazad’s head, yet there is one who finds her life intriguing enough to keep her alive. Janus sends Shahrazad to the arena to see if he can create an ending for this woman who’s future is as uncertain as her life!

SHAHRAZAD #3 is in stores June 10th, 2015!

FC 32 pages $2.99

RETAILER NOTE: SHAHRAZAD #3 will ship with two different covers by series artist Mike Krome and artist Elizabeth Torque. Each cover is available to order separately, with no quantity limitation or restrictions.


For every 8 copies of SHAHRAZAD #3 ordered, retailers will receive one (1) FREE copy of the re-mastered SHAHRAZAD #3 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 #3 covers at net $4 each.

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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 June 24th, 2015!

FC 32 pages $3.99

RETAILER NOTE: LOLA XOXO: WASTELAND MADAM #4 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.


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

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Preview: 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!


Preview: Soulfire: Sourcebook #1


Hannibal Tabu — Writer
Michael Turner – Art / Peter Steigerwald – Colors

Your journey into the SOULFIRE Universe begins here!

Aspen’s best-selling Soulfire series has celebrated over 10 years of exciting adventures, and now fans and new readers alike can explore even more of Michael Turner’s magical journey with the first-ever MICHAEL TURNER’S SOULFIRE: 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 Soulfire!

SOULFIRE: SOURCEBOOK #1 is in stores March 25th, 2015!


Aspen Announces Fathom: Blue

Aspen Comics has announced Fathom: Blue, an all-new team book set within the familiar Fathom universe written by Vince Hernandez with art by newcomer Claudio Avella and colors by Erick Arciniega.

Fathom: Blue will launch with a zero issue in Aspen’s annual Free Comic Book Day flip book Worlds of Aspen 2015, and continue in its first full issue the following month in June. The series centers on a band of misfit Blue who have risen from beneath the surface, united in their exile from below and looking to blend in out of sight amongst humans. But they’ve been collected under the watchful eye of one man who has spent the better part of his life hunting their kind, and will stop at nothing to use these Blue as weapons against their own.

The series will focus on a fresh cast of characters and their difficulties surviving above the surface as outcasts, which makes it a perfect jumping on point for new readers.

Fathom: Blue will feature covers from interior artist Avella, Mike Krome, industry favorites Paolo Pantalena and Marcus To, as well as a special 3D lenticular cover by Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald.

Cover A: APR151078
Cover B: APR151079
Cover C: APR151080
Cover D: APR151081

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Preview: Fathom: Kiani Vol. 4 #2


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 teaches Anika an extremely valuable lesson about compassion, as their conflict with the US Government continues to escalate beyond the point of no return. Yet, on the American side, Admiral Hoover does not share Kiani’s fervor for peace, and decides the only way to remove the Blue is to get his hands dirty—or rather, the lives of the US Navy Seals outfitted with deadly new technological advances!

FATHOM: KIANI vol 4 #2 is in stores March 18th, 2015!


Preview: Lola XOXO #6


Siya Oum – Story & Art

Aspen’s newest hit series reached its gripping finale!

The pulse-pounding ending to volume one begins here! The Wasteland Trading Company and the merciless Carnies square off in a battle that is a long time coming. However, the results of this fierce bloodbath could put Lola’s fate—as well as her life—in jeopardy!

One of 2014’s most exciting debuts reaches its stunning conclusion, and LOLA XOXO will take you on an incredible adventure unlike any other!

LOLA XOXO #6 is in stores March 11th, 2014!


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