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Cryptozoic Announces Partnership with Cartoon Books and Bone License

boneCryptozoic Entertainment, leading developer, designer and manufacturer of games and collectible trading cards, is pleased to partner with Cartoon Books to produce vinyl figures based on the popular award winning Bone graphic novel series.

The artwork and story of Bone continues to resonate with fans of all ages around the world. The diversity of characters and adventure provide a substantial foundation and epic content to build upon. The Bone cousins, Fone, Phoney and Smiley and their fantastic hero’s journey offer the opportunity to complement their universe with branded vinyl figures.

Bone vinyl figure collectibles will be available for purchase online and in specialty stores worldwide starting Q4 of 2015.

Cryptozoic Launches New Collectible Merchandise Lines at 2015 New York Toy Fair

CryptozoicThis year Cryptozoic Entertainment is launching a variety of new products targeted at casual fans, as well as collectors. The new products feature renowned brands such as DC Comics, Ghostbusters, Adventure Time, Bone and Supernatural representing some of the most creative and innovative merchandise in the company’s history.

With this move into the collectible merchandise category comes the addition of new team members Bill Schanes and Jeff Parker. Jeff Parker joins the Cryptozoic team as Creative Director of Merchandise. Jeff previously held a position in the consumer products division at Cartoon Network and possesses extensive experience in brand management, licensing and consumer products. In this new role, Parker will be responsible for planning and development of collectible merchandise product lines.

Vice President Bill Schanes, previously held the position of Vice President of Purchasing at Diamond Comics. His diverse experience in the comic book and collectible toys industry brings key knowledge to this new business unit. Schanes will oversee the product strategy, licensing and distribution plans for these product lines.

One of their new lines is based on Ghostbusters which is celebrating its 30th anniversary of the film’s release. New products will include vinyl minis, cookie cutters (Q4 2015), the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man apron and hat set, trading cards (Q3 2015) and Ghostbusters: the Board Game (Q4 2015). Like other Cryptozoic products, collectability will be built into some of the products in the Ghostbusters line. The vinyl minis will be packaged as a blind box purchase, with a set of 12 including variant figures.

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It’s new comic book day tomorrow! What are folks excited for? If you’re not sure, you can catch our recommendations tomorrow!

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CBLDF – Bone Named Among 10 Most Banned Books of 2013! – I guess you can say it got boned by censorship.

Spinoff Online – Paul Bettany Confirms Vision Role in ‘The Avengers: Age of Ultron’ – Remember when sites said he was Ultron?

Joystiq – Motion-controlled rail shooter Blue Estate coming to Xbox One – Will this video game based on a comic be worth it?

The Hollywood Reporter – WGN America Adapting DC Comics’ ‘Scalped’ – The channel is interesting.

Kotaku – Giant Mecha Erected in Tokyo – Want.


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ScienceFiction.com – Captain Marvel #2

CBR – Daredevil #1.50

CBR – Nightcrawler #1

SciFiNow – Zero Hour And Other Stories

Jeff Smith’s Bone Artist’s Edition is Coming!

IDW Publishing and Cartoon Books have announced Jeff Smith’s Bone Artist’s Edition, to be released this fall and featuring one of Smith’s most beloved stories: The Great Cow Race! Featuring Fone, Smiley and Phoney bone, Gran’ma Ben, the radiant Thorn, and, of course, those stupid, stupid Rat Creatures!

Jeff Smith and Vijaya Iyer launched Cartoon Books in 1991 with the release of the first issue of Bone. A certified smash-hit, Bone remains an evergreen standard for Cartoon Books, continuing to sell to children of all ages. Jeff Smith and Bone have won 10 Eisner Awards (while being nominated for another 11) and 11 Harvey Awards.

Jeff Smith’s Bone Artist’s Edition will be 144 pages and measure 12” x17”

What is an Artist’s Edition? Artist’s Editions are printed the same size as the original art. While appearing to be in black & white, each page has been scanned in COLOR to mimic as closely as possible the experience of viewing the actual original art—for example, you are able to clearly see paste-overs, blue pencils in the art, editorial notes, art corrections. Each page is printed the same size as drawn, and the paper selected is as close as possible to the original art board.

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It was new comic day yesterday, what’d everyone get?

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The Hollywood Reporter – Rosario Dawson Bringing Graphic Novel ‘O.C.T.’ to A&E With ‘Walking Dead’ Producer – When will we hit too many “comic book” shows on tv?


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IGN – Avengers vs. X-Men #0

The Fandom Post – Bone Vol. 2: The Great Cow Race

CBR – The Walking Dead #95

Comics Anonymous – X-Men Season One

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A long weekend is here!  To help get the time to go by, here’s the news you might have missed.

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4th Letter – Are they scanning Marvel’s comics from inside the House of Ideas?! – Pretty fascinating and sad bloggers had to solve this for them.


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What Culture! – Batman #6

The Fandom Post – Bone Vol. 1: Out From Boneville

CBR – Glory #23

Spandexless – One Model Nation

Call to the Pen – “21” The Story of Roberto Clemente

IGN – Comic Book Reviews for 2/15/12

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Lots of news, lots of links to help you through your day.  It’s new comic release day, what’s on your “to buy” list?

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Bleeding Cool – In Defence Of Starfire And Red Hood And The OutlawsSome very interesting takes on the issue.

Comics Alliance – Gay Archie Comics Character Kevin Keller to Meet His Future Husband In U.S. MilitaryYay the repeal of DADT!

CNN Geekout – Superhero metaphysics – A pretty interesting take and coverage of the new DCU.

ICv2 – New Batman Animated SeriesKatana? Really?

Con Coverage:

Publishers Weekly – APE Spotlights Indie Publishing Spirit

DC – Get Heard at New York Comic-Con – Flame on!

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Lytherus – Bone

ICv2 – Charmed: Season 9 Vol. 2

Blogcritics – Feynman

IGN – Star Wars Omnibus: The Complete Saga

IGN – X-Men: Schism #5

Jeff Smith Returns to the Baltimore Comic-Con!

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Jeff Smith Returns to the Baltimore Comic-Con!
Bone 20th Anniversary Collection Makes Its East Coast Debut in Baltimore

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – April 26, 2011 – The Baltimore Comic-Con is excited to announce the addition of renowned cartoonist Jeff Smith to the growing line-up of creators for this year’s show, taking place August 20-21, 2011.  As a pioneer of self-publishing, the Harvey and Eisner Awards-winning Smith is best know for his classic all-ages fantasy epic, Bone, an award-winning adventure about three cartoon cousins lost in a world of myth and ancient mysteries, as well as his current science-fiction series, RASL.Jeff_Smith_Fall_2010.jpgDebuting in July 1991, Bone is now a New York Times bestselling series published by Scholastic Books. July 2011 marks the 20th Anniversary of Bone #1 and to celebrate this momentous achievement, Smith’s own Cartoon Books is releasing a limited edition slipcase collection. The Bone: 20th Anniversary Full Color One Volume Collector’s Box Set will make it’s East Coast debut right here in Baltimore.

In 2009, Smith was the subject of the Emmy Award-winning documentary, The Cartoonist: Jeff Smith, Bone, and the Changing Face of Comics, and he is currently working on his creator-owned series, RASL, a sci-fi noir tale about an inter-dimensional art thief.

In addition, the Baltimore Comic-Con also welcomes Steve Hamaker, the artist responsible for supplying Smith’s 1344-page masterpiece with vibrant color. Hamaker joined Smith at Cartoon Books in 2000 and was tasked with the mission of bringing Bone from black and white to full-color for Scholastic Books. His work on the series has been nominated for the Harvey and Eisner Awards for Best Coloring.

BONE_20th_Collector_Box_2“We couldn’t be more pleased to have Jeff Smith and Steve Hamaker here in Baltimore,” said Marc Nathan, show promoter for the Baltimore Comic-Con. “Jeff paved the way for self-publishing and practically conceived the modern American graphic novel. His work was made that much better by Steve’s amazing coloring.”

Other confirmed guests for the show including: Jason Aaron (Scalped, PunisherMAX); Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead); Cliff Chiang (Greendale); Frank Cho (Jungle Girl, Hulk); David Finch (Brightest Day, Batman: The Dark Knight); Ron Frenz (Spider-Girl); Mike Grell (Action Comics, The Pilgrim); Jamal Igle (Supergirl, Zatanna); J.G. Jones (Doc Savage, DC Universe Legacies); Barry Kitson (Secret Invasion, Amazing Spider-Man); David Petersen (Mouse Guard); Brandon Peterson (Ultimate Vision, Strange); Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo); and Nick Spencer (Morning Glories, Iron Man 2.0).

In coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found at our website, Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace pages.

This year’s Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 20-21, 2011. Convention hours are Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. The ceremony and banquet for the Harvey Awards will be held Saturday night, August 21th.
About The Baltimore Comic-Con
The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 12th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. With a guest list unequaled in the industry, the Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 20-21, 2011. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

About The Harvey Awards
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry’s oldest and most respected awards. With a history of over 20 years, the last 6 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. For more information, please visit www.harveyawards.org.

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It’s the weekend, which just means it’s quiet and slow enough I can read this week’s comics and hopefully catch up on the back log that’s built up to read and write reviews.  Here’s the news that kept us entertained in the last 24 hours.

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ICv2 – Dynamite Lands ‘Voltron’ Comics License – Having just discussed Voltron with a friend the day before the timing is weird.  I can only conclude I was the reason this deal went through.  I accept thank you checks made out to “cash.”

Arts Beat – Graphic Books Best Sellers: Life on the Reservation – We could do a best sellers list for this blog, but I only know what I purchased.  And that’s only ever one copy of each book.  So there’d be a massive tie for first and the list would be worthless.   Here’s hoping the methodology behind this one is better.

The Gamers Hub – Bethesda and Dark Horse Announce RAGE Comic Books – Think if I metroed over to Bethesda, MD they’d chat with me about the comic?

The Beat – Jeff Smith’s RASL in development with Wigram – Another day, another comic book series getting the big screen treatment.  Which Jeff Smith property makes it to the big screen first, Bone or RASL?

Newsarama – TV Creator Makes His Comic Book Debut with INSURRECTION V3.6 – Blake Masters has written for some decent television series.  We’ll see how that translates to comics.

Hurriyet Daily News – ‘Bayan Yani’ puts a female face on Turkish humor magazines – Women are breaking into the Turkish comic book industry.

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Karissa’s Reading Review – The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch

Big Shiny Robot – Ultimate Spider-Man #155

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CBLDFNews This Week: Bone Library Controversy, Supreme Court News, & New BPAL!

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Bone Survives Library Challenge

This week the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan school district has voted 10 to1that the graphic novel series Bone should not be banned in itsschools.  The graphic novel series came under fire earlier this month when parent Ramona DeLay objected to the series’ placement in theschoollibraries because it contains depictions of adults smoking,drinking,and gambling.  Visit CBLDF.org for a full overview of the case, including a response from Jeff Smith!

Supreme Court To Decide Whether States Can Regulate Violent Video Games

On Monday, the Supreme Court agreed to review a ruling that the First Amendment bars restrictions on video games with violent themes. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has actively opposed suchrestrictions,including participating in a 2008 friend-of-the-court (akaamicus)brief filed by the Media Coalition, addressing this same case. In hearing this case, the Supreme Court will decide whether or not it will adopt a new constitutional standard that allows states to ban violent content.  Full Story

CBLDF Supporter Auctions on eBay!

Didyou know that you can support the CBLDF on eBay, with just oneeasystep? When listing your next auction, you can give 10% to 100% ofthefinal auction value to the Fund by using eBay Giving Works! The CBLDF has been a recognized charity on eBay since 2007, our nonprofit ID is 19329.Checkout what our supporters are auctioning to benefit the CBLDF byenteringthat ID into your eBay search, or by clicking here: http://bit.ly/givingworks. Full Story

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Launches Neverwhere Fragrances!

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab continues their extraordinary series of fragrances based on the literary works of Neil Gaiman with Neverwhere, a set of fragrances based on the characters, locations, and ideas found within the popular Neil Gaiman novel!  Full Story!

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