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Preview: Penguins of Madagascar #2


STORY BY​: ​Alex Matthews
ART BY​: Lucas Fereyra​
COVER BY​: Lucas Fereyra​
PUBLISHER:​ Titan Comics
COVER PRICE​: ​$3.99
RELEASE DATE​: ​December 24, 2014

DreamWorks’ Penguins of Madagascar are getting their own brand new 4-issue comic series! Yep, Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private are jumping from the big and small screen to the CMYK panels!

Written by comedy genius Alex Matthews (Phoenix, Dandy) with eye-popping art from Lucas Fereyra, feathers are set to fly in this unique and exciting – and very funny – new series.

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Preview: ICE: Critical Mass #2 (of 4)


Writer: Doug Wagner
Artist: Daniel Hillyard
Colorist: Charlie Kirchoff
Cover Artist (Covers A & B): Jason Pearson
$3.99 | 24 pgs. | T+ | On sale December 24

It’s the second day on the job for Cole Matai, but things aren’t getting any easier for the new ICE agent. His partner, agent Ezra Delgado, takes him into the mountains of northwest Montana to investigate a drug trafficking case near the Canadian border. While entering the small town of Cedar Creek to meet with the local Sheriff, they are greeted by armed mercenaries. A firefight breaks out and Cole is seriously injured. What have the agents stumbled into and will they survive long enough to stop this new threat?

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KickStarting: Comics

Money_CashIt’s a new week and KickStarting: Comics is back with a look at how much was raised/pledged for comic projects on Kickstarter for the past week!

I realize some projects are not in US dollars, but they all will count the same regardless of origin, for now. $1 US will be the same as $1 CAD, $1 AUD, etc.

Over the past week 20 projects were successfully funded.

For the past week from December 15 to December 21 the statistics are:

Average goal: $4,447.25
Average pledged: $5,955.50
Average number of backers: 192.35
Average pledge: $30.96
Average percent raised: 133.91%
Most common given amount: $8 (510 times)
Most money from pledge level: $90 level brought in $9,540

Total pledged for the week: $119,110

For the week, the top projects were:

The top grossing project: Abbadon by Pamiotti & Gray – $52,173

Most backers: Poorcraft: Wish You Were Here- 1564 backers

Highest percent above goal raised: Conspiracy Friends Volume Two: The Weird Turn Pro- 402.40%

Highest average pledge: The Future Prophecy – $112.96

Lowest average pledge: Sesame Seed Art Print – $14.50

For the month of December, for the 57 successful projects, the statistics are:

Average goal: $4,816.40
Average pledged: $6,770.86
Average number of backers: 149.23
Average pledge: $45.37
Average percent raised: 140.58%
Most common given amount: $10 (821 times)
Most money from pledge level: $50 level brought in $18,950

Total pledged for the month: $385,939

For the month, the top projects were:

The top grossing project: Abbadon by Pamiotti & Gray – $52,173

Most backers: Poorcraft: Wish You Were Here- 1564 backers

Highest percent above goal raised: Conspiracy Friends Volume Two: The Weird Turn Pro- 402.40%

Highest average pledge: The Minerva Volume One and Two – $508.53

Lowest average pledge: Sesame Seed Art Print – $14.50

That wraps up this week’s data! I’ll be making tweaks to this as more are done, so let me know what you want to see!

Preview: The Evil Within #4

The Evil Within #4

STORY BY Ian Edginton
ART BY Ed Anderson
COVER BY Alex Sanchez
PUBLISHER Titan Comics
RELEASE DATE December 24, 2014


Based on Bethesda Software’s new survival horror game, The Evil Within™ comic further explores a ruined, horrific world alive with living nightmares, monstrous mutations and psychological terror.

Desperate to escape the tortured dream world that ensnares them, Dana and Paul risk boarding an apparently empty train, but they are not alone; the damned, tortured and tormented are with them, determined to make their journey a terminal one!


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Action Lab Entertainment in March 2015


Writer(s): Shawn Gabborin
Artist Name(s): Michela Da Sacco (pencils, inks) and Yann Perrelet (colors)
Cover Artist(s): Michela Da Sacco (pencils, inks) and Yann Perrelet (colors)

Charles Band’s long-running cult classic horror film series makes its way to the comicpage! When a group of friends sets out to use the abandoned Bodega Bay Inn as a party spot, they find out first-hand that the bizarre local folklore is more truth than fantasy as an army of twisted autonomous Puppets have their way with the trespassing teens! The Puppets are back, and they’re out for blood

Six variants—a separate color, sketch and photo variants for both Blade and
Pinhead (Limited to 2000 copies each).

32 pgs./ Mature Readers/ FC $3.99/ $4.99 Variant

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Writer(s): Gayle Middleton and Dave Dwonch
Artist Name(s): Amada Coronado (p), David Dwonch (i) Bill Blankenship (c)
Cover Artist(s): Amanda Coronado (a), Bill Blankenship (c)

Teenager Destiny Harper is at a crossroad in her life. Graduation is coming, and she has zero prospects for the future. Answering an ad for “The Night Care Nursery” seems like a great idea, until she is magically transported to Gloomvania, where dark creatures lurk the streets, and the world is being mysteriously overrun by baby vampyres called Vamplets! Can Destiny serve her term as Governess of “The Nightmare Nursery” and return home? Fairy tales get a modern update in this coming of age tales of monsters, mayhem, and magic! Variant cover by William Blankenship (Limited to 2000 copies!) and Gayle Middleton herself (limited to 2000 copies!).

32 pgs./All Ages / FC $3.99



Writer(s): Katie Cook
Artist Name(s): Katie Cook
Cover Artist(s): Katie Cook
Colorist: Kevin Minor

The second collection of Katie Cook’s popular webcomic! Gronk is a monster who is learning to adjust to OUR world through the teachings of Dale, a woman who probably shouldn’t be teaching anyone how to adjust to the real world. Join Gronk, Dale, Harli and Kitty for another year of fun!

64pgs./All Ages/ FC $9.99



Writer(s): John Reilly
Artist Name(s): Tom Rogers (pencils), Dexter Weeks (ink, color, letters)
Cover Artist(s): Tom Rogers

While searching for Amelia Earhart, famed inventor Nikola Tesla is forced to work with reclusive horror writer HP Lovecraft as they race against a conspiracy of Cthulhu cultists for an extant copy of the original Necronomicon. Collects Herald: Lovecraft & Tesla 1-3.

96 pgs./Teen/ FC $11.99

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Writer(s): James F. Wright
Artist Name(s): Jackie Crofts
Cover Artist(s): Jackie Crofts (main cover), Josh Eckert (variant cover)

Poppy Pepper just wants to survive junior high and avoid her rich rival, Saffron Longfellow, and her brownie-baking minions, The Lady Rangers. But when mysterious new girl Cassia Caraway arrives, she teams up with Poppy and together they plot to bring Saffron and crew down. Variant cover by Josh Eckert, limited to 2000 copies!

32 pgs./ All Ages/ FC $3.99

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Writer(s): Nick Marino
Artist Name(s): Daniel Arruda Massa
Cover Artist(s): Daniel Arruda Massa (regular and limited variant covers)

The climatic conclusion! Jesus vs. an airborne nuke. Satan and Sister Maria vs. an army of insane
mythological gods. Zeus vs. his own crippling insecurities. It’s all-out war as we ride this crazy comic
book into the outer atmosphere and then hurtle face-first into the ending. Won’t you join us?

Includes two limited variant covers, limited to 1,500 copies each.

32 pgs./Mature Readers/ FC $3.99/$4.99 Variant

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Writer(s): Dean Rankine
Artist Name(s): Dean Rankine
Cover Artist(s): Dean Rankine
Homage variant cover (limited to 2000): Dean Rankine

It’s time for another round of tasteless tales from Rainbow Pixie Candy Land’s resident raunchy rabbits,Phil and Tyrone. Please join them as they kill their liver, take in a puppet show, do unspeakable things to a frog prince, and trip hard with Willy Nellson! No, really.

Features a special homage variant cover (limited to 2000 copies)

32 pgs./ Mature Readers/ FC $3.99/ $4.99 Variant

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Writer(s): Dave Dwonch
Artist Name(s): Bill Blankenship
Cover Artist(s): Bill Blankenship

The cult hit of 2012 is finally collected! After Jason and his team of programmers get stuck in their
virtual reality game, Dungeon Lords, they must find a way back to the real world. Unbeknownst to
them, the fantasy characters they inhabit have taken control of their bodies… and now wizards and
warriors run free in Las Vegas!

Collects the 4 issue series that’s like The Hangover meets MMO video games.

104 pgs./ Mature Readers / FC $14.99



Writer(s): Josiah Grahn
Artist Name(s): Carl Yonder
Cover Artist(s): Carl Yonder

Confounded at every turn, Smitty finds himself two steps behind Burroughs as their old rivalry reaches new heights of mutual hatred. As his options for survival and freedom dwindle, he’ll have to learn to think like his greatest rival-and come to grips with how similar the two of them are.

32 pgs./Teen/ FC $3.99



Writer(s): Jeremy Whitley
Artist Name(s): Rosy Higgins, Ted Brandt
Cover Artist(s): Rosy Higgins, Ted Brandt

After the events of issue 2, Adrienne awakens alone on the beach without her armor. Where has Raven gone and what is she after anyway? Also, PIRATE FIGHT! The Eisner-Award nominated PRINCELESS continues! Look for the Limited Edition (2000 copies) clothing cover

32 pgs./Teen/ FC $3.99

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The popular toy line comes to life in this all-ages magazine! Join Itchy, Tickly, Beauty, Sunny and all the other Spots in this magazine filled with fun activities and stories. Magazine comes bundled with one Soft Spot Puppy

32pgs./ All Ages $4.99

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STRAY #3 (of 4)

Writer(s): Vito Delsante
Artist Name(s): Sean Izaakse
Color Artist(s): Ross Campbell
Cover Artist(s): ChrisCross & Emilio Lopez; Paige Pumphrey (variant)

Rodney has jumped back into the world of crime fighting and beings the search for the
Doberman’s killer; but his investigation has led him to dead ends and a bizarre character known
as the Theory. Will they solve the case before another victim is claimed? Cover by ChrisCross
(Green Lantern: Godhead)! Limited edition (1500 copies)Variant cover by Paige Pumphrey!

32 pgs./Teen/ FC $3.99/ $4.99 Variant

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Writer(s): Jason Martin, Dan Mendoza
Artist Name(s): TMChu
Cover Artist(s): TMChu (regular, risqué variant), Dan Mendoza (limited variant), Winston Young (Vampblade variant)
Risque variant cover (limited to 2000): TMChu
Spoof variant cover (limited to 1500): Dan Mendoza
Vampblade Variant cover (limited to 2500): Winston Young

The perfect jumping on point for new readers! Janey is back, fresh from a dirt nap, and continuing her cross-country quest. But when a bath in what appears to be an abandoned
Detroit warehouse leaves rings in the tub, the meth chef resident cooks up a new drug… yep, it’s Breaking Bath Salts! Plus a major character in an all-new upcoming ongoing monthly series makes her first ever full costume appearance!

Features a variant cover by Dan Mendoza (limited to 1500 copies) and a risqué variant cover
(limited to 2000 copies) and a special Vampblade Variant by Winston Young (limited to 2500

32 pgs./Mature Readers/ FC $3.99/ $4.99 Variant

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Listen to Graphic Policy Radio this Monday, Live at 10pm ET.

GP Radio pic MondayIt’s Monday night, which means a brand new episode of Graphic Policy Radio! The show airs LIVE this Monday at 10pm ET.

It’s the last episode of the year and we’re ending it talking comic books!

On this week’s episode:

  • We talked about a lot of the new releases that hit shelves these past few weeks, but there were many more we missed! We’re talking about even more comics, as we talk what we’re reading, and more importantly, what you should be reading!
  • The holiday season is upon us! If you’re still looking for last minute gifts, we’ll let you know what our suggestions are!

We want to hear from you too! You can call in with your thoughts to (619) 768-2952, or Tweet them to us @graphicpolicy

Listen in live Monday.

Heroes & Villains Receive a Major Upgrade in Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex!

Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. What would you give up in your quest for power? What if it cost you your very soul? This February, those questions and more will be answered in the pages Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex, the epic crossover taking place in the pages of Guardians of the Galaxy, All-New X-Men, Legendary Star-Lord, Cyclops, Captain Marvel, Nova and Guardians Team-Up!

But before this epic even blasts off in 2015, Marvel is pleased to present your very first look at a selection of Cosmically Enhanced Variant Covers, all by blockbuster artist Andrea Sorrentino! With the power to unlock the user’s true cosmic potential, The Black Vortex, an ancient artifact of limitless power has been unleashed upon the universe. Now, get your first look at some of the Guardians and the X-Men in their new, supercharged forms!

In an interview with Marvel.com, Sam Humphries said:

What happens when one person submits to the Black Vortex and becomes a titan of the cosmos? What happens when a whole team does it? Or a whole planet?” says Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex Alpha #1 writer Sam Humphries in an interview with Marvel.com. “Imagine the metamorphosis that turned Norin Radd into the Silver Surfer, or Jean Grey into Dark Phoenix, available to anyone in the Marvel Universe.

But of course, no amount of power comes without a cost.

Billions of lives are at stake, the heroes of the Marvel Universe will have to face the darkness inside themselves if they hope to succeed. But will they be the ones to save the galaxy, or will they be seduced by the Black Vortex’s power?

Don’t miss these epic variants as they grace the covers of each chapter of the epic crossover and don’t miss one moment of the action as it all begins this February in Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex Alpha #1!

Art & Cover by ED MCGUINNESS
Cosmically Enhanced Variant by ANDREA SORRENTINO (DEC140822)
FOC – 01/12/15, On-Sale – 02/04/15

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BOOM! Studios Unveils Its First “10 Years” Covers

BOOM! Studios has unveiled the first four covers to launch its yearlong celebration in 2015 marking 10 years of publishing comics.

Designed by BOOM! Studios Production Design Manager Scott Newman, each wraparound cover features an exclusive image illustrated by a dedicated artist or artist team—one assigned per imprint (BOOM! Studios, KaBOOM!, Archaia, and BOOM! Box), and per quarter. The cover design also features a short biography of each artist and their signature.

For the first quarter of 2015 (January-March), the artists are:

  • All launching BOOM! Studios titles: Trevor Hairsine (Captain America, Eternal Warrior)
  • All launching KaBOOM! titles: Joe Quinones (Harley Quinn, Big Trouble in Little China)
  • All launching Archaia titles: Ramón K. Pérez (Amazing Spider-Man, Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand)
  • All launching BOOM! Box titles: Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb (Adventure Time, The Midas Flesh)

In January, new launching titles to receive the 10 Years cover treatment include:

  • Burning Fields #1 (BOOM! Studios)
  • Adventure Time: Marceline Gone Adrift #1 (KaBOOM!)
  • Feathers #1 (Archaia)
  • Munchkin #1 (BOOM! Box)

Retailers will be able to qualify for these incentive covers based on their orders for the main cover of each title.

Adventure Time Marceline Gone Adrift #1 10 Years Cover by Joe Quinones Burning Fields #1 10 Years Cover by Trevor Hairsine Feathers #1 10 Years Cover by Ramón K. Pérez Munchkin #1 10 Years Cover by Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb

Preview: !Reverse In Goes #6 Doctor Eleventh


STORY BY: ​Rob Williams
ART BY​: ​Simon Fraser
HUMOUR STRIP BY​: ​Marc Ellerby
REGULAR COVER BY​: ​Verity Glass
PUBLISHER​: ​Titan Comics
COVER PRICE​: ​$3.99
RELEASE DATE​: ​Wednesday December 24, 2014


The Doctor is the only one who realises that the flow of time in the vortex has been disrupted, but can he uncover the cosmic culprit and put causality back on the right track – before Alice and her fellow TARDIS travelers are de-aged right out of existence?

Rob Williams and Simon Fraser spin a mind-bogglingly unique tale that cannot be missed!

Comes with two covers to collect: an art cover by Verity Glass​ (cover A) and a photo cover (cover B).​


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