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Preview: Capture Creatures #1

Capture Creatures #1

Imprint: KaBOOM!

Author: Frank Gibson
Artist: Becky Dreistadt

Over a hundred wonderful and terrifying creatures have suddenly appeared on Earth. Two teens set off on an adventure to investigate the origins of these curious creatures and learn how they can stop those who are trying to destroy them.

Becky Dreistadt (Adventure Time 2014 Annual) and Frank Gibson (The Amazing World of Gumball) are two of the most clever and visually arresting creators in the business, and this is one of their most ambitious projects ever. From the vivid visuals to the rad story and hilarious, heartwarming moments, you’ll love every second in this world. If you like titles like Pokémon or Digimon, or just like cool things, this is definitely the comic for you. Plus, this issue is oversized with 30 pages of story!

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The Dying and the Dead

New York Times bestselling and award-winning writer Jonathan Hickman teams up with explosive artist Ryan Bodenheim for an all-new adventure series fraught with mystery, intrigue, and exotic end-of life care in The Dying and the Dead, coming from Image Comics on January 28.

The adventures begins in The Dying and the Dead #1 when a murder at a wedding sets off a series of reactions, unraveling secrets hundreds of years old. At great cost, a man with a dying wife is given the opportunity to save her. A lost tribe is reborn in another time. Seemingly unconnected events that force relics from the Greatest Generation to come together for one last hurrah.

The Dying and the Dead (Diamond Code NOV140534) is a massive, over-sized, 60-page Indiana Jones-style high adventure that arrives in stores this 1/28 and will be available for $4.50.

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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.

20 projects were successfully funded, which is a decrease from the previous week’s 28.

For the past week from November 17 to November 23 the statistics are:

Average goal: $5,378.50 (an increase of about $2,100 from the previous week)
Average pledged: $14,087.21 (an increase of about $7,600 from the previous week)
Average number of backers: 292.29 (an increase of about 125 from the previous week)
Average pledge: $48.20 (an increase of about $10 from the previous week)
Average percent raised:261.92% (an increase of about 65 percentage points from the previous week)
Most common given amount: $25 (952 times)
Most money from pledge level: $25 level brought in $23,800

Total pledged for the week: $197,221 (an increase of about $50,000 from the previous week)

For the week, the top projects were:

The top grossing project: Cucumber Quest Book Three – $119,908

Most backers: Cucumber Quest Book Three – 1931 backers

Highest percent above goal raised: Fana, The Jungle Girl #1 – 884.85%

Highest average pledge: Sugar Fueled Sweet Seconds – $79.29

Lowest average pledge: A.R. Hicks’ Dark Souls – $15.61

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!

IDW Continues to Celebrate Transformers’ 30th Anniversary

transformers drift empire of stone2014 marks the 30th Anniversary of Hasbro’s Transformers, which has been celebrated thus far with a blockbuster film and critically acclaimed comic series’ from IDW Publishing. But the party isn’t quite over as IDW still has some Transformers debuts this year!

The long-running Transformers comic, which originally appeared in 1984, came to an epic conclusion as, Transformers: Regeneration One by IDW reached its 100th issue! Original series’ writer, Simon Furman and artist Andrew Wildman led the illustrious series to its closing chapter earlier this year.

But as one chapter closed, a new one began during the “Dawn of The Autobots.” After the cataclysmic changes of “Dark Cybertron” the Autobots gained unexpected new allies, of whom the breakout star, Windblade, the first ever fan voted character, ventured out on her own critically-acclaimed mini-series written by Mairghread Scott and stunningly illustrated by Sarah Stone.

The smash-hit new series Transformers vs. G.I. JOE by Tom Scioli and John Barber made waves upon its Free Comic Book Day debut. With its stylized over-the-top approach, issue #1 sold out before the first issue even hit the shelves! The epic space-romp has not only been praised by the comic community, but has also struck a cord with fans.

Throughout the year variant homage covers have graced the ongoing series’ More Than Meets The Eye by writer James Roberts and artist Alex Milne and Robots in Disguise by writer John Barber and artist Andrew Griffith. Celebrating the rich history of TRANSFORMERS, these covers highlighted monumental moments throughout the history of Transformers.

This year has also seen a number of premier Transformers collections released from IDW; from the 30th Anniversary Collection, with highlights from the many iterations of Transformers in comics, to Transformers Legacy: The Art of Transformers Packaging.

The Cybertronian War has been the explosive topic of the Transformers series Autocracy and Monstrosity and the final chapter in this expansive storyline, Primacy debuted this fall! Written by Chris Metzen and Flint Dille with art by Livio Ramondeli this epic conclusion can’t be missed!

Drift, who made his debut in the pages of IDW comics was featured in the blockbuster hit film Transformers: Age of Extinction, and this month he returns to his comic roots in the new mini-series from creators Shane McCarthy and Guido GuidiDrift—Empire of Stone sees the fan-favorite character take on a mission to clean up the darkest depths of the galaxy.

As IDW comes up on its tenth year with Transformers, it embarks on the wildest and most unexpected of crossovers with Angry Birds Transformers. Written by John Barber the mini-series will be drawn by Marcelo Ferreira, and debuts this week!

Around the Tubes

It’s a quick week around here as we count down to Thanksgiving! What comics remind you of the holiday?

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The Boar – Comic books: not just for teenage boys – Good to see articles like this.

The Daily – Who needs a hero: Diversity in comic books – Also good to see.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – The Amazing Spider-Man #10

CBR – Wonder Woman #36

Shinobi: Ninja Princess Announces Free Webcomic

Action Lab Entertainment’s popular coming of age action series, Shinobi: Ninja Princess is well into its run with issue 4 coming soon. Now, Series creator Martheus Wade is introducing new fans to the world of Shianndrea “Jetta” Toshigawa with a new tie in webcomic.

These 1-4 page webstories weave into and out of the existing 6 issue mini series published by Action Lab Entertainment. Each story will give readers more information on the characters and world of this martial arts adventure as well as serve as a gateway for new readers.

The stories mix the lighter side of the series and answers those burning questions fans have been asking for such as “how did the Azumi Ninja Clan get the contract to find Shianndrea Toshigawa in the first place?” and “What do young ninjas do to blow off steam?”

The free webisodes are available at the official Jetta website at http://toshigawa.com/

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National Gallery of Art Acquires Comics

National_Gallery_of_Art_-_West_BuildingThe National Gallery of Art has received some new acquisitions, including a collection of underground comic books.

Collected by Abigail and William Gerdts, the 176 comic books were given to the gallery and are the first comics to be a part of the gallery’s permanent collection. The comics published between 1964 and 1977 influenced major modern artists such as Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol.

The acquisition was approved October 2 by the museum’s board of trustees. The collection includes the museum’s first work by Robert Crumb and is bookended by important issues of Zap Comix, founded by Crumb in 1967, and Arcade: The Comics Revue, published a decade later.

The Quack is Back! Howard the Duck #1 is Coming!

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. But who needs turkey, when you can have a little duck?! That’s right – he’s back! The fabulous fowl. The web-footed wonder. The denizen of Duckworld. The one and only Howard the Duck! And he’s coming to you this March for Howard the Duck #1 – a brand new ongoing series from writer Chip Zdarsky and artist Joe Quinones!

Straight from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy…post-credits scene comes the comic book return of the Marvel Universe’s most satirical sort. Join him as he takes on the Marvel Universe’s strangest cases only a talking duck can quack as New York City’s newest private investigator! New York City is full of the strange and the weird – a talking duck gumshoe shouldn’t be that much of a shocker!

Of the title’s new direction, Howard the Duck Editor Wil Moss said “We’re thrilled to be bringing Howard back to the stands! The stuff Chip & Joe have planned for this series…well, to be honest, I don’t know if we’ll be able to publish most of it. But the stuff that does clear with legal is going to be amazing! Plus there’ll be some backup stories starting in issue #2 by a dream-team of guest contributors — a lot of people are eager to take a shot at this duck!”

Be there when Howard the Duck ventures through the Marvel Universe, trapped in a world he’s become accustomed to as he takes on the Black Cat, She-Hulk and mysterious forces from outer space! Plus maybe even a Guardian of the Galaxy or two! (Mmmmmaybe.)

Howard’s just a regular guy…who also happens to be a duck. Don’t miss his tour through the Marvel Universe when Howard the Duck #1 comes to comic shops and digital devices this coming March. WAUGH!

HOWARD THE DUCK #1
Written by CHIP ZDARSKY
Art & Cover by JOE QUINONES
Variant Cover by CHIP ZDARSKY
On Sale March 2015!

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Raven Gregory is Back with Widow’s Web

Raven Gregory and Autumn Ivy‘s long awaited new creator owned series, Widow’s Web, will be debuting next month at Phoenix Fanfest Dec 12-14. Gregory, Ivy, penciler Ian Snyder, and cover artist Nei Ruffino will all be at the convention.

Set in a world that is not our own, the story follows Dahlia White, an unassuming bartender living in the strange yet familiar Tcesni City, where she attempts to balance her normal — and sometimes not so normal — life with the horrifying secret of who and what she really is. A balance that is thrown into absolute chaos when a down-on-his-luck guy, Pterra Atrus, walks through her door and catches her eye, turning her already crazy world upside down. A world where not everything or everyone is what they seem.

Where the fairy tale of boy meets girl ends, and the horror begins.

Widow’s Web #0 will feature two separate covers exclusive to the show, an Exclusive Premium Preview Edition limited to 150 and an Extinction Sketch Edition limited to 50, each with a free 11×17 Mike Krome and Ula Moś print, and will take  pre-orders at www.theravengregory.com (note: Print available to show attendees only while supplies last.

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The Infinite Loop Gets Its First English Printing at IDW

IDW Publishing has announced they will be bringing to print The Infinite Loop, the wildly successful Kickstarter-run project, as a 6-issue miniseries starting in April 2015.

The Infinite Loop is a science-fiction series that asks the age-old question, “What would you risk for a chance at true love?” Meet Teddy, a young woman who lives in a faraway future where time traveling is a common practice and her job is to maintain the status quo by correcting time paradoxes. But when she meets Ano, “a time paradox” and the girl of her dreams, Teddy must decide between fixing the time stream or the love of her life, both of which have unique consequences.

The Infinite Loop began earlier this year as a wildly successful crowdfunded project created by the team of writer Pierrick Colinet and artist Elsa Charretier and described as “channeling early-period Steve Rude with the page composition of George Pérez…” For the comic-book series, Elsa will be providing all-new covers. Issue 1 also features a variant cover by Stéphanie Hans.

Adventure, Science-Fiction, Love, and Time Travel. What else could you would want?

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