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Skybound and Humble Bundle’s Walking Dead Package

humble bundle walking deadHumble Bundle actually has two comic packages running today. Earlier we posted about the IDW/Transformers one, but Skybound is also in on the action with a package packed with comics from The Walking Dead and a few of their other series like Ghosted and Invincible.

Humble Bundle works by having individuals pledge whatever amount they want, split between various things. In this case it’s Humble Bundle, Skybound, and three different charities, Penny Harvest, Rett Syndrome Research Trust, and Indie Cade Foundation. You can give it all to one, just a few, or split among them all.

This has some interesting tiers too. If you pledge $40, you get a t-shirt, and volume 20 of The Walking Dead. For $65, you get a limited edition Negan figure.

This is a great way to get all kinds of cool stuff, and support a charity!

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Preview: The Fallen #3

The Fallen #3

Writer: Alex De-Gruchy
Artist: Michael Montenat
Colorist: Ron Riley
Letterer: Dave Acosta
Price: $0.99
Pages: 18
Rating: 17+

The group of murderous supervillains leaving a bloody trail across California meet the flying man who has been watching them and others. There will be more death to come.

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Valiant Entertainment and Visionbooks Partner for Animated Digital Comic Books

visionbooksVisionbooks has announced a new partnership agreement with award-winning comic book publisher, Valiant Entertainment. Launching today with the release of X-O Manowar #1-4 on the Visionbooks app, relive the best-selling first story arc of Valiant’s alien-armored Visigoth hero as realized by Visionbooks’ groundbreaking digital animation process.

Visionbooks transforms two-dimensional comic books into a digital animation experience. By combining traditional comics with cutting-edge technology, Visionbooks creates dimensional action like explosions, smoke, weather, character conflicts and action, all within static comic panels.

From New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti and Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord, X-O Manowar is the acclaimed series that relaunched Valiant’s publishing line in 2012 to critical and commercial success.

You can check out the first issue totally free of charge right now.

In addition to Valiant Entertainment, Visionbooks’ current partnerships include: Asylum Press, Arcana, Real Interface Studios, A.P.N.G. Enterprises, Vanquish Interactive, Pavesio and Cavalletto.

SDCC 2014: Farrago Comics Heads to SDCC Calling for “Comic Book Freedom”

farrago-BG-fightThere’s a new digital comic player on the market. Farrago Comics is heading to San Diego Comic-Con with calls for “Comic Book Freedom.” Their goal is to “crack open the comic book industry in favor of a more fan-friendly and creator-centric model.” At the show, they’ll be working on pre-registration for their app that will launch first on iPads in August 2014.

Farrago’s model is similar to Pandora/Spotify, that “uniquely supports and favors creators.” Both systems rely heavily on advertising for revenue, but you can pay to upgrade the service. Both of those services as well have come under fire for little payouts to musicians, and the music industry consistently fighting to get more money out of them. There’s also reports of collusion within the music industry against those services. Hopefully things work out better in the comics industry.

Two names mentioned in the company’s initial release are Eisner Award winning writer Paul Jenkins of Spiderman, Wolverine, and Fairy Quest fame, and Rob Kutner, current writer for TBS’s Conan, five-time Emmy winning writer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and co-creator of the new sci-fi comedy album 2776.

The company will be at SDCC handing out flyers, buttons, and T-shirts to promote the app. It will also hold an Instagram contest (#farragocomics) with signed Farrago artwork by Andrew Robinson, artist of The Fifth Beatle and creator of Dusty Star, as prizes, and is co-sponsoring San Diego’s BoomShop of Comics Drink & Draw, Saturday, July 26.

Kindle Unlimited includes Comics and Graphic Novels. Can comiXology Unlimited be far behind?

2014-07-18_0941It’s been rumored for a few days now, but Amazon today introduced Kindle Unlimited, a new subscription service that gives customers access to over 600,000 Kindle Books, and and some of Amazon’s thousands of Audible audiobooks for $9.99 a month.

But, buried in the massive offering from Amazon are is a section dubbed “Comics & Graphic Novels” featuring currently 3,690 books.

When you dig deeper into the offering, things get a bit stranger. The biggest publisher I’ve found so far is IDW Publishing, but their offerings are limited. There’s also a lot of manga, but within that count too is a lot of “how too” books as well as books on the industry, so it’s not all comics and graphic novels in the traditional sense. What does seem present is a lot of independent books, some I recognize as having been sent to our site to review, or from Kickstarter.

The big question though, is how comiXology fits into the bigger plans. Earlier this year Amazon purchased the digital comics distributor, and other than how you can purchase your books (in the app vs through the web), the changes have been minimal. Rumors of comiXology providing an all you can read service have persisted, and it’s a question that’s come up at every panel I’ve ever attended of theirs. With this move by Amazon, maybe we’re seeing the first steps towards that.

Preview: The Red Panda #6: Night of the Red Panda Part 3

The Red Panda #6: Night of the Red Panda Part 3

Writer: Gregg Taylor
Artist: Dean Kotz
Price: $0.99
Pages: 19
Rating: 12+

The all-new, two-fisted pulp adventures Terrific Twosome of Toronto! This issue: “Rhyme Spree pt 1 of 2” That pernicious pirate of the pen, The Poet, has the city in the thrall of a romantic rhapsody with a crime campaign based in villainous verse. Can the Red Panda and the Flying Squirrel deduce his mysterious motives in time? Plus two more serialized chapters of the prose pulp novel “Pyramid of Peril”, and a behind the scenes “agent file” on mild-mannered reporter Jack Peters.

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Preview: The Remains #3

The Remains #3

Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: A.C. Zamudio
Colorist: Carlos Nicolas Zamudio
Price: $0.99
Pages: 25
Rating: 15+

The dead grow restless when Cole Jensen is near. Birdie senses the potential threat the hired man presents for her family, but her parents aren’t listening. As the strange curse spreads like a cancer across the small farm, Birdie learns a cruel and terrible truth: some secrets are meant only for the dead.

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Before The Valiant – Read Each Valiant #1 Issue for FREE on comiXology!

VALIANT_001_COVER_RIVERAIn celebration of The Valiant, Valiant has announced that the publisher is making nine of its biggest #1 issues available as FREE downloads on comiXology for the month of July!

From now through July 31st, jump on board each of Valiant’s award-winning, fan favorite ongoing series with an all-access pass to some of the publisher’s most acclaimed #1 debuts – completely FREE for a limited time and featuring contributions from some of the premier storytellers in comics today, including James Asmus, Doug Braithwaite, Clayton Crain, Joshua Dysart, Trevor Hairsine, Matt Kindt, Cary Nord, Greg Pak, Robert Venditti, and many, many more!

From Archer & Armstrong to X-O Manowar, now is your chance to discover each of Valiant’s best-selling series with a complete array of FREE #1 milestones from across the Valiant library, including:

• ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #1 by Fred Van Lente & Clayton Henry

It’s history in the breaking! Eighteen-year-old adventurer Obadiah Archer and the immortal miscreant currently called Armstrong will have to work together if modern civilization is to stand any chance of surviving a centuries-old conspiracy that stretches from the catacombs beneath Wall Street to the heights of the Himalayas!

• BLOODSHOT #1 by Duane Swierczynski & Manuel Garcia

Heroes aren’t born…they’re built. Brought back from the dead and infused with cutting-edge nanotechnology, the walking weapon of mass destruction now known as Bloodshot has escaped his handlers at Project Rising Spirit and vowed to bring war down up his masters…but first he’ll have to figure out where the programming ends and the real “him” begins.

• ETERNAL WARRIOR #1 by Greg Pak & Trevor Hairsine

Soldier. Guardian. Warrior. Legend. Across ten millennia and a thousand battlefields, Gilad Anni-Padda has traversed the darkest, most mysterious corners of history. But the horror and bloodshed of constant warfare has finally taken its toll on the man who vowed to serve the Earth as its Eternal Warrior…and soon his oath will bring an ancient war roaring down on modern day.

• HARBINGER #1 by Joshua Dysart & Khari Evans

Read minds. Bend steel. Break all the rules. Runaway teenager Peter Stanchek is on a dangerous path. Skipping across the country in a desperate attempt to stay one step ahead of the authorities, Peter is quickly realizing that he’s a telekinetically powered “harbinger” with the potential to reshape the course of human history. His first lesson? All power comes with a price.

• QUANTUM AND WOODY #1 by James Asmus & Tom Fowler

KLANG! Once upon a time, Eric and Woody Henderson were inseparable. Adopted brothers. Best friends. Brilliant minds. Years later, they are estranged siblings, petty rivals, and washed-up failures. But when their father’s murder leads them into the throes of a life-altering scientific accident, Eric and Woody will find themselves with a whole new purpose – and a perfectly legitimate reason to wear costumes and fight crime.

• RAI #1 by Matt Kindt & Clayton Crain

Japan in the 41st century! The year is 4001 A.D. – led by the artificial intelligence called “Father,” the island nation of Japan has expanded out of the Pacific and into geosynchronous orbit with the ravaged Earth below. With billions to feed and protect, it has fallen to one solitary guardian to enforce the law of Father’s empire – the mysterious folk hero known as Rai.

• SHADOWMAN #1 by Justin Jordan & Patrick Zircher

There are a million dreams in the Big Easy. But now its worst nightmare is about to come true. As the forces of darkness prepare to claim New Orleans as their own, Jack Boniface must accept the legacy he was born to uphold. As Shadowman, Jack is about to become the only thing that stands between his city and an army of unspeakable monstrosities from beyond the night. 

• UNITY #1 by Matt Kindt & Doug Braithwaite

The world’s most dangerous man, Toyo Harada, has been struck by the one thing he never thought possible – fear. Halfway across the globe, a new power threatens to topple modern civilization and, to preempt the cataclysm that is to come, Harada will unite the most lethal, most volatile, most unforgiving team the world has ever known – UNITY. Their mission: defeat the warrior king armed with the universe’s most powerful weapon. Kill X-O Manowar!

• X-O MANOWAR #1 by Robert Venditti & Cary Nord

Born into battle, Aric of Dacia – heir to the throne of the Visigoth people – has never known peace. After a brutal encounter with a mysterious enemy known as The Vine leaves him a prisoner on an alien world, the only hope Aric has of returning to his family and saving them from slavery is to seize armored suit capable of incalculable destruction and become X-O Manowar! 

Start at the beginning with all nine of these best-selling #1 milestones today at comiXology, then get ready for THE VALIANT – an all-new prestige format mini-series coming in December from all-star creators Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt, and Paolo Rivera! An entirely self-contained comics event spotlighting Bloodshot, Eternal Warrior, Geomancer, and a cast of heroes and villains from across the Valiant Universe, THE VALIANT is a visionary new adventure from three of the greatest creative talents in comics today.

Preview: Strange Nation #6

Strange Nation #6

Writer/Letterer: Paul Allor
Artist:Juan Romera
Price: $0.99
Pages: 19
Rating: 15+

Norma exposes the alien invasion! But will anyone care? Meanwhile, Dr. Harris moves forward with his world-shaking plans.

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Preview: Edison Rex #16

Edison Rex #16

Writer: Chris Roberson
Artist: Dennis Culver
Colorist: Stephen Downer
Letterer: John J. Hill
Price: $0.99
Pages: 18
Rating: 12+

Edison Rex has made a lot of new friends, and new enemies, on his journey from villain to hero. But can all of his allies be trusted? And can he really be sure who his enemies truly are?

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