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Brian Michael Bendis Promotes Free Comic Book Day!

Free Comic Book Day is the first Saturday in May, this year May 3rd!

Stan Lee Promotes Free Comic Book Day!

Free Comic Book Day takes place on the first Saturday in May! You get comics for FREE just by going to a participating store! For more information and to find a participating comic book specialty shop near you, go to www.freecomicbookday.com.

Action Lab Entertainment Day at Acme Comics

ACTIONLAB_LOGOAction Lab Entertainment is proud to announce their first Fan Outreach Event, Action Lab Day! The even is being held with The Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailing Award nominated Acme Comics which is located at 2150 Lawndale Dr, in beautiful  Greensboro, NC. Acme is considered one of the best comics retailers in the country. Their signings and Free Comic Book Day events draw thousands of fans and readers of all ages.

It will also be an opportunity for aspiring creators to meet Action Lab creators and staff and learn hands on keys to creating, promoting and selling their work.

On Saturday, March 29th from 11:00 Am to 5:00 pm, come join Skyward creator Jeremy Dale, Skyward editor and Action Lab marketing director Kelly Dale, Ehmm Theory co-creator and artist Larkin Ford, Action Lab president Kevin Freeman and Ehmm Theory co-creator and writer Brockton McKinney for a day of seminars, signing and sketching, all FREE to the public!*


WRITERS FORUM with Jeremy Dale & Brockton McKinney, 11:00 AM

  • How to create story outlines, judge pacing and craft a script for an artist!
  • How to connect with an artist or vice verse and how you know you have a good fit!
  • Learn collaborative “Do’s” and “Don’t’s”!

ARTISTS FORUM with Jeremy Dale & Larkin Ford, 1:00 PM

  • How to turn a written script into finished art!
  • How to decide between working with full color and black & white!
  • How to layout a cover to standout on the store shelves!

BUSINESS FORUM with Kelly Dale & Kevin Freeman, 3:00 PM

  • Once you have an idea or finished product, how to market it via social media or conventions to stores and the public!
  • How to present your portfolio or story to a publisher!
  • What constitutes intellectual property and how to protect it!


  • Kelly Dale & Brockton McKinney - 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
  • Jeremy Dale & Larkin Ford - 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

*Each of the three sessions is limited to 10 attendees, so please reserve your spot via FacebookTwitter or e-mail in advance! Only those seriously interested, please! Just a few spots left so reach us today!

Marvel Entertainment to Speak at TEDxTEEN 2014!

This Saturday, March 1st, 2014, the We Are Family Foundation will host the 5th TEDxTeen conference at Scholastic’s unique auditorium in New York City.  This year TEDxTeen provides the setting for important and provoking topics such as empowerment, action, perseverance, possibility and Marvel’s own Sana Amanat, editor of Ms. Marvel, Elektra, Captain Marvel and New Warriors, will be presenting “Myths, Misfits & Masks” at the end of Session 1 of the TEDxTalks at approximately 11:30AM Eastern Standard Time.

Amanat’s presentation will also followed with an offer for an exclusive and FREE digital collection, All-New Marvel Now! Teen Heroes! Be sure to tune in March 1st for the official code to access this free digital collection that showcases Marvel’s all-new teen heroes. Then go to marvel.com/tedx, add the All-New Marvel Now! Teen Heroes collection to your cart and use the provided promo code to get your FREE digital copy of this collection to read in the Marvel Comics App (offer ends 3/31 11PM EST).

“Myths, Misfits & Masks” will address how societal constructs and stereotypes can impact the self-perception and self-worth of individuals—in particular teens & adolescents who may be the most impressionable. How can we manage others expectations of our identities and establish our authentic self? This idea will be evaluated through the lens of positive and accessible imagery and storytelling—and comic book stories in particular through their aspirational impact.  Enter the X-Men, Spider-Man and now Ms. Marvel – comic book characters in Marvel’s long history of sharing stories about the powers that come with being “different”.

The theme of the fifth annual TEDxTeen conference, “The Crazy Ones”, aims to focus on the ones who follow their hearts, the ones who dare to believe dreams are real, the ones who make the impossible, possible. They go where no one has gone before – not without fear, but despite fear!

TEDxTeen will be live-streamed AROUND THE WORLD, March 1st. The event is live from 10:30am-5:45pm (EST) on TEDxTeen.com and through their official livestream partners MTV Act and MTV Voices. Additionally, TEDxTeen is also an online interactive experience at Shindig.com/event/tedxteen where online attendees will be able to meet, mingle, and otherwise share the day in video chat with other attendees. An online Pre-Event Meet Up starts at 9:00am (EST).


Valiant Announces Armor Hunters FCBD Special Retailer Customized Editions!

Valiant is proud to announce that the FCBD 2014 Armor Hunters Special – the publisher’s flagship release for Free Comic Book Day 2014 – is now being offered in a special, customizable edition for retailers worldwide! Before Armor Hunters #1 arrives this June, get an action-packed prelude to the Valiant event of 2014 right here on Free Comic Book Day in this special FCBD release, featuring surprise details on Valiant’s newest launches, anniversary milestones, and unexpected team-ups for 2014 and beyond!

For retailers that secure a minimum order of 500 copies by the title’s February 3rd, 2014 final order cut-off (FOC) date, Valiant will design a specially customized FCBD 2014 Armor Hunters Special cover featuring their store’s logo and contact information. The customizable area can also be modified to include a store promotion or coupon.

For more information on Valiant’s FCBD 2014 ARMOR HUNTERS SPECIAL retailer customized editions, contact Valiant Sales Manager Atom Freeman at (530) 830-2866 or at atomf@valiantentertainment.com.

Cover by J.G. JONES
T+/32 pgs.
IN STORES 5/3/14 (FOC – 2/3/14)


IDW & Comickaze Comics, Books and More Combine Forces to Host Benefit for Artist Joe Phillips

San Diego based artist and all-around great guy, Joe Phillips received the shocking and very unfortunate news last November that due to complications from undiagnosed diabetes he would have to undergo surgery to amputate his right foot.

Many freelance artists struggle with the high costs of health insurance and sadly Phillips is no different. Therefore, IDW Publishing and Comickaze Comics, Books and More are joining forces to raise funds to help Phillips with the financial burden resulting from this unexpected and tragic event. We invite you to join Joe’s friends, family, and fans for an evening of art, local craft beer, and loving support.

Attendees will have an opportunity to get sketches and signatures from local artists, including Joe, and mingle with IDW staff, including Ted Adams, CEO & Publisher, who will be available for portfolio reviews and conversation about the comic business.

Date:    Saturday, January 25
Place:   Modern Times’ Lomaland Fermentorium
Time:   5PM – 9PM
Food:   Stuffed! Food Truck (for purchase)

The goal is to raise a total of $15,000 (or more) and there will be many different options available so attendees can contribute to this very worthy cause and get some truly unique items in return. 100% of all proceeds will go to Joe Phillips and IDW Publishing will match total donations up to $5,000.

Raffle ($5.00 each)

  • Enter for a chance to win one (1) of five (5) copies of Star Trek: Where No Man Has Gone Before – Red Label from IDW Limited. $125 retail value, limited to 175 hand-numbered copies, mounted signature page signed by Mike Johnson, Joe Phillips & Tim Bradstreet, with a set of EIGHT exclusive lithographs in a hardcover portfolio
  • Enter for a chance to win the GRAND PRIZE (1) copy of Star Trek: Where No Man Has Gone Before – Black Label from IDW Limited. $300 retail value, limited to 50 hand-numbered copies, features original artwork from Joe Phillips secured in a hardcover portfolio, mounted signature page signed by Mike Johnson, Joe Phillips & Tim Bradstreet, with a set of EIGHT exclusive lithographs.

Comic Sketches ($10.00 – $55.00)

  • Your choice of sketch cards or IDW blank cover comics (minimum 1, maximum 11).  These will be the only items eligible to receive sketches/signatures at this event.
  • If pre-ordered at www.comickaze.com you will receive one (1) extra card for free. Pre-order sketch cards available for pick up at the event with a copy of your PayPal receipt. Limit one (1) free sketch card per person.
  • Artists scheduled to appear: Carlos D’Anda, Jeromy Cox, Lance Hutto, Batton Lash, Gabe Eltaeb, Alex Sinclair (Alex has also donated a limited edition print to raffle at the event) and more to come!


  • $10.00:  For every $10 donated, receive one (1) IDW graphic novel.
  • $25.00:  For every $25 donated, receive three (3) IDW graphic novels.
  • $100.00:  Get Your Book Lettered by Robbie Robbins (Locke & Key).  Maximum 3, up to 32 pages each.


  • Bidding will start at $50.00 for a chance to have a tour of IDW Publishing headquarters guided by Ted Adams, which will culminate in a trip to the IDW warehouse where he’ll give you the chance to stock up your IDW library.

For those of you who cannot make this event and would still like to contribute, there is a “Donate” button at www.comickaze.com.

Lapham’s Juice Squeezers Featured for FCBD 2014!

David Lapham, the Eisner Award–winning creator of the smash hit Stray Bullets, is writing and drawing his own series again for the first time in five years, debuting next month! Now, on the eve of Final Order Cutoff for the first issue, Dark Horse announces an original story to be featured in next year’s FCBD offerings!

Called “a perfect start to an addictive new serial” by Newsarama after its run in the Eisner and Harvey Award–winning anthology Dark Horse Presents, Juice Squeezers follows a covert group of tweens who form the main line of defense for the residents of Weeville against an army of giant bugs. The only ones who can fit into the cramped subterranean battlefield, the aptly named Juice Squeezers keep the endless swarm of bugs from overrunning the city. That is, until a new kid moves to town and threatens to awaken a dormant bug population. The exterminators may become the exterminated in this all-ages adventure story!

Available for download today, and free for the next week, is the critically acclaimed storyline from the series debut in Dark Horse’s flagship anthology, so fans will have the chance to see for themselves what everyone is talking about! Read the first chapter and tell your retailer that you are on board for this fun new series in the vein of The Goonies and Stand by Me!

Juice Squeezers #1 (of 4) is on sale January 1, 2014, in comic shops everywhere!

Juice Squeezers #0 is available for free download today, exclusively through Digital.DarkHorse.com!

Free Comic Day 2014 will take place on May 3, 2014!


Two Signings for Afterlife With Archie #2

Afterlife With Archie, the most talked about horror comic of 2013 rages on and to celebrate Archie Comics has announced two special signings will be held next week to kick off issue #2 of the mega hit series.

Francesco Francavilla Signing at Dr. No’s Comics & Games 11/23

Fans living in the Atlanta area can get their copies signed by Eisner Award winning artist Francesco Francavilla at Dr. No’s Comics and Games Superstore (3428 Canton Rd, Marietta, Georgia 30066) from 2-4pm on Saturday, November 23rd.

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Signing at Golden Apple Comics 11/20

Harvey Award winning writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa will be signing at Golden Apple Comics (7018 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, California 90038) from 7-9pm on Wednesday 11/20, the day of the comic’s release. Join Roberto for the release party and FREE wine mixer.

Be sure to make it to one of these events and get your copy of Afterlife With Archie #2, the 2nd spine-chilling chapter of the ongoing horror series. The chance to meet the creators and get it signed will make it a prized possession for your collection.

Golden Apple Comics
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Wednesday 11/20 – 7-9pm
7018 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA

Dr. No’s Comics and Games
Francesco Francavilla
Saturday 11/23 – 2-4pm
3428 Canton Rd
Marietta, GA

The Fifth Beatle Launches With Events in New York City and Miami

With The Fifth Beatle hitting store shelves hitting shelves on November 19th,  the writer/producer Vivek Tiwary will be making some special launch-week appearances.

Tiwary will be making two appearances in New York City, one November 18 at Barnes and Noble and the other at Forbidden Planet on November 20.

Monday November 18, 2013 7:00 PM
Barnes & Noble
82nd & Broadway

2289 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

Vivek Tiwary in conversation with Dave Marsh, founding editor of seminal rock magazine CREEM, pop culture critic and historian.

Wednesday November, 20th 6:00PM
Fifth Beatle SIGNING w/ Vivek Tiwary at FORBIDDEN PLANET NYC
Forbidden Planet
Broadway – between 13th and 12th

832 Broadway, New York, NY 10003
Vivek is thrilled to be signing at the shop where he’s been buying his comics since he was a kid!  If you can’t make it, signed copies are also available through the Forbidden Planet website.

Vivek will also be appearing in a panel Saturday, November 23 11am at the Miami Book Fair : Making Music with Comics: Ed Piskor on Hip Hop Family Tree and Vivek J. Tiwary on The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story, with Peter Bagge and Paul Pope. Moderated by Joan Hilty.

Twilight star Peter Facinelli & Rob DeFranco sign their new comic, Protocol: Orphans #1 at Midtown Comics

Midtown Comics in New York City is welcoming actor Peter Facinelli along with his producing partner Rob Defranco for a special book signing of their new comic book, Protocol: Orphans #1 from BOOM! Studios, on Wednesday, November 20th, at 7:30pm at the Midtown Comics Downtown location. Purchase of Protocol: Orphans #1 is required to attend the signing and one additional personal item may be signed.

Actor Peter Facinelli and producing partner Rob DeFranco are the creators of Protocol: Orphans. Written by Michael Alan Nelson and drawn by Mariano Navarro, Protocol: Orphans is an action-packed espionage series with a compelling cast of young characters struggling with their transition into adulthood. Adopted by the government. Trained as deadly spies. Abandoned by everybody but each other. Protocol: Orphans is a tense thriller perfect for fans of fun spy fiction like TV’s Alias or Mission: Impossible.


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