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Titan Comics To Publish Samurai Collected Omnibus – followed by all-new material!

This September, Titan Comics has announced their publication of Samurai Omnibus by Jean-François Di Giorgio and Frédéric Genet. Set in feudal Japan, the omnibus – which collects Samurai vol. 1-4 – tells the epic story of one Samurai’s quest for answers in a brutal world. This omnibus will be followed by the publication of all-new Samurai material, never before released in the English language.

Samurai is the latest series to join Titan’s European graphic novels range, along with critical and sales hits Void, Snowpiercer and books based on the works of Michael Moorcock

Takeo has finally achieved his dream; he has left behind the darkness of his past and become a Samurai. But now, with the courage that comes from knowing you are worthy, he finally feels ready to confront his demons.

Yet Imperial Japan is in turmoil; General Akuma, one of the Empire’s most powerful men has turned his back on the Emperor, and is planning to betray him. The two men are linked by a dark secret; the 13th prophet. It is into this mysterious feud that Takeo will stray on his quest to find out who he really is and answer the questions that have followed him his whole life. Why was he left to grow up in a monastery? And where is the brother that abandoned him ten years earlier?

Samurai Omnibus hits comic stores on September 9 and will be available digitally to read on your digital devices.

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Top Shelf to Adapt Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS GN 1Legendary journalist Hunter S. Thompson’s genius was rooted in his ability to blend reality with fiction, serious cultural analysis with madcap escapades, astonishing words with unforgettable images.

In that spirit, and in proud partnership with the Thompson estate, Top Shelf Productions has announced Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, a delightfully bonkers graphic novel by Eisner-nominated artist Troy Little adapting Thompson’s book of the same name.

The much-beloved Fear and Loathing, subtitled “A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream,” follows Thompson analogue Raoul Duke on the mother of all Vegas benders, as he and his attorney Dr. Gonzo cover a motorcycle race, crash a drug-enforcement convention, and rack up obscenely large room-service bills, all while dosed to the gills on a truly spectacular assortment of mind-altering substances.

FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS GN 2Troy Little’s faithful adaptation, scheduled for October 2015, will capture the full gonzo experience in a glorious full color graphic novel. Little is previously known for the Xeric-award-winning graphic novel Chiaroscuro and for his Eisner-nominated series Angora Napkin, both from IDW Publishing. Now, his irrepressibly energetic cartooning brings a new level of manic energy to Thompson’s rocket-fueled narrative.

“Buy the ticket, take the ride.” Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas comes to a store near you this fall!

Title: Hunter S. Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (The Graphic Novel)
Author/Artist: Troy Little
Publisher: Top Shelf Productions, an imprint of IDW Publishing
Distributor: Diamond Book Distributors
Release Date: October 2015

Review: A Sailor’s Story

A Sailor's Story CoverGolden Age comic book legend Sam Glanzman draws upon his own World War II experiences in this outstanding graphic novel. Glanzman wrote and illustrated this intimate account of his life aboard a Navy destroyer, the USS Stevens.

It’s been more than twenty-five years since these comics have been in print. This new collection unites both A Sailor’s Story and its sequel, A Sailor’s Story: Winds, Dreams, and Dragons, plus a never-before-seen ten-page story of the USS Stevens, Even Dead Birds Have Wings, as well as numerous tributes, a forward, introduction, and afterword.

I’ve never read the original material, so to get everything in one book is handy, and also helps put it all into context together. The numerous stories is Glanzman’s personal first-hand account of his experience during World War II. It’s an honest, raw portrayal, with both good and bad, taking us into the world of what it was like during the time, and what it was like as a sailor.

The graphic novel is adapted from Glanzman’s notes and other material, providing us his perspective of what it was like during the time. It doesn’t hold back at all, not just recounting events, but also goes into details of the ships and guns, so should be entertaining for those into that detail, as well as those who enjoy history. It’s education, and history, as entertainment, and that’s a fantastic thing.

A Sailor’s Story is a fantastic piece of history, giving us a first-hand account of what happened, and the sacrifice many made to defend freedom. A great example of using the graphic medium to capture and tell history.

Story: Sam Glanzman Art: Sam Glanzman
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read

Dover Publications provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

School’s Back in Session with Gunnerkrigg Court Vol. 5: Refine Hardcover

Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios, has announced the latest installment of Thomas Siddell’s adventurous fantasy series with the June release of the Gunnerkrigg Court Vol. 5: Refine hardcover. Siddell’s long-running webcomic has garnered high praise and a large fanbase from around the world, including legendary creator Neil Gaiman, and Archaia is pleased to present this collection of the latest adventures of Antimony Carver at the mysterious boarding school, Gunnerkrigg Court.

Antimony’s new responsibilities thrust her into the heart of the forest, taking Parley and Smitty along for the ride! Meanwhile, Kat is left to deal with the mysterious letter she received, and Renard takes the time to reflect on his past decisions. As the year reaches a close, some friendships will grow stronger and some will have to come to an end.

The Gunnerkrigg Court Vol. 5: Refine hardcover arrives in comic book shops on June 17th with a cover by series creator Thomas Siddell for the price of $26.99 under Diamond Code APR151222. The Final Order Cutoff date for comics retailers is May 25th.

Gunnerkrigg Court Vol. 5 Refine Cover by Thomas Siddell

Dynamite and Smosh Team for Comics and Graphic Novels

dynamite-logoIn a deal brokered by The Joester Loria Group, DEFY Media’s YouTube sensation SMOSH has licensed with Dynamite Entertainment to develop a series of comics and graphic novels.

Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox are the duo behind the powerhouse comedy brand SMOSH. SMOSH catapulted to YouTube’s #1 most subscribed channel in 2013, ranks among YouTube’s Top 3 most viewed channels of all time with more than 6 billion lifetime views, and counts over 30 million combined channel subscribers and 20 million social followers. SMOSH’s multi-faceted enterprise, based around its flagship YouTube channel and highly trafficked website, includes multiple record-setting channel spinoffs, including SMOSH Games – among YouTube’s fastest growing channels ever – and Shut Up Cartoons, top-charting musical endeavors, merchandising, magazines, mobile, OTT and gaming apps – and, coming soon, The SMOSH Movie.

  • SMOSH, the powerhouse digital comedy brand with more than 30 million subscribers across multiple YouTube Channels and over 20 million social media followers, launched in 2005 as the brainchild of Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla.  Founded in 2004, Dynamite Entertainment has become a leading comic publisher focusing on creating adaptations of top entertainment properties.
  • An extension of DEFY Media’s SMOSH comedy brand, which includes multiple YouTube channels, a highly trafficked website, mobile, OTT and gaming apps, and merchandising, the comic & graphic novel series will give Hecox and Padilla a new platform for their distinct brand of humor, and will provide SMOSH fans with another way to connect with their favorite digital channels.
  • The SMOSH Graphic Novels and Comics will hit retail shelves Holiday 2015 and will retail for $3.99-$4.99 for comic books, $14.99-$19.99 for soft cover graphic novels, $24.99-$49.99 for hard covers.
  • The program will target the growing community of graphic novel and comic book enthusiast in the young millennial demographic
  •  Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla have been listed as the highest ranking public figures among teens 13-17 years old according to a 2014 survey commissioned by Variety
  •  Domestic sales of comics and graphic novels have been rising for years, reaching $870 million in 2013, up from $265 million in 2000, according to estimates by Comichron’s John Jackson Miller and ICv2’s Milton Griepp.

Top 100 Best-Selling Graphic Novels for April 2015

Previews has released the top 100 best-selling graphic novels for April 2015. Image Comics was top for the month, holding four of the top ten slots, including the top spot with The Walking Dead Vol. 23.

Marvel held the second spot with their one graphic novel in the top spot, Avengers: Rage of Ultron. DC Comics had four entries in the top ten, and BOOM! Studios had one with Lumberjanes Vol. 1 at #10.

IDW Publishing‘s best was #48 with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles/Ghostbusters and Dark Horse‘s best was #55 with Prometheus: Fire and Stone.

TOP 100 GRAPHIC NOVELS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in April 2015

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 23 $14.99 FEB150545 IMA
2 AVENGERS RAGE OF ULTRON OGN HC $24.99 DEC140948 MAR
3 FABLES TP VOL 21 HAPPILY EVER AFTER (MR) $17.99 JAN150397 DC
4 BATMAN TP VOL 05 ZERO YEAR DARK CITY (N52) $16.99 JAN150363 DC
5 SAGA TP VOL 04 (MR) $14.99 OCT140644 IMA
6 JUPITERS LEGACY TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 FEB150526 IMA
7 HARLEY QUINN TP VOL 01 HOT IN THE CITY (N52) $16.99 JAN150369 DC
8 BATMAN HC VOL 06 THE GRAVEYARD SHIFT (N52) $24.99 DEC140379 DC
9 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $14.99 NOV128157 IMA
10 LUMBERJANES TP VOL 01 $14.99 FEB151172 BOO
11 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE TP $15.99 FEB150860 MAR
12 SAGA TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 AUG120491 IMA
13 SAGA TP VOL 03 (MR) $14.99 JAN140556 IMA
14 SAGA TP VOL 02 (MR) $14.99 APR130443 IMA
15 HARLEY QUINN HC VOL 02 POWER OUTAGE (N52) $24.99 DEC140380 DC
16 CIVIL WAR TP $24.99 JAN072436 MAR
17 SUNSTONE OGN VOL 02 (MR) $14.99 FEB150538 IMA
18 BATMAN ADVENTURES MAD LOVE DELUXE ED HC $24.99 NOV140306 DC
19 SCOTT PILGRIM COLOR HC VOL 06 $24.99 AUG141586 ONI
20 ORIGINAL SIN TP $34.99 FEB150862 MAR
21 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US (NEW PTG) $14.99 SEP088204 IMA
22 WONDER WOMAN TP VOL 05 FLESH (N52) $16.99 JAN150375 DC
23 CAPTAIN MARVEL TP VOL 02 STAY FLY $15.99 JAN150902 MAR
24 INJUSTICE GODS AMONG US YEAR TWO TP VOL 01 $14.99 JAN150374 DC
25 GOTHAM CITY SIRENS TP BOOK 02 $24.99 JAN150373 DC
26 ADVENTURE TIME ORIGINAL GN VOL 05 GRAYBLES SCHMAYBLES $12.99 FEB151177 BOO
27 ATTACK ON TITAN GN VOL 15 $10.99 FEB151487 RAN
28 MORTAL KOMBAT X TP VOL 01 (MR) $14.99 JAN150383 DC
29 BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC $17.99 NOV070226 DC
30 MS MARVEL TP VOL 01 NO NORMAL $15.99 JUN140725 MAR
31 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 22 A NEW BEGINNING (MR) $14.99 SEP140657 IMA
32 GREEN ARROW TP VOL 06 BROKEN (N52) $14.99 JAN150370 DC
33 MOON KNIGHT TP VOL 02 DEAD WILL RISE $17.99 JAN150899 MAR
34 SEX CRIMINALS TP VOL 02 TWO WORLDS ONE COP (MR) $14.99 OCT140654 IMA
35 INJUSTICE GODS AMONG US YEAR TWO HC VOL 02 $22.99 DEC140390 DC
36 MPH TP $14.99 FEB150530 IMA
37 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS $14.99 NOV082245 IMA
38 SPIDER-VERSE HC $75 FEB150845 MAR
39 SPREAD TP VOL 01 NO HOPE (MR) $14.99 DEC140691 IMA
40 STAR WARS LEGENDS EPIC COLLECTION TP VOL 01 EMPIRE $34.99 JAN150884 MAR
41 DC COMICS ZERO YEAR TP (N52) $24.99 JAN150367 DC
42 DEATHSTROKE THE TERMINATOR TP VOL 01 ASSASSINS $19.99 JAN150379 DC
43 BATMAN TP VOL 01 THE COURT OF OWLS (N52) $16.99 DEC120323 DC
44 WONDER WOMAN HC VOL 06 BONES (N52) $22.99 DEC140384 DC
45 BEE AND PUPPYCAT TP VOL 01 $14.99 FEB151200 BOO
46 MEN OF WRATH TP (MR) $14.99 JAN150882 MAR
47 WOLVERINES TP VOL 01 DANCING WITH DEVIL $15.99 JAN150898 MAR
48 TMNT GHOSTBUSTERS TP $17.99 FEB150402 IDW
49 SEX CRIMINALS TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 JAN140558 IMA
50 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 21 ALL OUT WAR PT 2 (MR) $14.99 MAY140652 IMA
51 DEADPOOL CLASSIC COMPANION TP $34.99 JAN150907 MAR
52 LOKI AGENT OF ASGARD TP VOL 02 I CANNOT TELL A LIE $17.99 DEC140977 MAR
53 NEW TEEN TITANS TP VOL 02 $19.99 JAN150380 DC
54 MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDS FOREVER TP VOL 03 $17.99 JAN150515 IDW
55 PROMETHEUS FIRE & STONE TP $14.99 DEC140096 DAR
56 EMPOWERED UNCHAINED TP VOL 01 $19.99 NOV140075 DAR
57 WICKED & DIVINE TP VOL 01 THE FAUST ACT (MR) $9.99 SEP140684 IMA
58 ELFQUEST FINAL QUEST TP VOL 01 $17.99 DEC140112 DAR
59 MS MARVEL TP VOL 02 GENERATION WHY $15.99 DEC140970 MAR
60 SENSATION COMICS FEATURING WONDER WOMAN TP VOL 01 $14.99 DEC140392 DC
61 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 04 HEARTS DESIRE $14.99 SEP088205 IMA
62 BTVS SEASON 10 TP VOL 02 I WISH $18.99 DEC140081 DAR
63 GOON TP VOL 14 OCCASION OF REVENGE $16.99 OCT140043 DAR
64 HULK FUTURE IMPERFECT TP NEW PTG $19.99 JAN150909 MAR
65 EARTH 2 TP VOL 04 THE DARK AGE (N52) $14.99 JAN150378 DC
66 AVENGERS ULTRON UNBOUND TP $24.99 JAN150894 MAR
67 RAT QUEENS TP VOL 01 SASS & SORCERY (MR) $9.99 JAN140555 IMA
68 MIRACLEMAN PREM HC BOOK 03 OLYMPUS (MR) $39.99 DEC140967-M MAR
69 BATMAN TP VOL 02 THE CITY OF OWLS (N52) $16.99 JUL130235 DC
70 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 20 ALL OUT WAR PT 1 (MR) $14.99 JAN140559 IMA
71 BATMAN 66 TP VOL 02 $14.99 JAN150377 DC
72 SUPERIOR IRON MAN PREM HC VOL 01 INFAMOUS $24.99 JAN150888 MAR
73 INFINITY GAUNTLET TP $24.99 JUL110745 MAR
74 EAST OF WEST TP VOL 01 THE PROMISE $9.99 JUN130466 IMA
74 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 19 MARCH TO WAR $14.99 SEP130566 IMA
76 GROO VS CONAN TP $16.99 DEC140137 DAR
77 ATTACK ON TITAN BEFORE THE FALL GN VOL 04 $10.99 JAN151496 RAN
78 LOW TP VOL 01 THE DELIRIUM OF HOPE (MR) $9.99 DEC140670 IMA
79 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 17 SOMETHING TO FEAR (MR) $14.99 SEP120449 IMA
80 MARCH GN BOOK 01 $14.95 JUN131298 IDW
81 WATCHMEN TP $19.99 FEB140265-M DC
82 DEADPOOL KILLS MARVEL UNIVERSE TP $14.99 AUG120709 MAR
83 ORIGINAL SINS TP $16.99 FEB150861 MAR
84 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 18 WHAT COMES AFTER $14.99 APR130482 IMA
85 FLASH TP VOL 01 MOVE FORWARD (N52) $16.99 MAY130224 DC
86 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 05 BEST DEFENSE $14.99 SEP088206 IMA
87 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 06 SORROWFUL LIFE (NEW PTG) (SEP088207) $14.99 SEP088207 IMA
88 BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL TP VOL 31 FINAL CURTAIN (MR) $19.99 NOV140103 DAR
89 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 07 THE CALM BEFORE $14.99 SEP088208 IMA
90 EAST OF WEST TP VOL 03 THERE IS NO US $14.99 JUL140478 IMA
91 FANTASTIC FOUR OMNIBUS HC VOL 03 $99.99 NOV140864-M MAR
92 CAPTAIN AMERICA TP VOL 04 IRON NAIL $19.99 JAN150900 MAR
93 BATMAN 66 HC VOL 03 $19.99 DEC140386 DC
94 JUSTICE LEAGUE 3000 TP VOL 02 THE CAMELOT WAR (N52) $14.99 JAN150372 DC
95 NOVA TP VOL 05 AXIS $15.99 JAN150903 MAR
96 EARTH 2 HC VOL 05 THE KRYPTONIAN (N52) $24.99 DEC140378 DC
97 GONERS TP VOL 01 WE ALL FALL DOWN $9.99 FEB150524 IMA
98 TOP 10 TP $24.99 JAN150410 DC
99 AGE OF ULTRON TP $34.99 FEB140842 MAR
100 AVENGERS EPIC COLLECTION BEHOLD VISION TP $34.99 FEB150848 MAR

Fun Home Gets a Boost from Tony Nominations

fun home coverFun Home, the musical based on the graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, received a boost and had its biggest week at the Broadway box office. The musical was nominated for 12 Tony Awards, receiving the most along with An American in Paris which received the same amound

The show earned $531,985, a massive increase from the previous week, by more than $95,000.

Congrats to all, and I can’t wait to see it myself.

(via ArtsBeat)

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone excited for this week?

Around the Tubes

The Outhousers – No, Disney Did Not Confirm An ‘Indiana Jones’ Sequel – I swear, it’s us and the Outhousers that understand these things.

CBR – Martin Freeman Joins “Captain America: Civil War” Cast – Guesses as to whom?

Bleeding Cool –Dan DiDio And Jim Lee Address Gerry Conway’s Concerns, In Letter To Creators – Progress?

ArtsBeat – Daniel Clowes’s ‘The Complete Eightball’ Comes Out Next Month – Want.

Penn State News – Penn State announces winner of Lynd Ward Prize for Graphic Novel of the Year – Congrats!

Preview: White Trash

WHITE TRASH (GN)

WRITER: Gordon Rennie
ARTISTS: Martin Emond
FORMAT: 128 pages, HC, FC, 6.625 x 10.25
PUBLISHER: Titan Comics
PRICE: $19.99​/$22.95 CAN/£14.99 UK​
ISBN: 9781781168219
COMIC STORE RELEASE DATE: April 29, 2015
BOOK STORE RELEASE DATE: June 16, 2015

Lock, load and buckle up for the greatest road buddy comic ever conceived!

Join slacker surfer dude Dean and The King, legendary gold-laméd rock’n’roller, as they take their pink Cadillac into the soft,white supremacist, Evangelical brimstone underbelly of the good ol’ US of A!

From legendary writer Gordon Rennie (Judge Dredd, Rogue Trooper, Necronauts) and the late-great Martin Emond (Accident Man, Lobo), White Trash is a riotous, rock and roll odyssey that blends the best bits of “Welcome To The Jungle”, “Deliverance” and “Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas” and blasts them into overdrive!

Cram-packed with moronic humor, madcap violence and glorious painted illustration, don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind slice of anarchic Americana!

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Preview: The Light and the Darkness War

THE LIGHT AND DARKNESS WAR

WRITER: Tom Veitch
ARTISTS: Cam Kennedy
FORMAT: 208 pages, HC, FC,
PUBLISHER: Titan Comics
PRICE: $24.99/ $27.95 CAN/ £17.99 UK
ISBN: 9781782761808
ORDER CODE: JAN151610
​COMIC STORE ​RELEASE DATE: May 27
BOOK STORE ​RELEASE DATE: ​June​ 23​

FROM INDUSTRY LEGENDS TOM VEITCH (STAR WARS, ANIMAL MAN) AND CAM KENNEDY (DAREDEVIL, 2000AD)!

PACKED WITH NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN CONCEPT ART, COVER GALLERIES AND SKETCHBOOKS!

Doorgunner Lazarus Jones is consumed with nightmares and grief after his helicopter crew is killed in Vietnam.

Spiralling into depression and alcoholism, Laz crosses the threshold between life and death, only to find himself battling once more alongside his lost comrades, in the ultimate war between Good and Evil…

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