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Preview: Supreme: Blue Rose #1

Supreme: Blue Rose #1

Story By: Warren Ellis
Art By: Tula Lotay
Cover By: Tula Lotay
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: MAY140571
Published: July 23, 2014

You are not dreaming. We are trying to communicate with you. Local reality has been reinstalled. Things have gone wrong. The revision has corrupted. Finding Ethan Crane is your supreme priority. We are speaking to you from the ultimate bunker within the structure of multiversal time. Do not trust Darius Dax. We are all going to die. SUPREME: BLUE ROSE. Re-introducing the central Image Comics character, with WARREN ELLIS and TULA LOTAY.

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SDCC 2014: Image Comics’ Signing Schedule

Image_Comics_logo_largeImage Comics has announced the schedule of exciting creator signings that will take place over the course of San Diego Comic Con, Wednesday, July 23 – Sunday, July 27 at the Image Comics booth (#2729).

*TICKETED* denotes signings will be ticketed. Tickets will be given out at the booth as soon as the convention floor opens. Tickets will be available for attendee badges only.  There will be a limit of a maximum of 5 items per person for ticketed signings.

**Grading services will not be permitted during signings for Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Chris Dingess and Matt Roberts. All books that want to be signed and graded by CGC must be taken to the CGC booth, #901. There will be a fee associated with these signings. Cutoff times for CGC signature submissions are as follows: Sunday, July 27th at 10 a.m. for Robert Kirkman, Matt Roberts and Chris Dingess. Cutoff for Charlie Adlard is Thursday, July 24th at 3 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, 7/23:
6 – 7 p.m. IMAGE EXPO’s Special Surprise Guests
7 – 8 p.m. Robert Kirkman *TICKETED*
7 – 8 p.m. Tula Lotay
8 – 9 p.m. Jonathan Layman & Rob Guillory

THURSDAY, 7/24:
10 – 10:45 a.m. Sina Grace & Daniel Freedman
10 – 10:45 a.m. Johnnie Christmas

11 – 11:45 p.m. John Layman & Rob Guillory
11 – 11:45 p.m. Scott Snyder *TICKETED*
11 – 12 p.m. Khary Randolph

12 – 12:45 p.m. Nick Dragotta *TICKETED*
12 – 12:45 p.m. Bryan J.L. Glass
12 – 1 p.m. Matt Roberts

1 – 1:45 p.m. Rick Remender *TICKETED*
1 – 1:45 p.m. Amy Reeder
1 – 1:45 p.m. Roc Upchurch

2 – 2:45 p.m. Joshua Williamson & Mike Henderson
2 – 2:45 p.m. Daniel Corey

2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Robert Kirkman & Charlie Adlard *TICKETED*
3 – 3:45 p.m. Nick Pitarra
3 – 3:45 p.m. Tula Lotay

4 – 4:45 p.m. John Layman & Rob Guillory
4 – 4:45 p.m. Jason Latour

5 – 5:45 p.m. Ryan Burton
5 – 5:45 p.m. Kel Symons

FRIDAY, 7/25:
10 – 10:45 a.m. Rick Remender *TICKETED*
10 – 10:45 a.m. Ryan Burton

11 – 11:45 p.m. Brian K. Vaughan *TICKETED*
11 – 11:45 p.m. Frank J. Barbiere
11 – 12 p.m. Joshua Williamson

12 – 12:45 p.m. Kyle Higgins & Alec Siegel
12 – 12:45 p.m. Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky *TICKETED*
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Scott Tolleson & George Gasper

1 – 1:45 p.m. Kelly Sue DeConnick *TICKETED*
1 – 1:45 p.m. Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky *TICKETED*
1 – 2 p.m. Scott Tolleson & George Gasper

2 – 2:45 p.m. Joe Harris
2 – 2:45 p.m. Jason Aaron & Jason Latour *TICKETED*
2 – 3 p.m. Khary Randolph

3 – 3:45 p.m. Jim Zub
3 – 3:45 p.m. John Layman & Rob Guillory
3 – 4 p.m. Brandon Seifert

4 – 4:45 p.m. Scott Snyder *TICKETED*
4 – 4:45 p.m. John Layman & Rob Guillory
4 – 5 p.m. Chris Dingess & Matt Roberts

5 – 5:45 p.m. Nick Dragotta *TICKETED*
5 – 5:45 p.m. Amy Reeder & Brandon Montclare
5 – 5:45 p.m. Tula Lotay

SATURDAY, 7/26:
10 – 10:45 a.m. Jason Aaron & Jason Latour *TICKETED*
10 – 10:45 a.m. Scott Snyder *TICKETED*

11 – 11:45 p.m. Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples *TICKETED*
11 – 11:45 p.m. Matt Fraction *TICKETED*
11 – 12 p.m. Chris Dingess & Matt Roberts

12 – 12:45 p.m. Kelly Sue DeConnick *TICKETED*
12 – 12:45 p.m. Nick Dragotta *TICKETED*
12 – 1 p.m. David Schulner, Aaron Ginsberg & Wade McIntyre

1:30 – 2:15 p.m. Robert Kirkman *TICKETED*
1 – 1:45 p.m. John Layman & Rob Guillory

2 – 2:45 p.m. Kyle Higgins & Alec Siegel

3 – 3:45 p.m. Joshua Williamson & Mike Henderson
3 – 4 p.m. Todd McFarlane *TICKETED*

4 – 4:45 p.m. Rick Remender *TICKETED*
4 – 4:45 p.m. Amy Reeder & Brandon Montclare

5 – 5:45 p.m. Nick Pitarra
4:45 – 5:45 p.m. Norman Reedus *TICKETED, only signing AIR posters—will be provided at the signing*

SUNDAY, 7/27:
10 – 10:45 a.m. Josh Howard
10 – 10:45 a.m. Ken Kristensen

11 – 11:45 a.m. Jason Latour
11 – 11:45 a.m. Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples *TICKETED*

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Robert Kirkman *TICKETED*
12 – 12:45 p.m. Nick Dragotta *TICKETED*

1 – 1:45 p.m. John Layman
1 – 1:45 p.m. Tim Seeley

2 – 2:45 p.m. Jim Zub
2 – 2:45 p.m. Stuart Moore
2 – 3 p.m. Joshua Williamson

3 – 3:45 p.m. Amy Reeder & Brandon Montclare
3 – 3:45 p.m. Kyle Higgins

Sell-Outs and New Printing Roundup

Check out this week’s announced sell-outs and new printings.

Archie Comics

Life With Archie #36 has sold out due to the historic nature of Archie Andrews protecting his friend, Kevin Keller, from an assassin’s bullet, and dying due to it. A second printing is on the way with a new cover, but no details on the cover or date yet.

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The Wicked + The Divine is divine to readers, as the second issue has sold out. Written by Kieron Gillen with art by Jamie McKelvie will receive a second printing which returns on August 13.

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Preview: Umbral #7

Umbral #7

Story By: Antony Johnston
Art By: Christopher Mitten
Cover By: Christopher Mitten
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: MAY140740
Published: July 16, 2014

“KILLING THE SUNRISE” BOOK TWO STARTS HERE! Rascal has escaped the Umbral in the city (uh, spoilers?) and now she heads for the mountainous Sunrise homestead. But even here not everyone is who they seem, and before the dawn a blade will flash in the dark…

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Preview: Burn The Orphanage: Reign Of Terror #3 (Of 5)

Burn The Orphanage: Reign Of Terror #3 (Of 5)

Story By: Daniel Freedman
Story By: Sina Grace
Art By: Sina Grace
Cover By: Sina Grace
Variant Cover By: Malachi Ward
Variant Cover By: Matt Sheean
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: MAY140697
Published: July 16, 2014

When in doubt: call topless stripper ninjas for back-up.

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SDCC 2014: Image Comics’ Exclusives

Image Comics has announced that a limited number of exclusive releases will be available to purchase over the course of San Diego Comic-Con, Wednesday, July 23 – Sunday, July 27, with many of the creators on-hand for signings throughout the convention. Stay tuned for the detailed Image Comics signing schedule. Image Comics and Skybound releases can be purchased at the Image Comics booth (#2729), and Top Cow releases can be purchased at the Top Cow booth (#2629)

EXCLUSIVE SDCC ISSUES:
Image Comics:
– LOW #1, by Rick Remender & Wes Craig, $10
– THE WICKED + THE DIVINE #2, by Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie, $10
– SUPREME: BLUE ROSE #1, by Warren Ellis & Tula Lotay, $10
– CHEW: WARRIOR CHICKEN POYO #1 (Foil Cover) by John Layman & Rob Guillory, $10
– NAILBITER #3, by Josh Williamson & Mike Henderson, $10

Skybound:
– MANIFEST DESTINY #8 (Connecting Cover), by Chris Dingess & Matthew Roberts, $10
– THE WALKING DEAD #129 (Connecting Cover), by Robert Kirkman & Charlie Adlard, $10
– TECH JACKET #1 (Foil Cover), by Joe Keatinge & Khary Randolph, $10

Top Cow:
– APHRODITE IX / CYBER FORCE #1, by Matt Hawkins & Stjepan Sejic, $10

EXCLUSIVE SDCC PAPERBACKS:
Image Comics:
– GIANT SIZED KUNG FU BIBLE STORIES, Edited by Erik Larsen & Bruce Timm, $20

Top Cow:
– APHRODITE IX: REBIRTH, VOL. 2, $20

EXCLUSIVE SDCC HARDCOVERS:
Image Comics:
– DEADLY CLASS, VOL. 1, by Rick Remender & Wes Craig, $35
– ROCKET GIRL, VOL. 1, by Amy Reeder & Brandon Montclare, $35

Skybound:
– INVINCIBLE COMPENDIUM VOL. 2, $100
– MANIFEST DESTINY VOL. 1, $30
– WITCH DOCTOR VOL. 1, $30
– THIEF OF THIEVES VOL. 3, $30

EXCLUSIVE SDCC T-SHIRTS:
– “I ♥ Comics” M/W S-XL, $20; XXL, $25
– “I ♥ SDCC” M/W S-XL, $20; XXL, $25

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SDCC 2014: Image Expo fan tickets available this Friday

Image_Comics_logo_largeA limited number of complimentary tickets for Image Expo will be available for fans who are attending San Diego Comic-Con starting tomorrow, July 18th at 12:00 PDT at http://bit.ly/ImageExpoSDCC. These tickets are first-come-first serve and will go quickly, so make sure to register for one before they’re gone.

For the first time ever, Image Expo, a showcase for one of the biggest publishers in the industry, will be held in San Diego, Wednesday July 23, preceding San Diego Comic Con International. Image Expo will commence at 2 p.m. PDT at the Hilton Bayfront and will feature a slew of exciting announcements about new creator-owned projects coming from Image Comics.

Following Image Expo, fans are urged to visit the Image Comics booth, #2729, during SDCC Preview Night for exclusive Image Expo releases. Special surprise guest creators announced at Expo will also be doing signings at the booth. In addition, further details on the announcements made at Image Expo will be revealed over the course of the weekend as part of Image Comics’ panel programming.

Preview: Manifest Destiny #8

Manifest Destiny #8

Story By: Chris Dingess
Art By: Matthew Roberts
Art By: Owen Gieni
Cover By: Matthew Roberts
Cover By: Owen Gieni
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: MAY140712
Published: July 16, 2014

Neither land nor water is safe from this new breed of river monster…

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The Hot New Trend in Comics is Diversity

All_New_Captain_America_CoverWith solicitations for October being released, and plans for the next year coming into the spotlight due to next week’s San Diego Comic-Con, it seems one hot thing in comics is becoming clear, making diverse comics, for a diverse audience.

Publishers are acting on what’s been clear in indie and small press, that the tastes and wants of the comic reading audience is varied and diverse, just like the readers consuming them. At the beginning of the month I reported that those who self-identified themselves on Facebook as interested (liking) comics was almost 41% female. For some time now, women have made up between 40% and 47% of that population in my reports. They are here and they are legion.

This move towards diverse characters, and diverse voices, began years ago, with webcomics, digital comics, and a resurgence in independent comics. Technology like new social media tools, and Kickstarter has democratized what gets out there, and finds and audience. With the rise of digital comics, we’ve also seen publishers, outside the big two, diversifying their comics, and the creators behind them. BOOM! Studios with their expansion of KaBOOM!, BOOM! Box, and Archaia, Image Comics, and more are seeing success in many voices. BOOM! especially has mined web creators, giving them a stage in print to create, which has given us modern classics like Lumberjanes, The Midas Flesh, and more. Their success is most likely due to their diverse team of creators, and those behind the scene.

the shieldArchie Comics has been a leader in the charge as one of the most progressive publishers out there. They’ve moved out of the Pollyanna world the Riverdale gang lived in, and expanding the cast to include a diverse cast, the break out being Kevin Keller. Keller is such in the spotlight that Archie himself takes a bullet meant for the character in this week’s Life With Archie #36, creating media interest much like when Kevin first appeared. Archie has also dipped their toe into mature comics with their successful hit Afterlife With Archie, diving into the horror genre, which gets a sister publication in a similar take on classic character Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

Today Archie went further and announced the initial line up of their Dark Circle Comics. In that announcement a new The Shield by writers Adam Christopher and Chuck Wendig and artist Wilfredo Torres was part of the line-up. But, when I say “new Shield,” I literally mean a new Shield. What was once a male character is now female, a first for the character. It’s the latest example of the positive gender-swapping trend that’s not just limited to Archie alone.

Marvel has clearly noticed the shift, as they have launched (or announced) a total of 8 female led series. Elektra, Black Widow, Storm, Captain Marvel, She-Hulk, Thor, Ms. Marvel, an all-female X-Men team, and a female majority team in All-New Ultimates. Ms. Marvel even features Kamala Khan, a teenage Muslim girl from Jersey (when being from Jersey is the diversity, we’ve seen improvement) This week Marvel went on The View to announce the new Thor, with a woman taking over the role. Writer Jason Aaron says it best:

This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR. This is the THOR of the Marvel Universe. But it’s unlike any Thor we’ve ever seen before.

But an increase in estrogen isn’t the only change for the House of Ideas. On last night’s The Colbert Report Marvel’s Joe Quesada announced that Sam Wilson, The Falcon, will be suiting up as the new Captain America, in November’s All-New Captain America. That follows the company’s introduction years ago of Miles Morales as the new Ultimate Universe’s Spider-Man, and Miguel O’Hara’s recent push in Marvel’s 616 universe as Spider-Man 2099, with his own series debuting last week. The company is diversifying its stable of characters, and has gone so far as to jettison it’s house style of art, embracing new styles and looks, that have given many of their new books a unique voice in many ways.

Dynamite Entertainment has gotten in on the action with their relaunched Solar: Man of the Atom. The classic Gold Key character has had its gender swapped, switching from the classic/original one, to his daughter. She’s absolutely her own person, tackling issues in a completely different way than her father handled it.

BATGIRLMODEL2Not to be outdone DC Comics has made steps in the right direction. Their announcement of Gotham Academy brings what sounds like a tween focused series, perfect as sister offering to this fall’s television show Gotham. The publisher has a new direction for Batgirl, giving the series and character a new lease on life, with a new down to Earth look that has received praise, and might be the best character design of the year. And behind the scenes, with their recent series announcements, DC has expanded their female creative team, adding new voices and styles to comics like Batgirl, Catwoman, and more. The company has stated diversity is a priority and we’re seeing it come to fruition. We also are seeing that in their offerings in television, with this fall’s iZombie, and soon on the screen with the likely rumored Wonder Woman movie.

Go to a convention, and walk through Artist’s Alley, and for years you’ve seen what’s starting to hit comic shop shelves, a diversity in characters, the creators behind them, and most importantly the fans excited about it all. While most discussion around comics is focused on the big two, this movement, and shift has been in the making for quite a while now thanks to the work and persistence of many. It’s taken a bit, but it looks like diversity is going mainstream. Today there is truly something out there in comics for everyone. And for that we should take a moment, recognize it all, and let it sink in.

Preview: Dark Engine #1

Dark Engine #1

Story By: Ryan Burton
Art By: John Bivens
Cover By: John Bivens
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: MAY140571
Published: July 16, 2014

With ribsword in hand, with gore in her curling locks, Sym has been sent to the distant past to murder her creators’ enemies. But the twisted alchemists who made Sym do not know that the engine that powers her is sentient, that it is the seed of their destruction. By blood and by fury, Sym will carve out her destiny in this new ongoing series.

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