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HIV Takes Center Stage in New Comic Out This Week

Out this week from Bluewater Productions is a 4-issue comic book series about a man dealing with the trails and tribulations about being HIV positive.  Loosely based off writer, Darren G. Davis’ journal entrees this fiction graphic novel tells the story about being HIV positive from a different perspective.

The 4-issue mini series, Lost Raven, is drawn by Renato Arlem, Keu Cha and Sean Murphy.

After learning that he has contracted the HIV virus, attorney Zak Raven leaves his practice behind to set forth on a mission of relaxation-– until his peaceful trip goes wildly astray, leaving Zak shipwrecked on what he thinks is a deserted island with only the words in his own journal to keep him company.

Unknown to Zak, four miles below the surface secretly hides a government experimentation center where scientists are playing God by trying to artificially evolve a human based species that can survive evacuation missions in deep space. Within 900 years, earth will be dealt a deathblow by a mountain-size asteroid. However, so far they have only achieved creating living abominations. Zak and these creatures are on a collision course, and he must rise to the challenge!

Writer Davis, who has been HIV positive for the last 14 years, discussed some of the motivation behind the new comic:

I wrote the series because I wanted to make a difference in the HIV world and most of the movies and books were about people dying.  I wanted to tell it from the other side, the person that manages it from a living perspective. It’s not touchy-feely,” he adds. “It’s basically raw emotion. Plus, it has a lot of cool monsters in it.

It is based on my journal entries from when I was diagnosed being HIV positive. The book is almost like HIV 101 for the mental state. When I first found out about my condition I didn’t have any information and what wás out there was confusing even with help from doctors. This is no longer just a gay disease, so I also wrote the book so anyone can identify with it. I was even fired from a job after they found out I was HIV positive. Coming out about this subject is to help reduce the stigma of it… which has its challenges in itself.

Also being released by Bluewater is a biography on famed HIV artist Keith Haring called “Milestones of Art: Keith Haring: Next Stop Art”.

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Preview – Elephantmen #39

Elephantmen #39

Story by: Richard Starkings Art By: Axel Medellin Cover By:Keu Cha
Price: $3.99

“THE KILLING SEASON” comes to a chilling end.

Preview – Magdalena #8

Official Press Release

Magdalena #8

By: Ron Marz, Keu Cha

Artist Keu Cha Returns to Comics! Patience, the current Magdalena, has defended the church from demons, cultists, and even other Artifact bearers. Will she be able to survive against another Magdalena candidate? Or will she become the next in a long line of martyred Magdalenas? Classic Top Cow artist Keu Cha (Witchblade, Rising Stars) reunites for a special two-issue arc with series author Ron Marz (Artifacts). Featuring a painted cover by Cha and a striking cover by series artist Nelson Blake II (Pilot Season: Murderer).

Preview – Magdalena #7

Official Press Release

story RON MARZ, art KEU CHA, cover a KEU CHA, cover b NELSON BLAKE II

32 pages, FC, $3.99

Artist Keu Cha Returns to Comics!
Patience, the current Magdalena, has managed to follow her faith without bowing down to the hierarchy of the Catholic Church. However, the patience of the power brokers at the Vatican has run out, and they’re conspiring to replace her. But how is a new Magdalena ordained when the previous one is still active?
Classic Top Cow artist Keu Cha (Witchblade, Rising Stars) reunites for a special two-issue arc with series author Ron Marz (Artifacts). Featuring a painted cover by Cha and a striking cover by series artist Nelson Blake II (Pilot Season: Murderer).

New Releases from Zenescope

Official Press Release

Charmed #11- In stores 6/22

Paul Ruditis (W) Marcio Abreu(A)
Cover A by David Seidman
Cover B Photo Cover by David Seidman

Alone. Out of options. Out of time. A decision is made that could affect The Power of Three and irrevocably change The Charmed Ones forever. Humanity hangs in the balance in the coming showdown between good and evil. “Beautiful women, magic and mystery are all staples of Zenescope and Charmed has them in abundance.” –popculturenetwork.com

32 pgs, FC, $3.50

Grimm Myths & Legends Issue #6- Dream Eater Saga Part 3- In stores now

Raven Gregory (W) Novo Malgapo (A)
Cover A by Ale Garza
Cover B by Mahmud Asrar

The Dream Eater continues on its path of destruction as it sets out to eliminate the very evil and powerful Baba Yaga. Now as Baba finds herself in a desperate position, she realizes the need to join forces with her archenemy and guardian of Earth, Samantha. The two must figure out a way to conquer the seemingly unstoppable Dream Eater… but only if they don’t kill each other first. Part 3 of the event that will change the Grimm Fairy Tales Universe forever is here.

32 pgs, FC, $2.99

Wonderland One-Shot- Dream Eater Saga Part 4- In stores 6/29

Raven Gregory (W)
Cover A by Keu Cha
Cover B by Tommy Patterson

Once upon a time, a young woman named Calie escaped a nightmarish realm called Wonderland. But little did she realize that the nightmare wasn’t over. Something is back and coming for Calie’s teenage daughter, Violet. And Calie will learn that escaping from Wonderland may only have been the beginning…Part four of the event that will change the Grimm Fairy

Tales Universe forever is here.

40 pgs, FC, $3.99

Neverland One-Shot- Dream Eater Saga Part 5- In stores 6/29

Raven Gregory (W)
Cover A by Khary Rhandolph
Cover B by Ale Garza

Pan finds himself trapped on Earth retaining only a fraction of the power he once possessed. But when Pan learns of the Dream Eater’s arrival on Earth he formulates a plan to reclaim his throne and regain the power he once had. Part five of the event that will change the Grimm Fairy Tales Universe forever is here.

32 pgs, FC, $2.99

Wonderland 2011 Annual- In stores 6/29

Ralph Tedesco (W)
Cover A Sean Chen/Nei Ruffino
Cover B Mike DeBalfo/John Hunt

When a group of teens become the latest victims of the House of Liddle, a brilliant young teen will make it his personal mission to ensure that the house never hurts anyone else again. But does the boy have what it takes to stop the madness before it consumes him? Don’t miss this final chapter of the House of Liddle!
48 pgs, FC, $5.99

New from Silver Dragon Books:

Discovery Channel’s Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Predators

Joe Brusha (W)
Neo Edmond (W)
Art by Steven Cummings

Zenescope’s second book under its new all ages imprint, Silver Dragon Books, takes you on an adventure back in time with Discovery Channel’s Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Predators. Nothing captures the imagination of kids like the prehistoric world of dinosaurs and this book has all their favorites. Velicoraptors, Triceratops, and T-Rex all come to life in this exciting and groundbreaking new graphic novel. A must have book for dinosaur fans of all ages.

120 pgs, FC, $9.99

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