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Marvel Reveals the Full All-New, All-Different Avengers and Uncanny Inhumans

Marvel has been slowly revealing the teams all week, but we now know the full teams for the All-New, All-Different Avengers, and Uncanny Inhumans, which will debut during this year’s Free Comic Book Day which takes place on May 2nd.

Get a look into the Avengers of tomorrow with the All-New, All-Different Avengers! Eisner-award winning writer Mark Waid and artist Mahmud Asrar (take this new squad for their very first spin! Newcomers Nova, Miles Morales, and Ms. Marvel join Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, and the Vision for a team of Avengers unlike any you’ve ever seen before!

Then, Charles Soule joins artist Brandon Peterson to lay new groundwork for the future of the Inhumans. As the Terrigen Mists continue to awaken new Inhumans across the globe – it’s up to Medusa and her squad to protect them from a world that would use their new powers for evil. And why is Johnny Storm, the Human Torch now counted among their ranks?

Plus, don’t miss Marvel’s other exciting FCBD offering, Secret Wars #0 – the epic prelude to the biggest comic event of the year, just in time for the release of Secret Wars #1 the very next Wednesday!

Coming Free Comic Book Day!


Cover by ALEX ROSS
Coming Free Comic Book Day!

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We Talk with Min Kim about the Digital Comics Coalition and the future of Digital Comics

digital comics coalitionSeemingly launched out of nowhere in mid-February, the Digital Comics Coalition is the brainchild of Min Kim, the founder of Taptastic. Other members include Mark Waid (Thrillbent), Josh Wilkie (Madefire), Felix Kiner (ComicsFix) and Doug Lefler (Scrollon). The group of comics creators, programmers, businessmen and filmmakers joins together regularly to share ideas on the innovations happening today in digital publishing. But, other than their panel at Meltdown Comics, not much is known about the organization, its purpose, direction etc.

We got a chance to talk to Min Kim about the DCC, and find out more about many of the questions we’ve been waiting to find out the answers to.

Graphic Policy: How did the Digital Comics Coalition come about?

Min Kim: I’ve been living and working in San Francisco Bay Area for about 10 years witnessing all sort of technology innovations in the media and entertainment space. We now stream endless music to our phones. We video-chat with family and friends from anywhere in the world. We consume so much content on mobile including news and books. So, when I walked into San Diego Comic-Con in 2014, I was shocked by how technology, particularly digital comics, was heavily underrepresented. I met Doug Lefler (Scrollon) and Josh Wilkie (Madefire) at the convention and we all just naturally connected because we shared the same frustration. We continued to talk after the convention, and then more of our friends, Mark Waid (Thrillbent) and Felix Kiner (Comicsfix), joined in on the conversation.

GP: What are the goals of the organization?

MK: The coalition is still very new. We’re still in the process of finalizing our manifesto and bylaws. However, the general purpose is to facilitate comic industry’s transition from print to digital. We know that there are other important matters to keep in mind such as content diversity, racial diversity, and gender equality. Mark, Doug, and Josh are all creators themselves. Indie comic creators are an important part of all our companies and the industry. So, we want to make sure that everything we do prioritizes comic creators. Sorry that I cannot provide bullet point answers at this time.

GP: Is the organization going to be formalized as a non-profit or a trade organization?

MK: It’s currently an agreement between the members. We are discussing how we want this group to evolve. If we feel that the group needs to officially register in the future, we will do so.

GP: Are there current coalitions or organizations that the coalition is looking towards as inspiration?

MK: As a group, no specific ones. Personally, I admire organized groups that have been recently fighting for net neutrality. There are also many that are promoting or fighting for advancement of good ideas. Digital comics is a very good idea and very good for the industry and the creators.

GP: There’s a lot of issues facing digital services like broadband expansion, EULA standardization, CISPA, and more. Will the organization get involved in the policy end of things?

MK: We currently do not have plans in place for those issues. Perhaps in the future.

GP: How has the digital landscape shifted since you became involved?

MK: DCC was organized in 2015, and we’ve only done one event at Meltdown, which you can view on Youtube. We’re happy about the turnout and the fact that various organizations like Graphic Policy and creators are contacting us. We’re hoping an accumulation of events will eventually lead to a positive shift in the industry.

GP: One of the major issues I see with digital services is the walled environments, and lack of standardization of formats for the digital goods. Will the coalition work at all together to standardize the digital comic format and make it easier to port comics if a service were to shut down?

MK: This is a tough question because standardization can impede innovation, yet there are also benefits like transferability that you mentioned. Usually free competition determines standards in any industry and the same goes for digital comics. The coalition is a good starting point to discuss how we can work together to minimize bad consumer experience by lowering some of those walls that you mentioned. Unfortunately, the sad reality is that some consumers will feel like losing out when a service shuts down. This reminds me of my HD-DVD that I once purchased that is useless today.

In addition, there is some psychology at play here because the society has hardwired us to think that there’s more value in something physical than digital. For example, consumers associate all the tangible costs such as paper, ink, and delivery into pricing of a book. Although digital books don’t have those tangible costs, there are inherent values such as the ability to instantly download, mobility, and storage that consumer do not think about. Furthermore, purchasing digital comics goes beyond just purchasing a book like we are used to. Digital comics today offer a unique experience that was never available. This unique experience varies based on platforms, but comics today can now support background music, animation, and engagement with other readers. So, we’ve come a long way from purchasing static content. So when something goes away because nothing in life really lasts forever (I’m sure most of your comic books are stashed away in the garage like mine), we should try to stay positive. I hope more people view buying a digital comic as buying a ticket to a movie or a Broadway show.

GP: There’s this founding group for the Digital Comics Coalition, but numerous services that aren’t involved. Will more be joining?

MK: Oh yes, definitely! We already have a few requests and we are in talks. We’ll make an announcement when appropriate.

GP: We’ve already seen one service have a data breach, will the coalition work together to better protect data of the customers?

MK: Security breech happens all the time across all industries. It is very unfortunate that it happened to Comixology, but it’s also a great opportunity for others to learn from such events. So although we did not have a specific discussion around this issue, I can see members of the coalition sharing experiences and resources to protect the consumers.

GP: What do you see as the biggest hurdle for digital comics? What do you see as the biggest advantage for digital comics?

MK: I’ll answer the second question first. I’d say the biggest advantages are accessibility for readers and creative freedom for creators. Accessibility is obvious where anyone with PC or mobile device can instantly read millions of visual stories. In addition, technology has lower the barrier to entry for creators. Anyone can publish and share his or her comics online. Anyone has a chance to display his or talent to the world, so digital has democratized storytelling. As for creative freedom, I think exploring some of the creators’ work on any of our digital comics platforms speaks for itself. In the past, creators were restricted to panels and pages. They had to because economic costs were also factored in – paper quality and ink used for production and printing. Technology has provided more creative freedom. Technology allows unlimited ways for a creators to tell stories. Creators can now add music, transitions, and other animated effects. So many people are doing very cool things out there.

The biggest hurdle? There are so many. Right now, it’s the distribution. How can more people know that these new experiences exist? How can more people learn that digital comics is not just pages scanned for digital viewing? So many people still think of superheroes when they think of comics. No, there is so much that digital comics offers beyond that.

Archie Reveals all the Variant Covers for Archie #1

Archie Comics shocked readers across the world with the announcement of this summer’s game-changing Archie #1 featuring the blockbuster creative team of Mark Waid and Fiona Staples. The publisher has revealed the full line-up of covers for Archie #1 which will be available in comic shops July 8th.

Change is coming to Riverdale in this can’t-miss kick-off to Archie’s new ongoing series! Familiar faces return in new and unexpected ways in this must-have #1 issue! As the new school year approaches, you’d think Archie Andrews would be looking forward to classes and fun—but nothing is as it seems in the little town of Riverdale. But is this a one-off or a sign of bigger changes awaiting for America’s favorite teens—and the entire town?

Check out all of the covers below!

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Watch the Future of Digital Comics Platforms Panel Live

Min Kim of Tapastic, Mark Waid of Thrillbent, Josh Wilkie of Madefire, Felix Kiner of ComicsFix and Doug Lefler of Scrollon. Together they’re some of the folks behind the digital comics landscape. Last week the group announced the Digital Comics Coalition. Today, they are discussing the future of digital comics, live from Meltdown Comics.

Mark Waid takes on Justice Inc.: The Avenger

Dynamite Entertainment has announced that Mark Waid, one of the comic book industry’s most accomplished writers, will be scripting the upcoming Justice, Inc.: The Avenger series. Joined by Dynamite artist Ronilson Freire, Waid will expand the Justice, Inc. universe of pulp heroes that include Condé Nast’s The Shadow and Doc Savage. The new series will debut with a #1 issue in June 2015 and focus on wealthy industrialist Richard Henry Benson, the tragic, relentless vigilante and master of disguise known as The Avenger.

In Justice, Inc.: The Avenger #1, Waid and Freire continue the adventures of Richard Henry Benson, a victim of a criminal attack that left his facial features forever deadened, gray in color and incapable of showing genuine emotion. And yet, the harsh stroke of fate gave him the ability to mold his face to match the appearance of anyone… a skill he could employ as the ultimate master of disguise. Driven to mete out retribution against those who would prey on the innocent, The Avenger finds himself on a collision course with a villain even more secretive, brutal, and unrelenting than himself: an Invisible Man.

Justice, Inc.: The Avenger #1 will feature variant editions by Alex Ross, Walter Simonson, Francesco Francavilla, Marc Laming, and Barry Kitson.

The Avenger originally debuted in September 1939 as the lead character in an eponymous pulp magazine, published by Street and Smith Publications. Writer Paul Ernst is credited with creating many of the earliest Avenger tales (published under the house writer pseudonym “Kenneth Robeson”), blending the qualities of contemporary pulp heroes like Doc Savage and The Shadow, as well as his own creations that included Seekay, The Wraith, Dick Bullitt, Old Stone Face, the Gray Marauder, and Karlu the Mystic. The Avenger appeared in numerous prose novels, radio programs, and comic books throughout the decades, most recently in Dynamite Entertainment’s 2014 revival of the Justice, Inc. series written by acclaimed author Michael Uslan and illustrated by Giovanni Timpano.


Updated: Digital Comics Coalition 404s on Launch

digital comics coalitionMin Kim of Tapastic, Mark Waid of Thrillbent, Josh Wilkie of Madefire, Felix Kiner of ComicsFix and Doug Lefler of Scrollon. Together they’re some of the folks behind the digital comics landscape. Together, they have launched the Digital Comics Coalition, and interesting new group that we’ll know more about next Friday at an event being held at Meltdown Comics.

The email release announcing that event had little on details as to what this coalition will actually be doing other than this quote from Mark Waid:

Traditional print publishers have build their businesses on competition and closed doors. The Coalition is instead eager to conduct transparent, honest discussions between some of digital’s biggest, most dedicated creators and publishers. We not only plan to work together to promote this new medium, we also encourage others who feel that passion to freely join our conversation and be heard.

But, being a comic fan, being a tech geek, and having worked with and formed coalitions, I wanted to learn more. Following the email releases’ instructions, I emailed the address provided…. and it bounced. It didn’t exist. Well, ok email is tough to do at times, so I decided to head to their website to find out more. Using the domain listed with the contact email provided, I went to their website and found the below captured in video. The site was a shell, a beautiful shell. Instead of finding out about goals, and how to get involved, I found Lorem Ipsum, and image placeholders.

A rather weird way to announce a coalition, and death before starting in the political/non-profit world. If you’re going to be taken seriously as a “Digital Comics Coalition,” you need to have your email addresses working, and a website up and running with the basics when you first step in the spotlight.

According to the release, the group is a diverse group of comics creators, programmers, businessmen and filmmakers joins together regularly to share ideas on the innovations happening today in digital publishing. The event promoted is the first time their frank discussions will be open to an outside audience. “Each company has its own unique business model, but all share a passion for combining art and technology in new ways that can benefit the comic reading community.”

Technology and comics is still in the infant stages, and a coalition is more than needed. This one will have to answer some tough questions when they get going, and hopefully some of those will be answered when they officially launch.

Update: A little after two hours of our posting, about 10 hours after the announcement, the website was updated to include the bios of its members, a repeat of the quote from the release, and an email sign up form. You can check out the Tweet to us from founder Min Kim:

Of course I signed up, and turns out, the email list is run by Comicsfix. There’s possible legal questions that might arise of sharing that email system if the coalition is a nonprofit or trade organization, but with it unknown as to their legal status…


Digital Comics Coalition Launches

The Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics will host Off The Page: Creating and Marketing Digital Comics,” a roundtable discussion and demonstration of today’s cutting-edge digital comics Friday, February 27th  at 3:00 p.m.  Award-winning comics author Mark Waid of Thrillbent.com will join other innovators from ComicsFix, Madefire, Scrollon, and Tapastic to announce the world’s first Digital Comics Coalition and to demonstrate the secrets behind some of today’s most forward-thinking digital comics and graphic novels. The presentation will be moderated by Meltdown’s own Gaston Dominguez, livecast on Twitch, and recorded for later viewing online via YouTube and other platforms.

The Digital Comics Coalition is the brainchild of Min Kim (Tapastic). Members include Mark Waid (Thrillbent), Josh Wilkie (Madefire), Felix Kiner (ComicsFix) and Doug Lefler (Scrollon). This diverse group of comics creators, programmers, businessmen and filmmakers joins together regularly to share ideas on the innovations happening today in digital publishing. This is the first time their frank discussions will be open to an outside audience. Each company has its own unique business model, but all share a passion for combining art and technology in new ways that can benefit the comic reading community.

In the release, Waid said:

Traditional print publishers have build their businesses on competition and closed doors. The Coalition is instead eager to conduct transparent, honest discussions between some of digital’s biggest, most dedicated creators and publishers. We not only plan to work together to promote this new medium, we also encourage others who feel that passion to freely join our conversation and be heard.

The Nerdist Showroom is located at Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046. Tickets for the event are available online.


Relive 50 Years Without Fear This April in Daredevil #15.1!

Experience the life and times of Matt Murdock as told by his Eisner-award winning creative team as well as a few guest creators in Daredevil #15.1 – an oversized special featuring superstar talents Mark Waid, Chris Samnee, Marc Guggenheim and Peter Krause!

Matt Murdock, now publically revealed as the man behind the Daredevil mask, has begun working on his highly anticipated autobiography! As the Man Without Fear begins to dust off the cobwebs of his past adventures, who knows what untold stories might shake loose!

What happens when Daredevil catches a murderer while out on patrol, only to have to defend him in court the very next day? Marc Guggenheim and Peter Krause have the answer as Matt’s double life leads to some hard choices!

Then, Daredevil artist extraordinaire Chris Samnee writes and illustrates his first hornheaded tale as the Man Without Fear of yesteryear comes face to El Diablo! Prepare for a devil vs. devil throwdown the likes of which you’ve never seen before!

Rounding out this oversized issue is new material from the monthly Daredevil team of Waid and Samnee that will have fans on the edge of their seat! This April, relive the greatest untold stories of Hell’s Kitchen’s greatest guardian with Daredevil #15.1!

On Sale April 2015!


Mark Waid and Barry Kitson’s Empire Continues with an Uprising

Empire Uprising 1The IDW Publishing / Thrillbent partnership kicks off with Empire, the fan-favorite series by Mark Waid and Barry Kitson. In April, IDW will be releasing a print edition of the original Empire graphic novel as well as the first issue of its monthly sequel, Empire: Uprising, that continues the story of Golgoth, the most marked man in the universe.

Empire: Uprising, which is being serialized in weekly digital installments at the Thrillbent website, picks up a year after the events of the original Empire, and much has changed for Golgoth, the first super-villain to conquer the world. The question becomes, can he hold onto his reign—and does he even want to? This exciting debut issue will feature two new covers by series artist Kitson.

The new trade paperback edition of the original, out-of-print Empire storyline will also contain exclusive, never-before seen material from Barry Kitson. This is the story that Golgoth, a remorseless villain whose plans for world domination have won him the planet Earth… and made him the target of every inhabitant.

And Empire is only the beginning! The IDW/Thrillbent team-up kicks into high gear in May with the print debut of Mark Waid and Peter Krause’s Insufferable.

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Review: S.H.I.E.L.D. #1

SHIELD_1_CoverHigh-tech weapons. High-stakes missions. High-octane adventure! For the men and women of S.H.I.E.L.D., it’s just another day in the field! Special Agent Phil Coulson brings together the best and the brightest, the gifted and the elite, normal people and superhumans from across the Marvel Universe on an as-needed basis to confront, combat and curtail dangers beyond the scope of any conventional peace-keeping force!

Every issue: Twenty pages. One mission. Unlimited budget. Unlimited imagination. Six periods. And a helper monkey. Welcome to Level Eight. Welcome to S.H.I.E.L.D.

Writer Mark Waid has the unenviable task of translating Marvel’s semi-hit television series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. into a comic. Joined by artist Carlos Pacheco (the series will rotate artists), the first issue doesn’t just reintroduce us to Agent Phil Coulson, but also brings in the television show regulars Melinda May, Leo Fitz, and Jemma Simmons, who it seems along with Coulson will make the core of the series.

Here’s the bad, Phil Coulson already existed in the Marvel 616 comic universe. He appeared years ago in Battle Scars #1, and was seen most recently in the AXIS event, helping Valeria Richards and Doctor Doom defeat the Scarlet Witch. In between he bounced around, popping up in various series as someone in the background and a fill in for Nick Fury Jr. That Coulson wasn’t much of a field agent, instead wearing suits, he pulled out his gun every so often, and a little bit of action. Waid’s Coulson, isn’t that Coulson. In a shift that isn’t quite explained (especially since this first issue seems to take place post AXIS), this Coulson is more of a gun toting action man with a plan, wearing the standard S.H.I.E.L.D. uniform, instead of his dapper suits.

The good is, this Coulson feels like a blend of what we’ve seen in the comics, and what we’ve seen in the Marvel Cinematic universe, blending the two into a character that makes more sense for the 616. Along for the ride are his three television teammates, all of whom I don’t believe have appeared in a comic. All of it is fun, but no matter what Waid does for writing, his voice will be co-opted literally by the actors who embodied these characters first. It’s hard to not hear Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Ian De Castecker, and Elizabeth Henstridge not utter the lines Waid has written. Also, their character personalities have been generally established, and Waid does a solid job translating all of that to the comic, especially Fitz Simmons interest in all things tech and science.

The comic itself is a one and one thing, with an entertaining self-contained story and with promises that the future will have a rotating cast of heroes coming and going, while joining the team in their adventures, the comic has a feel similar to the television series, but a bit “bigger budget.” The fact the issue is self-contained also helps it out, especially if the hopes are to bring over some of the television fans.

The first issue is really good, not quite great, with a fun read that should be interesting enough for fans of the television show.

Story: Mark Waid Art: Carlos Pacheco
Story: 7 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.2 Recommendation: Read

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