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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.

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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…

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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.

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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!

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Written by MARK WAID, MARC GUGGENHEIM, CHRIS SAMNEE
Art by CHRIS SAMNEE & PETER KRAUSE
Cover by CHRIS SAMNEE
On Sale April 2015!

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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

Preview: Doctor Spektor: Master of the Occult Vol. 1

Doctor Spektor: Master of the Occult Vol. 1

Mark Waid (w)
Neil Edwards, Roberto Castro (a)
Christian Ward (c)
FC • 136+ pages • $16.99 • Teen+

TV legend. Wall Street wolf. Internet mogul. Tabloid bad boy. Master metaphysicist. Spiritualist. Monster hunter. Doctor Adam Spektor is all of these things… and less. For fifteen years, Spektor has traveled the globe to smoke out and defeat werewolves, vampires, ghosts, and everything else that goes bump in the night… and yet, his success has brought him no peace. Some part of him is missing, something he needs but can’t name. But he’s about to find what’s missing in an unlikely place. A supernatural thriller that shatters all realities, courtesy of award-winning author Mark Waid (Kingdom Come, Daredevil, Indestructible Hulk)!

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Archie #1 by Waid and Staples is Part of 75th Celebration

Archie promotional artwork by series artist Fiona Staples.Announced over the weekend, Archie Comics announced that the company will relaunch one of the longest-running comic series in history with a new direction spearheaded by two of the most acclaimed and best-selling creators in comics today. Next year, Archie #1 hits the shelves from the creative team of Mark Waid and Fiona Staples.

The launch will reenergize the story of Archie and his friends, presenting for the first time ever the origins of everyone’s favorite redheaded teen and his friends while showcasing the beginnings of the historic love triangle between Archie, Betty and Veronica.

The new series will focus on the strengths of the popular characters, their world and “harken back to the comic’s humorous and edgier roots.”

In a release Archie Comics Publisher/CEO Jon Goldwater said:

The Archie characters aren’t in need of a tune-up, ‘shocking change,’ or revision. These characters have stood the test of time and resonate to this day – we’ve proven that over the last six years. What Archie #1 will do, though, is bring together two of the most talented creators in comics in Mark Waid and Fiona Staples and create a surprising and definitive take on Archie’s origin – a story that has never been. The book will bring back some of the bite of Archie’s original tales in a modern, forward-looking manner, while still retaining the character’s all-ages appeal. What better way to celebrate 75 years of Archie Andrews?

This is just a small part of the companies celebration of 75 years which begins in the latter half of 2015 and into 2016. Some of the news we’ve already heard and reported.

The “Archie 75” celebration will include:

  • Riverdale, a one-hour drama written by Archie Comics Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa based on the iconic Archie comic book characters will debut on Fox, produced in tandem with Warner Brothers Studios and studio-based Berlanti Productions. Set in the present, the series offers a bold, subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their friends, exploring the surreality of small-town life and the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade.
  • Marc Eckō, the hugely successful tastemaker and fashion designer, has signed on to design an exclusive line of Archie themed apparel for men, from teens to adults, under the Unlable.ME brand. First becoming a nationwide name in the early 1990s, Marc Eckō’s clothing lines have generated billions of dollars at retail since that time, and Fall 2014 marks the return of Marc Eckō as the Operator and Lead Designer of his eponymous label, Marc Eckō Cut & Sew.
  • A robust and diverse publishing initiative that will feature 75th anniversary-themed periodical, graphic novel, digital and specialty product geared toward new and longtime fans. Editorially, fans can expect to see a targeted digest program retaining the “classic” Archie look and style and the expansion of the world being built in the new ARCHIE series via additional ongoing titles.

Dark Circle Comics Joins Free Comic Book Day 2015

Saturday, May 2nd is Free Comic Book Day across North America and the world – a day where participating comic shops give away comic books to anyone coming into their stores.

Archie Comics – a Gold Sponsor of the event – is proud to announce one of their offerings: FCBD Dark Circle Comics! Get a sneak peek at the new three all-new series coming from Dark Circle Comics!

THE BLACK HOOD! THE FOX! THE SHIELD!

Get in on the ground floor of Dark Circle Comics and experience the cinematic and creator-driven reinventions of these iconic properties. Who is the new Shield? How did the Black Hood come to be? Can things get more unpredictable for The Fox? Learn the secrets of the Dark Circle universe from the creators themselves via sneak peeks at the new series, creator interviews and a first glance at the next Dark Circle series – all held together by an eye-popping cover from Afterlife with Archie artist Francesco Francavilla!

Script: Duane Swierczynski, Mark Waid, Dean Haspiel, Adam Christopher, Chuck Wendig and more
Art: Michael Gaydos, Dean Haspiel, David Williams, Rachel Deering, Kelly Fitzpatrick, John Workman, Jose Villarubia and more
Cover: Francesco Francavilla

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