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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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Your First Look at Captain America And Crossbones #1

Official Press Release

Your First Look at CAPTAIN AMERICA AND CROSSBONES #1

In honor of the Star-Spangled Avenger’s 70th anniversary, Marvel is pleased to present your first look at Captain America and Crossbones #1, from the creative team of writer William Harmes and artist Declan Shalvey! Fascist ideologue. Unrepentant assassin. Only hope? When a top secret experiment goes awry, Steve Rogers is forced to send his mortal enemy (and current Thunderbolt detainee) into quell the spread of a runaway virus. But, when he’s running solo, is Crossbones willing play the part of expendable asset? Or will he make sure that a black flag flies for the original super-soldier once and for all?  Find out this March, only in Captain America and Crossbones #1!

CAPTAIN AMERICA AND CROSSBONES #1 (JAN110707)

Written by WILLIAM HARMS

Penciled by DECLAN SHALVEY

Cover by GREG TOCCHINI

Rated T+ …$3.99

FOC – 2/7/11, On Sale 3/16/11

CAPTAIN AMERICA AND FALCON #1 (JAN110704)

CAPTAIN AMERICA AND FALCON #1 GATEFOLD VARIANT (JAN110705)

Written by ROB WILLIAMS

Penciled by REBEKAH A. ISAACS

Cover by GREG TOCCHINI

Gatefold Cover by GREG TOCCHINI

Rated T+ …$3.99

FOC – 2/7/11, On Sale 3/2/11

CAPTAIN AMERICA AND THE FIRST THIRTEEN #1 (JAN110706)

Written by KATHRYN IMMONEN

Penciled by RAMÓN PEREZ

Cover by GREG TOCCHINI

Rated T+ …$3.99

FOC – 2/7/11, On Sale 3/9/11

CAPTAIN AMERICA AND BATROC #1 (JAN110708)

Written by KIERON GILLEN

Penciled by RENATO ARLEM

Cover by GREG TOCCHINI

Rated T+ …$3.99

FOC – 2/7/11, On Sale 3/23/11

CAPTAIN AMERICA AND THE SECRET AVENGERS #1 (JAN110709)

Written by KELLY SUE DECONNICK

Pencils & Cover by GREG TOCCHINI

Rated T+…$3.99

FOC – 2/7/11, On Sale 3/30/11

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Your First Look at Captain America And Falcon #1

Official Press Release

Your First Look at CAPTAIN AMERICA AND FALCON #1

Marvel is pleased to present your first look at Captain America and Falcon #1, from fan favorite creators Rob Williams and Rebekah A. Isaacs! Kicking off a series of five one-shots celebrating the 70 years of the Sentinel of Liberty, Captain America’s erstwhile partner Sam Wilson, must confront his past to save a boy’s future! Join Captain America and Falcon as they take on an evil far below the spires of Avengers Tower – the very streets Falcon fought to escape. When Captain America and Falcon #1 hits stands this March, fans should rush out to their comic shops to be amongst the first to grab an exclusive print featuring the connecting covers of red-hot artist Greg Tocchini! Salute the legacy of America’s super-soldier all month long as Marvel pays tribute to Captain America and those around him who have made him the man he is!

*Retailers should check the Marvel Mailer for special incentives on the below listed titles for great deals and promotions.

CAPTAIN AMERICA AND FALCON #1 (JAN110704)

CAPTAIN AMERICA AND FALCON #1 GATEFOLD VARIANT (JAN110705)

Written by ROB WILLIAMS

Penciled by REBEKAH A. ISAACS

Cover by GREG TOCCHINI

Gatefold Cover by GREG TOCCHINI

Rated T+ …$3.99

FOC – 2/7/11, On Sale 3/2/11

CAPTAIN AMERICA AND THE FIRST THIRTEEN #1 (JAN110706)

Written by KATHRYN IMMONEN

Penciled by RAMÓN PEREZ

Cover by GREG TOCCHINI

Rated T+ …$3.99

FOC – 2/7/11, On Sale 3/9/11

CAPTAIN AMERICA AND CROSSBONES #1 (JAN110707)

Written by WILLIAM HARMS

Penciled by DECLAN SHALVEY

Cover by GREG TOCCHINI

Rated T+ …$3.99

FOC – 2/7/11, On Sale 3/16/11

CAPTAIN AMERICA AND BATROC #1 (JAN110708)

Written by KIERON GILLEN

Penciled by RENATO ARLEM

Cover by GREG TOCCHINI

Rated T+ …$3.99

FOC – 2/7/11, On Sale 3/23/11

CAPTAIN AMERICA AND THE SECRET AVENGERS #1 (JAN110709)

Written by KELLY SUE DECONNICK

Pencils & Cover by GREG TOCCHINI

Rated T+…$3.99

FOC – 2/7/11, On Sale 3/30/11

Captain America 70th AnniversaryCaptain America and Falcon #1 Cover Read More…

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