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SDCC 2014: Marvel Announces Three New Star Wars Comics

At San Diego Comic-Con Lucasfilm Ltd. and Marvel Entertainment announced the iconic Star Wars franchise will return to Marvel in 2015 with a line-up of three comic book titles chronicling the adventures of a galaxy far, far away.  Beginning in January 2015, prepare for Star Wars by writer Jason Aaron, artist John Cassaday and colorist Laura Martin, Darth Vader by writer Kieron Gillen and artist Salvador Larroca and Princess Leia by writer Mark Waid and artist Terry Dodson.

Taking place immediately after the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, the Force returns to Marvel in January with three new series spotlighting beloved characters from the iconic trilogy! Created in close partnership with Lucasfilm, the three new Star Wars series will exist as part of the canon for the Star Wars universe!

It all starts this January when Jason Aaron, John Cassaday and Laura Martin take fans back to the days following the destruction of the first Death Star in Star Wars! Discussing the flagship series, writer Jason Aaron tells Marvel.com, “Every story is about the characters, and we’ll focus on all the old favorites. There will be big moments for everyone, from Han to R2-D2. But a major part of the narrative will be driven by Luke Skywalker and his journey of discovery, a journey that will decide the fate of the entire galaxy.”

However, the return of the Rebel Alliance to Marvel Comics also invites the return of its opposition, the Imperial Forces of the Galactic Empire and in February 2015, Kieron Gillen plans to delve into the psyche of one of the vilest villains of all time with the new ongoing series Darth Vader. Witness the struggle for the freedom of an entire galaxy – from the Dark Side!

Then, in March 2015, Mark Waid & Terry Dodson bring you the harrowing tale of loss and hope in the 5-issue limited series Princess Leia! Fresh from the Rebel Alliance’s victory at the Battle of Yavin, Leia must confront the reality that her homeworld has been destroyed. But in the light of such tragedy, there is always hope. Skilled equally with diplomacy as she is a blaster, witness the rise of one of the greatest heroines in history as she takes her rightful place as one of the Alliance’s peerless leaders!

STAR WARS #1
Written by JASON AARON
Art & Cover by JOHN CASSADAY
Coming January 2015!

 

DARTH VADER #1
Written by KIERON GILLEN
Art by SALVADOR LARROCA
Cover by ADI GRANOV
Coming February 2015!

 

PRINCESS LEIA #1 (of 5)
Written by MARK WAID
Art & Cover by TERRY DODSON
Coming March 2015!

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SDCC 2014: Star Trek Meets Planet of the Apes!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to “mind-meld” with a sentient ape? Or wanted to see a Klingon on horseback, brandishing a rifle? Readers will soon have a chance to peek into just such an alternate future, as IDW Publishing partners with BOOM! Studios for the crossover event of the year: Star Trek/Planet of the Apes.

IDW will publish the crossover, which will mark the first time BOOM! Studios has partnered with another publisher on a series. Together they will bring Star Trek, licensed by CBS Consumer Products, and 20th Century Fox’s Planet of the Apes together in a way that is sure to delight existing fans and make new ones. The series will pair the original U.S.S. Enterprise crew with Taylor, Nova and the cast from the original Planet of the Apes film.

The creative team will be a mix of proven experience and new blood with scripts by beloved Star Trek scribes Scott and David Tipton and interior art and covers by the British newcomer Rachael Stott.

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SDCC 2014: Diamond Select Toys Teams with Kevin Smith on New View Askew Merchandise

With his library of cult-favorite films and regular geek-centric podcasts released through his company SModCo, director and author Kevin Smith is geek royalty, holding court each year in the legendary Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con. At this past weekend’s Comic-Con, Diamond Select Toys unveiled a number of new products based on Smith’s creations!

At their booth on the show floor, DST displayed several new items from the View Askew universe, including:

  • a plush doll of Buddy Christ, the religious icon who appears in many of Smith’s films;
  • a Mooby ceramic mug, depicting the famous Golden Calf and fast-food mascot;
  • two double-sided Jay & Silent Bob and Bluntman & Chronic mugs, capturing Smith’s alter egos (and their respective partners in crime) in the animated style of Smith’s recent Jay & Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie!

Banks and Minimates mini-figures of Buddy Christ and Mooby are currently available for pre-order, with ship dates in the late summer and early fall. The Buddy Christ plush and various ceramic mugs will be offered to retailers and consumers in the coming months, for an early 2015 release.

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SDCC 2014: Action Lab to Publish Puppet Master

Action Lab Entertainment announced at their San Diego Comic-Con panel that they have secured the license to Puppet Master,  bringing Blade, Jester and Tunneler back to the comics page. The series will be written and edited by Shawn Gabborin with art by a roster of incredible talents hand picked by series creator Charles Band himself.

Puppet Master is the story Andre Toulon, an elderly puppet maker who discovers an ancient Egyptian potion and uses it to bring his creations to life. At the height of World War II, Andre fled to America, pursued by Nazis.  In a last ditch effort to protect his secrets, the master packs the dolls away and takes his own life.  Years later a rogue psychic revives the dolls, leaving his associates to face off against the monstrous marionettes.  Decades (and a handful of “masters”) later, the puppets are still raising hell in their own unique way.

The Puppet Master film series has enjoyed a worldwide cult following since1989 and spawned nine sequels including the most recent, Puppet Master X: Axis Rising.

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Graphic Policy Radio Live Tonight with Guest Sarah Rasher

GP Radio pic MondayIt’s Monday night and that means a brand new episode of Graphic Policy Radio which airs live tonight at 10pm ET. Tonight we have a special guest, Sarah Rasher who joins us to discuss all the latest comic related news.

Sarah is an Assistant Professor of Language and Literature at St. Augustine College in Chicago. As co-host Elana puts it, a Doctor of Shakespearology. She’s currently working on a book about adaptations of Shakespeare in television, comic books, and video games. Her Twitter is @pas_dechat, although she mostly uses it to talk about sports.

On tonight’s episode we chat:

  • San Diego Comic-Con has come to a close. We talk about the various announcements (or lack thereof) and what stood out amongst the bunch.
  • Diversity is a popular trend in comics with characters having their gender switched, or mantles being passed to a new generation of heroes that are ethnically diverse. We talk about the seismic change.
  • We also talk some of the hottest comics out there including Trees, Silver Surfer, Black Widow, and Moon Knight.

Join us as we discuss this and more on tonight’s episode! You can listen in live, and join the chat by Tweeting us your thoughts @graphicpolicy or even calling in (619) 768-2952.

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