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Zenescope Entertainment Announces The Waking: Dreams End

ZENESCOPE ANNOUNCES “The Waking: Dreams End”

Zenescope Entertainment has announced plans to release a follow up to their hit comic book series, The Waking, first published by the company in 2010.  The new series, entitled The Waking: Dreams End, is written by Raven Gregory (FLY, Return To Wonderland) with interior art by Novo Malgapo (Grimm Fairy Tales).

In 2010, The Waking redefined zombie mythology and stood out as a unique offering in a crowded genre.  The Waking: Dreams End picks up years after the original events took place.  Murder has become practically extinct in a world armed with the knowledge that those who are killed will return from the dead to take the lives of their killers.  But within this new world comes a new kind of killer and an original breed of horror will be born.

“Several months after the release of The Waking, I had a splinter of an idea that just grew and grew over the course of the past year. Says Writer Raven Gregory, I knew I needed to follow up the original story and set it in a brand new world.  In The Waking, we established all the rules but in Dreams End, we find someone who has found a way to break those rules. And now the stakes are raised to a higher level and it’s really going to mess with fan’s minds.”

The original series received much critical acclaim and was praised by the Philadelphia Daily News as well as many comic book news websites for its unique blend of horror, suspense and comedy and its original take on the zombie mythos.

The Waking: Dreams End #1 hits shelves in late April and is currently available for order through Diamond Previews.  Go to Zenescope’s website at www.zenescope.com and Facebook page www.facebook.com/Zenescope for more information.

Zenescope Entertainment was founded by Joe Brusha and Ralph Tedesco in 2005 and has quickly grown into one of the top comic book and graphic novel publishing companies in the world.  Zenescope’s Grimm Fairy Tales and subsequent spinoff series such as Escape From Wonderland, Neverland and The Piper, which put a dark twist on classic fables, are some of the best-selling and longest running original independent comic books on shelves today.   Zenescope’s licensed titles include the on-going, critically acclaimed Charmed series, based off of the long-running popular television series, as well as Se7en and Final Destination, based off of New Line Cinema’s successful film franchises.

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It’s a packed edition of Around the Tubes with lots of stories we missed but also continuing WonderCon coverage and a flood of reviews.  Enjoy!

Around the Blogs:

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Comic Book Resources – I Like Marvel’s Re-Numbering PlanI generally agree with this assessment.

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Bleeding Cool – A Comic Show – The Best Week In Comics Of The Year So FarA solid week of books.

WonderCon Coverage:

Comicvine – WonderCon 2011: Judd Winick

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Comicvine – WonderCon 2011: Rick Remender

Graphic Novel Reporter – Happy Birthday, Wonder-Con: A Review of the Show

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Comicvine – WonderCon 2011: Joe Quesada

Comicvine – WonderCon 2011: Frank Quitely

Comicvine – WonderCon 2011: Spider-Man: Edge of Time Interview

GeekWeek – Wondercon ’11: Watch The New THUNDERCATS Trailer in HD

Comicvine – WonderCon 2011: Floor Wrap-Up

Comicvine – WonderCon 2011: J.T. Krul (Part 1-DC Comics)

Comicvine – WonderCon 2011: Jeph Loeb

Around the Tubes Reviews:

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Seattle Pi – Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc

Graphic Novel Reporter – The Rawhide Kid: The Sensational Seven

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Graphic Novel Reporter – The Waking

Zenescope Plans To Release Barnes & Noble Exclusive Cover

Official Press Release

ZENESCOPE PLANS TO RELEASE BARNES & NOBLE EXCLUSIVE COVER

Zenescope Entertainment has announced plans to release a Barnes & Noble promotion exclusively with the national retail chain. Starting February 15th and ending March 15th, 2011, any customer who purchases Zenescope’s THE WAKING Trade Paperback ($12.99 MSRP) through any Barnes & Noble retail location can receive a free limited edition copy of Zenescope’s Grimm Fairy Tales #58 comic book with an exclusive cover.

Zenescope has recently promoted other books with such giveaways through Spencer’s Gifts. The Spencer’s promotion was so successful that the limited edition comics completely sold out and some buyers soon found their exclusive copies were selling for up to $100 and more on eBay.  “The Spencer’s promotion was a way to push our books at a national retail chain while giving fans a chance to essentially grab a copy of a rare, limited edition prize they couldn’t find anywhere else.” said CEO Joe Brusha, “We know the Barnes & Noble Exclusive will have the same result.  Fans can simply purchase a popular book of ours in THE WAKING and be rewarded with a very limited edition comic that will only increase in value.”   Customers are encouraged to visit Zenescope’s website, download and fill out the Barnes & Noble Exclusive Form, then snail mail, e-mail or fax the form along with their receipt to Zenescope in order to take advantage of this free exclusive offer. Go to www.zenescope.com for more details.

Zenescope Entertainment was founded by Joe Brusha and Ralph Tedesco in 2005 and has quickly grown into one of the top comic book and graphic novel publishing companies in the world.  Zenescope’s Grimm Fairy Tales and subsequent spinoff series such as Escape From Wonderland, Neverland and The Piper, which put a dark twist on classic fables, are some of the best-selling and longest running original independent comic books on shelves today.   Zenescope’s licensed titles include the on-going, critically acclaimed Charmed series, based off of the long-running popular television series, as well as Se7en and Final Destination, based off of New Line Cinema’s successful film franchises.

The Waking Grimm Fairy Tales #58 exclusive color

Review – The Waking Trade Paperback


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The Waking Trade PaperbackThe Waking is another entry into the zombie genre with a bit of a twist.  The series written by Raven Gregory with art by Vic Drujiniu is a mix of horror with police procedurals.

In the big city, four police detectives investigating two routine murders discover that the victims of these crimes are coming back from the dead in search of those responsible for their murders. Now the detectives are in a race against time to find the source of the recent “wakings.” Meanwhile, a father with an incredible ability must choose between avenging his daughter’s death or losing her forever. From the writer of Zenescope’s Wonderland trilogy and Image Comics “The Gift” comes a 4 issue mini-series that brings an incredibly fresh and new twist on the zombie genre!

The series is definitely creepy with some art that gave me the willies at times.  The story is entertaining enough and original enough to make it stick out from all of the other zombie stuff out there.

The focus is really on the cops as they attempt to deal with a world gone mad and make sense of it all.  The plot lines interweave in a somewhat believable but entertaining way.  The themes of revenge and justice are interesting enough.  Overall, if you’re a zombie fan, it’s worth checking out.

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