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Preview: SCREWBALL! The Cartoonists Who Made the Funnies Funny

SCREWBALL! The Cartoonists Who Made the Funnies Funny

Dean Mullaney (Author) • Bruce Canwell (Author) • Paul C. Tumley (Author)

The story of screwball comics, with new research and rare art from some of the most hilarious cartoonists of all time.

Before “screwball” became a movie genre, it was a staple of other forms of American culture, including newspaper comic strips. Emerging from the pressures of a rapidly accelerating technological and information-drenched society, screwball comics offered a healthy dose of laughter and perspective. Comics scholar Paul C. Tumey traces the development of screwball as a genre in magazine cartoons and newspaper comics, presenting the lives and work of around two dozen cartoonists, with an art-stuffed chapter on each.

Screwball! offers a wealth of previously un-reprinted comics, unleashing fresh views of some of America’s greatest and most-loved cartoonists, including George Herriman (Krazy Kat), E.C. Segar (creator of Popeye), Winsor McCay (Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend), Rube Goldberg (The Inventions of Professor Lucifer G. Butts, A.K.) and Bill Holman (Smokey Stover). In addition, readers will be delighted to discover previously “lost” screwball masters including Gene Ahern (The Squirrel Cage), Gus Mager (Sherlocko the Monk), Milt Gross (Count Screwloose), George Swanson ($alesman $am) and many others.

HC • FC • 272 pages • 11” x 10.5” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-187-8

SCREWBALL! The Cartoonists Who Made the Funnies Funny

The Art of Star Wars Rebels Illuminates the Force in Stores March 17, 2020

Dark Horse and Lucasfilm have revealed details from the upcoming The Art of Star Wars Rebels Limited Edition! In the early days of the Rebellion, a tight-knit group of rebels from various backgrounds banded together against all odds to do their part in the larger mission of defeating the Galactic Empire, sparking hope across the galaxy. 

This deluxe limited-edition package of The Art of Star Wars Rebels features a beautiful slipcase with sound effects of igniting lightsabers and illuminating lights when the case opens! This $99.99 collection also includes a variant cover of the book and a folio featuring an exclusive piece of art to create a truly immersive experience that fans won’t want to miss!

Featuring never-before-seen concept art and process pieces along with exclusive commentary from the award-winning animation team of Dave Filoni, Simon Kinberg, Carrie Beck and the talented artists at Lucasfilm Animation, The Art of Star Wars Rebels is the perfect addition to any Star Wars fan’s collection!

The Art of Star Wars Rebels Limited Edition goes on sale March 17, 2020.

The Art of Star Wars Rebels Limited Edition
The Art of Star Wars Rebels

Fantoons Announces Charity Partners for Tío Simón ABC

Musician Simón Díaz, known throughout Venezuela as “Tío Simón” remains a vital part of the country’s cultural legacy, and forever in the memory of all who knew his musical work. On October 15, Fantoons will celebrate his immense cultural impact with the release of a bilingual children’s book of Spanish and English words with a Venezuelan twist, Tío Simón ABC

For every copy sold of the $12.99 book, the publisher will donate $1 to two different organizations providing help to Venezuelan children; Aid For Life/Healing Venezuela and Hogar Bambi

Fantoons creative director, David Calcano will be joined by Simón’s daughter Bettsimar Díaz on Saturday, October 19 for a special launch event at Imago Art in Action, located at 165 Majorca Avenue, Coral Gables, Florida at 11:30am.

In this beautiful book, Tío Simón—beloved Venezuelan folk musician and children’s TV personality—will teach you words of every letter in both English and Spanish! Children will be able to learn with Tío Simón about his home, Venezuela, as well as traditional food like Arepa! with a beautiful full-color illustration on every page that will spark joy in families of every kind. 

Tío Simón ABC features a foreword about Tío Simón’s (Simón Díaz) life and legacy written by his daughter Bettsimar Díaz, and will be released in finer bookstores everywhere on October 15. This beautiful and charming book is available for preorder now through AmazonBarnes & Noble, and Indigo and will Indigo and will carry a cover price of $12.99.

Simón Díaz, a.k.a. Tío Simón, has been a cultural fixture for Venezuelan and Latin culture worldwide since the 1960s. His children’s TV show, Contesta por Tío Simón, aired for a decade, and its messages and popularity earned him the unofficial title of “the Mr. Rogers of Venezuela.” His music has been covered more than 200 times in a dozen languages, and Díaz is a known influence on artists such as Julio Iglesias, Plácido Domingo, the famous Spanish director Pedro Almodovar and The Gipsy Kings. He was awarded a lifetime achievement Grammy from the Latin Grammys in 2008.

David Calcano is the creative director of Fantoons, an animation studio based in Los Angeles. David was born in Caracas, Venezuela and has been watching cartoons ever since he was inside his mom’s belly. As an adult, he moved to the UK where he worked as a systems engineer until he dropped his career many years ago, to pursue his true dream: to build an animation studio, create cartoons and publish books that combine music and creative art. Calcano has worked with some of the best companies and artists around the world, including Disney, Rush, Frank Zappa, Steve Martin, Poison, Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, Mr. Big, Universal Music, and Anthem, among many others! 

AID FOR LIFE (AFL) is a non-profit organization (AID FOR AIDS sister organization), founded in 2018, committed to generating social impact that enhances the lives of people at risk of social vulnerability in developing countries, implementing programs that increase their skills and abilities while providing access to essential survival products that allows them to strength their health and surroundings in their communities.

For the past two years, AID FOR LIFE has focused on the health crisis in Venezuela and has provided access to medicines to people in need as well as support to local civic organizations.

For more information and to purchase a Healing Venezuela t-shirt to support the cause, visit .

Hogar Bambi Venezuela was born in April 1992, at the initiative of a group of people sensitized by the situation of children in the country, led by Ms. Erika Spillmann de Pardo, who with the support of her father Dr. Rupert Spillmann, decide take action to help solve this problem.

Since then, we have managed to open four home homes in Caracas, created national and international alliances, and most importantly, cared for more than 150 children every year. For more information, visit

Fantoons is an animation studio & book publisher, comprised with artists who are passionate about music in every possible way. The studio creates books, animation, comics, pop-culture merch and alternative media inspired by the world’s greatest artists. Clients include Rush, Frank Zappa, Brian Wilson, Mr. Big, Motorhead, Steve Martin, Tom Keifer, Disney, TSN, Random House, Universal Music and many more.

Faith Stars in Valiant’s First Young Adult Novel

Valiant Entertainment and HarperCollins Publishers imprint Balzer + Bray have announced a new series of young adult novels featuring Valiant comics characters, kicking off in Spring 2020 with Faith: Taking Flight by #1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Murphy

Faith: Taking Flight is the story of Faith Herbert, a regular teen, who, when she’s not hanging out with her two best friends, Matt and Ches, is volunteering at the local animal shelter or obsessing over the long-running teen drama The Grove. So far, her senior year has been spent trying to sort out her feelings for her maybe-crush Johnny and making plans to stay close to her Grandma Lou after graduation. Of course, there’s also that small matter of recently discovering that she can fly… and a super cool (to say the least!) new girl in town, one who Faith never in her wildest dreams ever thought she would get to meet.

Faith: Taking Flight

NYCC 2019: Titan Books Reveals its Exclusives

Titan Books has announced four products, all of which will be available exclusively at New York Comic Con October 3-6 2019. These include books debuting at the show and limited editions, along with awesome collectibles for fans of Alien, Firefly, Marvel, and cult film Moon.

Titan Books will be found at Booth #2142.

Captain America: Dark Designs

Signed with Exclusive Silver Shield Tattoo
Fancy owning your own Cap shield? Every copy comes with a shiny silver
shield tattoo so now’s your chance! Signed copies of the brand-new novel
strictly limited at the show. Only 50 copies available!
Price: $10

Captain America: Dark Designs

Alien: The Blueprintswith Limited Edition Nostromo Blueprint enamel pin

This gorgeous over-sized book is full of brand-new blueprints and technical
drawings of all the major vehicles, ships and technology from the Alien movie universe. Every copy comes with a free limited edition enamel pin of the Nostromo ship as a blueprint! Only 150 for the show.
Price: $45

Alien: The Blueprintswith Limited Edition Nostromo Blueprint enamel pin

Making Moon with Exclusive Art Card Signed by Duncan Jones

Making Moon takes an in-depth look back at the cult film’s production as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of its release. Every copy comes with a limited edition artcard signed by director Duncan Jones, only 50 available at New York Comic Con!
Price: $40

Making Moon with Exclusive Art Card Signed by Duncan Jones

Alien: Prototype – The Official Novelization Signed Edition

Calling all Xenomorph fans! We will have a limited amount of signed copies of the brand-new Alien novel. Grab it before anyone else, only at New York Comic-Con. Ony 30 copies available.
Price: $9

Alien: Prototype – The Official Novelization Signed Edition

Firefly: The Big Damn Cookbook with Exclusive Firefly Magnet

This book will help keep you and your fellow Browncoats well-fed on even your longest smuggling runs. Every copy comes with a limited edition magnet, so you can now keep all your favorite recipes close to hand on your fridge! Only 50 copies available.
Price: $35

Author Chelsea Monroe-Cassel will be signing copies at the Titan booth on Saturday at 2pm!

Firefly: The Big Damn Cookbook with Exclusive Firefly Magnet

Dark Horse Books to ReleaseChad Corrie’s Return of the Wizard King

Dark Horse Books has announced the upcoming release of Return of the Wizard King: The Wizard King Trilogy Book One by Chad Corrie. The gorgeous cover is by artist Micah Epstein

In Return of the Wizard King: The Wizard King Trilogy Book One, a group of reluctant mercenaries uncover some hidden agendas and ancient power struggles centuries in the making. The last wizard king seeks a return to Tralodren after nearly eight centuries of exile. But doing so requires the careful manipulation of others oblivious to his goals. The gladiator sold his soul for revenge. The knight’s a bigot. The dwarf only cares about regaining his honor. Even the wizardess seems too bookish for anyone’s good. But they’ve all been hired by a blind seer and his assistant to retrieve some forgotten knowledge long hidden away in a jungle-strangled ruin. First published as Seer’s Quest, the new Dark Horse Return of the Wizard King edition features newly written material and an expanded storyline of events not included in the initial publication.

Betrayal, madness, adventure, and magic fill this first volume of The Wizard King Trilogy, introducing readers to a world rich in history, faith, and tales of adventure. Return of the Wizard King: The Wizard King Trilogy Book One goes on sale June 9, 2019. This 400-page tome retails for $12.99.

Return of the Wizard King: The Wizard King Trilogy Book One

The Cycle of the Red Moon Gets an English Translation and Release by Dark Horse Books

The fantasy prose trilogy that took Europe by storm receives its first English translation! From Spain’s bestselling writer José Antonio Cotrina comes The Cycle of the Red Moon, beginning with The Cycle of the Red Moon Volume 1: The Harvest of Samhein arriving May 2020.

Twelve teenagers from around the world fall under the spell of a demigod and are pulled into a mystical realm of devastation and cruelty. There, they must survive until the Red Moon rises. While the kids are discovering magic within themselves to help them endure, an evil older than the kingdom itself has awakened among the ruins. Can the teens use their newfound powers to persist until the Red Moon? And can they even trust each other?

In addition to publishing the English translation of the series, Dark Horse Books will also be bringing the original Spanish edition to North America so readers can enjoy the series in the language they prefer!

The Cycle of the Red Moon Volume 1: The Harvest of Samhein TPB arrives in bookstores May 26, 2020 for $17.99.

he Cycle of the Red Moon Volume 1: The Harvest of Samhein TPB

Preview: Little Jackie Lantern

Little Jackie Lantern

Tom Waltz (w) • Jessica Hickman (a & c)

Halloween is on its way and Little Jackie Lantern is worried! Poor Jackie’s been afraid of the haunted holiday since he was only two years old, and he’s fretting about the spooky ghosts, ghouls, and witches to come. Will this be the year Little Jackie is finally able to join his friends during trick-or-treating, or will he do what he always doesrun home frightened?

Show little ones not to be afraid with this delightful tale about a boy finding his courage and learning how fun Halloween can truly be!

HC • FC • $7.99 • 12 pages • 7-7/10” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-540-1

Little Jackie Lantern

Preview: Santa My Life & Times – An Illustrated Autobiography

Santa My Life & Times – An Illustrated Autobiography

(W) Jaden Green (A) Bill Sienkiewicz
In Shops: Sep 11, 2019
SRP: $24.99

The autobiography of the Christmas legend, illustrated by twice Emmy-nominated artist Bill Sienkiewicz! This is the true story of Old Kris Kringle’s miraculous life, from his childhood to his toyshop to his first Christmas Eve flight. This hardcover Christmas keepsake is designed for families to read aloud, and features remarkable artwork that captures the imagination with its dream-like charm.

Santa My Life & Times – An Illustrated Autobiography

Clover Press Signs an Exclusive Distribution Deal with Diamond

Clover Press

Diamond Comic Distributors has announced that it has signed a distribution agreement with Clover Press to exclusively distribute their products to comic book specialty store markets worldwide. Diamond was also awarded the rights to exclusively distribute Clover Press’ new releases to the North American book market under the banner of its sister company, Diamond Book Distributors.

Located in San Diego, California, Clover Press is a boutique publishing company focused on graphic novels and prose books. Headed by IDW founders Ted Adams and Robbie Robbins, the company is looking forward to working with established creators on original graphic novels and a series of prose books featuring new covers and illustrations by some of the best artists working in the comics field.

Creators who have projects in the works with Clover Press include Kevin Eastman, Jonathan Maberry, Craig & Clizia Yoe, Charles Holland, Sara Richard, Steve Niles, Damien Worm, Arvind Ethan David, Eric Shanower, Shaun Harris, Erik Burnham, John K. Snyder III, Beau Smith, Melanie Scrofano, Jorge Coehlo, Grady Hendrix, Robert Atkins, Nancy Holder, Gyula Nemeth, Eugenia Koumaki, Pete Von Sholly, Diana Greenhalgh, and Gabriel Rodriguez. More creators and specific information on their projects will be available as they’re scheduled.

Clover’s first book, The Royal Book of Oz, will ship in April 2020. An all-new edition of the classic novel by Ruth Plumly Thompson features a cover, new Oz maps, and six new illustrations by Eisner Award nominated artist, Sara Richard. Oz historian Eric Shanower, an Eisner Award winning writer and artist, is providing an afterword that provides biographical information on Thompson and an overview of how she came to write the book.

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