Category Archives: Conventions

Deathbed, Motherands, “Milk Wars,” and Eternity Girl Joins DC’s Young Animal and Vertigo

The Vertigo/DC’s Young Animal panel at New York Comic Con brought interesting news for each of the imprints.

Vertigo writers John Ridley and Tim Seeley shared new details about their series, while creative teams Si Spurrier & Rachael Stott and Joshua Williamson & Riley Rossmo announced their projects being released this winter.

Motherlands, from writer Si Spurrier and artist Rachael Stott, is a sci-fi series set in a future where universe-hopping bounty hunters are the new celebrities. A spotlight-shunning hunter named Tab finds herself in a race for her greatest prize yet, but to ID her target she’ll have to work with her fiercest rival and the most famous bounty hunter of all time—her mother. The six-issue series launches January 31.

Deathbed, from writer Joshua Williamson and artist Riley Rossmo, follows a former adventurer turned recluse who has re-emerged 20 years later. When reporter Valentine Richards is hired to get his story, she soon finds herself in an insane world of violence and supernatural adventure. The six-issue series begins February 21.

Plus, the weird and popular DC’s Young Animal imprint, curated by My Chemical Romance’s frontman Gerard Way, continues to expand its list of titles and announced the remaining DC/DC’s Young Animal crossover issues. Doom Patrol artist Nick Derington discussed his work on the series, with writer Steve Orlando sharing more details for the first issue of “Milk Wars,” and new series writer Magdalene Visaggio giving an early look at her upcoming project:

Milk Wars” will mash up DC’s Young Animal with characters from the DC Universe, beginning with a Justice League/Doom Patrol Special from Orlando and Way, followed by Shade, The Changing Girl/Wonder Woman Special, Mother Panic/Batman Special, Cave Carson/Swamp Thing Special and Doom Patrol/Justice League Special. The weekly crossover adventure begins January 31.

Eternity Girl, the new miniseries from Eisner and GLAAD-nominated writer Magdalene Visaggio and Eisner award-winning artist Sonny Liew follows Caroline Sharp, a former secret agent who can’t die. Her only solution? Destroy the universe first. This six-issues series launches March 2018 from DC’s Young Animal.

New York Comic Con 2017: Alterna Comics Reveals 2018 Newsprint Lineup

As part of their New York Comic Con announcements, Alterna Comics introduced readers to 13 new titles that will be debuting in 2018.  The comics will all be part of their newsprint line, with the vast majority of cover prices set at $1.50.*

*The only title that will be priced at $1.99 will be THE FEAR DIARIES due to the 56 page size of the one-shot.

Go West created by Garrett GunnStan YakSean Forney, and Hde, is coming to comic shops in January 2018. One part Death Wish, one part True Grit, Go West will be a 3 issue mini-series.

 

Sonitus created by Cody SousaDan SheppardCecilia Lo ValvoDee Cunniffe, and Dezi Sienty is coming to comic shops in February 2018. Focusing on supernatural horror elements, Sonitus reunites most of the CROAK creative team and will be a 3 issue mini-series.

The XII created by Patrick TraheyLuis Suárez, and Martín A. Pérez is coming to comic shops in February 2018.  Fans of survival thrillers will enjoy The XII. Mapped out as an initial 6 issue mini-series; there are tentative plans to continue the story with another mini-series in 2019/2020.

Tinseltown created by David Blake LucarelliHenry Ponciano, and Hde is coming to comic shops in March 2018.  Loosely based on the experiences of one of the first female cops in the early days of Hollywood, Tinseltown combines action, drama, and mystery over the course of a 5 issue mini-series.

Zero Jumper created by Patrick Mulholland is coming to comic shops in March 2018.  A time travel story that’s heavy on sci-fi fantasy elements, Zero Jumper will be a 4 issue mini-series.

The Fear Diaries created by Garrett GunnNicolas Touris, and Hde is coming to comic shops in May 2018.  This 56 page all ages one-shot mixes elements of Toy Story and Legend.

Cyko KO! created by Robert Feldman is coming to comic shops in July 2018.  This three issue mini-series centers around Cyko KO (pronounced “psycho Kay-OH”) and his insane adventures on Super Earth.  This series combines elements of Scooby Doo, Madman, Venture Bros., and The Tick.

Eden created by Eric Henson is coming to comic shops in July 2018.  This four issue mini-series is one part Star Wars and one part Guardians of the Galaxy. If you’re a fan of sci-fi, fantasy, and adventure… then this one’s for you.

Blood Realm created by Robert Geronimo is coming to comic shops in August 2018.  This 4-part series will feature 3 issues in each mini-series over the course of 2 years.  An epic fantasy adventure story, Blood Realm is perfect for fans of Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones.

Binary Gray created by Chris CharltonRowel RoqueAnthonie Nemo Wilson, and Brant Fowler coming to comic shops August 2018.  This six issue mini-series centers around a man that can control all aspects of modern technology.  His newfound powers get him into a world of trouble though when a corporation puts a price on his head.

Exilium created by Benjamin SlabakSalo FariasMarc SintesCarlos Jobani, and Hde is coming to comic shops in August 2018.  The six issue mini-series will see humans joining forces with a race of aliens against a common intergalactic enemy.

Midnight Mystery created by Bernie Gonzalez is coming to comic shops in October 2018.  This twelve issue anthology horror series focuses on the various cases of a paranormal private investigator.

Feast or Famine created by Dave SwartzJoseph Cooper, and Micah Myers is coming to comic shops in November 2018.  Parallel dimension versions of Nikola Tesla and Albert Einstein team-up to save the universe and end up unlocking a secret that will have repercussions across time and space.

Graphic Policy Radio Talks New York Comic Con, Comics, and More on Demand!

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Graphic Policy Radio is back to discuss all the latest comic news! It’s been a bit since both Brett and Elana have been on the show together and they’re catching up on New York Comic Con and more. Expect discussion about Marvel and Northrop Grumman, NYCC, the latest comic news, and so much more in a potluck episode that’ll take you through a whirlwind of geekdom.

New York Comic Con 2017: VIZ Media Announces New Manga

VIZ Media announced a variety of notable new publishing acquisitions during its official panel event held this past weekend at New York Comic Con 2017.

The new acquisitions set for release in 2018 include the fairy tale-inspired fantasy adventure, Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle, as well as impressive Perfect Edition releases for Naoki Urasawa’s two-time Eisner award winning manga series, 20TH Century Boys, and its sequel, 21ST Century Boys. The Perfect Editions offer 2-in-1 omnibus releases of both series and will feature new cover art by Naoki Urasawa.

Also scheduled for release in 2018 will be a pair of One Piece Color Walk art books that each feature bold color images and character illustrations from the world’s most popular manga series presented in hardcover box set editions. Finally, VIZ Media also announced Amigurumi: San-X Crochet Patterns, a craft book featuring designs for a host of popular San-X characters like Rilakkuma, Sentimental Circus, and more!

Additional information on each of these titles will be announced in the near future.

SLEEPY PRINCESS IN THE DEMON CASTLE, Vol. 1
Rated ‘T’ for Teens · Debuts Summer 2018

Sshhh! Princess Syalis is trying to get a good night’s sleep. Some shut-eye. Forty winks. Catch some Z’s. Long ago in olden times when people and demons lived together in—well, disharmony, really – a demon king kidnaps a human princess and imprisons her in his castle. Bereft, the princess’s subjects beat their chests in anguish…until a hero arises to spearhead Project Rescue Our Princess! While waiting for her knight in shining armor, what’s an imprisoned princess to do …? Teddy-bear guards with bat wings are all very well, but her dungeon cell is bo-o-o-ring! So, she decides to wile away the long hours by sleeping. Now if only she could get comfortable…and didn’t suffer from insomnia…

 

20TH CENTURY BOYS: THE PERFECT EDITION
Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens · Debuts Fall 2018

The PERFECT EDITION presents a 2-in-1 bind-up of Naoki Urasawa’s two-time Eisner award winning manga series.

Humanity, having faced extinction at the end of the 20th century, would not have entered the new millennium if it weren’t for them. In 1969, during their youth, they created a symbol. In 1997, as the coming disaster slowly starts to unfold, that symbol returns. This is the story of a group of boys who try to save the world.

 

21ST CENTURY BOYS: THE PERFECT EDITION
Rated ‘T+’ for Older Teens

War is over. The Friend is dead. Mankind no longer faces the threat of extinction. Peace has finally come to Tokyo… Or has it? The mystery still remains. Nobody knows who the Friend was and where he came from. The only clue is hidden deep within the memories – the memories of the hero Kenji. It is time to open Pandora’s Box to discover what is left at the bottom.

 

ONE PIECE COLOR WALK: EAST BLUE TO SKYPIEA
Debuts Summer 2018

Color images and special illustrations from the world’s most popular manga, ONE PIECE! This compendium of the first three Color Walk art books features 300+ pages of beautiful color art and conversations between creator Eiichiro Oda and other famous manga artists.

 

ONE PIECE COLOR WALK: WATER SEVEN TO PARAMOUNT WAR
Debuts Summer 2018

Color images and special illustrations from the world’s most popular manga, ONE PIECE! This compendium of three Color Walk art books features 300+ pages of beautiful color art and conversations between creator Eiichiro Oda and other famous manga artists.

 

AMIGURUMI: SAN-X CROCHET PATTERNS
Debuts Summer 2018

Featuring Rilakkuma, Sentimental Circus and more!

Amigurumi are cute crocheted stuffed animals from Japan. Combine amigurumi with San-X and you get the most adorable crocheted characters! This book of patterns with full-color photographs will show you how to make characters like Rilakkuma and friends, Tarepanda, Sumikko Gurashi and more, plus their accessories.

 

Joe Quesada Comments on Marvel/Northrop Grumman Deal

If you missed the big story out of New York Comic Con, Marvel comics was planning on announcing a promotion with Northrop Grumman. If you’re new to the issue, we’ve got you covered.

The announcement led to an outcry and Marvel cancelled plans and presumably the deal as a whole since Northrop Grumman also removed references to the deal and event.

It would seem in this case one hand didn’t know what the other was doing.

At his “Cup of Joe” Panel, Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada commented on the screw up:

I’ll be honest with you, I saw it for the first time [same] as you guys. I think there were some messaging issues. It was really about science and education.

While it’s clear from that not all executives know what is being done under the Marvel brand, there’s also a little bit missed by Quesada. It’s not the subject that was the issue, it was doing and business with a company such as Northrop Grumman. Again, read the link above where we list the abuses and crimes the company has committed.

These comics are produced through Marvel Custom Solutions which is run separately from normal Marvel editorial. Expect some changes behind the scenes after this dust up.

New York Comic Con 2017: Meredith Finch Pens Xena for Dynamite

Dynamite Entertainment has announced the extension of their publishing deal with NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products for comic books and graphic novels based on the Xena: Warrior Princess television series. The first new series is set to launch in February 2018 with Xena #1 from writer Meredith Finch! Finch will be joined by husband David Finch, who will lend his legendary talents by serving as cover artist for the series debut issue!

The Xena: Warrior Princess franchise first expanded into comic books in 1997 with several series published by Topps Comics, including crossovers with their Hercules: The Legendary Journeys comics. Two years later, Dark Horse acquired the rights and published a fourteen-issue series. In 2006, Dynamite Entertainment acquired the rights, publishing Xena: Warrior Princess #1-4 (the “Contest of Pantheons” storyline) and a second series, subtitled Dark Xena. Also, two tongue-in-cheek crossover series materialized with Dynamite’s long-running Army of Darkness series, as both Xena and AOD had roots at Renaissance Pictures and featured actor and cult film hero Bruce Campbell. In 2015, Dynamite reacquired the Xena license, publishing a new core series, an additional AODcrossover (subtitled Forever and a Day), and high-quality reprints of classic Xena comic books from the 1990s and early 2000s.

New York Comic Con 2017: Watch the DC Doomsday Clock Panel With Geoff Johns Moderated by Lev Grossman

Yesterday at New York Comic ConLev Grossman, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Magicians trilogy and former Time Magazine book critic, lead a discussion with Geoff Johns on his ambitious new comic book series Doomsday Clock. Johns revealed the first six pages of issue #1 and provided fans with new details about the series where the Watchmen and DC universes will meet for the first time ever.

Those who attended also got an ashcan of the comic which you can check out online.

New York Comic Con 2017: DC Announces The Curse of Brimstone and The Unexpected

Fans attending the Dark Nights: Metal/New Age of DC Heroes panel at New York Comic Con got more than their money’s worth when they came to hear the latest about the headbanging, face-melting event taking comics by storm! Moderated by DC Publisher Dan DiDio, the dais included an all-star lineup of DC talent, beginning with the bestselling Metal team of writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo. With the critical and sales success of the six-issue main series, Dan, Scott and Greg talked about how Dark Nights: Metal truly is an event that impacts the DC Universe, now as well as in the future.

Initially announced with as Dark Matter, fans also got to hear and see the latest on what’s been renamed as the New Age of DC Heroes. Spinning out of Metal, the unique vertical gatefold covers were revealed for The Terrifics, The Immortal Men, Damage, The Silencer, and Sideways. DiDio reminded the crowd that all debut issues would launch at a $2.99 price point and that the gatefolds could hold some “easter eggs” that will be revealed throughout the series.

NYCC fans were also introduced to two additional titles added to the New Age of DC Heroes lineup, along with their creators. Writer Justin Jordan, who also is co-writing Sideways with DiDio was on hand to talk about his vision for The Curse of Brimstone, showing off some of the early artwork and character designs, while Steve Orlando got to introduce fans to his new mystery title, The Unexpected.

You can see some of the images shown during the panel below and more at the DC website.

Comics Cabaret at the Society of Illustrators! French Comics Kiss Better Festival this Friday

What are you doing Friday of New York Comic Con? Whether or not you join the cosplay crush, venture uptown to the Society of Illustrators for an artsy party… Yes, There Will Be Swashbuckling!

Friday / October 6th
6:30 – 9:30pm
The Society of Illustrators, 128 East 63rd St.

An evening of comics, screened and read aloud by their creators and actors like Robert Ross Parker (Vampire Cowboys), with Q&A and signings/sketches to follow. Inspired by the popular Carousel series.

Bonus charming accents included.

Featuring: Zep (A Story of Men), Fabien Nury (The Death of Stalin), Alexis Sentenac (Siberia 56), Mathieu Lauffray (Long John Silver), Patricia Lyfoung (The Scarlet Rose), Valérie Vernay (Water Memory) and El Torres (Ghost of Gaudi). Learn more about the creators at the French Comics Association. Emcee’d by the fabulous Katie Skelly (My Pretty Vampire) with special guest “ambassador” Alex de Campi (No Mercy), this cross-cultural gathering will be a can’t-miss artsy party.

Whether you come up after NYCC or skip Javits and just head uptown to start your weekend… This is your Friday night.

Tickets:
$15 Non-members | $10 Members | $7 Seniors/students (Undergrad with valid ID)

You can order tickets in advance at The Society of Illustrators.

Stay after to get books and free prints signed by the creators. The event is organized in cooperation with Europe Comics and Albertine Bookshop.

New York Comic Con 2017: Kid Brooklyn is “Comics with a Cause”

With New York Comic Con taking place this weekend from October 5-8th, comic fans stop by the Kid Brooklyn booth #1071 and discover this brand-new, social good comic series by Father/Son duo Joseph and Jaden Anthony. Comic Con marks the debut of Kid Brooklyn, a graphic novel series based on a real kid from Brooklyn and his friends, who are given the power to save the planet. All the main characters are real kids from Brooklyn that want to change the world and this is truly “comics with a cause.”

Founded by 12-year-old future activist, Jaden Anthony, Kid Brooklyn is a comic book that strives to responsibly educate children of all ages about environmental and social issues that challenge today’s world. Given the power of technology and the internet, today’s youth are increasingly aware of the world around them and as a result need a resource for content- which Kid Brooklyn hopes to deliver.

Kid Brooklyn depicts the adventures of Jaden Anthony, aka Kid Brooklyn and his band of sidekicks. Kid Brooklyn was chosen by an alien being who left his home world when he learned of their desire to take over Earth by destroying its natural resources. He entrusts Kid Brooklyn with rare “Sun Stones” which give he and his friends super powers. Sun Stones amplify natural talents, capabilities and what’s in your heart and if they fall into the wrong hands, they also can amplify evil. Once Kid Brooklyn and his friends accept their destiny, they must use these stones and their powers to stop the alien race from destroying Earth and its natural resources.

The Kid Brooklyn franchise is the brainchild of father and son team Joseph and Jaden Anthony. Joseph Anthony is an award-winning marketing entrepreneur who is an expert on the youth market and sought out by Fortune 500 companies for his in-depth knowledge of Gen Y and Z. Born premature and under 2 lbs., Jaden Anthony, aka Kid Brooklyn, has been a “superhero” since birth and is not only the co-creator of the franchise but also its main character. Aside from having strong aspirations of being an engineer and scientist, Jaden frequently references his desire to make the world better by helping children.

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