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Exclusive: Check Out Geof Darrow’s Original Art for the Next Two Volumes of Full Bleed

IDW Published is currently running a Kickstarter for Full Bleed Vol. 3: Heavy Rotation which runs until January 10.

The print only hardcover magazine features a long-lost interview with bestselling comic book writer Grant Morrison, discussing his feud with writer Alan Moore; a conversation between music legends Metallica’s Kirk Hammett and Anthrax’s Scott Ian; interviews with with comic book legend Geof Darrow, and contributions by Julia Alekseyeva, Abdulkareem Baba Aminu, Peter Bagge, Tini Howard, Gideon Kendall, Roger Langridge, Joe Lansdale, Erin Nations, Benjamin Percy, Jon Raymond, Sara Richard, Vivek J. Tiwary, Noah Van Sciver; Shannon Wheeler, and many more.

On top of some impressive entertainment, this is your chance to own original art of Geof Darrow‘s.

The Geof Darrow Original Art Tier nets you Signed & Numbered Limited Versions of the next 2 volumes of Full Bleed: The Comics & Culture Quarterly, along with signed limited prints for those two volumes (Artists TBD) along with slipcase for all FOUR volumes. Plus a free copy of Las Vegas Repo #2! Plus an enamel Full Bleed “Sphere” pin (3rd in the series).. AND get your name in the next volume of Full Bleed ! Along with one piece of completely ORIGINAL ART by the legendary Geof Darrow!

We’ve got an exclusive first look at the original art by Darrow.

The Kickstarter runs until January 10 and Full Bleed Vol. 3: Heavy Rotation features:

  • The Grant Morrison Interview, Part One, By Gavin Edwards, illustration by Peter Bagge
  • Monsters of Rock: An interview with Metallica’s Kirk Hammett, and Anthrax’s Scott Ian, concerning their shared history and love of all things horror and genre, By Russell Sheath, illustration by Tony Shasteen
  • We Don’t All Live in a Yellow Submarine: An Essay, By Vivek J. Tiwary
  • The Watering Shed: A brand-new short story featuring Hap & Leonard, By award-winning novelist Joe Lansdale
  • Lover’s Eyes: An Essay, By Tini Howard, with illustrations by Sara Richard
  • Arizona Daisy: A new comic, By Roger Langridge
  • May 1968: The Revolution that Almost Was – A comic essay, By Julia Alekseyeva
  • Black’s In: When a “Blackout” is a Good Thing, Text and illustrations by Abdulkareem Baba Aminu
  • Following the Bloody Trail of the Shaolin Cowboy: An interview with Geof Darrow, featuring never-before-seen art, by Hannah Means-Shannon
  • The Underdream: A new comic, By Josh O’Neill and Gideon Kendall
  • The Lost Boys of the U-Boat Bremen: Chapter Three, By Phillip Kennedy Johnson and Steve Beach
  • Down Mexico Way: A travel log, By Jarrett Melendez, with illustration from Danica Brine
  • Uncharted Part Two: A short story, By Benjamin Percy with spot illustrations by Brent Schoonover
  • The Shapes: A new comic, By Adam Knave & Andrew Losq
  • New short comics from Shannon Wheeler, Jennifer Hayden and Noah Van Sciver
  • A personal tale of young love gone wrong, By award-winning novelist and screenwriter, Jon Raymond
  • The Big Smoke, a photo essay, By Joel Meadows
  • Blade Runner: Technology Steals the Soul — An essay, By Tom Waltz, with illustration by Santipérez
  • The Five Most Important Underground Cartoonists, an essay, By Bob Levin
  • Home: A new comic by Erin Nations

Keith Lansdale Continues His Father’s Red Range

It’s Alive! has announced that Keith Lansdale, the writer who recently brought you X-Files and Creepy stories, will unleash his imagination on the historical and somewhat Steampunk world his father (Joe R. Lansdale) created in the original Red Rangegraphic novel! Launching in 2019, Red Range: Pirates of Fireworld will be the first new Red Range story in almost two decades!  And the first new comic book series from It’s Alive!

The original Red Range graphic novel was set sometime after the Civil War, when groups like the KKK were gaining popularity in the American South.  After having his family destroyed by the Klan, an African American man named Caleb Range donned a mask and sought his revenge, becoming The Red Mask!  Along the way, he met a young boy named Turon, who’s family suffered a similar fate to his own. Together, the two struggled to survive, while being pursued by the KKK. Then, while trying to escape, they fell through a hole to some deeper layer of the Earth, finding relics from different time periods in Earth’s history, and a sky of fire! A few dinosaurs showed up, and things were really staring to get weird, when the story abruptly ended, with a promise of “Pirates of Fireworld coming soon!”.

This new tale picks up right where the first one left off! Caleb Range (AKA The Red Mask), and his young companion Turon, find themselves under the surface of the Earth, in a world that seems to be lost in time. They are quickly confronted by a group of Steampunk-ish pirates in hot pursuit of a strange fellow who can only speak one name over and over again…Seetoc!  You’ll have to pick up the comic to find out what happens next!

These new Red Range comics will be launching with a beautiful standard cover by regular series artist Jok, along with a group of stunning variant covers by an international collection of artists including N. Steven Harris, Andrew Pepoy, Christopher Schenck, Russell Mark Olson, Ramón Pérez, and Aleksandar Bozic.  Please note: one variant will only be available via the Kickstarter campaign, and one variant will only be available via comic book shops. 

Grow Some Pot with An Illustrated Guide Now on Kickstarter

Available now to reserve your copy on Kickstarter, Grow Some Pot! provides readers with simple and easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions on how to get started cultivating your own crop of cannabis plants. This artfully designed and beautifully illustrated graphic novel will help a budding grower navigate the many decisions and best practices for a fun, successful cultivation cycle while learning about the history of the plant itself.

With North America’s rapidly evolving attitudes towards cannabis, for curious cultivators in many states and across Canada, there’s never been a better time to find out what it’s like to grow marijuana. Whether you’re a casual cannabis enthusiast or a hardcore pot connoisseur this book will tell you everything you need to know before you grow. And that’s just for starters!

Beyond the instructional graphic novel, there’s a chance to get your hands on some sweet Grow Some Pot! gear and extras. This includes:

  • Brief History of Pot! – First Stretch Goal is a 16-page Comic Book History on the Plant
  • Limited Edition 11” x 17” Grow Some Pot! Wall Calendar
  • T-shirt with Original Graphic Design by GSP! Artist Cryssy Chueng
  • Set of Exclusive Grow Some Pot! Sticker Packs
  • Limited Edition Signature Plate Signed by the Creative Team
  • Help Fund a Brand New Custom Strain…and Try It Yourself!
  • More!

But they can’t do it without you. In fact, they’re running this campaign so they can share Grow Some Pot! with as many 420-friendly folks as possible.

To find out more about this highly anticipated book and how to reserve your copy, head over to the Grow Some Pot! Kickstarter page now to preview some sample pages and get an early glimpse into the finished product. While you’re there, check out a series of Stretch Goals to help the GSP! team deliver an even more top shelf product and enhance everyone’s reading (or growing) experience.

Written by Justin Eisinger with illustrations by Cryssy Cheung, this handy guide is expected to deliver to Kickstarter backers by April 2019.

The Kickstarter campaign for Grow Some Pot!: An Illustrated Guide to Growing Your Own Supply is active until January 02, 2019 at 8:00 AM PST.

Ominous Press Reunites Green Lantern Legends Ron Marz and Darryl Banks for WWII Adventure!

The mission of Ominous Press is to partner with the world’s most talented creators, bring their new projects to life, and extend their legacies. In that spirit, Ominous Press is partnering with legendary artist Darryl Banks, esteemed writer Ron Marz, and head of VanBreed Studios Allen Cordrey to bring to life two exciting projects.

The first project is an oversize hardcover graphic novel called Harken’s Raiders. Famed for creating Green Lantern Kyle Rayner, writer Ron Marz and artist Darryl Banks are again teaming for a tale of heroes facing long odds and implacable enemies. Harken’s Raiders is a classic World War II adventure, as Captain Harken leads a crack Special Operations Executive team of American commandos behind enemy lines. The mission: retrieve a German scientist who holds the key to stopping the Nazi war machine, and safely escort him to England. The problem: everything goes wrong, and Harken’s men find themselves in the fight of their lives!

The initial idea for Harken’s Raiders came from military vet Allen Cordrey, who recruited Banks and Marz to bring his concept to life. Marz jumped at the chance to work with his longtime Green Lantern collaborator again.

The companion project is Black Book: the Art of Darryl Banks, a brand-new collection of Banks’ artwork, much of it never published previously. The 100+ page hardcover spans Banks’ entire career, including classic images, rare private commissions, never-before-published sequential pages,character designs, and more. The images are all hand-picked by Darryl Banks, who provides commentary written throughout. Black Book: the Art of Darryl Banks will be the first-ever collection of Banks’ extensive work.

Both Black Book: the Art of Darryl Banks and Harken’s Raiders are available via a Kickstarter campaign from Ominous Press, which is live now, and ends on Dec. 21. A range of reward levels are offered, including signed books, original Darryl Banks artwork, military-style patches and challenge coins, and much more.

With the help of supporters, this special limited-edition project will be ready for delivery in early 2019.

Celebrate 100 Years of Dejah Thoris with a Trading Card Kickstarter from Dynamite

Dynamite Entertainment has announced a fun new Kickstarter campaign for the 100 Years of Dejah Thoris Deluxe Trading Cards. Check out the Kickstarter to score unbeatable, advance deals on these packs which include one-of-a-kind sketch cards and other rewards like graphic novels.

Whether she’s portrayed as a damsel in distress or a fierce and capable warrior in her own right, Dejah Thoris always looks fantastic. This highly collectible set features the cream of the crop of artists and their portrayals of the Princess of Mars. Including luminaries Joe Jusko, Joseph Michael Linsner, Jae Lee, David Finch and Mel Rubi.

Each foil pack includes 7 total cards split up between high quality full color base cards, sketch cards, black and white line art cards, puzzle cards and signature cards. These deluxe packs will eventually retail for upwards of $100, but are available now on Kickstarter for only $65 (without even counting all the bonuses available).

Supporters can choose among a range of other reward tier options, including a selection of Dynamite’s critically acclaimed Dejah Thoris graphic novels and the beautiful 288 page Art of Dejah Thoris book. Request your own specific backing tier with the combo you want. Or go big and get all the above!

Backers who preorder three foil packs or more will be able to choose among a selection of top tier artists to produce exclusive one-of-a-kind sketch cards just for them. Also available are various, one-of-a-kind sketch card puzzle sets.

Edgar Rice Burroughs contributed an incomparable oeuvre to popular fiction across his Barsoom saga and other works. The central characters of John Carter, Dejah Thoris and their family have entertained and inspired across generations. Dynamite is proud to have woven our own threads into that fabric with nearly a decade of fan favorite comics starring John and Dejah. Including the just concluded Dejah Thoris from writer Amy Chu and artist Pasquale Qualano and the upcoming Barbarella/Dejah Thoris from Leah Williams and Germán García.

This Kickstarter campaign is only available for a limited time ending December 13.

Mine To Avenge: Book Of Layla #1 comes to Kickstarter

Mine To Avenge: Book Of Layla #1, a new Kickstarter which kicked off on the 14th of November, is a futuristic cyberpunk filled with action and a dash of the supernatural. As spoiler free as possible, the first issue is a solid starting point for readers with its fast-moving plot that pulls you in with tight dialogue and snappy banter. Mine To Avenge is a mystery that starts in pre-Civil War New Orleans, then time jumps to Russia in the 22nd century, where we find our main characters rescuing a damsel in distress followed by the return of a dark nemesis.

Written and created by Robert Jeffrey II, keep an eye out for him as a recent participant of the DC Comics Writers Workshop program, you can see the refinement of his writing skills in this creator-owned project. Supporting him is an Italian artist Matteo Illuminati, whose work is new to me, but another one to look out for as he does characters and action amazingly well. Also helping with the visuals of the book is colorist and letterer Loris Ravina, whose color pallet helps to enhance and set the mood of the story.

And for proof of development, here are the first six pages of the book.

Published by Evoluzione Publishing, for more information or character designs, check their Kickstarter or Facebook pages. The campaign runs until December 15.

With 24 Hours to Go on the L.U.C.H.A. Kickstarter we Talk Comics and Wrestling with CW Cooke

Co-creator/writer CW Cooke, alongside co-creator/artist Travis Hymel, are getting into the ring with a Kickstarter for the brand new comic series L.U.C.H.A.!

L.U.C.H.A. is the story of Agente, a luchador detective who spends his life solving low level crimes and murders, taking on any job that falls in his lap. He just so happens to get wrapped up in a murder campaign that involves vampires, wrestlers, and other notorious figures before the rug gets pulled out from under  him…and the readers! The elevator pitch is: Lucha Underground meets The Truman Show.

With less than 24 hours to go on the Kickstarter, we got a chance to talk to CW Cooke about comics, wrestling, and what’s next.

Graphic Policy: So where did the concept for L.U.C.H.A. come from? It debuted in Kayfabe but how’d the idea start?

CW Cooke: The idea started on Facebook as a Luchador detective in a noir world. Travis and I met through the Kayfabe group and then just started tossing crazy ideas back and forth on what we wanted to do and it started with a Luchador.

GP: How’d the team come together for the series?

CWC: Travis and I met as stated above. I’ve known Micah (Myers) for years and he’s pulled me out of a number of jams with other comics so he’s the first person I always go to when I’ve got a new idea. Jeremy (Kahn) has been working on Solitary vol 2 and building a good and solid rep as a great worker and colorist.

GP: Wrestling seems to have a big following in comic fandom and there’s been a resurgence recently with a bunch of series and graphic novels released. What is it that the fandoms seem to overlap a lot?

CWC: Comics and wrestling both are soap operas. Wrestling is exactly like comics in that the storylines continue and develop over time with new characters joining the story in progress and old characters coming back seemingly lost to the sands of time. The fandoms seem to overlap because there’s a lot of similarities between both. And comics and wrestling have colorful characters doing insane things that seem out of this world.

GP: Luchador wrestling has such a history and some amazing wrestlers. Why focus on that subset of wrestling as opposed to some of the other variations?

CWC: I’ve loved Lucha for a long time, going back to being a kid and loving the El Santo movies. So this is kind of my love letter to that and the 80s and 90s movies and comics I grew up with. I’m a big fan currently of Lucha Underground and think Luchadors have always been something people should know more about. It was more fun to explore that aspect than just a big sweaty wrestler dude yelling at people.

GP: Why did you decide to bring this to Kickstarter?

CWC: Kickstarter is a way to hit an audience that I may not have access to otherwise. Plus I’m broke and need to make sure my team is paid and taken care of for the work they’ve done. So Kickstarter helps us to build a bigger audience and world of followers while ensuring the team is taken care of.

GP: During the campaign it was announced the comic would also be published by Action Lab. How’d that come about?

CWC: Pretty much because of the success of the Kickstarter. We had been pitching the book for awhile to no avail and we had been looking for a home, but Travis and I knew our book could make it regardless of who or what happened. I announced my Solitary movie/TV deal which was an amazing thing that I have to imagine helped everything out, the book hit Kickstarter and then in 5 days hit the goal, and then we had an announcement on the Action Lab pick up. It’s been a crazy year.

GP: Did that change your plans at all? You mention you’re working on the second issue, how many do you have planned?

CWC: The first arc is planned at 4 issues and then we have an entire world (or worlds) to explore. After that we have a lot of ideas on where to take the book and the characters and we believe that Action Lab is behind us 100%. The only thing that changed is we know where our home is for the book and we are excited to explore this world fully.

GP: Will those also get Kickstarters?

CWC: No. The plan is to do issues 2 through 4 and beyond with Action Lab. Might need to do another one later for a collection but currently there are no other plans for Kickstarter to be used for our book.

GP: I take it you’re a wrestling fan. What are some of your favorite wrestling moments and wrestlers?

CWC: Big time wrestling fan. Besides El Santo, I’ve been a big fan of Macho Man, Rey Mysterio Jr, Matt and Jeff Hardy, and many many more. Favorite moments? I’ll give you one as some of the favorites might be used for various moments throughout the series. But one of my favorites was Robocop saving Sting. That one I know I can’t utilize so definitely that one.

GP: What else are you working on?

CWC: Solitary continues to move forward both as a comic series and with the TV/movie development (news coming soon), I’ve got more L.U.C.H.A., I’ve got Luther Frankenstone coming from Source Point Press, a sasquatch project with Kelly Williams, Westerly which is an anthology I wrote for Outland, a few more pitches out in the wild, a few more things I can’t announce yet, more Kayfabe, more Always Punch Nazis, and a ton more. I’m keeping as busy as I possibly can and always writing.

GP: Thanks for chatting and can’t wait to get our backer copy!

L.U.C.H.A. is Coming to Action Lab!

L.U.C.H.A., the wrestling sci-fi thriller created by CW Cooke and Travis Hymel, is coming to Action Lab Entertainment! Right now it’s on Kickstarter and you can be a part of bringing it to life. Originally part of the wrestling comic anthology Kayfabe, L.U.C.H.A. focuses on Agente, a luchador detective. He’ll take any case he can get, and in his latest murder mystery, he has to deal with vampires, wrestlers, and other notorious figures!

Cooke’s comic, Solitary, recently got a movie/TV development deal.

The creative team needed to raise $5,000 to successfully fund their book. They’ve already hit their goal, but they still have numerous mystery stretch goals left to uncover before the Kickstarter ends on November 12, 2018 at 1:01 PM EST.

Shawn Pryor Launches a Kickstarter for Cash & Carrie – Book Two: Summer Sleuths

The all-readers graphic novel Cash & Carrie returns! The first book was published by Action Lab Entertainment back in 2016. In this second book, the kids go on a trip to Summer Camp Sobol. Because nothing bad could ever happen at a cabin in the words! Except when campers go missing, Bigfoot might actually exist, and the ingredients in the coleslaw are… questionable. Middle school detective duo Cash & Carrie must survive with no WiFi and poor mosquito repellent in order to solve these mysteries.

Cash & Carrie – Book Two contains 96 pages of all-new stories and content featuring up-and-coming talents.

BOOK TWO STORIES AND CREATIVE TEAM:
Big Foot, Small Sneakers, written by Giulie Speziani with art by Marcus Kwame Anderson. Lettering by Justin Birch.

Bull’s-Eye! Written by Giulie Speziani with art by Marcus Kwame Anderson. Lettering by Justin Birch.

Lunch Lady Has The Last Laugh, written by Giulie Speziani with art by Marcus Kwame Anderson. Lettering by Justin Birch.

A Yet To Be Titled Culinary Mystery written by Shawn Pryor, Chris Ludden and Ginger Dee, with art and lettering by Chris Ludden and Ginger Dee.

Mason Middle Messenger: Summer Edition written by Shawn Pryor, with art by Tressina Bowling. Lettering by Justin Birch.

PINUPS FEATURING THE ARTWORK OF:
Penny Candy Studios
Justin Stewart
Anntonia Jackson
Alex Robinson
Pizzaface
Corey Fields
Ken Kirk
Sean Causley & Matt Herms

FRONT COVER ARTWORK BY:
Caroline Frumento

BACK COVER ARTWORK BY:
Valentine Barker

The creators are aiming to reach $8,000 by November 27, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST. They have stretch goals that go to $12,000; if they reach $12,000, they’ll add more pages to the OGN as well.

Help them make Cash & Carrie – Book Two a reality!

L.U.C.H.A., a Horror Wrestling Extravaganza is Now on Kickstarter!

Co-creator/writer CW Cooke, alongside co-creator/artist Travis Hymel, are getting into the ring with a Kickstarter for the brand new comic series L.U.C.H.A.!

L.U.C.H.A. is the story of Agente, a luchador detective who spends his life solving low level crimes and murders, taking on any job that falls in his lap. He just so happens to get wrapped up in a murder campaign that involves vampires, wrestlers, and other notorious figures before the rug gets pulled out from under  him…and the readers! The elevator pitch is: Lucha Underground meets The Truman Show.

L.U.C.H.A. was born from a simple idea as part of the Kayfabe anthology (a wrestling comic anthology put together by comic creators and wrestling fans alike, with the emphasis on wrestling as real), this story about Agente took on a life of its own because of the incredible working chemistry Travis and CW had and the unbelievably insane story they came up with. The other creators and fans of Kayfabe voiced their excitement and love for the character and story, leading CW and Travis to move forward on the full series.

On Kickstarter now, CW Cooke and Travis Hymel would love to show you what they’ve got in store and hope you join them on this adventure. There are a number of wonderful reward levels available, including original art and commission sketches, exclusive covers, and so much more. They have plans for the future of the project including stretch levels, but they need your help to get there.

The Kickstarter campaign runs until November 12th.

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