AfterShock Comics has begun expansion efforts of its retail representative team through targeted recruitment led by Senior Retailer Relations Manager RuthAnn Thompson.
Recruiting two highly-trained and knowledgeable comic enthusiasts and service-oriented representatives in each of its 15 territories throughout North America, the “AfterShock Army” program is designed to enable AfterShock to visit and communicate more frequently with stores in all key markets. The original program began more than two years ago, when members of AfterShock’s editorial and marketing teams – most notably Publisher Joe Pruett – began visiting close to 300 stores across North America with the aim of creating awareness of AfterShock’s wide and diverse offerings with both retailers and their customers, and gaining a deeper understanding of the daily challenges faced by the retail community,
The “AfterShock Army” recruitment phase will be supported by ads appearing online, in social media and in AfterShock titles. Interested fans are encouraged to visit
This April, all ten realms are at war…and it’s a battle that will change the Marvel Universe and the lives of every hero! To celebrate this epic event, Marvel has unveiled the official theme soundtrack for War of the Realms!
Recorded live at the gateway of the Black Bifrost, it’s a song so epic, even Surtur sheds a tear when he hears it! Composed and recorded by Jimmy Urine of Mindless Self Indulgence and produced by Marvel Entertainment with creative input from War of the Realms writer Jason Aaron.
Next week, all Hel will break loose as Marvel’s epic event from the award-winning creative team of Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman, and Matthew Wilson finally hits comic shops! Plus, don’t miss a special midnight release of War of the Realms #1 for retailers – be sure to check Marvel mailers for details!
DC’s eagerly awaited young adult publishing line, DC Ink, launches on April 2 with the release of Mera: Tidebreaker by New York Times bestselling author Danielle Paige and art by Stephen Byrne. Engaging fans across the country for a national book tour, Paige will participate in a series of intimate and honest conversations with a selection of acclaimed young adult authors to discuss her first graphic novel and how she re-imagined one of DC’s most iconic characters as an empowering and fierce teenage heroine.
Starting Tuesday, April 2 through Tuesday, April 23, Paige will celebrate the launch of DC Ink’s first graphic novel with visits in New York, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles and other cities to meet fans, sign autographs and discuss the project with famed authors such as Mary Pearson (The Remnant Chronicles), singer-songwriter Amerie (Because You Love To Hate Me), Gwenda Bond (Girl on a Wire), Lauren Myracle (Under The Moon: A Catwoman Tale), Katharine McGee (The Thousandth Floor) and Soman Chainani (The School for Good and Evil). On Friday, April 5 and 6, Paige will be joined by Ridley Pearson, author of DC Zoom’s Super Sons: The PolarShield Project, in Chicago for a candid discussion about their debut young reader graphic novels from the iconic comics publisher.
Beautifully illustrated by Stephen Byrne, Mera: Tidebreaker is an empowering story about activism, self-discovery and young romance – a perfect read for readers ages 13+ and a relatable tale for today’s times when women of all ages are standing up for equality and what they believe in. The themes of the graphic novel have earned it praise from Today.com, which named it one of the best feminist children’s books for Women’s History Month, in addition to Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist and School Library Journal.
Princess Mera is teenage royalty and heir to the throne of Xebel, a penal colony ruled by Atlantis. Her father and the entire kingdom are expecting her to marry and introduce a new king. But Mera is destined to wear a different crown…
When the Xebellian military plots to overthrow Atlantis and break free of its oppressive regime, Mera seizes the opportunity to take control of her own destiny by assassinating Arthur Curry—the long-lost prince and heir to the kingdom of Atlantis. But her mission gets sidetracked when Mera and Arthur unexpectedly fall in love. Will Arthur Curry be the king at Mera’s side, or will he die under her blade as she attempts to free her people from persecution? Mera is forced to choose between following her heart and her mission to kill.
Check out all of the stops below.
Tuesday, April 2 at 7:00 PM (With Somain Chainani, author of The School for Good and Evil) Barnes & Noble 82nd & Broadway 2289 Broadway New York, NY 10024 Website
Wednesday, April 3 at 7:00 PM
Midtown Comics Grand Central 459 Lexington Ave New York, NY 10017
Thursday, April 4 at 7:00 PM(With Gwenda Bond, author of (add the Loise Lane prose Girl on a Wire)
Joseph-Beth Booksellers 2692 Madison Road Cincinnati, OH 45208
Friday, April 5 at 7:00 PM(With Ridley Pearson, author of DC Zoom’s Super Sons: The PolarShield Project)
Barnes & Noble Skokie Old Orchard 55 Old Orchard Center Skokie, IL 60077 Website
Saturday, April 6 at 1:00 PM(With Ridley Pearson, author of DC Zoom’s Super Sons: The PolarShield Project)
Anderson’s Bookshop 123 W Jefferson Ave Naperville, IL 60540
Sunday, April 7 at 11:00 AM
Time Warp Comics 3105 28th Street Boulder, CO 80301
Monday, April 8 at 7:00 PM(With fellow DC Ink author Lauren Myracle, author of forthcoming Under The Moon: A Catwoman Tale)
Tattered Cover Bookstore 2526 East W Colfax Ave Denver, CO 80206
Tuesday, April 9 at 7:00 PM(With Katharine McGee, author of The Thousandth Floor)
Blue Willow Bookshop 14532 Memorial Drive Houston, TX 77079 Website
Wednesday, April 10 at 5:00 PM
Bedrock Comics 831 Highway 6 Missouri City, TX 77459 Website
Friday, April 12(With Mary Pearson, author of The Remnant Chronicles)
Mysterious Galaxy BookStore Balboa Mesa Shopping Center 5943 Balboa Ave #100 San Diego, CA Website
Saturday, April 13 – Sunday, April 14
LA Times Festival of Books University of Southern California University Park Campus Los Angeles, CA 90890
Tuesday, April 23 at 6:30 PM (With Amerie, author of Because You Love To Hate Me)
Vromans 695 E Colorado Blvd Pasadena, CA 91101 Website
In celebration of Little Girls hitting shelves, debut creators Nicholas Aflleje and Sarah DeLaine will go on a 12 city national book tour this May—with events featuring live band performances—to promote the release of this haunting new standalone graphic novel.
Sam and Lielet are two new friends living in Ethiopia. They’re dealing with the kind of problems that all kids have: judgmental social cliques, condescending adults, alienation… and a legendary brain-eating monster straight out of folklore. Sure, it’s not going to be easy, but all they have to do is live through it. Showcasing a quietly unsettling plot and building tension similar to Nick Drnaso’s Sabrina and Adrian Tomine’s Killing and Dying, Aflleje and DeLaine construct a poignant story of otherness and mystery.
Little Girls (ISBN: 9781534310599, Diamond Code: FEB190018) hits comic shops on Wednesday, April 24 and bookstores on Tuesday, April 30.
To mark the 80th anniversary of Batman, DC has unveiled plans for a global commemoration of the World’s Greatest Detective. Kicking off this March at SXSW, the multifaceted campaign for DC’s Caped Crusader will feature exclusive celebrations, special theatrical engagements, the milestone release of Detective Comics #1000, live events and first-ever Batman brand partnerships. As fans join together under the campaign’s tagline of #LongLiveTheBat, DC’s timeless character will be honored through Batman Day in September when the Bat-Signal lights up in major cities worldwide.
First appearing as socialite turned crime-fighter Bruce Wayne in Detective Comics #27 on March 30, 1939, the Dark Knight has stood as a symbol of determination, bravery and justice to generations of fans for 80 years. He has influenced every area of modern entertainment, appearing in countless comic books, Saturday morning cartoons, multiple television series, video games, theme parks and experiences, toys, collectibles, apparel and lifestyle products, as well as, blockbuster animated and live-action films. There have been Batman trading cards, board games and newspaper cartoon strips, and the U.S. Postal Service has even honored Batman with his own postage stamps. Batman is a multi-billion dollar icon who continues to reign as the most popular single Super Hero ever created.
To commemorate this milestone, custom artwork was created that pays homage to Batman’s legacy in all forms of media. The Batman profile pencil design is by beloved longtime DC artist José Luis García-López, and digital paint design is by Admira Wijaya. This graphic will be featured throughout the celebration.
DC will honor #LongLiveTheBat throughout 2019, including Batman’s 80th anniversary on March 30 and Batman Day on September 21. As part of this yearlong celebration, there are many ways fans can participate.
Paying homage to the Super Hero’s 80-year publishing history, DC will present two commemorative books: including the landmark collector’s issue of DETECTIVE COMICS #1000, on sale at comics shops March 27, and a special hardcover release, DETECTIVE COMICS: 80 YEARS OF BATMAN THE DELUXE EDITION, available March 19.
SXSW in Austin, Texas, will kick off the global celebration with multiple fan experiences, photo opportunities, limited-edition merchandise and Instagrammable mural by a local artist. SXSW will also set the stage for an incredible moment when more than 1.5 million bats fly into the night over Austin’s famous Congress Bridge on March 15.
DC will celebrate Batman’s 80th anniversary with panels at major conventions, including a dedicated “Happy Birthday, Batman!” panel at WonderCon in Anaheim on the actual anniversary, March 30.
Generations of fans across the globe will gather together to honor the timeless hero on Batman Day, September 21. The Bat-Signal will light up in major cities worldwide, alongside a wide array of fan celebrations, including interactive photo opportunities, live music, food, games and more. Plus, fans will race across the finish line in their favorite Caped Crusader attire in a series of 5K and 10K runs in select cities.
Families can celebrate #LongLiveTheBat at multiple Six Flags locations across North America in August with extended hours, exclusive Batman-themed experiences and special merchandise. Warner Bros. theme parks across the globe, including Warner Bros. Movie World Australia, Parque Warner Madrid and Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, will host Batman 80thanniversary events.
Madame Tussauds locations in Orlando and Sydney will unveil interactive fan-friendly experiences, photo opportunities and special merchandise in September.
In May, collectible art boutique MONDO will host a curated anniversary exhibit at its Austin gallery celebrating iconic Batman cover art throughout the years.
The global touring exhibition THE ART OF THE BRICK: DC SUPER HEROES will celebrate the Dark Knight with a special Batman edition, beginning this September in São Paulo, Brazil.
Romics—the comic book, animation and gaming convention in Rome, Italy—will host an immersive Batman 80th anniversary exhibit in April.
Designed for fans of all ages, visitors to Shanghai this summer will be treated to a first-of-its-kind special exhibit celebrating Batman.
Otter Media brands Rooster Teeth, Crunchyroll, VRV and Fullscreen will celebrate Batman’s 80th anniversary through a variety of programming and social campaigns designed to amplify DC’s global campaign.
AT&T will activate across retail, digital and DIRECTV, which will celebrate the anniversary with a Batman-branded channel. Plus, AT&T customers will get insider access through AT&T THANKS to Batman content, comics, merchandise, exclusive fan experiences and more.
Television broadcast partners worldwide will host Batman programming marathons in March and September.
Cartoon Network in the U.S. and key territories will host exclusive Batman themed programming and stunts for kids in March and September.
DC Universe—DC’s digital subscription service—will be celebrating in a big way with the promotion of Batman content in March and September.
Boys & Girls Clubs of America will join Batman in a first-ever partnership to celebrate kids, teens and youth development professionals who stand up for positive change in their communities. The campaign kicks off in April during National Boys & Girls Clubs Week.
In honor of military appreciation month this May, DC will partner with the USO, the iconic military support nonprofit, on a special Batman-themed USO2GO kit featuring comics, movies, TV shows, games and more. The kit will offer a fun diversion for service members stationed in remote locations around the globe, connecting them to home and all things Dark Knight.
Fans in the UK can join in raising awareness of Genetic Disorders UK by wearing an exclusively designed Batman t-shirt on Jeans for Genes Day in September.
WB and DC are also joining forces with an extensive list of retail partners, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Target, iTunes, Walmart, GameStop and Google Play, among others.
Global partners such as LEGO, Mattel and Funko will release exclusive Batman 80th anniversary products throughout the year.
Conceived by artist Bob Kane with writer Bill Finger, Batman is humanity’s timeless hero. And he’s just getting started. More details on the global celebration will be released in the coming months.
Diamond has upgraded the comicshoplocator.com website with a new mobile-friendly design and a focus on comic shops as fan-friendly places to visit.
The new, mobile-friendly site features an easier to use search function, a comic shop event calendar, comic shop spotlights, and information on new weekly releases at comic book shops.
The new website builds upon the success of the Comic Shop Locator Service (CSLS) which, since 1996, has directed over six million customers searching for comics and other merchandise to comic book specialty shops throughout North America and worldwide. Publishers and manufacturers who support the comic book specialty market routinely features the CSLS logo and website in books, on packaging, and on their websites.
The site is maintained and funded by Diamond and comic book specialty shops. Retailers interested in having their store listed on the Comic Shop Locator Service should contact their Diamond Retailer Services Representative. Comic Shop Locator profiles are maintained by retailers through the proprietary CSLS Management Tools available in the My Account section of Diamond’s Retailer Services Website, which allow retailers to customize their profiles, and to get access to monthly stats on how many online referrals they have received.
Vault has announced its new Bound: Comics and Community initiative. Under this initiative, Vault will provide comic shops with up to $25,000.00 (retail value) worth of product to support a variety of community engagement events throughout 2019.
Vault is especially interested in supporting events that promote literacy, create safe spaces for community interaction, engage younger readers, or help local business communities thrive. Any comic shop with a Diamond account is eligible to apply.
Vault plans to contribute to a wide-variety of events, and interested retailers are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Vault will select events to sponsor on a case-by-case basis, at its sole discretion. Applying does not guarantee selection.
Valiant Entertainment is heading to the 13th Annual ComicsPRO meeting taking place February 21-23 in Charlotte, NC with a bunch of cool freebies and an unforgettable celebration of the world’s most powerful man.
Valiant will host an hourlong reception for ComicsPRO attendees to celebrate the life of Toyo Harada from 7:30-8:30 pm on Friday, February 22nd. Guests will receive a Valiant tie and in memoriam cards and have a chance to sign the late Mr. Harada’s guest book. Funeral attire is encouraged but not required. It’s what the late and great Mr. Harada would want, after all. He may be gone, but his memory lives on in The Life and Death of Toyo Harada #1byJoshua DysartandCAFU, on sale March 13th.
ComicsPRO attendees will also receive “Welcome Bags” from Valiant and even more retailer-exclusive goodies during roundtable chats with Valiant staff. Want to relieve some stress? Squeeze a chunk of New Japan with the Fallen World stress ball, based on the upcoming series by Dan Abnett and Adam Pollina debuting on May 1st. Need to jot down some important secrets? Use the Fallen World pen! And after a long day, unwind with the Fallen World shot glass.
Show the world you rock by sporting a Punk Mambo pin, based on the gritty new series debuting April 24th by Cullen Bunn and Adam Gorham. Or use the Punk Mambo pink highlighter to brighten your scribbles on The Forgotten Queen sticky notes, based on the phenomenal new series by Tini Howard and Amilcar Pinna coming out on February 27th. There may or may not be some other fun items. (Spoiler: There are.)
While these items are for attending ComicsPRO retailers only, fans who wish to obtain any of these cool collectibles should check if their local comic shop is a member of ComicsPRO and planning to attend the annual meeting.
On March 8, 2019, the Cannery Ballroom One in Nashville, Tennessee will host The Goon 20th Anniversary Party, a star-studded celebration of two decades of award-winning GOON comic books by Nashville native Eric Powell. The event will feature a live recording of Steve Agee’s Uhhh podcast, with host Steve Agee guests Brendon Small, Ben Garant, and The Goon creatorEric Powell, as well as a performance by special musical guest West End Motel, featuring Brent Hinds and Tom Cheshire. Advance tickets can be purchased now.
For almost two decades, the Goon’s whiskey-fueled adventures have thrilled fans, critics, and creators with their bold creativity, classic style, and irreverent humor. The Goon 20th Anniversary Party is timed to Albatross Funnybooks’ highly anticipated publication of The Goon #1, and attendees will be able to purchase an exclusive 20th Anniversary variant edition which will only be available at the party. The new series features the first full length Goon stories to be published since Dark Horse published The Goon: Once Upon a Hard Time comics in 2015. The event kicks off a year-long, 20th Anniversary celebration featuring a national signing tour, Albatross Funnybooks’ collected editions of classic GOON graphic novels, limited edition GOON tiki mugs and more.
The Goon 20th Anniversary Party will be held on on March 8, 2019 at Cannery Ballroom One Cannery Row Nashville, TN 37203. Doors open at 7 pm. Tickets cost $15. The Goon 20th Anniversary Party edition of The Goon # 1 will be sold at the event for $10.00.
O’Connell, the voice of Superman, heads an impressive lineup of
cast and filmmakers set to attend the World Premiere of Reign of the Supermen,
the next entry in the popular, ongoing series of DC Universe Movies, at The
Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills this Thursday, January 10, 2019. Filmmakers and members of the voice cast will
attend the event for red carpet media interviews and a post-screening panel
known for his lengthy, illustrious career ranging from Stand By Me to his recent starring role in Carter and host duties on
Bravo’s Play by Play, will be joined by Jason O’Mara (The Man in the High Castle, Terra Nova) , the voice of
Batman; Patrick Fabian (Better Call Saul), voice of Cyborg
Superman and Hank Henshaw; Tony Todd
(Candyman), voice of Darkseid; Charles Halford (Constantine), voice of both Bibbo Bibbowski and The Eradicator; and
Toks Olagundoye (Castle), voice of Cat Grant.
in attendance will be Producer/Director Sam Liu (Gotham by Gaslight, Teen
Titans: The Judas Contract), screenwriters Jim Krieg (Batman: Gotham by
Gaslight) and Tim Sheridan (Scooby-Doo and the Gourmet Ghost),
executive producer James Tucker (Justice League Dark) and character
designer Phil Bourassa (Young Justice/Young Justice Outsiders).
Additional talent participating at the premieres will
be announced as confirmed.
All free fan tickets have been distributed.
Reign of the Supermen
finds Earth’s citizens – and the Man of Steel’s heroic contemporaries – dealing
with a world without Superman. But the aftermath of Superman’s death, and the
subsequent disappearance of his body, leads to a new mystery – is Superman
still alive? The question is further complicated when
four new super-powered individuals – Steel, Cyborg Superman, Superboy and the
Eradicator – emerge to proclaim themselves as the ultimate hero. In the end,
only one will be able to proclaim himself the world’s true Superman.
Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and
DC Entertainment, the feature-length animated Reign of
the Supermen arrives from Warner Bros. Home
Entertainment on Digital starting January 15, 2019, and on Ultra HD Blu-ray
Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack on January 29, 2019.
In addition, fans wishing
to get an advance look at Superman’s greatest adventure – his death and rebirth
– can take advantage of a special two-day exclusive theatrical event as Warner
Bros. and DC join forces with Fathom Events for a double feature presentation
of the previously released The Death of Superman and the first
in-theater screening of the all-new Reign of the Supermen nationwide on
January 13 and 14, 2019 in more than 500 select movie theaters. Tickets for The
Death of Superman / Reign of the
Supermen Double Feature can
be purchased at www.FathomEvents.com
and participating theater box offices.