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Dark Horse Comics Announces Hellboy Day in March 2019

Next year, on Saturday March 23, 2019, Dark Horse Comics will celebrate the 25th anniversary of legendary comic book creator Mike Mignola’s most famous creation with Hellboy Day. In 1994, Dark Horse Comics published the debut issue of Hellboy: Seed of Destruction and introduced comic book readers to the Right Hand of Doom, the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, and one of the most iconic comic book characters—and universes—of all time. For 2019’s Hellboy Day celebration, Dark Horse will publish a 25th anniversary, promotional edition of Hellboy: Seed of Destruction issue 1, featuring a new cover by Mignola and colorist Dave Stewart, which will be given away at participating comic book shops; and select stores across the country will host Hellboy Day events.

Dark Horse is inviting comic book retailers to celebrate this milestone anniversary for the world’s greatest paranormal investigator by holding store events and sales of Hellboy titles. In addition, Dark Horse will be creating a series of Hellboy Day promotional materials for retailers, including a Hellboy Tattoo Sheet, a Right Hand of Doom bookmark, a window cling, an open/close sign, and a new, folded version of the Hellboy double sided poster and Mignolaverse timeline that debuted at New York Comic Con. Retailers will have the chance to order promotional, giveaway materials and are invited to take advance of additional backlist sale pricing in order to hold celebrations at their stores. Qualifying retailers who take advantage of backlist sales promotion will be automatically entered to win special prizing packages from Dark Horse.

For nearly 25 years, Mignola and a host of celebrated writers and artists have chronicled the adventures of Hellboy facing his supposed destiny as Beast of the Apocalypse, and explored the mysterious backstories of B.P.R.D. agents including Professor Trevor Bruttenholm and Abe Sapien. Hellboy’s adventures have appeared in what are known as the Mignolaverse — the strange, shared universe of comic books and graphic novels, comprised of acclaimed titles including Hellboy & the B.P.R,D., Abe Sapien, B.P.R.D., Crimson Lotus, Frankenstein Underground, Lobster Johnson, The Visitor: How and Why He Stayed, and Witchfinder. Hellboy has appeared in graphic novels and comic books, prose novels and short story collections, two animated features, two live action films, toy lines and all manner of merchandise. Neil Marshall’s forthcoming Hellboy film starring David Harbour, Sasha Lane, Ian McShane, Penelope Mitchell, and Milla Jovovich will be released by Lionsgate on April 12, 2019.

Vita Ayala Goes on a Northeast Signing Tour to Promote Livewire #1

Valiant has announced a series of in-store creator signings for Livewire #1, the first issue in a stunning new ongoing series by writer Vita Ayala and artists Raúl Allén and Patricia Martín!

Beginning on December 19th, up-and-coming comic writer Vita Ayala is scheduled to sign copies of their Valiant debut, Livewire #1, in local comic book stores all across the greater New York City area, including the following locations:

Wednesday, December 19th

1pm
Forbidden Planet
Manhattan, NY

5pm
Bulletproof Comics
Brooklyn, NY

Thursday, December 20th

1pm
East Side Mags
Montclair, NJ

7pm
Anyone Comics
Brooklyn, NY

Friday, December 21st
5pm
October Country Comics
New Paltz, NY

Accomplice. Mentor. Savior. And now, Enemy of the State. Seeking to protect other vulnerable super-powered psiots like herself, Livewire plunged the United States into a nationwide blackout with her technopathic abilities, causing untold devastation. After choosing the few over the many, she must now outrun the government she served – and those she once called allies. With the whole world hunting her, what kind of hero will Livewire be…or will she be one at all?

On December 19th, Vita Ayala and artists Raúl Allén and Patricia Martín – the critically acclaimed duo behind SECRET WEAPONS – forge a new path for one of Valiant’s most complex and courageous characters in Livewire #1! Featuring covers by Adam PollinaHarvey Tolibao, and a special glass variant by Doug Braithwaite!

Marvel and Stitcher to launch second season of Wolverine: The Lost Trail

Marvel and Stitcher have announced Marvel’s “Wolverine: The Lost Trail, marking the second season for the critically-acclaimed scripted podcast series. The 10-episode second season will be available exclusively on Stitcher Premium starting in winter 2019. It will be released widely across all podcast platforms later in the year.

Following the incredible fan reception of Marvel’s “Wolverine: The Long Night,” Richard Armitage will reprise his role as Logan in Marvel’s “Wolverine: The Lost Trail.”

Marvel’s “Wolverine: The Lost Trail” is an epic quest that takes place in the Louisiana bayou. Following the events of Marvel’s “Wolverine: The Long Night,” Logan (Richard Armitage) returns to New Orleans in search of redemption, only to discover that his ex-lover, Maureen is nowhere to be found. And she’s not the only one. Dozens of humans and mutants have gone missing, including the mother of a teenage boy, Marcus Baptiste. With Weapon X in close pursuit, Logan and Marcus must team up and follow a trail of clues that leads them deep into the gothic heart of the bayou, where they encounter biker gangs, Cajun thieves and a world of wonders that defies explanation. It is here that they find Greenhaven — a backwater refuge run by a powerful mutant named Jason Wyngarde.

The show’s cast includes notable actors Bill Irwin as Jason Wyngarde, Bill Heck as Remy LeBeau, and Blair Brown as Bonnie Roach.

Award-winning comic book author Ben Percy, director Brendan Baker sound designer Chloe Prasinos will return the series, produced by Daniel Fink and Chloe Wilson of Marvel and Jenny Radelet of Stitcher.

The first nine episodes of Marvel’s “Wolverine: The Long Night” are now available on all major podcast platforms and devices. Listeners can tune in to the season one finale on Wednesday, November 7.

Free Comic Book Day 2019 Releases are Already Being Revealed

Free Comic Book Day has announced the upcoming release of this year’s Free Comic Book Day PREVIEWS Exclusive (PX) collectible statues available only during the event on Saturday, May 4, 2019!

The PREVIEWS Exclusive (PX) POP! DC Heroes: John Constantine Vinyl Figure (NOV180015; SPR $11.99) may look scruffy in his rumpled trench coat, with his rumpled hair and sour attitude, but don’t be fooled… John Constantine is one of the most accomplished magicians in the DC Universe! In May, Constantine joins Funko’s POP! figure line with a PX just in time for Free Comic Book Day! Standing 3 3/4” tall with the urban, stylized design that has made Funko’s figures so popular, the POP! John Constantine Figure is essential for collectors who love the darker side of the DC Universe!

Diamond Select Toys adds a spectacular new figure to its Marvel Gallery line as Spider-Man celebrates Free Comic Book Day with the black costume variant in the PREVIEWS Exclusive Marvel Gallery: Symbiote Spider-Man PVC Statue (NOV180013; SRP $45.00)! Spider-Man lives up to his namesake, crouched on a web slung across an alleyway, portraying the hero in his element. Measuring approximately 7” high by 11” wide, this detailed sculpt by Alterton is based on a design by Caesar, and comes packaged in a full-color window box.

Superman: Red Son, Mark Millar and Dave Johnson’s Elseworlds tale of a world where Superman’s rocket landed not in Kansas, but in the Soviet Union, is one of the most acclaimed Superman stories of all times, and now it’s coming to Free Comic Book Day! Cryptozoic Entertainment celebrates the story with a PREVIEWS Exclusive Teekeez: Red Son Superman & Wonder Woman Vinyl Figure 2-Pack (NOV180014; SRP $19.99)! These vinyl figures have a distinctive wood-carved aesthetic, inspired by tropical tiki designs, and stand 2 3/8” tall.

The PX Iron Man HeroClix: Free Comic Book Day Figure from Wizkids/NECA has an enhanced paint job and effects and will include an exclusive HeroClix figure and card in a polybag with hangtag. The PX Marvel Dice Masters Promo Starter Pack includes Marvel Dice Masters: Uncanny X-Men Dice-Building Game Starter Set and Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers – Age of Ultron Starter Set.

WizKids/NECA! have also paired up with Marvel and DC to offer fans a selection of PREVIEWS Exclusive metal pins. The DC Comics: Batman Metal Pin (item code; SRP) replicates the hilarious Rainbow Batman cover of Detective Comics #241! The Marvel Comics Metal Pins(item code; SRP) offer fans a selection between an Avengers pin or an X-Men pin, perfect to spice up their favorite jacket or backpack!

These PREVIEWS Exclusive collectibles will only be available in extremely limited quantities on Saturday, May 4, 2019 from participating Free Comic Book Day stores.

George Takei Talks to School Librarians About his Upcoming Graphic Memoir They Called Us Enemy

A few days ago, legendary actor, activist, and author George Takei visited New York to deliver the keynote address at School Library Journal‘s 14th annual Leadership Summit.

Takei spoke to an audience of key figures from schools and libraries around the United States, a vertical for comics and graphic novels that is growing quickly. During his speech, he narrated his wrenching firsthand experience in childhood as one of 120,000 Japanese Americans forced into internment camps during World War II. Takei also explored the complex lessons of patriotism and civic engagement passed down by his father, the duty of all Americans to stand up for our ideals, and his hopes for They Called Us Enemy to both educate and inspire new generations with the lessons of the past.

The graphic novel is a memoir about Takei’s experience in the internment camps and relevant today as camps are being erected again.

Next year, we will put it in your hands, you librarians, to build the future of America, to inform the young people who will become the leaders of our future that we have a glorious history… but we should also be mindful of some of the horrible mistakes that we made. As Americans, we all have a responsibility to build a better America.

They Called Us Enemy is currently in preparation for release in Summer 2019.

Upgrade Soul Gets Los Angeles Area Events

Following the nationwide book tour supporting the release of Ezra Claytan Daniels’ Upgrade Soul, winner of the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics, recently optioned for film by Aperture Entertainment, and voted as one of the best books of the year for 2018 by Publisher’s Weekly, Lion Forge announces Daniels’s return home to Los Angeles with three special events.

First, Daniels will appear at the Los Feliz neighborhood bookstore, Skylight Books, accompanied by tourmate and Ignatz and DiNKy Award–winner Ben Passmore.

Following that, Ezra will appear in two more Los Angeles area stores leading into the weekend, wrapping up his nationwide book tour:

For their 45th anniversary, Hank and Molly Nonnar decide to undergo an experimental rejuvenation procedure, but their hopes for youth are dashed when the couple is faced with the results: severely disfigured yet intellectually and physically superior duplicates of themselves. Can the original Hank and Molly coexist in the same world as their clones? This page-turning graphic novel follows Hank and Molly as they discover the brutal reality that only one version of themselves is fated to survive.

Tongues Number Two art show & release party with Anders Nilsen on November 1

This November Floating World Comics will host an art exhibit and book signing with Anders Nilsen to celebrate the release of his new book, Tongues Number Two.

The second issue of Tongues draws readers deeper into the enigmatic, interconnected stories of a god imprisoned on a mountainside, an eagle – his apparent jailor, and a young American wandering into trouble in the wilderness with a teddy bear. We also move back in time to watch our young East African protagonist as she experiences violent and peculiar visions of her frightening near future, and meet a handsome, malevolent young swan with dark appetites. Tongues is part adventure and part meditation on humanity’s fraught present moment and its peculiar evolutionary heritage.

The book itself is as much an unfolding object as it is a story, featuring full color, a large format, and intricate design. The artist is serializing the book in conjunction with publisher No Miracles in 10 issues over the next few years.

WHO: Anders Nilsen
WHAT: Tongues Number Two art show and release party
WHEN: Thursday Nov.1, 6-9pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St. Portland, OR 97209

Demo-Graphics: Comic Fandom on Facebook – US Edition

Each month we run demographic data of comic “fans” based on data mined from Facebook.

This data is compiled using key terms, “likes,” users have as part of their profiles. Primarily terms are focused on generic ones such as “comics” or “graphic novels” or publishers. I stay away from specific characters, creators or series because this does not indicate they are a comic book fan. Over 100 terms are used for this report.

This data is important in that it shows who the potential comic audience could be. This is not purchasers, these are people who have shown an affinity for comics and are potential purchasers and those with an interest.

Also, with this being online/technology, due to laws and restrictions, those under the age of 13 are underrepresented.

Facebook Population: Over 73,000,000 in the United States

That’s an increase of 7 million from the previous month. Men and women each increased by 3 million individuals while those whose gender is not reported came in at 1 million..

The Spanish-speaking population last month was 12.73%, and this month the population has increased to 13.70%.

Gender and Age

Last month men accounted for 45.45% and women were 54.55%. This month Women account for 53.42% and men account for 45.21%. When looking at the data for ages men account for 46.39% and women are 53.88%. When it comes to relationship status men are 46.23% and women are 54.28%.

It’s been a full year since that women became the majority of fans. Things began to change in October when the universe was split 50/50 and they have continued to change since. These numbers tend to be ahead of noticeable changes in the industry we’ve seen an increase in the overall audience and dip so expect some gains and losses over months.

This month’s distribution of gender by age is similar to the previous months.

Relationship Status

The stats have relatively remained the same from the previous month when it comes to percentages. This is despite the larger overall population.

Education

And much like the relationship status, education remains relatively the same with a few changes here and there but most can be accounted for due to the larger overall population.

Ethnicity

African Americans and Hispanics each gained about one percentage point compared to the previous month. Asian Americans also saw an increased of about a quarter of a percent.

 

 

And that wraps up this month’s data. We’ll be back on the 15th for our first look at the European data of the year!

NYCC 2018: Go Behind The Scenes of Spider-Geddon #1!

REVENGE OF THE SPIDER-VERSE! Featuring new villains and old villains, shocking deaths and shocking returns, and all the Spider characters you can fit into one larger-than-life tale, this is a Marvel Spider-Event not to be missed!

First seen at New York Comic Con’s Spider-Man panel, Marvel is proud to present this launch trailer for Spider-Geddon #1, featuring Dan Slott, Executive Editor Nick Lowe, and Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski!

 Don’t miss Spider-Geddon #1, on sale October 10th.

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