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Cast, Filmmakers announced for World Premiere of Reign of the Supermen

Jerry 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 discussion.

O’Connell, 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.

Also 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.

Marvel Celebrates 80 Years in 2019

Marvel 80 years

Eighty years ago, the Marvel Universe roared into existence with the publication of the now-historic Marvel Comics #1.  Over the years, the company expanded mightily under the guidance of legends Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and countless other industry titans. Today, Marvel is one of the most exciting and recognizable brands shaping pop culture, modern mythology and entertainment around the world – and this year, you can join millions of fans in celebrating Marvel’s 80TH Anniversary!

For all of 2019, Marvel will be honoring its iconic characters and stories across every decade of the company’s rich history – from the early years as Timely Comics, to the latest adventures in the Marvel Universe fans know today. Whether you have been following Marvel since the beginning or you’ve just discovered The House of Ideas, you won’t want to miss this year-long celebration across publishing, animation, new media, collectibles, games, and more!

Starting this month and continuing through the year, Marvel will bring back some classic and reimagined Marvel Super Hero teams; revisit some of Marvel’s early classic titles, like Marvel Comics Presents and Marvel Tales; release facsimile editions and trade collections of your favorite issues and storylines over the decades – exactly as you remembered them – and deliver brand new takes on Marvel’s history, characters, and more! Marvel will also be featuring special 80th Anniversary-themed variant covers throughout the year, kicking off with nine connecting variants from superstar artist Phil Noto on select titles in January!

Marvel 80th Anniversary-themed variant covers by Phil Noto

And later this fall, stay tuned for an extra-special, extra-sized publication of a Marvel-ous Millennial Milestone that promises to change the course of Marvel history forever! (or at least until the 160thAnniversary!)

Fans of Marvel’s animated series will also have a chance to celebrate, starting with the release of Avengers Assemble: Black Panther’s Quest on January 13 on Disney XD! As Marvel’s longest-running animation series to date, be sure to tune in weekly for an epic adventure following King T’Challa as he goes on a vision quest through time, exploring the history of the Black Panthers, Vibranium, Wakanda – and the Marvel Universe itself.

Marvel’s digital shows and podcasts will feature special tributes for Marvel’s 80-year history throughout the year, including Earth’s Mightiest Show, This Week in Marvel, Women of Marvel, Marvel’s Voices, Marvel 101, and themed episodes of Marvel’s popular cooking show Eat the Universe. Visit marvel.com to watch and subscribe!

Marvel will also feature Today in Marvel History, taking fans through the past 80 years of the Marvel Universe. Learn about the first appearance of some of your favorite characters, and see how they’ve evolved over the years with a bi-weekly animated series on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram; daily Marvel facts on Twitter; and in-depth articles on Marvel.com. Fans can dive into Marvel’s historic storylines, milestone issues, covers, and unique moments in Marvel history at marvel.com/marvel80 or by following #Marvel80 on social media.

Later this year, Marvel will release a series of curated 80th Anniversary merchandise inspired by Marvel’s signature art and storytelling that have defined Super Hero fans for generations. Products will include retailer exclusive collectibles, fashion and apparel, accessories, specialty products, and limited-edition toys, such as exciting new products from Hasbro, Funko and more! More details and collaborations will be announced in the coming weeks and throughout the year – with a special sweet collaboration with Ample Hills Creamery later in July! See the attached images to get a sneak peek of Marvel’s 80th Anniversary merchandise.

Keep an eye out for special Marvel’s 80th Anniversary exclusive merchandise, experiences, and live events at comic conventions, museums, D23, and Disney Cruises, and Disney Parks throughout the year – including virtual live events!

Fans of Marvel games will also have a chance to participate in limited-time in-game events to celebrate key characters, stories, costumes, and other extras from Marvel history. More details will be announced later this year.

For 80 years, Marvel has reflected the world outside your window – inspiring millions of fans with iconic characters and timeless stories that brought the Marvel Universe to the forefront of pop culture today. Celebrate Marvel’s historic 80th Anniversary all year long with your favorite Marvel comics, games, shows, collectibles, fashion, and more!

AfterShock Wants you to Read Dangerously in 2019

AfterShock Comics is prompting comic readers and fans to “Read Dangerously,” claiming 2019 as The Year of Reading Dangerously. Supported by a robust advertising and marketing campaign, this call to action will serve as the rallying cry behind all AfterShock brand activities and initiatives over the course of the year.

As publisher of many of the most talked about independent titles of the past few years – including Animosity, A Walk Through Hell, Dark Ark, and Babyteeth, AfterShock will push the envelope even further in 2019 with new releases and ongoing series that continue to thrill, chill and challenge – both imaginations and sensibilities. 

Working with top writers, artists and some of the brightest new stars in the creative community, soon-to-debut 2019 titles Stronghold, Oberon, Dark Red, Out of the Blue, and Horde, to name only a few, will cut across all genres to take readers far beyond their comfort zones.

The theme will serve as the focal point of the brand’s 2019 marketing campaign, including new ads debuting in late January on the back covers of all titles, targeted digital advertising, podcast sponsorships, local comic shop initiatives, and prominent placement at major conventions throughout the year. Additional plans will be revealed at the ComicsPRO Annual Meeting to be held in Charlotte in late February.

The World at War! Marvel Releases a Teaser Trailer for The War of the Realms

The War of the Realms has made Earth its battlefield! This April, one of the largest conflicts to engulf the Marvel Universe erupts in The War of the Realms – a new, epic crossover event from the award-winning creative team of Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman, and Matthew Wilson, with covers by the legendary Arthur Adams! Marvel’s 2019 war-to-end-all wars must enlist every great Marvel Hero to save Earth…and beyond!

Marvel has released a teaser trailer for the event featuring Jason Aaron and editor Wil Moss, complete with the first look at issue #1’s cover from Arthur Adams!

Not since Secret Wars has a comic event had such far-reaching consequences for the Marvel Universe – be there when THE WAR OF THE REALMS starts this April!

Free Comic Book Day 2019 Gold Sponsor Comic Books Announced

The Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) Committee has selected the twelve Gold Sponsor comic book titles for the comic book industry’s most anticipated annual event: Free Comic Book Day! FCBD happens each year on the first Saturday in May at participating comic book shops worldwide, with next year’s event taking place on May 4, 2019.

The titles were curated by over twenty comic shop retailers who make up the FCBD Selection Committee and the comics feature something for everyone: from superheroes, to popular films and television shows, to beloved franchises, and all-ages favorites. The Gold Sponsor titles come from the industry’s top publishers, including DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, Image Comics, Archie Comics, BOOM! Studios, TOKYOPOP, Valiant Entertainment, Vault Comics, Titan Comics, and VIZ Media.

The full line-up of this year’s comic books will be announced later this week, when thirty-nine additional FCBD Silver Sponsor titles are announced on Thursday, December 20. A complete listing of all fifty-one FCBD titles can also be found in the January issue of Diamond Comic Distributors’ PREVIEWS catalog, on sale at all comic book shops December 28, 2018.

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2019: GOLD COMICS

Archie Comics | RIVERDALE: SEASON THREE SPECIAL

BOOM! Studios | WELCOME TO THE WHEDONVERSE

Dark Horse Comics | STRANGER THINGS & BLACK HAMMER

DC Comics | DC COMICS TOP SECRET GOLD BOOK

IDW Publishing | TMNT: CASUALTY OF WAR

Image Comics | DEADLY CLASS: KILLER SET – FCBD

Marvel Comics | THE AVENGERS  

Titan Comics | DOCTOR WHO: THE THIRTEENTH DOCTOR

TOKYOPOP | DISNEY MANGA: DESCENDANTS – DIZZY’S NEW FORTUNE

Valiant Entertainment | VALIANT: BLOODSHOT FCBD SPECIAL

Vault Comics | INTERCEPTOR #1

VIZ Media | POKEMON I CHOOSE YOU! & POKEMON ADVENTURES

This January is the Fantastic Four’s World’s Greatest Week!

Last August, the Fantastic Four ruled the comic bestseller charts with their critically-acclaimed return to the Marvel Universe, becoming one of the industry’s top-selling books of the year. Fans and critics alike have praised the new adventures of Reed, Sue, Johnny, and Ben, and this January, the celebration continues when Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Week kicks off with a special livestream event on Marvel.com, January 8!

Running from January 8–16, Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Week will offer fans a sneak peek into what’s next for Marvel’s First Family – with special episodes of shows like This Week in Marvel and Earth’s Mightiest Show, exclusive video interviews, Fantastic Four trivia, curated reading lists, delicious themed recipes, and more! Marvel fans will also have a chance to order limited-edition Fantastic Four apparel in January to celebrate their favorite characters.

Marvel will also be celebrating over 50 years of the Fantastic Four with special variant covers showcasing the team’s most memorable antiheroes! Featuring stunning art by Marcos Martin, Adi Granov, Marko Djurdjevic, and more, these variant covers will be on over 20 select titles at your favorite comic shops this December. And on January 16, as the culmination of Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Week, Marvel will be releasing the first of four all-new mystery variants, starting with “The Herald of Doom” storyline in Fantastic Four #6 by Dan Slott and Aaron Kuder!

Whether you’re being introduced to the Super Hero family for the first time or re-living their iconic adventures, you won’t want to miss this exclusive week of nonstop Fantastic Four festivities.

Lilah Sturges Goes on Tour this Winter to Promote Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass

BOOM! Studios has announced a winter book tour in support of Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass, the historic first original graphic novel in the history of the series that’s sold over a million copies worldwide. Eisner Award-nominated writer Lilah Sturges will visit book stores, libraries, and comic shops across the United States to meet with fans and sign copies of this landmark release.

The Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass Winter Book Tour stops include:

  • Saturday, November 24th, Houston: 1:00-3:00pm at Brazos Bookstore
  • Sunday, November 25th, Los Angeles: 5:00-7:00pm at Chevalier’s Bookstore
  • Monday, November 26th, Los Angeles: 5:00-7:00pm at East County LA Public Library
  • Wednesday, November 28th, Portland: 5:00-6:00pm at Books With Pictures
  • Thursday, November 29th, Seattle: 6:00-8:00pm at Outsiders Comics & Geek Boutique
  • Friday, November 30th, Minneapolis: 7:00-8:30pm at Barnes & Noble Minneapolis
  • Saturday, December 1st, Chicago: 4:00-6:00pm at Challengers Comics + Conversation

Lumberjanes: The Infernal Compass, from Sturges and rising-star artist polterink, features a stunning cover by Alexa Sharpe and presents an all-new story at Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s camp for Hardcore Lady-Types when Mal, Ripley, Molly, April, and Jo become separated during an orienteering outing thanks to a mysterious compass. While Molly begins to feel more and more insecure about the effect of her relationship with Mal on the other girls, a lonely woman explorer is trying to steal the compass…with the help of some weirdly polite automaton butlers, of course.

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.

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