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Princeless’ Creators Speak Out Against Action Lab’s Free Comic Book Day Offering

Free Comic Book Day 2023 Princeless

When the 2023 Free Comic Book Day reveals happened, there were some intriguing announcements. Not only were there comics to be excited about, but one stood out due to the publisher’s issues earlier in the year. 2022 kicked off with creators speaking out and a class action lawsuit against comic publisher Action Lab Entertainment. Printing, promotion, marketing, sales and income reporting, and more was listed as reasons for it. Two individuals, Jeremy Whitley and Emily Martin were listed as plaintiffs. So, that made Action Lab’s use of their comic Princeless for their Free Comic Book Day release all the more headscratching.

Whitley and Martin have released a statement, which you can read below, calling the announcement a “surprise”. They also mention the the ongoing legal fight mentioning non-payment of royalties, late payments, and more.

It has come to our attention through the excitement of our fans that there is “brand new” Princeless material being offered by Action Lab Comics for Free Comic Book Day. To say that this is a surprise to us is perhaps an understatement.

The creators of Princeless (Jeremy and Emily) are currently in a protracted legal battle with Action Lab regarding a number of issues that we feel should have voided our publishing contract with Action Lab. As detailed in the original complaint, these issues range from non-payment of royalties, late payment of artists, late delivery of books to the distributor, and Action Lab completely shutting down business and payments for a large chunk of 2020 without informing us or other creators. Jeremy and Emily have currently stopped working on Princeless and have not received any request to approve or finalize comics pages for a Free Comic Book Day release, nor have they approved any new work to be published in a format such as this which would not offer royalties or recompense to the creative team.

This is the latest in Action Lab’s continued policy of putting their personal profits before creators and we strongly disapprove.

Perhaps even more worrying is Action Lab’s claim in their Previews solicitation that this is meant to “kick off the tenth volume.” Not only was this done without our approval, but the team has only finished the first issue of the volume and the implication that the rest of this volume is coming soon is misleading to retailers, consumers, and the distributor. Those books have not been drawn and Action Lab has not attempted to settle our current legal issues in any meaningful way. The only possible explanations are that either Action Lab is trying to force the creative team into feeling pressured by the expectations of our fans and community or that Action Lab means to continue the book without us. We are not okay with either of these instances and we do not think the fans of Princeless will be either.

Princeless was never a cash cow, but that was never what it was about. It was about creating an important comic with a message that we could be proud of and the stories we wanted young comic fans to read. It is also important to create the book under ethical work practices where freelancers can expect the pay they are promised in a timely and uncomplicated fashion. Until this legal issue is settled, we would ask that Princeless fans not support this Free Comic Book Day book and that they make their voices heard to Action Lab, their retailers, and their distributors.

Thank you and we look forward to bringing this book to you in the future under better circumstances,

The Princeless Creative Team
Jeremy Whitley and Emily C Martin

Comic Creators Comes together for a Class Action Lawsuit Against Action Lab Entertainment

Action Lab Entertainment

ClassAction.org as the news that nearly 40 comic creators have banded together for a class action lawsuit against Action Lab Entertainment. The lawsuit claims that contracts should be null and void because the publisher has fallen short of its contractual obligations. Plaintiffs include Brockton McKinney, Rylend Grant, David Pepose, Jorge Santiago Jr., Chad Perkins, Jeremy Whitley, Massimo Rosi, Dexter Weeks, Jason Strutz, DeWayne Feenstra, Colleen Douglas, Rod Espinosa, Jason Imman, Ashley Victoria Robinson, Emily Martin, and many more.

The 46-page complaint goes over the list of problems, including issues with printing, promotion and marketing, sales and income report, and much more. The lawsuit says the publisher failed to notify creators when the office “shut down without reason”.

Action Lab president Bryan Seaton is also named as a defendant in the lawsuit and the suit says he stepped away from the company in November or December of 2019 without telling the creators due to “personal health reasons,” leaving Shawn Pryor in charge of daily operations. The publisher’s offices were also closed from December 16, 2019 to January 6, 2020 during with creators weren’t paid and marketing was not done. Pryor then left the company in January 2020. Seaton then left the company in February 2020 with no replacement. Action Lab shut down in March 2020 without telling any creators and during that time no work was performed by the defendants according to the plaintiffs.

Much of this is new revelations in the ongoing saga and fight that has spilled out into social media.

Action Lab points to some of its troubles towards Diamond, the comic distribution company which suspended some of its operations during COVID.

Seaton has pushed back at some of these charges publicly in a September 2021 interview refuting the complaints about missed payments, lack of publishing plans, and lack of communication. In that interview Seaton said the publisher was strong financially and open for business.

The lawsuit says issues began well before the pandemic with promises of print releases and not just digital. The lawsuit also claims that Action Lab would change the terms of the original agreement with creators and the projects wouldn’t be solicited until a certain number of issues were completed. The lack of communication and marketing forced creators to spend their own money to market their comics.

The lawsuit goes on to say the publisher would regularly change release dates without informing creators which would impact their own events like signings at stores around the release. That even includes the cancellation of entire comics due to a lack of pre-orders.

Even further, the lawsuit says Action Lab had further issues when it came to accounting failing to provide promised sales and income numbers but also shared inaccurate quarterly reports on digital sales. Sales issues included those done at conventions which weren’t recorded.

The class action lawsuit is looking to represent all individuals in the United States who have signed publishing and/or licensing agreements with Action Lab Entertainment.

You can read the full analysis of the lawsuit here and read the lawsuit below.

Around the Tubes

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It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d you all like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web to start your day.

Kotaku – Report: Suicide Squad Game Delayed All The Way Into 2023 – Boo!

Hollywood Reporter – Prentice Penny to Direct Graphic Novel Adaptation ‘New Kid’ for Universal, SpringHill – Nice!

ICv2 – TOON Books Acquired by Astra Books for Young Readers – Will 2022 be about consolidation?

Class Action – Comic Creators File Lawsuit Saying Action Lab Entertainment Contracts Should Be Null and Void – Woah.

Reviews

Collected Editions – Superwoman Vol. 3: The Midnight Hour
CBR – X Deaths of Wolverine #1
CBR – X-Men #7

Dan Mendoza and Action Lab Entertainment Settle a Lawsuit as Creators Speak Out About the Publisher

Zombie Tramp is one of the longest running comic series published by Action Lab Entertainment and its “Danger Zone” imprint. The series original launched by Dan Mendoza and was self-published from 2009 to 2011 before Action Lab began publishing it in 2013. But, not all was good behind the scenes. Mendoza filed a lawsuit against the publisher in April 2020 over the use of the character.

A joint statement has been released that the litigation has been withdrawn and the parties have settled. Under the agreement, Action Lab Entertainment will finish and release a final seven-issue run of the Zombie Tramp comic book issues it has been producing. That should end by next summer.

Dan Mendoza and Action Lab Entertainment, Inc. announced today that they have reached an agreement to respectfully part ways on the production of Zombie Tramp, and to place the Zombie Tramp character and story back into its original creator’s hands for the future.

Mendoza stated:

This is a meaningful agreement between me and Action Lab Entertainment, Inc. which allows Zombie Tramp fans to Get Back to the source of what Zombie Tramp was about from its inception — Creepy, Grindhouse Horror with a slice of sexy, with the original Leading Lady that Fans Love — Janey Belle; all written and drawn by me once again. I am happy that Zombie Tramp will be coming home to join all of my new characters at my self-published Label, Still ILL Princess Studios. I’m proud of the work we created at Action Lab, but happy to have Zombie Tramp return to my individual and full creative control.

Bryan Seaton, Action Lab Co-Founder stated about the settlement:

We are pleased to reach this agreement with Dan Mendoza. It will allow Zombie Tramp fans to continue to follow Zombie Tramp’s adventures as the title returns to Dan and moves forward, which is how the book and character began. Action Lab is looking forward to giving Zombie Tramp fans a great final hurrah with our final issues, and I would also point out that the original origin story and the entire 84-issue run of Action Lab’s Zombie Tramp will continue to be available in print through Diamond and comic retailers, and digitally through Amazon and Comixology. We are pleased to have worked with Dan on the Action Lab Zombie Tramp title and look forward to seeing how he will carry the character forward.

While Mendoza and Action Lab have indicated they are happy with the conclusion, things are looking rough for the comic publisher. In recent weeks creators have become very vocal about the publisher and deals that have their comics being held by the publisher and difficult to regain the rights.

Stories about Action Lab sitting on comics, not releasing print editions, not paying creators, demanding cash payments for unsold stock to regain rights, the stories are the same over and over.

Creators have repeated stories about Action Lab claiming comics were not profitable so no payments were sent, overprinting comics leaving large stacks sitting in warehouses still, lack of promotion, missed deadlines, cancelations, and other unprofessional behavior.

We’ve reached out to Action Lab multiple times with no response. Creators who would like to discuss specifics can contact us here.

Today’s New Digital Comics Releases Features Over 150 New Comics from Marvel, Image, BOOM!, Vault, AfterShock, and More!

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Today’s new comic releases are here and comiXology has you covered for digital releases. There’s over 150 new releases from Marvel, Oni Press, BOOM! Studios, IDW, Image, and more! Get shopping now or check out the individual releases below.

AAM-Markosia

Action Lab Entertainment

AfterShock

Albatross Funnybooks

American Mythology Productions

Ankama

Antarctic Press

Archie Comics

AWA Studios

BOOM! Studios

comiXology Originals

Dark Horse Comics

DC Comics

Drawn & Quarterly

Dynamite Entertainment

Europe Comics

Harlequin

IDW Publishing

Image Comics

Marvel

NBM

Oni Press

Red 5 Comics

Tidalwave Productions

Titan Comics

Valiant

Vault Comics

Zenescope


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Preview: Jupiter Jet and the Forgotten Radio

Jupiter Jet and the Forgotten Radio

(W) Jason Inman, Ashley Victoria Robinson (A) Ben Matsuya (C) Elizabeth Kramer (CA) Jonboy Meyers
In Shops: Nov 25, 2020
SRP: $14.99

17-year-old superhero Jupiter Jet has kept Olympic Heights safe for the last year. Her flying skills are unmatched, and the city loves her. But she dreams of soaring across the solar system and liberating humanity from the clutches of The Praetors, the aliens that imprisoned them. Not even her little brother’s discovery of a long-forgotten radio can change her mind. When the mysterious Black Flyer arrives in orbit, Jupiter Jet finds out that her flying techniques may not be up to the task. Being a hero requires more than just a jetpack. Does Jupiter Jet have the courage to save her entire planet?

Jupiter Jet and the Forgotten Radio

Preview: Hiccups: Fun Stories

Hiccups: Fun Stories

Writer Name(s): Miguel Martinez-Joffre
Artist Name(s): Miguel Martinez-Joffre
52 pgs./E/FC
$9.99
Purchase

Hiccups Fun Stories is four hilarious adventures in one exciting comic book, making a collection as brisk and silly as a bout of hiccups. Readers of all ages will earn merit badges in space with Luna Destiny and the Moon Berets, solve ridiculous mysteries in the Old West with Sheriff Ratatan, rescue marvels of nature with Hip and Popo, and practice magic in middle school with Luz and Sado.

Hiccups: Fun Stories

Check Out Today’s New Digital Comic releases of Nearly 150 New Comics

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It’s new comic book day and comiXology has your hookup for your digital needs! There’s nearly 150 new digital comics for you to get right now. Check out the full list of comics here and get buying now or see what you can get by publisher below.

AAM-Markosia

Ablaze

Action Lab Entertainment

AfterShock

Antarctic Press

Archie Comics

AWA Studios

Black Mask Studios

BOOM! Studios

Caliber Comics

comiXology Submit

Dark Horse Comics

DC Thomson

Devil’s Due Comics

Dynamite Entertainment

Harlequin

Hermes Press

Humanoids

IDW Publishing

Image Comics

Kodansha

Marvel

Oni Press

Papercutz

Titan Comics

Valiant

Zenescope


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ComiXology Delivers Over 150 New Digital Comic Releases

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It’s new comic book day and comiXology has your digital needs covered. There are over 150 new digital comics in their store right now all available at the touch of a button. Check out the full list of what you can get today or by the publisher below!

AAM-Markosia

  • Monument #1
  • Ray
  • Ritual 2: The Resurrection

Ablaze

  • Cagaster Vol. 1
  • Kidz #6

Action Lab

  • Sasquatch in Love #4

AfterShock

  • Artemis and the Assassin #4
  • Dead Day #2

Antarctic Press

  • Patriotika #1

Archie Comics

  • Archie’s Girls Betty & Veronica #114
  • Archie’s Girls Betty & Veronica #115
  • Betty & Veronica Double Digest #286

AWA Studios

  • Archangel 8 #4 (of 5)
  • Hotell #4 (of 4)

Black Mask Studios

  • Jade Street Protection Services
  • Last Song #3

BOOM! Studios

  • Faithless II #3
  • Firefly #19
  • Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance #10
  • Once & Future #10
  • Over the Garden Wall: Soulful Symphonies
  • Power Rangers: Drakkon New Dawn #1
  • The Quotable Giant Days
  • Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers Vol. 7

Caliber Comics

  • Everything Will Be Okay #3
  • Legends of Aukera: The Ascendants #11
  • Vietnam Journal: Series Two #13

comiXology Submit

  • Adam & Eternity #1
  • Apocalypse Girl #5
  • Backfired #1
  • Blast #1
  • Blood Brothers #3
  • Bonnie N. Collide, Nine to Five #10
  • Darkpark #3
  • Dead to Rights Vol. 3: Dead to Rights
  • Domain Tnemrot #20
  • Dreamics – Special Edition
  • Frank Rain #2
  • Gutter Magic #1
  • INDIGO CLAN #2
  • John Carpenter Presents Storm Kids: HYPERBREED #2
  • KING: The graphic biography of Jack Kirby #1
  • Knight & Beard Vol. 1: Knight & Beard Volume 1
  • Lesser Evils #2
  • Loveland #1
  • Mysterious Thread Man #4
  • Mysterious Thread Man #5
  • Ogre
  • Oqros Lomi (Golden Lion) #1
  • ORNETTE SPEAKS: A Cartoon Grammar
  • Pangaea: Myth of Ages; Age of Galaxies, Uncharted #2
  • Panzer Paladin #1
  • Pop Star Assassin #8
  • Pseudoverse Vol. 1: Pseudoverse Epilogos
  • Pseudoverse #5
  • RETINEX
  • RoboToon #1
  • Search and Destroy #1
  • Sham #6
  • Skylin #3
  • Remnant
  • Steak #1
  • Super A.I. #46
  • Teether #4
  • Terminal Dark
  • The Fate of Jaye #3
  • The Hero Dies Alone #9
  • The Kaaiman’s Cry
  • The Legend of the Crusaders #2
  • The Phantom #1745
  • The Phantom #1757
  • The Phantom #1758
  • The Phantom #1759
  • The Phantom #1760
  • The Phantom #1761
  • The Phantom #1762
  • The Phantom #1763
  • The Phantom #1764
  • The Phantom #1765
  • The Phantom #1766
  • The Phantom #1872
  • The Wretch
  • Touching Evil #3
  • Touching Evil #4
  • Touching Evil #5
  • Touching Evil #6
  • Vidar & Hans
  • VIVA THE HUNTER #0
  • What the Hell?!
  • Wolvenheart Vol. 1: Legendary Slayer
  • エキシリアム #2

Dark Horse Comics

  • Free Comic Book Day 2020 (General)
  • Resident Alien Omnibus Vol. 1
  • Astro Boy Vol. 13
  • Astro Boy  Vol. 14

DC Comics

  • Teen Titans Go! Roll With It! (2020-) #10

DC Thomson

  • Commando #5359: War Crime
  • Commando #5360: Trail Of A Hero
  • Commando #5361: Curse Of The Condor
  • Commando #5362: Nowhere To Hide

Disney Comics

  • Haunted Mansion

Dynamite Entertainment

  • George R.R. Martin’s A Clash Of Kings: The Comic Book Vol. 2 #6
  • Killing Red Sonja #3
  • Red Sonja (2019) #18

Harlequin

  • The Billionaire’s Bride
  • Snowbound With The Boss

Heavy Metal

  • Brooklyn Gladiator #1
  • Fishkill #1
  • Heavy Metal #300

Humanoids

  • Before The Incal: Digital Omnibus: Un combat contre l’oubli
  • Final Incal: Digital Omnibus
  • The Incal: Digital Omnibus

IDW Publishing

  • G.I. Joe (2019-) #7
  • My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Vol. 19
  • Sonic The Hedgehog (2018-) #30
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine—Too Long a Sacrifice #2
  • Star Trek: Picard—Countdown
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Urban Legends #26
  • Transformers ‘84: Secrets and Lies #2 (of 4)
  • Transformers (2019-) #22
  • Transformers vs. Terminator #3 (of 4)
  • Voyage to the Stars #1 (of 5)

Image Comics

  • Birthright Vol. 9: War of the Worlds
  • Decorum #4
  • Die!Die!Die! #12
  • Gideon Falls #24
  • Last Of The Independents Vol. 1
  • Low #24
  • The Ludocrats #4
  • A Man Among Ye #2
  • Savage Dragon #251

Marvel

  • Aero & Sword Master: Origins And Odysseys
  • Avengers (2018-) #35
  • Cable (2020-) #3
  • Captain America (2018-) #22
  • Captain Marvel (2019-) #20
  • Conan: Battle For The Serpent Crown (2020) #4 (of 5)
  • Empyre: X-Men (2020) #4 (of 4)
  • Excalibur (2019-) #11
  • Fantastic Four Vol. 5: Point Of Origin
  • Guardians Of The Galaxy: Somebody’s Got To Do It Marvel Select
  • Lords Of Empyre: Swordsman (2020) #1
  • Maestro (2020) #1 (of 5)
  • Revenge Of The Cosmic Ghost Rider
  • Spider-Man (1990-1998) #1: Facsimile Edition
  • Spider-Man: Spider-Verse – Spider-Ham
  • Spider-Woman (2020-) #3
  • Star Wars Legends Epic Collection: The Rebellion Vol. 4
  • Star Wars: Bounty Hunters (2020-) #4
  • Thor (2020-) #6
  • Wolverine (2020-) #4
  • X-Men Milestones: Necrosha

Oni Press

  • Rick and Morty #3: Go To Hell

Red 5 Comics

  • Xira Vol. 1 #2

Titan Comics

  • Adler #3

Valiant Entertainment

  • Rai (2019) #6

Vault Comics

  • Heist Or How to Steal A Planet #7
  • No One’s Rose #4
  • Shadow Service #1
  • Vagrant Queen: A Planet Called Doom #5

Zenescope

  • Shang #3

Preview: Sasquatch in Love #4

SASQUATCH IN LOVE #4

Writer(s): Jason Nutt
Artist Name(s): Alexis Vivallo
Cover Artist(s): Alexis Vivallo
33 pgs./ T / FC $2.99
Digital-Release

What happens when you’re a sensitive Sasquatch nursing a broken heart? You fall in with the town burnouts, of course. It’s going to take a school dance, an office break-in and someone getting hit by a car for things to work out in this, the conclusion of Sasquatch in Love.

SASQUATCH IN LOVE #4
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