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The Art of Fallout 4 is What Every Vault Dweller Needs

Dark Horse has announced its newest art-book partnership will be with Bethesda Game Studios for Fallout 4, one of the most anticipated games of 2015.

Bethesda Game Studios, the award-winning creators of Fallout 3 and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, welcome you to the world of Fallout 4—their most ambitious game ever and the next generation of open-world gaming.

Featuring never-before-seen designs and concept art of the game’s dynamic environments, iconic characters, detailed weapons, and more—along with commentary from the developers themselves—The Art of Fallout 4 is a must-have collectible for fans and a trusty companion for every Wasteland wanderer.

Fans will have the chance to go behind the scenes of the highly anticipated installment of the Fallout® franchise when The Art of Fallout 4 goes on sale December 22.

The Art of Fallout 4
Bethesda Softworks (W/A/Cover)
$39.99
On sale December 22

The Art of Fallout 1

Bethesda Softworks E3 Press Event

The show starts with a video of Bethesda employees talking about why they love their jobs followed by a sizzle real of the games we’ll presumably hear more about later. Clearly identifiable: Fallout 4, Doom, Battlecry, Dishonored, Elder Scrolls Online.

doomWe start the show with the reborn Doom. It is being developed by id Software and published by Bethesda. We get what seems to be in-engine game play. It looks really good, but who knows how indicative this is or what platform they are showing (my guess is a computer that would be a few thousand to recreate). It is running on a new engine id developed. The enemies are recognizable from previous iterations. Lots of gore, as one would expect. Injured enemies flash indicating a finishing move can be done to them, and those shown are brutally gruesome and include a variety of melee animations. Once the chainsaw came up, the gore level reached a ridiculous level. The HUD is clean and pretty minimalist: clearly designed with playing with a controller in mind. The footage shows several different weapons. The demo ends with a demon that lands and beats the protagonist with his own arm that the demon just ripped off.

Multiplayer will be “fast-paced arena style combat” It will have several different modes, and looks to allow soldiers to play against demons.

The best part of Doom has always been the mod tools. Id has not forgotten that, and they are promising that ability in the new Doom with “Snapmap.” They say the creations will be cross-platform, which is pretty cool. The interface looks like a mix between Halo’s forge and Little Big Planet. Point-and-click level building with a map overview mode and an in level adjustment/build mode as well.

The Doom portion ends with some more campaign footage in hell. More gore, more guns, more demons. The second clip ends with a giant demon and a glimpse at the BFG. It looks great, it feels like Doom, and I’m sure some segment of the market is excited. I’m just not among them. Release Spring 2016 on PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.

Next up, Bethesda.net- the new digital hub for all things Bethesda, including the cross-platform sharing. Transition to talk about Batlecry– the “team based action combat” game- inviting everyone to sign up for the world-wide beta soon. We also get a clip introducing a new faction: the Han Republic. Not a lot of new info here.

Arkane Studios takes the stage. Dishonored 2 time? Looks like- the mask from Dishonored sinks below the water. A very pretty movie comes next. Same setting, new protagonist- a female protagonist? The video shows a female, but the voice-over is male. Ah, you get a choice. Nice. You can play as Corvo or Emily Kaldwin. Not a lot more info here. I expect we’ll get another E3 before we get a release here. Also: Dishonored: Definitive Edition – an HD up-resolution version for PC, Xbox One, and PS4- including all the DLC to date.

Elder Scrolls Online gets a video about new content coming over the next year. The orc homeland? Imperial City? Is this stuff new? I don’t know. I am a heathen and do not care about Elder Scrolls because I do not need a flower-picking simulator and any time I try those games that is what it becomes for me. We also get an announce teaser for The Elder Scrolls: Legends– a digital strategy card game. That could be cool. Free to play on PC and iPad coming later this year. More info to come later.

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Now a funny joke about that being the end of the show. Time for Fallout 4. My issues with Elder Scrolls are also with Fallout. I’m not saying they are bad games or do not deserve the love they get. I get that they are really good, they just aren’t for me.

The Fallout presentation starts out with a TON of concept art, because they make art for everything. It is all pretty amazing. We’re starting before the bombs fall this time. Character customization looks to be some of the best yet seen and you can play as a female or male. Fast-forward to you coming out as the sole-survivor of vault 111 some 200 years later. You can get a dog and give it commands including fetching items. It looks pretty amazing, and is certainly a Fallout game. The collector’s edition will have a real Pipboy that can hold your phone and they have developed an app for it. So, there’s that.

falloutshelterappAlso, a new Fallout game for Apple devices. Fallout Shelter will allow you to make your own vault and manage it. Each dweller has stats, you can build new rooms, equip your residents and send them out to gather resources. You get rewarded with lunchboxes with random loot. It is going to be free, no internet connection required, no pay timers. You can buy lunchboxes. It is available on the Apple app store tonight. Go get it and check it out.

But wait, there’s more about Fallout 4. You can scrap items in the game for materials and rebuild stuff like buildings and furniture. You can build a settlement. Your settlements can be attacked by raiders, so you need to also build defenses. You can run caravans between settlements. This is an optional aspect of the game. The crafting system works on weapons and armor as well. Over 50 base weapons with many mod options. You know, because you didn’t spend enough time with Fallout already.

Next: combat video montage. There are a lot of weapons and a lot of enemies and it can be ridiculous. They close out Fallout announcing the release date: November 10, 2015.

Tomorrow, I will be live-blogging most of the press events.

Titan See the Evil Within in August

Titan Comics has announced a new mini-series, The Evil Within, that ties into the Bethesda Softworks video game. The first issue features a cover by Ben Templesmith, which you can find below along with more details about the series.

THE EVIL WITHIN #1 (OF 4)

TITAN COMICS
32PP
Price: $3.99
On sale Date: Aug 27, 2014
Writer: Ian Edginton
Artist: Alex Sanchez
Cover Artist: Ben Templesmith

Experience Pure Horror

Spun from the new survival horror game The Evil Within™ from Bethesda Softworks this all-new prequel invites readers to experience the deranged world created by Shinji Mikami.

Writer Ian Edginton (Scarlet Traces, Victorian Undead) and artist Alex Sanchez (Katana) present the story of a young student, Dana, whose search for a missing friend leads straight into a world fraught with tension and unimaginable horrors.

The Evil Within Cover-BenTemplesmith (1)

Bethesda and Dark Horse Create Three New Art Books!

Dark Horse has announced that they’ve teamed up with Bethesda to create three incredible art books – The Art of Wolfenstein: The New Order, The Art of The Evil Within and Dishonored: The Dunwall Archives. Each hardcover book, packed with art and game design details, will retail for $39.99.

The first in the collection, The Art of Wolfenstein: The New Order, features full-color artwork from MachineGames’ upcoming first-person action-adventure shooter as well as developer commentary from the team. The book spans more than 200 pages and covers all facets of the game’s design, including concept art, character designs, , settings and technology – all of which was inspired by Wolfenstein’s alternate 1960’s setting.

The Art of Wolfenstein: The New Orderwill available in North America at your local comic retailer on May 14th and your favorite bookseller on May 27th.

The Art of Evil Withinand Dishonored: The Dunwall Archives follow, with release dates in August and November respectively.

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Paul Hornschemeier at Big Planet Comics

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This past week artist and writer Paul Hornschemeier was at Big Planet Comics in Bethesda, MD for a signing.  The sparsely attended event provided ample opportunity to chat with him.  Hornschemeier was very friendly and funny, and clearly appreciative of his fans and enjoying what he’s doing.   This is definitely someone to sit down and shoot the shit with if you get a chance.

Paul also agreed to an upcoming interview which I’ll do once I finish reading some of his books including Life with Mr. Dangerous, The Three Paradoxes and Mother, Come Home.

A shout out has to go to Greg and the Big Planet crew, the premier comic book shop in Washington, DC.  As well as Eden over at ComicsGirl.com.

Paul Hornschemeier

Chester Brown’s Paying For It: Chi, NYC, Mtl, Van & Seattle

Official Press Release

CHESTER BROWN’S PAYING FOR IT IN STORES NOW

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR STARTS TOMORROW!

SLIDE SHOW, CONVERSATION & SIGNING
ON THE MOST TALKED ABOUT GRAPHIC NOVEL OF 2011

WEDNESDAY MAY 11 | CHICAGO | QUIMBYS | 7 PM
THURSDAY MAY 12 | NYC | THE STRAND | 7 PM
WITH TRACY QUAN & BENJAMEN WALKER
SATURDAY MAY 14 | MONTREAL | D+Q LIBRAIRIE | 7 PM
WEDNESDAY MAY 18 | VANCOUVER | VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY | 7 PM WITH LUCKY’S
THURSDAY MAY 19 | SEATTLE | ELLIOTT BAY | 8 PM
JULY 22-25 | SAN DIEGO | COMIC-CON INTL
SEPT 10-11 | BETHESDA | SPX

“Brown’s subject is inherently fascinating—who’s not a little curious about other people’s sex lives?—and his cartooning skills are as sharp as ever.”–ONION AV CLUB

“[Paying for It] registers less as a memoir than as a thoughtful, if contentious, treatise.”–WALRUS

“[Paying for It] somehow manages to be about more than just its author’s journey into john-dom, wrangling with issues such as the nature of love and sexual attraction, all thanks to Brown’s almost-fiendish command of the medium.”–GLOBE & MAIL

“Chester Brown’s graphic novel Paying For It is that rare thing, a john testifying outside of the courtroom.”–NATIONAL POST

“PAYING FOR IT is as personal as you can get. It’s a clear-eyed, not-even-slightly-erotic, compulsively
readable, sometimes painfully honest account of his time, reasons and experiences paying for sex…
PAYING FOR IT is the kind of book that will engage your mind and force you to think about things in ways you may never have done before.”–NEIL GAIMAN

“In PAYING FOR IT, Chester Brown not only makes a compelling case for the decriminalization of sex work but he also seems like an excellent client. Sex workers and sex worker rights advocates couldn’t ask for a better ally. A must read in the canon of sensible and sensitive voices making a case against prurient ideology-based rhetoric about consensual sexual behaviour.” –SASHA (Nationally syndicated sex columnist)

“Chester Brown is perhaps the most transparent, honest and relevant voice remaining in contemporary comics, and this is, to my mind, his most powerful and affecting work to date. PAYING FOR IT explores life in the world’s oldest customer-base, and does so with heart, intelligence, and a complete lack of sentiment or self-justification. Rewarding repeated readings, this book will love you long time.” –ALAN MOORE

“PAYING FOR IT is a great comic book, maybe Chester Brown’s best work to date.” –R. CRUMB

Chester Brown has never shied away from tacking controversial subjects in his work. In his 1992 book, THE PLAYBOY, he explored his personal history with pornography. His bestselling 2003 graphic novel, LOUIS RIEL, was a biographical examination of an extreme political figure. The book won wide acclaim and cemented Brown’s reputation as a true innovator. Featuring an introduction by R. Crumb, PAYING FOR IT is a natural progression for Brown as it combines the personal and the sexual aspects of his autobiographical work with the polemical drive of LOUIS RIEL. Brown calmly lays out the facts for us of how he became, not only a willing participant, but a vocal proponent of one of the world’s most hot button topics —prostitution. While this may appear overtly sensational and just plain implausible to some, Brown’s story stands for itself. PAYING FOR IT offers an entirely contemporary exploration of sex work from the timid john who rides his bike to his escorts, wonders how to tip so as not to offend, and reads Dan Savage for advice, to the modern day transactions complete with online reviews, seemingly willing participants, and clean apartments devoid of cliché depictions of street corners, drugs, or pimps. Complete with a surprise ending, PAYING FOR IT provides endless debate and conversation about sex work and will be the most talked about graphic novel of 2011.

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It’s the weekend, which just means it’s quiet and slow enough I can read this week’s comics and hopefully catch up on the back log that’s built up to read and write reviews.  Here’s the news that kept us entertained in the last 24 hours.

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ICv2 – Dynamite Lands ‘Voltron’ Comics License – Having just discussed Voltron with a friend the day before the timing is weird.  I can only conclude I was the reason this deal went through.  I accept thank you checks made out to “cash.”

Arts Beat – Graphic Books Best Sellers: Life on the Reservation – We could do a best sellers list for this blog, but I only know what I purchased.  And that’s only ever one copy of each book.  So there’d be a massive tie for first and the list would be worthless.   Here’s hoping the methodology behind this one is better.

The Gamers Hub – Bethesda and Dark Horse Announce RAGE Comic Books – Think if I metroed over to Bethesda, MD they’d chat with me about the comic?

The Beat – Jeff Smith’s RASL in development with Wigram – Another day, another comic book series getting the big screen treatment.  Which Jeff Smith property makes it to the big screen first, Bone or RASL?

Newsarama – TV Creator Makes His Comic Book Debut with INSURRECTION V3.6 – Blake Masters has written for some decent television series.  We’ll see how that translates to comics.

Hurriyet Daily News – ‘Bayan Yani’ puts a female face on Turkish humor magazines – Women are breaking into the Turkish comic book industry.

Around the Tubes Reviews:

Karissa’s Reading Review – The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch

Big Shiny Robot – Ultimate Spider-Man #155

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SPX 2011 Table Registration is Up


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We covered our first SPX convention this past year and enjoyed it.  Registration has begun for those interested in getting a table.

We are locked and loaded for SPX 2011, to be held September 10 and 11 2011, at our fav place, the North Bethesda Marriott Hotel and Convention Center.

The registration form is up on the web site, at http://www.spxpo.com/exhibitors/exhibitor-registration and tables are available, first come, first serve.

Remember, early buyers of tables get over a 20% discount on tables if you get your order in before March 1.

Tables rates and ordering information are all in the PDF that you can download from the above web page. Do not forget to order additional badges if your table is being shared by more than 2 people.

Now, last year we sold out our tables by like April, so we do recommend getting your order in now so you do not have to sit anxiously on the Wait List.

We are working feverishly on guests and programming and as these things come together, no question, we will let you know!!

Many thanks for your support in the past, and we look forward to another kick butt SPX this September!!

See Ya,
The SPX Steering Committee

It’s a good show and I definitely recommend grabbing a table.

D+Q at SPX: Bell, Davis, Huizenga, Sikoryak and Sturm. Advance copies of Acme Novelty Library 20

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D+Q at SPX in Bethesda: Bell, Davis, Huizenga, Sikoryak and Sturm

Advance copies of Acme Novelty Library 20

D+Q Creative Director Tom Devlin (above image courtesy Ron Rege, Jr) will be manning ye old booth this weekend at SPX at the Marriott North in Bethesda, MD. The show is open from 11-7 on Saturday and from 12-6 on Sunday. Friday night Tom will be at Politics & Prose in Washington DC with James Sturm presenting MARKET DAY while in Baltimore at Atomic Books, you’ll find R. Sikoryak and Vanessa Davis with friends presenting respectively Masterpiece Comics and Make Me A Woman.

At the show new books with authors signing include Vanessa Davis’s Make Me A Woman, and Kevin Huizenaga’s Wild Kingdom along with Gabrielle Bell, James Sturm, and R. Sikoryak.

Is that not good enough for you, do you need something more? Well, get to the booth quickly then, so you can get your hot little hands on the 20th volume of the Acme Novelty Library.

SATURDAY SPX HOURS 11-7

12:00-1:00 PM R.SIKORYAK SIGNING AT THE DQ TABLE

1:00-2:00 PM KEVIN HUIZENGA & GABRIELLE BELL SIGNING AT THE DQ TABLE

Spotlight: James Sturm
1:30 | White Flint Amphitheater
James Sturm is the author of several comics and graphic novels
including The Golem’s Mighty Swing, Unstable Molecules, James Sturm’s
America, and Market Day. He is also the founder of the Center for
Cartoon Studies, a unique two-year degree granting institution
dedicated to cartooning. In this spotlight presentation, Sturm will
discuss his work and answer questions from moderator Chris Mautner.

2:00-3:00 PM VANESSA DAVIS SIGNING AT THE DQ TABLE

A Conversation About Daniel Clowes
2:00 | Brookside Conference Room
Daniel Clowes has long been one of America’s premier cartoonists, and
his work has caught the public eye again with the 2010 publication of
his graphic novel Wilson. Ken Parille and Isaac Cates, co-editors of
the recent anthology Daniel Clowes: Conversations (University Press of
Mississippi) will discuss Clowes’s art and career with moderator Bill
Kartalopoulos. (DAN CLOWES WILL NOT BE HERE.)

Carousel at SPX
2:30 | White Flint Amphitheater
The long running slide show series, Carousel, returns with some of
today’s finest comics artists, graphic novelists, and pencil pushers
reading and presenting their work. Hosted by R. Sikoryak, this special
SPX edition of Carousel will feature Kate Beaton, Dean Haspiel, Lizz
Hickey, and more!

3:00-5:00 PM JAMES STURM SIGNING AT THE DQ TABLE

Remembering Harvey Pekar
4:00 | Brookside Conference Room
When comics writer Harvey Pekar died in July 2010, he left behind an
influential legacy of independent autobiographical comics that
highlighted the forgotten moments and ignored people of everyday life.
In this special panel event, a group of Pekar’s former collaborators
will discuss their experiences of working with the creator of American
Splendor. Heidi MacDonald will moderate this conversation with Vanessa
Davis, Dean Haspiel, Jeff Newelt, Rick Parker, Ed Piskor, and Sean
Pryor.

4:00 -5:00 PM KEVIN HUZIENGA SIGNING AT THE DQ TABLE

5:00-6:00 PM VANESSA DAVIS SIGNING SIGNING AT THE DQ TABLE

Return of the Monster: The Fort Thunder Legacy
5:30 | White Flint Amphitheater
From 1995 to 2001, the Fort Thunder artists’ and performance space in
Providence, Rhode Island was a fertile creative center. Work produced
by artists living at the Fort – both at the time and in the years
since it was shut down – has been enormously influential in the worlds
of fine art, music, and comics. A new issue of the de facto Fort
Thunder anthology Monster debuts at this year’s SPX. To mark the
occasion, Bill Kartalopoulos will moderate a discussion with artists
and former Fort Thunder residents Brian Ralph and Paul Lyons and
publisher/editors Tom Devlin and Dan Nadel.

SUNDAY SPX HOURS 12-6

12:00-1:00 PM R. SIKORYAK SIGNING AT THE DQ TABLE

1:00-2:00 PM GABRIELLE BELL SIGNING AT THE DQ TABLE

2:00-3:00 PM VANESSA DAVIS SIGNING AT THE DQ TABLE

Developing Iconographies
2:30 | White Flint Amphitheater
Distinct from drawing as an art discipline with its own self-ratifying
purpose, artists in comics create pictures as part of a visual
language. Moderator Ken Parille will investigate the ways in which
comics artists develop visual iconographies in individual works and
throughout bodies of work. Cartoonists Eamon Espey, Kevin Huizenga,
and Tom Kaczynski will participate in this discussion, illustrated
with slides of the artists’ work.

Autobiography in Pieces
3:00 | Brookside Conference Room
How do you tell the story of a life that’s still in progress? Is
“story” even the right way to think about it? How do you winnow down
the manifold details and data of your life? Cartoonists Sarah Becan,
Gabrielle Bell, Vanessa Davis, and Jesse Reklaw will discuss
alternatives to the memoir with moderator Isaac Cates.

R. Sikoryak: Adaptation and Parody
3:30 | White Flint Amphitheater
Comics chameleon R. Sikoryak inventively adapts canonical Western
literature using the visual styles and characters of historical
American comic books and comic strips. These works have been collected
in his 2009 book Masterpiece Comics (Drawn and Quarterly). Sikoryak
will reveal his intensive working process and will discuss the history
of parody and adaptation in comics in a discussion with Bill
Kartalopoulos, curator of the recent exhibit “R. Sikoryak: How
Classics and Cartoons Collide.”

4:00-5:00 PM KEVIN HUIZENGA AND VANESSA DAVIS SIGNING AT THE DQ TABLE

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