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Preview: By Night Vol. 2 SC

By Night Vol. 2 SC

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: John Allison
Artist: Christine Larsen
Colorist: Sarah Stern
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artist: Christine Larsen
Price: $14.99

LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION!

Jane Langstaff and Heather Meadows have been to the other side…and now it’s just a question of how to bring proof back home with them. And then there’s the question of how the portal got there in the first place…and whether or not the town of Spectrum, South Dakota is safe, or monsters are about to start pouring through to our world?

From Eisner Award nominee John Allison (Giant Days, Scary Go Round), and artist Christine Larsen (Adventure Time), join Jane and Heather as they journey into the Eidolon and a mystical world of adventure and laughs!

Collects issues #5-8.

By Night Vol. 2 SC

Preview: Smooth Criminals #7

Smooth Criminals #7

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Kiwi Smith & Kurt Lustgarten
Artist: Leisha Riddel
Colorist: Jamie Lougran, Joana Lafuente, Gonçalo Lopes
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artist: Audrey Mok
Price: $3.99

Brenda and Mia, having pulled off the ultimate heist but lost the prize, are pulled back in for one more round in the fight for the Net of Indra! It’s all or nothing as they take on Mia’s arch-nemesis from the 1960s: the nefarious, notorious, ignominious Hatch Leonard.

Smooth Criminals #7

Review: Ghosted in L.A. #1

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Wow, Ghosted in L.A. #1 was incredibly and painfully relatable for me. Like our heroine Daphne, I went to my first year of college thousands of miles away in L.A. I kind of flamed out mostly because I didn’t have a car. And maybe a conservative bible college wasn’t the best choice for a flaming bisexual and progressive. Like Daphne, who found her own otherworldly tribe, I got into comic books, podcasts, and even criticism big time. I don’t have as many regrets as I used of my “lost year” as an Angeleno.

But enough of me. Sina Grace, Siobhan Keenan, and Cathy Le put a cute, wholesome spin on the mysterious, paranormal side of L.A in Ghosted in L.A. #1. The empty mansions, swimming pools, and things that make David Lynch crack a smile. However, we’re seeing this side of L.A. from the POV of a college freshman, Daphne, who is in that critical identity forging stage of her life. She gets her music taste from her (Currently estranged) friend Kristi and her college choice from her (now ex) boyfriend. Daphne is trying to develop her own personality. It’s not working out until she takes a dip in an abandoned pool and then cries against a wall after interacting with the house and pool’s ghostly denizens.

Le uses soft colors to show the weightlessness of Daphne floating. Keenan eases up on the hyperactive facial expressions that drew me into the story for a second to give her a moment of peace. Grace even gives her a “cool” and steady inner dialogue for two panels until the cartoonish facial expressions and anxiety are back with a side of a young ghost woman. Throughout Ghosted in L.A., he has crafted a signature voice for Daphne. She is desperate to fit in and wary to share her feelings, hence, all the text messages saved in drafts.

However, Daphne is no pushover and confronts her boyfriend when he breaks up with him to spend more on “self-discovery”. Cathy Le punctuates her rage with red backgrounds. Sina Grace adds a great line about how she doesn’t like the bicycle he gave her. Letterer DC Hopkins accentuates Grace’s dialogue by making the words in Daphne’s balloons smaller after her douchebag of boyfriend makes his breakup excuse.

Ghosted in L.A.‘s creative team fires on all cylinders in this issue. The book is a wonderful fusion of memorable character designs and facial expressions, well-paced plotting (Daphne discovers the ghosts after she hits rock bottom.), and a protagonist that is easy to connect to. Sina Grace and Siobhan Keenan explore the universal themes of loneliness and belonging through Daphne’s specific trials and tribulations with L.A. and a (mostly) kind family of ghosts as the backdrop. It’s what I want out of a good magical realism story. I can’t wait to learn more about Daphne and the world, no, the community that she has joined in this adorable comic.

Story: Sina Grace Art: Siobhan Keenan with Sina Grace
Colors: Cathy Le Letters: DC Hopkins
Story: 8.9 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.2 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

SDCC 2019: BOOM! Announces their Signings and Panels

BOOM! Studios

BOOM! Studios has revealed more plans for San Diego Comic-Con 2019 from July 17-21 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA. The publisher, home to award-winning imprints BOOM! Studios, BOOM! Box, KaBOOM!, and Archaia, will host signings at Booth #2229 and panels featuring special guests throughout the weekend. 

Attendees will have an opportunity to speak one-on-one with the comic book writers and artists behind some of the most anticipated graphic fiction of 2019 during signing events with Carly Usdin, writer of Heavy Vinyl and The Avant-GuardsDan Mora, artist for Once & Future and Klaus, Kieron Gillen, writer of Once & Future, Lev Grossman, author of the bestselling series, The Magicians, Lilah Sturges, writer of The Magicians: Alice’s Story and LumberjanesMatt Kindt, writer of Black Badge and Grass KingsRyan Parrott, writer of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Saban’s Go Go Power RangersSina Grace, writer of Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers and Ghosted in LA, and Siobhan Keenan, artist for Ghosted in LA

BOOM! Studios fans will also get the chance to meet some of their favorite actors and celebrities at the booth, including acclaimed puppeteer, director, and producer Brian Henson, actor Olivia Olson, the voice of Marceline on Cartoon Network’sAdventure Time and writer of Adventure Time: Marcy & Simon; actors Ben Browder, John Crichton on FarscapeClaudia Black, Aeryn Sun on FarscapeGigi Edgley, Chiana on Farscape, and Rockne S. O’Bannon, creator of Farscape; actors Karan Ashley, the Yellow Ranger on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Brennan Mejia, the Red Dino Charge Ranger on Power Rangers Dino Charge, and William Shewfelt, the Red Ninja Steel Ranger on Power Rangers Ninja Steel, and WWE Champion Kofi Kingston

Fans will have the opportunity to get exclusive merchandise signed by these special guests at the BOOM! Studios booth. Please note that the Kieron Gillen signings require the purchase of the Once & Future Limited Edition Print by Dan Mora ($10), and the Kofi Kingston signing requires the purchase of the WWE Limited Edition Print: Kofi Kingston ($20). Signing and panel schedule below. 


Thursday, July 18, 2019

12:00PM-1:00PM ENTERTAINMENT IS LGBTQ PANEL (Room 28DE) with Lilah Sturges (The Magicians: Alice’s Story, Lumberjanes), Zachary Barack(Spider-man: Far From Home), Sina Grace (Ghosted in La, Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers), Noah Hayes (The Avant-Guards), Megan Townsend (GLAAD), and more. Moderated by Joshua Yehl (Senior Features & News Editor, IGN)

1:00PM-1:50PM     Signing with Lev Grossman, creator of The Magicians and Lilah Sturges (The Magicians, Lumberjanes)

2:00PM-2:50PM     Signing with Kieron Gillen (Once & Future) and Dan Mora (Once & Future, Sabans’s Go Go Power Rangers). Requires purchase of Once & Future Limited Edition Print by Dan Mora ($10)

3:00PM-3:50PM     Signing with Sina Grace (Ghosted in LA, Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers) and Dan Mora (Once & Future, Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers)

4:00PM-4:50PM     Signing with Ben BrowderClaudia BlackGigi EdgleyRockne S. O’Bannon, and Brian Henson (Farscape)

5:00PM-6:50PM     Signing with Karan Ashley (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)

Friday, July 19, 2019

11:00PM-11:50AM     Signing with Karan Ashley (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)

12:00PM-12:50PM     Signing with Matt Kindt (Grass Kings)    

1:00PM-1:50PM     Signing with Dan Mora (Once & Future, Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers).

2:00PM-2:50PM     Signing with Lev Grossman, creator of The Magicians and Lilah Sturges (The Magicians, Lumberjanes)

3:00PM-3:50PM   BOOM! STUDIOS: DISCOVER YOURS PANEL (Room 32AB) with Kieron Gillen (Once & Future),  Lev Grossman (creator of The Magicians), Lilah Sturges (The Magicians: Alice’s Story, Lumberjanes), Carly Usdin (The Avant-Guards), Sina Grace (Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers, Ghosted in LA) and Matt Gagnon (Editor-in-Chief, BOOM! Studios). Moderated by Filip Sablik (President, Publishing & Marketing, BOOM! Studios)

4:30PM-5:20PM     Signing with Kofi Kingston. Requires purchase of WWE Limited Edition Print: Kofi Kingston ($20).

5:30PM-6:20PM     Signing with Sina Grace (Ghosted in LA, Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers), Siobhan Keenan (Ghosted in LA), and Carly Usdin (The  Avant-Guards

Saturday, July 20, 2019

11:30AM-12:20PM     Signing with Lev Grossman, creator of The Magicians and Lilah Sturges (The Magicians, Lumberjanes)

1:00PM-1:50PM     Signing with Kieron Gillen (Once & Future) and Dan Mora (Once  & Future, Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers). Requires purchase of Once & Future Limited Edition Print by Dan Mora ($10).

2:00PM-2:50PM     Signing with Olivia Olson (Adventure Time: Marcy and  Simon)

3:00PM-3:50PM     Signing with Ryan Parrot (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), Sina Grace (Ghosted in LA, Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers), and Dan Mora (Once & Future, Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers

4:00PM-4:50PM     Signing with Karan Ashley (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)

5:00PM-5:50PM     Signing with Brennan Mejia (Power Rangers Dino Charge) and William Shewfelt (Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel)

Sunday, July 21, 2019

12:00PM-12:50PM     Signing with Kieron Gillen (Once & Future) and Dan Mora (Once & Future, Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers). Requires purchase of Once & Future Limited Edition Print by Dan Mora ($10).

1:00PM-1:50PM     Signing with Karan Ashley (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)

2:00PM-2:50PM     Signing with Lev Grossman, creator of The Magicians and Lilah Sturges (The Magicians, Lumberjanes)

3:00PM-3:50PM     Signing with Brennan Mejia (Power Rangers Dino Charge) and William Shewfelt (Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel)


Fans can also discover their new favorite comic books and graphic novels at panels featuring BOOM! Studios creators and staff. BOOM! Studios present ENTERTAINMENT IS LGBTQ, in partnership with GLAAD, on Thursday, 7/18, for an in-depth conversation on LGBTQ representation in pop culture, and BOOM! STUDIOS: DISCOVER YOURS, where an all-star group of comic book creators get together to discuss what’s new and exciting in the world of comics on Friday, 7/19. Full details below:

Thursday, July 18th

ENTERTAINMENT IS LGBTQ
(12:00PM-1:00PM, Room 28DE)

BOOM! Studios and GLAAD present an in-depth roundtable discussion about LGBTQ representation in pop culture and the path forward to a brighter, more inclusive future, with special guests from all corners of the entertainment world including author Lilah Sturges (The Magicians: Alice’s Story, Lumberjanes), actor/comedian Zachary Barack (Spider-Man: Far From Home); author Sina Grace (Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers, Ghosted in LA), artist Noah Hayes (The Avant-Guards), Megan Townsend (Director of Entertainment Research & Analysis, GLAAD) and more. Moderated by Joshua Yehl (Senior Features & News Editor, IGN).

Friday, July 19th

BOOM! STUDIOS: DISCOVER YOURS 
(3:00PM-4:00PM, Room 32AB)

Discover your new comic book obsession at Comic-Con – and we guarantee you’re going to find it at this panel! Join some of the most acclaimed and exciting creators in comics for a jam-packed, interactive panel featuring Kieron Gillen (Once & Future),  Lev Grossman (creator of The Magicians), Lilah Sturges (The Magicians: Alice’s Story, Lumberjanes), Carly Usdin (The Avant-Guards), Sina Grace (Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers, Ghosted in LA) and Matt Gagnon (Editor-in-Chief, BOOM! Studios) as they discuss the diverse imprints of BOOM! Studios, Archaia, BOOM! Box and KaBOOM! with surprises for everyone in the audience. Moderated by Filip Sablik (President, Publishing & Marketing, BOOM! Studios).

Preview: Ghosted In L.A. #1

Ghosted In L.A. #1

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Sina Grace
Artist: Siobhan Keenan
Colorist: Cathy Le
Letterer: DC Hopkins
Cover Artists:  
     Main Cover:
Siobhan Keenan
     Variant Cover: Sina Grace
     Unlocked Retailer Variant: Kris Anka
Price: $3.99

In Los Angeles, finding an apartment is killer—unless you live with the dead. 

Rycroft Manor may be old. It may be abandoned. It may even be haunted. But Daphne Walters doesn’t care about any of that—it has a pool and the rent is free

New to LA, coming off of a bad breakup and having a pretty terrible week, Daphne might need to crash on this haunted couch for a while, but having undead roommates might be more than she bargained for!

Will the dead be able to help Daphne find the life she’s been missing in the big city?

From GLAAD Award-nominated Sina Grace (Iceman) and illustrator Siobhan Keenan (Clueless, Jem and the Holograms) comes a story about learning how to make friends, find love, and live to the fullest with a little help from some friends whose lives didn’t end at death.

Ghosted In L.A. #1

SDCC 2019: Heavy Vinyl Returns with a New Graphic Novel in 2020

BOOM! Studios continues The Road to San Diego, a ten-day, ten-announcement spotlight on the most exciting comic book and graphic novel news in advance of San Diego Comic Con in San Diego (July 17–21), with the announcement today of Heavy Vinyl: Y2K-O!. The brand new original graphic novel, available in stores March 2020, reunites the acclaimed team of filmmaker and writer Carly Usdin and artist Nina Vakueva for a brand-new adventure with the music store crew—and secret fight club—of Heavy Vinyl.

Your favorite girl gang is back and on the brink of a new millennium! It’s the summer of 1999, and while the staff of Vinyl Destination is dealing with growing up and getting out into the world, the tension over Y2K is mounting into an all-out panic! Can this group of music-loving vigilantes balance their work lives with their dating lives, prevent the total collapse of modern society, AND be home in time for dinner?! Only one way to find out! 

The Heavy Vinyl: Y2K-O! cover will feature artwork by Nina Vakueva.

Heavy Vinyl: Y2K-O!

SDCC 2019: BOOM! Announces the Finale to Giant Days

BOOM! Studios continues The Road to San Diego, a ten-day, ten-announcement spotlight in advance of San Diego Comic-Con 2019 in San Diego (July 17–21), with the announcement today of Giant Days: As Time Goes By #1. The oversized one-shot comic book issue concludes the Eisner Award-nominated series by creator John Allison and artist Max Sarin, giving fans one final adventure with Esther, Daisy, and Susan after they’ve graduated from Sheffield University, and will be available in stores October 30, 2019. 

Where are they now? Well, fourteen months after graduation, Esther, Susan, and Daisy have moved onto different careers, friends, and lives, and it’s safe to say that things aren’t quite the same. Their reunion in Sheffield is their chance to reconnect and rebuild the close-knit best friendships they all had while at university, but Esther’s a publishing muckety muck in London now and not sure she can make time for her old friends. 

Will she be able to escape the time-sucking vortex of her vampiric co-workers, the Cressidas, and their awful influence long enough to make the reunion? Will Susan and Daisy ever forgive Esther if she doesn’t show up? Is this the absolute end for our favorite Sheffielders? And what’s McGraw doing all day at the local key shop? So many questions, so little time As Time Goes By in this double-sized special finale issue.

Giant Days: As Time Goes By #1 features a main cover and variant cover by artist Max Sarin.

Giant Days: As Time Goes By #1 main cover by Max Sarin
Giant Days: As Time Goes By #1 variant cover by Max Sarin

Preview: Smooth Criminals Vol. 1 SC

Smooth Criminals Vol. 1 SC

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer:  Kurt Lustgarten & Kirsten ‘Kiwi’ Smith
Artist: Leisha Riddel
Colorists: Brittany Peer, Joana Lafuente
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artist: Audrey Mok
Price: $14.99

There are certain things Brenda expects to find while hacking: money, secrets, occasional pictures of cats. She is NOT expecting to find a cryogenically frozen master thief from the 60s. 

Mia is everything Brenda is not—cool, confident, beautiful. And utterly unprepared for the digital age. Despite their differences, the two will need to team up to find out what happened to Mia—and how to pull off the heist of the century. 

Writers Kirsten ‘Kiwi’ Smith (Legally Blonde) and Kurt Lustgarten (Misfit City) and illustrator Leisha Riddel swing into action and steal the show with this daring and hilarious caper of time-melding suspense.

Collects issues #1-4.

Smooth Criminals Vol. 1 SC

Preview: Giant Days #52

Giant Days #52

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: John Allison
Artists: Max Sarin 
Colorist: Whitney Cogar
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artist: Max Sarin
Price: $3.99

In a follow-up to Holiday Special 2017, Esther goes for a job interview in London and reunites with her old friend Shelley Winters. While Esther covets Shelley’s metropolitan existence, Shelley is already tired of the rat race and her high pressure civil service job, and longs to publish brain-rotting books. So while Shelly tries to prepare Esther for her interview, Esther steers Shelley towards a glittering future among the literati!

s. So while Shelly tries to prepare Esther for her interview, Esther steers Shelley towards a glittering future among the literati!

Giant Days #52

Preview: The Avant-Guards #6

The Avant-Guards #6

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Carly Usdin
Artist: Noah Hayes
Colorist: Rebecca Nalty
Letterer:  Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artists:  
    Main Cover:
Noah Hayes
    Preorder Cover: Cara McGee
Price: $3.99

Reeling from a crushing defeat at the hands of the Selfies, the Avant-Guards must rediscover their team spirit and remember what makes them love the game. It doesn’t help that a member of their team is horribly smitten with a Selfie player.

The Avant-Guards #6
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