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BOOM! Announces Talent, Signing Schedule, and Panels for New York Comic Con

2014 BOOM! LogoBOOM! Studios has announced its talent lineup and signing schedule for New York Comic Con, taking place October 6-9, 2016 at the Javits Center in New York City.

All appearances will take place at the publisher’s large 20 foot by 50 foot booth, number 1828. All weekend long at the booth, fans can find the writing duo of Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly (Joyride, Hacktivist), current Lumberjanes co-writer Kat Leyh, writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson (Warlords of Appalachia, Last Sons of America), and artist Laura Howell (Regular Show), who will also be available to draw customized sketches on blank comic covers.

Mouse Guard creator David Petersen, Michael Dialynas (The Woods), Frank Cho (Skybourne), Dennis Hopeless (WWE), Mike Perkins (Rowans Ruin), James Asmus (Kong of Skull Island), and Greg Pak (Big Trouble in Little China/Escape from New York) will all stop by the BOOM! booth to meet fans.

From overseas, Eisner Award winner Asaf Hanuka will be on hand to sign copies of his collection of autobiographical comic strips, The Realist; acclaimed noir writer Matz will appear to support his recent Archaia graphic novel, The Black Dahlia; Simon Spurrier comes from the UK to promote Weavers and The Spire; and Alex Paknadel appears at the BOOM! booth for the first time to sign copies of Turncoat and Arcadia.

Justin Jordan and Raúl Treviño will appear together for their current BOOM! comic series, Sombra; the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Pink team of current writer Tini Howard, artist Daniel Di Nicuolo, and colorist Sarah Stern will make two appearances. For the main Power Rangers series, colorist Matt Herms will be on hand; Rod Reis and Jorge Corona, who both contributed stories to the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Annual, will also be available to sign copies of the New York Comic Con exclusive.

Jim Campbell and Cara McGee, who work on the current KaBOOM! ongoing series based on Cartoon Network’s Over the Garden Wall, are coming to greet fans, as well as Jonesy artist Caitlin Rose Boyle, Jim Henson’s Labyrinth Tales writer/artist Cory Godbey, Rust creator Royden Lepp, and Natacha Bustos, who will join Kat Leyh to sign copies of the Lumberjanes #29 New York Comic Con exclusive.

See below for a complete signing schedule (subject to change without notice):

Appearing all weekend
Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly (Joyride, Hacktivist)
Kat Leyh (Lumberjanes)
Phillip Kennedy Johnson (Warlords of Appalachia)
Laura Howell (Regular Show)

Thursday, October 6th                  
12:00 – 12:50 p.m. James Asmus (Kong of Skull Island)
1:00 – 1:50 p.m. Simon Spurrier (Weavers, The Spire)
1:00 – 1:50 p.m. Jorge Corona (Feathers, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 2016 Annual)
2:00 – 2:50 p.m. Michael Dialynas (The Woods)
3:00 – 3:50 p.m. Justin Jordan, Raúl Treviño (Sombra)
4:00 – 4:50 p.m. Matz (The Black Dahlia)
5:00 – 5:50 p.m. David Petersen (Mouse Guard)

Friday, October 7th           
12:00 – 12:50 p.m. Michael Dialynas (The Woods)
1:00 – 1:50 p.m. Simon Spurrier (Weavers, The Spire)
1:00 – 1:50 p.m. Mike Perkins (Rowans Ruin)
2:00 – 2:50 p.m. Tini Howard, Daniele Di Nicuolo, Sarah Stern (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Pink)
3:00 – 3:50 p.m. Dennis Hopeless (WWE)
3:00 – 3:50 p.m. Frank Cho (Skybourne)
4:00 – 4:50 p.m. Alex Paknadel (Turncoat, Arcadia)
5:00 – 5:50 p.m. Simon Spurrier (Weavers, The Spire)
6:00 – 6:50 p.m. James Asmus (Kong of Skull Island)

Saturday, October 8th                   
11:00 – 11:50 a.m. Rod Reis (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Annual), Jorge Corona (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 2016 Annual), Matt Herms (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers)
12:00 – 12:50 p.m. Jim Campbell, Cara McGee (Over the Garden Wall)
1:00 – 1:50 p.m. Simon Spurrier (Weavers, The Spire)
1:00 – 1:50 p.m. Caitlin Rose Boyle (Jonesy)
2:00 – 2:50 p.m. Alex Paknadel (Turncoat, Arcadia)
2:00 – 2:50 p.m. Ian McGinty (Adventure Time, Munchkin)
4:00 – 4:50 p.m. Greg Pak (Big Trouble in Little China/Escape from New York)
4:00 – 4:50 p.m. Asaf Hanuka (The Realist)
5:00 – 5:50 p.m. Simon Spurrier (Weavers, The Spire)

Sunday, October 9th                     
11:00 – 11:50 a.m. Jim Campbell, Cara McGee (Over the Garden Wall)
12:00 – 12:50 p.m. Caitlin Rose Boyle (Jonesy)
12:00 – 12:50 p.m. Cory Godbey (Jim Henson’s Labyrinth Tales)
1:00 – 1:50 p.m. Kat Leyh, Natacha Bustos (Lumberjanes)
1:00 – 1:50 p.m. Simon Spurrier (Weavers, The Spire)
2:00 – 2:50 p.m. Tini Howard, Daniele Di Nicuolo, Sarah Stern (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Pink)
3:00 – 3:50 p.m. Royden Lepp (Rust)

BOOM! will host and participate in the following programming at New York Comic Con:

Thursday, October 6th
5:15 – 6:15 p.m. BOOM! Studios and Its Publishing Partnership with WWE

BOOM! Studios is proud to announce its publishing partnership with WWE to bring the Sports Entertainment leader back to comic shops everywhere. Join us for a power hour of special insight from behind the scenes with Managing Editor Bryce Carlson, Editor Eric Harburn, Associate Editor Jasmine Amiri, and writer Dennis Hopeless. Catch a sneak preview of November’s WWE: Then. Now. Forever. special, plus some surprises! Moderated by DenOfGeek.com’s Gavin Jasper. Room: 1A21


Friday, October 7th
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Queer Representation in All-Ages and Youth Media

Many people have often dismissed queer content as adult content inappropriate for kids. However, as we’ve seen in the popularity and successes of Legend of Korra, Steven Universe, Lumberjanes, and Archie Comics’ Kevin Keller, LGBTQIA+ characters and storylines in comics resonate with young audiences. Join Kat Leyh (Lumberjanes), Blue Delliquanti (O Human Star), Jeremy Sorese (Steven Universe), and James Tynion IV (The Backstagers) as they speak about how we can better include healthy representation and how to make it standard practice. Moderated by Jude Biersdorfer of The New York Times. Room: 1A02


Saturday, October 8th
12:45 – 1:00 p.m. Celebrate the Publishing World of Jim Henson’s Labyrinth with Archaia

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Jim Henson’s Labyrinth, publisher Archaia (an imprint of BOOM! Studios) has several books set to come out this year! Join Associate Editor Cameron Chittock and writer/artist Cory Godbey as we give fans a sneak peek into these titles, which include original comics, a children’s storybook, and an artists’ tribute collection. Livestream Stage

2:45-3:45 p.m. BOOM! Studios: Discover New Worlds

Love reading compelling, forward-thinking comics? Interested in finding out how multiple-award-winning top 10 publisher, BOOM! Studios, has spent over a decade committed to telling great stories and nurturing talent? Moderator Filip Sablik (BOOM! President of Publishing & Marketing) discusses with Matt Gagnon (BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief), and creators Asaf Hanuka (The Realist), Frank Cho (Skybourne), Kat Leyh (Lumberjanes), Simon Spurrier (Weavers), and Steve Orlando (Namesake) on how they explore the ever-changing comics landscape, their newest stories, and the types of projects needed in the industry. Room: 1A02


Sunday, October 9th
10:45 – 11:45 a.m. Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: It’s Morphin Time!

In January, BOOM! Studios launched Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, the new top-selling comic book series based on Saban Brands’ hit ‘90s live-action children’s TV series about a group of ordinary teenagers who “morph” into superheroes to save the world from evil. Join Editor Dafna Pleban, writer Tini Howard, artist Daniele Di Nicuolo, colorist Sarah Stern, and Saban Brands Director of Global Consumer Products Jason Bischoff as they discuss the comic book series, the spinoff Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Pink, the recently released Mighty Morphin Power Rangers 2016 Annual, and the everlasting popularity of these “teenagers with attitude.” Moderated by IGN’s Joshua Yehl. Room: 1A18

Preview: Jonesy Vol. 1 TP

Jonesy Vol. 1 TP

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Sam Humphries
Artist: Caitlin Rose Boyle
Cover Artist: Caitlin Rose Boyle
Price: $14.99
On Sale: 09/28/16 in comic book shops, 10/04/16 in bookstores

Jonesy is a comic about love that makes us swoon! Sam Humphries (Legendary Star Lord, Citizen Jack) and fresh talent Caitlin Rose Boyle (Buck n’ Lou & the Night Crew) bring something special to BOOM! Box with this series about mad-cap shenanigans, friendship, pals, being a teenager, and figuring out who you are…with a teen cupid twist! If you like Giant Days, dig adorkable romance stories, or just want to smile from ear to ear after reading a comic, you’ll fall in love with Jonesy!

Jonesy is a self-described “cool dork” who spends her time making zines nobody reads, watching anime, and listening to riot grrrl bands and 1D simultaneously. But she has a secret nobody knows. She has the power to make people fall in love! Anyone. With anything. There’s only one catch—it doesn’t work on herself. She’s gonna have to find love the old-fashioned way, and in the meantime, figure out how to distract herself from the real emotions she inevitably has to face when her powers go wrong. Collects the complete limited series.

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Preview: Munchkin #21

Munchkin #21

Publisher: BOOM! Box, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Nicole Andelfinger, Len Peralta
Artist: Kat Leyh, Len Peralta
Cover Artist: Mike Luckas
Price: $3.99

Seeking fame and honor, Spyke enters a tournament of honorable knights. It doesn’t end well.

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BOOM! Studios Teases New Series from Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins

In the lead up to New York Comic Con, BOOM! Studios has teased a new original comic book series launching in March 2017 from New York Times bestselling writer Matt Kindt and illustrator Tyler Jenkins.

They’ve released the below teaser image and more information will be coming at a later date.

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Preview: Adventure Time Comics #3

Adventure Time Comics #3

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Marguerite Sauvage, Kelly Thompson, S. M. Vidaurri, Veronica Fish
Artists: Marguerite Sauvage, Savanna Ganucheau, S. M. Vidaurri, Veronica Fish
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Philip Light
Subscription Cover: Hannah Ross
Incentive Cover: A. Sparrow

This issue features three short stories headlining DJ BMO, musical ghosts, and Princess Bubblegum and Marceline in spaaaace!

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Sombra #3 Reveals Its Heart of Darkness

sombra_003_english_press-3Sombra, from the very beginning, has been a tale of good and evil, light and dark, and those that believe what they are doing has a justifiable purpose in it, even if from the other side, the morals around what is being justified are highly questioned. Justin Jordan’s scripts have been doing a great job at this push and pull between right and wrong.

For instance, Danielle, the determined DEA agent, is sent on a mission she almost knows pits her as the bait. Danielle recognizes what is a justifiable right through her American upbringing and an upholder of the law. She is now face to face with her mission: Conrad Marlowe. Conrad is not only a defected DEA agent whom made it his own modus operandi to take down the cartels through very violent tactics; he is also Danielle’s father. Can Danielle overcome this familial fact in order to right a wrong she believes is ultimately doing more harm than it’s supposedly worth?

Raul Trevino’s illustrations are at their best so far in the series with this issue. The choices in panel movements are smart, placing the eye lines at the right spots to accelerate the tension during the last sequence (there is an especially haunting frame that is like a warped version of a Norman Rockwell painting), put an emphasized focus on the faces of Danielle and Conrad as he shows her around the ‘utopian’ place him and his people call home and draw attention to the innocent faces of the various children. Conrad is drawn very square, imposing and firm; one look at his full profile in a well-placed long frame, with his black shirt, green pants and military style boots acknowledges his importance and status. This very frame is unsettling due to not only Conrad’s presence but also of tiny miniature, perhaps carved, people hanging from a wrapping of green ivy, covered in bright pink flowers and next to his boots, the children that run freely, happily around, appear even smaller. Jim Campbell’s word balloon, with Jordan’s simple but effective line of “You think I’m a monster,” is the cherry on the top of this moment. Juan Useche’s colouring of the bright pink and blue sky in the background additionally act as a great, almost ironic parallel to the reality represented through Conrad’s stance.

sombra_003_english_press-6Speaking of Useche, his colouring is easily the standout attribute to this issue. The bright colours of the children’s clothing, the buildings, the spray-painted happy faces, and the open blue sky all connect with Conrad’s speech to Danielle of the new purpose he is trying to build for the people here. The brightness of the scene and use of a more vibrant colour scheme all act as masks to the supposed purity of a utopian world. Some places are utopian on the surface, only to truly survive through dystopian means (just read 1984 or Brave New World). Danielle just won’t buy any of what Conrad is trying to sell her, even after Conrad shows a warmer side to him as helps up a young girl who trips and falls. The whole sequence plays out like a PSA for some random cult. The back and forth between Conrad and Danielle ends with a great transition, just after Danielle says, “I’ve seen enough.” The brightness of day cuts to the next frame of Danielle sitting alone at night within an enclosed jail cell; the thick, black darkness tells no lies, only truths. In the world of Sombra, lies hide in the wide-open sprawl of the day, while at the night, the harsh but true reality comes to life.

Conrad’s mission, without getting too deep into spoiling the story, is contradictory. But, there is a point being made in what Jordan scripts through him. The speech Conrad makes about identifying as a monster reflects back to all Americans, as he says. The privileged and justifiable means to the laws America imposes on places like Mexico only make things worse and end up rewarding the “evil men.” Conrad believes what he has done and aims to do is justifiable, as a defected American. There is yet another parallel to what can be drawn out here through the character of Kurtz in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now. Whether this is intentional or not, it is interesting to note of the connections that can be drawn out here. Sombra #3 lashes out its political tongue, focusing on some relevant back and forth topics that should cause a conversation on what exactly does it mean to be in the right, committing to a so-called moral decision that has a justifiable backing to it, especially when an outsider imposes on a world they believe can be solved through questionable means.

Story: Justin Jordan Art: Raul Trevino Colours: Juan Useche Letters: Jim Campbell
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

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

BOOM!’s WWE Ongoing Comic Launches in January

In the lead up to New York Comic Con, BOOM! Studios has announced their new WWE comic book series will launch this coming January.

The ongoing series follows November’s oversized one-shot special, WWE: Then. Now. Forever., which contains an original story by writer Dennis Hopeless and artist Dan Mora, plus the one-page info-comics illustrated by Daniel Bayliss that first debuted at San Diego Comic-Con.

 

WWE‘s first story arcs detail the “Breaking of The Shield.”

Seth Rollins. Roman Reigns. Dean Ambrose. Together they formed The Shield, one of the most dominant factions in WWE history—until the ultimate opportunist Seth chose to betray the group at the behest of Triple H, the “King of Kings” who has cemented himself as the authority in control of WWE.

Now, following a near career-ending injury, Seth is back on the hunt for the WWE Championship, a journey that will send him on a collision course with his former brothers…

The comic features writer Dennis Hopeless and art by Eduard Petrovich with a backup story starring The New Day by Ross Thibodeaux and Rob Guillory.

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Preview: Over the Garden Wall #6

Over the Garden Wall #6

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Jim Campbell, Kiernan Sjursen-Lien
Artists: Jim Campbell & Danielle Burgos, Cara McGee
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: F Choo
Subscription Cover: Ayme Sotuyo
Price: $3.99

Greg and Wirt have a strange, spooky night that they each remember very differently!

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Take a Joyride with Collin Kelly, Marcus To, and Jackson Lanzing, Listen on Demand

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This Monday Graphic Policy Radio welcomed guests Collin Kelly, Marcus To, and Jackson Lanzing to discuss their creator-owned series Joyride!

In the future, Earth sucks. The stars have been blocked out for so long that people have forgotten there was anything else besides the dumb World Government Alliance watching over them, training children to join the militarized Allied Youth and eliminating all resistance with a giant ray gun. Uma Akkolyte is a girl who shoots first and leaps before she looks, and when she gets a strange message from outside the barricades of SafeSky, she jacks a spaceship and punches through the stratosphere with an unlikely crew of teens who are totally not ready for what they’re about to find.

Jackson Lanzing & Collin Kelly are writers with a decade of experience in a variety of mediums, from features to animation to comic books. As comics creators, Lanzing/Kelly have written for DC Entertainment, BOOM! Studios, and IDW – including Batman & Robin Eternal, Grayson, and Hacktivist. This year, they released their first creator-owned comic at BOOM! Studios, the critically-acclaimed ongoing teenage space adventure Joyride – which is now in its fifth issue.

Marcus To is a New York Times bestselling illustrator and storyteller who lives in Toronto, Canada. Throughout his career Marcus has drawn virtually every DC superhero, having worked on Red Robin, Huntress, Batwing, Flash, and Wonder Woman. He is a proud member of the RAID Studio and is currently working on his creator-owned book Joyride as well as one of the artists for Nightwing. More of his work can be found at www.marcusto.com.

KaBOOM! to Publish Tom Taylor and James Brouwer’s The Deep

In the lead up to New York Comic Con, BOOM! Studios has announced their KaBOOM! imprint will be printing Tom Taylor and James Brouwer‘s The Deep. Working with Australian publisher Gestalt, the all-ages comic will be coming to a worldwide audience in January.

The Deep is the basis of the hit animated series on Netflix. It was first published in Australia by Gestalt as two original graphic novels but KaBOOM! will be publishing it as a six-issue limited series and making it available in the U.S. and everywhere else. A collected edition will come out Fall 2017.

The Deep follows the Nekton family, who have explored the depths of the oceans for generations, discovering the unknown in the Aronnax, a state-of-the-art submarine capable of diving to incredible depths. When an earthquake off the coast of Greenland leads to strange reports of monster sightings, William and Kaiko Nekton, along with their kids Fontaine and Ant (and of course, Ant’s pet fish Jeffrey), dive into the mystery!

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