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Celebrate Local Comic Shop Day with a Venom #2 Cover by Jonboy Meyers

Local Comic Shop Day, the day that celebrates the independent spirit of local comic book shops, will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 24th. The annual event is organized by ComicsPRO, comics industry’s trade organization, and Marvel is participating this year with a special Local Comic Shop Day variant cover! Featuring artwork by Jonboy Meyers, the cover can be seen on Venom #2, the second issue of the blockbuster new era by Al Ewing, Ram V, and Bryan Hitch.

Venom #2

Behemoth Comics launches new Publishing imprint Happy Tank

Happy Tank

Following the success of licensed titles like Hotline Miami: Wildlife and A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night #1 (the latter of which sold through 15,000 copies and received multiple printings), their recent global distribution deal with Simon & Schuster, and the new creator-owned series You Promised Me Darkness #1 invading the pull lists at the moment, Behemoth has announced today at ComicsPro that they’ve got even more coming.

Today, Behemoth revealed their newest imprint, Happy Tank which will focus on Young Adult/Mature action and comedy cartoon series, a comic book version of Late night TV Networks like Adult Swim. Kevin Roditeli will be the publisher and Rob Cannon will be Editor-in-chief. 

Happy Tank plans to launch one new series per month for 2021 starting in May. A 50/50 mix between original IPs and licensed titles like MFKZ, the latter of which has an animated film on Netflix streaming now.

The 3 first series are Freak Snow (starting monthly in May) followed by MFKZ (June) and Cinnamon (July). The solicitation of Freak Snow #1 starts this week in the March Previews Catalog.

Freak Snow #1

Story & co-written by Kevin Roditeli
Art & co-written by Rob Cannon
Cover Art by Victor Santos
MAY 26th / 32 PAGES / Mature / $3.99
MAR211143 – CVR A SANTOS (MR)

A frozen apocalyptic story in the spirit of MAD MAX, FALLOUT and BORDERLANDS meets TARANTINO with Berny, a psychedelic addict surviving in a glacial wasteland. A fight with brutal gunslingers and crazy hallucinations leads our weird hero on a quest to find the hole of truth… Yeah, a mystic hole that tells the truth. The only thing we can promise is: A LOT OF BAD*SS MURDERS!

A 4 issues mini-series set in the same world as Roditeli & Cannon acclaimed graphic novel Freak Snow: Washed In The Blood released in January at Behemoth Comics.

Freak Snow #1

MFKZ #1

Art and Written by Run
JUNE / 54 PAGES / Mature / $5.99

NETFLIX distributed HIT MOVIE by Studio 4°C (BATMAN: Gotham Knight, the ANIMATRIX) comes to comics with an over-sized #1 event! Jump in the unique world created by legendary writer / artist Run (Label 619) following Angelino and his flaming-skull pal Vinz, who live in a gang and cockroach infested dystopian metropolis called DMC, a city that hides secrets even weirder than its inhabitants.

MFKZ #1

Cinnamon #1

Art & written by Victoria Douglas
JULY / 28 PAGES / Young Adult / $3.99

Cinnamon is just your perfectly ordinary, average housecat. At least until we glimpse the world through her wild eyes! Countertops become skyscrapers, cat toys become biker gangs, and perilous giant robots rampage on the daily! Get drop kicked onto the action packed streets of BIG KITCHEN CITY, as she fights the dark forces that dare to keep her from her favorite treat… CATNIP!

Cinnamon #1

DC Teases New Projects including Deathstroke Inc., DC Middle Ages, “DC Vampires”, The Legend of Batman, and more at ComicsPRO

DC logo

With COVID still very much an issue, conventions and gatherings continue to be virtual like this year’s ComicsPRO. DC presented to the organization and retailers teasing upcoming projects and DC’s expanded variant cover program. The variant program enables more retailers to participate in custom retailer variant covers for their customers.

DC Vice President of Sales and Revenue Nancy Spears presented and teased upcoming projects including:

  • Deathstroke Inc.
  • Harley Quinn Animated Series sequel
  • A Wonder Woman 80th Anniversary title
  • Elseworld
  • “DC Vampires” (working title)
  • Robin and Batman
  • Joker: A Puzzle Box
  • The Legend of Batman
  • Crush and Lobo
  • Nubia and the Amazons
  • DC Middle Ages

Plans might change between now and whenever these may or may not happen so titles may change. We’ll absolutely be waiting to hear more. DC will also be participating in Free Comic Book Day on May 1, 2021, but details on specific titles will be revealed at a later date.

Spears comments were part of a larger virtual presentation to retailers and included DC Publisher and Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee, new SVP and General Manager Daniel Cherry III, and Editor-In-Chief Marie Javins. Lee reaffirmed DC’s commitment to publishing comic books and the direct market. Lee also provided updates on the more than $1.1 million dollars raised for the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (BINC) fund to help struggling comic book stores, while Javins commented on the positive reception received by new characters such as Punchline, Clownhunter, Liar Liar, and Ghost-Maker and spoke to DC’s ongoing commitment to a more additive universe of characters.

Around the Tubes

Bitter Root #6

It’s a new week and we’ve got lots coming at you. While you wait for that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Newsarama – Dynamite’s Nick Barrucci Decries ‘Cancel Culture’ and ‘Retail Minority That are Loud & Equivalent of Keyboard Cops’ in ComicsPRO Keynote – An interesting read.

NBC – Minnesota’s only black-owned comic book store celebrates black history year-round – Go check out this shop!

Live Law – How A Footballer Turned Lawyer Created A Graphic Novel For Legal Awareness? – There’s been some “legal” comics and graphic novels but it’s a space that has the potential to grow.

CBLDF – CBLDF Launches Rory D. Root Comics Ambassador Grant To Support Retailer Programs Celebrating Free Expression – This is fantastic to see.

Reviews

Talking Comics – Batman: Pennyworth R.I.P.
Comic Attack – Bitter Root #6
ICv2 – Churchill: A Graphic Biography
AIPT – Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues #3
Comics Bulletin – Hellblazer #27
CBR – Tomorrow #1

Oni Announces Jonna and the Unpossible Monsters from Chris Samnee, Laura Samnee, Matthew Wilson, and Crank!

Chris Samnee teams with co-writer Laura Samnee and colorist Matthew Wilson for an ongoing middle reader adventure series, Jonna and the Unpossible Monsters in June.

Exploring the drive and boundaries of rebuilding a family after disaster strikes, Jonna and the Unpossible Monsters follows a tag-team of brawn and brains as two sisters, Rainbow and Jonna, strike out into the unknown on a hunt for their missing father, who was taken a year before. 

Battling treacherous territory as the planet around them mysteriously dries up, Rainbow and Jonna will have to combat monsters as they struggle to rediscover their trust and sisterly bond after a year of separation, they struggle to find people in this new world they can trust to help them along the way.

Jonna and the Unpossible Monsters is an ongoing series for ages 8 years and above, available in comic shops everywhere in June.

Jonna and the Unpossible Monsters
Jonna and the Unpossible Monsters

Bad Idea Expands its Idea of Stores to 50 on Launch

Bad Idea seems to have a very good idea going for them. Announced at ComicsPRO, the upstart comic publisher is expanding its first wave of participating retailers from the initial 20 to 50 stores. It begins with ENIAC #1 from Matt Kindt and Doug Braithwaite in May 2020.

Bad Idea has also announced at ComicsPRO that they’ll be opening registration to every participating ComicsPRO memberwho will be able to enroll on-site to become a Bad Idea Destination Store beginning today during the company’s conference roundtable sessions. Additionally, all participating Bad Idea Destination Store retailer accounts will also be offered a 60% discount and free shipping on all orders.

In order to qualify for participation, each Bad Idea Destination Store must agree to a stringent set of rules and criteria that include:

  • prominent in-store placement for Bad Idea comics
  • some truly galling and gauche promotional displays
  • and strictly enforced “limit one per customer,” street date, pre-order, pricing, and minimum/maximum order and allocation policies for all Bad Idea releases.

Failure to comply with the spirit and/or letter of the rules will result in removal from the program and a well-deserved shaming from your friends, family members, and professional colleagues.

In the event that Bad Idea’s list of approved wave one applicants exceeds 50 stores, retailers may be assigned to the next available wave of admissions. Bad Idea will be working overtime to service each and every one of its trusted retail partners and regularly admitting new stores to the program on a rolling basis. 

That means that each time a new retailer comes on board as a Bad Idea Destination Store anywhere in the world, they’ll be able to access every prior BAD IDEA release in very limited quantities, so, that way the store can start at the beginning.

Non-ComicPRO retailers who wish to participate can continue to email Bad Idea’s customer service team at hello@badideacorp.com

Bad Idea will be kicking things off on May 6th, 2020 with the historic debut of ENIAC #1 –  the monumental, 40-page first issue of Bad Idea’s prestige-format premiere from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt, artistic powerhouse Doug Braithwaite, colorist Diego Rodriguez, and Harvey Award-nominated cover artist Lewis LaRosa.

Eniac #1

Mad Cave Studios Announces a New Retailer Program including Returnables

Mad Cave Champions

At ComicsPRO, Mad Cave Studios announced a new retailer program that includes discounts and returnable comics. “​Mad Cave Champions​” is a new rewards initiative to provide retailers exclusive offers on all Mad Cave comics. The program offers benefits to any store that becomes a part of the program. Some of those benefits include:

  • 50% off​ any order when they visit ​www.madcavestudios.com​ online store.
  • Exclusive Bi-monthly deals.
  • Each store will also be receiving a ​ “Mad Care Package”​ which will include an assortment of Mad Cave Products as a small token of appreciation for joining.
  • Free​ Shipping on Orders of $50 or more.
  • Champion stores will also receive Exclusive First Looks for each new series.
  • Most importantly, ​ the first two issues of every new Mad Cave series​, beginning with ​Stargaze​r in May, will be returnable within 60 days of release.

BOOM! Studios Announces COMICSPRO 2020 Exclusives and Special Guests

BOOM! Studios has announced their presence at the ComicsPRO Annual Meeting from February 20-22, 2020 at the Hilton Portland Downtown, in Portland, OR. The publisher, home to award-winning imprints BOOM! Studios, BOOM! Box, KaBOOM!, and Archaia, is proud to return to the 14th ComicsPRO Annual Meeting as a Premier sponsor with special guest, Ryan Parrott, writer of hit series including Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and co-writer of Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers.

Retailers who attend the ComicsPRO Annual Meeting will receive exclusive Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1, #2 and Alienated #1 variant covers for free that will only be available at this conference. The retailer-exclusive merchandise available from BOOM! Studios’ includes:

  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 ComicsPRO 2020 Exclusive Variant Cover featuring art by George Caltsoudas
  • Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2 ComicsPRO 2020 Exclusive Variant Cover featuring art by George Caltsoudas
  • Alienated #1 ComicsPRO 2020 Exclusive Variant Cover featuring art by Özgür Yildirim

ComicsPRO retailers will have the chance to hear BOOM! Studios President, Publishing & Marketing, Filip Sablik speak on Thursday, February 20th, at the Graphic Novels, Perennials, and Curation panel, full details below.  

Thursday, February 20
Graphic Novels, Perennials, and Curation
(2:45 PM – 3:25 PM, Grand Ballroom II)  
What makes a graphic novel a perennial seller? What do publishers look for in choosing projects? Can comics be perennial sellers? What type of graphic novels sell differently in the book market … in the Direct Market …. online? These and other questions will be answered.

BOOM! Studios President, Publishing & Marketing, Filip Sablik will unveil the publisher’s vision for 2020 at a presentation on Thursday, February 20th at 10:30am. Throughout the weekend, attendees will also have an opportunity to speak directly with Sablik and Morgan Perry, Retail Sales Coordinator, about exciting new and upcoming titles from acclaimed imprints BOOM! Studios, BOOM! Box, KaBOOM!, and Archaia at roundtable discussions on Friday, February 21st, and Saturday, February 22nd. The publisher will also bring along limited edition advance galleys of upcoming projects and other promotional items to share at the roundtables. 

BOOM! Studios will host a special event on Friday, February 21st and invites all attending ComicsPRO retailers to join them for free food and drinks. The BOOM! Studios Happy Hour will take place 7:00-9:00pm on Friday, 2/21, at Shift Drinks, located at 1200 SW Morrison St. in Portland, OR.

Alienated #1 ComicsPRO 2020 Exclusive Variant Cover featuring art by Özgür Yildirim
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 ComicsPRO 2020 Exclusive Variant Cover featuring art by George Caltsoudas

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2 ComicsPRO 2020 Exclusive Variant Cover featuring art by George Caltsoudas
Almost American
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