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Celebrate the Season for Horror Comics with comiXology Originals Dracula: Son of the Dragon, Josie and the Pussycats in Space, Tremor Dose, and Afterlift

ComiXology has announced three new creator-owned comiXology Originals to be released this October, just in time for Halloween. On October 23rd, comes the original graphic novel Dracula: Son of the Dragon written by Mark Sable with art by Salgood Sam. ComiXology and Archie Comics collide to bring readers Josie and the Pussycats in Space #1 written by Alex de Campi with art by Devaki Neogi. On October 30th, comes Tremor Dose, an original graphic novel written by Michael Conrad with art by Noah Bailey. And, announced earlier this year at San Diego Comic-Con, Afterlift #1 written by Chip Zdarsky with art by Jason Loo debuts on October 30th. Each new comiXology Originals title will be available to read at no additional cost for Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited members and available for purchase on Kindle and comiXology.

Get chills on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 with these selections:

Dracula: Son of the Dragon

original graphic novel

Written by Mark Sable with art by Salgood Sam

Dracula: Son of the Dragon is part historical fiction, part horror fantasy and tells the blood-soaked epic of the real-life Vlad the Impaler’s transformation into the vampire Dracula.

Mark Sable and Max Douglas, aka Salgood Sam, re-unite to tell the story of Vlad Tepes (Vlad the Impaler, Vlad Drucul), the so-called “historical Dracula”.  But how did this 15th century ruler become the world’s most notorious vampire? As an adolescent in Wallachia, young Prince Vlad learns hard lessons in politics and betrayal and is held prisoner of the Ottoman Turks after being introduced to the Dark Arts at the infamous Scholomance in Transylvania. To survive he believes he must kill in the name of God in order to serve the Holy Roman Order of The Dragon—a very secret – but very real – society both Vlad and his father were members of—but at what cost?

Dracula: Son of the Dragon

Josie and the Pussycats in Space #1

(Archie Comics)– 5-issue comic book series

Written by Alex de Campi with art by Devaki Neogi

Archie Comics’ musical group Josie and the Pussycats goes on tour for the USO…in space.

Josie and the Pussycats are the hottest band in outer space! But with fame and fortune comes turmoil as internal conflicts are threatening to tear the group apart. But that’s nothing compared to the alien horrors they’re about to encounter as they find themselves adrift in the vastness of space! Even if the Pussycats manage to stick together as a band, will they be able to survive the horrors that await them in the final frontier?

Josie and the Pussycats in Space #1

Sleep with the lights on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 with these selections:

Tremor Dose

original graphic novel

Written by Michael Conrad with art by Noah Bailey

Everyone dreams, but are these dreams our own? Who controls our thoughts when we’re sleeping? Ginn, is a young college student who has been having wildly disturbing nightmares featuring a man she has never met. When she finds a flyer with his picture and the question, “Have you dreamed this man?” she submits to an interview that begins to unravel her perceptions of reality.

Noah Bailey creates a unique look with striking black and white imagery, paint, ink, and graphite for the haunting and unusual tale.

Tremor Dose

Afterlift #1

5-issue comic book series

Written by Eisner Award and Joe Shuster Award winner, Chip Zdarsky, best known for his work on Sex Criminals and Daredevil, with art by Jason Loo, the acclaimed writer and artist of The Pitiful Human-Lizard

In Afterlift, Janice Chen is adrift. She quits her day job in finance and signs up to be a driver on a ride-sharing app. But what was at first a mundane but enjoyable way to pass the time takes a terrible turn when a mysterious passenger updates his ride with a very final destination: the afterlife!

Afterlift #1

The Drops of God Manga to be Completed in English for the First Time via comiXology Originals

Today, comiXology and Kodansha Comics announced they will complete the international bestseller The Drops of God manga series in English for the first time. The first eleven volumes debut today and can be read digitally as part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive content at no additional cost for members of Amazon Prime via their Prime Reading benefit, Kindle Unlimited and comiXology Unlimited, and for purchase on Kindle and comiXology. Thirty-four of the forty-four volume series have never been translated in English. Today’s release sees the previously published volumes 1-8 re-edited with new cover art and volumes 9-11 appearing today in English for the first time ever. More volumes will be added at a later date.

Created and written by Tadashi Agi, a pseudonym for siblings Shin and Yuko Kibayashi, with artwork by Shu OkimotoThe Drops of God has had an unprecedented impact on the international wine market and the various wines featured throughout the series. When world-renowned wine critic Kanzaki Yutaka passes away, his will reveals that his fortune of a wine collection isn’t automatically bequeathed to his only son Kanzaki Shizuku, a junior employee at a Japanese beverage company whose main focus is selling beer. In order to take ownership of his legacy and the inheritance, he must correctly identify and describe thirteen wines, the first twelve heaven-sent wines known as the “Twelve Apostles” and the thirteenth known as the “Drops of God,” while competing against the stellar young wine critic, Toomine Issei.  With determination, a strong sense of taste and smell, and an uncanny ability to describe his experiences, Shizuku submerges himself in the world of wine to try to solve its mysteries and defeat Issei.

The Drops of God

NYCC 2019: comiXology Announces Exclusives, Panels, and more

ComiXology has revealed their exclusive giveaways, signing schedule and panels for New York Comic Con 2019. ComiXology will be giving-away exclusive limited-edition posters celebrating new comiXology Originals titles debuting this week including: The Dark poster with art by Kristian Donaldson, Forgotten Home poster with art by Natasha Alterici, and Promethee 13:13 poster with art by Jock. Members of the creative teams will be signing the posters in Artist Alley at Booth #1B5.

The following comiXology Originals will be available on Wednesday, October 2, 2019:

The Dark — original graphic novel

  • Written by Mark Sable with art by Kristian Donaldson, colors by Lee Loughridge, and letters by Thomas Mauer
  • The Dark is set in the year 2045 after a worldwide cyberwar ends technology as we know it, this action thriller is about the rise of a sinister, biologically-based internet that wants all of humanity to join it, whether humanity wants to or not.

Forgotten Home #1

  • Written by Erica Schultz with art by Marika Cresta, colors by Matt Emmons, letters by Cardinal Rae, and covers by Natasha Alterici.
  • Forgotten Home is an 8-issue sci-fi fantasy series full of magic, mystery, and family secrets. When children start disappearing all over Montana and her own daughter is among them, Sheriff’s Deputy Lorraine Adalet’s search leads her to face the past she left behind.

Promethee 13:13 #2

  • Headed by veteran editor Will Dennis, written by Andy Diggle (Green Arrow: Year One, The Losers, James Bond) with art by Shawn Martinbrough (Thief of Thieves, Batman: Detective Comics, The Black Panther, HellboyHow to Draw Noir Comics: The Art and Technique of Visual Storytelling), colors by Dave Stewart (Hellboy, Gideon Falls), lettering by Simon Bowland (Skyward), with covers by Jock (Batman, The Losers).
  • ComiXology Originals and Delcourt Group, the leading independent comic book publisher in France, bring readers everywhere a prequel to Christophe Bec’s best-selling, continuing 19-volume, mind-bending, science-fiction bandes dessinées Promethee.
  • Darla, a successful author, has visions of apocalyptic invasions and being abducted by aliens as a child. After years of medication she’s put it behind her, until one day while speaking at a mental illness conference in San Diego, her life gets turned upside down. At the same time, strange things begin to happen during the latest space shuttle Atlantis mission. Promethee 13:13 tells the thrilling fast-paced space drama leading up to the moments of September 21, 2019 at 13:13.

ComiXology Originals NYCC 2019 Signing Schedule:

Friday, October 4

1:00 PM-2:00 PM—Mark Sable and Kristian Donaldson (The Dark), Erica Schultz and Matt Emmons (Forgotten Home), Andy Diggle and Jock (Promethee 13:13) at Artist Alley at Booth #1B5

Saturday, October 5

1:00 PM-2:00 PM— Mark Sable and Kristian Donaldson (The Dark), Erica Schultz and Matt Emmons (Forgotten Home), Andy Diggle and Jock (Promethee 13:13) at Artist Alley at Booth #1B5

Sunday, October 6

1:00 PM-2:00 PM— Mark Sable and Kristian Donaldson (The Dark), Erica Schultz and Matt Emmons (Forgotten Home), Andy Diggle and Jock (Promethee 13:13) at Artist Alley at Booth #1B5

ComiXology NYCC 2019 Panel Schedule:

Friday, October 4

7:45 PM—8:45 PM Comics vs Dragons: Where Comics & Role Playing Collide Room 1A02

Role playing games of all genres and types are making a strong comeback, but did you know some of your favorite comic creators not only play these games, but also create and run them? Join our panel of secret and not so secret role-playing comics creators, Vita Ayala (Quarter Killer), Danny Lore (Quarter Killer), and Jamie Jones (Quarter Killer), as they discuss the mind-bending intersection between creating comics, diving into the make-believe world of RPGs, and how one creative world influences the other. DMed by comiXologist Ivan Salazar.

Saturday, October 5

11:00 AM—12:00 PM Building Worlds: How to Create Crime, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Comics Room 1A02

Ever wonder what goes into creating a new comic series and building worlds from nothing? From initial concepts to the creation of compelling characters and fantastical locales – the look and feel of Crime, Sci-Fi & Fantasy comics requires lots of thought to make these incredible stories real. Now you too can learn the secrets of comics world building from our panel of comics luminaries and masters of the craft including Andy Diggle (Promethee 13:13), Justin Jordan (Breaklands), Mark Sable (The Dark), Alex Segura (The Black Ghost) and Erica Schultz (Forgotten Home). Join us for this far reaching conversation no budding creator can miss! Moderated by comiXologist Ivan Salazar.

Sunday, October 6

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Manga Ikimashou! – LET’S GO MANGA! Room 1A02

Are you a comic fan, but are also interested in anime and manga, but don’t really know how to dive in? WE’RE HERE TO HELP! Join comiXologists Ivan Salazar & Jose Sagastume as they ask an amazing panel of Manga professionals & aficionado, like Misaki Kido (Kodansha Comics), Erica Friedman (The Comics Beat), and Seth Burn (Anime Herald) to recommend the best of manga past and present. Tell us your favorite comic, movie or TV show and we’ll give you a manga to match. Whether you’re a long-time or budding manga fan, this is a panel you won’t want to miss!

Preview: Quarter Killer #1

Quarter Killer #1

Story: Vita Ayala, Danny Lore
Art: Jamie Jones
Letterer: Ryan Ferrier

ComiXology, Amazon’s premier digital comics service, announces Quarter Killer, an all-new, creator-owned mini-series from co-writers Vita Ayala and Danny Lore, with art by Jamie Jones, and lettering by Ryan Ferrier. An action-packed, cyberpunk 5-issue comic series, Quarter Killer #1 is part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive content and will debut on September 25th.

Meet Quentin Kidd AKA QK, an ex-corporate computer hacker who offers their services to those willing to pay them with old skool currency, specifically quarters, because quarters are untraceable. QK only has two rules: they don’t work for criminals or police, and no killing.

Quarter Killer will be available to read at no additional cost for Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited members, and also available for purchase on Kindle and comiXology.

Quarter Killer #1

Preview: The Black Ghost #1

The Black Ghost #1

Writer: Alex Segura, Monica Gallagher
Artists: George Kambadais
Colorist: Ellie Wright
Lettering: Taylor Esposito
Editor: Greg Lockard
Cover: Greg Smallwood

Lara Dominguez is a journalist chasing that one, big story. After a stint in the Middle East, the alcoholic reporter moves from her hometown of Miami to Creighton – a mid-Atlantic city that’s seen better days. She needs a huge, viral scoop that’ll send her into the journalistic stratosphere. Her target? Uncovering the identity of The Black Ghost – a masked vigilante trying to take down the wealthy oligarchs carving up the fading metropolis. But as she searches for the breakthrough story she desperately needs, Lara will have to navigate the corruption of her adopted city, the uncertainties of virtue, and her own personal demons.

Review: Field Tripping #1

Field Tripping #1

Take the concept of the much-beloved Magic School Bus and have it go off the rails. Field Tripping #1 delivers the beginning of a school field trip across dimensions from hell.

Co-created by James Asmus, Jim Festante, and José García the comic has a dark humor about it. Taking a child’s program and twisting it delivers a result that feels like an homage, a parody, and a black comedy. There’s something very subversive about it all. Twisted is really a perfect word to describe the series.

Armed with a magical school bus that hops them through dimensions, something goes wrong taking the school trip on a wild ride. Seven years later, they’re still lost. There have clearly been losses and a hell of a lot has happened. Asmus and Festante deliver a second half of a comic that leaves you begging to find out more as to what happened in those seven years.

The art by José García is great. There’s a style that fits the “kid like” material but has a slight offness about it. Like the story itself, the art has so much detail and tells some of what happened. There’s so many small things to check out, it adds to the comic and is as vital to telling what has happened as the dialogue. This is a perfect example of showing not telling but in this case the show is all teases as to what has happened.

Field Tripping #1 is a fantastic debut. The comic is one of the most entertaining of the week with a sly sense of humor that has fun with taking a kids concept and making it a bit more… adult.

Story: James Asmus, Jim Festante
Art: José García, David LaFuente
Letterer: Ryan Ferrier
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

comiXology provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Field Tripping #1

Field Tripping #1

Story: James Asmus, Jim Festante
Art: José García
Letters: Ryan Ferrier

When a flighty teacher with a mysterious bus takes her young students on field trips into parallel dimensions to illustrate different lessons, she fails to realize that it’s a horribly dangerous idea and that children break everything they touch. The machine breaks and leaves them stranded, jumping between bizarre worlds but never seemingly able to go back to their own.

Seven years in the future the surviving kids are now teenagers – wildly transformed by the worlds they’ve visited but seemingly unable to grow up and take responsibility for themselves. That is, until a surprise vendetta upends their routine and forces the kids to step up and act like adults for the first time.

Field Tripping is a coming of age story full of nostalgia, heartfelt moments and characters with unique personalities that readers can empathize with, including the most carefree and the grumpiest of them all. So, buckle up and get ready to head back to school!

This world-spanning, all-ages 5-issue comic book series is part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive content. The debut issue of Field Tripping is available to read on September 11th at no additional cost for members of Amazon Prime via their Prime Reading benefit, Kindle Unlimited and comiXology Unlimited, and for purchase on Kindle and comiXology.

Field Tripping #1

Cartoonists Against Amazon Call for Comic Festivals to stop Accepting Sponsorships by comiXology

A group of artists, writers, publishers, volunteers, and others have posted an open letter to Medium calling on comic festivals to stop accepting sponsorship money from comiXology.

ComiXology is the digital comic platform owned by Amazon and the group is concerned over numerous issues regarding that parent company.

Listed as to reasons why sponsorships should be rejected include Amazon’s labor abuses and the company’s hosting of Palantir the company that provides ICE with information to use in the arrest of undocumented individuals as well as surveillance against unions.

The group is calling for the comic community to “consider alternate sources of funding” and for conventions to make a “public statement announcing their decision” regarding future commitments.

Further mentioned is the singling out of CXC and Thought Bubble to sever ties, a public pledge to not accept further partnerships and transparency regarding sponsorships and money allocation.

Signing the letter are Aaron Renier, ABO Comix, Aim Ren Beland, Alex Degen, Alex Hoffman, Alex Nall, Ann Xu, Becca Tobin, Birdcage Bottom Books, Cathy G. Johnson, Chris Kuzma, Cleopatria Peterson, Colleen Tighe, Conor Stechschulte, Courtney Menard, David Ziggy Greene, Dean Sudarsky, Dresden Douglas, Eleanor Davis, Eli Valley, Elisha Lim, Entropy Editions, Ethan Heitner, Evan Dahm, Festival Workers Association, Flynn Nicholls, Frankie Johnson, Garrett Young, Gianluca Costantini, Gina Wynbrandt, Gloria Rivera, Ilan Manouach, Io Ascarium, Jack Hayden, Jackie Roche, Jade Armstrong, Jen Wang, Jesse Jacobs, Jesse DeNobrega, Jessica Campbell, Jillian Tamaki, Jonathan Dyck, Jordan Crane, J.T. Yost, Jules Zuckerberg, Julian Glander, Katie Fricas, Kevin Budnik, Kevin Czap, Kimball Anderson, Kori, Michele Handwerker, Kris Mukai, Kurt Ankeny, Lala Albert, Laura Knetzger, Laura Lannes, Laurel Lynn Leake, Leela Corman, Liz Suburbia, M. Sabine Rear, Maria Photinakis, Marnie Galloway, Melanie Gillman, Meredith Smallwood, Michael DeForge, Mickey Zacchilli, O.K. Fox, Paloma Hernando, Patrick Kyle, Phil McAndrew, Priya Huq, Rebecca Mock, Reilly Hadden, Remus Jackson, RJ Casey, Roxanne Palmer, Ryan Sands, Sabrina Scott, Sage Persing, Simon Moreton, Sophia Foster-Dimino, Sophie Yanow, Sunmi, Tom Whalen, Victor Martins, Vinnie Neuberg, and Zach Hazard Vaupen.

You can read the full letter online.

Ignatz-nominated series Heavenly Blues gets a digital release from Scout Comics and Illicit Press

In celebration of Heavenly Blues’ nomination for “Outstanding Series” at the upcoming Ignatz Awards, the acclaimed series will be available for the first time on digital comics leader comiXology. Illicit Press is partnering with original publisher Scout Comics to bring the series to its widest audience yet.

Reuniting writer Ben Kahn and artist Bruno Hidalgo, the creative team behind Shaman and Gryffen: Galaxy’s Most WantedHeavenly Blues introduces readers to Hell’s greatest thieves, as they plan eternity’s greatest heist—against the angels of Heaven itself! To pull it off, Depression-era gun runner Isaiah Jefferson and accused Salem witch Erin Foley enlist a crew of outlaws from across time, including an Old West bank robber, a samurai addicted to a drug that provides a glimpse of the living world, and an Ancient Egyptian tomb raider. Together, they must evade the forces of both realms as they seek the afterlife’s greatest prize!

By turns thrilling, poignant, and darkly funny, Heavenly Blues was a critical darling upon its print serialization and has been optioned for film. The new digital editions re-present the six-issue series in its entirety, complete with Hidalgo’s breathtaking covers, just in time for the Ignatz Awards at 2019’s Small Press Expo. If attending the convention, you can vote for the series.

Issues #1 & #2 release September 11
Issues #3 & #4 release September 18
Issues #5 & #6 release September 25

Issue #1 will be offered at 99¢ for a 27-page issue. Subsequent issues will be offered at $1.99.

Heavenly Blues #1

Visit the Breaklands with Justin Jordan and Tyasseta

Enter the Breaklands, an all-new, creator-owned mini-series from Justin Jordan, acclaimed artist Tyasseta, and colorist Sarah Stern, with letters by Rachel Deering. Set 150 years in the future, Breaklands features a world where everyone has powers… except for one young woman, Kasa Fain, who is desperate to find her recently kidnapped brother.

This epic 5-issue comic series is part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive content. Breaklands #1 is available to read at no additional cost on September 4th for members of Amazon Prime via their Prime Reading benefit, Kindle Unlimited and comiXology Unlimited, and for purchase on Kindle and comiXology.

150 years after humanity developed psychic powers and ended the world as we know it, a new world has emerged. Everyone has powers. Some powers, like the ability to light a match, are modest. But some powers – like the ability to reshape the world – are both vast and dangerous. Kasa Fain is different. She doesn’t possess powers. Kasa is an outsider, a teenager who has been in hiding, until the day her younger brother is kidnapped and everything changes.

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