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Vault announces Revealer, the comic tie-in to the Shudder original horror film

Vault has announced that in August 2022 they will publish the comic book tie-in to Revealer, the Shudder original horror film from Michael Moreci, Tim Seeley, and Luke Boyce. The one-shot will be written by Moreci, Seeley, Boyce, and Aaron Koontz, with art by Dean Kotz, and more creators who will be announced soon.

All net proceeds from the Revealer comic will be donated to Brave Space Alliance, the first Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ+ Center located on the South Side of Chicago, IL. 

Revealer is set during the height of Satanic Panic in 1980s Chicago. Angie Pitarelli just wants to make some extra cash dancing in her peep show booth at the Revealers Adult Bookstore. Sally Mewbourne wants to save Angie’s soul by leading a protest outside her workplace. When the sky turns red and terror starts to consume the streets, Angie and Sally end up trapped in Angie’s booth—and, together, have to find a way to survive an apocalypse of biblical, and demonic, proportions. The Revealer film is a Shudder Original and will be available on their streaming service on Thursday, June 23rd.

The Revealer comic book will hit store shelves on August 31st, 2022.

Spinning out of this summer’s hit indie horror film REVEALER, these four stories tie directly into the movie! Learn more about the characters, the lore, the Revealers adult bookstore, and what awaits on the other side of the biblical apocalypse.

Revealer

Preview: Dungeons & Dragons: Best of Minsc & Boo

Dungeons & Dragons: Best of Minsc & Boo

(W) Jim Zub (A) Max Dunbar, Nelson Daniel, Dean Kotz, Francesco Mortarino (CA) James Biggie
In Shops: Apr 13, 2022
SRP: $5.99

Get ready for the third installment of the legendary Baldur’s Gate video game with these adventures featuring some of the series’ most beloved characters: the ranger of dubious sanity, Minsc, and his miniature giant space hamster, Boo!

After decades spent in magical stasis, Minsc and Boo awaken in a Baldur’s Gate that is very different from the one they knew, but there will always be evil in need of smiting! SMITING! And while they’re perfectly capable of kicking the butt of badness to the Spine of the World and back on their own, it never hurts to have a little help from their companions, the rest of the Baldur’s Gate heroes. Now, say it with us: “Go for the eyes, Boo!”

Dungeons & Dragons: Best of Minsc & Boo

Creator-Owned Comics Publishing Platform Zestworld Raises $9.37 Million in Series A Funding

Zestworld

Zestworld, a creator-first digital publishing platform focused solely on comic creators, has announced it has raised $9.37 million in growth capital to “fracture the Marvel and DC duopoly” by providing top-tier comic creators a centralized platform that combines business, community management, digital publishing, NFTs, metaverse events and IP rights management. Zestworld’s goal is to provide a platform that provides a fully stacked product tailored to the comics format and industry.

The round was led by General Catalyst, with participation from Alexis Ohanian’s Seven Seven Six, Polygon Technology, former TaskRabbit CEO Stacy Brown Philpot, Shari Redstone’s Advancit Capital and Twitch founder Kevin Lin. The Series A funding will allow Zestworld to provide the best toolkit for comic creators to build a successful independent business.

This funding round allows Zestworld to launch the ultimate platform for comic creators to build their business and manage their community. Looking forward, Zestworld plans to continue building its platform and explore additional ways creators can express themselves and engage with fans.

Zestworld’s launch lineup includes comic veterans such as Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Peter J. Tomasi, Eric Canete, Phil Jimenez, and Alex Segura. Creators on the platform are able to directly reach their audience through comic-optimized digital newsletters on their own schedule, without having to work against everchanging algorithms or potential shadowbanning that creators often face on other platforms. Additionally, creators will keep full IP rights to their content with Zestworld’s IP management tool.

Readers can look forward to a variety of comics from Zestworld’s initial roster of top-tier talent. Upcoming titles include:

  • Arc Athena by Eric Canete – “Neon Gods” to their adoring public, ARC ATHENA is the super powered team that the world is desperate for. Curated by the global tech and entertainment giant known as ARC, each member represents the most aspirational hero that public polling data can provide. Athena’s roster consists of characters whose powers are bombastically perfect for their obsessed audience but yield very low stopping force- everything is for “The Show.”
  • The Awakened by Alex Segura, Michael Moreci, Dean Kotz, Jason Wordie – A dark, noir-ish superhero murder mystery that explores what the true definition of power is, and who should wield it. 
The Awakened
  • Blood Tree by Peter J. Tomasi, Maxim Šimić, John Kalisz, Rob Leigh – Follows two obsessed NYPD detectives on the hunt for a vicious butcher called the Angel Killer, a sociopath who preys on the innocent family members of known murderers in order to “purify” the rest of society.
  • Boom Pow! by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti – An immortal is awakened from her eons-long slumber by the doughnut-slinging daughter of a nuclear physicist. Together, BOOTY POW POW and KAY BOOM take on the modern world in their own unique and special way.
Found
  • Found by Jimmy Palmiotti, Juan Santacruz, Alex Sinclair – On a deserted island in the middle of the pacific, a volcano erupts and expels an alien object that has potential to change the world. When this event is shared live by the family of scientists already on the scene, global governments see the potential of owning the technology and scramble to see who can get to the object first.
  • Otherworlds by Phil Jimenez – A reimagining of the Eisner-nominated Otherworld series, a sci-fi/fantasy epic about a war in another dimension, OTHERWORLDS tackles themes of family, identity, faith, and purpose, exploring whose voices will rise to shape the future and create the Earth anew, and how we all navigate a world where being “great” so rarely means being “good.”

Zestworld will empower fans to interact with creators directly in an array of ways, including private livestreams, exclusive discord communities, access to behind-the-scenes opportunities and the ability to commission art from their favorite artist directly.

Black Hammer: Visions Opens Up a Playground for Creators

Experience Black Hammer like never before in this exciting reimagining of the Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston created, Eisner-award winning series! Black Hammer: Visions is a series of one-shots bringing some of comic’s most exciting talent into the Black Hammer Universe including Patton Oswalt, Geoff Johns, Scott Snyder, Dean Kotz, Scott Kolins, Chip Zdarsky, Johnnie Christmas, Cullen Bunn, Malachi Ward, Matt Sheean, Kelly Thompson, Leonardo Romero, Mariko Tamaki, Diego Olortegui, Cecil Castellucci, and Melissa Duffy, with colors by Jason Wordie, Bill Crabtree, Jordie Bellaire, and Dave Stewart and letters by Nate Piekos!

Kicking off Black Hammer: Visions, Patton Oswalt joins artists Dean Kotz and Jason Wordie to explore the life of youthful super heroine Golden Gail on the Black Hammer Farm before the beginning of Black Hammer#1, and her struggle to maintain sanity as a middle-aged woman trapped in the unchanging body of a superpowered grade-schooler. This 32-page issue also features variant covers by Evan Dorkin with Sarah Dyer, and Gilbert Hernandez with Dave Stewart!

Black Hammer: Visions #1 (of eight) will hit comic shops on February 10, 2021. 

James Bond Plunges Into an Original Graphic Novel in February

Dynamite has announced a new original James Bond graphic novel for release in February, incorporating contributions from a cavalcade of writers and artists to celebrate the timelessness of the character and the countless talented creators who have brought him to comics.

James Bond in “Reflections of Death” is a 128 page hardcover of nonstop thrills and intrigue. Several Dynamite Bond veterans return for this tapestry, including Benjamin Percy, Andy Diggle, and Greg Pak and the writers of the December-launching new ongoing series, Vita Ayala and Danny Lore. Stars of both Dynamite and comics at large Gail Simone and Mark Russell join the team as well. Artists enlisted for the mission include Luca Casalanguida, Robert Carey, Jordi Perez, Dean Kotz, Eoin Marron, and Kewber Baal. All wrapped up in another beautiful noir and pulp flavored cover by Fay Dalton.

With a framing story Ayala and Lore, over 20 total creators will collaborate to contribute stories that both stand on their own and tie into an overarching narrative. The central figure through the anthology of case files is Moneypenny. She’s been kidnapped. and the mystery of her captors and their demands will only be revealed when, or if, 007 is able to complete his missions. While Moneypenny herself may have some surprises up her sleeve.

James Bond in "Reflections of Death"

Preview: Warlord Of Mars Attacks #5

Warlord Of Mars Attacks #5

writer: Jeff Parker
artist: Dean Kotz
covers: Greg Hildebrandt (A), Sebastian Piriz (B), Gleb Melnikov (C), Ben Caldwell (D)
Gleb Melnikov (RI-Virgin), Ben Caldwell (RI-Virgin), Sebastian Piriz (RI-Virgin), Greg Hildebrandt (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | Science Fiction | $3.99 | Teen+

The Future of Worlds FINAL ISSUE! The grand battle for Barsoom! John Carter! Dejah Thoris! Tars Tarkas! Woola! And many many many many many many many many many many many many many MANY MANY MANY LITTLE GREEN MEN! From JEFF PARKER (Aquaman, James Bond Origin) and DEAN KOTZ (Dungeons & Dragons)!

Warlord Of Mars Attacks #5

Preview: Warlord of Mars Attacks #4

Warlord of Mars Attacks #4

writer: Jeff Parker
artist: Dean Kotz
covers: Dave Johnson (A), Marc Laming (B), Ramon Villalobos (C), Ben Caldwell (D)
Ramon Villalobos (RI-Virgin), Ben Caldwell (RI-Virgin), Dave Johnson (RI-Virgin), Marc Laming (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | Science Fiction | $3.99 | Teen+

Back To Barsoom

The hero returns! John Carter reunites with his Barsoom allies…just as MARS ATTACKS! Can John, Tars Tarkas, Woola and more defend the world they love, or will this Mars fall? By JEFF PARKER (Aquaman, Future Quest) and DEAN KOTZ (Dungeons & Dragons)!

Warlord of Mars Attacks #4

Preview: Warlord of Mars Attacks #3

Warlord of Mars Attacks #3

writer: Jeff Parker
artist: Dean Kotz
covers: Dave Johnson (A), Rags Morales (B), Ramon Villalobos (C), Ben Caldwell (D), Ramon Villalobos (RI-Virgin), Ben Caldwell (RI-Virgin), Dave Johnson (RI-Virgin), Rags Morales (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | Science Fiction | $3.99 | Teen+

As the Martians use their monster crab machines to destroy society as we know it, John must scour the deepest recesses of his mind, and find the memory of Barsoom (aka Mars!) that will unlock the secret to getting these damn lil’ green dudes off our planet! By JEFF PARKER (Aquaman, Future Quest) and DEAN KOTZ (Dungeons & Dragons)!

Warlord of Mars Attacks #3

Preview: James Bond: Origin #12

James Bond: Origin #12

writer: Jeff Parker
artist: Ibrahim Moustafa
covers: Dan Panosian (A), Dean Kotz (B), Vasco Georgiev (C), Ibrahim Moustafa (D), Bob Q (E), Dan Panosian (RI-Virg)
FC | 32 pages | Action/Adventure | $3.99 | Teen+

“The Debt: Finale”

In 1941, Lietuenant Bond finally learns the truth of his deceased mentor, Commander Weldon. But truth comes at a cost. The conclusion of Bond’s adventures in 1941, by JEFF PARKER (Aquaman, Fantastic Four) and IBRAHIM MOUSTAFA (James Bond: Solstice, Mother Panic).

James Bond: Origin #12

Preview: Warlord of Mars Attacks #2

Warlord of Mars Attacks #2

writer: Jeff Parker
artist: Dean Kotz
covers: Greg Hildebrandt (A), Jonathan Case (B), Ramon Villalobos (C), Ben Caldwell “Trading Card Variant” (D)
Ramon Villalobos (RI-Virgin), Ben Caldwell (RI-Virgin), Jonathan Case (RI-Virgin), Greg Hildebrandt (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | Science Fiction | $3.99 | Teen+

“The Lost Hero” – John Carter is back on Earth! Unfortunately, there’s also a seemingly-unlimited army of lil’ green dudes here, hellbent on killing every woman/man/dog/llama/vegetable in sight. Can our intrepid sci-fi hero get his head wrapped around the madness and strike back, or has he arrived just in time to see his homeworld’s destruction? By JEFF PARKER (Aquaman, Future Quest) and DEAN KOTZ (Dungeons & Dragons)!

Warlord of Mars Attacks #2
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