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Preview: Starstruck: Old Proldiers Never Die #6

Starstruck: Old Proldiers Never Die #6

Elaine Lee (w) • Michael Kaluta (a & c)

Annie takes Harry to heaven—Blue Heaven—where he finds Miz Ti, the Galactic Girl Guides, some disturbing sensory input, and a little more than he’d bargained for. He’s reached the end of his story, but is Harry ready for the afterlife? Old friends are there to guide him, but he’s just not feeling himself!

FC • 32 pages • $4.99

Preview: Starstruck: Old Proldiers Never Die #5

Starstruck: Old Proldiers Never Die #5

Elaine Lee (w) • Michael Kaluta (a & c)

Just the headlines, noos fans: Verloona Ti Naps Guides! Ti Invested in RIP! Droids Using RIP 4 Revenge! Bad RIP: Brigader Becomes Killer! Bartender Chases Brigader! Everyone Chases Harry! It’s a rip-roaring chase scene through never-seen levels of Rec 97… and 24 pages of brand new Kaluta art!

FC • 32 pages • $4.99

Preview: Starstruck: Old Proldiers Never Die #4

Starstruck: Old Proldiers Never Die #4

Elaine Lee (w) • Michael Kaluta (a & c)

Be careful what you ask for! Harry gets his answers, but those answers—and a nasty case of Guidenapping—send him on a new mission. Aided by Randall, and accompanied by his faithful droid, he walks right into Jimmy the Snout’s next breaking noos story: “Deranged Brigader, High on Life!”

FC • 32 pages • $4.99

Preview: Starstruck: Old Proldiers Never Die #3

Starstruck: Old Proldiers Never Die #3

Elaine Lee (w) • Michael Kaluta (a & c)

Back at the Sailor’s Grave, Harry and the Galactic Girl Guides try to decipher the recording made by the Sisterhood’s recruiting bot. While viewing the footage, Harry realizes nearly everyone he knows is involved in a plot to… what? He has many of the clues, but they still aren’t adding up. Could a fire on the Vale of Tiers shed a little light on things?

FC • 32 pages • $4.99

Preview: Michael Wm. Kaluta’s Starstruck: Artist’s Edition HC

Michael Wm. Kaluta’s Starstruck: Artist’s Edition HC

Elaine Lee (w) • Michael Wm. Kaluta (a & c)

Michael Kaluta is one of the most revered and versatile artist’s in comics and illustration. He is frequently recognized as the definitive artist of The Shadow, has been praised for his Lord of the Rings paintings, and illustrated the Metropolis novel. He was also part of the legendary artist’s collective (along with Jeff Jones, Barry Windsor-Smith, and Bernie Wrightson) known simply as THE STUDIO.

But if any project is closest to the artist’s heart it would be Starstruck, an ongoing space-fantasy that began in the pages of Heavy Metal Magazine in 1982, was a Marvel Comics Graphic Novel in 1984, and several series’ of comics from various publishers in the 1980s and ‘90s. Starstruck is still a work in progress and IDW Publishing will release a new series in early 2017, with expanded stories by Lee and Kaluta.

HC • BW • $150.00 • 144 pages • 12” x 17”  • ISBN: 978-1-63140-847-2

Preview: Starstruck: Old Proldiers Never Die #2

Starstruck: Old Proldiers Never Die #2

Elaine Lee (w) • Michael Kaluta (a & c)

Searching for his missing pleasure droid, Harry visits the Rec Station Gutters, where he meets an old friend from his Droid Wars days, and a new friend who lures him into danger. Both encounters spark memories from the past that Harry would rather have left there. But what does his ex-love Mary Medea, the model for his missing droid, have to do with the infamous Order of the Cosmic Veil? Do the droids know? Do the Bajars? And who’s trying to kill Harry?

FC • 32 pages • $4.99

Preview: Vampirella: Feary Tales TP

VAMPIRELLA: FEARY TALES TP

Nancy A. Collins, Gail Simone, Devin Grayson, John Shirley, Steve Bissette, Elaine Lee, Denis St. John, Joe R. Lansdale, Eric Trautmann, Stuart Moore (w)
Jack Jadson, Ronilson Freire, Elmo Eklabuz, Bilquis Evely, Eman Casallos, Mirka Andolfo, Chad Shepherd (a)
Jay Anacleto (c)
FC l 160 pages l $19.99 l Teen+

Nancy A. Collins (Swamp Thing, Sunglasses After Dark) has called upon some of today’s finest creative talents — including Gail Simone, Steve Niles, Joe R. Lansdale, Devin Grayson, Stephen R. Bissette, and many more — to celebrate Vampirella’s 45th Anniversary by crafting an anthology of twisted tales, bizarre bedtime stories, and fearsome fables in the tradition of the original Warren magazines, each featuring everyone’s favorite sexy, kick-ass vampire-turned-monster hunter. While exploring the Transylvanian castle she’s recently inherited, Vampirella discovers a strange old book of “Feary Tales” that seems oddly familiar. Upon opening it, she is sucked inside its pages and lands in a weird alternate reality, where she is compelled by a disembodied voice calling itself ‘The Storyteller’ to live out each of the ‘feary tales’ if she ever hopes to return to reality.

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Preview: Vampirella Feary Tales #3

Vampirella Feary Tales #3

Nancy A. Collins, Elaine Lee, Joe R. Lansdale, Keith Lansdale (w)
Jack Jadson, Eman Casallos, Elmo Eklabuz (a)
Jay Anacleto, Arthur Adams, David Roach (c)
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FC • 35 pages • $3.99 • Teen+
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Vampirella is still trapped inside the nightmarish netherworld of the Feary Tales book, tormented by the disembodied voice of the mysterious Storyteller, and her only hope of escaping is if she can survive the ghoulish mix-ups of familiar nursery tales until she reaches the last story. But first she must weather Stephen R. Bissette (Swamp Thing) and Denis St. John’s (Monster Pie) macabre re-imagining of the classic Betty Boop version of “Snow White”, then help track down a little missing mermaid in Gail Simone’s (Red Sonja) “Thirsty, Thirsty Town”.

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Marvel/Disney Sends Creator Owned Comic Cease and Desist (Updated)

You can thank Disney for our current clusterfuck that is copyright and it hasn’t taken long for Marvel, now under the Disney banner, to hop on the bandwagon. On top of their legal battles with the various creators of the characters they are currently making millions on, the house the Mouse owns is now targeting creator owned projects.

Marvel/Disney has sent a cease and desist to creators Mike Kaluta and Elaine Lee over their project Starstruck.

Taken from a Facebook post:

Look, I TOLD everyone once the Marvel vs. Friedrich judgment was cast, we’d be seeing Marvel/Disney going after every creator that emerged in their legal department bullseye. Case in point: Marvel/Disney issued a CEASE & DESIST letter against ELAINE LEE & MIKE KALUTA for their creator-owned, Epic-published STARSTRUCK.

Elaine Lee wrote, this morning: “Look, I’ll say it now. Kaluta and I, just week before last, received a letter from a Marvel/Disney attorney, challenging our rights to Starstruck, a project that was briefly with Marvel/Epic, supposedly their creator-owned imprint, almost three decades ago. Since then, we’ve been published by Dark Horse and IDW. This has sent us rummaging through 30-year-old documents, looking for proof that we own what we own. We’ve found several letters that back up our claim that the rights were returned to us, and things seem to have quieted down, but we are still looking for more “just in case.” You don’t screw around with The Mouse.

I’m currently doing an interview for a new book on women in geeky professions. They asked me to give advice to young women starting out. My advice is do your own thing. Keep the rights to your work. If you sell your work, make sure you get Hollywood money, not comic book money.”

Got that? Marvel/Disney, attacking the creators of the only creator-ownership line they’d launched, post COMIX BOOK.

The Marvel/Disney legal machine is capable of ANYTHING in the name of “we own it ALL.”

It’s possible this letter was a simple mistake, but they cost creators and those sent them time and money to respond. This is why false cease and desist and take down notices should bring with them fines and penalties. This way, only legitimate ones are sent and those inconvenienced are reimbursed for false accusations.

An update is below, but it only solidifies my thoughts above.

UPDATE:

Elaine Lee writes: Just to make sure that things don’t veer into the realm of “truthiness,” Michael Kaluta and I received a letter that challenged our ownership of Starstruck and used the words, “please stop all sales and other related activities.” Through our lawyer, we provided two letters from Marvel’s former publisher, Mike Hobson, that backed our ownership of Starstruck. Things seem to have calmed down now. The situation seems to have been resolved. (I’m overusing the word “seems,” so as not to jinx myself. Knock wood.) It was scary. At first, we weren’t sure we could find the 3-decades-old documents we needed. (From way back in the pre-digtal days, youngsters. We’re talking paper here. Dusty, old, yellow paper.) But there is no lawsuit. We think it may either have been about Disney’s teen movie of a couple of years back, also called Starstruck. They may have found us while looking for people infringing on their property. Or they may have been simply trying to figure out what they still owned. But it was a frightening way to do it. So, this may have been an aberration, or other Epic creators may hear from them. Who knows? But creators may want to scare up that old paperwork. It can’t hurt and might save you several days of abject fear.

(via Bleeding Cool)

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