The current pandemic has canceled or postponed conventions around the world leaving comic publishers finding new ways to promote and reveal what’s coming soon for comic fans. Mad Cave Studios has announced the “Mad Cave Showcase” taking place on Friday, May 15th from 12pm to 5pm. The even will be hosted by Jazz Stone.
Join Mad Cave and an all-star line-up of special guests – including acclaimed writers Christopher Sebela (Shanghai Red, Crowded), Matthew Erman (Bonding, Long Lost), as they discuss new projects from within the Cave. Also joining is a bevy of industry veterans to discuss the state of comics. But the fun doesn’t end there, famed artist, Liana Kangas (She Said Destroy) will be doing a live drawing and taking questions.
In an effort to help support Comic Book Retailers around the country, Mad Cave will be promoting and accepting donations throughout the event for Mad Cave’s Go Fund Me Relief Fund for U.S Comic Book Retailers. If you are a comic book retailer interested in taking part in the relief effort, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Mad Cave Showcase’s full schedule of events will be as follows:
12 PM EST
Welcome to the Show
Interview with the writer of Savage Bastards, David Galiano
Interview with the writer of Battlecats, Wolvenheart, and more, Mark London
1 pm EST
Interview with Mad Cave’s new editorial members; Steenz, Erica Schultz and Michael Moccio
Interview with Christopher Sebela and David Stoll to discuss an all-new project
Interview with Matthew Erman and Shelby Criswell to discuss an all-new project
2 pm EST
Live drawing with Liana Kangas
3 pm EST
State of the industry discussion w/ Chris Arrant & Chris Fernandez
Mad Cave Studios Product Showcase
4 pm EST
New comic book teasers and what to expect for the rest of the year
2020 Mad Cave Talent Search discussion and details
writers: David Avallone, Erica Schultz artists: Roy Allan Martinez, Fernando Ruiz covers: John Royle (A), Reilly Brown (B) John Royle (RI-Virgin) FC | 40 pages | $4.99 | Humor | Teen+
Something evil is lurking in the dark woods of Upstate New York, and hunting the student bodies at exclusive and isolated Annandale College. Model Agent Bettie Page investigates the Annandale Horror… and finds herself enrolled in Werewolf 101, for extra credit… plus, Bettie and Lyssa go to the drive-in with a bunch of intergalactic gate crashers!
It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d you all get? What’d you enjoy? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.
Dynamite is delivering a fright-filled pair of Halloween themed special one-shots starring Red Sonja and Bettie Page!
In Savage Tales: A Red Sonja Halloween Special, writer Mark Russell brings in artist Jacob Edgar to tell an extra-length spooky story. Dearbhla Kelly and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou also jump over from the regular series for this essential tale for fans of the She-Devil with a Sword. All underneath a striking cover from Erica D’Urso, drawing inspiration from the original Savage Tales #1.
This one-shot perfectly complements issue 9 of the ongoing series, out the same month. While that issue has Sonja returning to the Sorcerers of Wigur-Nomadene, Savage Tales flashes back to their first encounter. At this point, Sonja is not yet a legend, but a brute full of anger and ambition. Savage. Everyone’s favorite fiery heroine tries to convince the sorcerers to bring her family and friends back to life.
In the Bettie Page Halloween Special, a mysterious force is hunting students at an exclusive Upstate New York college. Just the case for Bettie to investigate, and she’ll be enrolling in Werewolf 101. The supermodel/superspy’s chronicler David Avallone contributes this full-length story with artist Roy Allan Martinez. Bettie is used to men being beasts, so this issue turns that metaphor up to 11. In a bonus short story, writer Erica Schultz and artist Fernando Ruiz spin a yarn of aliens, classic cars and a sci-fi double feature at the drive-in theater.
The issue features a cover by fan-favorite Bettie artist John Royle and another from Reilly Brown. Last year’s Halloween Special was a bucket of fun and kicked off the whole next era of Bettie’s adventures, so fans shouldn’t dare miss this one!
Savage Tales: A Red Sonja Halloween Special and the Bettie Page Halloween Special are slated for release in October 2019.
October 18-20 sees the return of the 2019 Baltimore Comic-Con to the Inner Harbor’s Baltimore Convention Center. The Baltimore Comic-Con has announced 2019 guests Katie Cook, Kristina Deak-Linsner, Bob Hall, Jamal Igle, Joseph Michael Linsner, and Erica Schultz. Get tickets online and avoid additional lines upon arrival.
Katie Cook is a comic artist and writer that has been in the industry for a while. She’d list just how long here, but isn’t that a faux pas of admitting that she’s old? I mean you can always Wikipedia her birthday if you want to get stuck on this topic. Why are we still talking about this? She is the creator of the comic Nothing Special on LINE WEBTOON, an all-ages adventure about a girl, a boy with fairy wings, and a dead Radish. It’s her favorite thing and you should read it. Katie also wrote and drew the webcomic Gronk: A Monster’s Story, which lost several awards but is still delightful. In mainstream comics, Katie has carved out quite the little gallery of titles she’s worked on… Did you ever watch that documentary about this fascinating woman in NYC that puts on a bizarre mix of costume jewelry and eclectic clothes every day? Iris? That’s Katie’s career… A little over here at IDW, a little over there at LucasFilm Press, who thought Katie was a good idea for a Sex Criminals cover, oh look now she’s drawing Spider-Man? A mixed bag of adorable all over this place. Katie spent several years as one of the primary writers on IDW’s My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and has also done projects with Marvel, BOOM! Studios, and more (she apologizes for referring to some of you as “and more”). She’s also illustrated several Star Wars children’s books for Disney LucasFilm Press, and created artwork for the Disney Wonderground Gallery. Artist and writer! Double threat! (She thinks a triple threat in comics would be when someone is also an excellent editor, but any editor that has ever worked with her will attest that she thinks spell-check is something from Harry Potter.) Her mother thinks she is funny. Sometimes. Maybe.
Artist, creative editor, writer, reference model, all-purpose Joe-wrangler at Linsner, and founder of lightisthenewdark art studios, Kristina Deak-Linsner has brought her years of fine art experience in the west coast gallery scene over to the house that Dawn built. After beginning her comics career at Dynamic Forces in the late 90’s, she now uses her keen eye to help guide all Linsner products and projects such as: Sin Boldly, the Dawn and Vampirella crossover series, as well as Linsner’s annual Dawn sketchbooks (2011 to present). The graphic novel Dawn and Vampirella brings her comics career full circle by working with Dynamite/Dynamic Forces once again. In 2018, she worked on the Vampirella series, Roses For The Dead. Twitter – @KDeakLinsner Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/lightisthenewdark
Bob Hall had a long association with Marvel Comics, where at one time or another he drew most of the major books and characters such as The Champions, Spider-Man, Dr. Doom, Conan, Thor, The Fantastic Four, The Submariner, Captain America, PSI Force, The Avengers, and The New Mutants. He was the artist for the West Coast Avengers mini-series and was the primary artist on the original Squadron Supreme. He drew movie adaptations of Willow, Dark Man, and the notorious first Captain America movie, as well as pencils and inks for the graphic novel, Emperor Doom. Bob was an editor at Marvel in 1979. For Valiant, he wrote and penciled the monthly series Shadowman, wrote Timewalker, and then created Armed and Dangerous, a black and white “comicbook-noir” series. For DC, he wrote and drew the Batman graphic novel projects Batman DOA, I Joker, and It’s Jokertime. In 2016, he wrote and drew an educational/fantasy about the measles virus for the University of Nebraska called Carnival of Contagion. Bob is a member of the National Cartoonists Society, Actors Equity Association, and the Society for Directors and Choreographers. His work can be seen at www.bobhall.com. Commissions and original art are available through http://www.catskillcomics.com/. He can be messaged on Facebook.
Jamal Igle began his career in comics at the early age of 17, working as intern at DC while attending the High School of Art and Design. He began penciling full-time in 1993 and his body of work includes lengthy runs on Firestorm, Nightwing, and Supergirl at DC. He served s Vice President of Marketing at Action Lab Entertainment, where he published his Molly Dangerand Venture titles. He has recently provided art for The Wrong Earth and covers for Dragonfly and Dragonflyman at AHOY Comics, art for Noble at Lion Forge, and provided art and writing on the Princeless: Girls Rock / Girls Leadership Anthology from Action Lab Entertainment.
Joseph Michael Linsner is most well-known for his creation Dawn, who first appeared in the self-published Cry for Dawn in 1989 and followed by numerous series at Sirius, He is also the creator of several other characters, including Sinful Suzi in Sin Boldly, released in December 2013 by Image Comics. He has worked on Dawn/Vampirella through Dynamite Entertainment, Justice League Quarterly and Harley Quinn at DC Comics, Killraven, Mystique, and Claws at Marvel Comics, and he drew the cover of the Image Comics one-shot Witchblade/The Punisher #1. Of late Linsner has provided covers for Dynamite Entertainment’s Red Sonja, Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, and covers and interiors for Vampirella: Roses for the Dead.
Erica Schultz is an American comic book writer, and editor best known for her work on Xena: Warrior Princess and Charmed, her participation in DC Comics’ first Writers Workshop, and her creator-owned crime series, M3. Her latest work includes Daredevil for Marvel Comics and Twelve Devils Dancing for Action Lab Danger Zone.
In addition to on-site CGC grading, this year’s confirmed guests for the show include: Neal Adams (Detective Comics), Arantza (fantasy artist), Brian Azzarello (Batman: Damned), Marty Baumann (Disney/Pixar), Mark Buckingham (Justice League Dark), Jim Calafiore (The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute), Richard Case (Doom Patrol), Castillo Studios, Howard Chaykin (Hey Kids! Comics!), Frank Cho (Harley Quinn), Amy Chu (KISS: The End), Matthew Clark (Injustice: Ground Zero), Steve Conley (The Middle Age), Katie Cook (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic), Kristina Deak-Linsner (Vampirella: Roses for the Dead), Garth Ennis (The Boys, Friday and Saturday only), Ramona Fradon (The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute), Julie Fujii Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo: The Hidden), Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (DC Nation), Gerhard (Cerberus the Aardvark), Juanjo Guarnido (Blacksad), Bob Hall (West Coast Avengers), Cully Hamner (Batman Beyond), Greg Hildebrandt (Old Man Logan), Adam Hughes (Superman), Jamal Igle (Wrong Earth), Klaus Janson (New Challengers), Justin Jordan (Reaver), Chris Kemple (The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute), Matt Kindt (X-O Manowar), Sharlene Kindt (Dept. H), Tom King (Batman), Greg Land (Hulkverines, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer), Joe Linsner (Red Sonja), Mike Manley (Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Comic), Ron Marz (Turok), John McCrea (Hitman, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Bob McLeod (New Mutants), Carla Speed McNeil (Twisted Romance), Pop Mhan (Raven, Daughter of Darkness), Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez (Ricanstruction: Reminiscing & Rebuilding Puerto Rico), Mark Morales (Justice League), Sean Murphy (Batman: White Knight), Kevin Nowlan (Black Widow, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Greg Pak (Star Wars), Paul Pelletier (Aquaman/Jabberjaw Special), Mike Perkins (Swamp Thing), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Tom Raney (Dog Days of Summer), Afua Richardson (Run), Rafer Roberts (Grumble), Craig Rousseau (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Dimension X), Andy Runton (Owly), Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), Bob Schreck (Batman: Hush), Erica Schultz (Xena: Warrior Princess), Bart Sears (Turok), Louise Simonson (Death of Superman), Walter Simonson (Ragnarok), Andy Smith (Demi-God), Allison Sohn (The Art of Red Sonja, Volume 2), Brian Stelfreeze (Rise of the Black Panther), Jim Steranko (Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.), William Stout (Fantastic Worlds – The Art of William Stout), Ty Templeton (Marvel Super-Hero Adventures, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Billy Tucci (Shi), Robert Venditti (Hawkman), Mark Waid (Avengers: No Road Home), Adam Warren (Empowered And Sistah Spooky’s High School Hell), Lee Weeks (Batman), Bob Wiacek (Iron Man), Marv Wolfman (Raven: Daughter of Darkness, courtesy of Hero Initiative), John Workman (Riverdale), and Kelly Yates (Torchwood).
There is something so alluring to crime procedural dramas, that despite the gruesome details, you still want to see it to the end. This why Law & Order lasted so many years and why its offshoots have prospered. It also has generated an industry which has become fixated with its real-life true crime. Humanity’s obsession with the darker recesses of our minds is both peculiar and enthralling.
This is why the show The Following. was so magnetic. There was the strong performances of Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy and their undeniable chemistry. The show revolved around a recently escaped serial killer who creates a community to carry out random killings while toying with the retired special agent who put him in jail in the first place. The show does what good horror stories do make you uncomfortable while keeping you glued to the television. In Action Labs: Danger Zone‘s brilliant Twelve Devils Dancingwe get one such story where an FBI agent must correct his past mistakes.
We meet Callum Cooper, an FBI agent who has gotten a diagnosis that he is dying of a fatal disease one that derails his career permanently. Of course, this news doesn’t come at the perfect time as he has been chasing a serial murderer known as the Crypto Killer. The killer has started to leave “presents” for Callum’s attention which also draws in an innocent bystander Aisha Miller, a college student who is trying to escape her demons but decides to help.
Overall, the comic series is a penetrating thriller that will make the reader unsettled. The story by Erica Schultz is chilling, discerning, and well developed. The art by Dave Acosta, Andrew Covalt, and Kelly Williams is gorgeous. Altogether, a crime procedural that belongs in the great canon of murder mysteries.
Story: Erica Schultz Art: Dave Acosta, Andrew Covalt, and Kelly Williams Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy
Writer(s): Erica Schultz Artist Name(s): Dave Acosta (Pencils), Andrew Covalt (Colors) Cover Artist(s): Bill Sienkiewicz
For years, a serial killer dubbed The Crypto-Killer mutilated women and left cryptic ciphers on their bodies. FBI Special Agent Callum Cooper was the one to solve the ciphers and catch the killer…Or did he? Now retired from the FBI because of a fatal diagnosis, the REAL killer emerges with a new mystery for Callum, and his past comes back to haunt him, torturing him in his last days. With the help of Aisha Miller, a bio-tech genius college student, Callum and Aisha are tasked with confronting this agent’s past mistakes, as they both seek redemption before it’s too late.
Features a stunning cover from industry legend Bill Sienkiewicz!
The show The Magicians is one of the few shows on television which gives the world a whole new view of their surroundings. I wasn’t sure how the books would turn out but I was more than interested in finding out. The books came to be known as the “Magicians Trilogy” and was more than anyone including me ever expected. They took a more mature look at magic. Basically if Hogwarts was a college and everyone was having sex, much like how it happened in the fan fiction that followed the genre. The television series for the most part is pretty faithful, and more than carries the spirit of the source material. I just wished both iterations were more representative of the world. Destiny, NY also plays with the concept that magic is a real and accepted part of life taking place in New York City. In the second volume the reader finds more about the protagonists as well as the other characters.
We find Logan in the midst of a fever pitched dream where the death of Song still haunts her, where she wakes up next to Lilith, and find the happy couple living together for the last three months. Meanwhile. at Destiny University, we find the school is under investigation, by the Mystical Code Enforcement Agency, who are looking into the inner workings of the school, and what lead to the false prophecy in the first place, as the principal, Karen Davids, tries her best to be diplomatic. In the most improbable of times, Logan’s parents visit her and Lilith to see a woman who is quite different from the young lady they raised. We also find Gia, not trusting her skills as a seer as she tries to find her way, while getting in trouble at school. We also find Joe having a meltdown of his own which is compounded by the fact, that there are masked men trying to neutralize students with exceptional magical abilities. As all our protagonists are being outed by someone, as Lilith suspects Arvid, Song’s assistant to be behind the doxing. Meanwhile, Logan’s ex, Bailey, is being managed by Arvid, who has plans in the works, hoping to take his revenge in the name of Lilith’s sister, Song. Arvid makes his move, kidnapping Logan in a desperate attempt to connect to Song, but Lilith comes to the rescue.
On top of that, the collection features numerous short stories set in this world.
Overall, an engrossing book that you will both love and be lost in for hours. The stories by the creative team are fast paced, engaging and action packed. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, a stimulating chapter in this series that charms, enthralls, and shocks you at the most unexpected moments.
Story: Pat Shand, Erica Schultz, Natasha Alterici, Emily Ree, Brian Cogan, Amy Shand Art: Rosi Kampe, Jim Campbell, Manuel Preitano, Megan Levens, Natasha Alterici, Emily Ree, Claudia Aguirre, Eve Mae, Lisa Sterle , Katie Kuffel Editor: Shannon Lee Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy