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Magnetic Press announces Black Box Chronicles, a new sci-fi anthology

Magnetic Press has announced the upcoming premiere of their first original production in partnership with Horrible FutureBlack Box Chronicles, a science-fiction anthology that spans multiple generations in mankind’s expansion into space and beyond the stars. Developed by Horrible Future founders Mark Schey and Chris Northrop, the anthology serves as an introduction to the sprawling drama and high-concept fiction that will be explored in a multi-media plan that includes print, digital, audio, video, and interactive elements.

Black Box Chronicles is set in the future age known as The Great Outward Expansion wherein mankind has not only left earth to colonize other planets but other star systems as well. Humanity’s natural instinct to explore is given free reign through exponentially advancing technology, reaching new plateaus of knowledge faster than anyone could have imagined. But regardless of how much data and processing power civilization achieves, there remains one barrier that can only be crossed in one direction: the one separating life and death. But one Scavenger believes he may be able to solve life’s biggest mystery by assembling scraps of data from a variety of Black Boxes recovered from several centuries’ worth of spacecraft that all share a secret connection, one that may answer the question of what happens in our final moments when we pass into “The Great Dark.”

Told by a creative team of some of the comic industry’s most talented artists and writers, this collection of 15 interconnected short stories set the historical groundwork for the Black Box Universe. Horrible Future founders Mark Schey and Chris Northrop have gathered a roster of seasoned talent from around the world, including David Mack, Michael Avon OemingZach HowardEryk DonovanMarco Fodera, Gavin Smith, Toru Terada, David Messina, Giovanni Rigano, Drew Moss, Christian Dibari, Taki Soma, and Mario Alberti.
In addition to the anthology, a world-building Art Book entitled Black Box Design Space will be released featuring an encyclopedic look at the various devices, locations, and technologies that make up this new future setting. Fully illustrated by concept artist Shane Molinathis supplemental volume will further immerse readers into the world of Black Box through rich cutaway schematics and lore that add further dimension and layers to the mysteries explored in the anthology.

In addition to the anthology and encyclopedia, additional supplementary content is in development, including original music by one of the fictional characters, longform prose short stories, and tabletop roleplaying materials using Magnetic’s D6MV System based on the classic D6 System by West End Games.

Black Box Chronicles will debut on Kickstarter on Tuesday May 16th with special limited hardcover editions of both the anthology and the Design Space art book. The campaign-exclusive hardcover edition of the anthology will feature artwork by David Mack, while the general trade paperback edition will feature artwork by Shane Molina. A limited, deluxe slipcase set will feature both hardcover books inside a blue foil-laden slipcase with magnetic closure. Other campaign exclusives will include resin miniatures of some of the ships and drones featured in the series, a deck of premium playing cards featuring design motifs and artwork from inside the universe, and other unlockable bonus items that will be revealed at launch.

Spidey and His Amazing Friends Gets a Free Comic for Young Readers

It’s Spidey time! The new Spidey and His Amazing Friends Free Comic a promotional comic that kids are sure to love, will be available in comic shops on May 4! Arriving in stores just days before Free Comic Book Day, it’s a perfect comic for retailers to hand out to younger readers and families looking to celebrate the spirit of comic books together.

Based on the hit Marvel’s Spidey and His Amazing Friends animated series now airing on Disney Junior, Disney+, YouTube and Marvel HQ, the Spidey and His Amazing Friends Free Comic is a collection of stories from the My First Comic Reader series. These thrilling adventures starring Spidey, Miles Morales, and Ghost-Spider as well as Spider-Man’s greatest villains including Green Goblin and Doc Ock provide kids with a great entry point into comics reading and an exciting introduction to the world of Spider-Man! The not-to-be-missed comic also includes pages and pages of fun interactive activities that are sure to engage even the youngest of Spidey readers!

Enjoy the Spidey and His Amazing Friends Free Comic when it swings into comic shops on May 4!

Spidey and His Amazing Friends Free Comic

Magnetic Press and Harlequin Have 5 New Comics for You

There’s five new comics available right now on comiXology. Check out what you can get from Magnetic Press and Harlequin below or get shopping now.

Letters from Animals OGN

Written by Frédéric Brrémaud
Art by Giovanni Rigano
Cover by Giovanni Rigano

If animals could speak, what would they say? We share this planet with millions of animals, and sometimes we forget that they have lives, too. This book gives animated voices to many of them so that they can plead their case for the right to live alongside us. A collection of stories told from the perspective of different animals whose lives are impacted by human society, adapting the writings of wildlife conservationist Allain Bourgrain Dubourg by by wildlife comic author Fred Brremaud (LOVE, LITTLE TAILS, etc) artist Giovanni Rigano (ILLEGAL, ARTEMIS FOWL).

Letters from Animals OGN

Monolith #4

Written by Roberto Recchioni, Mauro Uzzeo
Art by LRNZ
Cover by LRNZ

It’s the final showdown between a mother pushed to the edge and the reality of bad decisions she has made along the way. Will she save her son before its too late?

Monolith #4

Out Of The Blue

Written by Jill Shalvis
Art by Nasuno Amano

Hannah and her two best friends, who run an inn together, are having a competition to get boyfriends for the summer. Hannah has no experience with men, so the hurdle is high, but then Zach, the boy she fell in love with at fourteen, appears. A detective who was shot while on duty, he’s come to the inn by the sea to recuperate. His sexy and dangerous aura makes Hannah’s heart throb. If she’s going to throw away her virginity, it has to be with him! One day, she slips into Zach’s bed while he’s sleeping, and suddenly she’s being wrapped up in his powerful arms!

Out Of The Blue

père réticent !

Written by Elizabeth Oldfield
Art by JET

Pour aider à la gestion d’un chalet appartenant à l’amant de son oncle récemment décédé, Cassandra a fait le voyage jusqu’aux Seychelles. Elle y est allée car elle pensait pouvoir y commencer une nouvelle vie avec son fils nouveau-né. Cependant, un jour, alors qu’elle faisait le ménage, elle est sortie devant et s’est figée sur place. L’homme sur la terrasse, regardant la mer… Il s’appelait Gifford, et son amour l’a presque rendue folle. Ils ont rompu il y a un an et demi, et il a cruellement ignoré la lettre de Cassandra lui annonçant qu’il avait un fils. Alors pourquoi est-il soudainement réapparu dans sa vie après tout ce temps ?

père réticent !

Small World #2

Written by Jean-David Morvan
Art by Toru Terada
Cover by Toru Terada

Having escaped the evil Captain Gancho, Piedro takes shelter in young Kumiko’s bedroom. Now the starstruck little girl and her brothers are about to take their first step into a world of danger…

Small World #2

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Preview: Uncle Scrooge #54

Uncle Scrooge #54

(W) Fausto Vitaliano, Vito Stabile (A) Lorenzo Pastrovicchio, Giovanni Rigano (CA) Marco Mazzarello
In Shops: Feb 12, 2020
SRP: $4.99

It’s another tale of how Scrooge earned his next million, and its one that proves why no one is as savvy as capitalizing on trends than Scrooge McDuck! “My Eighth Million” finds Scrooge behind the wheels of a bus transportation service that starts out less-than-promising but soon becomes the hottest ride in town. Then, in “The Golden Eggs,” Scrooge tells Huey, Dewey, and Louie a fairy tale involving him and Donald Duck that leaves the nephews a little skeptical, but highly amused.

Uncle Scrooge #54

Dumbo Takes Off at Dark Horse in March

On March 29, 2019, fans of all ages will experience the magic of Disney’s beloved classic Dumbo like never before on the big screen with a live-action adaptation by the one and only Tim Burton. Ahead of this highly anticipated family feature is a graphic novel from Disney and Dark Horse Books expanding on the story of the world’s favorite flying elephant!

Written by John Jackson Miller with art by Giovanni Rigano, Alberto Zanon, Paola Antista, and Michela Bovo, this anthology takes off to inspire with the magic of Disney Dumbo. The beloved story of Dumbo the flying elephant and all his circus friends continues in five interconnected tales at Max Medici’s circus—a place full of curiosity, wonder, and awe. Follow Dumbo and friends on a path of discovery where differences are celebrated, and dreams soar!

Disney Dumbo: Friends in High Places TPB goes on sale March 26, 2019. This 72-page trade paperback retails for $10.99.

Review: Illegal: A Graphic Novel Telling One Boy’s Epic Journey to Europe

As a child of the 1980s, I grew up in a time where cartoon movies were a joy for not only the kids but the parents. This tradition continues on to today as many of these films usually leave a few jokes only parents will understand. Then there are those animated pictures that they are made for children. One of the most memorable movies, that I can watch today, and I would still make me feel the same way, is Ferngully: The Last Rainforest, a sobering cinematic classic about humanity, the dangers of pollution, and our connection to nature.

Then there’s An American Tail, a movie that felt it was from Disney, but it actually from Universal. It told a story about a  family of mice who came to the United States from Russia but are separated from one of their children. Though it was years ago, this very story is being forced upon the many immigrants and refugees fleeing to America for a better life today. We see it play out on the news, children being torn from their parents maybe to never be reunited. This is not the only atrocity being forced upon them as they flee here. America was a beacon of hope. Now it has shown an uglier side as the xenophobia and racism that has seeped into the public consciousness has eroded who we are to the world. In this timely graphic novel from the team behind Artemis Fowl, is Illegal, which tells the story of two brothers who long for life and each other.

Within the first page, we find a quote from Elie Wiesel, where he addresses how the world uses the namesake of the book when it comes to refugees. We meet Ebo, a 12 year old in Ghana who just found out his brother has left his village. Ebo longs for his brother, and sees it as an opportunity as he plots to find him. He starts by riding on a bus, his very first time on one and meets a variety of characters. He sees first hand how it is to live without a home. Eventually reuniting, the journey turns to finding their sister Sisi. The graphic novel explores the dangers these individuals face to find freedom, reunite with family, and provide basics of life like food, water, shelter, and medicine. And, the reality of facing death to achieve those simple things.

The graphic novel is a moving story of love and family and the journey some refugees must undergo. The story by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin is heartfelt, honest and relevant. The art by Giovanni Rigano is gorgeous and endearing. Altogether, a story about a family like any other and whose love knows no bounds.

Story: Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin Art: Giovanni Rigano
Story: 10 Art: 9.6 Overall: 9.9 Recommendation: Buy