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Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Survival Street?!

A candy coating of pop culture madness, humor, and cartoonishly absurd hyper-violence is heading to comic shops soon with Survival Street from Dark Horse Comics! Dashed with just enough hope to keep you holding on, Survival Street is an action satire written by five-time Harvey Award nominee James Asmus and Jim Festante, drawn and inked by Abylay Kussainov, colored by Ellie Wright, and lettered by Taylor Esposito.

After an unbridled wave of corporations take over America the country is left completely deregulated. It is effectively carved up into feudal states where billionaires and businesses make their own laws. Among the wreckage, mass privatization shuts down public broadcasting, forcing all the beloved edu-tainers out on the dirty streets. A group of them sticks together, determined to keep helping kids across the country–and to do it by becoming an A-Team-esque band of mercenaries fighting for (and educating!) kids in the crumbling, corporate war zone of New Best America.

Survival Street #1 (of 4) will be available at comic stores August 3, 2022 and is available for pre-order at your local comic shop. It is recommended for ages 14 and up.

Incendium Launches Opus Comics into the Direct Market. Get an Exclusive look at Frank Frazetta’s Death Dealer covers

Opus Comics

There’s a new comic line to keep an eye on. Incendium has announced its publishing arm, Opus Comics, will be releasing comic books in the direct market, distributed by Diamond Comic Distributors.

Opus and Diamond also announced that the publisher will implement a new Final Order Cut-Off (FOC) program, effective with products scheduled to go on sale on May 4 and now carrying an FOC Date of Monday, April 11.

Frank Frazetta’s Death Dealer #1 and Disturbed: Dark Messiah #1 are the first titles from the new publisher, making its retail debut in May. With a scheduled on sale date of Wednesday, May 4, Death Dealer #1 will carry an FOC Date of Monday, April 11. With a scheduled on sale date of Wednesday, May 18, Disturbed: Dark Messiah #1 will carry an FOC Date of Monday, April 25.

The first titles in the lineup, hitting shelves in May and June 2022, include the new Frank Frazetta’s Death Dealer comic series and the Bill & Ted Roll the Dice miniseries, plus the music-based titles Disturbed: Dark Messiah and Joe Satriani’s Crystal Planet.

This marks a new stage for the production company, which has been selling comics, toys, games, and collectibles for 15 years, with an emphasis on creating merchandise for the heavy metal music scene. Driven by the company motto of “Myths, Monsters, and Metal,” the brand embraces ’80s and ’90s counterculture with a contemporary twist.

Incendium was founded in 2006 and initially established as a creative service business for the music industry, with clients including Iron Maiden, for which it produced comics, music videos, toys, and more. Incendium grew into a multifaceted production company, remaining independently owned. The company moved into comics with Eternal Descent in 2010, an original series that explores a radical take on the heavy metal music genre with axe-wielding metal masters in a dark fantasy world.

Over the years, the company has been involved in many unique productions, creating video games, animation, comics, music, and more. Incendium also moved into physical manufacturing of toys and collectibles for a number of clients and developed a pipeline for a line of 5” fully articulated “Figbiz” action figures, an homage to the ’90s toys Leon collected as a child.

During the pandemic, Opus Comics started working more with bands as tours and releases were delayed and musicians had more time and opportunity to explore narratives based on their music IP. This led to collaborations with popular metal and rock bands like Evanescence, Exodus, Cradle of Filth, Disturbed, and many more making their comic medium debut with Incendium. In this vein, the team behind Opus Comics always looks to push boundaries with stories exploring genre fiction, especially fantasy, horror, and sci-fi, be it with existing legendary properties or original ideas.

CEO Llexi Leon is joined at Opus Comics by Executive Editor Denton J. Tipton, who spent the past decade rising through the editorial ranks at IDW Publishing, most recently in the position of Managing Editor. R.G. Llarena has also come aboard as International Editor for Opus Publishing. He spent several years working as a freelance writer for both the American and Mexican comic book markets.

Opus Comics will be debuting Bill & Ted Roll the Dice #1 on June 14th, 2022, a four-issue miniseries set after the events of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey. The series is written by James Asmus with art by Wayne Nichols, and will also have a backup story featuring the origin of villain Chuck De Nomolos, written by John Barber with art by Andrew Currie. In addition to putting new Bill & Ted comics on the racks every month from June, Incendium also makes official Excellent Adventure and Bogus Journey merchandise, including FIGBIZ toys and playsets, art prints, apparel, and accessories.

The first issue of Frank Frazetta’s Death Dealer debuts May 4, embarking on a brand-new adventure through the worlds of Frazetta, introducing readers to extraordinary characters and places envisioned by the “Godfather” of fantasy art. This first title, authored by animation writer Mitch Iverson and illustrated by celebrated artist Stefano Martino, begins a major launch of comic books building towards an entire multiverse of stories inspired by Frazetta’s most famous creations. This is the start of a decade-long partnership between Frazetta Girls and Incendium, spanning comics, toys, games, and more across physical and digital collectibles.

Other high-profile titles in Opus Comics’ lineup include direct market releases of the Disturbed: Dark Messiah comic book series, written by Tim Seeley, and Joe Satriani’s Crystal Planet series. Incendium is also releasing collectible FIGBIZ action figures for every project related to the bands and their comic book storylines.

Preview: Rick and Morty: Corporate Assets #4

Rick and Morty: Corporate Assets #4

(W) James Asmus (A) Jarrett Williams, Jeremy Lawson, Crank!

Glootie triumphant! Can it be? Have the corporate overlords mined every interesting thing from the Smith family? Find out in this action-packed finale!
Rick and Morty are reunited with the family, but is it too late to stop the evil machinations of Glootie and his Glom-Con cohorts?

Rick and Morty: Corporate Assets #4

Preview: Field Tripping

Field Tripping

Written by James Asmus, Jim Festante
Art by Jose Garcia
Colored by Jose Garcia
Lettered by Ryan Ferrier
Purchase: comiXologyKindle

Wouldn’t childhood have been cooler if your class could take field trips to other dimensions, to learn about infinite possibilities or strange phenomena?

NO. Because some kid would inevitably BREAK the machine and leave you trapped in an eternity of tripping between dimensions, each getting horribly and irrevocably transformed by the bizarre terrors along the way! (Assuming you’re among the survivors.)

But… at least there’s juice boxes?

Field Tripping

Preview: My Little Pony/Transformers: The Magic of Cybertron

My Little Pony/Transformers: The Magic of Cybertron

(W) James Asmus, Sam Maggs, Ian Flynn (A) Jack Lawrence, Casey Coller, Priscilla Tramontano, Tony Fleecs (CA) Bethany McGuire-Smith
In Shops: Jan 19, 2022
SRP: $15.99

More ponies, more bots, and more magical mayhem as two worlds collide in the return of this hit crossover event!
While using a modified Spacebridge to bring magic to Cybertron, the Decepticons end up unleashing a more powerful evil from Equestria than they ever could’ve imagined-looks like the only way out of this one is to team up!
New partnerships will have to be created-the Seekers and the Wonderbolts, Applejack and Wildwheel, Soundwave and Octavia-in order to recapture the magic of their first meeting and save the day! All of this and more in the second My Little Pony/Transformers crossover!

My Little Pony/Transformers: The Magic of Cybertron

Preview: Rick and Morty: Corporate Assets #2

Rick and Morty: Corporate Assets #2

(W) James Asmus (A) Jarrett Williams, Jeremy Lawson, Crank!

Lights! Camera! Action! Things are getting weird at the Smith house as Glom-Con ramps up production on all things Rick, Morty, and the whole Smith family. Meanwhile, can Rick and Morty survive each other’s contempt long enough to escape from…wherever the heck they are?

Rick and Morty: Corporate Assets #2

Preview: My Little Pony/Transformers: The Magic of Cybertron #4 (of 4)

My Little Pony/Transformers: The Magic of Cybertron #4 (of 4)

(W) James Asmus, Ian Flynn (A) Casey Coller, Jack Lawrence (CA) Tony Fleecs
In Shops: Jul 21, 2021
SRP: $3.99

Spike and Grimlock return! When the Dinobots are attacked by Sombra’s minions, can Grimlock’s little purple buddy save every creature? And don’t miss the epic conclusion to the hit crossover series! Is friendship really magic? Can Transformers and ponies really work together? And how in the world are they going to stop Sombra?!

My Little Pony/Transformers: The Magic of Cybertron #4 (of 4)

Preview: Voyage to the Stars

Voyage to the Stars

(W) James Asmus, Ryan Copple (A/CA) Connie Daidone
In Shops: Jun 16, 2021
SRP: $15.99

The hit sci-fi comedy podcast blasts into comics with this all-new graphic novel adventure! Voyage to the Stars is a bonafide podcast phenomenon starring Colton Dunn (Superstore), Felicia Day (Supernatural), Janet Varney (Legend of Korra), Kirsten Vangsness (Criminal Minds), and Steve Berg (Drunk History)! With 2.5 million downloads in its debut year and over 100,000 viewers on Twitch, the wild sci-fi podcast that’s consistently ranked in the Top 100 for comedy is now on its way to conquer the comics world.

Earth is gone. Only one intrepid crew of misfits managed to escape, now determined and ambiguously destined to stop a growing, ancient evil from consuming the universe. Though stopping it may be tricky, as our heroes can’t help but destroy just about every planet and species they come across. Kinda debatable who’s the bigger threat.

Voyage to the Stars
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