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Music and Horror Join Forces in Dead Beats from A Wave Blue World

Indie comic publisher A Wave Blue World has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Dead Beats, a horror anthology inspired by SyFy’s Haunted Collector and CBS’s Twilight Zone, incorporating music themes to bring an additional edge.  

Dead Beats, curated by Eric Palicki and Joe Corallo, will be feature a diverse group of industry-shaping storytellers and artists, including recently announced Dwayne McDuffie Award winners Ivy Noelle Weir and Christina “Steenz” Stewart, GLAAD Nominated Magdalene Visaggio, Emmy-nominated writer of Late Show With Stephen Colbert’s Daniel KibblesmithDoom Patrol’s Rachel Pollack and Richard Case, Suicide Squad’s Vita Ayala, Women in Comics Collective International co-founder Regene Sawyer, and more.

This music-themed horror anthology centers around the proprietor of a music store that contains a number of unusual artifacts. As the “shoppe keeper” guides readers through the shop, each creator will weave a haunting tale revealing the origin of these mysterious items.

A Wave Blue World is asking readers to be involved and to support Dead Beats Kickstarter Campaign by preordering Dead Beats, selecting Exclusive awards offered including original art by artists like Jen Hickman and an one-on-one portfolio review with Joe Illidge, A Wave Blue World’s Editorial Director, formerly editor at DC Comics, Lionforge, and Valiant, or simply just pledging to be included in the backers page.

Dead Beats

Preview: Femme Magnifique: 10 Magnificent Women Who Changed the World

Femme Magnifique: 10 Magnificent Women Who Changed the World

Just in time for Women’s History Month, we’ve curated a one-shot selection of short stories from the critically acclaimed anthology, FEMME MAGNIFIQUE: 50 Magnificent Women Who Changed the World. Part mini-biopic, part salute to their personal icons, the subjects and creative teams include:

  • MARGARET HAMILTON by Alisa Kwitney & Jamie Coe
  • SYLVIA EARLE by Maris Wicks
  • KATE BUSH by Gail Simone & Marguerite Sauvage
  • MARGARET SANGER by Lucy Knisley
  • HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON by Kelly Sue DeConnick & Elsa Charretier
  • MARY BLAIR by Casey Gilly & Jen Hickman
  • HARRIET TUBMAN by Chuck Brown & Sanford Greene
  • RUMIKO TAKAHASHI by Chynna Clugston-Flores
  • SALLY RIDE by Cecil Castellucci & Philip Bond

From artists to astronauts, from performance halls to the Skateboard Hall of Fame, the magnificent women featured in this single issue have one thing in common: they’ve shattered ceilings and continue to empower, educate, and promote equality.

FC • 36 pages • $4.99

Femme Magnifique: 10 Magnificent Women Who Changed the World

WonderCon 2019: Lion Forge Announces Bezkamp, an Original Graphic Novel by Samuel Sattin and Jen Hickman

Before the opening of the exhibit hall at WonderCon in Anaheim, Lion Forge has revealed a delightfully original YA graphic novel under its Roar banner from Glint series writer, Samuel Sattin and co-created by artist Jen Hickman

In the village of Bezkamp, laws, land, rituals, and warriors are sacred. The written word is banished. Nem, son of one of Bezkamp’s strongest warriors, shows no signs of fire or strength. Forced to follow in his father’s footsteps, Nem must venture beyond their village walls in order to save land from being corrupted by the dangerous and toxic Crig beasts. As Nem begins to see more of their planet, he’ll begin to uncover the truth behind the village’s lies and start to fight for truth.

Bezkamp is an all-new graphic novel with a fun and original concept sure to excite readers young and old, to be released in October of 2019 at finer comic book shops and bookstores everywhere!


Chris Sebela and Jen Hickman Want to Test Comics

Vault Comics has announced TEST, a brand new sci-fi series by Eisner Award nominated writer Chris Sebela, artist Jen Hickman, colorist Harry Saxon, and letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou.   

TEST follows Aleph Null, An orphan, a human guinea pig undergoing medical tests for cash, a bodyhacker, a hardcore future junkie, and a corporate asset. But now, Aleph is on the run from their old life, in search of a mythical, Midwestern town named Laurelwood—where they’re test-marketing the future with tech that can’t possibly exist yet, and won’t for decades.

TEST#1 will receive a Vault Vintage variant cover that pays homage to Transmetropolitan, the immensely influential Vertigo series by Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson. The Vault Vintage variant cover is drawn and designed by Nathan Gooden and Tim Daniel. 

TEST #1 hits store shelves on June 26th, 2019. The official synopsis is below: 

Aleph Null is a lot of things: An orphan, a human guinea pig undergoing medical tests for cash, a bodyhacker, a hardcore future junkie, and a corporate asset. But now, Aleph is on the run from their old life, in search of a mythical, Midwestern town named Laurelwood—where they’re test-marketing the future with tech that can’t possibly exist yet, and won’t for decades.

From Eisner-nominated Chris Sebela (Crowded, High Crimes) and Jen Hickman (Moth & Whisper) comes the story of a town out of time, full of mysteries, and populated by guinea pigs in need of liberation by the misfit least likely to be their savior.

Test #1

Preview: Feathers SC

Feathers SC

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer:  Jorge Corona
Artist: Jorge Corona
Colorist: Jen Hickman
Letterer: Deron Bennet
Cover Artist: Jorge Corona
Price: $14.99

The debut graphic novel from 2015 Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award Winner Jorge Corona

Born covered in black feathers, abandoned as a baby in the slums of the Maze, Poe has lived his entire eleven-year-old life hidden away, until he meets Bianca, an overprotected girl from the wealthy City beyond the Wall.

As danger looms on all sides, a friendship grows between the city girl and the boy covered in feathers . . . a friendship that may just be enough to bring Bianca home, and lead Poe to his destiny.

From breakout talent Jorge Corona (Nightwing, Middlewest), Feathersis a heartwarming tale of danger, friendship, and adventure.

Feathers SC

Preview: Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Shortcuts HC

Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: Shortcuts HC

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Jonathan Case, Delilah S. Dawson, Adam Smith and more!
Artists: Katie Cook, Cory Godbey, Gustavo Duarte, Jeff Stokely, Daniel Bayliss and more!
Cover Artist: Derek Kirk Kim
Colorists: Joana Lafuente, Heather Breckel, Dan Jackson, Jen Hickman
Letterers: Jim Campbell, Nathan Pride, Deron Bennett, Warren Montgomery
Price: $29.99

Celebrate the beloved Jim Henson fantasy film with stories from inside the magical walls of the labyrinth!

Featuring fan-favorite characters like Ludo, Hoggle, Sir Didymus, and the Goblin King himself, this compilation showcases imaginative tales from critically acclaimed writers and artists alike, including Jonathan Case (The New Deal), Delilah S. Dawson (Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Captain Phasma), Gustavo Duarte (Bizarro), Roger Langridge (Snarked), Katie Cook (Star Wars: ABC-3PO), Jeff Stokely (Six-Gun Gorilla), and many others.

Collects The Labyrinth 30th Anniversary Special, The Labyrinth 2017 Special and two never-before-seen stories!

Review: Lifehacks

As a lover of stories I have always been enamored with “oddball” relationships. There is some so magnetic and enigmatic of watching two people who are nothing alike but must work together for the greater good. As some of the best examples of these type of relationships, usually happen in crime procedural stories, with a crime or murder at the center of the story. One of my favorite examples, though it has been off the air for a few years now, is Castle.

As the story revolved around a bestselling crime fiction writer and his partnership with a smart but jaded police detective. The show cleverly used the genre’s tropes but also injected humor and humanity to balance the story where you least expect it.  Since its cancellation, there have been more than a few imitators, but none that could match the show’s charm. Which is why I was surprised to see that charm and grit replicated in Ovi Demetrian Jr. and Jen Hickman’s off kilter duo in Lifehacks.

In the opening panels, a home invasion goes awry, leaving the victim unconscious ad mostly unbothered. We then meet Lisa Adams, an intuitive police investigator, whose demeanor and fortitude, makes her a force to be reckoned with, as she uncovers a hacker, Joe McIntosh, whose reminiscent of the criminal they are on the hunt for. She convinces her boss to hire him, this is where we meet Joe, a stoic yet seemingly unfazed individual, whose attention to detail is immaculate as he finds an ad that Lisa left for him and finds out more about the detective through online files. Meanwhile, a shadowy killer is ruthlessly taking out random victims in the most arbitrary ways. As they look to meet, Adams’s boss makes capturing Joe the priority, which he quickly realizes and escapes but through his online search, he helps her anyway as the lives of people around the city are at stake. As the two works together, they follow the clues, and they get closer to whom they believe is the murderer, witness by witness, while at the same time, he leaves victims across the city. Eventually, Adams finds out more about Joe, and his past, how his mother was killed, while at the same time, Joe finds out who the serial killer is.

Overall, an excellent story which challenges the reader’s perceptions of technology and first impressions. The story by Demetrian Jr. is smart, action packed and suspenseful. The art by Hickman is gorgeous, especially the line work. Altogether, a fine noir that combines the standard procedural and technology in the most elegant way.

Story: Ovi Demetrian Jr. Art: Jen Hickman
Story: 10 Art: 9.6 Overall: 9.4 Recommendation: Buy

AfterShock Announces Moth & Whisper by Ted Anderson and Jen Hickman

Everyone knows that the two greatest thieves in the city are the Moth and the Whisper. Very few know that the Moth and the Whisper disappeared six months ago. And what nobody knows is that the newMoth and Whisper are actually one person pretending to be both of them. One supremely skilled but uncertain young genderfluid thief: Niki, the child of the Moth and the Whisper.

Niki has been trained by their parents in the arts of stealth and infiltration, but they’re still just a teenager, and now they’re alone, searching for their parents in a hostile cyberpunk dystopia. Corporations run the streets while crime lords like Ambrose Wolfe run the alleys—identity is a commodity and privacy is impossible. The truth about Niki’s parents and their disappearance is out there, but can Niki survive long enough to find it?

A Young Adult cyberpunk thriller starring a genderqueer super-thief, Moth & Whisper is the brainchild of Ted Anderson and Jen Hickman.

Moth & Whisper also feature lettering Marshall Dillon with covers Hickman and Jorge Corona. Moth & Whisper #1 is out September 12, 2018.

Femme Magnifique Gets a New Print Through IDW’s Black Crown

Femme Magnifique, the wildly successful Kickstarter comic book anthology, is headed back to print for a beautiful softcover edition this September. It is a celebration of 50 iconic women who shattered glass ceilings and changed the course of history in the process.

Told by over 100 of the most talented creators in comics from around the world, Femme Magnifique features 3-page short stories about women from the world of music, art, politics, and science. Explored from a personal angle, the subjects of these mini-biopics include Kate BushOctavia ButlerRumiko TakahashiAda LovelaceMisty CopelandMargaret SangerMichelle ObamaUrsula K. Le GuinSally RideHarriet Tubman and more!

Femme Magnifique was conceived and co-curated by Shelly Bond and Kristy Miller & Brian Miller of Hi-Fi Colour Design. It features contributions from such comic book luminaries as Cecil Castellucci, Marguerite BennettBill SienkiewiczJen BartelMike CareyKelly Sue DeConnickTini HowardElsa CharretierTess FowlerRafael AlbuquerqueTee FranklinGilbert HernandezMing DoyleMatt WagnerJim RuggGail SimoneMags VisaggioMarguerite SauvageGerard WayPhilip BondHope NicholsonSanford GreeneSonny LiewJen HickmanMark BuckinghamPeter GrossTyler CrookDan Parent, and Kieron Gillen, among many others.

Maxing out at nearly $100,000 raised for the Kickstarter edition, earning over 240% of its initial goal, Femme Magnifique found its audience swiftly. Now, those who missed out on the first go-round can add this collection to their library packed with new bonus material including a foreword, behind-the-scenes process pages, and more.

The new paperback edition of Femme Magnifique will become available on September 4, 2018 and can now be pre-ordered using ISBN: 978-1684053209

Preview: Regular Show Vol. 10 SC

Regular Show Vol. 10 SC

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Mad Rupert
Artist: Laura Howell
Cover Artist: Jorge Corona, Jen Hickman
Price: $14.99

When Benson decides to retire from managing the Park, it’s not the end of the world…until it is. Literally! It’s up to Mordecai and Rigby to save Skips, High-Five Ghost, and Muscleman from the grips of Chaos, and convince Benson to come home, for the sake of the universe. From writer Mad Rupert (Regular Show: Skips, Adventure Time: Banana Guard Academy) and with art by Laura Howell (Angry Birds, Regular Show: Wrasslesplosion), Regular Show Volume 10 collects issues #37-40 and marks the conclusion of the hit comic book series based on the Cartoon Network show.

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