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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
  • CINDY WHITEHEAD by Jim Rugg
  • 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

Steet Angel Takes on the Ninja-Industrial Complex this November

The Eisner Award-winning team of Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca will release Street Angel vs Ninjatech—a brand-new tale starring your favorite homeless heroine, Jesse Sanchez—this November from Image Comics.

After a hard fight with Ninja Carl, the deadliest girl alive seeks revenge—against the company that manufactured his dangerous weapons. It sure is convenient that it’s take-your-daughter-to-work day!

In her new adventure, Street Angel makes some friends, kinda; helps out a witch, sorta; and fights the Assassin of the Future™: the Ninja 6000 ® by Ninjatech.

Street Angel vs Ninjatech HC (Diamond code: SEP180117, ISBN: 978-1-5343-0856-5) will be available in comic book stores on Wednesday, November 7th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, October 8th. It will be available in bookstores on Tuesday, November 13th.

Pat Broderick, Vito Delsante, Jim Rugg, and Dan Slott Head to Baltimore Comic Con

Baltimore’s Inner Sees the return of the Baltimore Comic-Con on September 28-30, 2018 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Purchase your tickets to the show now to avoid additional lines at the show. The Baltimore Comic-Con has announced the return of a number of guests to our show in 2018: Pat BroderickVito DelsanteJim Rugg, and Dan Slott.

Pat Broderick began his comics career in the 1970s after presenting his portfolio for the DC Comics Junior Bullpen Program. Initially drawing filler pages and short stories for 100-Page Super Spectaculars, he went on to work on a variety of DC and Marvel titles. He transitioned briefly to working at Atlas Comics before returning to Marvel and spending time on their black-and-white magazine titles, Captain Marvel, and a run on Micronauts. Returning to DC, Broderick’s work could be found on titles such as Justice League of AmericaThe Fury of Firestorm, Detective ComicsCaptain AtomSwamp Thing, and Green Lantern. He again returned to Marvel in the early 1990s to work on books like Alpha Flight and Doom 2099. In the mid-90s, Broderick took a break from comics, working for an advertising firm and providing design work on the movie Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, but eventually returned to comics, pencilling issues of Micronauts once again, this time for Devil’s Due Publishing.

Vito Delsante is a comic book writer/graphic novelist. He’s written for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Image Comics, AdHouse Books, and Simon & Schuster, among others and his stories have been reprinted in other countries. His creator-owned superhero story, Stray, was published by Action Lab Entertainment, where he also wrote Action Lab: Dog of WonderActionverseMiliteddy, and  Midnight Tiger Stronger.

Jim Rugg makes comics, books, drawings, illustrations, and designs. His books and comics include Street AngelAfrodisiacthe PLAIN JanesRambo 3.5Notebook Drawings, and Supermag. He has exhibited drawings at iam8bit, Gallery1988, Mondo, and the Society of Illustrators. Honors include Eisner and Ignatz Awards, The Pittsburgh Foundation’s Investing in Professional Artists grant, and AIGA’s 50 Books/50 Covers selection for best-designed books. He teaches classes in the MFA Visual Narrative program at the School of Visual Arts and co-hosted BoingBoing.net’s Tell Me Something I Don’t Know podcast. His latest books are Street Angel’s Dog and Street Angel Goes to Juvie from Image Comics. Street Angel vs. Ninjatech debuts in November and the PLAIN Janes will be out in 2019!

Dan Slott‘s early comic work included many kid-friendly titles, including Mighty Mouse and Ren and Stimpy at Marvel and Scooby DooPower Puff GirlsLooney TunesBatman Adventures, and Justice League Adventures at DC Comics. With the beginnings of success under his belt, he was able to work on more serious titles at DC, including Arkham Asylum: Living Hell and JLA: Classified. Returning to Marvel, Slott helped launch the standalone She-Hulk series, as well as mini-series Spider-Man/Human Torch and GLA: Misassembled. His extensive run on Amazing Spider-Man was controversial, award-winning, and a sales success. He was the successor to Brian Michael Bendis on The Mighty Avengers, penned The Silver Surfer with Mike Allred (which won an Eisner Award for Best Single Issue of the Year), and authored Avengers: The Initiative, following the events of Civil War. He has since gone on to write Tony Stark: Iron Man and Fantastic Four for Marvel.

In addition to on-site CGC grading, this year’s confirmed guests for the show include: Arthur Adams (Guardians of the Galaxy), Joel Adams (Bucky O’Hare Graphic Novel Coloring Book), Neal Adams (Deadman), Zeea Adams (Neal Adams Monsters), Ethan Scott Ambruson (Azteca: Ciudad Paradiso), Marc Andreyko (Jeepers Creepers), Arantza (fantasy artist), Brian Azzarello (100 Bullets), Mike W. Barr (The Outsiders), Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl), Marty Baumann (Big Hero 6), John Beatty (Batman), Carolyn Belefski (Curls), Simon Bisley (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Bodycount), Ziggy Blumenthal (Operation Pajama Pants), June Brigman (Power Pack), Pat Broderick (Micronauts), Harold Buchholz (Mystery Science Theatre 3000), Mark Buckingham (Scooby Apocalypse), Greg Burnham (Tuskegee Heirs), Buzz (Superman: The Coming of the Supermen), Jim Calafiore (Leaving Megalopolis), Frank Cammuso (Wrong Earth), Chris Campana (Pathfinder: Worldscape – Vampirella), Greg Capullo (Dark Knights: Metal), Joe Carabeo (Black Magic Tales), Christa Cassano (Ghetto Klown), Howard Chaykin (Captain America), Joyce Chin (All-New Wolverine), Frank Cho (Harley Quinn), Michael Cho (Batwoman), Amy Chu (Red Sonja), Steve Conley (The Middle Age), Steve Conte (Action Figure Kingdom), Katie Cook (Thanos Annual), Denys Cowan (The Question), Paris Cullins (WWE Superstars), Kristina Deak-Linsner (Vampirella: Roses for the Dead), J. Robert Deans (The Bear from A.U.N.T.), Tom DeFalco (Spider-Girl, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Jose Delbo (Spongebob Comics), Vito Delsante (Midnight Tiger Stronger), Todd Dezago (Tellos), Dave Dorman (Black Hops: U.S.A.-*-G.I.), Charles C. Dowd (Lilith Dark), Emily Drouin (Eplis), Anne and Jerzy Drozd (Science Comics: Rockets), Todd Emko & Piggy (A Piggy’s Tale), Garth Ennis (Jimmy’s Bastards, Friday and Saturday only), G.D. Falksen (The Ouroboros Cycle), David Finch (Trinity), Meredith Finch (Rose), Ramona Fradon (The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute), Franco (Encounter), Jenny Frison (Wonder Woman), John Gallagher (Captain Canuck Season 4), Will Gallagher (EPIC Bros.), S.L. Gallant (G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero vs. the Six Million Dollar Man), Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (DC Nation), Steve Geiger (Web of Spider-Man), Joe Giella (The Flash), Mike Gold (The Pilgrim), Michael Golden (Micronauts: Wrath of Karza), Daniel Govar (Thanos: A God Up There Listening), Jimmy Gownley (Zootopia), John Patrick Green (Mickey Mouse Shorts: Season One), Dawn Griffin (Zorphbert & Fred), Tom Grummett (The New Titans, courtesy of Hero Initiatiive), Laura Lee Gulledge (Will & Whit), Bob Hall (Squadron Supreme), Dean Haspiel (The Red Hook), Glenn Hauman (The Whisper Campaign), Marc Hempel (Sandman), Clinton Hobart (Disney fine artist), Ken Hunt (Lady Death: Devotions), Jamal Igle (Molly Danger), Tony Isabella (Black Lightning), Klaus Janson (Nightwing, Saturday and Sunday only), Todd Johnson (Tribe), Justin Jordan (Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps), Chris Kemple (The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute), Karl Kesel (Batman ’66 Meets Wonder Woman ’77), Tom King (Batman), Barry Kitson (The Flash), Todd Klein (Black Hammer: Age of Doom), Evelyn Kriete (Weird Tales), Alisa Kwitney (Mystik U), Jade F. Lee (Rolled & Told), Leo Leibelman (Heavy Metal), Paul Levitz (Brooklyn Blood), Mike Lilly (The Tick), Joseph Michael Linsner (Vampirella: Roses for the Dead), Kevin Maguire (Man of Steel), Mike Maihack (Cleopatra in Space), Mike Manley (Judge Parker), Chris Mariano (Claire Lost her Bear at the World’s Fair), Mark Mariano (Adventure Time), Shawn Martinbrough (Shadowman), Ron Marz (Fathom Vol. 7), Ed McGuinness (Avengers), Bob McLeod (G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero), Carla Speed McNeil (Empowered & Sistah Spooky’s High School Hell), Dawn McTeigue (Divinica), Adriana Melo (Plastic Man, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Frank Miller (Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander, Saturday and Sunday only), Stuart Moore (Deadpool the Duck), Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise), Mark Morales (Justice League), Michael Moreci (Nightwing), Tony Moy (Mainstream), Trevor Mueller (Albert the Alien), Adriane Nash (The Whisper Campaign), Jamar Nicholas (Leon: Protector of the Playground), Denny O’Neil (DC Universe Holiday Special, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Jerry Ordway (G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero vs The Six Million Dollar Man), Rachel Ordway (The Elvis Adventures), John Ostrander (Suicide Squad, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Tom Palmer (Avengers), Dan Parent (Betty & Veronica Friends Forever), Jeff Parker (Future Quest Presents), Paul Pelletier (Titans Special), Andrew Pepoy (Mighty Moe Szyslak), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Brandon Peterson (Green Lanterns), Tom Peyer (Captain Kid), Richard and Wendy Pini (Elfquest), Ed Piskor (X-Men: Grand Design – Second Genesis), Chase and Mark Poulton (Pizza Tree), Andy Price (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic), David Proch (Quarter Moon), Tom Raney (Giantkillers), Mark Redfield (Hunted), Frank Reynoso (Garbage Pail Kids: Fables, Fantasies and Farts), Roy Richardson (The Flash), Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge), Craig Rousseau (Startup), Stephane Roux (Faith: Dreamside), Jim Rugg (Street Angel), Andy Runton (Owly), P. Craig Russell (Salome and Other Stories), Stuart Sayger (GI Joe: A Real American Hero vs. The Six-Million Dollar Man), Brian Shearer (William the Last), Jeff Shultz (Archie Jumbo Comics Digest), Mimi Simon (Judge Parker), Louise Simonson (Action Comics #1000), Walter Simonson (Thor), Matt Slay (Equilibrium), Dan Slott (Tony Stark: Iron Man), Andy Smith (Demi-God), John K. Snyder (Fashion in Action), Scott Snyder (Justice League, Saturday only), Mark Sparacio (Chelsea Dagger), Jim Starlin (Thanos: The Infinity Siblings, Saturday and Sunday only), Joe Staton (Dick Tracy), Brian Stelfreeze (Black Panther), Jim Steranko (Action Comics), Paul Storrie (The Viking Queen), Larry Stroman (Tribe), Rob Stull (The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute), Peter Tomasi (Superman), Tim Truman (Grimjack), David Trustman (God Slap), Sarah Trustman (The Memory Arts), Billy Tucci (Shi), Ted Tucker (Disney World caricature artist), Gus Vazquez (Sunfire and Big Hero Six), Emilio Velez Jr. (Dodgeball Teens), Magdalene Visaggio (Eternity Girl), Mark Waid (Captain America), Adam Wallenta (Punk Taco), Adam Warren (Empowered & Sistah Spooky’s High School Hell), Michael Watkins (Pantha), Larry Watts (Evil Dead 2: Cradle of the Damned); Todd Webb (Mr. Toast Comics), Dexter Weeks (Savage Eve), Mark Wheatley (Stargate Atlantis Singularity), Bob Wiacek (All New Wolverine), Matt Wieringo (Stargate Atlantis Gateways), Marcus Williams (Hero Cats of Stellar City: Year One), Javier Cruz Winnik (A Reason to Smile), Renee Witterstaetter (X-Force Epic Collection), Rich Woodall (The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute), John Workman (Kick-Ass), Thom Zahler (Time & Vine), and Mike Zeck (The Punisher).

Preview: Assassinistas #5

Assassinistas #5

Tini Howard (w) • Gilbert Hernandez (a & cover a) • Rob Davis (colorist) • Jim Rugg (cover b)

“Pack Some Heat With That Lunch!” Octavia, Dominic, and Taylor come together as a new generation takes shape—and takes swings at each other. Daddy’s home.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Street Angel Gets Three Releases in 10 Days

Writer Brian Maruca and co-writer/artist Jim Rugg have an action-packed April/May this year: an Image Firsts edition of After School Kung Fu Special, all-new tale Street Angel Goes to Juvie, and a Free Comic Book Day offering called Street Angel’s Dog will be released within a 10-day span.

Image Firsts: Street Angel #1 brings the action-packed punk-rock story of AFTER SCHOOL KUNG FU SPECIAL to comic shops everywhere in a standard comic format for just $1. A perfect and low-cost introduction to the world of Jesse “Street Angel” Sanchez (the deadliest girl alive), Image Firsts: STREET ANGEL #1 hits comic shops Wednesday, April 25th.

In Street Angel Goes to Juvie, Jesse “Street Angel” Sanchez (a.k.a. Shiraz Thunderbird) gets pinched and has to do a stretch in Alcatraz, Jr., Angel City’s infamous juvenile corrections center. But for our homeless heroine, the prospect of three square meals a day and a warm, dry bed is nothing to sneeze at. Plus, she meets a girl gang, besties a superhero sidekick, pushes the lunch lady to the limit, and watches Harriet the Spy! Will juvie break Shiraz Thunderbird, or will she break out of Alcatraz, Jr.?

Street Angel Goes to Juvie (ISBN: 978-1-5343-0800-8, Diamond code: MAR180625) is presented in a full-color hardcover and will be available in comic book stores Wednesday, May 2nd and bookstores Tuesday, May 8th.

What happens when the deadliest girl alive meets man’s best friend? A rampage, of course—of fun! They play dress-up, skateboard, fight ninjas, skateboard, fight monsters, race robot cars to the death, fight bullies, and teach each other the value of family. On Free Comic Book Day, which falls on May 5th this year, fans can pick up a free copy of Street Angel’s Dog at participating comic shops while supplies last.

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: WWE Survivor Series 2017 Special #1

WWE Survivor Series 2017 Special #1

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writers: Dennis Hopeless, Box Brown, Derek Fridolfs, Kevin Paneta, Lan Pitts, Aaron Gillespie
Artists: Lucas Werneck, Rodrigo Lorenzo, Derek Fridolfs, Kendall Goode, Kelly Williams, Tim Lattie
Colorists: Jeremy Lawson, Doug Garbark, Fred Stresing, Dee Cunniffe,
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Rahzzah
WWE What If? Incentive Cover: Jim Rugg
Unlocked Retailer Cover: Juan Doe

This oversized WWE special highlights everything we love about the Thanksgiving tradition that rules autumn in sports entertainment—Survivor Series!
Features stories across all eras, from the epic showdown between Brock Lesnar and Goldberg twelve years in the making, to the infamous controversial classic that still enrages WWE fans to this day—the Montreal Screwjob.

All New Street Angel this Halloween in Street Angel: Superhero for a Day

Jesse “Street Angel” Sanchez knows the pressure of being the girl who always saves the day. It’s just who she is. But when she and her friends find a powerful alien artifact, they learn that being a superhero is not all fun and games. Is this an extraterrestrial plot to destroy their middle school friendship or a gift from above that Jesse can pawn for a hot dog?

This October, Eisner Award-winner Jim Rugg, Brian Maruca, and Image Comics present the biggest, most epic Street Angel yarn yet.

Street Angel: Superhero for a Day (Diamond code: AUG170741, ISBN: 978-1-5343-0553-3) arrives in comic book stores Wednesday, October 25th and bookstores Tuesday, October 31st. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, September 4th.

Review: Afrodisiac

Blaxploitation was one of those genres growing up that I only heard about in passing, as most of those movies I was not able to see until I was a teenager. When I did discover it, one of the first movies I saw was Hammer. Fred Williamson’s screen presence was more than stoic, it was a new standard of cool. I would go on to watch that movies several times, and several more of films, including Black Caesar.

As I delved more into the genre and started going through the many films were produced during this era, in many ways, they were not only trying to imitate the success of Hammer but also the emulate the appeal of the character. MGM even adapted the Shaft book series, which provided a far denser canvas than what has been put on celluloid, as David Walker’s miniseries at Dynamite, best captured the complexity of the character. What both of these movie franchises provided, was showing the that people of color, especially black men, can be action heroes. In Jim Rugg’s and Brian Maruca’s Afrodisiac, they provided hero of the same mold, in what is a love letter to the genre.

In the first tale, “Shockocon”, Afrodisiac, whose real name is Alan Deasler, and works as a janitor, but is a hero during the day, is captured by his arch nemesis, the Shocker. He easily escapes Shocker’s goons who happen to be female assassins, by simply charming them. In the second tale, “She Came from Venus” an alien ship touches down in Wilkesborough, his city, and out comes an attractive alien, who hypnotizes every man she encounters, except for Afrodisiac, and ultimately turns on the tables on, President Nixon. In” Sting! Stang!”, he foils a CIA operation to capture him, by seducing the agent. In “Punch Card Preach”, he must fight his way through a research lab while undergoing multiple mind tricks and menacing minions. In” It’s Not the Size of The God in the Fight”, he gets into a fight with Hercules ad beat him into submission. In “Night of the Monster Cockroach”, he fights a kaiju sized monster and saves the girl. In “Death for the Afrodisiac”, he finds out that Death is a woman and he saves a bank from a KKK sniper. In “Out for Blood, Sucker”, He takes on Dracula in a no holds barred fight. In the final adventure,” Fallout”, a fight with his last villain leads him to seek a new life and reinvent himself.

Overall, a fun set of stories that captures the era, that is both a parody ad love letter to this lauded era of movies and music. The stories by Brian Maruca are very tongue in cheek, never taking itself too seriously but taking on the sociopolitical issues of the time. The art by Jim Rugg is like a capsule in time, as it is very much true to the era. Altogether, a book that will take you back in many ways and that is a great thing.

Story: Brian Maruca Art: Jim Rugg
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! Studios and WWE Announce ‘WWE Survivor Series 2017 Special’

BOOM! Studios and WWE are excited to announce the WWE Survivor Series 2017 Special, arriving in stores November of 2017 and featuring some of the biggest WWE Superstars in history! With stories by writers Kevin Panetta, Ryan Ferrier, and Julian May, and featuring art from Brooklyn Allen, Kendall Goode, and Kelly Williams, this special celebrates one of the most beloved annual pop culture events with untold stories from the world of sports entertainment.

WWE Survivor Series 2017 Special is an oversized, stand-alone issue that features several short stories tied to key matches from the storied history of WWE, including the Brock Lesnar and Goldberg showdown in 2016 that was 12 years in the making; the 2016 Team Raw vs. Team Smackdown Women’s Elimination match; and perhaps the most controversial (and infamous) match in WWE history—1997’s Montreal Screwjob.

The main cover for WWE Survivor Series 2017 Special is illustrated by Rahzzah, with a special “Montreal Screwjob” WWE What If? variant cover by Jim Rugg.

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