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Review: Riftworld Legends #1-#4

In the Age of Discovery, explorers searching for India stumble on the mythical lost continent of Hy-Breasal. When two seamen are marooned on its hostile and uncharted shores, their struggle for survival triggers an epic, sprawling adventure. This is the secret history of Earth’s collision with a fantastical realm of monsters and magic at the dawn of the Renaissance. It is the story of the ordinary men and women who cross between worlds, destined to become heroes.

Riftworld Legends is an unexpected adventure or misadventure of forbidden history. The series reveals what the current ruling religious doesn’t want the public to know. The point of view the story is told from changes as past and present switch on and off. The series manages to balance both without becoming overwhelming as they lead to each other and plotlines converge.

The art is colorful and brings in a proper sense of danger and fantasy to the story. There’s the standard fantasy of giant monsters, Orc-like creatures, undead skeletons, and lush tropical jungles.  The series also features some well done if brief fight scenes as the two main characters in the story try to survive.

Story: Jonathan Williams Art: Daniel Wong
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Joe Books LTD provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review

Martellus Bennett’s Imagination Agency & Joe Books Sign Distribution Agreement

The Imagination Agency, the children’s-focused multimedia agency founded by NFL star and Super Bowl Champion Martellus Bennett, announced today a co-publishing and book distribution deal with Joe Books, the leading independent publisher of graphic novels, comics and children’s books. Through the deal, Joe Books will begin immediate distribution of Bennett’s debut children’s book, Hey A.J., It’s Saturday, as well as the forthcoming sequel, Hey A.J., It’s Bedtime and the Imagination Agency’s debut graphic novel, Towel Boy.

Through the partnership, the Imagination Agency’s current and upcoming catalog will be available for purchase in bookstores and retailers across the U.S. and Canada. The Imagination Agency and Joe Books will also collaborate on a number of upcoming book projects. From its inception, Joe Books has created exciting and innovative books that kids love to read, featuring their favorite characters from the best entertainment properties in the world.

Founded by Bennett, Chief Director of Awesomeness, the Imagination Agency creates multimedia content designed to inspire kids to dream bigger and imagine more. Each Imagination Agency project aims to impart the value of creativity and imagination in the next generation.

Launched in June 2016, Hey A.J., It’s Saturday is the debut of the Imagination Agency’s cornerstone Hey A.J. series. Inspired by Bennett’s daughter, the Hey A.J. series tells the story of an imaginative girl who finds strange and exciting worlds using the power of her imagination. The highly anticipated Hey A.J., It’s Bedtime will share A.J.’s adventures when the lights go out and it’s time for bed.

In time for the 2017 NFL season, the Imagination Agency introduced its first comic book, Towel Boy. The quirky adventure comic follows Buzz, who will do anything to make the football team, even becoming the team towel boy. Towel Boy will be a four-issue series released over the course of the NFL season, with a special commemorative issue available for the Super Bowl.

Through the Imagination Agency, Bennett has also created the free Hey A.J., It’s Saturday interactive app, Skydiver McGuire, a 10-inch vinyl collectible figure based on his secret agent alter ego, and Zoovie, its first animated short film about an optimistic penguin on a mission to make blockbuster movies.

Joe Books Launches Their As Told by Disney Emoji Cinestory Comics

Joe Books has announced the launch of the As Told by Disney Emoji Cinestory Comic series.

As Told by Disney Emoji are animated shorts that retell classic Disney stories using emojified versions of popular characters. The series has had over 130 million worldwide video views and is accompanied by the hugely popular Disney Emoji Blitz game.

Launching in September 2017, Joe Books will publish the graphic novel adaptations of emojified versions of Disney Beauty and the Beast, Disney Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, and Disney Zootopia.

Riftworld Gets a New Comic Series with Riftworld Legends

First Love Films, Sienna Films, and Joe Books have announced Riftworld Legends, a tenpart, digital-first comic series that expands the universe from the award-winning series Riftworld
Chronicles.

Created and written by Jonathan Williams, with art by Daniel Wong, and colours by Paris Alleyne,
the series was edited by Jennifer Hale. Based on the world of the award-winning digital series
Riftworld Chronicles, Riftworld Legends is set in late 1400s and revolves around two young
mariners left for dead on an island somewhere in the North Atlantic. They find themselves in a
hostile and exotic landscape filled with magic, mythical beasts, and strange, non-human races,
and what starts as a struggle for survival becomes an epic historical saga as the men rise from
simple deckhands to heroes of legend when two worlds collide.

Published by Joe Books and produced in collaboration with First Love Films and Sienna Films,
Riftworld Legends is made with the support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation. The
ten-issue, digital-first comic series is available on comiXology, Apple, Amazon, and Kobo.

Joe Books launches its Disney comics series on comiXology

Joe Books has dannounce that fans can now go to comiXology to find their popular comic series like Disney Princess, Disney Frozen, and Disney Darkwing Duck, as well as fan favourites like Disney•Pixar Cars, Disney•Pixar Finding Dory, and Disney Star vs. the Forces of Evil. Joe Books launches its entire Disney comics catalogue on comiXology today, and will publish future issues simultaneous with the print editions.

The full list of online titles will include the following:

Disney Princess #1–11
Disney Frozen #1–7
Disney Darkwing Duck #1–8
Disney Pirates of the Caribbean #1–4
Disney Star Vs. The Forces of Evil #1–4
Disney•Pixar Cars #1–4
Disney•Pixar Finding Dory #1–4

 

 

 

 

Lucasfilm and Joe Books Announce New Star Wars Cinestory Comic

Lucasfilm and Joe Books celebrate the fortieth anniversary of Star Wars: A New Hope with a deluxe edition cinestory comic adaptation of the film that changed the universe.

In addition to Star Wars: A New Hope Cinestory Comic, which will be in stores in
September 2017, Joe Books is also releasing cinestory comic adaptations of favourite animated TV show Star Wars Rebels, which include:

  • Spark of Rebellion: A Star Wars Rebels Cinestory Comic – August 2017
  • Path of the Jedi: A Star Wars Rebels Cinestory Comic – November 2017
  • Maul: A Star Wars Rebels Cinestory Comic – February 2018
  • Grand Admiral Thrawn: A Star Wars Rebels Cinestory Comic – May 2018

Casper the Friendly Ghost and Friends Return in All-New Comic Series

ON YOUR MARK! . . . SET! . . . GO! with FUNTASTIC HARVEY HITS Comics! Joe Books and Universal Brand Development have announced that Casper the Friendly Ghost, Richie Rich, Wendy the Good Little Witch, Baby Huey, and the rest of the Harvey gang are back in all-new adventures.

Why are kids inviting Casper to school every day? How can Richie Rich keep his piles of money safe from evil villains? How will Little Dot handle dog sitting a Dalmatian puppy? And what happens when Hot Stuff catches a cold . . . ?

This anthology-style comic features an all-star creative team that includes Cesare Asaro, Geoffrey Golden, Charlie La Greca, Eric Jones, Dan Parent, Kirstie Shepherd, Landry Walker, Franco Aureliani, and Art Baltazar.

Harvey Hits was a 122-issue comic series that originally ran from 1957–1967. A publication of legendary Harvey Comics Entertainment, the beloved characters from this series include Casper the Friendly Ghost, Spooky the Tuff Little Ghost, the Ghostly Trio, Hot Stuff the Little Devil, Wendy the Good Little Witch, Richie Rich, the Poor Little Rich Boy, Freckles, Gloria Glad, Little Audrey, Little Dot, Little Lotta, Baby Huey, and more!

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Around the Tubes

inhumans_vs__x_men__1-13We’re heading in to this coming weekend’s holidays and the end of the year, but we’re going full steam here at Graphic Policy! While you wait to open gifts, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

The Beat – Let’s Save Comics!!! More thoughts on new readers, Marvel attrition and DC cover prices – We said the issues was shops that are stuck in the past, and it would seem that’s probably the case.

New Now Next – Comic Book Publisher Puts The Call Out For Transgender Artists – Very cool to see this and hopefully we get a chance to read it.

ICv2 – Joe Books Moving to Hachette – Interesting business move.

The Cap Times – Movie review: ‘Sixty Six’ is a very different kind of comic book movie – This sounds really interesting. Haven’t heard of it until now. Has anyone seen it?

The ComiChron – First comics industry Statement of Ownership with electronic-copy sales data appears – Some cool history here.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Detective Comics #946

Talking Comics – Inhumans vs. X-Men #1

ICv2 – NewsPrints

Talking Comics – Suicide Squad #8

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