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TKO Presents: Tales of Terror – A Harrowing Comic Shorts Anthology

TKO Studios has announced a collected anthology of their bestselling harrowing comic shorts by a cadre of top creators. Customer and vendor pre-orders for TKO Presents: Tales of Terror are now open at the TKO website.

Tales of Terror collects all nine titles released to-date across the publisher’s TKO Shorts catalog and debuts digitally October 20th, in time for Halloween, and in-print via trade channels on November 30th.

Tales of Terror will chill the bones and curdle the blood of readers. Witness a soldier face a horror worse than death, a space pioneer’s false Eden, and a little boy’s insomnia that ends in tragedy, just to name a few.

SEEDS OF EDEN: When a space pioneer attempts to create a self-sustaining colony Jupiter, her visit takes an unsuspecting and deadly turn. From Liana Kangas and Joe Corallo (She Said Destroy) and Paul Azaceta (OUTKAST, Daredevil, Spider-Man, Punisher Noir).

THE FATHER OF ALL THINGS: The year is 1914 and Europe is at war. Idealistic 14-year-old Georg is ready to defend his country, but nothing cold prepare him for the supernatural horrors that await beneath the trenches. From Sebastian Girner (Shirtless Bear-Fighter!, Scales & Scoundrels) and Baldemar Rivas (Unearth).

NIGHT TRAIN: When Neal’s new baby brother begins to drive him insane with sleepless nights, Neal starts seeing a spectral tarin with a ghostly conductor offering to solve his problems by taking his baby brother far away. From Steve Foxe (Razorblades: The Horror Magazine) and Lisandro Estherren (Redneck: The Last Contract).

DAME FROM THE DARK: Magic isn’t always glitz and glam, and sometimes there are darker secrets lurking behind the trap doors and red velvet curtains. Private detective Tommy, and his spirit comrade Eve, have come to teach magician ‘Le Samson Fantastique’ that some acts aren’t always illusions. From writer Rob Pilkington and artist Kit Mills.

HAND ME DOWN: Reuben and Lyra are on the brink of a failing marriage when they are invited to a risqué soiree hosted by wealthy neighbors in their glitzy new suburb. But things take a demonic turn when they realize they will be taking home a lot more than a party favor. From Alex Paknadel and Jen Hickman.

KILLIAMSBURG: The snowstorm of the century is barreling down on Brooklyn, but that doesn’t stop a group of hipsters from throwing an ironic 90s themed party. The snow is different though… it speaks, it moves, it craves human flesh! Ca our flannel-wearing, craft-beer drinking group unironically survive the night? From Erick Freitas and Jelena Dordevic.

RIVER OF SIN: Children are being found dead and mutilated in the woods. Alonso fears this might be the fate of his daughter. In a desperate hunt for answers, he and the other grieving parents must take matters into their own hands. Could it be the suspected Bruja, hungry for young blood, or is there a bigger secret among the townsfolk? Discover the truth in RIVER OF SIN by Kelly Williams and Chas! Pangburn.

ROOFSTOMPERS: Far away from the pressures of being a surgeon in New York City, Cassie decides to take a solo hunting trip to Wyoming. There she is attacked and luckily rescued by a middle-aged couple living in an isolated cabin with their son. After weeks, she isn’t getting any better and she begins to question the couple’s motives and the strange nightly visits that they dismiss as the “Roofstompers.” From Alex Paknadel and Ian MacEwan.

THE WALK: Alice and her team of aquatic explorers are eager to study what lies beneath the Atlantic Ocean. Stationed at the Midnight Zone, 2000 meters below the surface; their supplies start to run out. In a dangerous expedition to survive, they must push through but soon realize that the ocean is more vast, dark, and mysterious than they could have ever imagined. From Michael Moreci and Jesus Hervas.

TKO Presents: Tales of Terror

The Dead Beats anthology heads overseas for its sophomore release: London Calling

Dead Beats 2: London Calling

A Wave Blue World has announced the Kickstarter campaign to fund Dead Beats 2: London Calling, the sequel to their Ringo Award-nominated musical horror anthology.

After thrilling readers with the mysterious origins of various musical instruments in Dead Beats volume 1, the enigmatic Shoppe Keeper goes across the pond in search of even more haunted artifacts for her record shop, Dead Beats.

The Kickstarter campaign features an exclusive cover by returning artist Lisa Sterle and colorist Stelladia. The exclusive can only be obtained by backing the campaign — the anthology’s subsequent mass-market release in September 2021 will feature different cover art.

Additional campaign rewards include “Behind-The-Scenes” downloadable content, a double anthology pack, as well as a limited signed bookplate. 

Also returning for volume 2 are editors Joe Corallo and Eric Palicki. This dynamic duo also wrote the interstitial storyline, drawn by Val Halverson, featuring the Shoppe Keeper herself as she introduces each spooky tale.

A 168-page anthology, Dead Beats 2: London Calling is composed of 21 stories with contributions by more than 40 creators ranging from industry veterans to rising talent, all ready to give their spin on the musical horror genre.

The campaign runs until July 1. Get a look at what’s coming as well as a full list of creators below.

Review: TKO Shorts: Seeds of Eden

When a space pioneer attempts to create a self-sustaining colony on Jupiter, her visit takes an unsuspecting and deadly turn.

Story: Liana Kangas, Joe Corallo
Art: Paul Azaceta
Letterer: Jeff Powell

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Comics Anthology Launched to Celebrate 50 Years of Earth Day

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in the United States and the 30th anniversary of International Earth Day. To mark this milestone year Joe Corallo and Molly Jackson are marking this milestone with a new comics anthology to benefit environmental causes. Corallo and Jackson are the editors of 2017’s Eisner nominated (Best Short Story “Ethel Byrne”) and Ringo Award-winning Mine! anthology to benefit Planned Parenthood.

The new anthology will feature some familiar names from Mine! as well as new collaborators to tell stories about important environmentalists, the origins of Earth Day, small steps we can do to make our world a better place, as well as genre stories incorporating themes of environmental activism. All of the proceeds will be donated to the Natural Resources Defense Council. The NRDC is an international organization promoting environmental advocacy through science, litigation, and green business practices.

While more details were to be released, due to the uncertainty of publishing and release due to COVID-19 that has been delayed. Release of the graphic novel will like be in the fall.

Until then, check out the jam cover that is currently a work in progress featuring the art of Liana Kangas (She Said Destroy, Black AF) and Eisner Award winner Simon Bisley (Lobo, Judge Dredd).

Magdalene Visaggio and Claudia Aguirre’s Lost on Planet Earth Comes to comiXology Originals

Eisner and GLAAD Award nominees Magdalene Visaggio and artist Claudia Aguirre are collaborating on an all-new, five-part mini-series, Lost on Planet Earthdebuting April 15, 2020 on comiXology, Amazon’s premier digital comics service. The latest creator-owned release from the comiXology Originals program, Lost on Planet Earth, centers on a conflicted lesbian relationship in a socially reactionary future. The series can be read at no additional cost for Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited members, and will also be available for purchase on Kindle and comiXology.

Lost on Planet Earth is the latest expectation-defying series from Visaggio, the Eisner-nominated writer of Kim & Kim and Eternity Girl, whose acclaimed comic Vagrant Queen was recently adapted for TV by SYFY. Lost on Planet Earth reunites Visaggio with artist Aguirre. The pair previously collaborated on Kim & Kim and created the acclaimed series Morning in America; they are joined by letterer Zakk Saam and editor Joe Corallo. This is the first release for Visaggio, Aguirre, Saam, and Corallo under the name Death Rattle, a rock band-style moniker for their creative collaborations.

Basil Miranda thought she knew where her life was going. Like her family before her, she will join the Interplanetary Union Fleet. Basil pursues her goal with a singular vision, and follows a regimented, relentless training routine. Her whole life is dedicated to this mission. It is everything to her. And then, while sitting in her fleet examination, she is asked a question she can’t answer. What makes her happy? She panics and flees. 

There’s always someone who can’t finish the fleet exam, but Basil never thought she’d be a runner. Now, to her friends’ and family’s dismay, she’s directionless. She must figure out what she wants – and who she is. And that’s when Basil begins a conflicted relationship with a Xanthippian named Velda who introduces her to a new world. 

Basil finds herself ushered into the no-service community of Richmond, VA: the angry slackers, the stoner kids, the weirdos and queers, artsy types and losers who failed their entrance exams. These are the outcasts who are struggling to make meaning in their own lives.

Lost on Planet Earth

Comics Anthologies are like mixtapes: Dead Beats and She Said Destroy

Creative team Liana Kangas and Joe Corallo discuss their comics merging music, horror & scifi fantasy:

She Said DestroyThe witches of Fey are the last believers of The Morrigan, Goddess of Death, Brigid’s sister and the only other God left. As Brigid’s forces prepare for one final battle, The Morrigan prepares to do what she does best: Destroy!

Dead Beats: The Dead Beats music shop is filled with deadly secrets. Run by the mysterious Shoppe Keeper, customers can browse through cursed records, evil sheet music, and instruments of the damned! Our host has dozens of spooky stories to tell you from some of the top names in comics. You’re gonna wanna put on your favorite album when you crack open this anthology.

Joe Corallo is a comics editor who curated and co-edited the Eisner nominated and Ringo Award winning Mine! anthology, edited the GLAAD nominated Oh S#!t It’s Kim and Kim as well as the Dead Beats anthology with Eric Palicki. He’s also a writer whose work includes writing and co-creating She Said Destroy at Vault Comics.

Liana Kangas co-created and illustrated She Said Destroy and has done artwork for 2000AD, Black Mask Studios, A Wave Blue World, Image and more. Her work is featured in both the 2018 and 2019 Ringo Award winning anthologies; Mine! and Where We Live. She illustrated a story for the Dead Beats anthology written by Eric Palicki. Listen to Liana’s Dead Beats play list: http://bit.ly/dpplaylist 

Also they got Doom Patrol legends Rachel Pollack, Richard Case and John Workman reunited!

Preview: Kim & Kim Vol. 3 Oh S#!t It’s Kim & Kim

Kim & Kim Vol. 3 Oh S#!t It’s Kim & Kim

Written by: Magdalene Visaggio
Art by: Eva Cabrera
Colored by: Claudia Aguirre
Edited by: Joe Corallo
Lettered by: Zakk Saam
Cover by: Phillip Sevy
IN STORES NOV 20, 2019

The Fighting Kims are back! Kim & Kim trade their denim vests and spiked chokers for tuxes and gowns as they infiltrate the glitzy space colony of Santa Palma to try and con a master thief. But, as usual, everything goes to hell… and it’s definitely Kim Q’s fault. Come on, Kim. Get your life together.

A brand new adventure from writer Magdalene Visaggio, artist Eva Cabrera, colorist Claudia Aguirre, and letterer Zakk Saam, the original creative team behind the GLAAD & Eisner nominated Kim & Kim!
Collects issues 1-5.

Kim & Kim Vol. 3 Oh S#!t It's Kim & Kim

Review: She Said Destroy #1

She Said Destroy #1 variant

Growing up with a West Indian father, I was exposed to many things most children my age were not. It’s something I have passed on to my children, the imparting knowledge of self. The history surrounding people of color tends to be minimized and rarely is expanded by the due it deserves. I remember that in the sixth grade, when my history class got to the American Civil War, the subject of slavery was botched. This made my father realize that he had to teach me about my history because most schools including mine would not.

This is when I found out that not all African nations were colonized. This is the very reason Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia is so revered by the Rastafari. The nation holds the distinction of “never colonized.” History thought this would cause unrest with allies and make the country a constant target for colonization which Italy attempted to do.

In the debut issue of She Said Destroy,we find one colony in this fantastical world which told their colonizers, “not today.”

We are taken to solar system where the Goddess Of The Sun, Brigid, has made all the inhabitants worship her alone except for one colony. This colony are followers of the Goddess Of Death Morrigan, Brigid’s sister and the only other God left. She has seen all their siblings, also gods, die at Brigid’s hands and gradually be forgotten by their believers. Of course, Brigid will not let sleeping dogs lie. She takes the fight to Morrigan, by deploying her light knights, only to be surprised by the witches of Fey, who protects Morrigan and everyone in her world. Setting up conflict and action in an intrigueing world.

Overall, an excellent debut that dives into a world where fantastical beings are abound and a sibling rivalry looks to be even more fatal than any of their followers could have anticipated. The story by Joe Corallo is action packed, dense and intelligent. The art by the creative team is stunning and glowing. Altogether, a story that feels like Star Wars,reads like The Wicked + Divine, and is a beautiful beast all its own.

Story: Joe Corallo
Art: Liana Kangas, Rebecca Nalty and Melanie Ujimori
Story:10 Art:9.3 Overall:9.6 Recommendation: Buy

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.

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