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Ezra Claytan Daniel’s Upgrade Souls is Optioned by Aperture Entertainment

Just ahead of the release of Ezra Claytan Daniels’ Upgrade Soul, for which he was the recipient of the 2017 McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics, Lion Forge has announced that the moving work of interactive science fiction will be developed by My Friend Dahmer producer Adam Goldworm’s Aperture Entertainment, with Ezra Claytan Daniels to serve as an executive producer.

Upgrade Soul is the story of an elderly couple who become the guineapigs of a visionary procedure that aims to revivify them by filtering toxins from their bodies on a molecular level. When the procedure experiences a fatal complication, the couple is faced with severely deformed, though intellectually superior, duplicates of themselves. Soon, it becomes clear that only one version of each individual can survive, and the psychological battle for dominance begins.

Upgrade Soul will be released in finer bookstores everywhere on September 18.

Lion Forge Partners with Fantasy Books Inc. and Star Clipper for Crit for Compassion

Lion Forge continues a mission of comics and gaming for everyone, partnering with all of Fantasy Books Inc. locations, including the Eisner award-winning Star Clipper for a weekend of fun for a good cause, Crit for Compassion to benefit the Megan Meier Foundation.These retailers will host events throughout the weekend of September 7-9 at four different locations in the St. Louis area.

During the Crit for Compassion Anti-bullying Event you can play various games and make donations for extra dice rolls, additional card draws or special buffs that will help during your game. If gaming is not for you, any purchase made can be rounded up to the nearest dollar, or you can make a direct donation to the cause. All proceeds from these various forms of donations will go to the Megan Meier Foundation and a percentage of all weekend sales at Fantasy Books Inc. will be donated to the Foundation.

Your support will help raise money for Megan Meier’s programs including leadership workshops, speaking engagements and resource center that touch over 75,000 children, parents, educators and professionals throughout the year.

Each year, 13 million children are bullied or cyberbullied in the United States, and the consequences can be devastating.
Proceeds from the event will help support:

  • Students (Elementary School, Middle School, High School, & College) who are suffering the traumatic consequences of bullying or cyberbullying, some of which include depression, anxiety, self-harm, and suicidal ideations.
  • Parents who are seeking resources for their child who is being bullied or cyberbullied.
  • Educators & Professionals (such as law enforcement and counselors) who play a key role in bullying situations and who should continue to be educated and brought up to speed on how to address situations.

The full schedule and details for Lion Forge sponsored events can be found below.

Heroic Adventures, Edwardsville will host an adventure on Saturday Sept 8 at 3pm and Sunday Sept 9 at 2pm.

D&D One-Shot Encounter 3:00 pm
Shortform Tomb of Horrors or Rolled & Told

  • Prize for survivors
  • Buff 1: $1 Reroll
  • Buff 2: $1 Gain advantage
  • Buff 3: $1 Give someone disadvantage
  • Buff 4: $3 Healing potion
  • Buff 5: $3 Refresh spell slots/powers
  • Buff 6: $5 Extra life, revive and come back at 10hp

D&D One-Shot Encounter 2:00 pm
Shortform Tomb of Horrors or Rolled & Told
Prize for survivors

  • Buff 1: $1 Reroll
  • Buff 2: $1 Gain advantage
  • Buff 3: $1 Give someone disadvantage
  • Buff 4: $3 Healing potion
  • Buff 5: $3 Refresh spell slots/powers
  • Buff 6: $5 Extra life, revive and come back at 10hp

Star Clipper will host Rolled & Told No. 0’adventure “The Thunderlock Barcrawl” on Saturday Sept 8.

Star Clipper’s extended schedule
Friday Sept 7 -Friday Night 
6-10 PM
$15 draft
$5 adds a pack you personally get to add to your pool, proceeds go to charity

Saturday Sept 8 – Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition 
2 PM – 8 PM
Rolled & Told Adventure

  • $1 Get a copy of Rolled & Told #0:
  • $1 Advantage on any roll:
  • $1 Benefit from a short rest:
  • $1 Pick your character sheet:
  • $1 Increase an ability score (up to 20):
  • $1 Add a spell of any level up to your casting level to your known spells:
  • $5 Roll your character yourself:
  • $5 Gain a level (up to level 6):
  • $5 Benefit from a long rest:
  • $20 Turn any attack roll into a critical hit:

Sunday Sept 8 – Smash Up
1 PM – 5 PMSmash Up

  • $10 Get a Titan promo pack proceeds go to charity
  • $50 Get the Titan promo playmat proceeds go to charity
  •  $1 Draw a card
  • $5  Take back your turn
  •  $10 Kill someone’s minion
  • $15 Get a victory point (only usable once per game)

Fantasy Books & Games, Fairview Heights will host D&D Rolled & Told Special Module at 3PM on Saturday Sept 8

  • $1 Get a copy of Rolled & Told #0:
  • $1 Advantage on any roll:
  • $1 Benefit from a short rest:
  • $1 Pick your character sheet:
  • $1 Increase an ability score (up to 20):
  • $1 Add a spell of any level up to your casting level to your known spells:
  • $5 Roll your character yourself:
  • $5 Gain a level (up to level 6):
  • $5 Benefit from a long rest:
  • $20 Turn any attack roll into a critical hit:

Fantasy Books in Belleville will host a Rolled & Told adventure on Sunday Sept 9 from 11 am to 4pm.

Full schedule and details for the weekend’s events can be found onlineRolled & Told is released using the Open Gaming License Version 1.0a and you should read and understand the terms of that license before using this material.

Andrew Gaska Joins Lion Forge as the Senior Development Editor

Lion Forge expands in original content development for both publishing and entertainment with the announcement that franchise continuity and development veteran Andrew E.C. Gaska has joined the company as senior development editor.

Gaska has worked behind the scene with the company over the past year contributing to and creating several bibles for projects in development at Lion Forge. In this newly created position, Gaska will be responsible for the creation and development of new intellectual properties at Lion Forge. He’ll work with the creative teams and studios involved to ensure the vision isn’t lost in translation. Gaska will also bring his background to the company working with the licensing team as well as help bring historical and educational projects to life as graphic novels.

With two decades of experience in the comics and video game industries, author Andrew E.C. Gaska is the senior development editor at Lion Forge LLC. Having previously freelanced for Lion Forge’s Labs division as a script, pitch, and proposal writer, he now generates original IP for the brand, developing both comics and animation projects while working closely with creative teams to guide their vision to fruition.

He is founder/creative director of the guerrilla integrated media studio BLAM! Ventures and has worked as a freelance franchise consultant to 20th Century Fox for the past three years, writing series reference bibles, maintaining continuity, streamlining in-universe canon, and creating detailed timelines for the legacy franchises of Alien, Predator, and Planet of the Apes. Andrew was a production assistant and colorist for Vanguard Productions, where he restored valuable comic and genre artworks for archival reproduction. He was also a sequential storytelling instructor at the School of Visual Arts in New York, and he served as a visual consultant to Rockstar Games for seventeen years on the Grand Theft Auto series, Red Dead Revolver, and all other releases.

His graphic novels and prose works include Critical Millennium: The Dark FrontierSpace: 1999—Aftershock and AweClassic Space: 1999—To Everything That WasHAWKEN: Melee,Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: The Draconian Fire SagaConspiracy of the Planet of the ApesPlanet of the Apes: Tales from the Forbidden Zone, and the upcoming novel Death of the Planet of the Apes.

Lion Forge will Publish Maia Kobabe’s Genderqueer: A Memoir in 2019

Lion Forge Comics will publish cartoonist Maia Kobabe‘sGender Queer: A Memoir in spring of next year.

Maia Kobabe (who uses the pronouns e/em/eir) started Gender Queer Comics as a way to explain to eir family what it means to be nonbinary and asexual. What e has created, however, is much more than just a personal story (though it is that), but a useful and touching guide to advocates, friends, and humans everywhere on genderqueer identity—what it means and how to think about it.

Gender Queer: A Memoir is another important addition to the catalog of the publisher that promises “comics for everyone,” documenting Maia’s journey of self-discovery and burgeoning confidence to tell the world who e really is. The book offers a deeply personal but also universal account of coming to terms with what it truly means to be the person you were born to be. Gender Queer: A Memoir will release in May of 2019.

Maia Kobabeis a graduate of the first-ever class in the MFA in Comics program at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Eir first full-length book, Gender Queer: A Memoir, is due out from Lion Forge Comics in 2019. E is also the illustrator of Tom O’Bedlam, a single issue which was accepted into the Society of Illustrator’s Comic and Cartoon Art Annual and nominated for an Ignatz Award in 2016. Maia’s short comics have been included in the anthologies Alphabet (2015), Tabula Idem (2017), Mine! (2018), Gothic Tales of Haunted Love (2018), The Secret Loves of Geeks (2018), and the forthcoming Advanced Death Saves and Faster Than Light Y’all. Before setting out to work freelance full-time, e worked for over ten years in libraries and now writes book reviews for Publisher’s Weekly. E has been self-publishing comics and zines since 2010 and has attended over fifty comic conventions in that time. Eir work is heavily influenced by fairy tales, homesickness, and the search for identity.

SDCC 2018: Italian Artist Zerocalcare Gets a Visa Approval to Make it to the Show

Earlier in 2018, Lion Forge published Kobane Calling, the autobiographical memoir of a young Italian cartoonist writing and drawing under the nom-de-plume Zerocalcare. Due to US immigration policies in place following travel to the Middle East, his attendance at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con seemed to be in jeopardy. BAO Publishing in Italy has notified Lion Forge that Zerocalcare’s travel to the states has been approved.

Zerocalcare will be appearing in the Lion Forge booth to sign copies of his moving memoir, Kobane Calling: Greetings from Northern Syria at the following times:

Thursday, July 193:00–4:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 214:00–5:00 p.m.

Kobane Calling chronicles the cartoonist’s experiences volunteering with the Rojava Calling organization and heading into the Middle East to support and observe the Kurdish resistance in Syria as they struggle against the advancing forces of the Islamic State. He winds up in the small town of Mesher, near the Turkish-Syrian border, as a journalist and aid worker, and from there he travels into Ayn al-Arab, a majority-Kurd town in the Rojava region of Syria. As he receives an education into the war from the Kurdish perspective, he meets the women fighting in the all-female Kurdish volunteer army (the Yekeineyen Parastina Jin, or Women’s Defense Units), struggling to simultaneously fight off the Islamic State even as they take strides for Kurdish independence and attempt a restructuring of traditional patriarchal Kurdish society. In a story and style at once humorous and heartbreaking, Zerocalcare presents clear-eyed reportage of the fight against the Islamic State from the front lines.

Originally published in the Italian weekly International and then collected and expanded in an edition by Italian publisher BAO Publishing, Lion Forge published the first-ever English language edition earlier this year to rave reviews.

SDCC 2018: Gail Simone to Serve as the Architect for the Catalyst Prime Universe

Just over one year since the Catalyst Prime Universe debuted to much acclaim throughout the landscape of pop culture, Lion Forge has unveiled the next phase in comics’ most inclusive and diverse group of heroes with the announcement of the addition of comic book thought leader Gail Simone serving as chief architect of the Lion Forge universe of titles.

Gail Simone is set to appear on the company’s “More than Marketing: Lion Forge Comics Fall Preview” panel taking place on Sunday, July 22, at 11:30 a.m. in Room 8. Attendees will be given insight into Gail’s plans for the Catalyst Prime Universe, as well as news and developments on the company’s other titles and imprints.

SDCC 2018: Lion Forge and Know Yourself Announce Debian Perl

Days before the opening of the exhibit hall at San Diego Comic-Con 2018, Lion Forge has revealed a new series for middle-grade readers developed in conjunction with computer scientist and entrepreneur Tim Howe’s Know Yourself, the Oakland, California–based public benefit corporation dedicated to self-literacy in early education.

Megalopolis used to be the city hub for all the makers, doers, and dreamers. It was a better time according to Debian Perl, a technomancer known for her out-of-date computer programming skills. Now the city streets are filled with “Egg-heads,” those in thrall to the ease and simplicity of new technology as opposed to Debian’s way of doing things. Digits is one of those Egg-heads. She is a young social media guru and knows her way around all the newest, latest technology.

Debian and Digits cross paths when they both stumble across a one-hundred-year-old lost robot named Ray-Bot. They soon learn that Ray-Bot’s CPU was suspiciously overclocked, leaving him unable to perform basic functions and commands. To find out where the robot came from, Debian must teach Digits everything she knows about computer coding and programming. Along their journey to bring Ray-Bot home, they begin piecing together the mysterious puzzle about his malfunction and uncover some sinister secrets.

Debian Perl: Digital Detective is a five-book series in which middle-grade readers will join Debian and Digits on mystery adventures all while building practical knowledge of coding, algorithms, algebra, and logical problem solving. The comic features art by Katie Longua and co-written by Lauren Davis and Mel Hilario. The first volume in the series is due to arrive in summer 2019.

SDCC 2018: Lion Forge Announces its Exclusives and More

One week ahead of the opening of the exhibit hall at San Diego Comic-Con 2018, Lion Forge has revealed a full slate of signings, giveaways, and exclusive variants available at booth #5543.

Throughout the weekend, and while supplies last, Lion Forge will offer fans two exclusive variant covers for $15:

Voltron Legendary Defender Vol. 3 No. 1 by Keezy Young (Limited to 400)

Superb Vol. 3 No. 1 by Anthony Piper (Limited to 400)

Fans will get ultiple chances to get these special Comic-Con exclusives signed throughout the show, with days and times outlined below:

Thursday, July 19
1:00–2:00 p.m.: David Walker, Superb

Friday, July 20
12:00–1:00 p.m.: Tim Hedrick & Mitch Iverson, Voltron Legendary Defender
2:00–3:00 p.m.: David Walker, Superb

Saturday, July 21
2:00–3:00 p.m.: Tim Hedrick & Mitch Iverson, Voltron Legendary Defender

In addition, Lion Forge will launch its new gaming imprint, Quillion, with a special free issue of the flagship publication Rolled & Told, available in the Lion Forge booth throughout the show (while supplies last).

For those looking to learn more about the publisher’s plans for this new hybrid of comics and gaming, join them at a special panel presentation on Thursday evening!

Representation in Gaming: From the Comic Shop to the Tabletop
Thursday, July 19, 7:00–8:00 p.m., Room: 32AB
Tabletop role-playing has been a staple in the nerd community, but it’s found a resurgence with podcasts like The Adventure Zone and Critical Role. Now, Lion Forge brings readers the perfect combination between a tabletop RPG magazine and a comic anthology with Rolled & Told, a monthly periodical that offers casual gamers fun-filled adventure modules, comics, art, and so much more. Join D20 Dames co-host Jen Vaughn and Lion Forge associate editor Christina “Steenz” Stewart, alongside artists Max Bare and Shing Yin Khor, and writer Josh Trujillo as we discuss where the tabletop gaming industry is going and how inclusive we can continue to make it! Attendees will receive a special exclusive Quillion dice bag (while supplies last)!

Additional Lion Forge–related programming outlined below!

Indie Creators: What’s Next? 
Friday, July 20, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., Room: 4

The Antidote Trust (TAT), a collective of indie creators, presents a roundtable discussion with industry professionals on independent creators and career development strategies they can use to further hone their skills and position themselves to take that all-important next step forward. Moderator Barbara Kesel (editor, DC/Crossgen; writer, ShadowzoneMine!) will explore what hiring professionals are specifically seeking in independents with Karen Kirkland (creative strategist and founder of The Breakk, VP of talent development, Nickelodeon),Ashley Woods (Artist, Lady Castle, Boom Studios; Tomb Raider: Survivor’s Crusade, Dark Horse Comics),Geoff Gerber (president, Lion Forge Comics—Lighter Than My Shadow, Amazon’s Best Graphic Novel of 2017), Quinn McGowan (creator, Project: Wildfire; artist, Menthu: The Anger of Angels), and TAT co-founder Robert Roach (creator, Menthu: The Anger of Angels; storyboard artist, Insomnia; concept illustrator, Lion: Origin of the Wailers).

Diversity and Inclusivity from the Perspective of Libraries/Publishing/Authors in the Industry
Friday, July 20, 5:30–6:30 p.m., Room: 8

In the age where the inclusion of positive representation for marginalized groups in all media has grown but the need has not diminished, how has the conversation of increasing diversity in literature changed? How has the ground that’s been covered changed the landscape? Join Lion Forge’s associate editor Christina “Steenz” Stewart and senior editor Amanda Meadows, alongside a panel of industry experts, including award-winning filmmaker and writer Che Grayson, teen librarian Kathryn Kania, Eisner Award–winning retailer Jenn Haines, and nonbinary cartoonist and creator of Genderqueer: A MemoirMaia Kobabe, for a discussion on how to truly produce “comics for everyone.”

Roaring into Adulthood: Young Adult and Middle Grade Comics in the Classroom and Beyond
Saturday, July 21, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., Room: Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

Lion Forge believes in publishing comic books for every reader at every age with stories to reflect the world at large. Middle grade and young adult fiction are the two fastest-growing categories in bookstores around the world, and the company’s Caracal and Roar imprints offer countless comic book tales in every genre for children, teens, and adults alike. The panel will discuss a broad range of titles from Lion Forge and other publishers, and offer librarians and educators expert advice on how to incorporate these books into schools, libraries, and living rooms. Join Lion Forge director of education outreach and collections, Jill Gerber, Lion Forge editors Jasmine Amiri and Carol Burrell, writers Rodney Barnes, Samuel Sattin, and David Walker, and Eisner Award–winning comic retailer and educator Jenn Haines for a discussion on how comics can be used as tools for education as well as entertainment.

Comics for Impact: Changing the World with Words and Pictures 
Saturday, July 21, 4:00–5:00 p.m., Room: Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Library

Comics for Impact and Social Good—Find out how comics educate, change attitudes, and otherwise make a difference by, among other things, depicting persons with disabilities in a different light, raising funds for charitable causes, providing a tribute for victims of hate crimes, and fighting for international human rights in a presentation and Q&A with panelists Geoff Gerber (president of Lion Forge), Kelley Allen (director of books at Humble Bundle), Sarah Gaydos (Love Is Love), and Josh Elder (executive director of Reading With Pictures) with moderator Russell Shilling (senior innovation fellow at Digital Promise).

Lion Forge’s “Comics for Everyone” Fall 2018 Preview 
Sunday, July 22, 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Room: 8

Lion Forge Comics strives to publish comics that everyone, regardless of background, ethnicity, or gender identification can connect with. With multiple imprints, including an entire line of books for younger readers, and one of the most diverse superhero universes in comics history, the St. Louis publisher makes good on that promise every Wednesday. Lion Forge senior publicist Jeremy Atkins and senior editor Amanda Meadows give attendees an exclusive look at what’s to come from Lion Forge this fall and are joined by a cast of the industry’s top talent and a special surprise guest for an exclusive announcement that will echo throughout the San Diego Convention Center!

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

The Amazing Spider-Man #1 (Marvel) – Dan Slott’s historic run is done and we’ve got a new creative team headed up by writer Nick Spencer. While Spencer has stumbled a lot lately, in numerous ways, his work on Superior Foes of Spider-Man was excellent. If we get more of that, then this will be a great run.

Come Again (Top Shelf/IDW Publishing) – Nate Powell’s new graphic novel. That’s all you need to know to say you need to get this.

Farmhand #1 (Image Comics) – Rob Guillory gave us some interesting concepts in Chew and it sounds like this one, a farmer who grows organs, will be just as off the wall.

Disney Pixar’s Incredibles 2 #1 Crisis Midlife & Stories (Dark Horse Comics) – Love the movies? We’re excited to get more of this world.

Mech Cadet Yu #10 (BOOM! Studios) – If you haven’t been reading this series, giant mechs and their kid pilots fight aliens, then you’ve been missing out. Enjoy the battles and drama or dive deeper into the concept of a military that uses children and aliens to do battle. It’s layered and so good.

Oblivion Song #5 (Skybound Entertainment/Image Comics) – Much like Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead, Oblivion Song is about the characters and how a world has changed than the threat. It’s about trauma and PTSD. It’s so far fantastic.

Outpost Zero #1 (Skybound Entertainment/Image Comics) – Skybound has been putting out some fantastic new series and this one sounds like an interesting one about the smallest town in the universe.

Ruinworld #1 (KaBOOM!/BOOM! Studios) – A new fantasy series that just looks awesome.

She Could Fly #1 (Berger Books/Dark Horse Comics) – The new Berger Books series focuses on a mysterious flying woman who suddenly explodes. Who was she? The concept sounds really intriguing and we want to find out more about this mystery.

Superman #1 (DC Comics) – Brian Michael Bendis’ Superman run really kicks off with this new ongoing series and the first issue picks up the pieces of The Man of Steel.

Transformers: Lost Light #20/Transformers: Optimus Prime #20/Transformers: Unicron #1 (IDW Publishing) – IDW’s end game for Transformers is beginning. We’ve been big fans of their entire run and can’t wait to see how it all wraps up.

Voltron: Legendary Defender Vol. 3 #1 (Lion Forge Comics) – Fan of the animated series? Check this out! It’s a great new take on the classic toy and animated line.

X-23 #1 (Marvel) – She’s back to being X-23 and we want to see where this new series takes Laura and how it makes her again stand out from the pack.

Lion Forge Reveals Jeff Weigel’s Quantum Mechanics, the First Title Under the Caracal Imprint

Lion Forge has unveiled plans for the first title under the Caracal banner. Jeff Weigel‘s Quantum Mechanics will be the first comic to be released up the comic publisher’s imprint. The imprint is aimed at readers ages 8 to 12.

Growing up on her father’s salvage yard on a remote, barren asteroid, Rox has always wanted to experience more of the galaxy. Her best pal, the natural mechanic Zam, has always wanted better spacecraft to tinker on. When a space hauler arrives one day with a broken tractor beam, the kids think this might be just their chance to earn some money to repair one of the junked spaceships and set out on adventures. But when it turns out the captain of the hauler is none other than the dread space pirate known as Red Myk, adventure is exactly what they get!

After being kidnapped, Rox and Zam encounter a group of down-on-their-luck space truckers, forced into piracy after a shipping conglomerate took control of a wormhole and effectively put an end to transport operations in that region of space. A final confrontation with the shipping conglomerate will force the two to make decisions and alliances that will directly affect the future of their quadrant of space.

This fun new book will be released in finer comic shops everywhere on October 10, and in bookstores on October 23.

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