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Mad Cave Studios Announces 4 New Titles and the 2020 Talent Search

Mad Cave Studios‘ virtual event brought forth all sorts of news from the publisher including four all-new titles as well as details on the Mad Cave 2020 Talent Search!

Hollywood Trash

Writer: Stephen Sonneveld, Artist: Pablo Verdugo (Mr. Beaver), Colors: Jose Expósito (Mr. Beaver), Letters: Justin Birch (Knights of the Golden Sun, RV9)
October 7

Ah, Hollywood! Famous for celebs, sun– and murder cults! The Privy Council is the most exclusive club in town, headed by the entertainment industry’s top mogul, a ruthless exec who enlists his famous underlings to kill the people who stole from him, two local garbage men. James and Billy must survive one epic day of sword fights, forest fires, and giant mechs! At least there’s hazard pay. Hollywood Trash​ is five-issues of all-out action and wacky satire!

Hollywood Trash

Villainous

Writer: Stonie Williams, Artist: Jef Sadzinski (Show’s End), Colors: Joana Lafuente, Letters: Justin Birch (Knights of the Golden Sun, RV9)
October 14

Villainous ​follows Tilly, one of the newest super-powered beings to join the Coalition of Heroes through their sidekick program, as she navigates the dizzying world of Super-Heroes. Working with her idols should be a dream come true, but when she learns too much too soon, Tilly’s dream quickly turns into a nightmare. As she learns more about the sordid history of the CoH, Tilly has to make a choice – Get in line and stand with her heroes or take a stand and risk becoming something more… Villainous.

Villainous

Pantomime

Writer: Christopher Sebela (Crowded, Shanghai Red), Artist: David Stoll (Metaphorical HER), Colors: Dearbhla Kelly (Red Sonja, Queen of Bad Dreams)
November 4

Haley and her brother Max are all alone after their mother’s death and a fresh start at Wayfair Academy, a special needs boarding school, isn’t what she expected. Normally, Haley would withdraw back into herself, but when she finds a family with other deaf kids, she embraces her new life and begins to come out of her shell. Until one night where the group dips their toes into crime, and the thrill is too much to leave behind. Though they soon find out by stealing from the wrong person, that this world isn’t for kids. With no one to turn to but each other, they will have to make a choice, one where no one will come out the same on the other side.

Pantomime

Terminal Punks

Writer: Matthew Erman (​Long Lost, Power Rangers, Dark Crystal), Artist: ​Shelby Criswell (The Nib), Letters: Micah Myers (Dead Beats)​
November 11

Four lousy, grimy and greasy gutter punk teens are en route to their big show in the big apple but when things go monstrously wrong and mutant animals are unleashed in the airport, our four punk heroes must put on their combat boots, fly their Black Flag and try to survive a viral genetic mutant nightmare. 

A hilarious, wild, and fun thrill-ride! ​Terminal Punks​ is a blaring colorful love letter to the music and attitude of rebellion. It is also a tongue-in-cheek takedown of rich idiots doing stupid things for bad reasons.

Terminal Punks

The Third Annual Mad Cave Talent Search is Here!

For the third year in a row, Mad Cave Studios is looking to discover and publish new talent in the comics industry. This year is a little different, as three artists and three writers will be chosen to take part in Mad Cave’s first-ever anthology!

Since the first talent search in 2018, Mad Cave Studios has continued the trend of bringing fresh voices to comics with exciting titles like Show’s End, Savage Bastards, Over the Ropes, and many more…

How Do Creators Sign Up?

The Mad Cave Studios talent search has some guidelines you need to follow in order for their editorial team to review your submission. Below is a brief overview of the contest details:

  • Contest runs from June 1, 2020, through September 1, 2020
  • Each submission entered must be set in the universe of a Mad Cave IP (Battlecats, Honor and Curse, Knights of the Golden Sun, Show’s End, etc.)
  • Six Winners (Three writers and three artists) will be announced on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2020, on PREVIEWSworld and PREVIEWSworld Weekly
  • Visit the Mad Cave Talent Search Page for complete submission guidelines
Mad Cave Talent Search 2020

Mad Cave Spotlights What’s Coming in a Showcase May 15

The current pandemic has canceled or postponed conventions around the world leaving comic publishers finding new ways to promote and reveal what’s coming soon for comic fans. Mad Cave Studios has announced the “Mad Cave Showcase” taking place on Friday, May 15th from 12pm to 5pm. The even will be hosted by Jazz Stone.

Join Mad Cave and an all-star line-up of special guests – including acclaimed writers Christopher Sebela (Shanghai Red, Crowded), Matthew Erman (Bonding, Long Lost), as they discuss new projects from within the Cave. Also joining is a bevy of industry veterans to discuss the state of comics. But the fun doesn’t end there, famed artist, Liana Kangas (She Said Destroy) will be doing a live drawing and taking questions.

In an effort to help support Comic Book Retailers around the country, Mad Cave will be promoting and accepting donations throughout the event for Mad Cave’s Go Fund Me Relief Fund for U.S Comic Book Retailers. If you are a comic book retailer interested in taking part in the relief effort, please reach out to contact@madcavestudios.com for more information.

Mad Cave Showcase’s full schedule of events will be as follows:

12 PM EST

  • Welcome to the Show
  • Interview with the writer of Savage Bastards, David Galiano
  • Interview with the writer of Battlecats, Wolvenheart, and more, Mark London
  • Live Giveaway

1 pm EST

  • Interview with Mad Cave’s new editorial members; Steenz, Erica Schultz and Michael Moccio
  • Interview with Christopher Sebela and David Stoll to discuss an all-new project
  • Interview with Matthew Erman and Shelby Criswell to discuss an all-new project

2 pm EST

  • Live drawing with Liana Kangas

3 pm EST

  • State of the industry discussion w/ Chris Arrant & Chris Fernandez
  • Mad Cave Studios Product Showcase

4 pm EST

New comic book teasers and what to expect for the rest of the year

  • 2020 Mad Cave Talent Search discussion and details
  • Live Giveaway
  • Live Q+A
  • Goodbye and thanks for joining us

Preview: Care Bears Vol. 1 Unlock the Magic

Care Bears Vol. 1 Unlock the Magic

(W) Matthew Erman, Nadia Shammas (A/CA) Agnes Garbowska
In Shops: Mar 11, 2020
SRP: $9.99

Follow the adventures of best friends Good Luck Bear, Funshine Bear, Cheer Bear, Grumpy Bear, and Share Bear as they embark from their life in Care-A-Lot on a new adventure through the Silver Lining!

Spinning out of the new Boomerang cartoon! Welcome to the Silver Lining, a mystical realm full of mirth and magic! The Care Bears, along with their pals the Whiffles, protect this realm from the negative influence of the mischievous Bluster and his Bad Crowd!

Care Bears Vol. 1 Unlock the Magic

The Future of the Time Force Revealed in Power Rangers: Sins of the Future, a New Original Graphic Novel

BOOM! Studios has announced an original graphic novel Power Rangers: Sins of the Future, with story by Trey Moore, written by Matthew Erman, illustrated by Giuseppe Cafaro, and lettered by Ed Dukeshire. This all-new graphic novel, available in October 2020, features two of the most popular Rangers of all time and what happens to them after the events of the hit Power Rangers: Time Force television series!

After defeating the villainous Ransik alongside their allies in the time-traveling Time Force, Pink Ranger Jen Scotts and Red Ranger Wes Collins want to try for a real relationship. But without sacrificing their commitments to the Silver Guardians and Time Force, can the two actually make the ultimate long-distance relationship work? 

When Jen returns from the future, she and Wes are attacked by a mysterious stranger who has dire news – if these two stay together, they’ll disrupt the timeline and change the destiny of humanity! The shocking identity of their accuser sets them on a collision course with an enemy they never expected.

Power Rangers: Sins of the Future

Preview: Care Bears: Unlock the Magic #3 (of 3)

Care Bears: Unlock the Magic #3 (of 3)

(W) Matthew Erman, Nadia Shammas (A/CA) Agnes Garbowska
In Shops: Nov 06, 2019
SRP: $3.99

The Care Bears learn to overcome their worst fears by relying on each other in the conclusion to this whimsical funhouse fiasco! And with Bluster’s plan foiled, the Bears are able to help their very good friends the Whiffles get back to doing what they do best: sowing Seeds of Caring! Whimsical and hilarious adventure for all!

Care Bears: Unlock the Magic #3 (of 3)

Preview: Care Bears: Unlock the Magic #1 (of 3)

Care Bears: Unlock the Magic #1 (of 3)

Matthew Erman & Nadia Shammas (w) • Agnes Garbowska (a & c)

Welcome to the Silver Lining, a mystical realm full of mirth and magic! The Care Bears, along with their pals the Whiffles, protect this realm from the negative influence of the mischievous Bluster and his Bad Crowd! With engaging, unique characters and an irreverent and heartwarming sense of humor, this new series is perfect for anyone looking for more magic in their lives!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Care Bears: Unlock the Magic #1 (of 3)

Care Bear Stare with a New Comic Series from IDW

Following the success of the new hit Boomerang cartoon, IDW Publishing and Cloudco Entertainment have announced an all-new Care Bears comic book and graphic novel program. Expanding upon the imaginative Care Bears: Unlock the Magic streaming series with new story content, IDW will debut its first fun-filled issue in July 2019.

Welcome to The Silver Lining in Care Bears #1 – a mystical realm full of mirth and magic! The Care Bears, along with their pals the Whiffles, protect this realm from the negative influence of the mischievous Bluster and his Bad Crowd! With engaging, unique characters and an irreverent and heartwarming sense of humor, this new comic book is perfect for anyone looking for more magic in their lives!

IDW’s Care Bears will be illustrated by all-ages superstar Agnes Garbowska and feature a story by Matthew Erman and Nadia Shammas. The launch will include a whimsical regular cover by Garbowska and a special variant edition by Tony Fleecs.

Care Bears #1

Vault Comics Announces Open Design Submissions for their YA Graphic Novel Bonding

Co-created by writer Matthew Erman and artist Emily Pearson, Bonding is a YA graphic novel about two people who fall in love. It just happens that in this world, humans are made to ‘bond’ with strange alien-like parasites that hang onto their chests like weird leeches or sea-slugs. Your health, emotions, preferences, and tastes can be reflected in the way your slug looks.

Bonding comes from Vault Comics’ young readers imprint Myriad Books. To celebrate the project, Vault Comics and the Bonding creative team created a special “Chapter 0” comic that not only introduces reader to the story, but invites the public to submit their own illustrations for how they think their own slugs would look.

Using the templates provided online as a starting point, everyone from young readers to the young-at-heart can design their own slug and submit it to Vault Comics for potential inclusion in the book itself. For more information on how to submit your designs head to the Vault website.

In addition to being about love, the book also touches on mental health, self-perception, anxiety, and more, as all of these thoughts are displayed through your parasite for everyone to see. It’s important for YA audiences to be able to talk about these concepts and emotions.

Bonding will be released on February 5th, 2020. Design submissions are upon from now until September 13th, 2019.

Check out a preview of the series below.

Bonding Chapter #0

Vault Comics Announces the First Titles for their Myriad Imprint

Vault Comics has announced the first slate of titles published by its new young adult and middle grade focused label, Myriad.

The titles announced are Wrassle Castle, written by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover, Bonding, written by Matthew Erman and drawn by Emily Pearson, and Unfinished Corner, written by Dani Coleman. These three titles will see release throughout 2019 and 2020.

A publishing label of Vault Comics, Myriad has a distinct focus on middle grade (MG) and young adult (YA) stories that are delivered in a wide range of unique unique sizes and formats. Myriad is headed by Vault Editor-In-Chief Adrian Wassel and Vice President of Branding & Design Tim Daniel.

The new imprint is to give young readers their own heroes and represents a “seismic shift in readers’ attitudes and expectations” when it comes to format and content.

Wrassle Castle is a middle grade title written by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover. Paul and Colleen previously collaborated on Banana Sunday and the Eisner-winning Bandette. Paul is a New York Times-bestselling author, with other works including Colder, Made Men and several titles for Marvel Comics. Colleen is also known for the Eisner-nominated Small Favors. The artist on Wrassle Castle will be announced soon.

Lydia Riverthane has always wanted to join Wrassle Castle, but due to her parents’ disapproval has been forced to secretly train in the forest. Her three best friends Chelsea, Deandra, and Lyle—aka the Underground Alibi Society—help her by providing cover stories when needed. Lydia also secretly trains with her brother, John Gator-Chomp, a high-ranking wrasslin instructor. Lydia idolizes her brother—until he’s arrested for stealing one of the Legendary Wrasslin Folios! A crime he DID commit! But…why? Lydia believes the only way she can learn the truth, and more importantly save her brother, is to enter and win the Grand Wrasslin Tournament.

Bonding is a YA title written by Matthew Erman with art by Emily Pearson. Matthew has written Scout Comics’ Long Lost (along with Lisa Sterle), the CORPUS Anthology, and is a 2018 Ghost City Comics finalist. Emily is known for her art on The Wilds and Snap Flash Hustle, both with Black Mask Studios.

A man, a woman—and their parasites. Marcus has been alone since the loss of his closest friend and has just recently entered the dating scene, while Laura has drifted in and out of relationships since high school. They meet and strike up a good rapport, learning about each other, friendship, and how to deal with the slug-like parasites that have infected humanity. Bonding is a funny, quirky, and honest look at love, in a world where people wear their anxieties, not on their sleeves, but on their chests like big ol’ leeches.

Unfinished Corner is a YA title written by Dani Colman. Dani is a powerful new voice, writer and editor known for essays in Image Comics’ ODY-C and Black Jack Ketchum, and for the story “All Thumbs” in the Femme Magnifique anthology.The art team on Unfinished Corner will be announced soon.

Jewish mythology has it that when God created the universe, He left a tiny corner of it unfinished. Opinion is divided on why, but everyone agrees that the Unfinished Corner is a dangerous place full of monsters. Twelve-year-old Miriam neither knows, nor cares about the Unfinished Corner. She’s too busy preparing for her Bat Mitzvah, wrestling with whether she even wants to be Jewish—until an angel appears, whisking her and her best friends Avi and David off to this crazy and monstrous land with a single mission: Finish the Unfinished Corner.

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