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It was #comicmarket Tuesday yesterday on Twitter and lots of great discussion of the comic industry occurred.  The big question is always what can be done to help and promote comic books?  The easiest answer is to go out to your local shop and get this week’s new releases!  So, what are you picking up today?

Around the Blogs:

Bleeding Cool – The Dark Knight Rises Plot Thickens: Batman’s First Encounter With John Blake RevealedJoseph Gorden-Levitt’s role is revealed, and everyone is now really confused.

Bleeding Cool – After The Avengers? Kevin Feige Spills On Marvel’s PlansCan we first see if this summer’s movies are any good?

Etsy – Marvel USB DrivesSo cute, sadly I don’t need a new USB drive.

An Improvised Blog – 2011 is Year of the NerdLets face it, the Nerds won and took over the world.  Sorry Alpha Betas, you lost.

Newsarama – New Publisher Mike Kennedy Talks ARCHAIA’s Digital FutureThis site named Arachaia the Top Publisher of 2010, so can’t wait to see what the digital future holds for them

Con Coverage:

The Beat – MoCCA thoughts: the indie evolution

Archaia Names Mike Kennedy as Publisher

Official Press Release

Archaia Entertainment Names Mike Kennedy As Publisher
Leading Graphic Novel Publisher Appoints Respected Comic Book Writer And Videogame Veteran To Top Post

Chicago (April 14, 2011) – Leading graphic novel publisher Archaia Entertainment, LLC has named distinguished videogame veteran and comic book writer Mike Kennedy as Publisher, as recently announced by PJ Bickett, CEO. Kennedy’s appointment comes at a time of dramatic growth for Archaia, as the company has successfully grown into an award winning house of original content, which includes such breakout hits as Mouse Guard, Return of the Dapper Men, and Tumor. Kennedy’s experience will play a key role in Archaia’s expanded focus on device- and app-based publishing, as well as digital and interactive development.

Kennedy joins Archaia with a distinguished 20-year career in the comic book and videogame industries, including high-profile writing assignments with such leading comic book publishers as Dark Horse and DC. His writing credits encompass numerous notable and high-profile titles such as Star Wars (Dark Horse); Superman (DC); Aliens Vs. Predator (20th Century Fox/Dark Horse) and Aeon Flux (Dark Horse/MTV). Kennedy has also earned industry-wide recognition for his innovative work developing original videogame IP’s for such major players as Electronic Arts, Namco, Activision and 3DO.

“Since day one, our focus has been on recruiting the best talent for all facets of our business. Mike fits well within that core objective, which includes a proven track record of leadership that he now brings to Archaia. We are pleased to welcome Mike aboard as Archaia’s publisher,” said Bickett.

As publisher, Kennedy will oversee and manage all aspects of Archaia’s production schedule, marketing initiatives and distribution process, including significant digital outreach, reporting back to Bickett.

About Archaia Entertainment
Archaia Entertainment, LLC is a multi-award-winning graphic novel publisher with more than 50 renowned publishing brands, including such domestic and international hits as Mouse Guard, Return of the Dapper Men, Gunnerkrigg Court, Awakening, The Killer, Days Missing, Tumor, Syndrome, Artesia, Engineer, and an entire line of The Jim Henson Company graphic novels. Archaia has built an unparalleled reputation for producing meaningful content that perpetually transforms minds, building one of the industry’s most visually stunning and eclectic slates of graphic novels. As a result of its publishing prowess, Archaia is the reigning 2010 Graphic Novel Publisher of the Year according to Ain’t it Cool News, Graphic Policy, and Comic Related, and was honored with nine 2011 Eisner Awards nominations. Archaia has also successfully emerged as a prolific storyteller in all facets of the entertainment industry, extending their popular brands into film, television, gaming, and branded digital media.

Mike Kennedy

Preview – Carbon Grey #2

Official Press Release

CARBON GREY #2

story HOANG NGUYEN, KHARI EVANS, PAUL GARDNER & MIKE KENNEDY, art & cover HOANG NGUYEN, KHARI EVANS & KINSUN LOH

32 PAGES, FC, $2.99

The General moves to arrest the sisters, as the twins turn to their mentors. The Baron has a hand in Pepper and Dina’s escape, and Howard is convinced he is blessed. As the Greys search for Giselle, Eva becomes concerned about her sister’s allegiances. Who is manipulating the Kaiser’s legacy?

RETAILER WARNING: MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES

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Preview – Carbon Grey #1

Official Press Release

CARBON GREY #1

story HOANG NGUYEN, KHARI EVANS, PAUL GARDNER & MIKE KENNEDY art & cover HOANG NGUYEN, KHARI EVANS & KINSUN LOH

32 PAGES, FC, $2.99

To a noble family twins are born: Mathilde and Giselle, the Sisters Grey. For generations the Sisters have protected and counseled the Kaiser, ruler of Mitteleuropa. But this is a different time. At the birth of the industrial age a great war is raging. When the Kaiser is assassinated, Giselle is accused. Pursued by her sisters and hunted by the enemy, Giselle must unravel the prophecy of the Carbon Grey before history itself is rewritten.

RETAILER WARNING: MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL AGES

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Carbon Grey #1 – Sisters at War

Official Press Release

SISTERS AT WAR

Image Comics goes to war this March with CARBON GREY

Berkeley, CA – 4 January 2011 – At the birth of the industrial age, a great war is raging. Sister hunts sister as gods are betrayed and enemies ascend to power…

In March, Image Comics enters the maelstrom with the release of CARBON GREY #1, a stunning foray into our world’s secret history. Hoang Nguyen (Punisher War Zone, Metal Militia), Khari Evans (Shanna the She-Devil), Paul Gardner, and Mike Kennedy (Aeon Flux, Lone Wolf and Cub 2100) pen the thrilling tale. The indescribably gorgeous artwork for the series is courtesy of Nguyen, Evans, and Kinsun Loh.

“CARBON GREY has been an eight-year journey, a true labor of love,” says Nguyen. “We’ve been consumed with this project, and we’re so happy that Image Comics is helping us get it into readers’ hands. I hope readers will feel the same passion we do for the book.”

Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson adds, “I’m really happy we’re finally releasing CARBON GREY. Jimmy Palmiotti introduced me to Hoang at WonderCon last year, and I picked the book up on the spot. The amount of dedication and craft on display in the pitch was nothing short of astounding: The beauty and detail in the art, the freshness of the story — it just blew me away — and I’m thrilled that a year later, we’re able to share this wonderful project with fans everywhere.”

For generations, the Sisters Grey have protected and counseled the Kaiser, ruler of Mitteleuropa. As civilization spirals into its first truly global war, Giselle Grey stands accused of assassinating the man she was born to protect. Pursued by her sisters, including twin Mathilde, and hunted by the enemy, Giselle must unravel the prophecy of the Carbon Grey before history itself is rewritten.

CARBON GREY #1 (JAN110554), a 32-page full-color comic book for $2.99, will be in stores March 2, 2011.

Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.

Carbon Grey #1 Cover

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