This Wednesday September 7th AHOY Comics releases Highball #1, the first issue of their latest hilarious series about a space pilot who’s the best shot in the galaxy—except he can only hit the target when he’s dead drunk. By writer Stuart Moore (Captain Ginger), artist Fred Harper (Snelson: Comedy is Dying), colorist Lee Loughridge, and letterer Rob Steen, Highball‘s first issue features a cover by co-creator Fred Harper and a variant cover by David Rubin (Cosmic Detective).
To get ready for the upcoming release, we have what we’re told is the perfect list to get drunk in space too!
This is the perfect playlist for throttling back your little fighter ship and blasting the hell out of some aliens. It’s as if Highball and his disturbingly violent cronies beamed it back through time, straight into the fevered mind of David ‘Clink Clink’ Hyde. Crank it up, pour yourself a nice steaming Hot Jupiter, and go Swinging on a Star.
So kick back, pour yourself your favorite cocktail, and relax to some tunes and get ready for Highball #1 when it comes to comic shelves this Wednesday!
TEG+ has acquired the stage rights to Will Eisner’s cherished graphic novel A Contract With God and is adapting it into a Broadway musical. It will feature new and original songs written by a group of multi-platinum songwriters and Grammy Award winners composed of Sam Hollander, Lisa Loeb, Matisyahu, Ryan Miller (of Guster), and Jill Sobule. Hollander will also serve as music producer.
First published in 1978, A Contract With God is widely recognized as the very first — and also considered by many as the greatest — graphic novel in history, penned by one of the greatest cartoonists of all time. The novel consists of four interweaving stories revolving around the lives, struggles and dreams of infinitely relatable New Yorkers — many Jewish and many immigrants — living in a fictional tenement house. All of the members of the songwriting team are Jewish musicians and composers wishing to honor their Jewish heritage and the Jewish legacy of this masterwork. The team is about to enter writing and recording sessions, produced by Hollander. TEG+ is currently in the process of securing a book writer for the musical adaptation.
TEG+ is also in development for a limited TV series based on the graphic novel The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story. The Fifth Beatle is the only project about Brian Epstein, and the only non-documentary Beatles bio project, to have secured their music/songs.
The summer of 1982 saw the release of some of the most culture-defining films of our lifetime (STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN, POLTERGEIST, TRON, CONAN THE BARBARIAN, THE THING, THE ROAD WARRIOR … just to name a few!)
But few have had nearly the same impact on film music as the legendary sixth collaboration between Steven Spielberg and John Williams: E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL.
Mondo, along with Geffen Records and Universal Pictures, are celebrating forty years of E.T., with an all new re-issue of John Williams’ timeless, essential and period-defining score. This re-issue is pressed on 2x 180 Gram color vinyl, produced by Bruce Botnick and Mike Matessino, and features all new liner notes by Mike Duquette.
The Sandman’s range of genres gave Buckley the opportunity to embrace a large palette for the score including full orchestra, choir, early music instruments, such as viola da gamba and baroque flutes, and some esoteric sounds. He combined historic classical music and instruments with modern electronic textures to bridge time within the music. One of the most notable experimentations is that of Dream’s theme, using bells to portray his character’s ruling of the sleeping world, reminding the viewer of a midnight chime. The bells are sometimes warped or dissonant, mimicking the inconsistency and eclecticism of dreams. As an Endless, Dream’s theme is ubiquitous, being used throughout episodes regardless of his on-screen presence.
The highly emotional score switches from dark to dainty themes episode to episode while still remaining cohesive and homogenous. Buckley created sounds unique to every moment of the series, making the music feel alive and distinctive.
The Sandman: Season 1 (Soundtrack From the Original Netflix Series) track list is as follows:
Z2 Comics has announced a collaboration with multi-GRAMMY nominated hard rock quartet Nothing More for Nothing More: Spirits Vol. 1, a graphic novel that will dive deeper into the mystical narrative behind the band’s upcoming LP of the same name, due October 14th via Better Noise Music. Writer Dan Watters and artist Christian Rosado join the band for a story that ignites in 1952 and spans decades, driven by four disparate souls as their spirit selves search for greater purpose. Their trajectories will weave through continents and neighboring lives, building off Nothing More’s arcanic Spirits Test and Spirit Types—an original system developed by lead singer Jonny Hawkins.
Guitarist Mark Vollelunga proposed a deeper exploration to be revealed in the comic, debuting in late winter 2023.
Z2 Comicsand Nothing More present Nothing More: Spirits Vol. 1 in hardcover, as well as an oversized hardcover deluxe, and an oversized hardcover deluxe hand-signed edition. Ghonz provides cover art. Nothing More will offer an exclusive softcover “Tour” edition with cover art courtesy Christian Rosado at store.nothingmore.net. Deluxe editions include an ornamental octahedron as well as four (4) Spirit Art Prints and Spirit Cards representing the eight (8) Spirit Types.
The Godfather of Shock Rock himself, Alice Cooper returns for an upcoming new comic book from television, film, and comics superstar Rodney Barnes is taking on a rock legend as he teams with artist Edu Menna.
Alice Cooper is an American rock singer whose career spans over 50 years and who specializes in a theatrical stage show that features pyrotechnics, guillotines, electric chairs, fake blood, and dueling swords. But the singer of hits like “Poison,” “School’s Out,” “Hey Stoopid,” “Feed My Frankenstein,” and “No More Mister Nice Guy” is no stranger to the comic book world. He made his first appearance in four-colored print in the pages of Marvel Premiere #50 in 1979. He’s also been the star of Alice Cooper: Welcome to My Nightmare written by Joe Harris and Brandon Jerwa and of course he co-created the graphic novel The Last Temptation with legendary writer Neil Gaiman and artist Michael Zulli.
Rodney’s co-creator and collaborator on Killadelphia, Jason Shawn Alexander, joins on for the lead cover, alongside other other artists like Stuart Sayger and Andrew Mangum set to contribute.
More information on the timing and avenue of release for Alice Cooper’s next supernatural comic tales will follow.
Junhong Kim of ZB Label will be a guest at Otakon 2022, according to Otakorp Inc. ZB Label is the label that produces AleXa’s music.
In 2001, Won-Ki Hong and Kim co-founded Zanybros, a music video production company, and has now become the largest production company in Korea, having executed more than 1,000 successful video productions. ZANYBROS has expanded its business field to Entertainment Contents Media Group by creating ZANYTV, its own content creation channel producing new media contents.
Kim is one of ZANYBROS’s Music Video directors responsible for most of the awe-inspiring visuals in K-pop artists’ music videos. He’s worked with the likes of K-pop originator Seo Taiji, current industry leaders BTS, icons like PSY, Epik High, SHINee, HyunA, Mamamoo, EXO, KARD, Super Junior, Wanna One and Girls Generation.
Kim will participate in an Otakon panel about the K-pop industry.
Jenny Zha will be a guest at Otakon 2022, according to Otakorp Inc. Zha is an award-winning integrated marketer and the CEO of Infinitize.
Formerly leading short-form content and engagement at global streaming service Viki and Korean entertainment community Soompi, Jenny is the producer and showrunner of 500 pieces of original content, including “When You Call My Name,” a Viki Original mini-documentary exploring the crossing of musical cultures through lens of Grammy-nominated R&B singer Gallant and MONSTA X.
A fan of fans, she is the original creator of “Rising Legends,” a Shorty Awards-nominated global fan-voted talent competition held in partnership with Cube Entertainment and JYP Entertainment, where AleXa was discovered. Jenny also led Soompi’s annual event, Soompi Awards, which set a new Guinness World Records title for “Most Used Hashtag on Twitter in 24 Hours” in 2019, thanks to the dedication of over 150 fandoms around the world.
In 2019, Jenny founded Infinitize, a marketing consultancy. Featured in various media and publications including Billboard and Forbes, Infinitize works with global artists and entertainment tech companies on scaling fandom engagement, and is the marketing powerhouse behind trending campaigns for K-pop artists like Woosung, AleXa, and more.
Zha will participate in an Otakon panel about the K-pop industry.
Angelina Foss of ZB Label will be a guest at Otakon 2022, according to Otakorp Inc. ZB Label is the label that produces AleXa’s music.
Swedish-Chilean with a background in international graduate school for international relations and communication at HUFS, Foss is the creative director and head of ZB Label.
Having begun her initial career in Korea at a Korean entertainment conglomerate, this is Foss’s 8th year working at ZANYBROS, where she helms production, marketing and MV directing roles. Since 2014, she has been the creator of global K-pop content channel ZANYTV, taking charge of global business and projects for ZANYBROS, including production projects such as YOUTUBE SPACE SEOUL, Soompi Rising Legends, Zanybros global film projects and more.
Currently, Foss serves as the creative director for AleXa, overseeing her journey from training period to debut to the American Song Contest project and all aspects of A&R, visual directing, and management. In 2020, she won “Best Zanybros of the Year” at the yearly Zanybros awards.
Foss will participate in an Otakon panel about the K-pop industry.