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Elvira’s Next Tome of Classic Tales

They say the best things in life come in pairs… That’s why Dynamite Entertainment has dug up more classic Elvira comic book stories for a brand new second volume of murder, mayhem, and monkey business following up from the bestselling first volume. Fans can reserve their copy right now on Indiegogo!

It’s everyone’s lucky day because the fiends at Dynamite are digging up the grave of these lost adventures and delivering them to Elvira’s fans with the beautiful Elvira Mistress of the Dark “The Classic Years” Omnibus Volume 2! This awesome tome of darkness is packed with Elvira awesomeness and is available in softcover, a deluxe hardcover, and an ultimate darkness edition signed by Elvira Mistress of the Dark herself!

This is the second volume reprinting the highly sought-after tales originally published by Claypool Comics. In these beloved adventures, Elvira must contend with vampires, werewolves, mummies, gorillas, politicians, and worst of all…telemarketers! Ahhhhhhh! Spooky! The book covers 25+ issues, rounding out to a massive 600-page tome.

And no need to fret, for anyone who missed out on the first volume’s Indiegogo or hasn’t gotten to grabbing a copy yet, they are being offered as add-ons in this campaign as well. That way all fans can catch up and not get left behind as this hotly anticipated reprint series continues.

The horrifying artists and creepy writers of Elvira Classic Years Volume 1 were a regular who’s who of classic comics. This new batch of monsters is even more frightening! Contributors include Dave Cockrum, Jim Mooney, Neil Vokes, Tom Simonton, Louis LaChance, Frank Strom, Richard Howell, Lou Mougin, David Day, Dan Day, Bruce Patterson, James Fry, Anna-Maria Cool, John Heebink, Peter Sanderson, Yvonne Mojica, Tom Smith, Al Vey, and so many more!

And of course there are some amazing add-ons you can grab including the aforementioned signatures, digital copies, photo covers of previous Elvira comics, a four pack of Elvira metal variants, CGC graded exclusives, and more. As the support and pledges roll in, fans can also stay tuned for some possible fun stretch goals that will only be available through this campaign. Fans of Elvira and anyone looking for fun nostalgic comics should pass go and run right to Indiegogo to reserve their copy. Copies will be shipped to fans by Halloween!

Preview: Robotech: Archives Omnibus: The Macross Saga Vol. 2


Writers: Carl Macek, Jack Herman
Artists: Svea Stauch, Neil Vokes, Reggie Byers, Dave Johnson, Michael Leeke
FC,  336pp, $24.99,  On sale: August 8, 2018
ISBN: 9781785862953

The Robotech animated series is legendary – And now you can immerse yourself in the classic comics which recreated the legends.

A new series of books collecting classic Robotech material, most of which are out of print of have never been previously published!

Featuring classic Robotech fan-favourite creators such as Carl Macek, Jack Herman, Mike Leeke and Neil Vokes!

Preview: Robotech Archive Omnibus – The Macross Saga Volume 1

Robotech Archive Omnibus – The Macross Saga Volume 1

Writers: Carl Macek & Jack Herman
Artists: Svea Stauch, Neil Vokes, Reggie Byers, Dave Johnson & Mike Leeke
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC – 352pp – $24.99 – On sale: May 8, 2018
ISBN: 9781785862946

A three volume series!

​The Robotech animated series is legendary – and now you can immerse yourself in the classic comics featuring those legends.

A new series of books collecting classic Robotech material. most of which are out of print or have never been previously collected!

Featuring classic Robotech fan-favorite creators such as Carl Macek, Jack Herman, Mike Leeke and Neil Vokes!

Indie Icons: Ninjak #9

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Comics are strange sometimes. Here at Indie Icons we celebrate each bizarre moment. Like when Ninjak was a college kid who got his powers from a Ninjak video game and then, a man with a tiny body and enormous head tried to kill him by bringing him into the same Ninjak video game. This story sounds right up Indie Icons’ alley. Let’s see how this goes. I’m guessing not well.

Ninjak CoverOur story opens with Ninjak on the roof of a building, trying to come up with a new super hero name. The company that made the video game he got his powers from is threatening to sue Ninjak for using their character’s name and costume. What kind of sick company would try and sue someone simply for cosplaying? Acclaim. That’s who. If you don’t remember Acclaim, that’s OK. I could barely remember who they were until I realized they made Turok 2: Seeds of Evil. That game is amazing and if you own a Nintendo 64 and love fun, you need to buy that right now. So, what happened to Acclaim? This game happened to Acclaim.

BMX XXXIt’s hard to regain your credibility after that. But, back to Ninjak. He comes up with the new identity of Black Belt. This makes sense. His outfit’s black and he’s a ninja. I will never fault a hero for picking a sensible name. After the evil that is Acclaim is established and we have a new name, it’s time for Ninjak, or Black Belt, to go do hero things. Luckily, right below the building he’s standing on, a group of rival gangs start trying to kill each other. We never actually find out who these gangs are though. They are just lovingly referred to as “Immigrant Gangs”.

Ninjak Gang FightNinjak begins doing what Ninja’s do. People get kicked in the face, smacked with a wooden staff, and he even has a pair of nunchuks he uses to bruise a whole lot ankles. He is also, apparently impossible to shoot. There is no one who should ever escape this situation. Ninjak GunsHow is he dodging that!? He’s not even moving at the end! I can accept Storm Trooper accuracy to a certain point but eventually, someone has to accidentally hit our hero right? No. No they don’t. Ninjak uses his super power of never being shot and dismantles Immigrant Gang 1 with ease.  For some reason, Immigrant Gang 2 is not very happy that their rivals have just been defeated. They decide the best way to get revenge against Ninjak is to just back their car into him as hard as possible. Normally, Ninjak could just walk out of the road and be fine but, someone left their baby in the middle of the street during a gang battle and it’s right in the path of the car. The parenting in the world of Ninjak is just atrocious. Being the only responsible being in the city, Ninjak does the heroic thing and pushes the stroller to safety. What? He doesn’t do that at all? Ninjak Car

He just decides to cut the entire car completely in half. It’s a bit aggressive but, I’ll be honest, if I could, I would do the same exact thing. After all of that, the police finally arrive and Ninjak runs down an alley to escape being arrested for saving everyone. It’s at this point Ninjak shows off his power of undressing. His costume disappears into a cloud of green smoke and he finds himself in the clothes he was wearing before his outfit. Sure, this power doesn’t help with fighting crime but… I can’t think of anything. That’s a really useless power. Although, looking at the villain of this story, he really doesn’t need many super powers.Ninjak VillanThat my friends, is Kraniak. He is a man with a head so large, that his body literally cannot bear the weight. This requires an amazing helmet that holds his entire tiny body off the ground. It also has two enormous chicken feet on either side so he can walk. He answers to a swarm of hairy robot bugs who are not pleased that he keeps losing to Ninjak. They threaten to take away all that they have given him. I assume this means his walking helmet. I also assume it means that, the only way he could move would be to roll on his face while his body dangles helplessly from his neck. Spoiler alert. We never get to see him roll around on his face. It’s a huge letdown.

We quickly cut to Ninjak in his dorm talking to a woman wearing part of a shirt and very tight pants. This does not interest Ninjak though. He doesn’t have time for attractive women on his bed. He’s trying to play the Ninjak video game. This is his downfall. His video game decides it’s time to play him… I’m really sorry guys. I’m not proud of that pun.Ninjak ComputerA giant blue tenticle pulls him into the Ninjak video game where Kraniak is waiting for him. The entire plan centers on Kraniak raising the difficulty two levels higher than the highest “Shogun Samurai” difficulty.  He’s hoping that Ninjak will fail and be killed by the numerous monsters he goes up against. He also takes away all the magic food in the game which you can use to turn the monsters against Kraniak. This is all very important to the narrative but, the best part of all this is Kraniak sitting in the most absurd attempt at a villain’s throne I have ever seen. Ninjak ChairHis plan is quickly foiled when Ninjak begins to chop away at the black twigs holding his throne in the air. Kraniak and Ninjak begin to fall and end up coming through one of the giant monitors that line Times Square. Oh, they are also as tall as sky scrapers for some reason. Honestly, after the last Indie Icons adventure, I’m starting to believe more and more that no one in the 90s understood anything about how computers work.

Now that they are all the size of Godzilla, they just start destroying the hell out of the city. A giant purple monkey grabs a tanker truck and throws it at Ninjak. His first reaction is to grab a giant screen off the side of a building to block his face. This causes an unnaturally huge explosion and Ninjak finally realizes he should move and stop randomly destroying New York. But, not before a tiger with green tentacles grabs him and launches him miles into the sky. The more I type this the more I realize how absolutely out of hand this story has gotten at this point.Ninjak fightNinjak lands in an empty construction site and decides that the only way to defeat Kraniak is to overload the game. The same game that they’re no longer in because they’re back in New York… I think. I’m actually not sure what’s reality at this point so let’s just keep going. He ties every single monster to a crane. A crane that each of them is significantly taller than. Kraniak doesn’t seem to actually realize this and freaks out. Ninjak puts the cord against a light pole and yells reboot. This sends Kraniak and his monsters to…limbo? They just kind of disappear. I don’t know anymore. Ninjak is then spit out of his computer and lands face first onto his apartment floor. He uses his magical undressing power and sits very contently as he soaks up his great, sort of, victory. Except, he forgot about the true enemy…Ninjak EndAcclaim! If you’ve learned anything from Indie Icons this week, its to never, ever trust anything Acclaim has ever done. Except, Turok. That game is awesome.

Oeming fans rejoice, Oemnibus arrives

Perfect for fans of Michael Avon Oeming, Oemnibus trade paperback, by Michael Avon Oeming, Neil Vokes, Bryan J.L. Glass, Daniel Berman, and Ethan Beavers, is slated to hit stores this August.

Collecting seven one-shots and short stories published by Image Comics over the past 15 years, Oemnibus includes out-of-print and rarely-seen stories by Powers co-creator Michael Avon Oeming.

Oemnibus collects such stories as: 86 Voltz, Parliament of Justice, God Complex, Six, and more.

Oemnibus (ISBN: 978-1632154811) hits comic book stores on August 5th and bookstores on August 18th, and will be available for $24.99. It can be ordered by retailers from Diamond Book Distributors with Diamond Code JUN150509.


The Inkwell Awards Showcases its 2015 Joe Sinnott Inking Challenge Art And Fundraiser

The Inkwell Awards, a non-profit organization devoted to the art of inking, will be revealing the unique results of its fifth annual Joe Sinnott Inking Challenge in a series of fund-raising online auctions beginning Saturday, April 11. This is the ‘main event’ to the recently announced Sinnott Spring Celebration of auctions running from March through May containing Joe Sinnott donations.

To best exhibit what inkers do, industry legend Joe Sinnott pencilled a drawing of Marvel’s Amazing Spider-Man, as well as a “breakdown”, or rough sketch, of its most popular X-Man, Wolverine. His art was scanned and sent in blue-line form to various inkers around the globe. The ink artists were invited to embellish the Silver Age great, whether staying faithful to his original lines or reinterpreting them. All resulted in unique pieces of comic art.. Most also sport a classic, hand-lettered logo to resemble a cover.

The list of ink artists contributing their skills is the longest ever and includes: Andy Smith, Dan Parsons, Mark Pennington, Jack Purcell, John Dell, Keith Williams, Mark McKenna, Neil Vokes, Bob Wiacek and many other professionals as well as eager and skilled amateurs. (The list changes each year.)

All submitted art, from last year’s to the current pieces, can be viewed at The Inkwell’s ComicArtFans gallery. All pieces for this challenge are personally signed by the generous Mr. Sinnott and include a certificate of authenticity. The first wave of inked blue-line original art from this Challenge will be on the auction block beginning Saturday, April 11 at the Inkwells’ eBay store. Subsequent waves will begin each week thereafter. The art will later be collected into book form.

The Inkwell Awards also offers Sinnott Inking Challenge book collections of previous art with various editions available for donations to the organization. Prices and availability of these and other merchandise can be found at the Inkwells’ Web Store.

The Inkwell Awards is an official 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to educate and promote the art form of comic-book inking, as well as annually recognize and award the best ink artists and their work. Now in its seventh year, the organization is overseen by a committee of industry professionals and assisted by various professional ambassadors and numerous contributors. They sponsor the Dave Simons Inkwell Memorial Scholarship Fund for the Kubert School and host the Joe Sinnott Hall of Fame Award.

Starwarp Concepts Debuts Online Bookfest Convention

From Thursday, October 11, to Monday, October 15, independent publishing house StarWarp Concepts will be hosting its first online convention. They’re the company behind such titles as Blood Feud: The Saga of Pandora Zwieback, Book 1 and Lorelei: Sects and the City.

At the StarWarp Concepts Book Festival, all of the company’s print titles will be available at the same discounts that are offered at traditional conventions (plus postage), and prices on e-books will be reduced. In addition, visitors will be able to download free digital comics and print out their own attendee badge. Just add your own cosplayers, and you’ll have the full convention experience!

Debuting at the festival will be the digital edition of the graphic novel Lorelei: Sects and the City, a Mature Readers story written by Steven A. Roman, with art by Eliseu Gouveia, Steve Geiger, and Neil Vokes. In this homage to 1970s horror comics and movies, a soul-stealing succubus battles a cult of Elder God worshipers seeking to rule the world. Normally priced at $5.99, the 152-page e-book will be discounted to $3.99 during the five-day event; after October 15 it will return to its original price.

The StarWarp Concepts Book Festival runs from Thursday, October 11, until Monday, October 15. To join in on the experience, just head to the show site on Thursday, when it opens its cyberdoors.

Lorelei Makes Her Graphic Novel Debut

Author Steven A. Roman, who you might know from X-Men: The Chaos Engine Trilogy, has debuted his mature readers graphic novel Lorelei: Sects and the City. The graphic novel features art by Eliseu Gouveia, Steve Geiger and Neil Vokes.

The story focuses on a female former photographer who, through supernatural means, has been transformed into a succubus: a sexual demon who steals the souls of evildoers. In this adventure, Lori must prevent an ancient cult from opening a gateway that will allow the monstrous Old Gods they worship to return—and possibly destroy the Earth. Roman describes it:

At its heart, Lorelei is a tribute to 1970s and ’80s horror comics and movies. Her stories have supernatural elements, sure, and there’s some nudity and adult themes—Lori is a succubus, after all—but her adventures are character-driven, with a heavy dose of sarcasm and humor. And receiving encouragement over the years from people like original Vampirella publisher James Warren and comic artists like Esteban Maroto and Tom Sutton, as well as from Vampirella’s creator, Forrest J Ackerman, has meant a lot to me. I think horror fans will enjoy Lori’s inaugural graphic-novel adventure as much as those creators did.

Lorelei: Sects and the City also features cover art by Esteban Maroto, a one-page history of succubi by Ernie Colon and pinups by Louis Small Jr. and the late Tom Sutton. Its currently available for order from online and brick-and-mortar bookstores, comic shops, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and the StarWarp Concepts Web site. Retailers can obtain the graphic novel through StarWarp Concept’s distributor, Ingram Book Company.

Meet Stan “The Man” Lee at the Baltimore Comic-Con

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Meet Stan “The Man” Lee at the Baltimore Comic-Con

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – July 8, 2011 – Stan Lee, the Guest of Honor at this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con, will be on hand Saturday and Sunday signing autographs and posing for photographs with guests in attendance of the show. The 12th Annual show will be taking place August 20-21, 2011 at the Baltimore Convention Center.

Stan Lee picture

Each autograph, courtesy of Desert Wind Comics, will run $55 for an advanced ticket (which includes the autograph and online service charge) and can be purchased here. Each photograph, courtesy of Froggy’s Photos, will run $40 and can be purchased here.

Please Note: all Stan Lee autographs are managed by Desert Wind Comics and all photos are managed by Froggy’s Photos. Please review their rules and conditions at the links above.

Also, don’t forget that Stan Lee VIP Packages (which includes one autograph and one photograph, plus much more!) and show admission tickets are now available and can be purchased online by visiting baltimorecomiccon.com/tickets/!

“This is Stan’s first appearance at the Baltimore Comic-Con,” said Marc Nathan, promoter of the show. “What a great opportunity for fans in attendance to get something to commemorate the show-a picture and an autograph for less than $100!”.

Confirmed guests for this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con include: Guest of Honor, Stan “The Man” Lee; Jason Aaron (Scalped, PunisherMAX); Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead); Nick Cardy (Aquaman, Teen Titans); Greg Capullo (Spawn, Batman); Cliff Chiang (Greendale); Frank Cho (50 Girl 50, X-Men: Schism, New Ultimates); Todd Dezago (Super Hero Squad, The Perhapanauts); David Finch (Brightest Day, Batman: The Dark Knight); Ron Frenz (Spider-Girl); Jose-Luis Garcia-Lopez (Wednesday Comics, Batman Confidential); Michael Golden (creator of Bucky O’Hare); Mike Grell (Action Comics, The Pilgrim); Brad Guigar (Evil, Inc., Courting Disaster); Steve Hamaker (Bone); Cully Hamner (Red, Red: Eyes Only); Dean Haspiel (The Alcoholic, Act-i-Vate); Jamal Igle (Supergirl, Zatanna); J.G. Jones (Doc Savage, DC Universe Legacies); Barry Kitson (Secret Invasion, Amazing Spider-Man); Laura Martin (New Avengers, Thor); Mark Morales (Fear Itself cover artist); Kevin Nowlan (Wednesday Comics); David Petersen (Mouse Guard); Brandon Peterson (Ultimate Vision, Strange); Craig Rousseau (Marvel Her-Oes); Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo); Walter Simonson (Thor); Jeff Smith (Bone, RASL); Nick Spencer (Morning Glories, Iron Man 2.0); Brian Stelfreeze (Wednesday Comics); Karl Story (DC Universe Legacies); Tim Truman (Conan the Cimmerian); Neil Vokes (Flesh & Blood, Eagle: The Original Adventures); and Thom Zahler (Love and Capes).

Looking for a place to stay in Baltimore for the show?

The Baltimore Comic-Con has partnered with two of Baltimore’s premiere hotels to secure special room rates for those attending this year’s show! Interested exhibitors and attendees can book between now and July 20, 2011 at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel and the Hyatt Regency Baltimore at a discounted rate. Visit the links below for more information and to make a reservation, but remember the deadline to book at these special rates is July 20, 2011.

Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel

Hyatt Regency Baltimore


Attending the Baltimore Comic-Con? Show your support online!

Simply change your social network (Facebook, Twitter, blog, etc.) avatar pictures to the “See You in Baltimore!” image and let the world know you’re attending the show!

In coming weeks, look for more announcements from the Baltimore Comic-Con. We are looking forward to highlighting our guests, the Harvey Awards, industry exclusives, and programming. The latest developments can always be found at our website, Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace pages.

This year’s Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 20-21, 2011. Convention hours are Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM. The ceremony and banquet for the Harvey Awards will be held Saturday night, August 21st.

About The Baltimore Comic-Con

The Baltimore Comic-Con is celebrating its 12th year of bringing the comic book industry to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area. With a guest list unequaled in the industry, the Baltimore Comic-Con will be held August 20-21, 2011. For more information, please visit www.baltimorecomiccon.com.

About The Harvey Awards
The Harvey Awards are one of the comic book industry’s oldest and most respected awards. With a history of over 20 years, the last 6 in conjunction with the Baltimore Comic-Con, the Harveys recognize outstanding achievements in over 20 categories. They are the only industry awards nominated and selected by the full body of comic book professionals. For more information, please visit www.harveyawards.org.

Kickstarter Spotlight – A.K.A.

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We haven’t really officially done this in a while, but expect to start seeing this more often.  Kickstarter is a website that allows individuals to go directly to individuals to raise funds for various projects.  It’s a great opportunity for comic book creators to get projects created without the help of publishers.

This week’s highlight is A.K.A. which has a goal of raising $6,000 by 5:46Pm EDT on May 27.  The series definitely looks interesting as I’m a huge fan of “grindhouse,” exploitation, crime comics and B movies.  More me, definitely something of interest and they got my $30 towards their goal.  The project is by Rob Reilly and Steven WaltersThe money will help pay the letterer, Jeff Powell and colorist, Giuseppe Pica.

A.K.A is an adrenalin-fueled, action packed, “grindhouse” inspired 4 issue crime comic that explores what happens when you double-cross the wrong man. Brought together by the writer/artist team of Steven Walters, and Rob Reilly, A.K.A is the story of Guy Doyle, a ruthless bodyguard of one of the most notorious crime bosses in New York. When he gets the order to kill Adrian Truelove, a famous gang leader who fathers a child with the mob bosses daughter, a hunt for Truelove ensues and a story that’ll leave you wanting more with each tension filled issue begins.

The book is also supplemented by 4 page, faux upcoming books by some of today’s hottest creators like: Mike Oeming, Joe Kelly, Bryan J.L Glass, Neil Vokes, and John Broglia

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Head to the Kickstarter page and give what you can and help support independent comics.

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