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Valiant’s 2016 Convention Tour Expands to 8 More Conventions

Valiant has announced additional dates for the Valiant 2016 Convention Tour – a months-long, nationwide celebration coming soon to a town near you! Continuing at Toronto’s Fan Expo Canada, Valiant’s one-of-a-kind convention set-up is getting ready to roll into Baltimore; Portland; New York City; San Antonio; and more:

Thursday, September 1st – Sunday, September 4th
Fan Expo Canada

Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Toronto, CA

Friday, September 2nd – Sunday, September 4th
Baltimore Comic-Con 2016

Baltimore Convention Center
Baltimore, MD

Saturday, September 10th – Sunday, September 11th
Rose City Comic Con

Oregon Convention Center
Portland, OR

Wednesday, September 14th
GameStop Expo 2016

Anaheim Convention Center
Anaheim, CA

Saturday, September 17th  – Sunday, September 18th
Buffalo Comicon

Buffalo Niagra Convention Center
Buffalo, NY

Thursday, October 6th – Sunday, October 9th:
New York City Comic-Con

Jacob Javits Center
New York, NY

Friday, October 28th – Sunday, October 30th
Alamo City Comic Con

Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
San Antonio, TX

Friday, November 11th – Sunday, November 13th
NC Comic Con

North Carolina Convention Center
Durham, NC

The year’s industry-leading celebration of your favorite superheroes takes flight in Toronto, CA at Fan Expo Canada 2016! From Thursday, September 1st through Sunday, September 4th, join Valiant at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for a weekend packed with programming, merchandise, and the best-reviewed comics in the industry!

Visit Booth #838 all weekend long to find out why Valiant has captured the nation’s biggest headlines and highest praise – including an unprecedented 50 Harvey Award nominations – with a complete collection of trade paperbacks and hardcovers featuring Valiant’s world-class roster of superheroes and villains! Then stick around for a universe of high-flying merchandise, including t-shirts and collectibles featuring X-O Manowar, Faith, Bloodshot, and more!

Plus: Get the inside scoop on the most celebrated superhero universe in comics on Friday, September 2nd at 3:45 PM in Room #717 with Valiant 101: New Fans Start Here ­– a concise and fun-filled introduction to Valiant’s biggest, most memorable characters! You’ve seen the reviews, you’ve heard the buzz… Now find out why Valiant Entertainment has taken fans and critics by storm as the most acclaimed comic book publisher! Join us here for a one-of-a-kind introduction to the largest and most acclaimed independent superhero universe in comics! From X-O MANOWAR and FAITH to BLOODSHOT REBORN and DIVINITY, get the stories behind Valiant’s biggest heroes and find out where to jump on board right here with an in-depth tutorial that’s perfect for new fans!

Then, peek into the unbelievable stories charging towards your favorite superheroes on Saturday, September 3rd at 11:00 AM in Room #713 for Valiant: The Future of Valiant and Beyond! Valiant Entertainment is the most acclaimed publisher anywhere in comics today… Now, find out what’s next for powerhouse series as the future of Valiant starts here with an exclusive round of news and announcements – only at Fan Expo Canada!

As Valiant continues to skyrocket towards the top of the charts, the road to this year’s most exciting announcements, exclusives, and can’t-miss comics begins right here with one of the biggest shows of the year, only at Fan Expo Canada!


Around the Tubes

201607100355We’re just a little over a week to go until San Diego Comic-Con and we’re knee deep in plans! While we go about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

The Beat – RIP Geneviève Castree Elverum – Our thoughts are with her family and friends.

The N Word – Who is Marvel’s Blaxploitation Luke Cage comic even for, exactly? – A very good question and a very good read.

Newsarama – Captain Marvel To Relaunch in 2017 with Bestselling YA Author – Another relaunch! Shocker!

The Beat – Following widespread complaints, NYCC to REOPEN Fan Verification – Not too surprised.

Comichron – Civil War II, DC Rebirth propel $58.6 million June, best month in 20+ years – Some good news.


Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Justice League: Rebirth #1

ICv2 – Rebels Vol. 1

Around the Tubes

Captain_America_Steve_Rogers_1_CoverIt was new comic book day yesterday. Anyone hear anything about any of the releases? Sound off in the comments as to what you think of yesterday’s releases?

While you decide on that, check out the comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

Kotaku – The New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Game Is Best Played With Other People – Does this mean we need to make friends?

The Guardian – Minnesota school’s ban on graphic novel draws free-speech protests – As they should.

The Beat – Producer Charles Roven gets less hands on role in continuing WB/DC film shake-up – Lots of ch-ch-changes!

The Beat – Inside Fan Verification: now you need a cell phone to buy New York Comic Con tickets – Some helpful info.

The Outhousers – Why Blastr’s Think-Piece Decrying the Spoilers of DC Rebirth is Completely Full of !@#$ – A peak behind the curtain and how messed up comic “journalism” is.


Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Captain America: Steve Rogers #1

ComicVine – Captain America: Steve Rogers #1

Newsarama – Captain America: Steve Rogers #1

ComicVine – Justice League #50

Newsarama – Justice League #50

The Outhousers – Kim & Kim

iO9 – Scooby Apocalypse #1

New York Comic Con Shakes Up Ticketing Process to Battle Resellers

New York Comic COnIn true superhero fashion, ReedPOP is taking a stand against the live event industry’s greatest supervillains – ticket resellers. Today, the producer of New York Comic Con has announced the introduction of a new Fan Verification process to help limit the amount of resellers and get Tickets into the hands of Fans along with other Ticketing changes. As part of today’s announcement, ReedPOP will also transition the New York Super Week brand to NYCC Presents, representing a shift that will support a broader range of NYCC content throughout Manhattan. New York Comic Con will take place October 6-9, 2016.

The Fan Verification system will launch on Friday, May 20, when Fans will fill out a profile in order to be eligible to purchase Tickets when they go on sale. Fan Verification will close Monday, June 13 and anyone who has not completed a Fan Verification profile will be unable to purchase Tickets. For the first time, purchasing Tickets will only be possible online through the NYCC Ticket website and there will be no retail sales.

Also new this year, ReedPOP will roll New York Super Week into new series, NYCC Presents. This will continue the rapid expansion of New York Comic Con content throughout New York City and under a brand and banner that fans will recognize. NYCC Presents will include a massive array great evening events at multiple locations throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn. Each of these events will require a separate Ticket.

Full details regarding the Fan Verification process and NYCC Show news can be found here and at NewYorkComicCon.com/FanVerification. A snapshot of this new process can be found below.

  • Fan Verification is required for NYCC 2016. Everyone who would like to attend NYCC (whether you are buying Tickets yourself or someone is buying them for you) must fill out a Fan Verification profile.
  • Kids who will be ages 6-12 at the time of NYCC 2016 and will be using a NYCC 2016 Adult Ticket or Sunday Kids Ticket do not need a Fan Verification profile for their NYCC 2016 Ticket.
  • Fan Verification will be open from Friday, May 20 at 12:00 PM EDT to Monday, June 13 at 11:59 PM EDT. Fill out your Fan Verification profile correctly and completely – there’s no need to rush through it.
  • All NYCC 2016 Ticket Types will go on sale at the same time on a first-come, first-served basis. Fan Verification does not guarantee NYCC Tickets.
  • VIP Tickets for NYCC will no longer be made available.
  • NYCC 2016 Tickets will only be sold online. NYCC Tickets will not be on sale at retailers or any events leading up to NYCC 2016.
  • All Fans who filled out a Fan Verification profile will be notified via email 48 hours prior to NYCC Tickets going on sale.
  • The email Fans will receive with the NYCC on-sale date will include a unique link where Fans will have the opportunity to purchase Tickets first-come, first-served when they go on sale. There is a one transaction limit per link.
    If Fans are purchasing Tickets for multiple people, they must be assigned to a person using the name and email address they created their Fan Verification profile with. If Fans are purchasing a Ticket for a kid ages 6-12, they will add their name and age to the Ticket.

These changes have been done with the hope that more Fans will get the opportunity to experience NYCC 2016.

NYCC 2015: 20 New Diamond Select Items

At New York Comic-Con 2015, Diamond Select Toys had a ton of new prototypes on display, some of which had never before been seen in public! Now, many of those items are up for pre-order for the first time, including new items from Batman: The Animated Series, Back to the Future, Ghostbusters, Godzilla, Image Comics, Mallrats, Marvel Comics, Muppets, Nightmare Before Christmas, Star Trek, Superman: The Animated Series, Valiant Comics, The Walking Dead and more! Read on for info below, then pre-order from your local comic shop or your favorite online retailer, and look for them in the spring! It’s the best of all worlds!

Batman The Animated Series Harley Quinn’s Hammer Metal Bottle Opener

A Diamond Select Toys release! There’s no bottle Harley Quinn’s hammer can’t open! Based on the large mallet wielded by Harley Quinn in Batman: The Animated Series, this sculpted metal bottle opener can remove any bottle cap faster than you can say “puddin’”! A must-have for any Harley Quinn fan Measuring approximately 4 inches long, it comes packaged in a full-color collector slipcase. (Item #NOV152180, SRP: $18.00)


Batman The Animated Series Joker Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Clown Prince of Crime joins DST’s line of resin busts based on Batman: The Animated Series! With a fan of cards in one hand and a toy pistol in the other, this bust of The Joker is not just playing around, and is a spot-on representation of the character as he appears in the classic animated series.  Measuring approximately 6 inches tall, this resin bust is packaged in a full-color window box, with a certificate of authenticity. Limited to 3,000 pieces! Sculpted by Varner Studios. (Item #NOV152178, SRP: $59.99)


Batman Classic TV Series Batgirl Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! Move over boys – there’s a new Bat-heroine in town! Yvonne Craig’s Batgirl took Gotham City by storm in the third season of the Batman Classic TV Series, and she also turned gender conventions on their ear! A smart, stylish crime-fighter, Barbara Gordon was an equal to Batman and Robin, and saved their bacon on more than one occasion. This approximately 6-inch resin bust depicts Yvonne Craig as Batgirl, in her iconic purple outfit, atop a base inspired by the show’s animated opening. Packaged with a certificate of authenticity in a full-color box, this bust is limited to 3,000 pieces. Designed by Barry Bradfield. Sculpted by Jean St. Jean! (Item #NOV152181, SRP: $59.99)


Back to the Future Minimates Rail Ready Time Machine Vehicle

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s an all-new edition of our famous Minimates Time Machine from Back to the Future III! This never-before-released edition features the Wild West detailing of the third film in the trilogy, with hood-mounted circuitry, “rail-read” train wheels and a generous coating of dust! Plus, the car comes with an all-new version of Marty McFly, in his 1885 cowboy duds! This approximately 4-inch vehicle features rolling wheels, opening doors, and enough room to seat two Minimates mini-figures. Packaged in a full-color blister card. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #NOV152187, SRP: $19.99)


Ghostbusters Mr. Stay Puft Metal Bottle Opener

A Diamond Select Toys release! You’ve got the tools, you’ve got the talent, but do you have a bottle opener? The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man can open anything: churches, gateways to other dimensions, you name it. Now, this happy-faced version of our 4-inch metal Mr. Stay-Puft will open up your favorite bottled beverage and magnetically stick to your refrigerator door! Packaged in a full-color slipcase. (Item #NOV152186, SRP: $18.00)


Godzilla Classic Minimates Series 3 Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys release! Godzilla is back, and he brought company! This all-new box set of tiny, 2-inch monsters includes a new version of Godzilla, plus four of his greatest friends and enemies! Burning Godzilla features a new orange-tinged paint scheme and removable flame breath, and he comes with all-new figures of Rodan, Megalon and two Mothra Larvae! Each Minimates mini-figure has multiple points of articulation, stands approximately 2 inches tall, and features fully interchangeable parts. Create your own kaiju! Packaged on a full-color blister card. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #NOV152190, SRP: $24.99)


Comic Book Heroes Minimates 2-Packs Series 1 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! From the world of your local comic shop, it’s the first assortment of Comic Book Heroes Minimates, based on some of the most popular independent titles around! Four different two-packs pair up heroes and heroines from six different comics! From Image Comics, Cassie Hack from Hack/Slash teams up with Em Cypress from Revival!  From the world of Valiant Comics, Ninjak takes on Shadowman! From Image’s Chew, FDA agent Tony Chu partners with cyborg John Colby and the fighting rooster Poyo! And from Battle Beasts, Ruminant the Giraffe takes on Spyrnus the Hammerhead Shark! Each two-pack comes on a full-color blister card. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #NOV152191, SRP: $9.99/ea.)


Mallrats 20th Anniversary Minimates Series 1 Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys release! They’re not there to shop, they’re not there to work, they’re just there! Celebrate 20 years of Mallrats with this four-pack of Minimates mini-figures, featuring characters from writer-director Kevin Smith’s second movie! Jay, Silent Bob, Rene and Brodie come together in this set, styled after their appearances in the film. Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features 14 points of articulation and fully interchangeable parts. Packaged on a full-color blister card.

Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #NOV152188, SRP: $24.99)


Marvel Minimates Series 65 Deadpool Comic 2-Packs Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! The Merc with a Mouth just got his own assortment of Minimates! Each two-pack in this sure-to-be-popular assortment features a different iteration of Deadpool, paired with a different character from Deadpool’s sordid past! Marvel Now Deadpool comes with Copycat/Domino (with alternate head and chest), Secret Wars Deadpool (with alternate handsome parts) comes with X-Force’s Siryn, Mascot Deadpool (with alternate DP parts) comes with Bob the Hydra Goon, and Zenpool comes with Messiah Complex Cable! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure feature 14 points of articulation, as well as fully interchangeable parts, and most include extra parts to swap out. Each two-pack comes in a full-color window box. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #NOV152185, SRP: $9.99/each)


Muppets Select Action Figures Series 1 Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s time to meet the Muppets! With the new TV series getting big ratings, the Muppets are hotter than ever, and now they’re getting their very own action figure line from DST! Series 1 gets things started with three different multi-figure packs: Fozzie with Scooter, Gonzo with Camilla, and Kermit with Robin and Bean Bunny. Each figure is in the Select action figure scale, and ranges from 2 to 6 inches tall, with multiple points of articulation. Each multi-pack comes in the famous display-ready Select packaging, with spine artwork for easy shelf reference. Sculpted by Gentle Giant Studios! (Item #NOV152184, SRP $149.94/asst.)


Kermit, Robin and Bean Bunny (Item # SEP158427, SRP: $24.99)


Fozzie and Scooter (Item # SEP158428, SRP: $24.99)


Gonzo and Camilla (Item # SEP158429, SRP: $24.99)


Nightmare Before Christmas Minimates Deluxe NYCC Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys release! Now this is Halloween! The first-ever box set in the Nightmare Before Christmas Minimates line is the only place to get those three lovable scamps, Lock, Shock and Barrel, as well as a Battle-Damaged Jack Skellington in his tattered Santa Claus suit!! The three minions of Oogie Boogie each come with a removable mask, and they all fit inside the included walking Bathtub, which features articulated Minimates legs. Formerly a NYCC exclusive, this set is now available to all! Each 2-inch Minimates mini-figure features 10-14 points of articulation, as well as fully interchangeable parts. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #FEB158312, SRP: $30.00)


Nightmare Before Christmas Pumpkin King Jack Coffin Doll

A Diamond Select Toys release! DST continues to re-animate the Coffin Doll line of yesteryear with a new re-issue, this time of Jack Skellington as the Pumpkin King! Wearing his Jack O’Lantern mask and tattered clothes, the Pumpkin King stands approximately 16 inches tall, and features multiple points of articulation. Figure includes a sign for Halloween Town, and comes packaged in a coffin-shaped window box. (Item #NOV152183, SRP: $49.99)


Plants vs. Zombies PVZ Garden Warfare Minimates Series 2 Box Set

A Diamond Select Toys release! Time for a second helping of combat! Based on the hit video game Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare, this new box set of Minimates mini-figures pits new plants against new zombies, and the garden stakes have definitely been raised! The Plumber Zombie (with Plunge Shot) and Wrestler Zombie (with Piledriver) take on the Toxic Chomper, Shadow Flower and Fire Pea! Each zombie stands approximately 2 inches tall with 14 points of articulation, while the pants stand 1-2 inches tall with one point of articulation, and all parts and accessories are fully interchangeable. Packaged on a full-color blister card. Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #NOV152189, SRP: $24.99)


Star Trek Enterprise NX-01 Electronic Starship

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s been over a decade since we explored the early days of the Federation in the Star Trek TV series Enterprise, and now DST and Art Asylum are bringing their first-ever electronic starship out of drydock! Not available since 2002, the U.S.S. Enterprise NX-01 has been given a full overhaul, with new paint, new lights, new sound effects and new dialogue straight from the show, featuring Captain Archer! The press of a button triggers the electronic features, as the 12-inch plastic ship rests atop a plastic display base. Packaged in a full-color window box with try-me feature. (Item #JUN058142, SRP: $65.00)


Star Trek TOS Classic Enterprise NCC-1701 Electronic Starship

A Diamond Select Toys release! To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original Star Trek TV Series, Diamond Select Toys has revisited their best-selling electronic starship and given it an upgrade! Featuring the surface detailing as seen in the HD episodes of the TV show, the new U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 features new lights-on capabilities, as well as longer voice clips, including the full opening monologue! This 14-inch plastic ship sits on top of a plastic flight stand, and a button on the saucer section triggers the electronic features. Packaged in a full-color window box with a try-me window. (Item #SEP088080, SRP: $65.00)


Star Trek TOS Retro Cloth Security & Cheron Figure Asst.

A Diamond Select Toys release! It’s been almost 50 years since Star Trek: The Original Series debuted on TV, and DST is continuing their line of retro-style cloth-costumed action figures with two brand-new offerings! First up, a red-shirted Security crewman joins the Enterprise away team, with a new head sculpt and two variations to look for: the figure can have brown hair or black hair, as well as officer rank markings. Second, the Cheron alien returns, but in a reversed color scheme, so the black and white halves are on the opposite side! Pair him with our previously released Cheron to re-enact “Let That Be Your Last Battlefield”! Each 8-inch figure features removable clothing and multiple points of articulation, just like the Mego figures of old, and comes in a resealable plastic clamshell with retro-style artwork. Designed by EMCE Toys! (Item #NOV152193, SRP: $19.99/each)


Star Trek TNG Femme Fatales Borg Queen Vinyl Statue

A Diamond Select Toys release! Resistance is futile! The irresistible Borg Queen has been captured as a 9-inch-scale PVC statue – the next entry in our Star trek Femme Fatales line! With a detailed sculpt and exacting paint applications, this static vinyl figure features a removable head and upper torso, to simulate her on-screen maintenance routine. Displays alongside Seven of Nine, Counselor Troi, and all other Femme Fatales statues! Statue comes packaged in a full-color window box. (Item #NOV152194, SRP: $45.00)


Superman TAS Superman Resin Bust

A Diamond Select Toys release! DST’s line of DC Animated resin busts continues, with the second offering from Superman: The Animated Series – Superman himself! Captured in the timeless animated style, the Last Son of Krypton stands approximately 6 inches tall, striking an action pose atop a pedestal inspired by the art-deco architecture of Metropolis. Packaged in a full-color box, the bust includes a certificate of authenticity and is limited to only 3,000 pieces. Sculpted by Varner Studios! (Item #NOV152179, SRP: $59.99)


Walking Dead Negan Vinyl Bust Bank

A Diamond Select Toys release! This is a $#%&ing great bank! Negan, iron-fisted and foul-mouthed leader of The Saviors, is the newest vinyl bust bank in the Walking Dead line, and will look great sharing shelf space with Rick, Michonne and any number of zombies. Fill him up with half of your spare change, and nobody has to get hurt. Plus, he comes with his beloved baseball bat Lucille, so it’s like getting two characters in one! Just don’t let Lucille get thirsty! Packaged in a clear polybag. Sculpted by Eli Livingston! (Item #NOV152192, SRP: $22.99)


NYCC 2015: Dexter Palmer Discusses Version Control

Version Control Dexter PalmerThis year at New York Comic Con, there were several booths set up for publishing houses you don’t normally see at a comic conventions but instead at book festivals. The traditional novel was definitely present this year, with some well-loved sci-fi and fantasy novels in addition to new and upcoming releases. We got a chance to sit down with Dexter Palmer, author of the upcoming Version Control, being released in February 2016 by Pantheon Publishing.

Version Control is described as “The compelling story of a couple living in the wake of a personal tragedy. She is a star employee of an online dating company, while he is a physicist, performing experiments that, if ever successful, may have unintended consequences, altering the nature of their lives-and perhaps of reality itself.”

Graphic Policy: So, this is your second novel, correct?

Dexter Palmer: Yes it is.

GP: And this one is now, 5 years after your first novel, if I’m remembering correctly?

DP: My first one came out in 2010, so this one will have been close to 6 years.

GP: Close to 6 years. Did it take you the whole time to write it? Obviously you have a very busy day job.

DP: Yeah. But it did take me, between research and thinking about it and doing revisions, I was working on it pretty much every day.

GP: Ok. So what kind of research did you do for this one?

DP: Well, one of my characters is a physicist and part of his work relates to gravitational wave research. So I realized that in order to write that character, I myself would need to know something about gravitational wave research.

GP: This is not basic physics. This is some pretty intense…

DP: Yes.

GP: … physics that you had to get into to study this.

DP: Yes.

GP: That probably explains some of the 6 years.

DP: Yeah.


I did have a physicist, sort of, vet the manuscript to make sure that I hadn’t made any major errors or anything.

GP: That’s good. Everything is actually logical, it can flow…

DP: Right.

GP: … could, in theory, happen.

DP: I guess. Yeah. I didn’t want to have anything like, say, “We need to tweak the Heisenberg compensator in order to…” I wanted the science to at least bear a striking resemblance to actual science.

GP: That makes very good sense. Did you do the same thing for your first novel?

DP: My first novel was set in an alternate history of the 20th Century, so for that I went to circa 1900 texts that made predictions of what the 20th Century would be like. There was a lot of research involved, and it had science, but the book ended up having science in it that was deliberately false.

GP: Ok.

DP: So, say, there were no transistors in that novel, nothing that could be powered by transistors, but there were, for instance, mechanical men and things like that.

GP: So very much a steampunk kind of aesthetic for the first one?

DP: Right.

GP: Whereas this one is a lot more grounded in our current understanding of physics, as we know it right now.

DP: Right. This one is set in the time period of the mid-1990s to the mid-2020s.

GP: Ok. As you were writing this one, was there anything about either one of your main characters that surprised you? Like as you were writing it, you kind of took it in a different direction that you thought it was initially going to go?

DP: Well, let’s see…

GP: I mean, it could be hard to do without spoiling the book. I understand.

DP: It is hard to do without spoiling.

GP: Ok.

DP: I will say for this one I did have to have, because of the structure of the book, I had to have a very detailed outline. And then the characters did kind of do things to break that outline. Like a little bit here and there.

GP: Was it a fun experience for you do that? To have to adjust as you went along, writing it?

DP: For certain values of fun, yes.

GP: I know, you were like “I had this outline! Why did you do this to me? I had a plan!”

DP: Yeah, exactly.

GP: Were there any lessons you learned in writing your first book that you brought into the second one? Things that you found useful?

DP: Well, I guess this goes back to the outline. My first book, part of the reason my first novel took 14 years was because I made it up as I went along. And then when I had a completed draft I realized that I needed to re-write the entire thing. So that was the… so measure twice, cut once – that’s what I learned.

GP: That’s a good lesson!

DP: Yes.

GP: Did you learn anything while writing this book that you would take into future works?

DP: Yes. Writing a novel that’s set in the near future is hard, especially if you take a long time. Because I was writing things that seemed futuristic when I started writing them in 2008 and then things started happening.


And then suddenly my futuristic predictions became either false or just boring. So I needed to keep revising things to stay ahead of the curve.

GP: That makes sense.

DP: I find myself being worried that some massive historical event is going to happen in the next four months that will completely invalidate the entire book.

GP: In which case it will still be a fantastic work of fiction and I’m sure we can all enjoy it for that.

DP: Yeah, I hope so.

GP: Is there anything that you want readers to know going into the book? Or anything that you would like to tell people?

DP: I would like them to know as little as possible.

GP: Ok!

DP: I would just like them to pick up the book based on faith that it will be an entertaining experience.

GP: That sounds fantastic. Anything else you wanted to cover?

DP: No, I think that’s it.

GP: Well, thank you very much. It’s been a pleasure.

DP: Thank you.

I enjoyed speaking with Dexter Palmer at the convention and this has me even more excited to read the book. It definitely sounds like something that is my type of story so I’ll take his advice, steer clear of any more information, and go into it expecting nothing but the joys of a good book.

Palmer holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from Princeton University, where he completed his dissertation on the work of James Joyce, William Gaddis, and Thomas Pynchon. He also staged the first academic conference ever held at an Ivy League university on the subject of video games. Palmer’s first book, The Dream of Perpetual Motion, was released in 2010 and was selected by Kirkus Reviews as one of the best fiction debuts for 2010.

Big thanks to Dexter Palmer for sitting down with us and to Random House Publishing for the interview.

Graphic Policy Radio: New York Comic Con Post-Show

gp-radio-special-thurs-10pmOn a brand new episode of Graphic Policy Radio, we discuss New York Comic Con! The team went to the convention which took place October 8-11 at the Javits Convention Center, and came out with not just a lot of pictures, but a lot to chat about. The show airs at a special time, this Thursday at 10pm ET.

We’ll talk about our experiences as well as some of the announcements made at the show.

On this episode, we’ll also discuss the latest blow up over comments and Captain America: Sam Wilson #1‘s political nature which has gotten conservatives in a tizzy.

We want to hear from you too! You can tweet us your thoughts @graphicpolicy

You can listen in LIVE this Thursday.

Marvel/FDNY Helmet Auction Goes Online

The FDNY – long celebrated as New York City’s bravest – is being supported by some of the world’s greatest superheroes in honor of the Department’s 150th anniversary and New York Comic Con with an exclusive line of superhero inspired FDNY helmet designs. Featuring Spider-Man, The Hulk, Captain America, Black Widow and others, the helmets have been created for a charity auction that will raise money for the FDNY Foundation. The helmets were designed by the industry’s leading comic book artists including Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer, Joe Quesada, along with Damion Scott, Kaare Andrews, Walt Simonson and others who used their skills to render awe-inspiring illustrations of these recognizable heroes.

The helmets draw inspiration from some of Marvel’s greatest heroes. Quesada, a longtime FDNY supporter and the creative force behind “Heroes” a historic tribute book featuring Marvel superheroes in the wake of the 9/11 tragedy, created a Captain America inspired helmet featuring his iconic shield. Damion Scott introduces the world famous web-slinger – Spider-Man – into a vibrant helmet design full of the character’s iconic blue and red. Other artists contributing to the program include Phil Jimenez, Phil Noto, and Joe Rivera.

The majority of the helmets were auctioned off at charity event on October 10, but those helmets not auctioned off at the event will be available for auction at the ReedPOP Supply Co eBay account from October 19-23. All money raised will go to benefit the FDNY Foundation, the official non-profit organization of the New York City Fire Department.

New York Comic Con 2015 Thursday Cosplay

This year’s New York Comic Con brought in over 167,000 comic lovers, many of which were geek-ed out in some awesome cosplay. Thursday lacked some common characters such as Batman & Robin, but had pretty much every version of Harley Quinn you could want. You could build your very own Avenger team with the amount of Avengers cosplay. Anime characters also seemed to be a frequent sight this year. Check out our gallery for just a few of these cosplay pictures and don’t miss the rad Godzilla.

NYCC 2015: Michael & David Uslan, Huayi Brothers Ink Deal to Create T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents Franchise

The sky was clear at New York Comic Con, yet T.H.U.N.D.E.R. dominated the news of the day as Huayi Brothers Media Corporation and Michael Uslan, originator and executive producer of the Batman film franchise, and producer David Uslan announced the first-ever branded super hero franchise to be backed by and developed with a major Chinese media company – T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents.

To the delight of a capacity crowd celebrating the 50th Anniversary T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents panel within New York Comic Con at the Javits Center, the Uslans and Huayi Brothers Media Corporation President James Wang made the announcement to expand the treasured franchise beyond comic books and into films, television, gaming and a host of other entities.

The T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents major motion picture is expected to hit theaters worldwide in 2018.

Celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2015, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents still stands as the first and only truly international comic book super hero group set up to work for the United Nations. Created in 1965 by the legendary comic book artist, Wally Wood (Mad; EC Comics; designer of Marvel’s Daredevil costume), T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents has featured the work of some of the greatest artists in comic book history, including Steve Ditko (co-creator of Spider-Man and Dr. Strange); Gil Kane (co-creator of Green Lantern and The Atom); Mike Sekowsky (original artist of Justice League); Dave Cockrum (co-creator of the new X-Men) and many more. T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents was published by DC Comics for a number of years in a series recognized for its cutting-edge, contemporary, dark graphic story-telling; today, IDW Publishing helms the franchise’s hardback and trade paperback book collections.

For comic book fans growing up in the 1960s, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents was considered to be the new alternative to DC Comics and Marvel super heroes. It combined the darkness of DC with the fun of Marvel within a story of a United Nations secret black ops organization that recruited secret agents from everyday people in ordinary life, assigned them a code-name, and gave each one a device that provided him or her with one super-power. But with each super-power came a grave moral dilemma. Each T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agent represented a different United Nations country, and that offered inherent internal conflicts within the team based on polarizing differences in cultures, religions and politics. But when faced with a greater threat, the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents found a way to work together as one family for the benefit of all mankind.

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