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Small Press Expo 2019 Announces Comics Debuting at the Show

Small Press Expo has announced that over 100 books and comics will debut at the 2019 festival. The festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday, September 14-15, at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center and will have over 650 creators, 280 exhibitor tables, 22 programming panels, and 14 hands-on workshops to introduce attendees to the amazing world of independent and small press comics.

A complete list of debuts, including cover images and publishing information, can be found on the SPX web site.

Check out some of books debuting this year:

Rusty Brown

Chris Ware’s Rusty Brown is a fully interactive, full-color articulation of the time-space interrelationships of a couple people in the first half of a single midwestern American day and the tiny piece of human grit about which they involuntarily orbit. Published by Pantheon.

Rusty Brown

CosmoKnights

For Hannah Templer’s ragtag band of space gays, liberation means beating the patriarchy at its own game.

In CosmoKnights, Pan’s life used to be very small. Work in her dad’s body shop, sneak out with her friend Tara to go dancing, and watch the skies for freighter ships. On the run and off the galactic grid, Pan discovers the astonishing secrets of her neo-medieval world… and the intoxicating possibility of burning it all down. Published by Top Shelf.

CosmoKnights

The Hard Tomorrow

Told with tenderness and care in an undefined near future, Eleanor Davis’s The Hard Tomorrow blazes unrestrained, as moments of human connection are doused in fear and threats. Her astute projections probe at current anxieties in a cautionary tale that begs the question: What will happen after tomorrow? Published by Drawn & Quarterly.

The Hard Tomorrow

Twice Shy

Joel Orff’sTwice Shy tells the story of two strangers who have shut themselves down emotionally as a way to cope with their lives. Bob is an artist with a creative block who loses himself in an aimless existence; while Casey suffers from deep-seated anxiety and feelings of abandonment. As they tentatively try to build a life together, the harsh realities of the outside world begin to intrude on their happiness, but the experience changes them both in fundamental ways. Published By Alternative Comics.

Twice Shy

Sports Is Hell

For Ben Passmore, some wars are for religion and some are for political belief, but this one is for football. After her city wins the Super Bowl for the first time, Tea is separated from her friend during a riot and joins a small clique fighting its way through armed groups of football fanatics to meet a star receiver that just might end the civil war or become the city’s new oppressive leader. Published by Koyama Press.

Sports Is Hell

The Breakaways

Cathy G. Johnson’sThe Breakaways is a middle-grade graphic novel about a rebellious girls’ soccer team. It is a portrait of friendship in its many forms, and a raw and beautifully honest look into the lives of a diverse and defiantly independent group of kids learning to make room for themselves in the world. Published by First Second.

The Breakaways

So Buttons #10

How does Jonathan Baylis celebrate his 10th-anniversary issue of So Buttons? With friends of course! This all-new issue features cover art by Thomas Boatwright in tribute to Jim Aparo’s cover for Detective Comics #469 (my first Batman comic). It includes new, funny toddler stories by Summer Pierre, heartwarming tributes to my passed dog Mocha by Haley Boros and New Yorker cartoonist Emily Flake. Plus art & stories by T.J. Hirsch, Princess Pamela, Nicole Miles, Jeremy Nguyen and Paul Westover. Published by Jonathan Baylis.

So Buttons #10

Henni In the Lowlands

Miss-Lasko Gross’Henni In The Lowlands continues the heroines adventures as an anti-authoritarian protagonist in this special edition only available at SPX 2019. Self-published.

Henni In the Lowlands

Review: Anne Frank’s Diary: The Graphic Adaptation

The active denial of facts that in recent years is more viral than most people would like to admit. The current POTUS and his administration possess a voracious habit of denial of what one considers geopolitical news and what the current administration’s message really is. Of course, this is no new phenomenon as one of the biggest denial campaigns of our time, is the one against global warming.

There have been even more insidious examples throughout history, ones which tried to erase whole civilizations and history. One of the most prominent histories in this country that many people tried to erase was slavery in 1871 where the KKK tried to explain away these accounts as paid falsehoods, starting what came to be known as the origin of “crisis actors”, the same term used to describe the children who survived the Parkland Massacre.

One of the most relevant denial campaigns was and still is the one against the Holocaust, which started immediately after World War II, and was continued through work of such indifferent voices like Harry Barnes and the Institute for Historical Review who dismissed the tragedy known also as Shoah, as wartime propaganda. This is why narratives like Howard Zinn’s People’s History Of The United States, Booker T. Washington’s Up From Slavery, Solomon Northrup’s 12 years A Slave, Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search For Meaning, Elie Wiesel’s Night, are not only great books but important and much needed records, as these were eyewitness accounts of some of the ugliest times of human history. The world should never forget these personal chronicles and should be reintroduced to every generation in new and refreshing ways. This is why when I heard that they made a graphic novel adaptation of Anne Frank’s Diary, I was little more than interested to see if new blood could be pumped into such an important publication.

In the first few panels we are taken to Anne’s 13th birthday, as she shares the same insecurities about herself and uncertainties of the future that most adolescent girls her age face. Her so ordinary life is turned upside down when the Nazis came into power, where one of the campaign promises that Hitler made was to remove Jews from German society, despite the fact that they were less than 1% but he believed them to be the root of all evil. As things took a turn for the worse in Germany for Jews, Otto, Anne’s father decides to move to Holland, where he believed it be more progressive. As history tells us and so does Anne, the Nazis invade Holland, making life a living hell for most Jewish citizens, including the Franks who would eventually go into hiding. Day by day, friends and allies are taken by the Gestapo, as the family fears tomorrow will be their last day of freedom, as well as trying to cope with the mental toll living in secrecy takes, as each of them especially Anne wish only for a return to normalcy.  By book’s end, the last entry that was made into Anne’s diary is shortly after an assassination attempt on Hitler as Anne wrestles with what her legacy will be, as she fears she will be forgotten, which is something no one who has ever read her book can ever do.

Overall, this graphic novel not only brings back memories of reading her memoir for the first time but has given the book, something every other adaptation could not do, bringing Anne’s personality to life in all its complexities. The adaptation by Ari Folman is refreshing, well researched and innovative. The art by David Polonsky is stunning, vivid, and rich. Altogether, it’s a graphic novel that is more than essential reading as it captures a life loss in innocence, once with all the hope in the world, smiling to the future and by book’s end, with the weight that despair brings, searching for any glimmer of light as her journey ends in her diary’s heartbreaking final entry .

Story: Anne Frank Adaptation: Ari Folman Art: David Polonsky
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Review: In the Shadow of No Towers

I recently a watched a movie on Netflix called Come Sunday starring Chewitel Ejitofor, Condola Rashad, Danny Glover and Jason Segal.  In the movie, Ejitofr’s character questioned the existence of hell. This created a firestorm in his life which showed him his enemies from his friends. Eventually he would lose everything and truly look to understand why God put him in that position, which is something many Christians often paraphrase “God only gives you what you can handle.”

This very axiom is what most Christians use for every bad thing that comes their way including disasters and devastating life events. Every tragedy or difficult work situations challenge people and this is where many turn to religion while others respond by action or through outlets like art.

In comics, both DC and Marvel created tribute books to help with charities supporting victims of the attacks on 9/11, while other artists responded in kind. One of those artists, who is considered a legend, Art Spiegelman, was so moved he chronicled his own life and outrage within the pages of In The Shadows Of No Towers.

Spiegelman, within the first few panels, takes us through “The New Normal”, as people all over the world had to get used to what were seeing before our eyes, from words like “Taliban” to seeing smoke form the top of the Twin Towers. We also follow Spiegelman, as he looks for his daughter, soon after the Towers came down, which relives the panic of everyone that day, looking out for the welfare of the family. Eventually, he starts looking at the root causes of this disaster, in what he labels” The Ostrich Party”, where politicians from both parties make no progress are from their 19th century and the many bad decisions by the many administrators, have left these situations in the Middle East to exacerbate. By book’s end, Spiegelman, does what good creators do, ask the questions we all wonder and say the things we wish we could say.

Overall, one artist’s exploration of the world before and after 9/11, and how we get here. The stories as told by Spiegelman, is intense, funny, irreverent, thought provoking and brilliant. The art by Spiegelman, is alluring, evocative and vivid. Altogether, a book which both challenges and entertains in ways which our politically correct world tends to course correct before the point is made.

Story: Art Spiegelman Art: Art Spiegelman
Story: 10 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy

Review: The Odyssey of Sergeant Jack Brennan

Anyone who has been in the military and been on deployment, all have different experiences. Most people who are not or never have been in the military would even know, that there is a good number of military members who have never been and will never be on deployment. For those of who have been, we always get these pre-deployment briefings, letting us know what can we expect. This is where we find out where we are going, what is our mission and the expected length of the deployment.

There is a ton of things that most of these briefings, don’t tell you, and the main thing to me, has always been PTSD. There is nothing like when you are somewhere public, with people doing normal things, and certain things just trigger you, and it is nothing you can explain to your family and/or friends. Only people who have been deployed, can truly understand what you go through, and not everyone gets PTSD, but enough of us do, and most keep it under control but those unfortunate souls, who can’t, suffer the most and may pay the ultimate price. In The Odyssey of Sergeant Jack Brennan, writer Bryan Doerries brings you to a world, which finds parallels between Homer’s Odyssey and those of most military members on deployment, where most of these characters suffer from some form of PTSD.

Within the first few pages, the reader and is introduced to Sgt. Jack Brennan. whose infantry squad has been cleared to go back home, but he wants them to know a few things. This is where he tells his men the story of Odysseus, even embellishing part of the original story, for them to relate it things he and them have encountered in war and at home. As the story moves forward, the reader realizes even though the story is familiar, just how affecting, PTSD has always been, as Homer spoke of it in various ways through the Odyssey. By the end of the book, the back and forth narrative between the infantry squad’s story and the Odyssey, leaves the readers the same place these men want to be… home.

Overall, an excellent story,that draws comparisons between modern military deployments and those of ancient times. The story by Doerries, is smart, affecting, and emotional, as it reminded me of scenes from my own life. The art by Ruliffson, Jones, Andersen, Meconis, and Bertozzi, is seamless and complements the story. Altogether, an important book, that may serve as a primer for those with family members who are in the military and for a better understanding of PTSD.

Story: Bryan Doerries
Art: Jess Ruliffson, Joelle Jones, Justine Mara Andersen, Dylan Meconis and Nick Bertozzi
Story: 10 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Small Press Expo 2014: Lynda Barry, Raina Telgemeier and Charles Burns Lead Authors Debuting Books

spx-logo-240This year marks the 20th Anniversary of SPX, which will be held September 13 and 14, 2014 at the North Bethesda Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. SPX is honored that over 150 different graphic novels and comics will be making their publishing debut at this years show to start off the Fall book buying season. A complete list of debuts, including cover images and publishing information, can be found on the SPX web site.

Here are some highlights of the new releases and their creators that will be at SPX 2014:

Syllabus: Notes From An Accidental Professor is the latest from Lynda Barry and Drawn and Quarterly that reveals how Ms. Barry teaches the world of writing and comics in her own creative and humorous way.

Raina Telgemeier follows up the her best selling books Smile and Drama with the autobiographical Sisters from Scholastic/Graphix, explaining the long and complex relationship she has with her younger sibling.

Charles Burns Sugar Skull from Pantheon completes the nightmarish dream world trilogy that began with X’ed Out and continued in The Hive.

Ben Hatke’s heroine Zita returns in returns in Legends of  Zita the Space Girl from First Second.

Through the Woods is Emily Carroll’s first print book that collects her award winning web comics.

Roman Muradov’s (In a Sense) Lost and Found, published by Nobrow, is the first full length graphic novel from this Society of Illustrators Gold Medal winner.

Drew Friedman turns his caricaturing genius to the great comic book creators in the Fantagraphics release, Heroes of the Comics: Portraits of the Legends of Comic Books.

Michael DeForge debuts Lose #6, the latest installment of his award winning comic from Koyama Press.

Invincible Days is a collection of short stories by Patrick Atangan released by NBM.

IDW Entertainment to Develop and Produce Michael Chiklis’s Pantheon

Michael Chiklis has joined forces with IDW Entertainment to develop and produce his comic series Pantheon as a new scripted live-action television series. IDW Entertainment will fund the development of the project and will be co-produced with Circle of Confusion.

While the story of Pantheon is under wraps, it involves Greek Gods returning to the present day.

Slated as direct to series, Pantheon will boast Chiklis, Ted Adams and David Ozer of IDW Entertainment, and David Alpert and Rick Jacobs of Circle of Confusion as Executive Producers. Co-created by award-winning actor Chiklis, it was originally released as a 5-issue comic book series by IDW Publishing.

Michael Chiklis is an actor, director and television producer. He is best known for his roles as LAPD Detective Vic Mackey on the FX police drama The Shield, and The Thing in the Fantastic Four film series. In the last year, he was an Executive Producer and starred in the CBS Crime drama Vegas, and also produced the independent feature, Pawn, an ensemble thriller with Forest Whittaker, Ray Liotta, and Common.

Baltimore Comic Con 2013: Harvey Awards Winners

This past weekend was Baltimore Comic Con 2013 and with it the 2013 Harvey Awards. The awards were named in honor of the late Harvey Kurtzman, the cartoonist and founding editor of MAD magazine.

The full list of nominees can be found below, with the winners in bold.

Congratulations to all the winners!

BEST LETTERER

Joe Caramagna, DAREDEVIL, Marvel Comics
Chris Eliopoulos, COW BOY: A BOY AND HIS HORSE, Archaia
Todd Klein, FABLES, DC Comics
Jack Morelli, ARCHIE, Archie Comics
Chris Ware, BUILDING STORIES, Pantheon

BEST COLORIST

Laura Allred, FF , Marvel Comics
Matt Hollingsworth, HAWKEYE, Marvel Comics
Tito Pena, ARCHIE, Archie Comics
Ed Ryzowski, GUTTERS, the-gutters.com
Fiona Staples, SAGA, Image Comics

BEST SYNDICATED STRIP or PANEL

CUL DE SAC, Richard Thompson, Universal Press Syndicate
DICK TRACY, Joe Staton and Mike Curtis, Tribune Media Services
GET FUZZY, Darby Conley, United Feature Syndicate
MUTTS, Patrick McDonnell, King Features
PEARLS BEFORE SWINE, Stephen Pastis, United Feature Syndicate

BEST ONLINE COMICS WORK

BANDETTE, Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover, http://www.monkeybraincomics.com/titles/bandette/
BATTLEPUG, Mike Norton, http://www.battlepug.com
THE DREAMER, Lora Innes, http://www.thedreamercomic.com
NIMONA, Noelle Stevenson, http://gingerhaze.com/nimona
SHELDON, Dave Kellett, http://sheldoncomics.com

BEST AMERICAN EDITION of FOREIGN MATERIAL

ABELARD, NBM
BLACKSAD: A SILENT HELL, Dark Horse
NEW YORK MON AMOUR, Fantagraphics Books
SHARAZ-DE: TALES FROM THE ARABIAN NIGHTS, Archaia
NAOKI URASAWA’S 20TH CENTURY BOYS, VOL. 22, VIZ Media

BEST INKER

Steve Ellis, ONLY LIVING BOY, Bottled Lightning
Jonathan Glapion, BATMAN, DC Comics
Klaus Janson, CAPTAIN AMERICA, Marvel Comics
Mark Morales, AVENGERS VS. X-MEN, Marvel Comics
Bob Smith, LIFE WITH ARCHIE, Archie Comics

BEST NEW SERIES

ADVENTURE TIME, KaBOOM! Studios
HAWKEYE, Marvel Comics
NEW CRUSADERS: RISE OF THE HEROES, Red Circle Comics
REVIVAL, Image Comics
SAGA, Image Comics

MOST PROMISING NEW TALENT

Jerry Gaylord, FANBOYS VS. ZOMBIES, BOOM! Studios
Dennis Hopeless, AVENGERS ARENA, Marvel Comics
Ryan Jampole, MEGA MAN, Archie Comics
Mark Mariano, Happyloo, MyPalMark.com
David Nytra, THE SECRET OF THE STONE FROG, Toon Books

SPECIAL AWARD FOR HUMOR IN COMICS

Chad Lambert, THE POSSUM AT LARGE 10TH ANNIVERSARY CRAPTACULAR, Old School Comics
Ryan North, ADVENTURE TIME, KaBOOM! Studios
Dan Parent, KEVIN KELLER, Archie Comics
Chris Sparks, TEAM CUL DE SAC: CARTOONISTS DRAW THE LINE AT PARKINSON’S, Andrews McMeel
Jim Zub, IMAGE COMICS, Skullkickers

BEST ORIGINAL GRAPHIC PUBLICATION FOR YOUNGER READERS

ADVENTURE TIME, KaBOOM! Studios
AMELIA RULES: HER PERMANENT RECORD, Simon and Schuster
COW BOY: A BOY AND HIS HORSE, Archaia
DRAMA, Schoolastic
SUPERMAN FAMILY ADVENTURES, DC Comics
THE SHARK KING, Toon Books

BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED

ALIEN: THE ILLUSTRATED STORY, Titan Books
ARCHIE: THE MARRIED LIFE, BOOK 2, Archie Comics
CURSED PIRATE GIRL COLLECTED EDITION: VOLUME ONE, Archaia
HEADS OR TAILS, Fantagraphics
KING CITY, Image

BEST ANTHOLOGY

DARK HORSE PRESENTS, various, Dark Horse
DISTRICT COMICS, Matt Dembicki, Fulcrum Publishing
ONCE UPON A TIME MACHINE, Andrew Carl, Dark Horse
TEAM CUL DE DE SAC: CARTOONISTS DRAW THE LINE AT PARKINSON’S, Chris Sparks, Andrews McMeel
WOMANTHOLOGY: SPACE, Mariah Huehner, IDW

BEST DOMESTIC REPRINT PROJECT

BEST OF ARCHIE COMICS, VOL. 2, Archie Comics
CAME THE DAWN AND OTHER STORIES, THE EC COMICS LIBRARY, Fantagraphics
CRIME DOES NOT PAY ARCHIVES, Dark Horse Comics
DAVID MAZZUCHELLI’S DAREDEVIL BORN AGAIN: ARTIST’S EDITION, IDW
POGO: BONA FIDE BALDERDASH VOL. 2, WALT KELLY’S POGO, Fantagraphics

BEST COVER ARTIST

David Aja, HAWKEYE, Marvel Comics
Steve Ellis, ONLY LIVING BOY, Bottled Lightning
Jenny Frison, REVIVAL, Image Comics
Adam Hughes, FAIREST, Vertigo Comics
Fiona Staples, SAGA, Image Comics

BEST BIOGRAPHICAL, HISTORICAL, or JOURNALISTIC PRESENTATION

ALTER EGO MAGAZINE, TwoMorrows Publishing
JACK KIRBY COLLECTOR, TwoMorrows Publishing
TEAM CUL DE DE SAC: CARTOONISTS DRAW THE LINE AT PARKINSON’S, Andrews McMeel
MARVEL COMICS: THE UNTOLD STORY, HarperCollins
ROBOT 6 WEBSITE, Comic Book Resources

SPECIAL AWARD for EXCELLENCE IN PRESENTATION

BUILDING STORIES, Chris Ware, Pantheon Books
CURSED PIRATE GIRL COLLECTED EDITION: VOLUME ONE, Jeremy Bastian, Archaia
DAVID MAZZUCCHELLI’S DAREDEVIL BORN AGAIN: ARTIST’S EDITION, Scott Dunbier, IDW
TEAM CUL DE DE SAC: CARTOONISTS DRAW THE LINE AT PARKINSON’S, Chris Sparks, Andrews McMeel
THE ART OF BETTY AND VERONICA, Victor Gorelick and Craig Yoe, Archie Comics

BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM ORIGINAL

BUILDING STORIES, Pantheon
THE CARTER FAMILY: DON’T FORGET THIS SONG, Abrams ComicArts
MY FRIEND DAHMER, Abrams ComicArts
RICHARD STARK’S PARKER: THE SCORE, IDW
THE UNDERWATER WELDER, Top Shelf

BEST CONTINUING OR LIMITED SERIES

BATMAN, DC Comics
DAREDEVIL, Marvel Comics
HAWKEYE, Marvel Comics
LOCKE AND KEY, IDW
RACHEL RISING, Abstract Studios
SAGA, Image Comics

BEST WRITER

Matt Fraction, HAWKEYE, Marvel Comics
Joe Hill, LOCKE AND KEY, IDW
Tim Seeley, REVIVAL, Image Comics
Scott Snyder, BATMAN, DC Comics
Brian K. Vaughan, SAGA, Image Comics
Mark Waid, DAREDEVIL, Marvel Comics

BEST ARTIST

David Aja, HAWKEYE, Marvel Comics
Greg Capullo, BATMAN, DC Comics
Mike Norton, REVIVAL, Image Comics
Chris Samnee, DAREDEVIL, Marvel Comics
Fiona Staples, SAGA, Image Comics

BEST CARTOONIST

Jaime Hernandez, LOVE AND ROCKETS: NEW STORIES, Fantagraphics
Jeff Lemire, THE UNDERWATER WELDER, Top Shelf
Terry Moore, RACHEL RISING, Abstract Studios
Chris Ware, BUILDING STORIES, Pantheon
Adam Withers and Comfort Love, RAINBOW IN THE DARK, uniquescomic.com

BEST SINGLE ISSUE OR STORY

BATMAN # 12, DC Comics
BUILDING STORIES, Pantheon
HAWKEYE # 1, Marvel Comics
LOCKE AND KEY: GRINDHOUSE, IDW
THE MIRE, BeckyCloonan.net
SAGA # 1, Image Comics
TALES DESIGNED TO THRIZZLE #8, Fantagraphics

Pantheon at SDCC!

Official Press Release

Pantheon Books will be at this year’s San Diego ComicCon (July 20-24), and we would love to see you there. We will be at Booth #1515.

We have two Pantheon authors joining us at ComicCon this year: Craig Thompson/HABIBI (onsale 9/20) and Chip Kidd/BAT MANGA!. Both will be appearing at our booth and on author panels, and I would love to set up interviews for you with them in advance of or during the event. Thompson is available for on-site interviewson Friday (7/22) and Saturday (7/23), and Kidd will be available for interviews throughout the convention. More information about the artists may be found below.

Also, just a note that this year marks the 25th anniversary of Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer-Prize winning Maus, and in the fall Pantheon is publishing Spiegelman’s METAMAUS (onsale 10/4), a studied look at the genesis of Maus, accompanied by a DVD with never-before-seen panels, a home movie, and other objects relating to the original publication of Spiegelman’s groundbreaking original comic book. We will have METAMAUS buttons on hand for giveaway throughout the convention.

Finally, next spring, Pantheon’s sister imprint Schocken Books is publishing its first ever graphic novel: UNTERZAKHN (onsale 3/20/2012) by Leela Corman, a mesmerizing, heartbreaking story of immigrant life on New York’s Lower East Side at the turn of the 20th century. In anticipation of this exciting release, we will be giving away women’s panties at the Pantheon booth, since, as some of you may know, the word “unterzakhn” is Yiddish for “underthings.” How’s that for a buzz-worthy giveaway item?

Craig Thompson’s previous graphic novels include Blankets (for which he received three Harvey Awards for Best Artist, Best Graphic Album of Original Work, and Best Cartoonist; and two Eisner Awards for Best Graphic Album and Best Writer/Artist); Goodbye, Chunky Rice; and Carnet de Voyage. He lives in Portland, Oregon. Advance praise for HABIBI: “This is not just an epic that sprawls from desert to harem to modern urban waste…it’s a look at how the first and third worlds are divided, Islam and Christianity united, and humanity too separated from the natural world. Ambitious.” —Library Journal

Chip Kidd is a graphic designer and writer in New York City. His previous books about comics for Pantheon were Bat Manga!, Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz, and Mythology: The DC Comics Art of Alex Ross. Two won the Eisner Award and were national bestsellers. As an editor, Kidd has most recently overseen the publication of Alex Ross’s Rough Justice (3/30/2010). http://goodisdead.com/

Pantheon Books works with some of the most iconic and innovative graphic novelists on the scene. Charles Burns, Dan Clowes, David Mazzucchelli, Alex Ross, Marjane Satrapi, Art Spiegelman, and Chris Ware are just a few of the many talents we publish, and information about them will be on hand at our booth.

Pantheon Arrives in April

Official Press Release

First comic series by award-winning actor Michael Chiklis debuts at WonderCon

San Diego, CA (February 8, 2009) – IDW Publishing and award-winning actor and WonderCon special guest Michael Chiklis are pleased to announce that the comic book series, Pantheon, will launch in April at WonderCon, one of the country’s leading comics and pop culture conventions, held April 2nd through the 4th. Created by Chiklis, Anny Simon Beck, and acclaimed comics writer, Marc Andreyko, Pantheon is a dark and stylized story of ancient Greek gods returning to a ravaged, chaotic near-future Earth, where they battle for the fate of mankind.

“As a kid, Greek Gods were very real to me, so the chance to bring my childhood heroes and villains to life in the modern world is irresistible,” said Chiklis, a third generation Greek-American. “Besides, I couldn’t say no to Zeus. . . no one in the family would ever talk to me again.”

The five-issue series pits Zeus’s fellow gods against the Titans in an epic battle of good versus evil, and father versus son. Breaking the golden rule of Greek mythology – to never reveal themselves – the gods Zeus, Aphrodite, Pandora, Cronus, Prometheus and Jason return to their timeless battles, as Armageddon nears.

Working closely with Chiklis, Beck and Andreyko will be rising star artist, Stephen Molnar, while the Sharp Brothers provide striking covers for the series. Launching at WonderCon, IDW, Chiklis, and Andreyko will host a signing as well as a panel for Pantheon at San Francisco’s Moscone Center. Stay tuned to IDWPublishing.com for exact times and locations.

Pantheon #1 (of 5; $3.99, 32 page color) will be available in stores in April. Diamond order code FEB10 0961.

Visit IDWPublishing.com to learn more about the company and its top-selling books.

About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renown for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The Transformers and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; Fox’s Angel; the BBC’s Doctor Who; and television’s #1 prime time series CBS’ CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studios; and is the print publisher for ComicMix.

IDW’s original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. More information about the company can be found at IDWPublishing.com.