(W) Pat Shand (CA) Al Barrionuevo In Shops: Sep 06, 2023 SRP: $5.99
Liesel Van Helsing has spent the better part of her life hunting all types of monsters that have threatened the lives of innocents and the people she loved. But when a long-dormant evil returns from within someone she holds dear, Liesel must decide whether her faith in her friends outweighs her duty to the world. Guest starring Julie Jekyll!
(W) Pat Shand (CA) Igor Vitorino In Shops: Jul 19, 2023 SRP: $5.99
Liesel Van Helsing and Julie Jeckyll are back from Neverland but very far from home as they find themselves embroiled in a new, and very bloody, conflict with a hidden sect of ancient and powerful vampires bent on destroying the renowned vampire hunter. Guest starring Hellchild! 32-page story!
(W) Pat Shand (CA) Greebo Vigonte In Shops: May 03, 2023 SRP: $5.99
Liesel Van Helsing journeys to Neverland in search of an object that could destroy all that she holds dear. Alone and in a world unknown to her, even the shadows present great hazards to the famed vampire hunter-when she must take on the most dangerous tyrant of Neverland – Pan!
STORY DAVE FRANCHINI, DAVID WOHL & PAT SHAND WRITER PAT SHAND ARTWORK RENATO REI 1-18 SERGIO ARINO 19-38 HAKAN AYDIN 39-49, 63 & 64 DANIEL MAINE 50-62 COLORS GROSTIETA 1-31 & 39-48 MAXFLAN ARAUJO 32-38 & 49-64 LETTERS TAYLOR ESPOSITO (OF GHOST GLYPH STUDIOS) EDITOR DAVID WOHL PRODUCTION & DESIGN CHRISTOPHER COTE
Haunted and hounded by remnants of her family’s monstrous legacy, Liesel Van Helsing searches for the one responsible for bringing these new enemies to light—and she has finally found the answer in another family, with its own monstrous legacy, that wishes nothing less than the end of the Van Helsing line.
(W) Pat Shand (CA) Igor Vitorino In Shops: Feb 08, 2023 SRP: $5.99
After months of dealing with the remnants and ramifications of her father’s vile experiments, Liesel Van Helsing returns to the place where it all started, the laboratory of Abraham Van Helsing. Besieged by the horrors of her father’s past, Liesel realizes that some pages should be left unturned.
September 21, 2022 saw the premiere of Scout Comics’ issue #1 ofAzza the Barbed, a new fantasy epic written by Pat Shand with artwork by Rio Burton and lettering by Jim Campbell, or at some of the lettering. The issue was printed in error with the second half of the book missing all of Jim’s work. This was not a new avant-garde approach to storytelling contributed by the creative team, it was a mistake on the publishing side.
A new printing of Azza the Barbed #1is already in production and will be released simultaneously with the second issue of the fantasy adventure series. Retailers are being asked to destroy the existing copies, but collectors may still be able to find some copies in stores.
The series tells the story of Azza who was born into a family that, for generations, served in the Obsidian Guard, a military unit of holy warriors. During Azza’s Coronation, a magical ceremony that would imbue her with a holy glowing power, something went wrong. Instead of the sacred Obsidian tattoos, she became disfigured with thorned, black markings and was banished by her people. Now, Azza lives in solitude guarding a great evil…but when that evil escapes and begins to spread its wicked power, Azza must make a choice: save the people that expelled her or allow her home town to fall to darkness. With an emotional, comedic, and awe-inspiring story of empowerment, Azza the Barbed blends fantasy, adventure, mythology, horror, and action in this unforgettable new series.
The adventure continues on October 19, 2022 with both issues #1 and #2 being released. Reserve yours today at your local retailer and possibly add the error-printing to your collection before they are taken off the shelves.
Story: Dave Franchini, David Wohl, Pat Shand Writer: Pat Shand Art: Hakan Aydin Color: Grostieta Letterer: Taylor Esposito Editor: David Wohl Cover A: Jeff Spokes Cover B: Igor Vitorino / Adriano Augusto Cover C: Michael DiPascale / Sanju Nivangune Cover D: Nei Ruffino
When Dr. Julie Jekyll is targeted by a mysterious and deadly creature, Van Helsing must rush to her aid and fight for her friend’s survival while trying to discover the identity of this new enemy. But when this being seems to know her deepest, darkest secrets and greatest weaknesses, even the renowned Liesel Van Helsing may not have the power to defeat it.
Don’t miss this year’s Baltimore Comic-Con at the Baltimore Convention Center October 28-30, 2022. The Baltimore Comic-Con has announced comics writers Amy Chu, Garth Ennis, Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Howard Mackie, Pat Shand, and Paul Storrie to the 2022 event. Buy tickets now online to avoid ticket counter lines at the show!
Amy Chu is a comics and animation writer, currently working on the upcoming Borderlands mini-series and Carmilla: The First Vampire through the Dark Horse Berger Books imprint. Her most recent work is the Netflix anime series DOTA: Dragon’s Blood, Rick & Morty, and Archie. For DC and Marvel, she has written popular characters such as Wonder Woman, Poison Ivy, Deadpool, Ant-Man, and Iron Man. She is also known for her run on Red Sonja, and is the first woman to write the KISS and Green Hornet series. For children, she has written the graphic novels Sea Sirens and Sky Island (Penguin Random House) and Ana & the Cosmic Race (Papercutz). Amy is a member of the faculty at the Kubert School and the School of Visual Arts and a board member of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a double bachelor’s degree in Architectural Design from MIT and East Asian Studies from Wellesley College. You can follow her on Twitter @amychu, Instagram @amy_chu and on Facebook/iwritecomics.
Garth Ennis broke into the American Comic scene in 1991, taking over the writing reins on Hellblazer. After a successful four-year run, Ennis moved on to create Preacher, a 66-issue epic that ran from 1995 -2000. In addition to these two ground-breaking series, he also had lengthy runs on DC’s The Demon and Hitman. Ennis is also the mastermind behind The Boys, a 72-issue comic story which began at DC’s Wildstorm imprint before moving to Dynamite Entertainment with issue #7 and now adapted as a smash hit on Amazon Prime Video.
Phillip Kennedy Johnson broke into comics in 2015 with the BOOM! Studios miniseries Last Sons of America and Warlords of Appalachia. These projects led him to DC Comics and Marvel, where he would write such characters/titles as Aquaman, Captain America, Batman, Marvel Zombies: Resurrection, Extreme Carnage, and his creator-owned epic fantasy series, DC Black Label’s The Last God. He took over the Superman and Action Comics titles in 2020, and currently writes the ongoing Alien series at Marvel Comics. He has also been published with Archaia, IDW, Aftershock, Dynamite, and Scout Comics.
Howard Mackie was dragged kicking and screaming into writing his first comic book (Iron Man #211) a few years ago, and has been working in comic book publishing ever since. Chronicling the adventures of Ghost Rider, Spider-Man, The X-Men, X-Factor, Gambit, Wolverine, Batman, and countless other characters for Marvel, DC, and Archie Comics. His most recent work for Marvel was Ghost Rider: Return of Vengeance. Mackie also takes on writing commissions (haven’t you always wanted to have an original comic book script page or two written for you?) and can be contacted at Howard Mackie-Writer on Facebook.
Pat Shand is best known as the writer/co-creator of Destiny NY, Snap Flash Hustle, Breathless, Little Girl, Prison Witch, Gangster Ass Barista, and Afterglow. He has worked as a comics writer since 2011, creating stories for Black Mask Studios, Devil’s Due, Joe Books, IDW Publishing, BOOM! Studios, Avatar Press, and many more. In addition to his work in the comics industry, he is an accomplished playwright, screenwriter, and novelist, and has written five original Marvel novels. He runs Space Between Entertainment in New York, where he lives with his wife Amy and their army of cats.
Paul D. Storrie has written comics for numerous publishers, including the recently collected Harley Quinn & the Gotham Girls for DC, Star Trek Alien Spotlight: Andorians for IDW, and The Viking Queen at Source Point Press, His most recent work can be found in the Eisner-nominated one-shot John Carpenter Presents Storm Kids: Stanley’s Ghost.
Confirmed guests for this year’s show include: Chris Barcomb (The Amazing Adventure of Superior Sam), Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl), Marty Baumann (Pixar artist), John Beatty (Marvel Super Heroes: Secret Wars), Carolyn Belefski (Curls), Brian Michael Bendis (Action Comics), Brett Breeding (Superman), Dan Brereton (Nocturnals), Russ Braun (The Boys), Harold Buchholz (Sweetest Beasts), Mark Buckingham (Fables), Jeffrey Burandt (Killer Bad), Greg Burnham (Tuskegee Heirs), Jim Calafiore (NED, Lord of the Pit), Joe Carabeo (Black Magic Tales), Richard Case (Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Terror), John Cassaday (Astonishing X-Men), Howard Chaykin (Time Squared), Jim Cheung (Miracleman), Frank Cho (Harley Quinn), Steve Conley (The Middle Age), Katie Cook (Nothing Special), Kevin Cuffe (Metalshark Bro), Alan Davis (Thanos), Nick Davis (The Night Guardians – Awakenings), Kristina Deak-Linsner (Roses for the Dead), J. Robert Deans (Crass Fed), Todd Dezago (The Perhapanauts), Scott Dunbier (Jim Lee’s X-Men Artist’s Edition, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Garth Ennis (The Boys, Friday and Saturday only), Chris Flick (Capes and Babes), Scott Fogg (Phileas Reid Knows We’re Not Alone), Trish Forstner (Stray Dogs), LJ and Kayla Fowlkes (The Adventures of CHIBIWONGTONG), Franco (The Ghost, The Owl), Bob Frantz (Metalshark Bro), John Gallagher (Max Meow: Cat Crusader), Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (DC Nation), Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules!), Steven Grant (X), Dawn Griffin (Zorphbert & Fred), Brian Haberlin (Spawn), Bob Hall (West Coast Avengers), Cully Hamner (Blue Beetle), Dean Haspiel (The Fox), Mike Hawthorne (Happiness Will Follow), Jamal Igle (Molly Danger), Klaus Janson (Daredevil, Friday and Saturday only), Chris Kemple (Artist Alley Comics), Phillip Kennedy Johnson (Alien), Kata Kane (Altar Girl), Barry Kitson (Amazing Spider-Man), Greg LaRocque (The Three Stooges), Jim Lee (Action Comics, Friday only), Joseph Michael Linsner (Red Sonja), Howard Mackie (Ghost Rider), Mariano Brothers (Claire Lost Her Bear at the World’s Fair), Laura Martin (Nubia: Queen of the Amazons), Ron Marz (Silver Surfer), Whitney Matheson (Pandemix: Quarantine Comics in the Age of ‘Rona), Jason May (LEGO Club Magazine), Bob McLeod (New Mutants), Mike McKone (Genis-Vell: Captain Marvel), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), Jarrett Melendez (Chef’s Kiss), Adriana Melo (Action Comics), Pop Mhan (Gears of War 3), Frank Miller (Sin City, Saturday only), Mark Morales (Thor), Bill Morrison (The Simpsons), Trevor Mueller (Albert the Alien), Jamar Nicholas (Leon: Protector of the Playground), Sedat Oezgen (Judge Dredd), Jerry Ordway (Superman), Rachel Ordway (Chainmail Bikini), Richard Pace (Second Coming, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Dan Parent (Archie vs. Sharknado), Andrew Pepoy (Simone & Ajax), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Brandon Peterson (Uncanny X-Men), Khoi Pham (Teen Titans), Ed Piskor (Red Room: Trigger Warnings), Andy Price (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic), Tom Raney (Green Lantern), Afua Richardson (Omni), Christopher Ring (Seamus (the Famous)), David A. Rodriguez (Skylanders), Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge), Craig Rousseau (The Perhapanauts), Arsia Rozegar (Shahnameh For Kids), Jim Rugg (Hulk Grand Design), Alex Saviuk (Web of Spider-Man), Stuart Sayger (The Joker), Pat Shand (Destiny, NY), Liam Sharp (Green Lantern), Louise Simonson (X-Men Legends), Walter Simonson (Ragnarok), Don Simpson (Megaton Man), Matt Slay (Equilibrium), Matt Smith (Hellboy), John K. Snyder III (Suicide Squad), Jim Starlin (Infinity Gauntlet), Joe Staton (Dick Tracy), Brian Stelfreeze (Black Panther), Paul Storrie (Storm Kids: Stanley’s Ghost), Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother), Billy Tucci (Shi), Emilio Velez Jr. (The Dodgeball Teens), Dexter Vines (Civil War, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Sean Von Gorman (Return of Toe Tag Riot), Mark Waid (Superman: Red and Blue), Adam Wallenta (Punk Taco), Todd Webb (Mr. Toast Comics), Emily S. Whitten (The Underfoot), Matt Wieringo (Stargate Atlantis: Gateways), Keith Williams (Thor the Worthy), Charles P. Wilson III (Wraith), Rich Woodall (Electric Black), Gene Luen Yang (Superman Smashes the Klan), and Thom Zahler (Love and Capes).
Story: Dave Franchini, David Wohl, Pat Shand Writer: Pat Shand Art: Hakan Aydin Color: Grostieta Letterer: Taylor Esposito Cover A: Igor Vitorino / Ylenia Di Napol Cover B: Harvey Tolibao / Robby Bevard COver C: Vinz El Tabanas
In the shadows of Liesel’s past lurk secrets tied to the legacy of the Van Helsing family. Born from the work of her father, a deadly new adversary rises from depths of the murky waters of the River Thames and only the famed vampire-hunter has the ability to return this twisted creature to the darkness it came from!
Azza was born into a family that, for generations, served in the Obsidian Guard, a military unit of holy warriors. During Azza’s Coronation, a magical ceremony that would imbue her with a holy glowing power, something went wrong. Instead of the sacred Obsidian tattoos, she became marred with thorned, black markings. Thinking it was a bad omen, Azza’s people banished her.
Now, Azza lives in solitude guarding a great evil… but when that evil escapes and begins to spread its wicked power, Azza must make a choice: save the people that expelled her or allow her home town to fall to evil.
With an emotional, comedic, and awe-inspiring story of empowerment, Azza the Barbed blends fantasy, adventure, mythology, horror, and action in this unforgettable new series.
Azza the Barbed is co-created and written by Pat Shand, co-created and art by Rio Burton, lettered by Jim Campbell, and features a variant cover by Liana Kangas.