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Zoop Celebrates National Comic Book Day with a Comic Sampler

Zoop

Starting off with full disclosure, I’m the marketing manager for Zoop. It’s why we haven’t covered the new crowdfunding platform at all, I just felt it weird crossing the streams and one who cares about the “ethics” of journalism it’s a bit hard to mix things up for me. But, today is National Comic Book Day and the platform is celebrating that with a cool sampler of all of the crowdfunding projects past and present on the site. You can catch more of that below.

I more wanted to talk about why I’m excited about being a part of the Zoop team. The simple answer is, we get to do stuff like this. I’ve been reading and collecting comics for over 35 years. My collection is massive (100+ long boxes) and the variation of comics is… a lot. There’s big publishers, small publishers, indie comics, paper stapled together after being xeroxed. It varies. I really like comic books. And, I like talking about comics and sharing what I like and promoting them. Hence this site.

That’s part of what drew me to Zoop and the team. I get to promote cool comics. I get to help try to make them a reality. So far, we’ve succeeded with them all and I’ve backed every single one. We not only get to help make these comics a reality by getting them funded but we’re building a community while doing it. Unlike other crowdfunding platform, this isn’t every creator in their mostly walled off garden. We use each campaign to build on the next. We’re attempting to bring together comic fans who want to help make this creator-owned indie comics a reality. To be a part of that is really cool.

When I was 20ish I helped published an indie comic that was released during San Diego Comic-Con. I got my name in the credits. That won’t happen here but to see that at 20 is such a cool exprience. I helped create something that others could enjoy. I get to do that every day with Zoop. And that’s what’s cool about this sampler, I feel like I’m 20 again with its release.

Today, I’ll be out promoting the current projects that are looking for funding, all three of them, and in-between spending some time reading some comics myself.

Check out the first Zoop sampler release and all of the comics that you can currently help make a reality. Links are within the comic sampler, so dive in, enjoy, and help celebrate today by reading some comics and maybe help make some a reality.

Current projects currently funding found within the sampler include:

  • Trickster by Neil Gibson, Connor McCreery, and Veronica Saraceno
  • The Brothers James by Brian Level, Ryan Ferrier, and Eamon Hill
  • Cornerman by Ray-Anthony Height and Chris Robinson

Successfully funded projects include:

  • Slow City Blues by Samuel Haine, Shawn Moll, John Livesay, David Baron, and Thomas Mauer
  • Scarlett Couture – The Munich File by Des Taylor
  • Resolution by Ron Marz, Andy Lanning, and Rick Leonardi
  • Heads Will Roll by Bart Sears
  • Remember Andy Xenon? by Tom Pinchuk and Nikos Koutsis

Spider-Man 2099 is Coming to Mezco’s One:12 Collective

During MezcoCon 2021, Mezco Toyz is unveiling some of what we’ll be seeing in the coming months. Today, the company has revealed a new addition to their One:12 Collective line, Spider-Man 2099!

Spider-Man 2099 first appeared in a preview in Amazing Spider-Man #365 in 1992 and then the first full appearance was later that year in Spider-Man 2099 #1. The character was created by Peter David and Rick Leonardi.

Around the Tubes

Kane & Able

It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web to start your day.

The Baltimore Sun – Publishers once banned LGBTQ comics. A new Baltimore store aims to celebrate those voices and others. – Great to see a store spotlight.

Gamesradar – The prestigious pencil company Blackwing has a new pencil made just for comics – Interesting.

Comicbook – Ron Marz, Andy Lanning, Rick Leonardi Announce “Resolution” Graphic Novel – Looks very cool.

The Comichron – Comics and graphic novel sales hit new high in pandemic year – We’ll have more on this later.

Kotaku – Hello Kotaku, It’s Me, Your New EIC – Sounds like a fantastic direction and vision.

Reviews

NPR – Cardboard Kingdom: Roar of the Beast
The Beat – Kane & Able

Captain Universe, Daredevil, and Harlequin Manga are Today’s New Digital Releases

Today’s new digital releases sees five new comics from Marvel and Harlequin. Get shopping now or check out the individual releases below.

Captain Universe: Power Unimaginable

Written by Gerry Conway, Eric Fein, Tony Isabella, Bill Mantlo, Dan Slott
Art by June Brigman, Steve Ditko, Neil Errar, Rick Leonardi, Bill Wylie
Cover by Steve Ditko
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Collects Marvel Spotlight #9-11, Incredible Hulk Annual #10, Marvel Fanfare #25, Web Of Spider-Man Annual #5-6, Marvel Comics Presents #148 And Cosmic Power Unlimited #5.

He’s the hero who could be YOU…but in these stories, being a burglar, a college professor and an astronaut will have to do! Whether it’s half-sized as a child or doubled as twins, the Uni-Power transforms its lucky recipient into Captain Universe — countering crises that range from a masked marauder to the edge of apocalypse! Guest-starring the Hulk, doing the non-mutant cosmic super-hero thing years before Spider-Man made it popular!

Captain Universe: Power Unimaginable

Daredevil Vol. 12: Decalogue

Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Alex Maleev
Cover by Alex Maleev
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Collects Daredevil (1998) #71-75.

The wait is over! Exactly what happened during Daredevil’s year-long reign as the new Kingpin? His historic cleaning of Hell’s Kitchen will finally be revealed in bloody detail. Framed around the Ten Commandments, this epic story is like nothing you’ve seen before!

Daredevil Vol. 12: Decalogue

Daredevil Vol. 13: Murdock Papers

Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Alex Maleev
Cover by Alex Maleev
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Collects Daredevil (1998) #76-81.

The Eisner Award-winning run of Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev comes to a blistering conclusion! First, they outed Daredevil in the press, then they married him and made him the Kingpin of Hell’s Kitchen. What could they possibly do to top that? Four words: WILSON FISK IS BACK!

Daredevil Vol. 13: Murdock Papers

A Royal Mission: Royally Wed

Written by Elizabeth August
Art by Nanami Akino
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Victoria, kidnapped and bound, is dazed when Lance, a royal bodyguard, comes to rescue her. She doesn’t know who Lance is or where he is taking her, but Victoria slowly becomes fascinated by this protective, caring man. But Lance must reveal a secret to Victoria that will change her life forever…

A Royal Mission: Royally Wed

Un Bébé Pour Jack

Written by Emma Darcy
Art by Eri Nakanuki
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Jack sombre dans le désespoir après que Nina, l’amour de sa vie, l’ait soudainement quitté. Huit mois plus tard, voilà qu’il retombe sur elle, mais cette fois, à la maternité ! Incapable de renoncer à Nina, Jack s’arme de détermination : avec ou sans bébé, il doit la reconquérir. Or, Nina ne parvient pas à lui faire confiance et le repousse fermement. En effet, elle connaît son tempérament impétueux et elle sait qu’il déteste les enfants. Malgré l’obstination de Nina, Jack veut lui prouver son amour, alors il se lance donc dans l’éducation de sa fille à peine arrivée dans ce monde… À présent, il doit leur prouver qu’il les aime toutes les deux!

Un Bébé Pour Jack

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Jim Starlin Returns to Dreadstar

Dreadstar Returns

Ominous Press has launched Dreadstar Returns, with the return of Jim Starlin to the character!

Dreadstar Returns, an all-new 100-page hardcover graphic novel by legendary writer/artist Jim Starlin, creator of Thanos. After suffering an accident that injured his drawing hand a few years ago, Jim Starlin though his drawing days were over. But through hard work, Jim Starlin is back at the drawing board.

In addition to the Dreadstar Returns graphic novel, the Kickstarter campaign is offering the Dreadstar Guidebook, a 100-page hardcover companion volume chronicling the history and characters from the saga. The Who’s Who-style volume is written by Robert Greenberger.

The Kickstarter campaign, which runs until May 10, has a funding goal of $28,000. Reward tiers in addition to the graphic novel and guidebook, include Dreadstar Omnibus volumes, as well as the three-volume slipcase version; Legacy reprint issues of Dreadstar #1, featuring images by an array of superstar artists; sketch covers featuring original art by artists including Ron Lim, Dan Panosian, Rick Leonardi, Darick Robertson, Marc Laming, and Tom Nguyen; a logo T-shirt; the Jim Starlin collection of books from Ominous Press; and more.

Preview: Killers #4 (of 5)

KILLERS #4 (of 5)

Written by B. CLAY MOORE
Art by FERNANDO DAGNINO
Cover A by JONBOY MEYERS
Cover B by DAVID NAKAYAMA
Cover C by RICK LEONARDI
Cover D by VERONICA FISH
Pre-Order Edition Cover by WHILCE PORTACIO
$3.99 | 32 pages | T+ | On Sale OCTOBER 16th

It’s kill or be killed as the superninjas meet face to face!

What are they all trying to slaughter each other for? The reason behind the deadly race revealed!

It’s all-out action as the Killers face off against deadly Arctic assassins!

KILLERS #4 (of 5)

Preview: Batman Beyond #35

Batman Beyond #35

(W) Dan Jurgens (A) Rick Leonardi, Ande Parks (CA) Chris Samnee
In Shops: Aug 28, 2019
SRP: $3.99

“Lost Days” continues! Move over, Robin! Batman has a new partner, and it’s…the Splitt?! Bruce Wayne and Barbara Gordon join forces to try and stop this madness, but the original Batman may have to call in an old friend to save the day-and his young protégé-this time around.

Batman Beyond #35

Preview: The Sensational Spider-Man: Self-Improvement #1

The Sensational Spider-Man: Self-Improvement #1

(W) Peter David, Randy Schueller, Tom DeFalco (A) Rick Leonardi, Ron Frenz (CA) Mark Bagley
Rated T
In Shops: Aug 07, 2019
SRP: $4.99

• In honor of Marvel’s 80th Anniversary, we’ve uncovered a hidden gem!
• Fan Randy Scheuller submitted an idea of Spider-Man donning a black suit before SECRET WARS, but his story was never printed.
• So we tasked SPIDER-MAN legends PETER DAVID and RICK LEONARDI with bringing it into the light!
• Then read a story by two of the creators who told the first printed stories of the black costume, TOM DEFALCO and RON FRENZ!

The Sensational Spider-Man: Self-Improvement #1

Preview: Fallen World #4 (of 5)

FALLEN WORLD #4 (of 5)

Written by DAN ABNETT
Art by ADAM POLLINA
Colors by ULISES ARREOLA
Letters by JEFF POWELL
Cover A by RICK LEONARDI with DAN BROWN
Cover B by CHRISCROSS with ULISES ARREOLA
Cover C by BEN HARVEY
Pre-Order Edition by DAVID MACK
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale AUGUST 7th

Rai’s greatest enemy has returned in a whole new form, and he’s got an army with him!

Can the cyborg samurai save innocent people from the powerful foe?

What roles will fan-favorite characters Eternal Warrior, Geomancer, and War Mother play in the battle?

FALLEN WORLD #4 (of 5)

Preview: Batman Beyond #34

Batman Beyond #34

(W) Dan Jurgens (A) Rick Leonardi, Ande Parks (CA) Chris Samnee
In Shops: Jul 24, 2019
SRP: $3.99

The strange goings-on in Neo-Gotham continue, and not even Batman is immune. The Dark Knight of Tomorrow needs to stop the Splitt’s high-tech heists once and for all, but his opening move will have everyone confused and bewildered. Will Batman save the day…or be the catalyst to lead his city into ruin?

Batman Beyond #34
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