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Comics for Youth Refugees Delivers Comics for Refugee Children

The Syrian all-ages comic, Haawiyat, has arrived to the delight of numerous refugee children. The comic filled with well-known Syrian folktales was created to give comfort and something tangible to children who have lost everything. At just 8 pages with black and white interiors, it was a proof of concept project that has turned wildly successful. The team behind the book is now officially a 501(c)(3) non-profit known as Comics for Youth Refugees Incorporated Collective (CYRIC). Phase two has begun with a crowdfunding campaign on Razoo.

Costs of production and distribution for phase two will be the ultimate goal of the Razoo campaign.

Creators include Rob Croonenborghs, Sajad Shah, Jim Shaw, Joseba Morales, and Ursula Murray Husted. Taylor Hastings’s Ghost Glyph Studios handled the lettering and Farrah Hamza translated for phase one; both are remaining on the team for the next phase.

In the press release, project leader A. David Lewis said:

For phase one, all production and services were donated or volunteered. In phase two, we hope the expanded incarnation of the title will have more stories, be in full color, AND go out to many more deserving children!

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Kismet, the First Muslim Superhero, Returns

Having debuted in 1944’s Bomber Comics #1, “Kismet, Man of Fate” never had his own fate revealed despite being comic books’ first Muslim superhero. Over seventy years passed between his last adventure fighting Nazis behind the front lines in war-time Germany and just last year when he returned as part of The Broken Frontier Anthology, a successful Kickstarter campaign from publisher A Wave Blue World (AWBW). Now, the same Eisner Award-nominated team that brought back the character is continuing his modern-day adventures in the weekly Kismet, Man of Fate online feature as part of the AWBW’s Under Current imprint.

Writer A. David Lewis and artist Noel Tuazon are joined by colorist Rob Croonenborghs and Ghost Glyph Studios in bringing Kismet to the current day. Beginning May 2nd and running two pages per week for the next year, the storyline will pit Kismet against the climate of the 2016 U.S. Presidential campaign and its ensuing fallout in Boston and beyond. Additionally, the issues of LGBTQ rights, experimental science, and immigrant communities will feature prominently in the year-long storyline.

Lewis, who separately serves as the President of Comics for Youth Refugees Incorporated Collective (CYRIC), has no intention to fall into superhero conventions nor shy away from challenging, real-world conflicts. In the release, Lewis said:

Kismet was created at a moment where fascism was a real and present danger. With the political climate being what it is right now – with Islamophobia, homophobia, anti-Semitism, and hate crimes all on the rise – there seems no better time to reengage the character.

Kismet, Man of Fate is available weekly with the initial pages already available for free viewing. The completed storyline will be available in print in 2018.

Haawiyat, a FREE Comic for Syrian Refugee Kids

The year-long Syrian conflict has displaced millions. From the horrors of Aleppo to the sheer struggle of the journey to safety, Syrians everywhere are fighting to survive, and the sheer numbers of children affected by this are catastrophic. A new hardship begins when a child makes it to their new home. Strange environments, foreign people, and often a new language make fitting in incredibly traumatic.

This was the origin of the Syrian comic, Haawiyat. The comic will be 8 pages with a full-color cover and published in Arabic. Filled with well-known Syrian folktales this comic will bring children something that brings comfort, a taste of home, and will be something they can hold in their hands and say most unequivocally is their own.

The comic was the idea of A. David Lewis. As he explained in the press announcement:

If I was a doctor, I would pick up my medic bag. If I was a soldier, I would pick up a weapon. I am a professor, a comic writer, and a father.  I am helping where I can, how I can. Children are scared, disoriented, and feeling lost. We have to give them hope. This is phase one of a grand plan. We want to reach more kids in more places with phase two.

An incredible team of creators and translators have volunteered to donate their time to create the title. Ka-blam Digital Printing will be creating the book gratis, Comicraft is donating a font, and Nadia Alawa’s renowned NuDay Syria will graciously distribute the book overseas as well as report on its effect. There are tentative plans to expand on this idea and their participation will be crucial.

The stories to be included are The King’s Daughter’s Earring, The Miller and The Two Djinn, and The Story Of The Five Cakes. Each tale was specifically chosen for their trigger free nature and relevance to current issues children are most likely dealing with.

Creators include Rob Croonenborghs, Jim Shaw, Joseba Morales, Mexi Gremillion, and Ursula Murray Husted. Taylor Hastings will be lettering and Farrah Hamza is translating. Initial drop sites for the comic include Northern Syria and Turkey. Shipping will begin in February. Are you a creator interested in participating in phase two? Email captionbox@gmail.com.

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Preview: Scum of the Earth TPB

SCUM OF THE EARTH TPB

Writer(s): Mark Bertolini
Artist Name(s): Rob Croonenborghs
Cover Artist(s): Rob Croonenborghs
96 pgs./Mature readers/ FC
$11.99

Meet Laura and True – two bourbon-toasted gunslingers caught between hardcore scores and soul depraved rehab! Dirty, violent and simple, or so it seems… the pair’s desert road trip of carnage and courtship may just take a cosmic turn when a mysterious figure begins to tail them on their explosive journey. Collects the entire explosive 3 issue grindhouse series.

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Preview: Scum of the Earth #3

SCUM OF THE EARTH #3

Writer(s): Mark Bertolini
Artist Name(s): Rob Croonenborghs
Cover Artist(s): Rob Croonenborghs
32 pgs./ Mature Readers/ FC
$3.99

Turns out True, the bourbon fueled psycho killer, is actually an alien in possession of the coveted stolen galactic artifact known as the Starheart, and Karth, the intergalactic bounty hunter hot on its trail, is also True’s brother. Can the two cosmic siblings work out their issues, or will they unleash universal destruction upon us all?

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Preview: Scum of the Earth #2

SCUM OF THE EARTH #2

Writer(s): Mark Bertolini
Artist Name(s): Rob Croonenborghs
Cover Artist(s): Rob Croonenborghs
32 pgs/ FC/ Mature Readers
$3.99

Now that True has been outed as more than a bourbon-fueled psycho killer, can he and his partner in crime Laura fend off an intergalactic bounty hunter? And just who is this alien hunter, and what’s his connection to True? Mind blowing cosmic revelations, guns, blood, and twists ahead!

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Preview: Scum of the Earth #1

SCUM OF THE EARTH #1

Writer(s): Mark Bertolini
Artist Name(s): Rob Croonenborghs
Cover Artist(s): Rob Croonenborghs
32 pgs. / Mature Readers / FC $3.99 / $4.99 Variant

Meet Laura and True–-two bourbon-toasted gunslingers caught between hardcore scores and soul-depraved rehab! Dirty, violent and simple, or so it seems…. The pair’s desert road trip of carnage and courtship may just take a cosmic turn when a mysterious figure begins to tail them on their explosive journey. Features a variant cover edition by Allen Byrnes!

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Action Lab Continues Expansion With Digital Debuts in October!

Action Lab Entertainment, who found success with their Danger Zone line, is releasing their much buzzed about digital line of comics, expanding their offering of creator-owned titles.

Released in conjunction with ComiXology at New York Comic Con, the publisher debuted two new titles, and new installments. And now, Action Lab follows that up with more new titles debuting exclusively in digital formats, from multiple applications, each week this October!

Here’s the line-up!

AVAILABLE NOW:

Molly Danger: Comics legend Jamal Igle‘s Molly Danger is already one of the hottest books to hit stores this year, and now the story continues in the digitally-exclusive guided view format! Whether it’s read in the luscious over-sized graphic album format, or the amazing digital reconfiguration, Molly Danger is all-ages high adventure with a story and art that adult fans will enjoy and bring fun and excitement back to the superhero genre with a totally fresh take on the genre!

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Vamplets: Quite possibly the cutest little undead ever, Gayle Middleton‘s MIDDLETON’S Vamplets has been one of the hottest new properties here at Action Lab and now this cartoon gothic tale from the designer of My Little Ponies continues in its digitally-exclusive guided view format on comiXology! See what all the EXCITEMENT is about as a young woman finds out her new babysitting job might be more than she can handle!

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Bo Plushy Gangsta: What if Teddy Ruxpin listened to NWA!? The outrageous and hysterical Bo Plushy Gangsta from Action Lab’s Mature Readers line Danger Zone and Russian video game artist Pavel Balabanov answer that question, and put the baddest man on the streets into the body of a teddy bear! Bo’s outlandish street-level exploits are available EXCLUSIVELY as a DIGITAL DEBUT, in Guided View format, before they hits print this January!

BoPlushyGangsta1_cover_digital_finalItty Bitty Bunnies in Rainbow Pixie Candy Land: More irreverent humor from Action Lab: Danger Zone, Dean Rankine‘s Itty Bitty Bunnies will appeal to fans of Happy Tree Friends and Ren and Stimpy, and the crazy antics of these butt-naked drug-tripping cartoon critters will be available EXCLUSIVELY in Guided View digital format before they hit print in 2014!

RELEASING EACH WEEK – STARTING OCTOBER 16TH:

Zombie Tramp: She’s got the looks, now she wants the BRAAAAAIIINS!, The cult hit cartoon grind-house comic series Zombie Tramp by Dan Mendoza, has found a new home at Action Lab: Danger Zone. Now you can get to know The Street-walking Dead in this new volume via digital outlets before the sequel series hits stores later this month!

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Crimson Society: In a world where the children of the night and mankind live together in a fragile peace, one young werewolf wants nothing more than to be just a man… Mike Hunau‘s Crimson Society joins the DIGITAL DEBUTS beginning with a new zero issue only available from Action Lab: Danger Zone in digital first format, just in time for Halloween!

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Scum of the Earth: Finally, the sci-fi grindhouse extravaganza Scum of the Earth by Mark Bertolini and Rob Croonenborghs rears its alien-stompin’, ass-kickin’ head as another amazing DIGITAL DEBUT entry from Action Lab: Danger Zone before it hits the stands!

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ACTION LAB’S DIGITAL DEBUTS: EXCLUSIVE CONTENT, EXCITING CREATORS, A WHOLE NEW WAY TO READ COMICS!!