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A Wave Blue World Shakes Up the Comic Business Model

A Wave Blue World Logo

The comic book industry is at a point where publishers and retailers are experimenting. They’re developing new models for a classic product. A Wave Blue World has announced some changes. Their hope is to disrupt to standard release schedule we’ve come to expect. The publisher has announced it will be releasing “premier” first issues. Premier issues will be followed by digital releases and a collected edition of a series. All of this in a compacted 2-month time frame.

The indie publisher recently expanded their brand by hiring industry veterans Joseph Illidge, Editorial Director, and Lisa Y. Wu, VP of Sales and Marketing, to help launch their “Premier #1 Program.”

The Premier #1 Program came from A Wave Blue World’s recognition that the comic book market is evolving. Many readers are choosing to “Sample, Collect, and/or Binge” on comics. Readers don’t want to wait 6 to 9 months for the full story. The program offers readers choice and the ability to get the entire story within a 2-month period.

Each new title will launch with a Premier Edition #1. This will be the only single issue in print and will contain the full first issue as well as a “behind the scenes” look at concept art not found anywhere else. The first issue will be wrapped inside an exclusive cover with high-end art on premium stock.

Then, the reader has two options: 1. Read the subsequent issues digitally released every two weeks, or 2. Buy the collected volume within two months after the release of the Premier #1.

This new business model gives the readers the freedom to choose and sample with a guarantee of delay-free enjoyment and reflects A Wave Blue World’s values of integrating sustainability practices into its business decisions.

In the announcement, President/Co-Publisher Tyler Chin-Tanner explained:

Two of the challenge that prevents fans from reading indie comics are the difficulty in finding all the issues and waiting long periods of time for them to come out.  We’ve addressed both of those problems by having the full series completed in advance and ready to deliver in whatever format the reader prefers.

Executive Director/Co-Publisher Wendy Chin-Tanner said in the announcement:

Our goal in conceiving AWBW’s Premier Program is to solve a sales problem by creating a win-win solution for readers and retailers alike.

To kick off the Premier #1 Program this October, A Wave Blue World is revealing Mezo and Dead Legends.

Editorial Director Joseph Illidge said in the release:

The Premier line of books is a celebration of A Wave Blue World’s promise: To bring daring authors and innovative artists together for compelling stories about amazing characters and personal journeys. We can’t wait for you to see these books, created with the true collaborative nature of our comics community in mind!

Lisa Y. Wu, VP Sales and Marketing concluded:

Influential, innovative and progressive, A Wave Blue World is reinventing a modern approach to enjoying comics. We are redefining comics for our retailer sand readers for the 21st century in that we are placing their values into the designs of how we publish the stories of today and tomorrow.


MEZO

Tyler Chin-Tanner, Josh Zingerman, Val Rodrigues, Doug Garbark, Thomas Mauer
Cover Artist: Claudia Ianniciello
$3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color
On Sale October

“The rise of the Tzalekuhl Empire threatens to disrupt the peace that has lasted for generations across the land of Mezo. When the conquest begins, a young girl named Kyma witnesses the death of her father, Hegol, a tribal leader who refused to yield.

As the solar eclipse nears, Kyma must unite the various tribes against an emperor determined to make them all kneel before his god or be sacrificed in his name.

MEZO is a daring Mesoamerican-inspired Game of Thrones-type epic that can only be found at A Wave Blue World.”

MEZO

DEAD LEGENDS

James Maddox, Gavin Smith, Ryan Ferrier
Cover Artist: Leo Colapietro
$3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color
On Sale October 9

“A widow seeking revenge. A champion hellbent on losing. A world-class assassin second-guessing her contract. The Dead Legends tournament contains a long history of pitting the best fighters in the world against one another, but this year, these combatants bend the rules and place the future of the tournament in jeopardy. This is the martial arts throwback series that hits harder than a kick to the skull, where alliances are made, bonds are broken, and fighters lose their lives.

DEAD LEGENDS is Kill Bill meets Enter the Dragon.”

DEAD LEGENDS

Preview: Labyrinth: Coronation Vol. 2 HC

Labyrinth: Coronation Vol. 2 HC

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer:  Simon Spurrier, Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Daniel Bayliss, Irene Flores
Colorist: Dan Jackson and Joana Lafuente
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artist: Fiona Staples
Price: $24.99

As the clock ticks ever closer to the thirteenth hour, Maria struggles through the canals of the Labyrinth alongside her peculiar band of companions, wishing desperately to be reunited with her son. While she may be no closer to the Owl King’s castle, Maria begins to uncover the secrets of the Labyrinth and her own power within the walls of this magical domain. But from deep in the shadows, the Owl King watches her every move, plotting and waiting to bring her demise by any means necessary.

Collects issues #5-8

Labyrinth: Coronation Vol. 2 HC

Preview: G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero – Silent Option

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero – Silent Option

Larry Hama, Ryan Ferrier (w) • Netho Diaz, Kenneth Loh (a) • Luca Pizzari (c)

Following in the bloody footsteps of the smash-hit “Dawn of the Arashikage” story arc comes the newest chapter in Dawn Moreno’s journey, joining a special rescue team led by Bombstrike. It’s her first (un)official mission as a JOE… but it may be her last, and nobody will ever know. That’s because, when Agent Helix is involved, the only option is the Silent Option. Collects the four issue miniseries, plus the short origin story “Codename Helix.”

TPB • FC • $17.99 • 120 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-455-8

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero - Silent Option

Preview: Sons Of Anarchy Legacy Edition Book Two SC

Sons Of Anarchy Legacy Edition Book Two SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Ed Brisson, Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Matías Bergara, Jesús Hervás
Colorists: Stephen Downer, Michael Spicer, Paul Little
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artist: Robert Sammelin
Price: $29.99

BOOM! Studios presents the the second of three Sons of Anarchy Legacy Editions! Collecting the previously released Sons of Anarchy comic for the first time under one cover in an all-new value priced format that no fan can afford to miss.

With stories taking place throughout key seasons of his show, Kurt Sutter delivers the epic outlaw story of Charming’s most notorious biker gang as they to keep the family together, while also staying one step ahead of the law. Collects Sons of Anarchy (2014) #7, #15-25.

Sons Of Anarchy Legacy Edition Book Two SC

Preview: Planet Of The Apes: When Worlds Collide SC

Planet Of The Apes: When Worlds Collide SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Matt Kindt, Jeff Jensen, Dan Abnett, David Walker, Ryan Ferrier, Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Artist: Matt Smith, Jared Cullum, Carlos Magno, George Schall, Lalit Kumar Sharma, Morgan Beem
Colorists: Gabriel Cassata, Joana Lafuente
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artist: Fay Dalton with John Keaveney
Price: $14.99

In celebration of the original film’s 50th anniversary, stories from both eras of the Planet of the Apes franchise are featured together in one collection for the first time ever.

These all-new stories include the reveal of the ape who calls the remains of the Statue of Liberty home, and the first look at the world left behind following the events of War for the Planet of the Apes.

Featuring bestselling authors Matt Kindt (Grass Kings, Black Badge), Jeff Jensen (Green River Killer), and Dan Abnett (Guardians of the Galaxy), Planet of the Apes: When Worlds Collide is an unprecedented examination of the iconic franchise that fans of the original and new series will not want to miss.

Planet Of The Apes: When Worlds Collide SC

Preview: WWE Wrestlemania 2019 Special

WWE Wrestlemania 2019 Special

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Bill Hanstock, Andrew Stott, Lan Pitts, Ryan Ferrier,
Artist: Hyeonjin Kim, Andy Belanger, Kendall Goode, Serg Acuña
Colorists: Wesdllei Manoel, Lee Loughridge, Doug Garbark
Letterers: Jim Campbell, Serge Lapointe
Cover Artists:  
    Main Cover:
Rahzzah
    Preorder Cover: Xermánico
    Incentive Cover: Marco D’Alfonso
Price: $7.99

The biggest event in Sports Entertainment returns to comics! This jam-packed special includes stories about the Kane/Undertaker clash at Wrestlemania 20, Asuka and Charlotte Flair’s battle at Wrestlemania 34, and more!

WWE Wrestlemania 2019 Special

Review: Rick and Morty Presents: Jerry #1

Rick and Morty Presents: Jerry #1

One of the greatest actors of all time, and one whose career was cut way too short, was John Belushi. Anyone who has seen him on Saturday Night Live or any myriad of movies he was in can attest to his truly unique talent. His many skits on SNL were legendary and continue to inspire comedic minds everywhere. To only remember him for his role of John Blutarsky in Animal House is fairly reductive but understandable. He only appeared in 13 movies and every role was also quite memorable.

One of my favorite films by him was Neighbors where he played Earl Keese, a mild-mannered man whose life gets turned upside down by an insufferable couple who moves in next door. His performance in that film would have an inadvertent influence on storytellers everywhere leading them to discover characters who would normally be invisible in life and most stories. One fairly popular example of his inspiration is Stephen Root’s portrayal of Milton in Office Space one that is melancholic and amusing at once. Another such character can be found in Rick and Morty in the character of Jerry who is deftly explored in Rick and Morty Presents: Jerry#1.

We catch up with Jerry, shortly after he gets back with Beth, as his self confidence takes a nosedive when Beth doesn’t find him attractive anymore. This is when Jerry decides to take matters into his own hands buying everything that every weight loss guru sells, that is until Rick offers him a new invention that will get him there faster. The experiment is a success making Jerry a buffer and nicer version of himself but as all Rick’s experiments do, they go haywire, as his new invention has some dangerous side effects, making him a mutant.

Overall, the comic is a funny and entertaining story that captures the feeling of the show. The story by Ryan Ferrier is fun, rollicking, and irreverent. The art by CJ Cannon, Josh Perez, and Sarah Stern is beautiful. Altogether, an amusing story that feels like an episode of Rick and Morty.

Story: Ryan Ferrier Art: CJ Cannon, Josh Perez, and Sarah Stern
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero – Silent Option #4 (of 4)

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero – Silent Option #4 (of 4)

(W) Larry Hama, Ryan Ferrier (A) Kenneth Loh (A/CA) Netho Diaz
In Shops: Mar 13, 2019
SRP: $4.99

“Silent Option,” Part 4! The mission is off the books and off the hook for Bombstrike and her covert team of G.I. JOE special operators-including new Snake Eyes, Dawn Moreno-as they battle human traffickers that have taken the enigmatic Agent Helix hostage. Join living legend Larry Hama and superstar artist Netho Diaz for the EXPLOSIVE FINALE of their latest team-up! Plus, Ryan Ferrier and Kenneth Loh conclude Helix’s amazing origin tale in “Codename: Helix,” Part 4!

Explosive final issue!

The return of breakout character Dawn Moreno (Snake Eyes) to the pages of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero!
The introduction of Agent Helix to the G.I Joe: A Real American Hero universe!

Each oversized issue includes the 20-page main story by the “Dawn of the Arashikage” superstar creative team of Larry Hama and Netho Diaz, and a four-page backup “Codename: Helix” origin story by Ryan Ferrier (G.I. Joe vs. Six Million Dollar Man) and Kenneth Loh (Dead Rising: Road to Fortune)!

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero - Silent Option #4 (of 4)

Preview: WWE: Then. Now. Forever. Vol. 3 SC

WWE: Then. Now. Forever. Vol. 3 SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Ryan Ferrier, Tini Howard, Kevin Panetta
Artist: Kendall Goode, Hyeonjin Kim, Dominike “Domo” Stanton
Colorists: Doug Garbark, Serge Lapointe, Jeremy Lawson, Matias Laborde, Fred C. Sterling
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artist: Rahzzah
Price: $16.99

ARE YOU READY?

We’re going to BREAK IT DOWN across various eras of WWE in this softcover collection. Stories include DX’s infamous “invasion” of a certain southern wrestling program, a look at the rise of Asuka, The Must See Superstar, The Miz, main-eventing Wrestlemania, and more.

Collects the Wrestlemania 2018 Special, the Attitude Era 2018 Special, and exclusive backups from the main series.

WWE: Then. Now. Forever. Vol. 3 SC

Preview: Rocko’s Modern Life Vol. 2 SC

Rocko’s Modern Life Vol. 2 SC

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer:  Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Ian McGinty
Colorist: Fred C. Sterling
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artist: Jorge Monlongo
Price: $14.99

Rocko’s dog Spunky becomes an overnight internet sensation. Desperate times call for desperate measures and Rocko will do whatever it takes to win back his best bud’s affection. But Rocko’s resolve will be really be put to the test when he chooses to take on corporate giant, Conglom-o!

Collects issues #5-8.

Rocko's Modern Life Vol. 2 SC
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