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Take Magical Flight with Conspiracy of Ravens

From Leah Moore and John Reppion, the writers of DamselsThe Trial of Sherlock Holmes, and Ghost Stories of an Antiquary comes an original graphic novel perfect for tween, teen, and adult fans alike! Conspiracy of Ravens joins Moore and Reppion with interior and cover artist Sally Jane Thompson to weave a tale of magic, family secrets, and a mysterious legacy.

Anne is a teen schoolgirl who thought she was just like everyone else. But when she unexpectedly inherits her long-lost aunt’s crumbling English mansion and a strange ancient locket, she unearths a family secret that leads to the discovery of her mysterious powers. She picks up the mantle of her family’s magical legacy, but soon learns that she isn’t the only one whose powers are awakening, and not everyone wants to use their powers for good…

Conspiracy of Ravens HC goes on sale October 03, 2018 and the 136-page hardcover retails for $14.99.

Preview: Fresh Romance Vol. 1

FRESH ROMANCE VOL. 1

(W) Kate Leth, Sarah Vaughn, Sarah Kuhn, Marguerite Bennett, Kieron Gillen
(A/C) Arielle Jovellanos with Amanda Scurti, Sarah Winifred Searle, Sally Jane Thompson with Savanna Ganucheau, Trungles, Christine Norrie
(CA) Marguerite Sauvage (Retail cover), Babs Tarr (Oni Press Exclusive variant)
AGE RANGE: 18 and up
GENRE: Romance
PRICE: $24.99
224 PAGES

The critically-acclaimed anthology Fresh Romance is finally available in print! Have you been wondering what the fuss is all about? Fresh Romance is an exciting collection of romance comics from some of comics’ most talented creators, including Kate Leth, Arielle Jovellanos, Sarah Vaughn, Sarah Winifred Searle, Sarah Kuhn, Marguerite Bennett, and Trungles. From unhappy historical marriages to covert teenage romances, there’s something for everyone in Fresh Romance.

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Preview: Fresh Romance #1

Fresh Romance #1

Story: Kate Leth, Sarah Vaughn, Sarah Kuhn
Art: Arielle Scurti, Sarah Winifred, Sally Jane Thompson

Issue 1 of FRESH ROMANCE includes three 10-page comics stories (a high school romance, a Regency romance, and a paranormal coffee shop romance), as well as a relationship advice column by a quartet of divorced writers and behind-the-scenes art coverage.

About the stories:

“School Spirit” is a lighthearted take on classic high school romances with two queer women in the lead. Because Malie and Justine want to keep their romance a secret, they pretend to be competing over the same guy, Miles, but Miles also has a secret.

Created by: Kate Leth Arielle Jovellanos Amanda Scurti Taylor Esposito

“Ruined” is a classic Regency romance, with lots of attention to period details. Catherine and Andrew are getting married – but neither one of them is happy about it.

Created by: Sarah Vaughn Sarah Winifred Searle Ryan Ferrier

“The Ruby Equation” is a story about love in a coffee shop – where barista Ruby is on a mission to help people find love so she doesn’t have to deal with people anymore.

Created by: Sarah Kuhn Sally Jane Thompson Savanna Ganucheau Steve Wand

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Review: Fresh Romance #1

fresh_romance_1_coverAfter a high-profile Kickstarter campaign Rosy Press‘ first release, Fresh Romance #1, has hit the web featuring three stories from writers Kate Leth, Sarah Vaughn, and Sarah Kuhn and artists Arielle Scurti, Sarah Winifred, and Sally Jane Thompson.

“School Spirit” is a lighthearted take on classic high school romances with two queer women in the lead. Because Malie and Justine want to keep their romance a secret, they pretend to be competing over the same guy, Miles, but Miles also has a secret.

“Ruined” is a classic Regency romance, with lots of attention to period details. Catherine and Andrew are getting married – but neither one of them is happy about it.

“The Ruby Equation” is a story about love in a coffee shop – where barista Ruby is on a mission to help people find love so she doesn’t have to deal with people anymore.

Harkening back to classic romance comics, with a modern twist, each story is entertaining in their own way. Each story is a fun read, perfect for the summer months. Paired with fantastic art, these are comics that you stare at the page spending as much time reading as you do looking at the visuals in front of you. You never know the quality you’re going to get with a Kickstarter project (though the talent here gave a good indication), but this is top-notch material that any smart publisher would be gobbling up, and Rosy Press did. The fact that it turned around so quickly after the close of the fundraising period also speaks to the professionalism, and quality of the project. It was clearly planned and executed with love…. it is a romance anthology after all.

The only problem I had was, it was too short! I actually wanted more of each story, and they could easily have stood on their own for a completely entertaining issue. It’s a good sign when you want to read more, right?

The industry has been shifting away from spandex and capes for some time, and indie, web, and digital comics have been leading that charge. Rosy Press’ Fresh Romance #1 is the latest example that there truly is something (and someone) for everyone when it comes to comics (and life). A fantastic addition that revitalizes a genre in comics often overlooked, or dismissed. The quality brings the issue, and genre to life.

Story: Kate Leth, Sarah Vaughn, Sarah Kuhn Art: Arielle Scurti, Sarah Winifred, Sally Jane Thompson
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Rosy Press provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

 

Rosy Press Promises Romance is Coming with Fresh Romance

Fresh RomanceFrom around 1947 to 1977, you could find regular romance comics alongside the spandex superheroes that packed shelves. Post Comics Code, implemented in 1954, the genre died a slow death due to self-censorship, but modern comics is all about diversity in topics, those depicted in the pages, and those behind the scenes. It was nice to wake up to news of the new publisher Rosy Press, launched by former DC Comics editor and Senior Editor of Comics Alliance Janelle Asselin.

The new imprint will kick off with Fresh Romance, a new digital romance comic magazine that’ll begin in May 2015. The series is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds. The first issue of the monthly anthology features sundry stories ranging from a clandestine, queer high school love affair to an impeccably researched and illustrated Regency-era romance. In addition to three forward-looking romances, each issue of Fresh Romance delivers a relationship advice column by a quartet of divorced writers, behind-the-scenes art coverage, and a fashion report.

In a release Asselin said:

Rosy Press specializes in publishing romantic fiction and nonfiction aimed at attracting a diverse readership. Fresh Romance forges a new future for romance comics with modern characters, stories and a wide array of genres.

Fresh Romance’s inaugural stories include:

  • A twist on the iconic high school love story by Kate Leth, Arielle Jovellanos, and colorist Amanda Scurti, in which a queer couple keep their relationship under wraps by pretending to compete for the same, equally secretive guy.
  • A Regency-era romance by Sarah Vaughn and Sarah Winifred Searle about a couple headed to the altar despite a mutual lack of enthusiasm for their marriage. (Spoiler: period costumes and culture are consummately researched.)
  • An otherworldly tale by novelist Sarah Kuh, who has a three-book prose book deal with DAW Books and who is penning her first comic with Sally Jane Thompson and colorist Savanna Ganucheau, in which a cynical, supernatural barista is trapped in this world… until she helps enough lonely souls find love.
  • The first cover from Kevin Wada, a former fashion illustrator, who uses his hallmark watercolors to depict Leth and Jovellanos’ high school heroines.

Rewards available exclusively through the Fresh Romance Kickstarter campaign support three-month, six-month, and ongoing subscriptions, including the opportunity to be drawn into a story, an original comic to propose marriage to your loved one, and one-of-a-kind prints and commissions, including: Five commissions by Chris Burnham; a Gene Ha sketch commission; a Dustin Nguyen-drawn original page from the Stephanie Brown Batgirl series; a commission of Harley Quinn by DC and Marvel artist Carmen Carnero; and an original page from the Stephanie Brown Batgirl series drawn by Pere Perez.

The comics will be available in a variety of digital formats including comiXology, PDF, CBR, or ePub, and will be DRM-free.

Soaring Penguin Press Announces Meanwhile… the comics periodical that you deserve

meanwhileWe want to tell you about the most important new comics journal to arrive in years. With issues releasing every two months, Meanwhile… brings readers an eclectic mix of established, legendary talent and future superstars, acting as a launchpad for the biggest names of tomorrow.

The first issue sees the hugely anticipated return of Gary Spencer Millidge’s Strangehaven. Millidge’s acclaimed idiosyncratic magical reality comic was self-published from 1995 until 2005 in eighteen issues, collected into three graphic novels, gaining numerous international award nominations including Eisners, Eagles and Ignatzes. Meanwhile… presents the exclusive serialization of the fourth and final volume of the series, Strangehaven: Destiny.

They’re also excited to introduce The Bad, Bad Place, a new series by David Hine and Mark Stafford. Among other highlights is Chris Geary’s future spy-story, Melody Baker, 10 Minutes by Yuko Rabbit and Sally Jane Thompson’s Heavy. Rounding out the first issue of Meanwhile…, and cementing our commitment to rising talent, are the 2014 British Library & Arts Thread Comics Unmasked Competition Winners.

Liberator teams up with HC Punk band Earth Crisis and More!

With its debut slate of comics wrapping up, Black Mask Studios, is teasing what we can expect in March 2014, with the full line-up being announced next month. The creator-supporting comics publisher was founded by Matt Pizzolo, Brett Gurewitz,and Steve Niles.

One of the more interesting debuts from the publisher in 2013 was 12 Reasons to Die. The transmedia story integrated a comic and album release, not shocking since two people behind it were RZA and Ghostface Killah. Black Mask Studios is continuing this collaborative and interesting effort in 2014 with their announced team-up of the legendary animal rights hardcore punk band Earth Crisis with the animal-avenging vigilante story Liberator for Liverator/Earth Crisis: Salvation of Innocents. Black Mask revealed that the 12 Reasons To Die comic book sold nearly as many copies in record stores as it did in comic book stores, demonstrating how effective this multi-pronged distribution approach can be at finding new readers for comic book creators.

Black Mask’s primary goal is to support comics creators, and part of that is by cultivating a space where creators can feel safe to support one another. The March debuting Liberator Volume 1 collected book reflects this mission’s success so far, with the book featuring 40 brand new, previously unreleased comic stories taking place in the world of Liberator written by a range of creators including Tim Seeley, Ales Kot, Ed Brisson , Alex de Campi, Frank Barbiere, Fabian Rangel Jr, Megan Hutchison, Matt Pizzolo, Matthew Rosenberg, and Adam Egypt Mortimer.

Check what you can expect Liberator related in March 2014 below!


LIBERATOR/EARTH CRISIS: Salvation of Innocents #1

Creator: Matt Miner
Producer: Matt Pizzolo
Writers: Matt Miner, Earth Crisis
Illustrators: Javier Aranda (pencils/inks), Joaquin Pereyra (colors).
Cover A: Menton3
Cover B: Rod Reis
32 pages / T+ / Full-color / $3.99
Comic book street date: March 5
Album street date: March 4 (Candlelight Records)

“Earth Crisis has wanted to have a comic that went along with an album’s lyrical concept for a while, but we didn’t think one existed that shared the same vision of the band, until now! Liberator and Matt Miner are just what we’ve been waiting for, and we are honored to have him help us tell the story!” -Earth Crisis

“Working with EARTH CRISIS on the comic book side of Salvation of Innocents has been a dream project for me.  Our styles, ethics, and ideologies are a fitting match and I’m super excited for folks to read the story.” -Matt Miner, creator Liberator

“It’s crazy to me that it took twenty years for comics to produce a set of animal-minded vigilantes strong enough to roll with EARTH CRISIS. It’s probably the most perfectly aligned superhero team-up ever.” -Matt Pizzolo, Black Mask Studios

Hardcore punk legends Earth Crisis join forces with Liberator for this unique comics & music collaboration, telling the story of a young janitor in an animal testing lab who stumbles on a dark conspiracy and is inspired to rescue the animals.

Different sides of the same story are told in the simultaneously released comic book and concept album.

When Sarah Mann takes a crappy custodial job at a cosmetics lab, she discovers cold-blooded scientist Dr. Elena Reznik’s secret facility where illegal vivisections are performed on live, conscious animals. Inspired by the stories of Jeanette and Damon’s animal liberations, Sarah pulls on her own mask and sets out to rescue the tortured animals.

liberator earth crisis Liberator Earth Crisis #1 cover by Rod Reis
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Creator/Writer: Matt Miner
Illustrators:
Javier Aranda (pencils/inks), Joaquin Pereyra (colors)
Cover: Tim Seeley

New Stories:

“This Is You”
Written by Tim Seeley
Illustrated by Tim Seeley (pencils/inks), K. Michael Russell (colors)

“Liber”
Written by Ales Kot
Illustrated by Morgan Jeske

“Broken”
Written by Ed Brisson
Illustrated by Brian Level

“Politics”
Written by Alex de Campi
Illustrated by Sally Jane Thompson (pencils/inks), Jenn Manley Lee (colors)

“What’s a hero, anyway?”
Written by Frank Barbiere
Illustrated by Matthew Marks

“Liberation”
Written & Illustrated by Megan Hutchison

“Anchor Point”
Written by Matt Miner
Illustrated by Tess Fowler

“Unlocking”
Written by Fabian Rangel, Jr.
Illustrated by Jonathan Brandon Sawyer (pencils/inks), Doug Garbark (colors)

“Untouchable”
Written by Matt Pizzolo

“We Are What We Are”
Written by Matthew Rosenberg and Patrick Kindlon
Illustrated by Ariela Rie Kristantina

“Rage”
Written by Adam Egypt Mortimer
Illustrated by Ryan Lee
144 pages / T+ / Full-color / $14.99

Acclaimed from the establishment media of the NY Post to the activist trenches of Earth First, Liberator brings real-world vigilante-heroism to comics for the first time–demonstrated by its popular hook “Real heroes don’t wear capes, they wear ski-masks.”

Whether it’s vicious dog-fighting clubs or senseless lab experiments force-feeding oven cleaners to monkeys, Jeanette Francis and Damon Guerrero have had enough. Using any and all means available to them, Jeanette and Damon not only rescue the animals but also avenge them – delivering harsh retribution to the animals’ captors and tormentors.

This book collects Liberator issues 1-4 into a single volume for the first time. Collected for the first time, this 144-page volume includes 40 pages of brand-new, previously unreleased comic stories taking place in the world of Liberator.

Liberator vol. 1 collected book cover by Tim Seeley

1/3 of Liberator profits will go to animal rescue initiatives.