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Jen and Tyler Bartel’s Magical Girls Pack a Punch in Crystal Fighters

You’ve never seen magical girls like this! Co-writers Jen Bartel and Tyler Bartel step into the ring for Crystal Fighters, a unique story described as Sailor Moon meets Street Fighter! Originally offered on the digital platform Stela, Dark Horse will publish the complete Chaos Arena: Crystal Fighters web comic series to trade paperback for the first time ever!

Crystal Fighters follows a bored teen named Stella who has grown up in a world fully immersed in virtual reality games. But like many teens, her parents restrict her gaming to safe “age-appropriate” games. Enter “Crystal Fighters,” a magical girl game filled with bright colors and nauseating positivity. But for Stella, things take a turn for the interesting when she discovers an underground magical girl fight club within the game that adds a whole new level of thrills and danger to her once mundane gaming experience. But the phrase “be careful what you wish for” soon takes on a whole new meaning as she discovers a dark side to the magical girls as she is pulled into a series of tournaments in the virtual reality game that could have real-world consequences.

Crystal Fighters TPB goes on sale August 29, 2018.

Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer, and Erin Humiston’s Calla Cthulhu is now available on Stela: Comics For Your Phone

calla_cthulhu_coverAfter months of anticipation, Stela: Comics For Your Phone has announced that Calla Cthulhu—the Lovecraftian-inspired adventure by Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer, and Erin Humiston—is now available on the Stela app.

Being a teenager isn’t easy. Even more so when you’re Calla, a girl who carries the bloodline of the Great Old Ones in her veins. Instead of normal teen activities, Calla spends her time battling supernatural threats like her Uncle, the King in Yellow. She must resist his call to embrace her own chaotic heritage as well as prevent him from awakening the terrible deity asleep and dreaming in the corpse city of R’lyeh—the Dread Dead One!

Dyer said in the announcement release that while learning to work with the vertical scroll was a challenge, it offers benefits to as storytellers such as controlling pacing, preventing accident peeks ahead, and refining how they reveal things through the movement of the panels on the device.

Perfect for fans of H.P. Lovecraft lore, and the action and adventure of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Calla Cthulhu presents an incredible feat of storytelling from Dorkin, Dyer, and Humiston, presented in Stela’s distinctive vertical scrolling format.

A six chapter series, Stela will release a new Calla Cthulhu installment every Thursday until the end of June.

Ethan Young’s Pilgrim Finch Comes to Stela

pilgrim_finch_coverStela: Comics For Your Phone has announced the first chapter release of Eisner-nominated cartoonist Ethan Young‘s Pilgrim Finch, a Stela-exclusive digital graphic novel.

When a malfunction during cryo-sleep sends his ship off course, interstellar explorer and animal collector Finch finds himself on a strange alien world called Zumeroc. His ship damaged beyond repair, he must learn to survive in the mysterious jungle filled with large monoliths depicting strange beasts–not to mention the spooky shadow dogging his steps. Finch will need to learn how to negotiate the native population while overcoming his own issues and will need to call upon all his resourcefulness and learning if he hopes to make it through the night.

The story was inspired by Young’s son’s birth and the story tackles is first few weeks of life as a sci-fi story. Pilgrim Finch wakes up in a strange world the same way a newborn enters existence: scared, hungry, anxious, bewildered. We get to watch Finch develop throughout the story.

The first chapter of Pilgrim Finch is available today for free on the Stela: Comics For Your Phone app.

Stela: Comics For Your Phone Announces Its New Subscription Policy

Basic RGBToday, Stela: Comics For Your Phone, the premiere app for exclusive original comics optimized for the smartphone, announced that it is shifting the price of subscriptions to $9.99/month, starting on Monday, May 16. Readers still have two more days to lock in their introductory subscription price of $4.99/month!

Subscribers receive access to the entire line of Stela comics, and new content every weekday. With over 160 pages of new comics a month, along with the archive of all previous Stela series, readers get the best deal in comics with either subscription rate!

Whether it’s currently running series like Stela’s The Crossing, and the critically acclaimed Chaos Arena: Crystal Fighters; or previously run series like fan-favorite The Inheritance and GratNin, there’s something for every reader on the Stela app. Plus, it’s all gorgeously illustrated with the revolutionary infinite vertical scroll storytelling technique.

Joining the new generation of digital comics has never been easier. Download the Stela app for free on the iOS App Store.

Don’t delay! Lock in your subscription rate today–because before you know it, this deal will be gone.

Stela: Comics for Your Phone – Now Available!

StelaHailed as the next revolution of digital comics, Stela: Comics for Your Phone is now available for free in the Apple App Store for all iOS devices, with an Android version planned for late 2016.

With Stela: Comics for Your Phone, readers choose a story, tap a chapter, and scroll down. No swiping. No zooming. The intuitive reading system serves not just the readers, but the stories themselves. Stories are released every weekday, and are available wherever readers take their iPhone or iPad.

Stela launches with five series, with daily updates set from dozens of award-winning writers and illustrators such as Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer, Joe Casey, Ronald Wimberly, Stuart Moore, Irene Koh, and many, many more.

Subscriptions are available for $4.99/month for a limited time. Lock in your pricing now by downloading the FREE app from the Apple App store.

Stela: Comics for your Phone

There’s been a lot of recent news about digital comics, and one of the more interesting (and unexpected) is the announcement of the launch of a new mobile comics platform in 2016.

Stela is the “premiere mobile comics platform” designed from the ground up with original content by award-winning writers and illustrators. Whether at home or on the go, Stela is the only app that delivers comics designed and optimized for your smartphone, all in the palm of your hand with new content every weekday.

The Stela library includes work from acclaimed creators including Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer, Joe Casey, Irene Koh, Brian Wood, Ron Wimberly, Stuart Moore, and many more.

The app promises new content every day optimized for the mobile platform. More interesting, the app also mentions the focus on community whether it’s interacting with authors, illustrators, or fellow readers. You’ll be able to post your reactions and comments in real-time, and discuss the latest chapters in the Stela library.

This is one to watch for in 2016.


Around the Tubes

Today’s the day, Jessica Jones hits the interwebs streaming on Netflix. Who’s watching the whole series in one sitting? Our reviews will start in a bit, but until then, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

Comics Beat – Scrolling for Stela: New line of phone-based comics launches in 2016 – An interesting idea for digital comics.

Paste Magazine – The Interrupted Eternity: How the ’70s Argentinian Government Removed Rebel Cartoonist Héctor Germán Oesterheld – An amazing story and piece of history.

Vox – Marvel Comics’ secret weapon is a woman named Sana Amanat – If you don’t know who she is, now’s your chance to find out.

GamePolitics – YouTube Launching Stronger Fair Use Protection Measures – Nice to see, wonder how long before it’s needed.


Around the Tubes Reviews

Comics Beat – Batman Europa #1

Comic Vine – Black Knight #1

Talking Comics – March Book 1 & 2

CBR – Nanjing: The Burning City

CBR – Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #1

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