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Exclusive: Get a peek at exclusive process art for The Golem of Venice Beach from Paul Pope, Mike Allred, and Jae Lee!

This week on Kickstarter, superstar artists Michael Allred, Stephen R. Bissette, Jae Lee, Nick Pitarra, Paul Pope, Bill Sienkiewicz, and legendary letterer Clem Robins teamed up with rising star artist Vanessa Cardinali and debut comic book writer Chanan Beizer for the all-new graphic novel, The Golem of Venice Beach.

The 152-page epic story about the adventures of a 400-year-old Golem spans from 16th century Europe, to the horrors of World War II, to modern day Venice Beach, where the Golem has become entangled in a war between a gang and the police. Both a riveting narrative and a celebration of Southern California, The Golem of Venice Beach has already hit its funding mark on Kickstarter and shows no sign of stopping!

We’ve got an exclusive behind-the-scenes process art for the book from artists Paul Pope, Mike Allred, and Jae Lee!

Mike Allred

Jae Lee

Paul Pope

A rejected logo by Bill Sienkiewicz

The Golem of Venice Beach features:

  • A wrap-around cover and a seven-page prologue by artist Bill Sienkiewicz (Moon Knight) that showcases the Golem’s creation in the year 1580.
  • A 10-page flashback sequence by Jae Lee (The Inhumans) and colorist June Chung that depicts how the Golem was resurrected during World War Two.
  • A 2-page spread and map of Venice Beach that captures everything weird and wonderful about the bohemian spirit that permeates the neighborhood by Michael Allred and colorist Laura Allred (Madman). 
  • An eerie phantasmagoria by Stephen R. Bissette (Saga of the Swamp Thing).
  • A 2 page-splash page by Nick Pitarra (the creator of the highly anticipated Ax-Wielder Jon) that features every single person who is on panel in the book in one huge, cinematic crowd shot.
  • A stunning 2-page portrait, featuring the iconic Santa Monica Pier by Paul Pope (Battling Boy) and colorist Lovern Kindzierski. 
  • Over 100 pages of gorgeous art by the book’s main artist, Vanessa Cardinali.

The campaign ends Friday, July 1st.

Dover Announces Paleo: The Complete Collection by Jim Lawson

PaleoFrontCoverDover Comics & Graphic Novels has announced they’ll be releasing Paleo: The Complete Collection by Jim Lawson.

Created by the popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles artist Jim Lawson, the groundbreaking Paleo series accurately depicts the hair-raising violence and drama of dinosaur life in the late Cretaceous period. This collection includes the six original and two new issues of Paleo: Tales of the Late Cretaceous as well as a selection of brand-new tales inked by Lawson and written by Stephen R. Bissette, who also contributes an extensive history of dinosaur comics.

Readers will encounter many different dinosaur species, all depicted in bold black-and-white illustrations that strive for the utmost accuracy. The prehistoric narratives range from the flight of an injured Albertosaurus from a Tyrannosaurus rex to an orphaned Stegosaurus’s struggle for survival to views of a Cretaceous swamp from the perspective of a dragonfly. A masterpiece of comic art, this compilation will captivate dinosaur enthusiasts of all ages.

The 400 page collection comes to shelves January 2016 for $19.95.

Exclusive Bonus Material

  • Two new issues of Paleo: Tales of the Late Creatceous
  • Three all-original stories by Jim Lawson and Stephen R. Bissette: Easy, Floater, and Loner