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Ninjak Gets a Complete Classic Omnibus Oversized Hardcover

Valiant has announced Ninjak: The Complete Classic Omnibus Oversized HC – an 800+ page oversized hardcover compendium collecting the groundbreaking debut and complete adventures of the Valiant Universe’s master super-spy in November! From his deadly debut in the pages of Bloodshot in 1993 all the way to the final mission of his best-selling solo series, the complete classic adventures of Valiant’s deadly secret agent have finally been collected between two covers for the first time anywhere!

Colin King — sophisticated British playboy by day, elite super-spy by night! Codenamed Ninjak, King is gifted with a brilliant mind and lethal training in the world’s most dangerous fighting techniques. Both will be put to the ultimate test as he is drawn into a globe-spanning mission to bring down a cavalcade of covert agents and criminal cartels, including his greatest nemesis – the Webnet terror network and its villainous mastermind, Dr. Silk! From the British Isles to the land of the Rising Sun, Ninjak is about to leave an indelible imprint on the Valiant Universe — or die trying.

Featuring all-time classic contributions from acclaimed writers Mark Moretti, Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning, Jorge Gonzalez, Mike Baron, Kevin VanHook and more alongside legendary artists Joe Quesada, Bryan Hitch, and Luke Ross, this oversized, omnibus hardcover bursts with more than 800 pages of non-stop action and special features, including:

  • Over 30 full-color issues, including Ninjak’s landmark first appearances from BLOODSHOT (1993) #6–7, his complete solo series run from NINJAK (1994) #1–26, #0 and #00NINJAK YEARBOOK 1994 #1, and SECRET WEAPONS (1993) #5 – collected together in one volume for the first time anywhere!
  • Over 20 pages of bonus content, including rarely seen artwork and extras!
  • A stunning cover by comics legend Joe Quesada, fully remastered by Paul Mounts (The Ultimates)!
  • An oversized, deluxe hardcover presentation!

This November 22nd, find out where the legend of one of Valiant’s greatest icons began!

Oni Press Announces Oni Games

The comic publisher Oni Press is branching out with the launch of Oni Games, a new gaming imprint dedicated to bringing Oni Press titles to the growing tabletop market.

With the response to Renegade Game Studios’ Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Card Game based on the graphic novel series by Bryan Lee O’Malley and designed by Keith Baker, the positive critical and fan response to the recently launched Dead of Winter comic series based on Plaid Hat Games’ hit board game, as well as our previous collaboration with Pinnacle Entertainment Group in bringing Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt’s The Sixth Gun to the Savage Worlds role-playing system, Oni Press felt it was time to capitalize on the momentum for a more official entry into the world of gaming.

The focus of the Oni Games imprint will be on partnering with both new and veteran game designers and established game publishers to bring the unique characters and vibrant worlds of their original creator-owned comics to the world of games.
Joining Oni Press to help manage this initiative is industry veteran Steve Ellis. Ellis has worked in the gaming industry across a variety of capacities for almost 20 years, including retail as the founder and owner of Rainy Day Games, and a long list of credits in game design and development on projects like Dicey Goblins, the Trains series, and many others.

Papercutz’s Super Genius to Publish David Gallaher and Steve Ellis’ High Moon

Timed to February’s full moon, Papercutz’s Super Genius imprint has announced that it will publish the definitive edition of High Moon, the acclaimed graphic novel series by writer David Gallaher and artist Steve Ellis. Originally published by DC’s Zuda Comics imprint in 2007 and the Winner of the Harvey Award for Best Online Series, High Moon is a unique western and horror genre mash-up about the investigations of a mysterious bounty hunter, one whose own dark secret emerges every full moon.

Super Genius will publish High Moon: Bullet Holes and Bite Marks this October, followed by volume 2 in May of 2018. For their release of High Moon, Super Genius will remaster the existing art for Volumes One and Two, before concluding the story with all new material in Volume Three. All three graphic novels will feature new covers by artist and co-creator Steve Ellis, the storyboard artist and illustrator on AMC’s Breaking Bad:The Cost of Doing Business and The Walking Dead: Dead Reckoning games, and the co-creator of The Only Living Boy graphic novel series, also written and co-created by Gallaher and published by Papercutz.

In High Moon, former Pinkerton agent and current bounty-hunter Matthew Macgregor investigates a series of strange happenings in a small Texas town. Drought has brought famine and hardship to Blest. The summer heat pushes the temperature to unbearable heights during the day. The nights are even worse– for the streets are haunted by strange, unnatural creatures. And even as Macgregor works to uncover the truth about the creatures, he struggles to keep his own supernatural nature a secret.

The Super Genius editions will be larger than the previous Zuda Comics print edition and will present the landscape formatted series in a removable slipcase that allows it to be racked vertically, maximizing its visibility for retailers and consumers.

All three volumes of High Moon will be published in hardcover at $24.99 and simultaneously in paperback at $14.99. High Moon: Bullet Holes and Bite Marks will be available in bookstores and comic book stores across the United States and Canada on October 17th, 2017.

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Review: Convergence: Green Lantern Corps #2

Convergence Green Lantern Corps #2 CoverStarring heroes from Crisis on Infinite Earths! The Green Lantern Corps is revived when Hal Jordan, John Stewart and Guy Gardner power up and race to take on Hercules Unbound and Anti God from the Great Disaster!

The two issues of this Convergence tie-in has mostly focused on Guy Gardner and his issues with Hal Jordan, and some things that happened to him in the past. But, here’s the thing, I read Green Lantern back in the day, I clearly either didn’t read this, or don’t remember the specifics.

Not know those specifics, it took me out of the series, because Gardner’s PTSD just doesn’t quite hit me at all. THe two issues could have dove heavy into covering the PTSD, and focused on the battles less, but this issue we get battles, including Gardner knocking out some dragon like thing with a bat. I think that really says it all. The battle to wrap up the issue goes quickly, and the possibility that team Green Lantern Corps loses

Convergence has been very hit and miss, this one is a miss for me. Ande Parks and Steve Ellis‘ art is good, but can’t save this issue. I mean seriously… he hits a dragon with a bat! Did I mention that’s while riding a motorcycle? It’s fun to look at though.

If you know the history, the issue might be better. It does take us back to a time when the Green Lantern Corps’ human members were rather dysfunctional. We don’t get enough of that though.

Story: David Gallaher Art: Ande Parks, Steve Ellis
Story: 6.75 Art: 7.5 Overall: 6.75 Recommendation: Pass

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Papercutz Collects The Only Living Boy

The Only Living BoyAs Children’s Book Week 2015 kicks off its celebration of beloved children’s characters, young readers can look forward to a new hero hitting their shelves early next year. David Gallaher and Steve Ellis, the award-winning creative team behind digital hits High Moon and Box 13 are teaming up with Papercutz to bring their webcomic sensation The Only Living Boy to bookstores and libraries everywhere. The publisher has announced a multi-volume deal with Gallaher and Ellis’ Bottled Lightning Studio, brokered by Dara Hyde at the Hill Nadell Literary Agency, that will see the webcomic collected into a series of paperback and hardcover volumes beginning in March 2016. Publishing of the print collections will begin with a 72 page first volume entitled “Prisoners of the Patchwork Planet” set to arrive in March 2016. Plans call for subsequent books to be released on a regular schedule with the entire story eventually collected in six volumes.

The Only Living Boy tells the story of 12-year old Erik Farrell, who runs away from home only to find himself without his memory, stranded on a patchwork planet with danger lurking around every corner. Every day is a struggle to survive. Erik quickly allies himself with Morgan, a mermaid warrior and Thea, a teenage princess from a mysterious insect race. He’ll need their help to escape the Dreaded Lord Baalikar and the evil Doctor Once and maybe, one day, find his way back home.

The Only Living Boy Vol. 1: Prisoners of the Patchwork Planet will be available in bookstores and comic book stores across the United States and Canada on March 8th, 2016.

David Gallaher and Steve Ellis’ High Moon Returns Online

high-moon-season-1-coverThe popular and pioneering series High Moon by writer David Gallaher and artist Steve Ellis has returned online. The Harvey Award winning webcomic combines the western and horror genres to create a “Stephen King vs. Sergio Leone mash-up” that impressed fans and critics alike when it originally launched eight years ago as part of DC Comics’ initiative ZUDA Comics. The HighMoonComic.com site has launched with the first 8 pages of the story and will now be serialized by Bottled Lightning Inc, the creative studio run by Gallaher and Ellis, with 4 new pages running every Monday. Later this year, the site will debut original content continuing the High Moon saga.

In High Moon, former Pinkerton agent and current bounty-hunter Matthew Macgregor investigates a series of strange happenings in a small Texas town. Drought has brought famine and hardship to Blest. The summer heat pushes the temperature to unbearable heights during the day. The nights are even worse– for the streets are haunted by strange, unnatural creatures. And even as Macgregor works to uncover the truth about the creatures, he struggles to keep his own supernatural nature a secret.

This is the second webcomic to be serialized by Bottled Lightning Inc, following the young adult webcomic The Only Living Boy which launched last year. The series will be available on the new mobile-responsive HighMoonComic.com site, Tapastic and Comixology; readers can support Bottled Lightning via its recently launched Patreon Fan Club.

This is the second high profile series to go from print to digital. It was almost a month ago when it was announced that Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener‘s Atomic Robo would be switching to digital first, then eventually make it to print as trade paperbacks.

 

Deadlands Deals Winning Hand

deadlandsGet ready, as award-winning publisher IDW brings Dead Man’s Hand, the first original collection of the hit Deadlands series to comic shops in March 2015! Based on the popular Deadlands RPG, created by Shane Hensley and Pinnacle Entertainment, and produced by Visionary Comics, the series embodies all the best of horror, western and steampunk in a world filled with creatures of the night, mad science and mysticism!

Deadlands Volume 1: Dead Man’s Hand brings together a who’s-who of superstar horror-western comic talent to launch this unique series that laid the groundwork for every horror-western series since! Join High Moon’s David Gallaher and Steve Ellis as they tell the tale of a cursed weapon created to kill the devil in Devil’s Six Gun. Journey with All-Star Western’s creators Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, and Shinku’s Lee Moder on a young Shamaness’ quest for vengeance in Massacre at Redwing. Duck low for Witchblade’s Ron Marz and Superman / Wonder Woman’s Bart Sears as they tell of a heroic ranger who sets out to kill a whole town in Death Was Silent. Then dive into Desperados’ Jeff Mariotte and Golly’s Brook Turner’s love tale drowned in horror in Black Water.

But that ain’t all! For the first time in the comic market, this volume contains two brand new short stories penned by Deadlands creator Shane Hensley and Brand Manager Matt Cutter, who show us What a Man’s Gotta Do and how to be Vengeful. And for the first time ANYWHERE, get an exclusive sneak peek at the first, original Deadlands novel, Ghostwalkers by New York Times’ best-selling author Jonathan Maberry, to be published by Tor Books in Fall of 2015! This amazing new adventure launches the new Tor novel line for Deadlands scheduled with releases into 2017!

Dark Horse Launches Project Black Sky Web Comic!

While many comics fans are headed to their local comic shop to get their free goodies this weekend, Dark Horse launches the hottest web comic of the year at ProjectBlackSky.net!

Intrigued by the investigations of the conspiracy blog IWatchTheSky.com, Dark Horse Comics has done some digging and uncovered some of the mysterious Project Black Sky’s secret files.

Fred Van Lente is set to script these secret files, assisted by the award-winning team of colorist Dan Jackson and letterer Nate Piekos.

Project Black Sky will run through September with a new panel almost every day! Three series artists with top-level security clearance will provide illustrations for the stunning story line.

Project Black Sky Part 1: The Field, featuring art by Steve Ellis, goes live on May 2 with eight screens!

Project Black Sky Part 2: The Launch features art by Michael Broussard and will post weekdays with forty screens beginning May 5.

Project Black Sky Part 3: The Ring features art by Steve Ellis and will post weekdays with forty screens beginning June 26.

Project Black Sky Part 4: The Base features art by Guiu Vilanova and will post every day of the week with thirty-two screens beginning August 21.

Project Black Sky Part 5: Michael Broussard will illustrate a final, top-secret, twelve-screen story, presented in its entirety on September 24.

Fans can head to their local comic shop to pick up the Free Comic Book Day 2014 issue of Project Black Sky! Meanwhile, head to ProjectBlackSky.net every day for a new piece of the puzzle!

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IDW Announces New Dungeons & Dragons Miniseries!

IDW Publishing is thrilled to announce another action-packed entry in their line of Dungeons & Dragons comics! This April, Dungeons & Dragons: Cutter, a five-issue miniseries written by R.A. and Geno Salvatore with art by David Baldeon and covers by Steve Ellis, weaves the tale of a family fiercely divided and at odds with itself, with a legendary sword hanging in the balance!

When the battle-hardened Drow renegade Tos’un must choose an heir to his legacy, his half-Drow son Tierflin and daughter Doum’weille become locked in vicious competition. But what will the prize, the bloodthirsty sword Khazid’hea, have to say on the matter?

From the writing team of powerhouse Dungeons & Dragons veterans R.A. and Geno Salvatore comes a tale steeped in action and intrigue, woven into the fantastically imaginative world that can only be found in the Forgotten Realms of Dungeons & Dragons. Rounded out by the vivid art of David Baldeon and Steve Ellis’ striking covers, Dungeons & Dragons: Cutter is sure to be a wildly fun ride for fans of Dungeons & Dragons and comics everywhere, not to mention an unexpected tie-in to this summer’s blockbuster R.A. Salvatore novel!

Dungeons & Dragons: Cutter (FC, 32 pages, $3.99). In stores 4/17/13.
Diamond Code: FEB130303

Archaia and Panelfly Announce the ‘Immortals’ Graphic Novel App

Official Press Release

ARCHAIA ENTERTAINMENT PARTNERS WITH PANELFLY TO CREATE

IMMERSIVE DIGITAL FAN EXPERIENCE FOR ‘IMMORTALS’

Panelfly’s SuperMedia Experience To Bring Archaia’s Storied Franchise To Life

LOS ANGELES and NEW YORK – November 9, 2011 – Archaia Entertainment, LLC, a multi-award-winning graphic novel publisher, and Panelfly, Inc., a leader in creating SuperMedia fan experiences, announces the launch of a new cross-platform, multi-media fan experience built around Archaia’s acclaimed prequel anthology, and alongside the theatrical release of Relativity Media’s feature film, IMMORTALS on November 11, 2011. Immortals: Gods and Heroes HD, a new application available initially on Apple’s iPad and iPhone unlocks access to a variety of exclusive Immortals content.

“We are very excited to launch the Immortals: Gods and Heroes iPad app with Panelfly,” said PJ Bickett, CEO of Archaia Entertainment. “In creating the graphic anthology, we wanted to build something unique to compliment the theatrical release, something that would stand head-and-shoulders above traditional graphic novel tie-ins. Working with Panelfly, we have created something extraordinary and immersive that complements the reading experience while supplementing the film itself. We are excited to expand the reach of our content beyond books and film, to delight fans with this new and immersive entry into the Immortals universe.”

The Immortals: Gods and Heroes Fan Experience Includes:

–       Access to the complete Graphic Novel

–       Ten Prequel Stories setting the stage for the film

–       Exclusive Art from an A-list of celebrated comic creators, includng Ben Templesmith, Scott Hampton, Trevor Hairsine, Jock, Dennis Calero, Kevin Colden, Patrick Scherberger, Phil Hester, Steve Ellis, and Rafael Kayanan, one of the principal conceptual designers on the film itself

–       Peel Back Functionality that reveals each stage of art in the creative process

–       Contextual Multimedia and video Integration

–       Social Integration and News Feeds for live social commentary

–       Ongoing feature updates and new content releases

“Together with Archaia Entertainment, we’re creating a diverse hub of content to deliver a dynamic, fun and truly interactive experience that includes an unprecedented level of engagement for fans” said Ed Lang, CEO of Panelfly. “This experience will continue to live long after the film and act as a fan’s digital playground for all things IMMORTALS far into the future. Our team has worked closely with Archaia to develop something truly special. Our passion for delivering immersive fan experiences at home, or on the go continues to grow with this launch, and we look forward to building success together.”

The Immortals: Gods and Heroes app can be downloaded for free from the iTunes Store on 11/11/11. Archaia and Panelfly will be kicking off the release with a special social media campaign and fan engagement contest today. Fans can go to http://www.facebook.com/ImmortalsGraphicNovel for more details.

To watch a teaser of the app, go to http://youtu.be/o7M0N3bMLqY?a.

About Archaia Entertainment

Archaia is a multi-award-winning graphic novel publisher with more than 50 renowned publishing brands, including such domestic and international hits as Mouse Guard, Rust, Return of the Dapper Men, Mr. Murder is Dead, Feeding Ground, Gunnerkrigg Court, Awakening, The Killer, Days Missing, Tumor, Syndrome, Artesia, The Engineer, and an entire line of The Jim Henson Company graphic novels including the newest release, Tale of Sand, the last unpublished original work by Jim Henson. Archaia has built an unparalleled reputation for producing meaningful content that perpetually transforms minds, building one of the industry’s most visually stunning and eclectic slates of graphic novels. Archaia was named Graphic Novel Publisher of the Year according to Ain’t it Cool News, Graphic Policy, and Comic Related, and was honored with nine 2011 Eisner Awards nominations. Archaia has also successfully emerged as a prolific storyteller in all facets of the entertainment industry, extending their popular brands into film, television, gaming, and branded digital media.  http://www.archaia.com.

About Panelfly

Panelfly, Inc., is a leader in creating the ultimate digital fan experience. Dubbed “SuperMedia”, our unique transmedia storytelling approach, coupled with deep content discovery, social interactivity, and storefronts re-imagined, Panelfly takes traditional on-screen experiences to a whole new level.   Beyond the Internet, Panelfly is driven to deliver the world’s most immersive, interactive digital fanfest, whether at home or on the go. Panelfly – Engage. Explore. Enjoy.  For more information, visit www.panelfly.com.

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