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Michael Turner Creations Debuts on Kickstarter

Aspen Comics has launched a Kickstarter campaign focused on their founder and superstar artist, the late Michael Turner. Michael Turner Creations is Aspen’s most ambitious publication to date.

Michael Turner Creations is a prestige format oversized hardcover with slipcase collecting all of Michael Turner’s iconic Aspen Comics work, highlighted by his flagship creations Fathom and Soulfire, as well as his work on the EkosPreview. This 600-plus page hardcover will include the entirety of Fathom and Soulfire volume one, the best-selling volumes of each respective series. In addition to the aforementioned material, the publisher is including a foreword by Michael Turner’s mother, Grace Crick, along with the founder of Marvel Studios’ David Maisel, the chief architect of the Turner-verse, the planned feature film slate by Mythos Studios based upon Turner’s work.

Aspen has brought on some of their best-selling cover artists such as Siya Oum, Alex Konat, Jordan Gunderson, Talent Caldwell, and Tyler Kirkham, in addition to high-profile artists such as David Mack and Kendrick Lim for their first-ever Aspen covers, a variety of Michael Turner Creations dust jackets available exclusively in the Kickstarter campaign. Plus, the publisher will be offering a special signed dust jacket by legendary artist Alex Ross.

For the first time in Aspen’s history, the publisher is opening up their vaulted Michael Turner original art collection from his personal sketchbook and offering a selection of original layouts, sketches and fully illustrated pieces drawn by Turner across multiple reward tiers. This selection of original art and sketches dates back to Turner’s classic Witchblade run and into his Fathom and Soulfire work, then into his later years on the iconic Marvel and DC Comics titles such as Civil War and Identity Crisis. Aspen strongly encourages interested Michael Turner Original Art buyers to finalize and select the reward tier of their choice as early as possible before they sell out.

The publisher is also debuting several new Aspen Comics merchandise including featured items such as a “Grace” from Soulfire plush doll, new Aspen Comics Fathom and Soulfire acrylic figures, Kickstarter exclusive comics, and several new Michael Turner related items and products for purchase as add-ons.

The Mainstream #1 Has Sold Out At Diamond

The anticipation for Zenescope Entertainment’s new release The Mainstream has been building for months, and the advance praise at last month’s C2E2 comic convention in Chicago has lead to an official sell-out at the distributor level. Graphic novel fans nationwide have eagerly snatched up copies of Talent Caldwell’s return to comics, featuring the writing talents of Michael Dolce and art by Tony Moy. Scheduled as a full-color, five-issue release, issue #1 of The Mainstream is now sold-out at Diamond.

The Mainstream tells the story of Chicago police detective Nate McAllister and an inter-dimensional police force known as The Keepers as they pursue an evil force that has maliciously crossed over from an alternate reality — with nothing less than the fate of our planet at stake. In addition to reader interest, the series has garnered glowing accolades in the comics press as well.

 

 

Aspen Goes Back to Its Roots for its 15-Year Anniversary in 2018

Aspen Comics, the comic book publishing house founded in 2003 by the late superstar artist Michael Turner, will be celebrating its fifteen-year anniversary in 2018. To celebrate, the publisher is planning a yearlong initiative featuring a return to many of its classic properties. Three of Aspen’s flagship titles will be highlighting significant milestones, with Michael Turner’s Fathom and Soulfire’s twenty and fifteen year anniversary respectively, and Executive Assistant: Iris’ ten-year anniversary as well.

The publisher plans to focus on less variant covers as well as a reduced price on new jumping-on point issues including 25-cent primer issues and $1.50 zero issues.

Aspen will also be debuting a 4-page Aspen Mascots story premiering each month in the back of every new Aspen Comics release. The Aspen Mascots stories will be written by Vince Hernandez with art by Joie Foster and will feature Aspen’s lovable band of mascots, creatures and other fun Aspen critters in all-ages bonus content storylines.

In addition to the Aspen Primers, Legacy, and Aspen Mascot bonus content stories, the publisher has announced an Aspen Wave 1 of new properties and titles to debut as their first releases of the new year, in addition to the creative teams:

JANUARY:

Aspen will kick off their anniversary year in January with the release of the Aspen Legacy #1 issue, a yearbook-style offering showcasing everything from Aspen’s past, present and future, and collects a thorough look inside and behind-the-scenes of Aspen Comics. Aspen Legacy #1 will be released on January 17th and will be offered for only 15-cents with art by various Aspen alumni artists including Michael Turner, Talent Caldwell, Micah Gunnell, Marcus To, Francis Manapul and more.

FEBRUARY:

PortalBound #0 written by Mark Roslan and Gabe Carrasco with art by Alex Arizmendi and Wes Hartman is a new sci-fi/fantasy/action-adventure mini-series slated for five issues debuting February 7th with covers by Arizmendi and Adam Archer. PortalBound #0 will be offered for $1.50.

Charismagic Volume 3 #1 debuts on February 14th written by Vince Hernandez with art by Harvey Tolibao and Federico Blee with covers by Tolibao and Khary Randolph. Volume 3 is supported by the release of Charismagic Volume 2 in trade paperback form, as well as a re-offering of Charismagic Volume 1 as part of the continued release of the action-adventure/fantasy series.

Shrugged Volume 3 debuts on February 21st written by Frank Mastromauro with art by André Risso and Beth Sotelo with covers by Risso and Micah Gunnell. Shrugged is supported by the release of Shrugged Volume 2 in trade paperback form, as well as a re-offering of Shrugged Volume 1 in February as well.

For new readers unfamiliar with Aspen’s catalogue of titles, the publisher will be offering 25-cent Aspen Primer issues throughout the year for its classic titles: Michael Turner’s Fathom and Soulfire, Executive Assistant: Iris, Charismagic, Dellec, Jirni, No World and Shrugged.

Aspen Comics ECCC 2017 Exclusives and Debut of the Aspen Bundle

Aspen Comics has revealed their full line-up of exclusive items available at this year’s Emerald City Comicon 2017 at the Aspen Comics Booth #1501. Aspen will be launching their all-new Aspen YOU-niverse Bundle package that will include several exclusive items in addition to others debuting in the bundle.

The first ever, all-new Aspen Comics YOU-niverse Bundle will include an exclusive Michael Turner’s Fathom #1 line-art variant cover by creator Michael Turner. The bundle also includes an exclusive Fathom T-Shirt, a metal travel bottle, a Fathom mini print by Michael Turner, with colors by Peter Steigerwald, a new Aspen sticker, a Fathom trading card, Aspen Bucks available for use in person at the Aspen Comics Booth #1501 or on www.AspenStore.com, and an Aspen Comics drawstring bag to complete the bundle.

The publisher will also be debuting the first issue of Michael Turner’s Soulfire featuring a connecting cover by Seattle native, Siya Oum, and the second connecting cover for All-New Fathom #2, both available at the Aspen Comics Booth #1501 and limited to 200 copies.

Aspen will also be releasing a new series of ECCC 2017 exclusive prints including Fathom and Soulfire by artists Tyler Kirkham, Talent Caldwell and Siya Oum, all three available at the Aspen Comics Booth #1501.

Creators Frank Mastromauro (Shrugged, Overtaken), Peter Steigerwald (The ZooHunters, The Dark Knight Returns: The Last Crusade), Siya Oum (Lola XOXO), Heather Finley (Executive Assistant: Iris Annual) and Tom Hutchison (Big Dog Ink) will be appearing at the Aspen Comics Booth #1501 throughout the weekend.

Zenescope’s Grimm Fairy Tales Returns in December

Zenescope Entertainment has announced that Grimm Fairy Tales, the company’s flagship series, returns this December.

Grimm Fairy Tales is the cornerstone of Zenescope’s Grimm Universe and its evolution shows just how much the company has grown over the past eleven years. The new Grimm Fairy Tales follows Sela’s daughter, Skye Mathers, who has taken over her mother’s responsibilities as the Guardian of the Nexus. And series creators Joe Brusha and Ralph Tedesco are taking the epic series back to its roots.

The new series will follow Skye as she attempts to guide those who may have untapped special abilities and are heading down the wrong path in life.  Each story will be self-contained and very much in line with the earlier issues of the original series.

Grimm Fairy Tales #1 features 7 covers by some of the industry’s best talent, including David Finch, Eric Basaldua, Greg Horn, Talent Caldwell, and Josh Burns. The creative team includes veterans and newcomers alike, boasting names such as, Grimm Fairy Tales co-creator and writer Joe Brusha, jaw-dropping interior art by Ediano Silva, colors by Ivan Nunes, and letters by Taylor Esposito of Ghost Glyph Studios.

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Comic Art House Hosts Talent at the 2015 Baltimore Comic-Con

Comic Art HouseBuy your VIP and General Admission Tickets now the 2015 Baltimore Comic-Con, taking place the weekend of September 2527, 2015 at the Baltimore Convention Center. Baltimore Comic-Con is welcoming a slew of creators from their friends at Comic Art House.

Comic Art House, owned and operated by Bob Shaw, Kim Shaw and Jarrett Melendez, was founded in 2007 in Manchester, NH. In those early days, the company started small, representing ten professional comic artists. Now, just 8 years later, Comic Art House boasts more than 65 of the industry’s most talented artists. Their crew’s artwork has graced the pages of countless publications produced by Marvel, DC, Image, IDW, Dark Horse, Dynamite, BOOM! Studios, Archie Comics, and more. Join them in Baltimore’s beautiful Inner Harbor for a weekend of comic excitement.

Scott Ambruson artist, The Collectors, Trailer Park of Terror, Crime Wave Anthology, AZTECA and Destiny, Queen of Thieves.

Talent Caldwell artist, Action Comics, Batgirl, Gen13, Spectacular Spider-Man, and X-Men: Age of Apocalypse.

Chris Campana artist, Kantara, First World, Vigilante Project, and Realm of the Underworld.

Katie Cook writer/artist, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Fraggle Rock, and Gronk.

Joe Eisma artist, Morning Glories, Archer and Armstrong, Archie, Bill and Ted’s Most Triumphant Return, and Hoax Hunters.

Keron Grant artist, New X-Men, Iron Man, and Spider-Man.

Laura Guzzo artist, Roadkill du Jour, Shakespeare Shaken, and PrinceLess: Short Stories for Warrior Women.

h-eri artist, Dominion and Shadowfist.

Ken Hunt artist, Bloodlines and Talon.

Mike Lilly artist, Nightwing, Vampirella, X-Men Unlimited, Quasar, Catwoman, Punisher, and Grimm Fairy Tales.

Pop Mhan artist, Amazing Spider-Man, Batgirl, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, and All-New X-Factor.

NEN artist, Legend of the Five Rings and Shinobi Clans, The Memory Collectors, Aspen’s Damsels in Excess, and Justice League.

Brent Peeples artist, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,TMNT/Ghostbusters, X-O Manowar, Godzilla Cataclysm, and Legenderry: Green Hornet.

Andy Price artist, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Adventure Time, Littlest Pet Shop, and Wordgirl.

Sara Richard artist, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Deadpool, and Jem and the Holograms.

Craig Rousseau creator, The Perhapanauts, and Kyrra: Alien Jungle Girl; artist, Impulse, Batman Beyond, Gotham Adventures, Harley Quinn, and Captain America.

Matt Slay artist, TMNT/Ghostbusters crossover and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Micro Series: Leonardo.

Ben Templesmith artist Fell, Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse, Gotham by Midnight, 30 Days of Night, The Squidder, and Dagon.

Mark ‘Tex’ Texeira artist, Wolverine, Punisher, Ghost Rider, Sabretooth, Moon Knight, and Space Punisher.

Jeremy Treece artist, Flash Gordon, Hero@Large, Marvel Zombies: Christmas Carol, and Mandrake the Magician.

Rich Woodall creator, Johnny Raygun, Kyrra: Alien Jungle Girl, Zombie Bomb! Comic Anthology; artist, Powerpuff Girls and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

SDCC 2013: Aspen Splash 2013 Exclusive

Aspen Comics revealed two new Aspen Splash 2013 exclusives for San Diego Comic Con 2013 today. The publisher will feature a special Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald SDCC cover limited to 250 copies, in addition to an exclusive SDCC cover by Mike DeBalfo and Peter Steigerwald, limited to 200 copies. Both Mike DeBalfo and Peter Steigerwald will be appearing at the Aspen Comics Booth #2321 all weekend long as well.

Earlier in the week, Aspen revealed an exclusive Comic Con International: San Diego 2013 BubbleGun #2 cover by Pasquale Qualano and Peter Steigerwald, and a Fathom: The Elite Saga #1 cover by Joe Benitez and Peter Steigerwald.

Aspen will be unveiling more SDCC exclusives throughout the week in addition to some major announcements regarding their upcoming projects to be shown at the “Ten Years of Aspen Comics” panel on Friday at Comic Con.

The Aspen Splash 2013 Swimsuit Spectacular Anniversary Edition features work by Michael Turner, Peter Steigerwald, Joe Benitez, Alex Konat, Beth Sotelo, Micah Gunnell, Siya Oum, John Starr, Marcus To, Francis Manapul, Talent Caldwell, Ale Garza, Khary Randolph, Mike DeBalfo and many more!

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Aspen Offering Extremely Limited Black Friday Exclusive Comic and Cyber Monday Print

Aspen Comics is ready to mark the holiday shopping season with two highly limited items for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, respectively. Following Thanksgiving on November 23rd, Aspen will be offering an exclusive Fathom: Kiani #4 Black Friday Limited Edition cover by Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald that will only be available that Friday on the AspenStore.com. The special edition comic is limited to an extremely low 250 copies. Aspen will also be offering a Fathom: Kiani #4 Black Friday Exclusive full size print as well, also available on Friday only and limited to 50 editions.

As an added incentive, all purchases made on the AspenStore.com starting on Black Friday through Sunday will include a free Fathom “Aspen Matthews Sunhat” mini-print by Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald limited to the first 100 customers. Aspen will be offering deep discounts for 24 hours starting Friday that include over 20 discount specials including the award-winning Kiani and Aspen Matthews statues for only $199.99. Fans should use the discount code: BLACK12

On Cyber Monday, November 23rd, Aspen will be offering a special Fathom Cyber Monday Exclusive Print featuring artwork by Talent Caldwell and Peter Steigerwald, limited to an extremely low number of only 50 editions. All purchases made on Cyber Monday only will include a free Soulfire mini-print by Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald, limited to the first 50 customers. AspenStore holiday shoppers will receive additional savings  by using the discount code: CYBER12. Aspen strongly encourages fans and customers to check the AspenStore.com early to order their copy of both the Fathom: Kiani #4 Black Friday Exclusive as well as the Fathom Cyber Monday Exclusive print.

Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino To Attend Wizard World Austin Comic Con

Pop culture icon, reality TV star and comic book superhero Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino will take his “GTL lifestyle” to the Southwest this fall when he attends Wizard World Austin Comic Con on Saturday, October 27, at the Austin Convention Center. “The Sitch” will meet fans, pose for photo ops, sign autographs, and signing copies of his Collector’s Edition #1 comic book.

Sorrentino and Wizard World announced a publishing and development deal to create a comic book superhero based on “The Situation” and his family. The series is written by Paul Jenkins and drawn by Talent Caldwell with a cover by Greg Horn.

In Austin, Sorrentino joins an impressive list of celebrities like Patrick Stewart, Eliza Dushku and WWE® Superstar CM Punk® attending what is shaping up as the biggest Wizard World Austin show ever and the Southwest’s No. 1 Pop Culture Convention.

For more on the 2012 Wizard World Austin Comic Con, visit  http://www.wizardworld.com/home-tx.html.

“The Situation” Unveils Comic Cover Art

First Look:  New Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino Comic Book Unveiled

Comic Created By Sorrentino, Superstar Artist Greg Horn, Produced by Wizard World, MPS Entertainment Scheduled For Release At Wizard World Chicago Comic Con In August

NEW YORK, May 30, 2012 – “The Situation” as a superhero is about to become reality.  Just weeks after announcing his latest venture, an “abs-first” foray into the world of comics, pop culture icon and reality television star Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino is unveiling the cover of his Situation comic book produced by Wizard World and MPS Entertainment and painted by superstar artist Greg Horn.  The first books are due on shelves in time for Wizard World Chicago Comic Con, August 9-12, at which Sorrentino will make his first appearance in support of the new project.

The first artwork depicts “The Situation” fully charged and ready to go.

“I was confident that an amazing artist like Greg Horn would come up with a great look, but I was still blown away by his painting,” said Sorrentino.  “It has me more excited than ever to see what’s coming next.”

The team of artists and writers collaborating on the effort include Eisner Award winning writer Paul Jenkins (Wolverine: Origins, Batman, Hulk, Spider-Man), pencil and inks by Talent Caldwell (Superman, X-Men, G.I. Joe), and coloring by Paul Mounts (Avengers, Ultimate X-Men, Wolverine, and Thor).

“This team we’ve assembled is our commitment to put out a comic book of the highest quality that will have a compelling story and amazing art,” said John Macaluso, Wizard World CEO.  “Our creative team is hard at work creating a book that will appeal to a wide new audience, and will also interest long-time comic fans.”

About Wizard World:

Wizard World produces Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests.

The full event schedule can be found at www.wizardworld.com.

***** SAVE THE 2012 DATES *****
May 31 – June 3 – Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con
August 9-12 – Wizard World Chicago Comic Con
September 29-30 – Wizard World Ohio Comic Con
October 26-28 – Wizard World Austin Comic Con
November 30 – Dec. 2 – Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con
TBD 2013 – Wizard World Toronto Comic Con

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