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Ripley’s Believe It or Not! It’s Graphic Novels from Zenescope

After 100 years in the business of cartoons, media, and publishing, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! is building on its illustrative and publishing foundation by entering the graphic novel market in partnership with Zenescope Entertainment.

This exclusive two-year partnership brings Ripley’s into one of the highest growth categories in publishing with Zenescope, one of the top content creation companies and independent comic book publishers in the US.

The two brands will collaborate in the creation of comic books featuring all-true, unbelievable stories and entertaining historical facts. Each book will contain 5-6 unique stories designed for readers and brand fans from age 10 to adult. The first issue will release September 2018, followed quickly by the second issue in November.

Zenescope Announces their First Ever VIP Comic Festival

Zenescope Entertainment has announced their First Ever VIP Comic Festival in Philadelphia, PA. Three events will take place on the weekend of August 24th to August 25th. The festival will bring comic book artists, creators, fans, and local vendors together for one special occasion.

This Zenescope Comic Festival is being held specifically for Zenescope’s Loyalty Program members. This VIP program is a lifetime membership for Zenescope’s most loyal and hardcore fans and allows for members to gain early access to new titles and limited edition exclusive content. It also includes special birthday rewards, bonus gifts, and access to special events.

The Festival kicks off on Friday August 24th, from 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm at The Regal Movie Theater in Manayunk, PA, fans will view a private screening of the new horror film, Slenderman. VIP guests will get the chance to listen to Zenescope co-founders, Joe Brusha and Ralph Tedesco, talk about the history and evolution of Zenescope. The company will also have a special screening of Zenescope’s self-produced short film entitled Robyn Hood: I Love New York starring Lili Simmons (BansheeRay Donovan) in the title role.

The second event will take place Saturday August 25th from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM in downtown Philadelphia at the Northern Liberties WeWork event space. Guests will have the chance to interact with Zenescope co-founders as well as writers and editors Dave Franchini, Terry Kavanagh, and Lou Iovino.  Zenescope artists Anthony Spay and Mike Capprotti, and DC artist Ethan Van Sciver will also be in attendance. Event sponsors and special guests include local Philadelphia comic book shop Wade’s Comic Collection, and local gaming stores 7th Dimension and Game Junkie. Wine and beer will be served from local breweries and wineries along with classic Philadelphia cuisine.

The festival will be capped off with a final event at Mad River in Manayunk, PA from 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM. This includes food, bar specials, and games. There will also be a 50/50 raffle with 50% of the proceeds going towards the Alzheimer’s Foundation. Member’s who did not attend this year should stay on the lookout for next year’s announcements as Zenescope plans to make this an annual event. Not yet a VIP? You can become a member of the Zenescope loyalty program here.

Review: Paradise Court #1

When it comes to crime noir, there is nothing like towns with secrets. In every town there are always skeletons and much more that is hiding in the shadows. In the last season of the highly entertaining and recently cancelled Hap and Leonard, the story revolved around a town which a reporter friend of theirs goes missing. As they start poking their noses everywhere, they find the town is seething with KKK members, rapists, pedophiles, and crooked cops. The scary reality of this situation is that more often than not, we do not know our neighbors, like we should.

As many neighborhoods have people who mind their own business and rarely know of the evil that dwells nearby. As this is what scary stories are made of and even scarier legends are abounding with, as the undercurrent of reservation when everything seems tranquil, is what makes these perfect pictures, not as flawless. This is more frequent for those who grew up in big cities as we are used to seeing the evil men do. In the first issue of Joe Brusha and Allan Otero’s Paradise Court, a couple visits their friends in one such neighborhood only to find their hesitations proven true.

While taking a cross country trip, a young couple stops to visit one of their long lost friends who live in an idyllic gated community in the Midwest. Not long after they arrive, they find out that a girl has gone missing and that something sinister may be lurking behind the mansions and well-manicured lawns of Paradise Court. Nothing is what it seems in this comic.

Overall, a skin crawling debut issue which will remind readers of some of the best horror movies of yesteryear. The story by Brusha is creepy, tense, and may make you jump out of your seat. The art by Otero is sleek and gorgeous. Altogether, one of the better horror comic books to come out in years.

Story: Joe Brusha Art: Allan Otero
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Paradise Court #1

When it comes to crime noir, there is nothing like towns with secrets. In every town there are always skeletons and much more that is hiding in the shadows. In the last season of the highly entertaining and recently cancelled Hap and Leonard, the story revolved around a town which a reporter friend of theirs goes missing. As they start poking their noses everywhere, they find the town is seething with KKK members, rapists, pedophiles, and crooked cops. The scary reality of this situation is that more often than not, we do not know our neighbors, like we should.

As many neighborhoods have people who mind their own business and rarely know of the evil that dwells nearby. As this is what scary stories are made of and even scarier legends are abounding with, as the undercurrent of reservation when everything seems tranquil, is what makes these perfect pictures, not as flawless. This is more frequent for those who grew up in big cities as we are used to seeing the evil men do. In the first issue of Joe Brusha and Allan Otero’s Paradise Court, a couple visits their friends in one such neighborhood only to find their hesitations proven true.

While taking a cross country trip, a young couple stops to visit one of their long lost friends who live in an idyllic gated community in the Midwest. Not long after they arrive, they find out that a girl has gone missing and that something sinister may be lurking behind the mansions and well-manicured lawns of Paradise Court. Nothing is what it seems in this comic.

Overall, a skin crawling debut issue which will remind readers of some of the best horror movies of yesteryear. The story by Brusha is creepy, tense, and may make you jump out of your seat. The art by Otero is sleek and gorgeous. Altogether, one of the better horror comic books to come out in years.

Story: Joe Brusha Art: Allan Otero
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

SDCC 2018: Zenescope Entertainment Announces Their Plans Including Gelato!

Zenescope Entertainment has announced its plans for San Diego Comic-Con 2018 as the company celebrates its 10th year exhibiting at the largest comic book convention in North America.

Zenescope returns once again to Comic-Con International at booth 2301 located immediately inside Hall C. It’s there the company will unveil a variety of over 15 different convention exclusive covers as well as limited edition collectible merchandise that includes metal prints, trading cards, puzzles, gallery edition comic books, and much more. Appearing and signing at the booth will be Zenescope writers/creators Joe Brusha (Grimm Fairy Tales, The Black Sable), Ralph Tedesco (Grimm Tales of Terror, Van Helsing Vs Robyn Hood), LaToya Morgan (Robyn Hood: The Hunt, Goddess Inc.), Dave Franchini (Belle: Beast Hunter), and Victoria Rau (Peek-A-Boo). And on Saturday July 21st the company will also be celebrating “Christmas in July” where it will be releasing special edition holiday ornaments with artwork by superstar artist, J Scott Campbell.

For the second year in a row Zenescope Entertainment will be partnering with Gelato Paradiso. Three original new gelato flavors, based on the company’s popular characters, will be offered throughout Comic-Con weekend. Flavors include Krampus Cookie CrunchMad Hatter Mash-up and Skye Mathers Sorbetto. Gelato Paradiso is located at 789 W Harbor Dr. and is only a 10 minute walk northwest of the San Diego Convention Center. Customers who purchase any Zenescope themed gelato will be eligible to purchase a rare San Diego Comic Con Zenescope metal card limited to 50, while supplies last.

On Thursday July 19, 2018, some of Zenescope’s writers and creators will be appearing at the Not Just a Pretty Face-Women in Comics Panel in Panel Room 4, at 7:30PM, with panelists LaToya Morgan (Shameless, Into The Badlands, Zenescope’s Robyn Hood), Victoria Rau (Zenescope’s Peek-A-Boo), Sam Sawyer(Lady Death), Jen King (Eisner finalist, comic store owner), cosplayer Fatal Siren, and Zenescope co-founder Ralph Tedesco. The panel will delve into the world of comics through the eyes of female creators while also touching on the steady increase in female protagonists and creators in independent comics over the past decade.

SDCC 2018: Zenescope To Premiere Revenge of Wonderland

After a three year hiatus, Zenescope’s smash hit series returns with Revenge of Wonderland. The first issue will be released at San Diego Comic Con and hit shelves at comic book retailer shops in late July. Zenescope’s Wonderland series became a breakout sensation for the young publishing house back in 2007 with its original title: Return to Wonderland. The company went on to publish several sequels and prequels over the following eight years. In 2012, Zenescope debuted Alice in Wonderland which sold out of the initial 20,000 copy print run within the first week of its release.

Revenge of Wonderland is a twisted tale of love, loss and vengeance. The story follows “The Duchess” as she rises to power within the now abandoned dimension of Wonderland and begins to fill it with brand new inhabitants of her own twisted design. But the Duchess’s disturbing creations will force Calie Liddle – and her daughter, Violet – back into Wonderland to confront a brand new horror that neither is prepared to face. Raven Gregory returns to write the series based on a story by Zenescope’s Ralph Tedesco, Joe Brusha, and Dave Franchini. Artist Allan Otero will illustrate the six part mini-series.

Zenescope will also be launching a Revenge of Wonderland marketing campaign with collectible sticker art prints. The company will be giving hints out where to collect the stickers up until the series release. On the series release date, fans can collect the final sticker and can assemble the art print with the stickers they have collected. The first fan to send a full image of the art print will be drawn into Zenescope’s next Wonderland series and get free tickets to attend any comic con on Zenescope’s 2019 show schedule.

Zenescope is Kickstarting a Grimm Fairy Tales “Sela” Bishoujo Style Collectible Statue

Zenescope Entertainment has successfully funded its newest Kickstarter campaign in less than 3 hours as the company unveiled a new line of “bishoujo-style” collectible figures based on its most popular female lead characters from Zenescope’s ever-growing stable of comic book titles.

The first statue Zenescope is introducing is Sela Mathers, the main protagonist from the company’s ultra-popular Grimm Fairy Tales comic book series. Sela, known as “Guardian of the Nexus,” works to protect Earth from evil attempting to invade our world from other realms. The statue will stand at nearly nine inches tall and portrays Sela with her trusty sword and holding her enchanted, yet powerful, book of fairy tales.

Aside from the original version, Zenescope is also offering 250 limited edition special “black & white” versions of the statue through Kickstarter pledges. The sculpt is based on design illustrations by one of Zenescope’s top artists, Jason Cardy.

The campaign has different pledge tiers for both retailers and consumers who can choose to reserve their statue as well as other highly sought after Zenescope merchandise. Each statue reserved via Kickstarter also comes with a Grimm Fairy Tales limited edition exclusive issue with cover art by designer, Jason Cardy. The campaign will run until Tuesday, June 5th at 4:00pm.

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.

 

 

Zenescope Entertainment’s C2E2 Plans and After Party Event

Zenescope Entertainment has announced its plans for the 2018 Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2April 6-8th at the McCormick Convention Center in downtown Chicago.

Zenescope will be exhibiting at booth #609 throughout the C2E2 weekend where the company will be unveiling brand new limited edition convention merchandise. Zenescope will also have dozens of graphic novel titles, coloring books, and art books on hand to be offered at discounted prices throughout the weekend. Convention attendees in costume are also encouraged to stop by the booth to enter into Zenescope’s year-long Cosplay Contest that includes a variety of different prizes.

On April 6th, Zenescope will also be hosting a post-convention After Party Event at Diversey River Bowl, located at 2211 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60647. Guests can join Zenescope from 7:30pm-10:30pm for a night of karaoke and bowling. This event is open to the public, but attendees can also purchase a VIP Ticket that includes a three-hour food and drink package. Zenescope’s special guests include artists Elias Chatzoudis and Jason Metcalf. Attendees will have the opportunity to go head-to-head with the guest artists in a “Drink and Draw” competition. Final artwork will be raffled off with proceeds going to SOS Children’s Villages of Illinois.

Tickets to the after party are available for pre-purchase now or at the Zenescope booth during the convention weekend.

New York Comic Con 2017: Zenescope’s Plans for the Show

Zenescope Entertainment has unveiled its plans for New York Comic Con 2017, which runs October 5th– 8th at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The comic book and graphic novel publisher will be located at booth #1906 throughout the four-day event.

Celebrate Halloween early, as Zenescope will be hosting a cosplay photo contest during New York Comic Con where convention attendees who are in costume are encouraged to head to booth #1906 and have their picture taken at Zenescope’s “Red Carpet” photo booth. All photos will be posted to the Zenescope Facebook page, and will be entered in a chance to win a daily prize pack that includes movie tickets and limited edition Zenescope merchandise. Attendees not in costume can still take a keepsake photo with Zenescope’s beautiful booth models, and will also receive 10% off any purchase at the booth just by presenting their picture at checkout. Some exclusions may apply.

Appearing at scheduled times throughout the weekend along with the Zenescope booth models will be ultra-popular cosplayer Elise Laurenne, who will be signing prints and taking photos with fans daily.  Zenescope co-founders Joe Brusha and Ralph Tedesco and Zenescope Executive Editor and writer Dave Franchini will all also be signing at the booth Thursday through Saturday.

Lastly, Zenescope will have over fifteen exclusive variant covers with horror movie and cosplay themes for this year’s Comic Con. Also available will be one-of-a-kind acrylic prints with artwork by fan-favorite industry professionals such as J. Scott Campbell, Greg Horn, Eric Basaldua, Jamie Tyndall, and Elias Chatzoudis. Zenescope fans, collectors, and newcomers will have the opportunity to purchase some of the highly sought-after exclusive content while supplies last.

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