MARVEL ENTERTAINMENT COLLARS SUPER HERO PET PROGRAM WITH FETCH…FOR COOL PETS! AND PETSMART02/27/12 @ 1:31 pm EST
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Marvel-Inspired Pet Toys, Apparel and Accessories to Debut Exclusively at PetSmart®
CRONENBERG’S THE FLY CONTINUES WITH ALL-NEW COMIC BOOK SEQUEL AT IDW12/18/14 @ 10:01 am EST
Marvel Entertainment, LLC
, a global character-based entertainment company, announced today that is it expanding into the pet category for the first time with a Super Hero inspired pet program. Through a new licensing agreement with Fetch…for cool pets!
, a unique line of Marvel Super Hero inspired pet toys, apparel and accessories will be unleashed at PetSmart
®, the largest pet specialty retailer, beginning this week.
The line will feature a wide array of Marvel-themed pet products for dogs including toys and apparel. Additionally, a wide assortment of aquatic products will follow shortly after and all will be available in PetSmart stores
in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico as well as online at www.PetSmart.com
PetSmart, Marvel and Fetch...for cool pets! will support the Marvel Super Hero pet program with an impactful marketing campaign. Highlighting the campaign will be in-store signage, online promotions and a sweepstakes exclusively for PetSmart Facebook fans on www.facebook.com/petsmart.com
“Marvel Super Heroes are a family affair and therefore, should include the family pet,” said Jamie Kampel, Director of Licensing, Marvel Entertainment. “As we continue to look to expand the presence of the Marvel brand to new product and retail venues, the pet category is a natural extension. Fetch has developed a truly unique line, and having PetSmart on board as our premiere retail partner will enable us to make a huge statement for the Marvel brand in the pet category.”
Steven Shweky, President of Fetch…for cool pets! added, "Fetch is approaching licensing from a different direction. Instead of using brands that would typically only appeal to children, Fetch has licensed brands that resonate with the ‘pet parent.’ Marvel is the perfect brand to reflect our approach.”
About Marvel Entertainment, LLC:
Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit www.marvel.com
About Fetch…for cool pets!:
Fetch…for cool pets! is the manufacturer of a variety of innovative dog and cat products. Pet Head™ is their most widely distributed specialty grooming brand sold in pet specialty stores, pet shops, and beauty salons all across America, Europe, Australia, Asia & the Middle East. Fetch has expanded into the pet oral care, aquarium accessories, as well as several other pet categories. Founded in 1982, Fetch…for cool pets! will continue to innovate with new product lines & brands as well as push the envelope on market reach. To learn more about Fetch please visit www.pethead.com
. About PetSmart
: PetSmart, Inc.
(NASDAQ: PETM) is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. The company employs approximately 50,000 associates and operates more than 1,210 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, over 189 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel®
dog and cat boarding facilities and is a leading online provider of pet supplies and pet care information (http://www.petsmart.com
). PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products; and offers dog training
, pet grooming
, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp
SM day care services and pet adoption services. Since 1994, PetSmart Charities, Inc
., an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit animal welfare organization and the largest funder of animal welfare efforts in North America, has provided more than $134 million in grants and programs benefiting animal welfare organizations. Through its in-store pet adoption partnership with PetSmart Charities®, PetSmart has helped save the lives of more than 4.7 million pets.
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GI JOE ARTIST ROBERT ATKINS TEAMS WITH U.S. ARMY ON AMERICA’S ARMY COMICS12/18/14 @ 9:56 am EST
The story that began in David Cronenberg’s film update of The Fly continues here with a five-issue miniseries The Fly: Outbreak written by Brandon Seifert (Hellraiser, Witch Doctor) with painted interior and cover art by menton3 (Silent Hill, Monocyte). Issue one will hit in March and will boast variant covers by Jason Edmiston and Lukas Ketner.
Years ago, a scientist had a horrific accident when he tried to use his newly invented teleportation device and became a human/fly hybrid. Now his almost-human son continues to search for a cure for the mutated genes. But a breakthrough turns into a breakout, and anyone exposed risks turning into a monster as well…
“To be totally honest, The Fly is one of the most disturbing things I’ve ever seen!” said Seifert. “It was really resonant for its time. And in the last 20 years or so, with all the advances in Genetically Modified Organisms, the film has taken on a lot of meaning it didn’t originally have. It’s really exciting to explore those elements in this miniseries — and great to have an amazing, super-distinctive artist like menton3 on the visuals!”
“Equal parts gory allegory and tragic love story, The Fly was perhaps David Cronenberg’s crowning achievement,” editor Denton J. Tipton said. “That’s a lot to live up to, but I believe Brandon and Menton are equal to the task. The script is sharp and poignant, and the art is visceral and haunting. No one is safe!”
Nothing spreads faster than fear… be part of the outbreak March 2015.
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DARK HORSE ANNOUNCES 2015 FREE COMIC BOOK DAY SILVER OFFERING12/18/14 @ 9:50 am EST
IDW Publishing announced today that acclaimed GI JOE artist Robert Atkins is the guest artist for four issues in the America’s Army comic series, (http://comics.americasarmy.com), the free official digital comic book series from the United States Army.
Released today by IDW, America’s Army Issue #12: “Crescendo” (http://bit.ly/1m5VwF0), features cover artwork by Atkins, and fans will see him assume interior pencilling duties on the series starting with Issue #13. The America’s Army comic series is available free through IDW Publishing on the web and virtually every digital platform including the IDW Comics app, ComiXology for iOS, Android and web, Kindle Fire, Nook, Apple iBooks, and Kobo.
“I’ve had to really up my game with the military realism to make sure everything is authentically Army with the series,” said Atkins. “It’s been a great experience working with the U.S. Army and writer M. Zachary Sherman to be able to tell Soldier stories and to give a behind the scenes look at the types of missions they lead; it’s very exciting for me.”
Atkins has worked as a penciller, inker and colorist within the comic industry and is most well known for his work on IDW’s Snake Eyes and the relaunch of GI JOE, totaling over 30 issues and 80 covers. In addition to his pencilling work on America’s Army, he recently worked on ABC’s Castle for Marvel Comics. Atkins has also worked on Amazing Spider-man, Venom, Heroes for Hire, Ultimate Fantastic Four and The Savage She Hulk for Marvel comics. Other works include Legion of Superheroes for DC comics, Snake Eyes: Declassified and Forgotten Realms for DDP.
“It is a wonderful opportunity for us to work with one of the industry’s best artists. Especially one like Robert who has proven himself time and time again with every company from IDW to Marvel,” said Mike Barnett, executive producer of the America’s Army comics. “Robert is renowned in the military comic space so we are honored to have him bring his distinctive and incredible artwork to the America’s Army comic.”
The America’s Army comic series provides an inside perspective into the world of Soldiers in the U.S. Army, their jobs and the challenges they face. Based on the highly successful PC game, the America’s Army comic follows American forces deployed to the small nation of Czervenia where President-General Kazimir Adzic and his advanced army launch a genocidal war against the neighboring country of the RDO, setting in motion a mysterious plan that could change the course of world power. A Coalition led by America’s Army must form new experimental combat teams and fight to stop the General’s plot before time runs out.
America’s Army Comics are free and can be found on the web.
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EXPLORE THE MYTHOLOGY OF THE DREAMSTONE IN FIVE GHOSTS: SPECIAL #112/18/14 @ 9:42 am EST
What makes a trip to your local comic shop even better? More free copies of your favorite Dark Horse titles for Free Comic Book Day 2015!
Dark Horse Comics’ Silver Comic will feature all-new stories for readers of all ages that make great entry points to new worlds!
Award-winning New York Times Best Seller Gene Luen Yang and Carla Speed McNeil deliver an Avatar: The Last Airbender
Recently passing the 500,000 sales mark and counting, Plants vs. Zombies
dishes out a new battle! As he works on a strange new invention, Dr. Edgar Zomboss sends three unique zombies into battle against neighborhood defender Crazy Dave. Marvel at the debut of this deadly zombie trio! Will Tugboat, Frogpants, and Nigel Blimpbottom be a match against Dave’s niece Patrice, young adventurer Nate Timely, and a plucky pack of backyard plants?
Plus Paul Tobin & Colleen Coover’s Eisner Award–winning Bandette
returns with a tale of the mischievous cat burglar called “Theft at the Theater!” in which Bandette and her crew target high society to steal an important cultural artifact—and some fun
This promises to be Dark Horse’s biggest Free Comic Book Day yet, with two free comics, each packed with three separate stories. Dark Horse Comics’s Gold offering was announced last week and will feature Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club, Eric Powell’s The Goon & Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain!
Dark Horse offers up the best of the very best for next year’s Free Comic Book Day, taking place exclusively at your local comic shop on May 2, 2015!
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Writer Frank J. Barbiere and writer/artist S.M. Vidaurri (Jim Henson Storyteller: Witches, Iron: Or, The War After) come together to paint a special Fabian Gray backstory in FIVE GHOSTS: SPECIAL #1 coming to Image Comics on March 25, 2015. PEYTON LIST JOINS THE FLASH AS GOLDEN GLIDER12/17/14 @ 3:59 pm EST
“I’m very excited to present readers with a deeper look at the mythology of Five Ghosts,” said Barbiere. “We’ve spent a lot of time building this world and it’s an amazing opportunity to see just how far back our story goes. S.M. Vidaurri has graced many of our covers with his wonderful art and it’s truly our honor to have him painting a full length story. S.M is a fantastic talent and has put together a great story that will resonate with Five Ghosts fans old and new.”
FIVE GHOSTS: SPECIAL #1 features a full-length story written and painted by S.M. Vidaurri that explores the history of The Dreamstone—a magical relic that gives Fabian Gray his ghostly powers—and introduces us to a brave medieval knight named Emma. The story also features demons, wizards, a bold new villain with supernatural powers, and some famous literary figures making surprise appearances.
FIVE GHOSTS: SPECIAL is an oversized issue that also features an all-new story from Barbiere and artist Jamie Jones (DODGER, FIVE GHOSTS #13 HEROES’ HAVEN VARIANT). This special backup features Fabian Gray in an unforgettable literary heist that readers won’t want to miss!
FIVE GHOSTS is a monthly comic book series from Image Comics that follows the adventures of infamous treasure hunter Fabian Gray, who after his encounter with an artifact known as “the Dreamstone” was possessed by five literary ghosts and granted access to their unique abilities. SyFy is currently adapting the series for television with a pilot scripted by Evan Daugherty (Ninja Turtles, Divergent, Snow White and the Huntsman). Daughtery is also attached to executive produce along with Matt Pizzolo and Brett Gurewitz of Black Mask Studios and Chris Bender, Jake Weiner, and Jake Wagner serving as producer for Universal Cable Prods. and Benderspink.
FIVE GHOSTS: SPECIAL #1 (Diamond Code JAN150579) hits shelves on March 25.
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JEANINE SCHAEFER TO LEAVE MARVEL COMICS FOR LOS ANGELES12/17/14 @ 3:44 pm EST
When it came time to cast Lisa Snart
, younger sister of Leonard Snart
) the rouge known as Captain Cold
, the casting office of The Flash
must have pulled out the same tapes they used to find Ronnie Raymond
/ Robbie Amell
as his former fellow member of the Tomorrow People
, Peyton List
, got the job.
List’s character in the comics is also known as Golden Glider
. She is far more wild and sadistic than her more cold and calculating brother. She uses her sexuality to get what she wants and in the 16th episode of the season, Rogue Time
, she is going after Cisco Ramon
Besides her stint on the Tomorrow People
, List also spent five seasons on the hit series Mad Men
.We also know that Cisco will have some family issues that episode as his handsome and charming older brother Dante
will be involved. The character is a gifted pianist who never quite reached his potential and is resentful of his brother. Dante will be played by Sleepy Hollow’s Nicholas Gonzalez
returns on January 20th.
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Jeanine Schaefer, MARVEL ANNOUNCES EXCLUSIVE AGREEMENT WITH WRITER G. WILLOW WILSON12/17/14 @ 3:27 pm EST
a comic book editor at Marvel Comics, will be resigning from the House of Ideas and moving to Los Angeles with her husband, Mark Doyle
, Batman Group Editor at DC, Bleeding Cool is reporting.
Schaefer was recently promoted to Talent Scout, replacing CB Cebulski
in the role at the publisher, to much acclaim.
She has turned down an offer of employment from DC Comics but reportedly has plenty of other offers to consider.
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ELLIS' NEW PROJECT SUPERPOWERS EPIC, BLACKCROSS, WELCOMES COLTON WORLEY TO CREATIVE TEAM12/17/14 @ 3:08 pm EST
Marvel Entertainment is excited to announce the exclusive agreement with the groundbreaking Ms. Marvel
writer, G. Willow Wilson.
Reflecting on the pantheon of talent who has shaped her childhood growing up reading comics, Willow says, "I'm thrilled to be working more closely with Marvel. I've been reading the works of Mark Waid, Brian Michael Bendis and Rick Remender since I was a nineteen-year-old college kid, so to be part of that collective creative effort is really very special to me. I'm excited to move forward and see what the future brings."
After finding critical acclaim with her previous works Cairo
and the Eisner Award nominated series Air
, Wilson dove into the Marvel Universe, and the international spotlight, with the debut of Marvel’s first solo series featuring a teenaged Pakistani-American Muslim, Ms. Marvel,
helmed by Editor Sana Amanat who recounts what a creative thrill it has been to work with Wilson, “Working on Ms. Marvel with Willow has been one of the highpoints of my career, so of course I couldn’t be more thrilled to have her onboard. I know she will further enrich the spirit of Marvel storytelling with her captivatingly unique and gifted voice. ”
And even as G. Willow Wilson pursues new creative endeavors with the House of Ideas, she promises to keep the adventures of Marvel’s latest breakout Super Hero continuing.
“In the next couple of months, there are going to be big things happening for Ms. Marvel--tougher choices, bigger obstacles, more tension as her personal life and her role as Jersey City's own Super Hero come into conflict,” says Wilson. “And not to go spreading rumors, but a certain team up that fans have been begging for may be in the works!”
Coming to the end of her first year with Marvel, Wilson has already set records with Ms. Marvel
and moves on to her next assignment on a big Marvel Comics property: the all-female team of mutants in X-Men
! Excited for the inclusion of G. Willow Wilson’s exceptional interpersonal scripting, series editor Daniel Ketchum says, “Not only is Willow an adept storyteller and collaborator, but she also brings to the table so much enthusiasm for the characters. Her arc of X-Men
is set up as a mystery, one that will take the team to corners of the Marvel Universe outside of the X-Men’s usual purview, as well as into their own past.”
Wilson continues to expand on her upcoming run, which starts in January 2015 with X-Men
#23, by saying, “Writing the X-Men has been a unique challenge--it's the team book that got me into comics as a kid, and they have so much history. I wanted to get them out of their element--quite literally--and tell a story that was unexpected and fresh. How do you challenge some of the most powerful mutants on the planet? Put them up against the planet itself. That was the genesis of my upcoming arc on X-Men
, ‘The Burning World.’”
Once again, Marvel is excited to welcome G. Willow Wilson’s award winning and exceptionally crafted writing style exclusively to Ms. Marvel, X-Men
, the Marvel Universe and all Marvel Properties.
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DIAMOND COMICS PREVIEWS PICKS STORMQUEST: TIMESTORM AS A UNSUNG HEROES TITLE FOR FEBRUARY, 201512/17/14 @ 12:48 pm EST
Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce the full creative team for Project Superpowers: Blackcross
, a supernatural thriller written by comic book luminary Warren Ellis. Colton Worley, the fan-favorite Dynamite mainstay whose previous works include The Shadow Now
and The Complete Dracula
, will lend his atmospheric, hyper-realistic art style to the project. The March 2015 debut of Blackcross
will be supported by a generous helping of variant covers from industry superstars and previous Ellis collaborators, including Jae Lee, Tula Lotay, Declan Shalvey, Jason Howard, Gabriel Hardman, and interior artist Colton Worley himself.
In the all-new Project Superpowers
series, Warren Ellis and Colton Worley take readers on a sinister journey away from the brightly clad heroes of the Golden Age, and into the small town of Blackcross, nestled in the Pacific Northwest. All small towns have secrets, but Blackcross has more secrets than most... it's a lonesome place, haunted by something truly impossible. Project Superpowers: Blackcross
is a ghost story about something reaching out from the other side of the night, through the forest and mist of a remote town, to grasp at the hearts of its unsuspecting residents -- victims who won't know that they're the targets of a strange killer until it's much, much too late.
Dynamite first announced Ellis' participation in a Project Superpowers
series in April 2014, but today marks the first public statement of Worley's involvement in the project. "I'm delighted by Colton Worley's art," says Warren Ellis. "It's the kind of dark, muscular, classical American comic-strip illustration that I thought they didn't make any more, with the control of light and shade that makes the whole thing feel like a supernatural thriller from noir cinema."
Colton Worley says, "Ellis wrote a hell of a good script for me and everyone else to work off of. We're all very happy with the end result and glad we can show it off a little before everyone has it."
Alongside a handful of Dynamite's most beloved cover artists, Project Superpowers: Blackcross
#1 will showcase a number of artists from Warren Ellis' most popular recent releases, including Declan Shalvey (from Ellis' acclaimed run on Marvel's Moon Knight
), Tula Lotay of the Image Comics title, Supreme: Blue Rose
, and Jason Howard of Trees
. Jae Lee, the superstar artist ofBatman/Superman
, has a long history of providing highly sought-after cover editions for Dynamite Entertainment titles, as have Gabriel Hardman (Magnus: Robot Fighter
) and, of course, Colton Worley.
"Since our initial announcement, fans have consistently been asking us two questions: who will be the artist, and when will the series ship? Warren wanted to have multiple scripts written, as well as the right artist on-board (and well into the series), a preference that we stand behind, since we want to ensure on-time delivery for fans and retailers. Warren was very hands-on with the selection of the artist, and we're proud to announce that Colton Worley will be the visual foundation of Blackcross
," says Nick Barrucci, Publisher and CEO of Dynamite Entertainment. "With Warren Ellis at the helm, we couldn't do any less than gather the best! The next chapter in the Project Superpowers
saga is a mind-blowing, spine-tingling descent into the shadows, and rest assured, it's in good hands."Project Superpowers: Blackcross
#1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' January 2015 Previews
catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in March. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Blackcross
#1 with their local comic book retailers. Project Superpowers: Blackcross
will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Dynamite Digital, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.
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Out of the gate AFTERBURN hits a home run with STORMQUEST: TIMESTORM Graphic Novel being selected as a "UNSUNG HEROES" in DIAMOND COMICS PREVIEWS ISSUE 315 DECEMBER 2014 for Products shipping February, 2015HAIL TO THE KING WITH THE KING-SIZE KIRBY COLLECTION12/17/14 @ 12:44 pm EST
As described in PREVIEWS "UNSUNG HEROES; INDIE SUPERHEROES It's not easy being a superhero these days. There's plenty of competition, and you've got to stand out in the crowd if you're going to make your mark. To that end, PREVIEWS celebrates the indie superheroes with our "Unsung Heroes" event this month, bringing these deserving characters and series into the spotlight."
"We truly appreciate that PREVIEWS has chosen Afterburn's STORMQUEST: TIMESTORM as a "Unsung Heroes" spotlight." Replied Afterburn's publisher Robert W. Hickey. "Afterburn is working hard to bring creative and entertaining comics to comic book retail stores and readers."
Afterburn's first project to the comic book direct market STORMQUEST: TIMESTORM offers readers a chance to get in on the ground floor. Events that take place in STORMQUEST:TIMESTORM leads directly in PARADOX WARS comic premiering June 2015 and the characters introduced with in the story will also appear in SKYSTORM ORIGINS comic hitting store in March 2015.
STORMQUEST: TIMESTORM Graphic Novel's creative team includes:
Robert W. Hickey (Paradox Wars, Blood & Roses), Tom & Mary Bierbaum (Legion of Superheroes), Greg Land (Iron Man, Avengers, Spider-Woman), Willie Peppers (Southern Knights), Jerry Foley and Bill Nichols (Arteest),
StormQuest: Timestorm Graphic Novel #1 160 pgs, Full-Color, Soft-Cover, Perfect Binding. - SRP $19.99
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He’s the King of Comics. A man who left an indelible mark upon the medium, using his peerless imagination to create some of the greatest stories and characters ever told. In 2015, celebrate Jack “King” Kirby’s incredible contribution to comic book history in the monumental, decades-spanning KING-SIZE KIRBY HARDCOVER
Presented in Marvel’s Adamantium-sized format, this titanic tome clocks in at more than 800 pages of Kirby’s finest stories and stands more than a foot tall! For the first time ever, fans will be able to experience these truly genre-defining stories in a format that complements Jack Kirby’s unsurpassed art and storytelling abilities.
“If there were a Mount Rushmore of American comic book artists, Jack Kirby would be front and center,” says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso.
Whether it was westerns, romance, war, horror, sci-fi, humor or super heroes – Jack Kirby could do it all! From Captain America punching Adolf Hitler to the super heroic creation of the Fantastic Four, X-Men and Avengers on to the far-out space opera of the Eternals, savor Jack Kirby’s most iconic comics in this one, unforgettable collection.
“Fans should reinforce their bookshelves and coffee tables,” says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. “This one is going to be huge – literally! We’re aiming to bring fans the ultimate collection, the ultimate collectable and the definitive Jack Kirby experience. The King of Comics deserves no less.”
This summer, experience the work of Jack Kirby brought to life like never before. A collection for the ages, experience the groundbreaking storytelling of one of the medium’s greatest pioneers when the KING-SIZE KIRBY HARDCOVER
hits stores in July! Hail to the King.
KING-SIZE KIRBY collects material from RED RAVEN #1; MARVEL MYSTERY COMICS #13; CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS (1941) #1, 7; TALES TO ASTONISH #5; RAWHIDE KID #17; AMAZING ADVENTURES (1961) #1, STRANGE TALES #89, #94 and #114; TEEN-AGE ROMANCE #84; FANTASTIC FOUR #1, #48-51, #57-60 and ANNUAL #5; INCREDIBLE HULK #3; TWO-GUN KID #60; LOVE ROMANCES #103; AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #8; SGT. FURY #6 and #13; AVENGERS #4; TALES OF SUSPENSE #59; X-MEN #9; THOR #134-136 and #155-157; NOT BRAND ECHH #1; AMAZING ADVENTURES (1970) #1-2; CAPTAIN AMERICA’S BICENTENNIAL BATTLES; CAPTAIN AMERICA (1968) #200; ETERNALS #7; DEVIL DINOSAUR #1; and WHAT IF? #11
KING-SIZE KIRBY HC Written by JACK KIRBY, MARTIN BURNSTEIN, JOE SIMON & STAN LEE Penciled by JACK KIRBY Cover by JACK KIRBY On Sale JULY 2015!