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MARVEL AND AURASMA UNVEIL “MARVEL AUGMENTED REALITY” AT SXSW
03/12/12 @ 1:32 pm EST
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“Avengers VS X-Men” Spurs Historic First Major Comic Book AR Initiative Yesterday, at the SXSW Interactive Festival, Marvel Entertainment unveiled Marvel AR, the first major augmented reality app from a comic book company. As part of the recently announced Marvel ReEvolution, which brings the world of print and digital media together for a comics experience like never before, the Marvel AR app powered by Aurasma will be released on April 2 for iOS and Android devices. Fans can first discover the power of this new app in Avengers VS X-Men #1, arriving in comic stores on April 4 and kicking off the comic book event of the year in which the world’s most popular Super Heroes go to war!

By opening this app and scanning select Marvel products featuring the Marvel AR logo, you’ll unlock exclusive content starring the world’s most popular super heroes -- including Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Hulk and many others! Go behind the scenes of your favorite comics, see new footage, hear from creators, get caught up on past events and more!

“It’s time to join the Marvel ReEvolution, as we bring the worlds of print and digital media together for an unprecedented fan experience,” said Peter Phillips, senior vice president and general manager, Marvel Digital Media Group. “Avengers VS X-Men is the biggest story we’ve ever told and teaming with Aurasma allows us to bring our fans a deeper experience when they purchase select Marvel comics and other Marvel products. Just wait till you see what we’ve planned!”



Marvel partnered with Aurasma, the world’s leading augmented reality platform, to create a mobile experience designed to empower fans to discover a new world of content that brings their favorite Super Heroes to life through tablets and mobile devices. Aurasma's cutting-edge image recognition technology enables the Marvel AR app to recognize images in new Marvel comic books, promotional posters and other merchandise, seamlessly augmenting the images with interactive virtual content such as videos, animations and more.

“Marvel is no stranger to digital media and is once again making history, this time by using Aurasma’s transformative technology to bridge the physical world with the virtual,” said, David Stone, Aurasma's director of client services. “What better way to excite and engage fans than to give them the power to interact with all of their favorite characters in a new way?”

Aurasma's free platform unlocks a whole new dimension for partners to creatively enhance the real world. In this case, comic books will reach new depths by unleashing coveted and fan-pleasing content like director and editor commentary and other special features, only accessible through the Marvel AR app.

The Marvel AR companion app, powered by Aurasma, will be available for free in April at the Apple App Store and Android Market.

ABOUT MARVEL: 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 AURASMA: Aurasma is the world’s first visual browser – a new augmented reality technology that merges the physical world with the virtual. Available as a free app for iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S, iPad2 and high-powered Android devices or as a free kernel for developers, Aurasma uses advanced image and pattern recognition to recognize and understand real-world images and objects in much the same way as the human brain does. It then seamlessly blends the real-world with rich interactive content such as videos and animations called “Auras”. Auras can be created for printed images, product packaging, clothing, physical places and users can even use the app to create and share their own.

Since its launch in June 2011, Aurasma has had more than three million downloads. Over 3,000 partners in markets including retail, fashion, sport, automotive, consumer electronics, entertainment, advertising and publishing are using the free technology in their campaigns, on their products or embedding the technology in their own applications. Aurasma was developed by and is part of software company Autonomy – an HP Company.
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THREE THORS! THREE BLOCKBUSTER CREATIVE TEAMS! YOUR FIRST LOOK AT THOR ANNUAL #1
01/30/15 @ 2:49 pm EST
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This February, star-studded creators unite to bring you three thunderous stories that should not be missed in THOR ANNUAL #1! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look inside this highly anticipated issue featuring the can’t miss lineup of CM Punk, Rob Guillory, Noelle Stevenson, Marguerite Sauvage, Jason Aaron and Timothy Truman!

First, wrestling superstar CM Punk makes his comic writing debut alongside Chew artist Rob Guillory for a tale of the brash, boisterous young Thor and his attempt to beat the devil at his own game – by drinking him under the table!

Then, rising comic stars Noelle Stevenson (Lumberjanes) and Marguerite Sauvage (Sensational Comics) make their Marvel debuts to bring you an all-new tale of the new Thor! Who is the mysterious woman behind the mask? No one in all Ten Realms knows her secret, but the Warriors Three are determined to find out!

Finally, blockbuster Thor writer Jason Aaron and legendary artist Timothy Truman bring you an all-new tale set in the future starring King Thor! Join the Girls of Thunder on their epic quest to find their grandfather the perfect birthday present. How about a brand new Garden of Eden?

Three creative teams. Three Thors. One explosive annual. No fan can afford to miss the thunderous THOR ANNUAL #1 – on sale this February!

THOR ANNUAL #1 (DEC140896) Written by CM PUNK, NOELLE STEVENSON & JASON AARON
Art by ROB GUILLORY, MARGUERITE SAUVAGE & TIMOTHY TRUMAN Cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
Variant Covers by ROB GUILLORY (DEC140897) & MARGUERITE SAUVAGE (DEC140898)
FOC – 02/02/15, On Sale – 02/25/15



WOMEN OF MARVEL VARIANTS COME TO YOUR FAVORITE MARVEL COMICS THIS MARCH
01/30/15 @ 2:36 pm EST
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This March, Marvel is celebrating Women’s History Month by gathering some of the best and brightest female artists to tackle some of Marvel’s most iconic characters for a very special variant cover theme. Today, Marvel is pleased to present your new look at a selection of March’s Women of Marvel Variant Covers!

“2014 was a huge year for Women of Marvel, both in our comics and behind the scenes,” says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso. “Marvel now has more titles starring female leads than ever before, the Women of Marvel panel is one of the most highly attended at conventions, and the weekly Women of Marvel podcast continues to grow. In 2015, we intend to continue that tradition, and March’s Women of Marvel variant covers — featuring 20 of the best female artists in the industry – is just the beginning.”

From the biggest names in the industry today to the superstars of tomorrow, you won’t want to miss a single one of these jaw-dropping variant covers coming to these exciting March titles: ·

All-New Captain America #5 by TBD·

All-New Hawkeye #1 by SHO MURASE·

All-New X-Men #39 by FAITH ERIN HICKS·

Amazing Spider-Man #16 by MING DOYLE·

Ant-Man #3 by KATIE COOK·

Avengers #42 by TBD·

Black Widow #16 by VANESA DEL REY·

Captain Marvel #13 by AUFA RICHARDSON·

Deadpool #43 by TBD·

Guardians of the Galaxy #25 by ERICA HENDERSON·

Inhuman #13 by JILL THOMPSON·

Legendary Star-Lord #10 by SANA TAKEDA·

Ms. Marvel #13 by TBD·

New Avengers #31 by SARA PICHELLI·

Rocket Raccoon #9 by JANET LEE·

S.H.I.E.L.D. #4 by COLLEEN DORAN·

Superior Iron Man #6 by TBD·

Thor #6 by TBD·

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #3 by GURIHIRU·

Uncanny Avengers #3 by AMANDA CONNER·

Uncanny X-Men #33 by STACEY LEE

“Jeanine Schaefer and I have had the pleasure of collaborating with some of the best female artists in the industry to show-off their take on Marvel’s biggest characters and teams,” says Marvel Editor Emily Shaw. “It’s been an incredible experience to bring so many awesome women together for this project. And the results have been pretty awesome!”



BATTLEWORLD IGNITES IN INHUMANS: ATTILAN RISING #1
01/29/15 @ 8:16 pm EST
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There’s a rebellion brewing on Battleworld. Stretching far and wide into every dominion across the strange, patchwork realm, underground revolutionaries prepare for the uprising. Today, Marvel is pleased to announce INHUMANS: ATTILAN RISING #1, a new Secret Wars series from New York Times Bestselling writer Charles Soule (Death of Wolverine, Inhuman) and artist John Timms (Nova, Harley Quinn)!

Medusa, ruler of Attilan and Queen of the Inhumans, has been tasked with rooting out the rebels, and crushing their resistance beneath her steely tendrils of hair. Yet a chance encounter with the head of the insurgency will change everything. A man named – BLACK BOLT! And things are about to get complicated.

“One of the ideas behind Inhumans: Attilan Rising from the start was to put Medusa, Black Bolt, Reader, Iso and other characters from Inhuman into a new context,” says Charles Soule. “That’s part of the fun of an event like Secret Wars. Things don’t have to be the way we’re used to seeing them.”

“My initial concept was ‘life during wartime’,” continued Soule. “The relationships we’re used to seeing will be different in this story. Huge drama, spies, glamour, action, betrayal, sabotage. My hope is that it won’t feel like anything else out there.”

The drums of war beat for the Inhuman nation. But when the dust clears, who will rise? Find out as BATTLEWORLD comes to the Inhumans in INHUMANS: ATTILAN RISING #1 this May!

INHUMANS: ATTILAN RISING #1 Written by CHARLES SOULE Art by JOHN TIMMS
Cover by DAVE JOHNSON
Variant Cover by W. SCOTT FORBES

Coming in May!



DARK HORSE TO PUBLISH RUBÍN’S 'THE HERO'
01/29/15 @ 7:40 pm EST
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Heracles, the son of Zeus, came into the world with strength, charm, and a fighting spirit. Featuring an introduction by John Arcudi (B.P.R.D., The Creep), The Hero brings the legend to life through Rubín’s masterful storytelling and dynamic art!

Throughout Heracles’s incredible adventures from his innocent boyhood to his meteoric rise to popularity as he tackles the Twelve Labors, his journey is tempered by a steady decay that never relieves him of his heroic burden. And this burden becomes his only grip on reality as Heracles edges toward his fateful end.

Preorder your copy of The Hero Book 1, coming in June 2015, from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or IndieBound, or contact a local comic shop through Comic Shop Locator.

The Hero Book 2 will be available in December 2015.



SUPERGIRL CASTS JAMES OLSEN
01/29/15 @ 7:56 pm EST
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He may be best buds with Superman in the comics, but it looks like Jimmy Olsen will be hanging out with his cousin onscreen in the future.

Actor Mehcad Brooks (Necessary Roughness, True Blood) has been cast as James Olsen in Supergirl, the high flying new series in development from Berlanti Productions, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment. He’ll join Melissa Benoist on the show, who was recently cast as Kara Zor-el (AKA Supergirl).

Supergirl’s James Olsen is described as a photographer at CatCo, the media company where Kara (series star Melissa Benoist) works. He has recently been living and working in National City, though the reason is still a secret.

Superman and Supergirl fans may also notice the name of that media company. Though we’ll let you speculate about that one…

More to come!



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RACHAEL TAYLOR THE LATEST TO JOIN MARVEL'S A.K.A. JESSICA JONES
01/29/15 @ 7:26 pm EST
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Marvel and Netflix are proud to announce that Rachael Taylor will star as Patricia “Trish” Walker in "Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones," an all-new 13-episode series premiering on Netflix in 2015 following "Marvel's Daredevil."

Trish is a syndicated radio talk show host, former model and child TV star known to her adoring fans as "Patsy" Walker. As Jessica Jones’ closest friend, Trish helps her embark on the most dangerous case of Jessica's career.



Rachael Taylor to star as Patricia 'Trish' Walker in Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones for Netflix



The character of Patricia Walker has roots dating back to 1944 with her first appearance in MISS AMERICA MAGAZINE #2, and in the comics Walker donned the super hero identity of Hellcat in 1976.

Taylor will star opposite Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones), David Tennant (Kilgrave), and Mike Colter (Luke Cage) in the Netflix original series. “Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones” was developed by Executive Producer/Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg (“Dexter”).

“The character is a star and a powerhouse, and required an actress who is both,” said Rosenberg. “Rachael is all that and more!”“Rachael's ability to embody a character that must balance both the darker and lighter elements of our series will provide a perfect emotional anchor for Jessica Jones,” said Jeph Loeb, Executive Producer/Marvel’s Head of Television.

“Rachael blew us away with her grounded, humanizing take on Trish, adding yet another layer to the complex, emotional story we’re telling with this series.”

Taylor can next be seen in theaters with “The Loft.” “Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones” marks her first Netflix series, while past TV credits include “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Crisis.”

After a tragic ending to her short-lived super hero stint, Jessica Jones is rebuilding her personal life and career as a detective who gets pulled into cases involving people with extraordinary abilities in New York City.

"Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones" is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.

“I WAS REALLY DRAWN TO THE IDEA OF LOTHAR BECOMING THE PHANTOM” – BRIAN CLEVINGER TALKS KING: THE PHANTOM #1
01/28/15 @ 10:14 pm EST
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When we get these writer to writer interviews, we’re never quite sure what we are going to get. This one is short but fun as Ben Acker and Ben Blacker, writers on KING: Flash Gordon #1, talks with writer Brian Clevinger about KING: Phantom #1, both on sale today.

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BEN ACKER AND BEN BLACKER: Did you grow up reading The Phantom?

BRIAN CLEVINGER: Nope. In fact, I managed to accidentally avoid The Phantom at every turn! Never got to see the newspaper strip, still have not seen the movie despite the fact that I would gladly watch Billy Zane read from a phone book, never so much as heard of the Defenders of the Earth cartoon, and always managed to miss The Phantom 2040 cartoon. But being an outsider, I think, turned out to be helpful since it mirrors Lothar’s perspective coming into things.

BEN A&B: Was there a thing — a story thing or a character thing — that made you eager to writeThe Phantom?

BC: I was really drawn to the idea of Lothar becoming The Phantom. He was probably my favorite character in the Kings Watch event, so it was great to see him take up the legacy of The Phantom. On a strictly nuts and bolts level, I thought that was a great way to shed any baggage the property may have picked up in the public consciousness and still honor what makes The Phantom cool and interesting for its loyal fan base

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BEN A&B: What do you think of the art of Brent Schoonover?

BC: More please, thank you.

BEN A&B: We love Atomic Robo [Brian’s indy book]!

BC: Is that a question?

BEN A&B: Do you yourself read any monthly comics?

BC: Who has time?! No, I’m a filthy trade waiter. Even then, the pile of bought comics is not necessarily the pile of read comics.
LADY KILLER SELLS OUT, GOES TO SECOND PRINT RUN
01/28/15 @ 8:08 pm EST
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Dark Horse is proud to announce that the first issue of Joëlle Jones, Jamie S. Rich, and Laura Allred’s Lady Killer has sold out at the distributor level and will receive a second printing!


Josie Schuller is a picture-perfect homemaker, wife, and mother—but she’s also a ruthless, efficient killer for hire! A brand-new original comedy series that combines the wholesome imagery of early 1960s domestic bliss with a tightening web of murder, paranoia, and cold-blooded survival, Lady Killer has received acclaim from creators and critics alike.


“The best comics feature great talent throwing together the stuff that gets them most excited, like Mike Mignola on Hellboy, or Eric Powell on The Goon, or Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips on The Fade Out,” said Dark Horse’s editor in chief, Scott Allie. “Joëlle’s drawn a lot of other people’s stories, but only she could’ve used midcentury fashion, espionage, and ultraviolence to create such a perfectly modern comic.”


To reflect the absolute killing the issue’s first print run made in the direct market, the second-printing cover will feature a special blood-red color scheme.


Find out why the critics are raving. Order Lady Killer #1 today. To read Dynamic Force's interview with Joelle Jones, click here.



COVER REVEAL: HINGES, BOOK 1: CLOCKWORK CITY
01/28/15 @ 8:00 pm EST
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Image Comics has revealed the final cover of HINGES, BOOK 1: CLOCKWORK CITY, the enchanting graphic novel by Meredith McClaren.

Depicting “new soul” Orio, a porcelain doll, and her familiar Bauble, the cover hints at the mystery and intrigue Orio will encounter in the city of Cobble.

HINGES is a modern fairy tale perfect for ages nine and up.

It will be in comic book stores on February 25 and in bookstores on March 10.



ANOTHER RUSSIAN SPY UNCOVERED IN RED ONE
01/28/15 @ 7:56 pm EST
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Xavier Dorison (Long John Silver, The Third Testament) and Terry and Rachel Dodson (Star Wars: Princess Leia, Uncanny X-Men) launch a sexy and funky new superhero story, straight out of a Quentin Tarantino film, in RED ONE.

In RED ONE, it's 1977—the height of the Cold War between the USSR and the US—and the Kremlin has a plan to win the war against Uncle Sam: propaganda!

Vera Yelnikov is an elite agent in the Soviet Army during the Cold War—she IS the atomic bomb. Vera is sent to Los Angeles by her bosses at the Kremlin. Her mission? Become a true "American superhero." She must spearhead a propaganda operation of communist values from within the United States and fight against the "Carpenter"—a fascist serial killer who blames America's ills on liberals.

In her cover identity "Alabama Jones," Vera must find a day job that conceals her true mission—to do the Kremlin's bidding when the USSR needs her... as RED ONE!

The exciting series poses a chilling question, one rife with political overtones: What happens when America's Greatest Hero... is actually a Russian Spy? It hits stores on March 18 and can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code JAN150575.




 
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