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THE MARVEL BOOTH AT WONDERCON 2012: THE ONLY PLACE TO MEET CREATORS AND WIN PRIZES!
03/14/12 @ 3:23 pm EST
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This week, Marvel heads to Wondercon! Marvel (Booth #201), along with the hottest creators in the industry, bring fans all that they’ve been craving and more! Over the course of the three day event, Marvel is bringing the fan service with giveaways, signings, and the fan favorite costume contest to make Wondercon an event to remember! Be sure to stop by the Marvel Booth (#201) for your chance to get in on the fun the entire weekend!

And that’s not all because, we have an all-star cast of your favorite Marvel creators who will be at the booth signing all weekend long! Swing by and visit Marvel icons including none other than Jeph Loeb, Mark Waid, Humberto Ramos, Arthur Adams, Gabriel Hardman and more!

Each year, Marvel brings the biggest and best announcements to Wondercon, and this year is no different! Love the Marvel Universe? Can’t wait for Avengers VS. X-Men? Need to know what new books are on the horizion? Well then be sure to check out the great panels we’ve got planned!

Can’t make it to the convention? Follow along on the Marvel Events App & events.marvel.com, the best way to get exclusive videos, real-time announcements from the convention floor and up-to-the-minute panel, in-booth, and signing schedules of all your favorite Marvel creators!

For more on Marvel at Wondercon – visit Marvel.com!



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SEAWORLD STRIKES BACK AT PETA’S ‘OFFENSIVE, TASTELESS’ POSTER
07/22/14 @ 5:02 pm EST
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PETA is going where no anti-SeaWorld campaign has gone before — with a $24,000 poster at Lindbergh Field to be seen by thousands. But SeaWorld paints the project as offensive and tasteless.PETA display at San Diego International Airport will greet Comic-Con attendees. Image via PETA, Bluewater Productions

PETA display at San Diego International Airport will greet Comic-Con attendees. Image via PETA, Bluewater Productions

The 20-foot graphic cartoon shows a captive orca with a man supposed to be SeaWorld’s CEO in his mouth. The display is aimed at Comic-Con attendees, urging convention-goers to steer clear of SeaWorld over objections to marine-mammal confinement.

In response, SeaWorld said in a statement:

"Even by PETA’s standards, this ad is as offensive as it is tasteless. PETA isn’t concerned with actually helping animals. They are a radical organization that continues to spend its money on publicity stunts like the profane Jason Biggs video and advertising campaigns like this for the sole purpose of promoting their agenda. The truth is that our killer whales are healthy and happy, and thrive in our care. The real animal welfare organization is SeaWorld, not PETA, and our trainers, aviculturists, animal-care staff and veterinarians are the true advocates for animals. We encourage people to get the facts on our commitment to the animals in our care at seaworld.com/truth and seaworldcares.com."

The display is a joint project between Bluewater Productions and PETA — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

The massive installation greets passengers on their way to baggage claim at the center of Terminal 2.
COMIC BOOK COMPANY TEAMS UP WITH PETA TO MAKE WAVES IN SEAWORLD'S HOMETOWN
07/22/14 @ 4:55 pm EST
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San Diego — As thousands of Comic-Con International fans de-plane, the first thing that they'll see won't be a promo for The Avengers or The Walking Dead but a huge graphic cartoon of a captive orca with SeaWorld's CEO in his mouth. The provocative display, which urges convention-goers to steer clear of SeaWorld because of marine-mammal cruelty and confinement, is a joint project between Bluewater Productions and PETA.The massive $24,000 installation, which now greets passengers on their way to baggage claim at the center of Terminal 2, can be viewed [attachment]."Comic-Con fans love blood and guts when they're fake, but at SeaWorld, it's all too real for comfort," says Bluewater founder Darren G Davis. "The orcas are desperate to be free. That's why trainers have been killed, and that's what we're depicting in this campaign with PETA." Bluewater, known for its edgy spoofs of controversial topics, designed the cartoon in the wake of last year's hit documentary Blackfish. The film—viewed by 21 million on CNN alone—explored SeaWorld's cruel capture and devastating confinement of orcas, which led the whale named Tilikum to kill three people. "SeaWorld has been in a free fall since Blackfish premièred—attendance is down 13 percent, investors are dumping millions of dollars in stock, and bands are cancelling concerts at the parks," says PETA Senior Vice President Dan Mathews.PETA's campaign against SeaWorld was profiled in Friday's Wall Street Journal.PETA display at San Diego International Airport will greet Comic-Con attendees. Image via PETA, Bluewater Productions

PETA display at San Diego International Airport will greet Comic-Con attendees. Image via PETA, Bluewater Productions
MARVEL’S FACEBOOK PAGE CELEBRATES 7 MILLION LIKES
07/22/14 @ 4:47 pm EST
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Marvel is excited to announce that it now has reached 7 million+ Likes on the Marvel Facebook page.In order to celebrate this massive social achievement, Marvel is offering all visitors to the Marvel Facebook page exclusive and unlocked first-looks at upcoming Marvel projects and FREE digital comics throughout the day. Starting at 12PM EST, with new content unlocked every other hour, Marvel Facebook fans and visitors will be the first to see exclusive content and be offered FREE digital comics for a very limited time to read through the Marvel Comics App (for iPhone ®, iPad ®, iPod Touch ® & Android ™ devices) and the Marvel Digital Comics Shop. With over 7 million fans strong on Facebook, we want to thank you for making yours Marvel, but that’s not all, because we’ll have even more Mighty Marvel surprises up our sleeves that Marvel Facebook fans will only have access to! With so many ways to get your daily dose of all things Marvel, there’s no reason not to get involved.



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THE FINAL BATTLE BEGINS IN ORIGINAL SIN #7
07/22/14 @ 4:40 pm EST
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All roads have been leading to this! Today, Marvel is proud to present ORIGINAL SIN #7 – the penultimate chapter from New York Times Bestselling writer Jason Aaron (Thor: God of Thunder) and critically acclaimed artist Mike Deodato (New Avengers). The shocking final page of last issue kept fans on the edge of their seats, and now as Original Sin races towards its epic climax – the heroes of the Marvel Universe prepare for their final stand against…Nick Fury?

Operating in the shadows, Nick Fury has protected the Marvel Universe from unseen forces. Protecting the Marvel Universe by any means necessary, Fury has “guarded the wall” for decades right under the noses of both S.H.E.I.L.D. and the Avengers. Now, drained of the Infinity Formula that kept him youthful, the battle-hardened soldier is rapidly aging, his time left short. But his job is never done…

He’ll stop at nothing to protect the Marvel Universe from what’s coming – even if he has to go through the Avengers to do it! Armed with the Watcher’s eyes, the secrets and sins of the entire Marvel Universe are now at his disposal. The knowledge Uatu kept could now be their very undoing! How can anyone stand up against a tactical genius with access to all the heroes greatest weaknesses?

The series that critics have hailed “a riveting thriller” and “one hell of a story” is approaching the heart-stopping climax no fan can afford to miss. Open your eyes wide for ORIGINAL SIN #7 when it hits comic shops this August!

Everybody has one. This is Marvel’s ORIGINAL SIN!

ORIGINAL SIN #7 (JUN140605) Written by JASON AARONArt by MIKE DEODATO, Cover by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO, Variant Cover by GABRIELLE DELL’OTTO (JUN140606), Teaser Variant by MIKE MCKONE (JUN140608), Interlocking Battle Variant by ART ADAMS (JUN140607) FOC – 07/21/14, On-Sale 08/13/14
DIGITAL COMICS HAVE GROWN 10X IN THE LAST 3 YEARS
07/22/14 @ 4:31 pm EST
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This week, pop culture experts, ICv2.com released an eye opening analysis of growth in the digital comics market. In their report, digital comics sales grew to $90 million in 2013. The growth rate continues to decline from the near-tripling pace in 2012, but it's to a still robust 29% over 2012 levels. In dollar terms, the growth is still the second highest since the advent of digital comic sales in 2009, with a $20 million increase, second only to 2012's $45 million increase.
North American Digital Comics Sales
YearDigital Sales$ Change% Change
2009$1,000,000N/AN/A
2010$8,000,000$7,000,000700%
2011$25,000,000$17,000,000213%
2012$70,000,000$45,000,000180%
2013$90,000,000$20,000,00029%
© 2014 ICv2

ICv2.com CEO Milton Griepp, comments "There was no way that digital comics could continue the explosive growth of the past couple years. That being said, 29% increase in any industry is still a great number."

Digital comics sales growth is still out pacing eBook growth, which actually went negative in 2013. Print comics and graphic novels have been growing even as digital comics sales have been growing rapidly, evidence that comics may indeed be different from other media and have the potential for growth due to the increased access that digital comics bring.

This analysis does not include subscription-based "all-you-can-eat" offerings, such as Marvel Unlimited or Crunchyroll. It includes English-language sales from North America-based platforms, so inevitably includes some international sales.
DYNAMITE SIGNS MARZ TO NEW 'JOHN CARTER: WARLORD OF MARS' SERIES‏
07/22/14 @ 4:25 pm EST
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Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce a brand new chapter in the history of Edgar Rice Burroughs creation, John Carter: Warlord of Mars, to be written by the masterful pen of comics legend Ron Marz. Illustrated by newcomer Abhishek Malsuni, John Carter: Warlord of Mars is the newly-minted cornerstone of the publisher'sWarlord of Mars line, launched in the wake of their May 2014 announcement of the comprehensive licensing agreement between Dynamite and Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.

John Carter: Warlord of Mars welcomes science fiction and fantasy fans to the exotic landscape of Barsoom, where displaced earthling John Carter has to save his adopted world, not to mention his beloved Dejah Thoris, from an enemy like no other he has ever faced. John Carter must truly become a Warlord of Mars against an adversary who is every bit his equal on the savage red planet.

Marz's enthusiasm for John Carter has been building for many years. He says, "This is literally a job I've been wanting to do since I was twelve years old. I was just the right age when I discovered John Carter, Dejah Thoris, Tars Tarkas, and the wonder of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Mars. It fired my imagination like almost nothing else. So to finally get a chance to write these characters, to visit that world, is a dream come true for me."

Ron Marz is an industry veteran with decades of experience as a writer and editor under his belt. He is best known for his work on Green Lantern and Silver Surfer, and as one of the original creative masterminds behind CrossGen Comics. His more recent work includesWitchblade, Cyberforce, and Voodoo. He currently lives in upstate New York with four horses, three children, two dogs and one wife.

"We are incredibly excited about Ron coming on board for this project," said Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. "When we originally launched the Warlord of Mars series in 2010, Ron and I ran into each other at a comic convention, and Ron grabbed me by the shoulders and said something to the effect of, 'How can you launch a John Carter series and not call me to write it?' It wasn't a question. It was a statement! As we looked at the potential creators for this series, we instinctively remembered Ron's passion for the mythos. He is simply the perfect fit. Add in the fantastic art by Abhishek Malsuni and Neeraj Menon, this series will take John Carter to new heights."

John Carter debuted in 1912 as the lead character in Edgar Rice Burroughs' first novel, serialized as Under The Moons Of Mars in the pulp magazine, The All-Story, and later published as a complete novel retitled A Princess of Mars. The character excited the imagination of readers and quickly imprinted onto the public psyche. As many literary and popular culture scholars attest, John Carter served as the template for a litany of adventure heroes to follow, from Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, and Superman to the Jedi Knights of Star Wars fame and Avatar.

Dynamite's John Carter: Warlord of Mars comes on the heels of the reacquisition of comic book rights by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. that had been held by Walt Disney Pictures and its Marvel Entertainment subsidiary, as well as a recent legal settlement with Dynamite that cleared the way for Dynamite to introduce key characters and plot elements from the John Carter backstory that were, until now, absent from recent comic book interpretations.

John Carter: Warlord of Mars #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' September Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in November. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies ofJohn Carter: Warlord of Mars #1 with their local comic book retailers. John Carter: Warlord of Mars will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.



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JUSTIN GRAY TO WRITE DYNAMITE'S 'LONE RANGER'
07/22/14 @ 4:20 pm EST
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Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce the signing of Justin Gray, who will be continuing Dynamite's long standing success with America's quintessential Western hero, as he takes the reins on a brand new series of The Lone Ranger. Launching with a new #1 in November 2014, The Lone Ranger will feature the exciting interior artwork of Rey Villegas (Lady Zorro), as well as covers by John Cassaday (Uncanny Avengers, Astonishing X-Men) and Marc Laming (All-New Invaders, Kings Watch).

"I'm proud to be working with one of the longest standing and best known Western characters in all of literature, because to me The Lone Ranger represents a moral code, unquestionable justice and a sense of adventure that embodies the classic American western," says Justin Gray.

No stranger to Western thrills, Justin Gray is a frequent contributor to Jonah Hex and All-Star Western, tales of an Old West gunslinger set within the larger DC Comics continuity. Gray has contributed to dozens of name-recognizable titles from Marvel Comics and DC Comics, including Batwing, Ame-Comi Girls, Punisher, Power Girl, Countdown, and many more.

Since his radio debut in 1933, the masked Lone Ranger has endured as an icon of American culture. Dynamite first launched The Lone Ranger as a comic series in 2006, written by Brett Matthews and illustrated by Sergio Cariello. Its #0 prelude issue was a part of that year's nationwide Free Comic Book Day celebration, and the series would go on to score an Eisner Nomination for best new series in 2007. A second volume of The Lone Ranger followed, as did such miniseries called The Lone Ranger and Tonto and The Lone Ranger: Snake of Iron.

"We are incredibly excited to have Justin on board for this title," said Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. "We've had a great run with The Lone Ranger as one of our most consistent critically acclaimed comics, and needed someone who we could trust to fill these 'big boots,' continuing one of the best Western heroes ever. With a track record like his, we're in for a Western comic that we won't soon forget!"

The Lone Ranger #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' September Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in November. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of The Lone Ranger #1with their local comic book retailers. The Lone Ranger will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.
DYNAMITE TO PUBLISH WILL EISNER'S 'THE SPIRIT‏'
07/22/14 @ 4:16 pm EST
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Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce that Will Eisner's iconic hero, The Spirit, has a new home thanks to a licensing agreement with the Eisner estate. The Spirit, a murdered cop named Denny Colt who was mysteriously brought back to life to fight crime, joins the publisher's stable of noir-influenced iconic heroes and bestselling titles.

"We are thrilled that Will Eisner's The Spirit has found a new home with Dynamite Entertainment," states Nancy and Carl Gropper of the Eisner estate in a joint announcement. "At Dynamite, The Spirit will be joining many iconic heroes including Flash Gordon, The Shadow, The Green Hornet, The Lone Ranger, Zorro, and others. Will Eisner created The Spirit in 1940 as a syndicated seven-page newspaper supplement, where The Spirit fought the villains of Central City weekly until 1952. We're hoping to see Dynamite's new comics of The Spirit surpass the circulation of the Will Eisner's original series."

Originally published in 1939 by Quality Comics, The Spirit has long been admired for the ingenuity of its creator, Will Eisner. Eisner's amazing artistic skill and groundbreaking storytelling techniques in the weekly Sunday strips helped pave the way for modern comic books. His career spanned over seventy years, and he is largely considered as the inventor of the "graphic novel." In addition to The Spirit, his most celebrated works include A Contract with God and Last Day in Vietnam. The industry's highest accolade, the prestigious Eisner Award, is named in his honor, and awarded annually at San Diego Comic-Con International.

"Bringing The Spirit to Dynamite is a dream come true. Actually, that's not a strong enough sentiment. It's a lifelong dream come true," says Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. "The Spirit is one of comicdom's greatest characters, and has stood the test of time for nearly 75 years. Will is one of the greats, and his influence as a storyteller is incredible. I've loved all of Will's work from The Spirit to his graphic novels from A Contract with God to The Dreamer, and his entire body of work. This is a huge responsibility that we've undertaken as there have been some great creators involved in The Spirit throughout the seven decades of his career. I'm honored that Carl and Nancy feel that we are up to the task, and have entrusted us to publish The Spirit, especially beginning at such a landmark year - his 75th Anniversary. I believe that, with our proven track record for high-quality pulp comics by incredible talents - from Matt Wagner, Garth Ennis, and Kevin Smith - and many other talented creators - that the addition of The Spirit to our line of classic adventure titles is a major win for longtime fans of Will Eisner's original crime fighter. I cannot emphasize enough how important publishing The Spirit is to us."



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LUCY LAWLESS HEADING TO 'AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.'
07/21/14 @ 11:15 pm EST
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The world of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is about to get even more geektastic.

Former Xena star Lucy Lawless is heading to ABC's super series in Season 2, TVGuide.com reported. In true Marvel fashion, details on her role and how long she'll be sticking around are being kept under wraps. (Call off the Level 7 snipers now, please!)

Lawless is also known for her roles on Spartacus, Battlestar Galactica and Parks and Recreation.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. returns Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 9/8c on ABC.
AVATAR PRESS ANNOUNCES 'DARK GODS' FROM JUSTIN JORDAN
07/21/14 @ 8:25 pm EST
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The very busy writer Justin Jordan, coming out with more books than there seem to be publishers lately, also recently wrote a story for God Is Dead for Avatar Press alongside Mike Costa, Alan Moore, Simon Spurrier, and Kieron Gillen.

Now, Bleeding Cool reports he’s returning to Avatar Press with German Erramouspe on an all-new series Dark Gods, to debut in November.

It looks to be a series that plumbs the depths of original mythological evils.

To read Justin Jordan's latest Dynamic Forces interview on his new book Spread, click here, and be on the lookout for Dark Gods in November.



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