STASH MY COMICS REVIEWS THE SHADOW!05/01/12 @ 11:08 am EST
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EISNER AWARD JUDGES FOR 2015 NAMED12/19/14 @ 7:09 am EST
My Comics has some good things to say about the debut of The Shadow:
“When you hear the word “pulp” what is the first thing that comes to mind? Maybe it’s the movie that made the word famous again, “Pulp Fiction”. You might think of something to do with trees or even orange juice. Well, you should be thinking about Dynamite Entertainment’s The Shadow
“This character debuted around 1930 first in serialized pulp magazines and then in radio programs. A lot of people don’t realize that this is one of the most famous pulp characters of the 20th century. Besides print and radio, The Shadow has spawned 5 movies in total with the most recent being released in 1994 starring Alec Baldwin
. The comic property has been passed down over the years with DC Comics
doing a couple of runs in the late 70′s to 80′s and then Dark Horse
buying out the rights to do their own series in the mid 90′s. Fast forward to 2011 and Dynamite Entertainment announced that they had in fact licensed The Shadow from Conde Nast. As most of you know Dynamite has done a superb job bringing a lot of these pulp properties back to life in new and interesting ways. The Shadow #1 written by Garth Ennis
and drawn by Aaron Campbell
is a fine example of an older property made new again.
“The story takes place in New York City sometime in the 1940′s. Our hero, clad in a black trench coat, red scarf, and fedora is going to make a stand against evil. In this case the evil is Nazi sympathizing Japanese Soldiers who are looking to board a ship against the will of the people who are on it. We don’t know exactly what is on it, but we know that The Shadow makes quick work of a number of Japanese soldiers very quickly with his dueling pistols. The action is fast paced and the Shadow is quick to let his guns do the talking. Garth Ennis does a great job sticking with the times in terms of dialogue. The heroic phrases used by the Shadow, brings us back to a more simple time in comics when the division between good guys and bad guys was more black and white than today’s shades of gray.
“What would come off as a bit campy in a modern day setting works very well in this particular setting of the 1940′s where…”
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CARTOONIST JOSH C LYMAN LOSES ALL HIS ART IN AUSTIN BREAK-IN12/19/14 @ 6:58 am EST
Welcome to the folk who will create the nomination list for the Eisner Awards 2015 to be presented at San Diego Comic Con.Carr D’Angelo,
the founding owner of Earth-2 Comics, operates two stores in the Los Angeles area with his wife, Susan Avallone. Earth-2 Comics Sherman Oaks is the 2007 recipient of the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award. In 2011, Earth-2 Sherman Oaks and Northridge were named “Best Place to Stock Up on Trade Paperbacks” by the LA Weekly
in their annual Best of Los Angeles issue. D’Angelo started his career in New York as an editor and writer forStarlog, Fangoria,
and Comics Scene
magazines. Moving to Los Angeles, he worked as a script reader, studio executive, and movie producer. He currently serves as vice president of ComicsPRO, the trade association for comic book specialty retailers.Richard Graham
is media librarian and associate professor at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and managing editor of SANE
(Sequential Art Narratives in Education), an academic e-journal dedicated to using comics in classrooms. Richard is a graduate of the Library School at the University of Iowa and holds a master’s degree in education from Texas A&M, Corpus Christi. In 2012 he was nominated for an Eisner Award for editing Government Issue: Comics for the People
(2012), a collection of comics produced for the federal and state governments. He currently maintains online collections of government and educational comic books as well as writes graphic novel/comics reviews for the website No Flying, No Tights
is the author of Marvel Comics: The Untold Story,
which received an Eisner Award for Best Comics-Related Book in 2013. His writing has appeared in Wired, Rolling Stone
, and the Los Angeles Times
. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.Ron McFee
has been a volunteer with Comic-Con International for 35 years and has served on the Convention Committee since 1992. He has spent the last 17 years working in the professional registration department, assisting the industry professionals through the application and registration process. Ron also volunteers with San Diego Friends of the library, helping to raise money and bring awareness to how comics can play an important role in literacy. In 2014 he piloted participation of the San Diego city libraries in Free Comic Book Day. Ron has been an executive producer of two animated features, with others in development.Maggie Thompson
has been writing and editing news and articles about comic books and comic strips for more than half a century. Her earliest such work appeared in the pioneering fan publication Comic Art
, co-edited with Don Thompson, starting in 1961. After three decades of co-editing the industry publicationComics Buyer’s Guide
, she has begun regular contributions to Comic-Con’s Toucan
blog and to Diamond Comic Distributors’Scoop
is an associate professor of English and the Director of Rhetoric and Composition at Portland (Oregon) State University, where she is developing a Comics Studies program. Her research interests include visual rhetoric and graphic narratives, and she has published pieces on comics for the popular press and academic journals. Her book Lynda Barry: Girlhood Through the Looking Glass,
was the 2013 Eisner Award winner for Best Educational/Academic Work.
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ROB LIEFELD COVERS FLASH GORDON AND THE PHANTOM12/19/14 @ 6:43 am EST
Cartoonist Josh C. Lyman,
a full time illustrator working the convention circuit across the United States, has a tale of woe to share. (via Bleeding Cool):
"I flew back from Phoenix Fan Fest this past weekend to my apartment in Austin; and exhausted from the aforementioned, I decided I would take a nap before unloading the car…as I’ve done this numerous times before during the last couple years in the same complex.
"I’m sad to say that during the hours I slept and the short hours I was awake the day following…my car was broken into and everything from my traveling was taken. I live a fairly spartan life with being on the road so often, so I typically take as much of my artistic materials and miscellaneous equipment with me in the event of any delays in returning home. Now in this particular instance hit a bit harder than expected, as for this show I brought a portfolio of my originals with me along with the prints, display stands, several client commissions, as well as some new originals I had not had the chance to save to my home computer yet. And it was all completely stolen. 3-4 Years of some of my best work, along with new pieces I’ll have to redo for both the coming year and clients.
"Naturally I’ve had the police out for fingerprints and I am dealing with the insurance company as I write, but losing all of those originals and tools that has put me at a loss. The worst part? Over 300 dollars of pencils, pens, and markers…along with so many hours of work just completely gone. Clothes, headphones, random art-tools, Prints and display stands I can slowly regain, it’s really the livelihood being taken almost completely taken in the blink of an eye. The police have been honest, and albeit the more negative side of things, there is a high probability that nearly everything will be thrown in the trash. Ironically, I checked every single dumpster in the surrounding apartment complexes just to be safe with no luck. The local comic shops have been notified, the pawn shops are required to notify police but i will still have to check with them myself.
"I apologize for the rambling above..it’s truly the most concise version of this I could muster. I would like to mention that several of my friends and fans have been very supportive in the last three days. Some have offered to send me replacement covers for the sketchcovers stolen, those whose pieces were taken very understanding and given more time for me to redo them, and a friend of mine has even set up a gofundme to help me recuperate some of the losses. I’ll be posting a facebook folder tonight listing every piece stolen, as well as many of the images from the 1,200 plus stolen posters. ... Thank you again for reading this, as well as any help you may be able to provide."
The case remains open. If you should see any of this art surface, please contact local police.
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DynamiteGRAPHIC NOVEL ADAPTATION SCRAPPED IN RESPONSE TO SONY HACK12/19/14 @ 6:37 am EST
has gotten Rob Liefeld
to do up a set of covers for their King Features
crossover event. These FOC (final order cutoff) incentive covers are on King: Flash Gordon
#1 and King: The Phantom
#1. Here are the covers and what your retailer has to do to get them. Let your LCS know soon if you want these particular covers.
o FOC Incentive A:
For every five (5) units of NOV141191: KING FLASH GORDON #1 ordered/received, retailers will be eligible to purchase one (1) KING FLASH GORDON #1 RARE LIEFELD VIRGIN INCV edition at a net cost of $2.00 apiece, featuring artwork by Rob Liefeld.
o FOC Incentive B:
For every five (5) units of NOV141209: KING THE PHANTOM #1 ordered/received, retailers will be eligible to purchase one (1) KING THE PHANTOM #1 RARE LIEFELD VIRGIN INCV edition at a net cost of $2.00 apiece, featuring artwork by Rob Liefeld.
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MORE TITLES ADDED TO THE HUMBLE DYNAMITE MEGA BUNDLE AS IT ENTERS FINAL WEEK12/18/14 @ 7:57 pm EST
The latest casualty of Sony’s The Interview
cyberattack is apparently the planned Gore Verbinski adaptation of Guy Delisle’s graphic novel Pyongyang
Sony Pictures Entertainment made a decision yesterday not release the James Franco/Seth Rogen comedy The Interview
, after a massive and damaging hacking attack last month leaked thousands of confidential Sony documents and emails. The hacker group cited the film as the reason for their actions, and threatened more action if the film was released. Yesterday five of the nation’s largest movies chains announced they would not screen The Interview,
prompting Sony’s decision to cancel the film. Many believe the cyber attack was orchestrated with North Korea government approval, although the U.S. government has not said so publicly.
The 2003 graphic novel (published in English in 2005 asPyongyang: A Journey in North Korea
by Drawn and Quarterly) detailed the Quebecois cartoonist’s experiences in the capital of North Korea, where he worked for two months. The film was being developed by New Regency, with plans for Gore Verbinski to direct and Steve Carell set to star. While the film was billed as a “paranoid thriller,” the original book was more a comedic travelogue.
In a later comment to Deadline
, Verbinski expressed his frustration with the situation. “I find it ironic that fear is eliminating the possibility to tell stories that depict our ability to overcome fear.”
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MARVELKIDS.COM LAUNCHES EXCLUSIVE AND DEDICATED AVENGERS DESTINATION12/18/14 @ 7:49 pm EST
Following the launch of last week's Humble Dynamite MEGA Bundle with over ten thousand redemptions in the first twenty-four hours. Dynamite Entertainment is excited to announce the latest additions to its massive year-end promotion over on humblebundle.com/books.
In addition to an array of comics ranging from Gail Simone's Red Sonja, Shaft #1 from David F. Walker, Uncanny by Andy Diggle and Aaron Campbell, and the hit debut issue of Bob's Burgers, fans can now read all six issues of The New York Time Bestselling series Jim Butcher's Dresden Files: War Cry, the complete Mercy Thompson Moon Called Vol. 2, the original Doodle Jump comic inspired by the best-selling video game and more!
The full list of additional books include:Mercy Thompson: Moon Called Vol. 2Doodle Jump #3Doodle Jump #4Uncanny #2Red Sonja Vol.2 #9Red Sonja Vol.2 #10Jim Butchers: Dresden Files War Cry #4Jim Butchers: Dresden Files War Cry #5
These new additions push the total value of the bundle to just over six hundred dollars. However Dynamite fans who donate fifteen dollars or more will access to all 143 comics to read on the digital device of their choice. Fans who beat the average with their donations will now receive 116 comics including all five issues of the recent New York Times Bestselling series Jim Butcher's Dresden Files: War Cry.
"The out pouring of support for us so far has been amazing," said Dynamite CEO and Publisher Nick Barrucci. "We're blow away by the donations are fans have made, and are truly humbled by the opportunity to help raised funds for some wonderful causes."
The Humble Dynamite MEGA Holidays Bundle will continue to support Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières
, as well as the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
which defends first amendment rights of comic book professionals nationwide.To date Humble Bundle has raised over 50 million dollars for charities around the world. With Dynamite's help last summer they were able to give over $100,000.00 during
The Humble Dynamite 10th Anniversary Bundle in July. The Humble Dynamite MEGA Holidays Bundle runs for two weeks and ends Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at 11 a.m. Pacific time. Fans should follow on Dynamite on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and Instagram for the latest updates as new offerings become available.
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CRONENBERG’S THE FLY CONTINUES WITH ALL-NEW COMIC BOOK SEQUEL AT IDW12/18/14 @ 10:01 am EST
Marvel continues to expand marvelkids.com
with its latest destination dedicated to the mightiest Marvel Super Heroes – The Avengers
! The Avengers destination
is designed to captivate the next generation of Marvel fans with digital products and destinations that younger "digital natives"
will love, featuring games and immersive activities assembling Marvel’s greatest Super Hero team.
younger Marvel fans can take on the role of Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow and more in a variety of interactive games including:· Avengers Assemble: Combined Strike -
Help the Avengers stop the combined forces of Red Skull and Dracula! · Avengers Assemble: Avengers Tower Rush -
Help Hawkeye and the Avengers protect Avengers Tower from the invading Hydra forces! · The Avengers vs. Gamma Monsters -
Defend S.H.I.E.L.D. headquarters from Gamma Monsters
· The Avengers: Bunker Boosters
- Stop the Avengers' arch enemies · Black Widow -
The Black Widow undertakes a difficult mission for Nick Fury
Marvelkids.com’s Avengers destination has all of these games and several more!
Also included at marvelkids.com is a power pack of activities
with Avengers downloadable coloring pages, mazes and word searches. Hours of entertainment to challenge the mind of any young Avenger!
In addition to the exciting games that marvelkids.com offers, fans will also be able to watch several "Marvel’s Avengers Assemble" video clips
from the hit animated TV series, airing Sunday mornings inside the Marvel Universe on Disney XD. Fans will also be able to explore the Avengers’ universe through in-depth online hero and villain bios
that will keep any fan up-to-date with characters from “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble” and the Marvel Universe.
“Marvelkids.com launched in September as a new online experience exclusively for kids that allows them to engage with the Marvel heroes they love and even play the role of hero themselves through a variety of fun and exciting games," said Kristin Vincent, VP of Digital Products. “We started with Spider-Man and have now expanded to include the Earth’s mightiest Super Heroes - the Avengers! marvelkids.com will keep rolling out new games, videos and other content so kids can have fun online while in a kid-safe digital environment."
Be sure to check out marvelkids.com here along with the Avengers and Spider-Man destinations: http://www.marvelkids.com/http://avengers.marvelkids.com/http://spiderman.marvelkids.com/
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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.
“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.