LEGENDARY JUDGE DREDD ARTIST RON SMITH HAS PASSED AT 9401/10/19 @ 10:21 pm EST
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reports that comic book artist Ron Smith has died at the age of 94. The death of the 2000 AD
veteran, who enjoyed lengthy runs on Judge Dredd
and Rogue Trooper
, was announced via the 2000 AD
Twitter account Thursday morning.
"We're very sorry to hear that Judge Dredd artist Ron Smith has passed away," the tweet read. "From co-creating Chopper to the weird Otto Sump and the wonderful Mayor Dave, he was an incredible artist with a career spanning decades. Our deepest sympathies to his family."
Smith, a former World War II fighter pilot, had a short-lived career in animation before moving into comic book illustration in 1949, working on humor and adventure strips for a number of British publishers and titles, including Knockout
. Decades into his career, he added then-newly launched anthology 2000 AD
to his workload in 1979, a move that would significantly raise his profile.
Quickly becoming one of the core artists on the Judge Dredd
strip, Smith would be involved in numerous iconic stories featuring the character, including "The Day the Law Died," "The Otto Sump Ugly Clinic" and "The Judge Child Quest." He'd co-create a number of recurring characters, including anarchist antihero Chopper — who would be spun off into his own series — and Mayor Dave, an orangutan who became the leading politician in the future dystopia of the series' Mega-City One setting.
Smith's prolific output and appreciation from Dredd
fans meant that he was the obvious choice to draw the character's newspaper strip spin-off, which ran in the British Daily Star
newspaper from 1981 through 1998. Smith was the primary artist for the entire run, even as he continued to work for 2000 AD
Following his departure from the 2000 AD Dredd
strip in the early 1990s, he went on to be the primary artist on the anthology title's Rogue Trooper
reboot, in addition to co-creating the series Chronos Carnival
He officially retired in the 1990s, although his Daily Star Dredd
work continued until that strip was discontinued. In recent years, he had been dealing with Parkinson's disease. DF News offers its sincerest condolences to Mr. Smith's family, friends and fans.
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Paramount PicturesMARVEL COMICS ANNOUNCES HISTORIC X-MEN MILESTONE WITH HOUSE OF X AND POWERS OF X03/23/19 @ 11:01 pm EST
has come through with a full trailer for the live-action film adaptation of the Dora the Explorer toon, Dora and the Lost City of Gold.
The movie is slated to hit theaters Aug. 2.
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After weeks of speculation from comic book fans around the world, Marvel revealed the next monumental chapter for the X-Men during this year’s Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo. During Marvel’s Next Big Thing Panel, critically-acclaimed creator Jonathan Hickman (Fantastic Four, The Avengers, Infinity, Secret Wars) announced two new series: HOUSE OF X and POWERS OF X, beginning this July! NEW LAUNCH TRAILER REVEALED FOR WAR OF THE REALMS03/23/19 @ 4:15 pm EST
Ever since Stan Lee and Jack Kirby introduced the X-Men, fans everywhere have followed the extraordinary stories of the X-Men through seminal moments like Giant-Size X-Men, 1991’s X-Men #1, Age of Apocalypse, and New X-Men. Each of these moments introduced a new era for mutantkind – and starting this summer, the world will experience the next seminal moment in the history of the X-Men with HOUSE OF X and POWERS OF X.
“We are excited to have Jon back with the Marvel family, and we could not have asked for a better creative team to help usher the X-Men into a whole new era,” said Marvel Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski. “While we can’t reveal too much about the story just yet, these new stories will redefine the X-Men and their place in the Marvel Universe. This is a historic moment both new and passionate fans won’t want to miss.”
These two new series – written by Jonathan Hickman with art by Young Gun Pepe Larraz, R.B. Silva, and colorist Marte Garcia – will build from every major X-Men milestone since 1963 up through the current X-Men series and storylines fans know and love, including some of Marvel’s most iconic characters from over the decades. Each series will be released on an alternate weekly schedule, starting with HOUSE OF X, followed by POWERS OF X. Fans will be able to follow along each week this summer and witness history unfold.
HOUSE OF X and POWERS OF X will go on sale this July!
HOUSE OF X #1 (of 6) Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN Art by PEPE LARRAZ Colors by MARTE GARCIA Cover by PEPE LARRAZ
POWERS OF X #1 (of 6) Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN Art by R.B. SILVA Colors by MARTE GARCIA Cover by R.B. SILVA
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WARNER BROS.' ANIMATED SCOOBY-DOO FINDS ITS FRED AND DAPHNE 03/23/19 @ 4:07 pm EST
War is coming to the Marvel Universe in WAR OF THE REALMS, and no corner of the Marvel Universe will be untouched!
At the MARVEL COMICS: War of The Realms panel at C2E2, Marvel revealed a launch trailer
highlighting the epic event that starts April 3rd from the acclaimed creative team of Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman, and Matthew Wilson.
It’s an event of unparalleled scale…and you won’t want to miss it! Plus, don’t miss a special midnight release of WAR OF THE REALMS #1 for retailers – be sure to check Marvel mailers for more details!
WAR OF THE REALMS #1 (of 6) Written by JASON AARON Art by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN Cover by ARTHUR ADAMS & MATTHEW WILSON
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Deadline'TITANS': DISNEY CHANNEL ACTRESS CAST AS RAVAGER ON DC UNIVERSE SERIES03/23/19 @ 4:03 pm EST
reports that Zac Efron will voice the dapper Fred, and Amanda Seyfried the preppy Daphne, in Warner Bros Animation Group’s Scooby-Doo
feature film Scoob.
It’s the first time since Warners’ 2004 live-action take on the Hanna-Barbera cartoon, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed,
that the Mystery Inc gang have hit the big screen. In the new Scooby-Doo
movie they team up with other characters in the Hanna-Barbera universe to save the world from the evil Dick Dastardly.
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DeadlineVALIANT HEADS TO WONDERCON IN SUNNY CALIFORNIA 03/23/19 @ 3:57 pm EST
reports that Chelsea T. Zhang has been cast in the series regular role of Rose Wilson, aka the Ravager, for the coming second season of the DC Universe series Titans
Zhang is best known for playing the role of Brittney on Disney Channel’s Andi Mack
, the award-winning middle school series that aired its 50th episode (and 13th of Season 3) on March 1st.
As Ravager, Zhang will be in the ranks of the Wilson family, who famously provide both friend and foe to the Teen Titans in the pages of DC Comics since 1980. Esai Morales will portray the patriarch, Slade Wilson, aka Deathstroke, frequently billed as the most accomplished assassin in DC mythology and the arch enemy of Titans leader Dick Grayson (Brenton Thwaites). Chella Man was recently cast as Joseph Wilson, aka Jericho, the mute son of Slade and brother of Rose.
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CHERYL AND JASON FACE AN IMPOSSIBLE CHALLENGE IN BLOSSOMS 666 #3 PREVIEW03/23/19 @ 3:53 pm EST
Valiant Entertainment is thrilled to announce Wondercon in Anaheim as the next stop on its 2019 convention tour!
From Friday, March 29th
to Sunday, March 31st
, make your way to Booth #1123
in the Anaheim Convention Center
in Anaheim, CA, where Valiant will be set up alongside popular Southern California comic book retailer Collector’s Paradise
. Along with panels, exclusives, and signings, Valiant will be bringing attendees an expansive selection of trade paperbacks and deluxe hardcovers—including titles like BLOODSHOT, FAITH, X-O MANOWAR, NINJA-K, LIVEWIRE, and much more, including Volume 1 collections that are specially priced at only $9.99!
To commemorate this year’s WonderCon, Valiant has partnered again with Zen Monkey Studios
to create three convention-exclusive, Gold Variant pins. Featuring popular designs from Wave 1 of the ZMS x Valiant Pin Collection
—X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, and Ninjak—this limited run (just 50 each) will be sold only by Collector’s Paradise and will feature numbered backstamps.
Collector's Paradise will also offer congoers an exclusive variant of Valiant’s recently released new series, THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOYO HARADA #1
. Written by Joshua Dysart and illustrated by CAFU and Mico Suayan, the exclusive features a stunning cover by celebrated artist Mike Choi
).THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOYO HARADA #1COLLECTOR'S PARADISE EXCLUSIVE
Cover Art by MIKE CHOI
Collector's Paradise and Valiant will also host several creators at the booth for special signings, including writer Joshua Dysart
(THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOYO HARADA, HARBINGER), cover artist Megan Hutchison
(LIVEWIRE, NINJA-K), and BLOODSHOT co-creator Kevin VanHook
. Please check the booth for a complete schedule.
Attendees are also invited to join Valiant at any or all panels it will be presenting at WonderCon: Now Is the Perfect Time to Read Valiant!Friday, 3/29/19, 1:00p.m. - 2:00p.m., Room: 209
2019 is shaping up to be a big year for Valiant Comics, and here's why it's the perfect time to jump on and start reading! Joshua Dysart
will fill you in on THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOYO HARADA, exploring Valiant's biggest villain. Vita Ayala
will give you insight on upcoming issues of their critically acclaimed series, LIVEWIRE, a superheroine attempting to redeem herself after shutting down the power to all of the United States. Plus, there will be sneak peeks of several new upcoming series, including PUNK MAMBO, a hard-living voodoo priestess who will help you—if the price is right; FALLEN WORLD, a new limited series set in the future and starring Rai; a new ongoing BLOODSHOT series launching in September; and much more! Plus, every attendee at the panel will receive a special gift from Valiant! Valiant Presents: How I Broke into ComicsSaturday, 3/30/19, 12:00p.m. - 1:00p.m., Room: 211
Do you want a future in the comics industry? Whether you dream of becoming a creator, editor, or marketing professional, this panel is essential! Join enthusiastic Valiant Comics staff and comic creatorsJoshua Dysart
(THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOYO HARADA, HARBINGER) and Vita Ayala
(LIVEWIRE, Xena: Warrior Princess
) as they offer insight into the comics industry, share life-changing tips, and elaborate about the future of the industry. If you want a career in comics, this panel is mandatory! Valiant Presents: Bloodshot 101Sunday, 3/31/19, 12:30p.m. - 1:30p.m., Room: 213AB
Who is Bloodshot, Valiant Comics’ unstoppable supersoldier? With Vin Diesel’s “Bloodshot” movie from Sony Pictures coming out next February and some exciting Bloodshot comic news, let Valiant’s EditorLysa Hawkins
, Director of Marketing Mel Caylo
, and Sales and Social Media Manager Emily Hecht
give you a crash course on this iconic character—what’s Bloodshot’s history, what are his abilities, and what motivates him? Find out here!
At WonderCon, Valiant staffers will distribute FREE copies of the VALIANT SPRING 2019 PREVIEW
, which contains sneak peeks of upcoming titles PUNK MAMBO #1
by Cullen Bunn and Adam Gorham; FALLEN WORLD #1
by Dan Abnett and Adam Pollina; and PSI-LORDS #1
by Fred Van Lente and Renato Guedes, so be sure to pick one up! VALIANT SPRING 2019 PREVIEW, Cover Art by Dan Brereton
For tickets and other information about WonderCon, visit https://www.comic-con.org/wca
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BLOSSOMS 666 #3 (of 5)#C2E2: LION FORGE ANNOUNCES ARMY OF ONE03/23/19 @ 3:50 pm EST
The Blossom twins have challenged one another to a competition. The challenge: corrupt Betty Cooper! The winner claims the title of Anti-Christ. But a mysterious figure has entered Riverdale, and he wants in on the competition—and the reward—himself!
Script: Cullen Bunn
Art: Laura Braga, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Laura Braga
Variant Covers: Marguerite Sauvage, Matthew Taylor
On Sale Date: 4/17
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S. Cover by Laura BragaArtwork by Laura Braga and Matt Herms
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#C2E2: LION FORGE TO COLLECT ARIEL RIES'S WITCHY03/23/19 @ 3:48 pm EST
Lion Forge continues to ramp up its 2019 line of creator-owned comic book series with concepts every bit as original and unique as the creators behind them. Today, in conjunction with the Lion Forge panel at C2E2 in Chicago, the company unveils Army of One
, an all-new series launching in October!
Created by New York Times Bestselling Writer Tony Lee (Doctor Who, Star Trek, Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, Spider-Man
) and Yishan Li (Hellboy and the B.P.R.D 1956
, Buffy: The High School Years
, and Blue Beetle
),and colored by Bryan Valenza, Army Of One
is a story of friendship, sisterhood in a fight against unsurmountable odds, with a few twists and turns along the way.
“I’ve known Yishan since 2005 - we worked for the same UK comics publisher, and over the years always joked that we should do something. After catching up at SDCC in 2016, we decided that it was now or never” says writer Tony Lee. “We wanted to do something different, that really showcased our skills. I threw out the idea of a girl facing multiple alternate world versions of herself, within a matter of minutes Yishan sent me some concept designs - and I knew right then that we had something magical here. It took some time to fine tune the story and the characters, but once Greg Tumbarello brought us to Lion Forge, we knew we’d come home. They’ve given us the freedom to truly craft a story that’s different to anything I’ve done before - and if you’ve read the scope of stories I did for Doctor Who, you’ll know that’s expansive!”
Seventeen year old Carrie Taylor always knew she was different to the other students, but when she’s saved from nightmarish creatures by doppelgängers of herself, other ‘Carries’ from alternate dimensions, worlds and timelines, she learns the horrifying truth – that she is one of a thousand shattered shards of Sister Fortune, a great Mystic from another dimension; scattered into the multiverse after an apocalyptic battle with her greatest rival, Brother Havoc.
Now, after a millennia of constant death and rebirth, the shards of Sister Fortune are locked in an endless war against each other. In the midst of this, a small band of rebels band together, attempting to unify a force of thirteen doppelgängers, all with the aim of stopping Brother Havoc from finally taking over all of the Multiverses.
But is Carrie one of these shattered shards - or is she something new? And when she learns the truth about her heritage, which side will she choose?
“This is a really exciting adventure on an epic scale – multiple parallel universes colliding in an ageless battle between Good and Evil” says editor Mike Kennedy. “But what makes this series so engaging is never knowing who truly is Good or Evil… different universes have different definitions, and our parallel heroines have different agendas and backstory motivations. This is a complex and exciting new storyline that I think readers will really get sucked into!” Army of One
will be solicited in the August-dated PREVIEWS
catalog for release in October, offered to retailers in a fully returnable standard comic format, priced at $3.99. Further details to be revealed in the coming months!
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In conjunction with the Lion Forge panel at C2E2, the publisher of “comics for everyone” announces the collection and publication of Ariel Ries’s beloved webcomic, Witchy
! Praised around the internet since its first appearance five years ago, Witchy was nominated for the 2015 Ignatz for Outstanding Online Comic, the 2016 DINKy for Outstanding Web Comic, and the Danish “Pingprisen” for Best Online Series in 2017 and 2018.
Now, Lion Forge announces the first long awaited print collection for release just in time for back to school reading!
“For the past 5 years, I’ve poured everything into making Witchy
and aside from the support of my fans it’s sometimes felt like a lonely road— until Steenz contacted me about working with Lion Forge to publish Witchy
” says creator Ariel Slamet Ries. “Since then we’ve all been hard at work together to make the book worth the read, for both old and new readers. Having Witchy
published has always seemed like a far off dream, and I have Lion Forge to thank for taking this leap with me. With the help of my editors Hazel Newlevant and Steenz, the Witchy
book has become something truly special!”
In the witch kingdom Hyalin, the strength of your magic is determined by the length of your hair. Those that are strong enough are conscripted by the Witch Guard, who enforce the law in peacetime and protect the land during war. However, those with hair judged too long are pronounced enemies of the kingdom, and annihilated. This is called a witch burning Witchy
is an ongoing webcomic about the young witch Nyneve, who is haunted by the death of her father and the threat the Witch Guard poses to her own life. When conscription rolls around, Nyneve has a choice to make; join the institution complicit in her father’s death, or stand up for her ideals?
“When I started at Lion Forge two years ago, I was thrilled to be able to bring in new titles (specifically webcomics) to our acquisitions process. So when I had the opportunity to bring my first pitch in, I knew it had to be the vibrant, magical, and compelling webcomic, Witchy
” says editor Christina “Steenz” Stewart. “Two years and two editors later, I’m excited to finally see it in print. I know fans of the series will be thrilled to see it packaged so beautifully, and readers new to the world of Hyalin are going to love it as much as I did when I read it all those years ago.” Witchy
is updated online every Tuesday and Friday, with the print edition to be solicited in the July-dated PREVIEWS
catalog for release in September.