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- PREVIEW: AAM/Markosia presents "Lazarus: Immortal Coils" - AAM/Markosia, publishers of King Kong, Starship Troopers, Eleventh Hour and the critically acclaimed The Boy Who Made Silence, are proud to announce their new title Lazarus: Immortal Coils. A story 1,974 years in the making, Lazarus: Immortal Coils reveals the definitive origin of the eternal warrior.
- Bluewater Productions kicks it into "Gearz" - From the creator of the "10th Muse" comes the newest female group of unlikely heroes - Gearz!
- NY Comic Con announces full schedule of film and TV previews and screenings - The full schedule of movie trailers and special sneak peek previews which will be featured in the IGN.com Theater at New York Comic Con has been announced and includes special events for "The Incredible Hulk," "Hellboy 2," " The Spirit" and more.
- X-POSITION: X-Editors United - We're joined today by Axel Alonso and his team of X-editors to discuss "Divided We Stand" and premiere loads and loads of exclusive art including Simone Bianchi art from "Astonishing X-Men."
- "Mr. T Versus Dracula" announced from Mohawk Media - Having recently launched their Mr. T: Limited Advance Edition Graphic Novel, publisher Mohawk Media have decided to celebrate April Fools Day with the announcement of "Mr. T Versus," a series of comic magazines which see Mr. T doing battle with other famous characters. The first confirmed title is "Mr. T Versus Dracula."
- Scott Dunbier Named IDW Special Projects Editor - Starting today, former WildStorm Executive Editor Scott Dunbier joins IDW Publishing as Special Projects Editor. In this exclusive interview, CBR News spoke with the industry veteran about his plans.
- I AM "IRON MAN": Robert Downey, Jr. - In this first of a series of interviews with the cast and crew of "Iron Man," the new film based on the classic Marvel Comics superhero, CBR News speaks with Robert Downey, Jr., who plays the titular role.
- FIRST LOOK: "Hulk" #3 - Hulk gets hit with an A-bomb! Courtesy of Marvel, CBR brings you a first look at "Hulk" #3 by Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness with a variant cover by David Finch.
- SECRETS OF "NIM'S": Directors talk New Family Adventure Film - Directors Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett talk to CBR News about their new film, Nims Island, and what its like to work with Jodie Foster, and why 300 star Gerard Butler is so good that they had to cast him twice.
- PREVIEW: Warren Ellis' "Anna Mercury" #1 - Courtesy of Avatar Press, CBR brings you an advance look at "Anna Mercury" #1 by Warren Ellis and Facundo Percio, on sale this week.
- Incredible Hulk, Smallville, Speed Racer: April 1st Comic Reel Wrap - There ain't no jokes as we present an exclusive new rumor about trouble for Dr. Banner, season eight talk in Kansas, fast paced news plus much more.
- Mayor of Portland declares April to be Portand Comics Month - The Stumptown Comics Foundation is delighted to announce that Mayor Tom Potter will declare this April Portland Comics Month. The proclamation officially recognizes both the cultural importance and creative influence of this vibrant art form on the entire city.
- PREVIEW: "X-Force" #3 continues the search for Wolfsbane - The red-hot, sold-out hottest X-launch of the year continues as Wolverines new team searches for the kidnapped Wolfsbane and continues their merciless attacks on Purifier bases till they find her!
- EARTH'S MOST WANTED: The Twos - Marvel editor Tom Brevoort helps CBR unveil The Twos in the Skrulls "Secret Invasion" poker deck, including a longtime Avenger, a veteran news man, and young members of the Kree and Skrull races.
- PREVIEW: "Evil Dead" #4 - Courtesy of Dark Horse, CBR brings you an advance look at "Evil Dead" #4 by Mark Verheiden and John Bolton, on sale next week in finer comics stores everywhere.
- Where Have All the Heroes Gone? Krueger talks Project Superpowers - Co-writer Jim Krueger brings you up to speed on whats happened in the first issues of Dynamite's Project Superpowers, and drops a few hints about whats still to come.
- MYSPACING COMICS: Marvel Cries "Excelsior!" - Joe Quesada and Stan Lee are making noise on MySpace and so is Marvel Entertainment adding nearly 5,000 friends this month as the publisher prepares itself for a "Secret Invasion."
- Heroes Initiative to publish Mike Wieringo's final Marvel Comics work as a benefit book - When artist Mike Wieringo passed away, he was in the middle of his latest Marvel Comics book, a What If? story. Mike had completed seven pages of what became a massive 27-page story. With Mikes passing, Marvel Comics generously provided access to the script and Mikes art to The Hero Initiative, and Mikes friends stepped up to finish the story, and pay tribute to Mike.
- "Secret Invasion" shines its spotlight on Black Bolt and The Inhumans - Whether hes dead or missing, SECRET INVASION will make Black Bolts family truly Inhuman!
- "Sam & Lilah" jumps from Zuda Comics competition to ACT-I-VATE webcomic lineup - Fresh off a commanding fourth-place finish in Zuda Comics' March 2008 Competition, SAM & LILAH will be making a move to its new home as part of the online comics collective ACT-I-VATE, beginning with new pages on May 1.
Comic Book Movie
- Leaked Clip From AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Has Resurfaced In Better Quality - During Marvel Studios#39; big event earlier this week, a clip from next year#39;s Avengers: Age of Ultron was shown to seemingly sow the seeds for 2016#39;s Captain America: Civil War, which will evidently pit Chris Evans#39; Super Soldier against Robert Downey Jr.#39;s Iron Man. The scene, which takes place at a farm that is said to be owned by Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) following a big Ultron battle, features the two Avengers engaging in heated dialogue (which you can read below thanks tonbsp;Tumblr). Well, there have been low-quality recordings of this clip making the rounds all week, but now a better version has surfaced. And given Marvel may not release the clip officially anytime soon, unless it features in the second exclusive look at Age of Ultron that#39;s coming on Tuesday, check it out below!
TONY: Thor didnrsquo;t say where hersquo;s going to get answers? STEVE: Sometimes my teammates donrsquo;t tell me things.
- DAREDEVIL Filming Details Reveal New Information On The Suit, Ninjas, Fight Scenes And More -
It sounds like Daredevil might just end up wearing that black costume from Frank Miller and John Romita Jr.#39;s Man Without Fear for the majority of the first season of his Netflix series based on new filming details. According to DNAinfo, popular dive barnbsp;Turkey#39;s Nest Tavern was recently transformed into quot;Josie#39;s Hell#39;s Kitchenquot; and is a location from the comic books where ol#39; Hornhead visits when trying to get information out of the criminal underworld.nbsp;Fight scenes have also been shot, with one featuring quot;Daredevil in black uniformed costume beats up guys to get informationquot; and another with him in the same outfit beating up a quot;Junkie drug abuserquot;. Filming notices also reveal that a scene where a biker pushes Daredevil into eight motorcycles was shot. Specific locations for each of these can be found by clicking the link below. On October 25th, filming took place in a warehouse with the hero
- CONSTANTINE Season 1, Episode 3 Promo; The Devils Vinyl - Papa Midnite Debuts -
A DESPERATE WIFE MUST MAKE A DEAL WITH THE DEVIL TO SAVE HER HUSBAND#39;S LIFE -- MICHAEL JAMES SHAW GUEST STARS AS #39;PAPA MIDNITE#39; -- John (Matt Ryan) and Zed (Angeacute;lica Celaya) engage in a dangerous confrontation to save a woman and her family from sinister forces. John#39;s efforts force him to confront the darkness in his own life - while also coming face to face with a new powerful adversary in Papa Midnite (guest star Michael James Shaw)?. Harold Perrineau and Charles Halford also star.
- COMICS: Spider-Men Unite In First Look At SPIDER-VERSE TEAM-UP #1 -
bull;nbsp;Which is obvious from the title!
bull; TWO SPIDEY-STORIES PER ISSUE!
bull; The old-man Spider-Man from AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #500 and Spider-Ham team-up to recruit BEN REILLY!
bull; Spider-Man Noir and a Six-Armed Spider-Man go on a mission that terrifies them more than anything theyrsquo;ve ever seen!
SPIDER-VERSE TEAM-UP #1
Written by CHRISTOS GAGE, ROGER STERN
Pencils by DAVE WILLIAMS, BOB MCLEOD
Cover by DAVE WILLIAMS
- Penguin Is Alive Well In New GOTHAM Featurette -
Based upon characters published by DC Entertainment and produced by Warner Bros. Television, GOTHAM is an origin story of the great DC Comics Super-Villains and vigilantes, revealing an entirely new chapter that has never been told. Starring Ben McKenzie (quot;Southland,quot; quot;The O.C.quot;), Donal Logue (quot;Sons of Anarchy,quot; quot;Terriers,quot; quot;Vikings,quot; quot;Copperquot;) and Jada Pinkett Smith (quot;The Matrixquot; films, quot;HawthoRNequot;), GOTHAM follows one cop#39;s rise through a dangerously corrupt city teetering on the edge of evil and chronicles the birth of one of the most popular super heroes of our time. Executive producer Bruno Heller (quot;The Mentalistquot;) wrote the pilot, which was directed and executive-produced by Emmy Award nominee Danny Cannon (the quot;CSIquot; franchise, quot;Nikitaquot;). John Stephens will serve as an executive producer on the series.
- Latest Promotional Stills From THE FLASH Give Us A Much Better Look At Kelly Fryes Plastique -
KELLY FRYE GUEST STARS AS DC COMICS#39; PLASTIQUE AND CLANCY BROWN GUEST STARS AS GENERAL EILING - After a bomb goes off downtown, the army, led by General Eiling (guest star Clancy Brown), rolls in and takes over the case, much to Joe#39;s (Jesse Martin) surprise. Suspicious, Joe tells Barry (Grant Gustin) that he and his friends at S.T.A.R. Labs should look into the army#39;s involvement. Wells (Tom Cavanagh) informs the team that Eiling was experimenting on his men to turn them into super soldiers. Cisco (Carlos Valdes) confirms one of Eiling#39;s soldiers, Bette Sans Souci (guest star Kelly Frye), was at the bomb site. The Flash tracks her down and realizes that she#39;s not setting off the bombs, she is a meta-human who can blow things up just by touching them. Meanwhile, when Joe learns Iris is writing about quot;the streak,quot; he tells Barry to make her stop. Barry realizes
- COSPLAY: Jennifer Van Damsel As Batmans Sidekick Robin, The Girl Wonder -
Robin - Dick Grayson
Cosplayer: Jennifer Van Damsel Photographers: Mineralblu Photography, Alan Tijerina Photography,
Ian Aberle amp; Cayden Vierra Cosplay
Richard quot;Dickquot; Grayson is a member of the Batman Family who has been a superhero most of his life and held several aliases. His parents were the Flying Graysons, acrobats performing with him alongside in the traveling Haly#39;s Circus. They were tragically murdered by a mobster in Gotham City named Tony Zucco, and millionaire Bruce Wayne adopted him as his legal ward at a very young age. Grayson went through extensive training in martial arts and crimefighting to become the original Robin, Batman#39;s sidekick. Many years later when he had outgrown the position, he took the name and costume of Nightwing. Jason Todd was his successor, followed by Tim Drake. As an adult he becomes Batman to replace Bruce Wayne during Battle for the Cowl, alongside Damian
- AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 Episode 8: The Things We Bury Synopsis - Peggy Carter Returns -
quot;The Things We Buryquot; - Coulson and team find themselves in an epic face-off against Hydra to uncover an ancient secret, while Ward kidnaps his brother, Senator Christian Ward, for a violent trip down memory lane, on quot;Marvel#39;s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,quot; Tuesday, November 18 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
quot;Marvel#39;s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.quot; stars Clark Gregg as Director Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Brett Dalton as Grant Ward, Chloe Bennet as Agent Skye, Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons and Nick Blood as Lance Hunter.
Guest starring are B.J. Britt as Agent Antoine Triplett, Adrianne Palicki as Bobbi Morse, Henry Simmons as Alphonso quot;Mackquot; Mackenzie, Reed Diamond as Daniel Whitehall/Werner Reinhardt, Tim Dekay as Senator Christian Ward, Kyle MacLachlan as The Doctor, Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter, Simon Kassianides as Sunil Bakshi, Lou Ferrigno Jr. as Agent Hauer, Al
- Robert Downey Jr. Looks Forward To Iron Man Future Up To AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR Movies -
quot;It#39;s a commitment but I love being a part of it,quot; Robert Downey Jr. told News Media Gallery yesterday of his extensive role as Iron Man in the recently-announcednbsp;Captain America: Civil War as well as the two-part Avengers: Infinity War movies. quot;She (his wife Susan Downey) knows I get happy when I get to put on the beard and nbsp;go out and make faces with Chris Evans and listen to Kevin Feige get excited. She knows I am going to come back in a good mood,quot;nbsp;he added. During another interviewnbsp;while on the red carpet of the BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards, Entertainment Tonight hadnbsp;asked Downey how many times will we have seen him play Tony Stark once his contract lets up. quot;You know, it may verge on double digits,quot;nbsp;he replied, quot;but it will probably wind up being a little shy.quot;nbsp;Counting his cameo in The Incredible Hulk, Downey will have portrayed Marvel#39;s
- ARROW Season 3, Episode 5 Full Set Of Stills; The Secret Origin of Felicity Smoak -
CHARLOTTE ROSS (ldquo;NYPD BLUErdquo;) STARS AS FELICITYrsquo;S MOTHER mdash; When a cyber attack brings Starling City to its knees, Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) are pushed to their limits to contain the destruction. Life gets even more complicated for Felicity when her mother, Donna (guest star Charlotte Ross), stops by for a surprise visit. Meanwhile, Ted Grant (guest star JR Ramirez) questions Laurelrsquo;s (Katie Cassidy) motives, and Thea (Willa Holland) buys an apartment with Malcolmrsquo;s (John Barrowman) ldquo;estaterdquo; money, which infuriates Oliver. Nolan Funk guest stars as Felicityrsquo;s ex-boyfriend. Michael Schultz directed the episode written by Ben Sokolowski amp; Brian Ford Sullivan (#305).
- CONSTANTINE Season 1, Episode 5 Synopsis; Danse Vaudou - The Spectre Debuts -
CONSTANTINE AND PAPA MIDNITE MUST JOIN FORCES TO LAY TO REST A DEADLY THREAT ndash; EMMET SCANLAN AND MICHAEL JAMES SHAW GUEST STAR ndash; In New Orleans, Constantinersquo;s (Matt Ryan) unusual knowledge of a string of crimes gets him into trouble with Detective Jim Corrigan (guest star Emmett Scanlan). He must form an unholy alliance with Papa Midnite (guest star Michael James Shaw) when a voodoo ritual to help people communicate with their dead loved ones takes a deadly turn. Charles Halford and Angeacute;lica Celaya also star.
So, this should be a pretty interesting episode! The Detective clearly won#39;t be becoming The Spectre right away, but it does sound as if we might see the beginning of his journey into that character here. Be sure to click here for details on who will play the character! What do you guys think?nbsp;
- The Bat Meets The Cat In GOTHAM Season 1, Episode 9 Stills; Harvey Dent -
GORDON GOES TO ARKHAM ON AN ALL-NEW ldquo;GOTHAMrdquo; MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17, ON FOX
Trying to close the Wayne murder case, a young Harvey Dent (guest star Nicholas Drsquo; Agosto) and Gordon team up, much to Mayor Jamesrsquo; (guest star Richard Kind) chagrin. Meanwhile, Penguin makes contact with Mooneyrsquo;s (Jada Pinkett Smith) secret weapon, Liza (guest star Mackenzie Leigh) in the all-new ldquo;Harvey Dentrdquo; episode of GOTHAM airing Monday, Nov. 17 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (GTH-109) (TV-14 D, L, V)
Cast: Ben McKenzie as Detective James Gordon, Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney, Sean Pertwee as Alfred, Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin, Erin Richards as Barbara Kean, David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne, Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle/the future Catwoman, Zabryna Guevara as Captain Sarah Essen, Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma/the future Riddler, Victoria Cartagena as Renee Montoya, Andrew Stewart Jones as Crispus Allen, John Doman
- 2014 CBM Annual Halloween Costume Contest - $250 Up For Grabs! -
There are no restrictions, which means that anyone from any country can win! Simply follow the instructions below and submit your photographic entry in the comments section of THIS article!.
Winners will be announced on November 5th. This year there will be a grand-prize winner and a runner-up. nbsp;The grand-prize includes a $200 Amazon.com gift card and an official ComicBookMovie.com t-shirt. nbsp;The runner-up will receive a $50 Amazon.com gift card and a ComicBookMovie.com t-shirt. There will also be ComicBookMovie.com t-shirts for exceptional honorable mentions and the best pumpking carvings!
In order to participate, you must be registered on the site so you can submit your photo to the comment section of THIS article.nbsp;Register HEREnbsp;if you have not already made an account.
Contestants may dress up as anything they want. There are no stipulations as to the style/genre--meaning you don#39;t NEED to be a superhero in order to win. You can be scary, cute,
- FAN-ART: Benedict Cumberbatch Is Marvels Sorcerer Supreme, DOCTOR STRANGE -
Many thanks to deviantART user CAMW1N for this very cool take on Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange. The Hobbit star hasn#39;t officially been announced as playing the Marvel character as of yet, but he is in talks and believed to be close to signing on the dotted line sooner rather than later. Of course, we thought the same thing about Joaquin Phoenix, so we#39;ll have to wait and see!
- Christopher Nolan Comments On DCs Recently Announced Film Slate - I#39;m sure you remember those rumors doing the rounds that claimed Warner Bros. desperately wanted Christopher Nolan to stay on after his Dark Knight trilogy wrapped and work on their new batch of shared universe DC movies. Well, it seems that was indeed the case, and because he refused (his producing role on Man Of Steel aside) the studio had to reshuffle and go in a different direction. This is apparently why they took so long to make their announcement of a shared DC movie universe to rival Marvel#39;s. But as we found out earlier, Nolan doesn#39;t have any negative feeling for the genre, and might even entertain the idea of returning some day...but how does he feel about the current approach that#39;s been taken in his absence? Here#39;s what he had to say to Time Out about it.
quot;I love working in that field and hopefully Irsquo;ve added something to it.
- Marvel Celebrates LeBron James Return To Cleveland With SPIDER-MAN Inspired Art -
Lebron James, returned to Cleveland last night wearing a Cavalier jersey for the first time since departing the team for the Miami Heat several years ago. It was a very public breakup, and left Cleveland fans extremely upset, but all of that changed when LeBron surprisingly decided to return to his hometown. King James return wasn#39;t all good news as the Knicks spoiled his Cleveland return with 95-90 victory over the Cavaliers. King James performed more like Jester James Thursday night with 17 points on 5-of-15 shooting and committing 8 turnovers.
ldquo;We had LeBron leaving Cleveland in a rather spectacular fashion, and, in fairness, the return was just as incredible for Cavs fans,rdquo; says ldquo;ESPN The Magazinerdquo; Deputy Editor Otto Strong.nbsp;ldquo;The most recent image gave us an opportunity to close the loop on LeBron#39;s time away.rdquo;
ldquo;Otto suggested starting with the cover art from AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1, an image that would echo Peter
- GAMBIT Gets A Writer; Channing Tatum OFFICIALLY Attached To Star -
According to Deadline, Fox are moving ahead on the X-Men spin-off starring Gambit and have hired Robocop scribe Josh Zetumer to pen the screenplay. After being strongly rumoured and confirming that he was in talks, Channing Tatum is finally officially attached to star in the movie. You have to imagine that we#39;ll see him make his debut in X-Men: Apocalypse, but there#39;s no mention of that from the trade. Tatum is also producing with is Free Association partner Reid Carolin, and X-Men vets Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg. One of the most exciting parts of this news is the fact that the screenplay is based on a treatement written by legendary X-Men writer Chris Claremont, the man who created the character alongside Jim Lee in 1990! Plot details are being kept under wraps for the time being however. What do you guys think? Share your thoughts below!
- Orignal Actor (Not Robert Englund) As Freddy Krueger - A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET -
Over the decades, David Warner has taken on a lot of roles in television shows and movies, but one role could#39;ve defined his career if not for a scheduling conflict. For me, I most recognize the Emmy Award winning actor as #39;Chancellor Gorkon#39; from Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and the main antagonist of 1988#39;s Waxwork, but at one time he could#39;ve been #39;Freddy Krueger#39; in the 1984 horror-classic, A Nightmare On Elm Street. Wes Craven had originally wanted a stuntman for the role, but then quickly realized an actor was needed. He chose Warner for the part, but a scheduling conflict forced Warner to drop out and Robert Englund stepped in. Below, are images of Warner taking part in a makeup test for the role.
A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984) - Can your nightmares be fatal? In this classic of the horror film genre that launched a movie
- Felicity Sports A Completely Different Look In Two More ARROW Promotional Stills -
CHARLOTTE ROSS (quot;NYPD BLUEquot;) STARS AS FELICITY#39;S MOTHER - When a cyber attack brings Starling City to its knees, Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) are pushed to their limits to contain the destruction. Life gets even more complicated for Felicity when her mother, Donna (guest star Charlotte Ross), stops by for a surprise visit. Meanwhile, Ted Grant (guest star JR Ramirez) questions Laurel#39;s (Katie Cassidy) motives, and Thea (Willa Holland) buys an apartment with Malcolm#39;s (John Barrowman) quot;estatequot; money, which infuriates Oliver. Nolan Funk guest stars as Felicity#39;s ex-boyfriend. Michael Schultz directed the episode written by Ben Sokolowski amp; Brian Ford Sullivan (#305).
In the aftermath of this victory, Season 3 opens with Arrow now a hero to the citizens of Starling. Crime is down, people feel safer, and Captain Lance even calls off the Anti-Vigilante Task Force. Basking in his success, Oliver believes he can finally have a
- FAN MADE: Poster For CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR -
As you can see, Ancora Design has taken one of the first Captain America: The First Avenger posters featuring a full body shot of Rogers (Chris Evans) and simply (well, it probably wasn#39;t particularly simple!) Tony-Starked up one side of his body. Captain America: Civil War will star Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, and Chadwick Boseman, and is set for release on May 6, 2016.
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- Top Comic Book Sidekicks -
Each comic book has its superstar, the main character, the top dog that stands tall over the rest of the characters as its primary focus. These characters like Captain America, Batman, and Green Arrow are the main thing that drives the storylines along. These heroes are the ones in the spotlight and take on the heavy lifting, but they are often not alone. The sidekick was created to accompany these heroes and provide an added layer of complexity to their already full lives. Check out more in this list of Top Comic Book Sidekicks.
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- Action Lab Comics and Reviews -
It is always interesting to see the kinds of comic books that come out from the smaller publishers. While I would say the top and more memorable characters are still in The Big Two, it is these small press companies that I think are coming out with the better stories as a whole. I am very enamored with the creator owned concept and love to see that singular voice coming through a project.
Action Lab Comics is that kind of small comic book publisher. They hit it big with their highly acclaimed series Princeless and have many other comic books in their stable. One such recent acquisition is Skyward, by Jeremy Dale. I got a chance to review the first in the series as they are relaunching the once self-published comic book. Take a look at my review and see what memories it drug up for this long time fantasy fan.
I also got a chance to review the Adventure Time Annual #1. It was a pretty cool read with some interesting takes on the Adventure Time universe.p style="background:#f5f3ef;border:1px solid #d5d0bf;clear:both;padding:.5em;"a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://comicbooks.about.com/b/2013/05/31/action-lab-comics-and-reviews.htm"Action Lab Comics and Reviews/a originally appeared on a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://comicbooks.about.com/"About.com Comic Books/a on Friday, May 31st, 2013 at 18:21:19./ppa href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://comicbooks.about.com/b/2013/05/31/action-lab-comics-and-reviews.htm"Permalink/a | a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://comicbooks.about.com/b/2013/05/31/action-lab-comics-and-reviews.htm#gB3"Comment/a | a href="http://comicbooks.about.com/gi/pages/shareurl.htm?PG=http://comicbooks.about.com/b/2013/05/31/action-lab-comics-and-reviews.htm&zItl=Action Lab Comics and Reviews"Email this/a/p
- Hound Comics -
Whenever I get the chance to attend a comic book convention, I'm always on the lookout for talent and things that are new to the comic book industry. New publishers, creators, companies, you name it, I love seeing new stuff. When I went to Wizard World: Portland, I ran into a group of guys from Hound Comics, a young comic book publisher that had a lot of different products and some interesting characters to boot. I spoke with CEO and ex professional wrestler Brimstone for a bit and took home some items from their booth.
Hound Comics is the sort of place a lot of independent publishers should take note of as they embody the spirit of the entrepreneur like none I've seen recently. Not only do they have a line of comics based off of his wrestling persona, but also a other creator owned comic books, a food line, apparel, and a slate of other products. I got the chance to interview Hound Comics and got some insight into the mind behind the publishing company and was excited to peek behind the veil and see how things tick at Hound Comics. Check out the interview with Brimstone, CEO of Hound Entertainment Group.
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- New Image Titles -
It would seem a lot of creators are turning to Image Comics to get their visions out into the hands of comic book fans. I have seen a bevy of high profile creator owned series coming out of Image and it is really great to see. Joe's Comics has restarted and their first comic book out is Ten Grand, written by Straczynski himself and illustrated by Ben Templesmith. The duo really hit the mark for me and I thoroughly enjoyed what looks to be the first in a good slate of comic books coming out of this new Image imprint. Another comic I got a chance to sink my teeth into was Chin Music by Steve Niles and Tony Harris. It was very interesting to see two comic books combining the whole occult/crime thing and the two took very divergent paths. I enjoyed them both and look forward to the comic books Image will be putting out.
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- Kickstart Your Comic Book Creation -
Did you know that the website Kickstarter.com is the second largest graphic novel publisher in the U.S. according to Publishers Weekly? It beats out DC in terms of revenue off of these graphic novels and is only just behind Marvel. The term "publisher" is a bit loose here in that the company isn't directly responsible for the final product, but the proof that so many comics are created now through Kickstarter is astounding and awesome!
I've been able to talk to a couple of creators about the Kickstarting process in The Only Living Boy and Rumpus on the Run and the whole concept is exhilarating to think about the avenues that are open for creators to make comic books nowadays. Apparently the process isn't that new as according to Kickstarter, even the likes of Beethoven used a form of crowdsourcing to fund his works. Check out if Kickstarter is right for you and how you can take advantage of this great new concept.p style="background:#f5f3ef;border:1px solid #d5d0bf;clear:both;padding:.5em;"a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://comicbooks.about.com/b/2013/03/31/kickstart-your-comic-book-creation.htm"Kickstart Your Comic Book Creation/a originally appeared on a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://comicbooks.about.com/"About.com Comic Books/a on Sunday, March 31st, 2013 at 20:03:32./ppa href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://comicbooks.about.com/b/2013/03/31/kickstart-your-comic-book-creation.htm"Permalink/a | a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://comicbooks.about.com/b/2013/03/31/kickstart-your-comic-book-creation.htm#gB3"Comment/a | a href="http://comicbooks.about.com/gi/pages/shareurl.htm?PG=http://comicbooks.about.com/b/2013/03/31/kickstart-your-comic-book-creation.htm&zItl=Kickstart Your Comic Book Creation"Email this/a/p
- Jess Smart Smiley Kickstarter Interview - Rumpus On The Run -
Kickstarter is such an interesting new avenue for creators. With the right idea, pitch, and networking you can fund just about anything. Order Of The Stick funded a republishing drive and raised over 1.5 million dollars. Penny Arcade raised funds to remove advertising from their website and received over 500 thousand dollars. Now most campaigns are much smaller and won't bring in this kind of money, but for a small press comic book, not a lot can be needed. I got a chance to sit with a creator that has been on the Kickstarting ride with his latest endeavor Rumpus On The Run and right now his project is funded for the softcover version of the book, but Jess Smart Smiley also has dreams to bring his book to hardcover status. There is just a few days to go so be sure to head over this his Kickstarter Campaign first, then over the interview I did with Smiley about the process, his latest work, and kicsktarting comics.
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- Wizard World Portland Comic Con In Review -
I was really glad I got the chance to go to the Wizard World Portland Comic Con. It was the first time the con was conducted in Stumptown, my hometown of Portland, Oregon. That's Or-e-gun all smoothed together in one go and not Or-ee-gone as out of towners like to say. Although there were some things I found concerning, overall it was a smashing success that this town truly embraced. Take a look at a review of Wizard World Portland to see what was great and what could use some work on for next year. If you are interested in going next year, and I would recommend it, Wizard is doing a special promotion that will work until Monday Feb 25th at Noon. Use the code Portland2013 to get a special discount on next year's entrance to Wizard World Portland Comic Con.
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- First Day Of Wizard World Portland Comic Con -
The Wizard World Portland Comic Con was in full effect today in Portland, Oregon and the convention floor was hopping with fans, creators, and celebrities. It is odd that this hasn't happened sooner as Portland is actually one of the largest comics town in the USA. Many creators such as Bendis and Busiek make their home in this area and there are many publishers like Dark Horse, Top Shelf, and Oni here as well. Don't forget that the statue company Bowen Designs resides were to!. This is a great place for comic books and has a great indy convention in the Stumptown Comics Fest, but Wizard World is going for a large scale feel and I think they have a good start. It was interesting that there was a lack of publishers showcasing here and it might be that the Emerald City Comic Con is next weekend in Seattle, WA. Either way I had a good time and met some new people. More to come.
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- Heading to Wizard World Portland -
Well it looks like I will be able to attend Wizard World Portland this year and will be heading down for a couple of days of fun at the Oregon Convention Center. I am curious to see what happens as there is something of a duel happening in Portland between Wizard World and Rose City Comic-Con. Wizard World has had something of a bad rap at times and Rose City is partnering with Emerald City Comic Con to partner in running their convention. I hope to see how they handle Portland and if the convention can be the kind of convention this city could use. I will report back with my findings and see just what it has in store.
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- Superheroes For Hospice Interview -
Comic book charities are a very cool thing in my mind as they merge something that we love with a good cause. There are many great comic book charities out there right now and one of them is Superheroes for Hospice. This event is a mini-convention where fans can come and get comic books on the cheap. All the profits go to the hospice and help those in need in the New Jersey area. This gives comic collectors another way to get rid of unwanted comic books as the donations they use to stock the event are tax deductible. I got a chance to interview the man behind the curtains, Spiro Ballas, who gave me the skinny on what the hospice does and how you can help others through comic books.p style="background:#f5f3ef;border:1px solid #d5d0bf;clear:both;padding:.5em;"a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://comicbooks.about.com/b/2013/02/11/superheroes-for-hospice-interview.htm"Superheroes For Hospice Interview/a originally appeared on a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://comicbooks.about.com/"About.com Comic Books/a on Monday, February 11th, 2013 at 00:05:11./ppa href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://comicbooks.about.com/b/2013/02/11/superheroes-for-hospice-interview.htm"Permalink/a | a href="http://clk.about.com/?zi=1/1hc&zu=http://comicbooks.about.com/b/2013/02/11/superheroes-for-hospice-interview.htm#gB3"Comment/a | a href="http://comicbooks.about.com/gi/pages/shareurl.htm?PG=http://comicbooks.about.com/b/2013/02/11/superheroes-for-hospice-interview.htm&zItl=Superheroes For Hospice Interview"Email this/a/p
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- Amp - Take one arrogant 19 year old, give him as many superpowers as the military can afford and stand back. Responsibility? Out of the window. Heroics? No, sir. Amp just wants to be loved, well adored really, perhaps even worshipped if he can just get his own chat show!
However, the military has other ideas.
- Bonds of Blood (Volume 1) - The first seven issues of Bonds of Blood all together in one nifty trade paperback!
- Justice - After witnessing his wife's rapist avoid a prison sentence, Alan vows to bring the rapist to justice. In a world where superheroes dictate right and wrong, Alan dons a mask and cape to track the villain down.
However, he soon learns that there's a lot more to being a superhero than an extravagant costume and a butch name...
- Kincaid #1 - Kincaid #1 introduces us to the story of Elvis Kincaid, a heroin addicted punk rock musician, who finds himself thrown into a world of global conspiracy, political intrigue and super powered individuals. Far from normal super hero fare, Kincaid is a gritty title showing the darker side of life.
As much as it focuses on the underbelly of the world, Kincaid is also a tale of one man's self-becoming and personal empowerment, creating a rich and original comic book experience.
- Legend of The Winged Tiger - Full color version of Phil Yeh's bestselling Winged Tiger #1 comic.
This new version features Lieve Jerger's brilliant coloring and a brand new cover.
- Tugger / Burnt Out Comix Flipbook - Murphy Beach Studio presents a 2-fer flipbook with 2 stories, 2 covers & only 1 price!
Cousin Joey is back and featured in the silly, surreal, underground of Tugger Comix and Burnt Out Comix where the world is a pressure cooker but there are ways to getting out of it. Weird. Funny. Silly.
- Apocrypha #1, Anarchy's Birth - They wanted to break her, they wanted to to turn her into a tool of their religious tyranny, they failed.
Violence shall begat violence.
Mature readers (18+) only.
- Cigarette Stories#2: Addicted to the Drama - Our story continues: What happened to Germ. Why can't Jerry remember anything? Who are "the guests" and why do they need an armed reception? Jeri and her friends make an appearance, too.
- Cosmic Samaritan #1, The - In the first of a four part story arc, enter Joshua Price. A conflicted teenager who struggles between his faith and the worldly temptations he must face. Soon, Joshua is chosen to wield supernatural power. A power he cannot yet fully comprehend. Will Joshua use his new abilities for the good of mankind or continue to lead his own path towards darkness?
Get ready for amazing superhero action and adventure as the premiere issue of THE COSMIC SAMARITAN takes flight!
- Entombed Issue #0 - Kyle Burden, dedicated Egyptologist and brilliant inventor, is betrayed by a trusted mentor and sealed in an Egyptian sarcophagus for an entire year!
After returning to the outside world, Kyle is overwhelmed by waves of crippling agoraphobia. Climbing into his greatest invention, Professor Burden himself becomes his most diabolical and twisted creation.