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NEWS | Title launches from Dark Horse, BOOM!, comiXology, and Shifty Look
Published on Monday, July 22, 2013 by
Dark Horse announces a new ongoing Halo series, BOOM! reveals covers to Sons of Anarchy #s 1 & 2; UDON, Seven Seas, and Scholastic titles now on comiXology, and ShiftyLook launches a Bravoman collection.

Dark Horse announces Halo: Escalation ongoing series

From the press release:

heytherehaloAnnounced at Comic-Con International, 343 Studios’ Frank O’Connor announced that Dark Horse Comics would publish an all-new ongoing series later this year based on the massive video game franchise Halo. This news comes prior to next month’s release of the first issue of the highly anticipated miniseries Halo: Initiation.

While the first miniseries ties directly into Microsoft’s Halo: Spartan Assault video game, Halo: Escalation will spin directly out of the events of Halo 4. The series begins when the UNSC Infinity is assigned escort duty for a diplomatic mission between the Arbiter and the Brutes, but has to fend off an attack meant to thwart the negotiations. Featuring Captain Lasky, Spartan Palmer, and a cast of recognizable characters, this ongoing series is poised to be essential reading for fans in search of new story lines set within the canon of the Halo universe!

Much like other Dark Horse video game tie-in titles that are written by the games’ writers, Halo will be written by Halo 4 lead writer Chris Schlerf, with Omar Francia (Mass Effect, Star Wars: Legacy) handling art for the first three issues, and with covers by Anthony Palumbo (Dragon Age).

‘There are many, many more stories we want to tell in the Halo universe than we’d ever be able to explore solely through the games,’ said writer Chris Schlerf. ‘Having the chance to see those adventures come to life on a monthly basis feels like the ultimate realization of an awful lot of dreaming on our part.’

The first issue of Halo: Escalation arrives in stores on December 11, 2013!

BOOM! reveals covers to Sons of Anarchy #1 and #2 in official announcement

From the press release:

The gun-smuggling outlaw bikers with complex pasts and gripping personalities residing in Charming, California will soon cover the pages of a comic book series launching in partnership with Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products and BOOM! Studios. As a modern vision of the outlaw genre, the widely-popular “Sons of Anarchy” drama will launch its first comic book issue in comic shops nationwide beginning September 11, 2013.

‘Our team at BOOM! Studios includes some of the biggest fans of ‘Sons of Anarchy’ and with our long-time desire to create a comic series around the show now a reality, we couldn’t be more excited,’ said Ross Richie, CEO of BOOM! Studios. ‘We are focused on adding to the mythology of the show in a way that is authentic and meaningful, while working closely alongside Kurt, FX and Fox so that the fans get the best experience from a ‘Sons of Anarchy’ comic.’

The creative team behind the BOOM! Studios comic book series includes writer Christopher Golden, artist Damian Couceiro and cover artist Garry Brown.

Seven Seas, UDON, and Scholastic titles now available on comiXology

ComiXology recently announced its acquisition of the digital distribution rights to titles from manga publisher Seven Seas Entertainment, Scholastic’s Graphix all-ages graphic novel line, and Toronto-based UDON Entertainment.

The launch titles for comiXology’s Seven Seas Entertainment manga library are the following:

  • comixology_SevenSeas_iPadAmazing Agent Luna Vol. 1 story by Nunzio DeFilippis & Christina Weir; Art by Shiei
  • Amazing Agent Luna Vol. 2 story by Nunzio DeFilippis & Christina Weir; Art by Shiei
  • Amazing Agent Luna Vol. 3 story by Nunzio DeFilippis & Christina Weir; Art by Shiei
  • Arkham Woods story by Christopher Rowley; art by Jhomar Soriano
  • Haganai: I Don’t Have Many Friends Vol. 1 story by Yomi Hirasaka; art by Itachi
  • Hollow Fields Vol. 1 story & art by Madeleine Rosca
  • Jack the Ripper: Hell Blade Vol. 1 story & art by Je-tae Yoo
  • Dance in the Vampire Bund Vol. 1 story & art by Nozomu Tamaki
  • Dance in the Vampire Bund Vol. 2 story & art by Nozomu Tamaki
  • Dance in the Vampire Bund Vol. 3 story & art by Nozomu Tamaki
  • The Sacred Blacksmith Vol. 1 story by Isao Miura; art by Kotaro Yamada
  • Vampire Cheerleaders/Paranormal Mystery Squad Vol. 1 Written by Adam Arnold; Illustrated by Shiei and Comipa
  • Vampire Cheerleaders/Paranormal Mystery Squad Vol. 2 Written by Adam Arnold; Illustrated by Shiei and Ian Cang

ComiXology has also acquired the digital distribution rights to UDON Entertainment’s back-catalog of licensed comics featuring characters from Capcom’s popular Street Fighter video game franchise as well as UDON’s growing original comics line-up. The seven launch titles for comiXology’s UDON Entertainment collection are listed below:

  • Street_Fighter_volume1Street Fighter #0 story by Ken Siu-Chong & art by Arnold Tsang, Alvin Lee, Rob Ross, Andrew Hou
  • Street Fighter #1 story by Ken Siu-Chong & art by Arnold Tsang, Alvin Lee, Andrew Hou, Rey, Joe Madureira
  • Street Fighter #2 story by Ken Siu-Chong & art by Alvin Lee, Arnold Tsang, Alan Tam, Rob Ross, Andrew Hou, Rey, Adam Warren
  • Street Fighter #3 story by Ken Siu-Chong & art by Alvin Lee, Alan Tam, Hanna Chen, Joy Ang, Rey, Rob Ross, Kevin Yan, Shane Law, & art by Arnold Tsang, Andrew Hou, Kevin Lau
  • Street Fighter #4 story by Ken Siu-Chong & art by Alvin Lee, Rob Ross, Alan Tam, Hanna Chen, Joy Ang, Andrew Hou, Arnold Tsang, Rey, Kaare Andrews
  • Makeshift Miracle 1 story by Jim Zub & art by Shun Hong Chan
  • Super Street Fighter Volume 1: New Generations story by Ken Siu-Chong, Jim Zub, Chris Sims with art by Jeffrey Chamba Cruz, Sean Galloway, Joe Ng, Gonzalo Ordonez Arias, Long Vo, Omar Dogan, Edwin Huang

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Parents who have an existing comiXology account can log into the Comics4Kids iPhone and iPad app to safely hand their device to their children, where they can read kid-friendly purchases such as those from Scholastic’s Graphix line of graphic novels. The launch titles for comiXology’s Graphix library are the following:

  • The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #1: Kristy’s Great Idea illustrated by Raina Telgemeier (based on the series by Ann M. Martin)
  • The Baby-Sitters Club Graphix #2: The Truth About Stacey illustrated by Raina Telgemeier (based on the series by Ann M. Martin)
  • Bad Island by Doug TenNapel
  • Bird & Squirrel on the Run by James Burks
  • Breaking Up: A Fashion High Graphic Novel by Aimee Friedman & Christine Norrie
  • Cardboard by Doug TenNapel
  • Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel
  • Goosebumps Graphix #1: Creepy Creatures by R.L. Stine and artists Gabriel Hernandez, Scott Morse, and Greg Ruth
  • Goosebumps Graphix #2: Terror Trips by R.L. Stine and artists Jill Thompson, Jamie Tolagson, and Amy Kim Ganter
  • Goosebumps Graphix #3: Scary Summer by R.L. Stine and artists Dean Haspiel, Kyle Baker, and Ted Naifeh
  • Knights of the Lunch Table #1: The Dodgeball Chronicles by Frank Cammuso
  • Knights of the Lunch Table #2: The Dragon Players by Frank Cammuso
  • Knights of the Lunch Table #3: The Battling Bands by Frank Cammuso
  • Magic Pickle Graphic Novel by Scott Morse
  • Magic Pickle:  VS. The Egg Poacher by Scott Morse
  • Magic Pickle:  and the Planet of the Grapes by Scott Morse
  • Magic Pickle:  and the Creature from the Black Legume by Scott Morse
  • Magic Pickle:  and the Garden of Evil by Scott Morse
  • Queen Bee by Chynna Clugston

ShiftyLook announces new Bravoman hardcover collection

From the press release:

bravomanvol1UDON Entertainment and ShiftyLook are proud to announce that this November, the Super-Unequaled Hero of Excellence himself, BRAVOMAN, will make the leap to the printed page in Bravoman™ Volume 1 Hardcover Graphic Novel, from Matt Moylan, Dax Gordine, and UDON Entertainment!

BRAVOMAN®, a classic Japanese video game originally created by NAMCO LIMITED in 1988, has been re-envisioned by NAMCO BANDAI Games’ ShiftyLook project and is now appearing in hilarious, all-new comic strips three times a week on the ShiftyLook website! The hit new webcomics have spun off a brand new video game, a new animated series, and — coming this fall — a graphic novel collecting the first year of BRAVOMAN™ comics!

“We have a super-unequaled excitement about the new areas the BRAVOMAN franchise will stretch into with this book,” said Rob Pereyda, NAMCO BANDAI Games’ ShiftyLook Producer and Editor-in-Chief. “We are optimistic that people with any sense of taste anywhere will enjoy the work of excellence that the good folks at UDON Entertainment have created.”

“We’re very excited by our partnership with ShiftyLook to help create, and now publish, the adventures of Bravoman,” said UDON Chief of Operations Erik Ko. “UDON crew members Matt Moylan and Dax Gordine are writing and drawing a hilarious, high-quality strip. I’m thrilled that a brand new audience will get to discover the series in comic and book stores.”

Bravoman™ Volume 1 is a 152-page hardcover graphic novel, arriving in stores November 2013. Collecting more than 130 strips from the ultra-stretchy, monster-battling, giant robot-smashing hero’s adventures, Bravoman™ Volume 1 is also jam-packed with bonus pin-ups, rough sketches, creator commentary, and much much more! A thrilling welcome to the world of BRAVOMAN™ and a collectible yearbook for the tens of thousands of hardcore webcomics fans, Bravoman™ Volume 1 is not to be missed!

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