The GeeksverseNEWS Round-up | Week of March 22, 2014

NEWS Round-up | Week of March 22, 2014
Published on Saturday, March 22, 2014 by
We say farewell to a beloved comics creator, relate a personal account of the chaos on the floor of last week’s Indiana Comic Con, share excerpts from Stan Lee’s Playboy interview, give the latest ECCC-exclusive updates, and more.
R.I.P. Steve Moore (1949–2014)

stevemooreBritish comics writer Steve Moore, well known to comics readers on both sides of the Atlantic for his work on the 2000 AD and Warrior anthologies as well as his lengthy stint on Marvel’s 1980s Doctor Who comic, passed away earlier this week at the age of 64.

Moore was a childhood friend and frequent collaborator of comics luminary Alan Moore (no familial relation), and has occasionally been referred to as an influence and even a mentor to the V for Vendetta and Watchmen creator. For a certain generation of readers, however, Moore will perhaps be best remembered for his work on the Tharg’s Future Shocks (later renamed simply Future Shocks) feature in the 2000 AD comics anthology, a long-running series of self-contained, short sci-fi strips with a strong satirical bent. Moore devised the format for the feature and wrote the very first Tharg’s Future Shocks story (“King of the World”), illustrated by Blasquez, which appeared in 2000 AD #25 (August 18, 1977). Moore continued to write Future Shocks stories well into the 21st century, with his most recent one being a collaboration with artist Ben McCloud that saw publication in 2005. Steve Moore was working on two collaborative projects with Alan Moore at the time of his death.

We here at the Comixverse send out our sincerest condolences to Moore’s family and friends.

Stan Lee reveals a rarely-seen side of himself in recent Playboy interview

stan_lee_2013Get your minds out of the gutter. It’s Playboy, not Playgirl, and it’s not a pictorial. What it is, is Stan Lee engaging in an especially candid extended conversation with David Hochman. It’s often hard to separate Stan Lee from his public huckster persona—some might even say that there is no dividing line between the two—but the 91 year-old comics legend lets his guard down in the interview, talking frankly about his current relationship with Marvel Comics, the last time he spoke with Steve Ditko and the late Jack Kirby, the rumors of him hitting the club scene with Mick Jagger in the 1970s, the idea of a gay Spider-Man, zombies, and more.

Below are some excerpts from the piece, for those of you who, for whatever reason, are hesitant or unable to access the full article on the Playboy site.

On his current role at Marvel Comics:

Mostly I’m just a pretty face they keep for the public. My entire career, I treated Marvel like one big ad campaign, with slogans like “Make mine Marvel,” “Welcome to the Marvel age of comics” and so forth. After a while, I became Marvel’s ambassador to the world. I’ve lectured in every city in the country probably two or three times. I’ve been to China, Europe, Japan, Australia, and every place in between. Today, my main focus is my own company, POW! Entertainment, which stands for Purveyors of Wonder, and we have projects we’re doing independent of Marvel.

I have no standing at Marvel where I decide what projects get made or who gets hired, and certainly none at Disney, which now owns Marvel. I’m a guy they hire as a writer or producer and also to go to conventions and do things like that.

On the perception that Lee receives a disproportionate amount of credit for co-creating Marvel’s most popular characters compared to his collaborators such as Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko:

I always tried to show them in the most favorable light, even in the credits. There was never a time when it just said “by Stan Lee.” It was always “by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko” or “by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.” I made sure their names were always as big as mine.

If you ask me, should they have been paid more? Then you have to say, shouldn’t John Romita have been paid more? Shouldn’t Gil Kane have been paid more? Shouldn’t John Buscema have? They were all great Marvel artists. In other words, if somebody draws a strip and it becomes successful, do you go back? I don’t know. That’s the reason I’ve never been a businessman and never want to be a businessman. I don’t know how to deal with those things.

On Amazing Spider-Man actor Andrew Garfield’s suggestion that Peter Parker could be gay:

I can’t control what actors say or how they behave. I can only comment on how they act, and like I said, Andy’s terrific in the role. I don’t have a line in the sand about Spider-Man. I guess if he were fat and flabby and didn’t look anything like a superhero, you might hear from me, but there’s too much money invested in these films for them to goof around with casting or the basic conception of who these characters are.

On which female comic book character he would have wanted to go on a date with:

I never thought of that. See, I’m going to tell you something you may not be aware of: They were fictitious characters.

On whether or not he worries about today’s writers messing up his creations:

I don’t even think about it. I know they’ll usually come up with something interesting, and if they don’t, something else will come up. The nice thing about stories is you can always find another angle that’ll be good. To be honest, I let go a long time ago. I let go of these characters around 1972 when I became publisher.

On whether or not he’s excited about next year’s summer blockbuster movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron:

Excited? Sure. But I have to be honest. I don’t have any idea who the hell Ultron is. He was a character developed after I stopped being involved in the Avengers story. I was asking some guys in the office who Ultron is, but then my phone rang and I got busy and never found out.

On what he wants his obituary to say:

I know mine is already written. It’s sitting there in the New York Times computers somewhere. It’s all ready to go. You can’t stop it. I’ve had a happy life. I don’t want anyone to think I treated Kirby or Ditko unfairly. I think we had a wonderful relationship. Their talent was incredible. But the things they wanted weren’t in my power to give them.

Click here to read the full interview (the full piece covers so much more ground than the excerpts above might indicate), and for once, you can actually say with a straight face to your boss/parent/significant other that you’re reading Playboy for the articles.

International comic convention news and updates

•  Last weekend’s inaugural Indiana Comic Con sold out with an estimated 15,000 paying fans (RTV6/ABC). Great news right? Not exactly: Convention organizers clearly underestimated the draw of the event, as the venue had a 6,000 person capacity, leaving many attendees on the outside looking in, literally (WTHR13/NBC).

Organizers have already announced that they plan to secure a larger venue for next year’s convention. Still, that is of little consolation to this year’s convention-goers, many of whom—as our very own Jason Thees noted in his personal report from the venue—had to be turned away or elected to leave in frustration:

Jason Thees on the picture above, taken at the the inaugural Indiana Comic Con: '... the open door [in the middle] is the entrance. The open door on the left is the only exit. The throng of people is a mash up of lines to buy tickets, a second line to get into the show, a third lined up to see a guest panel, and people trying to get the fuck out. People who [preordered tickets] from TicketMaster were being turned away.'

Jason Thees on the picture above, taken at the the inaugural Indiana Comic Con: ‘… the open door [in the middle] is the entrance. The open door on the left is the only exit. The throng of people is a mash up of lines to buy tickets, a second line to get into the show, a third lined up to see a guest panel, and people trying to get the fuck out. People who [preordered tickets] from TicketMaster were being turned away.’

[The only] entrance and exit were right next to each other. [The line] to get tickets, line to get in, line to see the celebrities all crisscrossed each other, right in front of the exit. [The organizers severely] underestimated [the number of attendees], but beyond that, they were just a disorganized mess. You had to wait in line to get into the main room, where the dealer room is, which is where tickets are being sold. So you wait in line to get in, go to the ticket line, wait in line to go out, wait in line to see a celebrity panel, then wait in line to get back into the show proper. They had a few ‘line starts here’ signs, but those just added to the confusion, because there were lines to enter and lines to see guests right next to each other, and the signs didn’t clarify (and the volunteers didn’t know either, they were told ‘stand here and hold this sign’).

Overflow is no excuse, because there was no attempt at being smart. If they’d at least had areas roped off or even marked, then overflow caused a problem, I’d buy it. But they didn’t. There was room for the volume I saw there, had it been organized… They’re very fortunate that people kept cool heads and there were no emergencies, as this was an very bad incident waiting to happen.

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Zenescope Entertainment will be at next weekend’s Emerald City Comicon (March 28–30, 2014; Washington State Convention Center, Seattle, WA), exhibiting at booth #1602. Convention exclusive variants available at the show will be Tales From Oz #3 (ECCC-exclusive variant cover by Jamie Tyndall, limited to 500 copies) and Grimm Fairy Tales #95 (ECCC-exclusive variant cover by Elias Chatzoudis, limited to 500 copies). Attendees who purchase either variant will be entered into a draw to win a limited edition art print, and those who purchase both variants as well as a Zenescope tour t-shirt will receive a very limited edition trading card (200 copies only!) illustrated by Nei Ruffino. Zenescope will also be giving away free comics throughout the con. Grimm Fairy Tales cover artists Nei Ruffino and Elias Chatzoudis will also be signing at booth #1602 at the following dates and times:

  • Friday March 28: Elias Chatzoudis (1–2 PM)
  • Saturday March 29: Elias Chatzoudis (1–2 PM); Nei Ruffino (2–3 PM)
  • Sunday March 30: Elias Chatzoudis (1–2 PM)

Zenescope will also be at booth #800 during Wizard World Louisville (March 28–30, 2014; Kentucky International Convention Center, Louisville, KY). In addition to the latest comics, trades, and hardcovers, a Wizard World Louisville/St. Louis-exclusive variant of Wonderland #21 (cover by Chris Ehnot) will be sold at the show. This variant is limited to just 500 copies. Attendees who purchase the exclusive will receive a coupon for a chance to win a limited edition print of the cover art. A screening of the Grimm Fairy Tales animated series pilot will be held on Saturday, March 29, From 5:45–6:30 PM in Panel Room 208. In addition to the full episode, behind-the-scenes footage of voice actors Lena Headey and Chris Hardwick will be shown. Screening attendees will also be invited to the Zenescope booth where they will receive a free comic signed by Zenescope editor-in-chief Ralph Tedesco.

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Dark Horse Comics (booth #206) has issued its own Emerald City Comicon schedule as well. Check out the details below:

SIGNING SCHEDULE (details about Dark Horse ECCC variants can be found here)

Friday, March 28

  • mindmgmt1p011:00 AM – Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT, Star Wars: Rebel Heist)
  • 12:00 PM – Jenny Frison (Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #1 ECCC variant)
  • 1:00 PM – Paul Tobin (Colder, The Witcher, Bandette)
  • 2:00 PM – Jai Nitz (Dream Thief), Adam Knave and D. J. Kirkbride (Never Ending)
  • 3:30 PM – Joshua Williamson (Captain Midnight), Christopher Sebela (Ghost), Joshua Hale Fialkov (Skyman), Frank Barbiere (BlackoutThe White Suits), Fred Van Lente (Brain Boy)
  • 4:30 PM – Frank Barbiere (The White Suits, Blackout), Mike Norton (Battlepug, The Answer!, The Occultist)
  • 5:30 PM – Tony Parker (Mass Effect: Foundation), Chad Hardin (Dragon Age)

Saturday, March 29

  • 10:00 AM – Rebekah Isaacs (Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10, Angel & Faith Season 9, Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 #1 ECCC Variant)
  • 11:00 AM – Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo, The Witcher #1 ECCC variant), Paul Tobin (Colder, The Witcher, Bandette)
  • 12:00 PM – Randy Stradley and Doug Wheatley (Star Wars: Dark Times)
  • 1:00 PM – Gail Simone (Tomb Raider)
  • 2:00 PM – Greg Rucka (Veil)
  • 3:00 PM – Adam Warren (Empowered), Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT, Star Wars: Rebel Heist)
  • 4:00 PM – Patric Reynolds (City of Roses), Sara Ryan (Bad Houses), Andrew C. Robinson (The Fifth Beatle)
  • 5:00 PM – Rebekah Isaacs (Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10Angel & Faith Season 9Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season 10 #1 ECCC Variant)
  • 6:00 PM – Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover (Bandette), Damon Gentry (Sabertooth Swordsman)

Sunday, March 30

  • 11:00 AM – Joshua Williamson (Captain Midnight), Christopher Sebela (Ghost), Joshua Hale Fialkov (Skyman), Frank Barbiere (Blackout, The White Suits), Fred Van Lente (Brain Boy), Mike Norton (Battlepug,The Answer!, The Occultist), Tim Seeley (The Occultist)
  • 12:00 PM – Bryan J. L. Glass (Furious), Michael Avon Oeming (The Victories)
  • 1:00 PM – Richard and Wendy Pini (ElfQuest)
  • 2:00 PM – Corinna Bechko, Gabriel Hardman, Dave Wilkins, and Brian Thies (Star Wars: Legacy)
  • 3:00 PM – Paul Tobin and Ron Chan (Plants vs. Zombies: Lawnmageddon)

PANEL SCHEDULE

Friday, March 28

  • ghost2013no12:00 PM – Dark Horse Builds Characters: Project Black Sky, Room TCC 301

Join Matthew Meylikhov of Multiversity Comics to discuss Dark Horse superheroes with some of the industry’s top talent, including Fred Van Lente (Brain Boy), Josh Williamson (Captain Midnight), Christopher Sebela (Ghost), Tim Seeley and Mike Norton (The Occultist), Frank Barbiere (Blackout), and Joshua Hale Fialkov (Skyman).

Saturday, March 29

  • 4:00 PM – Exploring the Mythos of Prometheus/Aliens/Predator/AVP, Room TCC 301

Join Dark Horse editor in chief Scott Allie and writers Josh Williamson, Chris Roberson, Paul Tobin, and Christopher Sebela as they delve into the interconnections of the upcoming Prometheus, Aliens, Predator, and Alien vs. Predator comics.

Sunday, March 30

  • empowv82:40 PM – Dark Horse Builds Characters: Powered by Creators, Hall D (Room 602–603)

Nearly 30 years ago, Dark Horse arrived with an agenda different from that of any other publisher in comics. The young company was founded on the belief that comics creators should have the option to retain the rights to their own work, and it continues to be a highly fertile breeding ground for new characters, concepts, and more! Join Dark Horse PR director Jeremy Atkins, along with Greg Rucka (Veil), Adam Warren (Empowered), Matt Kindt (MIND MGMT), Michael Avon Oeming (The Victories), Jai Nitz (Dream Thief), Frank Barbiere (The White Suits), and Bryan J. L. Glass (Furious) for a look at some of this year’s most exciting original works!

  • 4:00 PM – ElfQuest: The Final Quest, Room TCC 301

Join Wendy and Richard Pini for this panel celebrating the beloved alternative comic series ElfQuest and its latest generation-spanning installment, The Final Quest. Go behind the scenes, with exciting hints of what’s to come!

PARTY SCHEDULE

Friday, March 28

Dark Horse Comics and Multiversity Comics are teaming up for the Big Emerald City ComiCon party, where you can hobnob with top creators like Stan Sakai, Greg Rucka, Matt Kindt, Gail 7Simone and more. Best of all, all proceeds from the event go to benefit The Hero Initiative, comics’ preeminent charity that helps support creators in need.

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• Third in our entries of Emerald City Comicon updates is BOOM! Studios’ list of ECCC creator appearances and exclusives. BOOM! will be exhibiting at the centrally located booth #1002, on the Skybridge. A handout will be available at the booth listing the signing schedule for BOOM! Studios creators. Slated to attend are the following talents:

  • Max Bemis (Evil Empire, Polarity) – This ticketed signing will be held at the Guest Area. Tickets will be available at the BOOM! booth.
  • David Petersen (Mouse Guard)
  • Kevin J. Anderson (Clockwork Angels)
  • Mike Kunkel (Herobear and the Kid)
  • Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert (Translucid, Amory Wars)
  • Paul Jenkins (Fairy QuestDeathmatchRevelations)
  • Ryan North, Shelli Paroline, and Braden Lamb (Adventure Time, The Midas Flesh)
  • Noelle Stevenson (Lumberjanes, Adventure Time)
  • Royden Lepp (Rust)
  • Kate Leth (Adventure Time OGN v3: Seeing Red, Bravest Warriors Annual 2014)
  • Brian Joines (I.M.A.G.I.N.E. Agents)
  • Caleb Monroe (Steed and Mrs. Peel, Peanuts)
  • Ed Brisson (Sons of Anarchy, Robocop: Beta)
  • Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover (Adventure Time: The Flip Side)
  • Grace Ellis (Lumberjanes)
  • Michael Moreci, Riley Rossmo, Tim Daniel, and Colin Lorimer (Curse)
  • Mark Miller and Ben Meares (Next Testament, Hellraiser)
  • Megan Hutchison and Tom Hammock (An Aurora Grimeon Story: Will o’ the Wisp)
  • Michael Alan Nelson (Day Men, 28 Days Later, Protocol: Orphans)

The following artists will also be available throughout the weekend for custom sketches:

  • Allison Strejlau (Regular Show, Adventure Time)
  • Brooke Allen (Lumberjanes)
  • Ian McGinty (Adventure Time: Candy Capers)
  • MAD Rupert (Regular Show: Skips)
  • Missy Pena (Bravest Warriors)
  • Travis Hill (Adventure Time)

For $20, fans can request and purchase custom sketches to be drawn on blank Adventure Time Get-A-Sketch covers.

Joining BOOM! Studios on the Skybridge occupying in-line booths on either side of the BOOM! booth are Archaia artists David Marquez (The Joyners in 3D, Ultimate Comics: Spider-Man) and Royden Lepp (Rust).

BOOM! will also have a wide selection of variants available for purchase at its booth, including:

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Emerald City Comicon will also see Oni Press debut The Bunker #2 by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Joe Infurnari (including an ECCC-exclusive variant with a cover by Chew‘s Rob Guillory), Rick Spears and Chuck BB’s Black Metal, Vol. 3, and Cullen Bunn, Joëlle Jones, and Nick Filardi’s Helheim Book One: The Witch War. Oni Press will be located at booth #412.

Odds and Sods

More news links from around the world of comics and related media:

jupiterslegacyprev_009• BBC Four’s What Do Artists Do All Day? show recently spotlighted Scotland-based artist Vincent Deighan (BBC Arts & Culture). Deighan, who is better known to comics fans under his pseudonym Frank Quitely, has compiled a large body of popular mainstream American comics work with fellow Scots comics creators Grant Morrison (on New X-MenFlex MentalloWe3All-Star SupermanJLA: Earth 2, and Batman and Robin) and Mark Millar (on The Authority and Jupiter’s Legacy).

• Dr. Patrick O’Connor, a psychologist who currently teaches at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, spoke with CBC Radio’s Q with Jian Ghomeshi about “superhero therapy,” an approach he developed that uses a client’s favorite superhero and superhero stories to help them open up about mental health issues and concerns. O’Connor uses superhero therapy mainly with younger male children, but notes that it also works with some clients in their 30s and 40s, male and female. (CBC) O’Connor, a professed comic book fan, has compiled a database of comics summaries tagged with psychological themes on his Comicspedia website.

asilentvoice_promo• Crunchyroll added the Kodansha titles Ajin: Demi-HumanA Silent Voice: Koe no Katachi, and The Heroic Legend of Arslan to its manga-streaming service this past weekend. (Anime News Network)

• DC set to cancel Larfleeze, based on the solicitation copy for the Larfleeze, Vol. 2 trade collection. (Bleeding Cool)

•  Sony Pictures TV orders ten hourlong episodes of Powers as part of its nascent original programming for the Playstation family of devices. The small screen adaptation of the superhero police procedural comic by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming will be written by crime novelist and comics writer Charlie Huston. (Deadline)

• Joel Weinshanker, president and sole shareholder of toys and collectibles company NECA, acquires Hastings Entertainment for an estimated $21.4 million. Hastings Entertainment operates a chain of some 126 retail outlets that specialize in books, movies, music, and video games. (press release) Two law firms have announced separate investigations into the merger, as a number of Hastings Entertainment shareholders think that the stock was significantly undervalued. (TheStreet.com)

•  Neil Gibson’s Tortured Life graphic novel needs a little crowdfunding love with two weeks to go in its Kickstarter campaign period. (Kickstarter)

The_Authoritative_Calvin_and_Hobbes Calvin and Hobbes creator Bill Watterson and Cul de Sac creator Richard Thompson give an interview in the lead-up to the unveiling of their joint exhibit at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum this weekend. (Ohio State University)

•  Heidi McDonald debunks a bunch of acquisition rumors that have been circulating of late in the wake of sluggish comics sales these past couple of months. (The Beat)

• Hepzibah Anderson looks at the hidden adult subtexts and layered meanings found in many popular children’s picture books. (BBC Culture)

• Matthew Inman, creator of popular webcomic The Oatmeal, is organizing “Beat the Blerch,” a 10K, half-marathon, and marathon event scheduled for September in Seattle, WA inspired by a six-part story that ran in the webcomic. Registration opens on Monday, March 24 and the number of race participants is capped at 2,000 runners, so sign up early to avoid disappointment. (Runner’s World)

• Senior Toyota engineer David Terai says that the car manufacturer’s new Aygo city car was inspired by Osamu Tezuka’s Astroboy. Not so much in a literal sense, but in terms of design philosophy: It is intended to be “simple and easy to recognize.” (Top Gear)

• Newly-appointed Crimean attorney general Natalia Poklonskaya inspires wave of manga-style fan art in Japan and elsewhere. (CBC) [Is it just me or is this, you know, sort of screwed-up?—ed.]

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A compilation of the week’s press releases

Straight from our inbox to your eyeballs, here’s a list summarizing the week’s notable e-mail press releases and assorted notes from our friends at Avatar Press, Dark Horse Comics, Oni Press, and Zenescope Entertainment:

Avatar Press to celebrate “C-Day” on March 26:

From the press release:

Crossed50_RegWednesday March 26, Garth Ennis’ legions of Crossed fans will flock to local comic book shops and book stores to celebrate the third annual C-Day. Avatar Press, publisher of extreme horror comics, designates one Wednesday a year in March to all things Crossed. Now comic shops worldwide encourage rabid fans to don their Crossed cosplay costumes and come in for parties, photos, and an opportunity to become a new reader ambassador for the comic series that redefined grueling horror.

The event is centered on the return of Garth Ennis to the bi-weekly series Crossed: Badlands beginning with the milestone issue #50 which arrives on C-Day. The new six issue story arc “The Thin Red Line” takes readers back to the early days of the Crossed infection, when there were more questions than answers about what was happening and how this insanity was spreading so quickly across the globe. Ennis, the creator of Preacher and The Boys, calls this arc a “Patient Zero” tale in which some of the secrets of the infection are addressed. For the first time in Crossed’s six year history the promise of some peek behind the curtains has many fans foaming at the mouth to read the new chapter.

Avatar Press and www.bleedingcool.com will be promoting stores and fans participating in the cosplay events by running their pictures online and in social media for everyone to see. All we ask is that everyone keep the event in perspective, have fun, and be safe. Crossed is extreme horror fiction that allows you to step into the most frightening scenario ever published. But in the real world we want to encourage everyone to be responsible and courteous to non-readers and families also enjoying their visit to the comic book shop.

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Avatar: The Last Airbender—The Rift debuts at #1 on the NY Times graphic novel best seller list

From the Dark Horse Comics press release:

atlbtrv1p0The Nickelodeon and Dark Horse graphic novel, “Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Rift, Part 1,” debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list for the week ending March 8, 2014.  Rising above The Walking Dead inspired book, “The Walking Dead Compendium,” this new graphic novel is the ultimate continuation of Avatar and the perfect companion to The Legend of Korra.

This book was written and drawn by Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru, in collaboration with Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra creators, Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko.  This same creative team was behind the best-selling “The Promise” and “The Search,” which continue the adventures of Avatar Aang and his friends past the finale of the beloved television series.

In this installment of the on-going story, Aang asks his friends to help him honor an Air Nomad holiday that hasn’t been celebrated in over one hundred years. But cryptic visits from the spirit of an earlier Avatar lead Aang to discover a jointly owned Fire Nation and Earth Kingdom refinery operating on land sacred to the Airbenders. Is this the cause of the pollution Aang finds there or is something more mysterious happening?

Past Avatar books to hit the number one spot include, “The Promise” Part 1, 2 and 3 and “The Search” Part 2.

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• Oni Press reveals plans for 2014 and beyond

From the press release:

princessugg01Come see Oni Press at the following 2014 conventions across the continent! At each convention, we’ll be giving away special items and publications exclusively to fans that come to our panels and line up for signings at our booth.

  • Emerald City Comicon – Seattle – March 28-30
  • WonderCon – Anaheim – April 18-20 (WonderCon 2014 is fans’ first chance to get their hands on some of our exciting new titles as we premiere early editions of The Life After #1 and Princess Ugg #1!)
  • TCAF – Toronto – May 10-11
  • VanCAF – Vancouver – May 24-25
  • HeroesCon – Charlotte – June 20-22
  • SDCC – San Diego – July 23-27
  • PAX Prime – Seattle – August 29-September 1
  • NYCC – New York – October 9-12

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Zenescope reveals remaining “Age of Darkness” tour dates

From the press release:

Zenescope Entertainment has announced its tour dates for the 2014 AGE OF DARKNESS TOUR.  The “AGE OF DARKNESS” encompasses our Grimm Fairy Tales series which features classic characters and locales (Wonderland, Neverland, Oz, Robyn Hood, Red Riding Hood, Van Helsing, Captain Hook, the Dark Queen, etc) that have all been operating in their own titles. The AGE OF DARKNESS books bring these characters together in a modern setting for a story that will have an impact the Zenescope titles across the board. The culmination will be in our Grimm Fairy Tales issue #100. Let the countdown begin!

  • Emerald City Comic Con – Seattle, WA – March 28th -30th
  • Wizard World Louisville – Louisville, KY – March 28th-30th
  • Wizard World St. Louis- ST, Louis, MO – April 4th-6th
  • Marble City Comic Con – Knoxville, TN – April 11th-13th
  • Salt Lake Comic Con – Salt Lake City, UT – April 17th-19th
  • WonderCon – Anaheim, CA – April 18th-20th
  • C2E2 – Chicago, IL – April 25th-27th
  • Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo – Calgary, AB – April 24th-27th
  • Wizard World Minneapolis – Minneapolis, MN – May 2nd-4th
  • Motor City Comic Con – Farmington Hills, MI – May 16th-18th
  • Indiana Pop Con – Indianapolis, IN – May 30th-June 1st
  • Wizard World Atlanta – Atlanta, GA – May 30th- June 1st
  • Phoenix Comic Con – Phoenix, AZ – June 5th-8th
  • Denver Comic Con – Denver, CO – June 13th-15th
  • Wizard World Philly – Philadelphia, PA – June 19th-22nd
  • Florida Super Con – Miami, FL – July 3rd-6th
  • San Diego Comic Con – San Diego, CA – July 23rd-27th
  • Boston Comic Con – Boston, MA – August 8th-10th
  • Wizard World Chicago – Chicago, IL – August 21st-24th
  • Fan Expo – Toronto, ON – August 28th-31st
  • Dragon Con – Atlanta, GA – August 29th-Sept. 1st
  • Wizard World Richmond – Richmond, VA – September 12th-14th
  • Cincy Comic Expo – Cincinnati, OH – September 19th-21st
  • Pittsburgh Comic Con – Pittsburg, PA – September 26th-28th
  • Wizard World Nashville – Nashville, TN – September 26th-28th
  • Alamo City Comic Con – San Antonio, TX – September 26th-28th
  • Wizard World Austin – Austin, TX – October 2nd – 4th
  • New York Comic Con – New York, NY – October 9th-12th
  • Wizard World Ohio – Cincinnati, OH – October 31st-November 2nd
  • Comikaze – Los Angeles, CA – October 31st- November 2nd
  • Wizard World Tulsa – Tulsa, OK – November 7th-9th
  • Wizard World Reno – Reno, NV – November 21st -23rd

The company will be exhibiting several exclusives, many artist signings and plenty of giveaways and coupons. The company also screens the Grimm Fairy Tales Animated pilot and holds a panel at many of these conventions.

In case you missed them…

• Don’t forget that we regularly post new previews of trade paperbacks and hardcovers.

Troy and Zedric took a look at a bunch of #1 issues from Dark Horse, Image Comics, Marvel, BOOM!, IDW, Oni Press, and Arcana, with reviews and previews of the debut issues of Veil by Greg Rucka and Toni Fejzula, Starlight by Mark Millar and Goran Parlov, Moon Knight by Warren Ellis and Declan ShalveyWorth by Aubrey Sitterson and Chris Moreno, The Auteur by Rick Spears and James Callahan, Rogue Trooper by Brian Ruckley and Alberto Ponticelli, The Returning by Jason Starr and Andrea Mutti, Avengers Undercover by Dennis Hopeless and Kev Walker, Secret Avengers by Ales Kot and Michael Walsh, and Wolverine and the X-Men by Jason Latour and Mahmud Asrar.

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