DYNAMITE’S THE SPIDER MAKES NEWSARAMA’S MUST-READ LIST!05/01/12 @ 10:43 am EST
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FOX'S 'GOTHAM' WILL HAVE BIG PRESENCE AT SDCC07/23/14 @ 4:04 pm EST
Following the incredible success of Dynamite’s The Shadow
by Garth Ennis, another pulse-pounding pulp hero returns to comics as Dynamite unleashes The Spider
by writer David Liss with art by Colton Worley! The Spider’s Dynamite debut comes complete with covers by Alex Ross, John Cassaday, Francesco Francavilla and Ron Lesser. The book also made Newsarama’s Wednesday Watch: MUST-READ New Releases For 5/2/12; here’s what they had to say:
Historical fiction novelist David Liss made an impact in the comic book world in recent years with Mystery Men and Black Panther at Marvel.
His latest project is The Spider at Dynamite, reviving a long-running pulp fiction hero.
"I think The Spider is hugely influential and has shaped a lot of what we consider standard elements of comic book heroes and villains, but the character's influence has held up better than the character itself," Liss told Newsarama. "I'm very excited to have the chance to reintroduce readers to a very cool hero who they ought to know if they don't already."
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VALIANT, VISIONBOOKS PARTNER FOR ANIMATED DIGITAL COMICS07/22/14 @ 9:10 pm EST
What comes to mind when you think of Gotham City? Batman, obviously. Dark city streets, tall skyscrapers, blimps, searchlights…and bright, sunny skies?Well, Gotham
may not exactly be synonymous with sunshine, but it will be this weekend as FOX, Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment bring this fall’s eagerly anticipated new drama to the summer skies of Comic-Con. With giveaways, star appearances, two spectacular experiences and one blockbuster Hall H panel, the convention may officially take place in San Diego, California, but the city on everyone’s mind will be Gotham
Tour Gotham City Caped Crusader-StyleGotham
may be set well before Batman hits the scene, but you’d be hard pressed not to think of the Dark Knight when enjoying the Gotham
Zip Line, a once-in-a-lifetime chance to experience the Gotham City streets super hero-style. Comic-Con attendees will want to strap in and hold on as they take an exhilarating 130-foot ride thirty feet above the Gotham landscape. When you’re done, you’ll be rewarded with a shareable photo of your experience, as well as some exclusiveGotham
This heroic experience will be set between the San Diego Convention Center and the Hilton Bayfront Hotel (that’s to the left of the convention center when you’re facing it). Hours of operation are Thursday, July 24 to Sunday, July 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Even better, members of the Gotham
cast and crew will be making appearances at the attraction throughout the weekend, so keep an eye out. Gotham’s a big city and you never know who you might see…
Take a Ride in a Gotham City Police Cruiser (No Handcuffs Necessary)
Of all the options available to you for getting around San Diego, we wouldn’t usually recommend choosing the backseat of a police car, but we’re more than happy to make an exception forGotham’s
second unique SDCC experience. UBER users will have the opportunity to grab up to a $30 ride in a specially-designed Gotham
police cruiser when they select “Gotham PD” on the UBER slider. While on their way, they’ll be treated to a sneak preview of Gotham
. Oh, and did we mention that the ride was FREE? Yes, Bat-fans, it is.
You’ll see the Gotham police cars throughout downtown San Diego, but if you want to grab a ride in one, you’ll have to use the app during select hours:Thursday, July 24:
4 p.m. – 10 p.m.Friday, July 25:
2 p.m. – 12 a.m.Saturday, July 26:
12 p.m. – 12 a.m.Sunday, July 27:
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.We can promise a comfortable ride, though we can’t promise any super hero or villain sightings. Of course, considering it’s Comic-Con, you never know…
Be the First to See the Show
If you’ve been to San Diego Comic-Con before, you know that Hall H is the place to be. It’s where the biggest panels take place, and you’d be hard pressed to find one bigger than the massive DC TV panel taking place in Hall H
on Saturday night from 8 p.m. – 11 p.m. Especially since it just happens to include the World Premiere of Gotham
We’ll be screening the pilot in full for the first time anywhere and following it up with a sure-to-be-lively panel discussion featuring series stars Ben McKenzie
, Donal Logue
, Jada Pinkett Smith
, Robin Lord Taylor
, Erin Richards, Camren Bicondova
and David Mazouz
, as well as executive producers Bruno Heller
, Danny Cannon
and John Stephens.
We have no doubt you plan to check out the show come fall, but watching the first episode with an enthusiastic audience of thousands is a different experience entirely, and one that isn’t to be missed for fans of Batman and DC Comics.
Plus, be sure to grab your Gotham
swag bag when you pick up your badge, and make sure to stop by the Fox Fanfare booth (#4229) for a Gotham
lenticular collectible and other cool giveaways. This fall, we’ll all witness what life was like in Gotham City prior to Batman. But if you want to experience life in Gotham… you’ll have to go to Comic-Con.
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BOOM! STUDIOS LANDS GRANT MORRISON?07/22/14 @ 8:45 pm EST
Visionbooks is proud to announce a new partnership agreement with award-winning comic book publisher, Valiant Entertainment. Launching today with the release of X-O Manowar #1-4 on the Visionbooks app, relive the best-selling first story arc of Valiant's alien-armored Visigoth hero as realized by Visionbooks' groundbreaking digital animation process.
Visionbooks revolutionizes comic book reading by transforming two-dimensional comic books into a digital animation experience. By combining traditional comics with cutting-edge technology, Visionbooks creates dimensional action like explosions, smoke, weather, character conflicts and action, all within static comic panels.
From New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (Armor Hunters, Green Lantern) and Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord (Conan), X-O Manowar is the acclaimed series that relaunched Valiant's publishing line in 2012 to critical and commercial success. Named the "Best Revival of 2012" by The Onion/A.V. Club and "Best Ongoing Series" by Ain't It Cool News, the tale of Aric of Dacia's transformation from fifth-century freedom fighter to modern-day America's most powerful superhero begins right here with the chart-topping debut that IGN calls "one of the best books being published right now, period."
Visionbooks' technology and application showcases comics in a whole new way, while preserving the original narrative and layout found in paper comics.
"This partnership with Valiant gives Visionbooks an opportunity to work with classic superheroes and create a cinematic reading experience that engages the next generation of new comic book fans," said Francesco Scrufari, co-founder of Visionbooks.
"Visionbooks is pushing the envelope with our new digital technology. Who better to partner with than Valiant, a publisher who is also known for their innovation and creativity," said Simone Offredo, co-founder of Visionbooks.
In addition to Valiant Entertainment, Visionbooks' current partnerships include: Asylum Press, Arcana, Real Interface Studios, A.P.N.G. Enterprises, Vanquish Interactive, Pavesio and Cavalletto.
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KATSUYA TERADA HAS A NEW ARTBOOK AT SDCC07/22/14 @ 8:37 pm EST
ICv2 is reporting that BOOM! Studios has released a pre-SDCC teaser, the words “Grant Morrison” and “BOOM! Studios” set against a simple stark black background. BOOM! has not released any details about possible projects with Morrison, but expect details to emerge from San Diego in the next few days.
Morrison, who has brought a cutting edge and very modern narrative sensibility to mainstream comics with major runs on Animal Man
, and his own The Invisibles
, has a number of projects in development including Multiversity
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SEAWORLD STRIKES BACK AT PETA’S ‘OFFENSIVE, TASTELESS’ POSTER07/22/14 @ 5:02 pm EST
Dark Horse has issued a special bulletin about a Japanese artist appearing at the Dark Horse booth during San Diego Comic-Con with a brand new book. It’s all in the title: Dragon Girl and Monkey King: The Art of Katsuya Terada, and it goes on sale this Wednesday. Katsuya Terada will be signing it at the Dark Horse booth this Thursday and Saturday at SDCC.
You may already know Terada from vols. 1 and 2 of his The Monkey King, his beautifully painted full-color manga from Dark Horse (by the way, the only reason Dark Horse hasn't published vol. 3 yet is because it’s not finished) or remember the distinctive character designs Terada made for the original Blood: The Last Vampire anime. But you may not know that Katsuya Terada is one of the most sought-after commercial illustrators in Japan…constantly in demand to paint magazine covers, light novel covers, video game art, concert posters, CD jackets, and much more.
The brand new artbook, Dragon Girl and Monkey King: The Art of Katsuya Terada, takes you inside that world. It’s a 9” x 12” hardback, 200 page collection of Terada’s paintings and illustrations from roughly the last fifteen years (including some done especially for this book). Many of the pieces have extensive liner notes detailing the stories behind the artwork—who these works were made for, and why. With a bonus Terada interview included as well, Dragon Girl and Monkey King: The Art of Katsuya Terada gives you not only a great collection of illustrations that speak for themselves, but glimpses into the working life of a pro artist in today’s Japanese market.
Director of Pan’s Labyrinth and Pacific Rim (and co-creator of The Strain) Guillermo del Toro writes the foreword to Dragon Girl and Monkey King; as detailed in the book, Terada’s fans include not only del Toro, but creators such as Mamoru Oshii, Katsuhiro Otomo, and Moyoco Anno, who dubbed him the “master artist.” If you don’t yet know why, Dragon Girl and Monkey King is the perfect opportunity to find out—and if you’re going to be visiting Dark Horse at SDCC this weekend, you can not only get the book, but get it signed by the master himself! Katsuya Terada will be at Dark Horse’s booth (#2615) on Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m., and on Saturday from 3 to 4 p.m.
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COMIC BOOK COMPANY TEAMS UP WITH PETA TO MAKE WAVES IN SEAWORLD'S HOMETOWN 07/22/14 @ 4:55 pm EST
PETA is going where no anti-SeaWorld campaign has gone before — with a $24,000 poster at Lindbergh Field to be seen by thousands. But SeaWorld paints the project as offensive and tasteless.PETA display at San Diego International Airport will greet Comic-Con attendees. Image via PETA, Bluewater Productions
The 20-foot graphic cartoon shows a captive orca with a man supposed to be SeaWorld’s CEO in his mouth. The display is aimed at Comic-Con attendees, urging convention-goers to steer clear of SeaWorld over objections to marine-mammal confinement.
In response, SeaWorld said in a statement:
"Even by PETA’s standards, this ad is as offensive as it is tasteless. PETA isn’t concerned with actually helping animals. They are a radical organization that continues to spend its money on publicity stunts like the profane Jason Biggs video and advertising campaigns like this for the sole purpose of promoting their agenda. The truth is that our killer whales are healthy and happy, and thrive in our care. The real animal welfare organization is SeaWorld, not PETA, and our trainers, aviculturists, animal-care staff and veterinarians are the true advocates for animals. We encourage people to get the facts on our commitment to the animals in our care at seaworld.com/truth
The display is a joint project between Bluewater Productions and PETA — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
The massive installation greets passengers on their way to baggage claim at the center of Terminal 2.
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MARVEL’S FACEBOOK PAGE CELEBRATES 7 MILLION LIKES07/22/14 @ 4:47 pm EST
San Diego — As thousands of Comic-Con International fans de-plane, the first thing that they'll see won't be a promo for The Avengers
or The Walking Dead
but a huge graphic cartoon of a captive orca with SeaWorld's CEO in his mouth. The provocative display, which urges convention-goers to steer clear of SeaWorld because of marine-mammal cruelty and confinement, is a joint project between Bluewater Productions and PETA.The massive $24,000 installation, which now greets passengers on their way to baggage claim at the center of Terminal 2, can be viewed [attachment]."Comic-Con fans love blood and guts when they're fake, but at SeaWorld, it's all too real for comfort," says Bluewater founder Darren G Davis. "The orcas are desperate to be free. That's why trainers have been killed, and that's what we're depicting in this campaign with PETA." Bluewater, known for its edgy spoofs of controversial topics, designed the cartoon in the wake of last year's hit documentary Blackfish
. The film—viewed by 21 million on CNN alone—explored SeaWorld's cruel capture and devastating confinement of orcas, which led the whale named Tilikum to kill three people. "SeaWorld has been in a free fall since Blackfish
premièred—attendance is down 13 percent, investors are dumping millions of dollars in stock, and bands are cancelling concerts at the parks," says PETA Senior Vice President Dan Mathews.PETA's campaign against SeaWorld was profiled in Friday's Wall Street Journal.
PETA display at San Diego International Airport will greet Comic-Con attendees. Image via PETA, Bluewater Productions
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THE FINAL BATTLE BEGINS IN ORIGINAL SIN #707/22/14 @ 4:40 pm EST
Marvel is excited to announce that it now has reached 7 million+ Likes on the Marvel Facebook page.In order to celebrate this massive social achievement, Marvel is offering all visitors to the Marvel Facebook page exclusive and unlocked first-looks at upcoming Marvel projects and FREE digital comics throughout the day. Starting at 12PM EST, with new content unlocked every other hour, Marvel Facebook fans and visitors will be the first to see exclusive content and be offered FREE digital comics for a very limited time to read through the Marvel Comics App (for iPhone ®
, iPad ®
, iPod Touch ®
& Android ™ devices) and the Marvel Digital Comics Shop. With over 7 million fans strong on Facebook, we want to thank you for making yours Marvel, but that’s not all, because we’ll have even more Mighty Marvel surprises up our sleeves that Marvel Facebook fans will only have access to! With so many ways to get your daily dose of all things Marvel, there’s no reason not to get involved.
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DIGITAL COMICS HAVE GROWN 10X IN THE LAST 3 YEARS07/22/14 @ 4:31 pm EST
All roads have been leading to this! Today, Marvel is proud to present ORIGINAL SIN #7 – the penultimate chapter from New York Times Bestselling writer Jason Aaron (Thor: God of Thunder) and critically acclaimed artist Mike Deodato (New Avengers). The shocking final page of last issue kept fans on the edge of their seats, and now as Original Sin races towards its epic climax – the heroes of the Marvel Universe prepare for their final stand against…Nick Fury?
Operating in the shadows, Nick Fury has protected the Marvel Universe from unseen forces. Protecting the Marvel Universe by any means necessary, Fury has “guarded the wall” for decades right under the noses of both S.H.E.I.L.D. and the Avengers. Now, drained of the Infinity Formula that kept him youthful, the battle-hardened soldier is rapidly aging, his time left short. But his job is never done…
He’ll stop at nothing to protect the Marvel Universe from what’s coming – even if he has to go through the Avengers to do it! Armed with the Watcher’s eyes, the secrets and sins of the entire Marvel Universe are now at his disposal. The knowledge Uatu kept could now be their very undoing! How can anyone stand up against a tactical genius with access to all the heroes greatest weaknesses?
The series that critics have hailed “a riveting thriller” and “one hell of a story” is approaching the heart-stopping climax no fan can afford to miss. Open your eyes wide for ORIGINAL SIN #7 when it hits comic shops this August!
Everybody has one. This is Marvel’s ORIGINAL SIN!
ORIGINAL SIN #7 (JUN140605) Written by JASON AARONArt by MIKE DEODATO, Cover by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO, Variant Cover by GABRIELLE DELL’OTTO (JUN140606), Teaser Variant by MIKE MCKONE (JUN140608), Interlocking Battle Variant by ART ADAMS (JUN140607) FOC – 07/21/14, On-Sale 08/13/14
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DYNAMITE SIGNS MARZ TO NEW 'JOHN CARTER: WARLORD OF MARS' SERIES07/22/14 @ 4:25 pm EST This week, pop culture experts, ICv2.com released an eye opening analysis of growth in the digital comics market. In their report, digital comics sales grew to $90 million in 2013. The growth rate continues to decline from the near-tripling pace in 2012, but it's to a still robust 29% over 2012 levels. In dollar terms, the growth is still the second highest since the advent of digital comic sales in 2009, with a $20 million increase, second only to 2012's $45 million increase.
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ICv2.com CEO Milton Griepp, comments "There was no way that digital comics could continue the explosive growth of the past couple years. That being said, 29% increase in any industry is still a great number."
Digital comics sales growth is still out pacing eBook growth, which actually went negative in 2013. Print comics and graphic novels have been growing even as digital comics sales have been growing rapidly, evidence that comics may indeed be different from other media and have the potential for growth due to the increased access that digital comics bring.
This analysis does not include subscription-based "all-you-can-eat" offerings, such as Marvel Unlimited or Crunchyroll. It includes English-language sales from North America-based platforms, so inevitably includes some international sales.
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Dynamite Entertainment is proud to announce a brand new chapter in the history of Edgar Rice Burroughs creation, John Carter: Warlord of Mars
, to be written by the masterful pen of comics legend Ron Marz. Illustrated by newcomer Abhishek Malsuni, John Carter: Warlord of Mars
is the newly-minted cornerstone of the publisher'sWarlord of Mars
line, launched in the wake of their May 2014 announcement of the comprehensive licensing agreement between Dynamite and Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.John Carter: Warlord of Mars
welcomes science fiction and fantasy fans to the exotic landscape of Barsoom, where displaced earthling John Carter has to save his adopted world, not to mention his beloved Dejah Thoris, from an enemy like no other he has ever faced. John Carter must truly become a Warlord of Mars against an adversary who is every bit his equal on the savage red planet.
Marz's enthusiasm for John Carter
has been building for many years. He says, "This is literally a job I've been wanting to do since I was twelve years old. I was just the right age when I discovered John Carter, Dejah Thoris, Tars Tarkas, and the wonder of Edgar Rice Burroughs' Mars. It fired my imagination like almost nothing else. So to finally get a chance to write these characters, to visit that world, is a dream come true for me."
Ron Marz is an industry veteran with decades of experience as a writer and editor under his belt. He is best known for his work on Green Lantern
and Silver Surfer
, and as one of the original creative masterminds behind CrossGen Comics. His more recent work includesWitchblade
, and Voodoo
. He currently lives in upstate New York with four horses, three children, two dogs and one wife.
"We are incredibly excited about Ron coming on board for this project," said Nick Barrucci, CEO and Publisher of Dynamite Entertainment. "When we originally launched the Warlord of Mars
series in 2010, Ron and I ran into each other at a comic convention, and Ron grabbed me by the shoulders and said something to the effect of, 'How can you launch a John Carter series and not call me to write it?' It wasn't a question. It was a statement! As we looked at the potential creators for this series, we instinctively remembered Ron's passion for the mythos. He is simply the perfect fit. Add in the fantastic art by Abhishek Malsuni and Neeraj Menon, this series will take John Carter to new heights."
John Carter debuted in 1912 as the lead character in Edgar Rice Burroughs' first novel, serialized as Under The Moons Of Mars
in the pulp magazine, The All-Story
, and later published as a complete novel retitled A Princess of Mars
. The character excited the imagination of readers and quickly imprinted onto the public psyche. As many literary and popular culture scholars attest, John Carter served as the template for a litany of adventure heroes to follow, from Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers, and Superman to the Jedi Knights of Star Wars
fame and Avatar
Dynamite's John Carter: Warlord of Mars
comes on the heels of the reacquisition of comic book rights by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. that had been held by Walt Disney Pictures and its Marvel Entertainment subsidiary, as well as a recent legal settlement with Dynamite that cleared the way for Dynamite to introduce key characters and plot elements from the John Carter
backstory that were, until now, absent from recent comic book interpretations.John Carter: Warlord of Mars
#1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' September Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in November. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies ofJohn Carter: Warlord of Mars
#1 with their local comic book retailers. John Carter: Warlord of Mars
will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.