Press ReleaseImage Comics and Shadowline congratulate Kurtis J. Wiebe, who was named Outstanding Comic Book Writer by the Joe Shuster Awards for his work on his series GREEN WAKE and THE INTREPIDS.
Wiebe was named the winner of the Shuster Award on September 15 in a ceremony in Montreal, Quebec. Name after Superman's co-creator, the artist Joe Shuster, the award recognizes outstanding work by Canadian comic book creators. The judges noted that Wiebe "was selected primarily for his work on the profound and affecting Green Wake."
Published by Jim Valentino's Image Comics imprint Shadowline, GREEN WAKE is a murder mystery set in a dream-like town where the residents forget their pasts and no one ever leaves. The art is by Riley Rossmo, who is also the artist on the Wiebe-penned DEBRIS and co-writer and artist on REBEL BLOOD.
"We are especially proud of Kurtis, a rising star in one of Image's and Shadowline's best years in a very long time," said Valentino. "It's great to see talent acknowledged and appreciated in this manner. Well done."
In an interview at IGN, Wiebe spoke about the very personal nature of the series, which he created while going through a divorce. "When I won the [Shuster] award for that series it made me realize that this series, despite its early end... had profoundly affected those that read it," he said. "It mattered to them. That's a huge victory to me and made it very worthwhile to struggle through the writing process which was, really, a grieving period in my life." GREEN WAKE encompasses ten issues and is collected into two trade paperback volumes.
Wiebe is one of Image/Shadowline's most prolific creators. His other Shadowline titles include GRIM LEAPER, PETER PANZERFAUST, and DEBRIS.
In addition to finding John and Keith over of the Hero Envy website, you can now find them on Podomatic as well! Head over to swasscast.podomatic.com to download individual episodes and subscribe the the Swass-Cast!
Today our friends Alan and Chris Hebert are announcing a big project with a little help from some friends of Secret Identity!
HB Comics have announced a Kickstarter campaign that will collect the first four incredible issues of 'Lazerman' in a trade paperback collection.
The collection called "This MAN, This LAZER!" will also feature 15 pages of extras. Those extras include pinups by Billy Tucci (pictured above), Chris Giarrusso and Fernando Martin, as well as "behind the scenes" materials not seen anywhere else, including production sketches, as well as glimpses of the original draft.
To see the video presentation and find out more about how to get involved in this awesome campaign just click on the link below!
by Brian LeTendre
Little known fact--I received a Sega Dreamcast as a wedding gift from my groomsmen in October of 1999. The console had just launched in the US a month earlier, and I wanted one soooooo badly. Don't tell my wife, but that Dreamcast is still the best single gift I've ever received. I have so many great memories of it.
Anyway, one of the lauch games for the Sega Dreamcast was a little fighter known as Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes. The game was a port of the very popular arcade fighter, and it was amazing on the Dreamcast. I'm not even a huge fighting game fan, but I poured hours into that game. Spider-Man was my first choice for a charaacter (obviously), but I loved playing as War machine as well.
So why am I so nostalgic about an old Dreamcast port of an arcade fighter? Because this week, Capcom released Marvel vs. Capcom Origins, a compilation of both Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes and the original Marvel Super Heroes. The compilation is only $15, and it's now available for download on the PlayStation Network and XBox Live. Check out the press release and trailer below, and then go check out one of the best fighting franchises ever.
Put away the quarters because MARVEL® VS. CAPCOM® ORIGINS is now available to download for home consoles! The game is ready for new challengers on PlayStation Network for $14.99 and on Xbox LIVE Arcade for 1200 Microsoft Points.
MARVEL VS. CAPCOM ORIGINS is a compilation of two of the most popular arcade games of the ‘90s - Marvel Super Heroes and Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes. These two classic games are kept arcade-perfect, while adding a host of features sure to tap into arcade nostalgia while meeting today’s online needs. MARVEL VS. CAPCOM ORIGINS is jam-packed with Marvel and Capcom fan-favorite characters and crazy, beloved gameplay that throws a powerful punch.
MARVEL VS. CAPCOM ORIGINS offers both the one-on-one gameplay of Marvel Super Heroes with its unique Infinity Gem system and the two-on-two carnage of the original Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes, featuring a tag system, assists, and the wild Duo Team Attack. Bringing forth a host of features never-before-seen in these games, MARVEL VS. CAPCOM ORIGINS adds GGPO-enhanced online play with 8-player lobbies and spectator mode, HD graphical upgrades, dynamic challenges and replay saving.
Little Big Planet Vita officially launched in the US yesterday (some retailers have been selling it early), and the game’s release could eba big deal for Sony’s struggling handheld.
As a well-known Sony franchise, Little Big Planet has the potential to be the best-selling game on the Vita to date. Early reviews on the game indicate that it’s the best version of Little Big Planet to date, which is saying a lot since the average Metacritic score of the previous three games is 91 out of 100.
I’m relatively confident that the gameplay of LBP VIta is going to be in line with the previous games of the series. What I think makes this a very important game for the Vita is the creation tools built into the game, and how they take advantage of the Vita’s strengths. Both the touchscreen and the camera of the Vita can be used to help create levels, and with the amount of content that Little big planet has to offer for level creation, the possibilities are quite literally endless.
Recently, I wrote about how I thought Sound Shapes was the first killer app for the Vita, and it’s approach to user created content was one of the primary reasons. I think Little Big Planet Vita can be an even bigger game for the Vita, and I hope the handheld will finally start to get some traction going into this holiday season.
I look forward to spending some time with the game, and I’ll post some thoughts about it then.
Press ReleaseThe first issue of HAPPY!, the new Image Comics series by comics superstars Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson, will be in stores on September 26, but as of September 24, the issue was sold-out at the distributor level. A new printing of HAPPY! #1 (AUG128247) has been scheduled for an in-store date of October 31, the same day that HAPPY #2 goes on sale.
HAPPY! is the first Image Comics series for both Morrison and Robertson. Positive advance reviews for the issue have been rolling in:
"This issue packs a load of plot that will definitely leave you full, and that's not even addressing the floating cartoon unicorn. Darick Robertson is the perfect partner in crime for this project. His detailed, scratchy pencils hit a new level of filthy that hasn't been seen since his time on Transmetropolitan. Every panel looks infected by decay and corrosion, immaculately fitting the sociopathy of the characters."
- Paste Magazine
"Happy #1 sets the stage perfectly for what should be a bloody, foul-mouthed tale with a nice twist coming from the soon to be departed writer of Action Comics. If you are looking for a slightly different read come Wednesday try Happy out."
- Major Spoilers
"...a fun, silly take on the crime genre, with lovely art from Robertson and sterling work from [colorist Richard P.] Clark and letterer Simon Bowland. This is a professional piece of work, done by a load of professionals. In other words — it's very very good."
Press ReleaseWhile perhaps best known as the lead singer of 80's sensation, Twisted Sister, there is so much more to Dee Snider.
He has starred in several reality TV shows including The Celebrity Apprentice, Gone Country with John Rich, MTV's Rock The Cradle with his son Jesse and Growing Up Twisted, an A&E series featuring the entire Snider family and their Long Island lifestyle. He is also a frequent host on MTV Networks and his own long running nationally syndicated radio show House Of Hair is heard on more than 200 stations in North America, houseofhaironline.com.
His career as a voiceover artist has resulted in Dee being heard in many radio and TV commercials, documentaries and a year long stint as the introductory voice on MSNBC.
Come see Dee at the Metal Sucks & Vertebrae33 booth on Friday from 4-6 pm ...Booth #776.
ComixTribe announced today that it will be at the New York Comic Con (Booth #2380), and has released a 40+ page digital download Pre-View Book of show exclusives and content it will have on hand at the show. ComixTribe is the publisher of SCAM, THE RED TEN, THE STANDARD, andOXYMORON, and will have plenty of product featuring those properties at the show. "ComixTribe is thrilled to be coming back to New York Comic Con," said publisher Tyler James. "We've had a big year, and the con is providing a great venue for many of us to get together to celebrate what we've achieved, thank many of the fans who made it all possible, and strategize for an even bigger 2013."
At the ComixTribe Booth this year:
Tyler James (The Red Ten, Oxymoron)
Joe Mulvey (SCAM)
John Lees (The Standard)
Jonathan Rector (The Standard)
Cesar Feliciano (The Red Ten)
Also appearing for signings will be members of the Oxymoron anthology project, including:
Jason Ciaramella (The Cape, Godzilla: Kingdom of Monsters)
Mark Poulton (Avengelyne, Savage Hawkman)
Rich Douek (Gutter Magic)
Rafer Roberts (Plastic Farm)
Paul Allor (TMNT: Fugitoid, Clockwork, Orcgirl)
Alex Cormack (Chikara)
Download ComixTribe Takes Manhattan 2012 HERE!
A character like Judge Dredd, like Jonah Hex and the Punisher, are characters that don't have a lot of depth; they just kill and blow stuff up! So why has it been so hard to make a great film based on these characters? Because filmmakers try to make more out of nothing and it just can't be done.
'Dredd' is not only a great film, but it is a movie lifelong Judge Dredd fans can be proud of. From the story, the sets and the costumes, this version is '2000 AD' brought to life.
The story follows a drug war breaking out in a high rise apartment (a block) in Mega City and Judge Dredd and his trainee Judge Anderson are called to the scene. What happens for the next hour or so is a claustrophobic battle where the duo take on hundreds of baddies looking to take out the Judges.
In the role of Dredd is Karl Urban who not only looks the part, but carries himself with the strength, drive cockiness of the character. As far as dialogue, less is more. Playing the psychic Judge Anderson is Olivia Thurlby who is stunning and carries herself quite well in every scene she is in. In the role of the main baddie Ma Ma is Lena Headey who gets better the more desperate she becomes.
'Dredd' has so much going for it! Directed by Pete Travis, the film looked beautiful (dark, dirty and incredible moody) and moved at breakneck speed except for the slow mo scenes showing the effects of someone on the drug 'Slo-Mo'. The story by Alex Garland introduced the characters and setting without slowing down the film. The story may have been simple, but it really worked! The industrial music score by Paul Leonard-Morgan adds another enjoyable level to the film.
'Dredd' will make you forget about the Sylvester Stallone version for a few years back....thank God! This film captured everything we love about the comic and the character. If only we could get this team to make a Jonah Hex film.
Matman Rating - 5 out of 5 lawgivers
Today's the day, kids! Dredd 3D is finally here, and the early reviews are saying it's the one we've been waiting for. If you want a primer on the villain of the new movie, you should read the free digital comic Top of the World, Ma Ma, which you can check out here. Then check out the latest trailer for Dredd 3D below, and get out to see this movie! We'll be talking about in an upcoming issue of SI, and we'll get a review up on the site as well.