So--what do you think? Are you excited for this one?
by Brian LeTendre
You've heard us rave on the show about what a great comics series BOOM! has been putting out with the Adventure Time license. Well, whether you're a fan of the comics or the show itself, BOOM! has just release a cover collection that should make any Adventure Time fan happy. Here's how they describe it:
Be the envy of all of your fellow Adventure Time fans with this breathtaking collection! Finally, a complete collection of all of the stunning ADVENTURE TIME cover artwork featured in the comics to date! ADVENTURE TIME fans have been clamoring to collect all of the innovative, beautiful variant cover images produced for the smash hit KaBOOM! comic series! Now there’s one spot where art fans and ADVENTURE TIME fans alike can see every cover image produced to date in this stunning, over-sized hardcover cover gallery! In addition to showcasing each breathtaking cover image, this volume also includes process pieces showing how an ADVENTURE TIME cover is created. Don’t miss out on this must have for every ADVENTURE TIME fan!
You can check out some of the great covers below, and you can grab the book when it hits stores on December 11th.
Award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios is excited to announce BOOM! Box, a new imprint that aims to push the envelope with experimental content from some of the brightest, forward-thinking creators in comics today. The new line of titles kicks off in December with the debut of THE MIDAS FLESH, a new, original series from the creative team behind the KaBOOM! line of ADVENTURE TIME comics, writer Ryan North and artists Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb. BOOM! Box joins the publisher’s other imprints, which include KaBOOM!, BOOM! Town, and Archaia.
“This imprint is about new ideas and unique ways of doing things,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “Shannon Watters, our mastermind editor behind ADVENTURE TIME, REGULAR SHOW, and BRAVEST WARRIORS, has brought some amazing talent into BOOM! over the last couple years. These are creators that have inspired us; they have an undeniably energizing spirit to what they do, and all have their own stories to tell. That jump-started the idea to give them—and other great creators we’ve come to know who aren’t involved in KaBOOM!—the opportunity to go wild and come up with their most outrageous ideas—and for us to say, ‘Yes, we will publish that.’ It’s about experimenting, having fun, and embracing the limitless form of comics.”
BOOM! Box titles will vary in genre, tone, format, and creative vision, but will share a gleeful energy focused on creating comics purely “for the love of it.” The imprint will also focus on introducing successful creators from outside the direct comic market into the traditional print comic market, including web cartoonists, illustrators, and fine artists.
“BOOM! Box is meant to be a gleeful space for creators to explore projects that are exciting or challenging for them, as well as giving them the means to do so,” said Editor Shannon Watters. “We’re interested in publishing comics under this imprint that are a ball to read...no murderbots or male protagonists with a tortured past, perhaps, but dinosaur planets and adventuring best pals and plenty of graphic storytelling made with love.”
BOOM! Box will launch in December with the release of THE MIDAS FLESH #1, a sci-fi adventure taking inspiration from the mythological man who could turn everything he touched into gold. Inspired by a strip from Ryan North’s immensely popular webcomic,Dinosaur Comics, THE MIDAS FLESH follows a space crew as they return to Earth—a planet that has been completely sectioned off, abandoned, and transformed into gold—in the hopes of finding something to help fight a merciless Federation from further expanding its wrath across the universe.
Future series and projects from BOOM! Box will be announced in coming months as the imprint is carefully curated and expanded organically.
Anyone who knows or follows creator Stan Sakai is aware of the medical problems that his wife Sharon has endured over the past six months. Despite the fact that she is feeling a bit better and not in the hospital, Sharon's medical bills and her current need for care cost more than their insurance covers.
For those who know me know that I am a huge Stan Sakai fan! His 'Usagi Yojimbo' is one of my favorite characters and Stan is the one creator that I was actually nervous around, so if he hurts, so do I and I want to help! The second biggest thrill of my 'comic media' life was being asked to moderate the Stan Sakai panel at Boston Comic Con a few years back. The first was actually hosting it!
The Cartoon Art Professional Society or CAPS is doing something amazing!
Please check the link and see how you can help Stan and Sharon get through this difficult time.
by Brian LeTendre
I’ve been a fan of Painkiller Jane since the 2006 limited series that was published through Dynamite. While she was created by Jimmy Palmiotti and Joe Quesada in the mid-1990s.
For me, the character and the series has always been one part Punisher, one part Wolverine and one part The Shield. Jane, with her super healing factor, works with her detective friend Maureen to do the work that the cops aren’t willing to or can’t do themselves. Maureen feeds Jane the jobs, and Jane takes care of business. The concept is pretty simple, but as usual, it’s Palmiotti’s great characterization, pacing and dialogue that make Jane stand out from other characters that came from that era of comics.
This new series at Icon is a great jumping on point, for a few reasons., First, the story in issue one introduces you to the major players and sets up a clear, action-packed storyline. Juan Santacruz and Paul Mounts handle both the action and the quieter moments with ease, and their style matches Palmiotti’s perfectly.
My favorite thing about the issue are the extras, though. Not only do you get a backup story (with art by Sam Lofti) that provides some history for Jane and Maureen, but you get a great welcome back letter from Jimmy as well as a history of the character in print from Patrick Wedge.
All in all, this comic is well worth the $3.99 cover price, and offers a great introduction for those who are new to the character. Those already familiar with Jane will be happy to see her back in action, picking up right where she left off.
4.5 out of 5 Welcome Backs
BOOM! Studios is happy to announce several sale promotions in its webstore for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Mondayto kick off the 2013 holiday shopping season! The BOOM! Studios webstore can be found at boom-studios.com.
The promotions are as follows:
ALL WEEKEND LONG (starts Thursday, Nov. 28, 8:00 p.m. PST; ends Monday, Dec. 2, 11:59 p.m. PST)
· Every order over $25.00 qualifies for free domestic shipping
· All trade paperbacks of licensed titles (i.e. ADVENTURE TIME, ROBOCOP, PEANUTS, BRAVEST WARRIORS, PLANET OF THE APES, and more) in stock are 15% off
· Several bundle packs will be discounted (check the site for details)
BLACK FRIDAY (starts Thursday, Nov. 28, 8:00 p.m. PST; ends Friday, Nov. 29, 11:59 p.m. PST)
· Get 25% off all orders from $60.00 to $99.99
· Get 35% off all orders from $100.00 and up
SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY (Nov. 30, starts 12:00 a.m. PST; ends 11:59 p.m. PST)
· All leather-bound Archaia editions in stock are 50% off
· All other Archaia items in stock are 25% off
BONUS BOOM! SUNDAY (Dec. 1, starts 12:00 a.m. PST; ends 11:59 p.m. PST)
· All trade paperbacks of licensed titles* in stock jump to 25% off (*Excludes ADVENTURE TIME products)
CYBER MONDAY (Dec. 2, starts 12:00 a.m. PST; ends 11:59 p.m. PST)
· Free mystery gift packed with every order
· Buy one, get one free for all main covers (A or B) to single issues in stock
· Any order over $50.00 is automatically entered into a raffle to win THE ULTIMATE GIFT PACK, featuring one copy of every single issue** BOOM! Studios and KaBOOM! has released in 2013 to date (**Some issues may be filled with variant covers)
BOOM! Studios wishes everyone a happy and safe holiday season!
For those not familiar, every year on Black Friday, Dark Horse Digital sells a gigantic bundle of Star Wars comics at a hugely discounted price. Here's the presss release for this year's sale, which will go live at midnight Friday:
Dark Horse Comics is rocking Black Friday madness with a very exclusive limited offer for its digital-comics readers . . .
Feast your optic sensors on this year’s Black Friday MegaBundle. For one weekend only, you can get over 150 digital Star Wars comics for the crazy-low price of only $100.
Get classics like The Clone Wars, The Old Republic, and all three arcs of Crimson Empire. Get a taste of Brian Wood’s critically acclaimed Star Wars series. Your favorite Sith friends are here too, with Darth Maul and Darth Vader series, plus the latest series, Lost Tribe of the Sith. Your favorite bounty hunter, Boba Fett, is here, plus the Imperial spy comic Agent of the Empire. Go back in time to the origins of the Jedi in Dawn of the Jedi, travel to hundreds of years after the films end with Legacy, and more!
Over 3,500 pages of Star Wars goodness! This sale goes live at midnight (PST), Friday, November 29, and runs through midnight, Sunday, December 1.
Get this MegaBundle here: http://goo.gl/bZwZpM, before Chewie punches it, and it jumps to hyperspace!
The free Dark Horse Digital comics app is now available worldwide through all modern web browsers and features cloud storage in both the Android and iOS apps.
Stop by Dark Horse Digital and get all the Star Wars comics you could want and more!
NOTE: The link to the deal will not be live until Friday, but you can access everything in the Dark Horse Digital store at www.digital.darkhorse.com.
Action Lab Entertainment, the company taking the comics industry by storm returns to it’s roots. Fracture, a series that began as a successful Kickstarter campaign and launch pad for the company itself returns in an all-new miniseries. Created by writer Shawn Gabborin (Snowed in, Angry Gnome Comics) and artist Chad Cicconi (NFL Rush Zone, Baby Boomers), Fracture Volume 2 is a follow up to the critically acclaimed story of Superheroes, Supervillians and multiple personalities.
The City of Lower Triton is a city of heroes with the highflying Virtue first and foremost among them. However, for every hero there must be a villain and Malice, the technological terror, reigns supreme. But what happens when a normal guy named Jeff discovers he’s both?
Now, Jeff tries to move on with his normal, humdrum life, leaving the newly cloned Virtue, with his personality in place to become a full time hero. Virtue tries to protect Lower Triton while Jeff tries to keep his Malice personality at bay, which isn’t easy when he can’t get the drugs he needs! But life in Lower Triton is not normal by a long shot. Who is the newest villain on the scene, Vice? Who are the Croc men? And just how fractured is Jeff’s mind?
All of these answers and more can be found in the pages of Fracture, Volume 2 issue 1, featuring a variant cover by Molly Danger creator Jamal Igle.
Fracture #1 hits shelves on December 18th at comic shops everywhere.
For more info, head over to www.actionlabcomics.com.
Fans of Serenity and Firefly are constantly crying for more. After all, one season of shows and a full length movie were not enough!
Thanks to Dark Horse, fans are getting a chance to see life after the movie.
"Serenity: Leaves On The Wind" # 1 will continue the Wash-less saga as the crew try to put loss behind them and continue to try to make an existence while on the run.
Written by Zack Whedon, pencils by Georges Jeanty and inks by Carl Story, this book could be just as successful at continuing a cancelled TV series like 'Buffy' was, also from Dark Horse. Not to mention the series will be produced by Joss Whedon.
"I cannot wait for this series," Matman had to add! "Firefly was one of my all time favorite shows and to get the further adventures from a great company like Dark Horse is something special."
'Serenity - Leaves In The Wind', a six issue series begins on January 29th, 2014.
Creator Joe Badon reached out to us this week with a Kickstarter project that should appeal to fans of Creepy, Eerie and other anthology comics of that ilk. It's called Memoirs of the Mysterious, and bills itself as a collection of tales in the vein of The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits.
You can watch the video pitch below and then head over to the official Kickstarter page for a list of the reward tiers.