Boom! Studios’ Exclusive Variants & Panels Baltimore Comic Con 2014!

Boom! has announced several variants for a number of their popular titles to be available exclusively at Baltimore Comic Con. They have also released the panels they will be presenting or participating in.

Boom! Studios' Exclusive Variants & Panels Baltimore Comic Con 2014!

August 28, 2014 (Los Angeles, Calif.) – Award-winning comic book publisher BOOM! Studios announced today their panels and exclusives for Baltimore Comic-Con, which will take place at the Baltimore Convention Center in Maryland during the weekend of September 5-7.

BOOM! will have several Baltimore Comic-Con exclusive variant covers available for purchase for $10.00 at the booth (#2001) while supplies last, including:

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Big Trouble in Little China #1 illustrated by Frank Cho

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George Pérez’s Sirens #1 illustrated by George Pérez

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RoboCop #1 illustrated by Mike Henderson

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Steven Universe #1 illustrated by Amber Rogers

Making its convention debut at Baltimore Comic-Con will be KaBOOM!’s Adventure Time Vol. 4 Mathematical Enchiridion Edition hardcover ($50.00), a premium edition of the fourth collection of the award-winning comics based on the hit Cartoon Network animated series created by Pendleton Ward. The book is enclosed in a die-cut leather casewrap and features a new cover image by Zachary Sterling.

BOOM! will also present and participate in the following panels at Baltimore Comic-Con:

Peanuts and Beyond: The Other Side of Charles M. Schulz
Sat., September 6, 1pm-2pm, Ballroom (4th floor)
In this presentation by Karen Johnson (Director, Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center), discover unpublished artworks by Peanuts creator, Charles M. Schulz. Drawn from the collection of his namesake museum in Santa Rosa, California, this discussion will be highlighted by his childhood art, travel sketches, drawings for friends, and conceptual sketches of Snoopy and the Gang. BOOM! Studios’ Editor-In-Chief Matt Gagnon will look at Schulz’s legacy as seen in KaBOOM!’s Peanuts ongoing comic book series.

We Are BOOM!
Sat., September 6, 3pm-4pm, Room 339-434
Last year was a banner year for us here at BOOM! Studios, highlighted by the release of our first feature film 2 Guns (starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg) and new first-look deal with 20th Century Fox. Archaia joined us as a new imprint, we expanded the all-ages KaBOOM! lineup, and we launched our newest imprint, BOOM! Box. Join BOOM! Studios Founder and CEO Ross Richie, Editor-In-Chief Matt Gagnon, President of Publishing and Marketing Filip Sablik, along with George Pérez (George Pérez’s Sirens), James Tynion IV (The Woods, Memetic), Marguerite Bennett (Sleepy Hollow, Butterfly), and Mark Waid (Irredeemable, Incorruptible) as we share our mission to create the future of comics…now. We are BOOM! Come Innovate With Us.

What Does an Editor Do?
Sat., September 6, 5pm-6pm, Room 347-348
Something comics fans always wonder about is what an editor does. And with all the changes in comics over the years, how has the editor’s job changed? Find out here as former DC editors Paul Levitz and Bob Greenberger, editor and Senior Vice President of Publishing of Marvel Comics Tom Brevoort, editor and Art Director at DC Comics Mark Chiarello, BOOM! Studios Editor-In-Chief Matt Gagnon, and Valiant’s Editor In Chief Warren Simons talk editing!

For tickets and more information on Baltimore Comic-Con, visit their site at baltimorecomiccon.com/.

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Five Ghosts – New Story Arc! TV show in Developement!

Five Ghosts - New Story Arc! TV show in Developement!We’ve been on-board with Five Ghosts since issue one, it’s one of those rare books that are written as beautifully as they’re drawn. Frank Barbiere has created such an amazing throw-back action hero in Fabian. If you’re a fan of adventure and like a little mysticism thrown in this is your book. For the uninitiated, Fabian Gray is an adventurer, a treasure hunter, a man cursed. His curse? The “Dreamstone” has left Fabian haunted by five ghosts, The Archer, The Wizard, The Detective, The Vampire, and The Samurai. And he’s been given access to their uniques abilities…

This new arc promises to be a good jumping on point for new readers. And there’s no better time now that Universal has signed on to develope the tv series.

Want to catch up with Five Ghosts? Get to your local comic shop and pick up; Five Ghosts, Vol. 1 TP: The Haunting of Fabian Gray and Five Ghosts, Vol. 2: Lost Coastlines TP today!

Have a look at the press release:

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FIVE GHOSTS’ NEW HORIZONS
The launch of an all-new story arc and a television show in development

Co-creators Frank J. Barbiere, Chris Mooneyham, and colorist Lauren Affe return for the beginning of an all-new story arc for FIVE GHOSTS. “Monsters & Men” begins on 10/15 with issue #13, just in time for New York Comic Con. This new arc will bring the acclaimed action adventure series to Eastern Europe and establish a new element of horror to the series. The series is also in development for a television series with Universal.

The new FIVE GHOSTS story arc features an assortment of famous monsters and literary figures. “Most notably the new arc will bring Fabian face-to-face with the legendary demon hunter Van Helsing,” hinted Barbiere. “Issue #13 will serve as a great jumping-on point and has been made fully returnable for all Diamond retailers.” The issue will also feature a blank sketch cover, available to all retailers to order, as well as a number of exciting retailer exclusive variants.

In addition to its continued success in the comic world, FIVE GHOSTS has been optioned by Universal Television and is in development for a television series.  The project has acclaimed screenwriter Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsmen, Divergent, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) attached as a writer and is being produced by Black Mask Studios and Benderspink. FIVE GHOSTS will also be branching out into new media endeavors over the next year with partners Black Mask Studios.

FIVE GHOSTS #13 arrives in stores this 10/15 and will be available for $3.50. It can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code AUG140647. The sketch variant can be ordered with Diamond Code JUL148416. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is 9/22.

ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.

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Doctor Who? Now They’ll Never Stop Asking For An Xbox!

I have great kids (you probably do too, but these are mine so I can gloat) intelligent, funny, fun, they’ve completely taken after their Mom (self-deprecating humor, check) but this press release is going to cause a whole new round of whining and “wanting”… Thanks Xbox and BBC Worldwide!

The gist? A character pack for the Xbox version of Minecraft that will include The Doctor as a player skin, six Doctors in all if I’m reading the press release correctly. If this doesn’t seem like amazing news let me break it down. Minecraft (the PC version alone) reached 16 million sales and became the best-selling PC game of all time as of July 8, 2014. When it was released for the xbox in 2012 it supposedly broke every sales record. If you aren’t playing this game odds are someone you know is. And Doctor Who? It opened its most recent season (on Aug 23rd 2014) with 2.2 million viewers (according to a USA today piece).  I have a funny feeling they’re going to sell a lot of character packs. Oh and this one? It’s just the first…

Here’s the Press Release:

 DOCTOR WHO COMES TO MINECRAFT ON XBOX

Doctor Who? Now They'll Never Stop Asking For An Xbox!

Join a community of millions with brand new Doctor Who themed characters

Available on over 84 million Xbox devices worldwide

New York, NY – August 27, 2014 – BBC Worldwide are delighted to announce a deal with Microsoft Studios and Mojang which will bring Doctor Who – the world’s longest running science fiction drama – to ‘Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition’.

From September 2014, Minecraft players will have access to a range of Doctor Who assets which will allow them to change their avatar to resemble their favorite characters from the show. The first pack – priced at just $2.99 in the U.S. (or £1.99/€2.85/$2.95AUS) – will include a character inspired by the Twelfth Doctor as well as five other Doctors, each of their on-screen companions and some of the Doctor’s most well known adversaries including his arch-nemeses, the Daleks.

Rikesh Desai, Digital Entertainment and Games Director at BBC Worldwide UK, says, “We’re constantly looking for new and innovative ways to bring Doctor Who content to our loyal fans. Working collaboratively with Microsoft, we’ve created an exciting new product which will allow Doctor Who fans to create their own brand new adventures in the heart of the iconic world of Minecraft.”

The deal will bring more packs as time goes on, introducing many of the most recognizable characters from the past 50 years of Doctor Who. Each skin pack will feature at least six Doctors and will be released regularly following the broadcast of the first episode.

Minecraft is one of the fastest selling Xbox game of all time with over 13 million sales to date. The deal to bring Doctor Who to Minecraft builds on BBC Worldwide’s successful partnership with Microsoft, which has seen Microsoft publish Forza racing games complete with Top Gear themed challenges and features.

Minecraft is a game about breaking and placing blocks. At first, people built structures to protect against nocturnal monsters, but as the game grew, players worked together to create wonderful, imaginative things. It can also be about adventuring with friends or watching the sun rise over a blocky ocean. It’s pretty. Brave players battle terrible things in The Nether, which is more scary than pretty. You can also visit a land of mushrooms if it sounds more like your cup of tea.

 

Doctor Who premieres Saturdays at 9:00pm ET on BBC AMERICA. This Saturday’s episode, Into the Dalek, marks the return of the Doctor’s greatest enemy, the Daleks.  Keep up to date with all of the latest Doctor Who news from BBC Worldwide at DoctorWho.tv.

 

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Scarlett Leads In An Exciting New G.I Joe Series From IDW

I loved G.I Joe when I was a kid. While it was always very male dominated, the female characters were never just femme fatales or just there for set decoration. They were part of the team like everyone else. This new series written by author Karen Traviss promises to be a fascinating new take on the iconic series and with a team led by my favorite character, Scarlett, I will definitely be checking it out!

The World Will Always Need G.I. Joe
Karen Traviss Leads A Bold New Series

Scarlett Leads In An Exciting New G.I Joe Series From IDW



San Diego, CA (August 27, 2014) – Acclaimed British military science-fiction author Karen Traviss reignites the G.I. JOE franchise with an all-new series. Filled with the kind of gritty realism fans of the author have come to expect, this new take on G.I. JOE is guaranteed to please followers of the classic property and comic readers experiencing it for the first time.

The world has changed and so must G.I. JOE—lead by Scarlett, the once-revered G.I. JOE team faces an unthinkable reality where Cobra has become an unlikely peacekeeping taskforce. Utilizing real-world dangers and politics, this is a G.I. JOE comic the likes of which has never been seen.

“Karen understands the world of men and women in the military,” says IDW Senior Editor John Barber. “She gets what their reality is like—which is why she’s held in such high regard by veterans, as well as fans of character-driven action.

Traviss guides an all-star squad of talent on this monthly series starting with fan-favorite artist Steve Kurth on interior art. With a keen eye for design, Jeffery Veregge provides striking covers to the series. The first issue will feature a subscription variant cover by Cliff Chiang.

“When John [Barber] asked me to write the series, it was one of those spooky coincidences,” said Traviss. “I’d literally just finished writing a scene for my new novel, GOING GREY, where two of the characters – vets now serving as private military contractors – discuss whether having G.I. Joe and Action Man as boys, influenced their choice of career. G.I. Joe is still that iconic after 50 years, because it’s about people, and it’s never shied away from the human reality of warfare. I’m genuinely delighted to have the chance to work on the franchise.”

Look for this new series to infiltrate comic shops this September, and follow IDW Publishing on facebook.com/idwpublishing and @idwpublishing for more news and updates!

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Max Bemis’ Evil Empire #4 – Things Spiral Out of Control

Max Bemis' Evil Empire #4 - Things Spiral Out of Control

 

Evil Empire continues this week with its fourth issue. Bemis’ vision of how a country can devolve into an evil empire with simply a few wrong turns continues to fascinate and disturb with its glimpse into uncomfortable truths about our society.

“How have we let things come this far? As the lines are being drawn on both sides and alliances are forming, who can Reese trust? The country continues to spiral out of control and nothing is as it seems.”

 

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Evil Empire #4
Writer: Bemis, Max
Artist: Getty, Ransom
Cover Artist: Shaw, Jay
On Sale August 27, 2014
Publisher BOOM! Studios
Diamond Id: APR140977
Price: $3.99
UPC: 84428400371100411

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Preview “Talent” Deluxe Edition Out Today from BOOM! Studios

Preview "Talent" Deluxe Edition Out Today from BOOM! StudiosChristopher Golden’s Talent is finally available in a collected edition. This miniseries was sold out everywhere when it first came out. It’s even been the subject of a five studio bidding war and has been optioned for a film. Here’s your chance to pick it up in it’s entirety.

Written by Christoper Golden (Sons of Anarchy) and Tom Sniegoski (The Goon), illustrated by a then-unknown Paul Azaceta (Outcast), and featuring a new cover by Azaceta for this edition, Talent is the story of Nicholas Dane, the miraculous sole survivor of a plane crash. As mysterious men arrive to kill him, Dane discovers he can channel the different talents of the crash victims. 

Here’s a sneak peek:

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Talent Deluxe Edition TP
Writer: Golden, Christopher
Artist: Azaceta, Paul
Cover Artist: Azaceta, Paul
On Sale August 27, 2014
Publisher BOOM! Studios
Diamond Id: MAY141163
Format: TRADE PAPERBACK
Price: $14.99
ISBN: 978160886450851499

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Letter 44 #9 – The Plot Thickens! The Truth is Revealed!

Letter 44 #9 - The Plot Thickens! The Truth is Revealed!LETTER 44 #9
Written by Charles Soule
Drawn by Alberto Jiménez Alburquerque
Colored by Dan Jackson
Lettered by Crank!
Published by Oni Press

Isobel Blades, First Lady, pays a visit to Congressman Chris Higgins, a former love interest rumored to be plotting Stephen’s impeachment. In the asteroid belt, the purpose of the Chandelier becomes clear, as it powers up for the first time. Earth’s solar system will never be the same.

 

If you’re new to Letter 44 find out what it’s all about here: Review – Letter 44 Vol 1- A Near Perfect Scifi Adventure! Then come back and check out this preview for issue #9!

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So… What are We Reading This Week? 08/27

I decided to go ’round What’cha Reading HQ and find out what’s on our pull lists. You know, For Science!

Here’s some of the books that made the cut this week:

Be sure to stop by you local comic shop and check out all of this weeks books! Let us know what you’re reading this week! Post your pull-list in the comments! (Don’t have a pull-list? go to comiXology and make one!)

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Have You Been Reading Madame Frankenstein from Image Comics?

Have You Been Reading Madame Frankenstein from Image Comics?What if the woman of your dreams, the pinnacle of your desires, was snatched from life before you could make her yours? What if when she was here she loved another? Well if you’re Vincent Krall you re-make her al la Frankenstein. That’s when things get interesting.

I’m not going to lie, the thought of re-animating the girl you couldn’t get is beyond creepy and smacks of misogynistic undertones, but that’s more than reason enough to check it out right?

So let’s get into it.

1932, Boston. The girl of his dreams, Court, was killed in a traffic accident (which seems to be the fault of her boyfriend, Krall’s hated enemy, Henry.) Vincent acquires her and continues the research he’s sure will result in bringing her back to him. But as these things go he gets more than he bargained for. “Gail” (as he renames Court) has none of her previous life’s memories, she’s a blank slate. I worried at this moment that this could go down some pretty dark paths very quickly but instead it goes in a different direction. Vincent becomes engrossed in making the “perfect” woman, and begins a strange “Pygmalion” relationship, teaching manners and posture, all the things 1932 Boston would expect of a woman. He even seems to lose interest in her as a conquest, instead seeing her as a project, an accomplishment. I don’t know what made him seem more evil, being in love with his “creation” or seeing her as just a “creation” he could perfect.

That’s probably the hardest part of this book. It takes place in 1932 and you have to remember that, so much of the interaction between Vincent and Gail is over the top sexist, not only treating her like a thing that he’s molding, but teaching her the “manners” of the day; not to order her own food, never put her napkin on her lap, pay attention when a man is speaking, it’s absurd. And it’s especially absurd to someone like me, raised primarily around women, married to my best friend, and stay at home parent to an eight year old girl who I make sure knows that the only “place” for her in this world is wherever the hell she wants it to be.

But I digress.

Where was I? Oh, Vincent has re-animated “Gail” and he’s attempting to create what he considers the perfect woman. Along with the problems of educating a fully grown adult who knows nothing of the world he also has to deal with the problems of necrosis and the superior strength creatures such as Gail tend to posses. Along with his egomaniacal need to create her in this image, he also needs to show the world just how brilliant he is. I cringed for “Gail”, trying to navigate a carnival, a speakeasy, a cocktail party, with no frame of reference and her only guide in life a myopic psycho that she is slowly falling for. Jamie Rich seems to enjoy making us squirm for this lost lamb.

Maybe I’m getting jaded or maybe it’s just that the art is so beautifully rendered by Megan Levens but the horror aspect of the book isn’t in a graphic sense, it’s in knowing that Vincent is truly mad and “Gail” is truly innocent and we’re just along for the ride, waiting for the inevitable wreck their lives are heading toward. I usually know better than to even say this but I’m really hoping Gail gets the happy ending. And Vincent get’s what he deserves.

Oh, also? Watch out for the fairies, haven’t trusted those little things since Torchwood*.

This series gets a 4 out of 5 stars, Jamie Rich has really created something worthy of the elevator pitch “My Fair Lady meets Frankenstein” it’s solid drama with great art.

Check out the issue 5 preview… Want to catch up first? (You should, issue #5 comes out Sept 3rd!) Go to comiXology now and get the first four issues!

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Madame Frankenstein #5
Writer: Rich, Jamie S.
Artist: Levens, Megan
Cover Artist: Jones, Joëlle
On Sale September 03, 2014
Publisher Image
Diamond Id: JUL140556
Format: LIMITED SERIES
Price: $2.99
UPC: 70985301630400500

*Both the Torchwood episode “Small Worlds” and Madame Frankenstein reference the Cottingley fairy photos, though they’re called The Courtney Fairies in Madame Frankenstein.

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Second Look Review – Hexed #1

It’s curious how teenaged or young adult girls have become the heroes du jour. Is it simply trying to recreate the magic of Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Perhaps it’s something deeper. Those years are where we have the most potential. We haven’t yet come up with a life plan or even know what we truly want to be. In potential there is power and maybe young women and older women, like myself, appreciate stories that explore the power of that time of life in a completely different way or maybe we just like to see girls who kick ass! Luci definitely fits the bill either way.

Second Look Review - Hexed #1Lucifer “Luci” Jennifer Inacio Das Neves is a thief for hire, with a little extra. She’s got a supernatural edge that makes her better than the rest. She has a mentor who cares deeply for her and tries to channel all that power and energy in a positive direction plus keep her charge out of trouble. That is a tall order when it comes to Luci. In the first issue of her new ongoing series Luci steals a painting that is more than it seems to be. She ends up releasing a rather pissed of, though attractive, demon of some sort and that’s just the start of her troubles.

I enjoyed the Hexed collectionin its previous incarnation. I was very sorry that there was only the one. I wanted to know more about this girl and the adventures she has. I was thrilled when Boom! announced that they were relaunching it. I’m pleased to say I was not disappointed at all. Luci is still badass. She makes the dangerous situations she gets herself into look like a blast! I enjoy her interactions with her mentor and how she deals with the harsh realities of her existence. The art is good, colorful and helps immerse you in the story. I was very disappointed when I reached the last page and realized I had to wait a month for more.

I’m giving Hexed 4 out of 5 stars. It’s a great start to what looks to be a fun series. If you missed it when it came out go check it out when you pick up this week’s comics. You’ll be glad you did.

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Hexed #1
Writer: Nelson, Michael Alan
Artist: Mora, Dan
Cover Artist: Rios, Emma
On Sale August 13, 2014
Publisher BOOM! Studios
Diamond Id: JUN140934
Price: $3.99
UPC: 84428400403900111

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