What’cha Watching? – Spring Anime 2014 Survival Guide!

With all the new anime coming out this season that seemed fairly interesting, I went through quite a few of the new series and decided to write a review of the bigger ones. Of course, there are many more that you can watch. For example, the third part of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, and the second season of Mushi-shi. This is just a rundown of a couple of the other anime that stuck out to me.

What'cha Watching? - Spring Anime 2014 Survival Guide!

Sidonia no Kishi, literally Knights of Sidonia

This is an anime based on a fairly popular series of anime by the same name, currently being translated in the US by Vertical. However, I wasn’t impressed by the first episode of the anime. Perhaps it’s partially because I have yet to read the manga (though it has been on my list of things to read for quite some time), but I was fairly disinterested by the events of the first episode. It took me a while to figure out what was going on, and I still don’t entirely know – which isn’t a complaint, necessarily, the only piece that I found annoying was that the scenes were short and rather choppy. It felt like they were trying to cram a lot of information and scenes into one episode, and I couldn’t find myself becoming interested with any of the characters and their problems. The main character, an amalgamation of various clichés, is introduced in a scene that involves him in falling into a giant hole while he’s trying to steal some rice, being nearly packaged with the rice, breaking two of his fingers – and then, when he finally gets away, he ends up slamming his head, full force, on a piece of wall that was jutting out from the side. He just seems generally awkward, which makes sense, considering he’s supposed to have spent his whole life underground with just his grandfather – but in every scene when I felt like I was getting closer to the main character it was cut short as soon as I got interested in it. The animation style of the show doesn’t help; they use a three-dimensional animation, with the lights casting strange shadows over the characters. There were various things in it that interested me – but I feel like I would rather read the manga than try to discern what’s going on from the anime. While I am planning on trying to keep up with it for a bit, in a season full of mecha anime, this one is not the one that I’ll be waiting to see, if the rest of the episodes end up like the first.

Two out of five stars!

                        Sidonia no Kishi premieres every Friday night!

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Isshukan Friends., literally translated into One-Week Friends.

This particular anime is one of the more interesting anime coming out; being one of the only non-mecha anime of the season, it caught my eye. The show itself is about a boy who decides to become friends with a girl – in spite of the fact that, every week, she forgets all of her good memories and all the friends she made in that past week. She resets, and forgets all of those good times. As I read the summary, I immediately gave it the title of “the Crying Anime”. After watching the first episode, I can confirm that it truly is the crying anime. The main character, Hase Yuki, is too cute to even describe, with his friend providing the non-caring attitude that he needs to stabilize him. He spends the entire week trying to befriend this seemingly cold-hearted/tsundere girl – only to find out that she wants to befriend him as well, but, come Monday of the following week, she would forget about him. The writing appears top-notch, evoking emotions and making me start to tear up as early as forty seconds into the episode. The only concern I have is that it is a fairly typical plot; we’ve seen various movies come out with similar concepts. And it could be a boring concept, if not expanded upon in later episodes/ended quickly. But, from the feel of the first episode, it felt like it could be very well done. With the preview for the next episode making me want more, this is definitely one show that I’ll be keeping on my list.

Four out of five stars!

Isshukan Friends. airs each week on Sunday; hopefully you won’t lose your memories of the previous week’s episode!

 

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I’ve been waiting for this one for a while. Having been made aware of it a while ago, I ended up waiting patiently for the premiere date. This was the first show that I saw of the new season – and then I watched it again. The main character’s father was an astronaut who died in space – and the main character, a few months before that, had met a boy with mystical powers, and a girl who appeared to live in a giant bubble. After his father died, he leaves his hometown – not coming back until the day before the summer vacation of his second year of high school. Long story short, much as one would expect, he ends up piloting a robot into outer space. The main character, Daichi, is one of the more interesting things about the series; he appears disillusioned with school, finding safety in playing video games because he simply doesn’t care about the work that his school gives him. His father’s death has clearly affected him – but, at his core, he’s still a 15 or 16-year-old high-school kid, something that shines through every once in a while, which gives the show a lot of heart. Being done by the same people who brought us Star Driver, the show could really be a hit or a miss; from the first episode, I say it is very promising. Many other people call it a mix of Star Driver and Eureka Seven. Personally, I’m just waiting for the next episode to air.

Four out of five stars!

                        Captain Earth airs every week on Saturday night! You can watch it on Crunchyroll.53b523a5bb9fbea7ced5129bc4595c531388035835_full

 

Fuun Ishin Dai Shogun, literally translated into Dai-Shogun: Great Revolution

Where do I even begin with this particular show. For one, it was very sexually charged; one of the first scenes is of a girl trying to give herself to the main character, also offered to him because she had enormous breasts. The main male characters were very perverted, and the dialogue was very raunchy. The main character was a typical shounen protagonist, unable to really deal with women – instead he’s very dismissive of them, almost acting ignorant of their advances because he wants to fight. And there are a lot of advances. Honestly, the depiction of females in this first episode was really…sexist, being sexualized and not actually being used as characters. The show calls itself a mecha show as well, but the mecha didn’t come in until the last few minutes. It completely came out of left field, especially being an alternate history anime. I don’t know if I’ll be keeping up with this show – they seem to have more fun making sex jokes than actually working on the plot.

One out of five stars!

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Mekakucity Actors

This anime caught my eye from the beginning – I really do enjoy Shaft’s animation, neck-breaking head-tilts and all. And the character designs looked really nice. So I had to give it a shot. When I did, I was not disappointed. The show is about a boy, Shintaro Kisaragi, who has been a shut-in for the past two years; he hasn’t gone out, or even really left his house, just played on the computer with a cyber girl named Ene, who he received in an email attachment. In the present day, he ends up being forced to go out to replace his keyboard, and it’s very amusing for a while – and then things go downhill when he gets to the store and it gets taken over by terrorists and he’s held hostage, along with the other shoppers. Without saying anything more than that, it’s just a generally great episode, making me want to watch the next one right now. Definitely gonna be keeping up with this one.

            Four out of five stars!

                        Mekakucity Actors airs every week on Saturday! You can watch it on Crunchyroll.

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Black Bullet

I decided to watch this just to see how it ended up, and it honestly met my expectations – it was a very typical shounen/seinen show, in my opinion, with the whole idea of the main character being a male when seemingly everyone else is female, and with his choice of various female characters to choose from – while fighting this evil creature. In this case, the evil creature is actually a plague, which causes people to grow into giant monsters. If the monster attacks you, you become infected, and become a monster yourself. Set many years after humanity’s fall, they say that the rest of humanity is within a set of borders, with the borders helping to keep the monsters out by using a certain type of metal that the monsters hate. Meanwhile, they have to make sure to keep the infection down to a minimum inside. There are two people; an Initiator and a Promoter, which go around hunting these things down for money. Very typical in many ways, in my opinion. To be fair, according to the summary of the show, the main plot hasn’t kicked in yet, but I found myself slightly bored and waiting for the end of the episode. It could get better, but now, it’s nothing to write home about.

Three out of five stars!

                        Black Bullet airs every week on Tuesday! You can watch it on Crunchyroll.

 

What about you? What new anime have you seen that looks promising? I’m personally also waiting for M3, which is coming out near the end of the month, and I think I’m going to end up sticking with Captain Earth, Mekakucity Actors, and Isshukan Friends definitely, with a few others in my “maybe” pile. Let us know in the comments!

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The Art of The Venture Bros! Coming in October!

This is one of those books that will definitely be on my Christmas list! I’ve been a huge fan of the show since it began and if they present the art in the book as beautifully as the cells have looked in the past I’ll be spending a lot of time staring at this book!
As soon as we see pages we’ll pass them on to you!

DARK HORSE TO PUBLISH THE ART OF THE VENTURE BROS.

HIT CARTOON SERIES GOES BEHIND THE SCENES!

 The Art of The Venture Bros! Coming in October!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ANAHEIM, CA—As rumored at San Diego Comic-Con 2013, Dark Horse Books proudly announces it will publish The Art of The Venture Bros.!

This massive coffee table book includes original artwork, character designs, storyboards, painted backgrounds, and props from every episode of The Venture Bros. to date, with accompanying commentary on the development of the series from co-creators Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer!

Check out the earliest sketches of all your favorite Venture Bros. characters and the genesis of the ideas that became some of the show’s funniest episodes.

To top it off, comedian Patton Oswalt pens a very special foreword!

The Art of The Venture Bros. is on sale October 22! Preorder your copy today!

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The Case That Started It All: X-Files: Year Zero from IDW!

I am psyched about the resurgence of X-Files in the comics world. Now, IDW gives me another reason to get excited: X-Files Year Zero. Let’s go back to the very beginning, shall we?

The Case That Started It All: X-Files: Year Zero from IDW!

From IDW:

In its first year at IDW, The X-Files Season 10 has pitted FBI special agents Mulder and Scully against monsters, cults, conspiracies, and more, and now the duo will unravel a mystery that dates back to the very beginning of “the X-Files.” The brand-new five-issue miniseries, The X-Files: Year Zero, debuts this July with an original tale suited for both X-Files diehards and mystery fans alike!

In the 1940s, a shadowy informant known as “Mr. Xero” directed the FBI to a number of paranormal cases that would soon be classified as “X-Files,” which were reserved for the improbable and unexplainable. When faced with an eerily similar “Mr. Zero” in the present, Agent Mulder resolves to uncover the truth about who this mystery person is and their connection to these cases.

The multi-talented veteran Karl Kesel (FF, Superboy) makes his debut at IDW as the writer on the series. Vic Malhotra (The X-Files: Conspiracy: The Crow) and Greg Scott (The X-Files: Season 10) will be splitting art duties with Malhotra providing the art for the 1940s sequences and Scott drawing the present day storyline. Covers will be provided by Season 10’s Carlos Valenzuela, with pulp-novel-inspired subscription variants by Robert Hack (Doctor Who) and a retailer incentive cover by Eisner Award-winner Francesco Francavillafor the first installment.

“The origins of the X-Files unit of the FBI were only hinted at in the TV show, and we’re proud to present the story of how the precursors of our favorite paranormal agents established the division in the late 1940s,” says editor Denton J. Tipton. “I think Bing and Millie will become fan-favorites alongside Mulder, Scully, Reyes and Doggett.”

“I’ve always thought the 40s would be a wonderful setting for X-Files, with the Russian red menace, atomic mutations and flying saucers all lurking in the shadows— what I like to think of as ‘UFO Noir.’” said Kesel from an undisclosed location. “Of course, iconic characters like Mulder and Scully are a joy to write, and being given the opportunity to introduce their predecessors— Bing Ellinson and Millie Ohio— well, the truth is it’s all a little unbelievable to me. But the unbelievable is what X-Files is all about, isn’t it?”

With an upcoming board game from IDW Games, the ongoing Season 10 series, and now this new adventure into the past, IDW is the essential stop for fans of The X-Files! Stay up to date at facebook.com/idwpublishing!

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Image collects Remender and Scalera’s Black Science in trade paperback!

Do you like pulp sci fi, like old-school Flash Gordon? With a little splash of noir for extra goodness? Then check out Image’s Black Science, coming to trade paperback on May 28th.

Image collects Remender and Scalera's Black Science in trade paperback!

Check out the scoop from Image:

In a string of big releases from Image Comics over the past year, BLACK SCIENCE was one of the biggest. The atmospheric pulp sci-fi adventure by Rick Remender (DEADLY CLASS, Captain America) and Matteo Scalera (DEAD BODY ROAD, Secret Avengers) debuted in November and has had multiple printings of every issue released, garnering praise from critics and professionals alike. The first six issues are now being collected into BLACK SCIENCE VOLUME ONE: HOW TO FALL FOREVER, arriving in comic book stores on May 28 and bookstores on June 10.

Anarchist scientist Grant McKay has defied conventions and done the impossible, using a device called the Pillar to punch a hole between dimensions that allows him to travel through all possible universes. But now Grant and his team are storm-tossed on an infinite ocean of alien worlds and long-forgotten, ancient, and unimaginable dark realms. With no clear route home, the only way is forward, through the madness of the lightning sea-swamp and a futurepast trenchworld, where the Sons of the Wakan Tech-Tanka wage never-ending war on the savages of Europe!

With an intense, mind-warping story in the vein of H.P. Lovecraft, action-adventure thrills à la Edgar Rice Burroughs, and fantastic Frank Frazetta-inspired visuals by the art team of Scalera and colorist Dean White, BLACK SCIENCE VOLUME ONE is a must-have for any lover of classic science fiction and fantasy.

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Locke & Key Artist Gabriel Rodriguez Signs Exclusive Deal with IDW!

Locke & Key Artist Gabriel Rodriguez Signs Exclusive Deal with IDW!San Diego, CA (April 19, 2014) – IDW Publishing is very pleased to announce that artist Gabriel Rodriguez, best known for his work on the Eisner award-winning series Locke & Key, has entered into an exclusive contract with the publisher.

The Chilean-born Rodriguez first gained attention when he launched his comic-book career with IDW Publishing in 2003 on multiple CSI: Crime Scene Investigation miniseries. He would go on to work on Land of the Dead, Clive Barker’s The Great and Secret Show, and Beowulf, all written by IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief, Chris Ryall.

“It’s been my, and IDW’s, distinct pleasure to have developed such a wonderful working relationship and friendship with Gabriel over the last decade,” said Ryall. “Gabriel is incredibly special, in that he is one of the top talents in all of comics, and is also one of the best, most diligent, creative, and inspiring people to ever work at IDW. He is an incredibly important part of IDW’s history thus far, and it’s equally vital to us to continue that relationship far into the future. If ever there was an artist and a person worth developing an exclusive contract that allows the space and freedom to develop any number of personal projects, it’s Gabriel. I know Gabriel’s talent has not been lost on others in this industry, and it’s a testament to his loyalty, along with his other many great qualities, that makes this exclusive such exciting news for IDW.”

In 2008, Rodriguez co-created with Joe Hill the horror classic, Locke & Key. The Eisner Award-winning title ended its run this year, with the sixth hardcover collection, the #1 New York Times bestselling Locke & Key: Alpha & Omega. Along the way, the series racked up numerous awards and nominations, including a prestigious British Fantasy Award, the Harvey Awards, and many others.

“I’m deeply honored to start this new journey with my long term friends and partners from IDW Publishing. I’m excited, thrilled and thankful,” said Rodriguez, “This is not only a major step in my professional careerover time, Ted Adams, Chris Ryall and everyone from the IDW team have become close friends of mine, making me feel part of a family. It’s both amazing and challenging to start this new stage in our creative collaborations, sharing a common vision: passion for art and comics, deep love for storytelling, high standards in personal and professional relationships. I hope to be able to give my very best in projects to come, and the few things we’ve already discussed hinted a path of amazing possibilities! It’s somehow overwhelming, it can’t get better than this.”

Rodriguez was once very close to missing his comic-book calling as his artistic roots were in architectural design, a fact that will make sense to any fan of the incredible detail in his comic work.

“We’ve had a lot of great creators do a lot of work for us over the years, including a couple that worked on staff, but this is IDW’s first exclusive contract with an artist,” said CEO & Publisher Ted Adams. “It’s entirely appropriate that it’s with Gabe. As a friend, and as a giant fan of his work, it’s deeply gratifying to have IDW be so closely associated with him. As far as I’m concerned, as long as there is an IDW, I want Gabriel Rodriguez working with us.”

Rodriguez has continued his collaboration with Hill through providing illustrations for the bestselling novel NOS4A2 and some covers for IDW’s companion comic series, Wraith. He is well into his next IDW project, a pairing with the Eisner Award-winning scribe Eric Shanower on the hotly anticipated Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland, which is set to hit shelves this August. An 8-page ashcan, offering fans the first look at the series, is available at WonderCon this weekend.

Rodriguez is approaching over 2,000 pages and covers for IDW, and the future is bright for this very talented artist. IDW Publishing is excited to continue this partnership and journey. Gabriel is IDW’s Guest of Honor this weekend at Wonder Con in Anaheim, and IDW will be celebrating with an exclusive Locke & Key: Alpha & Omega Hardcover, and the launch of the Gabriel Rodriguez’s Locke & Key: Artist’s Edition Portfolio.

Follow IDW Publishing on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/idwpublishing) and Twitter (@IDWPublishing) for more information on upcoming projects with Gabriel Rodriguez (@GR_comics).

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Preview – The Devilers! Coming in July from Dynamite

Dynamite’s launching a new line of “creator driven comics” I’m not sure what that translates to specifically but I do know it means a number of new and original titles to discover.

From the press release:

JOSHUA HALE FIALKOV KICKS OFF A NEW CHAPTER AT DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT!
THE DEVILERS ARRIVING IN JULY FOR ONLY $2.99!

Preview - The Devilers! Coming in July from Dynamite

April 18th, 2014, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite is proud to present the first book in a series of creator driven comics, featuring all new characters from the industry’s best and brightest! The Devilers is written by the acclaimed author Joshua Hale Fialkov, working with us for the first time, and accompanied by the incredible art of Matt Triano! Single issues in this line will be priced at $2.99, allowing fans the opportunity to affordably try all of the new series! And to help retailers stock up with confidence, each launch issue will be completely returnable! To sweeten the deal for fans and retailers alike, The Devilers #1 will feature covers by Eisner Award Nominee Jock and a beautiful retailer incentive by the masterful Marc Silvestri! Be sure to look for The Devilers, coming this July to retailers and digital platforms!

The following creator driven books are a small sampling of titles that will come after The Devilers, beginning August 2014 through 2015, to keep the momentum going, from the best comics has to offer!

Peter Milligan – Terminal Hero
Duane Swierczynski – Ex-Con
Andy Diggle, Angela Cruickshank, and Ben Oliver – Control
James Robinson – Grand Passion

More creators and titles to be announced!

When the world is under siege from the pits of hell, it’s up to The Devilers to set things right. The world’s greatest exorcists pit themselves against Satan’s army, while all of creation hangs in the balance.  From the writer of The Bunker, The Ultimates, and I, VAMPIRE comes a horror-fueled adventure through hell itself.

“Fans of the work I did on I, VAMPIRE will find a continuation of a lot of the themes and ideas I started over there, but  in a completely new package,” says best-selling comic book writer Joshua Hale Fialkov,  “It’s been a blast to tell a big ol’ supernatural horror adventure story again.”

“There’s a great tradition of team books in comics and we’ve worked hard to continue that tradition here.” – Joseph Rybandt, Dynamite Senior Editor

“This series is the ‘Magnificent Seven’ of different religious figures banding together to fight off an evil that will take all of their powers. Joshua is an incredibly gifted writer who has proven that he can tackle any genre.  He has an impressive track record from Elk’s Run and Tumor to his I, Vampire, Ultimates, Bunker comic series and more, and I will be biased in stating that The Devilers is his best work to date.  His writing is crisp and smart.  Add to that the incredible artwork that Matt Triano is delivering, and the unbelievably captivating covers by Jock, and you have an incredible series.  This is the first in an incredible line of creator driven books and we’re launching off our creator-driven the line up with an incredible group of creators bring incredible passion for the launch series to help celebrate and usher in for the next chapter at Dynamite.”

Joshua Hale Fialkov is the Eisner, Harvey, and Emmy award nominated creator of The Bunker, Tumor, Punks, and Echoes. He was the writer of the critically acclaimed I, VAMPIRE for DC’s New 52, and is an architect of the ULTIMATE UNIVERSE at Marvel Comics. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, daughter, two dogs, and a disgruntled cat.

The Devilers #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ May Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release on July 16, 2014.  Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of The Devilers #1 with their local comic book retailers.  The Devilers #1 will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.

Here’s some preview pages:

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Ash Gets Hitched?! – Dynamite and Steve Niles Bring the Undead’s Bad Boy to the Altar!

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DYNAMITE CORDIALLY INVITES YOU TO THE WEDDING OF THE YEAR!

SAVE THE DATE OF THE 9TH OF JULY IN 2014 AS THE ARMY OF DARKNESS PRESENTS: ASH GETS HITCHED!

Ash Gets Hitched?! - Dynamite and Steve NilesApril 18th, 2014, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Dynamite is proud to announce that Ash is going to tie the knot this upcoming July in Army of Darkness: Ash Gets Hitched #1. Written by the best-selling comic writer, Steve Niles and interiors by Nacho Tenorio, this monumental event comes with covers by the who’s who of comic artists today: Jae Lee, Lucio Parrillo, Francesco Francavilla, Nick Bradshaw, Arthur Suydam, and Stephanie Buscema!

In Army of Darkness: Ash Gets Hitched #1, Ash and Sheila are reunited and Ash vows they will never be separated again. Can evil stop evil? This will be the question Ash has to answer, now that he has unleashed the Faceless Man on the land.

“I think fans of the films will really enjoy what we’re doing in Ash & the Army of Darkness,” AshHitched01-Cov-Bradshawsays Army of Darkness: Ash Gets Hitched writer Steve Niles. “It was a dream come true for me to create the sequel we never got and I hope fans enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Now we head into the next chapter, the marriage of Ash and Sheila. This is pretty huge for the AoD universe because it means Ash is going to stay in the Dark Ages and be a father and husband. It’s going to be a very strange and fun trip.”

“Ash has always been a very important character at Dynamite, given Army of Darkness was our first book launched back in July of 2004,” says Dynamite CEO / Publisher Nick Barrucci. “We’ve had a great relationship with MGM over the last 10 years and are grateful for their support and our ability to continue with such an iconic character and a great license. As we continue to celebrate our 10th Anniversary in July, it was very important to us that Steve Niles, someone who is an incredible talent, would be the writer of this milestone story continuing his stellar work from Ash and the Army of Darkness, and be the person to write such a defining moment in the life of Ash!”

AshHitched01-Cov-SuydamSteve Niles is an American comic book writer and novelist, known for works such as 30 Days of Night, Criminal Macabre, Simon Dark, Mystery Society, and Batman: Gotham County Line. He is credited among other contemporary writers as bringing horror comics back to prominence, authoring such works as 30 Days of Night, its sequel, Dark Days, and Criminal Macabre. Steve currently writes Ash and the Army of Darkness for Dynamite Entertainment.

Army of Darkness: Ash Gets Hitched #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ May Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release on July 9, 2014.  Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Army of Darkness: Ash Gets Hitched #1 with their local comic book retailers.  Army of Darkness: Ash Gets Hitched #1 will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.

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Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Echoes Coming to Dynamite!

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Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Echoes Coming to Dynamite!

NATHAN EDMONDSON TACKLES SERIES IN CANON!

Mt. Laurel, NJ, April 18th, 2014 – Today, Dynamite Entertainment announced it is teaming up with Ubisoft to release Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Echoes, a thrilling comic book series based on the award-winning Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell video game franchise that has sold more than 27 million copies worldwide since its introduction in 2002.

Splinter Cell Echoes takes place between the events of Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Conviction® and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist™. The comic book series bridges the gap between the two games with a realistic, original story that sets the tone for the opening events in Splinter Cell Blacklist.

Sam Fisher, once a Splinter Cell–a clandestine elite operative operating in the shadows of the NSA–is now retired. His enemies, however, are not. Haunted by dreams and memories of his past, he struggles to put his life back together. But when a mysterious terrorist organization called KROWE begins pursuing targets around the globe, Sam’s expertise is needed to uncover their endgame and stop them before the deadly plot unfolds.

SCE_01_001The project is written by Nathan Edmondson, the critically-acclaimed writer of BLACK WIDOW and THE PUNISHER, who is working with Dynamite for the very first time.  Marc Laming, the artist behind EXILE ON THE PLANET OF THE APES, THE RINSE, THE ACTIVITY and Dynamite’s own KINGS WATCH, will be joining him.

“With Ubisoft, Marc Laming and I had the unique opportunity to take on one of the most successful and recognizable franchises in video games,” says writer Nathan Edmonson. “I’m telling a full and original story that stands on its own as an action-espionage tale that we’re both proud of, bringing a narrative element to the thrill of the game in a way that only a comic can do.”

“I’ve had a great time working with Dynamite on Kings Watch & Flash Gordon so it’s really SCE_01_015good news that the publisher is going to be the home for Splinter Cell Echoes. It’s a rattling good spy-fi yarn full of the sort of story elements that Nathan does best. It’s a tale that gives good fan service while equally accessible to folk who don’t know the Splinter Cell world – this is a kick ass, globe-trotting secret operative without restraints,” said Marc Laming.

“We are very pleased to be working with Ubisoft on this project, and know that it is just the start of a great relationship between the companies,” said CEO/Publisher Nick Barrucci. “This book looks and reads fantastic, and we really thought it deserved getting out to a broad audience via Dynamite. When you read the series, you’ll see why Ubisoft entrusted Nathan and Marc to be able to tell a story in continuity with the games, definitely a high honor.  Nathan Edmonson took a video game, and made it one of the best comics today. It doesn’t shock me at all that Marvel entrusted him with such important properties with The Punisher and Black Widow. And with those books, he’s knocking them out of the park! Combined with the art of the incredibly talented Marc Laming, it’s just a perfect fit all around.”

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Echoes was previously only SCE_01_018available in a limited print run as part of the Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist Collector’s Edition. Dynamite will release the project as a four issue mini-series shipping July to October, with a collection to be published shortly thereafter. The project will feature new covers by Marc Laming and include bonus behind-the-scenes material in each issue from Ubisoft.

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Echoes #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ May Previews catalog, the premiere source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release on July 2nd, 2014. Comic book fans are encouraged to reserve copies of Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Echoes #1 with their local comic book retailers. Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Echoes #1 will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, iVerse, and Dark Horse Digital.

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A Trip to The Bottom of The World – with Mouse – A Toon-Book by Frank Viva

A Trip to The Bottom of The World – with Mouse – A Toon-Book by Frank Viva

So as I’m sure you noticed we promoted the heck out of the MoCCA Art Festival this year. One of our local NYC shows it’s a great place to catch up with some cool New York artists, look at new project and, this year at least, meet some “new to us” publishers.

Toon-Books is by no means a “new” imprint. Launched in 2008 by The New Yorker art editor Françoise Mouly, they publish “high-quality comics for kids ages three and up”. I was struck by the covers and quality of the books they laid out at MoCCA this year and, being the father of a three-year old, found it impossible not to buy at least one…

A Trip to The Bottom of The World - with Mouse - A Toon-Book by Frank VivaA Trip to The Bottom of The World with Mouse was a wonderful book that takes us on a seafaring adventure to the antarctic a journey who the book’s author, The New Yorker magazine cover artist and best-selling author Frank Viva, has actually taken.

As we sail closer and closer and see more wondrous things in and around the ocean mouse seems nonplussed, asking again and again if they can return home. But this isn’t a homesick situation, on the contrary mouse is enjoying himself, he just really wants to return home. Any parent out there with a three-year old can sympathize. Sometimes it just doesn’t matter how cool something is, sometimes they just want to go home.

It’s a sweet tale that’s structured perfectly to teach sight words and animal names, not to mention the value of a little patience. The illustrations are beautiful and my son and I love to page through looking at them over and over.

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This is a great children’s book, I give it a four out of five. Pick it up at your local bookstore or through any of the links below.

A Trip to The Bottom of The World – with Mouse – A Toon-Book by Frank Viva
SBN 13: 978-1-9351-7919-1
RELEASE DATE: September 25, 2012
32 pages, 6” x 9”, hardcover, U.S. $12.95/ $15.00 CAN

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

and of course the Toon Books’ website as well!

Want to learn more about Toon Books? Check out their website!

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“Q” Comes to IDW’s Star Trek This July!

Q has always been on of the most fascinating and fun characters in the Star Trek universe. this summer he gets a 6 issue arc in IDW’s Star Trek comic.

From the press release:

“Q” Comes to IDW’s Star Trek This July!

The Star Trek Comic Event Of The Year

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San Diego, CA (April 18, 2014) – IDW’s ongoing Star Trek series has pitted the Star Trek crew from the 2009 film franchise against many a challenge and foe, but how will they fare up against the omnipotent Q? This July Star Trek fans will find out starting with Star Trek issue #35, which will kick off “The Q Gambit” 6-part galaxy-spanning adventure.

“Part of the fun of the new STAR TREK movie franchise is seeing how beloved characters are different in the new timeline,” says writer Mike Johnson, “But one iconic adversary remains unchanged: Q. His fascination with humanity and his penchant for mischief remain the same across the multiverse, and now he’s come to take the Enterprise crew on an adventure that will bring new meaning to the phrase ‘no-win scenario!’”

In this new arc, Star Trek comic series writer Johnson brings Captain Kirk from the recent films together with Q for the very first time. Joining Johnson on this adventure is first time IDW Star Trek artist, Tony Shasteen (Vampire Diaries, Batman: Arkham Unhinged).

“Like so many fans, Q captured my attention as soon as he appeared on the deck of the Enterprise,” said Star Trek comic editor Sarah Gaydos, “We’re excited to explore just how Q will react to our Captain Kirk…and how Kirk will handle one of the most powerful, witty characters ever to appear in the Star Trek universe. We’re also very eager for everyone to see the stellar work Tony Shasteen is doing!”

Under license by CBS Consumer Products, “The Q Gambit” begins when the mischievous Q sends James T. Kirk on a quest that will see the Enterprise joining forces with familiar faces from Star Trek lore, beginning with the crew of a certain space station…

Join the Star Trek comic event of the year and let the games begin!

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