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1. To do this weekend: Linework NW in Portland, OR


Just as a reminder, this weekend is the first big West Coast Caf of the year: LINEWORK NW which is FREE to attend in Portland’s Norse Hall. Info in the above link but here’s the skinny:

Linework NW will take place on Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19, 2015, at the Norse Hall in Portland, Oregon. Hours of operation are 12pm-8pm both days. Attendance is free and open to the public.

Harassment Policy: Linework NW will not tolerate verbal or physical abuse, derogatory or discriminatory language, sexual harassment, and disruptive or inappropriate behavior. Anyone who feels they have witnessed or have been subjected to inappropriate or abusive behavior at the festival is encouraged to report it to a Linework NW volunteer immediately. Linework NW organizers will be available to mediate conflicts at the festival, and we reserve the right to ask anyone we determine to be violating our policies to adhere to our community standards, up to and including excluding them from the event.

Linework NW is organized and operated by Sam Marx, Shanna Matuszak, Kinoko Evans, Tristan Tarwater, Zack Soto & François Vigneault. The show was founded by Zack and François.


Special guests include Dan Clowes, Lisa Conger, Lisa Hanawalt and Jay Howell.

Maybe Clowes will spill some beans about the new graphic novel he’s been teasing! Keep us posted.

And here’s the programming line-up:

12:30: Freelance Illustration: Work and Life
Ryan Alexander-Tanner
Steve Lieber
Meg Hunt
Pam Wishbow
moderated by Tristan Tarwater

1:30: Lisa Hanawalt Spotlight
Moderated by Tom Spurgeon

2:30: Jay Howell Spotlight
Moderated by Bwana Spoons

3:30: Free Speech and the Aftermath of Charlie Hebdo
Sean Aaberg
Suzette Smith
Sam Alden
Tom Spurgeon
moderated by François Vigneault

4:30: Modern Portraiture
Michael Horwitz
Nicole J. Georges
Hazel Newlevant
Jeannette Langmeade
Moderated by Sam Marx

5:30: Genre Through the Indie Lens
Malachi Ward
Sera Stanton
Zack Soto
Ian MacEwan
Moderated by Tom Spurgeon

6:30: The Intersection of Creativity – Balancing Comics/Illustration with Other Outlets
Ben Sears
Joseph Bergin III
Bwana Spoons
Jay Howell 
Moderated by Sam Marx

• Sunday April 19 •

12:30: Collectives and Collaborations
Luke Ramsey
Sindre Goksøyr
Sean Christensen
Marc Palm
Seth Goodkind
Tom Van Deusen

1:30: Queering Up Comics
Michael Horwitz
Melanie Gillman
Virginia Paine
Genue Revuelta
Moderated by Taneka Stotts

2:30: Lisa Congdon Spotlight
moderated by Jason Strugill

3:30: Daniel Clowes Spotlight
moderated by Tom Spurgeon

4:30: The Modern Reality of Fundraising for Artists
Lucy Bellwood
Kory Bing
Taneka Stotts
Hazel Newlevant
moderated by Tristan Tarwater

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2. The official Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer is here


And as predicted, the official teaser for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has dropped via Zack Snyder‘s twitter feed:


What do you think? Sound off below, and have a great weekend!

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3. San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum forced to find a new home


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This is sad but not surprising—given the insane rise in real estate prices in San Francisco, it was only a matter of time before the Cartoon Art Museum, which occupied a spacious and accessible spot near Market Street has been evicted so its space can be converted to something expensive and greedy. The museum will stay open until June 28th, and in a release they note that the move was not unexpected and they had already begun preparations, just like Cutter and Skywise.

While a LOT of people have tried to open a comics art museum in the US over the years—Mort Walker, Kevin Eastman, David Gabriel, MoCCA and more—the Cartoon Art Museum, which began as a home for historian Bill Blackbeard’s massive collection. It’s become a staple of the Bay Area’s cultural life with weekly events and classic exhibitions, under the guidance of manager Andrew Farago, executive Director Summerlea Kashar and Board chairman Ron Evans. The museum will last long enough to take part in the first San Francisco Comics Fest, before moving to temporary gallery space while it searched for a permanent home.

Maybe this is a chance for Apple, Google, Twitter, Uber and all those other billion dollar companies to actually show that they care about more than making a buck and sink a little tax free charity dollars into adding to the culture of the area they’ve colonized. Crazy dream, I know.

Following a notice to vacate, the Cartoon Art Museum will be closing its doors at 655 Mission Street on Sunday, June 28, 2015.  The museum, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, began preparing several months ago for a possible relocation and will now continue those efforts in search of temporary gallery space as well as a new long-term home.
“This is just another challenge in the life of the Cartoon Art Museum,” says Summerlea Kashar, the museum’s Executive Director. “And given San Francisco’s current commercial real estate market, it’s not very surprising.”
The Cartoon Art Museum is the only museum in the western United States dedicated to promoting a greater appreciation of cartoons, comics, animation, and illustration.  Through exhibitions, artist appearances, and community outreach programs, the museum demonstrates how cartoon art entertains, communicates diversity, and champions self-expression.  Thousands of young people have benefited from the museum’s programs and classes in creativity.
Over the past three decades, the museum has produced more than 180 exhibitions on topics ranging from politics and sports to children’s literature and Latino culture.  Among the hundreds of artists that have been featured are Kate Beaton, Mary Blair, Roz Chast, Robert Crumb, Dan DeCarlo, Will Eisner, Phil Frank, Dave Gibbons, Edward Gorey, Los Bros. Hernandez, Lynn Johnston, Chuck Jones, Jack Kirby, Keith Knight, Tom Meyer, Trina Robbins, Spain Rodriguez, John Romita, Stan Sakai, Dr. Seuss, Charles Schulz, Raina Telgemeier, Garry Trudeau, Morrie Turner, Mort Walker, Bill Watterson, and Wally Wood.
The Cartoon Art Museum remains open through late June with many programs slated for the next two months.  In May, the museum will take part in the inaugural San Francisco Comics Fest with an event celebrating San Francisco’s underground comix movement.  It will also play host to Comics 4 Comix, an evening of standup comedy, as well as the second annual Queer Comics Expo.  The museum’s final exhibition at 655 Mission Street will showcase original artwork from Jeffrey Brown’s popular series of Star Wars books, including Goodnight Darth Vader and the forthcoming release Darth Vader and Friends.

“We’re one of San Francisco’s most original educational institutions and a magnet for visitors from around the world,” says Board Chairman Ron Evans. “The staff and board are committed to maintaining the museum as a vital part of the city’s cultural fabric.  We welcome any and all support from those who would like to help us do so.”
For information on becoming a museum member, making a financial or in-kind donation, or enlisting as a corporate sponsor, please call 415-227-8666 x 313 or visitcartoonart.org/join-support <http://cartoonart.org/join-support/>.  Supporters are also encouraged to contribute to the Cartoon Art Museum’s capital campaign <http://cartoonart.org/join-support/cartoon-art-museums-future-relocation/> .


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4. Georgi Gospodinov profile

       With The Physics of Sorrow out in English this week Garth Greenwell writes about The Bulgarian Sadness of Georgi Gospodinov at The New Yorker's Page-Turner weblog.

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5. Dark Horse July 2015 Coming Attractions: Barb Wire #1, Unseen Frank Frazetta,The New Deal and more

Dark Horse’s July comics previews are out and here they are with Mignola, Kindt, the return of Barb Wire, The New Deal, a new graphic novel by Jonathan Case, the collected Astro Boy, the final book of Oh My Goddess and MORE. I haven’t really looked at the Dark Horse line in a while, and they are putting out some good stuff.




“Kindt’s work is more complex, ambitious and somber than its subtitle suggests.”— Publishers Weekly

2 Sisters: A Super-Spy Graphic Novel HC

Matt Kindt (W/A/Cover) and Marie Enger (C)

On sale Sept 16

FC, 344 pages


HC, 8 1/4″ x 10 1/4″

From the imagination of Matt Kindt, 2 Sisters is at once a fanciful World War II thriller full of codes, gadgets, and cyanide capsules and the heartbreaking story of Elle and Anna, whose shared past and secrets are dredged up when Elle is recruited into His Majesty’s service as a covert agent!

  • From the creator of MIND MGMT, 3 Story, and Past Aways!
  • Deluxe hardcover format matching Kindt’s Complete Pistolwhip!
  • Over 300 pages of spy action—in color for the first time!



New arc begins here!

Abe Sapien #24

Mike Mignola (W), Scott Allie (W), Sebastián Fiumara (A), Dave Stewart (C), and Max Fiumara (Cover)

On sale July 8

FC, 32 pages



Haunted by memories of Hellboy, Abe crosses paths with a horrible monster in a sunken town, which reveals secrets of his own prehuman origins.

  • Features a flashback to the BPRD before Seed of Destruction!




Age of Reptiles: Ancient Egyptians #2 (of 4)

Ricardo Delgado (W/A/Cover) and Ryan Hill (C)

On sale July 1

FC, 32 pages



Ricardo Delgado delivers a stunning, elaborate prehistoric parable that evokes classic spaghetti westerns and noble samurai tales of yore! Traveling through a dense swamp teeming with primordial danger, a solitary Spinosaurus aegyptiacus is the unpredictable and deadly antihero of Age of Reptiles: Ancient Egyptians.

  • The Eisner-winning wordless series returns!





Aliens: Salvation HC

Dave Gibbons (W), Mike Mignola (P/Cover), Kevin Nowlan (I), and Matt Hollingsworth (C)

On sale Sept 2

FC, 56 pages


HC, 6 5/8″ x 10 3/16″

One of the most memorable Aliens tales ever told, now available as a premier-edition hardcover! When the most pious crewman aboard the Nova Maru is forced to abandon ship with his mad captain, the two are marooned on an inhospitable and remote world—and they’re not alone . . .

  • Back in print for the first time in over a decade!
  • Deluxe hardcover format with a new cover by Mike Mignola!




Angel & Faith Season 10 #16

Victor Gischler (W), Cliff Richards (A), Michelle Madsen (C), Scott Fischer (Cover), and Mike Norton (Variant cover)


On sale July 1

FC, 32 pages



While Angel is stateside, Faith is suddenly the go-to adviser for London’s Magic Town police detective. She enlists Fred to help scope out a situation, and the girls stumble onto some teenage vampires at Cuthbert Prep. Who better to delve further into the situation—from the inside—than a vampire slayer?

  • An all-Faith, all-Fred vampire adventure!




“Look at these Archie vs. Predator comic covers and weep at their glory.”—io9

Archie vs. Predator #4 (of 4)

Alex de Campi (W), Fernando Ruiz (P), Rich Koslowski (I), Jason Millet (C), Andrew Pepoy (Cover), Faith Erin Hicks (Variant cover), and Joe Quinones (Variant cover)


On sale July 15

FC, 32 pages



As casualties continue to mount, it’s up to Betty and Veronica to put aside their differences if the gang hopes to rid Riverdale of the Predator menace—but can the girls keep their claws out of each other long enough to keep the Predator’s claws out of everyone?!

  • Variant covers by Faith Erin Hicks (The Last of Us) and Joe Quinones (Batman ’66, Howard the Duck)!



Nearly 700 pages!

Astro Boy Omnibus Volume 1 TP

Osamu Tezuka (W/A/Cover)

On sale Sept 23

b&w, 688 pages


TP, 4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″

Built by a brilliant scientist to replace his lost son, but with powers beyond imagination, Astro Boy fights for the oppressed and helpless—human, alien, or robot. Created by Osamu Tezuka, “Japan’s Walt Disney,” Astro Boy is action-packed, classic fun for all ages, now featured in value-priced omnibus editions!

  • The late Osamu Tezuka is renowned internationally as a master cartoonist, animator, and storyteller.
  • Inspiration for three animated series and the 2009 feature film.

“Tezuka is widely considered the most important and influential figure in post–World War II Japanese animation.”—New York Times




Avatar: The Last Airbender—Smoke and Shadow Part One TP

Gene Luen Yang (W), Michael Dante DiMartino (W), Bryan Konietzko (W), and Gurihiru (A/Cover)

On sale Sept 23

FC, 80 pages


TP, 6″ x 9″

The Fire Nation is threatened by a prophecy told by the Kemurikage, mysterious figures thought only to exist in legend: remove Zuko from the throne, or the country will perish!

Avatar Aang and his friends escort Zuko and his family back to the capital, completely unaware of the looming threat growing in the city. Unrest is brewing as the New Ozai Society prepares to make its move against the crown, and children begin to go missing from their homes under mysterious circumstances!




Baltimore: The Cult of the Red King #3 (of 5)

Mike Mignola (W), Christopher Golden (W), Peter Bergting (A), Dave Stewart (C), and Ben Stenbeck (Cover)

On sale July 1

FC, 32 pages



Lord Baltimore attacks a coven of witches to free his friend, but the witches will not give him up so willingly. Alone and freezing, Baltimore can now only save himself. Will he survive the wrath of the witches?

  • Featuring art from Peter Bergting (The Portent, Domovoi).




Barb Wire #1

Chris Warner (W), Patrick Olliffe (P), Tom Nguyen (I), Gabe Eltaeb (C), and Adam Hughes (Cover/Variant cover)

On sale July 1

FC, 32 pages



Nail-hard tough and drop-dead gorgeous, Barb Wire is the baddest bounty hunter on the mean streets of Steel Harbor, where gangsters can lift bulldozers and leap rusting factories in a single bound. The hunting is stupid good and the bounties are hella big—if Barb lives long enough to collect!

  • Covers by Adam Hughes!
  • Price box, barcode, etc., will appear on the backcover.




Black Hammer #2

Jeff Lemire (W/Variant cover), Dean Ormston (A/Cover), and Dave Stewart (C)

On sale July 8

FC, 32 pages



The Golden Age heroes of Spiral City have been “erased” from existence! Banished years ago to a timeless farming community, the team are torn between accepting their fate and finding a way home! Chapter 2 focuses on child hero Golden Gail, whose unaging body most deeply feels the tragedy of their new lives.

  • From the prodigious brain of Jeff Lemire (Animal Man, Descender)!
  • Comics-history variant cover by Lemire every issue!

“A deconstruction and exploration of the modern superhero storytelling technique and superhero comics as a whole.”—Comic Book Resources




B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #133

Mike Mignola (W), John Arcudi (W), Julián Totino Tedesco (A), Dave Stewart (C), and Laurence Campbell (Cover)

On sale July 15

FC, 32 pages



Johann’s fascination with the Sledgehammer armor leads to a strange journey into the past and the origin of Project Epimetheus.

  • Sledgehammer’s secrets revealed!


B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth Volume 11: Flesh and Stone TP

Mike Mignola (W), John Arcudi (W), James Harren (A), Dave Stewart (C), and Laurence Campbell (Cover)

On sale Sept 23

FC, 144 pages


TP, 7″ x 10″

Things seem to be going well for the BPRD. With their alliance with the military, they now have all the munitions they need and, compared to what they faced in New York, an easy mission to clear a small town. But the town has strange connections to Howards’s past as a prehistoric warrior, and more than its share of monsters. This volume collects B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth #125–#129.


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #17

Christos Gage (W), Rebekah Isaacs (A/Variant cover), Dan Jackson (C), and Steve Morris (Cover)

On sale July 22

FC, 32 pages



Tensions are on the rise as the gang goes in search of an ancient enemy—Archaeus. Split into teams, Angel and Xander are able to connect over themes of betrayal and love lost, while Buffy pushes Spike to keep his insecurities in check. But they quickly discover there are much more dangerous things to battle as they close in on the demon lord.

  • Angel and Buffy crossover event!


Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 Volume 3: Love Dares You TP

Christos Gage (W), Nicholas Brendon (W), Rebekah Isaacs (A), Megan Levens (A), Dan Jackson (C), and Steve Morris (Cover)

On sale Sept 9

FC, 136 pages


TP, 7″ x 10″

The romantic scene for Buffy and friends amps up in unexpected ways. But personal lives are soon put aside to deal with demons, both real and intangible. Spike struggles with vivid dreams of murder, and Buffy journeys into his mind, discovering the terrifying new face of evil . . . Collects Buffy Season 10 #11–#15.

  • Buffy star Nicholas Brendon cowrites Season 10!
  • Special guest artist Megan Levens!

“The combination of pacing, appropriate dialogue and art, as well as real emotion/acting on the part of the imaginary players (especially poor Giles, who gets a double-dose of bad news this time around) make this feel like a solid hour-long episode in all the right ways.” —Major Spoilers


Danger in the desert!

Conan the Avenger #16

Fred Van Lente (W), Brian Ching (A), Michael Atiyeh (C), and Jason Felix (Cover)

On sale July 29

FC, 32 pages



A new arc of Conan the Avenger by Fred Van Lente begins!

A mysterious oasis with a massive inland lighthouse beckons to Conan amidst the scorching sands. Answering a call for help, he offers assistance, only to realize too late all is not what it seems—he’s stumbled into a trap!

“A fun, exciting adventure story starring everyone’s favorite Barbarian . . . Recommended.”—Fandom Post



Conan Volume 18: The Damned Horde HC

Fred Van Lente (W), Brian Ching (A), Michael Atiyeh (C), and Dan Scott (Cover)

On sale Sept 2

FC, 152 pages


HC, 7″ x 10″

Conan and his allies are thrown into battle against an army of brigands! Conan enters into an uncertain alliance to steal a legendary treasure that leads him on a perilous journey! Writer Fred Van Lente tackles the world’s most famous barbarian in this collection of issues #7–#12 of Dark Horse Comics’ Conan the Avenger.

  • The complete smash-hit second Conan the Avenger arc by Fred Van Lente!

“This is classic Conan here, folks, and it’s great fun to read.”—The Fandom Post



The Courageous Princess Volume 3: The Dragon Queen HC

Rod Espinosa (W/A/Cover)

On sale Sept 16

FC, 192 pages


HC, 5 13/16″ x 9″

In this conclusion to the Courageous Princess trilogy, Princess Mabelrose must use her generous spirit, as well as her brains, to melt the heart of the Dragon Queen and gain her freedom. But she still has to bring her father and her friends back from the queen’s unreachable Unremembered Lands . . .

  • An adventure for all that explores a new meaning of courage.

“Espinosa’s influences seem to be equal parts Grimm fairy tales, animated Disney films, the Wizard of Oz and Japanese manga, and the work is meticulously rendered in a seductive palette of brights and shadows.”—Publishers Weekly



Creepy Archives Volume 22 HC

Various (W/A)

On sale Sept 9

b&w, 240 pages


HC, 8 3/8″ x 10 7/8″

Murderous beasts, ravenous aliens, and other bizarre creatures hunt for careless humans in Creepy Archives Volume 22, collecting issues #104 through #107 of the infamous horror anthology! Featuring timeless tales by Russ Heath, John Severin, Len Wein, Bruce Jones, Larry Hama, Jim Starlin, Terry Austin, Alfredo Alcala, and many others—as well as all original fan pages and letters columns!

  • A New York Times best-selling series!



Creepy Comics Volume 4 TP

Fred Van Lente (W), Corinna Bechko (W), Ray Fawkes (W), Matthew Southworth (W/A), Peter Bagge (W/A), Dan Braun (W), Doug Moench (W), Alex de Campi (W), Ted Naifeh (W/A), Rachel Deering (W), Paul Tobin (W), J. Torres (W), Richard P. Clark (W/A), Ivan Cohen (W/A), Attilla Futaki (W/A), Tomm Coker (A), Alison Sampson (A), Simone Delladio (A), Drew Moss (A), Mike Norton (A), Dave Stokes (A), Henrik Jonsson (A), Vanesa R. Del Rey (A), Juan Ferreyra (A), Ron Salas (A), and Dustin Nguyen (Cover)

On sale Sept 16

b&w, 176 pages


TP, 7” x 10”

Creepy Comics enters its second half century of horrifying readers! This villainous volume contains some of the spookiest stories yet, including Uncle Creepy’s Fifteith anniversary spectacular! Don’t miss malicious missives from Fred Van Lente, Ray Fawkes, Alex de Campi, Richard P. Clark, Matthew Southworth, Tomm Coker, Ted Naifeh, and many more! It’s a heap of creep! Collects issues #14–#19 of Dark Horse’s revived Creepy Comics!

Creepy has been a horror institution for 50 years. Then, as now, Creepy sets and meets an almost impossibly high standard for horror writing and artwork.“


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Eisner, Harvey, and Stumptown award winner!

Dark Horse Presents #12

Michael May (W), Fabian Rangel Jr. (W), Rich Woodall (W), Dennis Calero (W/A), Ken Pisani (W), Anthony Zicari (W), Jason Copland (A/Cover), Pablo Clark (A), Craig Rousseau (A), Dennis Calero (A), Arturo Lauria (A), and Oscar Capristo (A)

On sale July 15

FC, 48 pages



It’s giant monsters versus giant robots in Michael May and Jason Copland’s Kill All Monsters, a tie-in to the Kill All Monsters hardcover, on sale now! Anthony Zicari and Oscar Capristo deliver an action-packed take on old fairy tales with Grimm Arcane!

Plus, new chapters of Fabian Rangel Jr. and Pablo Clark’s Black Past, Rich Woodall and Craig Rousseau’s Kyrra: Alien Jungle Girl, Ken Pisani’s Colonus, and Dennis Calero’s The Suit!

“How often does it have to be said, that Dark Horse Presents is the best value for money available monthly at your local comic store?” —Infinite Comix


Who is the Plague Doctor? What does he want? And how will the family survive?

Death Head #1 (of 6)

Zack Keller (W), Nick Keller (W), Joanna Estep (A), Kelly Fitzpatrick (C), and E. M. Gist (Cover)

On sale July 15

FC, 32 pages



Zack Keller (cocreator of Dick Figures, the Streamy, IAWTV, an Annie Award–nominated web series with 650 million+ YouTube views) and Nick Keller (Turner of the Century) deliver a supernatural-horror thriller about family and creeping, terrifying murder!

When Niles and Justine Burton go camping to get a break from their stressful lives, they expect to find peace . . . not an abandoned village hiding an ancient evil. In a turn of events ripped straight from a horror movie, a brutal killer wearing a plague doctor’s mask begins hunting Niles, Justine, and their two kids.




The EC Archives: Two-Fisted Tales Volume 1 HC

Harvey Kurtzman (W/A/Cover), Al Feldstein (W/A), Wally Wood (W/A), John Severin (W/A), Johnny Craig (W/A), Jerry De Fuccio (W), Jack Davis (W/A), and Alex Toth (A)

On sale Sept 9

FC, 216 pages


HC, 8″ x 11″

Writer/artist/editor Harvey Kurtzman teamed with legendary artists Wally Wood, Johnny Craig, Jack Davis, Al Feldstein, John Severin, and others to create these powerful stories of struggle and humanity that are considered to be among the best war stories ever told. Now, Dark Horse Books is proud to present this first incredible volume, collecting Two-Fisted Tales #18–#23.


Eerie Comics #7

  1. Torres (W), Larry Lama (W), Alexander Perkins (A), and Jim Pavelec (Cover)

On sale July8

b&w, 36 pages



Cousin Eerie is plumbing the depths of disgustingness while voyaging through the spooky stratosphere! Join J. Torres, Larry Hama, Alexander Perkins, and others, as they seek out loathsome life and sickening civilizations, boldly going where no horror comic has gone before!

“A lesson in how to do a good old fashioned horror short properly. It has everything you need.” —Geeked Out Nation




ElfQuest: The Final Quest #10

Wendy Pini (W/A/Cover), Richard Pini (W), and Sonny Strait (C)

On sale July 22

FC, 32 pages



Ten years have passed. The Palace of the High Ones returns as the centerpiece of a grand celebration in Cutter’s holt. In the midst of it all, every relationship fans have cherished or wished for will be tested. New faces appear; joinings and partings abound—but whose, when, why, and at what price?

  • Winner of the Golden Pen Award from the Young Adult Advisory Committee!
  • Brand-new ElfQuest adventures!




Chuck Palahniuk writes the sequel to Fight Club!

Fight Club 2 #3

Chuck Palahniuk (W), Cameron Stewart (A/Variant cover), Dave Stewart (C), and David Mack (Cover)

On sale July 22

FC, 32 pages



Tyler’s been around a lot longer than anyone realized . . . To gain admittance to the current generation of Project Mayhem, Marla is more than happy to provide Sebastian with plenty of bruises, and thus, the search for their son begins . . .

  • One of IGN and io9’s Most Anticipated Comics of 2015!

“Ever wanted to know what happened to the anonymous narrator—and his constant companion, Tyler Durden—of Fight Club? Thanks to writer Chuck Palahniuk, artist Cameron Stewart and Dark Horse Comics, you’ll get the answer in Fight Club 2.”—Playboy



Frankenstein Underground #5 (of 5)

Mike Mignola (W/Cover), Ben Stenbeck (A), and Dave Stewart (C)

On sale July 22

FC, 32 pages



Frankenstein’s monster confronts the danger lurking within the underground city. Can he save the spirit of the city or will he meet his end?

  • The sequel to Hellboy: House of the Living Dead!

“Reveals a huge key to the mystery leading to the Hellboy endgame.”—MTV 




Frank Frazetta’s The Adventures of the Snow Man HC

Frank Frazetta (W/A/Cover)

On sale Sept 30

FC, 104 pages


HC, 9″ x 6 3/8″

Although informed by World War II propaganda, Frank Frazetta’s earliest work is nevertheless as artistically nuanced and socially complex as it is innocent. Now, for the first time ever, witness the first complete story from a modern master with Frank Frazetta’s The Adventures of the Snow Man!

  • The first time ever in print!
  • The earliest complete work from Frank Frazetta!


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Game of Thrones Jorah Mormont Figure

On sale Sept 16

7 7/8” tall


Jorah, a former agent of spymaster Varys, assigned to secretly report on Daenerys, switches sides and becomes one of her closest allies. An exiled northern lord, he has forsaken his heritage to help Daenerys on her road to destiny.

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Game of Thrones Sansa Stark Figure

On sale Sept 16

7 3/4” tall


Sansa is the daughter of Lord Eddard Stark of Winterfell and sister of Robb, Arya, Bran, and Rickon Stark, and half sister of Jon Snow. She moves to King’s Landing when her father is appointed Hand of the King and is betrothed to heir apparent Joffrey, who abuses and ultimately abandons her.




Grindhouse: Drive In, Bleed Out #7

Alex de Campi (W), John Lucas (A), Ryan Hill (C), and Francesco Francavilla (Cover)

On sale July 29

FC, 32 pages



Grindhouse’s final arc is guaranteed to get your green blood running hot! Plucked from the tentacles of doom by angels, Veronica and Britt find a new home on a spaceship that runs on a very special, very hot and sweaty energy. “Nebulina” is ready to launch, and we’ve got three words for you: Sex! In! Space!

  • Alex de Campi (Archie vs. Predator) brings Grindhouse to its mind-blowing climax!
  • First issue in the final, sexy new arc!




Groo: Friends and Foes #7

Mark Evanier (W), Sergio Aragonés (A/Cover), Tom Luth (C), and Stan Sakai (L)

On sale July 15

FC, 32 pages



For the swordswoman Chakaal there are only two rules for survival: first, be more able with your sword, and second, avoid Groo! From the award-winning team of Sergio Aragonés and Mark Evanier.

  • Lettered by the Eisner Award–winning Stan Sakai!

“A beautifully-cartooned, smartly-written, lighthearted and enjoyable adventure book that also happens to be very, very hilarious.”—Rhymes with Geek



Groo: Friends and Foes Volume 1 TP

Mark Evanier (W), Sergio Aragonés (A/Cover), Tom Luth (C), and Stan Sakai (L)

On sale Sept 2

FC, 112 pages


TP, 7″ x 10″

The bird-brained wanderer Groo and his mutt Rufferto crisscross the countryside, encountering acquaintances from years past: Captain Ahax, the witches Arba and Dakarba, Arcadio the Hero, and Groo’s own Granny Groo! These chance meetings can only end in chaos! Collects issues #1–#4 of the series from Sergio Aragonés and Mark Evanier.

“When a trifle feels like a masterpiece, that’s where you’ll find Sergio Aragonés. Here’s a three-word review: buy this book.”—Doom Rocket





Gun Theory HC

Daniel Way (W) and Jon Proctor (A/Cover)

On sale Sept 30

FC, 160 pages


HC, 6″ x 9″

Everyone who’s laid eyes on Harvey is dead. That’s because Harvey is a hired killer whose victims never see him until it’s too late. Through years of practice, Harvey’s appearance and demeanor have become so devoid of humanity that he has become invisible. Unknowable. Untouchable. Until Harvey meets a woman who, strangely, can see him.

  • From superstar writer Daniel Way (Deadpool, Wolverine: Origins)! 



Halo: Escalation #20

Duffy Boudreau (W), Ian Richardson (P), Denis Freitas (I), Michael Atiyeh (C), and Isaac Hannaford (Cover)

On sale July 29

FC, 32 pages



“The Absolute Record” part 2—Operation: ATHENA is underway and there is no turning back. Will Commander Palmer’s team survive the treacherous journey into an ancient vault of Forerunner secrets? The thrilling sequel to Halo® 4’s Spartan Ops continues from Duffy Boudreau (BlackAcre) and Ian Richardson (Noble Causes).

  • An essential addition to the Halo canon!
  • The Halo franchise has sales eclipsing $4 billion over its lifetime!
  • The second chapter of a brand-new arc!



Halo: Escalation Volume 3 TP

Duffy Boudreau (W), Sergio Ariño (P), Douglas Franchin (P), Juan Castro (I), Denis Freitas (I), Rob Lean (I), Michael Atiyeh (C), and Daniel Chavez (Cover)

On sale Sept 9

FC, 144 pages


TP, 7″ x 10″

Halo 4’s Spartan Ops continues here as the UNSC Infinity battles the Covenant for control of the all-powerful Forerunner Janus Key. Plus, Spartan Tanaka’s thrilling origin story revealed—all in this volume collecting Halo: Escalation issues #13–#18 by Duffy Boudreau (BlackAcre), Sergio Ariño (Ms. Marvel), and Douglas Franchin (Person of Interest).

“The art is really great. It feels emotional and really adds to the writing. The colors are vivid from panel to panel. I really like it. Halo: Escalation is a fantastic series.”—Unleash the Fanboy




“Disturbing and genuinely brilliant at its core.”—Jeff Lemire

“Deftly written, beautifully drawn, thoughtfully imagined—Harrow County already feels like a classic.”—Michael Chabon

Harrow County #3

Cullen Bunn (W) and Tyler Crook (A/Cover)

On sale July 8

FC, 32 pages



Terrified by what she’s learned of witches and monsters, Emmy takes shelter in an ancient graveyard, as she’s hunted down by her own family!

  • Features two backup stories exclusive to the single issues!
  • Features a pinup by Lady Killer creator Joëlle Jones!




The only way to avoid heartbreak is to be heartless . . .

Heart in a Box TP

Kelly Thompson (W) and Meredith McClaren (A/Cover)

On sale Sept 16

FC, 144 pages


TP, 7″ x 10″

In a moment of post-heartbreak weakness, Emma wishes her heart away and a mysterious stranger obliges. But emptiness is even worse than grief, and Emma sets out to collect the seven pieces of her heart, in a journey that forces her to face her own history and the cost of recapturing it!

  • Written by novelist Kelly Thompson (Jem & the Holograms, Storykiller)!
  • For fans of Scott Pilgrim!




From creators Victor Gischler (Angel & Faith) and Riccardo Burchielli (DMZ)

Hellbound HC

Victor Gischler (W), Davide Dileo (W), Riccardo Burchielli (A), Luca Saponti (C), and Lee Bermejo (Cover)

On sale Sept 23

FC, 144 pages


HC, 7″ x 10″

When two disgraced FBI agents are sent to investigate gruesome murders along Route 5, they discover there’s a lot more going on than a simple string of bodies left by some garden-variety serial killer. Horrific nightmares are tormenting the small towns along the highway, and only one man in junkyard armor keeps them at bay.

  • For fans of From Hell, True Detective, and Se7en.


The Hellboy 100 Project HC & TP

Various (A)

On sale Sept 23

FC, 120 pages


HC, 7” x 10”

On sale Sept 23

FC, 120 pages


TP, 7” x 10”

In the now-grand tradition of Hero Initiative’s previous and wildly successful 100 Project books, Mike Mignola’s signature creation comes to the fore! ALL of Hero’s original covers to Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1952 #1 are on display in this great book, with art by John Cassaday, Francis Manapul, Todd Nauck, Whilce Portacio, Eric Powell, Paolo Rivera, Bill Sienkiewicz, and of course, Mike Mignola!

  • This book will NEVER be reprinted, and all proceeds go to Hero Initiative and comic book creators in medical and financial need!




Lady Killer TP

Joëlle Jones (W/A/Cover), Jamie S. Rich (W), and Laura Allred (Cover)

On sale Sept 2

FC, 136 pages


TP, 7″ x 10″

Josie Schuller is a picture-perfect homemaker, wife, and mother—but she’s also a ruthless, efficient killer! She’s balanced cheerful domestic bliss with coldly performed assassinations, but when Josie finds herself in the crosshairs, her American Dream life is in danger! Collects issues #1–#5.

“A level of violence that can only be described as Mad Men’s Betty Draper meets Dexter.”—Comic Book Resources

Lady Killer somehow manages to perfectly incorporate the quaint concept of the 1950s TV housewife with blood-fueled antics of vicious killer for hire.”—IGN


Go behind the scenes!

The Legend of Korra: The Art of the Animated Series—Book Four: Balance HC

Michael Dante DiMartino (W), Bryan Konietzko (W), and Joaquim Dos Santos (W)

On sale Sept 2

FC, 120 pages


HC, 9″ x 12″

Go behind the scenes and uncover the phenomenal never-before-seen artwork that went into creating this beloved series’ final season! Captions from series creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko will give you an exclusive look at every aspect of the show; it’s like having your own backstage pass to The Legend of Korra Book Four: Balance!

  • Never-before-seen artwork from season 4 of Korra!

“Strong characters, compelling storylines, heartfelt humor, gorgeous animation—this show had it all.”—IGN


Santa held hostage!

Lobster Johnson: A Chain Forged in Life One-Shot

Mike Mignola (W), John Arcudi (W), Troy Nixey (A), Kevin Nowlan (A/C), Dave Stewart (C), and Tonci Zonjic (Cover)

On sale July 29

FC, 32 pages



Santa is in trouble!

Santa was taken hostage after witnessing a hostile robbery and a man’s death. Hidden away in a mountain cabin, will the Lobster be able to find Santa and save Christmas?

  • Kevin Nowlan returns to Lobster Johnson!
  • Troy Nixey joins the Mignolaverse!


Midnight Society: The Black Lake #2 (of 4)

Drew Edward Johnson (W/A/Cover) and Lizzy John (C)

On sale July 15

FC, 32 pages



Drew Edward Johnson’s genre-breaking creator-owned series continues!

The search for a missing research team leads Secret Agent Matilda Finn underneath Loch Ness with submarine driver Billy Wetherell. Things are not as they seem under the black lake, as Billy soon loses contact with the rest of the search-and-rescue crew and finds himself trapped with a horrifying creature!




Matt Kindt (W/A/Cover)

On sale July 22

FC, 32 pages



Meru and the small resistance she has assembled are too late. Mind Management is operational, with orders to remake the world. In a last-ditch effort, Meru fights her way through a reality shaped by the Eraser, in the oversized conclusion to “The Immortals”!

“This is the final arc and everything is coming together fabulously.”—Multiversity Comics


Mulan: Revelations #2 (of 4)

Marc Andreyko (W) and Micah Kaneshiro (A/Cover)

On sale July 29

FC, 32 pages



With her ancient ancestral power awakened, Mulan now enters a fierce struggle against the dark forces that wish to oppress her country’s people! But in order to preserve a delicate cosmic balance, the omnipotent immortals may be forced to intercede!




One man’s suicide note leads to his suicide mission!

Negative Space #1 (of 4)

Ryan K Lindsay (W) and Owen Gieni (A/Cover)

On sale July 8

FC, 32 pages



When one man’s writer’s block gets in the way of his suicide note, he goes for a walk to clear his head and soon uncovers a century-old conspiracy dedicated to creating and mining the worst lows of human desperation.

  • An exciting new series from Ryan K Lindsay (Headspace, CMYK) and Owen Gieni (Manifest Destiny, Shutter)!
  • For fans of Locke & Key and Green Wake.

“Ryan K Lindsay is an established authority in the comics world. He writes about comics, scripts them, and does prose too.”—Bloody Disgusting



Neverboy #5 (of 6)

Shaun Simon (W), Tyler Jenkins (A), Kelly Fitzpatrick (C), and Conor Nolan (Cover)

On sale July 1

FC, 32 pages



Julian Drag’s addiction to fame is destroying the world of imagination. The only one who can stop him is Neverboy, but he must first accept his place in reality and do the hardest thing he’s ever done: say goodbye.

  • Killjoys cocreator Shaun Simon’s new fantasy adventure!

“Strong themes, frenetic artwork, and exceptional color work.”—Comics Bulletin



New Lone Wolf and Cub Volume 6 TP

Kazuo Koike (W) and Hideki Mori (A/Cover)

On sale Sept 2

b&w, 264 pages


TP, 5 1/8″ x 7 1/4″

Fighting for survival, Tōgō Shigekata is unaware that a warship sails north to ensure he will never reach Edo Castle. But Tōgō’s charge, young Daigoro, has been trained by the sword master and will for the first time demonstrate his skills in combat . . . and draw his first blood!

  • Written by Lone Wolf and Cub creator Kazuo Koike!
  • Continues the Lone Wolf and Cub saga, which has sold over one million copies of the Dark Horse edition.


“Case is a master at human expression.”­—Newsarama

The New Deal HC

Jonathan Case (W/A/Cover)

On sale Sept 23

FC, 96 pages


HC, 7″ x 10″

The Waldorf Astoria is the classiest hotel along the Manhattan skyline in 1930s New York City. When a charming woman checks in with a high-society entourage, a bellhop and a maid get caught up in a series of mysterious thefts. The stakes quickly grow perilous, and the pair must rely on each other to discover the truth while navigating delicate class politics.

  • From Eisner Award winner Jonathan!

“One part comedy, one part mystery and one part historical exploration, The New Deal hopes to explore social and political themes of the era in a way that the original films never did.”—Comic Book Resources 




Oh My Goddess! Volume 48 TP

Kosuke Fujishima (W/A/Cover)

On sale Sept 30

b&w, 160 pages


TP, 5 1/8″ x 7 1/4″

After twenty-one years, the final volume of North America’s longest-running manga series is here! They’ve won every test and tribulation that both Heaven and Hell could throw at them; only one challenge now remains for Keiichi and Belldandy—to get back to Earth for their wedding! Even with the help of their friends and family, can they cross the dimensions in time? Spoiler alert: it’s a happy ending!

  • Inspired the Ah! My Goddess anime TV series, available from Funimation.
  • Each volume contains fan art, letters, and commentary from the creator.



Past Aways #5

Matt Kindt (W), Scott Kolins (A/Cover), and Bill Crabtree (C)

On sale July 22

FC, 40 pages



Phil and his new student experiment with a novel form of time travel, Art begins a dangerous relationship with a 2015 native, and the impossible occurs when one of the immortal Past Aways passes away!

  • The next opus from Matt Kindt (MIND MGMT)!
  • Every time-traveling issue contains bonus 2015 travelogues!

“History comes alive in an unexpected manner in Past Aways.”—The Hollywood Reporter


Pixu: The Mark of Evil TP

Gabriel Bá (W/A), Fábio Moon (W/A), Becky Cloonan (W/A), and Vasilis Lolos (W/A)

On sale Sept 9

b&w, 128 pages


TP, 6” x 9”

This gripping tale of urban horror follows the lives of five lonely tenants—strangers—whose lives become intertwined when they discover a dark mark scrawled on the walls of their building. The horror sprouts quite innocently from a small seed and finds life as something otherworldly. As the walls come alive, everyone is defenseless against a brewing evil.

“The story telling here is beautiful, creating a real sense of dread and supernatural menace. Smart, subtle and genuinely disturbing.”—Mike Mignola


Based on the hit video game franchise!

Plants vs. Zombies: Bully for You #2 (of 3)

Paul Tobin (W), Ron Chan (A/Cover), Dustin Nguyen (A), Jennifer L. Meyer (A), and Matthew J. Rainwater (C)

On sale July 15

FC, 32 pages



Dr. Zomboss’s college-era crimes catch up with him—and karma comes in the form of the strange Anti-Bully Squad! Nate, Patrice, Crazy Dave, and a batch of overwhelmed plants are caught in between two zombie hordes! Featuring two bonus stories illustrated by guest artist Jennifer L. Meyer (Jim Henson’s The Storyteller, Star Wars Adventures)!

  • Over 500,000 in print!
  • The hit video game franchise continues its all-ages comic book invasion!


Rebels #4

Brian Wood (W), Andrea Mutti (A), Jordie Bellaire (C), and Tula Lotay (Cover)

On sale July 8

FC, 32 pages



With Mercy pushed to the back of his mind, Seth is free to commit one hundred percent to the war for independence and to the special assignment General George Washington has in mind for him.

“Wood’s series explores the lives of soldiers, ordinary colonists, and the extraordinary men and women that lived and died during the Revolutionary War era.”—Nerdist

Rebels is a great & beautiful book! Read issue 1 & can’t wait for the next one!” —Matt Kindt, MIND MGMT


Resident Alien: The Sam Hain Mystery #3 (of 3)

Peter Hogan (W) and Steve Parkhouse (A/Cover)

On sale July 29

FC, 32 pages



Seeking the truth behind a decades-old murder in the seemingly sleepy town of Patience, Washington, the stranded alien known as Dr. Harry Vanderspeigel learns a few lessons in human nature and forgiveness. A unique science-fiction/murder-mystery mash-up by creators Peter Hogan (Tom Strong) and Steve Parkhouse (Milkman Murders)!

“A refreshingly original take on the classic whodunit murder mystery formula, and feels a bit like a fun mash-up between Diagnosis Murder and The X-Files.”—Newsarama


Resurrectionists: Near-Death Experienced TP

Fred Van Lente (W), Maurizio Rosenzweig (P), Moreno Dinisio (I/C), and Juan Doe (Cover)

On sale Aug 19

FC, 160 pages


TP, 7” x 10”

Resurrectionists are a select group of people who cannot only remember their past lives, but also become them. Framed architect-turned-thief Jericho Way and his crew of modern-day tomb robbers aren’t born knowing they’ve been trying to pull off the same heist for three millennia. First, they have to wake up. But with enlightenment comes grave danger—the eternally antagonistic Sojourn Corporation is now hot on their heels! Collects Resurrectionists #1–#6.

Resurrectionists [is] great! Action, intrigue, and mystery aplenty!”—Jim Zub (Conan Red Sonja)


Shaper #5 (of 5)

Eric Heisserer (W), Ace Continuado (P), Adelso Corona (I), Wes Dzioba (C), and Felipe Massafera (Cover)

On sale July 15

FC, 32 pages



As Cal Victus unleashes destruction on the Shaper home planet, the team rallies for one last chance at taking down an empire and saving the shape-shifting species! Spry has played many games of Heroes of the Caliphate, but this is no game, and all cards are on the table!

  • The clashing conclusion to the epic sci-fi miniseries!
  • Screenwriter Eric Heisserer brings his cinematic vision to comics!


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The Strain: The Night Eternal #11

David Lapham (W), Mike Huddleston (A), Dan Jackson (C), and E. M. Gist (Cover)

On sale July 15

FC, 32 pages



Having discovered the Master’s origin site, Dr. Ephraim Goodweather and his meager band of rebels have a slim chance of defeating their all-seeing, all-knowing vampiric nemesis. The Master is right on their tail with his legions in tow!

“10 out of 10! Written incredibly well and the dialogue is real and natural. Huddleston’s art gets even better.”—Comic Vine

“From both a writing and artistic standpoint, the creative team deliver with aplomb.”—Big Comic Page


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Tomb Raider #18

Rhianna Pratchett (W), Derlis Santacruz (P), Andy Owens (I), Michael Atiyeh (C), and Brian Horton (Cover)

On sale July 29

FC, 32 pages



After the events in the Mexican jungle, Lara finds herself back in London. However, the downtime doesn’t sit well with Lara and it’s even worse for Sam—much worse! Will they be able to overcome what haunts them?

  • The official continuation of Lara Croft’s story!

“There are no fancy tricks: Tomb Raider is just one woman taking on the world, which really is as good as it gets.”—Broken Frontier


Who owns your future?

The Tomorrows #1 (of 6)

Curt Pires (W), Jason Copland (A/Cover), Pete Toms (C), and Dylan Todd (Cover)

On sale July 8

FC, 32 pages



They told you the counterculture was dead. They were wrong. Welcome to the new reality.

A bold new speculative-fiction comic from the mind of writer Curt Pires, with each issue illustrated by a different brilliant artist!

The future: Art is illegal. Everything everyone ever posted online has been weaponized against them. The reign of the Corporation is quickly becoming as absolute as it is brutal—unless the Tomorrows can stop it.

“A critical dissection of the bloated culture machine that holds power through sedation, and is as structurally fragile as it is monolithic. This is everything you signed up for when you pick up a book from Curt Pires, and more.”—Bloody Disgusting

UY #147 FC SOL 4x6 SOL 4x6 

Usagi Yojimbo #147

Stan Sakai (W/A/Cover)

On sale July 15


b&w, 24 pages


The shadow lord Hikiji’s latest conspiracy pits the rabbit ronin’s friends against one another, as “The Thief and the Kunoichi” concludes! One of them may die tonight, unless Usagi, Chizu, and Kitsune can stop a secret treaty!

  • The Usagi Yojimbo Saga and Usagi Yojimbo: Senso both made best-of-2014 lists!


“Even if you’re not a fan of the Witcher media already, I think there’s a lot in this book to enjoy, but if you are, this is a must-buy.”—Comic Vine

The Witcher: Fox Children #4 (of 5)

Paul Tobin (W), Joe Querio (A/Cover), and Carlos Badilla (C)

On sale July 1

FC, 32 pages



The crew of the Prophet begin to turn on each other as the Fox Mother’s mystical illusions lead them to their fate. Now even Geralt is forced to question what is reality and what is just the fantastic projection of the scorned she-beast!

  • From Paul Tobin, Eisner-winning writer of Bandette!
  • The Witcher games have collectively earned over 250 industry awards and have sold more than 5.5 million copies worldwide!


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X Volume 6: Marked for Death—Enter the Mark TP

Duane Swierczynski (W), Eric Nguyen (A), Michelle Madsen (C), and Jason Felix (Cover)

On sale Sept 16

FC, 104 pages


TP, 7″ x 10″

Can X halt a superpowered grudge match and rescue his city from the scars it leaves?

Collects issues #21–#24.

“[Duane Swierczynski] is a master of dialogue; his characters’ words flow with the natural rhythm.”—ComicWow!

“We’ve moved beyond just simply fighting street gangs, robbers, skin traders, mobsters, drug dealers, and arm dealers. The conclusion takes things to a whole new level.”—Geeked Out Nation


PS: if you actually got down here, I put up solicitations when I have time but it is a little time consuming. Should I continue to do it?  Let me know in the comments.

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6. Nigeria Prize for Literature

       The Nigeria Prize for Literature -- at US$100,000 more remunerative than many major American literary prizes (though you'd figure with the kind of cash they could get around to updating the official page to this year's competition ...) -- rotates through four genres (fiction, non, children, drama), and this year is a kid's-lit year.
       At This Day they now report that 109 Authors Vie for 2015 NLNG Literature Prize. Good to see there's that much eligible children's literature being written in Nigeria -- and hopefully the prize can help raise the profile of some of it.

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7. Narrating nostalgia

The most recent issue of the Oral History Review will be zipping across the world soon. To hold you over until it arrives, we interviewed one of the authors featured in this edition, Jennifer Helgren, about her article, “A ‘Very Innocent Time’: Oral History Narratives, Nostalgia and Girls’ Safety in the 1950s and 1960s.”

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8. Darwin’s “gastric flatus”

When Charles Darwin died at age 73 on this day 133 years ago, his physicians decided that he had succumbed to “degeneration of the heart and greater vessels,” a disorder we now call “generalized arteriosclerosis.” Few would argue with this diagnosis, given Darwin’s failing memory, and his recurrent episodes of “swimming of the head,” “pain in the heart”, and “irregular pulse” during the decade or so before he died.

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9. Stan Lee pacts with Steve Wozniak for the Silicon Valley Comic Con


Huh, what was I just saying? 10 minutes ago? It seems that Stan Lee has pacted yet again, this time for Apple co-founder and Silicon Valley free spirit to starts something that is sorely lacking in the world, another comic con! This time the Silicon Valley Comic Con for San Jose—and they’ve already acquired this weekend’s Big Wow ComicFest:

Stan Lee and Steve Wozniak have this morning announced the creation of the Silicon Valley Comic Con. The event’s inaugural dates set to be March 19th and 20th, 2016 and will be held at the San Jose Convention Center. With the Woz at the helm, and with help from his many friends, the event will unite America’s two greatest superheroes: pop culture and technology. SVCC will feature Hollywood celebrities and technology leaders from movies, TV, and music, as well as consumer electronics, apps, gaming and emerging innovations. Different genres and artists in comics, cosplay, science fiction, fantasy, anime and more will be in the spotlight, while panels, talks, autograph sessions, photo ops, and many more events will give fans a chance to enjoy special experiences with their favorite celebrities and content.

This weekend’s Big Wow ComicFest has become part of the SVCC family of events, and will be working with SVCC to create an annual calendar of Bay Area conventions to celebrate a range of interests and fandoms. SVCC will be at Big Wow with a large central exhibitor booth spreading the news and also playing host to a number of celebrity guests, including Guests Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy, “Harry Potter” Series), Daniel Cudmore (Master Chief, “HALO” web series; Colossus in the X-Men films; Twilight Saga vampire Volturi guard Felix) and Jake Lloyd (Young Anakin Skywalker, “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace”) will be on site at Big WOW! for autographs and photo ops.

Based on the PR, Woz seems to be the front man for this effort, with Stan, as always, adding his smiling presence to the proceedings as a benign deity.

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10. The long history of World War II

World War Two was the most devastating conflict in recorded human history. It was both global in extent and total in character. It has understandably left a long and dark shadow across the decades. Yet it is three generations since hostilities formally ended in 1945 and the conflict is now a lived memory for only a few. And this growing distance in time has allowed historians to think differently about how to describe it, how to explain its course, and what subjects to focus on when considering the wartime experience.

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11. Living with multiple sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is widely thought to be a disease of immune dysfunction, whereby the immune system becomes activated to attack components of the nerves in the brain, spinal cord and optic nerve. New information about environmental factors and lifestyle are giving persons with MS and their health care providers new tools...

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12. Why these books should win (the BTBA)

       I hope you've been following the daily installments of the 'Why This Book Should Win' (the Best Translated Book Award)-series at Three Percent as the judges (and a few others) make the case for each of the twenty-five longlisted titles.
       Yesterday was my (first) turn, making the case for Leopoldo Marechal's Adam Buenosayres.

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13. Publishing the Oxford Medical Handbooks: an interview with Elizabeth Reeve

Many medical students are familiar with the "cheese and onion," but not the person responsible for the series. We caught up with Oxford Medical Handbooks' Senior Commissioning Editor, Liz Reeve, to find out about her role in producing Oxford's market leading series.

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14. Nice Art: Behold Valiant Previews Featuring Ninjak, Divinity, and Ivar

Valiant has just debuted a brand new round of previews from some of their biggest and best books. First up is Ninjak #1, which contained a solid debut with incredibly smart writing and art from Matt Kindt, Clay Mann, and Butch Guice. The story revealed Colin King hunting down a group of individuals on assignment from MI-6, wasting no time dazzling fans with the exploits of Valiant’s premiere ninja. This is going to be another 40-page issue complete with two stories for the agreeable price of $4.99.


Written by MATT KINDT



International financier Colin King hasn’t just come to Tokyo to take the Rippongi club scene by storm. As the covert MI-6 operative codenamed Ninjak, he’s also tracking down the men who trained him to be a lethal weapon…the very same men whose movements have now aligned with the latest terror plot by the cybernetic crime cartel called WEBNET! But how do you detect killers who specialize in the undetectable? And how does he know that the SHADOW SEVEN haven’t caught up with him first? It’s all-out ninja-versus-ninja warfare as the deadliest men and women of five continents converge on the Tokyo underworld for a blood-spattered blowout!

$3.99 | 40 pgs. | T+ | On sale APRIL 22


The first two issues of Divinity have been extraordinarily good, proving that Matt Kindt really has a good hold on the world of the Valiant. However, the most extraordinary part of the title for me is how the publisher found just the right job for Trevor Hairsine. The artist doesn’t have a typically clean Marvel style, but instead features more jagged lines and a specific style of pencilling. His artwork can almost be compared to that of Frank Quitely, an excellent storyteller whose art depicts a very specific style of tone.

DIVINITY #3 (of 4)

Written by MATT KINDT


The sci-fi saga of 2015 continues – from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (RAI) and blockbuster artist Trevor Hairsine (X-Men: Deadly Genesis)!

A being with the power of a god roams free in the Australian Outback, bringing life to the barren wasteland and making him a hero to natives who live there and the visitors that have sought him out. But can the global superpowers of Earth rely on this long lost cosmonaut not to abuse his seemingly limitless power? The entity called DIVINITY will put that trust to the test when he discovers what became of the life he left behind…and the family he once knew…

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PRESTIGE | On sale APRIL 22


Ivar, Timewalker can be sort of compared to a dark Doctor Who, as the titular hero is hiding some big secrets throughout space and time. Fred Van Lente and Clayton Henry continue to craft the story of Ivar, that begins to grow darker as more time continues to pass. Henry’s art has been so clean and specific to the title, which is perfect as Ivar could possibly expanded with the female demographic that has been so keen on Doctor Who in the past couple of years. Henry’s clean linework and expressive characters make this title a joy to experience as the debut arc of Ivar comes to an end with the fourth installment of the series.




Time is almost up!

Ivar has been keeping a secret from his partner-in-time, Neela, this whole time, and once she learns the truth their relationship will be history! Literally! Join New York Times best-selling creators Fred Van Lente & Clayton Henry for the epoch shattering conclusion of our first (time)arc!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale APRIL 22


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15. PEN Literary Awards shortlists

       They've announced the shortlists for the (many) PEN Literary Awards.
       Of most interest to me (also but not solely because I haven't reviewed any of the shortlisted titles in any of the other categories): the PEN Translation Prize.
       The final five are:

       Only one of these titles also made the Best Translated Book Award longlist (of 25 titles) -- Baboon -- but I'm pleased to see the Bitov figure in the final five here, too.

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16. The Stately Beat Manor Comics Pull: 4/22/15


Comics, comics, and more comics — the Beat Staff is a little obsessed with their own supply. The only way in which to satiate our immense need for the written word and illustration is for our supply to grow…larger. A group of the Beat’s most favored (desperate) staff members banded together to make this list after finishing off every single graphic novel and floppy in the mansion, (it was the only way for the team to quench the thirst for knowledge!) While others call it unhealthy, we deem our staff picks as a public service announcement to gather the masses together and enjoy the wild world of comics.

Alex’s Picks: Convergence: Swamp Thing #1

Writer: Len Wein Artist: Kelley Jones Colorist: Michelle Madson

STARRING HEROES FROM CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS! The dome has cut off all the heroes from their powers – but what happens when Swamp Thing is cut off from his life source in The Green?

Author Len Wein is returning to one of his greatest creations Wolverine Swamp Thing! Joining him is classic horror artist Kelley Jones for one of the wackier Convergence tie-ins. After reading author Charles Soule’s ingenious take on the hero, we simply can’t get enough of Alec Holland’s mysterious monster-based alter ego.


Matt’s Picks: Kaptara #1

Writer: Chip Zdarsky Artist: Kagan McLeod

A space expedition goes horribly wrong because if it didn’t there would be no story! Reluctant explorer Keith Kanga and his crew crash land on KAPTARA, a world filled with danger and weird danger and dangerous weirdos! And if he can’t survive then earth, the place where YOU live, is doomed! Join CHIP ZDARSKY (Sex Criminals the Duck) and KAGAN McLEOD (Infinite Kung Fu) as they put the ‘fi’ back into ‘sci-fi’ and pretty much disregard the ‘sci’ part in this epic story of punching and love!

Yes, the first issue hasn’t come out yet. No, I don’t have an advance review copy. So how is this recommendation not premature? Because Chip Zdarzky’s solicitations and relationship with his local Applebee’s alone have me excited for Kaptara. Two issues of Howard the Duck further demonstrate that Chip is a helluva writer, and, as long as his scripting isn’t eating into his time drawing Sex Criminals, I am totally on board for Kaptara and anything else that comes out of his demented head.



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17. From Carter to Clinton: Selecting presidential nominees in the modern era

Franklin D. Roosevelt broke the two-term precedent set by George Washington by running for and winning a third and fourth term. Pressure for limiting terms followed FDR’s remarkable record. In 1951 the Twenty-Second constitutional amendment was ratified stating: “No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice…” Accordingly, reelected Presidents must then govern knowing they cannot run again.

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18. Booth removed from Calgary Expo after members derail panels

A new and potentially awful chapter in Con Wars opened up today.

The Honey Badgers are the ladies auxiliary of the MRA (Men’s Rights Advocates) groups, and MRA groups are largely affiliated with GamerGate, the endlessly annoying group that has been fighting diversity behind a shield of anti-censorship for the last two million years since last summer. And sadly this warzone—mostly held on social media until now—just got dragged into the real world of the Calgary Expo.

The Honey Badger Brigade purchased a booth—which was crowdfunded—and sent some of their biggest names to the show. The goal was:

In April of this year, the Honey Badgers plan to put on a booth at the Calgary Comics and Entertainment Expo! We plan to infiltrate nerd culture cunningly disguised as their own. Each of us has been carefully crafting a persona of nerdiness through decades of dedication to comics, science fiction, fantasy, comedy games and other geekery, waiting for this moment, our moment to slip among the unaware. Once there we will start distributing the totalitarian message that nerd and gamer culture is… perfectly wonderful just as it is and should be left alone to go it’s own way.

That’s it folks.

As men’s issues advocates and defenders of creator’s rights to create unmolested, that’s what we have to say to the nerds and geeks and gamers. You are fantastic as you are, carry on.

Yep, in today’s political climate that’s considered an extremist position. Just letting creative communities create; consumers consume what they want; and gamers get down to the business of vidya without being judged.

So if you share our vision of a world in which nerds and geeks and gamers roam free and unfettered, help us spread that message by throwing a few shekels our way to attend the con.

However, as posted by The Mary Sue in a full report you should definitely read, the group was actually there to disrupt panels that didn’t agree with their world view:

We’re not done just yet. The group also attended the “Women Into Comics” panel last night. Panelist Brittney Le Blanc gave us this account of the events that transpired:

We were about fifteen minutes into the panel when a woman in the second row stood up and identified herself as a Men’s Rights Activist. She and her male companion both came to raise issues they felt would not be covered by our panel. Raising points about the way men are portrayed in comics struck a note with all the panelists, as we agreed that we want to see a diversity across body types, characters, races, etc in mainstream comics. Not everyone wants to see a hero who looks like he’s built like Gaston from Beauty and the Beast. They also accused us of presenting all women as victims, which was an outright lie and derailing tactic.

Their questions did take up quite a bit of time at the panel and served to derail the topic onto another tangent, which was frustrating for the panel and for those in the audience. It’s what they came to do, and in part, they succeeded. I would say that it brought up some great discussions though, allowing us to talk about the lack of representation for people of colour in comics and to give well deserved props to artists like Sophie Campbell, who has done an amazing job in showcasing a broad range of bodies with her art in Jem and the Holograms.


News of the HBB booth, which was not registered under that name—with its images of Ellen James, a bizarre idealized girl gamer who coexists with men in some peaceful wonderland straight from the imagination of Henry Darger—spread on social media. After complaints from congoers, who just went to have a good time and not get caught up in a partisan war, the booth was removed.

…which had led to a renewed explosion of trolling from the proGG forces on twitter.

ON the surface, this event seems to play right into the GG/HBB agenda by making it appear that a group with an “alternative viewpoint” has been “censored.” But of course that isn’t the real agenda. If it was just about promoting one’s own opinion it would be one thing, but the GG/HBB faction has (from my own personal experiences) been focused on verbal abuse, gender based slurs, and basically, as with the panel above, attempting to disrupt the promotion of views opposite to their own—exactly what GG/HBBs accuse their foes of doing.

Sadly, this shows no sign of slowing down. Are convention panels soon to be a nerd version of a CNN “expert” panel, with loud talking heads shouting over one another seeing who can make the most noise and no one listening? Dear Crom, I hope not.

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19. Entertainment Round-Up: Cooper cast in Preacher lead, an Oscar-winning screenwriter is developing a Marvel project, and is John Stewart your new movie Green Lantern?


It’s Friday! Here a few of the Entertainment-related headlines that just hit the wire:

– After weeks of negotiations, AMC has found its lead for its adaptation of DC Comics/Vertigo’s Preacher, and it’s a face familiar to comic book movie fans: Dominic Cooper. The British actor, who you surely recognize as the younger face of Howard Stark (Mad Men‘s John Slattery plays him in his middle aged years) in Captain America: The First Avenger and Agent Carter, will be playing the role of Jesse Custer, with production on the pilot beginning this summer. Preacher‘s Executive Producer Seth Rogen confirmed the news on twitter today.

For you Garth Ennis experts out there, what do you think about this casting choice? Did AMC make the right move?

- 12 Years A Slave is easily one of my favorite films of this decade, and one of the only movies that’s moved me to near-tears in the theater. It is truly that moving and engrossing. So, it was with great shock today that I saw EW reporting that its screenwriter (and winner of the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar for his work on the film) John Ridley is teaming up with Marvel for a mysterious television project aiming to reinvent an existing Marvel character for ABC. This project is reportedly a separate entity altogether from the already announced Agents of SHIELD spin-off that’s in the works.

Given that it’s for ABC, something like the Punisher seems like a no-go, and really, neither does Blade (both of which Marvel recently regained the rights to back to a few years back). I’ll keep my fingers crossed for Moon Knight perhaps, but really any guess is a good one at this point.

Ridley is no stranger to comics, having written The Authority and the graphic novel The American Way.

– Yes, we know all about the leaked Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer, and we won’t be posting it here for obvious reasons. Plus, the presentable version will make its way online by Monday, if not over the weekend. We’ll hold out for that. In the meantime, here’s a related unconfirmed rumor, according to Jeff Sneider (of TheWrap) on his latest episode of Meet the Movie Press, he stated that the Green Lantern that we’ll see in the 2020 reboot (and presumably the Zack Snyder directed Justice League films) will be John Stewart.

Sneider’s sources on this kind of information are generally pretty strong, so there’s likely something to this. Many fans had hoped/figured the new Green Lantern post-Ryan Reynolds would be Stewart given the younger audiences greater familiarity with the character over Hal Jordan thanks to the Justice League animated series.

Plus, he’s just an awesome character. Green Lantern: Mosaic anyone?

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20. Miami Vice: Remix by Casey and Mahfood continues to be wilder than it has any reason to be


It’s almost quitting time here in EDT so let’s leave the week with something FUN for a change.

Why just do a comic book based on a classically of it time TV show when you can reinvent it as an acid trip that bends time and
space? And hooray for licensors who let you get away with it. Miami Vice: Remix by Joe Casey and Jim Mahfood is anything but a dull TV show comic…it’s an audacious tale on tropes and icons, and a gem in the Lion Forge line-up.

Last month, the TV classic Miami Vice came back in a whole new way with the neo-noir, ultraviolet, action-packed Miami Vice: Remix. The first issue left readers cliff-hanging but never fear — the next installment of car chases, palm trees, and mutation-inducing designer drugs is here!

When we last left Crockett and Tubbs (still Miami’s coolest cops) they were in a sticky situation with some South Florida zombies high on Miami Bath Salts. Now they’re in hot pursuit of the dealer of this horrific nose candy, which leads them to punching cracked-out monsters in the face while zooming through Florida Turnpike traffic. Just another day at the office! But while one situation explodes, another simmers; someone who’s got serious beef with our $600-suit-wearing-heroes claims that Crockett’s got a serious debt to pay — and they’re here to collect!

Writer Joe Casey (Godland, Wildcats, Adventures of Superman) and artist Jim Mahfood (Tank Girl, Ultimate Spider-Man, Grrl Scouts) take their off-the-wall trip to South Beach to the next level with another high-energy, neon-soaked installment, in-stores next Wednesday.


Issue #2
Pub Date: April 22, 2015
Item Code: FEB150372

Issue #3
Pub Date: May 13, 2015
Item Code: MAR150456

Issue #4
Pub Date: June 17, 2015
Item Code: APR150489




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21. A Jazz Appreciation Month Playlist

Established in 2001, Jazz Appreciation Month celebrates the rich history, present accolades, and future growth of jazz music. Spanning the blues, ragtime, dixieland, bebop, swing, soul, and instrumentals, there's no surprise that jazz music has endured the test of time from its early origins amongst African-American slaves in the late 19th century to its growth today.

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22. Everything you need to know about what happened at Star Wars Celebration yesterday


• The event was held at the Anaheim Convention Center, and thus far no controversy about moving it to LA or Vegas.

• The panel included director JJ Abrams, producer Kathleen Kennedy, and cast members Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Issac, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill. Money shot above.

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• The desert planet shown in the trailer is called “Jakku.” It seems to be a dumping ground for detritus from the star wars. It was filmed in Abu Dhabi where the temperature was a mild 128 degrees.

• The lightsaber everyone is handing around seems to be the one that Luke lost in his battle in Empire, which also belonged to his father, Anakin. You know….I always did wonder what happened to that lightsaber. I liked to think that Luke must have used the Force to retrieve it while he was sliding through the tunnels, because I didn’t like to think it was lost, but now we have a whole new movie to figure that out.

• The villain is Kylo Ren and we got a good look at him. His costume includes three layers of cotton and wool, so he must have been pretty hot in the desert.

• The new Star Wars mythos will include more female characters! It could not have included less, so win.

• Carrie Fisher will not wear hair buns or a metal bikini.

• The new droid is BB-8 and he and other droids in the film were designed by fans who got to work on the movie and showed up at the panel yesterday.

• Um, what else…Oscar Isacc plays Poe, a hot shot pilot. Daisy Ridley is Rey, a scavenger on the ship graveyard. John Boyega in Finn who does indeed start out as a stormtrooper.

• There is also a fanfest going on. Graeme McMillan and Borys Kit report on autograph prices :

The chance to get a signature from Mark Hamill at the show costs $125, while Carrie Fisher charges $70. Anthony Daniels, meanwhile, will sign something in exchange for $50, and Peter Mayhew shows the intergalactically-renowned kindness of Wookiees by also asking $50 for his hairy John Hancock.

It’s not just the big names who are offering their signatures. John Morton, who played an X-Wing pilot in The Empire Strikes Back, will give you an autograph for $20, and Brian Muir, who sculpted the Stormtrooper armor for the original movie (although the helmet was sculpted by another artist, Liz Moore), will sign for the same amount. The autograph of visual effects artist Lorne Peterson, meanwhile, will cost 50 percent more, at $30.

• A bunch of “posters” appeared on twitter throughout the day and no one is sure if they are real. Probably not but here they are.


• Here’s a bunch of set photos.


• There was a display of costumes from the film and IGN took photos. They also have a much more thorough news roundup.

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• Io9 has a trailer breakdown with the most spoilers.

• Disney sent out a ton of stills from the panel and here’s a gallery.

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• Many people will probably go see this movie.

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23. Getting to know Brian Muir

From time to time, we try to give you a glimpse into our offices around the globe. This week, we are excited to bring you an interview with Brian Muir, an Online Marketing Assistant on our Direct Marketing team in New York. Brian has been working at the Oxford University Press since March 2014.

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24. Archie vs Sharknado coming in July

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The Archie gang has teamed with Predator, Kiss, Glee, the Punisher and many other things over the years, so why not Sharknado? The Syfy movie about a tornado full of sharks has quietly taken over the imaginations of people coast to coast so it is only natural that the ‘Nado would touch down in Riverdale! For those more worried about the fuure of this nation, relax, it is only a one-shot, written by the director of the Shaknado trilogy Anthony C. Ferrante with art by Archie’s Dan Parent, who often writes these milestone issues but he’s multi-talented.

The issue also ties in with the third movie in the Sharknado trilogy, SHARKNADO 3: OH HELL NO!, fans which runs on SyFy this July.

“Having a chance to crossover the Archie comics with our Sharknado universe has been a dream come true,” Ferrante said. “Riverdale will never be the same and I know fans are going to get a thrill out of seeing Archie, Betty, Veronica and the rest of the gang unleash their inner Fin Shepards.”

 “I can’t tell you the thrill of working on Sharknado. I might be the biggest Sharknado fan, watching multiple airings of the movies, going to theatrical screenings. attending the Riff Trax versions and then buying the DVDs,” Parent said. “So to be able to bring Sharknado into the world of Archie is a dream come true. And to be working on it with Sharknado director Anthony C. Ferrante is the icing on the cake! I promise to put my all into this project to make all the Sharknado – and Archie – fans proud!!!”

“Sharknado has become a worldwide merchandise and cultural phenomenon that has thrilled young and old alike,” said David Garber, who negotiated this deal on behalf of The Asylum with Archie Comics. “Archie’s comics and his adventures have always been fun and exciting. The fusion of these two properties is part of the social media and fan explosion that continues to grow. We are pleased to combine these historic IP’s in one consumer experience.”

“The Sharknado franchise has soared in popularity due partly to the variety of great celebrities, who bravely encounter this unnatural menace,” said Jeff Li, Vice President, Syfy Ventures. “Sharknado survivors come in all forms. It’s only natural that Archie and the gang will get a chance to save their town from flying sharks.”
Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! stars Ian Ziering as Fin, Tara Reid as April and Cassie Scerbo as Nova. Joining them will be David Hasselhoff as Fin’s father, Gil; Bo Derek will play April’s mother, May; Ryan Newman will play April and Fin’s daughter, Claudia Shepard, and Jack Griffo will portray Claudia’s friend, Billy.
Additional cameo roles include Mark Cuban as the President of the United States; Ann Coulter as the Vice President; Michele Bachmann as herself; Jerry Springer as Mr. White, a manic tourist; Washington Redskins tackle Tom Compton as a reporter; *NSYNC singer Chris Kirkpatrick as a pool lifeguard, and Chris Jericho, who will portray Bruce the roller coaster ride operator.
A production of The Asylum, Sharknado 3 is directed by Anthony C. Ferrante from an original screenplay by Thunder Levin.
It’s that time of year in Riverdale! The end of the school year.  Time for beaches, barbecues, fun in the sun and… SHARKNADOS!?!  That’s right, get ready as Archie and the gang brave the storm of a tornado full a sharks that riffs off the pop culture phenomenon known as Sharknado! The story unfolds as sharknados are spotted on the “Feast” Coast! Our heroines have to figure out how to get back to Riverdale, where the storm is about to hit next. Soon Archie and the gang go, go, go as they battle the Sharknado-ravaged Riverdale! Who will live? Who will die? Will this take a BITE out of the end-of-the-year prom? Uh….probably! The comic book action is also concurrent with the plot of SHARKNADO 3 and hits stands right before the film’s premiere in July on Syfy. Written by the SHARKNADO trilogy director Anthony C. Ferrante with Dan Parent.

Script: Anthony C. Ferrante with Dan Parent
Art:  Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski
Archie vs. Sharknado #1 CVR A Reg: Dan Parent
Archie vs. Sharknado #1 CVR B Variant: Francesco Francavilla
Archie vs. Sharknado #1 CVR C Variant: Robert Hack
On Sale Date: 7/22
48-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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25. Walking The Game Beat: STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT More Than A Battlefield Skin

Yesterday the earthquake felt around the world was from the millions chanting “Yes!” in unison after the reveal of the new Star Wars film trailer. Today at Celebration, the aftershock came in the form of a game footage reveal for EA’s new Star Wars Battlefront game. Since it’s reveal at E3 last year, not much had been seen or revealed from the game. Now we know most of the crucial details. Look at the astonishing new video below along with info from the game’s developer, DICE (Battlefield) :

Here’s the rundown:

  • - The game will release on November 17, 2015 on PS4, Xbox One, and on Origin for PC.
  • - While the game doesn’t have a traditional story mode, all the online goodness takes place on four planets: The desert planet Tatooine, the forest moon of Endor, the desolate frozen wasteland of Hoth, and the previously unexplored Sullust, where Imperial outposts manufacture weapons. Instead of the traditional campaign, Star Wars: Battlefront features a series of missions, playable alone or via online and local co-op.
  • - You’ll be able to play as your favorite characters including Darth Vader and Bobba Fett. Also, the Millennium Falcon will be a part of the aerial combat. A documentary style piece was shown that had iconic elements from other Star Wars characters like Han Solo.
  • - On December 8, owners of the game will have access to free downloadable content featuring the new planet of Jakku revealed as part of the new JJ Abrams movie. Those who pre-order the game will have access to it a week early on December 1.
  • - No Jar-Jar or prequel era stuff, it’s all original trilogy folks.

With all the new canon from shows like Rebels and the new Marvel published comics, the game could have a bottomless well of additional elements and content to turn Battlefront into a massive world that takes away our need to go outside on the weekends.

Are you excited about Battlefront? If you haven’t already, does the announcement want to make you buy a PS4 or Xbox One?


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