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Gravel Tackles New Horrors

6:00 PM, Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 - Posted by Chuck Moore



William Gravel has lived a hard life and its made him into a man with stone in his blood. Now the old soldier is being called back into action to deal with a rogue combat magician and monsters in the Japanese subway. The war horse has some kick left in him but will it be enough to take down a madman, a monster, and ninja combat magicians? You better bloody believe it.

New in July Previews the Gravel Vol 4 Combat Magician TPB collects the five issue story arc from the recent Gravel comic book series. Mike Wolfer ushers in the return of one of Warren Ellis' longest running characters to the pages of comics! Ask your local comic shop to reserve a copy of this horror filled tome to complete your Gravel collection.

Source: Avatar Press


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Sam Alden Screentime Comic

6:00 PM, Monday, July 14th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

Sam Alden has announced Screentime June/July.

The new book collects his recent black and white pixel drawings.

Alden has recently been posting a series of retro-style computer images online created with an old program called Paintbrush.

The Ignatz Award-winning creator's recent releases include It Never Happened Again from Uncivilized Books, Wicked Chicken Queen from Retrofit and Haunter from Study Group Comics.

Sonatina Comics will publish the book.

Screentime June/July is available for pre-order now ahead of its release in August.

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Gilbert Hernandez Joins Wonder Woman Digital Comic

4:00 PM, Friday, July 11th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

Gilbert Hernandez will draw a Wonder Woman story as part of the new Sensation Comics digital first series.

The Love and Rockets co-creator features in a DC Comics solicitation for the comic posted by MTV.

The Palomar cartoonist will be working on one story, with Sean E Williams and fashion/commercial illustrator Margeurite Sauvage collaborating on another for the title.

"When Wonder Woman allows an other dimensional science-villain to capture her, she expects to swiftly deal with his android minions and save the day," reads the solicitation. "But he's able to brainwash her and that's when things go haywire!

"Then, back on Earth, we share a rare moment from Diana's rock star days."

It has not been revealed which story Hernandez will be working on.

Ivan Reis and Joe Prado will deliver the cover for the comic.

The two stories will be released digitally on September 24 and October 15, with Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #3 arriving in print also on October 15.

Source: Digital Spy

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New Fraggle Rock Miniseries

2:00 PM, Thursday, July 10th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

BOOM! Studios has announced a Fraggle Rock miniseries from Kate Leth.

The Kate or Die! creator is working with Jake Myler on the four-part Fraggle Rock: Journey to the Everspring, based on Jim Henson's '80s television show.

"This is the longest Fraggle story to be told in comics, so we wanted it to feel a bit more like a movie than a clip from the show," Leth told Newsarama.

"Basically, the Fraggles discover that their home has run dry. All the water has up and disappeared, leaving them in quite a state! They're forced to venture further and deeper into the tunnels below Fraggle Rock, which is where they encounter a whole new colony of Doozers."

She added that "it's terribly exciting to finally be working on something my mom's excited about".

Leth has been working on the Bravest Warriors comic for BOOM! and has designed merchandise for the Welcome to Night Vale podcast.

Fraggle Rock comics have previously been published by Archaia, which recently became an imprint of BOOM!

Fraggle Rock: Journey to the Everspring #1 will be released on October 8.

Source: Digital Spy

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The Main Man Gets a New Series

3:00 PM, Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

If there's one character that has had a strange life in DC's The New 52, it's the intergalactic anti-hero Lobo. The character appeared in a number of issues of Deathstroke just before a prettier version debuted in last year's Justice League #23.2 claiming to be the "real" Lobo and on the hunt for the previously seen "imposter."

Now, DC Comics have revealed that Lobo will be getting his own comic series this October which will see the two Lobos finally come face to face. Writer Cullen Bunn (The Sixth Gun, Sinestro) will pen the new series with artist Reilly Brown (Cable & Deadpool

"The 'real' Lobo is the star of our series," Bunn said in an interview with CBR. "And I think he gives us a lot more mileage for new stories and avoiding some of the dangers of the 'one trick pony'.... There's so much we don't know about this character, because we've only seen him very, very briefly."

Bunn confirmed that the series will see the two characters, the "Real" Lobo and Faux-bo (as they've been calling him), coming to blows very early in the series. He also revealed the first arc, which will run for six issues, will be mostly one-and-done stories featuring Lobo on the trail of different assassins.

Lobo #1 will be available October 1st.

Source: Superhero Hype

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How to Make Awesome Comics

9:00 AM, Sunday, July 6th, 2014 - Posted by John Wilson

Neill Cameron has announced How To Make Awesome Comics.

The guide to making comics comes under the banner of kids comics anthology The Phoenix and is published by David Fickling Books.

"A helpful manual for kids on every aspect of the comics-making process," wrote Cameron on his blog.

"And also, fart jokes. Basically, every school comics workshop I've done in the last five years, every library event, every festival - this is the book I've wished I could give to people. And now it actually exists."

Cameron will also be running a week-long Make Awesome Comics course during the summer holidays for kids aged 8-12 at The Story Museum in Oxford.

Kate Brown and Gary Northfield will be joining him between July 28 and August 1.

Cameron has created Robo Bros, Tamsin and the Deep and The Pirates of Pangaea for The Phoenix and contributed to the recent debut issue of Jamie Smart's Moose Kid Comics.

The Phoenix recently announced its first collections.

How To Make Awesome Comics will be released on August 7.

Source: DIgital Spy

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Dragon Con Unveils New Logo

9:00 AM, Saturday, July 5th, 2014 - Posted by Brant Fowler

Dragon Con, which has gone through a few changes recently, has debuted a brand new logo this week. You may recall a while back, they dropped the asterisk (*) from their name as the first step in rebranding themselves. This new, sleek logo design seems to be the next phase. And I have to admit, as a graphic designer, I do really like the design (click to enlarge):

It's clean, colorful, and, in my opinion, very nicely represents what Dragon Con is all about. This is one of those shows I've wanted to go to for years, and will eventually make it there. It does take place in my birth state after all.

If you're interested in attending, you still have time. Dragon Con takes place on August 29th through September 1st this year in Atlanta, GA.

Here's the official press release about the new logo design:

DRAGON CON REVEALS NEW SLEEK, ICONIC LOGO

New Modern Logo Honors Past and Represents the Future of Dragon Con

Dragon Con, Atlanta's internationally known pop culture, fantasy and sci-fi convention, has a new logo, the first update in almost 20 years.

The new Dragon Con logo features a dragon in profile contained within a circle, with the Dragon Con name arching across the middle. The new colors are blue and gold with a touch of red, giving the design a bold and contemporary look.

"It was time to freshen up our logo, but it was important to maintain some continuity with the past," said President Pat Henry. "The new logo honors our past, but also gives us something that represents Dragon Con's present and future."

The new logo design translates the former logo into a flatter graphic image which should become iconic and stand the test of time. The design is also easily translated into black and white from its rich color palette. The sleek new logo has modern appeal, but still reflects the convention's humble beginnings.

"We are not the same show that we were back in 1995. We have experienced tremendous growth, morphing from a small convention that catered to a few specific interests into one embraced by the mainstream culture that encompasses so many aspects of fandom," Henry said. "As we continue to grow and evolve, we believe our logo should reflect that."

The modernized logo comes on the heels of the decision to update the convention name from Dragon*Con to Dragon Con, as the convention renews its style to reflect that of its membership and offering the best of pop culture, fantasy and sci-fi to its members in the 21st century.

About Dragon Con

Dragon Con is the internationally known pop culture convention held each Labor Day in Atlanta. Organized for fans, Dragon Con features more than about 3,000 hours of comics, film, television, costuming, art, music and gaming over four days. For more information, please visit www.dragoncon.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Geek 2 Geek: Online Dating Service for Geeks

2:00 PM, Friday, July 4th, 2014 - Posted by Brant Fowler

Are you a self proclaimed "Geek" in search of love? Or do you have a "Geek" love story of your own? Well, Geek 2 Geek does.

This was an interesting story that came across the proverbial Comic Related desks this week, and I just had to post about it. Geek 2 Geek is an online dating site in the vein of Match.com or whatever, only it's for "Geeks" like you and me. Fans of genres and niches like Sci-Fi, comics, gaming, etc.

Personally, I've never used a dating service of any kind, but this is an interesting idea. The article we received, which can be read in its entirety below, contained a couple of success stories and some cool looking wedding rings for you Zelda fans out there. If you are on the market and having trouble finding that special someone, maybe Geek 2 Geek can help you. You never know, right?

As I said, check out the article complete with success stories below, and give the site a browse. If you do use the service and find it successful, please let us here at CR know and we'll post about it!

Geek 2 Geek Dating Success Stories


In a day and age where far too often only negative news stories make the news, Geek 2 Geek wanted to make public a few of our many success stories of geeks finding their mates on our site. We have over 400K members and have recently launched a new internal chat feature. True love can happen and it does happen at www.gk2gk.com.

(Names have been changed to protect our member's privacy)

Story #1-Princess Zelda and Link

We started talking about 2.5 years ago. We had both almost given up completely on finding someone. I am a true gamer geek girl (On-line, pen and paper, board games, LARP, etc .)and I was looking for someone who not only could understand but possibly share in some of my numerous hobbies (I have way too many). Well I sent him a message on your site and we started chatting. About a month later we met in person for the first time. Well long story short (I know Too Late) I have an engagement ring on my finger that is totally geeky... Legend of Zelda (go figure) and the date is set for our the wedding for next summer.


Story #2-Ken and Alice

The story of how Ken and Alice met each other is much like any other. It began in 2009. After moving to Cincinnati a year and a half prior, one of Alice's friends suggested that, since she didn't really know anyone out in the Cincinnati area, she should join a dating website to meet someone new. In true Alice and Ken fashion, this dating website was for self proclaimed nerds and geeks who liked video games, comic books, etc. Ken had recently moved back to Cincinnati from Nashville, Tennessee, and was randomly searching on the same website when he came across Alice's profile. He was quick to send her a message, and soon enough, e-mails were exchanged several times a day between the two, then phone numbers. Their connection was instantaneous, that much was undeniable. And soon after that, they finally met at Magic Mountain, which started off their first date with mini golf, a walk around an epic mall, a movie, and finally dinner at In-N-Out . They have been partners in crime ever since that day.

It was a couple of days after Valentine's Day when it happened; Ken had offered to make her breakfast in bed while she slept in, still getting used to working second shift at her (then) new job. When he came in to wake her up, he was not carrying her breakfast, but instead, was carrying their cat, Lia, with a pink scarf around her neck. Still half asleep, Alice laughed, but it wasn't until Ken told her to look more closely at the cat that she realized that he had put her engagement ring on the pink scarf. He then got down on one knee, and used a line from her favorite musical, Beauty and the Beast: "So, will it be yes, or oh yes?"

The rest is history.

Ken says, "Thanks for bringing us together. We hope that our story inspires others to
not give up, and that there IS another geek out there for them."

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Two New Titles Come to the Bat Family This October

3:00 PM, Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 - Posted by Brant Fowler

Two new unlikely titles are being added to the Batman family of books this October, presumably in honor of Batman's 75th Anniversary. This news was announced this past Monday by DC via Entertainment Weekly.

First up, we have GOTHAM ACADEMY! This is Gotham City's most prestigious prep school, and it's a weird place, complete with spooky campus, oddball teachers, and rich benefactors always dropping in... like Bruce Wayne. But all that pales in comparison to the students, like Olive Silverlock, who may or may not be crazy, and has a creepy mom. She also has a freshman named MAPS following her around everywhere. There may be a ghost in the North Hall also.

"GOTHAM ACADEMY, written by Eisner-Award-nominated artist Becky Cloonan (DEMO) and Brenden Fletcher and illustrated by Karl Kerschl, arrives on October 1st. It's a new, monthly teen drama set in the shadow of Batman and the craziness of Gotham City with new characters and old plus a secret tie to Gotham's past..."

Next up is ARKHAM MANOR! Gerry Duggan (Deadpool, Nova) and Shawn Crystal (Deadpool, Wolverine and the X-Men) pair up to lend their talents to a bold new series based in Arkham Asylum. Inmates are murdered where the most dangerous criminals in the world are housed, and Batman has to determine what lengths he'll go to in order to see justice served.

Both titles hit shelves in October 2014, so look out for full solicitations coming later this month.

What do you think of these new titles? Is your interest piqued? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: DC Entertainment

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The New Creative Team for Wonder Woman Has Been Revealed

12:00 PM, Tuesday, July 1st, 2014 - Posted by Brant Fowler

Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang's epic run on Wonder Woman comes to an end in October with issue #35. In that issue, their finale brings to an end the 35-issue long tale they began weaving as the New 52 launched. This tale involves the definitive origin for Wonder Woman in the New 52, but saying more would spoil the story, DC tells us.

Taking over the series in November with issue #36 will be a new writer to the DC fold (but not new to writing comics, just ask the folks over at Zenescope), Meredith Finch, along with her husband, the now veteran superstar artist David Finch (Forever Evil, Justice League). Their take on the title will see the mythology of the Amazon Princess expanded, and will explore her interpersonal relationships and ground her in humanity.

USA Today talked to the power couple about their upcoming team-up on the popular character. They said it will "focus on who she is - her interpersonal relationships and her responsibilities to the Amazons and her fellow heroes in the Justice League." The article appears both in print and online (here) today. Our friends at Comic Book Resources also spoke with the couple. You can find that interview here.

So are you excited about the Finchs taking over one-third of the DC trinity? Personally I am looking forward to their take on the character, and I'm ready for a change for that title. Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

Source: DC Comics

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