Thursday, November 15, 2018

Update On Upcoming COMIX TRIBE Releases

Read any good books lately? 

If not, your pals @ ComixTribe are coming to the rescue!

We just received word from our printer that the direct market edition SINK #6 is scheduled to arrive at the Diamond Warehouse on 11/28, which means it'll likely hit the comic shop shelves on 12/5 or 12/12. (You never know with those guys!) 

One again, SINK #6 is available in two covers, 50/50 allocation, one by series artist Alex Cormack and the other by Scotland's own Iain Laurie.

SINK #7 should follow in January. Here's the very ominous image that will be on the BACK COVER of that book...

And then SINK #8 will follow shortly after... and just so you know, we're keeping EXTREMELY tight-lipped about this one, but it is a KEY ISSUE. 

(You've been warned.)

In just a few issues, SINK has already introduced so many memorable characters... but SAD CHARLIE may be one that haunts your dreams.

And What's Going on with WAILING BLADE?

At long last, the Wailing Blade will be unsheathed for its local comic shop debut in April 2019. 

Yes, I know it seems like a long time away, but the truth is, launching a book in the direct market for maximum impact takes a lot of work. The team wants to complete the series before it hits the shelves, which will allow them the ability to travel to a number of cons and comic shops to do signings and promote the book... and take the WAILING BLADE ON TOUR.

New colored pages are coming in every day and the series is looking INCREDIBLE...

And as cool as the HEADTAKER is...

Just wait until you meet the BONE CRUSHER, wielder of the mighty WRACK HAMMER! 

(Can you believe there are FIVE MORE executioners in this world yet to be revealed?)

Joe and Rich are having a ton of fun developing this world... in mid-January, they'll be rolling out a small campaign to help promote this series and expand the TAKE THE BLADE Tour, so we'll be looking forward to sharing more about that with you in the weeks to come. 

BLACK FRIDAY BASH!

Last but not least, next week, we'll be making an announcement about our 2018 BLACK FRIDAY BASH, which is sure to turn some heads. 

If you want a sneak peek of what's going on, click here  = https://comixtribe.mykajabi.com/p/BFB-RSVP

And before we go, we just wanted to acknowledge the passing of the legend, Stan Lee. 

It's safe to say that ComixTribe would not exist were it not for that man and all he gave to the comics industry over his 95 years. 

Excelsior forever. 

- Your Pals @ ComixTribe

LION FORGE Expands, Promotes Marketing Director

EDITOR'S NOTE:  The small comics publisher from St. Louis, MO is making headway and becoming a publisher of note for 2018 and beyond.  Here’s an update, courtesy of Lion Forge . . . . . . .

SYNDEE BARWICK PROMOTED TO LION FORGE 
VICE PRESIDENT OF MARKETING & PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT

 
ST. LOUIS, MO—The most talked about publisher of graphic literature has gained traction in the US market and beyond under the direction of comics publishing and merchandise veteran Syndee Barwick in her role as Director of Marketing. Today, Lion Forge announces her promotion to vice president of the department she has led since joining the company in 2016.
 
“Lion Forge has been lucky enough to assemble a collection of the industry’s finest, from longtime luminaries to up-and-coming new talent. We have the best and brightest throughout our ranks,” says Lion Forge founder David Steward II. “Syndee Barwick is perhaps one of the finest examples of how decades of industry experience have helped to quickly raise the profile of our organization from industry upstart to a leader in the comics industry. Under her direction, I am certain that we will continue to grow our profile in the greater publishing landscape at large.”
 
“I met Syndee when I first got to DC Comics and quickly realized that she was a force to be reckoned with,” says Lion Forge Vice President of Sales and Business Development Rich Johnson. “She is creative, smart, visionary, and one of the hardest working people in comics. I couldn’t be happier about her promotion to Vice President.”
 
“I am proud to work at a company like Lion Forge!” says the newly promoted Barwick. “With an amazing team, coworkers, leadership, talent, and colleagues within the industry, I’m excited to bring our books and talent to even more people!”
 
For nearly two decades at DC Comics, Syndee Barwick was Director of Marketing and established DC Direct. As Director of Product Management – DC Direct, she led a team that quickly became the innovative, in-house toys and collectibles division of DC, developing both in-house properties such as Batmanand Wonder Womaninto collectibles, as well as licensed properties such as HBO’s True Blood, Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft, and many others. Prior to DC Comics, Barwick was a music business professional in artist management.
 
Please join us in congratulating Syndee Barwick in her new role with the company.
 


About Lion Forge Comics:
Lion Forge strives to publish comics for everyone to enjoy, regardless of gender identity, ethnicity, or cultural background. The original graphic novel Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven was nominated for three Glyph Awards, as well as the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity, and Lighter Than My Shadow was voted the 2017 Graphic Novel of the Year by Amazon. In 2018, the Dwayne McDuffie Award-winning Upgrade Soul was selected as one of the year’s best books by Publisher’s Weekly. Lion Forge Comics includes the Roar imprint for young adults, the Caracal imprint for middle-grade aged children, the CubHouse imprint for early readers, and the Quillion imprint, bringing together comics and tabletop gaming. It is also home to the Magnetic Collection of premium and critically acclaimed comics and graphic novels, boasting multiple Eisner Award nominees. Across multiple imprints and formats that include licensed properties like DreamWorks Voltron Legendary Defender, original works from top independent creators, and the original and all-inclusive Catalyst Prime superhero universe, Lion Forge publishes something for every level of comic book fan, young and old.
 
Lion Forge Comics—Comics for Everyone. Visit  http://www.lionforge.com for more information.

Looking For Critical Works On ALAN MOORE?

INFORMATION COURTESY OF SEQUART ORGANIZATION . . . . . .

 

Spotlight on Alan Moore

Here at Sequart, we've published dozens of books and movies. Today, we thought we'd tell you about a couple that address comics legend Alan Moore.

Minutes to Midnight: Twelve Essays on Watchmen, edited by Richard Bensam, examines Watchmen from a variety of perspectives to uncover surprising answers to many questions. What does it reveal about the history of scientific theory? How is the atom bombing of Hiroshima refracted through its pages? Does Watchmen’s murder mystery measure up to the standards of Raymond Chandler? Is the depiction of Rorschach an unfair caricature of the philosophy of Steve Ditko? Where are the secrets of Captain Metropolis and the Minutemen revealed? Was the Comedian right all along? Who shouldn’t read Watchmen? What are the limits of Watchmenand do they extend beyond a major motion picture?

No matter how well you know the story, you’re sure to learn something new about Watchmen here.

The book runs a comfy 180 pages. It's available in print and on Kindle. (Just a reminder: you don’t need a Kindle device to read Kindle-formatted books; you can download a free Kindle reader for most computers, phones, and tablets.) Find out more on the book’s official page = 

http://sequart.org/books/6/minutes-to-midnight-twelve-essays-on-watchmen/


And the Uni
verse So Big: Understanding Batman: The Killing Joke, by Julian Darius, examines it in the context of the high-art ambitions of 1980s super-hero comics, exposing the narrative’s ambiguities and secrets. 

The book has received widespread media coverage, having been discussed by Kevin Smith, Grant Morrison, Will Brooker, and many others. It's an easy 58 pages and is available in print and on Kindle. Find out more on the book’s official page = 
http://sequart.org/books/21/and-the-universe-so-big-understanding-batman-the-killing-joke/

 

BLOODSHOT RISING SPIRIT #1 Exceeds Sales Forecasts

BLOODSHOT RISING SPIRIT #1 Surpasses Records To Become Highest Selling Bloodshot Comic In The Modern Valiant Era!

 

Valiant is proud to announce that BLOODSHOT RISING SPIRIT #1 – the FIRST PULSE-POUNDING ISSUE beginning a BRAND-NEW SERIES and NEW JUMPING-ON POINT for the publisher’s most brutal, unrelenting hero – is now the highest-selling Bloodshot comic of the modern era!

“Bloodshot is one of the most popular heroes in Valiant’s celebrated roster of characters, and we’re ecstatic to see that he’s in more demand than ever,” said Publisher Fred Pierce. “Our fantastic editors and creative team crafted a spectacular story, and our unstoppable Sales team worked hard to help make this the biggest release since we first revealed Bloodshot to a new generation of readers in 2012. With innovations like the Glass Variant Cover and the Nanite Prevention Kit, we’ve further cemented Valiant's position as one of the most daring and groundbreaking companies in the comic industry.”

Surpassing records for BLOODSHOT (2012)  #1, BLOODSHOT REBORN #1, and BLOODSHOT SALVATION #1, BLOODSHOT RISING SPIRIT #1 features an unforgettable story from an assemblage of master storytellers, including Kevin Grevioux (New Mutants), Lonnie Nadler (Cable), Zac Thompson (The Dregs), and artist Ken Lashley (X-Men), as they detail the hidden history of Valiant’s unyielding one-man war machine!

Before a weapon is deployed in battle, it must be designed, refined, field-tested. Bloodshot was no exception. In the early days of the private military contractor Project Rising Spirit, the nanite-infused super-soldier who would one day become their most violent and valuable asset was a resource to be mined – and it was up to an enterprising team of scientists to ensure he did what he was told. But a memory is a tricky thing…and the man Bloodshot used to be won’t let go of his past so easily…

BLOODSHOT RISING SPIRIT #1
Story by LONNIE NADLER & ZAC THOMPSON
Written by KEVIN GREVIOUX
Art by KEN LASHLEY
Inks by RYAN WINN
Colors by DIEGO RODRIGUEZ
Letters by SIMON BOWLAND
Cover A by FELIPE MASSAFERA (SEP182076)
Cover B by DAVID MACK (SEP182077)
Variant Cover by STAZ JOHNSON (SEP182079)
Glass Variant Cover by DOUG BRAITHWAITE (SEP182080)
Blank Cover Also Available (SEP182078)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PREMIUM | T+ | On Sale NOW!

BLOODSHOT RISING SPIRIT #1 – Cover A by Felipe Massafera


BLOODSHOT RISING SPIRIT #1 – Cover B by David Mack


BLOODSHOT RISING SPIRIT #1 – Interior Art by Ken Lashley with Ryan Winn and Diego Rodriguez


BLOODSHOT RISING SPIRIT #1 – Interior Art by Ken Lashley with Ryan Winn and Diego Rodriguez


BLOODSHOT RISING SPIRIT #1 – Interior Art by Ken Lashley with Ryan Winn and Diego Rodriguez


BLOODSHOT RISING SPIRIT #1 – Interior Art by Ken Lashley with Ryan Winn and Diego Rodriguez


BLOODSHOT RISING SPIRIT #1 – Interior Art by Ken Lashley with Ryan Winn and Diego Rodriguez


BLOODSHOT RISING SPIRIT #1 – Interior Art by Ken Lashley with Ryan Winn and Diego Rodriguez


BLOODSHOT RISING SPIRIT #1 – Variant Cover by Staz Johnson


BLOODSHOT RISING SPIRIT #1 – Glass Variant Cover by Doug Braithwaite

SISTERHOOD - - Mummy-Inspired Art Finds An Outlet

 
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Editors Note: One of the benefits of Kickstarter and other crowdfunding resources is that supporters of less popular projects can still find an audience for their works. So, things that major publishers would never get behind can still see the light of day. It’s all good!  Seriously, who would have guessed that there was a market for mummy-inspired art?  This project is a sure thing, already funded and growing. Be prepared to spend a little more if you want print copies since this project originates from the Netherlands. A benefit of the free internet — it brings global comics friends together.

Sisterhood Project: All Unwrapped And Art Wave Announcement

For Immediate Release ~ Nov 12, 2018 ~ The Netherlands

To creator Richard Boom (yes, that is his real name... it means 'tree' in his country and not a sfx), it is the culmination of his dream project, based on his collection of sketchbook entries in which he gathered up many mummy-inspired pieces of art.

 His "mummy" theme inspired artists into creating sexy or cute, gore or artsy pieces, the comic book itself will be a PG-book because Richard Boom "believes his comics should be read by his very own kids as well as other kids around the globe".

KICKSTARTER: for the launch of Sisterhood #1, Richard Boom is relying on Kickstarter to fund this project fully, mostly for coloring, lettering and printing.  Go to https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/boomvavavoom/sisterhood-about-unraveling-mysteries-mummies-and  to participate and learn more about the project.
With the help of Yonami Teles as cover artist for the regular cover (Bernini-inspired) and with Eric "EBAS" Basaldua providing this project with a variant cover, Boom sure feels very supported! And with artist Juan José Ryp providing the art to the Commorative Trading Card artwork, the party is just getting started.
Already a Cosplay Cover has been "stretchgoaled" and more freebie art by folks like Greg Capullo, Budd Root and Juan José Ryp have been added for the backers.

Next up is the ART WAVE with which Boom is trying to give back to the art community two-fold:
1] Blank Sketch Covers: these are expensive when you buy them so it seems, so Boom created a Package Deal.
2] High End Prints on Metal and Glass, Canvas and Wood: these cater for folks that will support comic art and recognition of it being 'real art'. With artwok available today from Adam Brown, Osorio, Budd Root, Eric Basaldua and Juan José Ryp the art-lovers will be able to fill their belly!

The synopsis to his book 'goes a little something like this':

For several centuries the ancient order of Justice has laid dormant, but the magical power of the Justice Gems have been released during an Egyptian archeological dig and now all over the world the mummified Priestesses of Justice come back to life. As supernatural evils threaten human society through the next decades, the Sisterhood will be there to guard and protect.

In 1917, a mysterious adventurer (Rand) enters a pyramid In British Colonial Egypt. There he opens the Cauldron of Khepri. The spirits of ancient priestesses are released, resurrecting mummies all over the world who were devoted to an embodiment of the goddess of Justice and truth. Five years later, the mummies form the Sisterhood of the Mummy, a spiritual order to help the truth and justice against the unordinary. They are cop, judge, juror and executioner defending the world. The order live in an underground base with technology beyond human knowledge. They are led by the adventurer, the Mother-Supreme and the remains of a high-priest whose soul is being used as software for a supercomputer.


As Richard Boom explains "this is a project, with talented folks I have known and worked with over the last couple of years, each an inspiration to me. They energize this project with each word, each line and each color palette. This is my chance to give back the love, by trying to get this published and let the world this new world."

INTENTION: SISTERHOOD is a series of oneshots 32/page stories in a 36 page comic format, with perhaps even more pages added, depending on the success of the project.

Currently FOUR issues have been completed, with 4 more already written!

Each comicbook will feature different artists, to ensure not only a high quality but also creating a platform for outstanding artists. This idea is highly influenced by Boom's very own Sketchbook Theme where over 200 artists each have shown him their own personal magic!


INTRODUCING THE ART TEAM INVOLVED

RICHARD BOOM: Project Leader/Creator
Markus von Renthe-Fink: Story Editor
Victor Kruithof: writer
Diego Magno Loiola: Penciler
Kevin Enhart: colorist
Paulo Teles Yonami: cover artist
Eric Basaldua: variant cover artist
DISCLAIMER: all contributing cover artists (Ebas, Ryp, Capullo) have agreed to using their gifts to Boom under the condition that NO profit will be made. ALL profits will be going towards the creative team!
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The attached images are:
* regular cover to Sisterhood #1 by Yonami Paulo Teles, colors by VIncenzo Salvo
* Variant cover to Sisterhood #1 by Eric Basaldua with painted colors by Lius Lasahido
* Trading card by Juan José Ryp
* interiors Sisterhood #1 by Diego Magno Loiola
* Hard-Prints by Capullo, Ryp, Ebas and Budd Root.
* Blank Sketch Covers (mock)
 
 
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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

UPGRADE SOUL Wins Publisher Weekly Award

Upgrade Soul Named Best Book of the Year by Publisher Weekly

from the official Diamond Boookshelf press release . . . . .

Thousands of books are submitted and considered each year for Publisher Weekly's Best Book of the Year list. This year, graphic novel editors picked what they consider to be the five best adult graphic novels and works of graphic nonfiction of the year, including Ezra Claytan Daniel's Upgrade Soul from Lion Forge and Hartley Lin's Young Frances from AdHouse Books. To view the full list, click here

https://best-books.publishersweekly.com/pw/best-books/2018/comics

For their 45th anniversary, Hank and Molly Nonnar decide to undergo an experimental rejuvenation procedure, but their hopes for youth are dashed when the couple is faced with the results: severely disfigured yet intellectually and physically superior duplicates of themselves. Can the original Hank and Molly coexist in the same world as their clones? 

In Upgrade Soul, McDuffie Award-winning creator Ezra Claytan Daniels asks probing questions about what shapes our identity-Is it the capability of our minds or the physicality of our bodies? Is a newer, better version of yourself still you? This page-turning graphic novel follows the lives of Hank and Molly as they discover the harsh truth that only one version of themselves is fated to survive.

"This immersive, touching sci-fi narrative weaves around central philosophical questions about identity, appealing to both genre and art comics fans," said PW in their starred review of the title.

After insomniac law clerk Frances Scarland is recruited by her firm's most notorious senior partner, she seems poised for serious advancement-whether she wants it or not. But when her impulsive best friend Vickie decides to move to the opposite coast for an acting role, Frances' confusing existence starts to implode. Harley Lin provides intimate study of work chaos and close friendships over time in this long-anticipated first collection from Pope Hats.

"This release captures the emotional bonds and clumsy charm of two besties who will always have each other’s backs," said PW in their starred review of the title. To read the full review, click here:

https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-1-5493-0292-3

 
 
 

Former Geppi Entertainment Museum Items Now At Library Of Congress

Library of Congress Launches First Exhibit of Geppi Collection
 
 

From the official Diamond Distribution press release . . . . .

Just five months after his gift to the nation’s library was revealed, Diamond Comic Distributors President and CEO Steve Geppi stood at the podium for the announcement that the Library of Congress will open a new display of select items from the Stephen A. Geppi Collection of Comics and Graphic Arts from November 6, 2018, through February 11, 2019, in the Great Hall of the historic Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St., SE, Washington, DC.

Introduced by David Mandel, the Library’s Director, Center for Exhibits and Interpretation, Geppi appeared before the press on Tuesday, October 30, in front of tables lined with a representative selection of pieces from his collection.

Displayed at the press event were items from the exhibit including Ub Iwerks’ original storyboards for Walt Disney’s Mickey Mouse in Plane Crazy, Joe Simon’s original concept drawing of Captain America, Don Levine’s hand-sculpted G.I. Joe prototype, a copy of Rodolphe Töpffer’s pioneering The Veritable History of Mr. Bachelor Butterfly, the 1933 Big Little Book Mickey Mouse, the Mail Pilot, and examples of the Popeye Daily Dime Bank (1956), the Superman Krypto-Raygun (1940), and the Captain Marvel Club welcome letter and envelope written in code accompanied by the code key.

Geppi’s multi-million-dollar donation of more than 3,000 items from his personal comic book and pop culture collection to The Library of Congress was announced by Dr. Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress, on Wednesday, May 30, 2018. It encompassed comic books, photos, posters, original comic book and comic strip art, newspapers, pinback buttons, and other rare, vintage pop culture artifacts.

Hayden was in attendance as Geppi fielded questions from the press and talked about the remarkable feeling of seeing his collection in such an environment. Library curators from the Prints and Photographs Division, the Serial and Government Publication Division and the Rare Book and Special Collections Division were also present with the U.S. Capitol just a glance out the window. The press event was held in the Library’s historic Members’ Room, an impressive setting of vaulted ceilings, wood panel walls, and gold leaf accents.

The move to the nation’s capital, with the Library’s 1.8 million visitors per year, offered the chance to get many more people to see his pop culture treasures. He said he hoped that the presence of his collection would help attract even more attendees.

The collection had been housed at Geppi’s Entertainment Museum in Baltimore, which closed June 3 following the announcement of the donation. Geppi said at the time he viewed the move as an extension of the thoughts he had first acted on in 1981 with the expansion of his Geppi’s Comic World chain to the tourist-friendly Harborplace development, and again with the 1995 launch of Diamond International Galleries.

“Baltimore has had the exclusive for 23 years,” Geppi said. “And literal tears were shed when the museum closed on June 3. But so many collections sit in the basement waiting for a flood or fire to destroy them and never get displayed. I can’t live forever but wanted to put it somewhere where it could be forever.”

Steve Geppi with Dr. Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress, at the press event announcing the first exhibit of items from the Stephen A. Geppi Collection of Comics and Graphic Arts.  

Steve Geppi with Dr. Carla Hayden, the Librarian of Congress, at the press event announcing the first exhibit of items from the Stephen A. Geppi Collection of Comics and Graphic Arts. 

The selection of items from this initial display was available for the press to photograph on five tables including his one, centered on patriotism, which includes both Joe Simon's original concept sketch of Captain America and Don Levine's hand-sculpted G.I. Joe prototype.
The selection of items from this initial display was available for the press to photograph on five tables including his one, centered on patriotism, which includes both Joe Simon's original concept sketch of Captain America and Don Levine's hand-sculpted G.I. Joe prototype. 

Steve Geppi at the podium on the Members Room press event at the Library of Congress on October 30, 2018. In the foreground is the hand-sculpted G.I. Joe prototype, which was among the items he donated earlier this year.

Steve Geppi at the podium on the Members Room press event at the Library of Congress on October 30, 2018. In the foreground is the hand-sculpted G.I. Joe prototype, which was among the items he donated earlier this year.