|Polly and the Pirates - 23/06/2005|
|Oni Press is pleased to announce the debut of POLLY AND THE PIRATES, a new six issue comic by Eisner-nominated creator Ted Naifeh. In this all new series Naifeh returns to familiar ground, creating the adventures of a young girl who finds herself in surprising surroundings.|
Polly has grown up in a prim and proper boarding school, far from any kind of adventure, and she likes it that way. But when she discovers that she's actually related to the Pirate Queen, she's got to find her inner-adventurer. Hijinks and high adventure await in the world of the pirates, can Polly rise to the occasion?
Fans of Naifeh's COURTNEY CRUMRIN will find a different, but equally lovable kind of hero in Polly. Naifeh explained, "One thing that led to the creation of Polly was the desire to take a character in the opposite direction of Courtney Crumrin. Unlike the alienated outsider with a love of trouble, Polly considers herself a good girl. She's a reluctant adventurer, preferring the comfort and security of her boarding school with its three square meals and cozy bed. Her personality lies somewhere in between Shirley Temple and Bilbo Baggins. And like Bilbo, there's enormous potential inside her, just waiting for an adventure to draw it out."
|The hottest action in House of M - 22/06/2005|
|Marvel's keeps the action hot this winter in the House of M which contniues this month with three new books. In Incredible Hulk 84, Bruce Banner finally has the peace he's long searched for, but that respite is disturbed by the forces of AIM and the all-new Scorpion (from Amazing Fantasy 7-12). Will the jade-skinned ruler of Australia talk or smash? What do you think? In Spider-Man: House of M 2, he's the world's greatest wrestler, beloved family man, and everyone's favorite mutant hero. Spider-Man's got a secret and someone out there wants to use that against him to destroy everything he loves. Find out how close Peter Parker's world is to utter collapse in Spider-Man: House of M 2.|
Continuing the tradition of Marvel's Director's Cuts comes the House of M #1 Director's Cut. Packed with all of the DVD-style extras you've come to expect such as the full script, sketch-to-cover process with all three cover artists, interviews and more, the Director's Cut is a perfect way to open the door to the House of M!
Finally, for those of you who missed out on the beginnings of the House of M, see how it all began in House of M: Excalibur - Prelude TPB. The sold-out issues Excalibur 13 & 14 set the stage for this major event and are available once again in this collection. Also features the storyline "The Devil's Own," featuring the return of Angel.
|Rex Libris from SLG in August - 17/06/2005|
|Just as a tide of ignorance swells up and threatens to engulf the world, out of the ashes of the Great Library of Alexandria arises a hero, an educated fellow with fists of steel and a mind as sharp as a tack: public librarian Rex Libris. Follow the story of Rex, the tough-as-nails Head Librarian at Middleton Public Library, and his unending struggle against the forces of darkness. Wearing his distinctive, super-thick bottle glasses and armed with an arsenal of powerful weapons, he strikes fear into recalcitrant borrowers, and can take on virtually any foe -- from loitering zombies to alien warlords who refuse to pay their late fees. Even the occasional infestation of rogue, public domain literary characters are dispatched with aplomb.|
Rex Libris is a guardian of knowledge, defender of the Dewey Decimal System and the best hope for the future of civilization. His story is finally told in Rex Libris, the new comic book series by James Turner, author and illustrator of the philosophical tour-de-force graphic novel NIL: A Land Beyond Belief.
Rex, the unlikely combination of librarian and bounty hunter is a character whose potential for adventure is nearly limitless. Rex is 2000 years old and his boss is Thoth, the Egyptian god of writing, so the series will be full of Turner's takes on history and mythology. Forays into space and battles with magical beings will take the series into the territory of science fiction and fantasy. And, of course, Rex will find his way into the very foundation of the librarian's calling: literature itself.
"I want Rex to visit Utopia, mix it up in one of Shakespeare's plays, hang out with Gulliver and track down killers with Sherlock Holmes," said creator James Turner. "Basically, have fun with anything old and in the public domain that isn't copyrighted up the wazoo."
But don't let all the classic books fool you. Rex Libris is first and foremost an action comic. Jack Kirby's work (whom Turner calls "the best action comic book artist of all time") and Herge's Tintin were both influences in creating the look of Rex Libris. "I've wrung them flat through my graphic wringer," said Turner, whose distinctive, complex vector graphics in NIL drew much critical acclaim. "I want to experiment and have fun, and hopefully that sense of fun will come through to the reader in the final product."
SLG's editor-in-chief Jennifer de Guzman is confident that it will. "Smart just makes funny all that much funnier," she said. "James draws on such a huge warehouse of knowledge that Rex can find himself in almost any situation -- fighting demon samurai, hobnobbing with mythical creatures or scaling the sides of space ships. Handling so many possibilities takes a lot of with and skill, and, luckily, James more of both than anyone deserves to have."
Rex Libris is a black-and-white comic book, published quarterly. The first 32-page issue will be in stores in August 2005. It is available for pre-order now through Diamond Comics and other distributors. Visit SLG's website at www.slavelabor.com to see a preview.
|New Marvel Adventures Line - 10/06/2005|
|The new Marvel Comics imprint MARVEL ADVENTURES -- specifically designed for children 10 years of age and younger -- has earned the attention of mass media publications such as Newsweek and USA Today.|
Featuring action-packed storylines easily accessible to the youngest of readers, the initial titles in the line include MARVEL ADVENTURES SPIDER-MAN, as well as the adventures of Marvel's first family in MARVEL ADVENTURES FANTASTIC FOUR...who will undoubtedly become favorites of kids when they debut on the big screen this summer.
"We are excited to open up the Marvel Universe to a younger audience who has come to know our super heroes outside of the comic book world," says Joe Quesada, Editor in Chief of Marvel Comics. "MARVEL ADVENTURES will provide a fun, action-packed universe that will certainly please our newest fans who love our movies and video games, but may be too young for our traditional comic book series."
Marvel Comics Publisher Dan Buckley adds, "The best way to get kids excited about reading is to give them something they want to read. The MARVEL ADVENTURES titles have been developed so that each book can be enjoyed by younger readers, even if they haven't seen Marvel's blockbuster movies. We hope that these series will inspire kids to read more books of all types of literature, not just comics."
MARVEL ADVENTURES titles will be crafted by some of the top children's writers and illustrators working today. Each title will be printed as a traditional comic retailing for $2.99 US, and then several consecutive issues of each title collected in digest format retailing for $6.99 US.
The first wave of MARVEL ADVENTURES titles are available now . More information on the new Marvel Adventures line can be found on www.marveladventures.com
|HOUSE OF M #1 sold out...Gatefold Variant by Olivier Coipel on the way! - 9/06/2005|
|With House of M #1 sold out right out of the gate, and re-orders pouring into Diamond, Marvel will give fans one more chance to get their hands on one of the hottest releases of the year with the House of M #1 Coipel Gatefold Limited Edition.|
Scheduled to arrive in stores on June 29th, it features the full poster image created by artist Olivier Coipel in a stunning gatefold cover -- with the cover price remaining $2.99 US, the same cover price as the regular Ribic cover version.
Says Marvel's Director of Sales David Gabriel. "We told retailers and fans that there would be copies available on this issue, and we are going to live up to that. On behalf of Bendis and Coipel, thanks so much for already making this event such an astounding success."
Adds Marvel's EIC Joe Quesada, "We promised everyone that House of M was going to shake up the Marvel U in ways never seen before...well it looks like it's shaking up the world of comic fans as well. They're responding by making House of M the not to be missed comic of the year. Thanks to all of our fans and retail partners for making this the success it is, and there's still seven more issues to come!"
|Oni Introduces LOLA this August - 9/06/2005|
|The supernatural takes center stage at Oni Press this August with the release of LOLA, a 72 page original graphic novel by J. Torres and R'John Bernales. Like a story 'round the campfire, LOLA packs equal parts suspense and folk tale, with plenty of ghosts, monsters, and things that go bump in the night. |
Jesse's family has always told stories about his grandmother and her visions of haunted farmhouses, man-eating ogres, and pigs possessed by the devil. For years his grandmother has used those visions to help the people living in her community in the Philippine countryside, but to Jesse the stories are just scary. When his family travels to her home for her funeral, Jesse has no choice but to face the monsters, demons, and ghosts from his grandmother's stories, because he can see them too.
Longtime Oni readers know of J. Torres' penchant for dipping into the past for inspiration, (previous graphic novels include DAYS LIKE THIS, SCANDALOUS, and THE COPYBOOK TALES), as well as his ability to create his own menaces in ALISON DARE, LITTLE MISS ADVENTURES. These elements combine in LOLA to produce a story that is both eerie and genuine.
"LOLA combines family stories about my maternal grandmother and various Filipino folk tales with a little magic realism and good old fashioned campfire storytelling," explained Torres. "I love seeing parts of my childhood illustrated in a comic. It's a lot of fun seeing this mix of fact and fiction blurred on the comic page like this."
|Kitty Pryde, Lockheed, and Secret Wars! - 9/06/2005|
|"Who wouldn't want a pet dragon?!", beams X-MEN: KITTY PRYDE - SHADOW & FLAME scribe Akira Yoshida. "It's truly an honor to be working with a master storyteller like Paul Smith on this story, especially as he's one of the artists most closely associated with Kitty and Lockheed. Seeing him breathe life into my scripts is a high I will never come down from!"|
In X-MEN: KITTY PRYDE - SHADOW & FLAME, a deadly mystery draws Kitty Pryde and Lockheed (everybody's favorite purple dragon) from the Astonishing X-Men to the shores of Japan...but ninjas and dragons will be the least of their worries!
Featuring art by legendary X-Men artist Paul Smith, the series is written by Akira Yoshida...hot off of the new Age of Apocolypse!
|Alan Davis switches his talents from Uncanny X-Men to Fantastic Four - 26/05/2005|
|The Marvel universe is his playground! Artist Alan Davis switches gears & brings his uncanny talents to a fantastic four limited series.|
There's good news and there's bad news: the bad news is that super-star artist Alan Davis is leaving UNCANNY X-MEN...the good news is that he's sealing the fates of the Fantastic Four instead!
Heading into a new, shiny future means leaving the group of heroes Davis has enjoyed working with so thoroughly, fan-favorites The X-Men. Alas, the artist puts his patented bright face on the whys and wherefores of the move. "I was playing Scrabble with my Uncle Xander when his pet hamster leapt onto the board and kicked the tiles around. It was weird . . . the letters were rearranged and spelt out 'UNC X QUIT NOW'. Well, Uncle Xander's pretty self-centered so thought the hamster intended the message for him but I knew it was for me... And you just can't ignore that kind of advice from a literate hamster."
|The Uncanny X-Men are a bunch of babies - 25/05/2005|
|Everbody's favorite inter-dimensional tub of mayhem has returned to the pages of UNCANNY X-MEN -- that's right, heeeeeere's Mojo -- and he wastes no time doing what he does best: turning the X-Men into screaming brats!|
To celebrate the UNCANNY troop's return to the infantile in UNCANNY X-MEN #461, Marvel Comics is producing a special 1-for-15 "X-Babies" Variant Cover -- as illustrated by superstar penciler Adam Kubert...
...and hey, the regular edition cover is ridiculously good as well, as rendered by SHANNA artist Frank Cho; his gift for drawing, er, curves, is greatly utilized...in his take on Mr. Mojo's portly pot belly!
Retailers may order one copy of the Kubert Variant Cover for every 15 copies ordered of the regular Cho edition. Both covers are scheduled to arrive in stores on June 15, and carry a Final Order Cut-Off (FOC) date of Thursday, May 26. The issue is written by Chris Claremont with interior pencils by Tom Raney.
|Madman releases Saiyuki on DVD - 24/05/2005|
|Revisit the classic 'Monkey-Magic' legend remixed in this magical action series. Madman releases Saiyuki on DVD.|
There was a time when demons and man lived together in harmony... until a band of rogue demonic forces sought to resurrect a diabolical monster. Dark spiritual energy began to cover the land and the demons decided that mankind was no longer friend, but food. Now it's up to a renegade priest, a monkey king, a lecherous water sprite and a sympathetic demon to stop the resurrection and return harmony to the dangerous land!
Directed by Hayato Date (NARUTO) and produced by TV Tokyo (NOIR), Dentsu and Studio Pierrot (FUSHIGI YUGI), SAIYUKI tells the time-proven story of a band of eccentric travellers bound for adventure in a land of magic and menace. The first of twelve volumes of SAIYUKI is available to add to your collection now.
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