|Fans racing to stores for Runaways - 31/03/2005|
|Furthering its reputation as both a critical and commercial favorite, Brian K. Vaughan's RUNAWAYS kicks into high gear with issue #3. "I think Runaways #3 is our very best issue yet, and it's got a cover that readers have been talking about for MONTHS," says Vaughan. "Fans are crazy about these classic characters from New Warriors, Generation X, and Power Pack, and those heroes finally get a chance to suit up and throw down with our Runaways in this action-packed issue."|
Part 3 of the RUNAWAYS arc "TRUE BELIEVERS" features the first public appearance of EXCELSIOR -- a team of six fan-favorite characters that once again don their classic costumes...but do these young heroes intend to help the Runaways, or destroy them? Also, more clues will be offered to which major Marvel Universe villain is the father of an all-new teenage runaway! Scheduled to go on sale late April, the issue is beautifully illustrated by Adrian Alphona, with a stunning cover by Jo Chen.
Fans who might have missed the original RUNAWAYS series can catch up with the multiple RUNAWAYS digest volumes. Since the new series relaunch, there has been phenomenal demand for all three of the digests printed thus far, with the first two volumes currently sold out at Diamond...
...Marvel thanks both fans and retailers for making the RUNAWAYS digests such successes, and reminds them that the first two will be returning to store shelves in late April!
|Marvel Comics Announces Release of Dream Police - 29/03/2005|
|The wait is over. Mega-popular writer J. Michael Straczynski's DREAM POLICE, a 38-page one-shot, has found a home with Marvel Comics' ICON line and is being readied for release in June of 2005. Its main characters, Detectives Joe Thursday and Frank Stafford, are about to take center stage at long last.|
"Good things come to those that wait," says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada. "And a new book by JMS is one heckuva good thing to wait for. But we shall tarry no more: it's here! Marvel's been bursting at the seams to share this story with the rest of the world and now we can. The only downside is that J. Michael's gonna get even more acclaim from this book and I'm going to have to finally learn how to spell his name!"
Dan Buckley, Marvel Publisher, is equally happy about the impending release of DREAM POLICE to Marvels creator-owned ICON line. "This is truly a unique and thrilling addition to our ICON titles. DREAM POLICE is highly cinematic and that's no surprise coming from one of the best screenwriters in the business. I can't wait to start hearing the reader reaction!"
But what is DREAM POLICE exactly? "Straight from the horse's mouth" is the best way to explain, and that means asking Straczynski himself to lay out the high points. "What I love most about the book is the tone -- very noir, very 'Dragnet' meets 'Men In Black' meets 'Maltese Falcon' -- set against a surreal and often very funny dreamscape. Joe's Theory #47 is that if everything is funny, nothing is funny; if everything is weird, nothing is weird. You need to have the contrast to throw both sides into stark relief. And that's what we have with Dream Police...very straightforward, hard-bitten beat police patrolling the dreamscape. See, sometimes things go wrong there...an echo who is supposed to play a given part in someone's dream skips town, or a dream-molder starts sending people the wrong sorts of dreams because he's annoyed at the world...."
|Strange Eggs Anthology from SLG in May - 29/03/2005|
|"We longed for the days of good anthologies," says Chris Reilly, editor of Strange Eggs, a comics anthology that will be released in May 2005 by SLG Publishing, "the kind that didn't cost $29.00 for the sake of having a hardcover with gold leaf embossing."|
The book's title hints at the shared premise of the stories within: Young twins Kip and Kelly are big-city kids who find themselves living with their father on a remote farm in rural Maine. They receive an unexpected cure for their newfound doldrums in the form of Roger Rogers, an egg delivery man who, in each story, presents the kids with a mysterious egg far more likely to yield an alien vagrant, a rampaging velociraptor or a sadistic living puppet than a simple chicken. Like a carnival barker, Reilly invites readers to see the attractions of Strange Eggs: "Exploding stomachs, hobos, hobo-aliens, beheadings, horses performing emergency surgery, and a pterodactyl!"
The planning behind the anthology was a bit more reasoned, however. "We had the Strange Eggs concept in place and there was a lot of talent at SLG, so why not bring the two together and create a cost effective, quality anthology showcasing some of our favorite creators?" said Reilly, who then brought on board colleagues Steve Ahlquist (Oz Squad) and Ben Towle (Farewell, Georgia). Together they assembled an exciting and diverse array of creators, both from within the SLG stable and without. Contributors include Crab Scrambly, Rodger Langridge, Jamie Smart, Ian Carney & Woodrow Phoenix, Darron Laessig, Derf, Jon Adams, Ben Towle, Tommy Kovac, Kerry Callen, Steve Ahlquist, Jorge Santillan, Chris Reilly, Jennifer Feinberg & Todd Meister, Joey Weiser, and Scott Saavedra.
|Easter Long Weekend Opening Hours - 24/03/2005|
|Easter is upon us - and so is a dosage of public holidays!|
Graphic Action will be closed on Good Friday (25th March - sorry about the email) - but we will have our latest shipment arriving on Thursday afternoon- in time for the weekend!
Our Easter opening hours in full -
Good Friday (25th March) - CLOSED
Easter Saturday (26th March) - 10.30am - 5pm
Easter Sunday (27th March)- 10am - 3pm
Easter Monday (28th March)- 11am - 4pm
|Madman releases Inu Yasha on DVD - 18/03/2005|
|Phenomenally popular in Japan, American and Canada, INU YASHA on DVD finally hits Australian shores! |
Kagome Higurashi is just an average ninth grader, until she falls into a well which takes her 500 years into the past! There she meets Inu Yasha, a dog-like demon who seeks a powerful jewel. Unwilling allies at first, Kagome and Inu Yasha set out on an incredible adventure to find the scattered shards of the Jewel of the Four Souls.
Stunning animation bring this classic fantasy adventure to life. With endearing characters and an equal share of action scenes and detailed narrative, INU YASHA will become an instant favourite with anyone that watches it!
Created by Rumiko Takahashi (RANMA ½, MAISON IKKOKU) and animated by Sunrise (GUNDAM SEED, ESCAFLOWNE, COWBOY BEBOP) this launch releases the first three volumes of thirty-five INU YASHA DVDs.
|All-new All-different Scorpion to debut in Amazing Fantasy #7 - 16/03/2005|
|In November 2005, Marvel.com conducted a poll to determine the character that fans wanted to see revamped in the pages of AMAZING FANTASY -- the revived title that introduced the red-hot ARAÑA to the world, before she spun off into her own series.|
Fans elected The Scorpion for the revamp treatment, over the other three contenders of Kraven, The Cat, and Werewolf by Night.
Marvel Senior Editor Mark Paniccia, who oversees AMAZING FANTASY, was assigned the daunting task of revamping a classic character in limited time, “We ended up with an outstanding creative team and storyline. This character is everything we hoped for and more. We have a sexy character rich with mystery and a suspenseful storyline that will take readers on a wild, jet-setting ride across the globe!”
The all-new, all-different Scorpion is set to debut in AMAZING FANTASY #7, on sale April 4th, 2005. The six-issue arc written by Fred Van Lente and illustrated by Leonard Kirk introduces Carmilla Black, who -- after the vicious murder of her adoptive parents --discovers her biological mother is the top scientist of the worldwide terrorist network, A.I.M. Now, to unravel the secrets of her true identity and mysterious power, she’s hot on the heels of her enigmatic mother, with S.H.I.E.L.D. hot on her trail, hoping she’ll lead them right to the terrorists’ leadership! The stunning cover for the issue is provided by James Jean.
|Marryanne Snell joins Team Oni Press as Director of Marketing and Sales - 15/03/2005|
|Oni Press is pleased to announce the addition of Maryanne Snell to its staff. Beginning March 14th, 2005, Maryanne will take over marketing and sales of Oni Press publications to both the direct and mass market. Most recently the Professional Registrar at Comic-Con International and previously manager of Atlantis Fantasyworld for five years, Maryanne brings a varied experience base and unique understanding of the comics industry that is well fitted to Oni Press' diverse line of publications.|
"It's funny, Maryanne and I would always talk and I would say that if we were ever able to hire someone, she was the only person we wanted and she would always reply that we were the only company that she would want to take that kind of position with. It's just a perfect fit," commented Oni Press publisher, Joe Nozemack. "Adding someone to focus on sales and marketing is something we've really wanted to do for some time now, but it required a certain rare type of person--Maryanne was exactly who we wanted."
"This is the job I've wanted since I knew Oni existed," said Maryanne Snell. "I have such regard for the books Oni produces, and I can't wait to introduce new readers to them. Plus I get to work on a closer basis with the great retailers of this industry and help bring this wonderful product line to new venues- what could be better?"
|Third Queen and Country Declassified Series Announced - 19/02/2005|
|Oni press is pleased to announce the May release of an all new Queen & Country Declassified series. This will be the third Q&C Declassified series, but the first penned by writing sensation, Antony Johnston (THE LONG HAUL, JULIUS, THREE DAYS IN EUROPE) and drawn by Christopher Mitten (THE TOMB, LAST EXIT BEFORE TOLL) under the watchful eye of series creator Greg Rucka as editorial advisor.|
Queen & Country is unique in the comics field for being a heavily researched accurate depiction of espionage, intrigue, and the missions of the British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), also commonly known as MI6. The first volume of this popular spin-off focused on the early career of Paul Crocker and his work as a field agent. The in-progress second volume shed the spotlight on Agent Tom Wallace and his introduction to the SIS from the Royal Marine Commandos. It follows his initial training and first assignment as a "minder."
Queen & Country: Declassified, Volume 3 shifts focus away from the Intelligence Services and instead looks at a younger Nick Poole and his experience as an elite soldier in the British Special Air Service (SAS). Set in Northern Ireland, this arc examines the effects of two generations of conflict in that troubled region. Against a backdrop of explosions, abductions, and assassination attempts, Queen & Country: Declassified, Volume 3 recounts how the sins of the fathers have lasting effects on their sons and daughters.
|Nil from SLG in April - 16/02/2005|
|In a world where Liberty is Death and the only thing you can believe in is nothing at all, does the murder of one man really mean anything? In Nil, the only thing to believe in is Nothing. Angst drives citizens into deep unhappiness, but ennui numbs them into complacency, and all worship at the great altar of cynicism and disbelief. Proun Nul keeps the great bureaucratic morass free from ideology, idealism and ideas themselves in his job on the deconstruction ship the Derrida, which destroys beliefs systems before the harmful memes can infect the blank ranks of unbelievers. But when Nul is falsely charged with murder, he embarks on a journey that takes him to the front lines of the war with Nil's cheery neighbor country, Optima, and to the very brink of hope.|
Nul must conquer love, war, and meaninglessness in Nil: A Land Beyond Belief by James Turner, available from SLG Publishing in April. In his graphic novel debut, Turner depicts what nihilism, writ large, becomes when taken to its darkest extreme. "There is, and can be, no hope," Turner said, describing the world of his graphic novel. "Not just in that there is the belief that there is no hope, but in that it is actually structured so there is no hope."
|Oni Press Releases I Was Someone Dead - 12/02/2005|
|Oni Press is proud to announce I WAS SOMEONE DEAD, a new novella from Jamie S. Rich, author of the widely praised CUT MY HAIR. Featuring a cover and spot illustrations by graphic art master Andi Watson, I WAS SOMEONE DEAD gives comic readers and small press fiction fans alike their first new book from Rich since CUT MY HAIR debuted in 2000.|
"When Jamie abandoned his comics editing career last year, initially, I was pretty bummed," said Oni Press editor in chief James Lucas Jones. "Jamie was a mentor, co-worker, and friend and I knew I was going to miss dearly in the Oni office. But my moping didn't last long! Once it sunk in that this meant Jamie would be free to write more I was much more excited about the possibility of new work from one of my favorite authors than I was sad at losing such a valuable colleague."
"I finally thought I was free of these yahoos!" Jamie S. Rich shouted. "But not six months after I was out they pull me back in. I tried to tell them that I wasn't interested. That I didn't have time for their little funny books! Then I realized that doing something with Oni might mean I could work with Andi Watson again. Putting up with the stinky boys of Oni Press is a small price to pay for Andi Watson goodness, so I called James up and told him my conditions."
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